31 Days of Nightmares -- It Follows & The Purge: Anarchy

It’s a 2-for-1 special tonight with a rewatch of my favorite horror movie of the last five years and a sequel with surprising strength. It Follows I went to see It Follows at the theater — I have a habit…

31 Days of Nightmares -- Exeter

Teens party and screw around in an abandoned insane asylum. I don’t think I can come up with a less creative setup for a horror movie. That’s fine, though. A movie doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel to be awesome….

31 Days of Nightmares -- 2015 Edition

For the last few years I’ve been watching one horror movie every night for the entire month of October, and last year I started reviewing each of them. Now that I’ve got the site up and running again, what better…

Some of My Favorite Horror Movies

The excellent fellows from the Stuff You Should Know podcast asked me out of the blue the other night if I could list my favorite horror movies. Can I list my favorite horror movies?! Is a bear Catholic? .@robotviking Grabster,…

The Best Things George R.R. Martin Created (That Aren't Game of Thrones)

Creating an epic, sprawling fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire seems like an author’s life’s work, but it’s certainly not the only thing George R.R. Martin has achieved. His short stories and novels were taking us to…

Remember Inside UFO 54-40, the Unwinnable "Choose Your Own Adventure"?

Trapped aboard a huge alien spaceship, you wander the corridors and meet weird aliens for all eternity, endlessly seeking a utopia you can never reach. Kind of heavy stuff for a 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book. But it was…

True Detective -- Black Maps and Motel Rooms

That True Detective episode gave us a lot to digest, but strangely, not a lot to talk about. Before we get to the calamitous events at the end, let’s get the bullshit out of the way. Because last week I…

How Samurai Work

The samurai are the legendary armored swordsmen of Japan, known to many westerners only as a warri­or class, as depicted in countless martial arts movies. While being a warrior was central to a samurai’s life, they were also poets, politicians,…

How To Win On Cutthroat Kitchen

Watching Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen can be frustrating for gamers — the contestants may be great chefs, but they don’t know crap about using the rules of a game to maximize their chances of victory. If you’re appearing on the…

True Detective -- Church in Ruins

“Cross that one off the bucket list — a Mexican standoff with actual Mexicans.” Frank’s sardonic sense of humor not withstanding, I don’t have a lot to say about this week’s True Detective. It was pretty disappointing, poorly written, badly…

The Best Motor Oil for the Average Car

Motor oil is a tough subject because of the complex chemistry involved and the difficulty seeing the actual effects of different formulations or brands. To solve this puzzle, I threw out everything I thought I knew about oil and spent…

Film Review -- The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

I was expecting the usual remake, something with more realistic gore effects and blandly pretty actors than the original, but not as much grit or soul. But this odd meta-sequel surprised me. To begin, this isn’t a remake at all,…

True Detective -- Other Lives

What seemed to be a kind of boring procedural episode held a huge, bizarre clue that things might be weirder than they seem. Once again it’s all about surface and submersion. I’ll admit, even as a self-proclaimed True Detective fanboy,…

10 Bizarre Ways a Volcano Can Kill You

Obviously, an erupting volcano can kill you in several direct ways — typically via heat and/or explosive force. But there are some rare and weird ways to die near a volcano. Did you know that a volcano can make your…