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All Hallow s Dead is Bryan Smith s ode to the classic 80s slasher movie The killer s goal is to kill 31 people in the week leading up to Halloween, so there is almost nonstop carnage Some slasher movies would be full of scenes of people creeping around playing cat and mouse with the killer, which usually ended up being boring Bryan Smith has cut out the fat and All Hallow s Dead goes straight for the throat and never stops.At a certain point in the book the setting changes and it almost feels All Hallow s Dead is Bryan Smith s ode to the classic 80s slasher movie The killer s goal is to kill 31 people in the week leading up to Halloween, so there is almost nonstop carnage Some slasher movies would be full of scenes of people creeping around playing cat and mouse with the killer, which usually ended up being boring Bryan Smith has cut out the fat and All Hallow s Dead goes straight for the throat and never stops.At a certain point in the book the setting changes and it almost feels like the reader has entered a different story This part is a perfect homage to the genre, right down to the convention of naming characters after cult horror icons Everything ties back together eventually, but this portion of the book was my favorite part and took me right back to watching rented VHS tapes late at night, knowing I was probably too young to be seeing what I was seeing.It seemed like Mr Smith was having a lot of fun writing All Hallow s Dead and this translates to the reader Social consciousness be damnedthis is sleazy, gory fun Highly recommended Bryan Smith delivers on virtually every front with this homage to all things 80s slasher films A relentless killer with a traumatised past, a host of unlikable characters ready for the taking stabbing strangling decapitating etc, and a bunch of clueless law enforcers doing their best to stop the madman before Halloween comes round, are all present for this fun trip down serial killer lane.Smith paints his story with effortless, graceful prose that almost seems too good for the subject matter Bryan Smith delivers on virtually every front with this homage to all things 80s slasher films A relentless killer with a traumatised past, a host of unlikable characters ready for the taking stabbing strangling decapitating etc, and a bunch of clueless law enforcers doing their best to stop the madman before Halloween comes round, are all present for this fun trip down serial killer lane.Smith paints his story with effortless, graceful prose that almost seems too good for the subject matter But assuming this type of book is your cup of tea, you re all but guaranteed to enjoy yourself The gore is plentiful, the kill count is high, and the breaking of the narrative with flashback chapters to paint the picture as to why the killer became what he is, works particularly well.Perhaps the one area All Hallow s Dead does fall down in, however both as an ode to the 80s slasher and as a strong book in its own right is with the lack of a final girl , or indeed any major protagonist to root for Instead, the closest thing to heroic characters which Smith presents are an overweight sheriff who takes a heck of a long time to get anywhere with the case, a previous tormentor of the killer who ends up spending most of the page count tied to a chair, and a woman from the killer s past who does littlethan talk the final girl talk, rather than walk her walk.The killer s plans for revenge aren t exactly well thought through either The bullies who tormented him the worst are dispatched far too easily, while the one that showed him a modicum of humanity is treated to the worst of what takes place I can buy that the killer is deranged and prone to irrationality and impulsiveness, but I found him difficult to buy into when the very point to his motivating plan is so warped.Nevertheless, this is a quality read from one of the best in the business going about his business in a reliable way Don t wait for next Halloween, get this one ASAP 3.5 Blood Spattered Machetes for All Hallow s Dead @DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚡ All Hallow's Dead ¸ ALL HALLOW S DEAD is the best slasher movie that no one would have the balls to make disturbing and violent, but with that extra dash of melancholy that makes Bryan Smith s novels stand out from the pack Another great read from one of my favorite authors Trent Haaga, director of CHOP and screenwriter of CHEAP THRILLS and DEADGIRL It s Halloween week in Willow Springs, TN, and a mad slasher is on the loose Twenty five years ago, a group of local boys did a very bad thing Now a masked killer is leaving a trail of corpses and bloody pumpkins all over town Brutal vengeance against his former tormentors and thirty one dead for Halloween are the madman s demented goals As the body count mounts, local law enforcement scrambles to track down the seemingly unstoppable killer and bring the carnage to an end Just in time for Halloween Bryan Smith lets loose with an arsenal of weapons of human destruction Everything from axes, machetes, drills and bone saws This novel of revenge is hip deep in gore, guts and gratuitous sex and violence as only Mr Smith can ooze forth If one has squeamish tendencies or doesn t like buckets of blood then it will cause much consternation and skipped pages If the fear of random acts of violence put you on edge or even the deaths of those who may or may not deserve Just in time for Halloween Bryan Smith lets loose with an arsenal of weapons of human destruction Everything from axes, machetes, drills and bone saws This novel of revenge is hip deep in gore, guts and gratuitous sex and violence as only Mr Smith can ooze forth If one has squeamish tendencies or doesn t like buckets of blood then it will cause much consternation and skipped pages If the fear of random acts of violence put you on edge or even the deaths of those who may or may not deserve it then beware Brian Smith has carved out so to speak his own niche with his novels Some have dark threads of humor or irony running through them This book doesn t A non stop unrelenting kill fest RIGHT THE WRONGS KILL THE WHORES KILL KILL KILLbecause for someone Halloween never ends.My first Bryan Smith s novel was a real blast of a read and surely is not going to be the last, a great homage to 80 slasher movies killer s outfit is almost the same of Prom night , with well developed characters, chills, gore if you can t stand torture porn horror stay very far away from this book, you are warned and a very sad killer origin story young Elliot Parker is tortured and left in RIGHT THE WRONGS KILL THE WHORES KILL KILL KILLbecause for someone Halloween never ends.My first Bryan Smith s novel was a real blast of a read and surely is not going to be the last, a great homage to 80 slasher movies killer s outfit is almost the same of Prom night , with well developed characters, chills, gore if you can t stand torture porn horror stay very far away from this book, you are warned and a very sad killer origin story young Elliot Parker is tortured and left in the woods by classmates who pushed too far their bullying When he finally comes back after this long traumatizing Halloween he finds out his sick brother passed away without he could say goodbye Now Elliott hates Halloween for good, and years later he s going to have his vengeance against his tormentors And the rest of the world.A great extreme horror Halloween tale, absolutely not for the feint hearted Bryan Smith s work needs no introduction, although if you ve read online reviews, or listen to Brian Keene s horror podcast, his novel SLOWLY WE ROT may be his finest work to date which I have yet to readyet But ALL HALLOW S DEAD is an homage to all those cheesy but nasty fun slasher flicks of the 70 s and 80 s Young Elliot Parker had been traumatized by a gang of middle school bullies, something that affected him for the rest of his life And because this happened on Halloween, Elliot de Bryan Smith s work needs no introduction, although if you ve read online reviews, or listen to Brian Keene s horror podcast, his novel SLOWLY WE ROT may be his finest work to date which I have yet to readyet But ALL HALLOW S DEAD is an homage to all those cheesy but nasty fun slasher flicks of the 70 s and 80 s Young Elliot Parker had been traumatized by a gang of middle school bullies, something that affected him for the rest of his life And because this happened on Halloween, Elliot developed a hatred of the holiday, almost as deep as his hatred of his tormentors.Many years later, as Halloween approaches, Elliot has plans for those who tortured him unspeakably And he won t stop until he kills 31 people.Brutal and unrelenting, Smith continues to deliver So carve that jack o lantern, light a candle inside, and beware Highly recommended Fantastic horror novel from Bryan Smith Very brutal, very gory, but terrific at the same time Perfect Halloween read if you can handle some pretty rough stuff.Review to come. I enjoy a good slasher movie All those classics from the late 70 s into the 80 s This book was a homage to all those movies with torture porn added to the mix So one knows what to expect when reading this book Plenty of blood, guts and gore horror An out and out sex and violence book, nasty and brutal.That is what I got Murder, torture and sex chapter after chapter The killer is seeking revenge for a particular incident in his childhood and he has it all planned out to the letter He go I enjoy a good slasher movie All those classics from the late 70 s into the 80 s This book was a homage to all those movies with torture porn added to the mix So one knows what to expect when reading this book Plenty of blood, guts and gore horror An out and out sex and violence book, nasty and brutal.That is what I got Murder, torture and sex chapter after chapter The killer is seeking revenge for a particular incident in his childhood and he has it all planned out to the letter He goes on a non stop killing rampage which includes innocent people who are not connected to the incident He is full of hate and anger, which has been raging inside him for years The book has flashbacks to his childhood and his growing into a psychopath.The book is well written and moves at a great pace There is no slow filler here as the killing spree starts and is relentless There is no irony or salvation in this book No character to empathise with Everyone has their faults and are slaughtered for them.An entertaining read and I liked it 5 fun slashing stars Ah, yes, the 70 s and 80 s throwback to slasher movies I wonder sometimes if people who didn t grow up in that era and never had a chance to see the originals on the big screen could ever really understand the nostalgia Technology has gotten better, special effects are brilliant and realistic these days, budgets have grown and exposure has exploded with the internet yet none of these modern movies can do anything remotely close to what I felt when I watched those movies.Gr 5 fun slashing stars Ah, yes, the 70 s and 80 s throwback to slasher movies I wonder sometimes if people who didn t grow up in that era and never had a chance to see the originals on the big screen could ever really understand the nostalgia Technology has gotten better, special effects are brilliant and realistic these days, budgets have grown and exposure has exploded with the internet yet none of these modern movies can do anything remotely close to what I felt when I watched those movies.Granted, I m older,cynical, desensitized and my tastes have changed But then I read a book like this one and it puts me right back there I get to taste a small portion of those long forgotten feelings And, DAMN, how I miss it For those of you not familiar with Mr Smith s writing, he falls on theextreme side of the spectrum, so if you are not ready for that kind of horror, please avoid his writing until you can handle it Yes, there will be blood and sex and gore and grossness and.This story follows a fairly straightforward approach so I m not going to call spoiler alert here Elliott gets bullied and tortured as a boy by some of the other kids, and 25 years later goes on a killing spree This is not the type of book where you will wonder who the killer is or why he is doing the things he is doing it is explained fairly early in the story You might be surprised by WHAT he does at times, but there is nothing out of left field here And I think the book works better because of it Even the ending was predictable there are only so many ways to end this kind of story but I loved every single page.Now, this is a disclaimer The rest of this review will beon the genre and movies, so I will forgive you for not reading any further Go on, get on with your day Okay, so you have a couple of minutes to kill, I get it I may just need to inform you that I don t write reviews for money, so I don t even feel guilty about not taking the time to research and check my facts everything comes from memory This might mean I get some things wrong, but at the core, the ideas are sound well, for me, anyway.So, strap in and let s talk some slasher movies This genre is very near and dear to me I absolutely devoured these movies throughout my younger years It was the violence, nudity, blood, nudity, gore, nudity and what am I forgetting Oh yes, did I mention nearly all of them had a naked girl in there Hey, I was a fairly na ve and innocent yet hot blooded young man Some of us had to settle for what we could get Realistically, I was way too shy and stupid to get the easy girls So I had to live vicariously through imaginary characters.Enough about that.This is also the genre where success usually creates a franchise no, I am not a fan of sequels, yet I watched a shitload of them Ask any horror fan if the movie sucks, you get a fairly good comedy, especially when it was not meant to be funny at all And there is a very good reason for that The first movie if it is a success usually gives the audience something new or fresh, which we CRAVE, but once the idea is there, it can never be new or fresh again Which means that no matter how hard they try, it can never have that impact again So, when I discuss the following movies, I refer to the originals unless stated otherwise.The granddaddy of all the slashers, the one that set the bar, was made in the mid seventies You may have heard of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE The movie Wes Craven described as a Full frontal assault of horror Why Well, with a very small budget, an unknown cast and very young director, they beat the odds and created a classic to some, perhaps THE classic horror movie that remains relevant to this day And, in my opinion, there are two things that stand out with this movie The first is the fact that there is no supernatural element to this story Everything remains 100% realistic this could actually happen If you are not aware of this, there are elements of the Leatherface character that was inspired at least, in part by the serial killer Ed Gein And what could be scarier than a cannibalistic family abducting you there is no bargaining room when you are the food The second was brilliance by Toby Hooper, the director, with his camera angle I don t think most people realize until they watch the movie again and focus on it that there is no penetration of the skin shown Everything is implied, but the subconscious overrides that fact because of the way it was filmed and edited This was true genius The sequels are all far inferior, so much so that I read in some magazine some years ago that Matthew McConaughy and Renee Zellweger no idea if I spelled those surnames correct threatened to sue the distribution company once they became famous to suppress the one in which they both appeared.It didn t work, obviously, because I saw it on video many years ago.It is also difficult to judge the one with Jessica Biel because it was Jessica Biel Yup, still hot blooded And just an example about my statement about comedy in one of them the prequel R Lee Ermey cuts off his father s other leg with a chainsaw when the shit hits the fan, and when asked why, he shrugs and says For balance Loved that scene At the end of the 70 s another young filmmaker made a permanent impression on this specific genre and this brings us to my personal favourite slasher movie of all time HALLOWEENJohn Carpenter had a brilliant vision but not the budget to do honor to this script that he co wrote my apologies, madam, I can t remember your name With a measly 300 000, this movie was shot in something like a month Thanks, JJ.Carpenter cast an unknown Jamie Lee Curtis as the lead, mostly because he was a fan of her mother Janet Leigh, who had the honor of doing the first shower seen in mainstream cinema It was in this little movie called PSYCHO, don t know if you ve heard of it And Curtis got a paycheck of only 7 000.The movie grossed over 40 million dollars at the box office, but who is counting, right.As you can probably gather from this I have done some research on this movie years ago.Anyway, the reason this movie turned out to be such a masterpiece again, in my opinion, is the use of music to create tension Side note John Carpenter also composed the music for the film At the end of the day, Michael Myers only kills about six people in the movie a very low count for a slasher movie but all the tension comes from the psychological aspect of the movie The where is the killer hiding scenario, where you tense up, relax, tense up, relax, and WHAM You jump.As far as psychological horror goes, I have not seen anything that comes even close to the brilliance of this movie.Which brings us to today, which brings us to sequel number 104, isn t it And it seems that Jamie Lee Curtis is just as hard to kill as Michael No, just no.Then the 80 s came around and suddenly it wasn t safe to go camping any, thanks to the movie FRIDAY THE 13th Yes, someone will have sex and then die shorty after this is the movie that lay the ground rules for surviving a horror movie in the 80 s The geeky virgin will survive Etc etc etc.Remember, you have to think in terms of the audience not being used to all of this.However, the thing that pushed this movie above the others was the brilliant fucking twist Spoiler alert Jason Voorhees doesn t kill anybody until the second movie It was the most shocking thing since Luke found out who his father is And in 1984 Wes Craven took us to one of the most recognizable streets in the world with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Yeah, girls, a very young Johnny Depp appeared in the movie and no, he didn t survive Um, spoiler alert The brilliance of this one The monster, Freddy Krueger, comes to get you in your sleep There is just no way to escape from him Everybody HAS to sleep He is the monster that can t be killed And halfway through the movie you realize that you have no idea whether the characters are sleeping or awake any A bit of mind fuck 101.Hey, I can go on and on about this subject, but this is only a review, so I m gonna let you go at this stage There are movies I didn t mention here that deserves recognition, but my time is up.Recommended to all horror fans I think Bryan Smith has outdone himself with this book which is the fourth book I ve read by the author I think there sblood, gore, torture, depravity and insanity than Depraved 1 2 and Slowly We Rot.Most people will experience some form of bullying in their lives, but most will not have gone through the same trauma and humiliation that Elliot Parker suffered by his tormentors which is the catalyst for future events on Halloween Although, there is another tragedy that takes plac I think Bryan Smith has outdone himself with this book which is the fourth book I ve read by the author I think there sblood, gore, torture, depravity and insanity than Depraved 1 2 and Slowly We Rot.Most people will experience some form of bullying in their lives, but most will not have gone through the same trauma and humiliation that Elliot Parker suffered by his tormentors which is the catalyst for future events on Halloween Although, there is another tragedy that takes place on the same night, and that was probably the tipping point which led to the creation of The Ghost of Halloween Past twenty five years later Elliot Parker hates Halloween.Initially, I was on the side of the Avenger until he started doing things that were beyond reasonable Parker has been spending the last twenty five years brooding, fantasising, and slowly drifting into madness Then he stops taking the meds he was prescribed and he finally snaps where the fantasy is going to become a reality for his former antagonists and other people who are innocent of any wrongdoing against him because of the hatred that s been festering inside of him for so many years As there are thirty one days in October that is how many people he wants to eliminate One for each day, I guess and he has some creative ways of killing torturing and psychologically screwing with his victims He certainly keeps the Sheriff s department busy with all the ensuing carnage that s unleashed in Willow Springs, TN.The story vacillates from the present to the past, every so often so you get an insight into what Elliot has been going through most of his life For someone who is very meticulous and organised, he was also very clumsy, at times which led to some hilarious situations The sex scenes were amusing, as well where most of the characters head straight for the sweet spot, with little foreplay but there is another reason why they were quite funny, and messy.Anyway, I really liked the book which reminded me of the movies Halloween, Friday 13th and Hostel, etcetera