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Shock-O-Rama: The Vanishing Returns on Remakes by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 29, 2013)


Savoring All Hallows Eve by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 15, 2013)
If you're anything like me, the critical mass of horror film viewing accelerates exponentially for you as Halloween grows near. There's an absolute event horizon which signals that all bets are off and all films are fair game. Every year I hoard the creme

The Chucky Films Ranked by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 09, 2013)
Let’s talk about the Chucky movies. With a brand new installment hitting store shelves this week in the form of Curse of Chucky the timing could not be more apt to bring up everyone’s favorite murder doll. But is he beloved by all? The Child’s Play m

Top 10 John Carpenter Films by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 02, 2013)
Welcome to the witching season! As mainstream horror recognition accelerates into overdrive for a month long celebration of the macabre, the demands upon your viewing time will be likewise increase exponentially. I am sympathetic to your plight as my pile

Get your X-Rays at the Hospital Massacre by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 25, 2013)
Have you ever heard of a demented little slasher called X-Ray? Despite being recently released by beloved horror distributor Scream Factory under this original title as part of a double feature with the more well know Schizoid, this disgusting little stab

Top 10 Big Screen Vampires by Chuck Francisco, Columnista and Critic
(September 18, 2013)
As we grow closer to the most exciting season of the the year (Halloween), my proximity to the best of months weakens the resolve to save the best films for their proper time. For hardcore horror fans Halloween is a perpetual state of mind, but there is a

Shock-O-Rama: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 04, 2013)
Following a rash of weeks which have seen me sequestered away among the dark recesses of various movie houses, a break from the big screen refreshes in concert with the coming fall breeze. Call it summer blockbuster fantastique fatigue. Astride the couch a

S-O-R: Selling the Sizzle of Schlock by Chuck Francisco, Columnista and Critic
(August 28, 2013)
Back in the waning, halcyon days of the 1990's, the task of exposing friends to a crazy syringe of cinematic madness was a blessedly simple endeavor. An invitation was extended then accepted; couch cushions were occupied on a first come basis; VHS tape hea

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