The Black Demon: Monster #MovieReview

I love my shark movies, and I love some bad movies. One of my favorites is Sharknado.

The Black Demon is no Sharknado. It didn’t have enough shark or a high enough body count. On the plus side, it was a really, really huge shark. Actually, it was a megalodon. There have been three movies in recent times featuring this giant shark, and they have all failed to truly take advantage of the size of the shark. If you’re going to have a giant shark as a monster, well, have it do things only a giant shark can do. Otherwise, why bother having a giant shark?

The premise of the movie is interesting. Environmental changes in the area brought on by the oil rig just off the coast, cause the ancient gods to awaken and the giant shark. The acting wasn’t great – the emotional reactions were way over the top, there were shifts in the logic of the story that didn’t make sense, and there were scenes just stuck in there for the sake of a message. Honestly, I don’t mind those things because they were funny, and a decent bad movie should make you laugh. There was a speech that reminded me of Jurassic Park and another that reminded me of Armageddon. Both excellent disaster/monster movies, by the way. I give the moviemakers bonus points for invoking thoughts of better movies.

I knew from the narrated explanation at the beginning of the movie (like they did in many old sci-fi movies) that this fell into the B movie category. Only B movies do that sort of thing, so I had hopes for this one falling into the bad but fun category.

However, there is no saving the fact that the shark has hardly any screen time and not very many people get eaten. The body parts in the water suggest there was a feast at some point, but we don’t get to see it. There is a fair amount of tension and drama. But because we don’t get to see the shark very often, I have to give this a 2.5 beer rating. I would go lower, but the movie is watchable for the most part and kind of fun if you don’t expect too much. The lack of shark is just disappointing.

It’s currently streaming on Amazon.

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Rampage was a Spectacular Thrill Ride #Scifi #MovieReview

I found this gem on Hulu. How did I not know of Rampage before it was streaming? It has giant creatures. I love giant creature movies.

Rampage, starring the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, is a thrilling creature feature that delivers exactly what fans of giant monster movies crave. Packed with jaw-dropping action, impressive visual effects, and a touch of humor, Rampage embarks on a high-stakes battle between a gigantic gorilla, a gigantic wolf, and a gigantic… (I’ll leave that a surprise like the movie did) and humanity.

Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a primatologist has a remarkable bond with a gentle albino gorilla named George. When a genetic experiment goes awry, George, along with other animals, is transformed into something enormous and highly destructive. Yay! Although, I felt a bit bad for George. Davis, teaming up with a brilliant genetic engineer named Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), races against time to save George and prevent the catastrophic consequences of these rampaging beasts.

Destruction and mayhem, and the creatures did many surprising and fun things. Yay! No singing or dancing, but there were jokes and heartfelt moments. Lots of things eaten and ruined by the beasts. Yay!

If you love this genre, treat yourself to this movie. I highly recommend it, and beer is optional to enjoy it.


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Daelin Long: A Journey from Adversity to Heroism in the Rifters Series #fantasybooks #steampunk

Daelin Long, a resilient and courageous character who undergoes a transformation from a lost soul to a fearless defender of our world.

Daelin Long from the popular steampunk fantasy series


From New York City to Settler: A Fresh Start Amidst Mystery

Daelin’s life takes an unforeseen twist when she is fired from her assistant editor’s job in bustling New York City and falls victim to a robbery. Seeking solace and a fresh start, she relocates to the quiet town of Settler, Oregon, with the help of her sister, Charming. However, her arrival in Settler is marred by the mysterious absence of her sister, setting the stage for an extraordinary and suspenseful journey.

Adjusting to Small-Town Life: A World of Secrets Unveiled

The transition from the hubbub of city life to the tranquility of Settler poses its own challenges for Daelin. As she navigates the small town’s close-knit community, she discovers that it holds secrets far beyond what meets the eye. Daelin’s quest to uncover the truth about her sister’s disappearance leads her down a rabbit hole of strange occurrences, revealing a hidden world where monsters are real.

From Fear to Heroism: Embracing the Rifters’ Call

As the truth of the supernatural unfolds, Daelin finds herself drafted into the Rifters—a group of courageous individuals dedicated to defending humanity from the menacing creatures that lurk in the shadows. Despite her initial fear and uncertainty, Daelin’s unwavering determination to save her sister propels her to often take on a leadership role among the Rifters. Through her resourcefulness, bravery, and intelligence, she becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Unlikely Allies and Unexpected Bonds: Friendship with a Ghost

While battling monsters, Daelin discovers an unlikely ally in the form of a ghost—her best friend in Settler. This spectral companion becomes a steadfast source of support, offering guidance, friendship, and a unique perspective on the supernatural forces that surround them. Together, they forge an important bond, serving as a testament to the strength of connection even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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Meet Charming Moon Knight, the Rifter and Paleontologist who Disappeared from the Popular Steampunk Fantasy, The Rifters. #fantasybooks #Kindle #Kobo #Nook #iBook #GooglePlay More

Who is Charming Moon Knight?

The popular and fan-favorite steampunk fantasy, The Rifters, opens with Charming’s disappearance through the rift. Not only does she face the danger of the monster chasing her, but going through the rift is forbidden.

Charming from the popular steampunk series, The Rifters

Charming’s disappearance casts a dark cloud over Daelin’s arrival to the town of Settler. The phantom stealing heads, a notorious outlaw, is on the loose, and Charming’s neighbor, Earl Blacke, seems to know more about her disappearance than he’s saying. Come to find out, it’s imperative that Charming’s whereabouts remain a secret. But there’s more to Charming than her loyalty to the rifters, a myriad of secrets, and sudden disappearance.

Charming Loves Dinosaurs

Charming Moon Knight is a paleontologist who works at the Paleo Institute in Settler, Oregon. She has a deep understanding of the history of our planet, and she’s made several important contributions to the field of paleontology. Her work at the Paleo Institute has helped to advance its reputation on the world stage, and her expertise is highly valued by her colleagues. Recently, she helped find a new specimen of dinosaur out in the desert that the Paleo Institute is devoted to unearthing before winter sets in.

Her Dedication to the Rifters

Charming has been with the rifters since shortly after her arrival in Settler. Earl Blacke brought her to Settler, and hangs around like a stalker. When he confessed who he really was, Charming was shocked but accepted that a relative of hers traveled to the present from 1888. She doesn’t trust Earl’s motives, but knows he won’t let her down. Not without letting himself down. She knows going through the rift is against the rules, but she’ll do anything to protect her fellow rifters.

As one review put it, “The world created in The Rifters is like the Wild West meets Ghostbusters with some Stargate and a bit of Steampunk thrown in. Even though everything seems a bit familiar, it’s not, which is what makes it compelling.” Charming roles in the rifters and with the Paleo Institute are a key part of what makes the world of Settler so fascinating and unique.

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Daelin Long moves to the small town of Settler, Oregon, after her dream job in New York City comes to an end. However, Settler is no ordinary town. It is filled with secrets, from oddly fashioned devices to strange lights in the night sky. And when a phantom outlaw starts committing gruesome murders, Daelin begins to suspect that her own sister may have been a victim.

With her sister missing and no one to turn to, Daelin must navigate the town’s dangerous secrets and uncover the truth about her sister’s disappearance. But who can she trust? As the mystery deepens, Daelin finds herself drawn into a web of intrigue and danger that threatens to have her joining the ghosts.

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#SciFi Worth Reading: The Kaiju Preservation Society #BookReview

best selling science fiction from John ScalziThe Kaiju Preservation Society by best-selling science fiction author John Scalzi brightened my days while I was reading it. Several times, it made me laugh out loud. The premise is quite original as to where and how Kaiju live. There’s lots of action, and the references to life-changing moments because of COVID made it relatable and real.

In his postscript, Scalzi says this novel is the equivalent of a pop song, and it is. The plot is often predictable, but the originality of the world in which it takes place was fun.

As you know, I love my monster/giant reptile stories, so I couldn’t resist reading this one. If you’re looking for something light and fun and with a few laughs, The Kaiju Preservation Society will fill that void. And, where do I apply? I want to work there.

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.



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