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Horror History: Doctor Who Sightings in Horror Movies You May Have Forgotten



Did you remember Patrick Troughton was the priest in 1976’s The Omen?

Yes, director Richard Donner cast the second “Doctor Who” from the long-running British sci-fi series to play the crazed priest who met an untimely end. (An end like, well, everyone else in the movie.)

Turns out that’s far from Troughton’s only role in a horror movie. The same intense voice and expressive face that made him so suited for the “Doctor Who” franchise served him well in films dedicated to the dark side of storytelling.

He portrayed Inspector Kanof in The Gorgon (1964), a Hammer film heavy on production values and mood and light on action. More a mystery than a creature feature, The Gorgon relied heavily on the strength of its cast. Troughton holds his own with Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and others and adds depth to what, in other hands, would be a second-tier character.

In contrast to The Gorgon, Troughton is obviously the most interesting and well-played character in 1970’s Scars of Dracula. As Dracula’s sycophant, Troughton’s Klove character has a playful, evil side to him that makes him so much more interesting than the rest of the rigid actors.

I’m not a huge fan of many of the later Hammer Dracula films. Christopher Lee was given much time on the screen in this one; maybe director Roy Ward Baker thought that, and a good amount of action, would make up for the lack of atmosphere. For me, it didn’t — give me mood!

“Doctor Who’s” third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, has a good time “chewing the scenery” as an egotistical actor in one of the four stories included in The House that Dripped Blood (1971). Written by Robert Bloch (Psycho), this anthology is typical, but entertaining, Gothic horror, aided by a great cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott (Indiana Jones), Ingrid Pitt (Hammer horror), and many more. Recommended for classic Gothic movie fans.

In the first segment, a horror novelist’s strangler character begins entering his reality. In segment two, a pair of men become obsessed with the wax figure of a woman they both loved. The third story follows a little girl’s entry into the world of witchcraft.

Pertwee’s story is hardly the strongest of the segments, but his comedic portrayal of an arrogant film actor is worth the wait until segment four. The actor purchases a black cloak which is reputed to bestow the powers of a vampire.

You may find the fourth segment out of place in this movie as it’s so silly, but I was entertained. And, bonus, I’ll watch Ingrid Pitt in anything.


Tom Baker took over as the fourth Doctor in 1974 and kept it up for 10 years. Consequently, it’s difficult for many (including me) to separate him from that carefree, jocular character, even when he appears in a major epic like The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).

The stars of any Ray Harryhausen monster movie are his stop-motion animations, so I can’t be too hard on Baker as the villain Koura. He portrays his character with a tinge of sadness that turns what would usually be a stock, evil magician into a human with dimension. While casting Baker as someone who doesn’t smile works, something is obviously missing.

These actors had years to develop their craft and pop up in movies and TV throughout the decades. These are my “Doctor Who” horror movie sightings! There may be more. Let me know in the comments below!

Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role



I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

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