Alternate Werewolf Meetups on HowlCon Weekend In Portland, Vancouver (BC)

If you planned on attending HowlCon on February 4 and 5, 2017, it is looking likely  HowlCon is not happening. My good friend over at Werewolf News has posted a couple of alternate meetups in both Portland, Oregon, with The Ugly Werewolf (@Nodnash) and Vancouver, British Columbia (not the Washington “Couve”) in the works.

Check out Werewolf News’s post at Werewolf-News.com for more details on the upcoming events and follow on Twitter at @WerewolfNews.

I will be attending an alternate private event on both days. There is a chance that I may show up at the Portland event on Sunday, February 5, and join in on the fun.

PDXWerewolf at HOWL CON is Now Tentative

For those who are interested in if I will be attending HOWL CON 2017, I am changing my attendance status to tentative. It is unfortunate that HOWL CON has poorly marketed the convention, lacking information on convention programming, special guests attending, and vendors for the second year in the row, following the same lack of communication prior to cancelling in 2016. Their website, HOWLCON.com, has been reinstated, however it lacks any program information. I will have a final decision by Friday, January 20, 2017, unless HOWL CON has a change of status beforehand.

Call cease-fire in ‘Underwold: Blood Wars.”

The fifth and latest installment of the Underworld franchise battles Lycans versus Vampires once again. Underworld: Blood Wars returns since the 2012 Underworld: Awakenings with the story about a Vampire hitwoman Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fending off the Lycan pack while also facing the Vampire congregate that betrayed here. With the help of Thomas (Charles Dance) and his son, David (Theo James), she must end the never-ending fight between Lycans and Vampires.

Personally, it is apparent the Underworld franchise is becoming tired. Kate Beckinsale darts around the screen in a black PVC suit, blasting off fully automatic machine guns and throwing punches and kicks at the same time. Meanwhile, the Lycans are shown briefly in a computer-generated image up close, yet leaping in great bounds like frogs. Then there is the dark, blue-filtered. One scene was repeated for a later scene. Enough of making another movie where vampires are the good guys and werewolves are the bad guys.

I like to think Underworld has finally put the stake through the heart and a silver bullet through the head of its series. The ending of Blood Wars may have left the door wide open for another Underworld installment. Hopefully, the next installment is set for a DVD/Blu-ray or online only release, if that happens.

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

‘Grimm: Dark Legacy” keeps battling, slaughtering

Steampowered.com

The hit fantasy crime drama television series Grimm is starting on their final season this week. Meanwhile, the “dark legacy” continues with the on-line and off-line game, “Grimm: Dark Legacy” by GamesCo.

From the “Grimm: Dark Legacy” page on Steam:

Grimm: Dark Legacy is a tale of deep, dark exploration, survival, and blood thirsty combat in a medieval setting. Form a ruthless band of Grimm and begin your journey: Hunt, Craft, and Slay the hordes of Wesen in this co-operative, rogue-lite survival game.

I will be up front with you: I am not a gamer. That lunging blutbad above had my attention while I was visiting the  Grimm website on NBC.com.

Anyhow, if you’re up for playing this game, it is available for purchase on Steampowered.com at “Grim: Dark Legacy.” You can also find out more about the game and updates at www.grimmdarklegacy.com.

‘Grimm’ season finale premieres Friday

The Portland-based fairy tale crime drama television series is coming to wraps in its series finale season.

“Grimm” sixth and final season premiers Friday, January 6, 2017 on NBC at an earlier time, 8:00 p.m/7:00 p.m. Central.

Last August I  posted that NBC is ending ‘Grimm’ with Season 6. NBCUniversal reported back in August the season will wrap up with thirteen episodes.

As I said in August, I will share my full thoughts about Grimm here after the season wraps up.

It’s Official: ‘AWIL’ Will Be Remade by Landis’s Son

Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that An American Werewolf In London will be remade. Max Landis, the son of John Landis who directed and wrote the original Academy Award-winning AWIL released in 1981, reportedly will write and direct the remake for Universal.

AWIL remake has been on the radar for several years. Typically remakes do not fare out as well as the originals (Ghostbusters, Fright Night, RoboCop, The Wolfman, for example. I am definitely keeping my ears perked for updates as this remake does involve one of the most respectable cult classic werewolf movies of all time.

Ground Zero and ‘Famous Monsters’

There is nothing better than leaving work, getting in your car, starting up the engine and the radio comes on with the first word, “werewolves.” That’s right, my Thursday night commute was a relaxing and thoughtful one while listening to Ground Zero hosted by Clyde Lewis on KXL 101.1 FM. The topic of the show: “Famous Monsters of the Homeland with Linda Godfrey.” The show had a very intriguing discussion on shapeshifters, beardogs, Bigfoot, and of course werewolves, all while keeping my mind off of the horrendous evening Portland traffic on Sunset Highway.

Ground Zero is a nationally syndicated live radio talk show originating from KXL in Portland, Oregon, that deals with paranormal and parapolitcal topics.

Draw A Werewolf Day: ‘Where’s My Coffee?’

The hunt for fresh meat overnight was successful, but the hunt for the morning coffee still needs to be had. His overnight “carnivorous lunar activities” has spent his fuel. No coffee makes for an extremely cranky werewolf as his fuel depletes and resulting in a mid-morning crash. Time to give this werewolf some coffee. A word to the wise: do not offer the werewolf decaf coffee; it will not end well for the one serving the coffee.

Today is also Draw a Werewolf Day, as it is also the “Harvest Moon” full moon. How can you get on the werewolf art action? Draw anything werewolfy. It does not matter if you are a pro artist or drawing a simple stick-figure werewolf, if it is werewolf, it is good to go. The rule is that it must be art that you created on the assigned Draw a Werewolf Day (full moon day)

(or +/- one day to accommodate overseas participants). To submit your own Draw a Werewolf drawing or to view the archives, go visit drawawerewolf.tumblr.com or Tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #DrawAWerewolfDay.

Categories Art

The Ugly Werewolf ‘Interview With the News’ is Thoughtful, Amusing

Last night I enjoyed listening to a great podcast from The Ugly Werewolf, “#12 The Ugly Werewolf: Interview With the News.” The recent episode features the Portland (Ore.)-based host, Nodnash, and the guest, err “a guest” A. Quinton, the founder of the werewolf website Werewolf-news.com and the editor of the “Monster Versus” series.

The episode dives deep into discussions about HowlCon 2017, the movie Teen Wolf, and a review on a Bad Dragon werewolf-related adult toy in an informative, thoughtful, and amusing discussion.

If you have 74 minutes of free time at home, you may want to give this episode a listen. I highly advise not to listen to this at work given some language and a discussion on adult toys.

One little disclaimer: this is the first of The Ugly Werewolf podcast I have listened to and I intend to listen to more later.

Now, go listen to “#12 The Ugly Werewolf: Interview With the News.”

I Miss This Ale

September has arrived. As many food and beverage transform into something related to pumpkin spice, there is one other thing I crave for in the fall. It’s definitely beer. It’s definitely werewolf. It’s the Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale.

In 2013 and 2014, I picked up a few 6-packs and enjoyed a few. I can’t quite recall how it was then, but I definitely drank it down, so it had to have been good. I kept a few unopened bottles for keepsakes.

In 2015 and now in 2016, I cannot find any Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale in the Portland area, including across the river in Vancouver, Washington. It is a little disappointing that it dampens the Halloween spirit for not being available.

Heineken USA produced the werewolf ale seasonally in the early fall from August to October, apparently between 2012 and 2014.