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HOWLING III coming to Blu-ray

Scream Factory is doing us Horror marks a solid, no question about it. Bringing lots of lesser-known cinematic offerings from yesteryear to us on crisp, spiffy new Blu-rays. They don’t discriminate. Even when dealing with a movie that should be forgotten, should be blotted out of the public consciousness, razed from collective human memory. If…

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Welcome back, FANGORIA!

I know you all did what every responsible Horror mark ought to have done this past week, right? You hit your local newsstand or bookstore or the magazine rack at Kroger and grabbed your copy of the new, freshly-returned FANGORIA magazine? (Does Kroger still sell Fangoria? When I was a kid in the glorious 80s,…

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The Evolution of the Serial Killer

Whence came the first serial killer? I expect there is no real answer to that question. Our bestial forbears, little chimpanzee-like hominids, likely had amongst their number a shaggy brute who killed just for the pleasure of the act, and did so repeatedly. That would qualify as a serial killer. Don’t believe it could have…

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A Plea for the Summary Execution of Movie Critics

Friends, you have it within your power. I stand as a victorious gladiator, hand held high, thumb pointed downward, asking for your support. The time has come to kill the critics. Metaphorically. Is this somewhat hypocritical, seeing as how I’m a guy who gets paid to write movie reviews? Nope. Because I am the evolution…

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Movie Review: VENOM

I always hate having to read through some long review to get to the meat of it if I’m in a hurry. Not that this will be a long review. But I’m all about instant gratification where its warranted. Let us cut to the proverbial chase, then. GO SEE VENOM. It is as much a…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Nineteen

Roosevelt Brewster steadied himself, bracing, shoring up his defenses. Around him the commotion and bustle of the police station went on, uninterrupted and ignored. He stared through the glass doorway into his office–the Chief’s office–but his by default after the old man’s stroke. That office contained the only comfortable furniture in the building, a soft…

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What Type Of ‘Foot Is Your Bigfoot?

There are three possibilities here. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you. Scenario number one: there are several different species, and perhaps different races, of undiscovered primates, either apes or subhumans, at large all around the world, that have somehow managed to remain completely undiscovered by modern Science. This isn’t out-and-out impossible,…

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Rawhead and Bloody Bones: The American Version

More properly, this is ONE of the Americanized versions. Rawhead and Bloody Bones has been around since at least the 1500s when he first appeared in the written folklore of England. (He’d probably been around even longer as an oral tradition.) He migrated to America along with the settlers, where, as stories are wont to…

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Monster Sex – Parental Warning!

I’d be curious to see the extra clicks generated, if there were a way to measure such things (which there isn’t that I know of), by the title of this article alone. Guaranteed to grab the attention of all Monsterkidz and Horror nerds, and probably even moreso in the case of the heterosexual males of…

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New Home for the MUSEUM OF MYSTERY

Regular readers will recall my recent plea on behalf of one of the coolest places in the world, Wolf’s Museum of Mystery in Saint Augustine, Florida. They were having issues with their landlord, who wanted them gone in order to “modernize” and homogenize the property. He was also asking such an inflated price for the…

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More Dead Animals

Remember this report from last week? Sure you do. Something killed a bunch of cute little miniature horses and a dog in Monroe County, Kentucky. The identity of the perpetrator has yet to be conclusively determined—but it has struck again. According to the local news stations, there are scars from bite marks on a cow,…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Eighteen

FOUR DAYS AGO: WAXING GIBBOUS MOON The house had three bedrooms which, for Hank Frye’s needs at this current point in his life, consisted of two bedrooms too many. One of these he’d converted to a library when he’d bought the house the previous year. The other he had yet to decide what to do…

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In Search of the *Real* FURY OF THE DEMON

Last week I related the saga of FURY OF THE DEMON. According to the extant lore, the film was the creation of one Victor Sicarius, a protégé of the brilliant “Father of the Cinema” George Melies. Sicarius was a practicing occultist and put a curse on his film. Anytime the movie has been shown, it…

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The “Nazi” Yeti

Supposedly Hitler thought the Yeti, aka the Abominable Snowman, would provide proof of his theory of Aryan genetic descent. (Actually the Aryans were brown-skinned Indo-Europeans who looked a lot like today’s Middle Easterners. Note the similarities of the two words “Iran” and “Aryan”. Not an accident. Iran literally means “land of the Aryans.”) That’s why…

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Where’s The Wolfman Bucket?

Debuting at the New York Comic Con are these retro-style Universal Monsters Halloween candy buckets from super7. Thus far they have revealed only the Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon buckets. (Of the two, I think the Creature bucket is my favorite. Love you, Franky!) But where are the other Universal Monsters? They say…

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Puppet Master vs. Puppet Master

The new PUPPET MASTER movie, the reboot, has just come out on video. I haven’t seen it yet; I’ll let you know my thoughts as soon as I do. One thing about it that doesn’t sit right with me, though, is that the Puppets, and their creator Andre Toulon, are transformed into Nazis for the…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Seventeen

Chaney had just reached the exit, turning off the Interstate into Birmingham, when the feeling came over her. Disquiet, foreboding, and familiar, a nagging sense that something, somewhere, wasn’t right. Am I feeling guilty now, or what? Chaney dismissed the thought, pulling a cigarette free from the pack and lighting it. She turned up her…

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The Necessity of Folklore

Necessary to our shared human history, that is. Necessary to our understanding of ourselves. Necessary to a people’s establishment and maintenance, its common spiritual and psychological identity. It is, along with our recorded histories, the soil in which our cultural roots are sunk, and we will either stand, nourished, or wither and fall dependent on…

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The Curse of FURY OF THE DEMON

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Every storyteller knows this. There was this silent film entitled FURY OF THE DEMON. The film is now considered lost, as are so many of those magnificent old silent movies. In this case, though, it may be for the best that the film…

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Ruminations on the Emmys

Darren Criss won for his performance in AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE, and deservedly so. Judith Light and Penelope Cruz were also nominated for that series, and also deservedly so. And I was thrilled to see my boy Finn Wittrock getting some respect. He competed against Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez—all for…

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A Brief History of Censorship, Part Two

It’s been fascinating, for me, at least, reading up on the subject, learning about it so that I could pass that knowledge on to you, our faithful followers. The milestones along the pathway to the ratings system we have today. A lot has changed in a relatively short time. When I was a kid, and…

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Dead Animals

Three horses—albeit horses of the miniature variety—and a dog in Monroe County, Kentucky were killed by some kind of animal. Two of the horses were found floating in a pond, the third in a barn with its throat torn out. It would seem the ones in the pond also suffered similar injuries, as their deaths…

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Just Take My Damn Money, Already

I’m a sucker for this kinda stuff. A big ol’ sucker. BREAKOUT BEASTS is the new toy line from Mega Construx. You buy an alien-esque plastic egg. The egg is built to pop open at its “equator” and inside is filled with neon-colored slime—and a monster! The creatures are billed as “buildable” so that likely…

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Tarzan vs. the Wolfman

No, that movie never happened. But wouldn’t it have been awesome if it had! There ARE connections between the two characters, though, and not just in the conceptual sense. Both are metaphors for the blurring of the line between human being and animal. Tarzan is a man who was raised by beasts, the latest iteration…

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GLEN OR GLENDA? vs. MANIAC

“Comparing and contrasting the Devil imagery in Ed Wood’s GLEN OR GLENDA? and Dwain Esper’s MANIAC” would have made for a more accurate title for this article, but it was a tad too long, I thought. Last week I watched the latter film, impressed by the depths of inadequacy it managed to plumb. Something I…

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