Grizzly

I’m sitting at my computer waiting for something to transfer. I look to see what movie to watch tonight. I see the title Grizzly sitting horizontally on the shelf, which means it’s new and needs to be filed. Yes, that odd-awful Jaws rip-off that had me running screaming for the theatre lobby when I saw it at the age of twelve. Westwood Cinema, now closed. Rating: Adult Entertainment (AE). Just the bold blood red font alone sends a familiar feeling of dread through my brain and body. You should not see this, I think. Why on earth am I carrying this around forty-two years later?

I watched it last week. It’s like a TV-movie with some unexpected gore. And, even though most of the ‘events’ are poorly executed, there are two good gore effects and one alarmingly excellent one. I also thought the dialogue was inauthentic. That’s probably a moot point, but I don’t like putting my intelligence on hold for 90 minutes. Also, it’s a pretty ugly movie to watch. Either the film stock was cheap or they shot the film in the fall or early spring because there are hardly any lush, vivid greens in the production, which is a shame. As it is it looks bleak and cold. Other colours were as one would imagine them.

What is it with the urge to hang on to certain things? I mean physical things. In this case I wanted the new Grizzly blu-ray released by 88 Films in the U.K. I didn’t really enjoy the film, but I did enjoy the experience of it. I am still connected to that feeling of dread and am frankly thrilled I can still feel it, and thanks to last week’s viewing of Grizzly, and this evening’s reaction to seeing the blu-ray spine, I can now start to pick it apart. To know consciously what I am afraid of.

GRIZZLY, US poster, left from top: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, right from top: Joan McCall, Joe Dorsey, Maryann Hearn, 1976

88 Films also recently re-issued Alice, Sweet Alice. I will post some thoughts on that in the coming days.

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Horror on Netflix

Evolution (2015) now on Netflix Canada and available for purchase and rental at Bay Street Video in Toronto

Over the past few months I have enjoyed a lot of horror titles on Netflix (Canada). Here is a partial list of films I liked:

Evolution (trailer) Bay Street Video

You’re Next (trailer) Bay Street Video

The Girl with All the Gifts (trailer) Bay Street Video

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (trailer) Netflix Exclusive

Havenhurst (trailer)

The Windmill (aka The Windmill Massacre) (trailer)

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Tiny Grievances gets its first (official) review!

Book review: Tiny Grievances: Stories and a Novella, by Robert Thomson

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Winter In America

Winter In America
(Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson)

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can’t stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it’s hoping
Hoping for some rain

And I see the robins
Perched in barren treetops
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor
But just like the peace sign that vanished in our dreams
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
It’s winter in America
And all of the healers have been killed
Or been betrayed
Yeah, but the people know, people know
It’s winter, Lord knows
It’s winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your souls
From Winter in America

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
And all of the healers done been killed or sent away
Yeah, and the people know, people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows, nobody knows
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save

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