Written by Scotty

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Wanting to get into the movie business has to be one of the hardest things to do, especially as a writer.  Having to come up with the next big thing that will keep the audiences glued to the screen is something that many people are not able to do.  But if you are lucky enough to have a script read by one of the higher-ups in the industry and what you have provided them with is golden, you might get your shot at having your name pop up on the big screen.  For most of us, this is just a pipe dream, but for the lucky ones, it is a dream come true.

Aaron, Norm, Jess and Josh are all about horror movies and having fun.  After leaving the theater, they all complain about how bad the movie was and that they were not scared at all.  Wanting to see if they could make something scarier, Josh dresses up in a black cloak and chases Norm into an alley way and scares the ever loving heck out of him.  Thinking that making a real horror movie would be a great idea, Jess comes up with the idea to break into the local undertaker’s building and get some footage of some real life dead people.

When getting into the undertaker’s working area, the boys find a dead body on the table, waiting to get embalmed, but they notice who the woman is.  The local librarian who they did not even know was sick, but before they know it, Mr. Esbrook, the undertaker comes back as his cheerful self.  Talking to his patient, the boys see that Esbrook is a little bit strange and after seeing him smash the deceased in the face with a sledge hammer, they want to get away as fast as possible. When the doorbell rings, Esbrook goes to answer it and the boys escape unnoticed, all but Norm who is privy to a very inside conversation.

Mr. Esbrook has been working with a doctor or a pharmacist to insure people around the town keep dying, so he will get customers.  With an arraignment between the two, they have a fine set up and are making money hand over fist.  Norm tells his friends what he heard, but when the boys reach Josh’s house, they find out that his father was the terrible twosome’s latest victim.  Swearing revenge on the men that did this to their friend’s father, the boys start to investigate and find that the other man was the owner of the local drug store, Mr. Grundy.  With all of the information at hand, the boys want to try to get the men together so they can catch everything on tape, but when their plan works out better than they expected, will they still be able to carry through with it, or will they become the next victims of the town’s undertaker?

This is really one messed up town where nobody seems to question deaths of its residents.  With such a scam going on and for who knows how long, there must be some very nice houses on the market for very, very low prices.  I liked how the boys had to grow up in a hurry to prove what is happening to their neighbors, along with their families.  When this show started, it just seemed like it was going to be a bunch of jokes and swearing, something that kids like to do, but once you get into the meat of it, you get to see them become upstanding members of the community.  Starring Aron Eisenberg as Aaron, Scott Fults as Norm, Jason Marsden as Jess, Jonathan Ke Quan as Josh and John Glover as Esbrook, you are sucked into a world of strange happenings, but all can be explained, if you have enough video tape.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Someone once said, there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. It is a good rule to live by, since then you will only fear one thing, fear and nothing else, but there are several people out there that have many more fears than you can even count.  Being afraid of everything may keep you alive longer, or at least make you feel like it, but it makes it difficult to truly live your life.  A little bit of fear on the other hand is a good thing, but you need to find the happy medium between the two, so you are not missing out on all of the things that make the world go round.

Erik Sparrow is living life the way he wants to, he has a great girlfriend that is too good for him, a job that will not fire him for being lazy and no stresses of owning a cell phone.  He is beyond happy with where he is at, but being afraid of everything, even commitment may change his outlook on things.  After his girlfriend Judy proposes to him, Erik does not want to disappoint her, but he has to say no. With the few reasons she actually wants to be with him, they are heavily outweighed by his flaws and she has to dump him, so she can move on with her life.

Knowing that it is over but not choosing to believe it, Erik tries to go on with his own life as well.  Flirting with his co-worker that he has had a crush on for countless months, he is amazed that she will not go out with him.  Using a dating site, Erik gets back out in the game and tries to find his next soul mate, but none of the woman he meets are willing to put up with his attitude on life.  Knowing that it is not him causing the problem, everyone else has a distorted world view, Erik finds himself walking alone one night and when he stops to look at the stars, he finds a new friend that has an offer for him…to die.

Waking up in the office and covered with blood, Erik is fired for failing to show up to the last meeting, but he does not care since he has a new outlook on life. Hungry, he tries to eat something that he has had many times before, but it just makes him feel worse.  Trying to find his next meal, he follows a man off of the train, but when he finds out that the man has a family, he is not able to strike.  Getting a hard time from a kid smoking on the corner, Erik takes the lunge and bites the young man on the neck.  Becoming one of the dead that roams the streets at night, Erik tries to turn back the clock with his ex-girlfriend, but when she shoots him down once again, he is able to go back to his past dates and prove to them all that they never should have thought any less of him.  Becoming a vampire might have been the best thing for Erik as he is able to harness the powers of the lords of the night to his advantage, but will he be able to win Jody’s heart back, even with his new found strength?

Summer of Blood follows Erik Sparrow as he is trying to find a new outlook on life to win back his ex-girlfriend Jody.  With the help of a back alley vampire biting and changing him, Erik thinks that things will change for the better, but they seem to start getting worse, before he finds out how to harness his new abilities.  Turning into a Love God, Erik also changes his new lovers into his own kind, but not wanting to hurt the innocent, he is having second thoughts about his transformation.  Wanting to change back to his normal human form, Erik is disappointed to find out it is not possible and he will have to live the rest of his days sucking the blood of innocent on the street.  But with his new powers, it is not as difficult as he imagined to live his life the way he wants too, he just needs to find a way to get Jody back since she is the true center of his existence. 

Just a different kind of vampire movie, one that you would not expect until you finish watching it.  With a guy that seems to be afraid of everything becoming one of the demons of the night, it shows how hard his transition really is when it comes to feeding time.  With his list of flaws and fears, he is able to grow into his change and become something more than he was before, but it does not change his outlook on life at all.  I did enjoy how Erik stays the same throughout the movie with his attitude and he refuses to be broken by anything or anyone.  This movie might not be for everyone, but it has found a place in my viewing collection since the dialog is witty and the story takes you places that you never thought you would need to go.  And with a taste or two of horror, it will leave you wondering how bad things really are in your life and if it is worth being afraid of anything anymore.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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Last night on Supernatural, Moose made me hate him. Again. I mean, I don’t really hate Moose. I’m just very mad at him. So, the episode starts with Sam talking to Rowena. Turns out, she needs a book the Men of Letters had from a Grand Witch. It’s a powerful codex that can help her translate the Book of the Damned and help find a cure for Dean. The only catch is, they don’t know where it could be. Sam runs off to meet Dean for a hunt, only to find that Dean had smoked the vamps himself. Because, you know, Dean’s gonna do what he’s gonna do. At least he apologizes for it later.

Sam does some research, only to find that the book he needs, was kept by the Men of Letters in a box. A well, magical, safe as it were. The safe is in the basement of an inhabited house. What used to be Men Of Letters property, actually belongs to a woman who messed with said box many years ago. Well, sort of. She touched it. The spell made her family kill themselves. She was spared, however, because she was knocked out cold. Sam decides to leave for the house without Dean. But, our squirrel will not be left behind. He follows and is…well, more helpful. Thanks to him, they sneak into the house, and Sam doesn’t do the spell right…instead, he activates the box. The woman kills herself…

Dean mentally takes a trip to purgatory! Because, he really liked it there. Benny happens to be in this illusion, and he’s trying to get Dean to off himself. Which, is part of the spell, but Benny is a bit convincing. And, well he’s very Benny. I missed seeing our little vampire friend. Sam’s seeing Rowena, which might be an illusion, or not. She helps translate some of the writing on the safe. Turns out, to break the spell, they need blood. Legacy blood. Sam’s a legacy! So his slits his arm and bleeds into the basin of the safe, only…it needs a lot of blood. By the time Sam has nearly passed out, Dean shows up and is there to make things better. Mostly, he’s broken from his own trance, told dream Benny to suck it, because he stabbed him, and is there to keep Sam from bleeding out.

With the safe open, they retrieve the book.  Dean hasn’t a clue as to why they need it, or even what it is for, but Sam plays it off as one less threat out there. Dean shrugs that off, and goes off to get drunk and nap! Which is a good plan. Sam brings the Codex and the book of the Damned to Rowena…but he doesn’t trust her, so he chains her up, and won’t let her free until she’s found the cure. As for her side of things? She wants Crowley dead. I guess Sam is willing to pay that price…I hope it’s a lie, because I really do love Crowley! I honestly am not sure the rage I feel for Moose is normal, but he’s being stupid, you guys, and I can’t stand for that…

 
 

Written by Shae

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Have the Winchesters learned to communicate? Has Charlie become a hunter? Is Castiel really trusting Metatron? The answer is yes, yes, and sort of. Sam is at his last ditch efforts when Castiel calls him. He doesn't know what to do about the mark. He does know they still may need Metatron. Being at a dead end, Sam finally opens up about it to Dean.

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!  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. Or that one of them dies this season. Or both.

Charlie is being chased by some scary guys. She stabs one and finds out they're tracking the item she has. She's shot in her attempt to get away... 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 before these mysterious men do. Dean finds some crazy box with cool wards and sigils on it, which should protect the book from being tracked down. Hopefully, they can find out how they're tracking the book and who they are.

Of course, nothing is easy. They find Charlie and find out the book is made of the nun who wrote it. Literally, the pages made of her skin and written in her blood. To make matters worse, it's calling to Dean. This book is pure black magic, but they can't translate it, but 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. Dean leaves to get snacks, mostly to get away from the book. Charlie gets Sam to admit what happened between them. How when he tried to close the gates of Hell, Dean stopped him and saved his life. The fall out from that, that Sam admits he meant none of it. But Dean is still hurt, and Charlie knows it. Meanwhile, Dean runs into our bad guy, who has chased Charlie all the way to this town. The fight isn't pretty. Our main baddie gets away, and Dean empties an entire clip into the lackey before he goes down. It's this that makes Dean decide there's only one way to deal with the book. They need to burn it. Back at the cabin, Dean throws holy oil onto the fire before the men attack. He commands Sam to throw the book into the fire...

You know....in every season 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. He switches the book with another in the midst of Charlie and Dean kicking ass. And he keeps it; hiding it from the two. But that's fine, he plays it off like he burned the book, and they head back to the bunker with pizza, and it's all well. 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 others life. At the very end, Sammy is giving the book to someone, someone stupidly powerful and whom shouldn't be trusted, Rowena. This is going to end badly.

As for our angel, Castiel has Metatron, who 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 shit 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. 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...or all angels being ejected from heaven...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, eating pizza, and keeping secrets.

 
 

Written by Shae

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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

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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.