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PCR #223  (Vol. 5, No. 27)  This edition is for the week of June 28--July 4, 2004.

Will's Key West Adventure -- Part Three
 by William Moriaty
"Spider-Man 2"
 by Mike Smith
The Amazing Lonnie Dohlen: The DPB Database Continues
 by Andy Lalino
Exhibitor Corruption
 by Clayton Smith
Salem's Lot....Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban....The Chronicles of Riddick....The Devil Rays....Our Lizards Are Back
 by John Lewis
It's The 4th!....He's Just A Horny Bastard
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Getting Better....What's It Mean....It's Not A Law, Dammit....Bad Guys....Meet The Beatles, Part 23
 by Mike Smith
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Creature's Corner

Hello Everyone,
Boy, I'll tell you what; sometimes we have some creepy visitors around the "Castle" but nothing like those who hang around Hubie Marsten's House.

Salem's Lot
Yep, I just got done watching four hours of the remake of "Salem's Lot" and I can tell you this time the remake was a bit better than the original. Watching this show brought back all the horror of King's novel of the same name. I read this book when it first came out (actually it was my first time reading King) and to this day remains one of my favorite King novels.

Rob Lowe put on a fine performance as Ben Mears. Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, James Cromwell, and Samantha Mathis all gave fine performances as well. The show followed the events in the book very closely, many moments capturing some of the creepy feelings the book managed to conjure up. Even with the limits of mainstream television the movie managed some suspenseful moments like when Mike and Floyd delivered the crate to the Marsten House. It was pretty creepy. The Marsten House set was great though it did look a little too worn out. Oh well, it was still creepy. The action was paced just right so as to not leave the viewer bored.

Did I like it? You betcha' I did. I give the new "Salem's Lot" a full Three Screams on the Creature Scale!!!

Fear not friends I have traded the theater for television. I did see both "Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban," and "The Chronicles of Riddick."

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter was great as I expected though the flow of the movie was a little different than the first two. The kids are growing up and becoming more powerful sorcerers by the day. Being older they also can now explore the boundaries beyond the walls of Hogwarts. Just watch out for those nasty Dementors and Whipping Willows. There are a few moments of tension in this one but all-in-all this is a great flick for anyone, young or old. Besides, any movie that has both a "Wolfman" and a "Werewolf" can't be all bad. I give this one Three Screams on the Creature Scale.

The Chronicles of Riddick
Now "The Chronicles of Riddick." I can say one thing for the movie, it was a little better than I thought it would be and that's always a good sign. In this one Riddick finds himself caught in the middle of a war between the elementals of Helion and the Necromongers led by the evil Lord Marshal. He ends up on Crematoria (yeah, you got it, the place lives up to its name) a world which is deadly to anything caught out in the open when the sun during the day. Yep the old Vampire suntan comes to mind. Also on Crematoria there are Hellhounds which are real cool.

The idea behind the air elementals was a good one and caught my attention. Judi Dench put on a fine performance as Aeron, one of the air elementals of Helion.

Though not the best movie of the year I give "The Chronicles of Riddick Two-and-a-half Screams on the Creature Scale.

The Devil Rays
What next, HMMM. Usually I never talk sports but after Tampa taking the Stanley Cup the Devil Rays had to do something to put themselves on the map. After all,they're not one of the more high profile teams except in the loss category. So what could they do in the middle of the season to gain attention; break an eighteen game deficit and go one game above .500 ball, thus breaking an old record for that category. Way to go guys, I've been a fan since the beginning and the ride was pure joy over the last month. Keep up the good work.

Our Lizards Are Back
Finally, the full onslaught of summer is finally here. The reason I bring this up is because the first continuous showers of the year always herald a special event over most of Central Florida; the hatching of baby Cuban Brown Anoles (Anolis sagrei). The rain seems to trigger mass hatchings and in the last 4-5 days I've seen probably 8-10 half inch anoles darting about the yard. In the next three weeks there will be thousands of the diminutive lizards hatching out. For those of you who don't know what they are we're talking about the small (4-6") lizards that live in most housing developments here in Central Florida. They are often falsely called Chameleons because of their color changing ability. Chameleons, however, are old world animals while Anoles are strictly found in the New World. We talked about them last year right here when I took a trip down to South Florida to catch a glimpse of several species of exotic anoles that have become established in S. Florida. Well, guess what? We went again this year and updated our trip so next time I'll tell you about it.

Remember, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back for round two. I'm going to see it on Saturday.

Have a Great Week. C-ya!!!
The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater

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