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Movie Review — Carnival Of Souls (1998)

April 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Carnival Of Souls (1998, 90 minutes)

This movie is 90 minutes you’ll never get back. You will regret watching this. Here’s why:

The acting is atrocious. There are a few recognizable faces in this garbage, but none that can lift this movie above tedious mediocrity.

The plot and story are straight out of university film school. You know the type — the kind that its creators think is so clever and has never been done before. Lame.

If you’ve seen the original Carnival Of Souls, then you know how this one ends. Unoriginal and uninspired, avoid this movie at all costs.

-** out of ****

NOW AVAILABLE!!! Demon Hero: Rising Dark Initiative!

April 19, 2014 Leave a comment

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There are many dimensions – different planes of existence. The two closest to ours are what we call Heaven and Hell. Know that Hell is populated by demons and their collective energies – energies we call demonic radiation.

This radiation doesn’t harm humans like the radiation you know. Demonic radiation alters human DNA, changing a person’s physiological and psychological make-ups into . . . something else.

There are seven physical portals to Hell scattered across Earth. One has opened in the bustling city of Blue Creek.

With the opening of the hellgate came an eruption of pent-up demonic radiation which affected those directly in its path. Twenty-six in all had their cells mutated. It was a miracle that more did not succumb to the effects of the radiation. Or maybe not . . . .

Those unharmed witnessed a spectacular sight as the first monster borne from this incident, Triaxis, destroyed whole sections of the city. Hundreds perished and millions around the globe would never be the same. The military couldn’t stop the fifty-foot tall creature’s rampage.

Enter Tommy Rider.

Irradiated like the monster Triaxis, Rider displays noticeable differences. For one, he can transform at will into the humanoid warrior the world would soon dub Demon Hero. Not only does he retain a human form, but he also retains his humanity, one that’s burdened with the strength to stop the monsters created by otherworldly energies.

However, the demonic radiation fueling Rider dwindles with every transformation and every punch he throws. His first battle with Triaxis ended in victory, but can he defeat two monsters from his past before he loses his powers?

Erik Handy is the author of over 15 books including the upcoming action fantasy, dRain.

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Demon Hero: Rising Dark Initiative — Chapter 5

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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Oscuro stood beside the soldiers gazing at the rubble.

The dust was settling quite nicely for his liking. Two birds with one stone and all that.

Schurr and Cassandra hurried to join them. Agent Bloom struggled to keep up with them.

“What have you done?” Schurr asked Oscuro.

“What was necessary.” Oscuro turned to Schurr. “I’m sure you understand.”

Schurr shook his head.

Cassandra’s eyes filled with tears.

“It’s over,” she sobbed. “It’s over.”

“No,” Agent Bloom replied. “It’s not. Look.”

All eyes turned to the fallen library, at the shifting bricks and metal.

At the figure who stood up from the wreckage.

“Tommy,” Cassandra replied.

Tommy’s exoskeleton was caked with smoke and grime, but it still held together, sturdy and resolute like its owner.

“Unbelievable,” Oscuro whispered.

“Believe it,” Schurr smugly said.

Tommy pumped his fist in victory.

***

Later . . . .

In one of the Camp Hellgate holding cells . . . .

Two lights shone from the ceiling down onto the still remains of the monsters Chuckles and Lupo. The heaps of flesh and fur were on large metal carts.

The figure who earlier offered Lupo an opportunity to kill Tommy walked between the carts, surveying the corpses.

“Pathetic,” the figure said as he looked at Chuckles. “Useless.” He turned to Lupo. “Useless, too. No good at all. Oh well. You two weren’t the first and you won’t be the last. There will be other monsters. Perhaps one will have better luck than you two idiots. And if not, well, I’ll have to reveal my true form and destroy Tommy Rider myself.”

***

TOMMY RIDER

WILL

RETURN

 

 

Copyright 2014 Erik Handy
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NOW AVAILABLE!!! Demon Hero: Rising Dark Initiative!

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

risingdarkinitiative

There are many dimensions – different planes of existence. The two closest to ours are what we call Heaven and Hell. Know that Hell is populated by demons and their collective energies – energies we call demonic radiation.

This radiation doesn’t harm humans like the radiation you know. Demonic radiation alters human DNA, changing a person’s physiological and psychological make-ups into . . . something else.

There are seven physical portals to Hell scattered across Earth. One has opened in the bustling city of Blue Creek.

With the opening of the hellgate came an eruption of pent-up demonic radiation which affected those directly in its path. Twenty-six in all had their cells mutated. It was a miracle that more did not succumb to the effects of the radiation. Or maybe not . . . .

Those unharmed witnessed a spectacular sight as the first monster borne from this incident, Triaxis, destroyed whole sections of the city. Hundreds perished and millions around the globe would never be the same. The military couldn’t stop the fifty-foot tall creature’s rampage.

Enter Tommy Rider.

Irradiated like the monster Triaxis, Rider displays noticeable differences. For one, he can transform at will into the humanoid warrior the world would soon dub Demon Hero. Not only does he retain a human form, but he also retains his humanity, one that’s burdened with the strength to stop the monsters created by otherworldly energies.

However, the demonic radiation fueling Rider dwindles with every transformation and every punch he throws. His first battle with Triaxis ended in victory, but can he defeat two monsters from his past before he loses his powers?

Erik Handy is the author of over 15 books including the upcoming action fantasy, dRain.

NOW AVAILABLE for only $.99!

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iBooks Edition

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Demon Hero: Rising Dark Initiative — Chapter 4

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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Tommy and Oscuro fell to the ground. Tommy was up just when Oscuro fired a shot at their assailant.

The shot went wide, but it was enough to draw the monster’s attention.

Tommy couldn’t believe what he was seeing. If this was the transformed Torrie Lupo, then the power of the hellgate was indeed strange and mighty.

The best way Tommy could describe the monster was by calling it a tall and lanky wolf.

Your true self, Tommy said to himself as he watched Lupo advance on a prone Oscuro.

The man fired at it, point blank, but Lupo ignored each impact. Tommy knew she was going to kill Oscuro.

Should I let her? he thought. The guy’s going to be trouble.

No, he countered. If I want to be the hero, I have to play the role.

“Lupo!” Tommy shouted.

Lupo turned to Tommy.

“Tommy,” she hissed.

Tommy transformed in front of his nemesis, making sure he stood confident at the end.

“Your reign of terror ends here,” he said.

Lupo laughed at him.

“Get her,” Oscuro yelled at Tommy.

Tommy nodded and charged at Lupo.

Lupo swiped a clawed hand across his chest, stopping him in his fast tracks. Tommy thought she had drawn blood. The claw was sharp as a blade and heavy as an anvil.

“Tommy,” Lupo hissed again.

“All right, demon,” Tommy said.

He waited until she was close to him before punching her in the midsection. As strong as her clubbing claws were, her stomach was soft like putty.

She lost her breath for a moment, but she quickly found enough air to let out an ear-curdling shriek.

Tommy punched her in the chest.

She stayed on her feet, but she was pushed back several yards.

She then looked at Tommy and transformed back into her human form.

Tommy stumbled, unsure what to do now. She was human again. Surely she couldn’t still be a fatal threat.

But then he remembered who he was dealing with. Lupo was evil, always plotting to get her way and now her way was right through Tommy.

She quickly transformed back into her altered state and tackled Tommy.

He fully flipped head over heels, landing on his back.

Three soldiers popped onto the scene and laid down suppressing fire, keeping Lupo on the move . . . right through them, too!

They went down like bowling pins.

She then looked back and started to transform back to human, stopping midway.

Tommy wanted to vomit at the sight.

Then she regressed to her new form and fled towards the dark and empty library.

“Tommy,” Oscuro said as he brushed himself off. “Don’t let her get away.”

Tommy clenched his fist. “I won’t.” And then he was after Lupo.

“I’m sure you won’t,” Oscuro said, grinning like the devil.

***

Tommy stepped through the broken glass and into the dark of the library. The place was so quiet he could hear someone else breathing from within. And snorting.

“Tommy,” Lupo hissed. The long word echoed off the high-vaulted ceiling, spreading its taint across the empty spaces.

Tommy couldn’t place where the voice came from.

“Tommy,” from somewhere else, but still all around him.

There were many places for Lupo to hide. She knew the layout just as well as Tommy despite rarely venturing out from her office when she was human.

Tommy walked deeper into the library.

So many hiding places.

“Tommy.”

Time to take them away.

Tommy pushed over a nearby bookcase. The resulting sound was jarring to him and he hoped it had the same effect on Lupo.

Tommy went over to another case and knocked it over. Soon he had a clear view of the immediate center of the building. That left the stacks to the far side and the children’s section adjacent to that – both areas providing places to hide and stalk.

Tommy decided to take down the stacks first.

He didn’t look up when Lupo released her claws from the ceiling to drop down on her prey.

***

There was pandemonium in the camp’s central command. Cassandra frantically tried to figure out how an intruder got onto the grounds without raising any alarms. Doctor Schurr was relaying orders to his armed agents.

Arthur Oscuro walking in served only to stir the chaos.

“Schurr,” Oscuro said. “I’ve given the order to take down the library.”

“I don’t have time for your meddling,” Schurr replied. “I’ve already ordered our men to form a perimeter around the building.”

“And I’ve authorized the use of AX Small-Arms Launchers.”

“Are you daft?! Our man is in there and you aim to bring down the entire camp on our heads?”

“He’s not our man. He’s a glorified lab rat on a short leash. My authority supersedes yours in extreme cases like these.”

Schurr heard enough. He slammed his hand down on a computer keyboard.

“I don’t know why you’re sabotaging everything we’re working for here,” he said to Oscuro. “But do not step on our toes again. I know things that will cut you down to size so heed my warning.”

“Heed your warning?”

“Make that my threat.”

Oscuro shut up at that.

Cassandra had never witnessed Doctor Schurr act so adamant and harsh. This was a side of the man that made her uncomfortable – not the actual turn of his manners, but the fact that he concealed that side so well.

To keep her mind off that uneasy feeling, she whispered to herself, “Come on, Tommy.”

***

Lupo swung Tommy into the stacks. He collided hard with the first bookcase, which toppled into another, creating a domino effect all down the line.

Tommy got up just as Lupo leapt towards him, her claws poised for altered flesh.

He rolled out of her way, spinning to his feet.

Lupo took longer to get to hers.

Tommy put his back up to Lupo’s and reached back to grab her head. He then lifted her over his shoulder.

Lupo jerked like a fish out of water.

Tommy heard and felt something in Lupo’s neck crack, but she still flailed around.

Tommy dropped her and swung around, more than ready to serve the final blow, but quickly held his punch.

Lupo was human again.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I never meant to upset you.”

Tommy’s mind flashed back to all the lies she told that got him in trouble, all the lies she believed that others told her about him, and every agonizing second he spent under her supervision.

He hesitated long enough to give her the opportunity to change back to her altered form and slash at this face and chest.

Tommy went down.

***

Four soldiers stood a safe distance away from the library. They each held the launchers Oscuro ordered them to arm themselves with.

One soldier touched his earpiece.

“In position,” he said.

“Fire at will,” said Oscuro from the other side of the transmission.

The soldier hefted the weapon up on his shoulder and placed the front of the library in his sights.

***

Lupo stomped Tommy down again. She would not let him get to his feet.

You’re not going to beat me, he thought. I won’t let you. For all the hell you put me through, you will pay.

Lupo stomped again.

You will pay.

Lupo hissed out a laugh.

YOU WILL PAY!

Tommy reared back and released years of pent-up frustration without throwing a punch. Instead his red chestplate burned bright, shining a blinding light into Lupo’s eyes.

She put her arm up to block the light, but by then Tommy was up again and he was determined to keep Lupo on the defensive. He landed head shot after head shot, body blow after body blow. Lupo’s defense consisted of putting her scrawny, hairy arms up to bear the brunt of the strikes. However, she couldn’t keep her arms up much longer.

She lowered her arms and Tommy increased his fury.

“No more,” she whispered.

Tommy heard her and held his attack.

Lupo scowled.

Tommy realized she was suckering him again, playing him for the fool that he had been under her and Chuck’s employ.

No more.

Tommy summoned all the strength he could muster and focused it into his right fist.

Lupo transformed into her human form.

Tommy punched her directly in the face.

Lupo’s head exploded.

***

“Missile away,” said the soldier with the ready launcher.

He pushed a button and a small missile whizzed out of the short tube and zoomed towards the library.

The resulting explosion was compact, but devastating enough to demolish the majority of the building. And gravely injure anyone, human or not, inside.

Copyright 2014 Erik Handy

 

 

To Be Concluded this Thursday!

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Movie Review — Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disappointing

April 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, 136 minutes)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier succeeds in changing the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also succeeds in boring me.

Throughout the movie, I kept expecting to be wowed, or, at least, entertained because that’s what a movie is supposed to do. My expectations were never met, which left me wondering if I either set my expectations too high after the last three awesome Marvel movies (The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World) or if the series hit a speed bump. The movie is doing great at the box office and with critics so I wonder if I simply watched another movie with the same title.

Also, killing this movie is a huge plot hole: where are the other Avengers during this move? I’m pretty sure the events in the movie would greatly affect them. Why didn’t Cap seek out Tony Stark’s help? Do they just crossover when the filmmakers, not the plot, dictate it? I need some in-movie explanation why there wasn’t a call for the Avengers to assemble. In fact, Winter Soldier should have been Avengers 2. The story is epic enough and would have left a hell of a cliffhanger.

Predictable and lifeless, the movie serves only as a necessary link to the next Avengers movie. Unfortunately, this link is essential viewing.

**1/2 out of ****

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