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Nocturnus A.D.- Paradox (Album Review)

Musician: Nocturnus A.D.
Album Title: Paradox
Genre/ Subgenre: Atmospheric Sci-fi Death Metal
Label: Profound Lore Records
Release Date: May 24, 2019

Paradox is the long awaited debut album of Noctornus A.D. Birthed from the ashes of Nocturnus, an incredibly important and influential death metal of its old school days, this band is the brainchild of founding member and death metal master, drummer/ vocalist Mike Browning (he also founded Morbid Angel). His desire was to continue to path formed by the band on their classic and highly influential 1990 masterpiece The Key.

The album is, in fact, a direct continuation both musically and story of said classic. Thus, this concept album and sequel tells the tale of Dr, Magnus, a scientist who has been ravaged by a war plague. He is kept alive via a bio-suit, an aftermath of the events in The Key.

Paradox comes pretty damn close to being on the same level as that masterpiece. The music is complex and atmospheric. It changes tempo and evokes feelings of the darkest of science fiction. There is an all encompassing aural assault that is highlighted by the rich and thick production.

Speaking of atmosphere, it's set from right from the get-go with the haunting intro of the opening track, "Seizing the Throne". The song then goes into thundering and pummeling drums. "The Bander Sign" has this beautiful otherworldly intro that goes into a swirling, heavy, and dark sound encompassed by the band's trademark keyboards, combined with blast beats and guitar shredding sound like a brutal laser assault. It results in what might be my favorite track. Speaking of blast beats witness the all out assault of "Precession of the Equinoxes" which sounds and feels like the ultimate attack from beyond our world. "The Antechamber"'s sweeping guitars and keyboards and unrelenting drums feels like a cybernetic hell. "The Return of the Lost Key" would be the perfect song for a cyborg inspired sci-fi/ horror feeling as unrelenting and merciless as the original Terminator, itself was. It's another strong contender for best track. The 9th and final track, "Number 9", is an epic feeling closer to one of the most exciting death metal releases this year.
Paradox is a very worthy follow up to The Key. As such, it is one of the most awe inspiring releases in the world of death metal this year, so far. It is as technically impressive as any science fiction nightmare captured on film. The modern sounding and thick production further augment this otherworldly invader. Admit ably, it might not be for everyone, as the sci-fi feel might turn off some. But, those who are cool or into this should dive right in! I look forward to hearing more from Nocturnus A.D. And, here is hoping they are here to stay around much longer this time around, cause as of right now, death metal has found its ultimate returning, robotic anti-hero!

4 out of 5 


Shudder's CREEPSHOW Casting News: Tricia Helfer, David Arquette, & Dana Gould!

From the official press release:

Savini Returns to the Iconic Horror Franchise to Direct Story by Joe Hill
May 30, 2019 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, today announced additional names for its upcoming Creepshow anthology series. Joining the cast are acclaimed actors David Arquette (Scream franchise), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer) and Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil). Shudder also revealed the three new Creepshow stories in which they will appear, and announced Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, 1990’s Night of the Living Dead) as the director Joe Hill’s “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” (adapted by Jason Ciaramella), marking Savini’s return to the beloved franchise.
“There wouldn’t be a Creepshow without Tom Savini,” said showrunner Greg Nicotero. “His mark on the horror industry and unflinching approach to Special Effects Make-up did more for the genre than anything since the invention of fake blood. Tom has always been a visionary and his love of cinema and making movies is felt in every frame of his episode. I’m honored to have my friend as a big part of the team.”
“Having done all the creepy, monstrous, gory effects in the original movie, I am indescribably overjoyed to come full circle now directing an episode of this Creepshow series,” said Savini.
David Arquette will star in “Times is Tough in Musky Holler,” directed by John Harrison and written by John Skipp and Dori Miller based on their short story. Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.
Tricia Helfer will star in “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” written by John Harrison (based on a story by Harrison and Greg Nicotero) and directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock). A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.
Benjamin will also direct “Skincrawlers,” starring Dana Gould, and written by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford. A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.
Nicotero added: "Part of what makes Creepshow fun is getting a chance to work with some terrific actors who also love the genre. It adds that level of excitement when we get to share our collective love for horror in this fashion. David and I have worked together before and Dana Gould might be my equal in terms of all things horror. Then bring Tricia into the mix and Creepshow just shines. Getting to watch her exude power, grace and intensity in a story I wrote can't be matched."
The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell, previously announced for the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by Nicotero (The Walking Dead).
Creepshow is based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. The DNA of the original movie is firmly embedded in the new series: in addition to Savini’s and Barbeau’s return to the franchise, Joe Hill played comic-book-loving “Billy” in the original film’s wrap-around segments; John Harrison, who was 1st Assistant Director on 1982’s Creepshow and composed its iconic theme, is back to direct segments of the series; and executive producer and director Greg Nicotero visited the first film’s set as a teenager, and contributed make-up effects to its 1987 follow-up, Creepshow 2.
Shudder has now announced eleven of the twelve segments that will make up Creepshow’s six-episode season. Previously announced segments include adaptations of “Gray Matter” by Stephen King, “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “The Companion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, “The House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman and “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, along with the original stories “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab. The final story and additional casting will be announced soon.
Shudder’s Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment. Creepshow will premiere on Shudder later this year.
ABOUT SHUDDER AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.
ABOUT THE CARTEL Founded in 2011 and run by partners Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, Evan Corday, Geoff Silverman, and Eric Woods, the Cartel is a feature film and television production, management, and financing company. They are responsible for more than 50 movie and television productions since inception, including the upcoming animated series “Twelve Forever” for Netflix, the upcoming unscripted series “Hunting Abroad” for A&E’s FYI, and previously production for the series “Ties That Bind” for Up TV, and “A Place in the Sun” for Discovery as well as several recent feature films, including “Jeepers Creepers 3,” “Christmas Connection,” “Sun Sand and Romance,” and “Love at First Glance,” to name a few. The Cartel recently signed a co-production deal with Reel One Entertainment to produce and co-finance 40 films over the next three years. In 2013, the Cartel purchased and renovated Tamarind Lithography Studios, which is their Los Angeles headquarters, as well as a full-service production and post-production complex. The Cartel also has offices in London, England and New York, NY. www.CartelHQ.com

ABOUT MONSTER AGENCY PRODUCTIONS Monster Agency Productions is Greg Nicotero's production company with Head of Television Brian Witten and producer Julia Hobgood. They are currently in development at AMC on multiple projects, including “Shock Theater,” an homage to 50’s sci-fi/horror films, with Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group."

Shudder: June Highlights for US

Pictures come courtesy of Shudder.

From the official press release:


Things get wild this month, starting off with the Shudder exclusive big bad pig pic, Boar; a Pride Month collection headlined by the Shudder premiere of Knife+Heart; our latest original podcast, Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah; a tour through some of our favorite sub-genres with curator Sam Zimmerman’s Shudder Guides, and new additions to the Shudder vault from horror masters John Carpenter, Brian De Palma and William Friedkin, among others. (Programming also available on Shudder Canada where noted.)


BOAR (2017) — available Thursday, June 6
Director: Chris Sun, Cast: Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, Hugh Sheridan
Bruce (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s Bill Moseley) is having a hard enough time relating to his new Australian step-family and their rough, outback town—and that’s before the arrival of murderous, rampaging pig the size of a minivan shows up to wreak havoc. It’s man vs. monstrous beast in this wild, raucous creature feature. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)


VISITATIONS WITH ELIJAH WOOD & DANIEL NOAH — premieres on Shudder Monday, June 3
The exhilarating, entertaining and sometimes even therapeutic experience of facing one’s fears through stories has always fascinated Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah. That exploration can be seen throughout their company SpectreVision’s projects and the artists they work with. Visitations features the two hosts traveling to the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond. In these intimate visits, guests delve into their lives, their work and how they’ve managed to turn their deepest fears into art. Episodes include conversations with:

  • Taika Waititi (director, What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Mike Flanagan (director, The Haunting of Hill House)
  • John Landis (director, An American Werewolf in London)
  • Ana Lily Amirpour (director, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
  • Dan Harmon (co-creator, Rick and Morty)
  • Flying Lotus (musician and director, Kuso)
  • Richard Stanley (director, Hardware)
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte founders & designers, directors of Woodshock)
  • Panos Cosmatos (director, Mandy)

All episodes will be available on Shudder Monday, June 3, exclusively for its members. The first episode will premiere on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms on Friday, May 31, with new episodes released every Monday and Friday. The series features new music by BADBADNOTGOOD and art by Jay Shaw, senior creative director at Mondo.

SHUDDER GUIDES — available Tuesday, June 18
Discover fascinating history, key films and signature stylistic elements that make up some of horror’s most important sub-genres in this five-part series from Shudder’s lead curator, Sam Zimmerman. Episodes: Giallo, Haunted Houses, Killer Kids, Revenge, Slasher (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)


QUEER HORROR — available Monday, June 3
Celebrate Pride Month with a curated collection of must-see LGBTQ+ horror, featuring films with queer themes, characters and/or creators. Includes the Shudder premieres of Knife+Heart (2018, premiering June 20) and The Wild Boys (2017, premiering June 17), along with The Old Dark House (1932), Vampyros Lesbos (1971),  Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990), Let the Right One In (2008), Predestination (2014), Alena (2015), Sweet Sweet Lonely Girl (2016), Rift, (2017), and Lizzie (2018).

KNIFE+HEART (2018) — available Thursday, June 20
Director: Yann Gonzalez, Cast:  Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. An ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin, shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83.

THE WILD BOYS (2017) — available Monday, June 17
Director: Bertrand Mandico, Cast: Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde Warnier
Five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) are enamored by the arts but drawn to crime and transgression. As punishment for a brutal crime, they’re forced to board a boat whose captain is hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island where dangers and pleasures abound, the boys start to transform in both mind and body. Shot in gorgeous 16mm and brimming with eroticism, genderfluidity, and humor. Starring: Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde Warnier


May 27 (added too late to make last month’s highlights)
Christine (1983, John Carpenter)
A high school geek falls in love with Christine, a bright red 1957 Plymouth Fury that has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring it to its original condition, his friends notice that the car is not the only thing that is changing. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton

The Haunted (1991, Robert Mandel)
Malicious poltergeists haunt a Pennsylvania family, who call upon paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (later featured in The Conjuring franchise) for help. Based on a true story. Starring: Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey DeMunn, Louise Latham

June 1
The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
When a 12-year-old girl takes on the characteristics and voices of others, the girl's mother realizes her daughter has been possessed by the devil—and that her only hope lies with two priests and the ancient rite of demonic exorcism. Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Jason Miller

Ghost Story (1981, John Irvin)
Fred Astaire stars in this terrifying story of the Chowder Society, a group that gathers weekly to share tales of horror, but is invaded by a real-life ghost that is part of their past. Starring: Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Alice Krige

The Phantom of the Paradise (1974, Brian De Palma)
A gifted rock composer plots revenge after a devious record producer steals both his music and his girl. Brian De Palma’s insightful satire on the 1970s music scene delivers a rock opera take on the classic Phantom of the Opera story. Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper (Also available on Shudder Canada)

Ravenous (1999, Antonia Bird)
Soldiers stationed  in the barren and icy Sierra Nevada mountains during the Mexican-American war have a close encounter with cannibalism. Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette (Also available on Shudder Canada)

June 10
Hagazussa (2018, Lukas Feigelfeld)
In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror. Starring:  Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini (Also available on Shudder Canada)

Here Comes the Devil (2013, Adrián García Bogliano)
Two children go missing while on a family trip near caves in Tijuana. The kids reappear the next morning without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be—and that something terrifying has changed them. Starring: Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, Alan Martinez (Also available on Shudder Canada)

June 17
The Wailing (2016, Na Hong-jin)
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals - suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason.  As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers - unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous. Starring: Kwak Do Won, Hwang Jung Min, Kunimura Jun, Chun Woo Hee (Also available on Shudder Canada)

June 24
Next of Kin (1989, John Irvin)
A dedicated Chicago cop with roots deeply embedded in the Appalachian backwoods is forced to put his loyalties to the test when the mob cruelly inflicts tragedy on his family, bringing about a violent clash of clans. Starring:  Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton (Also available on Shudder Canada)

Viy (1967, Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov) — streaming only on Shudder
A seminary student is forced to spend three nights praying for a young woman who has died, drawing him into a frightening, twilight world, where he is enticed and tormented by Satan’s minions. Based on the acclaimed horror novella by Nikolai Gogol. Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin (Also available on Shudder Canada)


AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit ​www.shudder.com​.



Pictures come courtesy of Shudder

From the official press release:

MAY 28, 2019 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, announced today that Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah—a new podcast from the boundary-breaking indie production company SpectreVision—will premiere on Friday, May 31. Episode 1, featuring a conversation with Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) in his L.A. home, will be made available this Friday, May 31 on Apple Podcasts, where the trailer is now available, as well as Spotify and other platforms. Subsequent episodes will be released twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. All episodes of the podcast will be made available on Shudder Monday, June 3, exclusively for its members. To mark the premiere, the hosts will present a special live version of Visitations with a surprise guest at the Overlook Film Festival on Saturday, June 1, in New Orleans.

"The opportunity to deep dive into the hearts and minds of our friends and colleagues has been an illuminating experience. We made some profound and surprising discoveries about the artists, their work and genre in general that we hope will resonate for fans as much as it has for us,” said Wood and Noah of the podcast.

“SpectreVision has been wowing us for years with films like Mandy and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “We’re excited to share Daniel and Elijah’s insightful conversations with the directors of those movies and other genre-redefining creators with our Shudder members.”

From campfire tales to monster movies, the exhilarating, entertaining and sometimes even therapeutic experience of facing one’s fears through stories has always fascinated Wood and Noah, and that exploration can be seen throughout SpectreVision’s projects and the artists they work with. Visitations features the two hosts traveling to the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond. In these intimate visits, guests delve into their lives, their work and how they’ve managed to turn their deepest fears into art. Episodes include conversations with:

  • Taika Waititi (director, What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Mike Flanagan (director, The Haunting of Hill House)
  • John Landis (director, An American Werewolf in London)
  • Ana Lily Amirpour (director, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
  • Dan Harmon (co-creator, Rick and Morty)
  • Flying Lotus (musician and director, Kuso)
  • Richard Stanley (director, Hardware)
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte founders & designers, directors of Woodshock)
  • Panos Cosmatos (director, Mandy)

Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah is created by SpectreVision, executive produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood, and edited by Graham Reznick (director of the Shudder Original SeriesDeadwax). The series features original music by popular Toronto-based experimental electronic/jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD and art by Jay Shaw, senior creative director at Mondo. Listeners can subscribe on Apple Podcasts at http://bit.ly/visitationspod, and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #VisitationsPod. 

Visitations is Shudder’s fourth original podcast, following the supernatural drama Video Palace, the women-in-horror podcast She Kills hosted by Adrienne Barbeau, and Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, featuring unedited conversations with the filmmaker and many of the biggest names in the genre, including Stephen King, Edgar Wright and Greg Nicotero.


AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit ​www.shudder.com​.

Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision was created to tell character-driven stories tackling emotional and human experiences that test the boundaries of the genre space. In 2015, Lisa Whalen joined the company as the fourth partner. The SpectreVision productions of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cooties, Open Windows, The Boy, The Greasy Strangler, and Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Blisshave earned them spots at the most prestigious festivals in the world, as well as numerous awards and nominations. SpectreVision’s most recent release, Mandy, the 2018 Sundance/Cannes breakout hit, has appeared on over 90 “Best of Lists” including those of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Entertainment Weekly. Under its SpectreVision Presents banner, acclaimed films include Toad Road, LFO, and the re-release of Belladonna of Sadness. SpectreVision's VR game Transference for Ubisoft also garnered 14 awards and nominations, including DICE, Raindance and IGN.


Horror Crush: Suzanna Ling

I realize that it has been quite some time, since I added a new inductee into the Horror Crushes section of this site, so let's change that right now! Today, I induct one of the most obscure beauties that I ever have, the gorgeous Suzanna Ling!
There is sadly no information on the beautiful Ms. Suzanna Ling. She only has one credit to her name. But, that credit, Kiss of the Tarantula, was enough to make me pay attention and love her!
Kiss of the Tarantula is a somewhat obscure 1976 American horror flick about a girl named Susan who loves spiders, especially tarantulas. As a little girl, she kills her evil mom, who is fucking Susan's uncle, wants to get rid of her, and kill her own husband/ Susan's dad. She off this bitch with the help of one of her tarantulas. As a teen (now played by Suzanna Ling), she continues to use her pet tarantulas against those who hurt or threaten her.
Kiss of the Tarantula is a bit on the slow moving side, but it is quite enjoyable. And, it is in large part thanks to Ling. Susan isn't really a villain, in my humble opinion, as all those she kills are honestly pretty shitty human beings. Poor Susan is picked on by assholes and even sexually threatened by the aforementioned uncle, who turns out to also be a lecherous and incestuous bastard. He adds some of the creepiest moments to movie (those afraid of spiders will find more things to get creeped out by). And, the ending to this movie is fucking awesome.
Getting back to Ling, she is effortlessly likable and breathtaking beautiful. She has gorgeous eyes and her long, straight, blonde hair. She makes me kind of recall Jaws 2's beautiful and fellow Horror Crush inductee and killer animal horror star Ann Duscenberry. Cheering for her definitely makes the movie more fun for me, as, short of her kicking a puppy, it would hard for me to dislike anyone this beautiful.
And, that is it. She has no other credit to her whatsoever. Not fucking one. It sucks cause she gorgeous and quite good in this movie. The flick hit Blu-ray last year thanks to VCI. It's a nice little disc (although only the trailer and running commentary are the extra features, the transfer is great), and is how I saw it for the first time, just this weekend.
But, hey, as I said that was enough for me, so, I gladly induct Ms. Suzanna Ling into Horror Crushes!



Title: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Director: Ishirô Honda
Writer: Yukiko Takayama
Cast: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida, Gorô Mutsumi
Min: 83
Year: 1975

After the events of Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, Interpol agents, led by Inspector Kusaka, search, in a submarine, for the remains of Mechagodzilla at the bottom of the sea. They are suddenly attacked by a giant underwater dinosaur known as Titanosaurus, leading to the sub's destruction. Soon after, Interpol, with the help of marine biologist Akira Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki), investigates the incident, which leads them to the studies of scientist Shinzô Mafune (Akihiko Hirata). He had been researching the dino, but when they arrive at his home, they only find his gorgeous daughter Katsura (Tomoko Ai). She tells him that her dad is dead, and that she burned all his notes on the monster, at his behest.
This turns out to be a load of bullshit, of course, as Mafune is alive and well, on top of being a whack-job, who wants to destroy humanity. He soon ends up helping an evil alien race, under the leadership of Mugal (Gorô Mutsumi), who want to use his tech that controls Titanosaurus, as well as his help to repair, upgrade, and also control Mechagodzilla. The combination of both these monsters will surely spell the end of humanity.

Meanwhile, Ichinose has fallen in love with Katsura (not that I can blame him), who is working with her insane dad and the aliens. He unknowingly tells her about Interpol's discovery that they use to battle Titansaurus. Godzilla, then, must battle both monsters. But, all alone can even the King of the Monsters defeat the improved Mechagodzilla and hurricane wind causing Titanosaurus?
Like the time when Shin Godzilla was about to come out, I am gonna be giving you guys some Godzilla reviews and articles to prepare for the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters (which hits theaterson the 31st of May)I decided to start by revisiting this, the final of the Shōwa Godzilla series.

For those not in the know this is the first era of Godzilla movies, that started with the masterful Gojira and ended with this one. This flick was the least successful, in Japan, of the Big-G movies. Which sucks in retrospect, cause it does really rank among the best of the films in the franchise. Anywho, this is also a rare entry in that is a direct sequel to a movie that is not the first Godzilla film but, instead the aforementioned, Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla.
This sequel isn't as good as that awesome fan favorite, but it comes pretty damn close. It manages to tell an exciting and interesting story. It actually develops human characters that we like. And, that we give a flying fuck about what they are doing and what happens to them. This is usually pretty hard in these kaiju movies, but thank Godzilla they succeed! The acting is good with Katsuhiko Sasaki making for an easy to like hero in Ichinose. Katsura, as played by the beautiful Tomoko Ai, is one of the most gorgeous women in the Godzilla/ Toho world, and an interesting and somewhat complex character, in her own right.

She is also the only naked one in a Godzilla movie! Well, sort of, you see the Japanese uncut version has a shot of her being topless, but her tits are actually prosthetic. Still, it's a nice visual that the American version had to excise, making it yet another reason the avoid that shitty dubbed edit.
But, we all know that the main appeal of these movies are the monsters and their mayhem. This movie really shines in that department. The suits look great and the destruction and battle scenes are thrilling, violent, and fun. The climatic battle is specially entertaining and a blast to watch. Of course. the grandiose score by Akira Ifukube excels as always. It combines perfectly with the darker and more serious tone of this flick, to really help the movie raise above the elements of cheese from some of the previous installments.

Terror of Mechagodzilla is a fun and exciting entry in the Godzilla franchise. The final entry in the Shōwa series, it's darker and fully captivating. It aims for a slightly more mature take, even throwing in boobs, albeit fake ones. With cool monsters and great effects, it really gives the fans what they want. And, tops it off by having some strong acting. It you are looking for an entry with lots of wild and violent mayhem and much less camp (well aside from, maybe, the silly looking helmets the aliens wear), then this motherfucker is definitely for you.
NOTE: Terror of Mechagodzilla was released in the US in both it's cut American release and the complete Japanese version via Classic Media. Sadly, that excellent DVD has long been out of print (and, goes for a very pretty penny online). Criterion acquired the right to several Shōwa era movies, this one included, but release date to DVD and Blu-ray has yet to be revealed. It is available to view on some streaming services like Amazon Prime, though.

3.5 out of 4


Porn Flashback: Ember

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Last year, when I did my list of the 40 Hairy Girls from Rodnievision Ever, I declared that Ember was the the hottest ever. Well, I am here to show you why she is my favorite and point you to just some of my favorite scenes with her. Though to be fair ANY scene with her will have you spanking your monkey faster than the fucking Flash!

NOTE: Most, but not all, of her scenes were for Rodnievision. This list only has select scenes from her work with for Rodney Moore.

 Let's begin with her scene with Rodney Moore for Horny Hairy Girls 17. It starts with her taking a suds bath and playing with herself, then blowing and getting banged by Rodney. It's a HOT as fucking hell scene with the suds part being amazing for me as she has such a pretty face and is great at playing for the camera. She then crawls to him gives him a blow-job and the hardcore action begins. It all ends with messy money-shot, that includes lapping up and playing with his cum, then drooling his load over her armpits. This is iron melting levels of hotness!   

Horny Hairy Girls 22 was actually the first time scene I ever saw of her. I used to not be into hairy girls. But, slowly my mind began to change, especially, after I saw stills from this scene with her and Katrina. I immediately crushed! Both were beautiful, had raven tress hair, were fair skinned, and they did a lesbian scene? Sold!
Ember plays a girl who goes to a massage parlor where a girl does the massaging. She is tired of guys who always trying to catch a feel when they massage her. Katrina is the sexy masseuse, and it doesn't take very long for the massage to build in hotness. They even switch roles, as Ember massages Katrina. It ends up in full blown lesbian sex, of course!

Picking a favorite scene from Ember isn't easy, but if I have to choose (at least from those that I have seen), then it goes to her threesome in Horny Hairy Girls 24. She teams up with the delicious Katrina again, except this time Rodney, himself, joins in. They play hairy calls girls who Rodney calls over. They start messing around with each other, and very soon they both blow and fuck Rodney. This is one of my top favorite scene ever! In fact, It might just be the greatest hairy girl-girl-boy scene ever (and one of the hottest hairy or not!). The money shot (involving lots of cum swapping), is so hot that I am 100% that it melted every DVD or Blu-ray player that I ever watched it on!


In Horny Hairy Girls 26, she gets to go lesbo with the curvy and delicious Rebeka Kane. In this sexy and hot as the fucking pits of hell scene, Ember responds to an ad to be an escort. Rebeka plays the a girl who is retiring from working, to run the biz, and needs a hairy babe like her to replace her. Ember is shocked to learn she has to do more than just go on dates. Thankfully, Rebeka is there to train and teach her to also please women. Both girls have great chemistry together and will have you spanking the monkey in no time!
Ember is great at playing cute and innocent, while Rebeka is delicious as the seductress. Both girls really seem to like each other, and it's heavenly to see them together!

The final scene I am recommending is her solo scene in Seattle Hairy Girls 19&20. She is fucking awesome at talking provocatively to you. She talks about her leg hair, armpits, bush, etc, and it is all so fucking sexy! It won't take long for you to reach for the Kleenex. Plus, she looks so beautiful and absolutely breathtaking in that short dress! Those legs are a gift from heaven!

These are lots of other scenes that she shot and this is no way a comprehensive list. But, instead a star off point or highlight reel if you will. Everything she shot is nuclear levels of heat, so just look and ye shall find. If you are a fellow fan of hers, what scene(s) is/ are your favorite(s). Let me know in the comments section below.