I Dislike Being Touched: The Mummy (Monster Memories)

The Mummy from 1932 is a classic. A flawed classic for sure, but a classic nonetheless. There are parts of this film that are truly brilliant and there are parts that are…well…not. To be honest this is one film that I have had mixed feeling for. I want to love it. I do. But then [...]

I Mistrust My Own Judgement: Dracula (Monster Memories)

Tod Browning’s 1931 adaptation of Dracula is the granddaddy of them all, the film the launched the Classic Monster films of Universal. The Universal cinematic universe if you will. I try not to judge these old films by modern standards or how a film has come to be perceived over the decades. I attempt, [...]

Blade Runner: 99 Science Fiction Films You Must See

Welcome to the second of the 99 Science Fiction Films You Must See. This week the dark, alternate future that has you question what and who is really human, Blade Runner. The first thing you need to figure out when talking about Blade Runner is just what film it is that you are watching. As [...]

Fruit Flavored Terror: Monster Memories

As a kid I loved monsters. Not the ones that hid under the bed or lived in the closet obviously - those were terrifying and nightmare inducing if one actually managed to get to sleep - no, the ones I loved were the safe ones. Your Draculas and your Frankensteins* and your Wolf-Mans (Wolf-Men?), [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Death Wish

I suppose I should start this discussion with a confession: I think Q is the worst recurring character on Star Trek. I know there will be many in the Trek fandom that disagree with that opinion – some vehemently so. Q has become a fan favorite for many and John de Lancie’s hammy/camp performance [...]

Creature Double Feature: My Saturday Monster Time

Growing up my Saturday afternoons would be spent with creatures, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, murderers and mad scientists. Beginning around one o'clock I would settle down in front of our 17" Sony Trinatron (complete with simulated wood grain plastic sides) with a soda (typically Frank's grape or ginger ale) and a bowl of buttered macaroni noodles (couldn't [...]

All Hallows’ Eve Month is Here! A Month of Classic Horror

October has arrived - the most wonderful time of the year. There is a nip in the air, the leaves are changing and the smell of pumpkin pie surrounds us. It’s time to wear flannel as you walk a corn maze then curl up by a fire as the sun goes down early. A time [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Dreadnaught

I find it interesting that the B'Elanna-centric episodes thus-far in the series have tended to have actress Roxanne Dawson act against either herself or an emotionless blank slate. I suppose one could argue that every time she has to interact with Harry Kim she has to deal with an emotionless blank slate - but seriously [...]

Jovey McJupiterface (or Ego the Living Planet is Real): NASA Image of the Day

Fist let's get this out of the way and mention that scientist Jason Major titled this image “Jovey McJupiterface” because scientists are awesome in so, so many ways. The second thing we need to address is the fact that Ego the Living Planet is real! As everyone knows Ego the Living planet is...well...a living planet. And [...]