“The Most Dangerous Animal of All” – Documentary Names the Zodiac Killer!

The Most Dangerous Animal of All is going to be must-see TV!  Check out the trailer below!

Based on The New York Times best-selling book of the same name, The Most Dangerous Animal of All is a four-part documentary series on FX that explores one man’s search for the father who abandoned him, only to uncover the worst: he believes his father is the Zodiac killer, one of the most infamous serial killers in American history.

The “Kingdom” Season 2 Trailer is Here!

Kingdom was a surprise hit.  Here’s the Season 2 Trailer.  I’m looking forward to this!

As winter approaches, the battle between the living and the undead in Joseon is just beginning. The royal court is teeming with snakes, the zombies are coming, and the crown prince has a nation to save. The worst is yet to come, and everyone will need to choose a side without knowing who they can really trust.

“The Most Dangerous Game” – The Story, the Movie and Tony Stella’s Poster

Tony Stella created another great poster with his take on The Most Dangerous Game.  You can see a bigger version at Stella’s Twitter.

First published in 1924, The Most Dangerous Game began life as an award-winning short story by Richard Connell.  Over the years The Most Dangerous Game became required reading in schools across the nation.  I was in 9th grade when I first read it.  The Most Dangerous Game was the most popular of all our assigned reading assignments.

Over the years The Most Dangerous Game has been adapted for movies, television and even radio.  Tony Stella’s poster is for the first movie adaption. Made in 1932,  the adaptation starred Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong with the team of Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper behind the camera (Schoedsack and Cooper would go on to make King Kong the following year).

I highly recommend The Most Dangerous Game (both the short story, now in public domain, and the 1932 movie).

The Real-Life Horror Hotel of H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer

Herman Mudgett took the name Henry Howard Holmes when he moved to Chicago to begin work as a pharmacist.  He took on the new identity because he was on the run from as a suspect in some unexplained murders.  Rather than start a new uneventful life, Holmes instead continued his killing spree, which earned him the title of America’s First Serial Killer.

Holmes famously built a rooming house that has been called a Horror Hotel and Murder Castle.  He hired workers and fired them after they completed sections of the building.  This was so none but Holmes would know the layout and the horrors hiding within.  There were secret passageways, spots to spy on unsuspecting guests and rooms designed for murder.

The year was 1893 and the World’s Fair was in Chicago.  Rooms were at a premium and Holmes had new potential victims arriving daily.  After he was caught Holmes confessed to 27 murders but some folks put the actual number closer to 200.

Cheish Merryweather at Listverse posted 10 Horrifying Facts About H. H. Holmes’ Hotel.  If you’ve read this far, you’ll probably want to click over.

I also recommend The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.  It’s an award-winning novel chock full about facts about you know who and his horror hotel.

“The Mothman Legacy” Poster and Trailer are Here!

I like the poster and the trailer is interesting.

Many believe the “Mothman” to be a 1960’s phenomenon, an omen only appearing before tragedy, and disappearing after a flap of sightings and the subsequent “Silver Bridge” collapse in 1967. But what if there’s more? What if the origins of this “omen” trace back much further and go much deeper than anyone realized? And, what if…the sightings never ended?

The Mothman Legacy is the direct sequel to 2017’s highly regarded, The Mothman of Point Pleasant. The new film will tell the story of dozens of sightings of a being that was simply said to be a part of folklore, but who, none-the-less continues to be seen around the area today. With nearly a dozen eyewitness interviews, the film promises to offer some of the most intense, and terrifying encounters ever recorded.

The Mothman Legacy is directed by Seth Breedlove, and produced by Adrienne Breedlove. Lyle Blackburn returns to narrate with cinematography by Zac Palmisano and an original score by Brandon Dalo. The Mothman Legacy is being funded through a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter which launches Thursday, February 6th. Rewards include copies of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, posters, t-shirts and more.

The Mothman Legacy is the 10th feature film from indie film production company, Small Town Monsters. The new trailer gives audiences a glimpse into some of the dark, haunting landscapes captured around West Virginia, along with sound clips from witnesses interviewed for the new film. The trailer is also accompanied by a new one-sheet from acclaimed artist, Christopher Shy (Mandy, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) which gives a haunting look at the titular creature.

The Mothman Legacy will debut on September 18th, 2020 and will have a big screen premiere as part of the kickoff for the annual Mothman Festival held in Point Pleasant, WV the same weekend as the release.

The Best of the All-Time “Worst” Movies

Megan Summers at ScreenRant posted The 10 Best Razzie Winning Movies (According To IMDb).  I thought this was an interesting idea especially after I found three movies on the list that I really like.

Rocky IV won five Razzies for Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst New Star, and Worst Musical Score.  When R4 was released it was my least favorite of the Rocky films.  Over the years my affection for it has grown, especially since R4 played such an important part in making it possible for Creed.

Con Air won  won a special Razzie for Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property.  I loved Con Air.  It was over the top fun and yeah, the ending did involve a plane crash landing in Vegas but did that deserve a special Razzie?  Oh, why not?  

Interview with a Vampire tied for a Razzie in the category for Worst Screen Couple.  The IwaV couple was Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.  Who did they tie with?  Sly Stallone and Sharon Stone from The SpecialistInterview with a Vampire is a movie that I have liked more with each viewing.  I’m not alone in that opinion – the movie was a box-office success and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. 

Two Trailers for “A Quiet Place 2” – “Questions Answered” and “The Super Bowl Spot”

Here are a couple of trailers for A Quiet Place 2.  I’m looking forward AQP2 even more than the original!

First up is A Quiet Place Part II – “Questions Answered”

Go behind the scenes with filmmaker John Krasinski and star Emily Blunt as they talk about leaving the path of safety and going into the unknown. #AQuietPlace Part II, coming to theatres this March.

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Next we have A Quiet Place Part II (2020) – The Super Bowl Trailer

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Who was the All-Time Most Evil Dracula?

Yesterday we looked at the best movie Dracula.  Today we’ll answer who is the most evil Dracula.  The answer is, of course, the real person Dracula was based on: Vlad III aka Vlad the Impaler, the Prince of Wallachia (now known as Romania).

Most folks know that the real-life Vlad III was infamous for killing his enemies by impaling them, but that’s just one of the many evil things he did.  Eli Nixon at Listverse details much more in 10 Fascinating Facts About The Real Dracula.  Normally, with posts like this, I list my three favorite facts, but here there were no favorites.  Vladd III was truly a horrible human being and much worse than any movie Dracula.

Who is the All-Time Best Dracula?

Kayleigh Donaldson created a ranking of her choices for the best movie Dracula in her post BATTLE OF THE DRACULAS: WHO IS KING OF THE VAMPIRES? at Syfy.com.   Her list is a good one although our top three choices are different.  Christopher Lee did make both of our lists (coming in second on her list and third on mine).

Here are our top three with my final thoughts following…

Kayleigh Donaldson

Craig Zablo

1. Gary Oldman – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) 1. Claes Bang – Dracula (2020)
2. Christopher Lee – Dracula (1958) 2. Bela Lugosi – Dracula (1931)
3. Zhang Wei-Qiang – Dracula: Pages From a
Virgin’s Diary
3. Christopher Lee – Dracula (1958)

1. Claes Bang – Dracula (2020):  Until this year Bela Lugosi was the definitive Dracula for me.  Claes Bang changed all of that with his performance in Dracula (2020).   Bang’s Dracula is truly terrifying, seductive and powerful.  Like Lugosi’s Dracula, it’s a movie that I will enjoy revisiting.

2. Bela Lugosi – Dracula (1931):  Lugosi was perfectly cast as Dracula and until this year his performance had risen above all others in playing the Count.  I still love his performance and find it sad that he was never able to shine so brightly in another movie.

3. Christopher Lee – Dracula (1958):  It’s only been in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate Lee’s Dracula.  The Hammer films didn’t resonate with me when I was younger.  I guess I was spoiled by the Universal Monsters.  Christopher Lee’s Dracula is the favorite of many folks and it’s hard to argue against him because he was great in the role.

Click over and check out how your favorite Draculas faired in BATTLE OF THE DRACULAS: WHO IS KING OF THE VAMPIRES?.

Rot & Ruin Novels or Webtoon by Jonathan Maberry

Ask most folks if they are familiar with Rot & Ruin and if they are, they’ll begin talking about Jonathan Maberry’s award-winning four book series that takes place in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America.  The series is good enough to have twice won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.

But that’s not the Rot & Ruin I’m talking about today.

Today I’m talking about the Rot & Ruin webtoon.  Adapted by Mayberry with art by Alempe, this Rot & Ruin posts an update every Monday.

Benny Imura and his friends must navigate a post-apocalyptic zombie-infected America in which teenagers are forced to find labor or face starvation. When Benny grudgingly joins his annoying older brother Tom as an apprentice zombie hunter, he soon discovers that almost everything he believed about his sheltered life is wrong–and zombies aren’t the greatest thing to fear in the Rot & Ruin. Based on the novel Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

Check it out!

John Carpenter Documentary “Big John” is Here!

If you’re a John Carpenter fan, you should enjoy the French documentary Big John which is embedded below.  It features a lot of Carpenter talking frankly about his career making movies and music, plus interviews with celebs who’ve worked with him and more.  If you don’t speak French, you can fast forward through those sections since they don’t have subtitles.

Ranking John Carpenter’s Movies

The folks at Film School Rejects decided to Rank The Movies Directed By John Carpenter.  This sounded like fun, so I decided to play along.  Below are my rankings and thoughts…

The Ward (2010)
Village of the Damned (1995)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

The films above I haven’t seen.

15.  Dark Star (1974)  I don’t know if I have ever seen the whole thing.  It just didn’t resonate with me.  Most folks really like it.

14.  The Fog (1980)  I saw this on its theatrical release and it left me flat.  Which surprised me because I was expecting a lot.

13.  Someone’s Watching Me! (1978)  Watched this before I knew who John Carpenter was.  It was good.

12.  Vampires (1998)  I thought James Woods was miscast.

11.  Elvis (1979)  Who knew Kurt Russell could impersonate Elvis (and later Clint Eastwood)?

10.  Christine (1983)  Saw this at the theater and thought it was well done.

9.  Ghosts of Mars (2001)  Sci-fi action directed by Carpenter.  What’s not to like?

8.  Escape from L.A. (1996)  I was so excited about the return of Snake Plissken under the creative team of Carpenter and Russell.  Sadly the film played up the camp more than I would have liked.

7.  Big Trouble in Little China (1986)  My wife and I along with another couple saw BTiLC on its opening weekend.  I really liked it.  No one else in the group did.  Kurt Russell steals the show.

6.  They Live (1988)  Surprisingly good.  Roddy Piper was the perfect lead.  I felt the ending was a bit off but not enough to really matter.

5.  Starman (1984)  Big budget and big stars.  Perhaps my wife’s favorite Carpenter flick because it’s a good one.

4.   Halloween (1978)  Another Carpenter classic.  I first saw it in a drive-in and had sound problems through part of the film.  The movie still worked.  That is a sign of great direction!

3.  The Thing (1982)  I saw it on it’s initial theatrical release in a nearly empty theater.  Reaction from fans and critics wasn’t good.  Over the years that has all changed.  I thought it was a mistake remaking a classic but Carpenter pulled it off.

2.   Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)  This is the movie that made me a John Carpenter fan.  Thank God for VHS.  Low budget but man, does Carpenter make it work.  Darwin Joston was perfect casting.  I always thought we’d see more from him.

1.  Escape from New York (1981)  I saw EfNY several times on it’s first theatrical release and loved it.  I still do.