This page contains PDF copies of my Thoughts For The Month columns. Thoughts For The Month was a monthly column about movies and entertainment I wrote from 2002 until 2011. Simply click the links to read the columns.
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2002

August - "Trendy Casting" & Generic Movie Posters (my first column) - read column 
September - Needless Remakes of Classic Horror Films - read column
October - Digital Video - Salvation for the Independent Filmmaker - read column
November - Movie Recommendation - Slashers - read column
December - Freddy vs. Jason - Will it work? - read column
2003

January - Some cool movies from 2001-2002 - read column
February - Darkness Falls - The movie that could've been - read column
March - Fangoria Magazine - still going strong after 200 issues - read column
April - Actor profile: Crispin Glover - A genre comeback - read column
May - The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model & Film Expo: An overview - read column
June - Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses - An artistic misfire? - read column
July - New Projects, New Beginnings - some random thoughts - read column
August - Q & A Time - An interview with filmmaker Jeff Kirkendall - read column
September - Freddy vs. Jason - Why it worked - read column
October - Movie Recommendation - Underworld - The Summer 2003 horror movie season ends on a high note - read column
November - Needless remakes of classic horror films - part 2. Plus: A review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - read column
December - The horror of the PG-13 rating - read column
2004

January - The Independent & Underground Film Scene in 2003 -Some random thoughts - read column
February - Some highlights of my trip to Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors 2004 convention - read column
March - Movie Review: Beyond Re-Animator - Dr. Herbert West returns to the screen! - read column
April - Movie Review: Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Does the remake cut it? - read column
May - Movie Magic in the Age of Information - read column
June - Independent Film in the Hudson Valley by guest writer Jessika M. Pasko - read column
July - Vampire Hunters - Modern Day Heroes; Plus: A review of Van Helsing - read column
August - Movie Review: The Village - A look at M. Night Shyamalan’s latest - read column
September - Euro-Horror and the films of Dario Argento - An alternative to the mainstream - read column
October - Movie Review: Alien Vs. Predator (AVP) - read column
November - Halloween Reminiscences - read column
December - Movie Review - More Than Friends? (an independent short film) - read column
2005

January / February -  A Very Scary Productions Interview with filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck: London After Midnight and Beyond - read column
March - Movie Recommendation: Very Bad Things - A bloody good little black comedy - read column
April - Movie Recommendation: Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut - read column
May - Criticizing the Critics - A discussion on “Indie” Cinema, Underground Cinema and the Democratization of Filmmaking - read column
June - Movie Review - House of Wax (2005) - Better than one might expect - read column
July - New Projects, New Beginnings 2005 - Production begins on Shadow Tracker: Resurrection - read column
August - Movie Recommendation - George A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead - read column
September - Movie Review: The Devil’s Rejects - A look at the extreme, violent sequel to House of 1000 Corpses - read column
October - Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors 2005 convention highlights - read column
November - Movie Review: The Fog (2005) - Remakes don’t get much worse than this - read column
December - DVD Horrors Review: Day of the Dead 2: Contagium - read column
2006

January - Some cool movies from 2005 - read column
February - Movie Recommendation: King Kong (2005) - read column
March - No column in March
April - The Decline of the Theatrical Movie Experience - read column
May - What is a Horror Film anyway? - Some random thoughts - read column
June - Highlights from my trip to the Chiller Theatre Summer Extravaganza 2006 - read column
July - A nostalgic look back at the 80’s horror films Chopping Mall and Night of the Comet - read column
August - DVD Horrors Movie Review: Night Train to Terror - read column
September - Movie Review - Snakes on a Plane - read column
October - A Classic Horror Film revisited - The return of A Nightmare on Elm Street to the big screen this past September - read column
November - A Classic Horror Film revisited - The return of Halloween to the big screen this past October - read column
December - Movie Review: Deck the Halls- A misguided holiday comedy - read column
2007

January - Some cool movies from 2006 - read column
February - Movie Review: Black Christmas (1974) - A look at the Cult Horror Classic; Plus: A review of Black Christmas (2006) - read column
March - Independent Filmmaking and the Information Age - Some random thoughts... and reminiscences - read column
April - DVD Horrors Movie Review: Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film - read column
May - Movie Review: Grindhouse - Planet Terror/Death Proof - read column
June - Movie Review: Vacancy - read column
July - Some thoughts on Independent Filmmaking, Movie Criticism and Cinematic “Old” & “New” media - read column
August - The impact of new media on our celebrity-obsessed culture - read column
September - Movie Review - Halloween (2007)- A look at director Rob Zombie’s new re-imagining of a horror film classic - read column
October - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 1 - read column
November - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 2 - read column
December - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 3 - read column
2008

January - Some cool movies from 2007 - read column
February - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 4 - read column
March - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 5 - read column
April - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 6 - read column
May - Movie Review - The Ruins - A compelling and grisly horror tale not to miss - read column
June - The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (documentary) - read column
July - Zombies, The Internet and Filtered Realities (or Movie Magic in the Age of Information – An Expansion) - read column
August - Movie Review: The X-Files: I Want to Believe - read column
September - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 7 - read column
October - Halloween 2008, Horror Theme Music and more - read column
November - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 8 - read column
December - DVD Horrors Movie Review: Two Thousand Maniacs!; Plus: A review of Trailer Park of Terrorread column
2009

January - Movie Review: Twilight - read column
February - Movie Review: My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) - read column
March - Movie Review: Friday the 13th (2009) - read column
April - DVD Horrors Movie Review: His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (documentary) - read column
May - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 9 - read column
June - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 10 - read column
July - A look at the evolution of Underground Digital Cinema - Part 11 - read column
August - From Nosferatu to Twilight – Our fascination with vampires - read column
September - Movie Review: H2 - Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009)- read column
October - Movie Review: Zombieland - read column
November - Social Networking, Filmmakers & Quiet Horror - read column
December - Guest column from Studiobeyond.net - read column
2010

January - No column for this month
February - Movie Recommendation: Brutal Massacre: A Comedy - read column
March - Movie Review: Bitch Slap - read column
April - Video rental stores, the end of an Era - read column
May - Movie Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - read column
June - DVD Horrors Movie Review: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (documentary) - read column
July - The continuing popularity of classic horror characters - read column
August - Horror Movie Remakes - More ranting & raving! - read column
September - Movie Review: Machete - read column
October - Book Recommendation – Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, 1978-1986 – by Adam Rockoff - read column
November - No coumn for this month
December - Responsible Movie Criticism in the Internet Age - read column
2011

January - Movie Review: Black Swan - read column
Site redesign February through April - no columns 
May - Movie Review: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid - read column
June - Adobe CS5 Production Premium software – Some initial thoughts - read column
July - Convention Comebacks - read column
August - Movie Review: I Am Nancy (documentary) - read column
September - Digital Video and the decline of IEEE1394 - read column
October - Halloween 2011 Musings - read column
November - Movie Review: The Thing (2011) - read column
December - Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - read column
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