What do Reptilicus and the Gargantuas have in common?

Posted in Bad Films I Love, Cult Movies, Kaiju, Miscellania with tags , on November 16, 2015 by monsterminions


Back in the heady days of the 1970’s, I largely existed on an UHF-fed stream of horror, fantasy and sci-fi films emanating from Chicagoland television transmitters.  My favorite genre has always been giant monsters and on one particular evening I was faced with every monster movie kid’s dilemma: two cinematic jaugernauts were being broadcast at the same time.  This was a time anticipating the wide-spread occurrence of video and videotape capabilities. There was no taping. There was no Tivo. There were no VHS or Beta tapes. No laserdiscs, DVD or Blurays. We circled what films were obvious gems in the TV guide and waited patiently and hoped none of the films overlapped.

On this day Reptilicus was playing on one station and a ridiculously dubbed print of War of the Gargantuas (which I had never seen) on another.  Oh no!!! What will I do? All I could do was flip back and forth between channels.  As I sat there watching dual films unfold my mom made a comment that is forever branded into my memory.

She said this:

“Oh, how odd… What are the chances of us watching two movies at the same time on different channels, yet both featuring monsters capable of regenerating their limbs?”

I was floored. Regeneration -the mind boggles.

Later, as I grew more sophisticated I learned of more regenerative monsters, such as The Blob, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Green Slime, and others. I even learned that if you carefully slice a member of the Planariidae between the eyes, you’ll end up with a two-headed flatworm.

Those were good times.  Now we don’t have to flip channels back and forth, but some of the magic has gone wayside.  I miss those days.


The latent regenerative power of Reptilicus!

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Reptilicus Program


RIP Gunnar Hansen

Posted in RIP with tags , on November 8, 2015 by monsterminions

The original (and best) Leatherface has died. RIP Gunnar.


Thoughts on Manos HD/Bluray

Posted in Bad Films I Love, Cult Movies with tags , on October 14, 2015 by monsterminions

Oh man. What was I thinking?  For some inexplicable reason I assumed that a remastered Bluray version of MANOS would magically convert it into a remotely watchable and entertaining film.  I was so wrong. This film cannot be saved.  If anything the cleanup and “HD” transfer reveals even more grain, more moths, more clapper boards, more ineptitude…. MTHOF sucks and I’m out $14.99 and I ALMOST forked out $25 for this piece of shit at the Synapse table at Cinema Wasteland.

Storm Troopers

Posted in Miscellania, Sci-Fi with tags on October 6, 2015 by monsterminions


Galactic Times

Posted in Sci-Fi with tags , on October 6, 2015 by monsterminions

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away….


S7 Alien Glowie

Posted in Collectibles with tags on September 1, 2015 by monsterminions


RIP Wes Craven

Posted in RIP with tags on August 30, 2015 by monsterminions

This is a bummer. One of the modern architects of the horror genre has passed. He leaves a substantial and influential legacy of remarkable films. RIP Wes Craven…. 



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