Written by Scott Edwards
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Waiting for the girls to get out of the No-End House, Seth is shocked to see how the house has affected his friend J.D. As room number five has visibly shaken his friend, the two make their way home in what appears to be their neighborhood, but there is something strange about this place. As Seth takes a look into a window and sees a beautiful woman in her underwear, he is grabbed by some neighbors locked up in the middle of his cul-de-sac. Knowing something is not right, Seth starts back to the No-End House only to find that there might not be a way out of this strange world, while J.D. finds that his home is not the way he left it.
The shock of seeing her father again has Margot beside herself, but having her best friend Jules see the same thing is a little refreshing. Sitting down for breakfast with Mr. Sleator, Jules knows that there is something really wrong with what is happening. While Margot needs some time to process what is going on in the house, Jules sits and talks with the dead father and finds out he knows exactly what is happening, even that he died a year ago. Calling out Jules for not being a good friend to his daughter by leaving her in her time of need, Mr. Sleator knows that he is the only one that will be able to make his daughter whole again.
Stepping outside with Margot, Jules tries to explain to her friend what is happening and that they are still inside of the No-End House. While her friend is making perfect sense, Margot does not want to leave her father, especially after his coming clean that he killed himself a year ago. Blaming Jules for leaving her in her time of need, Margot is fine with letting her go now that her father is back and wanting to be a part of her life. With memories running rampant in her mind of the good times that the two had, Margot has no idea what her mind is able to do in this new realm. Watching as his daughter dreams, Mr. Sleator is able to tap into Margot’s mind and brings a woman to life in the basement, but not to become a family with, but to feed.
Seeing himself living in his own house, J.D. is taken back by seeing how well his copy is living life. Being able to talk to himself, J.D. sees that this version of himself is much cooler and has a hottie by his side. Talking about what is happening inside of the house, neither of the young men know exactly why this is happening, but know that the house is able to make dreams come true in a way. With several drinks being put away, J.D.’s copy has a guilty need to taste ice cream and is willing to go all the way in making sure that his dream will come true.
Knowing the power of the house, Dylan has made his way out of the fifth room with only one thing on his mind, to bring Lacey back from the house. Walking down the street and seeing one of her copies in the middle of the street, Dylan knows that it is not her and makes sure that the house knows he is not playing. With nobody else paying any attention to his actions, Dylan is able to make it home to see his wife once again. But Lacey does not know who this man is and is threatening him to leave before her real husband gets home. Not knowing how to prove himself, Dylan is faced with another side effect of the house that might not be so kind.
This episode had a much better flow than the first one and thank goodness, because this story is going fast. With everyone experiencing something different in room number five, they all find out quickly that they are still in the house, but not everybody wants to leave. It appears that the friendship between Jules and Margot has come to an end as their true feelings for each other have come spewing out. Seth has no idea what the heck is going on around him and after meeting with Jules while looking for the house and finding nothing, they decide to team up and keep a lookout for something strange that might be coming their way. The J.D. and his clone’s story was pretty interesting, yet gives us nothing regarding what the house is capable of doing. Then Dylan finding his wife who never made it out of the house proves that the stories are wrong, you can get out of the house, you just need the right directions to survive. Now I am hooked on this show, not only because I want to see how you get out of the house, but to learn more about its strange inhabitants, like why Mr. Sleator is eating his wife from another realm. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
If I had it my way, I would make sure that we would have a year-round Halloween, not just because it is the coolest holiday, but because I love the events surrounding it. When else can you explore creepy corn mazes in the dark, go on a haunted hay wagon ride and get your pants scared off in a haunted house? There is no other time sadly and I would love to see that change, because not everyone has the time to celebrate Halloween within the short month that it comes around. Just the thought of having these events around year-round make me a bit giddy and I would love to see someone keep something Halloween related open every day of the year and see how the rest of the world reacts.
While being bored at their Halloween party, Ryan and Nate have a great idea and want to bring their lady friends along for the scares. Hearing about a haunted house that is so scary that they will give a prize to anyone that makes it all the way through, the boys firmly believe this could make for some serious fun. Convincing Melanie and Amber to come with them, even though they do not believe that the haunted house exists, the boys are ready for the time of their lives.
Driving near the outskirts of town and not seeing anything for miles, the group spots a sign for the House of Purgatory. Not knowing if this is the haunted house from the stories, they decide to stop and check it out. Talking to the ticket taker and finding out that this is the house they are looking for, they are given a surprise, free admission on Halloween. But there is something strange about the layout of the haunted house, as they start at the top and work their way down the levels. Finding an odd-looking shack that must be the entrance, the group gets up their nerve and decide to step in and face their greatest fears.
While the first level does not scare them at all, since it consists of just a mysterious photograph and someone in a rain coat following them, the second level adds some scares to the mix. Getting freaked out by what appears to be the dead coming back to life and a woman begging for help, the third level changes their lives forever. Seeming to be back outside, the group follows the light in the distance, but quickly they start to get separated from each other. As Amber and Ryan are taken on their own paths, Nate promises to take care of Melanie as she is starting to lose her mind. As the night moves on and they discover a lack of doors leading to freedom, everyone is forced to face their greatest fears and while it is different for everyone, it is just another night for the haunted house to feed on fresh souls.
I have been eyeing this movie on my list for months and while it did sound like a haunted house movie, it also sounded like a game show which kind of turned me off. I’m sorry that it did, because it is nothing like a game show, it is a fight for survival while being taken to Hell to face your greatest fears. There is something about mind screw movies like this that I really like, and I think it is the reactions to their own deepest fears for each character. There is something to be said about facing your fears and while some of us are able to get past them, many of us will keep them tucked away for as long as we can so they never see the light of day again. With some creepy haunted house visuals, a pick your path to fear handoff, a skull man that appears in everyone’s fears, and an awesome, original opening to the movie that I have never seen before, it really is a fun little movie that will leave you wondering how much is your soul really worth on Halloween night. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
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It is difficult to deal with a loss of a family member. While you might put up a front to show everyone that you are okay, if you are hiding all of your emotions from yourself as well, you might find that it will destroy you from the inside out. Make sure that you have someone to open up to, be it a family member, a friend, or even a doctor, because if you don’t, you will feel much worse and even get ill. It is healthy to have an open dialogue about your feelings and while some people don’t believe in leaving them out on the table for others to view, it is up to you to make sure you are living life to the fullest.
After a long summer break, Margot is excited to see that her best friend Jules has made it home and wants to hang out. Sitting by the pool, the two women have a chat about life when they both get strange text messages that show a shady house. Not knowing what this means, Jules is able to get Margot to agree to go out for the evening. With the loss of her father the previous year, Margot has been shut down to the world and Jules wants to see her friend happy once again.
Meeting up with Jules’ friends at a party, the discussion arises about who knows about the No-End House. Telling the group everything he has heard about the house and the infamous six rooms that make people go crazy, J.D. has a feeling that the house is in their area. While the party is coming to an end, Margot steps inside and sees the mysterious address pop up on the television while her friends get the same creepy message on their phones. Wanting to try something new, J.D., Jules, Seth and Margot pile into their car and make their way to the mythical house to see what it really has to offer.
Seeing the street lined with cars and people, the group has arrived at their location. Asking people how their trip was, it is obvious that this house has struck a nerve with several people. Not shying away, the group enters the house and is met with some up-tempo music and sculptures of their heads. Not thinking that this house is creepy at all, the lights dim them come back up showing the heads being torn apart. While they cannot put their hands on what just happened, the group continues into the second room of the house.
Eying an empty room, the lights flicker once again and a man dressed in black appears out of nowhere. Whispering in Margot’s ear the pet name her father used to call her, she wants to move on, but the others are starting to think differently when they notice a trail of blood and one of their guests disappearing from the room. As Margot follows her own path, she is put into a hallway with a creepy laughing man, then arrives in her house’s attic and is given a view of her father dying. Wanting to see more, she steps into the fifth room and watches her childhood home movies with her dead father. Wanting to leave, the cadaver tells her the only way out is to make it through the sixth and final room. Steeping through the door and winding up outside and seeing Jules, the two head back home, but Margot quickly finds out that there is something very strange going on.
I cannot believe that I missed this show when it came out a couple months ago, I guess I need to watch some more SyFy channel to make sure I get the dates embedded into my memory. Let me say this first, this episode was paced like a snail and only giving us a single scene in between commercial breaks is not the way to keep the viewer intrigued. Outside of that, this seems to be a pretty interesting story and I do want to know more, since this house seems to know the people in it better than they know themselves. I really hope the pacing gets better and consistent, because if it does not, this is going to be a really difficult series to stomach. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It can be difficult to find a place where you truly feel you belong. While it can take years to become comfortable with your surroundings and those around you, there are some places that will take you in, no questions asked. Being where I am now in life, I have found plenty of places I feel comfortable with myself and have plenty of fun with others. The goal is to make sure you are making the decision to join these places on your own and that someone else’s whispers are not persuading you to do something you do not want to do.
After a couple of years of hard bible study, Hannah wants to see what else her faith has to offer. Getting in touch with a bible study retreat group, she is more than excited to visit and see what else she will be able to do to get closer to God. Coming along for the ride, her friend Andrew is ready to show his faith and Colin with video camera in hand is ready to shoot everything to show the folks back home how awesome the trip was. With the message from Pastor Dave Randell still ringing in their ears, the group is in for a life changing event, but maybe not the kind they were expecting.
Arriving at the base of a trail, the group is greeted by the retreat group and their charismatic Pastor who is more than happy to make them feel at home. Not recalling that there was going to be a camera present from their previous correspondence, the Pastor takes his new followers back to their campsite, but Colin is getting a strange vibe from his surroundings. Arriving at the camp site and seeing that it is nothing like what they envisioned, questions come into play about what kind of retreat this really is, but being told that everything is designed to bring them closer to nature makes things much easier.
Sitting down with the Pastor for an interview, Colin is not able to get his given name on tape, only that he calls himself The Messenger. The Messenger goes into his past life before he found his faith and how he is now preparing for the impending Rapture that will soon be upon the world. Getting called away by a new message, The Messenger lets Colin know that a storm will soon be upon them and they need to prepare for the night. Getting time to have another interview, Colin sits down with follower Michael who talks about his past life as well, but he has a much more disturbing message to deliver; that the group should leave as soon as possible. Trying to get Hannah and Andrew together to talk, Colin tries to convince them to leave, but The Messenger has promised them entertainment, so they will have to wait and watch the retelling of Adam and Eve, but with a more sinister ending.
From the description of this movie, I had a good feeling that there would be something strange happening on this retreat, but The Faith Community took it a bit further than even I expected. It was great seeing how the charismatic Messenger was able to get his point across and flags should have been raised after his interview that he might be willing to take things too far, that and he called watching horror movies a sin. I was very impressed how the movie took a turn for the dark during the special performance being put on by The Messenger and his followers, it really put things into perspective for Andrew more than anybody. Plus, I have to mention that Hannah’s transformation was downright incredible, but I won’t say much more than that, because you need to see it firsthand. With a beautiful forest, a group of devoted followers, a charismatic preacher, a camera and the promise of redemption if someone believes it is deserved, this movie shows faith at its most extreme level and leaves you questioning who the faithful are really talking to. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to realize that season eight of The Walking Dead has been quite the harrowing journey. After all, we’ve said goodbye to plenty of good people in unexpected fashion. We’ve seen suffering and we’ve seen pain, all in the name of a better tomorrow, and as I settled in to watch last night’s episode, with the ominous teaser to this tale still fresh in my mind, I was expecting more of the same.
However, as it turns out, ‘The King, The Widow, and Rick’ was nothing like I expected to be. Instead of another hour filled to the brim with dark moments and commentary on our humanity, this tale ended up being quite the uplifting affair. One that actually managed to find beauty in the midst of war and one that left me feeling quite hopeful when all is said and done. But of course, it wouldn’t be The Walking Dead if the show didn’t toy with us just a little bit, and at first it really did seem like things might take a turn for the worse.
Because this episode reintroduced us to the mysterious Heapsters and they returned to the storyline simply because, Rick Grimes knew that in order to maintain the upper hand in this war, he needed them to turn their backs on Negan and join his cause and Rick pleaded his case to them in bold and foreboding fashion since the Heapsters basically received a simple ultimatum from the man; join us or die. But alas, his request wasn’t taken seriously in the slightest and not only did Jadis refuse it outright, she locked Rick up as well.
In addition to that little mess, it seemed as though serious trouble was brewing in the Hilltop as well. Because despite Jesus’ best efforts to keep his prisoner’s safe, the mood inside the complex was grim, and execution was on everyone’s mind and the dark clouds only continued to gather as Gregory worked to convince Maggie to put the prisoners down and the hammering noises everyone heard in the night added to some serious tension. But as it turns out, Maggie had the high road in mind and had a makeshift prison put together overnight in order to keep the Saviors there for the time being, and Gregory too for that matter, and while this decision wasn’t the purest in the end (more on that later), it kicked off a series of uplifting moments.
Because while Maggie wrestled with her tough decision, Carol took matters into her own hands inside the Kingdom, since the King was destitute over his decimated army and well…it was simply beautiful and tear jerking to see Carol push her way into the King’s chambers and confront him in proper fashion. She did her best to lift him up and point out the fact that he inspired people to do more and to be more and that his loyal subjects needed that now more than ever and that like it or not, he had no choice in the matter. He had to push the pain surging through him to the side for greater good, and whether or not the King will rise from the ashes has yet to be seen, but Carol definitely gave him some magnificent words to ponder upon.
But perhaps the most uplifting moment of the night, came by way of Carl Grimes who once more ventured out into the world to try and help the mystery man he met in the season premiere and wouldn’t you know it? He found the man, who revealed his named to be Siddiq, and in classic throwback fashion by way of the Three Questions, Carl offered Siddiq a chance at a fresh start in Alexandria and really, this was just wonderful to see because this is what Rick and the Alliance are fighting for. A better tomorrow, one where every life matters and where people are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their friends and neighbors get to see another sunrise and I love the fact that Carl is seeing this and that, he’s not alone in understanding what’s at stake, especially considering the dark way that this episode ended.
I call it dark, simply due to the fact that not everyone in this tale had a better future in mind. After all, while Maggie did do the right thing, she revealed the that the prisoners in her stead might serve the Hilltop best as ‘bargaining chips’ down the road and that once their lives no longer had a beneficial purpose, the time would come to put them down, prompting Aaron and Enid to head off to apparently make something happen to help them win the war and ensure that these people don’t have to die, and to complicate matters further, Rick is still imprisoned in a world of junk and Daryl and Tara are ready to exact their revenge upon Negan, regardless of Rick’s wishes and all of that spells great trouble.
But in the meantime, this was a lovely break from the horrors of war. It was nice to see everyone have a chance to catch their breath, and reflect upon their losses and grieve properly, if only for a moment, and more importantly, it was wonderful to feel a sense of hope for the first time in a long time when it comes to this series. It really seems as though there’s a chance for a better tomorrow, but before we can see it or even remotely get to it, this war still has to be won and we will have to wait another week to see how Rick gets out of his mess, so that he can hopefully put an end to this bloody conflict. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
Sometimes you get offers that are just too good to pass up. When these come your way, it is easy to not think about what might happen to you going forward when you say yes to them and this is natural for so many people, because in their mind, the rewards outweigh the risks. But when I get an offer that I cannot refuse, I always try to question the motive of the person making it, because I have been burned so often in the past. This might make me miss a few legit things that could have been great, but when all is said and done, it is our decision to make, so make it wisely.
Getting called to a mansion with a checkered past, researcher Jack Donavan and psychic Jonathan Blazer have only one thing to do, to prove that the house is not haunted. With recorded deaths in the house for over a hundred years, the locals all believe that the house is haunted and that needs to be put to sleep so the current owner will be able to move the property with little issue. As Jonathan is happy to take the job, especially with a massive payment of fifty grand coming his way, Jack is a little more reluctant, but decides to give it a go. But then the terms are laid down for the men, as they will have to spend three nights in the house, because nobody has ever made it that long.
Being locked in the house, Jack starts to get to work with all of his paranormal gear. Wanting to prove one way or another that the house is haunted or not, he is taking it seriously unlike his new partner. Raiding the cupboards and finding some food, Jonathan is making the best of what has been described as a paid holiday. But seeing his counterpart working away, the two take different approaches to finding out what the truth is behind the stories of the house and little do they know that the stories are absolutely true.
During the first night, Jack sees someone else in the house and tries to give her chase, but will not say what he has seen, while Jonathan gets a message from beyond telling him: ‘Two Nights to Go’. Comparing notes, the second night comes with more doors shutting on their own and the two men trying to form at least a working relationship so they can tolerate each other. Checking out the crime scene photos every morning and trying to come up with new ideas of what can actually be taking place inside of the walls, Jonathan finds out something that may be relevant to what is happening, in that all families that have lived in the house are all related in one way or another. Seeing that Jack’s family name is attached to the history, the house is looking to finish the job as night three starts off with a bang.
As of late when I have been looking for a haunted house movie, I get something that kind of resembles one, but with Ghosts of Darkness, I got the haunted house movie that I wanted! There are ghosts, plenty of stories and two strangers being put into a bad situation from the get go. I liked watching as the relationship between Jack and Jonathan started to grow, especially since Jack does not believe in psychics and their abilities, even though his past wife was one. I was surprised however that the house only really wanted to mess with Jack throughout and kept Jonathan in the dark when it came to what was coming. With plenty of restless spirits, a load of comic relief, a bloody background, a massive house, a pool and the dead coming out to play, this is a fun movie to get lost in. If you are going to a haunted location that really has a jaded past, you might want to think twice about how long you will be staying there….and how you were summoned to join in. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is hard to believe that we are alone in the universe. With all of the new planets being found every year that can sustain life, there has to be another race of beings out there somewhere. That then puts the theory that aliens actually exist on the table, and I say that they are one hundred percent real, they have to be. With strange lights in the sky, encounters being reported like crazy and of course abductions running rampant all over the world, the truth is out there, but it seems like everyone is too closed minded to accept it.
During his studies on people that say they have been abducted by aliens, Doctor Davide Piso has taken to hypnosis to unlock the memories of the abductees and occasionally talk to alien lifeforms that have taken over his patients. With all of the abductions that have taken place, Davide has a good working theory that the aliens are not taking humans to be tested on, but rather they abduct us to have us become a host for them, or more directly, have our souls become the host. As the human soul stores so much power, the alien species are able to latch on to that power and survive on earth. Yet that is not the only thing that he believes, as his studies lead him to believe that the government is also behind these abductions since there is really too much that goes unaccounted for when it comes to missing time.
Davide’s home life has already fallen apart and now with the loss of his funding at the university, so is his working life. But there is a small bright spot that has shown up on his radar as the beautiful Saturnia has come to him for help on more than one occasion. Spending the night with the young woman, Davide decides to delve into what he does best. Unlocking what happened to her in such great detail, Saturnia has made Davide even more curious about what has been happening behind closed doors. Speaking to the alien presence inside of her, Davide dives into what the alien remembers, thus unleashing Hexabor of Ur who has fully taken over Saturnia’s soul.
Not being able to reestablish contact with the young woman, Hexabor is going to stay and unleash a living hell on the planet to allow this other species to take over their creation. Finding out that Saturnia is royalty, Davide needs to return the young woman home, but he cannot in his right mind until Saturnia is herself once again, soul and all. Getting a visit from the secret service and getting help from another black suit service, Davide and his team step into something far more violent than they could have expected. Without knowing how to reconnect a person to their soul, the church lends a hand, but it is science that will have to ultimately save the day and that is right up Davide’s ally.
I will admit that I had no idea that a movie could combine science with religion as well as Alien Exorcism did. I was really impressed by how the church, in one way or another was willing to help take a stab at saving the young woman’s life, along with not losing their values. Seeing the reaction that Davide has after discovering the harm that comes with removing the beings from his patients was actually quite amazing and he never took into account that he was hurting anyone, not even the aliens that have made their homes in human shells. With a blacked-out government project, a hot patient, understanding how science and religion intertwine and a race of aliens that are looking to take over the world, it is an interesting premise to say the least and even though a ton got lost in translation, it seemed to get its point across. Don’t Sell Your Soul! Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Being put in control of young minds is not something that can be taken lightly. Trying to mold them into functioning people is something that is very serious and why teachers should be given the upmost respect for doing so. Teaching our youth and seeing them bloom into real people is an amazing thing and I wish that more people would try to do it. With knowledge from the ages being hidden in someone’s mind and not being passed down, it is just a waste and it should not happen as much as it does these days.
Being short staffed and behind on her payments, Claire Taylor needs to get this next group of wayward teens out in the desert for another payday. With her partner’s nephew coming out to the retreat she is happy to get another able bodied almost adult on the roster to help out. Knowing that his nephew is able, Burt gives him a good talking to, to get him on the level, and even though he does not seem too enthused about the situation, Roth agrees to go along for the ride. Seeing the new group of kids arrive at Second Chance, the group sees that they will have their work cut out for them, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what they will find on their trek.
Getting the new kids to follow the rules is just one obstacle that the crew of Second Chance will have to face, as they see that there is plenty more wrong with these kids than expected. As Trapper has made it his duty to make the group’s lives a living hell on the trip, the other kids are not willing to take a stand against him. Making their way out into the desert for a week of survival training, Roth spots a young lady in Courtney that he has already seen in her underwear and tries to put the moves on her, but gets shot down instantly. Seeing that this will be more difficult than expected, the crew and their kids make it to their first camp location for a great night under the stars.
Hearing a rumbling during the night, the group is awakened to find themselves in the middle of a stampede. Getting her SAT phone destroyed in the event, Claire has no way of calling home base. Making their way through the desert hills, the group stumbles upon something out of the ordinary, when finding some sort of capsule that is out of place. Looking over the area, Burt spots a truck in the distance that belongs to his friend Lenny. Checking it out and finding Lenny dead, he is ready to turn back, but Claire has some bad news for him about what awaits him back home. Burt is getting sued for hurting a kid on a previous trip and he is looking at jail time when this is over. Agreeing to continue with their adventure, Burt backs down and does his job to protect the kids the best that he can, but when something out of this world arrives in the middle of the night and kills him, there is not much that he is able to do. Seeing his uncle getting sucked dry by the creature, Roth is forced to step up into a role he was never made for, but with his life and the group’s on the line, they need someone to lead them to safety, especially with a killer alien on their heels.
I must say that this looks like the worst summer camp that has ever been put together. Seeing how the group behind Second Chance tries to get respect from the kids, it is a wonder that there are not more pending lawsuits against them, because Burt is a big man that does not take crap from anybody. It was fun watching Roth grow into the leader of the group as people are getting taken out one by one, never saw it in the kid. I wish there could have been a little more back story into the troubled teens on the trip, instead of making me feel like they are just a bunch of entitled kids that need a butt kicking, but Courtney did say that her parents were not very good, so I guess that gives me something to work with. With a hike through the desert, a killer creature on the loose, out of control teens, a reluctant hero and a lack of adults to help in a situation, I liked how the creature was made indestructible, almost like a robot from space. With trouble everywhere you look in this movie, it might make you want to think twice about sending your kids away for a week when there is nothing wrong with a family vacation. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
When moving to a new area it is important to know what the history is. If you are moving to a place where crime runs rampant or where people like to eat people, you might want to know about it. The history of small towns is amazing and should be spread around, because most of them are places that big city folks would like to move to. But there could be something in the area’s past, like an axe welding giant, or a coven, that could put a stigma on your potential new home that could help to affect your decision.
After getting a promotion at work, Linda Lebon has great news to pass on to her husband, but Jerry is feeling pretty down. Knowing that he is just letting his life pass him by, he does not want to miss anything that his life is supposed to offer. Having dinner with their friends, Jerry and Linda hear about a small island community that might offer exactly what they are looking for. Getting a real-estate agent to look around Devlin’s Island for a property that they can afford, they are given one listing that might seem out of the ordinary, but it is too good to pass up.
Meeting with the current home owner, the newly widowed Beatrice Gower, Jerry sees all of the potential for the house and even keeping the old woman on the property is not enough to drive him or Linda away. With Beatrice moving to the cabin behind the house, the massive floor plan is ready for the city slickers to make it their own. Exploring the house and finding that everything seems to be perfect, Linda is starting to think that there is something strange about the people living on the island as none of them like her dog.
Making their way into town with their friends Josh and Debbi, the group stops at a shop and does some sneaking around in the basement only to find an old coven set up. Being told to leave, they are shocked to see Linda’s dog has been hit by a passing car. Knowing that this is no accident, Linda does some more snooping around the neighborhood and when receiving a visit from her old friend Slater, her concerns about the area become real. Not being able to find a grave on the island newer than three hundred years old, Slater makes the promise to check out what has been happening on the island, but gets shot off a cliff before he can do any digging. Knowing that something is amiss on the island, Linda wants answers, but has no idea where they will lead her.
If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times, I miss the eighties, especially the movies. With storytelling needing to be the key focus, these older movies really do put the story front and center for the audience to get into. I loved watching the relationship between Linda and Jerry deteriorate as their time on the island moved on. Not knowing, but knowing that there was witchcraft practiced on the island, Linda is able to get all of the answers that she needed from an unexpected place while her husband is willing to shoot it down and embarrass her. With some witches, lightning, strange chanting, a tormented island history and a lack of dead people, it is really just a fun story to get into overall. Not being afraid of witches in the past, I have a new-found respect for them and will need to do a little bit of checking on my family’s past to make sure I will not be recruited. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
I must admit that there is something special about living in a small town. While it may not be for everyone, the ones that tend to make it comfortable for new folks, do not seem to care that everyone knows their business. What upsets big city folk when trying to make it in a less hectic lifestyle is the lack of privacy, but let me ask you, is that a bad thing? There is something to be said about knowing your neighbors very well, like family if you will, and knowing if they are going to flip out when your dog leaves a present in their yard, gives you an idea of what kind of people they are. Knowing your neighbor better than your own family can help out more than you could ever imagine, but since so many of us are afraid to allow anyone new into our lives, our isolation makes life much more difficult than it should be.
Struggling to stay awake while on the night shift, Officer Daniel Carter sees a man who seems to be in distress. Thinking that he is just drunk, Daniel sees that the man is covered in blood and rushes him to the local hospital. Being the dead of night, only a skeleton crew awaits him, but it should be enough to find out what is wrong with the stranger. But before Daniel is able to get a read on how things are going, the night takes a turn towards the unusual.
Heading to the stranger’s room, Daniel is greeted by Beverly who has a something special for him. Brandishing a scalpel to attack the officer, Beverly is not in charge of her body and Daniel does what he needs to in order to protect himself. Killing the possessed nurse, Daniel is taken off the case by his ranking officer Mitchell who wants to get to the bottom of what is happening in the hospital. But not everything is as it should be when leaving the grounds as a group of sheet wearing followers descend on the hospital. Trying to leave is out of the question as Daniel takes a shallow knife to the chest. Knowing that there is something strange happening, nobody in the hospital truly understands what it has in store for them.
Hearing screams from the stranger’s room, Daniel and Mitchell see a creature that is coming out of Beverly’s body and do not have any sort of plan to kill it. As two more strangers make it into the hospital, a father and son team who know that these things can die take a shot, but it may not be enough for anyone as the darkness closes in on them. With their own problems to worry about, there are still patients in the hospital that need tending to. Trying to take care of a young pregnant girl is the first step in making sure things will be all right, but when Allison the nurse goes missing, Daniel will do anything to reunite himself with his ex-wife and is willing to take steps he never thought he would ever need to take.
I think I will just leave it at that, because the more you know about the movie, the less impressed you are going to be. I will openly admit that after hearing what other people have said about this movie, I had high expectations and I was not bummed out at all. With all of the twists and turns and everything going wrong in the hospital, I did not think that anyone would be able to leave there alive. I liked how all of the different side stories pulled together in the end and you get to see what hell on earth might actually look like. With a couple of monsters, blind followers, plenty of blood and guts and never having to fear death again, this movie takes you down a rabbit hole that I tried desperately to climb out of. Stay Scared.