Category Archives: Cryptozoology

Outing the Lake Champlain Monster

It seems every decent-sized lake with dark, murky waters is home to a monster — or at least to a legend of one. Most of them are, like the infamous Nessie in Scotland’s Loch Ness, rather plesiosaurian or at least … Continue reading

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Who Said Fictional Kaiju Are Unbelievable?

Some of Godzilla’s mates may have been strange — and the monsters that Ultraman regularly wrestles with may cross the “strange” boundary into outright bizarre — but the real-world Quetzalcoatlus northropi — a winged critter from the Cretaceous period — … Continue reading

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Legendary Rises from the Tomb

New Discovery There’s another cryptid on the loose — and this one is a big, nasty dragon-like reptile, looking to contribute to the ongoing history of giant monsters in cinema. The film has gone through several name-changes (Legendary: The Shocate … Continue reading

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Embed Yourself in the Moment: Embedded

A Backbrain Exclusive In the past I’ve expressed a certain ambivalence when it comes to camera-verité style movies (as I like to call them), sometimes referred to as “found footage” — you know, those rampantly kinetic, hand-held exercises in pretend … Continue reading

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New Creature Feature: Demon

A Backbrain Exclusive Main title notwithstanding, the new indie horror film Demon (US-2013; dir. Rob Walker) is not a version of The Exorcist. It is in fact a cryptozoological horror film based on reports of the Chupacabra — or “Goat … Continue reading

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Bunyip: An Ocker Shocker

It’s about time someone made a cryptozoological creature feature starring a uniquely Aussie monster like the Bunyip — that large critter from Aboriginal mythology who enjoys spending his time splashing about in billabongs (the swampy variety, not the boardshorts). Well, … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh: If It’s Not Zombies, It’s Some Damn Cryptid…

Spot the monster! embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direct Well, maybe later! Monongahela is a feature length sci-fi thriller filmed entirely in Pittsburgh, PA by director Cayce Mell and independent film production company 2nd State. Pittsburgh was, of course, the birthplace … Continue reading

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B-Movie Celebration: The Woodsman

Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot, close cousin to the Abominable Snowman or Yeti) may be the new Vampire. As yet he hasn’t been romanticised and made into a de-fanged love-interest (though the 1989 film Harry and the Hendersons, directed by William Dear, … Continue reading

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B-Movie Celebration: Ukraine Goes to the Dogs

A Backbrain B-Movie Celebration Exclusive Lycanthropy isn’t just a Hollywood phenomenon. Countries throughout Europe and indeed the world have their own versions of the werewolf (or were-whatever), and they range in nature from the demonic medieval sorcerer who adopts a … Continue reading

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New Crypto Thriller: Monongahela

A Backbrain Exclusive Monongahela (US-2013; dir. Cayce Mell) is a new creature feature based on the search for a “legendary” monster. A pair of cryptozoologists have come to Pittsburgh to investigate sightings of a mysterious creature lurking in the Monongahela river. … Continue reading

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