Friday, August 21, 2015

MCU & Me: Issue #2 - Origin Story, Part 2 (Wagging the X-Dog)

Reading and collecting comics was a big part of my life for many years. I read a lot. I collected even more. I lived through the variant cover years, and still probably have multiple copies of too many gimmick releases to count. I have/had comic book t-shirts, graphic novels, action figures, role-playing games, videogames. I was a fan. I supported not just one, but two comic book shops in whatever town I was living in at the time. (In Cheyenne, it was Comic Quest and The Book Rack. When I lived in Bozeman, MT, I became a regular customer of Bases Loaded as well as what I'll remember as being called Aaron's or something along those lines, despite the fact that Aaron sold the business to a couple who really didn't know comics that well.)

I was to start film school in Montana in 1995, and I remember (and still curse myself a little bit) that I sold my ENTIRE comic book collection to help finance the move from Cheyenne to Bozeman. I hadn't looked at the comics in a while, and they weren't doing me any good just sitting in a closet, long box'ed and lonely.

After my first year of film school, I came back to Cheyenne for the summer, and noticed that a grocery store carried Wizard magazine on their shelves. Something called me to the issue, and I found out about the recent DC Versus Marvel event. By the time I was headed back for my second year of film school, I found out where Bozeman's comics shop was. It took me less than a day of being back in Montana before I stepped into Bases Loaded for the first time, and I started reading and collecting comics again.

I was near-obsessive. I'd often times go to Aaron's and flip through their long boxes, hungry for whatever comics they put in their quarter bin. (They had a deal - 25 cents a comic or five comics for a dollar. I would regularly go in there with a $20.00 and walk out with 100 comic books.) I'm not overly proud of it, but I did spent a little bit of my student loan money on a particular back issue at Bases Loaded (Iron Fist #14); I probably wouldn't have been able to afford my habit at Bases Loaded if the owner (Larry Oxford - RIP) hadn't put me to work there and paid me the equivalent of minimum wage in store credit.

As far as comic book movies and media was concerned, I sampled a lot of it. The cartoons (but I didn't tell anyone - I don't know why). Whatever I could find on television. And the movies. Back then - only seventeen years ago - comic book movies weren't necessarily the hot property. They weren't the blockbuster fodder the studios and the theater chains now enjoy. Instead, one afternoon when I went to a showing of a particular movie based on a comic book, I asked the person selling tickets if the movie was good.

She shrugged and said it was all right . . . for a comic book movie.

Granted, the movie in question was Spawn (dir. Mark A. Z. Dippé), but still.

As a kid, I had seen the Superman films. In 1989, I saw Batman (and each installment of the following films of that franchise as they were released theatrically, but in my defense, I didn't pay for my own ticket for the last one). And in 2000, my wife and I met a group of friends at the local movie theater for a showing of X-Men (dir. Bryan Singer).

I was still reading comics at the time even though there wasn't a local comics shop in Bozeman then. Aaron's had closed and the owner of Bases Loaded was killed when he was struck by lightning.* However, we could still get our comics off the shelf at the local Hasting's, and my roommate Mike and I bought a business license and started working on setting up a comic book business ourselves. (This didn't last very long, and I don't think we ever made any money, but we did get our comic books at a discount.) To try to drum up some business, I brought flyers to the theater when we went to see X-Men and put them up wherever I could. The manager on duty wasn't too keen on that since we hadn't asked for permission, and while I was thrown out of the theater, I didn't miss out on the movie as I got a voucher to come back the next day to see it.

I liked the movie. I don't know if I loved it as much as most, but I thought it was a solid film, and so did a lot of other people.

As did Marvel.

And this is where my disconnect from comic book movies and media really began.This is not a criticism of the film. I enjoyed it, and I think I've seen it a few times since its original 2000 theatrical release (and, man, does that make me feel kinda old). I saw the first two sequels theatrically as well. I was on-board for the movies.

But back then, I hated what they did to the comics.

For me, the movies would not, could not have existed without the comic books. The comics were the source, the font from which all of this was made possible. The comics were the dog (or x-dog).

The films were the tail (or x-tail). And yet, elements from the movie - most obviously the costumes - became part of the comics for no reason outside of uniting the brand, and to me, it just didn't seem right.

Or, in a very selfish the world-revolves-around-me way, it didn't seem fair.

I enjoyed the movie for its own merits. But now, thanks to this big screen adaptation of the comic I'd supported through years and years of variant covers (I still have copies of the multiple-covered X-Men #1 drawn by Jim Lee), artist changes, character deaths and resurrections (and further deaths and ridiculous resurrections - don't get me started on Colossus), price increases, editor-in-chief changes, events, annuals, character redesigns, the Image founders leaving Marvel en masse and then coming back as freelancers, relaunches, etc., etc., etc., the book was changing in a deeper way than ever before. Without me and my fellow comic book readers, that movie would have never become the first installment of a franchise still chugging along today.

I know this isn't the first time this has happened to a still-in-production property jumping from one medium to another. (It wasn't even new to Marvel Comics during the time of my fandom. I enjoyed Firestar's appearances and role in the Avengers title excellently relaunched by Kurt Busiek and George Perez in 1998, but her first appearance was in the "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" cartoon in the early 80s.)

This trend would continue in less obvious ways in the comics-to-film adaptations, but I kept going to the movies through 2007. Seeing Spider-Man 3 (dir. Sam Raimi) was the last time I saw a comic book film on the big screen, and even by then, I was skipping most other comic book movies (I haven't seen a Batman film post-Batman & Robin (dir. Joel Schumacher).)

I haven't gone out of my way to see anything comic book related TV- or movie-wise since then. I've also stopped reading comics on a regular basis. However, most of my dearest friends swear by the current run of movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I have to admit that as it plugs along, I do find my curiosity piqued now that that Doctor Strange - a character who happens to be another one of my favorites - is set to hit the movie screen.

(Scott Derrickson is the director of Doctor Strange. I appreciate that Derrickson has some horror in his background, but . . . he was the man behind Hellraiser: Inferno and the The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, so I don't know if I should be overly excited.)

I haven't read mainstream comics regularly in years. It's not like the suits and tights aren't still part of my world these days. I've leafed through some of the newer comics, and I read and write superhero fiction and novels.

Despite 1978's Superman (dir. Richard Donner) being my first comic book film and my many years enjoying DC's books over their competition's, Marvel Comics is the base upon which my comic book fandom was built.

I reserve the right to pull the plug along the way (it is my blog), and I admit to having some preconceived notions going into this. "That's not MY Captain America," is something I've said - mostly in jest - to my friends who've told me they think I'd really like Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston). (And then I usually make some reference to Cap Wolf.)

What will I get out of this journey? I'm not 100% sure. I'm hoping at the very least I'll enjoy the movies. Maybe I'll have more to talk about with my friends who only know the movie versions of these superheroes that were so much a part of my childhood. Perhaps these films will further inspire my own superhero fiction. Or, if nothing else, I'll be mostly up to speed when the Doctor Strange film hits.

(Note: When I first started writing this series, I had intended to go through every one of the films and TV series in order. I've since decided that that's just not going to happen . . . and I'll explain why later.)



* A group of us - all regular customers of Bases Loaded - attended Larry's funeral. Mike and I both wore comic book t-shirts under our suit jackets (his sported a Superman emblem while mine displayed the Silver Age Green Lantern symbol - yes, we were Kal and Hal). We made it to the funeral on time, but we managed to get lost on the way from the church to the burial itself . . . which is exactly what Larry would have expected from a couple of goofballs like 1999-me and Mike. I think Larry would have enjoyed the X-Men films.

Friday, August 7, 2015

MCU & Me: Issue #1 - Origin Story, Part One

I first started reading comics seriously in junior high school. There were a few comic books here and there throughout my early childhood - occasional Star Wars comics (I was a huge Star Wars fan growing up), an issue of Fantastic Four #274 (I obsessed over that comic, and with the Thing, Frankenstein's Monster, She-Hulk, and this weird black-skinned alien thing that kind of looked like Spider-Man, what wasn't there to obsess over?), an odd Supergirl comic preaching the importance of using a seat belt, and a reprint of a horror comic that I'd love to track down again some day.*

And, of course, there were superheroes on television. On the cartoon-front, I had "Super Friends" and "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends." I had a live-action version of "The Incredible Hulk" (I don't know if I remember the original show or the time Mister Rogers visited the set more!), and two live-action Spider-Mans (the show featuring Nicholas Hammond, and the vignettes on "The Electric Company").

But it wasn't until the mid-80s that I started reading comic books regularly. Before class, there was a group of fellow junior high school students in the lunchroom huddled around a stack of comic books, mostly Marvel titles. It didn't take long for me to discover what held the attention of these other kids. I was hooked as soon as someone put a copy of Uncanny X-Men in front of me. This would have been in late-1986, and I came to start reading Uncanny X-Men in the middle of and right after the Mutant Massacre event.

I started reading Uncanny X-Men regularly, as well as a number of other Marvel titles, like Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (issues #116 and #119 were particular favorites of mine, which may explain why I like Sabretooth as a villain so much). Somehow I ended up with issues #97-#100 of PPtSSM, probably through one of the two comic book stores in town. (Forgive me - I thought The Spot was cool.)

The Book Rack was a store my parents would take me to every few weeks, and I would always dig through the back issues. I'd also buy the newest issues of whatever I was reading at the time, and maybe even bring in something I was done reading to trade it in for credit so I could pick up something else. I briefly owned the Mary Jane-Peter Parker wedding issue that way.

When I started driving on my own, I also started going to Comic Quest, the other comic shop in town. I was endlessly amused that it was located on Logan Ave. Unfortunately, Comic Quest isn't there anymore, and it looks like there's still a Book Rack in Cheyenne, but I suspect it's not "the same" and may not even carry comics.

I was a strictly-Marvel comics reader back then, and typically stayed with the mutant books. I started to dive into Doctor Strange's books, as well, my interested in blending magic and the supernatural with superheroes really starting to blossom (no doubt that pump was primed by that Fantastic Four comic a few years before). During my junior year in high school, however, my creative writing teacher steered me toward giving the Avengers titles another look. It didn't take much to turn me into an Avengers fan from that point on. (Thanks, Mr. Roberts!)

I never REALLY believed the street was named after Wolverine, but I wanted to!
I was a comics reader who liked what he liked and that was that. I didn't try DC because I already decided Marvel was better, I didn't like Captain America because I decided Wolverine was better, and so on. My attitude changed in the mid-to-late-90s.

I had drifted away from comics for a little while (shortly after Image Comics burst onto the scene), but for some reason after my first year of film school, I decided to give comics another look. The first round of the Amalgam Comics caught my eye, and through that, I finally started sampling DC's output as well.

Green Lantern (my Green Lantern is Kyle Rayner) became my favorite DC title, and when Grant Morrison took on the JLA, I was hooked. I eventually drifted to being more of a DC guy than anything else, and while I kept track of what was happening in the Marvel books, I was more interested in following the adventures of the characters populating the DC books. (I even drifted away from the Avengers eventually as I wasn't really enjoying the creative team or creative choices any more. When Jack of Hearts - one of my favorite Marvel characters - was killed, then brought back to life, and then killed again, I was ready to let the House of Ideas go.)

I stuck with DC through Infinite Crisis and the following 52 event(s), but, again, I started drifting.

(It should be stated that I didn't just read the superhero books. Over the years, I bought comics from companies like Chaos!, Image, Valiant, Dark Horse, CrossGen, BOOM! Studios, etc.)

Why did I start to drift away from comic books? There are many reasons. Finances, lack of interest, changes in direction, etc. Even today, I read very few if any comic books outside of the occasional collected edition that I already own. I still keep track of what's happening at the big publishers, and if any of my favorite characters (for some reason, my favorite characters are usually the lower-tier or less popular guys and girls) make an appearance somewhere, I'll at least try to find out what's going on. (You hear that, Marvel/Disney? I'm ready for another Jack of Hearts appearance!)



* This horror comic told the story of two boys playing outside, tossing around a baseball. One of them (maybe because he was dared to by the other) threw the baseball through a window in the old creepy house at the end of the street. Neither boy went to retrieve the baseball because it was, as I said, an old, creepy house. Years later, the two boys are now grown men and have girlfriends/wives (I don't remember for sure). They're showing off their old neighborhood and see the old house again. They decide to finally approach the house (maybe to apologize for the baseball incident years ago?), but no one answers the door. The door is open, however, so they let themselves in and find a skeleton sitting at a table as if it was eating breakfast. It's covered in dust and cobwebs, and there's a crack in the back of its skull. A baseball is sitting next on the table as well, with pieces of broken window glass around it. If anyone has a lead on this comic or this story, please drop me a line at monsterkidradio@gmail.com.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Looking back on podcasting hopes and dreams

I've been thinking about podcasting a lot lately - not just producing Monster Kid Radio specifically, but my podcasting journey. I'm very, VERY happy with where I'm at now with my own podcast and the show I produce with Scott Morris and Casey Criswell.

In 2012 - before launching Monster Kid Radio - I listed what I called my "Podcast Fantasies," and I thought it would be interesting to look back at how some of these "podcast fantasies" turned out. Obviously, as with everyone else, my tastes change over the years, and some of my priorities and even interests have evolved.

- A Spaghetti Western podcast. For the past few years, I've been working with Dorado Films. I've learned a lot about parts of the film industry I would have never considered. It's inspiring and fascinating to me. And I'm not even talking about the kinds of movies in the Dorado Films catalog. As you're about to start hearing, Dorado Films is your home for European gold from the silver screen. Eurospy. Eurocrime. Thrillers. Giallo. Eurohorror. And Spaghetti Westerns. These genres are more than well represented in our catalog, and I'll be producing a monthly podcast covering our films. It's expected to launch later this summer.

- A Robert E. Howard podcast. A horror film music podcast. A post-apocalyptic movie podcast. An H. P. Lovecraft podcast. Some of these are topics I still care about, and one of them not so much. That said, even though I might care deeply about at least two of these topics, I don't have the time and energy I feel would be necessary to do the topics justice podcast-wise.

- A Universal Monsters podcast. A Creature from the Black Lagoon podcast. A podcast devoted to B-movies. This is definitely from where Monster Kid Radio was born. I was recently asked for an upcoming magazine interview why I decided to pour my podcasting energy into Monster Kid Radio, and I'm still working out all the details in my mind as to why. There were a few non-podcasting events in my life that I believe caused my film and entertainment interests to shift away toward my first film loves - the classics. And I know I'm the better for it. (And I miss producing The Creature Casts Among Us!)

- A writing podcast of some sort. I think I need to focus on my WRITING first before launching a writing PODCAST(!).

- An odd film history podcast.  I'm fascinated by the history of Hollywood. I think it's sprung out of my love of classic genre cinema, and I enjoy learning more about it . . . at my own pace and not meeting the deadlines of a podcast production schedule.

- A Peter Cushing podcast. I get quite a bit of this through 1951 Down Place and Monster Kid Radio.

- A John Agar podcast. Some of this gets rolled into Monster Kid Radio (and I really need to get with a particular filmmaker friend of mine to finally get around to scheduling our John Agar throwdown episode!). That said, I MIGHT have an Agar-specific project coming up in the next couple years.

- An audiodrama of some sort. See that over there on the right-hand side of the Monster Kid Radio Patreon page? One of the milestones is producing a monthly audiodrama. I've got two potential stories in pre-production right now, so once MKR hits that milestone, it's ON.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Monster Day!

March 9th is Monster Day. Why? Because filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm said so. His first movie, The Monster of Phantom Lake, was released on March 9th, 2006, and to honor this movie - and all monster movies - we declare today Monster Day.

Christopher R. Mihm has been cranking out quality retro-sci fi and monster movies every since the release of The Monster of Phantom Lake. I think he's more than earned the right to create this holiday!

In honor of Monster Day, and as the producer/host of classic monster movie podcast Monster Kid Radio, I present to you a list of my Top Ten Classic Movie Monsters.
  • The Destination Inner Space monster
  • The zombies of The Plague of the Zombies (Hammer)
  • Rodan (Toho)
  • The Fly
  • Armand Tesla (The Return of the Vampire)
  • The Mummy (post-Karloff Mummy series, Universal)
  • Godzilla (Godzilla series, Toho)
  • Dracula (Dracula series, Universal)
  • The Wolf Man (Wolf Man series, Universal)
  • Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein series, Universal)
  • The Gillman (Creature from the Black Lagoon series, Universal)
What are some of your favorite movie monsters?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What I Read in 2014 (offered with little comment)

In 2014, I read a total of 28 books (11 print books, 39%; 17 eBooks, 61%). I don't know what it says about me, if anything at all, that I read more books on my Kindle than those in a dead tree format.

Title Author
eBook?
Texas Hold 'Em (Chance Lee, Book Two) Patrick Kampman
Y
Lucha Gore: Scares from the Squared Circle Kevin G. Bufton (Editor)
Y
"So Far The Poet..." and Other Writings Tevis Clyde Smith with Robert E. Howard
N
Atomic Drive-In Mike Bogue
Y
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis Harrison Graves (Editor)
Y
Conan Grimoire, The L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers (Editors)
N
Challenge From Beyond 2014, The Cody Goodfellow, Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Molly Tanzer, Nick Mamatas, Peter Rawlick, Ross E. Lockhart, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Wilum H. Pugmire
N
Big Rock Beat: A Wacky Zany Romp Greg Kihn
N
Dark Rites of Cthulhu, The Brian M. Sammons (Editor)
N
Strange Eons Robert Bloch
N
Full Moon Curse G. M. Goodwin
Y
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration Gregory William Mank
N
Good Fight, The Scott Bachmann, Frank Byrns, Marion G. Harmon, Warren Hately, Drew Hayes, Ian Thomas Healy, Hydrargentium, Michael Ivan Lowell, T. Mike McCurley, Landon Porter, R. J. Ross, Cheyanne Young, Jim Zoetewey
Y
Sentinels: Worldmind Van Allen Plexico
Y
Sentinels: Stellarax Van Allen Plexico
Y
Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman Lynn Denton, Joe Vithayathil
Y
Great Mischief Josephine Pinckney
N
Big Ol' Scorpion Frank Schildiner
Y
This Mutant Life Ben Langdon, Rob Rogers, William Akin, Hayley Barry-Smith, Christopher Lockheardt, Adam Ford, Aaron French, Alexis Hunter
Y
Mammoth Monster Mayhem Edward Russell, Robert Freese, Nathan Marchand, Robert Cobbs, Bryan wolford, Louis Hoefer
Y
Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero Novel Chris Strange
Y
It Came From the Black Justin R. Macumber
Y
First Seas and Other Tales Frank Schildiner
Y
Creature Chronicles, The: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy Tom Weaver, David Schecter, Steve Kronenberg
N
Brutal Illusion, The Stephen Jared
Y
Arena of Souls: A Brock Stone Adventure David Wood
Y
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film* August Ragone
N
"Manos" The Locations of Fate Tony Trombo
N

* I'm still making my way through this Eiji Tsuburaya book. It was given to me as a Christmas gift, and it's AMAZING.

Monday, January 5, 2015

What I Watched in 2014 (offered with little comment)

In 2014, I watched a total of 242 movies. Instead of simply keeping tabs on my movie consumption last year, I also tracked how I saw the film and whether or not I'd seen the movie before. As before, I also included short films/relevant special features in my tally. In some cases, the numbers and percentages surprised me while in other cases, they did not.

Seen in a theater: 76 (31%)
Seen on video: 82 (34%)
Seen on video (projected outside): 0 (0%)
Seen on blu-ray: 33 (14%)
Seen streaming: 28 (12%)
Seen at a drive-in: 0 (0%)
Seen on TCM: 18 (7%)
Seen on  MeTV: 4 (2%)
Feature length: 153 (63%)
Short: 89 (37%)
First time? 199 (83%)
Repeat viewing? 43 (17%)

I was surprised that I'd only watched 4 movies on MeTV. All of those movies would have been hosted by Svengoolie, and I could have sworn I watched more Svengoolie in 2014. In fact, I thought I'd watched more horror hosted programming period, but I either failed to note the movie in my Google doc or I just watched the horror host segments without watching the movie itself. Either scenario is likely as I've been known to do both. (In fact, I just realized I didn't add the screening of the original Godzilla that Monster Kid Radio crashed at the Hollywood Theatre in May, so I'll make that correction. I also didn't record the hours of having the Kreepy Kastle up and running on my computer.)

I know I didn't go to the drive-in at all in 2014, and I'm a little disappointed in that. Some times, it was due to a scheduling conflict (the local drive-in showed the original Godzilla during the same weekend as the World Horror Convention, for example).

TitleYearFormatFeature/ShortDateFirst Time?
Skull, The 1965 Blu-ray Feature 1/2/2014 Y
Big Gundown, The 1966 Blu-ray Feature 1/3/2014 Y
La resa dei conti 1966 Blu-ray Feature 1/4/2014 Y
Sergio Sollima Remembers The Big Gundown 2005 Blu-ray Short 1/4/2014 Y
Sergio Donati Bonus Interview (The Big Gundown) 2005 Blu-ray Short 1/4/2014 Y
Fire Maidens of Outer Space 1956 Video Feature 1/7/2014 Y
Elysium 2013 Streaming Feature 1/8/2014 Y
Santo vs. la hija de Frankestein 1972 Video Feature 1/9/2014 Y
Estigma 1980 Video Feature 1/9/2014 Y
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff 1949 Video Feature 1/10/2014 Y
Gorgon, The 1964 Video Feature 1/11/2014 N
Santo vs. las lobas 1976 Video Feature 1/13/2014 Y
Turistas y bribones 1969 Video Feature 1/14/2014 Y
Sex Kittens Go to College 1960 Video Feature 1/15/2014 Y
Las momias de Guanajuato 1972 Theater Feature 1/16/2014 N
Los campeones justicieros 1971 Video Feature 1/21/2014 Y
Carrie 2013 Streaming Feature 1/24/2014 Y
Insidious 2010 Streaming Feature 1/25/2014 Y
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 Streaming Feature 1/25/2014 Y
Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 Streaming Feature 1/27/2014 Y
La venganza de la momia 1973 Video Feature 1/30/2014 Y
Banshee Chapter, The 2013 Streaming Feature 2/1/2014 Y
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story 2010 Streaming Feature 2/9/2014 Y
Emma, puertas oscuras 1974 Video Feature 2/13/2014 Y
Ghost of Frankenstein, The 1942 Video Feature 2/15/2014 N
Santo el Enmascarado de Plata vs 'La invasión de los marcianos' 1967 Theater Feature 2/21/2014 Y
Viva Lucha Libre 2012 Theater Short 2/21/2014 Y
And the Oscar Goes To . . . 2014 TCM Feature 2/22/2014 Y
Argoman, The Fantastic Superman 1967 Video Feature 2/22/2014 N
Lego Movie, The 2014 Theater Feature 2/22/2014 Y
Viaje al más allá 1980 Video Feature 2/27/2014 Y
La redada (Razzia) 1974 Video Feature 2/27/2014 Y
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys 2014 Video Feature 3/1/2014 Y
Atom Age Spider 2004 Video Short 3/4/2014 Y
Just Suppose 1948 TCM Short 3/11/2014 Y
Viva Knievel! 1977 Video Feature 3/13/2014 Y
Man from Planet X, The 1951 Video Feature 3/19/2014 Y
Santo el enmascarado de plata y Blue Demon contra los monstruos 1970 Theater Feature 3/20/2014 Y
Day of the Panther 1988 Video Feature 3/25/2014 Y
Gymkata 1985 Video Feature 3/27/2014 Y
Strike of the Panther 1988 Video Feature 3/30/2014 Y
Cosmic Man, The 1959 Video Feature 3/31/2014 Y
Curse of the Crimson Altar 1968 Video Feature 4/3/2014 N
Deadly Mantis, The 1957 Video Feature 4/4/2014 N
Infra-Man 1975 Video Feature 4/5/2014 Y
El asesino no está solo 1975 Video Feature 4/10/2014 Y
I Am Not Samuel Krohm 2013 Theater Short 4/11/2014 Y
Leviathan 2013 Theater Short 4/11/2014 Y
Phil Tippett's MADGOD: Part 1 2013 Theater Short 4/11/2014 Y
Void, The 2013 Theater Short 4/11/2014 Y
Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce, The 2012 Theater Short 4/12/2014 Y
Moonsong 2014 Theater Short 4/13/2014 Y
Miskatonic University 2013 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Arbor Day 2013 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Clay 2012 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Out There 2012 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Strega Unbound 2013 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Heebie-Jeebies, The 2013 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Invectum 2013 Theater Short 4/14/2014 Y
Evil of Frankenstein, The 1964 Blu-ray Feature 4/16/2014 N
Nido de viudas (Widows' Nest) 1977 Video Feature 4/17/2014 Y
Making of 'The Evil of Frankenstein', The 2013 Blu-ray Short 4/19/2014 Y
Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters, The 1994 Streaming Short 4/22/2014 Y
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 Blu-ray Feature 4/23/2014 Y
División Azul 2012 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Who's Hungry? 2009 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Entre Ange et Démon 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Gost 2012 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Hovedløst begær 2011 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Dead Dating 2012 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Hourglass Figure, The 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Serial Taxi 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Metal Creepers 2011 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
M is for Mocking Death - The Tutorial 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Zombiewood 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Dirdy Birdy, The 1994 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Air Conditions 2012 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Hell, NO! 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
How Olin Lost his Eye 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Little Quentin 2010 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Best Man 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Reaping for Dummies 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Jack Attack 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
4th Rule of Gremlins 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Don't Move 2013 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
All You Need 2009 Theater Short 4/26/2014 Y
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth 1992 Blu-ray Feature 4/28/2014 Y
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 Blu-ray Feature 4/30/2014 Y
Nazi Love Camp 27 1977 Video Feature 5/1/2014 Y
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 Blu-ray Feature 5/2/2014 Y
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow 1963 Video Feature 5/3/2014 Y
Godzilla (Hosted by Kyle Yount and August Ragone)1956 Theater Feature 5/3/2014 N
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 2012 Streaming Feature 5/4/2014 Y
Fat Man, The (Hosted by The Weirdness Really Bad Movie) 1951 Streaming Feature 5/5/2014 Y
Godzilla vs. Destroyah 1995 Blu-ray Feature 5/6/2014 Y
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 Blu-ray Feature 5/7/2014 Y
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S 2003 Blu-ray Feature 5/7/2014 Y
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 Blu-ray Feature 5/7/2014 Y
El Matador 2013 Video Short 5/10/2014 Y
I Am Monster 2013 Video Short 5/10/2014 Y
Survivor Type 2012 Video Short 5/10/2014 Y
Don't Get Angry 1953 TCM Short 5/11/2014 Y
Delicious Dishes 1950 TCM Short 5/11/2014 N
Late Night Double Feature, The 2014 Video Feature 5/15/2014 Y
Horror of Party Beach, The 1964 Video Feature 5/16/2014 Y
Godzilla 2014 Theater Feature 5/17/2014 Y
Burlesque Assassins 2012 Video Feature 5/20/2014 Y
Iron Man 2008 Blu-ray Feature 5/20/2014 Y
Giant Gila Monster, The 1959 Video Feature 5/20/2014 Y
Gila! 2012 Streaming Feature 5/22/2014 Y
A Gun for a Cop 1981 Video Feature 5/22/2014 Y
You'll Find Out 1970 Video Feature 5/23/2014 Y
Sinister 2012 Streaming Feature 5/24/2014 Y
Rock-afire Explosion, The 2008 Streaming Feature 5/25/2014 Y
Octaman 1971 Video Feature 5/29/2014 Y
Valley of Mystery 1967 Video Feature 5/30/2014 Y
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man 1951 Video Feature 5/30/2014 Y
Raymie 1960 Video Feature 6/3/2014 Y
Sword of Sherwood Forest 1960 Video Feature 6/7/2014 Y
Psychic Killer 1975 Video Feature 6/16/2014 Y
Horizons West 1952 Video Feature 6/16/2014 Y
Invisible Woman, The 1940 Video Feature 6/18/2014 Y
Return of the Creature, The 1955 Video Short 6/21/2014 Y
Son of Ghostman 2013 Video Feature 6/21/2014 Y
Space Master X-7 1958 Video Feature 6/27/2014 Y
Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D) 1954 Theater Feature 6/28/2014 N
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953 Video Feature 7/3/2014 Y
Her 2013 Blu-ray Feature 7/4/2014 Y
Battered Bastards of Baseball, The 2014 Streaming Feature 7/11/2014 Y
I'll Follow You Down 2013 Streaming Feature 7/12/2014 Y
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 Blu-ray Feature 7/16/2014 Y
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996 Blu-ray Feature 7/18/2014 Y
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris 1999 Blu-ray Feature 7/19/2014 Y
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Hosted by Svengoolie) 1954 MeTV Feature 7/20/2014 N
House of Wax 1953 Video Feature 7/24/2014 N
Four Sided Triangle 1953 Blu-ray Feature 7/25/2014 Y
Forbidden Planet 1953 Blu-ray Feature 7/31/2014 Y
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde 1976 Video Feature 8/1/2014 Y
Sacrament, The 2013 Streaming Feature 8/2/2014 Y
Philomena 2013 Streaming Feature 8/11/2014 Y
Nightmare 1964 Video Feature 8/16/2014 Y
Destination Inner Space 1966 Streaming Feature 8/23/2014 Y
Sweet, Sweet Rachel 1971 Streaming Feature 8/28/2014 Y
Goonies, The 1985 Video Feature 8/30/2014 N
Rebirth of Mothra 1996 Blu-ray Feature 9/2/2014 Y
About Time 2013 Blu-ray Feature 9/4/2014 Y
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The 1920 Streaming Feature 9/5/2014 Y
Hundred-Foot Journey, The 2014 Theater Feature 9/6/2014 Y
Leave It to Roll-Oh 1940 Streaming Short 9/9/2014 Y
Bowery at Midnight 1942 Video Feature 9/17/2014 Y
Language of Shadows, The 2007 Blu-ray Short 9/19/2014 Y
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 Streaming Feature 9/20/2014 N
Cinema Purgatoria 2014 Theater Feature 9/26/2014 Y
Monster Gorilla 2014 Video Short 9/29/2014 Y
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 Theater Feature 10/1/2014 N
Ghosts on the Loose 1943 Video Feature 10/2/2014 Y
Wolf Man, The 1941 Theater Feature 10/3/2014 N
Dracula's Daughter 1936 Theater Feature 10/4/2014 N
To Oblivion 1991 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
From Beyond 1997 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Old Man and the Goblin, The 1998 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Shadowdog 2004 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Love Craft, The 2004 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
From Beyond 2006 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Eel Girl 2007 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Crimson Robe, The 2007 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Festival, The 2008 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Dirt Dauber 2009 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Elder Sign 2009 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Necronomicon, The 2009 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Black Goat 2011 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Doctor Glamour 2011 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Static Aeons 2011 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Raven, The 2011 Theater Short 10/4/2014 N
Celebrant, The 2012 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Narrative of Victor Karloch, The 2012 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
August Heat 2014 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Fat Rabbit 2014 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Copy-Writer, The 2014 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Vomica 2014 Theater Short 10/4/2014 Y
Wonderful World of Tupperware, The 1959 TCM Short 10/5/2014 Y
Frankenstein's Daughter 1958 Theater Feature 10/8/2014 Y
Revenge of the Creature (Hosted by Svengoolie) 1955 MeTV Feature 10/11/2014 N
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics 1911 TCM Short 10/11/2014 Y
How a Mosquito Operates 1912 TCM Short 10/11/2014 Y
Gertie the Dinosaur 1914 TCM Short 10/11/2014 N
The Sinking of the Lusitania 1918 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Bug Vaudeville 1921 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet 1921 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House 1921 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Centaurs, The 1921 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Gertie on Tour 1921 TCM Short 10/12/2014 Y
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 Video Feature 10/12/2014 N
Zombies on Broadway 1945 Video Feature 10/15/2014 Y
Curse of the Werewolf, The 1961 Video Feature 10/18/2014 N
Making of The Curse of the Werewolf, The 2012 Video Short 10/18/2014 Y
Genius at Work 1946 Video Feature 10/20/2014 Y
One Body Too Many 1944 Video Feature 10/21/2014 Y
Brain That Wouldn't Die, The 1962 Video Feature 10/22/2014 Y
Mark of the Vampire 1935 Video Feature 10/24/2014 N
Neon Maniacs 1986 Blu-ray Feature 10/26/2014 N
Return of the Vampire, The 1944 Video Feature 10/27/2014 N
Twins of Evil 1974 Theater Feature 10/28/2014 N
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1969 Theater Feature 10/28/2014 N
Brain Eaters, The 1958 Streaming Feature 10/30/2014 Y
Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell 1968 Video Feature 10/31/2014 Y
Blood of the Vampire 1958 Video Feature 10/31/2014 Y
Carnival of Souls 1962 TCM Feature 10/31/2014 Y
House of Wax 1953 Theater Feature 10/31/2014 N
Stonehearst Asylum 2014 Streaming Feature 10/31/2014 Y
Rattlers (Hosted by Midnite Mausoleum) 1976 Video Feature 11/1/2014 Y
Audioscopiks 1935 TCM Short 11/1/2014 Y
Night of the Lepus 1972 TCM Feature 11/2/2014 Y
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks 1974 Theater Feature 11/5/2014 Y
House of Frankenstein 1944 Video Feature 11/6/2014 N
House of Dracula 1945 Video Feature 11/7/2014 N
Nightbreed (Director's Cut) 1990 Blu-ray Feature 11/8/2014 Y
Oculus 2013 Streaming Feature 11/8/2014 Y
Curse of the Undead (Hosted by Svengoolie) 1959 MeTV Feature 11/12/2014 Y
Brain of Blood 1971 Video Feature 11/13/2014 Y
Targets 1968 Video Feature 11/18/2014 Y
Green Girl, The 2014 Video Feature 11/19/2014 Y
House on Haunted Hill 1959 Theater Feature 11/19/2014 Y
Hope Diamond Mystery, The (Serial) 1921 Video Feature 11/20/2014 Y
Killer Shrews, The 1959 Video Feature 11/21/2014 Y
Creating Curse of the Crimson Altar 2014 Blu-ray Short 11/23/2014 Y
Tammy 2014 Streaming Feature 11/27/2014 Y
Sins of Dracula 2014 Video Feature 11/27/2014 Y
Uncle Forry's AckerMansions 2014 Video Feature 12/1/2014 Y
Sette monache a Kansas City 1973 Video Feature 12/2/2014 Y
Monolith Monsters, The 1957 Video Feature 12/5/2014 Y
Doc, manos de plata 1965 Video Feature 12/9/2014 Y
Santa Claus 1959 Blu-ray Feature 12/12/2014 Y
Phantom of the Opera, The 1962 Blu-ray Feature 12/13/2014 N
Making of The Phantom of the Opera, The 2014 Blu-ray Short 12/13/2014 Y
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 TCM Feature 12/14/2014 Y
Making of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie, The 1996 Blu-ray Short 12/17/2014 Y
Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey 2013 Blu-ray Short 12/17/2014 Y
Screaming Skull, The 1958 DVD Feature 12/20/2014 Y
Thing That Couldn't Die, The (Hosted by Svengoolie) 1958 MeTV Feature 12/24/2014 Y
Babbadook, The 2014 Streaming Feature 12/27/2014 Y
Assignment Terror 1970 Streaming Feature 12/29/2014 Y

(I think for 2015, I'll add a horror host field to my final count.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Still here, still writing, still podcasting

Those who follow me on Facebook know I've had a lot going on in my personal life - the passing of my grandmother, flying back and forth to Arizona to help my mother, my grandparents' house catching fire earlier this week, etc. There have been some amazingly bright spots, as well - the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon, etc.

Through all of this, Plan D has suffered, but I have something brewing I think people (at least a few, and they know who they are) are going to dig.

I'm going to finally get around to watching the movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I'll be documenting that journey here. I have the first film - Iron Man - sitting at home courtesy of Netflix, and I'll be diving into that soon. Why did it take me so long to get around to watching these movies? I'll address that, too. (I also reserve the right to pull the plug on this if I just can't get into the movies. I'm going to try, but . . . )

Monster Kid Radio is going strong (and nominated for a Rondo Award!). 1951 Down Place is going strong (and nominated for a Parsec Award!). And writing-wise? Lots of things in the pipeline . . .