A bunch of horror fans spent part of this last weekend having a complete and total meltdown. Now, I don’t blame them for that. However, even as I suffered the same aggravations they did, I think they’re letting the thing that aggravated them cloud their vision a bit. Yes, what happened was annoying as hell when it was happening, and, yes, it was probably worse for the people who finagled the day off from work for a day-long event they were really looking forward to. But, guys and gals, there is a huge bit of great news out of last weekend’s aggravation that a lot of you need to open your eyes to and actually see for what it is.

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The Assignment: Horror Podcast

HftDThe gang get together this week in order to dive into the 1980 Roger Corman produced classic, Humanoids from the Deep. They cover the film, the controversy around it, the FX work that still looks good today, and why some horror fans are wrong about how they’re looking at the recent issues with Shudder and Joe Bob Briggs. 

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This is easily the longest thing I’ve written for Needless Things, and certainly the longest thing by far I’ll ever write for Needless Things. It is, however, a matter that is important to me.
I should give a word of warning. Most of you reading this will find yourself largely in full agreement with me while reading the first 1/3 of this. Although, anyone who finds themselves in an easy full agreement with much of that first 1/3 may start to find the remaining 2/3 to be uncomfortable. However, the last 2/3 of this may be more important than the first 1/3.
There’s a sickness in parts of fandom. In some bits of fandom, it’s nothing more than a mild fever. In other bits of fandom, it’s more like a gangrenous lower limb that needs immediate amputation. Unfortunately, while the other parts of fandom have rightly jumped up and spoken out against some of the most egregious actions by some parts of fandom acting like a gangrenous lower limb that needs immediate amputation, they’ve been, perhaps willfully, less observant and/or forceful about other parts of fandom that seem to have similar issues. We’ll be addressing both of those here.

Frogs (1972)

Posted: July 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Assignment: Horror Podcast

FrogsRay Milland returns as a topic of discussion on The Assignment: Horror Podcast as the crew looks back at the 1972 eco-horrorFrogs. Listen in as the crew hit the hot button topics of the film like-

– Why isn’t there a giant frog eating people like the poster shows?

– Do the frogs actually do any of the work here or do they just sit on their fat lily pads for the entire movie and hog all the credit for themselves? 

– Does Jerry know the difference between Louisiana and Florida?

– Where the hell is Sam Elliott’s mustache!?!

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Pontypool (2008)

Posted: July 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Assignment: Horror Podcast

Middle2008’sPontypool started out as a book by Tony Burgess, Pontypool Changes Everything, back in 1995. It was an interesting take on the zombie concept and one that tried to maximize the effectiveness of its concept by creating a claustrophobic setting for the events that would impact the few characters the reader would get to know. The novel caused something of a small stir, but it wasn’t close to being a well known property even in many horror circles. Then the movie happened. 

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That was a name you could say in many circles without having to add the last name, and no one wondered which Harlan you were talking about. If you brought up that name in literary circles, science fiction circles, or convention panels, almost everyone who had been around for longer than a cup of coffee knew you were talking about Harlan Ellison.


How do you describe someone like Harlan Ellison? I’ve already seen many attempting to do so by calling him one of the greatest science fiction writers of his time or simply the greatest science fiction writer of all time. But, honestly, that diminishes the man to a degree. Yes, he wrote some of the greatest and most well-known science fiction stories of a generation, but he was far more than just a science fiction writer. His work covered almost every genre and every medium of entertainment. Harlan Ellison, as he sometimes made very clear himself, was a writer– full stop.

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