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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

From the Vault: The Edgar Allan Poe Trilogy by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 21, 2012)
Just a few weeks back, Universal released its Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, an incredible set featuring 8 of Universal’s most iconic horror films. No one can argue with the films that were included but If I had my way, the set wo

Shock-O-Rama: A Different Set of Jaws by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 20, 2012)
It's your first time. A ball of nervous energy rolls in your stomach, like two angry battling dragons. You adjust the cheap, Internet purchased costume, conscious of all the surrounding eyes; watching tauntingly. It's laughable to be concerned with your co

The Vision Vin Diesel Rumor by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 17, 2012)
There is a strange internet rumor that Vin Diesel, of all people, is going to play the Vision in the Marvel Movie Universe. According to sites such as Movie Hole, IMBD, and Geek Tyrant Vin Diesel is notorious for teasing his fan on his Facebook page with h

Tuesday Terrors: Mockingbird Lane Lives! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 16, 2012)
Mockingbird Lane lives after all! After earlier rumors that NBC had shelved the Munsters re-imaging, it looks like Herman, Lilly, and Grandpa will arrive after all. As Halloween nears, NBC turns Friday, October 26 into Fright Night when it premieres the

From the Vault: The Lugosi Vampires by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 14, 2012)
Bela Lugosi is best known as playing Dracula and creating the vampire template we are most familiar with today. But the fact is that Lugosi only played the role twice…first in the classic Dracula (1931) and then in the comedy spoof Abbott and Costello M

Shock-O-Rama: Monsters Run Amok! by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(October 13, 2012)
The sinews of the Internet are ablaze with Universal's Monsters. Rightly so, as the essential Blu-Ray set offers visuals so crisp that we can make out Boris Karloff's individual bandages. This is the perfect time of year to revisit those old friends, who

Shock-O-Rama: The Plague of the Zombies by Chuck Francisco , Columnist
(October 06, 2012)
There's something to be said about selecting the proper protagonist. One false move by the casting director can do a film irreparable harm (see: Kristin Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, or rather don't). Conversely, a strong leading man or woman can

7 Fun Facts about Universal's Monsters by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 02, 2012)
As part of their Centennial celebration, Universal Pictures has unleashed a new Blu-ray collection featuring eight of their most beloved monster movie classics. (Well, seven classics and that awful Claude Rains version of The Phantom of the Opera.) Their i

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