31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXVIII

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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GUEST STARS

Mario Batali
Ben Daniels
Neil Gaiman
William Friedkin

simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-1083-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694331How did The Simpsons go almost 30 years without attempting a full-fledged Exorcist spoof? It seems crazy given all the other iconic horror properties that have become fodder for the series’ annual Treehouse of Horror specials. But it also speaks to why this year’s installment worked so much better than most. The writers made some inspired choices when it came to material, and the result in the best Treehouse of Horror in many years. In the grand tradition of classic Treehouse segments like “The Shinning” and “Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace,” “The Exor-Sis” took a classic horror film and delivered a faithful (if highly condensed) parody with a lot of self-aware silliness thrown in. treehouse_of_horror_xxviii_promo_4The decision to frame this segment around Maggie is really what made it work. It’s always amusing when spinoff episodes like this toy with the idea of the sweet, innocent baby of the Simpson clan harboring deep, dark, murderous tendencies. The sight of Maggie crashing the dinner party and murdering several Springfield residents certainly entertained. Flanders’ tragic but comical death proved especially amusing. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2010-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694335From there, the episode turned its attention to Coraline, another great horror (well, horror-ish) film that probably should have been tackled years earlier. But this was another case of “better late than never.” “Coralisa” did a great job of capturing the look and tone of the source material and giving it a Simpsons-worthy twist. And once again, having original creator Neil Gaiman step in to provide a guest voice added to the overall effect. Gaiman is no Keith David, but he was a great fit for a cat who walks between worlds. Just on a technical level, “Coralisa” is easily one of the most ambitious “Treehouse of Horror” segments we’ve seen in a long time. The “Other Family” segments did a great job of capturing the kooky, stop-motion animation style of the film while still feeling very much like a Simpsons cartoon. The resolution also worked well, with both versions of The Simpsons family being rolled into one. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2058-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694339It’s always good to devote at least one Treehouse segment to more original fare, so it was nice to see this episode wrap up with the delightfully twisted “Mmm… Homer.”  I’m almost surprised the writers didn’t opt for an overt Hannibal parody here. They certainly could have, but ultimately, it’s probably for the best that they let this one stand on its own. Homer’s obsession with devouring his own flesh is just the sort of twisted, “out of the box” thinking I like to see from these episodes. Better yet, the conclusion was oddly touching. Homer embraced his new passion, even though it meant his death, and he left a legacy behind that kept the whole town fed and happy.simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-3087-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694347 All three segments in this year’s special were strong. The series finally plugged two major holes in its huge collection of horror movie parodies while also reminding us that it can offend and disturb with the best of them.
 

 

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31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE NEIGHBOURS: THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST

Jami Getz (Twister)
Lenny Venito (The Brave One)
Simon Templeman (Lois & Clark)
Toks Olagundoye (Castle)
Clara Mamet (Bad Neighbours 2)
Tim Jo (Glory Daze)
Ian Patrick (Looper)
Max Charles (The Strain)
Isabella Crovetti-Cramp (Joy)

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After plotting a trick-or-treat route for the kids for their first open neighborhood Halloween, the Weavers learn that the Zabvornians believe they are being invaded each Halloween for the last decade and prepare for “war” each time. Trying to properly teach the aliens, the Weavers try to inform the Zabvornians how to trick-or-treat. After letting the kids into the neighborhood, the aliens are afraid and, trying to be a great leader to his people, Larry Bird shows there is nothing to fear. Meanwhile, the Weaver children try to change their Halloween tradition and do different things: Max stops match-dressing with his dad, Abby stops walking with her parents to the door, and Amber sexes up her costume. After seeing they don’t like the change, the kids rejoin the parents and enjoy the rest of Halloween.

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Larry tries to combine Halloween and Chanukah to create a new super-holiday. Meanwhile, an obnoxious couple challenges Marty and Debbie to a family Halloween costume contest. After Reggie decided to spend Halloween with his family, Amber stops speaking with him. As Reggie tries to figure out what he did, Jackie is conflicted with telling him or pretending to be ignorant so she can spend the holiday with her son.the-neighbors-s1-e05-09I was worried that after a few episodes the running gags would wear thin and they’d run out of ideas. Not so at all! It was a series that went from strength to strength but put on in American in the Friday night death slot, so sadly only 2 seasons were made. The 2 Halloween episodes are brilliant the first more than the second as you get to see the Aliens immerse themselves in Halloween for the first time with hilarious results.

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – THE CURSE OF TANNER MANOR

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MAIN CAST

Candace Cameron Bure (Journey Back To Christmas)
Jodie Sweetin  (Redefining Love)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mammia Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Adam Hagenbuch (Switched At Birth)

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The Curse of Tanner Manor

On Halloween, Jackson and Ramona decide to abandon their parents to go to a haunted house where Jimmy and Stephanie (working there as zombies) decide to teach them a lesson. Max’s friend Taylor becomes his enemy when he blogs negatively about the Fuller house’s Halloweens and DJ throws a party to impress Taylor while Kimmy and Fernando dress up as Lucy and Ricky and the former is upset when she is cut out of Fernando’s planned performance at the party.MV5BNDU3MDY1Y2QtYzNhMy00MzBlLWFmNTgtMzU0OWNlMGNmMjJjL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc5Mjg0NjU@__V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_I am so glad for Fuller House. It brings back happy memories of my childhood. It was great for Fuller House to do an awesome Halloween episode for the second season. A  Good episode to watch for the Halloween season.MV5BNTY1ZWRkZjctNDY1OC00YTA2LWExMmQtZGViMDk2N2M1ZjYyL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc5Mjg0NjU@__V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1499,1000_AL_

 

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO!: THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Scott Menville (Full House)
Hynden Walch (Justice League War)
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Greg Cipes (Anger Management)

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It is time to celebrate Halloween, but the Titans have lost interest due to growing up. So Raven tries to bring back their spirit of Halloween by turning them into little kids!. Raven decides to try and put the spirit back into Halloween.

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SCARY FIGURE DANCE

The Titans’ Halloween party is interrupted by the Hive Five robbing a candy factory, and after the battle hits a major shift, very strange things start happening around H.I.V.E Tower.

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HALLOWEEN V CHRISTMAS

When Santa tries to take over Halloween, it’s up to the Titans, the Halloween Spirit, and a few ghouls, to stop him.

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COSTUME CONTEST

Tired of losing to the H.I.V.E. Five every year, the Titans hatch a scheme to win the costume contest.

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Teen Titans Go! is a funny show and must be taken as the show it is a as a friendly kids show. These Halloween episodes are fun and light hearted they are short so you don’t have to worry about attention span.

 

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MONSTERS AND MUTANTS

MAIN CAST

Seth Green (Family Guy)
Sean Astin (The Goonies)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs)
Mae Whitman (Independence Day)
Josh Peck (Red Dawn)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Brian Bloom (The A-Team)
Ashley Johnson (Avengers Assemble)
Graham McTavish (The Hobbit)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
Grant Moninger (The Avengers: EMH)
Dana Delorenzo (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Dimitri Diatchenko (Get Smart)
Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Kelly Hu (Arrow)
Keith David (Pitch Black)
Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)
Nolan North (Con man)
Cassandra Peterson (Elvira)
Peter Sormare (22 Jump Street)
Danny Trejo (Machete)
Zelda Williams (House of D)

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THE CURSE OF SAVANTI ROMERO

Renet returns to ask the Turtles for help, to stop Savanti Romero from unleashing an undead army on Modern-day New York.

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THE CRYPT OF DRACULA

Count Dracula is awakened, and turns Raphael into a vampire.

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THE FRANKENSTEIN EXPERIMENT

Savanti recruits Frankenstein’s Monster and will soon unleash his creatures on the 21st Century.

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MONSTERS AMONG US

When Renet and the Turtles return to a world run by monsters, they realize they have made the situation even worse.

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE – PART 1 & 2

The Newtralizer returns to New York City, more powerful than ever before, and joins forces with a dangerous and unexpected ally. With the help of Raphael’s Salamandrian girlfriend, Mona Lisa, the Turtles fight back to defend their city.The-Newtralizer-When-Worlds-Collide-Tales-Of-The-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-TMNT-Nickelodeon-Nick-Press-993Although meant to be volume 1 of Season 5, this volume does come without the opening 4 episodes of the season instead focusing more on the Halloween themed episodes. While it is a shame not to include the opening episodes it’s still a fun ride and some great episodes for the Halloween season.

 

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES – SEASON 1 & 2

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MAIN CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Lar Park-Lincoln (Friday The 13th – Part VII)
Yvette Nipar (Robocop: The Series)
Lori Petty (Tank Girl)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
Shiri Appleby (Roswell)
Joyce Hyser (The Flash 90s)
Sarah Buxton (Little Children)
George Lazenby (Winter Break)
Andrew Prine (V)
Jeremy Roberts (Hercules: TLJ)
Brad Pitt (Fight Club)
Bill Moseley (Army of Darkness)
Jeffrey Combs (Gotham)
Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami)
Dick Miller (Gremlins)
Jeff Conaway (Babylon 5)
Charles Cyphers (Halloween)
Anne Lockhart (Battlestar Galactica)
Kyle Chandler (Supoer 8)
Tracey Walter (Batman)
Jeff Yagher (V)
Marc Alaimo (Star Trek: DS9)
Sherman Howard (Superboy)
Christine Belford (Wonder Woman TV)
Sandhal Bergman (Conan The Barbarian)
Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld)
Morris Chestnut(Kick-Ass 2)
Penny Johnson Jerald (Star Trek: DS9)
Raymond Cruz (My Name Is Earl)

Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESBased on the popular horror series, Freddy’s Nightmares was a Tales From The Crypt style anthology/spin off which focused on a series of events that people would find themselves in when they went to sleep from embarrassing situations to terrifying blood curdling nightmares, which they sometimes did not wake up from.Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESThe master behind all these nightmares was none other than Freddy himself, who would narrate every now & then throughout the episodes, an interesting theme & idea the series had which lifted it up above many similar anthologies, was to basically have two episodes in one, in which the the survivor of the first half of the episode would meet his or her death in the second half, usually friends or family members of the characters that have died in the first half. While other episodes featured characters from another episode popping up in others (most of which met their demises in the follow up episodes).

Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESDespite his many brief pop up appearances, Freddy was the main focus of a few episodes such as The pilot episode No More Mr. Nice Guy(Directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s own Tobe Hooper!! & my personal favorite out of all the ones Freddy was in) which was a prequel set before the original Nightmare on elm Street,  where Freddy due to an unjust law system was set free after murdering a series of  little children, outraged, the parents decide to take the law into their own hands including a police officer, who’s twin daughters were on the verge of death when he saved them & arrested Freddy. Burned alive in his boiler room, he returned as a badly burned boogeyman to kill & torture some of those responsible for his execution, this episode was very entertaining bringing back the creepy nightmarish monster of the original, rather than the jokey character he later became in parts 3 & up. It’s second half, Sisters Keeper was also pretty decent, other episodes Freddy appeared in were, Freddys Tricks & Treats, Safe Sex, Photo Finish, Dreams Come True, It’s My Party & You’ll Die If I Want You Too!Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESThe last episode I mentioned which was both scary & hilarious when Freddy decides to attend his class reunion, killing off all of his graduating class including the pretty girl who stood him up & best of all we even got to see Freddy’s nerdish pal from high school!. Another great thing about the series was it’s many familiar acting faces such as Brad Pitt, Dick Miller, and many others.  All in all if you ever get a chance to view the episodes, I do recommend them. A lot of them weren’t great, but unlike Friday The 13th: The Series, at least this had the character from the movies in them & connected to the movies, rather than being in name only, with the humorous Freddy character actually playing better on the small screen than he did on the big screen & a few episodes were actually better than many of the Nightmare sequels!

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: DOUBUTSU SENTAI ZYUOGHER – THE PRINCE OF HALLOWEEN

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No one on the Sagitariark is crying over Bangurei’s demise. Especially Cubaru who has apparently attached Bangurei’s mind reading hand to this body. Downtown, Yamato and Micchan are explaining Halloween to the Zyuman when the tails get stiff. Team Azarudo’s Sambaba appears and orders the Moebas to attack the citizens. Tusk jumps in to save a little girl who immediately falls in love with him. They morph.zyuoh36-1001Sambaba dances, setting itself on fire to attack the Zyuohgers as a preview of what’s to come in this episode. The little girl, Mami, scolds a little boy for leaving her during the attack and says he’s no prince, leaving him very sad. Next day, Mami excitedly catches Tusk on his way to buy Halloween candy and declares that he is her new prince. Mami latches on to him as he heads back to the treehouse. Everyone is shocked. Amu asks Tusk where’s the candy she asked him to buy, but he was a little preoccupied to go get some.zyuoh36-1002Mami sees Amu as her rival for Tusk’s heart. Uncle Mario arrives home and is surprised to learn Tusk and Amu are dating. Misao faints. Back on the Sagitariark, Sambaba is being just as clingy as Mami as he wants to spend time with Azarudo instead of fighting the Zyuohgers. Tusk makes pancakes for everyone to make up for no candies. Mami opens her mouth wide and wants Tusk to feed her and make Amu jealous. Yamato and Leo think this is very strange, but Sela understands that young girls are in love with the idea of being in love. Misao doesn’t want Tusk to leave him, but remembers he has Yamato and reminds him about them all getting Halloween costumes.zyuoh36-1006They all head out. Sela helps Mami find a princess costume. Amu jokes that Tusk should really date Mami. She tells Tusk not to underestimate even a little girl and to just come out and tell Mami that it’s very creepy and illegal for them to be in a romantic relationship. Yamato is a pumpkin, Sela is a witch, Leo is a sexy French maid, Tusk is a prince , Amu’s in a tophat and tux looking like a man and Misao is a Joker-type ghost which everyone laughs at. Princess Mami sees Tusk and Amu chatting, so she decides to grab her prince and run away with him. Instead, she grabs Amu and ends up giving her a piece of her mind. Mami tells Amu to stay away from her man. Amu tries to reiterate that she and Tusk are not dating. But Mami points out how Amu acts like a spoiled princess with a prince. Mami wants to be a spoiled princess too.zyuoh36-1007Sambaba suddenly appears and announces Azarudo’s Game of Love will begin. He dances to Kyoryuger‘s theme song and sets everyone on fire. The Zyuohgers morph and fight the Moebas. Amu gives Mami a little bit of girl power advice before joining the others who have been forced to demorph. They morph again when Amu arrives. Mami watches Amu being badass and a huge smile appears on her face. The Zyuohgers fight off more Moebas before turning their attention to Sambaba. They take care of him with a Zyuoh Final before Naria comes down with a Continue. The Zyuohgers hop into Wild Tousai Dodeka King to finish off Sambaba for good. Mami comes running to… Amu and hugs her tight. Mami says she wants to be Amu’s princess. But Amu says she doesn’t swing that way.DBJG-36A fun episode that doesn’t add much to the overall arc of the series, but a good watch for halloween.