Written by Scott Edwards
There is something to knowing what frightens you the most, so that you can try to battle it. While it can take years to find a way to not be afraid any longer, some people never try, and it can hurt them in the long run. When you have a fear that you are not willing to face, you might find yourself in a situation that will leave you paralyzed. It is all right to be afraid of things, no matter how big or small, but it is how you are willing to react when you come face to face with it that determines if you will be able to survive.
Talking with her son who was taken away by the Creeper twenty-three years ago, Gaylen finds out that the creature is once again on the loose. Begging his mother to leave with her granddaughter Addison, Kenny has words of wisdom from beyond the grave. With something hidden on the hill behind the barn, the Creeper will come to retrieve it before his time is up and will kill anyone that gets in his way. Wanting to know what Kenny buried in the back, Gaylen sends her granddaughter on some errands while she gets ready to uncover something that will change her world forever.
In the middle of town, the local police have located the infamous Creeper van that was thought to only be a legend. Opening up the back and seeing dead bodies inside, they know that they have finally put a dent in the hunting pattern from the last few days, but they are starting to find out that this will not make a difference. As Sheriff Tashtego arrives on the scene and notices the booby traps, he gets filled in on the firefight that took place and with his task force ready for battle, he might be able to end the scourge that he faced once before when he was a young man. But getting word that the van is being towed back to impound without an escort, Tashtego knows that the Creeper will be on the hunt to get his vehicle back sooner than later.
Getting his van back with little effort and getting a quick meal, the Creeper moves off the main roads for some more hunting. Arriving back at his van and seeing some boys hovering around it, he adds a couple more bodies to the pile, but there are plenty more people that reek with fear that should be added to his collection. Trolling his new surroundings, the Creeper finds another out of the way barn that is filled with fear, but seeing Addison and her boyfriend roll up, he finds another scent that he cannot live without. Plucking Addison from the truck and adding her to his collection, the Creeper does not know that she is still alive, or that she will able to cause more problems than expected in the van.
Being woken up by a fellow survivor in the van, Addison is able to get loose of her restraints and helps her friend’s brother Kirk try to find a way out of the van. Knowing that the van is rolling death trap, Kirk avoids the back doors and fumbles around in the front to find that it is just as dangerous as the back. Being on her own, Addison plays dead as the Creeper comes back with his new catches, but she is unable to find an escape route before time runs out. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Gaylen has uncovered the secret that her son buried, a severed limb from the Creeper that is not only still alive but can show you things about the creature. With a new game plan in mind, Tashtego and his posse are ready to take the Creeper out once and for all, but little do they know how difficult that task will actually be.
While the other Jeepers Creepers were more about suspense and finding out who and what the Creeper is, this movie is more action based. While you don’t get crazy graphic kills, you do get plenty of cars flipping, booby-traps and CGI to add to the explosions taking place around the town. While it made the movie pretty fun to watch, it still had a storyline that tries to keep you tied in during the quiet spots when the Creeper is not on the screen. A budding love story comes out of this, along with a mother’s need to know what happened to her son years ago, even a Sheriff who wants to put an end to the killing before he is too old to continue the hunt. With more Creeper scenes than ever, almost seeing the Creeper say something, plenty of missing bodies, the Creeper Van, plenty of Creeper weaponry and plenty of firepower to stop anything on this planet, this movie is more about the Creeper than anyone else and while that might bug some folks, it is something that just needed to be done and I hope they make another one, because I am dying to see some more imagery of what happened around the towns before people knew what was going on. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Basking in the light of victory is a good thing for people to do every now and then, but you have to know when to come back down to Earth. Even though it is hard to admit, life continues to move around you and if you don’t pay attention because you think it is foolish, you might miss something that will take you down a level or two. While I am all for taking a victory lap and enjoying it for what it is worth, it is meaningless if you are not able to follow up on it with another win, because that is what life is all about. Keep your drive alive and keep working to be the best and celebrate when you have the chance, just remember to keep an eye out as the world keeps spinning.
While getting ready to put some posts in the ground, Jack Taggart Sr. is making sure that his youngest son Billy knows what he is doing. Hanging the scarecrows in the corn field, it is important that he gets them on tight so they don’t blow off again. Turning his attention back to the Post-Puncher and seeing that someone messed with it, Jack is upset with both of his boys, but when he hears Billy scream in the cornfield and sees something taking the boy, Jack shuts down and does not know what to do. But Jackie Jr. is not giving up on finding his brother and finds a knife that has been left by the creature in the field that gives his father the perfect idea. Getting out to the barn and making a weapon that will ground this flying beast, Jack does not know what lies on the road ahead for himself and his boy.
Driving back after winning the championship basketball game, the group of players are having a great time and screaming their chant song until the bus gets a flat tire. Investigating the cause of this flat, the driver and coaches find what appears to be a throwing star made of bone stuck in it. Trying to call back in for help on the radio, the driver gets no response. As time goes by and everyone is getting restless, the group loads back onto the bus and tries to make it a little further to get a signal. While falling asleep, cheerleader Minxie has a dream of two different boys telling the group to turn back, but she is not able to figure out why, but when seeing a creepy man running alongside the bus before he causes another flat tire, she is shocked to see that her dream was in fact, reality.
Finding another bone throwing star in the tires, the adults understand that there is something strange going on and try to keep the kids calm, but that only lasts for so long as the Creeper takes them away one by one. With no more adults, team captain Scotty tries to take control of the situation but does not have the buy in from everyone else. With the doors locked, the group gets to see what they are up against face to face as the Creeper takes a long look at his future meals through the back window. Passing out from fear, Minxie has another dream and knows exactly what they are up against. Telling the group what she saw, they must try and find a way to survive the Creeper’s attacks, but only wanting a few of the group causes a rift that possibly none of them will survive.
I must admit, as a sequel goes, this one really did the story right. With plenty of scares like the original, you get some great deaths as well, even some reanimation of limbs for the Creeper which was excellent. I liked the two storylines between Jack’s family and the high schoolers combining at the end, as the story really went around full circle for a great payoff. I am still unsure how Minxie got the gift of seeing the ghosts of the previously deceased, I wish that would have been explained a little better, but with the Creeper taking anyone at will, it did not take too much away from the storyline. With missing limbs, a dog, a bone handle knife, a massive harpoon gun, a revenge minded father, a pissed off basketball team and a bus that gets totally destroyed. This is just a fun movie overall and you should be able to identify with one of the stories being told, since it covers much more than love and revenge. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
I've always found Italian horror films to be an incredible ride, since they are so vastly different to American horror films. While we do enjoy our blood and guts, the Italian market takes it to a new level, making sure to go above and beyond to cover the screen in red.
They are also vastly different story telling wise. While we either expect our horror films to be mindless entertainment or loaded to the gills with social commentary, many of the horror flicks I've seen from Italy take the big topics straight on and there is one particular zombie film that I caught years ago from Italy that still sticks with me today, Cemetery Man.
Known as Dellamorte, Dellamore in its country of origin, this film revolves around Francesco Dellamorte, the caretaker of an extremely special cemetery. For reasons we never quite get an answer to, the dead return to life in this place and it is Francesco's job to make sure they never escape to the outside world. Well, it technically isn't his job, he just knows that horrors such as these should never reach mankind.
Either way, that's the basics of the plot, because Cemetery Man spends a lot more of its time taking an in depth look at the desolate life of the cemetery's caretaker and quite frankly, our obsession as a whole with death, which is of course, also explored by way of our enigmatic main character. Francesco sees death as nothing important, which is ironic given his career choice. He consistently watches people mourn for their dead and celebrate their life mere hours before he puts a bullet in their head. It's an interesting juxtaposition for the film, and one that gets more fascinating as the film progresses.
Especially since the movie also delves into our need for love and companionship in the strangest of ways. Francesco's assistant Gnaghi finds his companionship by way of a severed head that once belonged to a reanimated corpse and our enigmatic caretaker has his own obsession with a specific woman, which of course leads to disaster, giving Francesco reason to handle the matter of death by going on one hell of a murderous rampage.
It leads to a bleak and hopeless ending and when the credits roll you're left with one simple message, that death comes for us all and there is no escaping it and well, that's what makes Cemetery Man so unique. It's an angry, depressing film that offers no hope or joy, and that makes it a unique horror film for sure because there are so few like it. See this one if you haven't but make sure you're in a calm state of mind first, since this is one that will leave you uncomfortable after you've watched it.
Written by Scott Edwards
It seems silly, but there are people in your life that you seem to trust no matter what. No matter how many times they leave you high and dry or just flat out lie to you, you will continue to listen to them and believe what they are saying. I don’t know how this gets programmed into our minds over the years, and I would think that we would try to remove these people from our lives, yet we cannot. Even though it may seem impossible to let these people go for one reason or another, just make sure to protect yourself from them the best you can, because in the end, that is all we can do.
After being thrown to the wolves in Washington by Wesker, Alice is back on the road once again. Searching another abandoned shack and disposing of some zombies that are in the wrong place at the wrong time, Alice hears the air raid siren go off, then mysteriously stop. Not knowing what could have caused this, she is greeted once again by the Red Queen who has some very bad news for the former Umbrella employee as time for the last survivors is drawing short. With kill squads being sent to every refuge by Umbrella to finish the job that the T-virus has not, there is an air born anti-virus which can stop it for good.
Not knowing if she can believe the Red Queen, Alice has forty-eight hours to save the world, even if it will wind up killing her. Needing to make her way back to where it all began, Alice needs to return to her old home of Raccoon City to retrieve the anti-virus. But that is not all that is on her mind as Wesker will be there waiting for yet another reunion between the two foes. Hitting a spike strip on the road that leaves her car out of commission, the zombie killer spots a motor cycle that might get her to the final destination sooner than later, but there is a catch as she spots the Umbrella logo on the side. Fighting off another hit squad, Alice has free reign to the bike, but is left unconscious when its security measures kick in.
Waking up and seeing the face of Dr. Isaacs, Alice has been captured once again and the good doctor has another use for her. With his convoy up and running towards Raccoon City as well, the Umbrella employees are herding up a massive army of zombies to unleash on any settlements along the way. With the clock not in her favor, Alice is able to escape his evil clutches once again and returns home as fast as possible. Getting distracted and wrecking her bike, she wakes up once again to find her old friend Claire is hiding out with another group of survivors. Catching up very quickly as an army the likes of which has never been seen before is approaching, Alice helps the survivors set up a trap for anyone that wants to mess with them. As the clock keeps ticking and the horde approaches, hell on earth is unleashed, but will it be enough to allow Alice to enter the Hive that released the apocalypse ten years earlier?
Well, according to the title, this is the final chapter of the Resident Evil series and while it is far from the best story, you once again get to see more action than you can shake a stick at. I will admit that this was more of a video game movie than the others when it came to the fights and effects, which is not a bad thing at all. Bringing back Isaacs and Wesker to reveal the secret that Umbrella has been hiding all of this time was great and you should never be surprised to see anyone that you believed dead in this series make a comeback, because we saw all the clones of Alice from a couple of movies ago. I liked how Alice was willing to put her life on the line for a small amount of survivors across the globe, since she has been doing this the entire series, but with the promise of killing the T-virus, things do get a little more real for her mortality. With action, guns, gasoline, zombies, headshots, the Cerberus program, missing limbs and did I mention action? This is a decent installment for what we believe to be the final movie of the series, but you can always believe that if the people want it, there might be another. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
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‘Yeah, some of them are (babies), but then some of them grow up to be serial killers, or clowns or serial killing clowns.’