Friday, July 22, 2005

DVD Review: Urban Legends- Bloody Mary

The third in the Urban Legend series starts out slow but after it gets going, it turns out to be a good little movie. When Mary Banner dies in 1969 on her prom night, her body is hidden by her date and she's never found. Fast forward to current times and when a group of high school jocks kidnap the school newspaper reporter who printed a scandalous photo of them and her two friends, Mary decides to come back for little payback. It's actually better than that quick synopsis. The film is shot very good, the acting is decent and the sound's not bad. This is a movie that could have easily been a crapper, but the director put enough care into it to make it better than alot of Direct-to-DVD fare available. I give it ***1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: Deep in the Woods

Another taste of horror from France and after seeing the trailer for it, I was excited to see it. I thought it was going to be a better film than Haute Tension. I was wrong. It was not better than Haute Tension and I was wrong to be excited about it. A group of actors are hired by a wheelchair bound man to put on a show for the strange little boy that lives with him in his sprawling wooded estate. I don't know if the kid is his son, nephew, friend or what, it's never revealed. Anyway, one by one the actors start to bite it. Oh yeah, plus there's a subplot dealing with a mad rapist running around the countryside. All this adds up to a crappy, hard to follow piece of French filmmaking. Don't get fooled by the trailer like I did, pass on it. 0 out of *****.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Book Review: The Loch by Steve Alten

What a ride! Steve Alten's latest book is his best so far and I'm wondering how he's going to top this one. He gets better and better with each book and The Loch blew me away. I've said it before on my site that I love everything about Nessie and hands down this is the best book about the old girl out there. Packed with action and more information about Scotland and Loch Ness than I ever thought existed, this is one entertaining and educational read. I actually learned things from this book. The plot follows Zachary Wallace, a fallen from grace marine scientist, who's called back to Scotland for his father's murder trial. While there, the beast attacks some tourists and Zach gets caught up in trying to find the reason why and put to rest his own "demons" from the past. The explanations of what Nessie is and how things got to be the way they are are all very believable and I have to say the best theories I've ever read on her. The best read of the summer, order it now from the picture on the right side of the site, you will love it and you won't be disappointed! I give The Loch ***** out of *****.