Actual news for a change: News November 2021

As was prophesied, this blog is going to shift into doing some film and TV reviews for the rest of the year, and we’ll keep up our focus on cosmic horror. We initially wanted to do a lineup of the most underrated cosmic horror media, but then we asked ourselves: How could we do a “most underrated” lineup when we hadn’t established what the best cosmic horror media was?

So our focus shifted to the best cosmic horror. But then the obvious question emerged: How could we do a “best of” lineup when we hadn’t established what the worst cosmic horror media was? You can probably see where this going.

Through this thoroughly backwards reasoning, this blog has settled on its year-end mission: track down, watch (or re-watch, as the case might be) and review the worst cosmic horror media ever. That sounds like something to look forward to, right?

Hey, no one ever said this was a smart blog. Or a good one.

Ah well, that’s not really news. I mean, the “worst ever” part might be, but then again, reviewing crappy pulp thrillers is hardly new for us. So how about this instead.

I actually thought of a useful purpose for these news posts. From now on, when I’ll try to include a roundup of links I found interesting over the last month. A sort of “in case you missed it” of my side of the web. Since we just came out of October, there was plenty of fodder for fans of thrillers and weird fiction. So much, in fact, that I had to narrow things down a peg by sticking to creature features broadly defined.

For the beekeeper in all of us, Little Red Horror blogger Kim Morrison reviewed “Royal Jelly.” I find bees terrifying, so anything that combines weird atmosphere and psychological horror with that buzzing sound will catch my interest. I haven’t actually watched it yet, but I have seen Roger Corman’s “Wasp Woman,” which got a nice retro write-up by Simon Jones over on Meathook Cinema.

Keeping things in the insect theme, Mandalore Gaming did a thoughtful video review of “No One Lives Under the Lighthouse,” a game I was initially introduced to via Oney Plays. Wait, is that giving something away? Eh, probably not. This is one of those weird ones where it’s hard to tell what is and isn’t a spoiler.

Let’s pivot to more complex organisms. At the online literary journal Coffin Bell, writer J. Campbell shares his short story “A Frog Died For This.” It’s hazy and uncanny, and, despite the animal symbols in its bookends, technologically flavored. For something a bit more straightforward, let’s return to Meathook Cinema for a quick review of “The Last Shark.” How could you not watch something with such a ridiculous-yet-compelling title? It’s apparently a splattery Italian creature feature, so that checks more than a couple of my thriller boxes.

So was there a significant amount of creepy crawlies and big critters circling this Halloween, or was it just me? You know how it goes. You notice a trend, then that’s all you can see.

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