Episode 43 – Uncaged Part 2

It’s that time again!  We like to keep it fresh, so it’s time for round two of our monthly uncaged episode.  What’s our topic?  We don’t have one!  What are we talking about?  That’s a surprise!  Are you going to enjoy what your hear?  Abso-farking-lutley!!  Join us this week as we talk about whatever the hell we want as well as fielding the burning questions from our loyal Monkey Lovers out there.  Do some ab exercises, get that bikini wax, and be sure to go crazy with the spray tan because it’s about to get wild and crazy up in here on an all new summer time bonanza episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 35 – Geek Sub-Cultures

Geeks, Nerds, Dorks, and Dweebs of the world, unite!  Too long have we stood in the shadows of the Jocks and Norm-ies!  Too often have the “Popular” cast us aside!  Now is our time to look beyond our differences and show the world what we’re made of!  Join us this week as we discuss the many layers of Geek subculture.  We peel back the skin of the Funyun and look at the subcultures within the subculture, from Gamers and Cosplayers to Trekkies and Furries.  So, make sure your Battlebot is charged up, strap on your foam sword, and get your character sheets in order because it’s about to get meta up in here on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage… Oh, and roll initiative!

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Episode 28 – Comic Books

For gamers and geeks alike, comic books are essential for building up your geek street-cred.  While we here at Monkey in the Cage are a little behind the curve on mainstream comics, we’re working to fill the holes in our geek game every week.  Join us this week as we talk comics and comic artists, both big name and independent, with our special guest, designer and illustrator Dennis Salvatier.  We talk everything from the comics of our golden age (the 90’s) through the books that influence and entertain us today.  Squeeze into your spandex, fasten the clasps on your cape, and get ready for a wild ride on this weeks all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 10 – Merry Monkeymas!

Season’s greetings to all you out there in the internet world!  Christmas is just a few days away and we, being the consumer whores we are, are celebrating the only way we know how.  Join us this week as we exchange gifts of questionable and embarrassing nature while simultaneously testing the limits of friendship and faith in humanity, for the low low price of $25 a person!  Plug in and listen up, because this is an episode you truly won’t want to miss.  From all the Monkeys to all of our listeners, Merry Whateveritisyoucelebrate!

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Things that go Bump in the Night

Looking for something to help get you in the mood for Halloween?  Here are a few suggestions of things that have each taken a turn or two keeping me up at night.

Movie:  Poltergeist

“They’re heeeere…”  A modern classic if you ask any fan of the genre.  It was released in 1984 making me four years old and entirely too young to be watching it but that didn’t stop me.  This movie alone is probably the reason that ghost stories  both fascinate and frighten me still to this day.  Also, being roughly the same age as little Carol-Anne probably didn’t help either.

Television:  American Horror Story

A new series that premiered less than a month ago but has already made a huge impression on me.  A multi-layered story filled with tragedy, secrets, tension, and sex all intermingled with a huge creep-factor and some pretty messed up murder scenes.  If you’re into horror or ghost stories you will love it and with a two-part Halloween episode it’s perfect for this time of year.

Literature:  Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know this is a children’s book.  But that didn’t stop it was giving me the chills.  The movie, while fantastic, didn’t make my skin crawl quite like the book.  The Dave McKean illustrations alone had me speed-reading  just so I could turn the page.  As soon as Coraline found herself in the other world with other-mother and her creepy button eyes I knew this was a different kind of kids’ story and I loved every minute of it.

Games:  Fatal Frame II:  Crimson Butterfly  (Playstation 2)

Japanese horror stories have a way of creeping me out that sticks with me.  There are still random times after using the bathroom in the middle of the night that I think “long arms” from the original Fatal Frame may be lurking in my closet waiting for me.  Your character is armed only a camera to defend herself against hostile ghosts like “broken neck woman”, “woman in box”, and “fallen woman.”  All women, huh?  Yeah, way to be sexist, Fatal Frame.  The overt scares are great but it’s the subtleties that really make this game shine.

Graphic Novel:  30 Days of Night by Steve Niles

Screw your sparkling vampires.  Steve Niles’ take on the vampire genre is the stuff of nightmares.  Ruthless, ugly, and teeth like sharks– 30 Days of Night made vampires scary again.  The added talents of Ben Templesmith almost make the gore-splashed pages beautiful.  But there is no denying that these vampires will tear your throat out, as many of Barrow, Alaska’s residents can attest to.

 

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