Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tag: based on a book

They Remain
They Remain opens with an H.P. Lovecraft quote ("Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed."), an indication of the content and the tone to follow. Typical of Lovecraftian fare, it's a bleak, thoughtful slow-burner about dark, unknown forces lurking beneath the surface of our world that...
Congo movie poster
When I was in college, I took an African history class in which my professor went on a tirade about how much she hated the movie Congo. I can't remember the specifics of why, but let's just say at the very least that the historical accuracy of the story...
The Green Pile: The Steaming Racial Dynamics of The Green Mile
Originally published on PopMatters.com Have you ever met someone that you instantly hated? I mean, with a passion; not a mild distrust or a 'don't-drop-the-soap' hesitation, but a deep-seated gut instinct that this person should be pushed down a flight of stairs in order to save humanity. For me, that person...
The Mist horror movie poster
I've got my eye on you, Frank Darabont. After unsheathing that flaming terd of racism known as The Green Mile, I'd think you'd be on your best behavior for fear of bringing the wrath of Al Sharpton's pressed hair down upon you. So imagine my surprise upon seeing The...
Stephen King's The Stand movie poster
Stephen King loves mystical darkies! In particular, he's partial to the Southern, rustic, uneducated variety (see also The Green Mile). I half expected that in The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman would sprout wings or take the form of a bucket of water, but King decided to exercise "restraint" (whatever)....
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde horror movie
Almost a decade after the final Candyman movie, It's good to see Tony Todd in a titular role again. In fact, he's in two lead roles in this adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of split personalities. Despite Hyde's attire on the DVD cover art, this is...
The House of Dies Drear movie poster
I'm not ashamed to admit that as a kid, I found this film pretty spooky. I mean, what kind of PBS movie has the word "die" in it? As it turns out, Dies Drear is someone's name -- a 19th-century, distinctly John Brown-esque white abolitionist who was killed helping...