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Movie Review: MANDY

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…

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PROJECT BLUE BOOK and the Skinwalker

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…

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The Mandela Effect and the Fouke Monster

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…

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Fireside Chats: The Beast of Gevaudan

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…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 15

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…

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Devil Monkeys and Dogmen Are The Same

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…

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Which (Obscure) Universal Monster Should Go Next?

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)…

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Master of Views

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…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 14

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…

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The Chupa Returns Again?

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…

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An American Werewolf ReAction Figure? Why, yes!

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,…

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Fireside Chats

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…

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Will Kate Moss be the Invisible Woman?

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,…

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Are We in for a Horror Recession?

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…

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Monster Map Part Two

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…

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Breaking News

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…

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Movie Review: THE NIGHTINGALE

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…

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Masks, Masks, Masks

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…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 13

[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…

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Two Moons

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…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 12

[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…

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Give me GIZZLY II!

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…

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BEAST Abounds but PORTAL Goes Missing

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…

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Habeas Corpus Sasquatchus

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…

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Did a Dogman Kill A Kid In Kentucky?

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,…

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