“The Kickstarter is going to run Friday after next. We’re not asking for a lot as these are charity anthos, but we have expenses to cover.
I’d be interested in thoughts re:levels.
Also, we’re going to push the pub date into 2021 so that we can have a longer pre-pub push and not compete with a slew of late-season releases.”
I will of course keep you all posted re: the Kickstarter.
As I mentioned above, I had gone to Zia Records for Record Store Day, but was unimpressed with what was on offer, so I held off buying any records. While I was there, however, I did see quite a few DVDs that caught my eye, and ended up getting three that I thought I would get the most use out of: Let the Right One In (2008), And Now the Screaming Starts (1973) and The Hunchback of the Morgue (1972).
I watched Let the Right One In first and I think got a lot more out of it than the first time I saw it. It is a near perfect movie, with maybe the only misstep being the cat scene, which didn’t quite come off right. Otherwise it is a poignant story, which is a lot more nuanced than people give it credit for. I hope to get the book soon and do a comparison, as I understand there are differences. I will also have to re-watch the Hammer adaptation to add it to the critique.

Fengriffen by Davis Case (1971, Lancer Books)

Next up was And Now the Screaming Starts, which is an Amicus adaptation of the Gothic novella Fengriffen (1970), by David Case. Supposedly, it was filmed as Fengriffen, but the title was changed at the last minute to something a little more eye-catching. The movie follows the basic story of the novella but added a subplot about a disembodied hand that strangles anyone who interferes with the Fengriffen family curse. This is apparently not in the novel, which is a more subtle story involving a rapacious spirit that haunts the bride of Charles Fengriffen. This is an oddity in the Amicus catalog, as it is not only a full-length feature, whereas most of their output was in the portmanteau format, but it is a period film whereas most of their movies were set in contemporary times.
Peter Cushing makes an appearance about halfway through the film as Dr. Pope, an early proponent of psychological evaluation, who has been summoned to try to get to the bottom of the new Mrs. Fengriffen’s hysterical outbursts and night terrors. Despite his best efforts, he is powerless against the vengeance from beyond the grave. I have started reading this book and hope to do a more in depth review once I am done.
Lastly, in one of my forums on Facebook I spotted a link to a video of the 1975 BBC episode of The Ash Tree by M.R. James from the A Ghost Story for Christmas series. I was very excited to see the whole episode as I had only seen bits and pieces of it in the past. It was fairly faithful to the story, with a few minor alterations, and the climactic scene where Sir Matthew Fell is visited by the witch’s emissaries is both thrilling and very disturbing. I won’t say anything more to give it away. As an added plus, I mentioned this in the M.R. James Appreciation Society forum and was given several links to other episodes, including the one for Le Fanu‘s Schalcken the Painter, which I had been wanting to see ever since I read the story. I hope to watch that one tonight and perhaps add to my previous review of the tale.