Balladeer’s Blog wraps up its end of year retrospective with this look at October’s best. In 2022 I’m going to limit the retrospective to just January through September. 

laraine and lug nutsLARAINE NEWMAN’S CANNED FILM FESTIVAL (1986) – After Elvira’s Movie Macabre, concurrent with The Texas 27 Film Vault and a few years before MST3K came this short-lived Movie Host show that presented bad and campy movies from the 1930s to 1960s. Click HERE

HORROR FILM: THE NEST OF THE CUCKOO BIRDS (1965) – I review this neglected horror film about a nude female slasher in a mask, human taxidermy and a sinister, isolated Florida hotel which lets you check in but not check out. Click HERE.

faust coverFAUST: THE PRE-SPAWN VERSION OF SPAWN – A look at the 1987-2012 horror hero whose comic book adventures featured over the top violence and pornographic sexuality so extreme that the book was banned in various countries around the world. Click HERE.  

MUSICAL MUTINY (1970) – My review of this bizarre film. Iron Butterfly themselves appear and do performances of several songs including In A Gadda Da Vida. Featuring a ghostly pirate, a mad scientist in his 20s and the defunct amusement park called Pirates World. Click HERE

dune altDUNE AS AN OPERA CYCLE – Frank Herbert’s first few Dune novels presented as a cycle of operas.

Click HERE.

EVERYBODY BELIEVES THEY ARE ON “THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY” – Claiming to be on the right side of history is as meaningless as claiming you have God on your side. Click HERE.

graveyard shift coverGRAVEYARD SHIFT – A review of the first three volumes of the Malin/ Poulton team of monster superheroes. Meet Professor Blood, the Monster, the Bride, Ghost in the Machine, Monster Girl and Sea Urchin. For villains you have the likes of Lady Shoggoth, Killer 99 and the Crimson Guard. Click HERE.

TWO OVERLOOKED HORROR TALES FROM JULIAN HAWTHORNE (1888 and 1893) – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son and two of his forgotten horror stories. In this case the short stories deal with Egyptian mummies on the loose and a female vampire. Click HERE.


monster crunch gameMONSTER CEREALS FOR HALLOWEEN – A look back at the monster brand cereals like Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo-Berry, Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute. Click HERE.


gs sh 1SPIDER-MAN 1970s CLASSICS – The Molten Man HERE, Morbius, Man-Wolf and Dr Strange HERE, Tarantula and the Punisher HERE, Harry Osborn becomes the new Green Goblin HERE.

“LET’S GO BRANDON” GOES TO THE WORLD SERIES – Populist opposition to the horrific Biden Regime continues. Click HERE.

THE OLD GODS WAKEN (1979) – Having reviewed all the Silver John short stories and vignettes I tackled this first of five Silver John horror novels by Manly Wade Wellman. Click HERE.

POLL: FIFTY-SIX PERCENT BELIEVE CHEATING AFFECTED THE 2020 ELECTION – The 2020 election was at least as corrupt as the 1876 and year 2000 elections. Click HERE.

simon garth 4MARVEL’S ORIGINAL SIMON GARTH ZOMBIE SAGA (1973-1975) – A Halloween Season look at the original Tales of the Zombie series. Click HERE.

YEGOR’S PORTRAIT (1897) AND EXPEDITION TO HELL (1828) – Two forgotten horror tales. Click HERE.

THE BLACK REAPER (1899) – A review of a neglected Gothic Horror story. Click HERE.

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