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Month: January 2015

Train

  Spoiler Alerts: Some descriptions throughout these posts may contain, if not the exact ending, a concluding remark of the outcome. Read at your own risk. Train (2008) Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece Ratings: 4.8/10 of 4238 users of IMDb. Rated R for strong grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language In Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride.   Despite the almost gratuitous gore, I found this intriguing. The FAQ page on IMDb has an interesting answer to the question, “Is this a remake of the 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis film, ‘Terror Train‘? ” in that it had originally been planned as such. It ended up leaning more toward more gory movies such as Hostel, Turistas and the like, where a group kidnaps vacationing young adults and harvests them for the (rumored) lucrative business of organ transplants, or just an untraceable murder or two. However, in that same article, the Author stated the rail line, “happens to be run by psychopaths who enjoy murdering and torturing people who take their train.” The movie actually tells the story of people who pay exorbitant amounts of money for organ transplants, taken from unsuspecting victims, and the retribution of “the one that got away”. Lead by Dr. Velislava, (Koyna Ruseva) it could be said the conductor and security people are “psychopaths who enjoy murdering and torturing people who take their train.“, but the truth is more sinister than that.…

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Secrets In The Walls

Spoiler Alerts: Some descriptions throughout these posts may contain, if not the exact ending, a concluding remark of the outcome. Read at your own risk. Secrets In The Walls   (2010) (TV Movie) Jeri Ryan, Kay Panabaker, Peyton List Ratings: 5.3/10 from 893 users A mother and her two teenage daughters move into an ancient house in a suburb of Detroit, when it is offered at a very low price, much to the dislike of the elder daughter. Soon, the younger child begins to see strange things in the house, but the mother disregards her claims, saying that it is only her imagination. Then the elder child also begins to notice creepy phenomena but does not speak about it. Only when things take a more serious turn and the mother too starts to witness strange events does she realize that something really is wrong with the house. Written by varghesejunior   I found this movie extremely watchable. The setup did not get over-involved or too in-depth, and the creepy scenes didn’t look CGI heavy. The main thing I had issue with is how Rachel, the Mother, still questioned when Molly started seeing the ghost of Greta. The girl could tell you to answer the phone before it even rings. But, when she sees and feels a malevolent entity, it’s just her imagination. I guess it could be interpreted as a state of denial; Rachel has never believed in ghosts, so when confronted with the situation, it must be something else. (Or,…

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Zombie Adversary

Here is a Zombie story I wrote back in 2012. I have read several genre stories, and seen multitudes of movies on the subject, so wanted to try my hand at writing one. I came up with the first person view simply because that is one angle that hasn’t been beat to death, no pun intended. Enjoy! And, once again, please leave me a comment below to let me know your opinions.   Zombie Adversary By John T. M. Herres   This can’t be happening. I have spent the last three days trying to get away from the mindless hoards of zombies chasing me, but every time I think there’s a chance to rest, to breathe, more seem to seep out of the crumbling buildings surrounding me. I need to find a place to stop, and most especially something to eat. I can feel my strength ebbing. The occasional fountains I’ve found that still had potable water do little to assuage the grumbling hunger pains. There’s an open door, have to get higher to see if the way is clear. It’s dark in here. I just have to rest for a moment. Heading up the stairs, I hear the door I forced closed splintering under their attack. The scraping of shattered wood and crunching of broken glass trod under their feet echoes up to me as I climb higher. I’m on the second floor. There; a ladder, leading to the roof perhaps. Struggling with the latch, I find it is…

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A New Year

A New Year, with new possibilities! Here we are, another year starting. Happy 2015, everyone! Let’s look at some of the ways things turned out in 2014: I started this website, signing with WordPress after having my initial domain with VistaPrint for a couple of years. I felt, while the first one did okay for a start, I must allow my web presence to evolve along with my writing skills and knowledge. I enhanced my blog, johntmherres.wordpress.com to try to make it look more professional. It probably needs more work. I know I’ve said it before, and will undoubtedly say it many more times, progress not perfection. I learned a long time ago that I don’t do anything perfect. Darn it. I recently made a new blog. I figured since the current one dealt with things Barbarian related, it might benefit if I made another for the protagonist of my Science Fiction work, too. (I will post the link here, as soon as I re-figure out how to log into it.) It appears my memory has not improved. I’m hoping it isn’t deteriorating, either. I like to say I have a “Swiss Cheese Memory.” The important stuff has the ability to fly through all the holes, barely touching the solid areas. The mundane, unimportant stuff splats all over the place, unable to find a hole to go through, it seems. I have just investigated, having received notification of a new person this morning by email, that I have 11 -count…

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