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Is The New ‘Pet Sematary’ The Cat’s Meow, Or Ghostly Dog Doo?

October 30th, 2019

As big names in horror go, you can’t get much bigger than Stephen King, and this year saw the release of a new film version of his classic “Pet Sematary,” which is now available on video and streaming for your viewing pleasure as Halloween quickly approaches. So what’s the verdict on the new flick? I reviewed it earlier this year, and here’s my take. In the 1989 original  film“Pet Sematary” pets buried in a spooky backwoods cemetery come back to life. When a tragedy befalls a child of Louis and Rachel Creed (Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz), the lure of having... Read More

Dissecting One Of The Best Horror Films of 2019: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

October 29th, 2019

One of the most controversial and most talked about horror films of this year or any recent year has been Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed “Us,” which is now available on video and streaming services. I saw “Us” in Austin, at South By Southwest, where it premiered in March, and I’m still letting my thoughts on “Us” and its meaning percolate. Here are 10 possible explanations for plot points in “Us.” WARNING: SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM. It has been pointed out by someone other than me that “Us” is, basically, “U.S.”, i.e. United States. There... Read More

Horror Week is Alive in the Quad Cities

October 28th, 2019

Looking for some fun and freaky activities to celebrate Horror Week with QuadCities.com? Check out some of these local businesses and their spooky events and attractions:   Halloween at the Rust Belt! The Rust Belt (533 12th Avenue East Moline) will have live music from The Dawn (performing as Pink Floyd), Candymakers and Still Shine. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages show are just $15 and can be purchased online.   Day of the Dead with the Figge Laura Wriedt of the Figge Art Museum leads a Day of the Dead presentation at Bettendorf Public Library... Read More

Get A Tap On Halloween Fun With ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Out Now

October 28th, 2019

“Zombieland: Double Tap” opens today in theaters. Right from the opening credits, you know you’re in for more  irreverent humor a la 2009’s “Zombieland”. It starts with the Columbia lady on her pedestal using the torch to beat down two zombies attacking her. There is also a voice-over from Jesse Eisenberg, thanking audiences for choosing this form of zombie viewing from all those available. The bar is set low enough in this sequel, as one critic put it, to step over it handily. This is a continuation of the fearsome foursome that roamed the Apocalyptic land in 2009, with Woody Harrelson... Read More

Local Horror Writers Meet! Wilson Talks To Beck And Woods

October 27th, 2019

In March 2018, local filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were still relatively unknown, although that was about to change. The duo, who grew up in Bettendorf and currently reside in Los Angeles, were about to skyrocket to stardom with a little film they’d written called “A Quiet Place.”   Beck and Woods have since made another film, “Haunt,” which is available on DVD and streaming services, and have a number of other projects in the works.   However, before that all happened, the duo were happy to sit down for an interview with me at the South By Southwest Festival.... Read More

Take A Stab At Picking The Scariest Horror Film!

October 23rd, 2019

What’s the most monstrous horror flick of all time? In honor of Halloween, a few weeks back here and on our Facebook we started asking you for your nominations for the scariest horror film of all time. We got over 100 responses, and we’ve slashed them down to the top 20, to give you the chance to pull your favorite film up from the depths and give it a devil of an award, for QuadCities.com‘s Scariest Movie Of All Time! The nominees are below. You can vote once a day. Results will be released on Halloween here on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com! See... Read More

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat Heads to Green Valley Sports Complex!

October 23rd, 2019

Do you have little ones anxiously anticipating Halloween, looking for a reason to try out those costumes? Well, there’s no better way to kick off the holiday than some family fun in the ballpark! The Moline Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their annual Spooktacular Trunk or Treat this Saturday Oct 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. Things are getting switched up this year, and the festivities will take place at Green Valley Sports Complex (5920 52nd Avenue Moline). Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes! Trunk or Treaters will walk through the lot, stopping by the different businesses and organizations. For... Read More

Space Monsters Take Over Bettendorf!

October 23rd, 2019

Calling all Space Monsters! Please report to the City of Bettendorf’s Halloween Parade! The 2019 Halloween Parade, hosted by the City of Bettendorf, takes place this Saturday Oct 26 at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is: SPACE MONSTERS! The parade will begin at the intersection of 23rd Street and Middle Road, then continue onto Spruce Hills Drive. The procession will travel to 18th Street, turning left onto 18th Street, continuing to Middle Road, turning left on Middle Road, and finishing at the entrance of the Life Fitness / Splash Landing parking lot. For more information, visit https://www.bettendorf.org/.  Read More

The Ultimate ‘Merry Not Scary’ Halloween Event Returns to the Quad Cities!

October 20th, 2019

Boo at the Zoo, Quad Cities most popular “merry not scary” Halloween event has returned! Make plans to bring your family out to Niabi Zoo (13010 Niabi Zoo Rd. Coal Valley) this Saturday Oct 26 and Sunday Oct 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Boo at the Zoo! Enjoy trick-or-treating stations, decorated trails, Zookeeper Chats and more! Try out those Halloween costumes and enjoy some family fun! Boo and the Zoo is included in regular admission prices. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+), $6.50 for children 3-12 and free for children 2 years and under. Admission is free for members. For... Read More