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PCR #212  (Vol. 5, No. 16)  This edition is for the week of April 12--18.

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"The Alamo"
 by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
Cinematic Cover Tunes, Sequels, and "Inspired-by's": No End in Sight!
 by Andy Lalino
VINNIE VIDI VICI
D-Rice, Ache-ins Diet, and Absolutely Nothing About “The Passion of Christ”
 by Vinnie Blesi
SPLASH PAGE
Four Movies in Three Days, the Screening Nazi, The Alamo, The Clone Wars, Scooby Doo 2, Jersey Girl, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead

by Brandon Jones
CREATURE'S CORNER
Midnite Terrors .... Hellboy .... Marvel Trading Cards
 by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL
Bush--The Amazing Hypnotist....Happy Horror-Days
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
It Was 25 Years Ago Today....Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid....Passing On....Meet The Beatles, Part 12
 by Mike Smith
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I hope all you PCR regulars out there are fine and welcome to anyone new to our little (but growing) family. Things around the Castle are really buzzing lately with all the new stuff coming out and all the neat, new movies on the horizon. So much new stuff a whole Castle full of denizens can't handle all the info. But, that's what makes it all fun.

Midnite Terrors
First up, for those of you who have sent me e-mails asking about Zacherley's "Midnite Terrors," I can tell you that the comic was great and a very fitting tribute to one of the most widely recognized of all horror hosts. I remembered seeing him when I was a child (those oh-so-many years ago) up north. So, yes, the comic was very entertaining. I felt like I was reading an old Creepy or Eerie magazine. There also are some great pics of old Zach himself. So, like I said, if you're a fan of Black & White Horror mags, then this one is for you.

Hellboy
Now on to the next item up for bid, "Hellboy." I liked it but, then again, I knew I would. It had everything a good genre movie should have; a great hero, cool monsters, and lots of action. luckily for all us viewers it also had a fairly good story behind it as well. It starts out in the latter stages of World War 2 with the Germans seeking answers in occult technologies. They open up a gate and, BINGO, our hero emerges into our world. The Americans mop up the operation and disappear with their precious cargo; Hellboy.

Now we move forward and hellboy is all grown up and fighting monsters for the government. Ron Perlman was tailor-made to play this role. Del Toro's love of the material shows in nearly every scene. The look of the film is great and the monsters are very cool. Obviously others like it as well as the movie has already taken in over forty million dollars at the box office inside of two weeks. This one is a keeper people, and I give it a hearty three screams on the "creature Scale."

Marvel Trading Cards
Next up is an exciting new CCG (Collectible Card Game) that is taking the market by storm; The Marvel Trading Card Game. Upper Deck has come up with another winner on the heels of their immensely successful Yu-Gi-Oh card game. The Marvel game is available in Two-Player Starter Decks and the first expansion of Marvel Origins Boosters. The game is simple to play and uses some mechanics of several other successful card games as well as some ideas unique unto itself. There are character cards, locations, equipment, and plot cards that all work together for smooth, easy to learn game play. There are also holofoil cards to collect and trade. All-in-all I think the Marvel Card Game will catch on quickly, becoming one of the more popular CCG's in today's over flooded Market.

Well, that's all for this week. Don't forget to get out there and see "The Punisher." I'll be there for sure. C-Ya.

The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater


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