Film Fest: Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror

Spoiler alert: The Black Guy Doesn’t Die First!

‘Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror,’
a collection of films curated
by award-winning horror author
and HorrorAddicts.net Staff,
Crystal Connor,
will screen Feb. 16-17

by Sumiko Saulson

“Suffering from multitudes of negative stereotypes, minorities have not traditionally fared well in horror movies. While these negative interpretations still exist, things have begun to improve. Thanks to creators of color, and voices from other marginalized communities, we are now the heroes of our own stories … and no longer are we the first to die,” says Crystal Connor, curator of “Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror.”

“Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror” takes place Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, over the President’s Day Weekend at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-824-3890, from 7 to 10 p.m. on each night. It is a part of the Bay Area Black Independent Film Festival (BABIFF), which is one of Iconoclast Production’s February offerings, along with the African American Multimedia Conference.

During the two-day film festival there will be two special guest filmmakers: Kevin Craig West, flying in from New York, and Meosha Bean, flying up from Los Angeles. Organizer and horror video blogger Crystal Connor is flying down from Seattle. We are still raising money to cover travel and hotel funds for these participants. Email the organizer at sumikoska@yahoo.com if you are willing to help.

Sunday, Feb. 16

7:00 p.m. Special Guest Kevin Craig West

Award winning actor-filmmaker and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. When not on camera or stage, he enjoys producing, directing, writing and coaching. He also enjoys sharing his talents as a teacher-artist and has worked with many arts in education groups including Theatre for a New Audience, Only Make Believe and Symphony Space. Kevin is the owner of the production company, MoBetta Films, an advisory board member of WAM Theatre as well as Lake Placid Film Forum, former president of Upstate Independents and has served as assistant director of FilmColumbia Festival.

7:15 p.m. ‘The Groundskeeper’

Kevin Craig West stars as “The Groundskeeper” in this short film by Nichole Eckenroad, taking place in Pearl River County Lunatic Asylum, Mississippi, in 1920. Run time: 11 minutes

7:26 p.m. ‘Distractions’

A suspenseful short – in this Twilight-Zone style parable about distracted driving, Dick just can’t stay off the phone. Run time: 6 minutes

7:32 p.m. ‘I Hate Being Black’

Drama short – a conversation amongst buppies about the struggles associated with blackness. Run time: 11 minutes

7: 44 p.m. ‘Orphaned’

After being missing for almost a year, Allen McAvoy returns home to find a family falling apart, and his adopted brother Steve taking care of his wife. The death of his adopted parents sparked his disappearance, and now everyone wants answers, including his biological sister. As a fight over the family inheritance brews in the background, both brothers are thrust into a world where their loyalties to one another and their country are ferociously challenged. Will they be able to mend their own small world, or be a part of the destruction of the world at large? Run Time: 85 minutes

9:00 p.m. ‘Colors in Darkness’

“Colors in Darkness” is an experimental award-winning documentary by Sy Shanti that’s entirely composed of stock footage, stock images, stock sounds and self-recorded interviewee videos of African American authors, writers and content creators discussing the genre of Horror in books, TV and film. Run time: 1:01:51 minutes

Monday, Feb. 16

7:00 p.m. Special Guest Meosha Bean

Meosha Bean is an award-winning actress and filmmaker, voted best upcoming director in 2012 at the New Jersey Film Festival. Owner of MVB Films, established in 2003, her projects include “Dark Rises” (2013), which has an all-star cast, and “Miss Pepper” (2013), a short film that gained almost 30,000 views in one week upon release. Join her for a series of shorts and Q&A.

“Mr. Nightmare: Nightmares That Read into Reality” is directed by Meosha Bean. Run time: 3:12 minutes

“Nightmare at the Cinema: Scary Stories”: We all enjoy going to the cinema to watch a good movie, but let’s not forget about the creeps that go to the movies to watch us instead. Director is Meosha Bean. Run time: 4:55 minutes

7:30 pm ‘Danger World’

In “Danger World” by Luchina Fisher, a 13-year-old girl and her grandpa struggle to survive in a zombie-infested world. Run time: 18:41 minutes

7:50 p.m. ‘White’

In “White” by A. Sayeed Clark, it’s another 120-degree day with five more days to Christmas and hot is the only season left in New York City. Global warming has become a tangible threat and everyone is creating new ways to protect themselves from the sun. Bato and his wife Gina are expecting a baby, but they weren’t expecting it so early. Although they planned to have the baby at home, Gina now requires the services of a clinic for the premature delivery. With no money for the clinic, Bato enters into a race against the sun, the birth, his community and even his own identity to save his family. Run time: 15 minutes

8:05 p.m. Intermission

8:20 p.m. ‘Penelope’

“Penelope,” dreamed up by Maris Wilson, is a modern-day witch – a Venefica, to be exact. Today, in the middle of an isolated forest, she must endure the mystical rite of passage that determines whether her abilities will be used for good or for evil. Run time: 7:29 minutes

8:28 p.m. ‘Wake’

“Wake” by Bree Newsome tells the tale of a repressed woman who murders her domineering father, then, using a local folk magic called “root work,” she conjures a demon to aid her in creating the man of her dreams – but soon finds herself in a waking nightmare. Run time: 21:29 minutes

8:50 p.m. ‘Gorenos’

In Clarence Williams’” Gorenos,” a young man becomes haunted by a supernatural entity in the wake of his 18th birthday. Influenced by films like “Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Paranormal Activity,” Gorenos is a fresh and self-aware entry into the horror genre that boasts a hip and diverse cast of new and established talents. Run time 1:21:29 minutes.


Bestselling author Sumiko Saulson writes award-winning multicultural sci-fi, fantasy, horror and Afrosurrealism. Winner of the 2017 Afrosurrealist Writer’s Award, 2016 HWA Scholarship from Hell, and 2016 BCC Voice Reframing the Other Award, (he)r monthly series Writing While Black follows the struggles of Black writers in the literary arts and other segments of arts and entertainment. (S)he is gender non-binary. Support (he)r on Patreon and follow (he)r on Twitter and Facebook.

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Lifechanger

 

Plotline: A murderous shape shifter sheds blood to make things right with the woman he loves.

Who would like it: People who enjoyed movies like The Body Snatchers, The Hidden, The Fallen or about aliens taking over human bodies in general. 

High Points: I really enjoyed the subtle complexities that Lifechanger explored about what it is to love and be loved; and the sheer will to just survive. 

Complaints: N/A

Overall: Even though in my opinion this isn’t horror I still really enjoyed it.

Stars: 3

Where I watched it: VOD

 

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Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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 her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: The Tokoloshe…Where She Goes it Follows.

 

PlotlineBusi, a destitute woman with seriously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a run down hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for money so she can also relocate her younger sister, she learns to cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager.

However, when Busi discovers an abandoned girl in the hospital, one who believes she’s tormented by supernatural forces, she must also face her own past demons in order to save the child from the monster that pursues them both relentlessly…

Who would like it: People who enjoy global folklore and mythology, foreign films and subtitled movies, movies with double meanings and a diverse cast of characters.

High Points: Very original story line with a parallel plot lines. Strong acting and a smart, resourceful female lead

Complaints: Half of the movie is spoken in English and the other in Xhosa (?) and there are no subtitles for the native language.

Overall: I really enjoyed this film and I like people looking for something a little different, something more in their horror entertainment will like it too.

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars

Where I watched it: Was provided a review link.

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Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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 her fans and racking up frequent flyer miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: El Pacto

When Monica learns that her daughter is dying she does anything she can to save her…

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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 her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

From the Vault REPLAY! The Christmas Wish by Crystal Connor

Originally posted on HorrorAddicts.net December, 2015

The Christmas Wish

by Crystal Connor

He thumbed through the list on the screen of his phone one more time just to be sure. It was confirmed. An emergency addition. He looked again at the naughty list and sighed. It seemed to get longer and longer with each passing year. And this year, there were more girls than boys. Tonight, all of the gifts for the good children had been dispensed before the hour of the night had reached double digits, the fastest time on record.

The problem with Christianity was forgiveness, but rest assured, there would be none of that here tonight. The moon was already halfway between the zenith and the western horizon, and he still had almost a million children to deal with before the sun rose.

The wide-eyed little girl he had tied up and put in front of the fireplace had black ringlets that hung just past her shoulders. Her big brown eyes were just a shade or two darker than her skin. She looked like an angel. He ignored her tears, walked into the kitchen, and helped himself to another cookie.

The little girl was scared, but there was nothing she could do to free herself from her nylon imprisonment, so she just glared at the intruder while he ate the cookies that she and her little brother had left out for him.

She knew this man was Santa because she had seen the sleigh against the backdrop of the moon, heard him coming down the chimney, and watched him step out of the fireplace. She knew he was Santa, even though he was like no other Santa she had seen in pictures, at the mall, or on TV.

He wasn’t fat, and the last thing he looked was jolly.

He wore a metal helmet. His long red hair had gray in it, and so did his beard, but he wasn’t old enough to have all-white hair. He wore a black nightgown with a wide red belt tied across his flat belly, but she could see what he had on underneath, because it didn’t cover his sleeves, and it wasn’t very long. The gown was worn over black pants, a black sleeveless shirt, and black boots. The man-eating cookies in the kitchen looked more like Thor than Santa.

The big red symbol on his chest was the same symbol that was on his shield: one line going up and down with five slanted lines drawn across it. The word above the symbol said “AUTHORITY,” and the words under the symbol said, “and OBEDIENCE.” The words formed a circle around the strange symbol. The only thing that was the same as with the others she’d seen were his eyes … They were blue.

Santa ate the last cookie. Overlooking the glass of warm milk sitting next to the cookie-crumbed saucer, he went to the refrigerator and drank straight from the carton. With his thirst satisfied, he returned to the living room and took a seat in front of the bound girl. Even when seated, Santa loomed over her. The girl’s eyes flickered. Her breath was labored, and he knew the small child was going to pass out. At six years old, she was the youngest child on the list, and without a doubt, the most frightened child he had seen not only tonight but also in a long while.

He grabbed the little girl by the collar of her pajamas that displayed a little black princess holding a frog and removed the ball gag that was entirely too large. She took a long, deep, relieved breath.

Unlike the other children on this list, she did not shrink from him.

“You’re not really Santa. Santa’s nice; he would never do this.” A large tear slowly fell from her eye. “You look like him, but you’re not really him. Are you Santa’s son?”

He leaned forward and, with a calloused thumb, roughly smudged the tear from her face.

“My name is Kris Kringle, and these,” he said as he licked his thumb, “are not going to help you. I do not have a son. I am here because you’re on the naughty list … for the second year in a row.”

“Well, I got a dolly last year!” she stated with an indignant huff.

“Last year, you were too young to be disciplined.” The child’s eyes drifted from the angry orbs of ice down to the third word blazed upon the front of his tunic: “OBEDIENCE.”

She took a deep breath and tilted her head in thought. She held the gaze of his ice-blue eyes once more. She tried stretching her shoulders, but with her hands firmly tied behind her back, she couldn’t move them very far.

“It’s Christmastime; you’re supposed to be nice.”

“Really? Says who?”

“Says, Jesus!” Clearly, the young girl was outraged by Santa’s ignorance.

“Hmmm.” Santa leaned back and crossed his legs. “After all that you’ve done, now you want Jesus?”

She thought about it for a moment and decided that she didn’t. Santa read her internal dialogue like an open book. She was trying to think her way out of this. Santa was no longer surprised that the child before him was an emergency addition to the naughty list.

“So then, am I getting a spanking?”

Santa laughed. He was sure that if she had locomotion, she would have asked that sassy question with a hand on her hip.

The rod had been spared in this household, and they were well beyond the niceties of corporal punishment. The behavior of this child demanded a return to the old way of things. Tonight, this babe would be reborn upon the altar of dutifulness.

Father Christmas and his young hostage looked up in response to hoof stomps. The animals on the roof were growing restless, and the old saint was behind schedule.

Most people neglected to remember the dark origins of the holiday and therefore failed to realize the consequences of being on the naughty list, which was reviewed and edited several times a year. Santa did more than just bring gifts and eat cookies. Children, like their parents, forgot or did not know that, above all else, Santa was a disciplinarian and that clumps of coal were useless tools when it came to child behavioral modification and teen attitude adjusting.

He reached for his bulky bag.

Santa laid the contents in a neat row at the feet of the ill-behaved princess and gave his watch a quick glance. Looking at the items placed before her, the child began to cry.

The pear of anguish was not sugar-coated, and the mere illumination from the night-light made the metal gleam. Men using enhanced interrogation techniques would have protested the horrors. What was a little girl to do?

“Santa,” she said with terror-filled awe, “I have to go potty.” As Mr. Kringle slowly stood to tower over the child, a trickle of warm liquid ran down her legs to form a puddle that pooled around her small feet.

He turned his back to her tears and began to pace while being careful to not walk through the blood. Even with this carnage, this savagery, he pulled out his phone and checked the list once more. Just to be sure. Using his thumb and pointer finger, he enlarged the image on his screen. The picture he was looking at was a mirror image of the little girl crying behind him.

Santa returned to the kitchen, took a plastic cup from the cupboard, and filled it with sweet liquid. He grabbed the towel from the handle of the refrigerator and knelt before the young girl he had come to punish.

He allowed the young one to soothe her dry throat with the cool juice from the forbidden fruit that had caused the fall of man. He removed the rope that held her wrists behind her back and clamped a strong grip to the back of her neck. He marched her into her bedroom, found a fresh pair of pajamas, and then led her to the door of the bathroom.

“Go clean yourself up.”

When he heard the running water, he returned to the living room to stand over the dead. Chills ran down his spine as he tried to come to terms with how a six-year-old child could kill a man the same size as he or how one so young could kill her own mother.

He didn’t hear her, but he knew she was there because he could smell her. He turned to face the strawberry-scented child. The depth of the detachment with which she regarded the deceased was alarming. The only emotion she displayed was reverence when she looked up to Santa’s face.

“Do I still have to get a spanking?” she asked again on the brink of tears. Rustling behind the couch commanded Santa’s attention, and he tossed the furniture aside to reveal a boy child, smaller and younger than the girl. The boy fled from his hiding place, stood behind his sister, and gawked up at Santa through a mask of bruises. The bridge of his nose was red, under his eye was purple, and the color of his cheek was blue. Santa watched the movement of the girl’s eyes as they drifted over the decaying with contempt.

“Do you know about Santa’s helpers?” he asked as he glared down at the children. The boy was nodding yes while his sister spoke for both of them.

“They’re the elves who live with you in the North Pole and work at the toy shop.”

Santa swore. In days of old, children were afraid of elves, and rightly so, for they were vicious deities responsible for nightmares, diseases, and death. It was the elves that kept track of those who had been nice and those who hadn’t.

It sickened Santa to think that when people thought of elves, the image that came to mind was that of colorful, diminutive, playful things of children’s cartoons. It was no wonder that people were astonished to learn that being on the naughty list was a way of illustrating that actions had consequences, that those consequences required penitence, and that the debt had to be paid in blood.

The true assistants of Saint Nicholas were demons dispatched to avenge injustice or insult, descending from long and amazing family trees, which included gods of the north, who flew through the sky with the help of horses, reindeer’s, and goats.

With Belsnickel, he had a judge; with Zwarte Piet, who was personally in charge of the naughty and nice lists, he had a jury. With Lapland the Wildman, who bashed in children’s skulls and drank from their necks as soon as he delivered gifts to the undeserving, he once had an executioner. Le Père Fouettard, who killed children, cut them up and put them in a stewpot, replaced Lapland, but like the Wildman, Le Père Fouettard was no more.

Santa was gently lured from his thoughts as he noticed how the child protecting her brother lustfully eyed the cat-o-nine tails. The sparkle in her eye matched the glint of the razor-sharp barbs. Her eyes lovingly caressed the manacles before they fell so assiduously upon the bastinado cane, a tool used to inflict a particularly brutal and cruel form of punishment in which the soles of the feet are whipped. She slowly took a visual inventory of all the instruments that would be used for the implementation of acceptable behavior and smiled.

Santa had been mourning the loss of Fouettard for thousands of years, but Santa would yearn no more. This girl child who stood before him would replace Le Père Fouettard just as Le Père Fouettard replaced Lapland the Wildman.

Santa’s Christmas wish had been granted. Once again, after all these years, Santa had an executioner.

It was time to return to the old way of things.

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Aterrados

 

liveaction

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!” 

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Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Welcome to Mercy

 

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: 3

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

 

 

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Goodnight Gracie

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

The Website

The Fanpage

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!” 

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: O Diabo Mora Aquil (The Devil Lives Here)

 

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

The Website

The Fanpage

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico (White Coffin)

 

 

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

The Website

The Fanpage

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Devil in the Dark

 

 

 

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

The Website

The Fanpage

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Review! by Crystal Connor: All Girls Weekend

All Girls Weekend Facebook

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains.  Not ‘those ‘ kinds her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it is so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!” 

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Quarries

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Siren

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Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Never Tear Us Apart

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from Podiobooks.com and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!” 

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Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Best of 2015

 

 

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything 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.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from Podiobooks.com and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!” 

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Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: The Victorville Massacre

At 11pm on the night of March 28th 2016, Crystal Connor, sat down to watch a slasher film that used a small California town located in the Mojave Desert as a back drop. With the coffee table piled high with popcorn and snacks, with her small dog nestled by her side she picked up her remote and pressed play.

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience of her screaming, crying, and expletive outburst that her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched Riley Woods 2011 The Victorville Massacre.

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Entry 1: Last line of the movie: “Never had a serial killer in this town.” Ummm…

Complaints: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained.

For those of you who follow my reviews, as you can see, I didn’t particularly enjoy this one.

Let’s me just start off by saying that while I was born in the state of Washington, the high deserts of California is where I grew up. I went to Bender (Harold H.) Elementary for the 5th and 6th grades. I spent a significant amount of time serving after school detention at Hook Jr. and ran track, ditched school, spent my Friday nights, and graduated from Victor Valley Senior High. So I was super excited to see a horror movie set in basically my home town, but …

Complaint #1: The lack of research

I am extremely forgiving when it comes to indie movies. I love the low budget, campy, sometimes cheesiness, oftentimes ambitious glorious efforts and labors of love that makes independent films rocks which is what keeps me, you, all of us coming back for more. However that generosity comes to a screeching halt when it becomes apparent that little or no research was done in regards to the subject matter.

I was immediately turned off by the stereotypical Barney and Fife portrayal of cops in small towns. This isn’t the 1960s and a lot has changed since then.

After the killing of the rookie officer, the suggestion is made that this may be the work of a serial killer, an idea that the chief and the surviving cop dismisses out of hand. Smfh, 1st off Victorville is too big a city, a host to complex criminal elements to be policed by small town cops willing to bend the rules and turn the other cheek in the name of retribution. And besides that the stretch of highway between Victorville and Vegas in a basically a dumping ground. Has been for years, they are always digging up remains or finding decomposing bodies discovered by drifting sands and circling carrion. The very last thing that would be ignored is the evidence presenting a serial killer.

Complaint #2: The lack of research

Normally when you have a site specific location the movie is based upon the foundation of that area’s urban legends. With a group of young adults spending the weekend partying in Victorville I was expecting for the house to be located on or off either Jicarilla or El Evado Roads, both of which are haunted. But no. Maybe then, after hours of binge drinking and gratuitous sex they would have the bright idea to break into the abandoned and consumed facilities that used to be George Air Force Base, which is also haunted. But no. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that ties this movie with Victorville or the small surrounding towns that make up what’s known to us desert rats as ‘up the hill.’

Complaint #3:

Like the title suggests, what happened in the movie was a massacre, yet the law enforcement officers all kept referring to it as a serial killing. Which brings me back to the very first cop who told the chief he thought it was the work of a serial killer. This is something that, in light of how things unfolded, is completely out of the realm of possibilities as there is no reference to a pattern in regards to previous killings that could have tied this crime to an individual who had killed several times before.

Complaint #4:

Dudes. This movie had so much potential. And this for me was the worst part. Once I saw what going on I was thought the story was a really good idea and I could totally see how someone would be really excited to make this movie. But I couldn’t understand why, besides the complete and total absence of research, Massacre, at times seemed so awkward. I mean to the point of being absurd. One of the tags on IMDb is comedy, which kinda explains things, but the jests fell flat. It was as if they were inside jokes, funny only to the cast and crew.

Again. I am not easy to please, and I can admit that because I was expecting this movie to be about or in my home town, I watched this movie with a sharper critical eye, so I must implore you, if this was a movie that was on your to-watch-list, please do not removed it because this could very well be a its-not-you-its-me situation. And if you’ve seen The Victorville Massacre and liked/loved it … please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top leave the link to your review or tell everyone why you thought this movie rocks in the comments.

Where I watched it: VOD

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Lung II

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Flowers

At 10:45 pm on April 6th 2016, Crystal Connor, began her weekend by watching the second movie that was sent to her curiosity of Borderline Cinema

This is the unedited journal chronicles the harrowing experience that her neighbors endured for hours as she screamed, cried, and shouted expletive obscenities at her television as she watched Phil Stevens indie horror film Lung II…

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Entry 1: He’s back

Entry 2: You might wanna invest in some quality knives

Entry 3: That’s a nice stroller

Entry 4: Wait, they know each other?

Entry 5: When did he put on gloves?

Entry 6: How would he know that?

Entry 7: How does that not hurt?!

Entry 8: Really, LOL GTFOH

Entry 9: So they do know each other?

Entry 10: Fucking A! No one fucking listens

Entry 11: What kinda hotel just lets you check in with blood all over your shirt?

Entry 12: Really?!  Your masculinity is that fragile, probably why she left you for a woman.

Entry 13: What the fuck did he do?

Entry 14: What  did I just watch?

Plotline: A nameless man wanders the city, littered with necrotic artifacts and a trail of corpses. Are his grotesque hallucinations clues to a violent past? Or are they premonitions?

Overall / High Points: Like Flowers, Lung II has no dialogue but in comparing both films, Flowers is the stronger of the two in regards of giving you more to work with in telling a complete story. The incident which drives our lead over the edge seems to be blown out of portion in the way he responds to it without knowing more of the back story.

Lung II is beautifully shot, a non-ending, all you can eat buffet for those who are fascinated with morbid images and buildings in ruin. And it’s even more Hitchockian than Flowers because the entire film is shot in black and white. Just stunning.

You do not have to watch both films, but I hope that you do. Even if you don’t I think the conclusion would still be that this isn’t the older guys first time at the rodeo, and I just can’t shake the feeling that he ended up being a victim of the older guy. There is a scene which is almost identical in both movies which makes me believe that he was killed even before the women and it was his corpse that we see in the bathtub in Flowers.

My favorite scene is when he fights his demon in the bathroom. Still not sure who won.

Gore Factor: Lung II isn’t as much as Flowers though the sex scene in the refrigerator is odd. But if you’ve seen an adult film or five, you should be just fine.

Scariness Factor: Zero.

Complaints: N/A

Stars: 5

Where I watched it: Advance viewing copy

 My Thank You video for the director

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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Oh Dear God, Won’t Someone Please Think Of The Children!!!

Why do so many horror stories involve children? Children aren’t supposed to be scary.

Aren’t supposed to be…

I think the thing that scares me more than animals with problem-solving capabilities are children, or if truth be told, children scare me more…why? Because children aren’t supposed to be scary. I am currently working on my 2nd anthology, and like And They All Lived Happily Ever After!  this collection is also inspired by fairy tales, not exactly by the moral of the story but more so of the children who star in them.

There is something so unsettling about children committing vile acts of violence, or witnessing them as victims of such yet from the Brothers Grim to mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey, from The Bad Seed to Cooties it seems we can’t get enough of creepy little kids doing creepy cunning stuff. Why is that? Is there something wrong with us?

**An anonymous user on Stack Exchange made a really interesting point, in a mini think piece he says:

This is a topic of which there is a huge body of work, circulating different theories of why children are such a prevalent theme of horror, so its unlikely you will find a single comprehensive answer/theory, but there is one unifying reason that all parties are in agreement upon:

Kids are scary, yo.

Children are able to operate as Microcosm for social anxieties. They are largely denied ‘a voice’ (particularly if they are infants), or when they do have a ‘voice’ it is distorted by the ‘inexperience of youth’, and so something that should sound innocent can come across as sinister. Think of “They’re here” from Poltergeist, “1 – 2 – Freddy’s coming for you, 3 – 4 – better lock your door..” from Elm Street and “I see Dead People” from The 6th Sense…. but there are plenty more.

As a personal aside (but a good example!) a friend of mine once told me that when he was tucking his son into bed, his 3 yr old son said “Goodbye”. He said, “No, its Bedtime now, so we say “Goodnight”. His son replied, “I know Dad, but this time it’s Goodbye”… He slept with the light on that night.

Children are something that are familiar, but still refracted through their own experiences; under-developed and ‘alien’. There is no equivalent word in the English language for this apparent dichotomy, but the German word is ‘Unheimlich’, meaning un-homely (the opposite of what is familiar – or not right within the home, as a place of safety). This is to say the fear doesn’t come from something being obviously sinister grotesque, but just slightly not right, but without being able to fully explain why.

German culture actually has a legacy of being slightly obsessed with the “Unheimlich”, and Freud wrote a great deal about it (claiming it is where our fear originates). The idea of a Doppelganger originates from the “Unheimlich”, and as such there are sinister connotations associated with twins. Twin children, as in the Grady Twins of “The Shining”, are perhaps the ultimate representation of “Unheimlich”.

Children are not governed by the norms of society, as they are not yet participants of it. As our general notions of safety are governed by our shared assumptions to ‘play by these rules’, and children are outside of this, they are considered ‘unpredictable’, which can create anxiety, often turning them into ‘folk devils’.

As an opposing theory to this (which is particularly pertinent to Horror) children who have a supernatural or sociopathic understanding of the rules of normality but elect to disregard them are a classic origin of horror.

Damien from ‘The Omen’ is an example of this type of fear, as he is considered the ultimate ‘The Possessed’ child who demonstrates and awareness and is complicit of his own evils. The book “You’re only Young Twice” by Theorist Tim Morris features a chapter ‘Panic Attacks: Children as Adults, Adults as Children in the Movies’ which explores the origin of Horror within these parameters, and will be able to provide you with a long history of terror being extracted from children in this way.

Film Theorist, Mary Jackson identifies this films with their own nomenclature as a sub-genre ‘Children as Horror’, and identifies our fear of these ‘Evil Children’ as the representation of our societal fear of failing the younger, emergent generations:

‘Not surprisingly, in the run of child-as-monster films, frequently the real point is not the evil of children, often the victims of demonic possession themselves, but rather the ineffectiveness of the family, church, and state – America’s most highly valued institutions – to guard themselves against deception and impending destruction.’

Regan from ‘The Exorcist’ is a similar case, although her’s is a story of the corruption of innocence as penance for her mother’s implied heresy/blasphemy/impiousness. Her’s is a meta-religious allegory to the Angel of Death taking the children of the impious, but much more sinister: The devil ‘takes them’, but the terror is not through removal but through defilement.

The most obvious (perhaps) reason for children being so numerous in Horror needs little explanation:

Children aren’t supposed to be scary.

By subverting our expectations of children as non-threatening entities, Horror is able to force doubt into our natural assumptions, which is a staple of effective horror.

Of course, it’s become so common place for Children to be ‘Evil’ in Horror movies, and this genre tradition has become so entrenched, that its hard not to automatically consider children as the de-facto evil in a horror movie. Such is the way of postmodernism.**

I couldn’t have said it better, which is why I posted it here. It’s a really interesting thread, a deep pool of information if you have some extra time you should check out the conversation: Kids are scary, yo.

Kids are hella scary and not only in fiction but have the potential to become extremely dangerous … in real life. So why do we keep having them? Why won’t we just leave them alone? We are through songs, images, and rhyme and reason we are warned of the hazards. So, armed with this knowledge why do we dare to thread were angels won’t?

Again, I have to ask Is there something wrong with us?

No. Like the true HorrorAddicts that we are, we just keep coming back for more, drinking from the fountain of youth despite the evidence that the water is tainted.

See what I just did there, ‘fountain of youth?’ lol

Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Otesanek

Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Otesanek

At 5pm am on March 17th, 2016, Crystal Connor, excitedly ripped open one of the red envelopes she gets twice a week grabbed some snacks flopped on the couch and picked up her remote.

This is the unedited journal chronicles the harrowing experience that her neighbors endured for hours as she screamed, cried, and shouted expletive obscenities at her television as she watched Jan Svankmajer’s 2000 Otesanek.

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Entry 1: Wait, what?

 Entry 2: Of course … that’s the last thing she needs to see.

Entry 3: What in the hell?!

Entry 4: Awww, man =(

Entry 5: Ha! That was shot beautifully!

Entry 6: Ok, there’s something else going on here.

Entry 7: Really, what else do you do at this point?

Entry 8: No! No, no, no…your gonna make it worse.

Entry 9: No, that wasn’t stupid that was downright mean

Entry 10: How the hell are they gonna get outta of this?

Entry 11: HOT ASS MESS!!!

Entry 12: WFT?!! So then they both saw that?

Entry 13: Nope.

Entry 14: Oh HELL NO!!

Entry 15: See, what did I tell you

Entry 16: And now they’re afraid.

Entry 17: WTF is wrong with her?!!

Entry 18: He said no. Damn.

Entry 19: Are you kidding me?! That’s a social worker, someone is gonna come looking for her.

Entry 20: Little. Ass. Girl.

Entry 21: You’re the only one who knows the truth, why would you go down there.

Entry 22: Jesus keep me near The Cross, take the wheel, or something…see!

Entry 23: What?! Whyyyyyy?

Entry 24: Of course it would be another child.

Entry 25: That’s two bodies and the police aren’t that stupid.

Entry 26: Oh my God this shit is getting out of hand…

Entry 27: As a parent tho, what do you do?

Entry 28: Sweet Jesus

Entry 29: There was an old woman! And Q the tears

Entry 30: Wow. Bravo!

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Plotline: When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife’s pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real.~ Written by bob the moo on IMDb

 Who would like it: Fans of foreign/sub titled films, fantasy, drama, live action, surreal animation, stop motion, suspense fans and those who like the dark original fairy tales.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And as you can tell from my entries above I had a blast.

Let me squeeze in this tiny complaint and get it out of the way. Watching Otesanek which is also known as Little Orik, and sometimes referred to as Greed Guts is the cinematic equivalent of reading bizarro. It’s really, really wtf weird if you aren’t prepared for it, and let me tell you, I wasn’t ready. It took me three days to get into this movie and I almost didn’t watch it. Let me tell you that I am so glad I did not rob myself of this movie. Like reading Shakespeare it takes a minute to get into the rhythm of how this film is shot, but once you do you’re not going to be able to look away. It’s like watching a train that’s getting ready to crash but in slow agonizing motion.

When you make the decision to stick with this movie, at first it’s because you’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on and process the things you are being shown and like a fly in a web from this point on you’ll be trapped because quite subtly things stop being so weird and you began to care and worry about the people in this movie.

These two people so desperately want a child that it consumes their entire lives, and the lives of those around them. You can see how, why things start to go wrong.

This story is based on a Czech fairytale and knowing that this movie would be seen by an audience who may not be familiar of the story, the writers used a child to explained things to us, which was brilliant. Being the only child in a cast full of grown-ups even from the beginning the things she’s telling them aren’t believed, but early on she starts to put two-and-two together. Reading the story out loud she skips ahead and seeing where this is going she tries to intervene to change the fate of Little Orik, too young to realize that it’s her interference which sees the prophecy of the fairytale foretold.

Stars: 5 full stars

Where I watched it: Netflix

 

 

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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Live Action Review by Crystal Connor: Diary of a Psychopath

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Plotline: A young psychopath chronicles the stalk, the hunt and the kill of his first victim.

Who would like it: Those who like found footage/self-documentary movies and fans of short films.

Overall: 3 Stars

Where I watched it: Facebook

I don’t particularly enjoy found footage/ self-documentary films, to be honest its more than not simply likely them, I don’t even watch them anymore. The sighing and eye rolling were of epic proportions when I was assigned to watch Diary of a Psychopath.

Now with that being said, what I immensely appreciate about Daniel P. Coughlin, besides his full length 2008 movie Farm House is his ability to tell a compelling short story. Clocking in at just under ten minutes Diary of a Psychopath is easy and interesting enough to sit through. The amateur camera phone recording coupled with main character Tyler Bentley’s youthful appearance lends itself to its authenticity.  In fact, it seemed so real for some that they left comments condemning his actions demanding and threatening that this footage be turned over to the property authorities. But with so many people filming every second of their lives, and others posting footage of themselves committing actual crimes it’s easy to understand the confusion.

Tyler is a super creepy kid, the things he says gets under the skin and his footage of him stalking women in the park strikes a chord. The twist is reminiscent of Scott Reynolds 1994 A Game with no Rules.

The verdict? I actually liked Diary of a Psychopath, which probably means you’ll love it. Check it out here Come for the STALK, stay for the KILL! and I would also recommend taking some time to explore Crypt TV as well.

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Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is a Washington State native who loves anything 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 she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is 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 Connor’s awarding winning imagination.

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Intro to Celebrating Black Horror History

HorrorAddicts Black History Month

Intro to Celebrating Black Horror History

By Sumiko Saulson

60-black-women-in-horrorI’m proud to be the host of “Celebrating Black Horror History” during the month of February 2016. I would like to invite you, dear reader, to join us for an entire month of guest blogs, interviews, and offerings from the usual delightful staff here at HorrorAddicts.net that honor, highlight and celebrate the current and historical contributions members of the African Diaspora have made to the horror genre. I am excited to have so many talented guest contributors who are themselves, quite accomplished.  They include bestselling author Balogun Ojetade, Bram Stoker award winner Linda D. Addison, the prolific Crystal Connor and Kai Leaks, award-winning author Valjeanne Jeffers,  and many others.

As the author of 60 Black Women in Horror, I am no stranger to the subject of where black people stand in relation to the horror genre.  In fact, I first came into contact with HorrorAddicts back in 2013, when I was working on that very project as an ambassador for Women in Horror Month. David Watson’s 2012 article on African American horror writers was one of my reference materials when I was doing research for 60 Black Women in Horror.

This month, we will be looking at not only at authors, but black contributors to all aspects of the horror genre. We will cover topics as diverse as Lori Titus’ exploration of Black Women in Horror Comics, Eden Royce’s look at Southern Conjure Magic’s Contribution to Horror – the Realities versus the Fictitious, and James Goodridge’s  take on Real World Zombies.

We will look at the black presence (and sometimes, lack thereof) in horror films with Balogun Ojetade’s article on Early Black Horror Films of the 40s and 50s, Alicia McCalla’s perspective on Sembene in Penny Dreadful, Joslyn Corvis’s treatise on Tales from the Hood, James Goodridge’s personal perspective essay On the Dearth of Black Characters in Horror Movies, my piece From Producer to Actor: Wesley Snipes’ contribution to the Blade Franchise, Paula Ashe’s Sister My Sister: An Open Love Letter to Abby and Jenny Mills from Sleepy Hollow, and my look at Horror Legend Tony Todd.

The black presence in horror writing will also be a topic of discussion from both the author and the sumiko-blog-photocharacter points of view, with Linda D Addison’s Genesis: The First Black Horror Writers,  Kai Leaks’ essay on Author L.A. Banks’ Contribution to Horror, Bret Alexander Sweet’s Magical Realism in Toni Morrison (Beloved, Sulu, Song of Solomon), Kenesha Williams’s piece on Author Tananarive Due’s Contribution to Horror, Valjeanne Jeffers’s piece on Author Octavia Butler’s Contribution to Horror, Crystal Connor’s piece on The Inclusion of Black History in Speculative Fiction, and Nicole Kurtz ‘s article on The Representation of Black Women in The Dark Tower.

I hope you will enjoy the upcoming month of black history in horror features. Thank you for joining us.

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Sumiko Saulson’s blog “Things That Go Bump In My Head” focuses on horror fiction writing and features author interviews, writing advice, short stories and editorial pieces. She is the author of two novels in the science fiction and horror genres, “Solitude,” and “Warmth”, and a Young Adult dark fantasy series, “The Moon Cried Blood”, which was originally a novel.  Her fourth novel “Happiness and Other Diseases” will be released October 18, 2014.  She is also the author of a short story anthology “Things That Go Bump In My Head”.  She writes for the Oakland Art Scene for the Examiner.com. A published poet and writer of short stories and editorials, she was once profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle article about up-and-coming poets in the beatnik tradition. The child of African American and Russian-Jewish American parents, she is a native Californian, and was born and spent her early childhood in Los Angeles, moving to Hawaii, where she spent her teen years, at the age of 12. She has spent most of her adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. http://sumikosaulson.com/

Free Fiction Friday: The Christmas Wish by Crystal Connor

The Christmas Wish

by Crystal Connor

He thumbed through the list on the screen of his phone one more time just to be sure. It was confirmed. An emergency addition. He looked again at the naughty list and sighed. It seemed to get longer and longer with each passing year. And this year, there were more girls than boys. Tonight, all of the gifts for the good children had been dispensed before the hour of the night had reached double digits, the fastest time on record.

The problem with Christianity was forgiveness, but rest assured, there would be none of that here tonight. The moon was already halfway between the zenith and the western horizon, and he still had almost a million children to deal with before the sun rose.

The wide-eyed little girl he had tied up and put in front of the fireplace had black ringlets that hung just past her shoulders. Her big brown eyes were just a shade or two darker than her skin. She looked like an angel. He ignored her tears, walked into the kitchen, and helped himself to another cookie.

The little girl was scared, but there was nothing she could do to free herself from her nylon imprisonment, so she just glared at the intruder while he ate the cookies that she and her little brother had left out for him.

She knew this man was Santa, because she had seen the sleigh against the backdrop of the moon, heard him coming down the chimney, and watched him step out of the fireplace. She knew he was Santa, even though he was like no other Santa she had seen in pictures, at the mall, or on TV.

He wasn’t fat, and the last thing he looked was jolly.

He wore a metal helmet. His long red hair had gray in it, and so did his beard, but he wasn’t old enough to have all-white hair. He wore a black nightgown with a wide red belt tied across his flat belly, but she could see what he had on underneath, because it didn’t cover his sleeves, and it wasn’t very long. The gown was worn over black pants, a black sleeveless shirt, and black boots. The man eating cookies in the kitchen looked more like Thor than Santa.

The big red symbol on his chest was the same symbol that was on his shield: one line going up and down with five slanted lines drawn across it. The word above the symbol said “AUTHORITY,” and the words under the symbol said “and OBEDIENCE.” The words formed a circle around the strange symbol. The only thing that was the same as with the others she’d seen were his eyes … They were blue.

Santa ate the last cookie. Overlooking the glass of warm milk sitting next to the cookie-crumbed saucer, he went to the refrigerator and drank straight from the carton. With his thirst satisfied, he returned to the living room and took a seat in front of the bound girl. Even when seated, Santa loomed over her. The girl’s eyes flickered. Her breath was labored, and he knew the small child was going to pass out. At six years old, she was the youngest child on the list, and without a doubt, the most frightened child he had seen not only tonight, but also in a long while.

He grabbed the little girl by the collar of her pajamas that displayed a little black princess holding a frog, and removed the ball gag that was entirely too large. She took a long, deep, relieved breath.

Unlike the other children on this list, she did not shrink from him.

“You’re not really Santa. Santa’s nice; he would never do this.” A large tear slowly fell from her eye. “You look like him, but you’re not really him. Are you Santa’s son?”

He leaned forward and, with a calloused thumb, roughly smudged the tear from her face.

“My name is Kris Kringle, and these,” he said as he licked his thumb, “are not going to help you. I do not have a son. I am here because you’re on the naughty list … for the second year in a row.”

“Well, I got a dolly last year!” she stated with an indignant huff.

“Last year, you were too young to be disciplined.” The child’s eyes drifted from the angry orbs of ice down to the third word blazed upon the front of his tunic: “OBEDIENCE.”

She took a deep breath and tilted her head in thought. She held the gaze of his ice-blue eyes once more. She tried stretching her shoulders, but with her hands firmly tied behind her back, she couldn’t move them very far.

“It’s Christmastime; you’re supposed to be nice.”

“Really? Says who?”

“Says Jesus!” Clearly, the young girl was outraged by Santa’s ignorance.

“Hmmm.” Santa leaned back and crossed his legs. “After all that you’ve done, now you want Jesus?”

She thought about it for a moment and decided that she didn’t. Santa read her internal dialogue like an open book. She was trying to think her way out of this. Santa was no longer surprised that the child before him was an emergency addition to the naughty list.

“So then, am I getting a spanking?”

Santa laughed. He was sure that if she had locomotion, she would have asked that sassy question with a hand on her hip.

The rod had been spared in this household, and they were well beyond the niceties of corporal punishment. The behavior of this child demanded a return to the old way of things. Tonight, this babe would be reborn upon the altar of dutifulness.

Father Christmas and his young hostage looked up in response to hoof stomps. The animals on the roof were growing restless, and the old saint was behind schedule.

Most people neglected to remember the dark origins of the holiday and therefore failed to realize the consequences of being on the naughty list, which was reviewed and edited several times a year. Santa did more than just bring gifts and eat cookies. Children, like their parents, forgot or did not know that, above all else, Santa was a disciplinarian and that clumps of coal were useless tools when it came to child behavioral modification and teen attitude adjusting.

He reached for his bulky bag.

Santa laid the contents in a neat row at the feet of the ill-behaved princess and gave his watch a quick glance. Looking at the items placed before her, the child began to cry.

The pear of anguish was not sugar coated, and the mere illumination from the night-light made the metal gleam. Men using enhanced interrogation techniques would have protested the horrors. What was a little girl to do?

“Santa,” she said with terror-filled awe, “I have to go potty.” As Mr. Kringle slowly stood to tower over the child, a trickle of warm liquid ran down her legs to form a puddle that pooled around her small feet.

He turned his back to her tears and began to pace while being careful to not walk through the blood. Even with this carnage, this savagery, he pulled out his phone and checked the list once more. Just to be sure. Using his thumb and pointer finger, he enlarged the image on his screen. The picture he was looking at was a mirror image of the little girl crying behind him.

Santa returned to the kitchen, took a plastic cup from the cupboard, and filled it with sweet liquid. He grabbed the towel from the handle of the refrigerator and knelt before the young girl he had come to punish.

He allowed the young one to soothe her dry throat with the cool juice from the forbidden fruit that had caused the fall of man. He removed the rope that held her wrists behind her back and clamped a strong grip to the back of her neck. He marched her into her bedroom, found a fresh pair of pajamas, and then led her to the door of the bathroom.

“Go clean yourself up.”

When he heard the running water, he returned to the living room to stand over the dead. Chills ran down his spine as he tried to come to terms with how a six-year-old child could kill a man the same size as he or how one so young could kill her own mother.

He didn’t hear her, but he knew she was there, because he could smell her. He turned to face the strawberry-scented child. The depth of the detachment with which she regarded the deceased was alarming. The only emotion she displayed was reverence when she looked up to Santa’s face.

“Do I still have to get a spanking?” she asked again on the brink of tears. Rustling behind the couch commanded Santa’s attention, and he tossed the furniture aside to reveal a boy child, smaller and younger than the girl. The boy fled from his hiding place, stood behind his sister, and gawked up at Santa through a mask of bruises. The bridge of his nose was red, under his eye was purple, and the color of his cheek was blue. Santa watched the movement of the girl’s eyes as they drifted over the decaying with contempt.

“Do you know about Santa’s helpers?” he asked as he glared down at the children. The boy was nodding yes while his sister spoke for both of them.

“They’re the elves who live with you in the North Pole and work at the toy shop.”

Santa swore. In days of old, children were afraid of elves, and rightly so, for they were vicious deities responsible for nightmares, diseases, and death. It was the elves that kept track of those who had been nice and those who hadn’t.

It sickened Santa to think that when people thought of elves, the image that came to mind was that of colorful, diminutive, playful things of children’s cartoons. It was no wonder that people were astonished to learn that being on the naughty list was a way of illustrating that actions had consequences, that those consequences required penitence, and that the debt had to be paid in blood.

The true assistants of Saint Nicholas were demons dispatched to avenge injustice or insult, descending from long and amazing family trees, which included gods of the north, who flew through the sky with the help of horses, reindeer’s, and goats.

With Belsnickel, he had a judge; with Zwarte Piet, who was personally in charge of the naughty and nice lists, he had a jury. With Lapland the Wildman, who bashed in children’s skulls and drank from their necks as soon as he delivered gifts to the undeserving, he once had an executioner. Le Père Fouettard, who killed children, cut them up and put them in a stewpot, replaced Lapland, but like the Wildman, Le Père Fouettard was no more.

Santa was gently lured from his thoughts as he noticed how the child protecting her brother lustfully eyed the cat-o-nine tails. The sparkle in her eye matched the glint of the razor-sharp barbs. Her eyes lovingly caressed the manacles before they fell so assiduously upon the bastinado cane, a tool used to inflict a particularly brutal and cruel form of punishment in which the soles of the feet are whipped. She slowly took a visual inventory of all the instruments that would be used for the implementation of acceptable behavior, and smiled.

Santa had been mourning the loss of Fouettard for thousands of years, but Santa would yearn no more. This girl child who stood before him would replace Le Père Fouettard just as Le Père Fouettard replaced Lapland the Wildman.

Santa’s Christmas wish had been granted. Once again, after all these years, Santa had an executioner.

It was time to return to the old way of things.

To read more like The Christmas Wish please visit:
http://www.amazon.com/They-Lived-Happily-Ever-After/dp/1477616624

December: Winter Horror

by Crystal Connor

Lol, I’m sorry I couldn’t help it. This post is about Winter Horror, which is the theme this month on HorrorAddicts.net.

As both a horror author and fan one of my favorite things I enjoy writing about is and being entertained by is the psychological side of horror.

I’m not sure if you know this but I am classically trained as a Marine Diesel Engineer and the 1st time I went to Dutch Harbor I fell to my knees once on the dock. The captain had no idea what was going on and when he asked I replied, “I’m repenting because if I don’t a frozen wasteland just like this will be my Hell.”

If you could have seen the look on his face! Lol. The idea of being trapped and cold in a hell frozen over inspires me to go to confessional, and I’m not Catholic, I’m a Christian … but still. My sinning ass needs all the help I can get.

I think the three greatest contributors which has the potential to make the winter months so truly terrifying are Freezing Temperatures, Being Lost and Isolation, the induction of the fear that follows.

I think this is the reason I am such a fan of trapped environments. My all-time favorite of this troupe is when environment one is trapped in is a vast and open space, hellscapes of snow and ice.

Let’s explore these elements with a little shameless self-promotion served on the side…

Freezing Temperatures:

Barrow, Alaska is one of the coldest and remote settlements in the North America. With wind chill, temperatures can reach almost minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I said minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Just let that sink in for a moment.

It doesn’t matter if its 65 degrees or God forbid, even colder than that, once I’m cold, I’m cold and the only thing I really think about once I’m cold is getting warm again and I’m in a pretty crappy mode until that happens. And until that happens its safe to say I’m not thinking straight because all I’m always thinking about is how cold I am and longing for the time I spent in warmer climates.

Studies have shown that temperature may sway how much trust people put in one another so it’s not surprising that people link temperature with psychological mindset (cold-bloodied killer)

Being Lost:

Now being lost is completely different from being trapped or isolated. When you’re lost, at least at first, it’s the confusion that interrupts clear thinking. But you can always cling to hope when lost.

If your off hiking somewhere, or take the wrong turn during a road trip and don’t show up when and where you were expected you’re going to be missed and this is what eventually helps a person to stop randomly wandering around and talk themselves into some sort of game plan to get them found or at the very least, help them get their bearings back.

This is where the wisdom of walking along a fence or river or just being still so that whoever is looking for you can actually find you comes in.

But if your judgment has been impaired due to being cold, and you’ve been subjected to the imagination of novelist such as myself, once it gets dark all bets are off. Of course you’ll worry about the bear’s, wild dogs, and other dangerous animals but not as much as you’ll think about the ghosts and strangers lurking between the clumps of trees, no matter how unrealistic these fears may be, and that will more likely than not make a person make drastic decisions that will make their situation worse.

Isolation:

First of all you know exactly where you are and others might too, but when things go wrong you can’t get out and those on the outside who know where you are probably don’t know you’re in trouble and wouldn’t expect it as your exactly where you told everyone you’d be.

And this is the reason I say a person can be cold, scared, and lost … or … cold, scared, and isolated. I’ve never seen or read a book where people where both isolated and lost at the same time.

One of the great things about using isolation as a horror element (Claustrophobia, agoraphobia, taphophobia, merinthophia, autophobia … the list goes on and on) and the adverse psychological effects it has on just basic thinking, not to mention, critical potentially lifesaving decision making is what makes isolation so terrorizing on so many levels. Not only that, but all kinds of studies have been conducted on human subjects in regards to extreme isolation and solitary confinement … the results of all of which is why this type of sensory deprivation is considered torture.

This is the type of subject I can write all day long about so instead of letting this post get out of hand I’m going to give you guys a little homework! lol

Homework for couch potatoes:

Three good reads that I think you should read if you haven’t already (or read again if its been awhile) about winter horror using the elements of isolation are:

Trapped by Dean R. Koontz http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Dean-R-Koontz/dp/0061050040

The Shining by Stephen King  http://www.amazon.com/The-Shining-Stephen-King/dp/0307743659

In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal The End is Now by Connor Titus http://www.amazon.com/In-The-Foothills-Mt-Empyreal/dp/1494964198

Three movies using the same elements

Adam Green’s 2010 Frozen 

John Carpenter’s 2011 The Thing 

Antonia Bird’s 2009 Ravenous 

Home work for outdoorsy type:

 If you rather not sit inside all winter and would rather risk your life by actually testing the patience of the gods of winter, you could try (but I am going to suggest that you don’t) your hand at navigating your way through:

 Death zone, Mt. Everest, Nepal

Dudes it’s called the Death Zone, even experienced climbers have perished here, and since rescuing or carrying an injured climber back to basecamp is impractical, they are typically left behind to die. About 150 bodies have never been recovered but despite its names there are worst places to die a wintery death.

Muir Snowfield, Mt. Rainier, WA

Like they say, there’s no place like home! Rainier’s summit requires a formidable alpine climb, and more than 90 mountaineers have slipped or frozen trying to reach 14,410 feet. But a whopping 294 fatalities have occurred elsewhere on the mountain

Right in my own back yard, Willamette National Forest, Oregon

A staggering 189 men and 51 women officially remain listed as missing since 1997 by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management after trekking into Oregon’s wildest places, said Georges Kleinbaum, search and rescue coordinator for the office. “It only takes a mile before you get totally turned around and don’t know which way to go,” said Kleinbaum, adding that 1,036 search and rescue missions were conducted across Oregon last year.

 Bonus

You really can’t talk about the horrors of winter without mentioning Christmas. My 2nd favorite all time sub-genre of Horror is Religious Horror and actually I think that might be 1st.  As a believer there is nothing more frightening to me than the idea of God turning his back on you, succumbing to temptation and forfeiting your admission to Heaven.

If you don’t have a weekend to spend reading a book but a have a few hours to kill check out Christopher Borrelli’s 2007 Whisper besides the child being the offspring of Satan, the religious undertones are subtle

However if you prefer your Christmas horror to be terrifying and religious-less I highly recommend Paul Andrew Williams 2008 The Children which is part of the 8 Films to Die For franchise. You can watch them both on either Amazon Video or Netflix

If you like your horror in quick short dosages I have something that fits the bill, clocking in at just 12 minutes and 9 seconds this little audio gem will fit nicely in your standard 15 minute coffee break The Christmas Wish http://podiobooks.com/title/and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after/

And on that note, happy holidays you guys and as always thanks for stopping by! See you all next year!

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor : Inhuman Resources

At four o’clock in the afternoon on Oct 17th, 2015, Crystal Connor, climbed into her sleeping bag on the couch with a large plate of nachos and picked up her remote. For the next hour and a half her poor little dog and neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Daniel Krige’s 2012 Inhuman Resources

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Reader discretion is Advised

Entry 1: How did he get in?

Entry 2: He doesn’t look dead to me

Entry 3: No you won’t

Entry 4: And that’s exactly what he’s doing to!

Entry 5: Please don’t try anything stupid

Entry 6: What did I just say to you?!

Entry 7: What a twist! Love it!

Entry 8: Your supposed to uphold the law but you sent him there anyway? Really!!

Entry 9: Duh, your just now getting this? Dumb ass

Entry 10: I’m so tired of her

Entry 11: She’s a fraud she’s going to get every last one of you killed.

Entry 12: OMG, he might actually be telling the truth

Entry 13: Yep, the chloroform rag pretty much solves everything!

Entry 14: Don’t you dare scream…

Entry 15: Maybe you were but your not anymore

Entry 16: Ummm, dude yes. Yes you really are that bad

Entry 17: STFU

Entry 18: lol…that was fun!

Plotline: Six captive office workers are literally chained to their desks by a demented, escaped serial killer; former regional manager Thomas Reddmann (Redd). He assigns his ‘human resources’ the impossible task of proving his innocence or suffering gruesome consequences.

Who would like it: Gorehounds, fans of isolated/trapped environments, people who like mysteries and dark comedy.

Horror Level: 3

High Points: With everyone waking up in a locked room and chained to their desk you feel like you’re getting ready to watch a knock off movie from the Saw franchise and though it borrows some elements from those movies, that Déjà vu feeling that you’ve seen this before quickly changes which allows this movie a space of its own.

Like in Saw the demented boss Thomas Reddman believes the staff before him as done this to themselves and as the movie unfolds itself you begin to agree that they did. Mr. Reddman was committed of a crime and sentenced to death and every single person assembled played a role in conviction.

Mr. Reddman’s complain is if everyone had simply done their jobs he would have never been convicted in the 1st place.

Complaints: I’m not a gore hound and unless it is absolutely necessary it just annoys me. It’s a dark comedy but some of the lines fall flat and end up sounding cheesy and corny but whatya gonna do. There are some ‘staff members’ who are far more culpable than the others so I thought it wasn’t fair that everyone received the same level of corrective actions…lol

Overall: Despite my complaints this was really a fun, smart and at times funny movie and the comedic elements makes this a safe one to watch with your friends who like the lighter side of horror.

Stars: 4 Stars

Where I watched it: Netflix

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Welp

Hours before the sun rose on Oct 12th, 2015, Crystal Connor, with a bag of popcorn, piping hot blueberry pop tarts and a coke, flopped down on the couch and picked up her remote as she ignore her begging dog. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Jonas Govaerts 2014 Welp

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Reader discretion is Advised

Entry 1: Now that’s how you do an opening!

Entry 2: Why doesn’t anyone listen to the locals?

Entry 3: No! Don’t investigate.

Entry 4: This is why, God forbid, if I ever had kids I would NEVER allow them to go camping w/a bunch of 20 somethings

Entry 5: Ok, tough guy

Entry 6: OMFG this is not a good idea at all

Entry 7: Now what in the hell,

Entry 8: What the…RUN!

Entry 9: That moment when you find yourself knee deep in dead bodies, call the police and hear his phone ringing among the deceased

Entry 10: No, you need to listen to what the kids are trying to tell you

Entry 11: Poor kids, lol

Entry 12: That’s not Sam

Entry 13: I don’t understand why kids aren’t afraid of anything…this is exactly how shit goes wrong

Entry 14: See! You should have listened to him

Entry 15: WHAT?!! Your just gonna leave them there, their children!!

Entry 16: Oh sweet Jesus

Entry 17: Good! That’s what you get

Entry 18: Wow.

Entry 19: OMFG WOW!!!

Entry 20: (ಠ_ಠ)

Entry 21: I need to turn on all my lights, hug my dog and pray to God.

Plotline: Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster…and he does.

 Who would like it: Fans of classic 80s slasher films, fans of foreign films, and urban legends.

Horror Level: For me it was a solid five

High Points: I loved everything about this movie, and I mean everything from the characters, the pacing, the old school way it was film …everything.

Complaints: None

Overall: I am going to watch this again, it felt so nostalgic, reminding me why I feel in love with horror movies in the 1st place.

Just like the original Friday the 13th and Halloween, none of the characters are doing anything stupid like pulling pranks that will get each other killed, playing with Ouija boards in hopes of conjuring up the devil, or dancing on graves.

These guys were just camping in the wrong place at the wrong time, but they weren’t trespassing. The park ranger knew where they were and told them to keep their cell on, which they did.

And yes, there’s sex but what they did that we (North American’s) don’t was divert the eye from gratuitous nudity which is something I wish more America horror filmmakers would do as well.

This is a slasher film, it’s a violent film, but it isn’t torture porn.

I’ve had my eye on Scandinavian horror films since seeing Ole Bornedal’s 2007 The Substitute but at the time I was consuming so much Korean horror that I wasn’t paying as close attention as I should have, but Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 Let The Right One In abruptly corrected that error.

Even though a strong presence of indie horror and science fiction film writers has rekindled my love for domesticated terror I still watch a lot of foreign horror but with movies like Borgman, Priest of Evil, When Animals Dream, Night Night Mommy, and now Welp, it’s the Nordic/Scandinavian horror movies that are quickly becoming to dominate my movie viewing preference.

Stars: 5

Where I watched it: Amazon Prime

**Update 11/30/2015**

OMG…I recv’d the most amazing email about this review from the director himself Jonas Govaerts!! and he closed it by saying “One little thing – we’re from Belgium…” 

D’oh! How friggin embarrassing, but I can explain. The reason I made this mistake is due to the lazy way in which I categorize my movies which is exactly like this:

HOME GROWN

EURO

:UK

:Nordic

:German

:French

MIDDLE EAST

FAR EAST

LATIN

See, I told you it was lazy lol. I do that because I actually read the subtitles (I hate voice overs) so I sort them to where I think the language is from. Moving forward I am going to be getting the countries right in my reviews. I was falling all over myself apologizing for my mistake but he was super cool about it. Thanks for checking out my post, and if you haven’t already go watch this kick a$$ movie from Belgium! 

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from Podiobooks.com 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

Live Action Review by Crystal Connor: Moments: A Small Poetry Collection by Ursula K Raphael

51rbyHkk4pL._UY250_ I didn’t read the forward so I was completely caught off guard by the collection of poems that make up Moments.

Ursula K. Rapheal is known within the horror community as AstraDaemon and it would be hard pressed to find a zombiephile worth their weight in salt who doesn’t know who she is. Many of us who write horror wait months, sometimes longer, to have our books reviewed by her. And she is also one of us, an author, the author of The Survivor and Out of the ashes.

I was so expecting to be plunged into darkness as I wandered around the deep crevices of a twisted and tortured mind, but what I found instead were the warm heartfelt Moments of a young person’s life.

Some of the poems made me smile, others made me feel like I was reading someone’s diary. The Mosh Pit made me laugh out loud, I saw The Last Time coming, and Paper Doll tugged at the heart-strings.

The heartbreak over an unfaithful lover, the heartbreak of growing up and growing apart from  your sibling, the fits of uncontrollable laughter in the study hall, and for the love of cats, if I were to describe this collection as a whole I would say it’s the lyrical equivalent of Instagram.

Winter is coming … and that means Christmas. If you have a friend or loved one who isn’t into #allhorroreverything like we are, or you read outside the genre and want something rich and textured to read while waiting for the bus, subway, or tram this is the perfect gift electronic stocking stuffer or treat yo self gift.

HorrorAddicts.net 123, Season Finale Alexandra Christian, Destini Beard, After Dark Films

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Horror Addicts Episode# 123

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich & Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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alexandra christian | destini beard | after dark films

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12 days till halloween

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Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Containment

At 12:47 am on Aug 17th, 2015, Crystal Connor, finally settled in her new apartment climbed into her sleeping bag on the couch and picked up her remote. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, a film by Neil Mcenery-West called Containment

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Entry 1: Are they in Scotland?

Entry 2: Huston we have a problem

Entry 3: You just cut your hand open with a hammer, dude put the screwdriver down before you kill yourself.

 Entry 4: lol, I think I am in love with him.

 Entry 5: Once the army shows up, all bets are off.

Entry 6: And there it is.

Entry 7: You think you can out run a sniper? Told you

Entry 8: He is out of control

Entry 9: That moment when your little brother sees you for the monster you are.

Entry 10: No, dude you don’t get to be in charge anymore

Entry 11: Now your all infected … way to go. Dumb ass

Entry 12: Are we going to talk about the sniper?!?

Entry 13: Wow

Entry 14: Please kill him, please with sugar on top let him die!

Entry 15: Movie Quote of the Night: “It wasn’t like this during the war. Some people trampled over their own children to go in shelter, we were all scared, but at least it was somebody you could see.”

Entry 16: Hell to the damn NO!

Entry 17: Don’t you dare save him.

Entry 18: Dude I would rather deal with zombies, are you F’ing kidding me?

Entry 19: Why are we going to the roof?

Entry 20: What the?! Oh sweet Jesus keep me near the cross!

Entry 21: Oh no…

Entry 22: Damn it =(

Entry 23: Wait a minute, what the hell…OH MY E’FFN GOD, oh my God.

Plotline: Neighbors in a block wake one morning to find they have been sealed inside their apartments. Can they work together to find out why? Or will they destroy each other in their fight to escape?

Who would like it: Fans of isolation movies. Zombie, pandemic, and survivalist fans, anyone who likes military research and cover-up conspires, and everybody who loves their horror served with a healthy sides of psychological and suspense.

High Points: I love monster movies, my favorites are the ones where they don’t show the monster. In Containment, just like the people we’re watching, we don’t know what happened, and this sets the tone for the rest of the movie because you immediately start listing agencies that you think would have the power to take control of three large apartment buildings, put everyone inside asleep, and then glue all the doors and windows shut …without being seen.

I also loved, once the group was established, how fast they turned on each other. Not only do they have to deal with what’s going on outside the tension is ratcheted up four notches because no one is sure if the person right next to them has their back.

We never find out what the virus is or what caused it, even the captured Hazmat expert seems to suggest that her team is basically leading from behind, doing all they can to catch up to this rapid moving germ.

The ending is no ending at all. Once you realize what they’ve done a million questions and assumptions pop into your head and all you can do is sit there and try to take it all in. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the icing on this cake!

Complaints: Though well-rounded, the characters are cliquish queuing up and dying in the order that you expect them too, but because this movie is so well acted and the tension is so taught it’s not that big of a complaint.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And Containment entertained me, I loved it and I hope you will too.

Stars: 4 ½

Where I watched it: Amazon Prime

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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HorrorAddicts.net 122, Dario Ciriello

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dario ciriello | glass android | mario bava

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Live Actions Reviews by Crystal Connor: Abandoned in the Dark

Recently I came to the conclusion that I would never be able to afford all of the books on my Amazon wish list and even if I could I would never have time to read them all. So I decided on the next best thing, watching the cliff notes! When I found out that David Boyle’s anthology had been adapted into a film so on April 23rd 2015 I rented it!

For the next 83 minutes my neighbors had to endure me screaming, crying, and my expletive outburst as I watch Mike Lordi’s rendition of David Boyle’s…Abandoned in the Dark

Abandoned

The Core

-Yes, it was.

-You’re gonna flip out over an apple?

– Seriously. Who do you think it is your talking to?

-And of course no one saw anything.

-You’re screwed

-USE YOUR CELL PHONE!!!

-Dummy.

-Told you.

Plotline: Carl, a member of the leadership team is required to sign termination letters even though he doesn’t decide who gets the ax (see what I did there…ax? lol)

Stars: 2 ½

Desperation

-Ummm, I’m sorry…WHAT?!

-Don’t OMFG, don’t ever say that to anyone.

-Oh no, Peter. You’ve done did it now.

-No, Peter don’t walk…RUN away!!

-PETER!

-Say no.

-That’s not a miracle, the devil comes in many forms.

-Is that the job you applied for? No, it isn’t is it?

-That’s it, you’re done, they own you.

-lol, why are you tip-toeing on creaky staircase?

-WOW!!! Omg…wow.

-How is she sleeping thru all of that?

-Just hurry up and get it over with.

-Oh. My. God.

-See? I told you to leave

Plotline: Peter Delany, an out of work single father will do anything to save his daughter’s life.

Stars: 5

Close call

-What an ass.

-I couldn’t do that job

-Ok, its time to call it a night, I’m sure they’ll understand

-Its not a prank, he has the address

-Call for back up!

-Holy crap, I so did not see that coming. Lol

Plotline: A caring crisis hotline worker finds out that no good deed goes unpunished

Stars: 4

Friction

-Really?!

-Now who is this?

-Oh HELL no!

-Right!

-Just leave.

-Aww damn, and she was just abducted. Dude just leave.

-Don’t do it…

-She’s a fucking tramp!

-No dude, he’s mad bro.

-Why are you still in the house?!

-Really dumb ass, you’re gonna get caught.

-Why are you running upstairs?!!

-Look at the compass rose! WANT!

-Why are you crying…you did this shit to yourself.

-NO STUPID GO OUT THE BACK DOOR!!! THE BACK DOOR.

-Fix it Jesus

-Yeah he does.

-Well damn

-Dude you’re not gonna be able to shoot your way outta tha…well alrightly then.

Plotline: When he said ‘til death do us part’ he meant it.

Stars: 4

Plot: Four short horror/suspense stories seamlessly connected to one another through gripping real life conflict and extreme tension.

Who would like it: People with a light terror tolerance and the occasional horror fan.

Highpoints: Desperation! Out of the quartette this was by far my favorite, just like watching an approaching train wreck you know what’s going to happen but you can’t bring yourself to look away. I kinda knew where it was heading but when it got there I was caught off guard.

Complaints: The 1st complaint is that it’s written up as Kane Hodder being the star of this movie. He isn’t, he’s featured in the 1st film The Core, and he doesn’t even have that big of a role. It’s just like Jesse Eisenberg wasn’t the star of Camp Hell. Both movies are good enough on their own merit to have listed the bigger stars as having cameo performances…which is what they are.

The 2nd thing is movie: claims that all four films are connected but they’re not. Most of the characters in the 1st two films all work in the same building and run into each other in the elevator or hallway but none of their actions affect the outcomes of either movie. There is no connect from film two to three but if a certain event didn’t take place in the third movie, things might have turned out differently in the last film.

Overall: Even though The Core is predictable and all the chapters don’t tell different parts of the same story I enjoyed this movie. I appreciate the lack of blood and gore in favor of on making each segment a more character driven story.

Stars: 3 ½

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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HorrorAddicts.net 121, Eden Royce

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Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror by Eden Royce

51YOUAH3SBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ This is one of the hardest book reviews I’ve ever had to write. A while ago Eden Royce asked me to review her novel Spook Lights, and after reading it a second time the problem became glaringly clear.

I am completely jealous of how this woman writes.

This makes no sense. Eden and I met when both our stories, The Monster and Devil’s Playground were accepted for publication in Matt Nord’s Strange Tales of Horror and we have been friends ever since. She has been my friend in every aspect of the word, we’ve kept in touch, we’ve reviewed each other’s books and once again we have both have stories that have been slated for film adaptations in the upcoming horror anthology 7 Magpies, the movie.

Sometimes when I am reading a really good book I go from being entertained to being taught, but with Spook Lights I go from being entertained to being jealous. It’s debilitating and disruptive because I start to feel really bad. How horrible a person must I be to be jealous of Eden, I ask myself. But I can’t help it. Authors don’t compete with each other in terms of readership, thank God, but if given an ultimatum: You can either read a book by Crystal Connor or one by Eden Royce I wouldn’t stand a chance.

The reason it took me so long to write this review was because I had to stop reading to deal with my own stupid issues.

Spook Lights is a collection of 12 stories set in the American South. Royce is unbelievably descriptive in her writing. The most horrific things are taking place in the most beautiful settings.

Oftentimes while reading I started to feel hot and sticky, I felt like I was smothering in thick, humid air that I’ve never inhaled in real life.

The spells and hexes performed within these pages aren’t written by someone who took the time to do the research but by someone who has intimate knowledge of root working and that in itself makes helps to create such a tangible feeling of doom and unease.

Homegoing stayed with me even though I didn’t want it to. The Path of the War Chief bothered me too. They all did actually, but those are the two that really burrowed themselves under my skin. But The Water Soul was my favorite because he got exactly what he deserved…bastard.

The stories told in Spook Lights are rich, layered, elegant horror stories with a diverse cast of characters and sometimes the stories don’t fully open themselves to their full glory until hours after you finish reading them. If you haven’t read anything by Eden Royce I think it’s high time you should.

HorrorAddicts.net 120, Chantal Noordeloos

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chantal noordeloos | madalice | found footage

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Two from Crystal Connor

 

Crystal Conner the Author of  The Darkness and In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal The End is Now is offering our readers a free copy of each book. If you would like a copy of one of these two books, be one of the first two people to email me at horroraddicts@gmail.com. Now on to our reviews:

10099991Artemisia has devoted her life to science, alchemy and jewelry. Family wasn’t as important to her as trying to obtain forbidden knowledge. She is a founding member of The Skyward Group which is a team of scientists working on top-secret projects. Artemisia’s main goal is to learn how god thinks and play god herself. There is another woman like her named Inanna. Inanna is a powerful witch who also has everything she wants and desires to be more god like. The one thing that neither has is a child.

This brings us to Adam, a three-month old boy who is being kept in a cage in a science lab. The doctors won’t get close to him because he’s dangerous. Alex has power but he doesn’t understand it and what he wants more than anything is to be loved.  Inanna and Artemisia have their eyes set on the boy and want to raise him in their own image. Only one can be his mother while the other will suffer at the hands of both mother and child.

The Darkness by Crystal Connor is the first book in The Spectrum Series and it was hard to put down. This isn’t a story of good versus evil, it’s the story of  forbidden magic versus forbidden science. It’s also a study on what happens when you become to powerful and have too much forbidden knowledge. I admire Crystal’s ability to make you love a character and hate them at the same time. The story here takes place over several years and we get to watch Adam go from a child to an adult. We see what destruction he causes when he can’t get what he wants, but we also see a boy who tries desperately to save the people he loves when they are in danger and how bad he feels when he hurts someone he loves.

You also see the good and bad in Inanna. You feel bad for her when her mother is taken away and she cries but then when she takes her vengeance on a group of people, you see that maybe this isn’t a person you should show pity for. One of my favorite scenes in the book has Inanna summoning warlocks and demons in order to do a protection spell for Adam. As she does this, one of the demons says that when she dies there will be no end to her suffering. Inanna’s reaction to this is indifference. I loved this scene because she was using evil and sacrificing herself to protect someone she loved. Inanna knows what she wants and nothing will stop her from having it.

What makes The Darkness interesting is that there are no heroes and villains, everyone is a shade of grey. The characters are complex, at times both Artemisia and Inanna show that they have a dark side but they also both show that they have a compassionate nature. The boy Alex also shows a lot of depth such as at one point he takes his anger out on one of the doctors in the lab but then another time we see him cry as another doctor hugs him for the first time. The characters are so fascinating you don’t see any of them as good or evil, they’re just people. Rather then choose sides I found myself compelled to just sit back and enjoy the ride. The way their personalities are, you’re never sure who to root for, which made for an unpredictable story.

22077604In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal The End is Now  is a collaboration between Crystal Connor and Lori Titus and is quite simply about people in a small town called Fates Keep dealing with the apocalypse. This book starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. We have angels, demons, wolves, a witch and lots of people hoping to survive. While the story is deceptively simple, there are a lot of characters and viewpoints to keep track of.

One way I would describe The End is Now is as ambitious. The way the book is written is different than anything I’ve read, there are no main character but it has several characters that are important and there is no resting point in the action. This book is about action and chaos in a war between angels and demons.  You have to stick with this book in order to get into it because it moves fast. What starts as a simple action driven apocalypse tale becomes a complex story about good versus evil and the choices we make.

While reading this one I found myself wondering what the writing process must have been like, because unless you have a program its hard to keep it all straight. My favorite part of the book was the humans, who despite the hopelessness of their situation still do what they can to survive.  This book is an original take on the apocalypse fiction genre that is so popular right now. There is a lot going on in this book and the story moves along at the speed of a freight train and doesn’t stop until the end.

Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: The Taking of Deborah Logan

At 1:30 am on Aug 15th, 2015, Crystal Connor, wrapped in a fleece blanket, seated in front of the fireplace picked up her remote and clicked play.  For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Adam Robitel’s The Taking of Deborah Logan

The Taking of Deborah Logan

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Entry 1: They even look alike

Entry 2: 8 minutes in and this seems promising

Entry 3: Wait a sec, what did she just to with the snake?

Entry 4: Now that’s an evil eye if I ever saw one.

Entry 5: Why would you show her that?! Are you kidding?

Entry 6: Come on…

Entry 7: I’m sorry, your just gonna walk around someone’s house riffle thru their sh*t and then throw their drawing all over the floor. I wish somebody would.

Entry 8: LOL, Galvin had the right idea!

Entry 9: And no one thought to call a priest at this time?

Entry 10: Hold the phone here … she is just a student so where is her supervising professor?

Entry 11: That doesn’t make any sense

Entry 12: Ok, now why are we digging in the dark?

Entry 13: How about turning on some lights?

Entry 14: LOL!! Movie quote of the night: “White people and their basements, attics …” lol

Entry 15: I’m over this. Everyone on earth knows what a rattlesnake sounds like when they hear one.

Entry 16: No, no go head, run blindingly thru the forest in the middle of the night

Entry 17: And still no priest

Entry 18: Since when do the police let a medical student turned paranormal team leader and the daughter of a suspect ride with them on the hunt for the fugitive? While filming?

Entry 19: Really? So now she has the super powers of a spitting cobra?

Entry 20: And still no priest

Plotline: What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Logan’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease and her daughter’s struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable malevolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all.

Who will like: Diehard fans of mocumentary and found footage films, people who love urban legends, folklore and demonic possessions.

High Points: There are some really good, subtle, creepy scenes that make the hair on your arm stand straight up. The concept was also very original, unfortunately like so many countless others, my family too is struggling to handle the mental stresses of a loved one suffering from dementia so I was curious to see where’d they go with it.

Complaints: Ok, now let me just say, that this is really and truly a case of it’s not you it’s me.

I loved The Blair Witch Project. I [CENSORED] LOVED it. But over the years I began to loathe this 1st person shooter, found footage, mocumentary film making technique.

But then my sister dragged me to see The Devil’s Due and I actually liked that movie! The ending was unexpected, original, and brilliant! Then I saw both The Conspiracy and The Sacrament and my faith was restored! Then, lo and behold, I watched the Europa Report and it blew me out of the water. And because of these four top-notch films I have waded back into the shallow waters of the found footage, mockumentary movies … and have been wholly disappointed.

The problem, in my opinion, is that in order for these movies to work certain markers have to be met, and this rigid form structure, coupled with the fact that the market is over saturated with this genre of film, the movies become repetitive and predictable.  The Taking of Deborah Logan started out really strong but about half way in I became disinterested and distracted and had to force myself to pay attention. From that moment on, I started mentally picking this movie apart, finding things wrong, and becoming extremely annoyed with the characters.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And this is exceptionally true when it comes to these types of movies.

Stars: 1

I knew before reading other reviews and fan feedback that my opinion would be among the minority. The Taking of Deborah Logan scared scores of people to death, so take this review with a grain of salt. Just because I didn’t enjoy it, doesn’t mean that you won’t.

Where I watched it: Netflix

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags.She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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HorrorAddicts.net 114, H.E. Roulo

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Live Action Reviews by Crystal Connor: The Sacred

On April 14th, after taking a break from the current novel in progress, Crystal flipped thru her film archives and came across a film she hadn’t seen yet. After ordering a pizza, she settled in for the night. This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched Brett Donowho’s 2012 The Sacred.

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-Excuse me?! The caretaker doesn’t even step one foot on the stairs.  You seriously need to rethink your lodging situation.

-All that dust and thick ass spider web? No ma’am.

-So the doll took itself out of the closet and went outside? Why are you still in the house?

-No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

-And that’s why you never trust the children.

-If you’re half way thru the movie and the only black person is still alive and tells you to leave – you leave.

-Keep fucking with that doll if you want to.

-Put that cross back where you found it!

-Now where did this girl come from?

-No one is helping you because your stupid ass won’t listen.

-Pack your shit and leave. Now!

-Are you fucking serious? No one comes right back.

-I told you to put that cross back, now deal with it.

-This dumb ass little girl!

-That was fun.

Plotline: A young girl bravely travels up to her dead Aunt’s cabin for creative inspiration. Marie gets more than she bargained for, when she soon realizes she is not alone. Confronted by evil spirits, she is forced to fight for her life.

Who will like it: Those new to the horror genre, younger horror movie fans, and the occasional horror movie fans.

Gore Factor: N/A

 High Points: Though it’s full of clichés and tried and tested jump scares, it’s interesting enough to keep the story moving.  Our heroine is doing everything she can it seems to infuriate the viewer…which was fine by me, because I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having.  The Sacred was fun. The performance by Brighid Fleming (the little girl) is at times startling to the point where I had to question why anyone would not feel completely uncomfortable in her presence.

 Overall: Stars: 3

Where I watched it: VOD

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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HorrorAddicts.net 111, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

Horror Addicts Episode# 111

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Book Review: The Knowledge Of Good And Evil

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By Crystal Connor

knowledgeOn June 8th after months of internet stalking Crystal Connor sent an email to one of her favorite author’s to boldly request trading a signed copy of her title The End is Now for a signed copy of his title The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Fearing being ignored, blocked, and unfriended four days later her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst upon learning that he said yes!

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she read, Glenn Kleier’s 2011 signed copy of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Yep, I scream at characters in books too! And I started screaming just two paragraphs into the prologue when a priest entered heaven by sneaking into the back door. A theologian of all people should have known better. And it only gets better from there as Ian and Angela are chased all over the globe by a secret order hell-bent on being the soul proprietors of knowledge that can change the world.

I screamed at Angela throughout the entire novel, because of my own personal beliefs, this character was easy for me to ‘love to hate.’ Not that she was doing anything wrong, per se, but it seemed that her love for Ian came with conditions.

Now in her defense Ian had some pretty selfish reasons for doing the things that he was doing through the book, and on more than on occasion he pissed me the fuck off. I don’t want to give too much away, but, for an example, at one point Ian has an audience with a demon. The demon gives Ian an ultimatum and presents him with a contract with hellish terms and conditions. This should have checked his behavior and stopped him in his tracks, but no. He accepted it. I totally agreed with Angela’s outrage when he told her what he had done because I was fucking livid too!

Secret orders, biblical conspiracies, assassins, breath-taking near misses and get aways, this book has everything that I love but it is in the 3rd act that had me screaming in glee and kept me from sleep.

The final part of the book reads like a modern retelling of Dante’s classic Divine Comedy, and its equally imaginative. This was my favorite part of the story because I am easily seduced by visuals and monsters are my favorite.

After all the things he sees and with a looming, punishing ultimatum should he fail, Ian is sent on a seemingly impossible mission but at that point I didn’t feel sorry for him because he brought that shit on him self.

Do you wanna know what happened? Then you’re gonna have to read it for yourself ;p

Plotline: Ian Baringer may have stumbled upon the greatest discovery of all time. Or possibly, the greatest curse . . .  As a child, Ian lost his parents in a horrific accident, seeing them give their lives to save his. He never fully recovered, burying pangs of guilt, clinging to religion’s promise that someday he’d see his parents again.

But now his demons have resurfaced. Despite the help of Angela Weber, the brilliant psychologist who loves him, he’s in the grip of an obsession. He no longer trusts in an afterlife, he must know for certain if the soul survives death.

And incredibly, he may have found a way. A risky bid to cross death’s door and return with Knowledge of the Great Beyond. Knowledge that can be verified by anyone who follows his path.

The implications are staggering. Proof of a hereafter! Perhaps of God, Himself! Knowledge to halt wars, to end at last the ancient animosities between Faiths!

Or perhaps a Knowledge to doom us all . . .

Some believe death’s secrets are forbidden to the living, cursed with grave consequences for Humanity. One shadowy sect is sworn to destroy all trespassers, and Ian and Angela have but one hope to survive. They must defy the gates of heaven and hell to steal a Knowledge hidden from the world since the dawn of creation.

 Genre: This book falls into the category of the evangelical genre called ‘heavenly tourism’ but because of the thrilling, supernatural, and horror elements this classification is very misleading.

 Scariness Factor: I am going to give it a three. It thrilling and suspenseful but it isn’t straight up religious horror like the works of David Seltzer or Kathryn Macke, but there are some really fun eerie/creepy parts and the vision of hell is vivid.

High Points: The way it ended! Kleier doesn’t wrapped it all up with a pretty bow, nor does he give you a hug to make you feel better. Right at the end your thinking one thing, but then with the very last line he leaves the reader stunned and questioning…it was perfect! This is without a doubt a book about faith but it’s not preachy or propaganda-ish, as some books within the    evangelical genres tend to be. He does a really good job at presenting both sides of the argument, and like in real life the characters are pretty passionate in what they believe. And this is why I probably didn’t like Angela.

Complaints: Now I know that there is nothing he can do about what I am going to complain about, but I don’t think the 1st tag for this book should be evangelical because that alone will put people off. I mean who really wants to trudge their way through 200 + pages written by a self-righteous author standing on a soap box who believes the methods of the Crusades and the Inquisition? Lord God know I don’t.

I read Kleier’s The Last Day ISBN13: 9780446605984 so I knew he wasn’t a overbearing preachy writer, but what others might not know is that The Knowledge of Good and Evil is a multi-genre book that would appeal to a wide range of readers.

Overall: Religious themed horror books and movie are my favorite and The Knowledge of Good and Evil is a hellofa  ride and absolutely worth the read.

Stars: 5 Stars

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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Zombie Month Movie List by Crystal Connor

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January is zombie month here at horroraddicts.net the problem with that is, I am not big of a zombie fan. I know. I know, but stay with me for a second I can explain. See what had happened was…lol

But seriously all jokes aside anyone who follows my reviews here or Horror Addicts or my blog knows that when it comes to horror, I am not easy to please and my chief complaint about the zombie genre is that there seems to be just one or two stories being told over and over again. And on top of that I am not a gore hound.

But I would be lying if I said I never enjoyed a Zombie movie. So in the spirit of the month here are my top 15 zombie movies, that not only were original enough to pique my interest, but that I actually enjoyed.

If you’re a hard core zombie fan you’ve probably already seen all of these, but if you not a zombiephile or haven’t seen a few of the movies listed below, hopefully your enjoy them as much as I did. Ok, let’s count them down to one.

Fido

Yep, Fido. This movie is over the top in slap stick, I was laughing my ass off. This movie worked for me is because even though the jokes are raunchy, it’s basically a boy and his dog movie that the whole family can enjoy, just like Cujo.

Perkins’14

This is an amazing dark little tale of revenge and the Sheriff’s son who was kidnapped 10 years ago returns as the spear head of the mayhem that ensues.

Pontypool

The vector for this virus are the airwaves and it rapidly spread through the speakers of the radio. This movie stressed me out, the tension in the film is taught and doesn’t let up. I knew something bad was going to happen but I still didn’t look away. I couldn’t.

Mulberry Street

This movie made me cry at the end. The original zombie at the beginning of the film are the rats, but quickly spreads to the human population. Unlike most zombie movies where the entire world collapses, the power goes out and the water is contaminated moments after a bite, officials were able to contain the outbreak from escaping the city. Even during the 1st stages of the outbreak people were still going about their daily business. It took a while before everyone started barricading themselves. New York is huge but this entire story revolves around a single family.

Mutants

Mutants follows all the rules of the plotline of the oversaturated plotline that plagues the genre (get it … plagues the genre…lol) with one powerful deviation. A married couple who’s expecting a baby is desperately trying to get to the safety of the army base. But along the way the husband gets bit. His transformation from man to monster is slow, which switches the focus from the zombies outside to the incredibly brutal conflict this man is having within himself. This woman loves her husband and the choices she makes are equally heart wrenching.

The Crazies (2009)

I hate remakes. So I was really, really reluctant to watch this movie and because of that I almost missed out on a gem. Again it follows all the rules all the way up until what you think is the end.

The Crazies (1968)

This was the very 1st movie I watched by George Romero and what 1st impressed me was the forcefulness of the US Army, but then enters onto the screen Colonel Peckem. This was the very 1st black man that I had seen in a horror film that wasn’t the token, sacrificial lamb, that always dies first and that was just the cherry on top of an already kick ass horror movie.

28 days later

The pacing and cinematography of this movie are off the rails! I could go on and on about how awesome I thought this movie was but I’m not. And just like The Crazies circa 1968 the casting of a black female lead who was extremely significant to the storyline sent me over the moon!

28 weeks later

Two words: Idris Elba! lol j/k This movie stayed on my best sequels list for years … until I saw The Descent Part 2

6 The Retreat

What I loved most about this movie is how it makes you feel claustrophobic on a wide open plain, and on top of that, there isn’t a horde of the undead trying to relentlessly claw through every little crevice. This is movie rests square on the shoulders of psychological horror.

5 GP506

This is another excellent psychological horror movie. This team was sent to Guard Post 506 because there hadn’t been any communication from them for days. When they get there the only thing they find are blood smeared walls. Everyone is gone. Except for one person…

4 Short film: Play Dead

This frightening little zombie story is told through the POV of dogs and the ending is absolutely insane! It was perfect.

3 Short Film Cargo

I cannot believe that this short was only a finalist at Australia’s 2013 Tropfest. A finalist. Really?!

2 The Signal

This movie has been on my top ten best list every single year since I 1st saw it. The virus in the movie is being transmitted through the TV, your cell phone and radio. I’m not sure if this is can technology be considered because no one dies from the virus directly but everyone who’s been inflect go on a killer spree, so I think it might be close enough. Though this movie runs continuously it was written by three different writers and its one hell of a ride. If you haven’t seen it yet I hope that you will.

contracted I want to throw in a couple of honorable mentions before we get to #1 on the list. These aren’t zombie movies but there zombie-ish enough to add to this list 1st up

Eric England’s Contracted:

After a breakup, she goes to a party, has too many drinks and ends up having unprotected sex in the back of some guy’s car. She starts to feel a bit off the very next morning and thinks she may have caught a sexually transmitted disease. She didn’t but by the end of the movie whatever the she did catch turns her into a zombie-like creature. What really bothered me about this movie is how unbelievably how incredibly selfish her friends and family were. This woman lugging around all kinds of emotional baggage and was in the early stages of recovery. She needed support from those around her, but no one could be bothered unless getting something from her. The things that she went through were beyond terrifying. Made worse by the people she needed most.

creek Joel Schumacher’s 2009 Blood Creek:

The undead in this movie have been awaked by a necromancer, not a virus, but that didn’t stop it from being a kick ass flick.

Trent Haaga’s 2008 DeadGirl

I don’t not have the mental capacity to understand why, when lists are being compiled in regards to the most disturbing films ever made this title is absent from the majority of those catalogs. DeadGirl is by far one of them most unsettling movies that I have ever seen.

deadgirlDrum roll please…and the #1 spot on Crystal Connor’s All Time Favorite zombie movies go to:

1 Danger Word

This movie destroyed me. Absolutely destroyed me. I even watched it again before I started writing this and I was such a blubbering mess, that I had to go take a nap, lol. This is a movie that I immediately connected with and it’s a story that I find myself thinking about out of the blue. The mere idea of a zombie is terrifying on its own, and then to have a 13 year old girl out there wandering around on her own. And my vivid imagination doesn’t help.

Before I let you go, and in spirit of Zombie month, I am gonna take this opportunity for a little shameless self-promotion. I too, have a Zombie story to tell. And you can download it free, along with the rest of the stories included in my horror anthology …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! I know…shameless =D Have a good one guys!

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

 

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Movie Review: The Pact

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by Crystal Connor

 

220px-The-pact-posterAfter being blown away watching At The Devils Door, Crystal Connor scoured the earth (well the Internet) to find anything else by this director. Finding The Pact on Netflix, wrapped in a fleece blanket, seated in front of the fireplace picked up her remote and clicked play.  For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 The Pact

Reader discretion is Advised

Entry 1: No! Don’t go look, get out and call the police, let them look, that’s their fucking job.

Entry 2: See, what I did I just tell you.

Entry 3: Don’t you open that fucking door…ooooh I hate you!

Entry 4: If you feel the need to whisper when talking to yourself when alone that might mean its time for you to get out of the house

Entry 5: OMFG you left the baby in the house, you have to go back!

Entry 6: I like this cop

Entry 7: My God what a kick ass dream sequence =D

Entry 8: Because it’s unbelievable

Entry 9: Are they in a crack house?!!

Entry 10: She’s blind

Entry 11: Really?! Your flashlight doesn’t work…

Entry 12: He did not just hit her in the face…wow

Entry 13: It’s your mom, I bet you anything.

Entry 14: Whoa I didn’t see that coming

Entry 15: I kinda like this creepy little emo girl

Entry 16: Really, a fucking Ouija board? Fucking dumb ass

Entry 17: Don’t you dare fucking scream

Entry 18: lol..he tied her up by her hair. Dude.

Entry 19: Where’s the little girl?

Entry 20: Ok, there she is

Plotline: As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

 Scariness Factor: I am going to give this one a 3 out of 5

 Gore Factor:  N/A this is an atmospheric film with a healthy side order of jump scares

High Points: I really liked the pacing but the movie doesn’t start to get really, really good until toward the end when things started to be revealed. I also liked all of the characters, I think my favorite one is the dark haired girl you see in the trailer who can commutate with the ‘other world’

Complaints: There not complaints, more like annoyances, but because there’s not that many it’s not worth mentioning.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained.

With 20 entries this was a descent movie but nowhere as good as At The Devil’s Door (link to the review below). This version was born from the short of the same name that premiered at as an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and in my opinion is a stronger piece than the full feature film. The is a part two to this movie but I don’t plan on watching it.

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com/2014/10/live-action-reviews-at-devils-door.html

Stars: 3 starts

Where I watched it :Netflix

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com / http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

HorrorAddicts.net 110, Season Finale, Halloween Special

Horror Addicts Episode# 110

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Co-Host: Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini

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Season Finale / Halloween Special

emily goodwin, midnight syndicate, miss misery, best in blood

i make love to halloween, events, phantom of the paradise, brian depalma, halloween trivia, artistic license, emerian rich, lilith’s love, dan shaurette, strigoaie the romanian witch, marc vale, morbid meals, zombie yoga, zombie apocalypse, midnight syndicate, cedar point, halloweekends, the dead matter, parlormuse, robot monkey arm, crystal connor, band poll, jeremiah donaldson, david watson, zombies, the calling, apparitions, the woman in black, the haunting, the walking dead, best in blood, ed pope, the herd, grimfest, miss misery, last doorway show, creepy kofy movie time, movie massacre show, forgotten tales, women of horror, welcome to my darkside, monster of golden gate, writers workshop, horror addicts guide to life, disease, m. f. wahl, angela estes, the green eyed monster, mike robinson, patricia santos, the ghost sisters and the girl in hallway b, puzzleman, christopher alan broadstone, j. t. evans, free fiction friday, special guest, emily goodwin, contagion, contagious, the walking dead, the guardian legacy series, mermaid horror, stay, all i need, beyond the sea, bloopers

 

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Movie Review: The Calling

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by Crystal Connor

At 1pm on Aug 30th , 2014, Crystal Connor, wrapped in a fleece blanket, with a giant mug of chicken noodle soup scrolled thru the movie menu, made a selection, picked up her remote and clicked play.  For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Jason Stone’s 2014 The Calling

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downloadEntry 1: Call for back up

Entry 2: Seriously? You guys need help

Entry 3: Your way too trusting

Entry 4: You guys need help

Entry 5: No! Don’t even second guess yourself, that voice in your head is screaming for a reason

Entry 6: What are you doing?! Nobody knows where the fuck you are

Entry 7: Way to go, now none of that is inadmissible because you don’t have a warrant

Entry 8: Wait for back up!!!

Entry 9: Are you happy now.

Entry 10: There goes your pension

Entry 11: And your still drinking…yep that’s the best thing to do

Entry 12: Oh my fucking God you’re a goddamned priest! You fucking know better! How dare you allow something like this to happen. You fucked it up for everybody and for that you will burn!

Entry 13: For the love…

Entry 14: Whoa didn’t see that coming.

Entry 15: get up, get up, get up

Entry 16: No, what are you doing…run

Entry 17: I SAID RUN

Entry 18: Oh, Sweet Jesus save us all

Entry 19: I’m buying the book.

 

 

Plotline: Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

Scariness Factor: There were some really good suspenseful scenes, especially with the serial killer and the little girl  (yikes)

Gross-out Factor:  N/A

High Points: I really liked that the movie has mature cast and a plausible storyline, the group of five half naked highschool/college kids breaking into a building to play with a ouiji board gets old pretty quick. It didn’t end the way I thought it would so the fact that it wasn’t predictable is a huge plus for me. I loved the motivation of the killer, how he stages the bodies, and the dark tones of the religious undercurrent really helped build the suspense of the movie.

Complaints: My biggest complaint about this movie is the main character.

I’ve seen some reviews say that The Calling is a Fargo knockoff, it’s not. Both movies have a female cops in the lead role trying to solve a crime in the middle of the winter but that’s where the similarities stop. Police chief Marge Gunderson is a much stronger character than Detective Hazel Micallef.

The new trend seems to be that in order to have a ‘strong female lead’ she had to be damaged in some way in order to gain her strength, our Det. Micallef is a functioning drunk and addicted to pain killers. She’s rude, annoying, petty, and shallow and she is not fit for duty. Another thing that bothered me about her addiction is that everyone in the town knows about it but no one says or does anything, even after her impaired judgment endangered other officers. And if that’s not bad enough she’s driving around town like nobody’s business.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And even though The Calling had me screaming at the characters for almost the entire movie the character of Det. Micallef is too flawed to be believable.

There is so much depth to the religious back story and the motivation of killer but they just skim it because it’s a crime story with the focus on of Det. Micallef. I think it would have been much more frightening if it had been the other way around.

Stars: Even with my complaints The Calling is a descent chiller/thriller and I would recommend it so I am going to give it 3 stars

Where I watched it : Movies on demand

1795961_803788772983725_1553304502_oWashington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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HorrorAddicts.net 109, Sumiko Saulson

Horror Addicts Episode# 109

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini

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26 days till Halloween!

sumiko saulson, poe, strap on halo, house of usher

dream within a dream, edgar allan poe, the bells, phil ochs, costumes, edgar allan pie, master of macabre 2014 announced, writer’s workshop, band theme song contest, best band poll season 9, events, the black cat, poe, look back in horror, j. malcolm stewart, axes of evil, heavy metal anthology, eulogies 2, tales from the cellar, electric funeral, mark slade, darker edge of desire, gothic tales of romance, mitzi szereto, happiness and other diseases, devil-m, the antichrist, strap on halo, repentance, crystal connor, the sade cafe, c.a. milson, house of usher, poe, horror documentaries, anne rice, tell-tale heart, poe, dead mail, jack-o-lantern pizza, flesh burger, the walking dead, buried alive, the premature burial, end of the world radio, sumiko saulson.

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Movie Review: Repentance

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by Crystal Connor

At 2:42 am on Aug 17th, 2014, Crystal Connor, wrapped in a fleece blanket, seated in front of the fireplace picked up her remote and clicked play.  For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Philippe Caland 2013 Repentance

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imagesEntry 1: Did they hit someone?

Entry 2: I want a harp at my book signing

Entry 3: No! When someone says ‘I hear something’ get your ass up and go look.

Entry 4: Get out!

Entry 5: At $300/hr your only helping yourself

Entry 6: What the fuck is wrong w/you? He said he can’t.

Entry 7: If I tell you I’m afraid of the river and you stand up and start rocking the boat I would beat you to death with an oar.

Entry 8: This therapist is a crack-pot

Entry 9: A motha fucking séance? Oh hell no!

Entry 10: Yep. You should be scared

Entry 11: No she’s not!

Entry 12: You show up asking for money and when he offers it to you tell him to go fuck himself because you can’t be bought. Hmmm

Entry 13: You’re in a fucking bomb shelter, no one can hear you.

Entry 14: Once your tied up, the time for negotiation has passed

Entry 15: This Negro here.

Entry 16: “Your making things very hard on yourself.” The very last thing you want to hear from the man holding you hostage in his bomb shelter.

Entry 17: Your lying

Entry 18: You read/saw Misery just like the rest of us, you know that’s going to be that easy.

Entry 19: I told you

Entry 20: Sweet Jesus

Entry 21: So your husband is missing and its just biz as usual for you?

Entry 22: That’s a trap

Entry 23: In what world is that the reasonable choice?

Plotline: Successful author and spiritual advisor Tommy Carter takes on a troubled man as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy.

Scariness Factor: There are a few good jump scares but its more startling than it is scary. From 1 – 5 we’ll give it a 2 ½

Gross-out Factor:  N/A

High Points: It was kind of exciting to watch a movie where the entire cast looked like me. None of the people on screen are there to fill in or reinforce the negative stereotypes, or to be the 1st one to die that we so often see when POC are in a movie or TV show. The setting and the soundtrack are amazing. Every time I see images of Louisiana it makes me want to book flight.

Complaints: Ok, so Ben, Tommy’s little brother is supposed to be a hardened criminal newly released from prison for the umpteenth time. His cussing and using all of this urban language but he doesn’t sound or look authentic. It’s jarring, and because of this he ends up looking like a whiney, it’s always-someone-else’s-fault little boy in a grown man’s body.

This movie had so much potential, but the entire movie is carried by just one actor: Forest Whitaker. These are all A-list actors so  I don’t understand the less than stellar performances.

With about  3rd left to go, you start to see, at least in part, how this movie will end.

Overall: I was so super excited to watch Repentance, but just like Colin Theys’ 2014 Deep Into The Darkness, what could have been something truly terrifying ends up being nothing more than a made for TV melodrama

Stars: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained.

This movie is classified as horror, but maybe a better tagging would be horror light. I would recommend Repentance as a good movie to show for a pre-teen slumber party or for someone who has a low tolerance for terror.

So despite 23 entries, I am going to give this one a 2 ¾ stars.

Where I watched it : Streaming

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com & http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor