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Lovely Molly
Lovely Molly
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent horror film, 27 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Lovely Molly (Blu-ray)
The trailer looked interesting although I wasn't expecting much. The story isn't anything special although it's a solid haunting/possession affair. It moves along at a good pace and there's a few wince worthy moments. The production quality is high and that helps lift it somewhat. I also appreciated that it made a good effort at building a tense atmosphere before bringing out the blood. It's not great, but it's a decent enough horror watch.


FAG
FAG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb if uncomfortable read, 25 Jun. 2014
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I'm a fan of the author's previous work. The Maureen stories are funny with deceptive emotional depth. His short stories and drabbles are often dark and perceptive and they demonstrate a mastery of the art. This first full novel of his is a very different beast and represents a departure from his usual forms.

Not only does he stretch his literary endurance he also tackles some very difficult and emotive themes and he does so with such a skill that you wouldn't expect this to be his first novel. The bulk of the story takes place in a boys boarding school in the post war years of World War I. The practices of the boys to those weaker than that is shocking and unfortunately not something lost in the mists of history.

Bullying, even in (or maybe especially in) institutional forms is a terrible abuse and such is starkly portrayed on these pages. It also delves into how the boys handle (or don't as the case may be) these difficulties. Accompanying this is the discovery of the characters' sexuality and these are handled in a bold fashion. In many ways this is not a pleasant book to read, there is a great deal of unfairness and grim reality in this story.

It's worth the effort it takes to read. It's a moving tale and it's a testament to the author's talent that he does so in a way that keeps you absorbed in the unfolding events. If this is the quality we get for a first novel then I very much look forward to the next.


The Devil and Preston Black (Murder Ballads and Whiskey Book 1)
The Devil and Preston Black (Murder Ballads and Whiskey Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story, 23 Jun. 2014
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I realised as I started this book that I'd read them in the wrong order as I'd already the second book in this series. Thankfully that didn't matter as they are thematically linked rather than a trilogy in the traditional sense. The dark aspect of the folklore is less prevalent in this book than it was in Hellbender, it provides a background for some of the sinister aspects of the plot.

The real subject is music and how it becomes an obsession for those devoted to their art. It takes us on a journey not only for Preston Black but for the history of music and related folklore for backwoods America. And quite simply I was enthralled. Not only has the author created an interesting (if familiar in theme) story, but I found myself fascinated by the history itself.

There is a deep love and understanding of music here and of the effect that it can have on people. The main character is flawed, often trying and failing to do the right thing. My one complaint is the supporting cast, it's not they are badly done by any means. I just wanted more. There's a rich world here, populated with interesting people and I could have happily read more of it.

I'm a big fan of the Faust legend and this is a different take on that classic tale. In some ways it's predictable, but in others it brings a fresh perspective on the dilemmas is introduces. It's also a story that doesn't slot neatly into a genre. There are some horror elements, but it's not strictly speaking a horror novel. What it is though is a fantastic story that I'd heartily recommend to anyone.


Citadel
Citadel
Dvd
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid horror, 22 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Citadel (DVD)
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It makes a good play on urban horror using common fears of the hoodies lurking on the streets. It's a bleak film taking place in a condemned housing estate. It's quite claustraphobic and the lead does a good job of playing the fearful character and the transformation he undergoes. For me it's only real weakness was the ending, it's all a bit obvious, which is a shame. All the same it's a decent horror and worth watching.


RoboCop
RoboCop
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I expected, 21 Jun. 2014
This review is from: RoboCop (Blu-ray)
The remake mildly surprised me by not being awful. It's a pointless remake and isn't as much as the original, but it's an ok watch. It drags a bit although it's main failing is that it tries to be a clever action film. Unfortunately it doesn't quite hit the mark on both counts. I enjoyed the TV spots, they're a fun parody. It also gets a point for the closing song, most appropriate :-)
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100 Nightmares
100 Nightmares
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb horror collection, 17 Jun. 2014
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I love drabbles. If you haven't encountered them before then they are stories that are exactly 100 words long, not including the title. I've encountered some fine drabblists and this author jumps straight in there amongst them. This is a fine collection of horror themed drabbles, you can dip into them a few at a time or just consume them all in one go as I did.

There's an art to writing an effective story in so few words and the author nails it. Some have the delicious twist in the tale which turn the meaning of the story with just those last few words. The drabbles are all horror themed, but there is still a diverse range of stories told here. As well as effective bite-sized stories the author demonstrates a wonderful turn of phrase. For me story is king, but I also appreciate finely constructed language and this is often evident here.

I should also mention the illustrations that are sprinkled liberally throughout. They compliment and enhance the stories well. So if you like good horror and well written short fiction then this needs to be in your reading list.


Acid Sky
Acid Sky
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating sci-fi story, 16 Jun. 2014
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This is the prequel to the author's book 'Below Mercury' and provides an entertaining and more importantly, fascinating look at operation on Venus in the future. Like his earlier book the author demonstrates a sound technical knowledge of the technology and procedures and this creates an authentic feel for the story. From the opening lines you get a strong feel for what life must be like for the astronauts involved.

Unfortunately the book doesn't quite match the high standard for the first story, the main issue here is the overall story. It lacks the punch of the events on Mercury and to be honest uses a few cheap shots to carry it. The horror movie sequence near the end kind of spoiled it for me.

Although it didn't spoil it too much! While it's fair to say the story isn't anything special it's still a damn fine read. The main reason for this is the vision of it. I was enthralled by procedures and the day to day life on one of the big carriers permanently based in Venus's atmosphere. This does raise a more minor complaint, the author creates an interesting world, backed up with solid technical details. However the wider concerns seem to be missing. I would have loved to learn more about how the world economy supports such extravagant operations in space.

So there's a couple of gripes with the story, but if you enjoy a technical and plausible science fiction read then this is well worth checking out.


The Realm [DVD]
The Realm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Justin Armstrong
Price: £3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not awful, 15 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Realm [DVD] (DVD)
I was surprised by this film, in fairness I was expecting it to be terrible but it turned out to be an ok watch. A group of kids mess around with a ouija board and get what's coming to them. It's a fairly traditional ghost story at heart told in a found footage format. The constant camera bob is a bit distracting, but not too bad.And that's the film all over, it's ok and not a terrible watch, worth checking out if you're running low on new horror to watch.


The Borderlands
The Borderlands
Dvd
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor horror, 13 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Borderlands (DVD)
I'm surprised I made it to the end of this film. I don't mind a lack of quality as long as some effort is made somewhere, but it's lacking throughout. The plot is predictable, in fact a comment early on in the film pretty much gives the whole story away. The found footage uses head cams so it's mostly head bob and when it finally gets going lights and darkness. It does redeem itself a little bit at the end and the burning sheep gets a point. Not worth watching.


The Face of God
The Face of God
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting short story, 13 Jun. 2014
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This is a fun short story with an excellent build up. The main character is interesting and the reveal was also well done. Unfortunately it falls a little flat at the end. The main reason for this was that the essence of the reveal deserved more and the effect that it has on the lead character was rushed. It was a life changing event and so much more could have been done with it.

That being said it's still worth a read for the idea and the beginning alone and I look forward to seeing how the author develops with future stories.


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