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The Top Paranormal Stories Of 2012

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10. Spirits Of Death In A Sea Of Trees - Japan's Suicide Forest Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海) or Jukai, is a 14 square mile forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Due to the wind-blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being exceptionally quiet and for the thickness of its trees. It is a twisting network of woody vines, and has a dangerous unevenness of the forest floor. It is rocky, cold, and littered with over 200 underground caves you could fall into accidentally. The forest is full of paradox and contrast. Its historic association with demons in Japanese mythology has long made it a popular place for suicides. Japan has more than 30,000 suicides a year for over 14 years— one of the highest rates among industrialized nations. On average, someone in Japan dies by his own hand every 15 minutes, usually a man. The Aokigahara Forest is the most common place to commit suicide in Japan, and it is wid

Something's going on - my Spider-sense is tingling!

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It's Spidey trivia time! Two episodes of the Spider-Man animated series (1967-1970) ("Phantom from the Depths of Time" and "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension") heavily recycle animation from episodes "From Menace to Menace" and "Dimentia Five" of the earlier series Rocket Robin Hood by simply substituting Spider-Man for Rocket Robin Hood on the animated cels. The Human Fly Twins ("The Spider and the Fly" and "Trick or Treachery") are named "Stan" and "Lee". In the opening title sequence of the show, Spider-Man is shown, "in the chill of night", looking out of a window at a jewelry store. The store's sign displays the words "FINE JEWLERY". When Spider-Man swings down and kicks the door open, the sign has become "FINE JEWELRY". In "The Origin of Spider-Man," one of the bikers calls Peter a "four-eyed fouler" even though he does not wear glasses th

Gerry Anderson, R.I.P.

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by Armand Vaquer The creator of television shows Supercar , Fireball XL5 , Thunderbirds , Space: 1999 and others has died.  The Los Angeles Times reports: Gerry Anderson, the British creator of the TV series “Thunderbirds” renowned for his original and influential use of marionettes on TV, has died following a lengthy battle with mixed dementia. He was 83.  Anderson’s adult son Jamie made the announcement, according to the Associated Press. He said that his father died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday at a nursing home in Oxfordshire, England. Above, Fireball XL5 on launcher. Anderson was known for his marionette puppetry technique that used ultra-thin wires.  I first saw this in the Supercar series in the early 1960s and then in Fireball XL5 (Anderson's then-wife Sylvia was the voice of Venus in the series), which was one of my favorite shows when it aired locally in 1963.    About six years ago, I attended a retrospective on Anderson's career at the A

Christmas Time In Monsterland

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A quick look at my Facebook timeline this morning produced a wonderful collection of Christmas images from some of the top names in the monster movie genre. Who says that creatures from the dark side can't share in holiday cheer? Above in a great Creature from the Black Lagoon holiday image posted by Universal Horror Films This classic Batman cover (# 33) was shared by the nationally syndicated horror host Mr Lobo . Author and Japanese monster maven August Ragone  shared this gem. I want Godzilla to pass out gifts at my house! This is how Famous Monsters of Filmland  wished all it's fans merry Christmas! Horror actress Sarah French  sure is in the holiday spirit!! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good aaaaaarrrrrrrggghhhhh

The Top Ten Most Popular Stories Of 2012!

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10. Dynamite Baby, Grindhouse Dynamite! Grindhouse is an American term for a theater that mainly shows exploitation films. Named after the defunct burlesque theaters located on 42nd Street in New York City where 'bump n' grind' or striptease was featured. Grindhouse films characteristically contain large amounts of sex, violence or bizarre subject matter. One genre of film featured were "roughies" or sexploitation, a mix of sex, violence and sadism. Quality varied, but low budget production values and poor print quality were common. Critical opinions varied regarding typical grindhouse fare, but many films acquired cult following and critical praise. Double, triple, and "all night" bills on a single admission charge often encouraged patrons to spend a long time in the theater. The environment was faithfully captured at the time by the magazine ‘Sleazoid Express’. By the 1980s, home video and cable threatened to make grindhouse obsolete. By the en

You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

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What James Bond Did For Japan

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Akiko Wakabayashi and Sean Connery at the sumo stadium in "You Only Live Twice."  Photo: United Artists. In 1967, James Bond 007 (in the form of Sean Connery) had a mission to stop the hijacking of U.S. and U.S.S.R. space capsules by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. to prevent a war between the two nations.  That mission took him to Japan.  The movie was You Only Live Twice . As this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond movies, the Japan Times took a look at what Bond did for Japan in "The Gentleman In The Tux and What He Did For Japan." Along with Connery, Toho actresses Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama were featured as Japanese agents Aki and Kissy Suzuki respectively. The article starts out with: In 1967, James Bond made his official Japan debut in "You Only Live Twice": The gentleman spy came to Tokyo and Fukuoka, saw some sumo, consorted with ninja and got intimate with two homegrown Bond girls. Directed by Lewis Gilb

Adventures on the Planet of the Apes #9 October 1976 "The Warhead Messiah"

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Image & Info Courtesy Of My Comic Shop.com In the early 1970s Marvel Comics produced a great series of horror and movie inspired comic books after the Comics Code (which had put a strangle hold on comic book violence and graphic images) had become more liberal. A perfect example of how the industry had once again returned to it's macabre roots was well illustrated by Alfredo Alcala and Nick Caputo with their stunning cover to 'Adventures on the Planet of the Apes (1975) #9'. Though the scene depicted neither appeared in the comic or in the movie it was inspired by (Beneath the Planet of the Apes) the image of both Brent and Nova standing amongst a sea of skeletons while a gorilla soldier prepares to shoot them stood out as one of the best of the bunch. The truly dark vision for the sequel to 'Planet of the Apes' didn't stop at the cover. The story and art work contained within by Doug Moench and Alfredo Alcala paints a truly macabre scene that makes yo

Fantasy Figure Gallery Dragon Maiden 1:6 Scale Statue

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Fantasy Figure Gallery Dragon Maiden 1:6 Scale Statue: Price: $249.99 This item has features and themes that are for adults only. Ages 18 and up. Recommended for mature collectors. Boris Vallejo's sexy Dragon Maiden as an amazing 1:6 scale statue! Resin statue stands 13 1/2-inches tall. Limited edition of 500 pieces! Drawing upon the dragon maiden themes of fairy tales and legends, it's Boris Vallejo's Fantasy Figure Gallery Dragon Maiden 1:6 Scale Statue! A striking 13 1/2-inch tall resin statue with cast-off, removable clothing, Dragon Maiden was sculpted by Eric Sosa and Shin Tanabe. Confidently poised with her dagger at her side, she needs neither saint nor hero to save her. Includes an art card, certificate of authenticity, and display base. Limited edition of 500 pieces. Age: 18+ Size: 13 1/2-inches tall

Wonder Woman New 52 ArtFX Statue

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Wonder Woman New 52 ArtFX Statue: Price: $39.99 Kotobukiya's line of DC Comics "New 52" ARTFX+ Statues continues, capturing the new looks and costumes of heroes in the Justice League. Joining the previously announced Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and Batman is the Amazonian warrior WONDER WOMAN! Born of Zeus and Hippolyta, Diana was a princess on the paradise island of Themyscira before venturing out into the wider world of humanity. Her first major appearance (in the relaunched New 52 continuity) was the great battle against Darkseid's Parademons in which she teamed up with other heroes to form the Justice League.The magnificent Wonder Woman stands poised with a warrior's strength and a god's grace. Always ready for battle, Diana wears her iconic costume as reinterpreted by Jim Lee in the New 52. Along with her stars and stripes bodice she rocks full pants and tall boots. Wonder Woman's left hand is balled into a fist at her waist, alway

Fantastic Four #91 October 1969 "The Thing Enslaved!"

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Image & Info Courtesy Of My Comic Shop.com On the planet Kral, a world whose culture is mirrored by the legendary 1930's mobster Machine Gun Martin who was captured and brought to the planet, Boss Barker makes a bet with his opponent Lippy Louie that his acquisition of the Thing will be able to defeat his best fighter, the Mekkan known as Torgo. While the Fantastic Four on Earth begin searching for their friend Ben, Ben himself is delivered into slavery at the hands of Boss Barker. Along the way Ben learns that the Skrull's of this planet adopted 1930's humanoid forms, inspired by Martin, and captured beings from other worlds to fight in their gladiator pits. After a few failed escape attempts, Ben is informed that he will have to fight Torgo. When meeting Torgo, Thing learns that the justification of the Mekkan's life will be the death of the Thing. While back on Earth, Reed's deductions as to what happened to Ben, brings him to the conclusion that he w

Legendary Pictures' Godzilla News

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by Armand Vaquer A little tidbit of news on the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. production of Godzilla has been posted over at Comic Book Movie.com. The movie is currently in pre-production and will be approached in a more realistic fashion. An excerpt of an interview with producer Dan Lin in Collider provided some news: "We’re planning to film in March. We are in deep pre-production. Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie , you saw the teaser, but Gareth—thanks to [Legendary CEO] Thomas Tull’s help—he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie." Noted G-fan Stan Hyde ought to be ecstatic as Lin indicates the movie may be filmed in his backyard: "Most likely it's filming in Vancouver." Their vision of Godzilla will b

Haruo Nakajima's 84th Birthday Coming Up

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Haruo Nakajima in 2008.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. Haruo "Mr. Godzilla" will be turning 84 this coming January 1.  He was born on January 1, 1929 in Yamagata, Japan.  As has been a tradition for the past several years, fans wanting to extend their birthday greetings to Mr. Nakajima can post them here in the comments.  I will begin to forward them to his daughter Sonoe on January 1. Mr. Nakajima will be a special guest at the Mad Monster Party convention this coming March 22-24, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you want to have your birthday greetings sent to Mr. Nakajima, post them here .

Please Teacher Hatsuho Kazami Super Jumbo Statue

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Please Teacher Hatsuho Kazami Super Jumbo Statue: Price: $539.99 This item has features and themes that are for adults only. Ages 18 and up. Recommended for mature collectors. Please Teacher's Hatsuho Kazami in sexy lingerie! Hatsuho Kazami statue stands 26 1/3-inches tall. Features removable, cast-off clothing! From the anime series Please Teacher, it's Hatsuho in statue form with the Please Teacher Hatsuho Kazami Super Jumbo Statue! Standing about 26 1/3-inches tall, the resin Hatsuho Statue comes with a laser beam gun, ice cream cone, and removable, cast-off fabric underwear. Her plastic purple hair really makes Hatsuho stand out! Sculpted by Ryusuke, the Please Teacher Hatsuho Kazami Super Jumbo Statue makes for one beautiful display piece.

Daydream Collection Homeroom Teacher Mari Manga Statue

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Daydream Collection Homeroom Teacher Mari Manga Statue: Price: $169.99 This item has features and themes that are for adults only. Ages 18 and up. Recommended for mature collectors. Mari is one homeroom teacher you wish you had! This statue definitely demands your attention! Mari comes to you in a tight black dress and black fishnet stockings. A special school-desk display base is included. School is in session and Mari demands your attention, class! Kaitendoh 's Daydream Collection was created by Kaitendoh's innovative team materializing their true daydreams. This time in Volume 2, their fantasy takes you to those good old school days... only better. Mari is one homeroom teacher you wish you had! She comes to you in a tight black dress and black fishnet stockings, with a special school-desk display base. This is the 1:6 scale PVC Homeroom Teacher Mari Manga Image Version that captures her light and angelic bishoujo look. Paying attention to her shouldn't be a

"Pacific Rim" Official Trailer

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Legendary Pictures has released their "official trailer" for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim .  In it, we get a better look at the kaiju and the monster-fighting giant robots (Jaegers).

My God!!! What Is It???!

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The answer is carpet, straw and vacuum cleaner hoses. The monster that appears in the cult classic 'The Creeping Terror' is one of the worst to ever appear on the silver screen, rivaled only by Roger Corman's Cookie Monster in 'Creature from the Haunted Sea', Phil Tucker's gorilla with a space helmet in 'Robot Monster', and Fred F Sears' puppet buzzard in 'The Giant Claw.' With a head covered in old vacuum cleaner hoses, a body covered in carpet samples and a mouth that looks mysteriously like a vagina 'The Creeping Terror' is quite a sight to behold. According to reports, however this was not what was supposed to appear in the film at all. Only a few days before shooting was to begin, the original monster was stolen. Pressed for time and out of money, director Vic Savage and his crew hastily threw together the infamous "pile of carpets" monster that appears in the film. That however was not the only problem that plague

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane

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Well it looks like the end of everything is a mere fourteen days away ... or so the Mayans have predicted. To be honest I really hadn't been too worried about the fact that a calender that was created in 3372 BC couldn't go on for infinity. I mean really the thing had to run out of space right? Today however, I think there may be something to this doomsday mumbo jumbo after all. First off look at the date, '12-21-12' it's a series of numbers that repeats. Isn't that odd? Secondly the prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, recently went on television in the land down under and stated the end was indeed near. Julia Gillard is a pretty and intelligent woman who seems to be on the ball about things, after all she was elected by the people of Australia, the same people who brought us INXS, 'Mad Max' and Yahoo Serious. So you know she's not just another political nut job. According to Gillard to end could come from any number of sources, “Whe

Star Trek Into Darkness - Official Teaser (HD)

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Is it sad that the only new movies I give a crap about are this one, 'Godzilla 3D' and the next 'Planet of the Apes?' Actually, is it also sad that my taste in movies hasn't changed even one bit since I was ten years old? It's like living in 1977 all over again ... oh well. Here is the info: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: hi

The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot - The Book Based on the Film

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You saw it on the big screen in stunning 3-D, now read the story that started it all! Yes indeed horror movie junkies James Baack's unique take on Sasquatch cinema is now available in book form on Amazon Kindle! If for some reason you are not familiar with this one let me summarize it for you. A serial killer in a pig mask, a maniacal clown, a pair of sexy witches who are into the rough stuff and ... of course ... Bigfoot come together in a roller-coaster of a tale of occult, mystery and cryptozoology. Got your attention didn't it? Here is a brief synopsis: Bigfoot Horror master, Eric S. Brown, returns with an adaptation of Great Lake Films' The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot. Like a 1970s Marvel horror comic, The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot blends action and horror as two witches and the world's leading Sasquatch expert seek vengeance and attempt to stop the legendary monster's latest killing spree. Once you read 'The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot' you will neve

Flintstones- Fred Flintstone - Hanna-Barbera Action Figure

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Flintstones Fred Flintstone Hanna-Barbera Action Figure: Price: $14.99 Some of the greatest and most memorable cartoon characters ever created come to life with this delightful line of Hanna-Barbera History Collection action figures. From the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flintstones, comes the Fred Flintstone Action Figure. This incredibly well-detailed 3 3/4-inch action figure of Bedrock's own patriarch looks fantastic on display at home or in the office. Start your Hanna-Barbera collection now!

Cinema Insomnia and Neoflux Productions are proud to present the 'Brine Chimps' Animation Jam.

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Premiering in 2001, Cinema Insomnia (  www.cinemainsomnia.com  ) is a nationally syndicated late-night tv show. The show features B-Movies, Sci-Fi, and cult fare--presented by the enigmatic and satirical horror host, Mr. Lobo (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Lobo  ).  In a Sea-Monkey spoof, Mr. Lobo will have mail-order pets called brine chimps. Each episode, he will be checking in on his microscopic menagerie and you are invited to animate their antics! The 'Brine Chimps' Animation Jam is being created in cooperation with Mike Schneider and Neoflux Productions ( Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated ) and will premiere on Zom-Bee TV ( one of the fastest growing and highest rated new channels on Roku ). Zom-Bee TV can also be viewed on GoogleTV, iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices via  www.zom-bee.com  . Animators are invited to create short ( 10-30 second ) animated skits featuring these Brine-Chimps and their seaciety. Open to all forms of animation ( inc

Batman Arkham City Catwoman Play Arts Kai Action Figure

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Batman Arkham City Catwoman Play Arts Kai Action Figure: Price: $59.99 This Catwoman Action Figure comes to life with stunning poseability! Derived from the smash-hit video game Batman: Arkham City. Selina Kyle features an interchangeable head and hands! Includes whip and goggles accessories. Derived from the smash-hit video game Batman: Arkham City, the Catwoman Play Arts Kai Action Figure sports over 26 points of articulation, making this exquisite plastic action figure come to life with stunning poseability! Selina Kyle stands approximately 8 3/4-inches in her displayable window box, and she includes an interchangeable head and hands, as well as her whip and goggles accessories. With unsurpassed quality in the paint application and detailed texture that only Square-Enix products can bring, this Catwoman Action Figure is a fantastic addition to any Batman collection!

Wonder Woman Bishoujo Statue

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Wonder Woman Bishoujo Statue: Price: $54.99 The prettiest member of DC's "Trinity" - Wonder Woman! This Wonder Woman Statue is a force to be reckoned with! The muscular and buxom Princess Diana holds her magical Lasso of Truth. An exclusive Amazonian base includes her spears, shield, cape, and helmet. No bishoujo collection is complete without her! Beauty, brains, and brawn. Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics, the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection (combining DC's superheroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) continues with the prettiest member of DC's "Trinity" - Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman is truly a force to be reckoned with as the ever-dynamic Amazon stands surrounded by her full panoply of weapons and equipment, ready to face any threat. Dressed in her iconic and colorful costume, the muscular and buxom Wonder Woman shows plenty of skin and looks sexier than ever! Diana holds her magical Lasso of Truth in both han