Friday, December 30, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 140 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story



Join the Needless Things Irregulars for a discussion about the newest entry into the ongoing Star Wars franchise – Rogue One!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christina's The Best (And Best Attempts) of 2016

By Christina


What did I like about this year?  What did I read or listen to?  Who did I think did it best or worst?  Let’s find out, shall we?  Here is my 2016 year end review!

Jerry’s List for The Best of 2016



By Jerry Chandler

I think we can all agree that to a very large degree 2016 S-U-C-K-E-D. 2016 seemed to be the year that a lot of people had a rough time of it on a personal level, and we all shared a series of what felt like crushing cultural losses in the form of Ali, Bowie, Prince, Wilder, Rickman, Vigoda, Fisher, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and so many others. Then there were… the other things that happened.

But, you know, there were actually some really cool things that happened this year as well. If you’ve been following Needless Things closely this week, you should have already seen the picks for the best that 2016 had to offer by the rest of the crew, and now you get mine. So here, for your consideration, are the things that I picked as my best of 2016 that will go their bit to keep the year from being remembered in the history books as a year that totally and unequivocally sucked. Oh, and for the benefit of people who have still yet to see some of the big deal movies and shows of 2016, I will be working spoiler free.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Devlin's Domain - Immanentize The Eschaton: Best Of 2016




There's only a few more days left in 2016, and while a lot of you are dwelling on the worst, Optimist Prime here is going to break down the best. Well, my personal best that is. Everyone here at Needless Things is doing it so be sure to check out the other "Best Of"' lists being posted this week. I know 2016 has killed a lot of famous entertainers, but as they say, life goes on. For all the crappiness that 2016 may have brought you, it brought me one of the nerdiest years ever. It was so nerdy in fact, that compiling a list of absolute best has been extremely difficult. To remedy this I've added more categories than I originally intended to, just so I can spread the love a bit more. So here we go, The Best of 2016:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Beth's Best of 2016

Oh 2016 I will not be sad to see the end of you. Sure some cool stuff happened along the way, but too many great people keep dying. Not to mention all the horror and madness in the world right now. So yeah, I’m ready to move on. And for once I’m going to try and be positive by talking about the good things that we did get out of the year. Phantom gave us a lot of ideas on what to talk about this week, but I’m guessing mine will look a bit different since I’m not into quite the same stuff as he or our other contributors are (I do not have a pick for best toy line or company). I’ll list my nominees, and follow with my pick for winner along with my reasoning why (just to let you know how this will work). So without further ado let’s talk about my picks for The Best of 2016.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 139 - Christmas in Disney



Phantom Troublemaker talks about Christmastime in Walt Disney World with his family!



Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

You can follow Phantom Troublemaker on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest on pop culture!


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oh Look… It’s A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life Again



By Jerry Chandler

It has come every year for decades now. It’s almost like a seasonal plague. Sometimes there are only a few cases here and there while other times we suffer a massive, terrifying outbreak. I speak of course of the annual tradition with many television writers where they feel that they too must do their show’s take on either A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life.

Sometimes the attempts have been just plain bad. Well, most of the times the attempts have been just plain bad. A good chunk of the time we get something that’s watchable- perhaps it’s even good –but totally forgettable. It’s like the writing teams just decided to do the most basic paint by number version of the story their riffing on and then knocked off early that week.

But, ever so often, you get an attempt at doing one of these Christmas classics where the writer or writing team decides that they want to play with the concept. They decide to turn the concept on its ear, twist it inside out, shake it up a bit, and create something that actually has the ability to stand on its own and feel like more than just a lazily done, cheap knockoff of the original. I present to you a few of those attempts that are worth seeking out for your holiday viewing pleasure.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Break


I'm in Walt Disney World for Christmas break. Consider me on vacation.

Jerry will have something on Thursday and Friday will be a Very Special Episode of the Needless Things Podcast.

Everyone will be back next week with a series of Best of 2016 posts, the idea of which is much harder to convey than you'd imagine.

You can follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to see what happens on my family's Disney Christmas adventure! 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

If you enjoy Christmas or Needless Things, you might enjoy SupportPhantom.com.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 138 – Batman Returns Needless Commentary



Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

When Horror Fans (and Others) Aren’t Helpful to their Own Fandom



By Jerry Chandler
  

I love a lot of various genres that are enjoyed by fandom, but I tend to lean the heaviest towards horror. Hey, I am a horror guy after all. In horror, much to the surprise of some who don’t know me, I’m a vampire guy. Yeah, I end up in way more zombie discussions these days, but I have always been first and foremost a vampire guy.

But as a vampire fan I have to admit that there’s a downside to being a vampire fan and/or a horror fan that’s been growing in fandom rather noticeability over the last twenty or so years. While this issue was around before then, it started growing with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV, and it ballooned when Twilight stormed into theaters and opened the TV floodgates for things like the Vampire Dairies. If you think I’m talking about the “wussification” of vampires in pop culture, you’d be wrong. I’m actually talking about a noticeable chunk of horror fandom itself reacting to such things and the fans they bring in in the worst possible way.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Comic Book Wednesday – Grimm Tales of Terror 2016 Holiday Special from Zenescope


By Phantom Troublemaker

In this Comic Book Wednesday I’m taking a look at the Grimm Tales of Terror 2016 Holiday Special. It’s available today at your Local Comic Book Shop!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays – it’s time to return to Zenescope’s Grimm world for four tales of Yuletide terror (and one wraparound story)! Each of the stories represents a different aspect of the holiday season; ones that we’re a familiar with. There’s a mall Santa, the office Christmas party, the temptation of peeking at gifts, and caroling. What could possibly go wrong with Christmas carolers?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What's Next for The Walking Dead?


By Beth

I know that hating The Walking Dead is the cool thing now. Phantom has been hating it for a while so he's ahead of the curve. What a trendsetter! I don't hate The Walking Dead. I've put a lot of time into this show, and I really want it to be good. After two 90 minute episodes in a row that gave us probably a total of 60 minutes of decent content though...well I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Phantom on Marvel – Agents of SHIELD


By Phantom Troublemaker

Since I started the Needless Things Podcast the frequency of my commentary and speculation pieces has been dwindling. I enjoy talking a lot more than I enjoy writing and I enjoy conversation more than I enjoy tossing lengthy essays out into an unresponsive void.

Plus, now that I have paying supporters on SupportPhantom.com (few though they may be) I feel a little more obligated to post stuff there when I am taken with the desire to write.
But every once in a while I still get the itch to post something here that’s a little broader and more interesting than a toy review. Which is why I’m here today.

I want to talk about Marvel – comics, TV shows, movies; everything. Or at least, everything I’m qualified to talk about. Obviously I can’t read every comic book Marvel publishes and right now I’m choosing to read even less than I normally do because a lot of them seem to be terrible. And I’m going to discuss that, too.

Today I’m going to write about Marvel TV. Live action TV, that is. I’m not getting into cartoons because they’ve been around so much longer and also because Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were so perfect and what has replaced them is, in my opinion, hot garbage.

Superhero Squad was great, too.

This post was originally going to encompass everything – Agents of SHIELD and all of the Netflix stuff – but it turns out SHIELD gave me plenty to go on about on its own. Stay tuned for what might be individual pieces for the Marvel Netflix shows.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 137 - Winter Break: Invasion, Madness, & Hellfire!


Phantom Troublemaker and Head of Research Ryan Schweck discuss the current seasons of Agents of SHIELD, Gotham, and the CW DC shows!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Sequel You Never Knew Existed and Will Wish Didn’t



By Jerry Chandler

The year was 1982, and television’s favorite upper-class, well to do P.I. Matt Houston (Lee Horsley) traded in his tailored suits, fancy cars, and quality time with Pamela Hensley for a scruffy look, a large horse, and Kathleen Beller on the big screen. It may have been a step down all the way around; particularly that last one. Oh, but he did get to play with a really wicked sword with three blades and spring-loaded action. I speak of course of The Sword and the Sorcerer.

It was low budget, it wasn’t blessed with the best writers (two of the three writers involved with it never wrote another movie) or director, and, well, the acting could get a little scenery chewing. But, damn, for kids of a certain age it became one of THE vital building blocks in having a love of darker fantasy, sword and sorcery cinema. Like a lot of movies coming out at that time, it even teased a sequel film during the end credits; complete with a title already worked out. We were told to watch for the (Coming soon!) continuing adventures of Talon in Tales of the Ancient Empire.

Their definition of “coming soon” turned out to be a little… well… off. How off? It took them just shy of thirty years. Was it at least worth the wait? Hell no. How not worth the wait was it? Holy mother of god awful is this movie mind staggeringly bad to absolutely gloriously obscene levels of horrendous film making. This film redefines bad almost to the degree of turning it into an art form unique in and of itself.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Devlin's Domain - Coherence



Recently I've been obsessing over the Mandela Effect and it's different theories, so this week's installment is inspired by that. Unless of course, you are in an alternate timeline, then for you this will be a review of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. For those of you who are fortunate enough to be reading the Coherence review but don't have any idea what the Mandela Effect is, then keep reading cause it's gonna get weird. It's always weird in Devlin's Domain.

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews December 2016: “Remember December”


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about three months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in February.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Toy Review – Arkham City 1:10 Scale Harley Quinn from NECA


“Over the last few years Harley Quinn has become one of my favorite characters.”

Is a statement that pretty much every comic book nerd in the world would make, except they wouldn’t admit to the “last few years” part. They’d claim she was their favorite from the start.
Don’t get mad at them. It’s not their fault. That sort of thig comes from the toxic environment created by the self-appointed gatekeepers of our pop culture. You almost have to qualify every statement you make about your fandom, lest some hoary hobgoblin emerge from the nerd strata above yours to crush you with their psychopathic, encyclopedic knowledge of the matter at hand, thus proving that your fandom is fraudulent and that they have once again triumphed over a lesser being.

This sort of thing is why I don’t discuss Doctor Who in public anymore.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Phantom on DC Rebirth So Far


By Phantom Troublemaker

I was discussing comics in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook group the other day and our pal Rich said that DC’s Rebirth IS “one of the best things done in my lifetime for comics”. My immediate response was to think that was a bit hyperbolic, but it did prompt me to examine what, exactly, DC has managed to accomplish with their latest publishing initiative.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 136 - Beastie Boys

A very special episode of the Needless Things Podcast dedicated to the Beastie Boys!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Shopping Time is Here Again



By Jerry Chandler

Okay, we can finally play Christmas songs and talk Christmas time without an elf strangling a baby reindeer. So, of course, in the true spirit of the season, we’re going to talk about what you can spend money on in order to give people stuff.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Toy Review – Batman Begins 1:10 Scale Batman from NECA


The first thing I have to address is the fact that you guys probably know how I feel about Nolan’s “Batman” movies and, as such, are probably wondering why I would buy a figure from one of them. Especially after rage-selling all of Mattel’s Movie Masters a few years ago.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Increasingly Confusing Star Wars Chronology

by Beth

I was at work the other day when I heard a coworker about 10 years younger than me trying to explain Star Wars to a much younger coworker. The second girl is in her early 20's, and had never seen any Star Wars anything. As shocking as this was to me I was even more surprised that the girl explaining the correct order was 4,5,6 followed by 1,2,3. I felt forced to jump in at this point of the conversation and tell them that chronological order would make more sense than order of release for someone who knows nothing about Star Wars. Then I got to thinking about all of the media, and the order everything should go in. I'd still suggest chronological, but suddenly things were a lot more complicated.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Phantom on Marvel – The Comics


By Phantom Troublemaker

Since I started the Needless Things Podcast the frequency of my commentary and speculation pieces has been dwindling. I enjoy talking a lot more than I enjoy writing and I enjoy conversation more than I enjoy tossing lengthy essays out into an unresponsive void.
Plus, now that I have paying supporters on SupportPhantom.com (few though they may be) I feel a little more obligated to post stuff there when I am taken with the desire to write.
But every once in a while I still get the itch to post something here that’s a little broader and more interesting than a toy review. Which is why I’m here today.

I want to talk about Marvel – comics, TV shows, movies; everything. Or at least, everything I’m qualified to talk about. Obviously I can’t read every comic book Marvel publishes and right now I’m choosing to read even less than I normally do because a lot of them seem to be terrible. And I’m going to discuss that, too.

Today is comic book day. I’m going to write some about my history reading Marvel comics and some about what I think of Marvel right now.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 135 – BlackFriday/Hollywood


Phantom Troublemaker tries something new with an audio version of Vintage Troublemaker!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Turkey for Thanksgiving – The “Superhero” Film You Have to See



By Jerry Chandler
It has many names. It’s been called Der Supercop, El Super Policia Nuclear, Super Snooper, Super Batsos, and a host of other names across the globe. But if you were living in America in the boom period of early 1980s cable television, you know it as simultaneously one of the worst and one of the best superhero films ever made- Super Fuzz! It is a film that must be tracked down and watched over this holiday weekend. Or, you know, whenever else you can track it down.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Toy Review - The New Batman Adventures Firefly from DC Collectibles


Firefly is a character that I honestly don't even remember being used in The Animated Series or The New Batman Adventures all that much. I like his design but I could swear he wasn't on more than one episode. But he's cool and he has a history from the comic books and is definitely more badass than Killer Moth.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vintage Troublemaker - The Unborn and The Haunting in Connecticut


By Phantom Troublemaker

Originally posted in 2009 on the Phantom Troublemaker MySpace page.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Giving Thanks

By Phantom Troublemaker


This is the time of year when we gather together with our friends, family, and neighbors to give thanks and to take some time to appreciate the things that we might take for granted in our day to day lives.

It is a time for reflection and contemplation. A time to embrace the wonders of life and find the joy in simply  being. Whether you believe in a god or fate or simply the power of your own life force, this is a special time of year that crosses denominational and cultural borders.

Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that is relatively untouched by crass commercialization and can be appreciated as simply a time to commune with others, oneself, or the universe.

As such, I’m going to take this opportunity to write about toys and wrestling and stuff.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 134 – ThanksKilling Needless Commentary



Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spy vs Spy vs Шпион – Looking Back at Sleepers

By Jerry Chandler

It was 1991. The Cold War was over, the era of glasnost was upon us, and the common wisdom coming from some corners was that the age of the contemporary Cold War spy story was over. Of course, that wasn’t true, and it certainly wasn’t true when the concept was handed over to clever writers for satire. One such result of that formula was Sleepers.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Toy Review – The New Batman Adventures Nightwing from DC Collectibles


I’ve gone back and forth over which Robin is my favorite (right now it’s Tim), but Dick Grayson will always be my favorite Nightwing.

Yes, I know. Dick is the only Nightwing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An Hour With Brandon Sanderson

by Beth
The coolest thing I saw at Dragon Con (besides the Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show of course) was the Brandon Sanderson panel. I think I've already mentioned how great it was, but I took the trouble to record it to share with all of you. I didn't get any interviews this year so this was as close as I was going to get to an author that I really enjoy and respect. Unfortunately I had major issues with my recorder, and hadn't been able to recover the audio. I was pissed since it was a really long, and extremely in-depth panel. I couldn't possibly remember everything that he talked about well enough to relate accurately to you. At long last I have gotten my audio back (and will be buying a new recorder for next year), and can at last bring you some of the many highlights of this great panel.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Rebooting the X-Men

By Phantom Troublemaker


In the world of comic books, the X-Men are second only to Batman to me. I’ve loved Marvel’s (not so) Merry Mutants since 1988. If I had to list my top ten favorite comic book stories, I’d be willing to bet that the X-Men are in eight of them.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Getting Wrestling



By Jerry Chandler
 
I have a birthday this week. It makes me reflective. So as I get within comfortable (Uncomfortable?) striking distance of 50, I'm of course thinking about matters as important as wrestling. Yeah, I don't get the way my mind works sometimes either.

I had a friend some years ago who said that, in one regard at least, pro wrestling was a little bit like sex. You either got it or you didn’t, and the difference between those two states of being was both large and noticeable. While maybe a little more colorfully put than most people might try to make the point about people who are fans of pro wrestling and the people who seem wholly incapable of understanding how anyone can be a fan of pro wrestling, it’s pretty damned close to spot on.

Me? I’m a fan of pro wrestling, and I have been for a very long time. I get it. Now, the reasons for why I “get it” have changed a little bit over the years with some greater understanding of the profession coming in different phases as I grew older.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Phantom on Marvel – The Movies

By Phantom Troublemaker


Since I started the Needless Things Podcast the frequency of my commentary and speculation pieces has been dwindling. I enjoy talking a lot more than I enjoy writing and I enjoy conversation more than I enjoy tossing lengthy essays out into an unresponsive void.

Plus, now that I have paying supporters on SupportPhantom.com (few though they may be) I feel a little more obligated to post stuff there when I am taken with the desire to write.
But every once in a while I still get the itch to post something here that’s a little broader and more interesting than a toy review. Which is why I’m here today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Toy Review – The New Batman Adventures Killer Croc from DC Collectibles

By Phantom Troublemaker


I have a love/not-totally-satisfied with relationship with DC Collectibles’ animated line.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Christina's DragonCon2016 Wrap-Up: Part 2

By Christina Sizemore


The shenanigans continue.  Well, the milder variety, anyway.  But hey, still cool DragonCon stuff regardless right?  Time to wrap-up my DragonCon wrap-up, guys!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 132 – Dragon Con 2016 – Big Trouble in Little China



A presentation of the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track! It’s the final podcast from this year’s Dragon Con - a live panel celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of John Carpenter’s classic Big Trouble in Little China!

Also, Phantom breaks down the benefits of SupportPhantom.com and how you can help keep Needless Things independent and free.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

George A. Romero Blames The Walking Dead for Not Being Able to Make a Film?



By Jerry Chandler

I love you, George, I really do. I've loved your films for years as well. Not just your zombie films either. I loved the original Crazies, I found the vision and ideas behind Knightriders to be both interesting and enjoyable, some friends and I have been once again extolling the virtues of the sheer joy that is Creepshow, and I regularly tell people that Martin is an underrated classic. Plus, you know, your original four zombie films helped to build a genre and inspire others.

But, damn, you're talking out of your backside here, George. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews November 2016: “The Previews Challenge”


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about three months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in January.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

32nd Day of Halloween: Give Me Back My Monsters

By Beth V

I'll admit it, I was sick of goofy monster movies. As much as I love cheesy shit like Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea, and Deep Rising the SyFy moster movie machine churned out silly monsters faster than I could keep up. Certainly faster then I wanted to watch them too. I got sick of zombies for God's sake. Me, sick of zombies. What kind of a world is that for a horror fan like me to live in?

Monday, October 31, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Devlin's Domain - The Devils




Halloween is finally upon us! Here in Devlin's Domain I will be celebrating by talking about the true horror of religion as framed by director Ken Russell. Religion is often the enemy of Halloween, but it is also part of the appeal. If there was no light to hide from, the darkness wouldn't be so comforting. Religion has created all the evil monsters that people have been afraid of throughout the centuries. It feeds the darkest parts of the human psyche with its demonic imagery. I'm here to bite the hand that feeds.


31 Days of Halloween: Christina Reviews The Vamplets Vampire Babies


Most little girls love their tea parties and teddy bears.  They're so cute and cuddly...oh, just so adorable.  But what if you're a nerd or a geek or a Goth or just straight out not a normal?  Well then teddy bears just don't cut it.  Vampires, zombie ponies....ahhh, there's the sweet cuddly-wuddly you want.  Luckily someone thought of that.  Today I'm going to introduce you to the most adorable undead plushies you've ever seen.  The Vamplets are the simply the cutest, gore-fest cuddlies you'll ever want to squeeze.  And unlike the non-plush variety of undead you see in movies and TV,  they don’t squeeze back.

31 Days of Halloween: The Phantom Channel Listings for October 31, 2016


Welcome to the final day of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things!

This month has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed putting together programming over the weeks. I’ve managed to watch quite a few of the shows and movies that I’ve listed in the past four Phantom Channel posts and it’s definitely enhanced my season.

I love television. More than I should, probably. And I’m not talking about just any old shows – I don’t watch just to watch. But the format itself has fascinated me my entire life. Whether it’s weekly storytelling, game shows, sitcoms, cartoons, or talk shows I have always been interested in this never-ending source of entertainment.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 131 – 31 Days of Halloween – The Final Chapter


Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Derek Tatum talk about Halloween and spooky stuff!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

31 Days of Halloween – Hammer’s Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)



By Jerry Chandler

When one says the words “Hammer Horror” in most company, the talk frequently turns towards the classics. Dracula is almost instantly brought up with Frankenstein and the Mummy quickly following. Names like Cushing and Lee pepper every conversation, and men of a certain age- those ages being anything over the age of ten –will likely start discussing Caroline Munro in rather short order. Thank you ever so much Lamb's Navy Rum. Ingrid Pitt will also become an intense topic of discussion.

You’ll probably get mentions of things like The Curse of the Werewolf, The Reptile, and The Plague of the Zombies. Maybe you’ll get someone who brings up The Gorgon or even the Quatermass films. But it seems that in large part the casual Hammer horror fan tends to leave a large chunk of Hammer films out of their viewing habits; especially with 1970’s Hammer horror. This needs to change. Despite the long held talking point that many use when discussing 1970’s Hammer horror, they actually put out quite a few films in that decade that were enjoyably entertaining and/or interesting attempts at playing with the genre. Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is definitely a film that fits both of those categories.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Spooky Toy Review – WWE Zombies Undertaker from Mattel


Happy Halloween and welcome to the last spooky toy review of the season on Needless Things!

What better way to wrap up the Halloween toy reviews than with the Deadman, the Phenom, one of the all-time great wrestlers and great gimmicks, The Undertaker?

31 Days of Halloween: Vampire Hunters and Gothic Fairy Tales- Sherrilyn Kenyon and Alethea Kontis

By Christina

Every vampire story out there is the same.  They get old- no pun intended- and frankly I’m kinda over them.  Evil wants to be good, good girl falls for bad boy, forbidden love ensues followed by lots of kinky sex, etc. etc.  Only difference so far is that one sparkled.  And let’s face it…we all all wanted that one dead.  Fairy tales growing up were much the same for me.  With the exception of the Grimm versions, everything was happy ending and all the Damsels needed saving from distress.  They could have helped themselves in the time it took them to constantly scream for help; why did those brain-dead chicks never realize this?

Every once in a short while, however, someone gives you back the spooky and the beautiful.  You get the romance, sure…but it isn’t the main plot point.  You get the action, the drama, the horror, the gore, and occasionally the immortal walks away with the girl.  Sometimes you get the Fairy Tale with a great dark and Gothic twist.  A retelling or a fresh concept where the Princess doesn’t sit on her petticoats, uses her brain for a change, sacrifices and even suffers losses…and things can go dark very fast before the happy ending comes close if it even does for anyone except the villain.  Or maybe, the villain was the hero of the fable after all.  How cool is that?  A world with no Cullen in sight, I say?  A world where the Princess picks up her own sword in a world of dark and macabre fun, I say?  You want to know more, you say?  Well allow me to elaborate, my friend.  Authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Alethea Kontis bring these concepts to life in their worlds of the Dark-Hunters and in the adventures of the Woodcutter sisters in the country of Arilland.