Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Leggedy Beasties II: Serial Killer Chic

May 13, 2012 1 Comment

I recently saw, for the first time, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based partially on the life of real world serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Directed by Jon McNaughton, the film portrays Henry as an itinerant ex-con, rooming with an old prison buddy named Otis and his sister Becky.  We know from […]

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Anno Dracula + The Bloody Red Baron Book Reviews

May 06, 2012 1 Comment

Vampires have remained popular, more or less, for the past hundred years or so. By that I mean there’s been no time where people were saying en masse, “Say, what are these ‘vampires’ of which you speak? They drink what now?” But a couple of years ago, boy, you couldn’t throw a bulb of garlic […]

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The Raven Movie Review

Apr 29, 2012 No Comments

Director James McTeigue has built up quite a résumé over the last two decades in cinema, including his directorial debut V for Vendetta and work on all three Matrix films.  The film I enjoyed most of his is one that others may not hold in as high regard, but I thought The Invasion was fantastic […]

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Horror Realm Spring Break: Inside the Convention

Apr 22, 2012 No Comments

The Horror Realm Convention recently kicked off the early spring with its one day March celebration.  Erupting onto the scene with celebrity guests, horror fans, and dozens of talented local vendors, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania experienced the mad influx of all things horror and zombie.  Having been surrounded by so many horror lovers, I warn you now […]

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The Cabin in the Woods Movie Review

Apr 15, 2012 No Comments

The Cabin in the Woods might be the most generic title for a horror movie you’ll ever hear, but I’m willing to bet it will be the most creative horror movie you’ll ever see.  Co-writer Joss Whedon has called the film “a very loving hate letter” to the genre we all love. This is a […]

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Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel Review

Apr 08, 2012 2 Comments

Last week, author Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel was unleashed upon unsuspecting horror fans by a sinister entity known as Titan Books.  And while Ashley Parker deserves top billing, the novel is, in fact, a full on zombie book.  Scared yet?  Another.  Zombie.  Book.  Now, before you start moaning and groaning (like […]

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Clerical Terrors: How to Translate a Tome of Eldritch Horror…

Apr 01, 2012 6 Comments

Clerical Terrors: How to Translate a Tome of Eldritch Horror Without Looking Like a Dumb-Ass[1]  Arabic is a nuanced language of great complexity, and mistakes are easy to make for the newcomer.  I learned this the hard way when I asked a pharmacist for insecticide because we had a problem with buffaloes, or told a […]

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Final Grade

Mar 25, 2012 No Comments

SPOILERS AHEAD! Season two of The Walking Dead on AMC is now safely in the rearview mirror and after unabashedly heaping praise upon this rare gem of TV terror in my Midterm Report Card, my initial take on the first half of season two remains true: The Walking Dead is among the very best television […]

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DEAD Journal: The Movie Review

Mar 18, 2012 No Comments

The review you’re currently perusing is the final installment of the DEAD Journal series at RavenousMonster.com.  The series, subtitled “Diary of an Indie Filmmaker”, is just that.  In early 2011, RavMon contributor Justin Hamelin brought to my attention his plans to direct his first short film entitled DEAD..  We discussed it and decided to document […]

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Michael Myers: The Ultimate Boogeyman

Mar 11, 2012 3 Comments

It has been 34 years since John Carpenter played that now infamous piano melody in a 5/4 time signature. Who would have ever thought that such a tune would strike fear into so many individuals? John Carpenter? Maybe. If he didn’t, I can’t imagine why he and a few others would have put so much […]

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