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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 52

Why, after all I had known in my life, did I find it so hard to believe? The sad truth of it is, while I did not hold to any doubts concerning the existence of God, I did doubt—in fact, if I am honest with myself, and with you who are reading these words, I…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 52

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In Memoriam: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears

I’m going to list these two together, even though Mr. Ruby passed away a few months ago and Mr. Spears died just last week. The two men are inextricably linked, and while it’s sad that they’ve left us, it’s appropriate that they both made their exits from the mortal stage so close together. It’s sorta…Continue readingIn Memoriam: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears

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Human Skin For Sale

But what will Leatherface do with the *rest* of the body? It makes for tasty barbecue, they say. Somebody who had a deal worked out with a surgeon who had leftover human skin on-hand from performing cosmetic surgeries on formerly morbidly obese patients who have since lost lots of weight and thus had to have…Continue readingHuman Skin For Sale

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Movie Review: THE BREED

A group of twentysomething friends—shockingly there are five of them, two females and three males, and of the latter, one of them is a wisecracking black dude; this in itself ought to tell you all you need to know about the kind of movie you’re going to be watching—goes to a cabin in the woods…Continue readingMovie Review: THE BREED

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Movie Review: MONSTROUS

My hat is off to screenwriter Anna Shields, who also portrays the lead character in this film. She’s got some real chops. MONSTROUS does a fine job of subverting expectations. Things don’t play out the way you expect them to. The flick is fresh and inventive and, supported by strong performances by all the principal…Continue readingMovie Review: MONSTROUS

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 51

Yes, I despaired. The visitation had robbed me of all hope. Yet that hopelessness gave me a renewed strength, as well, for when one is in all sense devoid of hope, in the grip of perfect hopelessness, what recourse has he but to abandon all to God? In my weakness was my strength. In my…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 51

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And Speaking of THE LAIR

Neil Marshall, the guy who gave us DOG SOLDIERS and THE DESCENT, two of the best Horror movies of the past two decades, is working on a new flick entitled THE LAIR. I’m in, already. This guy’s resume sells it for me. And the title. And the fact that it’s described by him as a…Continue readingAnd Speaking of THE LAIR

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Another DOG SOLDIERS?

I won’t say that I’ve been champing at the bit (Note: I didn’t misspell the word “champing”, there; “champing” is correct, not “chomping”—there’s your English lesson for today. See, Mom, all those years spent working towards that English degree and that teaching degree weren’t wasted!) for a sequel to DOG SOLDIERS. I sure wouldn’t turn…Continue readingAnother DOG SOLDIERS?

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Rebel Hell

The other day I was driving north on Interstate 65 in my home state of Alabama when I saw a sign advertising a Halloween store at an approaching exit. As the first day of Halloween had just passed (You all know that Halloween is a season, right? It isn’t just one day.) I wondered if…Continue readingRebel Hell

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Whence the Full Moon, Part Two

After the Roman writer Petronius, who, in his SATYRICON in 1 AD, mentioned a werewolf transformation beneath a full moon but did not explicitly draw a connection between the two events, when was the next mention of the connection, or possible connection, between lunar activity and the transformation of man into beast? In Literature, which…Continue readingWhence the Full Moon, Part Two

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Give Them The Finger(s)

Before I say anything else, let me say this. My grandfather only had three fingers on his right hand. Some people with disabilities, specifically ectrodactyly (which means they are missing fingers (or toes, but it’s fingers that are the issue here), or people who claimed to be speaking out for them, got bent out of…Continue readingGive Them The Finger(s)

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 50

I sought God. The Devil answered me. My personal Devil. I could tell, the last night before the change came over me. I could feel the beast inside me awake and stirring, stretching itself, raking claws down the inner walls of my soul. I knew that the following night the moon would reach sufficient fullness.…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 50

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HALLOWEEN Kills

No, I don’t mean the movie of that title, the one we were supposed to have seen already had the coronavirus pandemic not led to the movie being postponed an entire year. I’m referring to the score I made at Spirit Halloween this year. I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. In fact I actively…Continue readingHALLOWEEN Kills

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HUNTER HUNTER: Attention Snagged

People buy books based on the covers. That’s a statistical fact. That isn’t the only criteria, no, but it’s one of them. I have never purchased a book solely because it had a snazzy cover, but I’ve picked them up for that reason, and read the back, and, if it had an intriguing premise and…Continue readingHUNTER HUNTER: Attention Snagged

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OUT COME THE WOLVES Promises, um, Wolves

IFC Midnight will be handling distribution in the United States for the Canuck shocker OUT COME THE WOLVES from director Adam MacDonald. Filming is set to begin in the summer next year. Wow, they’re this far out and already have IFC onboard. Good for them. Here’s the official pitch for the flick: “The story follows…Continue readingOUT COME THE WOLVES Promises, um, Wolves

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Jordan Peele Remaking THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

I don’t know about this one. On the one hand, Peele has made it his specialty crafting quality Horror cinema centered around black characters and black issues, and THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS has both. There’s all this subtext about gentrification, greed, and class warfare that Wes Craven imbued into the original film. Peele could…Continue readingJordan Peele Remaking THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 49

I drank the wine, for in truth my head ached to the point of misery, but I did not eat the food. Nor did I eat anything when servants came, escorted by guards, to exchange my still-filled plates for fresh ones. I let the food go cold. Nor did I, as Selene had suggested, rest.…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 49

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Whence the Full Moon? Part One

Working on a separate article this week got me to chasing down this particular rabbit again. Specifically, when did the full moon appear as a common trope in werewolf mythology? I’ve written on the subject before, and I recall that the facts are shadowy; it’s impossible to say for sure when the trope first appeared…Continue readingWhence the Full Moon? Part One

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Fact-checking Strange Facts

I chanced across this linked article, “Werewolves: 7 Strange Facts About These Mythical Creatures”. This could be fun. I like to, any time I encounter some article on werewolves or vampires or the like, check to see just how accurate they are—because lots of times, they aren’t. If I had a nickel for every time…Continue readingFact-checking Strange Facts

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Gnawing on Bones

This comes to us from not the most credible of news sites, so I can’t swear to its veracity, but I expect it’s fairly accurate. They’ve found some bones in China—human bones, although a different species from those of us alive today—bearing bite marks. Human bite marks, although from a different…yeah, you got that part…Continue readingGnawing on Bones

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The Power of the Metaphorical

Well, here’s your weekly dose of dumbassery. This nonsense comes from Eric Kripke, who is the showrunner for the Amazon television series THE BOYS. Here’s what he had to say: “Not to overstate it or be overdramatic, but it’s a little dangerous to train an entire generation to wait for someone strong to come in…Continue readingThe Power of the Metaphorical

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The Demon That Might Have Been

Concerning the demon Valek from THE CONJURING 2, here’s what James Wan posted on his Instagram account this past week: “Here’s my first design of the demonic entity haunting the family and Lorraine. Aaron Sims (concept designer) and myself took inspiration from our Dracula design for a movie I was attached to a long time…Continue readingThe Demon That Might Have Been

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 48

The next day they transferred me from my cell beneath the arena to another. I cannot say to where they took me because I had made an attempt (useless, and I had known it would prove so, but born of desperation) at escape, and one of the guards had struck me across the head with…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 48