Will Hell House Scare the Hell Out of You?

 

Hell HouseSo I haven’t blogged in a while.  I’ll admit: I downloaded an old computer game I used to play in high school, and I’m hooked all over again.  This is my plug for RollerCoaster Park Tycoon: Once you start building virtual amusement parks, you’ll never stop.  But I did read Hell House, by Richard Matheson, while I was on my blogging hiatus.  Perhaps I seek to get in touch with my youth; I also flew through Hell House in high school and was mesmerized.  I’ll admit, this time around, the story was less captivating.  Maybe I’m old and jaded.  But, the book is still a pretty good scare.  As I sat alone downstairs at night reading it, I looked around anxiously lest any insidious spirits eye me up and prepare to pounce.  As far as haunted house stories are concerned, Hell House provides an intricate plot with intense action and characters who are relatable, although some are more likable than others. Continue reading “Will Hell House Scare the Hell Out of You?”

Will Hell House Scare the Hell Out of You?

What’s in an Ending? – A Look at I Am Legend

Guest Writer – Michael J. Miller

Photo Credit - I Am Legend
Photo Credit – I Am Legend

In 2007 Will Smith starred as Robert Neville in I Am Legend, the second cinematic adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 short story of the same name (the first being 1971’s The Omega Man).  I Am Legend is the story of one man left alone in a world of vampires.  The 2007 film received a fair bit of criticism for significantly departing from the plot of the novel, especially in regard to the ending.  However, personally, I think the changes were necessary (and quite brilliant).  We have three very different endings with three very specific challenges to the nature of our humanity. Continue reading “What’s in an Ending? – A Look at I Am Legend”

What’s in an Ending? – A Look at I Am Legend