Written by Scott Edwards
There are so many things that can go wrong when living or working on a beach. As the water levels start to rise, under tows can become more dangerous and you will not know where the waterline will finally stop. There are also creatures in the ocean that most people never want to see in their lifetime, especially sharks. When migration patterns start to change and the sharks are able to locate a new source of food, they make sure to stick around, but little do people know that when sharks are exposed to radiation, that their bodies absorb it and they can turn into a feeding nuclear bomb.
It’s just a normal day and the lifeguards on La Jolla beach are in high spirits, all except for Kaplan who has been sidelined with a busted up knee. Now on drone detail, Kaplan will do anything to get back into the water and save lives, but his boss will not let that happen. When spotting a woman drowning, Kaplan gets the wise idea to hook a life vest up to the drone and get it to her before it is too late. Making the save, Kaplan is reprimanded by his boss, but knowing that he did the right thing and saved a life, he would do it again in a heartbeat.
While walking the water line, Gina is noticing burned up fish washing up ashore. Not knowing what is causing this she wants to find answers since she is going to school to be marine biologist. With little to no belief that what she is seeing is real, none of her peers foresee a problem with it, but there is something new in the water that the group has never seen before. When returning from a waterskiing trip without his customer, Rottger tells the police that there is a new red shark swimming around off the coast, but when the police don’t take the report seriously, Gina does. Wanting to know more about what he has seen, Rottger walks away from the situation leaving her answerless. But that does not last for long as the shark is hungry and looking for it’s next meal.
After seeing a red shark jump onto a boat and cause it to catch fire, Kaplan and Gina know that they are up against something new that has never been seen before. With the help of a couple internet vloggers, the group is able to catch the footage that they need to prove the coastline is in danger, but it is confiscated by the government before they are able to post it. When sitting down for lunch, Gina’s Geiger counter starts going off when there is nothing around that should be causing it to. Seeing that the fish has been dosed with radiation, the group leaves the restaurant before it goes up in flames. With everything becoming a cover-up, the group has to find a way to make sure the world knows what they are up against, but when they are not able to get an decent footage of the radioactive shark, they will have to do the next best thing, destroy it before it becomes the first atomic bomb to explode off of the California coast.
If there is a shark out there that possesses the power of the atomic bomb and IS an atomic bomb, I may never go near the ocean again. Talk about the worst of both worlds, a shark that will eat you and make you radioactive in doing so, there is no coming back from that even if you get away from it. The comedy in this movie was spot on and while Kaplan is your main source of it, there are plenty of one liners that will leave you smiling. With the use of social media and drones, this movie does show how dependent some people are on them, even when their lives are in danger and especially at the beach. I cannot get over the finale of this movie, it was epic and when one thing after another starts to go wrong, the saying ‘When it rains, it pours’ really comes to mind. It is a heck of a ride and might leave you wondering if the government will try to cover this up, what else are they hiding from us. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Have you ever wanted to be able to forget something from your past? Sure, we all have. But it is not as easy as turning a switch to make it disappear, and most of the time even when you think you have forgotten it, it comes right back up. When this happens, most people try to adjust their memories, not forget it entirely, but change a couple aspects of it so it no longer hurts when they think about it. Although this can be done, it takes years to accomplish and such a move may be worse for you than facing what you are trying to forget from your past.
After moving to his new practice, psychiatrist Peter Bower is ready to start his life over again, but there seems to be something strange about his patients that were been referred to him by his doctor, Duncan. While his patients seem to be stuck in the past, Peter thinks that there is something strange following him, but when Elizabeth Valentine comes to visit him, he knows that something is completely off. Without saying a word in his office, Elizabeth seems to need help, but when Peter tries to do something for her, she runs away, but leaves him a note with only numbers on it.
Thinking little of this, Peter tries to go on with his troubled life. Thinking about how he lost his daughter and how much life has changed since then, he sees Elizabeth in his office once again, but this time she almost dies in his arms. Disappearing when he tries to call for help, Peter thinks that he is going mad, but starts to research the names of all of his patients and discovers they all share a disturbing similarity. Finding out that they all died on the same date in 1987, Peter takes this news to Duncan for an explanation, but since Duncan is the one that referred them all to Peter, he comes to realize that he has been dealing with a ghost. Tracking where all of his patients used to live, Peter follows the train tracks that they must have traveled on and it leads him back to his childhood home.
When arriving there, Peter and his father pick up where they left off after Peter’s daughter died. Going around town, Peter finds his old childhood friend Barry drinking in the bar and wants to talk to him. Wanting to come clean about what happened back in 1987, Peter has to clear his conscience and hopefully the ghosts will leave him alone. Even though Barry is against it, Peter goes along with his plan and tells Constable Henning his story and leaves his best friend out of it. But the ghosts continue to come after Peter and now they are getting more violent towards him. With more research on his part and Constable Henning at his side, the two are searching for the truth of what happened on that terrifying night that claimed the lives of forty seven souls that Peter has put on his shoulders for so many years.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this movie, but Netflix said I would like it and they very rarely steer me wrong. Even though it is started out a bit slow, it was apparent that Peter had demons of his own that he needed to face and his sessions with Doctor Duncan led you a bit deeper into his mind than expected. I was blown away by the fact Peter was able to leave his wife at home, alone, when he went back to his childhood home, as she was heavily medicated. The effects were pretty good and the jump scares are effective, along with a decent storyline that leads you to an ending that you did not want to see coming. Not a bad movie at all and I am impressed with the cast they were able to secure for it, since you have a couple big names that do a fantastic job. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
I am a huge fan of superstitions. I grew up trying to avoid every crack in the sidewalk for fear that it would break my mother’s back. I would not shave when on a long hit streak when I played baseball and I would never talk about anything that was going good for me at the time, because that would jinx it and I would be back to square one. But these are just a few of the superstitions out there and there are so many more and even though they may not be as well known, they are nonetheless there and if one person believes it, it has the power to come true for anyone.
Casey Beldon is having strange dreams that she cannot explain, but with the help of her good friend Romy, she can slightly start to understand what they might mean. While babysitting, Casey gets the update on her dreams when she hears one of the kids wandering around upstairs. Arriving in the baby’s room, she sees young Matty holding a mirror over his little sister and when Casey tries to intervene, she gets hit in the eye with it. Thinking little about what has just happened, Casey is in for a world of change and it is not only noticeable to her, but to her friends as well.
When one of Casey’s eyes starts to change color and she is seeing strange things head on, she knows that there is something wrong. Getting her eyes checked, she finds out that she may have a sibling that she has not known about. When questioning her father about it, she finds out that she had a brother in the womb, but he never survived, but the more disturbing fact to her is that his nickname was Jumby and that is the name that little Matty has been yelling at her for the past couple days. Still determined to learn more about what is happening to her, Casey is able to locate an elderly woman who might actually have some answers.
Sofi Kozma is loving life in her retirement home until Casey comes to ask her questions. After throwing the young girl out on her first visit, Sofi invites Casey back for a long conversation. Being a survivor of the holocaust with her twin brother, Sofi knows of something darker that has been plaguing the world that nobody every questions; The Dybbuk, an evil spirit that preys on mainly on twins as they get older. While Sofi lost her brother to the beast at a young age, she knows that it can get powerful enough to take over an adult as well. Knowing that something strange is happening to her, Casey takes the old woman’s words to heart, but she is the only one and finding a priest or rabbi that can help her release this demon may be more difficult than expected.
One of the things that I focus on when watching a movie is the story. You can have a cast of unknowns running around on the screen and if the story is good, the movie will also turn out to be good. But when the story takes twists and turns and does not stay consistent, you have an issue. While the cast of the movie was great, and the effects were good with a dead little boy that will terrorize your dreams every single time he appears on the screen, it is not enough to make up for a weak storyline. It seems like they were trying to do too much in this movie by covering so many different legends and superstitions, if they would have just picked one and stayed with it throughout, this might have gone down as one of the best horror movies to ever grace the silver screen. Sometimes when it comes to making a horror movie, less can be better, especially if you are trying to get a point across. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
I have always been fascinated by Europe for one reason, the history that surrounds the region. With so many places that I wish to visit, Paris currently tops the list. I know everybody is filled with wonder that this would be my choice, the city of love, I mean, what would Scotty do there? I actually would love to go to the underground and explore the catacombs underneath the city and get a feel for what it means to be in the presence of over six million lost souls. Yeah, that is what I would want to do in Paris when I go, that and also learn some words in French so I could yell them at people when I got back home.
Traveling to Paris to visit her sister, Victoria has completely left her comfort zone. Suffering from anxiety, she has to keep a close eye on what is happening around her, along with her pills. Meeting her sister Carolyn at the airport, Victoria has no idea what will be happening later on in the night. Arriving at the cheap loft apartment where Carolyn lives, she starts telling a story of what happened there back in the day with grisly murders taking place. As Victoria starts to envision the deaths in the lofts, her sister sees that not much has changed from their youth, Victoria is still a push over.
With a party being held that night, Victoria wants to pass, but is convinced by Carolyn and her friends that it is a night that she will never forget. Getting to an entrance to the catacombs, Victoria does not know what she has gotten herself into, but when getting to the actual party, she can see why so many people like to attend. With the party never being held in the same spot twice, the vastness of the catacombs keeps the party goers out of trouble with the law and is rarely interrupted. Listening to Jean Michele talk about the reason why he puts on the parties, Victoria is drawn away from her fear of the dark, as long as she can be near him.
Leaving the main floor to a little retreat with Carolyn’s friends, Victoria listens to the stories about the catacombs and how people come down and never make it back to the surface, but that is not the true scare for her as she hears about a man that was born in the depths of the city and has only been trained to kill and feast off of the mortal body. Thinking this is just a legend, Victoria finds out first hand that this goat head wearing monster is real as he kills her sister right in front of her. Trying to get help, Victoria is able to locate the party, but the police arrive at the same time and she gets lost in the craziness. Wandering around on her own, Victoria runs into another lost individual trying to get back to the surface as well. But there is something different about this Henry that she is now traveling with, although Victoria cannot seem to get a handle on it yet. Searching the tunnels for many hours and running from the dark that is closing in, Victoria needs to find a way to safety before she becomes a permanent resident of the catacombs herself.
I have been told several times to watch this movie by my friend and it finally showed up on one of my many channels. So yes, I do take advice on what to watch, especially if they give me a warning about what happens. This is a solid little movie, and the one thing that kept it going was the story. I really liked seeing how Victoria had to leave her comfort zone and when she no longer had the anxiety medicine to keep her calm, she pretty much kept it together. Henry was a great counterpart for Victoria, not only because he was in search of the same thing she was, but because he made her open her eyes to what the catacombs actually hold and can do to people. I enjoyed this movie maybe a little too much and now I really want to get into the Paris underground, but might need to bring a GPS or something so I can get out alive. Stay Scared!
Written by Scott Edwards
For many people, friendships seem to be easy to maintain, but for so many others, there are questions that never really seem to be answered. While you think that your friendship is strong and nothing will break it up, you will find that what goes unsaid no matter what it is can be viewed as betrayal. It is important to keep an open line of communication in any relationship so nobody is surprised at what is going to happen next. Secrets do not make friends, but s’mores and campfires are a good way to keep them.
While trying to recruit some new scouts for their troop, Ben and Carter are starting to get fed up with the practice. Being in high school and being a scout does not seem to be helping them achieve popularity, but their buddy Augie loves it and they do not want to do anything to take away from their friendship with him. After Augie lost his father, it seems like scouts was the only think keeping him going and with Scout Leader Rogers at the helm, nothing will keep the group from breaking up. Being the night Augie gets a new badge, the boys are ready to have another good time in the woods, but Carter is looking for something more out of life.
Hitting a deer on the way to the camp site, Ben and Carter discuss why they are still doing what they are doing in scouts and both agree that it is time to ditch it and move on. While changing their tire, the two see Carter’s sister and her friends and Carter is surprised that he has gotten the invite to the final party of the year. Knowing that they can make their friend Augie happy at the camp out and sneak out to the party, the two are ready to enjoy a little bit more of their high school year without worrying about the consequences. But when trying to leave the camp site, Augie sees them skipping out on him and is ready to call it a friendship and move on in his own way.
What’s done is done and Ben and Carter head back into town to see that the streets are empty with nobody around. Thinking it is strange, the two see that the strip club is open and sneak in for a free show. But there is something different about the feel in the club and when Ben sees the first stripper take to the pole, he knows there is something up. Trying to bite her clients, the stripper seems to be infected by something that the boys have never seen before and when running into an old classmate that dropped out of high school, Denise knows exactly what is happening around the town. Needing to find a way to escape the clutches of the flesh eaters, Ben, Carter and Denise have short sighted plans in mind, but will need to amp them up when they find out that the government has made marked the area for destruction when not everyone has been evacuated yet.
Being a former scout, this movie really struck a nerve for me and in a very good way. Showing that all scouts are just not nerdy, but a help to the community is just fantastic and it's something that seems to get lost in translation these days. Watching as the boys grow up in the movie and get past their issues with each other’s actions, they know what is most important to them and the community. The addition of Denise to the group is just the icing on the cake as she can handle her own against the undead looking to make a meal out of her and she is able to inspire the boys to be the best that they can be. I won’t lie, there is a good theme to this movie and the acting is surprisingly good, but I wanted more zombies. You have seen in the past the barriers that have been taken down for this great genre and while you think you have seen everything, I guarantee that you have not until you have seen this movie. Comedy, strippers, blood, exploding heads, hot chicks and scouts to the rescue, you may forget that this is kind of a horror movie as well. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Fear the Walking Dead is a show that is always at its finest when it decides to go to the darkest corners of our imagination and our humanity. Those places where our own kind uncover a twisted way to make it through a world that has collapsed, and discover that incredible cruelty will serve them well in a world without rules. It's something unfortunately we have only seen in scattered form from the series and it's something that needed to make a comeback, considering last week's strange decisions with character development.
So in order to repair the damage done from that odd move with Madison, darkness reigned supreme on last night's episode, 'Date of Death', which turned out to be a tale where a father and son came to realize that they were on two different paths in the new world and one where a difficult and painful decision was made from that realization, one that will no doubt haunt Travis for quite some time, but before we get too deep into that choice and what it will mean going forward, let's take a moment and discuss how the series dealt with the silliness of transforming Madison from capable leader to a blubbering and bumbling mother, and her poor choice to flip on the hotel's lights in the middle of the night.
It turns out that she created a beacon of hope for so many as the gates were quickly swarmed by people desperate to find food and shelter and her consequence for this choice, was the sheer regret of having to look these poor people in the eye and see their suffering first hand and engage in the decision to either let them in or force them to move on. That decision it seems, was a difficult one to make, that is until Travis showed up and was promptly let into the complex. So more or less, having Madison snap in that strange fashion, served as nothing more than a plot device and while that's still disappointing...it's forgivable because what came next was a tour de force in storytelling.
Because while Madison was happy to see her husband, he was distant, distracted and broken, and when pressed about the whereabouts of his son, he only seemed to become more agitated before finally revealing to his wife that he 'had no choice' when it came to Chris and with a little trip back in time, we were able to discover just what happened at the farm shortly after the younger Manawa put a bullet into the poor farmer trying to figure out why a bunch of people were invading his farm house. It turns out that in those precious moments after the gun fight Travis was able to think quickly and save James' life when it came to the gunshot wound he suffered to his leg, stitching it shut and stabilizing the young man.
It seemed for a moment that saving James allowed everyone to forget about what transpired to earn James that wound in the first place, until Travis confronted Chris about his actions, demanding to know where his son's head was at and well, Chris flat out didn't seem to care much about what he had done. He truly saw it as a matter of kill or be killed and in this new world, those were the rules and nothing was going to change his mind about it. Not to mention, it was clear there was a certain sense of joy he got from the act, a thrill that seemed to surge through his veins and the confidence that came with that, led to a chilling moment where he pointed out that his father had done enough by saving James to stay in the group's good graces...for the moment.
Of course, it didn't take long for that gratitude to fade, because after a week of tearing through the convenient food supplies on the farm, the boys grew restless and decided it was time to head back to the good ol' U.S. of A. and take James with them, but the young man simply wasn't physically ready, leading to the group to discuss the last option left on the table...putting James down. It was a move that Travis was in no way good with and after a stunning moment where he proved to the group just how far he's willing to go to save a life, he stayed with James, only to learn that his attempt to let the young man heal safely was a waste of time when his own son deceived him, allowing for the other boys to come in...and kill their own friend. In the wake of that awful moment, as the boys prepared to leave, Travis pleaded with his son one last time to stay with him...and was immediately brushed off as Chris informed his father, that he was simply too weak and unwilling to do what it takes to survive in a world like this to be near his own flesh and blood.
It was a powerful and stunning act to see him leave his father like that and say what he needed to say, yet...we all know that Chris is absolutely wrong. He's consumed with blood lust and happy to let his anger at past events control his future, reinforcing that Travis was right all along and his actions were a beautiful counterbalance to the ugly acts that poured out of his son. After all, he paid respect to the dead, finding the farmer's ID and properly putting a name on his makeshift headstone, he risked his own life in order to keep James safe and even until that final moment with Chris, he tried desperately to inspire the young man, to show him there was a better way, and while he was unable to sway Chris...he succeeded in inspiring Madison to make every moment count, since she was able to finally tell her daughter the truth about what really happened to her father.
However, one has to wonder now if Travis can recover from this moment since it is tearing his soul to pieces bit by bit and all he can think about now his how he firmly believes that he failed as a father, and failed to honor his wife's dying wish to protect their son, and judging from the final moments of the episode...his sorrow may only grow. Because before the screen faded to black, we were treated to the image of more refugees coming to the gates, including the boys that Chris was happy to travel with...without Chris to be seen anywhere, and the mystery of what happened to the young man will hopefully be resolved in next week's two hour season finale. But in the here and the now, this was one hell of an episode, one that took us to some incredibly dark places and one that served as a reminder that Travis has it right...every life is precious and valuing that, is the only way forward when the world has fallen to pieces. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
A child’s imagination can be vast and go many places where their parents refuse to go. Everyone had an invisible friend when growing up, that is just a part of life, but sometimes the friend takes it too far. When not being able to control this, parents have to try and prove that the person is not there to ensure that their children understand the difference between real and make-believe. But when a parent is not able to distinguish this line in their own mind, they are doing their child more harm than good.
Amelia has been having a hard time caring for her son Samuel, especially since she is going at it alone. As Samuel starts to act out at school, Amelia does not know how to keep him in line any longer and decides to keep him at home. But things do not go the way she imagines as she finds a book called 'Mister Babadook' in his room. Reading this book and seeing the disturbing images on the pages frighten Samuel, and even though she is able to calm him down, he is starting to see the Babadook in the shadows when he is trying to sleep.
As both mother and son are sleep deprived, Amelia tries to reach out to her sister for help, but Claire does not want anything to do with Samuel since he has problems. Needing to get medication to calm them both down, Amelia finds out that the Babadook is real and has been let in to the house. As her attitude begins to change about her only child, Amelia lashes out at the boy for everything that he does. Knowing that the Babadook has taken over his mother, Samuel does everything in his power to keep her safe from herself. But the Babadook is getting stronger within his mother and he must find a way to release it before something bad happens to anyone else that does not know what is going on.
This is one of those movies that you will love or you will hate, there is no in between it seems. I have friends on both sides of the fence on this one and since I am usually objective, I can see the reason for both. I love the acting in the movie, Amelia is a character that has to battle with her inner demons and being left alone to care for her son has taken its toll on her for the past seven years. Samuel grows throughout the movie and this is a joy to see as he goes from being afraid of the monster under his bed to taking care of his mother when she is in need. The hatred towards Amelia and Samuel by the outside world makes it harder for them both to get along and even family will not come to help them in their time of need, meaning their love is the only thing that can keep the Babadook at bay.
I will admit that I have a hard time with artsy horror films, they either tell the story that the fans want to see, or they don’t. This is one of those movies that you have to dig deeper into to understand why the ending is the way that it is. There are plenty of scares in the film and when you see the Babadook, just like what is in the pages of the 'Mister Babadook' book, it starts to make sense of who and what he really is. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, that is for sure and I will have to watch it again to try and get deeper into the storyline and that ending. If you are not a fan of artsy horror movies that you have to read into, this will not be the movie for you, just a forewarning. I am open to most everything, so I will most likely give this another viewing when time permits, just so I can see what I missed. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Exorcist and it is all about the story and the limits it pushed and overcame on the big screen. So why not take a look at a classic and see what we could do to make it that much better with a new cast and this should be pretty easy for me since I love horror movies and have plenty of ideas for some changes to one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
Chris MacNeil – Ellen Burstyn made it look easy playing a rundown mother trying to make ends meet when her daughter fell victim to the beast. So, who is an actress that can show this much range and make people feel sorry for her? I like Pollyanna McIntosh for this role after seeing her in Let Us Prey. I was blown away that I had never seen her on the screen before this movie and it was just me not doing my homework. With a wide range and being able to say things without moving her lips, I believe that she could be the right fit for Chris MacNeil.
Father Merrin – Talk about some huge shoes to fill with Max von Sydow bringing his best to the role, but it is pretty easy for me, Stephen Lang. I never knew Stephen as anything other than a bit role here and there, but when he is on the screen, wow, you cannot look away. Besides the fact the he has played a priest before, he has the presence on the screen to keep you engaged. With a wide range, he also can bring some fun to the role as his jokes from The Monkey’s Paw continue to stick in my head whenever I see him on the screen. A very good tenured actor that could make you fear being damned, since he is never looking to pull any punches.
Sharon – The live in babysitter for Reagan played by the beautiful Kitty Winn would be hard to replace. Even though she does not get a ton of screen time in the first movie, she becomes more important as the series moves on, so you need an actress that can handle that. The movie lover in me would love to say Anna Kendrick, but she is not in the horror realm as of yet, so I will go with Sharni Vinson. If you have not seen her performances on the screen yet, you need to see You’re Next and understand where I am coming from. Not needing help from anyone else, she shows that a woman can be the one you need to fear in that film and with a good acting range, she would be able to show enough terror when the house comes crumbling down.
Bruke Dennings – Say what you will, but Jack MacGowran made this bit role into one of my favorite characters in the movie, a drunken mess of a director. While every bone in my body says to go young with this role, I want a tenured actor and have come up with Jeff Fahey. I just know in my heart that he would kill in this role and some slight flirtation with Chris might do him some good. I like the range that Jeff has shown over the years, but my favorite character still has to be J.T. from Planet Terror, since he was a mess that was able to pull himself together in the end. Just showing how much he cares for his number one star and her daughter would be more than enough to warrant another drink to come his way.
Father Karras – Being a fighter, a psychologist and a priest, Jason Miller really made this role his own and there are very few people that could follow him up. This one is actually causing me an issue and I never thought that it would, but it comes down to a horror movie veteran or someone that has dabbled in the genre, I have to go with the veteran for this one, A. J. Bowen. It seems like all of his characters change slightly in every movie that he does, but looking at him from The Sacrament, it is hard to make any other choice. Being able to listen and put together pieces to solve the problems at hand seem to be a trait that Father Karras encompasses and A.J. is one of those actors that has been able to do this for years.
Regan – This was the first person I thought about when making up this new casting blog and to replace the fantastic Linda Blair, I think that Abigail Breslin is the only one. Even though she might be a little old to do it now, the younger version of her from Zombieland captured my heart and watching her turn into a zombie in Maggie, there is just no better choice. There is something about what she brings to the screen that draws people in and in every one of her roles, she steals the spotlight from everyone else. I really liked watching her kick ass in Final Girl and Haunter and even as a young veteran of the horror industry, she brings a huge upside to any show or movie that she joins on with.
Well, there you have it, how I would recast The Exorcist if I had the chance. I stayed with the horror community of actors for this one since I know it is a bit better than just pulling names out of a hat. This one was a bit more difficult than I expected it to be since there are so many great actors and actresses out there and so many more that are in the independent circuit that only hardcore horror fans would know. I might try this again, but use more of the unknowns that I have fallen in love with over the years of watching the indies, you never know. But that will have to wait, since my head has been fried and I need a scary movie to clear it. Until next time, Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
They say there is a thin line between life and death, but what if there is something in between? Not knowing what happens when you die, you may be given a decision of whether or not you want to cross over, or battle your way out of limbo. If you choose to stay in limbo, is there something or someone that would be trying to make you cross over? Questions that may never be answered may be the hardest ones to ask, but you may want to know as your time on this earth starts to run out.
In the middle of the desert, there is something more dangerous than the heat that is killing people as the Death Valley Drifter has been taking lives at will. Finding his next victim, the Drifter goes to work as always, but this time there is someone watching as Deputy McAllister has spotted something strange along the road. Seeing what the Drifter has been doing to his victims, the deputy runs away in fear, but little does he know that the Drifter is ready to give himself up. Being taken into custody, the Drifter admits to every single one of his victims and is ready for his next assignment that the voices are giving him. As gas is pumped into his cage, the Drifter dies with a smile on his face, since he knows that his work is far from over, it is just beginning on a different playing field.
Harris and his estranged father the sheriff are having breakfast at the local diner and trying to get to know each other once again. As Harris is upset with his father for leaving him and his mother many years ago, he is happy to be named the new sheriff in the next twenty four hours. When getting ready to leave, Harris sees on the news that one of the casinos in the area has been robbed, but has no idea that the robbers are at the same diner. Seeing the car described in the news report, Harris is ready to jump into action, but the sheriff wants to wait for back up. With a shootout taking place, the main gas pumps are hit causing an explosion and everyone involved hits the deck only to find that they are the only survivors at the diner.
Not being able to find the backup that they called in, Harris and his father continue to try and apprehend the robbers, but once they take a hostage, things get a little dicey. As Binky and Alex try to get away from the cops with their hostage Maya, they find out that there may be no escape since they cannot find a car to leave in. While attitudes start to die down around the diner, Doctor Allison starts reading the sign in book inside the restaurant and sees that there are 'last words' jotted down, but is having trouble understanding their meaning. While there seems to be no answer as to why no one else has shown up from the police department, or anywhere else for that matter, the group is met by a black ghost who seems to know why they are there. The only purpose for this apparition is to kill and the group will all have to find a way to escape this strange new realm that they are trapped within before they become its next victim.
Just when you think you know who the bad guys are, you get a grim reaper thrown into the mix and from the get go, you know that it is the Death Valley Drifter fulfilling his new role in the afterlife. Not having a clue of what is going on after the gas pumps exploded, there are plenty of clues that the group finds, yet are unable to put together about where they are and what will happen to them. I liked how a couple of the characters were able to get on the same page, even though they had no idea what they were up against, along with the real world slowly filtering into their current realm. As each member of the group found out about their fate from the Reeker, you could imagine how the movie would end, and that is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to a movie of this sort. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is always hard to fit in to a new town, especially if you do not know anybody there. Trying to form new relationships, get others to at least speak to you and not piss off the wrong people, it seems like a never ending struggle, but somehow people make it through. It is always nice when someone takes a liking to you right after they meet you, but so many others are guarded to outsiders, especially in a smaller community and are looking for any problems that you might be bringing in. It is important to just be yourself and keep out of trouble for the first couple weeks, so people will find out who you are and that you are there to be a part of the community, just like them.
Michael and his family have just moved to a new town and are starting to find out that things may be a little different there. While Michael and his wife are able to get acquainted quickly with some other adults, mainly because of his job with Fish and Game, his kids are having a more difficult time. Kyle feels like an outcast since he is different from the 'normal' kids and Nicole was happy with her friends at the old house and cannot get over the move. Since Michael has been put in charge of the department, he quickly makes peace with his employees and they all seem to like what he has to say, except when it comes to lampreys.
With all kinds of backups from the dam, Michael sees that lamprey population is growing in the little town, but does not know what is causing it. Being able to reactivate all of the measures that usually keep the numbers from being too high, he is still worried that there are more in the waterways. Needing time to get actual counts, Michael tries to delay the opening of the lake, but Mayor Akerman will have none of that since the town needs all of the visitor revenue that it can get its hands on. Knowing that this is a mistake, Michael tries to fight it, but continues to be shot down, but when the population of the lampreys becomes too dense in the lake, he sees that the creatures do not discriminate when they hunt and now they are feeding on people.
Being attacked himself, Michael sees that this breed is more aggressive than anyone could have ever predicted and with their thirst for blood, he sees them jumping the wall into the lake, killing anyone near the water. When his employee Rich is killed by the little beasts, he hears that are problems during the autopsy and rushes to the morgue to find out what is happening. Seeing bloody trails leading into the drain, Michael fears for the worst, the lampreys have made their way into the town’s pipes. Knowing how fast they can reproduce and how aggressive they are, Michael tries now not only to close the lake, but to shut down the water system to the entire town. Not being able to convince Akerman of his plan, Michael turns to Channel 6, who run his press conference so that the public knows what is actually happening and the danger at hand. Stepping over the line, Michael is fired from his post, but when his friends call him for help, he cannot say no and needs to find a way to save the city from certain lamprey doom.
Talk about a threat that nobody could wrap their heads around, these lampreys are blood thirsty little creatures that I would not want to mess with. When their normal food source runs out, they find that people are the next best thing to eat, frightening. Even though this movie is hokey, it does put things in perspective when it comes to politics and our constant fear of the unknown. The characters are fun and stupid at the same time as nobody listens to one word that Michael says during the entire movie. I guess ignorance is bliss in this small town, especially if an outsider tries to tell you what to do. Stay Scared.