Written by Scott Edwards
Sometimes in life we need a little kick in the butt to make sure we are moving forward. While at the time it might seem like our loved ones are being a little out of line when doing this, they do have our best intentions in mind while doing it. Becoming complacent in our lives might be good for some people, but when all is said and done, there are brighter pastures out there for all of us if we are willing to take the shot. Keep your head up and keep moving forward in life, because if you keep your head down and are afraid to take the next step, you may never know the joys that your life has in store for you.
With a zombie outbreak taking place in Las Vegas, Nick and his girlfriend Molly are making their way out to a small out of the way airport to meet up with friends and make their way to Mexico. While everything seems to be too good to be true when leaving the city, Molly does a little too much Coke and the two are forced to pull over. After throwing up in the desert, the two see a dark stranger making his way down the road towards them in a sinister sort of way. Seeing that this is a zombie, Nick does his best to try and take down the undead man, but when his shots fall short of the head, the two are forced into the confines of their car, only to find that it is stuck in the sand.
With the promise of leaving in a few minutes as the zombie will be forced to move on, the couple waits until it gets dark and loses sight of the undead. Needing to find Nick’s phone to call his buddy Jimmy for help, the zombie is a little bit more clever than the couple expects and winds up catching Nick off guard. Watching as her boyfriend is eaten, Molly packs up all of the survival gear that the couple has and takes to the desert for a long walk that will change her life forever. Seeing that the zombie is always a few steps behind her, Molly knows that if she keeps moving, she will find her way to the airstrip before she becomes the undead’s next meal.
Seeing that her new zombie friend is not going to give up on the hunt, Molly finds out that her smell is helping him to track her. But seeing that the zombie is not able to run, she is able to keep a good pace through the desert hike and starts to strike up a conversation with the undead. Keeping hydrated and using a little bit of nose candy to keep her moving forward, Molly only needs to find a place where her new friend ‘Smalls’ is not able to reach her during the night. But there are other things in the desert that she is forced to deal with as a sand storm overtakes her and Smalls, yet there still might be a little bit of humanity left in Vegas as two strangers show up looking to give her a ride to her destination…but they might not be as kind as they seem…
When I see a listing for a zombie movie being pegged more as Drama than Horror, I would usually take a step back, because in reality, I want a zombie movie to be filled with blood and splatter. This movie really surprised me, and while you get these wonderful things, you also get to join Molly on her journey of self-discovery while fleeing a slow-moving flesh eater. With plenty of don’ts on display when it comes to trying to avoid a zombie, like turning on the lights and starting fires, there is one thing that Molly is unable to stop when that time of the month comes around and it plays so well into the storyline. With a zombie named Smalls, a walking conversation that opens Molly’s eyes, a tampon escape plan, a zombie that can track like a bear, a budding relationship, some giggles that might make you feel bad for doing so and a couple of zombie kills, this movie just gives us a fresh perspective on the zombie genre. It might be the most romantic zombie movie I have ever seen and that is far from a bad thing. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One of the things that I like to do when I am feeling down is to pop in a classic horror movie to show me that things could be worse. While there are plenty of good movies coming out these days, sometimes they are lacking something that the classics never did, relatable characters. While it might be difficult for some people to relate to a generation that is many decades older than them, I have always been an old soul and love putting myself in their shoes. Sometimes you just need to sit back and see how things used to be to see what you should not be doing going forward, because you never know, it might help you in the long run.
Heading across the state to show her boyfriend Jerry, friends Kirk and Pam, along with her brother Franklin the old homestead, Sally wants to make a quick stop at the local cemetery to check on her grandparent’s remains. With reports of grave robbing in the area and a monument built out of several different bodies, it would put her at peace to know that her family’s bodies were not involved in such matters. Reporting back to the van with the good news that nothing has disturbed the graves, the group heads back out onto the road when they come across a smell that they cannot explain. Passing the slaughterhouse, Franklin is happy to tell everyone everything he knows about how the cows are put down and while it is vile for most everyone, Franklin will never forget that his uncle works the lines to bring the world fresh beef.
Seeing a hitchhiker on the side of the road, the group tries to decide if they should pick him up. Looking a little different, they stop the van and let him come aboard. With very few words being said between the group and their new friend, Franklin is curious about if he works at the slaughter house. With plenty of stories about how the new bolt gun does not work and the sledge hammer is the best method of killing the cows, the hitchhiker shows off the pictures of some of the cows he has killed in the past. As the pictures circulate around the van and everyone is sickened by them, the hitchhiker pulls out his camera and takes a picture of Franklin and asks for money in return. Not wanting to pay him for the crappy photo, Franklin stands his ground, but gets cut across the arm in return. Kicking the psycho hitchhiker out of the van, the group has no idea who or what they will soon be dealing with.
Stopping at the gas station to fill up, Jerry is shocked to hear the owner say that they don’t have any gas currently. Getting a quick set of directions to the old homestead, the group moves on in their travels and are able to locate the old house. As everyone from the group makes their way up and into the house, Franklin is outside by the van looking at the blood mark that the hitchhiker left on it. Wondering if it means anything, he shoots down the idea of them possibly being followed since it seems like a long shot. Not being able to get his sister or friends to come and help him into the house, Franklin is starting to feel alone once again and is wondering why he even came along on the trip. But he is helpful when Pam and Kirk want to get directions to the swimming hole.
Heading down the path as Franklin directed them to, Kirk hears a generator in the distance and knows that whomever lives there might have some gas. Wanting to make a trade with the owners for some, the couple make their way up to what seems to be a normal house, but quickly find out that there are plenty of secrets inside the walls. With the door opening when he knocks on it, Kirk enters and is quickly pulled into a dungeon by a larger individual. Not being able to find her man, Pam enters the house and sees that it is full of dead animals and that not being her thing, she tries to leave, but is stopped by the same larger person who is wearing a leather mask on his face.
While the night is moving in, Jerry is starting to worry about his friends being lost in the dark and decides to head out and look for them. Wanting to go with her man, Sally is begged to stick back with Franklin since he cannot be abandoned. Rolling up in the house, Jerry takes a look around and when seeing the beach towel sitting on the patio, he knows that the two are there. Hearing a strange knocking in the basement, Jerry moves in to find someone locked in the freezer. Not getting the chance to escape and tell anyone about his find, he becomes just another number in the greatest massacre in Texas. Needing to locate her friends and boyfriend, Sally and Franklin join the search, but it becomes very short lived as they find out that they are the hunted and need to run for their lives as Leatherface gets out of the house and is looking for meat.
This is one of those movies that is a must own in any horror fan’s film collection as the word classic does not do it justice. It was an independent film that was able to put horror movies back on the big screens for fans to love and rejoice. While you don’t have the big-name actors of the generation, much less a giant budget for effects, this movie keeps you guessing as all of the missing gore on the screen is seen in your mind. That is really the genius of this movie, as you only get to see one person getting hit with the chainsaw at the end, but what you think you see is so much worse. With some no name actors, plenty of screams, a sledge hammer, a chainsaw, a psycho family and a killer who does what dad tells him to do, it is regarded as a classic for the ages. What I will tell you is that this movie has inspired so many minds in the movie industry and I know it will continue to live on for many more generations as one of the greatest films to ever grace the horror genre. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Memories are something that nobody can take away from us and that is a good thing. While some people look back and use their memories as a learning experience, others use them to put a smile on their face. While memories are something that help make us into our own person, once you start to forget them, you may find yourself becoming less of yourself and more of a drone. Make sure to keep your mind sharp and keep living life, because when you can’t, you will have your memories to look back upon to keep you happy.
Making their way out of the city for a little vacation, Michael and his girlfriend Jenny find themselves in a quaint little mountain town. Taking in the sights, Michael feels like he has been in this town before and is having Déjà Vu where ever he goes. Giving Jenny his credit card to do some shopping, Michael heads to the local watering hole and finds that the Bartender seems to be on the level with him, but there is someone else that is giving him the eye. Sitting and talking with the beautiful Olivia for a couple minutes, Michael decides that the couple should stay in the small town for their vacation.
Arriving at the hotel and finding out that there is no room available, Michael gets to talk to the manager who is more than willing to give the repeat visitor a suite. Not ever being to this town before, Michael is a little miffed at why the manager knows him, but he has something else on his mind and lets it go. After getting settled into their room and turning in for the night, Michael hears screaming from down the hall and wonders what is going on. Not hearing the struggle, Jenny tries to get Michael to head back to bed, but he fears that there is something more sinister happening.
Trying to alert the hotel staff to what is going on in the room, Michael makes a scene and breaks down the door to room 327 only to find that there is nobody inside the room. Fearing that their guest is having a breakdown, the hotel doctor gives him a look over, but it is not enough to keep Michael from hearing the screaming at night. Wanting to leave the hotel and head back home, the couple is given the news that the tunnel is shut down and they will be forced to stay for a few more days. Seeing that all of the other guests in the town have left, Michael finds it very strange that they are the only ones left. Not being able to get any answers from the locals, Michael heads out on his own fact-finding mission only to find that there is something very strange happening around the town, the town that he is not allowed to leave.
I will admit that this movie was not high on my list of things to watch as the premise seemed to be kind of generic, but once it hit my screen, I could not look away. From the opening scene to the end, I wanted answers just like Michael and I got them all. While you can tell what world Michael is living in a little early, it does not disappoint with the payoff, so that kept me happy with the entire movie. I really enjoyed the people in the town and how their attitudes seemed to change towards Michael every time they saw him, even Olivia who wanted more from him than he was willing to give. With plenty of questions, people disappearing in a heartbeat, a missing girlfriend, an obsessed woman and a town being invaded by creepy monks. You get a look at what clarity might look like if you have never had it before, and while it is disturbing, it is also very refreshing. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Sometimes your first impressions are one hundred percent right and that can be frightening. This does not apply only to people who will work to change your mind about them, but also to places that might be somewhere nobody was meant to go. While you should always listen to these thoughts, you still have to make up your mind if you want to continue on your path. It can be difficult to understand why you feel this way, but if you have a bad feeling about doing something, it could be your conscience telling you should take a moment and listen to your gut, because it is probably right.
Sitting on the side of the road with her palm reading signs up, Crystal is not getting any business. Seeing his friend just chilling, Lump decides to come over and say hello. As the two converse, Lump comes up with a great idea that the two should check out an old abandoned warehouse and hang out. With nothing going on, Crystal agrees and the two make their trek towards the old building, picking up a group of friends on the way. But seeing that the doors are locked, the group will need to find another way in and while they are able to break out a window, they spot the cops driving by and are forced to hide.
After being dumped into a dumpster, Crystal has a bad feeling about entering the old building, so bad in fact that she passes out. Being taken in while unconscious, she wakes up feeling alright and the group is ready to party like it is their last day on earth. With plenty of booze and drugs, the group throws caution into the wind. But when finding out that there is no more beer, Spaz goes on a little tantrum and the other couples of Melanie and Liz, along with Tammy and Marcus have breakup fights. But there is still plenty to go around as Marcus has turned his affections towards Crystal and Liz is able to convince Tammy to have a good time. After their love making time comes to an end however, the group realizes that Melanie has failed to return and has gone missing.
Searching the old building to try and find where their friend went, Spaz leads the charge and finds something that he did not expect. Seeing Melanie’s body cut open and gutted on a meat hook, the group knows that they are facing off against some sort of psycho. Trying to get out the same way they got in, the broken window has been boarded up while they were away. As the doors also refuse to open, they come face to face with the owner of the building who does not only want them to stay, but to kill them as well. Being able to barricade themselves for a short time, Crystal must use her powers to communicate with the other side to find a way out of the building, but the news is not good as she finds out that Mr. Cleaver himself is the purest of evil and nobody who has crossed him ever made it out alive.
Talk about taking a warehouse party to the extreme, I mean damn. With a horror throwback vibe being played throughout, it was nice to see that all of the elements were covered, booze, sex, drugs, punk rock and of course severed limbs. I really liked the unintentional gathering of the group to throw a party and feel bad for Lump though, as it was his idea and he got nothing in return. The exploration of the warehouse was fun, as nobody knew that they had unleased an evil that was too much for Hell to contain, and I must admit that Mr. Cleaver did not disappoint in that aspect of the story. With an abandoned warehouse, a pissed off owner, some sex, drugs, booze, fights, dismemberments, flesh eating and a creepy ghost telling you what you don’t want to know, this movie brings me back to my love for the early slasher films. You don’t have to have blood all of the time to make a slasher good, you just have to have it at the right time. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is nothing better than going to a haunted house with your friends, mainly because you can help enhance the frights if someone does not seem scared enough. I got in on the haunted house craze in my youth as I had some babysitters that did not want to stay in during the Halloween time of year and while I might have had some sleepless nights, looking back, it was good for me. Starting to figure out the scares that were coming my way was the greatest thing in my mind and while I don’t get too frightened during these events much anymore, I still love to get my heart pumping. If you have not done this with your friends yet, even if you don’t like to be scared, it is highly recommended, it can be used as a bonding activity.
Getting picked up from a burning barn, Clancy ‘The Clown’ Keller has been put in custody and is awaiting questioning. Having Detectives Cole and Edwards coming with a barrage of questions concerning the whereabouts of some missing kids, they believe that they have Clancy backed into a corner. Admitting nothing, not even to knowing who the kids are, Edwards plugs in the security cam footage and allows Clancy to see what most people would associate with pure guilt. Lighting up a cigarette and watching as the tapes play out, Clancy seems to be more at ease than ever, but that may not last.
With a new carnival rolling into town, friends Elizabeth, Marci, Paige, Jordan, Ben, Hunter and Alana are ready to have a good time. After riding all of the rides that the carnival has to offer them, it is time for the Haunted Maze, but there is something strange about the clown standing outside. As the kids enter the maze, they find some of the normal scares that they have come to expect, but there is one more that they are not counting on as Clancy is keeping a close eye on them. Taking an alternate route through the maze, the kids find themselves needing to take a slide to safety, but it may lead them to their doom.
With the tapes showing that Clancy is lying about knowing the kids, Edwards and Cole still do not have enough proof and need the clown to confess to what happened to the missing kids. Bringing up his past, Clancy is forced to re-live the day his father went crazy and killed a classroom of children, leaving only his son to carry on his legacy. Knowing that the cops are not able to keep him without any proof, Clancy is able to keep his guilt hidden deep inside of his mind and before they are able to get a direct answer as to what happened, they are forced to let the clown go. With plenty to be thankful for, including his sisters, Clancy has a new prize from the carnival, one that he will never forget.
Okay, I have reviewed a couple of clown movies now, and this one might take the cake. While there is some good carnage going on around the carnival, that was not scary, Clancy ‘The Drooling Clown’ Keller was just a piece of work and might keep me from going to an event that has clowns involved. Not even bending to the questions the police are asking him, he can care less about what they can prove about his guilt, because he knows that there is no footage of him really doing anything to harm the children. I kind of wish that there was a little bit more to the missing kids, while they have some cute conversations, the only thing I remember about them is that Elizabeth hates clowns. That’s okay, since I think that this is more of a portrait of a serial killer than anything else and Clancy ‘The Clown’ Keller is really the star of the show. With a carnival, a creepy clown, an axe, three creepy sisters, missing teens, and a finale that had me cheering for the clown, this movie might keep you up at night if you have a fear of clowns, but if you are like me, you will love to see someone finally chopping that wood. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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