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From the Vault: Universal Mummies by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 30, 2012)
Boris Karloff has been quoted as saying that the makeup process for 1932’s The Mummy was "the most trying ordeal I ever endured".  It took Universal makeup guru Jack Pierce nearly 8 hours to apply.  His hair was caked in mud, his face covered in cotton

Shock-O-Rama: Faster Killbot! Kill! Kill! by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 29, 2012)
If you searched the dictionary for "80's time capsule", you wouldn't find anything. But if you did, then an image of the poster from 1986's Chopping Mall should accompany it. In the pantheon of film making, there may not exist a better example of a title m

The Mania Anti-Travel Guide by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 24, 2012)
Travel guides are frequently filled with destinations of beautiful sandy white beaches, lush crystal clear oceans, and exotic locales featuring four star dining and accommodations.  But this is the Anti-Travel Guide.  In it we’re going to point out des

Shock-O-Rama: Complete Guide to Cabin in the Woods by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 22, 2012)
With Cabin in the Woods hitting the home market this week (Mania review here), we can once again worship at the alter of Whedon with impunity. This is seriously a very important horror film (my favorite so far this year), and today's Shock-o-Rama is going

The 50 Best Chase Scenes: Part 5 by Rob Vaux, Matt Hoffman and Loren Dean, Writers, Columnists, and Movie Geeks
(September 21, 2012)
With James Bond and Indiana Jones arriving on Blu-ray this month, Mania counts down the 50 greatest chase sequences of all time. They include cars, trains, planes, stagecoaches, and spaceships, as well as a few scenes of good old-fashioned shoe leather. A

The 50 Best Chase Scenes: Part 4 by Rob Vaux, Matt Hoffman and Loren Dean, Writers, Columnists, and Movie Geeks
(September 20, 2012)
With James Bond and Indiana Jones arriving on Blu-ray this month, Mania counts down the 50 greatest chase sequences of all time. They include cars, trains, planes, stagecoaches, and spaceships, as well as a few scenes of good old-fashioned shoe leather. A

The 50 Best Chase Scenes: Part 3 by Rob Vaux, Matt Hoffman and Loren Dean
(September 19, 2012)
With James Bond and Indiana Jones arriving on Blu-ray this month, Mania counts down the 50 greatest chase sequences of all time. They include cars, trains, planes, stagecoaches, and spaceships, as well as a few scenes of good old-fashioned shoe leather. A

The 50 Best Chase Scenes: Part 2 by Mania Staff, Mania Staff
(September 18, 2012)
With James Bond and Indiana Jones arriving on Blu-ray this month, Mania counts down the 50 greatest chase sequences of all time. They include cars, trains, planes, stagecoaches, and spaceships, as well as a few scenes of good old-fashioned shoe leather. A

The 50 Best Chase Scenes: Part 1 by Rob Vaux, Matt Hoffman and Loren Dean, Writers, Columnists, and Movie Geeks
(September 17, 2012)
A chase here is defined as a pursuit of any kind involving at least one chaser and one chase-ee. (This disqualifies a few films, such as Jan de Bont’s Speed which technically has no pursuer.)

Shock-O-Rama: Babes from Out of this World by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 15, 2012)
A dark suited stranger carries an odd briefcase. His mannerisms are difficult to place. Is he a foreigner? His intentions are unreadable behind sunglasses, which he never removes until it's time to dish out a look which can kill. Doggedly determined to car

Tuesday Terrors: Chucky returns and We Review Piranha 3DD by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 11, 2012)
First official trailer for “The Bay” The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert

From the Vault: Bela, Boris, and Apes! by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 09, 2012)
Apparently in the 1930s and 1940s, gorillas and apes were all the rage. From King Kong and his son, to a mad scientist wanting to put Curly Howard’s brain inside a gorilla, there were dozens of movies featuring apes or gorillas in key roles. Even horro

Paranormal Hollywood: Fact vs Fiction by Nick Redfern, Monster Hunter and Columnist
(September 06, 2012)
In the world of Hollywood horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, fiction isn’t quite as fictional, after all, as Nick Redfern demonstrates…

Fall Movie Preview by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 04, 2012)
With Labor Day upon us and the behemoths of summer having long since exhausted themselves, the cinematic calendar turns towards fall. The annual Oscar stampede typically dominates the autumn months, along with a handful of blockbusters hoping to swim in le

When Science Fiction May Not be Just Science Fiction by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 04, 2012)
Think the exploits of Mulder and Scully were just the stuff of on-screen entertainment? That the Men in Black were dreamed up by Hollywood? Or, that E.T. was just a less-than-cute, very annoying special-effect? Maybe it’s time to think again. Nick Redfer

Shock-O-Rama: Getting Filthy with Blue Underground by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(September 01, 2012)
Back in the late 90's, those of the cult horror persuasion worshiped at the altar of Anchor Bay. From Argento classics like Suspiria, to genre monolith Evil Dead 2, their hands made busy putting out quality home releases. Most importantly, they specialized

Episode 2 and 3 in 2013 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 26, 2012)
There has been some breaking news from Star Wars Celebration VI, in Florida. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back, September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively.

From the Vault by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 25, 2012)
Horror and comedy might seem like opposites but the fact is that the two have been mixed in films ever since the silent film era. Perhaps it’s the theory that you can take the edge off the horror with a little bit of funny business. Monogram Pictures w

Shock-O-Rama: A Legendary Pedigree by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 25, 2012)
We live in a world of lists. "Top ten" or "best of" whatever, as humans we instinctually expend effort in quantifying the chaotic world around us. We've been doing it for our whole existence, in various forms. So the natural evolution of this should not ca

Resident Evil: Alice by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(August 22, 2012)
I've been a Resident Evil fan from day one. The first game for Playstation, back in good old 1996, signified the emergence of a new genre in video games. Everyone knew Capcom was on to something, but I doubt anyone would have believed the franchise would b

The Geek Life: Visits Industrial Light and Magic by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 22, 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 visits ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

Mania Remembers Tony Scott by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(August 21, 2012)
Tony Scott never won an Academy Award. Indeed, he was never nominated for an Academy Award, a sign of both his unapologetic commercialism and the Academy’s overall snootiness. But his films – good and bad alike – changed the face of movies in ways ma

From the Vault by Tim Janson, Columnist an Critic
(August 19, 2012)
This week in From the Vault we are taking a look at Dracula’s progeny in two of the lesser known Universal horror films. Rather than making just more Dracula films with Bela Lugosi, Universal featured the Count’s offspring in two films, one for the fi

Shock-O-Rama: Vintage Movie Appetizers by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(August 18, 2012)
The art of the movie trailer. The subtle science of audience manipulation and expectation gamesmanship. Quick edits reveal tantalizingly juicy bits, only to deny you the full course. Trailers are visual appetizers, designed to whet the appetite, leaving yo

Shock-O-Rama: The Crow by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 14, 2012)
As my hands hover, hesitatingly poised above the glossy slick iPad keyboard, a growing sense of trepidation weighs upon my choice of topics. Don't misunderstand my reservation as disrespect for The Crow; I hold fond admiration and genuine hero worship for