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Penny Dreadful S02 E04: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places

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What is to become of our dear Miss Ives? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Vanessa told Ethan the reason she draws the scorpion symbol in blood and about her meeting, Joan, the witch of the moors. Is Vanessa doomed to be the object of an eternal satanic quest? Maybe Lyle can find the answers in the Verbis Diablo.  Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E03: The Nightcomers

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Vanessa Ives needs help and on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” the battle began in earnest with the devious Madame Kali. What does Vanessa draw on the floor of her chambers? How does this protect her? On this episode, my little pennies, we meet an ally, but is she strong enough to help our dear Miss Ives? Follow me to the door of the Cut Wife to learn the answer. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E02: Verbis Diablo

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What frightens you the most, my little pennies? Is it the monster dressed in sheep’s clothing? The one you are unable to banish? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Madame Kali used the devil’s language to hound our dear, poor Miss Ives. She is a witch in the service of Satan.  Caliban meets his bride. Will it be love or fright at first sight? Grab your relics and follow me down that dark and shadowed cobbled path to the British Museum. Read the rest of this entry

Leo Craven On… Vampires

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

When someone mentions the word ‘vampire’ today, too often a person’s mind can flood with images of sparkly-skinned teenagers, nauseating love triangles and eternally conflicted losers who got bitten and blah, blah, blah…this saddens me.  Not in an “I’m going to reflect on my feelings and become moody and depressed like a Twi-Hard” sad; more like a sympathetic kind of sad for the person who’s had their mind corrupted by the likes of Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice and L.J. Smith (“Vampire Diaries”).

Vampires aren’t supposed to be melodramatic; they’re supposed to be ‘bat sh*t crazy’ (pun intended)!  Their ancestry includes Lilith, a Babylonian demon who devoured young babies and is often referred to as the ‘original vampire'; the lamiae, monsters who seduced the young men of ancient Greece and fed on their blood; and Vlad the Impaler, a 15th Century Romanian prince who had a reputation for torturing, impaling and devouring his victims.

I’ve already mentioned the guilty parties who have played their part in ruining the vampire image; let’s now reflect on the movies that got it ‘right’ when it comes to the blood-sucking kind…

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Penny Dreadful S02 E01: Fresh Hell

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When last we walked the dark and dangerous cobbled streets of London in season one, Miss Ives had survived the dark voyager that attempted to possess her. The devil has failed, thanks to the gentlemen who risked their lives to protect Miss Ives. But, evil never rests and a new enemy threatens to seek her ruin. “Penny Dreadful” has returned for a second season and with its return, our nightmares renew. Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert On… Rick Grimes

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

The Walking Dead,” which is AMC’s hit series and one of the best apocalyptic shows on television, is more than a drama about zombies. It’s about the survivors, but more importantly, it’s about the man who leads them. Who is Rick Grimes? To learn why I picked him for my ‘On…’ column, meet me after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Loretta Sisco On… Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

The 80’s were a great decade for horror, especially my favorite subgenre, the slashers. Many one hit wonders were released, but a few franchises were born. Friday the 13th brought us Pamela Voorhees, followed by her son, the hockey-masked killing machine, Jason Voorhees. Jason may not be portrayed by fan favorite Kane Hodder in the film I most enjoy, but it does include a fine mix of horror, humor, hard rock, and a hot car, not to mention my favorite kill in the series.
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The Walking Dead S05 E16: Conquer

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On last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” we witnessed Rick’s melt down. Hell! Rick is worried that the walls won’t hold and the people won’t fight. Unfortunately, what worked on the outside might not work in Alexandria’s version of the Emerald City. Rick has strayed from the yellow brick road and his fate lies in Deanna’s hands. Is she Glenda or the Wicked Witch? The only thing we know for sure is that the flying monkeys are gathering outside that wall. Read the rest of this entry

The Void: A call to arms…and maybe a leg

The following is an open letter to horror fans everywhere:

Hi there. How ya doin’? Surviving? Got your taxes done? Good.

Boy, sure are an awful lot of projects asking for your support via crowdfuding, aren’t there?

Kickstarter. Indiegogo. Crowdfunder. It can be a challenge finding the ones to donate your money to.
Well, I’m about to point you in the direction of one that is more than worthy of your attention.

Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, two-fifths of the Astron-6 collective, are collaborating on the upcoming horror flick, THE VOID. It’s not a sequel, remake or reboot, but an original horror flick. And they’re reaching out for help in funding the extensive practical FX budget.

You heard me. Practical.
Rubber. Latex. Slime.
Just like Dad used to make (and if that’s true, congrats on having a way-cool dad).

We’ve heard it (and probably said it ourselves) in our little circle.
” I wish they still made monster movies with practical FX. I’m so sick of CGI. Etc, etc.”

To save time (and valuable wordspace) , I’m just going to leave this here for your perusal.

I know, right? Kinda takes the wrinkle outta your shorts, donnit?

You want a return to the glory days of THE THING, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE FLY?
You want more “body” in your “body horror”?
Well, here it is. And you can help make it happen.

As I type this, THE VOID has 10 days left in the campaign. And they’re close. So close, you can practically smell the latex from here. Take a look at a handful of the perks available for the taking.

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Can’t afford the bigger donations? Got a penchant for doodles and prose?

May I present The Book Of The Void.

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THE BOOK OF THE VOID is a project to more tangibly involve all of our patrons with the world of the film. Pledge at any perk level (including a new bare-bones $10 entry-level donation) and you’ll receive a blank template upon which you’ll be encouraged to fill up with creepy sketches and disturbing prose. Send the page back to us and we’ll include the page in an on-screen film-prop diary belonging to a member of the mysterious cult that figures in THE VOID”.

You’re probably asking yourself right now, ” Ron, why the hard-sell?”

Because I am a firm believer in the art of cheerleading. I believe (when it comes to art) that it’s more important to support the things you like than to rant about the things you hate. I also believe it’s even more important to support the things you want.

Original horror. Practical FX.
You KNOW you want this. I know I do.

Scrounge up your pocket change, forego that “half-latte, non-caff frappucino” for a couple of days (but don’t skip out on the bills – that’s not doing anybody any good).

Have I stoked the flames of philanthropy yet? If so, head on over HERE and give what you can.

Thanks for your time and consideration, Horror Nation. Together, we can make a better (and slimier) world for future generations.

Sincerely,
Ron McKenzie
Writer and monster junkie

The Walking Dead S05 E15: Try

 

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Last week’s episode directed by Jennifer Lynch had Facebook and Twitter ablaze with talk about Noah’s (Tyler James Williams) death. It was gruesome for sure, but what did we expect? Ms. Lynch skillfully reminded us that walkers are nasty and humans are dangerous. Is Pete abusing his family? Will Gabe, the Rat, spew more lies? Will Deanna show her true colors when Aiden doesn’t return home? I think I need some of Carol’s cookies. Don’t you? Read the rest of this entry

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