This past weekend, I caught Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING at the theater for the first time. The fact that I refer to it as “Kubrick’s” and not as “Stephen King’s” is likely why Stephen King doesn’t care for the film. The movie is probably even more Stanley Kubrick’s creation than it is Stephen King’s. So…Continue readingRedrum and the Red Room
It makes for a poignant picture. A woman, carrying a small child, through a wilderness rife with dangerous beasts, the kind that could easily kill a human being. Animals like sabertooths and giant sloths. The latter could shred a human almost as an afterthought. They’re freakin’ huge, and they’ve got freakin’ monster claws. But they…Continue readingFootprints in the Sand
I saw this meme the other day on social media all about how you shouldn’t dress up like this or that because it’s not politically correct. It immediately engaged my eyeroll response. The thing is, I do agree with the concept, as a good general rule. What political correctness used to mean was, don’t be…Continue readingPC Werewolves
To celebrate the return to grocery store shelves of Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula this Halloween season, General Mills contracted with sculptor Karlee Morse for her to create three busts, one of each of the three most famous monsters. (Ahem…where the hell is Fruit Brute?!) From the quote by Morse, from the linked article:…Continue readingMonster Cereals, Busted
Watching THE SHINING again this past weekend, in my local theater, it really hit home with me how much of a factor isolation plays in the narrative. Had he not been cut off from civilization, it’s doubtful Jack Torrance would have been so susceptible to the Overlook’s influence. It’s doubtful that he would have snapped.…Continue readingTHE SHINING and The Wendigo
The Gamesmaster came to see me, giddy, so pleased he felt with himself and with me, his new celebrity fighter. “Splendid! Magnificent!” he crowed. “Better than I could have hoped! And, oh, the moon is full next week! How much stronger will you become then, my pet? How much more fearsome!” “What will you have…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 47
As much press as I’m giving this movie, they ought’a put me on their payroll. (No, just to be clear, I’m not getting paid to pimp their movie, or any movie. Not that I wouldn’t be willing to do it. I mean, I wouldn’t lie. If I thought a movie sucked I wouldn’t say that…Continue readingTHE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW Attacks
Well, this movie did NOT open in any theaters around my geographic base this past weekend. I would’ve been a lot more pissed than I was had I not read that it was supposed to be a limited release. There’s still hope it’ll make its way to my neck of the woods. In the meantime,…Continue readingAbout THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
I will freely admit that I am, according to some, a pessimist. I would argue that I am a realist as opposed to a pessimist, but I for dang sure can’t be accused by anyone who knows me of being an optimist. Instead of a “glass half-full” kinda guy I’m a “Who the hell drank…Continue readingLook on the Bright Side
I was reading this here linked article about a man’s disappearance in the woods four years ago. Maybe it goes to show that I spend too much time researching things unexplained and of the paranormal variety, or that I’m all too aware of the phenomena of people disappearing in the woods without any credible explanation.…Continue readingThe Missing
A priest got arrested because he was having a ménage à trois on the altar of the church where he served as the rector. I say “served” past-tense because they not surprisingly fired his ass and stripped him of his collar. (I wonder if he was wearing the collar while engaging in the act. He…Continue readingYou Want Demons? ‘Cause That’s How You Get Demons!
This year I have become addicted to the Halloween-themed shows on the Food Network, shows like HALLOWEEN WARS and HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. If you take the Horror spin away, I wouldn’t and couldn’t possibly care any less about a cooking show of any kind, but there’s something about the haunted holiday aesthetic that makes it…Continue readingDelectable Edible Werewolves
This past weekend, I once again got to experience THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in the theater. It’s always magical, and, as there were only two other people in the auditorium and they were seated way across the room, I honestly don’t see how it could have been much safer for me, in terms of possible…Continue readingIs the Wampa a Sheepsquatch?
Is it a carryover of our lineage, harkening back to Adam our progenitor, that we mortal men carry within ourselves such an instinctive, primal fear of and loathing for the reptile? No other predator, no matter how large and fierce, chills us so in the marrow as does the serpent and its kindred. I do…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 46
I don’t wear pajamas. Never have. A few times as a kid, when my mom would insist I put some on, but even then I’d wake up in the middle of the night uncomfortable and take them off. Pajamas were for back in the days when bedrooms got cold at night, when fires in fireplaces…Continue readingCakeworthy is Worthy of Universal Monsters
Expect to be hearing a lot about this one, right up until the time that I do or don’t get to see it, depending on whether or not the theaters in my part of the world choose to show it or not. It’s a new movie, it’s opening in theaters right now (hopefully ones around…Continue readingWatch this Clip from THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
I’m still not certain how the Science of it works. My understanding—and granted I am no geneticist—is that hybrids are sterile. Animals born of the breeding of two different species cannot reproduce. But it appears our Cro-Magnon ancestors could and did interbreed with Neanderthals, because the Neanderthals were our ancestors too, a little bit. Most…Continue readingGot Covid? Blame Neanderthals.
Regal Cinemas, the second largest theater chain in America, the American branch of the company Cineworld, has decided to close all its theaters worldwide until 2021. This doesn’t affect me so much, since they’d never opened up any of the theaters they own in my part of the world to begin with, but it’s bad…Continue readingMovies. Where be da Movies?
I could not help, as much as Roman society and its debaucheries disgusted me, being impressed with the Romans’ ingenuity, even when that ingenuity they applied towards killing. A civilization is judged by the barbarity of its entertainments. History then must pronounce a severe condemnation on the Roman race. Yet their architecture, their arts were…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 45
First, the official synopsis, aka the spiel: “Paul lives an isolated life with his father in upstate New York. He finds making friends impossible due to a rare condition he has known as congenital hypertrichosis–an affliction that causes an abnormal amount of hair growth all over his face and body. On his 13th birthday, Paul…Continue readingLooking for THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY
Well, why not? A better question would be, why is FROST BITE shooting for a summer 2021 release instead of waiting to release at Christmas? Especially since Director Airell Hayles said: “I love Christmas [H]orror movies, and to work with this cast on such a crazy story really is another nightmare come true…” Christmas Horror…Continue readingSanta is a Werewolf
The forthcoming film BLOOD “follows Jess (Michelle Monaghan of TRUE DETECTIVE and MESSIAH, as well as the perhaps unwise upcoming remake of THE CRAFT), a separated mother and nurse who moves with her daughter and young son Owen back into her old family farmhouse. Shortly after settling in, Owen is bitten by the family dog,…Continue readingWill BLOOD have Bite?
The maw of the werewolf snapped closed over the gladiator’s face. His skull gave way beneath the pressure of its jaws. The giant died before my transformation had even completed. Then the beast put on quite a show for the populace of glorious Rome. It tore the giant’s carcass apart, sending his blood up in…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 44
Christopher Nolan had the guts to stick to it, and TENET opened in theaters, just as he’d promised it would. And it did okay—relatively. It did about as well as it was expected to do, with circumstances being what they are. But it sure didn’t rake in the quadzillions of smackers that greedy movie studios…Continue readingThe Movie-going Experience is Dead. Long Live the Movie-going Experience!
It almost seems conspiratorial. A judge negated all the anti-trust laws that had been in place since the days of Teddy Roosevelt, laws that kept the big studios from buying their own theaters, and it happened at exactly the time when movie theater chains are the most vulnerable due to the coronavirus shutdown. You’d almost…Continue readingCould Movie Theater Monopolies Actually be a Good Thing?
Halloween is going to look and feel a little different this year, what with the real-world Horror we’ve all been living through since March. (Look, whatever your opinion regarding the deadliness of the virus, and we must concede that it has an over 99% survival rate, thank the Almighty, there are still over 200,000 dead…Continue readingAlternative Halloweens and the Bride of Frankenstein
Dread Central has the exclusive, so we must give them the credit. They have two exclusive clips from the new werewolf Horror flick BEAST WITHIN. Check them out by clicking here. Here is the synopsis: “A new gaming app Werewolves Awaken is being launched at a VIP event hosted by an eccentric billionaire at his…Continue readingBEAST WITHIN
That werewolf movie we’ve heard about from Jim Cummings, we can assume it’s this one, THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW. And it will be arriving shortly, on October 9th from Orion Classics. It’s going to be released to theaters and to VOD on the same day. I damn sure hope it comes to some theater…Continue readingThe Werewolf of Winter Arrives a Little Early
Guillermo Del Toro is working on a stop-motion movie about Pinocchio, you may recall. In a recent conversation, he extrapolated on the similarities between that classic fairytale and the immortal story of Frankenstein. “To me, they’re not exactly the same, but they’re similar. They are both creatures that are created and thrown into a world…Continue readingPinocchio and Frankenstein
Now I have the song “Red Skies at Night” from The Fixx stuck in my head, only instead of those words I’m hearing “Cave bear on ice! Cave bear on ice! Whoah oh oh oh oh oh oh!” Yes, it’s a weird place inside my head. Our ancestors had a hard go, if you think…Continue readingCave Bear on Ice
“You will fight,” the Gamesmaster had promised me. Fool that I was, to consider that it could have been otherwise! The Romans knew as much about my condition as I did, and more. Already they knew the lesson of silver and the power it held over one of my kind. They also knew, as I…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 43
I put the question to Eddie, the docent at the South Carolina Cotton Museum on the day of my visit. Does he believe the Lizardman is real, or is it all just a big hoax? With a smile, he told me about the automobiles that were damaged back during the Lizardman’s reign of not-so-terrifying-terror in…Continue readingLizardman: Is It For Real? Part Four: Taking It to the Grave
As skeptics have supposedly found holes in the account made by 17-year-old Christopher Davis, who was attacked—well, his car was—by Lizardman, so too have those who looked at it with a critical eye been able to poke some holes in the admission of Brother Elmore that it was he who scared Davis on the night…Continue readingLizardman: Is It For Real? Part Three: Fake Footprints?
The only reported incident where the Lizard Man attempted to attack a human being occurred in 1988, when a 17-year-old named Christopher Davis, driving home from work late at night down Browntown Road, had a blowout near the butterbean drying shed owned by local farmer “Brother” Elmore. After stopping to fix the tire, Davis said:…Continue readingLizardman: Is It For Real? Part Two: The Butterbean Shed
Forgive me, friends, but I just got back from Bishopville, South Carolina and I still have Lizardman on the brain. I got tons of material during my trip to serve as fodder for articles on this site, and I aim to make use of it all. Also it lets me mentally revisit my recent escapades,…Continue readingLizardman: Is It For Real? Part One
Beyond Caesar’s absent and distracted influence, I encountered there in the hallway of that building a much more personal, more involved evil. No taller than the Emperor, but younger and leaner, the second man clad in the robes of a politician had the look of a mongrel dog starved to the point of death and…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 42
Whatever expectations I might have entertained about the Emperor, and in truth I had given it little thought, I found myself underwhelmed by the reality. I had heard little more about Decius than his name, and this brought to my ears by an oarsman of a trade vessel who had chosen to cast his lot…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 41
Now they paraded me down the streets for all the populace to gaze upon. I recalled the story I had heard from the Christians among whom I had grown up, of Caesar bringing the captive Gaul, Vercigenteroux, home to Rome in a cage, exhibiting him in just such a spectacle. I wondered, had the Gaul…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 40
Here is the map of all the Lizardman sightings from the late 80s, followed by photographs I took at as many of the actual locations as I could find. The Lizardman Burger on the menu at Harry and Harry Too is not made from real Lizardman, but it’s so delicious that I wanted to take…Continue readingLocating Lonely, Lovely Lizardman Locations
If you’re ever passing through Bishopville, South Carolina, a visit to the South Carolina Cotton Museum is mandatory. Naturally I sought the place out because of Lizardman, who is the unofficial star of the place and the mascot of the entire town, but the place is chockfull of interesting stuff, even for a born and…Continue readingA Trip to Lizardman Country: That Cotton-Pickin’ Lizardman
This is a restaurant, owned by a father and son, hence the name of the place. It was only open for lunch on the day I visited, but I’m sure glad I made it in for a meal. The Lizardman Burger was, I kid you not, one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten, and…Continue readingA Trip to Lizardman Country: Harry and Harry Too
While traveling recently, I did what I always do, searching Roadside America or Atlas Obscura for things strange or unusual to visit in the area through which I was to be passing. That’s how I learned about Apple Valley Hillbilly Gardens in western Kentucky. This attraction, a folk-art installation and open-air museum (along with Toyland,…Continue readingThe ABC of Hillbilly Gardens
Another road trip, this one to Bishopville, South Carolina and the vicinity of Scape Ore Swamp, in search of the legendary Lizardman! I want to give a shout out and a word of thanks to the proprietor of the Facebook site “Lizardman of Lee County—Robert Howell’s Lizardman Lounge” (do yourself a favor and look him…Continue readingA Trip to Lizardman Country
It’s just like with the original Universal film THE WOLF MAN. The title has with time been altered, by some people, anyway. “Wolf” and “Man” are combined. This makes for the more grammatically correct and aesthetically pleasing THE WOLFMAN. When Universal remade the classic werewolf yarn a few years back they corrected themselves and released…Continue readingRenaming Lizard Man
Like so many things in America with colorful names, there is no concrete answer in regards to its origin. This is because the name dates back to Colonial Times, when records for such things weren’t maintained with all that much care or accuracy. Different stories are in agreement that the name is a contraction of…Continue readingHow did Scape Ore Swamp Get Its Name?
Yes, that Jimmy Stewart. And yes, that Yeti. Okay, so there was this mummified hand in the Pangboche monastery in Tibet. The monks there said that it came from a dead Yeti that had been discovered by one of their order. Tom Slick, an oil tycoon (that’s appropriate) organized an expedition in 1957 to go…Continue readingJimmy Stewart and the Yeti
There’s this 80s Rom-Com called RHINESTONE starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone. I just so happened to catch it on the telly one weekend afternoon when I had the box on for background noise. It’s abysmal, but also a little endearing. Sly is so bad in it that he’s adorable. The plot involves Dolly, a…Continue readingBrickenstein!
After the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, it seems everybody is calling for the Black Panther’s little sister Shuri to assume the role for future films. Here is an eloquent, well-reasoned argument—from Jason Johnson, professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University, who is a black man—on why she shouldn’t. “The Black Panther is…Continue readingWho Should be the Next Black Panther?
Concerning the effects the metal would have on me, I should have suspected, at that. Or more to the point, I already knew that silver, pure silver, held some quality disagreeable to me. I had at times laid hands on silver coins, booty taken from some fat merchantman during my career as captain of the…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 39
There’s more than one connection, actually. For one thing, both are American classics and legends of the genre. Both are also based on true stories. But if we get a little more specific with it, certain events dramatized in one of the films, the one starring the Fouke Monster, actually happened in both real-life incidents.…Continue readingThe GREMLINS/THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK Connection