August 20, 2019

August Horror Report, Week 3

August 12

-- Swamp Thing, season 1, episode 10

Well, that's it. It's over. Dammit, it was good, and it had the potential to be much better.

I guess at least they didn't end on a cliffhanger.

And while on a Wikiwalk, I discovered the identity of Dream's raven Matthew. Apparently, he used to be Matt Cable from Swamp Thing. I had no idea.

August 13-14

-- <a href=>The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements

I totally failed to give any information about this last week. Here we go.

A Gothic ghost story about a crumbling manor, its aging master, his daughter who runs the place, the shepherds who watch their flocks, standing stones, three gold coins -- and the weaver's rhyme about them.

August 15

-- <a href=>NOS4A2, season 1, episode 1, "The Shorter Way"

Based on Joe Hill's <a href=>novel of the same name. If you don't know that name from his amazing graphic novel series Locke and Key or his various novels, you definitely know his dear old dad's -- Stephen King. (Frankly, I like Joe's writing better than Stephen's.) Yup, he's gone into the family business, as a horror writer.

I tried listening to his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, because I'd loved Locke and Key, but it got too gruesome and I stopped. That was before I got so into horror. Maybe I'll revisit it at some point. I skipped this book entirely, assuming from the title, a play on Nosferatu, that it was about vampires, which usually bore me. It appears my assumption was unfounded.

So I'm giving this a try. There's a monster that steals life from children, starting out old and getting younger as he feeds, while the children turn into monsters themselves. There's a young woman, coming up on high school graduation, who discovers that she can cross a covered bridge that's only there when she needs it, and on the other side she'll find lost things. There's another woman who reads oracles from Scrabble tiles. I don't know what they're all adding up to, but I'm in!

August 16

-- NOS4A2, season 1, episode 2, "The Graveyard of What Might Be"

We learn more about why people have these powers, and what it means.

August 17

-- <a href=>Cronos (1993)

Guillermo del Toro's first full-lenth movie, as both director and screenwriter.

In the 16th century, an alchemist discovers the key to eternal life and builds it into the Cronos Device. When he is crushed to death in 1937, it is hidden in the base of an angel statue. In the 90s, in Mexico, an old and dying man has made it his mission to find the Cronos Device, and will stop at nothing. The statue turns up in an antique shop in the same city...

Creepy and melancholy, it's not del Toro's best picture, but it is an excellent start to a magnificent career.

August 18

-- <a href=>The Ritual (2017)

Four friends go on a hiking trip in Sweden to commemorate one of their own who died. With one member hurt, they decide to take a "shortcut" through the woods. Something is hunting them, though, something that has a cult built around it.

Made good use of Something In The Woods, but actually showed it much more clearly in the end than these things usually do. Jumpier than I usually go for, and gorier too, but very good.

Also, hauled out my scans of individual issues of Swamp Thing that were written by Alan Moore and started reading those.