This is an Alice in Wonderland, clockwork, Horror anthology.
Following the rabbit down the hole is the easy part. Battling time is what will kill you. Whether you’re trying to get back home or struggling to survive in Wonderland, your stories MUST be horrifying.
“You act as if time is on your side. He isn’t. He’s always on his own side.”
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Although Dreamchild (1985) was supposed to clear up some of the mysteries behind Alice in Wonderland, its creator Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson), and the real Alice, it does more to disturb viewers in my opinion.
Starring Coral Browne as the elder Alice, and Ian Holm as Carroll, the movie follows Alice as a young girl. Carroll is portrayed as a creepy (perhaps pedophile?) man who fixates on a young Alice, featuring her in his little tales. The mother in the film seems suspicious of him, but doesn’t really do anything. Skip ahead to an old Alice, her wandering memory and strange flashbacks that make it seem as though she might have been abused by the kindly Carroll.
Although the film released to much critical acclaim, citing Carol Browne’s performance especially, I still can’t help watching it with a cringe. In my eyes this is a creepy film about a man obsessed with a little girl who infected her imagination with sinister creatures. The creatures in the film are disturbing puppets that seem to terrorize her in visions and you aren’t sure if she is reliving childhood traumas or experiencing dementia.
Are the visions just the madness of an old lady? Or are they the manifestation of symptoms from being molested as a child? Either way, they are driving the old lady mad as a hatter!
You can now watch a large portion (especially the disturbing parts) on YouTube.
What do you think? Creepy old man? Or brilliant author? Both? Do you believe the tales of Rev. Dodgson’s nature? Or was his stuttering and epilepsy a reason to believe him guilty of things he never did?
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Looking for a horror book fit for the whole family? Then The Plague Pit by Alan Frewin Jones is for you. Part of the late 90’s Dark Path series by Macmillan Children’s Books, The Plague Pit promises good old-fashion monster-under-the-bed fear.
Tom, his brother Jack, and friends Frankie and Reagan wake up some bad mojo while visiting an excavation site in their small town of Lynchford England. Young archaeology enthusiasts, they aren’t really supposed to be down there, but what could it hurt, right? After a brick wall gives way knocking Tim over and spilling mud, sewage, and human remains into the underground excavation site, Tom wakes in the hospital. He’s swallowed some nasty water and they aren’t sure what illness he’s got, but it’s got the doctors stumped. Combined with Frankie hearing phantom bell tolls, Reagan smelling vinegar everywhere, and Jack’s sixth sense spinning out of control, the kids decide Tom is infected with more than just a muddy water cold. When Tom starts channeling plague victims long in the grave, the friends go on a mission to learn more about the excavation site and try to save their friend before he falls victim to a ghost curse.
Even though this book is obviously written for kids, I found it entertaining. Their investigation into the plague and different sorts of symptoms was interesting. I also really enjoyed the segments where the modern-day kids (Circa 1998 anyway) are terrorized by visions only they can see and hear. Especially when they all have a shared vision of an army of rats attacking them. Scary stuff! And yet, there isn’t much in here to really gross out your kids. I has the fear factor of a Goosebumps book and is entertaining, even for adults.
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On episode #133, hear Emerian Rich talk about Fluxx, Monster edition
Fluxx is a card game where the rules keep changing and the excitement never stops. You still start out simple: draw one card and play one card, changing the rules as you go, while collecting up different cards to combine into the goals. Changing Goals will keep you on your toes as well, and Action cards are still shaking things up! Monster Fluxx takes classic monster movies and TV shows and adds them to the basic Fluxx deck. With the prominent monster presence, this deck is designed to introduce new players to the Fluxx system and has it has just four main card types.
Find out more about this awesome game on Episode #133, coming September 3rd.