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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

From the Vault: Monsters and Aliens of Harryhausen by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 11, 2012)
It’s a testament to Ray Harryhausen’s incredible talent and creativity that he has become such a Hollywood icon with a relatively small body of work. He worked on less than 20 films in terms of providing the visual effects yet those films have become

Shock-O-Rama: Wicked, Wicked by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Insomniac
(November 10, 2012)
Many movies, especially of the horror and exploitation persuasion, lived and died along a central gimmick. The film catalogue of William Castle typifies this, with shock buzzers attached to seats for The Tingler, a skeleton on a wire for House on Haunted H

Mania Box Office Report: Wrecking It by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(November 04, 2012)
If you ventured to out to the movies this weekend, more than likely you saw the new Disney pic, Wreck-It Ralph. Perhaps we all we needed to laugh a little bit after Hurricane Sandy and Disney’s video game movie delivered in spades. Wreck-It Ralph dominat

From the Vault: Giant Spiders by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 04, 2012)
I confess that I hate spiders. They give me the creeps. But at the same time they fascinate me. Outside of the office where I work we have a bush where a spider had built an elaborate web. This was the largest spider I had ever seen outside of on TV or

Shock-O-Rama: Exhumed Films Horror-Thon Recap by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 03, 2012)
It takes a special kind of lunatic to commit to twenty-four straight hours in a theater among 350 like minded mad men (and mad ladies). The celluloid lineup assails your eyeballs unrelentingly, with a perfect boxer's combo of sub genres, mixed and matched

Top 5 Conan Stories for King Conan by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 02, 2012)
When it was announced recently that Arnold Schwarzeneggar would be returning to play Conan the Barbarian, the role that made him a star thirty years ago, it was met with a fair amount of derision and outrage from film fans.  “He’s too old to play Cona

10 Ways Disney Could Save Star Wars by Kimberly McCall, Freelance writer
(October 31, 2012)
George Lucas has finally sold Lucasfilm to Disney for the modest sum of $4 billion and Star Wars Episode Vll is a go. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this is a piece of news that strikes a personal cord for me.

Tuesday Terrors: We Review Chernobyl Diaries and Greystone Park by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 30, 2012)
Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Terrors, the final column before Halloween. And I’ve got plenty of horror treats for you this week including reviews of three new films on DVD, and Lisa Morton’s outstanding Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween. We

Fall of 82: It Came from Hollywood by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(October 29, 2012)
In the dark days before Mystery Science Theater, you had to look long and hard for a good piece of meta-snarking. The occasional TV host would do it, notably Elvira and her predecessor Vampira, who added corny jokes to the beat of cheesy old horror flicks.

From the Vault: Classic Horror Comedies by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 28, 2012)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is perhaps the seminal classic horror comedy of all-time.  Take the most popular comedy team of the era, and pair them with Universal’s top monsters and you end up with a sure-fire hit.  The film is important for s