October Fast Cuts: The Final Slash

Another Halloween season has come and gone and, despite everyone wearing masks, it was not as festive as we would have liked.  I hope you all still managed to sneak in a little ghoulish fun…at a safe social distance of course.  For me, while I missed being able to attend the horror conventions and film... Continue Reading →

October Fast Cuts: The Middle Slice

Welcome to the second part of my October horror movie extravaganza (part one can be found here).  I, along with nearly every other horror fan in the world, have decided to ring in the Halloween season by watching a horror movie every night this month.  Unlike about 20% of those other fans, I have a... Continue Reading →

October Fast Cuts: The Initial Hack

We horror aficionados have always claimed October as our own.  Unfortunately, the state of the world has put a definite damper on all horror and Halloween related festivities.  But, if we cannot go out to haunt the land, we can use the opportunity to shutter ourselves away in a dank dungeon and watch as much... Continue Reading →

Christopher Lee, Legends Never Die

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in June of 2015 on the site GeekPr0n.com.  Gone but not forgotten.) Today marks what would have been Christopher Lee’s ninety-eighth birthday.  It’s been almost five years since his passing and it is still hard to accept.  Christopher Lee gave us numerous reasons to assume he... Continue Reading →

When It Flies…Someone Dies!

Horror is a very broad genre.  Horror by definition elicits fear and shock or, at the very least, attempts to elicit those emotions.  Beyond that basic criterion, there is plenty of room for interpretation.  Monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural elements are certainly ingrained in our idea of horror entertainment but they are not necessary components. ... Continue Reading →

We’ll Tear Your Soul Apart

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in March of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is thicker than water.) I’m a little ashamed to say that prior to 2013, I had not seen Hellraiser.  When it came out back in 1987, I was certainly aware of it.  I can remember the hype about... Continue Reading →

It’s a Major Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Maniacs and Monsters has been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thanks so much to our fellow blogger Gill over at Realweegiemidget Reviews for the nomination.  We are honoured to be included in such a prestigious list of nominees.  Please check out Realweegiemidget Reviews for a wide variety of... Continue Reading →

Burn for Your Sins

The mid-eighties saw the appearance of the consumer camcorder and with it a whole new generation of amateur movie makers.  Andrew, my Maniacs and Monsters co-host, and I spent many a weekend, late night, and summer break creating cinematic masterpieces with our friends.  Most commonly, the artistic process involved the realization that we had a... Continue Reading →

Safe and Secure from All Alarms

My dear, dear friends.  My brethren.  I am here to denounce my transgressions before ye.  I have sinned the sin of misdirection.  For while the movie on which I am about to speak  boasts a villain most heinous, and while it is true that numerous characters suffer both physical and psychological terrors, yet this work... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Last Man

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in October of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is people!) I suspect most horror and science fiction enthusiasts are fans of the late writer Richard Matheson (1926 – 2013), although many may not realize it.  As author and/or screenwriter, Matheson was responsible for many genre favourites... Continue Reading →

Call Evil by Its Proper Name

I have always been fascinated with the concept that faith and belief are the precursor to deities rather than, as is usually assumed, the other way around.  The theory is that faith is what brings the gods into existence and what gives them power in a literal sense.  Humanity looks to the gods for guidance... Continue Reading →

Do You Wanna Paaaar-tay!

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in July of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  All hail the Cheese-Magnet!) In 1968, Night of the Living Dead had a profound impact on the cinematic world.  Not only was it the catalyst behind the splatter and slasher subgenres of horror filmmaking, it lead to an expansion... Continue Reading →

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