Blog

Review: It Stains the Sands Red

Be warned: Some Spoilers:
I really enjoyed a lot of this movie, the plot was interesting and it had a lot of fresh ides. I really enjoyed the character development and study of the MC. I enjoyed the dynamic between the MC and the zombie for most of the movie.
There were some glaring mistakes in the writing that I couldn’t overlook and some eye-rolling.
Maybe because I write, I am too tuned into what is believable. But I have a hard time just sitting back and enjoying a movie where we as the viewer are expected to believe silly things to make it easy to continue the plot. 
The 4 issues keeping this from being a phenomenal movie:
1. The car is stuck, MC brings up throwing wood under the wheel for traction. Her boyfriend comments that they don’t have any wood and the idea is dropped. There are large plants in the background as well as making the simple stretch to pull out floor mats, tire iron, jack, seats etc. to do this. 60 seconds of trial and error could have corrected this.
2. She shelters for the night atop rocky outcropping in one scene with a LOT of rocks she could smash down onto his head, risking nothing. She doesn’t.
3. I get that she doesn’t want to be alone, but I think it was a very weak plotline to have her quickly adapt to keeping the zombie as a pet of sorts.
4. The final eye roll is a big one: The MC cuts her her finger off by smashing it with a rock.

RIP George, the godfather of zombies

This is a bit late coming as I’ve been in revisions of the sequel to Harvest of Ruin (Called: Harvest of Ruin: The Dead of Winter) as well as a couple short stories for upcoming anthologies.

Anyhow, The godfather had passed. The man that single-handedly turned an entire generation in to zombie fanatics. Yes there were other greats as well, but most people born before 2000 list one of the original trilogy as their favorite zombie flick. For me it was and always had been Dawn of the Dead.

We all know about the social commentary in the films but setting that aside, he made great survival films.

So, RIP George, and Thank you for everything*.

 

 

 

 

*except Survival of the Dead

Movie Review: Contracted (2013)

Watched this one last night for the first time. To be honest, it took me a long time to get around to watching it due to the STD aspect, it made me a little weary. Finally after over a year of watching I sat down and I was not disappointed.

First I should mention that this is not your normal zombie flick. It is more akin to Colin (2008) than any other zombie flick in my opinion. While Colin spent more time as a zombie than the main character, Samantha, did in this, it was more of a let-down to me than Contracted was.

That being said, what struck me was how real the main Samantha, came across. I feel like we all knew someone at some point in their life that was on a lonely-sad-trainwreck of a course for a bit, and Samantha, played by Najarra Townsend played it beautifully.

For those looking for some hardcore zombie violence, look elsewhere, this is more of a character study during the initial outbreak of a zombie infection.

 

Overall I give this film: 7/10

Characters: 8

Cast: 8

film quality: 8

Story: 6

Zombies: 5 (infected) Scored low as there was only one scene with a zombie. The makeup was beautifully done however.

Lasting appeal: N/A (yet)

Movie review: Here Alone (2017)

I had no idea what this movie was about when I flipped it on, other than it was a zombie-type movie. It centers around a woman living alone in her car/camp in the middle of the woods. Immediately I was concerned, as I generally detest movies with rape scenes, and this one had all the makings of that. I don’t think I’m spoiling too much when I tell you that if you are like me, you can watch it in peace.

The film definitely seems lower budget, but the acting was great and the cinematography was excellent. The infected (not zombies as they are not undead) don’t appear until about half-way through. They don’t get too much camera time, which is good, as it is a lower budget movie, but they are well done. The first real visual, the infected in front of the refrigerator was a fantastic scene.

The ending left a bit lacking, though was good, giving you enough to think about for a bit.

Overall I give this film: 6.6/10

Characters: 6.5

Cast: 6

film quality: 7

Story: 7

Zombies: 6.5 (infected)

Lasting appeal: N/A (yet)

Nearly a week post-publication

The book is trending upwards which is nice, though, I am probably following it a little too closely, taking me on a rollercoaster ride.

It hit 216 last night in Horror eBooks (out of 98k+) so I’m very grateful for that.

Receiving nice grades on Goodreads as well as Amazon, though, I was hoping for a lot more (quantity-wise)

Still trying to work the kinks out and increase my visibility, researching horror news sites and such, but everything seems to cost a bunch of money.

Trying to get out to some cons and signing events coming up, will keep the site up to speed on that.

And the big news is: got my first physical copy yesterday. The photos don’t do it justice, the book is beautiful, I love it.

So, please, if you are reading this, go over to amazon and shell out the $4 and leave a nice review. Once you’ve read it go leave me a review on goodreads.

Writing

My new WIP is a sci-fi of sorts, set three hundred years in the future. It is at 14,000 words and every day (nearly) i nudge it forward another 1,000 words or so. I really enjoy the plot and characters, I’ve just been having some writing issues the past couple months.

I finished the Harvest of Ruin trilogy in December and since then I have constantly had to switch gears back to book 1 to prep it for publication. I had run through book 2 with a second edit and was in the process of editing the rough draft of book 3 when I received Harvest of Ruin back from the publisher. They had received it back from the proofreader and wanted me to do one final run through before publication.

So Harvest got a final-final revision and by the time I got back to book 3 I had run out of steam. I cut the chapters together and called it a day. (My method is to write the story-lines separately and shuffle the chapters together once the book is done.).

I wrote a couple short stories, one for a contest and another as an homage to HP Lovecraft, for fun. That’s when the inspiration came for my current WIP.

As much as I’d like to get back to book 2+3 of the Harvest series, I feel It’s important to stay focused on the first book, as that is the one I am about to start promoting full-time.

I also have 2 other starts to a novel sitting between 15k and 20k at the moment, the spark of excitement moved on for the moment though. It’s an odd feeling as a new novelist to have the satisfaction of completing your story, albeit in three books, then to start over, knowing you can, but almost dreading taking the plunge once again.

Writing long fiction, for me, is a consuming, immersive process that requires total dedication, and I am reticent to do so in another story at the moment. Spring is here though, and if this year is a repeat of last, I’ll do little writing in the warm months. I rely on the self-imposed isolation that winter brings on to stoke my creativity.

My List of favorite serious Zombie films

In no particular order of Greatness:

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Day of the Dead (1982

The Dead

Zombie

Resident Evil

Resident Evil 3: Extinction

28 Days Later

28 Weeks Later

Zombieland (I hesitate to keep this on the list as it doesn’t exactly fit in zombie horror genre, but it is so good)

Rec

Rec2

Rec3

Rec4

Quarantine

World War Z

and that is all:

I will give honorable mention to: The Beyond, Maze Runner 2, The Girl With All the Gifts, Train to Busan, Return of the Living Dead, The Dead 2, as these are all very enjoyable zombie films, but don’t cut through to be what I consider to be Great.