I don’t know if Mike Judge ever divulged where the character designs of B&B came from, but taking a look at the above image I’m tempted to assume the 1959 creature cheapie THE MONSTER FROM PIEDRAS BLANCAS served some inspiration.
Archive for October, 2012
A deceptively simple and straight-forward revenge tale, Tom Piccirilli’s FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY draws its strength not from its matter-of-fact plot (an honest cop with a gangrenous stomach wound from the attempted hit that claimed his wife and son settles the score with the mobster that wanted him dead), but rather its raw, unflinching look at death, loss, and retribution.
Clay, the protagonist (“our hero” just doesn’t sound right in this context), should by all rights be dead–he’s leaking important fluids and his insides are scrambled from his assassin’s bullet–but with grim determination he fights through the agony, both physical and emotional, to avenge his family. And with his keen sense of detail and deft characterization Piccirilli makes us feel it, too, submerging us into Clay’s pain until we’re ready to pick up our own throwaway .38.
A bracing slice of noir grimness, FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY is short, not at all sweet, but damn fine reading.
The words . . . they fail me.
But give credit to author Virginia Wade for taking a cheesy B-movie concept–young nubile campers are abducted by Bigfoot to be his sex slaves–and playing it seriously. And while I didn’t find it especially erotic (having more to do with the subject matter, though Wade handles the thorny issue of consent with care, keeping the proceedings well within the realm of fantasy), the action moves at a brisk pace and the sex scenes are descriptive and entertaining, if a tad clumsily written. Recommended for the novelty factor alone, CUM FOR BIGFOOT is a breezy little tale that, like its protagonists, goes down easy.
And thanks to the cliffhanger ending, I’m in for at least two of these.