A little background before we get to the meat . . . Vampire fiction found a foothold in the American fascination during the 1970s thanks to four books. In 1975, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot brought the creatures to small town Maine and set them loose. These vamps were the real rotten sorts, the bloodsuckers without […]Read more "Wasted In Life, Useless In Death: Nancy A. Collins’ Sunglasses After Dark"
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"
Synopsis: When faced with despair or a quick end, Michael (Jamal Douglas) chooses to force a fistful of pills down his gullet. He wakes up in the hospital, an attempted suicide under observation. Poor man is stuck in a psych ward, shuffling around or sitting on the floor wearing a hospital gown for a good […]Read more "Movie Mondays: The Quiet Room"
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 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"
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: Once upon a time, two young people—farmer Jean and ingénue Jeanne—fell in love and decided to marry. We might hope they lived happily ever after . . . Unfortunately, the medieval France they live in is ruled by a cruel Lord and a harsh Lady, and both they and their fellow villagers under the […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Belladonna of Sadness"