Happy 4th of July!

Since it’s Independence Day, I thought I’d share an interesting fact I learned. It turns out that the movie Independence Day had an audio sidequel about Britain’s response to the alien invasion called Independence Day UK (aka ID4UK). From what I can tell, the play starts off sounding like a real radio program about UFOs (complete with British celebrities playing themselves) and then segues into a standard audio drama after the aliens attack. You can read more about it here.

But while that ties into the holiday, it wouldn’t feel right to do a 4th of July entry without something 100% American. Since the word “force” kinda sounds like “fourth, I thought now would be as good a time as any to share the following news:

The Abominable N. Oremac informed me that Monster Force is getting a DVD release on September 15, 2009. Not unlike Van Helsing, this 1994 animated series was an attempt to make the Universal Monsters appeal to the youth of the day. In it, the titular Monster Force (whose members included Frankenstein’s Monster and a descendant of the Wolf Man) protected the world from Dracula and his team of evil monsters. Judging from the Wikipedia entry, the show made some rather bizarre choices for some of the monsters’ powers, such as the Mummy having freeze breath or the Creature from the Black Lagoon having a sonic scream-type attack. Come to think of it, could the Creature really be considered evil? It’s just an incredibly sexually frustrated animal (being the last of your kind tends to do that). In my opinion, the only reason he went after Julie Adams in the first movie was since he desperate enough to consider pursuing a (by his species’ standards) ugly, scaleless freak. I’m not saying what he tried to do was right, but wild animals aren’t exactly the best representatives of ethical or moral thinking.

Getting back on topic, the short-lived cartoon also resulted in a line of action figures. You can learn more about them at this Monster Force fansite. It should also be noted that the cartoon has no relation to the video game of the same name.

Finally, I’d like to wish a belated Happy Canada Day to all our readers up north. In celebration, here’s a link to my favorite Canadian horror movie-related site: Canuxploitation.

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