Short Films – This short (2:00) frightening film was uploaded to YouTube in October of 2017 (on Halloween) by Julian Terry. The synopsis:
A young woman, alone and in bed, is woken up in the middle of the night when her Amazon Echo begins to respond to a whispered voice she cannot hear.
I’m usually not much into Horror films, but I thought this one was unusual in its use of technology. I’m sure it was a hit on Halloween night. A good film!
Trailers – “Missions” is a 10-part French science fiction / horror series released on the horror streaming service from AMC, Shudder. The dialog is in French with English subtitles. The primary character is the psychologist for the mission. The synopsis (according to Mashable):
With the funding of an eccentric billionaire, the crew of a manned craft aims to be the first to land on Mars. Much to the dismay of all on board however, just before the culmination of their 10-month journey to the Red Planet, they are made aware of a video sent by a rival ship that has overtaken them and already landed on the planet thanks to a revolutionary engine. The bad news doesn’t end there however, as the tape contains a cryptic warning from the Americans pleading with the crew not to land as something far too dangerous is happening on the surface. After a chaotic landing on Mars, the crew finds a survivor — but he’s not from their rival mission. His name is Vladimir Komarov. He is Russian. And he is the first man who died in space…in 1967.
I’m not a big fan of subtitled films as I find it very distracting to have to read the text. If you have access to Shudder the series began on September 28.
Trailers – The science fiction/horror movie “Annihilation” starring Natalie Portman will be in theaters in February of 2018. It is based on the first book of author Jeff VanderMeer‘s “Southern Reach Trilogy” – “Annihilation“. The synopsis (from IMDB):
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
This movie looks very promising.
Short Film – This film was just published in June of 2017 and was produced at Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. I rate this as ‘R’ as this is a very graphic story due to the violence depicted. The story takes place in 1970 Vietnam. The US military is actively fighting the North Vietnamese. Into this violence and chaos a new force emerges, a force that cannot be killed and who has amazing powers.
I’m not sure whether to classify this as Science Fiction or Fantasy, but in any case it has an element of Horror to it. This is only the first chapter of their story “If you like Volume 1, and want to see Volume 2, then support us by purchasing the FIREBASE DLC through steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/652150/agecheck“
This is a dark and frightening short. Dédalo is a Horror Science Fiction film from Jerönimo Rocha. The synopsis:
Siena, a trembling survivor of a ruthless space battle, is trying to survive inside her refinery spacecraft. A swarm of slimy, spiked aliens stalk her.
I thought that this was an interesting short (8:25) film. It is certainly not one I would want to show young kids late at night in a dark house.
Trailers – This movie reminds me of those I used to watch when I was a kid in the early days of Science Fiction movies. I guess that it should make me feel that ways since it was inspired by the films of the 50s.
This is actually a indie movie that was inspired by a video game that was released in 1989 for the Amiga, PC, Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16. It is billed as a ‘Horror Comedy’. I’m not sure if it will have theater release or just DVD, though it is schedule for release sometime in 2017.
Would I spend much to purchase it? Probably not.
Trailers – The first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s eight volume Dark Tower novel series is out. This story is the typical King blend of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The premise (according to Wikipedia) is:
Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.
I have not read much of Steven King as I am not a Horror fan, but this does look interesting. I have read and enjoyed his “The Green Mile” and “The Stand“.
Trailers – This isn’t a movie I had heard of before coming across the trailer. The synopsis is:
The Recall centers on a group of friends vacationing at a remote cabin lake house when aliens attack Earth. Charlie (Jedidah Goodacre) and his friends Brendan (R.J. Mitte), Annie (Laura Bilgeri), Rob (Niko Pepaj), and Kara (Hannah Rose May) are forced to rely on an eccentric and mysterious hunter (Wesley Snipes) with special knowledge of the attack, explaining this day has been prophesied for years.
While definitely Science Fiction, this movie seems to also have a Horror slant to it from the trailer. Not sure about this one. We will see when it opens June 16 at select theaters and via VOD.
Trailers – The newest vision of the Mummy will appear on the big screen June 9. This time Tom Cruise has the lead male role in the battle with supernatural forces.
This short (2:35) trailer is full of action. The Mummy once again is unearthed in the Middle East, then moves to terrorize modern day London. This could be an interesting movie.
Book reviews – WWII – “Target Tobruk” eBook was published in 2016 (the original paper version was first published in 1979) and was written by Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson has published over 50 books. This is the third novel in his “Yeoman “ series.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in North Africa and on Crete during 1941. The primary character is Sergeant Pilot George Yeoman.
The British are desperately fighting the German and Italian forces in North Africa. Yeoman gets assigned to Tobruk, which is essentially under siege by the Germans. He witnesses a lot of combat, though not all in the skies. He is also sent to Crete to help defend against invading Germans. The British are forced out of Crete and hundreds flee on a variety of Royal Navy vessels. Not all of which make it to the relatively safety of Egypt.Yeoman does his extraordinary flying, but finds himself having to bail out of his faltering aircraft yet again.
I enjoyed the not quite 4 hours I spent reading this 160 page WWII novel. I have read a handful of books by Jackson and found them all to be interesting. In this case you get an image of the war as seen by those fighting in North Africa. The cover art is OK, but since this is a book about Hurricanes, I think a combat photo of a fighter would have been better. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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