I grew up with Dee Wallace on both the tv and silver screen. She was big time, but when I saw her in this movie’s preview, I got worried. I thought: Oh boy, here’s another bad one. But I was wrong. Red Christmas was a pretty cool movie.
Though it opens with a distasteful intro, the movie morphs into a happy family’s Christmas day, complete with a huge holiday tree and lots of baking. All of that rapidly changes when a stranger arrives at their door covered in a ragged cloak and bandages, claiming the need to read a message to Mother. Naturally he’s distasteful, but it’s not till his words strike a chord with the mother of the house, played by Dee Wallace, that things ignite. It doesn’t stop until the very end.
So what if you observed a man, on an operating table seize, practically into the next life. While said patient is seizing, you watch as a doctor does their best to save him, but fails to do so? Now, what if you could easily step in and, with a specialized tool, kill that man into life? Sounds insane? Well, that's what a Dispatcher does. They step in when the doctor's begin to fail and save a person- by killing them....
This is a short, audiobook that is near excellent, for FREE and for 2 hours and 19 minutes. Narrated by Zachary Quinto, the story is mysterious, intriguing and very much worth the listen. I found it on a whim and will definitely look for this author's other work.
Using death and a possible control over it was an interesting concept. This story is far from boring and should have been a full-fledged novel as far as I'm concerned. Check it out and let me know what you think!
OH- this is my final book review for 2017. I'll be posting an End of the Year blog in a few hours. After you read it, grab this book! And if you don't have an Audible account, get one! Cheers!
**Audiobook provided FREE by Audible.com.
The cover doesn't do this short story much justice. There really should have been something elaborate, something that brought this tale to life, because it's very witty, full of Death and so funny, you push through the silly parts to an pretty decent ending.
The story takes place in London and is about a guy who just wants a new life. To start fresh and make it all about him. Dave Marwood ends up working temp and falls for a girl he DIES for... literally! And that's just the beginning! He meets Death, who is immortal, but acts like he's from the 70's and is given an offer that he may or may not refuse...
The story's fantastic. I think there were a few errors and the story did have a few parts I simply did not understad- maybe due to lingo and cultural difference but it didn't hurt the story. How to Be Dead by Dave Turner is more like a novella than a short story, but it was free and a lot of fun. Oh- it's also a trilogy, so peep the other tales while I move on to the next read!
*The Horror of Christmas is next.
**Short Story available via Amazon.com.
When a mysterious box appears on a man's doorstep, for some reason, he brings it inside. There's nothing indicating who it came from and no one to question. Sound ominous to you? It did to me too, but I watched something seemingly simple turn horrific... in just 10 minutes! Yes, that's how long this movie is, and it's pretty good!
If there ever was a story that could show children the meaning of Christmas, this is it! I am a fan of Nick Bruel, but never wanted to purchase his books, till now. A Bad Kitty Christmas is amazingly illustrated, funny, heart-swelling and simply the best!
A Holiday Horror Movie Review
A Christmas Horror Story is filled with thrills, chills and a twist that has you laughing so hard, you may crack a rib or two!
The story is broken in to four tales, with each one sharing experiences of holiday misfortune. From a family who steals a Christmas tree from land haunted by creatures, to another who breaks a porcelen figurine of Krampus, to old St. Nick against zombie elves. The stories have you spooked and laughing, all at the same time.
I think the best story for me was on the changeling. That was a cool story, it was spooky and it had a really cool ending. If you enjoy holiday horror, A Christmas Horror Story is one for you. I think you'll have a good time and even a few jumps! Check it out.
A Christmas Horror Story
Directed by Steve Hoban, Grant Harvey and Brett Sullivan
Produced by Steve Hoban and Mark Smith
April 30, 2013
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