Found a fix, going to post if anybody else if having this issue.
I ran npm remove nodebb-theme-vanilla then I installed it again with npm install nodebb-theme-vanilla and started the forums.
Note: All of this was done after disabling all plugins and themes via the command line.
That's pretty much how all the old-school BBS's ran back in the day. I was running WWiV on C++ doing my own mods and compiles in the middle of the night after everyone logged in for their daily turns on the games.
The way information is now it's so much more accessible... almost dirty.