You may recall that I predicted this a few weeks ago during the kerfuffle between movie theater chain AMC and Universal Pictures. When Universal threatened to start sending more of their movies directly to livestreaming, AMC announced that their theaters would no longer be exhibiting any Universal movies. It was a pissing contest, and I…Continue readingThe Closing Window
We tend to avoid talking politics here and on our sister sites VAMPIRES.COM and DARKNESS.COM. These are entertainment sites, and no one should be subjected to politics when seeking entertainment. As this current topic deals with demons and evils, though, we’ll touch on it briefly. Friends, please don’t believe the conspiracy theory nonsense being promulgated…Continue readingThe White House Witch Doctor
From the linked article: “Find your way through the primeval wilderness in the center of modern Europe. It’s where the protectors of nature wage their ancient, neverending war against the forces of destruction. You play as Maia, who comes to Poland hoping to trace her family roots. She will discover her family’s dark secrets and…Continue readingWEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE – HEART OF THE FOREST
Here is a nice little editorial waxing philosophically on the put-upon nature of the Wolfman character in fiction. “In every reimagining or riff on the character, the Wolfman is a tragic figure.” So says the linked article. I can’t think of any example where this statement is wrong. There are stories where the werewolf is…Continue readingSympathy for the Wolfman
I wrote on over at our sister site VAMPIRES.COM about how I decided to watch all the GAME OF THRONES episodes—and only those episodes—featuring the Night King, the White Walkers, and the Wights. I knew I’d be getting lots of dragon action, too, including a zombie dragon. The zombie polar bear, however, came as a…Continue readingThe Zombie Polar Bear
Strange, is it not, how quick we are to believe those things we wish to be true and to disregard those we would prefer to disbelieve? I gave little credence to the witch’s prophecy that I would meet my doom in an encounter with Lycanon. This I dismissed as a product of deviltry and as…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 34
ANTLERS, from Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro, had its theatrical opening delayed for an entire year because of the pandemic. It is scheduled to open in February of 2021, and please God let them have that vaccine by then so it doesn’t have to be delayed again! While we are forced to…Continue readingWaiting on the Wendigo
As it so happens, I am currently working on a project involving a Wendigo, so this is personal to me. As a creator, I believe it is my responsibility, the responsibility of any creator, if using characters that belong to a culture other than mine and exploring themes from that culture, to be accurate. My…Continue readingAppropriating the Wendigo
When I was growing up, my life revolved around a few magical, transcendental things. Right at the top of that list: Monster movies and comicbooks. As an adult, little has changed. My life still revolves around a few things, and near the top of the list: Monster movies and comicbooks. This, then, is tailor-made for…Continue readingMarvel Comics pay tribute to classic Monsters
These days, we’re having to take a second look at American heroes. Daniel Boone is no different. He accomplished some great things. He blazed a trail into the West for a young country and helped make “manifest destiny” possible—along with all the negatives associated with that. (There were already people there, y’know.) But that’s not…Continue readingDaniel Boone and the Bigfoot
There’s a new werewolf movie out, BLOODTHIRSTY, that played at Cannes (virtually). Director Amelia Moses said of the film: “I’m looking for something more visceral, that slowly gets under your skin and for me, as a horror fan and an audience member, those are the films that I enjoy more.” And regarding the creature itself,…Continue readingFeeling BLOODTHIRSTY?
“Very well,” I replied. “Show me.” “This, here,” as she lifted a sack from the floor, “is ground from the bones of an animal that no longer exists. It will last you the rest of your life, as only a pinch is needed for each dosage. Take care not to lose this!” “I will,” I…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 33
Not to be confused with the theatrical film of the same name from 2016 featuring the animated doll, this one could just as easily have been titled “The Care and Raising of a Serial Killer.” It’s disturbingly accurate in terms of showing the audience the ways it can too easily happen. There’s that whole debate,…Continue readingMovie Review: THE BOY
There’s this dude named Aaron Sims, who worked on concept art for the series. Before that, he allegedly worked with a dude named Jeffrey Kennedy who wrote the screenplay for a movie titled TOTEM. The lawsuit alleges that Sims recycled “plot, sequence, characters, theme, dialogue, mood, and setting, as well as copyrighted concept art” for…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Creators Sued—Again—For Copyright Infringement
You know, I get sent links all the time to movies from production companies wanting me to review them. All the time. Most of the time those movies aren’t of particular interest to me, or aren’t relatable enough to the subject of this website or one of our sister sites (vampires.com and darkness.com) for me…Continue readingMONSTROUS
If you want to kill somebody and you want to get away with it, you need to do it in Yellowstone National Park. But only in a specific part of Yellowstone National Park. Here’s how that works: almost all of the park is located in Wyoming, but 50 square miles of it are located in…Continue readingThe Yellowstone Zone of Death
I learned, after making my way back to the boat and finding the surviving men waiting for me, that there had occurred some debate amongst the group regarding leaving me behind. Oran had upbraided those leaning in that direction, challenging their pride and condemning their, as he called it, abandonment of duty. He’d risked having…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 32
The most obvious comparison is the situation with the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, the one done by Joss Whedon to less than enthusiastic reception and the original, which is now being finished by the original director Zack Snyder. But it also makes me think of what happened with the fourth EXORCIST movie, where there are actually…Continue readingThe Craven Cut
When it comes to the classic Universal Monsters, we Monsterkidz will take as much as we can get! There are several new projects in the works, thanks to the incredible success of this year’s THE INVISIBLE MAN both critically and financially. (Remember when this one came out? It seems so long ago now, though it…Continue readingKid-Friendly Universal Monsters? Sure!
It’s Leigh Whannell, the same dude who so capably brought us the recent THE INVISIBLE MAN. The movie couldn’t be in better hands, then. As for who will be portraying Larry Talbot onscreen, the most important bit of news is that it ISN’T Duane “The Rock” Johnson! The Rock has long been connected to the…Continue readingWe have a new Wolfman, and he has a Director!
As my father’s side of the family originally came from that part of the State (after migrating from Georgia sometime after the Civil War), I’d long been familiar with the legend of the Witch of Hinds Road and her fiery-eyed familiar. In town, or close enough, this past weekend, as I’d driven down to catch…Continue readingThe Hellhound of Hinds Road
In those days I entertained a sporadic spirituality, feeble and transient at my weakest moments yet running deep, like a vein of gold in basest rock. I was, as St. Paul instructed, working out my own salvation. For some, great suffering can serve as a wedge driven between a man and God; for others, a…Continue readingTHE CONFESSONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 31
Anyone who knows me at all will tell you I am rabidly anti-censorship. I despise “cancel culture.” I despise political correctness (what it has come to mean). I despise Silly Jerkoff Wankers and their causes. And this despite the fact that my social views would be considered liberal by the most conservative definition and radically…Continue readingWhat’s a “Normie”? My Sworn Enemy!
Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is my favorite children’s book, and one of my favorite all-time books, period. As a wee tyke, this book struck a chord within me that I didn’t understand at the time. I grew up in a different age and under circumstances different, sometimes far more different, from today’s.…Continue readingWalken and WILD THINGS
There is some evidence—And please do note that “evidence” does not equal definitive “proof”, as I have had complaints before from people I’ve interviewed, people who advocated for some theory or new perspective, people who got pissy when I refused to announce that they had definitive proof, despite their presentation of evidence, to support their…Continue readingThank the Neanderthals for the Novel Coronavirus?
I really like the Soska sisters. They’re young women (young attractive women, though that hardly matters), identical twins and hardcore geeks. *Talented* young female geeks, which is something even more rare. I’ve heard them speak on behind-the-scenes features in regards to their films and they seem like a couple of cool dudettes. But this director…Continue readingSoska Sisters: Daughters of Darkness?
This Mexican film was submitted for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars the year it was released (2017). It didn’t make the cut. I can’t remember which movie won in that category that year, but it doesn’t matter. I guarantee you, whatever that movie was, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID was just as…Continue readingMovie Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
It is a sad fact of human nature that any movement, and every movement, no matter how pure, good, moral, or noble it is, will, given time, become coopted and corrupted by extremists. It’s also frustrating, if you’re one of those sufficiently educated to recognize this fact, in that you are powerless to ever keep…Continue readingYour Weekly Dose of Stoopid: Fantasy Racism
I have heard stories, as no doubt you, my readers, have also, wherein the narrator or the protagonist, at some point in the midst of the tale, will chance upon some person or thing that bears, or will bear, great significance for the former, and he or she will experience some feeling of portent, some…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 30
If your knowledge of Norse mythology comes from the Marvel cinematic universe, in particular the Thor movies, you have a decent but imperfect education on the subject. There are things that the writers of those screenplays, and the comicbooks upon which those screenplays were based, changed for the benefit of the story. For example, the…Continue readingCareful Where You Stick Your Hand, Tyr!
I’m going to need to be careful with this one. It pisses me off, and thus I might be prone, were I not careful, to say something less nice than I ought to. It must be noted that the decision to pull her book came from author Alexandra Duncan. She was not forced to do…Continue readingYour Weekly Dose of MORE Stoopid
There’s a petition circulating demanding that Netflix remove M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT from its playlist. Why? Because it inaccurately depicts people who suffer from dissociative identity disorder? Wait, you mean people with DID don’t actually develop superpowers when they shift personalities?!?! Cry me a freakin’ river. Cancel Culture is so idiotic. It started out as…Continue readingYour Weekly Dose of Stoopid: Cancel SPLIT
I’m happy to announce that Nightmare Toys, my favorite of all stores, owned by my friends Kristy and Phillip and recently relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada from Madison, Alabama, continues to grow and prosper. This past week the announcement was made that Nightmare Toys had purchased Big Bang Toys, also in Las Vegas. While Nightmare…Continue readingNIGHTMARE TOYS Acquires a Big Bang
Sean Penn directed the movie INTO THE WILD in 2007. The film was based on the book of the same title by John Krakauer. Both told the story of 24-year-old Christopher McCandless who, disillusioned with the trappings of modern civilization, decided to make like Thoreau and live off the land. He hiked deep into the…Continue readingOut of the Wild, or The Deathtrap Bus Goes on Walkabout
David Lynch has been busy during the quarantine. Hopefully working on plans for a new season of TWIN PEAKS. He wouldn’t tell us if he was, though. He had the third season cooking for 25 years in his head while telling fans that he hadn’t even thought of such a thing. But he’s been making…Continue readingLynch, on Lynch (and Other Stuff)
As I sit typing these words, it is June 29th. This would have been Ray Harryhausen’s 100th birthday. The pioneer, the trendsetter and trailblazer, the master. Cinema as it exists today would not exist if it hadn’t been for Harryhausen. That’s not hyperbolic overstatement. It is a fact. Happy birthday, Ray—and thank you. Thinking about…Continue readingHappy Birthday to the Master!
This is not to say I did not entertain my own terrors at that moment. I have before mentioned my fear that the beast that possessed me would not, despite the gravity of the injury involved, allow me to die. What if, I thought as I sat there, the Hand did catch me, did crush…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 29
It became obvious to me some weeks ago that if I was going to salvage an enjoyable summer in the midst of the ‘Rona madness, it was going to have to become a summer of drive-in movies and roadtrips. I took just such a roadtrip this past weekend to several of the filming locations for…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part One
Starcourt Mall in Hawkins is really Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia. It’s a beautiful mall, but it’s a ghost town these days, y’all, and not because of the ‘Rona pandemic. Almost every store in the place is closed. (And maybe the spirit of the Mindflayer!)Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part Three: The Battle of Starcourt Mall
More photos from my roadtrip to the filming locations for STRANGER THINGS! As a little bit of extra color commentary, as I was leaving the school I decided to drive around it, to see if there was something I might have missed. As I drove around behind the gymnasium, I interrupted a prostitute busy earning…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Country, Part Two
This past week brought the disappointing news that GODZILLA VS. KONG has been pushed back an entire year to summer of 2021. Which sucks. A tiny nugget of other kaiju-related news also came out. Michael Dougherty, director of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, shared a photo of his Kongzilla figure. This has people speculating that…Continue readingKongzilla
The giant hand stood in the midst of a large circular chamber, rising some fifteen feet above us, almost reaching the ceiling of the room. I had to admire the artistry that had rendered it. It looked so real, like the hand of a giant man turned from living flesh into stone, so smooth and…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 28
If people are supposed to be socially distancing in real life—emphasis on the “supposed to be” part, as I’ve observed little in the way of it on my occasional outings—then actors in movies have to be socially distant, too. That means actors can never get closer to each other than six feet. No kisses, no…Continue readingYour Weekly Dose of Stoopid
The new game from Nacon and Cyanide Studios, WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE—EARTHBLOOD (cool title) is still in development. When it releases you’ll be able to play it on your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or online. Until then, you will have to content yourself with this new trailer. Shall we watch it together? Okay. Click here. Then…Continue readingWEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE Trailer Unleashed
The Dark Universe died an unglorified death after the failure of the remake of THE MUMMY. Then, in what seems like the twinkling of an eye, it was reborn. Fitting for a shared cinematic universe of the Universal Monsters, don’t you think? We’ve already had THE INVISIBLE MAN, which kicked major ass. We’ve got a…Continue readingWhy did Romanek Walk on THE WOLFMAN?
We received a press junket for the film THE DINNER PARTY, now available for livestreaming and on DVD. You can check out the trailer for it here. Here’s the official spiel: “Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, now available on DVD…Continue readingCome to Dinner
Last week I made mention of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” in an article explaining why I don’t think it’s appropriate to do music reviews on a site like this one. Zevon’s song constituted one of the few exceptions when it’s not only okay to discuss music, it’s mandatory. What song even comes close to…Continue readingDoin’ the Werewolves of London
The editorial in this linked article really resonated with me. In many ways it is my story. I, as was the author, was raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment, although mercifully my mother wasn’t controlling and domineering the way his parents seem to have been. She never really knew what to make of my passion…Continue readingLosing Religion and Finding Faith
To begin with, let me say that I loved A GHOST STORY. (Read my review here.) Loved it. That fact only made me sadder when I learned that the film’s producer Adam Christopher Donaghey had been charged with raping an underage girl on the film’s set. (He is, pardon the de rigueur cliché, innocent until…Continue readingA Sex Fiend Killed Fangoria?
“Are you still praying, Oran?” I asked my friend over my shoulder as we enetered the ruined temple. “Yes, my lord. I am praying in earnest.” The roof of the structure had collapsed in places, leaving jagged holes in the ceiling a good twenty feet above our heads through which sunlight streamed and roots dangled,…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 27