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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Horror Of...Universal Monsters


Those words conjure potent images.

Going back a century the horror films coming out of Universal have set benchmarks. And up through the 1950's the creatures and figures at the center of these movies became cemented in the minds of movie goers and kids.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

First Contact Day is here again.

April 5th is First Contact Day. 

I know, Deanna Troi has called it Federation Day, and that may be an official name...

But Deanna was once a cake.

So that point is invalid...

On this day (in the fictional post nuclear war future), Zefram Cochrane launches the test ship, Phoenix, from Bozeman, Montana.

It was the first Earth ship capable of warp speed.

The test flight caught the attention of alien life that was passing the solar system, interested to see that humans had developed interstellar travel.

So they landed.

And as Star Trek lore remembers, were the Vulcans.

And Earth had it's first (official) contact with alien life.

And everything changed.

And The Adventure Continued, and Continues.

...Granted that leads to Insurrection. We don't talk about Insurrection.


Competitive Rivalry - Game of Development

It's another day with Buster and Jamie. Things have gotten competitive.


This weekend sees the return of the families that make the Bluths look like saints.


The Horror Of...Terror Train

Really?  Really?! You know, yesterday afternoon it was 70 degrees. 70! And how does that turn to...this...

Ha ha. Funny, Nature. Quite a prank!

But as I've already discussed, I am not much of a fan of pranking.

But, no, this is the time of japes and jokes. And of people who don't know when to stop or pull back. So let's take a trip back to the start of the 80's, to the dawn of a renaissance of a glut of slasher movies. Let's look at one of the early attempts to enter the fray of murderous mayhem, with a twist (we always need a twist). So let's take it on a train. Hey, every concept from Snakes On A Thing to Under Siege ends up there. And the slasher movies got this twist out of the way nice and early.

So let's see how it fares...Get it?

So grab your bag, take your motion sickness medicine, and let's see where the Terror Train arrives.

And be sure to check out it's sequel, Terror Replacement Bus Service.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sword Brothers - Game of Development

This weekend, the family more troubled than the Bluths return, with a son that is just about done with the lot of them.

Game Of Thrones Season 4!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Holy 75th, Batman!

...Already regretting that title.

Well, know what started 75 years ago today?

Yup. That's right. Batman. Or, Bat-Man...It's Batman.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Rifftrax, Getting Ready to Riff

It's time to welcome some more Rifftrax shenanigans. For the Spring and Summer they are planning out some events, outside their regular output of new movie riffs (Cyborg Cop 2, etc.).

By Rifftrax, I mean Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, the leads of the last half of the run of Mystery Science Theater 3000. They went on to put out DVD's where they skewered bad movies (like Giants of Marathon) as The Film Crew. Then they eventually found themselves continuing the laughs at Rifftrax. (Many of the other writers and faces of Mystery Science Theater 3000 worked on Cinematic Theater, a similar concept.) Along with releasing riffing commentaries and some movies with the commentaries laid over, they do live shows. But now we get something new.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Horror Of...The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Ah, hello there! I see you to are wandering the countryside. I just decided to see if the rumors were true, that a strange malady was preying these lands.

I fear it may be true. The peasantry seem quite restless, and a strange tinge inflicts the landscape. It is unnatural.
"The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal. -- the redness and the horror of blood..."
But not to worry. My castle is near. And I have such entertainments awaiting us. Humor. Spectacle. Succor.

Why, have you ever been faced by the Masque?

One, in times like this, one need to partake of it.


It is time for you to experience...

...The Masque of the Red Death