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Wolfpack Brothers Weigh In On Captive Children

Remember the “Wolfpack Brothers“? I do. I seem to recall that I wrote an article about them some time back. (Ah, yes. Here it is.) The Wolfpack didn’t have it as bad as those thirteen kids who were just freed from their parents’ “House of Horrors” in California, though; THEY at least got to watch…Continue readingWolfpack Brothers Weigh In On Captive Children

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What Was–Or Is–The Terror Beast?

This story hearkens back to the legend of the Beast of Gevaudon, in more ways that one. One of the prominent theories regarding the Gallic Beast, or “La Bete”, that menaced the southern French countryside in the late 1700s and killed somewhere between 60 and 200 people, was either an escaped–or deliberately released–hyena. Likewise, authorities…Continue readingWhat Was–Or Is–The Terror Beast?

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Robert E. Howard’s WOLFSHEAD

As I sit typing these words, it is January 22nd. The 112th birthday of Robert E. Howard. What a perfect occasion to celebrate the man’s contribution to the werewolf mythos. Howard, if you don’t recognize his name (please don’t tell me, as I’d rather not know how culturally deprived you are) is most famous as…Continue readingRobert E. Howard’s WOLFSHEAD

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Soapin’ With Sasquatch

I’m a little confused. Was this soap designed for use by Sasquatch? Firsthand accounts from numerous eyewitness encounters allege that Bigfoot is stinky. This is only to be expected. Bigfoot is an animal. With lots of hair. And it lives outside exclusively. In the elements. There’s no way it would NOT smell. It’s only natural.…Continue readingSoapin’ With Sasquatch

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In Search of the Wendigo That Wasn’t

The other day, I bought this cheapo compilation DVD package at the ‘Mart. (That’s what I affectionately call Walmart.) It featured a plethora of haunted documentaries–documentaries of alleged real hauntings–and as that stuff, along with True Crime documentaries, is the audio/visual equivalent of comfort food for me, naturally I picked it out of the bargain…Continue readingIn Search of the Wendigo That Wasn’t

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Religious Wackjob versus DARK SHADOWS

I’m betting you’ve seen a Chick tract, even if you didn’t know what they were called. This wackjob named Jack Chick published gazillions of little micro comic books pimping his own bastardized version of extreme fundamentalist Christianity–which in actuality was about as far removed from the genuine teachings of Jesus Christ as it is possible…Continue readingReligious Wackjob versus DARK SHADOWS

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Scare At Your Own Risk

A drive-in in Russia wants to hire somebody to dress as a movie monster and sneak up on couples necking in their cars and scare the lust right out of them. “3D and IMAX are not exciting any more. But when a blood-soaked maniac from the screen approaches your car – this is when you…Continue readingScare At Your Own Risk

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Tarantino’s Manson Flick Lands Leo

Leonardo DiCaprio, if’n you didn’t pick up on it. Previous reports were that Tom Cruise was going to star in the movie. I don’t know if Leo’s casting means that Tom is out or not. I doubt it. I do know that having Leo onboard lends some needed gravitas to the production. The guy’s a…Continue readingTarantino’s Manson Flick Lands Leo

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Got a Light?

He’s called “the Woodsman,” or alternately one of the “bearded men.” He and his cohorts look like they’ve been in a fire. I initially theorized that they had been at the site of the first atomic bomb explosion, somehow caught in the conflagration, perhaps while inside that dingy-looking service station. (They’re all sooty and stuff.)…Continue readingGot a Light?

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De Sade Is Now A National Treasure

It’s a good question, and an important question. Can a literary work be morally repugnant and still be important, worthy of preservation? I don’t think the vast majority of people would disagree that much that passes for “Art” nowadays is anything more other than trash, destined to be forgotten and having no cultural or sociological…Continue readingDe Sade Is Now A National Treasure

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Movie Review: POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD

I knew there was a reason I was never a Troma fan. Even as a little kid obsessed with Horror, reading FANGORIA religiously and waiting with bated breath for the airing of some old B-movie on the local network stations (an event for which my mother would always let me stay up late), visiting the…Continue readingMovie Review: POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD

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Bagans Bagged Charlie’s Swag

Last week I reported on the fighting going on between family members, purported family members, friends, and pen pals of the late and not generally lamented Charles Manson over who gets to claim his body, which is being kept on ice pending a legal decision that could take months or even years. Some of Manson’s…Continue readingBagans Bagged Charlie’s Swag

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Don’t need a Wolfman when you’ve got a Dog-Boy

Actually, if you were going to make a movie out of the latter, you might want to change the name. “Dog-Boy” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? One thing the Dog-Boy has going for it is that it’s real. Purportedly real, that is. As in, there are some people who believe…Continue readingDon’t need a Wolfman when you’ve got a Dog-Boy

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They Don’t Look Like What You Think They Look Like

We all know what dinosaurs look like, down to the specific species. We know what sabertooths looked like, and direwolves, and all the other extinct animals. All the prominent ones, at any rate. Except it’s possible some of them, or all of them didn’t really look like what we think. The problem is that with…Continue readingThey Don’t Look Like What You Think They Look Like

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The CRITTERS Are Returning–To TV!

I love the Critters, despite the fact that their movies have all been lousy. And not fun-lousy. Lousy-lousy. I have long yearned for a Critters revamp, handled responsibly. I’ve waited and waited to see the Critters done right, to see a GOOD bad movie. Now it appears my wish may have been granted. It won’t…Continue readingThe CRITTERS Are Returning–To TV!

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Go, Guillermo and A-Skars!

Last night at the Golden Globes, Guillermo Del Toro won the award for Best Director for his new flick THE SHAPE OF WATER. (Too bad the movie didn’t win for Best Picture. It did win Best Score, though, so that’s something.) It’s long overdue for Guillermo to get such recognition. The guy’s a genius. One…Continue readingGo, Guillermo and A-Skars!

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Movie Review: GREMLIN

This one is not to be confused with GREMLINS, or the godawful GREMLINS 2. Such associations are likely inevitable, though, given the unfortunate choice the creators made with titling this film. It has had several, among them the far more appropriate THE BOX, but they ended up going with GREMLIN. I hope the title doesn’t…Continue readingMovie Review: GREMLIN

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Feet! FEEEEEEEEET! (And Meat!)

Any of you remember the TV series MARRIED…WITH CHILDREN? I’m sure you do. Any of you remember actually watching it when it first aired on the Fox network, from the inaugural season in 1987 to the series end a decade later? There was this one particular episode, when Al Bundy was having recurring nightmares about…Continue readingFeet! FEEEEEEEEET! (And Meat!)

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Putting Out Blue Fires

After my original play, BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS, debuted in 2016, I “met” Margot Juby, a fellow De Rais scholar, via the trusty old Internet. (I credit us both with being scholars of the De Rais case, as I had to do quite a bit of research for the writing of the…Continue readingPutting Out Blue Fires

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The Battle for Charlie’s Bones

Charles Manson is all up in the news as of late. First he died. That was newsworthy. And then there were the rumors that Quentin Tarantino wanted to do a Charlie Manson movie. Rumors? Pshaw! The film, tentatively titled 1969, is happening. It’s slated to debut on the 50th anniversary of the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders.…Continue readingThe Battle for Charlie’s Bones

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WEREWOLF: A GAME FOR DEVIOUS PEOPLE

Not infrequently, I will have friends who know that I write for this and our sister sites (vampires.com, topcomics.com, zombies.org, and darkness.com) send me suggestions for articles, or links, updates on new products, etc. case in point, my friend Shannon brought to my attention yesterday the card game WEREWOLF: A GAME FOR DEVIOUS PEOPLE. Now…Continue readingWEREWOLF: A GAME FOR DEVIOUS PEOPLE

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The Werewolf Girl of Georgia

I chanced upon this legend via the trusty old Internet. Despite living only a state away, and despite a lifelong fascination for werewolves and other monsters, and despite being a voracious reader focusing heavily on said subject matter, I’d never before heard of the Werewolf Girl of Georgia. Have you? Upfront, I should tell you…Continue readingThe Werewolf Girl of Georgia

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Movie Review: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY

I don’t watch Nickelodeon. I chanced upon this one by happenstance. I got waylaid by the Flu over the Christmas holiday–my regular readers of this and our sister sites are likely tired of hearing about it by now, but for the occasional just-dropping-by viewer, a little explanation is necessary. Being confined to the couch with…Continue readingMovie Review: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY

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The Nandi Bear

This cryptid doesn’t get the press it deserves. I blame it on the name. While a silly or cute name CAN work for a monster–MoMo the Missouri Monster, for example–it can just as easily work against it. “The Nandi Bear.” Sounds like a stuffed toy, a character in a cartoon. One of the Care Bears,…Continue readingThe Nandi Bear

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Debunking Lizardman

As I’ve mentioned in other articles this week, I’m writing these words while I’m laid up with the Flu and under quarantine. Prior to today, I was too sick to do anything, even to sit behind a keyboard. I just laid on the couch and watched movies, and the occasional TV program. One of those…Continue readingDebunking Lizardman