Thoughts on Twin Peaks Season 3

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After twenty-five years, Twin Peaks made it back on the air. After having originally aired it’s first two seasons on CBS, the show has moved to that stations cable affiliate, Showtime. What this meant for the show is that Twin Peaks would be closer to David Lynch’s personal vision than it would resemble the TV show people loved. The break in fandoms happened after the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and I think that film helped prepare people to be ready for what was in store. You can still never be ready for a Lynch project, and I still am trying to wrap my head around what I’ve witnessed. Here are some of my thoughts, in brief, about the new season. This article assumes the reader is caught up on season three, or in other words, there are spoilers below. Continue reading

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I saw Phantasm Remastered at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend.

Flashback Weekend is a yearly horror convention held in Chicago.  For the past couple years I’ve been meaning to go, but circumstances conspired against me.  This year, my fiancee and I made it down there for the 2016 outing — Flashback’s fourteenth year of operation. Our plans were originally just to catch the screening of Phantasm Remastered.  That changed when we inadvertently booked our hotel at the Rosemont, the same hotel where Flashback Weekend was taking place.     Continue reading

Green Room (2016)

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A young punk rock band is riding the road in search of gigs in order to survive.  Barely scraping bay, siphoning gas to stay on the road, and with a couple cartons of Mexican take out for sustenance, the group take on a gig at a skinhead Neo-Nazi bar for $350.  After the gig is over, they stumble upon a crime scene in the bar and things go downhill quick for all involved.  This review contains very light spoilers. Continue reading

Dr. Loomis: A Quick Appreciation

deathWhat 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

The Savage South

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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?

RIP Christopher Lee

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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

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Dollman Was a Stand Up Comedian

I always liked this guy as a kid.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up watching him in Full Moon/Charles Band films* where he played the quick-witted, but stoic, anti-heroes in Trancers and Dollman.  I always thought he was a good actor, and up there with John Saxon as far as favorite genre guys.  Interestingly enough, I came across this while looking through the comment section of the A.V. Club’s article on the Death Wish series in which they focus on the more unpleasant aspects of the series.  I can’t deny the things they say exist, however, I think they miss the point that the films were meant to be escapist grindhouse fare, and not the treatise on conservatism it’s painted as.  The comments section, as always with the site, is incredibly entertaining as quips about the series and fond recollections are posted, as well as the inevitable Simpsons reference.  One of the more interesting comments notes the girl who played Bronson’s daughter in the first film was also the commenters history teacher.  He notes it was odd seeing her ass spray painted in a film and then going to class the next day, to which one guy says “Yeah teachers have lives outside of class, how strange!” and someone quips back “Yeah seeing a teacher naked on screen isn’t exactly the same as bumping into her at the gas station”.

*I’m going to be really embarrassed if I’m the only one who remembers Tim Thomerson.