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And now, Phantasman's Favorite Horror themed Animes!

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Konichiwa, bitches! Anime is among my favorite mediums in pop culture, and what's so great about this eastern method of animation is the exciting high concepts, voice acting who pour their soul into delivering great performances, amazing cinematography and storytelling most left unrestricted and unfiltered! So as a Horror enthusiast and commentator, I thought I'd throw in some of my favorite Horror Animes! Tokyo Ghoul What happens when you fall for a young lady who shares a mutual attraction, but just when you feel as if you're about to "hook up" in the biblical sense, she turns into a monster-tries to consume you only for you to be spared....or not, due to  organ transplant gone very bad? Tokyo Ghoul's premise is mostly focused around who has acquired a Ghoul's powers as well as  a desire to consume human flesh. It's obvious that one may compare "Ghoul" to the OVA classic, Wicked City thanks to the "Tales of two cities" trope, but

They have such sights to show you: My favorite Scary Cartoon Episodes!

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They have such sights to show you! There’s q general misconception that cartoons, especially those being produced in america, are tailored exclusively for children. But on the contrary, it's further from the truth. Since the early days of Bugs Bunny and Disney, there was plenty of adult content that managed to find its way into american cartoons, be it subtle, or blatant. With the advent of saturday morning cartoons during the 60’s and 70’s the FCC implemented restrictions when it came to violence and of course major animation studios like Filmation and Hanna Barbera adhered to these policies and dialed down any violent content that would be considered violent or harmful to a child’s mental development. As a result, there were Ghouls and monsters, or what were supposed to be “monsters” chasing down a bunch of teenagers and their mascot doggie, with songs  being played in the background. But “Ruh-roh, Raggy”, somewhere within the pacific, Japan is laughing at America!   However, the

Revenge on the Nerds! Toxicity in Geek Culture.

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So it's October the "official " start of Autumn, and a great time to watch scary movies or play horror themed videogames. But October also signifies the month of Breast cancer awareness and Bully prevention month.  The latter is unfortunately overlooked by most people, when it is just as  important as a Spooky holiday or acknowledging one of the worst forms of illness. Bullying is a mental illness and is deserving of recognition. It affects one's mental and emotional development, causing toxicity to both the victim as well as his or her perpetrator. In a perfect world, no one should be persecuted because of their interests in cinema, comics or even other hobbies that don't fit the status quo. However,  times have changed from the early Eighties as more and more people are unabashedly celebrating Geek Culture! But unfortunately, it's now the Geeks themselves who  once were picked on, have now become the oppressors thanks to the advent of the internet. You see p

The British Horror Invasion: My Favorite frighteners from the other side of the pond!

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. Preface  When asked about the cultural impact that was known as the British invasion, many Americans would refer to the Beatles or the Rolling stones. Needless to say, that they were referring to the imported music now personally speaking, As a kid, my first exposure of British Horror was without a doubt  the vast library of movies produced and distributed by the legendary Hammer Productions aka Hammer Films. These movies were mostly revisions based on the classic Universal Monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein which the main actors were Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. To their (Hammer’s) credit, most of the films provided very good versions of classic Monsters’ mythologies.  Despite the infamous Movie studio being responsible for my introduction to British Horror, I thought I would pay attention to UK based thrillers outside of Hammer. Besides, Hammer deserves their own spotlight! That said, here are some theatrical releases and even  televised miniseries that made the “cut”!

Not Ready for Hammer Time? Horror Express (1973)

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Lee and Cushing back together!! Kojak the Cossack! Aliens! Zombies! And all this taking place on a Train!! In this low budgeted spanish production, Director Eugenio Martin recruits two of Hammer's most iconic thespians' Peter Cushing and Dracula himself, Christopher Lee for this period piece sci fi horror tale that begins with Scientist Professor Alexander Saxton (Lee) narrating the discovery of a frozen prehistoric body during his expedition in Manchuria, China with Saxton taking accountability of  the events  that have occurred within the Trans-Siberian express. "The following report to the Royal Geological Society by the undersigned, Alexander Saxton, is a true and faithful account of events that befell the Society's expedition in Manchuria. As the leader of the expedition, I must accept responsibility for its ending in disaster, but I leave to the judgement of the honorable members of the Society the decision as to where the blame for the catastrophe lies." Th

Not Ready for "Hammer Time"? Psychomania (1973)

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Not ready for "Hammer Time" is a limited series dedicated to British/European horror films, produced outside of the infamous Hammer Studios brand, yet the unique concepts akin to England's House of Horror, are seen as Cult classics. Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers) Directed by Don Sharp So, what is this "Psychomania" all about? In this 1972 Proto-Punk thriller about an unruly gang if bikers resurrected from the dead Tom Latham, a psychopathic Teenager yet loves his Mother, a median who performs seances for shits and giggles and girlfriend Abby, is the leader of a notorious motorcycle gang called "The Living Dead " who wishes to cross the other side and by doing so, both he and his fellow delinquent biker bros, off themselves, only to come back to life and cause rampant chaos  within an English town. Tom is fascinated with immortality and what better way to achieve it by asking his Mother, who obliges Tom's wishes as with his late father. Tom an

"It's Hammer Time"! Twins of Evil (1971)

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Welcome back to “Its Hammer Time, where I pick a few of my favorite films from that Haunted House of Horror  across the Atlantic, Hammer Films! Here's yet another of my favourite recommendations- Twins of Evil! Tagline: “ One Uses Her Beauty For Love! One Uses Her Lure For Blood! Which is the Virgin? Which is the Vampire?” What happens when a thrill seeker gets more than what she bargained for? Well, Hammer's Twins of Evil has the answer! Loosely based on the vampire tale Carmilla   and part of Hammer’s Karnstein Trilogy, (And often seen as the prequel despite its release after the previous Films: The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire .)  Twins of Evil, is set within nineteenth century middle-Europe, where orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, (Played by the legendary actor and Hammer staple, Peter Cushing) who heads the Brotherhood, a vigilante religious sect whose holy crusade is to stamp out