Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Jerry Chandler
Okay, so let’s set the stage for this one. Arthur Rankin Jr.- he of Rankin/Bass Productions fame -decided he wanted to creatively branch out a bit. So, after decades of becoming famous for children’s holiday specials like Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Mad Monster Party, Frosty the Snowman, and variety shows like The Jackson 5ive and The Osmonds, he decided he wanted to make more adult oriented television movies with 1977’s lost world adventure The Last Dinosaur and 1978’s horror offering, The Bermuda Depths. There would also be a third film, 1980’s The Ivory Ape, but the less said about this film the better. Having had some luck working with Japanese production companies years earlier with 1967’s King Kong Escapes, and possibly because everyone else laughed at the proposals for the films, he struck a deal with a somewhat past its prime Tsuburaya Productions to handle much of the monster FX works. So, basically, you’re talking about a great recipe for total disaster.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Hi. My name is Christina. And I’m addicted to essay books.
Yup. I am admitting it freely. I have an extreme and downright obsessive addiction to essay books. The Buffy scholars have filled the world with them, every TV show and movie worth its salt has them. I can’t get enough of this non-fiction delve into the psyche of characters, breakdown of episodes, and understanding of how certain tropes speak to a need for feminism, industrialism, or whatever “ism” that the writer is trying to describe. Whether or not I agree with any view, I just can’t get enough of exploring them all. So the question I imagine you are asking is this: What is an essay book and what has she been babbling about for an entire paragraph?
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Since I’m still excited about Disney’s new line of Toybox action figures, today I’m going to take a look at Kylo Ren from the Star Wars branch!
Friday, November 10, 2017
Dave talks to Clint from Birmingham, Alabama horror punk/metal band Kamikaze Zombie!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
By Jerry Chandler
Some ongoing news popped its head up into the social media world this last week, and fandom suddenly felt its heart grow three sizes that day. Unfortunately, this was one of those things where fandom really needed to stop and think and maybe play the part of the Grinch a little more. Outside of seeing some interesting speculation with regards to some Marvel properties (which was what most of the people I saw salivating over this were initially talking about) I saw little about this that made me think it was a good idea. Even seeing the Marvel properties “go home” to Disney- while that could open up some interesting possibilities for the next phase of Marvel films -might not ultimately be the great thing some initially thought it could be. To be honest, perhaps the only good thing in such a deal would be straightening out a lot of the remaining issues around Star Wars: A New Hope.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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 two 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 7, 2017
I don’t do as many toy reviews as I used to because, quite frankly, when you’re creeping up on a decade of doing them it gets a little old. But from time to time I do still get excited about something and it’s usually an entirely new line like this one – Disney’s Toybox.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Author’s note: I apologize for the lateness in my DC conclusion. A series of family tragedies delayed this piece being posted before our yearly 31 Days of Halloween coverage. Truly sorry, but here is my DragonCon wrap-up finale.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018!
The third entry in the Elm Street series set the tone for the future of the franchise, introducing a group of strong, unique kids that audiences would remember for decades, as well as upping the ante on the nightmare visuals and Freddy’s puns.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Jerry Chandler
After two rather successful forays into the world of the Blind Dead, Amando de Ossorio decided to change the formula up a bit and introduce some new twists into the mythos. Not all of this worked as well as he had hoped it would. The Ghost Galleon (also more commonly known as Horror of the Zombies in the 50 films for $20 public domain movie DVD sets) would move our decaying blood drinkers out of their scenic Spanish countryside home and into a broken down vessel drifting on the ocean waves. It also tried to introduce the weird, paranormal pseudo-science that was showing up in a lot of low budget (and the occasional bigger budget) horror films of that time. The former concept was actually enjoyable on a cheesy, so bad it’s good level once the film got past all of the mumbo jumbo buildup of the latter concept, but, still, enjoyable as hell or not, this film was a turkey and then some.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
This year I decided to cram a bunch of horror movies in honor of the only holiday that I come close to caring about. I watched a movie a day for 31 days, counting down to Halloween. I expected this to be a simple task, but was surprised how difficult it was to carve out 2 hours a day for a horror movie. Some days were easy, but others were a real chore. I still got the job done though and have documented that endeavor with some mini reviews for each one. Hopefully this list will expose you to movies you may not have been aware of. Let's count down the 31 Days Of Horror...