Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Corpse Bride Trailer

Go to the following link for the trailer to the upcoming Tim Burton stop motion film The Corpse Bride. I checked it out and it looks fantastic. It looks much cleaner and more smooth moving than Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton's movies are more like moving artwork to me and this one looks to continue the trend.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Book Review: Deception Point by Dan Brown

My life must be really boring, because I've never had the type of day that Rachel Sexton has in this political thriller by that DaVinci writer guy. This book is like an episode of 24 on steroids. There are more unbelievable escapes here than you could imagine and it all takes place in roughly, yep you guessed it, 24 hours. It takes me longer to clean out my garage than it takes Rachel to globetrot from Virginia to Washington to the arctic circle to the shores of New Jersey and back to Washington again. Damn, she's good! There are more twists and turns and deceptions in this book to mention, as well as a boat load of scientific jargon and equiptment that the author lets us know really does exist. Kudos to Dan Brown for his research capabilities, because he must be the most well informed dude on the planet. This wasn't a bad book, but I liked Angels and Demons and DaVinci better. And if I'm in the mood for some hi-tech action, I'll stick with James Rollins and Steve Alten. I give this book *** out of *****.

Riding The Bullet T.V Airdate.

The television version of Stephen King's e-book Riding the Bullet will be airing January 23rd at 8:00 pm on the USA Network. This is not the first time Director Mick Garris has helmed a Stephen King picture. His previous works include The Stand, Sleepwalkers, as well as the t.v. version of The Shining. He's currently working on another King adaption Desperation with Hellboy himself Ron Perlman playing lead. You can head on over to the USA website to check out the trailer.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Book Review: The Wyrm by Stephen Laws

I just finished this book and let me tell you, it was great! Leisure Books has really been rolling out some top quality work for a while now and this one is no exception. The book starts off slowly, but that's not a bad thing here. It gives you a little time to get to know the characters and the setting. The story drags you in and before you know it, you really care about these characters and what happens to them. Then as your getting cozy, BANG-the story takes off like rollercoaster and doesn't let up until the final page. I mean it, The Final Page! The best thing a writer can do is make you believe in the story and while the story is fiction of course, the characters in this book react how a real person would react to the happenings in the book. There are no unafraid heroes spouting out lame one liners in this book. I know I'm rambling about the characters but I just haven't read a book with believable characters in a very long time and this was like a breath of fresh air. The Wyrm pulls no punches when it comes to the terror and gore. Die hard gorehounds will love this book as the crimson practically pours off the page. I just can't say enough about this book. I wholeheartedly give it *****, and that's my highest rating! Thank you Leisure Books and thank you Stephen Laws.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Movie Review: Hatchetman

First things first, my feeling is the name of this movie is not meant to describe the film, but is in fact the nickname of the director of this crapfest. It basically tries to be a generic Scream ripoff and never can it be taken as a ripoff but it can easily be taken as generic. The story centers around Claudia, a college co-ed by day and stripper by night. Amazingly, all of the strippers that work at her club live in the same apartment complex. One by one they start turning up dead and fortunately, Claudia's boyfriend is the detective working the case. You can imagine my delirium as I watch one girl, who after the cop tells her it's dangerous and to stay together inside, decides that now is the time for her to do her laundry! The killer in the movie is equally ridiculous. The only positive thing I can say is that he fits the movie perfectly. Oh yeah, back to the strippers, alot of this movie is shot at the club so the director apparently thought to fill in the gaps of this 20 minute film with 70 minutes of T and A. Even that can't save this movie. Oh, damn you Hatchetman, damn you! I give it *.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Album of the Week: Famous Monsters by The Misfits

This CD rocks! Glenn who? This album delivers the goods from pulse pounding rythyms to the Misfits usual ghoulish lyrics, it is no less than a masterpiece! As far as I'm concerned, the Misfits can do no wrong. Saturday Night is one of my favorite tracks and it makes me think of drive-ins showing horror double features and cool fall nights and leather jackets (even though that was before my time). I give this album ****1/2 out of *****.

Book of the Week: The Hour Before Dark by Douglas Clegg

This is a great little book to read over a rainy weekend. It really sucks you into the story and needless to say, before you know it, your turning the last page. Clegg lives up to his reputation by bringing plenty of tension and suspense as well as more than a few eerie moments in this spookfest. I give this book ***1/2 out of *****.

Movie of the Week: Shaun of the Dead

I give this film **** out of *****. This is a modern horror classic. It has its funny parts and never takes itself too seriously. This is a great movie to just curl up on the couch and enjoy.

X-Men 3!!!

X-Men 3 is scheduled to begin shooting in June or July this year as we find out from Also exciting to find out is Famke Janssen looks to be returning to the series not as Jean Gray, but as possibly Dark Pheonix, a totally different character. Janssen is not currently under contract for the film but it looks promising. Currently, you can catch her in Hide and Seek.

Make love with Bruce Campbell?

The veteran thespian with the venerable chin has written a new book titled Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. It is the follow up to the hugely successful If Chins Could Talk: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor which I did read and highly recommend. Campbell described the book as a "gag relationship book" and explained that it is a work of fiction. The book is expected to be released June 1st. I know I can't wait to read it!

New X-Files movie in the works.

Good news X-File fans! A new movie is in the works with the original duo headlining.
David Duchovney told journalists that it will be a "stand alone horror movie". It reportedly has a more supernatural theme rather than the alien life theme from the 1998 movie. It has been a long 3 years since the show went off the air and since, no other show has truly stepped up to the plate to capture audiences imagination. Shooting is expected to begin later this year or early next year.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

NFL Conference Championship games set.

In the AFC, the Steelers will be playing host to the Patriots. I see the Pats paying the Steelers back for an earlier season loss and returning to the Big Game. Peyton Manning kept his Choking Club for Men membership active and I hear they are even building him his own wing at their headquarters. Hopefully next year we won't have to hear how great he his ALL YEAR because EVERY YEAR he proves how he isn't all that in the important games.

The NFC game should be a wild one. The Eagles proved they could win without T.O., but will Andy Reid get the hairball out of his throat and finally win the championship against the Falcons?
I think Atlanta pulls this one out, but it will be close. Minnesota should fire Mike Tice for his bonehead coaching against Philly. The Vikings had many chances to beat the Eagles throughout the game, but the play calling was terrible. Atlanta has a more balanced offense and a slightly better defense than the Vikes and if they diagnose the film of the game, they should have no problem dissecting the Eagle defense.

Anyway, I think it will be the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with the Pats winning again.