Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Nature’s Fury Blogathon is Here! – Day 1 Recap

After months of planning, days of fretting and untold cups of coffee, the Nature’s Fury Blogathon has finally arrived. I have a bumper crop of reviews for the first day of this three-day celebration of cinematic depictions of disaster and animal-induced mayhem.

It’s only the first day of the blogathon, but turnout has far exceeded my expectations. I’m honored to feature posts by such a diverse and talented bunch of bloggers, where Alfred Hitchcock and Werner Herzog rub elbows with Bert I. Gordon and Larry Cohen. I can’t thank everyone enough for participating.

Please peruse the following links, and be sure to tune in Sunday and Monday for recaps of days two and three!

Animal Attacks:

Jo Gabriel from The Last Drive-In treats us to a musical video tribute and nuanced review of The Birds (1963)

Isaac from Isaac’s Haunted Beard finds it hard to shake off Ticks (1993)

David Annandale challenges us with his review of The Monster that Challenged the World (1957)

W.B. Kelso from Micro-Brewed Reviews monkeys around with Shakma (1990)

Antonio Lozada of Superantonio comments on Joan Collins vs. giant ants in Empire of the Ants (1977)

Found Footage Critic looks at prehistoric predators in Extinction: Jurassic Predators (2014)

The good folks at You’ve Got Red on You reviewed creepy crawly “thrill-omedy,” Arachnophobia (1990)

Bill Smiley from Psychoplasmics reviews Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)

Random Deinonychus from Terrible Claw Reviews takes a look at the delightfully wretched jaws rip-off, Tentacles (1977)

K.C. from A Classic Movie Blog warns us about intelligent ants in Phase IV (1974)

Lyz from And You Call Yourself a Scientist? examines the plausibility of War of the Insects (1968)

Stabford Deathrage from Stabford Deathrage Shoots His Mouth Off tells us if Samuel L. Jackson and an arsenal of expletives are enough to combat Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Quiggy from The Midnite Drive-In stomps through a comparison of Gojira (1954) and Godzilla (1956)

Thomas S. Flowers of Machine Mean tries not to get stung by The Black Scorpion (1957)

Yours truly from Cinematic Catharsis tries to explain what all the buzz is about with Irwin Allen’s The Swarm (1978)

I Fought Nature, and Nature Won:

Evan C. of From the Wastes reviews Mark Hamill’s post-apocalyptic eco-disaster movie Slipstream (1989)

Steve from Down Among the "Z" Movies is up the creek with Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo (1982)

J.D. Lafrance of Radiator Heaven reviews Roland Emmerich’s disaster epic, The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

William Meeker from Frisco Kid at the Movies teaches us we have much to fear from The Fog (1980)

John L. Harmon of Tales from the Freakboy Zone explores the consequences of over-feeding your plant in his review of The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Steve Bailey of Movie Movie Blog Blog takes a look at the meteor vs. Earth movie Deep Impact (1998)

Silver Screenings takes us on a perilous ascent with a review of The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Amanda Garrett of Old Hollywood Films sweeps us away in her review of The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Bubbawheat at Channel:  Superhero slogs through the first episode of the animated adventures of Swamp Thing (1990)


  1. Hi Barry. Did you receive my article on "Key Largo" the other day?? I noticed that my post hasn't been commented on and the other entries have been. I'm unsure whether you received it?

    1. Hi, Crystal. You're on the Day 3 update, but I'll double-check the link, to make sure it's working. I'm still making my way through every post, so you should hear from me shortly. Cheers!

  2. Hey Barry! I'm belatedly working my way through the blogathon contributions and am so impressed with what folks have written. Just wanted to say thanks for hosting! :)

    1. My pleasure! I had a blast hosting this blogathon. Maybe (just maybe) I won't wait another two years to host the next one. :) The contributions have been tremendous!