My eldest son and I are the only two people in my family interested in horror movies. My son is a movie fanatic (having graduated Toronto Film School) and prefers to see movies in the theatres alone, late at night, to prevent any crowding. And since he would be my only companion if he wasn’t a fanatic, I too go to the movies alone, only not by choice.
About this movie, I hadn’t heard of it at all. I saw no previews, and really, had no idea it was on the horror radar (and being a self-proclaimed horror fan and horror author, I should’ve been aware of it). I don’t know if that was a benefit or not. I think not knowing anything about it allowed me to view it with no preconceptions. I don’t know if that matters in this instance because I know I would have enjoyed it either way. This is a great horror film. Like superb.
No spoilers here. All I can say is that the film is full of movie and story cliches that get turned on their head in a clever and fantastically violent way. No Terrifier violent, but like how Friday the 13th used to be violent. A gritty, visceral violence with a purpose. This movie had me cringing in my seat and to have that effect on me, a person who has been watching horror since he was six years old, that is no mean feat. Seriously, if you dig horror, see this film. Where I am at, it’s on Amazon Prime. And as a bonus, the prequel is set to release soon! Aw yeah!
Wester States 100-mile Endurance Race
For whatever reason, while surfing the Tubes of You, I ran across a video documenting a 100-mile footrace through the mountains.
The runners ascend a total of 18,090 feet and descend a total of 22,970 feet. They climb snow-covered mountains and run through scorchingly hot valleys where the sun reflects off shale to cook you while you run. And if you complete the 100 miles in less than 24 hours, you earn yourself a coveted belt buckle!
The course record is 14:09:28, held by Jim Walmsley.
This fascinated the hell out of me. What does it take to run that far? Who does such a thing? Why hadn’t I heard of this before? For a guy who was overweight and smoked for years, this race was everything I was not. I was not in shape, I was not disciplined and I had no real appreciation of what the body could do when the mind demanded it. I’m paraphrasing here, but Nietzsche said something similar to A person who can’t command themself is thus commanded. Essentially, without discipline, the body, the impulses, the drives, rule the mind. I wanted to see what I could do. And running is a gruelling training ground for the mind.
Check out the video here. I think you’ll dig it.
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