Monday, October 07, 2013
Then I jumped to a more modern horror film, 2010's INSIDIOUS. What appears to be a haunted house film turns into something entirely different. Like the trailer said, it's not the house that's haunted. Some good suspense, a broodingly creepy atmosphere, and no gore to speak of made this a winner for me. I like horror films that are disturbing and this one fits the bill.
And then I watched the BBC version of the Woman in Black. You may recall that I liked the 2012 theatrical version quite a lot, and that I thought Susan Hill's novel was even better. The BBC version is also quite good, but the 2012 version is scarier. There is one truly frightening moment in the BBC version though, which had me squirming in my seat. I did find it interesting that both versions strayed a bit from the novel and in different ways and that neither used the novel's ending exactly.
Reading-wise I read yet another Sexton Blake novel, The Deadlier of the Species. Very good in a whodunit sort of way, though I spotted the killer fairly early on. Of course the title had already tipped me off that the murderer would be female, so it allowed me to rule out half the suspects. A lesson in poorly chosen titles there, kids.
I read several western short stories from the collection THE LONG RIDE BACK, which is a massive tome of Ed Gorman's westerns. Gorman is one of my favorite crime writers and he sure knows his way around a Western too. Really it doesn't matter what genre Gorman is writing in because his stories are always about people.
Also read some stories from the new anthology WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, about which I'll have more to say later.
All and all a good weekend for reading and movies.