Where’s the Wolfman?

The other night I went to a Dave and Buster’s for a friend’s bachelor party. If you aren’t familiar with the chain, they are a combination restaurant, sports bar, and video game arcade. Think Chuck E. Cheese except more for grown-ups, and serving burgers and chicken wings instead of pizza. It was a lot of fun, even though I only played a few video games. I did however burn up a whole lot of points—all the games operate on “points” or credits, which you purchase with money, instead of just feeding the machines quarters or tokens—when I came across one of those claw grappling hook games. I spotted these little Universal Monsters figures and had to have one or all of them. Had to.

How many did I end up “winning”? One. The Dracula. I was happy, yes, but I wanted more. I wanted them all!

If I’m honest—and let’s keep this just between you and me, alright, as I don’t want to make the other Monsters jealous—I actually thought the Metaluna Mutant was the cutest of the lot. It, sadly, was also among the most difficult to snag with the claw.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon toy was the second cutest, and also the second hardest to snare. Alas, I used to be really good with those games, until they doctored them to make it harder to win stuff.

My lovely better half took the “points” card away from me after that.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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