Considering Westlake: Smoke

I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]

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SHOCKtober Movies: Aliens

Synopsis: Following her excursion into horror aboard the doomed ship Nostromo, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is stripped of her job, forced to work in the cargo docks to make ends meet. When the opportunity to vindicate her story of a hostile organism comes around, inviting her to return to the planet she and her crew picked […]

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SHOCKtober Movies: Chopping Mall

Synopsis: It’s the cutting edge security force for consumer America, a trio of robots with a variety of non-lethal assault powers (sleep darts, Tasers) and a laser that allows them to cut through barriers in their way. Robbers, vandals, and other crooks don’t stand a chance against these buggers! However, when they are debuting on […]

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SHOCKtober Movies: Terrorvision

Synopsis: When the monster disposal facility on planet Pluton dispatches a mutated beast of insatiable appetites and sends it out into space as an electrical signal, that signal accidentally gets caught by a backyard satellite dish on the backwater planet of Earth (they don’t even have interstellar travel yet! How primitive!). The family who owns […]

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