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2012’s many theatrical joys

The past year in Portland theater saw a gain, a loss, and a move: First, summer brought us the first annual PortFringe festival and the inaugural Portland Performing Arts Festival.
A year in footlights
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2012

Review: ParaNorman

This second feature from animation house LAIKA (the company behind Coraline ) is the type of holiday entertainment that kids (and adults) used to tune into annually, back when Rankin/Bass was creating wonders of stop-motion.
Throwback to Amblin's summer fare of the '80s
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2012

Ibsen's Ghosts haunt all of SPACE

Myriad Portland spirits have conspired in raising the much-anticipated new production of Lorem Ipsum, an elegant, bewitchingly multi-medial staging of and around Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts .
Seething spirits
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2012

The strange lights of Stratton

At first, Sue Critchlow thought the lights came from a car. She owns the Maine Roadhouse, a refuge for hikers and backpackers located not too far from the Saddleback and Sugarloaf ski resorts, and she figured lodgers were pulling up for the night.
Visit the village near Sugarloaf and hear stories of the unexplainable, unbelievable, and downright weird
By JOHN CRAWFORD  |  February 24, 2012

Review: The Woman in Black

After 10 years battling supernatural creatures, you'd think Harry Potter would be better equipped to deal with the paranormal pests he faces in James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story.
James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 03, 2012
review: The Innkeepers

Review: The Innkeepers(1)

Ti West's spook show is atmospheric (thanks to the terrific hotel setting) and frequently funny; but the plot line is choppy, the dialogue often unnecessary, and the scares too sparse.
Ti West's spook show
By PEG ALOI  |  February 03, 2012

Dreileben review

Review: Dreileben

Taking a cue from Kieslowski's Three Colors by way of the British Red Riding series, this TV trilogy from three German directors of the Berlin School starts out with a creepy aura of dread and mystery and ends with contrived and unsatisfying resolut
TV trilogy from three German directors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012

Carl and Keith Johnson are spreading the ghostly gospel

Rhode Island's Ghost Rush — the books, the TV shows, the tours — often seems built to squeeze a little money out of a haunted economy.
Supernatural sleuths
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 28, 2011

The Paranormal Bikers are a new breed of ghost hunters

What really frightens paranormal investigators, those folks who go looking for ghouls? Some will tell you it's the uncomfortable feeling they sometimes get when leaving the scene — a feeling that someone, or something, wants to follow them home.
Spooky business
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  October 28, 2011
Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more

Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more

Let's face it, Massachusetts is haunted. Nathaniel Hawthorne knew it; H.P. Lovecraft knew it; you know it, too. We're sitting on a shitload of history...
By Jasmine Lywen-Dill  |  October 21, 2011

Party with the paranormal at these 4 haunted Boston nightclubs

Wanna get down with some paranormal personalities? For their Nightlife issue this week, our sister mag Stuff went on a wild ghost chase through Boston's...
By Ali Carter  |  October 20, 2011

atrocious movie

Review: Atrocious

When a central character spends enough time looking through the distorting lens of a camera, eventually something very nasty is going to show up.
A dizzying, bumpy ride
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 12, 2011

Tales of the Providence Ghost Tour

You know what you get when you're a 375-year-old New England city where many homes are known more for their past occupants than their current ones? Ghosts. Lots of ghosts.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  July 15, 2011

Review: Christmas Revels 2010

This Christmas Revels has the real spirit.
Holy ghosts
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 24, 2010

Strangely familiar

The clock struck midnight on a cold, starless night in January, 2011, signaling the end of Inauguration Day in Maine.
Politics & other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 06, 2010

Bloody good

As the media run amok with supernatural heroes (and anti-heroes), it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell one fanged leading man from another.
Being Human is another kind of shapeshifter
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 23, 2010

News of the strange: Octopuses prefer HDTV, Souls for sale, and more

News of the strange: Octopuses prefer HDTV, Souls for sale, and more

Octopuses prefer HDTVOh those snobby cephalopods! Watching crabs run around on a mere big screen isn't good enough for them, they want that crisp, sharp,...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 19, 2010

Sins of the play

The title of Israel Horovitz's Sins of the Mother (through September 13 at Gloucester Stage) is an ironic misnomer.
Israel Horovitz returns to Gloucester
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 04, 2009