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PCR #289  (Vol. 6, No. 40)  This edition is for the week of October 3--9, 2005.

Haunted Pinellas, Part 1
 by William Moriaty
 by Mike Smith
Punk's Roots, Part 2
 by Terence Nuzum
Alchemy. In Theory and in Truth.
 by Dylan Jones
Goodbye Don Adams & Nipsy Russell....Let's Stick a Fork in Music Videos...."The Fog" is Coming....Terence on Punk....Mike's Challenge
 by Andy Lalino
"The Corpse Bride"....The Green Lantern Corps Recharged....Axis and Allies
 by John Lewis
Passing On....Super Hero News....The Top 10 List....Speaking of Science Fiction....Jaws: The Story, Part 36
 by Mike Smith
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Creature's Corner

Hello, Everyone:
Whew!!! Another weird hurricane. When will it all end. I know, I know...two more months. I can hardly wait (not). As hurricane season gears up for it's usually active period (remember last year?) Me and the gang here at the "Castle" (yeah, I know, good use of the English language)... once again, All of us here at the "Castle" became bored watching all the coverage over and over again so we decided to sally forth and do something. But what to do? Some of the more animated residents of these walls (some of the more creepy characters that reside in the "Castle's" Towers) came up with a great idea. Doc was in, Gorblie was in, even Scary and Dr. "Ed Shrinker" said they'd go so we loaded up the Paddy Wagon and went to see "THE CORPSE BRIDE."

"The Corpse Bride"
Though not packed, the theater was crawling with movie-goers waiting to see the Tim Burton / Mike Johnson story of misplaced love in the land of the Dead! The story goes as follows; Victor Van Dort (Depp) is getting ready to marry a girl from a wealthy household and upon his arrival with his parents things begin to go wrong. He causes all manner of small accidents (shades of "Meet The Parents") to the embarrassment of both himself and his parents. So he takes off, leaves the town and ends up in the spooky woods actross the river. He takes the ring he has, placing it on a gnarled tree branch. The Branch turns out to be the grarled hand of a corpse which lies buried under the snow. The Corpse comes back to life and follows him around. After all he gave her the ring, and therefore, his love.

He ends up unconscious and wakes in the land of the dead. Unlike the land of the living, which is depicted as a drab and dreary place, the land of the dead is vibrant and full of "life." I found the whole concept interesting.

Anyway, I'm not going to spoil the rest but I will say it is a fun movie with a few interesting twists in the road. While not the most difficult story to figure out, "CORPSE BRIDE" does have its moments. It starts a little slow but picks up the pace after about fifteen minutes. The stop-motion animation is always nice to see and the results are always fascinating to watch. Though relatively short, I feel "CORPSE BRIDE" is definitely worth seeing. I give this flick A solid "Two Screams" on the Creature Scale.

The Green Lantern Corps Recharged
Next up, the comic many have been waiting for has finally arrived. "GREEN LANTERN CORPS RECHARGED" has arrived. Writers Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons along with artist Patrick Gleason, inkers Christian Alamy and Prentiss Rollins, letterer Phil Balsman, and colorist Moose Bauman have created a new GLC for a new Millenium. Guy Gardner is back along with Kilowog and an assortment of humanoids, bugs, slugs and other creepy crawly Green Lantern Aliens, all gathered together on Oa, the planetary Citadel of the Guardians Of The Universe. This is a must have for any GL fan and a good starting point for newbies. The new Green Lantern series featuring the return of Silver Age GL Hal Jordan is only on its fourth issue so now is a good time to jump on the GL bandwagon. It's gonna be a fun ride. Get out to those comic stores and get this one.

Axis and Allies
Last but not least; Avalon Hill's massive game of World War II, Axis and Allies is back, this time as a mini's game. Yep, all the fun and excitement of recreating the great battles of the Second World War have now been retooled into a nice miniatures game format. The Germans, Italians, Japanese, English, Russians, French, and Americans are all here. Tanks and artillary as well as troops can be used to create armies of all sizes for tabletop battles. Randomly assorted booster packs and starter sets are available. So get down to your local gaming store and put together an army. See you on the battlefield.

Well, that's all for this week. See Ya in seven. Oi!!! C-ya!

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