Top Five Classical Symphonies of All Time

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (1822) – The best use of licensed music in the history of cinema is this in Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” then in “Die Hard” and legions of imitators afterwards. Every movement is stunning, and like a great literary work, the fourth movement’s “Ode to Joy” with choir tops them all. Also,…

HYPERION & THEIA: VOLUME ONE: SATURNALIA

A Roman noble and a warrior-turned-slave venture into the territory of a Queen of Ancient Egypt in my fantasy adventure tale SCRIPTO INFERIOR. James Dorr, Tyler Bourassa, B Morris Allen and I will thrill you with NEW short fiction in the inaugural issue of the anthology magazine HYPERION & THEIA, edited by Elizabeth O. Smith…

Halloween Viewing – Week Four

Reviewed: “Stir of Echoes,” “The Innocents,” “The Devil’s Backbone” “Carnival of Souls,” “The Crow.” Final week of our #31DaysOfHalloween movie marathon. “Stir of Echoes” (1999) – A wonderful ghost story by Richard Matheson gets the big-screen treatment by David Koepp. The women characters and licensed music could have used more work, and the homage to…

Halloween Viewing – Week Three

Reviewed: “Night of the Hunter,” “The Fury,” “Carrie,” “1922,” “Horror Express” and “Mindhunter.”  A few gems found in our #31DaysOfHalloween movie marathon before I roll out the big guns for the final week! Here we go. “Night of the Hunter” (1955) – This might be the only movie Charles Laughton directed (a shame – it’s…

Halloween Viewing – Week Two

Pseudo-themes are developing this year in our #31DaysOfHalloween movie-watching marathon. Check it out: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) – “Frankenstein” ended neatly, yet Hollywood demanded a sequel. James Whale delivered it. This movie pays homage to Mary Shelly and friends while still being a true monster movie that’s also loaded with pathos and humor… all packed…

Halloween Viewing – Week One

I love Halloween month. It’s one of the only times of the year the wife is open to watching horror films, my favorite brand of escapist entertainment. We’ve been married twelve years, so in Halloweens past, I’ve already shown her the all-time classics, like “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “Alien” and “The Thing” — and…

Music of the Wild – Sources

I’m fascinated by the 1920s — those few years between world wars saw heavy exploration of the Earth’s dark corners go hand-in-hand with astounding industrial developments that were happening all over the world. The American writer H.P. Lovecraft wrote of the Celtic god Nodens in his story The Strange High House in the Mist; Chris…

Bio

Victor H. Rodriguez is a talent manager, novelist and short-story writer. He’s been a scriptwriter for HBO and published short fiction with Murder of Stortytellers, Jaded Books and White Wolf. He also has short stories in the upcoming anthologies Year’s Best Transhuman SF from Gehenna and Hinnom, and Hyperion and Theia from Radiant Crown.

“Annabelle: Creation” – 8/10

The Blumhouse tapestry of horror films continues to take shape with this well-crafted origin story.  Annabelle first appeared in “The Conjuring” (2013) in a supporting role. She starred in her own forgettable spin-off film a year later. Honestly, the current Annabelle film doesn’t offer anything new, but it’s scary and fun as hell. Good performances…