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Film Friday…Riddick 3, Resident Evil, and Fangland

1) Vin Diesel and Riddick 3

From a few different places, but most recently Boomtron, Vin Diesel reveals new Riddick 3 art. I sort of love that Vin Diesel shares concept art via his Facebook. I’m also thrilled with a new Riddick movie. Pitch Black is amazing. The Chronicles of Riddick, not so great, but I do have a certain fondness for it, too. And I am always a fan of Vin Diesel. (Less than a year until the next Fast and the Furious movie, and I could not be more excited about it!)

Speaking of actors I love who have been in the Fast and the Furious series, check this out!

2) Michelle Rodriguez and Resident Evil

From, Michelle Rodriguez to reprise her role as Rain in Resident Evil. I freaking love Michelle Rodriguez (I was just telling someone today about why I stopped watching Lost), and I found her so intriguing as Rain. I’m excited to see what will happen now that she’s back. (Downside of being a Michelle Rodriguez fan: she tends to die in her roles. Or at least appear to be dead and then return later, which I would be frustrated with, except it means we get more Michelle Rodriguez and that is a good thing. I’m not just looking at Resident Evil here, either.)

I really have no segue into the next movie. Sorry.

3) Stake Land (The most dangerous thing is to be alive.)

Via From Midnight, With Love, a vampire movie released in 2010 that I had no idea existed, and it looks incredible.

I’ll say right off the bat that I wish the main character, who appears to be Martin, was a girl. I am tired of all the stories being about the boys, and then the girls are the victims, the villains, the love interests, or all of the above. (Oh, Supernatural, why must you hate women and characters of color?) That being said, however, I need to purchase this movie immediately, because the trailer is full of things I love. Traveling to survive, banding together to survive, road trips, horror in the corn fields (god, corn, so freaking creepy and yet so delicious), characters fighting for their lives, guns, stakes, monsters that actually eat people — I could go on and on.

I think I’m going to start doing mini movie reviews for Film Friday, as well as talking about movies I can’t wait to see. I tend to write long reviews, which I simply don’t have time to do right now, but maybe if I try hard, I can keep it to a few hundred words and check some things off my To Do list. (For example, I still have “review Fast Five and heist movie + characters of color” on my To Do list. I watched Fast Five awhile ago now. (Though it feels like it was just the other day. This year is getting away from me.) I’m focusing my writing time on fiction mostly, but a few hundred words about the movies I enjoy would be fun.)

What movie news has you excited right now?

Werewolf Wednesday…Dog Soldiers Red teaser (Dog Soldiers 2), The Howling Reborn dvd trailer, Monster Brawl trailer

1) Dog Soldiers Red teaser

From, stills and a teaser for Dog Soldiers Red. So apparently we are going to get a Dog Soldiers 2, which fills me with such joy I can barely sit still long enough to type this. Dog Soldiers is one of my favorite werewolf movies, and I wasn’t sure we would ever get a sequel to it.

Though, I’ll admit, after watching this Dog Soldiers Red teaser for Dog Soldiers: Legacy, which will be a web series, I am somewhat less than thrilled. While the werewolf make-up is still the amazing Dog Soldiers style, the minute plus we get of the teaser shows nothing new from werewolf stories. Grandmother, Red, werewolf, been there and done that. I expected more, especially with the use of Little Red Riding Hood + werewolf, which is my favorite way to retell the story.

(I am frequently disappointed by such retellings, though. I may need to reconsider my love of it. And I really should vent here about Red Riding Hood at some point.)

Still, a new Dog Soldiers movie, that’s pretty thrilling.

2) The Howling Reborn dvd trailer

Speaking of sequels/remakes to werewolf movies I love, and also from, a new trailer for the straight-to-dvd release of The Howling Reborn.

I am wicked sad that this won’t be released in the theaters, even though I think it will be ridiculous. It also looks like it will be a lot of fun. (Fire! Werewolves! Guns! Teens bonding together to fight monsters! Teens both embracing and fighting the monster inside! A gorgeous, haunting version of “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” [I actually collect covers of this song. GORGEOUS.] I believe this is Gus’s cover, but I am bad at Name That Tune.)

I am almost ashamed of how much I am looking forward to this movie. I mean, it’s a remake of a movie I love, the ultimate horror movie for me, the horror movie that begat all other horror movies in my world. It is why I write the things I do. (Well, it and The Lost Boys.) This remake is certain to be terrible. And yet I am ridiculously thrilled over it.

3) Monster Brawl trailer

Speaking of ridiculous, Monster Brawl. Underground fighting + monsters. GO WEREWOLF GO.

I am pretty sure this will be the most intentionally ridiculous movie I will watch all year. Maybe in my life. And I can’t wait.

I Recommend…The Shattering by Karen Healey

I recommend The Shattering by Karen Healey. This is her second YA book, and it is even better than the first, Guardian of the Dead, which was pretty wonderful, and which I also recommend.

If you want to find out who murdered your brother, come with me.

Summerton is perfect. A town in the isolated and stunning West Coast region of New Zealand, it is blessed with gorgeous weather and hordes of tourists.
But Keri is immune to her hometown’s charms. Her older brother has just killed himself, without warning or explanation, and left Keri shattered with grief and too many unanswered questions. So when her childhood friend Janna and tourist Sione offer answers, Keri is keen to listen.

Janna and Sione’s own older brothers died in suspicious circumstances. Sunny Summerton has dark secrets. And as they investigate, the answers to their questions become more bizarre. Shattering the secrecy of Summerton may open the trio to dangers they never knew were possible.

Can they save Summerton’s next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

With a first line like that in the blurb, there is no way my attention wouldn’t be hooked, but it is a fantastic story about family and friendships and magic and horror and love and murder and death. It is somewhat creepy and all the way exciting and a lot of fun. The characters are amazing, and I love the way we get chapters from each of their points of view. They are very different people and they bring very different things to the story.

I am a fan of this book, and I think you will be too.

Music Monday…Favorite Cover Songs

(I’m trying out batch posting these days, in which I set aside time on Sunday to schedule posts for the week. This week, I didn’t write them in order, and I am trying hard not to reference posts that come later without putting it into context, but I apologize if I missed a reference.)

Later this week, for Werewolf Wednesday, you will see another trailer for The Howling Reborn. It inspired me to focus this week’s Music Monday on some of my favorite cover songs. I write to them a lot, too, so it still fits the theme lately of the soundtracks to my songs.

Gus “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”

Oddly, I didn’t know this was from Scream when I first heard it. Scream was one of the movies playing in the background of my teenage life, though. Some of my dearest friends adored it, and we watched it all the time. I’m still a big fan; I rewatch the first movie regularly. I even saw Scream 4 at the theater this summer. (I saw it at the drive-in as a part of a double feature. Had I watched it on its own, I’d probably be disappointed that I didn’t wait to watch it on dvd, but it wasn’t too horrible.

This song is gorgeous, no matter what.

Johnny Cash “Hurt”

I like the NIN version of this song, but the Johnny Cash cover is absolutely unbelievable. It is the most heartbreaking, painful cover I’ve ever heard, and the video shatters me every time.

Scala and Kolacny Brothers “I Touch Myself”

I love, love, love this cover. I walk around listening to it on my mp3 player and beaming at the world, just absolutely beaming. It is so fun, and so unexpected. I love having people listen to this for the first time. They’re always so surprised by it, and then so full of joy.

Glee “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Incredibly, incredibly ashamed of this, because I think is a horrific show full of racism and sexism and biphobia and fat hate and ableism. However, some of their cover songs make me grin and crack me up, and I really, ridiculously love this one. Though I couldn’t find a version on YouTube in my brief search, the performance they used on the show is pretty sexy, too. (I find just watching the performances recommended to me by friends helps keep my rage down regarding everything else.)

Echo and the Bunnymen “People are Strange”

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite horror movies. Oh, 80s, you certainly gave me movies to love (The Howling and The Lost Boys in particular). And then the 00s and the 10s gave me sequels and remakes that were horrible. What is this life? Why do you hate me so? At least I got Cursed, which while sometimes horrible, was a nice shiny rock video of a movie for werewolves much like what The Lost Boys was for vampires.

This song, though, is awesome.

What are your favorite covers?

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