Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #28

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

07/15/2017 – 07/21/2017

 

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

 

Hello and welcome back to this week’s round of small, frightful delights! So get ready to hide under the covers but make sure you bring a light. It’s dark under there.

 

 

 


Mother LodeOjvind Bernander

Synopsis:
Finn is amazed to find an egg in a hole in his lawn. He’s even more amazed when it hatches out a Griffin. A Griffin that eats junk an excretes gold. Finn thinks he’s hit it rich but he’s forgotten one thing. Where there are babies there’s usually a mother…

Review:
I loved this story and I’m jealous. I want a Griffin. Preferably one that won’t eat me.


Mr. Bauble’s BagScott David Aniolowski

Synopsis:
Old clowns never die, they just wait in the shadows.

Review:
This was a very good, creepy clown tale. It’s not the usual serial killer clown or child eating clown. In fact, it’s a little unclear what it is that Mr. Bauble eats. But he seems genuinely disappointed that children fear him. Or whatever he is.


Mr. Brubaker Goes to WorkLyn Nichols

Synopsis:
Mr. Brubaker jauntily heads off to his work. He’s a butcher, happily carving good steaks and he takes pride in his work. Just don’t ask where the steaks come from.

Review:
I started out assuming that Mr. Brubaker was a killer but it took a slight zig-zag that I didn’t expect. A wonderful twist.


Much More Than You KnowBrian A. Hopkins

Synopsis:
Love can make people do crazy things. Especially disappointed love.

Review:
it’s a story that has been done before but this caught my eye because it was well written. Almost musical in that it flows so well.


Mud Juleen Brantingham

Synopsis:
A guy who’s rough on his women, especially the ones that can’t be bought with the price of popcorn and a movie, is leaving a girl in the rain as he drives out of the bayou. Little does he know that his friend Wes knows about the bayou, and what it will do for the people who care for it.

Review:
Loved, loved, loved this story. Great set-up and a great monster.


The Music BoxLisa Lepovetsky

Synopsis:
Julia holds the music box that her mother treasured and would never let her open. Now, more than anything, Julia wishes her mother was there with her. She’s about to get her wish.

Review:
A very good story that did not turn out how I expected it would. It also, in a weird way, reminded me a bit of Hellraiser.


My Evil TwinBrian Craig

Synopsis:
Two twins, separated by divorce. Assuming he is the ‘good’ twin our narrator has learned to keep from becoming what he thinks his brother must be. Deciding to track his brother down the narrator gets the surprise of his life…he may not be the ‘good’ twin, after all.

Review:
Another great story. It’s interesting to me how much twins are used in horror. No offense to any twinnies out there. There always seems to be a good one and an evil one. I have to admit that I have always found it pretty fascinating that a lot of identical twins seem to lead very similar lives. However, that rarely happens with fraternal twins. It kind of makes me wonder about genetics and whether or not our behavior is truly ‘individual’.


Favorite of the Week:
Oh, lord, do I have to pick? They were all really, really good. Even the Mr. Bauble one was good and I’m not usually gung-ho on clowns. They are creepy but the formula for using them in horror stays pretty basic. If I had to pick then these three are definitely the tops for this week: Mother Lode by Ojvind Bernander, Mud by Juleen Brantingham, and My Evil Twin by Brian Craig. They all had a little something more to them.


Well, this was a great week for stories. Let’s hope the awesome streak continues and I’ll see you guys next week for another week’s worth of tales to chill you.

Footsteps in the Dark (Dark Fantasy)

Title: Footsteps in the Dark | Author: Carlo Armenise | Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc. | Pub. Date: 05/16/2017 | Pages: 132  | ASIN: B072J2MVCF | Genre: Dark Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received from the author for review consideration


Footsteps in the Dark

“Footsteps in the Dark” is a collection of eight short stories, with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our desires. In addition to predominately supernatural themes, each of the stories present an intricate character study that identifies the flaws, frailties and weaknesses of a host of interesting characters, and the outcomes of the actions they take to get what they want. “Footsteps in the Dark” is written in an extremely engaging and intriguing story telling style that will get and keep your attention as you take each of the “Footsteps in the Dark”

Footsteps in the Dark Review

I really liked this collection although I found it to be a pretty good mix of Tales from the Darkside and Twilight Zone. That’s not a dismissal or put down at all, I love Tales from the Darkside. I liked the way it was set up, with each story being another step into the dark. I also liked the pictures in it, they fit well with the stories.

A Conversation with Death is definitely at the top of the list for me. It was creepy, touching and I loved The Diner. I thought it was a very cool idea and the end surprised me. A lot.

The Potion had a very ‘Death Becomes Her’ feel to it but with a much better ending to it.

Deadly Dream was a bit…middling for me. It seemed very repetitive for such a short story and the ending was a little easy to predict.

Best-Laid Plans was one that really brought the Twilight Zone feel to it. It had that level of irony and gotcha! to it. It was a story I liked very much.

The Not So Wise Guy was hilarious and I loved it. It had a great twist at the end that was also worthy of the Twilight zone.  In fact, Frank reminds me of a character in the Twilight Zone I just watched.

The Set-Up was a good story. The ending was a bit easy to see coming but it was very satisfying when it did.

Deadly Diagnosis was a great story and would probably come in second to A Conversation with Death. It’s also a bit more realistic that he does serve a bit of time before the actual legal finding happens. It also gets to a more emotional depth than some of the other stories.

The Collector was another ok one. It seemed a bit of a rush to the end when it actually could have done with a bit more of a led up to the actual plot point.

All in all, I would recommend it. Even for people who don’t typically like short stories these stories are very short and conclude satisfactorily. Which is a common complaint with some short stories. They either leave too much undone or conclude so fast it barely feels like you’ve read an actual story. These are somewhere in the middle of that and they are good. I’d like to see what the author has in store for future stories.


4 out of 5 Skulls

      

Flyby Five: 5 Ugly Trucks to Haunt Your Highways

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Flyby Five is usually a Wednesday feature but we’re moving it to today in honour of Ugly Truck Day. Big rigs and trucks are woefully under-used in horror. There is something scary about them. Their size, their noise, the rumble as they go by. The sheer brute force of them. They’re not exactly ugly but their very power can make them seem that way. Maybe I have a special fondness for them. My dad was a truck driver, oil rigs at first and then cross-country so, to me, they are also a thing of beauty, in their own way.

Now that bit of nostalgia is out of the way let me introduce you to some books with some evil trucks and, sometimes, their drivers.

Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G


Flyby Five: 5 Ugly Trucks to Terrorize Your Highways

 

18 Wheels of Horror: A Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors – Edited by Eric Miller

Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales! 
A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show… 
Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction!   – Goodreads

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The Black Mariah – Jay Bonansinga

Lucas Hyde and Sophie Cohen, a tough trucking pair, are driving through the Tennessee night in their rig when they hear an eerie voice on the CB radio wailing for help. A curse as old as evil itself is leaving a trail of corpses. It has found its next victims and will strike with hellish fury if Lucas and Sophie ever stop moving.  – Goodreads

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Lot Lizards – Ray Garton

A “lot lizard” is a female hooker who works a highway truck stop as her territory. When trucker Bill Ketter looks for a little relaxation and release, he discovers, too late, that he has bitten off more than he can chew. In fact, his lot lizard is the one that does the biting–she is a vampire, one of number who move from one truck stop to the next under the watchful and vicious eyes of the repulsive Carsey Brothers. Against his will, Bill becomes one of the undead. He follows the brothers and their cargo to another stop where he meets his ex-wife and children and Bill finds himself battling the vampires and their age-old leader for the life of his teenaged son. Garton has created another small masterpiece, contemporary adult horror at its most gruesome and loaded with extras doses of sex and gore. The confined setting creates a perfect claustrophobic stage for the story and the hellaciously quick pace never lets the action slow down. – Goodreads

(I have to pause for an annoying biographical moment. We used to have a sticker on the truck that looked something like this: . Also, Security at one of the Pilot truck stops thought I was one. He stopped me, asked if I was a driver and when I said no, asked what truck I was with. I pointed it out and he watched until I climbed into the cab. Could have been the purple hair and dog collar that caught his eye.)

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Road Rage – 2 Novellas: Duel by Richard Matheson and Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill

Road Rage unites Richard Matheson’s classic “Duel” and the contemporary work it inspired–two power-packed short stories by three of the genre’s most acclaimed authors. “Duel,” an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg’s acclaimed first film of the same name. “Throttle,” by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down . . . – Goodreads

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Trucks – Stephen King

The short story by Stephen King that was the basis for the movie ‘Maximum Overdrive’. 

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Take a day to appreciate the beauty of an ugly truck around you! I plan on giving our truck a bath. That is, if it doesn’t fall apart. It’s not nicknamed Tetanus for nothing!

 

 

 

Twilight Zone Tuesday – A Nice Place to Visit

A Nice Place to Visit

Henry Francis ‘Rocky’ Valentine – Larry Blyden
Mr. Pip – Sebastian Cabot
Narrator – Serling


We’re looking at a closed business called Southside Loan Company and a flashlight is moving around inside. Methinks it’s getting robbed. Inside a man lies dead on the floor and we see a guy in thug clothes emptying a cigar box of jewelry into a paper bag. Ok, I was thinking this was a money lending service but I guess it’s more like a pawn shop. What a dick. Killing some poor old man for some (probably) crappy jewelry.

SERLING:
Portrait of a man at work. The only work he’s ever done, the only work he knows. His name is Henry Francis Valentine but he calls himself ‘Rocky’ because that’s the way his life’s been. Rocky and perilous ad out at a dead run all of the way. He’s tired now. Tired of running, or wanting, of waiting for the breaks that come to others but never to him. Never to Rocky Valentine.

Rocky hears a siren and starts grabbing up his jewelry and flashlight. Then he makes a run for the door, jumping over a counter cluttered with a bunch of stuff. Ok, so it’s definitely a pawn shop but a bit of an upper class one since some of the stuff he crashes through look antique. He runs out of the front door and, on seeing the cops, drops the bag of jewelry. Way to go dipshit.

He runs down an alley to try to escape the cops. At first he tries to hide behind a box but they park at the end of the alley and start to search so Rocky tries to climb the wooden fence to get away. The police warn him to stop or they’ll shoot but he screams “You’ll never take me alive, coppers!” or words to that effect, and fires his gun at him. They shoot back and Rocky falls off the fence, presumably dead.

SERLING:
A scared, angry little man. He thinks it’s all over now, but he’s wrong. For Rocky Valentine it’s just the beginning.

We fade back in. Rocky is still lying on the ground and a pair of mysterious white shoes approach him and call Valentine’s name a few times. Valentine opens his eyes and looks up at the man who called his name. It’s an elderly, portly, jovial looking man who introduces himself as Pip. Pip says, “Can I help you?” to Rocky and Rocky’s first inane question is how Pip knows his name. Is that really the big question here Rocky? Pip replies that it’s his job to know everything he can about Rocky. Rocky then wants to know if Pip is a cop. Pip says no, he’s Rocky’s guide. Rocky says he needs a guide like he needs a hole in the head. Well, no holes in the head but I’m sure you’ve gotten a few holes in other places. Rocky starts to get up but looks a little woozy.

Rocky wants to know what happened. Pip tells Rocky that he’s had a small ‘accident’ but he’ll be good as new in no time. He offers Rocky the chance to change out of his rumpled clothes and tries to take Rocky’s arm. Rocky pulls away though. Apparently, the only thing Rocky cares about is how Pip knows his name. Pip says he already told Rocky that it’s his business to know Rocky. That’s not good enough for Rocky. He doesn’t like playing games. Pip says that’s not exactly true. He pulls out a pad from his pocket and says that Rocky seems to like roulette, blackjack, poker and craps. Those are all games. And, despite the very real consequences to people, that’s all they are is childish games. Sorry, bit of commentary there, just ignore me. Pip also says that between the ages of 7-10 Rocky was also quite fond of ‘mumblety-peg’. I’ve seen this word before but I have no idea what they’re talking about. Anybody? Anyone at all?

Rocky snatches the book away, hands it back and then hands it back. He wants to know what Pip is after. Pip says he’s only there for Rocky’s comfort. To get him whatever he desires. Rocky, knowing that nothing is ever really free, wants to know what Pip wants in exchange. Pip says nothing at all. Rocky, being the rude jerk he is, tells Pip to “stop putting me on, Fatso”. Rocky says that everything he’s ever gotten he’s had to fight or work for (some ‘work’) so quit putting him on. Does Pip want him to pull a job or something? Pip sighs at Rocky’s thick-headedness and says rocky doesn’t understand. In response, Rocky pulls his gun on Pip and demands he hand over his wallet. Pip chuckles and says that he doesn’t carry a wallet. Rocky tells him to fork one over. Pip chuckles and says the wallet isn’t what Rocky wants, it’s money. So Pip whips out a huge wad of 100’s from his pocket and hands it to Rocky. It’s about seven hundred bucks. Pip asks if that is enough or does Rocky want more? Rocky asks if ‘Fats’ has more. Gotta say, the ‘Fats’ thing is getting annoying. Pip says he has much more, as much as Rocky wants. Then he asks if Rocky is ready to go. Rocky loads a bullet into his gun and tells Pip not to try anything.

Pip ushers Rocky into a very posh apartment. Rocky slinks into the apartment. Pip asks if Rocky likes it. Rocky says yeah, it’s some posh pad and wants to know if it belongs to some politician. Pip tells rocky that it belongs to him if he approves of it. Rocky is checking the place out. Particularly a picture of a curvy woman on the wall. rocky approves very much. Pip offers to make any changes that Rocky wishes but Rocky says it’s all good. Pip says he wasn’t too sure about a few things but Rocky interrupts him and asks if the apartment gets thrown into the deal. Pip says it’s already in the ‘deal’ as Rocky puts it. He takes Rocky outside to show him his name on a plaque outside of the apartment. Pip hands Rocky the key. Pip starts to show Rocky around the apartment. He shows Rocky the bedroom and then the bathroom. He offers Rocky the chance to freshen up and change his clothes. Rocky agrees and bounces off the bed.

As he gets up to go to the bathroom he shoves Pip around and asks what the catch is. What does he have to do for all of this. Pip says he’s told Rocky all he knows. Rocky asks Pip if he works for someone else and Pip says yes, in a way. Rocky wants to know when he gets to meet the boss. Pip says he’s not sure. Rocky plops in a chair and Pip goes to a wardrobe and asks what clothing Rocky would like. Rocky tells him to pick. Pip doesn’t want to presume but decides on a nice checkered suit. He grabs out a snazzy suit for Rocky and Rocky approves of it. Rocky goes to put his clothes on and does a little catwalk twirl for Pip.

They walk back out into the living room and now there’s a nice dinner laid out. Everything seems perfect. Rocky starts to dig into a nice steak and now I’m hungry. Thanks a lot. Rocky is still paranoid though and insists that Pip taste it first. Pip says he doesn’t eat, that he hasn’t eaten in two or three centuries. Rocky asks if there’s anything wrong with it. I’m assuming he thinks it’s poisoned. He insists that Pip try it. Pip says he really doesn’t know how, he can’t remember how to. Rocky freaks out, thinking that yes, indeed, they are trying to poison him. He pulls his gun and tries to shoot Pip. Of course, nothing happens. Rocky thinks Pip has a bullet-proof vest on so he tries to shoot Pip in the head. He shoots a lamp, just to check if is gun still works. It does and the lamp breaks.

Rocky plunks down in a chair and reaches for drinks that have suddenly appeared on a side table. This startles him and he wants to know what’s going on and where he is. Pip explains that when they met earlier Rocky, in fact, had a few holes in him from his run in with the cops. Rocky comes to the conclusion that he’s dead and Pip cheerfully agrees. Rocky starts to think about the joint, the booze and the clothes and concludes that he’s in Heaven. Rocky asks if Pip is his guardian angel or something like that. Pip agrees to “something like that”. Rocky starts getting excited at the prospect. He tells Pip that he wants a million in five C-notes, right now. And a chick that won’t quit, that’s stacked and beautiful. He closes his eyes for a second and then opens them, wondering where his stuff is. Pip tells Rocky to look in the drawer for the money. Rocky finds it and then throws it around gleefully. Then he asks for the chick. Every time he mentions the chick he does a booby gesture with his hands.

The record player starts playing a lively dance number and a spiffy blonde dances into the room. Pip asks if there will be anything else and Rocky says yeah, “stick around, Fats”. Then he starts dancing with the lady. I think it’s trying to make him look a little doofy dancing but you can tell the actor actually dances pretty good.

At a casino looking place, a croupier is asking people to place their bets. Rocky hits big and is surrounded by adoring, beautiful women.

He’s winning and just can’t stop. He invites Pip over to lay down a few bets. Wouldn’t it be a little awkward to have women all over you with Pip hovering nearby? Pip says he doesn’t have any money. I notice that Rocky doesn’t offer him any. Rocky shoves all of his chips onto one number and then squinches his eyes shut while he waits for the roulette table to stop. He looks a bit constipated.

Rocky has won forty grand in an hour or so. He tells one of his dolls to go trade it in for him. He stops her to tell her not to rip him off any. He’s bored with the roulette table so the gaggle wanders off to go see what’s shaking with the dice. And here’s something else I’ve always wondered. Why do they call it Craps? It just seems like such a gross name. He hands his cup to one of his adoring flock and orders her to go get him some more booze. After Rocky’s done winning they all pour out onto the street and Rocky orders the valet to get his car and be careful with it. As they’re standing there a patrolman walks by and Rocky gives him the evil eye.

Pip wants to know what’s wrong and Rocky says the cop thinks he’s hot stuff because he’s a little taller than him. Pip says “how thoughtless of me!” and shrinks him down a bit. Rocky’s enjoying that. He calls him over to mess with him and then shove him away. The valet pulls up with the car and Rocky actually gives him a pretty good tip. Color me shocked. The girls file in the backseat and Pip hops in the passenger seat.

They arrive back at the penthouse and they all flood in. Rocky says “It’s magic time!” and I kind of want to throw up a little. Rocky tells Pip he wants a different car and Pip wants to know what’s wrong, it certainly goes fast enough. Rocky says yeah, the ashtrays are full. Hilarious. He ushers the women into his boudoir then steps out to talk to Pip for a bit. He tells Pip that tomorrow he wants to look up some of his old (presumably dead) buddies. Pip says there might be a problem. Rocky asks if they didn’t make it or what? Pip says no, it’s not that, exactly but this place was created privately for Rocky alone. Rocky asks what about the girls, then? Are they props or something? Pip says yes, in a sense.

Rocky has a sit-down with Pip for a talk. Rocky wants to know why they let him in. He thought Heaven was only for schoolteachers and stuff. Pip chuckles and says they do have some schoolteachers there. Rocky says he must have done something good at one time. Something really good that made up for all of the rest. But he really can’t think of anything good that he’s ever done. He wants to know if he can find out. Pip says they have a Hall of Records if Rocky would like to see it.

Rocky peeks into the bedroom to tell the girls to stay put, he’ll be right back. He makes a really weird face when he does which makes me wonder if the girls are starting without him. He makes the face again as they’re heading out of the door.

They find themselves at the Hall of Records which is an overly large staircase leading up to some filing cabinets. The wall looks kind of grungy for Heaven. Pip starts digging out Rocky’s folders. In the background there are more cabinets, probably leading into infinity. His file is actually quite thin, comparatively. Rocky seems really excited to be looking through it and, to be honest, I’d be curious too.

Rocky seems a bit, um, psychotic. At the age of six he killed a small dog. Rocky claims it bit him. At seven he stole some toys from a toy store, At age eight he started a street gang named The Angels. Rocky thinks that’s a bit funny and takes a moment to remember them fondly. At nine he broke into a bike store, it doesn’t say for what. To steal a bicycle maybe? It seems his file is a bit thin for all of the rotten stuff he’s done. Not to mention killing the pawn shop owner. Rocky wants to know what the deal is and Pip says that it’s his record. Rocky wants to know if there’s been some kind of mistake or something. Pip says that’s impossible. Rocky figures that if it doesn’t bother Him then he won’t worry his moderately pretty head about it. Pip asks Rocky what he’d like to do now. Rocky looks somewhat befuddled and says he’ll go play with his ‘dolls’ and maybe shoot some more craps. Pip says that if Rocky requires assistance just dial P-I-P on the phone.

Rocky’s back in the casino playing roulette and winning forty grand. He’s looking a bit bored and just walks away, leaving his chips there. He puts some money in a slot machine and pulls the handle. a bunch of money comes pouring out and, again, he walks away, looking bored. He and his harem leave the casino and go back to Rocky’s place.

Back in the bedroom Rocky’s playing cards with his harem. he’s still winning and just can’t lose. Rocky’s whining because winning all of the time is boring. Which it would be. Although, I wouldn’t be adverse to at least one thing going my way occasionally. The brunette with the lovely eyes asks if there’s anything else she can do for him. I could be wrong but I do believe that she’s Maya from Perchance to Dream. Rocky tells them they can get the hell out because beautiful, adoring women at your beck and call can be sooo irritating.

He grabs an apple but gets annoyed at that, even. He goes to throw it back art the table. He sees that the dinner table has turned into a billiard table. He gets happy and goes over to play. He breaks the balls and all of them go into the pockets perfectly. He gets annoyed again and breaks the cue stick and throws it.

 

He dials P-I-P on the phone and Pip appears. I’ve gotta say, I do not miss rotary phones. Pip wants to know what’s wrong and Rocky says nothing, nothing at all everything’s way too perfect. Ricky says that nothing is fun if there’s no challenge. Pip says he could arrange for Rocky to lose occasionally. Rocky at first says it might help but then says he’d know so it wouldn’t be the same. Pip asks if Rocky would like him to arrange a robbery for him for fun. They start working out the details. Rocky asks if there’s a chance that he might get caught. Pip says of course! He’ll make a note of it. Rocky is unhappy with that and says it’s hard to explain. The long and short of it is that he’s bored with perfection.

Rocky starts going on about how he doesn’t belong in Heaven. He wants to go to Hell. Pip stops him short and says, “Heaven? What made you think you’re in Heaven? This is the other place!” Rocky tries to get out of the door but it won’t open. Pip stands there and laughs at the idiot.


I love this episode. It has some great acting and a great twist at the end. If you think you recognize Rocky’s voice he plays the Wandering Minstrel Rooster in Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’.


Join us again for next week’s episode: Nightmare as a Child which is one of the best episodes, I love it.

Top Ten Movies Set in Asylums

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Abandoned buildings are creepy. Abandoned hospitals and insane asylums are creepiest of them all. So journey with us through a top ten list of creepy movies set in asylums, abandoned or otherwise.

 

 

Broke and Bookish are taking a break until August 15th with their topics for Top Ten Tuesday, so we’re going to fill the slot with some movie related lists until they’re back at it!

 

 


Bedlam

Bedlam Cover - Top Ten Movies Set in Asylums Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ninth Configuration

The Ninth Configuration - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S. Army soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out their crazy fantasies while combating his own long-suppressed insanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isola

Isola - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsWhen a woman, able to read the thoughts of others, comes to help survivors of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, she encounters a girl with Multiple Personality Disorder whose dangerous 13th personality, Isola, must be stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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House on Haunted Hill

House on Haunted Hill - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Session 9

Session 9 - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsTensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gothika

Gothika - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jacket

The Jacket - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor’s experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ward

The Ward - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grave Encounters

Grave Encounters - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsFor their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the “revolutionary” new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are there any crazy-good movies that we’ve left out? Let us know! Want to talk about any of them? Catch us in the comments!

Jeepers Creepers (Monster Horror)

Synopsis: A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Patricia Belcher, Jonathan Breck

Release Date: August 31, 2001 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeepers Creepers Review

Victor Salva, writer and director, did a great job of writing a tense, creepy, and scary monster movie. The Creeper is a genuinely terrifying creature. Smart, unstoppable and powerful. I think that is why I like The Creeper. He’s obviously intelligent and creative. I also like that he is an unknown. The Creeper’s origin is never explained and I love that. It makes him feel like he may have been around for centuries or even eons. The Creeper has a very gunslinger type attitude to his dress and his walk. Although, if they ever do an origin story (which I think that would be a mistake) for him I think a logical starting place would be the Wendigo myth.

The cast is excellent. Gina Philips and Justin Long are very believable as a brother and sister. Gina’s final speech is delivered amazingly and Jonathan Breck’s response to it is awesome. It takes a skilled actor to get a lot across without any lines or even close-ups but Breck does a great job as The Creeper. Just his body movements and the few facial expressions we see tell what The Creeper is thinking and feeling. That’s no small feat when you’re covered in tons of make-up and prosthetics.

The sets and shooting locations are fantastic. In fact, the surrounding countryside is so beautiful the director asked the cinematographer to tone down the beauty of it because he was afraid of it being too pretty and not being scary enough. However, I think the surrounding golden fields and fabulous sunset only accentuate the horror roving in broad daylight with the darkness just over the horizon.  The long, open road gives a very palpable sense of isolation and lurking terror. The Creeper’s House of Pain is eerie and weirdly beautiful at the same time. And the truck? All I can say is “Bravo’. If you want my fuller thoughts on the BEatingU truck check out this post.

The story is fairly straight-forward. As such it doesn’t have any ‘twists’ per se but being more simple it certainly stands up to repeat viewings. It was a smart move to not make The Creeper talk. If he were chatty it would definitely take away from his terrifying presence. Any humour relating to The Creeper is left to sight puns, rather than outright humour. Any bit of levity is most properly left to the mortals.

If you have watched it and love it, let us know. If you didn’t like it, well, let us know that, too! I am also curious, for those who have seen the sequel as well, which Creeper you prefer. The drier one or the slimier looking Creeper in the sequel? I asked Lilyn and she opted for the sequel Creeper. I prefer the more dried out version. Either way, both are an amazing job of practical special effects which is a breath of fresh air. Particularly when it first came out and everyone was trying to cram as much CGI special effects as possible into their movies.

If you’ve seen it let me know if you agree with the review. If not…what are you waiting for?

 

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #27

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

07/08/2017 – 07/14/2017

 

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

Aaah, a rainy night. Thunder, lightning and a lot of rain. Oh, you’re lights went out? Well, grab a couple of candles and snuggle in. Don’t mind that noise out there. I’m sure it’s just the wind…

 

 

 


MirroringTim Waggoner

Synopsis:
Greg is convinced that his reflection is not his own. But how to prove it when his mirror image can copy him so perfectly.

Review:
Mirrors are quite creepy anyway so I always enjoy a good scary story with a mirror. The ending is great as well.


Miss Courtney’s BeauMichael Mardis

Synopsis:
Father always told Miss Courtney that men only want one thing from her…money. and perhaps liberties. So when her new suitor shows up and wants a check she decides to teach him a lesson. Just like all the rest of the electric company men.

Review:
Great story with a great ending. No wonder utility men don’t like coming to the door anymore.


Miss Hitchbone Reclaims Her Own Will Murray

Synopsis:
A man complains to his neighbor about the “cat” scratching at his neighbor’s door in the wee hours of the morning. Queet, the neighbor, says that he’ll trade the story for a beer. And what a strange story it is. A couple of souvenirs from a tomb and now a skeleton wants them back.

Review:
I love the name Miss Hitchbone in a ghost story. It’s just weird enough to fit and just realistic enough to believe it could be a settler name. Also, for anyone in the Boston area or just anyone who knows. is Copp’s Hill an actual cemetery? It’s also mentioned in Lovecraft’s ‘Pickman’s Model’ as the burying place of Cotton Mather.


Misunderstanding James Robert Smith

Synopsis:
A father warns his son to watch out for “lawn sharks” so when a collector comes calling the little boy does his best to warn the leg-breaker to sty on the paving stones. Luckily, for the boy, he doesn’t listen and the lawn sharks get him.

Review:
I actually love stories about creatures born from children’s imaginations. Especially if it’s a misunderstood word or phrase.


The Monster WithinS. Darnbrook Colson

Synopsis:
A man kills werewolves before they can change into one during the next full moon. But are they really monsters or is he the real monster?

Review:
Great story with an unreliable narrator. Is the guy really killing werewolves? Or does his mind see them as werewolves and uses that as an excuse for his rage?


Monsters Richard T. Chizmar

Synopsis:
A necking adventure oes a bit awry and wanders into urban legend territory. But the real monster isn’t who you think it is.

Review:
great story that gives a little twist to The Hook story. I don’t want to say anymore because the ending was morbidly delightful.


MothJoe Meno

Synopsis:
A landlady calls an exterminator to get rid of the bats that have been eating all of the bugs. After Dick has carried out his task the moth-lady desires vengeance for his extermination of her brethren. Too bad Dick’s a fast thinker…and his extermination tablets are flammable.

Review:
A good if somewhat predictable story. Although, I do feel a bit bad for the moths. And a little curious as to how they would actually be able to kill a man. Now spiders on the other hand…


Favorite of the Week:
I loved Monsters by Richard T. Chizmar. It had a great flip on the urban legend of The Hook. You get the feeling that something isn’t quite right during the story but you’re not quite sure what until the end. I also loved Misunderstanding by James Robert Smith because the lawn sharks thing is really awesome.


Thank you for joining us again this week and be sure to come back next week for some more scary stories around the campfire!

The Dark Net (Horror)

Title: The Dark Net | Author: Benjamin Percy | Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Pub. Date: 08/01/2017 | Pages: 272 | ISBN13: 9780544750333 | Genre: Cyber-Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Scenes of mass destruction | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received from the author for review consideration


The Dark Net

Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:

Twelve-year-old Hannah — who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness– wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.

Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.

And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back. – Goodreads

First off I want to say that the cover is really cool. I like it a lot. The book itself I’m torn on a bit. I rate it a three but other people might like it more than I did. Because the plot was great. The writing was great. There were no flaws there. Everything was fast-paced and laid out well. The plot is coherent with no overly long exposition parts.

It’s written in present-tense which I don’t particularly care for but I can say for certainty that the author maintains it well. There are no lapses into other tenses. The pacing is very tight and fast. The plot is very involving. Even with my issues with it I was very interested in it. I do wish there was a bit more of background in a couple of parts though because it sometimes feels like the author would be writing, have a cool idea and pop it in without much to explain it or back it up.

The dialogue, for the most part, is realistic except for a few digressions into what felt like the author’s personal ideas. There’s a small delving into a rant along the lines of “there is no God so don’t wait for your Sky Daddy to save you”. But it meshes a little uneasily with the rest of the book’s plot of good vs. evil. They say they work for the light and there seems to be an actual Hell so…it sits uneasily side by side.

For all of the parts I did love about The Dark Net I did have a few issues with it. These things might not be an issue for anyone else so I don’t want to rate it extremely low because I did love the plot and the writing was very good.

The first issue, for me, was the people. I loved Sarin and Juniper. I liked Hannah, mostly. I loathed Lela’s character, though. Maybe we’re not supposed to like her but the way she is written it feels like we’re supposed to think of her as this career-driven woman and a great reporter. A great reporter who constantly farms out other people to find out information for her and doesn’t even say thank you for it. A character who also, in the middle of some bad stuff going down, takes the time to tell someone “You don’t tell me what to do, intern. If it ween’t for me you wouldn’t even know about it.” It also felt like her role as a technophobe is just so the book can explain the actual Dark Net to people who might not know what it is. She also misses some huge stuff that you would think a great reporter would have scooped up on. I’ve had this kind of problem connecting with certain characters before. I don’t like rude people and when they have a lot of other negative traits piled on top of that it really doesn’t make me care about them. At all.

The Dark Net also has some things that feel familiar from other things but I don’t want to taint others’ opinions of it. All in all it was a fast read and others may enjoy it more than I did. Other people might be able to look past the characters and just enjoy the story. A character doesn’t have to be extremely likable and relevant to me to be able to enjoy the book but when I’m grinding my teeth  every time that particular character is on the page then there’s a problem between me and that character.


3 out of 5 Skulls

    

Twilight Zone Tuesday – The Big Tall Wish

The Big Tall Wish


The Big Tall Wish

Bolie Jackson – Ivan Dixon
Henry Temple – Steven Perry
Frances Temple – Kim Hamilton
Joe Mizell – Walter Burke
Thomas – Henry Scott
Joey Consiglio – Charles Horvath


We open on a flyer for a boxing match at the St. Nicholas Arena between Bolie Jackson and Consiglio. Main Event! And there’s a dude leaning on some apartment stairs with a newspaper over his face. The boxer named Bolie Jackson is making a comeback that night. A boxer, whom I can only assume is Bolie Jackson, is practicing in front of a mirror.

Rod Serling:
In this corner of the universe, a prize-fighter named Bolie Jackson. 183 pounds and an hour and a half away from a comeback at St. Nick’s arena. Mr. Bolie jackson who, by the standards of his profession, is an aging, over the hill relic of what was. And who now sees the reflection of a man who’s left too many pieces of his youth in too many stadiums for too many years, before too many screaming people. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who might do well to look for some gentle magic in the hard-surfaced glass that stares back at him.

Bolie Jackson is looking a little the worse for wear. A little boy sits behind him on the bed, watching Bolie. They start goofing around, pretending to spar. It’s actually really cute. The kid gives Bolie a nice pep talk. Bolie asks if he’s going to be watching and the kid says that Bolie will be able to hear him cheering all the way to St. Nick’s. Bolie tells Henry that a fighter doesn’t need a scrapbook. His whole history is written on his face. What he’s done and where he’s fought. Then he starts listing all of his scars and when and where he got them and who gave them to him.

Bolie seems to be enjoying his trip down memory lane but Henry doesn’t seem to be enjoying it that much. Bolie calls himself a tired old man and says his bus left years ago. He says he’s short of breath with one eye almost gone. heavy arms and legs like rubber but still trying to catch the bust to glory and fame. Doesn’t really seem worth it to me. I’ve never been a huge fan of boxing so pardon me if there’s any boxing fans out there. I might get snippy about it from time to time. Anyways, when Bolie finishes up Henry hops down and snaps his fingers. Then he tells Bolie that he’s going to catch that tiger tonight. Henry’s going to make a wish. A big, tall wish. Bolie’s his good and close friend and Henry’s going to make a wish so that Bolie will win and not get hurt at all.

Bolie gives Henry a hug and goes downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs a lady, Frances, is watching him. Bolie tells Frances that she’s got quite a boy in Henry. Bolie tells her that Henry talks like a little, old man and that Henry got really intense when he said that Bolie was his “good, close friend”. Frances tells Bolie that he’s very good to Henry. Bolie takes Henry to ball games and a lot of other things. He sounds like a good guy. Frances doesn’t want Bolie to get hurt and to take care of himself. Bolie says he’ll try. It’s a little hard to promise something like that in a sport where the main even is watching two men trying to beat the crap out of each other. Henry comes down and gets all intense again and repeats that he’s going to make a wish.

 

Frances tells Bolie that Henry worships him. Bolie says he’s “nothing but a scared old man who doesn’t know anything except how to bleed.” But he’s very obliged to Henry for his wish. Frances says that Henry spends all of his time wishing. she starts to tell Bolie something but trails off. Bolie wants to know what she was going to say. Frances says that she needed fifteen dollars for the rent. Henry said he was going to make his “big tall wish”  (the biggest wish of all, he doesn’t waste it on just anything) and then a woman she had worked for sent her a check she was owed for some work done. A check for fifteen dollars exactly.

Bolie looks very sad and talks to the mailboxes about little boys with heads full of dreams. But what happens when they find out that there’s no magic. “When does someone shove their face into the sidewalk and say, ‘Hey little boy, it’s concrete.’ ?” Damn. That got dark. Bolie’s in his own little depressed world for a moment. Frances tells Bolie good luck and Bolie says sure and that he’ll see Henry later. Leaving the apartment building he passes the guy with the newspaper on his face. Maybe he’s just reeeaally near-sighted. As Bolie passes him he pops up and tells bolie good luck, too. Everyone in the neighborhood wishes him luck as he walks down the street and says they’ll be watching. Henry watches from an upstairs window ledge and waves to Bolie.

Bolie’s getting taped up for his big fight. Bolie’s manager lurks in the corner, smoking a cigar. After the trainer tapes Bolie up the manager walks over and blows a big puff of cigar smoke right in Bolie’s face. That’s just rude. Bolie tells him to put it out. The Smoking Man tells Bolie that since Bolie hired him for the night it’s a package deal. His cigar goes where he does so get used to it. Talk about your phallic symbols. Bolie says he doesn’t care and tells the Smoking Douche to put it out. He finally does and the Smoking Man calls Bolie a yapping old man. That the older they get, the louder they talk. And the more they want, the less chance of getting it. Why does everyone keep calling Bolie old? He doesn’t look that old to me. Maybe they mean in boxing years. Bolie asks himself how he ended up with this ass for the night. The jerk says that he’s a bargain because he’s an expert on has-beens. Bolie says he’s seen this dude’s boys. Basically punching bags who can stay in the ring to get knocked around long enough to earn their pay and then patched up for the next round. The Leech agrees and says that since Bolie has about had it then maybe he’ll sign him up in a month or two. He tries to sell Bolie on this being a good idea. That he should get in the stable why he has a chance. Why are they called stables? It seems very…demeaning. Bolie says he thought the smell of B.S. came with the cigar. Then to make it clear he tells The Leech (whose name is Thomas but I prefer Leech) that he stinks. There’s a knock on the door, letting Bolie know he’s got ten minutes. The Leech says Bolie will be ready and wanders off, probably to play with his cigar.

 

Bolie wants to know what to watch out for with his opponent. Bolie’s only seen the guy fight once and that was a few years ago. The Leech tells Bolie that he’s never seen Consiglio fight at all. Bolie calls b.s. on this, saying that The Leech has seen Consiglio fight at least six or seven times this year. Bolie figures out what’s going on. He grabs The Leech by his lapels and accuses him of betting on Consiglio. Wow. I’m thinking The Leech is too good of a name for him. I’ve decided to change his name to Double D. You can use your imagination on what the second ‘D’ stands for. I don’t know exactly what a boxing manager does but I would think checking out the competition would be at least one thing that they do. So there’s some shady stuff going on here.

 

Bolie threatens to lay D.D. out right then and there and D.D. says he’ll have Bolie up on charges for assault. The trainer is trying to break it up but not before Bolie lands a punch on the cement wall. Way to go. Somehow I don’t think that a broken hand will help you in your match much. While some sad harmonica plays the trainer chews Bolie out saying how’s he going in the ring with four busted knuckles. And, wouldn’t you know, a guy pops his head in right then and tells Bolie it’s time to get in the ring and tosses him his gloves. The trainer asks Bolie what he’s going to do. Bolie says there’s nothing to do except go on. Bolie thinks about Henry and that he’s given him two strikes on his magic. I get the second one, the broken knuckles, but what was the first? Bolie being ‘too old’ or the sleazy twenty buck manager? The trainer says, “Booze?” and I’m not sure if he’s asking Bolie if he wants booze or if he’s already had booze. I dunno. Of course Bolie says that there’s no such thing as magic. Great. You just killed a fairy. Happy now, Bolie? They put his robe on him and they head out.

There’s a shot of the eager crowd. People are cheering, landing punches on their hands. A lady is compulsively clutching the arm of her companion, rubbing their hands together in anticipation and shoveling popcorn in their faces. A woman also bizarrely has her hands up in front of her face like she’s blocking her face from…I have no idea. If she’s so freaked out by being there, why is she there? Another woman is hiding her face (again, why?) and a man is wringing the hell out of a newspaper. I’m going to take a wild guess and say he’s got a bit of money on the fight.

 

Bolie seems to be getting pummeled in the ring by Consiglio. For the fifties it’s quite brutal looking. Of course, that could just be me. In my opinion it is a brutal sport. No offense to any boxing fans out there. Bolie Jackson goes down and the scene suddenly flips from Bolie looking up at the ref to Henry at home. Henry is repeating Bolie’s name over and over.

As the ref is counting Bolie out it flips again to Henry muttering to himself with his eyes closed. Everything freezes for a minute while Bolie is still down and being counted out. The only movement is Henry. Doing his big tall wish.  Suddenly things start moving again but it’s not Bolie on the mat being counted out but Consiglio! Henry’s big tall wish must have worked. Bolie looks confused for a second but then they’re holding his arm up, declaring him the victor. Bolie grins happily and leaves the ring through the ropes.

Back in the dressing room Bolie is fully dressed and looking very confused again. The trainer comes in and Bolie says that they must have been wrong about his knuckles being broken. The trainer doesn’t seem to know what Bolie’s talking about. Bolie says that it sure felt broken but they tell him he beat Consiglio with it so it must not have been broken after all. Bolie says when Consiglio knocked him down but, again, Joe doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Bolie says he doesn’t even remember getting back up. Joe says they must have been watching two completely different fights because as far as he knows Bolie never went down. Bolie’s very confused and asks again if Joe’s sure he didn’t go down. Joe tells him to read about it in the papers and that he’s proud of Bolie. Then he says good night and leaves.

Bolie still looks bewildered after Joe leaves. On his way back home everyone is congratulating him and telling him he was great. Bolie’s very happy. Once inside the apartment building he goes up to the roof where Henry is feeding some bunnies. Bolie asks Henry if he looked ok and Henry says that Bolie looked like a champ, like a real tiger. Henry says that old boy must have hit him so hard it knocked all of the hurt right out of him because he feels great. But he thinks he must have been punchy because he didn’t remember some of it. Bolie tells Henry that he remembers laying there looking up at the ref and the lights but then says it must have been a dream or something. Henry walks sadly over to his bunnies and Bolie wants to know what’s wrong. Bolie insists that he never was off his feet and never went down. Henry just stands there looking sad and shaking his head a little. Bolie grabs Henry and asks if he was on his back and on his way out?

Henry nods his head, still looking sad. Bolie says nobody remembers it but nobody else does. Well, Henry does. Bolie says (again) that he was on his back and being counted out. Henry says that he made his big wish then. That he wished that Bolie had never been knocked out. He closed his eyes and wished real hard for it. A big tall wish. Henry tells Bolie that it was magic and that Bolie needed it then. While Henry is talking about the magic, Bolie calls him a crazy kid and that there’s no such thing as magic. He tells Henry that he’s too old to believe in ‘nutsy’ ideas like magic and fairy tales. Because eight yeas old is way too old to have an imagination, I guess. Henry tells Bolie that if he wishes hard enough and believes hard enough that it will happen. Bolie believes that someone has to knock those ideas out and it’s time for Henry to hit the sidewalk of life. Metaphorically, fortunately.

Bolie tells Henry that he’s been wishing all of his life and he doesn’t have anything to show for it but a face full of scars and a head that aches from all of the hurt and the memories that go with it. Bolie asks Henry if he’s trying to tell him that Henry ‘magicked’ him out of a knockout and back on his feet. When Henry nods yes, Bolie calls him a ‘little kook’ and how did he get mixed up with a crazy little boy that still believes in magic. Dude! He’s a little boy! I’d say maybe eight or so, ten at the very most but I think that’s stretching it. Why don’t you kick a puppy, too, while you’re at it, Bolie?

Henry pretty much just keeps telling Bolie that if Bolie doesn’t believe then the magic won’t work. Bolie says that it was all him and that he had that fight in is pocket from the start. Yeaah, when was that, exactly? When you stupidly broke your hand on a wall? When the other boxer was pulverizing your face? Bolie says that it was all him. Slugging and punching and winning. Winning!

I kind of get why he’d want to believe it was all him but, speaking for myself, I’d take magic anywhere I could find it and tell the little boy thank you. Bolie tells Henry again that there isn’t any magic but god he wishes there was. Well, if you wish it that badly you can’t believe the kid for two seconds instead of crushing him?

They go back and forth with “You’ve gotta believe”, “I can’t believe” for a while. Dude, just take your win and be happy. Damn. The light from the streetlamp fades into the light from the arena. Consiglio is still on the mat and everything is still frozen. After a quick shot of the popcorn eater everything goes back to normal time and now it’s Bolie on the mat. Guess you should have believed Henry, Bolie.

His team helps him up and out of the ring. As he’s walking back home from the match the whole neighborhood is looking at him like he just killed all of their puppies. The guy who was formerly wearing the newspaper tells Bolie that he should have “stood in bed” and asks why he didn’t use his right hand. If you’re such an expert why don’t you do it Newspaper Man? I also have to ask. Was “stood in bed” a perfectly acceptable way of saying “stayed in bed” at one time or is that a Serling-only phrase? Because it sounds weird and he uses it a couple of other times.

Anyways, Bolie goes into the building and knocks on Frances’ door. Frances looks kind of sad when she sees how beat up Bolie looks. Have I mentioned how pretty this woman is? Because if you didn’t notice from the pictures above, she is. Very.

Frances tells Bolie that Henry is in bed but Bolie asks to see him anyways. She tells him that Henry’s probably waiting for him. On his way to Henry’s room Frances tells Bolie she’s sorry he lost.

Bolie tells Henry that he threw a punch before he should have and hit a wall. He went into the ring with half of his artillery gone. Henry tells Bolie that he still looked like a tiger and that he’s still really proud of him. Bolie gives Henry a kiss on the head and goes to leave but Henry says his name. Bolie tells him that he’ll take Henry to a hockey game or something tomorrow. Henry says ok but calls Bolie back again.

Henry says he’s not going to make any more wishes. he’s too old for magic, right? Bolie says that’s right. Way to go Bolie. But he does say that maybe there are wishes and magic but that maybe not enough people believe in them. Then he says goodnight and leaves the room.

SERLING:
Mr. Bolie Jackson, 183 pounds. Who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick’s Arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle. The kind of miracle to come from the mind of a little boy. Perhaps only to be found in the Twilight Zone.


This is the first of a few boxing episodes on the Twilight Zone. Perhaps he drew on his own knowledge of how the sport worked and the people were. To me it’s a bit schmaltzy but not too bad.


Join us again next week for a great episode: A Nice Place to Visit

Top Ten Foreign Horror Movies

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.With the advent of DVD’s and tapes there has been a huge influx of foreign horror into the market. A lot of it gets largely overlooked. Sometimes movies are from other countries but people don’t even realize it. Here is our list of Top Ten Foreign Horror movies that have caught our interest.

Broke and Bookish are taking a break until August 15th with their topics for Top Ten Tuesday, so we’re going to fill the slot with some movie related lists until they’re back at it!

 

 

 

 


Top Ten Foreign Horror Movies

 

The Wisher/Spliced – Canada

 

In a small town, the teenager Mary is obsessed and addicted with horror movies. Further, she is sleepwalker, has frequent nightmares and her father has forbidden her to watch horror movies. However, when the top at the box office “The Wisher” is screened in her town, she goes to the movie theater with her two best friends, Debbie and Kara, and leaves the session before the end, vomiting and impressed with the scary story. Mary notes that her wishes comes true wounding people and she sees the character The Wisher stalking her everywhere. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Extremes – Hong Kong/Japan/South Korea

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grabbers – Ireland

Police officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague’s two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense – high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can’t stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rare Exports – Finland

On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there’s Santa’s elves, who are determined to free their leader – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kill Baby, Kill – Italy

Dr. Eswai is called by Inspector Kruger to a small village to perform an autopsy on a woman who has died under suspicious circumstances. Despite help from Ruth, the village witch, Kruger is killed and it is revealed that the dead woman, as well as other villagers, have been killed by the ghost of Melissa, a young girl who, fed by the hatred of her grieving mother, Baroness Graps, exacts her revenge on them. Dr. Eswai, along with Monica, a local nurse, are lured into a fateful confrontation at the Villa Graps. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Orphanage – Spain

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she’s too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let the Right One In – Sweden

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picnic at Hanging Rock – Australia

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eyes Without a Face – France

After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor’s world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wicker Man – United Kingdom

A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. – IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


So, there’s a lot of foreign horror movies that we might not love so they didn’t quite make our top ten list, but they’re still awesome.

Runners-up for favorite foreign horror films:

Train to Busan (2016) – Korean

Demon (2015) – Poland

Dead Snow (2009) – Norway

and, though it pains me (Lilyn) to list it, because I maintain it is not a horror film….

Shaun of the Dead (2004)– UK

Side note: Credit for the list idea and pretty much the whole post (minus a few of my horror suggestions and the runners-up portion go to GracieKat. I had very little to do with it!

What about you? What are your favorite foreign horror films?