Gonji: Dark Ventures

Okay, time for a book review! I know this blog focuses primarily on movie & TV monsters, but literary beasties can also receive some love on this blog from time to time…. and this particular book is FULL of weird critters! GONJI: DARK VENTURES is written by T.C. Rypel and comprises two tales featuring theContinue reading “Gonji: Dark Ventures”

Captain Sindbad (1963)

The villainous El Kerim (Pedro Armendáriz) uses magic and brute force to take control of the kingdom of Baristan. Hearing that Sindbad (Guy Williams) is sailing there to see his girlfriend, the Princess Jana (Heidi Brühl), El Kerim decides to rid himself of this potential thorn in his side by sending rocs to destroy theContinue reading “Captain Sindbad (1963)”

Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963)

Also known as ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE or simply MATANGO, Ishiro (GOJIRA) Honda’s horror film is partly based on the short story ‘The Voice in the Night’ by William Hope Hodgson. The movie starts in a Tokyo hospital, where a man (Akira Kubo) recounts events that have led to him residing in a barredContinue reading “Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963)”

Love and Monsters (2020)

The chemical fallout from hundreds of rockets used to destroy an asteroid on a collision course with Earth causes all cold-blooded creatures to mutate into monsters of varying sizes. A large percentage of the human population is wiped out and survivors now live in isolated groups in underground colonies. Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) is oneContinue reading “Love and Monsters (2020)”

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Set in Spain 200 years ago, the story begins with a beggar (Richard Wordsworth of THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT fame) displeasing a spiteful, cruel marquess, who has the homeless man thrown into his dungeon, where he is forgotten. Years later the mute daughter of the dungeon’s jailer (Yvonne Romain) rejects the advances of the now-decrepit (andContinue reading “The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)”

The Yinyang Master (2021)

This big scale Chinese fantasy movie is based on a game called Onmyoji, which was itself based on the Onmyoji series of novels by Japanese author Baku Yumemakura. Main character Qing Ming is a part-human, part-demon officer (of the Yinyang Bureau) and his duty is to guard demon/monster souls and keep the powerful, supernatural ScaleContinue reading “The Yinyang Master (2021)”

The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity (2020)

This Chinese fantasy flick has a story involving a giant evil snake demon, four masters sent to the Imperial City to awaken stone statue guardians, a killer Hair Demon, an immortal princess, characters becoming almost super powered, and magic spells that are similar to the magic portals used in DOCTOR STRANGE. The film, as youContinue reading “The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity (2020)”