Written by Scott Edwards
Confronting something that you have done wrong in your life is one thing, but should you be held accountable for something that your family did many years ago? As grudges can be held onto for generations in family lines, it is easy to see that nobody will remember how it even started. If you want to continue it, since it may be a family tradition you can chose to do so, but it is easier to let things go that have nothing to do with you. Being your own person makes you something special and you should not be held to something you had nothing to do with.
Heading down to the Bayou to find out what happened to his friend Byron Cane, Hassan needs to find locals that are willing to open up to him about the area. After Byron killed himself, Hassan wants to understand what drove his friend to do so. Arriving at the old Oak House where the event took place, Hassan is able to get a little background from the painter that was staying there but runs out of information after the man flees for his life from the house. Knowing that there must be something strange happening the house, Hassan stays there to become closer to the situation, but has no idea what powers the house actually holds.
Getting in touch with Byron’s agent Thomas, Hassan finds out that the great writer was battling writer’s block and needed a place to get his creative juices flowing. Winding up at the old Oak House, Byron was starting to get some ideas about what to do for his next novel, but he was also getting strange feelings from the house. Trying to find out what could be driving these thoughts, Byron was drawn to the oak tree in the front yard for some reason, but had no idea why. Trying to find out if his family had some sort of ties to the house and talking to the local historians, Byron was let in on the curse of his family line and knew he had to find a way to fight it off. But it was too little too late when the voices became too strong for him to fend off and he took his own life.
Hassan has been able to find out some strange facts about the house, including the truth about an old myth that a young French Soldier was put to death in the front yard. As his questions start getting more pointed, he discovers that Byron is a descendant of the old LaMarque family that was very prevalent after the war, and was also responsible for sending the French Soldier to his death. With a shady history surrounding the home, there are also questions about the LaMarque family that he needs answered, but they are dying off faster than Hassan is able to find them. Getting a quick interview with Byron’s cousin Eliza, Hassan is shocked to hear that she killed herself the following day. Knowing that the curse is real, Hassan decides that he will have to find a way to keep it at bay for the other survivors, but that might be easier said than done as the LaMarque family is becoming smaller and smaller by the second.
Interesting story to say the least and I was curious about how it was all going to be pulled together. The movie did a good job in mirroring the timelines that were utilized, and while I don’t like that kind of storytelling in a movie, it did not bug me too badly. Watching as Hassan moves from person to person for the stories, it is great to see the reactions of those that he interviews when he fires off more pointed questions. I liked the documentary feel of the movie, even though you don’t get to see too much of the inside of the Oak House while he is staying there. With a family curse, Bayou secrets, a big oak tree, a ghost hell bent on revenge and one alligator, it is a fine study into a dead author’s life that even he did not want to be a part of. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Disasters, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, are a part of our lives. Be it man made tragedies, or mother nature reminding all of us we just live here, they will touch us in some way. Yet in our modern era, there has yet to be a major global disaster, one that threatens mankind's very existence. But if one were to arrive, there seems to be a consensus that it will come in the form of a pandemic of some kind.
Of course in the creative world that opens up many a possibility and if there is any topic that tops our fictional list of potential pandemics it is the resurrection of the dead. Yet one aspect of zombie lore that has yet to be explored in the genre is the actual effect on our world in the opening days of the pandemic. Sure, we have seen the aftermath or some of the beginning of the end through the eyes of survivors but never the scale of such a disaster. At least, not until World War Z.
Gerry Lane is a former United Nations operative who has finally left the chaos of the field for domestic life. That is until the world changes in the blink of an eye. Reports of outbreaks of Rabies and acts of violence turn out be something far worse, the dead are returning to life and man is their prey. These reanimated corpses are fierce, and a single bite will transform anyone in eleven seconds, giving them an incredible advantage and bringing mankind to the brink of extinction. In a last-ditch effort to find the source of the virus causing all of this to potentially find a cure, Gerry is forced to leave his family behind and search the globe for answers that may stop this pandemic before it is too late.
So, there are a few burning questions undoubtedly on your mind when it comes to this movie. Is it terrible? No. Is it going to leave you cheering when the credits roll? No. The film is just so-so, and with good reason, this is by no means a traditional zombie film, or a horror film for that matter. Truth is, this is a disaster movie that happens to use zombies as the disaster. But, the film gets major props for showing off what our world could look like if the dead were to rise and there are definitely chills that come from that.
Yet what hurts World War Z are a few things. For starters, fast corpses always baffle me and I really don't know how a dead creature can do all of the things that these ones do. They swarm and they leap and I just don't understand how that happens when well...they're dead. But that is the least of the film's concerns, what really made this film just ‘okay’ was one important element when it comes to zombie flicks...hopelessness. Now that's not to say hope has no place in the genre, but at no point did I feel the despair that comes with the end of the world that I usually experience when watching other zombie films.
It seemed like the answers were always there, and I do give the film credit for its solution to the zombie menace. But let's look at something important here. Death is a big deal. We fear it, yet we also welcome it. If a loved one is suffering from a terminal medical condition for months on end and they finally succumb to the illness we are relieved that their suffering has come to an end. On a more personal level death is the final page in a story of accomplishments for us. We work toward seeing that final page be filled with joy and satisfaction of a life lived to the fullest.
In the George Romero world of zombies and the vast majority of zombie stories, that is robbed from all of us. There is no peace in our end, no celebration because we become an abomination. It rocks the foundation of our society and that is how the zombies win. We are traumatized by the fact that one of the ideals we hold closest to us is removed from our way of life. That is what I mean by hopelessness. Despite the survivors’ plight, it is in a way...all in vain.
Not once did I feel that watching World War Z. Sure, people died, and I can even live without the blood and guts since it holds a PG-13 rating, but I can't handle the fact that there is limitless hope in a zombie film. Regardless, do check it out. Brad Pitt is outstanding as always as Gerry Lane and from a disaster film stand point, the movie does kick ass. Just check your love of zombies and the book at the door and you'll have a fine time.
Written by Scott Edwards
Now what kind of trip would be complete to the Stanley Hotel without watching their signature movie, The Shining? It is on repeat there nonstop all day and all night. Even though this is one of my favorite movies, I have never thought to write a review about why it seems to speak to me. I love the characters in this film and Kubrick did a fantastic job in his telling of the story that unlocked the fear and dread that being cut off from civilization could really cause.
Can solitude be a bad thing? No one will ever be able to answer that question for sure, except for maybe Jack Nicholson. Playing Jack Torrance in this classic movie, Jack seems to have many underlying issues that drive him to all out craziness. Although he seems to have the love of his wife and son Danny, that does not seem to be enough while taking over the caretaker duties at the Overlook hotel.
Now this movie does vary from the great King novel, but it was made to terrify the audience and for most people, plants coming to life doesn’t really seem to do that, even in the early eighties. If you have not read the book, or seen this movie you may want to do so before you read what I have to say with the spoilers that may persist.
Here is your brief summary of what happens in this great film. Jack Torrance, an out of work teacher is looking for a job that will provide him with money and time to work on his part time writing career. The Overlook Hotel reached out to this family man, even though he is an admitted alcoholic that has lost his job and almost his marriage due to his lack of control. Being sober for a time, Jack has regained the love of his wife and son, even after breaking his son’s arm in a fit of rage. With the family back together and on the same page, they are all brought up to take care of this majestic resort over the long winter. With the great storms that hit this region, they will be cut off from the outside world. The roads become blocked off and with an extra heavy snow, the phones go down as well.
With only a CB radio to communicate with the ranger's station, the family tries their hardest to make it through the long hard winter, but Jack seems to be getting more and more obsessed with his job of taking care of the hotel instead of focusing on his writing. With this obsession, he starts to take out all of his inner frustrations on the ones that he loves. The new-found hatred for his family starts off as verbal, but quickly escalates into physical threats when they are doing nothing but distracting him from what he is supposed to be doing. That is as far as I can go without giving spoilers galore. STOP now if you have not read the book or seen this movie.
So, what really grabbed my attention about this film, is how quickly the lack of companionship can really change a person’s state of mind. Growing up, I was more of a quiet person that never wanted or felt that I needed the attention of others. When seeing this put in movie form, I knew I would need to change my ways a bit. Watching the progression of Jack Torrance when put into the situation of being shut off from his old friends and vices, he tries to hold it together and admits to his imaginary bartender that he still loves his family, but is sick and tired of them trying to correct his way of doing things. ‘All Work and No Play Make Jack a Dull Boy’, sums this up nicely.
Trying to keep his focus on what is most important to him, taking care of the hotel and his writing, Jack seems fine. But once he is provoked, he does not have a way of controlling his urges to harm whomever is pressing his buttons. This could have been set off by being cut off from the world, his work being a failure in his own eyes, or a haunted hotel playing with his mind. It could be a combination of all three. What could really drive a person crazy, in my eyes, has to be an overall disappointment in one’s self. You combine that with the distrust you have with the ones you are living with and of course being in a place that is cut off from the world, who could you open up to then? If you don’t trust the ones you are with, you will never be able to voice your issues…and go crazy.
Now little Danny, Jack’s son, has a gift that is shown numerous times in the movie, the gift of The Shining. Some people Shine, and some people don’t. Danny is able to tell that there is something interesting at the Overlook Hotel, but is not able to put a finger on it. He is told that nothing in the hotel can hurt him and although the visions of the hotel’s tainted past are very lifelike, they seem to feed off of Danny's ability, growing stronger. These visions keep the boy at odds with his mother and father, and Danny’s defensive system kicks in, locking him out of his own mind, to not be harmed by the place that would drive someone with a weaker mind into madness.
Now Danny’s mother, Wendy Torrance, does not get tormented by this hotel, but she can feel the trouble brewing between her and her husband. Her husband snapping for no reason, she knows that she needs to protect her son and is looking for a way to escape the secluded location. Not knowing what her husband is capable of, she finds one problem after another leading up to the grand finale. With only her son’s well-being in mind, her mind is opened up to the torments of the Overlook Hotel and she is able to see what she could only assume is the evil that her husband has been exposed to.
My favorite character in this film is Dick Hallorann. The head of all of the staff at the Overlook. He, like Danny has the gift of the Shine. Knowing the secrets that the hotel holds, he warns the Torrance family that this is not a place for the weak and does his best to protect them from what could only be considered their impending doom. While he rests in his off season retreat in Florida, he receives a message via the Shine from young Danny that there is trouble on the horizon. Trying as hard as he can to get ahold of the family, Dick is met with resistance from the hotel. He rushes back to his home away from home to try to protect the family from the hotel and more so from themselves. His efforts are without fail, buying the innocents more time to escape the rage of their provider. Although Dick dies quickly, he is nonetheless a hero in my eyes.
Then you have the Overlook Hotel. I am not a person that likes to think that an inanimate object is a character, but in this movie, the Overlook should have been given the top billing. The hotel is or could be the key reason why people are drawn to madness. With its shady past, the Overlook has soaked up all of the years of hate and despair. The building could be much more alive than the people staying or working inside of it. The walls can talk, the rooms can come to life and the building can bleed. Although this can only be seen by the people that open themselves up to this torment, the Overlook is alive and looking for its next victim.
Could The Shining be one of the greatest movies ever? I think so. But that is all up to the viewers. There is nothing that should be changed about how this movie was made. To this day, I still happen to get a bit squeamish when seeing the two little girls standing in the hall, their voices in unison; ‘Come play with us Danny, forever and ever and ever.’ Although, I must admit if an offer like this, to be a winter caretaker of a grand resort ever arose for me to do, I would be more than willing take it. Let’s just hope that I don’t get snowed in.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. This iconic zombie film, a magnum opus if you will, captivated my imagination at an early age and it’s a film that I have revisited on home video countless times at this point. Yet oddly enough, up until this week, it is a motion picture that I have never been able to truly enjoy on the big screen.
Granted, I’ve seen it on the big screen, but was unable to truly relish in the experience. I was in a tough place personally at that point in time, where I was seriously trying to figure out how to end a horrible five-year relationship with the woman I was dating at the time and when something that big on is on your mind, you tend to use entertainment as an escape and not truly appreciate the wonder of the moment and that’s precisely what happened when I went to see it. It was cool, it was awesome, but part of my mind simply was not there.
But this week, the Alamo Drafthouse provided Romero fans with a screening of this epic film to honor his passing earlier this month and this time around…I was finally able to truly kick back and bask in the wonder of seeing this film on the big screen and my goodness…what a magical evening this turned out to be. There really is something magical about seeing one’s favorite films on the silver screen and for me, seeing Dawn with a clear mind took me right back to the first time I ever saw it. Suddenly the splatter was stomach churning again, the horror of it all was front and center and I even came to realize in the middle of the third act as Stephen and Peter fought the raiders in the mall, that my heart was racing from the intensity of it all.
Yet what I truly appreciated about this special viewing, was the sheer fact that it spoke to the film’s legacy in that, it is truly a visceral experience for the ages. I heard folks laughing heartily during the film’s more comical moments. I heard gasps of air when the dead feasted upon warm human flesh and most importantly, the audience slipped into silence, for the most part, once the film made its dark turn into the titular and powerful third act and any chuckles I did hear at that point were uncomfortable ones in relation to the horrors that were unfolding on the screen.
However, having seen Dawn of the Dead so many times with awe or rose-colored glasses if you will, the age of the film has escaped me, but it was fitting to hear the audience chuckle at bell bottoms that went on for days, or the strangeness of seeing a pregnant woman smoke a cigarette without a care in the world. But despite those antiquated moments, this whole experience was a blast. It made me wonder if the audiences lucky enough to see this film in 1979 in a theater had a similar response of joy and terror and I cannot thank the Alamo Drafthouse enough for paying respect to Mister Romero one last time by letting all of us bask in his finest work and I’m glad I finally got to truly appreciate this film on the silver screen, the way George intended for it to be seen…
Written by Scott Edwards
As technology continues to grow and evolve, it is amazing to see what comes out next. But we should be careful when creating all of these advancements as a real functioning artificial intelligence system is not too far off. What if we give the computers a mind of their own and they decide that the human race is not safe? I am sure that there will be failsafe’s in place, but when the machines are already smarter than us, they will be able to bypass them very quickly. I hope the top minds behind this have thought about what can happen when they push the button, because plenty of the world will be watching and eventually fearing for their lives.
A year after a virus overtook the scientists at X-Corp, the world has fallen into shambles. As cyborgs and patrol drones move throughout the landscape looking for new bodies to infect, small groups of survivors have found a way to live on, but that is far from enough. Knowing that every day might be their last, they also have to worry about supplies and food as well. When those start running out, they have to find some sort of way to get more and any place where provisions are available is where the cyborgs like to hang out.
While on a scouting run, Spears notices that she is on the radar for one of the drones flying overhead. Pulling off the road and covering up, she watches as one of the cyborgs corners a man and a woman in the middle of nowhere. Seeing the woman killed and the man collected, she investigates the site and finds a computer drive that says Kilmore and believes that the man she just saw get carted away is the mind behind the computer revolt. Taking the drive back to her Colonel, the group breaks into it and find out that it is the real deal. Wanting to find a way to put an end to the cyborg uprising, the Colonel sends his troops out to pick up Kilmore from the machines, but they are over matched.
With everyone dying during or after the raid, Kilmore is able to help shine some light on the situation, especially the fact that he was not killed by the bots when the revolution took place. Walking the group through what he knows, Spears digs deeper into his computer drive to find out how the machines have been able to continue winning so far. With a signal that over takes the human brain, anyone that is plugged into one of the cyborg’s helmets will do what the interface says and the only way to stop them is to take the head off or turn off the system that is generating the signal. As both seem to be viable options, the latter is on the radar of the survivors, but when they are ready to make their way to the first transponder, their base is hit and they are forced to leave without all of their supplies. Under manned, outgunned and out of ideas, Kilmore knows how to shut down the mainframe, but with an endless number of cyborgs hunting for him and the troops, it will be a battle until the end, or until the last human is disposed of.
People versus cyborgs that are part human and machine, what could be better? Getting into this movie I started getting the end of the world vibe that Resident Evil was putting out and while some of the story seemed to mirror it, there was a change as well as these were cyborgs and not zombies. These cyborgs have been retro fitted with everything that they would need to defeat the humans in their paths, so it seems like a fight that humanity will never win. But there is no replacing the human spirit that is showcased in the movie, so people always have a chance to survive to fight another day and when you have Danny Trejo shooting things, well, you always have a chance. With plenty of action, bullets, blood, running, explosions, cyborgs and a special message from the President of the United States, it is just a fun ride down the ‘what if’ lane for if and when we let our technology get the better of us. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
I don't often watch documentaries to be honest. They are usually biased with an opinion or agenda if you ask me, so if by chance I do sit down to watch one, it is because it is either about something incredible that has happened in our world or in this case, about a topic that completely interests me. In fact, this is a documentary I've been meaning to write about for some time now because The American Nightmare is one hell of a feature.
It's excellent because you will find no bias here, no opinion or agenda, just seventy-three minutes celebrating the wonder of the horror films of the late 1960's and the entirety of the 1970's. But it goes above and above a mere retrospective, since it looks at how often times horror's success is directly related to the state of our society and believe it or not, it has more to offer in addition to that.
On top of pointing out the ties that bind us when it comes to horror, you'll find rare vignettes that break down some of the most influential horror films of the era. Now when I say break down, this picture pulls no punches, taking its time to tie Dawn of the Dead or Shivers, for example, to specific themes and events of the times, demonstrating how films that we didn't think provided us with social commentary instead were filled to the brim with it.
Yet while a piece by piece breakdown of horror's finest offerings is enjoyable enough on its own, The American Nightmare goes farther, taking the time to speak to the men behind the camera. George Romero, Tom Savini, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, John Landis and David Cronenberg are all interviewed in this feature and each and every one of them take the time to speak not only of their films but what influenced them while making them and at times...what scares them.
It's an incredible look behind the scenes at films that have terrified so many of us and it is handled in such a unique manner that I am stunned this magnificent documentary didn't see a wider release in theaters. In fact, the only place it can be found now is on DVD and I was lucky enough to snag a copy from a local shop a few years ago. But if you're a horror fan, buy it, it really is worth it to see the passion of these filmmakers first hand and to really get a good understanding of how much horror is truly made from the fabric of our daily lives...all it takes is the stuff of nightmares.
Written by Scott Edwards
When you’re on a trip to anywhere, if you want to know more about the area, your tour guide can make or break your trip. Needing to have all of the answers to your questions about the area, they must also be a strong people person, or the message that they are delivering may fall short on many of their guests. They also hold the keys to your safe passage, and while that does not seem to matter when traveling in the states, when you go overseas, it is very important as borders are monitored more frequently. Your tour guide has your life in their hands, so hopefully, they are looking to only deliver the good and not looking to take advantage of you and your downfalls.
Being figured out that she is not who she said she is, Jennifer is trying to find a way to stay ahead of the police on her trip out of Amsterdam. Seeing a tour bus that will be hitting up some of the famous landmarks in Holland, it might be best that she is able to get on it and keep a low profile. While she does not have a ticket, the tour guide gets her one and she is ready for a very memorable trip. With a hodgepodge of passengers from all over the world on the bus, she knows that not one of them will be looking for her for any reason whatsoever.
Waking up from a nap where she dreams about her past once again, she looks out the front window of the bus and yells at the driver to stop. Seeing a man in the middle of the road, Jennifer is afraid that they hit him, but not being able to find a body anywhere around the bus, she appears to be going crazy. Not having any more of her pills, Jennifer will have to fight her demons on her own for the trip and the battle starts early as since the bus is not able to start back up. With bad weather moving in, the group will need to stay on the bus to avoid it, but someone will need to try and get some help so that they are not stuck in the middle of nowhere all night.
Seeing a mill in the distance, Jennifer volunteers to take the trek in the dark to try and get someone to help. Being accompanied by a military man, Jackson, the two make their way through the wooded area, but find out that they are not alone. Seeing Jackson get killed by a burned giant, Jennifer runs back to the bus and to her chagrin, the killer follows her. As the bus gets knocked into a ditch, the group of tourists are forced off and decide to make their way to the mill as well, at least to stay warm until help arrives. Little do they know however that all of their past sins will be put front and center as the legend of the Hendrik Miller comes to light and he is hungry for their souls.
A little bit of a different story than what I originally expected, when I thought that this would be a straight-out slasher movie, it actually does a good job of informing us that the sympathy we should feel these people is not necessary and they deserved what was coming to them. With everyone running from their own pasts, there are only two innocents on the bus that will pose a problem for the demon miller, but he has his earthly helper to get rid of them. With all of the flashbacks, you get to see each person face their sins and their respective punishment one at a time, so you are left to decide if they got what was coming to them or not. With plenty of flashbacks, a demon miller, an abandoned windmill and plenty of sinner’s blood, it is a good storyline that will keep you glued to the screen as you get to see all of the sinners pay for what they have done. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Everybody makes lists of people they do not like when growing up, it is just something that we do. Either it’s full of bully’s names or people that just treated you like crap and while nothing usually comes from these lists, what if something did? It is an interesting thought that if you wrote someone’s name down that something bad could actually happen to them and while it seems impossible, it is what Death Note is here to show you.
It’s just a normal day at school as Light Turner is sitting alone on a bench and collecting payments for doing his classmates’ homework. But there is something different about this day in Seattle as a huge gust of wind comes out of nowhere and blows the Death Note book in his direction. Not knowing what this is, Light bags the book as rain starts to fall and he makes his way back into the building. Seeing that all is not well as Mia is starting to get into it with a bully, Light takes a punch and winds up in the principal’s office for cheating. While in detention, Light opens up his new book and all hell breaks loose in the classroom as he is introduced to his new friend Ryuk who has an offer for the young man that he cannot resist.
Hearing the bully outside picking on an innocent classmate, all Light has to do is write down his name and method of death and Ryuk will do all the rest. Watching as the threat is no more, Light knows the next person that will be on his list as he is looking for revenge. Hearing that the man who killed his mother died while eating dinner, Light tries to read all of the rules of the Death Note, but his new apple loving friend Ryuk is more than happy to explain them to him. Not being forced to do anything that he does not feel comfortable with, Ryuk is more than happy to find another suitor for the book, but Light needs time to think, because with this power, he could make the world a better place.
Getting a visit from Mia in the gym, Light tries to blame her for him getting in trouble, but that is not the only thing he has to say. Admitting to killing the bully and being shot down for saying such a thing, he decides to show Mia his newfound power. Finding a hostage situation in the city, Light pulls out his pen and writes a little story about how the hostage taker dies and the two watch on the live feed as the events quickly unfold. Seeing that Light can do something so much better for the world, Mia decides that she wants in on the plan and the two come up with a list of names of the worst of the worst that the world will be better off without.
But killing people without a cause seems to be pointless, so the two decide to have the name Kira attached to all of these violent deaths. Seeing that someone is now taking credit for the killings, L is called in on the case and being one of the finest detectives in the world, is able to pinpoint where the killer is living. Joining Light’s father on the police task force to take down this new threat, L can easily connect the dots and finds out that the boy is behind it all. Trying to talk Light down from continuing, L knows that he will be a target, but is safe since he has not released his real name. As the two try to fight each other off, there will be losses on both sides, but the power of the pen cannot be silenced as Light comes up with a plan to take out his newest foe.
Knowing only what I saw in the trailers about this movie, I was very impressed with this movie as the pacing and the storyline were very solid. Also, all of the actors did a great job bringing the characters from the page to life and I loved their light-hearted interactions. Only covering one side of the story, I must admit that I was afraid of Mia as she saw what was happening with the book and wanted to get rid of anyone that got in her way. Ryuk did not seem that frightening as the movie played on, as he continued to eat his apples and tried to give Light direction on what to do next. With plenty of deaths, a moral dilemma, revenge, absolute power, a love story and a Death God, it is really a good story that makes you wonder what you would do if given the same power. Finding out that this is based off of an anime series, here is your warning, it is not the same and you probably will not like it as much as I did. If you are going in blind as I did and watch it as a normal movie, you will find yourself pleasantly impressed. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It seems like everyone is always trying to find the easiest way to get out of a bad situation. But when you think about it and what else you can do; the alternatives may be better than what you initially think. If there is an opportunity that presents itself to you and you continue to not take it, you may be too afraid to move on. Give yourself every chance to move on, within reason of course, or you will be stuck in the situation that you want to run away from and just remember that an opportunity passed on is one you may never get back.
With her home life in shambles, Rocky wants to take her little sister out of her mother’s house and give her the life that she deserves. Being a small-time thief, Rocky, her boyfriend Money and friend Alex have a line on a perfect score if they are able to do things right. Reading about a blind war veteran that got a massive payout following the death of his daughter, the group believes that the money has to be somewhere in the house and should be easy pickings. But what they don’t know what is waiting in the house for them when they finally arrive.
Staking out the old man for a few days, Money and his friends take note that the neighborhood is abandoned with the exception of their target. As everything is starting to fall into place, the group gain access to the house easily and try to gas the blind man to keep him sleeping while they fulfill their nasty need of getting the cash. As Money has brought a gun on this robbery attempt, he makes sure to use it to gain access to the downstairs, but before he is able to get through the door, the blind man wakes up and is able to stop the intruder dead in his tracks. Not being able to pick up on how many people may be in his house, the blind man starts to work on disposing of the freshly killed body while Alex and Rocky make their way to the cash.
Getting in to the safe and finding that there is much more money than expected, the two are ready to make a break for it, but the blind man catches on that there are more people in his house and is ready to make them pay. Locking all of the doors, Rocky and Alex are trapped in the house and while they can just lie in wait, they decide to try and find another way out as quickly as possible. Heading down to the cellar, the two stumble upon a woman locked up in restraints and find out that the blind man is not only rich and dangerous, but trying to give his own sort of justice to those that cross his path.
This movie kind of sits in the middle of the road for me, it had so much going for it before you found out the twist about the blind man and then things just started getting strange. I really did like the premise of the movie, as you are trying to root for Rocky and her friends to accomplish their goal, but until I found out what the blind man was doing in his basement, I was going for him, because he is a bad ass. Overall, the movie played very well, even though you may not know who to root for while things spiral out of control for Rocky, Alex and Money. I will say that I am not a huge fan of the ending of the movie, because you should never set up a sequel that way, but I am sure that the studio had a hand in that. With darkness, a locked down house, lack of police, a veteran bad ass and a lack of common sense, this movie will amaze and confuse you at the same time while the robbers find out that they have bitten off more than they can chew. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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I have to admit that when I settled in to watch last night’s season one finale of The Mist, I was filled with anticipation. After all, if there’s one thing I’ve been waiting for with baited breath when it comes to this series, it’s been for the story to simply let loose in incredible fashion and deliver a tale that holds nothing back, allowing for sheer terror and disturbing moments to come to the forefront of this saga and thankfully, ‘The Tenth Meal’ did not disappoint when it comes to that.
Because this episode delivered on all those things, in ways quite frankly that I didn’t expect. Case in point…the surprisingly twisted fact we learned about Alex and Jay, in that…Sheriff Heisel is Alex’s real father which means that yes, for some time now Alex has been attracted to her half-brother and that’s an uncomfortable twist that I didn’t expect the show to bring to fruition in the slightest, but kudos to it for throwing caution to the wind and going with it regardless, and that was really the beginning when it comes to the wild places that this episode went.
Since in addition to that surprising turn, we were also witness to the final evolution of the madness in the mall, since Gus was more than willing to let the Sheriff have access to his son in order to complete his plans to have Eve and Alex exiled from the mall and when that titular moment arrived, well it was nothing short of a horror show. Mob mentality ruled, and any shred of humanity all but disappeared as everyone in the mall thirsted to watch Alex and Eve suffer a horrible death within the confines of The Mist, which is what made the end of this storyline so supremely satisfying.
Because eventually Kevin and Mia were caught up in the madness, and also forced out of the mall, a move that saw the end of Jay and the realization from his father that he made a terrible mistake in following Mrs. Raven’s rantings, all before Kevin…exacted some powerful revenge. He took his ride and slammed it into the main doors of the mall, letting The Mist in and the resulting carnage that came from that was nothing short of spectacular. Everyone’s worst fears came to life, and ugly people were punished in a poetic way for their actions and perhaps the most satisfying death of all when it comes to this, belonged to Mrs. Raven…who finally found her peace in the midst of this chaos.
But while this episode had an opportunity to follow the path of the book and end the story in ambiguous fashion, it once again took us for a left turn by leaving us with a pair of wonderful cliffhangers. One unresolved thread left Jonah and his subordinate on their way back to Arrowhead with a badly bruised and beaten (and unfortunately alive) Adrian in tow, leaving us with more questions than answers when it comes to Jonah’s identity, and of course I have to make mention of those final moments of the episode where we discovered that the military is feeding The Mist with what appears to be some unlucky prisoners.
In the end, however…I really did enjoy this episode. It wrapped up several plot threads in neat and tidy fashion, all while setting the stage for a second season. I love the fact that the mystery of The Mist continues to grow since feeding it is quite the interesting twist to the mythos and that also implies that the world may indeed be thriving and chugging along beyond The Mist’s reach. Either way, I’m quite happy this series found its proverbial stride as the season progressed and it would seem from this finale, that if The Mist gets a second season, it’s going to take us to some supremely disturbing places. So, here’s to hoping season two gets the green light and we get to see exactly what this series is capable of…