REVIEW: HIGHLANDER: THE RAVEN

 

MAIN CAST

Elizabeth Gracen (Marked For Death)
Paul Johansson (Van Helsing)
Patricia Gage (American Psycho)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Michael Copeman (When Hope Calls)
Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis)
Julian Richings (Man of Steel)
Carlo Rota (Saw V)
James Kidnie (Robocop: The Series)
Catherine Black (Loser)
Hannes Jaenicke (Half Past Dead)
Cedric Smith (Mutant X)
Alan Van Sprang (Reign)
Tara Rosling (Impulse)
Lawrence Dane (Bride of Chucky)
Carl Marotte (My Bloody Valentine)
Karen Glave (The Tuxedo)
John Ralston (Bitten)
Shary Guthrie (Earth: Final Conflict)
Andrew Jackson (Smallville)
Michael Daingerfield (Arrow)
Noam Jenkins (Gossip)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Stargate SG.1)
Gordon Currie (Friday The 13th 8)
Polly Shannon (Men With Brooms)
Geordie Johnson (Dracula: The Series)
Peter Mensah (Spartacus)
Jim Byrnes (Sanctuary)
Valentine Pelka (The Pianist)
Ellen Dubin (Mary Kills People)
Robert Cavanah (Pimp)
Lysette Anthony (Krull)
Glynis Barber (The Outpost)
Michael Siberry (Birdman)
Michelle Gomez (Chilling Adventuires of Sabrina)
Ronan Vibert (Hex)
Stephen Moyer (The Gifted)
Glynis Barber (The Outpost)

With Highlander: The Raven, it became quickly obvious that this show wasn’t as good as the predecessor. The writing wasn’t as good, and some episodes were clearly not well done. That much I’m in agreement with everyone else here. But I would ask other viewers to also try to see the positive aspects that H:TR had. For starters, the chemistry between Amanda and detective Wolf was great.

I’m not sure why exactly, but these two were just perfect together, in both dialogue, thought processes and acting. I think that the writers here were trying to bring the world of immortals to deal with the point of view of a mortal, ie, Wolf, thus where we saw a mortal protagonist taking the heads of two immortals in the only season that this show was alive, the first by shooting at glass that decapitated his foe and the second (a very well-done episode) where Wolf used a sword to decapitate the immortal who was killing people for their organs.

That was basically the act of allowing a mortal to interact with immortals as their equal for the first time, instead of always running to a friendly immortal to do his bidding when another immortal was a villain who needed to be dealt with (ala Joe Dawson with Duncan). Here, a mortal took charge. There were other episodes that were truly gems to watch, the best being the one where Amanda had robbed a soldier during WW1 and inadvertently caused the deaths of 120 of his `brothers’, as that character stated in such a charming way. The one with father Liam and his doubts about his centuries-long faith in the priesthood was also a very good one, with Amanda baiting him to place himself between her sword and the woman journalist she pretended to wish to kill.

The very first episode where Wolf’s former partner had placed herself in between Amanda and a bullet, whereas basically leaving Amanda’s facial expression almost screaming out `WHAT DID YOU DO?!’ because she knew it was a sacrifice done for nothing, also leading her to possibly reconsider her values because someone who was dedicated to stopping her when she was a thief was still placing herself in harm’s way to protect her life. And, last but not least, the last episode where we found out that Wolf himself was an immortal now, and the science of immortality was clearly explained, at least to me, when he confronted Amanda about it. Just too bad we never got to see a second season to this cool show, thus allowing detective Wolf to be an immortal himself. But this will always be one of my favorite shows. Not as good as the great Highlander: The Series , but definitely one that was a joy to see every Saturday afternoon.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: BLESS THE CHILD

CAST

Kim Bassinger (Batman)
Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue)
Holliston Coleman (Dinner With Friends)
Rufus Sewell (Hercules)
Angela Bettis (Carrie 2002)
Christina Ricci (The Addams Family)
Eugene Lipinski (Arrow)
Ian Holm (The Hobbit)
Elisabeth Rosen (Warcraft)
Cedric Smth (X-Men: TAS)
Gary Hudson (Smallville)
Peter Mensah (Sleepy Hollow)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)
Arnold Pinnock (Cypher)

Image result for bless the child (2000)Maggie O’Connor’s (Kim Basinger) life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna (Angela Bettis) abandons her newborn autistic daughter, Cody, at her home. Maggie takes Cody in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later, Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric (Rufus Sewell), and abducts Cody (Holliston Coleman). Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits), an expert in ritual murder and occult-related crime, takes up her case when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children.
Image result for bless the child (2000)Cody, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply special. She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child and the love she inspires in those she touches.Image result for bless the child (2000)It will probably not suit gore’ horror fans as it’s mainly psychological as you try to figure it out at the start and then it plays on the emotions in the second half. A good late night chiller.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: SCANNERS III: THE TAKEOVER

CAST

Liliana Komorowska (Screamers)
Valérie Valois  (Lava Storm)
Steve Parrish (Grave Matters)
Colin Fox (Goosebumps)
Daniel Pilon (Plague)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)

Helena Monet (Liliana Komorowska), a Scanner is troubled by the painful side-effects of her telepathic powers. This drives her to try her adoptive father’s untested, experimental drug called Eph-3 (pronounced “F3”), a variant of the drug Ephemerol prescribed to Scanners to help attenuate the myriad voices (representing the thoughts of people around them) which their natural, inborn telepathy otherwise forces them to hear. Her use of Eph-3 causes her to lose her sense of moral conscience, making her into a megalomaniac. She kills her father (Colin Fox) and takes over his pharmaceutical company. Her long-lost adopted brother Alex, also a Scanner, is alerted to her dangerous behavior and attempts to stop her.scanners202As her rise to power and desire for global dominance gains momentum, her brother must fend off the attackers whom she has sent after him and ultimately defeat his sister to save the world.ScannersScanners III: The Takeover is not a bad movie. The plot is well constructed through a tight screenplay; the story has a great villain; the acting is reasonable for a movie directly released on video.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 2

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Melody Johnson (Jason X)
Ellen-Ray Hennessy (The Glow)
Melissa Bathory (The Magic School Bus)
Maurice Godin (House)
Adam West (Batman 60s)
Scott Wickware (Traitor)
Tabitha Lupien (Hairspray)
Kristin Fairlie (Total Drama)
Charlotte Sullivan (Mary Kills People)
Martin Roach (Cube Zero)
Peter Keleghan (Ginger Snaps)
Davie Hemblen (Earth: Final Conflict)
Jordan Prentice (Mirror Mirror)
Erica Luttrell (Reign of The Supermen)
Kathryn Long (Wind at My Back)
Colin Fox (Daylight)
Amos Crawley (Billy Madison)
Brenda Bazinet (Catwalk)
Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)
Kris Lemche (Ginger Snaps)
Kyle Labine (Freddy vs Jason)
Sarah Podemski (Tin Star)
Corinne Conley (That Girl)
Joy Tanner (Prom Night IV)
Lori Alter (Senior Trip)
Meredith Henderson (Jumper)
Earl Pastko (Land of The Dead)
Helen Hughes (Billy Madison)
Amy Stewart (Ice Princess)
A.J. Cook (Tru Calling)
Hayden Christensen (Shattered Glass)
Annick Obonsawin (Warehouse 13)
Eugene Lipinski (Superman II)

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Meet Samantha Byrd, a girl who gets constantly bullied by her worst enemy Judith and is a misfit in school. One day, she helps a stranger named Clarissa and as a reward for her kindness, Clarissa decides to give her three wishes. As if you don’t know what the rest of the plot is, she makes wishes and there are consequences to each wish. Ok, it’s the same old, predictable plot, but to be fair it does make the moral truly stand out, as well as being careful on who you meet and help.

As far as the episode goes despite having typical cliche characters and predictable storyline, it still has a few good twists to keep us interested, the wishes that our character makes are both funny and dark at the same time while making the story’s theme stand out and of course and again the real reason that makes the episode so great is the character Clarissa. Cliched story, but nowhere near bad.MV5BNzA0ODA1MDgtOGZjNy00MDJjLWEzZDQtZGE0OWYwOWEyN2E1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk3MjU5NjA@._V1_

ATTACK OF THE MUTANT

Skipper is a boy who obsesses over comic books, especially the comic book series starring his favorite super villain, The Masked Mutant. One day, Skipper misses his Bus Stop and finds himself in front of the headquarters of The Masked Mutant. Throughout the episode, Skipper keeps going back to the headquarters and finds many new twists and turns where he finally learns that his comic book might be real.

The episode is great. The villain’s cool, Adam West is a lot of fun, the characters are enjoyable, it has a swell comic book look and it has plenty of twists and turns for many of us to enjoy.

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BAD HARE DAY

A young boy named Tim, dreams of becoming a magician and idolizes over his favorite magician Amazo. After seeing him perform live, he discovers that Amazo is a real jerk and decides to steal his magic kit. However, Tim accidentally makes his little sister disappear and he finds a talking rabbit who was once a human and a great magician. Tim must now bring back his Sister and stop Amazo by turning the rabbit back into the great magician he once was.

 

The episode is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Yeah, I’ll admit, I guess looking back at it, it was predictable, but I don’t know, I’ve seen it two times and I was still amazed by the plot twist and dark ending, as well as being hooked while watching it. I also love the use of Magic tricks in this episode because it really gives the episode its magical look and feel. Again, the only downer in this episode for me are most of the characters, but with all honesty, they’re not that bad. Overall, it was a fair and decent episode and was indeed magical and a lot of fun.hqdefault

THE HEADLESS GHOST

Duane and Stephanie constantly visit an old Haunted House by the Sea that’s currently a tourist attraction, however, Stephanie likes to constantly scare people in there as well as disrespect the spirits that live there. A boy named Seth tells them that the real ghosts come after closing and an interested Stephanie and a reluctant Duane decide to go on this rare private tour which may be their last. First off, I really, really admire the set up, it’s just as creative as “A Night In Terror Tower”. Instead of having one ghost that haunts the house, we actually get a few and each of them have an interesting death. On top of it, we get plenty of interesting and creepy visuals and twists along the tour.

There’s plenty more things for me to talk about like the ghosts, the twists, some of the visuals, but then I’d be ruining the episode for you. Believe me, the less you know, the more thrilling and interesting this episode becomes. There’s so much going on in this episode that I’m surprised that they achieved it all in only less than a half hour.

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GO EAT WORMS

Ok with a title like that, chances are we’re in for something really gross and stupid and that’s what this episode actually is! Todd is a boy who’s completely obsessed with worms! He loves them, he experiments with them, he uses them to prank his annoying little sister, he owns a bunch of them and his room is full of pictures of them. This kid is actually scaring me and grossing me out. However, I guess from the cruelty of how he treats worms and experiments with them, the worms come after him…I’m scared…no wait…I’m grossed out!

This episode was gross, dumb and not scary! This episode is probably the dumbest and worst episode I’ve probably ever seen from this show! I honestly don’t know how any bad episode is going to top this one!

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YOU CAN’T SCARE ME

Two kids named Hat and Eddie are trying to prank a pitch perfect girl named Courtney who is very smart, very nice and not afraid of anything. Hearing about a monster called the Mud Monsters, the two boys decide to prank her by tricking her that the Mud Monster is real. However, the plan backfires since the Mud Monster is in fact real and begins to chase after the two boys.

This episode could have been a concept where it’s so stupid and cheesy that it’s fun to watch (Like “It Came From Beneath The Sink” for example), but to be honest it’s actually stupidly annoying. The two main characters are bland recycled characters, the girl is so annoyingly perfect that she feels like she’s insulting the viewer whenever we see her, the Monster is so lame that it’s not even funny, and the story itself is stupid. Maybe it was the episodes intention to be stupid, maybe the character Courtney was intended to be annoyingly unlikable to the viewer, maybe the monster was supposed to be a dumb idea from the start, but I’m sorry when you have no pay off of something bad happening to your annoying character, lame humor, and on top of it, an out of place scene that’s supposed to scare and scar kids from the very start, it doesn’t work and feels like a mess.

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REVENGE OF THE LAWN GNOMES

Joe’s Dad has bought two Lawn Gnomes for his garden to win a best garden contest against the nasty next door neighbor Major McCall. However, the Gnomes are alive and are destroying McCall’s garden and framing it on Joe. Joe tries to convince everyone that the Gnomes did it, but no one believes him. Alright, seriously, this is a rehash of “Night Of The Living Dummy 2”! The look and style is similar, and it follows the same exact formula.

 

The idea is silly (I mean, come on, try saying the title out loud without laughing) and it is mostly a rehash of the “Night Of The Living Dummy 2” plot only this time with Gnomes, but it was at least a decent episode especially when comparing it to the last two episodes that I just reviewed. The characters while not interesting, they’re still fine; the Gnomes are cool and fun villains; and the nasty next door neighbor is a delight to watch. Not the greatest episode, but I did enjoy it.x1080-xMi

GHOST BEACH

Terri and Jerry Saddler are staying with their distant cousins on a beach during their vacation. The kids also meet two other kids named Sam and Louisa, who also have the same last name as them. During their stay, they find out that the beach is haunted by a ghost and that the ghost lives in a cave. While their new friends and cousins tell them to stay away from the cave, the kids decide to go anyway to find some shocking and horrifying facts.

It’s an episode that goes by so quickly that you ask yourself with a confused and fuzzy memory “What was I watching”. It’s an awful episode, but not as awful as the episode with the worms.MV5BMDkwNjg2ZWItOWZmNi00NzM3LWJiYWItODFmMjk1Y2E2MTMyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

ATTACK OF THE JACK-O’-LANTERNS

It’s Halloween and Drew and Walker are getting ready to go Trick-Or-Treating, however, the two are being pranked by two kids from the Neighborhood named Tabitha and Lee. But two friends of Drew named Shane and Shana, who once lived in the neighborhood have a plan for the two bullies. Drew and Walker go Trick-Or-Treating with the bullies and the group meet two giant creatures with Jack-O-Lanterns for heads. At first, the kids think it’s the two kids pulling a prank, but then they come to realize that they are real monsters with magical powers.

Much like what “The Haunted Mask” did, the episode truly captures its Halloween atmosphere pretty well. The Jack-A-lanterns are pretty creepy and cool looking and their personalities while over the top, is still a bit freaky. I also love how at first you think (Like all the characters) that these monsters are just Shane and Shana pulling a prank on the two bullies. However, once the characters find out they’re real, you begin to believe that they’re not only real, but probably have killed the two kids since there’s been a history of disappearances of people missing. Yeah, the idea of making the kids Trick-Or-Treat forever does sound silly, but personally I think it was done well here. The special effects are good, but cheesy at the same time and even if half of the effects do look cheesy, there’s still a creative and Halloween charm to the cheesiness of these effects. There’s also a dream sequence of the kids being trapped in a stranger’s house and while being something you can cut out from the episode, it’s still pretty unsettling. The episode also has a really good plot twist, but with that said, it feels a little too similar to how the twist in “Welcome To Camp Nightmare” was executed. The episode’s a mixed bag of things I love and hate about it and with the negatives aside, I still find it enough to be enjoyably creepy, creative, fun and entertaining.4508924_l3

THE HAUNTED MASK 2

Taking place a year after the events from “The Haunted Mask”; the spirit of Halloween has brought back the evil Mask that Carly Beth wore, and now seeks her to be part of her face forever. However, the Mask needs help. It leads one of the kids who bullied Carly Beth to the abandon party store, where Carly Beth got the Mask, and now Steve finds an old man Mask, that he plans to wear to scare people to make his last Halloween become his most memorable one. However, the old man Mask takes over Steve’s face, and now the Mask that Carly Beth wore has Steve under his control, and will only free him from his old man Mask, if he helps it get revenge on Carly Beth. If you read my “Top 8 Favorite Goosebumps Episodes From Season 1”, you probably already know that I saw this episode before I ever saw the first Haunted Mask episode. Now that I’ve finally seen both episodes, is this episode just as good and faithful to the first classic episode?

The Make-Up they use for the old man Mask, is twice as creepy and nightmarish, as the original Mask. It looks scary, disgusting, and hideous; you have Spider’s crawling on the Mask’s face; you see the kid’s hands actually change into old prune hands; and the Old man voice is done so great, that it definitely tops the scary voice that Mask uses when the Mask controls Carly Beth in the first one. The original Mask from the first one looks just as scary as it did in the first episode. The effect for the Mask floating has upgraded a bit (Until the climax that is, that was cheaper than the effects in the first episode); when taking over a body, instead of having human eye’s, it has wide dark lifeless eyes like a Mask without a person wearing it (Odd, but still scary); almost every moment with the original Mask is twice as scary as the first episode; and on top of it, it talks in a voice so dark and sinister that it makes me wonder, why the Mask would want to take over Carly Beth. I mean, does the Mask really want to talk in that childish voice again; he has a body that’s bigger, darker, and gives him a more sinister voice than the body that a Pre-teen girl can bring? With joking aside, the Haunted Masks revenge is still a good enough plot for a kids show. The episode also surprisingly carries the same look, feel, and atmosphere as the first episode, and it does indeed bring back the nostalgia from the first episode.

This is actually a sequel that’s just as great as the first one, and is pulled off so well, that it feels like the second act to the first episode, and to me, that’s important to any good sequel!kevinz_1304626408

LET’S GET INVISIBLE

Max, his little brother Noah, and his friends find a mirror hidden in the attic, with a light that can make them invisible. The kids start playing with it until weird side effects begin to happen the more time they become invisible and to make matters worse the kids discover another world behind the mirror, where their reflections are waiting to take their place in the real world. Ok, I get what R.L. Stine is trying to do with this concept, and maybe this story translated a lot better in his book, but in a less than a 30 minute episode, it makes little sense. There’s a history with this mirror, but it’s never explored or talked about. It can make you invisible, but you’re taken into another dimension if you’re invisible for too long? I feel like R.L. Stine took two separate stories, one being about a light that makes you invisible; and the other one being about a mysterious mirror that leads you to another dimension; and combined both stories and ideas into one. Maybe it’s explained better in the book, but how it’s translated here, it feels like a mess.

The only good thing this episode offers are the creative special effects, and some cool ideas, but as a whole it feels like one big mess, starring bland characters that we can care less about.

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THE SCARECROW WALKS AT MIDNIGHT

Jodie and Mark are spending their summer vacation in the country on their Grandparents farm, however, their Grandparents have been acting strange whenever one of their farm workers named Stanley is around. The farm is also haunted by living Scarecrows that only walk at Midnight. Does Stanley have something to do with the walking Scarecrows; well isn’t it obvious? Let me just say that the explanation to why the Scarecrows walk makes very little sense at all.

The Scarecrows, while having cool and scary designs, and having great build up to them, they don’t do anything. All they do is scare, chase, and that’s it. They don’t do anything productive or villainous at all except look scary. They don’t even have any personality at all. So yeah, they’re scary looking, but outside of that, they’re nothing special. By the way, in the ending when The Harvester comes to life and starts coming after our characters. I thought it was a cool and scary concept, until I clearly saw the silhouette of the person driving it in more than one shot. What a great way to ruin your scary ending! The episode started out good, but once we got to the climax that’s when things started getting bad. It’s not an awful or bad episode, since it does deliver a few scares with those scary looking scarecrows, as well as being entertaining, but as a whole, it’s still weak.

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MONSTER BLOOD/MORE MONSTER BLOOD

A kid named Evan stays at his weird Aunt’s house, while his parents go house hunting in Georgia. However, he is told by his Aunt to not go into a room that she never locks, even after when catching him in the room. He and a neighborhood girl named Andy, sneak into this horrifying old room, to find a jar of green ooze called Monster Blood, which they curiously take out of the jar, and start playing with it as if it was Flubber. However, the Ooze continues to grow and grow, and eat everything in its path, even when making the slightest contact with a human that for some reason doesn’t consume Evan, when he becomes covered in it after foolishly sitting on the ledge of the Bathtub, with this dangerous substance in it. Evan manages to get rid of it, but in the second part of the episode, some of the blood somehow gets into his suitcase, and starts eating people on the plane one by one.

OK, before I go further into the review, let me address that “Monster Blood” is really popular in the “Goosebumps” franchise. It has it’s own series of books; it crosses-over in many other “Goosebumps” books; and that green ooze dripping to create the “Goosebumps” logo, is actually the “Monster Blood”. The second part “More Monster Blood” isn’t even based off a book, it was created for the show. While, I never read any of the “Monster Blood” stories, except for using it in the choose your own adventure book (Which I love reading) “Escape From The Carnival Of Horrors”, I am really displeased on what a letdown that this episode was.

Moremonsterblood_3This two part episode was terrible! I’ll admit, some of the characters and performances are decent, some of the effects are ok, and the second part had such a great set-up that I wish that it was a stand-alone episode. However, the episode suffers from some bland and idiotic characters, poor CGI effects, and lame and confusing writing. As bad as it is, it was at least entertainingly fun.

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VAMPIRE BREATH

Freddy and Cara are left home alone by their parents, and the two find a secret door. Inside the secret door, they find a Coffin, and a bottle of Vampire Breath, which they foolishly open, waking up a Vampire named Count Nightwing, who chases after the kids to consume the rest of the bottle. However, the kids find a hidden room, within the hidden room, that leads to a room full of Coffins, as a Vampire slave girl named Gwendolyn tries to help the kids.

There’s really not much else for me to say or comment on, except that it’s a lame episode that’s badly acted and filled with so many plot holes that it hurts my head just thinking about them. If there was only one good thing that the episode did ok with, the sets are nice, but it doesn’t save anything.

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HOW TO KILL A MONSTER

Gretchan and Clark are two kids who have now become Brother and Sister, after their parents married each other. While their parents are on their Honeymoon, the kids stay with Gretchan’s Grandparents who live in a swamp. During their visit, the Grandparents are hiding something in a room that the kids are not allowed to go in (Seen it before), however, the kids eventually go into the room, and discover that the Grandparents are hiding a monster in that room. The kids are left alone, and are locked inside the house (With locks inside the house as opposed to outside of the house. How did the Grandparents leave, or why did the kids not break the locks to get out of the house?) as the monster chases after them. Aside from the flaw I just mentioned, and a cliche that we’ve seen before; I really love the episode’s set-up!

The episode has a good set-up; decent effects and atmosphere; good chemistry between our two leads; and fun supporting characters. However, the ending freaking killed it, and that was a huge downer. It’s better than the episodes after “The Haunted Mask 2”, but the ending ruined it!

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CALLING ALL CREEPS

Ricky is your typical nerdy loser, who constantly gets picked on and bullied, especially from a popular girl named Tasha. Ricky tries to get back at her by writing in the school paper for creeps to contact her, but his plan backfires when Tasha discovers his plan, and has the creeps call him instead. A trio of kids who used to bully Ricky, turn out to be a race of monsters called Creeps, who think Ricky is their commander who has a plan to turn everybody in the world into “Creeps”, starting with the kids at their school.

This episode is showing signs of the series getting better with its acting and dark ending, but it’s still a bit of a letdown with its confusing storyline and cheesy monster effects.

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WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE

Amanda and Josh move into an old house in a dark town called “Darkfalls”, and strange things begin to happen ever since their Mother puts up an old family heirloom that’s supposed to be a good luck charm. The people who live in the town act very strange; their pet dog is acting weird; and Amanda sees dead people inside the house. Lately, we’ve been getting plenty of mediocre episodes from this show, but boy, things are really starting to bounce right back up again! First of all, I really love the episode’s premise. Instead of having a typical Haunted House story, you get a dark and creepy town to go with it, and on top of it, you get zombies coming after our main characters. It’s a really dark and creative set up. For those who are expecting this story to follow the book, like many “Goosebumps” episodes, it doesn’t; but it’s still a great episode.

 

The look and feel of the episode, is really dark and eerie! I mean seeing these dark and shadowy shots, mixed with the eerie music and sound effects creates a really unsettling atmosphere for this episode. Of course, the best sequence in the whole episode, goes to the climax when our characters are being chased by the zombies, from a cemetery to the old house where they live in! It’s really a cool and thrilling sequence! The episodes final scare, is not only scary, but makes you wonder what happens next. So as you may have guessed, I enjoy this episode a lot. I guess the only few flaws that I found in it that even I questioned as a kid is, why did a dead girl warn Amanda to leave the house, despite the fact that she needs her blood to stay alive? It’s a scary scene, don’t get me wrong, but her telling Amanda to leave, to later coming after her, makes no sense! I also would have liked to see the cursed heirloom explored a bit more, than what we were given. On top of it, the twist of the town residents being zombies, and even the ones who we’re supposed to be surprised that they are zombies, was really predictable and kind of obvious. Even when I was a kid, watching this episode for the first time, I’ve seen, or felt that twist coming! However, despite these flaws, I still really think it’s a great episode, and personally, those flaws don’t bother me as much as you think! This episode has indeed redeemed this Season from many of the mediocre episodes that I’ve reviewed after “The Haunted Mask 2” for its unsettling atmosphere; creative and dark premise; and excellent acting!

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DON’T WAKE MUMMY

Jeff constantly gets picked on, and pranked by his older sister Kim, for being a scare-able wimp. One day, their Father who’s away in Egypt (Or in a room with a tent and an obvious painted backdrop of Pyramids that not only won’t fool a kid into thinking he’s in Egypt; but makes you wonder where the budget for this show went) sends a Mummy to their house inside a sarcophagus and a jar containing its heart. Kim and his friend open the sarcophagus, which awakens the Mummy inside it. I hate to say this, but now the Season’s moving backwards again!

While this episode will most likely scare little kids, then kids around 7 and up, it’s an ok episode. It’s not one of the better ones due to having some bland acting and some really cheesy effects; but it does have a few good things going for it.

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THE BLOB THAT ATE EVERYONE

If you’re thinking that this is a “Goosebumps” episode that rips-off or homages “The Blob”, well, you don’t get a cheap “Blob” copy until the climax. Yeah, I’m dead serious, the blob, isn’t the episodes focus! Instead, its about a young aspiring writer named Zack, who trespasses into a store that was hit by lightning and finds a typewriter that has electrocuted him. Despite having a computer at home (Even though, I do get the idea that he wanted to use something old fashioned), and instead of avoiding a typewriter that has electrocuted him; he still wants it. Just as he steals it; a creepy store owner who comes out of the shadows, tells him he can have it, as opposed to wanting it back, and we never ever see or hear from her ever again! Zack starts writing stuff on the typewriter, and all of his writing comes true. How does a man eating blob fit the story; he’s trying to write a story about one, but we don’t see it until the climax.

The episode is really a downer. The characters stink; the scary magical typewriter is not creative or scary; the blob monster looks so horrible and ugly, and does so little in the story, that it was best to not include it in the episode at all; and the ending was a complete downer.0478ce22590c92efcabc644c39201867

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY 3

Trina and Daniel’s wimpy cousin who has a fear of dummies named Zane, comes to visit them for a few days. Their Dad, who is a dummy collector, receives a new dummy named Slappy (And for some reason, only a piece of his face is missing, then his entire face that was busted up in the last episode with Slappy) who is back to causing mischief and coming after our main characters, once our characters read the card that brings him to life. This episode is a two part episode, when the previous one with Slappy was a one parter, and it does indeed work as a two part episode, because of how each part works as a first and second act. The first part is off-screen mischief that we assume that Slappy is causing, when in a twist its Zane (Sorry to give away the twist, but I had to give it away, because it leads to an important criticism in my review); and the second part is Slappy chasing our main characters as they are home alone in the middle of a dark and stormy night. Those are really good set-ups for both acts.

 

While not being as good as I remembered it, it’s still one of the better episodes from this Season. Slappy despite not being as scary as he used to be, he’s still fun; the acting is good; it does have some decent scares; and the effects are good, despite how obvious of who the puppet is, and the actor is.

Rocky_(Night_of_the_Living_Dummy_III)The Season started out great, but once we got to the worms episode that’s when things go down hill. The ideas, scares, and effects for most of the episodes seem good or creative, but for the majority, we get bland and cliche characters and people who can’t act; ideas and stories that seem like a mess of different ideas that are executed poorly or are just dumb to begin with; really cheesy and silly monsters and special effects; pacing that feels rushed to the point where we wonder what we were just watching; and endings that nearly kill the whole episode. While close to getting a 2/5 for entertainment value, there are indeed some really great episodes that really do hit bulls-eyes. There’s not too many of them, but they’re still great by being fun; having cool visuals and effects (In TV standards); some decent acting and likable characters; some scary villains and monsters; a heavy atmosphere; and a creative and scary premise. While this Season is mostly an entertaining mess, it still has enough great and decent episodes to balance itself out with the bad ones.

REVIEW: THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

CAST

Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly)
Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone)
Sam Shepard (BLack Hawk Down)
Jeremy Renner (The Avengers)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Garret Dillahunt (Winter’s Bone)
Mary-Louise Parker (Red)
Zooey Deschanel (Tin Man)
Alison Elliott (Birth)
Ted Levine (The Silence of The Lambs)
Michael Parks (Argo)
Paul Schneider (Lars and The Real Girl)
Sarah Lind (True Justice)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series)

In 1881, young, starstruck Robert “Bob” Ford (Casey Affleck) seeks out Jesse James (Brad Pitt) when the James gang is planning a train robbery in Blue Cut, Missouri, making unsuccessful attempts to join the gang with the help of his older brother Charley (Sam Rockwell), already a member. The train turns out to be carrying only a fraction of the money originally thought, and Frank James (Sam Shepard) tells Charley Ford that this robbery would be the last the James brothers would commit. Jesse returns home to Kansas City, bringing the Fords, Dick Liddil (Paul Schneider) and his cousin, Wood Hite (Jeremy Renner). Jesse sends Charley, Wood and Dick away, but insists that Bob stay. He wanted the younger man just for his help in moving furniture to a new home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Bob becomes more admiring of James before being sent back to his sister’s farmhouse, where he rejoins his brother Charley, Hite, and Liddil.Liddil reveals to Bob that he is in collusion with another member of the James gang, Jim Cummins, to capture Jesse for a substantial bounty. Meanwhile, Jesse visits another gang member, Ed Miller (Garret Dillahunt), who gives away information on Cummins’ plot. Jesse kills Miller, then departs with Liddil to hunt down Cummins. Unable to locate him, Jesse viciously beats Albert Ford (Jesse Frechette), a young cousin of Bob and Charley. Liddil returns to the Boltons’ farmhouse, and argues with Hite, which ends with Bob Ford killing Hite. They dump his body in the woods to conceal the murder from Jesse.Jesse and Charley Ford travel to St. Joseph where Jesse learns of Hite’s disappearance, which Charley denies knowing anything about. Meanwhile, Bob goes to Kansas City Police Commissioner Henry Craig (Michael Parks), saying he knows Jesse James’ whereabouts. To prove his allegiance with the James gang, Bob urges Craig to arrest Dick Liddil. Following Liddil’s arrest and confession to participation in numerous gang robberies, Bob brokers a deal with the Governor of Missouri, Thomas T. Crittenden (James Carville). He is given ten days to capture or kill Jesse James, and promised a substantial bounty and full pardon for murder.Charley persuades Jesse to take Bob Ford into the gang; the brothers return to St. Joseph. Introduced as cousins to the Howards (the James’ pseudonym), they stay with the family, including Zee James (Mary-Louise Parker) and their two children. Jesse wants to revive his gang by robberies with the Fords, beginning with the Platte City bank. On the morning of April 3, 1882, Jesse and the Ford brothers prepare to depart for the robbery. Jesse reads in the newspaper about the arrest and confessions of Liddil. While the three men are in the living room, Jesse removes his gun belt and climbs a chair to clean a dusty picture. Bob shoots Jesse in the back of the head and flees with Charley. They send a telegram to the governor to announce Jesse’s death, for which they were to receive $10,000. However, they never receive more than $500 each.After the murder, the Fords become celebrities, touring with a theatre show in Manhattan in which they re-enact the assassination, but people soon dislike that Bob shot Jesse, unarmed, in the back. Guilt-stricken, Charley writes numerous letters to Zee James asking for her forgiveness, but does not send them. Suffering from terminal tuberculosis, he commits suicide in May 1884. Bob works around the West. On June 8, 1892, Bob is murdered by Edward O’Kelley (Michael Copeman), at his saloon in Creede, Colorado. O’Kelley is sentenced to life in prison, but Colorado Governor James Bradley Orman pardons him after ten years in 1902.Get ready for the assassination everyone knows is coming but no one can prepare for. Never has been a film that tells you the entire story in the title and can still surprise the viewer with beautiful cinematic moments.

REVIEW: THE FLY (1986)

CAST

Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park)
Geena Davis (The Exorcist TV)
John Getz (Curly Sue)
Joy Boushel (Terror Train)
Leslie Carlson (Highlander: The Series)
Michael Copeman (Death To Smoochy)
David Cronenberg (Alias)

At a meet-the-press event sponsored by Bartok Science Industries, Seth Brundle, a brilliant, eccentric scientist, meets Veronica Quaife, a science journalist. Seth takes Veronica back to the warehouse which serves as both his home and laboratory, where he shows her a project that will change the world: a set of “Telepods” that allows instantaneous teleportation of an object from one pod to another. Brundle convinces Veronica to keep the project’s existence quiet in exchange for exclusive rights to the story, and she begins to document his work. Although the Telepods can transport inanimate objects, they cannot teleport living things, a test baboon is turned-inside out during an experiment.

Seth and Veronica soon begin a romantic relationship, and their first sexual encounter provides inspiration for Seth, who reprograms the Telepod computer to cope with living flesh. Shortly thereafter, he successfully teleports a second baboon. Seth wants to have a romantic celebration with Veronica, but she abruptly departs without telling him why. Seth’s judgment soon becomes impaired by alcohol and his fear that Veronica is secretly rekindling her relationship with her editor and former lover, Stathis Borans. In reality, Veronica has left to confront Borans about a veiled threat, spurred by his romantic jealousy of Brundle, to publish the Telepod story without her consent. Drunk and jealous, Seth hastily teleports himself, unaware that a common housefly has slipped inside the transmitter pod. Brundle emerges from the receiving pod, seemingly normal.

After Seth and Veronica reconcile, Seth exhibits what at first appear to be beneficial effects, such as increased strength, stamina, and sexual potency, and he mistakenly believes that the teleporter has improved and “purified” his body. Veronica, however, is more concerned about Seth’s growing mania and the strange, bristly hairs growing out of a recent wound on his back. Brundle quickly becomes unstable, intolerant and violent, and he tries to force Veronica to undergo teleportation. When she refuses, he abandons her to indulge in a barroom arm wrestling match and casual sex with a woman named Tawny, whom he picks up at the bar. Veronica’s next-morning arrival at the lab spares Tawny from being forcibly teleported. Brundle angrily throws Veronica out and dismisses her concerns about his health, but when his fingernails begin falling off, he realizes something went horribly wrong. He checks his computer’s records and discovers the Telepod computer, confused by the presence of a secondary life-form, merged him with the fly at the genetic level.

Four weeks later, Seth reaches out to Veronica, and theorizes that he is slowly becoming a hybrid creature, which Seth dubs “Brundlefly”. Now severely disfigured, Brundle exhibits fly-like characteristics, such as vomiting digestive enzymes onto his food, and the ability to cling to walls. He also realizes that his motives and compassion as a human are waning, replaced by savage impulses. Attempting to find a cure for his condition, Brundle installs a fusion program into the Telepod computer to dilute the fly genes in his body with more human DNA. To her horror, Veronica learns that she is pregnant by Seth, and cannot be sure when the child was conceived. After she has a nightmare of giving birth to a giant maggot, a terrified Veronica seeks a late-night abortion, only to be abducted by Brundle, who begs her to carry the child to term, since it could be the last remnant of his untainted humanity. Veronica sadly refuses, afraid that the child will be a hideous mutant. When Borans, armed with a shotgun, attempts to rescue Veronica, the horribly-degenerated Brundle dissolves Borans’ hand and foot with his corrosive enzyme.

Brundle then reveals his desperate, last-ditch plan to Veronica—he will use the three Telepods (the third pod being the prototype) to fuse himself, Veronica, and their unborn child together into one entity, so they can be the “ultimate family”. Veronica frantically resists Brundle’s efforts and accidentally tears off his jaw, triggering his final transformation into a monstrous hybrid. The “Brundlefly” creature traps Veronica inside Telepod 1 and steps into Telepod 2. However, the wounded Borans uses his shotgun to sever the cables connecting Veronica’s Telepod to the computer, allowing Veronica to escape unharmed. Breaking out of its own pod just as the fusion process is activated, Brundlefly is gruesomely fused with the metal door and cabling of Telepod 2. As the mortally-wounded Brundlefly/Telepod creature crawls out of the receiving pod, it silently begs Veronica to end its suffering with Borans’ shotgun. Veronica tearfully hesitates, then pulls the trigger, and starts crying on in sorrow.The Fly is a creative and gross but nevertheless awesome movie with great performances and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

REVIEW: MINORITY REPORT: THE SERIES

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MAIN CAST
Stark Sands (Chasing Liberty)
Meagan Good (The Love Guru)
Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls)
Daniel London (Gotham)
Laura Regan (My Little Eye)
Li Jun Li (Damages)
Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Michael Copeman (The Fly)
Tina Lifford (Catch and Release)
Alex Paxton-Beesley (Alphas)
Jessica Camacho (Veronica Mars)
William Mapother (Lost)
David Nykl (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sheila Vand (Argo)
Jennifer Cheon Garcia (Van Helsing)
Azura Skye (28 Days)
Reed Diamond (Dollhouse)
Audrey Marie Anderson (Arrow)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary)
Tom Butler (Blade: The Series)
Steven Williams (Jason Goes To Hell)
Andrew Stewart-Jones (Gotham)
Darius McCrary (Anger Management)
Derek Webster (Staragte)
Rizwan Manji (Charlie Wilson’s War)
Colin Lawrence (Staragte SG.1)
Peter Macon (The Orville)
Kenneth Mitchell (Odyssey 5)
Peter Bryant (Legends of Tomorrow)

Compared to recent surge of sci-fi series, Minority Report is looking more refined with clearly better production. However, this doesn’t have the same thrilling spirit from Tom Cruise’s action thriller. The precognition concept has been reduced to typical paranormal investigation.


If you’re not familiar with the source, or understandably forget the story, the show opens with brief narrative about the movie. In near future authority used precog system by plugging three siblings into a machine, a mix between psychic and technology to determine crime before it happened. Unfortunately, Tom Cruise proved that it had flaws and the project was scratched.

One of the siblings, Dash (Stark Sands) now leads a normal witness protection life, but he still has the clairvoyance gift. With the help of a female police officer Lara Vega (Meagan Good) he helps solve crime in a rather timid sci-fi crime drama. The cast is leaning towards light comedy than thriller, which is perhaps intentionally made to suit the series.

The problem is the two leads don’t mesh together well. Stark Sands has the quirky savant look, but he doesn’t possess the on-screen presence for a capable lead.  Meagan Good is attractive for the lead female, but she’s an odd choice for tough female role. While she does look fit, it doesn’t translate to serious femme fatale personality. Its change to more humorous tone is different from the futuristic noir of the movie, it’s not bad and probably better to accommodate TV series. It does rely too much on casual cop spectacle, yet doesn’t really have the draw or chemistry. Not to mention the use of psychics is getting old, the foreshadowing gimmick feels like a puzzle played too many times.

The presentation is impeccable though. It’s obvious that the show invests a lot on making the world looks brightly inviting. The details for gadgetry, environment and investigation are splendid. This world definitely could work for foundation for TV series, although the narrative and characters are not as intriguing. It was originally given 13 episodes but shortened to 10 now that all 10 have aired it looks like this show was put to sleep.