Written by Scott Edwards
Sometimes celebrations are meant to be shared with many, and sometimes you would rather celebrate alone. There is nothing wrong with either of these choices, it all depends on how you are feeling and if you want to share yourself with others. There are times when you are emotionally drained after a long day and wanting to be alone with a bottle of wine seems like the right idea and that is one that I am all for. Even though your friends want to help you celebrate your next steps in life, you can politely decline to have time to reflect on yourself and your next steps as well.
Elizabeth has received some of the best news of her life, she has been accepted to the London Philharmonic for the next season. Being a cellist, she never expected this to happen to her, especially with her conductor constantly telling her how much she sucks, but it has happened and she wants to try and celebrate. But all is not good in her life since she and boyfriend Justin are in a fight over what will happen next in their relationship. Needing a lone weekend out of the public eye to find out what she really wants, Elizabeth decides to hunker down in her place for the weekend to decide on her next steps.
Getting a surprise visit from her friend Marty, Elizabeth is left with a cat to take care of over the weekend as well. But she won't allow that to throw off her good vibes so she goes with it since it will be a good time regardless and she will still in essence, be alone. But all is not good around Elizabeth’s place as there is someone else hiding in the shadows that she does not know about. Sneaking in while she is taking out the garbage, the stranger in the house seems to have sinister intentions for the musician and there is nothing she can do about it. Getting odd feelings that there is someone around, a couple of quick looks over the shoulder satisfy her that there is nobody there, but little does she know that this stranger is keeping a very close eye on her.
Doing her weekend chores, Elizabeth meets a nice guy named John at the laundromat and the two have a nice little conversation. Wanting to know more about her relationship with Justin, Elizabeth is not willing to get too into what they are fighting about, but is pleased to meet another friendly face around the area. Returning home to find Justin doing his own thing, Elizabeth needs to find out what, if anything he will do to try and keep the relationship afloat. But the conversation does not fall on deaf ears as the stranger has been keeping an eye on them both. Not allowing Justin to leave the friendly confines of the house, the stranger kills him and sticks the body underneath the bed. Thinking that everything is fine, Elizabeth continues to enjoy her quite time at home to wonder what her future has in store for her, but none of the scenarios in her mind involve a stranger that is preparing to kill her.
I really liked the premise of this movie, but when it came to delivering the fear, this film came up short. With the stranger moving around the apartment unnoticed throughout, it was apparent that one of the things that he wanted to do was get caught, but Elizabeth never took notice in any of the things he was doing. Kind of strange how that part of the story went, and while I did not feel menaced by it, I am sure it will plant the seed of something terrible that can happen to people when they're alone for some viewers. Besides that, there were some great shots throughout and a cat that everyone loved, that could not seem to make up its mind if it liked someone or not. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is something to be said for having a good pet these days, it really is awesome. Ever since I was a little one, I always had the joy of dog running around to help make sure I was never in trouble. At least that is what I told my parents when something broke, it was not me, it was the dog. Even though they knew who did it, they let me get away with many things and I have my dog to thank for it. Being my best friend growing up, I was sad to see him get older and pass on before his time, but there is always a bright spot when it comes to pets that loved you, you will see them again, one way or another and I am looking forward to it.
Young Tad Trenton is having a hard time in his room these days as there is a monster hiding in his closet, but nobody will believe him. Even when he screams for help, his father Vic sees that the closet door has a latching issue, but will not point that out when consoling his son. With a monster speech that he made up, Vic is able to get his son back to sleep, but Tad knows that there is something in the house that is trying to get him and moves all of his furniture in front of the closet door to keep him safe during the night. But in the daylight, Tad is not afraid of anything, with the exception of when his father will be home again to help keep the monsters at bay.
Donna Trenton has a life going on outside of the house and shacking up with local handy man Steve Kemp while her husband is away seems like a good idea. Not finding herself bored any longer, she still loves her family, but needs some excitement to keep a smile on her face and this seems to be it. But things are starting to fizzle in Donna’s mind as she starts to realize how important her family really is and calls off the affair. When she is not able to keep the secret away from Vic, things start to get real in Donna’s eyes and the excitement that she wanted has now turned into something that she never expected from her husband, resentment. When Vic is forced to leave home for a week to get his advertising campaign back on its feet, Donna understands how much she really needs him in her life.
Taking her old Pinto to Joe Camber’s house to get fixed up, Donna and Tad see that there is nobody home and when they try to get out of the car, they see that Camber’s beloved dog Cujo is on a tear. Locking themselves inside of the car and waiting for the large Saint Bernard to go away, the two are without food or water and need to find a way to escape the rabid animal. But there is no escape as Cujo sits and waits for his next victim to stumble out and while being inside of the car is safe, Donna sees that her son is in need of water to keep him from going into fits. As the days pass, Cujo is not ready to give up his hunt, forcing Donna to try to get a leg up on the dog, but she finds out that she is no match for the beast and is forced to wait for help that may or may not be coming since her and Tad’s time is quickly running out.
This is one of those movies that you have to decide who the villain really is and I am still thinking that instead of an attacking dog, it is the mom. I don’t know why I feel this way, but the trouble in the house all came from her not being truthful about what she was doing and besides that, she liked to yell at her son for being afraid. With her issues coming to light, it even seemed like her son loved his father more than her and possibly for good reason. But Cujo did kill people and wanted to make a meal out of Donna and Tad making him the monster in the movie and even Steve turned a little crazy after Donna dumped him, so he could have been a monster as well. I feel bad for young Tad since all he wanted was a dog, but the only one he knew was trying to kill him, it probably scarred him for life knowing that such a majestic animal could change on a dime and attack anyone that got in its way. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Over my many years of watching horror films, I'm starting to learn that the best ones out there, figure out how to merge the best parts of indie horror, with their unique and original storytelling, and studio horror, with their slick production values that allow for you to forget about any glaring plot holes, and unfortunately, in this day and age...that blend can be hard to come by. While I love the indies and the stories they bring to the table, sometimes the stories they tell just don't resonate and I'll switch them off, and some studio flicks, just do everything by the numbers and make it look pretty. That's why sometimes, I need to turn to those perfectly blended films, the ones that let me enjoy the best parts of the genre...like the one I watched recently, Children of the Corn.
While going out for lunch after church, Job sees that the kids in town have totally lost it as they kill all of the adults in the diner. Seeing that this has happened all over the small town of Gatlin, Job is trying to look out for his sister Sarah and fly under the radar so that the new leader in town does not hurt either of them. As Isaac is taking his orders from He-Who-Walks-Behind-the-Rows, he is determined to keep all of his followers in line. But when there is news that outsiders are coming to his town, he finds out that not everyone is on the same page and his most trusted lieutenant Malachai wants to take over when they don’t see eye to eye. Although Issac has won Gatlin’s hearts with his sermons, it may not be enough to keep him from being the next sacrifice.
Needing to drive across country for his new job, Burt is happy with the arrangement he and Vicky currently have, but he can tell that there is something else on her mind. Finding themselves on a backroad in Nebraska, the two pull out the road map and try to find out where they are, but when Burt’s eyes are off of the road he hits a kid head on. Seeing that there is something strange about the kid as his throat has been cut, the two need to find a phone to call someone for help, but when they are told by the local gas station attendant to avoid Gatlin, the closest town, they find that all of the signs on the road point that way. Heading into town, the couple are surprised to see no one walking the streets and when they try to use the phone in the diner, they see kids trying to steal their car. Knowing that there is something strange about the town, Burt and Vicky are ready to leave, but when Burt spots movement in one of the outlying houses, he wants to investigate. Meeting Job and Sarah, the outsiders quickly find themselves on the run from the bloodthirsty kids who run the town and also provide regular human sacrifices to He-Who-Walks-Behind-the-Rows.
A pretty chilling little movie that delivers on most fronts. The most frightening thing about this film is that it has a kid preacher that is able to manipulate all of the other youth in the town to follow him and do everything that he says. I like how Burt and Vicky are able to make it into town and find out what is happening from the only two non-believers in Gatlin and while they try to make a change, they are out matched by the killer kids that are looking for blood. When most people would want to run away from the situation, the only two adults in many miles try to explain to these kids that what they are doing is wrong, but when they see who Isaac and his followers worship, they understand that there is no reasoning with them any longer. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Everyone always wants answers, but there are only a few people out there that are willing to do the work to find them. With nothing being handed out in any aspect of life, if you are not willing to find the answers, you may never know what they are. You can ask all of the questions you want and be content with what is handed back to you, but most of the time it is not the answer you have been looking for. It is hard to know what the correct information really is when someone else is delivering it to you, but most of the time something is left out and if you really want to know it, you have to find it for yourself.
Since Patrick is not happy with the explanation of what happened concerning his sister’s death, he turns to a ghost hunting group that might be able to help shed some light on what actually happened. With his friend Frank looking to shoot a documentary on the subject of possession, Patrick meets up with the ParaShooters group and quickly finds out that their psychic Thomas is not a fake. Returning to the room where his sister supposedly killed herself, Thomas is able to pinpoint what happened to her without knowing anything about the situation. With the group being attacked by a powerful spirit, they quickly realize they need to learn more about possessions and figure out what the spirit wanted with Patrick’s sister.
Meeting with a professor on the subject, the group finds out that there is really no rhyme or reason to why people become targets, but if it turns out that it is the devil lurking inside of someone, then he will do everything he can to bring about the end of the world. Being told not to get in the evil spirit’s way, the group is on the hunt for someone else that might be possessed by the same spirit. Finding the Tynan family whose daughter Hailey has been acting strange for several weeks, Patrick and his team have found that it is the same spirit that took his sister away from him. Being able to catch the spirit during its ‘dead time’, the group sees the power that it possesses and is forced to deal with the repercussions of messing with something they do not fully understand.
This movie features a slightly different look at how possessions take place by way of a group of ghost hunters trying to figure out the secret behind them. With the loss of his sister, Patrick is determined to find out what really happened and after witnessing the power of the devil that was inside of her, he knows deep down that there is no way of stopping it. I really liked how the spirit is able to jump to whomever he wants to torment at any time, usually there has to be some sort of body contact. Watching as the group slowly falls into the trap that the spirit wants them in, they have no way of stopping it until it gets what it wants and that might be the scariest thing about this story. Stay Scared.
Written by Mike Cervantes
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Once again we’ve hit upon another one of my little biases: I’m not the biggest fan of horror flicks, particularly ones that try to recreate the “traditional” genre, vintage early ‘80s, featuring a modern day movie monster and his small cast of incidental teenage victims. However, I was still very intrigued by the prospect of The Bye Bye Man, and not simply because I needed something to do on Friday the 13th. Rather, my interest in the film had to do with two simple little words.
If you’re a film buff of any degree, the idea of it should be enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your head: Doug Jones. The last classically trained pantomime in Hollywood, whose subtle silent acting skills brought us The Silver Surfer, the Imps from DOOM, Abe Sapien or…hell about a third of the monsters in any Guillermo del Toro movie. So, I was totally along for the idea of a generic horror movie if the monster at the end turned out to be Doug Jones, gyrating, floor-crawling, and simply frightening us with extreme close-ups of his terror-hardened eye-sockets.
However, I’ll save you kind people out there the torment and let you know right off the bat that in this movie, he’s totally wasted. His screen time amounts to a few still frame jump scares, and a slow advance on the protagonist about as scary as the one you’d see from the Ghost of Christmas Future. Add into that the fact his character looks like a Spirit superstore grim reaper crossed with a melted Yankee Candle, (makeup by Robert Kurtzman, I still believe in you, buddy) and you have the batter in a recipe that’s more cookie cutter than goulash.
Our helpless pre-educated everyman protagonist is Elliot (Douglas Smith), a college scholarship student and baseball jock, happily pre-engaged to his girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas) and he has the brilliant idea of living off-campus in a fix-up house along with his male jock expy John (Lucien Laviscount). There’s a general aura of evil surrounding the house, picked up by Sasha’s clairvoyant not-so-goth friend Kim (Jenna Kanell), but the real haunting doesn’t begin until Elliot finds an end table in the basement with the words “The Bye Bye Man” scratched into the inside of its drawer.
You see, The Bye Bye Man is a mysterious figure who only appears to torment people who are aware of what his name is. It’s a rather silly concept to build audience tension upon. It just so happens I said “One for The Bye Bye Man” when I ordered my movie ticket, and I still seem to be alive. The movie also assumes that if you did a google search for “The Bye Bye Man” it’d turn up literally nothing, and the only way Elliott was able to evoke the spirit was by researching a cold case involving a reporter (Leigh Wannell) who investigated this in the late ‘60s and ended up committing an eight-person murder/suicide.
The movie progresses in the way that you’d expect: Elliot tries…and fails spectacularly to keep the secret while desperately trying to keep his loved ones alive, and simultaneously acting so bonkers that he becomes indirectly responsible for more death than the movie monster ever could. There are jump scares, fleeting phobia effects, and the most heinous deaths are reserved for the minority members of the cast. The saving grace of any horror movie is the ability to take everything it has thrown at you and mold it into a cohesive whole, and this film magnificently fails to do this well. There are motifs surrounding passing trains and silver dollars surrounding The Bye Bye Man. That doesn’t mean anything. At one point Kim’s face oozes maggots. That doesn’t mean anything. The only cast outsider to learn of The Bye Bye Man is Elliot’s teacher Mrs. Watkins (Cleo King) who is assumed to have killed her family, shortly before getting hit by a car. There’s no reason for there even to be a monster in this movie, when all the kills end up being Final Destination-style horrible coincidences. But hey, who needs Death when you got Doug Jones?
Stranger still is the fact that Jones isn’t even the only wasted actor in this film. Michael Trucco is Elliot’s older brother John, whose probing of Elliot’s strange behavior threatens to get him killed. Then there’s skeptical police detective Carrie-Anne Moss, and Faye Dunaway…yes, Faye Dunaway, in a cameo as a widow of Leigh Wannell’s character. Her section of the story is told so thoroughly at that point that there was no purpose in having her or that part of the story, show up in this film AT ALL.
In the end, I suppose they had the right idea in casting Doug Jones. If you’re going to use an actor known for his ominous silence, you may as well use the best guy in the business, but a few surprise castings end up being but tiny goldfish in the Sea World of bad decisions this movie makes. This isn’t even a “watch it as part of a Halloween schlockfest” bad horror flick. It’s just a bad horror flick. Avoid at all costs.
Now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna Google a Doug Jones/Del Toro supercut.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is something to be said about knowing the history of a place that you are about to visit. When the locals see that you care about their home, they may be willing to go a little out of their way to make sure that your trip is well worth the time. So many people love to go and visit places, but never truly understand what makes them destinations for so many. Make sure to know your facts when you are going somewhere, or else you are just known as the silly tourist that no locals like to see.
Patrick has the best weekend planned for himself and his friends as his father is trying to sell a hostel that never got off the ground. With the building abandoned and nobody really living on the island where it is located, it seems like the best place to go to get away from life and cause some mischief. His girlfriend Kiera, her friend Lynn, along with Craig and Aaron, are all ready to go and are even bringing some cameras to document how awesome the weekend is going to be. But seeing that the building is really on an island, the group is starting to question their choice as the rain has moved in and they are forced to take a rowboat out in the darkness.
Arriving at the building and seeing that there is no power, the group is prepared with their flashlights and candles in order to keep their night illuminated. After drinking for a while, the girls want to do something that is a little less boring than just sitting around and talking. Letting the group know a little about the island's history, with its awesome graveyard for sick people, Patrick also tells the group about what happened in the building a year ago, when the American owners tried to play off of the possible haunting on the island and failed miserably at selling their story when a guest went crazy and killed her husband and kids in the hostel. Thinking that he is full of it, nobody really wants to believe that ghosts could be lurking around the abandoned building, but when the idea to play a game comes into play to prove what Patrick is saying, their eyes are opened.
Setting up a homemade Ouija board, the group tries to contact the spirits before receiving a message that none of them understand. With the girls starting to feel uncomfortable about what is happening in front of them, Patrick tries to get the group to stay and say 'Goodbye', but the ghost on the other end will have nothing of the sort and tells them...'No.' Since it is just a game, nobody expects anything to come from it since there is no such thing as ghosts, but when Lynn sees a glass get pushed off of a table, she may be a little bit more open to what is happening around the building. After the first night draws to a close and nothing much happens, the group forgets about the Ouija session and moves on with their day. Finding the bar in the old building, the group decides to throw a party, and continues to have a good time, but it ends when Aaron is on refill duty, and he sees that there is someone else in the building that no one has seen before. With none of his friends believing him, the group is subjected to a torment that nobody expected to experience over the weekend and it may end up costing them their lives.
Every once in a while I get shocked by a movie, especially a found footage movie since they are not really one of my favorite ways to tell a story, but Invoked did a pretty good job. Needing to keep your eyes on the screen to make sure that you are not missing anything, the trip to the graveyard still has to be my favorite scene when the camera is being put down. With signs of a normal haunting in the hostel, flashlights dying is not something that should frighten you, but when you do not have another option for light, it really starts to get the heart pumping. I liked how the story flowed and am happy that the ghosts around the area only got a little bit of screen time when they were found, keeps it a little creepier in my opinion. When visiting an unfamiliar place, you need to keep your head on a swivel, especially if the history of the area says that the inhabitants are far from kind and willing to kill again. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Dreams are something that continue to fascinate mankind. These random collections of imagery and stories stay with us throughout our day sometimes when they are vivid and strong enough, or they keep us from enjoying a good night's sleep when they are outright terrifying and the overall meaning of our dreams...are what captivate our waking mind.
After all, dreams are the product of our subconscious and it's a well known fact that people we encounter, if only for a second make up the faces we see while we wander through dreamland...so it's only natural that we begin to wonder if there's any real meaning to our dreams and if they by chance are trying to tell us something. While most of us tend to brush that off because the logical part of our brain reminds us that they simply aren't real...once in a great while we get that funny feeling there's something important about them and it is the potential of what dreams might mean that is explored in the brand new web series, Under the Flowers.
This is a story that introduces us to a young lady named Jackie, who is haunted by one disturbing dream, one so vivid and real that it sticks with her throughout the day and she can't shake the feeling that this dream is trying to tell her something incredibly important, prompting her to dig deeper as to why this dream continues to haunt her and well...I'm going to leave my description of the plot at that and nothing more because this is a fascinating little horror story that needs to be experienced and the allure and wonder of this web series comes courtesy of Writer/Director Richard T. Wilson, the same man behind The Halloween Girl, a film I absolutely adored and it seems that the same unsettling magic that Richard conjured for that film has found its way into Under the Flowers as well, because this is a horror mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat and captivates your imagination as you try to figure out the truth behind Jackie's creepy little dream.
However, figuring it all out is quite the monumental task because of the fact that this story plays out like a dream. Everywhere we go with Jackie there are strange and disturbing visuals coming our way and they are so jarring and hypnotic that they often pull you away from the clues that are carefully assembling before our eyes. Granted the whole 'dream like' state of the story serves an important purpose to the plot, but no spoilers today, just know that this is a riveting story, one that once more challenges the horror genre and leaves you thinking when all is said and done with a stellar ending that doesn't spoon feed the audience any answers what so ever, it's up to you to interpret what you've just seen and I love the fact that this series doesn't pander to the audience or underestimate them in the slightest.
When all is said and done however, I'm sure you have one big question on your mind when it comes to this show, specifically...how on earth do you get to see it? Well I'm glad you asked because this four part series premieres this Sunday at the Under the Flowers website and the other three entires in the series will be released every Sunday following that. Either way, this is a web series that is definitely worth checking out, and our thanks to Mad Shelley Films for letting us get a sneak peek at this disturbingly good story and we certainly hope that all of you enjoy it as much as we did. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
Moving to a new town is never easy for anybody. Having to pick up your life and take it somewhere you don’t know or fully understand the history of makes you feel a bit out of place. There is no way around this, all you can hope for is someone to show you around and let you know what the ropes are before you get into trouble. There are plenty of communities that welcome their outsiders with open arms and while most of us hope it is this way, it's not always the case, and the secrets that are kept from you can change your life forever.
After his mother has passed away and now that his sister has finally cleaned up her act, Todd thinks that the best move for his family is to be around each other once again. Packing up and moving to Amityville to be with his sister should be good for everyone, yet his daughter Hailey is not too keen on the idea. Arriving to see that they will be living in a massive house at the end of the culdesac, Todd and his wife Jess are blown away by their new digs and are ready to get a jump start on their life once again.
Getting a tour of the house from Shae, Todd and the family see that she may not be all there, but cannot overlook the opportunities they have fallen into. With a new mechanical job lined up, Todd is ready to celebrate with Jess, but she has been shut off to his advances for some time and he is starting to get a little frustrated. While trying to find something to do in the small town, Hailey goes exploring on her dirt bike and finds a group of kids her age chilling at an abandoned cabin. Meeting Brett, she has found someone that she will be able to bond with, yet everyone else at the little party wants nothing to do with the outsider. Heading home, Hailey sees that there may be problems with these other kids, but has no idea what they have planned for her and her family.
A month into living in their new home with no issues, everything suddenly begins to fall apart when Jess sees that all of her roses have died for no reason and Todd accidentally kills his manager in the shop. While Hailey is not affected by these strange actions, since she has locked herself away in the library to find out more about the house, she sees a change coming in Shae’s behavior and needs to find out what is wrong. As Brett gives her a little bit of insight on the house, it is not enough to make her want to leave just yet, but when she is able to find damning proof that there is something strange about the house, she knows that it is time to leave. But the kids around the town know better than to let anyone leave the house in Amityville and will do anything to keep the people inside so that the house can rob them of their final breaths.
Honestly, who would want to live in Amityville, I mean besides me since I have a fascination with ghosts and haunted houses. It just seems like every house out there has some sort of tangled past and wants to kill whomever moves in. I really liked Hailey in this movie, being kind of a tomboy, yet not wanting to be alone, she shows that we can have faith in our youth to save us when something is wrong, and she has a crossbow which is always helpful. The disturbing things that happen around the house are explained away in a snap, but stay in the family’s mind as they start to get worse and even a little gross for my liking. Overall, not too bad of a movie, it covers more of the haunted house essentials than most do and even gives you a little scare when the spirts start to show themselves. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Haunted houses can be cool to visit, but who would really want to live in one, I mean seriously? I know that I would if the ghosts were cool with me being there, but if they are more violent spirits and they want you gone, or worse, to kill you, it may not be a match made in heaven. With things moving around when you least expect it and televisions turning on in the middle of the night, living in a haunted house could be more stressful than you would like it to be. Just try to be friendly with the ghosts and if they accept you, well, then you have got it made, but if you piss them off by doing major remodeling in the house or if you try to antagonize them, then you might be screwing yourself over and you'll never have a good night’s sleep again.
Moving to a house off campus, friends Zoe, Taryn, Niki, Michael and Scott are ready to live it up. Finding a very nice house that has a land lady that will live with them to help out with anything that they need in Dianna, the group is happy with their decision and loving it thus far. With a few strange things happening around the house during their tour, nobody in the group tells anyone else what they witnessed, since it seems like every day pranks to them, but the house seems to be happy with the new inhabitants and is coming back to life once again.
Knowing about the house and its secrets, Dianna knows that one member of the group is part of the family that lived there previously and needs to stay to reclaim her birthright. Keeping quiet about what her intentions really are, Dianna just goes about her business while the kids have no idea what the house has in store for them. As the events start to get stranger and Taryn finds Niki standing alone in the basement for no reason, she is starting to feel uncomfortable in the house and tells her brother Michael about what is happening, but as brothers and sisters usually do, Michael ignores her and goes back to living his life in the moment.
But the knocking and strange sounds around the house are starting to get to Taryn and she is not able to take it much longer and tries to leave the house. When none of the cars in the driveway will start for her, she starts to see that things are much worse for her than she could have expected. Getting a little background on the house at dinner, being the Lizzie Borden house and all, Taryn remembers her childhood and watching her mother kill herself in the house for no reason. Knowing that it is all about her, Taryn is attacked by Dianna who seems to be possessed by something not of this world. Needing help in ending the house’s curse, she is able to convince Scott to do an exorcism on the older woman, but it may not be enough since the power in the house is greater than anyone will ever know.
This is one of those movies that makes you wonder if the Lizzie Borden house is really haunted and if spirits are capable of taking over your mind and body. With ghostly things happening right off the bat in this movie, it was easy to see that there was going to be a heck of a payoff when Lizzie was released back into the world, especially after the old Lizzy Borden song is being sung. I am still unsure of where the movie was trying to go with most of the storyline, it bounced around a bit too much for me and just made me more tired than anything. With a decent premise of a haunted house and possession, I am alright with how the movie played out, but as so many movies do, the ending just seemed to get away from the story tellers and left you longing for some sort of follow up. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One thing that never seems to sit right with doctors is the fact that they cannot save all of their patients. Even with a simple diagnosis or surgery, things can go wrong leaving them dumbfounded as to why everything did not go according to plan. Someone once said, ‘When it’s time to go, it’s time to go’ and that is something that many people will never accept, but there is a bit of truth hiding in it. Some people cannot be saved no matter what is done for them, but it is not a bad thing, it is just a part of life.
Doctor Gordon Ramsay is waiting to be hanged for his crime of killing one of his patients when an unfamiliar visitor comes to see him. Doctor Joel Cadman knows that nothing that Ramsay did caused his patient to die and wants to offer him a chance to continue living, but it comes with a condition. Wanting Ramsay’s help in his research, Cadman can make him disappear from the world, but he must bring his all to the operating table. With no other option, Ramsay agrees and is given 'The Black Sleep' which makes him appear to be dead, but in reality, he is in suspended animation.
Being delivered to Dr. Cadman, Ramsay is blown away that he is still alive after experiencing The Black Sleep. Getting his feet back under him, Ramsay hears a scream from inside the house and sees young Laurie running for her life from the grotesque Mungo who is trying to kill her. Calling the psycho man away, nurse Daphne has the power to keep him at bay and while Ramsay has no idea what he is in for, he quickly finds out that the brain is what Cadman is interested in. Being shown what different parts of the brain are responsible for, Cadman reveals he wants to map the entire human brain which has never been done before and he is well on his way to accomplishing his goal. Showing his methods to the younger doctor, Ramsay is frightened when he finds out that the dead people being experimented on are actually alive and under the influence of The Black Sleep. Losing the moral battle to the crazy doctor, Ramsay finds out what happens to the patients that never leave the house and with Laurie by his side, there may be only one way to escape.
I really love older horror movies for two reasons, one, the stories are so good and the morals in them withstand the test of time, two, well I have to say it, the women’s screams in these movies will haunt your dreams. One of the things that this movie does is pull in another story when you find out that Mungo is actually Dr. Monroe who was doing his own experiments on an island somewhere. As Cadman tries to work his magic, he changes the poor doctor into the monster he is today and while it is sad, you have a hard time feeling that what when he is trying to kill Laurie the entire movie. Getting to see all of the patients that Cadman experimented on is the most eye opening moment of the movie, since there are many more than expected. Seeing what can happen when you go out of your way to better your life while destroying the lives of others, well, you might want to get a handle on that. Stay Scared.