Brandon’s Cult Movie Reviews: Top 10 Harryhausen Films

In this video, Brandon ignores his penchant for snark and gives a heartfelt review of his top-ten Ray Harryhausen films. As a lifelong Harryhausen fan I appreciate this list, and sure it’s well-trod ground but it’s a subject worth revisiting often. As a matter of fact, this video is one of Brandon’s older presentations. Check out his other, saltier videos on his YouTube channel.

SATURDAY MORNING MEMORIES: The Monster Squad (1976)

When anybody mentions Monster Squad the squad that appears in my mind is from 1976. The Monster Squad is a television series produced by D’Angelo-Bullock-Allen Productions that aired Saturday mornings on NBC from September 11, 1976, to September 3, 1977. This Saturday Morning program was my jam.

Via Wikipedia: The monsters, wanting to make up for the misdeeds of their pasts, became superhero crimefighters who used their unique abilities to challenge and defeat various supervillains. In most episodes, Walt would send the monsters out to investigate crimes and fight the villains while monitoring the activities from the wax museum via the Crime Computer, presumably because his job required him to be at the wax museum at all times. However, Walt would sometimes join the climactic battle with his comrades in some episodes and come to the rescue when needed.

You can find the entire series on Archive.Org, or you can watch it all here.

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) 5 Points XL Round 1 Boxed Set

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) 5 Points XL Round 1 Boxed Set
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) 5 Points XL Round 1 Boxed Set

5 Points XL – a colossal addition to the nostalgic 5 Points line with the same fan-fueled fun, but bigger! …It’s a little bit of a big deal. The monsters are in revolt…and the world is on the brink of destruction! Inspired by the 1968 film, this colossal crate of kaiju can barely contain the beasts of Monsterland – Godzilla, Mothra, Anguirus, and Rodan!

The Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) 5 Points XL Round 1 Boxed Set includes:

  • Godzilla – King of the Monsters! 4 1/2-inch tall Godzilla comes with a pair of alternate arms, an alternate head portrait, and his signature atomic breath FX that attaches to one of his head portraits.
  • Mothra – The giant moth goddess is depicted in her larval stage. 1 1/2-inch tall Mothra comes with a web FX that attaches to her mouth.
  • Anguirus – Friend or foe? This 3 1/8-inch tall five-brained burrowing Kaiju comes with an alternate closed-mouth head portrait.
  • Rodan – Irradiated Pteranodon and flying menace! 4 1/2-inch tall Rodan comes with an alternate closed-mouth head portrait.

Accessories included:

  • 2x pairs of Godzilla arms
  • 2x Godzilla head portraits
  • 1x Godzilla atomic breath FX
  • 1x Mothra web FX
  • 2x Anguirus head portraits
  • 2x Rodan head portraits
  • 2x display bases

5 Points XL Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) – Round 1 Boxed set is packaged in a collector-friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

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Fantastic Four Cover Homage & The Cover’s Possible Origin?

I went down the rabbit hole of cover homages to the first appearance of Marvel’s first family, Fantastic Four No. 1 (1961), by Jack Kirby. It was a fun romp full of exciting takes on the cover’s composition. There were many fan made homages to wade through, but I wanted to only include industry printed covers. I would say that John Byrne is the biggest fan of the cover, judging by how many homages he has rendered.

I was really hoping that DC would have done at least one homage to this cover but… wait, hold on… I may have found one…

So, yeah… I feel like this cover, featuring the first appearance of the Justic League of America is the origin to Jack’s Fantastic Four cover. It’s no wonder, since Atlas publisher Martin Goodman mentioned the team-up book to Stan Lee.

Witches, Vampires, and Werewolves

Oh my! We have been tardy to this party by about ten years, we are afraid to admit. It really wasn’t even a blip on the radar. There were so many other programs that were just an automatic “must watch” that we had no idea. First, it just seemed like some sort of teen angst Twilight sort of thing wen Netflix was pushing it at us. Over and over, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies… just stop already. Finally, we gave in and began with Legacies. To our surprise we really enjoyed it. We caught up to the current episodes and are always left wanting more. Even though the stories were skewed toward a younger demographic, the subject matter was fun, so we began where it all started, the Vampire Diaries.

The Vampire Diaries lasted nine seasons, and it came with a metric frak-ton of baggage. In the era of the Civil War the two Salvatore brothers were turned (into Vampires) by a beautiful vampire called Kate in a town called Mystic Falls. Let us tell you… there are NO ugly people in that town. Everybody is attractive which is ok, but not entirely relatable. The show ended at a good point.

We moved onto The Originals and while watching the main character fail to learn lessons from his previous behavior over and over again, it kept our interest. Knowing the fate of that character I began anticipating his demise, and that seemed to become tiresome after a few seasons. The final season felt as if it were just to set up Legacies. It was entertaining enough, but I am not sure if we would watch it through again. Perhaps passively as background noise.

Finally, we ended up where we began… Legacies. The show is still airing and it’s not bad. After watching so many seasons of this combined universe it is getting to be a bit much, but we are caught up.

While we were two thirds of the way through The Originals, we began a rewatch of Arrow then Flash as soon as Barry was introduced. So far, the jump into the CW Arrowverse has been a more fun overall rewatch experience.