Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book-To-Movie: ‘Jurassic Park’

A Tyrannosaurus Rex is reflected in a car's driver's side-view mirror.
Credit: Pixabay.com




Just today I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It was a lot better than what many critics said but I think I liked the first Jurassic World movie better and it definitely wasn’t as good as the first Jurassic Park film. Because I’m a lover of originals (books, movies, TV series, etc.) and because this is a Book-To-Movie post where I review movies based on books, I’m going to review the first Jurassic Park film along with the novel that it’s based on. For those of you not familiar with the Jurassic Park films and books that inspired them, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not directly based on any of the Michael Crichton novels like Jurassic Park is. It’s merely a sequel to the movie preceding it (Jurassic World). But before I saw Fallen Kingdom, I wanted to make sure I did two things: read Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and then see the Stephen Spielberg movie adaptation which I saw a few days ago right after finishing the book. Before that, I don’t think I ever saw the movie since its release in theatres way back in 1993 (when, uh, dinosaurs walked the earth?). I had not read the book at all. Now, during this 25th anniversary year of the film adaptation, I was compelled to read the book and see the movie for what I think was the second time in my life. What prompted me to see it when it released in 1993, besides being a then sucker for almost any blockbuster sci fi flick that came out, was that I always loved sci fi horror films involving prehistoric monsters especially ones from the 1950s and ‘60s. While I didn’t realise it at the time, Jurassic Park the movie is not the sci fi horror that the book is.


One of the things that make Jurassic Park the novel the sci fi horror that it is is the greater emphasis on the man-eating dinosaurs that the movie doesn’t give as much. The novel involves two Tyrannosaurus Rexes as opposed to the one in the movie. Also the raptors are described more menacingly and play a bigger part in the book. They even chew through metal!

The other thing that makes the novel more sci fi horror than the movie is the psychology of the characters. It’s a lot easier to get into the heads of characters in a book than it is on the screen since the former allows more room for internal dialogue, or narration of what goes on in the character’s mind, than a movie does. So we see the characters’ fears and tension more by reading them in the book. Not only is the book more graphically gory, but the characters’ lives seem to be more at stake. The fear that we can relate to especially comes from the two siblings, Tim and Lex, who are alone in remote parts of the island for a longer period of time than they are in the movie. This brings us back to our own childhood nightmares of monsters lurking in the dark. Even more, much of the childlike fear comes from Lex, who, unlike in the movie, is the younger of the two siblings. Because she’s the little sister, we sense more vulnerability and tension through her; after one of the T-Rexes tries attacking her and her older brother, Tim, she’s always fearful that it’s following them.

What adds to the horror more in the book than in the movie is death. More characters of significance die in the book than in the movie. Also in the novel, major characters’ wrongful actions bite them (both literally and figuratively) a lot more severely than in the film. So the book ends in a darker manner than the movie, leaving open the possibility of a return of the deadly menace. And although there is humour in the book for comic relief it is more subtle whereas in the film it is more straight forward and so takes away more of the feeling of terror.

One other thing that causes the movie to lack the horror element of the book is Steven Spielberg’s directing. As great of a director he is with his visual interpretations, including in this film, he is not a horror director. He is more a straight sci fi and adventure director. The exception to this was Jaws, which you can see similarities to in Jurassic Park especially when it comes to the T-Rex and raptor attacks. But the terror of Jaws is not the same as that of Jurassic Park. The latter concentrates more on the wonder of the genetically engineer-revived dinosaurs than it does on the mortal fear of them. Steven Spielberg does a good job of conveying the scientific issues in the movie which raise questions like all good science fiction and like Crichton’s novel does, although I’m sure a lot of it’s due to Crichton having written the screenplay. However, the terror is not conveyed to the extent that it is in the book.

Like the screen adaptation, the book is a good mix of horror, sci fi and adventure. However, the movie is more reminiscent of Indiana Jones than it is atomic monster films of the 1950s and ‘60s. Much of this is due to the behavioral traits and habits of some of the male characters: Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) is a somewhat chauvinist lady’s man while also an intellect; Dr. Grant is the field scientist but instead of digging up artifacts of ancient eras he digs up dinosaur skeletons of prehistoric eras; and, more apparently, the dinosaurs’ keeper, former safari hunter Muldoon is more the straight-out adventurer. Steven Spielberg is more a director of romantic adventure films than of horror. (Perhaps that’s why I was never impressed with Poltergeist.) His work is more influenced by pulp adventure stories of the earlier half of the 20th century than it is pulp horror of that same period.


In a way, I’m glad I had not read the novel Jurassic Park when I saw the movie back in 1993. If I did, I probably would have been disappointed with the movie. That’s the problem with film adaptations in general--they usually don’t live up to the quality of the book, at least as far as best-sellers go in which Crichton’s was. However, Jurassic Park the movie in it’s own right is good and definitely worth watching. I don’t think I appreciated it when I watched it the other evening after reading the book as much as I had when I saw it twenty-five years ago. But because it has it’s good points, clever pacing of suspense and calm, good irony, and (of course) man-eating dinosaurs, it’s still good as a sci fi horror film.

Maybe I’ll have a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom next time, and so it will be more of a Book-To-Movie-To Movie since the movie is more indirectly based on Michael Crichton’s novels. Have you both read Jurassic Park the novel and seen the film? If so, which did you think was better? Feel free to leave your comments in the box below.

Until next time . . .






Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sinister Creature Con: Horror Journalism, Linda Blair and ‘The Exorcist’

A humanoid monster stands in a menacing pose.
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I meant to post about Sinister Creature Con a couple weeks ago but several other events came up. This convention for all things of the horror genre occurred Saturday and Sunday the weekend of June 16th at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. I only attended Saturday and was preparing swag up to the minute I had to leave the house for the con. Although this con that occurs twice a year in Sacramento--once in the summer, once in the fall--honours both mainstream and indie horror artists, it caters to the latter most of all. It’s an event where indie writers and artists like myself can find support and encouragement that we often don’t get elsewhere.


In the Dealers’ Room


Sinister Creature’s dealers’ room on Saturday was mostly filled with the arts and crafts of indie creators, most of who work in the horror genre. The work on display and for sale included everything from paintings of famous movie monsters to handmade goth jewelry to horror authors selling their books. I didn’t have a sales table for my books likeI did with Sac Con back in October of last year. The closest I got to that was putting out copies of my promotional bookmarks, for The Fool’s Illusion and “Circa Sixty Years Dead”, on the swag table. Other than that, this one I just wanted to enjoy and meander around admiring other people’s work. I saw a lot of neat stuff there and talked to fellow artists, writers and journalists about both mine and their work. But one of the most useful highlights of the convention for me was a panel on journalism for the horror genre.

Horror Journalism Panel


The panel on horror journalism was hosted by San Francisco TV horror host Lord Blood Ra [link] and consisted of three journalists of the genre. Some of the details of this panel that impressed me most was when one of the panelists, a Michelle Nessk who owns indie publication Blood Shed, said that there is no monetary payment in her work as a horror journalist. She said that instead there is a cost for the love of helping other artists of the genre.

One of the major themes of this panel was artists supporting fellow artists especially at the indie level. This makes a lot of sense because we indie artists don’t have the commercial support that big studios and publishing companies give to their artists, whether filmmakers or writers. So we have to build each other up and promote each other. Guest-blogging is one way we do this. Guest-blogging gets our names exposed to more people than does simply blogging on our own sites. And, as one person at the panel said, indie horror journalism is not so much about the money as it is the love of the genre.

In light of that, I don’t write for free in most cases. Yet, I don’t make a livable income off of the money I do make from my writing and so I have to depend on a day job. Still, I keep writing regardless of what I’ll make because it’s the art that keeps me going. The art keeps my alter-ego of a day-life from wearing me out completely and making me nothing more than a damned work machine to serve the bigger machine, that bigger machine being our nation’s economic system. That’s why I never took a technical writing job for a financial company or some such business. I write horror, sci fi and fantasy and write about those genres as well. So, writing in and about the speculative genres is kind of like a religion for me. It’s my spiritual food of a sort more than it is a means of monetary or other material gain. It may have even exorcised me of some personal demons.

Linda Blair and ‘The Exorcist’


Even though the focus is on local artists and filmmakers, Sinister Creature also features a few mainstream movies and their actors. One of the special guest celebrities that weekend was actress Linda Blair of The Exorcist. Her autograph table had a line of fans that trailed fifty feet down a corridor from the central lobby and winding to the left twenty feet more! And it was like that the whole time I was there which was from about 1:30 PM to when I got out of the above mentioned panel just before 4 PM!

I’m not a big fan of The Exorcist films. However, because the first movie, released in 1973, is a classic and started a whole craze of demon-possession movies that in part even continues through today (e.g. The Omen, The Manitou, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (no relation to the blogger . . . I don’t think)), I watched the movie when I got home that evening. It was the 25th Anniversary Special Edition which I have a copy of on VHS (but it’s also on DVD). I had picked it up about a year ago but never watched it until that evening. In fact, that was the very first time I saw it. I guess movies of that sort are a little too close to home for me, “home” being my Catholic boyhood. But the “mile-long” line I mentioned inspired me to see it.


Linda Blair does a really great job playing Regan, the pre-teen girl who becomes possessed in the movie. The film, based on William Blatty’s novel of the same name, as a whole was made really good and definitely got the awards it deserved. It’s known to be one of the scariest movies ever. However, it didn’t creep me out as I was expecting it to but then maybe that’s because I had watched the making-of-it, included in the 25th Anniversary Edition video, before watching the movie. It was really interesting the way they made the film. They made it in some ways where what you may think was only acted out in the movie was actually real! I won’t go into details so as not to create any spoilers. But it’s definitely worth checking out.



Sinister Creature Con, a locally based convention for Sacramento, is a great event to socialise with your fellow indie artists as well as meet those celebrities of the horror genre who inspired you. Do you find support in fellow horror, sci fi and fantasy artists and fans when you attend cons of these genres? Have you seen The Exorcist? If so, how scared were you by it? Please feel free to leave your answers in the box below.

Until next time . . .



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Harlan Ellison: 1934 – 2018

Author Harlan Ellison.
Credit: Wikipedia



I apologise for not posting in the last two weeks. I’ve been very busy, including attending a wedding last weekend. The weekend before that I attended Sinister Creature Con. I believe I said on my Facebook page that there would be a post about it here this weekend, but there’s been a change of plans. That change came when I found out that another one of my favourite science fiction and fantasy writers, Harlan Ellison, passed away in his sleep this Thursday.


In the Presence of One of the Greatest Science Fiction Writers


I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ellison at the Los Angeles World Con back in 2006. I was hoping he would be at World Con in San Jose this year but it looks like that’s not going to happen. I was going through my Facebook feed inside the Taco Bell near my house when I learned the shocking news from a post announcing that he died. One of those days I fear most for great authors of speculative fiction, especially ones who are up there in age like Harlan was and Ray Bradbury had been. These are authors I admire so much both in their work and character that I want them to be immortal on this earth but know that is unrealistic.

Back in 2006 at the L.A. World Con, I stood in Mr. Ellison’s presence at his author signing table with my vintage paperback copy of his Ellison Wonderland. I nearly trembled. It was as if I were standing in the presence of a god. This was partly because I knew how seemingly bad tempered Harlan could be. But I also knew he was one of the greatest fantasy and science fiction writers, one of the greatest writers period. His good work spanned genre like Ray Bradbury’s. It was a pleasure to shake his hand when I handed him my copy of his book to sign and told him how much I admired his writing and that it had inspired my own. Looking impressed, he asked if I had published anything. I said I had. Then he asked if I was paid for any of it. I told him I hadn’t published for payment yet but will soon. That’s when he gave me some of the best advice a new or aspiring writer can get. He said, “Make them give you money. That’s how you will be acknowledged as a professional.” Or something like that, but that was the idea.


Writing for Pay


Since then, I almost always made sure I was paid for my writing. Not including my blog, I don’t write for free anymore. If you like your work that much and take it that seriously, you will find a way to get paid for it. When you are putting your heart and soul into your work, perfecting it day in and day out or (for those of us who have day jobs) night in and night out, you deserve to be paid because you are making sacrifices like you are at any other job the only difference is that you enjoy doing it. But it’s time, effort and energy you’re putting into it nevertheless. Time that you can be putting into hanging out with friends, going on a date, traveling, having sex, etc. So you deserve payment for that time you’re giving up. It’s no one writer’s fault that our nation’s economy is a capitalist one. It’s a writer’s fault if he or she doesn’t demand the payment that this economy says we’re supposed to get for hard work. If we as writers think our writing can only be accepted if we give it away, we’re robbing ourselves.

Harlan Ellison talks in more detail about paying the writer in a segment from his movie,Dreams With Sharp Teeth, and he puts it out there very clearly. In fact, very bluntly.


The Attitude ‘That Shouted At the Heart of the World’


It was because Harlan’s blunt personality that many people complained he had an attitude problem. While I agree with them that he did have one, I think he didn’t mean personal harm by a lot of it. I think what was behind much of Harlan’s boisterous personality was his eagerness to wake the world up to it’s mistakes. The only way it would is if someone gave it a rude awakening like he did. (Yet much of it still hasn’t awaken.) I don’t blame him too much for doing so. I myself have known, ever since high school, that this world—let alone our nation (look who we have for a president)--has a lot of really stupid people in it. People who won’t get out of their pre-programmed way of thinking, a way of thinking that comes from popular opinion especially that which is generated through our commercial institutions, our profit-driven media and politically-driven religion.

So somebody has to shout “at the heart of the world” (a wordplay on the title of his 1968 Hugo Award-winning short story, “The Beast Who Shouted Love At the Heart of the World”). It has to be done to make the world realise that it has to change for the good of all people. And Harlan Ellison was one of the writers who did that best. I think it’s the job of all writers to do that whether it’s bluntly, as in Harlan’s case, or more metaphorically. When done in the latter way, it can create some really good, terrifying monsters in your fiction. And Harlan made some of the best in his while still speaking his mind.

R.I.P. Harlan

And until next time . . . 







Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sci Fi Summer Reading List for 2018

Surreal: A small woman jumps into a pool in an open book.
Dive Into Some Good Sci Fi Summer Reading!
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You’ll soon open your front door to what feel’s like a gust of dragon’s breath. But they’re actually rays from space. No, not a U.F.O.’s rays but our own sun’s. It’s that time of year again when a lot of us want to hit the pools, beaches or AC’d movie theatres. But sometimes you may want something to read in between those laps or rounds of surfing the waves as you lie back to dry off from that chlorinated or naturally salted water. Or when you’re in town with two hours to kill before the showing of that sci fi blockbuster. So during in-between times like these, why not utilise the wait by reading a best-selling or should-be best-selling sci fi book? But you maybe feel like you’ve read everything you wanted to. Well, if you’re wondering what to read this summer in science fiction, maybe the list below of what I plan to read will help get you started. And if you can add to it, please do in the comments box below. The more suggestions the better variety and choices we’ll all have!


My Sci Fi Summer Reading List


Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer: A chilling story about a female group of scientists who explore a secluded region of the continent where several expeditionists before them mysteriously died. This is the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

The Tarzan Series, Edgar Rice Burroughs: I have an incomplete collection of the books. I’ve read the first and second ones, Tarzan of the Apes and The Return of Tarzan, but I don’t have the third which is The Beasts of Tarzan. The one that I have next in the series is the 7th, Tarzan the Untamed. I normally like to collect the older editions, especially from the 70s because of cover art by great artists such as Neal Adams and Boris Vallejo. But if I can’t find a copy with their or some other great artist’s work, I’m okay with skipping over to Book 7 and going back later.

Jurassaic Park, Michael Crichton: With the latest sequel coming out this month, it’s time that I read this book that started the whole movie franchise. I may even do a Book-To-Movie review of it, but to do that I’ll have to refresh myself on the first movie which I haven’t seen since it released back in the ‘90s!

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu: I haven’t read a good “old” new alien invasion story in a long time. This one was a Hugo Award winner so it can’t be too formulaic as many alien invasion stories tend to be.



Until next time . . .


A cartoon shark swims over an underwater mound.
Sink your teeth into some good sci fi summer reading!
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Coming This Summer: WorldCon 76 and Elections—for Hugos


A rocket in launch.
Button with stars and the word 'Vote'.
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California’s primary elections are this Tuesday but the voting doesn’t stop there in my home state. In fact, it doesn’t even stop with California. No, I’m not talking about the other states’ elections or the national elections in November. I’m talking about the elections for the Hugo Awards! The Hugo Awards are taking votes from now until the end of July and the winners will be presented their awards at WorldCon 76 in San Jose, California. As much as I’m “next door” to the location of this world science fiction convention (I live in Sacramento) I found out about it only a couple of days ago. And it’s this August 16 through 20! So if you’re interested in attending, I suggest you get your tickets and accommodations fast. Nearby hotels are already booked! What makes this con so big is that it presents the Hugo Awards which many world famous science fiction and fantasy authors and artists have been awarded. If you register for WorldCon, you may be able to make your favourite unknown author or artist world-known!


WorldCon


WorldCon started back in 1939 in New York City and has been going almost every year since. The location for it is voted on a couple years in advance each year. The location voted for can be anywhere in the world. This world science fiction/fantasy con has been hosted here in the U.S. several times as well as in other countries such as Scotland and Japan. I attended the one in Los Angeles (Anaheim, to be more precise) back in 2006 and it was far out! That is, as in awesome, of course, not distance (though it was a little bit of that for me too, but it was worth it)! It was there where I actually shook hands with author Harlan Ellison who gave me super advice for my writing and that was: “Make them give you money [for my writing].” And so I have done that ever since. I saw the now late Ray Bradbury speak for the second time in my life (the time before was back in the ‘90s when he spoke at California State University Fresno during my semi-desert stranded years). And I might have seen Forry Ackerman, founder and editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, speak at a panel. I can’t quite remember because, at the time, I wasn’t as familiar with himas much as I’ve read Famous Monsters since I was a kidand I had popped in on the panel late.

WorldCon gets authors and artists, both famous and obscure, from all over the world and it holds writing workshops and panels run by professional fantasy and science fiction writers who can critique your work. There’s also cosplay featuring some of the grooviest costumes in the universe and gaming. There’s plenty of media fandom as well for fans of such TV shows and movies as Star Trek and Star Wars and, at the upcoming WorldCon, probably Game of Thrones since that’s been the biggest fantasy TV series to date. For more info, visit WorldCon 76’s web site

The Hugo Awards


The Hugo Awards offer fantasy and science fiction awards for work in several categories, some of the broadest being literary fiction, art and movies but many subcategories as well. Although nomination for creators and their works ended in April, you can still vote for the finalists from now until July 31, 2018. But in order to do so, you must be a member of the World Science Fiction Convention (a.k.a. WorldCon). Learn how you can purchase membership by visiting WorldCon 76's membership page.  Many world famous science fiction and fantasy authors became such by getting awarded Hugos! You can help an obscure author or artist become world renowned if you register for membership and vote!

The Hugo Awards began in 1953 and went annual two years after. Interestingly, the World Science Fiction Convention also presents Hugos for past years such as this year’s 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards! So the Hugos will be taking a trip back in time this year!

That’s the gist of it, convention and Hugos. More on WorldCon 76 to come!

Until next time . . .




Sunday, May 27, 2018

4 Space Opera Books That’s Heroes Will Remind You of Han Solo

A flying saucer.
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No doubt that there’s been some big Star Wars news this week! Friday was the 41st anniversary of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, and so the birthday of the entire franchise. The day before, Solo: A Star Wars Story released in theatres. I haven’t seen this new Star Wars film yet but plan to tomorrow. But in celebration of the new movie I thought it would be neat to list four of my favourite space opera books that’s central characters share the same swashbuckling, rogue archetype as the Han Solo character does.

Han Solo’s archetype, or primal character-type, combines traits of the cowboy, the pirate and the wandering adventurer. Characters who have these traits are often loners of a sort, are daring and don’t let the law stop them from doing what they feel they have to. Often the legal system that they defy is one that is set up by a corrupt establishment and, in the case of space operas, that establishment is often an empire. Even though Han Solo has had his own novels that star him (and his alien sidekick, Chewbacca), I prefer reading space operas that don’t have to depend on a movie or TV franchise such as Star Wars or Star Trek to tell their stories, as much as I am a fan of both. Three of the books listed below are actually pre-Star Wars, although the third one has overlap between the two time periods. The fourth book was published after the first Star Wars film. So here is the list of some reading that Solo will, hopefully, inspire you to read or vice versa.


The List


“The Witches of Karres”, by James Schmitz (1949): The hero in this short story is Captain Pausert who pilots his own cargo ship, the Venture. Like Han, he’s a gambler, bar hopper and debtor trying to pay off his dues. Also like Han, Pausert is a dodger of starfighter ships and a smuggler of a sort, only not so much of spices than of . . . witches.

Plague Ship, by Andre Norton (1956): In this second book of the Solar Queen series of novels, the hero is Dane Thorson, apprentice cargo master of the spaceship, Solar Queen. Even though he’s not a captain of his own ship like Han, he’s fairly close to being so--he’s only one step down from the cargo master himself, Van Rycke. Like Han with the Empire, Dane and Van must go rogue against the establishment, the Galactic Patrol, when it attempts to destroy the Solar Queen along with its crew due to a supposed alien plague on board.

Crashlander, Larry Niven (1960s to ‘90s): This novel is actually an interconnected collection of Niven’s stories that’s central character is Beowulf Shaeffer, an independent contracting star pilot who is often in debt to the point of criminality and takes on dangerous missions to pay off his dues. Unlike many science fiction stories with roguish heroes, this one is a more high quality novel mostly due to the hard science going on in the book. But what makes Beowulf distinguishable from the typical rogue hero is that he isn’t only witty in the survival sense but is also intelligent in science and technology. And yes, as his name suggests, he is also based on the character of the Dark Age British epic (who wasn’t so much rogue, but adventurous nevertheless).

Day of the Starwind, Douglas Hill (1980): This is the third novel in The Last Legionary space opera series. The main character, Keill, is the last soldier of planet Moros’s legions. He battles the Warlord, Altern (a.k.a. “The One”) and his army of clones, the Deathwing. Keill is more like a cross between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker--the ship he pilots is a one-man like Luke’s X-Wing fighter yet he travels with an alien sidekick like Han does with Chewie: a winged creature by the name of Glr who’s small enough to fit in the cockpit with him.



Of course, because the rogue hero is very common one in science fiction, this list is no where near exhaustive. So if you can think of any other stories with a Han Solo-like hero who is at least one of the main characters if not the central one then please let me know in the box below!

Until next time . . .

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Movie Review: ‘A Quiet Place’

A metallic bust sculpture of an alien woman.
It has no skin! Or does it? This sculpture of an alien is said to be from the H.R. Giger Museum.
Photo Credit: Pixabay.com



I finally saw A Quiet Place yesterday evening. It was really good in almost all aspects. The story to this film was not made to be merely an audience pleaser. This was an intelligently made movie with well-developed characters and a well-written storyline. But the monsters were designed terribly. So as not to create any spoilers I won’t go into too many details, but at many points in the film the monsters looked like they were cut open in parts of their bodies. I know that’s been a major characteristic in the creatures of horror films ever since Alien in the late ‘70s, but it’s been over done too many times.

I’m not against the design of the Alien movies’ exoskeleton creatures that’s muscle tissues seem to be exposed. In fact, the first movie has been one of my favourites among sci fi horror. But those monsters were Ridley Scott and H.R. Giger’s creations and so were unique to them. After the first movie, it seemed like monsters in every sci fi horror flick, both Alien knock-offs and films with original storylines, were skinless regardless of what environments they evolved from.

(Warning: Even though I said I’m trying not to give away spoilers, some of the details ahead may be considered by some to be spoilers. Enter at your own risk!)

It was no different with the monsters in A Quiet Place. For what reason did the producers have to use monsters, that are not zombies, that’s intestines seem to be naturally exposed? No scientific knowledge in the movie indicates any kind of evolutionary element that determines such a characteristic. Speaking about characteristics, the monsters’ distinctive feature was their extrasensory hearing. So, particularly, the intestines of their ears appeared to be exposed all the time. Well, bats have extrasensory hearing too but evolution didn’t leave the skin off of their ears to show the intestines!

I think Hollywood studio executives just had to get their way with this movie in the end in order to make the profit they always want. Gore draws the masses, especially here in the commercial-infested U.S. And so, very unfortunately because A Quiet Place was made with such high quality on almost every level, the logic of world-building has once again been sacrificed for capital gain.

Have you seen A Quiet Place? If so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the monsters?

Until next time. . .


Man wearing a germ warfare mask.
May Daze! May Daze! We're in the heart of allergy season but I'm prepared!
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