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Shock-O-Rama: The Warriors by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critc
(January 12, 2013)
It was with sadness that I absorbed news of author Sol Yurick's death on Thursday morning. His obituary in the New York Times offered us a window shopping sized glance into the life of this extraordinary man, who used the sadness encountered while in the e

Movie Preview 2013 by Rob Vaux, Writer
(January 08, 2013)
As we bid farewell to 2012 – a pretty darn good one as far as genre films go – the new year has already produced its first hit. Texas Chainsaw 3D has become a surprise success, and while it’s certainly no one’s idea of immortal cinema, it bodes wel

Mania Box Office Report: Leatherface! Leatherface! Leatherface? by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(January 06, 2013)
Who would have thought that after 38 years of movies, old Leatherface would win the weekend? Certainly not this movie aficionado who journeyed to Middle Earth again, saw Zero Dark Thirty, and finally caught Hitchcock.

From the Vault: White Zombie by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 06, 2013)
Happy New year to all the fans of classic genre cinema! In the first From the Vault Column of the new year we take a look at an early Bela Lugosi classic horror film, White Zombie.

Mania Box Office Report: You Shall Not Pass! by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 30, 2012)
Okay so I am stealing a line from what will one day be episode four of Tolkien’s movie universe but it works. It really was a mad dash until the end of the year.

Shock-O-Rama: Trailer War by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 29, 2012)
There are certainly some evenings where I know exactly what I want to watch. The preselected entertainment may be cult, fright, Sci-fi, or chop-socky in nature, but sometimes eighty to one hundred and twenty minutes of low budget ambition is simply too muc

The Best Movies of 2012 by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 26, 2012)
Welcome back, good movies! We missed you! After an utterly lackluster 2011 – fallout from the writers’ strike of a few years ago – 2012 came roaring back with solid (and pertinent) films of all varieties. Social consciousness showed up in comic book

Shock-O-Rama: Timecop by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 21, 2012)
Before he came in the easily brandied about moniker of JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme cut his teeth has the high kicking Belgian bad ass of many raucous action flicks.

Best End of the World Movies by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 21, 2012)
Happy Apocalypse Day everyone! As you all know, the ancient Mayan calendar lists today, December 21, 2012, as the end of all things. We don’t know how you plan to spend your last day on Earth, but in case you need some inspiration, we’ve broken down so

Wacky Holiday Horror by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 19, 2012)
As the armies of holiday stress besiege the walls of your sanity this season, it's important to take a step back to pop that aggravation balloon with a little levity. There's only so many Fa-La-La's and diamond commercials a man can stand before dressing a

The Geek Life: Take Back the Theater by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 19, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life knows it is time to Take Back the Theater.

5 Fantasy Movies to Tide Us Over by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 18, 2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a massive hit – as everyone expected – and while it constitutes a bit of a letdown from The Lord of the Rings, it remains an honorable piece of entertainment. And, like its Oscar-winning predecessors, it leaves us o

Mania Editorial: The Hobbit in 48fps HFR by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(December 18, 2012)
Watching a film in a darkened theater is an illusion. The film runs through the projector intermittently, getting exposed to a thousand watt lamp as the image printed on celluloid is rocketed through a lens, and thrown hundreds of feet on to a giant screen

Mania Box Office Report: The Hobbit Wins and Loses by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 16, 2012)
We’ll get into the numbers in a minute, but I thought I would share my experience with you about seeing The Hobbit. After waiting for 3 hours to see the film in IMAX (HFR 3D) I was thrilled. Thrilled that is to watch the Star Trek Into Darkness 9 minute

10 Things The Hobbit Cannot Screw Up by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Writer
(December 11, 2012)
The new Hobbit arrives Friday, with a slew of expectations and a bumpy production history. We’re all on pins and needles waiting to see if Peter Jackson can recapture the magic of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There’s a lot riding on this one… and t

Shock-O-Rama: Black Sabbath by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 08, 2012)
Anthology films have to face more challenges than their contemporaries. It isn't enough that they tell a compelling tale; they have bring their A game to the plate several times, typically giving us at least three complete, bite size experiences. And film

Yuletide Oddities by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 06, 2012)
Once you've survived Killer Kringles (read the article here), it's time to face a string of Yuletide Oddities which are so strange that a Peter Fonda led LSD trip wouldn't help you make sense of them. No, I'm not talking about Christmas dinner with your fa

The Geek Life: Hobbit Time by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 05, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life gets ready for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Mania Box Office Report: Twilight Wins Again by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 02, 2012)
Did anyone actually see Killing Them Softly? Chime in below if you had. I read a few reviews and it seems that it might have just had poor marketing. That trailer, after all, was terrible. It did make 7 million dollars, half of its budget, and was up again

From the Vault: The Vampire Bat by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 02, 2012)
Universal Films virtually created the horror film in the 1930s with films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy. Soon the popularity of their films spawned numerous copycat productions. This week in from the Vault we take a look ba

Shock-O-Rama: Pet Sematary by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 01, 2012)
If there's a better form of birth control than Gage Creed, the murderous reanimated toddler from Pet Sematary, I'm having trouble thinking of it. If you aren't freaked out when Gage wickedly coos "Now I want to play wiff yew", then your heart's made of sto

Killer Kringles by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 29, 2012)
Ah, Christmas season! A chill wind sweeps by, rosing your cheeks raw, and driving passers by further into the bundled layers of scarf equipped warmth. The traditional trappings are abound: logs tossed onto fires, eggs mixed with nog, and snow kissed evergr

Shock-O-Rama: Dawn of the Deal by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 24, 2012)
If there's anything more fitting than watching George A. Romero's 1978 skewering of our twisted consumerist culture, on Black Friday, it would have to be doing so on VHS. The first major vessel from which we could quench our "own it all" conditioning, VHS

Mania Box Office Report: End of the Vampires by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(November 19, 2012)
The Twilight movies are over. Despite a few weeks where they will remain at the box office, the story of Edward and Bella has wrapped up. However, it wasn’t all blood roses for the franchise. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the final installment did no

Mania Box Office Report: The Skies the Limit by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(November 11, 2012)
It was a foregone conclusion that Skyfall was going to take the box office this weekend. Ian Fleming’s creation certainly earned its following with 50 years of movies. Let us say that again, 50 years of movies! Here is the official numbers from Box Offic