Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Links: Slow Torture Puke Chamber, 1982's Poltergeist, and The Horror at Martin's Beach

Even though it's been a short week here in the States, it just means we've been busier the last few days.  Let's hit it:
  • Bob Pastorella at This Is Horror provided us with a horror comics roundup: "Herbert West has died…twice. Somehow, he was resurrected, and now funds his bizarre experiments by harnessing the psychedelic powers of the human pineal gland. Reanimator has returned to full force in comic book form, and even the slumbering Elder Gods approve. Dynamite brings Keith Davidsen (Poison Elves) and Randy Valiente (HeadlockedVampirella Bites) together for this four part miniseries."  He also includes a review of Jasper Bark's Bloodfellas here, a graphic novel I'm reading myself.
  • Nev Murray reviewed Tamara Jones's Spore on the heels of a two-part interview at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "Think zombie story. Now scrap that and think of a zombie story with a difference. Living, breathing zombies that are trying to earn their place back in society. Do they deserve it? Should they be scorned? This story raises a lot of questions about our society in general. What we believe in. What we have faith in. What, some you may consider to be insane, believe in. Interesting? It is when it’s told as masterfully as this."
  • At the inimitable, invaluable R'lyeh Tribune (happy second blogiversary, by the way), Sean Eaton discussed Lovecraft's collaboration The Horror at Martin's Beach: "L. Sprague de Camp, in his 1975 biography of H.P. Lovecraft, relates how the idea for the story originated.  While visiting Sonia Green in a small Massachusetts resort town, the two went for a stroll along the shore on moonlit evening, and heard “a peculiar snorting, grunting noise, loud in the distance.”  Green suggested this might provide Lovecraft an idea for a story, but he encouraged her to write one instead."  I snort and grunt too, but only at mealtimes.
  • Zombos' Closet of Horror brought us a lobby card that really demands your attention.
  • There's a lot of really good material up this week at Ginger Nuts of Horror, so I encourage you to click through and get reading.  One highlight is Alex Davis's review of the film Slow Torture Puke Chamber: "With that said, this film will be well off-limits for the faint of heart, and probably a sore test for even regular viewers of the kind of movies we cover at Film Gutter. We have puke, bile and blood by the bucketload – particularly in a horrendous scene featuring the truly disturbing Hank Skinny – and no shortage of piss used in various perverse sexual scenarios. Throw into that mix some truly upsetting sexual violence and what you have is probably one of the most incendiary films ever committed to celluloid."  Mmmm mmm mmm!
  • Modern Horrors hosted a very interesting roundtable discussion about a very bad film: "Going into Human Centipede 3, I pretty much expected it to follow the formula of the previous two and try to top them. It successfully hits the mark in being vulgar, vile and offensive at every opportunity.  As the movie progresses it pokes fun at the previous two entries and had me laughing throughout. I also enjoyed Dieter Laser’s performance and his ability to scream every other line. But honestly this is a movie I’d only watch once."
  • John Kenneth Muir gave us some very trenchant analysis of Poltergeist: "Secondly, specific images and compositions in Poltergeist, as also seen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) highlight the notion that the world has grown disordered and unnatural under a "malefic influence." Again, this is a virtual trademark of Hooper's canon.  Think of the upside-down armadillo on the highway or the corpse atop a gravestone in Chain Saw.  Those images find distinct and unique corollaries in Poltergeist.  A woman is attacked by a ghost and the ceiling.  A family's pet bird is found dead on its back behind the bars of its cage, and so forth."
  • Here, I wrote about Memorial Day and American Exceptionalism, Charlie Charlie, and a review I wrote for Cthulhu Lives!
Illustration by Tom Sullivan for Call of Cthulhu's S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters.

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