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Superman: Tampering With An AMERICAN Icon

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by Armand Vaquer When Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster created Superman, they created a quintessential American icon. The term "Truth, Justice and The American Way" is synonymous with the character. Rocketed to Earth as an infant by his parents, Jor-El and Lara, to escape the planet Krypton's destruction, the child's rocket landed in middle America and was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent. The baby, Kal-El, was raised as Clark Kent with wholesome middle American values and became the champion of justice and the defender of the weak and oppressed. When Clark Kent reached manhood, he moved to the city of Metropolis to begin his career as a Daily Planet news reporter and as Superman. Thus began an American icon, recognized throughout the world. DC Comics, co-owner of the Superman character with the heirs of Siegel and Shuster, is publishing Action Comics #900. In this anniversary issue, the story has Superman fed up after a clash with the federal government

Loathing "King Kong vs. Godzilla"?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Godzilla and King Kong go after each other while demolishing Atami Castle in the process. Over at the Classic Horror Film Board (CHFB), there is currently a topic in the Japanese Giants section titled, "Was KING KONG VS GODZILLA especially loathed in monster fandom?" One thing about G-fans (or fanatics of any genre), there's always disagreements (some heatedly) amongst them. The subject of King Kong vs. Godzilla is one of those that brings up the passion level. King Kong vs. Godzilla was released in the U.S. by Universal Pictures in June 1963. It as a heavily-edited version that inserted American actors to "help" with the narrative. Unfortunately, those edited-in scenes actually marred the movie. The original Japanese version plays out better as the satire it was intended to be. I first saw King Kong vs. Godzilla at the Balboa Theater in Los Angeles in the Manchester-Vermont shopping area with my parents and friends. We sat

GODZILLA To Get Spoofed In NOTZILLA: DUKE OF THE MONSTERS

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Robert Hood Ohio based Mitch Teemley and the folks over at Moriah Media are about to lampoon one of the largest movie franchises ever, a iconic movie series that the great Mel Brooks never had the stones to take on himself. I am, of course, talking about the "King of Monsters" ...... Godzilla. Okay, I know what your thinking. "Wow! Hold on lawyer alert! Legal team ready......ATTACK!!!! Over the past several years Toho has shown that they are more than happy, and willing, to sue anyone that produces anything that remotely resembles their beloved monster. This time, surprisingly, the famed Japanese movie company has given their blessing at having "Big G" parodied by an American film company ..... more on that in a moment. Teemly has a script at the ready for "Notzilla: Duke of the Monsters" a script that has already gained a lot of attention when it made it into the final round of the Worldfest Contest

This New Bigfoot Clip Is ABOMINABLE

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra The ever present net scout Avery Guerra turned me on to this wonderful bit of fun animation called "Abominable." Actually it's a great combination of computer animation combined with live actors. "Abominable" is the handy work of Lamson To and Joseph Won who put the short together as a school project. Here is the synopsis: Up on a distant snow covered mountain, an Evil Hunter of mythical creatures sets his sights on a Baby Yeti, but is soon meets his demise when he comes face to face with Daddy Yeti. A Sasquatch on skis? Looks like the Canadian Olympic team has a new member? There goes our chances for the gold. Can you imagine having to face off against Bigfoot? Good job guys! See Also: Animal Planet Announces New Series - FINDING BIGFOOT / Bigfoot News - NIGHT CLAWS And The Face Of Sasquatch On Video? / "Credible" Bigfoot Sighting On Road In Pennsylvania / A Quick Update On NIGHTBEASTS / Yet

Huge Irvine Collectible Sale April 30th!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey We are having a large moving sale! Tons of stuff has got to go! We will have many items including our 5 piece colonial style bedroom set ($600). I will be parting with most of my Star Wars, Star Trek and Comic Book collections (highlights below) We will have clothes, nick-knacks and other antiques as well! Air Hockey Table! Location: 18 Georgetown, Irvine Ca - map - http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=18+georgetown+irvine+ca&cp=23&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=18+Georgetown,+Irvine,+CA+92612&gl=us&ei=ouS6TayYMZHmsQPzlLjCBQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBkQ8gEwAA Near University High School and UCI / Culver and Harvard / just follow the signs Time: Saturday April 30th from 8am to 3pm SW Items: Figures are $3 each - or $100 for the whole lot (38 figures at $3 each = $114, you save $14 dollars this way!) Red Cards 1. Lando Cal

Modern Grindhouse Trailer Explosion!

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Grindhouse films were low-budget horror and exploitation films that were very popular in the 1970s. Today thanks to film makers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez a whole new generation has been exposed to this type of movie entertainment. Likewise a brand-new generation of film makers have set out to bring the genre back to life with a series of new films produced on a shoe-string budget with buckets of fake blood at the ready and actresses not afraid to bare it all when the script calls for it .... and it always does. Thes clips are meant to tantalize, titillate and possibly traumatize the viewer. The will also probably make you say " WTF ". (Above) The trailer for Redwing Films "Killer Biker Chicks" Killer Biker Chicks are hot women who live out in the desert and flirt with sex,drugs,rock&roll and murder. These are the girls your mother warned you about. The second trailer for James Baack's latest film "The Bloody Rage of Big

Zombina And The Skeletones - Monster Music Profile

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Wikipedia Keeping in line with my new feature about bands that are really "lighting my fire" these days comes today's entry on the Liverpool (UK) based Zombina and The Skeletones. The Skeletones are an amazing group that takes a tongue-and-cheek musical journey into everything that makes classic horror and sci fi so great. Listen to these titles, Staci Stasis, Frankenlady, Nobody Likes You When You're Dead and for you Japanese sci fi fans, Astroboy. Here is their bio from Wikipedia: Zombina and the Skeletones are a horror rock band from Liverpool, England, formed in 1998 around the nucleus of vocalist Zombina and songwriter Doc Horror. The majority of their tongue in cheek lyrical content deals with themes of horror and science fiction, yet their musical style is upbeat and pop oriented, with elements of garage punk, doo wop and hard rock. Due to their apparent obsession with B Movies and black humour their fanbase extends to

Universal Monsters Frankenstein 1:4 Scale Figure

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Retro Sci Fi And Monster Movie Trailer Extravaganza

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When Worlds Collide is a 1951 science fiction film based on the 1932 novel co-written by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer. The film was shot in Technicolor, directed by Rudolph Maté and was the winner of the 1951 Academy Award for special effects. The Colossus of New York (1958) is a science fiction film directed by Eugène Lourié. It starred Ross Martin, Otto Kruger, John Baragrey, Mala Powers and Charles Herbert. Jeremy Spensser (Martin), the brilliant young scion of a family of scientists and humanitarians, is killed in an automobile accident. His death occurs on the eve of his winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and he leaves behind a wife (Powers) and young son (Herbert). Jeremy's father, noted brain surgeon William Spensser (Kruger), is distressed that his son's gifts will be denied to Mankind. He conceives a plan to give Jeremy's excellent mind another chance to benefit humanity by transplanting the brain (which he has revived and kept on life support) into an ar

Kitty In A Casket - Monster Music Profile

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Facebook Yesterday I posted a rather long profile on the Danish rockabilly sensations known as The Horrorpops so I thought that I would continue along that line with another band that has really stated to grow on me, Kitty In A Casket. Rockabilly is quickly becoming my music of choice these days an Kitty In A Casket, like The Horrorpops is a bass rattling trip to the other side fronted by a female vocalist, actually known as Kitty Casket, who can really belt it out. Check out these titles, "Bride of the Monster", "Horror Express" and "Space Invaders". Good stuff no. Here is their bio from Facebook : Kitty in a Casket came into being in autumn 2008, when Kitty and Billy decided to start a band together. That's when Bloody Lovesong and Canibal Paradise was written. Later that year they found an outstanding double bass player (Marc), as well as a drummer from hell (Mike) and immediately recorded their smashing debu

Mr. Lobo Hams It Up On The Set Of PLAN 9

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Photos By: Dixie Dellamorto I ask you, what could be scarier than a horror host with an axe? Well ..... probably a lot of things, but America's number one horror host took full advantage of some free tine on the set of "Plan 9" to ham it up in front of the camera. What? ...... no not Elvira? Why would you think this was about her? No, I'm talking about Mr. Lobo from the nationally televised late-night horror movie showcase "Cinema Insomnia", who plays a major role in the remake of the Ed Wood classic (?) "Plan 9 From Outer Space". Yes, as I mentioned last week, John Johnson of Darkstone Entertainment is knee-deep in working on the film which also stars Brian Krause , Matthew Ewald , James Rolfe, Caitlin Hill, Matt Sloan & Aaron Yonda . As for Lobo , well he has landed the coveted role of The Amazing Criswell . Who is Criswell you may ask? Well he was a well-known psychic from the 1950s who was featured in the

Bettie Page Remember T-Shirt

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Disney Begins Production On THE AVENGERS

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Source: Walt Disney Pictures Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. Continuing the epic big-screen adventur