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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 10/12/17

October 12, 2017


What We Do In the Shadows

I had heard over and over how this was a movie worth seeing. Mockumentaries have a rich and varied history in the world of comedy but I had never seen one mixed with the horror/Halloween genre. This is a mockumentary about a group of vampires who share an apartment in New Zealand. In most supernatural stories, the main characters are the only ones in the world dealing with vampires or werewolves or whatever. In more modern tellings, like urban fantasy or young adult literature, there are supernatural creatures everywhere. This is the reality that I like to visit because you get to explore all sorts of personality types reacting to the supernatural. In this, you get vampires based on Interview with a Vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (both Oldman and Lugosi), Nosferatu and The Lost Boys. They are part of a larger community of vampires, witches, zombies, and werewolves. There is a lot of really fun comedy based on the movies and books that I have seen. The script was written by Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi but that script was never seen by the rest of the cast. Instead, they were given loose directions and they improved the heck out of pretty much every scene. Much of the comedy comes from the fact that the vampires are pretty lame and also they have not adjusted well to the modern world. What I did not expect was that the special effects would be so good. My mind was actually blown by some of the neat camera tricks they were able to pull. I definitely recommend it.

 


Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

A classic horror movie set up is that a bunch of dumb college kids travel out into the wilderness. Along the way, they piss off some psycho hillbillies and those hillbillies pick off the kids one by one. That seems a little one-sided against the hillbillies. What is their story? That is the question posed in this very meta horror/comedy movie. In this, two innocent hillbilly guys get mistaken for psycho killers in a real comedy of errors with each mishap leading to a worse situation. Obviously, the makers of this film have seen a lot of horror movies and they knew just how to pick them apart in a loving way. Movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, Mother’s Day and others are all parodied or paid homage to. The movie kind of made me think of Cabin in the Woods with its loving parody of a horror subgenre while still being creepy and suspenseful. There are so many well-done beats taken from good and bad horror movies that made the movie really fun to watch even if it was not actually very scary. A really bright spot for me was that one of the stars of the movie is the legendary Alan Tudyk who plays an excellent intelligent hillbilly opposite a big dumb hillbilly played by Tyler Labine. The two play like Abbott and Costello and really help make the movie. However, the college kids are also spot on what they needed to be and the writing is very clever. I definitely recommend it.

 


Grabbers

On my journey through the world of Horror, I keep trying to visit other countries to see what they have to offer. Earlier this week, I visited France. I have also visited Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, China, and many others. However, I have yet to watch an Irish horror film and I found a recent one. This one is a science-fiction horror movie which is hit and miss for me. This movie involves a shapeless horror falling to Earth near an island just off the coast of Ireland. The tiny community must deal with these creatures who only want to consume and humans are definitely on the memo. It is up to two Garda officers to solve the case and protect the community before the creatures can spread to the rest of the planet. Along the way, the movie confronts and plays with a lot of Irish stereotypes and employs a lot of great Irish humor. It utilizes the wet weather seen a lot in that part of the world but also shows some of the beauty of the Emerald Isle. Some of the movie plays like something out of HP Lovecraft or other stories about a horror coming to a quiet, simple village. However, it is a modern story but some out-of-the-way places are less modern than others. The movie ends up being a lot of fun even if it is a pretty simple and straightforward movie. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
The Cult – Lil’ Devil

Sir Sly – You Haunt Me

Sunmi – Full Moon

The Pretty Things – Welcome To The Monster Club

Queens of the Stone Age – The Evil Has Landed

 

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Horror Comedies”
– I finished Gotham Season 3
– I finished The Good Place Season 1
– I finished House of Cards Season 2
– I watched more Glitter Force Season 2
– I watched more Santa Clarita Diet Season 1
– I watched more Little Witch Academia Season 1
– I finished Rick and Morty Season 3
– I did not get any Mulan sauce. They ran out.


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