THE NORTHMAN is a Werewolf

Yes, it’s true. If you want to watch a werewolf movie on the big screen, go see Robert Eggers’ THE NORTHMAN. You won’t see a werewolf like the sort you’d see in one of the THE HOWLING movies, no. Nor are we talking about real-world werewolves like the Beast of Bray Road and other such…

Movie Review: THE NORTHMAN

Sometimes there’s so much to say, it’s kinda hard to decide where to start. That really only applies when talking about something good. If you’re dealing with something completely lousy, you can phone it in, going down the list checking off all the ways the product fails. But if it’s superlative? Acting, directing, cinematography, music,…

BLACKMANE Part 100

“We need to get you to safety first,” Maribelle said. “Then I promise Judi and me will go find your friend Moe, okay? We’ll make sure she goes somewhere and sees a doctor, and maybe we can find her a place to live. Is that okay?” Adam nodded. *You feel compassion, sympathy, for God’s sake!…

BLACKMANE Part 99

The alarm on the clock radio activated. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” by the Beach Boys. Too loud. She always had to set the alarm at full volume or she’d sleep right through it. Eyes still closed, she felt around on the bedside table till she found the radio then slapped the snooze button. She whimpered,…

TURNING RED Turning Heads

In the interest of fairness, I have not seen TURNING RED. That’s because Disney made the unwise decision to release the film straight to livestreaming, cutting out its previously promised theatrical run. (Liars, liars, pants on fires!) I can, however, read, and I’ve read a good bit about all the kvetching going on about TURNING…

Big-Budget Arthouse is Risky

Horror movies were one of the few, the very few, genres to prove successful during the Rona. With most theaters still closed and most audience members staying home, Horror flicks made some bank. How? For one thing, people were starving for entertainment, and those willing to venture forth were grateful to get it. Those movies…

Is Freddy the Vecna?

The Vecna is the new monster threat we’ll be seeing in season four of STRANGER THINGS (debuting May 27th on Netflix). We already know that the Vecna was once human, but a human who has spent a long time in the Upside-Down and has mutated into a new form. Might that human be one Victor…

Introducing the Vecna

It sounds like a new kind of automobile, but it’s the new monster for the forthcoming STRANGER THINGS season four! In keeping with the tradition of the kids naming the monsters in the show after creatures appearing in DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS—the Demogorgon, the Mind-Flayer—the new beast is called the Vecna. In the world of D&D,…

BLACKMANE Part 98

“But if one life is sacrificed to save many lives, it is then justifiable,” the African said. “That’s easy to say,” Blaine said. “It is true. The Romans used to throw unarmed Christians to their lions. Men, women, and children. Yet the pagans in their cushioned seats witnessed the manner in which the Christians died,…