Murder on the Orient Express


A retelling of the classic by Agatha Christie set on the Orient Express train we ride through Europe when a passenger

is slain which makes everyone aboard a suspect.

I can see the mustachioed chap is going to be amusing. He steps in shit then says “its just an imbalance”   then steps in it with the other foot!!

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The Terror


By the way the featured image above looks, it reminds me of the posters for ‘The Thing‘ back in the 1980s. Could that be a hint to what we should expect?

AMC   Monday’s @ 9pm est  (10 ep)      Based on true events 

Period Drama, Mystery, a tiny bit of horror

stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Nive Nielsen , Adam Nagaitis , Tom Weston- Jones  imdb

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Adapted from The book by Dan Simmons  The Terror: A Novel by [Simmons, Dan]

1846 A Royal Navy Expedition discovers a seemingly unseen predator in their search for the Artic’s Northwest Passage 200 miles away. They think it a very cunning polar bear, but just might be something bigger, and undiscovered.  The ships of the expedition are the Erebus (wasn’t that the name of the Vampire Bible in Blade?) and ahem.. Terror.

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We open to a couple of text scenes one of which is “last seen by European whalers in Baffin Bay awaiting good condition to enter the Arctic Labyrinth”  then what I’m guessing is the aftermath of the events. Some Naval men speaking with an Eskimo, who is not only trying to relay a message left with him by the Captain (Francis)they call ‘A’Gluka’ but also trying to explain what happened to them, how or by what. ‘made of muscles and spells’ (not sure if he said walks on 2 and fours or eats on 2 and 4s.

When you start seeing your compass go loopy, it’s time to reassess your plans or at least have a plan B for direction. The first episode has a really nice looking, not sure if I should call it a rainbow but some sort of light anomaly in the sky.  When they hit some ice,I love how the  floating ice looks like lily pads.

As they race to beat the pack ice, one of the inhabitants of the ships falls ill and has an hallucination, or is it more of a forewarning, a premonition of sorts? Stuck, a group is sent to find some sort of help.

The group experiences hail the nice of baseballs (or maybe it was tennis). The predatory being attacks and I did catch a glimpse of a shadow coming out of the ice wall, it could be a very big Polar Bear or Wolf (talk about hunting tales making things bigger than what they are.. this is not one of them).

The show plays on suspense more than scares which is a good thing and hopefully, we’ll get a nice climatic reveal. Maybe even a scare for those of us that would like one. My only problem is that they aired the show at the end of the winter instead of July or August when we need to look at some cooling, calming ice and snowscapes. (if I could I’d live there. talk about picturesque. I wouldn’t mind seeing that out my window in the morning.

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Jigsaw


2017  R  1:31  Crime/Horror/Mystery      Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort , Matt Passmore , Callum Keith Rennie 

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Not sure why they were calling it Jigsaw as I heard it was supposed to be called Saw:Legacy When I search the title on IMDB.com it shows this sequel. I thought legacy sounded good for a sequel to a long running franchise (that has not had a reboot, remake etc). I guess with the title ‘Legacy’ that maybe that made it sound like the final installment of the series. So if that’s the case I understand.

I was taking a look at the taglines for the movie, and man do they have a list. Never have I seen that many taglines for one movie before! I even looked up a few movies I could think of off the top of my head and it varies by 1-4 tops.

So after John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been deceased for a decade, he still seems to still be up to his old tricks, mmm make that traps from beyond the grave. Then again, didn’t he say his work would still go on? All the clues point to Jigsaw, I can’t remember did his assistant die in the last one? Could it be her, or a full on copycat?

So this time we play a game with a few bucket heads. As always there’s a reason for their punishment, but what is it this time? What is the one thing they have all done that brings them to this demented ‘tug of war?

I read that Saw 3D (2010) was supposed to be the last of the series, but the studio wanted to reboot it.  a Reboot (I think I’m going to have to define that a little better in my  when is a remake ok (Reboots,remakes and Updates) article ) You see to me for something to be a ‘reboot’ it has to be longer than 7 years sine the last one, also normally there are new cast members so if Tobin Bell is in the movie, then it does not qualify as a Reboot, only another sequel.

Ya know, I kind of was tired of the movies I forget at what point but I do know I only wanted to see Saw 3d because Chester Bennington (r.i.p.)  was in it. this one felt fresh to me for some reason, and I enjoyed watching it. I would say its worth a watch and if you have the rest of the movies already in your library, then this one is a definite. it is a mystery, but at the same time there’s 2-3 red herrings but which of them is it? or is it one of them? I’m trying to remember if any other of the previous movies has a ‘party trap’ as I called this one.

There’s one trap I did love but I really don’t want to ruin that one. Just get the blenders ready to make yourself a drink or smoothie before watching and THAT my friends is one beautiful ‘blood flower’ at the end!  (yes I can have a morbid sense of humor at times)

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Void


2017   NR  1:30    horror/mystery/sci-fi      starring Ellen Wong, Aaron Poole, Kenneth Walsh

Cop Daniel Carter spots a man that’s run out of the woods and collapses and is bloody. He calls into dispatch that he’s bringing the guy to the hospital. Inside, things get weird. One of the Nurses gets scissor happy, there’s some cult gathering outside, and one hideous transformation that at the time, I had no idea where it came from.

I’m thinking this is sort of like The Thing or DreamCatcher considering that transformation.

That was a weird one. I don’t know what to say about it. I didn’t hate it, I was interested in it and it didn’t

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Cat of the Century


Cat of the Century (Mrs. Murphy, #18)Cat of the Century by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown 

The blue looking part of this cover is actually purple. I love the way Purple and green look together. Plus that silhouette of a cat at the top could be my black cat, it would just need a pink nose.

I forget how many books in this mystery series I’ve read so far. I know I started reading them because mom had read one of them (I think the first but not sure) and she said the animals ‘talked’.

Not to the people silly! They talk to eat other and I love how that sass each other. They ‘help’ solve the crime or try to at least get the humans to pay attention.

In this, there’s a big centennial celebration for one of Willams Woods University’s Alum. During which when everyone has shown up.  Mariah, one of the board members has not shown, Tucker smells something in the manure pile (not a joke on that one). Continue reading

Book Bind – Demons are a Ghoul’s Best Friend


1284050A Ghost Hunter Mystery by Victoria Laurie

When Northelm Boarding school in the Lake Placid area of upstate NY is going under renovations, the spirit (or as the book says demon) of Hatchet Jack shows up to terrorize the school. When one of those children is M.J.’s Best Friend Karen’s niece, Karen hires the team to get to the bottom of things, even with the  Dean being uncooperative.

Mj is a medium who’s ghost hunting ‘scooby gang’  is made up of

Gilley Gillespie  (which I think is a gay or bi character which I think is cool. As I think this is the first book I’ve come across with that sort of character, well human one anyway) and

Doctor Stephen Sable or Dr. Delicious as MJ calls him. He’s from Argentina who is their investor and likes MJ. English is the Doctor’s 5th language and still does not have a proper hold on it, he says the wrong phrases which could get him in trouble or end up being comedic for instance saying ‘Frosting’ for frisking.

Karen – is MJ’s best friend  who hires the gang to investigate

Hatchet Jack- The Ghost they are Hunting at Karen’s niece’s school.  Which I’m thinking is just a malevolent spirit NOT a demon. (People have a bad habit of confusing the 2 or are just ignorant that they are different. Demons were NEVER human)

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The Alienist


The Alienist is a mysterious turn of the century period Drama     starring   Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl

Mondays 9pm EST on TNT

The stars have been rarely if ever seen on the small screen.  Actually, I don’t think anyone of them has been aside from when their movies have aired.  Daniel Bruhl is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler an alienist, who may be an intuitively gifted doctor of criminal and child psychology. He is brusque and does not have a filter for brutal honesty, which is he works with the rich playboy Moore.   Evans plays John Moore who is an illustrator drawn into the doctor’s investigation from his gilded wealthy and empty life when Dr. Kreizler has him go check out a murder on the bridge. Dakota Fanning’s Sarah Howard is the (fictional) first woman to work with the New York police. She is the secretary to Commissioner Roosevelt (yes as in who was years away from becoming our president).  The three are enforcement outsiders with their own forensic methods, those of which we use today, however, they do not have official access to the case files which does not make things easy. Enter the brothers Lucas and Marcus Isaacson (played by Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear)  the brothers are I think were the coroners for NYPD but were ‘sidelined’ because they are Jewish.  They help the doctor by doing a post-mortem autopsy on a previous case and bring fresh ideas and a dose of comedic relief to the group.

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