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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

Tuesday Terrors: Universal Horror Classics return to the big screen by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 14, 2012)
Lots to cover in Tuesday Terrors this week but I am absolutely geeked for the announcement that the Universal Classic horror films Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein are coming to the big screen for a special one night showing all over the country

Mania Box Office Report: Knight Falls by News Desk, News Desk
(August 12, 2012)
Even without Matt Damon, The Bourne Legacy easily debuted in first place this weekend ahead of Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign and box office behemoth The Dark Knight Rises. Also, after a quiet mid-week start Hope Springs saw a

From the Vault by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 12, 2012)
Welcome to From the Vault, the newest column from Mania where we dip into Hollywood’s extensive archive of genre films and review some classic, near classic and not-quite-classic films that are worth a view. Most of our picks will be from the era of the

Shock-O-Rama: Shades of Lugosi by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(August 11, 2012)
With a heavy, deliberate accent, I bid you welcome, to this week's Shock-O-Rama. After that famous, stone stairway entrance, Bela Lugosi and Count Dracula would be forever linked together. Fired like a cannon into the public pop stratosphere, where Lugosi

10 Best Movie Assassins by Rob Vaux, Writer
(August 08, 2012)
Assassins. Hit men. Contract killers. Whatever you call them, Hollywood has a long and passionate love affair with characters who make a living by murdering other people. It’s one of the movies’ darkest fantasies – the ability to take lives with impu

Shock-O-Rama: Celluloidal Genocide by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(August 04, 2012)
A paper ticket, torn roughly into halves, rests hidden in your back pocket. There it will likely remain hidden until wash day, when you regretfully realize that it went through the machine, making a mess of your laundry load. Tonight your mind is not conce

Mania 2012 Fall Picks by Mania Staff, Columnists, Geeks, and Fanboys
(August 01, 2012)
Fall always brings with it the promise of the new and the exciting…new TV shows, hot new holiday films, and the most sought after video games of the year. Is it any wonder why Fall is the best season of the year? Here are a few of the items on Mania’

Tuesday Terrors: The First Trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation by Tim Janson, Columnist and TV Critic
(July 31, 2012)
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Trailer. In our last column we showed you a clip from Silent Hill: Revelation and now we’ve got the official trailer. For years, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have been on the run, always one ste

Mania Box Office Report: Dark Knight RISES by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 30, 2012)
The box office totals are in and The Dark Knight Rises has beaten The Watch. Which should really come as no surprise.

Shock-O-Rama: Hausu by Chuck Francisco, Columnist
(July 28, 2012)
Perusing the fiscally dangerous Barnes and Noble sale on all releases by Criterion (50% off everything until 7/31), my eye was suckered in by the bright orange cover art of Nobuhiko Obayashi's Hausu (or simply House if you hate words that end in U). The ev

Mania Box Office Report: Dark Weekend by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 23, 2012)
With all that has happened since The Dark Knight Rises premiere, the studios have held back on reporting their box office numbers. The numbers now are now in for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Whether or not it beats THe Avengers is not impor

Editorial: The Aurora Massacre by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 20, 2012)
This is not about Batman. When tragedy strikes, we naturally look for answers, and the simpler the answer, the more readily we want to embrace it. A simple answer means a simple solution, which means we need never worry about senseless nightmares like th

Favorite Flavors of The Bat by Chuck Francisco , Columnist
(July 19, 2012)
Every creative story teller places personal touches on a tale. Even a property as well known and culturally influential as Batman can be taken and spun in new and fascinating ways across a number of forms of media.

DREDD 3D - Comic Con First Impression by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 18, 2012)
At Comic Con last week, Lionsgate did a very ballsy thing. The had a special advanced screening of DREDD 3D. Now to show a clip, trailer, or even an extended scene is one thing. To show a whole movie with press and Comic Con attendees is another. These peo

10 Greatest Moments in Batman History by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 17, 2012)
With The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters this week, we thought we’d look back at the history of Caped Crusader, and note those key moments that truly defined him. There have been some big ones: comics, movies or TV shows where the character suddenly t

Mania Box Office Report: Spidey Falls by News Desk, News Desk
(July 15, 2012)
“In its second weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man fell 44 percent to an estimated $35 million. That's a fine hold for a comic book movie, and suggests that it's being greeted with good word-of-mouth. However, that second weekend tally is substantially less

Shock-O-Rama: Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Insomniac
(July 14, 2012)
Let me come right out and tell you that Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is not the name of a 60's progressive rock band from Alberta. Nor is it a hippy commune or the name of a cocktail (but it should be). Would you believe me if I told you that it's a