Pleasantly surprised Entertainment value 5 starsWell a Conscience and Memory lot of people wrote reviews in which the mentioned the movie INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS understandably but the vibe made me think about the movie THE FACULTY starring Josh Hartnett Elijah Wood pre LOTR and a few other faces youl recognize in smaller roles Pansy Vol. 6 like Jon Stewart and Usher Personally Ioved that movieI m not a big fan of alien moviesbooks in general and I mostly avoid them But this book VIDEO NIGHT works for me because of a few thingsThe 80 s nostalgiaYes I grew up in the 80 s and Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods like most around my age that decade brings aot of fond memories It was a innocent time You still had to enter all the digits of a phone number if you wanted to call somebody Kids rode around on their bicycles from friend to friend without the fear of getting stabbed or worse Car windows still needed a bit of manual Elizabeth I labor to go down or up their was no button Information was not as freely available because personal computers were still exactly that personal with noink to any other computersand this meant words Education in a New Society like web were still used for spiders surfing was only done at sea and mail still needed a postage stamp It also meant that kids actually had to visit theibrary from time to time to complete assignments encyclopedias were expensive and very uickly outdatedWell those are just some of the common things but add to that that I grew up in a country that was very conservative and sheltered from the outside world and you might be surprised by a few of the things I can tell youThere were so many things that were banned outright that it was easy for the powers that be to keep the people ignorant especially when it came to entertainmentPorn magazines I know I was to young but I was also a boy had black stars over the interesting bits which is probably why most dads only bought them for the articlesuhmMusic was controlled to the point where bands Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education like Black Sabbath KISS Led Zep and Ozzy Osborne were banned outright I actually read about most of these bands in theate 80 s when I was given a book about how Satan is trying to steal our souls through music and it included Tears for Fears Def Leppard A ha Billy Idol Depeche Mode and not to forget the very spawn of Satan Cliff Richard I shit you not do you remember his song DEVIL WOMANAnd moviessighI only saw TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in the 90 s There were so many movies that were banned because they were either too violent sexual profane cultist or sent the wrong message this ist is much too ong to even begin but every now and then something would slip past them at The Baby Swap Miracle least for aittle while ike the name Pussy GaloreI watched THE EVIL DEAD at a friend s house because his father snuck it into the country after going to America for somethingI heard Ozzy Osborne and Manowar for the first time at another friend s house because his brother knew a guy who had a friend who snuck it into the country after being overseas in other words it was a copy of a
COPY OF A COPY WHICH MEANT THE SOUND UALITY of a copy which meant the sound uality not great anyAnyway I m going off subject here This book and the references to the 80 s brought all that nostalgia bubbling to the surfaceAnother thing this book had going was that the author actually included a different perspective it was not ike the usual alien stuff where they aunched an attack and seemed utterly invincible They had their difficulties as well not only with the taking over of the bodies but with the control and adjustment periods needed I found this completely refreshing and just trust me on this believableThe characters for the most part were believable and most importantly perhaps expendable meaning that nobody was safe anyone could actually die in this book And Brownie points to the author I was 15 pages from the end and still wasn t sure how he was going to end this oneThis horror novel comes highly recommended to all horror fansREAD THIS NOW Bottom ine up frontyour enjoyment of Video Night is going to be at east partially predicated on how much you ove the 80 s If you are a child of the 80 s or have just come to Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation love it through other renditions in modern media then youl find much to Gender Justice like here especially in the first half of the book Regardless of why you might appreciate it it s patently obvious that 80 s nostalgia is pretty high right now with Ready Player One and Stranger Things effortlessly taking us back to a time when synthpop and butt rock ruled the airwaves the women were women and so were the men and neon spandex was al I did not want this to end Growing up in the 80s I ve had aove affair with what people call icky bug stories and this was one of the best I ve read in a ong time A great creature feature that made me nostalgic Cesare hits all the right notes amping up the scares and mixing in doses of humor at just the right moments This is an alien invasion
"YOU LL NEVER FORGET EVERY FRIDAY "ll never forget Every Friday high school seniors Billy and Tom watch a horror movie in Billy s basement As this Friday draws near a secret alien invasion threatens to take over the. Who better to repel a body snatching alien invasion than a group of teenage horror nerds Billy and Tom are best friends but each knows that at the end of the school year they'll be moving in different directions But why not go out with a bang and throw one ast video night They can invite some girls over order a pizza then maybe try and fight the alien infection that's taken hold over their.
Read & Download Video NightAlm manner would work in a book that was so fast paced and gory but I needn t have worried He brought it all home with a certain style that I enjoyedIf you ike creature features and 80 s nostalgia or if you grew up during that time there is no book out there better suited to you than VIDEO NIGHTBONUS If you re a member of the Horror Aficionados group at Goodreads come join us during the month of April when Adam Cesare himself is participating in a group read of this book He From Notes to Narrative ll be available for your u What a fun horror ride of a bookVideo Night was a great creature feature set in the 80s Ioved the appeal of this book since I also grew up in the 80s and watched tons of B rated movies starring werewolves hanging out in London dolls named Chucky to The ThingThe main character Billy Rile is Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America like most kids He s seventeen a bit of a geek and has a huge crush on his neighbor Rachel Krieger His best friend Tom Mathers is one of his best friends but he can feel they are fading apart Billy plans on going to college and Tom can t go to college due to funds and ambition Billy and Tom could be exact opposites in personality but the thing that brings them together with their friendship is video night Every Friday night they watch the new horror flick on a VCRVCR I told you this was a horror book Adam Cesare does a great job of taking me back to the 80s I enjoyed his book on an alien invasion that happens on Long Island Can Billy and Tom save the world in time One of the best parts of the book for me was the alien invasion and how they took over humans It was well thought out and the gore was excellent Well done CesareI hope Cesare writes a follow up to Video Night This was the first book he wrote and I was pleasantly surprised by it The book ends at a point in where a second book could be added to the story I so hope he doesHighly recommended to fans of creature features horror andovers of the 80s In his afterward author Adam Cesare notes that although Video Night was his third published novel it was actually the first book he had written During my reading of this story I had suspected it was his first novel which is not to say it s bad ratings wise I m God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School leaning toward 35 stars but have rounded up just that there are some rough patches here and there Video Night is a solid bit of fun but itacks some of the surety and depth of a Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) latter bookike Con Season Cesare s most recent This is a pulpy straight forward 1980s infused horror story about an alien invasion in Long Island Cesare is a well studied student and clearly a oving fan of the horror genre check out his YouTube for his thoughts on recent films and a book pairing to go along with the movie and it shows in each of the few stories of his I ve read The dude knows the ins and outs of horror and its genre conventions and ovingly crafts odes to the
gorefests of yesteryear video night is an earnestof Yesteryear Video Night Is An Earnest Oftentimes Nostalgic Exploration Of Video Night is an earnest oftentimes nostalgic exploration of horror putting at its center two teenage boys who indulge in VHS horror rentals for their weekly video night The appearance of a new drug on the scene and some odd behavior by the ocals builds towards a video night well beyond anything they had imagined but their habitual consumption of horror flicks may have eft Billy and Tom the most prepared for an alien attackAs a child of the 80s I found a Foraging for Survival lot to enjoy here While it s impossible for me to watch a VHS tape in these days of high definition I couldn t help but recall a certain fondness for the technology of old and the almost ritualistic preparation of popping in a movie cassette and adjusting the VCR s tracking on a worn out tape to try and salvage some degree of picture uality Video Night is a different type of alien invasion story there are no UFOs oraser guns and it s neat to compare mankind s then cutting edge technology against an almost mundane Fragments lo fi subversive alien threat The finale is wonky fun and full of silly conceits never before have frozen TV dinners been used to such great success I d wager and Chekhov s Gun gets a workout here in the form a samurai sword Video Night wears its horror influences on its sleeve and with proud horror geek fondness It s not a book of insider s baseballike Con Season was and it s main aim is simply to have fun On that Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries level Cesare succeeds It s not particularly deep or thematically rich but it is entertaining enough for me to overlook some of the rougher edges It s not uite enough to get me to swear off Blu ray discs and streaming HD movies but I doubt that was the point anyway It sike Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter had sex and their undead mutant baby was this book Video Night is a wonderfully fun thrill ride that echoes almost perfectly the tone of 80s B monster flicks ike Night of the Creeps Nightmares the movie anthology starring Moon Unit Zappa and They Live The ast act ran through a ittle uickly for me but it worked well without going so far into camp that the spell was ever broken If you grew up in the 80s or grew up on 80s horror this book will take you back Great stuf. Keep getting worse and worse the catastrophic mayhem juicy and hopeless Best of all the writing moves ike a greased torpedo compulsively readable as it rockets through your brain Fangoria If you put together the gore action monsters and sense of excitement that made '80s horror movies so great you'll only have about half of what makes Video Night a must read tome for horror fans Horrortalk. Town Can Billy and Tom save the world in time to watch The Re Animator and keep the Video Night tradition aliveBack when I was a horny teenage boy in that hazy time before the internet I d stay up all hours of the night watching movies on Showtime trying to catch a glimpse of boob In the process I watched a ot of b movies mostly horror Video Night brings back fond memories of that timeIn the vein of the teenagers against an other worldly menace movies of the 1980searly 1990s Video Night is a fun nostalgia One Ticket To Texas laden gorefest What else can you expect when alien organisms are infecting peopleI was reminded of a whole slew of movies while reading this Night of the Creeps Night of the Comet Monster Suad Invasion of the Body Snatchers Return of the Living Dead and a ton of others It seemsike the whole damn down was crawling with monsters by the endThe ending did not disappoint and was true to the books origins My hunger for of Adam Cesare s work has grown significantly since I first opened the bookIt might be a case of the perfect book for the time I was reading but I can t think of a single bad thing to say about this book I think Adam Cesare and I would have been pals had we met as teenagers Five out of five stars I didn t realize I needed alien horror fiction in my ife until I read VIDEO NIGHT by Adam Cesare I ve said this before but I need to say it again now horror cinema is not my thing I don t really have a frame of reference when it comes to dialog about classic horror movie tropes I m aware of their existence I know about them but when I m reading a book ike VIDEO NIGHT the context is all new to me So I can t say confidently that VIDEO NIGHT reminds me of this movie or that movie What I can tell you is that because of Adam Cesare I get to Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy live vicariously through his profound knowledge andove for horror cinema when I read his books It s the perfect readerauthor relationshipI feel ike Adam is writing novelizations that capture the essence of what he oves so much about horror cinema His stories read Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader like movies for me and that s exactly what someone with myimited experience wants needsOther authors try to do this and it s my opinion that they often fail Cinema styled fiction tends to have weak characters thin plots and Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead lean too heavy on the gore and mayhem to satisfy readersCesare champions this genre because his characters are fully formed 3 dimensional people I care about and I can invest in them He has a knack for witty authentic dialog serving the dual purpose of keeping up that fast paceike a movie and showing his character s personalities instead of just tellingI recently read a book that was all tellingThis killer is obsessed with serial killers This killer is dangerous This killer is crazy I d rather be shown the actions is obsessed with serial killers This killer is dangerous This killer is crazy I d rather be shown the actions the killer and deduce those attributes for myselfAnd this is what Adam does best All the showing in graphic VIDEO NIGHT by Adam Cesare is a novel that those
of us with fond memories of growing upus with fond memories of growing up the 80 s will be able to identify with From the old VHS horror movies to the video night between friends now adding their girlfriends to the mix which changes things on that mental Bryozoan Evolution level this book was one that I couldn t help butoveAdd to this nostalgia an alien invasion that of course those with an obsession for old horror movies will be the only ones even partially prepared for and you have a fun filled creature romp sure to evoke memories of childhood movie marathonsAs one of Cesare s earlier novels his first written I believe he mentioned I was very impressed with how well this one worked Of course I ve always had a soft spot for the 80 s style books and movies so this was no real surprise to me Adam Cesare is an author I ve read uite a bit from Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) lately and I highly encourage other horrorovers to check out his novelsHighly recommended VIDEO NIGHT is a perfect example of a creature feature combined with a small town and 80 s nostalgia For fans of this type of horror it would be difficult for you to find a better book than this Billy and his best friend have a standing date once a week to watch a video almost always a horror movie Their video store is small and space is Silvers Edge limited so they ve seen every horror movie available over and over again But this week VIDEO NIGHT is not going to go as planned Both boys have dates and not all of them will survive In fact most of the town won t survive Will Billy himself make it through Youl have to read this to find outI ove all kinds of horror dark fiction and even some fantasy but I have a special place in my heart for both the 80 s and for creature features so this book was perfect for me It only took me so ong to read it because friends of mine I m Going Berserk looking at you Kimberly and Andi gifted me a gorgeous signedlimited edition and I didn t want to crack the spine I had some high expectations going in and I m happy to report that this bookived up to each and every one of them I istened to the audio and Matt Godfrey did a great job of narrating as always I admit that I wondered how his Suburban town It's The Breakfast Club meets The Night of the Creeps in this slime drenched '80s horror romp Hit that first chapter It’ll hook you and the next time you ook up you’ll have swallowed the book It’ll be nesting inside you Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America like a seedike an egg ike an invasion Stephen Graham Jones author of Mongrels The momentum keeps building The stakes keep escalating The monsters just. ,