Monday, October 15, 2012
Also did some reading. Finished up another of Peter Brandvold's Rogue Lawman books. Reread Robert B. Parker's Spenser novel School Days. Read Heath Lowrance's excellent story The Spider Tribe, which I reviewed below. I saw a lot of Mexican Day of the Dead stuff while I was out West so I dug out Ray Bradbury's shudder inducing tale about the day of the Dead, The Next in Line.
Speaking of dead things, I need to get my Halloween mojo going. The last two years have been huge in terms of Halloween stuff, but I've fallen behind this year, what with vacation and such. I did manage to watch some Halloween themed movies and TV this weekend. Watched two Halloween episodes of Hercules the Legendary Journeys, one with a mummy and one with Dracula. Then I did a rewatch of the Mario Bava directed Hercules in the Haunted World, which has vampires, monsters, and zombies. I got a remastered wide screen version of this sword & sandal classic and it is truly a thing of beauty. Bava's use of color really comes through and the film has an almost hallucinatory quality to it. I was so impressed that I also watched Bava's science fiction/horror film, Planet of the Vampires. The sets are a bit dated but the brooding atmosphere and horrific happenings still hold up. Depending on who you ask, this one may or may not have influenced Ridley Scott's movie, Alien.
Read through a big chunk of The Essential Thor Volume 6. This volume catches up to when I started reading Marvel Comics' The Mighty Thor, about 1973, so I remembered a lot of the stories in this collection. Most of the art is by the great John Buscema, but John's brother Sal and other artists like Rich Buckler also turn in some nice artwork.
Hmmm, maybe my weekend wasn't as uneventful as I thought. Looks like I was pretty busy.