Monsters

10 Monsters That Deserve Better Films

Monsters, you can do so much better...

Monster Mash: Mummies and Trolls

Monster Mash: Mummies and Trolls: Could real science possible explain a horror movie mummy's murderous escape from a museum or a troll's transformation into stone? In the same tradition as their gremlin and zombie episodes, Robert and Julie give it a try for this special Halloween edition of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

The Threat of Ancient Mesopotamian Zombies

Robert ponders some ancient undead.

'Pacific Rim' Punches Monsters/Science in the Face

Robert Lamb blogs about Kaiju, Jaegers and science.

Happy Birthday, Franz Kafka!

Robert celebrates with some videos.

Zombie Apocalypse PSA

Atlanta is in shambles. Parasite-infected humans wander the streets, stinking of death and attacking everyone in sight. Meanwhile Robert and Julie hold up in the HSW headquarters to shed light on the so-called "zombie outbreak" by highlighting real-world examples of minds hijacked and bodies zombified by tiny parasitic organisms.

Shane Morton on 'Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell'

Robert Lamb chats with "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell" art designer Shane Morton about infernal urinals and horror movies. Read on!

The Christmas War on Krampus

Since the Nazis were all about casting out Christianity and embracing the old gods, you'd think that German-speaking socialists of the 1930s would be cool with nasty old Krampus. But not so, according to a Dec. 23, 1934 New York Times article headlined "Krampus Disliked in Fascist Austria." Now remember, Nazi Germany didn't roll up Austria till 1938. Austrofascism was the rule of the day and, unlike the Nazis, they were heavily Catholic. According to the NYT article, the Austrian government outlawed Krampus entirely -- who, according to the article, had virtually usurped the role of prime gift giver from Santa at the time. It was the demon, not the old man, who mad the rounds with sweets and gifts.

Blow The Mind: The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai

Mogwai and Gremlins might SEEM the most unrealistic little monsters ever to crawl out of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dissect Gremlin/mogwai biology and show you how all that melting and metamorphosing matches up with the rest of the animal kingdom.

The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai

The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai: Mogwai and Gremlins might seem the most unrealistic monsters of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth. Join Robert and Julie as they dissect Gremlin/Mogwai biology and show you these creatures compare to the rest of the animal kingdom. Be sure to check out "How Mogwai and Gremlins Work" for all the info discussed in this episode.