Written by Scott Edwards
Since video games are becoming much more cinematic than they have ever been before, there may not be many big screen adaptations of your favorite game that you would want to see in theaters, and the box office results of video games turned into movies backs that up. Maybe if Assassin's Creed does really well this genre will find life again, but who knows. I think that the Resident Evil franchise is the only one that's figured out how to resonate with audiences since it's been around forever and it really is the only game/movie franchise that I've made a point to follow. That is until now because I have seen Dead Rising: Watchtower, and it has the only thing that matters in video games and movies, zombies, and they are fantastic.
Wanting to get a new story that will get him more hits on his website, Chase Carter is reporting inside of the town of East Mission which will soon be under an evacuation order due to a zombie attack that has previously taken place there. The rest of the states are not happy with this idea since everyone in the town has been exposed to the virus and nobody should allow this to be unleashed on the country. Talking to a couple different people around the medical tents, Chase turns his attention to the beautiful Crystal who is not happy with how anything has been going in her town. Wanting to leave the town would not be out of the question, but as time has shown, nothing that the government ever does is the right decision.
While inside the medical tent, Chase gets some footage of the zombie drug, Zombrex being administered to the infected patients, but it does not seem to be taking effect as quickly as it should. Watching patients have violent seizures and turn into the flesh eating machines that the drug is supposed to subdue, Chase has the big time story he's been looking for and it will most certainly go viral. With the virus becoming resilient to the drug, the folks at F.E.Z.A. believe that it has mutated and could be transmitted by air. Shutting down the only exit out of the town, Jordan, Chase’s camera woman was able to escape the outbreak, but is stuck in quarantine until she gets a clean bill of health. While on the outskirts of town, she is able to hear more reports about what the government is up to and when she hears that they are ready to firebomb the town, she fears for her friend who is stuck on the inside.
Being there when the zombie outbreak took place is going to be great for Chase and he is looking to capitalize on it, but when word comes out that the virus might be airborne, he has cannot hold his tongue. Calling his old news station and reporting that he and two others are not infected, he has another job now, to keep an eye on the inside of the town. But Chase is in for a surprise when he finds out that Crystal is infected and when she takes the Zombrex, she does not turn into a flesh eater. Now knowing a little bit more about what is going on, Chase needs to get his story out to the masses before the entire town is destroyed for a bad batch of zombie drugs. But the streets are not only paved with zombies and looters, they also have troops that have been told to shoot everyone on sight, no matter the situation.
I remember playing Dead Rising 2 and I might need to pick it up again because it is my favorite zombie killing game out there. The main overlap between the game and the movie, is the whole 'having to build your own weapons thing' and that is just beyond fantastic. I enjoyed watching Chase start to understand that he will not be able to get out of this situation on his own and since Crystal knows how to get out of tough situations, they paired up nicely as a team. You can always find power in numbers, but that is usually not the case in a zombie outbreak, it only takes one bite and then you are screwed. The addition of Frank West helping to add color commentary to the news reports is genius and with the best job in the world, telling people how to survive the outbreak, he is beyond hilarious and I really hope to see him in the field killing zombies for the right reasons someday. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Back in the olden days, people would depend on getting an inheritance from their parents or grandparents, it was just the way things went. But as time has gone by, the tax man wants to get as much money as he can out of you whether you are dead or alive, and you are lucky to get anything after all is said and done. It seems like the birthright of being wealthy has been taken away from so many people and being able to leave anything for your children is next to impossible with how expensive it is to live these days. Hopefully you are good with your money and are able to take care of what you need to in life, and if you are able to leave a little something for your kids when you pass on, then you have done something right.
John Carter and his young love Ingrid have made their way to the old Butler house and John is ready to make a deal on behalf of his client Jeffrey Butler. With the tattered history that surrounds the house and the death of Wilfred Butler twenty years ago, his grandson wants nothing to do with the property. Offering it up to the leadership of the town for fifty thousand dollars, John believes that this will be the best Christmas weekend he and his mistress will ever have. Knowing that he will get his commission for the sale very quickly, what he does not know is that there is a madman in the house that does not want it to go to the wrong hands.
Getting a call from the Butler house, Tess hears a name that she has not thought about in years and tries to get the rest of the town brass to get up to the house as soon as possible. With the circumstances surrounding how Wilfred Butler passed away, being burnt alive and all, the town's leaders are not concerned about anything strange happening in the house, but as each one shows up, they are killed by the madman who is searching for an ultimate prize. Not being able to get into his own house, Jeffery Butler stops by the Mayor’s house and meets his daughter. Talking with Diane about what could be happening in the town, as well as how he can get into his house he finds out that there is some sort of history surrounding the property that he knew nothing about.
While Jeff is out trying to locate any of the town's leaders, Diane gets a call from the Butler house as well and she starts doing a little digging on her own. Finding out that the house used to be an insane asylum, and knowing that an inmate has escaped from the new nut house on Christmas Eve, she fears that he/she might be on the hunt for anyone that makes their way into the house. While waiting to hear from anybody, Jeffery is able to enter the house and finally gets some answers of his own.
Finding his grandfather’s diary, he finds out that the house was being used as an asylum, but not in the traditional sense at first, since his unknown Aunt was being treated there exclusively. Opening the house up for more patients, Wilfred Butler spared no expense on getting these people help, but when he saw what his money was really going towards, he lost his faith in humanity and put a stop to it right there. Finding Jeffrey in the house, Diane finds out that there was a tragedy in the house many years ago, but has no clue what kinds of horrors about this awful place she is about to uncover...
They really don’t make movies like this anymore and it is kind of a shame. Being a more story driven horror tale, you have to pay attention and make sure you have not missed the little clues to find out what is really making the story so frightening. Without your common jump scares, this movie plays more with the unknowns surrounding the house and the characters and of course, the killer. Then just when you think that you have it all figured out, the rug gets pulled out from beneath your feet. With a great storyline, a little bit of blood and the truth about a town coming to light, you might need to take a step back and make sure you know enough about your family history before stepping into a situation that could leave you more scarred than you were before. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is always hard to know what to get someone for the holidays, especially if they have been naughty. Even if they try to be nice for a certain part of the year, in an effort to show everyone what a 'good' person they are, it does not replace what they do the rest of the time. It can be difficult for someone to change their stripes, no matter how hard they try to and their true nature can wind up hurting them in the long run. During the season of giving, it is easy to overlook these things, but once you have been marked for being bad in one way or another, it is almost impossible to get rid of that label.
Being different is something that Zoe has been getting used to her entire life. With her friends not wanting to be around her since she is more fascinated with death than they are, she tries to entertain herself back at the house, but that is not a safe place for her either. Trying to watch something on television while her foster mom is listening to music in her headphones, Zoe is reamed for changing the channel. Going to her room and hearing her foster parents starting to get busy in the bedroom, Zoe takes a quick peek and is shunned back to her room, but this time the door is locked from the outside. The only option in her room is to play with her dolls, so she pulls out her favorite one and removes the chains that keeps the secret of her favorite one at bay.
Getting a call from a neighbor, the police are called in to find out what has happened at the Hoelzer foster house. With two burned bodies in the driveway, young Zoe has nothing to say to anyone about what really happened. Being taken to the hospital for further evaluation, Zoe keeps her mouth closed to the doctors, but when Doctor Rachel Stewart makes it on the scene, the young girl opens up just a little bit. Only being able to get Zoe to say that her foster parents were not nice people, Rachel wants to get more information and makes a promise to bring back the dolls that are hidden in her bedroom. With a police escort to the crime scene, Rachel sees how unhappy the house really was, but when she finds the young girl’s dolls, she is in for a story that she will never forget.
Being a child psychologist, Rachel believes that she will be able to help the young girl, but even after handing the dolls over to Zoe, the girl still refuses to open up. With strange nightmares starting again, Rachel is dependent on her own medication to keep her mind at bay. But that is not enough as her friend, Detective Miles is looking to become more than a friend and her foster child Lamaar is focused on things other than his family. Rachel's hectic life is starting to take its toll, and when word of another burned body comes across the wire it only gets worse, because she now knows that there might be something wrong with Zoe and checks the girl’s history. Finding another set of foster parents that Zoe lived with, Rachel is in for the shock of a lifetime when she finds out how old the little girl really is and that she might be harboring some sort of power.
When it comes to making a decent horror movie, you have to remember that kids are not immune to being the baddie and this movie proves that fact. I must admit that I was feeling bad for young Zoe when seeing how she was treated early on, but once I found out that she has the power of Krampus on her side, then she became a little scary. Rachel had demons of her own, but not remembering her childhood really put a damper on her being able to work through them and instead of getting help for it, she tries to better the world with her work. This really was a noble cause and being a foster child herself, she never wants to see a child suffer when going into the system. But that proves to not be enough when someone knows who she really is and the Krampus will have his way. With some Christmas music, burning bodies, distorted flashbacks and a killer Krampus, this is quite the fun little Christmas flick. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is nothing more entertaining than going ghost hunting with your friends, something I have done on numerous occasions. But one thing that I always do before the hunt is walk through the place so I know all of the ins and outs to make sure that everything will be enjoyable. Having a better feeling about where I am going, I can help the group have a little bit better time and aleviate their worries since at least someone knows the way out. It is always important to know where you are going and what, if any, secrets the location may hold before you enter it, especially if you want to get out unharmed.
Finally starting to make a dent on their unpacking in the new house, Sarah and Matt have found that moving out of the big city has left them longing for nothing. The small town life is good, a little strange but good and there is no chance they are going to leave. Inviting her childhood friend Bree to stay with them for the weekend, Sarah is excited for the time they will spend together, but an unexpected visit from her brother may change the outlook on the weekend for the rest of their days. Knowing that he is having a rough go of things, Sarah is more than willing to take care of her family and while Matt does not care much for the unemployed hippie, he will never question his wife and her motives.
Finding out that Eric and Skye have a little side job when traveling from state to state, ghost hunting has left them wanting to see and prove more. Being attacked as a child, Eric has embraced that he is able to see and speak to spirits, but his sister Sarah has hidden this away from the world, including her husband. With new information about his wife being put on the table, Matt wants to find out more and agrees to follow Eric, Skye, Bree and Dave up to an old burned down prison where a Cannibal Kane and a hundred other inmates lost their lives in a fire during the eighties. Wanting to prove that ghosts are not real is on the top of Matt’s agenda, but when exploring the depths of the prison, Eric and Skye find an old altar and a book that tells them a little bit about what has been happening in the building.
Already feeling uncomfortable and having a vision of Kane in her mind, Skye wants to leave the old prison and rest of the group agrees. Heading back into the forest, the group follows the path that they initially used to get to the prison to return to the road, but instead of finding their car, they are brought back to the prison once again. Meanwhile Sarah is having problems of her own when she sees a ghost while waiting in the car and crashes, forcing her to take off on foot. Needing help in her pregnant state, she is blessed to have a police cruiser pull over and pick her up, but there is something very strange about the cop and where he is driving to. Being able to escape and making her way to the prison to find her family and friends, Sarah starts seeing what happened in the past leading to the fire and discovers what is keeping the spirits alive and what they are willing to kill for when it comes to this small town.
Interesting play with the storyline as Cannibal Kane has been pegged as being the killer in the woods while the town is trying hard to cover something up. I really liked how the use of flashbacks were able to tell the story as it seemed essential to making sure you know what really happened. The relationship and secrets between Sarah and her friend Bree and brother Eric showed that she was never really comfortable in her own skin and not telling her husband about her past seemed like a good idea for her. I love a good ghost story and this one is not that bad and even though I do not really understand the lone woman standing alone in a field and screaming to disrupt all radio service, it does add to the scares and opens the prison for one more night of justice.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are so many people that are happy with being in their dead end jobs as they get older since they have no other aspirations to become something greater. While the bills get paid and life seems to be good for them, what stops them from wanting to be something greater? Striving to be the best is something that seems to have been disappearing over the past couple of years since people have given up on it and are content to live their lives the only way they know how. While people may be happy with their situations, they will never know what benefits can come from becoming something more and while some people will be alright with that, they will never know what they are missing.
Leaving her life in New York, Suzy Bannion is making her way to the prestigious Tanz Dance Academy in Germany. Arriving by cab at the academy on a dark and stormy night, Suzy sees a fellow dancer fleeing from the building, and she hasn't a clue what the girl was running from. Not being allowed entrance for the night, Suzy comes back in the morning and gets a face to face with her instructor Miss Tanner and the woman that runs the academy, Madame Blanc. With no idea why she was not allowed in, Madame Blanc has some bad news for the young American; that her room is not ready and she will need to pay to stay with another student off campus.
Not seeing this as a problem, Suzy meets her new roommate, Olga, who seems to be alright, but she is very straightforward and has a little playful streak towards another student that she has taken a liking to. Being thrown into the mix of classes Suzy becomes a little light headed and needs a moment to gather herself, but Miss Tanner will not have a quitter on her first day and makes the young dancer show off her moves. Falling in the middle of the dance hall, Suzy is put in one of the empty rooms at the academy and is forced to eat a special diet that will increase her blood flow to avoid the accident from happening again. Even though she is not happy about being staying in the dorms, all is not lost since a girl named Sara happens to be her next door neighbor. As the two girls are able to hit it off, things start to change in the dorms and Sara knows that it is not just bad food bringing the changes.
Finding maggots running rampant around the building, Madame Blanc is forced to have her students all sleep in the gymnasium and waking up to an awful snoring, Sara knows that the academy’s director has returned for the night. Telling Suzy about what happens when the director is around, Sara is convinced that there is some strangeness about the old woman, but is not able to pinpoint what it really is. Thinking that there is witchcraft in the academy, Sara tries to tell Suzy everything she has uncovered during her time there, but Suzy is too tired to understand what her friend is telling her. Being chased by some thing through the halls of the school, Sara meets her untimely demise. But Suzy is starting to remember things and presses the Madame for more information, making her the next target for whatever is roaming the halls when the lights go off.
Sometimes you have to go back and enjoy a classic movie from time to time and although many people may not like Argento's movies, I have become a fan other the years. The one thing that I enjoyed right off the bat is the set design and the lighting in the movie that make the effects and scares just that much better. The murders in this movie also make you cringe, since they are things that you would not want to think about and they haunt your dreams for weeks to come. I liked the story, although witches are not really my thing, I have found a little love for them over the years and this movie is the prime reason why. I know there are some other movies in this series, but I watched the finale before this one, so it will be a big surprise for me when I get to watch Inferno next to fully appreciate Dario Argento’s series on witches. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
When moving into a new home, it is always good to know what happened within its walls before you bought it. You never know what secrets could be hidden inside of the walls, especially if there was a cult living there at some point. I always like to joke that the strange sounds in my house are from the ghosts of an old burial ground, and while I know that is not true, it would be kind of scary if it was. It is difficult to know what you are getting into when you do not know the history of the town or the home you are moving into as different places have different stories and some of them may not be too friendly.
As Christmas is slowly approaching, Ryan has invited his brother Mike to come and stay with his family for a couple weeks. Being fresh out of a breakup, Mike needs to be around someone positive and Ryan, his wife Emily and darling daughter Leila will fill that void. Even Skyler is willing to give him a listen when needed, but little does the family know what they are in for this holiday season. While helping his brother to put up lights, Mike stumbles upon a strange box that has an old video camera and some tapes that nobody has ever seen before. Wanting to know more about the camera, Ryan is not able to find anything like it on the internet and when he turns it on, he starts to see strange forms inside of his home.
Thinking that it is just a glitch, Ryan enters one of the forms and finds out it is out of this world. Wanting to show everyone what the camera can do, he finds out that it was used for spirit photography, but more surprises await him. Watching a couple of the old VHS tapes that came in the box, Ryan is getting the impression that the former family that owned the camera is talking about him and his family. With nobody willing to believe him about what is on the tapes and with the house possibly being haunted, Emily gives him a couple days to try and prove his point. Setting up the ghost camera in his daughter’s room, Ryan sees a spirit manifesting itself by her bed. Knowing that there is something strange happening in the house surrounding his daughter, Ryan tries to find out as much as he can about what happened in the house before he moved in and why this spirit would be looking to make friends with his daughter.
I have not been a huge fan of this series thus far, but after watching this movie, I might need to give it another chance. With more than just the normal jump scares that you got in the other films, you get to actually see a spirit and how nasty it really is. I really liked the character interaction in this movie as it did not seem too forced and when things started to get weird, they bounced ideas off of each other. The relationship between the brothers had to be the best, especially since Mike is forced to get his brother's back when no one else will and trying to scare him was priceless. The videos were creepy as well, since they feature two little girls, Katie and Kristi, that are being groomed for something much more than even they knew at the time. With your regular scares, a black eyed child and a vapor moving around the house, it is easy to see that there is nothing that can go right for this family during the holidays.
Written by Scott Edwards
When you start acting differently than you normally do without an explanation, you have to believe that someone else is taking over your body, right? I mean, if you have never stolen something in your life and are caught shoplifting, it wasn’t you, it was the voices inside of your head. I have never given this much credence over the years, since whenever a murderer is questioned, it always seems like they want to plead insanity, because it works, but what if there is really something out there that can take over your mind and actions? Being forced to watch your body do something that you know you should not be doing would be terrifying and I just hope that those who have had to witness this are able to remove whatever conduit is inside of them, causing them to be someone completely different.
Anton Tobias is living his life to his own standards, waking up, listening to music and getting high, which is all well and good for him and his parents. When waking up to see that he has exhausted his stash, Anton puts a call into his best friend Pnub to get some reserves, but Pnub and his buddy Mick are not willing to cough it up for their struggling friend. When hearing about a curfew that has been put in place on the town due to some unsolved murders, Anton also hears about a school dance that might be something right up his alley if he is able to even talk to the girl of his dreams.
Not seeing his parents for a couple of days, Anton is shocked to see that they are carved up and left to rot in his house. Thinking that the killer is loose in the house, Anton does the only thing that he can think of and calls his best friends over to help. Looking around the house however, the three find that all of the signs point to Anton being the killer. Not wanting to do anything drastic, Anton tries to get his friends out of the house before something bad happens to them, but alas, the evil in his hand is too strong and cannot be controlled. Killing Pnub and Mick and burying them in the backyard, Anton finds himself outside of Molly’s house looking for his cat that his uncontrolled hand threw out the window.
Thinking that Anton is cute, Molly invites him in and once again his hand takes over and gives her a grab and liking the aggressiveness, Molly is ready to rock the shy boy’s world. Getting a date for the dance, Anton is worried about what will happen when his hand decides to kill again and has to find a way to control it. Talking to his neighbor Randy about possession and what not, Anton finds that idle hands are the devil's playground and sees that he can control it, as long as he keeps it busy. With his friends back from the dead and trying to help him on his journey, Anton finds that it is not enough as the hand will do everything in his power to kill anyone that gets in its way. Thinking of only one way to stop his hand, Anton takes it to the next level and cuts it off, but finds that it was the wrong decision as the hand can kill on its own without a body attached.
This is just a fun horror movie that may not explain what is really happening, but who cares since there is a possessed hand on the loose, killing everyone it can. I cannot help but think back to Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 when watching this movie since a handless hero is what the world really needs to keep it safe. The jokes between the best friends are the best and Molly is a stunner as Anton already knows and she has a little dark side that he is lucky enough to see. I still cannot get over how nobody wants to hear what is going on with the young stoner kid, but when there is a pretty woman or an ancient cure being thrown around, it seems like a canary is singing. Great cast, good story and plenty of blood and interesting ways to die, this movie is fun for horror fans of all ages. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
I do love to hear about a good haunting these days and will never shy away from it, unless of course if the ghost wants you dead. Most of the ghost stories that I hear about are somewhat peaceful, but there are some that scare the living daylights out of people. I would like to believe that ghosts are not able to hurt people, but when you hear about attacks by the spirits, you might start to think twice. I would love to see one someday and discover that ghosts really do exist, but until then, I just like to keep an open mind and listen to the stories being told around the campfire.
Arriving at an out of the way farmhouse, Scott, Liam and Holly are ready to start checking out what could have possibly forced the family to leave in such a hurry. Checking out the rooms one by one, they see that nothing was packed and even dinner plates were left on the table with food still on them. With the best gear they can afford, the group is ready to start their ghost hunt in the house, but during the day, there does not seem to be anything that wants to play with them.
At 3 a.m. however, there is something that makes itself heard in the house as the front door swings open and the hanging lights shake violently. Not hearing anything, Liam sees that one of his motion activated cameras turns on as if it is following somebody, but there is nothing evident on the tape to think that it was anything supernatural. Seeing that there is nothing wrong with his gear, Liam knows that there is something strange happening in the old house, but his boss Scott is still very skeptical. When the second night moves in, everyone in the group hears a massive thud that shakes the house on its foundations. Needing an explanation for this, Scott believes that it was the wind, but now Holly and Liam are starting to get a bit frightened about what is happening around them.
Being a psychic, Holly tries to communicate with the spirit, but while she is not able to feel anything in the house when the sun is up, night time is a whole different story. Seeing the ghost face to face, Holly is fearful for her and the group’s safety, but needing more evidence before leaving, Scott has staged a little trap for the active spirit. Filling the hallway with fog and having all of their equipment facing the door where the specter enters, the group is shocked to see that it does not enter the house while they are watching, but the night is not over and Holly is attacked by the spirit after hours pass, but is able to find a safe place in the house when running into the back room. As the air feels different in this room from the rest of the house, the group now has a safe haven from the spirit that wants them gone, but will that be enough for them when the spirt really comes out to play?
A little different from what I expected, but far from disappointing. Starting off as a normal haunting, then turning a little violent towards the only person that could see it and then finding out the ghost’s true purpose in the house, it fulfilled my needs for a ghost story. I liked Scott as the leader of the group, especially since he wants to prove that the haunting exists in the house, but he has to have scientific proof before he is willing to leave. While Holly and Liam want to leave after the ghost attacks the young psychic head on, Scott is still not convinced and needs more proof and will do anything to get his methods of removing a ghost from the human plane in place. The only thing that I find to be a little unbelievable is that an insurance company would being calling the shots from off screen on seeing if a haunting is really occurring, I have never seen a supernatural package being offered out there by any of the big name companies, but it would be a nice perk to have if you are really afraid of ghosts. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
When it comes to the holidays, surrounding yourself with family and friends stands second to none. But what if everyone decides they want to get away from it all for the holiday season? Heading away from a cold and snowy home to a place where the sun always shines and you don’t need to wear a parka, could make for a wonderful time. There does not have to be a rhyme or reason behind taking a trip during the holidays, you just have to promise yourself that you are going to have fun while being away from home. Being too caught up in life can get the best of you if you let it, so don’t, and have fun during your vacation.
Sheriff Sam Tiler is still taking what happened in the town of Snowmonton to heart and needs to get some things off of his chest. When talking to his psychiatrist, Sam, he reveals all of the facts that have been kept secret for the past year about Jack Frost and how the killer snowman was defeated. Even though it seems crazy to people in the real world, Sam knows what happened and no matter what anybody else says, he is not crazy. Seeing that his psychiatrist and his crew do not believe the story that he is telling, Sam needs to find another way to clear his mind and a vacation might do just that.
Everything in Snowmonton has been quiet for a year, but the FBI needs to get their hands on the experiment that got away from them. Finding the unmarked grave that Jack Frost’s remains were thrown into, they have located the anti-freeze bottles and return what's left of the serial killer to his rightful place at the agency. Performing new experiments on the liquid, they are not able to release the killer that terrorized the small town of Snowmonton last year, but when a cup of coffee gets spilled into the watery grave, Jack comes back to life and is ready to take out his revenge on Sam once again.
Arriving in the tropics with their friends Joe and Marla, Sam and his wife Anne are looking to have the time of their lives on this trip as well and with no snow to be seen, there should be no problems in letting the Jack Frost memory die away. But being able to traverse the ocean, Jack has found the island where his nemesis is hiding out and is ready to exact revenge. Needing to get himself back into fighting shape, Jack is able to locate a carrot at sea and charcoal on the island along with a new scarf from a model shoot. Killing everyone that he comes in contact with, Jack leaves his calling card, but only Sam and his old friend Agent Manners know what to expect as the rest of the island staff believe the killings are shark attacks. Trying to warn everyone that there is a killer loose on the island, Sam is labeled crazy and left to his own devices, but when it starts to snow in the tropical paradise, the sheriff and ex-FBI agent know that Jack is back and see that he has a new bag of tricks with him on this festive Christmas holiday.
You know how sequels are supposed to never as good as the originals? Well this movie did not disappoint me as much as I expected it to. With a couple cast members reprising their roles and a new bikini clad generation joining in, you get to see what Jack Frost is really about. I did not know how much power the killer snowman really had, but it turns out he does not need to be bundled up from the cold since he can bring the cold himself and that is not all he is packing this holiday. Watching as Sam seems to go mad when Jack shows his snowy face once again, it was great to see that Anne is ready to step up and make sure that nobody, not even an undying snowman will ruin her vacation. With some changes from the first film, you still get plenty of blood, an 'I’m melting' scene, talking ice and a deadly carrot that nobody wanted to see coming. Just a silly sequel, but I would expect nothing less from the creators that turned a favorite holiday character into a mass murderer. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One of the things that I really miss over the holidays is a good fear channel to help get me into the holiday spirit. Not being able to find all of the horror movies that my heart desires in one place anymore really puts me into the bah humbug mood, but when I am able to find at least one decent holiday horror movie, it brings my spirits back up to where they need to be. When the snow starts to fall and the nights seem to become never ending, there seems to be nothing better to cuddle up to than a fun Christmas horror movie to celebrate the spirit of the season.
The most notorious serial killer of his time, Jack Frost is about to face his death during one heck of a blizzard. Not being able to see the road is not going to keep the transfer men from doing their job of delivering the psychopath to his demise because when the hands on the clock strike midnight, the tyranny of Jack Frost will come to an end. But the transfer men are not the only ones that are having a problem seeing through the storm since the driver of a genetics truck is headed straight for them on the open road. When the two trucks collide, Jack finds his way to freedom once again since this will not be his night to die by anyone’s hand, but when the genetics truck unleashes its payload on Jack, he melts into the snow, never to be seen again.
Seeing the accident on the drive home with his family, Sam has some unanswered questions about what happened to the biggest collar of his career as sheriff, but with the news reporting that Jack is no longer with the living, he has little concern. But when seeing that one of the older locals of the town was murdered where he was sitting, Sam needs to know for sure that Jack is dead. Getting ahold of Agent Manners from the FBI, Sam is told that the murderer was killed in the accident and hearing it from a government agency, Sam is accepting of the answer. But there is something strange happening at the agency since Manners has been put in charge of finding a dead man that has been turned into a being that no one has ever seen before, thanks to a scientist named Stone. Keeping the news quiet about what really happened to Jack, the small town of Snowmonton is about to experience one strange night of complete and utter terror.
As Jack Frost arises in the form of a snowman, he quickly finds out that his killing talents will not go to waste, in fact there is plenty more that he can do. Stalking Sam’s home and having the sheriff’s boy give him a scarf, eyes and a nose, the killer is bent on revenge upon the family of the man that finally caught him. Being able to move around town without being noticed, Jack unleashes hell on his victims that initially think that he is nothing more than a harmless snowman. But showing his true spirit and with an end game in sight, Jack wants nothing more than to get credit for his kills, especially when his primary target Sam is in sight. With a little bit of help from Manners and Stone, Sam tries his hardest to protect the town against the homicidal snowman, but how can he kill something that is not really alive?
Just a classic slasher flick featuring a beloved character that always makes an appearance during Christmas. Even now I am still blown away by the story of a killer snowman that cannot be stopped in a conventional way. Being able to melt himself to reach the unreachable areas, Jack Frost seems to be the perfect killing machine and with no way to stop him, he will spread his own unique brand of evil holiday cheer. With plenty of ideas of how to kill the snowman killer, there does not seem to be a very good one until everyone is forced to face the fact that they are out snowed. What is so magical about this movie? It could be the fact that the snowman will never die, or his ability to throw icicles through his opponents, or that he can change into water form whenever he wants, or that a common household appliance could save the day if anyone could find an extension cord for it in order to use it. Stay Scared.