God surprised me one last time. I had not expected to survive the encounter with Lycanon, praying only that my death might accomplish God’s will. But survive I did. My brothers the monks climbed the mountain and found my ravaged body where it lay upon the fallen stones of Lycanon’s temple. The demon was no…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 65
It’s hard for an enterprising Horror mark these days to keep up with the theatrical release dates for upcoming genre films, as they keep moving them. This, then, is your handy guide, as of right now, to the upcoming cinematic offerings of 2021. These are, it goes without saying, subject to change. But as of…Continue readingMovie Switcheroo
I recently watched this paranormal documentary-type show, a relatively well-done one wherein the investigator approached the subject from a journalistic standpoint, not sensationalizing things but not displaying closed-mindedness either, a stance that I wish all investigators would adopt. This particular program put a unique spin on things—unique insofar as such television programs are concerned—by suggesting…Continue readingAre Werewolves and Skinwalkers the Same Thing?
AMC just managed to gather up some much needed fundage, I read. Or “capital”, as it is referred to in the business vernacular. Enough that they won’t be going bankrupt anytime soon. Enough to get them through the year, they said, or at least halfway, if they didn’t make a single cent (which they will).…Continue readingCoronavirus and the (Monster) Movies
You’ve probably seen the headline. Some Congressman from Oklahoma wants to establish a hunting season for Bigfoot. Then this same Congressman apparently got his feelings hurt when people started calling him stupid. Come on, dude. If you say, or post, stupid things, you should expect that somebody, somewhere is gonna call you an idiot. No…Continue readingHunting Bigfoot
I just watched KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK for the first time since I saw it as a little boy. I waxed nostalgic about it over at our sister site VAMPIRES.COM. The whole blood-drinking thing with the Demon, Gene Simmons, made it a perfect fit, and there’s a Count Dracula automaton in it,…Continue readingKISS versus the Werewolves
[The conclusion of the battle between Christopher and the King of the Werewolves] “No!” I crawled. I pushed myself up. “No…more!” Lycanon stomped on me with one of his hoofed feet, shattering my spine. I vomited blood. “Yes! And forever!” Lycanon turned from me. Turned all of its eyes away. The moon remained, filling my…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 64
[NOTE: This is it, peeps! The first installment of the big fight between the beasts!] Never, save once, have I remembered with such perfect clarity the things that happen when I am in the form of the beast. All other times, the memories are distant, as though viewed through water, more like a dream half…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 63
First things first. This movie should not have been titled WRONG TURN. It should have been called THE FOUNDATION. I get that the same guy who wrote the original WRONG TURN wrote this one and they wanted to keep the continuity, but the title scarcely applies to this new film. The characters do take a…Continue readingMovie Review: WRONG TURN
Having watched GORILLA AT LARGE this past week, and having been sent on a magical mystery tour of nostalgia by it, I started consulting my old memory banks, trying to remember which of the two special 3-D broadcasts I recall from my childhood, the aforementioned GORILLA and REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, actually aired first. It…Continue readingWhich Came First, the Creature or the Gorilla?
Back in the 80s, somebody had the novel idea of repurposing old 1950s Sci-Fi and Horror flicks and airing them in their original 3-D on broadcast television. It must not have proven cost-effective for them because only a couple of movies ever aired, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, the sequel to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON,…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: GORILLA AT LARGE
I had no idea that this low-budget effort was actually the third in a series. There for sure wasn’t anything from any earlier movies that I needed to have seen to follow this one. And honestly, there’s no reason this one should have been a Krampus movie at all. It would have worked better had…Continue readingMovie Review: KRAMPUS: ORIGINS
I made it through 2020 way better than I’d feared I would. I’d been afraid boredom would pose as great a threat to my wellbeing as the ‘Ronavirus. Thankfully that didn’t happen. While it did force the partial shutdown of my theatrical company, EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, we managed to perform one full outdoor production and…Continue readingA Tentpole-less Summer?
NOTE: I keep seeing them referred to as “dire wolves”, even in scholarly sources like this linked article. But it bugs me. “Dire wolves” means wolves that are dire. This is an accurate description, as far as that goes, but it isn’t grammatically correct, not if the term is meant to designate a separate species…Continue readingDirewolves: A Different Beast
We knew that Oscar Isaac was going to be playing the lead in the new Marvel series MOON KNIGHT for Disney’s streaming service (although it has yet to be “officially” confirmed), and now we know that Ethan Hawke has signed on to play the big bad. We don’t know which villain he’ll be portraying, though.…Continue readingMOON KNIGHT and SWAMP THING News
It’d been a little while since I took a roadtrip, and this past weekend presented a perfect opportunity. It was a lovely day, but cold, thus ruling out any outdoor activities. An ideal day for driving, then! But where to go? I’d heard stories about Chickenfoot, an area of Lawrence County, Alabama, for years, but…Continue readingThe Beast of Chickenfoot
I’m a sucker for a good Wendigo movie at any time. Note that I said *good* Wendigo movie. As I recall, RAVENOUS was mediocre as hell, not bad enough to be fun but not good, either. I need to go back and rewatch it, as I might appreciate it a little more now, being older…Continue readingThe Wendigo of BLACK WOOD
This is the guy who brought us GERALD’S GAME, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, the underrated OCULUS, and the amazeballs DOCTOR SLEEP, just in case you didn’t recognize the name. The dude knows what he’s doing, for sure, and what he does best is high-quality Horror. And he wants to do a Clayface movie. That’s…Continue readingMike Flanagan Wants Clayface
A clip 40 years in the making! Or close enough! I first saw the movie GRIZZLY when it was broadcast on network television around 1978 or so. I was just a wee thing, and the film, though edited to be broadcast on TV, scared the wee out of me. (The fact that I lived basically…Continue readingThe Grizzly Cometh!
So how exactly did we get dogs? How did wolves become domesticated? Ancient wolves sure wouldn’t have looked any more cute and cuddly than any of the other predators that hunted and preyed upon ancient human beings. (Maybe as puppies.) So how did it occur to our primitive forebears that making friends with the wolf…Continue readingScraps
One of the many communities I belong to on social media is dedicated to the MISSING411 phenomenon. This, if you are unfamiliar, is the field of expertise of a man named David Paulides, who investigates cases of strange disappearances in national parks and other wilderness areas. Most of the people who belong to this group…Continue reading411 Skeptics
“I do not believe I have ever witnessed a more disgraceful sight.” It took me a few seconds to recognize the voice as my own. One’s voice always sounds different in one’s own ears than it does to others. But I knew the voice I heard speaking, coming from nowhere in particular but all around…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 62
I’ve been writing about this one for some time now. I had really hoped that it would be released to theaters in my geographic area, yet it never was. Yesterday I finally got hold of it on DVD. Was it worth the wait? Well, kinda, I guess. I wanted to like this one a lot…Continue readingMovie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
A sense of uncleanness and foreboding grew thicker the higher I climbed, a palpable presence. Here I saw no other living thing. The air ceased to stir. I came at last to the temple site. The structure itself had long since collapsed, long before my time. Its walls lay in pieces now, broken slabs scattered…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 61
According to Screen Rant they are. I hadn’t noticed. Yes, I *did* notice that there were no big screen, big studio movies featuring werewolves in theaters right now, or for the past few years. But fewer werewolves than vampires? Fewer werewolves than appearances by Frankenstein? Didn’t seem like it to me. “The main takeaway from…Continue readingWerewolves Less Popular Nowadays?
The movie is titled WEREWOLF but it isn’t readily clear that there are no actual werewolves in this film. Not literal werewolves, at any rate. It does have killer dogs, and you could argue that there are werewolves present, but they are werewolves of the mind, conceptual werewolves. Here’s the official synopsis: “Children liberated from…Continue readingPolish WEREWOLF Dogs
World War Two didn’t just start out of the blue. There had been a buildup for years, with the expectant publicity. News reports on the radio and playing before feature films in theaters made sure the average American stayed up-to-date on the growing Nazi threat. Germany was viewed, and rightfully so, in a very negative…Continue readingVasaria
I traveled alone. None could aid me, so I allowed none to accompany me. God alone walked beside me. “Give me the strength I will need,” I prayed. “Not for my sake, but for the sake of all those who suffer from this pestilence. As You aided me that night in the Roman Coliseum, come…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 60
Our Abbot, in response to the shared question on all our lips—“Why is this happening?—came to me for an answer, believing I, as one so afflicted, might possess some greater insight. “I do not know why,” I told him. “Brother Christopher, what then can we do?” “I do not know,” I lied for a second…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 59
The movie is fantastic. All the Normie haters are wrong, as they almost always are. Ignore them, if you haven’t seen this one already. You really should, as it’s as good as they come. There is one implausibility—how exactly did they get that jet all fueled and ready for takeoff without anyone noticing?—and normally an…Continue readingMovie Review: WONDER WOMAN 1984 (and the Cheetah’s Nipples)
Over on our sister site VAMPIRES.COM this week we’ve been examining supposed real-life incidents of paranormal occurrences linked to this time of year and the annual celebration of Christmas. One of the stories I came across while researching the subject, however, is better suited to this particular site, as it deals with a phantasmagorical hellhound,…Continue readingSir Geoffrey and His Headless Hellhound
As I always do this time of year, immersing myself in Yuletide lore (being the folklorist that I am I cannot resist all the lush legendry associated with the holidays), I was reading through some Saturnalia esoterica and such when I chanced upon a mention of my beloved friend Krampus and learned something about him…Continue readingKrampus: One Hoof or Two?
I was watching one of those Bigfoot-hunting shows—and by “watching” I mean it was playing in the background while I was doing other stuff, only halfway paying attention to it, as generally those kind of shows don’t really interest me. (Spoiler alert: They don’t ever find Bigfoot. They go out in the woods and record…Continue readingMore than an Animal
“New Research Bolsters Claim That Neanderthals Buried Their Dead” reads the headline of this linked article. I had the same reaction as the writer of that article when I first read its headline: Isn’t that a done deal, I thought? Didn’t we already know that Neanderthals buried their dead? As he said: “I must admit,…Continue readingNeanderthal Funerals
Once upon a time, Horror maestro John Carpenter was supposed to be making a remake of the classic Universal chiller THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. For whatever reasons that film never got made. But maybe, just maybe, we can change that from “never got made” to “hasn’t been made YET”. With the incredible success,…Continue readingCarpenter’s Creature
“Alaska 1993. A snowstorm has trapped the small mountain town. Now it’s up to a group of rebellious teenagers to save their town that don’t believe in monsters.” So reads the synopsis—poorly. Is the “small mountain town” supposed to be named “Alaska”? That’s how the synopsis makes it sound. And they’re out to save a…Continue readingCheck Out FEAR OF THE WOODS
Following up on the report last week on the breaking of one of the Zodiac killer’s ciphers, Sam Blake, the Australian mathematician who was one of the teammates who solved the code, had this to say: “I’ve been asked before if I thought the Zodiac understood how much more difficult he made it by doing…Continue readingZodiac Shot Himself in the Foot?
I don’t remember the last time, before the other night, that I tuned into public television. As it so happened, I was setting the DVR to record the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon, which aired this year exclusively on public television because Apple bogarted the broadcast rights, and I noticed the program airing directly before good…Continue readingThe Wolf of Passau
The monks maintained gardens, both to feed themselves and the fruits of which they shared with the townsfolk. They practiced medicine, as a couple of them had some training. There were potters, blacksmiths, bakers and brewers among their number. I became one of the group selected to teach the children of Gilead, and those children…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 58
I had known that it was happening. Or, if not known, surmised, suspected. I did not want to admit it to myself. I had found peace again. Against all my expectations. Tranquility. Happiness, even? Dare I admit it? Yes, now I will say it. Before I feared, perhaps, to acknowledge it, even to myself. Always…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 57
He ain’t got teefers or claws, or didn’t have (probably), and he wasn’t covered with fur (probably) and the full moon had nothing to do with his crimes (probably, although he was a little obsessed with constellations and celestial phenomena and such), but he was a serial killer, and in the past serial killers were…Continue readingZodiac Decoded
This isn’t surprising. It was ambitious for the studio to think that movie theaters would be operating normally by February of next year. They won’t be. Even with ‘Rona vaccines on the way, the logistics are gonna be a bugger. It’s going to take a while to get enough people vaccinated for us to get…Continue readingANTLERS Yanked
I don’t have Shudder so alas I will miss this one, but you should check it out. The CREEPSHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL will debut on the streaming service on December 18th, and will feature as one of the series’ anthology pieces a special hour-long episode called “Shapeshifters Anonymous”, in which “an anxious man…fearing he is a…Continue readingThe Creepshow Holiday Special—with Werewolves
There’s a new theory that human beings who have suffered heart attacks or strokes (But are still alive afterward, obviously—Wait. Is it “afterward” or “afterwards”? Ah, pardon me while I chase down this rabbit…Okay, just googled it. I was right. There’s no difference. While the Internet says that “afterward” is more common in the US…Continue readingTime to Hibernate
Or “bended”, to be more correct, maybe? It doesn’t sound as powerful, though, as the header of an article. “Get bended.” No, it lacks a little of the ring, the ironic forcefulness. But since we’re talking about bendable action figures—you know, action figures with wire skeletons covered with rubber flesh that you can pose any…Continue readingGet Bent!
I have a confession of sorts to make. While I don’t know Channing Tatum personally, we both come from the same place. We call the same small Southern town our hometown. Neither of us lives there now, but it is where we are from. (Incidentally, actor Lucas Black, famous for his deep Southern drawl, who…Continue readingGuilty Confessions
Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige has announced that the part of T’challa the Black Panther, originated by Chadwick Boseman, will not be recast. That means we’ll be getting his little sister Shuri as the new Black Panther for the sequel. There is some foundation for this, as Shuri did serve as the Panther for a time…Continue readingA New Black Panther
EDITOR’S NOTE (Continued) Despite the best efforts of the Emperor, however, some external evidence does exist, two statements mentioning that which he had decreed remain taboo. After much tenacious effort on my part, I discovered two references to the event recorded by independent sources. It is fortunate for me that I find historical minutiae, however…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 56
The film will debut on Shudder on January 14th, and hopefully on DVD shortly thereafter for the unfortunates like me who can’t livestream it. According to that aforementioned streaming service, HUNTED is “an exhilarating, transcendent, and frequently brutal survival tale that elevates itself with the power of myth and magic, while still holding an exacting…Continue readingHUNTED in the New Year
I haven’t seen this one yet but I look forward to it. It has an impressive cast full of all sorts of Geek Cred—Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS, SWAMP THING), Leslie Easterbrook (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), and C. Thomas Howell (THE HITCHER)—and a sweet premise: “The 80s throwback horror tells…Continue readingAll About BEAST MODE