REVIEW: A HOUSEKEEPER’S REVENGE (AKA THE MAID)

CAST

Chrystiane Lopes  (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Kathryn Newton (Bad Teacher)
Fay Masterson (Eyes Wife Shut)
Kenton Duty (Crazy on The Outside)
Tom Maden (Scream: The Seires)

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After finishing with boyfriend Ben (Tom Maden), Laura Blackwell (Kathryn Newton) finds herself dealing with what she is sure is Ben turning nasty as her social media account is hacked and then someone puts spiteful flyers about her around campus. But that is just one of her issues as her father, Paul (Lance Irwin) is getting remarried and Laura isn’t keen on his choice of bride, the much younger Elise (Lee Broda). But when Paul and Elise head off on honeymoon and leave Laura at home with the new maid, Colleen (Fay Masterson), things soon start to turn bad for the college student.1024x1024A House Keeper’s Revenge  is pretty much a standard Lifetime film.  This is one of those totally over-the-top films where everyone is either bitter or crazy or both.  You won’t believe the plot for a second but you’ll be having so much fun with all the melodramatic twists and turns that it won’t matter.  Fay Masterson especially deserves a lot of credit for fully committing herself to playing the title character.  When she glares at the rich people that she’s planning on destroying, you never forget it. A Nice early appearance of Chrystiane Lopes  who is currently on Power Rangers Ninja Steel.

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REVIEW: SCREAM: THE SERIES – SEASON 1 – THE DANCE / REVELATIONS

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MAIN CAST

Willa Fitzgerald (Gotham)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow)
John Karma (Premature)
Amadeus Serafini (Smoke)
Carlson Young (True Blood)
Jason Wiles (Zodiac)
Tracy Middendorf (New Nightmare)
Tom Maden (Killer Coach)

GUEST CAST

Bella Thorne (Amityville; The Awakening)
Amelia Rose Blaire (True Blood)
Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

THE DANCE

Mr. Branson is taken into custody for the murders, but Emma starts to suspect his innocence when Kieran is placed in the spotlight. Sheriff Hudson is attacked by the killer and Piper and Emma visit Mrs. James, Brandon’s mother, who reveals the identity of Brandon’s son. Brooke plans her Halloween after-party.

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Mr. Branson has escaped when Deputy Roberts is murdered by the killer, and the search for Sheriff Hudson is on. He is later found, and dies from his injuries. The group is splintered, with Jake, Audrey, Brooke, and Kieran unaware of the killer’s grand finale. Unable to reach them, Noah and Emma take things into their own hands, racing against time to save their friends. The killer claims yet another victim, a random party goer named Greyson, and injures Audrey. The killer also chases Brooke before locking her inside a freezer, where he attacks and non-fatally stabs her through the walls of the freezer. But when her mother is taken by the killer, Emma must rescue her, and when the killer is revealed, she must stop the Lakewood Slasher, once and for all. Once Emma is at the dock, the killer confronts her and Maggie, before being revealed to be Piper Shaw. She is Emma’s long lost sister, and Brandon James’ daughter. She reveals her entire plan to Emma and her mother, then attacks Emma. She is shot dead by Audrey and Emma. Emma’s mother is taken to the hospital, and everyone begins grieving. Noah takes over Piper’s podcast.During his first episode on the podcast, Noah talks about the possibility of Piper having had an accomplice since when Will was attacked Piper had been a supposed victim of the killer. It it then revealed Audrey had exchanged letters with Piper months prior to the murders, which she is shown burning, implying that she was somehow involved with the murders, possibly being Piper’s accomplice.Choosing to end the first season on Halloween was brilliant, having the big revelations come about at Halloween was also a good idea, I absolutely loved these episodes and the big reveal in the finale was  awesome.

REVIEW: SCREAM: THE SERIES – SEASON 2

MAIN CAST

WIlla Fitzgerald (Gotham)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow)
John Karma (Bindlestiffs)
Amadeus Serafini (Smoke)
Carlson Young (Heroes)
Tracy Middendorf (New Nightmare)
Kiana Ledé (Guidance)
Santiago Segura (In The Deep)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Tom Maden (Killer Coach)
Austin Highsmith (Dolphin Tale)
Anthony Ruivivar (Chuck)
Mary Katherine Duhon (Underground)
Bryan Batt (Funny People)
Sean Grandillo (Secrets and Lies)
Karina Logie (Bates Motel)
Tom Everett Scott (Dead man On Campus)
Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

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Emma returns to Lakewood after several months at a retreat. Her friends begin to question whether she has truly gotten over the killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the killer, but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth, and Noah is getting closer to the truth about the murders. Lakewood’s murderous past, both recent and distant, are once again brought to focus – with this killer’s psychotic mind-game intent on targeting the Lakewood Six survivors.

Although there appeared to be many cringe-worthy moments, I personally enjoyed all the pop culture references as it made the show feel more relatable growing up in world where social media is everything (whether we like to admit it or not). It brought the show into a modern era using terms such as ‘viral’ and ‘gif’ which would appear in everyday conversation of young adults and adolescents, making the show even more appealing. Also, the use of Samsung’s and iPhone’s was very well done as it used the proper text tones and ringtones. Even small technical adjustments such as these, make all the difference to getting the audience on the director’s side as it shows familiarity and makes an extremely dramatized show even the slightest feeling that maybe something this insane is possible.

Overall, this show is thrilling and constantly keeps the audience wondering who the killer under the Scream mask is.  Although it appears far-fetched at times, the story is interesting and the characters are lovable as well as having the scare-factor within each episode. I would definitely recommend if the horror genre is something you’re interested in.

REVIEW: SCREAM: THE SERIES – SEASON 1

CAST

WIlla Fitzgerald (Gotham)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow)
John Karma (Bindlestiffs)
Amadeus Serafini (Smoke)
Connor Weil (Sharknado)
Carlson Young (Heroes)
Tom Maden (Killer Coach)
Jason Wiles (Zodiac)
Tracy Middendorf (New Nightmare)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Bella Thorne (Amityville: The Awakening)
Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)
Brianne Tju (Opposite Day)
Max Lloyd-Jones (Izombie)
Bryan Batt (Funny People)
Amelia Rose Blaire (True Blood)

We’ve been here before: A girl home alone at night; a killer taunting her by phone; a twistedly gory denouement. The new MTV series Scream doesn’t even try to distance itself from its iconic predecessor  which stood out from the slasher film pack because its young, alternately nubile and nerdy cast of potential victims were hip to slasher film mechanics. They knew the genre they were trapped in and acted accordingly, which still didn’t up their chances of survival. Nina Patterson (Bella Thorne), one of the architects of a vengeful viral video targeted at rebellious outcast Audrey Jensen (Bex Taylor-Klaus). While images of Audrey making out with another young woman are drawing Twitter and Facebook OMGs, rich-bitch Nina is basking in the glow of her prank with a late-night Jacuzzi dip. Then the texts start flooding in — seemingly from a guy who wants to climb in beside her and put the “hot” in “hot tub.” But then the guy’s severed head comes flying through the air, and it isn’t long before Nina finds herself on the wrong end of a blade wielded by the Scream series’ ghostface killer. (His/her mask has been redesigned to resemble a dead-eyed porcelain doll.)So the mystery begins, but how does one stretch the tale of a knife-brandishing maniac over ten episodesResident film and TV nerd Noah Foster (John Karna) — basically the show’s Jamie Kennedy — ponders that very question over two scenes of the premiere, noting the rise of pop and cult series like American Horror Story and Hannibal before ultimately articulating the show’s mission statement: “You need to forget it’s a horror story … that someone might die at every turn.”There’s a Sidney Prescott-like heroine, Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald), who isn’t as innocent as she initially seems, and whose mother, Margaret (Tracy Middendorf), is hiding a dark secret. There’s the new guy in town, Kieran Wilcox (Amadeus Serafini), who despite his own shady past, seduces Emma away from her cheating boyfriend Will Belmont (Connor Weil). And there’s catty mean girl Brooke Maddox (Carlson Young), who seems set to go the way of the first Scream’s Rose McGowan (death in garage), until being granted a reprieve.Each episode just gets better and better, with no character safe from the killer, with each episode keeping you guessing as to who the killer is, and when the killer is revealed in the finale it’s truly amazing, with a nice little cliffhanger to keep people intrigued for season 2.