Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Links: Remakes, Nazca Holes, and a Mad Moon

This Friday, we're sowing the seeds of love...of horror!
  • Sean Eaton at the always brilliant R'lyeh Tribune discussed the too-short writing career of Stanley G. Weinbaum: "Sadly, Weinbaum’s career only lasted about a year and a half following the publication of his first story.  He died of cancer at the age of 33, and The Mad Moon may have been one of the last of his stories to be published in his short lifetime.  In that brief period he produced a remarkable body of work, including 4 novels and 13 short stories, much of which was published posthumously."
  • For Valentine's Day, Anything Horror talked about the Cronenberg version of the classic film The Fly: "Upon its release, THE FLY was rightfully critically acclaimed, as was Goldblum’s performance. Despite being a gory remake of a classic made by a controversial, non-mainstream director, the film was a huge commercial success, the biggest of Cronenberg’s career, and was the top-grossing film in the United States for two weeks, earning a total domestic gross of over forty million dollars. Audiences reacted strongly to the graphic creature effects and the tragic love story, and the film received much attention at the time of its release."
  • Jeff at Terrorphoria gave us the fourth installment of his Writing Horror series: "This time, I'm just going to be writing about vampires taking over a coffee shop.  It isn't a plot that will turn heads, but it does seem nice, simple, and easy to finish.  I've always said and still believe that great storytellers can make gems out of the most basic ideas.  Also, I obviously know the setting well which means minimum research while still providing something unique."
  • HorrO's Gory Reviews did what it does best: reviewed a movie.  This one was a 2014 version of White Zombie: "Now the most important part...the story. It starts off trying to get to audience on the couple's side, as they prepare to get married. As the couple prepares, Beaumonde and Devereaux reveal their own plans for Madeline. What makes this story a little different is that there's one bad guy trying to out do another bad guy."
  • At Ginger Nuts of Horror, Paul M. Feeney reviewed John Carpenter's CD Lost Themes: "Without the necessity of having to score each track according to a specific scene, Carpenter is able to develop the music into a cohesive unit, whilst also maintaining a uniformity to the album which never descends into repetitiveness. In fact, I'd go so far as to say this is Carpenter's most mature, accomplished work and the least self-conscious (as much as I love the film, some of Big Trouble In Little China's music cues make me cringe with their slightly embarrassing rock-stylings). Sure, there are snippets of licks and riffs that put one in mind of this films or that, but the tunes are whole constructs in their own right and are very good ones too."
  • At Ghost Hunting Theories, we learned that there's more to Nazca than just lines: "In the same plateau where the Nazca lines are found, there have been discovered holes dug into the rock. There are thousands of these stretching out. To dig so many of these holes that take up a band of land of one mile, it would have taken an enormous work force to dig these holes that are 3 feet wide and 3 to 6 feet deep! There are approximately 6900 of them!"
  • Here, I reviewed Snowpiercer and explained why Brian Williams lied about his experiences in Iraq.  Work continues on the first draft of the sequel to The Blessed Man and the Witch.

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