Phantom on Ghost

A couple of years ago my friend Dana tried to share the band Ghost with me.

I wasn’t having it.

I don’t know which songs she played, but the high-pitched, timid vocals and the orchestral prog-not-quite-but-sort-of-metal that seemed to drone a bit didn’t click with me. Dana did her best to explain that they were a showy, theatrical band that was aping the conventions of Catholicism.

I still wasn’t having it. It just didn’t get me. Or rather, I didn’t get it.

I don’t think that was the first time I had attempted to appreciate Ghost, but it was the first time there was more than a casual effort. I had listened to or watched the first thirty seconds of several songs over the years.

Fast-forward to this past April and the release of the first single from Ghost’s 2018 album, Prequelle – “Rats”.

Everyone I knew was going bonkers for this song. I was well aware that many of my friends were fans of Ghost, as every time they came through Atlanta there were countless pictures and videos of their admittedly impressive-looking live shows. But there was an extra level of enthusiasm for this new song and video. So I had to check it out.

I was blown away. Continue reading “Phantom on Ghost”

Needless Things Minicast Episode 1 – Ghost: Prequelle

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yabpv-a0df2e

Dave West, Ryan Cadaver, Nicole Gould, and Dan Kelly sat down in the Phantom Zone a few months ago to review Ghost’s newest album, Prequelle. It wasn’t a full episode, so welcome to the first-ever Needless Things Minicast!

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Needless Things Podcast 241 – Video Game Character Hall of Fame Live from Dragon Con

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kp5pw-a0922d

Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the American Sci-Fi Classics Track!

Beth, Dave, Ryan Cadaver, Salena Balls, and Noel Wood select their favorite classic video game characters and a live audience determines who is the greatest of all time!
Listen in and find out if Albert Thermostat Dracula truly is the greatest classic video game character ever!
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Retro Movie Review – 12 Thoughts About The Mask (1994)

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MASK, WHICH IS 24 YEARS OLD SO MAYBE DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT

I recently watched the Jim Carrey movie The Mask with my son. The first thing his mother said was, “If I hear you saying any lines from that movie, you’re grounded”.

I think she was talking to both of us.

When The Mask was released in 1994 it was an instant, massive hit. Everyone was quoting this movie. Of course, everyone quoted everything Jim Carrey said in every movie he was in because he was literally the biggest star in the world starting in ’94.

Check this out – The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective all came out that year. Three massive comedies. And even though people don’t seem to talk as much about The Mask today, it made $351 million on a $23 million budget.

Let’s take a look at why. Continue reading “Retro Movie Review – 12 Thoughts About The Mask (1994)”

Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K because I find the format overrated, but if it’s new and  happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link. Continue reading “Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases”

Toy Review – Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven Action Figure from NECA

Big thanks to super-fun site The Toy Box for bringing this figure to my attention!

As I commented on the above linked post, I remember this figure coming out back in 2002, but at the time I was hoping we might get a character from a different movie, like Dr. Phibes or Nicholas Medina. The Raven isn’t my favorite Price vehicle.

2002 was a very different time for NECA, the company we now know as the masters of toy horror. Their Reel Toys imprint (which this figure is a part of) had just launched and didn’t have the multitude franchises it does today. There was a focus on more obscure and classic horror. I’m actually struggling to recall what their first offerings were.

That was also the year that Randy Falk joined NECA and brought several former McFarlane Toys employees with him. It was the start of a huge shift in pop culture and genre action figure business.

I’m pretty sure this Vincent Price ended up being a sort of one-off item, because I don’t believe NECA released any more Vincent Prices or sixth scale figures in this style (if I’m wrong, let me know). Continue reading “Toy Review – Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven Action Figure from NECA”

Needless Things Podcast 240 – RoboCop Needless Commentary

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rp7ee-9fde84

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

This time around the Needless Commentary Team takes on the future of law enforcement – RoboCop!
Released in 1987 and depicting an unspecified dystopian future, RoboCop is a violent, funny, action-packed flick with a little something for everyone. Director Paul Verhoeven and writer Edward Nuemeier take a cynical look at America and all of the things we love so much about her.
With a powerful cast and effects that were groundbreaking for the time, RoboCop remains a landmark of genre film.
Listen in as Dave, Battle Cougar, Ryan Cadaver, Rad Ranger, and Arian as they visit Detroit for a taste of cybernetic mayhem!
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