Written by Scott Edwards
Knowing just a little bit about your family history could go a long way. Knowing that I had an actress in the family back in the 20’s, I have always wanted to follow up in her silent role era stardom, but somehow I don’t think that will happen, at least not for me. I also come from a long line of teachers, which I have embraced over the years and being able to see what they do in the classroom, I’ve been able to transfer their methods to my own style of training. I am happy to note that I do not have any mass murderers in my family’s background, but there are a couple of folks that have been arrested for supporting the wrong side. The more you know, the better you feel about making a decision these days, it is simply in the genes.
After New York, Jason Voorhees is still on the hunt and has returned to his home to get settled back in. With a new person invading his territory, it is time to reveal himself once again, but this time things are different. Watching as the woman is able to run to safety, Jason is met by a strike team that has all of the weapons necessary to take the killer out of the hunt once and for all. Being blown to bits on the battle field, the remains of Jason Voorhees are taken to the coroner for final examination, but there is something strange in the air. While inspecting the body, the coroner notices that the oversized heart of Jason Voorhees is beating on its own. Taking a bite out of the organ, the coroner is turned into the one thing that nobody wants to see, Jason Voorhees.
Shock journalist Robert Campbell is having a fun time with the Jason Voorhees story and is making the most of it for his ratings. With two dead security guards at the scene, it is apparent that the mass murderer is back on his feet and still killing from beyond the grave. Being able to get an interview with the only person who can track down Jason, Robert sits down with Creighton Duke and finds out that the body of Jason is just a shell, the true evil is in the shell’s heart and can only be destroyed by one man, Creighton Duke. As his story is starting to develop, Robert gets the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the town of Crystal Lake with his new girlfriend, Jessica Kimble, who has ties there.
Crystal Lake may never be the same, since the tourist traffic is about to skyrocket with Jason Voorhees finally being taken out of the equation. Knowing that the traffic will be on the up and up, the diner where Diana Kimble works is spicing up their menu by attaching Jason’s name to all of their entrees. Not knowing what the future will bring, Diana meets Creighton face to face and is offered a job to help kill the un-killable Jason. Being creeped out by the conversation, Diana finds out a secret that few people know about her, but is not willing to accept it, especially when talking with her daughter Jessica about anything. Knowing that her time may be running out, Diana gets Jessica’s baby daddy Steven to agree to meet with her and discuss what may need to be done to save the family.
With new folks heading into town to see Jason Voorhees’ old stomping grounds, they are ready to piss on the legend and take full advantage of love, drugs and alcohol. Believing that Jason is gone forever, they are met with the painful reality that Jason will never be dead, even if his body has been blown to pieces. With the body count starting to rise, and the soul of Jason being able to move from meat to meat, Creighton knows one thing for sure, how to put an end to the madness once and for all. After Diana is killed by an officer possessed by Jason’s spirit and Steven is accused of murder, he is willing to spill that information in that Jessica and her baby are next in line for either putting an end to the Voorhees curse or making it stronger by allowing Jason to be reborn in a flawless body. Not wanting to lose his family, Steven must find a way to convince Jessica that she is the key to the puzzle, but that may be easier said than done.
Admittedly, this is the first Friday the 13th movie I saw growing up. When this movie made it to HBO, I was about 16 and starting to get a glimpse of what R rated movies were all about and thank goodness it was about the blood and gore, because I don’t think I would like it this much now if I didn’t see it back then. I will always have a place in my heart for this movie, not because it was the best, but because it introduced me to the slasher genre and boy do I love the blood. With that out of the way, it was a good way to try and get fans to join the Friday the 13th series, with Jason being able to move from body to body with ease, what could be more frightening, seriously? Even though the rules are broken the further you get into the movie, who really cares at this point, Jason is going to kill people and get a body in order to be reborn as his massive rotten self. Not the worst of the series, but not the best either, but you do get the ending that everyone always wanted with a crossover promise of a Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees showdown in the future. Well, that is it for now, next I think Jason goes to space and I can only hope that he gets to fight aliens at some point. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is nothing better than high school graduation. With all of the parties that follow and getting to see your friends for one more awesome night, there really is nothing better. But it can also be a sad event as you know that not everyone is going to be going off to college at the same school and it might be the last time you see your friends for many years. I guess it really just depends on how you look at things. When thinking back to my graduation, we got rained and hailed on and were rushed through because there was another class behind us, but the fun that commenced afterwards was memorable and I would not trade that in for anything in the world.
Arriving at the party cruse for the seniors of Lakeview High School, everyone is excited for their trip. Heading to New York for their final celebration, an unexpected passenger makes her way aboard. Rennie has been the outsider in her class and kept it that way after losing her parents in a car crash when she was little. Being taken in by her Uncle Charles, who teaches at the high school as well, he is not too pleased to see his ward coming along, with her fear of water and all. But Rennie is ready to have the trip of her life and will not let her uncle get in the way of that.
At the top of the boat, Sean is given the order to take the boat out, but does not know all of the commands that he needs to call out before freeing the boat from the dock. A disappointment to his father the Admiral, sailing may not be what his final choice in life will be. On the back of the boat, J.J. and Wayne are working on a music video and J.J. is having the time of her life with her new guitar. While everyone has been settled in for their quick trip across the water to New York, a couple of the students have taken notice that Jim and Suzi have failed to join them. Thinking little about that, they have no idea what has happened at Crystal Lake.
Dropping anchor when arriving at their first destination, Jim hits a powerline setting off a massive underwater fireworks display. With Jason resting comfortably in his watery grave, he is awoken once again with the electricity and ready to make those who have invaded his space pay with their lives. Taking care of Jim and Suzi without issue, Jason finds himself arriving on the ship filled with young and horny high schoolers that need to pay the price. Picking them off one by one, Jason Voorhees is back once again and will not stop until all of those who have disrespected him are dead and buried.
Heading up to the ship’s cabin, Sean sees that his father and the first mate have been brutally killed and calls all of the remaining students up to get their thoughts on what they should do next. With all of the other passengers depending on Sean to be able to sail them to safety, the rumbling of Jason Voorhees’ name fills the air. Charles is not having any of the stories and tries to take command of the situation, but has no idea what to do next. Thinking that the deck hand that seems to be crazy is the one behind the murders, Charles is able to confront him with a flare gun, but quickly finds out that he is not the killer as he lies dead on the deck. Losing power in the ship, the survivors have only one option of surviving and lower a lifeboat into the water and make their way for land.
Not being able to see where they are going, Sean is able to navigate close enough to find New York and the group is ready to put this nightmare behind them. But when arriving in the big city, the group sees how violent it can be there as well as Rennie is taken away by a couple of muggers. Before they are able to undress her, an unsung hero arrives from the shadows as Jason Voorhees has followed the group from the boat. Being drugged, Rennie starts to see the world in a different light and is able to pinpoint her fear of the water and knows that there might be only one way to beat the vengeful killer.
When all is said and done, I could not get over the fact that Jason could never dry off. I know that this seems to be silly, but the movie was as well and even though it was entertaining with some new kills on a cruise ship, I simply wanted just a little bit more. I mean having Jason Voorhees in New York City with all of the crime that takes place there, I would have loved to have seen him take his killing spree to the next level and just start hacking gangbangers to pieces, but alas, he only has eyes for the kids that come from his little lake.
Rennie really had the toughest go in this movie, as she is haunted by something that happened in her past and cannot figure it out until her life depends on it, but Sean was always there to try and keep her safe and grounded, even when he didn’t have a clue what to do next. One of the greatest takeaways from this movie is how disgusting this version of New York City really is, I mean when the sewers are filled with toxic waste every night at midnight, what kind of city is that? Well, there are still more movies showing up in my recommended list that have Jason’s name attached, so I guess that this is series is far from over. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Everyone tries to be just a little different from the outside norm. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it would be better to be different so you can be noticed. With nobody wanting to be vanilla all the time, it is easy to get sucked into that mold so it is important to remember to just be yourself. Even if some people do not seem to accept it, there are more than enough that are willing to let you in. Keep your chin up and stay who you want to be, because in the end, being yourself is really the only thing that you can control.
Listening to her parents fight once again, young Tina Shepard is trying to remove herself from the situation. Getting in a boat and floating out into the lake, she watches as her father comes out to the dock and tries to get her to come back. With the words ‘I wish you would die’ coming out of her mouth, something else happens as well. With the deck starting to fall apart with her father standing on it, Tina sees firsthand what she is capable of doing with her mind. As her father falls into the depths of the lake, never to been seen or heard from again, Tina must try to control this gift and keep others from harm.
Returning to Crystal Lake years later with her new doctor, Dr. Crews, Tina is now enrolled in a program to try and get her better. Performing his experiments outside of the hospital, Dr. Crews is sure that he can help the young girl, but has no idea what has happened around the lake in the past. Seeing a group of kids staying next store, the hope is to keep Tina away from distraction so she can harness this special psychokinetic power that she has shown time and time again. Throwing a matchbook with her mind, then starting it on fire when aggravating the girl, Dr. Crews knows that it is just a matter of time before she can do much more. But Tina does not want to be any part of it and goes out to the lake to try and bring her dad back, but winds up unleashing someone that she has never heard of before.
Being underwater for years, Jason Voorhees has come back home and is looking for his next kill. Keeping an eye on things in the woods, he finds a young couple that is stranded and proves to be unstoppable once again. With only a metal spike, Jason takes care of business and moves on to a set of campers that are just looking to have a good time. With a new machete in hand, Jason is back to his old self after death again and looking to reclaim Crystal Lake for himself.
Back at the house, Nick, Melissa, Sandra, Russell, Eddie, Maddy, Robin, David, Kate and Ben are all waiting on Michael and Jane to show up for Michael’s surprise party, but have been left in the dark. Not knowing the history, much less that anything bad has happened in the area recently, they are just looking to have a good time. Breaking off into their pairs, the group has plenty of time to get jiggy with it and Nick is looking for something better. Inviting Tina to the party, it is obvious that she is different from the rest and does not belong there. Not taking away from anyone in the group, Tina goes back home, but Nick does not want to see her in pain and tries to join her. Telling each other their stories, Nick is not frightened by what has plagued Tina all these years, in fact he would like to know more, but it may be easier said than done when Jason Voorhees is alive and well at Crystal Lake.
Wow, I do not remember this one from my late blooming horror movie watching childhood days, and I know I definitely would have remembered that ending. With my favorite finale to date in these movies, I don’t know what could possibly top it. The movie still does not have the same appeal as the original one, but what it does have is an undead Jason killing at will and showing his power, along with a rotting body that cannot be stopped. This is the biggest and baddest Jason to date as he continues to gain his power and abilities and toys from his surroundings and he faces something that he and many other villains have never seen before. That goes down as a plus in my book, now I want to make a list of psychic characters that I want to see him face off against, like Firestarter or Eleven, it could be a very cool showdown. I am finally starting to become impressed with the costume, as everything should be falling off of the killer and you get to see some of his battle scars from the past. Well, I guess this train does not stop yet, as I see there are just a few more Friday the 13th movies on the list. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
There never quite seems to be enough time anymore. We get up, we go about our day and we are always being chased by the clock. Minute by minute, hour after hour we see our windows of opportunity slipping away with the steady tick of the second hand.
We lament this as often as possible for as the hours slip away, so does our ability to accomplish anything productive and often times our day ends with us lying back down, our mind on tomorrow and accomplishing all those things we missed out on today and always wondering where the time has gone. It's an important question and one that is answered in the most horrific fashion possible in the 1995 miniseries, The Langoliers.
A routine red eye flight from Boston to Los Angeles becomes the source of terror for several passengers who awaken in the middle of the night to discover that they are the only people on the plane. Thankfully a pilot is aboard as well but their situation quickly becomes all the more precarious. For there is no one on the radio and when they finally reach an airport, no one on the ground. There is only silence and with the help of a mystery writer they discover that they have traveled into the past and now it will be a race to get back to their own time. For a horrible noise is on the horizon and with this noise comes the discovery of what happens to yesterday when people and time have left it behind.
This was to say the least, the least horrific miniseries to come out of the 1990's Stephen King miniseries boom. It was also sadly, the weakest entry out of all of them. Not that it wasn't entertaining, as it most certainly was. After all, the scenes where everyone is trying to figure out what happened to the world are unsettling indeed. The unknown surrounds both the viewer and the characters and the horrible noise that the Langoliers provide adds a fine level of terror and tension.
But the motion picture plays out more like a mystery, and while it is indeed entertaining there are some moments where you wish the plot would advance a little faster. But perhaps the part that took me out of the motion picture were the monsters themselves. With such a grand buildup to these creatures that devour the past and everything within it, their appearance was well...underwhelming. The cheesy CGI effects simply leave you wanting more.
However, while the plot does drag at times and the monsters are as goofy as they come, this particular entry in the Stephen King universe is watchable. The overreaching mystery is engrossing and Bronson Pinchot’s over the top performance somehow draws you in. Just don't go into this one expecting the wallop of It or The Stand and enjoy this one for what it is...pure entertainment.
Written by Scott Edwards
It can be hard to accept that myths and legends are actually built on something that was true in the past. With some research, you are able to find out for yourself where they came from, whether it be a burning beard or lightning striking twice. But you may want to be careful when checking up on these things, especially if you have a weak stomach, because when looking up the legend of a killer in your area, you may find that it is more gruesome than you can take. If you don’t want to believe that these stories are true, just remember to be mindful of them and the reason that they are being told.
After his brief stint at the Pinehurst halfway house, Tommy Jarvis wants to prove to himself once and for all that Jason Voorhees is actually dead. With a copycat donning the mask of the killer, it is finally time for Tommy to put the entire story behind him and incinerate the body so that it will not trouble anyone ever again. Arriving at the cemetery with his friend Allen, the two start digging and uncover the corpse of Jason as it continues to rot. Seeing the body only brings back bad memories for Tommy and he is ready to finish what he started many years ago. Pulling a steel bar off of the fence and driving it through the killer’s body, Tommy gets ready to add the gasoline when a couple of lightning strikes hit the steel and revive Jason Voorhees to his natural state. Barely getting away with his life, Tommy sees his best friend killed and heads to the police station to tell them what he has done.
Sheriff Garris is not too pleased to see Tommy back in his town, especially after what happened at his previous facility. Only seeing that Tommy is looking to fight, he locks up the young man, but is surprised when his daughter Megan shows up with her friends. Not hearing from their fellow counselors, Darren and Lizbeth, the group is worried that something might have happened to them. Going to Camp Forrest Green, which was formerly Camp Crystal Lake, Tommy knows that Jason is behind the couple going missing. Telling his story that was only a legend to the new kids in town, Megan takes a liking to the stranger and wants to know more.
Being granted a pass to leave town, Tommy jumps in his truck and takes the Sheriff on a chase that ends at Jason’s grave. To his surprise, the grave has been filled in and now the young man looks crazier than ever. Taking him to the outskirts of town and releasing him, Garris can only hope that the Jarvis boy steers clear of his county, but when he gets a call about Darren and Lizbeth’s bodies being found, his mind turns dark. Knowing that Tommy will do anything to prove that Jason is alive and well and hunting, Tommy Jarvis has become suspect number one.
Megan and her friends Sissy, Cort and Paula are getting everything set up at Camp Forrest Green when Megan realizes she really wants to know more about this Tommy character. Staying at the Sheriff’s Office with her father the Sheriff, she hears about the bodies starting to pile up around the area. Not believing that Tommy is involved, she is lucky to get a call from him, but is shocked that he wants to stay in town and finish what he started. With a plan to return Jason to the lake at the camp that initially killed him as a boy, Tommy believes that it is the only way to stop the carnage. With the police force trying to find Tommy and bodies lining up in a direct path to Camp Crystal Lake, it will be a wonder if anyone is able to survive the undead wrath of Jason Voorhees once more.
This was really the first Friday the 13th movie that truly showed in the story that it was a movie with all of the odd looks at the camera and witty dialogue about movies. I kind of liked it, especially after there was a movie without Jason killing the wicked. Just when I was starting to like the new counselors, they were gone too soon and the only one that mattered was Megan, with her little crush on Tommy throughout. I at least liked how the two played off of each other, and the silliness that ensued when Jason was finally spotted. With plenty of fun kills and the first time I have seen paintball being featured in a movie, it was a little bit refreshing that I could enjoy really a ‘story less’ movie with plenty of kills as the legend of Jason Voorhees has been reborn into a monster that nothing can stop. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are many things that you can do with your friends, but nothing seems to beat playing a game. While there are many more adult themed games that have hit the market, there are still games that do not cost you a dime to play. Truth or Dare was a great game while growing up, not only because of the silliness of the questions, but because you got to learn a lot more about your friends than any other game. While the game can get pretty intense, it is all about having a good time with your friends and depending on the mood and drinks involved, you may find out that you don’t know your friends as well as you thought.
Arriving at Carter’s aunt’s house for their Halloween party, Alex, Tyler, Maddie, Holt, Luke, Jessie and Addison have no idea what is really happening. Knowing that Carter likes to have fun at his parties, they all want to keep it a little more low key than the previous year when Luke almost lost his scholarship after getting hurt. Seeing that his friends are having a hard time, Carter comes clean about the house not being his, and reveals that it is a haunted rental with a chilling past. Telling his friends about what happened in the house back in 1983 as seven kids lost their lives, he wants to play the game Truth or Dare and tape it to see what really happens.
While the group is at first hesitant about playing the game, they finally decide to give it a go. Putting down the ground rules of nothing dirty being written on the cards, Alex draws the first one and is told to make out with her best friend Maddie. Fulfilling the Dare, Maddie pulls the next card that seems a little off kilter and comes clean about sleeping with Alex’s boyfriend, Tyler. Pulling the next card, Tyler believes that the game is getting out of hand. Being told to put his hand on a stove burner, he will not comply and that results in a penalty from the house. As something unseen in the house forces his hand on the burner, the group is privy to the rules of the game and they will be forced to play three rounds over the next forty-eight hours and if they do not comply, they will be killed.
As the Dares continue to mount up, the group tries to work together as best they can, but when Addison refuses to come clean about a bad habit, she is penalized in the worst way, death. Leaving the house and getting everyone checked on at the hospital, Carter tries to explain what is happening to the group to the police, but nobody will believe him. As everyone goes their own way to get a good night’s sleep thinking that they have beaten the house, they are shocked when a video appears on their phones of Carter being the next victim. Seeing now that being in the house does not make a difference, the group tries to find help from the only survivor of the game that killed her friends so many years ago. With her only advice being that everyone has to work together, the group must try and find a way to survive the game as the Dares become far more deadly.
Hearing about this movie from a friend, I did not pay much attention when it aired, but after seeing it, I was blown away by the story being told. Most of the time when I watch a SyFy movie, I find myself laughing most of the time and that did not happen when watching this, as it is deliciously creepy and twisted. With tensions rising in the house after cheaters are being exposed, the house or spirit takes over the game with its own rules. I really liked just the creepiness of the house as a whole and how the Dares were exposed was pretty epic as the group was forced to continue their game. With creepy Dares, very little Truths, exposing past mistakes, punishment for the guilty and a finale that will keep you guessing, this was a pleasant, yet creepy surprise that has been delivered to the airwaves. I must admit that it has made me reconsider my Halloween plans of playing games in a haunted house, as the movie tells you, you must do the Dare, or the Dare does you. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are plenty of things that can happen in your life that can leave a scar that only you are able to see. It does not matter how big or small it is, if you know about it, it will stay with you forever. Even if you are able to heal most of it, once it gets grazed, even a little bit, it opens up into the wound that you never wanted to have open again. You can put up your barriers and try to protect yourself from the outside world, but every once in a while, something gets through and the heartache seems to begin anew.
Years after defeating the infamous Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis has far from recovered. Being sent to the Pinehurst halfway house, he still cannot get past the memories of what Jason did to his family or that he was forced to kill the murderer. Arriving and meeting Pam and Matt, Tommy sees that this will not be much of a change from his last location, so he decides to keep to himself. Being greeted by young Reggie who likes to play with the inmates, Tommy sees that he is far from alone in the loony bin, but sees Jason’s face everywhere he turns.
Getting a surprise visit from the deputy to return a couple of his patents, Matt tries to keep his cool as he gets an earful from Ethel whose land is right next door. Not wanting these troubled people near her home, she threatens to shoot the next one that makes his or her way over. Seeing that the old woman is finally starting to get violent, Matt will have to try his hardest to make sure that she does not get her wish granted. With everyone back and accounted for, a new day can finally begin and everyone has their jobs to do.
In the back, Violet and Robin are working on laundry when Joey is looking for something to do. Wanting to help the girls out, he gets chocolate all over the clean sheets and is sent on his way. Seeing Victor taking out his frustrations on a piece of wood, Joey wants to give him a hand as well, but Vic is not having it. Listening to Joey complain about how unstable he is, Vic picks up his axe and puts it into the boy’s back numerous times causing a ruckus around Pinehurst. Seeing this from his room, Tommy is reminded once again of what he was forced to do to protect his sister many years ago and the vision of Jason is growing much stronger in his mind.
With one strange murder taking place, word has gotten out that Pinehurst may not be as safe as previously thought as two greasers are trying to get their car running again in the middle of the night. Being dispatched by a new threat, the killer is looking to evoke fear into the town’s folk once again. Making his way up the road to Pinehurst, the killer cannot be stopped. Arriving and taking his time with the patients and seeing that no one knows of his evil plan, piling bodies at his leisure puts him at ease, that is until young Reggie finds out what is happening around the house and sees that there is only one way to defeat the man in the mask.
Well, well, well, another Friday the 13th movie after Jason was killed, how could it be? Well, if Jason can never die, that’s how, but I did not see him getting up from the beat down that Corey Feldman put on him in the last movie. Still following the same formula, people in an isolated place being murdered, I was a little upset that the mentally ill would be targeted by the killer, even though I did not catch what most of their issues were, they seemed like older kids throughout. Tommy was really the main focus of the movie, but he had very few lines and seeing what he was thinking about was a little different, but effective. Not being able to get rid of the scares that Jason caused him, I was sure that he would crack being put into his new home, but he seemed to keep his cool for the most part. I was sorry to see all of the good kids go, but not Ethel as she was a pain, and even though she had her reasons, damn she was a pest. I guess that the legend of Jason Voorhees is alive and well, since I see there is yet another movie in the series to watch. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is nothing wrong with looking for something to do on Halloween, in fact as we get older and the appeal of candy is no longer in our sights, we need something. With countless haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes and abandoned neighborhoods to check out, there seems to be something for everyone. Doing plenty of these in my days, I cannot tell you which one is for you, but I can tell you that they will all leave you very satisfied. Get a little scare in your system for Halloween, it makes you feel like you are living again, if even for a couple hours of the week.
Being the new girl in school, Grace has plenty of eyes on her, but none more strongly than Leah who is looking for something special. Knowing that the new girl has had a rough go as of late, especially after losing her mother in a car fire, Leah wants to take Grace’s mind off of things and have her hit up a party with her friends. Bringing Sydney, Gavin and Amy along for the ride, the group make their way to Grace’s front porch when they are greeted by a little devil, Jenna, Grace’s little sister who will be coming along, at least for a couple hours.
Arriving at the fair, Grace sees how seriously her new town takes Halloween. With plenty of things to do, the group looks to do something that will get their hearts pumping. Heading into the haunted house, the group get separated and seem to succumb to their own worst fears. But Jenna is standing tall as nothing is really getting to her, not even when she finds out that Gavin is cheating on his girlfriend Sydney. Meeting back up at the entrance of the haunted house, the group decides that it is time to check out the most haunted house in the town and put the Never Knock legend to the test. Agreeing to go along, Jenna wants some sort of fright for the night, but she has no idea what she is about to unleash.
At the house on 59 Oakwood Lane, the group makes their way to the door and the fearless Jenna knocks three times. Seeing what appears to blood being soaked in by the door, it opens and everyone takes off running for their lives. As Grace and her new friends are able to find each other however, they have lost Jenna and need to find her before nightfall. Searching the graveyard and a hay maze, the group comes up empty handed, but Sydney has spotted something from her nightmares as needles start stabbing her all over her body. As the Neverknock has its way with its first victim, Gavin sees it and tries to make a run for the light, but there does not seem to be a safe place for him as well. Seeing that their friend is dead, Grace and Leah compile their notes on what they are seeing and come to the conclusion that the Neverknock is the thing you most fear. Seeing her new friends getting killed off one by one, Grace only has her sister’s safety on her mind, but will the Neverknock let the young girl without fear go?
I have heard of haunted houses and haunted relics, but this movie takes it to the next level as it is just a repurposed item of the house. I liked the history that was given about the Neverknock, killing wherever it has been hidden in history, pretty cool idea. The beginning of the movie really sets the tone for what is to come, especially on Halloween night after 30 years have passed since its last appearance. I liked the characters in this and while you don’t get a ton of background on them, you get to see their greatest fears which turn out to be their demise. With an unstoppable demon, an urban legend coming to life, a haunted house, needles, blood, bugs, dogs, fire and a finale that shows just how smart our youth really is, it is just a fun shriek fest. Buildings may rise and fall over the years, but the Neverknock will be forever, as long as it gets repurposed. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is hard to remember a time when I did not have a care in the world. I do remember the days when I was playing baseball with my friends and got my first concussion and then another time when I was playing baseball with my friends and got my second concussion, but those were the days I was supposed to be worry free I think. Never having a chance to really take full blown advantage of having a care free day is a little disconcerting to me now, since every day has a purpose and I never get to have a day off.
After a rough break up with her ex-husband, Mrs. Jarvis is happy to spend time with her kids, no matter what. Taking a jog with her daughter Trish, the two decide that it is time for the young girl to go and visit her father to make sure the family unit is still intact. Tommy, her son, on the other hand has found something that fills his time very well, so he does not have to worry about anything else, making movie quality monster masks. With everything seeming to be fine in the household, word comes across that there will be some new neighbors with them deep in the woods and the kids could not be happier.
Looking forward to time away from the city, Jimmy is trying to get his head right after breaking up with his girlfriend. His buddy Ted is no help when talking to him about the situation, as he can only come up with one reason for the breakup; that Jimmy is a bad lay. Paul, Samantha, Doug and Sara are also along for the ride and want nothing but the best for their friend, but they are ready to make the best of their new situation with nobody telling them what to do around the house. With parties being planned in the future, the group is ready to let it all hang out and keep their friendship alive and kicking.
The body of Jason Voorhees has been taken to the morgue at Wessex County and is ready to be processed with the other bodies he killed in cold blood. Not seeing anything out of the norm with the body, the coroner is surprised to see that the former serial killer has just been in a slumber and is ready to pick up the art of murder once again, starting with him. Being able to get out the hospital undetected, Jason just wants to get back home and will allow no one to stand in his way.
As Trish meets the new kids that have moved in next to her, she notices that they will be bringing something new to the small neighborhood. But when she sees their friends, the twins, skinny dipping she tries to distance her little brother from the distraction. Picking up a hitchhiker on the way home, Tommy and Trish are introduced to Rob who has a mission in the woods, to kill bears, or so he says. Tommy knows that Rob is holding out on him, but the older man will not allow his secret to break from his lips. Knowing that there is something vile in the woods, Rob sets up camp near the Crystal Lake and is waiting for someone or something to make its return appearance.
Returning home from a great time skinny dipping, the group and the twins continue their party, but now with plenty of alcohol. As Paul is trying to have a good time with his girlfriend Samantha, he is approached by one of the twins and cannot pass up a slow dance. Samantha, in a huff leaves the house and goes for a swim to relax her nerves, yet never returns back to the house. Paul tries to find out what has happened to his love, and when seeing that she has passed on tries to leave the lake, but yet again, there is someone there to stop him from ever returning. With no idea what is happening outside, the group begins to separate into its own little pairings, yet that does not keep the killer of Crystal Lake from taking his turn at them one by one. With no power and the fear that something bad is going down Trish tries to find Rob to see what he knows about what is going on in her previously peaceful woods.
There is something to be said about this movie and I will say it, Corey Feldman was the greatest child actor ever! There I said it and I don’t regret it. When I saw his name in the credits, I knew he would be the key to the story, because it was the 80’s and he was always the key to any movie made in that decade. With that being said, it was fun to see the story revert back to the original storyline that made Friday the 13th so popular. Even though Jason does not have a filter on who to kill, the ones that are doing nasty things always seem to get it the worst. With this being ‘The Final Chapter’, I figured that I would be done watching this series, but there are more lining up behind it, so I guess I need to continue and I cannot wait to see how Corey Feldman plays into the franchise after this. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
As some of you may or may not know, I am fascinated by really only two things, History and Ghost Stories and when they are combined, I am in heaven, especially when it involves a show or a movie. Back in the late 90’s a show hit the airwaves on the History Channel that really captured my heart and imagination when Haunted History came on every Thursday night.
While most of the time I was not able to catch that airing, I did find myself catching up on the early Saturday morning showings and was blown away by the stories. Learning more about what happened in our great country’s past, I was extremely saddened when the show was dropped, but a couple years ago I was introduced to Lore on the internet and got to hear unique stories again.
When Lore was brought to my attention, I was looking for a spooky podcast or show to listen to in the background and my friends and the internet all pointed to this show. Giving a couple shows a listen, I started hearing everything that I learned while watching Haunted History on the History Channel. I gave it a try for a couple weeks, but it seemed like it was lacking something for me. I still get cc’ed on this podcast to this day with stories that are great, but I have heard them before which is keeping me from liking this show as much as everybody else,
Amazon Prime has taken a shot on this podcast to bring something special to the streaming masses and while I know that the people that like the podcast are loving it, it seems to be one thing, a podcast. I was hoping for something a little bit different and with all of the great stars and animators that have been included in this series, nothing has changed in the storytelling. Being paced and read just like the podcast has left me longing for so much more than is being delivered. It is just the narrator’s show with brief interruptions of people acting out the scenes to move the story forward.
Making it through the six episode first season was a little difficult for me as the format in which the stories are being told is not a style that I like, but the stories as a whole are great if you have not heard them before. With stories about Mercy Brown, the first American Vampire, to one of the most haunted dolls in the states, Robert the Doll, I like how the history is brought back to life in these stories. Like I said, if you have not heard them before and like to listen to things that are a little unsettling from our past, you should give it a watch. A huge congrats to the Lore team for opening up the podcast community to so much more than they could have ever imagined. Stay Scared.