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Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oscar Snubs by Michael Henley, Freelance Writer
(February 21, 2013)
It’s an honor just to be nominated…or so these fine films have been told.

Shock-O-Rama: Demolition Man by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 20, 2013)
John Spartan, the Demolition man.

Oscar Screed by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 19, 2013)
The Academy of Motion Pictures is a gang of pretentious snobs. We knew that, of course, but its brazen hypocrisy comes into the forefront with their much bally-hooed celebration of James Bond’s 50th anniversary at this year’s Oscar celebration. They’

Mania Box Office Report: Die Hardest by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 18, 2013)
Love doesn’t conquer all as Safe Haven couldn’t compete with the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise. Safe Haven also fell to Identity Thief proving people would rather laugh or catch an action flick then see a romantic sap fest. My question to

From the Vault: Horror Series that ended too soon by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(February 16, 2013)
If you’re a horror fan, rejoice! You’re living in the Golden Age of horror on TV. The last decade has been incredible for fans of horror TV. Shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, True Blood, and Dexter are some of the most popular show

Covered in Campbell for Ash Wednesday by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 13, 2013)
I can't be the only film nerd whose mind flashes immediately to moments from the Evil Dead series each year when the religious observance of Ash Wednesday rolls around. How could yours not? Campbell as Ash epitomizes awesome, and my formative years were ma

Shock-O-Rama: Rumble in the Bronx by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 13, 2013)
Most cinephiles can name those films which were formidably influential to their movie going tastes. It becomes tougher to really nail down the extent of the impact those experience created. I count myself incredibly lucky to have Shock-O-Rama as an outlet

Shock-O-Rama: Event Horizon by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 06, 2013)
A curious set of circumstances rekindled my dormant desire to rewatch the 1997 science fiction horror mash up, Event Horizon. This early Paul W.S. Anderson film (green lit on the strength of his Mortal Combat adaption. Yup.) is a complex blend of gritty, g

Super Bowl 2013 Trailers by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 03, 2013)
Now that the Big Game is over. We geeks, fanboys, Trekkies, and die hards can really savor all the new trailers. We saw some new footage on Super Bowl Sunday. We even got a an extended joke for one of the trailers. All in all it was a good Super Sunday of

Mania Box Office Report: Zombie Love Conquers Stallone by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 03, 2013)
Picture this: The Expendables and its sequel make a ton of money. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis are all hot commodities again. Sure they are getting old but, money is till money. If you are a Hollywood Studio Big Wig you would

Party at Nakatomi Plaza by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 01, 2013)
20th Century Fox has a little tradition at its studios in Century City: giant murals on the sides of their buildings, reflecting famous movies in their library. There’s one for The Empire Strikes Back, another for The Sound of Music, one of Marilyn Monro

Shock-O-Rama: Blue Sunshine by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 30, 2013)
A year ago this Sunday we lost genre favorite, Zalman King. His later legacy consisted of directing erotica such as the famous Red Shoe Diaries series. He's probably most famously remember for playing the role of Baelon in Galaxy of Terror. My instant name

Mania Box Office Report: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Win by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(January 28, 2013)
Here it is Maniacs, your Box Office Report. Sorry for the lack there of last week. With the holiday are resources for these numbers, Box Office Mojo, hadn’t posted their numbers until Monday. Sites such as IMDB post similar numbers, but they are not as n

The Abrams Star Wars Casting Call by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(January 28, 2013)
Now that J.J. Abrams has the director seat of the next Star Wars film, we have a few thoughts in mind. The first being, will we finally have a reason/ explanation for the Midi-chlorians? Will that have anything to do with Red Matter?

Shock-O-Rama: Brainscan by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 26, 2013)
This week was a exciting one in the Francisco household. We got a new PC for the first time since 2004. As I built the new rig, visions of Diablo 3, Mechwarrior Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Trek Online, and many other games available only on t

Shock-O-Rama: Vampires by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 19, 2013)
When it comes to writing, directing, and composing maestro John Carpenter, many a horror Maniac draw a proverbial line in the sand. Fitting as this is, given his proclivity for fusing western elements in with other thematic flavors, the placement of that b

10 Best Movie Star Comebacks by Rob Vaux, Writer
(January 15, 2013)
After seven years away from the big screen, Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to begin his comeback this Friday with The Last Stand. He’s not the first movie star to attempt a career resurrection… though admittedly, he’s the only one who can claim he was

Mania Box Office Report: A Whole Lot of Zeros by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(January 13, 2013)
Zero Dark Thirty took the mediocre weekend away from Gangster Squad and Texas Chainsaw 3D. Did anyone else see Texas Chainsaw 3D dropping nine spots on the box office charts? I heard nothing but bad things from people about the film so no surprise there fo

From the Vault: Don Knotts by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critc
(January 13, 2013)
Don Knotts is best known for starring in two legendary television shows. He played shy and nervous Deputy Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show and then nervous and wacky landlord Ralph Furley in Three’s Company. But in between these show Knotts turned

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