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Halloween Advent: Night Of The Demon

30 October 2010 8:29 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The 'unseen' terror is widely thought to be the sharpest and deepest chill in a horror movie, but it's not always there because the producers are showing restraint. Ridley Scott and and all subsequent Alien franchise directors kept exposure to the xenomorph brief in order to hide the fact that the alien was 'a man in a suit' (and additionally in the case of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, to hide the contemporary limitations of puppeteering and CGI, respectively).

Thus Jacque Tourneur's acclaimed adaptation of M.R. James' chilling short story Casting The Runes has always been associated with notions that the prosthetic demon featured in the movie was a late add-on by nervous producers. Tourneur himself said, in 1966:

"The film was interesting apart from the appearance of a monster who was added after the event, after my departure from [film production] in London"

Some say Night Of The Demon would »

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Can you be just good friends?

15 October 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For Kathryn Flett, friendships with men have always been clear-cut. Well, mostly …

Can men and women ever be just good friends? It was a question posed most recently in an amusing article on the current affairs magazine, despite being slightly older than time itself – older, even, than When Harry Met Sally or John Sullivan's amusing 1980s sitcom Just Good Friends, which starred Paul Nicholas as Vincent and Jan Francis as Penny.

For readers who may have forgotten – or who weren't born – the Jgf back-story was that Vince had jilted Pen at the altar five years previously, then, after bumping into each other in a pub, they attempted to turn their former love and steaming chemistry into a modern platonic friendship, albeit of a sort Plato may not have recognised.

Inevitably, after 22 episodes over three series, including a Christmas special, Vince and Pen finally got married, thus satisfying »

- Kathryn Flett

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