Written by John Edward Betancourt

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I've always found it fascinating how some of George Romero's films are highly anticipated and fawned over before their release and then upon the moment they hit the masses they are picked to pieces by the critics and quickly forgotten before people return to those films years later to rave about them and adore them.

It happened in 1985 with the release of Day of the Dead since the film bombed at the box office only to become one of the highest regarded films in the Dead franchise and I have to wonder now if there will be a kinder and gentler future for the sixth and most recent entry in the series, Survival of the Dead. 

See I remember reading about how the franchise now seemed tired with this particular release back in 2009 and I certainly have to disagree. This is a zombie flick that is equally as intimate as the original Night of the Living Dead and one that quite frankly had Romero's most relevant commentary to date. Although upon viewing this one again before writing this article, I came to realize that what initially seemed like a politically charged commentary once again, is incorrect. This is a film that goes back to he broad strokes of American society and takes a deep look at our newfound ability at polarizing one another. 

After all, we as a society right now, believe in drawing lines in the sand when it comes to our opinions and beliefs and no one can dare cross that line and tell us otherwise, a perfect parallel to the two families in the film and it applies so well to everyday discussions now. We have religious groups unwilling to listen to anything outside of the gospel as they believe what they believe and nothing more. We have the same issue on the scientific front where people now believe out of the blue that years of medical science is wrong when it comes to vaccinations.  

It's an incredible comparison to see come to life when you watch this film and although this particular film in the franchise still feels like it was rushed into production, George manages to make do with what he has. This is another film I wish he had been given more time to flesh out rather than strike while the iron is hot, since well, only a few, myself included seemed to enjoy this particular tale. But it is my hope that this one ends up like Day and finds a cult following as the years go by. 

Sadly, this is to date, the final film in George Romero's storied career and that fact hangs heavy over the film when the end credits roll simply because man...if there is one series of films I want to see come to a logical conclusion it's this one. I'm dying to see what George would envision our future as a species to be long after this plague has come to its end and I hope he gets the opportunity to tell that story.  But until then, we have a wonderful career capped with some of the finest zombie films in the history of the genre and if we are only left with those six...I'm okay with that too.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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At long last on The Walking Dead, we have finally arrived at a place where it doesn't seem everyone is planning to eat, or kill Rick Grimes and his band of survivors. Hell, they even have power, food and running water once again in the city of Alexandria and while all those things are fantastic, Rick and his group are still concerned and so are we.  

After all, like Rick said, everyone has an angle and that's what we are all wondering, what is Deanna's? Well, today on the breakdown I thought we would take a look at those possibilities, simply because I get the feeling Deanna has tipped her hand without Rick even knowing it and quite frankly, I am fairly certain she has foreshadowed some events for the rest of this season and beyond.  

First and foremost, let's talk about that powerful and relevant scene between her and Rick, because I think everything was revealed during their talk. I love the fact we learned more about the end of the world in five minutes of Deanna talking than we have ever learned on five years of this show. We found out that Northern Virginia was effectively evacuated when things got rough and that they have seen few walkers and few people in the area, that's a big plus but I think Deanna laid her agenda on the table right there...she's worried.  She's worried because of the fact that these people have never seen a real and major threat during her time as leader of this little colony and she knows their luck may be running out. 

She needs a man like Rick Grimes, one that has helped folks weather and survive pure nightmares to get them through some tough times for people that will have no clue what to do when the proverbial shit hits the fan. After all, we know herds of walkers exist and it's only a matter of time before one passes by the city.  But there may be a greater threat out there that she has inadvertently caused. Let's not forget that she banished three men from the city because it simply wasn't working out. She may think it was an act of murder but as we know in this universe, bad men have a way of surviving in this world and it wouldn't shock me to see the next great baddie arrive soon and feel a need to take out the town that shunned him. 

Knowing Scott Gimple, there is likely more in this episode that I missed that set the stage for the future because that's what Scott does when it comes to this show and I'm good with that. I like going back and seeing all the little surprises he has set up for us and last night our welcome to Alexandria did just that. Something will come that will change the fate of the city forever, in most likely a good way. I have a feeling it will galvanize and unite them and that's why Deanna wants Rick there so badly, because despite his pain and his suffering and his anger...people matter to him and once the people of Alexandria do as well, he will undoubtedly become their hero.  Until next time...

 
 

Written by Daniel and John

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Well if there was any worry that Alexandria would be boring in any form or fashion, it should be gone now. In fact last night's episode was still compelling on so many levels and packed to the gills with details so let's get right down to recapping "Remember". 

John's Take
The Good: I think the best way to describe last night's episode is to call it a loaded baked potato, because it was packed to the gills with a little of everything. We got more incredible performances, especially from Melissa McBride and Andrew Lincoln as they put on a tour de force acting wise, but at the same time we were given some heavy insight into what it looks like for people suffering from PTSD trying to reintegrate into a world that is free of terror and stress. Turns out the end result is not good and that's what the majority of the hour provided us with, the painful re-acclimation to society for Rick and his battle torn group.  But the episode was not without its lighthearted moments, in fact I laughed my ass off with the scene where everyone had to turn in their weapons.

We also met the leader of Alexandria last night, Deanna Monroe, and she shared some important scenes that we will get into later on today in my weekly breakdown.  But she matters because well, she's the first leader of an alternate group we have met on the show that hasn't tried to kill these people or show some weird motivations. She welcomed them every step of the way and I loved that. I loved she gave them jobs and a purpose, and the group has every right to skeptical at this point in time. After all, they have been through hell.  I am curious to see how Daryl will fit in here, because he seems to be having the most trouble of anyone in the group stepping back into civilization. Either way, I was glued to the screen the whole way, hoping like Rick and his gang that this town is everything as advertised.  

The Bad: My only gripe was that the whole "Rick is the new bad guy" rumor that is roaming around the interwebs will only be fed this morning by Rick's final line last night. The whole idea that he's the new baddie is stupid to say the least, and by making him the villain they would have to end the show with his downfall. This story was never about that, it was about survival and that final line actually did seem out of place. Considering the comics have played such an integral piece to the show, and Rick becoming the next baddie has never happened there, they're not going that route on the show. Just trust me when I say that Alexandria is likely Rick's redemption, simple as that. 

The Verdict: My little gripe aside, this was a phenomenal episode, one that I'm certain set the stage for quite a few things since Scott Gimple does that, and again mad kudos to Melissa McBride and her new role as covert spy on the show and Andrew Lincoln for doing another incredible job bringing the weight Rick has on his shoulders to light with some fine acting. Can't wait to see what happens next week. 

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Daniel's Take
The Good: Practice makes better. Or so I have been told and that is the one thing that should be on the minds of everyone in Rick’s group and for the most part is. The funny thing about this whole thing and the town is haven’t we already proven this doesn’t work the way they always hope. Not once but a few times, with the Prison, Woodbury, and even the farm, if one thing we have learned is no matter what you try to build it is going to come crashing and burning. I have to say I am surprised Alexandrea is still standing as hopeless and clueless as these people are looking. I am glad to hear they have had to turn out three people demonstrating the basic understanding for survival but I have a theory on this; well to be honest I have a few.

I am willing to put money on it that one of the people turned out is Negan and this is all going to come back to haunt the happy little village. I am also willing to bet that the girl sneaking out is a spy and was the one responsible for setting the trap for Rick when he went back for the gun he stashed last week. The way I see it she is setting the stage for someone, there was no half a walker there just a couple days ago so they are watching the town and just happened to see Rick ditch the gun. He is a threat to the big plan, I don’t think its Negan just yet, I think it might be the other group that is putting the “W’s” on the walker’s heads. Some are saying it’s the whisperers but I can’t see that story line coming out now when it hasn’t even played out fully in the comic yet. This is something different and something I think just for the show to close out the season and this little girl is directly tied to it. 

I do love the close ties to the comic yet keeping it different enough that you question what might happen. The person in charge of the town of the comic was a guy, Deanna being a woman running everything and a position an odd twist. Last time we someone with an official title (Governor) it didn’t end very well. Guess it’s to be expected this close to DC, was bound to happen, in the comic all of the group did get interviewed but the addition of the camera made it so much more. An element I would never have thought of with the lack of power and everything but Deanna pulls out the couch and probes into the lives they have had so far. Is it a way of documenting for posterity? I am sure the tapes are available for all to view in the town but that is a lot to put out there, exposing yourself for all to see. Unless your Carol and then you don’t know what you’re getting, and I have to say she was the most entertaining part of the night. Playing up to the awkward helpless side right as she walked through the door, knowing full well what she was doing right away and how best to figure out exactly what is going on. So well played and amazing right down to her sitting across from Deanna painting the picture of how wonderful life with her husband was. By far the most duplicitous and dangerous one in the group, sure you will see Rick, Daryl, Abraham coming but Carol is that pretty little plant that will eat your face. 

I like the father/son bonding moments now between Rick and Carl, not excited that Carl now has an entire house of his own that every one will be yelling at him to get back into. But the progression of the characters as stressful as it has been is amazing and to see Carl understand how complacent and weak this group of people are is great. Carl sitting there in the interview and talking about having to kill his Mom was stomach turning but more unnerving was the look and all most lack of emotion behind it. All most like saying he was stepping out for milk, and I know there was doubt that he had really done it or not but to just sit there as plain as day and admit it all...wow

The Bad: No country for old men or Daryl. I do have issues with how they have just bullied Daryl around for the past few episodes and this week was no exception. He had issues with the world before all of this went sideways, the world as it is now is perfect for him and at no point did anyone ask his opinion about going to Alexandrea. He did seem a little bit more adjusted when they were at the prison but that was before losing everything he has. I don’t want to see them kill Daryl just because he wouldn’t fit in with the new town, square peg round hole. I would just as soon see him ride off into the sunset for parts unknown leaving you to guess what happens next. 

The Verdict: Tonight felt like it was confess your sins and you shall be absolved, it is painfully obvious that Rick and his group are needed but in every garden of Eden there is a snake waiting. It’s awesome to see Rick back in uniform and I am ready to see him take over the town but maybe I am just being drastic.

 
 

Written by Mattie

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The Walking Dead returns tonight with the newest episode, Remember. If you missed the optimistic episode, The Distance, here’s what you missed.

After Aaron found Sasha and Maggie after the giant storm, they took him back to the barn where they were staying. He wanted to take Rick and the crew back to where he lives. Of course, Rick was apprehensive about the whole thing. Eventually, Aaron told them that he was the one who left the water for them and that he has two cars to take them all back in. He finally told Rick that there was one other person with him but Rick still didn’t trust him. He tied Aaron up and sent others to find the cars. Luckily for Aaron, they were right where he told them they would be.

Aaron continued and continued to plead with Rick, but after Terminus and Woodbury, Rick didn’t believe in a safe place. Michonne on the other hand pleaded with Rick to just take a chance on it. So Rick told Aaron that he wanted to know where they were going and that his people were going to be the ones to drive. Aaron told them which route to take since they had already cleared it, but he refused to tell them where they were going.  Of course this pissed Rick off so they took an alternative route…in the dark. Needless to say, that was probably the worst thing they could have done.

Rick, Michonne, Glenn and the tied up Aaron took the car while the rest of the group took the camper. Sadly though, because they took the other route, it was covered in walkers. When Rick’s car got stuck, luckily the others in the camper got away. Sadly though, when Aaron saw a flare he freaked and tried to run in the direction of the flare even though his hands were tied and he had nothing to defend himself with. Glenn also got separated from Rick and Michonne.

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Glenn ended up finding Aaron who told him that he isn’t a bad guy and that they have to stick together. They ended up catching up with Rick and Michonne who headed in the direction of the flare. There, they found the rest of the group and Aaron’s counterpart and lover, Eric. It was kind of super adorable. Eric had gotten attacked by walkers and broke his ankle. Maggie and the group found Eric and she wrapped his leg. As thanks, Aaron finally told the group they were headed to Alexandria.

Now, Rick still didn’t trust Aaron but Glenn pointed out that so far Aaron hadn’t lied about anything. There was only one other, they had two cars and pointed out Eric had told the rest of the group where the safe zone was. So finally, Rick gave in. In the morning, they traveled to Alexandria, the safe zone. Along the way the camper they were traveling in broke down, ran out of juice. Luckily because of Dale, Glenn knew how to work on campers and he was able to fix it up. 

They were on the road again and just before they got to Alexandria, Rick walked off and hid a gun with the letter “J” carved into it, in a blender. Afterwards, they finally arrived to the gates. Though unlike Woodbury and Terminus, there was the sound of people on the other side.  For the first time, it felt as though everyone was at peace. Even I felt at peace in this episode. They had finally made it to somewhere safe and for once, I smiled at the end of an episode of the Walking Dead. I may have even had a tear of joy in my eye. It was surprising. Also, I love Aaron and Eric, they are freakin’ adorable. 

The Walking Dead returns tonight with Remember on AMC

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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When it comes to George Romero living dead movies, George has always preferred to take a few years and really get a feel for the world around us before he decides to drop a social commentary bomb that is super relevant and fitting to the times.  Yet when it comes to the fifth film in the series, Diary of the Dead, George took far less time than needed to see an emerging platform that he could analyze and breakdown...the wonder that is social media.

This is a zombie flick well known for being first person, found footage and all that jazz, but when I watched it the other day, it was also prophetic on so many more levels. Obviously, it predicted the rise of social media as a powerhouse in our lives, where being online and connected to the world would be commonplace. That may seem silly initially seeing as to how the film was released in 2007, but let's be honest, it wasn't until a little bit beyond 2010 that social media truly exploded, heck I didn't have Facebook until a year after this flick came out.  

Yet while George often speaks to the dangers of the concepts he analyzes in his films, this is one time where he was able to speak the positives as well. After all, a few scenes involving the web end up offering helpful information to our characters, something social media can most certainly do. But of course, the main focus of this film was to not only go back and look at another tale at the beginning of the end of the world, but to look at the dark side of social media as well. 

That's where the film becomes super relevant to today. When you look at Jason, his obsession with telling this story makes sense, after all, this is the end of the world, and those who see this video will know what happened provided the world survives. But his obsession with how he tells it, and the danger he puts others in, that's where the real world relevance lies. Heck we even see him sweating how many hits and views his work is getting, sound familiar?  After all we are now in the "me" age of social media with Vine and YouTube paying rise to stars who need to worry about the click count to continue to make a living and I commend them for that, but sadly, some feel that harassment or endangerment is a form of entertainment and a fine way to get that click counter moving.

Obviously Jason in the film is taking that to the extreme, but aside from the scathing commentary at times, this is still a solid zombie flick after all these years, and I think what I enjoy about it more, is the manipulation George puts us all through. You see the final trick of Diary of the Dead is the fact that it sucks you in like the real news. Just as we watch the horrors unfold on live television, the same happens here, though this time the real time feel almost robs us of the safety net that horror films provide since the reminder "it's only a movie" gets lost along the way.  

 
 

Written by Scotty

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I would not even want to imagine what it would be like to not know my parents. Having someone around to teach me what is right and what is wrong has been a large help in developing me into the person I am today.  But there are a lot of children that never knew their parents for one reason or another and have to spend their days trying to impress people that do not have the ability to have their own children.  The orphan life has to be a very difficult one, even when living with many kids their own age, it is not the same as being part of a smaller family that puts all of their focus on their offspring.

Theodore has become one of the oldest boys in the orphanage and he is becoming more of a burden than a blessing for the service.  As he gets treated the same as everyone else, he is bigger and wants nothing more than to be loved by someone.  When heading down stairs for a late night snack, Theodore hears Miss Hagstead complaining about his behavior and how much she wants him out of her hands.  Theodore does not know what to make of this, since the younger Miss Heather coddles him against the older woman.

With word that a rich couple is looking for an older boy, Miss Hagstead is excited since this is really the only opportunity that she will have to pass off Theodore to someone else.  With a shady past, she knows that the sooner the boy leaves, the better she will feel about the rest of the orphanage.  When Mr. and Mrs. Colbert arrive and see all of the boys looking for adoption, they are very impressed with Theodore and want to take him in as their own.  Even though the boy does not seem so keen on this, as he does not want to leave his friends, he is told by Miss Hagstead that he will go and be on his best behavior at all times for the couple.  Packing his bags and saying his goodbyes, Theodore has no idea what his new life of luxury will bring.

Arriving at his new home, Theodore finds that it is like a museum.  Although he is not allowed to touch anything in the house, he has a room of his own with everything that he could ever want, along with sweets for every meal.  Being locked in his room is not normal for the boy and he wants to understand why he is not allowed to see the light of day with his new parents.  Mrs. Colbert lets her new son know that he is the most treasured piece in the entire house and they will do everything to protect him from the outside world.  As Theodore gets homesick from the orphanage, he begs the butler, Tobias to come and play a game with him.  The older man accepts and the two form a bond that is making Tobias think differently about what he is going to be directed to do.  On a night when the moon is full and in the center of the sky, the Colbert’s come back home to share their secret with their son, but Tobias does not allow the boy's blood to be on his hands.  Trying to release Theodore from his fate, Tobias meets his at hands of a hungry vampire.  Running for his life after seeing what they did to his new friend, Theodore finds out that he has a secret of his own and there is nothing that his new vampire parents can do to stop him as he has a hunger for their blood as well.

This is the best way to finish off the ever so popular season two of Tales from the Crypt.  I am a huge fan of vampire stories, but I must admit that I did not see this ending coming.  As young Theodore is being kept behind bars at the orphanage, all he wants to know is what happened to his parents, but nobody there would pass on that information, but did they really know what he was a part of?  Seeing the emotions and the inner battles that Theodore has to go through is great, but you only see it for a few seconds at a time since he is being made one of the happiest children around with a new family and all the sweets he can eat.  Staring Mike Simmrin as Theodore, Larry Drake as Tobias, Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. Colbert and Georgann Johnson as Miss Hagstead, you have the perfect combination of innocence, kindness, trust, betrayal and hatred.  This is a great story that will leave you wondering what secrets can really be hidden in the overall span of someone’s life.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It's funny to think about the fact that it has only been ten years since George Romero returned to the world he created after a twenty year absence with Land of the Dead, because quite frankly, it still feels like yesterday every single time I pop this one into the Blu Ray player. The good news is, in the ten years it has been available to watch at home, it still stands up well in both the Romero mythos and as a horror film as a whole, but the first thing I noticed watching it for the first time in a while the other day, was how vastly different this one feels from the rest in the series. First off, it's a film loaded to the gills with big name actors, which is something that is a rarity for a Romero film and not to mention, it is the only Dead film to be backed by a studio and feature such an incredibly large budget, and no, Universal didn't screw it up, it's awesome.  

It's also perhaps Romero's slickest film to date, with an incredible use of seamless special effects to design a world that is completely ruled by the living dead and honestly, without the special features showing me exactly what was done, I never would have noticed it.  But, what matters most, is the story of course and that's where Land of the Dead continues to shine because of the rich social commentary present in a way that only Romero can do and well, the intricacy of it is something I'm finally starting to see after all this time.  

Obviously, the post 9/11 allegory is front and center so there's little more that needs to be said about that. No, what I noticed for this go round was the sheer damage that this world was doing to the people that managed to survive the horrors of the end of the world. You see, there was always a bleakness to this film that I couldn't put my finger on, until this most recent viewing. It's something Romero only lightly touches on, and with good reason because the scope of the story covers so much more, but I found it fascinating to realize that the people of this zombie filled universe, are filled with fear from all sides. They fear Kaufman incurring his wrath upon them for being disobedient and of course they fear death and the living dead beyond their walls.  Because of that, they will do whatever is asked of them for the opportunity at a hot meal and a soft bed. 

Obviously, for American society that is something of an extreme, but the fear portion is not. We are still a fearful society with all the trauma we have faced in the last fourteen years and like the shell shocked people in Land we are content to let others handle the messes. Now we're not going to get into a "how we should band together" discussion here, this is simply observation and not the time nor place to figure all that out, especially when we still have it better than others and that's where Romero perhaps took his first global look commentary wise.  I mean hey, look at how the Islamic State rules their seized land, leaving the people they oversee in fear of being punished for disobedience, so they do whatever is asked of them to eat a hot meal and sleep on a soft bed. 

If anything, this new discovery for me gives the film a certain sense of desperation from its characters I had never noticed before, and it also explains why Cholo cracks the way that he does. It also makes the film that much more terrifying, because the only species that comes together as part of a natural evolution is the living dead while the living continue to fall to pieces. It makes Land of the Dead far bleaker and depressing than I remember it and in way makes that happy ending a little less hopeful. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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They say that a brother's bond can never be broken.  I do not know this for sure as I have been an only child and never was blessed with a brother.  I do however have some good friends that I would call my brothers since we seem to have a strong bond, but I am not sure if that is really the same.  For my sake, I will say that it is, as we have always had each other’s backs during the good times and the rough times.  Fighting is just part of the bond, since when it is over, it does not matter who is wrong or right, we still know that we can fall back on each other when needed.

Frank and Eddie have been together all of their lives.  No matter what one brother wants to do, the other one is obliged to do the same thing.  Even though Eddie is more of the free spirit of the two, most of the time Frank is able to keep him civil, if only to keep his brother from making a fool out of both of them.  Frank is happy with how life has turned out for the two, but one night at the local bar, Frank has met Marie and she is about to turn his life upside down.

While on the dance floor, trying to find out more about the stunning woman, Frank gives her a spin and Marie finds out why Frank and Eddie seem to be joined at the hip…because they are.  Being born Siamese twins, the grown men have a bond between them that can never be broken.  Marie cannot handle what she has just seen and leaves the two of them.  Knowing that he cannot live like this any longer, Eddie consults a doctor that is willing to undertake the surgery and will give the brothers a fifty percent chance of surviving.  While Eddie desperately wants the surgery, Frank is not sure and does not want to leave his life up to chance that is until he gets a call from Marie apologizing about her behavior. 

Frank is able to convince the woman to come over for dinner and the two have a great time, even though Eddie is doing everything in his power to piss his brother off.  Getting drunk, Eddie knows that he is not the only one that suffers as Frank receives fifty percent of the blood flow.  But instead of hurting Frank’s chances with Marie, he seems to improve them.  Frank has fallen in love with the woman and will do anything to be with her, but Eddie has a little secret of his own that will change his brother’s outlook on things.  Paying Marie to spend time with his brother, Eddie is only trying to get Frank to sign the letter of consent to have the surgery done.  Frank will not sign for any reason and when he finds this out from the love of his life, he knows they can all work it out.  Eddie will have none of this this on his end, he paid for a service and did not receive what he was promised and takes a cleaver to the young woman.  Knowing he will not have to go to jail, much less get the death penalty because of the attachment to his brother, Frank has a little bit of a secret of his own and will not let his brother’s act go unpunished. 

Who does not want to see two brothers stay together through thick and thin and well, because they have to?  I liked how this story really focused on the differences between the two men as they are both trying to go along with their own lives.  Even though it seems that Eddie is pulling all of the strings, Frank is able to keep him partially grounded and down to earth.  When Eddie finds that there is even a chance that the two can be separated, he jumps at the opportunity, but Frank does not like the odds and will do anything to protect his brother from the most dangerous person of all, himself.  Staring Timothy Stack as Frank, Jonathan Stark as Eddie and Jessica Harper as Marie, you get to see how a group comes together for a common goal, even though it may not be what one of the three wants to have happen.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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What is it that keeps you glued to the television these days?  It is a sound crime drama, or a spin-off of a Marvel story, or a reality series that has high hopes that a contestant will be eaten by a crocodile?  Everyone has their own thing that keeps them entertained to the tube these days, but one thing that all of the shows that capture your imagination is the excitement of what will come next.  I hate to say it, but if a show does not have some sort of excitement in it, it does not get the ratings and ends up being cancelled before the next season can start.

Shock journalist Horton Rivers has one goal in his life and that is to get the highest ratings possible.  With his producer, slash lover Samantha working in the booth, he his satisfied that he will be able to keep himself at the top.  Even though he is a prima donna and takes out all of his shows downfalls on the staff, he knows that they have been put there to make him even better.  And with his current investigation, he knows he will be back on top in no time.

Arriving at the Ritter house where Ada Ritter killed many of her male patrons, Horton wants to see if the house is really haunted like all of the stories have said over the past five years.  With advice from a psychic to steer clear of the home, since pure evil is lurking inside, Horton goes about his business and gets in the front door.  With no power in the building, Horton has to depend on the light from the camera to illuminate everything seen and unseen so he can bring all of the secrets of the house to the viewers at home.  With nothing happening on the main floor, or in the basement where the murders took place, the show goes to commercial, but that is when whatever in the house comes alive.

Hearing someone upstairs, Horton and his camera man go to investigate and find it too quiet, but when the camera starts to have a transmission issue, Horton has to check out a dripping sound that is coming from the bathroom.  Seeing a man with a slit throat, Horton tries to get his camera man to admit he saw the same thing, but all he could see was an empty bathtub.  But then the entire upstairs erupts with activity, as the chandelier starts to sway and all of the doors open and close with no one behind them.  Capturing some of this for the fans at home, Horton finds a blood trail that leads to his camera man’s final resting place.  Knowing that there is something supernatural happening around him, Horton calls for help from his crew, but the ratings are too high for them to pull him out.  Fighting for his life, Horton comes face to face with all of the men that were killed in the house, along with the homeowner, Ada herself.  Knowing she only wants to kill him, Horton yells and screams for his life making for great television, but these ghosts are real and Ada is looking to make him her next victim. 

I am one that loves a good haunted house story and this one has all of the right elements.  With the house coming alive, I was surprised to see all of the deceased working together after what had happened in the house five years earlier.  Horton only wanted to be on top and making sure that his staff knew this, his dream came true, but at what price?  Without getting help, Horton is faced with bringing the truth to the masses and has succeeded at his job and for that, he is a star in everyone’s eyes.  Starting Morton Downey Jr. as Horton Rivers and Dorothy Parke as Samantha, you can see two aspects of their relationship as Horton is telling her that she can be replaced, along with Samantha coming to life as the show has reached its new ratings plateau.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.  

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Whether or not we want to acknowledge it, within all of us is a constant battle and struggle between good and evil.  We wish to be great people, to do things for others that leave us satisfied and whole, but at the same time we battle hard that darker side that lurks deep within.  

There is a temper hidden in each of us, a fury that we rarely let loose, but at times we want to. We feel wronged or betrayed and our first thoughts often turn to revenge before our better half prevails. But what if that darker side to us was unleashed upon the world? What if it was given a chance to thrive and grow? It's a possibility that George Romero explores in his adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Half. 

Thad Beaumont has had an interesting career as a writer. He is published, having written some critical darlings, but those books were never a financial success. Yet Thad lives a pretty good life in a pretty good house because he has a secret. Thad is really bestselling author George Stark, and his secret has been discovered by a man on a mission to get a piece of Thad's payday. But rather than pay off the creep, Thad goes public and puts George Stark to rest, or so he thinks. Suddenly, strange murders of those closest to Thad are beginning to happen, and the man claiming to be responsible...is none other than George Stark. 

Of all of George Romero's films, this is one of my favorites that does not feature walking corpses. This is a wonderful and fascinating character study about one thing, the battle of light and dark within our very souls. Obviously the film takes this to incredible extremes, seeing as to how George Stark actually comes to life and that's where we need to take a moment and talk about the amazing performance from Timothy Hutton, since he plays both the role of Thad Beaumont and George Stark and he does it in impressive fashion.  

There are truly two indistinguishable halves when it comes to Hutton's work in this film. His portrayal of Beaumont is reserved, humble and always caught in a battle of what decision is the right one. But Stark, he is the stuff of nightmares. There is no filter, no hesitation from George. He is ready to murder because in his mind the world only plays by his rules and watching Hutton take on both roles is simply fascinating to watch.  

This is at its core an extremely cerebral film, one that is filled with a subtlety that demonstrates Romero's mastery of filmmaking. A fine example is the fact that before George Stark is killed off, there is a dark side evident in Thad, one that only pokes its head out in quick fashion, but once Stark is out of the picture, we never see it again. This is one of the few films that faithfully adapts King's intricate work and in the end you are treated to a film that manages to scare you in all the right ways. See this one if you missed it and get ready to enjoy one hell of a ride.