Written by Scotty
I am always on the lookout for a diamond in the rough when it comes to a fun zombie film. Now I cannot take credit for finding Zoombies, it was on my Netflix recommended viewing list and I am extremely happy that it popped up there. You always get to see people turning into zombies, but for some reason in movies today, you never get to see what would happen if animals are the infected. I know that one of my favorite video games did this in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, but the animals were still the same and the ones that did want to eat you, were ones that you did not expect. Well, all bets are off when our animal friends are changed into flesh cravers, so let us jump right into Zoombies.
While Doctor Ellen Rogers is starting her tour of Eden for her new interns, she has no idea what is happening in her park when it comes to endangered species. Doctor Gordon is trying to save one of his monkeys from certain death by using a treatment that has never been approved for zoo animals. Upon injecting the monkey with a new serum, Dr. Gordon sees the side effects that are not listed on the bottle come to life and while the monkey is reanimated, it is not the docile animal that he has come to know. But matters only get worse since shortly after his only patient comes to back life in angry fashion, all of the other monkeys in the lab become very aggressive and take to a fight response that not even a human can comprehend.
Ellen is trying to get her interns excited for the day ahead and even though some of them think that this may be a waste of time, they are all still allowing her to give her spiel. As each intern is dropped off at their assigned area, Gage is remaining with her for the rest of the day. Seeing Ellen’s workspace and meeting her daughter Thea, Gage finds out how a zoo really works in today’s day and age. But not everything is as it seems when Ellen hears the alarm that is coming from the Dr. Gordon’s lab. Sending her security team to check it out, along with new recruit Lizzy, Eden is about to go under a facelift that will change everyone’s outlook on a zoo experience forever. Seeing that the monkeys are the carrier of a new virus that makes them blood thirsty, the security team tries to stop them, but when they fail, an alert is sent out to the police and CDC, but with how quick the virus is moving, the greater concern is to keep anyone and anything from escaping the zoo limits, especially if it is infected.
Not knowing what I was stepping into when this movie popped up on my recommended list, I am beyond happy that I watched it. It is like a zombie outbreak in Jurassic Park and there is no escape for the weak, much less any hope. I really liked Ellen and her daughter’s interaction throughout the movie as they both know each other’s strengths, but Thea seems to know her mother much better than she knows herself. Gage and Lizzy do steal the show as they are both able to play well off of each other, as well as learn what they are good at. If you ever wonder why you have not gone to the zoo since you were a kid, this movie might just give you the reason why, or the reason why you don’t want to take your kids. As every animal is able to get infected, you don't know what herbivore is going to be walking by that suddenly wants to take a bite out of you. I must admit that seeing monkeys throwing something other than poo was one of the brightest parts of this movie for me, as since I have had some bad experiences, but when you see a giraffe taking a bite out of an intern, you may want to think twice about what animals you want your kids to meet. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
So many people get attached to their pets and it is hard to come to the decision of how to handle their fate when they get older and can no longer take care of themselves. With all of the love and affection they have given you and you have returned, it is hard to see them when things are getting bad. You know that they have had a happy life, but it is so difficult to say goodbye. You know that there is nothing that can replace your best friend, the one that has been there through thick and thin, but you never know what the future might have in store for you when you go looking to fill that void.
Rosalyn is having a tough go of it recently after her father was quick on the rebound and got remarried. Not knowing what her step-mother really wants, Rosalyn is happy to rebel as much as possible, especially when she finds out how much Sara does not like her aging dog. Even though her dog Shep is near death and quickly losing his other senses, Rosalyn does not want to let her friend go, even though all signs are pointing to him being on his last legs. While getting out to the woods with her friends and Shep, Rosalyn sees what the younger dogs are capable of, especially when there is fresh meat in front of them.
After a meteor explodes over town, all of the animals begin to act strange, but the situation goes from weird to worse when the dogs in the city begin to turn violent and vicious. Any dog that gets near a fragment of the space rock loses its mind and turns on any living thing that is next to it, especially humans, since the dogs in the woods, along with the ones in town start to crave meat, they attack anyone that gets in their way and will not stop until their victim is no longer breathing. Leaving no one alive, the dogs move to their next feeding ground and will not leave until their hunger has been fulfilled. Seeing this with her friends, Rosalyn turns her attention to what is most important, her family and of course Shep. Rushing back to pick up her father and step mother, Rosalyn must stay strong since she has the only dog in town that is not looking to take a bite out of anybody.
This is a pretty fun movie and even though I am a dog lover, I am deathly afraid of them now, especially when I cannot tell what sets them off. It all falls back to the meteor fragments that landed around the town and I would be led to guess that it is emanating a tone that only dogs can hear, like the dog whistles that you blow, but damn, this tone must have really struck a chord to make the dogs turn violent. The best part about this movie is that everybody in the town owns a dog or two, this leads to plenty of hunters around the area that are looking for one thing only, blood. The interactions between the characters are great as well and the step mother Sara really steps up to make sure that her family is safe, even her step daughter who does not seem to like her. I have strong feelings that the writer of this movie is a cat person, since you do not see any other animals reacting to this unearthly tone and no cats were harmed in the making of the film. Just saying. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
I was in need of a new horror movie and I stumbled across Crimson Peak to fill the void. Now, this is one that I wanted to see in the theaters, but I was not able to find anyone to go see it with, so I waited until I was able to find a smoking hot deal on the discs. I only knew a little bit about this movie from the trailers and seeing that Guillermo del Toro was the director, there was not much that could keep me from picking this up.
Edith Cushing is an aspiring writer that is being held back from accomplishing her dream by one thing, she is a woman. Seeing how publishers react to hearing that she is the writer behind a strong ghost story, she is told to turn it into a love story, since that is what women are supposed to know more about. No longer taking this to heart, Edith edits her story and starts to transcribe it using a typewriter since her writing is very feminine. Little does she know that the man of her dreams will come knocking at her father’s door to try and get some respect of his own.
Thomas Sharpe is trying to design a new digging machine that will be able to bring clay to the surface faster than it ever has happened before and add this clay into the mix for new brick construction. Although Carter Cushing is intrigued by the idea, he will not allow his money to be a part of this, especially since Thomas has not appeared to have worked a hard day in his life. Sending Sharpe on his way, he sees that his daughter has taken a fancy to the man and will do everything in his power to keep her away, but Sharpe is able to woo Edith, especially when it comes to complimenting her writing style.
Trying to pay off Thomas and his sister Lucille to go back home, Carter writes a check that should help them develop the machine that they are looking to build, but before the night is out, Carter is bludgeoned to death. Now with no obstacles to stop their love, Edith and Thomas get married and move back in to his old family home at Allerdale Hall that sits atop a red clay mine. Although the house is in disarray, Edith makes the most of her time with her husband and his sister, but strange shapes start moving through the halls. With her love for ghost stories, Edith wants to know if there has been any murders in the house that could cause it to be haunted, but Thomas is not willing to comment on it either way. The more time Edith stays in the house, the ghostly presence of somebody not in this realm becomes stronger and she must find out what she can do to help them before Thomas and Lucille reveal their deep dark their deep dark secret.
While it might not be a horror movie for every fan to go on raving about, it covers it basics and I enjoyed it. Without knowing what the true need for Edith is for the Sharpe’s, you get to see what happens in the house when the lights go out. I liked the drive that Thomas continued to show for his digging machine, especially after he was able to get it constructed and Lucille’s need for money was just fantastic. As Edith started to understand what her new family wanted from her, it is great to see the way that she continued to push back and with the secrecy around the house, how she was able to find out a few small clues to what is really happening there. I must admit that when the ground turned blood red around the house, from the clay, I truly understood why this old house was called Crimson Peak and why Edith was warned to stay away from it when she was a child. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
There are so many wonderful things that happen as you continue to get older and when you are just starting to find out who you really are, you wonder where the time has gone. Each birthday brings new benefits into your life, but eighteen seems to be one of the most important. You officially become an adult and can vote, play lotto and most importantly, pay taxes. Some people could not wait to become an adult, and I being one of them know that I regret nothing from this desire, but I really wish my parents would have warned me about it, because adulting, while being awesome, also really bites.
Freshmen Jack, Turner and Brandon are having the times of their lives in college and would not change a thing. With all of the women and partying without their parents around, what could be better for the three? But Jack has been a little out of it since his eighteenth birthday and keeps thinking back to what his mother told him before he moved in with his cousin Brandon. He is not to be afraid if he feels sick these days, it is just part of growing up, but in Jack’s family, it is something much more powerful than puberty. Getting a letter from his uncle to stay at his house over winter break, Jack, Brandon and Turner jump at the idea and head off to their new home away from home.
Turner has no idea about what has happened in his best friend's past, but Brandon wants to make sure that he knows the family history. While all of the family on Jack’s mother’s side have been involved in some sort of tragic accidents, they are usually the only survivors. While Turner thinks this is just silly information to know, he starts to notice that Jack has not acted like himself over the break. Jack has been waking up outside for the past couple nights with no idea how he got there. Borrowing Turner’s camera, Jack finds out that he may have a family trait that nobody bothered to tell him. Seeing the killing of one man by what appears to be his hands, Jack believes that he may be a werewolf and wants to take precautions so he does not harm anyone, especially his friends or family. But even with the best laid plans, life throws Jack a couple curve balls and he gets tied up in a situation where being a killer beast would not be the worst thing in the world.
Everyone has a hard time growing up and that is to be understandable, but when your family history involves being werewolves, I would hope they would give you a heads up. Even when Jack is not feeling like himself, he has no idea what a full moon has in store for him, but Brandon does and now is deathly afraid of him. The interactions in this movie are great and when Turner finds out the secret his best friend has been holding out from him, well, he may never trust anyone again. Watching as Jack’s family tests him, I felt sorry for the young man since he had no idea what the future had in store for him. A little forewarning would have been nice and Jack may have been able to prepare for his nightly outings when the moon was full, but I guess some family secrets are never meant to see the light of day, especially for the family members themselves. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
It is hard to know what secrets the planet is keeping from us. As more of the earth is explored, more things are discovered, but one of the places that we never seem to look is in the water. When people go missing in the jungle, they can usually be found, but when they go missing in the ocean, well, that is a different story. With so much of the planet being covered in water, it is amazing that we do not truly understand what is hidden in the depths, but hopefully soon someone will be able to give us an idea of what we have been missing knowledge wise for generations.
Being called back to Scotland, Case is not willing to alter his searching ethics, but with the loss of his friend in the Loch, he is ready to carry on his search. Inheriting a research team, Case has to decide whether or not to keep the operation going. Seeing the evidence, Case thinks that there is enough to go on, but being more interested in gathering his friend’s body that has been lost to the depths, he will have to jump in with both feet. Seeing fossilized eggs at the bottom of the Loch, he knows that there was something behind the legends of Nessie that have overtaken the world’s imagination, but he never expected to find that the creature actually exists.
While hearing about a young man being killed in a ferry’s wake, Case wants to understand what really happened since he has seen evidence of something very big under the waves. Receiving a tape that shows what the creature is, Case is convinced that there may be trouble for the Loch and wants to keep everyone out of the water until he figures out what it really is. But the city will not shut down the Loch during tourist season, and with his boss/ex-wife pestering him about making a television show, Case is left with only one option, to find and document the ancient beast. But Case will not be alone on this quest as a local man who has faced the Loch Ness Monster once before is back in town and is looking for a little revenge of his own.
You know, I believe that there was something in Loch Ness that has led to the legend and even though I have not been there yet to check it out, I bet many people still believe there is something in the water. I liked how this movie utilizes the myths around Nessie, but more at the local level. With none of the locals wanting the foreigners around their water, they can do very little to encourage them to go away. With a fun storyline, this movie does not get too political and keeps it light in lieu of what is happening in the water, and there really is a monster in the water, which makes the story so much more exciting…and it likes to eat people which answers the very important question of how it has stayed alive so long. If you do not want to visit Loch Ness after watching this, I would understand, but it has made me long for this journey every more. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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After spending a couple of weeks setting up our characters and the universe they inhabit, Outcast finally decided it was time to go for broke and unleash hell upon us because man, last night's episode, 'All Alone Now' was an hour long rollercoaster ride that set up a couple of new plot lines, added to the mystery surrounding Kyle Barnes and quite frankly...brought the terror with one disturbing story.
But before we get into the scares and chills that came along in this episode, let's take a moment and discuss a burning issue right away...what is the deal with the Chief of Police and what does he know about what is really going on? Think about it for a moment, he tries to stonewall Mark in processing the camper, and after Mark got back from a day of collecting evidence, he took the whole mess over. He's been pretty aloof about all the weird things happening in his town and well, it's hard to gauge if he's trying to simply keep a lid on horrible things from the public, or if he's somehow involved with the darkness that's spreading. This wasn't a gigantic plot point from this story, but it's one that seems to be slowly building week in and week out and it's intriguing to say the least.
The terror however, that's really the true highlight of this episode and holy cow...the show went all out to make things uncomfortable for us this go round, by introducing us to a police officer named Blake who just so happened to be discovered and possessed by the darkness. Now, the show deserves some serious credit for the opening sequence of the episode where the evil finds Blake for a couple of reasons. For one, possession stories often introduce us to the poor soul taken over by a demon well after the possession happens but this episode gave us the raw beginning of Blake's nightmare and it was something fresh and unique to watch, but it was all downhill from there and the other incredible moment we were privy to last night...is when the show went all out in demonstrating what kind of powerful evil claimed Blake when he went after his partner's wife with violent and brutal impunity.
It made the meeting between Blake, Reverend Anderson and Kyle Barnes all the more chilling as the two holy men did their best to free Blake from the evil within and well, it's quite stunning after a couple of episodes where they were successful with their exorcisms, to see them fail in their mission to free Blake's body and mind from evil. It would seem now that there are some people beyond saving, which is scary to say the least and well, it seems that Blake and the darkness within enjoyed the violence bestowed upon it. It kept pushing and pushing to get a fist slammed into its face, which now begs the question...is this how the Darkness finds new victims, by breaking down the loved ones of the possessed and filling their hearts with anger and fury to the point where they are ripe for the taking?
The bottom line is that this was a damn good episode. There was not one wasted moment in the story and there are honestly too many skin crawling, spine tingling moments to discuss in one single recap. But, despite the scares, this is a show that loves to build more mystery every single week and last night was no exception to that rule. After all, one has to wonder exactly what happened in Megan's past with the man that has clearly come to town to find her, and the only thing we learned last night about Brent Spiner's Mystery Man is that he is a simple, well groomed creature that just so happens to be filled to the brim with the darkness. Either way, this show is getting better every single week it is on the air and who knows what kind of horrors await us next week. Until next time.
Written by Scotty
While we try to celebrate the best parts about whichever city we happen to live in, there's a dark side to to our hometowns. For every hero and feel good story in our community, there are bad people out there that do bad things and sadly, that often times becomes the top story on the nightly news. Our best hope to counteract the ugly things in our city is to be the better man or woman and try our best to treat people with the respect they deserve. But sadly, we always have to keep our guard up, because you never know what will happen if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Krug has just been broken out of prison and is looking to restart his life from where he left off. With his squeeze Sadie, buddy Weasel and son Junior at his side he has put the group back together. Laying low in an apartment, Krug is starting to get a little bit itchy and when Sadie tells him that she will no longer be sleeping with him until she gets some female companions of her own, he knows that something will have to change. Sending Junior out of the room, he is able to come across a happy treat when Mari and Phyllis stop by to try and find some weed to smoke before going to a show.
Bringing the girls back up to get the goods, they are shocked to see that they are in the middle of something that was not expected. Being locked in, Phyllis is taken advantage of first by the group, but her nightmare is just beginning. Knowing that the group needs to move, Krug gets everyone and everything packed up and head north, away from the police. But all is not well and good when the car breaks down in front of a house and now Krug has to make the best decision possible. Taking the girls down into the wooded area, he decides to have some fun with his new friends. Threatening to cut Mari every time that Phyllis does not do what he says, the two girls are forced into a life and death situation that they will not be able to escape from.
Not willing to go easily, Phyllis decides that she will try and escape the torment and on her word, she heads into the woods trying to provide Mari the opportunity to get home. Running by the river, Phyllis is able to get both Weasel and Sadie to follow her leaving Mari to deal with Junior. As the chase continues, Phyllis is able to see a road, but Krug is in her way to freedom. Killing off the stronger of the two girls, he returns to see that Mari is trying to escape as well. Carving his name into her chest, Krug finishes the job and is ready to return to the real world. Being invited into John and Estelle’s home, the group finds out that their daughter was their last victim. Their secret is short lived however since the two parents are very perceptive and hear about what the group has done to their daughter. All bets are off and now John and Estelle are ready to take revenge on their new guests in the worst way possible.
What can I say about this movie, other than it is a classic. Although it is pretty dated, you are able to get into the mind of a killer and see how everything is alright in his or her eyes. Throughout the torture scenes, you can see that the group is having fun causing pain to their victims and nothing will take that away from them. I love the soundtrack as it goes between a little bit of downer music to a whole bunch of uplifting melodies. It is unfortunate that the police in this story are not giving much attention to Mari’s missing person status, as they find out later in the story, but they became the biggest punchline in the movie. John and Estelle are the highlight characters in the movie since they are really the hero’s if you have to find one. You always wonder way fathers come to the door with a shotgun when you are taking their daughter out, you might want to try and cut them some slack after watching this movie. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Finding a way to protect your children is a parent’s worst nightmare. After all while parents often have ideas of what could happen to their kids, they never know what to prepare them for, much less what they can do if something actually happens. When they get old enough and move out of the home, parents will wonder what things their children will be doing and worry about their well being. A parent never stops worrying about their child, no matter their age or how good their life seems to be, there is always something that can go wrong and when it does, they always want to be there to help pick up the pieces.
Wade Vogel has been on the hunt for his runaway daughter for two weeks and has finally located her. In the quarantine wing of the hospital, Wade finds out that his oldest has been bitten and is now infected. Knowing the protocols about dealing with the infected, Wade is allowed to bring Maggie home, but will need to pay close attention to her transformation and when it is time, she will have to be turned back into the quarantine unit. With his current wife Caroline looking on, Wade tries to bring Maggie back into the family, but the attitudes between the two women have never meshed, hence why Maggie ran away in the first place.
Knowing that she only has a few weeks left, Wade tries to stay close to his little girl, but she is still a teenager and wants her own space. After her weekly ‘zombie’ checkup, Maggie is visited by her best friend and invited to hang out for the evening. Seeing her old boyfriend who is nearing the end of his infection time, Maggie wants to make the most out of it. But when she witnesses him being taken out of his home by the police, Maggie knows that she will be next. Developing more of the symptoms, Maggie is more fearful for what will happen to her and her father over anything else. Wade does not want to lose his little girl and shows how much he loves her, even when it means losing his wife in the process. With no medical way to stop the infected from turning into flesh eating zombies, could love be the answer that science has overlooked?
This is an interesting movie and more of a character study than anything else. With a couple of flashbacks showing the attack on Maggie, you don’t get to witness any attacks and the blood splatter that you would expect from a zombie movie. Maggie made up her mind to leave the house after her mother passed and Caroline moved in with her father, and even though the two never hit it off, Maggie’s step mother is trying her hardest to make it work, even with her infected step daughter. Wade will stop at nothing to keep his daughter safe from the world and even when he knows that she will die and start eating people, it is his only daughter and that love never escapes his grasp. With some beautiful shots and a good overall premise, this movie might not be for everybody, you just have to go in with an open mind and let the story play out. Happy Viewing.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Within each and every one of our minds is a moment from days gone bye that in many ways, was a defining point in our lives. These are the kinds of moments where you look at the world differently, and decide to change your life forever because of it, and oddly enough those spectacular moments, the kind you are reminded of daily...are often negative through and through.
Sure, sometimes a positive moment can illicit great change from us as well, but in reality, it's terror, fear and the thought of never feeling that way again that moves us toward a different kind of lifestyle. It's not a story concept we often see explored in depth, but Outcast decided it would be the focus for its second episode by taking us deep within the one memory that essentially defined Kyle Barnes' future...the moment he finally fought back against his possessed mother and well, it made for a decidedly different kind of episode in '(I Remember) When She Loved Me'.
In fact, what made this story so unique is that in essence, a vast majority of the scares we were privy to last week on the show all but disappeared this go around. Sure there were creepy and eerie moments which we will get to in a bit, but this episode focused on that dark and fateful day for Kyle where his life would never be the same, but with a wonderful twist. It wasn't enough for the show to make sure he was haunted everyday by this traumatic event...why not allow him to believe that maybe, just maybe, he could rescue his mother from the evil that took her so long ago? It led to a heartbreaking sequence where Kyle brought his mother home in the hopes of exorcising the evil from her in the same manner he did young Joshua.
Of course the attempt fails and well, Kyle is left having to face the fact that he has to let go of the past or let it forever consume him, but as he dealt with this mess, the show didn't completely stay in drama land, making sure to remind us that evil is lurking out there and it has some kind of a plan. If anything the surprises this go round when it comes to dark forces were subtle and disturbing ones to say the least. Animals splayed open in ritualistic fashion were discovered on one man's property deep in the woods, as was a camper that looks like animals tried to escape it but uh...it could be people that went mad in there as well. But the centerpiece surprise from this episode was Brent Spiner popping up with a mystery character yet to be named that delivered our final heartbreaking moment of the night.
He visited Sarah Barnes in the nursing home and spoke to the fact that Kyle's mother failed in her attempt to protect him or resist evil for that matter and we were treated to one last flashback this go round, where it turns out that Kyle was unconscious when the evil did indeed leave Sarah in the same manner it did Joshua. It was her injuries that left her in this state and there's just something awful in the fact that Kyle has no clue that he actually saved her. Either way, what a lovely little episode. It gave us quality insight into Kyle's life and why he is so broken and alone inside and to top it off, it set the stage in subtle fashion to what appears to be a battle brewing between good and evil and perhaps Kyle letting go now is perfect timing, because he'll be able to focus on the battle ahead, which no doubt involves the mystery man that visited Sarah. Should be interesting to see where next week takes us, until then.
Written by Scotty
With so many people living comfortably in their own ways, you might be surprised by how they are able to do it. Money can provide a nice, healthy way of living, but with real-estate prices being what they are and rents starting to skyrocket, there are very few alternatives to finding a safe place to live. No matter how or where you live, your home will be what you make of it and many people have figured this out since sometimes there does not seem to be enough money to make your dreams come true
Maya has had enough of her parents fighting and needs a change in her life. Running away from home to live with her boyfriend Dante, she is about to get a rude awakening of how people get by without money. Rolling up to his apartment building, she sees that the man in her life has been living rent free in a condemned building. Thinking that it is a sty, she gives it a chance and finds out that the only thing that makes a home livable is what is on the inside, or so she thinks.
With no maintenance being done on the building, everything that is flushed down the drains is not filtered. This normally would not be a problem since the building is condemned, but when the people living there are adding pieces of their lives to it, the cocktail being created in the septic system is becoming very strong. As the water is recirculated into the building, the tenants are being contaminated with everything that their friends have been tossing out. Everything is well and good until the drug dealer of the building leaves for a delivery and locks everyone inside. As the fear of being trapped takes over, the fight or flight drive takes over for the infected tenants and all hell breaks loose.
Not a bad little story and with so many different types of residents in the building, you are left to question how they all arrived there. Everyone is connected by the old pipes that run throughout the building and when the first tenant gets sick, it is a domino effect that overtakes the building in a fantastic manner. Watching the reactions of the residents as the infected start to turn on their loved ones has to be best part of the movie as nobody is safe from what is happening. Being locked in just adds the scares to this film, with no chance of getting out, everyone is forced to wait and see what happens, but time is a luxury that they cannot afford to waste. Stay Scared.