Lisa’s Week In Review: 10/14/19 — 10/20/19

Hi, everyone.  As I type this, we’ve got a tornado moving through my hometown so I’m going to go ahead and schedule this to post now, just in case we lose power.  If today’s list is incomplete, just assume I lost power before I could complete it and I will complete it when the power returns!

Be safe!

Films I Watched:

  1. All Monsters Attack (1969)
  2. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
  3. Blood Cult (1985)
  4. The Children (2008)
  5. Critters Attacks! (2019)
  6. Elektra (2005)
  7. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
  8. Headline Shooter (1933)
  9. The Hunger (1983)
  10. Incubus (1966)
  11. The Iron Rose (1973)
  12. The Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019)
  13. The Laundromat (2019)
  14. Mommy’s Little Princess (2019)
  15. The Nude Vampire (1970)
  16. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
  17. The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)
  18. The Rider (2017)
  19. Secret Obsession (2019)
  20. Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
  21. Unlawful Entry (1992)

Television Shows I Watched;

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Beverly Hills 90210
  3. Dancing With The Stars
  4. Degrassi
  5. The Deuce
  6. Fear Thy Neighbor
  7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  8. One Step Beyond
  9. Saved By The Bell
  10. South Park
  11. Survivor 39
  12. The Terror
  13. The Veil
  14. The Voice
  15. The Walking Dead
  16. Watchmen

Books I Read;

  1. David Warbeck: The Man and His Movies (1996) by Jason J. Slater and Harvey Fenton
  2. Monster (1992) by Christopher Pike
  3. Psycho II (1982) by Robert Bloch
  4. Save the Last Dance For Me (1981) by Judi Miller
  5. The Vampyre (1816) by John William Polidori

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. 8-Bit Heroes
  2. Amy Winehouse
  3. Big Data
  4. Bloc Party
  5. Boy Harsher
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Coldplay
  8. Cradle of Filth
  9. Danko Jones
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. DJ Snake
  12. Duffy
  13. ERAAS
  14. Fantastic
  15. Fatboy Slim
  16. Goblin
  17. Jessica Simpson
  18. John Carpenter
  19. John Williams
  20. Joji & Jackson Wang
  21. Marilyn Manson
  22. P!nk
  23. Robert De Long
  24. Saint Motel
  25. She Wants Revenge
  26. Sia
  27. Spice Girls
  28. Tina Arena

Links From Last Week:

  1. NBC’s culture of corruption and sexual abuse may be even worse than anyone thought
  2. Oppressed Chinese Citizens Apologize To NBA Players For Disrupting Their Difficult Week
  3. In Defense of Dee Day

News From Last Week:

  1. Martin Scorsese Doubles Down & Calls For Theater Owners To “Step Up” Against Marvel Films: “We Shouldn’t Be Invaded By It”
  2. Funeral cracks up as dead man screams ‘Let me out!’ of coffin
  3. A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week
  4. Nick Cave says he’s “repelled” by “self-righteous” woke culture
  5. Matt Lauer had an affair with a ‘well-respected’ NBC star
  6. Blood fills Iowa family’s basement
  7. Edward Norton Says Spielberg Is Wrong: Netflix Isn’t Destroying Movies, Theaters Are
  8. Stephen King’s Iconic House in Maine Will Be Turned into a Stephen King Museum and Writers Retreat!
  9. Kurt Sutter Fired From FX for Being an “Abrasive Dick”
  10. “Everybody Is Freaking Out”: Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law
  11. Quentin Tarantino Won’t Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for China (Exclusive)

Links From The Site:

  1. Fieldmouse Press launched their inaugural fundraising drive!  Help out an independent publisher if you can!
  2. Case reviewed Episode 3 of Creepshow, Deer Woman, Horns, The Odyssey of Flight 33, Episode 4 of Creepshow, Dagon, and The Outsider!
  3. Erin shared the Ghastly Covers of The Haunt of Fear, along with Tryst With Terror, Black Candle, Castle Terror, Some Beckoning Wraith, Island of the Accursed, Shadow of an Unknown Woman, and So Many Midnights!
  4. Jeff reviewed Unlawful Entry, Eat Me, The Planet of the Apes TV Series, Futureworld, Suspended, Curse II: The Bite, Silent Hill, Rivals, The Witness, The UFO Incident, Destroy All Humans, Destroy All Humans 2, Alien Nation, X-Men #144, Dark Phoenix, Twice Dead, and 1181!
  5. Ryan reviewed Black Budget, Alay-Oop, and Free Shit, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. On Monday, I shared a music video from Fantastic.  I shared a movie called Hotline.  I paid tribute to the year 1992.  I reviewed The College Admissions Scandal.  I shared a scene from The Birds.  I shared an episode of One Step Beyond.
  7. On Tuesday, I shared a music video from ERAAS, the silent version of Phantom of the Opera, a scene from Psycho, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Psycho II The Movie, Incubus, Psycho II The Book, The Griper, Psycho III, and The Resurrection Gavin Stone.  I paid tribute to 1994.
  8. On Wednesday, I shared a music video from Boy Harsher, The House on Haunted Hill, a scene from Simon of the Desert, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Headline Shooter, Mommy’s Little Princess, The Amazing Mr. X, Le Viol Du Vampire, Monster by Christopher Pike, and Blood Cult.  I paid tribute to 1995.
  9. On Thursday, I shared a music video from She Wants Revenge, Night Tide, a scene from the Iron Rose, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Possession of Hannah Grace and The Children.  I paid tribute to 1996.  I listed 6 more paranormal creatures who deserve a movie of their very own.
  10. On Friday, I shared a music video from 8-Bit Heroes, The Terror, a scene from Poltergeist, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Laundromat and All Monsters Attack!  I paid tribute to 1997!
  11. On Saturday, I shared a music video from Danko Jones, Dante’s Inferno, a scene from Plague of the Zombies, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed Elektra, The Plague of the Zombies, The Iron Rose, David Warbeck: The Man and His Films, and the Banana Splits MovieI paid tribute to 1998.
  12. On Sunday, I shared a music video from Cradle of Filth, the Lodger, a scene from Nosferatu, and an episode of One Step Beyond.  I reviewed The Hunger, The Nude Vampire, The Vampyre, and The Flesh and Blood Show I paid tribute to 1999.

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  2. On Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Where’s Bob Malak?, Waiting for the End in the Netherlands, Get Off The Train, Elijah Cummings, RIP, and Nick Tosches, R.I.P.!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared Duck, Another Duck, A Dark Place At Sunset, Tunnel, Tunnel 2, Inside the Tunnel, and Tunnel Light!
  4. On SyFy Designs, I shared: What Day Is This? and There’s An All-Degrassi Channel on Pluto TV!
  5. I reviewed Survivor for Reality TV Chat Blog!
  6. On my music site, I shared songs from Danko Jones, Amy Winehouse, Tina Arena, P!nk, Bloc Party, Fatboy Slim, and Jessica Simpson!
  7. Over on Horror Critic, I reviewed Burnt Offerings, The Sentinel, Demon Slaughter, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Thirteen Ghosts, Secret Obsession, and Critters Attack!

Want to see what else I did this week?  Click here!

Horror On TV: One Step Beyond 3.36 “Eyewitness” (dir by John Newland)

For this year’s horrorthon’s final episode of One Step Beyond, we have the …. final episode of One Step Beyond!

In this, the series’s very last episode, a Boston newspaper reporter in 1883 somehow manages to write a firsthand account of one of the greatest natural disasters in human history, the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa.  Making his accomplishment all the more amazing is that he not only filed the story the day before it happened but he also says that he has no memory of writing it!  What’s going on?  Take one step beyond and find out!

This episode originally aired on July 4th, 1961.

Enjoy and tomorrow, we start a new series here on the Shattered Lens!

The Outsider, Review By Case Wright


Isn’t it just awkward when you’re trying to make friends and people run away because unbeknownst to you, you are an inter-dimensional-hell-beast?  It’s right up there with telling people that you’ve had the best barbecue ever and you’ve only ever been to Smokey Bones or having Nickelback as your ringtone or quoting “The Notebook”.  It’s just …GAH!

In “The Outsider”, Lovecraft tells the story from the monster’s POV.  Shelley did it for the first time in Frankenstein, but it is rarely done; we don’t want to put ourselves into the Devil’s shoes.  Even today, the Devil’s POV is scorned – see Joker reviews.  The creature in “The Outside” actually seems kinda nice, but lonely.  The monster-beast crawls and claws its way out of a crypt and goes up people in a church and wonders what must be chasing him because everyone is running for their lives.  This goes on for A WHILE! People flee and he has no idea what’s going on.

Finally, he sees the monster, he goes to touch the horrible creature, and his outstretched finger touches a mirror.  I enjoyed the twist.  If done right, the Devil is always appealing.  Breaking Bad made Bryan Cranston a total badass and he did terrible things, but we rooted for him.  Like Walter White who only felt akin to his blue meth at the end, this creature is scorned so he flees into the night doing whatever Hell-Beasts do; my guess it has something to do with making robocalls or working for Ticketmaster.

This Halloween season I’ve been strung out on short-stories for days because I’m amazed at the ability to convey a story in limited space like a Haiku.

See you, tomorrow.

The TSL’s Horror Grindhouse: The Flesh and Blood Show (dir by Pete Walker)

I had a few reasons for watching the 1972 slasher film, The Flesh and Blood Show.

First off, the film was directed by Pete Walker.  Though Pete Walker may not be as well-known as some of his contemporaries and his overall cinematic output is dreadfully uneven, he was still responsible for enough memorable films that I will always give him a chance.

Secondly, it’s a British film and the British were responsible for some of the best horror films of the late 60s and early 70s.

Third, speaking as a horror fan, that title is just irresistible.  The Flesh and Blood Show?  Well, there’s nothing subtle about that!  Looking at that title, you find yourself wondering, “How much flesh and how much blood is actually in this film?”

Well, having watched the film, I can tell you that there’s very little blood and a good deal of flesh.  The Flesh and Blood Show was Walker’s first horror film.  Before moving into the horror genre, Walker specialized in making sexploitation movies and it’s kind of obvious that, when he directed this film, he was still more comfortable asking people to undress than asking them to play dead.  As opposed to other slasher films, the majority of the young cast survives and the almost all of the murders occur off-screen.  Every couple of minutes or so, someone else is getting undressed.  The constant nudity actually starts to get pretty funny after a while.  One could very easily use The Flesh and Blood Show to construct a drinking game.

As for the film’s plot, it deals with a group of actors who receive invitations to an abandoned theater.  An unseen producer apparently wants them all to perform an infamous play, perhaps the same play that is rumored to have led to tragedy back in 1945.  If it seems rather odd that the film’s characters would willingly go to an abandoned theater in the middle of nowhere and perform a possibly cursed play, no one is ever going to accuse anyone in this film of being smart.  Why ask why when there’s so much dancing and undressing to do?

There’s also an elderly major (Patrick Barr) hanging out around the theater.  He was actually one of my favorite characters in the movie because he approached everything with this very British, very stiff upper lip attitude.  Of course, the major himself has a secret.  That said, the secret isn’t that surprising.  I figured it out as soon as he showed up.

Naturally, all the murders at the theater are linked back to a tragedy in the past.  The final 15 minutes of the movie are made up of an extensive flashback to that tragedy and I will say this: it’s the best part of the film.  The flashback was originally filmed in 3-D and Walker uses this as an excuse to indulge in some surreal flourishes.

There are a few positive things to be said about The Flesh and Blood Show.  Pete Walker was a talented director and that talent comes through in even his weaker films.  There are a few scenes where Walker manages to maintain a properly ominous atmosphere and the movie’s score is so melodramatic and over the top that it’s kind of hard not to love it.

But, for the most part, The Flesh and Blood Show is a rather forgettable film.  If you want to see a good Pete Walker film, track down Frightmare.

Who Watches The Watchmen: Unlawful Entry (1992, directed by Jonathan Kaplan)

The upscale and complacent life of Michael and Karen Carr (Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe) is interrupted one night when a burglar breaks into their home via their skylight.  The intruder briefly holds a knife to Karen’s throat before taking off.  Shaken by the encounter, the Carrs are very happy when a seemingly friendly cop, Officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta). offers to help them cut through all the red tape and get a security system installed in their house.

At first glance, Pete seems like the perfect cop but actually, he’s a mentally unstable fascist who quickly becomes obsessed with Karen.  When Pete offers Michael his nightstick so that Michael can use it on the man who earlier broke into his house, Michael refuses.  That’s all that Pete needs to see to decide that Michael’s not a real man and that Karen would be better off with him.  Even after Michael orders Pete to stay away from his home, Pete continues to drop by so that he can spy on the couple.  When Michael complains, Pete frames him by planting cocaine at his house.  When Michael says that he’s innocent, no one believes him.  Why would they?  Pete’s a decorated cop who is keeping the streets safe.  Michael is just a homeowner.  While Michael sits in jail, the increasingly violent and unhinged Pete makes plans to make Karen his own.

“Who watches the watchmen?” as the old saying goes.  Unlawful Entry is an efficient and no-nonsense thriller that was ahead of its time as far as its portrayal of a policeman abusing his authority is concerned.  Jonathan Kaplan was trained in the Roger Corman school of filmmaking so he doesn’t waste any time getting to the story and he even finds a role for Dick Miller.  Ray Liotta, fresh off of his performance in Goodfellas, is perfectly cast as the manipulative and misogynistic Pete while Kurt Russell is once again the ideal everyman.  Madeleine Stowe, who was one of the best actresses of the 90s, does not get to do much beyond be menaced but she does it well.  Whatever happened to Madeleine Stowe?  Kurt Russell’s career is still going strong and Ray Liotta still appears regularly in gangster movies and Chantix commercials.  Isn’t it about time for a Madeleine Stowe comeback?

Game Review: Eat Me (2017, Chandler Groover)

Copyright Chandler Groover

Eat Me is both one of the strangest and most delicious text adventures that I’ve ever played.

You are a very hungry child being held captive in a dungeon.  Fortunately, your manacles are very tasty.  For that matter, so is the door to your cell, probably because it’s made out of a cheesecake.  If you want to go for a more minimal meal, the skeleton of the prisoner who was in the cell before you is also available for snacking.  In fact, as the player soon discovers, everything in this dungeon can be eaten.  That includes the doors, the instruments of torture, the bodies of the other prisoners, and the guards.  If you’re going to escape you better start eating.

There are a few things that stand out about Eat Me.  One thing is that the solution to almost every problem is to eat.  Some things are easier to eat than others but eating is always the safest way to go.  The other is that it’s a very well-written game, with very tasty descriptions of each room, each object, each person, and, of course, each bite.  Some of the descriptions are downright tasty while others are not something you should read on a full stomach.  None of the NPCs in the game really want to be eaten but, in the end, it’s either you or them.

For those ready to start their meal, Eat Me can played online here.

Horror Scenes That I Love: Nosferatu on the Death Ship

Since I seem to be in a bit of a vampiric mood tonight, how about a scene from the 1922 classic, Nosferatu, for today’s scene that I love?

This scene features the titular vampire taking over a boat and it proves that movies didn’t need to be scary.


(As a reminder, if you like this scene, you can watch the whole movie by clicking here!)

Book Review: The Vampyre by John William Polidori

Though The Vampyre was often erroneously attributed to Lord Byron, it was written by John William Polidori

First written way back in 1816, The Vampyre is a story about an amazingly naive young gentleman named Aubrey who becomes friends with the mysterious Lord Ruthven.

Everything about the enigmatic Lord Ruthven would seem to suggest that he’s a vampire but Aubrey never figures that out while he and the nobleman travel across Europe.  Even after an inkeeper’s daughter dies of a vampire attack shortly after telling Aubrey about vampires (and, also, immediately after the sudden arrival of Ruthven), it still doesn’t occur to Aubrey that there might be something strange about Lord Ruthven.  When Lord Ruthven is mortally wounded by bandits, he makes Aubrey swear an oath that he will not tell anyone about Ruthven’s death for a year and a day.  Aubrey promises to keep the oath.

Now, apparently, back in the 19th century, people took those oaths very seriously because, even after Lord Ruthven shows up alive once again and now claiming to be the Earl of Marsden, Aubrey can’t tell anyone that he saw Ruthven die.  Even after Ruthven starts to court Aubrey’s sister with the obvious intention of draining her blood, Aubrey still cannot bring himself to break his oath.  Is it because oaths were really that important or is it that Aubrey himself is as in thrall of Ruthven as his sister?

John William Polidori was a physician and a writer, as well as a contemporary and friend to Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley.  The Vampyre was conceived and written as a part of the same contest that saw Mary Shelley write Frankenstein.  Though Polidori’s story is understandably overshadowed by Mary Shelley’s (and, it must be said, Polidori was nowhere near as good a writer as his famous friends), it’s still historically significant as the first “romantic” vampire tale.  It’s the story from which so many others have sprung.

Many have also speculated that the story was based on Polidori’s friendship with Lord Byron, with Polidori represented by the unstable Aubrey while the self-centered but charismatic Lord Ruthven was perhaps meant to be a stand-in for Byron himself.  This may be true or it may not.  (When it comes to Byron, the Shelleys, and Polidori, it’s always perhaps a bit too tempting to read too much between the lines.)

The Vampyre is a historically important piece of work so, if you’re a fan of vampires, you have to read it.  Flaws and all, we owe much to Lord Ruthven and John William Polidori.


International Horror Film Review: The Nude Vampire (dir by Jean Rollin)

In the middle of the night, a woman (Christine François), wearing an orange nightgown walks down a dark, Paris street.

She is followed by three men, all of whom are wearing strange, bird-like masks.

The woman turns a corner and runs into Pierre (Olivier Rollin).  Pierre and the woman stare at each other, without saying a word.  Though it may be their first time to meet each other, both their attraction and their bond is instantaneous.

Both Pierre and the woman run down the street.  The men in the marks follow them.

Finally, in a deserted alley, the men corner the woman and Pierre.  Though Pierre escapes, the woman is shot by one of the men and promptly collapses.

The men pick up the woman’s body and carry her to a nearby, gated building.  A bearded doorman lets them through.  Several other people, all wearing tuxedos and fancy gowns, come to the gate and, after showing the doorman their invitation, are allowed to pass through.  Pierre tries to follow but is told that he cannot enter because he has not been invited.

And so begins Jean Rollin’s 1970 film, The Nude Vampire.  This was Rollin’s second film, following the controversial Le Viol du VampireThe Nude Vampire, while once again featuring all of Rollin’s pet obsessions, is still a far more assured piece of filmmaking than Rollin’s first film.  It’s interesting to watch The Nude Vampire directly after Le Viol du Vampire because you can can truly see Rollin developing as a director.  Once again, Rollin is telling an odd story about a frequently disrobed vampire and once again, all of the action leads to the beach.  However, the plot is far easier to follow in The Nude Vampire than in Le Viol du Vampire.  If the first film often seemed to be too indulgent for its own good, The Nude Vampire is just indulgent enough to work.  Of course, as with any Rollin film, your mileage may vary.  What seems rather coherent and almost tame to a Rollin fan may seem like the exact opposite to someone who has never seen a Rollin film before.

As for Pierre, he is determined to figure out what happened to the woman, even though his own father says that it is sometimes best to just leave well enough alone.  After punching out a partygoer and stealing his invitation, Pierre gets into the building and discovers that, despite having been shot in front of him, the woman in the orange nightgown is not dead.  In fact, she doesn’t even appear to be injured.  Instead, she drinks the blood of a party guest who has just committed suicide.  It turns out that the party is actually a cult and they worship the woman.

As if that’s not shocking enough, Pierre discovers that his own father is in charge of the cult!  His father explains that the woman is actually a vampire but that there might be a cure for her condition.  But, in order to cure her, she must be kept safe from the vampires who are trying to capture her….

And that’s not all!  But I won’t share any more of the plot.  I only have limited space here, after all.  The film plays out like a serial, with twists and turns and a lot of scenes involving people being chased from one location to another.  As I mentioned before, it all leads to the beach because this is a Rollin film and Rollin’s vampiric visions always ended with the beach.

As one should always expect from a Jean Rollin film, The Nude Vampire plays out at its own deliberate, dream-like pace.  As a director, Rollin was such a strong visualist that somehow even his film’s lapses in coherence seemed to make a strange sort of sense.  If every movie is a dream then who are we to complain when they employ dream logic?  As with any Rollin film, The Nude Vampire is not for everyone but fans of Rollin’s unique aesthetic will definitely find much to enjoy.

4 Shots From 4 Films: The Blair Witch Project, The Rage: Carrie 2, The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

This October, we’re using 4 Shots From 4 Films to look at some of the best years that horror has to offer!

4 Shots From 4 1999 Horror Films:

The Blair Witch Project (1999, dir by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez)

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999, dir by Katt Shea)

The Sixth Sense (1999, dir by M. Night Shyamalan)

Stir of Echoes (1999, dir by David Koepp)