Written by Scotty

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When receiving presents, no matter who they are from, it seems to light up everyone’s day.  Not knowing what is in the package holds all of the surprise and getting into it is always the first priority.  If it comes from a friend, an acquaintance or just someone on the street, not knowing what is inside will always drive us to open it to see what mysteries are hidden inside.

Jamie and Lisa Ashen are happily married and although there seems to be some problems here and there, they are always able to work it out.  Although Jamie may not be the handiest of men around the house, he still tries his hardest and is able to make light of the situations that are holding him back and Lisa appreciates all of his attempts. The couple is happy and there is nothing that can stop them, but when a package arrives at their doorstep without a return address, Jamie finds out that is life is about to change.

An old ventriloquist dummy has been given to the happy couple and although they do not know who sent it, Lisa loves it and will use it to help frighten her husband.  But not everything goes as planned as one night before Jamie gets home, Lisa sets up a great surprise, but the dummy has another plan in mind.  Lisa is found dead in their home and now Jamie is the primary suspect in her mysterious death.  Returning home to bury his dead wife, Jamie has to deal with his father who has been less than helpful over the years, and although the old man would like to make amends, Jamie is not ready.

Pushing his father away while trying to take care of his personal issues, Jamie is surprised to find that the undertaker in town is shaken up by the sight of his wife.  Thinking that an old nursery rhyme is to blame for his wife’s death, Jamie has to find a way to prove it before somebody else gets hurt.  Listening to the undertaker’s wife’s stories, he finds out that the old rhyme about Mary Shaw is real and has to find a way to stay clear of her before he becomes her next victim.

Dead Silence follows Jamie Ashen as he tries to prove his innocence in the death of his wife.  Believing in an old rhyme that he was told as a child, Jamie tries to find out why he has been targeted by Mary Shaw.  As he arrives home, the stories of Mary Shaw come to life and Jamie needs to find the reason behind her harassing him and taking his the love of his life away from him.  Mary Shaw was a renowned ventriloquist that was only looking to construct the perfect puppet, but when she was called out by a young boy in the audience for being a fake, the boy went missing and she was murdered for his disappearance.  Wanting revenge, Mary Shaw cannot and will not be stopped by anyone and with all of her dolls surrounding her, there is not a conventional way to keep her down.

If you're needing a quick scare, this is a great movie to watch.  I have always had a problem with dolls that have lifelike eyes and that is what infects the screen.  But it is not just that, there are questions surrounding the unsightly deaths of Mary Shaw’s victims and once they come up on the screen, they will leave you wondering what is really going on.  Looking to create the perfect doll was Mary Shaw’s only goal, and although she was killed many years prior, she is still building and looking for her own sense of peace.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There have been a handful of movies that have extended their longevity by transferring to the small screen after their release, but none that have truly captured my horror loving heart has one just has.  From Dusk Till Dawn has made a successful jump between mediums and there is one reason behind it, the story did not change. 

Ok, to be honest, I loved the movie and there is little that could keep me from watching it come to life with an extended story.  With a couple more characters, along with a strong back story that answers your questions from the original movie, I absolutely loved what this brought to the small screen.  So, let’s jump into the guts of how this show has captured my heart.

First of all, it has to deal with vampires.  Done!  I have always been a fan of the genre, but it has been lost the past couple of years with love stories and such that leave me wanting to stab a stake though someone's heart.  These are the old school, eat your heart out vampires that I have come to love and want more of.  But it also changes the lore ever so slightly, making the vampires a serpent race instead of the normal children of the night.  Not a bad transition, since they both feed on the blood of the living and have fangs that will leave you cringing in your seat.

Second, The Gecko brothers are back and there is no way to stop them.  If you liked the interaction between the brothers in the movie, you will love it in the series as they continue to battle even more.  Richie becomes more of vocal point in this series than he was in the movie and you get an entire backstory to what is really going through his mind, rather than just thinking he is crazy from square one.  Although Seth is forced to trust his brother, he cannot and does not believe what is happening to him which leads to a more dynamic relationship between the two, but when they are called upon to perform, they pull it together as they always have before.

Third, the new characters that you never got to see in the movie.  Carlos is by far my favorite, the mastermind behind the Gecko’s latest heist that is just looking for his take.  But Carlos is a key player in all of the story since he has his fingers in everything.  To go along with Carlos, his five hundred year old love, Santanico is the one who is playing with Richie’s mind throughout the entire series.  Telling him to do things, along with bringing him to his fate, Santanico is not only beautiful, but extremely powerful and willing to do anything to get her way.  Ranger Freddie Gonzalez is the anchor of the new characters in the series with his unwillingness to give up on his hunt for the Gecko brothers.  Trying to avenge the loss of his mentor, Freddie will not allow even vampires to stop him from attaining his goal and with such devotion to his dearest friend, he finds out that he has more to offer than he could have expected.

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Fourth, The Fuller Family.  Yes, they are all there with Father Jacob, Kate and Scott.  Like I said before, you get more of a character profile on everyone in the series and there is no exception with this family as you actually get to see what happens to their mother and why they are heading down to Mexico.  Even Scott gets a decent amount of story, even though he is picking on his sister most of the time, but it is not wasted.  They are a great group and even though there does not seem to be a strong family bond when the story starts, you see them come together to achieve the impossible, as only a family can do.

Fifth, Sex Machine.  There is no way that you cannot bring up one of the most loved characters from the movie and although I was a little bit worried about it to start, he grew on me.  With a full back story of him being a college professor, it really did not make a difference to me until he was unleashed on the vampire horde and was able to show what he was made of.  Now I understand the teaching background and his obsession with the occult for the series, but I would have never thought that after seeing him in the movie, not in a million years.

Well there is a breakdown of the characters, now I will take you through a quick recap of the performances. D. J. Cotrona who plays Seth Gecko is just phenomenal, he has unleashed his inner George Clooney in his role and has completely taken over the thief.  But Zane Holtz, as Richie Gecko is superb in the his role and not taking anything away from the movie, has a more difficult role to fill since you never get to see the full back story of the character.  Jessie Garcia as Freddie Gonzalez was probably the finest choice made when casting, you can see the emotion in his eyes for the hatred for the Gecko brothers and actually feel like he will never give up his hunt.  I was blown away by Wilmer Valderrama as Carlos, as I have never seen him playing the ultimate bad guy yet.  A special call out to Jake Busey who plays Professor Aiden Tanner, he always plays a person that is a little bit off of his rocker, but seems to really embrace it in this role.  Along with Madison Davenport who plays Kate, she adds so much to the role that you never got to see in the movie, battling with her own issues and now a treat that is taking out her family.

Well, that is it for the fine young series of From Dusk Till Dawn.  I hope everyone that loved the original movie will take a chance on the series.  A special thank you to Robert Rodriguez for helping to bring this to life on the small screen as there were some questions left unanswered from the movie.  I have seen that there is a second season coming out next year and cannot wait to see where they take the story.  Although the follow up movies lost something in translation, I can see the series taking a completely different turn and separating itself from the original.  Stay Scared!

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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There's an old saying that is filled to the brim with truth, leave well enough alone.  Yet of course, despite the truth that comes with that statement that would in no way mean every single person in the world will follow it. There are those of us who realize we should stay away when things are doing just fine.  

But there are those of us out there who tinker and twist and scheme to make sure everything in this world or their life is completely and utterly perfect. Sometimes this has its merits, but when it comes to disasters that we do not understand and likely cannot fix that advice should be taken to heart. A great example of this in cinema is the sequel to a modern horror classic, 28 Weeks Later. 

It has been 28 weeks since the Rage Virus completely devastated the United Kingdom and at last the infected appear to have all died off on the island. With their demise, a coalition of nations, led by the United States, have begun to help rebuild Britain and at last, people are returning home.  It's a cautious life, with the military keeping an eye on the people just in case, but life is returning home again.  That is until a brother and sister leave the safe zone and discover that their mother, thought dead, is alive and well and dangerous. Upon her return to civilization it is discovered that she is a new mutation of the virus, a carrier, and with her being near so many...the terror will begin again.  

I've watched this sequel many times over now and I have to be honest when I say that I don't love it, but I also don't hate it either.  It's not a terrible film by any means.  Heck, having Jeremy Renner and Robert Carlyle in a horror film of this magnitude is nothing short of fantastic, but the film itself is an up and down adventure.  So I suppose the only wise thing to do, is break down both the good and the bad.  

On the good side, this film is a neat little look at the rebuilding of civilization in the 21st Century after a major disaster. After all when we last left the United Kingdom in 28 Days Later parts of the country were in complete and utter ruin so to see the rebuilding process is a new venture for horror films and fascinating to say the least and when the infected return, there are some solid scares, but alas the film changes in its second half. 

For one the infected, who are clearly humans suffering from a virus, act like the undead in this film and that took me right out of the second half.  Near the end when helicopter blades slice them up, sure the gore is awesome, but some of the infected survive. Heck I saw one missing most of its torso and it just kept going.  Plus, we spend much of the second half on the run and while there are some scares, there is some repetitiveness to it. 

Again, not a terrible horror film, there are some amazing moments in 28 Weeks Later and some solid chills but the film lacks consistency and the end result is a watchable but not inspiring horror film that sticks with the theme, leave well enough alone. Give it a look regardless, simply out of respect for the first film and to see where the tale goes.  For those who have seen it, I guess we will simply sit and wait to see if that ominous ending culminates into a third film...

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Mysteries surrounding the disappearance of children can be one of the scariest things for parents to ever listen to.  Wondering what would happen if this happened to their own children can cause a parent to go insane and force them to keep their child away from harm, at all costs.  The thought of losing a child from going missing, or dying should never have to pass through a parents mind, for our children are our future and will outlive us all.

Arthur Kipps is being beat up at work once again.  With the recent loss of his wife, he is struggling to keep up with his job.  Being given an ultimatum by his employer, Arthur has to make sure that his next assignment goes off without a hitch or he will be fired. Worrying about himself and more importantly about his son, Arthur takes on his next assignment as if it was his last.

Traveling out to the abandoned Eel Marsh House to arrange a sale of the property, Arthur is met with some hostility in the town.  Everyone knows why he is there, but none are too happy about what has happened in the past with their children being killed and the old house and an inhabitant are to blame.  The town’s people believe that there a woman that haunts the old house and if anyone sees her, it means that a child will soon perish at her hands.

Believing none of this, Arthur decides to stay in the old house and get as much of its affairs in order before he leaves at the end of the week.  Seeing strange figures out of the corner of his eyes and hearing unexplainable sounds around the old estate, Arthur starts to believe that there might be something out of the ordinary going on.  Reading the old documents that have been filed away for many years, Arthur finds out a secret that has been hidden for many years concerning the loss of a young boy that started the killing spree so many years ago.

The Women in Black follows the story of an old town’s superstition surrounding the loss of their children.  Arthur Kipps has been called in to get the final documents together to sell the old house that is the place of the old spirit woman that takes the children and adds them to her collection in death.  Arthur does not believe in what the town’s people are telling him, but sees the woman numerous times and a child’s death follows shortly thereafter.  Wanting to understand the story and what really happened, Arthur is able to pull up some old documents and letters around the Eel Marsh House that explains much more than he would have ever learned from the townspeople.  With the mystery solved about who the woman is and why she is killing, Arthur has to discover a way appease her and keep her from killing again.

An interesting story to say the least.  The idea of a ghost being powerful enough to force people to do its bidding is nice enough, but when it is causing children to commit suicide, it makes it that much more disturbing.  I liked the story line, but did not fall in love with any one character while the movie played on.  Just a creepy movie that will keep you checking your kid's rooms at night to make sure that they are okay.   Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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As the night continues in New York, more and more fears are coming to life.  Not knowing what is really happening in the great city with the lack of the internet, along with limited phone service, nobody is safe. Needing to find their loved ones and making sure that they are all virus free, the group starts to work their way home and then to the safest spot they know, Abraham’s pawn shop.

Zach Goodweather arrives home to find it empty of his mother.  Looking around and seeing the mess that was left in the house, he is attacked by her boyfriend, Matt.  Becoming infected at his job, Matt has returned to the place and the people that he loves and has attempted to feed, but finds it is much harder to accomplish when Eph makes it home just in time to save his son.  Disposing of his family’s new threat, Eph implores that Abraham takes his son and keep him safe until his arrival to their safe house. Zach is worried about his mother since no one can seem to locate her and like his father, will do anything to help find her.

On the other side of town, Gus and Felix are still in lock up and Felix is not recovering at all form his sickness.  Without receiving any medical treatment in the jail cell, Gus is worried about his best friend’s well being and tries to convince the guards to get someone to look at him.  Being ignored and, all of the prisoners are loaded onto a transport and sent off to the prison before morning.  Felix’s health continues to fail on the bus, but when he seems to come gain some power back, he becomes the thing that nobody wants to see, a vampire.  With Felix distracted while feeding off of the driver, Gus is able to escape his small confines, but has a decision to make before making a run for his freedom.

Vasiliy Fet is leading the charge to help get the surviving group to safety and will double check all of their residences before allowing anyone to stay alone.  Walking Dutch back up to her apartment, Fet finds it empty of any living being, but Dutch finds out something much worse.  Her roommate has run off with all of Dutch’s most important belongings, the money from her latest job and her laptop.  Trying to get a grasp on what is really happening in the world, Fet and Dutch discuss what to do next when an uninvited guest comes in the front door and tries to feed on the master hacker.  Knowing that this place is no longer safe, Fet decides to bring the young woman to the safe house as well.

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Eph and Nora are left alone in Eph’s former home to dispose of the body of his ex-wife’s boyfriend, but there is something more troubling on the couples mind, the loss of their friend Jim Kent.  The two start to kick themselves for not being able to help him with all of their training in the medical field, but are starting to come to terms that the old man might be right with needing to stop this virus at the source, rather than trying to save the infected.  In the heat of the moment, the two find a way to blow off steam, but end up getting caught by his wife’s friend.  Confessing his love for his wife, Eph unknowingly upsets Nora as she is trying her hardest to keep her wits about her in the situation, but is becoming lost very quickly.

Abraham Setrakian is keeping his mind busy working up battle plans when he meets the Master once again.  Trying to get everyone to understand what they are up against, he takes a moment with young Zach and introduces him to an old book on the vampire lore so he may become a little bit more acclimated to the situation just outside the door.  Also while making casual conversation with Dutch, he finds out who is the mastermind behind the outbreak, Eldritch Palmer.  Dutch also tells him of a German man that seems to be pulling the strings and never truly liked being around, Thomas Eichorst.  Abraham now has a target in mind and needs the help of Fet to make his way through the city and get to Palmer’s building and confront the master once and for all.

With another round of flashbacks to Abraham’s past, his hardships are really brought to life.  After completing the box for Eichorst, Abraham was treated as a normal prisoner again, but he knows more than the others. As the allied forces have been getting closer and closer to the camp, the Master has been feeding more heavily in Abraham’s bunks.  Although Abraham was able to procure a silver knife to keep the old being away, he is no match for the power that the Master brings to the table.  Breaking Abraham’s hands in the night, the Master has done his duty to make sure the carpenter cannot continue his trade as the camp is preparing to move and will only take the healthiest prisoners with them.  Abraham has been put on the firing line but is given a second chance at life as the allied forces pull up on the camps doorstep.

An emotional episode to say the least as you have seen the final days of Abraham in the concentration camp, a motherless child worried about her wellbeing, a woman trying to make since of a situation that she helped facilitate and a couple that does not know where they both stand in each other’s eyes.  Everyone just wants to go home, but as they are finding out, home is not safe, especially when someone that loves them has become infected.  Believing that the safest route is to stay under the watchful eye of Abraham Setrakian, since he was able to help get them all out the convenience store alive, it seems to be time for everyone to accept his explanations for what is really happening and more importantly, how to fight it.  Stay Scared!

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Science has brought forth some incredible discoveries and benefits for mankind over the years. We have uncovered secrets that have given us unprecedented views of the galaxy and an understanding of who and what we are on a molecular level. It has led to breakthroughs that have managed to save countless lives.

Yet. There is still a fear of science. Specifically the unknown. For while it benefits us, it takes time to fully uncover the results of a brand new discovery and it is that unknown of whether or not science is right that engenders fear and sparks debate. It also inspires the imagination since the films of the 1950's were often themed about science that had gone wrong. It is a concept that managed to find it's way into the 80s as well. Courtesy of the 1988 remake of a 50's classic...The Blob.

The town of Arborville has an unexpected visitor this evening. A meteor has landed and aboard it, is the stuff of nightmares. A gelatinous and somewhat sentient blob has emerged from the meteor and has begun to feed on the residents of the town. Only two of the townspeople, Meg and Bryan, know the truth about this creature, that it is a science experiment in biological warfare gone wrong and the military will stop at nothing to protect their weapon even if it means the loss of everyone in Arborville.

The first thing I noticed about The Blob upon my first viewing was the sheer bleakness that blankets the film and the viewer. By setting the movie in the middle of nowhere, there is a sense of isolation that quickly turns to hopelessness as the motion picture progresses.  The characters are truly cut off. The military is on one end, the Blob on the other and all that remains is pure fear.  

That classical approach to horror as a whole already makes for an entertaining ride, but this is a film where credit is also due to some outstanding special effects. The Blob itself manages to go beyond a simple blob of goo that covers people. It is a predator, slinking about and waiting for its unfortunate victims.  And the kills that it pulls off are nothing short of spectacular. You watch the characters go out in horrible fashion, slowly dissolved right before your eyes.  

But perhaps the best twist to this film is indeed the fact that the Blob is a bioweapon.  That little tweak to the story made for a whole new dynamic.  Our quest for knowledge backfired in this motion picture and while the morality of this isn't touched upon too much, the end result leads to an incredible action packed finale that will absolutely take your breath away. This is a gem of a movie that is absolutely worth watching.  Get your hands on it as soon as you can, because this is a smart, scary and intense horror film that deserves to be rediscovered. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Who does not love a good horror movie?  I know that I would not feel alive if I was not able to watch a one or two a week, but does that make a person different?  It is normal for me and several of my friends that enjoy the genre, but at our ages, we are able to control what goes on in our minds and know what is real and what is not.  There is never a problem with getting lost while watching a movie, but needing to be able to come back as the same person when it ends, that is the problem.

Mary is still in high school and although not loving it, she has been able to keep her core friends at her side, always.  Even though she is not one of the most popular kids in the school, she is known by everyone and will even stand up for the outcasts if needed.  She is a good egg, but there is something that her friends do not know about her…she has an over active imagination that leads to bouts of dangerous sleep walking.

Mary’s parents have done everything within their power to get the sleep walking under control, but Mary being a teenager will fight them at every turn.  Trying to get her some additional help, they implore the school counselor Mr. Campbell to talk to her about what is going on, but Mary knows what he is up to and will not be forced to do anything she does not want to do.  Getting invited by her friends to see a new horror movie that is in town, Mary tells her parents, but they do not agree with the decision since it appears scary movies seem to be a factor in her sleep walking. 

Mary goes anyway and wishes that her father would no longer be around, little does she know that the movie she is about to go see has the same idea.  "The Wisher" has caused problems with the youth of the country since its release, but will not be pulled from theaters for any reason.  Mary and her friends watch the film, but Mary has to leave before the end due to being sick.  Being taken home for the evening, she finds out her father’s was in an accident and he is dead.  Not understanding what has happened, Mary makes more wishes and somehow, they keep coming true…in the worst way.

Spliced (also known as The Wisher) is the story of high school student Mary as she is getting fed up with being told what to do.  Going out to see a movie with her friends, "The Wisher", this mysterious film has put a spell on her and Mary is marked with receiving everything she wishes for.  Although they might not be real wishes, just figures of speech, they all start coming true and people are losing their lives around her.  Once her friends start to be targeted, she has to find out who the Wisher really is to save them from what she is saying, not wishing.

Now this is movie that I enjoyed from the opening scene and let me tell you why.  With my love for horror movies, I have always thought that it would be a great idea to have some ones horror wishes come true.  Now, honestly, I would not have thought about having wishes being taken to the extreme as they are taken in this movie, but it is just dark enough to enjoy that much more.  A good movie to watch for a horror fan, just to try and figure out how each wish will be interpreted by The Wisher.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There is nothing more traumatizing to kids than when their parents are having relationship problems.  Thinking that they are the cause of the issues, kids feel like they should be able to do something to make the problems go away.  If their parents end up splitting up, the kids are faced with having to choose who they want to trust more.  Not truly understanding what led to the break up and blaming themselves, kids have to be the hardest skinned in any relationship and no matter what happens to their parents, they have to find someone that they are able to trust.

Stephanie and Clyde have been divorced for over a year and seem to be getting along once again.  For the sake of their two girls, the two have put their petty differences aside to make sure that their children know that they are loved.  Although Clyde has not been the best at providing the girls with nutritious dinners, he still tries to deliver the proper fatherly love that he was not able to when he was married.

Movie to a new house, Clyde is showing his girls Hannah and Emily that they are the most important thing to him and allows them to take control of his decorating.  While driving through his new town, the girls spot a garage sale and urge him to pull over as he is in need of more amenities around the house.  With the loves of his life being in charge, Clyde pulls over and allows the girls to go on a shopping spree.  Emily finds several things that she cannot live without, but puts them all back when she spots a box that has captured her eye the most.

Purchasing the box, Clyde takes the girls home and makes sure that they understand that they are the most important thing to him in his life.  Emily is slightly disappointed in her purchase however, as her father is not able to open the box and everyone is left wondering what treasures it holds. The same night, Emily lies awake in bed and hears a voice calling to her.  Figuring out how to open the box, she discovers little boxes inside that seem to house very strange items.  Finding a ring that she falls in love with, she closes the treasure chest for the night, but has no idea what else was being hidden in its depths. 

The Possession follows the story of a broken family.  With their parents being divorced, Hannah and Emily have come to rely on each other for everything.  Not keeping secrets from their mother, they have formed a great bond and point out their father as the one in the wrong since he was always too busy to take care of his duties.  When Emily finds her new box however, the bond between the girls fades quickly and the youthful attitude that Emily has displayed in the past goes by the way side.  Finding out that she has made a new friend from inside of the box, Clyde starts to understand that there is something much more sinister happening to his daughter and has to seek outside help to get his little girl back from whatever it is that controls her now.

With the title spelling out what happens in the long run of the movie, it seems to be a little bit more than that.  Following the family dynamics between the two sisters and their parents is what keeps you glued to the screen.  With little faith between ex-husband and ex-wife, it is very concerning to watch as they try to blame each other for what is happening to their youngest girl, but it is very true to life, which makes it just that much more scary.  It may not be the Exorcist, but it has plenty of similarities that will keep you guessing how the evil spirt will try to prevail in the modern world.  Stay Scared!

 
 

Written by Scotty

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What do you do when the TV signal goes to static?  Do you keep watching, hoping that it comes back on soon or do you turn it off since white noise is not pleasing to you?  Some people need to have that background noise on all the time, it does not matter what it is as long as it is there.  Admittedly, I am one of those people that need to have the noise in the background, but usually it is some sort of show and when the TV signal goes out, I just suffer in silence.

Lewis and Mya Denton are in a tough time of their marriage as Mya is looking for something more.  Finding it in the arms of another man, she is afraid of what Lewis might do if he ever finds out about her affair.  Returning home after a night cut short with her new man, she manifests a lie to tell her husband who knows that there is something going but is not able to pinpoint it at that time.

When Mya is being confronted by her husband, she notices that the TV set is on but there is not a show playing, just some sort of static coming across. Getting in a fight, Mya puts on her headphones and tries to leave the apartment, only to find that there is something wrong with everyone on the street.  Returning home, she finds that her husband is tied up and has a crazed look in his eye.  Not knowing what to do, she runs out and bumps into one of his friends that seems to understand what is going on in the outside world.

A signal is being transmitted through regular media outlets that is turning people crazy but there seems to be a rationale behind it.  As friends turn on friends, loved ones turn on their significant others, and strangers are just killing to stay safe, Mya finds that she needs to leave town before she is targeted.  Staying safe from the signal that seems to be changing everyone’s perspective, she is content just listening to her music and working her way towards the train station to leave town, but she is being sought after by Lewis and her new lover to make sure she is ok.

The Signal follows a group of friends on New Year’s Eve that have to battle with their own inner demons.  With a signal coming to life and taking over the filters that everyone uses every day, it brings out the worst in people that hear it.  As long time friends turn against one another resulting in someone’s death, there does not seem to be a way to make the infected person right once again.  Trying to find another person that has not been infected with the urge to kill seems to be next to impossible, but a group of friends find a way to co-exist while others are going crazy right outside of their door.  With so much death on the streets outside, there seems to be only one way to escape the new found blood lust and that is to leave town.

A great and disturbing movie to say the least.  With so much going on and a group of friends trying to keep their wits together while everyone is killing everyone else, it shows how people can continue to trust in the worst times.  There are plenty of scenes to make you cringe and wonder why it is happening, but there is also enough levity for you to wonder if this is just all in their heads.  This has been added to my list of watch over again to make sure I did not miss anything and in no way will I feel cheated from it.  Stay Scared.


 
 

Written by Scotty

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As the sun has fallen in New York City, people are starting to see that there are things that go bump in the night.  People are going to have to start working together to survive this new outbreak that has taken to the streets.  There seems to be no way to stop these creatures, with the exception of beating them to death, but if The Master can be killed, everyone may stand a chance.

Eph, Nora, Jim and Abraham have successfully battled off the attack of Thomas Eichorst in the subway, but allowed him to get away.  Abraham knows that there is a larger fight coming with The Master’s right hand man, but has to formulate a new plan of attack for the upcoming night.  With the group starting to understand how vicious this virus makes its hosts, they need to find a way to keep it from spreading, especially to themselves.

Knowing that ultra violet radiation affects these creatures, the group loots one of the local medical shops to load up on supplies, but someone has beat them to it.  Vasiliy Fet has already gathered up everything he needs to survive and hunt the threat down and makes it known to the group that he has already taken care of a few of the infected himself.  Wanting to know more about the vampires that have taken over the sewers and now walking the streets at night, he asks Abraham about the rules.  Finding out that guns are useless against the threat, Fet is happy that he always carries a piece of rebar with him at all times.

Gun shots only hurt the infected if it hits the bone.  The spinal cord must be severed in order to put down one of the infected.  They are also extremely sensitive to silver and to sunlight so silver bullets along with UV lamps would be great items, especially at night.  After attaining this information from the old man, Fet seems very comfortable with the choices he has made in his defenses and is ready to move one.  But Abraham has a different plan in mind for the exterminator, he wants Fet to join the team since he has been able to dispose of a few of these creatures with his basic instinct.

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Fet is not too keen on the idea as he has done just fine on his own and now knowing the rules he can dispose of the infected much more efficiently.   But Fet is not left with a choice as he and the group get trapped inside a convenience store while gathering supplies for the days ahead.  As the night walkers start to surround the store, the group tries to formulate a plan of escape and a few of the other customers in the store do not believe that they can wait it out.  The threat only seems to be directed towards the group themselves, not the others, so they all try to escape on their own and find out that the vampires don’t really care whom comes out of the store, they will feed on them regardless.

Running into Dutch Velders, the woman behind the internet blackout, Nora tries to keep herself composed when the young woman admits to being involved.  Not knowing what the overall plan was for the city, Dutch was just there to collect her check, but now is seeing that she has done something that is killing many innocent people.  Trying to keep a low profile while in the convenience store and waiting for the others to get an escape plan together, she offers her own suggestions and tries to help as best as she can.  But when the vampire numbers become too great outside of the store, even her ideas cannot help the group.

A struggle for power seems to be coming into the group as you have Eph and Abraham having to go head to head about everything that is going on with the infected.  Abraham is getting pushed to the brink since nobody seems to be listening to him and he has proved that he knows what the group is up against.  When Jim Kent gets scratched by one of the vampires stingers, Abraham begs and pleads that he be destroyed, but Eph is still stuck with his training and believes that science and medicine will prevail, but is proven wrong once again.  With little to no options left on the table, the group has to follow what Abraham has planned, or they will not live to fight another day.

A pretty easy episode to catch up on as the group has gotten trapped in a convenience store.  I am enjoying the struggles between the characters right now more than the actual vampires.  I am also happy that Jim Kent has been taken out of the picture.  I don’t know what it is, but he has not grown on me from the very start as he is a member of the CDC and seems to know nothing about diseases.  Whatever, that is a rant for another day.  The Master seems to be trying to home in on the group, especially Abraham and wants to take him out before he can do too much damage his cause.  I cannot wait until the next episode, they never seem to be long enough.  By the way, any creature lover fans out there, a fun cameo from the great Rick Baker in convenience store ends the only way it should end….Stay Scared!