Written by Shae

THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM...YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK...

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You know, I really should stop watching this at work, because the squealing that occurs can't be healthy. Okay, it is healthy. Guys! Charlie! Have I mentioned she's like one of my crushes? I know she's a fictional character, but still! She's just amazing. And she's back! Charlie is kicking ass too! Not to mention, Moose!!!! Well, while Charlie is running and fighting for her life, Sam and Dean are actually communicating. What?? I know! Dean even admits to Sam that he spoke with Crowley. Sam was a bit shocked to find out that Rowena is Crowley's mother, but hey, so were we! Our Moose even opens up about finding a cure and coming up with nothing. Knowing that the Mark is a Curse, however, might just make the search a bit easier...or maybe harder? Either way, the Winchesters are communicating with each other, which had to be a sign that hell has frozen over.

In all honestly, this episode had me literally covering my mouth to muffle my yells. And sadly, there was nobody to text. So, let's grab a seat, and everyone hold hands, because I really need to talk about this. Like, I think this show makes me need therapy. Okay, Charlie being chased, no big deal, Charlie being shot by some scary guy, very big deal! When she called Sam and Dean telling them what happened, they send her to one of Bobby's old safe houses. It's then a mad dash to get to her. Dean finds some crazy box with cool wards and sigils on it, which should protect an all important book Charlie has on her. Because, yeah, these new baddies can hunt the book somehow. Magic! It solves everything.

Of course, nothing is easy. They find Charlie and we find out the book is made of some nuns skin and blood, gross, and it's calling to Dean. This book is pure black magic, but they can't translate it, which kind of sucks. Sam and Charlie are determined, however, and Dean is pretending like he doesn't care. All dark magic comes with a price though, and Dean quickly decides he doesn't want to pay the fee for his freedom. Especially since he can actually hear the book begging him to use it. Our baddies show up, and Dean makes the decision to have the book burned. Sam isn't keen on this idea...

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I think every season has that one major moment where I literally scream at my TV. I also think each season has that one major moment where Sammy does something stupid. It's like, if Sam doesn't do something stupid, something is wrong. For a single few minutes we're left believing that Sam listened to Dean and burned the book....they'll just find another way. Guys! Sam doesn't! He switches the book with another in the midst of Charlie and Dean kicking ass. And he keeps it. And we're like, Sam! What the hell? Because, I get it. That's his big brother...and as Charlie said, they do stupid things for each other. There isn't any lengths either of them won't go to for one another, especially to save the other's life. At the very end, Sammy is giving the book to someone, and I'm bouncing in my chair wondering who it is! And low and behold, I may have actually yelled "you idiot" (only with some choice profanity between those words) when we see who he gives it to. Crowley? No. Another hunter? No. An angel? No. Worse. He gives it to Rowena. Sam is doing to ultimate stupid thing of the entire show. Seriously. Moose, you infuriate me.

At least he admitted to not meaning a single thing he said last season. Which is nice, because that temper tantrum was uncalled for. Speaking of tantrums! Castiel has Metatron. The scribe leads our baby-in-a-trench-coat to a library. We might believe he's going to give Cas his grace back, but we all knew it was a matter of time before the little weasel got free. Cas still has Metatron's grace, but that doesn't stop the little idiot from hurting our Cas and getting what he really came for. Remember the Demon Tablet? Yeah, I forgot about it entirely until Metratron pulls it out of a hollow book. Jackass. Despite the spell Cas is being afflicted with, he manages to find his grace and get it back. His wings are a little worse for wear, but that happens with all he's been through. He loses Metatron, but with his grace back, he at least has a fighting chance. Cas makes his way back to the bunker, and our ragtag family is back together.

Except for Gabriel, who isn't dead. Because I say so. And he needs to show back up. I demand it.

 
 

Written by Shae

THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM...YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK...

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I'm still reeling from last week's episode of Supernatural. Sam lies to Dean about going out of town for some French Movie in another town, and Dean lies about just chilling. The older Winchester hits up a local bar to drink his troubles away...only to end up cheating college kids out of money, and then beating them senseless...he's unaware that Sam is with Castiel. The angel tries to go to heaven but is stopped by Hannah. She's taken over the male gate keeper's body, this time, to tell Cas and Sam that they're not allowed to speak with Metatron anymore. Mostly because the scribe can't be trusted. The news doesn't go over well with either, so a new plan is formed. They track down an old psychic that had been working with the Men of Letters, literally forever ago. The man is an actual mind reader and quickly figured out who Sam is. He can't read the thoughts of our angel, he only sees colors. He then refuses to believe Cas is an angel, claiming to be an atheist. Contacting heaven is going to be fun for him, since they need a special someone.

Bobby is a bit surprised to hear from Sam and Castiel, let alone talk to them. They need Bobby to break out of his personal heaven and open the gate to earth, so Castiel can get in and kidnap Metatron. Great plan, right? Bobby manages to break free from his heaven, and opens a few doors to cause a distraction for the angels while he opens the portal to earth. In no time, Bobby and Cas are at Metatron's cell. The scribe tries causing trouble but Castiel is in no mood for that. He slits Metatron's throat with an angel blade and steals his grace. Sam promptly shoots him in the leg....and we get to find out that Metatron lied about knowing how to remove the Mark. Surprised? According to the little weasel, it's ancient magic. Only God and Lucifer know about the Mark enough to remove it. But, he does know where Castiel's grace is. Cas decides to take the angel, now human, and find his grace, because reasons. And Sam returns to the bunker with a letter given to him by Cas from Bobby.

After scamming kids out of their money, and watch, then beating them into a pulp (but not killing them), Dean gets a visit from Rowena. She had enchanted the kids in the bar to attack Dean, and since that failed Rowena tries killing Dean with a powerful spell. One she's painted onto her skin. It doesn't work, so she goes back to Hell unscathed, because Dean's no in the mood for that. She instead mutilates herself and blames Dean Winchester. Saying she tried to kill him to eventually save Crowley. Strangely enough, our King of Hell doesn't buy her story. He goes to the bar to confront Dean, but instead of a violent bloodbath they talk. Crowley finally admits to knowing Rowena was manipulating him the entire time; that he went along with her shenanigans because she was his family. Dean tells the King he's gone soft, and they actually might be friends. Or possibly family. Because, family doesn't end at blood, nor does it start there. Family doesn't use you; they're there for you in the best of times and worst circumstances. It seems the King of Hell might just be more to the Winchesters than any of them originally thought. He and Dean are far more alike than either will ever admit. Crowley returns home and does something we all wanted him to do for so long...he tells Rowena to leave.

After returning to the bunker, Sam reads the letter from Bobby. The consequences of him helping free Metatron probably won't be end well for the old Hunter, and they all know it. Angels are dicks, but we'll not know what's happened just yet. Instead, the letter is a plea for Sam to not do all this behind Dean's back. If they're going to look for a cure, they shouldn't be sneaking around as they have been. Because if they're ever going to have a shot at beating this thing, they're going to have to work together. Given the Winchesters past with lying to one another, it's likely a lost cause, but words from uncle Bobby are always wise.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Myths and legends have to have some sort of truth behind them. With some of the things that they encompass, it would be hard to imagine someone trying to make it up.  The same goes for urban legends about haunted houses, you have to believe that there is something in the house that scared the giblets out of somebody at some point, but would you like to be the one to prove the legend wrong?  Looking for the truth behind the stories that you have heard about since you have been a child, or looking to find out what actually happened in your new neighborhood could make you feel better, but if you find out the truth about what really happened, will you be disappointed when it is not what you expected?

Alex Wright is a film student and a lover of everything horror.  He has even taken to making up vlogs about the movies he watches since he is starting to understand what is behind making a good movie.  But there is one film that he cannot stand, Grave Encounters.  With the poor camera work, lack of emotions from the actors and a terrible ending, Alex makes sure that the world hears his thoughts and hopefully people turn away from watching this movie.  But when reading the responses on his site, Alex gets some unseen footage from the movie and wants to confront the person who sent it.

Digging into the history of the movie, Alex finds that everyone associated with it has gone missing or died in a mysterious way.  After calling out to his followers, Alex finds that there is one survivor living up in Washington, but when he goes to visit Sean Rogerson, a.k.a. Lance Preston from the first film, he finds that the man is still missing and nobody knows where he is. Wanting to prove one way or another that the movie is real and not something that was made up to scare people, Alex does some more digging and while he still gets some messages from and internet account named DeathAwaits666, he is able to get an interview inside of the building that the movie was shot in.

Even though he does not have permission to visit the building, Alex takes his video crew with him to go and make the best horror movie they have ever seen.  Needing to find out the secret behind what actually happened in the building ten years ago, Alex follows the same script as the group that was lost in the building before him.  Not fearing the ghosts, spirits or demons that infest the halls, the group try capture something, but it takes the arrival of a rent-a-cop to make the building come to life. As the building only takes people that are on their own, Alex refuses to let his fiends out of his sight, but the building has a mind of its own and will stop at nothing to get its movie made, along with the final cut.

Grave Encounters 2 follows Alex Wright and his friends as they are trying to make a horror movie that is better than what mainstream has been putting out.  But Alex slowly becomes obsessed with a movie he has just reviewed called Grave Encounters that has made him very angry and upset it was even filmed. After putting his thoughts on the web about the movie, he is contacted by an internet account named DeathAwaits666 who has unseen footage from the movie.  This seems odd to Alex, but what really gets his attention is that there is no one that he can contact from the original cast or crew.  With his mind changing about the movie and believing that what happened on the screen actually happened to the cast, Alex wants to prove that the old building where it was filmed is actually haunted.  Breaking into the old hospital, Alex and his crew are able to contact the person that has been emailing him, but find out it is not an actual person, but an entity in the building.  With this being more frightening than anything they have seen up to this point, the hospital comes alive, and staying with what happened in the movie, it only takes one person at a time, along with being able to trap anyone that enters its halls.

A pretty good follow up to the original that takes you a little bit further down the rabbit hole in seeing what the old head doctor of the hospital was really up to. I was happy to see they hit another portion of the hospital and discover the kid’s area and have a little ghost kid flying through the halls at them.  Without knowing who or what is really occupying the old building, it seems like a place that nobody should ever try to enter, but still with the success of the first movie, everyone is trying to find out where it really is and get a chance to see what happens in it firsthand.  As I have said in the past, not a huge fan of the first person shooter movies, since you never really get to see enough of what is attacking your characters, but in this movie, you might want them to pull away, just a bit sooner.  With plenty of things that go bump in the night, this is a place that I am pretty sure I would not want to enter, especially with all of the asbestos inside the building.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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A group of friends are looking to get away and make some great videos to go viral on the web.  Even though they all get along, the group is enjoying picking on Brian during the drive, by trying to burn his beard while he is sleeping.  But taking their eyes off of the road, the SUV hits something and the group has no idea what it was.  Looking at the footage during the accident, they caught something big but are not able to tell what it is.  Brothers Matt and Brian decide to stay quiet about what they have heard about the area from their Uncle, but the fun loving trip may turn into something much worse.

Taking their bikes down to the lake, all of the guys in the group strap on their GoPro cameras and jump into the depths of the water.  Not thinking about what they encountered on the drive up to the cabin, they are all about having fun on this trip since there is nobody around.  When Todd and his girlfriend sneak off into the woods, Brian follows with camera in hand, but when the couple starts getting to the good stuff, Brian sees something through the viewfinder and knows that the group is not alone in the woods.

Hearing strange sounds in the woods, Brian sets up cameras all around the cabin, since he knows what the group is up against, Bigfoot.  Wanting to capture the mythical beast on film, Brian tries to lure it into range by making a scene, but when the Sasquatch approaches the cabin, he regrets everything that has led up to this.  Tearing up the patios, the beast leaves the cabin, but the group can hear more smashing and crashing in the distance and come to find out it was their car.  Not being able to escape the woods on foot, Matt takes off on his bike and tries to find help for the group, but the rarely seen beast is waiting for him. When Matt does not make it back to cabin, the group decides to go look for him, but there is a surprise waiting for them at the door as Bigfoot is on the hunt for blood.  Not knowing what they did to the beast, the group tries to defend themselves, but it only seems to enrage the it and they will be forced to find another way of combating it.

Exists follows a group of friends as they are looking to get away for a mini vacation at brother Matt and Brian’s uncle’s cabin in the woods.  Although their uncle said he saw something in the woods and would never return, Matt and Brian think this is the perfect place to make some videos to put on the web and become stars.  But their attitudes start to change when they hit some sort of hairy mass on the drive up and then find they are being hunted by something of legend.  The local Sasquatch is looking for blood and the group is ripe for the taking.  After the first attack on the cabin, the group finds out that Bigfoot is not a myth and have to find a way to escape its wrath, but not knowing what they did to upset the beast, they do not know how to fight it.   Being cut off from the world, they are left on their own until being able to get a partial call through to their uncle to come and help, but will he be able to get up to the cabin in time before the rarely seen beast tears it up?

I have been waiting ages for a decent Bigfoot horror movie and it has finally arrived.  I missed the screening of this at the Mile High Horror Film Festival this year, but it seemed to get high marks and everyone seemed to be very excited about it, and now I am lucky enough to have it in my collection.  It does start off a little bit slow with the conversations going on in the car, and as a bearded man, I have taken note never to fall asleep around my friends, but once the car hits an unseen animal, the story takes over and Bigfoot is on.  I enjoyed how the storyline played out, even with all of the different cameras, it still captures a bit of fear like The Blair Witch Project did many years ago.  Like I have said in the past, I am not a huge fan of first person shooting in movies, but if it is done right and the story is sound, it can be a great movie.  I really did enjoy this one and hope that the director and the production crew keep it up for something new.  Special note, I will never look at those "Messin’ With Sasquatch" commercials the same again, even though I always root for Bigfoot in them.  Stay Scared!

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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I think perhaps the greatest challenge facing a major horror franchise is finding a way to stay relevant as the sequels roll on. It usually calls for radical changes in storytelling, the design of the franchise and the characters, and let's be honest, when those chances are taken the results are often mixed.  

Sometimes we get a brilliant horror sequel, one that leaves us terrified and sleeping with the lights on. Other times we get a sequel that leaves us with grand disappointment and sometimes...we just get something so unique that we are left pondering exactly where it falls in terms of quality and I would have to say that the latter of all those categories is where I would place V/H/S: Viral.

Much like its predecessors, V/H/S: Viral has no true plot to speak of. It is a collection of tales courtesy of a mysterious set of VHS tapes that drive its viewers mad. But seeing as to how the last film in the franchise was a rousing success, it's obvious the filmmakers here wanted to up the ante and find new ways to tell this tale and the end result of experimenting with the core formula is a unique one to say the least. 

The film to me, is entertaining to say the least, but it truly is the weakest entry in the series due to the fact that well...it isn't a horror movie through and through. While its predecessors went to extremely dark and twisted places, this movie delves into other genres. There's elements of fantasy and science fiction with stories about magic and parallel dimensions, and while horror elements are peppered into these, they are simply not scary. In fact the only story that seems to fit into the horror genre is the skateboarding segment and even that is played more for laughs than for scares. Perhaps the best story in the bunch is the wraparound story, where the VHS tapes that have terrorized so many for so many years have found a way to broadcast onto cell phones via an ice cream truck, and seeing the tapes be given a new purpose and life, if you will, while seeing the wild things that happen because of this makes for some interesting storytelling. Especially since it seems that evil's plan all along is to punish the wickedness of the world.  

But outside of that, V/H/S: Viral is so radically different that it polarized its fan base. I've met people that love it, others that hate it and others who really have no clue what to think of it.  In my opinion, it's worth watching, simply because I'm quite impressed with the bold risks the movie took to stay original and give us something fresh and new. Sure it may not work all the time, but you have to respect a franchise like this that is so well loved, essentially telling the fans that it wants to evolve and well...impress you. The end result may not have been the most terrifying film I have ever seen, but it was certainly entertaining and interesting and there is definitely nothing wrong with that. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Sometimes when you hear stories about one of your favorite artists, you find out the tortures they have had to put up with in life.  Pain can be on the finest tools an artist can use to produce the things that capture your eye, but do you really want know the secrets behind the grand piece of art that they have brought to life?  The life of a tortured artist is something that I never hope to truly know, since with a little bit of pain, someone can manufacture something so magical that can take you away, but with a lifetime of it, you may just get lost in the work and never come out the same again.

Painter Jack Craig has hit rock bottom. Being promised a show when he has finished his works, the tides turn for the art gallery when the owner does not take a liking to what he has now produced.  Begging Jack to start drinking again so his art will be much more edgy, Jack envisions swinging a hammer straight into her skull and reminisces on how he watches her die.  Not really doing this, Jack shares this homicidal fantasy to his support group and everyone feels his pain.  Not being able to make any money off of his trade, his craft, Jack is as low as he can get and needs to find a way out. Sharon from his group has taking a liking to the struggling artist and wants to sit for him and give Jack a sense of inspiration once again.

Trying to get Jack to break out of his funk, Sharon comes over to his loft and gives some provocative poses, but that is not what will awaken the spirit of the artist.  Jack asks her to leave and when he tries to finish up the painting for her, he is interrupted by his neighbor downstairs that is blasting his rock music as loud as possible.  In a fit of rage, Jack yells at his neighbor to turn it down, but the young man refuses and continues to rock.  Accidentally dropping a flower pot into the man’s head, Jack watches as his neighbor falls several stories to his death.  Wanting to walk away from the situation that he has found himself in, Jack cannot help but the look back at the fallen man, the blood pooling around his head and his lifeless eyes staring up to the heavens. 

Something has been awakened in Jack and he quickly goes back to work, producing a piece showing the young man’s final seconds on the planet.  Knowing that it is a great piece, Jack has to find someone to sell it to.  Looking though his art catalog, he finds a collector that takes pride in his collection of human death.  Jack goes to visit Mr. Mayflower and is blown away by the collection of human tragedy that is hanging on the walls before him.  Malcom Mayflower has been looking for something that shows death, but not in the way he has already collected, but with an artist’s touch and knows that Jack is the only man that can make his collection complete.  With promise of a twenty thousand dollar purchase on Jack’s next piece, Mayflower is certain that it will be next to perfect.

Jack does not know what to do to make his next piece any better than his first and with his mind focusing on Sharon modeling for him, he needs to back away and get a drink.  Talking with the landlady when leaving to go to store, Jack offers to help her move the deceased tenant’s belongings to the basement, but winds up pushing her down the stairs. With more photos taken, Jack is on the road to getting his next payoff, but even though Mayflower loves the piece, he wants more from Jack and the next offer is one hundred thousand dollars.  Jack declines and tries to get back to his life as normal, but after Sharon finds the pictures Jack has taken of the dead bodies around his apartment, she flips and leaves quickly, only to be hit by a taxi.  Without insurance, the hospital is hesitant to perform the necessary operation to keep her alive, so Jack takes up Mayflower for his final offer and beats a man to death outside of the hospital and makes a piece of art with his blood.  Even though Jack knows it is wrong, he will do anything to save Sharon’s life, but could he have taken his lust for inspiration too far?

This episode has left me speechless.  I never would have expected it to play out the way it did and that is why I am still a little bit in shock after it ended.  I feel for Jack, as I have been in hard places in my life and needing to break out of my funk, but I don’t know how seeing a dead body would excite somebody’s drive.  I have also had friends try to break me out of the funk, like Sharon tried with Jack, and it never worked and it is a shame since there are so many good souls out there looking to help.  But I have never had anybody help me profit off of my pain before, I might have missed that memo when it came around, but I think I am ok for not being a hundred percent of the tortured artist that was just on the screen.  Starring Tim Roth as Jack Craig, Roya Megnot as Sharon and William Atherton as Malcolm Mayflower, this is the one story that has been brought to life and I can identify with the most, when it comes to being in a funk that is.  It might just be the story, but I think that the cast did a fine job of showing what emotions are really flying through their heads as someone has found inspiration, but not the way he expected.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There is a fine balance in taking pride in your work and how it relates to who you really are.  So many people try to cater themselves to the job that they are doing, but that does not translate to making them happy.  It is important to be able to put a bit of yourself in your job to add the much needed enjoyment of spending a third of your lifetime there.  There are plenty of jobs that allow for a bit of expression and I hope if you are in one of those positions, you have been able to incorporate just a little bit of yourself into the role, it really is fun.

Mr. Crosswhite is running into a major problem.  His blood bank is running out of product and without it going out the front door for a profit, he is faced with having to consider shutting down.  Young Sally is devastated by the news that she might be losing her job, but Mr. Crosswhite wants to offer her another position that would be just inclusive to her, wink, wink.  Stepping in to defend the young woman, the night security guard Mr. Longtooth takes offense to what is happening in front of his eyes but is not able to command his boss to do anything different, as he does not want to lose his job either.

Why would Longtooth want to move on from such a glorious place to be employed, being a vampire and all?  Every night he is able to feed in peace and not have to kill anyone to get his blood intake, but there is a slight complication when it comes to Sally.  Becoming excited also enrages the vampire and his fangs are fully extended whenever Sally is around him.  Wanting to stay quiet about what he is, Longtooth is able to escape the clutches of his crush, but is not able to continue covering up what he is doing in the blood bank at night.  With the records book being taken out of the office and Longtooth already feeding, he needs to find a way to replace the blood that he has taken, but he does not want to kill anybody to accomplish this, since he is working in the blood bank to avoid these kinds of actions.

Walking the streets, Longtooth finds a perfect target, a mugger that has just been foiled and will not be able to put up much of a fight.  With his needle, some tubing and a water jug, Longtooth is able to subdue the scum of humanity and drain his body completely of blood.  As the police are called in to investigate the strange occurrences, another person comes to join the hunt for the killer.  Rupert Van Helsing knows that the only rational answer to what is happening is due to a vampire on the streets. Urging the police to take note of this, he examines the body and finds the puncture hole on the neck, just as he had predicted.  Although the police are not convinced, the killings continue around the town as Longtooth is trying to save everyone’s jobs at the blood bank since Mr. Crosswhite is running out of options to keep everyone employed.  Although Longtooth has single handedly saved the blood bank, he is now being hunted by the police, Van Helsing, his employer and Sally, as everyone seems to know what he really is.

A cute little love story between a vampire and a damsel that is looking to be saved.  Although Longtooth has been trying to hide his identity from everyone at work, everyone seems to have discovered his secret and are looking to take advantage of him and what he can do.  All Longtooth really wants to do however is to live in the shadows, free of being a killer and suck down on a couple of bags of blood a night.  It has served him well in the past, but when Sally starts making advances towards him, he is not able to control his primal urge to feed and although it may be a problem for him, it does not seem to phase the young lady.  Starring Malcolm McDowell as Longtooth, George Wendt as Mr. Crosswhite, Michael Berryman as Van Helsing and Sandra Dickinson as Sally, this, I must say is one of the cutest love stories I have seen from the Crypt Keeper to date.  Wanting to side with the vampire is one thing, but if there is someone pulling his strings and forcing him to kill, does that really still make him the good guy?  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There are things in life that everyone strives to get and one of these things is respect.  For some people, they want to get respect from everyone that they possibly can, while others only care about receiving it from a select few.  Either way, it is an upward battle to gain respect from others as they all have different feelings about what warrants it.  Even if you are able to get this from one person, the next person may have different thoughts about what you have done do earn it, and wind up not giving you what you believe you justly deserve. 

Red Buckley has heard about a score that will get him all of the respect that he has ever been looking for.  As a small time hood, he wants to make a name for himself by pulling off the biggest score that nobody has been able to accomplish before him.  Hearing about a large black pearl being held by a plantation owner, Red has come up with a plan to gain access to the pearl and escape without ever being discovered.  Waiting in a small restaurant outside of the plantation, Red finds his mark and gets his affairs in order.

Meeting with Duval about a job, Red is taken back by the old man’s young wife, Kathrine.  Needing to gain approval from the couple to get the job, Kathrine seems to be taken back by Red and his red hair and encourages her husband to hire the foreigner. Upon arriving at the plantation, Red is introduced to Peligre, a priestess on the island who only wants the best for the out of place man.  Being shown to his home away from home, Red is shocked by the local customs and does not want any part of them, even if it means he will be protected from evil.  Although Peligre takes offense to his mannerisms, she is still keeping an eye on the red headed man and strives to keep him safe.

Late one night, Red takes a venture to Duval’s home and finds what he is looking for, the oversized black pearl he has heard so much about.  But Duval warns the young man not to disturb his treasure, since the alarm is hardwired to the local army and even though they are fighting the rebels, they are very fast on their response time.  When leaving the house, Red bumps into Kathrine and finds out that they are both looking for the same thing, the pearl and money.  Becoming partners, the two formulate a new plan to get the pearl away from Duval and escape, but the rebel fighting is getting closer and Duval is preparing to leave his estate.  When the couple notice that the pearl has gone missing, Red confronts Duval about its whereabouts, but the old man is not willing to divulge any information about where the priceless artifact has gone.  Killing his employer, Red finds that he is not the only one wanting to profit from the loss, as Kathrine holds a gun to his head as well.  Even with the promise of happiness off of the island, Red is not able to convince the new widow not to kill him, but Peligre is able to help in her own special way.

Wow, talk about a messed up love triangle, but not the way you would expect.  With the pearl being the only reason that Red even came down to the island, he finds that there might be more to life than just money as he finds love as well.  But nothing is as it seems on the plantation as Peligre is more worried about Red’s well being than anything else and will stop at nothing to protect him from the horrors around him, including himself.  Starring James Remar as Red Buckley, John Rhys-Davies as Duval, Vanity as Kathrine and Whoopi Goldberg as Peligre, there is nothing else to be wanted from the stars, or much less the story.  There are a couple takeaways from this story, but the main one that I got from it, is to never lose your head, especially over something you should have never seen.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Actors and actresses must have the hardest time when they are fighting to get the parts of their dreams.  As every director seems to have their own vision for their roles and being perfect for the part encompasses more than just acting skill, but the proper look.  Not everyone is six feet tall with a chiseled body, or a size two with legs that go on for days, but that is what a majority of the parts call for.  Acting talent can only take you so far, as you need to have the look to capture the audience and bring them into the theater.

Barry Blye is a struggling actor, but he knows that he will be able to find the perfect role since he takes pride in his craft.  Being shot down for yet another role due to his look, he finds a posting about a production of Hamlet in an out of the way theater. Running into his old friend Winton Robbins when swooning over this opportunity, Barry is reminded where his career actually is, but there is no pride in not working, so he will take any job that will allow him to act.  Arriving home, Barry finds that his girlfriend is moving out since he seems to have no aspirations, along with no money.

Not needing anything but the opportunity to act to make his life feel complete, Barry finds the theater that is staging the production, but is surprised to find his old friend Winton there to audition as well.  When talking to the director, Winton gets the part without even having to open his mouth as the director loves his look and high cheek bones.  Not believing what is happening to him, Barry leaves the production looking for some reason to be happy again, but the short walk does not clear his head and he returns to the theater to take vengeance on the man that is trying to kill his livelihood. 

Choking out his competition, Barry is happy to tell director Halliwell that Winton has flown the coop, but not to have fear since he is willing to take over the role. While in his new dressing room, Barry works on his lines and is preparing to knock the audience dead, but when Halliwell and his crew come in and inform Barry that it is time for the final run through, Barry is feeling overwhelmed and needs a rehearsal.  As playing the role of Hamlet is a very complicated part, Barry needs to be ready for all that is heading his way, but he is stunned to find out that his part is not that of the lead, but the part of Yorick who has been dead twenty five years before the play even started.  With wide eyes, Halliwell and his crew are ready to start their production, they are just in need of a skull for Hamlet to cry to. 

This is just a fantastic look at how desperation could get the better of somebody when they have nothing left to lose.  As Barry wants, needs to work to hone his craft, he does not bother to find out what kind of theater this actually is, but if he did, would he have still fought so hard for the part, much less kill off his competition?  Staring Jon Lovitz as Barry Blye, Bruce Boxleitner as Winton Robbins and the great John Astin as Halliwell, this is more than a look at what happens during the casting process, but what happens when you are fully immersed in a role.  It also shows what could happen when the crazy actors actually take control of a classical production.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.


 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It was a wild season when it came to The Walking Dead this year, one that made a point to shock us and leave us in awe and tears on several occasions. It was a season where everyone seemed to be at risk since let's be honest, I think we were all steeling our nerves to see who lived and who died in the season finale and well...it was one of many things that made this year so great. Now that we are a week removed from Season Five, let's take a look back at the season as a whole.

The Good: There were several things that kept me happy about this year and the first one was the storytelling. In prior season's, one big complaint about the show is how slow it moves to get where it needs to go. I heard that complaint about Season Two and the farm, and the first half of Season Four received the same criticism.  But this year, there was not a moment or a second wasted on the show. Terminus was dealt with swiftly and quickly and come the midseason finale...we left Atlanta behind and were within the walls of Alexandria just like that a couple of episodes later. It was a first for the show and that breakneck speed of storytelling truly gave the show its most compelling season to date. 

This was also the season that character development was at its strongest. In the past we have seen some characters grow to either serve as walker or Governor fodder but this go round, this vast ensemble cast received a complete journey for the year. There was no major character left behind and I'll be damned if it didn't make for some compelling television. It made the character deaths of Beth and Tyreese matter, and it brought each one of us closer to our favorites. However, this also served to bring out the season's only flaw, we will get into that in just a moment.  

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Otherwise, the last thing Season Five did extremely well was truly bring the comics to life. Despite minor changes as to who was involved in the story exactly, the show brought so many iconic moments to life and whether or not you've read the comics the best moments from those pages were front and center for all of us to see and chat about, and if you want a specific example, look no further than the Bob-B-Q.  Also the effects work on the walkers this year relates to this point since Greg Nicotero and his crew continued to revolutionize the zombie by decaying them further, making for nightmarish and disgusting creations that blew me away week in and week out.  

The Bad: Now, back to my earlier point. The only flaw that I felt Season Five had was the slight twist in trying to make Rick look like a villain. It was all over the web that the next big baddie wasn't coming from the comics, but the man who is the main character and well...at times the show didn't help it. Especially in Alexandria. I'm not saying Rick wouldn't be hardened by the things he has seen, but to insinuate that he would turn evil after spending so long trying to do the right thing is just silly and I'm glad his redemption in the final minutes of the season put this silly idea to rest. 

The Verdict: I have to say that this is the show's best season yet. Everything was truly top notch and I love the fact that at last we have a central location for the characters to catch their breath in a place that looks like actual civilization. The storytelling should only get stronger as we look at the dynamic of the civilized world and Rick Grimes' experiences coming together and I can't wait to see what happens next now that we know the Wolves are coming.  Until then, at least we have Fear the Walking Dead to look forward to.