Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Capsule Review: Cradle And All

Capsule Review: Cradle And All by James Patterson: This edition's Extra! selection is the novel Cradle and All by James Patterson. Patterson's only outright horror novel, this frightening religious thriller about the prophesied birth of the Anti-Christ and the Catholic Church's attempt to stop it, is a true page-turner that's filled with twists, and has a whooper of an ending. Even if you're not a fan of James Patterson, this is a must-read if you want a fun, fast horror novel.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Round-Up#28

Film Review: The Burrowers: If Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men, Blood Meredian, The Road) ever wrote an outright horror tale, it would probably be something like this. The Burrowers, a strange mixture of Sci-Fi, Horror, Western, and political allegory, sure is one original piece of filmmaking.

The story: In the year 1879, after a series of brutal murders and unexplained kidnappings, a group of cowboys set out to hunt down and kill the responsible party (whom they think is a group of Native Americans), and discover that the enemy they are after isn't even human, but a species of carnivorous underground dwellers.

With sumptuous cinematography by Phil Parmet, stylish, assured direction by writer/director J.T. Petty, and a screenplay that has a lot on its mind other than monster mayhem and gore (although there is plenty of that), The Burrowers is an ambitious horror film about American greed and ruthlessness, and humans' inability to learn from past mistakes.

Whether you are a horror fan, a Western buff, or just want to watch a brilliant piece of filmmaking, you should give The Burrowers a whirl. It's worth your time.

Extra! Eyes Of Prey by John Sandford: This edition's Extra! selection is the novel Eyes Of Prey by John Sandford. The third in Sandford's Prey series of thrillers about borderline sociopathic cop Lucas Davenport, this is a must read for fans of Cop-Thrillers, and is arguably the best installment in the series. And you don't even have to have read the previous two novels to enjoy it. A superb thriller. In print.


That's it for me. Till next time, keep browsing those shelves.