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Shock-O-Rama: Carnival of Souls by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 21, 2013)
"B Movie" and "Cult Classic" and bandied about nerd circles with more regularity than PBR and poor taste at the local hipster-a-thon. Yet for all of the wear and tear these terms suffer, they aren't being applied correctly. Roger Corman is known to correct

Shock-O-Rama: Hackers - The Sounds of Cyberpunk by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 07, 2013)
Last week Mania's own intrepid guy behind the guy, Joey Campbell, deeply cut into the grooved trenches of movie music in a new column entitled Videodrome (ah the newflesh!) over at Aquarium Drunkard. A man after my own cult cravings, Joey kicked it off by

Shock-O-Rama: Enjoying the Movies (can we please?) by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 31, 2013)
Humans love labeling things, boiling down the details until only a bleached Skeleton remains. Labeling allows us to convey complex ideas in a fraction of the time we should actually spend discussing a subject. This is true of politics, religion, and sports

Guilty Cinematic Junk Food by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(July 24, 2013)
Copious are the instances where the urge to devour atrociously unhealthy food overcomes the very human desire to "eat better". America's gut busting obesity epidemic assures me that I'm not the only one who struggles in this mental martial arts match. The

Shock-O-Rama: The Horror of Hormones by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 23, 2013)
Body horror is a curious thing. It doesn't quite cause a directly frightening experience so much as force the imagination down an unsettling and uncomfortable road. When the expectations for how a human body should behave deviate off of the well trod path

Demon Resurrection Rocket Sauce by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 17, 2013)
Demon possession/occupation films cut a wide path through the corn field of horror films. Even within their broad category they are wildly diverse. They're very much en vogue at the moment because they can be made inexpensively and still succeed in scaring

Shock-O-Rama: From Jock to Jaegar by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 10, 2013)
Over the past two weeks, as I've sorted through dozens of movies and hundreds of YouTube clips containing men clad in iconic rubber monster suits, my excitement level for Pacific Rim has been steadily climbing (right in step with the summer thermometer). L

Shock-O-Rama: The Potent Legacy of Jim Kelly by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 03, 2013)
On Sunday evening the social media universe's perverse cult cinema corners lit up like a Griswold Family Christmas Tree, singing the lament of blaxploitation martial arts actor (and quality human being) Jim Kelly. Though you may not instantly recognize the

Shock-O-Rama: What Makes a Zombie a Zombie? by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 26, 2013)
There are a number of massive flame wars available to nerds looking to prove their mettle and enlist in. The classics are wistfully recalled as if foolish combatants took part in some heroic last stand. Trek vs Wars, Kirk vs Picard, Marvel vs DC, Joel vs M

Shock-O-Rama: Top 5 Zombie Kills by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 19, 2013)
Zombies- still the hot commodity of the horror machine (although possessed children are gaining a strong foot hold). Perhaps one of the reasons we find them so engaging as an audience is the ability to hypothesize various survival scenarios. Where would yo

Shock-O-Rama: Titan A.E. by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 12, 2013)
We live in an age where entire summers are won and lost on the box office prowess of a handful of tent pole titles; where the fate of three hundred and sixty-five future days of hopeful film pitches can be washed away by the stench of one colossal bomb; an

Shock-O-Rama: Summer Evenings at the Drive-In: Part 3 by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 06, 2013)
As you cram half a dozen of your friends into the trunk and roll up to the ticket booth with deception in your heart, the hope and promise of a mischievous evening at the drive-in dawns even as the sun sets. Giant monster movies and teen sex comedies were

Shock-O-Rama: Summer Evenings at the Drive-In: Part 2 by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(May 29, 2013)
Welcome back for part two of Shock-O-Rama's summer time glance into the sub genres which really shined on the drive-in silver screens of yesteryear. Last week in PART ONE I dissected what made giant monsters tick (found out that it's love) and explored the

Shock-O-Rama: Summer Evenings at the Drive-In: Part One by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(May 22, 2013)
youthfully balmy temperatures loom just over the horizon, I've got one season centric movie going experience on my mind. The Drive-In, that beating heart of Americana, is more than simply an extension of our car centric culture aligning with our love of th

Shock-O-Rama: Best of Star Trek Horror by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(May 15, 2013)
The release of a new Star Trek movie has always been a self contained holiday for me. Even as The Next Generation era films declined a bit in quality, the days never brought with them any trepidation or concern; it's new Trek which is always a cause for ce

Shock-O-Rama: Monsters of the Minds Eye by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(May 08, 2013)
How do you measure the worth of a man's life?

Shock-O-Rama: Fear is The Key by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(May 01, 2013)
A year ago this weekend I made what's become an annual cult cinema pilgrimage to Philadelphia for Exhumed Films' eX-Fest II. The event is a twelve hour indulgence of all things rare, exploitative, and sleazy in 35mm (a format which regular readers know my

Shock-O-Rama: The Night of a Thousand Cats by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 24, 2013)
The Night of Thousand Cats is an experience. Not unlike the freakish weather we've been experiencing over the last few years, this film requires that a number of things align in it's favor for optimum impact. Working best when viewed with a group of exploi

Shock-O-Rama: The Godfather Squad by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Comic Geek
(April 17, 2013)
Whenever I want to watch a Kung-Fu film, the first thing that I need to decide is exactly what flavor I'm in the mood for. Wushu epic or inventive Jackie Chan fun fest? Golden Harvest classic or something more modern staring Jet Li.

Shock-O-Rama: Demons by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 10, 2013)
Nothing cramps the style of unchaperoned teens like Satan. I would figure he'd leave them to their sinful indulgences, then settle up accounts after time had it's way with them. But the Devil isn't a patient creature and he's also not content to simply pil

Shock-O-Rama: Within the Woods by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 03, 2013)
With Evil Dead hitting theaters this Friday it's been damned near impossible go anywhere on the 'net without coming across press for it (or being startled at 2 a.m. by it's brilliant "Don't Skip it" add on YouTube). The reaction to a remake of a franchise

Shock-O-Rama: Rubber by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 27, 2013)
An accountant, checking his watch while struggling to maintain his grips on a plethora of binoculars. An empty desert road dotted with black wooden chairs, staggered about at odd angles. An unmarked cop car approaches up the road, absurdly swerving to and

Shock-O-Rama: The Beyond by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 20, 2013)
Considered by some to be the Lucio Fulci's best work, ever better than more well known Zombie (off the kedge, shark on corpse fans!), The Beyond began to cement its modern popular midnight movie status in the mid-90's, when it hit the American home video m

Shock-O-Rama: Six-String Samurai by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 13, 2013)
There are some films that are completely a product of a small slice of time. They're so rooted in the sensibilities undying them that they wouldn't have worked any other way. It's in the solid of the late 90's Neo-swing revival that Six-String Samurai mana

Shock-O-Rama: In Defense of Quarantine 2 by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 06, 2013)
Shock-O-Rama's been a number of things in the past. Typically I use it to champion older films, lesser known genre films that deserve your love and attention. Sometimes I've climbed upon it like a soapbox, as when advocating the preservation and exultation