Previews & Reviews that are Z's Views

10 Creepy, True Stories That Deserve Their Own TV Shows

posted his choices for 10 Creepy, True Stories That Deserve Their Own TV Shows.  Venable makes some good suggestions and my favorite  is…

The Cleveland Torso Murderer
Given how incredible David Fincher’s Zodiac was, it seems only natural that more unsolved serial killer stories would have been made in the last few years. But somehow, the story of the Cleveland Torso Murderer – also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run – has yet to make it to the small screen. (But definitely read Brian Michael Bendis’ graphic novel.) His lethal streak took place in the 1930s and included at least 12 victims (most of them unidentified), with all of them decapitated and many dismembered. Thus the nickname. Beyond being unsolved, the murders are remembered as one of the last cases that fell under former Untouchables investigator Eliot Ness, although he wasn’t heavily involved. NBC had plans to turn this into a miniseries back in 2013, but there hasn’t been any news about it since. HBO and Netflix are better homes for this gritty mystery anyway.

I read Bendis’ graphic novel and Max Allan Collins work about the subject and agree that The Cleveland Torso Murderers could make for interesting viewing.

The 10 Best Monster Movies of All Time

Recently  Maane Khatchatourian posted in Variety The 10 Best Monster Movies of All Time.

While I don’t think the list was  a great one, I’ll play along.  Here’s my ranking (and comments for their choices)…

  1. Creature from the Black Lagoon – One of my favorite movies of all time.  I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Creature from the Black Lagoon, but I always enjoy it!  Wondering when it will be updated/rebooted?

  2. The Thing (1982) – I saw it on it’s original theatrical run.  Scary then and scary now.

  3. Alien – Another one I saw when it was first released.  I’ve grown to love it even more over the years.

  4. King Kong – The original Kong is still King.

  5. Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein The Godfather II and Godfather of monster movie sequels.

  6. Jaws – I have a tough time with this one being labeled a monster movie.  Jaws is a classic though.

  7. Jurassic Park – Still the best of the Jurassic Park/World movies.

  8. The Fly (1958) – “Help me.  Help me.”  Chilling.  Another film that I’ve grown to appreciate more over the years.

  9. Gremlins – Not a fan.

  10. Godzilla (1954) – Not a fan of the original Godzilla movies although I watched them enough as a kid with my grandpa.