Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Rescuing a damsel in distress is a plot familiar to video game aficionados. And, who better to pursue a periled princess than a brave knight named Arthur? Such was the premise for Ghosts n’ Goblins, a Medieval adventure that frustrated many an arcade junkie. Fitted in his trusty suit of armor, Arthur battled his way through six levels of bad guys, creepy graphics. and a ticking clock, all to save his love from impending doom. Continue reading...

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Don Knotts spent a sizable portion of the 60s delighting television audiences with his comedic portrayal of the bumbling Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. His skittish, afraid-of-his-own-shadow demeanor won the actor three Emmy Awards for his efforts. So, when Universal Pictures was looking for the perfect candidate to spend a harrowing evening inside a haunted house in their 1966 film, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, they turned to the beloved, bug-eyed actor and the results were comedic gold. Continue reading...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Traditionally, when a film is only marginally successful at the box office, the likelihood of it ever spawning a television series is slim at best. Even more rare is when anyone associated with such a film decides to make the transition into television. But Buffy the Vampire Slayer apparently wasn’t concerned by these preconceptions, because it proceeded to render them null. Not only was this 90s series far more successful than the original film, it also had creator and screenwriter Joss Whedon at the helm. Traditions be damned. Continue reading...

Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi

Pet ownership is a weighty responsibility and young kids, despite their incessent pleas, are not always up to the challenge - leaving the parents holding the bag, so to speak. From mice to fish, from Ant Farms to Sea Monkeys, these starter pets are often utilized to test the mettle of the most strong-willed of children, with varying amounts of success. Thankfully, the 90s brought a foolproof substitute that didn't require a litter box, or even oxygen. Thy name was Tamogotchi. Continue reading...

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

The following scenario plays out dozens, if not hundreds of times a day in front of Disney’s Haunted Mansion:Small Child: “I don’t want to go inside there.” Parent: “It isn’t scary. It’s fun!” Small child: “No, it isn’t.”And back and forth they go, the young child unable to reconcile their parents’ reassurances with the menacing-looking house that stands behind an eerie wrought iron fence and is purported to be haunted by 999 happy haunts (with room for one more). Continue reading...

Altered Beast

Altered Beast

So, you’ve just been raised from the dead to find yourself in ancient Greece, and you are called upon to rescue Athena, daughter of Zeus. To do so, you are going to have to wield some substantial shape-shifting powers to take on an army of the undead if you are to get your hands on the evil Demon God Neff. If all of this sounds familiar, you’ve likely tossed a few coins into a highly popular 1988 Sega game, Altered Beast. Continue reading...

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Part spoof, part homage, all comedy, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, released in 1974, did for old-fashioned horror what his Blazing Saddles had done for westerns earlier that year. Shot in black and white, with a spooky score from John Morris, and even using the lab set from 1931's original Frankenstein, Brooks' film looked and sounded every bit the serious horror film ... at least until the first slapstick gag. Let's take a look back at this classic 70s comedy. Continue reading...

Pokémon

Pokémon

A love of collecting bugs and playing video games led to one of the biggest toy crazes of the 90s, when Japanese gamer Satoshi Tajiri concocted a little game called Pokémon. As the editor of his own magazine, Tajiri became enamored with the Nintendo Game Boy system, especially the fact that two systems could be connected, and wanted to create something unique for the system. After six years of work, Nintendo bought the rights to his game and the Pokémon craze was officially launched. Continue reading...