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The Keep
The Keep
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 2.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Messy, 15 July 2014
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This review is from: The Keep (Amazon Instant Video)
Interesting to watch this after many years.

When I was a teenager it made little sense, subsequently I thought perhaps I was a little to young to get it. Now I'm in my 40s well....nope, still makes little sense.

What I have learnt in the intervening years is that the film was reportedly cut to shreds by the studio, it certainly feels that way. Characters come and go with little or no reason, for example.

It looks great but it isn't the masterpiece people make it out to be. An attractive mess, like a disappointing pudding.

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete Story of Friday 13th [DVD]
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete Story of Friday 13th [DVD]
Dvd ~ Melyssa Ade
Price: 11.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know about Friday the 13th, 15 July 2014
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Inspired by the book of the same name, a must read for Friday the 13th fans, this is an exhaustive documentary detailing the memories of many of the key figures involved in the franchise.

As well as being an entertaining look at how a franchise becomes popular (even though I love the movies, I'm not quite sure why) it's really interesting to learn about low budget film making and the real passion it takes to get things to the screen.

What is probably central to the doc is the sense of effective marketing as crucial to the films' success. One interesting fact is that the marketing budget on the first film was double what the movie actually cost to make, a gamble that paid off in big way.

Set aside a couple of evenings to watch this. You won't be disappointed.

Brodmaw Bay
Brodmaw Bay
by F.G. Cottam
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dialogue, 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Brodmaw Bay (Paperback)
Having read a couple of Cottam's novels, I've concluded he has a problem with writing dialogue.

Given that this is a novel set in the present day, it's odd that the characters speak as if they are appearing in an Ealing film. All the dialogue is stilted and strangely arch. Frankly, it got on my nerves.

Oh, it isn't scary either.

Want You Dead
Want You Dead
by Peter James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't read it, 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Want You Dead (Hardcover)
Perhaps Peter James was having an off day? I've been reading his books for many years, since the early supernatural ones, and this has to be one of the worst.

In Red, James seems to have a character he's fallen in love with and as for Bryce, he's ridiculous, frankly.

Other Roy Grace novels have been hard to put down but I didn't even manage to finish this.

The Telling  Error (Culver Valley Crime)
The Telling Error (Culver Valley Crime)
by Sophie Hannah
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of chatter, 24 Jun 2014
I've become something of a fan of Sophie Hannah's novels over the years, her plots are dense and always twisty enough to have a good time with.

But...blimey this novel is talky. The bulk of it consists of people sitting in rooms having long conversations or confessionals from the hysterical and ridiculous protagonist.

Not one of Hannah's best for me.

The Murder Bag
The Murder Bag
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up, 10 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Murder Bag (Hardcover)
Tony Parsons can be a very effective writer, but not here.

Clearly Parsons has decided to get in on the police franchise act, stepping onto the kind of territory in which we might find Mo Hayder or Peter James.

The trouble is, in doing so, Parsons leaves no cliche unturned: troubled cop with authority issues, check; tabloid journalist who is willing to be used as human bait, check; loner pretending to be a serial killer and the police falling for it, check and so on.

Also, Parsons does like to over tell the reader various facts. Our hero drives a BMW X5 and we are reminded of this every time he parks his car, for example. His description of the Palace of Westminster is like something out of a primary school textbook.

The Murder Bag will probably be a bestseller. It doesn't deserve to be.

Wolf: Jack Caffery series 7
Wolf: Jack Caffery series 7
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Bit different, 7 Jun 2014
It striking how much the Jack Caffrey series changes from novel to novel. The last, Poppet, was like a slice of Victorian gothic, complete with a creepy asylum.

Wolf is something else entirely. Essentially a home invasion thriller, and a creepy one at that, here Caffrey becomes largely relegated to sidelines although there are some revelations later on in the story that he may wish he'd never heard.

Wolf is a lean, very graphic and unsettling addition to the Caffrey story and I'm looking forward to seeing where Hayder goes from here.

The Three
The Three
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go hum, 7 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Three (Hardcover)
After some years in the wilderness, there seems to be a renewed fashion for 'epic horror'. The Three arrives on a wave of hype and largely positive reviews.

I was excited to read it and bitterly disappointed that it left me so cold, when other readers have responded to it so . Given that horror is supposed to be scary I was lost as to what is frightening here.

Essentially the story, such as it is, it triggered by a series of terrible aircraft accidents, the only survivors being 3 children. From this spins a similar narrative to World War Z as a story told via Skype, blogs, Twitter etc showing us the different reactions to the children - miracles to some to agents of Satan to others.

This narrative style means that we have recurrent characters, rather than central protagonists. Of these, they're a pretty cliched bunch from bible-belt survivalists in the States to a camp gay actor in the UK. Lotz spins a geo-political story out of her many ingredients but ultimately I found it hard to care.

Perhaps the greatest let-down for me is the ending. I'm all for ambiguity, but this is something else entirely. I found myself reaching the climax of this long novel only to end up wondering whether Lotz herself was unsure what it was all about. If she was trying to make a point it was sadly lost on me.

Red Moon
Red Moon
by Benjamin Percy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 11 Mar 2014
This review is from: Red Moon (Hardcover)
This is a werewolf novel with a difference.

In a sense Percy returns to an idea from older horror, that the 'baddies' represent a minority group who are feared by the majority, even if the fear is irrational. This means that there is political allegory here. What that is will perhaps depend on your own experiences and viewpoints but, as in life, Percy provides no black and white answers and leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions. All of this is, thankfully, wrapped up in a genuinely enjoyable tale.

A writer to watch I think.

Night Film
Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 11 Mar 2014
This review is from: Night Film (Paperback)
Really hard to explain 'Night Film' is like something David Lynch might write.

Although dense, and long, I became really engrossed in the story which is about a journalist who is obsessed with a reclusive filmmaker and the death of his daughter. The story keeps you guessing until the end and beyond and never really provides you with easy answers. A very satisfying and creepy read.

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