Honey Buzz ~ The Walking Dead Season 5, Part 2 - Cast Photos

The wait for the return of the second half of The Walking Dead has been agony for the #TWDFamily. Releases of the Season 5.2 key art and teaser (watch it here!) haven't helped much either.

We know they're walking... together... in a general thataway direction... yeah. That's about it.

Just in time for Walker Stalker Convention San Francisco (happening this weekend), AMC has released some new character portraits that while they obviously don't say much about the show, say a LOT about the characters. When I spoke with the Eulyn Womble, TWD's passionate costume designer back in October, she stressed the importance of the little details of each survivor's wardrobe and the fact that TWD is actually a period piece (2010, yo!). Look a little closer and maybe learn something new about your favorite TWD survivors!

Alien Outpost: Sci-Fi Honey's Last Stand

A Sci-Fi Honey 1.0 Review by Jen

Alien Outpost (2015)


Sci-Fi Poster design 101
I’ll start this off by saying that I am a fan of military movies - I have a degree in Military History, and my father and grandfather were in the military. I also like Action movies. And as a Sci-Fi Honey, I DEFINITELY like Alien movies.

So I got to be disappointed on a few different levels when I saw Alien Outpost.

Basic Synopsis:  About five years or so from now the Earth is invaded by a bunch of aliens that look kind of like an eight foot overweight Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/armadillo/human hybrid. Much destruction and death ensued, the military fought back, then most of the aliens, called ‘Heavies’ (BECAUSE THEY’RE HEAVY!), left. Life pretty much resumed for the rest of the world, but there is one remaining outpost somewhere in the Middle East staffed by Americans, where a spunky bunch of misfit military guys fight the remaining Heavies. 

Honey Buzz ~ Psychosexual Horror - ANGELICA trailer

Cult horror fans will be familiar with the name Mitchell Lichtenstein as the director of everyone's favorite coming of age/sexual awakening/castration film, Teeth. His newest film is not so much of a departure from the horror of sexuality, but Angelica is definitely different from his first feature film.  Based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Angelica stars Jena Malone as a wife and mother haunted by spirits in Victorian England. Get ready for a lot of Jena Malone's "acting face," sometimes it's good... and sometimes it's awkward. 

The story: A couple living in Victorian London endure an unusual series of psychological and supernatural effects following the birth of their child.

Honey Buzz ~ Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON

From a stylistic standpoint, Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favorite directors. Valhalla Rising and Bronson are two of my favorites of his, and after a whole lot of talk over last summer that he would be taking over the story of Elisa Lam and her mysterious death in LA's Cecil Hotel, Refn has finally announced a new project. Imagine my glee when I learned that his new film The Neon Demon will be not only female led... but is being billed as a horror film and has a fairly creepy plot premise to go with it. Starring in the film will be Abby Lee (a model who has previously appeared on the Victoria Secret runways, and in MadMax: Fury Road) and the newest blonde "it girl" Dakota Fanning (Maleficent). 

Deadline was the first to report Lee's casting, and also included some extra tidbits about the role...but they also sound like spoilers... but whatever, bring it on. 

Hardcover Honey's BookS of the Week!

A Hardcover Honey Vintage Double WHAMMY!

The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby – Ira Levin

When I saw the news last month that NBC was planning a miniseries remake of “Rosemary's Baby”, of course I thought about the iconic Roman Polanski 1968 movie version starring Mia Farrow and her memorable pixie cut.  Putting aside all of the other Mia Farrow news recently, I remember her being perfectly cast, all frail and wide-eyed as the innocent Rosemary, whose vain actor husband Guy sells her to the Satanic neighbors as a vessel for the rebirth of Satan's child.  Wow, reading that over, it sounds like the most ridiculous story concept ever.  Almost as absurd as the idea of a village of perfectly groomed and robotic wives who live to clean house and cater to their husbands' every wish in the charming suburb of Stepford.
Knowing I already owned both of these Ira Levin novels, I decided it was time for a quick re-read, and if your only exposure to Ira Levin's work is through the movies (aside from Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives, other adapted work of his includes Sliver, The Boys from Brazil, and A Kiss Before Dying) you are missing out.  The guy could flat-out WRITE and it's no coincidence that so many of his works have been made (and re-made) into films, because he casts a very cinematic feel in his novels.

Hardcover Thursday Jam ~ 'Poor, Poor Pitiful Me'

Well I lay my head on the railroad track
Waiting on the Double E
But the train don't run by here no more
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

She was perfection. Don't you deny it! 
"Raped by a ghost" is one of those phrases that is hard to put out of your mind. That is why The Entity, based on book by Frank De Felitta/the true story of Carla Moran who was sexually assaulted and tormented by a demon only she could see, always sticks with you. Because, again... raped by a ghost. For all its potential to be cheesy and Lifetime Movie-esque, The Entity is actually a frightening film that holds up well past its 1982 release. Included in the movie was the song "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" by classic rock siren Linda Ronstadt. It may sound peppy, but the song is pretty fucking dark. And somehow, it just suited The Entity in the creepiest ways possible. So see The Entity if you haven't, and enjoy this week's classic rock Honey Jam! ~RH

See it, Be Amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT!

A Horror TV Honey Classic Thriller Review by Lisa

Diabolique (1955)

Let's take a trip back to good ol' 1955 when men were still allowed to keep a mistress without people looking twice. In fact, in some circumstances the wife and mistress would become friends and confidants, as would be the case in the classic horror thriller Diabolique

In this black and white French thriller, Christina is the wife and Nicole is the mistress and they have a common problem who goes by the name of Michel. Michel is a vicious man who beats, berates and forces himself onto these two women. Christina's dowry came with a large chunk of money that she used to purchase a boys school with. Christina and Nicole work as teachers at this school while Michel acts as the principal and, basically, does nothing productive outside of being a jerk. Seriously, no one likes Michel. By introducing Nicole to us with a damaged face, we immediately dislike Michel and it just gets worse as we see how he speaks to his fragile wife Christina.

Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ "Brilliance"

A Hardcover Honey Book of the Week Review by Jocelyn 

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey 

I gotta keep it short today, guys, as your Hardcover Honey is working, well, hard this week trying to make a dollar or two. That being said, there is always time to read, and if you have a free afternoon or two, you should definitely lose yourself in the ridiculously fun Brilliance by Marcus Sakey – book one of a series that I fully intend to continue reading (not always the case, as you well know!)

Vaguely futuristic in tone, Sakey does some world-building with this first book and what a world it is.  The population has split into two very distinct groups. Norms (just us regular Joes) and Abnorms (sometimes called “Brilliants”) – faster, smarter, more talented people. Wait a second, you say we’ve always had those folks in our midst? Well, not like these. Picture Bill Gates with a brain on steroids, or the best NFL running back you can think of (sports is not my scene) but with a greater sense of who is going where on the field and an ability to run 40% faster than anybody else. You can quickly see where the advantage will lie. And the norms aren’t happy. In response to their fear of becoming obsolete, and to a horrifying abnorm terrorist attack a few years prior by one “John Smith”, the government has formed the DAR – The Department of Analysis and Response, which keeps track of potential abnorm malcontents and so on and attempts to root out schemes before they affect the public. Their best agent is our book hero, Nick Cooper, the standard “Dedicated to his job and kids” icon who we can root for.  And we do.  The twist is that Nick himself is an abnorm chasing abnorms, sort of like if a criminal suddenly started working for the cops.  Nick is a good man, who wishes a few bad apples weren’t giving abnorms a bad name.

Honey Buzz ~ Official US poster for WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

If you haven't heard about What We Do In The Shadows yet, it's time that changed. Indie horror films from "The Down Underland" rarely make it overseas to North America, but when it does, you can bet that it'll be a fucking masterpiece.

Aussie horror films are unique in their raw approach to the genre, and you'll be familiar with titles like The Babadook, Wolf Creek, and Daddy's Little Girl... but horror films from New Zealand are an anomaly to say the least, and usually come with a helping of Peter Jackson. New Zealand produced films you might be familiar with, Dead Alive, Black Sheep (one of my favorites), Bad Taste and Housebound... are all horror comedies. Comedy is something that Kiwi's do well, and What We Do In The Shadows is a worthy addition to my list of Kiwi horror comedy must have's.

Revenge Wednesday Jam ~ 'Rid of Me'

I'll tie your legs
Keep you against my chest
Oh, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me
I'll make you lick my injuries
I'm gonna twist your head off, see
Till you say don't you wish you never never met her?
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her?

Polly Jean Harvey WAS the 90s for your Revenge Honey. I'm not even ashamed to admit that I think a huge part of my personality and pop culture likes and dislikes stem from my early love of the music of PJ Harvey. Revenge was her calling card before Alanis wanted to go down on Uncle Joey in a movie theater. Melancholy was her auto-emotion before Shirley Manson declared she was only happy when it rained. And we won't even mention all the one-ups she had on Courtney Love. Her style was all over the place and entirely her own. Picking a favorite PJ song is like trying to pick a favorite star in the sky. They're all beautiful, and on any given night, any one could mean more to you than another. But the one that I will always gravitate to is "Rid of Me," because it's the song that gets me through every angry day I've ever had. 

Give it a try on your next rage-y day. You won't regret it. ~RH