Friday, December 25, 2015

Twin Peaks

Release Date: April 8, 1990 - June 10, 1999 (Setting is February - March 1989)
Series: Twin Peaks
The Story: The murder of a high school homecoming queen brings eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper to Twin Peaks, Washington to investigate.
Notes: This bizarre, surreal cult classic lasted two seasons and was followed by a prequel film. This series has been referenced as fictional, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in films and on other television series.

Release Date: October 13, 1990 (Setting is March 5, 1989)
Non-Horror Crosses: James Bond
The Story: Laura Palmer’s diary is found, and Dr. Jacoby is hypnotized, leading to an arrest. Meanwhile, Agent Cooper is recovering from a gunshot wound.
Notes: Another FBI agent informs Cooper that he was shot with the same gun used by James Bond. In situations of comments like this, I could interpret it two ways. So I must analyze the overall Horror Universe context. This could be interpreted as a pop culture reference, where the agent is speaking of a fictional character from novels and movies. However, James Bond has been demonstrated to exist as a real person in the Horror Universe by other crossovers within this guide. Because of that, and because Bond is a government agent of repute, and being discussed by another nation’s government agent, I feel that I can take the liberty to take this as a reference to another person that exists in the same reality rather than a pop culture reference.

Release Date: December 15, 1990 (Setting is March 19, 1989)
Horror Crosses: Jimgrim; Zanoni
The Story: Cooper finds himself under investigation by the FBI and DEA for his unorthodox methods.

Notes: The White and Black Lodges are mentioned in the story. The White and Black Lodges originated from the Jimgrim story The Devil’s Guard by Talbot Mundy. Jimgrim is brought in via a Tales of the Shadowmen story and so this cross now brings Twin Peaks into the Horror Universe. Also mentioned is the Dweller on the Threshold, who is from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni. Thus, that 1842 story of love and the occult is also brought into the Horror Universe.

December 2009--FRINGE--"The Firefly"--Click here.  Fringe crosses with TWIN PEAKS as we learn that Dr. Walter Bishop is friends with Dr. Lawrence Jacoby.


December 2010--PSYCH--"Dual Spires"--Since I know little about either shows in this crossover, I will turn it over to two of my expert cohorts.  Click here to read what both Toby O'Brien and Sean Lee Levin have to say about the Psych/Twin Peaks crossover.

Release Date: December 28, 2010 (Contemporary Setting, about a month after Just Another Judgement Day)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; War of the Worlds (novel); Twin Peaks; The Monkey’s Paw; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Ghost Finders; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Non-Horror Crosses: Deathstalker; Allan Quatermain; Shadows Fall; Secret Histories; Solomon Kane; Indiana Jones; The Mysterious Wu Fang; the Continental Op; The Coming Race; Captain America; Spider-Man
The Story: John Taylor is hired to escort an elf through the Nightside.
Notes: At a drug den, two users of the Hyde formula are fighting for sport. Previous Nightside stories have established the Hyde formula to now be a street drug, and other stories that take place in the Horror Universe outside the Nightside have also established this. Jacqueline Jekyll appears again. She has appeared or has been mentioned in previous Nightside stories. Another drug is Martian Red Weed (from War of the Worlds). This drug has been seen in other Nightside stories. There is some dialogue in the story that suggests that the Nightside exists in the same reality as Twin Peaks. There is “A Hand of Glory”, similar to The Monkey’s Paw. Another character mentions the Carnacki Institute, which is from Green’s Ghost Finders series, a spin-off of the Carnacki Ghost Finder stories. The Collector has stuffed giant albino penguins (as in Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness). He also has a grandfather clock with a cobweb covered skeleton inside, just as the one in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This story brings the Rocky Horror Picture Show into the Horror Universe. Likely, the musical demon known by some as Mr. Sweet, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Once More With Feeling”, must have been behind the scenes of those events. At the drug den, there is a street drug called Blood. This is a drug from the futuristic Deathwalker series also by Green. Another drug is taduku, which was used by Allan Quatermain. The elf’s destination is Shadows Fall. There are several references to Green’s Secret Histories. Green is one of the great crossover writers who likes to remind us that all of his series are in the same shared reality. Salvation Kane is mentioned again, clearly a pseudonym for Solomon Kane. Larry Oblivion states that he wants to be the Nightside’s Indiana Jones. Though this sounds like a pop culture reference, considering all the crossovers in the Nightside series, I’m assuming it to be a reference to a real person. There is a gambling den run by Wu Fang, once a famous villain of the pulps. This story features the family of Dash Oblivion, better known as the pulp hero called the Continental Op. He is said to have fought villains like Wu Fang, Vril Inc. (a reference to the Coming Race), and the Nazi Skull (likely meaning the Red Skull, foe of Captain America). The Collector mentions having regrown his leg much in the same way as Spider-Man’s foe, the Lizard. By now, I shouldn’t have to explain how comic book super-heroes work in the Horror Universe, but if you’re still not clear, go back to the first page and start over.

This is a graphic I created for fun a few years back to illustrate an article I'd actually written several years earlier regarding Star Trek's Eugenics Wars. I wrote the article before the first in Greg Cox's trilogy of Khan novels saw publication, but was gratified to learn that my meager effort and Cox's work did not necessarily contradict one another. If you are interested, my article is posted at Win Eckert's Wold Newton Universe site:
If you're not interested, it's still posted at Win's Wold Newton site...

A fan-fiction story by Michael S. Lucart, connecting the universes of TWIN PEAKS and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. A hidden FBI file is discovered detailing a special agent's investigation into the…

No copyright infringement is intended.

apperantally the town of Twin Peaks has A Mystic Pizza and Central Perk franchise
Are you too young to get Conan's jokes? Don't worry, there's a place where you can get caught up!

Spin-off, reboot, relaunch, whatever. The new series will be in continuity with the old series, so this is relevant to the TVCU (and Toobworld).
Are you ready to get weird again? Because David Lynch is ready to get weird (continuously). In that he seems to be gearing up to film more Twin Peaks. So…

Jonathan Creek refers to place of notorious murder? Or just a TV show?
Sheridan Smith has already moved on, leaving Sarah Alexander to step up and take the sidekick role for season 5 of Jonathan Creek.

This is definitely a location link to 'Twin Peaks'!

Picked up The X-Files: Year Zero #2 today. Mulder gets a cup of coffee at a diner and says: "Although it is damn fine coffee, as a friend of mine in the Pacific Northwest would say." so...Mulder knows Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Chris Nigro and James Bojaciuk

This Saturday, December 26, the TVCU Crew will be recording the episodes 3 and 4 of the Television Crossover Universe podcast from Castle Wolfenstein on the Grand Guignol Network.  

In Episode 3, Robert, James and Ivan will be talking with special guest Chris Nigro, author of several short stories, as well as moderator for MONSTAAH, Wold Newton Beyond, and other crossover related websites and discussion groups.  

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In Episode 4, Robert, Ivan and guest co-host Chris Nigro will be talking with James Bojaciuk, CEO of 18thWall Productions, short story author, co-owner of the Television Crossover Universe website, and co-host of the Television Crossover Universe Podocast.  

New episodes of the show are released every Tuesday.  You can check out the latest episode at the link provided in the upper right hand corner of this page.

And please join us on Facebook to discuss the episodes.  Feel free to join us before the show to post any questions you have for our guests, and then feel free to join us after the shows to provide feedback.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Mummy Revisited

I have previously covered the Universal Mummy series, which you can find here.

This post will cover the remake of the film.


Release Date: October 15, 2009 (Setting is 1700s to Contemporary Times)
Series: King Kong (Original)
Horror Crosses: King Kong (2005 remake); War of the Worlds (novel); War of the Worlds (radio); The Mummy (remake film series); Jurassic Park (film series); Kong: the Animated Series; Jurassic Park (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Buckaroo Banzai; Tarzan; Flash Gordon; Tales of the Gold Monkey; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Tales of the Shadowmen; Doc Savage; Indiana Jones; Mighty Joe Young; A-Team; Fu Manchu
The Story: Author John Small discovers that the film King Kong was based on true events and gathers research on the true events of the film and the follow-up events that have happened since.

Notes: John Small uses a popular Farmerian method (named for Philip Jose Farmer) in which he places himself in the world of fiction, imagining that fictional stories are based on true events. Here, he melds together the original Kong story, and its sequels, prequels, and remakes, and makes them all fit into one coherent reality. Along the way, he throws in references to other fictional characters who must have been involved in such events based on their stature and the nature of the event. John Small makes official my conjecture that the 2005 film by Peter Jackson is the same events as the original film, just retold with dramatic license from Mr. Jackson. In explaining how the events of Kong could have happened in a world where most people are unaware of the supernatural and the extraordinary, he references other events that have later been covered up, despite their overly public exposure, such as the 1898 and 1938 Martian invasions from War of the Worlds, and the invasion of Mongo from Flash Gordon. DOC SAVAGE and TARZAN employ Denham to return to Skull Island to do documentary filming. Skull Island is said to be "the Menace of the Monsters". Joining in on the expedition were INDIANA JONES, Alex O'Connell (famous for taking down THE MUMMY), and Joshua Williams (from "Joshua Williams Breaks a Date"). (TARZAN couldn't make it due to events seen in TARZAN ALIVE). Roland Tembo is among the expedition as well. Tembo's CINEVERSE counterpart appears in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK. SON OF KONG is a fictionalized version of events that actually happened during this expedition. In Kong Reborn, Dr. Jill Drake is involved in this incident. Jill discovers that BUCKAROO BANZAI has moved a clone of KING KONG to BANDUKI. It may be that the events of KONG: THE ANIMATED SERIES may be based on these events, which involve a female scientist who clones Kong then has to release him in a suitable environment. It was followed by KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS and KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE. Among the crew that journeys to Skull Island in the first expedition is Jake Cutter (TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY). Kong is of the same species as seen in JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE, and TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN 3: DANSE MACABRE "The Ape Gigans". Mighty Joe Young is also connected to Kong and one of Denham’s grandsons is tied in as a villain on an episode of the A-Team. Fu Manchu is also said to be the villain secretly behind Jurassic Park.

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Release Date: May 7, 1999 (Setting is 1926)
Series: The Mummy (remake)
Non-Horror Crosses: The Jungle Book
The Story: High Priest Imhotep is mummified for touching the Pharoah’s bride, Anck-su-Namun, and she is killed. Thousands of years later, the priest’s place of unrest is a fabled place considered to be cursed, but also a place of great treasure. Librarian and hopeful archeologist Evie Carnahan and her no-good brother Jonathan enlist Rick O’Connell, who has been there, to show them the way, while a competing team also heads there seeking treasure. Of course, they accidentally resurrect Imhotep, who now has amazing magical powers. He plans to rule Earth, and kind of destroy it, and resurrect his love in the body of Evie. Rick gets the assistance of the Maji to put the bad guy down.

Notes: This is more of an action film, but it is a remake of the classic Universal horror film. Both versions are brought into the Horror Universe, but luckily are different enough to not cause continuity issues. In the film they visit Fort Brydon, which is named for Colonel Brydon of the Jungle Book. Stephen Sommers wrote and directed both 1999’s Mummy and 1994’s Jungle Book. In the Mummy’s commentary, Sommers states this was an intentional linking of the films. This film is followed by a few sequels, starting with the Mummy Returns. This film has been referenced as fictional, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in other films and on television.

Release Date: April 29, 2001 (Setting is 1933)
Series: Mummy (remake)
Non-Horror Crosses: Scorpion King
The Story: The reincarnation of Anck-su-namun unearths her beloved Imhotep, who returns for revenge and a new plan to defeat a resurrected Scorpion King and steal his power.
Notes: Sequel to the remake Mummy, this film continues in an animated series and a third film, and the Scorpion King gets his own prequel film series after this, which are not even remotely horror but more of the sword and sandals genre. This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed in the 2001 MTV Movie Awards and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.


Release Date: September 29, 2001 to June 7, 2003 (Set in 1930s following the Mummy Returns)
Series: The Mummy (Remake)
The Story: Imhotep arises again, but this time the O’Connells must chase the fiend around the world.
Notes: The only thing that may contradict the live action movies is that in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Rick states that he put down the same mummy twice, but if we count this series, it would be three times. This series follows the Mummy Returns and is followed by The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Release Date: November 3, 2001 (Setting is 1935)
Horror Crosses: The Mummy (Universal)
Non-Horror Crosses: Simon of Gitta; Conan the Barbarian
The Story: I’ve only seen one episode of this series, when it was originally airing. I barely remember the episode, and I’m sure this wasn’t the episode I watched. I tried to do an internet search and came up with nothing.
Notes: The Scroll of Thoth appears in this episode. The Scroll first appeared in Universal’s The Mummy, which was remade into the film that this cartoon is a spin-off of. If the Scroll had appeared in the first remake film, I may have not counted it as a cross, and thus wouldn’t have included the remake for inclusion. But because it shows up here, we can use this as a cross with the original, and so both versions are in the Horror Universe. Incidentally, the Scroll was also seen regularly in sword and sandal series Simon of Gitta, and the Scroll is named for Conan’s adversary Thoth-Amon. My choice for including this series in supported also with the appearance of Shangra-La in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.


Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1946)
Series: The Mummy (remake)
Non-Horror Crosses: Lost Horizon
The Story: The family who should know better find another mystical mummy. This time around, Rick and Evelyn are bored, having no adventures any more. Evelyn has successfully published two “fictional” tales about fighting a mummy in Egypt. (One must wonder if these later became films.) Their boy Alex is supposed to be in college but instead is digging up another mummy. The three must work through their family problems while putting down another mummy.
Notes: The third in a series that was loosely a remake of the Universal Mummy series. This series doesn’t mention the animated series, and in fact mentions that Rick put down the same mummy twice, which might seem to negate the animated series. However, I’m choosing to overlook it since the animated series and this film are both meant to be continuations of the first two films and other than the one remark, there is no other contradiction. In this film, the O’Connells visit Shangri-La, from the novel Lost Horizon. This film follows The Mummy: Secrets of the Medjai and is followed by a 2016 film called the Mummy currently in development at this writing. This film has been referenced on Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show, and more.

Release Date: June 16, 1989 (Setting is five years after Ghostbusters, in December - January 1)
Series: Ghostbusters
Horror Crosses: Mummy (remake)
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes (Modern Film Series)
The Story: After having been shut down due to the mess they made of the city when they destroyed the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the team has gone in separate directions with new jobs. But when a supernatural slime under the city starts bringing the ghosts back, the team reunites.

Notes: The film would seem to contradict the animated series, in that the series has the team continue to operate over the past five years, while the film implies that the team went under shortly after the fight with Zuul. It’s been suggested that perhaps due to the slow nature of lawsuits, it took five years to shut them down, and they had only been out of business for a few months. The fact that Slimer shows up a few times in the film, hanging out at the firehouse, and helping in the final battle, would indicate that the animated series did happen before this film. The main supernatural villain of this film, Vigo, is based on Dracula. More specifically, he’s inspired by the historical Vlad the Impaler. In the Horror Universe, Vlad the Impaler is the Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel. Vigo might have been another Son of the Dragon, but it’s doubtful that he was a soul clone. Vigo is quoted as saying just before his execution “Death is only the beginning.” This quote was also said by Imhotep in the 2000s remake of the Mummy and by the villain in the 2000s film Sherlock Holmes. I have done a lot of research to find the source of that quote historically, and have found none. It seems to originate from this film. Viggo of course was an occultist who studied how to return from the dead with great power. Imhotep did as well, and so did the villain from Sherlock Holmes (though in the last instance it was a hoax, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t still quite the scholar in the occult). I can only conclude that in the Horror Universe, this is an ancient quote from some ancient text of the occult, regarding resurrection. That then provides a link between Ghostbusters and the Mummy, both of which are already in the Horror Universe. It also provides a link to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film. The 2009 film works for Horror Universe canon, but the sequel must be a divergent timeline. A third Ghostbusters film is currently in development at the time of this writing. This film has been referenced as fiction or paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Van, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Saints Row IV.