Swamp Thing: When A Bad Movie is Just Bad

Swamp Thing MovieEver heard anyone describe a movie as “so bad it is good?A good example is the movie Catwoman which I reviewed a few weeks ago. These films are highly enjoyable because they are terrible. The effects are often woeful, the dialogue is unintentionally funny and by the end you wonder why anyone thought this was a good idea in the first place. Last Saturday I went to the Cameo to see the 1982 film Swamp Thing hoping it would “so bad it is good.” Find out what I thought below the cut!

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Returning to The Rings of Akhaten

The Rings of Akhaten rewatch

At the moment BBC Three are repeating series 7b of Doctor Who, or the one with The 11th Doctor and Clara, and Neil Cross has confirmed he is returning to write for the show series 8, what better time to re-review the episode The Rings of Akhaten. When I reviewed the episode for Culture Jam I said:

The Rings of Akhaten is a slower episode but the lack of running around allows us to enjoy Akhaten and the people found there, well except for the villains.

However, others were much, much harsher such as Graham Kibble-White in the Doctor Who Magazine who said

by some stretch the least awesome Doctor Who we’ve encountered for a long time [while it seemed like] Cross hadn’t seen an episode since the 1980s. Even the left field mention of the Time War feels as if it’s come from a quick consult with Wikipedia [while he turned] the aliens into a freak show, something to be goggled at, rather than truly met.”

So how does the episode stand up to a second watch? Find out below the break!

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The Birth of Monster Iconography

This poster includes SPOILERS for the novel and movie of Frankenstein.

In my post Movie Iconography and Why It Is Important, I talked about how for some franchises (for want of a better word) their story elements become iconic. The example I used last time was Superman‘s origin story. Now since Superman‘s launch in 1938 little of his origin story has changed. The same basic elements are always there. Earlier in that decade Universal Studios was defining the story elements of another character who stands across our cultural history.

Frankenstein‘s Monster is one of the most recognisable characters in horror history – alongside Dracula – however, do you know how he was created? I’m willing to bet that the image appearing in your mind is more the second example than the first:

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