Mini Film Review: We Go On (2016)

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Mini Film Review: We Go On – Dir. by Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton. 👍

This film is currently playing on Shudder. Not knowing anything about this film prior to seeing it, I wasn’t expecting much. I knew it was an afterlife/seeking ghosts flick and that it would have to be pretty damn good to hold a candle to that genre. Numerous films have done this premise, and quite well I might add. Stir of Echoes was great.

This film doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of premise, per se, but it is entertaining nonetheless. I enjoyed it. It had decent twists in it as well and the acting was surprisingly good.

This film, while polished, looks like a made for cable TV film but that’s not terribly distracting because the story moves along well. I usually enjoy films that explore the possibility of life after death without delving into the hokey aspect of it, which is easy to do. This one keeps it just serious enough to be creepy.

You won’t find any earth-shattering revelations in this one though, and it lacks star power, unless you count Annette O’toole, whom I had to look up to remembe why she looked os familair…48 Hours!

The soundtrack could have been MUCH stronger IMO (see It Follows), but it’s a good film nonetheless and I enjoyed it quite a bit. If you liked Stir of Echoes you’ll dig this.

Mini Film Review: The Green Inferno (2013)

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Mini Film Review: The Green Inferno, directed by Eli Roth. 👎👎

So I finally got around to seeing this. I really wanted to like it, as I’m a huge fan of the genre. I also rolled my eyes at the accusations of racism hurled at this film when it first came out. That said, this film is hot garbage and Eli Roth should be ashamed of himself for pissing on the cannibal genre with this weak attempt at an homage.

The Green Inferno is pointless and only serves as a vehicle for Roth to “torture” his audience with what amounts to a wasted effort in what could have been a decent film. Why Roth decided to torture/kill the “good” characters and leave the “bad” ones alone, with absolutely no logic or payoff behind it, is anyone’s guess, but at the end of the film it leaves you pissed off. If that was his intent it worked.

This film isn’t even a pimple on the ass of much superior cannibal films, mainly because those films have a great story, subtext and plot twists that actually work.

For example, Cannibal Holocaust has one of the best morals of all time at the end of the film, which gives licence to its brutality. This one? Pure wannabe garbage by a director who’s ego precedes his talent and absolutely no rhyme or reason to the story other than: oohh! Cannibals!

Lame. Avoid.

Review: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (2015) St. Martin’s Press

I recently finished reading The Scarlet Gospels, by famed horror author Clive Barker. I usually like Barker’s work and have been a fan of his for a long time but this book was a huge let down. I haven’t always liked everything he’s done but usually the darker stuff he creates is great. The last Barker book I read was Mister B. Gone and I loved it. His descriptions of demons and Hell in that book are a world above what he penned in Gospels.

I’ve read several reviews on The Scarlet Gospels now and they range from utter disgust to elation – there seems to be no middle ground. I’ve also seen several people accuse Barker of using a ghost writer for the last 2/3 of the book. After reading it, I’m not so sure about that theory but I will tell you this: it sure ain’t the Barker of old!

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I learned a few things about Clive Barker over the past few years that changed my opinion of him. Probably the biggest thing that shook me was learning that he loathes what the Hellraiser film series has become.

One of my favorite books is an anthology called Hellbound Hearts, which has Hellraiser as a theme with short stories by various authors. It’s an amazing book and one that I did not want to end. I cannot say the same about The Scarlet Gospels. I had hope that Gospels would be as good as Hellbound. Alas, not even close.

If you read the introduction to The Books of Blood 1-3, Barker tells us that he hates being known as the “horror guy.” He’s spent the past few years delving into other subject matter, including young adult fantasy fiction. So when news broke that he was returning to Hell, I was both shocked and skeptical.

Still, I also learned that Barker almost died and I know that kind of experience can change everything about a person, including their creativity flow. Not to mention that he lost his parents, his longtime partner and another friend he considered a son as well. Oh, and he’s also revealed that he was a male prostitute for a time, early in his writing career when he was struggling to make ends meet.

So it’s no surprise then that The Scarlet Gospels feels like anything but Clive Barker because the man who wrote The Hellbound Heart is not the same man and that’s okay.

What’s not okay is The Scarlet Gospels. It sucks.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – OST (1986) Varese Sarabande

Here’s my A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge soundtrack. I posted this on Instagram for the August Vinyl Challenge. Here’s what I wrote:

Day 14: Title Starting With ‘A’: A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 – Freddy’s Revenge, music by Christopher Young. Released 1986, Varese Sarabande.

I bought this record on Discogs from a woman in Italy. It was just dumb luck finding it. It took forever to ship though, holy crap. But it was worth the wait. It’s in amazing condition too. I’d rate the wax at NM-. And the sleeve is in excellent condition as well. This record is just overall awesome. I mean, just look at it!

I’ve written about this film extensively over the years. I’ll have to find my film review and put it up here. It’s one of the more interesting stories from the series and has Freddy at his most evil, in my opinion. This would be the last time Freddy was truly dark and evil and before everything went goofy with catchphrases. Even his voice in this one is dark. There are so many things going on in this film just under the surface and a few that hit you over the head with a baseball bat.

The score itself is fantastic. It’s dark and brooding and everything you’d expect from a Freddy film. The only thing missing from this album is the song, “Touch Me (All Night Long) by Wish & Fonda Rae, from the scene where the main character, Jesse, is dancing in his room.

Anyway, finds like this are why I collect vinyl. This is one of my more prized records.

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Book Review: Gerald’s Game – Stephen King (1992)

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“I’m a space cowboy
Bet you weren’t ready for that
I’m a space cowboy
I’m sure you know where it’s at
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”

Steve Miller Band, Space Cowboy

** spoiler alert ** I have owned the same copy of Gerald’s Game since it came out in mass market paperback, which would be around 1992 or 93. It’s the small paperback version with the red cover and the image of the bedpost with the handcuffs attached to it.

At the time, I was working for a pet supply company and would serve as a vendor for grocery chains. In this line of work you get to meet the other vendors and one of them was a guy that supplied grocery stores with books and magazines. As for who buys books in the grocery store is a discussion for another time but consider that smut is banned yet something like Gerald’s Game was allowed…if only because the smut/gore is spelled out long ways.

Anyway, during mundane conversation I expressed an interest in Stephen King and this book in particular. The book vendor was delivering fresh copies of Gerald’s Game and was gracious enough to tear off the cover of one of them and hand it to me. He wrote it off as “damaged” and the rest is history, well , sort of.

So that’s how I came to own Gerald’s Game. I say “own” because I only just recently got around to actually reading it, here, some 22-years later. I’m a procrastinator – sue me. It’s been on my shelf for two decades now and seen its own share of bookcases, boxes and cities.

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Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), LP

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Various ‎– A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
LabelDeath Waltz Recording Company & Mondo
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 17 Mar 2015
Genre: Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack

If you haven’t watched A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night on Netflix yet, stop reading this and go watch it. I’m not sure how much longer it’ll be on there but I highly recommend it. Don’t be like me and wait until the last minute and then freak out because it’s so good and you missed out on the soundtrack…

Allow me to rewind the tape. <<

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Review: It Follows (2014)

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“Childhood is over the moment you know you’re going to die.” – Top Dollar, The Crow (1994)

“Nothing gold can stay.” – Johnny, The Outsiders (1983)

These two quotes came to mind after watching It Follows (2014), directed by David Robert Mitchell. They didn’t come to mind immediately after watching the movie but in doing some research on the film after being left with unanswered questions. It Follows, in my opinion, is one of those films that requires more than one viewing in order to really get the gist of what’s going on. Or maybe I’m just slow…

One of my pet peeves is having to Google a movie after I watch it in order to figure out what happened. This usually results in me either hating the film or obsessing over it. With It Follows, I found myself with lots of questions and when the credits rolled I felt let down and wanting more explanation. But I wasn’t sure if this was because I was supposed to feel this way or if I just didn’t “get it.” It turns out it was a combination of the two.

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