You need to read this article. It is sobering, worrying and, I have not the slightest doubt, truthful. Are we as a species becoming more violent, more bestial? Let me quote from the article: “People are becoming…‘decivilized’…Something is regressing people back to a point where their worst, primal, animal impulses are being unleashed — unable to think,…Continue readingThe Age of Rage
I’ve already offered a review of the new HALLOWEEN movie over at our sister site darkness.com and commented on its parallels to DARK SHADOWS over at vampires.com, so I need not say anything else about it here. Only I want to. My enthusiasm is such that I feel the need to gush. The sequel shows…Continue readingGreen CRITTERS
This is probably a good thing. For a time, Sylvester Stallone was considering making a Rambo movie in which Rambo would have fought an immortal, werewolf-like monster that was both a genetically-engineered bipedal biological weapon, carrying the DNA of an entire race of murderous savages within it, and simultaneously the reincarnation, or perhaps it would…Continue readingNo, Rambo WON’T Be Fighting a Werewolf
Hank’s hands were shaking. It made it harder to do what he needed to do. He went to the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, took out the little plastic bottle of pills and unscrewed the top. He shook several of the capsules into his hand, calculating the amount needed. Too little and he’d still be…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 21
Everybody knows Pazuzu as the demon in THE EXORCIST, possessing and tormenting poor little Linda Blair. But Pazuzu is a real figure from Mesopotamian mythology, an Akkadian storm god. There are those who maintain, though, that it is an awkward fit to have him be the antagonist in the movie, that possessing and tormenting children…Continue readingPickin’ on Pazuzu
Don’t get your hopes up. It’s just an Etsy creation. We aren’t likely to see any of the classic Universal Monsters appearing in the haunted Mansion ride at Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom anytime soon, considering they are owned by a rival studios. As far as that goes, how come we aren’t seeing the classic Monsters at…Continue readingThe Universal Monsters in the Haunted Mansion
So there are three Universal Studios theme parks? I knew there were two, one in Orlando, Florida and one in Hollywood. If I’d ever known about the one in Singapore, I forgot about it. That all three are featuring STRANGER THINGS haunted mazes this year isn’t surprising. What’s interesting is that they’re each featuring a…Continue readingA STRANGER THINGS Halloween
This time of year always brings lots of fresh genre offerings to movie screens. Sometimes those films are dead on arrival, and sometimes they just ought to be. (Sometimes they ought never to have been made in the first place.) Horror is well represented at the box office right now, but how are the various…Continue readingAnd Speaking of Box Office…
You’ve probably heard about how GONE WITH THE WIND would totally smoke all of today’s biggest blockbusters if adjustments were made for inflation. Measuring the cost of movie tickets then as opposed to the cost of tickets today against the average cost of living, that sort of thing. Is it true? Sort of, yes. If…Continue readingWhose Box Office Is Bigger?
This past weekend, we finished the run of my original play HAINT’ED: TRUE ALABAMA GHOST STORIES. I’m pleased to say that it was a success. Attendance was good and audiences seemed to really dig it. It is my most personal play, as it features stories that I was told by my grandparents when I was…Continue readingScreamin’ Black Panther
Marley lay on top of the sleeping bag, the thin padding offering little protection from the hard floor. The solitary blanket she’d wrapped herself in separated her from the outside world, a fragile insulation. She lay still, as still as a corpse, her eyes squeezed closed against the nightmare the world had become. She could…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 20
This is admittedly a minor quibble, but I’m not above picking some nits now and again. Check out this teapot. Cool, innit? But it’s being sold as a “Wolfman” teapot. As in, *the* Wolfman, the Universal Monsters Wolfman, the most famous of all werewolves. (More on this in a second.) And any true fan can…Continue readingWerewolf Teapot
So here’s this movie. I’m going to review it, knowing that the majority of you, if you choose to watch it, won’t like it. You might even hate it. For that matter, I don’t even know if *I* liked it. And yet the film is flawless. It is in every respect a perfect and completed…Continue readingMovie Review: LITTLE OTIK
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…Continue readingHOWLING III coming to Blu-ray
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,…Continue readingWelcome back, FANGORIA!
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…Continue readingThe Evolution of the Serial Killer
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…Continue readingA Plea for the Summary Execution of Movie Critics
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…Continue readingMovie Review: VENOM
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…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Nineteen
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,…Continue readingWhat Type Of ‘Foot Is Your Bigfoot?
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…Continue readingRawhead and Bloody Bones: The American Version
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…Continue readingMonster Sex – Parental Warning!
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…Continue readingNew Home for the MUSEUM OF MYSTERY
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,…Continue readingMore Dead Animals
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…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Eighteen
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…Continue readingIn Search of the *Real* FURY OF THE DEMON
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…Continue readingThe “Nazi” Yeti
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…Continue readingWhere’s The Wolfman Bucket?
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…Continue readingPuppet Master vs. Puppet Master