The adventures of John Archibald Dortmunder (the beleaguered and bewildered crook who hates his middle name and ends up in the oddest escapades) have taken some strange turns (starting in the first volume of the series, in fact). The Hot Rock might have been slender in terms of page count, but it was no less […]Read more "Considering Westlake: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?"
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: The tide delivers castaway Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) and her dying friend Brad (Benedict Samuel) onto the tropical island like a miracle. However, not all miracles are the godsends they seem to be. Jenn soon discovers that she is alone in the wilds, forced to survive in ways she never had to before. Exploration of […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Sweetheart"
For whatever reason, Donald E. Westlake stopped his publication of multiple books per year for a while starting around 1990. Where previous years had seen two, three or, in some more prolific times, as many as six or seven volumes finding their way into print (often employing numerous pseudonyms), he moved away from this model. […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Baby, Would I Lie?"
In honor of Hallowe’en, we present a double feature that pairs up well with the novel we’ve slated for today’s review. Both of the adaptations of J. B. Priestley’s novel Benighted. We hope you enjoy this unusual pairing. The Old Dark House (1932) Synopsis: When three bedraggled travelers through stormy Welsh mountains find the creepy […]Read more "SHOCKtober: Old Dark House Double Feature"
Picture it: A drive through Welsh mountains, a terrible storm, flooded roads, no way to turn back no real way to proceed. But there! A house perched in the dark, a few windows ablaze with flickering electric light and at least a flutter of hope. Will the occupants provide shelter to weary travelers? Surely, they […]Read more "We Are For the Dark: J. B. Priestley’s Benighted"
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"