The Old Man


This is a short story I submitted for a writing magazine.  The criteria for the story was that it had to focus on the holiday season and be no more than two pages.  Yesterday, I received a rejection letter from the publication saying they received so many submissions that mine was unable to be published.

For lack of having anything else to do with it at this point, I’ve decided to put it up here.  It’s not a horror story, but I hope you’ll enjoy it just the same.  Continue reading

Manson Family Vacation (2015)


Nick (Jay Duplass, The Mindy Project) and Conrad (Linas Phillips Eastbound and Down) are two brothers whose lives have taken two very different turns.  Nick is a successful lawyer and family whereas Conrad is a slacker bachelor.  Shortly after the death of their father, Conrad comes back into Nick’s life while on the way to take a new job with an environmentalist group. As the black sheep of the family, Conrad was always prone to strange obsessions and interests like Faces of Death and heavy metal.  His new obsession is Charles Manson, and Conrad wants to take a trip around the area to visit the landmarks of the infamous murders.  Manson Family Vacation could easily delve into a cliche exploitation movie; instead it’s a comedy/drama about reconciliation that I found to be strangely affecting. Continue reading

Bound to Vengeance (2015)


Bound to Vengeance starts off with us thrown into the thick of things as kidnapped young woman named Eve (Tina Ivlev, Anger Management, Weeds) breaks out of the cellar where she’s being kept as a sexual slave.  After beating her captor Phil (Richard Tyson, There’s Something About Mary, Kindergarten Cop) with a brick she’s left with a dilemma.  She finds out that Phil has girls stored in different places all over town.  Eve’s left with the dilemma of killing Phil, which would mean the girls would eventually die, or go to the cops; in which case he won’t talk.  Eve makes a deal to let him live in order to save the girls.  Eve discovers a criminal network much larger than she thought.Phil warns her that this road she’s on is dangerous, and Eve learns there is a price to pay for vigilantism. Continue reading

Last Shift (2014)


last-shift-2014-001-jessica-in-uniform-looking-waryOfficer Jessica Loren (Juilana Harkavy, The Walking Dead, Constantine) is a rookie put in charge of watching over a derelict police station on it’s final night of operation.  And of course a bunch of things go wrong, otherwise this would be a very boring movie.  First of all, a homeless man breaks in and urinates on the floor.  Loren expedites the situation by letting him go as he’s not really a threat.  Then, she starts to see some ghostly apparitions and it becomes apparent the station is haunted by the dead Manson like cult leader John Micheal Paymon (Joshua Mikel, Terminator Genisys, We’re the Millers) who was responsible for the murder of her father. Continue reading

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler is a harrowing character study about an amoral sociopath with an entrepreneurial spirit and can do attitude climbing up the ranks of freelance video services for the local news by manipulating events (and everyone around him) to suit his ends.  The story of Nightcrawler starts off  with our villain protagonist Lewis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko, Jarhead) jobless, and trying to make ends meet by selling stolen scrap metal.  In the process, Lewis comes across a crime scene and is fascinated by a freelance news crew recording the scene.  Lewis tries to get a job with them by is turned down by the owner, Joe (Bill Paxton, Near Dark, Aliens).  Lewis pawns a stolen bike for a small camcorder and uses his wily ways and willingness to do what others won’t to go into competition with Joe by making his own videos.  He starts to sell the footage to a local news broadcaster, Nina Romina (Renee Russo, Thor, Lethal Weapon 3).  From there on, things get increasingly darker, as Louis starts to go extremes for the most compelling footage for bigger pay and more leverage over Nina and her career. Continue reading

The Visit (2015)


M. Night Shyamalyan has had a pretty craptacular decade with a strong of bombs like The Last Airbender and Lady in the Water.  He manages to pull himself out of the abyss with The Visit, a very fun take on the found footage genre.  Rebecca (Olivia DeJonge) and her younger brother John (Ed Oxenbould) are children of a messy divorce who are about to meet their grandparents for the first time.  Rebecca decides to make a documentary film about the experience.  Their mother (Kathryn Hahn, Anchorman, The D Train) had a bad falling out with her parents over her previous marriage and what happened between them remains a mystery that Rebecca is set on solving.  Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie, Netflix’s Daredevil and Law and Order) and Nana (Deanna Dunagan The Big D, House of Cards) seem warm and inviting, but things slowly take a sinister turn as the children’s week long visit goes on. Continue reading

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Pilot Episode (2015)

ash3It’s been twenty-two years since Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have visited the world of the deadites.  After many years of teasing us with an ED4, they’ve finally made good on their promises and then some with the new television show Ash Vs. Evil Dead.  I have to be honest, this is one of those dream projects that seems to good to be true.  After years of being let down by rumors and speculations both by the internet and the films creators I seriously doubted that this would ever come to fruition.  But it has, and despite some missteps, the wait was worth it.  Just like in the other sequels in the series, the recaps don’t synch up like they should (in this world Army of Darkness didn’t take place, but an amalgam of the first two films did). Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 31: Goodnight Mommy (2015)

goodnight-mommy-posterGoodnight Mommy drops us right into the middle of a paranoid nightmare between siblings Elias and Lukas (real life twins Lukas and Elias Schwarz) and their mother, (Susanne Wuest).  Mother has just come back from a facial reconstruction surgery, and her new perceived change in attitude strikes the boys odd.  They soon believe this woman to be an impostor.  The family lives on the outskirts of town, in a very nice house, that is secluded by a wooded area.  This is where the majority of the film takes place and where the power play between the three will take place. The isolation of the family is part of the tension; there isn’t going to be little chance of any help for them.  Since we’re dropped in this world at the time of the mother’s return, we’ve no way of knowing what she was like before the accident and if the children are letting their imagination get the better of them.  The film keeps the questions coming and ratcheting up the tension before the big, soul-crushing, reveal at the end. Continue reading