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PCR #212. (Vol. 5, No. 16) This edition is for the week of April 12--18, 2004.
Matt's Rail

"The Alamo"
 by Mike Smith
Cinematic Cover Tunes, Sequels, and "Inspired-by's": No End in Sight!
 by Andy Lalino
D-Rice, Ache-ins Diet, and Absolutely Nothing About “The Passion of Christ”
 by Vinnie Blesi
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
Midnite Terrors .... Hellboy .... Marvel Trading Cards
 by John Lewis
Bush--The Amazing Hypnotist....Happy Horror-Days
 by Matt Drinnenberg
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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During my drive to work everyday, I am afforded the opportunity to listen to Back to the Bible radio, which always helps to place the upcoming day in proper perspective.

On the drive home, I usually listen to talk radio politics, and pick and peck at the amazing errors that are spewed out of the mouths of the insane. Like today!

The topic was the Bushmeister's address to the nation the other nite. Caller after caller I had to listen to how the unthinking people of America adore Bush for standing pat on Iraq, because we're America, and it's our duty to give other nations freedom, because, as GW said, Freedom comes from the Almighty. Thus, these morons surmise, it's our responsibility.

Well, I'm all for the freedom thing. Even in the false freedom that we have in this country. I say false because, thanks to the Patriot Act, thats what it is. Back on point, the one thing that kept eluding all of these callers and, in fact, WAS NOT EVEN MENTIONED ON THE PROGRAM, was the small little detail that WE WERE LIED TO!!!! Oh, I know everyone is trying to pin this on the FBI and the CIA, but the fact of the matter is that Bush was told REPEATEDLY that Iraq not only DID NOT have weapons of mass destruction, but also was NO THREAT TO AMERICA, let along imminent. Was this mentioned? No.

Now, because of his incompetence to the truth, as well as his First Strike philosophy, others are starting to take note. Like North Korea. Just in case you don't know, they are and have been in possession of weapons of mass destruction for quite some time. Not only that, but they are now and have been an imminent threat to the United States. Such a threat, that VP Chaney just went there to try and talk them out of launching a nuke.

What??? You didn't know about that? I'm not suprised. Our news service has become nothing other than Lip Service for the Government. I'm so thoroughly disgusted with all of it I'm beside myself. All of this is going on, and it's Bush's fault, and these people LOVE him.

Well, I guess North Korea loves him, too. Because they've adopted his philosophy. FIRST STRIKE. They have no reason to believe, after Iraq, that they aren't on the list, so why shouldn't they nuke us now. So here we are at the cusp of possibly the worst times in our history, he's put us in harm's way, the majority of the world thinks we suck for flipping them off over a lie, and North Korea has itchy trigger fingers. And Bush says he's doing God's will?!?!

Lucky, lucky us.

There is someone working in the offices of Universal Studios' DVD department that deserves one serious big wet kiss. My intended smoocharoo is directed at the person who came out with this excellent idea of grouping 6 of my all-time favorite Hammer Films in one package.

Due to be released April 27th to coincide with the release of Van Helsing (like the Monster Legacy Collection discussed a few weeks ago), this package will include what is, in essense, a tribute to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The films are Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Curse of Frankenstein, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and my personal favorite finally on DVD.... Dracula has Risen from the Grave.

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave has, to me, the greatest stake-thru-the-heart scene ever captured on film, where, after a stake is shoved thru Dracula's heart, he screams this wickedly cool gasp, then stands, and as his attackers watch, pulls the stake out of his chest. Really, it's just sensational for the vampire lover. While I had the VHS, I'm sure it won't be able to compare to the DVD version, plus it will be in my preferred format, widescreen.

When I was a kid I used to hang out at the Boys Club in Tampa, and one day I saw a flyer on the ground with a big ad for Risen from the Grave on it. The major portion of the flyer was Chris Lee's face as the stake is thrust through his heart. It was just too intense. I hauled butt home and begged my dad to take me to 20th Century Drive-In to see it. I was blown away; he took me with little urging. My dad, he was just the greatest.

Anyway, this is sure to be a must-have for any horror fan. Naturally, I've already pre-ordered my set and while I don't get into advertising, found it at dvdplanet.com for only $48.24, with free shipping. That's like eight bucks a disc. Too good to be true.

Till next time, take care and God bless,

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