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"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

Nobody will confuse Piper’s acting resume with that of Daniel Day Lewis or Sean Penn; those two could only hope to ever have a milestone like THEY LIVE on their IMDB page.

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in July 2017

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in July 2017

Remember to grab your earbuds and smart device to watch some great shows while you are laying out by the pool. Because ladies and gentleman, July is bringing us some great additions to SciFi and Horror.

Pass the Remote - Tessa on Television Shows

Pass the Remote - Tessa on Television Shows

I was raised on television, so after much debating and hemming and hawing, here are my top 5 favorite television shows of the past 5 years. I chose some based on the educational merit of the times and others on the taste of entertainment of our times.

You Can't Kill the Boogeyman

You Can't Kill the Boogeyman

Not only was I getting a glimpse into what teenagers were like in the 1970s, but it was gritty and gory. Little did I know, I was watching a “slasher” classic.

Creating something new from the old: How Stranger Things shines in a world of remakes and sequels

Creating something new from the old:  How Stranger Things shines in a world of remakes and sequels

We're entering a new era of streamed content, and if STRANGER THINGS is any representation, I am looking forward to what comes next.

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O’Bannon’s story is one of unabashed creativity and generic infusions, both in terms of hybridization and innovation.  It is with this consideration and ambitions toward new horizons that we introduce the “Dan O’Bannon Other Worlds Austin Filmmaker Grant,” which we hope will allow burgeoning local voices representing the genres of SciFi, horror, and fantasy, an opportunity to bring those voices to fruition.

MonsterVisions of My Youth

MonsterVisions of My Youth

The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series.