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Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Werewolf of Washington Square, Cup of Moonglow (Cover – Pg. 13)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by ranranami

Whew! Almost mid-October (happy Friday the 13th, and I hope you’re enjoying a bit of Jason slaughter today!) The posts are warming up, and so is my grad school homework. Still, I’ve found time to upload yet another vintage comic. This one is in far worse shape than the others I’ve managed to scrounge up, but the art is – – well, how should I put it? Cartoonier? A little more offbeat? Somehow, at the same time, certain elements of these stories are also pretty detailed towards realism. In fact, the werewolf face is remarkably similar to Dr. Hyde in the ’31 film. 21 years after the fact, I can’t help but wonder if the artist sourced a lobby card or old poster, perhaps?

Following on the tail-end of the glory days (pre-code horror comics), I sort of appreciate the pulp-ish inspiration they clearly drew from on the cover art. It’s also a victim of radio-style dialog, per usual for the earlier stuff, but there’s a certain charm to that too. The first story is…well…I mean it’s a basic werewolf plot. Incredbly basic. Bare bones down to the character name (Eric Lupin.) The second story proves yet another age-old fact. You can’t trust men. You can’t trust women. You definitely can’t trust gigantic Amazonian witch snakes.

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Book(s) of the Week: St. Peter’s Wolf

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2016 by ranranami

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Saint Peter’s Wolf, by Michael Cadnum

You would think it’s child’s play to write a good werewolf story. Use a full moon, throw in an okay guy who probably doesn’t have too much going on in his life, get him into a nasty accident at the wrong end of a Gypsy curse, mix in a love interest…that’s all there is to most basic werewolf stories, right? I mean honestly, that’s pretty much your general heroic cycle, if you’re simplifying it for a toddler.

Yet, I rarely run into a werewolf story that leaves me thinking ‘I really enjoyed that. It hit all the bases, and ended up being a well-rounded story about man’s struggle with his inner beast.’ Honestly, most of the good ones tend to be over 50 years old, too. If you’re familiar with the film ‘Wolf’ with Jack Nicholson, which time and again I make myself watch once a year hoping I’ll somehow manage to actually think it’s a good movie, because it does have a great cast and cool effects…

Saint Peter’s Wolf…is everything that story should have been. It is very similar, but it’s done right. It also has a very unique twist on exactly how the ‘curse’ is obtained, and keeps the werewolf as your general quadrupedal beast, rather than a man with huge teeth, a bad temper, and a body hair issue. It’s also got a fascinating protagonist who discovers that becoming the monster is actually a little bit better than what he’s already got going on. At any rate, it’s not strictly horrifying…but it’s a very good read.

Horror Flick of the Week: La Marca del Hombre-Lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Werewolf’s Mark/Etc. (1968)

Posted in Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by ranranami

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It was about time I got around to featuring a Paul Naschy movie (I might even feature him in the near future), and what better movie to suggest than the first of his many…many…werewolf movies: La Marca del Hombre-lobo, aka (in the USA) Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror!

One of the many victims of really crappy dubbing and inappropriate cutting for American audiences, I’d suggest just getting a hold of the original Spanish language version and watching it with subtitles. There isn’t even a Frankenstein monster in the movie…until we got our hands on it. Then we threw this little bit in there…solely to attach this movie as a double feature to an actual Frankenstein movie.

Bitching about cinema massacres aside, ‘La Marca del Hombre-lobo’ is a pretty fun little ride. Dramatic shots with plenty of gaudy lighting. A fancy costume party. Make-up reminiscent of the Wolfman, perhaps if he let his mane grow out…clearly it would influence the designs for Game of Werewolves…I could go on for ages.

Honestly, until I watched this, I thought the twist in the Wolfman remake was a bit…odd. Particularly where the curse originated, but once I saw La Marca, I realized it was a reference to this movie, making Benicio’s film a combination of the original Wolfman and essentially the Spanish one.

Bottom line, Naschy is just a fantastic actor. Even if the movies he was in weren’t always as good as him, he was great onscreen. That’s why this week’s featured film is La Marca del Hombre-lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Mark of the Wolfman/The Vampire of Dr. Dracula/The Werewolf’s Mark/Les vampires du Dr. Dracula/Hell’s Creatures/O horos ton vrykolakon/Le notti de Satana/Etc. Etc. There are so many titles for this movie, by the time you’re done reading the list, you forget the plot.

Drive-in Trailers: Bad Moon, Surprising?

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2015 by ranranami

I love werewolves. You love werewolves. We all love werewolves. Anybody who says they don’t are either evil incarnate, or dirty little liars. Whether that mysteriously re-occurring midnight shadow is just in our minds or a much more serious issue, lycanthropy is without a doubt one of the most disturbing…yet enjoyable…horror devices out there. In fact, there are so many…this is very likely to be one of multiple future entries featuring these delightfully hairy monsters.

On a side-note, I’d definitely advise against visiting London on the full moon. Just in case…















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Book(s) Of the Week: Monster Road

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

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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.

Horror Flick of the Week: Company of Wolves (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by ranranami

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Little Red Riding Hood. A story told in a dozen different ways, exploring everything from the loss of innocence to the dangers of trusting strange man-wolves. ‘Company of Wolves’ is the single best film adaptation of this story that I have ever seen, and likely will ever see. It can not be remade, because it is one of those few magical reels of celluloid which captures the true darkness of fairy tales in the most incredible way.

Starring Sarah Patterson in one of her few roles, this is a magnificent movie. It’s beautiful. Dark. Disturbing. Intriguing. It is an incredible movie, and that is why it is this week’s selection.

Book of the Week: Gil’s All Fright Diner

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by ranranami

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I’m sure you’ve heard the incredibly over-done phrase ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. Granted, this usually isn’t actually referring to books, but people. I have the habit of judging a lot of books by their covers, and these are literal books, not ‘people/books’. I’ll walk through a library or book store for about an hour, glancing at the the colors, the size, the style of text, and finally…if the book has passed the first 3 tests…the full cover. That’s how I discovered this, and someone who would become one of my favorite modern authors. A. Lee Martinez’s awesome book, ‘Gil’s All Fright Diner’.

 

You’ve got a burly werewolf, a scrawny vampire, an asian goth teen satanist, a lonely ghost, and…a diner that proves to be the portal to hell. I really don’t know what else you could want in literary art. But more than just the basic plot, there’s a style to Martinez that shines in this book. He’s a lot like Christopher Moore, but without that subtle bitter undertone.

 

Amusing Sci-fi and Horror has a lot of trouble when it comes to a perfect story. You basically have to keep people on the edge of their seats AND laughing their heads off at the same time. This one? This one does it. I didn’t know what was coming, my seasoned horror glands were sated in a pleasant way, and I genuinely laughed a few times.

 

My final bit of advice: Judge books by their covers. Constantly. That way, you can find cool stuff like this with minimal effort.