Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stan Lee, 1922-2018

So much has been said, but I figure I'd add my .02 cents.

Stan Lee's impact has been discussed, for good and ill elsewhere. I'm just a weirdo flinging words out into the void, so I'll keep this brief. Marvel Comics under Lee's leadership helped shape our popular culture. For that, and for helping create some of the most  memorable characters in popular literature, hats off to him.

Lee's style of writing was a huge inspiration to me. I've come back over the old Marvel Essentials and so many of the stories stay with you. From the bickering of the Thing and Johnny Storm to such villains as Doctor Doom and the Green Goblin, plus all the nifty guys and gals of the long underwear set, Lee's prose would set the standard.

The world is all the poorer for his passing, but the work he left behind has and will continue to inspire many more. Just because something is escapist doesn't mean it has to be dumb.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Updates and the rest of the year

Ok, hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. Going to be taking a slight break, but there will be some more content through to the end of the year. More reviews though and maybe even some wrestling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Horror Countdown 2018: Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982) dir. George Romero, Laurel Entertainment

And we end this Halloween with an anthology from Stephan King and George Romero. Not sure if I can elaborate more on that.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Horror Countdown 2018: The Dead Zone (1983)

The Dead Zone (1983) dir. David Cronenberg, Dino De Laurentiis Company

Back to Stephan King, who had his first rise of popularity in the late 70's. With a nice string of hits to his name, it made sense to strike while the iron was hot. Add in the aforementioned habit of bringing in independent horror directors and you've got a pretty decent recipe for horror.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Horror Countdown 2018: Lifeforce (1985)

Lifeforce (1985) dir. Tobe Hooper, Cannon Films

Going back to the works of Hooper now, and this might be the second most uneven film he made until this point. Other reviewers have pointed out that Hooper's career never really lived up to the promise of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and this film does little but point that out.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Horror Host 2018 Retrospective: Lazarus Loveitt

Real name: Hugh Turley
Years active: 1974-1975

Almost forgot this one. Working out of Orlando for WSWB TV Channel 35, Lazarus was an old man who seemed amused by everything. He also hosted Uncle Hubie's Penthouse Barnyard on weekday afternoons for the kids.