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In this episode we deal with the aftermath of the many deaths of the previous one.

Nan brings a crew into Fangtasia to interview Eric about the Magister’s death. She is angry that the Vampire Rights Amendment is close to a vote and that she must clean up this mess. Nan is suspicious of Eric’s squeaky clean basement, and has Eric give an official statement to The Authority via webcam. Surprisingly enough, Eric tells the truth. The whole truth. Nothing but the truth. The Authority rules that they are unaware of Eric’s statement, and Nan basically gives Eric permission to take Russell out and get the revenge he has wanted for centuries.

Russell arrives back at his home to find Talbot a goopy mess. He is very distraught and this is the last straw for him. He scoops Talbot into a clear glass candy dish thing and flies around with him. We see him standing on the roof of Fangtasia with Talbot in the glass dish, vowing to make Eric pay for what he’s done.

Lafayette and Jesus develop their relationship and take care of Lafayette’s mother until the next morning when Jesus takes her back to the home.

Crystal and Her Family

Jason goes to check on Crystal, only to find her in another scuffle with Felton. They knock Felton out and hog-tie him to a tree in the woods. Jason calls the police disguising his voice and tells the dispatcher that Felton has a bag of V on him. The pair think they have taken care of Felton until they arrive at the police station to find out that one of the officers, Kevin, has been beaten within an inch of his life after responding to the call. Jason wonders how this could have happened because of the way they tied Felton up.

Andy takes Crystal’s cousin to his arraignment and he sees Crystal behind the counter at the police station. Crystal worries what this could mean for her if her cousin thinks she’s the snitch. Later on, Crystal’s father shows up at Merlotte’s and Sam reminds him he isn’t welcome. When he insults Sam, Sam beats him within an inch of HIS life. Crystal rides with Lafayette and Jesus to the hospital even though Jason insists she must stay away from her father.

Sam and His Family

Sam tries to settle Tommy down when Arlene and Terry – his other leasees – are disturbed by the loud sex taking place at Tommy’s house. Tommy gets defiant, even calling Sam his father. Later on at the bar, Arlene accuses Tommy of stealing her tips. Perhaps Sam has taken on more than he can handle. It seems Tommy was part of the Mickens problem too.

Holly comes across Arlene crying in the back after she tells Sam about Tommy stealing her tips. Arlene is emotional, and she confesses to Holly that the baby isn’t Terry’s. Holly asks if Arlene would like to go to the clinic. Arlene declines, but at least now she knows it’s an option.

Tara’s Suffering

Tara attends a rape survivors group where she runs into Holly, the new waitress at Merlotte’s. Tara is having a rough go and it seems she is finally starting to heal when after work one night, she is confronted by Franklin. As I thought, Franklin getting his head bashed in meant he wasn’t dead. He sure is dead though after Jason comes around the corner and shoots him, defending Tara.

Hadley and Her Son

Hadley asks Sookie to meet her at an aquarium, where she’s taken her son out of daycare without the father’s knowledge. Hadley begs Sookie to figure out if her son is “like her.” Turns out he is — uh oh. Hadley rushes out in a panic.

Bill’s Findings

Near the end of the episode, Bill wakes from his slumber to find water dripping into his enclosure underneath the floor. When he exists, he is in the fairyland that Sookie visited. The woman we’ve seen there before is convinced that Bill is there because he killed Sookie, but he drank so much of her blood that I’m sure that’s why he was able to go. Bill returns to the real world and tells Sookie that he knows what she is.

Russell on National Television

This episode ends with the most gruesome news report. We see a reporter giving us the story on the Vampire Rights Amendment vote drawing near. Suddenly, Russell appears behind him and rips out his spine. Russell threatens the news crew into continuing rolling. On live TV, Russell says that the Vampire Rights Amendment should not be passed, as vampires are superior to humans, not equal.

This is going to cause a LOT of trouble for Nan… and the general public.

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms. You can find her on Instagram @wellreadredhead18.

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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.

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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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