THE BASEMENT BLU-RAY REVIEW: Gappa the Triphibian Monster (1967)

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In the 1960’s Japanese monster movies were being made at rapid pace. The two largest producers of these films were Toho and Daei, who were releasing the extremely popular Godzilla and Gamera films respectively. On occasion, other smaller companies would try their hand at these films, hoping to cash in on these successes. Korea’s Toei company tried it in 1967 with Yongary, Monster of the Deep and that same year, Japanese company Nikkatsu released Gappa, the Triphibian Monster, also known as Monster from a Prehistoric Planet.

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ROADSIDE RHODE ISLAND: Sarah Tillinghast, RI’s Other Vampire

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Welcome to part two of my Roadside Rhode Island series. In part one, seen HERE, I talked about Mercy Brown, Rhode Island’s most famous vampire and possibly the inspiration for Bram Stoker when he wrote the book “Dracula.” As I mentioned before, Rhode Island is full of vampire legends and in this chapter, I explore yet another. Her name? Sarah Tillinghast.

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THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “The Dinosaur Filmography” by Mark F. Berry

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Two things that I enjoy a lot are dinosaurs and movie guides. For as long as I can remember I have loved dinosaurs and growing up would read what I could on the subject and would spend many weekends watching movies such as The Valley of Gwangi and The Land That Time Forgot. I have always loved dinosaur movies and I never cared how they were realized on film. Whether it was stop-motion animation, a guy in a suit or actual reptiles made up to look like dinosaurs, I was there enjoying every minute of it. Even if the stories were weak, as long as there was some kind of dinosaur I would watch whenever possible.

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Brain Creatures From Outer Space

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Throughout science fiction cinematic history, alien invaders have always been portrayed as vastly superior in intellect and development. Though we almost always thwart them in their attempts to take over the world, their initial attacks are usually spectacular and well thought out. Oftentimes the aliens were portrayed as having larger than usual craniums to represent having a larger brain. But what about the aliens whose heads were actually brain-like in appearance, or were actually a brain?

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Sam Unmasked by Trick or Treat Studios

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Catalog picture of this amazing mask.

In 2007, film maker Michael Dougherty released a film that would become an instant cult classic and is now a must-see film every October. The film, Trick ‘R Treat, introduced the world to Sam, a sort of defender of all of the rules and traditions of Halloween. The creation is one of the coolest creatures to come around in many years and one that fully represents the Halloween season.

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FILM BOOK OF FEAR: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

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1951 featured quite a few entries in the alien invasion genre, two in particular that are two of the all-time best science fiction films ever released! The first one is THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (see my coverage HERE) and the second is THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, directed by Robert Wise and starring Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal.

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OFF THE RACK COMICS: Ghostly Tales From The Haunted House (Charlton Comics) from Gwandanaland Comics

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I did the majority of my comic book reading in the 70’s and 80’s, at a time when there were really only a handful of companies producing comics. Back then, as is the case now, Marvel and DC were the two forces to be reckoned with, but there were also companies like Gold Key Comics and Charlton Comics that produced a regular stream of titles. Though their quality may not have measured up to the super-powers, they both offered many fun titles. For me Gold Key (sometimes sold in 3 issue collections in plastic bags under the Whitman Comics label) were fun for their UFO and flying saucer titles, oftentimes featuring beautifully painted covers that were some of the best covers seen at the time. Charlton (sometimes sold in 3 issue collections in plastic bags under the Modern Comics label) were popular for the horror and ghost comics, though they did produce a variety of war, superhero and romance comics (for the girls) as well.

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THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures & Truth” by Stephen Spignesi & William J. Birnes

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UFOs. Those unidentified flying objects that have been seen in the sky and reported since before biblical times. This is a subject that I have been fascinated with since I was a kid. I have read dozens upon dozens of books over the years and try to read as many of the new releases that come out as possible. I have read tales that boggle the mind, making you wonder what the witness was on when they “saw” what they claim to have seen. I have also read many very compelling stories, that have convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is more going on than people seeing the planet Venus or witnessing a flock of ducks flying overhead, with their undersides reflecting the lights from the city below.

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