The true story of the 1974 murders in Travis County Even among educated fans who should know better, I still hear erroneous information touted as facts concerning the creation of one of the greatest Horror movies ever made, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. In Carnie-speak, a “smart” is a patron or fan differentiated from a “mark”… Continue reading THE WISCONSIN NON-CHAINSAW MASSACRE?

Oh please be true Oh please be true Oh please be true . . .

Warner Bros. planning multiverse with King Kong, Godzilla, and Pacific Rim! When I was a little boy, around seven or eight, my local television station aired KING KONG VS. GODZILLA as a “late, late movie” special one Saturday night. I remember how excited I got when I first saw the promos. After much begging and… Continue reading Oh please be true Oh please be true Oh please be true . . .

HALLOWEEN RETURNS – But will it be worth the wait?

Suspense isn’t expensive. A karate fight in a burning room is expensive. Michael Myers is subtlety and suspense. I first saw John Carpenter’s masterful HALLOWEEN around age six or seven. (Explains a lot, if you know me personally.) It instantly impressed itself upon my psyche as the greatest Horror movie ever filmed, and the intervening… Continue reading HALLOWEEN RETURNS – But will it be worth the wait?

Killer Cars

Five of the spookiest car stories you’ll hear this Halloween. Possessed or sentient automobiles have a long and varied tradition in the movies. On the benign side, you have Herbie the Love Bug and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But the scales are greatly tipped towards the other end, as the Horror genre is rife with… Continue reading Killer Cars

MADBALLS return!

The “gross-out” fad of the 1980s gave rise to some of the most awesome monster toys ever made, and perhaps no line from that era is more beloved than the Madballs.  I think I have more toys now than I did when I was a kid. As many, anyway. A lot of my collection is… Continue reading MADBALLS return!

The Passing of a Master

He also helmed ‘The Last House on the Left,’ ‘Red Eye,’ and the Oscar-nominated ‘Music of the Heart.’ It’s a sad day in the world of Horror. Word has gotten around; doubtless you’ve heard by now that legendary writer/director/producer—and above all, visionary—Wes Craven has died. He was 76. I didn’t know he was that old,… Continue reading The Passing of a Master

This plant is a butcher!

In the grand scheme of strategies to deter predators, sticky columbine takes a rather medieval approach, Sandhya Sekar reports for Science Usually I tend to focus on Horror-related movies or television shows or novels or comic books or video games. I do enjoy on occasion, though, doing a write-up on something horrific I find in… Continue reading This plant is a butcher!