The episode in which we meet so many new characters…
Bill’s Continued Capture
We open with Bill fighting the werewolves that have abducted him. He has killed all but two as the king of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, rides up on a horse. He looks like he’s playing dress-up as a war general, but we’ll let that slide. Russell explains that the werewolves were doing his bidding, and when Bill reveals that they fed on him, Russell shoots one of the wolves in its human form. Bill and Russell ride away from the remaining werewolf who is scared out of his mind.
Bill is taken back to Russell’s home, where he meets Russell’s partner. The two serve him a three course meal made masterfully from blood: rose infused blood bisque, blood gelato, among others. Russell proposes a plan that he needs Bill to be part of. He explains that he wants to marry Sophie-Anne and merge their territories of Louisiana and Mississippi. Russell tells Bill that if he helps this plan along, he can be a sheriff.
This is also interesting, because it seems both Sophie-Anne and Russell are gay. I guess this is a power move, not a love move.
Bill is confused. He isn’t Sophie-Anne’s confidante. He isn’t close to Sophie-Anne at all. Bill insists that he is not the vampire Russell is looking for. I agree – wouldn’t this be Eric? But Russell insists that Bill is perfect for the job, and threatens Sookie when Bill isn’t so agreeable.
Lafayette Gets Vulnerable
Lafayette saves Tara’s life by making her vomit all of the pills she took in the bathroom. When he tries to take her to the hospital, she insists that she threw up all of the pills and doesn’t want to be committed.
Lafayette yields, but takes Tara to visit his mother in a care facility. Lafayette’s mother is mean and racist, and after visiting with her, Lafayette tells Tara that if she doesn’t get herself straightened out, she will turn out like their own mothers.
We get another glimpse into Eric’s past when he remembers his encounter with a werewolf during World War II. Godric and Eric kill a werewolf who says that her master is a vampire. It seems there’s a long lying history of werewolves and vampires interacting and being involved with one another and this seems to only be scratching the surface.
Eric tells Sookie his history with werewolves, admitting that he lied to her yesterday when she asked if he knew anything about werewolves. Sookie allows Eric inside her home to protect her when Eric senses a wolf already in the house.
Jessica’s Little Problem
When Sookie discusses werewolves with Eric at the bar earlier in the episode, Jessica and Pam are in the bathroom together. Jessica asks how you stop feeding so that you don’t kill a human. Pam explains that once the heartbeat wanes, you have to think about something nasty to get yourself to pull away. Jessica’s still got that stinky body in the crawlspace at home…
Jessica rents a chainsaw later in the episode, only to return home and find the body has disappeared. Oh boy.
Sam Finds His Kin
Sam finds his parents after he realizes the boy at the shop was lying, and is actually his brother. He follows the boy home and is woken at gunpoint. His brother brings him inside, where Sam and his mother have a moment of recognition.
His mother explains that she and his brother are shifters, while his father is normal. Sam’s mother always hoped that he was normal when she gave him to the Merlottes. She couldn’t keep Sam because she was 16 and his father was in jail.
After this, Sam and his brother go on a run together in their animal forms. It seems that his brother tries to get him killed, as Tommy runs into the road in front of a semi and turns into a bird right before they are hit. Sam jumps out of the way and lands on the side of the road in his human form. Is this a brotherly prank or is Tommy actually trying to kill Sam?
A Few More Things…
Arlene is definitely pregnant, and I’m here for Terry’s wholesomeness in this episode. He doesn’t know yet, but he’s going to be the best dad.
Jason and Andy are hanging out a whole lot. Jason is in the police car with Andy after drinking at the bar when a call about a meth lab bust comes through. He rides along with Andy, and tackles a perp at the scene. It looks like Jason might be interested in becoming a part of law enforcement.
And… there’s a creepy new vampire in town that seems to be looking for Sookie. He helps Tara beat the crap out of some racists outside the bar. I wonder who this guy could be.
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)