A Dark and Scary Place
‘Mother! Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!’
‘I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it.’
‘It's in the trees! It's coming!’
‘I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time.’
‘I know what you've got. You've got a gateway to hell under your house. And that is really cool.’
‘I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes.’
These are lines from just a few of the 200+ films scrutinised in this new collection, More Graveyard Horror Reviews – originally written for the popular websites sci-fi-online and reviewgraveyard.com between 2007 and 2011.
So-called mainstream critics continue to belittle or ignore the Horror genre. But it refuses to go away, because it’s essentially a part of us. Whether it be nightmare scapes, dream paralyses, imagined entities in the darkness, a thousand and one phobias, the devil and the occult, mythical creatures, ghosts and the supernatural, or psychotic maniacs…there’s plenty out there to make us revert to our basic instinct to fear the unknown.
On parade here are projects from classic directors, such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento and Alfred Hitchcock.
Film reviews featured include: Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Outpost, 30 Days of Night, The Last House on the Left, Dark Water, The John Carpenter Collection (7 films including, Halloween, and Prince of Darkness), The Oblong Box, Let the Right One In, Hush, A Haunting in Connecticut, Triangle, Silent Night-Deadly Night, Street Trash, Drag Me To Hell, My Name is Bruce, The Hole, Tony: London Serial Killer, Mirrors, and Night of the Demon.
As with Volume 1, I have included the DVD covers to offer a visual connection to the words. If you zoom on the picture it will come up a little larger. A new feature for this volume is the Table of Contents, which contains direct links to the relevant reviews. There is also an index table at the back of the book. This lists all the films alphabetically. It shows the cinematic year of release (or straight to DVD year), the certificate rating, the name of the director, and my verdict out of ten. The reviews themselves feature in the order in which I originally did them, so that those people who choose to read them randomly can still do so.
'Oh, the horror of it all!'