Red Capers # 17
Published by The Mustache
My name is Louie Matos and I’m a geek. I’m such a geek that the week my best friend moved to Puerto Rico, I asked him to co-write a blog. Of course he said, “Yes!” because I’m SOOO flipping interesting, and because since we’ve known each other, we collaborate even when we don’t know we’re doing it. For the purposes of this blog, I’m the mustache. I’ve had a mustache since I was 12 years old, and I’ve never shaved it off. (We Puerto Ricans love our facial hair.) I was born into my geekdom. My Mom was a collector, and my Dad was a huge reader. So early on Dad would read to me and when he was done with the book, I would keep it until I learned to read for myself. And then I read everything, inhaling books from our school library 5 or 6 per week. When we moved to a new, safe neighborhood, I began to walk to the library, weekly. That’s when I became obsessed with books in general, and horror in particular. In Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, my brother, Marc, and I moved into the basement together. We had our own TV and because we were in the basement, Mom and Dad pretty much left us to our own devices if we let our little sister, Dee, tagalong. There in that basement we would watch creature features, chiller theatre, and horror marathons. We collected comic books, toys, and books. When we could afford our own VCR, we collected movies. So if I were to communicate my geekdom, I would say I’m a horror guy, former collector of Fangoria magazine. I still read 3 or 4 books per week (mostly horror and sci fi but practically anything.) I still read comics when I can get my hands on them (no small feat here in Puerto Rico). Dungeons and Dragons is still a must at family gatherings and we never fight about which is better (Star Wars or Star Trek). We can enjoy both. This blog will have all of that and a whole lot more. Stay tuned. View all posts by The Mustache
4 thoughts on “Red Capers # 17”
Hey PICs engaging episode today! You guys have been quite busy. Love the concept of nominating horror films, actors and writers. I submitted my votes already! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with as a culminating event. Mustache, glad you finished watching Drácula. Beard tsk, tsk. While I enjoyed watching this series I do acknowledge that writers are over playing the use of supernatural instead of sticking to the horror formula. I’ve recently been disappointed by two series (Black Spot and Dublin Murders) these shows had true potential but in the end copped out with the supernatural stuff. Reminds me of the epic fail that was the finale of Twin Peaks and the twists and turns of Lost that made me lose interest in the tv series. As critics it’s important to share with viewers what works and what doesn’t. Differing opinions may strike a chord with some subscribers and prompt them to respond.
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Hello, LadyGeek! Glad you already voted. Remember that you can vote as many times as you like. I’m writing my Dracula review in a few minutes, after I finish with my emails. Yeah, I’m not sure what the Beard’s issues are, but he said he wasn’t into it after the first episode. I’m sure that it is pretty consistent with my feelings about messing with a “Classic” and still calling it Dracula. I heard of Black Spot but not Dublin Murders. I’m making sure that neither gets on my queue. I look forward to checking out your votes when we tally on the 28th of March.
Mustache, I disagree. Who wants another rehashing of the classic. I like that it was reimagined in so many ways. The first episode remains true to the original, the 2nd creative and the last is where the story crumbles a bit. I thought the Danish actor who played Dracula was amazing. He
was suave, debonair, witty and frightfully evil all in one. I also liked the cat and mouse banter between him and Agatha Van Helsing. It was a nice surprise that the sexual tension is between Dracula and his nemesis. Can’t wait to read your take! I’m almost afraid now for you to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Lol!
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LadyGeek, I’m kind of glad you disagree. I don’t want everyone to agree with me. I want them to hear my well-reasoned argument, and then say, “OK. I see where you’re coming from.” When I speak of the classic, I’m not holding it up as a sacred cow to be adored. I’m not expecting a rehash of the classic.story unless you call it Dracula. If you’re changing Stoker’s character, or story SO much that it is barely recognizable, you have to change the title. Call it “Dracula and then some, because I don’t have any original ideas for myself” that way I will know what to expect. It’s the same argument I had about the Conan movie. You can’t expect me to hear the name Dracula and not come away with certain expectations. My review is already written, but it will post in a few hours.