Author: Terry Sherwood

Terry Sherwood Born in Ottawa Ontario,  Canada; Terry is a "Monster kid ', film fan and popular culture person. Once worked in television as a commercial writer/ Director. Writer of the SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET  site covering aspects of the Horror Genre from Books, Comics, to Film old and new. He has previously written for WE BELONG DEAD and  MONSTERMANIA magazines, The Spooky Isle UK website, Horror hound and  Turner Classic Movies. Published Book  of own writings titled SCREEN AND SCREEN AGAIN:  ESSAYS ON THE HORROR FILM on amazon world wide plus contributed to other genre  books. Chaired numerous convention panel discussions on Horror and Comics Terry is member of  The Horror Writers Association and Dracula Society in U.K.

REPRESSION (a.k.a. Marionette) *** Netherlands / Luxembourg / UK 2020 Dir: Elbert van Strien. 112 mins Start with generous portions of raw “Evil children controlling the adults as Billy Mumy did in THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode IT’S A GOOD LIFE.  Then you add a dash of FIGHT CLUB (1999), a sprinkle of outdoor Gothic Thriller of your choice with rain, and lovely villages, simmer for 112 minutes over a slow heat, attempt to bring to boil and you get REPRESSION a.k.a Marionette (2020). Serves as many as you want, with heat-dissipating satisfaction. The picture or this recipe starts off with…

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A FERAL WORLD * USA 2020 Dir: David Liban. 104 mins A genre is comprised of a series of situations, characters and variations thereof.  One of the unfortunate worlds many seem to work in now is the post-apocalyptic world.  This is not new:  it is a metaphor for wiping the slate clean and imposing what the writers, film makers and actors want to say.  A FERAL WORLD (2020) is a small story of aging and family ties set against the destruction of known society. The picture was written by David Liban, who is a Professor of film studies at the…

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The pandemic has made many think of the treatment of the aged. Many are not in a good situation for various factors sometimes beyond their control. The Horror genre has perpetuated many images of the old in making them those that are acted upon or do and control activities and others. Complex in the case of drama and arc within a film or book, one not easily achieved. Neglected often is the work and process behind these characters and the actors of both sexes that inhabit their roles. More to these people that bring the atmosphere in brief moments than…

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ENTOMBED ** Norway 2020 Dir: Kjell Hammerø. 88 mins Isolation was a slightly upbeat song from the band Joy Division. Now even more so it has become a  theme for the horror film. ENTOMBED (2020) is another entry in the ‘down in a hole” sub-genre along with 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016), the original MARTYRS (2008), the SAW series and others that in my opinion are thrillers. ENTOMBED (2020) is the work of Kjell Hammerø who wrote, directed and edited the eighty-eight-minute film. The story is in the bleak near-future filled with fog where zombies known as Walkers are menacing the…

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COVEN *** USA 2020 Dir: Margaret Malandruccolo. 80 mins The Teen Witch genre has a new entry in the form of Thriller Pictures release COVEN (2020). The picture is not to be confused with several other films called Coven, The Coven or the series work from the outlandishly fun series American Horror Story. These films are part of the entertainment cycle that spring up when you get a big budget success like THE CRAFT (1996). For film makers, they become easy to make. COVEN (2020) features ‘comely’ college girls who are intent on resurrecting their god Ashura. The coven features…

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