Friday, October 31, 2014

Belphegor Laughs - Short Story

Apex Magazine announced the winners of their Steal the Spotlight Micro Fiction Contest. Congrats to those who won. Unfortunately, my entry Belphegor Laughs did not win.

Belphegor Laughs

Deep inside the abyss, Belphegor waits for another innocent to arrive; his putrid soul craving another feast. Famished, he wonders through the dark fissure knowing that the Lord of Light will not forsake him. He knew that soon, he would again be dining on divine flesh. Little did he realize his desire was to become a reality, that a pure soul was about to enter his sanctuary.

Lonely Clement had no idea this dreary Tuesday could be his last. Alone, he ventured into the forest behind his house; a trip he had made a thousand times before. Yet, today something was different. The air was heavy, with an eerie fog shrouding this autumn afternoon. Suddenly, from nowhere, a strange chill overtook him as he closed in on the shadowy cave; someone or something was watching him.

“Hello,” Clement said, “whose there?” Silence echoed through the dismal chamber. It’s no one. This must be my imagination, he thought.Crack, something fell behind him, he was not alone. Clement shrieked! His spinal column shuttered as the colossal beast approached; his life flashing before his eyes. Trepidation overwhelms, as his emotions feed his terror. Death nears.

Belphegor opens his mouth, Clement frozen with fear. His heart palpitations grow faster, tears fall. In a flash, beauty appears. Inside the bright gateway he stands tall as the fiend closes. His ominous teeth salivating, razors protrude, his mouth widens; finally, a delectable banquet. Crunch! Agony engulfs Clements’ reality and Belphegor laughs; his cravings fulfilled.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Specter (2012)

Now that I have secured some stuff to create a makeshift Ebola protection suit, it is definitely time to kick back and relax for the evening. I am actually working two different costumes tomorrow, first with some Ebola moments followed by some Nightmare of Elm Street/Freddy Kruger time. Now, to the blog; next up the 2013 indie flick Specter.

Plot/ The town of Midground is threatened by a tsunami caused by a massive earthquake in the North Pacific Ocean. After other unexplainable events transpire, Chase Lombardi and friends are forced to discover whether they are experiencing a natural phenomenon or something else all together.

Specter is an intriguing flick that definitely takes on multiple genres inside its condensed storyline. While it is an interesting mix of found-footage drama, Sci-Fi and thriller, it possibly bit off more than it could handle. Unfortunately, the found-footage aspects of the film may of led to some of the unrefined and uneven moments inside (although, that format does lead to a few of the highlights of the film). Yes, there are some positives with the interesting story and decent nature effects, but those cannot overcome the unevenness built from some of the camera decisions and visualizations. In the end, this is definitely more of a supernatural themed thriller than straight horror flick and will not be for everyone. Sure, it has some good moments, but for the most part, it does not match its overall potential.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Devil Incarnate (2013)

After taking the past days figuring out the software for my college math class, it was definitely time to kick back and be caught up with some of the movies from the past two days. Fortunately, I had a Halloween parade to attend tonight and it allowed me to relax some (although the born again preacher calling all of us sinners and telling us that the candy from the parade was the flesh of Satan did get old after the first 45 minutes). Next up for review is the 2013 independent flick The Devil Incarnate (AKA  Copiii: The 1st Entry).

Plot/ The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror. On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. But soon, their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within Holly’s womb

From its early moments, it was clear that The Devil Incarnate would be a movie that had no middle ground. One would either hate it or enjoy it. Personally, I found it an interesting watch that quenched my thirst for something with a dark and heavy tenor. This hybrid found footage flick had just enough storyline, solid performances, and one of the better soundtracks I have heard in some time. Unfortunately, the ending left a lot to be desired and with a minimal (75 or so minute) runtime, more time was needed to pull everything together in a more cohesive manner. Yes, I like vague endings, but this was a little too vague. In the end, this was better than I expected, but did not reach its total potential. With Halloween only days away, this one could help fill a small void in your viewing schedule.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dread (2009)

I decided to watch Krampus, but could not get into it at all and actually fell asleep after about 20 minutes. Stay away! To make up for that once I woke up, I decided to watch something a touch different and ventured into the After Dark Horrorfest for the 2009 entry Dread.

Plot/ Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.

I am a huge Clive Barker fan and have no idea how I missed this adaptation of his short story. On top of that, it was part of the After Dark Horrorfest, crazy. This movie was definitely one of the better films I have seen from that series, with an original storyline, solid technical attributes, and a clear vision into darkness. The performances are decent; the pacing works, and it truly out does its budget.  Yes, there are some uneven parts, but those do nothing to truly drag this one down. In the end, this is one of the better psychological horror flicks I have seen in some time, and a flick that should be seen. If you have not watched it, give it a shot!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Life After Beth (2014)

After watching The Purge: Anarchy last night, I decided I wanted to spend the afternoon today with something a little more lighthearted. Luckily, I had something here already that would fit the bill. Next up is that flick, the 2014 horror/comedy Life After Beth.

Plot/ A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

There are sometimes when I enjoy a little dark humor, and this indie flick fit the bill. While not sidesplitting funny, there were enough subtle comedic moments to keep me watching. The performances are solid, the idea interesting, and the cast works. Sure, the script may be a little thin, there are some minor plot holes and it is more of a teen angst/dark comedy than a horror comedy, but it did work. In the end, this did have some entertaining moments and a little blood, guts, and gore, but it is not for everyone. If you enjoy some dark humor mixed with blood, give it a look.