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Halloween at Biff Bam Pop!

All through October, Biff Bam Pop! has been celebrating 31 Days of Horror, special articles and reviews in the genre of horror.

Go on over to the Biff Bam Pop! website, your online home for comics, movies, music, television, video games, and more, and check it out. This month, you can check out articles about Carrie both old and new, John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, Nothing Left to Fear, Metallica: Through the Never, and even The Human Centipede.

This month there is also an interview with Slash, terrific guest blogs by Alyssa Lobit, Liisa Ladouceur, Robin Renee, Justin McConnell, Jim Knipp, and great horror themed comics reviews from JP Fallavollita and Jason Shayer. And don’t forget the television reviews from Marie Gilbert of “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Sleepy Hollow,” NBC’s new “Dracula,” and “The Walking Dead.”

Some guy named Glenn Walker even wrote a few things over there, like stuff about The Monsters of Doctor Who, The Atlas Comics Monsters, Solomon Kane, and The Bride of Frankenstein

Please check it out, and Happy Halloween!

The Frankenstein Theory

The Frankenstein Theory ~ Shot similarly to The Blair Witch Project, a documentary crew follows the obsessed Professor John Venkenheim to the Arctic where he intends to prove that Frankenstein was not only true, but about his ancestor, and to vindicate his reputation once and for all. He believes he can find the Frankenstein monster.

This is a fascinating concept, and the film moves between actual movie and shaky cam documentary style well. Writer/director Andrew Weiner’s background is in Troma and low budget horror, but this is a step above. I liked it.

Kris Lemche plays Venkenheim with perfect obsessive creepiness, but just enough compassion that you care about him. It’s just this side of pity, but you do care for the buggy little fella. Joe Egender does him one better as the antsy paranoid meth-head and witness to the monster’s present day shenanigans.

Tiny role, but camera crewman Brian Henderson made me laugh doing a funnier Dane Cook than Dane Cook. Timothy V. Murphy playing the wilderness guide who channels Robert Shaw in Jaws wonderfully is pretty entertaining too. I absolutely love him and his campfire story. Beautiful.

Granted, the film does fall apart a bit toward the last act, but there are enough good parts here to push it above say, Sharknado. I really kinda dug it, recommended for horror fans.

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 10-10-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the South Jersey/Philadelphia area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (keeper of the Thunderbolts roster) Evans, Allison (lumpy space princess) Eckel, and Glenn (spoiler boy) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in wicked high definition video, and also available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this week’s special buckets and buttshots episode includes: Marvel NOW!, Uncanny Avengers #1, the secret phrase, AvsX fallout, more Avengers comics, Deadpool #62, Avenging Spider-Man #13, more minimum carnage, Ultimates and Xes, Fantastic Four #611, Batman: Death of the Family, Amanda Waller double-shot, Free Arrow, Allison’s thing for smart guys with scars, Demon Knights #13, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #13, Green Lantern Corps #13, MacGyver #1, the year without a Voltron, Ed’s indies, Lady Death #22, Archer and Armstrong and junk, Allison’s kids comics, and Ed’s trades.


Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, now featuring The Vidcast Drinking Game so you can play along at home, and ATF! on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe to the channel while you’re there, and leave a comment or two on the Vidcast as well!).

And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

Don’t forget to get your secret phrase in to feedback@allthingsfun.net by Friday!

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania ~ I gotta be up front with this one. It’s not bad, but honestly I was expecting so much more from Genndy Tartakovsky’s first foray into big screen animation. “Samurai Jack,” “Dexter’s Laboratory” and especially the most recent “Sym-Biotic Titan” are among my faves on Cartoon Network. Yeah, I know he also worked on “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” but let’s get real, it is sooo not in the same league.

Hotel Transylvania is not bad, but it’s not that good either. Simplistic, and borrowing more than a little from Rankin/Bass’ Mad Monster Party? from decades ago, it struggles more than it needs to by using the voice talents (and I use the word ‘talent’ very loosely) of Adam Sandler as Dracula. It’s like listening to Sandler’s annoying Opera Man voice for almost two hours. Where there’s Sandler, there’s also Kevin James as Frankenstein, as well as a cornucopia of unfunny “Saturday Night Live” veterans.

This one is good for the kids, but might be a bit much to take for the adults. Be warned, the end breaks into a rap celebration that must be missed. Embarrassing for all involved. Seeing Steve Buscemi involved in this movie tells me he owes somebody a big favor, or he needs to fire his agent. As for Genndy Tartakovsky, his next project is rumored to be a big budget animated Popeye. I’m hoping for the best, and not more of this.

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 5-9-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the South Jersey/Philadelphia area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ultimate Ed Evans, Allison (OCD Girl) Eckel, and Grumpy Glenn Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: Free Comic Book Day 2012 aftermath, Night of the Owls, The Culling, Demon Knights #9, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #9, Suicide Squad vs. Resurrection Man, Night Force #3, Rob Liefield’s Deathstroke #9, Mark Poulton instore appearance, Green Lantern #9, Fables and Fairest, the Avengers titles of the week, Allison goes OCD over AvsX, Avenging Spider-Man #7, the X-Men titles of the week, Captain America’s tricky numbering, Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #10, Ultimate Comics X-Men #11, Fanboys Vs. Zombies #2 and grout dogs, The Walking Dead #97, Invincible, Ed’s indies, Frankenstein Alive Alive #1 by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson, Takio #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Allison’s kids comics, and Ed’s trades and toys.

Be sure to check out the fantastic new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 4-11-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (The Unit) Evans, Allison (Demon Knight) Eckel, and Glenn (Nightmare) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: Free Comic Book Day 2012, Grifter #8, Batwoman #8, Allison plows through, The Culling, Green Lantern #8, The Shade #7, Frankenstein #8, Deathstroke #8, Legion stuff, AvsX the first trade, Ultimate X-Men #10, Fantastic Four #605, Deadpool #53, Avengers titles of the week, Journey into Mystery #636, Ed’s Marvels, The Unit, Allison’s kids comics, Bionic Man and Woman, indies from everyone, Fin Fang Foom sans pants, trades, and a cameo by Dina’s finger.

Be sure to check out the exciting new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 4-4-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Supreme) Evans, Allison (Fairest) Eckel, and Glenn (Via Skype) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: AvsX hangover, Animal Man and Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns, Action Comics #8, Stormwatch #8, Night Force #2, Batwing two ways, Frankenstein in Men of War #8, Checkmate, Fairest #2, Amazing Spider-Man #683, Daredevil #10.1, Venom and the Secret Avengers, “Is that Red Hulk or Green Hulk?”, the X-titles, don’t talk about X-Club, alphabetized Avengers, Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1, Voltron Year One, Brilliant #3 and long letters columns, the return of Supreme, Ed’s indies, and Allison’s kids comics.

Be sure to check out the thrilling new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 3-14-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Hand of the King) Evans, Allison (Zenescope Girl) Eckel, and Glenn (Real Head of Hair) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

This first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Green Lantern #7, Deathstroke still not a pirate, Frankenstein and the Humanids, Suicide Squad #7, Batman and Robin #7, Legion Lost thoughts, Batgirl #7, Superboy #7, Demon Knights #7, the rest of the New 52 DCs, Fantastic Four #604, fun with audio including Avengers #24 and Avengers Assemble #1, and multiple Zodiacs.

The discussion continues here in segment two including: Punisher #9 by Greg Rucka, Journey into Mystery #635, Incredible Hulk #6 by Jason Aaron, Captain America #9, Ant-Man for kids, Ed’s X-titles, inside Kitty Pryde, Allison’s Zenescope Comics, pantsless fairies, Robert Kirkman’s free pass, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7, Knights of the Dinner Table #184, Ed’s indies, Game of Thrones goodies, kids comics, trades, and glasses.

Be sure to check out the thrilling new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 10-12-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (they let me talk in the first segment) Evans, Allison (come see me at New York Comic Con) Eckel and Glenn (hey you kids get off my lawn) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Happy Anniversary, The New York Comic Con, American Vampire #5, the second issues of the DC New 52, including Mister Terrific #2, Batwoman #2 (why is she so white?), Jeff Lemire’s Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #2, Deathstroke’s and Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squads respectively, Green Lantern #2, Gail Simone’s Batgirl #2, Paul Cornell’s Demon Knights #2 and the rest, and remember, don’t be a meat shield.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Miscellaneous Marvels, including All-Winners Squad Band of Heroes #5, Dan Slott’s Spider-Island, Punishers, New X-Men and other X-books, Ed’s indies, including Star Wars, Dead Rising, Orchid #1, Allison’s kids comics, including Super Dinosaur #5 and All-New Batman The Brave and the Bold #12, Ed’s trades, and the Angry Bird of Prey.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 9-14-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Allison (The Fangirl) Eckel and Glenn (The Misanthrope) Walker (Ed Evans will be back in two weeks) discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: The New DC 52 Batcave including Batman and Robin #1, Bruce Wayne’s parenting skills, Batwoman #1, and Suicide Squad #1, also Red Lanterns #1, Green Lantern #1, Mister Terrific #1, Paul Cornell’s Demon Knights #1, Superboy #1, and why does Deathstroke need his own title? We don’t know.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Matt Fraction’s Fear Itself Book Six, the rest of the Fear Itself titles, Mark Waid’s Daredevil #3 joins Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers #16, Allison’s Spider-Island by Dan Slott and the rest of the Marvels, Allison’s indies and kids comics including Buffy Season 9 and Super-Dinosaur #4, and the rest of the New DC 52 including Legion Lost, Grifter, Frankenstein and Resurrection Man, and the trades of the week. We miss you, Ed.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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