Archive for comedy horror

Book of the Week: Monster, by A. Lee Martinez

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by ranranami

I have read so many of this man’s books. For me, his humorous balance in his story is on par with another favorite author of mine, R. Chetwynd-Hayes. I’ve already recommended one book by A. Lee Martinez in the past, Gil’s All Fright Diner, but honestly? I love this one even more. There was a period of time a few years ago where I was pretty much reading at least one of these books a week, and Monster is one of the best.


The story plays with a concept I rarely see done as well as it should be. There are monsters everywhere, and normal people don’t know about them. This one adds your typical Martinez guts and gore along with a succubus here and maybe a yeti destroying a grocery store there. A gland in people’s brains that lets them see monsters for what they are, and a sort of supernatural police force doing what they can to at least keep things somewhat normal.

What I love about A. Lee Martinez, is that his protagonists are both very normal and very special in so many creative ways. This book was no exception to the rule, and it is very easily a 3-day read if you put your mind to it. Or don’t. Just grab a glass of wine (or coffee) and enjoy.


Horror flick of the Week: Madhouse (1974)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2015 by ranranami


Some time ago, Madhouse was briefly referenced in a Netflix instant watch list. So now I suppose it’s time to tell you guys my verdict: I absolutely love this movie. As a die-hard Vincent Price fan, how could I not? Its an extremely campy film made during his later period, and pretty much gives Price constant screen-time.

I’m recommending this one, because it’s not one of his more commonly-watched movies. In fact, it had taken me ages just to discover Madhouse. Probably because it doesn’t really stand on it’s own, but because of Price’s history. A tongue-in-cheek kind of horror film that references several of Prices older and (at the time) even more recent works. Madhouse is a great movie to finish up a Vincent binge, but it’s also a great movie to start it with if you’re already familiar with him. If you’ve been avoiding Madhouse based on the cover, or perhaps simply because you haven’t heard of it, I urge to watch this one as soon as possible.

Vintage Comics: Horrific, Issue #1: The Ghost’s Last Laugh, Iron Doom, The Dancer of Death (Pg. 18 – End)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2015 by ranranami

Finishing up the rest of this issue, Horrific appears to be surprisingly short compared to other series issues I’ve posted. I’d like to start this entry by saying something I think will be on everyone’s minds after reading these pages. Pennypacker is the greatest surname ever created. Also, I wonder if the Ghost’s Last Laugh partially inspired Neil Jordan when he wrote the screenplay for High Spirits? I actually really liked this one, and in fact would go so far as to say it’s just about my favorite written story from any of the comics I posted so far, in it’s charming little way. Any time bureaucracy and economics are brought in to deal with the supernatural, it’s always worth a good laugh. A lot of these stories, such as Iron Death, also really make me long for the days of horror when spooky castles were employed more regularly. Do you hear me, Hollywood? Bring back the cobwebs and the stone ruins, the iron maidens and the tortured souls. Because there are only so many vintage comics left for me to post!

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Podcast, Episode 13 – Comedy Horror

Posted in Movies and shows, podcast, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by ranranami

I don’t know if you guys have gathered yet, but there’s one thing Julianne/Maddy/Chris all have in common. They like funny stuff. With that in mind, we all agreed horror comedies would be an awesome topic this episode. The movies we tackle this episode are three incredible classics: Young Frankenstein, Club Dread, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil.

Listen to our latest podcast episode here!

Finally, in the interest of independent films, we’ve also got a treat for the web-series fans out there. A trailer of a new show called ‘Low Spirits’, and it looks pretty awesome to me! (Hallow-holics are in no way associated with Low Spirits or the production of it, we just think it looks cool.)

Book(s) Of the Week: Monster Road

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by ranranami


Back in the 90s, I was wild for books. I still am, but the point here is that I devoured every book fair that came to school. Especially when it came to book lights and horror stories. Monster Road was one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the cover that drew me to it, or the fact that I’d run out of Goosebumps books, but this one was pretty easy to miss tucked back at the bottom ‘L’ shelf.

Written by David Lubar, Monster Road tells the story of Kevin taking a road trip with his eccentric scientist Uncle. Eccentric and wildly naive, every single monster Kevin’s uncle meets on the trip strikes him as something absolutely mundane and non-supernatural in any way. What’s more, he seems to come up with a solution for most of their problems in the process.

My old copy I had of Monster Road sadly fell to pieces, but that’s the sign of a well-loved book. At least for a kid. Monster Road is a great little story to read with your kid, or to just let them read on their own, lying in the somewhat sketchy area of 2nd grade – 4th grade reading level.

Vintage Comics: Monster, Issue #1: The Monster, The Mirror (Cover – Pg. 14)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by ranranami

Don’t let the Burt Reynolds-esque Hulk on the cover deceive you. The monster in this comic looks nothing like that. In this first comic, I didn’t have so much fun with the actual story as just admiring the style. I love the heavy shadows and expressions the artist employs with all of the characters in this comic. The second story was equally impressive with it’s own flare of style and femme fatales. I honestly just wish the second one could have been a bit longer and the first a bit shorter.


Monster 01 - 01 front cover - Maurice Whitman Monster 01 - 04 The Monster Monster 01 - 05 --- Monster 01 - 06 --- Monster 01 - 07 --- Monster 01 - 08 --- Monster 01 - 09 --- Monster 01 - 10 --- Monster 01 - 11 --- Monster 01 - 12 --- Monster 01 - 13 --- Monster 01 - 14 The Mirror Monster 01 - 15 --- Monster 01 - 16 --- Monster 01 - 17 ---

Drive-in Trailers: Based On/Inspired By True Events

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by ranranami

Sometimes they say truth is stranger than fiction. Most times they don’t, because a lot of people familiar with Cronenburg will realize he’s pretty much stranger than any truth. But I digress. The following featured trailers are films inspired by/based on true events. Fun fact…looooots of films have been inspired by Ed Gein…

A quick warning that some of these trailers have graphic clips in them. This is not an advisable selection to watch with children or family 🙂