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Haunted Hospitals on T+E is the addicting paranormal show you’ve been craving. Join us as we discuss this down and dirty paranormal force.

Let’s face it, hospitals can be downright scary on a good day. If you’ve ever seen some of the older hospitals around Montreal, you know just how dang creepy some can appear. Anyone who spent time trying to give a blood sample at Lakeshore knows the twisty corridors are anything but inviting. Add in a touch of the paranormal and you’ve got yourself a spookfest hit.

Haunted Hospitals will scare the samples out of ya!

It’s late at night and you’re channel surfing. You can’t watch the Lakers lose again with AD on the bench so what to do? My solution fell into me lap with T+E’s Haunted Hospitals. I was lucky enough to get a screener of the show and I’m darn happy for it. I love true horror and reenactment shows in general. My love for them is a throwback to when I had to see if possession tapes were real or staged for the Vatican (yeah, I had some odd jobs…).

I won’t say if I think some of these stories are not 100% on the nose for the truth, but I will say the first nurse is not acting — these people believe their stories. Did what they say happen ‘for real’ or not, I can’t tell you — but I can tell you they 100% believe it did and that makes the story so much more powerful. 

Jimbo’s exhibit 1 for ‘Holy Crow! Check out this quality of FX in Haunted Hospitals!!’
Image courtesy of T+E

The production value is another thing that sets Haunted Hospitals above and beyond similar titles. The fx, graphics, editing, and sound departments all hit a home run.

So Sayeth Jimbo

Regardless if you are a believer or not (Jim does like to believe but he has a high ‘doubt’ threshold for things, too), you will be entertained with the production value alone. Any reenactment story rises and falls with the actors they get to reenact. This is where T+E’s Haunted Hospitals shines. I loved the actors involved with these reenactments. They might have only a few minutes of stage time but they use ever second of it—and they use it well.  It’s telling when you are watching a program and forget that it’s a reenactment. 

Haunted Hospitals from T+E
Acting and FX like this makes it so hard to remember you’re watching an reenactment instead of a million dollar horror film.
Courtesy of T+E Haunted Hospitals

The production value is another thing that sets Haunted Hospitals above and beyond similar titles. The fx, graphics, editing, and sound departments all hit a home run with the two episodes I previewed.  I’m not sure who did the foley for the 2nd segment for Episode 1, but dang do they get gritty and gurgly! Sincerely, that noise is going to give me a nightmare tonight…along with those super spicy Cheetos I ate as dessert. 

If you love horror, the true life down and dirty paranormal type of horror, then you really need to get yourself a T+E subscription. It’s one of my first Canadian channels that I hooked into my cable package and I haven’t looked back since. I love it, simply love it. There are days where I might not even change the channel as everything on the network is binge worthy. 

Catch Haunted Hospitals only on T+E in Canada

Don’t take my word for it though. Go check out T+E’s Haunted Hospitals with a new season starting tomorrow. I’ve seen some previews and, boy, this year is going to be good! I can’t wait to share all the bumps, screams, and dreams that pop out during this coming season. Haunted Hospitals airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on T+E in Canada.

These are definitely not the doublemint twins…
Courtesy of T+E

In fact, check this out hot off the press!! Not only is T+E going to release Season 3 of Haunted Hospitals tomorrow, but they are doing a free preview event that runs until May 2 for over 8 million Canadians! How cool is that?

The Verdict

I give Haunted Hospitals 4 Cthulu’s and T+E a perfect 5 out of 5!

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 T+E’s original series Haunted Hospitals is returning for Season 3 with chilling stories of paranormal activity inside hospitals, asylums and long-term care homes. Featuring expert insight from paranormal investigators Morgan Knudsen, Christopher Brewer and Richard Estep, the new installment sees doctors and nurses stalked by tormented spirits; patients unlocking portals to other dimensions; and demonic entities lurking in corridors. These encounters are part of a paranormal pattern experienced by medical professionals and patients across Canada and around the globe. The documentary series takes viewers down spooky paths leading to unexpected twists, with shocking and hair-raising otherworldly encounters at every turn. Personal testimonies keep the storytelling authentic with a first-person production approach immersing audiences in fear.

From T+E’s Haunted Hospitals
T+E’s Haunted Hospitals – the Doctor will see you now (courtesy of T+E)

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The Last Drive-In Valentine’s Day Special Live Watch Party February 10th!

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The sweet putrid stench of love lingers through the air which can only mean one thing…Valentine’s Day and its annoying little winged cherub, Cupid, is fast approaching. Soon, partners will be spoiling one another with extravagant bouquets of roses, heartfelt Hallmark cards, obnoxiously large teddy bears, glistening diamond jewelry, and heart-shaped candies or boxes filled with assorted mediocre chocolates. You know? Normal things couples do. I tend to prefer my chocolate boxes filled with bleeding hearts, à la ‘My Bloody Valentine’ but, beggars can’t be choosers, right? All jokes aside, Valentine’s Day is special for many couples, however, there are also many others who find themselves celebrating this day without a significant other. Luckily, Shudder, along with drive-in king Joe Bob Briggs and co-host Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) will graciously be keeping us lonely mutants’, and yes, all you horror fanatic couples’ company on Friday, February 10th as they return with The Last Drive-In Valentine’s Day Special, premiering live at 9pm EST.

Love Spells Abound…

Back in 2021, Joe Bob and Darcy invited us to a gruesomely passionate night of spell-binding love witches and animatronic dinosaurs infused with teenage human brains during The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob Put a Spell on You. Many, including myself, were introduced to the tantalizing 70’s inspired retro throwback ‘The Love Witch’ and the graphically goofy cult classic ‘Tammy and the T-Rex’, providing the perfect viewing pleasure to mend any broken heart. While the two films for this year’s morbid love-induced special have yet to be announced, we here at HauntedMTL are eagerly awaiting the return of the ghoulish duo. As is tradition, we will be proudly hosting a watch party on Twitter during the live broadcasting of The Last Drive-In Valentine’s Day Special. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tag us  @hauntedMTL as well as @shudder@therealjoebob, and @kinky_horror to partake in this night of unholy love.

Drawn image of Joe Bob Briggs pouring  a drop of pink liquid into a clear glass potion bottled filled with a glowing red substance. To his left lies a book a magic spells with a golden pentagram necklace resting on top. Also on the books rests a human skull with heart shaped pupils for eyes hiding behind a pair of clear glasses. In bold white letters a text reads "Join us on February 10th as we live tweet The Last Drive-In Valentine's Day Special".
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What started off as a one-time special premiering on Shudder July 13, 2018, ‘The Last Drive- In’ was originally meant to be Brigg’s swan song; one last special before hanging up the bolo tie in retirement. However, due to so many mutants, excuse me…viewers tuning in and breaking the Shudder servers, it was only natural to announce an official full season of ‘The Last Drive-In‘, which would make its explosive debut March 19, 2019. Since then, Darcy and Briggs have spawned many exclusive holiday specials, have graciously donated to many charities within the community, and have accumulated 4 seasons of ‘The Last Drive-In’, with a fifth currently in production premiering on Shudder’s 2023 schedule sometime this year, let’s hope sooner rather than later.

Picture of Joe Bob Briggs, Darcy the Mail Girl, John Patrick Brennan and Yuki Nakamura standing together dressed in medieval costumes. A cardboard cutout of Tom Atkins stands between Darcy and Yuki. Darcy is seen drapped in a beautfiul elegant princess dress, satin white with gold trim. Yuki is seen holding a small wreath of purple, white, and yellow flowers that match his loud medieval king costume. Resting atop both their heads are golden crowns. Joe Bob Briggs is seen standing to the left of Darcy, as he smiles whilst wearing a half-put together jester costumer. Lastly, we see Brennan with two wooden recorders in his hand as he mimics playing them both dress clad in a bright yellow dress.
An unexpected ceremony during The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob Put a Spell on You (2021) special.

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Horror Noire, a Film Review

Horror Noire is a horror collection that includes “Daddy,” “The Lake,” “Brand of Evil,” “Bride Before You,” “Fugue State,” and “Sundown.”

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Horror Noire is a horror collection brought by the combined efforts of AMC+ and Shudder. The collection includes “Daddy,” “The Lake,” “Brand of Evil,” “Bride Before You,” “Fugue State,” and “Sundown.” Horror Noire boasts Black directors and screenwriters, providing six unique stories.

As this collection explores six stories, I will skip the usual synopsis to assess the genres and ideas explored, albeit limited as needed. Expect to find supernatural horror, creature features, and psychological thrillers. Many short films deal with these genres while exploring Black issues, but this isn’t universal for the collection.

The directors and writers include Zandashé Brown, Robin Givens, Rob Greenlea, Kimani Ray Smith, Steven Barnes, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Tananarive Due, Shernold Edwards, Victor LaValle, and Al Letson.

Woman and man wearing a vote for candidate shirt, scared of something off screne
Image from “Sundown” Directed by Kimani Ray Smith

What I Like

Each story remains unique, holding different strengths and weaknesses that highlight drastically different perspectives. Collections like VHS hold a similar premise to create their collection, but Horror Noire gives more creative freedom to its talent to be independent.

My personal favorite short film is Zandashé Brown’s “Bride Before You.” This period piece unravels a fable set in the Reconstruction Era. The entry feels Fabulistic in approach, which happens to be my preferred niche.

However, the best example of horror goes to Robin Givens’ “Daddy,” providing an existential horror tied directly to the characters involved.

Woman listening to a preacher amidst a crowd
Image from “Fugue State” directed by Rob Greenlea

What I Dislike

As mentioned, all have a particular style and idea. The downside of this approach always remains to keep the viewer interested long enough to find their favorite. If you find several underwhelming choices, this becomes a chore. But I imagine that is rare as the variety makes the options refreshing.

Personally, “Brand of Evil” had an interesting premise, but the execution fell short. On paper, it might have sounded like my favorite, which makes the lackluster execution a bigger letdown.

Zeth M. Martinez

Final Thoughts

Horror Noire gives power and control to Black creators, providing a formula for a unique collection against others in the space. While the various subjects and approaches mean you aren’t likely to love them all, there should be a short film for everyone.
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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Dahmer, Silenced

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Episode six of Netflix’s Dahmer was not, honestly about our title character. Instead, it was about one of his victims, a man named Tony. We’ve actually seen Tony a few times during this series. We just didn’t know it was him.

Rodney Burford in Dahmer

And, well, he wasn’t exactly alive the first time we saw him.

Tony was born into a supportive, loving family. This is good because soon after he was born a viral infection took his hearing. He is black, deaf, and gay in the early 90’s.

Tony has a dream of becoming a model. And he certainly has the looks for it. He is beautiful, body and soul. He has lots of opportunities for romance, but it’s not what he’s looking for. He wants a real relationship. 

Eventually Tony moves to Madison, trying to pursue his dream. He gets a job and starts getting modeling work.

Then, he meets Jeff Dahmer at a bar. 

At first, we can almost believe that it’s going to be alright. Jeff seems happy. He’s taking care of himself. He’s not drinking as much. He even has his dad and stepmom over for dinner. It seems like his life is getting on track. Even better, he’s treating Tony right.

Then, of course, things go bad. 

One thing that has always bothered me as a true crime fan is that we know so much about the killers, but not as much about the victims. Not so much if we don’t know who the killer is, of course. But the names that are part of our pop culture are those of the killers. Dahmer, Manson, Jones, Bundy, Holms. The names we don’t know are Roberta Parks, Beth LaBiancas, Leno LaBiancas, and Tony Hughes. And clearly, we should know them.

If Tony Hughes was half the shining, positive person that the show Dahmer made him out to be, I’m so sad that he isn’t with us anymore. We need so many more people like him. And many of Dahmer’s victims were likely just like him. After all, he was attracted to them for a reason.

This was a significant episode, and I understand why it’s the highest-rated episode of the series. I finished it with a heavy heart, saddened by the loss of a man who should still be with us today. 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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