Whatcha Watchin’?

Okay, “True Blood” is gone. Time to accept it and move on. I’ve just spent a Sunday night searching for something to watch and ended up loading Cemetery Man into the DVD player. Quality viewing ensued, but it’s difficult to share films with my peeps out there so I need something else to viddy.

I’m thinking of starting “Dexter” over from the beginning cause I never really got into it, and I hear good things about “Supernatural” which lasted a whole thirteen seconds before I switched, so I may give that another shot. The same goes for “Fringe”, which started off strong and then tapered off with certain speed. So far “Estate of Panic” and “The Cha$e” have proven worthy distractions, but I want something with depth, character and fierce antagonists––although, The Cha$e and its live-action video game formula complete with chasing “hunters” entertains me for reasons I’ve still yet to figure out.

I can’t get into “Ghosthunters” cause I think it’s a load of tricky editing bunk, and “Scare Tactics” annoyed severely back in its original inception and I highly doubt that normally very funny Tracy Morgan can resurrect it. “BSG” is still some time away, and I just don’t do anything on the major networks for fear I’ll destroy something out of commercial and mainstream lameness frustration.

So anybody got any tips? I’ve got a few of the film variety, and I think y’all should check them out. Feast, the result of a TV staple of old called “Project Greenlight“, turned out far better than expected. It’s way over the top, gruesome, funny and fresh in a few new places. Henry Rollins wears pink sweatpants at some point. Do you really need to know anything else? I’ve got Feast 2 on the way, and hold out hope that maybe Johnny Lydon will show up in a tutu.

As mentioned, Cemetery Man impresses after not having seen it in a decade and a half. Its humor is sharp and the premise is fun: a lonely man (Rupert Everett) takes care of a cemetery where the dead return to life after 7 days, and he and his thick-skulled grave-digger companion dispatch them with unabashed impunity and even fall in love with icky results. It’s British, too, so they mumble lots of brilliant stuff. You could do worse, believe it.

Okay, the only other thing to report while I’m waiting on some great viewing tips is that I’ve just buttoned up a third revision on my latest novel, and am heading back in to sure up the chapter headings and get my POV paragraphs in sensible order. Oh, and I’ve got to add a few physical descriptions for my characters. I’ve recently received some excellent advice in regards to this convention that I’d taken to bucking. It appears that one reader of my novella would have caught a lot of other stuff I tried to squeeze in if they had a solid hero to latch onto in their mind. So, I’ve reversed my opinion that it’s better to let readers liberally construct their own characters (thanks, Dad!) and decided to add my visions of them. Anyone got their own opinions? If so, do share or be square.

That’s all. Below please enjoy a trailer for an upcoming Thai offering called Deep in the Jungle. It’s about snake women and it’s awesome. Obviously. Cheers and fears!

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10 Responses to Whatcha Watchin’?

  1. Yolise says:

    Supernatural is, indeed, pants. I can’t tell you why, but I’ve tried to watch it at least 4 or 5 times and never managed to sit through an episode without going off and finding something else to do. Like cleaning under the stove or rearranging my shoes.

    Why, oh why, don’t you get Apparitions there!? You may need to install some techie torrent thingy and download it. It’s truly awesome. I think so anyway.

  2. Jolly Roger says:

    Good idea giving Dexter a chance, I really liked that show.

    I know what you mean about liking obscure horror that no one else wants to watch. I personally think Cemetery Man is awesome! Such much violence and humor, how could you not love it?

    If you like cult horror and ‘out-there’ stuff like CM, check out my site, or I could recommend some stuff to add to your viewing queue…

  3. scottyus says:

    Cheers, JR. I’ll be stopping by your site forthwith. Luckily I’ve got lots of Hammer horror to hold me over until the new flicks come in. Other than Feast 2, I’ve got stuff like The Unseen, The Cottage, Spider Baby, and Black Sabbath. 🙂

    I’m pissed about Apparitions, too. I’m going to find a way to get it, and frankly, I don’t care who I have to kill to do it.*

    *just being scaryfunny, here. I’d definitely try blackmail first.

  4. Dexter is great. Easily one of the best shows on television. I haven’t seen True Blood yet but plan on checking it out sooon.

    I have been sucked into Estate of Panic. Fun game show. Don’t really care for Cha$e, though. I like the concept but they don’t seem to pull off the potential as well as they could

  5. scottyus says:

    Yeah, Cha$e is either really silly or a subtly brilliant. I’m not sure which, yet.

    Dexter appears to be on Showtime, which I don’t have. I do remember seeing an episode a while back, so I don’t know how that happened. Was it on another network at some point?

    Do check out True Blood when you get the chance, MaT. I have a feeling you’ll pan it, but responses to the show have surprised me. Lately I’ve run into a clique of folks who seem to hate every character I like. Love it when that happens. 🙂

  6. Ryan Field says:

    I sat holding the remote on Sunday night suffering from TB withdrawal. Takes me a while to adjust to change 🙂

    When the revises are finished, I’d like to read the novel. I love the haunted house thing.

  7. scottyus says:

    Tremendous, Ryan. I’d really appreciate that. Cruising through another revision now, so I’d say one more and it’ll be ready. I’m shooting for the weekend. We’ll see.

  8. Ryan Field says:

    KEWL 🙂

  9. Jeanne says:

    I’m catching up on my favorite blogs after several days of computer problems. Well, my 15 year old dropped my laptop while high on codeine from his wisdom teeth removal and shattered the screen. Does that count as a computer problem? Technically, it’s a human problem.

    Well, since I do have a pinky toe in your genre- the only series I’m watching is Rock of Love Charm School. I don’t know WHY I love it!?

    Are you watching Scream Queens?

    j

  10. scottyus says:

    Welcome back to the Interwebatron, Jeanne!

    I do watch Scream Queens when I happen to catch it, and it’s got a lot of crying in it, doesn’t it? James Gunn, who directed Slither and wrote the screenplay for the Dawn of the Dead remake features heavily, and I think he does a decent job on the show. The acting coach guy gets on my nerves, as does Shawnee, sadly.

    All in all, it’s worth an hour before bed. Not sure if it’ll make me go see SAW VI (not sure anything could, actually), but anything with a horror theme is usually better than nothing. Usually. :^)

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