Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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Reaper Rating: “Bird Box”

January 20th 2015

When I do find or make the time to watch or read in my favorite genres, I am forced to acknowledge that there’s a lot of tosh out there. I have cultivated a fondness for bad horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films, challenging myself to find the one clever thing they left me with, and I have […]

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Reaper Rating: John Dies at the End

March 16th 2013

You have to see the movie – if only to prove to yourself that a movie CAN actually be made from that surreal, trippy tangle of a book (by Jason Pargin under the pseudonym of David Wong). They couldn’t tackle all of it, and that’s okay; what you’re left with is the world’s craziest romp […]

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Reaper Rating: Seed

November 3rd 2012

  I have described Ania Ahlborn’s”Seed” to friends as a cross between “The Exorcist” and “Donnie Darko”; although some of the characters and situations seem familiar, the writing is spare and fresh and extra “in your face” because of the casual style. Do not read if you are looking for smatterings of “Poltergeist” humor; these […]

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Reaper Rating: Joshua Hoffine Photography

August 12th 2012

WARNING: IMAGES ARE UNSETTLING AND MAY CONTAIN VIOLENCE AND GORE Joshua Hoffine’s photography is visual microfiction of the grimmest kind.  Working with a dazzling array of themes and classic tales (e.g., Persephone, H.P. Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model”), Hoffine approaches the photo shoot similar to a movie set designer, with tremendous care going in to all of […]

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Reaper Rating: The Intelligent Slasher

July 29th 2012

I am not a fan of the slasher film for several reasons – the main issue being that they’re insanely bad movies with ridiculous plots and the worst dialogue around. I had to admit that a slasher in the hands of Joss Whedon was too tempting to miss, however, so I caught “Cabin in the […]

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Reaper Rating: Archangel (Two Steps From Hell)

July 22nd 2012

Formed in 2006 by Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix, Two Steps From Hell sounds more like a band that would open for Marilyn Manson than a studio effort dedicated to making amped up background tunes for movie trailers. Thing is, when you’re good, you’re good. Two Steps has enjoyed incredible success in their chosen field, […]

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Reaper Rating: Fifty Shades of Ray

July 15th 2012

That’s right, RAY.  As the summer progresses, and the heat drives us into fantasies about fall and winter, get your chills early at the hands of a legend. Although known for his breathtaking science fiction, Ray Bradbury had a healthy dollop of dark fiction mojo which he sparingly released. “The October Country” (a collection of […]

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Reaper Rating: The Woman in Black

July 8th 2012

I am always delighted when the year’s fresh crop of horror films contains one or two supernatural stories – my personal favorite over slashers and mutations of nature (frequently the same thing). “The Woman in Black” is a lush, Victorian fright fest with a deserted house on the moors, a vengeful ghost, a young lawyer […]

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Reaper Rating: eBook Horror Short Story Collections

June 24th 2012

If you’re a fan of the short story, as I am, collections and anthologies are the reading equivalent of Disneyland – unforgettable when they’re good, barely a head shake before you move on when they’re not. Here are two of the best I’ve recently come across: William Malmborg’s “Scraping the Bone” is one of the […]

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Reaper Rating: Prometheus

June 17th 2012

Ridley Scott’s prequel to the “Alien” franchise comes off as a standalone project with potential to be its own thing entirely. Panned hard since its release, I believe that viewers expecting more about the xenomorphs themselves could be disappointed (although a possible explanation and, indeed, beginning is presented). This is really a tale of biological […]

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