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Quick review of the film "Sinister". Music by Kevin Mcleod.

 

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This is a call to arms! For all you Fiendlings that have listened to my free podcasts, enjoyed them, bought and read the books, I ask you to help me get some traction in the ebook markets. Here's what we need to do to spread the gospel of the Fiendmaster far and wide.

I need you to write reviews for Closet Treats, TattooFiendlettes, and the Garaaga's Children series. Now here's the thing. I'm going to reward you. For each book review you write, send me a link to the review to storiesATshadowpublications.com. For each review, you will get that ebook, personalized and autographed via MyWrite straight to your in-box.

You read the book. You know better than anyone else if you liked it, or didn't, and what you'd tell someone to get them interested in it. If you liked Closet Treats? Write a review for the ebook and you'll get the autographed ebook in your in-box FOR FREE!

Now, I want you fiendlings to be honest. If you didn't read the book, don't review it.

In addition to getting those books for FREE, I'll also send you a personalized copy of Garaaga's Children: Legends. Legends was just released so I doubt many of you have purchased it yet. But I also need your help to get that one on track.

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The Thing--the prequel and the Carpenter version

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There are movies that stick with me. They crawled into my imagination because of the way the story is told, the character interaction, the actor performances, and great direction. They refuse to leave my memory because they have left an indelible mark on my psyche. John Carpenter's "The Thing" is one of those films.

It's been nearly 30 years since the original tromped through the movie theatres and I don't remember a single trailer for the film. I didn't see it in the theatre when it came out either. It was years later when the flick hit VHS that I destroyed my eyeballs with it.

What did I love about the film? Years later, it's the grime, the dirt, the unpolished appearance of some otherwise handsome actors. In today's hollywood, it's nearly impossible to make a film without some serious beefcake characters. Carpenter's original went entirely a different way.

Walter Brimley? Was that guy ever young? And Kurt Russell? In this film his beard is so thick you can hardly see the action star that paraded into the late 80s and the 90s as a cinematic badass and heartthrob. The rest of the actors? Just meat-sticks seen in other b-movies with careers that went no-where.

Carpenter gave us a film that was sparse, completely contained in a few scenes of the Norwegian mountains and a ramshackle structure the characters lived in. It was claustrophobic, paranoid, and the characters were at each others' throats seemingly before the nastier parts of the story even started.
Wait. I've been babbling about this film for minutes and haven't even discussed what the fuck it's about.

Well, I guess that's because I just saw the quote unquote prequel. The Thing. The tagline fro the new film? "It's not human...yet."

Those of us who've seen Carpenter's film knew how the prequel would end. Well, how it would end if the director wasn't a complete tool, that is. Fortunately, the prequel did end properly. Again, I digress.

The 2011 "The Thing" starts out in Antarctica at a Norwegian science outpost. As one might expect, it's filled with geologists, climatologists, and the typical support type characters. When you're going to spend 6 months cut off from the rest of the world, you have to have guys who are mechanics, engineers, and etc. Without a furnace in working order, everyone's going to freeze to death. So you might expect the support personnel to be numerous, but the prequel is so full of these support folks that you'd think these guys are going to war.

Regardless, the scientists, while doing their normal rounds, discover a signal coming from under the ice. Their investigation leads to them falling through the ice and discovering a quote unquote structure beneath. A structure that's been buried for over 100k years.

A Norwegian biologist then recruits an american paleontologist to join the expedition in Antarctica. This all happens very fast and is a little abrupt, but at the same time, I barely noticed.

As expected, once they reach the outpost, shit gets strange fast. They uncover not only a crash landed space craft, they find something that escaped the ship only to become buried in the ice.

Even if you haven't seen the original and don't know the story, the idea of folks cutting some frozen creature out of the ice and then examining it should make you shudder. In a film called "The Thing", it can't end well. Rest assured, it doesn't.

Instead of Kurt Russell who is the protagonist in the Carpenter version, we get the female paleontologist. Instead of being the typical scream queen type, she shows some serious cajones. Once she's forced into not only admitting that shit is totally fucked up and bad things are getting ready to happen, she takes control pretty fast.

The rest of the film is filled with paranoia, some pretty nightmarish effects, and claustrophobia.

Unfortunately, the prequel doesn't quite capture the same tension as the Carpenter version. The first movie pitted an all male cast against one another and took a little longer for them to figure out what the fuck was going on. The prequel almost rushes to get things going, rather than spending the time to build up the mystery of what's going to happen. I think the director made a bad choice here, even if most folks already know what's coming. We didn't get a chance to get any sense of who these characters were and what they did at the outpost.

The way Carpenter told his tale, we had tiny slices of what each character did for the camp and what their vocation was. I think this is one of the aspects that made the 83 version so much better.

That's one strike against the prequel. Yet, the director didn't really give us a chance to worry about that. Instead, the fuck-uppedness begins in earnest and at a million miles an hour. Once the creature is loosed from its icy prison, the movie takes off like most action movies: gunshots, blood, and fire. From this standpoint, the movie doesn't disappoint.

Instead of the movie being filled with jump-scares, as I had feared, the film builds tension and then refuses to break it until you see something from a distance that makes your stomach churn in horror. I'm not a fan of cheap jump-scares and I kept expecting them. But they just didn't happen. It was a good thing.

I won't go into any spoilers here, but I will say this: I was left wondering how the movie would end so that it dovetailed with the Carpenter version. In fact, I spent a good part of the last 1/3 of the flick trying to figure out how the director was going to do it.

It was done pretty well. There are couple of plot-holes that don't match up with the Carpenter version, but the moment Carpenter's score from The Thing started playing, I knew the dovetail was not only going to happen, but happen in the right manner.

If you're a fan of the Carpenter version, you'll remember the trip Mcready and Blair make to the Norwegian outpost. You'll also remember the burned up Thing they brought back to their camp. The director made sure that scene isn't only possible, but inevitable. Again, it was a good job.

I have seen the Carpenter version countless times because of its tension, the dialogue between the characters, and the way in which the story is told. The disgusting practical effects of the first film were absolutely integral to the horror. The prequel does it with a mix of practical and CGI effects, but manages the same level of terror. What it didn't have was the same feeling of tension, but that could be because Carpenter did such a great job, or I simply can't remove myself from thinking the original was so much better.

I recommend seeing the prequel, and then seeing the Carpenter version back to back. I think you'll find it a fantastic double feature for your eyeballs and the part of your brain that loves to be terrified. Just make sure you're not eating spaghetti and eyeballs, I mean meatballs, while you do.
 

Old Bands--Part 1--Psychedelic Furs

 Every summer now, it seem as though the world is visited by an attack of the 80s.  In years past, it's been Peter Murphy, or The Church, Sisters of Mercy, and every damned "super-group" from Asia to Poison.  The 80s is one of those decades I look back upon with some contempt as well as nostalgia.

 

Podcast Critiques--Discussion for our communityFIX

This discussion is something that is currently going on in the podcast community.  I think it's as much an important discussion for our listeners as it is for those of us creating content.  Take a gander.  Leave us thoughts.  Join the twitter conversation by using the "#podcrit" hashtag.

Infocast! 12-02-2009: Updates and Brief Review of "Martyrs"

Quick update on the state of things and a short review of the French Film "Martyrs".

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