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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Thoughts on True Blood Season 5 Episode 3



  What a disappointment... no more nicknames for Bill and Eric! It's hard to come up with good ones. Here are a few terrible ones I came up with: Sookie Lover 1&2, Sookie Hater 3&4, Team Don't Stake Me, Tall & Short, Mr. Sex Addiction & Mr. Lover Man, or Damon & Stefan. Not sure why those last names sound familiar. Oh well, onto my thoughts on episode 3, “Whatever I Am, You Made Me.”
  Let me start with an "I told you so." Last week I said the Rev knew someone important. The next Nan, that is too funny. I have to say that is a good job of writing him back into the show with the perfect role. As Roman spoke, who else was thinking that woman can't be trusted? And sleeping with Bill and Eric, shame!
  Good to see another week of loyalty between the two, especially after that extremely interesting flashback. No way did I think we would ever see Bill and Lorena in Pam’s flashback. Funny how back then the roles were reversed, as Eric was the man, and now Bill is. I can't believe Pam actually tried to kill herself. I thought she was stronger then that.
  True Blood didn’t ignoring technology and social media in this episode. The Authority created an app for that! Good to see vampires use Apple as well! And Andy's ass plastered on Facebook. Can't believe he said they took down the pic. I've seen worse things on Facebook that they should have taken down.
  Next we’ll see a Jason sexisode on YouTube. Hopefully not with that woman he ran into at the store. What a random storyline to pop up with. So Jason's sex addiction started when he slept with his teacher. Did we really need to go there? The only thing funny about that scene was when he mentioned ex-girlfriends, and looked at the cat after mentioning Crystal. I wonder if that storyline will ever come back.
  Speaking of comes backs, are we about to see the return of the fairies? As soon as that guy walked into the store I thought there was something familiar about him. And 16 sisters who need dresses. Wonder where the party is going to be?  Hopefully they stay away from Jessica, whom I have to apologize to. When she appeared I said, "do we really need another token scene of Jessica and her friends?" Glad it turned out to be a more important scene for her.
  Good to see Alcide got more than one scene this week, but that meant someone else would have to take his place. That person... Hoyt! What trouble is this boy about to get in? The King of trouble didn't make an appearance, but hopefully he has recovered enough to make an appearance next week.
  As I mentioned before, Sookie hasn’t played a big role so far, but it looks like that is about to change. Others now know about Tara, but most importantly Alcide now knows about Deb. I was happy she was killed, but it looks like she will still be a thorn in Sookie's side. It isn't looking good for Sookie and Alcide to finally hook up.
  I still need to pick my favorite line of the night. Since he said it close together, I’ll count them as one. My favorite line was when Roman was talking about himself as a young vamp, and said all he would do is "feed, fuck, and kill." He shortly followed that by describing humans as "talking meat."
  Tara used to be talking meat, but she is a quieter ball of angry vampire now. It was really cool to see her face heal, and look up into the stars. Unfortunately, it might be the last time she looks up into the sky, as she decided to commit suicide. Not! As soon as she walked in there I said "not a chance. Pam will save her. " We all know who will appear next. Still can't believe two apparently strong characters, Tara and Pam, tried to kill themselves.
  Hopefully the blood will really get flowing next week. It will already be episode 4, and things need to start setting up for something big to happen by episode 6. Bill and Eric should be released, and begin their hunt for the King. Pam will save Tara, and hopefully begin setting her straight. Maybe Lafayette will lose his temper again, and we'll get to see the mask again (good stuff). And Sookie will try to stay out of jail for another week. See you guys next week!


  HorrO

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Thoughts on True Blood Season 5 Episode 2



  Before I begin with my thoughts on last night’s episode, let me answer the “who would I want as my maker” question from last week. At first I was thinking Eric or Bill because they seem willing to go the extra mile to protect their own, but screw that. I have to go with Pam. Yea, she might let me eventually get staked, but she is hilarious. It would definitely be a fun ride. So now onto my thoughts on episode 2, “Authority Always Wins.”
  So where to begin…all right Arlene and Terry. Terry is still being Mr. Grumpy Pants, and even smacked her. Not good! Nice try at the Paranormal Activity moment, but he’s not that scary. His flashbacks go too fast for me to see anything important happening besides the usual war stuff. I was hoping we wouldn’t see Patrick again, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. They might go looking for this other guy, but I’m sure it is Patrick, or a sleep walking Terry who is setting these fires.
  Speaking of fires, what happen to the days of just burning dead bodies? Everyone has to take a bite out of Marcus. Good for Alcide. Refuse that meat, and pack. He has better things to do. What that is, I don’t know considering he changed back to being Mr. One Segment. But that wasn’t the biggest change of the night. That would be little Emma changing into a cute little wolf. Who didn’t want to take her home? I wouldn’t close the door completely on her being a shifter, but not much is fitting through that doorway.
  There was nothing cute about Tara. She was on a rampage, and that opening scene was fantastic. It definitely sealed the deal on me wanting Pam as my maker. Looks like we are going to see how Eric and Pam came together. Hopefully this is an interesting story, as it appears to be love at first sight for Pam. Any surprise to see where Pam worked? Shows she didn’t change too much when she became a vampire.
  Going back to Tara, how about that exorcist type pose on the sink? This is only the beginning of the madness she is about to cause. Now that she is loose on the town, let the fun begin. That was a pretty useless scene with Lafayette standing over her with stake in hand. No way they went through all of that just to kill her. I know, he is in all kinds of pain, but it wasn’t happening. And Sookie, I’m kind of surprised the focus hasn’t been on her much through two episodes now.
  Let me turn my focus to Jessica, and her surprise visitor, the proud gay American Reverend. Did he really offer $10,000 to her for Jason? Money isn’t that important to vampires, non-the less Jessica. I say they fight to the true death for him. The scene did create my favorite line of the night, which was when she said he had a “Fang boner.” Maybe not as funny as some of Pam’s lines, but definitely not something you hear, maybe ever! Another interesting thing said was when the Reverend mentioned Bill not being King anymore. How did he know that? Makes me think he knows someone important.
  Now onto the important business of the Authority. We finally got an up close look at where they have been hiding, and how they operate. They are very much into some interesting torture techniques. I liked the UV light myself. Something for the Stake House to consider selling. Good to see a mix among the Authority, including a young boy, who is probably old as hell. Being a fan of Law and Order, it didn’t take long for me to love what Christopher Meloni, as Roman, brings to the table. I can’t wait to see more of him.
  We almost saw the end of Marcellus and Ike. Ok, like Lafayette wasn’t going to kill Tara, Roman wasn’t going to kill Fuck Up 1 or 2. That is two weeks, and two sets of nicknames for Bill and Eric. It would be awesome if they gave them a nickname in each episode this season. Again, I’m surprised at the continued loyalty between the two. I guess that is what happens with Sookie out of the picture. It will be interesting to see what the plan is going forward. They have a big task at hand considering they have to save Nora, kill the King, and escape the Authority. Maybe they let the King kill the Authority, and then they kill the King. And the King is definitely the opposite of little Emma as a wolf. He is truly disgusting looking, and I loved ever second of it. Way to end the episode!
  Four nicknames, and two episodes in, things are just setting up. Fuck Up 1 and 2 are in a tough situation. The wolves need a new packmaster. Sam needs a new girlfriend. Alcide needs more screen time. Jason is running out of women to sleep with, which bodes well for the Reverend. Pam and Terry are suffering from flashback syndrome. Tara is angry, and hungry. Best of all, the King is on the come back trail. Can’t wait until next week. Now enjoy the trailer for next week’s episode while I think of some more nicknames!

  HorrO

Monday, June 11, 2012

PROMETHEUS REVIEW



  Talk about a movie that is all about expectations. For many, this is the biggest, most anticipated movie of the summer not named "Avengers," or "Dark Knight." For others like myself, definitely an important movie, but just could never get sucked into all the hype. So here are some thoughts on what I expected, and turned out seeing from "Prometheus."
  After making a big discovery on Earth, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are convinced that mankind isn’t alone. They set off with a crew on a space voyage to another planet. Upon landing there, they venture into structure that opens up just as many questions for them as answers, along with some unexpected danger. 
  Probably the biggest expectation from this movie is how much would it incorporate "Alien." Would it truly be a prequel, or its own movie? Well, besides one major moment, and some similarities here and there, it really is its own movie. If you go into this movie expecting to see aliens attacking people left and right like in some of the “Alien” movies, forget about it.
  “Prometheus” has an important storyline, which is all about the search for how mankind is created. Everything builds off that storyline, and every time the audience might think the movie is moving away from that, it goes right back to it. It is good to see the movie stick to this, but at times it wore on me. The more the question of our creation keeps coming up, the more I was just thinking, "answer it already and move on!"
  Move onto what... aliens of course. I guess I really was expecting, or wanting something more like "Alien." I know there would have been no originality to that, and it would have made it more like a remake than a prequel. However, after seeing some of the aliens, and action scenes, it really had me wanting more. First of all, the “creators,” “engineers,” or whatever you want to call those big, white alien guys, they are awesome. Yes, they look somewhat like overgrown humans, but there is just something interesting about them. Then there are tremendous scenes such as what happens to the two astronauts that have been left behind, and a terrific surgery scene. I could have gone for another scene or two like those instead of some of the continued creation talk that drags in some parts.
  Not only do they do an excellent job with those scenes, but also the movie is outstanding visually. The whole movie felt so real with how clean it is shot. It really feels like the audience is getting an up close tour of another planet. And this is all in 2D. I'm sure it must have been even better on IMAX.
  As far as the acting, it is a good job done by all. I didn't realize it at first, but Noomi Rapace is the actress who plays the role of Lizabeth Salander in the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." This is a much different role, but another excellent job of acting. Charlize Theron is solid again in her performance as Meredith Vickers, but her role isn't as big as I thought. Michael Fassbender really stole the show as the robot, David. He does a terrific job of keeping his expressions in check so that it really feels as if he is a robot.
  Now let me attempt to make a point about the end of the movie without giving it away. For those that have seen the movie, this might make more sense to you. The final scene, where I will say the audience sees “creation,” feels forced, and misplaced. Yes, it kind of caps off the whole creation talk, even though they never come to a satisfactory answer. However, it also seems kind of random being placed there. It really is a cool scene, which I'm sure some people would have liked to have seen earlier in the movie. For me, I think that scene would have been better placed after the credits. It would have made it feel more natural, and not like they threw it in because they had to tie certain things together.
  Overall, I think I got what I expected from this movie. I might have made it seem like I didn’t like it, but I did. Really, if they just threw in a little more alien action, and a little less talk, I would have been more satisfied. Some people may like the creation talk, but it didn’t hold my interest throughout the film. The movie really keeps the audience glued to it with how great it is filmed, and the acting is good. The final scene will definitely be a lasting image, wherever you think they should have placed it. Prequel, or not, I give this movie 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO

My Thoughts on True Blood Season 5 Episode 1



  Naked people. Blood splattering. Rock Band. Wise remarks. “Fuck” being said about 20-30 times. Ok, maybe not Rockband, but that all must mean True Blood is back! The wait is over and the vampires have returned for another wild ride. Like the past two seasons, HorrO is back with my thoughts on each episode. This year I'm going try to keep this more to my thoughts and less on plots details. I'm assuming you've seen the episode, if not, take this as your spoiler alert! It's been a long wait so let me begin with my thoughts on episode 1, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
  Let me start off with where they ended the season last year, Tara getting shot. Now we know why they did the maker’s day promotion, and why the episode is called “Turn! Turn! Turn!” It was all about Tara becoming a vampire. Obviously they didn’t kill her off, which is why I didn’t think it was that shocking of a season finale last year. I do have to say I’m excited that she is finally a vampire because I’ve always thought she would make an excellent one. Too bad Franklin isn’t by her side. That would be extreme craziness!
  I guess what was more shocking about the whole thing was that it was Pam that turned her. Not only that, but Pam helped out Sookie. Yes, there is a favor involved, one that Sookie will regret, but still. What was with the whole burying thing? Someone please clue me in on why them being buried together helped her become a vampire. As always, I give you my favorite line of the night, and this scene produce it. It was when Pam said, “I’m wearing a Walmart sweat suit for yall. If that isn’t a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is!” Oh Pam, so funny with or without dirt in her bra.
  Moving onto to the tag team of Marcellus and Ike. No, I don’t like those names either, back to Bill and Eric. It was hilarious how they started off the episode showing Eric cleaning up Nan guts in speed mode. Figures they would start with a little humor. I also like that they showed what was happening to the tag team while Deb confronted Sookie. Poor Bill just couldn’t help himself, and had to run outside. What was surprising about the pair is how loyal Eric has become to Bill. Eric wasn’t going to leave Bill after blowing up the trunk.
  With a new season come new characters. Now introducing Eric’s sister, Nora. Definitely wasn’t expecting that. Then again, I wasn’t expecting him to have sex like a champion with his sister shortly after reuniting! A new season can also bring back characters of the past like the Reverend. I thought he was going to have some evil plan in mind, but all he wanted was Jason’s love. Yes, he is a proud gay American vampire. How come I’m not surprised True Blood would introduce such a character? It was interesting hearing a gay American vampire swear to God. Glad to see Red Riding Hood come back to Jason’s rescue. Speaking of Jessica, since when does she hang out with the college crowd? Do they eventually make a good meal?
  Let me take a break from the vampires, and talk about the wolves, and shifters. Sam made a nice escape once, but couldn’t do it twice. His ass was taken by Marcus’ pack to be tortured. We have seen different sides of Sam, but it was good to see his loyal, and honorable side. It wasn’t good to see Marcus’ mother Martha. What a messed up wolf ritual she performed! Eating the guts of your son, yuck! The good news is that hopefully means no return for Marcus.
  It was also a rough start for Alcide. First Sookie refused his help. Damn you Sookie, why can’t you just give a wolf a chance? Way to go Lafayette. Stand up to the big bad wolf! I didn’t know he had it in him. Then Alcide comes to rescue Sam. Not sure he rescued him, but he made it known who killed Marcus. It doesn’t look like the wolves are going to vote for Alcide as the next packmaster.
  Now onto the somewhat normal human Bellefleur clan. No more Mr. Nice Terry! Patrick definitely has him wired. What is with this story of their squad’s homes being burned? I mean, hopefully they are going somewhere interesting with this new storyline. The storyline with the baby started off well, but kind of fizzled out. And a big congrats to Andy for finally scoring! Meeting that fairy got his juices flowing again!
  Lets see, did I miss anything important? Mentioned Tara, yes. Bill and Eric, yes. The Authority… well we didn’t get to meet their new leader yet, so pass. Jason and Jessica, yes. No, Hoyt wasn’t worth mentioning. Could have talked more about Sookie, but I’m sure I will do plenty of that as the season unfolds. What did I miss? Of course, the King will return! How could I forget about such an awesome character? They can’t bring back Franklin (yes I will never let that go), but I can’t wait to see the King back in action. I couldn’t believe they got rid of him in the first place. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for all our favorite characters.
  With all that being said, it was a good start to the season. I could have gone without seeing Sam and Andy’s asses, but you can’t have it all. This should be an interesting season now that the focus should be on this cast of characters. No introduction of wolves, witches, and werepanthers to distract us. Just some good vampire fun with some wolves and shifters on the side. It will be good to only wait a week as opposed to months, so I will catch you after next week’s episode. In the meantime, I’m going to think about whom I would want as my maker!

  HorrO

Saturday, June 2, 2012

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN REVIEW



  Snow White on a horror blog? Never thought she would make an appearance on my site, but stranger things have happened. I guess it’s not that big of a stretch considering the story is about an evil Queen wanting the heart of a young girl. That sounds like horror to me. So what does “Snow White and The Huntsman” have to offer considering it isn’t exactly the Disney version?
  The story starts, as Snow White (Kristen Stewart), is welcomed into this world. While great things appear destined for the young girl, things change when her mother passes away, and an evil force comes for her father, the King. The evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) doesn’t waste time spreading her evil throughout the kingdom, including locking up Snow White in the castle. The adventure begins once Snow White seizes the opportunity to escape.
  There are a few things that stand out about this movie. The first is what a great job they do with the scenery, and keeping the fairytale feel throughout the movie. It starts right off the bat, as the audience sees Snow White’s mother walking in the snow, and is soon followed by a nice shot of the King’s army racing to attack the Queen’s soldiers. The best scenery comes when Snow White enters the Dark Forest. Anything in the forest can become a creature she fears in a split second. Also, they definitely keep dark theme for most of the movie.
  The nice scenery is backed up by some good special effects, such as the aforementioned creatures in the forest. No creature stands out more than an awesome looking troll. However, as frightful as it is, that particular scene comes to a disappointing ending. One of the more surprising, but awesome effects includes a sudden appearance of some interesting looking fairies, which I won’t spoil for you.
 Besides the creatures, they do a particularly good job with some of the Queen’s transformations. There are things, such as subtle changes in her face, and a shot of her back where the audience gets to see her bones. Then there are more complicated transformations like the one involving the Queen and some ravens. Even though they give it away in the trailer, the mirror changing shape in front of the Queen is well done, and a nice twist.
  Another thing that stands out is how well they manage the talent of the three major actors in the movie. They don’t push them into doing things that they simply can’t do. Charlize puts on a fantastic performance, as expected from the most experienced actor of the three. She looks every bit the part when the Queen is supposed to show her beauty, but is also quick to bring out her evil side when needed.
  When I think of Snow White, Kristen doesn’t really come to mind, and I really wondered how she would handle this role.  She isn’t fabulous, but they help her out by keeping her lines short, and not too complicated. She isn’t forced into some of those long, boring, and dialogue heavy scenes like in the Twilight movies. The audience gets just about the right dose of her. However, I still don’t understand why they didn’t go with someone else who could better handle such an important character.
  And then there is the eye candy for the ladies, Chris Hemsworth, as the Huntsman. If he can handle the role of Thor, then this couldn’t have been too difficult for him. He has some decent fight scenes, including some with the Queen’s brother (Sam Spruell). When he isn’t busy fighting, there are some brief one on one moments with Kristen. They do a good job of sticking more with the story then getting caught up in any of the possible romantic moments that could have been created.
  For those wondering if this story is as different as they make it appear, I’m going to say it is different enough. From some of the things I have already discussed, you can see they add things like fairies, and trolls, even though they don’t have a major role in the movie. They tinker with the mirror, and create a character, the Queen’s brother, that has a continuing impact on the story. There is certainly darkness throughout most of the scenes. Still, one of the bigger differences, besides the Huntsman fighting for Snow White, is that she has an active role in determining her fate.
  While there isn’t a whole lot of blood and guts, this version of Snow White’s story is dark enough to find its way onto horror sites. They do a good job remembering that this is a fairytale so they fill the movie some with great scenery. They throw in some cool special effects that keep the audience’s attention. The audience might have expected more from the role of Snow White, but they do a good job of striking a balance between keeping Kristen on and off screen. However, it still might make you scratch your head as to why she got the role. The audience will feel familiar with the story, but there are enough minor and major differences to keep the story interesting. I’m not sure what the mirror would say about the movie, but I give it 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO

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