As we count the days to when another beloved musician passes or injects himself into politics, let’s take a long look back at the week and see what’s happened in the world of the weird, the bizarre, the horrific:
- A must-see pressbook from one of the best films ever made, The Warriors, fell out of Zombos’ Closet. Come out to playy-ayyy!
- Full Moon Reviews reviewed the 2014 movie Nurse: “NURSE 3D is obviously a horror film since our lead character is a serial killer with some emotional issues towards adulterous men. It’s not really scary, but I can instantly see why it would fall within the horror genre. However, NURSE 3D is also supposed to be a comedy. And… I didn’t really laugh much. Niecy Nash’s character had some chuckle-worthy moments, but nothing about NURSE 3D made me bust a gut or anything, even unintentionally.”
- Nev Murray reviewed Toneye Eyenot’s The Scarlett Curse: Sacred Blade of Profanity at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: “This Book One to me, was confusing. When the story begins you are dropped straight in the middle of it. No explanations and no build up, just bam and the action starts. Now, in some ways, I like this idea but I would have liked it a bit more if there had been some explaining later in the book about how Scarlett came to own the blade and what it’s true history was.”
- Almost 100 schoolchildren have been demonically possessed in Peru, it seems: “In what has been described as a mass case of demonic possession, the pupils in Peru are experiencing seizures alongside their horrifying hallucinations. Experts have struggled to explain the strange goings-on, which also include widespread convulsions and fainting at the school, reportedly built on a Mafia graveyard. According to local reports, as many as 80 students at the Elsa Perea Flores School in northern Peru’s Tarapoto have been experiencing the supposedly contagious ‘condition’ since last month.”
- Who doesn’t like Mexican vampire films? Taliesin meets the vampires doesn’t. Which means he does: “Oh, you just have to love Mexican Horror Cinema. Even when it begs, steals and borrows, and even when it isn’t the best example, there are more often than not moments that make a vehicle worthwhile.”
- At his invaluable R’lyeh Tribune, Sean Eaton discussed the apocalyptic tale Till A’ the Seas: “With his tolerance for higher temperatures, Lovecraft might have been one of the last survivors in Robert H. Barlow’s apocalyptic piece, Till A’ the Seas (1935), which he co-wrote with his younger friend. The two worked on the draft together till 3:00 a.m. one New Year’s night, according to S.T. Joshi. Barlow was 16 at the time.”
- The Movie Critic Next Door reviewed the movie Heir at The Slaughtered Bird: “Pretty much everyone and everything in Heir is creepy, though. Robert Nolan plays Gordon, who you can tell instantly is haunted by something dark in his past, and in himself. He’s taking his son, Paul (Mateo D’Avino), along for a nice road trip as he visits an old “college friend”, Denis (Bill Oberst Jr.), and if you believe for a second that they’re college buddies I have a lovely little bridge I’m looking to sell.”
- The Horrors of It All brought us the story A Grave Situation from the May 1953 issue of The Thing #8.
- From the House of Self-Indulgence came a review of Happy Campers: “Written and directed by the writer of Heathers, the film, as expected, is darkly humorous and refreshingly unsentimental. But like I was saying, it put me in a bit of a bind. And that is, repeatedly forcing me to choose between two actresses I have the hots for. Granted, the characters in the film itself seem to have no trouble whatsoever making their decision (they either went with Swain or King), but I’m not Brad Renfro (Ghost World) or the Xander-esque Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek).”
- Here, I discussed leaving Facebook and pointed you to a review I wrote at The Slaughtered Bird of David A Riley’s His Own Mad Demons. As it turns out, I was right to quit the platform. At least one credible study shows a link between social media use and depression. As I said to my wife about quitting Facebook, “Everyone’s on Facebook and nobody’s happy.”
(Theme song for this week’s Friday Links: Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants.)