Monday, April 27, 2009

Redbox Rentals

I have a love/hate relationship with redbox. I feel it's partially responsible for driving into the ground my favorite independent movie store. Yet it's cheap. So I use it.

I rented two horror flicks recently, Forest of Death and 36 Pasos. Forest of Death is not good. Laughable ghosts/monster things, and the plot is just slow and utterly non-frightening. I rented it under the misguided idea that it was a Japanese horror movie, and it wasn't until the end that I realized that no one was speaking Japanese at all (I'm not so good with the Asian languages). It was a Chinese horror movie! I've yet to watch a Chinese horror movie that I found to be any good. (Of course with my horribleness with languages who knows, maybe I have seen a great Chinese horror film). Japanese horror, even when its bad, still has a certain creepy edge to it. Though the best Asian language horror film I've watched so far was actually Korean. A movie called A Tale of Two Sisters.

36 Pasos
is watchable, but not terrific. I like the plot, and several of the themes, but at times it tries a little too hard. There are scenes that would be great, if only they were edited and cut down. There was several times when my roomie and I were yelling at the TV that we got it already, the movie could move on now. I would recommend it. But my recommedation is half-hearted.

Where did the good horror movies go?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Was excited this morning to find an acceptance from Zombology IV waiting for me. I've been on a zombie writing kick lately, which is weird because I never thought that I would write anything zombie. Not because I don't love zombies (which I do with an undying passion), but because I think its hard to add anything new to the zombie genre. But luckily I had a couple of ideas, and though the zombie well is dry now, maybe I will be able to write something new in the future.

In unrelated news: Cockatiels are not intelligent creatures. I feel that if they were the only bird species, then I would never have to be afraid of a bird uprising (circa Hitchcock). But they're not. So be prepared...

Friday, April 17, 2009


I'm working on a new creature story and I was trying to think of my favorite creature stories and films for inspiration.

My favorite creature story is Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Wall." Of all Lovecraft stories, this one has the best ending (at least for me).

Favorite creature movies gets a little trickier. Of recent years, it would have to be The Descent. If anyone hasn't checked out this movie, I would seriously recommend it. I mean just look.

Chills right? I don't know if I want to see the sequel because I'm afraid it might ruin my love from the first one.

And who doesn't love Carpenter's The Thing? And of course you have vamps, werewolves, and zombies, oh my. Or Feast? A horror/comedy filled with drooling, moaning, reproducing, creatures.

But there are some famous creature movies that I just don't buy as scary. Like Jaws. Don't go into the water. Problem solved. Or Stephen King's It. It's Tim Curry with a wig. I love Tim Curry. But he's not scary. Looks good in thigh highs, yes. Scary, no.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Starting Blog

While I'm starting this blog of my love of horror (and my attempts at writing it), I'm watching the wonderful channel called Chiller. I love this channel, despite its frequent and long commercials. One of my favorite shows is "Night Visions." I'm not sure if its Henry Rollins' awkward hosting, or the surprise actresses and actors (Bridget Fonda! That guy from The Princess Bride!), but its entertaining, and sometimes even unpredictable, which means a lot to any horror fan.

My favorite show so far was the one with Jerry O'Connell called "Rest Stop." Wholesome fun that one. And I was halfway through the episode "Darkness" when I started thinking that I had read it before (and I had, its a short by Dennis L. McKiernan). How did I miss this show when it first came out?

Setting up this blog is showing me that I am not quite as computer literate as I thought I was. But I suppose I'll eventually get the hang of it.