Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ The Good Girl

A Book of the Week Review by Jocelyn

The Good Girl – Mary Kubica

I wanted SO badly to like this book – first time female novelist, edgy cover image, intriguing storyline….

Mia Dennett is missing. The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge, Mia has shunned the family tradition of law and is an art teacher at a local urban school. She lives alone in a little apartment and doesn’t see much of her family, father James, mother Eve, and hard-charging lawyer sis Grace. When Mia doesn’t show up for work one day, a concerned friend calls her mother and the case immediately becomes headline news. Where is Mia? She was supposed to meet her boyfriend at a local bar, but security cameras capture footage of her leaving with a completely different man. Now neither has been seen in weeks. Despite her father’s scoffing that she’s probably just run off, her mother Eve is obviously concerned and as time passes, grows ever more so.

Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ Snowblind

Hardcover Honey's Book of the Week – by Jocelyn

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

I feel like I should preface this by assuring you I did enjoy Snowblind and would welcome the opportunity to read other books by this author.  However, I made a crucial error in reading this chilly tale.  I read it while volunteering at an amateur road race (yes, your Hardcover Honey does have other hobbies, believe it or not) which means I read it mostly outdoors, mostly in the sun, and mostly being interrupted every 20 minutes.  Sooooo, clearly not the ideal conditions for this book, which demanded to be read on a wintry day, curled up on a couch, with gray skies outside and hot chocolate inside.

We are introduced to the small city of Coventry and its wide range of characters during the worst storm in centuries, and as the snow piles up, the tragedies do too.  Struggling restaurateur Ella Santos is stuck overnight with her bar & grill troubadour, TJ, who is unable to check on his aging mother during the blizzard.  Nearby, Allie Schapiro is hosting her boyfriend Niko overnight openly for the first time with her kids around.  Her two boys (Jake and Isaac) and Niko's daughter Miri don't seem to mind and everybody is getting along well.  Officer Joe Keenan is taking it slow on bad roads and keeping an eye out for wayward teenagers who have decided to go sledding under terrible conditions.  Doug Manning is struggling to keep his part-time job as a mechanic, frightened he will have to go home and tell his wife Cherie that he's lost another job.  The storm draws ever closer, slamming doors and windows around our little group of archetypes, almost as if it's coming for them in a malevolent way.

Christmas Is Whatever You Want it to Be

A Revenge Honey "Screw Holiday Cheer" Review by Linnie

White Reindeer (2013)

For those who like their holiday films more Wes Anderson than Frank Capra, Zach Clark's White Reindeer is poised to become your new Christmas favorite. It definitely just became one of mine.

Not So Holly Jolly Plot: When Christmas-loving Suzanne Barrington's husband is shot in the head during a home burglary right before her favorite holiday, she is left trying to pick up the pieces of her life while attempting to keep in the spirit of the season. This becomes a wee bit more complicated, however, when Suzanne starts making some startling discoveries about her husband's pastimes. Alone, shattered, and confused, Suzanne finds solace in drugs, online shopping, her swinging neighbors, and a number of unlikely new friends via the local strip club, all while clinging to whatever holiday joy she has left.

Honey Buzz ~ Trailer for 'I Spit On Your Grave' Doc is Here!

You don't have to be the Revenge Honey to appreciate the madness that is Meir Zarchi's I Spit On Your Grave. Revered by some, and decried by others as the worst/most offensive movies in history, this exploitation classic has been part of the lexicon since 1978 for a reason. Now, a documentary from Zarchi's son, Terry, aims to bring us the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most controversial films ever made!

Who Survives? Who Would Want to Survive?

A Revenge Honey Winter Horror Review by Linnie

Devil Times Five (aka Peopletoys)(1974)

This review must begin with a confession: I had tried to watch Devil Times Five three times prior to this Horror Honeys Holiday event, and had always turned it off after fifteen minutes. I could never make it past the 70s porn music, the ridiculous cat fights, and enough slow motion shots to make Zack Snyder jealous. But this year, I pushed through those first fifteen minutes of pure 70s misery and it turns out, Devil Times Five is actually quite a lot of fun... Cheesy, ridiculous, 70s-chest hair exposing fun.

The Story: A businessman, his adult daughter, her fiancĂ©, and a host of other 70s stereotypes are on winter vacation at the businessman's remote mountain house. Unbeknownst to them, a van transporting five sociopathic and violent children has crashed up the road, and those same kids arrive at the house seeking shelter from the snow. Despite the fact one of the kids is dressed in combat fatigues and speaking in military code, and another is dressed like a nun, the adults don't find any of that weird, and invite them in to stay. Of course the question then becomes... who will survive?!?

Honey Buzz ~ Alien Outpost Trailer

IFC Midnight's newest alien adventure, titled Alien Outpost, has dropped...and while the action of the trailer looks oh so familiar, it's pretty much what we should have come to expect from any alien invasion style film.

Aliens land, Murica gets upset, the military kicks some ass and we all say hooray as the aliens run away from the size of the solders'...guns.

The story: Two documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies are planning the second invasion of Earth and the soldiers are the only ones who can stop it.

Honey Buzz ~ Look Out, Indie Horror, You Have A New Champion!

For those of you who have been following the Honeys for a little while, you'll be aware that we have a bit of an ongoing relationship with indie writer/director/director Harrison Smith. We've reviewed three of his movies (6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields, Camp Dread), and our blurbs have appeared on two of his DVD releases (Camp Dread and the upcoming Zombie Killers). You should also know by now that we don't squee over nothing. Harrison knows his horror, and he doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to making stuff that genre fans will appreciate on every level. You can listen to Harrison's special approach to horror and horror filmmaking on our podcast HERE.

You might also know that the Revenge Honey in particular has a special place in her heart for genre legend Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp).  So, imagine my delight when Harrison dropped this little press release in my lap yesterday...

AHS: Freak Show ~ Tupperware Party Massacre

A Horror TV Honey Recap by Lisa

Well, this episode title certainly did not disappoint. If you're ever invited to a Tupperware party that happens to have a literal freak in the bedroom, I suggest that you politely decline. Especially if your name is Nancy and you live on Elm Street. Heather Langenkamp, I saw you sitting prim and proper at that party and it was fantastic! Too bad Dandy came in and killed everyone.  It was an actual blood bath and it was fabulous.

Dandy began as just another rich kid with homicidal tendencies, but he has transformed into a seriously dangerous maniac and I love it. Never have I looked so forward to a creepy and macabre puppet show. Dandy can't be stopped now. No, he is still bathing in blood and has a wonderfully over-privileged-white-boy version of the King Kong speech from Training Day. You know what? Denzel Washington ain't got nothing on Dandy Mott!