Archive for category: Books

Our Favorite and Weirdest Instances of Vampires in Popular Culture

Vampires are weird, let’s face it. Here are our picks for the best in pop culture history! Vampira You gotta start at the source of awesome pop culture vampires: Maila Nurmi’s “Vampira” character. Everyone knows Elvira of Movie Macabre fame, but not everyone realizes Elvira is essentially the Part II of Vampira – the original vampiress TV show host. Vampira’s...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Scary Books and Stuff

This time on the Pop Rewind Podcast, Linz and Lee reminisce about how much Goosebumps and Unsolved Mysteries scared them as children… and adults. We also call on R.L. Stine to answer a 27 year-old mystery: what “Weird Al” album did Pete buy Melissa in the book Haunted?! Heck, it’s even on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher! Mentioned in this...

Jim Carrey’s The Mask: A Proud Part of Ontario’s School Curriculum?

The year was 1995. The world was still enjoying the SSSSSSMOKIN’ Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss in the previous year’s film The Mask. My seventh grade class? We were reading the novelization of The Mask. Especially interesting considering the movie was rated PG-13 and we were 12. There’s something to be said for movie trailers from the 90s. It’s not...

Book Learnin’: Back to the Future Almanac Official BTTF Memorabilia Guide 1985-2015 by Rob Klein and Jennifer Smith

Back to the Future, to me, was just always something that Lee was obsessed with. He’d go on about Marty McFly and make references to Pizza Hut sunglasses and I’d just nod and smile because dammit, I’m a pretty decent friend. I mean, I like BTTF just fine. But enough to play the NES game? Or carry a JVC camcorder...

Book Learnin’: Classic Computing by David Greelish

We here at Pop Rewind are always interested in learning more about the history of video games and computers (among other nostalgia-rific topics), so recently we were excited to flip through David Greelish’s Classic Computing book. The newly updated and expanded third edition of Classic Computing was released in April and includes all nine issues of Greelish’s zine, Historically Brewed,...

Book Review: Terminator Vault

Everyone has that movie that stays with them, that they can watch over and over again without tiring of it. Maybe yours is The Godfather. Or, maybe you’re more of a Shawshank Redemption Fan. Me? I’m all about The Terminator. Earlier this month, I was at a chain bookstore and noticed a Father’s Day display in the middle of the...

7 Things We Didn’t Know Were Annoying At The Time

Imagine a world filled with waiting and cables and getting out of chairs to learn information.  It was this strange place called the past and we invented a few devices to make tasks easier. Not only did we not realize how annoying life was at the time, we actually thought we were living life in the fast lane of convenience! ...

Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake® Oven Book Review and Interview

What’s 50 years old and bakes cakes with a light bulb? Besides the lady with all the cats at the end of your street (a.k.a. me in 20 years)? Todd Coopee has penned a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Easy-Bake Oven and there are a lot of surprises in the book. The Easy-Bake Oven launched in November 1963,...

Obsession of the Day: Bunnicula: The Vampire Rabbit

If you’re looking for some spooky literature for Halloween, but aren’t into Stephen King or any of that freaky stuff, you’re going to want to check out Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. I was introduced to Bunnicula in fourth grade when we read the book in class. Here’s a picture of the edition we read. I believe it’s the...

R.L. Stine’s Landmark Roller Coaster Tales

Halloween is near and Kings Island amusement park is kicking off the season with their annual Haunt festivities.  Monsters will be lurking in the darkness, werewolves will hide in the fog, and eerie music will play in the distance.  All the while, The Beast roller coaster will give up to 1,200 people per hour an intense ride through the dark...