Friday, November 8, 2013


Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Eight: Doc Freak watches as Zombzany begins to struggle with the spell of immobilization that he has placed on Wolf E. Bones. Doc Freak realizes that Wolf E. will soon be free to attack Zombzany again, so he bids both of them a quick farewell and leaves Zombzany's cemetery. Wolf E. Bones once again becomes mobile and attacks Zombzany, who stops him with his scepter. The two of them battle into the night!

This is the final part of Doc Freak Meets Wolf E. Bones. This is also the final video that will be uploaded to this blog. Anyone interested in further videos featuring Zombzany, Doc Freak and others may find them at:

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Seven: Doc Freak has hidden from Wolf E. Bones until dusk, and he enters the cemetery of Zombzany the Necromancer. He calls for Zombzany, asking for his aid in returning Wolf E. Bones to his non-werewolf zombie form. Zombzany, the master of his domain, approaches Doc Freak and surprises him. Zombzany is aware of Doc Freak's problem and is unsympathetic to his plight. In fact, Zombzany seems extremely amused by it!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Six: Doc Freak has outrun Wolf E. Bones and returned to his lab in search of the anti-werewolf serum, so that he can transform Bones back to his harmless zombie pal. Before Freak is able to locate the serum, Wolf E. Bones attacks him and turns the table of volatile chemicals over that Freak was hiding behind!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Five: Doc Freak is still on the run from Wolf E. Bones, who is overcome by bloodlust in his new werewolf form. Freak, hiding behind a tree, needs to stop Wolf E. Bones long enough to get back to his lab for some "anti-werewolf serum" and transform Bones back to his harmless zombie pal. Freak finds some useful items in his lab coat pockets and concoct something to knock the fuzzy were-zombie out!

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Four: Doc Freak witnesses the transference of his zombie pal Bill E. Bones' essence into his new dead body. Freak is alarmed to discover that the new body was a werewolf his former life. Now Bones demands to be known as: Wolf E. Bones!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Doc Freak and all his friends and enemies are
back in: Doc Freak Meets Wolf E. Bones - Part Three.

Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!
In Part Three: Doc Freak digs up the remains of Bill E. Bones' skeleton and carries them to the new corpse that he dug up previously.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Doc Freak and all his friends and enemies are
back in: Doc Freak Meets Wolf E. Bones - Part Two

Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part Two: Doc enters Zombzany's cemetery to dig up a new cadaver for his zombie friend Bill E. Bones, who is currently buried in the rotting remains of a skeleton in another part of the cemetery.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Doc Freak and all his friends and enemies are
back in: Doc Freak Meets Wolf E. Bones - Part One

Doc Freak hosts this year's Horror Movie Marathon solo!

In Part One: Doc gets a telepathic communication from his zombie pal, Bill E. Bones.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Hello my fellow Genre Guardians!
For those few who still are following this blog, you may have noticed I have not posted any type of written review or article since February of this year. I did manage to post the last sequence of The Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones video, but have not added any video content since that last one in April. The reason for my lack of posting on Guardians of the Genre is simply that I have been busy working on other projects. I have been working on these projects under my real name and not under the pseudonym: Fritz “Doc” Freak. As anyone who blogs knows, using a pseudonym allows a certain amount of creative freedom that posting under one’s real name does not. While writing as “Doc” Freak, I initially kept in character while posting on Guardians of the Genre, but as time went by, I found this too restricting and ended up writing in my own voice.
These past three years posting on Guardians of the Genre have been great fun for the most part, but writing non-fiction has never been one of my favorite types of writing. I much prefer fiction writing, as I hope showed in some of my descriptions of the Zombzany videos would indicate. This blog lends itself to mostly non-fiction writing and that is why I’ve decided to move on to other things and stop blogging on Guardians of the Genre. In case anyone is wondering why some of the other characters on this blog cannot continue writing on Guardians of the Genre in my absence, the simple answer is that I am all of the characters; which include not only Fritz “Doc” Freakenstein, but Bill E. Bones, Major Mac Maniac and Zombzany as well. The only other person to write for this blog was my good friend, who wrote under the pseudonym Professor Phileas Photon. Unfortunately, “Phileas” is not interested in writing on any kind of consistent basis, so he will be unable to keep Guardians of the Genre up and running either. The main character of all my posted videos, Zombzany the Necromancer, was played in the videos by another good friend of mine. Unfortunately, I have not have had contact with him for many years and have been posting these videos in the hope that he might find them in the vastness of cyberspace and contact me. However, that has not occurred, so I fear Zombzany’s true “voice” will never be heard on Guardians of the Genre either.
I want to conclude this final posting by thanking all 44 followers of Guardians of the Genre and especially to the people that took the time to comment on my various posts here. A special thank you goes to The Sci-Fi Fanatic, with whom I have had many stimulating discussions both here and on his blog Musings of a Sci-Fi Fanatic. I also want to thank Francisco Gonzalez of The Film Connoisseur, John Kenneth Muir of John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Film/TV and Johnny Thunder of Johnny Thunder's Midnight Spook Frolic. I will continue to upload more Zombzany videos to YouTube, so anyone who wants to watch more new Zombzany and Fritz “Doc” Freakenstein adventures will be able to do so at
Thanks all you wicked cool readers of Guardians of the Genre!

Monday, April 8, 2013


In the final installment of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Five -- which I've titled “Baron Bones Buried Undead" -- Baron Blood E. Bones is sitting on Zombzany's throne unattended by his zombie manservant. Apparently, all the gory films that they have been showing on the all-vampire marathon has made Blood E. thirsty and during the film had ordered Zombzany to fetch him a bottle of blood from one of Zombzany’s vintage vaults. While awaiting Zombzany’s return, Baron Blood E. Bones fills in for Zombzany by telling his viewers how Count Gore De Vol went from an out-of-work broadcast horror host, to hosting his own weekly webcast on his very own website. Returning with the bottle of blood, Zombzany places the bottle into the eager boney hands of the Baron. Not wanting to wait another minute to swill down the bloody brew, Baron Blood E. Bones orders Zombzany to introduce the next feature film, Dracula 2000. Zombzany’s less-than-flattering description of the film causes the Baron to question Zombzany, but Zombzany assures the Baron that he is just having some fun with the film. Baron Blood E. Bones enthusiastically orders “Doc” Freak to start the movie.

Returning from the movie, Baron Blood E. Bones is obviously impatient to watch the final fangtastic feature, until Zombzany reminds him that the viewers may want to know where the video tapes of Count Gore De Vol that they have been watching might be procured. Perhaps slightly drunk on the bottled blood, the Baron humors his undead slave and allows Zombzany one last monologue. Baron Blood E. Bones then goes on to describe in deathly detail the many things that make the last film of the marathon, The Forsaken, a “bloody good show.”

Once the film has concluded, Baron Blood E. Bones begins to realize that both Zombzany and “Doc” Freak appear to have disappeared from the cemetery during its run. The Baron grabs the camera off the tripod where Freak had left it and proceeds to search the perimeter of Zombzany’s cemetery for either of his missing manservants. Finally, Baron Blood E. Bones sees “Doc” Freak standing next to an abandoned tool shed in some sort of hypnotic state. Distracted by Freak, the Baron is unaware of someone who has snuck up behind him and pushed him forcefully to the ground. Impeded by unknown forces, Baron Blood E. Bones is unable to get out of what appears to be a shallow grave that he has fallen in, when he sees a familiar formidable figure looming at the edges of his increasingly foggy vision. Crying out in vain, Baron Blood E. Bones is slowly but steadily being buried alive!

Enjoy Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Five -- Baron Bones Buried Undead!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Doctor Who fans like me will be watching the first new episode of Doctor Who tonight, on BBC America at 8pm EST, since last year’s Christmas Special. This is technically the 6th episode of season 7, but it is the first episode of The Doctor with his new companion, Clara, so it almost feels like a new season.

The episode is entitled The Bells of Saint John. It is described as: The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi soup, but something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.

Watch the BBC America-Exclusive Trailer for the All New Episodes of DOCTOR WHO *** Premiering SATURDAY MARCH 30 at 8/7c *** Presented by Supernatural Saturday, only on BBC America.

Immediately followed by the World Premiere of New BBC AMERICA Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9/8c and the new season of BBC AMERICA Original Series THE NERDIST at 10/9c.

Through all of time and space, the unknown is everywhere. But sometimes, the universe's greatest mystery is the person right next to you...

"I look at you every single day and I don't understand a thing about you."
"You're the Impossible Girl, the only mystery worth solving..."

In these episodes, The Doctor (MATT SMITH) is joined by his new companion Clara (JENNA-LOUISE COLEMAN) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place.

In the premiere, a modern-day urban thriller called "The Bells of Saint John" written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and set in London against the backdrop of new & old iconic landmarks, a new nemesis - the Spoonheads - battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi.

Monday, March 18, 2013


In the forth part of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Four -- which I've titled "Slave Zombo Makes a Joke?" -- Baron Bones remains on Zombzany's throne and continues to demonstrate his domination over Zombzany by applying a swift kick to his shins. The Baron orders Zombzany to carry on with his aural memoir of Count Gore de Vol and this time Zombzany manages to please even the obstinate Baron. Baron Blood E. Bones announces the next modern horror movie; encouraging his cameraman to “Roll them bones.”

Returning from the movie, Baron Blood E. Bones continues his physical abuse of Zombzany with a poke to the former Necromancer’s considerable paunch. Apparently, Bones is a fan of the Blade trilogy, as he announces the next film as “a vampire classic.”

Enjoy Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Four -- Slave Zombo Makes a Joke?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


In the second part of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Three -- which I've titled "Baron Bones Disses Zombo" – Baron Bones is still sitting on Zombzany’s throne and seems to be relishing his domination over Zombzany. The Baron orders Zombzany to continue his aural biography of Count Gore de Vol, which Zombzany obediently executes, only to berated by the Baron upon completion. Baron Blood E. Bones introduces the next modern horror movie with much more enthusiasm than the previous film, as apparently this one contains copious amounts of blood and violence.

Returning from the movie, Baron Blood E. Bones forces the still comatose Zombzany to continue his Count Gore-ography and this time Zombzany seems to improve his oration to the Baron’s satisfaction. Baron Blood E. Bones introduces another fang-tastic flick; this one a foreign film that apparently portrays acts of bloodletting that really gets Bones wound-up!

Enjoy Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones - Part Thee -- Baron Bones Disses Zombo!

Friday, February 8, 2013


Long-time readers of this blog know that my first and forever favorite horror host was and is The Ghoul, who aired here in the Boston area briefly in 1973. I thought horror hosts had disappeared from the airwaves forever, but sometime in 1982 local channel 56 – oddly, the station that had aired The Ghoul – ran then Son of Svengoolie on Saturday afternoons. I watched these every Saturday until the show was pulled from syndication. While Sven was different from The Ghoul, he still had many of the elements of horror hosting that I then – and still do – love! Unfortunately, much like The Ghoul’s brief run, Son of Svengoolie’s was also terminated all too quickly. The things I remembered most fondly about then Son of Svengoolie were: his bad puns, the rubber chicken throwing (usually at him and caused by his bad puns), song parodies based on the movie’s shown, his constant put-downs of Berwyn (a suburb of Chicago which Sven harassed much like The Ghoul made fun of Parma) and his then sidekick Tombstone (a talking skull that floated in mid-air and talked with a vaguely Bronx-sounding accent). Fortunately for me, Svengoolie (no longer Son of) is airing each Saturday night on MeTV at 10 pm and he still does almost all the same types of gags and skits that I loved from his show over thirty years earlier!

Here is Svengoolie’s Wikipedia entry and as far as I can tell, the information appears to be accurate:

Svengoolie debuted on Screaming Yellow Theater, which aired on WFLD (Channel 32) from September 18, 1970 until late-summer 1973. Svengoolie was played in this series by Jerry G. Bishop. In later seasons, Rich Koz—a fan of the show who used to send in sketch ideas—became one of the show's writers.

On June 16, 1979, Son of Svengoolie debuted on WFLD, with Koz in the title role. The show also aired briefly on other sister (i.e., Field Communications-controlled) stations in Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, and Detroit. This series ran until WFLD (at that time owned by Metromedia) was sold to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Television Stations Group in 1986 to become a part of the newly-created Fox network. The new management canceled the show after deciding it was not an appropriate fit for their new programming direction. After 334 shows, the final episode aired January 25, 1986. Koz later returned to WFLD in various capacities, mainly as the host of its Fox Kids Club and The Koz Zone weekday afternoon children's programming, even appearing as an announcer on the Fox network's 1988 New Year's Eve broadcast.

The series returned to the air on December 31, 1994 on WCIU (Channel 26), using just "Svengoolie" as its name; Koz took over the role of Svengoolie when Bishop told Koz that he "believed he was grown up enough now to no longer be just the Son." The show opens with a reference to early radio broadcasting: "Calling all stations, clear the air lanes, clear all air lanes for the big broadcast." Koz also hosts a weekly Three Stooges Stooge-a-palooza show on WCIU.

A running gag throughout the series is the repeated utterance of the word "Berwyn", the name of a Chicago suburb. (This was a parody of the way "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and Johnny Carson would jokingly refer to "Beautiful Downtown Burbank.") Another recurring gag involves rubber chickens being thrown at Svengoolie after a cornier-than-usual joke—usually at the end of each episode's closing sketch. Koz and the show have won numerous regional Emmy awards, and Koz was admitted to the Emmy "Silver Circle" in 2004 for "outstanding contributions to Chicago television."

The series also airs on Chicago's WWME-CA ("ME-TV"), Milwaukee stations WBME-CD and WMLW-TV, and occasionally on WMYS-LP in South Bend, Indiana. All of these stations are owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Beginning on April 2, 2011, Svengoolie's show also became available nationally on the Weigel-owned Me-TV network.

Here are some fun “facts” about Svengoolie’s show from

Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Very much so over the years, with regards to Sven being Transylvianian, and how. It's pretty much gone straight into Not Even Bothering with the Accent, he'll start a segment with it or annunciation a word in it here or there but that's all.

Parody Commercial: Too many examples to count—Svengoolie's Jr. Grave Robber Kit, Vampire Carpets, Death perfume...

Passing the Torch: In the first episode of Son of Svengoolie, when the Son pop's out of Bishop's coffin on the old Screaming Yellow Theater set while Bishop, out of character, provides Opening Narration.

Bishop: Good evening. I'm Jerry G. Bishop, and this is the famed split-level dungeon studio where many years ago, the legendary Svengoola—Svengoolie first entered television prominence many years ago....What if there was the same situation as in the past with Son of Frankenstein, Son of Dracula, Sanford and Son? Could their exist—somewhere, somehow—a Son of Svengoolie?

Son of Svengoolie: Hey, dad, can I borrow the key to the Hearst tonight?
Named for Svengali from Trilby (and the subsequent reuse of the name as "a person who with evil intent manipulates another into doing what is desired") along with Ghoul, a common horror trope in its own right.

BER-WYN? is uttered whenever a city name, or a word that sounds similar is mentioned. Berwyn is a suburb of Chicago where they have an annual mushroom parade. Used as a gag similar to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In's "beautiful downtown Burbank."
Song Parody: Once an Episode, usually changing the lyrics to reference that night's movie.

Tombstone's is superimposed onto the screen much more gracefully today than he was in the old days, appearing much more solid and his mouth lip-sinks almost fluidly.

Many characters are voiced by Koz, and dubbed in. Zallman T. Tombstone (a floating skull), Kerwyn (a rubber chicken who helps Sven with the Mailbag segment), and Durwood (a ventriloquist's dummy) are the three most often seen Non Human Sidekicks. Also "appearing" Once an Episode is "the guy behind the door," who interrupts Sven as he's saying his goodnights at the end of the show to tell him a bad joke. The hand is played by various people - mostly staffers at the station - but the voiceover is Koz.

Back in the Son of Svengoolie days you couldn't get through a month without at least one cheap shot at Alan Thicke.
Three Dimensional Episode: when SoS broadcast Revenge of the Creature in 1983. The effect didn't work well.

Vocal Range Exceeded: Regularly used when musical director Doug Graves arranges songs for Sven to sing, just a bit higher than Sven can sing.

The Artifact: Durwood the puppet looks just like Bishop's Svengoolie. When Koz took over with a different make-up design, Durwood retained his resemblance to the original and continues to today.

Audience Participation: Faked with using audio clips from various programs, most commonly Warner Brothers cartoons.

Award Show: Parodied in 1983 with The Worst of Svengoolie, which highlighted the worst elements of the various films that had been shown over the years.

When Doug speaks up, it's generally to get a joke in at Sven's expense.
Everything's Better with Chickens: Rubber chickens make frequent appearances on the show, especially at the end, when they're launched at Svengoolie.

Fan Nickname: Sven, short for Svengoolie. "Goolie" isn't his last name.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Svengoolie devotes one host segment a week to pointing out the actors' other roles.

Incredibly Lame Pun: Most of the jokes on the program.

Keep Circulating the Tapes: Unlike some horror hosts Sven doesn't rely strictly on Public Domain films, which makes for a wider variety of shows available but also makes officially releasing them to home video virtually impossible. Sven is OK with people trading copies of his old shows, but do not sell them.

The current Svengoolie started as the Son of Svengoolie; the original Svengoolie (played by Jerry G. Bishop) aired from 1970-1973 on Screaming Yellow Theater. Son of Svengoolie ran 1979-1986. When SoS returned to regular broadcasting in 1995 he received the blessing of the original to just be called "Svengoolie."

Koz's first show ran 1979-1986; his current show started in 1995. That's 27 years on the air, and 42 years overall.

I have been watching Svengoolie on MeTV every Saturday night since I discovered it on my local cable channel 292. To give you an idea of how much I love Svengoolie, this is the only program I watch regularly in standard definition! Since I bought my HD TV several years ago, I stopped watching the non-HD channels, because they look fuzzy compared to the stunning clarity of the HD channels. I have already watched some classic – and not so classic – movies on Svengoolie’s program like: House of Frankenstein 1944, Tarantula 1955, Ssssss 1973, Abbot and Costello Go to Mars 1953, Duck Soup 1933, Revenge of the Creature 1955, Island of Lost Souls 1932, Cult of the Cobra 1955, The Black Cat 1933 and The Wolf Man 1941! I have learned that Rich Koz suffered a heart attack November 3, 2012 and while he is recovering has been running repeats of past shows on METV.

Here is the news report at the time of the incident:

Rich Koz, the Chicago television icon known to generations of fans as the wise-cracking horror-movie host Svengoolie, is recovering from a heart attack. Koz, 60, was stricken at his west suburban home Saturday night and was admitted to a Chicago hospital, where he was being treated Monday. On his Svengoolie Twitter and Facebook accounts Sunday, the following message was posted: “After a very busy Halloween holiday season, I’ll be taking a short reprieve from updating my blog. Daily updates will return soon!” Koz, who has a history of heart problems, suffered a heart attack in March 2002. He returned to work two months later after undergoing two angioplasty procedures. “Maybe it’s a good thing that rubber chickens are cholesterol-free,” he quipped at the time.

Judging by this report and Ron’s history, he’ll be returning to the airwaves soon!

Anyone who is interested in finding our more about Svengoolie, should go to his current web site:

To find out more about Svengooie on MeTV go to:

To find out if there is a MeTV affiliate in your area, go to:

Below is the opening of the new Svengoolie show on MeTV in which he introduces a rare non-horror movie feature, Duck Soup!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


In the second part of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones -- Part Two -- which I've titled "Baron Bones Usurps a Throne" -- Zombzany has apparently recovered from the sleeping drug that “Doc” Freak had one of Zombzany’s zombie slaves “prescribe” him, and is telling his fans that this year he will not be hosting the Fifth Annual Scare-a-thon. Suddenly, in a blinding flash of white-hot light, a large skeletal figure appears menacingly before Zombzany. “Doc” Freak, who is subbing for the absent zombie Myron behind the camera, tells Zombzany that he has revived Bill E. Bones. When Zombzany inquires why Bones is of a much greater stature, Freak informs the Dominator of the Dead that his special rejuvenation formula contained a calcium-additive that aided in Bones’ return to his former size. Zombzany attempts to threaten Bones with his scepter of power, when Bones - who is now calling himself Baron Blood E. Bones – reveals that he has stolen Zombzany’s magical amulet and is now immune to Zombzany’s necromancy. Bones tells Zombzany that he now possess the power of the amulet’s former owner, Count Dracula and puts Zombzany into a magically enhanced hypnotic trance!

Once again behind the camera, “Doc” Freak convinces Baron Blood E. Bones that he should host the Fifth Annual Scare-a-thon – particularly because it is an all vampire movie marathon. Completely in the Baron’s thrall, Bones orders Zombzany to give the fans a brief description of the horror host Count Gore de Vol, whom will be part of the evening’s Scare-a-thon. Baron Blood E. Bones then less-than-enthusiastically introduces the first vampire flick of the marathon: 1931’s Dracula.

Enjoy Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones - Part Two -- Baron Bones Usurps a Throne!

Technical Note: There are two segments of this video where the original video tape had a wrinkle in it, causing a crackling hiss in the audio playback. No amount of my adjusting the tape on playback or tweaking the audio digitally reduced this annoying aural distortion. I apologies for this in advance and hope that it doesn't detract too much from any enjoyment that you might derive from this portion of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Fringe is science fiction television series that was co-created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It premiered on Fox on September 9, 2008 and the show's first season ran a total 22 episodes.
Fringe’s first season focused on a team which investigating bizarre scientific occurrences or a string of fringe science–related incidents worldwide related to "The Pattern". The team consisted of FBI special agent Olivia Dunham, scientist Walter Bishop, his son Peter Bishop and others at the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. It followed a procedural story structure for most of this first season, only occasionally hinting at the cause of these “fringe” events.

The show was renewed for a second and third season of 22 episodes each, which aired from September 17, 2009 to May 20, 2010, and September 23, 2010 to May 6, 2011, respectively. As each season progressed, we found out what was causing the fringe events and who was behind the cause. The ties between Walter, Peter and Olivia become even more evident and critical as these two seasons progressed.

Fringe was officially renewed for a fourth season during the 2011–2012 television season which consisted of 22 episodes. All the plotlines from seasons one through three really come to a head in season four and the procedural format is almost completely disposed of.

On April 26, 2012, Fox renewed Fringe for a fifth and final season, consisting of 13 episodes. It premiered on September 28, 2012. The fifth and final season of Fringe takes place in a future that is not favorable to humans. Once again, it is up to Walter, Peter and Olivia to try and set things right and save the world one more time.

I've been watching Fringe since the first episode and it’s hard to believe that after four-and-a-half years and 98 episodes, this amazing mind-bending science fiction series is coming to an end! One thing that Fringe has never done is let me down in terms of fulfilling character arcs and satisfying story conclusions, so I am looking forward to the two episode conclusion this Friday night from 8pm – 10pm EST on Fox.

Here is the trailer for the last two episodes of season five of Fringe entitled "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate":

Thursday, January 10, 2013


The last series of Zombzany videos that I’ve posted here at Guardians of the Genre - ZOMBZANY AND THE UNDEAD DOC FREAK – took place chronologically just a year prior to the events of this latest series in which  Zombzany encounters an adversary nearly his necromantic equal, Baron Blood E. Bones. This and the several years before and after it are the most well-documented era in Zombzany’s horror host period; mostly because being the somewhat vain not-so-mad-not-so-much-scientist that I am, I stole and saved these video tapes to preserve the encounters that I've had with the Dominator of the Dead. This is another instance in a more-than ten year period in which Zombzany was coerced into hosting a horror movie marathon for a local science fiction fan club and evidently not very well rewarded financially for it.

In the first part of Zombzany Meets Blood E. Bones – Part One -- which I've titled "The Revenge of ‘Doc’ Freak" -- Zombzany is lying prone on a bench outside of his caretaker’s shack on the outskirts of his cemetery. He is sound asleep and snoring loudly. What is unusual about this is that it is clearly day time and normally Zombzany sleeps at this time safely within the dark confines of his underground tomb. Shortly, ‘Doc’ Freak sneaks up on Zombzany and gently pokes him to see if he is truly asleep. Satisfied that Zombzany is not playing possum, ‘Doc’ Freak thanks Myron, Zombzany’s most intelligent zombie slave, for putting the sleep serum that Freak concocted into Zombzany’s coffee the previous evening. Freak tells Myron and Sebastian that they might as well take a brief “holiday”, because Zombzany will be incapacitated long enough for him to put his “master plan in motion”. Waving as the zombies slowly shuffle off to who-knows-where, Freak then leans over Zombzany and carefully removes the magic amulet around Zombzany’s neck. Freak is somewhat intimidated by the amulet, as he knows that it contains some type of dark mystical energy that was transferred to it by its previous owner, Count Dracula. ‘Doc’ Freak jumps for joy as he heads off to look for the location of the grave of Zombzany’s most disloyal slave: Bill E. Bones.

Night has arrived and ‘Doc’ Freak, flashlight in hand, is still looking for Bill E. Bones’ unmarked grave. Finally stumbling on it – almost literally – Freak takes a carton of special ingredients from his lab coat pocket. ‘Doc’ Freak then spreads the “ass-kickin’ rejuvenation formula” on the grave of Bill E. Bones and commands the skeletal zombie to arise from his grave. Mystical smoke clouds the cemetery and suddenly Bones’ hand thrusts itself self out of the ground. ‘Doc’ Freak helps his zombie friend from the soil and places a cape around his shoulders. Freak then takes Zombzany’s magical amulet from his pocket and places it around the neck of Bones. Perhaps blind with the excitement of ousting Zombzany from his own tomb with the scientifically (and perhaps unintentionally magically) reanimated Bones, Freak doesn't notice the considerable difference in weight and stature in his formerly diminutive skeletal friend. Together, Freak and Bones head to the tomb of Zombzany and prepare to become the dominator of their former Master!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


As an addendum to my first post of 2013 - A REVIEW OF THEGENRE MOVIES OF 2012 – I lamented the lack of comments that I have been getting recently on my reviews of films here at GUARDIANS OF THE GENRE! I wrote “The most pleasure I get from writing film reviews is the comments that I receive on them and lately there have been fewer than I would like. I hope that it is not the quality of the reviews themselves that have caused this sparsity of comments; but rather the ridiculous CAPTCHAs that Blogger uses to prevent spammers from posting comments.” I have been rewarded recently with a comment from fellow blogger Troy.

On August 5, 2012 I posted my review of Total Recall (2012): TOTAL RECALL – 2012 – TOTALLY CAPTIVATING. I have now received three comments on this review – one more or less agreeing with me – thanks Dan O – and one fervently disagreeing with me – thank you, as well, Mark! I just received a comment on this post that I thought was so filled with interesting ideas and conflicting opinions of the film, that, knowing that most will not read his comments buried at the end of an old post, I decided to share it here in a separate post.

January 9, 2013 7:21 AM

People riff on about how wonderful the original was. Was it? Seriously? Arnie is better of portraying a cyborg than attempting to pull off a human being. Some plot device about an alien reactor conveniently left unused? The whole core of Mars is ice? Insta-terraforming to Earth normal pressure(with a pure O2 atmosphere) and leaving the core of Mars rather depleted? This was Paul Verhoeven directing, the same man who butchered Starship Troopers. "What if dis is all a dream?" "Well then kiss me quick before you wake up."

Whilst everyone is piling on the hate, this is closer to the original "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Quaid's character is a lot closer to the original Quail. As for the mind-bending said of it will, if you look at Total Recall 2012 and then re-read the story then it becomes pretty ambiguous as to whether the second half of the movie was real or not. As for the whole invasion thing - yes, that was how the story ended, sort of. Not a microwave meal terraforming. As for "Hauser," Quaid's motivation was, that he was actually a really nice guy deep down, if a little messed up. As for Kristen / Melina, it's probably intentional that they look similar (partly because Melina never existed). Melina is just like Kristen's "undercover" persona. The end fight between Kristen and Quaid makes this apparent - also that the final scenes of the movie might not be real, as the Philip K. Dick story implies.

The trouble is, you just don't see all of this because you're too busy looking for bits from the original Total Recall. It's not a Total Recall remake. It's another film adaptation of We Can Remember It For You, which borrows a few characters (partly because there only half a dozen in the 22 page short story). I only realized this when I reread the story.

As for the Fall, the actual elevator describes a hyperbolic path through the Earth's outer core and mantle, all of which are liquid. Since the core also rotates, it's impossible to drill through anything but the core axis. The elevator constantly accelerates *downward* (so the seats are actually oriented upside down immediately after the drop commences) and doesn't just drop.

Here is my reply to Troy’s comments:

January 9, 2013 2:37 PM
Fritz “Doc” Freakenstein:

Hello, Troy! Thank you for all the fascinating comments on Total Recall.

I think much of the love for 1990’s Total Recall is based on nostalgia. I grew up in the 1960s watching the classic (and not so classic) horror and science fiction films of the 40s and 50s, so I tend to be nostalgic - and hence less critical - about those films. Many people who write blogs today grew up in the 80s and tend to be more nostalgic about the films they watched from the 80s on video tape or at the theater in the 90s. While I was – and still am – a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films, I do agree that he was not an actor, but more of a star. One of the reasons that his films, including Total Recall 1990, are filled with so many one-liners is because humor tends to off-set Arnold’s lack of credulity as a three-dimensional character. All science fiction films made by Hollywood contain some – and usually many – scientific errors. As long as they aren't too blatant to this non-scientist’s eyes, I’m willing to give them a pass in the name of entertainment or artistic license. The whole “Insta-terraforming to Earth normal pressure (with a pure O2 atmosphere)” sequence at the end of Total Recall 1990 was one mistake that really stood out to me. Because it was so essential to end of the film’s plot, it really kept me from liking it as much as I might have. Yes, as a reader of Heinlein’s novel, Paul Verhoeven indeed “butchered Starship Troopers”.

Not having read Dick’s story, I’ll have to take your word for it that “this [Total Recall 2012] is closer to the original ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’ by Philip K. Dick”. Despite the many classic SF novels that I have read, P. K. Dick was never one of my favorite authors, so I've only read his novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep” after having seen Blade Runner, the movie which is based on it. As for which film accurately portrays the idea of what is real and what isn't real; I honestly think both films did not do an adequate job of this. These types of internalized ideas are very difficult to portray in a visual medium like film, so the fact that Total Recall 2012 lacked in this regard didn't bother me too much. I do think you make some good points defending the film’s attempts to do just that and perhaps I’ll catch more of them on a re-watch.

Obviously, I agree with you about Total Recall 2012. “It's not a Total Recall remake. It's another film adaptation of “We Can Remember It for You”, which borrows a few characters”, is a perfect way to describe the film, which is why I began my review of it saying pretty much the same thing. I've done some writing here at GOTG! on the subject of remakes, re-imaginings and prequel/sequels to classic film and how 99% of the time, people who love the original are going to dislike the remake.

I did quite a bit of research before I expressed my quibbles about the scientific accuracy of the gravity elevator used in Total Recall 2012 and I still stand by my reasoning that this simply would not be possible as portrayed in the film. If, as you say, ”the actual elevator describes a hyperbolic path through the Earth's outer core and mantle”, then it might be possible for this mechanism to work. I just thought I remembered the film describing the elevator as going in a straight line through the core of the Earth and not a hyperbolic path through the mantle.

It looks like I need to re-watch Total Recall 2012 with these ideas in mind. Thanks again for your deep and interesting comments on Total Recall and my review of it. Please do stop by again soon, Troy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


The SYFY Channel will be debuting Continuum in the United States on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8 pm, EST. Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series produced by Reunion Pictures Inc. and centers on the conflict between a police officer and a group of rebels from the year 2077 who time-travel to Vancouver, BC in the year 2012. It premiered on Showcase in Canada on May 27, 2012 and ran for ten episodes. It has already been renewed by Showcase for a second season.

The SYFY Channel describes Continuum:
When a group of fanatical terrorists escape their planned execution in 2077 by traveling back in time to 2012, they inadvertently take City Protective Services officer Kiera Cameron with them. Trapped in a more “primitive” past, Kiera infiltrates the local police department to try to track down the terrorists before they change the course of history.

Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (Alias, Criminal Minds, G.I. Joe) as Kiera, Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) as detective Carlos Fonnegra - who Kiera allies with - and Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4) as Alec Sadler, the teenaged tech genius who could be Kiera’s key to saving the future.

Continuum comes from executive producers Simon Barry (The Art of War), Jeff King (Stargate SG-1, White Collar), Tom Rowe (Tin Man), and Pat Williams (Smallville).

Watch the Continuum trailer for the Showcase debut below:

The SYFY Channel will be airing the first episode of season three of Lost Girl on January 14, 2013 at 10 pm, EST. On December 9, 2011, Kirk Hooper announced on the Showcase blog that Lost Girl had been renewed for a third season. It was later confirmed by Showcase the air dates for Season Three: Showcase will premiere it on January 6, 2013, making the SYFY broadcast of the first episode only a week later.

A press release describes Lost Girl, season three:
For Bo, Season Three is all about discovery. The victory in the final battle of Season Two has created new alliances but also reinvigorated old enemies - enemies like The Morrigan, whom Bo crossed in an attempt to bring peace to the Faedom. This year our favorite Succubus, who until now has famously refused to pick a side, will be forced to make a deadly decision - or risk a fate worse than death. Season Three also sees Bo make a romantic choice, as she commits to a real-life, grown-up relationship - but finds the road to commitment riddled with obstacles. Though she chooses the one she loves, can a Succubus ever be monogamous? Throughout the season, unexpected jeopardy stalks Bo and those she cares about. Though Bo battles many foes, her greatest enemy will prove to be the one that resides within herself. Bo will have to comes to terms with her own identity, and take on an ancient, almost unwinnable challenge if she hopes to finally lean the terrifying truth about who (or what) she might be destined to become.

Watch the Lost Girl season 3, 60-second teaser trailer for the Showcase debut below: