Blood Drive is a wild and crazy show on the SyFy network. It’s a brutal grindhouse series reminiscent of the Walter Hill movie The Warriors and Quentin Tarantino flicks. Unlike Tarantino flicks, and to its credit, it doesn’t contain long spiels of banal dialog. It doesn’t have time for endless dialog.
The cars in Blood Drive are something else. You see, they don’t run on gas; they run on human blood. After all, what can you expect in 1999? Say what? 1999? I must have been asleep that year. Oh well, the first episode was ludicrous fun with a plethora of action, violence, and oceans of blood. Whether the rest of the episodes can maintain the churning momentum remains to be seen. (How many times can you watch humans being fed into car engines amid blood splatter?) But so far, so good. This show has plenty of energy and brazen panache abetted by a driving rock score, all of which I found refreshing. And then there’s Christine Ochoa, the most vicious of the bloodthirsty racers. How can we forget her?
Character development: usually an excuse for being boring.
Denouement: a French term indicating that not a damn thing is going to happen in this story.
Plot: when a writer falls victim to excessive scheming.
Deus ex machina: the writer has painted himself into a corner.
Bryan Cassiday’s short story “Boxed” was published in the new Darkwater Syndicate anthology Shadows and Teeth Volume Two, which has just won the International Book Award for best horror fiction anthology of 2017.
I saw Alien: Covenant. I really like it. How does Ridley Scott sleep at night dreaming this stuff up? Any horror movie that has Wagner’s Entrance of the Gods to Valhalla on its soundtrack has got to be good. And did I mention that thing called Alien? Plenty of grisly Alien attacks, some terrifying silvery dust, and a new white mutant Alien that looks almost human. I’m not going to tell you how this creature came about. Suffice it to say, it all fits in with the plot and that cave they go into. I don’t want to give anything away.
I enjoyed the intriguing ending, too, which keeps you guessing until . . .
No director alive does horror better than Ridley.
Bryan Cassiday’s horror story “Boxed” is included in the new anthology Shadows and Teeth Volume Two. Don’t miss it.
Prepare for extreme horror. This unique collection of ten stories features a range of international talent: award-winning authors, masters of horror, rising stars, and fresh new voices in the genre. Take care as you reach into these dark places, for the things here bite, and you may withdraw a hand short of a few fingers.
In “Boxed,” a group of strangers trapped in an elevator run short of time and bullets as they attempt to discover who among them is infected with a deadly plague.
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This movie doesn’t work for me. It is a cross between a ghost story and a mystery thriller. The mystery is too easy to solve. The villain is so obvious a seven-year-old could figure out who it is. This part of the movie ends abruptly. The ghost story drags on to the less-than-horrifying ending. The best part of the movie is the main character, who seems alienated and works for a movie actress as a “personal shopper.” Her life is not fulfilled. She says she is waiting for something. What is she waiting for? What she ultimately is waiting for is a sign that her life has some meaning. She is full of existential angst. But she is lost in a plot that doesn’t deliver. Does she find meaning in the end? I’m not going to tell you.
I thought this show would fall apart after Woz found out that Harlee was the mole for the FBI in season 1, but I was mistaken. This season is starting off with a bang, with the battle between Woz and the FBI agent taking center stage and Harlee caught in the middle. The writers are keeping this show interesting, and Ray Liotta and J. Lo don’t hurt matters either. All the actors are quite good. I think Drea de Mateo is especially good and should be used more often. Good show.