Keep an eye out for a scaly, fire-breathing reptile that has smashed Tokyo into smithereens on numerous occasions.
I never got into comics. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m not a boy.
I did try at one point. When I was deep (deep) into my “X-Files” obsession, I attempted to read a handful of the TV series’ comic book spin-offs. Just as embarrassingly, I also tried to get into the spin-off books, which were just laughably bad. (Although, since I’m confessing, I still distinctly remember a scene where Mulder answers his door wearing only a towel and 13-year-old me was like “Finally!,” thinking I was at last going to see some hot Mulder-on-Scully action. I was disappointed.)
Right, moving on. So, comic books: As part of Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, branches of the Metropolitan Library System (and area bookstores) will be giving away — wait for it — a free comic book! Easy as that. Go pick up yours Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. And supplies are limited, so get there early.
And may I suggest passing over any available “X-Files” comics?
R&R: I was surprised at how kid-friendly it actually is. Other than the character being named Witch Bitch and some minor gore, I could let my 7-year-old watch this. And believe me, he really wanted to, but since I hadn’t yet seen it, I couldn’t find any info online at how appropriate it was.
Cook: We wanted to make it accessible to everyone, even people who weren't huge fans of wrestling and monsters. We just wanted to make a fun movie.
R&R: And you may be too close to it to answer this, but are you pleased with it?
Cook: Absolutely, looking back a year or two after, we could've done things here and there, but with the money with had and such a small crew, I think we pulled off something really special. The budget wasn't much more than a documentary film would have. If there were ever a sequel, it'd be nice to have a bigger budget, but that's something down the road.
R&R: How possible is that?
Cook: I think it's very possible. There's been talks of a remake. We've had discussions about that with a few companies. If that weren't to happen, we'd definitely explore trying to do a sequel or turning it into some kind of franchise.
R&R: If you do have a sequel, what monsters might be in it? Or were they any you had to cut that you’d want to bring into another one?
Cook: We definitely wanted to do a yeti and a sasquatch as a tag team. We wanted to do a Royal Rumble with some zombies against some trolls. We had a list, but logistically and practically, some we could not afford to do with our special-effects budget, so the monsters we did select, we wanted to appease fans of the classic monsters and toss in a couple of ones that would kind of mimic wrestling archetypes.
Like, Swamp Gut is the essential obese wrestler, like King Kong Bundy. Witch Bitch, we wanted to have a couple of female wrestlers in there. We had a list of several mythological monsters, but Cyclops is the only one off that list we chose. But yeah, there's a long list of possibilities. And obviously, in a sequel, you could bring monsters back to life. —Rod Lott
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