werewolf, werewolves and lycans

Krampus Returns

Consider the headline for this article to be the title for the movie I desperately wish Michael Dougherty would make, a sequel to his wonderful KRAMPUS of 2015. Alas, he’s too busy these days with Godzilla. (Not that I don’t want him to be busy with Godzilla. I just want him to do Godzilla *and*…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 26

Hank had to drive almost to Tuscaloosa to find a Catholic church. Ironwood had a tiny congregation of its own that met for Sunday services in the old shoe store next to the PO’ FOLKS’ VITTLES restaurant, but the presiding priest only drove in once a week. Ironwood epitomized the “Bible Belt” stereotype for evangelical…

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No, STRANGER THINGS is not going anywhere

Have you been seeing those clickbaity headlines pondering “Is the show ending?” or some such? And then if you click on the article, it says no such thing, offering only speculation without any evidence to support it? Yeah, I hate those, too. I try to never resort to clickbaity titles for any of my posts,…

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Self-professed Vampire Stabs “Werewolf”

I am never one for blaming media—not movies, not video games, not TV, not the Internet, not music, nada, nothing—whenever a nutjob does something crazy. A nutjob who is prone to doing something crazy is going to find something to serve as a catalyst, and if nothing exists then the nutjob will make something up….

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Man or Beast?

Let’s do some cool visual stuff, a’ight? Starting with this video. Just watch it and prepare to be awed. (If you try to cut out the middleman and go directly to YouTube to view it, be prepared to sign in to prove you are of legal age. Not that anyone who is NOT of legal…

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

There are enough creatures on display for this one to merit a review here on this site, despite it being a “family friendly” flick. (Although it does manage to get a PG-13 rating.) In particular, the Matagot should be of interest to theria-minded Horror marks. Depicted in the film as solid black hellcats with shiny,…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 25

The police told the Kidde family to go home and rest. Chaney Kidde had never been very good at doing what she was told. She’d gone home, hers and Marley’s, to get their dog. They’d wait it out at her parents house, that was the plan. Her mother had been near hysterics by that time,…

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The Werewolf Spider of the Amazon

First things first: does the title of this article not sound like the title of an ah-maz-ing 50s B-movie? Too bad that movie was never made. Then again, it’s not too late. Some modern-day genius like Larry Blamire (THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA series) could still have a go at it. But on to the…

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Cannibal Cookies

Fake news—and I’m talking about real fake news, here, as opposed to what the little orange dictator currently sitting in the Oval Office calls fake news, which is anything critical of him (and which is, if critical of the orange pervert, almost guaranteed to be accurate—but this is an entertainment site, and I must eschew…

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Simon Pegg as the American Werewolf in London?

That’s purely conjecture, but it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that John Landis, writer and director of the classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, had approached Edgar Wright, co-writer and director of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and asked him to take on the duties of remaking the former…

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Horror is ALWAYS en vogue

Look, I get it, okay? I do. It’s survival of the fittest. Those of us who make a living by writing for the trusty ol’ Internet, we live or die by the clicks. The market is far, far more competitive than television or print media, the magazine racks or bookshelves, ever could be. (Fortunately the…

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The Hellhounds of Mark Twain Forest

Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, 3.5+ million acres of it, sits atop the infamous New Madrid fault, the cause of the most devastating earthquake in US history, the one that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards in 1811. Does its geography, its geological status offer any explanation as to why there has been…

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HALLOWEEN: Why Didn’t The Shape Kill The Baby?

Continuing my coverage of the new HALLOWEEN, regarding which last week I reported on the fact that some whiny-whiners—okay, actually just one—were upset that Michael Myers didn’t kill the baby. They—he—felt this was out of character for The Shape and it ruined the movie for him. (Yes, seriously. Hey, there were those eggheads who wanted…

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Lights Out

See, I been telling y’all it’s still Halloween. Being too busy during the month of October to go out and enjoy any of the area haunted attractions, I was thrilled to find at least one still open for business this past weekend. The Lester Haunted Hospital was hosting a special “lights out” event for just…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 24

Leland rocked in his easy chair, wearing a pair of underwear and his undershirt. He’d gone out to the mailbox to get the day’s paper and now sat relaxing, one leg brought up, his ankle resting on his knee, to read it. The short trek to the end of the driveway had left him coated…

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New Harryhausen Movie In The Works

This couldn’t be more exciting news. All Monsterkidz recognize the debt that is owed to Ray Harryhausen. Horror as it exists today, in point of fact MOVIES as they exist today, period, would NOT exist if not for Ray Harryhausen. To call him a pioneer is to do him a disservice. The words “trendsetter” and…

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The Beast of Cypress Canyon

Everything old is new again. I went into my local bookstore the other day and there were vinyl records out for sale. Brand new ones, and they weren’t cheap. I visited my personal mecca, Nightmare Toys, and they have a growing collection of VHS tapes for sale. New ones. And they aren’t cheap, either. Retro…

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More on HALLOWEEN

Last week I justified talking about HALLOWEEN on this site because of the way it put me in mind of “parallel time” as a plot device used on DARK SHADOWS. Continuing in that vein this week, I must take to task one of the dudes over at Bloody Disgusting. Normally they and I are kindred…

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Give Jane Goodall a Nobel Prize!

Indulge me for a moment, friends, as I get civically-minded. There is a petition up and running seeking to convince the people who decide such things that Dr. Jane Goodall is deserving of a Nobel Prize, and I wholeheartedly concur. I wonder if you’d be so kind as to lend your voice to the cause?…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 23

“Thank you for coming in, Dr. Frye.” The big black man held the office door open. Hank shuffled inside. He forced his legs to work, trying to look normal, yet he felt so tired he could scarce stand. He hoped the policeman didn’t notice him trembling. “Why did you want to see me?” Hank asked,…

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Tarzan meets King Kong—and Godzilla!

News has come out that Alexander Skarsgard has signed on to appear in the upcoming (but not soon enough!) GODZILLA VS. KONG. Skarsgard may be forever linked to TRUE BLOOD in the minds of many fans, but to me he will always be Tarzan. Even though he hardly looks like the same guy who starred…

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Is it “Wolfman” or “Wolf Man”?

Let us just settle this one here and now. The answer depends on the particularities of the question being asked. What was the actual title of the 1941 Universal Studios classic starring Lon Chaney Jr.? It is THE WOLF MAN. “Wolf” and “Man” are two separate words. This would be fine, if they were hyphenated….

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On Storytelling

At the risk of sounding a tad self-important, it does please me to think that what I do is important. Vital, even. I see myself, first and foremost, as a storyteller. Second only, perhaps, to living the kind of life and having the sort of adventures that other storytellers would write about, I can imagine…

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Were the Trolls of Folklore Really Neanderthals?

Geologically-speaking, Neanderthals haven’t been extinct for that long. Do we—and by “we” I mean people living today, Homo sapiens—retain within our collective unconscious, our group psyche, the memory of when our ancestors interacted with these creatures, the same way we retain a trace of their genes in our DNA? Does that explain all the Bigfoot…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 22

Hank hammered the nail into the board, through the board and into the door frame, up to the head, driving it in deep. He picked up another board, pre-cut pine, the set of shelves he’d intended to build but had never found the time to start. He took up another nail from the box, held…

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