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Movie Review ~ It Follows

First posted over at HorrorAddicts.net

It Follows (2014)
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Stars:
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Tagline: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.

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Review: For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

As far as horror goes, It Follows is more like It Drags… out. I have noticed the term Horror is thrown about very loosely these days, and used by anyone who thinks that anything to do with creepy is deemed as horror. There is horror, and then there is this bucket.

It Follow runs more like a showcase of what consequences one can have if one has unprotected sex, and infact, this film comes across like an anti-sex campaign. I remember in the late 1980’s there were a series of commercials here in Australia warning of the dangers of AIDS. In these ads, it depicted the Grim Reaper at a bowling alley, getting a perfect strike with each bowl. While bowling and AIDS are different things entirely, the message was clear. That ad was creepy, and hence I will classify those series of ads as Horror, and it was still better than It Follows 

It Follows is a 2 hour bore-fest that tells the plot in 5 seconds… In order to avoid being killed off by a ghost – whose only way of chasing you down is by walking slowly – one must have sex with anyone to “pass on the curse”… good job!

Acting was horrendous, camerawork was shaky and very amateur, and even the editing looked like it was done half-assed. And in the end, shall I say it? Yeah why not… The ghost that stalks slowly ends up getting whacked with a bullet to the head… lame… How this cost $2 million is beyond me.

It Follows is definitely one of the worst yawn-fest films I have seen in all time. Do yourself a favor, and save yourself the 2 hours you will never get back and watch 70’s horror films instead.

Verdict: It Drags…
My Rating: 0.5 out of 10

 

 

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Guest Author ~ Lee J. Mavin, author of The Students Sold Us Secrets

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Posted over at HorrorAddicts.net.

The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume One
by Lee J. Mavin
Genre: Horror
Seven 5 star ratings on Amazon.com

Blurb: No one is safe! The school has become a war-zone and the innocent are turning fast!
A brave and nameless teacher has collected some awful and disturbing documents from some ghastly students. These are their stories and they will shock and amaze both teacher and student. But they haven’t been given away for free. This terrified individual has paid a hefty price to get the truth and is paying for it, with his freedom.

In his report he states:
‘If you are considering a career in teaching I would advise against it completely. It has become a profession far more dangerous than a police officer or even an army soldier in open war.’
‘I’m risking my life giving you this information, but I feel you need to know the truth. On the surface these children appear innocent and well-mannered but it is inside where their darkness dwells.’

The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume 1 is the first collection of short stories from the writer that brought you Reverse the Universe, Lee J Mavin, and will take you down a path you never thought existed. It’s packed with twelve short stories, all equally alarming and unsettling, as well as a secret report written by an undercover teacher.

Amazon Review from Leeroy: The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume One by Lee J Mavin is the first of a series of chilling and disturbing tales. It is focused around the dark thoughts and aspirations of young teenagers living and going to school in Shanghai. It is to be noted that children in Shanghai are usually being raised by their grandparents (spoiled rotten) and never have brothers and sisters. Add to this, the constant pressure and focus from their teachers to perform at a high level and you have a bunch of overworked hot heads.

There are twelve short stories in this edition. Each are very different, yet that have some freaky similarities: The narrators are all very driven to get what they want. Some seek respect, overs revenge, but all stop at nothing to get what they want!

Go and check this book out now, published by ASJ Publishers is available both on kindle and paperback! Volume two of the madness is rumored to be out this year too!

The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume One is available in Print & E-Book from ASJ Publishing, Amazon, and various other online retailers.

Teaser: The Chosen – Prophecy’s End

First posted over at Horroraddicts.net.

Teaser: The Chosen – Prophecy’s End

Prophecy’s End… Book four in The Chosen series. This is where it all ends, and the conflict between Jamiesonn, Tanzac and Alex comes to a head. One shall emerge from this victorious and the fate of humanity will be decided. To be judged and condemned to Hell on Earth, or be saved and life continues as “business as usual”.

After almost being killed by his alter ego in the past, Alex has been thrown into the vortex that descends into the sinister darkness that is Tanzac’s world. Trapped, alone and scared out of his mind, Alex hopes for his own fleeting salvation. But will this ever present darkness finally have its day and destroy the prophecy of the Elders?

This book has been a long time coming, and I admit that I have procrastinated a heck of a lot on this one. It is not because I do not want to write it, it is more a case that life – real life – sometimes gets in the way of doing what I need to do 🙂

The storyline – from beginning to almost end – I have all in my mind… Somewhere in those dark murky places where imagination takes root and springs forth like a cesspool of ideas. Needless to say, there are some very graphic scenes in this one, and for those who think Jamiesonn is downright cool, then you are in for a real treat of what I do with him in this installment …

Prophecy’s End brings into the fold Laura. Jamiesonn’s precious little girl. So not only does Alex have to contend with his alter-ego, Jamiesonn, Tanzac and his minions, but also Laura, who is a little hell-raiser in her own right.

Back along for this ride will be some old friends, some new ones, and of course who can forget the Judas who betrayed him in the beginning…

The things that lay in wait in the darkness will have their day in this book, and when I get done with this piece, I am sure that some of you will be in for what will be an unexpected ending… One that even I am not sure what that will be 🙂

Keep watch for Prophecy’s End. And be terrified of the darkness. It is coming… Scheduled for release in late 2016.

Movie Review ~ Strange Blood (2015)

Strange Blood (2015)
Stars
: Robert Brettenaugh, Alexandra Bard, James Adam Lim
IMDB Rating: 3.9
First posted at Horroraddicts.net

Plot: The lives of a group of teenagers are turned upside down when their town is taken over by sinister forces. When a brilliant but obsessive scientist goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time running out, he must find a way to stop the monster that is growing within and prevent the rest of the world from being “cured.”

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Review: A mad scientist, a cute lab assistant, a pretentious cop and a lab-grown parasite. What can possibly go wrong…

Dr Henry has developed a “cure all” parasite, but things go terribly wrong, and during one of his experiments with the parasite, he is infected and starts to become a vampire.

Admittedly, this film is very slow and I found it very difficult to get into this one. To save you the time watching this, I will say that there is nothing new here. In fact, if you watch “The Fly” you will get the jist of what this one is about, except with vampires.

Verdict: Watch “The Fly” instead.
My Rating: 2 out of 10

Movie Review ~ Hungerford (2014)

Hungerford (2014)
Stars
: Georgia Bradley, Sam Carter, Drew Casson
IMDB Rating: 4.3

First reviewed over at Horroraddicts.net.

Plot: The lives of a group of teenagers are turned upside down when their town is taken over by sinister force

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Review: Cowen lives with a couple of friends in a small flat in a small English town. As a way of passing the time, he has enrolled in a media course. Naturally, his first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. After a strange electrical storm hits the town, random acts of violence begin to hit this quiet town, but he dismisses the random acts of violence. However, when one of his friends is attacked by the postman, the inexplicably serious nature of the dead assailant’s injuries alert them to a more disturbing reality. As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a malign influence which is controlling gangs who are rounding people up and taking them to a nearby factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered and over run.

Another film that fits perfectly in the “found footage” genre, this is a mix of Sci-fi and horror. It is safe to say that the mix of zombies and aliens has been a long time coming, and while this film is nothing spectacular (or even scary), it was fun to watch, even if there were moments where it got downright cheesy. The parasites that take over vics were none too scary either. More like oversized ants with no heads 🙂

There were moments when I did think the scenes could have been more graphic, such as when they encounter the alien in the basement of the factory, but when the budget is low, one has to make do with what they have.

Verdict: Invasion of the body snatchers
My Rating: 6 out of 10

The Walking Dead – Season One Review

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/the-walking-dead-season-one-review/

The Walking Dead: Season One Review
Original Review over at HorrorAddicts.net

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There are zombie movies and TV shows, and then there is The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead tells the story of Rick, his wife Lori, their son Carl, and a band of survivors who are trapped in a world gone to shit, and they will do anything to survive.

The series kicks off with Rick and Shane. Both of them are cops, and damn good ones at that. Although from the get-go, it is obvious that Shane is not as peachy clean as he makes out 🙂 (more of that later).

Early on into the piece, a high speed chase takes place down the Interstate. Rick and Shane barrel off in the cruiser and help set up the blockade to catch the crims. As luck would have it (or fate), Rick gets shot during the gun-fight and ends up in hospital in a coma.

Fate has a way to deal a harsh blow. And in this series, no one is innocent as a virus is released, killing all but a handful of people. But it doesn’t stop there. The virus not only takes the lives of millions, but brings them back from the dead, and the dead are hungry for one thing – blood!

Rick – Rick awakens from his coma, sometime after the epidemic has done its damage, and he stumbles out of the hospital to see what is left of humanity… The dead are everywhere, littering the sidewalks and streets like common trash. As he struggles to find his family in a world gone to hell, he must come to terms with the Dead been risen from the grave, and make choices he wouldn’t otherwise consider.

Rick has a chance meeting with Morgan. A street-wise survivor who will do anything to keep him and his son safe from the Walkers. He forms a fast friendship with Rick, and they agree to keep each other’s backs, even if it is by CB Radio.

In his journey to find his family, he has an unlikely meeting with one character who will become a regular on the show – Glenn. Glenn’s knowledge of the streets of Atlanta turns out to be a valuable asset, and it inevitably saves Rick from what would otherwise be his very short-lived appearance. Glenn navigates Rick to safety and after some run-ins with a horde of Walkers, (and of course hot-head Merle), Glenn takes Rick back to base camp.

When he does find his beloved family in the middle of the bush (but close enough to Atlanta), the reunion is not euphoric. Lori – thinking that Rick had died – had been sleeping with Shane (for some time apparently), and Shane thinks he is the one destined to keep Lori and Carl safe.

If the group is to survive, they will need to band together, set aside their old-world prejudices and do whatever they can to survive one day after another. For tomorrow, the Dead may just have their fill.

Along for the ride in Season One are:

Merle – Merle is the original hot-headed, trouble making SOB. A former criminal, he is extremely racist, spiteful and very cynical about everybody and everything which causes nothing but trouble between him and anyone else that he comes into close contact with.

Daryl – Daryl is the younger brother of Merle. Unlike his hot-headed brother, Daryl does have some redeeming qualities, even if he acts like a hillbilly and eats road-kill. Daryl is a survivalist, and a skilled tracker and hunter. He is also an expert with his favorite weapon of choice, a crossbow.

Dale – Dale is the ever present voice of reason in this post-apocalyptic world, even when it is not asked for. His biggest flaw is his compassion for humanity and his over-protectiveness for Andrea. Dale serves as the father-figure of the group, even if his thoughts and morals are not exactly shared by anyone else, especially Shane.

Shane – There is a lot that can be said about Shane. Unfortunately, not any of it is good 🙂 Shane is a man of action, which for him, is not always a good move. (Shoot first ask questions later). He was a Sheriff before the outbreak happened, and a good friend to Rick. Since the outbreak, he convinced Lori that Rick was dead and set-up home (in a tent) with his new family. Shane is aggressive, single minded, narrow minded and quick to pass judgment on anyone who doesn’t agree with his opinion.

Carol – Carol the meek… Carol the silent… Carol the schemer. 🙂 There is something that can be said about the quiet ones.. They are often the most dangerous.. But, I am not going to spoil anything for you here. Let’s just say that in Season One, we meet Carol, who is frequently abused by her idiot husband, Ed. Carol’s world revolves around Ed and their daughter, Sophia. What Carol lacks in confidence and self-esteem, she certainly makes up for with her empathy. As mild as she is in Season One, just wait til you see her in later seasons.

Andrea – In her former life, she was a civil rights lawyer. It is no wonder that she doesn’t take BS from anyone, not even her father figure, Dale. Andrea is more comfortable with a gun than being in the kitchen “playing house”. Andrea is opinionated, head-strong and although a rank amateur with a gun, she soon becomes a great sharp-shooter, thanks to Shane’s teaching.

Lori – Wife to Rick and mother to Carl. In this Walker-infested world, she is determined to shield Carl from the harsh realities that surround them constantly. Self-critical and always trying to find a solution to her family issues.

Carl – Son of Rick and Lori. When we first meet Carl, he is a young boy, and already eager to be an adult. The Walkers he finds more curious than a menace, and his curiosity does land him into trouble on more than one occasion.

Glenn – As I said before, Glenn is street-smart and for the most part, quiet. He is the one most favored to gather supplies for the group. Even if his actions do land him in trouble of his own at times.

Season One lasted for six episodes, and ended with Rick and his group of survivors gaining access to the C.D.C., only to find out that the building is on a countdown to self-destruct.

Unlike other Zombie shows, The Walking Dead certainly has raised the bar on survival horror themed entertainment. The characters, they grow on you…Even the ones who are annoying and deserve to be killed off.

There are other shows that have tried to cash in on the phenomenon that is TWD, but not one of them comes close to this one.

In my next TWD review, I will focus on Season Two, Life On The Farm

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Interview With…. Crystal Connor

Welcome once again readers to a new post. Today I talk with Horror & Sci-Fi author, (and fellow HorrorAddicts.net reviewer) Crystal Connor – “A Trusted Name In Terror

A Washington State native, Crystal loves anything that has to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains. Not ‘those‘ kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags. 🙂

When she’s not terrorizing readers Crystal also reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog www.wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com and HorrorAddicts.net

She also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen. The End is Now is the 5th book that has been unleashed by Crystal’s awarding winning imagination.

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Crystal, it is great having you here today. Please tell us something about yourself
Hi Chris, thanks so much for having me today. Well a little about me, Well I grew up telling spooky little campfire-style stories at slumber parties. Living on a steady literary diet of Stephen King, Robin Cook, Dean R. Koontz and healthy doses of cinema masterpieces such as The Birds, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone; along with writing short stories specializing in the Science Fiction & Horror genres since before Jr. high School, it surprised no one that I ended up writing horror novels!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, dog, friends and fans 🙂

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The latest release was two books co-written with author Lori Titus. When we 1st started working on the project we intended to write one book but about just a 3rd of the way in, we realized that we had to very different ideas on how we wanted the story to go. Because both ideas were so flipping awesome we decided to co-write two, standalone books! Both books take place in the same town of Fates Keep, a small community in the foothills of Mt. Empyreal, but they both tell very different stories involving the same base characters. It was a really fun project, you don’t have to read both books but we sure hope you do 🙂

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What are you working on next?
Well right now I am working on two novels, one is called The Family, I was attempting to write a straight up crime drama because I was getting so much feedback about the police officers that are introduced in Artificial Light, book II of The Spectrum Trilogy. When I write I just follow the story where ever it goes, so before I knew it, it morphed into a horror story. At 1st I was kind of struggling with it but now that there are monsters and dark elements it’s flowing like water.

The other book, well series, I am working on is basically a prequel to the Spectrum Trilogy. There was tons of interest in the back story that runs through the story like an undercurrent and I am having a lot of fun with that.

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Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Well I’m a pretty good cook if that counts, lol
It does 🙂

Who are your favorite authors?
I love Stephen King, of course, Bentley Little, Dean Koontz, Jack Ketchum, Robin Cook, and William F. Nolan those are the authors I grew up reading but later in life I started reading Octavia E. Butler, Walter Mosley, and Nisi Shawl. And thanks to the whole social media thing, it seems like I am falling in love with a new author every other week every week, lol. Right off the top of my head Cerece Rennie Murphy and her Order of the Seers comes to mind because I love bad guys and she has a villain named Crane that makes me swoon, lol. Right now I am reading Sin Eaters by author Kai Leakes which is insanely fun.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Laying on my couch wrapped in sleeping bag, binge watch tv shows, and eating junk food. Thank God for my figure I don’t do that often!

Is there anything that you’re working on besides the two WIPs?
Yes! I am getting ready to hit the road. I will be in Los Angeles from March 12th through the 16th. The 12th and 13th I will be at a Cultural Symposium at Loyola Marymount University called Astro Blackness 2. This year’s theme is THE SURREAL, THE SPECULATIVE, AND THE SPOOKY, lol right up my alley!

On the 14th I will be at a book signing with author’s Lori Titus and Sumiko Saulson at the world famous all things horror bookstore Dark Delicacies, and then on Sunday we will be signing at the $10.00 or Less Bookstore.

In May, from the 7-10th I will be sharing a vendor’s booth at the World Horror convention in Atlanta, with Lori Titus and on the 11th I have another joint book signing with Lori at the Nubian Bookstore!

From the 15th through the 17th I will be vending at the West Coast Haunters convention in Portland, Or and then from the 22nd thru the 24th I will be selling and signing books at Crypticon Seattle!

Where can people find you on the web?
Facebook
Google+
Goodreads
Amazon
Blogspot
YouTube
PodioBooks

Any final thoughts?
This was super fun, thank you so much for having me today. This was really fun.

Thanks Crystal for being my guest here today. Folks, if you wanna know more, check out and download a free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”

http://podiobooks.com/title/and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after/

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Book Review – Rise Of The Darkness – Horror Addicts

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/book-review-the-chosen-rise-of-the-darkness/

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