Sunday’s Study #3: Movies, Interviews, and Books, Oh My!

Sunday’s Study – A casual catch-up post from Lilyn G, covering what’s happened that week for the site and a bit more sometimes.

Movies

I watched several movies this week, but actually only did a review on one of them. With this whole net neutrality thing, I’m half expecting to have to start paying attention to how much data I actually use, so we stopped by a movie store that has some great deals on older movies, and picked up like 12 movies for $26. I have the director’s cut of The Exorcist, Darkness Falls, White Noise, and one of those 10-movies-2-discs deals that covers a bunch of cheap-o zombie movies. So, needless to say, I vegged out a bit.

(Some spoilers for the aforementioned movies may be mentioned in the next paragraphs. But really, they’re all so old…)

It’s funny now, looking back, on how much The Exorcist used to scare me, and how much it still disturbs me. That scene where Regan’s nightgown is up, and you can see the words “HELP ME” being etched in her skin? That bothers me more than almost anything else in the movie, including the scene where her head twists around. I think the ultimate creep scene has to go to her doing the crab walk down the stairs though. Sweet baby Cthulhu! 5/5

Darkness Falls is a great film if you were ever scared of the dark. I’ve seen it countless times and am glad to finally own a copy. It’s corny, but definitely has it’s creepy moments. Like when the Tooth Fairy is crawling above the door jamb at the beginning of the movie? It’s not exactly well acted, but there’s so many “Oh, crap!” moments in it that’s just fun to watch. 4/5

Do you guys and gals remember White Noise? it stars Michael Keaton, and was absolutely nothing like I remembered it. I think all I really remembered was that he heard voices in the static and his wife was involved somehow. (I think I was partially getting it mixed up with Pulse in my head.) I thought it was a lot creepier than it actually ends up being. However, the whole EVP thing is interesting, and it’s really not a bad movie, just not exactly the pride and joy of a horror collection, ya know? 3/5

(Spoilers end)

October Coast gave me a headsup on a few movies coming out soon. Some I’ll be watching, some I won’t. (Click on the covers to view them on IMDB.)

Movie Poster for The Lullaby

Uncork’d Entertainment gives birth to evil with the chilling The Lullaby, in theaters and VOD March 2.

Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe will do everything in her power to protect her son. Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in a Darrell James Roodt film, opening in theaters across the U.S and available on VOD 3/2.

 

 

Movie cover for The Terrible Two

It’s a ‘killer’ job being a parent, as Donny Boaz (“Dallas”, 13 Sins), and Cari Moskow (“One Tree Hill”, Butchered) discover this March with The Terrible Two.

The fearsome frontline is set between Albert and Rose Poe and their two daughters in the supernatural frightfest, premiering on VOD March 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Albert and Rose Poe bought their dream house seven years ago in Greenfield, NC.  They had no idea of the unspeakable horrors that took place in the house before they moved in.  If they had known, then their children, Addi and Jade would still be alive.  Instead the Poes now find themselves imprisoned in the house they thought was their safe place, and battling their two daughters for survival.

Co-starring Reid Doyle (“Six”) and Devin McGee (“One Tree Hill”, Max Steel), and featuring the stunning topography of Wilmington, North Carolina (The Conjuring), The Terrible Two run amok 3/6 on VOD

 

Movie poster for Hell's Kitty

Today’s greatest horror icons unite for the purrfect scare!
Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Courtney Gains (The Children of The Corn), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Kelli Maroni (Night of The Comet), Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), John Franklin (The Addams Family) and a ‘Killer Klown’ team up for some Pawplay this March!
Based on the web series and comic book of the same name, and inspired by writer-director Nicholas Tana’s experiences living with a professedly possessed cat, Hell’s Kitty tells of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women. The results are as funny as they are frightening!
Nick (Tana), a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.
With characters named after classic horror movie characters (Jones plays Father Damien, Berryman is Detective Pluto, Nina Kate is Dr. Laurie Strodes, Barbeau is Mrs Carrie), and a tone reminiscent of some of the ‘80s greatest horror-comedies, Hell’s Kitty is undoubtedly the horror hiss of March!
Hell’s Kitty is written and directed by Nicholas Tana and produced by Denise Acosta.

Interviews

We’ve got several awesome interviews coming up on the site in the next few weeks! A spate of Women in Horror interviews, including Sue Rovens (Badfish) and Erin Al-Mehiari (Breathe. Breathe.). We also had a chance to interview a handful of the writers of the graphic novel mini-series Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension, the writer of Hercules: Wrath of the Gods, and the author of the graphic novel Casefile ARKHAM: Her Blood Runs Cold. And on March 4th we’re interviewing the author of The Final Enemy! So, stay tuned! And remember, if YOU want to be interviewed on Sci-Fi & Scary, just fill out the submission form that you can find in the menu, and w’ell go from there!

Books

Haven’t read quite as much as I’ve normally read, due to some hellish eyestrain, but… I’ve finished Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Vol 1, Hardened Hearts Anthology (review out 2/14!), Lilac Skully and the Carriage of Lost Souls (read the first Lilac Skully book late last year and loved it!) , Terra Nova (the Richard Fox one), Sick House by Jeff Strand, Rough Riders Vol 2 (not quite as good as the first), Icons of the Galaxy (Star Wars Insider Best of #7), and Gregory and the Grimbockle (just reviewed that here yesterday.)

Still working on The Walking Dead: Compendium One, A Properly Unhaunted Place, A Moon Called Sun, and a few others. Oh, and I got T. Eric Bakutis’ first sci-fi novel in the mail recently, so can’t wait to get started on that!

Oh My!

On a non sci-fi or horror movie related note, my 8 YO had a movie date with one of my favorite co-workers yesterday. They watched the new Peter Rabbit movie, and both of them absolutely loved it. They were bouncing and gushing about all their favorite parts. They’ve already made a future date to watch Sherlock Gnomes together. Frankly, I’m just happy Miss L has someone to watch these movies with that isn’t me. I drop her off, pay for their tickets (my coworker buys the popcorn and drinks), and then go to Barnes & Noble and read a book for 2 hours until its time to pick Miss L up. Works out great for everyone!

Site stats have been down a little bit for February, but it seems to be an across the board thing, so I’m not stressing over it too much.

I’ve started posting some reviews over at Smashbomb.com. I like it because it’s sort of a general reviews place (Games, books, movies, etc.) but it still needs to find another way to set itself apart from all the other sites out there before I’ll really dig it.

I’m tired of snow and cold. Can it be Spring soon? I seriously would love it if we just had Spring and Fall and skipped the extreme heat and cold of Summer and Winter! ARGH.


What about you guys and gals? How have things been going?

 

 

 

One thought on “Sunday’s Study #3: Movies, Interviews, and Books, Oh My!

  1. I, too, did some digging into old horror movies, older and cheaper: TV horror movies from the 1970s I found on YouTube. Not a golden age, “The Night Stalker” notwithstanding, but when one’s nearest movie theater is a two-screen box 8 miles away and one is too young to drive, TV movies it had to be. Two worth mentioning:

    “The Cat Creature” (1973): After watching all the “Cat People” movies, how could I not? Besides, I remembered two scenes from this movie, decades later. It’s a mashup of a mummy movie and a cat person movie. Robert Bloch has a writing co-credit! Some old cinema warhorses chew up the screen, while a young Meredith Baxter demonstrates that her future is in comedy, not horror. It’s not great, drags a bit in the middle, but considering it’s 1973, it’s not bad. Some might prefer “Satan’s School for Girls” (the original version), which aired as another “ABC Movie of the Week” earlier in the year, but I found that one so predictable that even the presence of Kate Jackson, on whom I had a teenage crush, doesn’t save it.

    “Vampire” (1979): Another movie I remembered two scenes from, but I didn’t remember its name! Only found it by accident this weekend. I think you can figure out the subject. Vampire as both creature of prey and seducer, which considering this is a TV movie indicates they were finally loosening up on the censorship a bit. The pacing has certainly improved from the days of “The Cat Creature.”

    While writing this, I went looking at the Wikipedia listing for the ABC Movie of the Week (1969-1975). To my surprise, there is more sci-fi and horror than I remembered. Indeed, probably most of the formulaic plots of horror movies today could be found in that series. And I must have watched many of them. Though I’m pretty sure I missed “Killdozer.”

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