horror & scifi

Windows, soundproof

by meanlouise April 4, 2016 horror & scifi

Something has broken my comprehension of basic architectural features. Have I lived in the DC-area too long? Spent too many decades studying nuclear culture? Seen too many action movies? I guess we’ll never know. Here’s what I do know: last night I booked a hotel room. The hotel is a lovely Marriott resort and conference […]

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Horrorstör ruined my laundry rack

by meanlouise October 3, 2015 books + libraries

Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör is clever in all the right ways, but it’s also quite creepy. You can’t ask for much more from a high-concept horror novel. It’s a little too creepy and clever, honestly. I used to love our IKEA clothes drying rack. It folds flat and stores neatly in a nook in the laundry […]

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The Underpass

by meanlouise October 1, 2015 halloween

Happy Halloween! Hang on. I’m being told today isn’t actually the first day of Halloween, it’s the first day of October. Husband is silly before he has coffee! To kick off Halloween and/or October, director David Schmidt (Sword and Cloak Productions) has released a new short horror film. The sound mix is swell, so watch […]

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The Wicker Man, Teletubbies Edition

by meanlouise August 5, 2015 horror & scifi

Sorry for the long absence, I didn’t mean to neglect you so. My sanity wasn’t devoured by bad SyFy movies, but I was quite ill for most of the Spring and early Summer and it’s taken me much longer to get life back to something even close to resembling normality. Wouldn’t want things to get […]

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As Above, So Below

by meanlouise March 20, 2015 anthropology

Randy Cordova’s review in the Arizona Republic sums Archaeological horror flick “Once the characters go underground, things start happening. Not scary things, mind you, but things.”

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Alone in the Dark (2005)

by meanlouise January 31, 2015 anthropology

Alone in the Dark is a 1982 horror movie starring Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence and Martin Landau. Unfortunately, that’s not the movie we’re watching. We’re watching Alone in the Dark, a 2005 supernatural/archaeological horror movie starring Tara Reid, Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff. If that doesn’t give you a sufficient idea of how terrible this […]

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Bermuda Tentacles

by meanlouise June 18, 2014 horror & scifi

Like all battleships that venture into the Bermuda triangle looking for the President of the United States, the heroes of Bermuda Tentacles have a worm scientist on board. This is useful when the convoy of ships are beset by giant worms reaching out of the water to menace them. I’m making it sound an awful […]

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Godzilla Countdown

by meanlouise May 14, 2014 horror & scifi

I recently finished a draft of an article about Pacific Rim (2013) that required re-watching both Gojira (1954) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956). Criterion remastered both movies and put them together as a BluRay set (also available on some streaming services). It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Gojira, I was surprised […]

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Devil Baby

by meanlouise January 16, 2014 horror & scifi

I’ve been ignoring the links to the devil baby video on facebook because, up until a few minutes ago, I thought it was a promotional stunt for an energy drink. Apparently, based on how hard Husband is laughing at me, this is not the case. I think babies are demonic and I watch horror movies, […]

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Pocket Chewbacca

by meanlouise November 26, 2013 horror & scifi

On Saturday night, things were wild here. Husband had a gig and I read about Godzilla until my brain was full. Then, it was time for the television. At MAPACA, one of the my co-panelists presented an interesting paper on the Paranormal Activity movies, so they were on my mind. I really enjoyed the first […]

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