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Boy the Witch-Dog

To quote Sophia Petrillo from THE GOLDEN GIRLS, picture it: England. The 15th Century, during the English Civil War. Forces loyal to the king were pitted against the fundamentalist forces of Cromwell. Prince Rupert of the Rhine, nephew of the British monarch King Charles I, was so fierce and successful in battle that it was…

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Who’s The King?

Out of all the werewolf movies out there, there are two, only two, that stand in contention for the title of greatest werewolf movie ever made. Universal Studios’ 1941 masterpiece THE WOLFMAN (originally the grammatically incorrect THE WOLF MAN) starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Hammer Studios’ 1961 equally masterful THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF starring…

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Underrated Beasts and Where to Find Them

Let us see if we agree with Den of Geek and their compilation of the “Cinema’s 10 most underrated monsters.” In no particular order, then (actually the order in which they listed them, cuz I’m lazy), they are: Q the Winged Serpent; the aliens of PITCH BLACK; the Kathoga monster from THE RELIC; the Graboids…

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Product Review: Super7 Universal Monster Buckets

Remember the Halloween candy buckets crafted in the likenesses of the classic Universal Horror Monsters? Sure you do. I was impressed when I first laid eyes on them (via the computer screen rather than in person) and excited to buy one or all of them. (Yeah, it would have been all of them.) My favorites…

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Jon Snow’s Direwolf

I have never seen the amount of onscreen bitching among my friends on social media, concerning any topic, as I have seen regarding that series finale of GAME OF THRONES. I never watched the show. This last statement does not make me one of those who boasts about having never watched the show. I understand,…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 50

It hurt so bad, Chaney couldn’t even scream. It took so much effort just to breathe. Yet, somehow, she never lost consciousness. The Beast carried her as it ran, carried her in its jaws. Her head bounced along the ground, dragged over concrete and grass. When the Beast leapt through the air it bit down…

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More STRANGER THINGS and AWIL Merch

Seems like I just finished writing an article on Funko, the world’s coolest company. It seems that way because I *did* literally just finish writing such an article. Now there’s some more Funko news to relay, this time having to do with STRANGER THINGS. There is gonna be a shit-ton of new STRANGER THINGS stuff…

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Go to Hell

There is a mansion in Vancouver, British Columbia that has a portal to Hell inside it. But a court has ruled that this isn’t a good enough reason for the purchaser of the property to get her money back. The hell you say! Quoting a local real estate executive: “Portals to hell are a niche…

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STRANGER THINGS Is Over!

I’m using “over” here the way it’s used in the world of professional wrestling, which developed out of Carnie-speak. To be “over” means that a performer or concept has gotten “over” with the crowds. It denotes a level of visibility and success. If a performer has developed a following or draws a strong reaction from…

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It’s 1985 Again!

Remember me talking about how crazy *over* STRANGER THINGS is? If you weren’t convinced, here’s undeniable proof. Because of STRANGER THINGS, Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke. And New Coke is selling. It’s selling so well, in fact, with fans tripping over themselves by the millions to purchase New Coke, that it crashed the Coca-Cola…

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The Otter Man

I chose to break up the name of this particular monster into two words. If I’d called it “Otterman” you might have misread and thought I was talking about the piece of furniture, or the Turkish/Muslim Empire from which the footstool was named. (The muckety-mucks of the Ottoman Empire tended to use such footstools, hence…

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Cereal Monsters

Funko, you’re killin’ me. You just keep forcing me to give you my money. (All you other companies out there, tripping over yourselves trying to figure out ways to get some of my hard-earned—well, relatively-speaking—cash, you could learn a lot from Funko. It really is simple. Just make stuff that I want, and then offer…

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The PET SEMATARY Sequel: More Wendigo?

Considering the hefty profit the film made, that there is going to be a sequel is a foregone conclusion. Or it may be a prequel instead. Who knows? My personal feeling is that they need to leave well enough alone. We all remember what happened the last time they forced a sequel, to the original…

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Bundy’s Last Meal

Continuing with the whole “Ted Bundy is big news again thanks to Zac Efron” thing, here’s the latest. This linked article promises to tell us “The Reason Ted Bundy’s Last Meal Was Medium-Rare Steak Is Upsetting”. Before reading beyond the headline, I’d suspected they were going to try to force some reference to cannibalism. To…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 49

Mathilda sat with her back against the tunnel wall, waited until her heartbeat had slowed down and her wind came back. She groped beside her for the picnic basket, pulled it closer. She dug inside and found her great-grandmother’s old Catholic rosary: a string of porcelain beads and a large silver crucifix. Mathilda draped it…

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In Search of Monsters: Wendigo

This Travel Channel series is fun, but it doesn’t exactly hold up under scientific scrutiny. Anyone who survives an attack by a Wendigo, the narrator tells us, is cursed to become a Wendigo too—just moments after they feature testimony from a woman who survived an attack by a Wendigo but did NOT turn into a…

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More VOLUMES OF BLOOD

Remember VOLUMES OF BLOOD? I saw the original at the Legless Corpse Film Fest and quite liked it. In the interests of perfect honesty, which I must maintain in order to preserve my professional credibility, I have to say that I did not care for the sequel, which I saw at the *second* Legless Corpse…

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Plagiarism Suit Against STRANGER THINGS Dropped

It came down to the wire, but the lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiff just before the case went to trial. I suspect the complainant was just hanging in there until the last minute, hoping the studio would pay him off. This happens not infrequently. It can be quicker and easier, and thus cheaper in…

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Bundy’s Bite

“How Ted Bundy’s Teeth Became the Most Important Evidence in His Trial.” That’s the title of this linked article. The answer to me seems obvious: bite marks. They can be as specific as fingerprints. No two people have the same ones. Each is distinct. And Ted Bundy left bite marks on his victims. Just like…

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Compare and Contrast: The Wendigo

Now that we are living in the post-AVENGERS: ENDGAME world, it’s kinda hard to remember that there were ever other movies at the theaters. Especially recent movies have been eclipsed by that juggernaut, a film the success of which is so massive that it borders on the absurd. Over a billion dollars in a single…

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Who’s to Blame for the Failure of HELLBOY?

Let’s face it, the new HELLBOY was only ever intended for a niche audience. As a part of that niche audience, I really enjoyed it, despite the plot being a kaleidoscope of fragmented threads swimming around each other like little jellyfish with their tentacles never quite touching. If you are a member of that niche…

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In Memoriam: Peggy Lipton

Man, when you’re a part of the “cult” that is attached to a cult TV show, to lose one of the people who made up that show, it feels all too personal. I belong to the TWIN PEAKS cult, and when we lose one of the residents of that strange little town it is like…

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Cambionics

Do you know what a “cambion” is? My spellcheck insists it isn’t a word, but it really is. According to Wikipedia, a cambion is “the offspring of an incubus, succubus, or other demon with a human, or of an incubus and succubus.” Now I’ve gotta define what an “incubus” is, and what a “succubus” is….

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 48

As Lucas stepped from the recess of the cave out into the open, the darkness seemed to deepen and thicken. Walking became more difficult, like trying to move through water. The weight of it bore down on his neck and shoulders. Ripples passed through the darkness, unseen but felt, like silky hands caressing his naked…

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Forensic Furbaby

You know how forensic artists, sculptors, can take a human skull, completely denuded of flesh, and can, using clay and other materials, reconstruct the face of the person the skull once belonged to? They do it a lot with murder cases, where a victim is found long after the body has decomposed and the identity…

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