Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Links: The Thirteenth Floor, Out of the Aeons, and The Female Frankenstein of Fifth Avenue

It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday...
  • John Kenneth Muir analyzed the underrated 1999 film The Thirteenth Floor: "In other words, the sense of reality in the novel was layered, with worlds upon worlds stacked atop another. In each world, the individuals inhabiting it believed they were "real," not simulations...but were in error. The Thirteenth Floor faithfully recreates this creative dynamic, and features all the trappings one expects of the sturdy film noir format. The film then applies these standards to its science fiction premise with aplomb and meticulous attention to detail, both in the depiction of its 1937 setting, and in charting the possibility of multiple realities, with personalities overlapping."
  • Sean Eaton deconstructed Lovecraft and Heald's Out of the Aeons at his compulsively readable R'lyeh Tribune: "Strictly speaking, Out of the Aeons is not really a story at all so much as a pastiche of ideas and imagery from other more famous works by the author.  There is no dialogue, characterization, or conflict, and except for the final two sections, nothing actually happens other than scholarly research.  To be fair, with careful editing, sections IV and V, and some of III might have formed the germ of an interesting and even unsettling story.  The notion that petrified human remains might house an intact intelligence and consciousness over centuries is a perennially intriguing one."
  • Frankensteinia brought us the Female Frankenstein of Fifth Avenue: "One year before BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), there was The Female Frankenstein of Fifth Avenue! That’s how Paramount Pictures pitched Mary Morris' character, "the vicious, venomous New York aristocrat" named Victoria Van Brett, as the sinister star of the 1934 chiller, DOUBLE DOOR."
  • Nev Murray reviewed Marty Young's novel 809 Jacob Street at Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "Finished this story just a little while ago. My skin is still crawling. This is an exercise in how to write something that will have you reading with blinkers on until the very end, with nothing disturbing you."  I think he liked it.
  • At Wag the Fox, Gef Fox reviewed Dark Screams Vol. 2: "It certainly started off strong enough with the likes of Robert McCammon and some good ol' small town horror in a tale called "The Deep End." It's a really good, gripping story about a grieving father convinced it was a monster that killed his son at the town swimming pool and not the latest in a long line of drownings. Folks are always praising McCammon's novels and rightfully so, but if there is a collection of his short stories somewhere, then I need to track it down, because he has a real knack for those too."
  • At Jim Mcleod's Ginger Nuts of Horror, Alex Davis interviewed Phil Stevens about his horror film Flowers: "Most of my time is spent painting and drawing. In this process, there is no dialog. I don’t really verbally socialize, so there is no dialog even outside of my art. Therefore, a project without dialog came only natural to me. On the production side of things, I really hate writing and recording dialog - just wasting so much time and energy trying to get lines to sound halfway decent without burning out my cast."
  • The Cathode Ray Mission showed us some stills from Battle Royale.
  • Here, I discussed the terrible film God's Not Dead and pointed you to a review I wrote at Ginger Nuts of Horror for Alan Spencer's novel B-Movie War.
Illustration by Nick Smith for Call of Cthulhu's Cthulhu Casebook supplement.

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