Believable and ntertaining It s basically like a slight riff on The Breakfast Club with the nerd the troublemaker and the pretty girl next door readhead naturally Each character gets a little backstory that fits perfectly within the target decade Billy the Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, earnest and awkward nerd is arguably the main character of Video Night and he reminds me a lot of me back in those days Skittish around girls slightly OCD and perpetually trying to play the peacekeeper Billy would hardly be anyone s choice for a hero Thankfully he s got his buddy Tom to look out for him Tom is the traditional 80 s bad boy leather jacket and a don t give a shit veneer coupled with an unhappy home life and a major chip on his shoulder But there may be a deeper side to him thatven he isn t aware of Then we have Rachel Billy s neighborcrush who has the brains AND the beauty but who really just wants to fit in and be a little less perfect And when the chips are down during the alien shenanigans she may just be the one to carry the day instead of being the traditional damsel in distress Keep in mind that yes these are young protagonists and they tend to act as such And while I generally have a problem with teenagers save the day storylines in the context of Video Night it totally worksThere are plenty supporting characters who share the pages with our heroes including Officer Darl who becomes trapped in his own mind as the alien invasion goes into full swing Ironically he s one of the most ngaging characters as he is basically a hero and a villain rolled into one character and his observations of the crazy crap doing down around him are generally amusing But the rest of the characters are hit or miss sometimes getting a bit of backstory and defined motivations sometimes not so much Most other characters are like in those classic horror movies just fodder for the creatures which is totally okAs for the creatures they are ffective nough There s a bit of an AlienAliens vibe about when they merge from their hosts which is suitably gruesome and fun In fact the plot of Video Night is a bit of Invasion of the Body Snatchers mixed with Aliens with John Hughes overtones and a dash of late night Cinemax naughtiness thrown in for good measure The aliens are led by a ueen and we do get some time in her headspace but while she is vicious and dangerous we never get much insight into her motivations or how the invasion started in the first place Much like the 80 s lements it so freely resurrects Video Night is very much a character driven affair with the plot coming in second It is outrageous style over measured substance Most of the time is spent with the characters interacting with ach other so the narrative doesn t spend as much time with the details as I would have liked And this is where I struggle since I know it s channeling the cheap vibe but I still wanted a little definition and impact with my story The body horror lements are there but the sense of dread and confusion regarding an alien invasion is significantly lacking This isn t a scary tale so much as a gruesome one and I think the book would have been better served with a healthy serving of dread However if blood and gore is your thing Video Night than has you covered You can practically feel the viscera under your fingers as you turn the pages If you were xpecting a lot of raunchiness you may come away unsatisfied pun intended There s uite a bit of softcore sexiness going on but nothing truly audacious or sleazy Sadly like the sleaze the humor is all over the place There are times when the funnies hitand times when they miss by a mile Some people might say that the 80 s are funny nough by themselves and maybe in a sitcom that would be true But in written word we need than just casual references and old slang sayings and Video Night didn t always hit the markLook if you are reading this book for a slice of 80 s cheese then you won t come away disappointed It has that in spades It s got the body horror the casual sexuality and the petty domestic problems that practically define 80 s horror tales Reading this book makes me want to watch some of the old classics or less than classics They Live The Thing Critters and Return of the Living Dead I m sure they don t hold up over time but I have such fond memories of those movies and many others that I don t really care if they ve aged poorly And this book does recapture some of that 80 s nostalgia for sure so I have to give it kudos for that But the writing just wasn t as on point as I would have liked and while I was ntertained I didn t LOVE the bookBut that said if you have a hankering for a fun 80 s tale with a straight to video feel you could certainly do worse than Video Night3 out of 5 teased and neon colored stars I didn t realize I needed alien horror fiction in my life 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 The Casa Mono Cookbook existence I know about them but when I m reading a book like 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 live vicariously through his profound knowledge and love for horror cinema when I read his books It s the perfect readerauthor relationshipI feel like Adam is writing novelizations that capture thessence of what he loves so much about horror cinema His stories read like movies for me and that s xactly what someone with my limited xperience 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 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 pace like 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 of the killer and deduce those attributes for myselfAnd this is what Adam does best All the showing in graphic descriptive detail and this is why VIDEO NIGHT has that awesome Cesare Cinema uality that I show up for time and time againI loved this creature feature The aliens are scary threatening scene stealingly funny and disgustingThe teenage protagonists Billy and Tom were xceptionally realistic and charmingI buddy read this with Kallie of PageandParlor and we had fun popping up in ach other s DMs to check in on progress and share xperiences I m ager to read her reviewI m recommending this book 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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 look up you’ll have swallowed the book It’ll be nesting inside you like a seed like an Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) egg like an invasion Stephen Graham Jones author of Mongrels The momentum keeps building The stakes keepscalating The monsters just.
It s like Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter had sex and their undead mutant baby was this book Video Night is a wonderfully fun thrill ride that choes almost perfectly the tone of 80s B monster flicks like Night of the Creeps Nightmares the movie anthology starring Moon Unit Zappa and They Live The last act ran through a little uickly for me but it worked well without going so far into camp that the spell was ver broken If you grew up in the 80s or grew up on 80s horror this book will take you back Great stuff I did not want this to nd Growing up in the 80s I ve had a love affair with what people call icky bug stories and this was one of the best I ve read in a long 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 VIDEO NIGHT by Adam Cesare is a novel that those of us with fond memories of growing up in 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 level this book was one that I couldn t help but loveAdd to this nostalgia an alien invasion that of course those with an obsession for old horror movies will be the only ones ven partially prepared for and you have a fun filled creature romp sure to voke memories of childhood movie marathonsAs one of Cesare s arlier 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 lately and I highly ncourage other horror lovers to check out his novelsHighly recommended 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 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 it lacks some of the surety and depth of a latter book like 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 loving 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 ach of the few stories of his I ve read The dude knows the ins and outs of horror and its genre conventions and lovingly crafts odes to the gorefests of yesteryear Video Night is an arnest and oftentimes nostalgic xploration of 80s 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 locals builds towards a video night well beyond anything they had imagined but their habitual consumption of horror flicks may have left Billy and Tom the most prepared for an alien attackAs a child of the 80s I found a lot to The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant 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 or laser guns and it s neat to compare mankind s then cuttingdge technology against an almost mundane 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 baseball like Con Season was and it s main aim is simply to have fun On that level Cesare succeeds It s not particularly deep or thematically rich but it is Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) entertainingnough for me to overlook some of the rougher Logic, Labels, And Flesh edges It s not uitenough to get me to swear off Blu ray discs and streaming HD movies but I doubt that was the point anyway Bottom line up frontyour Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design enjoyment of Video Night is going to be at least partially predicated on how much you love the 80 s If you are a child of the 80 s or have just come to love it through other renditions in modern media then you ll find much to like herespecially 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 ffortlessly 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 all the rage As a child of the 80 s I have a rather strong fondness for that time period as I remember growing up with the wonder of the original Star Wars movies and toys the portability of cassettes Walkman style and the power of hairspray So Video Night seemed right up my alleyAnd in the nostalgia sense it was This book is basically an 80 s straight to video movie in novel form and author Adam Cesare plumbs the big hair decade for all its worth The classic horror movies Check The fiddling with the tracking of the VCR Check The Trapper Keepers and the Jansports Check Virginia Slims Check There are numerous pop culture references in this book that brought me back to my youth while also bringing a smile on my face I was decidedly lower middle class growing up but honestly had no issue with my childhood I had a caring mom good friends and a decent school So for me the 80 s represents a simple and fun time which I have no problems revisiting in various forms of media nowadaysButnostalgia can only carry you so far and while this book has much to offer with 80 s references it can t uite reach those heights with the narrative Like I said it feels like a B movie in book format And you know what Maybe that s the vibe Adam Cesare was going for If so he succeeded admirably But the problem with that approach if that is the approach that was used is that it somewhat lessens the impact of the book No this isn t Jane Austen but it still could have had a bit narrative heft But do we want a book to be goodor do we want a book to be fun Ideally I d like both but if I had to settle for oneI guess I d choose fun MaybeLike all my reviews I will try to keep this one devoid of spoilers If it s not mentioned in the official book synopsis then I ll do my level best to avoid mentioning it here Don t think I m only bashing here One of the places that the book stands tall is with the main characters No they are not the most detailed protagonists to ver grace a novel s pages but Mr Cesare successfully pulls his characters from all walks of life throwing them together in a way that Who better to repel a body snatching alien invasion than a group of teenage horror nerds Billy and Tom are best friends but Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems each knows that at thend of the school year they'll be moving in different directions But why not go out with a bang and throw one last 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.
Ature feature set in the 80s I loved 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 like most kids He s seventeen a bit of a geek and has a huge Pleasantly surprised Entertainment value 5 starsWell a 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 you ll recognize in smaller roles like Jon Stewart and Usher Personally I loved 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 like most around my age that decade brings a lot of fond memories It was a innocent time You still had to Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice 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 labor to go down or up their was no button Information was not as freely available because personal computers were stillxactly that personal with no link to any other computersand this meant words 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 the library from time to time to complete assignments The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth encyclopedias werexpensive 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 asy for the powers that be to keep the people ignorant specially when it came to In Deeper 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 like Black Sabbath KISS Led Zep and Ozzy Osborne were banned outright I actually read about most of these bands in the late 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 wereither too violent sexual profane cultist or sent the wrong message this list is much too long to Personlighetspsykiatri even begin butvery now and then something would slip past them at least for a little while like 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 was 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 like the usual alien stuff where they launched 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 Audiology expendable meaning that nobody was safe anyone could actually die in this book And Brownie points to the author I was 15 pages from thend and still wasn t sure how he was going to nd this oneThis horror novel comes highly recommended to all horror fansREAD THIS NOW Every Friday night 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 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 lot 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 laden gorefest What lse can you Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity 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 seems like the whole damn dow VIDEO NIGHT is a perfectxample 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 limited so they ve seen very 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 You ll have to read this to find outI love all kinds of horror dark fiction and ven 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 long to read it because friends of mine I m looking at you Kimberly and Andi gifted me a gorgeous signedlimited Learning Unreal® Engine iOS Game Development edition and I didn t want to crack the spine I had some highxpectations going in and I m happy to report that this book lived up to Strange Visitors each andvery one of them I listened to the audio and Matt Godfrey did a great job of narrating as always I admit that I wondered how his calm 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 njoyedIf you like 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 ll be available for your uestions and comments It s free to join and all you need is a copy of the book which you can get in all formats here Thanks to Matt Godfrey the narrator for the free audio of this book in xchange for my honest review This is it. Keep getting worse and worse the catastrophic mayhem juicy and hopeless Best of all the writing moves like a greased torpedo compulsively readable as it rockets through your brain Fangoria If you put together the gore action monsters and sense of xcitement 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.
Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia His books include Clown in a Cornfield Video Night The Summer Job and Zero Lives Remaining He’s an avid fan of horror cinema and runs Project Black T Shirt a YouTube review show where he takes horror films and pairs them with reading suggestions