Author Archives: Brian E. Niskala

Fangs

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Fangs have historically been the center piece of most fictional characters. Vampires, werewolves and monsters all have them. Different size fangs and fang positions have existed throughout literature/theatrical history. Fangs create the image of wild beasts such as bears, lions and wolves that we as humans have been fearful of for centuries. Any type of fang has been a warning sign that that animal is carnivorous with us potentially being its next meal! So fangs … Continue reading

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Goth and Horror

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Modern day Goth has evolved from the 80’s punk ties being first coined by a band manager Anthony Wilson of ‘Joy Division’. He described the band as ‘Gothic compared to the pop mainstream’ the scene eventually started taking on a more ‘Gothic’ look, dressing in darken clothing, mimicking the tall shadow filled buildings of the Gothic Period. Goth transformed from its musical sub-culture to a way of rebelling against the average daily grind of society. … Continue reading

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Horror, Religion, & Voodoo

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Horror historically always seems to hover around the aspect of religion, good defeating evil for that matter all early wars evolved around religion until the true discovery of using petroleum as a fuel, now we fight about religion and oil but I am almost crossing the line about politics! The 1791 Slave Rebellion in Haiti is a classic example of good defeating evil sort of… People of the day held religion as their highest priority. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Historical Torture Devices

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 I am not talking about Sadism and Masochism or affectionately abbreviated S&M a favorite past time of… well that is a whole other story… Torture can be perceived as one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Very popular during the Medieval ages and still popular today with the popularity of the Saw Series of movies whose total budget for all 6 films was $47Million but has taken in a cool $731million+ or close to a Billion … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Goblins – in film and Beyond

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Ghosts have always been present from the moment man could make up stories about the unexplained. The Bible even references ghosts in various parts to help put an almost tangible creature to help explain some unexplainable events or interactions between people and the ‘unknown’. Even Jesus is referenced as part of the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. But where would horror be with-out the basis of ghost and goblins?  What is a ghost and what is … Continue reading

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My Myth of Vampires

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My Myth of Vampires Vampires, everyone loves them, but what makes sense vs. the reality check. Stake in the heart: In the movies they are classically killed with a stake through the heart. When it comes right down to it, anything that gets a stake in the heart is going to die. This just makes sense and successful in most of the text and main stream movies. Holy water: Well if you are from the … Continue reading

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Paranormal Romance

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With the crazy success of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer which has grossed close to a Billion Dollars to date with a bunch of Bedazzled vampires it is clear to see romance sells but Paranormal Romance Sells BIG! I am a fan of the Twilight series even though I have a tough time getting past the shimmering Robert Pattinson who my daughter defines as ‘Dreamy’ or the attractive Kristen Stewart who my sons seem to … Continue reading

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Zombies on the Rise in Haiti

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 Republished  from earlier article The recent 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on January 12th 2010, which caused massive devastation in and around the capital city of Port au Prince is a tragedy and my heart goes to the people who have to suffer after this natural disaster. But it is feared there will be a rise of zombies. I am sure George Romero is not on the next plane down there to capture zombies for use … Continue reading

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Why Do Zombies Crave Human Flesh?

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Why Do Zombies Crave Human Flesh?  One of the most chilling scenes in George Romero’s immortal Night of the Living Dead (1968) occurs in the climax – after a botched escape attempt, lovers Tom and Judy die in an explosion. When the smoke clears, a mob of zombies attacks the couple’s remains, each tearing off a piece for themselves. The creatures then begin their macabre feast on a nearby lawn, voraciously devouring human flesh and … Continue reading

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Of Men, Moons and Werewolves

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The full moon shines its brightest for a few nights each month, illuminating the darkness that envelops the world. It should be a symbol of hope and comfort, yet mankind has long feared what terrors the satellite may bring. Why is it that the full moon inspires such dread? The most identifiable culprit is the prevailing myth of the werewolf. Since time immemorial, the moon has been associated with werewolves. This connection goes as far … Continue reading

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Modern Horror Directors

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When you think of a Horror Movie Director you get visions of John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Clive Barker and of course Steven Speilberg. Steven Speilberg you might ask? Well some of his more recent movies have been less than horrifying besides for their lack luster content, but he has made some pretty terrifying films to start. His 1975 release of ‘Jaws’ still makes me tread only so deep in the ocean’s waters. A masterful film that … Continue reading

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The History of Scifi in Horror

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Growing up in the 80’s for the most part, I found myself a Horror fan as much as the next kid. My best friend Wally and I joined a local movie-rental club; we would ride our bikes down to the movie place and rent every horror film the guy had. Being 13-14 it was great because he would let us rent the -R- movies with the gratuitous nudity in them. Looking back, I am still … Continue reading

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Fear

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What is fear? We hear the word and already our heart starts pumping a bit faster, we can feel our sweat glands begin to open, our palms get sweaty and get that all too familiar gross clammy feeling. FEAR can be broken down into an acronym, False Evidence Appearing Real. This is something any and all motivation speakers will tell you when they want you to break through into a new comfort zone. Fear is … Continue reading

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