The fine folks at FANGORIA want to help out during this difficult time, when we’re all stuck at home without much to do, except watch TV and…READ! You can get a free two-month digital subscription to Fango by clicking here. It’s a nice move, and it’s good business, too. Give people a taste for free…Continue readingFireside Chats: Free Fangoria
I came across this while websurfing the other day and it struck me as apropos for this time of uncertainty in which we all find ourselves. It involves pre-humans and so qualifies for mention on a website dedicated to werewolves, and it also, I think, offers a bit of hope, a word of comfort, an…Continue readingFireside Chats: The First Sign of Civilization
You may have seen this image floating around the Internet. It’s one of those almost guaranteed to have the details get lost, to the point where no one seems to know where it originated, whether it’s supposed to be from real life or from some movie, etc. In fact that’s already happening. For the record,…Continue readingFireside Chats: The Sasquatch in the Window
No, there isn’t a werewolf in MA. But there is a man who has the blood of a dog coursing through his veins. I figure that’s close enough for government work. I would explain to you how it is, exactly, that the man got the blood of a canine in his circulatory system but that…Continue readingMovie Review: MA
I admit it, I’d been putting off watching this movie, despite the rave reviews I’d read and the praises I’d heard from friends. Why? Nicolas Cage. I didn’t like Nicolas Cage. And, far more often than not, seeing his name attached to a project meant that said project was going to be a piece of…Continue readingMovie Review: MANDY
I’m a little behind on this one, I know, but things happen, don’t they? First of all, each day there for a week or so kept bringing new reports regarding the Universal Monsters and new movies featuring them being greenlit. Then something else came up that you may have read about, some something or other…Continue readingPROJECT BLUE BOOK and the Skinwalker
Okay, so I am experiencing my own personal Mandela Effect incident. It involves THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK and the little Arkansas town that serves as the film’s setting, Fouke. I’ve been there. And while I was there, I have very clear memories of people, locals, people who actually *live* there, referring to it as…Continue readingThe Mandela Effect and the Fouke Monster
People during the Black Death and during other outbreaks of plague tended to attribute the disease to God, painting a pretty lousy picture of the Almighty. There are idiots—sorry, during this time of strained nerves, I’m not pulling any punches—right now who are arguing that coronavirus was sent by God to punish us. Well, they…Continue readingFireside Chats: The Beast of Gevaudan
I have never possessed much of the virtue of patience. In those days I knew it even less. After my fight with the vrykolakas resulted in nothing more for me than an upset stomach the following day, I confess I abandoned all hope of taking my own life. I had entertained and discarded thoughts of…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 15
Take a gander at the photo accompanying this article. It popped up in a random image search I did. It’s perfect for the point I want to make. Check out the creature’s ears. They don’t much look like a wolf’s ears. They look more like the ears of a bear, or of a simian, don’t…Continue readingDevil Monkeys and Dogmen Are The Same
This article from our friends over at Bloody Disgusting examines some candidates for possible rebooting in the wake of the success of THE INVISIBLE MAN. They make some interesting suggestions. They wanted to focus more on lesser-known titles, so they picked, in numerical order, (1) ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, (2) THE BLACK CAT, (3)…Continue readingWhich (Obscure) Universal Monster Should Go Next?
One of the things I enjoy most about my job here is those occasions wherein I get to wax nostalgic, celebrating some facet of my childhood. One could argue that the whole gig is just that, as I grew up loving werewolves and vampires and monsters in general, and werewolf, vampire, and monster movies in…Continue readingMaster of Views
I did not recognize it at the time, could not, I believe, in my then state of mind, but I had reached a stage of rebirth in my life, a recreation, even. I now think of this as the third age of my existence. The first had been my childhood, which ended with my first…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 14
Let’s cover some bases first. Scientific tests in the form of monitored and recorded onsite experiments with cadavers have proven that the mandibles of maggots can leave wounds that look an awful lot like surgical cuts. Those same tests have shown that insects and scavengers tend to go after softer tissue first. The reason why…Continue readingThe Chupa Returns Again?
Ah, Super7, creator of the vintage STAR WARS-type 3 and ¾ inch overpriced ReAction Figures. How I do love and hate thee. The latter only because of the aforementioned “overpriced” thing. It would be more accurate to say that my bank account hates thee. *I* only resent thee a little bit because I am unable,…Continue readingAn American Werewolf ReAction Figure? Why, yes!
If you’re anything like me, our current situation, the crisis over that damned pandemic, has put you in a really bad place. For me, as someone who has to be on guard against crippling and anxiety under the best of circumstances, yeah, it’s tough. Probably the worst thing about it is not knowing how long…Continue readingFireside Chats
I do *not* mean the Marvel superhero of the same name—although that is in itself an intriguing idea. I’m talking about the forthcoming movie from Universal set to be directed by Elizabeth Banks. SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read past this point if you have yet to see THE INVISIBLE MAN! At the end of the movie,…Continue readingWill Kate Moss be the Invisible Woman?
That’s what Jason Blum told Bloody Disgusting recently. “I think the market right now is flooded,” he said. He’s right about that. “I think the next step in horror is this year there’s 20 releases, and I think next year there will be 18 and the year after that there’ll be 12. I think it’s…Continue readingAre We in for a Horror Recession?
I’ve written before about a state-by-state map of the monsters of the USA I came across online. I complained about the map making the wrong choices for Alabama—it should have been the White Thing—West Virginia—it should have been Mothman—and Wisconsin. The latter had the Hodag as the State’s Monster and I argued that it should…Continue readingMonster Map Part Two
As of right now, me sitting here writing this article, movie studios have pulled MULAN, THE NEW MUTANTS, ANTLERS, and A QUIET PLACE 2 from their release schedules in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Will there be others? Probably. How bad is this thing going to get? How long will it last? No one…Continue readingBreaking News
Think THE REVENANT, only with a female protagonist, and it bites harder and punches deeper. Or maybe I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE done up with quality instead of just titillation. That’s the gist of writer/director/producer Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE, the follow-up to her stunning debut effort THE BABADOOK. THE NIGHTINGALE should have been in the…Continue readingMovie Review: THE NIGHTINGALE
My favorite toystore, Nightmare Toys, has relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where it continues to grace the world with the finest of Horror-themed novelties. These masks from Trick or Treat Studios pictured here aren’t available on the store aisles as of yet, not anywhere, but they will be arriving soon. Ain’t they spiffy? It is…Continue readingMasks, Masks, Masks
[Featuring the continuation of the fight between werewolf and vampire] I had never seen one before. I have read, in the years since, that the vrykolakas has control over its physical form, a control the Doghead does not possess. Scholars attest that this fiend can become as insubstantial as smoke, can enter a room through…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 13
Play along with me for a second. Now yes, the whole thing about the full moon and werewolves was largely if not completely made up by Kurt Siodmak for his screenplay for THE WOLFMAN (nee THE WOLF MAN). But the trope has become so saturating, so “over” in wrestling parlance, that it might as well…Continue readingTwo Moons
[In which werewolf does battle with vampire!!!] I failed. My intent had been to destroy myself, or to see myself destroyed, and in that I failed. I still lived the following morning, though the beast had been sore tested. A group of Marmorcan soldiers had escorted me to the sacrificial site, the shrine of the…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 12
I am an expert on Horror. And I loved the 70s creature-slasher GRIZZLY. But I had never heard that there was an unfinished sequel made, or if I had heard it I’d long-since forgotten about it. But not only does it exist, we may actually get to see it! How the movie disappeared from radar…Continue readingGive me GIZZLY II!
A couple of movies I’m for sure looking forward to are BEAST and PORTAL. We’ll talk about the latter first, since any mention of it seems to have disappeared from the Internet. There was originally a post on Bloody Disgusting that alerted me to the project but “Error 404! The page you requested does not…Continue readingBEAST Abounds but PORTAL Goes Missing
This article from Mysterious Universe asks a question that is repeated frequently among those of a skeptical bent: If Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, exists, then why have we—with “we” being human beings—never found any remains? There are some credible explanations for why this might be, and that’s assuming that no remains ever *have* been found, and…Continue readingHabeas Corpus Sasquatchus
I’m seeing lots said about this incident on the cryptid forums of ye trusty ol’ social media. Some are claiming it as proof not only of the existence of “Dogman”-type entities, but that said entities are out to eat us. This springs from the fact that there has, up to the point of this report,…Continue readingDid a Dogman Kill A Kid In Kentucky?
John Krasinksi is just a nicer guy than I am, because he didn’t rip this guy apart. Said some jabroni about A QUIET PLACE: “As horror films go [A QUIET PLACE is] the antithesis of ‘Get Out,’ inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.” The movie, the jabroni said, is…Continue readingA QUIET PLACE and an Idiot
It has begun. The modern reboot of the classic Universal Monsters universe has begun. I wouldn’t have expected it to be the Invisible Man who led the charge, served as vanguard, became the standard-bearer, but here we are. And it couldn’t be any better. Leigh Whannel’s THE INVISIBLE MAN is a modern masterpiece. It’s perfect,…Continue readingMovie Review: THE INVISIBLE MAN
After a website devoted to comic books stated in a report that the forthcoming PLANET OF THE APES movie would be a reboot, the director of that movie, Wes Ball, took to Twitter to correct them—and offer an indictment of what too often passes for journalism these days, especially in entertainment news: “It’s never been…Continue readingDirector Schools Media on PLANET OF THE APES
Not only did the Chieftain deign to talk to a slave, he came to me. The previous night, the beast had been most unhappy to find itself at the bottom of a hole. As I had dug down to sixty or so feet, however, it could not leap out. When it tried to climb out,…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 11
If you spend any time at all studying the unexplained and the paranormal, you will have heard of Skinwalker Ranch. Also known as Sherman Ranch, the site comprises some 500 acres in the wilds of Utah and is a veritable hotbed of supernatural activity. UFOs, cryptids—including werewolves—ghosts, cattle mutilations: you name it, the Skinwalker Ranch…Continue readingSkinwalker Ranch
It doesn’t look that scary to me, honestly. The creature in the photograph looks to have T-Rex arms. But I might well have felt differently had I seen it while driving down Bray Road during my recent trip. Looking at the photo more closely, the creature’s right arm, or right forelimb, looks skeletal, denuded of…Continue readingCaught on Camera: The Beast of Bray Road?
Growing up, I had heard the term vrykolakas used as often in reference to one of the accursed, like me, as to the undead, animated corpse that rose from its grave at night to prey upon the living. The word meant both, or either, an unclean, evil thing driven by bloodlust. In fact the term…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 10
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what director Josh Boone had to say: “I’d say biggest influences for this movie were [One Flew Over the] Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and Dream Warriors. I do love Dream Warriors, I loved the first [Nightmare on Elm Street] as well, but this is very much a…Continue readingYes, THE NEW MUTANTS is a Horror Movie
The irony was not lost on me, how my circumstances presented a perfect metaphor for my life in general. My captors put me to work digging a hole. A well, to be precise. But to find myself standing in one place, digging myself deeper but never going anywhere, filthy, exhausted, muscles aching. My life. If…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 9
The character, that is, not the plant. Disney has a potential problem with THE NEW MUTANTS. That’s probably why the movie, set to debut here in a few weeks, was previously shelved. If they release the movie and it tanks, then it’s no harm, no foul. Sure they’d lose money, but the movie’s already made,…Continue readingWhere to Put Wolfsbane?
The Wulver is not technically a werewolf, as a werewolf is a shapeshifter, transforming from man into wolf or wolf into man or man into wolf-like beast of some sort or wolf-like beast of some sort into man. The Wulver is always in anthropomorphic beastlike form, or somewhere in between a human being and a…Continue readingThe Wulver, the Mr. Rogers of Werewolves
There’s a virtual reality game called WEREWOLVES WITHIN. Apparently. I’d never heard of it before. And it is being turned into a movie. Apparently. The movie will be directed by Josh Ruben and written by Mishna Wolff…Stop. You’re kidding, right? No? Hey, wait a minute. I *have* written about this game before! It takes the…Continue readingWerewolves Within: From Game to Movie
This cursory article does raise one interesting question: Just how much conflation has there been between sightings of Bigfoot and the Wendigo of legend? The Wendigo has its own unique lore. According to Indian legend, when a human resorts to cannibalism to survive the brutal winters of the north woods, that person is cursed to…Continue readingWendigo or Bigfoot?
It’s Z-s and then S-Z. If I write it down (or type it out) maybe I’ll remember it. Zsasz. As in, Victor Zsasz. He’s a serial killer from the Batman comics. He cuts himself every time he murders somebody, and his body, sporting dozens if not hundreds of scars, testifies to his proficiency. I’ve long…Continue readingMovie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Inclusion of Victor Zsasz and a Hyena)
In a report from the Contemporary Folklore conference covered in issue 388 of FORTEAN TIMES, the go-to magazine for all things paranormal, weird, or unexplained, a complaint is voiced about the “cultural appropriation” of the Wendigo, likening it to the “sexualization” of the Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. (Anything that isn’t outright vandalism…Continue readingPolitical Correctness and the Wendigo
You may recall the article I posted some time back about the Witherell House in Wisconsin and its connection to Jeffery Dahmer. There *should* have been a link in that article. When I pull it up on my computer, there is one. But I was contacted recently by Charlie Hintz over at the Cult of…Continue readingThe Witherell House and the Cult of Weird
The Devil does enjoy his little jokes. The toe of a boot, kicking me in the side, the butt of a spear jabbing me between the shoulder blades, woke me. A voice, barking commands at me in a language I did not recognize. Cold water rolling over me, retreating. I opened my eyes. I lay…Continue readingThe Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf Part 8
When I first heard the news that a remake of the classic was underway, my immediate reaction was a scowl and a snarl. Why, why would anybody think this was a good idea? John Carpenter’s 1982 film is one of the true greats of the genre, though it ironically is itself a remake. 1951’s THE…Continue readingRemaking THE THING?!
I happened across this really cool image, a GIF (that means “Graphics Interchange Format” and is pronounced “Jiff”; I know because I looked it up) from MTV’s TEEN WOLF television series. The image, the concept of it, that is, is not original to that show, though. I recognized it immediately as being from an advertisement…Continue readingThe Shadow
After his daughter was killed by a monster, a beefy barbarian type dedicated his life to killing monsters, keeping their heads as trophies. Years later, he gets his revenge against the one that killed his child, but when he brings its head back to his cottage, things don’t go well. The magic poultice he has…Continue readingMovie Review: THE HEAD HUNTER
It’s slow and the ending is anticlimactic. But man, it’s pretty. The Victorians pulled the teeth from our fairytales, which were, in their original forms, pure Horror stories. Modern filmmakers have undertaken the crusade to put those teeth back into them, and GRETEL AND HANSEL largely counts as a success in this quiet cultural and…Continue readingMovie Review: GRETEL AND HANSEL