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Thursday, February 28, 2013


  The weather around here has been hot with few clouds to be found. Unfortunately for those in other parts of the country, clouds have brought nothing but snow. A better forecast would call for it to be cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Right now it looks like nothing but "Dark Skies."
  Lacy (Keri Russell), and Daniel (Josh Hamilton) are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Lacy is a struggling realtor, and Daniel is desperately looking for a job as the bills begin to pile up. The stress of the situation seems to be affecting their two young boys, Jesse (Dakota Goyo) and his little brother Sam (Kadan Rockett). However, it isn't the stress that is bothering the boys, it's the unexpected visitors.
  So there are a few dark clouds hanging over this movie. The biggest cloud is the slow pace. It takes too long getting to the point, and there are a few repetitive scenes. Yes, some of those scenes are setting things up, but it never picks up the pace. An example of the repetitiveness is how they show each family member left frozen with their mouth wide open in their own scene. Creepy the first time, maybe second, but not everyone has to do it.
  Another dark cloud over the movie is that it will remind the audience of other movies, the first being the Paranormal Activity franchise. After some strange events occur while the family is sleeping, Daniel decides to do what they do in the Paranormal Activity movies… film everything. He has cameras installed around the house, and the audience gets to see several scenes of him watching the videos. It becomes frustrating watching him watch the video as he takes forever to notice a big clue in the footage.
  The other movie is “Signs.” There is that similar family dynamic with everyone having to work through some individual issues, and issues as a family. Then there is an especially similar scene of the family preparing to have one good meal while waiting for the aliens to make their move. Of course the storyline is nowhere near as complex as “Signs.”
  However, there is one good similarity to “Signs,” which is the one of the best things about this movie… the aliens. The first appearance of the aliens is one of the scariest moments of the movie. It totally took me off guard, and certainly got the audience’s attention. It would have been nice to see more moments like that, but if they include the aliens too much they lose their creepiness.
    As far as the story, there is a twist, but if the audience has ever seen a horror movie before, they will quickly figure it out. They go overboard to drop this clue on the audience over and over again. Something else that doesn’t sit well is how they go out of the way to show how the family has money issues, but whenever they need money, it’s magically there. Daniel is able is reconnect their alarm service, install cameras around the house, and they even have a nice Apple monitor (as the product placement).
  I originally thought the movie should have ended right at the ending climax. However, lately too many movies have done that, and left a sour taste in the audience’s mouth. The final scene wraps everything up, and has a clever moment that puts the finishing touch on the movie. It’s the kind of clever thing audiences might have found in say… “Signs.”
  The dark clouds over “Dark Skies” prevent the sun from shining down on it. The biggest cloud is the slow pace from beginning to end. It might not bore the audience, but they might wonder why they are seeing so many similar scenes. There is also too many similarities to movies like “Paranormal Activity,” and particularly “Signs.” The few scenes with aliens are easily the best, and will only leave the audience wanting more of them. They don’t do enough to hide the twist, but end the movie with on a clever note. While the audience won’t see many dark clouds during the movie, there are enough dark clouds hanging over it to give it 2 pools of blood.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Bloody Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day and you and your significant other are looking for something to do. Well, why not rent a good horror flick involving couples in love? Here are a few choices for you that might make you think about the state of your relationship! Some have the happy ending you might be looking for on Valentine's Day, and others don't end so well. They all show that it might be safer for you to be watching a horror movie on your couch tonight then venturing out with your sweetheart. 

What a way to celebrate V-day… a romantic trip to Hawaii! Just remember not all couples out there are looking for love...

How about something a little more adventurous like scuba diving? I know it’s hard to do under water, but just remember to keep an eye on the time...

How about road trip for you college students in love? I know it is college, but remember sometimes three’s a crowd...

Looking for a hot night in a motel? Remember just because they give you a privacy sign that doesn’t mean someone isn’t watching...

It’s V-day, and emotions are high. You might just suggest that it’s time to take your relationship to the next level and move in together. Just make sure you really, and I mean really, know everything about your love interest...

We can’t talk about V-day, and leave out the possibility of marriage. Finally the big day! Hopefully it doesn’t end with “I pronounce you man, wife, and eventually zombie!”

If zombies don’t ruin your wedding there is always the possibility of them ruining your honeymoon...

Now aren’t you glad you decided to stay home tonight! If renting a movie isn’t your thing, and you decide to hit the movie theater tonight, here’s a movie that you both can enjoy...

Seriously, it isn’t that bad!

Happy Bloody Valentine’s Day,


Tuesday, February 5, 2013



  Life, with Zombies is a sitcom about 7 people living in a house during a zombie apocalypse. It’s sort of like Gilligan’s Island, only with zombies.

  Those familiar with Gilligan’s Island can’t forget the opening song, and this series tries to create the same catchy beat. The song is a lot of fun to listen to, and kind of makes me want to chant “Sponge Bob Square Pants!” Getting past the song, each episode runs maybe 5-6 minutes give or take. They certainly try to stick to the sitcom theme, as each episode tries to hit on one or two major comedic punch lines before ending. Most of the episodes accomplish this, however it would be nice if they were a little longer, and able to cover more ground in the overall story.
  Digging deeper let me briefly touch on each of the first 5 episodes. While it might be entertaining watching Gilligan run from zombies, this story begins as Barry (Gary Rolin), and his daughter Sara (Jennifer Losi) try to make it to their house in the woods before the zombies get them. The comedic aspect to the series starts off well, as there is a funny moment when Gary has to go through his entire set of keys to find the right one to open the fence. Soon enough, they make it in the house, and the audience is introduced to a group of survivors who have already taken shelter in the house.
  Episode 2 begins with the introduction of the most interesting character in the series, uncle Lester (Michael Perrick). Lester is part human, part zombie. I’ll let you watch the episode to figure out how that is possible. I do like the creativity, and it adds a different element to the group. If the audience is looking for zombie kills, this is the episode. Lester shows the group how to kill zombies, and they finish with one of the survivors going crazy on one of them. It ends with a good mix of comedy, and zombie death.
  In episode 3, the group finds out that one of the survivors, Banks (Tim Sands) has been bitten. Before they can discuss it, they get a call from someone in the military saying they will send help for them. This seems a little too random to me, but is a good excuse to introduce a special guest star to the series. The episode then tries to end on another comedic note, but just doesn’t cut it. This is one episode that certainly needs to be expended, and is my least favorite of the first 5 episodes.
  The audience gets to know Sara a little better in the beginning of episode 4. She talks to one of the other survivors about her mother, and how they got to the cabin. This is a shorter episode than some of the others, but has a good joke involving pot. It really seems like this episode should have been part of the previous one. Therefore episode 3 would have ended on a higher note.
  Episode 5 revisits the discussion about what to do with Banks, who begins to turn. This episode kind of brings together themes from the previous episodes. The group finds out how the search and rescue team are doing, a survivor goes crazy again, Sara still has issues with her father, and finally a zombie gets someone! It really feels like a complete episode, and actually has one of the best endings in the series so far.
  Life, with Zombies has a good theme, and setting for a short web series. There is a good mix of characters, including a very interesting one in uncle Lester. It isn’t so much about killing zombies, or a zombie killing them, although there are some of those moments if that is what the audience is looking for. It sticks to a sitcom theme trying to hit the audience with many punch lines as possible in a brief period of time. I give this web series 2.5 pools of blood, and look forward to seeing the upcoming episodes!

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