Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

•August 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Escape from Tomorrow
is the absurdist story of a father’s mental breakdown while on a trip to Walt Disney World with his family.  In the opening moments of the film, our protagonist Jim White is on his last day of vacation at the Disney resort and is enjoying the morning on the balcony of the family’s hotel room.  He is on the phone with his boss, whom fires him for reasons unknown.  Then Jim’s son Eliot locks the door to the balcony and climbs in bed with his mom (Emily).  Sleeping in the other bed is Jim’s daughter Sara.  Both of the kids are around five or six years old, which adds to the stress of the situation as they go into the park. The weight of the job loss plus having to deal with the temperaments of his children lead to fights between Jim and his wife. Continue reading ‘Escape from Tomorrow (2013)’

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

•August 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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One of my first thoughts after about half an hour into this game was “I paid $15 for THIS?”.  I then fell asleep because I was bored by the whole experience.  My second attempt ended up pretty much the same way.  The third time was the charm. This time I took the game for what it was and found myself being drawn into the world it’s creators The Chinese Room had made for us to experience the end of. Continue reading ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’

Clown (2014)

•August 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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In 2010, a fake preview for a movie called Clown popped up on-line.  The story centered on a man who put on a clown costume and couldn’t get it off.  What’s worse, it was transforming him into a demon.  The preview claimed the upcoming film was directed by Eli Roth.  Roth saw the trailer and was impressed by the bravado and decided to help produce a full length version of the film.  Clown the film follows the same central story as the trailer. Continue reading ‘Clown (2014)’

The Pit (1981)

•July 30, 2015 • 1 Comment

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This is a weird little movie.  A 12 year old boy named Jamie Benjamin has recently moved into a new town with his mom and dad and is instantly made an outcast by the townsfolk.  Poor kid can’t catch a break as we see him ridiculed and bullied by pretty much everyone around him.  Add to this, Jamie is just discovering girls and his attentions to them are becoming a bit deviant to say the least.  And oh yeah, he found a pit in the woods full of what he calls “tra-la-logs”, and what we’d call cave trolls (or troglodytes). Continue reading ‘The Pit (1981)’

Night Train to Terror (1985)

•July 29, 2015 • 4 Comments

Somehow this little gem slipped under the VHS radar for me back in the Mom & Pop era.  Thankfully, I have the internet to fill these little holes in my life and I recently learned of this film when Vinegar Syndrome re-released the soundtrack and film last Fall.  The artwork on the album cover was amazing and old school; I knew I had to see this film.  Then I read some of the reviews of the movie and found out that its one of the worst films ever, and so I put seeing it out of my mind.  However, I stumbled upon Night Train To Terror on YouTube yesterday and gave it a watch.  I was afraid it’d be insufferably dull like some horror films from the VHS era can be.  I was pleasantly surprised. Continue reading ‘Night Train to Terror (1985)’

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

•July 20, 2015 • 6 Comments

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So in 1990, I had seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 more than a few times.  Then one day while at the movies (I forgot what movie it was) I saw one of the most amazing previews of all time.  What looks to be a new film about Camelot comes on.  A man stands by a lake while a narrator tells us “Some tales are told and then soon forgotten.  But a legend is forever.”  Cue a hand rising from the lake to throw the man a mythical weapon:  a huge shining chainsaw.  The man catches the saw, holds it to the sky and it is struck by lighting before immediately cranking.  The man turns around to reveal himself to be LEATHERFACE!  Cue title card:  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Continue reading ‘Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)’

“The Familiar vol. 1: One Rainy Day in May” by Mark Z. Danielewski

•July 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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As a big fan of House of Leaves, I’ve been looking forward to this new series for quite a while. I just finished this first volume and I have some mixed feelings about it. The biggest problem with this book is that it seemed to lack a clear narrative focus. Granted, this is the “pilot” episode of a twenty-seven book series. The book focuses mainly on Xanther, a little girl frail and sickly with ADHD whose parents are scrambling to reach her, and decide on a pet. But fate takes a different course. This is the thorough line of the novel. Along the way we meet a few other people from across the globe. For each character, Danielewski narrates their tale from their perspective in a different form. For Xanther, it’s more straight forward because she’s a pre-teen girl, for her father Anwar the prose mirrors a mathematical equation because he’s a programmer, for the gangster Luther it’s a hard edged snappy street style, for the police detective it’s a noir type. And of course, each one has their own corresponding font to go along with. Mid-way through the novel an explanation is given as to why both those things are and you can tell Daneilewski is having a lot of fun with narrative. But as I said, the biggest problem I had was that it seemed to lack focus. There are clues as to what ties some of these characters together, but not enough to tie it all together. Of course, this will change in other volumes of the book as the story progresses. Another issue is the way Danielewski writes the Singapore parts of the book. The “Engrish” and very ambiguous descriptions made it difficult to tell exactly what was happening, which is also the point as that character is a drug addict. Continue reading ‘“The Familiar vol. 1: One Rainy Day in May” by Mark Z. Danielewski’

 
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