Best Geeky Finds – Real Demon Hunters are Named Ashley – My Groovy Weekend Binge of Evil Dead Movies

A cabin in the woods, demonic possessions, the Book of the Dead. Many movies and TV shows have had all three of these tropes since the 1970s, but none have been as well-known as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. In 1981, Ash (Ashley) (Bruce Campbell), his sister, and college friends take a weekend trip to a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee. The vacation turns rotten immediately when they hear noises from the cellar where they find a tape recorder, firearms, and a strange book covered in human skin. Of course, they’re smart and do not read the book. The cabin’s former resident does it for them on the tape as it recites the text.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Roll a D6 for the Next Scene: Review of Beyond the Gates

When The Ring was first released in theaters, the concept was unique and actually threatening. A VHS tape with a trapped spirit. VHS tapes were regularly rented and borrowed from friends, and the more they were played, the worse the tracking got, causing lines on the screen. As the movies continued, most importantly with the recent sequel Rings, the concept was all but lost on most audiences, given that the original premise surrounded an out-of-date and forgotten media.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – What’s in the News?

 Halloween 1988. Michael Myers is back yet again for another Halloween. Various sitcoms are not having specific Halloween episodes (believe me I looked – it was quite annoying for this year). I had not quite understood the concept of trick-or-treat so I was not hiding away from the world. And in Cleveland, Ohio, 5 girls were performing their daily newspaper delivery for the Cleveland Preserver.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Keeping Up With Jones

ccIf you haven’t been to your local comic shop lately, you may have missed the new Jessica Jones comic book. The series began in October (stemming, in part, from the popularity of the Netflix series) and, even though it’s only two issues in, it’s pretty interesting so far.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – It’s the Season of the Witch: Review of Horror Hotel

Blog-BGFIt’s time for that ultra-special graduate school paper on the topic of your own choosing. What will the topic be? The history of Lancashire? The works of Edgar Allan Poe? What about witchcraft? Despite having no reason to choose the topic other than having a slight interest in witchcraft (the history of witch craft, despite never saying likewise), Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) embarks on a trip to research her topic. On the recommendation of her professor, Alan Driscoll (Christopher Lee), Nan breaks plans with her brother to travel to Whitewood, Massachusetts.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Geek-Girl Disappointment

ccHearing there was a comic miniseries out named Geek-Girl, hopes were high for something new and interesting. But those hopes were dashed when I read the review copy. I was so disappointed that I almost wasn’t going to write a review. But then I thought the bad needs to be shared just as much as the good.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – A Look Back at The Dark Crystal

Blog-BGFI’ve been thinking a lot about nostalgia lately. There are a lot of movies and TV shows from my childhood that have been remade during this and last year (Ghostbusters, Girl Meets World, Fuller House), and there are more which have been in talks about remakes and sequels (Spaceballs, Labyrinth). After Dawn’s post a few weeks ago about classic films geeks love, I started thinking about these films I continue to love. I also thought about movies from my childhood others my age love with a passion. Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Blog-BGFNo cheap thrills. Genuine journey to the brink of madness.

 

It begins with a scream… of excitement from people on a roller coaster. This actually happens about 10 minutes into the movie, but it isn’t until here when the movie appears to start loosely making sense.

In 1931, Dr. Vannacutt did cruel experiments on the patients at an insane asylum hidden on top of the hill. These experiments were so bad that when patients finally found a way to break out of their cells, they fought against staff, killing and maiming everybody who had harmed them. The asylum would become known as “The House on Haunted Hill” (please note that this name has yet to make sense in either version of the film, and I understand less why it is used in this way here).  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Review: Santa’s Slay (2005)

bestgeekyfindsToday may be the day after Christmas, but it’s not too late to watch holiday movies. Why not a horror comedy? If you’re not ready for something like Krampus (I’m certainly not), why not delve into a premise even more ridiculous? Santa’s Slay (rated R) is based on one simple premise where Santa Claus (WWE Heavyweight Bill Goldberg) is actually Satan’s son. Around the same time Christ was born, a child was born on Earth from one of Satan’s flings. This child, named Santa (who else?), did what any other demon would do — create havoc and torture all around him. Everything changed one particular Christmas night though. Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Review: The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

bestgeekyfindsIf you were a kid during the 80s, you most likely recall watching the California Raisins or Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas. Aside from stop-motion animation, Claymation was one of the most popular animation forms during this era. There is one Claymation film that many do not recall though. Will Vinton’s The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) tells the story of Mark Twain and his trip to see Halley’s Comet. Continue reading