Joyland by Stephen King (2013)

•July 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment



I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about Stephen King around the time of the final Dark Tower books, and he told me “If Stephen King writes one more book with a magical retard, we’re going to have to take his typewriter away from him”. King is a good writer, but he has these obsessions with small children and disabled people with telekinesis  that permeate the majority of his works,  and Joyland is no exception.

Joyland is a novel about an old man recounting the tale of himself as a young college student from New Hampshire who takes a job at the North Carolina amusement park of the books title to clear his head after a break-up with his high school sweet heart.    It was a special time and pivotal moment of his life back in the early 70’s, when life was simpler, but not without it’s harshness.  The fictional amusement park is located on the scenic beach of Wilmington, NC and Devin falls in love with the beauty of God’s country and the carny lifestyle almost immediately.  He takes a room in a boarding house not far from the beach.  Devin’s nights are spent listening to the tides roll in as he lament’s his love lost.   Not too long after he stats his tenure, he hears about a murder that took place in the haunted house ride that seems to have been committed by a serial killer who stopped his rampage shortly thereafter.   Legends of the girls ghost also intrigue Devin and his new friends.   He finds himself intrigued by a cold MILF and her friendly, but disabled, son who Devin sees on the beach every morning on his walk to work. Continue reading ‘Joyland by Stephen King (2013)’

Almost Human (2013)

•July 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment



Up until this past week, I managed to overlook this film because I confused it with the cool looking sci-fi TV show that I refused to watch because Fox was giving in the Firefly treatment.  However, I read an interesting article on Entertainment Weekly on the influence John Carpenter is having on films in 2014.  One of the films mentioned is Almost Human, which contains a credit sequence with the trademark Carpenter font, as well as a Carpenter inspired synth score.  While browsing through Netflix yesterday morning, I noticed Almost Human had recently been added.  I took the plunge and watched it, and it was a very mixed bag. Continue reading ‘Almost Human (2013)’

Gates of Hell Trilogy….the NES game? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

•July 15, 2014 • 2 Comments


I’m pretty sure a lot of you know about HackTivision by know based on the faux Friday the 13th series video game trailer that’s been making the rounds on social media for a while now.  Well, HacktiVision is back at it again with a new trilogy of games for us to play:  The Gates of Hell trilogy! Continue reading ‘Gates of Hell Trilogy….the NES game? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.’

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

•July 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

A Fistful Of Dollars Poster

There isn’t a whole lot I can add to the subject of this film after it’s been the topic of so many film historians, critics, and hipsters since it first came out. However, I feel I should write up a review regardless as I finally watched it for the first time yesterday and also since this year marks it’s 50th anniversary. It’s a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (another film I need to watch — I’m not sure if I ever have) and directed by the amazing Sergio Leone. The rather simple story follows a drifter into a small Mexican town besieged by criminals and a corrupt sheriff. The drifter uses his wits and quick trigger finger bring justice to the town, as well as making a huge profit in the process. The only two honest men able to make a living in the town are the saloon keep and the undertaker (not the wrestler who was defeated at WrestleMania 30 by Paul Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar) whom aid our hero with shelter, whiskey, and key information at various points in the film. Continue reading ‘A Fistful of Dollars (1964)’

Interview with John Amplas

•July 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment


For those of you who don’t know, John Amplas was a big part of Romero’s films from Martin to The Dark Half. That encompasses an almost two decades worth of work in some of Romero’s best output.

I asked him if he’d be kind enough to do an interview for my blog, and he was nice enough to agree to it. So without further adieu, here is the interview with man himself. Continue reading ‘Interview with John Amplas’

Jug Face (2013)

•June 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Hicksploitation is alive and well in this little ditty from last year. Jug Face is about a backwoods clan of folk that worship some demonic entity that lives in a pit in the ground that has the power to heal them from all sickness, but requires a sacrifice. The person lucky enough to be bled out into the muddy waters of the pit are chosen by clan member Daiwai, who has visions given to him by the pit and fashions their faces onto clay jugs. Continue reading ‘Jug Face (2013)’

Haunt (2013)

•June 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Basically this is like a young adult version of Sinister and Insidious but not nearly as terrible as that sounds.    The old trope of a young family moving into a new home that happens to be haunted is the basic premiss of the film, mixed with some teenage angst/love.  The opening scene is a pretty quick attention grabber in which a man uses some sort of strange recording box device to talk to the dead.  This inadvertently summons an evil spirit that takes over his body and forces him to watch himself commit suicide. Continue reading ‘Haunt (2013)’


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