Saturday, April 28, 2018

Book Review

REVIEW: Erie Tales 10 Masquerade

Erie Tales 10 Masquerade from the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.
This book is a delight to read and by that I mean terrifying…in a good way…and that includes the cover. It is filled with detailed graphic gory ghouls, good stories, and great descriptions making me feel like I was right there. At only 76 pages it doesn’t take a whole lot of time to read, but you’ll probably want to read it again. Many talented writers in Erie Tales 10 and now I know I'll have to get Erie Tales 1-9 to catch up on all the great stories.

Monday, April 9, 2018

REVIEW: "A Quiet Place" Movie

REVIEW: A Quiet Place

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

(WARNING: May Contain Spoiler Alert)

Well, the wife and I went to see “A Quiet Place” last night (04/08/18) at the theater. Now, I should start by telling you that up until a few years ago, I never really watched much in the horror genre of movies. It’s weird though, because about two years ago I all-of-a-sudden felt the need to watch lots of them…but I’ll save all that for another post. Anyway…

We thought A Quiet Place was a very good movie. The story line was great, the setting was very nice (fall in an upper New York farm country) the acting by all the cast (which was a whopping total of 6 people…yes only 6 people) was top notch…however there is not much dialog at all and most of it is either in sign language or whispers…when you see the movie you’ll know why. 

I am a huge fan of John Krasinski from the Jim Halpert character in his The Office days and in 13 Hours… and I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the new Jack Ryan TV series. He did a fantastic job in this movie in front of the camera as a husband and father and behind the camera as the director and producer. And as a husband and a father myself, I can’t imagine having to deal with the situation of the creatures and the responsibility of protecting my wife and children in that situation.

It was extremely suspenseful. Some of the scenes you could sense what was going to happen, especially if you’ve seen a good horror movie a time or two. There were other scenes that were a surprise and made us jump. The creatures were quite terrifying…looking kind of like giant bats without the wings (I’m assuming that was intentional because of the whole…they hunt by sound thing) Extremely fast and agile. They had no eyes that I could make out, but teeth…lots of big sharp teeth.

I only had two issues with the movie…and perhaps it’s just me. …and here come the possible spoiler alerts. One – they had to live in silence or the creatures would find them and kill them. So what do they do…get pregnant. Now, come on, there’s nothing silent about a new born baby. But I get it, it made for good scary parts of the movie. Two - my guy Krasinski gets killed by one of the creatures. Now, I get why he does it…to save his kids…and I admire him for that. I guess it’s just a personal thing with me cuz I really like that guy. HA!!

The movie kind of reminded me of I am Legend and Signs. My wife said it reminded her of Signs and Aliens. Either way, good movie, we will certainly watch it again when it comes out on Demand or DVD and we’ll watch it every Halloween season. Check it out...let me know what you think.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Holly MI Ghost Walk 2017

Ghost Walk – Holly Michigan – 2017

Photo from Holly Twilight Tour Walk
The wife and I love visiting Holly, especially since it’s only 20 minutes from home. Plus we enjoy eating at the Blackthorn Pub, Cupcakes and Kisses and shopping at the quaint retail stores. The downtown area is small, it’s only about one block, but the buildings are architecturally pleasing and the history is captivating. It boasts the famous (well, famous to Holly) Battle Alley where rumor has it a large fight back in the 1900’s broke out between townsfolk and a traveling circus. It also boasts the Holly Hotel which many people of Holly (and Michigan) known to be quite haunted.

Each year Holly hosts the Dickens’ Festival (based on Charles Dickens’ writer of “A Christmas Carol”) in the winter time, which we’ve enjoyed for a few years now. And in September the Holly ghost walk or the “Twilight Tour of Downtown Holly”. The tour was put on by the Holly High School Theater Department and the Inspirational Arts and Craft Workshop.

We had never really been on an official ghost walk and were curious as to what was involved. We purchased our tickets online to reserve a date and time. We arrived in Holly around 6:30pm Saturday night on September 29th. The weather was a bit chilly and we had to wear gloves and scarfs.

Our tour guide was a high school student dressed in old period clothing. She fit the part well and was quite knowledgeable about the town’s history and haunted past. We walked around town, behind buildings and through alleyways. At each stop there were high school student dressed in period clothing acting as the person or persons the story was about. They spoke of Holly historical moments and of spooky ghost stories. From an axe wielding female who wreaked havoc throughout town to the infamous haunted Holly Hotel, there were plenty of stories to go around for everyone.

We found the walk to be quite entertaining and fun. We definitely plan on doing it in 2018 and for years to come.

Holly Michigan is a great quaint town and we recommend visiting whether it's for a Twilight Tour, The Dickens' Festival or just to take in the restaurants and retail shops.