(10-19-2017) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) The latest edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast takes a look back at some favorite Halloween season fun! Tonya begins by remembering scary Halloween movies which somehow leads into a conversation about a black racer snake, the hole to hell in Russia, and more. Tonya thought NoFriender from the Thrash Metal Show might be a serial killer. Some scary tales from Grandma's House and Tonya has some fun with Halloween themed music and classic rock songs suitable for the Halloween season. Join us on our flagship podcast - When It Was Cool! When It Was Cool Podcast 34
(10-18-2017) (Zones: Horror) Joseph Perry reviews two films from the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival for #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool. The two movies reviewed in part two of this series include The Crescent and I Remember You. Join Joseph as he takes us through a spoiler-free review of these two films sure to put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Read More.
(10-17-2017) (Zones: Horror / Toys & Action Figures) I have never watched a minute of any of the Child's Play movies but Tonya from When It Was Cool owns a doll that haunts my nightmares and sits in our closet. One day I finally decided to ask her what this Frankenstein looking #MonsterMonth monstrosity is. Here is his (or her) story. Read More.
(10-16-2017) (Zones: Horror) Joseph Perry reviews two films from the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival for #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool. The two movies reviewed in part one of this series include 1974 a wonderful found footage period piece and Salvation, a moody thriller. Join Joseph as he takes us through a spoiler-free review of these two films sure to put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Read More.
(10-16-2017) (Zones: NoFriender Thrash Metal Show Podcast) NoFriender continues his amazing look at the origins and evolution of thrash heavy metal. This episode takes another look at one of the genre's pioneers- Megadeth. This is part 1 of a series on Megadeth. This incredible podcast, exclusive to the When It Was Cool website, has been amazing. Check out all the parts for a complete understanding of the origins, development, and evolution of thrash heavy metal. Thrash Metal Show Podcast 28
As When It Was Cool prepares to return to Netherworld this coming weekend for #MonsterMonth join us in our review from last year where we take on this movie quality Haunted Attraction near Atlanta, GA. Read More.
(10-15-2017) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) On this edition of the DragonKing Dark Podcast, host Karl Stern continues #MonsterMonth by looking back at the famous Universal Studios monsters and their movies. The Universal Monsters included the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and their respective spin-offs and cross-overs. Which of the Universal Monster movies are the best and which are the worst? This week's show celebrates the iconic Universal Monster movies! DragonKing Dark Podcast Episode 85
(10-13-2017) (Zones: Comic Books / Horror) When It Was Cool takes a look back at the 1970s Marvel Comic book series Werewolf by Night which, not only brought the classic Wolfman / Werewolf into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Moon Knight. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this frightening Marvel Comic book series- Werewolf by Night! Read More.
(10-12-2017) (Zones: Uphill Both Ways Podcast) Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back with the bi-weekly Uphill Both Ways podcast. On this edition the duo join in on #MonsterMonth and, appropriately enough their THIRTEENTH episode and discuss retro Halloween memories of the past including dressing up, trick-or-treating, and more! It's a great Halloween blast from the past from the entertaining duo of Uphill Both Ways! Uphill Both Ways 13
(10-11-2017) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures / Horror) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection. In this article we look at Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask wearing psycho killer from the Friday the 13th movie franchise. Camp counselors beware. A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop! Read More.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth #RetroRewind - Ben Cooper, Inc. was an American corporation which manufactured Halloween costumes from the late 1930s to the late 1980s. It was one of the three largest Halloween costume manufacturers in the U.S. from the 1950s through the mid-1980s. The company's inexpensive plastic masks and vinyl smocks were an iconic American symbol of Halloween from the 1950s to the 1970s. Ben Cooper suffered heavy financial losses in the early and mid-1980s. Beginning on September 29, 1982, seven people died after taking the painkiller Tylenol. Investigators discovered that someone had tampered with the product, lacing it with potassium cyanide. Terrified parents nationwide refused to allow their children to celebrate Halloween the following month, and sales of costumes plummeted and did not recover for several years. Support When It Was Cool.
(10-10-2017) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures) As #MonsterMonth continues at When It Was Cool we take a look at the 1987 G.I. Joe Cobra hypnotist action figure Crystal Ball who was created by none other than acclaimed horror icon Stephen King! Stephen King's son Owen was a big G.I. Joe fan so Hasbro let the legendary author create a Cobra character and write the file card. Take a look at this odd edition to the G.I. Joe line from 1987. Read More.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth #RetroRewind - The carving of vegetables has been common practice all over the world. Gourds were used to carve lanterns by the Maori over 700 years ago. The custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century with turnips or mangel wurzels, hollowed out to act as lanterns and carved with grotesque faces were used at Halloween. In these Celtic-speaking regions, Halloween was also the festival of Samhain and was seen as a time when supernatural beings and the souls of the dead, roamed the earth. The lanterns weresaid to represent the spirits or supernatural beings or were used to ward off evil spirits. It has also been suggested that the jack-o'-lanterns originally represented Christian souls in purgatory, as Halloween is the eve of All Saints' Day. Support When It Was Cool.
(10-09-2017) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures / The Rabbit Hole) When It Was Cool continues #MonsterMonth with a look at the twisted and dark versions of Alice in Wonderland based on the American McGee video game interpretation. These amazingly well crafted figures from Milo's Factory capture the macabre and sinister world of American McGee's Alice and takes you down an entirely different rabbit hole. Read More.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth #RetroRewind Flashback - Last year Tonya from When It Was Cool wrote an article about Candy Corn! She called it Halloween's polarizing candy! Check it out!
(10-08-2017) (Zones: DragonKing Dark & Darker Podcast) This coming Friday is Friday the 13th and falling in the same month as Halloween is a perfect topic for #MonsterMonth and the DragonKing Dark podcast. In this episode, host Karl Stern explores the origins of Friday the 13th and how it may, or may not, have came to be known as an unlucky day including the very Game of Thrones story of the mass arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th. When did Friday the 13th become an "unlucky day?" Obviously, we also talk about the movie series franchise. DragonKing Dark Podcast 084
Celebrate Halloween (and October, Friday the 13th) with us all month long here at When It Was Cool! On social media use the hashtag #MonsterMonth whenever posting horror, Halloween, harvest, or Friday the 13th related material. Thank you and please support When It Was Cool!
(10-07-2017) (Zones: Comics / Horror) When It Was Cool takes a look back at the dark 1970s Marvel Comic book series The Tomb of Dracula which, not only brought the classic Vampire into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Blade the Vampire Slayer. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this macabre Marvel Comic book series- The Tomb of Dracula! Read More.
When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Gremlins was a 1984 comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Brothers. The movie is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer, with the film being produced by Michael Finnell and written by Chris Columbus, drawing on legends of gremlins going back to World War II. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. Support When It Was Cool.
(10-06-2017) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures / Horror) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection. In this article we look at Regan (Linda Blair) from The Exorcist movie franchise. A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop! Read More.
When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Halloween is a 1978 slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. In the film, on Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers murders his sister in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He escapes on October 30, 1978 from Smith's Grove Sanitarium, and returns home to kill again. Michael's psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, knowing Michael's intentions, pursues him. The next day, Halloween, Michael stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Support When It Was Cool.
(10-10-2017) (Zones: Horror) For #MonsterMonth we bring back one of our favorite all-time When It Was Cool articles written by Joseph Perry- a nostalgic trip back to Halloween's past. Plastic Halloween costumes, games, candy, and more. Here are ten great Halloween memories. Read More.
It's that time of year again! AND what time of year is that??? My absolute favorite time!!! FALL & HALLOWEEN!!!! THERE'S SO MUCH! WHATS NOT TO LOVE??? Fairs, Football. Bonfires, weenie/marshmallow roasts, fall festivals, bobbing for apples, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, yard rolling, costumes, hayrides, haunted attractions, scary stories, crisp cool weather, decorating, candy apples, geeeeez!!! I could go on and on and on! What do y'all love about fall/Halloween? Support When It Was Cool!
(10-01-2017) (Zones: DragonKing Dark) Joe Clack is buried somewhere down by the creek. The mill owner was given $5 to bury his body. His horse is dead in the middle of the creek. Riding back west with a suit of baby clothes retrieved from Clack are a family of southern Union sympathizers. On today's new edition of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern tells us a tale of deep south history you might not be familiar with. Not every southerner was on-board with the Confederacy and sometimes those values ended up in murder. Today, the tale of the Booger Tree and the killing of Joe Clack. DragonKing Dark Podcast 083
I love clowns!! there's just something that draws me to them... they have a little creepy factor but i am enthralled by them....... Support When It Was Cool!
I had to bring back Baby Secret for #MonsterMonth. This is the most viewed video on our YouTube channel. Many of the comments on the video seem to agree that this uncanny valley spawn of the devil is scary. So, yes, this is a doll review but When It Was Cool thinks it is totally appropriate for #MonsterMonth. Support When It Was Cool!
When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - What is the "Uncanny Valley"? That thing that looks almost human... but not quite. The uncanny valley is the idea that human replicas which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit feelings of eeriness and revulsion. Examples can be found in robotics, 3D computer animations, dolls, and clowns among others. Support When It Was Cool.
(10-01-2017) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth kicks off with our look at a unique G.I. Joe knock-off action figure named Mummy Mask from the obscure Power Commandos line from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mummy Mask is part of the Terror faction of the Power Commando mythos and we think you'll find him very interesting! Read More.
When It Was Cool #RetroRewind #MonsterMonth - Dark Night of the Scarecrow was a 1981 made-for-television horror movie directed by veteran novelist Frank De Felitta (author of Audrey Rose) from a script by J.D. Feigelson. Dark Night of the Scarecrow premiered on CBS on October 24, 1981 and was re-released on April 29, 2010 as part of the Texas Frightmare Weekend 2010. The promotional plot for the film states that in a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave. #MonsterMonth - Support When It Was Cool.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth #RetroRewind - Bloody Mary is a very old, very frightening game. During the game, players attempt to summon a spirit in a mirror by chanting her name and lighting candles. While the game is fun for a cheap thrill, remember most people will not actually see ghosts in the mirror. It can be a great game if you want to have fun and get a little scared during a slumber party. Keep in mind, however, Bloody Mary is a game many find very scary. If someone expresses hesitance at playing, don't force them. You should also avoid playing with very young children.
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(09-16-2017) (Zones: Horror) Joseph Perry is back with another great horror film review. In this exclusive When It Was Cool article, Joseph takes a look at Devil's Gate (Abduction) which screened at FrightFest. An experienced cast appears in a film that will strongly appeal to fans of classic science fiction/horror hybrids. This gripping chiller is filled with surprises and well-executed misdirections, and sports a solid cast with a wide range of genre-fare experience, and fantastic creature effects. Read More.
(09-10-2017) (Zones: Horror) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool talk about both the 1990 It mini-series and the new It movie which they saw just last night on this Patreon exclusive When It Was Cool Podcast Special. This is a review show so it features SPOILERS. It, originally a novel by Stephen King, is now the top movie in the country and we tell you if it met our expectations. It (2017) Movie Podcast Review Special
For a free (spoiler free) look at the IT movie then check out episode 80 of DragonKing Dark Podcast - https://www.patreon.com/posts/14324621