Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 60

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What is your favorite Giant Monster Movie? That is the question co-hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher examine in this episode of the Monster Movie Podcast. Taking a look back at their favorite horror and science fictions films that feature giant versions of spiders, ants, bears and even humans, Doc and Dave discuss eight films that illustrate a variety of ways simple creatures are mutated into monstrous, hungry beasts. “Science is agreed. That unless something … Continue reading

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Film Review: King Kong (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: “The owner of the oil company Petrox Corporation, Fred Wilson, invests all his possessions searching oil in an unexplored island. The vessel leaves Surubaya, in Indonesia, with the stowaway Jack Prescott, who wants to protect an ape called Kong. While traveling, they find the castaway Dwan in the middle of nowhere in a rescue boat in the ocean and bring her on board. The group finds that the island is inhabited and the local … Continue reading

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Grand Illusions

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In the current climate of rampant digital effects, ultra-real prosthetics and virtual 3-D cinematography, audiences are being spoiled. Special effects have become commonplace and of such a high standard that jaws are no longer dropping. This wasn’t always so. Special effects have come a long way since the invention of cinema and the path they have walked is fascinating. Arguably, the first film ever made was called Fred Ott’s Sneeze and was made, funnily enough, … Continue reading

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Top 15 Giant Monster Movies

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Whether you are a new comer or an old hat, you gottta give it up for horror’s giant monsters. Maybe it originates from the “Jack and the Bean Stalk” days or simply seeing a gorilla climb one of America’s largest buildings. Who’s to say. For me, it was those crazy Asians and their monster suits stomping over buildings and electric cables. Still till this day we are fascinated with things that appear very large in … Continue reading

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Unexplained Confidential: Blue Moon Paranormal

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Gobble Monster Gobble! I thought I would start off the column with a personal memory that relates to the Thanksgiving Holiday. I’m 37 years old now and I have lived in South Jersey (near Philadelphia) my entire life. If you live anywhere near the New Jersey/Pennsylvania/New York area then you might remember what I’m talking about. Back in the 70′s and 80′s we got some New York stations like WPIX channel 11 and WOR channel … Continue reading

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Film Review: King Kong (1933)

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SYNOPSIS: “In 1933, the bold and successful filmmaker Carl Denham travels by ship with a large crew, his friend Jack Driscoll and the starlet Ann Darrow to an unknown island to shoot a movie. The local natives worship a huge gorilla called Kong and they abduct Ann to offer her in a sacrifice to Kong. Jack Driscoll, who is in love with her, Carl Denham, who aims to capture the animal for an exhibition in … Continue reading

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How To ‘Make’ A Monster

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How does one identify a monster? The question is easier to answer by example than definition. In movie terms, a monster is something unnatural, dangerous and out of control. King Kong (1933), the Frankenstein (1931) monster, Godzilla (1954), Dracula (1931), Ray Harryhausen’s cyclops from The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958), the Alien (1979), The Mummy (1932). That’s the monster A-list, but gobbling along in their wake are the tentacled, radioactive invaders of the fifties – … Continue reading

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Dino De Laurentiis

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Dino De Laurentiis is something of an enigmatic figure in film-making. Generally dismissed as a philistine, insolently nicknamed Dino De Dum-Dum by a British cinema magazine, he has nevertheless been described by director David Cronenberg (who is nobody’s ‘yes-man’) as “A very interesting man, one of the last of the old-style moguls. It’s pretty exhilarating working with him, because he obviously loves to solve problems. There’s a great deal of energy and dynamics going on … Continue reading

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