Archive for December, 2011

Our Favorite Genre Films of 2011!

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As 2011 winds its way down, we can all agree that this certainly wasn’t a stellar year for horror. This should not suggest, however, that it didn’t have a few note worthy genre entries on the whole. As everyone seems intent on doing a “Year of Review” we thought we might add our own picks for our favorite horror/sci-fi films of 2011.

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The Wacky Return of Morgus the Magnificent!

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I have been a fan of Morgus the Magnificent since I saw him syndicated on WPIX out of New York in the mid to late 80’s. To date he has always been a favorite horror host of mine and his weekly experiments were always a lot of fun. Long after his show went off the air I found a website dedicated to Morgus and members of the Higher Order. The site? MORGUS PRESENTS! ONLINE!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE DAVES!

To those who celebrate the Christmas Holiday, we hope you all…

1Spend the day with family, or an old friend…

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10 Things you never knew about “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!”

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With the Christmas holiday less than a week away, we Daves thought it was time to highlight one of the season’s guiltiest film pleasures. This Friday, our weekly Horror Host report will, no doubt,  feature a few hosts airing it as well. I am referring, of course, to SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS. Just as the name implies, it is an absurd, camp extravaganza featuring some of the most hilariously bad scenes in film history along with a theme song (“Hooray for Santy Claus”) that will have you wanting to club yourself with a Yule Log!

Here are some fun facts surrounding this unlikely classic….

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CHRISTMAS HORROR FILMS: Redux!

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Last year we posted this but, since our readership has grown considerably since that time, we’d thought we’d give it another posting! If anyone out there knows of any other Killer Christmas movies, we encourage you to let us know in the comments! Maybe next year’s Holiday will bring a NEW batch of films we can fill your TERROR DAVES stocking with!

It’s that time of year again…the weather is cold and people are dreading maxing out their credit cards while purchasing gifts they can ill afford. Though commercialism seems to have destroyed the Christmas spirit in many people, certain traditions still hold true. Like, for example, Christmas music played by local radio stations the week after Halloween, the customary office holiday party, and the myriad of television specials hitting the airwaves. Fortunately, amid the forgetable new ones, you can still find such timeless staples as Rankin Bass’ RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS and SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN.

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DREAM REAPERS HAUNTED HOUSE: Nightmares before X-Mas~!

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Ranked as one of the Top 13 Haunted attractions in the United States, The Dream Reaper’s Haunted House has been entertaining Midwest horror nearly a decade. Unfortunately this past Halloween (on the 30th of October) someone broke into their main office and stole the contents of their safe. This would include their final deposit which included funds for next year. Rather than hang their heads low and fold, they decided to use the Holiday Season as an opportunity to safe the day! Below is an account from The Count & Countess Gregula (and in case you miss their not so subtle links on the photo collages they submitted can visit their site HERE) are going to give us their description of last weekend’s festivities. Don’t fret if you missed out, you can catch it again this weekend too! Dave Fuentes~

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Redneck Redemption: “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil!”

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In these politically correct times, stereotypes regarding an individuals race, gender, and sexual orientation are no longer permissible in open, everyday conversation nor our general media. This trend began in the 1990’s and is now regarded as social Canon. Some argue that it has been taken a bit too far but, regardless, I’m sure most of us can agree that people should be treated respectfully and not have to deal with prejudices regarding who they are – so long as they aren’t committing crimes nor harming others.

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Scary Monsters’ “Scary Terry” Tells All!

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Not long ago, we featured a 20th Anniversary piece on our beloved SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE. This was designed as a Tribute to both the magazine as well as its unassuming publisher, Dennis Druktenis. We are pleased to follow that up with an interview featuring another icon of SCARY MONSTERS – its incomparable main cover artist, “Scary” Terry Beatty!

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ALIEN INVASION FILMS OF THE 50′s: “The Thing from Another World!”

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Welcome to volume 4 of my series on the very best of the alien invasion films of the 50’s. This entry is for one of the all-time best films of this type…THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD), from 1951.

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Follow up to Wolfman Mac Post…

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A couple of days ago I apparently set off a firestorm regarding the current state of Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-in. While I can see the first portion of my post appearing a bit dismal, my intention was to be positive and motivate my favorite werewolf, not to cause him stress. Unfortunately, some readers were under the impression that I was lamenting the end of his show.

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It’s a Bird!…It’s a Plane!…It’s Sventa Claus!

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National Horror Host, Svengoolie, made his annual holiday appearance at the “Comic Collector” in North Riverside, Illinois this past Friday and marked the occasion with an ALL-NEW Sventa Claus suit! The Comic Collector has been a popular location for many Chicagoans to get their comic book fix for over a quarter of a century and its owners, Rich and Regina Lukes, have been Svengoolie fans for just as long!

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Dog-gone but never forgotten: Whatever Happened to Wolfman Mac?

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Exactly one year ago, Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-in appeared to be on the fast track to stardom. I’d just attended his studio Open House (Part 1 of 3 covered HERE) that previous September and watched the former DJ- turned-horror host surrounded by his adoring fans – an impressive legion (or pack, if you will) that had grown steadily in the few short years since his character’s inception. It was a night I’d never forget. As we gathered near, Mac grabbed a loud speaker and proudly announced that 2011 would see his show go “international” as the crowd went wild. One didn’t feel the need to consult with Madame Nina’ in forecasting the success of Wolfman Mac.

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