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{Book Review} Cobra Clutch by A.J Devlin

-A compelling roller coaster mystery in the pro wrestling world.-

Those of you that know me, know I love to write. Just about pretty much anything that strikes my fancy. One of those fancies is Wrestling. Pro Wrestling to be exact, also known as “Wrasslin'”,”You really watch that garbage?”, or “You know it’s fake right?”

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Funnily enough, it wasn’t something I really got into until my 20’s thanks to a friend who introduced me to it through a trading card game called Raw Deal. Since then I have

been hooked, consuming any and all pro wrestling media from weekly TV programming to imported shows from overseas. The most fun I

had was exploring the gritty world of the territory era of the 1970’s through mid 1980’s through books written by the wrestlers. Part of my excitement was exploring stories of carny-like underbelly of their world and trying to discern what is real, what is exaggerated and what was written just to expand on a character’s backstory.

Until I discovered Cobra Clutch, I didn’t realize that there is a serious lack of fiction that focuses on the unique setting of the professional wrestling world. Granted there are plenty of romantic stories featuring the Hardy Boyz becoming in erotic situations with The Undertaker and Tommy Dreamer as Kane “Turns up the heat”….ahem.

Cobra Clutch scratches that itch with a modern-day mystery featuring a retired pro wrestler named “Hammerhead” Jed Ounstead, who is on the case of a kidnapped snake that belonged to a fellow 80’s wrestler. Of course this proves to be much more complicated than expected and Jed finds himself returning to the often-seedy underbelly of the Canadian independent professional wrestling scene to uncover the truth.

This basic premise is the perfect opening to what hopefully will be expanded upon in future books. The author shows a passion for professional wrestling that results in a very authentic-feeling world full of colorful characters, twists and turns and plenty of banana milkshakes.  As the story unfolds, you don’t feel that this is a side trip to the protected and secretive universe of professional wrestling, but an integral part of Jed’s character. One he thought he would be rid of, for very personal reasons.

The story has more than just a mystery to offer; the characters that occupy Jed’s circle of acquaintances, antagonists, and suspects are colorful but believable. One of them in particular, the vulgar Declan St. James stands out and brings some much-needed humor to the proceedings. In fact, Declan is so well-written that he feels like he could get his own series of stories. Prequels, sequels, kid’s books, I’ll happily read them.

Cobra Clutch is a pretty brisk read at 250ish pages, and once the story kicks into gear, it doesn’t stop until the end. I found myself pushing forward for just one more chapter to see how things turn out. Speaking of which, the chapters were very short for the most part, maybe between 5-12 pages each which is a perfect length for someone that doesn’t have huge chunks of time to spend reading.

I certainly hope that we see more adventures in this universe. Even if it isn’t specifically focused on Jed, I feel that the seeds are in place for a rich world that lends itself to extended exploration.

On that note, I think I need to see if Dairy Queen is still open, I have a hankering for a banana milkshake and some wrestling matches from the 80’s.

*A copy of the book was provided to me by the author.*

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{Gremlins 3 News} Chris Columbus says the new Gremlins film will “Almost definitely” be a reboot.

gremlin3q.gifAccording to a very short metro.us article, Chris Columbus says that the new Gremlins Film will “Almost definitely” be a reboot.

Doesn’t really tell us anything solid or further details, but at least people are still talking to those involved

https://www.metro.us/entertainment/movies/gremins-reboot-gonnies-sequel-update

Take it with a huge grain of salt folks. The article is pretty poorly written, and if you look at the URL, they didn’t even spell Goonies or Gremlins correctly. They also made the mistake of claiming Gremlins was released in 1985, when we all aware it released in the summer of 1984. While this may seem minor, it just shows a lack of thoroughness on the part of the writer.

We all want a new Gremlins film/product/cartoon/etc, but I for one am at the point where I will believe it when I see something concrete more than someone saying “things are in the works”.

 

Gremlins: Recall A Brand-New Fan Film

Well this is a nice Christmas bonus for us Gremlins fans!
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Writer & Director Ryan Patrick has unleashed Gremlins: Recall, a modern-day take on the Gremlins concept.

With a heavy reliance on practical effects, and some great cinematography, this is an exciting addition to the Gremlins fan film collective!

Check it out on youtube below!

Then when you finish the video, check out the incredible behind-the-scenes video on how the practical puppets were made to work.

I plan on writing up a review of the fan video later this week, but while there are some cute nods to the original film, Ryan Patrick and co take this in a different direction with a different kind of sentimentality than either of the first two Gremlins films.

I hope you enjoyed the film as you can tell a lot of work was put into it.  Let me know what you think!

{Gremlins 3} Chris Columbus is working on the script, which will be “twisted and dark”

According to a short piece over at Slashfilm, Chris Columbus has been hard at work on a new script for Gremlins 3 that will be “twisted and dark as anything” and will likely touch on the concept of eliminating gizmo to eliminate the Gremlin threat.

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Some sites have taken that to mean that Gizmo might be murdered in the film, but that is nowhere to be seen in Columbus’ brief statements.

To me it sounds more like a general musing and his personal feeling that if there is a creature capable of spawning unholy monsters that destroy everything in sight, and can easily multiply with malevolence, yeah…you might want to keep that thing under control one way or the other.

Either way, the important thing is this is further confirmation that Gremlins 3 is in some state of development and we will eventually see a new film someday!

Check out Slashfilm for the full article and more quotes by Chris Columbus on the film!

Matt from Dinosaur Dracula Opens A Box Of Gremlins Cereal From 1984!!

Retro Nostalgia blogger Matt from Dinosaur Dracula (and previously X-Entertainment fame) has decided to do the unthinkable: Open a box Of Gremlins Cereal!
I won’t spoil the fun, so you have to click on over to his site to read (and see!) what awaits in 30-plus year-old boxes of cereal!

http://dinosaurdracula.com/blog/gremlins-cereal/

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