Jaws, one of my favorite creature features, returned to theaters for a one-night-only screening on June 21st to honor its 40th anniversary. I was there, and as I watched one of my favorite movies in the company of a few other Jaws lovers, it got me thinking about having another ofNuketown's Monster Weeks.
Dungeons are the cornerstone of the fantasy RPGs. Even as games become more story-driven, even when we give up slaying the dragon in exchange for founding a kingdom, the lure of the dungeons is still there. This page is dedicated to dungeons in all their impossible glory.
The Cabin in the Words is the ultimate meta monster movie. It lovingly explains exactly why all those countless teenagers in all those terrible creature features movies had to die, and does so in amusing -- yet horrifying -- fashion.
There are certain animals that simply creep people out. Endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS have shown us that sharks, spiders, and snakes are misunderstood creatures, but that doesn't stop up from secretly worrying about being strangled in our sleep by giant reptiles.
Eight Legged Freaks is a throwback to the radiation-infused monster movies of 1950s, in which fallout from a nuclear weapon causes fauna to grow to unusual size and then go on a murderous rampage. In Eight-Legged Freaks, it's toxic waste that causes the runaway growth of arachnids at a local spider farm.
The Relic is a
Alien-rip off creature feature with delusions of scientific authenticity, unlikeable characters, and an underwhelming monster. It's appearance on Netflix streaming may tempt you to watch it, but you're better of watching one of the many Tremors sequels available on the service.
The night I went to see Prometheus, a friend tried to wave us off, calling the movie a "hot mess". We saw it anyway ... and she wasn't wrong. This isn't to say it doesn't have it's moments, but the film is ultimately beautiful flawed.