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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THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “Movie Monsters in Scale: A Modeler’s Gallery of Science Fiction and Horror Figures and Dioramas

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Growing up, I loved monsters and always thought that the various plastic model kits offered by Aurora, Monogram and Revell were very cool. Though I did have some of these growing up, and had an absolute blast building them, I just never was able to paint them. My finishing skills on these kits were severely lacking and I found myself very jealous of the results some of my friends were getting with the very same kits.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Giant Spider (2013)

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The 1950’s. Perhaps my all-time favorite decade when it comes to movies. This was one of the most prolific times in movie history when it comes to science fiction and horror movies (according to Wikipedia there were almost 200 science fiction films released during this 10-year period). So many great movies came from this time and though many were forced to be made on miniscule budgets, the movies were oftentimes very original and above all else, they were all a lot of fun to watch. Because of the almost non-existent budgets and short production schedules, film crews had to be more creative with what little they had and this oftentimes lead to very atmospheric films that may not have worked as well if more money and time was available.

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KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS: William Shatner Treks Through Tarantulas!

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The 70’s were a special time for me. It was a great time to be a kid for so many reasons. I still vividly remember the cool toys like Micronauts and the 8″ Mego super-hero action figures (they are not dolls). Actually, pretty much any toy made by Mego at the time was cool! During this time there was also a constant availability of horror and monster movies to be seen on television.

This was also the time period that began my interest in entomology (the study of insects). Thanks to a Christmas gift of a kit for collecting butterflies and moths, I have had this interest ever since. Instead of actually collecting them now though, I am more into photography and conservation with them.

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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: Author Mark Voger

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For my first celebrity interview I would like to introduce Mark Voger, author of the book “Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America 1957-1972.” I recently reviewed this amazing book (see review HERE) and thought talking to the man who made it happen would be a great follow-up! If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it to every monster kid!

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THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX: Seasonal Music To Die For Part 3

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Welcome to part three of THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX, my ongoing series showcasing spooky tunes and scary melodies. So far, in the first two entries, I covered 45 cd compilations of Halloween novelty songs (you can see part one HERE and part two HERE)! This time, not only will I be featuring more cd compilations but digital downloads as well, 17 to be exact! These should be available either on iTunes or Amazon.

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