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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monster Mash Round 1 Big Foot vs. Cthulhu

Big Foot Big Foot is a term used for creatures belonging to a race known as Sasquatches.  The earliest legends of Big Foot date back to 1860 in the Cascade Mountain range near present day Spokane, Washington.  This area through the years have had numerous stories and sightings over the years of hominid, ape-like creatures.  Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1: Frankenstein’s Monster vs. Basilisk

Frankenstein’s Monster Frankenstein’s monster, often incorrectly referred to as Frankenstein, is one of the most celebrated monsters in the history of monsterdom.  This monster is the creation of Mary Shelley, in her landmark 1818 novel, which blended science fiction and horror in a way that had not been done before.  This is a novel that Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1 Zombies vs. Golem

Zombie Zombies have become ultra-popular in today’s culture, possibly exceeding vampires.  One of the highest rated shows on Television is AMC’s The Walking Dead, and there have been a myriad of movies and novels written about them.  The traditional zombie is a slow moving, stumbling creature that is awfully fond of eating the brains of Read More…

Monster Mash Tournament Round 1: Vampire vs. Rakshasa

Vampire Today’s vampires are a good bit different than how they have been depicted in legend.  The change seemed to have occurred with Anne Rice’s romantic, guilt-ridden vampires and have extended to the current abomination that Twilight gives us, which are hardly vampires at all.  Vampires of old are horrific monsters.  They have enhanced powers Read More…

The Gladiator Retrospective

Gladiator is simply put one of the best movies I have ever seen.  It is epic in scope, the story of Roman general Maximus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe.  Maximus is loyal to the emperor, but is thrust into slavery when Commodus, expertly played by Juaquin Pheonix in one of the greatest acting roles I Read More…

Red Dawn Retrospective

I was in the fourth grade when Red Dawn came out in theaters.  As a kid, this was an amazingly cool concept for a movie, and I was psyched to see it.  I didn’t get to watch too many movies in the theater when I was a kid, so it was a few years later Read More…

Independence Day Retrospective

I remember when Independence Day came out, the trailers and promotion for the movie were tremendous.  The buildup of the movie was so great that instead of releasing the movie on July 3, 1996, they released it a day earlier, which coincided with when the movie starts.  The buzz was huge, and the movie became Read More…

Video Night by Adam Cesare

Video Night is set in the late eighties, and gives a vibe that will be familiar to anyone who grew up in that time period.  Billy Rile is a smart, nerdy kid who excels at school and video games, and has a strong obsession with horror movies.  His best friend Tom  is the polar opposite Read More…

Alien Sightings Part 8: Roswell and the Men In Black

Roswell The most famous UFO incident in the world occurred in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.  It is widely believed that US military forces intercepted a UFO and maintained it in Roswell in Area 51.   The following day, the Roswell Daily Record reported that the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) captured a flying saucer on Read More…

The Croning by Laird Barron

The Croning starts off in medieval times with an evil dwarf claiming the baby of the queen unless she can tell him his name.  The spy she launches to learn this information fails miserably.  Fast forward in time to Donald Miller in the fifties, a descendant of this same spy, who nearly is killed in Read More…