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Thursday hit as one of those rare beast days where my regularly scheduled Needless Things piece dropped at the same time as one of my Gruesome Magazine pieces. Interestingly, they both have roots in Japan. One looks at a classic kaiju film version of an iconic American monster while the other looks at the modern Japanese take on the ravenous undead.

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George Romero had a few less than great comments about The Walking Dead and World War Z (film, not book) in a recent interview. Go read the whole interview later. I linked it in the piece and much of the rest of the interview is rather interesting.

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This time of year you get a lot of reviews and discussion about books and movies, but what you don’t see a lot of people talking about is audio horror. I think that’s a real shame since audio horror pulled off well can be every bit as effective as a book or a film- maybe even more so. When done well, the sounds of two characters moving through decrepit old house that they’re maybe not the only occupants of can be more effective than two pages of written word, and the visual “FX budget” of your mind is obviously far less limited than even the biggest budgeted Hollywood film. Some can be fun and safe for family listening, some can be terrifying and maybe not for younger ears.

Turn off the movies. Close the books for just a bit. As Halloween gets closer, look into the horrors found in the medium of sound. Check out some full cast audio dramas and more in the run-up to this year’s Halloween.

http://www.needlessthingssite.com/2016/10/31-days-of-halloween-horror-of-sound.html

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So while everything else is happening, some news that broke that put a smile on my face.
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I’ve been nagging my good friend Bill Mulligan (among others) for years now to get his butt down to Atlanta for Labor Day Weekend to share in the amazing fun that is Dragon Con. Not only is he FINALLY going, but he gets to go as one of the recognized Attending Professionals, and he’s bringing some of Gruesome Magazine’s Grue-Crew along as first timers as well.

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In 1971 Amando de Ossorio introduced the world to a nightmare creation now best known as The Blind Dead. They lasted for four films, all of them watchable, and then sort of disappeared from the genre landscape. They’d make appearances here and there on late night cable and VHS over the years- not always as the Blind Dead though -before getting a fitting DVD treatment in the 2000s.

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Mad Max just finished up dominating one of the top spots on everyone’s recommended viewing lists a while back even if it didn’t quite set the box office world on fire. Lots of people were looking at the film and looking back at the originals. While I love the original films and was thinking about doing a look back at them while it was still in people’s minds, my mind sort of took a left turn and I started thinking about all the other films that came out of and shaped the film environment that gave birth to the original Mad Max.

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