25 September 2018

Philadelphia Flyers Unveil New Mascot And Bloodthirsty Hellbeast

Gritty, the terrifying hellion

PHILADELPHIA – Yesterday the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their brand new mascot, a creature of unimaginable horror lovingly named Gritty. The gruesome troll stands at a menacing eight feet tall, towering over the children who will be visiting the Wells Fargo Center throughout the month to have their photo taken with the terrifying fiend only to burst into tears the very instant their eyes lay upon the vicious orange goblin.

The monstrous muppet is appropriately orange in color, the only trait that it shares with the Philadelphia ice hockey team. Instead of skin, the demonic entity has scraggly reddish-orange fur, thought to have once been a bright, full orange prior to being stained with the blood of virgins. Its head is shrouded in the orange mane of a slaughtered lion, with only Gritty's evil face emerging through all the hair. Two massive white lazy eyes bulge from the barbaric CHUD’s face, each dotted with orange irises whose pupils are little black endless voids. The godless cretin appears to have a sticky blood-red liquid smeared across its top lip, which stretches above a thirteen-inch wide smile whose open mouth is believed to be a gateway to Hell itself.

When asked how such a foul Lovecraftian beast could have possibly come into existence, Flyers spokesman Roy McKinley explained, “We didn’t want it to happen this way. I swear.” According to McKinley, a group of biology majors from Temple University spent all of Saturday evening in a dark, forgotten fallout shelter located hundreds of feet below the Wells Fargo Center. “We told them to give us a mascot. That’s all we wanted,” McKinley continued. “But we didn’t want this.”

We found a lab down there, complete with like a dozen beakers and flasks all filled with strange, multicolored liquids,” Robert Hathaway, a third year bio major at Temple U told us on Monday. According to Hathaway, shelves lining the walls of the strange laboratory held unusual items ranging from human skulls, mason jars filled with moth-like creatures bathed in pickle juice, a dismembered monkey’s paw, and a Tesla coil. “There were four large glass chambers toward the back – maybe like ten feet tall,” Hathaway continued describing the room, “and they all had a bunch of tubes sticking out of them. Three of them were cracked open and empty, but in the fourth chamber was what looked like a huge human skeleton. Possibly cro-magnon.”

According to Hathaway, an old computer system sat on a desk against the back wall, with an array of glowing buttons spanning its surface and several levers covered in cobwebs. One of Hathaway’s peers, who has asked to remain anonymous, pulled on one of these levers and a machine beside the unbroken ten-foot chamber whirred to life. In hindsight, that may have been a mistake,” the anonymous bio major told us, referring to her decision to pull the unknown lever which, for all she knew, could have launched a nuclear strike on Korea or flooded the entire room with corrosive acid. Instead, a bright blue light emitted from within the occupied glass chamber.

That’s when we noticed that all those beakers and flasks were attached to the tubes leading to the chambers,” explained Hathaway. “Some sort of neon orange liquid was sucked out and emptied into the last one, which started shaking, like, real bad.”

According to some of the Temple students who were lucky enough to survive the ensuing incident, the glass chamber began shaking violently until an agonized, inhuman shriek came from inside it, and then the chamber exploded, hurling shards of glass everywhere.

I got my arm cut,” Hathaway told us as he showed off a small nick on his left wrist.

After the chamber exploded, a sopping wet figure stepped out, growling and hissing. Hathaway and the others immediately took notice of the creature’s glowing white eyes, which were as large as baseballs. When one of the loathsome brute’s lazy eyes drifted slowly to look at the students, things took a turn for the worse.

It just charged at us,” the anonymous bio major explained through tears. “It tore Phillip and Kurt to shreds. I saw it open my best friend. I saw Morgan beg for her life as it scarfed down her intestines. She was going to be a marine biologist, you know. Why did we have to drag her to that nightmare?”

The surviving students pursued the creature, which had left the lab and proceeded up the long spiral staircase, eventually exiting the Wells Fargo Center and taking off into the night. Authorities were contacted immediately, leading to a citywide manhunt which lasted well over five hours and resulted in at least fifteen casualties, including the ruthless murders of two police officers and a cat. After being shot with twelve horse tranquilizers, the brutish hellspawn finally went down.

It’s bad, but if we keep little Gritty sedated, everything will be okay,” Roy McKinley assured us.

Regardless, Flyers fans of all ages have taken to rallying against the nightmarish troglodyte, wielding protest signs and dropping slam poetry in front of the Wells Fargo Center. One particularly irate fan, a 42-year-old Philadelphia native named Andy Giannotti, stopped protesting for a moment to speak with us. “How can they just put a jersey on that fucking thing and call it our mascot?”

That harrowing monstrosity will not speak for my city,” said local sports fan Kelly Gallagher, age 28, who had been participating in the anti-Gritty protest all day Monday. “We will not stand for this. It’s time to euthanize the beast.”

You can have your photo taken with the unholy abomination all month long at the Wells Fargo Center, where the hideous affront against nature will be heavily sedated and safely chained to the stadium’s concrete floor.

Gritty, chained for your safety

01 June 2018

The Trial Of A Monster, Pt 5: Judge Rules: Some Affidavits To Remain Sealed From Public

This afternoon Joseph James DeAngelo once again appeared in front of Judge Michael Sweet, appropriately locked in a cage like an animal.

The juicy bits of the hearing regarded evidence procured from a search of DeAngelo's home during the days following his April 24th arrest, and whether or not said evidence would be unsealed and released to the curious public.

DeAngelo did not attend a closed hearing yesterday, wherein Judge Sweet spent hours listening to long-winded arguments from the defense about exactly what information should be redacted from the warrants before public release.

Sweet's decision today may be a tad disappointing to those morbidly curious of the search results: no information concerning the actual search will be released*. Portions of the overall affidavits, however, will be made public, including law enforcement's methods of tracking DeAngelo. Evidence related to any of DeAngelo's sexual assault charges will also remain sealed from the public, due in part to the inevitable odds of creating prejudice among potential jurors. On the plus side, details of his alleged murders - up to at least twelve, for those counting - are to be unsealed, although just how much of said evidence will be redacted remains to be seen, at least for now... the documents are expected to be released later this afternoon.

It has been suggested that the aforementioned search of DeAngelo's home yielded the discovery of possible trophies which the Golden State Killer kept from his victims - a disturbing hobby popular among serial killers. News of these trophies naturally roused interest among long-time followers of the case, who have long speculated whether the notorious serial rapist had kept items taken from the scene of his crimes, which could include anything from victims' driver's licenses to locks of hair - essentially, any evidence that would be conclusively damning.

But mum's the word for the time being, and those devoted followers patiently waiting to learn just what was found in DeAngelo's house will have to retain what's left of that patience for Lord knows how much longer.*

DeAngelo is slated to return to court on July 12th.

*edit: It appears I was mistaken. The link below contains (50 or so pages in) a laundry list of the "trophies" DeAngelo kept, includinlots of jewelry, most of it seemingly personal with inscriptions like "Love forever [REDACTED] Xmas 72," a photograph of [REDACTED] in a bikini, plenty of driver's licenses and photographs of more redacted names (including one high school photograph, YIKES), a .357 Magnum revolver (!!!), victims' HOUSE KEYS, prescription painkillers, and a "blunt object" containing blood, tissue, and hair from murder victim Janelle Cruz.

I suggest checking it out. Some truly disturbing stuff.


Well, that was fast. 171 pages of arrest/search warrant documents have been released, so if you're curious enough, make yourself a pot of coffee and find a comfortable spot to sit for however many hours it takes to peruse the tome. Be prepared, of course, for massive redactions.

The documents can be found here.

12 May 2018

The Trial Of A Monster, Pt 4: Supervillain Origin Story?

source: https://dorkland.blogspot.com

It is often shown in movies and books and Netflix original Marvel series that the simplest but most prevalent battle is the one of Good versus Evil. The Good consists of the heroes - the protagonists, who at least appear to be brave and virtuous. Comprising the Bad, meanwhile, are the villains - the antagonists, who are evil, cruel, unjust and unrelenting. They are heartless and merciless. They cackle maniacally. But usually it is suggested - revealed, really - that behind the villain, in the pit that once housed a heart, cower the remains of a troubled and damaged soul. There was a time in every fictional bad guy's past when he or she was at least some semblance of a good person, and then something terrible happened - the trigger, the catalyst... the supervillain origin. That's how it is with the big-baddie in almost every Hollywood blockbuster, and although it's a simple way of explaining evil, it can sometimes be grounded in reality.

Bearing that in mind, it's interesting - and revealing - to examine the childhood of Joseph James DeAngelo - decades before he would become the East Area Rapist.

The DeAngelo family moved around quite a bit in the 1950s, as Joseph DeAngelo Sr. served in the United States Air Force. At one point, the family had been residing around an Air Force base in Germany. It was here that a ten-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo and his seven-year-old sister Constance were playing in an abandoned warehouse, when the unthinkable happened.

According to Constance's son, Jesse Ryland, while DeAngelo and his sister were in that abandoned Air Force warehouse, two airmen wandered in and raped Constance right in front of her brother.

"That's pretty crazy for a kid to see his sister be violated," Jesse Ryland told BuzzFeed News. "Maybe that was the start of Joe going wacko." When DeAngelo and his sister informed their parents of what had transpired, they were told, bafflingly, to keep it to themselves.

It's not uncommon for a comic book supervillain to have something of a bastard for a father, and Joseph DeAngelo Sr. certainly fit the bill, as he was allegedly prone to physically abusing his wife and children. And his villainy didn't end there. The father of the Golden State Killer ended up leaving his family after retiring in South Korea, at which point he started a new family with three children, two of whom he had named Constance and Joseph James, Jr. - the same names once given to his daughter and son back in America.

It's easy to assume that the sum of the tragic events plaguing Joseph James DeAngelo's childhood had a severe impact on his psyche, potentially sparking a sick fascination with rape and a tragic detachment from compassion and humanity.

Tragedy and trauma, of course, do not excuse heinous behavior. Make no mistake: this new information is nothing more than a plausible explanation for DeAngelo's crimes, not an excuse. This should be evident from the fact that Constance DeAngelo suffered as well - far worse even than her brother - yet she managed to remain resilient and carry out a normal life.

It should also be noted that a sea of speculation surrounds the case of the East Area Rapist, and this recent discovery is no exception: whether or not the aforementioned tragic events contributed to DeAngelo's violent crime spree is at this time pure speculation, yet to be confirmed, if it ever will be.

But Lord knows that once the inevitable Golden State Killer movie gets greenlit, Hollywood will have a field day with this.

10 May 2018

The Trial Of A Monster, Pt 3: Not-So-Many Words From The Santa Barbara DA

Today at 2:30 PST, or 5:30 for us Atlantic kids, Santa Barbara County DA Joyce Dudley stood behind a podium for the briefest press conference in the history of brief press conferences.

"Violent cold cases never grow cold for victims or their loved ones," she opens with. "In fact, most of them spend their lives feverishly seeking answers and desperately hoping for justice."

Unfortunately, those answers weren't going to be given today.

The DA spends the next maybe seven minutes dishing out a tray of greasy nothingburgers, as she gives us no more than the bare essentials - all of which were things we had either already known or had come to expect. Nevertheless, some of it was satisfying to hear.

After a breakdown of the events of the last two weeks, she feeds us the following slab of raw, unsalted burger: "Joseph DeAngelo is a suspect who must be presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty." These words are obvious and true, of course, and that's how the Justice System works - "innocent until proven guilty" - but that doesn't make those words necessary. We know he's "presumed" innocent. We know he'll have to be tried in court before he's hung by his thumbs. But the evidence can't be denied - every DNA sample collected and compared, a 100% match. Every piece of DeAngelo's life history, all of the little events scattered about his personal timeline, fall cozily into the gaps on the timeline of the Golden State Killer (or, in the case of Santa Barbara, the Original Night Stalker). Loose ends have been tied. Strange behaviors explained. Almost every pause in the Golden State Killer's crime spree seems to coincide with a significant moment in DeAngelo's life - we recently learned that in 1979 DeAngelo was fired from the Auburn Police Dept. after being caught stealing a hammer and dog repellent. Not two months later an attacker appeared in Santa Barbara, more than three hundred miles due south of the East Area Rapist's Sacramento stomping grounds. The recent findings suggest the possibility that he may have fled the Sacramento region in fear that his firing from the police might put him on the radar, and that he could soon be suspected of something much larger than petty shoplifting. It's there, in Southern California, that eight people die by his hand over the course of nearly two years - and then everything stops in July of 1981, for nearly half a decade. Why the quiet five years? In September of 1981, DeAngelo's first child is born.

See how it all adds up?

Sort of silly, then, to even bother chirping "presumed innocent."

But the speech isn't all snooze-fodder, when DA Joyce Dudley announces that she has decided to file against Joseph James DeAngelo four counts of first degree murder, with special circumstances. "Each of the four counts carries multiple allegations," she explains. "Each of the four counts carry the potential for a sentence of life without possibility of parole, or the death sentence."

Good news all around.

After that, she takes a few questions, pointing out first that she "cannot and will not discuss any of the facts or the evidence for any allegations made against Mr. DeAngelo."

The first question, naturally, is evaded. The inquiries which follow are insignificant, eliciting from DA Joyce Dudley answers we already know: the four aforementioned counts, which were actually two duo-killings, are Debra Manning and Robert Offerman, and Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez. Both attacks happened in Goleta, the first on the night of December 30, 1979 and the latter on July 27, 1981. (That would be the last sighting of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker for nearly five years, as mentioned earlier.)

And as far as info garnered from the press conference goes, that's about it. A few minutes of unimportant, monotonic questions are given similarly monotonous answers, and then DA Joyce Dudley finally wraps it up and vanishes into the abyss.

At least the warm weather was ideal for today's Great Santa Barbara Nothingburger Grill.

DeAngelo's Santa Barbara court date has yet to be determined.

03 May 2018

The Trial Of A Monster, Pt 2: The First Ever Solicited Dick Pic

Joseph James DeAngelo in court, CBS Sacramento

Sitting alone in his bedroom, somewhere in the country, right now, some random lonely man between 19 and 45 is trying to take a decent picture of his junk. His pants lay stacked at his ankles and he is crouching, as if to pop a squat right on the carpet, struggling with one hand to maintain his balance and the other to get a good angle for the photo shoot. But he won't find a good angle, because there is no good way to take a picture of one's own penis, and the poor girl on the receiving end of said photo will unfortunately attest to that.

It's a thing women today have to deal with all the time: the unsolicited dick pic. For whatever reason, some dudes think that the disgusting heap of sweaty, hairy junk between our legs is aesthetically pleasing, and that a 1616x1212 pixel image of our man-meat is the digital equivalent of Spanish fly. To say that this is not the case and that dick pics never turn women on would be a severe understatement. Nobody will ever ask for a picture of your penis.

Unless you're Joseph James DeAngelo.

From 1976 to 1986, the East Area Rapist - recently identified as 72-year-old ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo - wore a mask while committing his heinous crimes, which included at least fifty individual acts of rape and sexual assault. That dark mask may have hid his identity, but it didn't leave him entirely without physical identification: a large number of his victims pointed out that the East Area Rapist's penis had been unusually small. His microscopic member was often on full display the moment he appeared standing, sans pants, in the bedroom doorways of the men and women whose homes he'd just sneaked into - an act which he would also presumably commit while without pants.

Almost always the same description was given: a noticeably small penis.

DeAngelo appeared near-comatose at his arraignment last Friday, perhaps due to having been sedated, or perhaps out of genuine fear. He spoke very low, said very little, and remained confined to a wheelchair. On the morning of Wednesday, May 2nd, DeAngelo made another brief court appearance, looking just as dazed and saying even less. It was here that his public defender appealed to Sac County Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet requesting that the DA be prohibited from taking photographs of her client's body as part of a sealed search warrant. The judge essentially gave her a shrug and a let-me-sleep-on-it.

And sleep on it he has: barely twenty-four hours later Judge Sweet has ruled against the defense.

Although the exact reasons for such a physically-invasive search warrant have not been specified, the noted infamy of the East Area Rapist's less-than-impressive nether regions suggests that photographs of DeAngelo's little package could be used against him. There's at least a chance that, when provided with these images, one of his surviving victims could give it a nod and an incriminating, "That's the one."

While the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states that defendants cannot be compelled to incriminate themselves by any means, Judge Sweet argues that because the evidence in this case is of a physical nature, "There is no Fifth Amendment privilege I can see."

Of course, even with the photographs of DeAngelo's junk, there still may not be very much to see.

30 April 2018

The Trial Of A Monster, Pt 1: Arraignment

Joseph James DeAngelo at his arraignment (dailymail.co.uk)

    It’s 1:45 on the afternoon of Friday, April 27th in Sacramento, California, when a monster is wheeled into a crowded courtroom.
    He sits in a daze, slow eyes glazed over and rising only halfway to meet his surroundings.  His mouth, agape, drips a strand of drool. At first glance you’d think him a victim – the aging codger looks tortured, frightened, out of sorts and disoriented, and he maybe is all of these; but a victim he is not.
    When addressed he responds in near-silence, barely hissing single-word replies of a high-pitch tone not unlike that of a wounded cat.
    It’s all an act. It always has been with him.

    For the first time since the mid-1970s, Joseph James DeAngelo does not have a fence to hop over or a glass door to quietly slide open. He’s not wearing a gray cloth mask with small slits for his eyes and a hole for his mouth; his face – in all of its dumbfounded glory – is finally sweating unmasked under a light for all to see. Instead of dark clothing to blend into the night, DeAngelo dons a jumpsuit whose neon orange demands the attention of everyone. And, perhaps most importantly, he is wearing pants – no more standing menacingly in open doorways, with hairy legs and an infinitesimal pecker exposed.
    The script he had once used for over a decade has been rewritten – reality no longer follows his pen. The jig is up, the show is over – yet his act still goes on. But the bluff is called. Paul Holes, a retired investigator with twenty-four years’ experience pursuing DeAngelo, expresses doubt“No, no, no, no. This guy was moving around like a young 50-year-old. He was riding his motorcycle, bombing down the freeway at over 100 miles per hour. Stop signs are optional for this guy.”
    DeAngelo’s neighbors say they had seen him building furniture just days ago. This is a man who is only “inactive” if compared to how active he had once been, forty odd years ago.
    But you don’t have to be a neighbor or to have pursued him for two decades in order to see that Joseph James DeAngelo is full of crap. All you need to know is the long and terrible story which only recently got its much-needed happy ending.

    The Golden State Killer, the Visalia Ransacker, the Diamond Knot Killer, the East Area Rapist, and the Original Night Stalker. These were the names given to Joseph James DeAngelo – names used to describe a carnal beast terrorizing small cities up and down California in the mid-‘70s-and-‘80s. Before he played the victim being wheeled toward deserved fate, Joseph James DeAngelo had been a monster. He stalked women – teenagers, widows, estranged wives and single college girls – often for days, possibly weeks – studying their routines and learning the moments of which they were most vulnerable. After the crime was committed, authorities might find boot prints dug into the mulch outside the bedroom windows of his victims. He drove by their homes nightly, turned his head and sped away if spotted, and the very second those women, those wives, those teenage girls were by their lonesome, no friend or parent or significant other to offer potential aid and defense, he would strike.
    By the end of his spree in 1986 he had committed at least fifty rapes and taken more than twelve lives, which don’t include the ones left broken in his wake.
    None of the names or titles used to describe Joseph James DeAngelo rings quite as true as “monster.” It’s an unfortunate truth that many monsters get away, and he was one of them, having managed to evade capture thanks to a weird mix of luck and know-how. Of course, considering that the recent uncovering of his identity also resulted in the discovery that he had been a cop during the bulk of his crimes, one can see how he had given authorities the slip with such ease.
    But time caught up with the Golden State Killer. The future brought with it technologies which rendered the monster near-obsolete. As put by Michelle McNamara – a woman who spent her last living years neck-deep in an obsessive investigation of the cold case – in an open letter to the Original Night Stalker in her book, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, “The world hummed with connectivity and speed. Smartphones. Optical-text-recognition technology. Customizable interactive maps. Familial DNA…. Virtual windows are opening all around you. You, the master watcher, are an aging, lumbering target in their crosshairs.
    It’s sort of poetic, then, that a small team of investigators would finally nab the East Area Rapist using simple yet efficient twenty-first century technology. DNA taken from an old crime scene was sent to one of the internet’s many genealogy/ancestry websites, and from there it was a cakewalk: first you get a list of relatives branching from said DNA, then you narrow down potential perps (those of the right age, sex, and residence). You surveil the top suspects, snatch some of their discarded trash, and compare DNA samples. And then voila – it’s a 100% match. The evidence is ironclad: Joseph James DeAngelo is your guy. The monster has a new name now.
    After that he’ll be apprehended, questioned, and he’ll deny everything. He’ll play victim; desperate and befuddled. Having been stripped of all his power means he’ll have to retreat somewhere – but there is nowhere to go. No more quick escapes. Only confinement. So he hides inside his own head, feigning distress, pretending to have been wronged. It’s been suggested that his sluggish behavior at the arraignment was due to him having been drugged, likely as a means of suicide prevention. But even without the help of sedatives, his behavior would have undoubtedly been no different. He still would've put on his old act, though this time changing the tone of the lead villain.
    The show must go on. Once he had acted as the predator brimming with faux-virile confidence. Reduced to nothing, he plays the part of the prey; the harmless old man. But the truth is that underneath both masks beats the heart of a coward. And when the arraignment ends on the afternoon of Friday, April 27th in Sacramento, California, the monster named Joseph James DeAngelo, bound to a wheelchair and awaiting justice, will be nothing more than a coward.

15 February 2018

How I Would Wrap Up the Abandoned Sam Raimi Spider-Man Saga, pt. 1

Last year, for those not in the know, a wonderful new meme came into existence: the Raimi Meme. It revolved mostly around Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy - the ones that started so strong and ended with the dumpster fire that was Spider-Man 3. Much like the Star Wars Prequel Memes, Raimi Memes praised all three Spider-Man flicks - even unironically supporting the third. And you know what? That's perfectly fine. Fuck it. Spider-Man 3, a decade later, can be viewed as a farce; a cheesy cornball comedy. Although I typically hate when people say a movie is "not to be taken seriously," Spider-Man 3 is, when it comes down to it, not to be taken seriously. When you bear that in mind, the movie can be some semblance of entertaining.

Yes, it's still very not good. And yes, it resulted in the abandonment of what began as a promising superhero movie franchise. But the unfortunate fact of the matter - one that none of us really wants to face but can't be denied nonetheless - is that the long-awaited Spider-Man 4 is a movie we will never see. We'll never know what Sam Raimi and friends had in store for us in the fourth Spidey flick, if they had anything planned at all. This is a tragic fact. I'll give you a moment to let it sink in. I know. It sucks. Oh boy, yeah no.

All of that being said, I'd like to propose an idea not only for Spider-Man 4, but for the rest of the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi Spider-Man films. I hope I don't piss off too many people with this. I know a lot of folks might loathe it. Regardless, I've put a ton of thought into this, and I feel confident enough to share it with the world.

Spider-Man 4

It's seven months after the events of Spider-Man 3. New York City's still as brimming with crime as it's always been, but Spidey's still at the ready and kicking ass. But Peter Parker isn't the same Peter Parker we've come to know and love. This movie will start off a bit like 2004's Spider-Man 2, in that Peter is absolutely goddamned depressed over the fact that he will likely never be with his beloved Mary-Jane Watson - of course, this time it's not because of the great power stemming from his great responsibility, but rather because he fucked up big time seven months ago when he put on the symbiote Spider-Man suit and went all Ike Turner on MJ. The two have yet to reconcile their differences, as MJ understandably cannot forgive Peter. The film will open with a narration by Peter explaining all of this, just before he spots a bank robbery in place and swings into action.

I like the idea of various B-list Spider-Man villains showing up in these movies not as the Big Time Baddies, but just as thorns in the Web Slinger's side. Therefore, the baddie robbing this particular bank will be none other than the Shocker. Spider-Man will hurl corny electricity-related puns and quips at Shocker during their ensuing quarrel, and maybe there's just a moment when the depressed superhero drifts into his own miserable world - but in the end he does what he always does and kicks the villain's ass, just in time for the police - who of course now welcome Spider-Man with open arms - show up to take Shocker into custody.

Something that's bothered me since Spider-Man 2 is the lack of closure we got with the whole John Jameson debacle. What happened to him? Did he move on? Did he off himself? I believe there's a deleted scene where Louise - MJ's friend and actress pal who delivers the bad news to John that MJ's left him at the alter - flirts with John and it's maybe-sort-of implied that they might end up together, but if we're being honest, that's stupid. So let's ignore all of that. I propose instead that John Jameson wanted to get as far as he could from the world, and what better way to do that than to literally go to the moon? Yes, it's cheesy, but hasn't the Raimi saga been pretty cheesy all in all?

So Jameson accepts a mission to, I don't know, go to the moon. For some reason. I haven't fleshed this part out yet. Maybe they're just dicking around looking for moon rocks or replacing the now-white sun-bleached American flag with a new, radiant red-white-and-blue. Who the hell knows? Whatever - point is, a crew of astronauts led by John Jameson lifted off from Cape So-and-So and landed on the moon. John and another astronaut go into some crater because moon rocks, and the ground beneath the one guy collapses out of nowhere. The guy falls down a hole (fuck the lack of gravity; I don't need to explain this weird science) and injures himself, maybe even dies. John of course, ever the hero, comes after him, floating down safely using his jet boots or something, only to find his friend dead with a broken neck. But there's something strange about this hole - the surface through which his friend broke is made of hard plastic - or some other material found only on Earth. Has somebody else been here before? Curious, John investigates the vast cavern. Etched into the walls are some sort of alien writing, runes and all that, with drawings depicting a wolf-like creature. At the end of the cavern is a shrine with a bright bluish white diamond floating in midair. John, the idiot, approaches the jewel and it glows so bright he has to shield his eyes, and screams.

We'll cut to two other astronauts floating down into the cavern. They find John, who has fainted, and help him up. As they go to escape, we see that the diamond on the shrine is gone.

Dun dun dun.

Back aboard the ship, the remaining crew frantically lifts off, heading back home. They contact Houston or whatever and explain the situation. John sits by a window, awakening from his little faint-coma. (I'm bad with words; give me a break.) He looks out the window and sees the moon, glowing the same faint bluish white as that diamond in the cavern. Suddenly, his chest glows that same hue, and he coughs as he falls to the floor, gripping his chest. The torso of his suit rips open, revealing a hairy brown chest - but we see nothing else. Not yet.

Back on Earth, the men at Cape So-and-So are talking to the astronaut crew via a giant screen, when all of a sudden, some unseen entity attacks the crew. Each of them is torn to shreds in that beautiful horrifically violent Sam Raimi fashion, until the feed cuts off. Two men in suits look at each other, concerned. We maybe get the vibe that they know something.

The ship crashes somewhere in the Midwest, and John crawls from the wreckage relatively unharmed. He has no recollection of what occurred aboard the ship, and is confused and tearful to find his dead crew. He takes off and ends up at some shit tavern in Nebraska, where a television informs him that the folks at Cape So-and-So have found the space shuttle's wreckage and have confirmed that all of the crew is dead. This upsets John, since he's, y'know, obviously not dead and they couldn't have possibly found his body. Somebody's up to something.

This has been pretty long so I won't get into a whole lot of detail from here on out - John ends up going to the home of an older astronaut who had gone to the moon back in the '70s. He's looking for answers. The astronaut tells John that they found something horrible in that cavern and opted to board it up, telling nobody about their discovery save for some suits back home. They discovered that the only way to kill those affected by the diamond is with a silver bullet - and the dude turns his gun on John, who has already turned into - THE MANWOLF. The astronaut lets out a screech of horror as the growling wolflike John Jameson attacks.

Back in Manhattan, Peter's dealing with his depressing shit. He's just floored. Everything sucks. Maybe there's a scene where he tries to fix things with MJ but she just won't have it. Aunt May gives a rousing speech filled with cliched advice. Peter probably doesn't even thank her as he heads back home on his stupid moped.

Okay, so Manwolf's whole thing is that he wants to hunt down everybody involved in this moon conspiracy. Most of them reside around North Jersey, since I'm pretty sure there's some military bases or army camps or some shit up there. This, of course, takes him to Manhattan, because it makes sense that some of these suits would live there. It gets all over the news that this werewolf-esque beast is wreaking havoc all over the city, appearing every night. For those who've stuck with me thus far, this is where it gets juicy.

See, Spider-Man 3 did that thing where they had multiple villains. And it sort of went haywire. But either way, they had more than one baddie, and I feel like the sequel needs to follow suit in some fashion. So, what villain could we possibly introduce in a movie with a wild animal running around New York?

You know who I'm talking about.

Deep in the heart of Australia, a badass albeit highly narcissistic fella with his own Steve Irwin-esque TV show is falling on hard times because people just don't watch that sort of shit anymore. His agent or publicist or whatever recommends that he announce he'll be flying to New York for a special series within his show - one where he promises to hunt down, capture, and slaughter the werewolf rampaging through the city.

Yes, indeed: Kraven the Hunter has entered the building.

Meanwhile, Manwolf has killed off all the folks involved in that weird moon conspiracy, but his thirst for blood has yet to reach its end as he has now achieved uncharted levels of insanity. His primal instincts kick in, and he inherently thinks back to the one thing that's fucked him up above all else - his broken heart. He stalks MJ night after night, not quite getting close enough to arouse her suspicion. One night, MJ finally agrees to meet up with Peter for dinner, and look at that, they're actually getting along! But of course, Manwolf sees the couple and it hits him - Peter Parker is the man MJ left him for.

That night, while a happy Peter heads home, he's attacked by Manwolf. Maybe at some point early on he, as Spidey, had gotten into a few fights with Manwolf. (Actually, there's no maybe about that - obviously it's been established that Spider-Man and Manwolf are fighting foes.) This time, though, he's just Peter Parker. Of course, once it's revealed to Manwolf that Peter is gifted with the very same superpowers as Spider-Man, John puts two and two together and comes to the conclusion that his nemesis Spider-Man is the very same as his new enemy, Peter Parker.

Alright, yeah, I'll wrap this up. Kraven eventually decides that while he's trying to boost his ratings, he may as well go all out - he publicly challenges Spider-Man to a hunt. First to capture Manwolf wins. The winner won't win anything save for the satisfaction of winning, and bragging rights, naturally. The city cheers on Spider-Man, who says fuck it and accepts Kraven's challenge. Of course, Kraven is a deceitful dick, so he persuades Manwolf to team up with him - only to betray him once he's got both Manwolf and Spidey in the same room. Kraven gets hurt in the ensuing fight - the final climactic battle - and Spider and Manwolf are just going at it. Finally MJ shows up unexpectedly (or maybe she's kidnapped by Manwolf the way she always is) and talks down Manwolf. John backs down, seeing the monster he has become, but he doesn't forgive MJ or Peter. Regardless, in a final act of selflessness, he sacrifices himself somehow (maybe stabs himself with a silver-whatever) and dies. Kraven the Coward gets up and snatches Manwolf's corpse while his camera crew films it, and he proclaims that he is the one who's defeated the terroristic werewolf. Spidey figures okay, fuck it, who cares. During the battle, I should have mentioned, Kraven sees that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, because naturally his mask is torn off at some point. So at the end, before Kraven heads back to Australia, Spider-Man confronts him, making sure he'll keep Peter's secret. Kraven sort of smiles and says something along the lines of, "Why would I give up my prey so easily? You're my hunt, Spider-Man, and mine alone." before heading off. Some awesome line like that. We hate Kraven, but we also love him. He's like the asshole lead male in a Wes Anderson movie. He's Royal Tenenbaum. It's impossible to fully despise this son of a bitch.

In the end, to wrap up this nonsense, Peter and MJ make up when they realize that their love for one another will never die, and they can't risk losing each other again. They've learned some lesson about forgiveness from John Jameson and that whole fiasco. Peter proposes, MJ says yes, and we end the film with their long-awaited wedding ceremony. A much-needed happy note.

The end.

Okay. This was a long post, so I'll save Spider-Man 5 for another one. But I will say this much: Spider-Man 5 will be the final installment in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man franchise.