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Movie Review: The Curse Of The Werewolf

By Richard Paolinelli / May 14, 2018

Hammer Films cranked out a host of ghoulishly wonderful features sure to satisfy in full Technicolor horror. In 1961, Hammer released Curse of the Werewolf starring Oliver Reed and it was surprisingly good. In the film, Reed plays a tormented young man, his birth the result of his mother being raped. This, and his birth falling […]


Movie Review: Wolf (1994)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 12, 2018

In 1994 the film Wolf hit the theaters to mixed reviews. For those expecting to see a standard blood and gore fest, they were disappointed. What Wolf was instead was less a man battling against an inner monster. Instead, it was a man watching everything in his life slipping away – his career, his wife […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (The 2010 remake)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 11, 2018

Seventy years after originally launching the werewolf franchise, Universal Studios released a remake of the 1941 classic, The Wolfman. The major characters were still there. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro – who is definitely not Antonio Banderas), Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) and Gwen Conliffe (Emily Brunt). But there are some new characters introduced that make […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (1941)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 10, 2018

As mentioned here earlier, Hollywood has embraced the legend of the Wolfman for over eight decades. Starting with Universal’s 1935 film, Werewolf of London, rarely has a decade passed without a lycan showing up in a film. While the 1935 debut of the lycans of urban fantasy was less than stellar, six years later Universal got it […]


Legends Of Urban Fantasy: The Lycans

By Richard Paolinelli / May 9, 2018

While the Vampire seems to be the most popular creature in the pantheon of urban fantasy, the Lycans mythology seems to be the oldest.   The first mention of lycanthropy, or werewolves, dates back to mid-First Century Greece. The phenomenon traveled across Europe and North America down through the centuries. But unlike the vampires, werewolves […]


No Scary Stairs For Me

By Richard Paolinelli / May 6, 2018

I was recently invited to be a part of a project you’ve no doubt heard of by now. Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend by Silver Empire. It was an amazing anthology that I am proud to have been a part of. Evidently, readers of horror and urban fantasy agreed. It spent quite some time as […]


Our First Month Is In The Books

By Richard Paolinelli / May 3, 2018

Hey, we’re a month old. Happy Birthday to us! Even the big fella joined in on the festivities: We’re pretty proud of what we’ve put together here at Urban-Fantasy.com and I am eager for you to check out what we’ve got on tap for your enjoyment. We’ve discussed books we’ve read, movies we’ve watched and […]


Book Review: Anne Rice’s The Mummy

By Richard Paolinelli / May 1, 2018

Ten years after Howard Carter unearthed King Tutankhamun out of the sands of Egypt Universal Pictures released, The Mummy. It was part of their early monster movie run in the 1930s. Perhaps the studio was cashing in on the “curse of the Pharohs” in the midst of its run of monster movies. The “curse” arose […]


Movie Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

By Richard Paolinelli / April 30, 2018

In a recent post, Legends of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire, I mentioned some of the movies about vampires made over the past century. The 1922 German silent film Nosferatu started the genre off. In 1931 Universal joined in with the classic movie, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, here in America. The Hammer films from England brought […]


Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

By Richard Paolinelli / April 27, 2018

Not too long ago I posted about Legends of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire. In that post, I discussed the origins of the vampire legend as well as how the legend has been adapted in media and entertainment. The most notable adaptation, of course, being the first: Bran Stoker’s novel, Dracula. In my mind, this work is still […]

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