Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 13

Last time, Carol and Maggie were taken hostage by The Saviors. This episode tells that story. Carol and Maggie are with their captors who happen to be three women-Paula(Alicia Witt),Michelle and Molly. They see Rick capture their man Primo. They tell Rick that they have the two women and Rick tries to make a deal with them. Carol and Maggie are taken to a building where they are put into a room with the three women. Paula is talking to reinforcements over the radio and Carol pretends to be a harmless woman who doesn't know anything about killing or death. They are tied up. Their captors discover that Maggie is pregnant.

Carol and Maggie talk to their captors and Carol tries to tell them that there doesn't have to be any more killing. Paula thinks that she is an idiot who is terrified. Carol manages to get herself free and she releases Carol. They have no choice but to shoot their captors and Carol kills the reinforcements. They run outside and find Rick and the others. They are shaken up by their ordeal and Carol seems to be cracking up a bit. Rick asks Primo who is Negan and he tells Rick that he is. Rick kills him. Carol is shocked.

This was a good episode. I am not sure that I like the way that Carol's character is heading.She is a tough woman and that is good. I hope that they don't mess that up.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Dorm that Dripped Blood Movie Review 385

The Dorm that Dripped Blood a.k.a. Pranks is a 1982 horror movie directed by Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow and starring Laurie Lapinski, Daphne Zuniga and Stephen Sachs.

Joanne(Lapinski) is a college student who is clearing out a dormitory in her college which is being demolished. She has to pack everything up and make sure that the place is ready within two weeks.
She has the help of her friends Brian( David Snow), Craig(Sachs),Patty(Pamela Holland) and Debbie(Zuniga). What they don't know is that there is a killer on campus who is disposing of the college kids. The group are working away, but Debbie has to leave as her parents are collecting her to take her home. Her parents are waiting for her in their car when her dad decides to walk around o find her. He is killed and her mother is killed too. She is killed by an unknown person and dragged away.

There is a local weirdo on campus too. He is called John(Woody Roll) and he is living there when he should not be. He appears and disappears and he unnerves everyone with his creepiness. They try and tell him to get out of the dorm, but he doesn't leave. They think that he is up to something weird. When they hear noises they think that it is John. They call the cops and tell them. The cops tell them that they will check in on them later. Joanne meets a guy called Bobby who is buying some tables from her and he likes her. 

When Brian disappears and is found dead and Patty is cooked alive in a pressure cooker, Joanne and Craig are left to battle with the killer. They think that it is John and they manage to kill him between them. But, Joanne gets the surprise of her life when Craig reveals that the killer is HIM. He loves her and he kills anyone who gets close to her. He chases her and she tries to escape. Bobby turns up looking for her and she tells him what is going on. The cops show up too. Craig tells them that BOBBY is the killer and they shoot him. He manages to get Joanne and throw her into the incinerator and his guilt goes unknown.

This movie was not bad, but it is a bit thin plot wise. I liked it though and it did keep me watching so that is good. There are no frills here and the acting isn't great, but if you are looking for a cheap horror movie, then this will entertain you. I will give it a 5/10.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 12

Well, the last episode ended with Rick, Jesus and the group deciding to take on Negan and The Saviours. This will not be an easy task and all of the people in Alexandria go to a meeting and decide who is going to fight and who will stay in Alexandria. Carol seems very nervous about this we wonder what is going on with her. She seems to be thinking about things as she visits a grave. Rick tells the group what happened with Daryl, Abraham and Sasha and about The Saviours almost killing them. He wants to get them before they decide to come to Alexandria. Morgan doesn't agree.

Carol talks to Tobin and they kiss. They seem to be more than just friends. Things are not going so well for Abraham and Rosita. He dumps her in a brutal fashion telling her that she is not the only woman left on earth. She is very upset. The group need a head as a stand in for Gregory's whom The Saviours expect to be dead. They are going to deliver it to the place where they leave the food and supplies. Once inside, then they can start the killing. They get a walker's head and try and make it look like Gregory. One of the men who has been at The Saviours' place shows them what he knows and they leave.

When they reach it, Jesus shows them the head and they are allowed inside. They kill everyone that they meet and wander through the building. They come upon gruesome Polaroids of dead people which is creepy. Carol and Maggie are outside the place, keeping watch. The others kill and fight with the people that are there. Jesus arrives and he helps them. They finally end the fight but they see a Saviour riding away on Daryl's motorbike. They chase him and they are going to kill him when a voice comes over the radio telling them to lower their weapons- they have hostages, Carol and Maggie. This isn't going to end well!!!!Great episode with lots happening.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 11

This episode begins with Jesus telling Rick and the others about the group to which belongs. They are called the Hilltop . They can offer Rick's group stuff that they need such as food and medicine in return for guns and ammo. Rick and some of the others decide to travel with Jesus back to his community and see what they can do about trading. Abraham and Sasha are getting along very well and he is attracted to her. He is still with Rosita, though, so I don't know what will happen there. He asks Glenn how he feels now that Maggie is pregnant. Glenn is happy and wants to bring his child into the world as it is now. Rick and the others are on their way to the Hilltop when Jesus sees a car that he recognises. It belongs to their community and the group finds some of his people who have been attacked.

They all arrive at the Hilltop and enter. They see a huge house and a lot of people who are growing crops etc. They are taken to meet the leader of the community who is called Gregory. They are not sure what to make of him. He doesn't impress them. Rick asks Maggie to deal with him about trading. She tries to make a deal with him but he is a sleaze and tries to come on to her. Some of the Hilltop people come back from a meeting with Negan who is the head of The Saviours. Negan is forcing them to give him half of their supplies in return for their lives. He sends a message with one of the people because the supplies were less than they should have been. The message consists of Gregory being stabbed in the stomach by one of his own men as a warning.

Gregory is helped and he doesn't die. Jesus tells them about Negan and the deal that they made with him. Negan is holding one of their group and Rick tells him that they can rescue their man and take out the Saviours in return for supplies. Gregory accepts their offer. They head off after Glenn and Maggie get an ultrasound by the doctor and show their printout picture to everyone. This was an interesting episode which sets up a big confrontation between Rick's group and the Saviours. That will end in bloodshed, I predict!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Amanda's Horror Years- 1982

1982 was a great year for horror movies and movies in general. I could list all of the movies from this year, but I will just concentrate on the best ones or the good ones. Let me see, I think that I will start with some of my favourite films from the year. 

Firstly, Poltergeist. This movie is directed by Tobe Hooper who has made some fine movies over the years. I love this film as it is creepy and well written(Spielberg co wrote this). I really enjoy it and it is definitely a classic. There is no point going into the plot because you should have seen this movie! Next,Creepshow. I enjoyed this movie penned by Stephen King and directed by horror maestro George A. Romero. It is in the vein of The Twilight Zone. It is a classic combination of old fashioned story telling with modern creepiness. The Thing was directed by John Carpenter and starred Kurt Russell. This is a very good horror with some great scenes.A low budget horror movie called Basket Case was released in this year. It is a cult classic by now and it was a weird kind of movie about a guy who carries his deformed twin brother in a basket. His brother is violent and this movie is too. It is good fun though.

More great movies released in this year were Slumber Party Massacre, the classic Dario Argento movie(and a favourite of mine) Tenebrae, Unhinged,The New York Ripper, The Last Horror Film, Pieces(review of that here), Madman, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, The Slayer,Superstition,Alone in the Dark.Wow, this was some year for the horror genre. Death Screams, Honeymoon Horror, Visiting Hours, The Beast Within and The Entity are just some more names for you. I have to say that most of these are decent movies that you should watch if you get a chance. There were a couple of creature features this year, namely Swamp Thing by Wes Craven, Parasite, Cat People and Deadly Eyes a.k.a The Rats.

Lastly, but not least are the sequels that arrived. There were not many but they were good, especially Amityville 2:The Possession. I liked this movie. Of course it is not as good as the original, but I think that it is a good solid sequel. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch was not bad as sequels go. Friday the 13th, Part 3 I enjoyed. It was a by the numbers horror movie, but it kept me entertained.So, that is all in my synopsis of this year,. Yes, I have left out movies, but I included the movies that I liked. If you have any more that you think of, let me know!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Slumber Party Massacre 2 Movie Review 384

Slumber Party Massacre 2 is a 1987 horror movie. It is a sequel to the first movie but nowhere near as fun. It is directed by Deborah Brock and stars Crystal Bernard, Kimberly McArthur,Juliette Cummins and Patrick Lowe.

The plot of this movie is a bit weird. If you have watched the original, then you know the story. Courtney and her sister were chased by a maniacal killer and they survived. Valerie, Courtney's sister, ended up in a mental institution and Courtney has bad dreams. She is haunted by an unknown killer in her dreams. When she and her pals, Amy(McArthur) , Sheila(Cummins),Sally(Heidi Kozak) go to a condo for the weekend with their boyfriends, it all becomes strange. Courtney sees horrible things. She sees people being killed and she sees warnings from her sister. She thinks that she is losing her mind and the others are worried about her. Her love interest Matt(Lowe) is there too and he wants to help her.

The rest of the movie consists of Courtney having nightmares about a leather-clad rock n' roll maniac with a guitar that has a drill attached. He comes out of her nightmares and kills all of her pals with his groovy guitar. He chases her down and then the ending of the film is really messed up and strange. It is sort of a comedy really. You couldn't take it seriously. I found that it started well and went downhill as it progressed. The original was good, this wasn't great at all. It is worth a look for comedy value alone, but otherwise, you might avoid it. I will give it a 4/10.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 10

Last episode, we saw Negan's crew and they got blown to bits by Daryl. Carl was shot through the eye by Jessie's son. We didn't know if he would survive. Well, he did survive and this episode begins with Rick, Michonne and Carl and they look like a happy family. Daryl and Rick are going on a supply run and they take orders from the people in Alexandria for items that they might be able to find. Daryl and Rick hit the jackpot when they find a small truck full with food. They are going to take it with them when they run into a weird guy(Tom Payne) who is known as Jesus. He tricks them and takes their truck. They chase him and get some of their stuff back and tie him up. They leave him on the road, but as they are driving along, they hear someone on the roof. It is Jesus and they stop the truck and he falls off.

There is a fight and the truck ends up rolling into a lake, losing all of their stuff. Carl and Enid are in the woods and Carl sees a walker, but he doesn't kill it. Michonne and Deanna's son, Spencer are also there and see this. Michonne wonders why Carl didn't kill the walker, but it turns out that it is Deanna and he was leaving it to Spencer to kill her. He tells Michonne that he would kill her if he she was bitten because she is part of his family. She tells him that she would do it too. Rick and Daryl bring Jesus back to Alexandria and tie him up. Rick and Michonne have sex which I did not see coming!
The next morning, they wake and see Jesus standing by the bed. He tells Rick that they need to talk.

This was a very interesting episode with the introduction of the Jesus character. It should be good to see how he fits in with the rest.
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