Archive for mystery

Horror Flick of the Week: Popcorn (1991)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by ranranami

This one took more than one attempt to watch, because it opens with a trippy dream sequence. Narration and dream sequences are two film devices I tend to struggle with, as they are fairly lazy attempts to tell a story without properly showing it. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, I tried again. Why? Because just look at that poster! There’s no way in hell a movie could have a poster like this and not turn out to be awesome!

1991-popcorn-poster1

This time I made it. After the dream sequence, which I can appreciate now is a clear not to Giallo, the movie got so much better. College students get one special night to take what could possibly be one of the most incredible movie theaters in history and host a horror film marathon. William Castle style. Gigantic props flying around, smell-o-vision, shockers in the seats, and everything in-between. Popcorn is a bit of a love story to classic horror, despite the main actress’s at times grating voice (despite this, Jill Schoelen was, and is, a lovely person). It doesn’t stop there, however, as strange memories plague her character throughout the film, and bizarre murders begin to take place. Madness? Ghosts? A killer stalking the night? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Advertisements

Vintage Comics – Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5 : The Lady Was a TIGER, Baffling Mystery 1, Underwater Mystery, Baffling Mystery 2, Terror in the Coal Pits (15-End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2017 by ranranami

Bringing you the second half of Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5, I realized this was actually a fairly short issue compared to some of the other comics I’ve shared. It was one story too short to split into three entries, but a couple too long to really be an average length post. Still, ’tis the season, so here’s a few extra pages for your enjoyment.

What I liked most in this issue was the coloring. A lot of wonderful vibrancy. Most of the stories fell short of being satisfyingly dark. To tell you the truth, it felt like reading a diet version of Hand of Fate, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

 

Page17_BafflingMysteries005Page18_BafflingMysteries005Page19_BafflingMysteries005Page20_BafflingMysteries005Page21_BafflingMysteries005Page22_BafflingMysteries005Page23_BafflingMysteries005Page24_BafflingMysteries005Page25_BafflingMysteries005Page26_BafflingMysteries005Page27_BafflingMysteries005Page28_BafflingMysteries005Page29_BafflingMysteries005Page30_BafflingMysteries005Page31_BafflingMysteries005Page32_BafflingMysteries005Page33_BafflingMysteries005Page34_BafflingMysteries005

Horror Flick of the Week: Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

Posted in Media, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by ranranami

laura

The 70s. Glamour and glitz, a decade with perhaps the most experimentation in materials, colors, and style fashion has ever really seen. Drugs, discos, sequins, furs, scandals, decadence…yes, the 70s had it all in a way the burning-out 80s didn’t quite recapture in quite the same way. Perhaps that was why this movie worked so well.

It’s easy to overlook this movie with a glance, a quick perusal of the description, just a story about a glamorous photographer and a murderer who seems to be copying pose-for-pose every single element of her almost gruesome works. If I had to pick an American movie that really nailed the essence of giallo’s style, it would be this one. Please, do yourself a favor and watch this movie as soon as possible. It will stick with you forever. Plus, there’s a very young Brad Dourif making an appearance in it as well, and who doesn’t love Brad Dourif? Did I mention John Carpenter wrote the initial story-line and early script?

Horror Flick of the Week: Blood and Lace (1971)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by ranranami

bloodandlace_poster

Drive-in fodder, ‘American Yellow’ pictures, stuff that’s just stylized enough to maybe hint that the creators may have occasionally watched something Italian. This movie matches those descriptions all too well. Blood and Lace is a movie that you may only watch once very late at night, but there’s just enough quiet tension in it, and just enough of a bizarre mystery as well as a combination of strangely mixed plot elements…to basically make this movie stick like glue to the back of your skull for years to come.

I first saw this movie when I was about 12, and I can honestly say…I still love the opening POV camera style for the poor protagonist as she has to relive a nightmare of watching her mother being murdered again, and again, and again…not only that…but in the dream, she actually sees it from the killer’s perspective.

Plus, y’know…gotta love that late 60s/early 70s ‘do. I wonder how much of the ozone was eroded from the hairspray used on the women in this film alone? There are definitely some bizarre twists in this movie, which is why it’s the flick of the week, just in time for Halloween too!

 

 

Book of the Week: Varney The Vampire: Or “The Feast Of Blood” by Thomas Preskett Prest

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by ranranami

tumblr_o5sk4cg6gq1s8li3xo1_500

With Dracula, many romantic images are conceived in today’s readers minds. They attribute a good deal of the mythos to that particular novel, and for good reason…it was pretty popular, but did you know this one came pretty much half a century before, and was the true progenitor of many of the tropes we still use today in vampire stories?

There’s plenty of awesome ‘penny dreadfuls’ out there worth browsing through if you like yourself something a little campy, a little gory, and perhaps a little tasteless…but few so long, and rarely do they receive much attention today (‘The String of Pearls’ aside, which you may know by the name ‘Sweeney Todd’.)

Essentially it’s a soap opera. In fact, fans of Dark Shadows might even consider Varney awfully similar to Barnabas Collins in his journey, at times sympathetic, and other times absolutely despicable. Anyway, it’s a fun romp, and an important mile stone in Gothic literature, well worth the read (over perhaps several dozen sittings.)

Selections from Calling all Girls Magazine, Issue #64

Posted in Books, Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by ranranami

Today I’m going to do something kid-friendly. I was digging through old magazines and comics online while I finished polishing up the last few pages of the remainder of Man in Black I’ll be posting, when I stumbled on ‘Calling all Girls’, a magazine for young girls back in the late 50s and early 60s with a delightful style I couldn’t help but be charmed by. There’s definitely something enchanting about an old magazine with more hand-drawn pictures than actual photographs.

There’s also something equally enchanting about the idea of having your kid actually organize their own Halloween party and put everything together, though I don’t doubt you’ll still have a little hand in helping them along the way. It’s very self-sufficient, isn’t it? And the ideas in the first article I selected to show off are absolutely adorable, though I would say be careful about how old your kid is before you let them bob for balloons…just in case they weren’t aware that you probably shouldn’t swallow the rubber bits.

I also picked out a spooky story in the magazine, though there was another mystery I had considered. This one had a spooky cabin, though, so I went with it. Can you imagine, though, if teenagers in modern horror were as resourceful as these two girls? I think the body counts would be pretty much 0. Warning, there may be some animal casualties in this story, read at your own risk.

Horror Flick of the Week: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2015 by ranranami

Hey gang, looks like yet another year of Cryptkeeping madness for me. So I decided I’d start it off with tossing out a nice little classic slasher suggestion. If you haven’t seen it and don’t know how it ends, for the love of god DON’T look it up. You’ll ruin the fun. Even if you do know, though, give the movie a watch anyway.

SLEEPAWAY-CAMPS-poster-art

The acting is odd. It’s a combination between decent actors on one side and god-awful Troma-level actors on the other. Somehow it comes together well enough to be an entertaining little romp best coupled with Friday the 13th. Now don’t get me wrong…it’s nowhere near as good as F13, so you might want to watch it first. You might also want to avoid sending any kids you might have now or some day off to summer camp too…