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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

Shock-O-Rama: Dead Heat by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 27, 2013)
Three weeks ago I wrote about a film which I hold tremendous love for, Event Horizon. My fellow Maniacs where very vocal on both sides of the battle for the soul of this flick, and I appreciated the passion and stories fueling their reasoning. Geeks love a

Shock-O-Rama: Demolition Man by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 20, 2013)
John Spartan, the Demolition man.

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