Sunday, June 24, 2018

HEREDITARY Is a Slow, Disturbing Ride

Hereditary is an interesting film that any horror fan needs to see. I think my expectations were set a little too high when people started calling it the new Exorcist. In my opinion, it’s not even remotely close to The Exorcist or The Exorcist III in terms of scares or quality of storytelling. For me, Hereditary was an interesting occult tale that has more in common with The Ninth Gate than with anything it’s currently being compared to. And that’s actually great, because I adore The Ninth Gate, and I enjoyed Hereditary quite a bit.


The thing is, this is one of those movies that you really want to go into with almost no information, and just let the story unfold. And to be clear, it unfolds very, very slowly. But along the way, the audience is treated to some fantastic, disturbing moments of horror, which stand out even more because of the film’s pace. That being said, it’s easily 30-40 minutes too long, and it suffers greatly for that. The other thing it suffers from is that the trailer did the move a disservice. It suggests there is some Sixth Sense-like twist behind everything, when in fact the story plays out in a pretty straightforward way.

But when you combine the handful of great build-up moments with the incredible last fifteen to twenty minutes, they make Hereditary a must-see movie. Most horror flicks these days don’t have any moments that truly stick with you afterwards, and this movie has several. And one thing that has not been overhyped about this film is Toni Collette’s performance–she is superb.

Just keep your expectations reasonable, and Hereditary will be a pleasantly terrifying surprise.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 21--The Rolling Stones and Ghost





Opening Act:
New Thrash it Out--Overkill’s The Grinding Wheel (thrashitoutpodcast.com)
Ghost adds new tour dates
Charlie Benante on Meet-n-Greets
Wetton and Downes Icon re-release
New Uriah Heep album coning
Vinne Vincent coming to TerrifiCon
Check out Dreamland: The Retroblasting Podcast (www.retroblasting.com/dreamland/)

Ear Candy:
The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (1981)
Ghost: Prequelle (2018)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin’ Atcha Live:
Slayer 6/1/18 @ Mohegan Sun

Rockversation: Erik Norlander (Part 1)
Matt recently spoke with the prolific keyboardist about his time in Asia, The last in Line and his new project Dukes of the orient. Check out all of Erik’s projects at http://www.eriknorlander.com.

New Releases and Bonus Track: Graham Bonnet Band
“Meanwhile, Back in the Garage” from the album of the same name, which is available now! (http://radi.al/GBB)


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Come See Me at Plastic City Comic Con This Saturday (4/21)!

My first convention appearance of 2018 is happening this Saturday (4/21), as I'll be at Plastic City Comic Con in Fitchburg, Massachusetts! My pals Keith Gleason and Amy Kukta are bringing this fantastic show back for a third year, and I'm honored to be a part of it.  The show runs from 10am to 6pm at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg. It's only $5 to get in, and kids 12 and under get FREE admission!

Keith and Amy have put together an amazing guest list this year, including comic legend J.M. DeMatteis, one of my all-time favorite Spider-Man writers. My pals Joe Caramagna (Duck Tales, Marvel Universe) and Jason May (Rob Bot, Lego Club, Reckless Sidekick) will be there, in addition to a slew of comic creators. Corin Nemic from Stargate SG-1 and Parker Lewis Can't Lose is the media guest of honor, and as an SG-1 nerd, I cannot wait to meet him.

I'll be selling print copies of all my Parted Veil books there, including my newest novella, Chasing the King in Yellow.


I'll also have copies of my short story collection Intrusive Thoughts:


And a handful of copies of my podcast book Making Ear Candy:


So, if you are in the Central Massachusetts area, come see me and a bunch of other more awesome people at Plastic City Comic Con this Saturday. For the full guest list and more details on the show, you can head to www.plasticcitycomiccon.com.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Saxon Hit Mohegan Sun Like a Thunderbolt

On Thursday March 23rd, the mighty Saxon once again proved they are a force of nature in concert. I've seen them in a club with less than 200 people. I've seen them in a small venue that was packed to the gills. And now after seeing them in an arena filled with metal fans, I can say conclusively--it does not matter what venue you see them in--when Saxon plays, Saxon slays.

Opening up for Judas priest, Saxon had a bit of a condensed set, but they jammed it full of hits from all voer their catalog. After opening with the title cut off their fantastic new album Thunderbolt, Biff and the boys went back to 1983 for "Power and the Glory," making sure that fans old and new were along for the ride. The rest of the set rolled out a few more songs from the new album, peppered in between classics. And of course, Biff masterfully worked the crowd. By the time they finished with "Heavy Metal Thunder," everyone was basically foaming at the mouth. Here's the full setlist:

Thunderbolt
Power and the Glory
The Secret of Flight
Motorcycle Man
Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
Dallas 1 PM
They Played Rock and Roll
Denim and Leather
Princess of the Night
Wheels of Steel
Heavy Metal Thunder

It's a good thing that Judas Priest was up right after them, because they are one of the few bands in existence that can follow Saxon live and have it not feel like a letdown. I am so thankful I got to see Saxon with Priest, and even more grateful my son got to see them as well. They are legends, and as always, they delivered.