The Ramones: “Pet Sematary”

What with all my newfound time quarantined at home, I’m devouring audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve read Pet Sematary a couple of times, but the audio is narrated by Michael C. Hall, which intrigues me, so I’m giving it a go. What better way to take one’s mind off a pandemic than with aContinue reading “The Ramones: “Pet Sematary””

‘The Tommyknockers’: Hostile Aliens, Corny Gadgets, and Gratuitous Sex Scenes (review)

Bobbi (Marg Helgenberger) is a writer living out in the Maine woods who (literally) stumbles onto a spaceship. Deciding it would be a good idea to dig it up, she and soon the whole town feel the effects of the aliens inside: they “become,” which involves having a ton of energy and being inspired toContinue reading “‘The Tommyknockers’: Hostile Aliens, Corny Gadgets, and Gratuitous Sex Scenes (review)”

‘Maximum Overdrive’ is Really…Gosh, I Love Emilio Estevez (review)

A rogue comet causes motor vehicles and random electronic items to become sentient and murderous. A group of survivors band together at a truck stop to hold the machines off. However, diesel trucks keep coming, with an endless thirst for gas. (For some reason, the gas pumps are layabouts, while the meat slicers are moreContinue reading “‘Maximum Overdrive’ is Really…Gosh, I Love Emilio Estevez (review)”

‘The Stand’: Dated and Super Long, but Gratifying (review)

A human-made plague that is accidentally loosed wipes out about 99% of the population. Guided by dreams of either a saintly old woman named Mother Abigail (Ruby Dee) or a scary guy named Flagg (Jamey Sheridan), the good survivors head to Colorado, and the bad ones go to Nevada. There’s a large cast of characters,Continue reading “‘The Stand’: Dated and Super Long, but Gratifying (review)”

‘The Mangler’: Tobe Hooper, Ted Levine, and Robert Englund–’nuff Said (review)

John (Ted Levine) is a gruff but lovable detective investigating a death at the Blue Ribbon Laundry: a woman was sucked into a steam ironer and flattened. His brother-in-law Mark (Daniel Matmor) immediately suspects the machine is possessed by a demon, and he’s right. John and Mark discover that the owner, Gartley (Robert Englund), deliberatelyContinue reading “‘The Mangler’: Tobe Hooper, Ted Levine, and Robert Englund–’nuff Said (review)”

‘The Langoliers’: *Siiiigh* (review)

Ten passengers on a plane awake from a nap to find that everyone else—including the pilot—has disappeared. Fortunately the captain apparently put the plane on autopilot before vanishing, and Brian the off-duty pilot (David Morse) is onboard. Besides Brian, there’s British spy Nick (Mark Lindsay Chapman), schoolteacher Laurel (Patricia Wettig), blind psychic kid Dinah (KateContinue reading “‘The Langoliers’: *Siiiigh* (review)”

John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is Deliciously Twisted (review)

John (Sam Neill) is an insurance investigator with a dim view of humanity. He’s hired by a publishing company to track down its star writer Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), who has disappeared with the last half of his new book, In the Mouth of Madness. John and editor Styles (Julie Carmen) take off for small-townContinue reading “John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is Deliciously Twisted (review)”

‘Dreamcatcher’: *makes puking noises* (review)

Four friends from childhood: Henry, a suicidal psychiatrist (Thomas Jane), Jonesy, a psychic teacher (Damian Lewis), Pete, a car salesman good at finding lost stuff (Timothy Olyphant), and not-much-going-for-him Beaver (Jason Lee) return to their cabin in the woods for their annual hunting trip. Unfortunately, they’re accosted by a variety of aliens, from the culturedContinue reading “‘Dreamcatcher’: *makes puking noises* (review)”

Five Things I Have to Grudgingly Concede About the 1997 Remake of ‘The Shining’

Of course it’s blasphemy to say that the remake of The Shining is superior to Stanley Kubrick’s original, but there are still some things to like about it. I’m working on a writing project about horror movies and parenting, and I’m writing a sub-section about psychotic parents. I tried to use the original, but JackContinue reading “Five Things I Have to Grudgingly Concede About the 1997 Remake of ‘The Shining’”