werewolf, werewolves and lycans

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THE HOWLING: A Slasher Film?

Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf opus THE HOWLING is rightfully recognized today as a true classic, one of the greatest werewolf films, and one of the greatest Horror films, in general, ever made. (Hardcore Horror hounds like me, with a particular love for werewolves, would suggest it’s one of the best movies, PERIOD, regardless of genre.)…

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Werewolves in Comics

This article isn’t meant to be a complete overview of the phenomenon of lycanthropy in comics, so don’t let the title fool you. I intend only to talk about a few cases wherein a prominent character has been transformed into a werewolf within the pages of his comic; this overview was prompted by a new…

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Teenage Wereskunk!

Teenage Wereskunk! Bum-buum! Teenage Wereskunk! (You have to sing it to the tune of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” the song that everybody and his kid brother knows as “Teenage Wasteland,” to fully appreciate it.) Somehow or other I’d managed to miss this one. I AM A TEENAGE WERESKUNK is exactly what its title suggests, and…

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Aurochs on the Way Back

You ever heard the old saying “Everybody on the planet is either predator or prey. And if you don’t know which you are, you’re prey,” or some variation on that? It’s generally accurate, but don’t feel bad if you aren’t a predator. Human beings in general ARE predators, but the way the slogan is used,…

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Our Ancestors Were Freaks

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to know how our pre-human ancestors had sex. Wonder no longer; your curiosity is about to be satisfied! They did it like gorillas. How do we know? Footprints, that’s how. No, you perverts, the fossil prints (some 3 ½ million years old) discovered in Tanzania can’t tell us what position…

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Is 4-D the Way of the Future?

What is 4-D, anyway? You know what 3-D is. Well, add some sensory input—vibrating seats, rain, fog, and even odors. Then you’ve got 4-D. They have things like that at Disneyworld. I remember, several years ago, watching some mini-movie based on A BUG’S LIFE at Animal Kingdom. You got sprayed with water at one point,…

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Empathy for the Devil

This article takes an interesting but fairly highbrow—which is not to say it’s boring, BUT…—look at the functions of human empathy, and how it doesn’t only benefit the other guy; our ability to empathize is also good for us. What part of the brain is responsible for self-control? Previously science told us it was the…

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OK—Original Krampus

As in, these are the original designs created by writer-director Michael Dougherty for his onscreen KRAMPUS project, not the Germanic, pre-Christian demonic figure incorporated into Christmas symbology as the years passed. While I love the final design they went with for the creature in the movie—Did you know that Krampus’s bearded, slack-jawed face in the…

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Creepy Colorful Christmas

I need to stop saying I’ll *never* do something. I said I’d never embrace ebooks; I loved my old-fashioned paper and canvas books, dammit, and technology could never replicate the magic holding a book in my hands brings. ‘They’ll never succeed,” I said on more than one occasion, “until they can create an ebook reader…

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In Appreciation of Black and White

I hope I’m preaching to the choir here, but I feel I can’t stress enough the value of classic Horror movies, and in particular those of the black-and-white variety. I’m certainly not alone in my love for and appreciation of that cinematic subgenre. I have a softness in my heart for all old movies, if…

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Werewolf Kittens Made The List!

I’m talking about the annual Atlas Obscura Greatest Discoveries of the Past Year list. This time around there are 58 of them in total. While I get a couple of compendium emails a week from the folks at Atlas Obscura, and I have not too infrequently reported on something, or, I guess, to be accurate,…

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Continuity of the APES

The two PLANET OF THE APES prequels, 2011’s RISE OF and 2014’s DAWN OF, have been straight-up excellent, and there is every reason to be hopeful that the upcoming WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out in summer 2017, will be of comparable quality. The prequels can be enjoyed on their own; it…

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Lycanthropic Link to the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Let me just go ahead and warn you, peeps. This week is going to be heavy on the holiday-related stuff. By the time you’ll all be reading this, December 25th will have passed, but this whole “end-Christmas-at-11:59-PM” movement is of recent vintage and largely commercial in origin. Stores hurrying to strip their shelves and capitalize…

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The Werewolf Conference

Yeah, so this happened last year. I’m only now hearing about it, okay? And it’s not like you were gonna go, anyway. Not unless you were already in commuting distance, and if that was the case then you probably already knew about the International Werewolf Conference to begin with, and you probably went to it,…

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Krampus Assaulted

Let’s see the little whippersnappers try this with the REAL Krampus! A group of teenagers in St. Johann, Pongau, Austria assaulted one of Krampus’s helpers during the yearly Krampus Christmas parade. What’s up with that?! And only one of the brats got taken to jail? And where were the other Krampuses (Krampi?) when their brother…

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Turnin’ and Howlin’: Micky Neilson takes on THE HOWLING—and a sequel to THE TURNING

A few weeks back I posted my review of the novel THE TURNING by Micky Neilson. NO reason to repeat that review, since you can just click on the link if you want to read it, but suffice it to say it is one of the finest pieces of werewolf fiction I’ve ever been fortunate…

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The First Murder?

The story of Genesis offers us a mythic, symbolized story of the first murder, when Cain, son of Adam and Eve, killed his brother Abel. Curiously it wasn’t the act of murder that got the first family kicked out of paradise; instead, that first offense, nibbling fruit from a tree at the behest of a…

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Baffled by Baphomet

A “baphomet” is an idol. Since the 1800s it is depicted as a half human, half goat figure, equal parts male and female. It’s recognized by modern Satanists and pagans; actually it’s recognized by a whole lotta people; what I mean is, it has symbolic meaning for those folks, and for the vast majority of…

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Would you survive?

What the hell, I’ve done it for vampires and for zombies, might as well do it for werewolves. This is a silly quiz; answer some silly questions and it will tell you whether or nor you would survive a werewolf invasion. It’s flawed, though. Here’s one classic example: the second question, paraphrased, asks what you…

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The Protector of Osmir

My brethren! Kindred spirits! I have found you! Yes, I’m talking to you, you fine folks at Impossible Salt, you twain musical directors Emilia Allen and Parker Genné, et al. And what a name for your company! IMPOSSIBLE SALT! I love it! You see, I too am a theatre person. Writing, directing, and producing are…

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Look out for the Christmas Cat

Yeah, it sounds all cutesy, but don’t be fooled. The Christmas Cat is the stuff of nightmares. If you’re a kid growing up in Iceland, it is. Instead of dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head on Christmas Eve, you might be having nightmare visions of your being eviscerated by the fearsome, fanged feline!…

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Altered Beast – Re-altered!

Old video game properties never die. They just get refurbished and re-released in new, high-tech versions. I remember playing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG on the original Sega Genesis system. Nowadays we have SKYLANDERS. The success of the latter may have helped get another old Sega chestnut an upgrade. Remember ALTERED BEAST? It had werewolves and all…

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It’s a Record!

I seem to be on a nostalgia kick this week. More than usual, I mean. I didn’t plan it this way, not consciously. Is my subconscious secretly at play? Probably. It usually is. I’ve learned it’s best to just go with it, if that’s the case. So this week my subconscious recalled to memory something…

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The Beast Vanishes

If you picked up the title for this article being an homage to the Bela Lugosi classic (ALL Bela Lugosi films are classics, in one sense of the word or another!) THE CORPSE VANISHES, give yourself a gold star! This is a story I heard firsthand during my recent visit to the EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT museum…

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Caught on Camera

Police in the little town of Gardner, Kansas—One wonders how small a town it is; do they have at least one Walmart? A Dollar General? If so, they aren’t THAT small—were concerned after some citizens reported seeing a mountain lion, aka a cougar, aka a puma, aka a panther, on the loose. (Note: Please don’t…

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