Written by Scott Edwards
For many people, friendships seem to be easy to maintain, but for so many others, there are questions that never really seem to be answered. While you think that your friendship is strong and nothing will break it up, you will find that what goes unsaid no matter what it is can be viewed as betrayal. It is important to keep an open line of communication in any relationship so nobody is surprised at what is going to happen next. Secrets do not make friends, but s’mores and campfires are a good way to keep them.
While trying to recruit some new scouts for their troop, Ben and Carter are starting to get fed up with the practice. Being in high school and being a scout does not seem to be helping them achieve popularity, but their buddy Augie loves it and they do not want to do anything to take away from their friendship with him. After Augie lost his father, it seems like scouts was the only think keeping him going and with Scout Leader Rogers at the helm, nothing will keep the group from breaking up. Being the night Augie gets a new badge, the boys are ready to have another good time in the woods, but Carter is looking for something more out of life.
Hitting a deer on the way to the camp site, Ben and Carter discuss why they are still doing what they are doing in scouts and both agree that it is time to ditch it and move on. While changing their tire, the two see Carter’s sister and her friends and Carter is surprised that he has gotten the invite to the final party of the year. Knowing that they can make their friend Augie happy at the camp out and sneak out to the party, the two are ready to enjoy a little bit more of their high school year without worrying about the consequences. But when trying to leave the camp site, Augie sees them skipping out on him and is ready to call it a friendship and move on in his own way.
What’s done is done and Ben and Carter head back into town to see that the streets are empty with nobody around. Thinking it is strange, the two see that the strip club is open and sneak in for a free show. But there is something different about the feel in the club and when Ben sees the first stripper take to the pole, he knows there is something up. Trying to bite her clients, the stripper seems to be infected by something that the boys have never seen before and when running into an old classmate that dropped out of high school, Denise knows exactly what is happening around the town. Needing to find a way to escape the clutches of the flesh eaters, Ben, Carter and Denise have short sighted plans in mind, but will need to amp them up when they find out that the government has made marked the area for destruction when not everyone has been evacuated yet.
Being a former scout, this movie really struck a nerve for me and in a very good way. Showing that all scouts are just not nerdy, but a help to the community is just fantastic and it's something that seems to get lost in translation these days. Watching as the boys grow up in the movie and get past their issues with each other’s actions, they know what is most important to them and the community. The addition of Denise to the group is just the icing on the cake as she can handle her own against the undead looking to make a meal out of her and she is able to inspire the boys to be the best that they can be. I won’t lie, there is a good theme to this movie and the acting is surprisingly good, but I wanted more zombies. You have seen in the past the barriers that have been taken down for this great genre and while you think you have seen everything, I guarantee that you have not until you have seen this movie. Comedy, strippers, blood, exploding heads, hot chicks and scouts to the rescue, you may forget that this is kind of a horror movie as well. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Fear the Walking Dead is a show that is always at its finest when it decides to go to the darkest corners of our imagination and our humanity. Those places where our own kind uncover a twisted way to make it through a world that has collapsed, and discover that incredible cruelty will serve them well in a world without rules. It's something unfortunately we have only seen in scattered form from the series and it's something that needed to make a comeback, considering last week's strange decisions with character development.
So in order to repair the damage done from that odd move with Madison, darkness reigned supreme on last night's episode, 'Date of Death', which turned out to be a tale where a father and son came to realize that they were on two different paths in the new world and one where a difficult and painful decision was made from that realization, one that will no doubt haunt Travis for quite some time, but before we get too deep into that choice and what it will mean going forward, let's take a moment and discuss how the series dealt with the silliness of transforming Madison from capable leader to a blubbering and bumbling mother, and her poor choice to flip on the hotel's lights in the middle of the night.
It turns out that she created a beacon of hope for so many as the gates were quickly swarmed by people desperate to find food and shelter and her consequence for this choice, was the sheer regret of having to look these poor people in the eye and see their suffering first hand and engage in the decision to either let them in or force them to move on. That decision it seems, was a difficult one to make, that is until Travis showed up and was promptly let into the complex. So more or less, having Madison snap in that strange fashion, served as nothing more than a plot device and while that's still disappointing...it's forgivable because what came next was a tour de force in storytelling.
Because while Madison was happy to see her husband, he was distant, distracted and broken, and when pressed about the whereabouts of his son, he only seemed to become more agitated before finally revealing to his wife that he 'had no choice' when it came to Chris and with a little trip back in time, we were able to discover just what happened at the farm shortly after the younger Manawa put a bullet into the poor farmer trying to figure out why a bunch of people were invading his farm house. It turns out that in those precious moments after the gun fight Travis was able to think quickly and save James' life when it came to the gunshot wound he suffered to his leg, stitching it shut and stabilizing the young man.
It seemed for a moment that saving James allowed everyone to forget about what transpired to earn James that wound in the first place, until Travis confronted Chris about his actions, demanding to know where his son's head was at and well, Chris flat out didn't seem to care much about what he had done. He truly saw it as a matter of kill or be killed and in this new world, those were the rules and nothing was going to change his mind about it. Not to mention, it was clear there was a certain sense of joy he got from the act, a thrill that seemed to surge through his veins and the confidence that came with that, led to a chilling moment where he pointed out that his father had done enough by saving James to stay in the group's good graces...for the moment.
Of course, it didn't take long for that gratitude to fade, because after a week of tearing through the convenient food supplies on the farm, the boys grew restless and decided it was time to head back to the good ol' U.S. of A. and take James with them, but the young man simply wasn't physically ready, leading to the group to discuss the last option left on the table...putting James down. It was a move that Travis was in no way good with and after a stunning moment where he proved to the group just how far he's willing to go to save a life, he stayed with James, only to learn that his attempt to let the young man heal safely was a waste of time when his own son deceived him, allowing for the other boys to come in...and kill their own friend. In the wake of that awful moment, as the boys prepared to leave, Travis pleaded with his son one last time to stay with him...and was immediately brushed off as Chris informed his father, that he was simply too weak and unwilling to do what it takes to survive in a world like this to be near his own flesh and blood.
It was a powerful and stunning act to see him leave his father like that and say what he needed to say, yet...we all know that Chris is absolutely wrong. He's consumed with blood lust and happy to let his anger at past events control his future, reinforcing that Travis was right all along and his actions were a beautiful counterbalance to the ugly acts that poured out of his son. After all, he paid respect to the dead, finding the farmer's ID and properly putting a name on his makeshift headstone, he risked his own life in order to keep James safe and even until that final moment with Chris, he tried desperately to inspire the young man, to show him there was a better way, and while he was unable to sway Chris...he succeeded in inspiring Madison to make every moment count, since she was able to finally tell her daughter the truth about what really happened to her father.
However, one has to wonder now if Travis can recover from this moment since it is tearing his soul to pieces bit by bit and all he can think about now his how he firmly believes that he failed as a father, and failed to honor his wife's dying wish to protect their son, and judging from the final moments of the episode...his sorrow may only grow. Because before the screen faded to black, we were treated to the image of more refugees coming to the gates, including the boys that Chris was happy to travel with...without Chris to be seen anywhere, and the mystery of what happened to the young man will hopefully be resolved in next week's two hour season finale. But in the here and the now, this was one hell of an episode, one that took us to some incredibly dark places and one that served as a reminder that Travis has it right...every life is precious and valuing that, is the only way forward when the world has fallen to pieces. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
A child’s imagination can be vast and go many places where their parents refuse to go. Everyone had an invisible friend when growing up, that is just a part of life, but sometimes the friend takes it too far. When not being able to control this, parents have to try and prove that the person is not there to ensure that their children understand the difference between real and make-believe. But when a parent is not able to distinguish this line in their own mind, they are doing their child more harm than good.
Amelia has been having a hard time caring for her son Samuel, especially since she is going at it alone. As Samuel starts to act out at school, Amelia does not know how to keep him in line any longer and decides to keep him at home. But things do not go the way she imagines as she finds a book called 'Mister Babadook' in his room. Reading this book and seeing the disturbing images on the pages frighten Samuel, and even though she is able to calm him down, he is starting to see the Babadook in the shadows when he is trying to sleep.
As both mother and son are sleep deprived, Amelia tries to reach out to her sister for help, but Claire does not want anything to do with Samuel since he has problems. Needing to get medication to calm them both down, Amelia finds out that the Babadook is real and has been let in to the house. As her attitude begins to change about her only child, Amelia lashes out at the boy for everything that he does. Knowing that the Babadook has taken over his mother, Samuel does everything in his power to keep her safe from herself. But the Babadook is getting stronger within his mother and he must find a way to release it before something bad happens to anyone else that does not know what is going on.
This is one of those movies that you will love or you will hate, there is no in between it seems. I have friends on both sides of the fence on this one and since I am usually objective, I can see the reason for both. I love the acting in the movie, Amelia is a character that has to battle with her inner demons and being left alone to care for her son has taken its toll on her for the past seven years. Samuel grows throughout the movie and this is a joy to see as he goes from being afraid of the monster under his bed to taking care of his mother when she is in need. The hatred towards Amelia and Samuel by the outside world makes it harder for them both to get along and even family will not come to help them in their time of need, meaning their love is the only thing that can keep the Babadook at bay.
I will admit that I have a hard time with artsy horror films, they either tell the story that the fans want to see, or they don’t. This is one of those movies that you have to dig deeper into to understand why the ending is the way that it is. There are plenty of scares in the film and when you see the Babadook, just like what is in the pages of the 'Mister Babadook' book, it starts to make sense of who and what he really is. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, that is for sure and I will have to watch it again to try and get deeper into the storyline and that ending. If you are not a fan of artsy horror movies that you have to read into, this will not be the movie for you, just a forewarning. I am open to most everything, so I will most likely give this another viewing when time permits, just so I can see what I missed. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Exorcist and it is all about the story and the limits it pushed and overcame on the big screen. So why not take a look at a classic and see what we could do to make it that much better with a new cast and this should be pretty easy for me since I love horror movies and have plenty of ideas for some changes to one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
Chris MacNeil – Ellen Burstyn made it look easy playing a rundown mother trying to make ends meet when her daughter fell victim to the beast. So, who is an actress that can show this much range and make people feel sorry for her? I like Pollyanna McIntosh for this role after seeing her in Let Us Prey. I was blown away that I had never seen her on the screen before this movie and it was just me not doing my homework. With a wide range and being able to say things without moving her lips, I believe that she could be the right fit for Chris MacNeil.
Father Merrin – Talk about some huge shoes to fill with Max von Sydow bringing his best to the role, but it is pretty easy for me, Stephen Lang. I never knew Stephen as anything other than a bit role here and there, but when he is on the screen, wow, you cannot look away. Besides the fact the he has played a priest before, he has the presence on the screen to keep you engaged. With a wide range, he also can bring some fun to the role as his jokes from The Monkey’s Paw continue to stick in my head whenever I see him on the screen. A very good tenured actor that could make you fear being damned, since he is never looking to pull any punches.
Sharon – The live in babysitter for Reagan played by the beautiful Kitty Winn would be hard to replace. Even though she does not get a ton of screen time in the first movie, she becomes more important as the series moves on, so you need an actress that can handle that. The movie lover in me would love to say Anna Kendrick, but she is not in the horror realm as of yet, so I will go with Sharni Vinson. If you have not seen her performances on the screen yet, you need to see You’re Next and understand where I am coming from. Not needing help from anyone else, she shows that a woman can be the one you need to fear in that film and with a good acting range, she would be able to show enough terror when the house comes crumbling down.
Bruke Dennings – Say what you will, but Jack MacGowran made this bit role into one of my favorite characters in the movie, a drunken mess of a director. While every bone in my body says to go young with this role, I want a tenured actor and have come up with Jeff Fahey. I just know in my heart that he would kill in this role and some slight flirtation with Chris might do him some good. I like the range that Jeff has shown over the years, but my favorite character still has to be J.T. from Planet Terror, since he was a mess that was able to pull himself together in the end. Just showing how much he cares for his number one star and her daughter would be more than enough to warrant another drink to come his way.
Father Karras – Being a fighter, a psychologist and a priest, Jason Miller really made this role his own and there are very few people that could follow him up. This one is actually causing me an issue and I never thought that it would, but it comes down to a horror movie veteran or someone that has dabbled in the genre, I have to go with the veteran for this one, A. J. Bowen. It seems like all of his characters change slightly in every movie that he does, but looking at him from The Sacrament, it is hard to make any other choice. Being able to listen and put together pieces to solve the problems at hand seem to be a trait that Father Karras encompasses and A.J. is one of those actors that has been able to do this for years.
Regan – This was the first person I thought about when making up this new casting blog and to replace the fantastic Linda Blair, I think that Abigail Breslin is the only one. Even though she might be a little old to do it now, the younger version of her from Zombieland captured my heart and watching her turn into a zombie in Maggie, there is just no better choice. There is something about what she brings to the screen that draws people in and in every one of her roles, she steals the spotlight from everyone else. I really liked watching her kick ass in Final Girl and Haunter and even as a young veteran of the horror industry, she brings a huge upside to any show or movie that she joins on with.
Well, there you have it, how I would recast The Exorcist if I had the chance. I stayed with the horror community of actors for this one since I know it is a bit better than just pulling names out of a hat. This one was a bit more difficult than I expected it to be since there are so many great actors and actresses out there and so many more that are in the independent circuit that only hardcore horror fans would know. I might try this again, but use more of the unknowns that I have fallen in love with over the years of watching the indies, you never know. But that will have to wait, since my head has been fried and I need a scary movie to clear it. Until next time, Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
They say there is a thin line between life and death, but what if there is something in between? Not knowing what happens when you die, you may be given a decision of whether or not you want to cross over, or battle your way out of limbo. If you choose to stay in limbo, is there something or someone that would be trying to make you cross over? Questions that may never be answered may be the hardest ones to ask, but you may want to know as your time on this earth starts to run out.
In the middle of the desert, there is something more dangerous than the heat that is killing people as the Death Valley Drifter has been taking lives at will. Finding his next victim, the Drifter goes to work as always, but this time there is someone watching as Deputy McAllister has spotted something strange along the road. Seeing what the Drifter has been doing to his victims, the deputy runs away in fear, but little does he know that the Drifter is ready to give himself up. Being taken into custody, the Drifter admits to every single one of his victims and is ready for his next assignment that the voices are giving him. As gas is pumped into his cage, the Drifter dies with a smile on his face, since he knows that his work is far from over, it is just beginning on a different playing field.
Harris and his estranged father the sheriff are having breakfast at the local diner and trying to get to know each other once again. As Harris is upset with his father for leaving him and his mother many years ago, he is happy to be named the new sheriff in the next twenty four hours. When getting ready to leave, Harris sees on the news that one of the casinos in the area has been robbed, but has no idea that the robbers are at the same diner. Seeing the car described in the news report, Harris is ready to jump into action, but the sheriff wants to wait for back up. With a shootout taking place, the main gas pumps are hit causing an explosion and everyone involved hits the deck only to find that they are the only survivors at the diner.
Not being able to find the backup that they called in, Harris and his father continue to try and apprehend the robbers, but once they take a hostage, things get a little dicey. As Binky and Alex try to get away from the cops with their hostage Maya, they find out that there may be no escape since they cannot find a car to leave in. While attitudes start to die down around the diner, Doctor Allison starts reading the sign in book inside the restaurant and sees that there are 'last words' jotted down, but is having trouble understanding their meaning. While there seems to be no answer as to why no one else has shown up from the police department, or anywhere else for that matter, the group is met by a black ghost who seems to know why they are there. The only purpose for this apparition is to kill and the group will all have to find a way to escape this strange new realm that they are trapped within before they become its next victim.
Just when you think you know who the bad guys are, you get a grim reaper thrown into the mix and from the get go, you know that it is the Death Valley Drifter fulfilling his new role in the afterlife. Not having a clue of what is going on after the gas pumps exploded, there are plenty of clues that the group finds, yet are unable to put together about where they are and what will happen to them. I liked how a couple of the characters were able to get on the same page, even though they had no idea what they were up against, along with the real world slowly filtering into their current realm. As each member of the group found out about their fate from the Reeker, you could imagine how the movie would end, and that is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to a movie of this sort. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is always hard to fit in to a new town, especially if you do not know anybody there. Trying to form new relationships, get others to at least speak to you and not piss off the wrong people, it seems like a never ending struggle, but somehow people make it through. It is always nice when someone takes a liking to you right after they meet you, but so many others are guarded to outsiders, especially in a smaller community and are looking for any problems that you might be bringing in. It is important to just be yourself and keep out of trouble for the first couple weeks, so people will find out who you are and that you are there to be a part of the community, just like them.
Michael and his family have just moved to a new town and are starting to find out that things may be a little different there. While Michael and his wife are able to get acquainted quickly with some other adults, mainly because of his job with Fish and Game, his kids are having a more difficult time. Kyle feels like an outcast since he is different from the 'normal' kids and Nicole was happy with her friends at the old house and cannot get over the move. Since Michael has been put in charge of the department, he quickly makes peace with his employees and they all seem to like what he has to say, except when it comes to lampreys.
With all kinds of backups from the dam, Michael sees that lamprey population is growing in the little town, but does not know what is causing it. Being able to reactivate all of the measures that usually keep the numbers from being too high, he is still worried that there are more in the waterways. Needing time to get actual counts, Michael tries to delay the opening of the lake, but Mayor Akerman will have none of that since the town needs all of the visitor revenue that it can get its hands on. Knowing that this is a mistake, Michael tries to fight it, but continues to be shot down, but when the population of the lampreys becomes too dense in the lake, he sees that the creatures do not discriminate when they hunt and now they are feeding on people.
Being attacked himself, Michael sees that this breed is more aggressive than anyone could have ever predicted and with their thirst for blood, he sees them jumping the wall into the lake, killing anyone near the water. When his employee Rich is killed by the little beasts, he hears that are problems during the autopsy and rushes to the morgue to find out what is happening. Seeing bloody trails leading into the drain, Michael fears for the worst, the lampreys have made their way into the town’s pipes. Knowing how fast they can reproduce and how aggressive they are, Michael tries now not only to close the lake, but to shut down the water system to the entire town. Not being able to convince Akerman of his plan, Michael turns to Channel 6, who run his press conference so that the public knows what is actually happening and the danger at hand. Stepping over the line, Michael is fired from his post, but when his friends call him for help, he cannot say no and needs to find a way to save the city from certain lamprey doom.
Talk about a threat that nobody could wrap their heads around, these lampreys are blood thirsty little creatures that I would not want to mess with. When their normal food source runs out, they find that people are the next best thing to eat, frightening. Even though this movie is hokey, it does put things in perspective when it comes to politics and our constant fear of the unknown. The characters are fun and stupid at the same time as nobody listens to one word that Michael says during the entire movie. I guess ignorance is bliss in this small town, especially if an outsider tries to tell you what to do. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One thing that you need to remember is that it is always okay to unwind. Life gets too serious if you let it and so many of us do. You just need to take a step back and let loose for a little bit, no matter if it is going to a party, or finding the indoor skydiving place and giving that a try. It's all about doing something to get your mind off of things, if only for a moment since that is the only way you will survive these days. You are the only one that knows what is happening inside of your head and it is better to get ahead of the breakdown before it can become something worse.
Father Conway is going to be taking the weekend away from his new acquisition and turns the keys over to his favorite boy Patrick. Knowing that Patrick is on the up and up, Conway is disappointed that he is not applying to colleges to further his future, but it is not up to Conway to tell the boy how to run his life, so he will continue to allow him to help out. With the old Exeter building needing a massive cleanup since it was never touched after a fire shut it down years ago, it is the perfect opportunity for Patrick to shine, or at least get his hands dirty. As soon as Patrick tells his friend Knowles about what he will be doing for the weekend, Knowles knows of a better use for the building and makes come calls.
Arriving to see a party in full swing at the building, Patrick is upset with his friends, but when he meets Reign, he thinks that it can continue for a little while longer. As the party gets wilder, Patrick spots his little brother Rory having a good time as well and when everyone wakes up in the morning, they have a crazy idea of something different to do. With the energy in the building being so strong, Amber wants to try and raise some spirits, but will need someone to be her victim. Rory volunteers because he does not believe that anything will happen to him, but the experience will change his life.
Being lifted off of the floor by the spirits, Rory is creeped out by what has happened, but not only that, there is something that has been put inside of him. Freaking out and trying to kill his big brother, Rory is detained upstairs while Patrick and Reign try to explain to their friends what is happening to the boy. Before they are able to come up with a plan, the groundskeeper comes knocking and finds that the kids are having the time of their lives. Hearing someone upstairs, he enters the room to find Rory tied up and tries to release the boy, but the possessed Rory kills him and starts to show the spirits' power over the house. Needing help, Patrick calls Conway and asks the old priest to come back to the building, but when that fails, Patrick is forced to attempt an exorcism on his little brother. Only pissing off the spirit inside of Rory, it becomes stronger and starts to target each of the friends that are trapped inside the building one by one.
This movie has all of the essentials of a good horror film, drugs, booze, hot teens, comic relief and yes, a location with a twisted past. There is not much more that you could want from a horror movie, maybe a bit more blood, but it has just the right amount for the story. It is just a fun story about a possession that leads to the group figuring out who the ‘demon’ actually is and what he/she wants from them. The humor in this movie is maybe kind of dark for some people, but it had me rolling. ‘I got stabbed by a spoon, how does that happen?!?’ The cast really seemed to be the on the same page and did not miss a beat when it came to the action scenes. It’s a good flick and I hope that if anybody is thinking about trying to contact the dead with a live person sacrifice, they might think twice about it since it seems like all of the spirits are not happy to be messed with. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Our lives are surrounded with decisions that have to be made on an hourly basis. They can range from what to eat for breakfast, if that breakfast should be hot dogs, or which bar you should go to after work. Every decision that you make leads to something in the future that you might not be planning for and while it does not seem like something that would matter, it eventually does. You have to be mindful about this, since there are many years to come that you or someone else might look back upon and your poor decisions and they will leave you high and dry.
Pulling Lucy out of the car at gunpoint, Frank knows what will need to be done, but Lucy has no idea what will become of her. When Tony is ready to pull a body out of the trunk, Lucy is forced to help him in the removal and since it is a big guy, it will take some extra muscle. Laying the body on the ground, Tony goes to work with his axe and hacks the body to pieces. While watching, Lucy looks back on what she did to get here and it all stems from her love for Johnny who is the only man that can make her feel like a woman.
Flashing back, Lucy is working at Ruth’s Bar and watching as Johnny and Ruth are making out in a booth. With eyes on her, Ruth knows that the young woman could be a distraction for the lovers, but she allows Johnny to have a little bit of leeway. Taking the waitress back to the office, Johnny wants to show Lucy how much he cares for her and when the aging Ruth trusts him enough, he will get the combination to the safe that will give the couple a new life. But Ruth comes back to the office before the two can leave and this time with an old family friend. Willard has been fencing diamonds through Ruth’s dead husband's name for years, but this most recent delivery is crap according to the old mob wife. Knowing that she has been taken advantage of, Ruth takes care of business the best way she knows how and kills the old family friend, but it is not just her boys that witness this act as the next to nude Lucy is discovered.
Taking the body of Willard out to be hacked up, Lucy is forced to watch, but now Frank is ready to see Lucy be sliced into little pieces. Having Lucy give him her skirt and blouse, Frank has to wait for Tony to get done with the other body before Lucy meets her maker. Wanting Johnny to take care of the situation, Ruth sends her boy toy out to shoot the young waitress like he has done with so many other women. With a gleam of hope, Lucy believes that Johnny loves her more than the old woman and might have a chance at being let go. With only seconds to think about what will happen, Johnny could turn from the hand that feeds him and make a life with Lucy, or he could stay with the sure bet in Ruth and end his cheating ways.
This is quite the season finale, as you get to have two ways of thinking when it comes to Johnny and Lucy. Appearing to be a con man Johnny is taking care of business with the older Ruth to get the combination of her safe and take her for all that she is worth. Lucy believes that the con is working and she gets to have a piece of Johnny whenever they can find time, but there might be more to what Ruth brings to the table than just money. Starring Kate Vernon as Lucy, John Stamos as Johnny, Robert Picardo as Frank, Frank Stallone as Tony, Johnny Williams as Willard and Eileen Brennan as Ruth. A total gangster love triangle that can only leave one woman standing and it might be the safe bet to remember who has always been in charge. Until next time Kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Creating great advances can and often come with great risks. Not knowing how they will be perceived by the public, much less if they can make it out of the testing phase, a great deal of money can be thrown towards them and never be returned. It does not matter what the situation is as there is so much that can go wrong at every stage of the process, even it if it is something that can change the world for the better, there will be speed bumps that can keep it from being created on a large scale. Make sure to keep your inventions and break throughs small to start with, that is until you are able to get a backer that is willing to lay it all on the line for you, or else you can lose everything, even your research when something goes wrong.
Needing to find the next big thing, Roger Lassen and his team venture down to the rain forest to see what they can find in the way of preservatives. Joining a local tribe, the group has found something that may be able to change the world forever, but it will come with a price. Seeing how the enzymes of this new compound work on the human body, since everyone that is buried in the rain forest do not deteriorate, Roger and his team have practical applications that they will have to test to make sure it will work for what they want it to do, but that will have to be done in America. Needing to leave, Roger knows that he will have to give the tribe a proper tribute for their time and effort with the new compound, meaning that he will have to leave one of his crew behind to be sacrificed by these native people and he chooses Alex for that honor.
Six years in the making and Roger has his new cash cow ready to reveal to the world, but there is a little hiccup in the process when one of his workers has been found dead, injected with the preservative. Not having any idea who could have been behind this and seeing as to how the note that is left on the body does not make sense to Roger, the Detective assigned to the case needs to know if he has any enemies. Not knowing of any, at least any that are alive, Roger returns home to see someone has broken in and vandalized the place. With the same phrase being written on the wall, 'I have not forgotten or forgiven', Roger knows that it has to be the same person who committed the murder, but does not know who that person could be. Finding a special gift for him as well, a two faced voodoo doll that bares a brief resemblance to him, all he can come up with is that it has to be someone from his visit to the rain forest that wants to cause him harm.
Getting word from his right-hand man Colin that the FDA has put the brakes on the approval of the compound is not helping Roger’s cause and he needs to find a way to get it pushed through as soon as possible. Being urged to see an old friend who was on the expedition to the rain forest, Roger finds another dead body that has been filled with the compound, along with having the same note left on his body. As his headaches continue to grow out of control, Roger is forced to call a doctor for help, but before he can return home from the office, he gets a visit from a special friend that he believed was long gone. Alex has been waiting six years to see his old boss and this time he has a message for him. He reveals that Roger has been cursed and that he is the true killer that everyone has been searching for, and a quick demonstration with Roger's handwriting proves this to be true. Knowing that this specter of past employee could be right, Roger passes what he knows on to Dr. Beneloy who may have a way to free the high powered evil man from the spell and shadow of death that have been released on the world, but does Roger really want it to go away?
Kind of a dark look at how far somebody would go to make a profit, but I would not be surprised if this really happens on a daily basis. Wanting to be the first group to roll out the preservative of the future, Roger Lassen will stop at nothing to make it his find and no one else’s, but when he finds out that he may be the mad murderer, he tries to change his views. I would like to say that when the evil is released from Roger that he is a better man, but nothing seems to change in his eyes and he wants to preserve what is best about him, it’s actually really sad. Starring Clancy Brown as Roger Lassen, Martin Kove as the Detective, Charles Martin Smith as Colin, Jon Tenney as Alex and Cheech Marin as Dr. Beneloy. I really like how this cast was able to showcase their talents to the max and Cheech in war paint is just a sight to see. Until next time Kiddies, Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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During last night's episode of Fear the Walking Dead, there was a dialogue exchange from the 1985 zombie horror film Day of the Dead that kept running through my mind. In that moment, a character named Sarah expresses her disdain over the fact that everyone isn't working together and 'pulling in different directions' and another character named John points out that she is simply facing one of the world's biggest and oldest problems since 'people got different ideas concerning what they want out of life.'
That exchange kept flashing through my mind simply because of the fact that 'Pillar of Salt' was the living embodiment of what John said in that film. Sure at first at seemed as though things were peachy and wonderful, since everyone at the hotel was working together, but it didn't take long for personal agenda and desires to allow for all of that to come crashing down when the mother of the bride decided to stab Strand for putting down her resurrected daughter and that one single act, would set in motion a series of mental disasters from our characters that made for one frustrating episode, since a good chunk of the positive character development we experienced last week was wiped away in a matter of moments.
But despite those head shaking moments, there was one bright spot character wise, Ofelia. She of course has been gone from our minds for weeks now, potentially dead or worse, resurrected and last night we finally caught up with her to learn that her character was on a mission to find closure. Having never known the fate of her fiancé in the midst of the zombiepocalypse, and now free of any responsibility or ties to her parents, we learned she is now on the road back to the United States in order to find out if indeed her love has survived the worst of the mess in New Mexico. If he has, no doubt happiness will ensue, but if not...well, this could end in similar melancholy fashion like 'Pablo and Jessica' did, where she is fully prepared to give her love peace if his corpse is still walking around.
There was also a solid sense of hope pouring from this episode as well when it came to the Colonia and Nick, since it is clear now that Nick truly cares for the people within its walls and is now willing to go the extra mile to ensure their safety. But that hope was quickly dashed thanks to Alejandro, and personal agenda since while the people believe in the man, it is evident now that he truly has no plan for them outside of waiting it out and that comfort in a time of need is no longer a concern for him. He believes everyone must suffer and suffer hard in the name of the Lord and his decision to not get the drugs to the gang is a risky one to say the least, and all of this comes from the fact that one of his scouts decided to leave for greener and better pastures.
Oddly enough, that plot line allowed for Nick's world and Madison's new world to finally come together, since Elena knows where they can find supplies to save Strand's life from his newfound wound and that involves making a trip to the gang's hideout to trade something of value. That part was easy to come by with the hotel having power back on line, but this exchange for medical supplies brings us at last to the grand frustration that I made mention of a little bit ago.
Because while at the Mercado, Madison overhears the gang leader's interrogation of Alejandro's scout and politely asks Elena to translate for her. It doesn't take long for word of a Caucasian kid with ratty hair to come into the discussion and Madison firmly believes they are discussing Nick, leading her to confront the scout, begging to know if indeed it is her son they are speaking of. This desperate gesture on her part quickly makes the situation confrontational, and damn near costs the group the trade. But thankfully they get the supplies they need for Strand and return to the hotel, where Madison once again makes another boneheaded move, flipping on the lights for the hotel in the middle of the night where anyone and everyone, including Travis in the distance...can see it.
So with that in mind, let's talk about that paradigm shift in Madison's character because it didn't make any sense. Last week, she was someone determined to put a life together for her daughter and newfound family. She stopped at nothing to inspire everyone to do more, be more and in the process became a powerful and trustworthy leader. Heck we even saw her taking advice from Strand before making an important decision. So how on earth does she go from being all those wonderful things, to a prototypical horror character that makes stupid decisions that endanger everyone? Yes, I get that she loves her son and always will. Yes I get that she wants him safe and needs to trust him more. But to flip on the lights like that, so that everyone can see the hotel and to become a blubbering mess in that fashion? It's disappointing to say the least, and well...it wipes out the progress she made last week.
It also seemed wholly unnecessary. Sure I get that the episode was about the dangers of personal agendas getting in the way of survival, but Madison didn't need to be the one to create danger from it. The group will no doubt lose all faith in her when people come in spades to the hotel looking for shelter and that's a shame. She was about to become the focal point character wise this show needed and I can only hope that this was designed and she is going to redeem herself. Either way, in looking at the bigger picture, chaos is clearly coming for everyone, since now the gang knows where the Colonia is, and someone other than Travis saw the lights for the hotel. We come to expect that of course, I just wish we came to chaos under circumstances that didn't include having our characters take a step back in their development, but it should be interesting to see what kind of consequences come from Madison's moment of weakness. Until next time.