D’Amour and Pinhead finally meet in The Scarlet Gospels

It’s October. Time to talk horror. I’ll focus on horror-related posts until Halloween comes and goes.  

There are few things that make me feel like a kid again. Here are some of them:

  • Sword fights in books and movies. 
  • The fact I’m going to see a proper Star Wars sequel (hopefully). 
  • Crossovers. 

I love that stuff. I’m absolutely tickled by the following news, and I loathe that phrase.

Clive Barker’s paranormal detective, Harry D’Amour, is going head-to-head with Pinhead in The Scarlet Gospels, a 300+ page book coming out May 15th, 2015. That’s… I mean… holy shit. I know they’ve already met in the comics, but I wasn’t really a fan. I wanted to like ’em, but sometimes cups of tea just don’t belong to you no matter how much you want them to. And if you really love a cup of tea, you should let it go… fuck, I’m mixing metaphors here because I’m on about two hours of sleep.

Speaking of D’Amour, Lord of Illusions is such a weird movie. It’s got 90s CGI and some other distracting creative decisions, but I can’t help but love it. Daniel von Bargen makes a strangely effective bad guy and Kevin J. O’Connor was one of the faces that helped feed my lifelong fascination with character actors. The movie may not be the most convincing in the world, but straight-up horror movies about adults, for adults, are such a rare thing, especially when they’re this entertaining.

More about D’Amour and Pinhead’s meeting can be found here on Barker’s website.

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Damn it, I’m a Tom Cruise fan. I wasn’t always a Tom Cruise fan. Something about his real life personality clashes with my own (I think the word I’m looking for is intense), but in the last twelve years he’s starred in four science fiction movies, all of which were watchable and two of which were great.

Edge of Tomorrow is the second one I’m calling great. Hell, I liked Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible 4, and a handful of his recent outings, too, but Edge of Tomorrow is seriously bad ass. As for big movie stars, he’s the only one who was big when I was growing up who’s still big now. Even Bruce Willis has slipped into the straight-to-video domain recently. I guess nowadays it’s called “straight-to-on-demand,” but that just doesn’t have the same ring.

The movie’s available for rent. You can do worse on a Friday night. For instance, I’m about to fire up Farm Simulator 2013. Don’t laugh. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at agriculture.

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