Horror On The Radio: DONOVAN’S BRAIN

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

Congratulations, you’ve survived last week’s entry! But are you prepared for this week’s terrifying installment? You are? We shall see dear follower, we shall see. But enough of this prattle, let’s get on with our story.

This week’s tale is from the classic radio drama Suspense and is titled Donovan’s Brain.  The show’s adaption is based off of author  Kurt Siodmak’s novel of the same name and stars Osrson Wells in multiple roles!  As you can see there’s only story instead of two this week, and that’s because this story originally aired in two parts-a significant departure from Suspense’s format-on two consecutive Mondays back in May 18th, 1944.

Here’s the synopsis and the story:A determined scientist plans to keep Mr. Donovan’s brain alive in a jar…not such a good idea!

Horror On The Radio: Coincidence and Dead Earnest

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

I have returned my dear followers with two more tales that’ll keep your hair standing on end. Today’s frightening tales are from the classic radio shows The Whistler and Suspense.

We begin with The Whistler and this episode’s titled Coincidence. It first aired on November 19th, 1945.

Here’s the synopsis: A woman commits suicide when her sister Elise steals her husband. When he rejects her, having learned the truth about his wife francia’s death, Elise burns the suicide note so it looks like murder. Occurrences transpire in such a way, coincidentally, so that a murderous thug is seen, but the husband, Ross is fingered. But at the inquest, she gets tripped up!

And here’s the our strange tale:

The following story will definitely keep you in suspense till the end! This Suspense episode’s titled Dead Earnest. This episode aired on March 24th, 1949.

Here’s the synopsis:”Ernest Bowers suffers an attack of catalepsy while crossing the street, lapsing into a coma that resembles death. Believing he was killed by a passing car, his body is sent to the city morgue… to be embalmed.

And here’s the story:

Enjoy this week’s frightening tales for they may be your last!

 

 

Gif Guess: Halloween Month Edition

We’re counting down  the days till Halloween. As the celebration continues here’s a new entry for my blog that I called Gif Guess.  Can you guess the following 31 horror/scif-fi/fantasy/gothic films by their gifs? Take a whack at it!

 

 

 

Horror On The Radio: The Voice On The Wire & Little Old Lady

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

This week we’ll listen to two of my favorite episodes from the classic radio shows Inner Sanctum Mysteries and Lights Out!

First up is The Voice On The Wire from Inner Sanctum Mysteries.  It first aired on  November 29, 1944.  There’s also an alternate version of this story where the main character’s a man. In my opinion it’s not as good as this version. Here’s the synopsis:

Trapped on an island, a voice on the telephone warns a woman that she has only four hours to live. “No doubt the telephone is an ingenious invention but as far as I know no one as yet has been able to commit murder over it although many people have wanted to. Still there are worse things you can get on the phone than the wrong number especially if you happen to call the voice on the wire…”

We end this post with Little Old Lady from Lights Out! It first aired  on  May 25, 1943. Here’s the synopsis:

In a treasure hunting expedition in the jungle, the hunters catch spider which has been silently staring at them since they arrived.. + This is a strange story about ordinary people, two girls just like you or your daughter or the girl that sits next to you in the office. Alice and her friend Lona have been diving for sometime to Alice’s Aunt Harriet’s for their vacation. Alice hasn’t seen her aunt for ten years and is surprised by how old she seems. But they are more surprised by the cat that Aunt Harriet has in her shed.

Lights Out everybody….

7 Favorite Cult Classics

They’re either so bad it’s good; filled with nostalgia; a beloved B-movie; guilty pleasures; or a combination of all of these descriptions. Cult classics have a special place in every movie fan’s heart. They’ve been around since the early days of cinema, and show no signs of stopping – thank goodness. Here are seven of my favorite cult classics mostly in horror genre:

1. The Crow (1994)

Not only is it a tradition to watch The Crow during Halloween, it’s a film that you can watch over and over again regardless of the time of year. The film’s premise, unique visual style, emotional depth and its tribute to the late Brandon Lee, have contributed to its massive fan base.

2. Battle Royale (2000)

An action thriller adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name, this film reigns supreme among cult classics. Since its debut, it’s developed an international following,  influenced filmmakers, and has been part of the inspiration or copied for films such as Smokin Aces, The Hunger Games, Kill Theory, and The Tournament.

3. The Craft (1996)

This film was released the same year that Romeo + Juliet was. I didn’t see it for the first time until a few years ago, and I fell in love with it instantly.  I’ve never fit in even with groups that I’m supposed to belong to. I  will forever be a weirdo. This movie is perfect and there doesn’t need to be a remake of it ever!  It strays from the cliches of teen films and features darker themes.  It’s a rite of passage for young women and it’s a progressive film.

4. Tank Girl (1995)

I saw this film for the first time ever back in March 2014 and I instantly became a fan. I love Tank Girl’s quips, the action and the comedy. The film was ahead of its time, and when it first came out Tank Girl received negative reviews and was considered a failure at the box office. However, over time, viewpoints have changed and Tank Girl has developed a cult following that won’t ever die.

5. Scream (1996)

Prior to its release, the popularity of the horror genre had waned, and when Scream came out, it screamed new life into the genre. With its well-known cast and a script that made fun of but also embraced the cliched conventions of horror, this film changed the status quo when it came to horror films. Scream made such an impact that many believe its legacy to be the creation of a distinct era of post-Scream horror films.

6. Heathers (1988)

Another example of a film that flopped at the box office but became a cult classic. This film is so messed up that its good. It hacks out what a conventional high school movie is supposed to be and turns it all upside down and inside out. Heathers is dark, cynical and subversive and changed the game for all the teenage-related comedies that came after it.

7. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This is my first Leonardo DiCaprio film and it came out when I was in 9th grade back in 1996.  At that time I was reading Romeo and Juliet in my English Honors class (shot out to my awesome teacher Dr. Whitnowski) so it just perfect timing.  Aside from that, this film is one of my favorites because of its take on a Shakespeare classic.    Everything about this film makes it wonderful. From the modern setting to the soundtrack and the excellent casting.  John Leguizamo as Tybalt Capulet,  and Harold Perrineau as Mercutio, were standout additions.

Cult classics are an integral part of film, and with their loyal fan base they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.  What are some of your favorite cult classics? Leave your answers in the comments section below or my Facebook page.

Book Review: Almost Alive

22349283Let me just start by saying that I love the cover of the book. Miss Barr does an excellent job of creating covers for her stories and this cover definitely gets the attention of a would-be reader.

Almost Alive is a supernatural tale of epic proportions. Its theme of good vs. evil reminds me a little bit of the CW’s Supernatural and Buffy, but instead of vampires there are demons attached to the souls of humans, and witches. The novel’s protagonist Michelle is a person who survived a suicide attempt and has returned to the land of the living with no actual purpose in life.

Her parents are living a double life and she’s lost her friends and boyfriend. Michelle is truly alone, until she meets a young man named Julian at her new school. In meeting him, Michelle discovers that she has a demon attached to her soul and the rest of the book is about her struggling to deliver her soul from evil and finding a reason to live.

The Christian themes of good and evil, sin and temptation, demons, and prayer are heavily featured throughout the story and are at times delivered right on the nose. Some readers may find the exposition of them to be somewhat preachy. There’s also a bit of slut-shaming-in my opinion-in the early part of the story.

However the pacing of the story is well balanced and doesn’t stray from beginning to end. Readers will enjoy the character’s growth and development as they’ll sympathize and understand each of the characters’ motivations. The ending of the book is only the beginning of Michelle’s and Julian’s journey. I could see this book being a TV show and I think readers will definitely enjoy it.

Over all Almost Alive delivers and is a great addition to the paranormal, urban, horror, and supernatural genres.

4/5

Book Review: The Holy Dark by Kyoko M.

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Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series concludes with the final novel The Holy Dark. At the end of She Who Fights Monsters, our heroine Jordan Amador had almost brought on the apocalypse, was a fugitive on the run (which was brought to an end by the president’s pardon), she had lost her best friend’s trust, and she’s estranged from husband, the archangel and commander of the Lord’s army Michael O’Brien.

When The Holy Dark begins, Jordan is continuing her mission of finding the remainder of the Judas coins while trying to keep one step ahead of the archdemons Moloch and Belial who want her dead. Can Jordan salvage her relationships? Can she stop the archdemons’ plan for world domination? As you read, you’re gonna go on one hell of a ride to find out.

At the beginning, the pacing is a little slow but after a few chapters, the story picks up and never slows down until you reach the end. Just when you thought you’ve learned all you could about the characters there’s more that has yet to be revealed. The characters themselves continue their personal journeys and learn that they can’t go through life carrying their burdens alone, that they work better as a team.

Reading the book one theme is constantly present throughout. The word ‘ohana’ comes to mind to describe it-you know the word from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana’ means family and family means no one gets left behind. That theme is prominent in the story.

Overall I loved this book.

I’ve enjoyed watching these characters grow and come into their own from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed the pop references, humor, romance, sex, sadness, and anger that is depicted in each book. With the lack of creativity and diversity being discussed in the publishing, TV and Film industries, Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series brings something new to the table. I hope to see the series brought to life on the big screen.

I want to thank Kyoko for sharing her talents with us and bringing readers this series. I look forward to reading more of her work.

5/5

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