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Media Update 11/7/19

November 7, 2019


What We Do In the Shadows

I was a big fan of the movie when I watched it last year and when I heard it was going to series, I was really happy. Even when I heard that the original cast was not coming back, I was still looking forward to it. I love the world that they built in the original and I love the chance to see more of it. The series is once again a mockumentary about a house full of vampires. Kayvan Novak plays Nandor, a Turkish vampire who is obsessed with protocol but is very awkward in social situations. Matt Berry (a favorite of mine) plays Lazlo, an English noble vampire who is perverted and boorish. Natasia Demetriou is so good as Nadja, a playful dreamer of a vampire. The surprise of the show is Mark Proksch who plays a nerdy psychic vampire named Colin who does not fit in. Also, a great part of the ensemble is Harvey Guillén who plays familiar Guillermo, a long-suffering human servant and buttmonkey. Each episode takes kind of a sitcom plot and messes with it and parodies it as we watch the shenanigans ensue. I definitely recommend this show.


The Exorcist

Obviously, the Exorcist is a classic horror movie. It takes a very grounded situation and injects the demonic and the supernatural in a way that makes it believable and compelling. This extends to the television show as we are presented with a new story of demonic possession but with a few new quirks. We are also once again presented with an old priest (Ben Daniels) and a young priest (Alfonso Herrera) trying to navigate Church politics while also facing off against the forces of darkness. I am still on the first season but I love the family we are following. The mother, barely holding it together, is played by the wonderful Geena Davis. The father is played by Alan Ruck, confused and suffering from mental problems. The older sister who is dealing with her own personal tragedy is played by Brianne Howey. The younger sister is played by Hannah Kasulka, trying to hold her family together. I definitely recommend this show.


Scream

I feel like this show was able to capture the fun energy of the original Scream but give it some new life. The show, like the movie, is very meta and the characters look at everything with a genre savviness that colors all of their actions. It follows a high school in a small town where everybody knows everybody. Years before, a teen mass murderer struck the town. Now, a killer is stalking the teens again and wears a mask similar to the original killer. Is it the same person or is it a copycat? The show is a mystery that explores teenage social structures but also tackles subjects like cyberbullying, digital media, and peer pressure. It is an interesting take on the niche subgenre that Wes Craven popularized. While it is not as wacky as Scream Queens, it has a lightness that keeps the story moving. I recommend this show too.

 

Music of the Week:
Lindsey Stirling feat Amy Lee – Love Goes On and On

The Struts – Tatler Magazine

Ashnikko – STUPID Feat. Yung Baby Tate

Lizzo – Good As Hell (feat. Ariana Grande)

Night Club – Candy Coated Suicide

 

Weekly Update (for this and last week):
– This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover 2019”
or “Horror Movies Made Into TV”
– I started watching The Good Place Season 3
– I started Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2
– I started Bob’s Burgers Season 6
– I watched more Blindspot Season 2
– I watched Manos: Hands of Fate (Rifftrax)
– I watched Evil Bong 420
– I watched more Carmen Sandiego Season 2
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Blue Bloods Season 9
– I finished The Blacklist Season 6
– I finished Agents of SHIELD Season 6
– I finished Supergirl Season

Media Update 11/1/18

November 1, 2018


The Babysitter (2018)

I have had this one on my list for over a year and part of the reason I relaxed the theme this week is to make sure I had a place for it. I especially was interested after seeing that the script previously made the 2014 Blacklist and the 2015 Bloodlist. Both are yearly lists of well-reviewed but unproduced scripts. The movie is about a young boy who is curious about what his babysitter does after he goes to sleep. He witnesses her holding a meeting for a satanic cult. That is not even a spoiler, that is the plot blurb on IMDB. What happens next is wild and a lot of fun. This is a horror/comedy movie that leans more into dark comedy. Samara Weaving is in the title role and she is so much fun that it is hard not to like her. Judah Lewis plays the boy who is a little too old for a babysitter but incredibly smart. Bella Thorne has a more minor role as one of the cult members and she is hilarious. Robbie Amell is a legend in this movie and just comes off as hilarious. Andrew Bachelor and Hana Mae Lee round out the cast with minor but memorable roles as more cult members. This movie definitely felt innovative while also clearly being an homage to the horror genre in general. It also felt like it paid tribute to various coming of age movies as well. I definitely recommend it as I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was.


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

So, I was a huge fan of Melissa Joan Hart back in the day and, because of that, I watched most of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I also saw the character in Archie Digest. When I found out they were making another series based on the character, I was interested. I knew that there had been a more serious take on the franchise in comic book form and I had a feeling it was going to be like that. Also, at the last moment before it was released, the original cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch endorsed it. Also also, it is created by the same people who created the Riverdale show. Anyway, the show is great. A lot of the core concepts are kept intact with the show set in Riverdale’s neighboring town Greendale. Kiernan Shipka is really likable and easy to empathize with as Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch reaching her 16th birthday. Michelle Gomez plays a teacher with a hidden agenda concerning Sabrina and she is wonderfully sinister. Chance Perdomo is funny and sarcastic as Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose. Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto play her aunts who add a lot of the comic relief. The show has a more apparent “Smash the Patriarchy” feel to it which I can definitely get behind. The show has a few scary and/or gross scenes but it is mild compared to other stuff I have watched in the past. Mostly, I find the world they are creating interesting and I am soaking up the lore. I definitely recommend it.

 


Critters (1986)

This is part of the movies that are classified as Gremlins ripoffs even though the script was written long before Gremlins was released. It is written by Domonic Muir who later wrote Evil Bong and Gingerdead Man (understandably under a pseudonym) so we know he can mix horror and comedy. It is directed by Stephen Herek who later directed Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Scott Grimes plays the young boy hero and he did a great job for his young age. His mother was played excellently by horror veteran Dee Wallace who I mentioned earlier this month in The Hills Have Eyes. The movie is about creatures that escape an alien prison and come to a rural part of the USA and terrorize a family. It is funny because I saw parallels between this movie and movies like Gremlins, TerrorVision, and the remake of Invaders from Mars. The movie has some comedy but I found it more tense than funny. Part of that is colored by the air of urgency through the whole film. The titular Critters are relentless and nigh unstoppable and things look pretty grim through the whole movie. Also, there was way more blood than I would have expected from a movie classed with Gremlins. Still, the movie ends up being pretty light and fun as we watch a hapless family struggle to survive. It definitely fits in with a lot of the comedic horror films of the time and I think it holds it own in that category. I definitely recommend this one and I wish I had seen it a lot earlier.

 

Music of the Week:
Paramore – Misery Business

Peggy Suave – Posin’

The Gore Gore Girls – Hard Enough

The Weeknd – In The Night

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover” as a recovery from October
– This is also this blog’s 800th post. Wow!
– I finished watching Gotham Season 4
– I watched more of The Haunting of Hill House
– I watched more Daredevil Season 3
– I watched more Once Upon a Time Season 7
– I watched more Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
– I watched more Barry Kramer on YouTube


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