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Pantheon‘s second episode dives into the backstory of David’s connection with Logorhythms, the current state of his consciousness and the work Logorhythms is currently doing to progress their development of uploaded consciousness.

Before you continue to read this review, make sure you check out our review on episode one.

Logorhthms: Some Backstory

Ellen explains to Maddie that, contrary to what Maddie overheard on the phone, David is dead. David knew he only had a few weeks left to live, so he allowed Logorhythms to do a scan that would turn his brain into an uploaded consciousness. However, something went wrong with the scan and his consciousness resulted in a small tray of computer chips. Upon hearing this news, Ellen, devastated, smashed the tray into pieces. It wasn’t until Ellen caught Maddie chatting with an unknown source online did Ellen realize that Logorhythms lied to her and there is more left of David than she was told.

David's remains from Logorhythms scan and transfer
David’s remains

In the mean time, Maddie receives yet another anonymous private message, and this time the source is asking her to meet them at the mall cafeteria. Maddie gets a lonely classmate, Justine (Maude Apatow), to give her a ride to the mall, where she meets the source of the message. But things aren’t so cut and dry; it turns out, the source is an escaped uploaded intelligence named Laurie Lowell (Heather Lind). She is working to bring down Logorhythms and requests Maddie’s help in the matter.

The Scan

Pantheon is a heavily science fiction-based television series, but there are gruesome horror elements that place the show in the sci-fi horror subgenre. The procedure of scanning one’s brain into an uploaded intelligence is one such example of horror. The show does well in amping up the tension and disturbing imagery of this process, which we do not see until the end of the episode when Chanda, an engineer from tech company Alliance Telecom, is kidnapped by his own boss, Ajit Prasad.

Chanda previously had a business meeting with competitors who also share an interest in uploaded intelligence and want to work with Chanda. Prasad, however, was furious to learn about this meeting; he is a man who desires to gatekeep the science of uploaded intelligence, despite other companies already working on it. As a punishment, Prasad scans Chanda’s brain to be uploaded intelligence.

Inside Logorhythms servers

Scanning involves an array of scientific and mathematical procedures, particularly involving brain surgery, computer software, and laser beams. The person is cuffed to a chair, a metal crown screwed to their brain. The entire top base of the skull is surgically removed, leaving the brain open to the elements and the terrifying laser beams that scan the entire brain, piece by piece, ultimately burning and disintegrating the organ until there is nothing left. It doesn’t take long for the person to physically die after the scanning begins.

What happens to the corpse is unknown. But once the person’s intelligence is completely scanned and uploaded, their data is locked away in a lab, reducing them to be the intellectual property (aka, prisoner) of the company they sold their mind to.


Caspian continues to talk to Maddie online and makes friends with the new girl at school, Hannah. He invites Hannah over to his house to study, but plans go awry when his parents feign a physically abusive argument that scares Hannah away. While Caspian’s deteriorating relationship with his parents continue to suffer, Laurie helped Maddie and Ellen obtain the remaining data left of David’s consciousness from Logorhythms servers. It is a bittersweet moment; Maddie is finally reunited with her father, albeit under less-than-ideal circumstances, but this is clearly not the last they will hear from Logorhythms and

The Verdict

As a weekly released show, Pantheon continues to increase tension and complicate the plot. While it contains scientific terminology and themes not every average person (myself included) may understand at face value, the writing is accessible enough for its audience to comprehend without dumbing down the premise. It is a fascinating techno thriller, and it was especially exciting to see more horror elements and terror combined with heartfelt moments.

Until we meet again for the review of episode 3, make sure you check out what else we’re watching here at Haunted MTL.

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

CourtCourt is a writer, horror enthusiast, and may or may not be your favorite human-eating houseplant.

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The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine Special Live Watch Party February 10th!



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: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine, 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, as a special treat, Briggs has announced for the first time on The Last Drive-In, he will be marrying one lucky couple during the live showing. We here at HauntedMTL are eagerly awaiting the return of the ghoulish duo so, as is tradition, we will be proudly hosting a watch party on Twitter during the broadcasting of The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine. 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.”



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



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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