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Oh, The Horror! #41: The House Centipede

Oh, The Horror! #41: The House Centipede

By Greg in Blog on January 14, 2010

Okay, remember that post I made way back of Barry? Well, here's another critter, this one very much more common. So common that you can stumble upon it in your own bedroom, hell... right next to your freakin' pillow. Say hello to the common house centipede...Creepy as all hell, how could this NOT get it's own entry on Oh, The Horror!? This thing is horrific. Nothing with all those legs should exist. Their main purpose seems to be to just creep into your house and cause you to start scratching yourself while you climb a top of a chair, praying to all your Gods that it doesn't climb onto that specific chair you're standing on.Now, if you're not creeped out by this creature, you're set. It can in fact be very helpful around the house as they tend to eat a bunch of insects that infest your home. But it doesn't help that it's even scarier than the common spider or roach. These centipedes are harmless, but trust me, you can make a nightmarish horror film starring these things. Yulch!

Oh, The Horror! #40: The Shining

Oh, The Horror! #40: The Shining

By Greg in Blog on January 13, 2010

I know I've seen this before but I don't recall ANYTHING about it. But I finally bought the DVD and watched this a few nights ago and wow... just wow. This is a horror film. This is my type of horror movie. A lot of people know that my favorite horror is the one that focuses on the mind, the psychological horror sub-genre is my absolute favorite of the horror-verse, The Innocents being my absolute favorite horror film. The Shining, directed by legend Stanley Kubrick, is an automatic hit with me and is a classic from beginning to end. If you're a horror fan and haven't seen this film, what are you waiting for?The story follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) who has been hired to watch over an over-sized hotel for the winter while he gets space and time to write his novel. Along with him is his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd). Early on we discover Jack's previous drinking issues along with Danny's imaginary friend, Tony. Danny also seems to possess an ability referred to as The Shining, which we discover from the hotel's chef, Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers). It seems with these abilities, Danny can see things from the past and things that are going to happen, these things mostly being bad things. Jack is told by the manager of the hotel about the last family that stayed in the hotel and how the father went crazy and killed his wife and children with an axe then killed himself. Jack tells the manager that there's nothing to worry about and that he and his family are thrilled. Though I wouldn't quite say that as Danny starts to see weird visions of two creepy little girls asking to play with him and a hall way being filled with blood. As the months pass by, Jack slowly begins to get grumpier as he attempts to finish his story and gets incredible terrifying around Wendy who just wants to be a loving wife, so it's completely frightening when Wendy begins to fight for her life when Jack finally loses it through push from the weird supernatural elements in the hotel.Wonderfully shot and directed, the musical score throughout is completely masterful and lends really well to this creepy masterpiece. The performances are all top-notch, my favorite being from Shelley Duvall as the very sympathetic and loving Wendy as you wonder if she'll lose her mind when both her child and husband start to crack in this mysterious hotel. Now the movie isn't without it's faults. The only fault I have with the film was that I felt a lot of beats and pieces to the story were missing. Time just goes by and we see the passage of time, but I just wish we got to see more. Jack's transformation seems to almost come out of left field although there's signs of it through gradual build up from the beginning of the movie. Also, reading how much King dislikes this film and seeing a lot of story sub-plots that was excluded for this film does make me ponder, but excluding all that other stuff, the film stands completely well on it's own. My favorite type of horror film indeed.Originally Pubished at: Minds of Greg

It was the best of times...

It was the best of times...

By starlord in Blog on January 11, 2010

Hello true believers! It is I, Starlord, starting my own Super Geek Blog as part of my New Years resolution. For those who don't know me, I'm a gay man in his forties whose love for everything comics and superheroes goes back as far as I can remember. I have a husband of nearly 13 years and we have four wonderful children that we share with two beautiful ladies who have been partners for over 20 years. I spend most of my time on two websites, on my down time, and sometimes on my work time. http://www.dc2universe.com/ is a fan fiction site that has been blossoming for nearly 5 years now. It has been my privilege to have contributed to this site from nearly the beginning. I'm very proud of what my friends and I have accomplished over there. The other site I can be found on is The Outhouse: http://www.outhousers.com/. This is a fan based website that has news articles, reviews, and interviews; as well as one of the coolest forums you could ever want to post in. Thanks to Lord Simian (his code name of course), I have had the opportunity to interview such great comic writers as Kurt Busiek, Mike Carey, and actors Doug Jones, Michael Hogan and Galen Tyrol. Now if you don't at least recognize those last two names, please hand over your Geek card. In the end I'm not sure who will end up reading this, but I hope you respond to my thoughts about everything from comics, television, movies, and online human relationships. I'd like to start my first few blogs with what I consider to be the 5 best and worst of Marvel and DC comics in 2009. I'll start with Marvel. Marvel (The Best) 5. Dark Reign: This "event" flowed rather organically from last years Secret Invasion where Tony Stark fell flat on his face as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Who saved the day? Norman Osborne of all people! This started a cascade of events that lead to Norman's rise as the all powerful head of H.A.M.M.E.R. Now I do have one issue about this plot that I will address in my worst, but I can't deny that this story that has wrapped itself so intricately through out the Marvel Universe hasn't been one of the most fascinating stories that either of the big two have done in years. 4. X-Men Legacy: My second favorite of the X-Titles this year. Mike Carey spent more than half a year rebuilding and really humanizing Professor Charles Xavier. The journey that the Professor went on was fascinating as we watched him pick up the pieces of his shattered mind while making up for the hurt he had caused so many of his students in the last ten years. It was an extraordinary journey that more than deserves to be in my personal top 5. 3. The Invincible Iron Man: This spot was hard for me to fill since all three top tier Avengers had a pretty good year, but Matt Fraction's Iron Man was by far the best of the three. The fall of the most powerful (and rather arrogant) man in Marvel was so well done that by the time Tony had lost most of his mind by his own accord (rather than put all his secrets in the hands of that loony Osborne) it seemed that every one who had despised him during the Civil War found themselves once again rooting for him. This was no easy feat to pull off since arguably it can be said that his actions were an indirect cause of the "death" of Captain America. This story is far from over, and as long as Matt Fraction keeps up the great storytelling, I don't see a downward turn in this title anywhere in the near future. 2: Brian Michael Bendis: This is going to be hard to explain, especially if you are from The Outhouse and reading this. I'm not Brian's number one fan - far from it. I've always had an issue with his writing, mainly his dialogue. However, I would be an idiot not to deny that Marvel is what it is because of this man. As a plotter he is the absolute best at what he does (yeah, I said it). Since Avengers Disassembled he's lead the Marvel Universe through a maze of events that have actually flowed one from the other in a nearly perfect way. NOT that there haven't been some HUGE blunders (at least for me), but there's a reason why Marvel is at the top of their game right now and this is the man who has done it. So kudos where kudos are due. 1. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning: I chose them as number one not just because of their terrific "War of Kings" event that brought the Inhumans back into the limelight and made Scott and Alex Summers' other brother an interesting character; but also because they have, this year, created a brilliant piece of the Marvel Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. Add to that their mini's that have shown the after effects of the "War of Kings" and you've got the hottest writing duo on the planet right now. Their dialogue is spot on with wonderful humor as well as some great poignant moments. The loss of Adam Warlock and half their team in Guardians this year was probably my number one read of 2009. Bravo guys! Keep up the great work. Marvel (The Worst) 5. Brian Michael Bendis: How can he be on both lists? Simple, just take any issue of Ultimate Spider-Man (my favorite Bendis book) and compare it to any of his many Avenger books. Go ahead, I'll wait... Did you see it? Everyone sounds the same! Everyone has a quip and seems to be able to roll witty banter off their tongue as easy as Peter Parker. I think last year I put him number one or two on this list, but he's dropped down to the bottom at least. I don't know if that means he's getting better to me (His one shot story of Ares and his son was amazing - no doubt), or if I'm slowly becoming a Marvel Zombie. GULP! 4. Ultimate Spider-Man: This was my favorite Spidey book up until the whole Ultimatum mess. After wiping out New York City, thanks to the evil mutant Magneto, Bendis changed the status quo of this title by showing New Yorkers just how much of a hero Peter really is. My problem with this book is two fold. First, the stories now feel about stale, where as in the first volume Bendis always seemed to be taking the 616 universe and turning it on its ears. Now everyone seems to be treading water. Second, the art. Way to close to a Manga style for my taste. I miss Bagley horribly. Please come back! 3. Captain America Reborn: Don't get me wrong, my love for Brubaker remains strong, but even one of the greats can have an off title, and this is his (though I was very disappointed with his rather short run on Uncanny X-Men as well). The way he brought Steve back is okay, if not done before in its own way, but the fact that we now have Steve Rogers running around in other Marvel titles while still not officially back yet in this "big event" mini is frustrating. I want my continuity for these moments. What's next? Will we be reading a funeral scene in New Avengers before Siege is finished? Sorry Mr. Brubaker, not only is this poorly timed, but after the most excellent way you "killed off" Steve, the return seems long, dragged out, and slightly boring. 2. Marvel's United States Government: Norman Osborne? Really?!?! Does the government in Marvel's Universe have no secret intelligence at all? Does no one have a clue who this guy really is?! Who in their right mind would place a deranged megalomaniac in charge of the nations defense? This is a man who had done some pretty heinous things that somebody in Washington D.C. had to have known about. You can't tell me that nobody knows what kind of psychotic loon he really is. It's just unbelievable that they would have given Norman this much power to begin... what's that? Dick Cheney? Huh... well... never mind... 1. The Sentry: No big surprise here. Unless Bendis can pull a Harvey sized rabbit out of his hat, this guy is going to go down as the biggest waist of space in Avengers history. In comparison, even Dr. Druid looks good. There's way too much access baggage that has never fully been explored in any of the Avengers books to make him even remotely sympathetic. In fact it would be safe for me to say that if by some luck he has some kind of sacrificial moment at the end of Siege that is totally mind blowing... I won't care. In fact, I'd probably dance on this pretend heroes pretend grave. Here's hoping that Benids, Joe Q., and Marvel will do the right thing by Bob and put us out of our... I mean him out of our misery. So that's it for my first blog! In the next few days I shall write my second entry where I talk about the best and worst of DC and announce which of the big two I thought was superior to the other in 2009. Until then, this is your friendly neighborhood geek, Starlord, signing off. This blog has been syndicated from Starlord's Corner.

The Marquis: Inferno

The Marquis: Inferno

By David Bird in Blog on January 10, 2010

Writer: Guy Davis, Artist: Guy Davis Published by Dark Horse, 2009 As an artist, Guy Davis can do anything and do it well. In the design of each page and panel, the depiction of epic battles and subtle emotions, of historical minutiae and undreamt of technology, the range and depth of his skill stands up to anyone’s. I’ve known that for some time. The Marquis: Inferno was my introduction to Davis the writer. It collects three stories written between 1997 and 2003 and introduces Vol de Galle, an inquisitor who lives in a world loosely modeled on 18th century France, and has spent his life serving a Church very different from any that we would recognize. Principle among its teachings is the idea that evil behavior is not caused by our own agency but by the influence of devils. Armed with a mask that allows him to see the demons, de Galle becomes the feared Marquis, and launches a one man war against the monsters who inhabit the city of Venisalle. The strongest story is Danse Macabre. It introduces the zealous de Galle, a man plagued by doubts, about himself and his faith. I found I could take the story at face value, but that it was also open to an alternative interpretation: that his actions are those of a madman. That de Galle’s battle with his faith and its hypocrisy have broken his mind. Even his revelation in chapter five can be read an attempt to rework his initial rationale in order to continue his crusade. That the next two stories make it clear that the book really is about the Marquis sending demons back to Hell was almost a disappointment. In his introduction Mignola writes of Davis’ obvious love for monsters, but I can’t think of another artist who comes close to portraying the horrors of damnation. Most comic book monsters lean on Kirby or Lovecraft (or both), but Davis’ Hell would thrill Hieronymus Bosch. As a reviewer I almost always write very positive reviews, and, though they tend to lack the pithy quotes ad copy writers look for, I sometimes worry that I don’t come across as balanced as I should (as I am!). The fact is I don’t have to write reviews and I don’t enjoy tearing things down. I do read comics I think are absolute rubbish, but I am rarely motivated to waste any more time on them by reviewing them. I want to give a more balanced representation of what I read, but I have more interesting things to do with my time rant on about what annoys me (usually, and last week’s review notwithstanding). My review of The Marquis is not going to change anything. Having already praised Davis’ artistic talents, I have to say his writing matches it incredibly well and that this book establishes him as one of the best cartoonists in the medium. I look forward to three new volumes beginning this year. Originally Published on David Bird's Blog. See the original post here .


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Top 20 Albums of 2009

Top 20 Albums of 2009

By in Blog on January 10, 2010

# Artist Album Label 1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy| 2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy| 3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy| 4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy| 5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy| 6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy| 7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy| 8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy| 9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy| 10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy| 11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy| 12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy| 13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy| 14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy| 15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy| 16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy| 17. Lou Barlow Goodnight [...]

The Winter Men

The Winter Men

By David Bird in Blog on January 4, 2010

Writer: Brett Lewis, Artist John Paul LeonPublished by DC/Wildstorm 2009There are a lot of ways to start a review, but a rant isn’t one of them. Usually. But bear with me.We live in an era of fanboy saturation. When a title can foster more discussion than sales. So why is it that far too few people have heard of, let alone read, one of the best titles of the “aughts”?The importance of a consistent publishing schedule is a lesson the comics industry never seems to learn. The Winter Men was originally solicited as a Vertigo title in 2003, but didn’t see print for another two years and then at Vertigo’s sister imprint, Wildstorm. The first two issues came out a month apart. The third issue two months later. Then there was a five month wait for issue four, another six months for issue five, and a far too long twenty-six month wait for the sixth and final issue. And originally it was said to have an eight issue story arc, but that was shortened to six (though the last issue was double-lengthed, so maybe they split the difference). By the time that last issue did come out, the title had fallen off my radar and a revised pull list. As big a fan as I am, why would I keep track of a comic that wasn’t being produced? I only got a copy of the last issue because I happened to be in a comic shop (and not my usual one) when the clerks were debating what to do with the single issue of a title they had been shipped. Perhaps this customer of theirs would like it? I took one look at what they were talking about and said, I would like it! I bought it then and there. When Leon was asked about all the delays, he replied, “I wouldn’t want to badmouth my writer, so I’ll just leave it as two words - not me.” I don’t know whether Lewis ever responded to that, but six issues in forty months? Of course, it bled readers.Thank you. End of rant. On to the review.The Winter Men is the story of Kris Kalenov, a Russian policeman struggling to maintain some semblance of integrity in the chaos that followed to fall of the Soviet Union. When circumstances put him on the trail of a kidnapped child, readers are drawn into a world of gangsters, politicos, and the anything-for-a-buck ethos of Moscow in the 90s. We also learn of Kalenov’s own astonishing past. He once led a squad of rocket soldiers, part of a tech superhero program developed by the Soviets themselves as a counter to their own meta hero, The Hammer of the Revolution. In a world where personal loyalties and connections trump all else, Kalenov finds himself ever relying his old squad.The first three issues concentrate on the story of the kidnapping and serve to introduce us to a varied and vivid picture of Russian life in the Yeltsin era, from Moscow to New York to the Caucasus. The next three issues work like an inverted matryoshka doll, expanding and enriching the story. Making it larger and more personal. Each of the last three issues, interestingly, given the publication delays, could also serve as an ending for the series. The fourth, my favorite issue, would leave us with a day in the life a two Muscovites, a cop and a gangster, struggling to keep afloat in their new reality. It would have made for a quiet, sad resolution. The fifth issue is anything but quiet, as the former rocket soldiers strike back at the people who have been manipulating events and bring the bad guys to justice. Sort of. It was certainly a more typical comic book ending, but it lacked the gravity the story seems to call for. And that brings us to the final chapter, which brings it all together for a grand finish by going back to the squad’s original purpose.Lewis and Leon do an incredible job creating characters and an environment that seem so real you feel it must have actually been like this before Putin began his clamp down. In the end my only disappointment was that Wildstorm hadn’t put the thing out in a hard cover format. It deserves it.


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Album Review:  Flaming Lips – Embryonic (2009)

Album Review: Flaming Lips – Embryonic (2009)

By in Blog on December 29, 2009

Rating Track # Sound Code Name Duration *** 1 M Convinced of the Hex 3:59 ** 2 M Sparrow Looks Up at the Machine 4:17 *** 3 ML Evil 5:41 * 4 M Aquarious Sabotage 2:13 *** 5 MH See the Leaves 4:27 ** 6 ML IF 2:08 ** 7 ML Gemini Syringes 3:44 ** 8 M Your Bats 2:38 ** 9 M Powerless 7:00 *** 10 MH Ego’s Last Stand 5:43 *** 11 M I Can Be a Frog 2:17 *** 12 M Sagittarius Silver Announcement 3:02 *** 13 MH Worm Mountain 5:25 ** 14 M Scorpio Sword 2:05 ** 15 M Impulse 3:32 *** 16 M Silver Trembling Hands 4:02 * 17 L Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast 3:47 *** 18 M Watching the Planets 5:20 (Go to this link for the explanation of the review format) Even though I decided to call my site “The Music Snob”, I don’t [...]


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Rave Ups:  The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

Rave Ups: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

By in Blog on December 26, 2009

Woody was born in 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma and started on his ramblin’ ways at an early age.  He moved from Pampa, Texas to California to New York City; drifting through the rest of America in between.  The musical impact of Guthrie is immeasurable to modern folk music as well as popular music as a [...]

Oh, The Horror! #39: Attack of the Killer Foot!

Oh, The Horror! #39: Attack of the Killer Foot!

By Greg in Blog on December 19, 2009

The final cut/version of my editing project. Had a ton of fun making this. This is my homage to two of my favorite horror films, Psycho and Jaws, and of some of the old cheesy no-good B&W horror films that had a bit of fun element to them still. Besides the score riffs, I had some inspiration from the great Eraserhead film that made this an even more fun experience.Was glad to hear a lot of good feedback during the final showing and some good laughter, especially at some of the identical scenes from this and Psycho which I was hoping to hear.Attack of the Killer Foot Final Cut from Greg Anderson-Elysee on Vimeo.

Oh, The Horror! #38: Greedy Fly by Bush and Marcus Nispel

Oh, The Horror! #38: Greedy Fly by Bush and Marcus Nispel

By Greg in Blog on December 7, 2009

One of my favorite bands and favorite videos ever. From Razorblade Suitcase, Greedy Fly was the second single off that album. Gavin has said of the song, "...You invite thing into your life; you know, that we are all ‘servants of out formulaic ways." For a few years know I've analyzed the song to be about suicide and the weird thought process of it.“This was our ridiculous movie, shot in the same building where they filmed ‘Seven.’ It was just crazy. We spent almost half a million quid on it, which is a stupid, immoral amount of money that I can’t really justify. It was fun to have done an epic like that once.”- Gavin “We sort of tried doing one mad Interscope vieo sort of thing, big budget like a rock version answer to a rap video. It was kind of fun to do, but I felt a bit immoral doing it.”- GavinBut anyways, Marcus Nispel, the director of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, directed this fantastic horror video. I dare you to watch it and not feel a bit weirded out or confused about it. A short movie running about 7 minutes, Nispel does a great job setting up a strange and dark mood and atmosphere.

Attack of the Killer Foot rough cut

Attack of the Killer Foot rough cut

By Greg in Blog on December 4, 2009

A film I originally made with my sister and sadly lost the footage. For editing class, decided to reshoot it, this time with a better camera, lights, tripod, a small crew composed of family, etc. This is a rough cut of the project, a homage to two of my favorite horror films: Jaws and Psycho. Sound and music will be added later for the fine/final cut. Hope you like it, tell me what you think...Attack of the Killer Foot Rough Cut from Greg Anderson-Elysee on Vimeo.


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Can the New Album from Them Crooked Vultures SAVE ROCK N' ROLL?!

Can the New Album from Them Crooked Vultures SAVE ROCK N' ROLL?!

By Jude Terror in Blog on November 19, 2009

Jude Terror brings you the scoop on the new self-titled debut album from the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures! Will it SAVE ROCK N' ROLL?! Probably not, but read this anyway!


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Rave Ups – Woody Guthrie Documentaries on DVD

Rave Ups – Woody Guthrie Documentaries on DVD

By in Blog on November 18, 2009

There are two documentary films available about American Folk legend Woody Guthrie.  The first released in 2005 is called Woody Guthrie:  This Machine Kills Fascists.  The other is a PBS documentary from the American Masters series that was released in 2007 called Woody Guthrie – Ain’t Got No Home. Both films are pretty similar, obviously sharing [...]

Who Would You Rather 4?

Who Would You Rather 4?

By MF in Blog on November 17, 2009

I know I know. I've been gone for about 7 months. Bite me.Today's edition of Who Would You Rather? focuses on the girls of the WB. Let's not waste any time. From left: Leighton Meester, Jessica Szohr, Taylor Momsen and Blake LivelyGossip GirlFor a lot of people, these girls should win this. But for me, most of these girls are underwhelming. Blake Lively has an amazing body and I think she's allergic to bras, but there is something about her face that reminds me of the Sea Hag from Popeye. Leighton Meester is ok, but just has a boring look. Taylor Momsen is 16 and from photos is made up to look like a Raggedy Ann doll so go get your pedophile fix somewhere else. Jessica Szohr is alright, but nothing to write home about. The Gossip Girl girls are good, but that's about it. At least they aren't as bad as my next entry: From left: Jessica Stroup, Shenae Grimes, Jessica Lowndes and AnnaLynne McCord90210 Where to begin with this group? Ok, let me start by saying that Jessica Lowndes is very hot: Now with that out of the way, this is the photo I considered using for the rest of the cast: Tori Spelling leads the new 90210 cast members on their first day on set.Where did they find these girls? Obviously the casting director was not a guy, because not self-respecting straight man would've picked these girls. When I long for the days of Donna Martin graduating because of her looks, then I know there's a problem. From left: Stephanie Jacobsen, Jessica Lucas, Laura Leighton, Katie Cassidy and Ashlee SimpsonMelrose PlaceLaura Leighton is 41 years old. She wasn't hot when the show first started and she's not hot now. Ashlee Simpson has improved, but there was nowhere else for her to go but up. Katie Cassidy and Stephanie Jacobsen have amazing bodies and they are both pretty hot, but there is one girl that stands out and that is Jessica Lucas. From left: Jessica Lucas and Mrs. HowellLook at that body. Holy crap! This girl is so fine that she beats the previous two casts almost singlehandedly. Hopefully, Melrose Place gets cancelled soon and she goes on to a great career in something better. Or porn. From left: Sara Canning, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola and Kayla EwellVampire DiariesBut our winners are the girls of Vampire Diaries. Firstly, these girls are hot even in their mugshots after getting arrested for flashing motorists from a highway bridge.  All of these girls have amazing bodies and are cute to boot. Nina Dobrev is the star of the show and she has legs that run up to her head. She is gorgeous and in any other world, she would be the hottest girl from her show. But alas, it is not meant to be: 0Meet Katerina Graham. And with that, the girls of Vampire Diaries destroy all three other shows combined.Thoughts? 1

Oh, The Horror! #37: The Mist

Oh, The Horror! #37: The Mist

By Greg in Blog on November 15, 2009

I've wanted to see this movie since it came out two years ago and finally caught it. Written for the screen and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from a novella by Stephen King, Darabont and crew develop a wonderfully directed and acted piece of horror film which I will say is very underrated. Sure, I've heard a few people here and there praise the film but I honestly feel it could get a bit more. This is definitely on the list of actual great horror films in the past few years which people don't like to acknowledge when they say the horror genre is dead.The ensemble cast is lead by manly-man Thomas Jane as David Drayton, a loving and caring father who takes charge of a strange situation after a thunderstorm hits town. After the storm, David and his wife and child notices a strange mist coming from the mountains. They casually shrug it off as David decides to go into town to buy supplies for home along with his son and his neighbor who has had past tension with him, played greatly by Andre Braugher. While at the supermarket, Dan Miller (Jeffrey DeMunn) rushes to the store with a bloody nose claiming that there was something in the mist. He gets people to shut the market door as people outside of the mist start screaming in agony and soon enough, the mysterious mist surrounds the whole market place. Theories begin to pass around about the cause and effects of this strange mist and what people should do. While in the supermarket, we're introduced to a variety of different characters, played wonderfully by their actors. Among them that truly steals the show is Marcia Gay Harden who portrays religious zealot Mrs. Carmody who sees the strange situation as the Wrath of God coming to punish his sinful children. I will say, though, although I absolutely loved this character, aspects of this character starts to become a bit too extreme and I do feel that the constant portrayal of religiously heavy characters like Mrs. Carmody could get a bit annoying in contrast to actual Christians with a grand faith. But I'll just leave it at that as I refuse to say too much. Another character that stands out is Irene Reppler (Frances Sternhagen) an elderly school teacher who thinks for herself and kicks monster ass. As the day goes by, people begin to die one-by-one as people attempt to escape and investigate as strange giant bug creatures break into the store, causing havoc and death.The thing that I love about the movie is that although this could be classified under monster film, it's truly a study of humans and how they handle themselves under stress and the effects they cause on people and situations around them. I'm more interesting in the things they say to each other and what they do then who's going to die next and how the monsters look. Now not to say I don't get tense when they go out and a creature is around them, but the film truly shines on the characters and their decisions and relationships to each other. Some are very caring to each other, some very violent, some attempting to find an easier way out of life through the situation that arises them. This aspect of the film makes me think of The Walking Dead, a comic book character study about a group of people who struggle to live on after the world is infected by zombies, written beautifully by Robert Kirkman. Awesomely enough, Darabont himself is heavily attached to the upcoming Walking Dead TV series.But back to the movie, highly recommend. Seek this out if you haven't. Great directing, acting cast, and good suspense.The use of music works perfectly as it's actually not that noticeable. The rise in tension is used perfectly when no music is played and when it does play, it's a very beautifully composed sordid and menacing sounding piece that helps dig the strangeness under your skin. For the people who can't get into their head that gore doesn't make a horror movie, there's at least a bit here for them as the slight gory scenes really stand out but don't particularly pull you out of the story or take center stage. Though one particular scene when a bunch of spiders creep out of a man truly gets me itching and uneasy. Yeeesh! I don't want to say too much because the movie came as an absolute surprise of how good it was and I'm glad I avoided all reviews and spoilers besides people here and there telling me it was a great movie. And the end, oh boy the ending! It was advertised on the trailers about how insane the ending of this movie was and I just fell in love with it. A bit of a predictable ending, but still heart-wrenching and a perfect ending for this movie.

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