California Literary Review

Horror

Book Review: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

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April 29th, 2013

Like its monsters, Red Moon is an impressive hybrid—a speculative novel about fairy tale horrors, a love story about star-crossed teenagers from different worlds, and a gritty political thriller.

Book Review: Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

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February 11th, 2013

Ogawa begins by showing her readers the apparently boring, normal face of human society, and then slowly lets this face of normality slide back to reveal decomposition, death, and emptiness.

Book Review: The Other by Thomas Tryon

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November 15th, 2012

The summer of 1935 is a hot and languorous one in Pequot Landing, Connecticut. Elms yet untouched by the Dutch Blight shade the old houses, The Good Earth and Anthony Adverse are in heavy demand at the public library, and the headlines feature Bruno Hauptmann’s trial for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

Halloween Home Video #10: Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact

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October 31st, 2012

For the grand finale of Halloween Home Video 2012, have a look at Nicholas McCarthy’s dread-heavy ghost thriller The Pact, starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien.

Halloween Home Video #9: Howie Askins’ Evidence

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October 26th, 2012

The most glib and reductive way to describe Evidence is as a hybrid of Chronicle, em>Chernobyl Diaries and The Cabin In The Woods. However, an eager minority are bound to consider that a stellar pedigree.

Halloween Home Video #8: Kimble Rendall’s Bait

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October 24th, 2012

Welcome back to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) your October arsenal for all things entertaining and scary. Sink your teeth into the latest horror and thriller pics make the small screen circuit. © 2012 Screen Australia/Anchor Bay For The Pool Party It is high time for a creature feature on this list, and Australia was […]

Halloween Home Video #7: Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens

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October 22nd, 2012

Today’s Halloween Home Video – Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens – a contemporary fable casting the ideal family getaway into hell.

Halloween Home Video #6: Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones

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October 19th, 2012

Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your one-stop shop for Halloween rental recommendations. Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones comes closer to the spirit of the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre than any movie in the last thirty-five years.

Halloween Home Video #5: John Poliqiun’s Grave Encounters 2

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October 17th, 2012

Read on as Halloween Home Video brings you the horror highlights of 2012. Revisit a haunted asylum with the satirical meta-madness of Grave Encounters 2.

Halloween Home Video #4: Alexandre Courtès’ Asylum Blackout

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October 15th, 2012

Welcome to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition), a special series of home video reviews for this year’s scary season. Week 2 begins with the simple, hard-hitting thriller Asylum Blackout by Alex Courtès.

Halloween Home Video #3: V/H/S

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October 12th, 2012

Check out the best in horror on video of 2012. This weekend, press play on the gruesome and chaotic horror anthology V/H/S.

Halloween Home Video #2: Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man

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October 10th, 2012

Halloween Home Video 2012, for your spooky holiday enjoyment! Today’s pick: Pascal Laugier’s moody thriller The Tall Man

Halloween Home Video #1: Joe Dante’s The Hole

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October 8th, 2012

Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your guide to the unsung scare flicks, thrill pics, and various fright nasties of this year. Joe Dante’s The Hole is a simple, palatable option for families looking for spooky but safe Halloween fun.

Blu-Ray Review: The Cabin In The Woods

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September 19th, 2012

© 2012 Lionsgate This super-secret brainchild of screenwriters Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon came shrouded as carefully as Super 8, surrounded by many a dark rumor but giving maddeningly little away. Goddard and Whedon began laying it out during their time working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then, in a blaze of energy, […]

True Blood Recap: Season 5 Raises The Stakes

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August 28th, 2012

True Blood has tightened up considerably since the meandering adventures of Season 4, despite the fact that its protagonist is now a background character. Remember how the show used to be about vampires? That is happily the case once more.

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