Written by Scott Edwards
As the years have progressed, I have found myself watching many different reality television shows and while they are far from my favorite thing to watch, they are just too gripping to pass up. The survival shows however, really won me over when they hit the airwaves. Learning how to survive when your plane goes down in the mountains, yeah, it could happen. Learning how to make due in the wilderness with next to nothing, well, I must admit that it could help if you are ever in that situation. While I do now understand that even these shows are not real, I think that the message that they get across is the most important thing…make a fire.
Being the star of his show Man Vs., Doug Woods is ready for his next adventure into the wilderness. Choosing Canada this time, he has to get his crew and guide’s act together to make it up the river and get set up for the night. Arriving at his first location, Doug is able to go about his business in front of the camera with little to worry about, he even gets a fire lit before the sun sets for the night. Checking in with his crew that are a couple clicks away and wishing them a good night, Doug is in for something that he did not expect.
Waking up to a loud thundering noise that rattles the ground, Doug starts his next day heading out to see what it could have been. Seeing massive damage to the trees in the woods, he comes to the decision that it was probably a meteor, since his satellite phone is no longer working. Inspecting the lake and seeing dead fish rising to the top, he knows that there might be something strange in the water and decides to set up traps for the smaller prey in his surrounding area. As the day passes by, Doug checks on his traps to see that he was successful. Making for good TV, Doug shows what else you need to do while trying to survive in the wild, specifically keeping his food far away from his camp.
Hearing something lurking about during the night, Doug is not able to get any sleep and finds that his food has been taken from him. Wanting to know how a wolf would be able to get the rabbit that he hung from the tree, he is starting to notice that other things around his campsite are not where they should be. First noticing that his satellite phone has been taken, then seeing pieces on his chess board have been moved, Doug is certain that someone is playing a joke on him. Thinking that it might be his team, Doug sets out to show them what is what, but when seeing that whomever is messing with his show is out to hurt him, Doug is forced to turn his survival skills on full and try to escape the wilderness with his life.
One of the things that I really liked about how this movie played out was the storyline of Doug being a pain in the butt for his team to deal with. As everyone’s future hangs in the balance of his performance, Doug seems to get it now more than ever. I wish there was something more to whatever damaged the trees since that left plenty of wreckage in its path, but you do find out quickly what is in the woods, looking to make a show of its own. The thought of being hunted by someone or something never sits well with anybody and I enjoyed seeing how Doug changed his demeanor when finding out he was next on the menu. With creepy woods, a secluded campsite, movement in the shadows, a hunter that takes notes from the best and an unbelievable ending, it really is a fun ride and might make you think twice about being too far away from humanity, especially when the spit starts to hit the fan. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is something to be said about knowing the lay of the land where you are at. If you know where you are and where you are going, you will not get lost on the journey you are about to take. But there are so many things that can happen during your trip, you might find that the roads less traveled are that way for a reason as they can throw a wrench into your plans. Keep looking towards the ending, as it is always there and waiting for you to reach it, because if you don’t, somebody will be more than happy to take your place.
Charlize is trying to make a better life for herself and working at the hunting lodge has been great for her, but she just needs more. With a roommate that does not share the same values as she does, she just needs someone to take her away from the lameness. Little does she know that there is about to be a massive change in the lodge, as a half cow, half man is about to put the guests on the lodge walls, well, at least their blood.
Vince Chopper and his crew are deep undercover at the lodge, looking for anything suspicious and when they find one of the cooks torn to shreds, they have just found it. Being able to break character and knowing that there is a killer on the loose, Chopper turns on his detective switch and starts asking the right questions. Finding out he is up against a hybrid animal, he must find a way to keep all of the lodge guests safe and sound from the chainsaw carrying man cow that is hunting them down.
Seeing that Chopper is more than what his cover could have ever proven, Charlize takes a liking to him and wants to do everything she can to help. But when she starts to notice that the man cow is just upset about how it’s kind is treated, in the way of becoming hamburgers, she starts to see that there is still a human side there. Wanting to try and help the man cow and her new love in Chopper, she is forced to make grave decisions that will alter her life, along with everyone else in South Africa when a plan goes drastically wrong. It is a race against time to save the guests of the lodge against the man cow, and a battle for survival after the man cow infects the rest of the nation.
When I see any movie description mention a half man, half anything going on a killing rampage, you bet your beets I am going to give it a view. I must admit that even though the story found a way to lose me, I loved the characters way too much to look away. Chopper was just ridiculous and with his lack of knowledge of certain things, he had it where it counts. It was really just a fun ride to get to an ending that you may never have expected, and even though there will be plenty of head shaking throughout the movie, it is not a disappointment. With a dancer ready to move on, a detective who is scatterbrained, an undercover officer that will not leave his cover, a killer man cow, a chainsaw, plenty of blood and a musical number, I fail to see how you could possibly go wrong with this little gem. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
We have accomplished some amazing things as a species. We have cured many of the diseases that ravage our kind. We have split the atom and flown through the skies. Hell, we have even made it beyond the confines of our planet and explored outer space.
Yet there is so much we still have to explore, specifically our oceans. We know some things about what lies beneath those great blue waves, yet so much more remains a mystery. It is that unknown that has led to incredible stories over the years, of treasures untold or incredible beasts that roam the deep. In the case of one such story, the people behind the scenes figured it was high time we made the ocean a place where man and science created their own nightmares in the 1989 science fiction/horror film, Leviathan.
In the deep of the ocean, there are riches to be found. The Tri-Oceanic Corporation is working hard to mine silver from the ocean floor and the crew of Shack Seven is nearing the end of their contracted time at the bottom of the sea. But before they return home to enjoy their hard-earned cash, they make a startling discovery, an old sunken Russian vessel is down here with them and the secret it was supposed to keep has been accidentally unleashed upon the crew. Now, a genetic experiment gone wrong aboard the vessel is among the miners and if they don't escape quickly, this abomination will consume them all.
Well, there's a quick and clear reason why this film is often considered to be a B Movie...because it's another great idea gone horribly wrong and that is a shame. Because there are some kick ass actors in this movie. Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern and Ernie Hudson all appear in this film and that alone made me incredibly happy the first time I ever viewed this film, but this is a movie that suffers from a major identity crisis, it doesn't know if it wants to be an homage or an original tale of terror.
The idea of a genetic experiment works just fine, especially revolving around the notion of creating a human that can survive in any part of the ocean. But that's about as far as we get with creativity. As soon as the mutation comes aboard the film becomes an attempt to be the next Alien, obviously set underwater, but the scares are just not quite there. In fact, they're obvious at best and that's a shame, because Leviathan had the chance to impress us all with a terrifying story of people being turned into a human/aquatic hybrid and instead the movie went for the easy way out.
Is it worth watching? For the fun factor, yes. I mean, we're talking about Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson here and believe me, Ernie has some awesome lines and I left out one thing on purpose until now, the cameo by Meg Foster is awesome as well. But don't expect anything special, this is pretty standard fare in the horror genre but it is definitely a fun way to pass an hour and a half.
Written by Scott Edwards
With my favorite holiday being Halloween, I am always looking forward to the haunted houses and crazy mazes that open up in the month of October. With so many of them around, it can be difficult to find one that I will really like, so I tend to reach out to my friends to and get their opinions. Word of mouth can be some of the best advertising for any business, especially if there are a lot of people saying the exact same thing. As always, I look forward to this upcoming October for so many reasons, but maybe this year, I can get more of my friends to give into their dark sides and take an adventure to a haunted house with me.
Alex Taylor and his crew are looking for their next venture in the haunted house game and have found an abandoned hotel in Abaddon, New York that might be right up their alley. Getting to the old building and seeing how run down it really is, they know that they have their work cut out for them. As Paul keeps his camera firmly on his shoulder and watching as Mac, Tony and Sara all join in to get the house up and running, he will make sure to document everything that is going on in the old building to the fullest. But there is something about the building that is not being said to the crew that may change their outlook on trying to scare people and force them to just drop everything and leave before they even get started.
Venturing through the old building, the group is able to come up with ideas of what to do in every room, but the basement fascinates them most of all. With pentagrams all over the walls and a pile of Bibles hidden from the world, Sara is starting to think that the basement should not be used at all, since it is very creepy. Knowing what he wants however, Alex gets his crew to move forward and he slowly sees his vision becoming a reality. However, as the old hotel, now named Hell House, is taking shape, Paul is starting to see some strange things going on, such as Sara coming into his room and just staring at him in the middle of the night. Not understanding what is going on yet, the Abaddon Hotel is just getting warmed up to let its secrets loose.
As the haunted house is getting closer to being finished, Alex hires some actors to play some roles alongside his team and one actor knows a little something about the old hotel. Telling the stories about it being haunted, Paul is shocked that his boss would keep this information from him and his friends. But that is just the tip of the iceberg as Paul is trekking around the main floor and spots a clown staring down into the basement. Seeing that it is not one of his friends in the outfit, or the actor that has just been brought on, he checks out the basement and seeing more ghouls coming at him than were set up, there is definitely something going on in the building that is not of the living’s doing.
This is a documentary type of movie, as Sara is answering questions for a reporter looking to get to the bottom of what happened years ago at the Abaddon Hotel and why so many people lost their lives. With plenty of unanswered questions from the authorities, getting tapes from the house building team is eye opening for the reporter and her team. Cycling through the tapes and asking the hard-hitting questions to Sara, there really is only one way to get to the bottom of what happened in the old hotel, to go in and see for themselves. I am still a little upset that nobody wanted to go into the basement after the event took place, it seems to hold the secrets to the Abaddon Hotel and all its glory. With blood, hooded ghosts, nasty faced demons, a haunted house attraction, a real haunted house and a boss that does not know when to quit, not a bad movie that will give you all the information you want and still leave a little to the imagination, just so it will be harder to go to sleep at night. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Finding the profession that you were destined to be a part of is not an easy feat. As people go through life, working at their dead-end job to make ends meet, they know that there is something else that they would rather be doing. As some people have been able to make a living out of doing their favorite things, there are still many that will never get that opportunity. There is nothing wrong with making your money, even if the job is not something that you enjoy, but make sure to take care of yourself, because if you are not having any fun during the day, it can be bad for your health.
The Ghostfinders are moving on to their sixth season and need a great opening episode so they can continue to get paid. Jared is not willing to shy away from any request and getting a call from the Lawson family about their house being haunted, he knows that this could be a goldmine. With strange sounds throughout the house, apparitions being seen by the naked eye, along with a disembodied voice echoing during the night this is the house that needs to be cleaned so the owners can live the rest of their days free from hauntings.
Meeting with the Lawson’s the group hears about the strange events that frightened them away their first night in the house. With a little bit of history on the house, mainly the story of an artist that went crazy and killed his family one day, it is just a creepy location. The ghostly encounters were not only directed at the Lawson’s either, as they tried renting out the house to make some money. None of the renters were able to make it one night in the house and most of them report seeing and hearing the same things. As all of the stories tend to match up, the Ghostfinders team is ready to do their investigation and head out to the middle of nowhere where the house is located.
Meeting up with the Lawson’s, the first strange thing happens as they try to enter the front door. As something seems to be holding the door closed, Kat asks if the group can enter and whomever or whatever is holding it lets go and allows the team to enter. Getting a quick tour of the house and seeing where the events have taken place, the Ghostfinders set up shop and wait for nightfall to arrive to see if they can catch any sort of activity. But it is quickly noticed that the group is not prepared for what this house has to offer when Kat goes missing and actual paranormal activity is preventing Jared from being able to locate her. Armed with a flashlight and a camera, the night only gets stranger as the other team members go missing and Jared is left by himself with no way of getting help.
I must admit that ghost hunting shows are something that fall into my guilty pleasures and this movie is a takeoff of those. Being put together as a standard hour-long show, you get to see all of the behind the scenes stuff as the night progressively gets worse for the team. As they try to fool the audience into believing that they are seeing things, the camera actually captures real events that wind up shocking the team. With some fun jump scares, a ghostly woman in white, creepy stories about the house and a haunted location that actually is haunted, it’s a fun ride into what some of the paranormal shows might be doing behind the scenes, but with a deadly result. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
We all work hard toward perfection in some form or fashion. Be it in our hobbies, the sports we play or our careers, we are always working toward that moment when everything comes together and is truly everything we could have envisioned or hoped for.
Perfection is rare, but it has been known to happen. But what if perfection was achieved over and over again? Would it mean that we have become a master of that which we work to achieve, or are there other forces at work, helping us to be everything we dream of? Both of those questions are answered in a unique and creative way in the horror film, The Devil's Advocate.
Kevin Lomax is a lawyer who simply cannot lose. Doesn't matter whether or not his client committed the crime, or whether or not defending said person should force him to reflect upon his conscience, he wins case after case. In fact, he is so good, he has attracted the attention of a high-powered law firm in New York City, led by the mysterious John Milton. Milton wants Kevin to work for his firm and Kevin obliges so that his star can continue to shine. But Kevin will quickly learn that this firm is not all that it seems and unfortunately, by taking this gig, he has managed to make a deal...with the actual devil.
The Devil's Advocate is a fascinating film because of the fact, it's a surprise horror film. But we will take a little time to talk about that later because the first thing that completely catches your eye about this particular film, is that it is loaded with some incredible names and amazing performances. Al Pacino is top notch in this flick, and does a great job of making John Milton seem cool and suave to stay in line with the film’s constant twists and turns before letting loose in amazing fashion with his acting chops in the last twenty minutes of the film when he reveals his true identity as the Prince of Darkness. In fact, really, he's the big draw to this film, but Pacino is anchored by some other quality performances. Keanu Reeves holds his own as the level-headed Kevin Lomax, and you feel for him as the film progresses as you begin to realize as well that something is amiss and this poor kid is nothing more than a pawn and Charlize Theron steals the scenes she appears in as well, especially with her downward spiral into madness and unfortunate end in the film.
Now as I mentioned before, this is a surprise horror film and that's what makes it so fascinating to watch because this film plays you like a fiddle. You honestly believe at first that this is a morality tale about a lawyer who has lost his way and appears to be joining up with a firm that looks like the perfect job and perfect place to work, but ends up being as sleazy a place as they come. That is until the first demon shows up and then...well, it's a dark tale revolving around sin, free will and the Book of Revelation and quite frankly, how our quest to be perfect in everything we do may indeed be our biggest downfall.
Fact is, it's a damn good movie and one that you have to watch several times to catch all the many layers that it has to offer. I only recently saw this again after seeing it when it was released and it surprised the hell out of me with how well it's held up and how smart and terrifying it really is. Catch it again if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Science has brought forth some incredible discoveries and benefits for mankind over the years. We have uncovered secrets that have given us unprecedented views of the galaxy and an understanding of who and what we are on a molecular level. It has led to breakthroughs that have managed to save countless lives.
Yet. There is still a fear of science. Specifically, when it comes to the unknown. For while it benefits us, it takes time to fully uncover the results of a brand-new discovery and it is that unknown, of what could come about from said discovery, be it good or bad, that engenders fear and sparks debate. It also inspires the imagination since the films of the 1950's were often focused on science that had gone wrong, and that vivid concept managed to find its way into the 80’s as well, courtesy of the 1988 remake of a 50's classic...The Blob.
The town of Arborville has an unexpected visitor one fine evening. A meteor has landed and aboard it, is the stuff of nightmares. A gelatinous and somewhat sentient Blob has emerged from the meteor and has begun to feed on the residents of the town. Only two of the townspeople, Meg and Bryan, know the truth about this creature, that it is a science experiment in biological warfare gone wrong and the military will stop at nothing to protect their weapon even if it means the loss of everyone in Arborville.
The first thing I noticed about The Blob upon my first viewing was the sheer bleakness that blankets the film and the viewer. By setting the movie in the middle of nowhere, there is a sense of isolation that quickly turns to hopelessness as the motion picture progresses. The characters are truly cut off. The military is on one end, the Blob on the other and all that remains is pure fear.
That classical approach to horror as a whole already makes for an entertaining ride, but this is a film where credit is also due to some outstanding special effects. The Blob itself manages to go beyond a simple blob of goo that covers people. It is a predator, slinking about and waiting for its unfortunate victims, and the kills that it pulls off are nothing short of spectacular. You watch the characters go out in horrible fashion, slowly dissolved right before your eyes.
But perhaps the best twist to this film is indeed the fact that The Blob is a bioweapon. That little tweak to the story made for a whole new dynamic. Our quest for knowledge backfired in this motion picture and while the morality of this isn't touched upon too much, the end result leads to an incredible action-packed finale that will absolutely take your breath away. This is a gem of a movie that is absolutely worth watching. Get your hands on it as soon as you can, because this is a smart, scary and intense horror film that deserves to be rediscovered.
Written by Scott Edwards
Some people are forced to go through life with no way to escape their past. While it can seem easy to leave your family behind and move on with your life, they will always be there whether you like it or not. Trying to redefine who you are is more than an overnight process and while you can put on a show for people that don’t know you, you have to train yourself to be your new self. Carrying your friendships along for the ride can be more difficult than expected, but if you are trying to escape your family’s name, you will need someone to have your back.
Needing to get out from under his mother’s thumb, Marcus has a plan to change his life completely. Trying to get the money that his mother got from selling everything he owned, he is shocked when she awakens from her drunken slumber and challenges him. Knowing that he is in the right, Marcus is able to push right back, but he is not prepared for his mother’s reaction. Getting beat down with a baseball bat, Marcus is not willing to deal with his mother any longer, and with things coming over the horizon, he may not need to.
Getting a visit from one of his father’s old friends, Marcus has the inside track to make some serious money on a stash of homegrown weed. Only needing to travel to where it is growing and pick it up, the deal is something that he cannot pass up, even his girlfriend Stella agrees. With a hand drawn map on a page from the Bible, Marcus is ready to change his life once and for all and with Stella’s help, he may never be alone again, at least that is what he believes. Getting into the truck and making their way up north, Marcus and Stella are surprised to see that they are not alone on the trip to the biggest score of their lives as Lydia has come along for the ride.
Not willing to turn back, Marcus has only one thing on his mind, money. Needing to reach the secret stash before anyone else, he does not know what the road has in store for him. With a tree in the way of his pursuit, Marcus heads out to take care of business as the girls take a look around the area. Things seem to be going all right when a scream from Stella rattles through the wooded area. Not knowing who or what frightened his girlfriend, Marcus tries to bring the girls back to the truck, but with an arm that has been mauled by a wolf, Stella wants to go to a hospital. Catching a ride back to town, Stella is on her own since Marcus is not willing to deviate from his plan. But when he sees the car that Stella got a ride in knocked off the road and the driver filleted, he starts to worry about something more than just the score.
It took some doing, but I did make it through the movie. I really liked how the story went, although I am still confused about what the film was really about. I will not lie, the dialogue in this movie is terrible and could deter many people from giving it a chance. I also never really thought that the story would ever get around to allowing for Marcus to have any type of redemption, as he was focused on money most of the time and could care less about what happened to the girls, even when they are being chased by a beast that will stop at nothing to kill them. With an abandoned yet busy road, an undead killer, a smart elder, the need to know what happened and plenty of sharpened edges to be used as knives, it is a different story that I believe is trying to remind us to treat your fellow man and nature with respect, because if you don’t, they will kill ‘ya. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Obsession can be a powerful feeling, especially if you are able to get what it is you want at any time. While some people give in to the feeling, others try to fight it and keep it from impacting their lives. I am not one that gets obsessed with many things, maybe horror movies because I am always looking for a good one that I can watch over and over again, but I don’t let that dictate my days. Being able to walk away from something that you have always wanted is something that many people would not do, but there are some strong souls out there that know when to say when.
Wanting to take his ghost hunting show, Unspecters, to the next level, Jake is willing to do next to anything. Getting a call from a network exec with the promise of a time slot if he can deliver something that the other shows cannot, Jake is forced to jump on the next idea. A trip to Farhope Tower with his team would guarantee that the show gets made, but Jake and his oldest friend Andre have a history at the old building. Investigating it when they were kids, Andre knows what power the building holds and warns Jake against it, but there is no stopping his friend when the lives of his team depend on them getting their own show.
Arriving at the building, the group sets up their first shot outside, explaining what madness went on there in the eighties. With twenty-two suicides that took place in the tower in only a number of months, the building was shut down and eventually locked up from any prying eyes. With his team of investigators, Jake takes his new recruit Zoe, camera woman Judy, investigator Simon and old friend Andre in for the ride of their lives. Exploring the main floor of the building, it is apparent that the locks did not keep anyone from coming inside and finding graffiti all over the place, one room holds a special message, ‘Go Up’. Knowing the history of the building and where the suicides took place, the group decides to follow that advice and head up using a staircase that does not exist on the blueprints.
Arriving on the tenth floor, the group goes about their business as usual, but hear a crash in the distance. Thinking that there was a sound that preceded it, they check the tape and Jake hears humming in the headphones and decides to continue the hunt. As they try to track the events happening around them, the group splits up when two crashes take place on opposite sides of the floor. As Jake and Simon head one way and find a suicide note from one of the previous tenants, Zoe, Judy and Andre find a spirit that is willing to communicate with them. As the ghostly screaming comes to an end and Jake awakes from being hit in the head, the group finds that Simon has gone missing. Knowing that the building is ready to take more, Andre begs the group to leave, but Jake will not allow one member of the team to be left behind, besides, the stairwells only go up since the woman of the building has something special to show them.
I didn’t know about this movie as I have seen several ghost hunter movies over my time and they usually leave me wanting more. This was not one of those movies, it was very entertaining. Seeing that it was not going to be a found footage movie helped keep my attention from the get go, and I was impressed by the fact that the flashes Jake was seeing throughout did not take away from the story, they actually added to it. I must say I was also impressed by the group dynamic when things started to go downhill for them, and going up to the next floor is never a good idea in a haunted building, everyone knows that spirits are not in the basement, they are in the attic. With plenty of buildup, a good story, ghostly sounds, a haunted building, a woman spirit that wants to tell her story and a group leader who has a history with the building, it is a fun ride that will keep you watching to see how the spirits run Farhope Tower to this day. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It's been quite the season for Fear the Walking Dead, since week in and week out, the show has found a way to keep the story moving and keep our nerves slightly frayed and as I settled in to watch this week's particular tale, 'Brother's Keeper', I found myself wondering something important...is it possible for the show to continue its break neck pace? After all, at some point the audience deserves a break, and there's no possible way that the characters can continue to go through such hell, but as it turns out, the powers that be are looking to challenge the viewers and the world they've created because this episode offered no respite from the tension, in fact...it ramped it up a notch.
It accomplished that, by bringing the living dead to the forefront once again, introducing a mega herd to the people of Broke Jaw Ranch and while their isolated location should have provided them with the proper shelter from such threats, one must always remember that man is the biggest threat on this show and in this case, Troy Otto is what brought the herd to his former home and well, credit goes where credit is due, this was quite the impressive sequence of events. Seeing the herd, leaving a dust storm in its wake thanks to the sheer number of reanimated corpses roaming the desert was an incredibly chilling sight to say the least and well, the show was just getting started when it came to unsettling visuals.
Because the living dead, eventually made their way to the ranch after all and they were a true force to be reckoned with. There were so many walkers amassing at the entrance of the camp, that they smashed their own kind to bits and eventually shoved aside the RV wall that Crazy Dog and the ranchers erected to keep the dead out and that's when the episode went into wholesale horror mode, bringing the guts and bringing the scares because it was another delicate game of who lives and who dies and holy cow, this was quite an intense sequence, one that saw a fair chunk of Broke Jaw's inhabitants fall to the walking dead before finally making it to shelter.
But truly, the centerpiece story of the night revolved around the brothers Otto because the return of Troy led to a long awaited confrontation between Jake and his baby brother, but only after Troy finally snapped like we've all been expecting him to do, and as it turns out, Troy's breaking point arrived by way of pure solitude. He struggled mightily in the desert, not because he was forced to survive because those skills have been engrained in him thanks to his father, but because he was finally forced to think about the things he's done, and the truth about his father for that matter as well, and while it seemed as though he was headed for a quiet and self inflicted end, seeing the mega herd roaming the desert somehow inspired him in dangerous fashion.
He saw the mega herd as a kind of Biblical reckoning and while part of me was hoping that he would somehow rise above this threat and play the hero for a change, that was simply not the case. He led the dead to Broke Jaw Ranch like some kind of deranged pied piper and unfortunately Jake's attempt to put an end to Troy's madness by putting his younger brother out of his misery, completely and utterly backfired when Nick stepped in to save Troy, and Nick's act of kindness, led to a walker taking a bite of out Jake and eventually, death and reanimation, before Troy mercifully ended his brother's second life, giving him pause and a moment to reflect upon the cost of his stupidity since Jake is dead, and Broke Jaw Ranch lies in ruin...
So if anything, this particular episode gets serious props for completely changing gears storytelling wise. There was no commentary to be found here, no deeper meaning or character development for that matter. There was simply terror to be found everywhere, courtesy of the mega herd along with a touch of resolution for an unresolved plot thread when it came to Troy's fate after being exiled and really, when all is said and done, this was a damn good episode. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and while the intensity hasn't let up, it was kind of cool to see the show go all out and unleash pure terror on the audience and the characters and it should be interesting to see where the story goes next since those that survived are holed up in the pantry with no hope of escape at the moment, and one has to wonder what Madison, Walker and Strand will find when they finally to return to what's left of Broke Jaw Ranch. Until next time.