As I began to watch this film with no prior knowledge whatsoever, the opening scenes had a sort of mystical feel that was present in a film called Cronos, which was written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro back in 1993. While the plots between that and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark are completely different, something about the dark and shadowy style that was about to unfold evoked certain uneasiness present in this previous work of horror and fantasy. Sure enough, as the opening credits began to roll, I found that this film was indeed written and produced by Del Toro. What we have here is an interesting mix of mystery, horror, and fantasy directed by Troy Nixey which will make you uncomfortable from start to finish. While not exactly scream-inducing, the special effects and outstanding cinematography will help you to feel as if you too are trapped in the haunted house recently purchased by characters played by Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, with their young daughter portrayed by Bailee Madison. It will creep you out, and some of the scenes of violence may even make you cringe, but that is precisely the point; to prove an unsettling story and keep you squirming in your chair.
The list of players out with injuries caused by intentional elbows and shots to the head is mounting in the National Hockey League, and so is the number of offending players. The only problem is, given the weakness of suspensions and the apparent lack of respect for human life, the injured player misses more games than the one who nailed him to the sidelines. This is a major problem, and something that needs to be targeted by those in charge of discipline in the NHL. The time has come for a rule change on the length of suspensions, because now, more than ever, we are seeing horrific injuries, many of which are intentional elbows to the head, and all of which can be avoided. There are times when players accidentally collide, and sometimes when players throw their arms up to brace themselves and get someone in the head—I understand that. But it seems now, even after the league has severely cracked down on said head-shots, we have seen an even more copious amount of intentional attempts to injure. It is almost as if the players just do not care, that they are going to skate around and try to end someone’s season and then laugh in the face of the NHL. In a way, I understand their mindset. They are a bottom six forward or a mediocre defenseman, and what is a two or three game suspension in the grand scheme of things, when they can conceivably knock a star player out of a game, or the rest of the season?
Now that a day has passed, I am quite surprised to find that this UFO sighting was not really reported anywhere, though it did have the news room of an unnamed newspaper buzzing, when a source I spoke to last night told me they were informed that state police helicopters were flying over Hazlet yesterday morning. When their agency called the police for more information, they were not told anything. I was able to hear from more people about the lights disappearing and reemerging, and how others saw more than the four lights depicted in Jason’s video. The disappearance factor would certainly seem to rule out a plane or helicopter, but as I said in the last post, I did not see this myself, so what I am going on is limited. I’m also finding it hard to believe that this would be alien-related, but you really never know. Below is a picture that was also sent to me by Jason, which is a more crystal clear look at the formation he saw:
While the term “Unidentified Flying Object” does not necessarily mean aliens, something strange and definitely unidentified was seen flying in the sky near Hazlet, New Jersey tonight, at around 5:45 pm. I was contacted by Jason Korloff, one of my co-investigators who sent me this 44-second long video of four red-glowing lights in the sky, three of which form a triangle. While the lights could be many miles away, the location of filming was by the Hazlet Pharmacy on Route 35. The sighting was also confirmed by several other Hazlet residents, including Pauline Vena who claims that the lights actually stayed stationary for several seconds, and as she was driving home and decided to turn around to get a better look, they disappeared for a brief time, before reappearing and continuing their path as captured in the video, and then ultimately disappearing for the last time. Everyone who I have spoken to claims the lights were not part of a larger object, but their own entities traveling in formation. There also was no disintegration when they disappeared, ruling out the possibility of flares. Pauline has since called the Hazlet Police Department, looking for more information. According to her, there is “no explanation” at this time, but they have received “multiple calls” from witnesses.
When one watches an awful movie, you must ask yourself a couple of questions: 1) “Is this movie so bad, it’s actually good?” and 2) If the movie is old, “Would this have at least been considered good for the time?”. Usually, a movie like Revolt of the Zombies would garner at least one yes, and therefore allow the 65 minutes spent watching it to not be a complete and colossal waste of time, but this film does not seem to fall into either category: it’s just plain bad, and would have been considered such even when it was made back in 1936. Because today is Halloween, I thought I would kick off my annual movie marathon last night with a midnight viewing of a really old zombie movie. I did the same last year right before Hurricane Sandy slammed into us and left us without power for a week, only the flick was called King of the Zombies (1941), and actually wasn’t half bad. I had no such luck this time around, as I found myself several times picking up the remote and contemplating whether or not I should just shut it off and go to bed. However, the movie aficionado in me said, “Greg, it’s barely more than an hour. Stay with it!” So I did, and I would like to punch my subconscious because of it.
A few of my co-investigators and I have recently gotten involved at the historic Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, a place where we conducted a paranormal investigation back in August. Every year, they put on a haunted house tour (part of their “Atlantic Frightlands” Festivities), with this year’s theme being a “Haunted Asylum”, on October 25th and 26th, from 6-9pm. We stopped by on Sunday to help out with decorations and set-up, and I auditioned and got the part of “Chris”, the asylum’s tour guide (will be alternating tours with someone else), who will lead visitors through a mansion of horror. Meanwhile, spots were found for the kids as well, as ghosts and zombies (they are still looking for more if you are interested in helping). The script and choreography is by Jon Crowley, an executive producer at Tru TV and former producer of Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi.
Yes, we are still keeping tabs on everything Gods and Generals here, and it is very happily that I announce that several previously unreleased pieces from the film’s soundtrack are now available on YouTube, and with crystal-clear clarity. The person who has put these up on his account cites “connections at the studio” as the reason he was able to have access to this. Just this past summer, it appeared that a full-length soundtrack for the film (eclipsing three hours) was going to be released on CD. There was a website that was forwarded to me by a colleague which included a track list of more than 40, spanning three discs—there was even a cover art design. I immediately contacted director Ron Maxwell asking if this was legitimate or not, and unfortunately, he said it was nothing but piracy. MP3′s of all the songs appeared to be available for download on that same site, but my McAfee virus warning kept coming up, so I never shared it publicly.