Written by Scotty
I would not even want to imagine what it would be like to not know my parents. Having someone around to teach me what is right and what is wrong has been a large help in developing me into the person I am today. But there are a lot of children that never knew their parents for one reason or another and have to spend their days trying to impress people that do not have the ability to have their own children. The orphan life has to be a very difficult one, even when living with many kids their own age, it is not the same as being part of a smaller family that puts all of their focus on their offspring.
Theodore has become one of the oldest boys in the orphanage and he is becoming more of a burden than a blessing for the service. As he gets treated the same as everyone else, he is bigger and wants nothing more than to be loved by someone. When heading down stairs for a late night snack, Theodore hears Miss Hagstead complaining about his behavior and how much she wants him out of her hands. Theodore does not know what to make of this, since the younger Miss Heather coddles him against the older woman.
With word that a rich couple is looking for an older boy, Miss Hagstead is excited since this is really the only opportunity that she will have to pass off Theodore to someone else. With a shady past, she knows that the sooner the boy leaves, the better she will feel about the rest of the orphanage. When Mr. and Mrs. Colbert arrive and see all of the boys looking for adoption, they are very impressed with Theodore and want to take him in as their own. Even though the boy does not seem so keen on this, as he does not want to leave his friends, he is told by Miss Hagstead that he will go and be on his best behavior at all times for the couple. Packing his bags and saying his goodbyes, Theodore has no idea what his new life of luxury will bring.
Arriving at his new home, Theodore finds that it is like a museum. Although he is not allowed to touch anything in the house, he has a room of his own with everything that he could ever want, along with sweets for every meal. Being locked in his room is not normal for the boy and he wants to understand why he is not allowed to see the light of day with his new parents. Mrs. Colbert lets her new son know that he is the most treasured piece in the entire house and they will do everything to protect him from the outside world. As Theodore gets homesick from the orphanage, he begs the butler, Tobias to come and play a game with him. The older man accepts and the two form a bond that is making Tobias think differently about what he is going to be directed to do. On a night when the moon is full and in the center of the sky, the Colbert’s come back home to share their secret with their son, but Tobias does not allow the boy's blood to be on his hands. Trying to release Theodore from his fate, Tobias meets his at hands of a hungry vampire. Running for his life after seeing what they did to his new friend, Theodore finds out that he has a secret of his own and there is nothing that his new vampire parents can do to stop him as he has a hunger for their blood as well.
This is the best way to finish off the ever so popular season two of Tales from the Crypt. I am a huge fan of vampire stories, but I must admit that I did not see this ending coming. As young Theodore is being kept behind bars at the orphanage, all he wants to know is what happened to his parents, but nobody there would pass on that information, but did they really know what he was a part of? Seeing the emotions and the inner battles that Theodore has to go through is great, but you only see it for a few seconds at a time since he is being made one of the happiest children around with a new family and all the sweets he can eat. Staring Mike Simmrin as Theodore, Larry Drake as Tobias, Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. Colbert and Georgann Johnson as Miss Hagstead, you have the perfect combination of innocence, kindness, trust, betrayal and hatred. This is a great story that will leave you wondering what secrets can really be hidden in the overall span of someone’s life. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
It's funny to think about the fact that it has only been ten years since George Romero returned to the world he created after a twenty year absence with Land of the Dead, because quite frankly, it still feels like yesterday every single time I pop this one into the Blu Ray player. The good news is, in the ten years it has been available to watch at home, it still stands up well in both the Romero mythos and as a horror film as a whole, but the first thing I noticed watching it for the first time in a while the other day, was how vastly different this one feels from the rest in the series. First off, it's a film loaded to the gills with big name actors, which is something that is a rarity for a Romero film and not to mention, it is the only Dead film to be backed by a studio and feature such an incredibly large budget, and no, Universal didn't screw it up, it's awesome.
It's also perhaps Romero's slickest film to date, with an incredible use of seamless special effects to design a world that is completely ruled by the living dead and honestly, without the special features showing me exactly what was done, I never would have noticed it. But, what matters most, is the story of course and that's where Land of the Dead continues to shine because of the rich social commentary present in a way that only Romero can do and well, the intricacy of it is something I'm finally starting to see after all this time.
Obviously, the post 9/11 allegory is front and center so there's little more that needs to be said about that. No, what I noticed for this go round was the sheer damage that this world was doing to the people that managed to survive the horrors of the end of the world. You see, there was always a bleakness to this film that I couldn't put my finger on, until this most recent viewing. It's something Romero only lightly touches on, and with good reason because the scope of the story covers so much more, but I found it fascinating to realize that the people of this zombie filled universe, are filled with fear from all sides. They fear Kaufman incurring his wrath upon them for being disobedient and of course they fear death and the living dead beyond their walls. Because of that, they will do whatever is asked of them for the opportunity at a hot meal and a soft bed.
Obviously, for American society that is something of an extreme, but the fear portion is not. We are still a fearful society with all the trauma we have faced in the last fourteen years and like the shell shocked people in Land we are content to let others handle the messes. Now we're not going to get into a "how we should band together" discussion here, this is simply observation and not the time nor place to figure all that out, especially when we still have it better than others and that's where Romero perhaps took his first global look commentary wise. I mean hey, look at how the Islamic State rules their seized land, leaving the people they oversee in fear of being punished for disobedience, so they do whatever is asked of them to eat a hot meal and sleep on a soft bed.
If anything, this new discovery for me gives the film a certain sense of desperation from its characters I had never noticed before, and it also explains why Cholo cracks the way that he does. It also makes the film that much more terrifying, because the only species that comes together as part of a natural evolution is the living dead while the living continue to fall to pieces. It makes Land of the Dead far bleaker and depressing than I remember it and in way makes that happy ending a little less hopeful.
Written by Scotty
They say that a brother's bond can never be broken. I do not know this for sure as I have been an only child and never was blessed with a brother. I do however have some good friends that I would call my brothers since we seem to have a strong bond, but I am not sure if that is really the same. For my sake, I will say that it is, as we have always had each other’s backs during the good times and the rough times. Fighting is just part of the bond, since when it is over, it does not matter who is wrong or right, we still know that we can fall back on each other when needed.
Frank and Eddie have been together all of their lives. No matter what one brother wants to do, the other one is obliged to do the same thing. Even though Eddie is more of the free spirit of the two, most of the time Frank is able to keep him civil, if only to keep his brother from making a fool out of both of them. Frank is happy with how life has turned out for the two, but one night at the local bar, Frank has met Marie and she is about to turn his life upside down.
While on the dance floor, trying to find out more about the stunning woman, Frank gives her a spin and Marie finds out why Frank and Eddie seem to be joined at the hip…because they are. Being born Siamese twins, the grown men have a bond between them that can never be broken. Marie cannot handle what she has just seen and leaves the two of them. Knowing that he cannot live like this any longer, Eddie consults a doctor that is willing to undertake the surgery and will give the brothers a fifty percent chance of surviving. While Eddie desperately wants the surgery, Frank is not sure and does not want to leave his life up to chance that is until he gets a call from Marie apologizing about her behavior.
Frank is able to convince the woman to come over for dinner and the two have a great time, even though Eddie is doing everything in his power to piss his brother off. Getting drunk, Eddie knows that he is not the only one that suffers as Frank receives fifty percent of the blood flow. But instead of hurting Frank’s chances with Marie, he seems to improve them. Frank has fallen in love with the woman and will do anything to be with her, but Eddie has a little secret of his own that will change his brother’s outlook on things. Paying Marie to spend time with his brother, Eddie is only trying to get Frank to sign the letter of consent to have the surgery done. Frank will not sign for any reason and when he finds this out from the love of his life, he knows they can all work it out. Eddie will have none of this this on his end, he paid for a service and did not receive what he was promised and takes a cleaver to the young woman. Knowing he will not have to go to jail, much less get the death penalty because of the attachment to his brother, Frank has a little bit of a secret of his own and will not let his brother’s act go unpunished.
Who does not want to see two brothers stay together through thick and thin and well, because they have to? I liked how this story really focused on the differences between the two men as they are both trying to go along with their own lives. Even though it seems that Eddie is pulling all of the strings, Frank is able to keep him partially grounded and down to earth. When Eddie finds that there is even a chance that the two can be separated, he jumps at the opportunity, but Frank does not like the odds and will do anything to protect his brother from the most dangerous person of all, himself. Staring Timothy Stack as Frank, Jonathan Stark as Eddie and Jessica Harper as Marie, you get to see how a group comes together for a common goal, even though it may not be what one of the three wants to have happen. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
What is it that keeps you glued to the television these days? It is a sound crime drama, or a spin-off of a Marvel story, or a reality series that has high hopes that a contestant will be eaten by a crocodile? Everyone has their own thing that keeps them entertained to the tube these days, but one thing that all of the shows that capture your imagination is the excitement of what will come next. I hate to say it, but if a show does not have some sort of excitement in it, it does not get the ratings and ends up being cancelled before the next season can start.
Shock journalist Horton Rivers has one goal in his life and that is to get the highest ratings possible. With his producer, slash lover Samantha working in the booth, he his satisfied that he will be able to keep himself at the top. Even though he is a prima donna and takes out all of his shows downfalls on the staff, he knows that they have been put there to make him even better. And with his current investigation, he knows he will be back on top in no time.
Arriving at the Ritter house where Ada Ritter killed many of her male patrons, Horton wants to see if the house is really haunted like all of the stories have said over the past five years. With advice from a psychic to steer clear of the home, since pure evil is lurking inside, Horton goes about his business and gets in the front door. With no power in the building, Horton has to depend on the light from the camera to illuminate everything seen and unseen so he can bring all of the secrets of the house to the viewers at home. With nothing happening on the main floor, or in the basement where the murders took place, the show goes to commercial, but that is when whatever in the house comes alive.
Hearing someone upstairs, Horton and his camera man go to investigate and find it too quiet, but when the camera starts to have a transmission issue, Horton has to check out a dripping sound that is coming from the bathroom. Seeing a man with a slit throat, Horton tries to get his camera man to admit he saw the same thing, but all he could see was an empty bathtub. But then the entire upstairs erupts with activity, as the chandelier starts to sway and all of the doors open and close with no one behind them. Capturing some of this for the fans at home, Horton finds a blood trail that leads to his camera man’s final resting place. Knowing that there is something supernatural happening around him, Horton calls for help from his crew, but the ratings are too high for them to pull him out. Fighting for his life, Horton comes face to face with all of the men that were killed in the house, along with the homeowner, Ada herself. Knowing she only wants to kill him, Horton yells and screams for his life making for great television, but these ghosts are real and Ada is looking to make him her next victim.
I am one that loves a good haunted house story and this one has all of the right elements. With the house coming alive, I was surprised to see all of the deceased working together after what had happened in the house five years earlier. Horton only wanted to be on top and making sure that his staff knew this, his dream came true, but at what price? Without getting help, Horton is faced with bringing the truth to the masses and has succeeded at his job and for that, he is a star in everyone’s eyes. Starting Morton Downey Jr. as Horton Rivers and Dorothy Parke as Samantha, you can see two aspects of their relationship as Horton is telling her that she can be replaced, along with Samantha coming to life as the show has reached its new ratings plateau. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by Shae
While we have a break from the show, I thought I’d take a moment just to recap what has happened in this epic season that is number 10. Especially since so much time has gone by. It seems so long ago, we were reeling from the ending of 9, and wondering just what was going to happen next for our boys.
Season 10 started off with the bang we were all waiting for, during that long gap between then and now. Well, seems our excitement was not in vain. Dean was a demon and he was living it up without Sammy. Binge drinking, random hookups with hot chicks, karaoke, and at his side? None other than the King of Hell himself, Crowley. Yep, in Dean’s bender he decided to have a friend that fed into his wants and desires to just screw off and live it up. Crowley seemed like the ideal choice. Or only choice? Was this friendship even real? To Crowley, yes. Our lonely little King finally had a friend, and while the Winchesters have never really been the best to our Crowley, it seemed that Demon Dean was the perfect friend.
Nothing lasts forever and in no time Crowley was finding out the true nature of Dean Winchester. What our beloved little demon ruler failed to see was that there is no controlling a Winchester…ever. So, that was short lived and in no time Crowley was on Dean’s ‘hit’ list. Crowley, however, doesn’t like being told no…he quickly turned Dean into Sam. The Younger brother had been searching high and low for Dean. Even torturing demons along the way, and possibly letting humans get killed. Finding Dean was one thing, trying to cure him was another. Castiel came to help, at least. Our angel of the lord wasn’t doing so well with his remaining stolen grace burning him from the inside out. Still, Cas came through, partly thanks to Crowley who killed another angel to give Castiel more grace.
And Cas couldn’t have shown up sooner. Dean was loose, angry, and about to brutally murder our Sammy. With Cas’s help, Sam managed to cure Dean and he also gave the First Blade to Crowley. Were things back to normal? Our boys tried to pretend they were, going on hunts, saving people, doing what they do best. Castiel went off to help Hannah. It was then the two discovered their strange feelings for one another. Sadly, love isn’t in the cards for our little angel as Hannah soon realized she’d become too human, and went back to Heaven. So Cas resumed helping Sam and dean find a cure for the Mark. Cas thought bringing Metatron down would help, butttttt...it really didn’t. We got a single hint from the scribe. And that was it….
Along the way we met Jimmy’s forgotten daughter Clare, and it wasn’t long before Cas was getting into trouble trying to make things up to her for taking her father’s body…and also getting him killed. At least we know Cas is Cas, and there isn’t poor Jimmy still in there. Clare finally accepts his apology after she nearly tries to get Dean killed, and that seems resolved. Jody Mills returned and successfully stayed alive. She even made a friend! And, at long last, our Charlie came home. We just, had to wait for her to be put into one piece.
We even met Crowley’s mother, who is a powerful witch! She’s currently manipulating our little demon into whatever she wants. Crowley was onto her plans, but now, it seems he may be falling for them. Before the break, we got to see Dean finally kill Cain, and it seems that he’s not handling things so well. The Mark is wearing on him in ways Sam doesn’t know about. While Dean gave back the First Blade, he gave it to Castiel instead of Crowley. Making tensions even higher. What’s going to happen next? With only so many episodes left, we’re counting down to finding a possible answer about the Mark and if it can be removed…after all, Metatron did say, Dean would have to go back to the source. Possibly a meeting with Lucifer? We’ll have to wait and see.
Until then…there’s always re-runs. And let’s be honest, the ‘Musical’.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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I'm still in a bit of shock this morning regarding The Walking Dead and the surprisingly hopeful direction the show took last night in "The Distance". In fact this was an episode about healing, about our humanity, quite frankly about the best parts of ourselves and all the characters in the show and all of it came to pass over one thing...hope.
There was some incredible character development last night on the show, and we are finally understanding just how badly traumatized Rick Grimes is from all the horrors he has seen from that final battle of the prison and everything that came after. We genuinely saw fear in his eyes about crossing the threshold into Alexandria until those final moments when he heard children playing in the distance. But it was that possibility, that perhaps this place was indeed as safe as advertised that mattered. Heck, we even saw him break down his guard just a little bit in the tense scene between he and Aaron regarding applesauce.
But, the whole tone of this episode was vastly different from the rest of the season, hell the rest of the show. The ominous cloud of the apocalypse was lifted here. Sure, the dead were still present and everywhere, as they will always be until the day they finally drop, but there was a strange sense of urgency this go round. It wasn't simply a rush to find some place safe and catch your breath, this was about finding something more, a place where there was actual safety, and I loved every minute of it.
After all, we have spent five years with this group, suffering from terrifying and heartbreaking moments with the rest of them. We've seen loss on levels most of us would never understand, knowing full well that they are but a handful of people left in a world of death and here we are, as shocked as they are, as they are now facing down life instead of death. It's a wonderful twist in the plot of this whole mess and it now makes Beth and Tyreese's loss relevant and special. Because while Beth was lost to a tiny tyrant who clearly didn't value people or life, these people just might.
This seems like the kind of place where the group can recover, can mourn. Can share the stories of brave men like Tyreese and know that their memory will live on in a place where people will let it live on. There is hope on this show at last. Hope that they can finally lead a semi normal life, with a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs and not spend every waking moment in terror. It's a brave new world to step into on a show about the end of the world, and quite frankly, that kind of hope is rare in the genre, I can't wait to see what they do with it.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It's been quite the season when it comes to storytelling on The Walking Dead. We have discovered much about our characters, suffered some of their greatest losses, been through their darkest hour, and now for the first time in this show, shared a sense of wonder and hope with them. Yes, last night was a beautiful and uplifting episode of the show, something I can't recall ever writing about when it comes to a show about walking corpses, so let's get down to discussing "The Distance".
The Good: Well, this is the first time that I can ever recall in this show where I didn't feel a sense of dread or fear for sixty whole minutes. Part of it is the fact that I knew who Aaron was and where he came from thanks to the comics, but at the same time, the show handled everything so well that it didn't matter that I read the comics. This was an uplifting episode, plain and simple. In fact, the first thing I noticed was that Aaron is the first character in ages that I haven't raised an eyebrow of distrust toward someone new on the show.
I mean let's be honest, there was an air of sinister when it came to the first time we met the Governor. We did the same thing for the Claimed gang and the cannibals at Terminus. But not for Aaron. We wanted to know if he was telling the truth. We were dying to see if his community was as safe as advertised, because like the characters, we have been through hell and man, I love the fact that this episode ended on such a beautiful note. This episode was a complete and utter surprise, and I'm curious if this hopeful tone will continue.
The Bad: I wanted more, big time. To get to the gates of Alexandria and not see what's inside, that just kills me. But that's really my only complaint.
The Verdict: I like how the show continues to reinvent itself in tone and storytelling design, taking grand risks, and this episode was a risk to say the least. After all we expect nothing but sheer terror from our horror, so to be uplifting takes some guts. Either way, we have arrived at Alexandria, and I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.
Written by Scotty
There are some events in life that can change the way you see the world going forward. But there are other events that you may witness, or experience first hand that will change the way you behave, for the worse. Hopefully you are able to learn from all of your life’s events, since that is what living life is all about in my eyes, learning. And if you are part of or witness some sort of traumatic event, I hope you do not change who you are completely, but hope you have some sort of takeaway from it.
Suzy and Paul are celebrating their anniversary out on their terrace with a couple of friends. As Paul starts putting the moves on his wife, their friends kindly remove themselves from the situation so they do not get in the way. Paul loves his wife so much and will do anything for her and he wants to show her that with a new piece of jewelry. Leaving Suzy alone on the terrace for a matter of minutes however, she sees something so gruesome across the way in the adjacent building that will change her life forever, a murder.
Paul comes back to find his wife traumatized by something, but with Suzy not being able to speak, he will never know what really happened. Calling their friendly neighbor who is also a doctor, Paul is certain that he can get his wife back to normal. When Dr. Trask arrives at the apartment, Suzy recognizes him as the man that just performed the heinous act earlier in the night. Asking where the young bride was standing when she suffered her breakdown, Dr. Trask finds out that there was a witness to his actions and will have to find a way to keep the recently muted woman a mute and comes up with a plan to move her to his asylum.
Being drugged a placed in a strait jacket by the murderer, Suzy has been locked up for her own safety and although Paul wants to get her back as soon as possible, Trask is not willing to let his wife leave the hospital. Promising that she will be released when she is better, Suzy is pumped full of drugs to keep her as quiet as possible, but when Paul comes in to see what is happening to his wife, he finds that there is something wrong with her treatment. Yelling at Trask, Paul is asked to leave and will not be allowed to see his wife without the doctor’s supervision going forward. But the doctor has another problem of his own, a weak heart that he is required to take medication for if he gets to excited. Keeping himself from falling into limbo like Suzy, Trask has one final meeting with the couple to discuss what the next steps will be in Suzy’s recovery, but as Paul gets ready to release his wife, he receives a dose of medication that is reserved for the crazies and is choked to death by the good doctor. With this happening right in front of her very eyes, Suzy mutters her husband’s name and finds out that she is cured, but will she have enough strength to battle off the murderous doctor or can she beat him at his own game?
A story of love and lies, as Paul loves his wife very much, but Dr. Trask lies about Suzy’s condition. Watching as the young woman is locked away in a padded room is tough, especially when there is nothing wrong with her with the exception of not being able to talk. Watching as the medication takes hold of the patents is a little bit disturbing, as the fade into nothingness and would have to submit to anything that the doctor wants. Starring Richard Thomas as Dr. Trask, Patricia Clarkson as Suzy and Reed Birney as Paul, the group seemed to pull together quite nicely as the story played and all efforts were being made for Suzy to get better, or as the lies about her true condition came to light. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
One of my favorite things to do growing up was going to visit the carnivals that came to town. With all kinds of booths and being able to do something that was not in the ordinary routine, it was an easy escape for a few hours. But these groups also would bring the darker side of life to town in form of a freak show. If this was dead stuff behind glass, I was all about it, but when it was a real, living thing that could reach out and touch me, I would run out of the tent crying my eyes out. It is too bad there are not many of these events that come to my side of town anymore, I would really like to see if I have conquered my fear of the freak show performers and enjoy what they bring to the table.
Ernest Freeley is running the greatest show of his life and making sure that everyone knows to come and check out the freak show in his carnival. Although he does not have too many oddities to share with the world, his prize act is a young man named Enoch who has two faces. But there is a problem with Enoch, since he is able to escape from his cage at will, his keeper, Mr. Sickles is trying to make sure Freeley does not have a show without his freak boy. Freeley knows all about what is happening in his shows however, and has received word on Enoch’s health, or lack thereof.
Mr. Sickles knows that this will not last forever as Enoch’s time is running thin and is in need of another revenue stream that he can bring into the show. Being stalked by a Dr. Cling, his next attraction might be closer than he thinks. Seeing a four thousand year old mummy before him, Mr. Sickles wants to understand what the catch is, and why the doctor needs his help in selling the act. He also notices the fantastic necklace the mummified woman is wearing and inquires about its validity. Telling Mr. Sickles that he wants to be kept at arm’s length from the carnival and that the necklace is fake, Dr. Cling just wants to have a taste of the action from his main attraction. Once word goes out that there is a real life mummy in town, people come from miles around to see her, in all of her glory.
Mirana the mummy has become the headlining attraction in the freak show and has taken almost all of the pressure off of Enoch. But Enoch has found something special about his fellow performer, that she is the most stunning woman of he has ever seen, even though she is dead. Mr. Sickles is tired of the failure that Enoch has become, but notices one of the newspapers in the boy’s cage that has a story about a stolen mummy. Confronting Dr. Cling about this, Mr. Sickles finds out the only reason that the mummy and the necklace are still in his possession. The necklace has a curse attached to it and any man that tries to remove it will have their manhood removed instead. Thinking very little about the curse, Sickles tries to leave, but Cling pulls him back and receives some trimming sheers in his gut. Needing to cover up the murder of the man, Sickles opens Enoch’s cage and puts the sheers in with the boy. Wanting to leave the show forever, he then tries to remove the necklace from Mirana, but finds out that the curse is true. During the next show, Freeley finds that both of his main attractions are missing and replaced by the dead body of Mr. Sickles. Being met by a police officer as he is ready to move his show, Freeley finds out what happened to his stars, as they will forever be intertwined.
Ever want to know what goes on behind the closed tents at a carnival? This is the story that will show you the darker side of what happens concerning the different shows and events. I know that money is a very important thing for everyone, but how far would you go to make sure you will have enough, could you put someone life at risk as long as you are getting paid very well for it? What a dilemma, but all is not lost when Enoch and Mirana vanish from the show, as they have given birth to one of the finest faces in entertainment…The Crypt Keeper. Staring Lewis Arquette as Ernest Freeley, Stefan Gierasch as Mr. Sickles, Mark Rolston as Dr. Cling and Jeff Yagher as Enoch, you are left feeling fulfilled as the true love story that is on screen has nothing to do about money, but about family. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
I have a great respect for people that are able to draw. All of my life, I have never been able to put the images in my mind down on a piece of paper. Stick figures are the extent of my artistic talent, and even those have issues as well, so for the most part, I don’t even try anymore. But there are plenty of people out there that have the talent to do this and most are willing to share their visions with the world. I will never be able to do this, but for those who are able to, I applaud you since you have been given a great gift.
Jim Korman is an artist for the ever so popular Tales from the Crypt comic and is great at his job. Being able to bring the monsters from his mind to life in the books, he loves what he does, but he knows that there is more to life than just drawing scary things. His home life is completetly different, since he and his wife Mildred are not able to have kids, Mildred is taking it all out on him. Forcing him to take fertility pills, she is running his life into the ground.
Jim feels like there is something wrong with the pills, as whenever he takes one, it seems to take over his mind and makes him draw uncontrollably. Mildred does not care about any of the side effects that the pills may have, she wants to start a family and end this streak of Jim fooling around on her, and so she forces him to continue taking them. But there is a side effect to the pill, as Jim finds out when a young woman from the laundry mat tracks him down with a story that seems unbelievable. Having one of the monsters show up from the comic, young officer Lorelei Phelps brings all of the copies of Tales from the Crypt to show Jim and is convinced that everything he draws is coming to life.
Although Jim does not believe this, he plays along since Lorelei is a beautiful young woman and he will do anything to impress her. Drawing a slim covered zombie for the officer, nothing happens during her visit, so Lorelei is forced to leave with her ego in check. But Jim is infatuated with the young woman and tells her to call him whenever, as he is trying everything to get out of his abusive relationship. When the zombie surfaces in a junk yard and scares some kids off, it is a fact that whatever Jim is drawing is coming to life. But Jim is in a loving mood, so his next drawings are of him and Lorelei sitting, drinking and falling in love which is not good news for the editors, or his wife. Seeing the new drawing, Mildred is ready to take her threats to the next level towards her husband. While getting a surprise out of her purse, Jim draws his wife as a disgusting monster and it comes to save him as Mildred comes back with a loaded gun. When Lorelei arrives at the office, Jim is trying to escape the assault that is occurring behind locked doors, wanting to start his life over again, he takes the young woman out for a night on the town.
Quite the story as you get a brief look into the inner workings of an artist. Not knowing where all of the fantastic ideas for their drawings come from, I really enjoyed seeing it, if even for a second. Feeling sorry for Jim and his current status, I can understand why he would not want to go home, ever. But when his wife would not stop hounding him over every little thing, I can see why she would be thinking he is having an affair on her. But knowing this is not the life he wanted, Jim finds the woman of his dreams and will do anything in his power to be with her and if it has anything to do with the pills he is being forced to take, he will make sure to get it all down on paper before it is too late. Staring Harry Anderson as Jim Korman, Colleen Camp as Mildred and Cynthia Gibb as Lorelei, this has a great feeling of a love triangle that never fully got off the ground. Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.