Gerald’s Game (2017)

I have had this book recommended to me numerous times because I’m a perv and would enjoy it is the gist I have gotten from people.  So with that knowledge, I then see this film come out and think, “Well, I’m a perv, I may enjoy this” and here I am.  It’s based on a Stephen King story.  If that doesn’t titillate you, then go look at tits.  I’m going to write while I watch, so I will give the spoiler warning now.  If you want to avoid the spoilers, scroll down to the last paragraph to get my final thoughts as well as a rating.  Enjoy!

 

SPOILERS

I’m not going to give you play by play, but more of a Kent sized synopsis.  The film starts us off with Gerald and his wife, Jessie, going a weekend getaway of sorts.  Gerald has brought the handcuffs and his Viagra, and he is ready to do some kinky pounding.  As he tries to get into it, it freaks Jessie out, she’s not digging any rape type fantasy.  While he is trying to sort this out and get some BANG for his buck, they get arguing and he doesn’t unlock the cuffs.  Well the arguing persists and he suddenly has a heart attack.  There was a stray dog that Jessie kindly tried to feed early in the film and he comes back to chomp on Gerald’s corpse and has a unique role.

As Jessie attempts to escape the handcuffs, she sees visions of Gerald, herself, her father, and others.  Lots of things are brought back from her memory bank that gives her ideas and motivates her towards freeing herself.  I thought Gerald and Jessie were absolutely brilliant in this and Henry Thomas played Jessie’s dad, and I always have enjoyed Henry’s work.  The handcuff escape is incredibly gruesome, but well worth the watch, if you can handle it.  

While I enjoyed the first 90 minutes or so, there is a car accident and then like a final chapter to this story.  I get why they did it, but it wasn’t for me.  It took awhile, and I felt a lot of that could have been conveyed in half the time.  It wasn’t bad or anything, but it lost some of it’s momentum at the end.  I kinda feel bad for even saying that, but it’s true.  

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Final Thoughts – This movie surprised me at how good it was.  I would love to make time to read the book at some point to see all the other stuff that Stephen King added into it.  I loved the dog.  The eclipse stuff brought be back to Dolores Claiborne, which is a criminally underrated work of Stephen King’s.  The director of this film has done some films that I have intended on watching and some I wanted to avoid.  I was enamored with Oculus and now this film makes me more likely to revisit Absentia, Ouija Origin of Evil, and Before I wake.  With that being said, he also did Hush which was a disappointment, but I am into trying out new films.  I would really recommend this to fans of horror or just somebody looking for a good narrative.  There’s not a lot of traditional horror here, and I am more inclined to call it just as much drama as anything.  

Rating:  6.4 I will watch this again (which I already have).  Kudos to everybody involved.  Really good job.

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#35 The Shrine (2010)

You know how you get on Netflix, and you aren’t sure what you want, so you decide to go for something you have never heard of, but you want to avoid the movies with a rating under 2 stars, and you start to realize that damn near all of them have 2 stars or less, and then you get desparate and try talking yourself into some sleazy movie, but then you see a cover and you give one last effort, and there it is, 2 and half stars! You found your movie. That’s the Shrine for me. As a matter of fact, it is sitting at 3.3 stars currently. IMDB has it at a 5.4 so all in all, I consider that an aggregate average of around 6.

So what is this movie about? A group of young journalists investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice, and then shit gets real. Does that even sound like a good idea? Let me reiterate, “investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice” and you don’t think you are a prime suspect to get got? That’s why horror works though. You can have the smartest of the smart get got, or the dumbest ambitious morons just go along for the ride, and either way, it’s fun. I’m not sure I need to provide a synopsis of this movie. They get there, they piss off the community, they get captured, a mask with eye spikes get hammered into a girl’s head and well, you will have to see what happens next. It’s surprisingly not bad. This isn’t a classic, but on a day off, you got a buddy over, looking for something mindless to have on for background noise as you chat and occasionally pay attention and then get involved in it by the end, this is a good choice. This movie stars Aaron Ashmore, some may know him from Smallville or Warehouse 13. There’s a enough gore and violence to tide you over, although not much nudity, a little side boob. I think most will like this if they give it a chance. More importantly, when I go to IMDB, the section up top called “People who liked this also liked…” 4 out of the 6 movies I saw because of this movie, and all were good to great. Grave Encounters (Definitely awesome abandoned asylum with a ghost hunters flair), The Loved Ones (I already reviewed and loved, Stake Land (Haven’t got to yet, but probably will, fun new take on vampires), and The Woman (which is pretty fun if you aren’t a terribly pretentious asshole). That is a full day of good movies from that recommendation. Anyway, lets give the Shrine a 6.0 and maybe more upon further viewings.

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The 9 Deuce Horror Blog Presents The Invitation and We Are Still Here Discussion

In our effort to explore lesser known films that didn’t get big budget film releases, we will be doing 2 of these a month.  No theme whatsoever.  They are simply lesser known but quality horror films.  I have Teddy, Cece, Dom, Chris, and Kristi all here to help me out.

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  1.  In the Invitation, what was the significance of Will hitting and then killing the dog, if there was one?

Teddy: just a crazy happenstance

Cece: I mean, it could have been a bad omen for the entire rest of what happens in the movie.

Dom:Wrong place, wrong time…..Death can happen anywhere, anytime

Chris: It sets the unsettling tone at the beginning. Juxtaposes randomness with brutality as well. Sets up the whole putting those in pain out of their misery later on as well

Kent:  This is a film about doing things that you don’t really want to have to do, not in the way of the Saw franchise, but in a slightly more realistic approach.  The dog, the video, the staying at the party, being someplace that’s essentially on lockdown, Claire not wanting to play the game (insert HHH’s music), and even Will just coming back to that house.

 

  1.  Who was your favorite character in The Invitation and why?

Cece: Will. He was the only one keen on all the fucked up shit.

Dom: Will/Eden.   Will was the “sane” one in the situation.  Eden was all kinds of fucked up.  I felt most of the other characters, aside from David, were kinda throw away or filler.

Chris: Kira. Imagine being invited to your boyfriend’s ex’s house for a party, where you aren’t part of any of the memories or nostalgia being displayed. You don’t really know anyone, aren’t in on the inside jokes, your boyfriends is being all sorts of weird and moody and non-committal, and then his ex and her psychos try to kill you. What a shitty date night

Kent:  Ben and Pruitt are my favorites because Ben is a joking dude who likes to drink, very relatable.  Pruitt holds some power and yet is calm and quiet for such a large chunk of the film, and then he unleashes his story about Margaret.  Major props to Eden and Sadie as well.

 

  1.  How deep did you get into the film before you were 100% convinced that Will was right?

Teddy: the cult video. Shit always go down with cults in horror movies

Cece: I knew he was right from the beginning.

Dom: When they got to the party.  It all had that creepy no good vibe.

Chris: Pretty much Choi’s voice message, although they then do a good job of making it seem like a red herring

Kent:  Well, here’s the thing.  I also had seen They Look Like People on NetFlix which has a similar vibe of reality versus what’s just in someone’s head.  With that being said, how highly rated this was, I figured as soon as he killed the dog that something bad was going to happen.  Therein lies the big differences between the 2 films, violence started one out, the other didn’t.  Sometimes it is as simple as that.

 

  1.  What is your interpretation of what was happening at the end of the film in regards to the rest of the neighborhood/city?

Teddy: mass suicide like what happened in real life

Cece: Assuming the whole community was a mass suicide.

Dom: Mass cult suicide/take over

Chris: A lot of fucked up cult people murdered the shit out of their family and friends because they couldn’t deal with their grief

Kent:  I hate to say this, but I don’t know.  I refuse to believe that so many households were all into this cult.  I know that is the implication, but for such a reasonably told story, this last bit is too much of a leap of faith, in my opinion.  So my theory is it was day 7 of a lot of people having watched the Ring video.

 

  1.  Who was your favorite character in We Are Still Here and why?

Dom: The house or the demons?  The house or the demons?  Can’t say.  But on a side note I do love when a filmmaker is able to take a place and make it it’s own character.  (i.e: The Overlook in the Shining, the Bates house in Psycho)   Those paces become the silent talkers.  They say nothing but speak volumes.

Kristi:  The fiery demons because they are fiery freaking demons!

Chris:  The Dagmars. You start out thinking this fucked up family is going to be evil-haunting and murdering people who move into their house, and then find out that they are enslaved to some kind of “entity” living under where they built their house and are forced to do its bidding.

Kent:  This isn’t fair to the rest of the cast, but Larry Fessenden is one of my favorite actors, so Jacob is the answer.  Still, I love Paul and Dave as well.  Jacob being possessed was too great to not rank #1 though for me.

 

  1.  Did We Are Still Here remind you of any other films that you have seen?  If so, which one(s)?

Dom:  I think of House,  the Shining, The Evil Dead, Children of the Corn.  This movie makes me think of Evil dwellings or a collective or killers/murderers. Of course both these films we’ve watched and are now doing a questionnaire on, have the same idea.  They each have a group of people (Cultists/Towns folk) who are trying to sacrifice others for their own gains/purpose.

Kristi: Evil Dead is the only one that comes to mind. The part where the chick is driving off, thinking she escaped then Bam! Fiery demon.

Chris: To go along with what Dom said, add in Black Death ,The Wickerman, and Cabin in the Woods. Trying to sacrifice others so that you may live, prosper, etc

Kent:  Wicker Man, the original with Christopher Lee and not that Nic Cage pile of shit, is the first to come to mind.  The House of the Devil, which is a phenomenal film that came out in the past decade or so.  Children of the Corn is an obvious one.  The Pact 1 & 2, The Others, The Shining, and so many more.  Let’s keep going.  The Sacrament, Last Shift, The Legend of Hell House, House on Haunted Hill (both), and I’ll stop.

 

  1.  What was your favorite aspect of the film?  Was it the creepiness, the history of the house, the townsfolk, or something else?

Dom: All of it.  I enjoyed the slow reveal of the whole thing.  And the demons were kinda cool looking too.

Kristi: The history of the house.

Chris: The way the movie accelerated. Slow, slow, slow, slow, nightmare, youth murders, possession, all hell breaks loose

Kent:  The history of the house and especially how they showed so many cool things at the end was like 92 cherries on top.  The slow burn was the selling point and just how well they did it where you didn’t mind the slow burn.  Some slow moving films bore you.

 

  1.  If you could change one thing in We Are Still Here, what would it be?

Dom: The location of the tree in the front yard.  Bothers me sooooo much!!!!  (Hahaha, that was an unexpected response.)

Kristi:  It started off entirely too slow for me. I actually ended up fast forwarding through some of it.

Chris: I like ambiguous endings, but I also like knowing. When she says her son’s name at the end, I want to know what she sees that would make her think her son was anywhere near that place

Kent:  If I could have summed up the first 10 minutes in 2 minutes, I would have been okay with that.  

 

  1.  Which movie did you prefer between the two?

Dom:  Can’t say.  Both were good and bad in their own ways.  Pace, characters, story…Special effects, gore…

Kristi: We are Still Here. I didn’t care for The Invitation at all. Made it halfway through until I decided to turn it off.

Chris: 2 Different examples of two very different types of horror both came out in 2015 and show that horror isn’t dead. We are Still Here might edge the Invitation for me, only because I can’t fight ghosts, and I am pretty sure I could out shoot most cultists

Kent:  We Are Still Here gets the edge for me, but very narrowly.  I felt the pacing of We Are Still Here is more appealing, and the payoff may be as well.  I still am freaked out by cult stories, and both served that in certain ways.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  John Carroll Lynch is a pretty awesome actor.  He’s known for playing Drew Carey’s brother on the Drew Carey show, Eastman who is the guy who trained Morgan on the Walking Dead, Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story, and John Wayne Gacy in American Horror Story.  He’s also been in Shutter Island, Zodiac, Gran Torino, and a bunch of other stuff.  What is your favorite role of his?  Also, he will be starring in season 2 of Channel Zero, which is a pretty awesome show.

Teddy: I would say it’s a tie between John Wayne Gacy and Drew Carey’s brother

Dom: Drew Carey’s brother

Kristi:  I love Twisty but I really enjoyed the Morgan episode so I have to go with Eastman.

Chris: Zodiac. He was in one of the really good scenes. Underrated movie IMO

Kent:  Eastman was probably my favorite character of his.  He did such a wonderful job for an episode that was long and yet one of the most memorable, due to his and Lennie James’ performance.

 

  1.  Would you like to see Larry Fessenden play the role of Jack in a remake of The Shining?  I’m not asking if you want to see a remake, but if they were going to do it, would he fit the role?

Dom:  No.

Kristi:  Nope.

Chris: There is one facial still where he looks like Jack in The Shining,but no

Kent:  I don’t know who you people are.  Of course!  Boooooooo the rest of you. BOOOOO!!

 

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Orange Is The New Black Season 5 – 9 Deuce Discussion

Here we go again with season 5 Orange is the New Black 9 Deuce discussion.   I wrangled up some lovely ladies who were willing to spare some valuable free time to help me out with this.  You can play along at home and leave a comment with your responses to these questions.  I am Kent, and I am the only male in this discussion, so expect lots of conflicting perspectives.  I have chosen not to leave any comments.  Sometimes it’s nice for me to just shut my mouth.

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  1. Daya ended up shooting Humps, and he died eventually from it.  Do you think that Daya will remain a main character moving forward or was that their way of pushing her to the side, or possibly finishing her story overall?

Kristi: I think she will be back. I think Suzanne will mention something along the lines of the otger girls tampering wih the oxygen that ultimatley led to his demise.

Melanie:   I don’t think we have seen the last of her, but I don’t think she will play such an integral part again.

Cece: It’s definitely possible that they could be finishing her off. But, I’m not quite sure that’s the case.

Jamie:  I think they will keep her around there is still more to learn about Bennett and the baby if it ends up with pornstaches mom

Kent:  Well, we all know that I despise this character, so I am hopeful that she is more or less written out.  There may be a scene here and there with Alieda or Pornstache, but I think she is out as a main character.

 

  1.  Let’s face it, Tastee blew the deal, but may not be the one most responsible.  Who do you blame for the deal failing through?

Kristi:  I liked Tastee a lot more this episode but I do blame her for it. I get that she wants justice for Poussey but she let down the entire prision by her selfishness

Melanie:  Whoever requested the Flaming Hot Cheetos and Takis (maybe Cindy). Although it was pure comedic gold, it really showed they weren’t serious in their demands or intentions.

Cece: Honestly, I can’t really blame much of anyone. Everyone had their own way they were handling things and it was impossible to have gotten all the ladies together to get things right.

Jamie:  She should’ve taken the deal. If Caputo could truly get to her and explain why C.O. Bailey shouldn’t be charged because of the lack of training and letting Piscatella run the place. I blame crazy eyes for going her normal crazy and everyone was already riled up

Kent:  The shit system caused all sorts of pain and suffering, and that would be a simple answer.  For me, I blame Tastee, and I will elaborate.  If you are the leader of a group of any kind, you should have the best interests of the group in mind, not just your personal vendetta, or not what your friends think is cool.  Nope, you are the representative, so fucking represent.  This coming from a guy who did lots of student government and managed to piss off some friends along the way.  Tastee had everything that she could reasonably get.  There’s no bringing Poussey back, and it sounded like the hiring practices would improve, which is a bigger and better justice than getting Bayley.  This was some straight up short-sightedness.

 

  1.  In episode 9, you know the greatest episode ever, we get more of Red’s backstory.  What purpose did that story serve in relation to what was happening in the present?

Kristi:  I think it showed us just how hard it was for her. With her losing her friend and her fight for freedom. As far as the purpose, I think it was important for us to know her backstory for us to see why she was fighting so hard for her friends.  

Melanie:  She detested people in power who made people suffer when they were already suffering.

Cece: I honestly did not see it serving much of any purpose, to be honest. Maybe that she has a heart deep down?

Jamie:  she had a sense that Piscatella was there and people were Missing just like she had a sense of people coming up missing in that episode

Kent:  Lawdy, that F’N episode just made me so happy.  As a horror guy, I loved the hunting of the women, I loved the ladies being scared, the phone call with Cindy, Leanne, and Ang, and of course, Flaritza as the Shining twins.  Oh yeah, I need to answer the question.  I don’t want to steal other’s answers.  I have had a few discussions, and people have made good, valid points.  I liked seeing that part of Red’s story, but it didn’t really add to the present situation of that particular episode as much as most of the flashbacks do.  I have watched the season twice by the way, so I may be totally oblivious.

 

  1.  Name 3 characters who you found that you liked more during this season in particular.

Kristi:  Suzanne- she is a favorite of mine now. Taystee- I enjoyed seeing her backstory. I also felt for her, as I know what its like to lose a close friend. Nicky- She was never on my list of someone I liked but i felt like she stepped uo her game this season. She stayed clean and helped Red when she really needed her.  

Melanie:  Blanca, Morello, Pennsatucky

Cece:  Frieda, Alison, and Gloria.

Jamie:  Blanca, Big Boo, Gloria

Kent:  Boo, Nicky, and Piscatella or Fig..tough.  I’m cheating.

 

  1.  Name 3 characters who you were less enamored with during this season.

Kristi:  Lorna- I used to like her crazy ass but the was she did Nicky was shitty. Also not giving Suzanne her meds was f’d up. I realize it was a mental thing on her part but it still pissed me off.

Doggett- She was not her feisty self. She was too concerns for the donut dude.

Leanne- No one should be messing with Suzanne!  

Melanie:  Piper, Leanne, and Angie

Cece:  Daya, Lorna, Maria.

Jamie:  Daya, Vause, Yoga

Kent:  Maria, Red, Taystee

 

  1.  Give me your thoughts on how the Judy King plot played out during this season.

Kristi:  Honestly, I could have done without it all. She really wasn’t that relevant to me and the whole dog leash slave thing was pretty freaking ridiculous.

Melanie:  Cowardly, but I was shocked Tastee let her go.

Cece: I thought the part where they were sort of torturing her and using her was cool but like she shouldn’t have gotten off that easily. She deserves to realize what she could be going through and use that power to bring good to the ladies of Litchfield.

Jamie:  I loved when she went on the talk show like she was gonna own it and got served!

Kent:  I honestly hope we don’t see her anymore.  Her story really never helped the show, at any point, in my opinion.  I’m very sour on her.  The stuff that Cindy was saying though was making me laugh, so there was that.

 

  1.  Did anybody find it odd that the black girls were the ones with the most power, especially in regards to negotiations, but is by far, the least represented on the show as far as number of characters?

Kristi:  Not at all. I think it was just their time to be in the spotlight.

Melanie:  Not really

Cece: This is interesting. Those ladies are by far my favorite group of people, as they are super empowering and also fight for what’s right. I do believe they need more allies.

Jamie:  I didn’t find it odd at all Tasty has a presence like no other and people listen.

Kent:  Of course I found it silly.  The Latinas had the gun.  They should have been running the negotiations.  I know it’s a show and it created a good story arc for the black girls, but if we’re being real here, it lacked a semblance of reality.  You don’t put somebody in charge of negotiations when they are that emotionally invested.  If anything, I wished they would have revisited the idea of the heads of each group come together as they did briefly in season 4.  It would have made way more sense and then maybe Red would have had a good season.  

 

  1.  Was this season trying to make a statement about cell phones?

Kristi:  Perhaps. The part when the Maritza was saying how she couldn’t deal without it now and how they were on the damn thing the whole episode certainly shows how dependant we have become to them.

Melanie:  Cell phones calmed most of the group down. I think they were trying to highlight our dependance on technology as a whole.

Cece: I don’t see it that way. They handled 2017 exactly how it is in the real world.

Jamie:  I think it showed very realistically how people react to anything they make a meme out of it and like to follow silly YouTube vlogs

Kent:  Obviously I think it was making a statement about how phones take you out of the real world and place you in a virtual reality of sorts.  On top of that, the dependence on them.  Think about it, if you go out to eat with somebody and they go to the bathroom, what’s the first thing you do?  Grab your damn phone.  I know there are many ways to look at it, but I hope it highlighted how obsessive we are with our phones.  Hopefully you are reading this blog on your phone.

 

  1.  Give me your thoughts on the final episode, especially the final minutes, and tell me where you think the show will pick up next season.  Yes, this is intended for a longer response.

Kristi:  I was super happy to see Piscatella die. I thought it was pretty dumb of the girls to sit in the pool though. They were obviously going to be found eventually and hiding out is just going to make it worse. I have a feeling the girls will somehow be to blame for Piscatella’s death. Like they resisted and he was an innocent bystander or some crap. I’m thinking it may start out from where it ended. At least a short flashback to it anyway. 

Melanie:   I think they will show how everyone is coping with being in their new placements. I think the opening scene will be Morello in labor, handcuffed to the bed with her husband on one side and Nicky on the other.

Cece:  I honestly have no idea. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I hope, they’ll not all separate and have us jumping around to different prisons. I’d hope Judy King realizes she’s a cunt and donates money to fix things.

Jamie:  If they are planning on sending them to different places there is gonna be a lot of jumping around next season I think they will eventually be back together.  I love how the ladies came together and stood hand in hand. Hoping they all make it out alive

Kent:  I was dismayed to see Piscatella go down.  I know that it was one of the many inevitable things to have happened.  I still feel that they could have attempted to redeem his character after making him so cartoony.  It was also convenient how 8 of the 10 main characters were all together at the end.  Once again, cartoony.  I liked the final episode a lot with all of that negativity out of the way.  I liked seeing the guards regain control.  It was about damn time.  Yes, it’s a comedy, but still, the riot went on for way too long.  I am sad and happy simultaneously to see Maritza and Flacca separated.  They are a great duo, but their characters are funny enough that they will obviously be paired off with somebody else, and the “odd couple” setting could prove really funny.  I fear that we are going to be stuck getting introduced to another 30-40 characters and quite frankly, my brain and memory can’t retain all of that new info.  We have enough girl’s whose backstory should be told.  Also, I’m curious how hard some of them are sentenced for their roles.  It seems like a convenient way to elongate Piper’s sentence, which I assume is the basis for how long the show lasts.  Finally, I really hope we get the old guards back.  I think Litchfield will get cleaned up by the end of the season and one of the things will be that we see our old guards back, minus Pornstache and Healy.

 

Bonus Deuce Deuce

 

  1.  Name a character or two whose backstory you wish to see that we haven’t had an opportunity to see yet.

Kristi:  I’d like to see more on Suzanne and Boo  

Melanie:   I can’t think of one.

Cece:  Zirconia

Jamie:  I want more of Frieda’s story!  Angie, Gina, and Anitas

Kent:  Angie, any of the white supremacists, especially the one with the giant tits, Boo, and the funny Latina chicks who were guarding the guards.

 

  1.  What will happen with Penn and Doughnuts?  What will happen with Bayley?

Kristi:  I think he will, reluctantly, turn her in. I think Bayley will probably end up killing himself.  

Melanie:  Penn and Doughnuts will live happily ever after in another state somewhere. Bayley will be committed somewhere.

Cece: Penn and Doughnuts, well, they just really don’t need to be together, but I suppose they’ll be found eventually. Bayley, I feel will run away and continuously try to keep running from his problems.

Jamie:  I think she will be found I’m more interested in following Chang.  Bayley will either kill himself, end up in prison, or keep trying to apologize to try and feel better

Kent:  I can see Penn actually turning herself in after a conversation with Doughnuts, and maybe she will even say that he captured her so he gets a promotion.  I don’t really care about Bayley’s story because how much more suffering do we have to see him go through?  I imagine he gets turned in and maybe we see some courtroom drama play out.

 

  1.  Piper and Alex are now engaged.  Did you find them more or less annoying this season?

Kristi:  Less annoying. They weren’t on as much so that was helpful.  

Melanie:  I missed it. More annoying as I fast forwarded through their scenes.

Cece:  Surprisingly, less. But still top of the list under the meth heads.

Jamie:  who cares!  Still find Piper annoying and Vause got on my nerves this season

Kent:  Less annoying for me and I feel a positive step towards trying to redeem both characters.  They have a lot of work to do, or they can give them less scenes.  Still, a huge improvement over seasons 3 and 4.

 

  1.  Was this season a success in your opinion?

Kristi:  It was just ok for me. I enjoyed parts of it but feel like it could have been stripped down to like 5 episodes without losing too much of the storyline.  

Melanie:  No but my personal feelings may have kept me from enjoying it.

Cece:  Yes.

Jamie:  I enjoyed it

Kent:  For me, it was a comeback season.  The show regained the humor that it had lost in season 3 and 4.  Yes, it was outlandish, and at times took me out of the show a bit.  Like, we wouldn’t really be happy if a prison riot happened, and it sure as hell wouldn’t have lasted that long on the premise of just one gun.  That was absurd.  Still, bring laughs back is always a win for a show that I loved because it made me laugh.  They eased up a bit on the list of agendas that season 4 pounded down our throats.

 

Final thoughts:  This is where you can leave any thoughts about the show or this blog.  Obviously I wasn’t able to cover every single angle of the show, so this is your time to sound off if you wish to.

Melanie:  I had a hard time watching this season.Very serious. A far cry from season 1.

Cece:  Fuck Piscatella.

Jamie:  why do we have to wait a year for the next season

 Kent:  I fear that season 6 will be a bad one and perhaps may start to not care as much about the show.  With that being said, I’m looking forward to the season after that because I think it will be more back to normal.  The key to this show is putting the girls in situation where they can be funny.  Making shit too serious kills off possibilities.  I think it’s going to be hard to get into a groove as we are going to have to meet so many new characters and integrate them in.  Season 6 will be more about building and establishing so we will miss out on good stuff.  Also, how many backstories are we going to get where we are supposed to sympathize with the criminal?  

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The Babadook 9 Deuce Discussion – LGBabadookT Edition

Welcome to our 9 Deuce Horror group’s The Babadook discussion.  You know the drill by now.  I ask 9 film specific questions and then have some wiggle room for 2 bonus questions that may not be film specific.  I am your host, Kent, and today I am here with Kristi, Chris, Teddy, Kayleigh, and Cece  Please, if you are reading this and would like to participate in one of these, contact me.  All comments in bold are from me.  Jaws will be the next film that we blog about on July 1st followed by Army of Darkness on July 15.

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  1.  The obvious question first, give me your thoughts on Samuel.  Be nice, mean, whatever.  He’s a very interesting kid character for a horror flick.

Kristi:  I like him. I think he really did a good job at being the creepy ass kid that I like so much.  (Kent: We’ll have to do Pet Sematary real soon so you can get more creep kids, or Village of the Damned.  There’s a 2008 film called “The Children” that may  serve you well.  It fell apart a bit but I have watched it like 3 times, so it’s not terrible.)

Chris:  Poor kid. Between his fucked up mom and lack of a dad, how is he supposed to know how to behave? His mom doesn’t punish or reward behavior correctly because she is having to be both sides of the parental division. Instead of being mother and child they have become each other’s support system.  (I think you nailed it with them being each other’s support system.)

Teddy:  Dude fuck that kid…like idk if I could put him into a rocket and fire him into the sun I would. Who makes fun of parkinsons?? I do give him credit for the home alone-esk takedown of his mom 10/10  (I’m just happy that Home Alone has been brought up in another horror blog.)

Kayleigh: There was always that feeling of pity in the back of my mind because of his dead father. With that being said, I definitely had my fingers crossed that his mother would just give him a good smack to the face. So yeah, I thought he was a little prick begging for attention in the beginning.  (Early on, I suspected that he was a child who didn’t get properly punished so he exhibited little self control.  I still feel that way, but as Chris pointed out, Sam served as her support system, so that would make it hard to punish him properly.)

Cece: He was severely annoying to start, I would have slapped him multiple times and probably would have sent him to a mental ward…(So basically everybody is wondering about the parenting.  I concur.)

Kent:  The first time that I saw this film, the kid was making me regret watching for like 20-30 minutes.  The kid then started to grow on me.  In subsequent viewings, Samuel has become borderline loveable, minus the screeching.  I loathe screeching.  

 

  1.  Were you hoping that Amelia and Robbie (the dude that she works with) would end up in a relationship?  

Kristi:  This is an unexpected question from you. (Believe me, I wasn’t really sure whether to ask it or not, but it felt right in this particular instance, because I’m always so negative.)I like the guy but I think she needs to work on her mental state before she enters a new relationship.

Chris:  Hopefully down the road she gets that chance

Teddy:  I mean it’s kinda short lived so I cannot make that call.

Kayleigh: The kind of relationship I was hoping for was her just getting laid.  I mean she definitely needed it. There was that whole scene with the vibrator and Sam running in. I felt she at least deserved a one night stand.  (I’m worried at how often I agree with you during this.  Yeah, I think she really needed to bust her lady nut and maybe have a slightly clearer mind, some sleep, and maybe she could have parented better.)

Cece: Yes, I kind of was hoping that because she clearly needed something to take her mind off shit.

Kent:  I am rarely ever supportive of relationships in films, as Kristi alluded to.  In this case, I really liked Robbie, for some reason, so I was cheering him on, especially once we knew just how much Amelia could have used some intimacy.

 

  1.  Was Claire (Samuel’s Aunt) a likable character for you?  Also, did Ruby deserved to be pushed out of her tree house?

Kristi:  Claire was a bitch just like her shitty daughter. She definitely deserved to he pushed. It wasn’t Samuel’s fault it just so happened to be out of a tree house. (Yeah, I think it’s definitely a circumstance of she had it coming and it’s not his fault that she chose to run her mouth when she was 10 feet in the air.  That’s on her.)

Chris:  Was she likable, no? Realistic and living in the real world, yes. Barring supernatural entities possessing you, her advice was mostly spot on. Little kids are dicks. Period. But if I broke the arm of everyone who was a dick to me, people wouldn’t be able to shake hands. So no Ruby deserved a spanking or being sent to bed without dinner, but not being pushed out of the tree house.  (I’m sure we’ll talk about this sometime during ESO, but if we take the tree house variable out of it, did she at least deserved the shove?  If we got broken arms for being mean, I’d never be able to do this blog.)

Teddy:  I’m not gonna touch that one because of my past trauma’s but I understand Claire taking care of her daughter first

Kayleigh: I felt like Claire was just aggravated with her sister and wanted her to get over her depression after seven years. She was further aggravated that Sam was a little dickhead. Yes, she came off as a complete bitch constantly, but if I was in her shoes I can’t say I wouldn’t of done the same thing. As for her child’s little tumble out of the tree house, kudos.  (The point about dealing with Amelia and her depression is something to touch on.  I feel we all know somebody who has been depressed for years and years, and even if you get it, you understand it, and you support the person, there are times when it grows tiresome and you offer up a bit of tough love.  Or maybe I’m just a dick, and there’s another broken arm.)

Cece: Claire was snooty and yes, her kid was a brat and spoiled.  (I’m not sure I got snooty, but I suppose I can see that side.  Ruby was just, well you said it nicely.  For all of the talk about Amelia’s parenting, Ruby turned out to be an ass as well.)

Kent:  The issue with Claire is in the manner in which she is portrayed.  To get in a Walking Dead reference, if the show revolved around Negan for 6 seasons and then got attacked by Rick’s group, public perception would have been different.  Consider that if the film was about Claire and Ruby, then the first time we meet Amelia and Samuel, you would probably loathe our 2 stars.  I feel that Claire was being a quality parent, making tough decisions.  On the other hand, Ruby so(ho) deserved that shove.   Now I kinda want to listen to Rancid.

 

  1.  Was the Babadook present throughout the whole film, or was it only Samuel’s imagination early on?

Kristi:  I think he was there. I think that’s who he was smashing the head in at the park. (I hadn’t considered this, but it makes a lot of sense.)

Chris:  I was talking about this the other night with Kent. My son was about 15 months old or so when I watched this and he would sleep in my bed when he’d wake up in the middle of the night. I would come home in the morning and my wife would be a zombie because he would always be touching her, kicking her, grabbing her face. I told myself Krista couldn’t watch this until he was older, it hit too close to home. This movie succeeds because it can be read either way: a paranormal entity terrorized and possesses a family or a psychological horror where grief and lack of sleep drive a mother to attempt to kill her son. I vacillate between both views.

Teddy:  I feel like lack of them sleeping aided in the whole babadook craziness  (A lack of sleep is a common theme in numerous horror films, but I really liked how they utilized it in this one.)

Kayleigh: I got the vibe that maybe Sam could see the Babadook because he came to terms with it early on. It said in the story book that if you deny the Babadook is real it will only get stronger. And that’s what the mother did through the whole thing, was deny it’s existence. Sam told her “don’t let him in” constantly. I feel like because Sam came to terms with the Babadook early on, maybe it was easier for the monster to fuck with the mother compared to Sam.  (This was very spot on.)

Cece: I believe it to have been his imagination early on. I think he sensed it coming, though.  (That was my initial take the first time watching.)

Kent: What Kayleigh said.  The acceptance and denial of the Babadook’s existence keep this film rolling throughout.  I say that he was real all along.

 

  1.  What do you think about the ending?  Did you feel like you had proper closure?

Kristi:  Not at all. The ending was weird for me. So they kept The Babadook as a pet? Like the pet dragon thing in the Munsters? I don’t know about that. (Nice shout out to the Munsters.)

Chris:  See the above question. Because either interpretation works you have two different endings:a) it’s symbolic of the fact that mom’s madness still exists but she is able to keep it locked away(scary because it could get out again). Or (b) their denial of the Babadook and reaffirmation of their love for each other have them power over it but did not allow them to get rid of it. Kind of creepy when you think that it could look like her dead husband and mom hadn’t been fulfilled that way in a while… No idea about the worms.  (I really liked your B Side here because it is creepy to think about it in that way, and I like to think of it in that way.)

Teddy:  Are they really keeping the babadook like a pet? I really feel like it was her coming to grips with her mental illness.  (Why dig up worms for mental illness?  I get that it’s a widely accepted interpretation, but really, were the worms like to say that this monster is definite?)

Kayleigh: I hated the ending. I feel like the movie can obviously be construed in two different ways. One, it was all in their minds long story short. Or two, it was all real. And if we’re going with the second option, which is the one I’m leaning towards, I’m pissed. Because I just have two major questions. Why the fuck are they keeping it as a pet locked up in the basement? Secondly, why the fuck does it eat worms for dinner?  (They needed a replacement pet. The worms thing has been brought up, but knowing how horrified you are of them makes this far more interesting to me.)

Cece: I do, in a sense. I feel like this movie was very much alluding to a person and how they deal with their own mental illnesses/depression. In the end, she is ‘seeing the Babadook’ and confronting it, in turn, she tells her son it’s getting better. That, to me, is referring to her finally coming to grips with things and seeing it for what it really is and how it’s continuing to get better each day.  (Then why the worms?  Everything you said makes 100% sense, but why the worms?  Why the big to do about feeding it?  If it was about mental illness of sorts, wouldn’t they have done the ending slightly differently to leave it more open minded?)

Kent:  In case it’s not obvious by now, this film has 2 schools of thought.  A literal one in that the Babadook was a real monster and they conquered it and now feed it, which is cool as hell.  The other one about mental illness and whatnot is ok, but it’s a less satisfying ending to me.  Sometimes the absurd is more fun than the probable reality.  I can’t sit here and say that it was 100% proper closure, but for a genre known for 85% horrible endings, this one was good and gave us something.  So I will give it a thumbs up.

 

  1.  What was the creepiest or scariest part of the film for you?  I’m not asking if you were scared.  

Kristi:  There were a couple. The book reappearing with the added pages and the bedroom scene when The Babadook was all doing his Babadook creepy ass voice.  (How I enjoyed the creepy voice!)

Chris:  The dog, the tooth, just his appearance. They did a good job of making him creepy as fuck. I liked the scene where he lunges at her and turns into the coat on the floor too (Teeth and dental stuff always makes me cringe when watching. )

Teddy:  dog neck snappin was no bueno.

Kayleigh: For me I had two different scenes that stuck. First, when the mother ripped her own tooth out after she murdered the dog. Gross. Second, one of the first times the Babadook really messed with her. She’s laying in bed sleeping, gets awakened by the door slowly opening, and then you see it’s hands (or whatever it’s got) appear on the side of the door. Dumb bitch pulls the blankets over her head, and when she looks out again it’s crawling all over the ceiling. I would have shit my pants.  (I have never understood the whole ideology of pulling sheets or blankets over your head.  I don’t think I’ve ever done that.  I want to keep my eyes on whatever is fucking with me.)

Cece: The most cringe worthy was the killing of Bugsby. I hate when they kill dogs in movies. Also, creepiest would probably be when Babadook moved in those creepy motions. Also when he ‘possesses her’.  (The dog was a common response, and totally warranted given how it was done.)

Kent:  The kid screaming/screeching in the backseat of the car.  I also really found some of the stuff on TV to be of the creepy variety and helped set a neat tone.

 

  1.  At the end,  who did you feel worse for: Amelia or Samuel?

Kristi:   Samuel. I know it was technically The Babadook that killed the dog but still, she killed the dog!!

Chris:  both, but Kayleigh’s answer is awesome (Nodding)

Teddy:  Mostly I would say her because it seems like she is legitimately suffering from PPD regardless of Babadook possession.  (Well, plus you have to consider how bad you feel after the possession.  There’s a film on NetFlix called Ava’s Possession that goes into the aftermath of being possessed and I really enjoyed the film.  Good story, good ending surprisingly.  I highly recommend it for a film that didn’t get any hype.)

Kayleigh: Honestly, I think I feel worse for the kid. His mother can’t cope with shit. Bitch has had seven years to get over her dead husband and move on, but can’t. I mean this kid is only six years old, his father died on his birthday, the mother refused to celebrate on the actual day of his birth for his whole life. For a six year old he’s had to grow up pretty quick. Setting traps, making weapons, dealing with a Babadook possessed mother, your dog got murdered, your mom drugs you with tranquilizers because she’s seeing shit, and she chases you with knives…. The best we can hope for is this kids gonna be a serial killer when he grows up.  (I can’t really add to this great response, but as a person who still treats their birthday with some enthusiasm, it really irked me how shitty his BDays had been celebrated.  LingFest still happens.)

Cece: I felt worse for Samuel. Yes, I was highly annoyed by him in the beginning, but like, he was seeing this coming from a mile away and had to deal with his mom undergoing everything.  (I really like this point.  Everybody has been in a situation where you not only see something bad happening in the future, and you warn the person, but then you have to deal with the bad shit that you tried to avoid to begin with.  Totally shitty.)

Kent:  I say Samuel.  Not to be too redundant, but his mom didn’t do a great job sticking up for herself or him, and I feel that is an important aspect of parenting.  Both are sympathetic in their own right, but as the child of an insane person, I can find a better bond with Samuel.

 

  1.  Would a sequel for this film work for you under any conditions?

Kristi:  Not so much.

Chris:  No it’s ambiguity is it’s success and a sequel would either seem redundant from framing a similar situation or answer the ending one way or another

Teddy:  no, unless its Kevin Mcallister from home alone lol  (I truly hope that Home Alone gets mentioned in the Jaws blog.  This really needs to be a thing for us.)

Kayleigh: I’d only watch it under the condition they explain the worms for dinner.  (You and the fucking worms.  I will ask you, is there any possible reason that they could present to you that you would find satisfying, since you’re a hater of worms?)

Cece: Nah. I think it’s respectable in it’s own right.

Kent:  Well, why the hell not?  They have it trapped.  Maybe Amelia starts up a proper relationship and he finds the book.  He then moves in and starts noticing oddities only to have Samuel reveal what is happening, because that boy doesn’t have a filter.  Maybe Amelia has to go away somewhere for the weekend.  This could lead to the guy getting taken over by the Babadook.  It may not be great, but it would still be better than numerous other sequels.  If nothing else, I know that I would watch it and promptly bitch about it on social media.  Just had another idea.  Amelia is sick of Ruby being a little rude bitch to Samuel, so she reads the book to Ruby and then Ruby and Claire have to deal with it in the sequel.  Kinda like passing the curse along.  Think about it like “It Follows: Babadook Edition”.

 

  1.  Would you ever read this book that is in this film (Mister Babadook), to a child?

Kristi:  Nope. That shit would give me nightmares after I watched it the first time. For a kid, I think the book would have the same effect.  (That’s the hope and the dream.)

Chris:  not to my kids. Maybe my nieces or nephews (I enjoyed this response.)

Teddy:  hell yeah I would. Be it a lesson to never be bad (my parents did it with Stephen King’s IT)  (I’m really curious if there was any one particular part of IT that may have gotten to you as a kid.  Feel free to message me.  I had a few that got me as a kid.)

Kayleigh: Yes, yes I would. And then I would move the book around the house, and make sure to put it in places where the child would keep finding it. I’d maybe even go as far as knocking on the front door three times too. Occasionally whispering “Babadook dook dook…”
Shit would be funny. It’s no different really from that creepy elf thing that people move around at Christmas time.  (That’s just fucked up.  I’m very impressed and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.)

Cece: Nah, man. That shit is scary.  (Go on.)

Kent:  Well, we all know that I would make a terrible parent, so this response will not improve my standing.  Of course I would.  I think back to my childhood and I loved a good ghost story when I was young.  Sometimes that stuff would keep me up for hours at night.  I wouldn’t sleep well, have nightmares, wake up to a shadow that didn’t look quite right, all that stuff that makes your mind wander.  So yeah, I would love for my child to have similar experiences.  It builds character.  Also, here’s a picture of the special edition case for the blu ray.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Have you ever seen any other Australian horror flicks, like The Loved Ones, Wolf Creek 1 & 2, The Snowtown Murders, or any other?

Kristi:  I have not. I’m down for suggestions though.  (I always have suggestions for you.)

Chris:  Wolf Creek 1. Wyrmwood:Road of the Dead. The early Peter Jackson movies that I can’t remember the names now. Edit: Dead Alive and Bad Taste. Remember one in the ‘80’s called Fortress about a class of children and their teacher being kidnapped and tortured in the outback.  (I feel that I’m the only person that has seen Dead Alive.  I liked that movie long before I knew Peter Jackson’s name.  Wyrmwood is really good, and I don’t think it’s on NetFlix anymore, but if it is, people should check it out.  I want to check out Fortress as it sounds awesome.)

Teddy:  I have not most of my foreign horror experience comes from Asia  (I would like to know what you have seen from Asia.  I’ve seen some stuff and generally like it.  Aside from the popular stuff, I dig Takashi Miike and Dumplings, for example.)

Kayleigh: I’ve seen Wolf Creek 1. And I’m pretty sure there’s a tv series out there right now that’s based in Australia with an Australian killer. He like goes around finding tourists, and kills them. I don’t remember the name though.  (Kayleigh and I later talked and came to the conclusion that it was the TV show based on Wolf Creek.)

Cece: Nope! But maybe I should!  (Get TubiTV if you have a Firestick or Chromecast or something like that, and download TubiTV and search for The Loved Ones.  I think you will enjoy that.)

Kent:  Obviously, I have.  I strongly encourage horror fans to check out The Loved Ones.  It’s a really good film.  It may not be for all of you, but it’s solid.  I liked Wolf Creek 2 better than the original.  Part 2 knew what it was trying to be and it was unapologetic about it.  The Snowtown Murders was interesting to say the least, and it may still be on NetFlix.  I had totally forgotten about Wyrmwood which was awesome as hell, as well as Dead Alive.  Thanks Chris.

 

  1.  Just to get you thinking, name a few foreign horror flicks that you enjoyed.  Canada doesn’t count.  Yes, Shaun of the Dead counts, and yes, everybody here has seen it, so pick something else if you have others.  

Kristi:  If you haven’t suggested it to me, I haven’t seen it. Lol. I think this is the first and only.

Chris:  Pontypool(Canada does count). The Audition. Under the Shadow. Martyrs. Haute Tension (High Tension). The Host. Let the Right One In. Ringu. I’m sure there are more that I am forgetting  (I can’t even be mad about you bringing up Canada because you went with one of the most underrated horror flicks of all time in Pontypool.  I love that film.  It’s so good.  It’s still on NetFlix I believe.  Martyrs is fucking amazing too and I feel is must see for horror fans looking for something fresh.  Just don’t watch the American remake.  I would rather get punched in the balls once than to watch that awfulness again.  They lost so much from the original and fucked the ending.  Makes me mad.  Haute Tension is a tad overrated in my opinion, but I own it and I don’t hate it, BUT I have gripes.  I don’t think I have seen Under the Shadow or The Host, so something for me to check out.)

Teddy:  Ju-ON 1&2 were amazing. I also love the REC series (hate the quarantine version though)  (Alright, first of all, I liked Quarantine 1, but the sequels were shit.  I struggle with somebody saying they liked Rec but not Quarantine because it was almost a shot for shot remake only in English.  Maybe you got some gripes that I didn’t notice or can’t recall.  With that being said, Rec 2 is really good and I liked the 4th one.  Part 3 was the only one that I felt missed the mark.  It’s a great franchise that I highly recommend as well.)

Kayleigh: I’ve seen Funny Games, which is set in Austria. It’s really more strange than scary. It’s about a home invasion. These two guys get in this nice family’s house under false pretenses, then pretty much take them out one by one after psychologically torturing them. It’s worth a watch.  (It’s a solid movie that got remade 10 years later in America with Tim Roth and Naomi Watts.  You can watch the American one and not miss anything as it’s a shot for shot remake and Naomi is fucking amazing and hot.  It’s such a quirky movie, and I loved the breaking of the 4th wall.  Good movie to bring up!)

Cece: i haven’t seen many, but I guess I could mention the ABC’s of Death films since they have many contributing directors.  (Shit yeah you gotta mention those ABC’s of Death, both 1 & 2.  They tried some interesting stuff.  The first one is better, and not every letter is a winner, but you will have fun with some, and if you watch it with others, the same things you enjoy probably won’t be what they like.)

Kent:  Marytyrs, Frontiere(s), Inside, Takashi Miike’s Imprint, Irreversible, A Serbian Film, Salo, Antichrist (maybe??), Ringu, The Eye, and a host of others that I have seen.  I love me some French horror.  Haute Tension (or High Tension) is also French I believe.  I’m probably omitting about 20-30 other great ones.  Oh, and Baskin (on Netflix). If you have Amazon Prime, check out Asylum.  It’s a really solid British Anthology that was surprisingly rewarding.  The Theatre Bizarre is worth a watch, I think.

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A New Nightmare 9 Deuce Discussion – New Nightmare (1994)

Welcome to our 9 Deuce Horror group’s New Nightmare 9 Deuce discussion.  This, of course, is a follow up to our last blog about A Nightmare on Elm Street.  You know the drill by now.  I ask 9 film specific questions and then have some wiggle room for 2 bonus questions that may not be film specific.  I am your host, Kent, and today I am here with Dom, Kristi, Chris, and Sara.  Please, if you are reading this and would like to participate in one of these, contact me.

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  1.  I have to do it.  Let’s talk about Dylan and the boy who played him.  Give me an adjective to describe him because some people like him, some found him grating.  Whip out the old thesaurus if you must.

Dom:  I always remember him from Pet Sematary and Kindergarten Cop (Boys have a penis.  Girls have a vagina)  He’s like most kids in a movie you love or hate them.  He was tolerable.  (Wait wait wait, this ground-breaking news to me that he played Gage.  My mind is blown and yet it makes so much sense. Wow, we are off to a great start.  Hopefully we get to that movie by the end of the year.)

Kristi:  Disturbing. I remember when I first watched this. That kid scared the crap out of me. Something about a little kid being possessed by Freddy is extremely unsettling. Kids freak me out as it is. This took it to a different level. (I know how you are with kids, so I was absolutely looking forward to this response.)

Chris: Annoying or cute. He vacillated between the 2. I feel a lot of it was the directing though.  (Kids are so hit or miss in films, and I don’t usually blame the talent, it’s definitely more to do with the writing and how to relate  to a child to get the right performance. )

Sara: I really love the one you used above; grating. I think, though, that like Chris said, a lot of that may have been directing. Also, it must be very difficult to be a child-actor in horror movies. (Or, really, any movie with a plotline that goes so far over a child’s head.) (Yeah, I can’t imagine, as a child, fully understanding what the adults are trying to get you to do.)

Kent:  I have always found this kid grating and obnoxious.  At times, his role gets a tad superfluous.  Honestly, I think that they asked too much of the kid and he did as good of a job as he could, but as a viewer, I was close to pulling my hair …..oh wait.  Nevermind.

 

  1.  What is your favorite dream sequence or kill?

Dom:  I agree with Chris.  I feel this movie had way lack of death and creativity for them as well. (This may have had the worst nightmare sequences of the franchise.  It survives as a good movie thanks to the story, but you are 100% right.)

Kristi:  Watching the sitter get killed and dragged through the room made me a little happy.  (So, as a 13 year old watching this, I was pissed to lose out on the eye candy, but enjoyed the death.  As an adult, yeah, it definitely pleases me.)

Chris: The animatronic claw kills at the beginning. They shot their wad early.  (I’ll ask you this, and I am sure we will discuss this at some point on FB or on XBox, but wasn’t it almost necessary to shoot their proverbial wad early?  In the same way that Scream gave us that opening scene that set the tone.  Tradition states that every Nightmare film has to start with a nightmare, but this one felt like it wasn’t a dream, until you realized it was a dream and you were happy.)

Sara: My favorite kill was Chase’s, but partially because while watching it, Thomas couldn’t stop laughing at ‘Freddy getting creepy with that guy’s…..junk (his term, not mine.)  (I do enjoy that boy’s take on things, haha.)

Kent:  I gotta go with the opening, as it set the tone that this was something different.  The hospital room may have been better, it didn’t have the lasting impact.

 

  1.  What was the most uncomfortable or awkward scene in the film?  There are a lot of them.

Dom:  The credits.

Kristi:  The Freddy claw coming out of the seat to grab Chases junk. It just makes me cringe for him (I thought for sure that more people would have given this answer.  Razor blades and dude’s junk do not mix.  Plus, his awful singing.)

Chris: The hospital. The whole thing. Obviously no one studied parental rights before writing the script.  (I think they knew the rights, but for a film, it’s just easier to ignore things because they can fall back on the whole idea of a person bitching about reality in  a film with a guy killing people in their dreams.  Sometimes, you just gotta go for convenience and they wanted a way to have Julie alone with Dylan.  Off the top of my bald head, I can’t really think of an easy explanation of how to do that without some lack of realism.  Maybe Heather had to go to the bathroom.  I don’t know.  Not many good options to set up the kill.)

Sara: The first time I watched it, the scene near the beginning when Heather is talking to Robert England and he’s painting; the conversation just feels so forced and uncomfortable. As an adult, I was most bothered by the hospital chunk of the movie; like Chris states above, it’s painfully obvious that they never did any real research on how parental rights work.  (I really like the painting scene, maybe because of the uncomfort level.)

Kent:  I found Chase’s funeral to be a tad silly.  Yes, it was a dream, but the aftermath was just foolish.  Thankfully John Saxson was there to help me through such a scene.

 

  1.  Heather Langenkamp (Nancy) has appeared in 3 Nightmare on Elm Street flicks, and she looks and dresses differently in each one.  Which Heather/Nancy do you prefer?

Dom:  Dream Warriors Nancy.

Kristi:  I don’t recall 3 so I’m going with one. Her style annoyed me a little in this film. This is one of my favorites in the franchise but the chosen style for her wasn’t great.

Chris: New Nightmare. It had been a while and I forgot how well she rocked the short skirt, pantyhose combo

Sara: I am a fan of new nightmare Nancy; she was kinda a hottie, and you really don’t get that from the first and third movie. Also, it’s fair to note that last night it was making me CRAZY trying to figure out where else I knew her from, and after (REALLY) thinking about it, and doing some googling, she played a similarly dressed character in a late 80’s sitcom (Just the 10 of us.)  (I absolutely remember watching that show as a kid.  Heather also had a really small role in Wes Craven’s Shocker, which did not age well at all.)

Kent:  Basically, my answer was going to be what Chris said.  You can’t fault her look in the first one, and at times, she had some good looks to her.  In Dream Warriors, in never worked for me, and I always thought that to be a shame.  I think that they could have made her look a tad sexier, at least early on as she practically seduces Neil.

 

  1.  Was the opening dream sequence really good, really cheesy, or both?

Dom:  Both

Kristi:   I enjoyed it. I hadn’t watched this film in a while so it caught me off guard.

Chris: Both

Sara: Absolutely both, but for me that’s the best part of every Freddy movie; the REALLY good cheese.

Kent:  I’m going to simply say really good.  I don’t find it cheesy.  Especially compared to other opening dream sequences like parts 2 and 6.  

 

  1.  Do you feel that they killed off Chase too soon?

Dom: It was needed when it happened to progress the movie, so no.

Kristi:   It was a little irritating that he fell asleep on a 3 hour drive, heading home to a family that was clearly in distress. I didn’t find that to be too believable but I think his character was unnecessary so it was good timing.

Chris: Not really, but there definitely wasn’t enough of a reaction to his death

Sara: The timing of his death within the movie didn’t bother me nearly so much as how fast Nancy seemed to move back to everyday life with just a few ‘he lost his father’/’my husband is dead.’ moments.

Kent:  Everybody touched on pretty much every valid point that I had.  It needed to happen so Heather could spiral quicker, as could Dylan.  It was a short enough trip, and if he feared being tired, I’m sure other options could have been made.Yes, Nancy really didn’t have a long mourning phase, or so it seemed.  I think that they could have had him last longer since his character and his occupation could have really added to the story, but they chose to not focus much on it.  Really, Chase’s character was totally unnecessary aside from the opening.  She could have just been a single mom.

 

  1.  This film was a sudden departure from every Nightmare film prior, in that it wasn’t about killing a bunch of teens.  Was this a much needed break in the horror genre or do you still crave the slaying of teens in your horror flicks?

Dom: Teens in trouble are always great but they wanted to try something new and went for it.  Was it the greatest thing?  No.  Was it the Worst?  No

Kristi:  Much needed break. I think that’s why I liked this film so much. It is different from the teen slaying but still a solid flick. Creepy kids make for a good horror movie to me.

Chris: Teens are annoying as hell. But horror movies shouldn’t discriminate. Some of the most effective either put children in danger or make them the danger

Sara: I think this was a departure that was sort of necessary; I mean, how many different ways can the same bad guy kill teenagers. To stay relevant, they had to try something different, I say.

Kent:  Had they stayed the course with what they had been doing, the film would have bombed, especially since Freddy was dead.  Killing kids and adults can make for truly satisfying storytelling.  Teens, well how much can you really invest in a teen’s character?  As a kid, you relate to the kid.  As an adult, you can relate to the adult and the kid, and if you’re a parent, there’s that added relation.  Teens are just obnoxious.  This was absolutely necessary in order to make a part 7.  I really am in need of a good “kill a lot of teens” slasher flick though.  

 

  1.  Was this version of Freddy scarier than previous incarnations?

Dom:  No

Kristi:  When it first came out, it definitely freaked me out more so than the previous films. That kid seriously f*☆*ed with me. Now, I really don’t find any of them scary.

Chris: No

Sara: I went into this prepared to say ‘yes, he was scarier’ but then once I re-watched it, he wasn’t. I did, however really like the way that they tied the scare-factor of Freddy into Wes’ dreams. It wasn’t something I had considered before I saw this movie originally; that Freddy was a way for Wes to get the bad dreams out.  (I would highly recommend finding the book for this film.  It was one of the few books that I read as a teen that wasn’t for school.  I simply didn’t like reading books at that point in my life.  The extra bits that they add to the narrative from the writer’s perspective reminded me of what you talk about.)

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Kent:  I really thought that we would get a lot of yes responses.  Dream Master Freddy is the scariest.  He knew your weaknesses, toyed with you and still F’d you up.  

 

  1.  Looking back at your horror history, the 80’s was a golden age, and the 90’s had a few gems, but the genre didn’t pick up until the late 90’s and into the 2000’s.  A lot of people credit Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer for bringing horror back.  Do you feel that this film deserves more credit for helping to alter the genre or is in just another sequel in a well known franchise to you?

Dom:  Just another film in the franchise.  Interesting that they tried to make this film seem more “mature” than the previous ones.  Like they looked at the earlier films and decided they were too “corny” and wanted to be more on the scare/intellect side of horror.  But where would they have gone from here if they made a “sequel” to this film?  Do you as Movie studio say it was a movie of a movie about a myth and wasn’t real?  Do you even acknowledge it all?  Is this the Halloween III of the Nightmare Series?  (There’s a lot to soak in there.  I wonder if Wes would have been willing to make a sequel to this if the studio asked, or if Wes really wanted this to be it.  It is an outlier, just not as out there as Halloween III, but it’s an apt analogy and I will toss out Friday the 13th V due to Tommy Jarvis.  But you have me thinking about this, and it’s a weird situation of how do you sell a movie based on a franchise that you have made popular.)

Kristi:  Absolutley! In its time, it was pretty awesome!

Chris: It tried to differentiate itself from the earlier incarnations of the series and ended up being a mixed bag. For as many innovative movies as Wes Craven did, most were pretty formulaic  I want to argue against your point about Wes being formulaic.  I want to, but I simply can’t.  I would say that Last House on the Left and Hills Have Eyes offered up something less formulaic than everything after that.  Nightmare, Shocker, Scream, The Girl in the Photograph, and I am probably missing some all had a very similar formula.  While I often complain about the predictability of modern horror, it’s really only when they are critically acclaimed.  The reality is that I do love seeing certain formulas.  Wes’ formula was something that I was a sucker for.)

Sara: I liked this film better than either of the two you mentioned above (Scream and I know what you did last summer) but don’t know that this deserves credit for bringing back horror, though I’m positive that it likely introduced a whole new group of people to Freddy movies, and that should always be celebrated. (I gotta say, I always thought that the “I Know What You Did” franchise was fairly cheesy and borderline awful, but they have aged surprisingly well if you are in the mood for that film formula.  Well the first 2 did.)

Kent:  I don’t think that Scream happens without this film being made.  This was the turning point, I would say a huge inspiration for Scream.  This was the first domino to fall, but it doesn’t get the respect that it deserves for being a catalyst.  I consider this much more than a sequel.  I also feel that this film inspired another favorite of mine, Behind The Mask: The RIse of Leslie Vernon.  I highly recommend that one. Still, this probably doesn’t deserve credit for bringing horror back, but just know that without this, we wouldn’t have the landscape of late 90’s horror.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Should they ever consider making another Nightmare on Elm Street, even in like 30 years, or should it belong to that time period?

Dom:  The remake was ok.  Like all remakes you compare it to the original and rarely does it ever seem as good or better.  Nightmare on Elm Street is a product of it’s time.  Nostalgic 80’s/90’s. So no, no other film UNLESS you can make it tie into the original franchise with the same cast.  (Something that you didn’t out and out say, but knowing you, I think that you would agree, a remake would have to be rated R and as you know, studios are more and more reluctant to make a really good rated R film nowadays.  The money is in PG-13.  There are always exceptions, but the 80’s didn’t mind just going rated R.  It’s a big reason why the 80’s is the golden age of horror.  If they did remake it, I think it would be wise to utilize Lin Shaye’s brilliance in telling stories.  She’s the white female horror version of Morgan Freeman.  I just said a lot there.)

Kristi:  This is a hard one. I would love to see another one but with all the crappy remakes and such that have come out, or are coming out, I don’t think so. And with Wes passing.. I feel like we should leave his legacy alone. If there was some way of honoring him and making the film not suck, yes. (You bring up a point that I hadn’t considered in all of this, and that’s Wes’ legacy.  I agree with you on that.)

Chris: With the right script, cast, and director it could work. Mostly I think people would fuck it up like they did with the 2014(?) remake. (2010, I had to look it up.  It was the first film that I took Raylene to, mainly because Freddy creeped her out as a child and I’m a total asshole.)

Sara: I say no. Just no. Even with good intentions, it generally gets screwed up and then I’m disappointed.  (To that end, it’s going to be tough to have a good enough director and writer to really do it justice, and for the well established people, are they willing to tarnish their legacy remaking a cheesy, yet beloved horror franchise?    Quite frankly, Halloween was very fortunate to have a guy like Rob Zombie remake the film.)

Kent:  For years, I had suggested that Nightmare on Elm Street was a perfect candidate for a remake because of all the cheesiness of the original.  Like there was an opportunity to really nail it and potentially perfect a great story with a bigger budget and better technique.  I stand by that notion, that idea.  The reality is that no remake is going to even make half of the old fans happy.  Your idea of what a good sequel should be could very well be freshly squeezed garbage juice to me, and vice versa.    OK, my remake would kick a lot of ass, but it still wouldn’t appease the masses.  It’s all a subjective mess.  We saw what happens when you remake it.  Look at Rob Zombie’s great remake of Halloween and how much shit it takes.  Honestly, if you look at the Nightmare remake, it is not a bad film.  I will argue this until I am blue in the face.  It’s not a bad film, but it could never reach the majority of people’s lofty expectations.  We have learned that you can do some things to keep your fans happy if you follow along with the Star Wars franchise.  The prequels are widely despised despite not being terrible films.  They simply pale in comparison to the holy trilogy.  OK, maybe Episode 2 was a bad film.  Anyway, along comes Episode VII and they rehashed enough stuff from the original to appease the old fans, but enough new stuff to create new fans and keep the fans wanting more.  Then they did Rogue One and killed it.  I say all of this because it is entirely possible to do it, but the odds are extremely against it.  In the same breathe, would a film about Freddy when he was alive doing all the bad shit, up to the finale of the parents exacting their revenge, would that film be of interest to you?  I say that if you get the right talent, that could be the horror version of Rogue One and could be a hell of a film.

 

  1.  Would you be up for another Nightmare on Elm Street blog at some point down the road?  Most likely part 3, 4, or Freddy vs Jason?

Dom:  Sure.  Any of them.

Kristi:  Not so much. There are so many other great films to explore. Time to move on.

Chris: yes

Sara: Absolutely.

Kent:  I’m glad to see that 3 of you would be down.  As long as these blogs keep going, it’s almost a guarantee that we will be touching on Dream Warriors at some point.  Maybe next year for the first year anniversary or something.  A break is a good thing.  It would simply be insulting to my integrity if we never tackled that one and a handful of others.  I have no qualms to suggest that we will inevitably tackle Pet Sematary, Carrie, both Halloween’s, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, Psycho, Phantasm, Child’s Play, Saw, and so many more.  My hope is that as time goes by, we find ways to tackle more content.  There are so many amazing horror films to discuss, and Nightmare on Elm Street 2, that I am very excited.  

We will be holding a vote in the Facebook group this week to determine the July 1st film.  I hope to see you back on June 15th for The Babadook. Thank you so much for reading.  

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The Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce – Season 1 Part 3 of 3

Welcome to the Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce blog!  If you are familiar with what I do, then you can just skip this intro.  If this is your first time, allow me to explain the set up.  I have asked 9 questions about the season and then 2 bonus speculative questions in regards to next season.  It’s a gimmick, it works.  I have a panel of 4 lovely ladies and myself.  We are getting perspective from all across the US in this one as we have Arkansas, Florida, New York, and Oregon all represented.  What a nice mix that is.

This show is created by Victor Fresco and I just wanted to give him a shout out for a great story and casting.

I have divided this up into 3 parts because these shows that you can binge watch, you can’t really do a truthful episode by episode breakdown with questions because you know damn well that you will have watched the next episodes before you answer the questions.  Simultaneously, it’s nice to bring in readers, so dividing this up into 3 parts seemed fair.  Please enjoy.  Here are the links to the other 2 parts.

Part 1 of 3
Part 2 of 3

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  1.  Is it better for them to “cure” Sheila’s body from deteriorating, or to see how outlandish that they can go with it?

Bri:  It would be really funny if they could keep her falling apart for a while but long term, fixing her deterioration would probably work better. She can’t keep up the charade for long if things keep falling off.  (Yeah, how far can they truly push it is a definite question.)

Cece:  I think shit will eventually hit the fan, and I sort of hope it does. I’d like to see what the writers do with it.  (I’d suggest checking out Contracted and Contracted II.  You may not wish to see shit hit the fan after that.)

Kristi:  I do not see them finding a cure. I’m hoping they have some others change and they do a Dexter style killing show.  (While that would be cool, I think that would be weird for most of the core audience.  I’m all for something Dexter-ish.)

Melanie:  I think for the sake of the family a cure is better.

Kent:  I think the deterioration cure needs to be found.  Otherwise her body should fall apart rather rapidly.  Abby will be aging, so they have to show a passage of time, and it wouldn’t make sense for her body to just hold together.  On the other hand, this is a comedy, so who the hell knows what BS they will come up with.

 

Bonus Deuce

 

  1.  Name an actor or actress who you would like to see show up for an episode or two in season two?

Bri:  Maybe Walton Goggins! He and Timothy Olyphant have excellent screen chemistry and I just love him! He would be hilarious on this.  (Great choice!  I love Walton is everything that I have seen him in. )  

Cece:  I’d love it if for some reason they brought on George Romero or even Bruce Campbell.  (I could totally get behind Bruce, and I see no reason why that couldn’t happen.)

Kristi:  John Lithgow!! Again with Dexter, he was amazing in that show and I could see him in some crazy character in this series.  (Lithgow is an awesome dude.  I love watching him in The Twilight Zone movie.  He was really good in it.)

Melanie:  Cameron Diaz? Her name just popped into my head.  (I looked her up because I couldn’t remember liking her in anything aside from There’s Something About Mary, and sadly that’s all I’ve ever liked her in.  I’ve seen a few of her roles, The Box, The Mask, Any Given Sunday, Being John Malkovich, Shrek, and Shrek 2.  I guess she does not speak to me.  The worst thing is, tangent time, but The Box had a lot of potential, and they totally blew it.  It wasn’t the actors faults either.  It was a good story that got shamefully stretched out way longer than it should have.  The premise was really good.  Sorry, I had to get that out because I hate missed opportunities when there’s a good story and it’s carried out poorly.  Cameron Diaz everybody!)

Kent:  Edward Norton. The answer is always Edward Norton.  When it’s not Edward Norton, it’s usually Ron Perlman, Tiny Lister, or Steve Buscemi.  Robert Englund would also be cool as hell.

 

  1.  How many seasons do you think this show reasonably has in it?

Bri:  That’s a tough one! It could be as few as 2 but I could see them stretching it to 5 if they really try.

Cece:  I’d say 3 or 4, easily.

Kristi:  I could see 5 series or more in this series. If they do it right and change the right people, this could be a long lasting show.  

Melanie:  At least three.

Kent:  I expect a similar path as Orange is the New Black, but not as popular, but also not as preachy.  OITNB had a really great first 2 seasons and then had a sharp decline in 3 and even worse, much worse in 4.  The show will probably lose relevance after 3 and pull out 5-6 seasons.  I’ll say 5.  I gotta get more analytical here for a moment.  The concept of this show limits it’s longevity as a comedy.  The reality is that eventually this virus spreads and more people get hungry.  At that point, how many additional cast members are you going to add?  How far out and zany can they really go to meet new people to kill and get food?  How long before they get caught?  The reality is that this show should have a shelf life of 3 years but will go 5.

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The Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce – Season 1 Part 2 of 3

Welcome to the Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce blog!  If you are familiar with what I do, then you can just skip this intro.  If this is your first time, allow me to explain the set up.  I have asked 9 questions about the season and then 2 bonus speculative questions in regards to next season.  It’s a gimmick, it works.  I have a panel of 4 lovely ladies and myself.  We are getting perspective from all across the US in this one as we have Arkansas, Florida, New York, and Oregon all represented.  What a nice mix that is.

This show is created by Victor Fresco and I just wanted to give him a shout out for a great story and casting.

I have divided this up into 3 parts because these shows that you can binge watch, you can’t really do a truthful episode by episode breakdown with questions because you know damn well that you will have watched the next episodes before you answer the questions.  Simultaneously, it’s nice to bring in readers, so dividing this up into 3 parts seemed fair.  Please enjoy. Here are the links to the other 2 parts.

Part 1 of 3
Part 3 of 3

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  1.  Will any of the other main cast members, between the family and the neighbors, become undead?

Bri:  It is definitely possible. Shows like this always have to expand the afflicted. I don’t think it should be Joel though. He balances her out and if they both got the impulse overload, it would lead to complete chaos.  (Joel should be the safest character or else the dynamic would be too off the wall, at least until the final season when they just go crazy if they want.)

Cece:  That’s an interesting thought. I mean there’s already Loki but it would be funny to meet a new character who’s undead.  (It would be interesting to go on a journey to find patient zero.)

Kristi:  i honestly don’t know, I would like to see Abby change though. I think she is a strong character and it would be fun to see her change.  (I think her or Joel will change in the final season so they can go crazy.)

Melanie:  Lisa Palmer, played by Mary Elizabeth Palmer. I have a funny scene in my head where her new partner, her dead husband’s cop partner, thinks that Lisa is cheating on her because Lisa gets all dressed up to go out, but really is going to go out and eat people.  (I definitely would enjoy this.  Lisa’s character has the most potential in my opinion.  She nailed everything that she was given.)

Kent:  Yeah, it seems inevitable.  I think the safe money would be on Rick or Alondra to get them more involved, but the funniest would be Eric.  I suspect that they may hold off on that one for a bit though.

 

  1.  Were there any subplots or stories that didn’t work well for you?

Bri:  I know they needed the Dan thing for interest sake but that whole thing made me crazy. Everything about him and his story bugged me.

Cece:  I thought the ending was kind of a cop-out. The doctor just leaving and stuff was bullshit. (I totally agree.  The only good thing about her role was Abby fucking with her and Eric.)

Melanie:  I did not like the the professor part at all.

Kent:  The dead biker dude and his brother’s storyline went nowhere, and then Abby wore his jacket after like it was nothing.  So when he is found dead, he had a fairly noteworthy jacket.  The whole thing was just screaming “We really had material for 8 episodes, but needed to wedge two more episodes in so here you go!”

  1.  This is the funniest new TV show that you have seen since….?

Bri:  Hmmm.. this ones tough! There are a lot of funny shows out there and this one doesn’t really compare to any of them! So The show that comes to mind is It’s always sunny in Philadelphia but those 2 don’t have any relevance to each other.. (Both are hilarious!)

Cece:  Parks & Recreation!  (I concur, and Office was better than both.)

Kristi:  Not a tv show but it reminds me of of the joy I felt when I watched Serial Mom.  (I’ve never seen it.  Yes, I’m a slacker.)

Melanie: Funniest Netflix created show…that I have seen all of?   (Nodding in agreement.)

Kent:  Rick and Morty.  If we exclude animation, probably early Parks and Rec.

 

  1.  This is the best thing that Drew Barrymore has been in since…..?

Bri:  The only thing I ever really cared for her in was Ever After and that’s just because I’m a big pansy girl on the inside. Otherwise this has been my favorite of her by far.

Cece:  Ever. Let’s face it, she’s never been the best actress. This is my favorite role by her.

Kristi:  This is one Im in my own with. I loved her movie Miss you Already. It was very much a chic flick but as someone that has her best friend 3,000 miles away, it hit home.

Melanie:  50 First Dates

Kent:  50 First Dates was the most recent thing of hers that I liked, which was during a time when she did that, Donnie Darko, The Wedding Singer, and Scream.   Prior to that, there was ET, Firestarter, and Cat’s Eye.  All great.

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The Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce – Season 1 Part 1 of 3

Welcome to the Santa Clarita Diet 9 Deuce blog!  If you are familiar with what I do, then you can just skip this intro.  If this is your first time, allow me to explain the set up.  I have asked 9 questions about the season and then 2 bonus speculative questions in regards to next season.  It’s a gimmick, it works.  I have a panel of 4 lovely ladies and myself.  We are getting perspective from all across the US in this one as we have Arkansas, Florida, New York, and Oregon all represented.  What a nice mix that is.

This show is created by Victor Fresco and I just wanted to give him a shout out for a great story and casting.

I have divided this up into 3 parts because these shows that you can binge watch, you can’t really do a truthful episode by episode breakdown with questions because you know damn well that you will have watched the next episodes before you answer the questions.  Simultaneously, it’s nice to bring in readers, so dividing this up into 3 parts seemed fair.  Please enjoy.  Here are the links to the other 2 parts.

Part 2 of 3
Part 3 of 3

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  1.  Let’s start off with an easy one.  Who is/was your favorite character?

Bri:  Definitely Joel! First of all, I’m obsessed with Timothy Olyphant! His show, Justified, is an all time favorite! But also because he’s hilarious and sweet. Oh! And you gotta love the high functioning stoners too!

Cece:  I really like Joel and Eric. Joel is such a great husband and Eric is just a dork and that’s why he’s great!

Kristi: Abby.. i love that she is cool with finding bodies and see her parents bury half bodies. Her friend Eric is also pretty cool.

Melanie:  Joel! His dedication to his zombie wife was truly amazing. I loved Timothy Olyphant in this role. Such a difference from the last thing I saw him in Justified.

Kent:  I liked Eric the most.  I know, big surprise, fat nerdy guy likes the nerdy guy.  I’ll tell you something, I also really thoroughly enjoyed Dan and Gary.  I know that Dan is not beloved, but his character was actually pretty funny if you think about it.  The whole ant thing was funny.  Abby had her moments.

 

  1.  Who is the character that you least enjoyed?

Bri:  The obvious answer would be Dan of course. But I’m going to add Gary’s pervy self to my list lol! Something about a man who doesn’t know the meaning of No always peeves me.  (Likewise, women who say no, but meant yes, and then get mad because the guy didn’t figure that out, so then he becomes that guy because he’s sick of the BS.)

Cece:  Dan was a dick. Also, the fucker who faked knowing a lot about the living dead stuff at the convention.  (Anton was his name)

Melanie:  Dan Palmer, played by Ricardo Chivera. That dude always plays a jerk.  (Yeah, I looked him up.  I would like to see more of him.)

Kent:  Sheila is the obvious choice for me.  A character with zero accountability trying to be some free spirit of sorts, like no consequences for her decisions, setting a bad example for her daughter, making Joel stress out way too much.  Yeah, it’s her.  

 

  1.  Aside from your pinky toe, what external body part would you be most OK with losing?

Bri:  Maybe some teeth? Lol! At least the back ones. Plus it seems practical that teeth would be one of the first things to go! Lol  (How come zombies tend to always have decent teeth, at least enough to eat people and whatnot?  I’ve long wondered this.)

Cece:  A different toe? lol I can’t think of anything else I’d even be okay with.

Kristi:  I’d be cool with losing the 4th finger. The one next to your pinky. I need to be able to do the devil horns at concerts.  

Melanie:  None. I can safely say I would be ok with losing none.  (You wimp)

Kent:  Pinky finger honestly doesn’t get a ton of use.  I mean it’s there for most of my daily activities, but it doesn’t carry the same responsibility or necessity. Left hand of course.

 

  1.  What is your favorite joke or one liner or situation from this first season?

Bri:  The chicken was pretty funny! Her running around like a crazy person wearing a plastic parka! Lol Also, so many one liners by Joel that are so great! “You’re acting a little manic, honey” “Well I Feel REALLY manic!!” And “well I don’t really care for you eating people either darling. And by the way, they’re legalizing my thing!”  

Cece:  I absolutely loved the part where they said they were going to fuck the corpse and paid the guy.

Kristi:  Not sure its a one liner but I enjoy the line… “what if I just ate pieces of people and let them go”… “Nope… thats worse”.

Melanie:  “Why do we have to live between two cops? Why couldn’t it be two rival pastry chefs?” -Joel

Kent:  Ramona in the store was really entertaining to me.  Also, Joel’s “What the fuck?” as simple as it is, worked well every time. Bunchen’s “30 seconds!” was amused me.  All of the responses above were solid.  Lots of great moments.

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#367 The Secrets of Emily Blair (2015)

This has Colm Meaney and that is the only reason that I am watching it.

For a possession style film, this is a little different way, which I approve of. I must admit, if I never see another possession film again, I will be fine with it. Aside from found footage, I think possession style films are the most overused films in horror, with a large chunk of them being lousy.

This actually told an OK story, nothing mind blowing, but good. I have to admit, I didn’t care much for Emily’s performance. Her husbands was hit and miss. Colm’s was the best as far as acting goes, in my opinion. The film did look nice, and they did a great job with Emily’s transformation throughout the film.

Rating – 3.3 as I never got into it as much as I would have liked to. This is the sort of thing that you dread finding on NetFlix because you just never know if you have uncovered a gem, or a film that never quite strikes the right chord. That’s a bummer.

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