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Mike Phalin

Legendary independent entertainment journalist can be found at SyxxSense.com and @SyxxSense on Twitter!

About Mike Phalin

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Midnight, Texas Season Two Cast Revealed in New Poster

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NBC revealed two of newest citizens of Midnight, Texas with the poster for the second season! Though the poster does not feature Nestor Carbonell’s Kai, we do get to see Jaime Ray Newman and Josh Kelly, who were announced a few months ago. During our set visit, there was quite a bit revealed about these characters’ […]

‘Z Nation’ Welcomes Us to the Newpocalypse

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In two weeks the fifth season of Craig Engler & Karl Schaefer’s entertaining zombie series Z Nation invites viewers back with an ominously titled premiere episode “Welcome to the Newpocalypse.” Are there zombies? Yup. That’s all you had to show me, and I’m aboard! Check out the sneak peek gallery below!   Z Nation returns on October 5th […]

Sneak Peek at ‘Van Helsing’ Season 3’s ‘Fresh Tendrils’

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SyFy’s original series Van Helsing will be returning for a third season October 5th 10/9c. Check out the gallery from the season’s first episode “Fresh Tendrils.” To catch up on seasons one and two, check out SyFy’s website to stream the episodes. Synopsis: Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and […]

Video Games, Violence, & Anxiety: A Study

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I was a high school senior when Columbine happened in 1999. It did not take long for the scapegoat to be named by the news outlets: video games. A few days after the tragic events of April 20th, I asked my father if he thought that the media we consume could influence people to perform […]

Midnight, Texas Season 2 Set Visit Teaser

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Following the apocalyptic battle with Colconnar, one would think that the Midnighters had faced the most sinister of evil. What could possibly be left to threaten the unique citizens of Midnight, Texas? Well, sometimes the most destructive malevolent forces don’t come from the heavens or hell, but from within. At least, that was my impression […]

‘Death Kiss’ Brings the Nostalgia in October

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The late Charles Bronson owned a visage that just screamed “stoic hero.” When someone talks about vigilante heroes, the squint and hair of Mr. Bronson is always the first thing that comes to mind. Sadly we’ve been without that man for many years, and the action-vigilante genre has suffered for it. Yet, the great mystical Hollywood […]

Winston Azzopardi’s ‘The Boat’ to Premiere at Fantastic Fest

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Two of my favorite entries from Alvin Schwartz Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology were nautical in nature. Whether it was a tale of a bloody corpse seeking revenge, or the recounting of a ghost ship adrift in the fog, there’s something far more imposing about the supernatural at sea than anything that can […]

First Look at Halloween Horror Nights’ Slaughter Sinema

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Earlier we took a look at the detailed Stranger Things maze, but today we’ve got the first pictures of a new original haunted house that will make its debut next week at Halloween Horror Nights: Slaughter Sinema. Showing love to the B-movie flicks of the decadent 1980s, this maze will allow attendees to venture through […]

First Look at Universal Studios Stranger Things Haunted House

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Emma and I are no stranger to the sets of “Stranger Things.” We both got to tour the sets of the show’s initial season a couple years ago. Now we get to relive that experience courtesy of Universal Studios! Today the first images of the upcoming themed haunted house were released and it all those […]

Composer Cindy O’Connor Talks ‘Once Upon a Time’

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This week I got to speak with Emmy-nominated composer Cindy O’ Connor about her beginnings in the entertainment business and the processes of making music for film and television. Cindy’s musical and vocal excellence can be heard on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Wreck-It Ralph, and Dolphin Tale. One of her upcoming projects includes the […]

Tennessee Wraith Chasers Talk ‘Haunted Live’

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In our early twenties, my best friend Eric and I would wander around the Lutz cemetery with our cameras, EMF meters, and attempt to catch some form of evidence of the supernatural. While the setting was a bit spooky, the most we ever caught was the chilling site of a homeless man talking to a […]

Composer Adam Schiff Talks ‘The Package’ on Netflix

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Adam Schiff and I sat down to talk about his career, from keyboard player in South Africa to composer in the collective known as Bleeding Fingers Music which was co-founded by thee Hans Zimmer. His latest work can be found on the Netflix film The Package, a cautionary tale about the one thing that men […]