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@Read Book ó All Hallow's Dead ⚛ ALL HALLOW S DEAD is the best slasher movie that no one would have the balls to make disturbing and violent, but with that extra dash of melancholy that makes Bryan Smith s novels stand out from the pack Another great read from one of my favorite authors Trent Haaga, director of CHOP and screenwriter of CHEAP THRILLS and DEADGIRL It s Halloween week in Willow Springs, TN, and a mad slasher is on the loose Twenty five years ago, a group of local boys did a very bad thing Now a masked killer is leaving a trail of corpses and bloody pumpkins all over town Brutal vengeance against his former tormentors and thirty one dead for Halloween are the madman s demented goals As the body count mounts, local law enforcement scrambles to track down the seemingly unstoppable killer and bring the carnage to an end All Hallow s Dead is Bryan Smith s ode to the classic 80s slasher movie The killer s goal is to kill 31 people in the week leading up to Halloween, so there is almost nonstop carnage Some slasher movies would be full of scenes of people creeping around playing cat and mouse with the killer, which usually ended up being boring Bryan Smith has cut out the fat and All Hallow s Dead goes straight for the throat and never stops.At a certain point in the book the setting changes and it almost feels All Hallow s Dead is Bryan Smith s ode to the classic 80s slasher movie The killer s goal is to kill 31 people in the week leading up to Halloween, so there is almost nonstop carnage Some slasher movies would be full of scenes of people creeping around playing cat and mouse with the killer, which usually ended up being boring Bryan Smith has cut out the fat and All Hallow s Dead goes straight for the throat and never stops.At a certain point in the book the setting changes and it almost feels like the reader has entered a different story This part is a perfect homage to the genre, right down to the convention of naming characters after cult horror icons Everything ties back together eventually, but this portion of the book was my favorite part and took me right back to watching rented VHS tapes late at night, knowing I was probably too young to be seeing what I was seeing.It seemed like Mr Smith was having a lot of fun writing All Hallow s Dead and this translates to the reader Social consciousness be damnedthis is sleazy, gory fun Highly recommended Creepy good reading for Halloween Yes, indeed WORTHY HORROR NOVEL I knew about Bryan Smith, the author, since like two years ago, but I hadn t the chance of reading anything by him so far I didn t foresee that this would be my first book by him, but I knew about the book in the right time, and since it was Halloween season, I decided it that it was the perfect choice to read.I am totally glad of having read it While, this is my first book by Bryan Smith, speaking for my reading expe Creepy good reading for Halloween Yes, indeed WORTHY HORROR NOVEL I knew about Bryan Smith, the author, since like two years ago, but I hadn t the chance of reading anything by him so far I didn t foresee that this would be my first book by him, but I knew about the book in the right time, and since it was Halloween season, I decided it that it was the perfect choice to read.I am totally glad of having read it While, this is my first book by Bryan Smith, speaking for my reading experience with this one, I can tell you that All Hallow s Dead is a great option to read in Halloween, but also, it s a well written book that it hasn t anything to be ashamed in comparison with works by contemporary masters like Stephen King or Dean Koontz In my humble opinion, this novel is as good as anything of the good books written by the mentioned masters of horror.Another thing that I liked a lot, it was that it s a reading of less than 300 pages, so you can cover it quite quick, but it s as rich and detailed as any example of 500 pages orAs I always have said If a book is really good, it will be with just less than 300 pages, filling a book with 400 pageswon t turning magically into a good book All Hallow s Dead is fast pacing, but with enough details, full of three dimensional characters, well written, smart developed and a truly worthy horror novel WELCOME TO WILLOW SPRINGS An injustice, a mean prank, was done many years ago, and now it s time for revenge, it s time for blood from guilty ones along with innocents Willow Springs, TN, will be the scenario of a gory rampage where nobody will be safe and not even the people of nearby towns There is indeed a selected group to suffer the rage of a pitiless killer, but not only guilty ones will suffer, also many innocents will be turn into targets Because the thirst for blood is huge for this murdererand only thirty one people will be able to surfeit his gory revenge, and he has only seven days until Halloween to succeed It s ambitious, yes, but he works better on a tight schedule.Don t underestimate him, he isn t a careless wacko, he knows what is doing, he isn t disconnected with reality, he is smart, fast, accurate, organized, effective, and relentless Nothing is by chance Everything is by his design.If you bump into him, don t run, don t fight, it s uselessyou re already dead Blood will run Happy Halloween 5 fun slashing stars Ah, yes, the 70 s and 80 s throwback to slasher movies I wonder sometimes if people who didn t grow up in that era and never had a chance to see the originals on the big screen could ever really understand the nostalgia Technology has gotten better, special effects are brilliant and realistic these days, budgets have grown and exposure has exploded with the internet yet none of these modern movies can do anything remotely close to what I felt when I watched those movies.Gr 5 fun slashing stars Ah, yes, the 70 s and 80 s throwback to slasher movies I wonder sometimes if people who didn t grow up in that era and never had a chance to see the originals on the big screen could ever really understand the nostalgia Technology has gotten better, special effects are brilliant and realistic these days, budgets have grown and exposure has exploded with the internet yet none of these modern movies can do anything remotely close to what I felt when I watched those movies.Granted, I m older,cynical, desensitized and my tastes have changed But then I read a book like this one and it puts me right back there I get to taste a small portion of those long forgotten feelings And, DAMN, how I miss it For those of you not familiar with Mr Smith s writing, he falls on theextreme side of the spectrum, so if you are not ready for that kind of horror, please avoid his writing until you can handle it Yes, there will be blood and sex and gore and grossness and.This story follows a fairly straightforward approach so I m not going to call spoiler alert here Elliott gets bullied and tortured as a boy by some of the other kids, and 25 years later goes on a killing spree This is not the type of book where you will wonder who the killer is or why he is doing the things he is doing it is explained fairly early in the story You might be surprised by WHAT he does at times, but there is nothing out of left field here And I think the book works better because of it Even the ending was predictable there are only so many ways to end this kind of story but I loved every single page.Now, this is a disclaimer The rest of this review will beon the genre and movies, so I will forgive you for not reading any further Go on, get on with your day Okay, so you have a couple of minutes to kill, I get it I may just need to inform you that I don t write reviews for money, so I don t even feel guilty about not taking the time to research and check my facts everything comes from memory This might mean I get some things wrong, but at the core, the ideas are sound well, for me, anyway.So, strap in and let s talk some slasher movies This genre is very near and dear to me I absolutely devoured these movies throughout my younger years It was the violence, nudity, blood, nudity, gore, nudity and what am I forgetting Oh yes, did I mention nearly all of them had a naked girl in there Hey, I was a fairly na ve and innocent yet hot blooded young man Some of us had to settle for what we could get Realistically, I was way too shy and stupid to get the easy girls So I had to live vicariously through imaginary characters.Enough about that.This is also the genre where success usually creates a franchise no, I am not a fan of sequels, yet I watched a shitload of them Ask any horror fan if the movie sucks, you get a fairly good comedy, especially when it was not meant to be funny at all And there is a very good reason for that The first movie if it is a success usually gives the audience something new or fresh, which we CRAVE, but once the idea is there, it can never be new or fresh again Which means that no matter how hard they try, it can never have that impact again So, when I discuss the following movies, I refer to the originals unless stated otherwise.The granddaddy of all the slashers, the one that set the bar, was made in the mid seventies You may have heard of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE The movie Wes Craven described as a Full frontal assault of horror Why Well, with a very small budget, an unknown cast and very young director, they beat the odds and created a classic to some, perhaps THE classic horror movie that remains relevant to this day And, in my opinion, there are two things that stand out with this movie The first is the fact that there is no supernatural element to this story Everything remains 100% realistic this could actually happen If you are not aware of this, there are elements of the Leatherface character that was inspired at least, in part by the serial killer Ed Gein And what could be scarier than a cannibalistic family abducting you there is no bargaining room when you are the food The second was brilliance by Toby Hooper, the director, with his camera angle I don t think most people realize until they watch the movie again and focus on it that there is no penetration of the skin shown Everything is implied, but the subconscious overrides that fact because of the way it was filmed and edited This was true genius The sequels are all far inferior, so much so that I read in some magazine some years ago that Matthew McConaughy and Renee Zellweger no idea if I spelled those surnames correct threatened to sue the distribution company once they became famous to suppress the one in which they both appeared.It didn t work, obviously, because I saw it on video many years ago.It is also difficult to judge the one with Jessica Biel because it was Jessica Biel Yup, still hot blooded And just an example about my statement about comedy in one of them the prequel R Lee Ermey cuts off his father s other leg with a chainsaw when the shit hits the fan, and when asked why, he shrugs and says For balance Loved that scene At the end of the 70 s another young filmmaker made a permanent impression on this specific genre and this brings us to my personal favourite slasher movie of all time HALLOWEENJohn Carpenter had a brilliant vision but not the budget to do honor to this script that he co wrote my apologies, madam, I can t remember your name With a measly 300 000, this movie was shot in something like a month Thanks, JJ.Carpenter cast an unknown Jamie Lee Curtis as the lead, mostly because he was a fan of her mother Janet Leigh, who had the honor of doing the first shower seen in mainstream cinema It was in this little movie called PSYCHO, don t know if you ve heard of it And Curtis got a paycheck of only 7 000.The movie grossed over 40 million dollars at the box office, but who is counting, right.As you can probably gather from this I have done some research on this movie years ago.Anyway, the reason this movie turned out to be such a masterpiece again, in my opinion, is the use of music to create tension Side note John Carpenter also composed the music for the film At the end of the day, Michael Myers only kills about six people in the movie a very low count for a slasher movie but all the tension comes from the psychological aspect of the movie The where is the killer hiding scenario, where you tense up, relax, tense up, relax, and WHAM You jump.As far as psychological horror goes, I have not seen anything that comes even close to the brilliance of this movie.Which brings us to today, which brings us to sequel number 104, isn t it And it seems that Jamie Lee Curtis is just as hard to kill as Michael No, just no.Then the 80 s came around and suddenly it wasn t safe to go camping any, thanks to the movie FRIDAY THE 13th Yes, someone will have sex and then die shorty after this is the movie that lay the ground rules for surviving a horror movie in the 80 s The geeky virgin will survive Etc etc etc.Remember, you have to think in terms of the audience not being used to all of this.However, the thing that pushed this movie above the others was the brilliant fucking twist Spoiler alert Jason Voorhees doesn t kill anybody until the second movie It was the most shocking thing since Luke found out who his father is And in 1984 Wes Craven took us to one of the most recognizable streets in the world with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Yeah, girls, a very young Johnny Depp appeared in the movie and no, he didn t survive Um, spoiler alert The brilliance of this one The monster, Freddy Krueger, comes to get you in your sleep There is just no way to escape from him Everybody HAS to sleep He is the monster that can t be killed And halfway through the movie you realize that you have no idea whether the characters are sleeping or awake any A bit of mind fuck 101.Hey, I can go on and on about this subject, but this is only a review, so I m gonna let you go at this stage There are movies I didn t mention here that deserves recognition, but my time is up.Recommended to all horror fans I think Bryan Smith has outdone himself with this book which is the fourth book I ve read by the author I think there sblood, gore, torture, depravity and insanity than Depraved 1 2 and Slowly We Rot.Most people will experience some form of bullying in their lives, but most will not have gone through the same trauma and humiliation that Elliot Parker suffered by his tormentors which is the catalyst for future events on Halloween Although, there is another tragedy that takes plac I think Bryan Smith has outdone himself with this book which is the fourth book I ve read by the author I think there sblood, gore, torture, depravity and insanity than Depraved 1 2 and Slowly We Rot.Most people will experience some form of bullying in their lives, but most will not have gone through the same trauma and humiliation that Elliot Parker suffered by his tormentors which is the catalyst for future events on Halloween Although, there is another tragedy that takes place on the same night, and that was probably the tipping point which led to the creation of The Ghost of Halloween Past twenty five years later Elliot Parker hates Halloween.Initially, I was on the side of the Avenger until he started doing things that were beyond reasonable Parker has been spending the last twenty five years brooding, fantasising, and slowly drifting into madness Then he stops taking the meds he was prescribed and he finally snaps where the fantasy is going to become a reality for his former antagonists and other people who are innocent of any wrongdoing against him because of the hatred that s been festering inside of him for so many years As there are thirty one days in October that is how many people he wants to eliminate One for each day, I guess and he has some creative ways of killing torturing and psychologically screwing with his victims He certainly keeps the Sheriff s department busy with all the ensuing carnage that s unleashed in Willow Springs, TN.The story vacillates from the present to the past, every so often so you get an insight into what Elliot has been going through most of his life For someone who is very meticulous and organised, he was also very clumsy, at times which led to some hilarious situations The sex scenes were amusing, as well where most of the characters head straight for the sweet spot, with little foreplay but there is another reason why they were quite funny, and messy.Anyway, I really liked the book which reminded me of the movies Halloween, Friday 13th and Hostel, etcetera