You may recall I was on Screen Junkies back in May to discuss some of my favorite movie monsters when the new Godzilla movie was hitting theaters. Just this past week, they had me back on along with Alison Haislip and Maddox to have a bracket-style tournament so we could try to decide what our favorite Christopher Nolan movie was in preparation of Interstellar hitting theaters. Here's the episode:
Shortly after the Screen Junkies shoot, I was invited back to appear on their "Movie Fights" show, and it was an incredibly fun & passionate hour-long debate about various movie topics including the new Star Wars title, Interstellar, the best directors working today, and more. We laughed a lot during that hour and I can't wait to do it again. Here's the show:
You can also listen to the episode on iTunes if you prefer it in podcast form.
Hope you enjoy both of these shows as it's always a great time talking with them and I'm glad we'll be doing more in the future. Lemme know what you think of both episodes and if you agree/disagree with what I had to say in the comments section below. Speaking of shows, I've posted some new videos to my YouTube channel recently, so be sure to check 'em out if you haven't already. That's all for now, but plenty o' updates coming soon!
This past weekend, I attended the 2014 Comikaze expo and once again had a blast meeting fans, seeing some incredible cosplayers, talking with Tommy "The Room" Wiseau and Troma's LLoyd Kaufman, and running into some icons from my childhood including John "Jambi" Paragon. As it always seems to be the case with any convention I visit, I got a bit overexcited and started yelling at absolutely everything in sight. Fortunately, we filmed every bit of it, so I hope you enjoy my Comikaze 2014 coverage in the two videos below:
And here's part 2:
Hope you enjoyed the new videos, because this was easily the most fun we've had at Comikaze so far! Big thanks to John (Dr. Boogie) for following me around all day with the camera. As always, please drop a comment on the video pages and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already. More videos coming soon!
Every year, I turn my television into a Halloween Horror Movie Altar by surrounding it with some of my favorite lights and decorations, and it has certainly served me well this season. I feel like I've been watching a nonstop loop of horror movies and Halloween TV episodes for the past two months. Or has it been years? I tend to lose all track of time whenever my favorite season rolls around. But today is Halloween, and we're lucky enough to have it fall on a Friday this year, so I hope you'll all get out there and do as many Halloweeny activities as you possibly can tonight and throughout the weekend! Go trick-or-treating, put together a killer costume and go to a Halloween party, go see a horror movie marathon with your friends, turn your home into a haunted house, visit your nearest graveyard and high-five a zombie... whatever it is you wanna do, just enjoy it! Halloween is all about fun and you need to do something to celebrate it!
Halloween marks the culmination of two lengthy months of nonstop, obsessive work dedicated to my favorite holiday, so that combined with the all the fun activities going on is all the reason I need to celebrate it until my body demands that I allow it to rest. Then I eat more candy and force it to stay awake for another five hours. I dedicate an entire two months to Halloween every year. It's a huge undertaking that swallows my life from September 1st - October 31st, but it's always an absolute blast to work on and it's incredibly awesome that so many of you have made it part of your annual celebrations as well. Knowing you're enjoying all this spooky stuff I do is what keeps me going. As always, there have been a ton of updates to the site over the past two months, so here's a handy recap of some of the highlights you may have missed:
-We saw Boo Berry and company each receive retro and modern Monster Cereal box designs.
-We learned all about how many classic Pinball Machines can entertain and horrify us.
-We made more Halloween Club Packs than ever before, and they still completely sold out once again. (Thank you!!)
-We were baffled by how Night Trap was such a controversial video game for the Sega CD system.
-We listened to more tunes on the Jack-O-Juke - our Halloween music jukebox with over 200 spooky songs and counting!
-We saw Doc Mock do his best to get the Domino Rally Ghost Ride playset to actually work.
-We ate bowls of Candy Corn Pebbles cereal and discovered it tastes like maple syrup for some inexplicable reason.
-We learned just how awful Jaws IV: The Revenge truly is.
-We saw some new entries added into ever-growing list of the Greatest Horror Movie Moments.
-We devoured Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Donuts and walked away with a slime bucket.
-We proved that wearing Slimer on your head is always fashionable.
-We took a trip back east and paid a visit to a Monster Mini Golf course in New York.
-We learned some valuable life lessons from Serial Mom.
-We visited Son of Monsterpalooza and saw an incredible gallery dedicated to the Bride of Frankenstein.
-We marveled over how Eerie Magazine produced some truly amazing covers during its run.
-We agreed that a Monster Cereal Mansion is the best home anyone could ever hope to live in.
-We saw the fantastic return of Tales From The Longbox, with an in-depth review of the original Nightmare on Elm Street comic books.
-We saw some bootleg Sungold Monster Toys, including a Freddy Krueger figure with a face tattoo.
-We were invited to another Los Angeles Halloween Convention and had a fantastic time.
-We were hypnotized by the Radko Halloween Candolier and its magical pumpkin bubbles.
-We discovered that Horror Movie Paperback Covers are often better than the movie posters.
-We conducted yet another massive and extremely thorough Halloween Candy Taste Test.
-We saw another collection of amazing and insane Foreign Horror Movie Posters.
-We laughed at just how wonderfully ridiculous Leprechaun In Space really is.
-We cringed at the Worst Halloween Costumes of the 2014 season.
-We were totally surprised when General Mills sent us an amazing Monster Makeover collection of their Monster Cereal boxes.
-We learned that the music video for "Torture" by The Jacksons is just as important to watch in October as Thriller.
-We saw how Universal Studios Party Monsters celebrate the season better than any of us.
-We were happy to see The Creature from the Black Lagoon get an art show dedicated all to him!
-And last but not least, we decided that Nightmare Feddy is even better than Freddy Krueger, and we all want to be his friend.
You know there is no time I enjoy more than Halloween each year, and having so many of you making I-Mockery your online Halloween home truly makes it all the better. I really try to give you guys the best and widest variety of Halloween coverage you'll find anywhere online every season - from visiting haunts and reviewing movies, to taste testing candies and tracking down the most absurd novelties and more, I always try to make every season special and filled with surprises. Please stick around and continue to share the site with your friends, and I'll do my best to keep that tradition going strong for years to come.
I'll likely have some post-Halloween photos up here along with some other big site updates soon, so be sure to check back often. As always, I must thank Dr. Boogie and Protoclown for their fantastic contributions to our Halloween celebration. I also gotta give Re major credit for allowing me to make our home look like it was hit by a Halloween hurricane these past few months.
Of course, a huge thanks again to you for sticking with us during our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. It's a lot of work to put all this content together, but it's a lot of fun too, and your continued feedback definitely helps keep my energy up throughout the season. If you haven't already, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and uh... tumble us on Tumblr. This is a completely independent web site, and we rely entirely on people like YOU to spread the word about it, so please do so if you can... it helps more than you could imagine!
Please drop a comment below (whether you're logged in or not) and lemme know what you thought of the Halloween season and what your favorite articles were. Also, let me know what your Halloween plans are and feel free to post photos of your costumes if you're dressing up or your decorations or any other Halloweeny things you like!
Thanks again everyone and have a keen Halloweeeeeen!
Doc Mock's Mini Mausoleum has returned for another spooktacular YouTube episode, and this time he reviews the scariest set of dominoes you'll ever lay your eyes on: The Domino Rally Glow In The Dark Ghost Ride!
Thanks for watching and be sure to drop a comment to lemme know what you think of these spooky Halloween dominoes! Also, if you missed the previous Doc Mock episodes, you can check them out here: Halloween Cuponk set and Baby Ghost Ducks.
Lastly, since this set looked so amazing when lit up with black lights (just like it did in the Domino Rally commercial), I decided to take some close-up photos of the individual components for you. You can click on any one of them to see a larger version. Hit the jump to see all the pics. Hope you enjoy 'em! (more...)
I don't usually post other people's videos on here, but my pal Ethan Newberry (who many of you know as "Licky" from our Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum show) has been doing some really impressive runs in recent times, and he films all of them to share on YouTube. However, this past weekend he was training at night for a run when something extremely creepy happened to him. Rather than try to explain it, I'll let you watch the footage he just posted:
Has anything like this ever happened to you when you were out at night? Drop a comment a comment below and lemme know!
Over the years, I've noticed that companies aren't including extras like toys, stickers, and other novelties in boxes of cereal nearly as much as they used to. Sure, your mom may not have bought your favorite brand of cereal when you were a kid, but at least it came with an awesome toy surprise! Nowadays, you're lucky to get anything more than a crossword puzzle on the back of the box or a link to a promotional web site that tries to get you to buy some more crap. What happened to the good stuff? What happened to collecting UPC codes for special mail-away offers?
To illustrate just how much times have changed, I wanted to share with you what is the greatest cereal mail-away offer of all time. I'm speaking of the Monster Cereals Monster Mansion!
That's right, back in 1981, if you ate a few boxes of cereal and forked over a measly $13, you could get your very own mansion. I mean holy shit; does that not put things in perspective when compared with the cereal box extras of today? Sure, kids these days can have just about any video game they want and a world of information all in the palm of their hands, but you know what they can't have? A corrugated cardboard mansion covered in monsters as a reward for eating sugary cereal come Halloween each year. Future technology be damned; kids of the eighties clearly made out better.
The mansion itself was four feet tall and featured all the monster cereal mascots of the time - Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and yes, even Fruit Brute just before he was replaced by Fruity Yummy Mummy. Also included were a a few "batty bats", "silly spiders", a "springy snake", and the requisite "Monster Membership Cards" that any proper clubhouse needs. It even had a few balconies that could easily hold your favorite Monster Cereal toys or just about any other action figures.
While I missed out on the offer when I was a kid, I've long since dreamed of owning this Monster Mansion. As you can imagine, not a lot of these cardboard monstrosities survived over the decades, so they've become quite the collector's item that often fetch prices of $500 or more. Well, late last year I was lucky enough to stumble on a seller on eBay who apparently scanned the original pieces of the cardboard mansion and decided to make miniature hand-painted reproductions of it. This person only made a handful of them, but he truly went through the painstaking process of including every little detail to make these replica monster mansions nearly perfect. As one of the few people who was fortunate to score one of these repros, I thought you'd all enjoy a rare look at the beautiful Monster Mansion:
Here we have the front of the Monster Mansion in all its splendor. The front doors swing open and you can place small toys up in the balcony. What's nice is additional cut-out figures were included that you could tack onto various slits around the mansion.
Here's a look at the rooftop from the side where we see Boo Berry peering out of an opening way up in the attic. I'm guessing that's where he keeps his cereal stash, or whatever it is that's been giving him those heavy eyelids all these years.
Another feature of the mansion was the "Monster Face Wheel". See how Boo Berry is in the window on the left there? You can spin a wheel inside the castle to select which monster face you want to have peeking out of the window. There were two of these wheels included for each side of the mansion. It's also become evident that our favorite cereal monsters are capable of cloning themselves. Each side of the castle has the main three monsters looking out of a window along with an additional cut-out figure; this side has a Chocula one, the other side has Franken Berry.
I was glad to see there was a Fruit Brute cut-out, and it makes it look like he's either jumping off of the roof or jumping up to the balcony. I also like the other Fruit Brute pictured above the balcony who appears to have chewed his way out of the castle. No wonder they canceled his cereal back in the day... he was literally eating the other monsters out of house and home.
And lastly, here's a shot of the other Monster Face Wheel, this time with Fruit Brute admiring the dead tree creeping its way up the outer mansion walls. The artwork may be simple, but man do I love it.
Alrighty, that about does it. I hope you've enjoyed this detailed look at what I consider to be the greatest cereal mail-away promo ever offered to kids. Please drop a comment below and let me know what you think about it. Also, what are some of your other favorite monster cereal toys & mail-away offers from over the years? And to General Mills, if you're reading this, please bring back this Monster Mansion offer (or at least some mail-away offers like it). You've given us the retro monster cereal boxes, now it's time to complete the circle by giving us the retro cereal offers. Make it happen, Big G!
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