Written by John Edward Betancourt
I’ve always been fascinated with the horror genre’s obsession to try and make every single thing in our world as scary as possible. Granted, there’s been some solid success when it comes to this idea, take Stephen King’s IT for example, since hey…it made Bobo the Clown something to fear. But for every quality idea that makes it to production like that one, there are plenty more that are simply as silly as they come.
After all, who can forget such classics as Jack Frost? Or, The Gingerbread Man? These were all goofy ideas that embraced their inner silly when all was said and done. But once in a while, a doofy horror film comes along that does its absolute best to play its silly story as straight as possible and one such film that meets this criteria is 1985’s…The Stuff.
There is a new taste sensation sweeping the nation. It is known as The Stuff and ask anybody who has tried it, it is delicious. In fact, it is so scrumptious and so popular that others want to know how to make it so that they too can share in the excitement and the profits. Enter corporate spy Mo Rutherford, who is now tasked with discovering everything he can about The Stuff. But Mo won't like what he finds. For The Stuff is more than an incredible dessert...it is also alive.
The sinister nature of that synopsis ties directly into my earlier point as since The Stuff really does try to play it straight. But the end result is a horror film that comes off as silly because of one fundamental flaw here...how the hell do you make a dessert scary even when it is a living organism? I'm not sure there is a good answer to that question. Dessert is delicious. Plain and simple. But this movie tries its best to terrify you. The Stuff can move and it eventually controls those who consume enough of it but that's not exactly terrifying because those it ‘infects’ or ‘Stuffies’ as they are referred to, are only scary when The Stuff decides to leave the body in gross fashion.
Yet even then what should be a creepy moment goes back to comical since well, once The Stuff escapes you have to contend with a big white fluffy blob rolling around. So yes, that's your monster. No dripping teeth or razor-sharp claws or red eyes glowing in the dark, just a fluffy dessert that will smother you if don't manage to out run it.
But despite the fact that this is a horror film that isn't scary, it's still a movie that manages to suck you in thanks to how over the top this sucker turns out to be. You simply have to know what wild things are going to happen in the next scene. So, by all means check this one out. You won't be terrified to look in the fridge to see if the Ben and Jerry's is moving after you’ve watched it, but you'll definitely have yourself a good laugh.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
The endurance of the living dead as a whole, never ceases to amaze me. This disturbing creature and all of its various iterations have been around for well over eighty years and the modern zombie as we know it, the flesh-eating kind that is, have been around for just about fifty. But only in the last ten years or so, has this iconic monster truly enjoyed its renaissance.
After all, the zombie is literally everywhere. You’ll find them in comics, on television and finding a fun zombie flick is as easy as popping the word into the search bar on Netflix. However, this kind of popularity has its draw backs, because in some ways the zombie has lost a bit of its power and ability to scare by becoming iconic enough to appear on a lunch box. Which is why I’m always grateful when I discover any kind of living dead media that manages to bring back the raw terror these creatures instill in all of us, and recently I came across a piece of work that meets that criteria by way of the wonderful anthology novel, Nights of the Living Dead.
This magnificent compilation of short stories, takes us back into the world that George A. Romero envisioned back in 1968, by giving us an in depth look at how the rest of mankind dealt with the beginning of the end of the world, and I use the word magnificent when it comes to this book because it has managed to do the impossible…it scared the living hell out of me. There are some incredibly disturbing and powerful stories to be found in this compilation, since it features tales from some supremely creative heavyweights such as Jonathan Maberry, Jay Bonansinga and Brian Keene.
But truly, the centerpiece of this anthology, is the sheer fact that it features a story from The Godfather of the Dead himself, George A. Romero. Yes, you read that right, Romero revisited the world he created one last time and let me tell you his story is an utter joy to read through and through. It’s terrifying, it’s powerful and it’s poignant simply due to the fact that this anthology was released shortly before his passing and there’s something deeply profound about the fact he was able to write one more story in the universe he created and share his dream and vision with so many incredible writers.
So, make no mistake about it. This is a frightening book. On several occasions, I had to put it down to clear the disturbing images out of my head and I only made the mistake of reading it before bedtime once since it had a profound effect on the tranquility of my sleep. Which means that this book is a must own for any zombie fan and quite frankly, any fan of horror for that matter as well. Because this is the zombie genre returning to its roots and it makes these unholy abominations the powerful force we remember them to be and I do hope this book inspires future anthologies that are equally as eager to unleash the living dead’s true fury upon mankind and make us hesitant to see what that noise was outside in the middle of the night…
Written by Scott Edwards
Not being able to face what you have done in the past is something that many people cannot get over. Trying to relocate to move on with their lives may seem like the best idea, but unless you are able to forget completely, it will never truly help. Needing to be able to live with your mistakes is just a part of life, and there is no shame in needing help to do so. As we are all playing the same game, you have friends that are willing to help you to the next level and beyond. Don’t shy away from them in your time of need, ask and you shall receive as someone once said, and it is good to know that it can still happen.
The Barrow family is moving away from the city to make up a new life for themselves in the country. With a massive fixer upper house, architect Dana will have her hands full and that is exactly what she needs to keep her mind off of things. With the support of her husband David and son Lucas, the three have each other to keep the demons at bay. But hopefully that will be enough for Dana who is having a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings.
As the family is getting settled, they head into town to do a little shopping and find that the townsfolk are happy that they have moved into the old Blacker house. As it has been sitting vacant for so many years, having someone living there just feels right. Even though most everyone is surprised that Dana is the architect in the family rather than David, the couple believes that this might be the right move for them. As all old houses have their own set of problems, the Barrows have no idea what really happened inside the walls of their new home many years ago, but will soon come face to face with something that was never explained to them.
Waking up in the middle of the night, Dana takes a stroll outside to get some fresh air, but when looking back at the house, she sees a light on in the attic. Heading up to investigate it, she discovers a locked door that is leading to somewhere that she has never seen before. Finding a key to the door in the morning, Dana is able to open it and step inside. Hearing the door locking behind her, Dana is trapped inside the room for hours on end and is not able to get anyone to help her. When her time is up and the visions leave her mind, Dana lays into her family for not helping her, but they had no idea that she was in any sort of trouble, much less did not hear her screams for help. Knowing that there is something strange about the room, Dana finds out it was called a Disappointments Room, where parents hid their children away from the world when they had issues. As most of the rooms were only used for a short time, they might house nasty memories as most of these children never had the chance to grow old.
This movie is an extremely slow mover, which is a shame because it had so much potential to be so much more. You can tell that the story was altered more than once to get to the final payoff of what is really happening in the house, which leaves me wanting to see what was originally slated to happen. You can tell that Dana has a ton of demons that she is trying to fight off in her mind, but when she starts looking for comfort outside of her family, she really lost me. That being said, the performance was excellent, especially when she loses her mind at dinner with some old friends. You really have to feel for her, but as she explains, it was her own doing and she does not want to live with it. I am still unsure if there were ghosts in the house, because it did seem extremely creepy when the mirrors came down exposing the portraits of the former home owners. With creepy flashes, a hammer, a vicious dog, memory lapses and a possible haunted house, you will be left wondering what really set off Dana to fight with herself, along with her family.
Written by Scott Edwards
Everybody remembers their first time for the important things in their lives. The first time driving a car, the first time falling in love, the first time getting a job and of course, the first time they were blown away by a horror movie. Now when I first watched High Tension, I was not a huge horror buff and was just starting to get my feet wet in the genre. One of my friends that I worked with suggested it, as it was a movie that she really liked, so I gave it a try. I must admit that I was speechless when the credits started to roll, because it was something that I had not seen before, and coming back to it over ten years later, it still leaves me in awe.
Waking up in the backseat of her friend’s car, Marie is shocked to see that she has been taken so far into the country. Getting away from school for the weekend to study somewhere other than the dorm, Marie is looking forward to spending time with Alexia as well. Meeting her best friend’s family, Marie is blown away by how secluded the house really is and pokes fun at her friend for why she is doing so well in class. Since they arrived a little late, the girls head up to their rooms, but little do they know that there is someone keeping an eye on the house and looking to make their lives a living hell.
Hearing a loud knocking at the door, Marie gets up and looks out the window to see a dark man taking a shot at her friend’s father. Hearing the commotion downstairs, Marie tries to find a way to get out of the house before she is discovered, but the cries from the rest of the house are driving her mad. Finding a closet to stay hidden in, Marie witnesses Alexia’s mother being killed right in front of her very eyes. Hearing Alexia crying from her room, Marie finds her bound and gagged while the killer walks out front to make short work of the little brother. Not wanting to give any indication that there is anyone else in the house, Marie leaves her friend tied up while she tries to come up with a plan.
As the main killing has stopped in the house, the killer collects his prize in Alexia and tosses her in the back of his truck. Not wanting to lose her friend, Marie sneaks in the back with her and heads off to who knows where. When the truck stops to get some gas, Marie is able to sneak out and tries to get the attention of the gas station attendant to get her some help, but before he is able to pick up the phone, his old friend comes into the building and strikes up a conversation of his own. Needing to keep out of sight, Marie once again sees the killer take another life, but this time he is looking for her. Keeping hidden in the station, Marie is able to wait the killer out, but when he heads off again, she must find a way to stay with him, as her best friend’s life is waiting in limbo and she has no idea what will become of her.
I will admit, I am a huge fan of this movie and it tops my list of movies for the novice horror fan to watch, because it is not too much of one thing. There is some blood and yes, some really graphic killings that will shock anyone, but it is more than that, because the story plays well throughout and I never detect any plot holes. That is one of the things that is essential for a good movie, the storyline must be sound and if you are watching a horror movie, it is that much more important. The performances are great in this movie, especially the part of Marie, because she is forced to carry the movie without knowing who or what she really is. I really liked the plot twist that was used in this movie, because when it came out, it was not fashionable like twists have been in the last five years’ worth of horror movies. With blood, insane kills, a wandering mind, a killer who likes them pretty and a stick with barbed wire on it, High Tension is a great movie for someone that wants to try to get into the horror genre, or even a veteran that is looking for a movie that still stands tall, even today. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
It is safe to say that any zombie fan is struggling right now. There's no new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead for a few more weeks, leaving all those who love the living dead in limbo as we all work on finding something to fill the void. I have passed the time in this awful phantom zone by watching whatever zombie flick I can find on my shelf. But while the majority of my collection leaves me smiling with joy, there is one movie that leaves me coming away with mixed emotions every time I watch it, even to this day, the 2004 remake of George Romero's zombie opus; Dawn of the Dead.
We won't spend much time talking about the plot because of the fact that this is a remake. But the core elements do remain. The dead return from their graves, they eat people and we end up following the struggle of a handful of survivors as they secure themselves in an abandoned mall. But that’s where the comparisons end, because this particular iteration of this tale worked hard to provide us with a pure re-envisioning of Romero’s original work and while it does succeed there, it is also quite an inconsistent and somewhat disappointing entry in this storied genre.
Which is irritating since, at times, the film comes off as an incredibly original piece of horror. For example, the first ten minutes of the movie are tense and powerful, giving us a fresh look at the zombiepocalpyse. But from there the film becomes inconsistent, with flashes of brilliance quickly overshadowed by moments that leave you scratching your head. Perhaps the finest example of this is the odd path that Mekhi Phifer's character takes in this tale, with his strange obsession revolving around having a family at the end of world, at any cost, culminating in a scene that answers the age-old question as to whether or not newborns can be zombified. On paper, one gets the impression this scene is breaking new ground, however on the big screen it just comes off as cheesy.
Also, despite the strong casting in this film, the two-dimensional characters the actors are forced to portray remove you from the film completely, leaving you in a place where you never really care about the characters. Instead of being taken on an emotional roller coaster ride you simply sit back and observe a series of horrible events happening to people you just met.
But perhaps the biggest issue that I found with the film, was the incredible cheetah-esque speed that the living dead possess in this picture. This film gets kudos for bringing about the debate of whether or not fast zombies are more terrifying, but in reality, there is no debate. Running corpses are a joke. Now we can bring the running zombie from 28 Days Later into this conversation as well, but there is one significant difference...those zombies were living and breathing human beings infected with a virus. The dead in this film, are just that...dead. In fact, if you look closely you can even see some incredible special effects work as these awful creatures decompose before your eyes as the film progresses which makes it all that much harder to believe they can run as fast as they do.
But despite all the flaws of this film, it is worth a look. Zack Snyder established himself as a top tier director with this picture and his visual genius is on display in every frame. Not to mention there are some genuinely good scares and gory scenes in this movie, and you'll definitely enjoy the surprise cameos from the original cast. Just make sure that if you haven't seen this film you watch it without the original Dawn of the Dead in mind, as since this film can in no way be compared to its greatness, and no zombie film ever will. Instead take a moment to realize that this remake carved out its own special niche in the history of zombie lore, it brought the dead back to life by making the zombie popular once again.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Often times when a story decides to go to some incredibly dark places, there’s usually an eye in the middle of the storm wherein the audience can take a deep breath and collect their thoughts and emotions before the storm returns to slam us with ugly winds once again. But apparently, The Mist has decided that such a break for the audience…just isn’t going to happen. Because last night’s episode, ‘The Waking Dream’, which should have served as that proverbial breather, continued the onslaught that began last week and once more, we were privy to dark and disturbing moments as mankind’s more primal instincts took control.
Case in point, everything that happened in the sewer. What should have been a simple and brisk jaunt from the now ruined church to the Mall turned out to be a cold and terrifying experience. Because once again, Mrs. Raven’s strange and twisted beliefs continued to alienate some of her followers to the point where she was happy to abandon an injured member of her flock without a second thought. However, what made this sequence of events so incredibly chilling is the fact that all of Sheriff Heisel’s wild talk about getting everyone to the mall to deal with his son didn’t come out of survival instinct or panic…he’s fully prepared to follow through and shed blood since he wounded the other survivor in their group and he left her behind as well without even breaking a sweat…
However, the ugliness in the sewers was merely the beginning. Because after weeks of teasing us…everything in the mall finally fell to pieces. Convinced now that Alex was indeed the real perpetrator of Shelley’s death, the ‘good people’ of the mall set out to hunt for her and the only thing that preserved her life for longer than Gus or his gang would prefer was the sheer fact that she was searching desperately for Jay. But seeing people who were everyday folks in the series premiere, angrily searching the halls of this shopper’s paradise, with axes, knives and bludgeons in hand; ready to punish Alex for a death she wasn’t responsible for, was truly the stuff of nightmares and quite frankly, I don’t recognize who these people are anymore and unfortunately…they found Alex at the end of the episode.
Yet, there was more to the story than a mere collection of bleak moments. Lost in the mix of uncomfortable darkness, there was plenty of tension and answers to some mysteries to be found as well. After all, Kevin’s journey to the mall was a harrowing one as he and Vic dodged The Mist from house to house and once again, this cloud of doom seemed to imply that it preys on human beings with darkness in their hearts since Kevin was able to fight off the strange apparitions it sent his way, including one that looked just like him and Kevin even made mention of the fact that it seemed like The Mist sent him a warning and oddly enough, we also learned last night that Jonah, is apparently a high ranking official at the Arrowhead Project since one of the remaining military lackeys trapped in the mall found Jonah while he was searching for supplies and after an angry greeting…Jonah was saluted without question…
If anything, I’m loving the direction the show has suddenly shifted to and for the first time since the series premiere, genuine danger is hanging in the air and the stage is now set for a thrilling season one finale. Because now that everyone has arrived at the mall, things are going to get ugly and I’m anxious to see what will happen when it comes to the disturbing sacrifice of Jay that Mrs. Raven and his father have planned when Adrian’s secret is revealed to all. Either way, I get the feeling we are going to be in for heck of a season finale next week and Thursday cannot get here quickly enough. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are many things that people would like to forget when growing up, but when looking back, I am sure that they are glad that they didn’t. You learn so much as a child about life overall, even when fighting with your parents over stupid stuff. You also learn what is important and what is not, you learn how to tie your shoes and most importantly, you learn how to be you. Your past holds the key for anyone that wants to get to know you and how you have turned into the person you are today, and there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to what happened in your life long ago.
Taking photos of old houses, Jane has followed her passion for years and has never looked back. Trying to capture the story that the old houses have to tell, she is able to get an interview with Time Magazine about her work. No matter if she gets the job or not, Jane will continue to photograph houses, but there is one that she always has to stop by when driving past to try and find the right setting to immortalize it in a photo. But little does she know what this house has in store for her as she is about to take a long trip down memory lane.
Being taken in by a foster family after her family was killed years ago, Jane has wiped out all memories about what she witnessed that tragic day. Being able to move on with her life, marrying Alan and having a wonderful daughter Alice, she is only looking forward. Working out things with Alan to keep the couple together, Jane is still looking for some sort of answer as to why things are the way they are, but is not willing to look for help just yet. Keeping up with her work and looking at her photos in the gallery, Jane loses all sense of time and is late to pick her daughter up from school. Having a moment while driving, Jane swerves to miss a random child in the middle of the street and aggravates an injury from her past.
Waking up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there or who her family is, Jane feels alone, but there is a psychiatrist that is willing to try and help her. Turning Liam away, she believes that her memory will come back on its own, but there is someone following her. The little girl from the road shows herself in the hospital and Jane tries to follow her, but is interrupted when she finally has her cornered. Getting flashes back from her current life, Jane finds out that she is the owner of her dead parent’s house, whom she is not able to recall.
Getting ahold of her uncle Patrick, Jane is invited back into the house with open arms. With the thought that her memory will come back faster with some stimulation, Jane starts to fear that there is something else in the house that wants to cause her and her family harm. When strange things continue to happen that challenge her sanity, Jane is not able to leave and sends Alan and Alice out to safety. Ready to take on the threat on her own, an invitation for a game falls into her hands and she is ready to play and find out what the house has been trying to tell her all along.
This movie is very intriguing to say the least. With a childhood injury that comes back into play, Jane starts to see and hear things that nobody else can, but she may not be crazy. I really liked the story and the payoff at the end was not what I was expecting, it actually kind of surprised me. You could tell from the opening of the movie that something terrible happened to Jane, but flash forward twenty years and it is not even a memory until strange packages start to arrive for her that she cannot explain. I really enjoyed the story and the acting was pretty darn good, I might need to watch it again. With an obsession, unknown history, possible haunted house and a creepy uncle, you might not want to watch this movie alone, because that is when bad things tend to happen. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are so many people out there that do not believe in ghosts, but the few that do, well, there is no way to convince them otherwise. No matter what evidence is laid out in front of them, they will not accept the possibility that there is nothing waiting for them after they die. I however believe in ghosts, I have heard and seen some strange stuff in my days that I cannot convince myself did not happen. But even when trying to explain this to a skeptic, they think that I am crazy, no matter how good my argument really is. Shame.
Not getting into the ghost hunting game to make money or become famous, Emily Strand and her group of researchers are only trying to raise awareness. But things take a drastic turn for the group as they try to help out a grieving couple whose ghost daughter is not what it seems. Pulling out the big guns and being able to trap an Elemental in her cross, Emily experiences something that she has never dealt with before. Reading up on what she encountered, Emily knows that she may have been in over her head, yet she has other things to worry about as the Linda Vista Hospital she has set up shop in has been sold and she needs to gather all of the haunting evidence that she can get her hands on.
Waiting to talk with Dawson from the new ownership team, Emily keeps her eyes on the monitors to make sure that she has not missed anything roaming through the empty hallways. Meeting Dawson and giving him a brief tour of the building, Emily’s team of Chase and Lacey join her for one last ghost hunt in the hospital. Taking Dawson along for the ride, the group hits up the third floor of the abandoned building and find some of the best evidence of ghosts they have ever seen. But the ghosts are not the only thing roaming the halls as an Elemental has made its presence known and it is looking to take out everyone and everything that gets in its way.
With her little bit of knowledge on the powerful spirit, Emily knows that the group will need to avoid mirrors, since that is how the Elemental is able to travel from floor to floor. With the exits being locked and no way of getting out the way they came, Emily and her group need to find another way to escape the evil spirit’s grasp. Moving up to the fourth floor, where they have never been before, the group finds a worship den to evil and now understands why the fourth floor has been off limits ever since they arrived. With a demon trying to kill them, along with a janitor looking to keep his secret safe now on the hunt, Emily and her group must find a way out of the old hospital before they join the thousands that have died in the building.
I must admit that I was a little impressed with how this movie captured my attention. I liked how everything came together, even when it took a while to get the entire story out on screen. Emily was not only looking for ghosts, she was looking for the truth about what happened to her little sister when she died years back. I also liked how the living and the dead worked together against the Elemental that had taken up residence in the empty halls, since it does not care who it kills, as long as it is able to kill. I feel bad for poor Dawson who got dragged into a ghost hunt without knowing that ghosts are real, and also demons for that matter, he was in way over his head throughout. With ghosts, demons, an evil shrine, locked doors, disembodied cries for help and a ghost hunter that wants the truth, this is not a bad little ghost story that will keep you hoping that the Linda Vista Hospital is really not open for business once again. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Following through on promises is something that people need to do more of. I will admit that I am guilty of going back on my word a time or two, but I try my hardest to honor my commitments and do it with a smile on my face. It is so easy to just not do something that you do not want to, but like someone once said, ‘you are only as good as your word’ and once you go back on it, nobody really needs to believe you will follow through with anything. It is a huge life changer for many people when they can no longer trust someone and I hope that more people take note that they are not only hurting themselves when they do this, but the people that they are not helping as well. The more follow through, the better you will feel about yourself and bit by bit the world will become a better place.
With her life being turned upside down, Kate Ryan has moved into her new home off of Lake Eerie. With a promise being made to her late husband John that they would retire there, Kate has decided to make the move to help honor his memory. With the house being well under market value and being fully furnished, the deal was too good to pass up. Moving away from the memories, Kate can start her life over again, but she has no idea what secrets have been hidden within the walls of her new home.
Getting a visit from one of her neighbors, Eliza, Kate finds out all kinds of things about the previous owner of the house, an archeologist named Harrison Lloyd. Being a looker back in his day, Harrison fell into a coma at the ripe age of twenty-nine without any explanation. With all of the artifacts and his personal effects still in the house, it is like he never left and Eliza is beside herself seeing that Kate will also try to respect his wishes of keeping them all there. But Eliza has a favor to ask of her new neighbor, as her niece is a huge Harrison fan and would love to try and study what has been left behind for her own research. Agreeing to this, Kate has no idea what she is opening herself up to, but that is not the only thing she needs to worry about as the house is old and a fuse blows on the first night.
Only being able to arm herself with candles against the dark, Kate sees a figure in her house, but when it gets close enough, it disappears. Not knowing what she saw, Kate is also having vivid dreams of her widow that seem like real life. As the nights move on, the dreams get more powerful and she is thinking that it is just her mind playing tricks on her. Finding one of the old diaries from Harrison Lloyd in a locked shelf, Kate tries to get a feeling for who the man really was. Passing on what little information she has found, young Autumn who is obsessed with the archeologist is impressed and is also wondering what else is hidden in the house. Wanting to find an ancient locket of light, Kate and Autumn begin their search around the house since it has powers that have never been seen before, but Kate finds out that her search may need to go faster as since there are beings not from this world that are looking to kill her.
What a dark little movie that has everything that you want in a horror movie. I was impressed by how the story played out and really liked seeing an alternate realm that the other side is looking to open up. Autumn really stole the show, as she knows plenty about the house and its previous owner and the look she gets in her eyes when talking about Harrison is just silly. Kate thinks that what she is going through in the house is just her mind playing tricks on her, since her mental state has not been that good since the passing of her husband. The surprise is Harrison making an appearance in any way that he can to help keep Kate from being harmed by those who have been hunting him for so many years, that was actually the fun stroke to the story that I did not see coming. With dark figures, ancient Egyptian artifacts, a freaky house and a mystery that needs to be solved, once the story stars moving, you don’t want to look away since it does not stop until the final credits roll. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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One of the biggest storytelling elements that makes The Mist franchise as a whole so compelling to watch, is the fact that it goes to the darkest of places when it comes to the human condition. It in many ways unleashes the worst parts of mankind, letting fear serve as the catalyst. However, while this is prevalent in the novella and film versions of this story, the television show has merely toyed with the notion, giving us just a taste of how far people are willing to go to survive…that is until last night. Because ‘The Law of Nature’ unleashed the ugliest parts of our souls upon our television screens and the end of result of finally staying true to the core of this story, completely changed the landscape of the series heading into the home stretch of season one because wow, it also delivered a powerful surprise along the way.
We’ll save the surprise for last because first, I’d really like to focus on the other two key areas where we saw fear and darkness take control in stunning fashion, starting with the people at the church. Because with Father Romanov out of the way, at long last Mrs. Raven is completely in control of the faith and future of everyone around her and it doesn’t take long for everyone to realize…she’s not the leader or savior that they hoped she would be. Because Mrs. Raven suddenly focuses on a mantra of redemption through violence, since she firmly believes that death and destruction of the wicked is the key to getting The Mist to leave Bridgeville and it’s a stance that forces quite a few of her flock to back away. But those that remain loyal, decide to leave for the mall in order to deal with Jay to free the town and before they go…they leave the church in ruin and bodies in their wake…
Yet that dark storyline was merely the beginning for this episode, because the situation at the mall went from tense…to outright terrifying, all thanks to two key people, Gus and Shelley, the mother of the late Lila. Still filled to the brim with guilt, Shelley continues her assault on Alex and her ability to survive The Mist, claiming that the two are somehow connected to this whole mess and unfortunately, people are starting to truly listen to her. It’s an issue that prompts one of the remaining soldiers from Arrowhead to inform Gus that someone needs to do something about the matter, and that someone is Gus and when he goes to confront Shelley…everything falls to pieces. Sure, she flat out admits that she knows Alex is innocent and that this is related to grief, but she makes a power play on Gus, threatening to tell everyone that he’s sitting on a mountain of food while people are starving and rather than let that truth come out, Gus kills Shelley and blames the act on Alex.
But the stunner of the night, was everything that happened in Kevin’s group. Low on gas and near Adrian’s home, the group makes a pit stop to resupply, giving Adrian a chance to check in on his parents and what he finds…is nothing compared to what comes out of his mouth. Because the death of his mother drives a powerful confrontation between Adrian and his father where dear old dad reveals concerns about his son’s mental health and those concerns are warranted since Adrian admits to being the person responsible for assaulting Alex, shortly before murdering his father in cold blood. To make matters worse, Kevin uncovers this horrible truth as well, leading to a confrontation that leaves Kevin knocked out cold and surrounded by The Mist and that allows for Adrian to tell yet another lie…and secure his safety with the group as they head for the mall…
So really, I think this is the episode that every single fan of the series has been waiting for. It was supremely dark, and equally as disturbing and truthfully, I loved every single second of it. I love the fact that Mrs. Raven has turned out to be a false prophet of sorts, to the point where she may likely pay the piper for her actions at some point and the whole Adrian thing…wow. He’s really been a bit of a throwaway character until now and what’s he done is shocking and disgusting to say the least, and when you take his storyline last night, and Mrs. Raven’s and the whole mess at the mall, it’s clear now that the show is building to an explosive finale where the evils that have been done are about to come together and who knows who will survive when all is said and done and it pleases me to no end that the show has finally found its stride and its core in that…the real horror that The Mist harbors is man itself and it will take a miracle to save these people from themselves. Until next time.