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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

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

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

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

Shock-O-Rama: Death by Indecision by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 04, 2013)
Stop me if my affliction sounds all too familiar.

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

Shock-O-Rama: Timecop by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 21, 2012)
Before he came in the easily brandied about moniker of JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme cut his teeth has the high kicking Belgian bad ass of many raucous action flicks.

Shock-O-Rama: Maximum Overdrive by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 15, 2012)
Normally one of my duties as the author of Shock-O-Rama is to use this space to espouse the virtues of lesser known cinematic endeavors. Putting quill to parchment, I sing the praises of slashers and demons and ghosts. While it's true that I'll be doing th

Shock-O-Rama: Black Sabbath by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 08, 2012)
Anthology films have to face more challenges than their contemporaries. It isn't enough that they tell a compelling tale; they have bring their A game to the plate several times, typically giving us at least three complete, bite size experiences. And film

Shock-O-Rama: Pet Sematary by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 01, 2012)
If there's a better form of birth control than Gage Creed, the murderous reanimated toddler from Pet Sematary, I'm having trouble thinking of it. If you aren't freaked out when Gage wickedly coos "Now I want to play wiff yew", then your heart's made of sto

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

Shock-O-Rama: The Convent by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 17, 2012)
Many are the days that we long for foods which we know are atrociously bad for us (I'll take a whole Blooming' Onion please!). Some find the temptation more alluring than others, who can resist and (more often then not) choose a healthier, more substantial

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

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

Shock-O-Rama: Thriller by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 27, 2012)
As All Hallows Eve draws near, and you've been soaking your brain in the pickling juices of all things monstrous and wicked, I thought it might be time to pay homage to the most influential thirteen minutes and forty seconds of horror content ever crafted.

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

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

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

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

Shock-O-Rama: Babes from Out of this World by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 15, 2012)
A dark suited stranger carries an odd briefcase. His mannerisms are difficult to place. Is he a foreigner? His intentions are unreadable behind sunglasses, which he never removes until it's time to dish out a look which can kill. Doggedly determined to car

All Night Italian Splatterfest II Recap by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 11, 2012)
Countless pots of digital ink have been splashed across these world wide pages in support of the dark madness of true cinematic adventure. The last weekend in August provided yet another gut wrenching, brain peeling cannonball into the sopping gore pool of

Shock-O-Rama: Incognito Cinema Warriors XP by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(September 08, 2012)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans (MSTies) have a wide assortment of options available to them, when it comes to riffing. With Shout! Factory putting out dynamite MST3K episode releases, Cinematic Titanic performing live around the country, and Riff Trax g