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I love this time of year. I've always had a thing for bad, campy horror films, and it seems that all of the cable channels try to keep me occupied in the weeks before Halloween. Now, for a mere $1.99, I can also watch my old favorites on my iPad. Halloween Movie Vault can stream over 100 films, from Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead directly to your iPad. Now, I will admit that the quality of the films is not theater worthy, but it's low budget horror, and these films are all Public Domain works. And they are fun! They are the campiest best of actors like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price. Sadly, no Tromaville Toxic Avenger or Motel Hell (one of my favorites), but you can still have some fun with this one.

Next week — Halloween apps for the younger crowd!

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  • When I was a teen, I often saw pre-release screenings at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Sometimes studios will use a “test screening” to gauge audience reactions, and fine tune their marketing.

    One movie I saw there was “The House Where Evil Dwells.” It’s one of the most (unintentionally) funny movies I’ve ever seen. The whole audience was chuckling almost from beginning to end.

    Our laughter must have scared the producers, because the movie wasn’t released for more than year after that screening. It’s the only movie I’ve ever seen in the IMDB with just 1 star (out of 10).

    Best line happens when a little girl is terrified by the face of a ghost staring up at her from her bowl of soup. She doesn’t scream, she just asks, “Mommy, what kind of soup is this?”