Author Archives: Trudi Simms

The Conjuring – A Movie Review

Paranormal investigators and demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren virtually lived within a horror movie daily during their decades-long career.  Renowned for their involvement with the Amityville Horror, founding the New England Society for Psychic Research, and penning several books related … Continue reading

World War Z – Movie Review

Max Brooks’s wildly successful and for some, beloved, novel World War Z had its share of battles to overcome before gracing the big screen. Plagued with problems such as being over budget, supposed lack of vision of the director, and … Continue reading

Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye; Penguin Books; 2012; 208 pgs

Kiesbye’s atmospheric novella brings to life the tale of the four youths—Christian, Anke, Martin and Linde–raised within the confines of the German village of Hemmersmoor, a community purported to be along the region of Germany known as the Devil’s Moor.  … Continue reading

The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker by Edited by John Edgar Browning; Palgrave Macmillan Publishing; 2012; 278 pgs; $30.00 US

The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker is impressive right from the first page, in that the book is revealed to be a collaboration between three people considered experts in vampire lore in one fashion or another:  John Edgar Browning and … Continue reading

Movie Review: Sinister

Sinister, directed and co-written (along with C. Robert Cargill) by Scott Derrickson, is not exactly groundbreaking in terms of the horror genre; however, it definitely contains a few scenes that will haunt a viewer long after watching. Sinister begins like … Continue reading

The Possession; 2012

The Possession, as its titles suggests, is a film about demonic possession, and in this case, reminiscent of The Exorcist, said possession afflicts a young prepubescent girl named “Em” (played by Natasha Calis).  The daughter of recently separated parents Stephanie … Continue reading

Movie Review: ABED

Yes, it can be difficult to envision a film that can truly disturb considering how desensitized we have become as a society. And yes, other than AMC’s The Walking Dead, it can be hard to imagine a zombie story arc … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Pact by Nicholas McCarthy; IFC; 2012 pgs

Most families, somewhere along the bloodline, hold deep, dark, often traumatizing secrets. Nicholas McCarthy’s film The Pact explores one family’s struggle with the proverbial skeletons in the closet, though the skeletons shared by these relations are much darker than most … Continue reading

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

By now most of us know how to recognize a Tim Burton—Johnny Depp cinematic pairing:  Burton presents a quirkily embellished world populated by oddball characters, and Depp excels at playing an eccentric yet strangely endearing outcast in Burton’s unconventional setting. … Continue reading