REVIEW: ARROW – SEASON 7

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Main Cast

Stephen Amell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: OOTS)
David Ramsey (Blue Bloods)
Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn)
Echo Kellum (Girlfriend’s Day)
Rick Gonzalez (Reaper)
Juliana Harkavy (Last Shift)
Colton Haynes (Rough Night)
Kirk Acevedo (War For The POTA)
Katie Cassidy (Black Christmas 2006)
Sea Shimooka (Pink Skies Ahead)

Stephen Amell in Arrow (2012)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Michael Jai White (Spawn)
Vinnie Jones (The Cape)
Cody Runnels (WWE)
Ben Lewis (Scott Pilgrim vs The World)
Brendan Fletcher (Smallville)
Eliza Faria (American Conjuring)
John DeSantis (Thirteen Ghosts)
Jack Moore (Republic of Sarah)
Holly Elissa (Hellcats)
Sydelle Noel (GLOW)
Michael Jonsson (The 13th Warrior)
Audrey Marie Anderson (The Unit)
Andrea Sixtos (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Laara Sadiq (2012)
Lexa Doig (Andromeda)
David Nykl (Staragte Atlantis)
Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing)
Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters)
LaMonica Garrett (The Last Ship)
John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek)
Grant Gustin (Glee)
Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies)
Carlos Valdes (The Flash)
Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf)
Melissa Benoist (Whiplash)
Jeremy Davies (Lost)
Ruby Rose (The Meg)
Cassandra Jean Amell (One Tree Hill)
Liam Hall (Lucifer)
John Barrowman (Torchwood)
Tom Cavanagh (Yogi Bear)
Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King)
Amy Gumenick (Supernatural)
Paul Blackthorne (The Inbetween)
Willa Holland (Legion)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (13 Reasons Why)
Caity Lotz (The Pact)
Joe Dinicol (Diary of The Dead)
Joseph David-Jones (Allegiant)
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
Patrick Sabongui (Power Rangers)
Adrian Paul (Highlander: The Series)
Christopher Gerard (Funhouse)
Danny Wattley (Stargate SG.1)
Andrew Kavadas (The 13th Warrior)
Nels Lennarson (Horns)
Katrina Law (Spartacus)
Jamey Sheridan (Homeland)
Kacey Rohl (Hannibal)
Carmel Amit (Ghost Wars)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)

Lexa Doig and Stephen Amell in Arrow (2012)There was plenty of uncertainty surrounding Arrow coming into the show’s seventh season. Season 6 was only narrowly saved from becoming the show’s worst thanks to a strong final stretch of episodes. With the series changing showrunners and introducing easily the most radical status quo upheaval yet, there was little telling where Season 7 might fall or whether the show could make good on its newfound potential. And while Season 7 met with more than a few bumps in the road, these changes helped reinvigorate a series that had seemed on its last legs not so long ago.Stephen Amell in Arrow (2012)Season 6 ended on a major bummer for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his team. Not only did they fail to bring Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) to justice, but Ollie was forced to trade his freedom so that his family and friends could walk free. Season 7 opened by finally bringing life to that unused Super Max movie pitch. The former Green Arrow became Inmate 4587 – a disgraced hero locked behind bars with many of the same criminals he helped put away. And life was hardly safer on the outside, as Diaz and the Longbow Hunters targeted Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the rest of Team Arrow.Sea Shimooka in Arrow (2012)That wasn’t the only big twist introduced in the Season 7 premiere. The series also kicked off a new recurring storyline set several decades into the future. Here, an older William Clayton (Ben Lewis) recruited an exiled Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and other new heroes to help save a dystopian, battle-ravaged version of Star City. After devoting five seasons to exploring Ollie’s origin story in painstaking detail (and then taking a skip year), Arrow was finally ready to try something new.Kirk Acevedo and Liam Hall in Arrow (2012)These big changes served to re-energize the series quite a bit early on. The prison storyline especially helped to push the series in a very different, very engrossing direction. Ollie’s story became fueled by an immediate need to survive in one of the most dangerous places on the planet. And fortunately, unlike Barry Allen’s brief prison stint in The Flash Season 4, this was a development that was given plenty of room to breathe and play out organically. Having classic Arrow villains like Ben Turner (Michael Jai White), Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes) and Danny Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) show up only made this storyline all the more enjoyable. Turner’s redemptive character arc turned out to be one of Season 7’s more satisfying elements.Colton Haynes and Juliana Harkavy in Arrow (2012)This isn’t to say Arrow was problem-free during this extended status quo. The series still struggled to find its footing outside of Ollie’s prison ordeal. While Team Arrow’s renewed war against Diaz proved enjoyable enough, especially with the added spice created by new villains like The Silencer (Miranda Edwards), it quickly became clear that Arrow was still suffering from the same problem that’s plagued the series for several years. There are too many characters. With so much time being taken up by the prison conflict and the flash-forwards, there was never enough room to juggle subplots like Felicity’s Diaz-induced PTSD and paranoia, Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy-Rodgers) tenure as DA, Dinah’s (Juliana Harkavy) conflicted loyalties and everything else involving the Team Arrow regulars. The series really has needed to trim its main cast for a while. And to be fair, Arrow did begin making some necessary changes on that front, but much later than it needed.Ben Lewis and Katherine McNamara in Arrow (2012)As for the flash-forwards, what initially seemed like a promising shake-up in the season premiere quickly lost its novelty factor in subsequent episodes. Here again, the series was juggling too many characters and struggling to give them the attention they deserved. Nor did the “Future Team Arrow vs. Totalitarian Corporation” storyline carry much weight. When the flash-forwards did succeed, it was usually because the events of the future managed to reflect back on the present in small, foreboding ways. Seeing an Ollie-less Team Arrow in disarray decades down the road did at least add to the general sense of unease surrounding the series, particularly later on in the wake of the “Elseworlds” crossover and the news that Season 8 will be the show’s last.
Rick Gonzalez, Stephen Amell, and Sea Shimooka in Arrow (2012)The latter half of Season 7 wound up hitting many of the same notes as the former. The writers cooked up an interesting new angle by exploring whether it’s possible for Team Arrow to coexist with the SCPD and whether Oliver Queen can be a hero who exists entirely out in the open. Yet the show didn’t always take advantage of this new status quo. More often than not, the end result played like a return to the show’s Season 5 era – more an excuse to go back to the way things were than actually seek lasting change. Once again, Arrow tried to juggle too many moving parts while also doing justice to new villains like the suave, deadly Dante (Adrian Paul). And through it all, the flash-forwards proved more distracting than truly beneficial.Katie Cassidy, Caity Lotz, Juliana Harkavy, and Emily Bett Rickards in Arrow (2012)Still, there was enough that worked during this period that the good outweighed the bad. Amell had many standout moments as he grappled with the discovery of even more dirty laundry in his family’s past. That was especially true in the final two episodes of the season, where Amell performed a great deal of the emotional heavy lifting. Diggle (David Ramsey) was central to the very enjoyable “Spartan,” which shed light on his own family background and teased that a persistent fan theory may finally come to fruition. And though the show never used him to his fullest potential, Paul’s Dante was a fun addition to the Team Arrow rogues gallery.David Ramsey and Stephen Amell in Arrow (2012)It’s probably fitting that Season 7 culminated on such a mixed note. “You Have Saved This City” wrapped up the Ninth Circle storyline (for now) without much excitement. However, the finale was far more interested in exploring the legacy of the Green Arrow and giving several key characters the closure they needed. That episode could easily have served as a proper series finale. It’s hard to know how to feel about the prospect of a truncated eighth season in light of that fact, but hopefully this shorter format will wind up being exactly what Arrow needs to become its best self.

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: BRAVEN

Starring

Jason Momoa (Aquaman)
Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a Slave)
Zahn McClarnon (Doctor Sleep)
Stephen Lang (Don’t Breathe)
Jill Wagner (Blade: The Series)
Brendan Fletcher (Arrow)

Jason Momoa in Braven (2018)Logging company owner and family man Joe Braven (Jason Momoa), lives with his wife Stephanie (Jill Wagner) and their daughter Charlotte (Sasha Rossof). Braven’s father Linden (Stephen Lang), who suffers from brain trauma due to a head injury, gets into a bar room brawl after mistaking a woman for his wife, requiring Joe to come to his aid and resulting in hospitalization for Linden. On Stephanie’s suggestion, Joe and Linden decide to spend some time together at the family’s secluded mountain cabin unaware that Charlotte was hiding in the back of the vehicle so she could tag along.While transporting logs by truck, Joe’s co-worker, a driver named Weston (Brendan Fletcher) is asked by Hallett (Zahn McClarnon), a drug trafficker, to recruit other drivers into Hallett’s criminal activities, but Weston refuses. During the exchange, Weston loses control of his truck, causing a crash that displaces all the logs and cocaine from the vehicle. After they resolve to go to Joe’s mountain cabin to store the cocaine there, Weston and Hallett are picked up by a police patrol car. Hallett relays the news of the crash to his employer, drug lord Kassen (Garret Dillahunt).After Joe, Linden and Charlotte arrive at the cabin, Joe discovers the cocaine hidden in the shed so he hides Charlotte in a storage closet before being surrounded by Kassen’s mercenaries and when Weston tries to act as a go-between, Kassen kills him. Unable to call for help because of lack of cellular signals at the cabin, Joe, armed with a bow and arrow, and Linden with a gun, kill some of the mercenaries during the ensuing standoff.Jason Momoa and Sasha Rossof in Braven (2018)Needing higher ground in order to access a cellular network, Joe drives out of the house on a quad bike with the original cocaine bag and Charlotte, hidden under a blanket. Joe drops off Charlotte and instructs her climb to the mountain, where she calls her mother, who calls the sheriff. Circling back, Joe dispatches more of Kassen’s men. Kassen finds the bag, but it is empty. Discovering where Joe sent Charlotte, Kassen sends one of the mercenaries, Ridley, to find her, though when Hallett enters the cabin, he is stabbed twice by Linden, who then retreats, and is later wounded by another mercenary, Essington.Jason Momoa in Braven (2018)Just before Ridley catches up to Charlotte, a bow-wielding Stephanie arrives and shoots Ridley with an arrow. A hand-to-hand fight ensues, during which she stabs Ridley before fleeing. Meanwhile, Joe returns to the cabin, where he dispatches Clay and kills Essington. Charlotte is picked up by the sheriff as Ridley continues to pursue Stephanie. Kassen takes Linden hostage and after Joe pleads for his life, Kassen fatally stabs him. Kassen is then shot by the sheriff and escapes the cabin, later retrieving the lost cocaine. Joe chases after him and after a knife fight in which Kassen bests Joe, Joe pushes Kassen off a cliff, killing him, before reuniting with Stephanie and Charlotte.Jason Momoa in Braven (2018)It wasn’t bad at all. This is classified as a action film so I was expecting nothing but action. It was pretty entertaining, and surprisingly touching at times. Good acting and performances, good action as well.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING

CAST

Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Emily Perkins (IT)
Nathaniel Arcand (Elektra)
JR Bourne (Stargate SG.1)
Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint)
Brendan Fletcher (New Movie)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series
Tom McCamus (Mutant X)

Each spring, a party from a fort travels to Hudson Bay to trade pelts for winter provisions, but, in 1815, nobody returns. Brigitte and Ginger are lost with their horse in the Canadian wilderness when they come across a seemingly abandoned camp. An elderly Indian woman, who warns them that they must kill a boy to prevent one sister from killing the other, gives them each a pendant. As their startled horse runs off, Brigitte’s foot is caught in a trap. Ginger seeks help, but the hunter frees Brigitte before she returns. He leads them to Fort Bailey, where they take refuge. Ginger says they are the daughters of a drowned trader and are seeking passage east.Werewolves have besieged the fort for some time. Murphy, the fort’s physician, inspects Brigitte’s wound and applies a leech, surreptitiously testing for werewolf infection. They are given a room that belonged to Wallace’s son Geoffrey. Awakened by a voice, Ginger investigates the corridors, where she eventually finds the source: a deformed boy kept in a small, bolted unlit room; he bites her shoulder as he flees. When Ginger and Brigitte attempt to leave, James confronts them. While Ginger and James are fighting, werewolves attack, killing one of the residents. Reverend Gilbert leads the sisters to an allegedly safe building, which actually contains a werewolf. The sisters run up the stairs, chased by the werewolf, but the hunter appears and kills it. As Ginger and Brigitte are going to their room Ginger’s nose starts to bleed; a sign that she is infected.The sisters discover the boy who bit Ginger is Wallace’s son, Geoffrey. As Ginger sleeps, he sneaks into the bedroom and wakes her. She tries to grab him, but he gets away, taking a lock of her hair; Geoffrey kills a man who investigates the noise and frames Ginger for his murder. James holds Brigitte captive as the others drag Ginger away. Wallace arrives, dismisses James, and makes a deal with Brigitte: her sister’s life in exchange for their silence regarding his son. Wallace and Brigitte find Ginger at the doctor’s, strapped to the examination table and held at gunpoint, about to be tested with a leech. When Wallace demands they release Ginger, Murphy ignores the order. Wallace shoots him dead, which prompts the other men to leave.Image result for ginger snaps back the beginningDetermined to kill Geoffrey, Ginger finds Geoffrey as he cries at his mother’s grave. He escapes and is captured instead by the men. Wallace arrives and kills his son himself. The sisters’ protection at an end, Ginger is forced to leave, and Brigitte goes with her. Desperate for a cure, the sisters go to the hunter’s cave, Ginger killing their guide shortly before they arrive. At the cave, the hunter and Indian seer woman reveal the sisters’ coming had long been prophesied and that the Red and the Black would decide the destiny of the werewolf bloodline. After Brigitte enters a trance-like state, she has a vision of her destiny: the hunter attempts to kill Ginger, and she kills her sister herself. As Brigitte emerges from the trance she finds the seer is dead, killed by Ginger, who has fled. The hunter leads Brigitte back to the fort. Back at the fort, Brigitte is taken prisoner. Gilbert tells her to beg forgiveness, but she spits in his face. Gilbert drags her out onto the parade square and prepares to burn her alive. Wallace interrupts him, runs Gilbert through with his sword, and sets him on fire. James engages Ginger in a fight, and she slashes his throat. As he falls to the ground, Ginger opens the gates and ushers in the werewolves. While the hunter holds his own against them, Wallace is soon bitten and sets the fort on fire before killing himself. The hunter urges Brigitte to kill her sister; instead, Brigitte kills the hunter and flees with her sister.4d1b9688cca4f22b1df4a13a3f2be0beThe film ends with only Ginger and Brigitte left alive huddled in the snow. When Brigitte says that she is cold, Ginger says that she is not. Brigitte then holds out her hand and presses a cut on it against a cut on Gingers hand mingling their blood and infecting Brigitte.MV5BYjFkNDY2NjEtNmM4Ni00MWQyLWFlMDktMjNjYmM3NjE4Nzc5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTc5MDI5NjE@._V1_Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a good film in its own right. The plot and characters are involving, the script is well written, the effects are not horrifc, the actors are great and the twist at the end makes the film. The other side to this film is that it lacks an extra dimension unless viewers watch Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed. GSU is the better film of them all, but in order to love the films. a Great film, has now become a cult trilogy.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: GINGER SNAPS UNLEASHED

CAST

Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Emily Perkins (IT)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Eric Johnson (Flash Gordon)
Janet Kidder (Arrow)
Brendan Fletcher (New Movie)
Pascale Hutton (Sanctuary)
Michelle Beaudoin (Sabrina: TTW)
Patricia Idlette (Battlestar Galactica)

MV5BYjFkNDY2NjEtNmM4Ni00MWQyLWFlMDktMjNjYmM3NjE4Nzc5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTc5MDI5NjE@._V1_After the events of the first film, Brigitte Fitzgerald uses monkshood extract to fight the effects of the lycanthropy that transformed her sister into a werewolf. Brigitte shaves her body, cuts her arm with a scalpel, and logs the data about her healing ability. Ginger, her dead sister, appears as an apparition and warns her that monkshood is only a treatment, not a cure. After Brigitte injects a second dose of monkshood, she senses the presence of a male werewolf that has been stalking her. She quickly packs and open the door, only to find Jeremy, a flirtatious librarian who has brought to her several books she attempted to check out earlier. The second injection causes toxic shock, and Jeremy attempts to bring her to the hospital; however, the male werewolf mauls him to death. Brigitte stumbles down the street and collapses in the snow.Image result for ginger snaps unleashedBrigitte wakes in a rehab clinic, from which she unsuccessfully attempts to escape. She pleads to be released, but the clinic’s director Alice refuses. However, Brigitte palms a piece of glass to measure her healing rate. Tyler, a worker at the clinic, offers to trade monkshood for sexual favors, which she declines. As her healing rate accelerates, so does her rate of transformation. Ginger continues to appear, taunting Brigitte as she experiences growing cravings for sex and murder, as did Ginger previously. During a group therapy session, Brigitte fantasizes about being instructed to lie on the floor and masturbate; a vision of Ginger jolts her back to reality, and her palm is revealed to be covered in hair. Later, depressed, she holds the shard of glass to her throat in front of a mirror, but she does not kill herself.Image result for ginger snaps unleashedWhile at the clinic, a girl named Ghost – the granddaughter of Barbara, a severe burn victim at the hospital – shadows Brigitte and realizes her secret. Ghost slips Brigitte a werewolf comic book and begins to question her about lycanthropy. When Ghost notices that Brigitte’s ears have become pointed, Brigitte cuts off the tips. Ghost attempts to slip Brigitte more monkshood, but Tyler prevents it. In despair at her rate of transformation, Brigitte allows Tyler to inject her. After the male werewolf tracks Brigitte to the clinic, she and Ghost plan their escape. They crawl through air vents to reach the basement, where they encounter Beth-Ann, an addict who traded sex for drugs. The male werewolf kills and drags away Beth-Ann, and Brigitte is wounded after she burns the beast in a crematorium; however, her wounds heal almost instantly.MV5BZjJlNWY0NTYtNTJmMi00M2VhLWE5MzYtZWU4MGYxZWQ2ZjFiXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDgyODgxNjE@._V1_Ghost drives them to Barbara’s house and explains that Barbara fell asleep with her bedtime cigarette. After they sleep and Brigitte eats a hunted deer, they arrange a meeting at a gas station with Tyler to procure more monkshood. When Brigitte wanders in the gas station, she discovers the attendant has been slain. Tyler arrives and when they return Barbara’s house, Brigitte’s body rejects the monkshood. Worried, Tyler calls Alice. Ghost tricks Brigitte into thinking that Tyler abused her, and Brigitte locks Tyler outside, where the werewolf kills him. Alice arrives, and Ghost attacks her with Barbara’s hunting rifle. When Brigitte realizes that Barbara is not a smoker, she aggressively pins Ghost against the wall and argues with her; she realizes that Tyler did not abuse Ghost, and Ghost herself burnt Barbara. Alice attempts to take Ghost with her, but retreats to the attic once the werewolf breaks in through a window. Brigitte, whose transformation is almost complete, lures the werewolf into a room. Brigitte stabs him while Ghost distracts the werewolf. The werewolf bites Brigitte, and, as they struggle, they both fall into the basement, where the werewolf is impaled on a trapped mattress. Ghost hits Alice with a hammer, and a weakened Brigitte begs Ghost to kill her before the transformation completes. Instead, Ghost locks her in the basement and illustrates a comic book that depicts herself as a powerful warrior with a werewolf pet. Ghost narrates that Brigitte is getting stronger and is waiting to be unleashed on her enemies. As the film ends, Ghost prepares to welcome Barbara home.bloodytea03This is a tremendous horror sequel which has little in common with the first film; in fact it’s a whole different beast. For most of it’s running time ‘unleashed’ is barely recognisable as a werewolf movie in the traditional sense; instead we get something altogether darker and more intimate. A deliciously twisted fairy tale.

REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE 3: THE BLOOD REICH

CAST

Natassia Malthe (Elektra)
Brendan Fletcher (News Movie)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Willam Belli (American Pie 3)
Annett Culp (Verbotene Liebe)
Clint Howard (Austin Powers 2)

Rayne fights against the Nazis in Europe during World War II with the French resistance, encountering Ekart Brand, a Nazi leader whose goal is to inject Adolf Hitler with Rayne’s blood in an attempt to transform him into an all powerful dhampir and attain immortality.2006_bloodrayne_013The film opens with train cars full of humans being sent to concentration camps when they’re intercepted by a French resistance group. Soon, Rayne (Natassia Malthe) arrives and kills most of the Nazi troops and corners their commandant in a train car. As the two talk, a Nazi shoots Rayne, splashing her blood on the commandant’s face. Rayne kills the soldier before impaling the commandant on a pole and leaving him to die. Rayne soon converses with the leader of the resistance, Nathaniel, who is aware that Rayne is a dhampir. After finding the train cars full of prisoners, the resistance and Rayne decide to work together to fight the Nazis. After they leave however, the commandant is revealed to have survived his presumed death as a result of some of Rayne’s blood getting in his mouth, implying that he is a dhampir. Back at the headquarters of the Third Reich, a scientist named Mangler (Clint Howard) is torturing vampires as a way of studying them so he can make Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich immortal. A Third Reich lieutenant informs the doctor that the commandant was attacked by a ‘vampire’ in the daytime, intriguing his interest.bloodrayne00Elsewhere, Rayne heads to a brothel to get a massage when she overhears a soldier beating on one of the women. Rayne easily beats the man down, forcing the owner of the brothel to close early, despite being warned that the Nazis would suspect something. She ignores the warning and warns Rayne that she’d not be a problem for her business. As Rayne prepares to leave, a voluptuous woman stops Rayne and thanks her for saving the woman from before. Initially refusing at first, the woman seduces Rayne and has sex with her.bloodrayne-2-deliverance-blu-rayEven with such a short running time, The Third Reich, manages to drag along, half-heartedly attempting to provide a narrative for a bland heroine played by an actress who looks the part but once she opens her mouth, makes one long for the days of Lokken.

 

REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE 2: DELIVERANCE

CAST

Natassia Malthe (Elektra)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Chris Coppola (Beowulf)
Chris Spencer (Being Mary Jane)
Brendan Fletcher (News Movie)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Smallville)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3)
Tyron Leitso (Wonderfalls)
Jodelle Ferland (Kingdom Hospital)
Mike Dopud (Stargate Universe)

bloodrayne-2-deliverance-blu-rayNewton Piles (Chris Coppola), a reporter on assignment for the Chicago Chronicle, has come to the town of Deliverance, Montana, to record tales of the Wild West. The peaceful and quiet town is expecting the arrival of the first Transcontinental Railroad in one week. Along with the railroad however, arrives an unwelcome and deadly guest, a vampiric Billy the Kid. Using the railway, the 357-year-old Transylvanian vampire is building an army of cowboy vampires to take over the country and create a vampire kingdom in the New World. Billy and his horde go on a rampage, slaughtering townspeople and rounding up children. Billy spares Newton’s life and promises Newton the greatest story ever told.MCDBLOO EC029Billy’s plans hit a snag when Rayne arrives in the town. Rayne is a Dhampir, the product of an unnatural union between a vampire and a human: she wields all the powers of a vampire, yet none of the weaknesses. Born over a century earlier in Romania, Rayne has hunted vampires for a long time and now she sets her sights on Billy.MCDBLOO EC032Naturally, Bloodrayne 2 also contains all the ulcer inducing Uwe Boll-isms we’ve come to know and loathe and even some new ones! There’s slow-motion death scenes, the dumb as nails dialogue, scenes dragging on needlessly due to a lack of editing, and vampires dying and sounding like squealing pigs.

REVIEW: THE REVENANT (2015)

Starring

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby)
Tom Hardy (Venom)
Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Will Poulter (Son of Rambow)
Forrest Goodluck (Indian Horse)
Paul Anderson (Hostiles)
Kristoffer Joner (Mission: Impossible – Fallout)
Lukas Haas (Lincoln)
Brendan Fletcher (Arrow)
Christopher Rosamond (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Adrian Glynn McMorran (Warcraft)

In late 1823, Hugh Glass guides Andrew Henry’s trappers through unorganized territory. While he and his half-Pawnee son, Hawk, are hunting, the company’s camp is attacked by an Arikara war party seeking to recover their Chief’s abducted daughter. Guided by Glass, the survivors travel on foot to Fort Kiowa, as he believes traveling downriver will make them vulnerable. After docking, the crew stashes the pelts near the shore.Will Poulter in The Revenant (2015)While scouting game, Glass is attacked by a grizzly bear and left near death. Trapper John Fitzgerald, fearful of another Arikara attack, argues that the group must mercy-kill Glass and keep moving. Henry agrees, but is unable to pull the trigger; instead, he offers money for someone to stay with Glass and bury him after his death. When the only volunteers are Hawk and the young Jim Bridger, Fitzgerald agrees to stay for money, to recoup his losses from the abandoned pelts.Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in The Revenant (2015)After the others leave, Fitzgerald attempts to smother Glass but is discovered by Hawk. Fitzgerald, concerned that Hawk’s loud reaction to him attempting to kill Glass could alert the Arikara, stabs Hawk to death as Glass watches helplessly. The next morning, Fitzgerald convinces Bridger, who didn’t know that Fitzgerald had killed Hawk, that the Arikara are approaching and they must abandon Glass. Bridger protests at first, but then follows Fitzgerald after the latter leaves Glass half-buried alive in a make-shift grave. After they depart, Fitzgerald admits he lied about the Arikara approaching. When Fitzgerald and Bridger later meet Henry at the fort, Fitzgerald tells him that Glass died and Hawk vanished. Bridger is complicit in the lie about Glass’s death, even while he knew nothing of Hawk’s.Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015)Glass begins an arduous journey through the wilderness. He performs crude self-surgery and eludes the pursuing Arikara who are looking for the Chief Elk Dog’s kidnapped daughter, Powaqa. Glass encounters Pawnee refugee Hikuc, who says that “revenge is in the Creator’s hands.” The men share bison meat and travel together. After a hallucinogenic experience, Glass discovers Hikuc hanged by French hunters. He infiltrates their camp and sees the leader raping Powaqa. He frees her, kills two hunters, and recovers Hikuc’s horse, leaving his own canteen behind. The next morning, Glass is ambushed by the Arikara and driven over a cliff on his horse. He survives the stormy night by eviscerating the horse and sheltering inside its carcass.Tom Hardy in The Revenant (2015)A French survivor staggers into Fort Kiowa and Bridger recognizes his canteen as Glass’s. Believing it stolen, Henry organizes a search party. Fitzgerald, realizing Glass is alive, empties the outpost’s safe and flees. The search party finds the exhausted Glass. Furious, Henry orders Bridger arrested, but Glass vouches that Bridger wasn’t present when Fitzgerald murdered Hawk, and was later deceived by the higher-ranking Fitzgerald. Glass and Henry set out in pursuit of Fitzgerald.Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015)After the two split up, Fitzgerald ambushes, kills and scalps Henry. Glass uses Henry’s corpse on his horse as a decoy and shoots Fitzgerald in the arm. He pursues Fitzgerald to a riverbank where they engage in a brutal fight. Glass is about to kill Fitzgerald, but spots a band of Arikara downstream. He remembers Hikuc’s words and pushes Fitzgerald downstream into the hands of the Arikara. Elk Dog kills and scalps Fitzgerald and the Arikara (having found Powaqa) spare Glass. Heavily wounded, Glass retreats into the mountains where he is visited by the spirit of his wife.Leonardo DiCaprio and Forrest Goodluck in The Revenant (2015)All in all, this film feels less like a story of revenge and more like an ode to the visceral beauty of nature and the relentless, savage force that is life; it provides an immensely absorbing – and touching – experience to those who have an affinity for the wilderness, but it’s also a visual masterpiece and a great piece of old-school filmmaking for lovers of Cinema. It’s not perfect (especially during the last third of the film where I felt the pacing was a bit off), but it’s a film the likes of which we will only rarely get to see – if at all – in the future. ‘The Revenant’ is visual poetry of the most primal kind, and it should be seen on the biggest screen possible.

REVIEW: LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS

CAST

Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl (Muppets Most wanted)
Stephanie Bennett (Big Eyes)
Andrew Dunbar (Cedar Cove)
Melissa Roxburgh (Star Trek Beyond)
Brendan Fletcher (Bloodrayne 3)
Garry Chalk (Arrow)
Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary)

untitledA young couple, Catherine and Francois, are attempting to escape from a figure who eventually catches and drags Francois to his death. It also grabs hold of Catherine just before she arrives at a monolith in a grassland. Four American college friends, Sophie, Ben, Jeni, and David are vacationing at an Irish countryside at Sophie’s behest. The driver, Ian, lets them go at the monolith seen in the beginning. Sophie, who is a history bachelor, takes note of the monolith’s symbol before heading to a local bar with the others, where they meet with a friendly old man, Hamish, who tells them about the history of the village: it was formerly a mining center for gold obtained in a nearby cavern, but when the gold ran out, the population dwindled. The four agree to be taken to a cottage where they can begin hitchhiking to the cavern, though they are wary of Hamish and his grumpy son, Sean. untitledThat night, Jeni investigates a ruckus outside and glimpses a figure sprinting past the window. She wakes the others, who discover that Hamish and Sean had locked them up. A figure suddenly enters the cottage through the fireplace and forcibly takes Jeni’s gold earring. After a brief struggle which sees David’s leg being bitten by the monster, the four escape the cottage and race to the village hall, where they hide in the cellar. From a mythology book, Sophie learns that the monster is a Tuatha Dé Danann, also known as the leprechaun, who owns the gold that the villagers sought after. In return for the gold, the villagers have to sacrifice at least two humans each year as “compensation”. The leprechaun lusts after gold, but it can be repelled by a certain symbol, the same one carved into the monolith, which serves as a barrier beyond which the being cannot get out.

The four are confronted by Hamish, who confirms that the villagers sacrifice tourists each year to avoid having to sacrifice themselves, and Sean, who has grown weary of the unjustified sacrifices and eventually lets them go. The four take the offer to escape by an old woman, Mary, who is revealed to be Hamish’ accomplice. The four are then tied to trees as offerings for the leprechaun. The monster arrives and bites Jeni’s tongue, but David manages to break free and releases the other three, though at the cost of his life. The remaining trio head back to the cottage to set a trap to kill the monster, but the leprechaun tricks Sophie and Ben to strike Jeni with their axes, killing her.  Sophie and Ben fetch Hamish’s truck but is cornered by the leprechaun inside the village hall with the keys. The leprechaun eventually gets hold of Ben and kills him by ripping his spine out. Though cornered by Hamish, Sophie is given a free pass by Sean, who pushes Hamish into the cellar where the leprechaun kills him. Meanwhile, Sophie boards Hamish’ truck but crashes midway while trying to avoid the leprechaun. She resumes her escape on foot and when the leprechaun finds her she distracts it with gold coins, then decapitates it using Francois’ knife, which he had left in the prologue. Sophie finally manages to cross the monolith to safety just as a second leprechaun is revealed, before continuing her escape.Image result for leprechaun originsThis really isn’t such a bad movie after all the negativity its pretty much what I expected! This is nothing like the original Leprechaun movies, there’s no comedy,  no green outfits, this is a straight up serious horror slasher about the true origins of the creature. Why they tried to sell the movie with Dylan Postl I don’t know as you would never really ever guess its him! The blood and gore effects are not bad either, the cast is not that bad either just your usual young bait for the kills, this is a small budget film but its still great fun I think, I liked the serious approach and the fact the leprechaun never spoke and is more now a monster! This is one of the more exciting re-boots in a while!

REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – SEASON 8

Starring

Tom Welling (Lucifer)
Allison Mack (Wilfred)
Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
Erica Durance (Supergirl)
Aaron Ashmore (Veronica Mars)
Cassidy Freeman (The Vampire Diaries)
Sam Witwer (Supergirl)

Alaina Huffman, Justin Hartley, and Alan Ritchson in Smallville (2001)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Phil Morris (Doom Patrol)
Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe)
Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Ari Cohen (IT)
Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries)
Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Flash)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)
Charlotte Sullivan (Mary Kills People)
Bill Mondy (Blade: The Series)
David Lewis (Childs Play)
Kyle Schmid (Six)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Terence Stamp (Superman II)
James Marsters (Runaways)
Ryan Kennedy (Caprica)
Alexz Johnson (Final Destination 3)
Calum Worthy (Ameircan Vandel)
Robert Lawrenson (Sanctuary)
David Paetkau (Flashpoint)
Ty Olsson (Battlestar Galactica)
Alessandro Juliani (Man of Steel)
Ted Whittall (Suicide Squad)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG.1)
Stephen Lobo (Continuum)
Laura Mennell (Van Helsing)
Serinda Swan (Inhumans)
Dominic Zamprogna (Odyssey 5)
Nels Lennarson (Horns)
Brendan Fletcher (Arrow)
Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars)
Monique Ganderton (American Ultra)

Tom Welling and Cassidy Freeman in Smallville (2001)Technically this season shouldn’t have worked; the show’s main villain and arguably most popular character, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) has now departed; secondly they were introducing a villain which was virtually impossible to bring to the big screen never mind a television series in Doomsday. However whilst a massive void had been created by Rosenbaum’s departure, it was filled suprisingly very well by the main cast of heroes who finally come into their own this season with performances and stories which intelligently test those who have big destinies to embrace in the Superman era to come. Tom Welling finally begins to take his final steps to becoming Superman and is starting to demonstrate how capapble as lead he is while bringing a new found presence to Clark Kent. There is also an increased number of on-screen scenes between Welling and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane and the result is a relationship which is as funny as it is touching and believable.Justin Hartley and Cassidy Freeman in Smallville (2001)Likewise other support characters like Chloe and Jimmy are tested by the new villain in town, Sam Witwer’s Davis Bloome who is a great unique character to the series who undergoes a menacing and horrific transformation as the season unfolds. There is also a welcome return from Justin Hartley’s Oliver Queen who now becomes a series regular after a successful stint in the sixth season and a brief cameo in the seventh. Queen’s character is also successful to the season’s story as his questionable methods bring him into conflict with Clark who is now trying to figure out what sort of hero he wants to become. The Doomsday story is a well written one in itself and Doomsday is interpreted in a way which is both unique in style yet never undermines the characters standing in the mythology. Sam Witwer is more than capable playing the villain, he lacks perhaps the charisma and flair of Rosenbaum, but the horror given off by his transformations is more than projected out of the screen. The same cannot be said for Cassidy Freeman whose Tess Mercer is terribly aimless and lacking in focus, in terms of a series villain, Rosenbaums absence is felt though not quite fatal.Charlotte Sullivan and Tom Welling in Smallville (2001)The season is very well executed in tone, humour and story. There are many episodes which take the series much further and there are some more characters from the D.C Universe in episodes such as ‘Instinct’, ‘Legion’ and ‘Hex’. ‘Bride’, ‘Eternal’ and ‘Beast’ are also exceptional drama episodes featuring Doomsday which keeps building up the season to a final climatic battle.Tom Welling and Erica Durance in Smallville (2001)It is unfortunate therefore that what prevents the season from achieving pure greatness is a series of misjudged stories which threaten to undermine every bit of progress Smallville made this season. The brief reintroduction of an old character in ‘Power’ and ‘Requiem’ was a terrible mistake and unpopular with viewers, as was the apparent demise of another important character. Also while the season does a sensational job in building up the tension towards the final episode, the final episode of the season itself is very weak and sadly anti-climactic. This is a shame since many may feel cheated by a poor resolution but on the plus side, the drama remains top notch throughout and the themes explored this season are never forgotten and never betrayed, even in the finale. Smallville has enjoyed a fantastic return to form overall this season and many fans will be left feeling hopefull of the action and drama to come in the ninth season. Well worth buying though this eighth season.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 1

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Kathryn Long (Wind at My Back)
Colin Fox (Daylight)
Brenda Bazinet (Catwalk)
Cody Jones (The Santa Clause)
George Kinamis (Tommy Boy)
Amos Crawley (Billy Madison)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Stargate SG.1)
Eugene Lipinski (Superman II)
Kaj-Erik Eriksen (The 4400)
Michèle Duquet (3 Men and a Baby)
Boyd Banks (Jason X)
Barclay Hope (Final Destination 5)
Géza Kovács (Scanners)
Erica Luttrell (Reign of The Supermen)
Daniel DeSanto (Mean Girls)
Annick Obonsawin (Charlie Bartlett)
Maggie Castle (The time Traveler’s Wife)
Caterina Scorsone (Alice)
Gina Clayton (Odyssey 5)
Shadia Simmons (Life With Derek)
Suzanne Cyr (Extracurricular)
Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps)
Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
Scott Speedman (Underworld)
Corey Sevier (Immortals)
Brendan Fletcher (Arrow)
Maria Ricossa (The In-Laws)
Don Francks (My Bloody Valentine)

mmpr-4R.L. Stine, The Stephen King of horror stories for kids once had a TV show based on his classic “Goosebumps” books back in the 90s. If you were a kid who grew up in that era, then you might remember this show. The show is like the classic “Nickelodeon” show “Are you Afraid of the Dark?” having scary episodes with a good story but uses unknown child actors, cheap special effects, and usually having scary endings as opposed to happy endings. Season Episodes are as follows….HauntedMask-630x420

THE HAUNTED MASK

The Pilot Episode is about a girl named Carly Beth who gets scared very easily, and has been picked on by two boys at school named Steve and Chuck for most of her life, and is now seeking for revenge. She goes to a party store owned by a creepy man, and finds the world’s scariest mask. She uses the Mask to scare people and get revenge on Steve and Chuck, but little does she know that the mask will now become a part of her for all eternity.Goosebumps_HauntedMask1_Review_6The kids act like regular people instead of being over the top which gives the episode a little realism to it, but there were two performances that stole the show. The girl who played Carly Beth really had me moved by all the terrible things that happen to her throughout the entire episode. She makes you feel so bad for her character is going through that you just want to hug her. When she finds that the mask is stuck to her skin, I totally got the impression that really is. Even her last scene of the episode brings a smile to my face. My only criticism for her performance is the creepy voice she uses when she’s wearing the Mask, it gets annoying after a while but I can see that the actress is trying hard to make it sound creature-like. The second performance I enjoyed is the actor who plays the shop owner. He gives me the creeps when I see him in the beginning of the episode. The actor kind of reminds me of Bela Lugosi in a way. He just does an overall solid job of creepy, mysterious and being sensitive. What I really think is his best scene is when he tells Carly Beth about the secrets of the masks he’s created.Goosebumps_HauntedMask1Part2_Recap_2As far the episode goes it’s a good start for the series. The make up design for the mask is scary and realistic; the cinematography is thrilling especially in the scenes when we see through the eyes of the mask; and the story is good and has a great moral. With that said there were parts of the episode that didn’t make any sense like the Statue head of Carly Beth for example. Why is that creepy statue head alive when her mother made it in art class, it makes no sense at all and is never explained why, we the audience just have to accept the fact that it’s alive with no explanation what so ever. The special effects also are kind of cheesy like the when the masks are floating and when the creepy statue head is alive, but I’d be lying if I said “They weren’t scary”. This episode does a great job of being scary and emotional and is a great start to the series!cropped_Cookooclock_03_the_clock

 

THE CUCKOO CLOCK OF DOOM

A 12 year old boy named Michael who has been picked on by his little sister Tara has the idea to frame her for wrecking his father’s magic Cuckoo Clock by twisting the cuckoo head from forward to backwards. Unfortunately, his plan backfires, and Michael now finds himself going backwards in time, where if he doesn’t switch the Cuckoos head to forward, he will be lost in time forever. The kid actors do a good job with their portrayal of their characters, especially the girl who plays Tara. She’s such a brat that I want to spank her for all the horrible pranks she does to her older brother, while making herself look sweet and innocent to her parents. The kid who plays 12 year old Michael is very convincing, especially when you hear his thoughts in his find about him traveling back. Sadly the kid who played the younger Michael didn’t convince me, but I will admit this, I did love his “Home Alone” face and scream when he finds out he’s six years old. The adult actors also do an ok job.GB_103_CuckooClockThe story is good, but can get kind of confusing at points. The scenery for the kid running away from the cuckoo clock in the dark hall is strange and creepy; the design of the Cuckoo Clock is nice and gives the episode it’s thrilling touch; and the camera angles and use of slow motion raises my suspense level higher and higher. This episode is like an episode for “The Twilight Zone”, having a good story and keeping you on the edge of your seat.0000000003

THE GIRL WHO CRIED MONSTER

Lucy is a girl who’s obsessed with Monster stories and enjoys scaring her little brother, until she one day finds out a dark secret in the library that she goes too. She discovers the librarian Mr. Mortman is a monster and nobody believes her. The characters and the acting in this episode are pretty boring and don’t have too much development. The actress who plays Lucy is fair but for some reason is still as boring as the rest of the characters. However, the actor who plays Mr. Mortman gave one of the best creepiest performances in this whole season. Every scene he’s in you feel uncomfortable, like you don’t know what he’s thinking but you can tell it means death to Lucy. The scenes when he’s alone are his best scenes as you see him eat bugs and expose the monster he truly is. It really makes my heart beat fast, plus Lucy is spying on him and you don’t know when he’s going to turn around and spot her. The whole library chase scene is the most frightening scene in the whole episode because you’re in the dark, you got book shelves at every corner (like a maze) and you hear his eerie voice calling out Lucy’s name.tumblr_inline_nxh03yyXmI1t29esf_640Even though most of the character are boring, badly acted or feel like you can run the whole episode without a few of them, it still has a nice story, as well as having one of the best plot twists in the “Goosebumps” series that makes the episode worth while. The make-up they use on Mr. Mortman as a monster is scary, along with the performance. And the camera shots are nice, especially when they censor a scene that looks extremely violent for kids.x1080-WEu

WELCOME TO CAMP NIGHTMARE

A boy named Billy is going to a camp called “Camp Nightmoon”for the summer. However, the camp is not what it appears to be. The camp is runned by a crazy man named Uncle Al; the head camp counselor is a bully named Larry; the campers are regular kids who either die or disappear; there’s a strong policy of keeping the boys separated from the girls (Just like the Hell Hole Camp that I’ve been too); there’s a bunker that’s forbidden; and on top of it, a monster named Sabre lurks around the woods to only feed on innocent campers. With a set up of like that you know this episode has to be good and believe me it is good. The episode just keeps getting more intense by the minute, there’s so many horrible things going on in that camp, that you might want to call it “Camp Hell”, Nightmare just sounds way to light. You don’t know what’s going to happen; you’re not sure if Uncle Al is with or against the campers; you don’t know for sure if the campers will live or not; and you keep guessing and guessing until the end adding up to a very clever plot twist.Ca59188be6e5383d25511b3f462d22cb52eb8ee9The acting is decent. Most of the kid actors are good but at times they can act cheesy or over the top in scenes when they’re scared or in trouble. The kid who plays the main character is a good actor where his acting matches his character. When he’s in trouble you feel his pain; when he’s scared you’re worried about him; and when he’s trying to help his fellow campers you solute him. The character is also probably one of the best “Goosebumps” heroes I ever saw because he takes risks and does what is best for his friends. When he’s in a bad situation he thinks quick, and does what he can to save his friends.2112-6-1-0-3543296908-xlarge-608x342

THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM

A girl named Brooke got the lead female in a play called “The Phantom”, and her prankster friend Zeke also got a lead role as the Phantom. However, the play they’re about to perform is actually a cursed play. Zeke has been pullin a few pranks to scare his friend, but there have been other things going on. There’s a new kid who just moved to the school; a creepy night janitor; a trap door that leads to a mysterious part of the Auditorium; and a few messages from the phantom himself. As good as the plot sounds and also being one of the many spins to the classic story “The Phantom Of The Opera”, it’s unfortunately one of the weakest episodes made this season.MV5BZTU1Y2I4NzEtMDYxYy00N2E5LTlkZDAtMWY0ZDA3NThmN2I4XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

PIANO LESSONS CAN BE MURDER

Jerry is an only child who lives in his own little pretend world. He and his family move into an old house, and Jerry finds an old piano that plays by itself, and discovers that there’s a ghost haunting his new home. He eventually begins to take piano lessons at a high tech security school owned by a weird old teacher and a suspicious looking Janitor who uses robots to clean up for him. This is another weak episode made in this season. I actually find our main character more freighting than the other creepy characters. In every scene you see him in, he’s talking to himself and acting like his imagination is real. If it was a young kid it can work, however, if it’s an older kid, that just makes things weird. The actor who plays him even gives a poor performance. He can’t even make him likable or sound like he’s in trouble.Return_of_the_Mummy_-_Daniel_DeSanto_1

RETURN OF THE MUMMY

A kid name Gabe visits his Uncle Ben and bratty cousin Sari in Egypt where the three of them embark on an adventure in search for a mummy’s tomb in an old pyramid. Gabe carry’s with him a Mummy hand (That he bought at the airport) that can communicate with the dead, and a necklace (A gift from his Uncle) with a pendant made of amber with a scarab inside it. A reporter wishes to join them on their quest in the pyramid, but before they find the tomb, they find out it’s cursed. This episode has a really good set up. It takes place in a frail old cursed tomb that’s a maze of rooms, halls and secret passage ways full of Spiders and Snakes; two items that the character Gabe carry’s later on play an important role in the story; and there’s a Mummy that chases after the characters. The set designs for the tomb are creepy looking; the special effects are decent especially for the Mummy hand that moves; and I love the eerie noises and music for whenever Gabe is alone inside the tomb.IMG_6564

 

THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY 2

 

A girl named Amy gets a new Dummy named Slappy to replace her old broken dummy Dennis. However, the dummy is alive and causes mischief to get Amy in trouble. Amy tries to tell her friends and family that the dummy is doing all this but no one believes her. This is the first episode where we first meet the famous “Goosebumps” character Slappy the living dummy. This monster is the Chucky for young kids. He frames Amy by destroying stuff; he talks rudely to people, while Amy’s holding him (Making it look like Amy is saying those mean words); and makes her look crazy, which her parents might consider of sending her away. Ok, so he’s not a murderer, but remember, there are so many evil things you could do to someone without hurting them, and this episode defiantly proves that. Just because he doesn’t kill or hurt anyone that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried. He tries to pull a little girls finger off; nearly kills Amy’s dad with a guitar; and chases after our main character probably thinking of killing her. He even tells Amy he can hurt her family in a 100 ways, which not only sounds threatening, but looking at the scenes when he’s sneaky around and framing Amy; it proves that he can hurt Amy’s family if he felt like it. This is one villain you don’t want to mess with. Overall, it’s a really suspenseful episode and a great introduction to this famous “Goosebumps” villain!Image5

STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT

Casey and Margret’s Dad has been acting very strange lately. Ever since he lost his job, he spends night and day working in his basement to create a new kind of plant. However, Margret notices her Dad’s odd behavior and wonders why he is acting so strange. She knows that the answer to her questions can be found in the basement. This has to be one of the creepiest episodes in the “Goosebumps” series! The acting’s is not Emmy worthy but it’s good enough for a kids show, and is mostly top notch given the show’s standards. The kids they got to play the roles of Casey and Margret are one of the better child actors that the show has to offer (even if they are bit stilted), but my real praise goes to the actor who plays the Dad. He’s creepy as hell. You don’t know when he’s going to snap; you don’t know what he’s thinking or planing; and the episode keeps making you wonder why he’s acting so weird. I think his best creepy moments is when he’s eating plant food; serving the kids breakfast; taking the phone away from Margret; but what tops them all is when he’s in the bathroom talking to himself as you see green ooze coming out of his cut and levees growing out of his hair. His facial expressions, odd behavior and eerie monotone voice keeps getting creepier and creepier as the episode moves on.Hairiest_06

MY HAIRIEST ADVENTURE

Meet Larry, a kid with allergies, has a fear of dogs, and is part of a garage band. One day he and his friends put on some old tanning lotion to look cool. But as a side affect, Larry has been growing hair all over his body. Not only is he getting hairy, but his parents are acting strange and his friends are disappearing. I do like the set-up to the episode. We get a narrative perspective from our main character, something weird is happening to him, and his friends one by one are disappearing. But the execution is terrible. The acting is horrible! Every ones acting is over the top and hardly ever believable. There wasn’t a single actor who did a good job. The worst one out of all them is the kid who plays our main character. He can’t act at all; he’s not funny; he’s not likable; and above all he can’t make a scene intense. Every time he worries about his friends disappearing, or when he worries about hair growing on him, it sounds like he’s reading a cue card or just saying the lines. He doesn’t even sound like he’s trying to be intense, even his scream doesn’t sound convincing. It’s not just the actors that stink, the characters are also very bland and forgettable.

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IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SINK

Kat and her family just moved to a new house that’s not that far away from their old neighborhood. Kat finds a sponge under the sink but she finds out it’s not just a sponge, it’s a monster sponge that brings bad luck. Yes, I’m not lying, a sponge is our monster. When you have a corny title called “It Came From Beneath The Sink”, chances are our monster is going to be an extremely poor payoff. Just look at it, it’s not even close to scary, it looks like a monster from a campy B Movie made in the 50’s. It doesn’t even do anything except cause bad luck; ruin a garden; and make the audience assume it kills the family dog; and usually most of the bad luck that occurs are actually accidents caused by our main character Kat. To me that’s not bad luck, she’s just clumsy. By the way, when we first meet the monster, Kat thinks it’s a cat because she can only see it’s evil red eyes in the dark. Seriously, how dumb is this girl, if I saw red eyes under my sink, the last thing I would assume it would be is a cat.

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SAY CHEESE AND DIE

Three friends find a camera in an abandon building where a creepy old man named Spidey lives. Once they use the camera, they find out the camera creates bad luck. One of the members from the trio also goes missing and the last time they saw her, she got her picture taken. The idea sounds cool and the title sounds scary, but sadly the title is misleading, why because NO ONE DIES! All the camera does is just create accidents or make people vanish that’s it! I know it’s a kid show but couldn’t they make the accidents more intense? The accidents in the last episode were more intense than the accidents here. Though the scene when our lead character has to ride with his family and car that’s going to be damaged after when he took a picture of it was pretty tense for the time being. Another question I must ask is why does any of these characters use a freaky looking camera? It looks like it has the word evil written all over it! Plus getting a freaky camera in a freaky area where a creepy man lives, chances are there has to be something not right about it.a-night-in-terror-tower

A NIGHT IN TERROR TOWER

Eddie and Sue are on vacation in England. Their parents left them to go on a tour bus while they’re at a conference. One of the stops on the tour is “Terror Tower”, and once they go into the Tower, they see some weird things and are being chased by a man dressed in black. Can they escape from him? This episode has another extraordinary set-up. It takes place in a dark castle filled with hundreds of passages and staircases; they’re being chased by a mysterious man; they see scary images and are not sure if those images are real or in their head; they can’t remember anything; and they go back in time to be executed. This episode has so many scenes of thrills and scary moments, that I couldn’t think of a moment when I felt at ease until the episode was wrapping. There’s even a interesting and chilling back story to the Tower. Our main characters Eddie and Sue are very likable and are the kind of characters that you pray will be alright. Again, the actors aren’t the greatest, but they’re enough to make the characters likable and make the audience feel as scared as they are. The man in black has to be one of the scariest “Goosebumps” villains ever. Instead of being over the top, he’s more serious and threatening. He’s bigger than the kids; he talks in a dark sinister voice; and will stop at nothing to kill our main characters, showing no sign or remorse or hesitation.A_Night_in_Terror_TowerThe supporting characters are just as great as our leads and villain. There’s the sorcerer Morgred, who’s just as likable as the kids and is really well acted. The only flaw in the character (And story) is why does he need three magic stones to become powerful? I know they’re magic, but couldn’t the writer be more creative with the idea. Oh well, it’s not a terrible idea I mean there is “The Sorcerers Stone” but couldn’t it be just one magic stone instead of three? Anyway getting back to the supporting characters you also have a nasty Cab Driver, scared looking peasants, a firm hotel clerk, but my favorite out of all them is the tour guide. He brings a lot of laughs in the episode and can come out as creepy every once in a while. In my opinion, it’s definitely of the best episodes in the whole series!The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP

Here’s our season finale! Grady and his family have moved to a swamp called “Fever Swamp” to do an animal experiment. His older sister hates the place, but Grady tries to make the best of things. However, the swamp carries a deadly disease; there’s a creepy and mysterious old hermit who lives in the swamp; and there’s a werewolf that haunts it and feeds on a full moon. What can I say about the set-up and story, it’s great. The idea of having a wolf in a jungle like swamp is bizarre, but it’s very creepy and inventive. The cinematography really captures the thrill; the lighting and use of mist not only helps with the foreboding atmosphere but it also pays homage to those old werewolf films. Speaking of homage, look for the haunted mask, it’s somewhere in this episode. The story also has tons of plot twists and even a few deaths (Not just animals). R.L. Stine even turned the tables a bit on character. Instead of the older one being smart and the little sibling being annoying, it’s the other way around. R.L. Stine even throws in a dog to make the heroes parents blame the animal for the deaths to animals that’s been going around, which surprisingly I did give a crap about the dog.Download_(3)

 

The build-up to the werewolf is really creepy. You don’t see a werewolf until the climax. When you first see it, you see it’s sharp claws, hear it howl, and see it chase its victims through its eyes in slow motion. You even don’t know where it is or when it will pop out to scare you. I’m not going to tell you who the werewolf is but I think you’ll be very surprised, especially when you see the person become half human and half wolf with very scary realistic make up. With all that praise on the wolf, I must honestly say when we see it fully, it not only looks cheesy but it kind of looks like a Gorilla than a werewolf. I wish Sabre was the episode’s wolf.dimsIt’s a campy show and has it’s over the top nonsense but it is still good. The stories are creative; the ideas and settings are creepy; and some of the monsters can be scary. The acting’s not so great but the actors do fit their characters and make (Most of them) them likable. The special effects can be very lame and laughable at times but there are a lot of good effects as well. Is it a scary show, not too scary but it’s scary enough to scare it’s target audience and SOME of it can be scary to an adult as well.