Synopsis: Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) is a man who has gotten his revenge against the Mafia who killed his family, yet still feels compelled to hunt down the crime families of New York City as his costumed alter ego, The Punisher. Wielding his signatory many, many guns and a skull breastplate, Castle blows through many, […]Read more "“Damn it, Frank!”: Punisher: War Zone"
This week, we are trying something different—two movie reviews a week—and kicking off a new month-long watching series highlighting women filmmakers. First up, we have a pair of flicks that appeal to the grindhouse aesthetic: Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009) from the Soska Sisters and Blood Games (1990) from Israeli director Tanya Rosenberg. The […]Read more "Babe and the Ballgirls vs Evil: Blood Games"
This week, we are trying something different—two movie reviews a week, one on Monday and another on Friday—and kicking off a new month-long watching series highlighting women filmmakers. First up, we have a pair of flicks that appeal to the grindhouse aesthetic: Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009) from the Soska Sisters and Blood Games […]Read more "Splat, Thud, Boom, Squish, Bang: Dead Hooker in a Trunk"
Synopsis: 22 years after Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) was found not guilty by reason of insanity for several murders performed in the guise of his mother, Norman is found sane once more and released into the world. His homecoming is anything but welcoming. The motel is being run by an opportunistic jackass of a man […]Read more "Vacancy: Psycho II"
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"
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"
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 […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Terrorvision"
This week finds C. C. Blake’s own magazine of lived in futures returning with its eleventh installment. Two more stories about tough guys and gals caught in tougher situations finds Rick Cave and returning backup character Dutch up to their necks in trouble. For this week, Blake originally delivered a column titled “The Crook in […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 11"
Rogue Blades Press is a small press responsible for several anthologies of heroic fiction over the years. Two of my Vasily stories have appeared in their books (RAGE OF THE BEHEMOTH and CHALLENGE!: DISCOVERY), and Trista has made an appearance in their reprinted/expanded edition of CLASH OF STEEL: DEMONS. Over the last few years, the […]Read more "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: CRAZY TOWN"
Many authors struggle with the expectations of genre, no matter if they are writing in a particular field (say, detective fiction) or aspiring toward the literary. It’s all genre, folks. A lot of writers aspire to be sui generis, or a genre unto themselves. You know these sorts of folks because they eventually get qualities […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: TWO MUCH!"