Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 2

Last time, we saw that Rick and the group had escaped from Terminus and were on the path once again. In this episode, there is an eerie feeling that someone has been watching the group. Daryl is unsettled by it. While they are on the road, they hear a voice calling for help. They approach to see what is happening and they find a priest called Gabriel(Seth Gilliam) surrounded by walkers. He doesn't have any weapons and he is defenceless. They help him out and he tells them who he is. They do not trust him as they wonder how he has survived alone. He leads them to his church. He tells them that he has been surviving on cans that were for a food drive and that he has looked in the area for anything that he could find. He tells them that there is a food bank nearby but that it has been overrun with walkers. Some of the group go to get supplies there.

Carl notices that there are knife marks outside on the window of the church and written on the wall is a sentence- 'you'll burn for this', suggesting that this priest is not what he seems. Daryl and Carol find a car which is working. They all have a celebration that night and Abraham asks them to come to Washington with him and Eugene to get the cure. They all decide to go. Carol and Daryl are outside chatting when they see a car flying by. Daryl recognises it as the one in which Beth was taken and they give chase in their car.

Bob steps outside of the church for a moment and gets emotional. He gets hit from behind and taken away. When he awakes, he is at a campsite and he is faced with Gareth(Andrew J. West) who was one of the leaders of Terminus. He isn't happy that Rick and the group destroyed their little party, so he tells Bob that they have become hunters now and they need food. Bob looks down at his leg and realises that it has gone. He sees it on the fire and  he sees the others eating it. Gareth informs him that it tastes better than he thought it would.

This was an interesting episode, with a new character, the priest and the new baddies, the hunters. It is shaping up to be a great season already...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chillerama Movie Review 342

Chillerama is a 2011 horror comedy directed by different people. It is an anthology with four different stories. There is a main story linking everything together.

Basically this movie begins in a drive in movie theatre and there are monster movies being shown. The owner of the theatre is  going to close it down so there is one final showing of the movies.
A worker at the theatre digs up his dead wife's corpse for sex but ends up getting bitten by her instead so he begins to change into a zombie. This film has a story about a man who takes an experimental
drug for his low sperm count, but becomes horrified when his sperm emerges and takes over New York. The second story is about a gay werewolf. The third is a parody of Anne Frank and it shows Hitler trying to create a monster. The last segment is about crap, literally. The movie ends with zombies taking over the drive in.

I have to say that I am not really a fan of comic horror movies. Maybe there are exceptions, but this one I really disliked. I hated it, in fact. I just found it irritating and silly which is probably what it is meant to be, but I just couldn't enjoy it at all. It's not my kind of film. I know that it is a spoof and that you have to go with that, but I just couldn't like it at all. But if you enjoy that kind of silliness, you will enjoy this. So, anyway, this gets a 1/10.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Walking Dead,Season 5, Episode 1

The Walking Dead opened with a bang this season as we go back to Terminus where Rick and his group were caught in a trailer by the nasty guys in Terminus. It was obvious that there was going to be no sanctuary for all in the place and Rick is ready for war. Rick, Glenn, Daryl and Bob are brought into a room where people are lined up at a trough and then have their throats slit. Rick and the others see more people who have been captured die. There are two guys killing people and it is like an assembly line. Gareth, the head of the baddies, asks Rick what he buried outside and Rick has to tell him about the guns. Glenn is about to get gutted for dinner when there is an explosion outside and everyone stops what they are doing. 

Cut to Carol, Tyreese and the baby. They are walking along when they come across a horde of walkers. They run away and find a cabin. Inside is a guy from Terminus and they overhear him talking about Michonne and the others. They realise that he is not good and they capture him and keep him in the cabin. Carol leaves Tyreese in charge of him and she goes to Terminus to rescue the others. Tyreese has to kill the captive when he threatens the baby. Carol disguises herself as a walker and covers herself in blood to blend in as she heads off to help her friends. She comes to Terminus and gets inside by causing an explosion. In all of the confusion, she is able to sneak inside. The walkers overrun the place and people are getting attacked. She runs into Mary, the leader of Terminus and she confronts her about Rick and the others, Mary tells her that Terminus was a good place at the beginning, but other people came and raped and killed her people until they were able to reclaim it. Carol shoots her and leaves her to be eaten by walkers.

Rick and the others seize their chance to escape and they fight their way out of Terminus. They free the other captives and they shoot everyone they see. They get out into the woods. Rick wants to go back and kill all of the Terminus residents, but the others don't. They suddenly meet Carol and there are plenty of tears and reunions. Rick is delighted to see his daughter. The group decide to head to Washington with Abraham to take Eugene to find the cure. Rick changes the Terminus sign from Sanctuary for all to No Sanctuary. In a post credit scene, a person is walking through the woods. He is wearing a mask. He sees a symbol carved into a tree and he takes off his mask, revealing that he is Morgan, the survivor Rick met in the first season.

What a great season premiere! This episode was all action and it was really good. I enjoyed it . Rick and the others are finally free again and I am looking forward to what will happen next!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 1

American Horror Story is back for another season and this time the story revolves around a freak show which is interesting. The first thing that I thought of when I saw this episode is the movie Freaks which is very old, but it is in the same vein as this. It stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson.

Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German woman who owns a freak show in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Her show is not bringing in much money and she is worried. She finds out about a 'monster' who is brought into a hospital after her mother is killed and she is attacked. The hospital staff are horrified as she is not normal. She is one of a pair of conjoined Siamese twins. One is called Bette and the other Dot. They have different personalities. Elsa talks to her and gets her to join her freak show.

Meanwhile, Twisty the clown played by John Carroll Lynch is on a murder spree. His face is very creepy I have to say. He takes two young people and keeps them in his lair.What he is going to do with them, I shudder to think. At the freak show, Bette and Dot meet the workers. There is the bearded lady,Ethel(Kathy Bates) and her son Jimmy(Evan Peters) who has unusual hands. There are plenty more freaks in the show and they are like one big family. 

When a cop comes to question Bette and Dot about their mother's murder, the freaks defend her and
when the cop calls them freaks, Jimmy loses it and kills him. They all cut him up later and bury him.
It turns out that Bette and Dot did kill their mother. A rich guy called Dandy Mott(Finn Wittrock) and his mother, Gloria(Frances Conroy) go to see the freak show and Dandy wants to buy some of the freaks. Elsa refuses them. Twisty visits the freak show and watches the freaks hacking the cop up. They don't see him at all. The episode ends with the revelation that Elsa has her two legs amputated at the knee.

This season started very well and the horror was amped up for this episode. I am looking forward to this series and I think that it will be one of the best ones yet. Bring it on!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Twin Peaks Return!

As you may have already heard, the cult TV show Twin Peaks is returning to our screens in 2016. David Lynch and Mark Frost will be at the forefront of it and it is initially going to be nine episodes.
Somehow, I think that if the show is a success, there will be more episodes. I also hope that a lot of the original cast return. While I don't mind some new faces, I am a die hard fan and want to see all of the townsfolk I remember from the original series. The fact that Lynch is doing it himself is a good thing. If someone else was at the helm, I would be horrified.

I loved this show from the first time I saw it which was almost 20 years ago, if not more. I think that it is my favourite TV show of all time and I love the first and second seasons, even if there are flaws with the second one. I really thought that the network ruined the show because they forced Lynch to reveal the killer way too soon. Hopefully, Lynch and Frost will get to do the new show THEIR way and finish it right. I really hope that this show will be atmospheric as the first one was, with some weird and wonderful characters. Of course, Agent Cooper will have to be at the forefront of it and I don't know what they will do about BOB as Frank Silva has passed away as has Don Davis who was Major Briggs and Jack Nance who was Pete Martell.

The big question is will Laura Palmer show up too? I would think that she will be written in somewhere. Maybe there will be some flashbacks or flashforwards, who knows? All I know is that it is looking good and for all the Twin Peaks fans who have always wondered what happened to Agent Cooper and co., then this is going to be a great TV show. Bring it on!!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Documenting the Grey Man Movie Review 341

Documenting the Grey Man is a 2011 found footage horror movie directed by Wayne Capps and starring Patrick Hussion.

There isn't much point in going into too much detail about the plot as it is pretty simple. This is a supposedly true story which is shown by a bit at the beginning telling us that a group of people went to do  documentary on the Grey Man,but they disappeared and the family disappeared too. The cops found the footage.... A group of filmmakers are interested in doing a documentary about ghosts and the hysteria people have about ghosts when their leader Mitch(Hussion) finds a family who have moved into a new house which is haunted by a local legend, the Grey Man. The family are scared and Mitch and his group decide to be fake paranormal investigators for their documentary. They are going to prove that it is not real and that the Grey Man doesn't exist. One of them, Chad, is going to the fake psychic and he will pretend that he sees or hears strange things in the house.

They meet the family, who have a young daughter. The daughter talks to an imaginary friend so you know that that will be the ghost. These movies always have the kid chatting to some friend who nobody else can see, and then of course it turns out to be evil...So, Mitch and the gang move into the house, look around and pretend that they are investigating the house. Guess what? The ghost turns out to be REAL and oh no- Mitch and the others are killed!!! The family are killed too by Casper and it turns out that he is not a friendly ghost! So, all in all, this dragged along for ages and nothing happened until the last few minutes which weren't bad, but it was too little, too late. This is not a great movie and the found footage thing has been done to death! I give this one a 3/10.

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