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πŸ’€πŸ’€The Age Of Gods And Monsters lives on in the hearts and imaginations of those that wish to keep it alive. Ghoulish Grin Films is a small entity but its heart is on fire with the ghosts of old. It is an entity that cherishes the classics and gives it a modern platform. Long Live Indie Horror! πŸ’€πŸ’€ Welcome to the site...and thank you for your support! Enjoy!

Now Is JULY Too Early To Get Hyped For Spooky Season?

 Okay. Hear me out. Right after the 4th Of July festivities, on the 5th a good amount of social media posts were about 'now that THAT is over with, it is officially spooky season time!' Granted, these are the Halloween Year Round people, but considering that Independence Day is the last big holiday before Halloween they MAY HAVE A POINT? Okay...this may be a stretch. The normies are going to consider this overkill. I get it. And there's still great summer activities to be had. I don't hate summer. I love seeing people out and about, enjoying themselves. I love my county fair. It's a good time. But I've always been a fan of Halloween and spook season, and I get the stretch. Anything to get back to that ghoulish delight. So IS July too early to get hyped for spooky season? Maybe. For those who live and breathe spooky? Never! So maybe there's a middle ground... If you on occasion check out this blog you probably are a spooky ghoul. So welcome to you...and to yo

Don't Expect "Minus One." Expect FUN ("Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" Review)

Shop Godzilla v Kong Collectibles! Don't be fooled by the title of this piece. I had fun watching "Godzilla Minus One." But the film was going for something more than just popcorn munching fare. It was a brilliant piece of filmmaking and I was over the moon happy to have seen it (check out my review of the film on this website). I had campaigned for the film "Godzilla Minus One" to get a Best Picture nomination for the Oscar nominees of 2023. And though it didn't get the nomination, it ended up winning a Best Visual Effects Oscar. And I happily cheered for the team involved.  Pre-Order Monsterverse 5-Film Collection! And as the Oscars came to a close, I knew that I would get even more sweet, sweet Godzilla. Though my expectations for this one to be an Oscar contender dropped dramatically. The film is "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire." The follow-up to the 2021 blockbuster smash 'em up "Godzilla vs. Kong."  Yes...THIS time King Kong an

Digital Gold, Or Digital Tulips? ("This Is Not Financial Advice" Movie Review)

 I came into investing by accident.  As a retail worker, I would randomly come across a customer asking me if our store was going out of business (funny enough, this would happen more than once, at at more than one business). Not knowing if these questions were true or not I would head over to finance channels on television, like Bloomberg or CNBC, and get the financials of the stores I was working at. And usually our stores would be fine. A store I worked at long ago, Mervyn's, did end up going out of business, but the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 was the one event that eventually took a bankrupt and limping business to the edge. Later on in life as major news networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC featured warring, partisan bickering and profited from it with the ratings, I returned to business news. They covered the important events going on in the world but through the lens of finance. I could see how these events affected my personal and work life and the best part was not h

Another Plea To The Academy...Godzilla Minus One

 I'm a huge fan of horror, as some may have picked up on. Classic horror has always been my jam. From the great Universal Monsters era of the 1930's and '40's to the Hammer Studios horror of the late '50's. And, of course the movie monster giants like King Kong and Godzilla. The films never really frightened me but I was riveted by the characters and spooky ambience. And even though modern moviemakers don't seem to know what to do with these legendary characters, they still seem to have some juice in them. Which is impressive in this social media led, short attention span generation that consumes content these days. But with current releases like "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," which I thought was fantastic but didn't light the box office on fire, I was wondering if these classic properties had the same kind of relevance that they had back in the day. They've been trying for years now to resurrect the Universal Monsters Universe to no ava

Steamboat Willie Is Ours (Happy New Year 2024!)

 2024 is a fantastic year for new possibilities.  The pandemic is lingering, but it's more of a potent cold these days. The masses have come out to shop, drop, and pop as we all return to normality. Even with a stubborn bout of inflation and high interest rates, the consumer still came out to consume. So if they came out during these restrictive conditions, what's stopping them from an all out boom of activity this year when rates will get cut and people can afford goods and services? The Roaring '20's I thought would arrive earlier but got the Spanish Flu pandemic instead may just actually happen... And with a new year comes new public domain works ready to be reused and reimagined by artists. The most notable being Walt Disney's legendary "Steamboat Willie" featuring the first appearance of the iconic Mickey Mouse. We've already seen a drop of a trailer for a horror game called "Infestation." It really doesn't take long with these talen