Lisa’s Week in Review: 10/15/18 — 10/21/18

This has not been an easy week and I’m afraid that I’m now behind on my horror reviews.  This upcoming week should be a busy one!

Here’s what happened: it rained down here nearly every day last week.  On Monday, a building belonging to AT&T was struck by lightning.  The building caught fire.  The roof collapsed.  For the majority of people in Dallas, the internet was down for 11 hours.  The next day, YouTube was down for about five hours.  The day after that, I woke up with a fever and I spent the next two days trying to rest.  It’s been a crazy week.

Anyway, here’s what I did manage to accomplish this week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. Bedlam (1946)
  2. Beyond Darkness (1990)
  3. The Black Hole (1979)
  4. Blood Beach (1981)
  5. Dead Sleep (1991)
  6. Die, Monster, Die (1965)
  7. Dreamscape (1984)
  8. Ghost House (1988)
  9. Ghost Ship (2002)
  10. Goodfellas (1990)
  11. Halloween (1978)
  12. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  13. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  14. Humanoids from The Deep (1980)
  15. Isle of the Dead (1945)
  16. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  17. Killer High (2018)
  18. The Old Dark House (1932)
  19. Romero (1989)
  20. Tentacles (1977)
  21. The Walking Dead (1936)
  22. Witchboard (1986)
  23. Witchery (1988)
  24. Zombi 4: After Death (1989)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. American Experience
  2. American Horror Story
  3. Charlie’s Angels
  4. The Conners
  5. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  6. Dancing With The Stars
  7. Degrassi
  8. Doctor Phil
  9. Evil Up Close
  10. Face the Truth
  11. Friends
  12. Ghost Whisperer
  13. Hell’s Kitchen
  14. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  15. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  16. King of the Hill
  17. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  18. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  19. Manifest
  20. Night Gallery
  21. Parking Wars
  22. The Purge
  23. Seinfeld
  24. Shipping Wars
  25. South Park
  26. Survivor 37
  27. Toy Story of Terror

Books I Read:

  1. Eaten Alive (2002), edited by Jay Slater
  2. Devil’s Day (2018) by Andrew Michael Hurley
  3. Fevre Dream (1982) by George R. R. Martin
  4. Lizzie Borden: The Legend, The Truth, The Final Chapter (1991) by Arnold R. Brown

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alice on the Roof
  2. Big Data
  3. Camila Cabello
  4. Charli XCX
  5. DJ Snake
  6. Goblin
  7. Goblin Rebirth
  9. Lindsey Stirling
  10. Mani Blu
  11. MOANA
  12. Moby
  13. Perturbator
  14. Petite Noir
  15. Radiohead
  16. Riz Ortolani
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Sina
  19. Thom Yorke
  20. Vondelpark

Links From Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: After It Rained,  Green Creek, Creek, More of the Creek, Creek at Sunset, The Creek, and Flowing!
  2. On my music site, I shared music from DJ Snake, Camila Cabello, Lindsey Stirling, Charli XCX, HEALTH, Alice on the Roof, and Petite Noir!
  3. On Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. “The Wicker Man” Burns Up #31DaysOfHalloween! A Cult Classic With A Wild Erotic Dance!
  5. Bride of Frankenstein – Breast Cancer Awareness Month t-shirt
  6. Tater Fixes Some New TV Shows

Links from the Site:

  1. Erin shared the following arwork: The Haunting of Toby Jugg, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Tarantula, The House on Haunted Hill, The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini, and Evile!
  2. Case reviewed Strawberry Spring, The Ledge, The Lawnmower Man, The Ledge, Night Surf, The Babysitter, and the Revenant!
  3. Gary reviewed The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Invisible Agent, The Mummy’s Tomb, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, Captive Wild Woman, The Devil Bat, Phantom of the Opera, Dark Detectives, and Son of Dracula.  He also wrote about Tor Johnson and baseball.
  4. Jeff shared his weekly trailer round-up and reviewed Psycho Cop Returns, After Midnight, Goliath Awaits, Ghost Town, Committed, Dead Sleep, and Bad Blood!
  5. Ryan reviewed Lotta Lipp and Fearless Colors, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. Arleigh shared the trailer for The Curse of La Llorona and some music from the new Halloween!

Check out what I did last week by clicking here!

Have a great week, everyone!  It’s almost Halloween!

Horror on TV: Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1.11 “Horror In The Heights” (dir by Michael Caffey)

Tonight, on Kolchak, someone or something is eating the elderly and poor residents of Roosevelt Heights!  Carl Kolchak investigates!

After battling Native American monsters, Cajun monsters, and European monsters, Kolchak finds himself battling a Hindu demon in this episode.  Apparently, Chicago was quite a busy place in the 1970s.

This episode originally aired on December 20th, 1974, just in time for the Christmas season.


Going There: Bad Blood (1989, directed by Chuck Vincent)

Oh man, this is a twisted movie.

Yuppie lawyer Ted (adult film actor Randy Spears, credited here as Gregory Patrick) is shocked when he sees a painting of a man who looks just like him.  He is told that the portrait was painted in 1964 and that the man in the painting is the late husband of the artist, Arlene (porn legend Georgina Spelvin, credited here at Ruth Raymond).  Arlene goes on to reveal that Ted is actually her long-lost son and then she invites him and his wife, Evie (Linda Blair, credited here as Linda Blair), to come out to her mansion.  What Ted doesn’t realize is that Arlene believes that he is actually her husband reincarnated and she is planning on doing away with Evie so that she can have her son all to herself and do what it is she wants to do with him.  Yes, this film goes there.

Chuck Vincent was one of the leading directors of the Golden Age of Porn.  Unlike most other adult film directors, his movies were popular with not only the public but also with critics.  (His best-known film, Roommates, received a rave in the New York Times.)  In the 80s, Vincent tried to make the move into mainstream film, mostly directing sex comedies and dopey thrillers.  Most of his mainstream films featured adult performers in dramatic roles, which made them very popular on late night cable.

Bad Blood feels like a combination of Fatal Attraction and Misery.  There’s even a scene where Arlene ties up her son in bed and then breaks his toes to keep him from leaving.  (Bad Blood, though, came out a year before Rob Reiner’s film so the resemblance is probably a coincidence.)  Spelvin, who was widely regarded as being the best actress to ever regularly appear in pornographic movies, gives a great, demented performance as Arlene and Linda Blair is also good as Evie.  Chuck Vincent was a good director, even when he was doing schlocky straight-to-video stuff like this.  Perhaps because of his background in adult films, Vincent never hesitated about taking his films to the places where other directors would be scared to tread.  Sadly, Vincent died in 1991 and most of his movies have fallen into obscurity.

Halloween Havoc!: SON OF DRACULA (Universal 1943)

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Director Robert Siodmak is remembered today for his dark excursions into the world of film noir: THE SUSPECT, THE KILLERS , CRY OF THE CITY, CRISS CROSS . His first entry in the genre is generally recognized as 1944’s PHANTOM LADY , but a case could be made for SON OF DRACULA, Siodmak’s only Universal Horror that combines elements of both genres into what could best be described as supernatural noir.

A train pulls into the station in a sleepy Louisiana town. Frank Stanley (Robert Paige) and Dr. Brewster (Frank Craven ) are there to meet Count Alucard, invited for a visit by Kay Caldwell (Louise Albritton), Frank’s fiancé, who has long been interested in the occult. Alucard isn’t aboard, but his trunks are, and Brewster notices Alucard spelled backwards reads as Dracula. The trunks are delivered to Kay’s family plantation, Dark Oaks. The scene shifts, and…

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Weekly Trailer Round-Up: Destroyer, The Aftermath, Escape Room, Monster Party

In the upcoming film Destroyer, Nicole Kidman plays a detective who is haunted by her past.  This film, which is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for Kidman’s performance, will be released on December 25th and its trailer kicks off this week’s trailer round-up.

The Aftermath is the latest Keira Knightley historical drama.  This time, she’s the wife of a British colonel in post-war Germany and she is tempted to cheat with a German widower.  The Aftermath will be released on April 26th, 2019.

Escape Room is the upcoming movie based on the game that all the kids are talking about.  Can you find the clues and figure out how to escape from the room before you die?  Escape Room will be released in January, just in time for everyone to compare it to Saw.

Finally, Monster Party invites you to attend the dinner party from hell.  Despite being a horror movie, Monster Party will be released two days after Halloween, on November 2nd.

Halloween Havoc! Book Extra: DARK DETECTIVES (Edited by Stephen Jones; Titan Books paperback 2015)

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Back in September, I was browsing at the local Barnes & Noble (as I frequently do, given the lack of independent bookstores around here) looking for something to review this Halloween season. I’d just finished with Stephen King’s REVIVAL (Pocket Books paperback, 2017), and while it’s good, everybody does King this time of year, and I wanted something different. I wandered through the fantasy section, and waaaay up on the top shelf I spotted a title that caught my interest. DARK DETECTIVES: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries, combining two of my favorite genres, horror and detective fiction! Curiosity piqued, I grabbed the book and bought it (along with the great James Lee Burke’s latest novel, ROBICHEAUX).

DARK DETECTIVES, first published as a limited edition in 1999, features ten short stories, some old, some written especially for the anthology, by authors I’m familiar with (and I assume you are too, if…

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Horror On The Lens: Silent Night, Bloody Night (dir by Theodore Gershuny)

The 1974 film Silent Night, Bloody Night is an oddity.

On the one hand, it’s pretty much a standard slasher film, complete with a menacing mansion, a horrible secret, a twist ending, and John Carradine playing a mute newspaper editor.

On the other hand, director Ted Gershuny directs like he’s making an underground art film and several of the supporting roles are played by actors who were best known for their association with Andy Warhol.

Personally, I like Silent Night, Bloody Night.  It has a terrible reputation and the film’s star, Mary Woronov, has gone on record calling it a “terrible movie” but I like the surreal touches the Gershuny brought to the material and the sepia-toned flashbacks have a nightmarish intensity to them.  The film makes no logical sense, which actually makes it all the more appealing to me.  As the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

Watch and decide for yourself!

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 10/14/2018 – 10/20/2018

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

As per the norm, we’ve got four new books to take a look at in this week’s Round-Up column, with something of a common theme in that they all come our way courtesy  of those unafraid to put their money where their mouths are, the noble ranks of self-publishing cartoonists —

Or, in the case of So Buttons #9, a self-publishing writer, specifically Jonathan Baylis, who makes a welcome return after a couple of years spent raising his infant son, who features prominently in a heartwarming little “who do ya love?” anecdote illustrated with stripped-down poignancy by T.J. Kirsch and an equally “awwwww — fer cute”-inducing yarn about introducing the lovable tyke to music drawn with gorgeously wistful aplomb by Summer Pierre. For the anti-natalists out there, though, fear not : we have a quartet of stories that re-visit tried and true Baylis themes, with the great James Romberger…

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Music Video of the Day: Dracula by MOANA (2018, dir by Luna Laure)

For today’s music video of the day, we have yet another song called Dracula.  However, as you can tell by looking at the lyrics, this song actually has some connection to everyone’s favorite vampire (or, at the very least, the legend of everyone’s favorite vampire):

She was a dancer
As the girl she twirls off the edge of her paper-thin world

The “I”
Give to the Master
Mirror, mirror
Can you tell one from the other?
I offer my veins
As the girl she twirls off the edge of her paper-thin world

Oh in the night
When Dracula comes to fill your soul
To atone, confess
My one true weakness
My Dracula, Count Dracula

She was a dancer
(First I must appease my thirst)
Good you know as the girl she twirls off the edge of her world

Oh in the night
When Dracula comes to fill your soul
To atone, confess
My one true weakness
My Dracula, Count Dracula

Oh in the night
When Dracula comes to fill your soul
To atone, confess
My one true weakness
My Dracula, Count Dracula

According to singer Moana Mayatrix, “I’d say it’s not directly about vampires but more so an exploration of vampire mythology and the allure of the dark side, much like being seduced by a Bram Stoker character.”