April 16th, 2012

Scary Books

Stuff To Ponder

Modern Family’ Quote:
“A real man would have just poisoned the soup.”

What is the point of ‘Terriers’?

Things I foresee for ‘Sherlock’ series 3. John having a desire to please Sherlock, who fails to reciprocate. John moulding himself around Sherlock’s routine & ideologies and being emotionally bullied for his trouble.

I am reading ‘Mansions of Darkness’
Scary Books

Movie Reviews: A Night To Remember + Mirror Mirror

A Night To Remember (1958)

The Titanic sinks in B&W after an obvious model ship brushes against a Styrofoam iceberg. There are class issues, idiot toffs, scrofular steerage types and David McCallum being stunningly good looking.

There’s panic, the band plays, there are stage Orish accents and a reprehensible lack of humanity. This was dull.

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Mirror Mirror (1990)

A large antique mirror looms in the home newly bought by a widow in a bad wig (Karen Black) and her emo daughter Megan (Rainbow Harvest). There is a demon in the mirror and it lurks, waiting and plotting.

Megan is befriended by Nikki (Kristin Dattilo) to the horror of Nikki’s meathead boyfriend. School mean girls Charlene (Charlie) and Kim (Dorit Sauer) bully Megan. The mirror demon gives Megan the illusion of power and control, but it is tricky and the body count rises. A realtor named Emelin (Yvonne De Carlo) tries to warn people to no avail.

People die and there is a downer ending. This is an enjoyably creepy atmospheric horror. It had three sequels.
Scary Books

Book Reviews: The Disciples of Cthulhu & The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & Catching Fire

The Disciples of Cthulhu Second Revised Edition Edward P. Berglund editor

A mediocre collection of okay stories. ‘The Tugging’, ‘Where Yidhra Walks’, ‘Glimpses’ and ‘The Terror From The Depths’ are the only things worth reading.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes and Watson fight crime! The highlights are Holmes’ encounter with Irene Adler in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, the unusual case of ‘The Man With The Twisted Lip, a Christmas goose contains something unexpected in ‘The Blue Carbuncle' and theft tears a family apart in ‘The Beryl Coronet’. This was okay.

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Katniss and Peeta survived the Hunger Games and are now the targets of the Capitol. There are District uprisings, for which Katniss has become a symbol. Katniss and Peeta face punishment from the Capitol as it seeks to purge the rebellious. The games have only just begun. This is a good dark sequel.