New Halloween Decor

It’s that glorious time of the year again, when the stores fill with frightful goods. Ya ghouls here, cannot resist. We’ve already indulged in many treats. Here’s a couple items Scream purchased recently:

What tricks or treats have you picked up for yourself to celebrate the best season of the year?

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Horror Movie Buddy Review

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Who says you’re ever too old for sleepovers with your BFF?? September 1st marked Scream and I’s 26th Friendiversary and we still enjoy having slumber parties with horror movies and junk food just as much as we did when we were little kids. Only now, we fall asleep way earlier and tend to enjoy fancy cocktails and cheese instead of candy and “up all night drinks” (aka: sugar-fueled-throw-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-in-there-abominations). I suspect that even when we’re old and grey, this will continue to be the case. Who knows? Maybe by that point we’ll level up yet again and instead of cocktails and assorted cheeses it will be Ensure and hard candies? That is, of course, if we’re lucky enough to be normal old biddies and not too busy having the more sinister sort of “senior moments” that take place in The Taking of Deborah Logan. (Yeah, I bet you thought that intro was going nowhere at first, didn’t ya?) 😉

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The Taking of Deborah Logan is a found-footage movie that follows a group of college students making a documentary about the daily life of a person living with Alzheimer’s Disease. This brings them to the home of the recently-diagnosed Deborah Logan and her daughter Sarah who is newly stepping into the role of caretaker with her mother’s worsening condition, all while still trying to make ends meet. It doesn’t take long for Deborah’s mind and overall health to begin a rapid downward spiral as she loses more and more of herself to the disease . . . or at least that’s how it initially seems. However, it soon becomes very apparent that something far more malevolent may be afoot as unexplained occurrences and increasingly violent episodes begin to pile up.

Aaaand since any images/gifs from this movie venture FAR too much into Spoilet Territory, we’re just going to feature baby animal gifs instead, so enjoy! 😀

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1. Sooo, what was your overall opinion of the movie?

SCREAM: Honestly, for the most part, I really enjoyed it. It had an excellent creep factor that I don’t feel like you get much anymore. This could be an unfair comment though because I don’t scare very easily. :3

SUGAR: I agree 100%. It definitely brought the creep factor and I didn’t feel like I was watching just another generic “are they possessed or aren’t they?” kind of flick with this one.

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2. What did you think of main actress Jill Larson’s performance as the titular Deborah Logan?

SCREAM: That lady CAN GET IT. The way she could morph from sweet and motherly, to a shrieking banshee deserves some awards. I would like to see half of the Hollywood’s A list actors attempt to do what she did.

SUGAR: Absolutely! She’s got some serious acting range. The amount of subtle menace that woman can put into even just a quiet stare was truly something to behold.

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3. If you were part of the film crew making the documentary about the mom, when things start to escalate, would you have stuck around to finish the documentary or would you have said “fuck this” and left?

SCREAM: Oh definitely would have said, “Fuck this noise! I’m out!” Then I would have moon walked my way out the door.

SUGAR: Haha probably the wisest decision given the circumstances. 😛

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4. Without major spoilers, what did you think when they revealed what was really going on?

SCREAM: I was pretty surprised actually. I thought it was just going to be a basic possession story, but they added a lot of surprising elements. I’m pretty sure I said out loud at one point, “What the fuck?!”

SUGAR: Same. I loved the different angle this movie was coming from. After finally sitting down and watching the movie, I can definitely see why so many people had previously been buzzing about it.

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5. Would you watch this movie again? And would you recommend it to others?

SCREAM: I’m not sure it’s a movie that demands a rewatch. If it was on and I was feeling lazy, I might give it a go again. It’s not one that in a year that I’m going to go, “Damn, I need to watch that again.” I think part of the reason is, when you’ve seen all the reveals, what is left that is worth coming back for? (I’ll answer my own question with, that lady’s acting.)

SUGAR: Yeah, as much as I really enjoyed the movie, it isn’t one I necessarily would have a huge urge to watch again either. Maybe if I was watching it with someone who hadn’t seen it yet, then I might make an exception, because it would be fun to watch their reaction. >:) So, yes, if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!

Have you seen this movie? What were YOUR thoughts on it?

Mexican Gothic – Buddy Book Review

“After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemí’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

  1. What did you think of the premise of the story?

Sugar: I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love a good gothic horror, and this one brings some unexpected twists along the way and has a really satisfying slow burn that unravels into complete insanity. Needless to say, I was very entertained. I liked the main character and understood her motivations and was invested in her journey to piece together what exactly was going on with this creepy family in this creepy house.

Scream: I thought it was a fun premise. What a strange thought, that you might need to go rescue your cousin from either herself or her new husband? All to avoid any scandals to bring down the family name. It’s set before texts so you can’t just shoot a quick “Yo bitch, what’s going on?” to find out.

2. Would you have acted so calmly and retained your manners trying to rescue your cousin?

Sugar: Absolutely not. lol I would have been polite at first obviously being a guest in their home and all but with everything going on it would not have taken long for me to want to get the hell out of there and to drag my cousin along with me. 

Scream: I cuss like a sailor on a regular day when I’m not even mad. I would have kicked out of that house so fast, but I would have fought whoever I needed to get my cousin out of there. And I’m not above fighting dirty.

3. Stuck in a seemingly haunted mansion, what would you have done to pass the time?

Sugar: To be honest, I feel like my hobbies perfectly equip me to live my best life in a haunted mansion. Spending my days roaming around foggy graveyards, reading a bunch of books, and foraging for mushrooms and cool plants and creating art sounds pretty nice to me. 😉 Unfortunately, I’d probably be mostly oblivious to the creepy and sinister going-ons of the mansion because I’d be too busy having fun. 

Scream: Reading books and wandering around cemeteries is just a normal day my life. (My house backs up to a cemetery.) If I were to develop a new hobby to pass the time? Bird watching.

4. Without any spoilers, what did you think of the big reveal behind the house and family?

Sugar: I loved it. It was fun trying to piece together all the clues along the way and once everything came to light, I just strapped in and enjoyed the ride as we descended into utter madness. 

Scream: Original. That’s the word that comes to mind. The story kind of leads you on a red herring like route and then drops the unexpected in your lap. That’s a story I can get behind.

5. Would you recommend this to people and why?

Sugar: Definitely! If you like gothic horror this might just be right up your alley. 😉 If you haven’t dabbled in the genre yet but enjoy spooky things give it a whirl! 

Scream: I would. It has a classic horror kind of feel to it and that’s something I’ve been missing. If you’re just looking for something that doesn’t feel like everything else you’ve read, then I would suggest giving this a shot as well.

Have you read Mexican Gothic? What are your thoughts?

Prey (2022) Buddy Review with Luke from ImperialRebelOrk

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“The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.”

It’s always a treat to geek out with friends over awesome movies, so when I discovered that Luke from the Imperial Rebel Ork blog (IRO) and Fly on the Wall Podcast had watched and enjoyed the movie just as much as I (Sugar) had, I knew I wanted to pick his brain about it. And although our opinions on the supremacy of pancakes vs. waffles may differ, we stand united in our absolute enjoyment over this movie and how it “blew our expectations out of the stratosphere”, as Luke so perfectly put it. 🙂

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1.) With Prey being the prequel to Predator, and taking place in the year 1719, it makes sense that this Predator we encounter in the film is a little bit different than what we’re used to. His tech and weaponry/armor aren’t quite where they eventually are in the other installments that take place in more modern times. Did you enjoy this element of the movie, and how do you think they did making you believe this was a predecessor predator (how’s that for a tongue twister?) compared to what we’re more accustomed to seeing?

IRO: I think the newly imagined version of the Predator is very much on point. Instead of the standard black helmet we’ve got a bone-like helm and instead of the signature plasmacaster we’ve got a guided projectile system. I think it’s the Predator’s equivalent to human tech in that century but still remaining somewhat more advanced. The overall look of the Predator is stripped back and almost primeval.

SUGAR: I agree! I loved the helm made out of bone and the design choices for his overall look and weaponry/gadgets. I was so happy that they found such a great balance in showing how this Predator was less technologically advanced compared to what we’re accustomed to seeing, BUT he was still a major threat to the humans and wildlife in the movie.

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2.)  Director Dan Trachtenberg was very passionate about bringing the franchise back to its roots and bringing back the terror element from the original to Prey, all while adding some new excitement into the mix. Do you think he succeeded?
IRO: 100%. Dan is a fan of the original Predator and wanted it back, or revitalized, in a big way but by having a hand in the writing, as well as directing, the movie he was able to put his own unique spin on things.
SUGAR: Yeah, I was very impressed with his work bringing this installment to life in a way that was absolutely satisfying to the fans. I loved all the homages to the other movies and all the fresh ideas and originality that he peppered in along with it.
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3.) Amber Midthunder takes on the role of the film’s protagonist Naru, a young Comanche woman eager to prove herself as a hunter amongst those in her tribe. How do you think she did portraying an opponent to the film’s feral Predator? Was she a character you found yourself rooting for and believing in?
IRO: Watching Midthunder very much took me back to watching the likes of Sigourney Weaver in Alien(s) and Jodi Foster in Silence of the Lambs. Great heroines who were not only battling a fearsome adversary but were also combating a male dominated environment. Not only did the character, Naru, have to fight the Predator but she was also fighting the age old stigma of women can only do certain things and can’t possibly do the things that men do. I think, in this current climate, a film like this only helps stamp home even more that women are just as capable as men.
SUGAR: So true! She was fantastic and I was very much rooting for her throughout the movie. I loved that she wasn’t willing to settle for societal expectations and did what she believed in, other people’s opinions be damned!
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4.) What was it that you mostly enjoyed about this film, and how does it compare to other installments in the Predator franchise you’ve seen?
IRO: I very much enjoyed the unique setting and the barebones of the fighting. It was knives and arrows as opposed to bombs and machine guns. It was even more of an “against the odds” kind of story because of that fact. I think it was the perfect blend three amazing films, Apocalypto, The Revenant and Predator (’87). However, it still managed to remain very much in a class of its own.
SUGAR: Yeah, for sure! I absolutely loved it. It felt fresh and exciting but also very much like it belonged in the franchise. I also loved how respectful and authentic it was in the representation of the Comanche people. A fun bit of trivia that made me smile was that they cast a rescue dog for the role of Naru’s canine companion Sarii. Always love to see that. ❤
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5.) The director has expressed interest in possibly making more films and exploring more storylines for the franchise later down the road. Based on how he did with Prey, would you want to watch another installment he worked on? 
IRO: Look, if it has the Predator in it, I’ll watch it BUT there’s always that concern that they’ll overwork it for the dollars and the creativity will end up suffering. However, if Dan the Man continues with his forward thinking and individual approach to writing, I think we could be looking at some great little Predator treats.
SUGAR: Haha agreed! 🙂 I was looking forward to seeing this but it definitely exceeded my expectations, so I’d definitely sign up to watch future installments.
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This concludes our buddy review for Prey. Massive thanks to Luke (IRO) for joining in on the fun and providing such great conversation about the movie. Have you seen Prey yet? If so, we’d love to know your thoughts on the movie too! 

Terrifier (2016) Horror Movie Buddy Review

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On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.

With Terrifier 2 set to make its world premiere in just 3 weeks at Fright Fest, and then hitting theaters this fall, it seemed the perfect time to do a buddy review of the first Terrifier movie.

What’s a sleepover without scary movies?? Heresy, we say! When we got together for sleepover weekends, it pretty much goes without saying that we were going to end up watching a horror movie or two at some point. The only question is . . . which ones? Well, with Terrifier 2 nearly upon us, I (Sugar) suggested that we watch the first Terrifier since Scream and her husband had yet to see it.

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Q: Soooo, what did you think? Did you enjoy the movie?

SCREAM: Art the Clown was the only decent actor in the whole  movie. Good thing he carried it for everyone. Also, good thing he murdered them for their bad acting. If it wasn’t for Art or the most brutal kill scene I’ve ever seen, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it at all.

SUGAR: Haha I love this movie and was more than happy to watch it for the third time. It gives me everything I want in a slasher movie and brings some extra chaotic fun to the mix along the way.

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Q: How does Art the Clown stack up compared to other scary clowns that came before him?

SCREAM: Not much scares me in life. Clowns creep me the fuck out though. Art should scare me out of my skin, but I find his silent giggles endearing. All the other clowns can burn in Hell.

SUGAR: Haha I’m the opposite on this one. Clowns don’t bother me. However, as much as I love Art the Clown, he also creeps me the fuck out. 😛

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Q: Do you think that Art the Clown has earned his place among other iconic slashers like Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface?

SCREAM: Yes. I knew who Art the Clown was before ever watching the movie. Now that I’ve watched it, it’s a character and a performance that I won’t soon forget.

SUGAR: For sure. He’s got so much personality and is so fun to watch.

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Q: In an era of remake after remake, do you think Terrifier stands out as an original movie?

SCREAM:  I do. Overall, it’s your general slasher flick but with a new creative antagonist who isn’t afraid to switch up his weapons. You never really know how he’s going to kill someone, so that’s fun. Yeah, I said it. FUN.

SUGAR: Absolutely. There’s a lot of “woah” moments in this movie and things I haven’t seen before. Art is a sadistic slasher with a funny streak who has a lot of originality on his own, and brings that originality to the whole movie with the mayhem he inflicts on anyone unlucky enough to cross his path. It’s a great homage to slasher movies all while doing its own thing and I love that.

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Q: Will you watch Terrifier 2 when it comes out?

SCREAM: Fuck-to-the-yeah!

SUGAR: Woo! It’s a date! ❤

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With scary clown predecessors like Pennywise and the Killer Klowns from Outerspace coming before him, Art the Clown had big shoes to fill (Pun 100% intended) and we both clearly think he pulled it off. Have you seen Terrifier or the other movie Art is in All Hallows’ Eve? What did you think? Are you excited for Terrifier 2? 

Winchester – Buddy Movie Review

For this movie, Sugar and Scream joined with the lovely Melanie from Grab the Lapels to watch a scary tale.

“Ensconced in her sprawling San Jose, California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.”

Dr. Price keeps saying, “Fear is only in the mind.” Do you agree?

Melanie: I completely disagree because I’m one of those people who gets loads of physical symptoms when I’m afraid. I’ll get the shakes, my heart rate skyrockets, and to make it stop, I have to go to a real zen space of my own creation. I mean, if fear were only in the mind and I could make the choice to be not afraid, then fear would basically be a non-factor, right? I remember when I got my wisdom teeth removed, and before the surgery I was crying because I was scared. The ol’ dentist dude kept saying I was only afraid in my head. LOL, that liar.

Sugar: To a degree. I mean, fear is pretty hardwired into any living creature for survival purposes so depending on the type of fear, I think we can only control it so much. Plus, if you add things into the mix like anxiety, even when someone is self-aware that the fear is “only in the mind”, it doesn’t change anything. In all fairness though, the movie DOES take place in the very early 20th century so we can pretty much bank on them not being great when it comes to matters of mental illness and mental health.

Scream: I think fear starts in the mind, but I don’t think it exists there solely. Now, if you were to take your mind out of the equation, would fear even exist? Does your body just get scared on its own? Probably not.

What is your opinion on the jump scares?
Melanie: Okay, I’m torn. There are three parts to this for me: 1) I think jump scares are cheap, especially when they’re done with loud music/sound effects, but 2) If I’m not scared while watching a horror movie, is it even fun? And 3) Jump scares are always what my horror friends and I talk about first. Like, “Where did you almost pee yourself? Let’s compare notes!”

Sugar: I think they tend to be overdone and that they’re best used in moderation. Jump scares aren’t “scary” so much as they are “startling”. If something was to startle me, that isn’t the kind of fear that is going to stick with me past the initial scare. For a movie to actually scare me, I feel like it has to leave the kind of impact where I think about it outside of the viewing experience and get creeped out and jump scares just don’t tend to do that. I never jumped during this movie at the jump scares, but I did feel my stomach do that weird tighten thing once that it can do when you’re startled. Maybe the jump scares didn’t get me because it seemed like you could feel when they were about to happen most of the time.

Scream: I agree with Sugar on this one. I think they’re overused. Especially in the case of this movie. In my opinion, you’re allowed one good jump scare per movie. If you exceed this, then you probably know your movie isn’t all that scary and you’re trying to make up for it.

How does Winchester compare to other haunted house movies?
Melanie: I noticed recently that there are not a lot of ghost movies in general! Everyone is obsessed with demons right now. Ghosts are people who died and didn’t move on, but demons were never alive and always malicious (or Insidious — ha!). The last haunted house movie I remember watching was Crimson Peak, and I was so focused on the incest stuff that I forgot about the ghosts. Some of my favorite haunted house movies are 13 Ghosts, Hell House, LLC., and House on Haunted Hill (sorry hard-core fans, but I love the remakes). In Winchester, we don’t see the ghosts for super long, but they scared me right away! I do prefer to be scared without a loud noise in haunted house movies, because there are lots of scares in store. So, some of them could be more nuanced. In Hell House, LLC. the scares are sometimes a distant noise, or something moved that shouldn’t be able to. As for the haunted house setting, Winchester refuses to be just spooky and instead creates a new cool premise (creating rooms and tearing them down over and over).

Sugar: I liked it. I enjoyed that it was based around real events, and you can tell that the filmmakers actually did their homework and learned about the real Sarah Winchester and her house. It wasn’t just a cash grab due to the name and the house’s notoriety. I think the fact that it has its foundations set in historical events (even though they obviously still took their fair share of artistic liberties) adds an extra level of intrigue. I mean, how many other haunted house movies can you actually go visit the haunted house in real life??

Scream: I was supposed to go visit the real Winchester house while we were in California this past April, but time ran out and I really regret it now. Another time, perhaps! I don’t watch a whole lot of ghost movies it turns out. I guess it’s just not my favorite horror genre. 13 Ghosts is a favorite however and this reminded me of that with the imprisoning ghosts in rooms angle.

Do you think Winchester is trying to add something to the gun debate today?
Melanie: The way the character Sarah Winchester, played by Helen Mirren, felt guilt over every death caused by a Winchester rifle made me think about people now suing gun companies after a mass shooting. The Sandyhook parents just won $73 million dollars against Remington Arms, and that sets a precedent for future lawsuits.

Sugar: You know, I’m honestly not sure. Maybe? But I think because the real Sarah Winchester honestly believed she was being haunted by the spirts of those killed by Winchester rifles way back when, that I didn’t look for any hints of modern commentary. My mind was fully set in the past while I was watching it. That may have been my loss though, because I was pretty burnt out from a stressful week when I put it on, so I was just going into it to relax and be entertained at the time.

Scream: It’s a real tale about a woman tormented by the deaths caused by guns her husband created so I don’t think they had to even try for commentary on current events. It just fits the times too many freaking years later.

Are the “rules” of the supernatural consistent in this movie?Melanie: LOL, NO! If the 13 nails are meant to keep the ghosts in a room, then why did the nails get pushed out supernaturally? If the rooms with only the malevolent spirits are nailed shut, why were they so damn helpful at the end? Once the last-built room was nailed shut at the end, how did the main ghost get out again? Why was the hole in the floor considered a “door.” Are windows also doors, then? Also, do the ghosts recognize the company board? If Sarah Winchester owns 51% of the Winchester company, why were the ghosts mad at her and not the rest of the board? Are these mathematically fair ghosts, and thus they have cursed her family and not the families of board members?

Sugar: I don’t recall any contradictions off the top of my head when I think about it, but like I said, I was pretty mentally zombified by the time I watched it at the end of the week. Maybe you guys noticed something I didn’t? I like to read the trivia section on IMDB after I watch a new movie and one thing I thought was interesting regarding the rules of the supernatural in the film, was this little tidbit: “In the movie, Sarah Winchester claims that thirteen nails are necessary to retain the ghosts in their respective rooms, nailing a wooden piece on the door. It is a nod to the real-life Sarah Winchester, who was obsessed with the number “13”: her house has thirteen candles and wall clothes hooks are in multiples of thirteen; a spider web-patterned stained-glass window contains thirteen colored stones; and the drain covers on the sinks have thirteen holes. In Sarah’s tribute, the house’s groundskeepers have created a topiary tree shaped like the numeral “13” and every Friday the 13th, the large bell on the property is rung thirteen times at “1300 hours” (13:00 PT, 1:00 p.m.) in tribute to her.”

Scream: I’m with Melanie in that I was confused on how the 13 nails were there to keep the ghosts in the room, yet they could just push them out when they felt like it? They just allowed themselves to be happily contained until they got cranky and wanted to go for a walk? Big plot hole. I did enjoy the movie overall though. It’s not one I will probably ever go back and watch again but it entertained me for an hour and 39 minutes and I can’t be mad at that. The only scene that gave me a squirm was when a ghost almost stuck their finger in the doctor’s ear. Ghost wet willies, no thank you!

Thank you, ladies, for this fun chat!

Have you seen Winchester? What were your opinions on it?

Happy Shark Week!

As if we needed an excuse to watch and talk about shark movies, it’s now officially Shark Week, so you know we’re about to observe this holiest of weeks here on our blog. 😛

We know sharks aren’t the insatiable killing machines movies make them out to be, but with our love for all things horror, what’s a little blood in the water amongst friends? Pure, bloody and violent entertainment, that’s what! 😀 

If you’re looking for some shark movies to indulge in this Shark Week, here are our top suggestions:

DEEP BLUE SEA (1999)

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Fin-tastically 90’s in all the best ways. You’ve got Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, badass genetically altered Mako Sharks, gore galore, and creative kills. What more could you possibly ask for? Oh, what’s that? An original rap song and music video by LL Cool J with synchronized swimmers and a full orchestra, all from the perspective of the killer sharks, you say? Well, guess what? You get that too!

You’re welcome. 😉

47 METERS DOWN (2017)

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If you didn’t already have a fear of cage diving, you just may after this movie. You know those days you have where every single thing just seems to go the hard way? Imagine that, but with hungry killer sharks who have way too good of an attention span and nothing better to do than to terrorize you while your oxygen tanks slowly run out. Fun times!

THE SHALLOWS (2016)

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Determined shark vs. Determined Blake Lively. Seriously, to have even just a portion of these sharks’ attention spans. Also, bonus points for letting other wildlife get in on the fun of torturing humans in this one. 😛  

Soooo, what shark-related stuff will you be watching this Shark Week? We have our own bucket list–er, we mean chum bucket list, of our own that we’ll be sinking our teeth into this year.

Our Chum Bucket List:

All of Shark Week on Discovery+

Jaws (1975) 

We’re planning to do a buddy review for the granddaddy of killer shark movies later this week, so if you you want to join in on the fun, watch or re-watch Jaws this week and chat with us in the comments! ❤

Black Sheep – Buddy Movie Review

Special Edition: Melanie from Grab the Lapels joins Scream in a horror movie buddy review.

“An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.”

  1. If you think about other movies that have a virus/plague plot, how does Black Sheep hold up?

Melanie: Most virus/plague/zombie types of movies make more sense in how the disease spreads. I was surprised Black Sheep started with a sheep baby in a jar that breaks out and next thing you know the entire flock is eating people. I wasn’t sure how that happened — did they all bite each other, breathe the same air, what?

Scream: The sheep baby bites an adult sheep on the nose not long after biting the human. I think from there we have to assume the sheep starts biting other sheep. When compared to other virus/plague plots, I think this sticks to the same formula but they upped their game with their effects.

2. A lot of “virus” horror movies start with do-gooder activists who are incredibly stupid and ruin everything. Why are they always so dumb?

Melanie: OMG, I don’t know. What are activists like in real life? I actually don’t know except when PETA people pop up somewhere online, and yes, those people sound bonkers. I half wonder if activists are always enthusiastic college students who don’t want to be part of the “the system,” but they have money and go to college and thus are part of the system. Their age and lack of experience cause them to not think through what they’re doing. I feel like today’s college students would at least prepare by looking up on YouTube “how to overthrow a sci-fi sheep farm.” 

Scream: I’ve actually come to know quite a few activists and I will tell you, it’s probably 50/50. Plenty are intelligent, those are the ones that keep it on the down low and don’t get caught or do dumb shit like this. The loud ones tend to be dumber. (I feel like it’s the same for every group of people fighting for their beliefs.) But I agree, I think a lot of them are younger people who don’t want to think they’re part of the system. Without them, we wouldn’t have this kind of entertainment though.

3. You’ve seen Dead Alive and you’ve seen Black Sheep. What is it about New Zealand horror that is unique?

Melanie: I think it’s the sound effects! Did you notice all the squishy sounds throughout both movies? The blood, gore, sticky-slimey-stuff? It all makes a sound like plunging a toilet. That, and I think the comedy comes from the special effects being just a little bit over-the-top as a purposeful choice, as opposed to being low budget.

Scream: The sound effects WERE awesome but for me, if I’m basing it on those two movies, it would be their superb use of practical effects. There was very little CGI in this movie, and I was HIGHLY impressed by that.

4. Thoughts on the special effects? Have you seen similar special effects in other horror movies?

Melanie: When you see the guy turning into a sheep and his face pushes out to create a sheep jaw, I instantly thought of An American Werewolf in London. I learned how that special effect was done this year after watching some documentary, and it’s pretty cool. And much like the movie Cujo, there was a good combo of animal special effects (puppetry, costume, etc.) and using animals. I mean, those sheep are real in most scenes!

Scream: The transformations and the final sheep monsters were crazy good and honestly, sold the whole movie for me. My husband and his friend walked in on the last 27 minutes and were cheering and loving every second of it. In my opinion, there are not enough movies that use these kinds of effects anymore and that’s a crying shame.

5. Would you call Black Sheep horror (as in scary, gory, horrifying, etc.)?

Melanie: It’s a lot of humor, but to be honest, my neck is sensitive, and those sheep were constantly going for the throat! The director filmed it so you’re the perspective of the person being attacked and it looks like the sheep is coming right at you, up close and personal. Then, it cuts to the sheep’s mouth on the person’s neck. I could feel myself raising my shoulders to protect my neck, lol. Oh, and the people turning into sheep slowly (like the dude suddenly has a hoof) definitely brought back the horror I felt watching the donkey scene in Pinnochio as a kid.

Scream: I would say it’s a horror comedy. There are so many good one liners and it’s such an off-the-wall concept that it’s hard for me to take it seriously. I will note that I am not a squeamish person, so this and Pinocchio definitely didn’t scare me MELANIE. Haha!

Special thank you to Melanie for recommending a movie I had never heard of and therefore, would probably have never seen otherwise. I had a great time watching it and discussing it with her and I will have to look into more New Zealand horror!

40th Anniversary John Carpenter’s The Thing

This is just a quick little appreciation post for one of the best science fiction horror movies to ever come out.

Sugar has long when a huge fan of this film, but I, Scream, had somehow missed out on it for YEARS. We corrected this last fall, and it has skyrocketed to my top favorite horror movies of all-time list. It also began my quest to watch everything by John Carpenter. I saw Halloween back when I was a teen, but I have missed out on the rest of the Carpenter goodness.

If you haven’t watched this yet, and you like horror or sci-fi or better yet, horror AND sci-f, get this on your watchlist immediately.

“A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor – Book Review

Published Date: June 23, 2001

Publishing Co.: LA Weekly Books

Pages: 344

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The man. The chin. The legend.

There are not many actors that I follow almost all their work, in fact, I (Scream) can’t think of another one at all. So, there you have it, I am a Bruce Campbell mega-fan. It should be stated that I have never referred to myself as a mega-fan of anything before. Growth. Right before your eyes.

Anywho, Bruce. He was born and raised in Michigan. If you are from Michigan and you’ve never heard of him, please take the time to correct this now. Too many of us proclaim love for all the wrong people to come out of Michigan and here stands before us, a true gem. (Or a Petoskey stone if you want to get REAL Michigan about it.) The story begins with his childhood in the Detroit area and goes on to detail his budding friendships with other film creatives and how they broke into the horror movie scene with Evil Dead. (I highly recommend all three films, but the order of my personal favorites goes; Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II then Evil Dead.)

It continues following his career throughout the nineties and his personal interviews with Sam Raimi and cronies spice up the story. Written in Bruce’s brand of humor, you can easily believe he is sitting next you telling the story of his life up until this point.  There were a lot of things that I forgot he was in. Halfway through this book, I watched Maniac Cop. I liked it. It’s so eighties it hurts.

If you don’t know who he is or don’t like him, then don’t bother with this book. You’re clearly not groovy enough to get it.

If you’re a fan, come get some.

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