Fred Topel

Sam Esmail Teases His New Amazon Series Homecoming

After the success of Mr. Robot, any new show from Sam Esmail is going to be highly anticipated. And thanks to the success of Mr. Robot, it’s going to be just as secretive and mysterious. Esmail direct...

Screamfest 2018 Review: Discarnate – It’s Science, Man

The last movie I saw at Screamfest 2018 was Discarnate, and it ended the week on a high note of gory monster fun and afterlife mythology. Hopefully it can be the beginning of a Discarnate franchise in...

Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Blu-ray

Franchise Fred Vs. The Universal Monsters: Dracula

Thanks to some overlap with the Frankenstein movies, I was able to complete the Dracula series in the Universal Classic Monsters 30 film Blu-ray ray collection. It’s probably got the fewest solo Dracu...

These 2 Subplots Were Cut Out of Parenthood

Parenthood was one of those movies I watched every day once I recorded it on VHS. I probably hadn’t seen it in 20 years but it was remarkable how I still remembered the film shot for shot when it scre...

Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Blu-ray

Franchise Fred Vs. the Universal Monsters: The Invisible Man

My next stop in the Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Blu-ray set was the Invisible Man franchise. I had only seen the Claude Rains original so I was excited to see where they went with new stories a...

Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Blu-ray

Franchise Fred Vs. The Universal Monsters: Frankenstein

In 2018, Franchise Fred wept for there were no more new franchises to discover. Fortunately there are still some from before I was born. Would you believe I hadn’t seen most of the Universe monster mo...

Screamfest Review: You Die – Appy Death Day

Horror movies have not been great at finding the terror in social media. Friend Request didn’t seem to know how Facebook actually works, and the Unfriended films struggle to keep everything happening ...

Screamfest Review: The Golem – Killing Them Gentilely

The mythology of different cultures contain unique creatures that could be the basis for horror movies. The Golem is a Jewish creature but it’s universal. Well, you may appreciate it a tiny bit more i...

Bride of Chucky 20th Anniversary: China Dolls

Chucky was the first horror franchise I felt ownership of. Freddy and Jason were already underway by the time I was brave enough to l watch them, but I got in on the ground floor when I begged my dad ...

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