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Serial Killer Valentines

By the time you all read this, the sugary-sappy manufactured holiday will be past. Most of you guys and gals will have dropped a pretty penny on flowers, candy, and/or presents for your better halves that you’d just as soon have held onto. Tipping my hand, here, readers; I am not a fan of Valentine’s…

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Review: THE BYE BYE MAN (The Book)

A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted my review of the new film THE BYE BYE MAN, expressing my disappointment with it. It hardly seems I am alone in my sentiments, as I have not seen even one favorable review of the film from any of the major Horror sites. (I never consult…

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Revisiting the (Radio) Classics: THE CURSE OF THE NEANDERTHAL

I have waxed eloquent on previous occasions over my appreciation, discovered only in the last couple’a three years, for the lost artform of radio dramas. Having satellite radio in my car enables me to enjoy a wide variety of these old treats, these pieces of “vintage” entertainment that take me back to a simpler age….

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Psychic Werewolves

You’ve heard the term “psychic vampire” before, but have you ever heard of a psychic werewolf? (Hint: This isn’t a person who claims psychic abilities who transforms into a werewolf on nights of the full moon.) Psychic vampires are entities who may or may not be human, who feed on psychic or spiritual energy as…

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WEREWOLVES OF PENNSYLVANIA

When I was a little kid I was confused by the similarities between the words Pennsylvania and Transylvania. (The meanings of the names are “Penn’s land” and “the land beyond the forest,” respectively. Otherwise they have no connection one to the other—unfortunately. I totally wish Transylvania was in easy driving distance the way Pennsylvania is.)…

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A Look In the Mirror

Here’s some more Science for you this week, but it’s bloody Science. I will address, again, the common misconception people have about apes. They think gorillas are vicious brutes and chimpanzees are cute and cuddly. The reality is exactly the opposite. Blame the movies for this misunderstanding, as much as anything. How many “killer ape”…

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By the light…of the silvery moon…!

Usually such “top five” or “top ten” or “top however-the-hell-many-you-want” things about a given subject are the purview of clickbait sites. (Hey, no damning them for being what they are, here. We all live and die based on the amount of traffic we get. Clickbaiters may shamelessly flaunt themselves like prostitutes, promising titillation before education…

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World’s Deadliest Microfossil Was Our Earliest Ancestor

Teeth. That’s the first thing you see. Lots and lots of teeth. This thing was nothing BUT teeth and a mouth. The creature is called SACCORHYTUS. It was a DEUTEROSTOME, and these type creatures are the foundation, or were, upon which mammalian life evolved, including human beings. Yes, this one-millimeter-long sea creature was our ancestor,…

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The PC Police Hatin’ on SPLIT

I have in the past vented so much spleen on the Political Correctness movement and on “outrage culture” that it’s surprising I have any spleen left. I must have Wolverine spleen, though, a mutant healing factor with a spleen that constantly grows back like Prometheus’s liver, as I never seem to run out of vitriol…

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Review: SPLIT

The latest offering from writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan proves that the auteur has regained his stride. Shyamalan is BACK, big time. After the godawful deuces of THE HAPPENING and THE LAST AIRBENDER, we feared we’d lost him, and hipster Internet hacks decided it was fashionable to heap insult and scorn upon him— kinda like it…

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Bigfoot, Bringing Us All Together

It would be so easy to lose heart these days. It seems we as a country are more divided than ever. But then I remind myself, we survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights struggle, Vietnam, the Cold War. We will survive the little orange dictator, too, and the vast reserves of…

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PENNY DREADFUL Comic Book Alternate Covers

Previously I reported the grand news that the PENNY DREADFUL story would be continuing after all, albeit in comic book form. I am now pleased to add to that announcement with more PD-related goodness. Titan Comics has revealed that there will be SIX covers for the upcoming series release, and you can feast your peepers…

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The Neanderthals of Jersey Shore

One could attempt a reasoned argument that the late and anything but lamented television abomination and celebration of all things crude, course, vapid, and putrid about American pop culture today—I am speaking of MTV’s JERSEY SHORE, may it forever rot in hell!—appealed only to Neanderthals, but that would be insulting to Neanderthals who, more and…

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Science Looks at the Werewolf

That’s LIVE Science, people. As in, the website livescience.com. It’s, y’know, scientific and stuff. Educational. (Don’t tell the kids or they’ll stop reading!) I chanced by chance upon this article, like, by chance, wherein somebody over at livescience (Note: If I ever open a mortuary, and then decide to establish a website to advertise said…

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Review: THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM

To use the word “disappointment” is apropos to begin this article, as I WAS. Disappointed, that is. I’d gone into this one with high hopes, intrigued by the premise and always happy for any excuse to see Kate Beckinsale in genre work. I mean, I like her and all, but I don’t like her enough…

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Bringing Back the Dead (Animals)

“Gentlemen, we can rebuild [them]. We have the technology. We have the capability… We can make [them] better than [they were] before. Better…stronger…faster.” That’s a paraphrase of the opening narration to THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, a TV show I loved as a kid. “[Y]our scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they COULD…

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Love Werewolves? You’re into Exhibitionism!

Here’s something stupid. Or it WOULD be stupid, if it were meant to be taken seriously, and I don’t think it is. Supposedly your favorite subgenre of Horror reveals your secret sexual fetish. I call balderdash, but since you’re here and I’m here, we might as well go ahead and see what the article has…

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Radio Werewolf

Radio programming is a lost art. I’m referring here to the sort of audio entertainment that existed before the advent of television, not the inane blabbering and cookie-cutter programming that comprise the wasteland that is radio today. There’s nothing at all artistic about the latter, and we can only wish that it would somehow become…

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Dance of the Little Devils

In Costa Rica, the annual Fiesta de los Diablitos, or “Dance of the Little Devils,” is a celebration honoring the ancestral spirits and animal totems of the Brunka tribe held in the sister villages of Rey Curre and Boruca. The ancestral spirits and animal guides helped the Brunka gain a victory over Spanish conquistadors during…

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Eat ‘Em Up!

“The stomach rules the world!” said William Buckland, professor of Geology at Oxford University circa the early nineteenth century. “The great ones eat the less, and the less the lesser still.” He was right about that, really. Nature is just a fight for survival, and to survive a creature must eat. Even plants have to…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: THE MAD MONSTER

This one was featured on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000, but it’s just as much fun, or almost, if you watch it straight and make up your own quips as you go along. Despite the presence of Horror flick legends like George Zucco and Glenn Strange (who would appear with far greater effectiveness as the Frankenstein…

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WOLF HOUSE at the ‘Mart

Forget Netflix or on-demand or even going to your local arthouse theater. If you want to see WOLF HOUSE—and I want to see it, and I expect that you will as well, once I finish telling you the premise—you’re gonna have to go to Walmart. Not a problem, I’m sure, as, if you are reading…

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The Beast of Watford

There’s another’n! Another mysterious “cat-like” beast is on the prowl, this time in Watford, which is in England. I know this because ALL big black cat-like beast sightings are in England, aren’t they? (No, not really, but England DOES have far more than its fair share.) Also a sighting took place in a locale called…

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I like my movies RAW

It can get depressing, being a cinephile. (Or, as I prefer to call myself and folks of a similar fascination with celluloid, “cinepheliacs.” It sounds more ominous, doncha think? I propose that “cinepheliac” become the official designation for a cinephile who loves Horror films in particular.) I go see a lot of movies, yet right…

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The Circus is dead. Long live the Circus!

This week brought some sad news. Sad, if not outright heartbreaking. Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, the world’s largest traveling circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” is folding. PETA celebrated this as a knockout victory, and the RBBB Circus HAS had some issues in the past with properly taking care of its animals, which…

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