A Dark and Scary Place
The Shivers… The Willies… The Creeps… The Needles… The Jitters… The Heebie-Jeebies… The Night Terrors...
There are countless words to express feelings of unease, dread, or outright fear. Our inner psyche needs fictional horror as balance to counteract our everyday lives. It feeds our imagination, filling in the gaps in the darkness with hidden spectres.
As companion piece to Graveyard Horror Reviews and More Graveyard Horror Reviews, this third collection – originally written for popular websites sci-fi-online and reviewgraveyard.com – features intricate procedural dissections (Doctor Frankenstein showed me how!) of DVDs and Blu-rays which offer Nail-biting Dread, Tremulous Palpitations, Butterflies of Anxiety and Apprehension, Fretfulness and Trepidation, Creeping Chills, and Rising Panic. Of course, you’ll also come across some which might be described as Laughingly Bad, Achingly Lacking, or merely Yawn-Fests. Opinion is always subjective and that’s half the fun.
Some of the examples lining-up for inspection this time include: House of Wax, The Legacy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Dead of Night, Creep, The Skull, Piranha, Bite, Scream and Scream Again, Hidden, Cat People, Fright, Let Us Prey, The Haunting of Radcliffe House, John Carpenter’s The Ward, Mimic, The Raven, Cockneys Vs. Zombies, Suck, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, Creepshow, The Relic, Big Ass Spider, Inbred, Evil Aliens, Rosewood Lane and I Am Not a Serial Killer.
Directors include such luminaries as Guillermo Del Toro, John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Terence Fisher, John Gilling, Stuart Gordon, Wes Craven, Freddie Francis and Joe Dante.
Additionally, and new to this release, you’ll find a Horror Book Reviews section, which includes: A Brief Guide to Stephen King, Crystal Lake Memories (the Jason films), The Silver Scream (classic early films), The Ring Companion, A Vault of Horror (80 films studied), The Hellraiser Chronicles, Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor, The Art of Hammer (film posters), Horror – A Literary History, The Classic Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, A Nightmare on Elm Street (Graphic Novel) and Zombiemania… to name but a few.
Again, the DVD covers are included; you can zoom in on the picture and it will come up a little larger. Retained from Volume 2 is the Table of Contents feature, which this time is in alphabetical order. It not only contains direct links to the relevant reviews but incorporates additional information which was in a separate index table last time around. This includes the DVD or Blu-ray year of release, the certificate rating, the name of the director, and my verdict (score) out of ten. In the case of the books, the author is in place of the director.
Spoiler Alert!! Just a reminder that a number of these reviews contain spoilers. Getting inside the minds of the characters and crew can be quite an insight. But don’t stay in there too long or you might not make it out…unchanged. Even now Norman Bates emerges every so often to remind me that “Mother…isn’t quite herself today.”