Written by Scott Edwards
There is nothing better than a good snow in my opinion, but I know that many people do not share that thought. One of the things that I really like about the snow is being able to track the creatures that move though my yard. I know of the cute little bunnies that eat the grass in the summer, but every once in a while I find some bigger tracks from deer and the occasional ones from the local coyotes that like to stroll along the street. If you did not have a blanket of snow of the ground, you never know who or what could be roaming around your house, so maybe it is time to give that a second thought.
The Rill Lodge and Ski Resort is ready to celebrate its 50th Winter Carnival and Mrs. Rill will not allow anything to get in its way. But there is something hiding up in the mountains that has never been seen by any of the locals and when one of guests goes missing and her grandson Tony hears the farfetched story about a monster taking the guest away, he wants to check out what it could have been. Searching the hill and finding a ski jacket covered in blood, then seeing and hearing the beast in the hills, Tony wants to give his report to the sheriff right away. But Mrs. Rill is against this for one reason and one alone, the betterment of the resort and the town, and if anything happens to the Winter Carnival, both of them will suffer and maybe never get back on their feet.
Arriving up the mountain with his wife Ellen, Gar Seberg is not looking to rekindle his Olympic skiing days, but rather needs a job from his old friend Tony. Without hesitation, Tony is happy to welcome his old friend and his wife back to the mountain and even though he hires Gar, he is more infatuated with Ellen as the two had a very hot past. Trying to get part of the mountain restricted from the skiers to keep them safe from the beast, it is apparent that the mountain killer has found a little out of the way place to keep his food at the abandoned barn. After finding the body of the missing skier in one of the water troughs, Sheriff Paraday is ready to listen to what Tony was ready to tell him about what might be happening on the mountain.
Ellen has her own idea about what is happening around the resort as she is being kept in the dark by everybody, but her investigative mind will not let it go. Following the police to the old barn, she finds large tracks that lead into the woods and believes that she may have found a Bigfoot creature. But the growls of the unseen beast are getting louder and she knows that whatever she is trying to find is not friendly and may be looking to make her it’s next meal. Seeing that his wife has not made it back for the night, Gar puts his skis on to find the woman that he married and sees that she has found shelter it the old barn where the other body was found. Keeping each other safe for the night, the reunited couple is shocked to see that the beast is trying to get in and after them for a quick bite. Being frightened off by Tony and the Sheriff, everyone now understands that the beast that is roaming the mountain is not only looking for food, but is ready to take it to the next level when it gets hungry again.
I am one that is against this for most movies, but if a remake needs to be made, Snowbeast should be right on the top of the list. As this is a Made for Television movie from the 70’s, you don’t get to see much more than just a splatter or two of blood and I for one would like to see the carnage that the beast inflicted upon its victims. I actually enjoyed this movie very much, with the suspense and the silliness of people not trying to get away from the monster’s growls. When I am watching a horror movie, I know that the love story is needed so you can at least feel something for when one of them gets killed off and the love triangle in this movie does just that. With plenty of suspense, a grandmother that only wants to think about money, missing skiers and a hairy beast in the woods, this is just a nice little throwback to how a horror movie was supposed to be made, even if you don’t have a ton of blood. It is the perfect movie to put on if you are going up to the slopes and wonder if hitting the back country is right for you. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It's been quite the interesting year for The Walking Dead storytelling wise, because a series that for many years was building a grand tale around the notion of mankind leaving the old world behind in order to build a new one filled to the brim with hope and promise completely changed its tone and design with the arrival of Negan and the Saviors.
Hope was no longer on the agenda, instead the series decided to delve into some ugly territory by exploring the darkest parts of what man is capable of, by way of Negan of course, and we have spent the first ten episodes of season seven exploring the power of evil, fear and loss. But while these have been some fascinating and polarizing places for the series to go, Negan in some ways remains quite the mystery. Sure he rules through fear mongering and the threat of having one's head bashed in with Lucille, but surely that cannot be enough for one man to rule an entire group this large with and while we've seen hints at how he inspires people to stay in line, we've never quite understood how Negan maintains his rule and power over people...until last night that is, because 'Hostiles and Calamities' explored how Negan maintains control over the Saviors, what his vision of the world does to people and most importantly...how he is able to lure them into his cause.
Much of this was explored by way of two characters last night, Dwight and Eugene, since this particular episode toyed with the timeline a bit, taking us back to the moment shortly after Daryl escaped the Sanctuary and it was obvious that poor Dwight was no longer going to be on easy street for letting Daryl escape on his watch and indeed there was punishment to be found by way of a healthy beating and another night in the hole. But this time, Negan had a little more faith in Dwight, informing him of the fact that Sherry had gone missing at the same time Daryl did and well...if he wanted back in Negan's good graces, he needed to find Sherry and bring her back to the Sanctuary.
Naturally Dwight agrees to this plan, but this is where the story took an interesting turn because this is where we learned just what Negan's constant pressuring does to people, because Dwight...has clearly had enough. Yes, he went after the love of his life, even going back to the home they shared before the end of the world, all in the hopes of finding her and returning her to the boss; only to find a letter that explained her decision to let Daryl go...and how she could no longer live with herself for helping Dwight become the dark and twisted man that he is today. It was a sobering and touching moment where we finally saw some humanity from Dwight and some remorse for his actions and having to face himself and realize what Negan and his demands have transformed him into...led to an intriguing moment when he returned to the Sanctuary.
Driven by pain and fury for what he has become, Dwight concocts a fancy little plot that blackmails the Sanctuary's doctor, making it seem as though he was responsible for helping both Sherry and Daryl escape. This 'discovery' eventually leads to Negan burning the doctor alive, but it put Dwight right back in his leader's good graces and while that may not seem as though it's in line with Dwight having enough of Negan's crap...there was a penultimate moment that clearly says otherwise, which brings us to Eugene's story and the discovery of how Negan manages to convince just about everyone into becoming a Savior.
Because Eugene's arrival at the Sanctuary was terrifying to say the least. He, nor the audience had a clue what Negan and the gang had in store for him, but as the moments progressed we shared a sense of relief with Eugene since he was provided with a cozy little apartment and all the creature comforts of life before the fall and heck...he even gained Negan's trust and praise and access to the inner circle with a little quick thinking and well...it was fascinating to know that Negan is quite the powerful manipulator. He knows how to appeal to a person's ego, to make them feel wanted and necessary and even though it is done through fear, by gaining his trust, there is a sense of loyalty that comes with that and by throwing in all of the things people enjoyed before the collapse of mankind for earning said trust, it's no wonder that so many have joined his cause because comfort and a sense of purpose are a powerful draw indeed.
The show also took a moment to explore just how powerful that can be, since Eugene...was a man transformed in this episode by way of the courtesies extended by the Saviors. The mousey, and terrified man we've known for so long shed that persona quickly in this story as he learned how to invoke the power of Negan's name to get what he wanted and by finally having it all, by mattering on a level he never quite understood, it seemed as though he felt the need to repay Negan for his graciousness by foiling a plot to have him murdered by his own wives and by shocking all of us by declaring that he was Negan and a Savior through and through and well...that really is the discussion that all of us will be participating in for the next week or few weeks for that matter...has Eugene turned his back on Alexandria? Has he found a new home in the Sanctuary?
Which brings us back to that big moment I mentioned. Where a 'dark' version of Eugene oversaw his idea to make the Sanctuary a better place and where he and Dwight shared a moment and appeared to be brothers in arms. But the more I think about that moment, and a funny little smirk that Eugene flashed earlier in the episode, I think it's safe to put to bed any worries about our favorite mullet sporting 'scientist' becoming a Savior, because I think this whole thing is one long con. He knows he's on the inside. He knows he can gather information on the Saviors' activities and strengths and weaknesses and he knows...he now has an ally in Dwight because he saw right through that whole b.s. story that was concocted to get the doctor in trouble. Either way, this was a damn good episode. It was great to see Eugene and Dwight get some quality screen time and it was equally awesome to see an episode that kept you on your toes as we witnessed a pair of unlikely allies come together as the march to war continues on. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is something to be said about finding a house that you love, that is also in your price range. I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but the skyrocketing home prices in Colorado are making it more difficult for people to get in on owning a house. And when you finally find that perfect place, there are another ten people that have put bids in on it, so you need to go over the asking price, or show the current owners that you are more deserving by making them cookies and such. Being able to show how much you will love the home for years to come may be the little bit extra that the owner needs to see and sometimes that is even better than money...sometimes.
Being greeted by real estate broker Francine, Emma and Noah have finally found a house in L.A. that is within their price range. With a special appeal about the house, the two are astonished that it is something that they can afford, and it being in an estate sale does not hurt either. Even though it requires a little bit of work to make it into their own home, the couple decide to pull the trigger and end up getting the house for twenty thousand dollars above the asking price. Everything inside of the four walls now belongs to them, yet there is a story that goes along with the house that is more sinister than even they can imagine.
Hearing the story about a woman killing herself within the walls, Emma and Noah have no problems with an extra ghost lurking around, but there seems to much more to it than that. Hearing something outside one night, Emma tries to investigate, however as something is being slammed into the outside wall, she does not have the nerve to check it out. When Noah opens the door and finds a letter addressed to them, warning them that they are in a place where they do not belong, the couple shrug it off thinking that kids are just having a good time with them. But that is not the only thing that is out of place in the house as there are packages being delivered to the house addressed to the previous owners and Noah cannot find a way to make the deliveries stop. Opening up a package to see a dead cat and another letter of warning from 'The Raven', the couple try to keep an open mind, yet there is someone keeping a close eye on them as their secrets are starting to become exposed.
While Noah works during the day, Emma is making new friends around the neighborhood and Jeanne seems to be the nicest lady around. Living with her son Mikey, who is autistic, she is a single mother that is just looking for someone that can help and that she can help as well. Everything seems good for Emma when she is around Jeanne, but Noah is starting to get a bad feeling about the relationship. As the letters from The Raven all revolve around the health of Emma, she is starting to see and feel it on a daily basis, the house seems to have it in for her. But the last straw is when The Raven is actually spotted outside of the house and breaks windows to terrify the young couple. But getting the cops involved may not be enough when a man sized bird is coming to punish you for living in its house.
I thought that this would be a little more haunting than what it was, but that does not take away from where the story ended up. I liked the couple of Emma and Noah and while they took the familiar thriller steps and made the same mistakes, they seem to be made for each other. Jeanne and Mikey however really stole the show and I would love to see what happens when they both get old enough to actually talk to one another. I enjoyed the secret of the house slowly being revealed throughout and while there is one locked door in the house that no one can get open, it shows that evil can be anywhere at any time, no matter how nice you are to anybody. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
I really want to find out where the schools are that allow you to do really cool things for assignments. While I have taken paleontology and archeology classes, ninety percent of the work was done in the class room, mainly in books. While I understand how much research must be completed before making it to the field, a little field work would have made the classes much more enjoyable and possibly changed the direction of where my education would have taken me. Being able to pick a subject of what to write about for these classes always left my professors a little taken back, as I could talk about what I read or what the pictures showed at sites, but I always took it a different route to make sure they understood that I knew what was going on with the research, but I wanted to make it wildly entertaining as well.
Having a difficult time coping with her father’s passing almost a year ago, Jasmine (Jas) has graduated to speaking with a psychiatrist on her mother’s orders. Not wanting to be there and not willing to open up to the stranger, Jas keeps everything she can inside and while she knows that she will never get better by doing it, there is no other choice since Jas refuses to let the memory of her father go. But the nightmares are getting worse for the young woman and something needs to change in Jas’ life so her doctor gives her a new medication that should help her sleep better at night. Taking one in the office, Jas is ready to go home with her extended family, since she and her best friend Skye have plans for visiting the haunted Quarantine Station tonight.
Getting home and seeing her boyfriend Cameron waiting for her with camera in hand, Jas is not in the mood and just wants to be left alone. As Skye keeps an eye on the hormone raged boyfriend, she allows Jas some time to herself since it was apparent that her friend had a hard time with the shrink today. Not allowing himself to be left out of her life, Cam tries to explain his position and winds up making everything out to be his girlfriend’s fault and Jas kicks him out. A short time later, Jas finds out that her mother and Skye’s mother are going out to party and Jas will have to babysit her little brother and Skye’s little brother. Thinking that it is disrespectful to her father’s memory that her mother is more or less back out on the prowl, Jas tries to shut down, but with promise of a good time at the Quarantine Station, she will not be held back from enjoying herself at all.
While on the tour at the station, the girls and their brothers find out all about the hauntings that are taking place and they want to know more. Hearing stories about the ghost of a girl in a pink dress, they find out that this is the most malicious spirit that anyone has ever encountered and while they should be scared, Jas and Skye want to mess with their siblings. Trying to evoke the spirit of the ghost, the girls give their brothers a slight scare and head back home to work on their report about the station. But they are not alone as the words that they spoke has awakened the spirit of the girl in the pink dress and she wants revenge on whomever gets in her way. Being able to latch on to Jas, the ghost takes control of her living host and forces her to do her bidding. Seeing that his sister is possessed, Zac gets his team together to head back down to the station and try to reverse the curse, but little do any of them know the power that the Quarantine Station possesses and that the hauntings are very real.
A story where the ghost is hell bent on revenge for what happened to her in a past life, I dig it. Getting a full background of what happened in the Quarantine Station and how many people died there, the rumors are the best part of the stories as nobody living knows exactly what happened. It was a great set up to the storyline and watching as Jas becomes a medium for the girl in the pink dress is kind of scary and kind of cool at the same time. As the group was given the rules of the station, it is apparent that there are no rules when the ghosts come out to play and exact their revenge on the living. Watching how friendships are put to the test and how the family dynamic is challenged, it would be amazing to see anyone escape the clutches of one of the most powerful ghosts that ever walked in the station. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Broken homes are not out of the norm these days, in fact you seem to hear much more about them than ever before. It is sad to see a family get torn apart and while sometimes it is for the greater good, if there is a child involved, it can ruin their lives. I have been fortunate in that my family has not had these issues since my parents just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary and are still going strong, but I have several friends that have had to deal with it. Although they seem fine, you can see that it has left a scar there when you ask how the parents are doing.
The time has come for Kathy and Lizzy to get on the road and get young Lizzy to her father’s house before the night settles in. Not ready for the trip, Kathy sees that her daughter has taken care of all of the packing for them both and is very impressed. Lizzy has grown into a strong young woman and even though she might not have had much to do with it, Kathy is proud of her daughter, but needs to find a way to show it.
Stopping on the long drive to get some gas and steal a smoke, Lizzy has given the direction to push through the night and get to her father’s house, so she can sleep in her own bed. Even though Kathy is getting tired, she will do whatever her daughter asks and do her best to get Lizzy home in the fastest time possible. Taking a shortcut through the woods, the car gets run into by something that is not seen and all that Kathy can remember when waking up from the crash is that she hit a wolf. With the cars electrics going out, the two have been marooned out in the middle of nowhere, but help will be on its way as Lizzy has been able to contact the authorities.
Seeing the dead wolf in the middle of the road, Kathy is curious about what really happened and while investigating the body finds a large fang in the wolf's gut. Knowing that there are all kinds of creatures in the forest, she has never seen anything like this before, but does not want to frighten her daughter. As the tow truck shows up before anyone else, the two young women are greeted by the driver, but Lizzy does not want to have anything to do with him, much less let either of them get out of the car on this stormy night. Even though Kathy knows that there is nothing to be afraid of, seeing a torn and battered tow truck driver crawling back to his truck after being mauled by an unseen creature, the truth about what Lizzy feared has come to life as they are now next on the menu of the monster that trapped them in the woods in the first place.
You know, when I saw the previews for this movie, I thought it looked a little bit different from a normal monster movie and I was right. With more suspense than gore, the story really follows the relationship between a former abusive alcoholic in Kathy and her daughter Lizzy, who only wants her mother to get better. With flashbacks about how their relationship declined while Kathy was boozing it up and seeing how much hatred Lizzy had for her mother, it was nice to see that they both still pretty much loved each other when the spit hit the fan. I really liked the underlying story that was being told about the monster that was hunting them down and while so many people complain about the ending of this movie, I think that they did an overall good job in delivering the message. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
When an opportunity comes your way that you cannot pass up, it is difficult to look away. Even when you know that what you are about to do may be wrong, the appeal of it reels you in and there is no way to keep yourself from walking away. Most people are able to weigh the options put in front of them and while some will overlook all of the issues that may come with it, others take a step back and try to figure out what is the right move for them. There is always a way to see the moral issues of what is front of you and while it may seem right to back away, if you don’t have any other option, prepare to be in for one heck of a ride.
Waiting for her boyfriend to be released from prison, PJ sits patiently in the car. Seeing that the time away has not changed the way that she feels for Perry, she is open to new things that might be coming their way. Perry however is having a hard time after getting out of jail, mainly because he has joined the normal working class at a low level and cannot see himself wading through other people’s trash to make a living. While a job is a job, Perry believes that there hast to be other opportunities out there that will pay him much more for a heck of a lot less work.
Meeting with Gina, PJ gathers her girls to hear what the master thief has to say about her new plan. Hearing stories that there were fortunes buried underneath the city in an old crypt, she needs help in order to get all of the goods back up to the surface. While Dorian, Morgan, Adrianna and PJ are all against grave robbing, Perry sees that this is his chance to get some fast money and needs to do some convincing. Knowing that PJ will do anything that he asks of her, he is able to get the gang of thieves to unite as they all listen to the full pitch of what they will be doing underground.
Entering the crypt underneath the city, Gina has a map and knows where the big loot is hidden, but while everyone is creeping around in the dark, they are starting to hear and see things that don’t appear to be there. Finding one of the most loaded burial sites, Gina opens up a coffin and everyone sees that the stories were true. With jewels and money in their hands, Gina is ready to explore deeper into the depths of the old burial ground, but Dorian, Adrianna and Morgan are ready to call it a day as grave robbing has unsettled them. Seeing her friends leave, PJ has mixed emotions but will stay by Perry for as long as he needs her. But the group are not the only ones hidden in the darkness of the crypt as the deceased are rising and looking to take revenge on those who are trying to take their money away from them, even in death.
As far as a killer ghost movie goes, I rather like how it played out when all was said and done. I liked the addition of why there would be so much money hidden with the dead as the Great Recession was cited and brought into play. With nobody wanting the government to get their money after they died, they just took it with them to the grave and will never let it go. The group of thieves were pretty fun, until they started to get killed off. Not knowing what or who they were up against, the battle for survival was really key for everyone and showed what they were made of, which was not that much. The feeling of greed runs rampant throughout the film, and while it is nice to have money, it should be earned and not taken from those who have spent a lifetime amassing it. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Flight 753 lands at JFK International Airport, and while taxiing to its gate, the plane goes dark. Without having any idea of what could have gone wrong inside the massive 777, first responders are shocked when they find that everyone on the plane is dead. The only clues that CDC employees Doctor Goodweather and Dr. Martinez, (Eph and Nora) are able to find is that the plane's interior is covered in some sort of ammonia substance that can only be seen using a black light, along with a coffin, half filled with soil and nothing else. A pawn broker from Spanish Harlem is more than happy to enlighten the two doctors with what they are facing, telling them that the bodies from flight 753 should be burned before night fall. This of course is not done in time and now the streets are overrun with the birth of a new virus, the Strigoi (vampire) strain.
The morning following their battle for survival against the Master, Eph, Setrakian and Fet plan their next steps to destroying this virus and its primary carrier. With Master Sardu beaten, but not destroyed the crew decide to head back to the sewers where the fight had started. They need to find and destroy the Master's central point of power, his coffin. But once again, this has been taken from its previous resting point and moved to somewhere safe. Revealing more about his past, Abraham Setrakian recalls more about his time in the concentration camps and what the hands of a young carpenter created before they were shattered by the guards after completing his new master piece, a oversized wooden coffin.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kelly Goodweather is in high spirits, if you can call it that, after being changed by the Master to bring him her husband. ‘It is the nature of the undead to torment the living’, Setrakian notes when the undead return home after waking in the morgue the previous night. Kelly is now on the hunt, since she is charged with finding where her ex husband is holed up with his crew of hunters, along with her only child, Zack so that she can bring him back to the Master to be changed. Zack, who is being put in the middle of his parents once again finds solace in his father’s words and will do as he is told, but will not ever be able to betray his mother, even in death.
The Fall, the second entry in The Strain trilogy will take you into the depths of the vampire virus that has already swept through New York and is now threatening the entire world. Still following the characters from the first book, Dr. Eph Goodweather and Dr. Nora Martinez, we come to find out they have left the CDC and are now vampire hunters. Vasiliy Fet, a local exterminator in the city joins the fight along with the old pawn broker and Strigoi hunter extraordinaire Abraham Setrakian. This crew works well together and with the current leadership and knowledge that Setrakian brings to the table, they are anything but pushovers in the fight for survival.
Another group of hunters has joined the fight in New York, and they are run by the Ancients. They are Vampires that not only want to end the current attack on humanity, but also want to end the reign of Sardu. Recruiting some of the locals, they enlist the help of former gang member Gus Elizalde to join them in their fight. Gus, now a tenured vampire hunter takes to the streets and finds a couple more of his old cabrones that are looking for action and much more importantly money to join in the battle between dark and light. Former Mexican wrestling legend, the Silver Angel joins with Gus in his fight and proves to be much more valuable than previously thought, even if he wears an old silly silver mask while dispatching the vampire menace.
If you read and enjoyed The Strain, you will love where The Fall takes you. Watching as the Ancients need to team up with their only feared human hunter, Setrakian, they also back him as the only book that has a chance to destroy their race is put on the auction block during the uprising. Knowing that they cannot beat the Master alone, they have to trust that the old man is willing to help them before destroying them as well. Fet and Setrakian also join into a father son bond during their time together, and keep Eph at arm’s length, knowing that he may not be up to the challenge up ahead. Once again the family dynamic is the backbone to the story, and so much love between the group is shown, even when something goes drastically wrong. The book is also not too focused on current technology, but it does feature a plan that has been unleashed that could compromise the world’s Nuclear Power stations. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Loss is something that all of us have to deal with at some point or another in our lives and let's be honest...it's something we prefer to avoid if possible. After all, the people and the things that are close to us, keep us happy and give us a sense of fulfillment and without them, there is most certainly a void and when that dark day arrives where we are forced to say goodbye, we surround ourselves with family and friends to mourn and eventually heal.
It is simply the cycle of life, and we are thankful for the fact we are allowed time to grieve and time to process our loss, but what would life be like if that wasn't the case? What if doing our best to survive and see tomorrow took precedence over our emotions? How would we heal, how would we process? Those are questions we never hope to explore but it's something The Walking Dead decided to look at in depth last night, because 'New Best Friends' was a powerful examination of loss, how we react to it and how we fear it and quite frankly it's about time the show dug into this, considering how much Rick and his friends have lost thus far in season seven.
With all of that in mind, let's examine the show's interpretation of the fear of loss, because there was plenty of that to go around in the Kingdom, where we spent a fair chunk of the story last night. It was in this place that we saw just how much Ezekiel is terrified of his people suffering under the spoils of war, going so far as to have stern, out of the way discussions with his people after Richard and Benjamin and for that matter Morgan, pushed the envelope a little bit with the Saviors when the time came for their usual exchange. But the fact that Ezekiel is willing to call out his people in front of the Saviors and reinforce the need for peace in private, demonstrates he is terrified of what kind of loss and consequences will come from a battle with Negan and his men.
Others however, feared and dealt with loss in different fashion last night, take for example Richard. He has now come to believe that if Alexandria and the Kingdom do not join forces and execute a preemptive strike on the Saviors, that more people will suffer in incredible fashion and considering how much he has already lost...he's now prepared to sacrifice whatever is necessary to secure a safe future for those left in his life and in a stunning moment, he tries to recruit Daryl into an attack on a Savior convoy to instigate a war, one that will lead to Carol becoming a sacrificial lamb to convince Ezekiel to strike back. It's a plan Daryl wants no part of, but it was incredibly disturbing and heartbreaking to know that Richard believes that giving up other lives, is the only way to fill the void in his soul.
But the heartbreak from that moment was outdone by way of the long awaited reunion between Carol and Daryl, wherein we learned just how much loss has effected Carol over the past few years and how close she is to her breaking point. It led to Daryl keeping Glenn and Abraham's death a secret, just to give her a moment of solace and hope for a change and well...at this point who knows if Carol will ever be able to return to action, or civilization for that matter since she outright admitted that every single person she puts down, forces her to lose part of herself and recovering from that may be next to impossible.
However, despite the fascinating exploration of loss, there was still an army that needed to be assembled for Alexandria and the rest of the episode took place in a junkyard/landfill where we learned the fate of Father Gabriel and more about the strange and stoic people that forced a smile from Rick at the end of last week's episode. These people, known as the 'The Scavengers' (according to Talking Dead) are a group that simply take what they need in silence and don't cause any trouble, unlike the Saviors. It's that mantra that allowed one of their people to force Gabriel to appear to abandon Alexandria by giving them a hand in stealing the food and the car last week and it is their resolve and ability to work together that has Rick convinced that they can be of great help in the upcoming war.
Of course, Rick has to prove that Alexandria is worthy of their cause and is forced to square off against one of the coolest walkers the show has ever put on screen. But Rick is up to the task, and with a little help, he proves himself worthy and at long last, he has his army...for a price. Because the Scavengers want guns, and one has to wonder now, if this is how the series is planning to tie together Oceanside, because they have guns a plenty, guns that Rick needs and while there's bluster and bravado surrounding the notion of taking what they need, my guess is Rick is either going to work out a deal, or figure out how to get Oceanside to join him in his cause, so that everyone gets what they want.
Either way, for being a vastly slowed down episode compared to the midseason premiere, this one was damn entertaining. It was nice to see the characters take inventory of what they've lost over the past year and it was equally awesome to see the show provide a pseudo answer as to how with deal with loss...in appropriate fashion of course, in that penultimate moment between Daryl and Morgan, wherein Daryl pointed out that you can either hang on to what you lost and let it haunt you...or honor it and move forward, and honestly...it was lovely to see Daryl play the wise man role for a change and who knew we would be treated to a touch of philosophy at the end of the world? Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
As Christmas gets closer, one of the things we are all worried about is finding the best gift possible for our loved ones. A lot of things go into finding the perfect gift for someone and that is the reason it takes so long to find one. Not trying to wait until the last minute is the best advice that can be given, but you always seem to forget to keep looking throughout the year to find it.
Sometimes the perfect gift appears when you're not even looking for it and that is what happens to local inventor Randall Peltzer. When trying to sell his latest invention, Randall runs into something he cannot resist for his son, a Mogwai. Taking full advantage of the situation, Randall is able to purchase the rare animal and bring it home for his boy. The animal has some rules however and that is not lost on the old man as he gives his son an early Christmas present.
The Mogwai needs to be kept out of bright light, he is not allowed to get wet, and no matter how much he complains, he can never, ever be fed after midnight. Relaying these rules onto his son Billy, Randall is content that the new addition to the household will be just fine. Although Billy is basically taking care of his family, he will not be overwhelmed by the new responsibility. Responding to the name Gizmo, the new pet is a big hit in the household as he can mimic and sing along with music.
Billy takes care of his new pet and is amazed by how different, yet how human it is. Showing one of his closest friends Gizmo, he thinks that everything will be okay, but when a cup full of water gets spilled on the Mogwai, everything starts to change. The Mogwai starts to multiply and instead of one, Billy now has five more that are more rambunctious than the first. Getting closer to Christmas, the family decides not to do anything, as they could be the greatest gift to date. Nothing bad could possibly happen with the harmless Mogwai running around the house, until they outsmart young Billy and get fed after midnight...
Gremlins keeps you running around the small town of Kingston Falls as Christmas approaches. With your local nice guys and villains, the town does not know what to expect when a band of little green creatures take over. Trying to make right what he did wrong, Billy teams up with co-worker Kate to take on the menace. Knowing what will make the gremlins grow and multiply, they try to keep the town from being overrun. Having to worry about loved ones and the safety of others, the two are joined by little Gizmo on their fight against the Gremlin threat.
As a fantastic holiday movie should do, Gremlins makes sure that you understand the importance of giving the right gift. As the movie progresses, you get to see that the thing you thought would be the perfect gift may not be the right one at the time. With the special effects being run mainly by puppeteers, this movie feels more realistic than most since it has creatures that the actors can see and touch. I love how the story progresses and seeing that everyone could be a hero in one way or another keeps this movie near and dear to my heart. Also, with having a release date in June, the studio had enough time to focus on what is most important to the bottom line, merchandising. I don’t know about you, but I really wanted a Gizmo doll after this movie came out (I still do). Keep looking for that perfect gift, but just remember that your loved one needs to be able to take care of it…at all costs. If they cannot, there is always fruit cake. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Everyone needs a break from life at some point and there is no better time to get away than on Spring Break. Even when you get out of school, this can prove to be one of the more entertaining times to take a vacation. Knowing what you did as a kid and with a little bit more information about life, it is a great time to people watch and make new friends. You never know what you will find when hitting up a beach or an amusement park during Spring Break and more than once, you will find yourself happily surprised.
Waking up after an all-night rager on the beach, Kaylee sees that she has spent the night with the lovable loser Mitch who is happy to be there. Looking outside and seeing her ex-boyfriend Jonah snuggling up with Chanda, along with Ronnie and Vance necking in the backset, everything seems fine, but there is nobody else left on the beach with them, except for Gilbert who is stuck in a trashcan. As the group is trying to come up with a plan of how to get home, Kaylee notices a bird that landed on the beach and sees that it has gotten stuck. Watching as the bird is taken under the sand, she knows that something is up and everybody needs to stay off of the sand.
Trying to warn her friends about something strange happening, nobody believes her as Vance jumps out of the car to try and help a friend. Watching as the beach has eaten its next meal, the group starts to notice that anyone that slept on the sand is now gone, yet their belongings are still there. With their cell phones locked in the trunk of the car and the car’s battery dead, there may be no way to escape the killing zone. With nothing going according to plan, everyone tries to keep their heads, but watching as Gilbert is dying in the sun, they know that something must be done and waiting for help is not an option.
Seeing what looks like an oversized broken egg on the beach, the group sees that they released the beast last night and while that is all well and good, they still need to find out how to escape it. Finding a spot where the sand is no longer deadly, a new plan is hatched and Jonah is ready to put it into motion. Using his surfboards as a type of walkway, he is able to move harmlessly across the sand with no problem, but when the sand starts to take his boards away, it is ready to feed once again. Stinging Jonah in the belly and giving him massive lesions that burst, he is still alive, but worse for wear. Knowing that nobody will come to help them, the group is forced to try to come up with another plan of moving off of the beach, or at least getting to a phone to call for help. But the sand is hungry and it will pass up on no meals if it has a choice.
A creature under the sand that traps and eats people, I mean come on, how much more realistic of a movie do you need. I was pleasantly impressed with how the movie played and loved the blood shots as people were being taken under. I was not a huge fan of the love story that kept revealing itself in the movie as it seemed too rudimentary, but you know what, you have to have a conflict to try and keep everyone happy. I felt so bad for big Gilbert being stuffed in a trashcan on the beach and not able to do anything throughout, I mean what a way to go. The characters were fun and you get some jokes, plenty of tension and lots of yelling about how stupid everyone is, just like when friends get drunk together. With your main horror elements covered, bikinis, blood, a monster and a silly cop, it is just a fun movie to watch that you don’t have to think too much about. Stay Scared.