When I was a little boy, we had this Rose of Sharon bush growing in the front yard. During the spring and summer, I liked to watch for a bumblebee to go into one of the flowers, then run up and pinch the petals closed. Not tight enough to harm the bee, mind you. I…Continue readingMovie Review: THE LODGE
No director has been attached to the project as of yet, but it seems all but official now that Ryan Gosling will be our new Wolfman. I’m down with this, totally. The guy is a fine actor and he can capture that brooding, haunted quality the role demands. And considering they previously were talking about…Continue readingBreaking News: Ryan Gosling is the Wolfman!
The other members of our little party accepted the quest for which I alone had volunteered as a matter of course. Oran had decided to make my salvation, both physical and spiritual, his vocation in life. He would have followed me into Hell itself. The others cared not so much for me, I am sure,…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 23
Lots of Shat this week, as over on our sister site vampires.com I was reporting on the way the French Horror masterpiece EYES WITHOUT A FACE inspired the Michael Myers HALLOWEEN mask, which was just a repurposed Captain Kirk (the William Shatner version) mask painted white. But really, can you ever have too much of…Continue readingFireside Chats: Shatner and the Werewolves and Vampires
I was afraid Disney might decide to release THE NEW MUTANTS to livestreaming, eschewing the theatrical experience altogether. I’m glad they decided not to. THE NEW MUTANTS is now scheduled to open in theaters on August 28th. (Please, God, let this pandemic have died down enough by then that it doesn’t get postponed again!) I’m…Continue readingFireside Chats: Looking at Pictures
The golden age of the Slasher movie is not dead! Far from it, when movies like HE’S OUT THERE are getting made. Imagine the basic vibe of THE STRANGERS, transplanted to the setting of a FRIDAY THE 13TH MOVIE, with a dash of SAW thrown into the mix for seasoning. Oh, and throwing in a…Continue readingMovie Review: HE’S OUT THERE
The drive-in has been a godsend to me in this time of quarantine. To get to see movies on the big screen is a wonderful treat. And even though the golden age of the drive-in was before my time, the nostalgia still swells over me in waves. It’s like being taken back in time. And…Continue readingMovie Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT
Yes, this is a werewolf movie. No, you don’t ever see a werewolf onscreen. Lacking is the ubiquitous trope of a human being cursed to turn into a werewolf. The word “werewolf” is never uttered in the film. But it’s a werewolf movie all the same. There’s a scene towards the beginning of this Horror/Western…Continue readingMovie Review: THE WINDS
The witch’s hut, which we found without difficulty a short distance from the riverbank, looked like half a hornet’s nest sitting on the ground. It had one low entryway, which a man would have to get down on hands and knees to pass through, and had no door. I could not imagine what barrier existed…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 22
I made the mistake of joining a Skinwalker Ranch fan group on social media. Silly me, I’d thought to find some folks who were similarly fascinated by the location and were fans of the show. Nope. Nothing but a bunch of bitching know-it-all “experts” living in their mothers’ basements with Pamela Anderson posters from the…Continue readingSkinwalker Ranch: Is It For Real?
I’ve written previously about my admiration for Dr. Travis Taylor, the astrophysicist who was brought in to consult on all the weirdness taking place at Skinwalker Ranch for the History Channel TV series THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH. Because he’s from Alabama and defies in every way the stereotype of people from Alabama. He’s crazy…Continue readingMy One Degree of Separation to Skinwalker Ranch
How smart-slash-dumb were the Neanderthals, our hulking, hirsute cousins? The common view used to be that they were fairly stupid. Then it became the prevalent view in scientific circles that the Neanderthal had been done a grave injustice and that they were far smarter and more cultured than previously believed. But here is a new…Continue readingThe Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth
While we all wait (im)patiently for movie theaters to reopen—and I do a happy dance because I found an operating drive-in theater within reasonable driving distance for me that occasionally shows Horror movies—there has been a lot of reading material of varying degrees of veracity on the subject floating around on the Internet. From those…Continue readingFireside Chats: AMC to Amazon?
I try to be kind. For one thing, it wouldn’t be too smart to go alienating readers. We need our readers to survive. Your clicks pay the bills, friends. Secondarily, what harm does a little roleplay, a little fantasy, do? It’s a benefit in today’s world, if kept in perspective. It meets certain needs. And…Continue readingPlaying Werewolf
I heard talk of making me Chieftain. I wanted no part of this. I had other plans. No one felt happy with my decision. Oran, who’d harbored ambitions of Christianizing the entire Marmorca clan in the wake of Valsalvas’ death and our repelling of the Romans, now felt he had to abandon those aspirations, or…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 21
After this week’s episode of THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH, lots of folks too to the Internets to bitch and moan. Sure, billions of people every single day take to the Internets to bitch and moan; that’s primarily what the Internets is used for. Educating ourselves? Nah. Elevating ourselves culturally? Nah. Just to bitch and…Continue readingAlpacas at Skinwalker Ranch: Were They Hors D’oeuvres?
I’m obsessed with all things Skinwalker Ranch right now, what with the new series of the History Channel and all—and what the hell is up with not giving us a new episode last week, History Channel?!—so bear with me if I seem to fixate. But honestly, how can one not? The amounts of bizarreness, weird…Continue readingThe Smoking Dogmen of Skinwalker Ranch
For a movie that’s a blatant ripoff (we’ll just lose the hyphen as it is outdated) of CHILDREN OF THE CORN (only without corn), this one is pretty good. Except that the kids are not scary. I mean, I’m never scared by Horror movies, and certainly not by kids in Horror movies, but I am…Continue readingMovie Review: COME OUT AND PLAY
Let’s be honest. After eight weeks of home confinement, eight weeks without movie theaters, a hardcore cinephile like me would be, and was, and still is, dying to get out to see some artistic entertainment. When I found out that there was a drive-in theater operating within driving distance for me (even if the distance…Continue readingMovie Review: THE WRETCHED
I knew nothing about this one going in, save for the short synopsis provided by the venue, the King Drive-In in Russellville, Alabama. It was a movie about a cult, I learned, and had scored some good reviews on the Indy circuit. Googling it, I learned that it starred Raffey Cassidy from THE KILLING OF…Continue readingMovie Review: THE OTHER LAMB
I’m not being hyperbolas. It was a genuine godsend for me to discover that there was an operational drive-in movie theater within driving distance for me, and that this theater would be showing this past weekend not one but two brand spanking new first-run Horror movies straight off their Indy debuts. After two months of…Continue readingFireside Chats: A Night at the Drive-In
Editor’s Note This seemed a good place to interrupt the narrative for a little necessary editorial commentary. Necessary, that is, for the sake of historical veracity. As it has been my position for some time, as I’ve stated earlier, that the Confessions scrolls represent a genuine, that is to say, a non-fictionalized account of the…Continue readingThe Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf Part 20
They may not be the coolest company in the world—that would be Funko—but Fright Rags is definitely the coolest *clothing* company in the world. They’ve got so much sweet swag, but their finest wares are their Universal Monsters collection. Wait, should that be “their finest wares *is* their Universal Monsters collection”? I’m the English major,…Continue readingFireside Chats: Wolfman Socks and Grammar
This linked article praises PENNY DREADFUL. As it should. PENNY DREADFUL was a great series, totally superb, right up until the lackluster, rushed, hack-job of a finale, when series creator John Logan decided to pull the plug without bothering to tie up any of the various dangling plot threads. He then insulted the intelligence of…Continue readingFireside Chats: PENNY DREADFUL
Okay, I’m trying not to get too excited. It could be an abandoned mine tunnel or a water cistern or some such. It did seem to be connected to the well at the old homestead. It’s probably something mundane. But the ground-penetrating radar *did* reveal something large and anomalous buried beneath Skinwalker Ranch—something shaped roughly…Continue readingWhat is Buried Beneath Skinwalker Ranch?
At least, unlike with MORBIUS and GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE, we’re still going to get to see A QUIET PLACE 2 this year. They just moved it from the spring until fall. That’s not too bad. But while we wait for it, we can rewatch the first film. And we can watch DON’T SPEAK. From Uncork’d Entertainment,…Continue readingDON’T SPEAK About the A QUIET PLACE 2 Delay
This quarantine has got us all wrestling with boredom. (For most of us, we’re really lucky that that’s the worst we have to worry about.) Museum curators are no exception. Maybe they’re more bored than most, as they’re used to having people visit them at work every single day. Like drug dealers and prostitutes in…Continue readingFireside Chats: Creepy Crawly Show-and-Tell
As I have told you, I had seen Centurions several times in my life. Always they had born that same haughty scowl of the first of their kind I had seen while a little boy. All of them, always, the same expression of disdain and superiority. Before that night on the river, their faces revealed…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 19