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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Terrorpolooza 2012 Playlist


Well, in about another eight to nine hours (it's just after 4:00 pm PST here), Halloween will be here... and Terrorpolooza 2012 will begin: 24 hours of non-stop horror movie watching and tweeting.  Giving roughly, two hours per movie, I should be able to watch a total of twelve horror movies- if time allows, I'll spontaneously add a 13th!

Here are the movies I'll be watching and tweeting along to during the entire event (in order of viewing):

Bluebeard (1944)
The Screaming Skull (1958)
Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)
The Manster (1962)
Nightmare Castle (1965)
Guru, The Mad Monk (1970)
The Oval Portrait (1971)
It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Meridian: Kiss of the Beast (1990)
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994)
Orphan (2009)

I hope you join me on Twitter during the event.  Now, I'm going to crawl into my sarcophagus and get some sleep before the big event.  Spook you then!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Evil Brain From Outer Space (1958)


The 1950's is known for cheesy monsters, hokey action, and mad science.  It was a time when the B-movie reigned supreme, and Japan was not immune to the fun...

Interstellar hero Starman comes to Earth seeking the brain of Balazar, who is planning to invade the planet with mutants specially created by his evil scientists...

This movie is actually a re-edited collection of three one hour films that were part of the Japanese series, "Super Giant".  The original series was filmed and released in 1958, while the re-edited film was released in the United States in 1964.  The "Super Giant" series, consisted of nine short films, with the last three comprising the material used in "Evil Brain From Outer Space".  Since the three original films weren't really connected to each other outside of the presense of Starman, the American they had to be pieced together to tell a single story- result ing what was called "a non-ending cavalcade of characters, chases, captures, rescues and fight scenes".

Personally, I found it quite charming and fun to watch.

The story is thin and rather cliched, but provides enough of a skeleton for the action.  It's not deep, or mentally engaging, relying on the flow of the chases and fights to distract you from Reality.  The story knows what it is- cheesy popcorn fodder, and doesn't try to be anything more than that.  Of course, the frantic pace is probably partly due to the slightly chaotic way that three seperate plots had to be cut and edited into a single one.  Watching this movie, I felt like I was watching an old movie serial that had been collected together.

The characters- as can be expected from a project that takes three films and re-edits them into one, aren't very deep, or interesting.  I kinda felt like they were just stock characters- which they probably were.  Even Starman seemed like a cliche.  Surprisingly though, this didn't stop me from being pulled into the fun.  I really couldn't help but want to see what was going to happen next.

The acting is very much in keeping with movie serials and B-movies from that era: outlandish gestures during the fight scenes, and exaggerated facial expressions.  The dubbing felt like it was simply read into the microphone, and was equally silly.  Having said that though, I have to confess that it didn't detract from the simple fact that it moved the story along, and was fun in a campy sort of way.  I will say, however, that I did find the performance of the woman playing the Kabuki Faced Mutant was rather creepy during the close-ups.

Since, one of the original three films was filmed in 4:3 ratio, while the other two were originally filmed in widescreen, the editing resulted in a bit of a mixed bag as they tried to match up the formats the best they could.  Because of this, I can't blame the editors too much for the quality of editing- which felt a bit patchwork at times.  I actually quite liked the way the fight scenes were edited.  Even though the actions of the performers were silly, the pace and flow was fairly quick, smooth, and enjoyable.

I couldn't help but smile at the costumes for the two mutants.  Even though I could tell that the Bat Mutant was obviously a man in a costume, it was still fun to watch the actor jump and run around in silly tights.  As mentioned before, the Kabuki Faced Mutant was actually a little creepy when shown in close-ups.  At a distance, and during her fight scene with Starman, the look was a little more ridiculous... but fun.

Would I re-watch "Evil Brain From Outer Space"?  Maybe, if it was part of a Japanese Monster Movie Night, or a B-movie Night with friends, yeah.  Would I recommend it for at least one fun, diverting viewing?  Certainly.  I'm going to place this "What Movie Wednesday" winner into "The Good".

Special Shout Out:

I want to thank everyone that took part in "What Movie Wednesday"- especially the following who voted for "Death in the Shadows":
Redfeather Freeman
Jason Hewlet (from "We Came From the Basement")
Maria Esparza
Ron Morgan
Jason Wiggins
Matthew Little (from "The Wayward Tarheel")
"What Movie Wednesday" will be postponed as I conduct my "Terrorpolooza 2012" horror movie marathon on the Oct 31.  "What Movie Wednesday" will return Nov 07!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Black Castle (Les Daniels)

Vampires and witches are often a good basis for a horror novel.  Through in the Spanish Inquisition, and odds are you'll get a pretty good story.

In 1496, while the Spanish Inquisition is in full motion, Diego  de Villanueva is seeking a way to rise through the ranks of the Inquistion.  He will do anything he needs to... even use his brother's darkest secrets and knowledge to bring fear and hatred to the world...

"The Black Castle" caught my  eye while shopping at "The Book Place".  I was intrigued by the idea of it taking place during the Spanish Inquisition.  While I did enjoy reading this book, I was also a little disappointed.

The style is very fitting to the story- it has an almost old world charm and rythm to it that I found pleasing to the ear.  It's also easy to read, and flows at a nice pace.  While, it's not "fancy", the images it creates are fairly good and atmospheric.

The story itself is a really interesting idea.  My only real complaint with it is that it doesn't have that many scares in it.  It's more dramatic than scarey.  Having said that, there is some really good moments of suspense and tension building up that it kept me interested.

The characters while interesting, even if not deeply explored.  I liked how they were all different, and believable. I wanted to know more about Diego's brother Sebastian, and Diego's young assistant- Miguel.  The brief "cameo" by Christopher Columbus was nice.

"The Black Castle" may not have scares galore in it, but it does a nice, rich texture to it that I very much enjoyed while reading.  Unfortunately, it's not a book I would pick off the shelf at home randomly and re-read.  Because of that, I'm putting it in "The Bad".

Friday, October 19, 2012

Incident at Exeter (John G Fuller)

Aliens are sometimes used in the world of horror to scare us- tales of abductions and experiments, invasions, and even using us a big game.  Sometimes, however, the truth is just simple bafflement and mystery...

In 1965, the town of Exeter, New Hampshire, a series of unidentified flying objects started to be reported.  John G Fuller investigates this mysterious case of possible alien visitation.

"Incident at Exeter" is an interesting look at the UFO phenomena.  Through the use of interviews with witnesses, transcripts of reports to authorities, and even visits to the locations of sightings, Fuller takes you on a personal trip in order to make sense of what was seen.

The writing style is very straight forward and easy to follow.  Rather than being dry as many books about UFO's can be, this book has touches of humour and insight as Fuller expresses the various thoughts and theories he runs through in order to figure out the truth.  The rythm and flow is quick enough that a person can read through it in pretty much one sitting without feeling like they read an entire book

If you're interested in UFO's, then "Incident at Exeter" is worth reading, and I'm going to put it in "The Good".

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Death in the Shadows (1985)


Quite often, foreign horror films can bring something new to a horror fan's life... and sometimes not...

Valerie lived a quiet life with her mother in a small town near Amsterdam.  After her mother is killed, Valerie begins to uncover secrets about her mother's past... secrets that someone doesn't want revealed...

"Death in the Shadows" is a Dutch film originally titled "De Prooi," and was the "What Movie Wednesday" winner this week.

The story is actually pretty solid in its premise.  It offers ample opportunity for suspense and scares.  While there are some decent moments of suspense, the scares themselves are a little off.  I did like the fact that there were some attempts at a red herring here and there.  It's nice when a suspense/thriller does what it can to keep the viewer guessing.  Too bad, they didn't balance that out by giving actual clues to the identity of the real killer

Most of the characters felt like fillers, with one of them being the red herring.  Other than Valerie, and the police detective, I really didn't care much about the other characters. I didn't even feel much when the real killer is revealed.  I was indifferent to pretty much everyone in the film.

The acting wasn't bad... but rather standard and unexceptional.

The same can be said about the camera work.  There wasn't anything all that impressive, creative, or interesting in the set-up of the shots, etc.  Standard camera angles, and movements.  Despite this, there were a couple of decent moments of suspense created by editing, but they were only momentary glimmers of potential.

There were a fair number of shadows for death to come from... but not much death coming from them.  I was rather disappointed by that.  There are boobs however.  Not great boobs... but boobs nonetheless.

I will say though, that I found the music during the end credits to be catchy- I found myself whistling along to it.

Even though the premise of "Death in the Shadows" was good, this movie feel short of the mark, and lands in "The Ugly"

Special Shout Out:

I want to thank everyone that took part in "What Movie Wednesday"- especially the following who voted for "Death in the Shadows":

Redfeather Freeman
Jenny Deol
Tony Goodner
Matthew Little (from "The Wayward Tarheel")

The next "What Movie Wednesday" will be October 24th!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Terrorpolooza 2012


Well, folks- Halloween is once again approaching, and horror movies become the main thing to watch.  In honour of Halloween this year, I've decided to do something special.

During the summer, when asked to housesit for my best friend Jay (from "We Came From the Basement"), I would conduct a 24 hour horror movie marathon, where I would tweet along to horror movies all day.

I've decided to do the same for Halloween this year.  So starting at 1:00 am (PST), I will start watching horror movies and tweeting along to them for 24 hours.  I cordially invite you to follow along and add your comments on what I tweet!

But that's not all!  Starting in November 2012, I'm going to post a monthly poll on this blog listing three movies.  Each month, you'll get the chance to decide which of the three movies listed I'll watch and tweet to as part of "Terrorpolooza 2013"!

So, join me Halloween on Twitter for "Terrorpolooza 2012" and have some fun in between kids askig for tastey candy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mark of the Werewolf (Jeffrey Sackett)

 
I've been looking for a decent werewolf novel to help balance all the vampire ones that are currenty proliferating the bookcases.  While cruising my favorite store, I found one that promised to be interesting.
 
Janos is a man who can not remember his past- he's not even sure Janos is his real name.  All he knows is that he's a werewolf... and wants to die.  Soon however, he'll learn that he's more than just a werewolf.  He's going to discover that he's part of a neo-facist plan to bring about the domination of the world...
 
I was really hoping that "The Mark of the Werewolf" was going to be a really intense, and suspenseful book about a werewolf as he eludes capture and wreaks ferocious revenge upon those that wish to do him wrong.  What I got was an interesting look at what it might be like to be immortal, with a dash of theology in the mix.
 
The story isn't bad, but not great.  It kinda reads like a werewolf version of "Forrest Gump" in that Janos seems to somehow be involved in so many important moments in history.  The style is simple and easy to follow with very little in the way of mood enhancing ornaments.  I didn't really feel that much suspense or tension while reading this book.  Some of the concepts and ideas put forth are interesting to ponder, but aren't really intregal to the plot.  In fact, the main plot is more or less a framing device for the historical vignettes that Janos takes part in.  I DID however, like the scene where Janos is talking to the vampire Vlad Tepes.  There was some nice humour in that scene on the part of Tepes.  The epilogue though, I found to be a little cliched, and unnecessary.
 
The characters lacked depth, and I could see early on in the story what would happen to them.  While they were believable, I found it hard to like or care about ANY of them- including Janos.
 
To be honest, "Mark of the Werewolf" felt incomplete and shallow... as if the writer was missing the cues by just a hair's breath.  This book had potential, but fell far short of being a piece of fiction that could seriously engage my imagination and emotions.  I'm going to have to put it in "The Bad".


Monday, October 15, 2012

Dead Island (2011)


With the advent of  shows like "The Walking Dead", and movies like "Shaun of the Dead", and "Zombieland", and games like "Left 4 Dead", zombies have become quite popular... possibly helping us forget all about vampires that sparkle...

You are one of the many people on the resort island of Banoi when people start to attack and each other.  After learning you're immune to whatever is causing the carnage, you and three others band together to help a small group of survivors to find a way off the dead island...

"Dead Island" is a really enjoyable game to play.  The storyline is well thought out and interesting, and while there is a progression to it, it's not a strictly linear story either.  The openess of the story, with the main quests and the side quests helps to create a bit of variety, and allows the player to move the story forward at their own pace.  I also enjoy this openess because it's actually more realistic- Life doesn't move in a straight series of events.  There are detours, which make the whole of the story more engaging for me.  The premise is simple, but fleshed out beautifully.

You get to choose to play any of the four main characters- each with different abilities and focus for skills.  I chose Xian Mei for her proficiency with bladed weapons.  The four characters are different from each other and have interesting back stories that are slowly revealed throughout the game.  You come to be emotionally invested in your character's survival

The graphics are just amazing in this game.  When I first saw the in-game graphics, my jaw dropped.  It's just beautiful.  The beach scenes are so peaceful looking and inviting that it lulls you into a state of relaxness that contrasts nicely with the sudden burst of zombie killing and grue.  The hotel halways and the jungle are equally great- creating a real moody atmosphere and anticipation to those areas.

I also really liked the zombies- not only did they LOOK great, there was a nice blend of zombies types.  The "boss" zombies can be frustrating at the start until you figure out a good strategy for dealing with them.  But once you do, they're still a challenge, but not insurmountable.  The two most common zombies are "Infected", and "Walkers".  "Infected" are the faster zombies as seen in the "Dawn of the Dead" remake, and the "Walkers" are the classic shambling dead.  The faster zombies are also a little smarter than the slower ones- able to figure out that going up stairs is better than just endlessly bumping against the side of the pool.  I will say though that standing on the edge of a pool and kicking the zombie repeatedly in the head is good for some chuckles.

In "Dead Island" you don't just deal with zombies though.  There are some human "baddies" you need to get rid of as well.  I found the human enemies more annoying than the undead ones, for one reason:
  • The humans can shoot at you.
It's a pain because not only do they seem to have unlimited ammo (while you have to hoard yours), their aim is almost perfect as well.  I found the group in the jungle to be the most annoying because it was hard to see them, and hard to get close enough to ensure as clean a kill as possible.  Trying to do it while conserving ammo is close to impossible.  That was my only complaint with the enemies, though.

The game mechanics are pretty easy to figure out as well- and you don't have to remember a whole bunch of button presses to perform special moves, etc.  For someone with less than ideal coordination, I found it to be quite user friendly.

One of the things I really enjoyed was the ability to customize, repair, and upgrade your weapons- or create them.  One of my favorite weapons was an electrified Katana I created.  With every hit, I had a chance to electrify my target- causing them to dance and jiggle like jello as I went in for the kill.  I also like the deodorant bomb, and others.  This feature really helped to expand the options you could use according to the character you were playing.

You also had the ability to upgrade your characters skills as well, in order to improve your health, lock picking skills, aim, strength, special moves, etc.  As with the weapons, it really allows a player to experiment with things to find something that really workks for them.

I can forget the grue.  There's lots of it.  From the pasty, decaying zombies shambling around, to the gnawed on corpses laying around, and the blood flying around as you hack and slash your way through a clamboring collection of the undead, there is a good amount of blood and grue to satisfy a horror gamer.  Throw into that, zombies that explode leaving bits and pieces, and you're in for a circus of bloodshed.

Considering that I only had one serious complaint with this game, I'm going to have to put "Dead Island" into "The Good"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crooked Tree (Robert C. Wilson)


Across the cultures, there abound tales of people transforming into animals and stalking the wood.  Such tales have been used to illustrate the duality of humanity... and simply to make you feel uneasy walking in the woods...

Campers have been found mutilated in the woods near an Indian Reservation.  Legends about a spirit that transforms people into bloody thirsty bears are being whispered... and one man races to save the soul of the woman he loves from an ancient evil...

"Crooked Tree" isn't that bad of a book.  It's not great, but is a decently diverting read.  The story has a good flow to it, and follows a fairly simple and logical progression of events, while still having a nice building of suspense throughout it.  The characters are interesting, relatable, and actually have roles other than gore fodder.  The characters aren't wasted, and used quiet well.

I loved the idea of using an old legend of the First Nations as the premise for the story.  It added a nice depth and texture to the story.

While I may not necessarily re-read this book, I would certainly recommend it for at least one reading.  I'm going to put "Crooked Tree" in "The Bad"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Thirsty Dead (1974)


Sometimes, you run across a movie where the title is really quite interesting... and misleading...  This week's "What Movie Wednesday" winner was very misleading...

Women have been disappearing from the streets of Manila in the Philippines.  One night, Laura is kidnapped as well.  What she discovers is a horrible cult... a cult that thirsts for blood...

When you hear the title, "The Thirsty Dead," you probably first thought that it was about vampires.  Unfortunately, you would be wrong.  This movie is actually about a cult that drinks blood to maintain their immortality... but aren't dead.

The premise is interesting enough, though the execution of it in this movie is not so interesting.  The story makes sense throughout- and is quite logically put together.  Too bad the acting, costumes, etc detract from making it a suspenseful, creepy story.  Rather, it all comes across as being kinda silly.

While watching it, I couldn't escape the feeling of seeing something with elements of the original "Star Trek" series, and "Barbarella: Queen of the Universe".  This might have been due to the thought that Bill Theiss- who designed many of the costumes (especially those for female guest stars) may have designed the costumes for this movie as well.  Also, the cavern sets reminded me alot of how rocks and such looked in the original "Star Trek" series- as did some of the musical cues.  The look of Laura (played by Jennifer Billingsley), and the costumes also evoked memories of Jane Fonda's "Barbarella: Queen of the Universe").  Research has revealed that one of the script writers (Charles Dennis) has appeared in episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Enterprise".

The characters aren't very complex or developed in this movie.  The characters of Laura and Baru (played by John Considine- who had the same sort of hair as Tom Jones) are the focus of the movie... and even then, they aren't really developed all that much.  I simply didn't care enough about the characters to feel any investmen in their survival.

I'll have to admit that the acting didn't help endear me to the characters.  Billingsley's delivery of her lines were rather choppy and made you wonder if she learned speech from Captain Kirk.  Considine's best scene was near the end when he confronts the goons of the High Priestess. Tani Guthrie wasn't too bad as the High Priestess Ranu- she got to exhibit a really mad face that I liked.  The only other decent actress in the crew was Judith McConnell as Claire- the cage dancer.  She played the jaded, cynical character quite well.

The camera work also gave the movie the feeling of a long "Star Trek" episode in addition to the stuff I've already mentioned.

The biggest failing of "The Thirsty Dead" had to do with the fact that it wasn't scary... at all.  There's a dribbling of blood during the blood letting scene- but just a dribble.  There's no real suspense, or shocks, or anything of the sort.  I was hoping for dead people rising from graves and sufficient amounts of blood to sastify any ghoul's thirst... but was denied that.

All in all, "The Thirsty Dead" left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and a thirst for a gorey movie.  I'm placing into "The Ugly"...

Special Shout Out:

I want to thank everyone that took part in "What Movie Wednesday"- especially the following who voted for "The Thirsty Dead":

Justine's Halloween
Zoey Emily Onyx
John Chance
Matthew Little (from "The Wayward Tarheel"

The next "What Movie Wednesday" will be October 17th!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nathaniel (John Saul)

One of the staples of horror stories is that often, the past returns to haunt and torment the characters involved.  One such story of the past reaching into the present for revenge is "Nathaniel" by John Saul...

After the death of his father under mysterious circumstances, Michael Hall and his mother move to Prairie Bend to spend time with his grandparents.  Soon, a voice starts to whisper to him from the shadowy ruins of a barn- propelling him to discover why the town is so fearful of births... and who Nathaniel is...

John Saul, in my opinion is on the same level as Stephen King when it comes to writing horror fiction- though his stories are a bit more subtle, and build at a slower pace.  I really quite enjoyed "Nathaniel".

First off, the style is very atmospheric and moody, without exagerating the details.  Saul doesn't paint every errie detail, but allows the reader to let their imagination creep along the dimly lit hallway to the door where the monster is waiting.  Each step is well thought out, and emotionally charged.

It helps that the characters are believable and sympathetic- even when they aren't necessarily nice people.  They're well fleshed out, and engaging enough to draw you into the story and evoke the emotions that are the mark of a good horror story.

I wouldn't call it a "deep" novel, with a moralistic theme, because it's not.  It's simply an enjoyable story.  While authors usually use their stories of terror to examine human nature in a different light, Saul focuses on just telling an errie tale that entertains you.

I'm going to put "Nathaniel" in "The Good"

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Devil in Connecticut (Gerald Brittle)


In addition to horror fiction, I enjoy reading non-fiction works about the paranormal.  One such book is "The Devil in Connecticut" by Gerald Brittle.

David Glatzel was an average, American boy... until the first day of July 1980.  Soon after, strange sounds can be heard, then sinister shapes are seen.  Shortly it would seem that Hell itself had been unleashed in the small Glatzel household in Connecticut...

This book covers a case of demonic possession that famed demonologist Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated in the 1980's- a case that would ultimate finish in what came to be called "The Demon Murder Trial". It details the events that occur as the case evolves through the generally accepted phases of demonic activity, weaving the details into an engaging story.

The style of writing is fairly easy to follow, and straight forward.  There is some artistic license used to portray the mood and atmosphere of the events taking place, but it's not overly dramatic or in your face.  The narrative flows nicely, and has a solid rythm to it.

Althought it's non-fiction, this books IS geared towards more entertainment than educational.

There has been some recent controversy, surrounding the book and events that are depicted, with some of the family involved saying it was a hoax created by Ed and Lorraine Warren, and others (especially those directly affected by the climatic trial) maintain that the possession and paranormal activity did occur.  Whether you believe in demons or not, this book is still worth a read.  I'm going to place "The Devil in Connecticut" in "The Bad."

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blood Sabbath (1972)


October 3rd saw the return of "What Movie Wednesday."  I offered up three movies choices, and people voted on which one I would watch, tweet along to, and ultimately review.  The people voted for a movie, whose title sounded interesting and potentially grue filled...

They voted for "Blood Bath"

Having returned home from serving in Vietnam, David seeks to live quietly in the mountains of Mexico- only to have his life turned upside down by the appearance of a beautiful water nymph.  David soon finds himself involved in events that will cost him his soul...

It's not often that I find a movie that, quite frankly, makes me want to nap until the end.  I don't mind movies with a slow pace so long as there is some excitement spread throughout it.  "Blood Sabbath" lacked that excitement, and much more.

The story is a little ridiculous, and put together incoherently.  It really doesn't make much sense- probably because it isn't even really all that well developed while it's being told. From the start to the end, it kinda just mumbles and rambles along as if just putting out random images.  There wasn't much in the way of tension or suspense or chills in this movie either.  Alotta, the witch queen hints at a bargain between her and the Padre, but that hint isn't developed further.  Neither is Alotta's relationship with Lonzo, nor is the relationship between Yyalah and Lonzo.  There was so much that could've been used as material to create an interesting, engaging story... but tossed to the side as if it was irrelevant.

The characters were dull and uninteresting.  David- played by Anthony Geary was weak, and passive, and lifeless.  Lonzo- the hermit, played by Sam Gilman wasn't bad- but wasn't great.  Of the characters, he was the most interesting... which isn't really saying much, to be honest.  The water nymph, Yyalah (Susan Damante in a truly horrible wig) was rather one dimensional as a character and didn't have any REAL importance in the story. I did find the Padre as portrayed by Steve Gravers to be interesting as well- almost as interesting as Lonzo, actually... but felt his character was simply introduced to be fodder to the villians.  Once again, he didn't really have any significant impact on the story.  I'm torn by Alotta- the witch queen played by Dyanne Thorne.  The character could've been interesting, but wound up being a bit of a emotional stereotype of what an evil witch is.  The characters were mostly victims of an underdeveloped story.

Of the acting, it was apparently the most of the women weren't hired for their acting skills.  Thorne, and the other witches spent most of their screen time topless, or fully naked- though I'll admit that Thorne's dancing scene wasn't too bad.  Geary must've taken lessons from Charlton Heston or William Shatner due to his rather exaggerated acting in the role of David.  Damante was beautiful as the water nymph- but needed to lose the really ugly wig they had her wear.  Seriously- it rivals Donald Trump's hair at times.  I felt that Gilman's acting in the role of Lonzo wasn't too bad- by far the best of the lot.  Gravers came in a close second in quality as the Padre.

The less said about the camera work, the better, really.  It wasn't all that creative, or moody, or skillful.  Just bland and blah.

The biggest problem has to do with the grue.  If a movie has "blood" in the title, I'm going to expect some decent bloodshed.  "Blood Sabbath" is a big cheat on the blood.  There's some blood in a couple of flashbacks, and some trickling into a cup after a sacrifice's throat is slit... but that's about it.  There's a beheading, but you DON'T SEE IT HAPPEN!  They cut right before it.  And when they show the head, it doesn't look much like the person it's supposed to.  Just downright disappointing in the grue department.

In the final analysis, I have no problem in giving "Blood Sabbath" a big kick into "The Ugly"

Special Shout Out:

I want to thank everyone that took part in "What Movie Wednesday"- especially the following who voted for "Blood Sabbath":

Jenny Deol
Justine's Halloween
Shawn (from "We Came From the Basement")
Zoey Emily Onyx
Count Matt
Monty Deschanel
John Chance
Simon Franken Stein

The next "What Movie Wednesday" will be October 10th!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

#365Logo


The image above was created by Brandon Bryant, who asked me on Twitter to submit two words as part of his #365Logo project.  The idea behind the project was to creat 365 logos during the year using just words that were submitted by people like myself.

Since my username on Twitter is TerrorCorner, I figured, "Heck- why not?" and submitted those two words.  The result was the image you see at the top.

I rather like it, myself- especially the claw reaching up.  Very B-movieish- which suits me perfectly.  Most of the logos he's produced (like this one) are very much what you would see on many old school movie posters- which is something I also like about them.

I'm hoping he does this project again- or a similar project in the future.  I'm quite interested in seeing what else he comes up.

In the meantime- check out his website for more of the #365Logo images, and other work by Brandon.  He's got some really impressive work.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dare You to Read It!


A couple of days ago, I received a tweet from JT Schaad, asking what five horror books I would recommend reading during the Halloween season- so today, I'm going to briefly discuss five of them.

"Misery" by Stephen King- Let's face it, this is one of his greatest pieces of work in my opinion.  It's right up there with "The Shining", "Pet Cemetery", and "Christine".  The characters are relatable (even the psycho-fan Annie Wilkes), and well defined.  The plot is tight and suspensful- with a nice flow to the building tension and the shock moment.  The writing style has a great feel to it, and pulls you into the story.

"The Servants of Twilight" by Dean Koontz- One of Koontz's earlier works, and one of the few of his that I've really enjoyed.  The characters are intersting, and the action flows and builds until a rather satisfying climax.  Not AS good as Stephen King, but still quite enjoyable.

"Audrey Rose" by Frank De Felitta- If you need to hear WHY I'd suggest this one, just read my review of it. LOL

"Bag of Bones" by Stephen King- Another King book that I really enjoyed.  It's not your typical ghost story, but one that will still give you a few good decent chills.  I liked the characters, and came to care about them, and was satisfied by how the story unfolded.

"The Devil in Connecticut" by Gerald Brittle- A non-fiction book about a case of demonic possession that Ed & Lorraine Warren in the early 1980's.  While not as intentionally scary as the above books, this one does have some events that will stick in your mind, and is still a informative and interesting read.  Gives you insight into how such cases are investigated, and how the "authorities" sometimes treat those suffering from such things.

Well, there you have it- a quick list of five horror books to read during the Halloween month!  I'll be reviewing a couple of these over the course of the month as well- so keep your eyes peeled for that.