‘Dance of the Dead’ (2005)

Robert Englund as the Twisted MC in "Dance of the Dead".
Robert Englund as the Twisted MC in "Dance of the Dead".

from Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series

Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jessica Lowndes, Robert Englund, Melena Ronnis, Marilyn Norry

PLOT
This story revolves around a post-apocalyptic town where re-animated corpses of friends and enemies dance on stage for the few people who survived a nuclear holocaust. Peggy, a naïve girl, learns of the dangers of the outside world and the sacrifices made to guarantee her survival. (from tv.com)

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REVIEW: ‘Repo Men’ (2010)

Jude Law can't save the derivative wannabe "Repo Men".
Jude Law can't save the derivative wannabe "Repo Men".

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: Eric Garcia & Garrett Lerner
Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Braga
Running time: 111 minutes
Rated: R

It’s been almost 24 years since Geraldo Rivera had a good chunk of America glued to their TV sets waiting breathlessly as he unearthed the secrets and treasures hidden in the vault of one Alphonse Capone. In the end, all our intrepid reporter found was only the passage of time and the start of the long, unfinished journey back to credibility. Some things just don’t live up to the hype. Such is the case with “Repo Men”.

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Quickie Review: ‘The Devil’s Tomb’ (2009)

The road to hell is paved with Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies like "The Devil's Tomb".
The road to hell is paved with Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies like "The Devil's Tomb".

Directed by: Jason Connery
Written by: Keith Kjornes
Starring: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Taryn Manning, Henry Rollins, Valerie Cruz, Ray Winstone, Ron Perlman
Running time: 90 minutes
Rated: R

PLOT
A team of mercenaries under the command of hard-charging war veteran Mack (Gooding Jr.), are contracted by a mysterious CIA operative named Elissa (Cruz) to rescue a scientist (Perlman) working on an archeological discovery deep under the Middle Eastern desert. With the help of a mysterious priest (Rollins), Mack and his team soon discover the true secret of what lies beneath the sands. A secret that has been protected for thousands of years. A secret that is not of this Earth. (from IMDb)

Quickie Review

Lately it seems like every time a new Cuba Gooding Jr. movie comes out, I say, “Oh, how the mighty have fallen.” “The Devil’s Tomb” doesn’t change that. The long, slow, hellish descent of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s career continues ninety minutes at a time with this direct-to-video waste.

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‘Dreams in the Witch House’ (2005)

Ezra Godden as Walter Gilman in the Stuart Gordon directed "Dreams in the Witch House".
Ezra Godden as Walter Gilman in the Stuart Gordon directed "Dreams in the Witch House".

from Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Ezra Godden, Campbell Lane, Jay Brazeau, Chelah Horsdal

PLOT
Walter Gilman, a college student, rents a loft in a building in the New England town of Arkham. While studying inter dimensional string theory at college he is haunted by nightmares of a 17th-century witch and her rat with a human face. He must prevent the death of his neighbour’s baby at the hands of these forces while it’s possible he could become the murderer himself. (from tv.com)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft
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‘Incident On and Off a Mountain Road’ (2005)

Ellen (Bree Turner) struggles against Moonface (John DeSantis) in Don Coscarelli's "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road"
Ellen (Bree Turner) struggles against Moonface (John De Santis) in Don Coscarelli's "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road"

Showtime’s Master of Horrors series was one of my favorite quick horror fixes when I didn’t have time to watch a whole movie. It ran for two seasons before the plug was pulled on it for a variety of reasons – depending on who you listen to. Some of it was really good. Some of it, not so much. Here are my opinions, but I recommend you grab some of these and check them out for yourself. I’m going to give some quickie reviews here – starting with season one, episode one.

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OK, So I’m a Horror Writer

Hi, my name is Joe and I’m a horror writer.

I guess it’s taken me a while to get to the point where I can admit it in a straightforward fashion. It’s not, “I guess I’m a horror writer” or, “People tell me what I’m writing is horror” (which is not to be confused with people telling me my writing is horrible). Sometimes I sit and think it’s been a long twisting road to get here. The truth is, however, a case of life imitating art. It’s the act three twist that sets everything on its head: I didn’t go anywhere. I have always been here. Continue reading “OK, So I’m a Horror Writer”