Written by Scotty
There is nothing wrong with having a special skill set, most of the time, it makes you invaluable for your job and it's why you can never be replaced. Most people think that this is a bad thing, since you are only good at one or two things, but they never get to see it being used. Making sure that you use your skill set to the max when it is called upon is the only reason why people will come to you in times of need and you can excel when they come calling. No matter the situation, it is important to fall back on what you are good at, it does not matter what others think about how you get out of the situation, as long as you are able to remain unscathed.
Thinking he is on another routine possession case, John Constantine is called back into action by his friend Father Hennessy. Arriving at the apartment, John takes to the room and performs his duty, but finds out quickly that there is something strange going on. Watching as the demon tries to escape from the poor girl’s neck, he has to take to more drastic measures. Getting a mirror, John is able to capture the demon and throw it out the window before it is able to release itself on the earth. John knows that there is nothing right about what he has done, but none of the people he trusts to tell the news to seem to believe what he has seen, much less give credence to a demon possessed earth.
Needing to find answers for what he has witnessed, John calls upon his friend Beeman to check the ancient texts and see how a demon or Satan could find their way back to the land of the living. While he waits, John calls upon his old acquaintance Gabriel, an Archangel that has been there for him over the years. But when word makes it to the underworld about his health troubles, John turns into a bigger target for the dead and they are willing to take their shots at him, rather than lend him a helping hand. Wanting to ensure his safe passage to Heaven, John thinks that he has done more than enough to secure a one way trip, but finding out that sending demons back to Hell is not enough, he has to start looking inside for another way.
During a night off, John is given a visit from Detective Angela Dodson who is looking to prove that her twin sister did not commit suicide and will be received when she reaches the pearly gates. Since John has ways of dealing with things that are out of this world, he is able to travel to Hell and see that her sister has been confined to the pit. Needing to prove her sister’s innocence in the matter, Angela begs John to help her and even though he is hesitant, he is able to bring out what happened in her past to look towards the future. Angela may not fully understand what is happening to her, but John is trying to protect her from the things that go bump in the night and when the final showdown comes to fruition, Angela will have to be at the top of her game.
This may not go down as one of my top movies of all time, it sure as heck sticks in my head. I have always had a hard time letting people into my life and this story proves that your friends could quickly become your enemies. I really liked Angela’s story and how she has to overcome everything that she battled as a child with her sister, but the demon Balthazar really takes the cake in this movie and I wish there was a better throw down between him and John since the battle would have been epic. The true hero of the story however has to be Father Hennessy, he has more power than we are able to see on the screen and with his help, Hennessy is able to point John in the right direction before time runs out. It’s a good story overall and I am really surprised that a sequel has not been made yet. Neither here nor there, just keep believing is what the movie tells you to do at least. Stay Scared.
Written by Shae
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Once in a while an episode of this show happens that has me a bit embarrassed to watch. This was one of those episodes. Sam and Dean get word that a childhood hero of theirs has passed away, so they head to the wake to pay respects. Seeing Dean geek out hardcore over a wrestler was really adorable, but hard to watch! Lawless was a fun guy, and Dean's childhood hero, so meeting the wrestler in person was a dream come true. Seeing all of these guys wrestle was a great time for the boys when they were kids; one of the few fond memories they with their dad.
So I wasn't surprised at all when they went to watch a show. Sam and Dean fight monsters for a living, but watching a wrestling match had them so happy it was almost sad! Another murder happens, and suddenly the boys are investigating! What's going on? Dean suspects Lawless might be a demon. Sam is off to check out the body, while Dean spikes shots with holy water. I'm not going to lie, Dean being completely hammered was adorable. That's so mean, isn't it? Sometimes you really want things to work out for the boys. I thought Lawless was a great guy, and being Dean's hero I wanted him to stay that way....but it turns out the wrestler wasn't so good. No, he wasn't a demon; he just had a deal with one going on. The red eyed demon has no problems taking souls and murdering people. He uses Lawless to find potential victims.
The demon did inform Sam and Dean about Casifer running hell. That's bad news for Crowley, the boys just don't know how bad. Either way, the demon gets killed, and sadly, Lawless gets eaten by Hellhounds. Our King of Hell breaks free with the help of another demon. I'm not going to lie, I didn't trust her from the start! Crowley happens to have a vault of his own, and in it is an object touched by God. When he ends up betrayed by said demon that I knew was bad from the start, and Casifer shows up, things go from bad to worse. Crowley does use the power within the spear to attempt to kill Casifer, he only succeeds in killing the demon girl. And then he flees because Casifer is now angry.
Crowley is on the run, the boys don't have a lead on Amara, and Cas is still possessed by his evil older brother.....what else could go wrong? I'm not sure! What I do know is we have to wait until the end of March to find out.....
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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In the six seasons it has been on the air, The Walking Dead has managed to accomplish some storytelling wonders week in and week out. It's given us episodes that have left us in tears, left us terrified, but more importantly it has been bold in its storytelling when it comes to giving us something only a handful of horror tales have ever really bothered to show us, a look at life AFTER the end of the world.
That's really been the show's strongest trait to this day, the fact that it shows us what survival looks like when the world has disappeared and the fact that it took the time to give us this fresh new outlook on the Zombiepocalypse, helped earn it all kinds of viewers you never think would watch a show like this. For proof, look no further than my dad, who was fascinated by the survivalist aspect, and hooked from there. That's an important place to start when it comes to today's recap because the show decided it was time to kick the post apocalyptic themes into high gear by asking the question...what would the world look like when mankind decides to start over again?
Of course, "Knots Untie" didn't mean a total paradigm shift for the show. We're not suddenly saying goodbye to all the things we love and know about the show, it just means we are moving into a new phase of storytelling and I'll be damned if I'm not excited for it. But before we discuss this epic change, we do need to take a moment and give the show big time credit for leaving its audience completely and utterly terrified of any human beings that aren't living in Alexandria or hanging out with Rick Grimes, because last night, I know everyone was uneasy about the voyage to this mystery colony that Jesus eluded to.
In fact, I often text several friends during the show and if I had a nickel for every time Shae went all Admiral Ackbar on this episode, claiming the group was walking into a trap, I'd have $2.25. But I digress, because the jitters and scares that Shae endured along with all of America when it came to this journey were completely justified. We have yet to meet any other set of human beings that haven't been looking to either steal from Rick's group, eat them or out right kill them...until last night when we arrived at the wonderful community known as Hilltop.
Now I have to say that I loved every second of seeing this tiny little community, despite the fact that Gregory is about as smart as a bag of rocks, but this was that moment I eluded to earlier, as to what the world would look like when mankind finally decided to start over. This tiny little berg was an amazing combination of the old world and the new, with a bit of cyclical history thrown in for good measure.
After all you had your creature comforts, the FEMA trailers, which are comfort enough I suppose, filled with modern tech while on the flip side it was colonial America all over again. With livestock and crops and well...there was something wonderful about all of it. In this tiny little town life was thriving, babies were being born, life was returning and that was something powerful to process. That in the midst of all this horror and walking nightmares, slowly but surely, human life was rebuilding bit by bit. Made me wonder how many other colonies were out there on a global scale like Hilltop and the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
The other element I thoroughly enjoyed about last night, was the sense of normalcy with the two communities discussing the possibility of a trade. The fact that both sides recognized they had a need, and the fact that a deal was brokered in the craziest of fashion...well somehow that gave the show a sense of real world normalcy and comfort that I've never felt before when it came to watching it. It truly took me by surprise, but before we got too comfortable, once more the show plunged us into darkness with a fine reminder that the new world will come with a price and not everyone's vision of tomorrow is bright and shiny.
Because now we know about the Saviors and a little more about this mystery man known as Negan and I have to say, the group's decision to just barge in there and kick some ass and end the Saviors is about as bold as it gets. Of course it can't end well because this is The Walking Dead but all things aside, I have to give credit where credit is due, this was a phenomenal episode. The more I write about it, and the more I think about it...not a single moment was wasted in this episode and I was glued to the screen the entire way. Really last night was proof that Season Six has been the series' finest to date, and well...we haven't even reached the season finale yet and I'm dying to know what will happen when we reach the Saviors compound next week. Until then.
Written by Scotty
There is nothing worse than being replaced in any position by someone that is not qualified to take the role. Doing the job for several years and not losing a beat, if somebody comes in because they are younger or might have better credentials does not mean they should get the same opportunity you had to bust your hump for. But employers are always looking for a way to keep costs down and the newer, younger crowd does not mind coming in for a cheaper rate, especially if they do not know what you are making. Since every job always has the same issues, it is always better to be proficient at what you do so you are not looked at to be replaced, since if you stay in your comfort zone for too long, you start to show up on the radar to be the next one out.
Debbie Wilkins is fed up and needs to talk to her soon to be ex-husband about his future plans, especially the ones surrounding his next movie. Not being cast has driven Debbie a little mad, but when she arrives home to see Peter finishing up with another big breasted actress, she finally gets the hint that they are through. Not wanting to let her old life of being a screen queen and being in love fall from her hands, Debbie decides to crash the film set and get herself the role that she deserves. Meeting up with actresses Delilah, the new scream queen, Cheryl, the dominatrix and Nikki, the cleavage shower, Debbie is ready to take the movie to the next level.
At the set, the women are met by the janitor Norman who needs to collect the expenses for the building being rented out for the shoot. Debbie takes the young man in the back and while the other girls think that she is performing a special duty, they do not know what is hidden in the back room. Norman has been collecting axes and Debbie is happy to see that her new movie set has come with everything that she requires to take care of business. Meeting up with the director and camera man, the girls have a little night of fun and drinking before the shoot finally starts, but Debbie has not come for the fun, she has come for blood.
Keeping young Nikki away from the group, Debbie shows the young starlet what she is thinking when it comes to making a movie. With one down and several to go, Debbie starts devising ways to get everyone alone and find out what they know about her, her failed marriage and who has been sleeping with her husband. The right answers do not help anyone as she starts on her killing spree while Norman is keeping a close eye on the situation by way of the cameras around the building and is cleaning up any messes as he sees fit. With only Debbie and Norman knowing what is really going on, the few survivors left need to find a way out of the building before they become next on the cut list and there is very little that will slow down Debbie’s rage as she finds out all of the secrets that have been kept from her for so many years.
I like a good revenge story now and then and this one has done it right. One of the things that I like most about the story is how you feel bad for Debbie, even when she is starting to take out her frustrations for being kept in the dark for years about her husband. I don’t know if a murderous rampage should be warranted if this happened to somebody, but I can see where their minds would be if it did. With everything that she has known for years being taken away, Debbie has a difficult time coping and you can see her break down on the screen with the little voices telling her what she needs to do next. I don’t know what possesses people to lie, cheat and steal, but after watching this movie, know that I will not be one of them, because it always seems to catch you in the end. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
The desire to help others seems to be something that we grow up with, but as we get older we start to think more and more about what could happen if we do. With little to no thought however, there are still those who will do anything for anybody in need and that is a trait that I wish more people held on to. You never know what the story is and why someone is in need, you just look past them and go about your day. Take a moment and at least give a smile, just by this little gesture, you are able to brighten someone’s day, even if it is not what they expected.
While in Holland during World War II, Lancaster Merrin has been forced to make a decision that will change his life, along with every one of the town’s folk. Having to point out to the SS commander who killed his man and left the body in the alley, Merrin, being a man of the cloth knows that confession is sacred and will not disclose the information of who the murderer is, but when the entire town is threatened, he does his best to protect the innocent. Having to choose who lives and dies was not what Merrin signed up for, but he had to do his part to keep everyone from being murdered in cold blood.
Years later, while in Kenya, Merrin has uncovered a Byzantine Church that was built long before Christianity moved that far south. When word of his find makes its way up the ladder, Merrin is summed to Major Granville’s office to discuss what the next steps will be. Being given an assistant, Father Francis, Merrin is not happy with having to play baby sitter to the young priest, but he does not have a choice. While uncovering more of the old church, Merrin makes a strange discovery, that the walls are not weathered at all and he wants to find out why. While hiring more workers to get the building out from centuries of sand, Merrin is ready to step inside and takes young Father Francis with him. Looking at the statues, Merrin notices that they are all pointing their weapons down, signifying that they are trying to keep something from a lower level from coming up. Finding this strange, Merrin and Francis continue down further into the church and find some pagan carvings, along with a room that was used for human sacrifice.
Returning to the surface Merrin and Francis are taken to see something strange that has happened outside of the village. They find a band of hyenas that have been killed by the cattle and now the cows are feasting on their fallen hunters. Knowing that something strange has been released on the valley, Merrin tries to keep a close eye on his new friend Cheche, an outcast from the village that requires much more medical care than anyone is willing to give. But when Merrin continues to be called away for different reasons, Cheche is getting stronger and it's clear there is something manifesting inside of him. When two thieving guards are found dead in the church, Major Granville starts to show his true colors towards the locals and wants an eye for an eye and Merrin can only do so much to keep him from following through. While the village elders know that evil has been released on the valley, they do not know who has become the next chosen one, they just know that death will arrive and take many more lives before all is said and done.
A very different movie than Exorcist: The Beginning and I cannot believe that the studio did not want to release it. You can see right off the bat what was not funded in this movie, the special effects, but that does not carry a story, especially in a movie like this. I actually like Dominion better than its replacement, since there are more memorable scenes, but I can see why the studio reshot pretty much the entire movie. There is not enough gore. But blood and jump scares is not what these movies have ever been about, it is about the ongoing battle between good and evil and returning someone’s faith. This movie focused much harder on Merrin and his past and put it all out there in the first ten minutes, while the other movie made you sit and wait to see what he did. It is easier to see why Merrin lost his faith right from the get go. Father Francis was not as much of a throw away character in this movie and he actually served more of a purpose to the story, along with Major Granville who had a much more prominent role before blowing his brains out. Cheche was the star of this movie as he is afraid of everything and everyone around the village, but finds the courage to stay in the care of Merrin and the doctor Rachel. His transformation into the evil Pazuzu is epic and you get to see how the battle should have really gone down between good and evil. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
If you were ready for the prequel for The Exorcist to come out in the early 2000’s, you were not the only one. I remember watching everything that was happening surrounding the movie, hoping it would not be shelved another ten years after the final chapter made it to the screen. I do not remember everything that happened, but what I do remember is that there was a problem at the studio and they had to rewrite the script several times and reshoot several scenes to make it right. This was the mass released version of the film, while the first version, Dominion was put on the back burner since it was not violent enough for the backers.
Lancaster Merrin has been forced by himself to take a leave from the church after the war. Devoting himself to history, he has become an archeologist and is pretty good at his job thus far. Being approached by Semelier, a collector to find an artifact for him in the most recent dig in Africa, Merrin has a hard time turning the job down. Meeting with Major Granville, the British’s head of the dig, Merrin is shipped down to investigate a Byzantine church that predates the Christian influence in the region by many years. Being paired up with Father Francis on his research, the two are sent down to the Derati valley to open up the old church and unlock its secrets.
When driving through the valley, Merrin sees all of the graves surrounding the dig site and is given the answer that everyone died many years ago when ravaged by the plague. When arriving at the dig site, Merrin sees that the top of the church has been unearthed and wants to enter as soon as possible. With the diggers refusing to enter the church, since the area has been cursed, he will meet no opposition. Getting into the church and seeing that it has been desecrated, Merrin tries to talk to the lead archeologist on the site, but Bession has been sent away suffering from a mental breakdown. Seeing the young digger kill himself right in front of his very eyes, Merrin knows that the church possesses some kind of power and he must unlock its secrets before running out of time.
Getting back into the church and finding a secret staircase under the upside down cross, Merrin explores the depths of the building and finds that it is a temple erected for Satan, not God. Arriving back at the camp, Merrin sees that a young boy is about to be sacrificed by the locals for being possessed by the devil. Stopping the ritual, Merrin has questions about what is really happening in the village. Digging up the graves he passed on his way in and finding them empty, Merrin demands that Father Francis tell him what is really happening and what the church knows about the church. Getting the truth hurts, but Merrin now understands why the villagers want nothing to do with the church that they are uncovering, but when the new lead archeologist goes missing, the military is called back in to take control of the dig and its importance. Seeing that both the military and villagers are about to battle, Merrin makes sure that the innocent are protected, but the only place do to so is in the church devoted to evil.
This felt more like an Indiana Jones movie devoted to proving that the devil is real than anything else, but that is not a bad thing. Watching as Merrin has to battle with his inner demons that forced him away from the church and the having to fight the demons that roam the earth, well it is a great transformation for him. I could have done with less Father Francis in this movie as he did not really serve a purpose to the overall story with the exception of being there, but I can see why he was included in the story, you needed a priest that carried his goodies. I think Sarah should have been more of the star of this movie since she has been at the dig site from day one trying to help the sick and when she discovered that modern medicine cannot help, she tries to turn to religion. I guess that is why she was the prefect vessel for Pazuzu to take over while Merrin was more concerned about making a discovery in the beginning. Not a bad movie and I need to check out the first version, Dominion, to see how the characters and the story change. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Some friendships only come along once in a lifetime and if you are willing to take the chance, you could find someone that will be with you until the end of time. There are those people that are a little close minded that pass up this opportunity since they do not believe that this could happen, but on the other hand, there are several people that jump in blindly and are happy with the results. It all falls on one person and their faith in others and while some believe that there are great things out in the world, there are others that cannot bring themselves to trust anyone since they have been hurt in the past.
Detective Bill Kinderman has been called in on a case that has left him rattled. One of the boys he knows from the police outreach program has been found mutilated and dead by the shore and he is having a hard time with the way he was killed. With all signs pointing to the Gemini Killer who was put to death fifteen years ago, Kinderman is determined to find out who the copycat is and what has brought them out of the woodwork so many years later. But his investigation will have to take a backseat, since he has something more important to take care of with this being the fifteenth anniversary of Farther Karras' death.
Meeting up with his good friend Father Dyer at a theater to see It’s a Wonderful Life, the tradition continues for the two men. After the movie, they head out to dinner and Father Dyer gives up a bit of information on the current case. Seeing that Kinderman is upset, Dyer offers any help that he can provide, but with Kinderman not being a religious man, he declines and heads back home for the evening. Receiving word that Dyer has been taken to the hospital, Kinderman jumps back into his car and goes to visit his old friend. But before he is able to make his second trip to see Dyer, he gets the call about a murder that has taken place and this time the victim turns out to be his good friend. Investigating the scene at the hospital, Kinderman is unable to figure out what is happening around him and his questioning tactics are leading him nowhere. Needing to find out what is happening and what has brought the Gemini Killer out of retirement, Kinderman is taken on a tour of the hospital by Doctor Temple who is in charge of the disturbed patients.
Walking around the different wards, Kinderman sees the disturbed patients in the hospital, but one man has caught his eye. When Doctor Temple comes clean about one of his patients that was admitted fifteen years ago as a John Doe, Kinderman is forced to face his past. Seeing the face of his old friend Father Karras, Kinderman has to step back and remember what he saw on that tragic night when he saw the father pass away on the bottom of the steps outside of the MacNeil house. With the patient’s face changing right in front of his very eyes, Kinderman comes face to face with the Gemini Killer once again, but knowing that he is not able to leave the room, he cannot be behind all of the killings that have been taking place, Kinderman has to challenge his faith and try to figure out if something supernatural is behind it. As the bodies start to pile up in and outside of the hospital, the Gemini Killer is able to control any person he chooses at will. Can Kinderman stop the supernatural hunt for his family before it is too late?
An entirely new cast has taken to the screen for the third installment of the series and it does not seem like they have missed a step. Without knowing who the patient in the ward really is, Kinderman is forced to re-live a bit of his past and see the face of an old friend that he will never forget. The interactions between Father Dyer and Kinderman are priceless in this movie and I was very upset that we were not able to experience more of it before the Father’s untimely demise. But it was Doctor Temple that stole the show when he appeared on screen. Knowing that there was something strange about the John Doe that was brought in around the same time the Gemini killer was put to death, he had a feeling that the secret would come out and bite him in the rear end. I really liked Nurse Allerton in this movie, she only said what needed to be said and when it was relevant. Even though she seemed to be removed from the situations, she knew what was happening and was able to deliver some vital information when it was needed the most. The Gemini Killer was just crazy and his story about taking over Father Karras’ body when the man was dying on the bottom of the steps made me question if it really could have happened, but when it came to killing, he made you know without a doubt that he was in charge and not ready to give it up at this point. A good third installment to the series and it did make up for the craziness that happened in the second one. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
The endless search for the truth can wind up making people go mad. Sometimes the answers that they are looking for should never be uncovered. When looking for what really happened in the past or present, you must be prepared to face finding something that you may not want to believe. There are so many people that refuse to accept their findings when it is not what they expected to find and continue digging to prove it wrong. Sometimes it is easier to accept the truth and move on, if you continue to dig, you could wind up digging your own grave.
Father Philip Lamont has been on his travels for many years and has seen things that have made him believe that evil is coming back to the world. Upon returning home, Lamont is charged with looking into the death of Father Merrin since the police reports do not shine enough information for the church to accept. Needing to prove that Merrin had not fallen under the spell of evil before his dying breath, Lamont travels to New York and finds Regan MacNeil being treated by Doctor Gene Tuskin. The good doctor has developed a new way of looking into the minds of the sick and disturbed, but when Regan gets attached to the machine, she soon finds out that the girl is holding on to many more memories than she is willing to admit.
Regan is staying in New York and attending these sessions with Doctor Tuskin to appease her mother’s fears while she is working. Doctor Tuskin is curious of what really happened in their old house in Washington that lead to three people’s deaths. Although Regan will not admit to remembering any of it while she was possessed, she opens her mind when meeting Father Lamont at the center. Being hooked up to the sync machine, Doctor Tuskin is taken into the old house and witnesses the death of Father Merrin, but is not able to make it out of the memory. Father Lamont is forced to jump in and see what hell on earth looked like and sees that the demon is still hiding in Regan’s subconscious. Being able to pull Doctor Tuskin out without harm or memory of what she saw, Father Lamont remembers everything and needs to sync with Regan again to find out what happened with Father Merrin.
Regan is now suffering from dreams that are not her own and cannot escape them. With Sharon keeping an eye on her friend, she starts to understand why she needs to be around the girl, but will not admit it out loud. Regan agrees to be synced with Father Lamont and the two are whisked away to Africa during Father Merrin’s aid trip where he saved a young man’s life from the demon Pazuzu. Seeing what frightened the demon in the vision, Father Lamont has to find this man who may still live in the same place and find a way to battle and vanquish Pazuzu from the earth once and for all. Being told to end his search by the church, Lamont carries on to Africa to find the young man, but the mention of Pazuzu makes him look like a Satan worshiper and no one will help him on his hunt. Being synced with Regan, Lamont is able to call on the help of Pazuzu to find the man, but the deeper he gets in with the demon, the more his faith in God gets transferred away. With his hunt underway, Lamont is forced to make the decision of his life that will bind his faith to one of two powerful beings, but which one will want him more?
At a glance it is difficult to see why this sequel had such a hard time getting off the ground, the story is sound, the actors are great, but it did just not get that much love. It is how the story was told in my opinion, with Pazuzu taking flight on the wings of the locust, it just seemed like they tried too hard with the special effects they had. Regan had to be my favorite character in this movie since she had to deal with her past that could have just stayed dead and buried. With the old feelings and memories being forced back into her head, she was still focused on doing the right thing in the end and even helping people along the way. I really wish Sharon would have been written better, I wanted so much more for her in the first movie, but the additional screen time did not help with telling the story. Doctor Gene Tuskin was just crazy good since she has been able to create a technology to enter people’s minds, she can change the world in so many ways, but not willing to take it that far yet. Her interactions with Father Lamont were great, you truly believe they did not trust each other from the very beginning. Well as always, the second movie is not as good as the first, the one change I would make is take out all of the craziness surrounding the locust, I understand it is part of the seven plagues and all, but it was featured way too much in this movie, it was pretty much the star. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
There are some movies that just grow on you over the years and when you are able to find one that you really like, you might as well make time to watch it. One of my favorite horror movies from the past has always been The Exorcist and I know that there are so many people out there that understand why. If you are a lover of horror movies, this would have to be in your top ten list and if it is not, then we will have to have a little talk about what a horror movie really is. Well, I am starting my Exorcist movie reviews to amuse myself and hopefully you will come along for the ride.
Chris MacNeil is a single mother who also happens to be an actress. Being able to support her daughter Regan has never been a problem for her and she has never had an issue. But when Chris finds that Regan has found an Ouija board in the house, she is very curious if her daughter has used it. Saying that she talks to Captain Howdy on the regular, Regan has no fear and is going along as being her happy self. But there is something changing in the young girl and it is paining Chris to not know what it is. Taking Regan to the doctor, she is prescribed pills to change her attitude, but they only appear to be making her worse. When the doctors are not able to pinpoint what is happening to the young girl, they do start to believe that it is in her head and that Chris should find a psychiatrist.
Father Damien Karras works at the church down the street from the MacNeil’s and knows nothing about what is happening in the home, since he has his own problems. With his mother declining in health, he wants to be reassigned so he can take care of her, but her death comes too soon and Karras does not have a good way of coping with his loss. Hearing from a priest that is working on the set of Chris MacNeil’s movie that she is having problems with her daughter, Karras reluctantly meets with the actress. Not wanting to take on the case, he humors Chris and sees what is happening to the child. Chris has asked him for an exorcism, but he will need proof to take back to the church to have it approved. Not everything that he has witnessed leads him to believe that it will be approved, but God is watching over the MacNeil’s home for at least one day.
Father Merrin is called in by the church to carry out the exorcism and even at his advanced age and declining health, he is the right man for the job. With Father Karras at his side, he is ready to battle the demon that is living inside of Regan and get the girl back. Not wanting to know anything that Karras has found out about who or what is inside of the girl, he gives Karras the rules, the first one is that the demon will lie often, but it will also hide some truth when it speaks as well. Not being phased by what has been laid out before him, Father Merrin battles with the demon mercilessly. Damien is shocked by what is happening to young Regan and sent on his way when his faith is challenged. But when Chris sees the first person that believed her sitting on the sideline, he feels sorry for himself and even more so for Regan and has to jump back into action before time runs out.
What is it about this movie that makes it into the classic that we know and love today? I know it was the first movie to defile a cross on the big screen and show some of the scariest images that we could only imagine, but I don’t think that is it. I think it is the story and how every character in the movie is introduced and we get to see their motivations without it feeling forced upon us. Father Karras still has to be my favorite character in this movie and he keeps growing on me as myself and my family are getting up there in years. Wanting what is best for his mother and losing her in the worst fashion he could imagine, well you can see his pain from the get go. Now don’t get me wrong, Regan was fantastic as well, along with Chris but one of the understated characters that did not get enough screen time was Sharon, Chris’s assistant. She is kept in the background but when she is put on the screen, you now know that she had a very important reason to be there. I have always had a small hole open in my heart for this movie and I don’t see it being replaced anytime soon. It is hard to replace a classic, but I hope someday that someone is able too. Stay Scared.
Written by Shae
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Poor Crowley. Seriously, I knew Lucifer was a dick, but this really took the cake. Crowley didn't deserve that kind of treatment. I don't know why this has me so impassioned but it does! Our beloved little King of Hell is adorable and evil, and he did NOT deserve whatever that was. Either way, Crowley is a smart cat, I'm sure he'll figure a way out of this. Luci being in Cas's body is still the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Misha does do a really good job of acting like Mark though!
On the other hand, Sam and Dean trusting Casifer ends so badly for the boys. Dean going back in time to play hero, always epic. He doesn't really save the day, but he does manage to get the artifact and learn some interesting things. The Men of Letters and their reach extended so far and wide. The French girl who ends up with an object touched by the Hand of God during World War II? Now that has the makings of a tragic love story. Which in its own right, is. Dean doesn't hide who he is, he's from the future and tells them all such. Our French girl and one soldier believe him. However, Dean going to the past may change things, or it may not. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Whimey. The ship is doomed from the start of it all, and Dean has to watch as the story unfolds against his control. Still, a turn of fate has our heroine using the Ark of the Covenant to save them all. Casifer shows up to save Dean, and that was bitter sweet.
But seriously, what the hell Luci?! So, Sammy has always been smart and resourceful, and neither of the boys are particularly perceptive, but Cas gives off a lot of "something's up" vibes. When Sammy found a spell to bring Cas to Dean, he thought he was doing some good. Luci got tired of Sam quicker than I thought he would, and after raping Sammy's soul, he plans to kill him. Cas is the one that saves him. Only, they need Luci to get to Dean, which they do...that realization sets so many things up. When the object touched by God doesn't react, Luci seems about done with the boys. Sam's quick thinking has him drawing a Sigil in his own blood and expelling the Angel.
Now what? Crowley is chained, Cas hosts Luci, Amara can't be found, the boys don't know how to kill her, and Luci wants them dead. God is nowhere to be found and Gabriel is still lying about being dead...