1. "Jug Face" (2013): the Camera Wants What It Wants

    "Jug Face" (2013): the Camera Wants What It Wants #horror #movie #reviews

    Ada discovers her jug face
    Poster for JUG FACE (2013)

    Poster for JUG FACE (2013) — image source: Starburst

    Jug Face (2013) is a Southern backwoods Gothic horror tale that revolves around a cult religion based on a bloody pit dug in the earth. It is unclear how it got there, but the film does reveal that its supernatural (likely demonic) power saved its devotees from a “pox” that was decimating its population. While the Pit saved the locals from…

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  2. "Afflicted" (2013), or, "A Canadian Vampire in Paris"

    "Afflicted" (2013), or, "A Canadian #Vampire in Paris" #horror #movies #reviews #MondayBlogs

    Derek's not quite himself anymore
    Poster for AFFLICTED (2014) -- image source: Hollywood Movie Wiki

    Poster for AFFLICTED (2013) — image source: Hollywood Movie Wiki

    From one point of view, Afflicted (2014) is what one would get if he or she fused Hostel (2005) with An American Werewolf in London (1981)From another, it’s like the child of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). However, neither of these similes fully captures Afflicted, which is a fresh take on…

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  3. YA Books That Deal with Identity & Agency: An Annotated Bibliography

    FRISCO KID READS: YA Books (and a Short Film) That Deal with Identity & Agency #YA #AmReading

    Sometimes adolescent identities are stereotypical
    Sometimes adolescent identities are stereotypical

    Sometimes adolescent identities are stereotypical — image source: The SL Collective

    For a class project, I compiled a list of recent YA texts that deal with the themes of identity and agency. This task was not difficult because many (if not most) YA authors touch on these themes. After all, they are writing for adolescent readers, who are dealing with these issues in real life.

    Identity as a…

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  4. Now I’m a Re-Liebster … and You’ve Been Nominated

    Now I’m a Re-Liebster … and You’ve Been Nominated #Liebster #blogger #awards

    DeNiro in TAXI DRIVER (1976)

    Bet you thought the title of this post refers to Justin Bieber — otherwise known as “He Who Shall Not Be Named” (oops, I did it again). No, I’m alluding to the classic pop song, composed by Neil Diamond and recorded and released in late 1966 by the Monkees. It became a big hit in 1967, the year I turned three years old. Yes, I’m an “old dude” (as my daughter refers to me) — but since I write like…

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  5. Review: “Transcendence” (2014) Doesn’t Transcend Much

    Review: “Transcendence” (2014) Doesn’t Transcend Much #movies #reviews

    Movie poster for TRANSCENDENCE (2014)

    Movie poster for TRANSCENDENCE (2014) — image source: Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence

    Johnny Depp in TRANSCENDENCE (2014) -- image source: Talking with Tami

    I continued my unrequited bromance with Johnny Depp by going to see his latest flick, Transcendence, which opened in U.S. theaters today. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. Based on aggregate professional critic reactions on sites like Rotten Tomatoes(18% as of this writing), I was afraid that I would have…

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  6. Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012): a Horror Cliché Mega-Spoof

    Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012): a #Horror Cliché Mega-Spoof #Movies #Share

    Jules (Hutchison) and Marty (Kranz)
    Poster for THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012)

    Poster for THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) — image source: moviefail.com

    Written and produced by Joss Whedon (with director Drew Goddard and John Swallow, respectively), this film generated great expectations among his fans (including me). In my opinion, Whedon, Goddard, and their cast and crew do not disappoint. This movie takes a well-worn horror story-line — five young people who go to a…

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  7. The Liebster Award: “I can’t deny the fact that you LIKE me!”

    The Liebster Award: “I can’t deny the fact that you LIKE me!” #movies #bloggers #awards

    Liebster Award
    Tom Hanks and Robin Wright in FORREST GUMP (1994)

    Tom Hanks and Robin Wright in FORREST GUMP (1994) — image source: imgarcade.com

    Well, Forrest, life really *IS* like a box of chocolates, isn’t it? Barry at the Cinematic Catharsis blog has nominated me for a Liebster Award.

    Liebster Award

    Before I have my Sally Field moment, let me reiterate the criteria for this award, as Barry’s post laid them out:

    There’s no obligation to participate, and a money-back…

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  8. Movie Rewind: “Angel Heart” (1987) — Noir meets Horror and the Occult

    NEW FROM FRISCO KID: “#Movie Rewind: “Angel Heart” (1987) — #Noir meets #Horror and the Occult” #Reviews

    German poster for ANGEL HEART (1987)

    German poster for ANGEL HEART (1987) — image source: IMP Awards

    Noodling around on Amazon Instant Video via my Roku last night, I ran across Alan Parker’s Angel Heart (1987)I recalled that I saw this film for the first time in a Greenwich Village theater during its first run in 1987 and decided to watch it again.

    DeNiro and Rourke in ANGEL HEART (1987)

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  9. Review: “The Invisible Papers” by indie author Agostino Scafidi

    Review: “The Invisible Papers” by #indie @author Agostino Scafidi #books #AmReading

    The Invisible Papers
    The Invisible Papers by Agostino Scafidi
    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    Several months ago, I received a copy of The Invisible Papers, which is billed as “An Esoteric Fiction written as Third Person Interior Monologue,” from its author, Agostino Scafidi. I had agreed to his request to read it and then write a fair and honest review. Although it is only 134 pages in length, it took me quite a long time…

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  10. "Oculus" (2014): A Mirror Up to the Nature of Horror?

    NEW on FRISCO KID AT THE MOVIES: “Oculus” (2014): A Mirror Up to the Nature of Horror? #horror #movies

    Movie poster for OCULUS (2014)

    Movie poster for OCULUS (2014) — image source: IMDB

    Mirrors have always been uncanny objects. This characteristic has been thoroughly exploited in stories, whether told via words alone (as in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass) or via moving pictures (as in the classic horror film Candyman [1992]). A mirror is the central plot device in the movie Oculus (2014),…

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