I treasure the authors who can draw giggles from me with their humor, describe new visions of the fantastic, evoke a new shade of the macabre, or deliver a shock profound enough to make me want to drag my feet up onto the couch or chair where I am reading so they are nowhere near […]Read more "Empathy for Monsters: Gemma Files’ Spectral Evidence"
Although Trista and I were thrilled to be reviewing world cinema’s contributions to horror and suspense in our monthly (or sometimes more often) Alamo Cinema Massacre column for the Cinema Knife Fight site, we were not quite ready for the first offering we were to catch from India. At that point, we were versed in […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai"
Synopsis: A group of Mexican street children find themselves in possession of a phone and pistol from Caco (Ianis Guerrero), one of the ranking members of a cartel responsible for many missing persons in their barrio and therefore hunted. El Shine (Juan Ramon Lopez) is the leader of the group, a burned kid who seethes […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Tigers Are Not Afraid"
Synopsis: The horror stories have gone on to be urban legends. You might know some of them . . . The slit mouthed girl, Hanako of the Toilet, Red Coat, the boy under the bed. Not familiar with those? Well, they are Japanese specials. At least two of which appeared in the delightful anime Haunted […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Sadako Vs. Kayako"
As seems to be the case with many of Dean Koontz’s novel releases since the 2010s, an eBook hit the marketplace right around the time when the author’s novel The City was due to see its initial hardback release in 2014. The Neighbor might have a disarming or sinister title, depending on how you relate […]Read more "Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Possessions: Dean Koontz’s The Neighbor"
Synopsis: As a child, Danny Torrance (Roger Dale Floyd) survived a hellish experience at a haunted Overlook Hotel in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado. Though he and his mother Wendy (Alex Essoe) managed to escape, the hotel’s ghastly occupants would not leave him alone. They followed him wherever he went, even all the way to […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Doctor Sleep"
Synopsis: When Don Koch (Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) decides to kick off a second chance for happiness with his family by renovating a house in the suburbs, he does not expect to find himself facing rotting drywall, weird clogs, slinky lingerie hidden behind wooden paneling, electric outlets that seep some kind of slime, and other […]Read more "Movie Mondays: The Girl on the Third Floor"
Synopsis: When Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) goes missing during a family trip to Lake Mungo, her parents and brother are shocked. When a body is dredged up some days later, one which her father Russell (David Pledger) identifies as his daughter’s waterlogged remains, the family enters the grieving process. Unfortunately, not everyone in the Palmer […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Lake Mungo"
Synopsis: After a fire results in the death of the family matriarch and otherwise ruins situation normal, bewildered mathematics teacher and single dad Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) finds himself at a loss for a way to provide a real home for his daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth), son Bobby (Alec Roberts) and sassy nanny Maggie Bess […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Thir13en Ghosts"
Synopsis: When an absent-minded professor’s family gets their furniture taken away (again) because of inability to make payments, it is just in time for their young son’s birthday. Well, Buck Zorba (Charles Herbert) makes a wish that his family will get a house and furniture no one can take away. As he does so, a […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: 13 Ghosts"