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We open with Bill seeing a vision of Lilith who claims that only one can lead them and that she chooses him. Lilith urges Bill to drink all of the rest of her blood. We learn that Lilith has been coming to all of the counselors in this vision and telling them the same thing. Bill kills another one of the counselors who he walks in on seeing this vision of Lilith as well. It seems that Lilith is turning all of the counselors against each other.

Trueblood S5E11 Lilith covered in blood

Nora realizes her errors and while having sex with Eric, the two come up with a plan to escape.

Safety in Numbers

Sookie, after having learned that she was sold to Warlow centuries ago, stays with the fairies to stay safe.

Trueblood S5E11 the counselors of the AVL at the board table

Cavanaugh, a military official of the U.S. government, pays a visit to the AVL and demands to speak with Roman. Upon finding out that Roman is dead, Cavanaugh says that Roman was the only one holding this thing together. The counselors explain their new beliefs and Cavanaugh tells them that the U.S. is prepared for war with weapons the vampires cannot even imagine. He also reveals that the government has video footage of Russell Edgington and Steve Newlin murdering a house of fraternity brothers and they will release it if they need to. Eric breaks Cavanaugh’s neck when he tries to leave.

Trueblood S5E11 Cavanaugh speaking to the counselors

Nora and Eric volunteer to go on a glamouring campaign to erase anyone’s memory of the video footage of Russell and Steve and the counsel agrees to this. Bill is skeptical and insists that they take guards with them. In the car, Eric kills the guards and the pair fly off into the sky.

Danger in Plain Sight

Jessica asks Bill if she can go warn Jason about the impending war and the fact that Sookie is in danger. Bill says no until Jessica floats the idea that she could turn Jason into a vampire. Bill knows Jessica is bluffing, so he makes her go to do so but makes two guards go with her who will turn Jason if she doesn’t.

Trueblood S5E11 Bill preaching to Jessica

When they arrive, Jessica whispers to Jason to trust her before she tears into his neck. As the guards begin to bury Jess and Jason, Jess whispers to Jason and he shoots the guards with wooden bullets.

Jessica goes to Pam for safety. Pam only agrees for information about Eric in return. Elijah’s maker Rosalyn, a member of the AVL counsel, shows up at Fangtasia for answers. Rosalyn can smell Elijah’s blood on Tara and before she can arrest her, Pam says that she is the one who murdered Elijah. Pam is taken into custody at the AVL – probably to try and find Eric, who is long gone.

Trueblood S5E11 Jessica seeking Pam's refuge at Fangtasia

While at Fangtasia, Rosalyn sniffs out Jessica and tells her that her daddy is looking for her and brings her back to the AVL too. Bill meets Jessica back in the AVL lounge and is angry that she chose a human over vampires, murdering the two guards.

Formulating a Plan

Sam and Luna are mice inside the AVL and are trying to figure out where they even are. They come upon the cages where humans are kept until feeding time. Guards enter the room and wonder how Sam and Luna got out, assuming they were humans for feed. Sam volunteers when a guard says that Bill demands his breakfast.

Maurella brings Sookie to meet the elder that may have information about Warlow. Just as she is about to tell Sookie information about Warlow, Jason shows up to warn Sookie of the danger she is in. The elder is disturbed that Russell is still alive. Sookie insists that they stop running and fight. The elder agrees with her.

An Unexpected Surprise

Terry and Arlene are doing really well. Maurella shows up at the bar and tells Andy about her pregnancy. Andy is convinced she thinks he is stupid because he saw her last week and she wasn’t pregnant like that. Maurella is angry because he swore on the light. She says to forsake his vow of the light is to cause a war.

Trueblood S5E11 Terry and Arlene at Merlotte's

The fairies rope Jason into an attack plan. Jason goes home and Russell and Steve show up. They glamour him, having him lead them to the fairies – just as planned.

Trueblood S5E11 Jason leading Russell and Steve to the fairies

When they arrive, the elder shows herself and fights the pair. Unfortunately, Russell attacks her and drains her.

Trueblood S5E11 Russell eating and killing the elder

It seems like because the elder died and she is probably the one to make the invisible fairy portal, it no longer works and Russell can see them.

Trueblood S5E11 The fairies inside their fortress

Someone warns Alcide and his father about baby vamp attacks so they install a silver fence. Alcide and his father save a neighbor when they are attacked by a pack that tries to come to their house first.

Trueblood S5E11 Alcide and his father installing a silver fence

We are racing towards a crashing season finale and I cannot wait to see how all of those characters’ issues resolve. Stay tuned!

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

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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Dahmer, Lionel

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Most true crime content includes a dramatic courtroom scene. Two dashing lawyers face off, defending their clients no matter how gruesome their crimes were.

While there was a courtroom scene, it wasn’t exactly what I expected. It’s something that, again, I don’t think I’ve seen before. 

Let’s discuss. 

As the title would suggest, most of this episode was from Lionel Dahmer’s point of view. And Lionel, it should go without saying, is not in a great place right now. His son, who he loves, is in a hell of a lot of trouble. And Lionel is doing his best to make this whole mess not his fault.

Richard Jenkins and Molly Ringwald in Dahmer.

The fault, as far as he’s concerned, lies with Joyce. It should be no surprise to anyone that Joyce doesn’t agree. She’s been doing her best to distance herself as much as possible from her oldest son and former husband as possible. 

This doesn’t work, as reporters find and hound her just the same. 

With Jeff in jail, an angry population doesn’t have anyone to turn their anger on, except Jeff’s family. And they are all getting harassed. Jeff’s grandma, suffering from dementia, is having her home raided by the police. People are coming forward, claiming to be Jeff’s friends from childhood. We know that’s a like, Jeff didn’t have any friends. Accusations are flying against Lionel, that he sexually abused Jeff when he was a little boy. 

All in all, it’s hard to not feel bad for the Dahmers. Yeah, they were bad parents. They made some pretty serious mistakes. But honestly, no more than lots of parents. And most people don’t go on cannibalistic murder sprees. 

Now, to the court scene. Honestly, this was so hard to watch. 

Dahmer’s attorney tried to convince him that he can plead insanity like Ed Gein. On the off chance you don’t know who Ed Gein is, he’s the notorious serial killer who inspired both Norman Bates and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He killed women who resembled his mother, cut them up, and did stuff to them. And yes, just like it says in this episode when he was caught he sold himself out for an apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese on top.

Gein spent the rest of his life in a mental ward, and Lionel would like to see the same for Jeff. It’s hard to argue with him.

But that argument fails. And before sentencing, the families of the victims are allowed to speak.

They have a lot to say. 

This is what I meant when I said the courtroom scenes were unusual. We saw non of the actual trial, it was hopped right over. This is normally a dramatic moment in true crime shows. Instead, we see the impact that these murders had. Dahmer’s actions destroyed his family. He destroyed the families of the people he killed. 

DAvid Barrera, Matthew Alan and Scott Michael Morgan in Dahmer.

There is so much collateral damage when a life is lost. And that, I think, is what this episode is truly about. The extensive, heartbreaking collateral damage of Jeff Dahmer. 

With Dahmer sentenced to fifteen life sentences, I’m honestly not sure how we still have two episodes to go. One I could understand, but two seems a bit much. I’m hoping that the creators have some additional chapters of the story that we haven’t yet explored. 

I guess we’ll have to see. 

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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“The Menu” Gives Us A Bloody Good Time

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Writers Seth Reiss and Will Tracy have outdone themselves with the plot of “The Menu.” Spoilers ahead!

The Plot

Yes, chef!

Tyler and Margot are attending a high-class restaurant located on a remote island for the meal of a lifetime. This meal comes at a steep cost: thousands of dollars ($1,250 a plate to be exact) as well as possibly your life. Those who attend the dinner at Hawthorne are the type who frequently ask: “Do you know who I am?”

Chef Julian does not care who you are, and after years of serving the privileged elite, he has had enough. Julian commands his chefs and the room with a loud clap, his chefs answering him in tandem with a bone-chilling “yes, chef.” Ralph Fiennes as Julian gives a shiveringly scary performance. Julian commands the space as well as everyone in it and Ralph Fiennes is dastardly, dark, and daunting.

Chef Julian’s sidekick is creepy herself, doing his bidding just as the other chefs do. Female subservience is addressed through this side character as well as sous chef Catherine, who created one of the courses that is served to the guests.

This course is introduced by Catherine telling the story of how Chef Julian tried to have sexual relations with her. When she denied him, he refused to look at her in the eye anymore. Before Catherine serves her dish, she stabs Julian with scissors in the thigh, getting revenge for his behavior. Julian acts none the wiser, pulling the scissors from his thigh before serving the diners the hunk of meat with the same kind of scissors plunged into it.

Everyone obeys Chef Julian except for Margot. Women and men in the room accept that this is their last night alive, not protesting too hard or trying to escape. Margot is the only fighter. Perhaps this is why she escapes.

The Verdict

In a world where we have seen a rise in slasher films, The Menu lives in a place between darkly satirical horror and a slasher film.

The Menu is whip smart, remarking on our class system, displaying those who can afford a $1,250 a plate meal on a remote island against the thought of the character of Margot. Margot is revealed halfway through the film to have been a sex worker, hired by Tyler to attend the dinner. His girlfriend, the original intended guest, had broken up with him and Tyler knew that there was never a table for one at Hawthorne.

Tyler knew everyone would die at the meal, yet still involved Margot, an innocent bystander who turns out to be the only one that makes it out alive. Chef Julian does this as it is clear he believes Tyler tainted his final menu experience by not bringing the guest who RSVP’d.

Tyler gets what is coming to him in the end. He comments on each course in mostly negative ways and snaps photos (which was expressly forbidden). Chef Julian asks Tyler to make him a meal since he knows so much more than anyone about cuisine. When Tyler’s meal doesn’t live up to Chef’s expectations, he is killed.

Margot is juxtaposed with the famous and rich at the dinner who can afford such an experience while she is being paid to attend. The film remarks on the lavish actions of the rich in the movie versus those who may not know where their next meal will come from.

Final Thoughts

The food that the film shows is gorgeous and conceptual, Chef Julian giving backstory to each dish. The film is the darkest version of Hell’s Kitchen I’ve ever seen. As a foodie and a horror lover, this film touched on all my favorite genres. It was deep, had something to say, and screamed it at the top of its lungs.

I respect the filmmakers and writers of this movie as it was compelling, engrossing, and kept me guessing, all while remarking on important social themes.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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Dahmer, Cassandra

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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. 

Niecy Nash in Dahmer

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.

Or both. 

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. 

Glenda Cleveland, from the trial of Jeff Dahmer.

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 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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