Archive | Books

Cynema

Consuming Cynema PART I

A persistent misconception immediately after the 911 attacks in 2001 is that President George W. Bush urged Americans “to go shopping.” This was not the case. Over the years it’s been simplified into that message. In reality The President said this, “It’s to tell the traveling public: Get on board. Do your business around the […]

Continue Reading
curse dg2

‘The Curse Of Downers Grove’ Inspired By True Events

For the past eight years the town of Downers Grove has suffered a curse, every year just before graduation, one senior dies a bizarre death. Graduation is approaching and Senior Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) has the nagging feeling it’s her turn. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she suffer the same […]

Continue Reading
dante5

Warner Bros. Adapting ‘Dante’s Inferno’ To Film

Deadline broke the news that Warner Bros. has accepted a pitch from Dwain Worrell, writer of the film ‘Walking the Dead’, to make an adaption of  Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem ‘The Divine Comedy’ and will begin with the first of the three books that make the poem, ‘Dante’s Inferno’. The original poem, set […]

Continue Reading
Cynema

Cynema: Fright Night or…Why Remake When You Can Retitle?

  Posterwork for the original 1985 “Fright Night” Remaking a film falls under the old adage: “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.” Netflix reviews or more accurately, article comments are dotted with such phrases like: “the film is old” or  “it’s dated.” Better yet, “it’s foreign.” All three signify a concern […]

Continue Reading
midnight-snack-terry-west

Midnight Snack by Terry M. West

Midnight Snack by Terry M. West is book five in West’s collection, the “Single Shot Short Story series”. I’m a big fan of short stories, generally speaking, and I was curious about the “late night exit” which would lead to a “hellish back road”. That could mean anything! I was especially curious about the odd diner on the […]

Continue Reading
Cynema

Halloween III: A Second Look

  “You don’t really know much about Halloween.”  – Conal Cochran  It’s the one without Michael Myers. It has nothing to do with the other movies. This one sucks. Right? Well you’re right on two counts.  Halloween III: Season of the Witch does not have Michael Myers. It is not connected in any way to […]

Continue Reading
the-numinous-tristan-michie

The Numinous by Tristan Michie

The Numinous by Tristan Michie could most easily be classified as a science fiction-thriller, but it definitely has some horror and suspense elements thrown in. Although I made contact with Michie in a writing group, I was interested in reading The Numinous based on the premise, alone. One of my favorite films is Event Horizon and I couldn’t […]

Continue Reading
Cynema

Cynema: Ed Wood–Hollywood’s Whipping Boy

Apparently Michael Medved, the respected film critic gets the credit with dubbing Edward Wood, Jr. the “worst director of all time” by referring to Wood’s crowning film achievement, Plan Nine From Outer Space as perhaps the worst motion picture ever made. This is not only to come to the late Mr. Wood’s defense, but to […]

Continue Reading