Sookie Almost Dies… Again
We open with Bill, Sookie, and Jessica leaving her parents’ home. We learn that after Bill urged Jessica’s little sister to invite him in, he glamoured her family to the point of no return to get them to forget the interaction. Bill is furious with Sookie for taking Jessica. On the drive home, Sookie gets out of the car and walks away. She is attacked by a half human, half bull entity that looks like a minotaur. She has a giant back injury – three deep gashes down her back.
Bill tries to feed Sookie his blood and she is unable to have it. Sookie has a seizure. Jessica drops Bill and Sookie off at Fangtasia where Eric calls a doctor to help Sookie. The doctor thinks Sookie’s wound is poisoned and removes the poison – very painfully. After removing the poison, Bill is able to feed Sookie is blood to heal her. None of the vampires know of the creature Sookie says attacked her and investigate the scene of the crime to find no answers. They say the footprints are human, but the smell is an animal they don’t recognize.
When Sookie wakes up during the day, fully healed, she reads the barmaid’s thoughts and discovers that Lafayette is being held in the basement. Eric and Sookie negotiate Lafayette’s release. Sookie agrees to go to Dallas and help Eric in exchange for Lafayette’s release, $10,000, and Bill being able to accompany her. It seems to be a deal.
Jason’s Weird Relationship with the Reverend and His Wife Continues
Jason struggles with his place at the conference after so much anti-vampire rhetoric that he cannot reconcile with his love for Eddie. Jason continues having visions of Eddie and his staking, his guilt showing prominently.
In group therapy at the conference, Jason confesses his story about Eddie. He then storms out, deciding this place isn’t for him. Sarah comes after him and shares her own story with him. She was an advocate for vampire rights until her sister got hooked on V and disappeared. Jason and Sarah pray together, and Jason’s faith is revived. Later on that night, Jason has a private dinner with Steve and Sarah, where they reassure him he is in the right place.
Maryann plans a huge party and Tara and Maryann smoke a joint together. Tara asks Maryann why Sam hates her, and Maryann replies that he is jealous of their relationship. At the bar, Sam is packing up to leave town. He asks Terry to watch over the bar. Terry agrees but calls Sam a coward for leaving.
Tara ditches work to hang out with Maryann and Eggs and attend the party. Tara and Eggs continue to grow closer until the party starts to turn orgiastic. A topless woman gives Eggs a massage in the hot tub and Tara storms out.
Teenager Will Be Teenagers
At Bill’s house, Jessica wakes up to find she is still alone. She goes to Merlotte’s and meets Hoyt. The two hit it off and it seems Hoyt is excited to learn that Jessica is a vampire. He did wish he could find a good vampire girl for himself a few episodes ago. The two go back to Jessica’s place and Sookie and Bill walk in on them making out. Jessica does not hurt or attack Hoyt at all, but Bill isn’t a happy father to walk in on the scene.
How is Daphne Involved?
At the end of the episode, Sam goes for one last run with the neighborhood dog. Sam is swimming in the lake when Daphne walks onto the pier. She says she’ll join him for a swim, as she had a rough day with her stickler boss. When Daphne removes her top, she has a three slash gash just like Sookie’s that is healed on her back.
Now I knew Daphne wasn’t the experienced waitress she said she was. How does she play into this puzzle?
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / 5)
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.
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 / 5)