Written by: Scotty
As Christmas gets closer, we are all trying to get our shopping lists finalized and to make sure that everyone we are giving our presents to are nice, not naughty. Getting a piece of coal for Christmas could be one of the most demoralizing things for anyone. Being nice throughout the year is key to avoiding this, but most of us have to make the tough decisions that could make us act just a little naughty.
In a small town, Deputy Aubrey Bradimore is trying to sleep in on Christmas Eve. Receiving a call from the Sheriff, she is forced to come to work on her day off as one of her fellow Deputies has flown the coop with his new love interest. Reluctantly, she goes to work and has to prepare for another day of writing parking tickets and dealing with upset citizens as the holiday has gotten to the worst of people.
When stopping and speaking with the Mayor on her drive in, Aubrey finds out there is a lot of tension between him and his eldest daughter. The town will die without another artery running into it as their current road is closed to the outside world. Having the biggest Santa Claus Parade in the state should be enough to keep the community in the black for the next year, but since no one from the outside is able to get in to see it, the need for the road is essential.
Having Santas from the community and others coming in is a joy for the small town, but when you sit and talk to them, they are all as anti-Christmas as they can get. Not loving the holiday for what it is worth and tired of having the kids tell them what they want, the Santas are all on the brink of losing it and one has. Taking it to the next level, there is a Santa killer on the lose yielding an axe and using anything Christmas oriented to kill his victims. This Santa has his naughty list and is using it to take care of the undesirables in the community.
Silent Night follows Deputy Aubrey Bradimore as she is called into investigate some strange killings around town on Christmas Eve. With her Sheriff nipping at her heels the entire time, they are trying to find the most likely suspects to lock up before the entire town is notified of the local deaths. Not being able to find a probable cause for a couple of Claus’, Aubrey is concerned that their main suspects are not the killer and more people will die as she finds that every one of the deceased has received a little red and white box. The marks are all tied together, but the issue is finding out why?
The night Santa went crazy would be a better way of describing how Silent Night takes you through the homicidal rage Santa takes in this small town. Having the naughtiest being taken out by a type of serial killer may seem good to a point, but the Sheriff’s office will still have to take care of business as there is no moral dilemma being posed to them. It is a stroke of genius having all of the Santa’s being upset as the season is upon them to be nice. That is what makes this movie really move and be believable. It is hard to get and to stay in the holiday spirit, but as long as you are able to stay somewhat cordial, it makes all the difference in the world. Happy Holidays!
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
I've been a fan of The Walking Dead from the start. I was on my couch on that fateful Halloween night years ago to see how good or how bad this show would be and have been with it ever since. I've endured the heartbreak of Sophia, Dale, Shane, Lori, T-Dog and Andrea. I fully understood there would be favorites going down in the show because it's the end of the world and there are tons of zombies...it's a given.
Yet this was an extremely hard breakdown to write, because I was completely and utterly blindsided by last week's Midseason Finale. The death of Hershel was completely and utterly devastating, not because of the fact that he died for my aforementioned reasons, but because of how he died. There was something that the show had yet to give us until last week...the display of the brutality of man.
Yeah, we've seen people torn to shreds by the living dead. We've seen gunfights galore and people battle it out, and let's be honest that is something we are desensitized to in film and television. But we so rarely see someone just be brutal for the sake of being brutal and that's what the Governor brought to the table last week.
Quite frankly, the act scared the hell out of me. In part the surprise of it and because it opened my eyes to a few things...this show is going to darker and darker places whether we like it or not. Last year's "Clear" should have been a clue that under Scott Gimple's watch we not only have to deal with the horrible abominations that walk the earth...but the psychological wear and tear that comes with the end of all things.
So in the aftermath of what is without a doubt the most brutal and devastating episode of The Walking Dead, what can we expect? I think it only gets worse from here. This poor group was given hope and a second chance at life at the prison. They had security, they had food and shelter and they even managed to overcome illness. All until some asshat felt the need to be the ruler of all the things and once more they are out in the world and without someone they all considered family.
This will change many things. They will all be suffering, they will all grieve and I don't think the show will ever be the same. This will be a long and dark journey, and their destination is simply survival and I know I will be along for the ride, because going into those dark corners of our psyche is not only groundbreaking television...but damn good storytelling. See you all in February.
Written by Shae
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Wow guys! Sorry for the late review, last week was the mad dash to get projects done and this week is finals! Then we're on break….which speaking of, Supernatural just did their midseason finale, and now we don't get anything until January 14. How sad is that? Very. Very, very sad. Like this last episode.
Sometimes, a show comes along and violently rips your heart out before chewing it up, spitting it out, and walking away. This was one of those episodes of one of those shows and there was little to nothing that could be done about it, other than turn it off, which would be dumb because it's Supernatural. But with this episode, I was left almost in tears.
Now, there are wonderful things about the internet, and there are terrible things about the internet. Tumblr, for instance, actually ruined a part of this episode for me. I'd missed the initial showing due to class projects and well….I knew what was coming before it happened.
So, Sam and Dean are off to investigate strange angel on angel murders. Cas shows up, Dean's not cool with it, Sam doesn't care, and Ezekiel is being oddly hateful towards working near, with, and/or around Castiel. What's with that? I mean, Cas did vouch for the guy at the beginning of the season, right? So why the Cas hate? Well, sometimes, angels are just jerks to other angels…for no reason…except there is a reason. I knew from the start that we shouldn't trust Ezekiel. And I. Was. Right. Back to that in a moment! Anyway! angel on angel hate? Why? Well, there are two factions; Bartholomew and Malachi. Both want to be the new ruler of heaven, so both are fighting over power….despite not being able to get back into heaven. Doesn't matter, because this is a war! And people must die! Pick a side! Well, in the midst of this picking a side thing, Cas ends up praying to an angel in hopes of finding out answers about this secret/not-secret angel war. Enter, Muriel….but don't get too attached to her because Malachi kills her after he kidnaps her and Castiel.
It's okay though because Cas steals one of Malachi's henchmen Grace, and is now an angel…again….which is good? But then, in the midst of all the chaos, Metatron shows up to talk to Ezekiel…who isn't Ezekiel. Turns out, Zeke died in the fall. But, wait--who's in Sam then!? Galadriel…an angel that was in angel prison until all angels fell from heaven. He's not a bad guy, or a good guy, just a guy who wants to be as good as Ezekiel had been. Metatron makes him an offer; be his right hand and help rule new heaven with a select number of angels. Not a bad deal! But, Galadriel has to do a favor for him….just some names off a list, if you know what I mean. First on the list? Kevin. Dean won't let that happen though, right? After a conversation with Castiel, Dean finds out that the angel he let into his brother, isn't the angel he said he was.
With Kevin's help, Dean sets up some sigils and plans to tell Sam the truth. But, Galadriel heard him and Kevin plan this, so he pretends to be Sam, punches Dean, then telekinetically holds him to a pillar while he kills Kevin.
Yes. Kevin dies. And that was the spoiler I knew going into the show. It was heart breaking! Now, Sam/Galadriel is off with Metatron, Kevin's dead, Dean doesn't know what to do, and Cas is back to being an angel….and we have to wait until January to find out how they save Sam! Gah! It's a great midseason finale, and a horrible sad, cliff hanger-y one too!
Written by: Scotty
With WWII coming to an end, the Soviet army is deploying liberation squads around Germany. As one squad moves through Germany, they are still hit with some resistance, but seem to be focused on the liberation of the areas, as they are being filmed on their mission. Trying to make the sure that the Red Army is being shown in a positive light, the squad is more hesitant to kill which could cost them more than they could imagine.
Upon receiving a communication from one of their fellow liberation squads, the men try to pinpoint the location they need to proceed to, to extract their comrades. Locating the town where the transmission came from the group is amazed to find that it is empty of any discernable life, even goats. Working towards the center of town, the squad's focus turns to a church that seems to have been the focal point of the fight. A pile of burning nuns gets the groups attention, but then they notice that all of the graves nearby have been dug up and emptied.
Entering the church, the squad notices that it is more of a factory than a church. Trying to figure out what has happened to the group that radioed for help, they find a strange body in the basement that seems to be run on electricity. After their captain gets drilled through by the strange creature a power struggle ensues between the men, but is squashed when they find out that their cameraman has playing them as he had an alternative motive for following the squad.
Frankenstein’s Army is a war movie first, with a horror story to follow. Following a Soviet Liberation Squad on their mission to free the small towns from the oppression that the Germans had imposed on them. With cameraman Dimitri tagging along, the group is shocked to find out the secret mission that the non-Soviet is really on. When meeting a deranged Doctor that is employed by the Third Reich, the group sees what is really happening behind enemy lines.
With all of the specials that have been run on Hitler’s fascination of the occult makes this a very entertaining movie to watch. Leaving you asking, ‘what if’, is always a fun way to watch a movie based around historical events. One of the highlights of this film is showing that the soldiers do show a sense of compassion for their fallen, but are not afraid to end their suffering if there is nothing they can do to help. Then seeing how the crazy doctor fancies himself a savior even though his experiments are meant to kill, he is looking for the one and only way he knows to bring the two opposing forces together.
Overall a fun period piece that keeps you wondering what would have happened if the Third Reich would have won the war. Having the movie shot in first person also gives is a bit more gusto as you get to see what they are seeing and not seeing as some strange characters start to appear. Not having a budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, the film crew does a great job on their monster creations, using people in costumes and very little CGI. Keeping true to the time period and having a strong cast is really what makes this movie work. If you are into the occult, or love a WWII movie, you will not be disappointed picking this one up. Stay scared my friends.
Written by: Scotty
When working with a group of people for any surmountable amount of time, you have to decide if you can trust them or not. Now most people have co-workers that are responsible for different aspects of the job that is being done and it is not a life or death situation. At the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations, (BSI), the latter is the case. A split second decision can make the difference in your life, or in your partners.
Kal Hakala is in charge of a small group of agents at the BSI roaming field office that is now stationed in Denver, Colorado. Due to some of the recent disturbances around the area, the bureau has sent him and his team in to investigate and dispose of any of the threats. The BSI is a very tightly run little group of no more than fifty active agents at a time, along with fifty support members in the office. Kal’s superior BB is keeping everything in check at the office level, trying to locate a new agent to take a recently fallen ones place and assigns her Kal’s unit.
Although Kal is the most tenured agent in the bureau, he is not very happy about receiving the new recruit without doing his research on the young woman. Ariel McMillan, the new agent in question, has caught Kal’s eye, but knowing how short the life span is of the new ‘Green Pea’s’ is when it comes to field work, Kal is very tough on her right out of the gate. What is the purpose of the BSI? It is to eliminate a supernatural threat before it harms any of the normal people in the world. The World Under is where the supernatural players live and thrive, but once they come up to the real world and start using their magic/powers, the BSI is in place to take them out.
Even though Kal employees a magician on his team and deals with a specter over the internet, he still gets surprised by what happens when he is not paying full attention. Two new reports of magic have come in, and even though the team cannot identify immediately what was done, they fear that ghouls or zombies have been raised from a grave yard. Keeping his team in check, Kal works with local law enforcement to find out anything that may have been suspicious about the bodies that are no longer in their graves. When he discovers that the folks that were risen were wrestlers, he knows that something big is afoot, he and his team would be in for the battle of their lives.
Things to do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead deals with the supernatural, magic and what can be done when the two are combined. Following Kal as he tries to keep his team safe, you find that he may be the most tortured of all. With the loss of his sister to the Iku-Turso when he was a young boy, Kal has dedicated all of his time to the BSI to try and find a way to dispose of this threat while keeping his rage at bay. With his supporting cast of Alex, his internet hacker and a few others on his team, he works endlessly to try to solve his next case. The Organ Donor is working in Denver and leaving emptied bodies around and phoning them into the local police. Looking deeper into the case, Kal and crew discover this person may be a magician using the killings as a cover up for something much more sinister.
This is definitely a book to pick up if you are into crime dramas, zombies, vampires, ghouls, magic, character studies, and just down right fun. With your lead having to make the tough decisions of who will stay, who will go, who will survive and who will not is the best way to have a story laid out. With an appearance from his past, Kal is faced with more than his own demons, having to fight super powered ghouls, zombies and yes, even vampires that have been risen by the Organ Donor. Having to keep his rage in check is where the book really clicks with me, as since when the job gets too hard, or Kal loses one of his team members, Kal has only one way to release his anger, and it is not on the sofa at a psychiatrist's office. A real person faced with unreal situations makes for a fantastic story along with his one reason for staying alive…to avenge his sister’s death. Happy reading and Stay Scared my friends.
Written by: Scotty
What would you do if you had lost everything you have ever loved? Hunter had lost his wife and child to the zombie outbreak and was looking for one thing to release his pain, death. With a new drug hitting the scene, Natas had gained a world wild following as it took you places you that no other drug could, but it comes with one nasty side effect, turning its users into flesh eating freaks.
Moving from one place to another, Hunter fears that he could be the only one left. Not have a care for his own wellbeing, Hunter enters no win situations against the flesh eaters and always comes out victorious. After his latest mid-day massacre, Hunter goes back on the road to continue his journey. After getting shot in the arm and crashing his Camaro, Hunter knows that he is not the only one left.
Being taken in by a roaming band of survivors led by Father Jesus, Hunter reluctantly becomes a member of the group. Having to deal with the living is almost unbearable for him as he has been alone for over six months. Being pursued by the two female members, Fast Lane Debbie and Alison, Hunter turns back to the only thing that makes him feel like himself again, his drink.
When their little place of solace is attacked by the flesh eaters and they lose one of their main warriors, the group decides to move on and try to find a better home. The only way to get there is by getting to the local airfield and commandeer an airplane to take them to a place with white sandy beaches. Only two things stand in the way of attaining their goal, the flesh eaters and the small town of Dahmer. Dahmer was overrun months ago by zombies and although the group was afraid of what they might find, they run into something more horrific than they could possibly imagine.
Zombie Hunter follows the path of Hunter who is not looking for anything, except a way to release his pain. Father Jesus allows the man to join his group of survivors, seeing that Hunter may be a valuable asset, Jesus makes sure that Hunter understands that they are currently living in hell. Fast Lane Debbie and young Alison are just looking for something to believe in again, and having a new man in their prescence arouses something neither has felt for the past year. With a couple more survivors to add into the mix, including a pilot, the group is prepared to make their trek to freedom.
Although Zombie Hunter is not the best zombie movie ever, it has all of the essentials of a proper splatter fest. With zombies being taking out by gunfire, knives and a sacred axe, the screen is filled with plenty of blood. Non-conventional zombies seem to get me every time as shots to anywhere take them down, but the campy special effects make sure to keep you cringing as the zombies continuously hit the ground. With limbs and blood flying all over the place, it makes for a fun film. If you like the blood and guts aspect of horror movies, this is definitely one to check out, you will not be disappointed. Stay scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The showdown we waited for after all this time finally came to pass. Philip "The Governor" Blake finally arrived to take the prison from Rick Grimes and his weakened group and well...this was not the showdown we expected. It was far more brutal, for more devastating than I think any of us even had in our imagination. Another beloved character is gone, and we are all still reeling in shock. Without further ado, let's recap "Too Far Gone".
The Good: Um. Where do I begin? This was...just so utterly brutal. So much in fact that it took me several hours and a good night's sleep to even find the strength to write about it, because they held nothing back. We got the showdown I looked forward to since the Governor graced our screens last year, and now I regret that anticipation. Hershel is dead, killed in the most horrible fashion. We don't know if Judith/Lil' Asskicker is alive and just wow. The final image of the prison burning was a fitting way to sum up the episode...everything burned. Once again this damn show made me cry and made me sick to my stomach all while making me cheer at the same time. For all the horrible things the Governor did, it was a complete and utter joy to watch Michonne finally run that son of a bitch through. But the real highlight here is the fact that new showrunner Scott Gimple is a master of deception. We thought for the last seven episodes we were getting a kindler, gentler show under his thumb. That the world of The Walking Dead would somehow find its way back to better days. It was all one horrible, horrible lie, but one hell of an episode.
The Bad: Of course I'm not exactly thrilled that Hershel is gone from the show, but I learned that last year, good people die on this show. No, the only thing I didn't like about last night...the Governor should have suffered more. In fact, it's almost a shame that Lilly put a bullet in his head rather than let him be torn apart by Walkers. He deserved a slow, painful death.
The Verdict: This one is right up there with "Clear". One of the most brutal and devastating and compelling episodes of the show to date. It left me silent and wiping tears from my eyes. But for all the tears and all the fears, this is incredible television and last night's Mid season finale could have served as a Season Finale...which makes me nervous for the back eight episodes and the actual end of Season 4. Strap in, I have a feeling it's going to be one hell of a ride from here on out.
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
We all suffer from an interesting issue when it comes to motion pictures. We love villains. We cannot take our eyes off of them, we cannot spend enough time talking about them, they simply fascinate us. I don't know if it is a darker side of us that somehow gravitates to the evil that we see on screen, because that gets into an interesting discussion for another day.
Instead, maybe, just maybe, we aren't necessarily all about the villain and what he or she stands for...but the person who plays them. It could be the actor that somehow makes the villain worth our while and that specific reason is why I think Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof is so damn enjoyable.
Stuntman Mike lives on the edge, just as his namesake implies. It is all about thrills and chills for Mike as he brings about death-defying stuns that keep all of us in awe on the screen. He does his job from his death proof car day in and day out and always has a smile on his face. But don't let his charm fool you, Mike has a secret. He's a sucker for a beautiful lady, and he loves nothing more than to kill them in the most thrilling of fashion.
The second half of the film Grindhouse is not without its flaws. At times Death Proof is a little slow and seems to lose its way. Yet, you are captivated with every frame of this film. The characters manage to jump off the screen thanks in part to amazing performances from Rosario Dawson and a hell of a surprising turn from Zoe Bell. Plus the gory special effects are about as top notch as they get courtesy of always fantastic work from KNB.
But there is one man that steals the show in this film, and it's Kurt Russell's turn as Stuntman Mike and his performance is exactly what I mentioned earlier...this is a villain that you cannot stop being fascinated with. It's obvious that Stuntman Mike is one sick sonofagun. With his incredible and creepy ability as a stalker and well...his bloodlust to kill girls by way of car collision. Yet, Kurt's ability to turn on the charm when he needs to and genuinely terrify us a few seconds later is well...just incredible. It speaks to the talent that Mister Russell exudes on screen but also helps build the film up to a big surprise, the fact that when it comes down to it, Stuntman Mike is a big wimp.
While Death Proof is a disgusting character study in the spirit of exploitation films in many ways, Director Quentin Tarantino and his unique style also make the film a fascinating character study by presenting the two halves of a killer. I love the fact that this film presents a sadistic killer as just a man who in the end, is terrified of death and pain like the rest of us...he's just found himself in a place where he can control and beat it and man...that makes for a smart horror flick and ends up making Death Proof completely worth your while.
Written by: Scotty
Let’s take a quick trip back to the seventies type of horror movies. Back then, horror movies were based on blood and guts and a strong story line. Not forgetting this, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino combined forces and drew upon their youth to re-invent a new cult favorite.
Having many storylines between couples, brothers and a dysfunctional father/daughter relationship, Planet Terror brought more than just relationships to the screen. With a fantastic staff comes great acting with horror greats Tom Savini and Michael Biehn, and they are nicely complimented by Freddie Rodriguez, Rose McGowan and Bruce Willis.
Now while nothing about this movie screams Oscar in any way, shape or form, it is a very entertaining film as you watch all of the different characters grow in one way or another. The effects are nothing less than spectacular having one of the greats, Greg Nicotero leading the charge with all kinds of splatter flying across the screen. Not being given limits of how the infected will be disposed of makes an effects driven movie much more entertaining.
Planet Terror takes you on a spectacular ride as a type of zombie virus is released on a small town. The DC-2 gas that is released either kills people or makes them dependent on it. The folks that are immune to its effects are ravaged by the infected. Fighting with the Sheriff and new hero Wray, a group bands together to take on a corrupted military platoon as they try to leave town. Meeting up with Biochemist Abby, the group takes their fight to the next level as they discover the only weakness the infected soldiers have, DC-2 gas.
With your main storyline hiding behind Wray, a tow truck driver that has a hidden past that only wants to save his love, Cherry, there are plenty of other stories to go around. There is Cherry, a now former Go-Go Dancer that is looking for her next profession, possibly as a stand-up comedian. Lt. Muldoon is looking for some way to keep his men alive after being exposed to DC-2 gas. And then there is the brothers, J.T. and Sheriff Hague who continually battle over the best bar-b-q in the family. Then Doctor William Block and wife Doctor Dakota Block are at ends of each other, but neither will say anything to each other as both of their trusts have been pushed to the test.
If you are Looking for a fast paced horror film with tons of blood, Planet Terror is your film. Lots of blood and guts being shot all over the screen with strong performances and a story line that keeps your attention, Robert Rodriguez has brought the cult classic back to the big screen. The film even has adds grain along with discoloration added in to make you feel as if you are watching an old beat up movie that has been played many times over before getting to you. Having a missing reel is also a stroke of genius as you move from the movies love scene to a building burning down, having no reason why. Scares, humor, action and gore, the only elements you need for a good horror movie. If you have not seen this film yet and love horror or scary movies, pick it up, you will not be disappointed. If you have seen it, give it another view, for there are scenes that will still make you smile as you remember back to your first viewing. Stay scared out there.