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)’
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’
“Strange things happen to a man on the road / Strange things happen to man whose alone. Back home you gotta solid life / That life don’t mean a thing out here…..” — Stewart Copeland, “Strange Things Happen”.
As I said in my review of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, I actually viewed this film before the first. My neighbor had three nephews that lived an hour or so away. Each summer when I was a kid, she’d have one over each week, and sometimes if she was particularly brave she’d have all three at the same time. They introduced me to this film and some how we conned my mom into renting it for us (thanks Mom!). Continue reading ‘he Savage South: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)’
What sets Halloween above and beyond all other slasher films is the pivotal character of Dr. Loomis (the creepy Donald Pleasence). Other than Phantasm, Halloween is the only horror series to maintain the narrative consistency of it’s “Dr. Ahab” character. Sam Loomis has always been an intriguing character to me, but as I get older I start to understand where he’s coming from a bit more, especially in the first film. At the opening of the first film, especially, when he is so worn down and tired, strapped with a responsibility he’s learned he can not do because his hands are tied by a bureaucracy that will not listen to him. Continue reading ‘Dr. Loomis: A Quick Appreciation’
I came into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre series a bit out of order and at a way too young age. When I was around nine or so, the lady next door had her young nephews over each summer who were around my age. We’d hang out and it is because of them that I first saw The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 (review forthcoming). The humor of the film fit right in with my morbid 10 year old self who though Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kidswere cultural milestones. Continue reading ‘The Summer of the Savage South Spotlight: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)’
Well, since we’re almost in the Summer solstice, and it’s hot as Satan’s armpit in my home town back in North Kakalacki, I’m going to do a series on films that take place in the SAVAGE SOUTH. First up I’m going to do a run through of the first four Texas Chain Saw Massacre flicks, then hit up Rob Zombie’s first two flicks about the Firefly clan and their untimely demise, before I move on to one called Fair Game which I found on YouTube and seems to be a mix of I Spit On Your Grave meets Mad Max. Also, I’m going to see if I can track down Slaughterhouse for this series as well. I’d like to keep this going for the duration of the summer if I can find enough films for the criteria; is there any you guys would recommend?
Like many of you, I woke up to some very sad news today. Sir Christopher Lee passed away at age 93 after having lived a life worthy of a Marvel Comics super hero. As a huge horror fan who grew up with Lee’s work (as well his contemporaries Vincent Price and Peter Cushing), I felt I should write up this piece to pay tribute to the man. In light of such greatness, I feel my words are inadequate; his life was full of adventure and great accomplishments that it makes me feel writing this is somewhat trivial. Despite those things, I felt I should give a somewhat brief statement on what the loss means to our community, and to the entertainment industry in general. Continue reading ‘RIP Christopher Lee’