Thursday, December 5, 2013


Here’s my Topless Robot list of the 13 Most Chilling Fictional Ice Monsters.

I was saddened to hear of the senseless death last weekend of Paul Walker, from the Fast and the Furious franchise. I wasn’t a fan of those movies—I only ever saw the first one, if I recall—but I did very briefly meet Walker years ago, at a Q&A after the screening of that flick. He seemed like a pleasant young guy.

The screening was packed with young gearheads, and I remember that one guy asked Walker how they could have trashed one of the cars they did in that first film. Walker explained that they had done no such thing, that the destroyed car was just a mock-up. Then, to the guy’s reaction, he said “Dude, you look so relieved!”

Anyway, in Walker’s memory…

Monster-of-the-Week: …this week the nod goes once again to the title ogre…

…from 1986’s Monster in the Closet, in which Walker, then a child actor, played the bespectacled “Professor.”

RIP also, by the way, to that superb actor Tony Musante, of the too-short-lived 1974 series Toma, passed on at 77.


  1. I was there with you that evening. I'd forgotten that comment from Walker!

  2. I remember you were there; fun evening. Somebody who worked on the crew of the new "Fast & Furious" flick--the one that's currently in limbo after Walker's death, said that the budget situation has changed in that franchise: he says he saw them trash a used, but still $80,000, Aston-Martin. Whatever would Mr. Bond say?