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Michael Varrati
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Michael Varrati is a screenwriter, actor, and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to the Dreams segment of the award-winning anthology Tales of Poe, Michael is also the writer behind the horror comedy The Sins of Dracula, the sci-fi short Crash Site, the Euro-Horror inspired Flesh for the Inferno, among others. In addition to his work on the silver screen, Michael’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including The Huffington Post, NewNowNext, FearNet, Videoscope magazine, VideoInk News, Tubefilter, and a celebrated regular column on peacheschrist.com. Michael is also one of the core members behind the popular exploitation and horror publication Ultra Violent, and was voted by Agents of Geek as one of the "Top People to Follow in 2014."

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Entries by Michael Varrati

Remembering Wes Craven: Terror Titan and Tastemaker

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 7:07 PM

For most artists, the dream to one day create a work so seminal that it forever changes the course of the zeitgeist is idealistic at best. To make such an achievement even once in a lifetime is representative of a creator at the pinnacle of their abilities, tapping into a...

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A Letter to the Lost

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 9:05 PM

While October traditionally tends to be a month of masks and disguises, for the LGBTQ community, it is also a time for visibility.

With National Coming Out Day (October 11th) followed shortly by Spirit Day (October 16th), the emphasis on personal pride is amplified even more than usual, and,...

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Black Widow vs. The Boy's Club: Give Marvel's Leading Lady Her Own Movie!

(22) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:42 PM

Regardless of the depths of one's personal investment in the current crop of superhero movies, it's hard to deny the level of ambition put forth by Marvel in the curating of their ever-developing cinematic universe. With a brilliantly orchestrated series of films that led up to last summer's crossover blockbuster...

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These Boots Were Made for Talking: Continuing the Macy's Parade Kinky Boots Discussion

(7) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:47 PM

While an admittedly commercial enterprise, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is also a fairly innocuous one. Taking this into account, when I woke on Thanksgiving morning, the long-standing New York City event was the very last item I expected to draw ire in a day full of plucky relatives and...

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YouTube's Parody King: An Interview With Bart Baker

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 7:46 PM

Pop stars, be warned: Bart Baker is coming for you.

With more than a million subscribers and nearly 500 million views, YouTube's resident king of parodies is an audacious viral sensation. With a "take no prisoners" attitude, Baker has crafted some spot-on musical roasts of such current chart-toppers as...

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Quoth the Re-Animator: Filmmaker Stuart Gordon on Nevermore

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Stuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon's filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre's gory grand guignol.

Never one to shy away...

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Varrati at VidCon: One Year Later

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Over a year ago, I wrote an article that publicly revealed to the world that I have a teensy little obsession with YouTube.

Using popular online personality Charlie McDonnell as the focal point, I discussed how this marvelous medium was providing new avenues to bring audiences closer...

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A 50th Birthday Wish to The Doctor

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:42 PM

I owe my first trip on the Tardis to a woman named Marlene Cuprinka.

As timelines tend to be important in such matters, I can tell you that it was sometime in the late-90s. Mrs. Cuprinka was my 7th grade science teacher, and while I'm sure I was an...

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To VJs, With Love

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:21 PM

They were the original arbiters of awesome, a dream team for Generation X.

Yet, on August 1st, 1981, it is hugely unlikely that Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, JJ Jackson, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood knew that they were standing on the precipice of something that would change the zeitgeist...

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Tyler Oakley's Trevor Project Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 8:51 PM

Whether it's particularly couth to admit or not, it's a solid truth that we all love to get stuff for our birthday. However, when you find out what acclaimed Internet sensation Tyler Oakley requested for his special day, it's going to make that iPod on your list seem...

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Girls Will Be Girls: Love Your Faux Queens!

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 3:42 PM

With even the most cursory of glances at the current cultural landscape, it is an undeniable fact: America has drag fever.

The premiere of the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was met with much Internet fanfare, Sharon Needles' debut album is burning up the music charts, and viral...

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The Ticklish Adventures of a Scissor Gone Solo: An Interview With Del Marquis

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 4:02 PM

When you're a member of a band with as much cult prestige as the Scissor Sisters, being "just another rocker" is simply not an option. For a group known for their ability to combine electroclash kitsch with power-anthem pop, the Sisters are celebrated for their devotion to the outrageous and...

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Hey, Bill O'Reilly, Gays Make Christmas Better!

(17) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Hail, Marys!

With the holidays upon us, I'm sure you must be very busy. With parties to plan, delicious goodies to bake and nostalgic TV specials to watch, who really has a moment to themselves? True, it can all be very overwhelming, but if we surrender ourselves to the spirit...

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It's OK to Like One Direction, Right?

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 8:45 PM

The messages come by night.

"We shouldn't do this, should we?"

My fingers hover over the keyboard, uncertain about my response. I understand the trepidation. Once we commit, there's no going back.

Sadly, as clandestine as the conversation seems, it is hardly rooted in anything unseemly or...

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Author Your Own Story: Erase Boredom and Live!

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 1:49 PM

The "B-word."

...Of all the verboten terms that could earn me a reproachful gaze or a stern word growing up, this one was by far the worst. On those rare occasions when I was brave enough to utter the vile phrase, my mother would descend upon me with a...

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Independent Musician Joins YouTube Conversion Site's Battle Against Google

(18) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 11:36 AM

When it comes to the continuing debate over online music sharing, Alex Day seems like an unlikely champion for the cause.

Day, who utilized a sizable fan base on YouTube to springboard into a career as an independent musician, has certainly proven the power of the internet....

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An Interview With Justin Vivian Bond

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 6:04 PM

The preeminent cabaret act of a generation, there is no doubt that Justin Vivian Bond is a veritable icon.

A fixture of the New York City avant-garde scene, Bond has wowed audiences with a wry sense of humor and vulnerable stage presence, evoking earnest tears and hearty laughs in...

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Charlie McDonnell, VidCon, and the YouTube Revolution

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 3:25 PM

When Andy Warhol made his iconic proclamation about everyone being world famous for 15 minutes, it seemed almost prescient of the Internet culture to come. In the world of instant media, there have been many bloggers and video stars that have had their moment in the sun, only to be...

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Saving a Theater With Film: Julia Marchese's Fight for the New Beverly

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 8:01 PM

In 2008, acclaimed filmmaker and surrealist David Lynch took to the Internet to voice his concern over the increasing trend of people watching movies on their mobile phones. His outrage was the stuff of viral video gold, but for film purists, the message rang true. Cinema is a grandiose medium...

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An Open Letter to Billy Graham

(33) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Dear Billy,

As voters in North Carolina are poised to decide whether to write a permanent ban on same-sex marriage into their state's constitution, it should come as no surprise to anyone that you, the famed Bible (mis)interpeter that you are, weighed in with your opinion.

"At 93,...

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