MONSTER CAFÉ Has Closed

This brasses me right the hell off. I never got to visit there. In a way that’s for the best. Had I ever been there, and established memories there, I’d probably take the closing of the place, the Monster Café at the Universal Studios theme park in Florida, a lot harder. As it is, I’m…

Is Frankenstein a Golem?

I tend to go off on rabbit hunts. When I catch a scent, I stay on the trail, sometimes bypassing the rabbit altogether if I detect the scent of something more desirable and/or potentially filling to my predator’s belly. While working on an article for our sister site VAMPIRES.COM involving the Frankenstein Monster, I caught…

DYSFUNCTO CEREBRI

Does Fritz’s mistake in the 1931 masterpiece FRANKENSTEIN absolve Victor Frankenstein…sorry, make that *Henry* Frankenstein…of his original sin? One of the biggest themes of the novel FRANKENSTEIN, if not *the* biggest theme, is that of a man going too far in the pursuit of knowledge, treading in territory that is beyond him, a man “playing…

BLACKMANE Part 105

“You heard it with your directional microphone, Mr. Hamm,” Kimboro said. “What name has the creature chosen to call itself?” Hamm stopped smiling. He felt a prickling sensation at the base of his neck, unseen fingers tickling at his spine. “A new Adam,” Kimboro said, “fashioned not by the hand of God but by the…

BLACKMANE Part 104

“Sounds like some pretty rarified bullshit to me,” Hamm said. “Few among the Warumbi today remember the story,” Kimboro said. “Few of them believe. But my father believed, and his father before him. He taught these things to me.” “Sounds like ol’ what’s-his-name was smokin’ something,” Hamm said, chuckling. “Most of the Warumbi would agree…

BLACKMANE Part 103

“Who?” Hamm said. When the black man did not answer, he pressed: “And don’t tell me I wouldn’t understand. I ain’t as dense as you seem to think. It was ’cause of me we found the critter in the first place, in case you need remindin’.” The Warumbi shook his head. “Spill the beans, Cochise.…

Mismanaging THE NORTHMAN

It was advertised as an historic Drama and as an Arthouse film. It is both of those things, but it is not primarily either of them. First and foremost, it’s a Horror movie and it’s a Fantasy. Did the fact that it was presented as anything else affect its box office performance? It seems it…