Original vs Remake: Halloween II (1981) vs Halloween II (2009)

cooltext1205611622basMKhaMi2tjIL2EghSKrHi3AoaWith Halloween being tomorrow and having previously done the 1978 ‘Halloween‘ vs the 2007 495228.1020.AHalloween‘, I figured it appropriate to compare the original 1981 ‘Halloween II‘ to the 2009 re-imagining of ‘Halloween II‘.  There are way more differences between the sequels to ‘Halloween‘ than similarities.

The openings of both films are vastly different.  In the John Carpenter’s 1981 ‘Halloween II‘, the film opens with Michael walking through an alley.  While he walks through the alley, Michael continues his killing spree with Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis still looking for him.  In Rob Zombie’s 2009 re-imaging of ‘Halloween II‘, the film opens with Michael talking to his dead mother, then flashes to Laurie walking down a deserted street and she is then picked up by Sheriff Brackett.  In the original ‘Halloween II‘, Michael immediately continues his hunt for Laurie whereas in the 2009 version, Michael is loaded into the back of the coroner’s van and hauled off.

The role of Michael Myers in the 1981 ‘Halloween II‘ was played by a different actor than the one that played him in the 1978 ‘Halloween‘.  In 1978, he was played by Tony Moran, but Moran was replaced by Dick Warlock in 1981. Rob Zombie kept Tyler Mane on from his 2007 adaption of ‘Halloween‘.  The 2009 mask was also much more menacing.

The role of Laurie Strode was however kept consistent in both films.  John Carpenter brought back Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Zombie brought back Scout Taylor-Compton.  The main difference in this role in both versions of the film is the level of injuries that Laurie sustained at the hands of her psychotic brother.  Laurie was much more banged up in the 2009 version than she was in 1981.  Which brings us to the hospital.  In both films, the hospital seems strangely deserted.  Is it just me or do the nurses seem to magically disappear and the security guards seem to fall asleep or take a bathroom break at the perfect time when Michael is walking past a camera?  In the 1981 version, the majority of the film takes place in the hospital whereas the 2009 film is more focused on Laurie’s life a year after the attack.  As a matter of fact, the hospital sequence in 2009 was a nightmare that Laurie was having and not actually happening.

Another big difference is where Michael is located in the films.  In John Carpenter’s original, he is never caught and continues his hunt for Laurie.  In Rob Zombie’s version, as previously mentioned, he is loaded in a coroner’s van and hauled off.  Michael eventually escapes and begins his long journey back to Haddonfield.  We actually get to see Michael without his mask.  The main focus of Michael is also very different in both versions of the film.  In 1981, Michael is still hellbent on killing his sister.  In 2009, Michael wants to show Laurie that she is his sister and he wants to bring her home and reunite his family.

There is a huge difference in the character of Dr. Samuel Loomis.  Donald Pleasence and Malcolm McDowell both return in ‘Halloween II‘ to play the iconic role.  Loomis continues to be the creepy good guy in 1981.  In 2009 however, Loomis becomes an egocentric jerk and becomes kind of a villain.  I personally like the changes that Rob Zombie made to the character of Loomis.  He writes a book exposing Michael’s family and childhood also revealing that Laurie is actually Angel Myers, Michael’s baby sister.  I also loved the nod at ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ in the 2009 ‘Halloween II‘ when Loomis was giving a speech to the press defending his new book.  He says “Let me make things nice and sparkling clear” which was also a line spoken by Alex in the 1971 classic.  In 1981, Loomis speaks more of supernatural forces controlling Michael whereas in 2009, Loomis makes Michael out to just be an unstoppable psychopath.

One of the biggest differences in the return of Annie Brackett in 2009.  In the original series, Annie dies in the first ‘Halloween‘ film, but Danielle Harris returned in the re-imagining as the ballsy Annie Brackett.  Unfortunately, Annie does eventually meet her demise when Michael makes his return to Haddonfield and finds out that Laurie is living with the Bracketts.

Rob Zombie had it right in his evolution of Laurie.  I mean come on, having an experience as crazy as that is bound to mess you up.  In 2009, Laurie becomes more hard and slightly crazy.  She has horrible nightmares.  I love that Laurie’s nightmares seem to link her to Michael and she seems to begin to see what he sees and she begins to feel his emotions.  I thought this was kind of a nice salute to the connection that Jamie Lloyd and Michael Myers shared in ‘Halloween 4‘ and ‘Halloween 5‘.  Laurie finds out in 2009 that she is Michael’s sister, but in 1981 she had no idea.

I loved Michael’s hallucinations in the 2009 re-imagining.  I feel like it gave more depth to the mind of Michael Myers and what drives him to do what he does.  I also liked that they eventually had Laurie begin to share in these hallucinations when she was in close proximity with Michael.

Another honorable mention for Rob Zombie’sHalloween II‘ are the cameos he had.  As a fan of ‘Sons of Anarchy‘, I quickly recognized Dayton Callie (Unser) and Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby).  Sadly though they both become victims of Michael and are not with us very long.

The endings of both films are complete day and night to one another.  In 1981’s ‘Halloween II‘, Loomis and Laurie blind Michael, while still stuck in the hospital, and Loomis blows up the room while he and Michael are still trapped inside of it.  Loomis is then presumed dead while Michael of course makes an escape.  The ending was kind of a snorefest.  The 2009 ‘Halloween II‘ ending however was much more exciting.  Michael brings Laurie to an old shack on the side of the road.  Laurie begins to hallucinate young Michael and their dead mother.  The police surround the shack and instead of Michael coming out, Laurie dawns the mask and sort of transforms into her brother.  The police shoot Laurie, but she does not die.  The very closing of the film, we see Laurie in a mental hospital and she again sees her mother and gives a wicked smile opening a door to the thought that we may see Laurie take Michael’s place as the resident loony with a stabbing fetish.

In this ‘Halloween II‘ edition of Original vs Remake, I am going to have to go with the 2009 re-imagining.  The whole basis of the film was more exciting than the original.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the 1981 classic, but when a film is essentially an hour and a half of running around a hospital it tends to get a bit boring.  I will rarely pick a remake or re-imagining over an original, but Rob Zombie really gave ‘Halloween II‘ a much needed face lift and gave new life to such a fantastic franchise.

 

FEARnet Gives Us All Something To Be Thankful For In November

FEARnetLogoFEARnet GIVES FANS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN NOVEMBER WITH BROADCAST PREMIERES OF DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, AND HUMAN CENTIPEDE ON THANKSGIVING DAY

 

 

FEARnet Celebrates “Tom Holland Day” on Saturday, November 9, with the Original ‘80s Vampire Classic ‘FRIGHT NIGHT’ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

 

 

FEARnet Presents Network Premieres of ‘TAKE SHELTER’, ‘PROWL’, ‘TASK’,

‘SECONDS APART’ and ‘FERTILE GROUND’

 

(SANTA MONICA – OCTOBER 29, 2013) – FEARnet brings your worst night terrors to life with the broadcast premiere of the creature feature DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, on Sunday, November 10, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT., as a young girl (TROPHY WIFE’s Bailee Madison) is haunted by vicious nocturnal nymphs who dwell in the bowels of her family’s (Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes) new home.

And, this Thanksgiving, gather your friends and loved ones around the TV for the broadcast premiere of HUMAN CENTIPEDE at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. One of the most infamous films to ever emerge from the genre, shocking audiences worldwide with its disturbing subject matter, HUMAN CENTIPEDE is the twisted tale of a retired surgeon (Dieter Laser) who dreams of creating a scientific abomination. His dream becomes a reality—with unsettling consequences—in this body horror shocker that claims to be “100% medically accurate.”

 

Also in November, few things are more frightening than holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but FEARnet’s got you covered with the loaded Black Friday Sweepstakes. Starting Friday, November 1, at 9 a.m. PT, and running until 5 p.m. PT on Monday, December 2, participants can enter the Black Friday Sweepstakes at http://fearnet.com/blackfridaysweeps, to win a cornucopia of terror featuring a Sony Tablet; Sony Handycam; chilling DVDs such as 30 DAYS OF NIGHTFRIGHT NIGHT, and JEEPERS CREEPERS; DL & Co. Silver Skull Stirrers; $100 gift card to BuyCostumes.com; exclusive TALES FROM THE CRYPT merchandise; FEARnet swag, and more!

 

Other November Highlights Include:

·         “Expedition FEAR” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

FEARnet shows its love for international suspense, as “Expedition FEAR” kicks off on November 1, with the darkly comedic UK slasher SEVERANCE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as office drones on a business retreat find themselves stalked by skilled hunters. And a reformed bloodsucker develops a sweet tooth in the Canadian creeper BLOOD & DONUTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). On November 8, it’s a double dose of German medical mayhem with ANATOMY (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Franka Potenteas a med student who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. ANATOMY 2 (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) follows, as murders plague a prestigious school that harbors a secret society.

 

 

On November 15, our neighbors to the North once again provide the chills with Canada’s BLOOD & DONUTS (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), and DOLAN’S CADILLAC (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), starring Christian Slater as a murderous human trafficker, and Wes Bentley as a man desperate for revenge. November 22, it’s a UK double feature with SEVERANCE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), andTHE WICKER MAN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT)—the original ‘70s classic about a detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl on an eerie Scottish isle. The November leg of the expedition closes on November 29, as a small town policeman runs afoul of sportsmen who prey on humans in the French import THE HUNTERS (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And an airborne virus turns citizens into zombies in Chile’s DESCENDENTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).

 

·         ‘TAKE SHELTER (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, November 3 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Apocalyptic visions lead a man (Michael Shannon) to construct an elaborate storm shelter in his backyard, as his wife (Jessica Chastain) and children fear for his sanity.

 

·         “Tom Holland Day”: ‘FRIGHT NIGHT’ – Saturday, November 9 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

FEARnet celebrates the master behind such fan favorites as CHILD’S PLAY and PSYCHO II, with a special airing of the original genre classic, FRIGHT NIGHT, which Holland wrote and directed. The ‘80s fan favorite tells the story of teenage everyman Charley Brewster, who enlists the help of a late-night horror movie host (Roddy McDowall) when a vampire (Chris Sarandon) moves in next door.

 

Beginning Monday, November 4, all 10 episodes of Tom Holland’s TWISTED TALES anthology series will be available for “binge viewing” exclusively on the FEARnet website and VOD platforms. The horror anthology series presents a variety of stories, each with its own unique special effects and nerve-shredding twists, and boasting guest appearances from genre favorites such as William ForsytheDanielle HarrisAngela Bettis, and many more. Additionally, viewers will be able to access special behind-the-scenes looks at select shorts, as well as interviews with Tom Holland and Danielle Harris.

 

 

·         “After Dark Originals” Marathon – Thursday, November 14 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)

Experience some of the best films that the After Dark Horrorfest has to offer with this all-night marathon packed with four network premieres. PROWL (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) gets things started, as friends find themselves trapped in a warehouse full of bloodthirsty creatures. Next, reality show contestants must complete THE TASK (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) in a prison haunted by malevolent spirits. Then, telepathic twins terrorize a town in SECONDS APART (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). FERTILE GROUND (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) brings the evening to an end, as a young couple are victimized by ghosts of the past in their ancestral New Hampshire home.

 

Interview with Klayton Dean: Writer/Director of ‘Box Kutter Killer’

1385782_590312734349176_619165639_nWith remakes and re-imaginings taking over Hollywood, the Indie scene is where the original material is hanging out.  I was approached by Klayton Dean about his new horror/thriller short ‘Box Kutter Killer‘.  I did an interview with Mr. Dean about his upcoming short.

Box Kutter Killer‘:

Written and Directed by: Klayton Dean

Produced by: Sébastien Rousselet

Studio: Terror Visions

Synopsis:

An everyday citizen pushed to the edge of insanity finally breaks leaving behind what was once to be a quiet existence, now a media driven nightmare.

Interview:

LBoH: Where did the concept from Box Kutter Killer come from?

Dean: Wanting to create a over the top goriest of slasher films. Budgetary reasons restricted my vision as well as the overflow within the independent market of gore films…I want to change things up, make something that’s a little more serious that can be viewed with a overall message.

LBoH: How long did it take to write this short?

Dean: I am constantly adding changes to the script, tweaks here and there but the actual first draft script, 20 mins.

LBoH: Can you briefly describe Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: A film about what could happen when you push someone too far. We all have breaking points and I’m sure at what point or another we have all felt isolated and alone.

LBoH: If you had to compare the gore level of Box Kutter Killer to any other film, which would it be?

Dean: I would say it’s equivalent to the slow burners of the 70’s. Not balls to the wall but when the gore comes…look out. If I had to name a film of recent, Sella Turcica comes to mind.

LBoH: When can fans expect to see this short?

Dean: Early 2014

LBoH: Where will fans be able to view Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: At festivals.. eventually we plan a limited DVD release

LBoH: Are you currently working on any other shorts?

Dean: Yes. I Can’t say what yet but I can tell you it will be featuring a “Collective” of talented artists.

LBoH: Any plans for a feature length film?

Dean: Yes. I am currently working on my first feature film entitled, “Mos Maiorum”

LBoH: Any advice for other indie writers out there?

Dean: For filmmakers…..JUST DO IT. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO IT. Make something that lasts.

 

To stay up to date on ‘Box Kutter Killer‘, be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow the twitter page!

 

BigtimeTeez Review: Halloween Edition: “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie T-Shirt”

BigtimeTeez Header LogoHalloween-headlineAsk-Me-How-Much-I-Love-Brai-340x340This is the last of the BigtimeTeez Halloween reviews and I have saved the best for last.  Not only is the “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt a funny t-shirt, but it doubles as a costume too.  Ladies, I will caution that you wear a cami or a tank top under this t-shirt if you are planning to have this shirt double as a costume.

The “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt is sort of self explanatory DSCF8119when it comes to the design.  On the front, written across the chest in silver/gray is the phrase “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains“.  This is where the t-shirt seems normal, but if you lift the front of the shirt, at the bottom is a zombie face that goes over your face.  Hence the zombie portion of the title of this funny t-shirt.  Everyone that has seen me wear this t-shirt loves it. Even my 3-year-old nephew finds it funny.  The screen print of the designs are perfect.  No cracking or peeling around the edges, even where the lines are thinner.

One of my favorite things about the funny t-shirts from BigtimeTeez has to be the quality and comfort DSCF8127of the t-shirts themselves.  I mean one of the main reasons for wearing a t-shirt is comfort right?  This t-shirt, like the others that BigtimeTeez offers is preshrunk, and unlike other places that promise this, theirs really are.  I have washed and dried the “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt several times and it has yet to shrink or lose its shape. This funny t-shirt is offered in men’, women’s and kid’s sizes.  For those of you that have warmer Halloween’s, this t-shirt is also available in an adult tank top (men’s standard sizes).  Because this funny t-shirt is one that you flip up, it is not available as a hoodie.  It is available in many t-shirt color options.  If you are not a small person, no need to worry, BigtimeTeez offers their t-shirts all the way up to size 5XL.  If you have been jaded in the past by an online t-shirt company because the shirt was not true to size, you don’t have to worry about that here.  Every t-shirt I have ever received from BigtimeTeez has been true to the size chart.

The “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt starts at only $16.99 (depending on size and style options). Compared to other BTT Free Shipping Side Banneronline t-shirt companies and t-shirts similar to this you would find in the mall, and many times these are limited in size and color options, this is a very low price, even with shipping.  BigtimeTeez has always shipped fast and they do ship to the UK.  If this is not a low enough price for you, use code miss15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase (not valid with other offers, no minimum purchase required, US & UK orders). BigtimeTeez also offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more (US orders only, not valid with other offers).

Be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook (Facebook fans get 15% off) and follow them on twitter for more exclusive deals, new design alerts, the $9.99 t-shirt of the day and daily giveaways.

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Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

cooltext1205611622halloween-movie-poster-1020189584John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween has been one of the most viewed and talked about horror hh2films in the history of the genre.  As a matter of fact, it was the first horror movie I saw.  In 2007, John Carpenter’s classic got a reboot from the disturbed mind of Rob Zombie.  Being a fan of the original Halloween and Rob Zombie, of course I went to see it and of course I had to add the film to my collection.  Anytime a remake or reboot comes about, the first thing anyone does is compare the film to the original.  I decided to sit down and watch both the original and the reboot back to back and add Halloween to my Original vs Remake series.

LaurieStrode_-_Curtis_&_Taylor-ComptonThe first comparison I made was the role of Laurie Strode, the sister and main target of Michael Myers.  In 1978 the amazing Jamie Lee Curtis put on her innocent face to grace the screen as he damsel in distress turned badass heroine.  Jamie Lee Curtis could never be topped in the role of Laurie Strode.  In the 2007 reboot,  an actress new to the scene, Scout Taylor-Compton was cast as Laurie.  In 1978, Laurie was much more reserved and timid whereas in 2007 she was more outgoing and not nearly as standoffish.  Both films portray Laurie as the more innocent one of her group of friends.  Scout did an incredible job resurrecting the iconic role, but she did not sell it as well as Jamie Lee.

The next most vital role is obviously Michael Myers.  In 1978 Tony Moran played the masked Tyler Mane as Michael Myers in Halloweenpsycho and in 2007 the very large, intimidating Tyler Mane reprized the role.  Tony Moran was of course amazing, but Tyler Mane’s Michael was much more menacing.  Tyler was larger and his movements were much more brutal.  Michael’s kills in the 2007 Halloween were much more gruesome than those in the 1978 Michael_Myersfilm.  In the battle of Michaels, I am going to have to give it to Tyler Mane.  

The most iconic image from the Halloween franchise is without a doubt, Michael’s white mask.  The masks are drastically different in both films.  The 1978 mask was not very detailed and seemed to be very loose fitting and it did not have many human characteristics.  In 2007, Michael’s mask was much more defined and tighter fitting.  You could tell that there was a human face behind the mask.  In the battle of the masks, I would have to say that Tyler Mane’s mask in the 2007 Halloween wins this one.  Michael’s face does not seem as blank and I love that he has more human qualities to his face.

225px-SamuelLoomis_-_Pleasence_&_McDowellOf course Halloween would not be the same without Dr. Samuel Loomis, Michael’s doctor.  Both the original and the remake had icons playing this role.  In 1978, Donald Pleasence played the role and in 2007, Malcolm McDowell dawned the tan trench coat and pursued Michael around Haddonfield.  The role in both films, in my opinion, is kind of a creepy one.  Loomis is a very complex character, he’s a good guy, yet he’s very conflicted.  Both Pleasence and McDowell did an incredible job in the role, and it is almost impossible for me to choose which one I liked more as Loomis.  So, when it comes to this role, I’m calling it a draw.

Now to compare the contents of the films.  Both films have the same characters and the same basic concept.  One thing that I did like more about the 2007 reboot was that we got to see more into the mind and life of young Michael Myers.  Being able to see more into Michael’s past makes him easier to understand and much more a sympathetic character.  In the 1978 classic, we only see young Michael when he dawns the mask and kills Judith, but in 2007, his rampage is much more brutal and his body count is much higher.  It was great to see the hell he went through at home and at school that makes him snap.  It gave the film much more depth and more of a story to build on.  In John Carpenter’s Halloween, we are not quite sure what happens to Michael’s parents, but in 2007, we see that he kills his step-father/mother’s boyfriend and that his mother kills herself after a very traumatizing visit to see Michael in Smithsgrove.

In the 1978 film, Michael moves more like a mindless killing machine, which I guess would kind of make sense. However, in 2007 Michael moves with more calculation and his actions are much more methodical and thought out.  I like the actions of Michael in Rob Zombie’s Halloween more than his actions in John Carpenter’s film because if you really think about it, he has had 15+ years to think about what he is going to do, so his actions should appear to be more thought out.  In 1978, Michael seems to be on a mission to kill Laurie, but in 2007 he seems to be on more of a mission to bring her home and make her understand that she is his sister.

In 2007, we see Michael kill the Strodes on his destructive path to find his baby sister, but in 1978, we have no clue what happens to them.

hal03-300x154Laurie of course has her group of party girl friends, Lynda and Annie.  In both films, Lynda2_Halloween_071122093758557_wideweb__300x375 and Annie were much more outgoing and sexually driven than Laurie.  In 1978, PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes/Loomis play the mischievous duo.  In 2007, Kristina Klebe plays Lynda and a veteran to the Halloween franchise, Danielle Harris plays Annie. Of the teenagers killed on Halloween night by Michael Myers, one of the most memorable ones is Lynda.  In both 1978 and 2007, Lynda’s iconic death is the same.  Lynda and her boyfriend fooling around in the Myers’ house and when they are finished Lynda has her boyfriend get her a beer.  On his way back he is brutally killed by Michael and Michael then dawns a sheet and her boyfriend’s glasses and enters the room Lynda is in.  After some bitchy lines from Lynda, Michael hands her the beer and then proceeds to strangle Lynda.  I am glad they kept that kill from the original the same.  Annie however has a different fate in both films.  In 1978,  Michael is in the backseat of Annie’s car and when she gets in to go pick up Paul, Michael reaches to the front seat and straggles her.  However, in the 2007 reboot, Paul picks Annie up after she drop Lindsey off to Laurie and they head off for a rendezvous.  While they are messing around on the couch, Michael channels his inner voyeur and watches them for a bit then proceeds to kill Paul.  Annie however tries to run away and Michael catches up to her and stabs her a few times, but Laurie finds Annie still alive laying on the floor.

In both films, Michael finally gets a hold of Laurie and takes her to their childhood home.  In both films, Laurie sees Lynda laying at the foot of Judith’s tombstone in the basement of the Myers‘ house.  In the 1978 film, Annie is also in the basement, dead with Lynda, and we all know that in 2007’s adaptation, Annie survives and is not in the basement with Linda.

Loomis_saves_LaurieThe endings to both films were different yet similar.  They were both very open and left Laurie_shoots_Michaelroom for a sequel.  Both involved Laurie, Michael and a gun.  In the original, Michael finds Laurie in a closet and she stabs him in the eye with a coat hanger then Loomis enters the room and shoots Michael and he falls out the upstairs window.  When they look out the window, Michael is gone.  In the reboot, Laurie tries to shoot Michael but the gun jams then Michael tackles her out the window.  Laurie lands on top of Michael and then she repeatedly tries to shoot him, but the gun does not go off.  Finally, the gun goes off and she shoots Michael in the head.  The movie ends with Laurie sitting on top of Michael screaming.

In this edition on Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007), I am giving the title to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Rob Zombie’s reboot, but when it comes to such an iconic film, nothing tops the classic.

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Movie Review: ‘Carrie’ (2013)

carrie2013posterIt is no secret that I am not a fan of remakes, there have only been a few put out that I can honestly say that I like.  I heard about the new “re-imagining” of the classic ‘Carrie‘ a while back and decided to give it a fair shot.

As far as remakes go, ‘Carrie‘ 2013 is at the top of my must-see list.  I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  The casting was my biggest concern, but I don’t think they could have chosen anyone better to play Carrie or her mother.   Chloë Grace Moretz was fantastic as Carrie, she was creepy and very intense.  Everything that she did as Carrie was organic and looked completely natural for her.  For being such a young actress, her performance was incredible.  The part of Carrie requires a lot of acting with the face and the eyes and Chloë absolutely nailed it.  Julianne Moore played Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, and may have been creepier than the mother in the original film.

Carrie’s telekinetic powers and what she did with them before she went nuts and killed everyone, were much more elaborate than the original.  She wasn’t as afraid of them.

The closet was still used as Carrie’s punishment when her mom went nuts.

The script to this film was much closer to the book than the original.  Spoiler alert, there is no nudity in this film like there was in the original.  There is one sex scene, but it’s not like the over the top scenes you see in a lot of today’s horror films.  The famous “plug it up” chant was still used in the locker room.  There was a big difference with the way Carrie was bullied.  In the 70’s when the original was made, there were no cell phones or YouTube, but the new ‘Carrie‘ brings us to modern times and adds to Carrie’s torment via cyber bullying.  It was nice to see such an iconic film brought to the present.

The most memorable part of the original ‘Carrie‘ was of course the bucket of pig’s blood and the massacre at the prom.  In the re-imagining, these scenes were much more intense and graphic.  The ways that Carrie kills her classmates was by far more creative and bloody.  In the original, after the prom scene, Carrie went home to her mother, but in this one, she goes after Chris, the girl that treated her the worst and her boyfriend.  While doing so, she does quite a bit of damage around town.  The scene when her mother stabs her and then she kills her mother was a lot more dramatic than in the original.

I really don’t feel comfortable calling this film a remake because it really wasn’t.  The films are actually quite different and the term re-imagining fits much better.  So, if you, like me, are not a fan of remakes, look at this Carrie as a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel instead of a remake.

I highly recommend ‘Carrie‘ to anyone that loved the original and especially fans of the novel.  So, if you need a date night idea for Sweetest Day tomorrow, go see ‘Carrie‘.

The critics severely low balled this film giving it only a 6.6, but I say they are out of their minds and I am giving it an 8 out of 10.

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Recap/Review: ‘Sons of Anarchy” 6×6 “Salvage”

After last weeks intense episode filled with betrayal, violence and explosions, how will SAMCRO handle the aftermath?

Recap:

SoA_606_Salvage_0386Salvage” opens with Jax and Chibs walking through the remains of the Clubhouse assessing the damage.  The scene is rather heavy.  Jax sees his father’s bike under a pile of rubble.  Jax sits with his head in his hands and begins to talk to Chibs.  He says “I did this“, Chibs finds the gavel in the shattered remains of the chapel and hands it to Jax. Upon doing so, he says “we’re gonna fix this brother” to comfort Jax.

Outside of the Clubhouse, Roosevelt and the rest of the police force are conducting their investigation of the blast. Jax and Chibs approach Roosevelt.  Roosevelt explains to them that he has a pretty good idea what happened to with the blast.  Jax begins to talk to him and tries to reassure him that nothing like this will happen again in Charming, but Roosevelt is not convinced saying, “everything SAMCRO does comes back to haunt them.”  Jax continues to be straight forward with Roosevelt attempting to mend fences and come to an understanding.

Nero was picked up and taken to the station for the murder of the Diosa girl.  Gemma shows up to visit him and the officers will not let her in to see him.  She makes a scene and raises hell.  She eventually gets herself arrested after she shoves an officer.  They put her in the holding cell with Nero and they have a discussion about what happened the night before, their future together and the future of Nero working with the MC.

Since they no longer have a Clubhouse, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO meet at Gemma’s house to discuss their next move.  Tara and the boys are also there and Jax tells her of their plans to go to Chester to meet up with their brothers from the north.  Tara tells Jax she is going to St. Thomas for an ultrasound to check the baby.   They are interrupted by Happy who tells Jax he has a “long distance” call.  Jax returns to the table with his crew and takes the call.  It is Galen and the Kings.  They offer the club a sort of peace treaty.  Galen informs them that they will lose the gun profit and that they want Clay handling the distribution for them.  Galen says “we all want the same thing Jax.” Jax tells them that they will cut Connor and the others loose and taken by surprise, Rourke says “they’re still alive?” In response Jax tells him “yes, I told you, I didn’t want a war.”

Gemma arrives home and meets up with Jax outside.  Jax tells her that he needs her to go see Clay again to tell him to take the deal from the Irish.  Of course she gets emotional because of what happened the last time she went to visit Clay.  She still does not tell Jax about what happened.  She then agrees to go.

Back at the police station, Roosevelt tells DA Patterson that he does not believe that Nero killed the girl and that he believes he was set up, but he does not disclose his suspicions of Toric.  Tara goes to St. Thomas and Unser tags along with her.  Outside of her office, she explains the basics of her plans to him and they are interrupted by an emotional Wendy.  Tara calms Wendy down and tells her that she has arranged some time for her to play with Able at the daycare in the hospital.

The boys of SAMCRO hit the road and head for Chester.  We all know that they can not just have a peaceful ride from point A to point B.  They are pulled over in a town called Eden and harassed by the local law enforcement.  The officers harass the guys about their cuts and their bikes telling them that gang colors are illegal in their town and that there was a delivery of motorcycles that was robbed and they want to check the guy’s bikes for stolen parts. Juice, annoyed by the pushy cops starts an argument with one of them.  They cuff Juice to his bike and shoot out his tires.  This unleashes hell as a fight breaks out between the two dirty cops and SAMCRO.  Chibs uncuffs Juice and Jax informs the cops that they are on to their scam.  Of course Tig chimes in with the Tig charm we all know and love saying “yeah I’ve seen Smokey and the Bandit a 100 times, love that movie.”  Backup arrives and a chase ensues.  Juice take one of the officer’s bikes and pulls some “cowboy” moves and effectively ends the chase.  The chase being over, the boys arrive at Three Point Lodge without another incident.  They are greeted by Jerry, the other brothers from the north and a very familiar face, Bobby.  Bobby tells Jax that he needs to talk to him alone after the meeting.

Gemma arrives at Stockton to talk to Clay.  She tells him about the Irish blowing up the Clubhouse the night before and that Jax needs him to accept the IRA‘s offer.  She then goes on to tell him about Nero being framed and picked up by the cops.  She asks him if he thinks Toric would really go that far.  He tells her that Toric was a psychopath and tells her what he had done to Otto, what he had threatened to have done to him and why Otto killed him.

Back in Chester, Jax gathers everyone around a table and begins his speech.  He tells them that he wants the Sons of Anarchy out of the gun business.  He tells everyone of his plans of going legit and he even pulls on the heartstrings of the group by bringing up Opie’s death and the other SOA deaths that have been tied to the gun business.  He receives a warm reception to his new ideas from the club.  Everyone seems to be on board.

Gemma returns to Roosevelt’s office eager to share what Clay had told her about Toric.  Instead of finding Roosevelt in his office, she finds DA Patterson.  Roosevelt walks in and Gemma shares the information that she has on Toric.  When she leaves, Roosevelt tells Patterson that she needs to get in front of the situation before it blows negativity back on her and her case.  Patterson gives Roosevelt permission to search Toric’s hotel room.  In Toric’s room, they find several guns and prescriptions.  The bathroom had been bleached, but Roosevelt notices a rug out of place.  When he moves it, the carpet had been cut up and pieced together.  Under the carpet was a tile floor with evidence of bullet holes.  Roosevelt shares their findings with Patterson, but she is not so eager to admit to herself that Toric is the guilty party and says that they need to continue to process Nero and charge him with the murder.

Jax gets a call from Tara checking up on him.  He asks her about the baby and she tells him everything is fine.  Jax says “you know this one’s a girl right?” “She’s going to be strong and beautiful like her mother.”  This seems to make Tara kind of doubt what she is doing.  She also learns that Patterson wants to meet with her and offer her a deal.

Bobby catches up with Jax and hands him some papers.  Jax assumes that it is his transfer request, but it is not his transfer request but the requests of some other members wanting to patch over to Redwood.  Jax then realizes that Bobby did not leave to try to resurrect the Nomads, but to recruit new members for SAMCRO.  Bobby is back.

Patterson meets with Tara at St. Thomas and offers her a deal that Tara is not happy with at all.  The deal is, Tara gives up Jax and she walks away free.  She declines the offer.  It is starting to look like Tara may be regretting her decisions as of late.

Gemma heads to Diosa and Lyla tells her that a friend of Nero’s is in his room.  Gemma heads in to see who it is. Another familiar face.  It’s none other than Venus, the tranny.  Venus tells Gemma why he is there, about his past and that Nero was pretty much his guardian angel when he was younger.  He is shaken by someone that is after him and Gemma reassures him that he is safe there.  Will we be seeing more of the lovely Venus?

Remembering the card the cop gave him and the earlier events, Jax leads the boys to the chop shop where their bikes were going to be taken.  Upon entering, they find Juice’s bike completely stripped and all of the stolen bikes that the cops had mentioned.  Jax gets the guy in the shop to call the dirty cops to the shop.

Back at St. Thomas, Patterson enters the bathroom, washes her face and removes her wig revealing messy braided hair.  She looks in the mirror and says, “time to go hood sista.”  On her way out, she runs into Tara.  She informs Tara to tell her lawyer that her trial has been bumped up and that she will be prosecuting it herself.

The dirty cops enter the shop and are met by a room full of SAMCRO with smiles on their faces.  Jax strikes a deal with them by blackmailing them about the stolen items the found in the shop.  Juice also gets a new bike.  Jax also gets the cops to individually apologize to each of his guys in a very humiliating fashion.

Review:

Well the energy of this episode is vastly different from that of last week’s.  I am really not liking Patterson, she’s seeming almost as nuts as Toric.

I’m still not too sure what Tara is going to do.  I’m not sure if she needs sympathy or a smack upside the head.  I really don’t think that Sutter is going to have her do the obvious.  Something is going to happen to change her mind.  I think Unser is going to out her because of something that I seen in the preview for next week and his reactions to what Tara had told him and to Wendy.

I liked the change of pace in “Salvage“.  It was nice to see peace for a change, but I think the explosion at the Clubhouse was just the beginning.  I don’t think the Irish are going to be leaving SAMCRO alone any time soon.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

 

TOXICTOONS Halloween Special

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BigtimeTeez Review: Halloween Edition: Pumpkin Face Halloween Costume T-Shirt

BigtimeTeez Header LogoHalloween-headlinePumpkin-Face-400x400I’m sure everyone remembers the old school pumpkin costumes that just have a huge pumpkin face on the front of them.  BigtimeTeez offers an awesome funny t-shirt that pays homage to those days of the plastic/vinyl costumes.   Who says you can outgrow owning an awesome pumpkin face t-shirt?  Because you don’t!  This Halloween edition review for BigtimeTeez is the Pumpkin Face Halloween Costume t-shirt.

The design of the Pumpkin Face Halloween Costume t-shirt is pretty self explanatory.  It is a t-shirt with a big pumpkin face on the front of it. The design of the jack-o-lantern face is very large, covering pretty much the whole front of the t-shirt.  The screen printing is flawless with no cracks or peeling of the design, even after washing and drying.  The design also lays with the curves of the body instead of just laying over them and becoming unflattering.

The material of the t-shirt is soft and breathable.  It is also pre-shrunk.  I have worn, DSCF8033washed and dried this t-shirt a few times and it has not shrunk or lost its shape.  The Pumpkin Face Halloween Costume t-shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes.  It also comes in a variety of color options.  I have it in the ladies form-fit in orange.  I love the fit of it.  Not a tiny person?  No worries, BigtimeTeez’s awesome funny t-shirts are available from small all the way to 5 XL.  With the cooler months drawing close, you can also pick this t-shirt up as an adult’s long-sleeve shirt, zip-up and pullover hoodies (men’s standard sizes).

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Recap/Review: ‘Sleepy Hollow’: Season 1 Episode 5: “John Doe” (with link to watch the episode)

sleepy-hollow-cast-foxSleepy Hollow‘ is already on its fifth episode!  Last night’s installment was titled “John Doe“.  Ichabod and the rest of Sleepy Hollow were joined in the present day by a mysterious little boy named Thomas with a very big problem.

Recap:

John Doe” opens with Thomas, a little boy from the 1500’s.  Thomas is playing in the woods and comes across a little girl that invites him to play with her.  Thomas accepts her invitation and begins to chase her.  As he gets closer to catching her, the girl vanishes and Thomas finds himself in present day Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Lt. Mills are in the cabin from last week’s episode.  Ichabod is moving in to the cabin and out of the hotel he has been in.  While there, Lt. Mills gets the call about the little boy that has appeared out of nowhere over her radio.  They respond and meet the other officers on the scene.   The boy is unconscious but alive.  Upon examination, Ichabod and Lt. Mills discover something odd about the boy.  He is pale and his veins are turning black.  The boy is rushed to the hospital and placed in quarantine.

In the hospital, the boy is monitored via cameras and a television.  Ichabod approaches the monitor to speak to the boy.  While speaking to him, Ichabod discovers that the boy speaks “middle English”, a very old language from the middle ages and that his name is Thomas.  Thomas tells Ichabod that he is from Roanoke, the first US colony that seems to have just disappeared on day.  Ichabod is convinced that Roanoke has moved from North Carolina to Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Lt. Mills head out in search of the lost colony in the woods of Sleepy Hollow.  The search is a success. They reach a pond with a secret, hidden crossing to a small seemingly abandoned island.  One they cross the pond, they are transported back in time to a village in the 1500’s, the village that Thomas is from.  Ichabod and Lt. Mills make a startling discover in Roanoke, all of the villagers are infected with the same virus as Thomas.  None of the villagers seem to be affected by it like Thomas.  This is because Thomas left the island.  On the island, they are trapped in time and the disease is unable to have a negative effect on them.

Upon interrogation of the villagers, Ichabod learns that the plague like disease was brought to them as a curse from the second Horseman of the apocalypse, Pestilence, also know as Conquest.  If the plague gets out of hand in Sleepy Hollow, Pestilence will then join Death.

Ichabod believes that the cure to the plague brought upon them is connected to Roanoke.  To keep the plague from spreading, they must return Thomas to his home on the island.  When they return to the hospital, Ichabod notices that his veins are turning black, he is infected.  Ichabod says he feels fine and then collapses.  After his collapse, Ichabod joins Katrina in a dream-like sequence.  She tells Ichabod that he must be dead because the dimension she is trapped in is a form of purgatory.   Only lost souls caught in the middle of Heaven, Hell and Earth by Moloch can enter the dimension she is trapped in.

Lt. Mills confronts the Captain, played by Orlando Jones, about helping her get Ichabod and Thomas back to the island.  He refuses to help her.  Ichabod returns from the other side and Lt. Mills goes in search of some divine intervention.  She goes to a church and upon leaving, she puts her hand into the holy water then she begins to think that the cure is in the water on the island.

Lt. Mills finally gets the Captain to agree to help her and he makes up an excuse to have Ichabod and Thomas moved.  Lt. Mills leads them through the woods and on their journey, they are followed by Pestilence who is trying to stop them from reaching their destination.  Back on the island, Ichabod, being chased by Pestilence, takes Thomas in his arms and jumps into a spring.  As Pestilence draws closer, Ichabod and Thomas emerge from the water, cured of the plague and Pestilence disappears and appears to have been defeated.  All of the citizens of Sleepy Hollow that were infected are also cured.

Lt. Mills tells tells Ichabod that he belongs in present day Sleepy Hollow.  They begin talking about the first Horseman, Death, and how to prepare if and when he comes back.  At the end, the white horse appears and the Horseman emerges from the water where he fell in and makes his way back to Sleepy Hollow.  Something tells me that we will be seeing him in next week’s episode.

Review:

I think we have gone a bit too long without the Horseman.  It was nice to see them begin to introduce another Horseman of the apocalypse, but the first Horseman, Death, I feel should have more of a presence since he is supposed to be part of the evil orchestrating this whole thing.

John Doe” was a fairly interesting episode, but not my favorite.  I was pretty happy to see Death rise from the water as long as that wasn’t just a tease.  I would love to see him make a return to Sleepy Hollow and make some heads roll.

I am going to continue to watch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ with hopes that the Headless Horseman will begin to have a much larger roll and more appearances in the upcoming episodes.

 

To watch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ “John Doe“, CLICK HERE (link is safe and from FOX)