I vanished into the endless void beyond space, but now I’m back!
Not really, I got lazy and did not feel like posting anything. But there is some really cool stuff that I want to talk about that I have enjoyed or am enjoying, so here goes:
I really, really loved The Invitation. I enjoyed the trailer so when it popped up on Amazon I spent the extra few bucks and was not let down. It is on the borderline of thriller/horror and is about a man who is invited to a dinner party by his ex-wife, who disappeared two years ago after the death of their son. The movie does more than just build tension, it build some serious dread. It is a beautiful movie and the cast is great. Despite some minor quibbles, this is one my favorite movies this year so far.
I was bummed that this series ended after 6 issues, but man is it amazing. The premise is that an occultist is hired to join a team of astronauts to deal with a bizarre meteor headed towards Earth. The book starts at a 10 on the crazy scale and then just goes up and up. It owes a lot to Lovecraft and old school horror comics but at the same time there is nothing like it. It is high concept horror that I would like to see more of. It’s big, and it feels epic but never stops being creepy and weird. The hardcover came out at the end of March and it is definitely worth looking up.
I was hesitant about watching this. I had just watched another anthology, Mexico Barbaro, on Netflix and man was that something I regretted. But I had been really excited for Holidays so I gave it a chance. And I really enjoyed it. None of the stories were truly scary, though the segment “Father’s Day” was pretty close. All in all it was fun and weird, my favorites were the previously mentioned Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas. I can’t decide if the St. Patrick’s Day or Easter segment is weirder. I recommend it.
I usually prefer to use Chiller Network as a kind of background horror noise as they usually just rerun the same horror movies over and over. I was interested in Slasher but I wanted to save it until it was done its short, 8 episode first season. I’m only halfway through but I’m really digging it. It does not have the pacing problems that plagued higher profile slasher TV shows like Scream TV and Scream Queens. Also the secondary characters are used in an interesting way that enhances the narrative. Plus inventive and themed kills! Something that the other slasher shows have been light on. It is by no means perfect, but it is something I’m excited to see how it ends.