After A Week Of Flunking And Bunking School…

White Man’s Reggae

The Cellar (Richard Laymon)

Some say the best things in life are free while others say you have to pay an admission fee. Richard Laymon books are somewhere in between. Its nice to pick them up at the library but I don’t really mind paying either. Providing they are cheap and easy in some bargain bin…I love the fact that Laymon can make even the most overly used clichés seem new to the reader. I knew exactly what was coming, yet I didn’t. Stock characters are going to get themselves in over their heads in a creepy town with a history of people who ‘just go missing’. And yes, everyone’s gonna go into this demonic, evil house (at night) when they know they shouldn’t. [Read more…]

You Tube Commenters Can Ruin A Song

Why do these youngsters feel the need to got to the songs of my youth and cover the page with “X Box Rock Band brought me here” & “The Latest Cheesy Flick brought me here” & “An Asian Cartoon brought me here.” No one cares. Why Hollywood & video gamers feel the need to use so many old songs is a mystery. None of today’s stuff any good? But the “Need For Speed anyone?” comments on YT would make Trump tear at his comb over. I found a tune (a manly one!) those brainwashed movie fans/gamers have overlooked. The comment section on this has not yet been violated by the usual suspects. Rant over. Enjoy the testosterone.

He’s A Livin’ Doll

Britain’s greatest pop – not rock – star. He was there before the Beatles and a thousand other big hitters threatened to overshadow him. But he outlived them all. His voice is strong. Like his appearance, its innocent yet full of character. Its always clear, somewhere between baritone and tenor. I loved this song in 1980. After taping it off the radio, I would re-wind the cassette and play it over and over. It seemed hypnotic at the time. Its a mystery…. These days it would probably be banned for inciting perverted misogynistic violence and kidnapping. And Cliff would be questioned by the cops as to why he looks so damned happy that she’s missing. In fact, he seems to be enjoying himself a little too much here. 🙂

The Voice Of The Night (Dean Koontz)

voice-of-the-nightYou cannot rush Dean Koontz. He will take his time. He refuses to be intimidated by the competition. He hasn’t built such a long and successful career by turning out tripe. I know now that he wrote quite a few under different names (take a bow Owen West). As a best selling author would get a bad rep from the critics if he/she published more than one book a year in the 1970s – and an author couldn’t survive on one book a year. Strange but true. [Read more…]

The Fog (1980 United States)

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For some reason, phones that begin ringing on their own and car alarms that go off without any reason, are still much more scary than a CGI-ghost appearing out of a wall. It is notable that this film had a low-budget which works perfectly for the dark, depressing atmosphere. The movie is quite short, and because of that, the story feels ‘incomplete.’ But this open-ending makes the whole thing more frightening. [Read more…]

Inferno (1980 Italy)

2547Dario Argento’s follow up to Suspiria. It’s a loose sequel that epitomizes both the strengths and weaknesses of its director. It’s probably the weirdest film that Argento ever directed. One thing is certain though – if you require your movies to be plot-driven, coherent and with fully rounded characters then there is a very good chance you will hate this. [Read more…]

THE SHINING (1980 UK/USA)

28FCA14400000578-3093033-image-m-70_1432739012325Stanley Kubrick’s cinema is, usually, a sight to behold. The cold detachment his films are famous for works really well for this particular story. Who needs much fancy dialogue anyway? We get the adventurous camera that prowls through the lavish corridors of the Overlook Hotel like it is some kind of mystic labyrinth rife for exploration. [Read more…]

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