Under the Skin


This movie was bizarre. I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I saw Scarlett Johansson was in it, I’ve only seen her in one other movie and she was less than impressive. She does however, do an incredible job in this Sci-Fi flick. The movie reminds me of a European avant-garde type of film, very little dialogue, strange camera angles and a mood setting musical score. Be forewarned, if you’re expecting warp drives, explosions, Light Sabers, chest bursting aliens or tentacle faced extra-terrestrials, you’re in for a disappointment. The budget for CGI was obviously low, but the director/ producer makes great use of what was available to them. The story is ambiguous, and we are never quite told exactly what Johansson’s character, and her motorcycle riding accomplice are doing with the men she abducts. There are a few scenes in the beginning, which show the “victims” descending through a fluent floor while Johansson gazes on, unaffected, however, what actually happens to them, or the reason these “aliens” are doing this remains unexplained. Johansson delivers an incredible performance as the alien-in-a-human-form-girl, conveying emotion through expressions rather than dialogue. It appears that as she continues to abduct single, unattached men (IE; they won’t be missed because of their non-attached status) she begins to exhibit remorse, especially when she encounters and abducts a lonely young man with a facial deformity. The uncompromising ending doesn’t tie up the loose ends nor does it shed light on the alien’s “motives” but it is still, an incredible movie filled with an equally incredible musical score. It was shot on location in Scotland, and the producers make use of the beautiful scenery, lending a feeling of isolation and loneliness to the movie. Highly recommended.

Sanitarium #22 available now

Sanitarium_MagSanitarium issue #22 now available in print.

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Welcome to the Sanitarium Sanitarium – Bringing you the best in horror fiction, one case at a time Within Sanitarium (Horror Fiction and Dark Verse) Magazine Issue 22 you will find: • Fishing Buddies by Seth Ojala • Number 99 by Daniel J Bickley • Feast Your Eyes by Cindy Morren • the Worm our of Space by Jonathan Anderson • Hope from the Eternal Damned by Patrick Jagielski • The Unraveling of Victor C.Lewis by Max Sheridan • Justice Served by John Mc Caffrey • The Devil’s in Town by Lex Sinclair • Wendy’s Promise by S.L Dixon • A land fills Bloom by Kyle Short • The Brink by Kanishka Narayan • There Are Things… by Cecilia Dockins • See who’s riding high in the US and UK Kindle charts. • And we see “Where the Horror Happens” with Bobby Adair A little word from our readers: “One of the great things about Sanitarium Magazine is the effort they put into discovering new authors. Many horror magazines favor work of King or other “proven” authors, but by reaching out the the next generation, Sanitarium opens the door to really new ideas.” – DL SHANNON // DEVER, CO “Sanitarium is an excellent high quality horror magazine full of new, emerging writers and some old faces. All the stories are very good. However, my personal favourite by Lex Sinclair stands out as the best. It has elements of Edgar Allen Poe.” – SAM // LONDON, UK The Doctors will see you now…

(Above blurb written by Publishers of Sanitarium Magazine and reposted here in its entirety)


DarknessConsisting of fifteen stories, four poems, and a bounty of darkly evocative illustrations (full color in the eBook version), Darkness Ad Infinitum is the first horror anthology from Villipede Publications.

Founded in 2011, Villipede is a publisher for which written art and visual art have always been strongly intertwined. On a purely physical level, DAI is a pleasure to behold. With its dark and tattered aesthetic accentuated by a splash of crimson, the cover by Wednesday Wolf sets the tone. After more wonderfully grotesque artwork (most notably on the title page), the anthology begins with a brief introduction in the form of a story that explains the infinite darkness referred to in the title. Then come the stories proper, each one accompanied by an original illustration by one of ten artists. The well-suited pictures accompanying each story are impressive in their detail.

The horror between these pages is predominantly of the insidious, creeping variety, its encroachment gradual but eventually all-encompassing. As modern as it may be, it’s horror in the old-fashioned vein, perfect for reading by a crackling fire on a windswept night. Lovecraftian strains pair well with surrealistic nightmares. Madness looms, whether it be religious, familial, or chemical in nature. Places people were never meant to set foot in beckon with dark temptation.

A considerable number of stories involve weird houses or uncanny occurrences in seemingly ordinary ones. Fans of this particular trope will be duly satisfied, and there’s enough variation that it doesn’t come across as redundant. Other stories run the gamut of subjects, from deadly subterranean creatures to a modern take on Pinocchio, to ruthless skinwalkers and cannibals hiding in plain sight.

The poems interspersed between the longer pieces are best absorbed with logic set aside. Their imagery and word choice serve to unsettle, and they’re a welcome addition to (though certainly not a break from) the dread to be found in the stories.

It’s obvious just picking the book up and flipping through its pages that a lot of time, energy and care went into it. From the typesetting to the illustrations to the stories themselves, and even the author bios, Darkness Ad Infinitum is a true work of art. As far as anthologies go, it’s a fair bet that most horror fans will be pleased with this one. Recommended.


Review from Josh Black @ http://hellnotes.com/

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