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Fireside Chats: AMC to Amazon?

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?

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Playing Werewolf

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

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 21

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

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Alpacas at Skinwalker Ranch: Were They Hors D’oeuvres?

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?

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The Smoking Dogmen of Skinwalker Ranch

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

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Movie Review: COME OUT AND PLAY

For a movie that’s a blatant ripoff (we’ll just lose the hyphen as it is outdated) of CHILDREN OF THE CORN (only without corn), this one is pretty good.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

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Movie Review: THE WRETCHED

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

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Movie Review: THE OTHER LAMB

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

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Fireside Chats: A Night at the Drive-In

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

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The Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf Part 20

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

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Fireside Chats: Wolfman Socks and Grammar

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

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Fireside Chats: PENNY DREADFUL

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

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What is Buried Beneath Skinwalker Ranch?

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?

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DON’T SPEAK About the A QUIET PLACE 2 Delay

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

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Fireside Chats: Creepy Crawly Show-and-Tell

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

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 19

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

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Movie Review: GERALD’S GAME

I can say now with enthusiasm that I am a Mike Flanagan mark. He did DOCTOR SLEEP, and damn was that a rockin’ flick. He did THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. He did OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and OCULUS. And he did GERALD’S GAME. He tends to cast the same actors over and over, just…Continue readingMovie Review: GERALD’S GAME

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Fireside Chats: People on Twitter Need to Shut It

I read that “people on Twitter” have been pressuring Disney to release THE NEW MUTANTS to Disney+. Those people need to put a sock in it. If it goes to Disney+ it’ll be even longer before I get to see it, if I ever do. I can’t livestream and who knows how long it would…Continue readingFireside Chats: People on Twitter Need to Shut It

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Fireside Chats: The Greatest Werewolf Movies

The best werewolf movies ever made? We’ll be the judge of that! First let’s list the listing provided us by Collider. (Wait, are these supposed to be in order of greatness? Descending or ascending? The article doesn’t say. We’ll assume, then, that they’re in no particular order. And Collider already gets one black mark, as…Continue readingFireside Chats: The Greatest Werewolf Movies

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Revisiting the Classics: IT’S ALIVE

Can you believe I’d never seen this one? Somehow or other, despite me being aware of its existence for years, it somehow managed to slip through the cracks—until now, that is. Thanks to the coronavirus quarantine, I have nothing but free time to catch up on all those movies I’d always meant to watch but…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: IT’S ALIVE

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Fireside Chats: Better Times with Harryhausen

I just wrote an article wherein I mentioned my visit to Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum in Boulder City, Nevada. (You can take a guided virtual tour of the Museum by clicking here. And help them out during this time of pandemic by contributing to their gofundme account here.) It was during the same road trip…Continue readingFireside Chats: Better Times with Harryhausen

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 18

I remember the first time I ever saw a Roman soldier. I was still very young, five or six years old. I remember that we, Father, my brothers and I, had traveled to the nearest actual town to try to sell a pair of donkeys. I do not recall why I had been allowed to…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 18

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THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH: Doing Alabama Proud

Alabama gets a lot of bad publicity, and deservedly so, I confess. We rank dead last in education and first in support of Donald Trump—and the two are most certainly connected. We have pockets of racism and a couple of years ago a man and his daughter were arrested for living in incest. (True story.…Continue readingTHE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH: Doing Alabama Proud

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In the Skies Above SKINWALKER RANCH

THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH on the History Channel is my favorite show on television right now. I can’t get enough of this one. Since the series debuted, and in a timeframe that has covered a few weeks from the summer of 2019 (oh, those glorious days seem so long ago now!), the investigators have…Continue readingIn the Skies Above SKINWALKER RANCH

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Help the Monster Museum

This coronavirus shutdown sucks for everybody. But it sucks more for some than for others. Those who depend on public gatherings to make money—like movie theaters, restaurants, Theatre companies (like mine), and museums—are going to feel the sting the most strongly. Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum in Boulder City, Nevada, is not immune. Tom has asked…Continue readingHelp the Monster Museum