Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween is finally upon us! Here in Devlin's Domain I will be celebrating by talking about the true horror of religion as framed by director Ken Russell. Religion is often the enemy of Halloween, but it is also part of the appeal. If there was no light to hide from, the darkness wouldn't be so comforting. Religion has created all the evil monsters that people have been afraid of throughout the centuries. It feeds the darkest parts of the human psyche with its demonic imagery. I'm here to bite the hand that feeds.
Most little girls love their tea parties and teddy bears. They're so cute and cuddly...oh, just so adorable. But what if you're a nerd or a geek or a Goth or just straight out not a normal? Well then teddy bears just don't cut it. Vampires, zombie ponies....ahhh, there's the sweet cuddly-wuddly you want. Luckily someone thought of that. Today I'm going to introduce you to the most adorable undead plushies you've ever seen. The Vamplets are the simply the cutest, gore-fest cuddlies you'll ever want to squeeze. And unlike the non-plush variety of undead you see in movies and TV, they don’t squeeze back.
This month has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed putting together programming over the weeks. I’ve managed to watch quite a few of the shows and movies that I’ve listed in the past four Phantom Channel posts and it’s definitely enhanced my season.
I love television. More than I should, probably. And I’m not talking about just any old shows – I don’t watch just to watch. But the format itself has fascinated me my entire life. Whether it’s weekly storytelling, game shows, sitcoms, cartoons, or talk shows I have always been interested in this never-ending source of entertainment.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
What better way to wrap up the Halloween toy reviews than with the Deadman, the Phenom, one of the all-time great wrestlers and great gimmicks, The Undertaker?
Every vampire story out there is the same. They get old- no pun intended- and frankly I’m kinda over them. Evil wants to be good, good girl falls for bad boy, forbidden love ensues followed by lots of kinky sex, etc. etc. Only difference so far is that one sparkled. And let’s face it…we all all wanted that one dead. Fairy tales growing up were much the same for me. With the exception of the Grimm versions, everything was happy ending and all the Damsels needed saving from distress. They could have helped themselves in the time it took them to constantly scream for help; why did those brain-dead chicks never realize this?
Every once in a short while, however, someone gives you back the spooky and the beautiful. You get the romance, sure…but it isn’t the main plot point. You get the action, the drama, the horror, the gore, and occasionally the immortal walks away with the girl. Sometimes you get the Fairy Tale with a great dark and Gothic twist. A retelling or a fresh concept where the Princess doesn’t sit on her petticoats, uses her brain for a change, sacrifices and even suffers losses…and things can go dark very fast before the happy ending comes close if it even does for anyone except the villain. Or maybe, the villain was the hero of the fable after all. How cool is that? A world with no Cullen in sight, I say? A world where the Princess picks up her own sword in a world of dark and macabre fun, I say? You want to know more, you say? Well allow me to elaborate, my friend. Authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Alethea Kontis bring these concepts to life in their worlds of the Dark-Hunters and in the adventures of the Woodcutter sisters in the country of Arilland.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Welcome to the fourth week of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Phantom Troublemaker is joined by Beth V and by Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio to talk about found footage horror movies!
Labels: 31 Days of Halloween, Beth V, Doc Rotten, found footage movies, halloween, horror movies, Horror News Radio, Needless Things Podcast
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The horror genre has delivered some of the greatest films of all time, but has also delivered some painful, pathetic excuses for movies. It's these stinkers that have given the genre a bad name over the years. To think it was kicked off with classics like Nosferatu and Vampyr. Horror used to produce films with class, and then someone figured out that audiences will watch anything with gore and tits. This week I'm taking a look at one of the worst ever. It doesn't even have tits.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Happy Halloween and welcome to the newest spooky toy review of the season on Needless Things!
I’ve already reviewed the undead versions of Paige and Bray Wyatt. We’ve got two more to go before the end of October, and today’s review is of Zombie Triple H!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
31 Days of Halloween: Spooky Toy Review – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Ultimate Freddy Krueger from NECA
Happy Halloween and welcome to the latest spooky toy review of the season on Needless Things!
Freddy Krueger is my favorite of the horror movie “slashers”. He’s the only one that had a real personality and I latched onto that when I was a kid. Also, he was using the whole supernatural gimmick before the rest and I found that much more interesting than “big, scary dude in a mask”. Don’t get me wrong – I love Jason and Michael and Leatherface and could write whole posts about how great they are, but Freddy is my guy.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Welcome to the third week of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Labels: 31 Days of Halloween, Beau Brown, Gavin Cummins, halloween, horror movies, Needless Things Podcast, Puckin’ Fuppet Show, puppetry
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Happy Halloween and welcome to the newest spooky toy review on Needless Things!
In last week’s review of Zombie Paige I explained how I had unloaded most of my wrestling toys but that the strangely appropriate combination of horror and wrestling in the form of the WWE Zombies line had hooked me back in.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror episodes are in institution dating back to 1990. They're usually gory, and often fun parodies of horror movies and TV shows. I've enjoyed them for as long as they've been on, and even though the past few years have been a little lackluster I still look forward to them every year. As we get ready for the 16 year I thought it might be nice to take a look back at not the best episodes, but the best segments from those episodes. I went with segments rather than episodes because honestly there are some great segments hidden in otherwise not overall fantastic episodes.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Welcome to the second week of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
Labels: 31 Days of Halloween, Gary Mitchel, horror movies, John Carpenter, Needless Commentary, Needless Things Podcast, Ryan Cadaver, Sci-Fi, Sean Reid, The Thing
Thursday, October 6, 2016
I both love and hate toy manufacturers for the way that they keep constantly coming up with stuff that hits me in just the right spots.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.
So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about three months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in December.
Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!
Do you hate your boss and the job you have absolutely no passion for? Are you enraged when you go through a drive thru and find your order is wrong because some mouth breather can't perform a basic task? Do you dread making a customer service call, because you know you will be transferred multiple times and have to give the same information to each different person only to ultimately have your call dropped and have to repeat the process? Do you wish you had a bazooka handy at 6pm so you can blow every motherfucker off the interstate, because you're already an hour late for an event thanks to people that can't drive? If so, then this movie is for you.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Welcome to the first day of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.