2001 A Clash of Kings A Feast for Crow A Game of Thrones A Scanner Darkly A Storm of Swords AAllen Steele Abney Park Adrianne Palicki AEG Aether Shanties alderac Allen Steele AMC Andew Stanton Anne McCaffrey Asimov Assassin's Creed Atari 2600 Atlanta Nights audio books Babylon 5 Barsoom Ben Bova Bill & Ted 3 Blade Runner Blind Guardian Blue Oyster Cult Bo Hansson Board Game Board Games Bob Catley Books brian lewis Bruce Boxleitner Bruce Sterling bucephalus C.S. Lewis Cady Coleman Captain Robert card game Carl Sagan Carol Clerk Chad Jensen Charlton Heston Christmas music christopher badell Chronicles of Narnia Civilization COD Comic Books comic books Commentary Conan Conan movie Cons Contact contest Conventions conventions Corey Konieczka Coyote crysis 2 dance with dragons Darkwalker on Moonshae Darrell K. Sweet Dave Brock David Arkenstone David Bowie David Gerrold David Gregg David Mack d-day dice Deathlands Dejah Thoris Diamond Dogs Digital Content Disney doctor who Dominion Dork Tower Double Fine Adventure Douglas Adams Douglas Niles DragonCon Dragonriders of Pern DRM Drowning Towers Dune dungeon crawl Dungeons and Dragons Echo Edgar Rice Burroughs Edwin A. Abbott EEdgar Rice Burroughs Elric Eminent Domain emissary Emmanuel Aquin epic duels ereader Facebook fallen Famous Monsters of Filmland fanboy fandom fantasy Fantasy art Fantasy Flight Fantasy Lit fantasy literature Fantasy music Fantasy quotes film Flatland Forbidden Island Forrest Ackerman Frank Frazetta Frank Herbert Frankenstein Friday From the Earth to the Moon furniture Gabriele Mari Gadgets game of the year Game of Thrones game review Game Table Gamewright Gaming Furniture gaming table Geek Chic Gene Wolfe George Alec Effinger George R.R. Martin George Turner GGeorge R.R. Martin Gianluca Santopietro GiftTRAP Glory Road Glory to Rome GMT Games gozer games Graphic Audio Greater Than Games Gryphon Games GtR H.G. Wells Halo Harrison Ford Harry Harrison Hawkwind Hollow Earth Expedition Hollywood Homeworld Horror Humor humor Ian Anderson Idoru Ignacy Trzewiczek Infinity Beach International Space Station interview Intrigue Isaac Asimov J. Michael Straczynski J.R.R. Tolkien Jack L. Chalker Jack McDevitt Jack Vance James Axler James Bama James P. Blaylock Jason Momoa Jeanne Cavelos Jethro Tull Jhereg Jim Burns JJames Axler Jodi Foster John Carter John Carter of Mars john hughes John Kovalic Johnny Rotten Jr. Jules Verne Jungle Tales of Tarzan Justin Oh keanu reeves Ken Kelly Kenneth Branagh Kentucky Kevin Wilson Kickstarter Kim Stanley Robinson Knizia Kurt Vonnegut Langdon St. Ives Larry Elmore Larry Niven Last Man Lazarus Long Leigh Brackett Lemmy Leonard Nimoy Les Johnson Letters from Whitechapel Lifeforce Lord Dunsany Lost Horizons Lynn Collins Manowar Mansions of Madness Margaret Weis Martial Law Martin Mary Shelley Matt Leacock Max Holliday Mayday Games Michael Apted Michael Chabon Michael Moorcock Michael Stackpole Michael Whelan Middle-earth Midnight at the Well of Souls Monte Cook Mostly Harmless movie Movies music NASA Nathaniel Hawthorne NBA Nebula Awards Nerd Props netflix News nexus games Nightfall Nik Turner Nine Princes in Amber Ninjas Niven's Laws N-Space Octavia Butler out of the box Outlanders Parable of the Sower parents' guide PARSEC Party Game Patrick Stewart Paul Kearney Paul Koenig Pern Peter David Peter Jackson Peter S. Beagle Philip Jose Farmer Philip K. Dick photoshop Pirates Planet of Mystery portal publishing post apocalyptic Potion making practice Poul Anderson prequels Pret a Porter Print-and-play qFantasy quotes Race for the Galaxy Ray Bradbury Reach reboots Red Mars remakes review reviews Ridley Scott RightGames Ringworld Robert E. Howard Robert Heinlein Robert Kirkman robots Rock Roger Zelazny Role-playing Games rook city RPG RpgFan Rush San Juan Satire Science Fiction Science Fiction art Science Fiction music Science Fiction quotes Science Fiction Writers of America script Sean Young Sentinels of the Multiverse sequels Sergey Machin Seth Jaffee SETI SFWA shakey cam Sherlock Holmes Slough Feg Small Matters Smurfs Southern Fandom Resource Guide space flute space rock Space Shuttle spiel des jahres Sports Stanislaw Lem star trek star wars Starworld steampunk Steven Brust strike force one Stronghold Super Dungeon Explore super heroes T.H. White Tabletop Game of the Month Tad Williams Tars Tarkus Tarzan Tarzan and the Golden Lion Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar Tarzan the Terrible Tarzan the Untamed Tasty Minstrel Games Taylor Kitsch Terror Bull Games Terry Bisson Terry Pratchett The Hobbit The Adventurers The Beasts of Tarzan The Black Wizards The Boat of a Million Years The Book of the New Sun the coldest war The Complete Elmore Artbook The Dark Glory War The Death of Tragedy The Difference Engine The Dragoncrown War Cycle The Dying Earth The Fellowship of the Ring The Gods Themselves The Great Tarzan Adventure The Heretic Kings The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Hobbit movies The Last Unicorn The Lord of the Rings The Lord Weird Slough Feg The Matrix The Moon is a Harsh Mistress The Moonshae Trilogy The Newspaper Clipping Generator The Once and Future King The Saga of Hawkwind The Secrets The Shadow of the Torturer The Shadow Within The Sirens of Titan The Son of Tarzan The Stars My Destination The Technicolor Time Machine The Time Machine The Walking Dead The Wind Whales of Ishmael therapy thrift store Time Enough for Love Time Machine Tour Titan Books titans of industry To Green Angel Tower To the Stars Toc Toc Woodman Tracy Hickman Traveller Ursula K. Le Guin valentine's day Valley Games Victorian Undead Victory Point Games Video Games Voyage of the Dawn Treader Voyage to the Red Planet War Against the Chtorr Wargame wargames watchtower games Well of Darkness Wheelworld wii Willem Dafoe William Gibson William Shatner Wonder Woman word game worker placement Writer Beware Writing Yahoo Zelazny Ziggy Stardust zombies
Search Nerdbloggers:




Nerdbloggers RSS

31 Days of Pure Horror (Day Seven--Fright Night 1985 and a new podcast)

On our most recent Body Count podcast we settled on this classic as maybe the perfect film to try to get our non-horror-watching friends to start appreciating the genre.  The truth is, however, it has been a decade, at least, since I watched the movie from start to finish, so I thought I would make it the film to end the first full week of horror films.  

Fright Night Original Trailer 



Did I mention the podcast.  Our first Podcast in over a year is up on iTunes.  Please listen to it, subscribe,and rate it to help us get more exposure.  This episode is Horror Films for People who hate Horror Films.

Body Count on iTunes

Direct Download



31 Days of Pure Horror (Day Six--Horns)

Horns is based on a novel by Joe Hill, one of Stephen King's horror-writing sons.  As I have mentioned already this month, I'm a huge fan of Hill's comic series Locke & Key.  I've been a little more lukewarm on his novels.  However, I really liked Horns from start to finish.  This is the story of a young man who is a suspect in the murder and rape of his girlfriend.  His life is spiralling out of control until one morning when he wakes up with horns budding from the top of his head.  He figures out pretty quickly that people he is in contact with suddenly can't lie to him, and they all reveal their baser nature.  It is a bit like when Young Goodman Brown is walking in the would to the ritual and runs into all the supposedly upstanding citizens who are actually in league with the devil.  Of course, he uses his new powers to attempt to solve his girlfriends murder.  Things grow progressively darker as the novel goes on, and I found it compelling throughout.  The movie adaptation stars Daniel Radcliffe as the protagonist.  I really like him as an actor, so I have high hopes for this one.  

Horns Trailer



Quite Quotable

“Intelligence resembles insanity only on the stupid.” 

Harry Harrison, The Technicolor Time Machine


31 Days of Pure Horror (Day Five--A Review of Oculus)

Oculus (2013)

I had high hopes of Oculus.  Andrés Muschietti’s Mama was one of my favorite horror films the year it was released.  I thought that film was truly scary, especially the scenes with the feral kids moving unnaturally through the cabin.  The basic story has potential, but sadly, the film isn’t what I had hoped.

When they were children, Kaylie and Tim Russell survived a terrible experience which left both their mother and father dead, the latter at the hands of 10 year-old Tim.  Tim ends up in a home for the mentally ill and his sister is put into the foster care system.  Oculus takes place eleven years later as Tim is released from the hospital and his sister lures him back to their family home to confront the evil that killed their parents (an evil that resides, as the title would suggest, in an antique mirror that appears to absorb the souls of those it kills).

It is a decent set up rife with opportunities for eerie moments and pedestrian jump scares.  Unfortunately, Muschietti’s film doesn’t deliver either in any measure. The creepiness is minimized by the poorly designed “ghosts” which just look too much like those we’ve seen in dozens of other films.  The jump scares are so telegraphed that I can’t imagine many people would be caught off guard by them.

The key conceit in the filmmaking is the parallel editing of the events of the past and the present.  We learn what happened in the past at the same time we are watching the current events play out.  I can see what the director and editor were going for, but instead of feeling me with mystery and fear, each time they use sleight-of-hand editing to make me unsure which era I was in any sense of dread that had built up simply vaporized.  By the time the final events unfolded, I was completely emotionally divorced from the proceedings. 

It isn’t all bad.  Karen Gillan turns in a believable performance as the adult Kaylie, and Benton Thwaites  is even better as her brother.  The two children playing the characters in flashback are even better than the adult leads.  Additionally, the film is well shot, for the most part, and though it is far from the feast for the eyes that Mama was, the mise-en-scene in general is well done.  My main problem, in the end, is that I didn’t care what happened to the adult versions of these characters, especially Kaylie, who seems oblivious to the effect her efforts are having on her younger brother.  


31 Days of Pure Horror (Day Four--The Monster Squad + Haunted)

The Monster Squad came out when I was a Sophomore in college and was aimed well younger than my demographic.  As such, I never got around to seeing it despite hearing from others that it was really good.  Years later, I started getting students in class that saw Monster Squad as one of the films that got them into the genre.  Eventually I picked it up, but I still haven't got around to watching it.  Tonights is the night.  Given my love for Fright Night and the classic Universal monsters, this 80's tale of a group of youngsters trying to fight off Dracula and his cohorts should be right up my alley.  

Ghosted (Image Comics)

The other horror on my to-do list for tonight is to read a few more issues of Ghosted, one of the best horror comics out at the moment (I'll probably discuss Rachel Rising and Afterlife with Archie later in the month).  Ghosted features a protagonist partially inspired by Danny Ocean from Ocean's 11.  He is capable of putting together a team and stealing anything that he (or a client wants).  When we meet Jackson Winters, however, he is in prison after a failed heist that left all of his crew dead.  He is broken out of prison at the whim of a mad billionaire who need him to steal a ghost from a famous haunted mansion.  The story is interesting and well-told.  The art is great throughout.  I really enjoyed the first three issues and have high hopes that it will join Locke & Key and Rachel Rising as horror comics that elevate the genre in that format.