HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – THIRST

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MAIN CAST

Tom Welling (The Fog)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
Michael Rosenbaum (Cursed)
Allison Mack (The Ant Bully)
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GUEST

Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
James Marsters (Buffy)
Brooke Nevin (Infestation)

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Chloe is at the Daily Planet headquarters in Metropolis interviewing for a job with the new editor-in-chief, Pauline Kahn. Ms. Kahn is unimpressed with the column Chloe wrote in high school and tells her that Lionel’s arm-twisting is the only reason she ever got the opportunity. She dismisses Chloe, but Chloe tells her that she doesn’t expect special treatment and is willing to work her way up to the top. Pauline Kahn tells her that she will consider hiring her if she produces a good story. Switch to Chloe’s narration as she continues to work on her report on the Tri-Psi sorority. At their sorority house, a pizza boy arrives and the girls invite him into the hot tub. During the make-out session, the girls suddenly start biting him, he begins to scream and the water turns blood red.
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Clark goes to visit Lana at her theater and then steps into her apartment to find her packing. She tells him that she’s applied for late acceptance to Met U, but there is no longer any housing available, so she is considering a sorority. Clark is disappointed and suggests her go to CKU with him, but she assures him that nothing will change between them. Clark is in Professor Milton Fine’s history course. After the lecture, Professor Fine is approached by Lex Luthor. Lex accuses him of researching certain LuthorCorp projects that have yet to gain public knowledge. He asks him if Clark Kent is providing the information, but Fine denies Clark’s involvement. Lex reminds Fine that he has great influence in the CKU review board.
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The Tri-Psi sorority head, Buffy Sanders introduces her group as the prettiest and most exclusive sorority. Lana is one of the pledges and is surprised to find out that she is the only one that has been picked to join. They tell her that there is one more initiation ritual, and it is revealed that the entire sorority are vampires. They bite Lana and she becomes part of the sisterhood. Fine goes to the Mansion and tells Lex that he doesn’t have to investigate his past, because he will provide him with anything he wants to know. He gives Lex a file on himself and tells Lex that he knows he is using funding from the University to conduct LuthorCorp experiments. Lex seems to back off, but when Fine leaves, Lex sends a guard to follow him.
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Chloe’s roommate Karen is dismantling her mini version of the Wall of Weird when she arrives home. She is angry about the wall, and even angrier that Lana Lang is asleep in Chloe’s bed. Karen storms away and Chloe tries to revive Lana. She is groggy and lethargic, and Chloe thinks she is hungover from the pledge party. Clark arrives and Chloe leaves her in his care. He asks if she’s feeling ok and she says she’s fine and starts making out with him. Clark is surprised and confused by her aggressive advances and she gets annoyed by his reluctance and leaves. The guard finds Professor Fine at Warehouse 15. When he approaches and says he shouldn’t be touching what isn’t his, but Fine claims otherwise. He extends a metal projectile from his hand, kills the guard, and goes back to examining the Black Ship.
Image result for smallville thirst.Chloe’s investigation continues and she reports that Lana and her new friends have fun throwing each other off the house’s balcony and getting drunk. Clark is worried about Lana’s strange behavior and Chloe tells him that she’s been investigating the sorority and has uncovered some strange details. None of the sisters ever leave the sorority, and it is the most exclusive one on campus. She makes a plan to infiltrate their Halloween party and brings Clark along. They split up to locate Lana. Clark ducks into a bedroom where Buffy catches him rummaging. She orders him to leave, but she is distracted by someone at her door. When she turns back to Clark, he is gone. Chloe finds Lana dancing and making out with other boys and pulls her to the side. She asks her about how she’s been acting and Lana bites her. Chloe calls Clark for help and he uses his super-hearing to find her. He arrives to catch Chloe just as she passes out, astonished to see Lana standing over her with a mouth full of bloody, pointed teeth. Clark takes Chloe to the hospital where the doctor reports that she has a rare strain of the rabies virus which is preventing her red blood cells from regenerating. They can treat her but they don’t know the cure. Professor Fine arrives at the hospital, claiming to be visiting a sick colleague. He asks about Chloe’s condition and Clark admits that he thinks she was attacked by a vampire. Fine looks at Chloe’s chart and tells him to ask Lex about Project 1138.
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Back at the Tri-Psi sorority, the other girls are mad at Lana for leaving a victim alive. They tell her that Clark was snooping around and she has to clean up her mess by bringing him back so they can finish him off, or Lana will be the one they feed off instead. Clark goes to the Luthor Mansion and demands that Lex tell him about the Project. Lex leads Clark into the library carrying a metal briefcase. He explains that six years ago, Buffy Sanders was trapped outside Smallville in a cave but was rescued by LuthorCorp. The cave was found to contain meteor rock-infected stalactites that had mutated the vampire bats living there. A LuthorCorp worker was also bitten and developed vampire-like symptoms like strength, fangs, and light sensitivity, but they were able to cure him. He opens the case to reveal vials of the serum, kept active by a large fragment of meteor rock. Clark starts to feel ill and backs away just as an overhead window breaks. Lana appears and jumps to the floor. She knocks Lex out and attacks Clark. Clark is weakened by the kryptonite and Lana bites him. After sucking his blood, she is able to shoot heat from her eyes. Clark is able to grab one of the syringes with the antidote in it before Lana takes him back to the sorority house.
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The girls lay him on the hearth of the fireplace and prepare to feed on him. Lana doesn’t want to kill him and suggests they just turn him into a vampire as well. The girls explain there is no room for him in a sorority. Buffy doesn’t care what Lana wants and when Lana stands in her way, she knocks her to the floor. Buffy then tries to kill Lana, but she uses her heat vision to vaporize Buffy and the other vampires run away in fear. Lana prepares to turn Clark into a vampire but he is able to stab her heart with the antidote and restore her to normal. Clark and Lana are walking along campus when he tentatively asks how much she remembered. She admits that it’s all a little fuzzy, but she remembers biting him and says she felt his love for her and his strength. She says she misses being with him. Clark goes to the Luthor Mansion to thank Lex for saving the girls’ lives. Lex gets Clark to admit that Professor Fine is the one who told him about Project 1138 and tells him that Fine is obtaining highly classified documents. He warns Clark to stay away from Fine.
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Chloe’s report concludes with the knowledge that all the girls were cured, including herself. Her roommate transferred, so Lana was able to move in with her. She gives the article to Pauline Kahn, but Kahn claims that they don’t print tabloid stories. Chloe counters with the research she did for the article including interviews, CDC reports, and eyewitness accounts. Kahn changes her mind, says that Chloe has potential, and agrees to hire her. Chloe is thrilled to start her dream career in the basement of the Daily Planet.Image result for smallville thirst

A strange episode for Smallville, it is probably the weakest episode out of all 10 seasons, but it is still intriguing. Carrie Fisher is the highlight of the episode , thou many believe she should of got a bigger part. James Marsters shines as he all does in the part of Brainiac. Kristin Kreuk sexing it up as vampire was fun to see. all in all an okay episode and worth watching over Halloween.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

CAST

Brooke Nevin (Scorpion)
David Paetkau (Flashpoint)
Torrey DeVito (The Vampire Diaries)
Ben Easter (Pearl Harbor)
Seth Packard (Fire Creek)
K.C. Clyde (Do No Harm)
Don Shanks (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary)
Michael Flynn (The Outpost)

There was talk a long time ago, after “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” had come and gone, that the “I Know…” movies were to be made into a trilogy, following suit of such franchises as “Scream”. I remember reading on the net of a possible “I’ll Always Know…” (perhaps the only remaining way to re-phrase the title of the original). But nothing happened – Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. went on to different things and the fans made peace with it. Then in 2006 this came out. When a film entitled “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer” follows on from previous ones called “I Know” and “I Still Know” you expect it to be a continuation, but it isn’t.t.A  group of kids on a fairground ride on July 4th discussing the “legend” of the hook-wielding fisherman. This then saunters into said kids acting out a full-on prank involving the fisherman, in order to scare their peers. Unfortunately, the prank goes hideously wrong and results in the actual death of someone. This is when the story begins to take an identical path to “I Know…”, with similar scripting, similar scenes and a similar overall route. It begins when the four leads sit around a fire and vow to take the fact that they were behind the prank-gone-wrong to their graves – just like the original. We then witness scenes that are mirror-images to “I Know…”: the aggressive male accusing a peer of sending them threats; the two female leads sitting in a car questioning what happened to their friendship; a death at a small-town talent show. The only attempt at difference and separation is that the characters receive “I Know What You Did Last Summer” notes in the form of text message and written out in water by a swimming pool.45 minutes in, the movie starts to become its own. Amber – the heroine – begins to do her homework and discovers that the “legend” derives from what happened to a group of teens a few years ago in a fishing town and then on a remote island in The Bahamas. This is where the “I’ll Always Know” part of it begins to come into play and actually starts to relate back to the story of the original two films.It’s pleasing in that the killer actually has something to do with the previous films, but odd because, unlike “I Know…” and “I Still Know…”, it takes on a supernatural element that is not in keeping with the theme and feel of this franchise. “I’ll Always Know…” justifies itself by linking its story back to the original killer and scenario, but at the end of the day this series should not have been completed without the characters of Julie and Ray. With “I Still Know…” having been left open at the end (Julie’s being dragged under her bed at the last-minute by Ben Willis), if there was ever to be an “I’ll Always Know…” it should have contained the original survivors and no air of the paranormal.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: INFESTATION

Starring

Chris Marquette (Fanboys)
Brooke Nevin (Comeback Season)
Kinsey Packard (The Ex List)
E. Quincy Sloan (Nuclear Family)
Wesley Thompson (Iron Man 3)
Linda Park (Juassic Park 3)
Deborah Geffner (Passions)
Ray Wise (Robocop)

1490817091_1524056Cooper (Chris Marquette) is a slacker and he works as a telemarketer. On a Friday, he turns up late for work and is promptly fired by his boss, Maureen (Deborah Geffner). He is fired for coming late, driving customers away and was fooling around in the office. Shortly after, an extremely loud sound is heard and Cooper faints with pained expressions on his face.hybridCooper wakes up a few days later, only to find himself nauseous, weak and covered in webbing (cocooned) in his office. As Cooper struggles out of the cocoon, he is attacked by a big, beetle-like, bug. He fights the bug away and helps his boss Maureen out of a cocoon. Maureen regains consciousness and realizes that her daughter, Sara (Brooke Nevin) was waiting for her outside the office. Cooper and Maureen go outside to check on Sara, who is unconscious and trapped inside a cocoon in her car. As Cooper is helping Sara out of the cocoon, Maureen is attacked and captured by a large, wasp-like creature. Other bugs surround them and they use Sara’s car alarm to distract the bugs and escape to a restaurant.Infestation_DVD_504There they revive Cindy (Kinsey Packard), Hugo (E. Quincy Sloan), Hugo’s father Albert (Wesley Thompson), Leechee (Linda Park), Roger (Bru Muller), PJ (Vlado Mihailov) and a Cop (Todd Jenson). PJ and Roger decide to escape in Roger’s truck against the advice of others. They are attacked by the bugs and in the chaos PJ, Roger and the cop are killed. Albert is stung by a bug, while Cooper saves Cindy from being crushed by Roger’s runaway truck, with the rest of the group deciding to stay indoors.MV5BYTY2Nzc0YjItZjkxNC00YTM4LTkyZTAtMzY0ZTlkMmNhMDMyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjUyNDk2ODc@._V1_Leechee and the group make their way to roof of a building and see a group of the wasps flying toward them. The group then realize that the bugs are blind and they use sound to track their victims, as the wasps did not attack them. They use a radio to lure a bug in a storage closet and milk it to identify the contents of its venom. Leechee analyses the venom and realizes that it contains sedatives and some proteins. They decide to go to the nearest military airbase at Gibson the next day and decide to camp for the night in the same building. They also see the bug hive, which is emitting red colored gas. The next day, the group leave the building to make their way to Cooper’s dad, while Leechee decides to stay behind to help revive more people and to study the bugs. The rest of the group sets off and goes to Hugo’s and Albert’s house first. Albert’s wife seems to have died of natural causes. They next go to Cindy’s brother, Chad’s (Mike Straub) house. Cindy finds her sister-in-law Susan (Daniela Tonova) cocooned and she revives her. They also find Chad, who has mutated into a large spider-like creature because of a giant wasp sting. Chad is collecting cocooned humans and he attacks the group, killing Susan, knocking out Sara, impaling Cooper when he tries to save Cindy and is finally killed by Hugo and Albert.InfestationThey camp for the night at Chad’s house and Sara patches up Cooper. Cindy wants Cooper to ditch the group and come with her but Cooper is in love with Sara and he turns down the offer. The next day they decide to go to Cooper’s dad, Ethan’s (Ray Wise) house. Ethan is a former military personnel who has weapons and a bunker at his house. Sara informs Cooper that she intends to go to the bug hive to find her mother. Cooper tries to convince her to come with him to a military airbase but she doesn’t agree. They come across a few flying bugs and hide under a bridge. Cindy sees Cooper and Sara holding hands, becomes furious, and shouts to attract the bugs towards the group. Albert shoots Cindy to save the group but Sara is captured by the bugs. Finally the group reaches Ethan’s house and Albert turns into a mutant, similar to Chad. Hugo shoots his father to save himself, Ethan, and Cooper. Cooper tries to convince Ethan to help him save Sara but when he fails he leaves Ethan and Hugo behind. Cooper is captured by another group and they lock him up in a prison cell in an abandoned police station. There he meets a Puerto Rican man, who tells him that he was part of Leechee’s group and that the others died in an explosion caused by the flammable red colored gas released by the bugs and the nest. Hugo and Ethan are captured by the same group. It is revealed that Ethan has been stung by a wasp and the Puerto Rican man turns into a mutant. Ethan uses the distraction to kill the members of the enemy group and save Cooper and Hugo.Infestation (2009)-2Meanwhile, Sara wakes up in the bug hive and comes across the queen consuming cocooned humans. Ethan, Hugo and Cooper reach the hive. Ethan hand-cuffs Cooper to a tree and hits Hugo in the head. He leaves the keys so that Cooper and Hugo can escape. Ethan enters the hive alone to destroy it and he comes across Sara. Sara offers to take Ethan to the queen. Ethan and Sara are then attacked by the queen. Hugo and Cooper enter the bug hive, arriving in time to help Sara and Ethan. The group begin to attack the queen with their weapons. This only angers the queen, who begins to wail loudly. As the group cower in pain at the volume of the wail, Hugo, who was unable to hear the wail as he had lost his hearing, throws the explosives into queens mouth. Ethan asks Sara, Cooper and Hugo to escape from the bug hive while he triggers the explosive. But soon after, Ethan turns into a mutant. Cooper takes the remote from his father and triggers the explosive, obliterating the nest and the insects inside. The film ends with Cooper, Sara and Hugo turning toward the sound of a large rumbling. The source of this rumbling is not specified as the film then turns to black in a cliffhanger. The rumbling is suggested to be either the insects returning or the Army finally arriving to deal with the infestation.lr6BKFRDgeVcvDJUYh1V52kuF0zThe plot is fairly unpredictable for this genre, meaning that it goes basically where everyone watching it wants it to go in the end, but it gets there in a way you won’t entirely see coming. But the real reasons to watch this movie are the genuinely witty writing and the subtle comic performances of the cast. The worst you could say about this movie is that it’s derivative of Shaun of the Dead. Personally, I’m totally okay with that.

REVIEW: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – SEASON 5

Starring

Josh Radnor (The Hunt)
Jason Segel (Sex Tape)
Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Endgame)
Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl)
Alyson Hannigan (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
Bob Saget (Full House)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Joe Manganiello (Justice League)
Rizwan Manji (The Dictator)
Lindsay Sloane (Sabrina: TTW)
Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass)
David Henrie (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)
Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries)
Marshall Manesh (Will & Grace)
Julianna Guill (Captain America: Civil War)
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)
April Bowlby (Doom Patrol)
Matt Jones (Mom)
Eva Amurri Martino (Saved!)
Sarah Wright (American Made)
Chris Elliott (The Abyss)
Christina Pickles (Masters of The Universe)
Bill Fagerbakke (Spongebob Squarepants)
Suzie Plakson (Disclosure)
JoAnna Garcia Swisher (The Internship)
Charlene Amoia (American Pie: Reunion)
Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls)
Benjamin Koldyke (The Finest Hours)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Harvey Fierstein (Mrs. Doubtfire)
Rachel Bilson (Jumper)
Stacy Keibler (The Comebacks)
Joe Nieves (Stuck In The Middle)
Amanda Peet (Identity)
Larry Poindexter (17 Again)
Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave)
Bar Paly (Pain & Gain)
David Burtka (Neil’s Puppet Dreams)
Carrie Underwood (Soul Surfer)
Jennifer Lopez (The Cell)
Laura Prepon (That 70s Show)
Brooke Nevin (Scorpion)
Anne Dudek (Mad Men)
Cristine Rose (Heroes)
Harry Groener (Buffy: TVS)
Arianna Huffington (The Cleveland Show)
Michael York (Logan’s Run)
Malin Akerman (Watchmen)
Judy Greer (Ant-Man)
Chris Kattan (Undercover Brother)

Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Ted begins his job as a professor of architecture, standing in the middle of a classroom – although the mother was present, it turns out to be an economics class as he’s in the wrong lecture hall. Barney and Robin have had a sexual relationship throughout the summer and Lily locks them in a room, forcing them to come to terms with their relationship. After a rough patch they decide to break up. Robin describes it instead as “two friends getting back together.” Barney immediately goes back to his old ways, using the playbook to score with women. Throughout the season Barney and Robin show feelings of regret over their break-up.Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Ted dates a graduate student named Cindy (Rachel Bilson) and it is revealed her roommate is his future wife. Robin meets Don Frank (Benjamin Koldyke), her new co-anchor on her 4 AM TV show. Though she initially dislikes him, the two start dating and eventually she moves in with him. At the end of the season they break up when Don takes a job in Chicago — a job which Robin had previously turned down to stay in New York with Don. Marshall uses his fourth slap on Barney, once again at Thanksgiving. Ted buys a house, which needs to be fixed up badly, but is later revealed to be the future home for Ted and his children.Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Lily and Marshall are still unsure about having children. After watching four doppelgangers of their group (Lesbian Robin, Moustache Marshall, Stripper Lily and Mexican Wrestler Ted) they decide to leave the big decision to the universe’s “infinite wisdom” and start trying when they have seen Barney’s Doppelganger. In the season finale, Barney disguises himself to have sex with a girl from every country in the world, and Lily and Marshall mistake him for the final doppelganger. When Marshall finds out, he decides not to tell Lily, fearing she will want to wait even longer to have children. Lily eventually finds out and decides to wait. In the season finale, Lily thinks she sees Barney’s doppelganger as a hot dog vendor, which causes the group to realize she is seeing what she wants to see, and play along. Eventually Barney agrees having babies is not a stupid idea and Lily and Marshall should go forth. The season ends with Lily asking Marshall to “put a baby in my belly”.Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, and Cobie Smulders in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Another great season which leaves you wanting to find out what happens next in season 6.

 

 

REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – SEASON 5

 

Starring

Tom Welling (Lucifer)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
Michael Rosenbaum (Impastor)
Allison Mack (Wilfred)
Erica Durance (The Butterfly Effect 2)
Annette O’Toole (The Punisher)
John Schneider (The Haves and the Have Nots)
John Glover (Shazam)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

James Marsters (Runaways)
Terence Stamp (Superman II)
Alana De La Garza (Law & Order)
Leonard Roberts (Mom)
Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel)
Camille Mitchell (Izombie)
Johnny Lewis (Aliens vs Predator: Requiem)
Nathaniel DeVeaux (The Core)
Rekha Sharma (Dark Angel)
Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Brooke Nevin (The Comebacks)
Erica Cerra (Power Rangers)
Angelika Libera (Stealing Sinatra)
Luciana Carro (Two For The Money)
Tom Wopat (Django Unchained)
Jill Teed (Charlie St. Cloud)
Woody Jeffreys (Pathfinder)
Noah Danby (Bitten)
Alisen Down (12 Monkeys)
Adrian Holmes (Arrow)
Jerry Wasserman (I Robot)
Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels)
Annie Burgstede (The Young and The Restless)
David Richmond-Peck (V)
Sarah Lind (Severed)
Denise Quiñones (Incognita)
Douglas O’Keeffe (Sanctuary)
Leela Savasta (Stargate Atlantis)
Lee Thompson Young (The Hills Have Eyes II)
Christie Laing (Arrow)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)
Nichole Hiltz (Bones)
G. Patrick Currie (Stargate SG.1)
Emily Hirst (Blade: The Series)
Callum Keith Rennie (Jessica Jones)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Love Happens)
Ian Tracey (Sanctuary)
Alex Scarlis (Ameircan Heiress)
Jody Thompson (The 400)
Panou (Flash Gordon)

Michael Rosenbaum in Smallville (2001)In the fifth season of Smallville, one chapter ends as another new and exciting chapter begins as Smallville is taken to new heights as the DC Universe is finally blown open as new characters make their appearances felt.Erica Durance and Alan Ritchson in Smallville (2001)In season five, Clark’s relationship with Lana is at its peak, his friendship with Chloe has never been stronger, and he is finally coming to terms with the discovery of his Kyptonian heritage. But things in Smallville are about to change with the arrival of the mysterious Milton Fine (James Marsters) along with 2 Kryptonians bearing the symbol of ZOD. Whilst his relationship with his friends has never been stronger, Clark finds himself in direct confrontation with Lex Luthor as he is now forced to question whether he and the younger Luthor were ever friends.Michael Rosenbaum in Smallville (2001)Alongside the great continuity drama with the regular leads, this season also sees the arrival of 2 familiar faces from the DC Universe in form of Aquaman and Cyborg who cameo in this season alongside DC villain Brainiac. James Marsters is a very welcome addition to the cast and plays Fine with confidence and arrogance while Michael Rosenbaum continues to steal the show.John Schneider in Smallville (2001)The pinnacle moment of the season also sees the very sad departure of a long staning term cast member in what still rates as Smallville’s saddest moment and greatest tear-jerker.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 3

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Brooke Nevin (The Comebacks)
Chris Britton (Riverdale)
Martin Roach (Cube Zero)
Anthony De Longis (Masters of The Universe)
Tabitha Lupien (Hairspray)
Patricia Gage (Highlander: The Raven)
Kyle Downes (Proxy Kill)
Jonathan Whittaker (Deep Six)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife)
Malcolm Stewart (Jumanji)
Victor A. Young (Nemesis Game)
Ron Lea (Saw IV)
Terra Vnesa (Wrong Turn 4)
Mpho Koaho (Saw III)
Wayne Robson (Cube)
Janet-Laine Green (Seeing Things)
Daniel Kash (Aliens)
Caterina Scorsone (Alice)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)

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SHOCKER ON SHOCK STREET

Erin and her best friend Marty sneak inside their favorite horror movie studio to check out the special effects department that her Father creates for their horror films. After being caught by Erin’s Father, instead of punishing her, he joyfully gives the two the opportunity to be the first kids to experience a theme park ride based on the “Shock Street” horror films. Everything starts out promising for the two, until the ride suddenly breaks down as the kids find themselves being attacked by animatronics that are modeled after the many monsters that the studio has created.Goosebumps2The premise is awesome! I love the whole idea of two kids experiencing a ride that’s based off of horror movies where they find themselves being attacked by the monsters. It’d be like going on a Universal Studio tour where monsters like the Shark from “JAWS” or King Kong would actually come alive and kill you, rather than it being staged. It’s a very amusing concept. I also love that we’re not just seeing the kids explore the ride; we see them explore many other places such as the special effects room where costumes and animatronics start to move, and walking on the set for “Shock Street” itself where some of the monsters lurk. And the sets and designs for some of the monsters are colorful and creative.

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MY BEST FRIEND IS INVISIBLE

 

Sam lives with his scientist parents who are conducting a top secret experiment in the basement (never seen that before), and is constantly being dragged along by his adventurous friend Roxanne to sneak inside a haunted house that he lives right next door too, so that they can capture footage of the ghost that haunts the place. After having an encounter with the ghost inside the house, the ghost goes to Sam’s house to be his invisible ghost friend. But all the ghost does is accidentally makes Sam’s life miserable.247aae66ebdd9870b1657ee2f11aeb215dcbbc8bThe acting from our stars, while not good, it’s definitely not the worst, or feels as staged as the previous episode. It’s serviceable at best, and I do buy the majority of the kid’s reactions when he’s interacting with the ghost, even if it is a little too over exaggerated. But as passable as the acting is, the characters are pretty much the generic stereotypes that we keep seeing on the show. You have the protagonist who’s always petrified, the female best friend who’s rebellious and snarky, the scientist parents, the snobby teacher, and the bully who bullies our lead for no reason at all. The only character who comes across as interesting is the ghost, since we have no idea of how he died, or what he looks like since he’s invisible. And watching him accidentally humiliate Sam, while nowhere near as funny as seeing a comical character like Clarissa mess up a wish every time a character makes one in “Be Careful What You Wish For”, is still fun to watch. The reveal of the ghost does lead to a very intense ending, and when the episode ends, you still find yourself wanting to learn more after discovering this shocking piece of information that the ending throws at you.jeffdavis_1238280876

 

THE HOUSE OF NO RETURN

 

Three kids, who have formed their own club called “Danger Incorporated” for brave kids only, wish to have a new member join their club for how boring it is. So they try to get kids in the neighborhood to join their club if they will stay inside a local haunted house for an hour, but none of them pass the initiation test. Things seem hopeless for their chances of gaining a new member until a new kid named Chris moves into the town trying to make new friends. But he refuses to be part of the club since he gets spooked easily. So the kids desperately trap him inside the house so he can pass the test and have a new member, where Chris witnesses’ some strange paranormal activities going on.x1080-lhqUnlike most Goosebumps episodes where we get characters who are so black and white, and cliched to the point where they mostly all feel the same, these characters aren’t generic. You have the new kid in town (though I don’t see that too often in the series itself), and the kids who act like jerks that will eventually get what’s coming to them, but they aren’t as boring as you think they would be. The trio of kids, despite that they do crazy things, they aren’t as goofy as the other characters in the series who share a similar trait like the kids in “You Can’t Scare Me” or Todd in “Go Eat Worms”, they do feel like actual kids, who just do crazy things, and are acted pretty well (given the show’s standards that is). The kid Chris, I will admit does fall close in being a standard character of the series with his socially awkward behavior that’s resembles previous characters like Walker in “Attack Of The Jack-O’-Lanterns” and Duane in “The Headless Ghost”. But what separates him from the two is his action in the ending (which I won’t spoil) that makes him a character that you shouldn’t underestimate, despite that he seems like an easy push-over.MV5BZGY2NDEzODYtNGQ4MS00NThjLTliZDAtYzNhOTM4NjA1NTQxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

 

DON’T GO TO SLEEP

 

Matt is sick of being a kid as he envy’s all the privileges that his older siblings get to have. But rather than wishing to be an adult, he just lays on a bed in the attic complaining about how much reality sucks. The next morning, Matt wakes up and not only finds out that he now has more privileges then his siblings do, but he’s also a famous Hockey player. Not knowing what’s going on, Matt naturally sucks at playing Hockey as he finds himself being stalked by two agents. Things only get worse for Matt where he keeps transporting into different realities of not being able to do things that adults are successful at doing, despite that everyone around him says that he’s professional at it.MV5BOTQxNjFmZjAtODEyZi00M2JiLTkwNTItNzY1MzhhNWM4YjZlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The idea of a kid going through one alternate reality to another learning that adults have things harder than kids do is not a bad way of telling the moral of enjoying your youth and the things that you do have while you still can, but the execution is far from good. The reason why I say that is because the episode isn’t anywhere near scary. And I know that shouldn’t be a surprise considering that there are tons of episodes in the show that aren’t scary, but this one has to be by far the goofiest episode that I’ve ever had to sit through. Everything about it is so goofy and exaggerated that it hardly takes its time to come off as creepy or atmospheric. Right after the rushed exposition of the kid getting nearly the same kind of cruelty as Kevin McCalister in the “Home Alone” films gets, where he’s up in the attic talking to a mannequin and planning to live up there (because any kid would love to live in a dark and scary looking attic) I knew the episode was in trouble for how crazy and questionable the first few minutes were. Now to be fair, the episode does intentionally play on the goofy camp, like having the kid getting married to an ugly woman as everyone around him thinks she’s beautiful, or the number of adults that the kid meets who act all childish, but since those scenes are trying to come off as a tad bit creepy and suspenseful, they miserable fall apart for being way too silly for their own good.MV5BNzBjMTA4ZjItY2E2NC00MWQyLTlhOTctNzE5NzgwNWFmMDBlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

CLICK

 

Seth receives a remote control that he ordered through the mail, and quickly discovers that it doesn’t only control all the household appliances, but also time itself. Despite getting numerous phone calls, E-mails, and TV messages from the salesman who sold him the remote to warn him about the consequences if he abuses the power of it, he obviously abuses the power of it for his own selfish needs, until the remote breaks where his family are standing frozen in time.MV5BOTYwMmQ3MjYtOTU0MC00OTlmLTg4NjgtZDgxODdjYWQ4NjJmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The episodes’ story is as simple and basic as a story of messing with the space time condominium can get. But what makes it plausible aside from the unique concept of using a remote control (you know before Sandler could make it famous, or by many infamous) is unlike the last episode I reviewed where the show’s camp and humor went way too over board to the point where the final result was goofy and far from scary, this episode finds the right balance between humor and tension like the episodes “The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom” and “Be Careful What You Wish For”. There are plenty of enjoyable scenes of the kid screwing around with the remote, with some decent effects and plenty of fun gags in both the visuals and the writing revolving around the remote’s power and ability. But there is still a feeling of risk as you see this kid become obsessed with the remote’s powers for his own personal gain that only gets him into nothing but trouble as he may risk losing his loved ones forever. The salesman who warns the kid is another example of the episode having a good balance between humor and terror. How he pops out of nowhere trying to warn the kid is always surprising as you are constantly wondering and even at times hoping when he’ll try to contact the kid again. But his personality while a tad bit creepy at times, is mostly a riot for how he tries to warn the kid about the dangers of misusing the item as if he was doing a commercial by fast-talking through the rules of how the item should be handled, and what the item isn’t suitable for. The kid they got to play our lead is the same kid who played Skipper in the two part “Goosebumps” episode “Attack Of The Mutant”, who I think is a fitting casting choice considering that he played the role of a kid obsessed with comics so well. And here he does just as good of a job, only this time he’s addicted to a time controlling device that turns him into a spoiled selfish brat, instead of being a geeky kid who becomes a hero for his knowledge of reading and collecting comics.MV5BYmE1ZDU0MWItMzI3NC00OTZiLTkwZTctYzgzYmY5YmQxNTM4L2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzIxNDY5NTA@._V1_

AN OLD STORY

 

Tom and Jon are home alone as their parents are out on vacation, but find themselves surprised when they discover that their weird Aunt Dahlia has come unannounced to babysit them. Aunt Dahlia for some odd reason has an obsession of feeding the kids prunes, but they don’t mind since they love eating them. The next morning when they awake, they find themselves feeling tired and worn-out and noticed that their hair is turning grey and falling off. They eventually turn into seniors and must now find a way to be young again, while avoiding their suspicious aunt and her two flirty friends.MV5BMTA4OWY4MjgtNDExNS00NjVjLWFmOGEtODk5OWNmMWJhOTZmL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzIxNDY5NTA@._V1_Just like the last episode I reviewed, this is another one of those episodes where the humor and thrills are balanced just as well. The jokes and reactions of the kids getting old are funny, but still keep to the intensity of what they are experiencing. The Aunt’s presence is threatening, but she still maintains a fun villainous personality that’s as entertaining as watching someone like Tim Curry play it up as a villain. Even her motivation of turning the kids old, is funny but yet disturbing. The finale to this episode also goes a bit bio-polar by on us with its comedy and horror for having a climax that’s silly but pretty graphic for a “Goosebumps” episode, to having an ending that leaves you in suspense (like the majority of episode’s on the show) but also has you giggling a bit.Thebarkingghost_3

THE BARKING GHOST

Cooper moves into a new house and hears some strange barking noises coming from the woods. The barking is of course coming from dogs in the woods, but they appear to be ghosts that are after Cooper and his new friend Fergie. Oh and for some odd reason there are pirates in the beginning of the episode who are being hunted by the same dog’s millenniums ago, and I’m just going to take a wild guess that they have some kind hand with the dogs that are attacking Cooper and Fergie.MV5BZGE3YmE3MzgtZmEyYS00YzA3LTlhODYtZDdjZThmNGYwNTdjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_I’ve read somewhere that this story and “Go Eat Worms” are R.L. Stine’s least favorite story’s that he wrote. And while I can agree with “Go Eat Worms” being his worst story (and worst episode of the show by far), I actually don’t think that this one was that bad. It’s not one of his greatest, because the build-up to the reveal of the dogs was predictable, and the suspense regarding the build-up while not horrible and does in many respects almost feel like the build-up you get in a legit horror, still felt lacking. I’ll also admit that having the story involve pirates felt kind of weird. It leads to some fun comedy during the climax. But really the concept of having pirates as the victims felt pointless and unnecessary. Having two kids being attacked by the dogs would have been a better choice than this. But with those aside, I was still invested in what’s going on, and I do like how the first half is built on mystery, as the second half is built on both thrills and comedy that’s done as well as the last two episodes.Clipboard04

 

ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND

The Morris Family is lost in the middle of nowhere as they try to find a theme park that they’re planning to go to on their vacation. And after seeing fire balls being thrown at them, and a ghostly face of a monster vanishing, they see a sign for a horror themed amusement park called “Horrorland” and decide to go there instead, despite that they were almost killed by what they think was some kind of gimmick to advertise for the park. Upon arriving to this middle of the desert park, the place looks deserted, everything there is for free, and yet they still don’t find any of it a tad suspicious, at least not until they split-up as the kids go on rides operated by the creatures of Horrorland that go past the boundaries of being frightening, but rather hazardous where it may be their last. This episode in many ways amazes me. It amazes me how a two part episode like this can have such a strong and creative first act that’s at times legitimately scary, to having a second act that is absolutely terrible, with the exception of the climax.MV5BOTA3YjI3MjQtMmEwZS00NTQ3LTkwN2YtNDNkMjdkOTA2YjhkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The first half of the episode is as perfect as a “Goosebumps” episode can get. The characters as cliche as they are, are not only better actors than most of the actors we get on the show, but they’re also very likable for how they interact with each other. You totally buy that they are a family, and that they’re legitimately creeped out by this park. It’s stupid that they don’t catch on to the park not being safe till later on, but then we wouldn’t have an episode. The creatures in the park who are called Horrors, like Slappy or the Mutant, are fun to watch for how colorful their personalities are, but still come off as creepy for how strange they act, and glare at the characters. The make-up designs for them are also one of the best imaginative designs that the show has to offer. And I love how each horror has their own distinctive personality and design to make them stand out. The rides we see them go on, are inventive but also thrilling at the same time, especially when the kids go on the “Coffin Cruise” that feels claustrophobic. Just by looking at the colorful and goth-like sets and props that give this desert horror theme park plenty of personality, you can tell that the people making this episode had a bigger budget compared to most episodes of the show. Sure some of the effects at times look cheesy like the fireball effect, and the talking head that a horror carries around, but they are in some ways still fun to look at.MV5BODdkNjQ2M2QtYjUxOS00MjRjLWI0MjktMjMwMDU2MzY0ZWZkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_Then we get to the second half of the episode, where the story decides to change from being a story about a horror theme park, to having our characters competing on a game show in front of a live monster audience, where it turns out that the monsters have their own cable network as well. This whole lay-out feels like that it could’ve easily been its own story. I mean how do you go from a family being trapped in a theme park with monsters, to a family being forced to play on a game show hosted by monsters in the same story? It’s pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I don’t want to watch a game show, I want to see the family go on more deadly rides, and visit different parts of the park as they try to find a way out.

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THE HAUNTED HOUSE GAME

 

Nadine and Johnathan enter an old abandon house to find a little girl’s missing cat, but instead find a board game with an illustration of the house that they’re in on the cover of it. They open up the box under curiosity only to find themselves teleported into the board game where they must play to get out of the game and survive. Along the way they come across two kids who have been trapped inside the game for years, and are seeking a way out too.228802As “Jumanji” like as this premise is, there’s not only tons of original elements for it to stand on its own, but they’re also very ingenious. I like how they’re literally on a board game as living pieces where the lay-out for the game acts very much like a regular board game, and that they simply can’t move from their space since there’s a force field in the way and can only move depending on what the dice tells them to move after they roll it. I also love that each space they stand on teleports them to a different world where they have to figure what the giant card tells them to do, as they are being chased by ghosts which makes each scenario they get into after landing on each space unpredictable. But as clever as the game functions are, a part of me dislikes that the episode completely ignores the board game element during the last 10 minutes, and decides to have them trapped in a fun house type of location that’s filled with puzzles that (just like the second half in “One Day At Horrorland”) could’ve been an idea for a stand-alone episode. But with that said, I don’t think it really killed the episode by any means since the concept is executed well since the kids getting to a model of the abandon house was being built up, and that half of the things that they get on their journey does pay-off when they enter as they try to solve the puzzles that the house throws at them. So I can’t say the idea was that unnecessary.

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THE PERFECT SCHOOL

For pranking his little brother so many times, Brian is sent to a summer school (that’s literally called “The Perfect School”) that’s guaranteed to make him a better person. After making a friend on the bus named CJ, he discovers that the school is treated more as a prison than it is as a typical boarding school. But to make things worse, he suspects something sinister about the staff, and wonders what makes the kids appear to be so perfect when they leave.ShawnGB9When this two part episode began I didn’t think it was going to be good after getting an opening tease scare that was so predictable that I didn’t feel the need for it to build-on it, even if it is relevant to the story. And when I saw the obvious nerd and the rebellious cool kid on the bus I was rolling my eyes thinking “oh great, here are more of the bland stereotypes on the show that are just getting old”. But once they get to the school, I was hooked. All the way from when we first enter the school, to the end I felt just as curious as Brian is to know what was happening for how intense the build-up is. The actors playing the people who work at the school (especially the actor playing the head master) are genuine jerks who barely come off as comical, or over dramatic. The kids who act perfect all of sudden give a subtle creepy vibe for how unnaturally nice and pleasant they behave. The school looking like one big prison is eerie. How we discover each and every clue keeps you wanting to know more of what’s going on. And the pay-off to all this mystery, even though it was one of my guesses when the episode was near its end, it was still executed quite effectively. But I will admit that once we get our pay-off and the episode gives one last twist, while it’s a good one, I do hate that it feels like it’s setting itself up for a third part instead of being an ending, like the endings to “A Night In Terror Tower” and “The Haunted Mask 2” for example. And it also didn’t help as much that it left me with a few questions that will never be answered.

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WEREWOLF SKIN

 

An aspiring photographer named Alex is staying with his Aunt and Uncle out in the country for vacation (and yet for some reason is going to school there, that’s never explained why) at a town called “Werewolf Creek” (that sounds nothing like “Fever Swamp” at all). While staying with them, his relatives only give him two important rules to follow which is to never go to the creepy looking house across the street where their crazy neighbors (who we never see) live. And to NEVER go into the woods after dark since there are werewolves lurking around in there, which Alex refuses to believe. During his stay he makes friends with a girl named Hannah (where they first meet in the woods, like how Cooper and Fergie met in “The Barking Ghost”) but notices that the people are acting strange when werewolves are brought up, including his new friend. Eventually Alex does come across some werewolves to find a shocking discovery.313_WerewolfSkinAfter watching a successful two part “Goosebumps” episode that had nice thrills, a great mystery, and acting that’s good enough to keep to the intensity of it; here we get another two part episode that lacks all of it. As I was watching this episode, I was so uninterested in its story feeling not scared by any of it, that I found myself pin-pointing every plot thread and gimmick that the episode does that’s already been done before! The relatives hiding something from our lead; the wolves located in a Swamp; the stupid and unneeded bullies; the fast-moving POV shots that feels like watching a less scary version of “Fever Swamp” and “Camp Nightmare” for how overused the effect is; and oooh man, it feels like that almost everything in terms of story and visuals are just being half-assed. They even make the twist of the best friend being a werewolf the whole time crystal clear before it even happens, since the clues and how she reacts to werewolves are far from subtle by any stretch of the imagination! The werewolves costume design and how the skin moves by itself are decent effects, but is lacking of thrills. The only thing I enjoyed when it came to story and visuals was what the werewolf skin is used for; and the reveal of who’s wearing the skin before we get the “twist” with Hannah (though I’m sure you can guess who the first few werewolves were before her).

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AWESOME ANTS

Dave meets an eccentric exterminator during an infestation of ants at the Ice cream parlor, and decides to study ants for a school project after witnessing the event. He orders an ant farm to help him with his studies, but he gets one the size of a cage that can trap any man or animal, as he’s given a large manual for him to read before using the ant farm. The kid ignores reading the book, and over-feeds the ants that causes them to get stronger and eventually grow gigantic.goosebumpss03e18-002In my review of the Season 2 episode “Go Eat Worms”, I talked about how using ants and spiders would be a much scarier premise then worms just crawling around doing practically nothing. And the story to this episode is exactly what that episode should have been like. The kid wants to study ants for a project that’s sparked by his curiosity from an event involving them, rather than the kid just being a total creep who obsesses over them for the wrong reasons. The reason for the ants attacking him feels more clear and fleshed out. And I love that there’s a reason for them to grow, instead of just having one large bug of its kind.x1080-4A1

BRIDE OF THE LIVING DUMMY

 

Low-life bum Jimmie O’James finds Slappy the dummy inside his case (who’s perfectly intact, despite that he was struck by lightning, and possessed Hayden Christiane to make sure he helps ruin the Star Wars film franchise, in the end of the last episode he appeared in) and foolishly reads the card that makes him come to life. Jimmie starts doing stage shows with Slappy, until Slappy sees a doll in the audience that he’s attracted too. He forces Jimmie to send him to the doll by giving him to the owner’s older sister Jillian who he has met earlier as a gift. Slappy begins to terrorize Jillian and her little sister Katie, but Katie for some reason is behaving strange towards the doll that Slappy wants to marry.MV5BYmJjNTY0MjEtYjc4Yi00ODhjLWI1MjItNjk4MTgxMzA1YmY5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_This is the third and final appearance of Slappy in the show and despite the ignored continuity from the previous episode (though I’m willing to bet that this trilogy doesn’t even want to follow continuity at all), and the odd motivation, he still carries all the qualities that we love about him. He has his creepy moments from when he’s coming after the characters, or frightening them when he’s pretending to be a lifeless dummy. But he has his comical moments as well thanks to his wisecracking personality that’s always fun to watch. The costume effect that was used for Slappy in the last episode he appeared in for the scenes when he’s walking around and fighting another dummy is completely gone where the effects team is using a regular dummy for all of his screen-time. I did find it a tad bit disappointing that they didn’t keep the costume effect since it made him look more animated despite how obvious it was when they switch between effects, but they do just a solid job with using a regular dummy as they did in his debut episode. I will admit however that when we get to the climax, you get a sense on a couple of small occasions that someone off-screen is moving the dummy around. And when he fights against somebody since they don’t have a guy in a costume to make the attack seem real, they use the slow-motion effect, which granted does work to the scenes advantage since it would look like that somebody is moving him around, but it still feels out of nowhere, and inconsistent since we see the other characters move in regular speed.Cg4kf157eaXCwe4GAJWJIyDsa0

STRAINED PEAS

Nicholas’ parents bring home his new baby sister Grace, but during his attempts to bond with her, he notices the baby to be acting strange. She can walk around, she’s intelligent enough to spell out words through her blocks, and she can talk. Nicholas suspects that Grace wants him out so that she can be the only one to get all the love and attention, and tries to tell his parents about her, but of course they don’t believe him.goosebumpss03e13-002We all know about the bratty siblings on the show and how some of them can be worse than the actual monsters themselves (like Tara from “The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom” for example), and since Stine loves giving us that stereotype so much, it seems fitting that he would do one about a baby. This is obviously not a new concept, but it should be at least scary or entertaining to see R.L. Stine have a baby be both the brat and the monster. And while I’m sure that Stine did a better job with the story when he wrote the book, this episode is hardly any of that.

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SAY CHEESE AND DIE…AGAIN

 

In this sequel to a mediocre “Goosebumps” episode at best, Greg writes a paper on his experience with the cursed camera, but his teacher fails him unless he can prove to him that the camera is real. Greg goes back to the building where he found the camera, but it turns out that it’s been demolished, and Spidey the creator of the camera is nowhere to be found. He eventually manages to find it, and just when he has the evidence, all the chaos that the camera has brought to his life is starting all over again.goosebumpss03e04For a sequel to an episode that’s deliberately trying to follow continuity this time (unlike the Slappy sequels) as if it was the second half of the episode just like “The Haunted Mask 2” for example, it does an inexcusable poor job at doing so. When the last episode that involved the camera ended, Spidey who was after Greg and Shari for finding the camera and threatening to silence them from ever telling anybody about it, only to be trapped inside it by our heroes, to eventually being set free when a duo of one-dimensional bullies steal the camera. I was expecting this second half to have Spidey chase after the kids again, as the kids would wonder what happened to the bullies that used to harass them. But nope, that entire cliffhanger ending is completely ignored here! For the love of god, could they at least have Spidey show-up in at least one scene and do something, as opposed to seeing him in the flashbacks. All throughout the episode Greg is paranoid wondering where Spidey is and if he’s going to come after him, and as you’re eagerly waiting for him to appear, it never happens, nor do we ever find out what happened him. They couldn’t even make up some excuse about him dying, or being arrested or something? It would at least make some kind of sense for his absence in a sequel that’s begging to have him back.MV5BMTgwNzM4MDMtZGQxYi00M2EwLWI2NjctM2JhYTNkYWI4NWM3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODQ1OTU2MDI@._V1_

TEACHER’S PET

 

Becca and her friend Benjy are on an overnight class-field to learn about how the food chain works at a nature center. But Becca suspects something strange going on in the woods when she sees a rabbit with a lizard’s face. Eventually she and Benjy discover an old abandon cabin in the woods, where someone appears to be experimenting animals by turning them into monstrous creatures. The episode’s story from what I read to my understanding doesn’t follow the book, but as always I’m reviewing it on its own merits, just like how I reviewed all the others.b8e46aee9d0f6c88ed51bc78f7d79b2d8ce16fa7It’s important to know that the episode is dedicated to the actress who played Becca, Michelle Risi, who sadly died of meningitis following its production at the age of 16, which is very sad and unfortunate. And truth be told, even if she didn’t die I’d still say she’s not bad of an actress. But while her acting isn’t bad, the character she portrays and the material she’s given to work with isn’t much. I know you expect that from the leading characters of the show, but there’s nothing really about her performance or her character’s personality that stands-out. And to be fair, it’s not just her alone, so is pretty much all the other characters. The best friend, the snobby bullies, her teacher, they’re all just so forgettable for how boring and cliched they are. The only character and performance that stands-out from the rest is the actor playing the instructor of the nature center, for how weird he acts which is way too obvious that he’s the one doing all the experiments. Surprisingly the actor they got to play him, is the same actor who played Spidey in the episode “Say Cheese And Die”, and rather than giving a loud and over dramatic performance like he did as Spidey where he loses all sense of scares and creep, here he comes off as a little more creepier for how quiet and monotone he is. It is a little too mellow-dramatic, but it still fits the character just fine.f9df6da24f8fcb352cfc6be7a171ba10The Season does have more good episodes that are imaginative, entertaining, and at times scary that I would actually find myself re-watching compared to half of the episodes from the Second Season, but it still has its share of strong weaknesses. It’s not just the same old problems that the previous seasons had, by having some cheesy effects, bad acting, and being too silly instead of scary, it’s mainly because the cliches are now getting old at this point. In pretty much half of the episodes, I knew where a story was going for how predictable the lay-out and formula was. Most of the characters I know I’ve seen before in the other two Seasons, just with a different name and monster to face. And the effects and camera work that looked impressive and scary in the first two Seasons are starting to look boring since we’re seeing the same old tricks used too many times. The episodes that I praised are still good and some of the show’s finest, and I especially admired when the show pulled off a 3 part mini-series that was completely original. But if you’re expecting plenty of changes to the shows formula, you’re not going to get much of that here and may find them to be tiring after sitting through two whole Seasons of it.