Offers You Cannot Resist

The trope of the mysterious and possibly supernatural curio shoppe is long-standing, going back to the writings of H. G. Wells.  These shops will always have what you are looking for, regardless of whether or not you know you are looking for it.  Almost everything can be had for a bargain, but nothing is without... Continue Reading →

Pitcher Gets The Hook: Night Game

With the start of Major League Baseball this week, I thought it would be another opportunity to delve into the very obscure genre of baseball-horror. A few years back I reviewed the crazy, Japanese gorefest, Deadball. This time, I’m tackling (apologies for mixing sports metaphors) the little known 1989 “thriller”, Night Game starring Roy Scheider.... Continue Reading →

A Fine Kettle of Fishmen

We at Maniacs and Monsters will always rise to defend the oft-maligned B movie.  No matter how you interpret the designation, there is no shame inherent in B movies, and we hope to combat the stigma connected to the label.  Given the association with low budgets, independence, and minimal recognition, perhaps B movies are a... Continue Reading →

Brain Teaser

Brains.  Most of us have one.  But who among us has ever stopped to consider whether our brains are friends or foes?  We don’t question the loyalty of our brains, which is a sign they are hiding the answer from us.  Brains issue decrees with divine authority that we are powerless to deny.  Your brain... Continue Reading →

Blood & Honey? Pooh-lease!

95 years. That’s how much time must elapse before a published story or film becomes public domain, allowing it to be shared, adapted or corrupted by anyone who chooses to do so. On January 1st, 2022, the beloved childhood character, Winnie The Pooh, celebrated his 95th birthday, opening the door for one of the most... Continue Reading →

The Witchy Women of Devonsville

Released in 1983, The Devonsville Terror tells the tale of three women murdered 300 years ago after they were suspected of being witches. The film was directed by Uli Lommel, best known for the early 80s slashic The Boogeyman, and was originally intended as a theatrical release but ended up going straight to video. After... Continue Reading →

We Make No Apologies to the Dead

Man is a morbid and macabre creature.  An awareness of our own mortality has quite naturally developed into a fear of, and a fascination with, death and the final resting of our remains.  Thus, it is of little surprise that the work of the body snatcher or resurrectionist, as those in the profession prefer to... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein: Unbound and Down

Having seen many film versions of the the classic Frankenstein story over the years, I can safely say that Roger Corman’s 1990 interpretation, Frankenstein Unbound, is the most…ummm…unique. A science fiction film as much as horror, the story begins in the far distant year of 2031, where a scientist named Buchanan (played by John Hurt)... Continue Reading →

If Thy Eye Offends Thee

In a long and varied career, there may not be a film style that Roger Corman has left untouched.  His is a legacy that defies classification but, if you were to try, Corman is probably most closely associated with his Gothic horrors and low-budget B-movie fare from the 50s and 60s.  The Gothic horrors were... Continue Reading →

Who’s Your Zombie Daddy?

There is an old Hollywood adage attributed to W. C. Fields (although probably not originating from him) that states, “Never work with children or animals.”  When at their best, children and animals command the spotlight and steal scenes from the rest of the cast.  When at their worst, they are unpredictable creatures that don’t behave... Continue Reading →

Amityville Horrible

Film franchises are a staple of the horror genre. Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street are just a few modern examples, producing a myriad of sequels attempting to emulate the success of the original film. But if you measure the success of a franchise based on quantity over quality (please don’t do... Continue Reading →

Antlers: Taking Horror by the Horns

At first glance, Antlers (2021) may appear to be just another standard monster movie but scratch below the surface and you'll find a dark complexity that is rare in modern horror.  Set in a small, impoverished town in Oregon (but filmed in British Columbia, Canada), the film begins with a man and his young son being... Continue Reading →

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