Review “The Comedy of Terrors” (1963)

Vincent Price. Peter Lorre. Boris Karloff. Basil Rathbone. All in one movie. What’s not to love? “The Comedy of Terrors” is a comedy/horror (not sure there’s that much horror in it, really) that is a great deal of fun. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur (‘Cat People’, ‘I walked with a zombie’) and the screenplay…

Stuck in Between 

Ghosts emerge around every corner An answer to questions you dare not ask Here we are! Look at us! This is how you too shall end Roaming restless never at peace Wailing forever in the dead of night We are the lost souls, waiting for you Come and see, come and be Join with us…

Favourite Ghost Movies

I’ve said more than once that I am very partial to ghost stories, so I thought I’d talk about a few ghost films I particularly like, that you might want to check out. These are in no particular order of preference, and I make no claim to them being the best. They’re just movies I…

The Vampire

The day the vampire came to tea He drank a glass of blood with me Oh no, that’s not correct, you see The blood he drank, it came from me He knocked politely at the door We met, you see, the day before He seemed so nice, and I was sure I wanted him, I…

Fate (The gods did it)

Late for work? Caught in the rain? Stub your toe? ‘The gods of fate are against me’! we cry. Or we would, if we lived in ancient times. Does every living creature have a fate that rules them, or are we in control of our own destiny? Many cultures in the past believed in fate,…

Sketched

My hands are pencil outlines My feet erased My body sketched in shades of grey I am the artist of myself Filling in the gaps Constructing the scaffold, the bare bones of me Is it time to lay some bricks pick up the paint brush And try to see What a little colour might bring…

Spring is Here

New life growing everywhere Nesting birds in every tree Spring is here and all is new Scents from blossom flying free Swollen itching weeping eyes Blocked up itching sneezing nose Painful ears and aching head That’s the way the season goes Coughing wheezing tightened lungs Itchy scratchy painful throat Reddened rashes on the skin To…

Review “The Cabin in the Woods” (2011)

I’m not sure what I expected, watching this. Something a bit silly, a bit schlocky, a bit of mindless fun, soon to be forgotten. I was pleasantly surprised. “The Cabin in the Woods” is a horror/comedy, and on a superficial look seems like it ought to be the ultimate in cliché. I mean, five (young)…

The Colour Yellow

Yellow bright Golden moon on starry night Yellow tree Wattle sings to honey bee Yellow yield Of ripened corn and wheat in field Yellow glow Reflected light on water flow Yellow heat Of fire in hearth where loved ones meet Yellow earth From yellow sun that brings it birth

Review “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007)

“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” was the last film directed by Sidney Lumet, a director with a career spanning sixty years and included masterpieces such as “The Verdict”, “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon”. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei. The film involves two brothers plotting to rob their…