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Shock-O-Rama: The Drive-In Bucket List by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 16, 2014)
Couched by the truth that Tuesday's local forecast included that unendurable four letter word, SNOW, there's no denying that spring has sprung, and that summer is a maniacal machete man hiding in the woods, preparing for his chance to pounce. This mythical

Shock-O-Rama: Chinese Zodiac by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 26, 2014)
"The length of an action film star's career is this long" says 59 year old martial arts legend Jackie Chan, as he hold his hands up, less than a foot apart. "I've become a legend because I've survived doing it this long" he says, now holding his hands very

Shock-O-Rama: Worst Ways to Die by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 19, 2014)
Horror movie fans have borne witness to some of the most heinous acts ever to be inflicted upon the human form (fictionally). It's an inevitability of the genre. Of course as the audience becomes anesthetized to the splash, slash, and screams, a grisly gam

Shock-O-Rama: Strip Nude for Your Killer by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 12, 2014)
It may be impossible to find a film titled more aptly for discussion on Shock-O-Rama. As pleasantly resonant off of the tongue as it is a soothing balm to the tender tissue of the ear drums, this movie's American theatrical designation is the perfectly for

Shock-O-Rama: Voyage of the Rock Aliens by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 12, 2014)
As honesty is perhaps the best policy (or at the very least, a catchy platitude), I'll begin this Shock-O-Rama with a heaping helping of truth: the degree to which you will enjoy Voyage of the Rock Aliens depends entirely upon the company in which you view

Shock-O-Rama: Evolver by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(January 22, 2014)


Shock-O-Rama: The Cheeky Nudity Factor by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(January 15, 2014)


10 Best Seasonal Halloween Flicks by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 30, 2013)
There's no wrong way to celebrate Halloween (says the man preparing to carve a fright face into the innocent flesh of a turnip).

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

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