New TV Time List

The Netflix oriented list (only counting shows I’m currently watching):

1. 30 Rock Season 3 Episode 2: Believe In The Stars
2. Adventure Time Season 1 Episode 20: Freak City
3. Angel Season 2 Episode 8: The Shroud of Rahmon
4. Broadchurch Series 1 Episode 2: Episode 2
5. Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 5: No Need To Know
6. Psych Season 5 Episode 8: Shawn 2.0
7. The X-Files Season 9-B-

Horrorfest 2014 Presents: Prom Night (1980, Paul Lynch)

From the eerie opening flashback to the suspenseful last act, Prom Night is a well made early 1980s slasher that is another quality entry in the subgenre. Long before slasher movies fell into parody and tired cliches Jamie Lee Curtis made a couple of them after doing the first two Halloween films. She was a great scream queen and here she plays a girl who is still dealing with her sister’s death years earlier. Also her father is Leslie Nielsen and prom night is approaching. The stage has been set for terror and mayhem.

Unlike later slasher films this one has a lower death count and the first kill doesn’t even happen until much later in the film. Prom Night takes its time building up the chills and thrills while also keeping the audience guessing who the killer could be. After all that’s part of the fun in a movie like this. Well that and the disco scenes which have some pretty radical music. This film feels more like a 1970s one to me although it is campy at times. I much prefer smart slasher films such as this one even if I also enjoy the dumb ones.

Cha-Cha-Charger Problems

Over the years like many people I’ve gone through many cell phones, and also plenty of chargers. At this point while having a smartphone is a great thing such devices have so many aps that if you actually use said phone the battery life goes fast. It doesn’t help that many people have different types of phones as well, so if you encounter a person with an iPhone when you have a Android, well you are out of luck. I’ve also encountered so many chargers that have gone bad either due to the wires being frayed or the connector stop working, which is frustrating. I don’t have an alarm clock so my phone is my alarm and if you do work (even if its just part time) being able to wake up and make it to work on time is pretty important.

In an ideal world all chargers would just work for every phone but then no one would ever buy chargers half the time and those who like to mooch off of others would never give those poor folks back their chargers. Trust me I’ve dealt with people refusing to buy a charger and borrowing mine in the process, although currently that’s what I’m doing (the person I borrowed it from has a spare though so I’m only half mooching) so I can’t really argue. Someday phones will be self-charging, maybe, but I doubt it since cell phone companies make money off of you having to purchase extras for your phone all the time. Mostly just chargers, unfortunately. I too dream of a wireless world that could only happen someday.

Horrorfest 2014 Presents: Humanoids From The Deep (1980, Barbara Peeters)

Produced by the legendary Roger Corman Humanoids of the Deep is a wonderfully trashy camp film that was more in tune with the 80s despite being made at the start of the decade. What you basically have is women being attacked by rape monsters from the sea who want to mate. Gross. The special effects are not half bad even though the storyline is rather weak. Also the last act consists solely of gory and entertaining monster attacks at a carnival. Which happens to be a good setting for an orgy of gore and mayhem.

Doug McClure is the well meaning hero of the film while Vic Morrow plays the local big shot racist and Ann Turkel is the scientist who knows what is really going on. Unfortunately Peters, the film’s director, did not approve of the changes that were made to this film by Corman. Still a woman directing any film, much less a horror movie, was an even rarer thing back in those days so even though Humanoids is a cheesy camp fest at best I still kind of like and enjoy it. Those types of films are really not made now a days and the cult film seems almost dead sadly. I would like to get my hands on the Shout! Factory 30th Anniversary copy as I viewed this movie on Netflix.

Horrorfest 2014 Presents: Nightmare City (1980, Umberto Lenzi)

Several parts of Nightmare City reminded me of other, more well known zombie films. There is a gloriously creepy shot of zombies running through a field that recalls both 28 Days Later and 28 Days Weeks, plus the fact that the film’s climax occurs in an amusement park just like Zombieland. Despite being a low budget Italian-Spanish film I rather liked Umberto Lenzi’s apocalyptic horror film, which he preferred to think of as being a mediation upon the horrors and negative effects of radiation instead of it being a zombie film. Regardless of his opinion this movie works as a zombie/creature feature movie, and has some really good creepy and suspenseful moments. I don’t recall the foreign country this film is set in however the response to the menace recalls classic government action protocol: alert the military, attempt to quarantine and then deal with the creatures through shooting. I’m always fascinated how in apocalyptic movies the military ends up taking over and gains free reign, suggesting that when society crumbles mankind gives into an authoritarian and brutal response. Also the creatures here despite being zombies are rather smart and use weapons, plus they move fast-two things that would pop up in later day zombie films as well. So I wonder how many horror filmmakers saw this movie and thought some of its ideas would be good to homage in their films.

Hugo Stiglitz plays the central protagonist and if that name sounds familiar then it should: it was used as a character’s name in Inglourious Basterds. Despite its low reputation I rather enjoyed this movie and found it to be an engaging and freaky anti-war, anti-zombie and anti-radiation horror film that has some well crafted moments. Also I smiled at the ending, which contains a moment that would be at home in a Twilight Zone episode. As I seek out more older cult films I am discovering certain unknown gems that I have not heard of before, and I thank Netflix and the Internet for enabling me to watch these so called “Lost” films. Also I’m something of a gore hound these days and therefore am more prone to enjoying zombie movies, which might be my favorite horror sub-genre at this point.

The Greatest Bowl Of Them All: Super Bowl XLIX

Post Season Picks Record: 8-2 (Last Week 2-0)

This will be an annual event from now on, as last year was the first time I covered the Super Bowl on my blog. This year’s coverage will focus once again on key matchups, who will win (important of course) and on some of the major players.

Matchup #1: Tom Brady vs Russell Wilson

Sure the two will not actually face each other on the field. Yet they very well might determine the game and who wins, as both are the field generals of their respective teams. Brady is a legend while Wilson is forging his own legacy although Wilson has been compared to Brady already in terms of being well known for post season success rather than stats. Never mind both put up plenty of quality numbers. I’ll give the edge to Brady based on past experience although Wilson is actually mobile and has a knack for hitting his wide outs. It is exciting to see how this matchup, which many felt was going to happen a season or two ago, turns out.

Matchup #2: Legion of Boom vs Bend or Break

Although New England has what could be its best defense in years they are known for fielding a unit that is aimed at keeping defenses honest even if it doesn’t seem impressive, although its led by stalwarts Jamie Collins, Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis, a legend already. Brandon Browner has already gone on record as saying he wants the Patriots to go after any injured Seahawks players, a message that could end up being a motivation for Seattle. Meanwhile the Seahawks defense is ridiculous, as its headlined by Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, plus Bobby Wagner. I have to give the edge to a Seahawks defense that is arguably the league’s best and also made Peyton Manning look silly last season in the Super Bowl.

Matchup #3: Pete Carroll vs Bill Belichick

One future Hall of Fame coach versus another potential HOFer. Both are Super Bowl winners and are known for never losing. Belichick may have the edge in terms of repeating yet Carroll is no stranger to going back to back in title games even though that was in college. It’s worth noting that Belichick replaced Carroll as head coach of the Patriots after New England fired Carroll. That’s a storyline that will be mentioned plenty of times on Sunday.

Matchup #4: The Patriots offense vs the Seahawks offense

Losing Golden Tate and trading away Percy Harvin midseason hurt Seattle a bit yet they still have Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin. Plus Jermaine Kearse is a great X factor for them as is Luke Wilson, an underrated tight end capable of big plays. Also Wilson can run really well and doesn’t make too many mistakes. Now the Patriots offense has Rob Gronkowski who is arguably the best tight end in the league and wide outs Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman, both which are really good pass catches. The Patriots have LeGarrette Blount as their running back but also have several other backs they can roll out. Their X factor is Shane Verreen who can catch passes as well as run for touchdowns. Edge goes to the Patriots here based on Gronk alone.

Final Prediction:

Despite being the Patriots being the favorite I have the Seahawks winning instead. They have a better defense and Russell Wilson has a winning record against Super Bowl quarterbacks. This will be a hard fought and close game that could have a fantastic conclusion. My final score is Seattle 23 New England 20. And I really wish the game would finally go into overtime. No Super Bowl ever has.