Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: FREDDY VS. JASON (2003)

Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: FREDDY VS. JASON (2003)

My latest guest review for the fantastic Machine Mean blog ^_^

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[Probably some spoilers—like you give a fuck, bitch (Freddy voice)]

 

Okay, when this came out, I’d seen every film in the two series this was a crossover of. It would be hard to say which of the two had held up the most, and neither would qualify as serious horror properties by the time this came about. But by then that wasn’t really the point. Not for myself or most fans I knew, at least.

The first few films in each series (well, probably first one or two for Freddy) were pretty serious, dark horror films that happened to be about teenagers frolicking and getting horribly slaughtered. They both became somewhat tongue-in-cheek affairs the further they went on, then eventually each had a remake of some sort, and just before this crossover, Nightmare had what I felt was a very well done return to serious territory that was also…

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Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

My latest guest review for Machine Mean ^_^

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[YEAH, I’M SPOILING THE BEST PART… ‘CAUSE WHAT ELSE IS THERE IN THIS ONE?]

Okay, being totally honest—I had only seen the very last scene from this film before watching the whole thing a few nights ago. I’d stumbled onto it in some list of shocking horror moments or something and wasn’t worried about it being spoiled, so I watched it. That scene stuck with me, and also made me (mistakenly!) assume this was a disturbing, dark film throughout. Hahahaha… No. Not at all. That’s not to say it’s bad… but I think the backwards way I experienced it actually says a lot about this film and its legend, if you can call it that. This is more like a Troma film for the most part with a few decent kills and one very effective, weird scene. 

SUMMARY:

So there’s a father with his young son and daughter…

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A TEAR IN THE VEIL reviewed on Ginger Nuts of Horror

 

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[ Ginger Nuts of Horror review ]

Hey, better late than never, right? This fantastic review was published in October of last year, and I can safely say this reviewer really got and enjoyed everything I was going for in this novel. Also, Ginger Nuts of Horror is a great site for horror all around. They even host my Early Access review of THE FOREST (PC game) you can read further down the page right here. I even Challenged Kayleigh! (you’ll see what I mean if you visit GNOH)

This post will also serve as an announcement that A Tear in the Veil will be going through a bit of a revision process in the coming months, then re-released in a somewhat slimmer volume with a new cover and under a new publisher. 

It was always intended that A Tear in the Veil would be the start of a planned, outlined trilogy. This new version of the book will tighten the early pacing, in preparation for continuing in the second book, The Unlocked Ward, and the final book in the trilogy, Doing the Unstuck.

So, if you want the full, playfully-meandering-until-The-Good-Shit-starts, soon-to-be-out-of-print Original Version of A Tear in the Veil, follow the link above and let it whisk you away to the version of Amazonlandia that best suits your current global position.

Also, those who pay close attention might even catch nods to and use of characters from the Tear universe in another upcoming book of mine—my first short story collection, TOO MANY EYES and Other Thrilling Strange Tales, which I’m hoping to have out before the end of the year.

Not to mention upcoming short story placements and possibly some other fun things I’m not going to announce quite yet. (wink)

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Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

Slashers & Serial Killers in Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

My latest guest review for Machine Mean ^_^

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[ blahblahblah Spoilers Probably yaddayaddayadda]

This is a weird one, you guys. Not in a deliberate, fun way. More in a… I-have-no-idea-what-the-director-was-thinking-half-the-time kind of way. I’m going to keep myself to the format I’ve been using for the most part and not get too far ahead of myself this time. I’ll just say this one might be a little less meaty than my usual review as I’m not sure how much I can say about this one. We’ll see what happens as I get further down this cuppa (Joe)… 

SUMMARY:

Texarkana, Arkansas, 1946. Only eight months after WWII ended, a string of attacks and murders occur in the Arkansas side of Texarkana. Mostly young people ‘parking’ so they can get smooch-y. The killer wears a sackcloth over his face with (comically small) eyeholes cut out. Police almost catch him the second time but he gets away, so a Texas…

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Thomas’s Top Reads: 2017

Thomas’s Top Reads: 2017

[ A TEAR IN THE VEIL gets another year’s end nod (among some other great writers and their works). ^_^ -pml ]

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Now, I’ve never claimed to be a world champ reader. Truth is, i’m probably the world’s slowest reader. I have no shame at being slow, at least i’m reading, right? Any how. As we near the end of 2017, I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I’ve read throughout the year, not including some titles such as Salem’s Lot that I re-read every year. Being a fan of both fiction and non-fiction/history, you ought to find a great assortment here to look through. I’ve been trying to be more diverse in the genres I digest. Maybe that can be a goal for 2018, to read more of everything, not just horror. I’ll also include a short review of each book from myself. Well then, lets get this started shall we? 

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Harlem’s Hell Fighters: By Stephen L. Harris

What a fantastic bit of history. Hard to…

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Chad’s Top Reads From 2017

[ My debut novel A TEAR IN THE VEIL gets an honorable mention in this Year’s Best list, and -I’m- honored to be mentioned in such talented company ( ^_^) -pml ]

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This has been a busy year of books for me. Kicking things into high gear in order to finish my project on Stephen King has led to a grand total in the neighborhood of a hundred and eighty books. With this number in mind, even considering that many of those books were quite short, I feared it would prove to be too daunting of a task to choose a handful from such great work.

Still, just because a decision is hard doesn’t mean that we should shy away from it. After all, the artists who really went above and beyond in order to produce great work deserve recognition.

So, with that said, on with the show.

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I’m not sure if a book has ever affected me as much as this. And if that isn’t warning enough, this book should not be taken on lightly. This story…

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Fright Fest: Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

Fright Fest: Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

My latest guest review for Thomas S. Flowers’ Machine Mean blog ^_^

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1 (1)[ SPOIL-O-RAMA, GUYS—DON’T CRY ABOUT IT—HAVE FUN WITH IT… ]

I’d been meaning to check these films out on my own for a while and had a set in my amazon wishlist waiting and ready when I saw this title in the list of choices of films to review. I called dibs and went immediately to amazon to grab this. So, just so I’m clear on what I’m working with, the set I now have is the Blue Underground set of all four Blind Dead films (and that Ghost Galleon that popped off its holder in transit better be watchable when I get to it…) and there is a decent amount of conflicting information (hence, the 1971/2 up top). This film is generally referred to as Tombs of the Blind Dead, but the disc in this set has two versions of the film—the first one I watched, La Noche Del…

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