Archive for monsters

Mad Monster Party (1967)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 31, 2012 by adam

Aw man, it’s the final Flavor of 2012. This year I saved a family classic for the finale, Rankin & Bass’ Mad Monster Party. The actual title is Mad Monster Party?, but I get uncomfortable putting end punctuation in the middle of a sentence.

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Camel Spiders (2011)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 15, 2012 by adam

Here at 31 Flavors of Terror, I make every effort to select only movies that have at least some chance of exceeding expectations. Not every movie can be Halloween or The Cabin in the Woods. But many low-budget, unheralded films have unexpected value. I don’t give you movies I know will be terrible. Except sometimes I do. Continue reading

The Boogens (1981)

Posted in movies with tags on October 8, 2012 by adam

80s cult favorite The Boogens recently got its very own Blu-Ray release, but I screwed up my Netflix queue so I didn’t have it at home when I meant to. I could have gone with something else but I was really in a mood. It’s not available to stream from Netlflix, Amazon or Hulu, so I was kinda out of options. (I don’t use those shady torrent sites because I’m terrified every click will download gigabytes of Slovenian fetish porn viruses to my hard drive.) What’s that, YouTube? I know there’s nothing illegal or eSyphilitic about you, but you’re only good for skateboarding dogs and amateur surgery videos, right? No?

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Detention (2011)

Posted in movies with tags , , , , on October 3, 2012 by adam

Hold the fucking phone, we need to take a moment here. Did you guys hear about this? A bunch of scientists just discovered that a known bacteria has like a billion times more resistance to toxic metals than previously believed. This grants the microbes in question the unique ability to feast on a naturally occurring liquid called gold chloride, which is both worthless and highly toxic. And the little bastards POOP PURE GOLD. How is this not the biggest headline in every newspaper? Won’t this immediately destabilize global commodities markets? Was I premature in knocking down an old lady to steal her groceries? I didn’t think so.

Microbial alchemy, man. Wild. You toss these bad boys in a puddle of toxic slush and suddenly where you expected to see a bunch of disposable, unremarkable junk, you find a nugget of something immensely valuable….not unlike today’s surprisingly decent flavor, Detention!

Hoo boy did I reach for that one. But for reals, gold poop. Gnar.

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TrollHunter (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 6, 2011 by adam


America has the myth of the Sasquatch, Eastern Europe gave us vampires, and zombies are generally thought to come from Haiti by way of West Africa. But did you know that humble Norway lays claim to its own well-known, homegrown monster? The troll, versatile staple of fantasy worlds from Middle Earth to Harry Potter’s England, originated in Norse mythology. More than just a bit player in a pantheon of monsters, the troll has for centuries occupied a central position as the preeminent Scandinavian bandersnatch. (Thank you, dictionary.com word of the day!) With that in mind it’s surprising it took this long for a Norwegian production company to put together enough financing to build a movie that would appeal to fanatical western genre audiences. Fortunately 2010’s TrollHunter (Trolljegeren) fills that void rather nicely, combining impressive visuals with decent if imperfect found footage framing. Somewhere in Italy, Claudio Fragasso is sharpening his pencil and biding his time.

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