Day of the dead


Not sure how to start this one off. I was able to watch an early viewing after the premier of Chucky.

Starts off slow trying to build the story (or is it just to force suspense?) Do it too long and you end up losing your audience.

Don’t worry though, You don’t have to wait for the 2n or 3rd episode before the dead come back. They start emerging in the first episode.

After watching 2 episodes so far, the show DOES have the feel of the old Romero movies (if not constantly in certain parts)

The 2nd episode had a few things in this which were a bit funny (unless it was just my morbid sense of Humor…)

This will be an ONGOING review as I watch I will update if needed with any thoughts and notes.

Night Teeth


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NX  2021

A college student moonlighting as a chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when he uncovers their bloodthirsty intentions – and their dangerous, shadowy underworld – he must fight to stay alive.

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The Possession


This was better than I thought it would be, not great but ok. This was based on a true story, the story is about a spirit (or is it demon) the Dybbuk. The Dybbuk is actually noted in one of my vampire books. This is also known as the ‘gilgul’ or ‘Clinging Soul’ There is a few, freaky parts one in which you see in the trailer. The fingers in the back of the girl’s throat for instance. Jeffery Dean Morgan the father (Clyde)  in the story is no rookie to horror (though I was surprised he’d take a movie like this) he played John Winchester in Supernatural.  Kyra Sedgwick (who plays his wife Stephanie) I’m more surprised for being in the movie for some reason.

C+

(for more on the Dybbuk see Vampires: A field guide to the creatures that stalk the night by Dr. Bob Curran page 95)

*This is a review from my archives, I wrote reviews before I had my blog, this is one of those,

La Brea


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2021  Eoin Macken  Natalie zea Zyra Gorecki  Nicholas Gonzalez  rohan mirchandaney  jack martin  john seda  chikè okonkwo

For those looking to get, or for the next Lost…I think we’ve found it.

It has the Feel of lost… And the logo reminds me of stranger things upside down .

While the ‘above’ world tries to figure out what happened etc…those ‘below’ in the past try to figure out where they are…people that (dire ?)  wolf is a big clue and its not the north. Gavin’s character has visions that were thought to have been from a head injury Now he thinks its linked to this. As with lost our people in the past are mysterious. Some I suspect are not who they say they are and at least one is an actual criminal. There’s the doctor and his daughter, a shrink, A cop from Louisiana, 2 girls and their ‘dad’, Even and her son, and a few others as well. While they try to recover any food and drink among the vehicles they learn they are no longer top of the food chain

Above ground we have Eoin Macken who plays Gavin Harris an ex air force pilot turned to alcohol and a dad, whose estranged wife and son fall into the l.a. ‘sink hole’ which seems to have opened a time rip.  He realizes the visions he’s been having of an otherworldly land may not just be the after affects of an accident. Once the sinkhole opens, when he  gets one, he goes to investigate something in it and turns out to be a major clue

 His daughter Izzy (Zyra Gorecki) 16,  sharp and outspoken and determined (she lost her leg in a car accident) is his ally to find the rest of the family

Levi brooks (Nicholas Gonzalez) his AF buddy has complicated backstory with him and Eve.

Below ground Scott israni (rohan mirchandaney) this UCLA student character is supposed to be the comic relief…tho I have yet to find him or anything out of his mouth funny. It took him longer to figure out where they were and what they are seeing. (I kept saying he’s flunked out as I figured it out first)

Eve Harris (Natalie zea) working mom busted marriage going through the motions of life but below her leadership skills come to the forefront. She Falls in after her son josh (jack martin) 17. He ends up being wounded after an animal attack.

Dr. Samuel Velez (john seda) medical Doctor And former Navy seal knows how to stay calm in a crisis, falls in with his 19 year old daughter who helps josh.

Ty Coleman (chikè okonkwo) intuitive psychiatrist was about to end it all

Gavin gets to talk to the hierarchy and they try a rescue mission but the same happens as when they sent the drone in (morons….I’m not a rocket scientist and I can tell you there’s got to be some sort of magnetic field or the fact of when they are electronics won’t work especially the digital stuff. try an analog plane and see if that works.

I project this is going to be the Hit show of the year.

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Chucky


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Syfy 2021

I was very skeptical of this to the point I was not going to even give it a chance.

The first episode proved me wrong and Glad I was!   It was good if not great. The pacing was well done even though its a sort of slow build but not so slow you lose interest.

Of course its based on the fact that the main character is Gay and bullied and not only at school oh and he has a ‘weird’ medium for his art which is another reason he is bullied. In a way chucky helps him say what’s on his mind, however of course…chucky goes too far.

One of the bullies is the Blonde rich socialite at school, who when he says he’s going to sell the chucky doll (he just got at a tag sale) makes a go fund me page for him creating a commotion in class. If i were the teach I’d have given her detention (and not just for after school) on the spot at least for a month and no taking part in after school activities   (and not have waited until after the other students were gone. Heck I think I’d have my own camera set up for times like that)

 

Episode 3 

A little bit of how chucky/ Charles lee ray  on why/ how he became a murderer. 

Chucky explains to the kid How he goes about killing someone.

 

 

 

I plan to update this as needed as the series goes along, but I really wanted to get this out  So the rest of you could enjoy

Don’t forget to check out the HOrde of Horror for the reviews too short for their own post.

Lore


Prime video 2 seasons 6 eps each. 30+ – 40 or so     each Based on actual people and events

Lore is a series that highlights Legendary horrors of the past like early medicine, Folklore from Ireland, and cursed dolls

Season 1

S1.1 they made a tonic

Before we knew how disease spread, medicine was as much superstition as it was science. And in the small New England towns of the 1800s, there is a belief that consumption can only be stopped by making sure the dead are actually dead.
 

A bit about being buried alive of which part was animated. But move onto consumption. Taphephobia fear of being buried alive & first first American vampire

1.2     echoes

Dr. Walter Freeman is the father of the icepick lobotomy. He believes the ten-minute procedure will all but end the need for the mental hospital. He has the best of intentions but winds up creating an entirely new kind of horror story.
 

Asylums orbital lobotomy & the Kennedy’s

1.3   Black Stockings

In 19th century Ireland, folklore has a strong hold. Michael Cleary is convinced his wife, Bridget, has been replaced by a fairy called a changeling. And his belief drives him to the most extreme act.
 
This is the first I have heard of a Changeling taking an adult.  I’ve mostly heard of and seen stories where they take the guise of children. If someone you know personality suddenly changes they may be a changeling.  

1.4    Passing Notes

In 19th century America, at the height of the Spiritualist Movement, a haunted house is not just the stuff of ghost stories. Many believe the dead can talk and, sometimes, will come back from the other side to wreak havoc on the living.
 

Seances spiritualism Houdini and Arthur Conan doyle

1.5  The Beast Within

Werewolves are now movie monsters. But they were once thought to be all too real. In 1589, villagers in Bedburg, Germany, are convinced that a werewolf is killing women and children only to discover the killer is really one of their own.
 

1.6   unboxed

Robert Gene Otto is a child without friends. That is, until he receives a doll as a gift. He names the doll after himself, Robert. They become fast friends and soon the boy believes the doll is real. But to everyone else…Robert the Doll is a curse.
 

Robert the doll forensic training island of dolls

 

Season 2

2.1 Burke and Hare: In the name of science

Two shunned Irish immigrants in Scotland start off as grave robbers to sell the dead to doctors, but decide that creating their own inventory is much easier, and become the most prolific mass-murdering duo in history. 
 

2.2  Elizabeth Bathory  Mirror mirror

The aging Countess of Blood, running out of virginal peasants to drain of their youthful essence, brings in a bright-eyed noble to start a new cycle of torture and murder.
 

 

2.3 Hinterkaifeck: Ghosts in the Attic

the German hinterlands, between World Wars, a family goes to bed, not knowing that their killer has been living in the walls and attics of their home like a ghost, watching, waiting for his chance to strike, in one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time.

2, 4  Prague Clock: The Curse of the Orlo
a curse that has already driven the city of Prague to madness and death with the Black Plague,
I knew of the clock always loved it. But never heard about a curse until I watched this. Was a welcome surprise. 

2.5 Mary Webster: The Witch of Hadley

in this story set just 11 years before and 100 miles from Salem, Massachusetts, A young woman  raised in a town controlled by a religious zealot, must rectify a fatal mistake before a ravenous mob hangs the Old Witch, Mary Webster, in this story

2.6  J ack Parsons: The Devil and the Divine

In 1922 only one person, Jack Parsons, believed that we could send a rocket into space and conjure a demon. By 1952 he had done both. But all he cared about was the Scarlet Woman he had both summoned, and lost, Marjorie Cameron.

 

(episode summaries via IMDB) 

Grave Halloween


Syfy   (on demand)     2015

Girl hearing voices in a forest then sees a woman hang herself

Students making a documentary about Miko looking for her birth mother in Suicide Forest ,

Amber the blonde, Kyle is replacing skylar, Terry carrying Mic all traipse into the Forest or as its called  ‘sea of trees aka suicide forest’

Weird looking van but then I think they are supposed to be in japan. Wonder if this is syfys version of the movie with…Natalie dormer (The Tudors actor that played Anne bolyn)

They come across the ‘cleaners’ of the forest a couple of cops which tell them to leave. Then a man that is suppose to know it well. They ask him to show them to the tree in a  photo they have. people mark way to get out.

Miko has to do a the Segacki ceremony which is supposed to help the sprit on to after world and not become Yurai – the restless souls of the suicide victims that are like angry ghosts. And hopefully not have to do a Yakuharai which is like an exorcism (Sorry for any mis-spellings)

The 3 amigos who prank our film crew. Get lost one of them Find a bloody boot of their friend.

 I guess fo a syfy .channel movie it was ok.for.the horror part though the make-up of the suicides Ghosts .were not very good.

Ghost Lab


2021 TV-MA Foreign (Taiwan or Philippines 1:51 Drama horror Thriller

Gla & Wee are residents or doctors

Gla is doing some sort of research which turns out to be about ghosts. The girls at work tell him about an ER case from the other night. His research you could say started 20 years ago after his father died. He’s dating Mai who does not know about the research let alone the coming experiment.

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Dreamcatcher


2003    2:13  HBOMAX   drama horror sci-fi   Morgan Freeman, Thomas jane,Jason Lee, Tom Seizemore,Timothy olyphant,Donnie Wahlberg,

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A bunch of Friends from Derry (Losers club part 2?) that have known each other since school go on a camping trip only to discover that the town they’re vacationing in, is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space. They are pretty much there to celebrate their friend duddit. Which seems to have otherworldly knowledge. Did he foresee what’s to come 

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No one Gets out Alive


2021  Netflix     Foreign?  (Spanish)  Oh wait there was  English in it

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It starts with film footage from a dig  and some mysterious  box.

Present day ….

The undocumented Amber works at a sweatshop,  walking listening to her phone. She comes across the Scholfield Boarding House “for Women ONLY” (Run by a guy) .

Amber is in the same apartment it seems as the previous girl, which I presume dead. Amber keeps finding some green ‘residue’  and odd things around the building. Lights turn off once she’s passed.

Then there’s that mysterious box we saw from the beginning…What is that supposed to be? It doesn’t seem to have a way to open it, unless I couldn’t see it.

and there’s my next CLUE guess…. Amber in the Hall with the Polynesian warrior paddle.

Amber needing a Texas ID> she puts her trust in someone I guess works with her to get it for her (Dumbass).

 

One night she hears screaming is that coming through the vents?

it was worth to see what was supposed to be in the box, which seemed to have been done in practical ways.

 

B for Creative practical Effort

C for the movie (I think I’ve seen one like this before)