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Book of the Week: Monster, by A. Lee Martinez

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by ranranami

I have read so many of this man’s books. For me, his humorous balance in his story is on par with another favorite author of mine, R. Chetwynd-Hayes. I’ve already recommended one book by A. Lee Martinez in the past, Gil’s All Fright Diner, but honestly? I love this one even more. There was a period of time a few years ago where I was pretty much reading at least one of these books a week, and Monster is one of the best.

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The story plays with a concept I rarely see done as well as it should be. There are monsters everywhere, and normal people don’t know about them. This one adds your typical Martinez guts and gore along with a succubus here and maybe a yeti destroying a grocery store there. A gland in people’s brains that lets them see monsters for what they are, and a sort of supernatural police force doing what they can to at least keep things somewhat normal.

What I love about A. Lee Martinez, is that his protagonists are both very normal and very special in so many creative ways. This book was no exception to the rule, and it is very easily a 3-day read if you put your mind to it. Or don’t. Just grab a glass of wine (or coffee) and enjoy.

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Horror Flick of the Week: Vampire Party/Le Dents de la Nuit (2008)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by ranranami

I’m not going to lie. This movie is incredibly silly. It’s also quite fun. What could be better than a hodge podge of strangers going to an exclusive late night party on an island out in the middle of nowhere? What if I told you Tchéky Karyo plays an evil vampiric count with the most glorious hair you’ll ever see? Still not impressed? How about a magical spell-book that not only binds souls to Hell, but can also conveniently disguise you like a mariachi player or something else equally as ridiculous and fantastical?

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Listen, it’s just a fun movie. It’s great for the Halloween season, and it’s dark with enough of a light-hearted twist to leave you with only very mild nightmares at best.

Horror Flick of the Week: The Final Girls (2015)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by ranranami

I have a confession. I’m a movie snob. I’ve got a strict ‘no insult/putdown’ rule on this blog for movies, because no matter how bad the picture, a film always has a lot of work put into it, and there’s going to be an audience for just about everything. Still, I am a movie snob. It’s tough for me to put on a lot of new things, because I have this desperate fear I’ll waste ten or more minutes of my life on a film I may hate. Even after hearing rave reviews about this one, listening to an interview with the director, and adoring the description…the poster had me convinced I just wouldn’t like it…

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This movie, my friends, is why I have to remind myself NOT to judge anything by its cover. I loved it. Every shot, every second, every line. As a not-so-subtle tribute to everything camp slasher (literal summer camp slasher), and a clear nod to the Friday the 13th series, it was perfect. Do yourself a favor this week, and if not now, then definitely on this Friday the 13th…watch some F13…and then pop in The Final Girls. You will love it.

On another note, best striptease scene ever. EVER. Yes, my friends, even Dusk Till Dawn.

Book(s) Of the Week: Monster Road

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by ranranami

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Back in the 90s, I was wild for books. I still am, but the point here is that I devoured every book fair that came to school. Especially when it came to book lights and horror stories. Monster Road was one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the cover that drew me to it, or the fact that I’d run out of Goosebumps books, but this one was pretty easy to miss tucked back at the bottom ‘L’ shelf.

Written by David Lubar, Monster Road tells the story of Kevin taking a road trip with his eccentric scientist Uncle. Eccentric and wildly naive, every single monster Kevin’s uncle meets on the trip strikes him as something absolutely mundane and non-supernatural in any way. What’s more, he seems to come up with a solution for most of their problems in the process.

My old copy I had of Monster Road sadly fell to pieces, but that’s the sign of a well-loved book. At least for a kid. Monster Road is a great little story to read with your kid, or to just let them read on their own, lying in the somewhat sketchy area of 2nd grade – 4th grade reading level.

Horror Flick of the Week: Fido (2006)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by ranranami

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When this movie first came out in ’06, I saw plenty of people talking about it all over the net. 2 years after Shaun of the Dead, it seemed like there was finally going to be a new renaissance of horror comedy. There really wasn’t much of one, but that is an entirely different topic for another day. Fido kind of fell to the wayside after a bit, though, in the shadow of Shaun.

But you want to know something? It shouldn’t have. It’s really a great little film, worth it’s own merit. The only thing it shares in common with the more famous zombie comedy is the fact that it IS a zombie comedy, and they run with the idea of having the creatures as pets after we’ve managed to ‘tame them’.

Imagine if the 50s wasn’t about the fear of communism or nuclear war, but zombies. You pretty much have Fido, but there’s really more to it. The main character, Fido, has more behind the facade of a drooling and brain-crazy slave to his nuclear family. Billy Connolly is…incredible in this. I honestly didn’t even realize he was Billy Connolly at first, without the eccentric beard and long hair. Everyone is really amazing in this movie. I can’t express enough how great Fido is, as a horror comedy fan. If you take your horror too seriously, avoid it. IF you have a sense of humor, I’d definitely suggest ‘Fido’ for a Halloween viewing this year.

 

Book(s) Of the Week: “Monster Madness”

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by ranranami

Because, as I’m sure you’re all aware, I am a highly intellectual being…I decided the perfect book to feature this week just in time for the approaching Halloween season had to be ‘Monster Madness’, a grizzly grimoire of garish gags. Alliteration aside, it’s a collection of cute (and often very cheesy) monster jokes, riddles, and tongue twisters.

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As a theatre graduate, the tongue twisters were easily mastered, but I still can’t withhold the immense groans most of these gems produce, jokes such as ‘What steps do you take when you’re chased by a giant? Giant Steps.’ Not to mention, ‘What do ghouls wear on their feet in the rain? Ghoul-ashes!’…and that’s why I think this is the perfect little collection to feature this week for children and parents alike. If you can’t drive the trick-or-treaters away with the promise of treats…you might as well trick them into listening to these.

Horror Flick of the Week: Ghostbusters (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2014 by ranranami

Re-watching this film for our upcoming podcast episode, I was reminded that this is just a fun movie. Sure, it may not be as niche as Sugar Hill, and certainly not as dark as Dagon…but not all horror movies are made alike. Some are horror comedy, some are more kid-friendly. Barring the sexy times between the keymaster and the gatekeeper, you’ve got yourself a pretty solid (and enjoyable) kid-friendly movie here.

Sure, some of the effects are dated. It’s hard to find a movie more than 6 years old that doesn’t have dated SFX…but I’m still a bit more intrigued by the stop-motion statues than I would have been if they were cgi monsters.

It spawned two cartoon series, a mega cache of merchandise (I’ve got a Slimer doll tucked away on my shelf right now) and even got itself a tidy little lawsuit from Huey Lewis, which ultimately got settled out of court.

It’s a good weekend picture. It’s a good movie to watch with kids. It’s a good movie to watch with friends. Ghostbusters (and the sequel) are ultimately just good movies, and worth re-watching every couple of years. I’ll save further opinions for our upcoming podcast, but I think it’s fairly obvious I won’t have much negative to say about it.