Episode two of The Stand begins with Frannie singing “Amazing Grace” as a gentle wind breezes over her father’s green garden and trees. But don’t let the sunshine and chirping birds fool you: most of the world is dead and gone. Our survivors have dreams of either Mother Abagail or Randall Flagg, shedding light on themes of good and evil.
Dreams in New York and Maine
Frannie solemnly carries her deceased father down the stairs, allowing Harold to help her bury him in the garden. After, the two sit in her living room and talk about everyone they miss while listening to “Don’t Dream It’s Over” on the record player. They’re in this together now whether they like it or not.
In the mean time, Larry Underwood traverses the empty streets of New York City where corpses of humans and animals lie. The body of The Monster Shouter is sprawled on a set of outdoor stairs, his arm holding up the bell he once used to warn the city of the monsters to come. Sitting on a bench a few feet away is Nadine (Laura San Giacomo). Despite her reluctancy, she and Larry make a plan to go west toward Nebraska where Mother Abagail resides.
During their trip, they camp out in the middle of the woods. Larry wants to bang and Nadine doesn’t, so Larry makes himself the victim of the situation because of course he does. He keeps forcing himself on her until she says no for the fourth or fifth time, causing him to finally lay off. Once they sleep, Larry has pleasant dreams of Mother Abagail while Nadine has a fiery nightmare of Randall Flagg.
“I Pick You.”
In Arizona, a prison holds Lloyd Henreid captive. The camera pans over the deceased prisoners and guards as Lloyd bangs on his cell’s bars and begs to be released. After days of eating rats, just when he thinks he is about to die, the Dark Man rescues him under the condition that Lloyd fights on his side.
Meet the One and Only: Trashcan Man
Singing a Larry Underwood song and roaming around an Indiana industrial plant, Trash (Matt Frewer) is a reckless man with a history of arson. A lot happens to this guy in a short amount of time: he blows up an oil tank, talks to a crow, and ultimately gives his soul to Flagg.
The Remaining Motley Crew
Stu Redman has made his way from Texas to Massachusetts. Rifle in hand and backpack in tow, he sneaks up on an elderly man, who we discover to be Glenn Bateman (Ray Walston) joyfully painting with his dog as if 99% of humanity didn’t just go extinct. Frannie and Harold eventually meet up with them and Stu has a dream of Mother Abagail, who reveals her plans to go to Boulder, Colorado.
Nick Andros arrives Oklahoma City and meets Tom Cullen and Julie Lawry. After things with Julie go awry, Tom and Nick ditch her and head to Nebraska to finally meet the woman they’ve been dreaming about.
In the time that Mother Abagail gathers her people, Trashcan Man makes his way to Vegas to meet Flagg. The city is a barren wasteland with slot machines scattered along the strip and stale bodies spooling out of limousines. Casinos once filled with customers and ringing sounds of fake winnings are now as silent and empty as the desert in which they reside. It’s time to prepare for The Stand.
Episode two of The Stand is less exciting than “The Plague”, but its bizarre storyline and cheesy acting are fun to watch. More characters are introduced, everyone lays out their plans, and Jeremy Sheridan’s Randall Flagg has the makings of an evil southern Fabio (and no, I don’t think that’s a good thing).
Julie is, without a doubt, my favorite part of “The Dreams.” She is ridiculous and cruel and terrible, but wildly entertaining. A much-needed comic relief, let’s hope we see more of her.
One precaution for your day: the apocalypse literally makes everybody horny as hell. Do with that what you will.
“The Dreams” gets 3 Cthulhu.(3 / 5)
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Episode seven of Netflix’s Dahmer brings the spotlight, finally, to the hero of our story. Glenda Cleveland.
Glenda was Jeff’s neighbor. And honestly, I can’t think of a worse neighbor. A horrific stench is always coming from his apartment. He has people over, and they make a lot of noise.
While they’re dying.
If you’ll recall episode one of Dahmer ended with all of his neighbors, including Glenda, being forced to leave their homes. The whole building was declared a crime scene. They’re not given any place to go, of course.
Everyone’s got a few thousand dollars socked away for an unexpected motel stay, right?
Fortunately, Glenda was able to get a motel room. And that’s where she is when Reverend Jesse Jackson finds her.
Glenda pours out her story to Reverend Jackson. The rest of the episode consists of her dark and troubling encounters with Dahmer.
The most compelling scene, I think, is when Dahmer brings Glenda a sandwich. He’s being evicted, and he knows it’s because she’s been complaining about the smells coming out of his apartment.
He tries to pour on his little boy charm. He tells her that he got his apartment cleaned, just for her. He brings her a pulled meat sandwich as a present.
Notice I don’t say pulled pork, because I’m fairly sure it was human meat. Or, it was just drugged.
This episode just hummed with tension and rage. I was so happy to see Reverend Jackson tear into the police in the most polite way possible. I hated seeing what Glenda went through. And even though I know she lives through this horrific encounter, I held my breath the entire time she was alone with Jeff.
Dahmer is certainly not afraid to jump back and forth between the past and present. But they are careful to never do it in such a way that I felt lost. And I honestly think this was the best way to do it.
The reason for this is that it adds a level of suspense that Dahmer might have lacked without it. Suspense is something that true crime stories can lack. Especially well-known ones. We have heard this story before. We know how it ends. But in presenting the tale this way, first from one point of view and then another, it reveals sides of it that we may not have seen before.
I loved seeing the story from Glenda’s point of view. She was brave, determined, and selfless. She had every right to be furious at the way the police dismissed her concerns for years. And yet she continued to handle everything professionally. She never stopped trying to help people, even when no one else seemed to care. And for that, she is a true hero.(4 / 5)
Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
The second half of the 1990s was a comeback of the slasher sub-genre, thanks to Wes Craven’s Scream. It was precisely because of its success that Kevin Williamson was able to pitch the script for I Know What You Did Last Summer. An extremely loose adaption of the book of the same title, it follows a group of teenagers who drunkenly commit a hit-and-run. They decide to – what a surprise – get rid of the body to get away with it. Let’s have a look at why this film is a cult classic of its kind, shall we?
Top not atmosphere makes a big difference
I must’ve said this in one of my previous reviews but to me at least, the setting in a movie can make or break the viewing experience. In I Know What You Did Last Summer, I always found it a paradox and also highly effective that the action occurs in a fishing town with tons of open land and the sea. However, the characters feel trapped to the point of suffocating by the choices they made because, despite all the roads leading out, they always end up back there.
Their small town is living in its own little utopia with beauty pageants, firework displays, and unsurprisingly, not a single person the group can turn to for help. I thought it was really well done and it doesn’t hurt cinematography in general is beautiful.
Would the suggestions of the fans make sense?
Something that the fans of the movie have long debated is that they needed to swap the final girls of the movie, killing off Julie and making Helen the survivor. A lot of factors contribute to this. Sarah Michelle Gellar is phenomenal in her role and with all respect to Jennifer Love Hewitt, her portrayal pales a bit in comparison. Helen’s chase scene is one of the best if not the best in horror with how hard she fought for survival and how close she was to safety. On the contrary, Julie’s chip on the shoulder got on a lot of people’s nerves, mine included sometimes.
One has to think of the narrative purpose of the two characters. Julie serves as the outright goody two shoes, the one who actively fights Barry to go to the police, and the one who shows the most obvious remorse for what they’ve done. Helen is meant to be the ditsy blonde, however, throughout the movie, she’s shown to have more going on and that the incident affected her just as much even if it wasn’t so transparent.
Her endurance throughout the chase is a nice juxtaposition to the role she is meant to play, and to Julie’s scene later on (again, with all due respect, she does nothing apart from scream and run a bit) and the fact that she still dies after it gives a good gut punch that actually makes you care about these people despite their more than questionable decisions.
When it comes to the guys, I don’t actually have much to say. Barry is a classic jerk stereotype and Ray is a glaring red herring throughout the movie (I would also say Freddy Prince Jr was the weakest actor out of the four but again, I am no acting coach, just my opinion).
To sum up my thoughts on I Know What You Did Last Summer – it definitely has its flaws and asks the audience to suspend their disbelief (even for slasher standards). Regardless, it’s a staple entry of the genre and the 90s due to its atmosphere, tension-building, and for the most part decent acting. A must-have in your collection for horror buffs. No wonder it inspired a loosely based TV adaptation (its success is debatable but the thought still counts, right?)
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 mascot, 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.
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.
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