Written by Scotty

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Losing someone that is close to you can never be overcome.  No matter how many times people ask if you are ok or not, the answer will change so you don’t have to put up with the question anymore.  Although your friends and family want to protect you and make sure you are doing well, if they have not lost someone close to them, they will never understand the feeling you have buried down in the pit of your stomach.

After a couple of years of marriage, Liz and Rick are expecting their first born in a few months, but something has gone drastically wrong.  Liz winds up in the hospital with no baby in her womb and the doctors are at a loss of what to say.  Being questioned about what happened at their home the night before, Rick becomes very protective of his wife and starts to fight everyone off.  With all of this being filmed by Evan, Liz’s younger brother who wants to be a film maker when he graduates college, everyone is on edge and the footage speaks for itself. 

Needing to get away from town for a couple days, as all of the locals are still looking at the family in a strange way since losing their unborn child, Liz, Rick and Evan decide to head up towards their cabin.  As Evan is trying to make the best of his time away from school, he will continue to let his camera roll and try to complete his project, although making it a little bit more personal than he previously thought.  With Liz being his best friend and the woman that raised him since he was twelve, he is worried about her and tries to add some levity to the situation, but still continues to ask her the tough questions on film.

As the three head out to the deck on their second night in the cabin, they notice a strange light in the sky that they cannot explain and on a walk by the lake, they start to see strange evidence of something happening there last night.  With fish being driven out of the lake and burn marks on the ground with no reasonable explanation, they take a look but think nothing of what might really be going on. On the third night in the cabin, a strange sound comes blaring through the area and all of the lights in the house go dark for no reason.  Without any explanation about what is happening, the shape of a person is spotted outside of the cabin door trying to get in. When it can be confirmed that it was nobody in the group, jokes are made about legendary animals that it could be, but there is something strange happening outside of the cabin and Evan needs to find out what it is.

Absence follows Liz and Rick as they are trying to move on from the loss of their unborn child with Liz’s little brother Evan tagging along.  Although Evan has been away for several months, he and his sister are best friends and will never leave each other’s side.  Evan also needs to complete an assignment for school, shooting a documentary and he has chosen his extended family as the subject. As the family goes up to their cabin to get away, there seems to be something lingering in the air and strange lights are seen in the night sky that seem to be following them.  As each night comes and goes, the lights get closer and closer to the cabin, along with strange power outages and sounds coming from outside.  Not being able to pinpoint what exactly is going on, Evan is frightened and looking for any explanation he can to find out what is happening and tries to keep his sister out of harm’s way.

I know what I was thinking once the family said they were going to get away from the city and go to their cabin, and I was right.  Although this is not the run of the mill alien abduction movie you get to see since there only seems to be one person really being pinpointed from the unseen visitors.  These are the movies I like to watch as they leave a lot up to the imagination and you are left to put some of the pieces together.  Sometimes I like that way of film making, other times I don’t.  I think this just caught me in the right mood.  With a ton of jokes coming from Evan, it is a challenge not to smile even though there are some very serious issues going on.  I especially liked how the story line played out with the three, as there seems to be a little bit of hate between them, but when all of the cards are put on the table, there is love and respect that you never would have expected.  Stay Scared.

 
 
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I thought of naming this “My Adventures in Ghost Hunting”, but I figured that would tip the ghosts off to my going to see them. And, well, I can’t really have that, now can I? In some twisted way, that just ruins the surprise of meeting them face-to-face. I mean, they could be reading this blog right now. Which, if that’s the case, I’m totally not going ghost hunting while at the Stanley Hotel…

I digress. I’ve never actually been to the Stanley before….ever. Despite spending most of my life in Colorado, and a lot of time visiting Estes Park, I’ve never thought to visit there. Then again, I knew about it, I guess I just never realized that it was as close and truly had such a lore about it. Having seen many documentaries on the famous hotel and countless Ghost specials, I just figured it was finally time to go there myself.

I really cant take credit for this, since it was Scotty’s idea…I will take partial credit, because I’m just like that. What am I expecting? Hopefully Ghosts! Mattie and I are sharing a famously haunted room. It’s rumored that a ghost will come and tuck you in at night as well as place a kiss atop the head of a pretty girl. Hopefully, one of us has this happen! Last time Scotty was there, the window in his room flew up. I’m curious to see what other experiences happen. There’s many stories of staff and guests alike encountering some otherworldly creatures or having strange experiences.

Like the Ghost of Stanley himself, who gives advice to those feeling lost, or the piano that plays itself. Granted, I am a skeptic. I’m not sure ghosts exist, I’m not sure they’re not just legends. After all, we all believe what we believe and I’m sure many of us have had strange experiences we couldn’t quite explain.  Then again, I also believe my apartment is haunted, but Mattie just says its easily explained. Either way, ghost or not, I’m looking forward to spending some time in a writer's inspirational dream place, and a historical landmark. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Well, today is the day that the Girls of Geek team will be arriving at the glorious Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.  I must say that this is by far the most excited I have been to head back to this historical estate and it is because I get to share it with my friends.  Now, I have become the Stanley Hotel veteran, making my patronage up there once a year, but I am usually on my own, not with anybody I really know.  Now that this is happening, wow, just imagine what will happen.

Now, as you should know by now, this is my favorite place to visit in Colorado, and I might as well say it, in the country.  I have had a couple of strange things happen during my say, just last time my window flew open without any reason and all of the lights in my room were burned out.  The previous time I visited, I heard laughter in an empty room, heard the kids running up and down the hallway and was awakened by the elevator trying to go to a higher floor.  Now, can I say that all of this will happen on this trip?  No, I cannot, but I have ensured that if anything is going to happen in the hotel over this weekend that we will be there to witness it as we are staying in some haunted rooms.

Now when I was booking the rooms on my last stay, I was working it all out in my mind of who would be served the most in each.  As I have heard about what has happened in room 217, Stephen King's old room, I figured that none of the men from the site would be good in the room since we are all bachelors and the house keeper that overlooks that room is still working in the old times when the single male folk were required to sleep outside of the main hotel.  So that is out, but when I heard about room 428, I got overly excited as there is a cowboy that tends to enjoy kissing ladies on the forehead while they sleep.  Mattie and Shae, this cowboy is for you!

Picking out the next rooms was not too difficult since room 418 was already booked for the same weekend.  I chose room 407 which Lord Donraven has been said to make an appearance or two buy speaking up, or just letting the guests know he is there when his cherry pipe tobacco fills the air.  I also chose room 401 which is said to have a closet door that opens and shuts throughout the night.  And then we are all on the fourth floor which is considered haunted by many people as you can hear kids playing in the hallways during the night. 

What will happen?  Will the group witness anything that scares them out of their minds?  I do not have the answer to this question, I can only speak to what I have witnessed in my past experiences and hope that everyone in the group enjoys their stay.  It is a beautiful hotel and its location up against a hill will leaves you in awe as you see it from the road. I am sure we will be sending out updates throughout the weekend as it is all but one person’s first time there and now that Halloween is over, the spirits can come out to play.  It is a great get away and I hope everyone gets a chance to visit this historical site, as the Stanley Hotel has become a staple in my vacation time to just get away.  Stay Tuned...

 
 

Written by Scotty

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On the bottom of the ocean, the Navy has contracted out the building of a secret missile silo to Van Gelder.  As Van Gelder is a master of the deep, he is the only one that the Navy entrusts with such a task and even though he is running months behind on his building, he is still the man for the job.  Staying in charge of the situation, he is looking for results at this point, no matter what the consequences are and will put his teams lives on the line if need be. 

Running into a digging problem as a cavern is discovered at the silo sight, Van Gelder pushes the team to complete the job at hand and listening to the concerns of his staff only enrages him to complete his task.  When an explosive is set up to open up the underwater cave, the group finds out that it is much more extensive than they first thought and decide to investigate before continuing with their digging. When their remote surveyor unexpectedly detaches and is lost, two of the crew members decide to go and retrieve it before receiving the speech again about how much it is worth.  When the enter the cavern, a new contact is found on their sonar that is moving at a faster pace than anything man made.  By the time they try to report back into the base, it is too late and they too are lost to the depths of the ocean.

Back at the temporary base, Collins and Burciaga are trying to make contact with their friends, but find that they are under attack as well.  Being knocked onto a ridge at the edge of the underwater cliff, they call in for help to the main base.  Without knowing what any of them are up against, the creature in the waters around them seems to be on a tear and is looking for anything to eat.  Figuring out it hunts by light, the group tries to go dark, but that only works for a short time as the creature they just released from the underwater cavern is smarter than they could ever give it credit for.

DeepStar Six follows a group of underwater diggers and scientists that are looking to build a secret missile silo to protect the United States from any and all attacks.  When their dig site has fallen over an underwater cavern, the group tries to move its location, but their leader has different plans in mind.  Ordering them to continue with their task, the group opens up the cavern releasing an ancient killer from the depths of the ocean.  Without knowing how to stop the creature, the group has to find a way to get back to the surface to safety, but at their current depth, they will have to decompress or risk popping like a balloon when the reach the surface.  Trying to find a way to distract the creature while repairs are made to the underwater station is their first priority, but the creature from the deep has other plans to keep them right where they are and complete its first priority, to feed, since it is has been locked away for countless years.

If you are a fan of the old sea voyage tales, this is a movie that you have to check out.  With very little of the ocean being explored, it would be very easy to have creatures that we have never seen still living in the depths.  Being made in the eighties, this movie does not only focus on the creature hunting down everybody, you have a love story, and a challenge of power and a great character piece on the one man who was trained for disaster losing his marbles.  I will admit that this was not one of the top movies that popped up on my viewing queue, but am very happy that it did to help remind me that not every movie has to deal in just blood and guts, but what people actually have to deal with when put in extreme situations.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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Was it the butler in the kitchen with the knife? The husband in the hallway with the axe? Wait a minute, that’s not how we play Clue now is it? In Supernatural this week, things get a little weird…which is saying something since it’s a show about Hunters killing monsters. Well, the boys are struggling to find their next case, after that last one, and grasping at straws. In the mean time, Dean finds an old phone of Bobby’s and listens through the messages. It seems that a Ms. Bunny, a very wealthy heiress, has passed away and left something for Bobby. Surely it’s worth checking into, right? Getting there isn’t the problem, it’s dealing with the four siblings of the diseased that’s the problem.

Two sisters and two brothers, surely this won’t be terrible, will it? Turns out, maybe just a little. Not only does the family hate each other, they most certainly can’t stand the oldest brother’s young wife. Sam and Dean are unaware of what’s already been going on in the house; a maid died the morning before anyone showed up, having fallen from the second story into a glass table. Nobody knows what’s going on. The Butler gives Sam and Dean what was left to Bobby, and instructs them to leave.

The boys do, only to have the bejeweled cross charm appraised. Of course it’s worthless, well, with no value. But it is a key, and keys unlock doors right? Confused they head back to the house to figure it all out, mostly just to ask the butler. In their absence however, the older brother of the family had been decapitated. Supposedly by the ghost of Bunny’s late husband…when the boys arrive they’re met with not only the butler, but a police officer that plans to interrogate everyone. Now stuck in the house, they get the chance to look around.

Dean finds what the key unlocks first, a door to a secret room in the attic…where he finds a dead maid and one that is very much alive. She claims to have been locked in there by the butler because she wouldn’t talk to the detective for him. Dean goes to find the butler, while Same investigates the house….only to find said missing butler dead. But Dean is up talking to the butler? Well, something supernatural really is going on here. The butler Dean was talking to is really a Shifter. Finding silver seems to be the easy part, testing everyone in the house seems hard. By all counts, everyone has no reaction to the silver making it even harder to find who really is the shifter. The younger brother has had enough of the Winchester’s shenanigans and locks them in a room after they all find the detective dead. I really didn’t see this coming, but the maid gets the room's attention by grabbing the detectives gun and pointing it at the family. She reveals that she is Bunny’s daughter and, also, a Shifter. Seems Bunny’s husband wasn’t her real dad, and Bobby killed the Shifter father before he could get to her. Bunny swore she’d keep the girl locked away if Bobby spared her life. Upon her death, Bobby was contacted so he could take care of the girl, instead of killing her. The butler had known of her all along. He’d let her out of the attic thinking it was all right to have her be free…which backfired just a bit.

Sam and Dean finally get free of their room and Sam gets into a gunfight with the Shifter while Dean gets silver bullets from the car. While she spills her life story and nearly kills Sam, Dean shoots her…several times. Is the Mark affecting him again? Sam’s not sure, but he’s more than a little worried. They leave the family, and in typical Dean fashion, they don’t talk about the issue much. Dean’s denying the Mark is controlling him. Claiming he wanted to be sure he’d killed the Shifter. Maybe he was just protecting Sam? I can only hope!


 
 

Written by Shae

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Last week was most likely the best episode in the history of episodes. Okay, that's a matter of opinion. In reality it was the first musical episode! Supernatural celebrated their 200th episode with a bang! Our two hunters are still trying to get back into the swing of things, which isn't easy for either of them. Dean is grasping at any straw he can to find a case. Of which he does! A drama teacher of an all girls private school has gone missing. Which in Dean-land means she was kidnapped or killed by something otherworldly. Seems totally legitimate. I guess. Amazingly enough, Dean ends up being right. The school is putting on a musical interpretation of the occult book series, Supernatural, that happened to document the boys lives. The director, producer, and writer of this play is not sure what happened to the drama teacher, she's just adamant about seeing the play happen.

When the Winchesters come across all of this, they're a little thrown aback to say the least. While Sam can find humor in the situation, Dean finds irritation. Still, it is a case! Neither has a problem with that. However, they don't find any lead to suggest something happened to the drama teacher that warrants them being there. As they're about to give up and leave when a girl goes missing. The time, there's an eyewitness. A scarecrow dragged the girl away, according to the writer of the play. This kicks up the search to find what's going on.

Turns out, a goddess is behind the whole thing. She keeps kidnapping people who want to stop the play in order to see it happen. After that, she plans to eat the author. Not so ideal for the young writer. The boys promise to make sure nothing will happen to her. And nothing more does. The night of the play goes off fine. It's halfway through the first act when the scarecrow shows up and takes Sam. He wakes in the basement to find the missing teacher and student, as well as the goddess. She plans to eat more than just the author it seems...while he attempts to fight her, Dean is onstage fighting the scarecrow that has come back for the young writer. With some help and some perfect timing, Sam and Dean defeat the scarecrow and the goddess at the same time. The girl is saved and all ends well.

With a vocal rendition of 'Carry On My Wayward Son', the Winchesters are reminded that their half brother, Adam, is still trapped in the cage with Lucifer and Michael. After they leave, our young writer gets a visit from a publisher she'd desperately been waiting for; a long, thought dead, prophet, seems to be alive, well, and possibly something more.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It's going to be a different kind of breakdown today for The Walking Dead simply because of the fact that last night was filled to the brim with many of the thematic concepts we have already discussed.  The need for hope, what it means to be a good person, and so on.  

Instead I thought we would take a few moments and look at the fact that the show went and did something rare, show us a big city long after the dead have taken over, and make it scary in the process. Yes, last night saw the return to Atlanta and for the first time there was a sense of dread that I hadn't felt in a long time simply because of the fact that this once proud metropolitan center is truly a city of the living dead, filled to the brim with walking abominations and man, they were everywhere.  

It's a wonderful touch to say the least, since I can only think of a handful of films in this genre have ever taken us deep into an abandoned city where the living dead roam free. In fact we usually only see such things for a few minutes on screen before we move on in our story, or we simply hear tales of how bad it was.  But here, it was all on display, and man did this episode show us everything.  Atlanta was a husk, rotting like the living dead and serving as its own character.  Heck we even got to see, at long last, the damage caused by the napalm bombing that the show has eluded to on several occasions.  Not to mention we saw more unique walkers, specifically the folks that camped out and were trapped in their tents and sleeping bags, it was a menagerie of horrors and I loved every second of it. 

It made for some incredible visuals, and as I mentioned before, added a horrific sense of dread.  Despite the fact that we knew where Carol would end up, and there's no chance that Daryl could ever die, there was still a real sense of danger as the episode progressed, simply because there really isn't anywhere safe in a city of this size.  The dead kept popping up and were once again a threat.  Sure Noah had his moments, but the entire sequence where Carol and Daryl hid in the van to escape was one where I simply held my breath.  It was intense, the dead were on them so quickly and I loved every minute of it.  

Kudos to the show for making the city a character of its own, one that made the show tense and scary and I certainly hope we get more of this in the next couple of weeks as the rescue of Beth and Carol takes center stage.  I also hope it sets a precedent in film and television for this genre.  We all want to see more of this, the big city filled to the brim with corpses that devour man. That's some quality horror my friends, until next time.  

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It was an episode that I think the fans were all waiting for, Daryl and Carol, together at last.  Sure it may not have been romantic, because you know, zombies, but either way two awesome characters came together for their own episode after five seasons on The Walking Dead with last night's "Consumed".

This episode managed to fill in many of the blanks about Carol over the last few years, specifically what happened to her and what she became after Rick banished her from the prison. We saw her dealing with the guilt of killing Karen and David and we also found out, that she never really left the prison, she was quite literally up the road. 

But, in between flashbacks, the hunt was on for Beth and it led Carol and Daryl back to Atlanta to figure out where the white cross cars come from.  But of course such a task would be anything but easy on this show, since the two of them are being tailed by Noah, who swipes their weapons first chance he gets and oh yeah, Atlanta is still filled with the dead.  In fact, it was pretty awesome to see what the city looked like after all this time since really, we only spent a little bit of time there in season one and this city of the dead led to one bone chilling and awesome moment between Carol and Daryl as they outran the dead, by falling to the ground in a white van.  

It was an epic and intense scene, one that ended in splattery fashion and led us to the final moments of the show when the big surprise of the night happened since Daryl and Carol found Grady Memorial where Beth remains hidden, and Noah once again, and in an effort to hide from the crazy cops from the hospital...Carol was hit by a car driven by the very people they were trying to avoid, sending Daryl back to the church to get help. 

Sadly, my only complaint for this episode is...it was filler and we know it.  But at least it was fascinating filler since we really got some good insights into Carol and who she is and struggling to be.  We know Daryl is the eternal bad ass nice guy.  He can throw down when necessary but will still default on the side of people and good deeds, but Carol we learned, is really struggling.  Beneath her terminator like demeanor is a survivor forged long before the end of the world, and one that isn't sure she likes who she is anymore.  

But, being a survivor has always been her identity. She survived her awful husband, her banishment, and perhaps the most telling moment of the episode was when we saw her trying to keep it together after the slaughter at Terminus. She really seems to think she is on her own in this world, but I get the feeling the whole group is about to prove to her just how much she means to them. 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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The Walking Dead returns tonight with its newest episode, Consumed. Now last time, we got to catch up with Sgt. Abraham and the group In Self Help to see how far they have gotten in their adventure to Washington D.C.

After Abraham, Glenn, Maggie, Eugene, Rosita and Tara had gotten on the church bus; they headed on their way to Washington. Sadly on the way there, something happened to the bus which made it go out of control and crash. Everyone was all right but we later find that Eugene sabotaged the bus because he was hiding a terrible lie, just to slow everyone down. Turns out that no, he doesn’t know how to cure this and no he’s not a scientist. He’s smart and he knew he needed to create a sense of urgency to get where he was going and used a “cure all” as his lie.

We also find that Abraham used to have a family, but after killing someone with his bare hands in front of his wife and children they left him and got eaten by walkers. He was going to kill himself until sad scared little Eugene found him and gave his life purpose. After discovering this, Abraham hit Eugene so hard that Eugene hit the ground cold. However the team must continue forward to Washington D.C.

The news that Eugene isn’t the savoir of humanity hit a lot of people hard, however having friends who have read the comic books…I already knew this. It wasn’t something that came out of the blue for me. Then again, Eugene is so strange that it doesn’t surprise me that he lied. It was super creepy that he was watching Abraham and Rosita. Super gross.

I feel really bad for Abraham and now understand why he had to push forward. After being the person who pushed his family away and inevitably lost his family to walkers, he had no purpose. Eugene gave him purpose and now he’s lost it again. Hopefully now having friends around, he won’t give up as easily.

Tonight we get to find out what happened to Carol and Daryl and how Carol inevitably ends up at Beth’s hospital in Consumed. I really can’t wait!


 
 

Written by Scotty

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Living in a small town can definitely have its perks.  You are able to find help whenever you ask for it, you know everybody by name and there is always a way to pay somebody back, even if you don’t have any money.  It says a lot about small communities, but it also comes with its downside, as there is always a member of the town that nobody will ever listen to or help since they have been shunned by someone or everyone in town.

In the town of Texarkana, Arkansas, everything seems to be going according to plan.  Everyone is able to go about their business without a care in the world, even the kids are able to find quiet spots around town to get away from their parents without having a search party come out to find them.  Nothing bad ever happens in the town, until one rainy night when a masked man decides to change all of the rules.  Attacking a couple off of lovers lane, the masked man left two people to tell his story, but he is not through yet.

When is second couple is found shot to death in the woods off of a secluded road, the police have ramped up their efforts in finding the man and have decided to call in extra help.  Being able to get one of the best man hunt officers in the business, the law enforcement of Texarkana is ready to find the masked man and put an end to his evil reign.  With Captain J.D. Morales leading the hunt, everyone in town feels more secure and is almost willing to go back out as there has not been an attack in almost a month, but as the twenty first day comes about and another couple is found dead inside the city limits, fear takes over.

With the town on lockdown, there seems to be no way for the ‘Phantom’ to strike, but as a true killer does, he is able to find his next mark.  With nobody safe in the city, it is up to the transplanted Captain and all of the officers around town to find this masked individual before he kills again.  With only a window of time to look at and nothing else, the officers are faced with a task that could take them a lifetime to figure out.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a loosely based on a true story surrounding a serial killer called the Phantom that terrorized a small town on a specific night.  With his attacks coming every twenty one days and only in secluded areas, the killer is very careful and leaves no clues at the crime scenes.  As the man hunt comes into full effect in Texarkana, an out of area officer comes in and tries to put everyone at ease, but come to find out that he has no idea as to the person under the mask.  As many nights pass and no suspects are ever brought in to question, the town sits in fear of who the next target will be.

Although this is an older film, it still delivers the chilling message of not knowing what could really happen.  As each couple decides to chance fate by going out after sunset, they all had a choice and did not believe that the threat was real.  Watching how the police tried to take control of the situation was good, but them having to admit that they have no idea what is really going on makes you wonder how would we respond if an event like this ever happened again.  Stay Scared.