Review: Terminator – Dark Fate (2019)

Terminator: Dark Fate (dir. Tim Miller, 2019) – A newly modified Terminator hunts down Dani Ramos, whose survival may just depend on a cyborg from the future and a familiar saviour.

2/5

Warning: Spoilers.

Should Genisys have been the final nail in the coffin, fans would have revelled. But that would only be gravely underestimating the resilience of the T-800, who has over and again promised us otherwise. And so The Terminator is back once more in Dark Fate, which wisely ignores the subpar Rise of the Machines, mildly entertaining Salvation, and the unwatchable Genisys.

For a while, the supposed threequel looks promising. James Cameron’s best works will finally get their due proper end… Or so we were led to believe. Instead, T1 and T2 proved to be for naught as the Terminator succeeds in killing off John Connor, right in the very first act. Easily. Without so much as a scuffle. Just like that, the arduous journey of Sarah and Kyle Reese comes to mean nothing in this new, altered timeline.

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Book Review: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

The Long and Faraway Gone (Lou Berney, 2015) – Haunted by their past, two survivors of unresolved cases continue their search for closure twenty five years on.

4/5

Death is harder on the ones left behind. Two decades could not erase their pain, as two survivors continue their search for elusive answers, unknowingly falling back into the past at the great cost of the present.

A powerfully written novel, The Long and Faraway Gone is about guilt and grief in the aftermath of unexpected tragedies. Author Lou Berney puts us in the ragged souls of the ones left behind, such that we long for the answers as much as they do.

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Review: In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

In the Shadow of the Moon (dir. Jim Mickle, 2019) – Officer Thomas Lockhart spends decades tracking down a mysterious serial killer, who resurfaces every nine years.

3/5

In 1988, several strangers die gruesome deaths across the country at the same time, and the police are no closer to a motive. That is until one victim’s dying words points to an unidentified suspect – a young black woman in a hoodie (Cleopatra Coleman).

Officers Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) and Maddox (Bokeem Woodbine) manage to track down the alleged serial killer at the train station, only to witness her fatal accident. Not before she calls Lockhart by name and predicts the birth of his daughter.

The incident, followed by the shock of his personal tragedy, sends him spiralling down a dark rabbit hole as he goes on an obsessive hunt for elusive answers. A glimmer of hope comes in the return of the killer nine years later, alive and unaged.

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Stories for Samhain #6: Fate’s Warning

It is that time of the year again. Enjoy a short story in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Halloween. x

Tonight, the city bathes in the light glow of stars. Long absent from the night sky, they flicker like weak bulb lights through window drapes festered by time. From the lonely hill where Emil stands, the metropolis looks miniature. It seems ideal, faultless, and even alive if he dares hope. But the guise of the urban sea is deceitful of all things.

Emil knows, because he has seen what is left back there. Roads have turned sand-yellow from neglect. A closer look will reveal crusted bits of red flesh and broken nails amidst the dust. But even without squinting, you can smell death in the air. Livestock and humans alike in death, their rot blending as one.

Rags and bones drag along the muddy grounds of where he used to have a home. Monsters stagger along abandoned streets. Bodies howl in sorrow, as their desperate spirits attempt escapes in vain. Safe at a distance, Emil can still hear the guttural screams that never fade. He can no longer tell if the cries had come from the decaying throats of the undead, or the living on the run.

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Music Recs #13: Happy Halloween

October is coming to an end. It is time to retire This is Halloween and Monster Mash from your Halloween playlists this year, for fresher tracks on monsters, ghouls, sharp knives, and loaded guns. Life’s no fun without a good scare and duller still, without good music. Have fun with these six horror-inspired picks from the 2000s. Do share your own recommendations below. x

American Murder Song – Jenny Was A Friend of Mine

Not enough people have seen Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich’s Repo! The Genetic Opera, which deserved more love than it received. The passion project has since paved way for other equally underrated ventures, such as American Murder Song. This murder ballad collection is the brainchild of Zdunich and his co-writer of The Devil’s Carnival Saar Hendelman. Therein lies an excellent cover of Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, originally by… The Killers. (Sorry)

We took a walk that night
But it wasn’t the same
We had a fight on the promenade
Out in the rain

She said she loved me
But she had somewhere to go
She couldn’t scream while I held her close
I swore I’d never let her go

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