Sean Penn directed the movie INTO THE WILD in 2007. The film was based on the book of the same title by John Krakauer. Both told the story of 24-year-old Christopher McCandless who, disillusioned with the trappings of modern civilization, decided to make like Thoreau and live off the land. He hiked deep into the…Continue readingOut of the Wild, or The Deathtrap Bus Goes on Walkabout
David Lynch has been busy during the quarantine. Hopefully working on plans for a new season of TWIN PEAKS. He wouldn’t tell us if he was, though. He had the third season cooking for 25 years in his head while telling fans that he hadn’t even thought of such a thing. But he’s been making…Continue readingLynch, on Lynch (and Other Stuff)
As I sit typing these words, it is June 29th. This would have been Ray Harryhausen’s 100th birthday. The pioneer, the trendsetter and trailblazer, the master. Cinema as it exists today would not exist if it hadn’t been for Harryhausen. That’s not hyperbolic overstatement. It is a fact. Happy birthday, Ray—and thank you. Thinking about…Continue readingHappy Birthday to the Master!
This is not to say I did not entertain my own terrors at that moment. I have before mentioned my fear that the beast that possessed me would not, despite the gravity of the injury involved, allow me to die. What if, I thought as I sat there, the Hand did catch me, did crush…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 29
It became obvious to me some weeks ago that if I was going to salvage an enjoyable summer in the midst of the ‘Rona madness, it was going to have to become a summer of drive-in movies and roadtrips. I took just such a roadtrip this past weekend to several of the filming locations for…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part One
Starcourt Mall in Hawkins is really Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia. It’s a beautiful mall, but it’s a ghost town these days, y’all, and not because of the ‘Rona pandemic. Almost every store in the place is closed. (And maybe the spirit of the Mindflayer!)Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part Three: The Battle of Starcourt Mall
More photos from my roadtrip to the filming locations for STRANGER THINGS! As a little bit of extra color commentary, as I was leaving the school I decided to drive around it, to see if there was something I might have missed. As I drove around behind the gymnasium, I interrupted a prostitute busy earning…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part Two
This past week brought the disappointing news that GODZILLA VS. KONG has been pushed back an entire year to summer of 2021. Which sucks. A tiny nugget of other kaiju-related news also came out. Michael Dougherty, director of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, shared a photo of his Kongzilla figure. This has people speculating that…Continue readingKongzilla
The giant hand stood in the midst of a large circular chamber, rising some fifteen feet above us, almost reaching the ceiling of the room. I had to admire the artistry that had rendered it. It looked so real, like the hand of a giant man turned from living flesh into stone, so smooth and…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 28
If people are supposed to be socially distancing in real life—emphasis on the “supposed to be” part, as I’ve observed little in the way of it on my occasional outings—then actors in movies have to be socially distant, too. That means actors can never get closer to each other than six feet. No kisses, no…Continue readingYour Weekly Dose of Stoopid
The new game from Nacon and Cyanide Studios, WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE—EARTHBLOOD (cool title) is still in development. When it releases you’ll be able to play it on your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or online. Until then, you will have to content yourself with this new trailer. Shall we watch it together? Okay. Click here. Then…Continue readingWEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE Trailer Unleashed
The Dark Universe died an unglorified death after the failure of the remake of THE MUMMY. Then, in what seems like the twinkling of an eye, it was reborn. Fitting for a shared cinematic universe of the Universal Monsters, don’t you think? We’ve already had THE INVISIBLE MAN, which kicked major ass. We’ve got a…Continue readingWhy did Romanek Walk on THE WOLFMAN?
We received a press junket for the film THE DINNER PARTY, now available for livestreaming and on DVD. You can check out the trailer for it here. Here’s the official spiel: “Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, now available on DVD…Continue readingCome to Dinner
Last week I made mention of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” in an article explaining why I don’t think it’s appropriate to do music reviews on a site like this one. Zevon’s song constituted one of the few exceptions when it’s not only okay to discuss music, it’s mandatory. What song even comes close to…Continue readingDoin’ the Werewolves of London
The editorial in this linked article really resonated with me. In many ways it is my story. I, as was the author, was raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment, although mercifully my mother wasn’t controlling and domineering the way his parents seem to have been. She never really knew what to make of my passion…Continue readingLosing Religion and Finding Faith
To begin with, let me say that I loved A GHOST STORY. (Read my review here.) Loved it. That fact only made me sadder when I learned that the film’s producer Adam Christopher Donaghey had been charged with raping an underage girl on the film’s set. (He is, pardon the de rigueur cliché, innocent until…Continue readingA Sex Fiend Killed Fangoria?
“Are you still praying, Oran?” I asked my friend over my shoulder as we enetered the ruined temple. “Yes, my lord. I am praying in earnest.” The roof of the structure had collapsed in places, leaving jagged holes in the ceiling a good twenty feet above our heads through which sunlight streamed and roots dangled,…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 27
Mere hours earlier I had thanked providence for the, I so believed, increased chance for success that my not having to travel alone accorded me; as I traveled with a group, albeit small, of seasoned warriors, I felt the probability greater that I would locate the temple to which the old woman had directed me.…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 26
Check out this website, peeps. The company is called WEARWOLF USA and if they can’t meet your lycanthropic sartorial needs, then I daresay you don’t need what you think you need! If you don’t believe me just peruse their collection. T-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeved and tank tops, beanies, and more caps than you can shake a…Continue readingI’d Like to Meet His Tailor!
We were at dock. I estimate we were about halfway through the night. I awoke at the same moment, I later learned, as several men on the boat, awakened by the unnatural sound—and how soon we had learned to distinguish the natural from the unnatural in this alien landscape!—of oars dipping into the river, the…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 25
The venue I have turned into a theater for live productions, the Historic Lowry House in Huntsville, Alabama, has been shuttered for the past three months due to the ‘Rona. This past weekend it opened again for a sold-out paranormal investigation of the sort we host there on occasion. Conducting such an investigation while maintaining…Continue readingFireside Chats: The Scratch
I tend to be drawn to movies featuring Djinn (alternately Jinn). If the term is not immediately familiar to you, a Djinn is a shapeshifting fire demon from Arabic mythology, and from the religion of Islam, as Djinn are mentioned in the Koran. They occupy in Islam the same spot that “demons” hold in Christianity.…Continue readingMovie Review: UNDER THE SHADOW
I follow numerous Horror-centric websites, both for my own entertainment and to keep up with any and all news that I might deem worthy of reporting upon for this site, here, or one of our sister sites (vampires.com and darkness.com). Something curious I’ve noticed is that more than one of those sites occasionally post music…Continue readingFireside Chats: This Ain’t No Music Site
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Though Skinwalker Ranch is itself located in Utah, the History Channel show THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH provides the best—and most accurate, representation of the State of Alabama, and people from Alabama, on television. Dr. Travis Taylor, arguably the show’s “lead”, is from Alabama. (He…Continue readingSkinwalkers and Science
There are those who will insist the show is fake no matter what, just as there are people who will swear the earth is flat and that we never went to the moon. We shouldn’t even waste our energies trying to convince those people of anything, people for whom belief, or in this case non-belief,…Continue readingTHE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH: The Wrap-Up
Luke Skywalker got into a car wreck just after filming the first STAR WARS. In fact filming was still going on, if you count “pick-ups”, which Mark Hamill was unable to do, which resulted in a body double being employed. Hamill suffered a broken nose and damaged cheekbone in the accident, and the belief was…Continue readingThe Wampa and Hoth Horror
“What if something were to happen to the boat?” I asked the men. If we followed the map the old woman had given me, we would have to disembark from the ship at a certain point and travel inland on foot. “We can spare a man to stay behind and guard it,” one suggested. “I…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 24
During the two months+ I spent in lockdown I found it unnecessary to groom. The only places I went were the grocery store, when necessary, which was just a quick in and out; the drive-in movie theater, wherein I remained in my car, with the same being true of a couple of drive-in church services…Continue readingFireside Chats: In Praise of the Neckbeard
Submit it for your consideration: the premise of a Horror movie. The members of an orchestra are left stranded in a centuries-old castle due to a global pandemic. The castle is haunted. And it is surrounded by packs of wolves. You’d go see that movie, wouldn’t you? I sure would, unless I found out it…Continue readingFireside Chats: Surrounded by Wolves
I just finished watching THE LODGE. It was getting great reviews in independent release and was opening in more theaters every week. I’m sure it would have opened in a theater near me in a week or two at the most—but then the ‘Rona hit and my chance was shot. I had to wait for…Continue readingFireside Chats: The Resurrection of Hammer
Turns out it wasn’t so mysterious after all. The last episode saw a helicopter flying by the Ranch and hovering, seemingly spying on the investigators. They were able to notice a camera mounted onto the chopper, but there were no call letters like there would have been if it was a news helicopter. Also there…Continue readingSkinwalker Ranch: The Mysterious Helicopter