Horrorfest 2018 Presents: The Giant Spider Invasion (1975, Bill Rebane)

Sometimes you discover a movie that is so low budget, you almost give it a pass for being awful. For the first time in years, I actually viewed a B movie before watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode making fun of it, and that movie is The Giant Spider Invasion, which was on Shudder. Even Shudder’s description said to check out said episode, which I know of mostly via a funny clip where the show’s trio make Packers jokes, a video I posted after Green Bay won the Super Bowl. After all this film is set in Wisconsin, and well there is actually a giant killer spider that murders its victims and only really pops up later in the movie. The creature effects are hilarious and yet this movie was clearly a homage to 1950s monster flicks, which lead me to at least give it a chance.

Sorry folks, this movie is bad, yet not in a “Utter trash, I hate it” type of way. No its almost so bad its good, and you can tell there were good intentions. However by the end of the movie I was bored senseless, and I don’t have to tell folks to check out the highly underrated Eight Legged Freaks instead, which would not exist if movies like The Giant Spider Invasion had never been made. So hurrah for Bill Rebane, I guess? Or not. Honestly I watched this movie sober and I can barely recall how it even concluded, so I guess its time to watch it again with funny commentary and laugh at cheesy FX and poor acting.

It’s Draft Time

For one weekend the NFL grabs the sports fans’ attention with a draft that since the 1980s is the biggest and most famous draft of them all. I don’t always watch yet I do pay attention to my team is drafting especially in the first and second rounds. A team can potentially make or break their season based on what needs they address and if they also satisfy certain wants as well. Also you have fans present which can lead to boos and cheers for players. From what I read on Twitter tonight many of those boos were aimed at Roger Goodell. Well deserved I might add.

So I wonder how the Chiefs and the Packers will do this weekend. I know both teams took a defensive player in the first round and unless they become a liability shoring up the defense is a smart although not really flashy move. I would rather see my teams make good draft moves and also look to the future while setting up playoff pushes for next season. As Browns fans can attest to the draft is a tricky and cruel mistress at times. It sure makes for quality entertainment however.

PLAYOFFS?!: Conference Title Game Edition

Now for the NFL Conference title game picks (last week’s record: 3-1)

*Seattle Seahawks over Green Bay Packers (35-17)

Look I want to pick the Packers. But I can’t and I won’t. Aaron Rodgers is banged up and so is Eddie Lacy. While Marshawn Lynch may not have played well last game he will burn GB’s defense just like DeMarco Murray did. Also Russell Wilson is a duel threat QB and the Packers are facing him at home. Not even my own bias can’t change my mind.

*New England Patriots over Indianapolis Colts (37-20)

Poor Andrew Luck is 0-3 against the Pats. That’s unlikely to change as the Colts were run over by NE last time the two met in the playoffs. Also Gronk is a beast and seems unstoppable. I foresee the Patriots pulling away late at home as Tom Brady returns to the Super Bowl.

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?! Divisional Round

Time for more NFL fun this weekend (last weekend’s record: 3-1):

*Seattle Seahawks over Carolina Panthers (27-13)

Sure Carolina will put up more of a fight than expected. Yet Seattle has a great home crowd and hasn’t lost at home in a long time. The Panthers got this far but I just can’t see them stopping Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch.

*New England Patriots over Baltimore Ravens (35-20)

Unlike the Steelers the Patriots are not banged up and Tom Brady is looking to get revenge on Baltimore for knocking him out of the playoffs two seasons ago. Look for NE’s underrated run game to make a difference.

*Green Bay Packers over Dallas Cowboys (27-24)

This is destined to be a classic. And a really hard fought game as both teams have great offenses and quality defenses. Aaron Rodgers vs Tony Romo is a fantastic matchup. I’m heavily biased so take this entire post lightly. Eddie Lacy might be the X factor for the Packers.

*Denver Broncos over Indianapolis
Colts (31-26)

Peyton Manning outlasts Andrew Luck in a battle that ends up being decided by a couple of C.J. Anderson touchdowns. The Colts defense will keep some of Denver’s wideouts in check but it won’t be enough.

Vince Young, Green Bay, and Awful Predictions

For the record, I actually like Vince Young. Thanks to him USC did not win another national championship. Bully for him. However his pro career has been a disappointment, to say the least, and its sad because Young had the talent to at least be a good pro QB. Maybe even an annual Pro Bowler. His tale is one to heed, for his immaturity and lack of leadership skills have resulted in him going from being a starting quarterback for the Titans to being a backup with the Packers. Let this be a lesson to young players who think that it all it takes to be successful in the pros is talent. Some things go beyond talent, and there are simply other intangibles that make people great at what they do. Particularly in a violent sport such as football. Anyways I do think that Vince Young is not a bad pickup by the Packers, as the rest of the QBs on their roster are awful. If Aaron Rodgers goes down, Young could probably step in and play right away. So welcome to the Packers, Young, and get used to an organization that’s all about winning championships. It might be your last stop if you are not careful, but I do wish you the best of luck.

Oh and now for my awful NFL 2013-2014 predictions:

AFC North-

1. Bengals: 10-6
2. Ravens: 9-7
3. Steelers-7-9
4. Browns-6-10

AFC South-

1. Texans: 11-5
2. Colts: 10-6
3. Titans: 7-9
4. Jaguars: 3-13

AFC West-

1. Broncos: 12-4
2. Chiefs: 9-7
3. Chargers: 8-8
4. Raiders: 5-11

AFC East-

1. Patriots: 10-6
2. Dolphins: 9-7
3. Bills: 7-9
4. Jets: 6-10


NFC North-

1. Packers: 11-5
2. Vikings: 10-6
3. Bears: 9-7
4. Lions: 8-8

NFC South-

1. Falcons: 12-4
2. Saints: 10-6
3. Panthers: 9-7
4. Buccaneers: 8-8

NFC West-

1. Seahawks: 12-4
2. 49ers: 11-5
3. Rams: 9-7
4. Cardinals: 7-9

NFC East-

1. Redskins: 10-6
2. Giants: 9-7
3. Eagles: 7-9
4. Cowboys: 5-11

Wild Card Teams for AFC: Colts, Chiefs
Wild Card Teams for NFC: 49ers, Vikings

Super Bowl Prediction: Broncos over Seahawks in OT.

We Like Sports

If you’ve read some of this blog, you’ve seen that I comment on sports here and there. Largely because I enjoy sports and love so many of them. So here is insight into some of my favorite teams and why I love them so much:

Chicago Cubs

I’ve been a die hard Cubs fan my entire life due to my dad’s side of the family, who brainwashed me into rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Yes I have visited Wrigley Field, going there in 1998 with my dad and watching as the Cubs beat the stinking White Sox on a hot glorious summer afternoon. Do they suck? Yeah, for the most part. Do they break my heart? Absolutely. But I love them anyways because that’s what a real fan does, even as most people question why I continue to stay with a team that disappoints its fan base ever year. Go Cubs Go! And hey they have won a championship, even if it was last in 1908, and when they finally do it again I’ll be getting drunk as hell and cheering loudly.

Favorite Player Currently:

I’m going with current players on the teams I like, so for me right now its Starlin Castro. The guy may be frustrating at times but overall he has immense talent and is the future of the organization. Quality young short stops do not grow on trees.


Arizona Wildcats Basketball

Back in 1996 before they won a national championship I started rooting for Arizona Wildcats basketball, and their epic OT title win over Kentucky clinched my love for the school. Lute Olson was the man, and he coached them for decades, turning the school into a basketball powerhouse. Sean Miller has them back in the thick of the national conversation once more, and I’m excited about another thrilling season of Arizona Wildcats basketball. Bear Down!

Favorite Player:

Right now its tough to say as the team is not yet done with recruiting, and so the roster isn’t set yet. For now though I’ll go with Nick Johnson, who averaged 11.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 3.2 APG last season and will be expected to be one of the leaders on a team that relied on seniors last year. I hear the class for 2014 has a lot of promise-I can’t wait.


Kansas City Chiefs

1996. Derrick Thomas tearing shit up on the field, terrorizing offenses everywhere. I fell in love with the Chiefs as a kid because they were a Midwest team, and then I stuck on after wards even though they’ve only been to 2 SBs and won 1. They still have a rich tradition and heritage, and they were one of the teams that was responsible for the NFL we have today. When they finally win that second Super Bowl all of the Chiefs fans I know will be getting loud in excitement. I’ll never stop believing, and I can’t wait to visit Arrowhead Stadium one day. I might cry upon entering. And of course I do want to see a game, preferably one where the Chiefs crush the stinking Raiders.

Favorite Player:

Right now its Jamaal Charles, one of the best running backs the franchise has ever had to carry the pigskin. He’s an absolute beast, and now with a good quarterback under center is primed for another great season. And yes I do have his jersey along with Derrick Thomas’ and I wear both with pride during football season.


Green Bay Packers

Hey I’ve been to Lambeau Field. I went there in 2010 wearing my Packers gear, although it was during training camp and therefore I was only able to tour the stadium. Yes I know that I love two football teams, but I don’t care because I’ve stuck with both of them for decades. Brett Favre converted me in 1997, his amazing gunslinger ways memorizing me throughout. But its Donald Driver who is my all time favorite Packers player, a class act who gave us Green Bay fans endless great moments on the field. I’m fully expecting the Packers to reload and compete for another Super Bowl this season, but even if they don’t I’ll still be rooting for them no matter what. BTW I am on the waiting list for season tickets heh even though I’ll never get them in my lifetime, and I do want to go see a game there, of course.

Favorite Player:

Right now its Randall Cobb, who is a beast and was a great second round steal by the Packers in the draft a couple seasons back. He can return punts, catch touchdowns, and could even play running back if he had to. He is also tied for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown. Beast.

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