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Wednesday, 25 May 2022
|The only sensible way to settle domestic discussions|
Fly your geek flag high today!Not only is it Star Wars Day and Towel Day (in recognition of Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy).
Rachel and I were married in a Star Wars-themed wedding on the anniversary of the day the original film made its debut in 1977.
The hubbub around May The 4th as Star Wars Day grows every year, especially since the arrival of Disney+, and I'm not adverse to any excuse to celebrate all things Star Wars, but, ultimately, I'm an old school, orthodox, Jedi who will always mark May 25 as his Star Wars Day.
Rachel and I tied the knot at Salomons in Southborough (between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge), where the guests' tables were all named after planets from the Star Wars Universe.
Rachel's arrival music was the Imperial March (still her personalised ringtone on my phone... which always makes me giggle when she rings!), and Darth Vader was our ring-bearer.
It was such an amazing day.
And the adventure continues... thanks to the love of my incredibly tolerant and understanding wife.
The Force is strong in Rachel, she supports most of my geeky whims and copes incredibly with the dramatic swings of my unpredictably variable physical and mental health..
Some of you are probably aware that several years ago our lives entered a bold new chapter with a purchase of our incredible "forever home".
Since then, we've been striving (aided heavily by Rachel's father and a crew of amazing gardeners) to turn an already gorgeous house into our dream home.
Although these plans were somewhat stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic, we've carried on as best we can and are this close to declaring mission: accomplished.
I have a plan for the front garden, that will hopefully come to fruition later this year, but then I think that might be it.
And who knows what the future will hold?
All I do know is I have the best co-pilot since Chewbacca at my side!
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
I can't remember if The Asylum ever attempted a mockbuster of Kong: Skull Island, but I imagine it would have looked something like Serpent of Death (aka Snake), this glorious-looking low-budget Chinese offering.
Just from this trailer (flying piranhas???), it is now my life's mission to track down this monster masterpiece.
Plot-wise, I'm slightly concerned, though, that this scientific expedition is...
Horror site Bloody Disgusting also tells us that this film from 2018, which is getting its Stateside DVD release today, is the first of a trilogy of giant snake movies that includes Snakes and Snakes: 3 Dinosaur vs Python.
|Variant cover art by Mark Bagley|
As Spider-Man celebrates his 60th anniversary this year, Marvel's flagship title Amazing Spider-Man reaches its 900th issue in July.
Current series writer Zeb Wells will team up with superstar artist Ed McGuiness to celebrate this incredible milestone with a giant-sized spectacular that promises to be one of the biggest showdowns in Spidey history.Check out this gallery of variant covers for the issue, which is due to hit stores on July 27:
Bringing his iconic artwork to the series for the first time, McGuinness will depict a battle between Spider-Man and the all-new Sinister Adaptoid, a being equipped with the abilities of Spidey’s greatest foes.
|Art by Bengal|
|Art by John Cassaday|
|Art by Jim Cheung|
|Art by Taurin Clarke|
|Art by John Romita Jr.|
|Wraparound art by Ed McGuinness|
|Art by Peach Momoko|
|Art by Humberto Ramos|
|Art by Ben Su|
|Art by Julian Totino Tedesco|
|Art by Maria Wolf|
Monday, 23 May 2022
This is music that has the quality of flight; this is about lifting up. We’re moving into the Age of Aquarius, and things are becoming more ethereal right now and I am feeling that within myself — that it’s time to move like light and air.
Taken from the album Midnight Star, produced by Christopher Smart
Sunday, 22 May 2022
After I'd sliced the tape holding the lid down, and before I could say anything, Alice was on the box and actually figuring out a way to open it, then discard the foil covering inside, and start tucking in.
I was trying to film this adorable moment, but - because of the glare of the sun - couldn't really see what I was doing, and had accidentally hit slo-mo... when Rachel suddenly cried out: "Nooooo".
Alice's first choice had turned out to be the wax candle in the selection, for her birthday cake.
Rachel managed to get the candle away from the pupster and I deleted the film. We didn't need yet another "cute animal film" that ended with people screaming "nooooo!" as chaos ensued.
The weather's lovely today, so I expect there will be a lot of lounging around to celebrate her big day, which suits us all just fine.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
While searching for the parents she’s never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping grounds with her boyfriend (Nolan Gerard Funk) to investigate a promising lead on her family’s whereabouts.
Upon arrival, the couple’s weekend takes a bizarre, terrifying turn as a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader terrorize the pair en route to fulfilling a twisted ancient apocalyptic prophecy.
The Long Night premieres June 30 on Shudder.The Long Night was one of those many horrors with an engaging trailer that I post about and then forget because it never seems to materialise over here in our benighted isle.
So, once again, I have to thank Shudder for summoning up this marvellous-looking movie about sinister cults (you know that's a particular passion of mine), which I'm now looking forward to seeing at the end of next month.
With echoes of The Smiling Man, Smiling Woman adds a modern mobile phone twist to the urban legend in this creepy three-minute horror short.
On a late night at an empty train station, a lone traveler is terrorized by a creepy smiling woman in a yellow dress.Writer/director Alex Magaña has created a whole series of shorts about the 'woman in the yellow dress', including a Christmas special:
Friday, 20 May 2022
|Dungeness beach (2018) - picture by me|
It was my friend Jonathan Linneman, of Monstrous Matters, who described HeroPress as a "journey" through my developing fandom.
I really like that description as it helps justify my fickleness and inability to stay focussed on one topic for too long.
But this journey can be exhausting.
I reckon I've been on a bit of a roll of late and am rather pleased with a lot of what I've written.
Especially now that I've shelved 'most' of my picture parades/eye-candy features, which means I have to find more material to fill those slots in the schedule.
And so, to avoid burnout, I'm allowing myself a few days off.
To be honest, I doubt anyone'll notice, but as usual I'll ensure there's some scheduled posts (mainly film and TV trailers, I expect) to tide you over.
Thanks to a recent "eureka" moment, I'm beavering away once more on my resuscitated Frankengame (which also involves some televisual research, naturally).
Parallel with that I've found I need to curtail my social media interactions as so many people are casually sharing "spoilers" for the upcoming Doctor Who season.
RTD and his team are filming in the streets of London at present - for The Doctor's 60th Anniversary special(s) next year - and people seem to think it's okay to just blithely post their candid snapshots of what's going on.
Some of us would like to be surprised, you know.
I love all the official announcements, but these "scoops" by wannabe citizen journalists are a right pain in the arse.
Have you ever woken in the middle of the night and felt like something wasn’t quite right? You may have woken during the “Devil’s Hour” – the hour between 3 am and 4 am, or 3.33 am specifically, regarded as a time when unexplainable things can occur.Peter Capaldi, the greatest Doctor of the modern era, stars in this creepy six-part tale, along with Call The Midwife's Jessica Raine.
Watch The Devil's Hour, coming to Prime Video in 2022.
Lucy (Raine) is woken every night by terrifying visions at exactly 3.33am: the devil’s hour.
Her eight-year-old son is withdrawn and emotionless. Her mother speaks to empty chairs. Her house is haunted by the echoes of a life that isn't her own.
When Lucy's name is inexplicably connected to a string of brutal murders in the area, the answers that have evaded her all these years will finally come into focus.
Capaldi plays a reclusive nomad, driven by a murderous obsession. He becomes the prime target of a police manhunt led by compassionate detective Ravi Dhillon, played by Nikesh Patel.
Gotta love the "ghost host" (voiced by Valentine Dyall aka The Black Guardian from Doctor Who); why don't contemporary documentaries take this light, playful touch?
We need more "ghost hosts" on factual shows!
Before Sam and Dean, there was John and Mary.I'm liking the look of The Winchesters, the first Supernatura; spin-off to actually get legs. It's a kind of monstertastic spin on How I Met Your Mother, but with a lot more violence, magic, and slaughter.
Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, this is the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary, and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.
I got rather burned out with Supernatural in the last couple of years of its epic run, but it appears as though The Winchesters is going back to its roots (can we hope for a return of the monster-of-the-week format?), so I hope the show finds a decent home on this side of The Pond as it's certainly piqued my interest.
I was already stoked for the upcoming apocalyptic Shudder movie, Revealer, penned by a couple of great comic book talents, but I've just learned there's also going to be an actual comic book tie-in.
The book, due to drop on August 31 from Vault Comics, will feature four stories that expand upon the world of the movie, which takes place around an adult book store and peep show in 1980's Chicago.
The new tales in this one-shot will be written by Barbaric's Michael Moreci, Hack/Slash's Tim Seeley, Luke Boyce, and Aaron Koontz, with art by Dean Kotz.
Spinning out of this summer’s hit indie horror film Revealer, these four stories tie directly into the movie! Learn more about the characters, the lore, the Revealers adult bookstore, and what awaits on the other side of the biblical apocalypse.And an extra cool aspect to all this is the fact that the net proceeds from sales of the comic are being donated to Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ centre located on the South Side of Chicago.
Massive thanks to Justin 'Pun' Isaac for "revealing" this comic to me!
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Thirty-eight-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands.
When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation.
The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient.
Moloch premieres July 21 on Shudder.
The new season of the excellent 'actual play' podcast, The Game of Rassilon: Regenerated is almost upon us.
The fourth season launches on June 1, with a new Doctor, a new gamesmaster, and new rules (the campaign is shifting from the original iteration of Cubicle 7's Doctor Who RPG to the recently released - in PDF - second edition).
You can listen and subscribe at http://adventuresintimeand.space or wherever you normally get your podcasts.