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The Lost Masterpiece

The following is an article from Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader. A few years ago one of our BRI writers saw the classic 1931 horror film Dracula for the first time …and thought it was terrible. He never knew there was a story behind why the film had so many problems -or even that [...]

Schlock Jocks: TV’s Coolest Horror Hosts

In 1957, Universal Pictures leased a package of classic horror films and forgotten B-movies to television stations across the country. To promote the package, stations hired actors (and sometimes newscasters and weathermen) to play emcees in the guise of mad scientists, vampires and ghouls. By the mid-1960s, almost every major American city had their own [...]

I Remember Ed Wood

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Great Big Bathroom Reader. Ask any film buff to name the worst directors of all-time, and you can be sure Ed Wood’s name will come up. He’s become a legend for films like Plan 9 From Outer Space -a movie so bad it needs to be seen just [...]

10 Gorilla Guys

Hollywood loves gorillas. They are mysterious and scary, yet close enough to human for an actor to play one. Many actors and special effects pros have portrayed gorillas at one time or another in movies such as Gorillas in the Mist or the Planet of the Apes series, but some became particularly known for being [...]

A Fantastic Fantasia Fantasy

I always liked Fantasia, but since I’ve been watching it as a kid, I had no idea just how significant the movie was to both Disney and the history of motion pictures in general. Did you know that it was the first movie ever made featuring stereoscopic sound? Or that the original showings were supposed [...]

It Was a Graveyard Smash: The Story of The Monster Mash

From “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” to Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song,” holiday novelty songs are always a fun way to celebrate, but they are rarely considered good music in their own right. “The Monster Mash” is a rare exception, reaching number one on the Billboard charts and becoming a Halloween classic ever since. [...]

7 Modern Werewolves You Need To Know

Time to get in the mood for Halloween! While werewolves predate Greek mythology, the story of Lycaon is still one of the earliest examples of a man shapeshifting into an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature. If you recall, Lycaon was transformed into a wolf after eating human flesh. Skip ahead to our times and shapeshifters abound on [...]

10 Absurd Facts About the Worst Director of All Time

October 10th was the birthday of Ed Wood, Jr. – the quirky filmmaker frequently referred to as the worst director of all time. But that moniker really sells him short. He was also an awful writer, actor and producer. What he lacked in filmmaking acumen he more than made up for in confidence, focus and [...]

Bottom 10 Records: The Worst Albums Ever Recorded

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader Tired of Top 10 lists? Well, here’s the cure: Bottom 10 Records, from the good folks at Bathroom Reader Institute. Behold, the official BRI countdown – and they do mean down. These don’t sink any lower, folks … These records are so bad, they’re [...]

Top 10 Movies About Movies

Some of the best writing is that which is motivated by personal experience. How much more personal can a filmmaker get than creating a movie about the trials and tribulations of making a movie? Here is a list of ten of the best films about filmmaking. Be sure to add your own favorites to the [...]