Low budget genre film production companies usually do not stick around long enough to gain either notoriety or a reputation. Troma is one of the few that has endured. Its reputation is . . . let’s be generous and say “mixed.” Some Troma movies are worth a laugh. Many (many, many) Troma movies don’t work […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Father’s Day"
Well before releasing six novellas following the adventures of his Nameless protagonist, Dean Koontz had been exploring one off novella releases. These related to upcoming books, but they were not necessarily prologues or even related to that book in any way other than thematic. Over the next few Sundays we will take a gander at […]Read more "Run For Your Life: Dean Koontz’s The Moonlit Mind"
They say you never forget your first. Sometimes you don’t forget your second either. I actually first read the Parker novels released under Donald E. Westlake’s pseudonym Richard Stark following the release of the 1999 movie Payback. My copy of The Hunter was a tie in edition to that movie, with a cover sporting Mel […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Comeback"
Synopsis: Rose (Laura Vandervoort) has a passion for fashion, her designs are impeccable, but she lacks the necessary interpersonal skills to excel in the high demand fashion industry. Somehow she has lucked into a job working under the equally passionate and often verbally abusive Gunter (Mackenzie Gray), however her days there are numbered even before […]Read more "O Rose, Thou Art Sick: Rabid"
The sixth and final installment of this initial batch of novella adventures centering on Dean Koontz’s newest series character kicks off with a bang: On this August day in Indiana, in a confusion of past and future, catastrophes will and will not be averted. Many innocent people will be spared from certain death, but others […]Read more "Answers Only Yield More Questions: Dean Koontz’s Memories of Tomorrow"
Dean Koontz’s fifth novella about his nameless seeker after truth and punisher of evildoers disrupts the efforts of a sinister doctor, his fiendish nurse, a sleazy detective to murder the elderly residents in a retirement home not far from Traverse City, Michigan. That particular city and the fictional small town of Cross Village, Michigan three […]Read more "Don’t Tread On Me: Dean Koontz’s The Mercy of Snakes"
Synopsis: When private nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) finds her employer, the famous bestselling mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), in the upstairs room of his massive mansion with his throat cut, the death seems like suicide. Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) and State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) are sure the case is a clear […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Knives Out"
Fast on the heels of a Sheriff abusing his power, a child of privilege turning his fortune to sadistic pleasures and a murderous wife using her looks (and a knife) to net herself millions from useless husbands, the Nameless protagonist of Dean Koontz’s new series finds himself facing a new threat. This time he is […]Read more "We Didn’t Start the Fire (He Did): Dean Koontz’s Red Rain"
For his third outing with his Nameless character, Dean Koontz’s presents a peculiar game of cat and mouse. Where the previous two tales told stories are akin to Westerns, about a lone man tracking down some dangerous hombres and then using the power of truth to put these men in their place, neither this tactic […]Read more "She’s Lost Control Again: Dean Koontz’s The Praying Mantis Bride"
The best laid plans of mice and men . . . I was hoping to get a chance to see Knives Out last week, but that did not happen. So, instead we again revisit a film review I wrote for the dearly missed Alamo Cinema Massacre column that appeared on the Cinema Knife Fight site […]Read more "Movie Mondays: The Untamed"