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DoppelCoop and the Showgirls

Attention, all TWIN PEAKS fans and non-fans alike. Something occurred to me the other day that I feel I need to share with you. Fans already know that Agent Dale Cooper ventured into the Black Lodge, a parallel dimension filled with both benevolent (or at least morally ambiguous) and sinister entities back in 1991. He…

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Demon-Chasin’ Essential Oil

Have you ever heard of an “essential oil”? I had, but I didn’t know much about it, about them. I knew they were supposed to smell good. I looked it up, and the “official” definition goes something like this: “An essential oil is an all-natural, volatile aromatic compound derived from a plant.” What does “volatile”…

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Squeeze Your Own Baby Dart

You definitely want to give him a gentle squeeze while he’s still in his “Polliwog” form. Don’t wait until he grows into a Demo-Dog, or a fully-formed Demogorgon. Then he would probably rip your arm off. If he’s still a Polliwog, the worst that could happen is that you might lose a finger. (Or a…

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The Missing Link

Here’s the basic order of evolution, for those of you who weren’t paying attention in high school biology class. It goes from fish to amphibians to reptiles to birds and mammals. Thanks to the JURASSIC PARK movies we all know that dinosaurs evolved into birds. But there was also a point where coldblooded reptiles made…

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A Second Season of THE TERROR?

There are good ideas and then there are bad ideas. This strikes me as belonging to the latter. There are talks about doing a second season of THE TERROR. This would be problematic enough if taken at face value. Sure, there are numerous ways in which the titular Monster could be resurrected. Monsters NEVER stay…

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When Serial Killers Get Better

Last week I was reporting on the apprehension of the Golden State Killer, an old man who got busted after his DNA, or the DNA of a relative, turned up on one of those online genealogy websites. What puzzled me about the case was that the guy had stopped his killing spree in the mid-80s,…

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The Big Bad Cough

It’s always nice when I see werewolves popping up in random places. Take the new commercial warning folks of the dangers of not getting vaccinated against whooping cough, which features an anthropomorphic wolf cradling a vulnerable baby. You would be forgiven if you assumed the commercial was created on behalf of the government, but a…

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Remembering Smokey Crabtree

If you’ve watched the classic drive-in masterpiece THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, you’re going to recognize the name Crabtree. Julius E. “Smokey” Crabtree was just a regular small town dude until he was hired by writer-director Charles B. Pierce to serve as a consultant and guide for the filming of the movie. Smokey and his…

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Russian Mermaid From Hell

I agree with that guy from CABIN IN THE WOODS, who wanted to see the merman but was sadly disappointed (until he wasn’t). I think we need more mer-people in Horror as a whole. Yeah, either that or I’m still a toddler in my cerebral development and I can be distracted by shiny things. This…

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Are You Watching MONSTER WEEK?

I guess I should be asking, DID you watch Monster Week, since by the time you are reading this it is likely that Monster Week will be at least partially over. What exactly is “Monster Week”? It’s Animal Planet’s version of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, a week of monster and cryptid-related programming airing on that…

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Funko’s Cereal Killers

It’s official. Funko is certifiably the coolest company in existence. Perhaps the coolest company in the history of the human race. It’s even conceivable that it is the coolest company since the Big Bang occurred, creating the Universe some 14 billion years ago. Yes, Funko is THAT cool. Don’t believe me? Need some evidence? Ask…

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Werewolf Killed In Montana?!

This is gonna be one of those incidents where we have to wait for the DNA evidence to come in, and when it does we’re probably all gonna be disappointed. But the animal shot and killed by a rancher in Montana recently sure LOOKS weird. It doesn’t look like a wolf. It doesn’t look like…

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BIG LEGEND and SWAMP THING

I love me a good Bigfoot movie, and there have been some great ones. ABOMINABLE, WILLOW CREEK, EXISTS, and the granddaddy of them all, THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK. Will BIG LEGEND, due out this summer, take its place among them? Check out the trailer here, courtesy of the fine folks over at Bloody Disgusting,…

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Book Review: DEAD INDIAN WARS by Clark Casey

It’s a rare feat for any work of Art to manage to be two things at once. DEAD INDIAN WARS by Clark Casey, just like its predecessor, DAWN IN DAMNATION, succeeds both as a “straight” story and as a parody, and yes, it does so at the same time. A common problem with satire, in…

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Movie Review: RAMPAGE

I’d been planning to see RAMPAGE but could never make the time. First I was busy, then AVENGERS came out, then DEADPOOL 2, and I had to see them first. Thanks to a pre-season tropical disturbance, though, it rained out my Memorial Day, so I spent some extra time at the theaters this past weekend….

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Movie Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

More and more every day, journalism regresses. Blame the Internet if you want, but for whatever reason we are regressing, not progressing. We’re headed back to the days of William Randolph Hurst with the yellowing of digitized newsprint. More and more articles each day revert to clickbait sensationalism. In short, the go-to for journalistic writers…

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Rambo Was Supposed To Fight A Werewolf?

I remember hearing, or reading about, this rumor back in 2008 when RAMBO came out in theaters and promptly face-planted. The rumor that there would be a RAMBO 5, and that it would feature the ex-Green Beret doing battle with a shaggy werewolf-like monster. There was SOME truth to the rumor, in that Sylvester Stallone…

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The Log Lady Documentary

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year this week since the third season of TWIN PEAKS debuted on Showtime. Where does the time go? We had to wait 25 years for that season, and it was worth it, even though it left us all panting for more. TWIN PEAKS is kinda like drugs. It…

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Is the DARK UNIVERSE Still Alive?

After TOM CRUISE VS. THE MUMMY (aka THE MUMMY) came out last year and spectacularly flamed-out both critically and financially (except for Europe), we got word that the (poorly) planned DARK UNIVERSE from Universal Pictures, to be based on the shared universe of Marvel movies and to stress Action-Adventure over Horror, was being put out…

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ABC in Niagara

Here’s what I didn’t understand. How could it be such a big deal for a wild black panther to be spotted, when you see black panthers all the time, on TV and at the local zoo? They aren’t supposedly extinct or anything. Why are they so mysterious, the sightings so contentious? I did some homework…

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The Golden State Killer

You’ve no doubt seen it in the headlines recently, the way in which DNA evidence led to the apprehension of the “Golden State Killer.” There was some brouhaha over the way they caught the guy, a 72-year-old former cop named Joseph James DeAngelo, with some complaining about the way the authorities got hold of the…

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Celebrating AMC’s THE TERROR

The only complaints about this series that I would give any credence to whatsoever were those alleging that it started a bit “slow.” If it did, it sure made up for it these last couple of episodes. Even knowing from having read the book upon which the series was based, as well as from the…

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Black Phillip Gets His Own Action Figure

Yeah, you don’t need for me to tell you who Black Phillip is. And now Funko, the coolest production company on the planet, is releasing a Funko figure of the demonic goat. Yes, I will be buying it, and I’m betting you will be, too. In real life, Black Phillip is portrayed by a goat…

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The Real-Life Victims of THE TERROR

We don’t know specifically what happened to the crew of the Franklin Expedition, other than they died. Most of them, we don’t know HOW they died. We can make some good guesses: starvation, hypothermia, disease. Possibly murder. That a huge, shaggy, and intelligent monster killed a bunch of them is a matter for the imagination…

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Sevendust Sings About STRANGER THINGS

The Rock group Sevendust has a new song out entitled “Not Original” that was inspired by STRANGER THINGS. Sevendust is one of the few “modern” bands that doesn’t give me hives, so this is cool. Guitarist Clint Lowery says: “We wanted to get into some new territory…It’s about being in a dry spell and not…

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