Horror Month Day 16: Creature from the Black Lagoon

Today’s guest review comes from Tom, who runs the Lupine Book Club, a site for everyone who likes Lego, toys, and assorted nostalgia. He has elected to discuss the classic Universal monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon, from 1954, starring Julie Adams, Richard Carlson, and Richard Denning and directed by Jack Arnold.

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Gill-man has become one of the classic Universal Monsters – so today we journey back to the where the legend began with the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON!

Opening with a quotation from the book of Genesis, the film provides a brief overview of earth’s evolutionary history – which cuts to the present day in the Amazon, where Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) has discovered a fossilized amphibian hand.

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Checking Out The Aliens Minimates

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Aliens is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time and for a good reason, it’s awesome! Any time there’s new Aliens merchandise available I take notice. When the Aliens Minimates were announced I was really excited, because the Aliens creatures looked really cool. Now that I got the assortment, I can finally give them an up close look.

I’ve never been all that into Minimates, because the block figure format for figures really isn’t my thing. However, I’ve admired the wide diversity of figures that Diamond Select has been able to produce in their Minimate line. Furthermore, the Minimate vehicles like their take on Diamond Select KITT are fantastic. Here’s to hoping they’ll get to an Aliens vehicle or two!



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Horror Month Day 15: Jacob’s Ladder

Guest writer Ryan McSwain is here to gush about his favorite horror movie. Check out his new horror-thriller novel, Monsters All the Way Down, available in softcover and on Kindle. You can follow Ryan McSwain on his blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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I’ve loved horror movies since I was a little kid, watching the old Universal Monsters with my dad. As I got older, it became harder to find movies that provided a genuine scare. I’m not talking about cat-jumping-out-of-closets scares, I’m talking about slithering-under-your-skin, festering-in-your-subconscious scares. The kind you find when going down Jacob’s Ladder.

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The Nerdy Show’s Ghostbusters RPG Ghost Die and Equipment Cards

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I love the Ghostbuster’s RPG and I’ve recently found that the Nerdy Show Podcast crew has a podcast called Ghostbusters Resurrection that features a group of nerds playing the Ghostbusters RPG. It’s really well done and enjoyable, but the most important thing they’ve done is become a resource of the original game books in their Ghostbusters roleplaying hub that have long been out of print. But even better than that, they’ve gone ahead and created a couple of sets that I’d say are a must have for Ghostbusters RPG players and just plain fun items for a Ghostbusters fan.



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2014’s Worst Halloween Costumes: The Sequel!

2014’s Worst Costumes gets a sequel because the fan’s demanded it. Actually, Chris and I had so much fun putting together the last one that it was inevitable. Enjoy some of the worst costumes we could find on the internet this year.

ALS Bucket Challenge Costume

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Chris: Great. I’m completely dumbfounded right off the bat. Why is this costume full of condom wrappers?

Vincent: Maybe it’s the AIDs bucket challenge and they screwed up.

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Horror Month Day 14: Communion

Today’s review comes to us from guest writer Jason Rodriguez, editor of Colonial Comics, an anthology telling interesting stories about the colonization of North America in comic book form. Available in bookstores and amazon now.

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I was 11 years old when I started working in a video store part-time. This was a very bad thing for my developmental years. Imagine having unlimited access to raunchy comedies, pornography, and horror movies at the age of eleven and then imagine how that would shape your perception of the world around you and stay with you for years and even decades to come. That should set the scene for my impressionable 11-year-old self.

I watched a lot of horror movies at 11, and even before I was 11. It was different times back in the 80s. PG-13 was still relatively new and I saw Gremlins and Temple of Doom in the movie theater at the age of 6, two terrifying movies. Poltergeist was rated PG and I saw it at the age of five at my uncle’s house because my older cousin was watching it and it was made by “that Spielberg guy” so how bad could it be? My family thought it was funny that the movie terrified me and would jump out from behind dark corners to scare me afterwards. Different times, man.

So by the time I turned 11 I was essentially desensitized to horror. I managed to sneak in all of the Friday the 13ths and Nightmare on Elm Streets and Halloweens by then and horror became akin to comedy.

And then I saw Communion.

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Contest: Win Aliens Minimates!

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It’s contest time again! Just in time for Halloween we got some Aliens Minimates that we want to give away. Two lucky winners can get their hands on some of these sweet figures.

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Prize Pack #1

First place will get Carter Burke, Pvt. Spunkmeyer, Pvt. Wierzbowski, a battle damaged Alien, an Alien Warrior, and an attacking Alien Warrior.

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Prize Pack #2

A second place winner is going to get two Alien Warriors and an Attacking Alien Warrior.

How to Win:

There are two ways to enter.

1. Like The Robot’s Pajamas Facebook page and comment on this thread right here and tell us why you like Aliens.

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2. Follow The Robot’s Pajams on Twitter and tweet, “I wanna win some Minimates Aliens #RobotsPJs”

Two lucky random follower/likers will be picked.

Fine Print:

Contest ends 10/31/14. Shipping will be free in the continental U.S. If you live outside of the Continental U.S. you’re going to have to pony up the cost of shipping. Winners have 3 days to get back to us with their shipping address or the prize(s) will be awarded to someone else.


Horror Month Day 13: Saw

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I am an unrepentant fan of horror films. And while Saw and its six (6!) sequels are not films I could put up against The Shining or The Exorcist in terms of overall quality, I will defend them as entertaining, scary and holding a moral core. The Saw films are frequently referred to as “torture porn” but I’ve never subscribed to that as an accurate label for these films. Other movies like Hostel came out at the same time that I think fit that bill but the key difference is how much of a fair chance the lead characters have in escaping a death trap. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Saw movies are all about escaping death traps set up by a mentally unstable person who is trying to get people to either pay for their perceived crimes or be forced to radically change their ways. At its core that’s an interesting idea. I’m going to explain why I think the Saw films are worth watching if you haven’t tried them.

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Friday Round Up: All The Geek Bits Worth Putting on The Internet

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TMNT promotes childhood obesity.

It’s a classic Friday Round Up full of geek news and opinions that you’ve come to base your whole life around. There’s some movie, toy, and TV stuff in this edition. Read up, and let us know what you think!

Movie Stuff

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DC Finally Has Movies: DC is all in releasing a list of their planned movies, which include pretty much every one of the 75 heroes showing up in Batman v Superman or Superman v. Batman, whatever that thing is. 2020 is a long ass ways away. I’ll… be 42 when the Green Lantern film comes out. That’s putting me in a really weird place right now. Thanks, DC.

 
 

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Iron Man vs. Captain America: Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is close to signing a deal to make him a major player in Captain America 3, which will focus on the Civil War storyline in the comics. I thought that was a pretty stupid storyline over all and this is a bit dissapointing if true, but I guess they could handle it in some intersting way. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is pretty much my favorite Marvel movie and I’m not sure how they’d top it using Civil War as source material.

 
 

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Ewoks Coming Back: The Star Wars rumor mill is going crazy again, this time with the speculation that the Ewoks will return because Warwick Davis was hired onto Star Wars 7. As much as I’m a fan of complete speculation, I think I feel that I must remind everyone that Davis was in Phantom Menace and he was clearly not an Ewok in that film. It’s also hard to imagine that they’d put something so derisive into Star Wars 7 right off the bat when they seem to be loading it up with fan service.

 
 

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AICN Recommends Matty Movie: If you’re familiar with the Robot’s Pajamas you’re probably familiar with podcast co-host an cosplayer harasser Matty. Matty was in a flick called Dead Weight and the site Aint it Cool News gave Dead Weight a worth mentioning nod. We’ve had some bad blood with Aint it Cool in the past, but maybe they’re not so bad after all.

 
 
 

Toy Stuff

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Aliens Minimates: I got a bunch of the Aliens Minimates by Diamond Select Toys this week. I haven’t had much of a chance to check them out, but they appear to be really cool. Hopefully, I’ll have time to review them soon.

 
 

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Alien Egg Giveaway: Speaking of Aliens, Our pal Phillip Reed of Battle Grip is giving away some Alien Eggs from the Super 7 Alien ReAction toy line. All you have to do to enter is to leave comments on his blog. Comment away, friends! Also leave comments here, because comments are always appreciated by bloggers like me and Mr. Reed!

 
 
 

TV Stuff

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Twin Peaks Comes Back: We already mentioned this one the site and it’s kind of old news already, but I haven’t weighed in and said how stoked I am for the return of Twin Peaks. I love that show. And I’m hoping that they can bring the old magic back for the limited amount of episodes they have planned. I’m excited about the prospect of typing up that super loose end left dangling at the end of the last episode of season 2.

 
 

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HBO Streaming: In a big move for HBO, they’ve announced that they’re going to open up their streaming service to anyone. That means you don’t have to subscribe to the cable version of HBO in order to access the streaming service. As someone who is very against piracy, I really am excited for this. I totally would pay for a service to check out what they got, cancel, and then return when they have a good amount of new content available. Showtime really needs to do this when Twin Peaks comes back, because I will pirate the shit out of that. Hey, we all have our weaknesses.


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Horror Month Day 12: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Today’s guest review comes to us from Jeff Barrus, one of the hosts of long-running tv podcast Television Zombies. He writes about his favorite horror movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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When thinking of horror films, Peter Weir’s 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, may not immediately come to mind. After a cursory glance, one might assume that it’s a period costume drama set in the Australian outback. But like its successors — most notably David Lynch’s Twin PeaksPicnic at Hanging Rock operates at a much deeper level, fusing dream-like surrealism with themes of female sexuality, social class, and yes, horror.

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