MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Black Moon by Ghoulish Productions

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Catalog photo of Black Moon.

Growing up, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. There was just something about that fall night that excited me, even more so than with Christmas. I love the history of the holiday and everything that it represents. I have so many fond memories trick-or-treating and actually “feeling” that the barrier between the living and the dead was thinner. There was something about the air every Halloween night…it was just different.

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The Basement Book Shelf: “Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of the Monsters”

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I cannot remember a time when I was not a Godzilla fan. I have vivid memories from a very early age watching Godzilla movies every weekend on the local UHF stations and enjoying week-long marathons during school vacation weeks. To this day I still love these films, not only for the nostalgic aspect of them but also because they are just very creative and fun movies to watch.

 

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Getting Weird With “Weird Al” Yankovic

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Though this site usually focuses on the bizarre, I thought getting weird would also fit in nicely…as in “Weird Al” Yankovic. I have been a fan of Al’s since I first heard his parody of The Kinks “Lola” entitled “Yoda” on the Dr. Demento show in the mid-80’s. Fourteen albums later and I am still a fan, probably appreciating him now more than ever. As I got older, I found myself respecting what Al does more, not only with his clever writing but with his ability to imitate pretty much any musical style.

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ROADSIDE RHODE ISLAND: Mercy Brown, Rhode Island’s Most Famous Vampire

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The Brown family section of Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

Welcome to part one of my new series, ROADSIDE RHODE ISLAND. For such a small state we certainly have a lot of weirdness going on. This is actually one of the reasons I love living here so much! There are so many great places to visit and travel times to these locations are minimal. I am starting out big with this series covering Mercy Brown, probably the most infamous of vampires.

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THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “Remember The Future: The Distortions Unlimited Story” by Lee Lambert

 

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In 2015, Lee Lambert released a labor-of-love book on one of the greatest Halloween mask studios of all time, Don Post Studios. The book was huge, was very well received and personally, it’s one of my all time favorite books. I started collecting masks in the mid-1980’s and though I only collected Don Post masks on occasion, I certainly collected a lot of masks by Distortions Unlimited. Lee’s follow-up book is on this very company.

 

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Rest In Peace: Stanton Friedman

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For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by flying saucers. Growing up I would read every book I could get my hands on, oftentimes reading and re-reading the slim offerings at both my school and public library. I couldn’t get enough. Even today, I am still reading but found that I gravitated towards Stanton Friedman and his views on aliens and flying saucers. No one has done more for this subject than Mr. Friedman, both as an investigator and as an author. Though he was a nuclear physicist his books were never so technical that you couldn’t understand what he was writing about. His work just on Roswell is second to none and his passion was evident in everything he spoke and wrote about. If you were a sceptic and read his books, I guarantee that you would begin to have second thoughts based on the evidence he would present. His passing is quite the shock to me and it will take me awhile to realize that there will be no more interviews with him or new books to read. I always said to myself that if anyone was going to get to the bottom of the UFO phenomenon it was going to be Stanton Friedman. The world has lost a great man and I don’t think anyone will be able to do what he did. Rest in Peace, Stanton…hopefully you now know the truth.

THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING: Studies in the Horror Film by Lee Gambin

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To this day the debate continues. Which werewolf movie from 1981 is the superior one, John Landis’ AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON or the subject of this blog, Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING. To say that I am a fan of both is an understatement and to be honest, I do not understand why there is even a debate! They are both fantastic movies in their own right and credit must be given to all involved for bringing these films to the screen.

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THE BASEMENT’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: The Minnesota Iceman!

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Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals. These are either animals that were thought to have gone extinct in the past and yet are still being seen today or they are animals that no one has ever caught or officially recorded. Most accounts are based on eyewitness testimony or out of focus photos and though many reports seem bizarre or too good to be true, once in a while a new (or old) animal is discovered (or rediscovered) proving the eyewitnesses correct.

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The coelacanth, thought to be extinct for millions of years, was rediscovered in 1937.

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