7 items from 2015
The death of horror pioneer Wes Craven has spawned an outpouring of warm remembrances from friends, collaborators and fellow fright-flick luminaries like John Carpenter and Joe Dante. See below for a roundup of reactions. Rose McGowan: Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist. #wescraven — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015 Shedding tears now. A giant has left us. #wescraven #always #liveon pic.twitter.com/t3ituQLgV1 — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015 Courteney Cox: Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x — Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015 John Carpenter: My friend Wes has left us too soon. He was truly an Old School director. I had a great time directing him. I'm... http://t.co/NCeEflbdhO — John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) August 31, 2015 Devastated to hear the news. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Editor’S Note: We had this scheduled to be published on July 30th which was also when the announcement of the First Wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2015 was announced.
Fiends, there is no doubt in my mind that the weeks in late September in Austin, TX is heaven on earth for a genre fan like me. Why? Two words – Fantastic Fest!
Every year, we’ve been trying to see if we can figure out what might play before those three separated waves of amazing content roll out. Some years, our guesses have been good. Some years, not so good. Even if these films don’t play at the best genre film festival in the United States, we hope that you put them on your radar, regardless. Most of our picks are from films that are on our radar and have possibly played other genre film festivals.
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- Andy Triefenbach
Prior to reading The Martian, I wasn't much of a "hard science fiction" fan. I liked sci-fi, sure, but it was more along the lines of Star Trek or Star Wars. Wonderful stories, but not exactly about the "science" part of sci-fi. So I went into this book expecting it to be dry or dull, despite the fact that many people had recommended it to me. They were right, I was wrong, because The Martian is easily one of the best books I've ever read, of any genre. I couldn't put it down, even when I fell ill and had to visit the emergency room — I took the book with me and could barely stop reading long enough for the medical team to perform exams and tests on me. »
Donna Hosie's The Devil's Intern builds a world that Kaci wants to return to, in this month's fiction book club choice...
I'm of two minds when it comes to this book. On the one hand, it has some captivating world building and most of the characters are interesting and likeable. On the other, I feel like it focuses on the wrong plot, if that makes sense. By that I mean that stories about not changing the past have been told over and over again, so the idea of not changing their deaths, however unfair, isn't exactly new ground. The plot to deal with Hell's overcrowding and get back at Up There, on the other hand...now that is something I am interested in reading about.
As far as the rest of it, I feel like there are too many plot holes for me to really get on board with the story. »
It's difficult for me to put my finger on why, exactly, I ultimately didn't like this book. The prose is decent, some of it is quite funny, and no one could ever accuse it of not being unique. Those are all things I usually love in entertainment. Several twists genuinely surprised me and I found all the central characters to be likeable to some degree.
I guess my problem is with David, in his capacity as an unreliable narrator.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against having an unreliable narrator wholesale; sometimes it works in interesting ways and makes for a better story. I think my problem is the specific brand of unreliable narration David is guilty of. He admits to Arnie at one point that he »
Doctor Who fan Neil Perryman introduced his Who-virgin wife to every episode, and Adventures With The Wife In Space is the result...
Television remote in hand, flicking through the channels, every so often an old episode of Doctor Who appears on my screen. Quite a lot of the time that episode seems to belong to either The Sea Devils or Inferno, and quite a lot of the time I end up watching it again, not because I'm a die-hard Whovian (which I'm not, although I fondly remember watching it when I was young) but because those episodes still work. There's a building sense of menace that overcomes the dodgy sets, and there's Jon Pertwee in his cloak, driving the action forward. He was a great Doctor for rushing around.
There's also the fact that these episodes are comfortable. I know them, and I like them. The whole concept of Doctor Who »
Hes got a knack for picking winners. John Dies at the End Tusk All Cheerleaders Die The Woman and Jug Face are just a few of the high quality recent pictures hes worked on. But for those who were unaware he also handled the special effects for the recently released Late Phases (available now on VOD and in select theaters) a wildly entertaining werewolf flick that features reliable genre contributor Nick Damici. »
7 items from 2015
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