"Run-of-the-mill" seems like a modestly accurate way to describe myself in terms of horror fandom. In certain respects I find that valuable, since ideally I can make an appeal to those like myself, to those who may be testing the waters, and hopefully to the hardcore horror fans as well. (And I sincerely encourage feedback, especially from the latter.) It wasn't until several years ago, the present time of this writing being December of '09 to give perspective, that the genre genuinely appealed to me and I owe all that to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT'. After that, it was a slow and steady progression that grew into watching more Stephen King film adaptations, then into watching general horror films. In more recent years it's branched from solely films into different mediums, namely: comics (comic books, manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.), purely written literature, and different games.

But let's get to the point, shall we? The Darkley Niche is something I've constructed after the comic-in-progress that a friend and myself plan on self-publishing, an anthology of short horror stories much in the same vein as 'Tales from the Crypt' and similar titles. The series centers around a faceless persona we've affectionately dubbed Alan Darkley, the Niche's namesake, and a cast of storytellers whose tales fall within particular subgenres and sister genres of horror. This site is the drawing board, if you will, where everything posted is either a form of research or a roughing out of ideas. It's all relevant in some fashion. By exploring these different horror stories and their mediums a better understanding and influence of the genre, as well as inspiration, can be put into the comic. Even if you have no personal interest in the project, perhaps you can glean something from the reviews and the like. And if nothing else, the Niche will work to serve my own purposes.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Halloween II - Dear Sister

After watching Rob Zombie's 'Halloween II' last Monday with Don, this came to mind. Enjoy this little video put together by yours truly. A film review will follow later on. (WARNING: spoiler alert)


  1. So what did you think of this movie, Andrew? I'll be honest with you - I couldn't stand it. I watched it with my brother and we both didn't like it at all. All the visions with Michael's mother seemed so alien to the franchise! It just made me think of Friday the 13th. Also, Dr. Loomis was turned into some sort of famewhoring asshole and even Laurie was way over the top. I just cracked up laughing in that bit where she's in therapy looking at the Rorschach test on the wall, which is CLEARLY the shape of two horses. Rorschach tests aren't supposed to be that obvious. But well, I'm always curious to know what people think, I'd like to know your opinion! :)

  2. I have to agree with you, Carla, it was not particularly that good. And the sad thing is despite the negative reviews, I wanted to like it.

    When it began, I was actually hopeful because it opened at the hospital. Since it's Halloween II, you would expect it to stay close to the story used in the original sequel. But then it jumps the tracks, posing a sort of "what if?" scenario where Michael instead laid low. So in that respect I can commend Rob Zombie for trying to be original, but yes, the whole white horse imagery with the Meyers mother was too obscure.

    As for Dr. Loomis, he gets so high off of fame that he turned into a complete douche who keeps throwing around random quotes. Which was lousy, because he was always my favorite character in the franchise and I happened to like Malcolm McDowell. And Laurie just got annoying after being so angsty and dropping the F-bomb so often. The only time that I temporarily did like her was when she had the good taste to dress up in 'Rocky Horror' theme with her friends.

    If Zombie went with the original story of Halloween 2, things would have likely been fine. I would rather that he deviate from the story if he went on to film a Halloween III, since the original was so far off the mark that I don't really consider it part of the legitimate franchise. More like a bastard child, really. However, since he killed off all the main characters (at least apparently) it makes a sequel seem unlikely. Then again, SAW has been milking it, so...

    Anyway, I thought that this site was set to send me e-mail alerts when I get comments, so my apologies for the delay in responding. Thank you very much for the comment! I appreciate it and I like getting feedback, especially from friends. c: