Tuesday, July 21, 2015

'It Follows' (Movie Review)

Every once in a while a horror movie comes along that receives high accolades from both fans and critics alike. It Follows is one such film, garnering the “must see” tag and building up a lot of steam from the internet hype train. After finally getting a chance to watch it, I’d say some of that praise is well deserved. Click the jump to see why.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

'All Good Things' (Book Review)

All Good Things is the third and final installment in author Stevie Kopas Breadwinner trilogy of zombie horror novels and it sends the series out on a high note, if those can exist in a brutal undead apocalypse.

Picking up immediately where the prior book Haven left off, All Good Things wastes no time in throwing the reader right back into the action. After a few short chapters of exposition and developing some key plot points that flesh out the motivations of central characters (I’m being intentionally vague to avoid spoilers) the group determines their days in the Tower are numbered and it’s inevitable they’ll need to seek supplies or possibly uproot and move on.

From that point it’s more of what we’ve come to expect from the Breadwinner trilogy, and that’s not a bad thing. Plenty of gory action, unexpected plot twists, and characters who you shouldn’t grow attached to. Similar in tone to The Walking Dead, no one is safe, and Kopas is willing to sacrifice any of the players to the uncaring universe she has designed.

Far more action-oriented than previous installments, All Good Things is a fast read thanks to the non-stop battles raging through the Florida streets. As the group moves towards what should be their final destination, the atmosphere is downright oppressive and it never lets up.

Both the quality of writing and editing is top notch. Kopas has a talent for evocative and visual descriptions, creating unsettling scenes of visceral horror without dragging on in too much detail. Character development is as concise as it needs to be for this genre; you care what happens to these people without knowing their life story. Besides, you don’t want to get too attached to this doomed group of folks anyway!

All Good Things is an intense and satisfying ending to a well-written horror trilogy. It finishes up the story without any egregious loose ends, and doesn’t rely on worn out tropes or ham-fisted coincidences (“there happens to be a helicopter on the roof!”) to put a bloody bow on the final package.

If you’re a zombie horror fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the entire trilogy. They’re all fast-paced books, and having completed All Good Things I can say the entire series is strong throughout.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Terrortorial Expansion: 'Geekly Essentials: Horror Edition'

Hey gang,

I've got a new gig over on GeeklyInc as part of their "Horror Team" (trademark pending) and we put up this lovely personal list of our top choices essential to the genre. If you're looking for a way to get started in horror films, or just want to see the ones we feel are great, check it out!