Archive for February, 2015

This series is going to look at the movies that are out there that don’t make everyone’s list every year and that some of you may have overlooked in the annual avalanche of horror DVDs on the market.

Today we look at The Flesh Eaters.

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Yeah, I know. Some of you are wondering if you opened the wrong column or not and maybe you’ve hit my “They’re Not Bad…” column by mistake. Well, you didn’t click the wrong link. This movie is an old one with a number of elements in the film that are showing their age badly and you have some wild overacting by some of the actors portraying main characters. But I just can’t put this one on that list. For one thing, this movie pretty much came out the way it was supposed to. This is what it was intended to be. Also, it’s not a “so bad they’re good” type of film because it’s not really bad at all. If anything, The Flesh Eaters is a very enjoyable classic from the era of the mad scientist films.

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These are the movies that, while still kind of good in their own special way, didn’t quite live up to the expectations of the creators involved. As such, they might be best enjoyed only after copious amounts of your favorite adult beverage has been consumed. Yes, these are the films that are so bad that they’re good(ish) and enjoyable for how spectacularly they failed to live up to their potential.

Today we look at The Brainiac.

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Oh, calm down. It’s not that bad. Well, it’s not entirely that bad.

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In this hyper-political age we have what seems to be an almost unending debate among the political class of this land over the highly charged topic of immigration reform. Countless hours are spent arguing whether this person or that person should be allowed citizenship for this country, whether still others should even be allowed into the country at all, and of course whether or not we’re giving some “a free pass” to citizenship. But what we have not seen, my friends, is the far more important question being addressed. Should these people be able to bring their monsters with them?

Because, let’s face it, until this is addressed they will continue to come, and, eventually, you will be faced with a kill or be killed situation with a creature that simply refuses to follow the monster slaying rules as you know them. Since we can’t count on legislation, well, we’ll have to turn to education. To that end, seeking to save innocent lives, this series will give you the basics on the monsters that you only think you know but in fact play by other cultural rules.

Today’s monster is the Chinese vampire.

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Some of my stuff will now be found here.

http://www.needlessthingssite.com/2015/02/a-chat-with-bill-mulligan-writer-behind.html

This is my first piece for the Needless Things website, home of The Phantom Troublemaker and the (part of the ESO Network) Needless Things podcast. I’ll still throw stuff up here as well from time to time, but most of the entertainment based blog posts will likely (hopefully) be popping up on Needless Things for a good long while. I’ll post the links here as well though.

A Chat with Bill Mulligan, the Writer Behind the Surprise Convention and Festival Hit 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire - by Jerry Chandler

The rest at the link.

http://www.needlessthingssite.com/2015/02/a-chat-with-bill-mulligan-writer-behind.html

Hogan is the greatest of all time? I don’t think so.

We’ve never named a day after him.

Happy Me Day 2

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Part 1 can be found here. It’s a bit long and it’s not entirely necessary to read it in order to read Part 2, but there are things I discussed about remakes and reboots in general that I’ll reference here. You should still be able to get what I’m saying without reading Part 1 first, but be aware in advance that references will be made.

And now there shall be blood.

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A couple of things landed in the geek culture social media landscape this last week that kicked off a lot of discussion. Some of it was just a rehash of older discussions, the ever more and more silly reboot/remake hate threads, while some of it was new(ish) with regards to the two of the three bits of news. These bits would be (1) the announced casting for the all female Ghostbusters reboot, (2) Peter Davidson commenting on why he feels that for him The Doctor should remain solidly male in gender, and (3) a remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist.

I’ll start with the whole reboot/remake hate first. Why? Because it covers a lot of ground and it’s less likely to start a full-on flame war than the second half of the deal. That’ll be saved for Part 2.

Plus, there are points that I will establish here that will be referenced in Part 2. Here’s a short list of the reasons given for hating reboots and remakes.

1) It’s a sign that Hollywood has lost/run out of the originality and imagination it had in “the Golden Years” of filmmaking.

2) Remakes and reboots suck because they’re always automatically inferior to the originals.

3) “They” are raping/destroying our childhood and the original source materials.

And when the subject of American adaptations of foreign films is brought up-

4) Remakes of a foreign film are unnecessary since the original should be shown and Americans need to stop being lazy and/or stupid about reading subtitles in films.

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