Monday, October 31, 2011

Fiction Tuesday- Angel Burn

Move over vampires and zombies. Its time for a little angel love and why not find it in a story written by L.A. Weatherly who's launched a new supernatural series.

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip - and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

This will be a YA Triology. Its an action packed romantic thriller. What romance is made of...A beautiful blond half-angel and the dark, handsome assassin sent to kill her fall in love in this fast-paced thriller romance. The next installment is ANGEL FIRE which will be out in December.

Angels are not, in fact, benevolent, divine creatures but parasitic energy fiends who feed off of humans' psychic auras, leaving people's bodies broken and their minds warped enough to believe that the vampiric creatures were actually helping them in their time of need. Alex has known about this since he was five years old, when his mother's unnatural death spurred his CIA-trained father to form an angel-killing organization. Willow, on the other hand, knows absolutely nothing of any of this until her psychic abilities reveal her to be half angel. 

There is a lot of Angel Fiction out there. And some might find the whole idea of it cliche, but many fans feel this story is different because of the character driven story of Alex and Willow. The intriguing premise has many fans hooked and waiting for more.

L. A. Weatherly is the author of several books for young adults, including Child X. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and now lives with her husband in Hampshire, England.

DOWNSIDE: the author keeps switching from 1st person to 3rd person. PICK A WRITING STYLE, and stick with it Weatherly! It would be much appreciated!- youcanwritethat

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Haunting Hour: don't think about it ...flashback

Chances are you saw this R.L. Stine video growing up. It starred Emily Osment, gone goth as 13 year old Cassie Keller at a new school.

She's obsessed with Halloween while her little brother, Max is frightened of every little thing.

Of course, Cassie isn't completely weird, she notices Justin Beiber-like Cody Linely's Sean at school. However, the promised pumpkin queen, Brittany Curran has her eye on Sean too.

Cassie's feeling as if the whole world is against her at this new school and at home. She just wants her brother to stay out of her room. Anyway, a trip to the library leads her to the Halloween shop.. which of course, we know is not a good idea. But as luck would have it, she buys a book.

If that's not enough, she's sneaky and goes to the dance and plays a mean trick on the girl she thinks is mean to her. Add the mean girl's trick and a brother who's afraid of the dark, and they start to think. Soon a monster comes to the house. All because of that book.  The monster takes the brother and few others and well, Cassie and Sean have to save Halloween night. Or do they?

Cody now.

Brittany now.

Emily now.

Its a lot of fun. The soundtrack is sweet pop, through and through. Even Emily sings a song when the show is over. A great flick to remind you of Halloweens gone by while you eat your candy.

STORYLINE: Cassie's life changes when she moves and attends a high school ruled by the most beautiful girl in school, Priscilla and her beautiful sidekicks. Priscilla immediately takes a dislike to Cassie, and soon it's a battle between the two. But when Priscilla goes missing, along with Cassie's younger brother, Max, Cassie must go on an adventure and search for them before it's too late..

Here's a song from Emily's latest TV movie Cyberbully...


Saturday, October 29, 2011

John Carpenter

Kurt Russell and John Carpenter - Big Trouble in Little China

John Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York which I must admit is an irrie part of upstate New York near Canada. There is the Black river and tales of home grown werewolves in that area. Honestly, a great place to be from. Yet, he spent most of his youth in Kentucky where his father was head of the music department at a nearby University. So we can see where his musical background came from. Carpenter has been making films since 1962.

John Carpenter and Keith Gordon on set of Christine

John has been bands and was even married to Adrinne Barbeau at one time. Some of his films are more dark comedy than anything else. Yet, he's directed a few horror films like Halloween, THE THING and The fog that have been true classics of that genre over the decades. Its also his synthesizer-based soundtracks, especially HALLOWEEN that has made us come back for more of his films.

His first film unearthed.

He will admit he'd be the first for a 'cheap scare' where something comes into view very fast and leaves just as quickly, intensified by musical cues. Of course, he's had his hit and misses over the years. Yet he's come through with some remarkable characters, men and women. Perhaps actors like Kurt Russell and Jamie Lee Curtis. But we are just as consumes with the haunting characters like Michael Myers. And to think it all started with The Resurrection of Broncho Billy.

My favorite of his is of the sci-fi nature. They Live. The film came out in 1988. He wrote the screenplay under the name Frank Armitage. It was an invasion of sort where the aliens lived among humans. And Roddy Piper was the main character, John Nada and David Keith was Frank Armitage. I always remember a scene where they beat each other and afterwards become friends. Honestly, it never donned on me until then about how men really are with war. Before one really sees it, these two have one the best bromances in cinema. THE LIVE is a man's movie. Yet as much as the premise is a plight, Carpenter has a way of pulling it together and making the story real.

Hopefully, horror film makers take him seriously. Carpenter truly has a way of scaring us, but he lets us fall in love with his characters too.

This film begins with a teenage girl named Kristen (Amber Heard) running.  She stops at a farmhouse, which she burns down.  The police catch up to her while the house is in flames and they take her to a psychiatric hospital, where she shares a ward with four other girls that are all about the same age. The girls all see a ghost in their ward, and they start disappearing. Psychological horror!

Friday, October 28, 2011

GOSSIP GIRL Psycho Killer - book review

Here is another fabulous prize I received from Cafe Fashionista, just in time for Halloween.

Oh, its like having CeCe's own fan fiction of her original work. Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore by #1 New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar.

I often imagined what it would be like if the whole cast went vamp one by one. I tried a little fan fic on the subject. But to have the own author of this juicy series to decide to re-think the original Gossip Girl story..OH MY! And I'm very glad it was Cecily von Ziegesar who decided to write this. No one quite knows the characters but the original author.

Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things just haven't been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here's where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c'est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn't go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn't about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who's ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .

1. You don't have to read the original version to enjoy this book.

2. This story definitely has a twist of humor.

3. The truth is out! Blair and Serena are psychotic!

So if you are in for a quirky and fashionable Halloween's your ticket!


Ginger Snaps - dvd review

Here is a film that came out way back in 2000, but I'm still fond of it. Its an indie film starring some very quirky Canadian actors.

The film launched Emily Perkins acting career into a cult following. She was the girl Brigitte who tried to save her sister, Ginger, Katharine Isabelle. While Kris Lemche stars as the easy going drug dealer who might be the key to helping her sister.

“I was able to connect with Brigitte because when I was a teenager I saw the process of becoming a sexually mature adult as monstrous. I now understand that it is constructed as monstrous by society (e.g. all the products we have for controlling our natural bodies), and that is the “beast” that attacks every girl when she becomes sexualized by our culture.” — Emily Perkins

True, the film has its flaws. But Emily Perkins is definitely the one who could show true fear. In any good horror film, a definite must. The producers are someone got on a werewolf kick after this movie so they decided to do a pre-sequel and a sequel. Those two just weren't as good even if Emily stared in them(Ginger Snaps back & Ginger Snaps Unleashed).

The central story was about two dreadful sisters (before EMO I suppose). Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They've made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn't just local dogs that begin to die.

Kris Lemche was definitely at his coolest in this film (if he looks familiar to you, he was on the first episode of Joan Arcadia playing God). I kept thinking he was Canada's answer to James Franco. Perhaps you've spotted Emily Perkins in Hiccups. She was the punk receptionist in Juno. She and Katharine Isabelle did a Supernatural episode together. Katherine has made plenty of horror films since this one.

This is a DVD I still have to watch from time to time. I loved the characters in this story. I'm sure you have a few favorite horror films of your own. What's your favorite horror film?


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mondo Beyondo: Ursula 1000

Alex Gimeno is a DJ best known for Ursula 1000, a wide-ranging musical project including lounge, breakbeat, glam and cha cha. His influences of the 50's and 60's can be heard in many of his sounds, yet he gives it a rather world party influence, as well.

He got his start in the music industry in 1990. The first band he formed was THE POSTMARKS. He also had his own radio show on the pirate radio station, WOMB. His albums are usually mixes of other bands. Ursula 1000 comes from the bond girl Ursula Andress.

Most might remember his Here comes tomorrow. His music is described as new wave, post punk, glam rock, hip hop, acid rock.

His work has been in episodes of SEX IN THE CITY, Desperate Housewives and Grey Anatomy. Some of his songs have been in AT&T and Samsung commercials..just to name a few.

In August he came out with Mondo Beyondo. He has a little help from Fred Schneider of the B-52's. If you are needing something to liven up the party, you might want to try Ursula 1000.

"Mondo Beyondo sounds like The Munsters went to a disco party on LSD" says one fan.

The Howling : Reborn - dvd review

So how many HOWLING movies are there now? Maybe it doesn't matter. Still this film is based on James Robert Johnston's novel. The first movie came out in 1981. Of course, you might not find many similarities between the two. Gary Brander wrote the original story which was about a serial killer and a news woman.

This story centers around Will played by bushy eye-brows Landon Liboiron (who I hope doesn't end up being the king of B rated horror films. That award is possibly already owned by Jackson Rathbone). Landon does a good bit of narration in the film, as well. After while, it gets a little irritating and I found myself yelling at the screen Shut UP, Already!

So is the movie that bad?

Yes & No.

Sure, you've got Will who is pretty much a nerd at a very urban-city high school that's in a rather old cathedral of sorts. Only nobody goes to church there, anymore. And he lives with his dad. A senior in high school. He's just by the book Will with those glasses. And he has an obsession with Lindsey Shaw's Eliana. As in, he has these drawings of her in his handy sketchbook he carries with him. His mother was also an artist. So it must run in the family.

Eliana runs with a brutal crowd and pretty soon her bad-ass boyfriend (Niels Schneider who is really French and I would love to see him in a French film) starts to bully sweet Will. Also, Will is turning 18 and well, he feels kind of funny, and this beautiful woman shows up at school. Will starts to wonder if something weird is going on. A gang shows up, and he's invited to a party in the school basement.

A bit out of place in this film, but still he did play a bully, pretty well.  Niels Schneider,

Oh, let the suspense begin. We don't really see the werewolves for quite a while. And Eliana just might be one. Soon enough Will is on the run and Liboiron does all the things he's really good at. He can be scared and suspenseful. Honestly, push come to shove and some day... someone is going to realize that Landon Liboiron should have bad guy roles. But it won't be in this film. Unfortunately.

Its kind of confusing at times. Are they actually having sex? Just making out? Should Will be getting tied up in the library? And sometimes, you think Shaw should be the one carrying around Liboiron instead of  him carrying her. I have to wonder how light she is. But Landon certainly got a work out in this film from lugging her around. And yes, I laughed in all the parts I probably wasn't suppose to, but that's what made the movie fun.

OK, Landon is a musician, as well, and hopefully we'll see that one day in a better film.

Will you get scared? Not really. I wasn't fond of the werewolf rubber suits. But if you are a Landon Liboiron fan.. then by all means... wait until the previewed copy goes on sale. Then screen cap as much as you want. I'm not sure if I got the ending completely. Its complicated.

Too bad there weren't more Jesse Rath moments in the film. His character was funny.

STORYLINE: On the eve of his high school graduation, unremarkable Will Kidman finally bonds with the girl he has long yearned for, reclusive Eliana Wynter. But he also discovers a dark secret from his past... that he is about to become a werewolf. Now, in an effort to fight destiny and save their love as well as their lives, they must battle not only Will\'s growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing them... and then, us all.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fiction Tuesday - short story

BITTEN by Ryuki

A short story I wrote for my creative writing class that I actually like! The prompt was simply, “Write a story using a supernatural character who could not exist in real life.”

La la Dona

             The night was awash with the sound of rain. It dripped through the trees, sliding down leaves and along branches, through the grooves of tree bark, only to fall upon the underbrush and, finally, the ground. A few raindrops found their perches on other things—animal fur, beading on the feathers of birds, and a select few collecting on a lone woman. Though she sat beneath a tree, eyes closed and head relaxed against the rough bark of a tree trunk, she was not completely out of the rain. It trailed down her pale cheeks like tears, dampening her dark hair and collecting in her ripped, dirty, bloody clothing. In spite of the cold and damp, she seemed to be at peace. She could almost forget the open wound on her leg.
            It bled sluggishly still, with droplets of blood that mixed with the rain and dripped to the ground beneath her. The wound was a bite, and a bad one. The teeth marks were obvious, and they looked human. She hadn’t bothered to wrap her leg, since it was already infected. Any other “infections” that might develop would be superfluous. By the time the sun rose and the forest lit up once more, she would be gone. The infection that transformed the living into the mindless undead did its work quickly.
            She had been one among a group of survivors, a mix of a few people she had known before the outbreak of the infected undead and a few she had met afterward. Today had been their last stand. They were holed up in an old farmhouse, doing their best just to stay alive, when they were swarmed by a zombie horde. She had watched as everyone she knew died. And, in the bargain, she’d been bitten.
            Instead of fighting the inevitable, she had escaped into the nearby woodland. Zombies usually didn’t come out there—it was too difficult for them to maneuver around the underbrush. They preferred open areas, like fields and towns. There weren’t many humans in the woods for them to feed upon, either. Now, she just relaxed against the trunk of the tree, hoping to forget about the pain in her leg enough to fall asleep.
            Her eyes still shot open when she heard the telltale crackling of something making its way through the underbrush. Unconsciously, she reached for the bat she’d brought with her as a weapon. She’d been living in fear of death for too long not to react.
            What she saw, making its way through the rain and the forest, was a humanoid shape. Doing her best to crawl onto one knee, she steadied the bat in her hand. It could be another human, but it could also be a zombie. Either would kill her instantly, because of her wound or because she was a potential food source.
            When the figure came close enough, she was able to make out the deathly pallor that marked it as a zombie, and she rose. Intending to take it by surprise, she ran forward as best she could on her injured leg and swung at its head with the bat—
            “Wait!” The creature’s hands went up to protect its head. Ivy dropped the bat in surprise. The zombie gave a sigh of relief and lowered its arms. Then, to her astonishment, it actually smiled.
            “You’re the first one!” It said, sounding entirely too cheerful. “The very first one not to hit me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been shot! Or cut. Or bludgeoned.” Ivy gaped, trying to grasp the situation. Never before had a zombie spoken to her. Never before had one ever shown a hint of reasoning. But this one…
            “What are you?” She asked, bewildered.
            “I’m a zombie,” it, no, he said bluntly. “But I’m kind of different!” Ivy couldn’t argue. After all, she’d never met a zombie who could speak in more than guttural groans.
            “I can see that,” she said finally. “But what are you—I mean—you’re talking!”
            “Yes! I can do that.” He nodded emphatically. “I’ve tried to tell people! But none of them would listen.” His smile faltered there, only to brighten again instantly. “But you! You stopped!” Before she realized what he was doing, he rushed forward and wrapped his arms around her in a bear hug. She tried to wriggle free, but to no avail. Finally, after she had yelled at him to let go, he released her and gave her an inquisitive look.
            “Do you have a sandwich?” She stared back at him.
            “What? No! Why would I have a sandwich?” He practically wilted.
            “I just… I’ve been looking for one…” He looked down at the ground and nudged a plant pathetically with his foot. Ivy, meanwhile, just felt dumbstruck. A sentient zombie had found her, somehow, and even though he was certainly older than her eighteen years, he was acting like a child. She knew she should feel revolted by him, but, somehow, she just felt really sorry for him, especially when he looked so pathetic about not having, of all things, a sandwich.
            “What’s your name?” She asked. “Where are you staying?” He perked up immediately at that.
            “Oh! I’m Wilson.” He smiled. “Alfred and I have a house! Would you like to see it?” Alfred? Ivy thought. Could there be another zombie with him? Maybe he could tell her how they’d managed to keep from going feral, since she doubted she could get a whole lot of sense out of Wilson.
            “Yes,” she said carefully. “I’d love to see it.” Her response excited Wilson, and he quickly grabbed her arm and began pulling her through the forest. Luckily, the house was close by. As they approached, it looked more like a cottage. It was small and well hidden among the trees, and it looked as though it hadn’t been touched in years, and certainly not since the outbreak of the zombies, which had been little more than a year ago.
            “C’mon, c’mon!” Wilson exclaimed, trying to pull her faster. Ivy gritted her teeth and sped up, ignoring the pain in her leg as she ran with him inside.
            As she had thought, it was just a one room cottage. There was no furniture inside, only a pile of leaves and grasses in one corner that served as a sort of bed. In the center of the floor was a gritty plastic tea set, the kind normally used by little girl for their pretend tea parties. Laying in front of one of the teacups was a single grimy sock monkey with a missing arm. Wilson flopped down on the floor next to him and held him up triumphantly.
            “This is Alfred! He lives here with me. Do you want to live here, too?” Ivy didn’t respond. She simply couldn’t stand on her leg any longer, and she all but fell to the ground next to the tea set. She grimaced in pain as she stretched out her injured leg, but she didn’t say anything else. She was feeling too forlorn.
            Alfred was nothing more than a stuffed animal, and, worse yet, her leg was beginning to feel tingly, like it was full of pins and needles. It was one of the first signs of the undead infection, or so she had heard. The running had probably only made it worse.
            “Miss?” She looked up at Wilson again, and he had a worried expression on his face. “Are you okay?”
            “Call me Ivy,” she said with a sigh. “And no, I’m not okay. I’ve hurt my leg, and… I’m turning into one of you.” His eyebrows furrowed together for a moment, looking curious.
            “One of me? A zombie? Will you talk too?” Slowly, she shook her head.
            “I wouldn’t really count on it.” She winced as a lance of pain went up her leg. “I’m probably going to be one of the mindless kind.” At that, he looked instantly crestfallen.
            “But, you are the first one! The first one to talk to me.” He gave her a sad, pleading look. She could only sigh. Something about him made her want to comfort him, but she couldn’t lie to him, either.
            “I don’t really get a choice, Wilson. I’ve been bitten, and I can’t stop it.” He nodded slowly, like he understood that much, but, for a long moment, he didn’t say anything else. Then, as he sat absently playing with his sock monkey, Ivy began to form an idea.
            “But what if,” she began, cutting through the silence, “what if you bit me?” He gave her a look that told her he was confused. “I mean, if you bit me, I might turn into a zombie like you, instead of a mindless one.” Once she explained it, he brightened immediately.
            “Yes! Those other zombies are really boring. Someone like you would be much more interesting, Ivy!” He practically beamed at her, and she gave him a wan smile back.
            “Yeah, I think it would be more interesting for me, too.” She paused for a moment, thinking it over. If she was going to do this, he would have to bite her somewhere that would reach her head more quickly than the other bite. If he didn’t, the other infection would take hold first.
            “Bite my shoulder,” she told him. “That will be the best place.” He nodded quickly, and, without warning, lunged for her. He was more enthusiastic about it than she thought. She felt the teeth break skin and she screamed in pain, making him flinch away from her immediately, but the damage was done. The pain was worse than when she had been bitten in the leg, and in spite of the fact that she heard Wilson yelling her name, Ivy blacked out.
            When Ivy awoke, she was surprised to find that she wasn’t in pain. Her leg and shoulder felt fine, without the least bit of pain. She kept her eyes closed for a long while before it finally started to worry her. There was no way that she should be feeling so relaxed, not unless—
            She sat up abruptly and opened her eyes. She was still in Wilson’s little cottage, and she saw that he was in his nest of leaves. She looked down at herself.
            Her hands were the first things that she noticed. They weren’t the pale peach she was used to. They had an almost green tinge, like dead flesh. Like a zombie. But in spite of that knowledge, she didn’t feel particularly different. Maybe a little more detached, and the pain was gone, but nothing else. She still felt like herself. Wilson’s bite must have worked.
            “Ivy?” The voice jolted her out of her own thoughts, and she looked up. Wilson, who had apparently woken up, looked at her hopefully. She smiled, and nodded.
            “I think it worked.” She half expected him to tackle her in his excitement, but instead, he smiled.
            “It’s really lonely, by myself,” he said. “Alfred doesn’t talk much, and the other zombies don’t talk, and the humans are afraid of me. But you’ll stay, won’t you, Ivy?” She thought for a long moment. Of the ways her life could have gone after being bitten, this was the most favorable, but if she left, she would face the same hardships as Wilson. It just made sense to stay together. And although he was silly and childlike, he was also warm and kind.
            ”Of course,” she said. “You and me, we’ll stick together. And we’ll find you a sandwich, even if we have to raid the remnants of an old Subway.” And somehow, the excited grin he gave her was worth being bitten.

La la Dona

Monday, October 24, 2011

Alex Nifong

OK, some just need eye-candy to get you through the rest of the week. Alex aka..the gap guy from Glee. I checked his IMDB. Looks like the only chance to see his work is in RECREATOR, a horror film that takes place in the Adirondacks. Just what you need this week to get your horror on, watch a movie about a group of teenagers who find their clones. Or just to get your Nifong fix.

He will be in an upcoming episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS as a blind guy who knows Jenna.

Still can't get enough..well..check out THE HEY!

Dance, Puppet, Dance

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hesher - dvd review

Sometimes, the creepiest things in life are the people you meet. True this movie is not your genuine horror flick, yet as an independent movie it does expose the true horror of everyday life.

This is a film about a boy, actually. His name is T.J. and he's played beautifully by Devin Brochu. He's lost his mother in a car-wreck and minute by minute you can see he might lose his father too, played by the overwhelmingly depressed Rainn Wilson. Piper Laurie plays the grandmother.

There is just one thing he doesn't want to let go. The car his mother was killed in. When his father lets it go, T.J. starts to break (his arm is already broken from the wreck.. yet on the mend). This is when he meets a stranger, a very hairy and shirtless anti-hero named Hesher played soulessly by Joseph Gordon-Levitts.

What do you do when someone who enjoys burning things and living most days just his jockeys  decides he'll live with you? I guess you just hope he goes away, after awhile.

This is a film thats raw, a bit surreal..yet quite real. If that's not enough T.J. has a bully at school after him, played by Dustin Hill. Thankfully, Nicole (Natalie Portman) a grocery clerk, comes to T.J. rescue. They have a certain bond that is just as gentle as the brutal relationship..T.J. has with Hesher who is crude and violent yet makes himself quite at home.

This is a very indie film. There is nothing commerically slick about it. This film was written and directed by Spencer Susser. This is his first major motion picture. This film is uncanny, rude at times, yet shows the harsh reality of life. And who knows, maybe Hesher will show up somewhere else. This was certainly a film Gordon-Levitts exposes a monster you aren't sure why anyone would love, yet you can't help but watch him on the screen.

Joseph with Director Spencer Susser

STORYLINE: Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ.