Rewatching John Carpenter’s exquisite depiction of the Stephen King novel this past weekend at my friendly neighborhood drive-in, a thought occurred to me: Christine may have been “bad” from the time she rolled off the assembly line, but everything she does to anybody in this movie is retaliatory. She doesn’t kill or harm anybody who…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: CHRISTINE
Once again during this time of pandemic, when cinephiles (like me) and Horror junkies (like me) are deprived of new movies in the theater, the drive-in saved my weekend. This past Saturday night I caught a fantabulous double-feature of CHRISTINE and the original FRIGHT NIGHT. I’d never seen either up on the big screen, so…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: FRIGHT NIGHT
A harsh tapping sound shattered Deb’s dream, dragging her back to wakefulness. She opened her eyes to painful sunlight, blinked them closed again. The sound repeated. “Hey, we got company.” Her vision clearing, Deb looked over at Gale, beside her on the tree limb. Gale gestured. Four men stood at the base of the tree,…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 25
I remember something my English professor in college said once, in regards to the success of some lousy novel when other, far superior works struggle to sell. “The masses are asses.” So, so true. Check out the rating for any of the flotsam that gluts mainstream television. Like, literally, just pick something from the top…Continue readingWill We Get a Third Season of NOS4A2?
“Chris McQueen” It’s nice that they titled this episode after him, since it was his time in the spotlight. Chris McQueen was such a great, complex character. Or still is, despite his meeting his end in this episode. On that note… Ouch. Did this one hit you in all the feels? Damn. And what phenomenal…Continue readingTV Review: NOS4A2 Season Two Episode Eight
Franklin, Tennessee doesn’t get the attention that a lot of Civil War battles get, places like Gettysburg and Antietam. That’s probably because of its brevity; the battle was over only hours after it began. Relatively speaking, though, it was the most brutal and bloody battle of the entire Civil War. On November 30, 1864, just…Continue readingThe Unquiet Dead of Franklin
In some ways DARK SHADOWS was really limited. They had the budget of your standard soap opera of the day, which is to say, not much of one, and there were times when it showed. I recall the scene where Barnabas Collins was attacked by the vampire bat on a fishing line. There Jonathan Frid…Continue readingDARK SHADOWS’ Master of Makeup
We talk about George Romero a lot on this site. You might have noticed, however, that we don’t mention this movie much. There’s a reason for that. In respect of journalistic honesty, friends, let us not mince words: SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD sucks. I mean, flat-out *sucks*. What happened? It’s a Romero film. How could…Continue readingRevisiting the Not-So-Classic: SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD
I was never a mark for GAME OF THRONES. Some of my friends consider this surprising, knowing what they know about me. I read the first book and enjoyed it well enough. It was extremely well written. Yet it didn’t “grab” me the way some stories do, the way it would have had to in…Continue readingQuality Time with the Night King
“What should we do about everybody else?” Brian asked. Dave ran a hand through his long hair, scratched at his beard. “Gimme a sec,” he said. He walked out into the hallway, checked the nurses and Archie for himself. “See,” Brian said. “Sound asleep.” “Not just asleep,” Dave replied. “They’re entranced.” “Huh?” Brian said. “You…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 24
Good news for NOS4A2 fans! It looks like we’ll be getting a spinoff series. The world they’ve created for this series is just too big for them not to explore it further. How many other “Strong Creatives” are there out there, both good and bad, each with stories to tell? As showrunner Jami O’Brien said…Continue readingA NOS4A2 Spinoff? Or a Match Set?
“Cripple Creek” Now that was a satisfying episode! The blank spaces, which were small but, we didn’t realize, so significant, were filled in for both the characters Bing and Charley. You realize that both are even slimier, and yet more pitiable, than we’ve thus far realized. As I predicted last week, things didn’t work out…Continue readingTV Review: NOS4A2 Season Two Episode Seven