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Direwolves: A Different Beast

NOTE: I keep seeing them referred to as “dire wolves”, even in scholarly sources like this linked article. But it bugs me. “Dire wolves” means wolves that are dire. This is an accurate description, as far as that goes, but it isn’t grammatically correct, not if the term is meant to designate a separate species…Continue readingDirewolves: A Different Beast

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MOON KNIGHT and SWAMP THING News

We knew that Oscar Isaac was going to be playing the lead in the new Marvel series MOON KNIGHT for Disney’s streaming service (although it has yet to be “officially” confirmed), and now we know that Ethan Hawke has signed on to play the big bad. We don’t know which villain he’ll be portraying, though.…Continue readingMOON KNIGHT and SWAMP THING News

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The Beast of Chickenfoot

It’d been a little while since I took a roadtrip, and this past weekend presented a perfect opportunity. It was a lovely day, but cold, thus ruling out any outdoor activities. An ideal day for driving, then! But where to go? I’d heard stories about Chickenfoot, an area of Lawrence County, Alabama, for years, but…Continue readingThe Beast of Chickenfoot

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The Wendigo of BLACK WOOD

I’m a sucker for a good Wendigo movie at any time. Note that I said *good* Wendigo movie. As I recall, RAVENOUS was mediocre as hell, not bad enough to be fun but not good, either. I need to go back and rewatch it, as I might appreciate it a little more now, being older…Continue readingThe Wendigo of BLACK WOOD

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Mike Flanagan Wants Clayface

This is the guy who brought us GERALD’S GAME, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, the underrated OCULUS, and the amazeballs DOCTOR SLEEP, just in case you didn’t recognize the name. The dude knows what he’s doing, for sure, and what he does best is high-quality Horror. And he wants to do a Clayface movie. That’s…Continue readingMike Flanagan Wants Clayface

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The Grizzly Cometh!

A clip 40 years in the making! Or close enough! I first saw the movie GRIZZLY when it was broadcast on network television around 1978 or so. I was just a wee thing, and the film, though edited to be broadcast on TV, scared the wee out of me. (The fact that I lived basically…Continue readingThe Grizzly Cometh!

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Scraps

So how exactly did we get dogs? How did wolves become domesticated? Ancient wolves sure wouldn’t have looked any more cute and cuddly than any of the other predators that hunted and preyed upon ancient human beings. (Maybe as puppies.) So how did it occur to our primitive forebears that making friends with the wolf…Continue readingScraps

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411 Skeptics

One of the many communities I belong to on social media is dedicated to the MISSING411 phenomenon. This, if you are unfamiliar, is the field of expertise of a man named David Paulides, who investigates cases of strange disappearances in national parks and other wilderness areas. Most of the people who belong to this group…Continue reading411 Skeptics

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 62

“I do not believe I have ever witnessed a more disgraceful sight.” It took me a few seconds to recognize the voice as my own. One’s voice always sounds different in one’s own ears than it does to others. But I knew the voice I heard speaking, coming from nowhere in particular but all around…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 62

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Movie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

I’ve been writing about this one for some time now. I had really hoped that it would be released to theaters in my geographic area, yet it never was. Yesterday I finally got hold of it on DVD. Was it worth the wait? Well, kinda, I guess. I wanted to like this one a lot…Continue readingMovie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 61

A sense of uncleanness and foreboding grew thicker the higher I climbed, a palpable presence. Here I saw no other living thing. The air ceased to stir. I came at last to the temple site. The structure itself had long since collapsed, long before my time. Its walls lay in pieces now, broken slabs scattered…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 61

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Werewolves Less Popular Nowadays?

According to Screen Rant they are. I hadn’t noticed. Yes, I *did* notice that there were no big screen, big studio movies featuring werewolves in theaters right now, or for the past few years. But fewer werewolves than vampires? Fewer werewolves than appearances by Frankenstein? Didn’t seem like it to me. “The main takeaway from…Continue readingWerewolves Less Popular Nowadays?

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Polish WEREWOLF Dogs

The movie is titled WEREWOLF but it isn’t readily clear that there are no actual werewolves in this film. Not literal werewolves, at any rate. It does have killer dogs, and you could argue that there are werewolves present, but they are werewolves of the mind, conceptual werewolves. Here’s the official synopsis: “Children liberated from…Continue readingPolish WEREWOLF Dogs

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Vasaria

World War Two didn’t just start out of the blue. There had been a buildup for years, with the expectant publicity. News reports on the radio and playing before feature films in theaters made sure the average American stayed up-to-date on the growing Nazi threat. Germany was viewed, and rightfully so, in a very negative…Continue readingVasaria

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 60

I traveled alone. None could aid me, so I allowed none to accompany me. God alone walked beside me. “Give me the strength I will need,” I prayed. “Not for my sake, but for the sake of all those who suffer from this pestilence. As You aided me that night in the Roman Coliseum, come…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 60

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 59

Our Abbot, in response to the shared question on all our lips—“Why is this happening?—came to me for an answer, believing I, as one so afflicted, might possess some greater insight. “I do not know why,” I told him. “Brother Christopher, what then can we do?” “I do not know,” I lied for a second…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 59

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Movie Review: WONDER WOMAN 1984 (and the Cheetah’s Nipples)

The movie is fantastic. All the Normie haters are wrong, as they almost always are. Ignore them, if you haven’t seen this one already. You really should, as it’s as good as they come. There is one implausibility—how exactly did they get that jet all fueled and ready for takeoff without anyone noticing?—and normally an…Continue readingMovie Review: WONDER WOMAN 1984 (and the Cheetah’s Nipples)

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Sir Geoffrey and His Headless Hellhound

Over on our sister site VAMPIRES.COM this week we’ve been examining supposed real-life incidents of paranormal occurrences linked to this time of year and the annual celebration of Christmas. One of the stories I came across while researching the subject, however, is better suited to this particular site, as it deals with a phantasmagorical hellhound,…Continue readingSir Geoffrey and His Headless Hellhound

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Krampus: One Hoof or Two?

As I always do this time of year, immersing myself in Yuletide lore (being the folklorist that I am I cannot resist all the lush legendry associated with the holidays), I was reading through some Saturnalia esoterica and such when I chanced upon a mention of my beloved friend Krampus and learned something about him…Continue readingKrampus: One Hoof or Two?

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More than an Animal

I was watching one of those Bigfoot-hunting shows—and by “watching” I mean it was playing in the background while I was doing other stuff, only halfway paying attention to it, as generally those kind of shows don’t really interest me. (Spoiler alert: They don’t ever find Bigfoot. They go out in the woods and record…Continue readingMore than an Animal

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Neanderthal Funerals

“New Research Bolsters Claim That Neanderthals Buried Their Dead” reads the headline of this linked article. I had the same reaction as the writer of that article when I first read its headline: Isn’t that a done deal, I thought? Didn’t we already know that Neanderthals buried their dead? As he said: “I must admit,…Continue readingNeanderthal Funerals

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Carpenter’s Creature

Once upon a time, Horror maestro John Carpenter was supposed to be making a remake of the classic Universal chiller THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. For whatever reasons that film never got made. But maybe, just maybe, we can change that from “never got made” to “hasn’t been made YET”. With the incredible success,…Continue readingCarpenter’s Creature

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Check Out FEAR OF THE WOODS

“Alaska 1993. A snowstorm has trapped the small mountain town. Now it’s up to a group of rebellious teenagers to save their town that don’t believe in monsters.” So reads the synopsis—poorly. Is the “small mountain town” supposed to be named “Alaska”? That’s how the synopsis makes it sound. And they’re out to save a…Continue readingCheck Out FEAR OF THE WOODS

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Zodiac Shot Himself in the Foot?

Following up on the report last week on the breaking of one of the Zodiac killer’s ciphers, Sam Blake, the Australian mathematician who was one of the teammates who solved the code, had this to say: “I’ve been asked before if I thought the Zodiac understood how much more difficult he made it by doing…Continue readingZodiac Shot Himself in the Foot?

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The Wolf of Passau

I don’t remember the last time, before the other night, that I tuned into public television. As it so happened, I was setting the DVR to record the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon, which aired this year exclusively on public television because Apple bogarted the broadcast rights, and I noticed the program airing directly before good…Continue readingThe Wolf of Passau

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 58

The monks maintained gardens, both to feed themselves and the fruits of which they shared with the townsfolk. They practiced medicine, as a couple of them had some training. There were potters, blacksmiths, bakers and brewers among their number. I became one of the group selected to teach the children of Gilead, and those children…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 58

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 57

I had known that it was happening. Or, if not known, surmised, suspected. I did not want to admit it to myself. I had found peace again. Against all my expectations. Tranquility. Happiness, even? Dare I admit it? Yes, now I will say it. Before I feared, perhaps, to acknowledge it, even to myself. Always…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 57

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Zodiac Decoded

He ain’t got teefers or claws, or didn’t have (probably), and he wasn’t covered with fur (probably) and the full moon had nothing to do with his crimes (probably, although he was a little obsessed with constellations and celestial phenomena and such), but he was a serial killer, and in the past serial killers were…Continue readingZodiac Decoded

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ANTLERS Yanked

This isn’t surprising. It was ambitious for the studio to think that movie theaters would be operating normally by February of next year. They won’t be. Even with ‘Rona vaccines on the way, the logistics are gonna be a bugger. It’s going to take a while to get enough people vaccinated for us to get…Continue readingANTLERS Yanked

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The Creepshow Holiday Special—with Werewolves

I don’t have Shudder so alas I will miss this one, but you should check it out. The CREEPSHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL will debut on the streaming service on December 18th, and will feature as one of the series’ anthology pieces a special hour-long episode called “Shapeshifters Anonymous”, in which “an anxious man…fearing he is a…Continue readingThe Creepshow Holiday Special—with Werewolves

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Time to Hibernate

There’s a new theory that human beings who have suffered heart attacks or strokes (But are still alive afterward, obviously—Wait. Is it “afterward” or “afterwards”? Ah, pardon me while I chase down this rabbit…Okay, just googled it. I was right. There’s no difference. While the Internet says that “afterward” is more common in the US…Continue readingTime to Hibernate

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Get Bent!

Or “bended”, to be more correct, maybe? It doesn’t sound as powerful, though, as the header of an article. “Get bended.” No, it lacks a little of the ring, the ironic forcefulness. But since we’re talking about bendable action figures—you know, action figures with wire skeletons covered with rubber flesh that you can pose any…Continue readingGet Bent!

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Guilty Confessions

I have a confession of sorts to make. While I don’t know Channing Tatum personally, we both come from the same place. We call the same small Southern town our hometown. Neither of us lives there now, but it is where we are from. (Incidentally, actor Lucas Black, famous for his deep Southern drawl, who…Continue readingGuilty Confessions

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A New Black Panther

Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige has announced that the part of T’challa the Black Panther, originated by Chadwick Boseman, will not be recast. That means we’ll be getting his little sister Shuri as the new Black Panther for the sequel. There is some foundation for this, as Shuri did serve as the Panther for a time…Continue readingA New Black Panther

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 56

EDITOR’S NOTE (Continued) Despite the best efforts of the Emperor, however, some external evidence does exist, two statements mentioning that which he had decreed remain taboo. After much tenacious effort on my part, I discovered two references to the event recorded by independent sources. It is fortunate for me that I find historical minutiae, however…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 56

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HUNTED in the New Year

The film will debut on Shudder on January 14th, and hopefully on DVD shortly thereafter for the unfortunates like me who can’t livestream it. According to that aforementioned streaming service, HUNTED is “an exhilarating, transcendent, and frequently brutal survival tale that elevates itself with the power of myth and magic, while still holding an exacting…Continue readingHUNTED in the New Year

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All About BEAST MODE

I haven’t seen this one yet but I look forward to it. It has an impressive cast full of all sorts of Geek Cred—Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS, SWAMP THING), Leslie Easterbrook (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), and C. Thomas Howell (THE HITCHER)—and a sweet premise: “The 80s throwback horror tells…Continue readingAll About BEAST MODE

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The (Pint-sized) Hound of Wotan

The remains of a wolf-like canine dating back 8400 years have been unearthed in Sölvesborg, Blekinge County, Sweden, some 350 miles south of Stockholm. That particular breed of dog no longer exists, but according to zooarchaeologist Ola Magnell at National Historical Museums, Sweden, it was similar to “a Spitz” or was “a dog like a…Continue readingThe (Pint-sized) Hound of Wotan

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GRIZZLY II Coming in January!

Now there’s a way to kickstart a new (hopefully better) year! The unfinished sequel to 1976’s GRIZZLY has been finished at last and is set to debut in January—with both a livestreaming and a theatrical release. Wait, what? Theatrical?! Hell, yes! Color me there! So what’s the plot for this one? “All hell breaks loose…Continue readingGRIZZLY II Coming in January!

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Which Monster’s Legacy Will Tatum Tarnish?

With Channing Tatum (translation: destined for failure) lined up to star in a new more comical (translation: destined for failure) take on one of the classic Universal Monsters, two questions come immediately to mind. The first: Why? Who could possibly think this was a good idea? And the second: Which of the Monsters are they…Continue readingWhich Monster’s Legacy Will Tatum Tarnish?

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THE CONFESSIONSOF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 55

Editor’s Note As I have stated elsewhere, I am well aware that the burden of proof in this situation, the supposition that the Confessions document is genuine, must fall to me alone. When arguing fantastical claims, the evidence necessary to support and validate those claims must by necessity be substantial, must be strong in degrees…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONSOF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 55

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Sexy Skinless Werewolf Babes (and Swamp Thing)

I read issue number 40 of SWAMP THING, titled “The Curse”, before I saw the film THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. I’ve written before of the huge debt I owe to SWAMP THING and to writer Alan Moore and artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben, who created it. The imprint this comic, Horror of the highest…Continue readingSexy Skinless Werewolf Babes (and Swamp Thing)

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Fix the Yeti

Apparently the animatronic Yeti on the Expedition: Everest ride at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom is on the fritz. Who knew? I didn’t. Apparently it’s been on the fritz for quite some time. I didn’t know that, either. Joe Rohde, the Imagineer (that’s what they call them, right?) in charge of the Animal Kingdom park, announced his…Continue readingFix the Yeti

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About that PREDATOR Sequel

Plagiarism ain’t cool, so I always want to be sure to credit those who do the heavy lifting for me. In this case, it was the folks over at AVP Galaxy. They did some Internet sleuthing and came up with some details, even though none have been officially released. Here’s what they had to say:…Continue readingAbout that PREDATOR Sequel

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Yesterday’s Werewolf

Sure we’re into the holiday season proper now, but some of us are still talking about Halloween, so deal with it! Also I did just stumble across this site, like, yesterday, so it counts. For all the bad that the Internet has brought into our lives, I cannot but be thankful for it. In so…Continue readingYesterday’s Werewolf

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A Visit to Keeper’s Korner

I’d poked my head in the door once before, briefly, when I visited the Arx Mortis haunted attraction in Killen, Alabama back in 2017, but hadn’t really had a chance to “experience” it then. My recent visit at the end of November in this year of the ‘Rona found the haunt itself closed for the…Continue readingA Visit to Keeper’s Korner

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In Memoriam: David Prowse

Mr. Prowse, who passed away last night at age 85, already had gained his Geek Cred even before taking on his most famous role: more on that in a second. Prowse starred in FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, as the titular Monster from Hell, and in THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, also in the role…Continue readingIn Memoriam: David Prowse

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 54

God’s deliverance did not end there in the arena. I awoke back in a cell underneath the Coliseum. I knew it from the sounds and smells, the hard earth and straw beneath my back, knew where they had left me. Also I knew that night still held sway over the land, for I could sense…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 54

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FREAKY, Buffalo Bill, and the Overwoke

I credit it to the company I keep. I had no idea that anyone, anywhere had objected to FREAKY as somehow offensive to the trans community and the crossdressing community. I suppose it’s just that none of my friends are stupid, and none of *their* friends are stupid, either, not the ones I have come…Continue readingFREAKY, Buffalo Bill, and the Overwoke

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Landon to JEKYLL AND HYDE?

Yes, please, and thank you! With news breaking this week that a new lighthearted and comedic take on one of the classic Universal Monsters is planned—we don’t yet know which one—and that this film will star non-actor Channing Tatum, any other news relating to the Universal Monsters universe could be, depending on what it is,…Continue readingLandon to JEKYLL AND HYDE?