Puppet Master will forever be remembered as the film that not only launched Full Moon Entertainment, but also one of the longest-running franchises in horror history. Including spinoffs and reboots, and a solo film for the franchise’s most iconic character titled Blade: The Iron Cross, the franchise is now fourteen entries long. Because of that, when people discuss Puppet Master they tend to discuss the franchise as a whole. That simply tends to be the way these things go. Discussions of Friday the 13th tend to be all-encompassing rather than simply focusing on the original film. That seems to be…

Halloween III had not been successful in theaters, to the point that instead of marking a new direction for the franchise as had been the plan, it nearly killed it instead. Through no fault of its own, too, because it’s extremely good. Audiences had simply not taken to the new direction, probably because there had already been two films following the same story before that. It was clear that viewers wanted the Halloween they knew. They wanted to music, the mask, the town, the atmosphere and more than anything they wanted Michael Myers. While that decision probably became obvious about…

All of the X-Men have been through a lot. Most of them have died, most of them have lost some if not everyone they hold most dear. They’ve been beaten down again and again. Some have had privileged, structured home lives throughout their childhood and had to have those things stripped away when their powers manifested at puberty. But Nightcrawler never got that. Along with several other mutants, he’s a character who has looked very different from birth. In fact, for him, birth was the first hardship he had to survive, as his mother Mystique feared so much for the…

Video stores were essential to my childhood. They were an integral part of my growing up. They were not only obviously instrumental in establishing my love of film, of the horror genre and so many movies and franchises I am passionate about to this day, they were simply my favorite place to be. Now that I’m over thirty, video stores have been gone (for the most part) for quite some time. It’s been over a decade since I last stepped foot in one. The last one I ever visited even semi-regularly was the Movie Gallery in Farmington, Maine, where I…

Elektra is one of Marvel’s most fascinating characters and has been all too often mistakenly shrugged off as one of its most one-note. She is, to say the least, not all that in touch with her emotions and this often leads people to incorrectly assume her character is flat or uninteresting. That couldn’t be further from the truth, of course, but the perception remains unswayed even after her appearances in both film and television, some of which treated the character better than others. …

“Fool for Love” is not always listed in articles on Buffy’s best episodes, but it should be, because it is genuinely one of the best of the series. It’s a standout from an already incredibly strong season, but is noteworthy for a few other reasons as well. Obviously the most important and central thing about it is that it is the episode that flashes back to finally give the viewer what is, for all intents and purposes, Spike’s origin story. We see how he started, how he became a vampire and how he developed his personality, carefully and intentionally, into…

Growing up in the ’90s, I would’ve killed for the surge of comic book movies we have now. Over ten X-Men related films, an actual Marvel Cinematic Universe that’s 20+ movies deep, I wouldn’t have been able to even conceive of that when Marvel’s only theatrical feature was Howard the Duck. But at the same time, I gleefully accepted what we were given. I was a very grateful young fan. I didn’t need films when I had a surge of Marvel cartoons, all in their own vaguely connected universe. But other than the two Pizza Hut tie-in videos of X-Men…

Friday the 13th Part 2 had been a gamble, even though it sounds like anything but. Sequels seem like a guarantee, after all, that’s why there are so many of them in the first place. If one thing proves to be successful, then it seems natural that more of that thing will only be even better. But sequels were not nearly as commonplace as they are today when Friday the 13th Part 2 was released in 1981. Jaws 2 and Superman II had preceded it and Halloween II would be released that very same year. They had certainly existed before…

Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can’t recall any precise moment of introduction to it, because it was just always there. My parents had recorded all three (at the time) films off of USA. My first experience with the movies was with the original versions, technically, but also with regular commercial breaks. And I didn’t mind it one bit. From the time I was old enough to talk, I’d be watching those on repeat. Later on, when I hit school, I became friends with people who actually owned them…

Just as Dracula famously has his great love, the Count himself has been one of mine for as long as I can remember. The Universal Monsters were the foundational building blocks of my horror education. And even before I saw those classic movies at a very young age, there were cartoon counterparts in things like Mad Monster Party and Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, which I’d been watching since I’d at least been old enough to speak. We had a hanging light-up Dracula Halloween decoration that made noise and had glowing green eyes, which absolutely scared the hell out…

Nat Brehmer

Nat Brehmer is a writer for Bloody Disgusting, Wicked Horror, Council of Zoom and more. Find him on Twitter @NatBrehmer

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