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B Horror

I admit that I am a sucker for bad horror movies. I enjoy them as much as the good ones on occasion. It’s true that most are formulaic and poorly written, yet it never fails to amaze me that recent movies are put out with virtually no regard for any accuracy. The key to quality horror is the suspension of disbelief. Within the confines of the world created the question becomes ‘do I buy this.’

  • Rule 1 – Make the protagonist at least somewhat likable. If you don’t then why do I care.
  • Rule 2 – Google police procedures. With the boom in cop shows, bad movies are no longer fooling anyone with convenient plot twists that fail miserably when measured against the basic realities of how the world works.
  • Rule 3 – If your villain is supernatural, preternatural, or otherwise unworldly, then having them hit someone over the head with a bottle and forcing their head under water is lame. No two ways about it.

While most bad horror fails to entertain, I have found some amazing gems. Never judge anything by its cover. But, sometimes you know pretty quick if the cover was right.

 

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Kickoff Is Upon Us

The 2013 NCAA FBS season is here. For such a monumental moment a podcast has been added to the blog. For high level thoughts on how the season will play out feel free to listen. As to whom I see making noise this year I have added a watch list. My upset of week one is TCU over LSU. I worry that the D won’t be ready for the opener.

  • American Athletic Conference
    • Louisville is the team
  • ACC
    • Clemson, Florida St, Miami
  • Big 10
    • Michigan St, Ohio St
  • Big 12
    • Oklahoma St, TCU, Texas
  • Conference USA
    • East Carolina, Rice, SMU
  • MAC
    • Bowling Green, Toledo
  • Mountain West
    • Boise St, Fresno St
  • Pac 12
    • Arizona St, Oregon, Stanford
  • SEC
    • Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina
  • Sun Belt
    • Louisiana -La

Fear Itself

Horror is subjective. Great works tell a story and sometimes those stories require a suspension of disbelief.  The scariest horror movie to one may be boring and unrealistic to another. I can name several books and movies that I found more horrible than horrific that friends loved and the reverse as well. With the look at fear the universals apply. There will always be fears that mankind shares regardless of technological or social advancement. Consider a work like Silence of the Lambs. It has been called horror; but I would not consider it part of the genre. That does not diminish it in any way and it does fall into one of the traditional fears of man. Let’s take a look at some of the top fears that we enjoy tormenting ourselves with through page or screen.

  • The Dark – Man’s fear of the dark is biological. We have not always had street lights. Old cities had walls for reasons other than defense against man. The dark is where the wild things are and they are hungry. Animals, superstitions, and evil men wait for us in the dark hoping we glide gently into its ebon embrace.
  • The Unknown – Lovecraft mastered the fear of the unknown. But the nature of the unknown has evolved over the years. The mystery lurking in the dark has now become the unknown of the powers that be or the strange sickness that waits for us in a wave of microscopic invasions.
  • Cannibalism – Here is where the aforementioned work comes in. Decent society has for millennia cringed at the notion of becoming another human’s dinner.
  • Loss – The idea that we could lose the things we love most will always be terrifying to us. Nothing could be worse than the loss of a child. The ancients saw lineage as the key to familial success. The success of the bloodline. It is no wonder that so many works have been devoted to the subject.
  • The ‘Devil’ – Whatever the culture calls it, there is always a premium evil that torments and tempts us into eternal damnation. Religion becomes irrelevant to the fear as money and betrayal could replace it in a heartbeat.

So the question is what do you fear?

Support Your Local Brewer

Blog, rant, whatever. Microbreweries, big business, and your local store all need your hard earned dollars. Here’s the trick, though, when you walk into your local chain grocery there is only so much shelf space. Who gets the space? I’ll give you two guesses.

Here’s where we as consumers come in. Yes, there is plenty to be said for the established brands of beer. Personally, I’m a Guinness man. That said, if we want the next generation of beer drinkers to enjoy what we did not have, then we need to support the local guy and his dream to craft a spectacular brew. Who cooks better, big chain restaurant or grandma? There are things you can do to help. As I type I am enjoying a Good People Pale Ale, while not down the street local, they are within a hundred mile radius.

  • When in your local big chain store – ask for the local beer every time you go in. They will catch on at some point.
  • Your local pub/bar has a local – ask if they will dedicate more than one on tap. Moreover, remember that they will sell that which they think sells best. They will listen to their customers. If a bunch of your friends go in each week, then say “hey, do you have the local on tap yet?”
  • There is almost a guarantee that there is a mom and pop shop that sells the local fare – we in the Huntsville area have several. I know I for one enjoy going to Liquor Express to fill a growler off the wall of taps. Get what you like. The key is to savor what wets your whistle.

So, now that you have witnessed the soap box, what are your thoughts? What is the best local beer you sampled?

Here We Go!

Welcome to the blog that addresses the hardest hitting topics of our day. Interaction is always encouraged but the niceties will be observed at all times. A glimpse into the world of Mat Hudson literature concerns the following topics. Hopefully together we can learn and grow into heathens scared to stumble outside to check the circuits when the ball game is interrupted by a spooky power outage.

  • Fermentation – Each week we will explore microbreweries, fine spirits, and frivolity. Sometimes it will just be around my home town and other times we will travel the world.
  • Football – On Tuesdays and Wednesdays check for insights into college football. During the off season for America football and during important events, I will wax poetic on good old football, or as we call it soccer.
  • Fear – Each weekend a different aspect of horror will be examined or reviewed. Hopefully we at TheMatHudson can steer you the readers to good books, movies, and games. Also, your feedback through polls will help us learn more as well.
  • As an added bonus, days with historical significance will often be discussed. Of course, as an Ancient and Classical Historian, those events may not be as well known to the average reader.

 

Join us on our journey to provide insight, inspiration, and inebriation to you each week.

 

Cheers!

Mat