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Media Update 12/1/22

December 1, 2022

Black Friday (2021)

I saw this suggested by Dead Meat Podcast and then I saw the cast and thought this would be perfect for this past week. Workers are confronted by alien zombies while being forced to work on Thanksgiving night. Despite the title, this one actually starts before sundown on Thanksgiving and we definitely see one of the dinners. The strength of this movie is the dialogue and the character work which are both excellent. This is an ensemble piece but the movie does focus on a few specific characters. Devon Sawa plays the “cool dad” of the store and a depressed mess. Ivana Baquero plays the cashier that everybody likes. Michael Jai White plays the strong stock guy who takes no shit. Ryan Lee plays the germ-averse young floor worker. Ken Park plays the brown-nosing assistant manager. Bruce Campbell plays the loveable yet problematic store manager. There is a lot of comedy and a lot of gross-out gore. The movie really touches on found family and who we actually are aside from who we tell ourselves who we are. I recommend this movie.

Blood Rage (1987)

One of the earliest Thanksgiving horror movies, this has been on my list for a while. After a traumatic incident in their youth, Todd escapes the asylum he has been in for years to attend Thanksgiving with his mother and his twin brother Terry. This movie takes place on Thanksgiving and deals a lot with family drama surrounding the holiday. We do get to see the dinner briefly. The strength of the movie are the creative gore effects. There are some pretty nasty deaths and body parts are strewn all over the place. Mark Soper is great at playing the two twins with very different personalities and physicalities. Louise Lasser is heartbreaking as the mentally broken mother who just wants everyone to be fine. Marian Kanter is the most likable character as the mental health professional trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. Julie Gordon is the final girl and is great at it. The rest are pretty much cannon fodder and their deaths are gloriously fun. I recommend this movie.

The Last Thanksgiving (2020)

I found this one while searching for movies that fit the theme. A cannibalistic family practices their holiday tradition by stalking and killing staff and patrons of a restaurant who are not celebrating Thanksgiving. This one takes place entirely during Thanksgiving night and we do see at least one dinner. While this movie is low-budget, there was a lot to love about it. The meanness and angst among the victims are relatable after working at a restaurant myself. Though it is heightened to a comical level. Standouts include Samantha Ferrand as the lead character, a bitchy young waitress and Tristan Petashnick as the diabolical and smirking villain. What starts as a low-budget horror movie actually evolves slowly into a neat story with interesting characters. I recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

Pharrell Williams, Travis Scott – Down In Atlanta

Busta Rhymes, Skillibeng – Bulletproof Skin

Red Velvet 레드벨벳  – Birthday

The Amity Affliction – Show Me Your God

Mashup of the Week: 

Samuel’s Mashups – I Am Not Karma, I’m A God


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Thanksgiving Horror”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Dan Jones, LegalEagle, Dead Meat, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Emma Thorne, Jenny Nicholson, Conversations with Curtis, Games Done Quick, Top10 Wrestling, Cultaholic, Thought Slime, Allison Pregler
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: The Initiation
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Media Update 11/24/22

November 24, 2022

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The original movie was a pretty good addition to the franchise as they leaned into the memes so I was excited to see a bigger sequel. Sonic has to deal with the return of Dr. Robotnik while learning how to make friends. Ben Schwarz continues to be a really entertaining voice actor as Sonic, giving him likability but also some depth. Colleen O’Shaughnessey is so good at Tails and she should be because she has done it since before the movies. Idris Elba is the true heavy hitter as he goes all in on playing an echidna with a bad attitude. Noted anti-vaxxer Jim Carrey goes pedal to the medal as the obnoxious yet funny Eggman. James Marsden, Lee Majdoub, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore round out the cast and are pretty solid. The story actually surprised me with how deep it got and the comedy never made me cringe. The action animation is so good. I recommend this movie.

The Bad Guys

I am a big fan of heist movies and the idea of an animated version seemed cool to me. A group of thieves known as the bad guys reach a crossroads in their career and have to make some decisions. Sam Rockwell stars as Wolf and is great at exuding joy, snarkiness, but also heart. Marc Maron is surprisingly good as the curmudgeonly Snake. Awkwafina is a lot of fun as usual as Spider. Craig Robinson plays Shark with a goofy kindness. Anthony Ramos continues to shine as Piranha and even gets to sing (see below). The cast is rounded out by Richard Ayaode, Zazie Beetz, and Alex Borstein who are all spot on. The movie feels like an homage to movies like Reservoir Dogs, Ocean’s 11, the Italian Job, and so many more. The classic story of criminals going straight always feels good. The animation is so smooth and inventive in places. I recommend this movie.

DC League of Superpets

I had heard some pretty good things about this movie so this seemed like the perfect week to watch it. I also will watch anything The Rock is involved in. Krypto the Super Dog, Superman’s pet, has a rude awakening when he is forced to save the day with new friends instead of Superman. Dwayne Johnson is the star as Krypto and breathes so much life into what could have been a really annoying character. Kevin Hart is noticeably subdued as Ace the Bathound and, of course, has great chemistry with Krypto. I was really glad to see Vanessa Bayer in a movie again as I am a big fan and she played her positive character to the hilt. Natasha Lyonne’s voice is hard to miss and she is very funny. Diego Luna was almost unrecognizable as a relatable anxiety-ridden character. Kate McKinnon should play more villains because she was so good. There are a lot of other stars in the movie but they all have small parts. I recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

Anthony Ramos – We’re Going to Be Good Tonight

Stephane Legar – Speed Life

Puppy Angst – Yellow Paint

Black Magnet – Floating in Nothing

Mashup of the Week:

DasonRZ Mashups – Still Into Party Rocking


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Animals Saving the Day”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Dan Jones, LegalEagle, Dead Meat, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Emma Thorne, Jenny Nicholson, Conversations with Curtis, Games Done Quick, Top10 Wrestling, Cultaholic, Thought Slime, Allison Pregler
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I finished The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
  • I watched more Bob’s Burger’s Season 12
  • I watched more Scream Queens Season 2
  • I watched Dude Bro Party Massacre 3
  • I watched Scream 2 and 3

Media Update 11/17/22

November 17, 2022

Hocus Pocus 2

I was a big fan of the original mostly because I was in the correct age group when it came out. When I found out that there was going to be a sequel, I was intrigued but not exactly excited. Of course, the Sanderson sisters Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are back and just as goofy as ever. They still have those characters down pat. Doug Jones also returns and gets more to do as Billy Butcherson. Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham are the newcomers as the heroes of the movie and all do a really great job moving the plot along. Tony Hale and Sam Richardson bring a lot of comic relief. The problem I had is that the script is kind of a mess. They spend too much time on the “witch out of time” gags and gets muddled by jokes that did not land with me. Also, they kind of lost some of the characterization of the Sanderson Sisters from the first one. I really did like the flashback and the actresses that played the young Sanderson sisters killed it. I would not recommend this movie.

Ultraviolet and Black Scorpion

I am a big fan of Lucha and any show that takes a stab at trying to embrace the culture will be an automatic watch for me. The show is about a young woman who is gifted a magic Lucha mask that transforms her into a superhero. Her uncle also has a mask and tries to teach her the Lucha way. Scarlet Estevez shines as the main character, full of energy and joy. JB Villareal is great as the gruff Black Scorpion, trying to balance being a caring uncle with being a demanding teacher. The rest of the cast is really good, mostly made up of the title characters’ family. Lucha is a big part of their lives and culture and something that binds them together. It is one part sitcom and one part superhero show. It balances the two pretty well. I recommend this show.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I always thought that the idea of this franchise was pretty neat and I had fond memories of the first movie and I remembered the second one being alright. Ben Stiller is great when he is acting as a normal guy just trying to do the right thing. Robin Williams, Rami Malek, Owen Wilson, Steven Coogan, and Skyler Gisondo are great at bringing the comedy and are all fun to watch. Dan Stevens is great as the clueless Lancelot, basically doing his best Chris Hemsworth as Thor impression. The movie comes to a grinding halt whenever Rebel Wilson or Ricky Gervais show up on the screen. They do a lot of mugging and bits that fell flat for me. I am shocked that this movie was made in 2014 because it aged like milk. Too many gay jokes, piss jokes, sexist jokes, and so on. I found myself groaning through a lot of it. This kind of sucks because I thought that the parts that worked really worked. I would not recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

Sabrina Carpenter – Nonsense

Rod Wave – Break My Heart

Bryson Tiller – Outside

Nickelback – Those Days

Mashup of the Week:

William Maranci Mashups – Closer But It’s Funkytown By Lipps Inc.


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Magical Whimsy”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Tales from the Territories
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
  • I started Titans Season 4
  • I watched Amityville Clownhouse
  • I watched Jack vs. Lanterns

Media Update 11/10/22

November 10, 2022

Enola Holmes 2

I really loved the first film so I knew that I was going to check out the sequel. Enola Holmes has become a detective in her own right and takes up the cause of poor match girls in London. Millie Bobbie Brown is so much fun as Enola and I love the character so much. Henry Cavill returns as possibly one of the most interesting versions of Sherlock I have ever seen. Louis Partridge returns as the adorkable friend. We get to see more of Adeel Akhtar as Lestrade, a total Sherlock fanboy. David Thewlis plays a menacing inspector who dominates all of the scenes he is in. I also loved seeing Helena Bonham-Carter and Susan Wokoma return and get expanded roles.  I really love the way that they are reimagining the lore of Sherlock Holmes and daring to do things differently while still staying true to the heart of what Sherlock Holmes is. However, Sherlock Holmes stories originally were quite dismissive of women and this story is rectifying that. It is also way more light and fun than other adaptations. I recommend this movie.

Tom Swift

This is a spinoff from the CW Nancy Drew show which I love and I loved Tom’s crossover episode. Tom Swift is a billionaire inventor but his easy life is suddenly shaken by the disappearance of his father. This show felt a lot like Black Panther if it took place in America. Tian Richards has boatloads of charm as Tom and is good at playing a character who has a good heart but an ego the size of the sun. It gives the character room to grow. Ashleigh Murray plays his childhood friend who has backed him up all the way. Marquise Vilson plays the stoic bodyguard who is way smarter than he lets on. I have not watched a ton yet (and the show is already canceled after 10 episodes) but I like the mystery and the cast. Tom Swift is also a very LGBTQ+ friendly show with Tom himself being incredibly gay. I will probably finish this show out. I recommend this show.

Pennyworth

Since DC television is so good, I knew I would check this out eventually. After returning from the war, Alfred Pennyworth seeks to start his own security firm and immediately gets tangled in criminal and government intrigue. Jack Bannon plays the lead role and is most of the reason to watch since he is so charming and likable. Thomas Wayne is played by Ben Aldridge and offers some comic relief as a straight shooter and non-combat character. Most of the comic relief comes from the trigger-happy friend/employee of Alfred played by Ryan Fletcher. Paloma Faith plays a really good villain who I am excited to see more of. The show is a spinoff not of the Arrowverse but comes from the excellent Gotham show. Therefore, it has a darker tone but still has some humor. I have enjoyed the show so far and it is less predictable since there is less source material. I recommend this show.


Music of the Week:

Quavo & Takeoff – Messy

Avril Lavigne – I’m a Mess

Wiz Khalifa – Keys

P!NK – Never Gonna Not Dance Again

Mashup of the Week:

Kazelion – Come As Long As You Don’t Panic


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Legacy”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Tales from the Territories
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more  Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I finished The Flash Season 8

Media Update 11/3/22

November 3, 2022

The Final Rose (2022)

When I saw the premise of this one, I had to check it out even though I am not a big fan of dating reality shows. People start disappearing during the filming of a Bachelor-style reality show and one single mom is trying to weather the storm. Christina Masterson is great as the relatively normal young heroine who is the only one who is noticing the weirdness behind the circus. Robert Palmer Watkins is pitch-perfect as the snotty bachelor who is all about looking good with minimal effort. Brian McGovern plays the smarmy, overly-tanned host. Carrie Alexander plays the bubbly model type with a soft spot. Brytni Sarpy plays the mean girl with a killer instinct. And the rest of the cast is really great too. The movie really hits that sweet spot between the horror of a slasher and the horror of the phoniness of reality television. I recommend this movie.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

I have a weakness when it comes to Del Toro as he is one of my all-time favorite creative minds. I will give anything he does at least a shot. This is an anthology television series where each episode tells a short horror story based on short stories. They definitely went for the cosmic horror side of things with Lovecraft and his followers being major sources (without the racism). Del Toro also wrote some of it. So far, the acting is absolutely great with characters you can sink your teeth into as horrors unfold. Those horrors are absolutely well done. The effects, both practical and computer-generated are beautiful in a horrifying way. I am looking forward to being creeped out by the excellent directors and screenwriters. I recommend this show.

The Night Before Halloween (2016)

I randomly picked this off of the SyFy app because the premise looked goofy. A group of friends are cursed when they are tricked into putting their friend into a coma. If they don’t trick somebody else, they will die at midnight on October 31. This movie could have been really good. It was not bad but it had the potential to be way better. I liked the concept but the plot was a little muddled and the script could have used a few more passes. The actors really gave it their all, though. Bailee Madison was the clear standout as the lead character and she screamed and emoted her ass off. She put everything into this and it shows. I also was surprised at how many surprises there were in this movie. They definitely got me on a few of them. Overall, the movie was too clunky. I do not recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

 Vølfgang Twins – Battle Anthem

Taylor Swift – Bejeweled

Chlöe, Latto – For the Night

Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, Conway the Machine – Slap

Mashup of the Week:

MashupChuck – Living Circus Girl


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover 2022”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, 
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I finished The Flash Season 8
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Blacklist Season 9

Media Update 10/27/22

October 27, 2022

Bad Hair (2020)

I lost access to Hulu when this one originally came out and then I just never got around to it but it was past time. In order to get ahead in the burgeoning world of Black Television in 1989, a young woman gets a new thing called a “weave” but there may be more to it than just fashion. This was a way better movie than I thought it would be especially considering it is a horror comedy movie. The scenes of black women getting their hair done painfully was so visceral and it made my skin crawl knowing how real it is. Ella Lorraine is so good in the lead, a young woman struggling to find her voice and confidence. Vanessa Williams is great as the imposing new boss. Jay Pharoah, Usher, Judith Scott, Kelly Rowland, and more make up the rest of a great cast. The movie has some really great effects but the editing really draws out the tension and the insanity of this movie. I really recommend it.

Slaxx (2020)

I also had my eye on this one for quite some time because I love horror comedies and horror with a message. I also had heard of the connections to Indian culture which is an area that I have not seen as much horror about. The movie is light in places but I was surprised by how dark it got. I also really liked the pro-labor and anti-capitalist message it sends. Romane Denis is great as the starry-eyed idealist who has dreamed of working in a high-end clothing retail location. Brett Donahue plays the ultimate corporate bootlicker and therefore a great villain. Sehar Bhojani plays the non-conformist and an outcast in a store full of self-absorbed people. Those self-absorbed people are played expertly by Kenny Wong, Henneke Talbot, Jessica B. Hill, Tianna Nori, and Erica Anderson. The movie was a lot of fun but definitely still spooked me. I recommend this movie.

Killer Sofa (2019)

I think I heard of this movie when it was coming out but never checked it out. A possessed armchair tries to kill anybody who gets in the way of his crush on the woman who owns him. The movie has two storylines that slowly intersect. The star of the first storyline is Piimio Mei who is good at being the doe-eyed innocent young woman. However, I really liked Nathalie Morris who is fun as the sarcastic best friend. The rest of the cast is full of loveable B-Movie goofballs who seem to have a lot of fun mugging for the camera. The effects are also goofy but actually really interesting. What I did not like was the movie’s pacing which often felt glacial. I feel like too many scenes were repeated and the script could have been tightened up considerably. I do not recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

murdercookie – HALLOWEEN

Broken Peach – Like A Gale

BABYMETAL – Divine Attack

Poppy – Her

Mashup of the Week: 

DasonRZ Mashups – Rapdansen


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Possessed Objects”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, 
  • I started watching Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more  Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Flash Season 8
  • I finished She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Media Update 10/20/22

October 20, 2022

Fade to Black (1980)

This had been on my list for a while because the premise and the visuals looked interesting. A lonely young man obsessed with film starts to spiral out of control and things get deadly. I really loved the wide-ranging genres of film covered. Dennis Christopher is both heartbreaking and entertaining as the main character always blends imagination and reality. Linda Kerridge is delightful as the sardonic Australian model who catches the attention of the main character. A young Mickey Rourke plays the bully. There are plenty of other somewhat comical but also nasty character actors. The plot of an incel spiraling into violence was all too familiar and sad. The costumes and makeup were absolutely top-notch. I recommend this as it is not too scary but rather sad and a fascinating character study.

Popcorn (1991)

A random movie that I just learned about a few weeks ago but I am glad I found it. A young woman struggles with dreams of the past while she and her friends try to put on a horror movie festival. This movie is definitely a love letter to legendary schlockmeister William Castle and has a lot of fun surprises. Jill Schoelen plays the dreamy yet smartest person in the movie, the main character. The legendary horror actress Dee Wallace plays her mother. Tom Villard was an absolute scene-stealer as the goofy and awkward goofball. The rest of the cast are all sarcastic goofballs who add a lot of comedy to the movie. This movie was not very scary but it definitely had some spooky moments and a lot of existential surprises. The special effects are surprisingly good for such a low-budget movie. I recommend this movie.

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

It never hurts to check out and spotlight some gateway horror. This is a DCOM that I had not caught yet and I find the more Halloweeny ones interesting. A young man struggles to juggle everything during a huge night working at the movie theater but must contend with a haunting villain. Taylor Handley plays the main character and he is a very likable everyman who carries the movie well. The two kids (Caitlin Wachs and Jacob Smith) who play his siblings are surprisingly good for very young performers and keep the plot moving. I was pleasantly surprised to see Mickey Rooney in this and he is the best part of it. Pretty much the rest of the cast is made up of characters with one main quirk that is used for comic relief. I really enjoyed all of them. I recommend this light fair for a little Halloween break.


Music of the Week:

blink-182 – EDGING

Ice Nine Kills – The Shower Scene

Wednesday 13 – Good Day To Be A Bad Guy

CLIPPING – Nothing Is Safe

Mashup of the Week:

Cypher Slip-Up – Kiss the Eye of the Tiger


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “In the Movie Theater”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I started Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I started The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Flash Season 8
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5

Media Update 10/13/22

October 13, 2022

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

I watched the original movie when I was a teenager renting movies from Blockbuster. Two years after accidentally killing a fisherman, teens are haunted by his revenge yet again. Jennifer Love Hewitt returns as the lead actress who is suffering from bad dreams and paranoia. Freddie Prinze Jr. also returns as the dependable blue-collar boyfriend. They are joined by Brandy Norwood (billed as just “Brandy”), the sassy fun-loving best friend. There is also Mekhi Phifer, the player who is only after one thing. Matthew Settle plays the sensitive nice guy who is just happy to be along for the ride. I cannot escape the legendary Jeffrey Combs, who along with Bill Cobbs, Benjamin Brown, Jack Black, and Jennifer Esposito provides a lot of quirky background characters.I really liked the setting and the perpetual rain. The kills are really fun and the movie has nonstop tension. I recommend this movie.

Prom Night 3: The Last Kiss (1990)

I really enjoyed how campy the second one was so I was excited to continue the franchise. An average young high schooler wants to rise above which attracts the attention of the hellish spirit, Mary Lou Mahoney. Courtney Taylor is the campy yet wickedly scary Mary Lou who provides a lot of the movie’s laughs with her sadistic sense of humor. Tim Conlon is the happy-go-lucky high school guy who gets caught between his girlfriend and a ghost. Cynthia Preston plays the girlfriend and ends up being the character I was cheering on the most. There are a handful of other characters at school who are there to act goofy and mean. The movie has a lot of interesting twists to it and is a fun ride. I recommend this movie paired with the previous one.

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

This franchise really is an answer to the Romeroverse movies, providing an interconnected anthology movie series about messed up zombies. A young man uses the trioxin gas to revive his girlfriend but then has to deal with her unnatural appetite. This series has a really good mix of horror, comedy, and despair. You kind of know what is going to happen but the journey there is fun to go on. J. Trevor Edmond is our point of view character, a hopeless romantic who just wants to be with his girl no matter what. Melinda Clarke is great at playing a young, gothy girl who slowly descends into madness as a zombie. Basil Wallace plays a homeless man who agrees to help the couple and he steals a lot of scenes. It is interesting to see where this world is going as they track the spread of trioxin and the government’s awareness of it. It also has some amazing (and disgusting) visuals in it. I recommend this movie.


Music on the Week:

Willy William – Voodoo Song

While She Sleeps – Eye To Eye

Devon Cole – W.I.T.C.H.

Dababy – Boogeyman

Mashup of the Week:

Loes – Hot 4 u


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Horror Sequels”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Wendigoon, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Internet Historian
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
  • I watched more The Sandman Season 1
  • I watched more The Flash Season 8
  • I watched Sharkside of the Moon

I finished Naomi Season 1

Media Update 10/6/22

October 6, 2022

Castle Freak (1995)

This is one that I have seen on multiple lists of horror movies. A family inherits an Italian castle but a secret family member never moved out. This is yet another Charles Band horror movie directed by Stuart Gordon in an actual Italian castle that Charles Band actually owned. (Thanks, Charles Band’s autobiography). The makeup of the titular character is amazingly done and teased throughout the movie like Bruce in Jaws. As that character, Jonathan Fuller’s mannerisms are fascinating and add to the creep factor. Jeffrey Combs plays the father, a troubled family man who inherits the castle but also causes a lot of conflicts. Barbara Crampton plays the bitter yet well-meaning wife. Jessica Dollarhide plays the couple’s blind daughter and is often the audience’s point of view character. The movie is tense and I feel that it benefitted from being about Americans stuck in Italy where almost nobody speaks English. It added to the strangeness and horror. I recommend this movie.

Lurking Fear (1994)

I kept seeing this in Full Moon Picture’s massive catalog and then forgetting it because it is not on a lot of major lists. A young man returns to his family’s hometown to retrieve a lost treasure but finds the town in a fight for their life with creepy crawlies. Those creepy crawlies look great, by the way, and are kind of unique to a lot of other monsters. Black Adams plays the usual chiseled-jaw, ne’er-do-well, with a heart of gold hero. Jon Finch plays the human villain whose arrogance is his undoing. Ashley Laurence is the tough-as-nails soldier. Finally, regular Jeffrey Combs returns as an almost unrecognizable comic relief character. The movie has a lot of tension and feels like a crime drama mixed with a monster movie. I do recommend this movie.

From Beyond (1986)

Another movie on a lot of body horror lists that I had not seen yet. Two scientists build a machine that can peer into another universe but realize too late that they can peer back. Jeffrey Combs plays the hero, a scientist driven mad by his discovery but determined to make up for his mistake. Barbara Crampton plays a psychologist assigned to evaluate Combs and gets caught up in the horror and she kills it. Ken Foree steals so many scenes as the wise-cracking cop who is watching out for them. Ted Sorel is absolutely vile as the villain of the movie both physically and emotionally. The movie has excellent creepy effects and the body horror feels way too real and is strangely beautiful. Director Stuart Gordon knows how to make the strangest/most disgusting images. I recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

Witch Piss – Hand of Glory

UNI and The Urchins – DOLL PARTS

Essenger – BLOODSUCKER!

Muse – You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween

Mashup of the Week:

Alain-Christian – Bon Appétite


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Charles Band and Lovecraft”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Wendigoon, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Internet Historian
  • I finished Batwoman Season 3
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
  • I watched more The Sandman Season 1
  • I watched more The Flash Season 8

Media Update 9/29/22

September 29, 2022

Madhouse (1981)

A friend of mine suggested this movie to me because they found it to be extraordinary and strange. This has not been officially declared a Giallo movie but I certainly believe it qualifies. A young woman is summoned to visit her estranged twin sister who has been hospitalized with a terminal, disfiguring sickness. As their birthday approaches, the woman is haunted by a familiar beast. Trish Everly plays the main character and is great at being innocent and despairing. Allison Biggers is great at playing a twisted, bitter version as the sickly twin. Dennis Robertson is absolutely strange as the uncle who grew up to be a Catholic priest. Finally, Michael McCrae is a nice presence as a sane and competent psychologist boyfriend. The rest are colorful characters performed by comedic actors. The movie has a great dreamy atmosphere and a mystery that had a lot of surprises. There were also some very gory deaths. I recommend this movie.

Deep Red (Rosso Profondo) (1975)

This one is often listed in the top five of all Giallo movies. A young pianist happens to witness the murder of a young psychic woman and finds himself caught up in finding the killer along with a plucky, young reporter. David Hemmings is great as the lead, showing real concern and curiosity but also having some real human moments. Darla Nicolodi plays the reporter and provides more humor and a legitimate reason to investigate murders. Gabriel Lava plays the perpetually intoxicated playboy best friend who is also comic relief. The movie has some very beautiful visuals, often with the titular color. There are some creepy images, some with dolls and artwork. The mystery was fun to follow and the deaths were appropriately bloody. I recommend this movie.

Blood and Black Lace (6 Donne Per L’assassino) (1964)

A much earlier Giallo film that shows the roots of the subgenre. In an Italian fashion house, the murder of several models exposes the cracks and flaws in the relationships surrounding the fashion world. This is more of an ensemble piece so we do not get an actual main character. Instead, we jump from model to model as the story evolves. The cast is very stylish and great at weaving a web of mystery with tons of red herrings. The mystery is central to the movie, interrupted by lurid violence against women. One thing I noticed that amused me is all the smoking which is kind of a relic of days gone by in film. I also love the look of the killer whose likeness may have inspired the character Rohrschach from the Watchmen comics though I can’t prove it. I recommend this movie.


Music of the Week:

The Royal Foundry – Listen To The Beat

Avril Lavigne – Bois Lie (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)

GloRilla – Blessed

Ayra Starr – Rush

Mashup of the Week:

Jt brooks – Zombie on the Otherside


Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Giallo Week”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Wendigoon, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Drew Gamblord, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle
  • I watched more Naomi Season 1
  • I watched more Batwoman Season 3
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
  • I watched more The Sandman Season 1
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season
  • I watched more The Flash Season 
  • I watched Evil Bong 888
  • I watched Blade: The Iron Cross
  • I watched Puppetmaster: Axis Rising
  • I watched Sons of Hercules: In the Lands of Darkness (Rifftrax Version)
  • I watched Cyber Tracker (Rifftrax version)
  • I watched The Million Eyes of Sumuru (Rifftrax Version)

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