6 Horror and Sci-fi Shows I lost Interest In

6 Horror and Sci-fi Shows I lost Interest In

6 Horror and Sci-fi Shows I lost Interest In

There are actually more than 6 horror and sci-fi shows I lost interest in but these are the top that have been on my mind lately. Though I’d like to make it clear that any show featuring aliens or monsters in it I consider them to be part of the horror genre.

There have been so many times I have started to write a post like this. Sometimes it’s because I saw someone’s post on social media mentioning a show I had lost interest in and it made me want to tell the world why I don’t watch it anymore. Other times it’s because a show got cancelled and I wanted to rant about what I believe really killed the show.

What I came to realize is that it’s mostly the same thing time and time again that causes me to lose interest in a show. Below are the 6 shows that stand out the most to me at the moment. As you will see, for the most part each show made the same mistake.

6. Lost
I didn’t start watching Lost until the first season came out on DVD but I was hooked on it! The first few episodes were riveting, fascinating and a pure joy to watch. Then around the middle of season 3 it started to lose its way and by the final season, it was just so wrapped up in its own bullshit that it was completely laughable. I still watched it to the bitter end but it became grueling.

Lost seemed to start out as a story about a people tapped on a mysterious island. There was something fucking huge and scary in the forest and there were Polar bears too. This made the show magical, scary and a lot of fun. Then the Dharma Initiative came along and ruined it. I didn’t think Dharma had ruined it at first. But, it did. Instead of them being some strange organization with answers to the islands mysterious nature it was just a tool take us further away from islands mystery. Then there were the Others. Another dive down the rabbit’s hole of nonsense.

So much potential to create something amazing and fascinating and instead it got turned into fucking weird show about conspiracies and corporations and two immortal guys in the last season that seemed to control everything and then it all ended with a big, “WTF was that about?!” A good show that lost its way because it got too wrapped up in its own mythology.

5. Supernatural
I know, I know, how can anyone not like this? Well, it’s easy. I gave this show about 4 and a half seasons and I just couldn’t take it anymore. It started off so strong. Good scary stories that were interesting. However, it very quickly became silly and lacked any kind of sophistication in its storytelling. It committed the ultimate sin in my eyes. Supernatural became more about the backstories and the characters than about the content. Once that happens it turns into a soap opera and I don’t like soap operas.

In the beginning it told really fun and haunting stories. I don’t mind the occasional backstory but that’s all the show became about. It got lost in its own mythology and never seemed to come out of it. Instead of the leads investigating and solving supernatural shit each week it turned into a never ending story about the brothers and the ghosts and demons took a backseat to the storytelling.

Instead of a show about two brothers fighting evil each week it became about long drawn out stories about their dad. About being stuck in Hell. It lost its focus of telling really good ghost stories and instead became a show about two brothers and everything else took a backseat.

Supernatural became a show that was no different than any teen drama. What I mean by that is you could plug the two brothers into any other teen drama and they would fit. It just as easily could about two brothers struggling survive in a world of competitive weight lifting or mixed martial arts. If you replace the ghosts and demons with Baseball or football and it’s pretty much the same show. That’s the problem. And, because of that, I stopped watching it.

4. The X-Files
I own every season of the X-Files on DVD. I have seen every episode and many of them I have seen twice. I love the idea behind the show. But, again, this is another show that lost its focus. It was a great show about investigating some really fun and creepy shit. Aliens, monsters, ghosts all kinds of fascinating stories. I liked the character’s back stories. I didn’t mind the occasional dive into them. Those stories can make for a good arc. But, when they never get resolved and go on season after season with bullshit conspiracies that never lead anywhere, I grow tired of it.

The X-Files all too soon became about Fox Mulder’s search or his sister and government conspiracy crap. It ruined the show. The only reason I kept watching was because at least every once and a while they would offer up a great standalone episode about some weird shit and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would go all Scooby Do and solve the mystery or not solve it and leave some doubt. Either way those few and far in-between episodes were always fun and always interesting.

When they recently came out with another season, I was thrilled! Couldn’t wait! I barely made it through the first episode. It wasn’t interesting. It started out in full on Alien government conspiracy bullshit. I have all those epodes saved and I plan on watching them but I am in no hurry. The first episode gave me no reason for me to look forward to the next episode.

3. Stargate SG-1
I loved this show so much. I don’t have it all on DVD but my kids do and I have borrowed it many times. That being said, it too turned into a soap opera. It’s a whole show about having this amazing Stargate that can take them to the most amazing places and yet they spend way too much over season dealing with the fucking Goa’uld. They were the most boring, insignificant characters ever and season after season was about having to fight off these moronic, immature and pathetic fake gods. Drove fucking nuts.

It eventually got the point where I considered just skipping episodes that dealt with the Goa’uld but I didn’t, just on the rare chance I might need to know about this turd of an episode in a future episode. Such an opportunity for them to explore the galaxy but instead they kept writing stories about the fucking idiotic Goa’uld. Those episodes were so boring and they really kept that show from becoming the next Star Trek. Sure SG-1 was successful but it won’t have the longevity that Star Trek did. We won’t be talking about it 40 years from now.

2. True Blood
I have read several of the books and love them! I really enjoyed the first season of the show. In fact, I managed to stay with the show up until about halfway through season 4. It just seemed to be getting so ridiculous. It’s been so long since I watched it, I can’t honestly list the exact reason I stopped watching it. All I can really say is that it just seemed to stop capturing the heart and soul of the books.

When a show or movie is based on a book, I expect there to be some changes. You just can’t put everything that’s in a book onto the screen. I loved the first season of True Blood and it deviated in many ways from the book. For example, as I recall, Lafayette dies at the end of the first book. He didn’t die at the end of season 1. I am okay with that. TV shows need to do their own thing to keep it as fresh as possible. I get that. As long as the can capture the spirit of the show, I am happy. It just seemed to me that True Blood had lost its way.

I plan to finish watching the remaining seasons of True Blood someday. But, there’s a whole lot of other shows I will go through first.

1. The Walking Dead
I never read the comics. I was never big into comics. They always bored me. What sold me on The Walking Dead originally was that Frank Darabont was involved. With the exception of The Mist, I’ve loved everything he’s done.

I was okay with the series at first. I tolerated their ridiculous cliffhangers because I always wait for the first episode of the following season to come out before I dive into the previous season. I even stayed with the show when Frank Darabont departed the show. I was hooked.

But, over the last few seasons, it seems to me that the show has become more about dicking with the viewer’s emotions instead of telling good stories. I fucking hate cliffhangers but as mentioned I can tolerate them as long as the story promised is completed. Season 6 of The Walking Dead didn’t complete the story. They promised a conclusion that never came and then left us all to wonder in fucking disgust as to whom just met their tragic end.

The writers tried to defend their bullshit manipulation by saying it was never about who Negan killed with his bat. I believe it was Scott M. Gimple who tried to say the ending was about coming full circle with Rick’s storyline. That was such a fucking hot, steaming pile of bullshit. They advertised and teased us all season long with the reveal of Negan and who dies at the end of his bat and left us fucking hanging.

To make us suffer through that 80 minutes of slow building doom and then fade to fucking black leaving us with no answer? It was nothing more than hearty “Fuck You!” to the fans. I can appreciate a good cliffhanger. I hate them, but I can appreciate it when it’s done well. This wasn’t done well. This came off like they had no idea who to kill off so they decided to take a few months off and think about it. I call bullshit.

Sadly, I will probably still turn back into the show next season though I know I shouldn’t. But, I’ve invested years into these characters now and the best I can hope for is that the writers do something to make up for that steaming fucking turd they laid for us with that season 6 finale.

Sure dragging storylines out can keep a showing on the air for a longer time. But, in most cases it doesn’t. People grow tired of that shit and it kills the shows. If you’re going to turn your show into a soap opera, then kindly wrap it the fuck up at the end of the season so you can then start a new next season. Heroes did that at the end of the first season. They started a storyline and they finished it at the end of the season. Then the left us with a tease into the second season. Very well done. Of course the show kind of went to shit after that but they nailed that first season. That’s how you do it.

The Ratings System and Parents

The Ratings System and Parents

The Ratings System and Parents

MPAA | Bad Horror MoviesBeing a parent of two grown children I’ve learned a lot about the importance of the ratings system. I didn’t get to have a lot of time with my kids during their younger years but I a lot of the times we did get to spend together, we spent watching movies. When my son was maybe 11 or 12 I learned a valuable lesson about the meaning behind the ratings. Turns out, it’s really simply and most of us take it for all for granted.

One of the weekends I had my son we sat down on the couch to watch some movies. It was night time, maybe 9 or 10 and next up was Independence Day. It’s rated PG-13. I had seen it in the theaters and on DVD plenty of times. I knew my son was going to love it. He was 11 or 12 at the time. However, at one point while watching we ran into some problems but before I dive into that, I need to bore you with some backstory.

Growing up my parents never really cared too much about what I saw. There were pretty laid back for the most part. I had always loved horror movies. Well, one night way back in the mid to late ’70’s The Exorcist was on TV. I sat down to watch it. My dad in his chair my mother and I were on the couch. My grandfather lived with us. I had been torn because Battle of the Network Stars was on another network that night and I loved those specials whenever they aired. If you never got a chance to see those, you missed out!

Anyways, my grandfather was in his room watching Battle of the Network Stars and I was on the couch waiting for The Exorcist to start. I must have been about 7 or 8. I was doing good. The movie was creepy but I was doing fine. Then she spun her head around and I made the first adult decision of my life. I stood up and said to my parents, “I’m going to go watch Battle of the Network Stars with grandpa.”

The Exorcist Head Spin

Afraid of the Dark

Later that night I couldn’t sleep. I don’t know exactly what it was but I kept having weird visions that really had nothing to do with the movie at all. Every time I closed my eyes I’d see severed body parts and it would freak me out. My eyes would shoot open and I’d look around in a panic. Then every scary movie I ever saw was suddenly coming back to haunt me every time my eyes closed. It was too much, I called out to my parents.

My parents ran in and calmed me down. Seeing as that was almost 40 years ago some of the details have become a little foggy. I think I had a black & white TV in my room at the time and I kept turning it on so I had some light in the room. It was off when my parents first came into the room. They hadn’t said much when they came in. Just that it was okay, it was all in my head. You know, the usual stuff parents say when they just want you to shut up and go to bed so they can get back to sleep.

After they left the room and I heard their door close I jumped out of bed and turned on my TV. It wasn’t long after doing that my parents heard the TV and they came in and turned it off telling me it was time for bed. “No TV.” We went through this a few times before they finally lost it threatened me with something that was enough to keep me from turning the TV on again. With the TV off my room was dark and the moment I’d close my eyes the visions of waking nightmares would fill me head. I was up most of the night tucked tight in my sheets and afraid to move. I was awake when my mom came in to wake me up for school the next morning. It was probably the only time I had been happy to get up for school.

The next night I went through the same thing. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know what tripped in my mind but I couldn’t make these dark and scary thoughts go away. Thankfully on the 3rd night I was able to get to sleep but the damage had been done. My parents had a talk with me after the second night and told me that I wasn’t allowed to watch any more horror movies. I was devastated and one pissed off 4th grader. It would be about 3 or 4 years until I was able to watch a scary movie again. Went from nothing for four years to an all-night horror fest seeing Friday the 13th, Halloween, Rabid, The Last House on the Left and more. No more nightmares but I was sold on horror movies from that day forward.

Time to be a Grown Up

Cut to a few decades later and I am watching Independence Day with my kid. My ex-wife is a wonderful person but she was pretty strict about what the kids watched. Me on the other hand, I had run out of fucks to give when it came to whatever rules my ex-wife had about their viewing habits. So, me and my son were going to watch all kinds of stuff she would never my son or daughter watch.

Then there came the point in Independence Day where Dr. Brakish Okun played by Brent Spiner was about to be controlled by the aliens. It’s actually a pretty intense scene. A group of people stand outside of a room they are viewing through glass that is filled so thick with smoke they can’t see a thing. My son knows something is going to happen and he does not want to see what happens next. I tell him it’s okay, it’s just a movie. I reassure him that I’m right here and nothing is going to happen to him. Then Dr. Brakish Okun is slammed suddenly against the glass. He jumps and again tells me he doesn’t want to watch this anymore.

Independence Day

The Ratings System

I pause the video and I am suddenly reminded of that time long ago when I walked away from watching The Exorcist. I start to wonder, “Should I stop the movie?” I had only a few seconds to come up with some serious dad shit to make him feel better. Then it all dawned on me. The ratings system, this movie is rated PG-13. What does PG stand for? Parental Guidance. That’s what he needed right now so I was gonna work this shit out with him!

Looking over at him I said, “Ok, here’s what I think Nickman.” His name’s Nick, I call him Nickman, don’t know why, I just do. he’s like 25 now, I still call him that. I continued. “I know this is pretty intense for you. But, I think if you quit watching right now, the things you think are gonna happen in the movie are going to be way worse than the things that actually happen. So here’s what I’m thinking. Let’s jump into the special features. We can check out some of the behind the scenes stuff and see how they actually made all of this stuff. I think after watching some of the behind the scenes stuff it will make watching the rest of the movie a little easier for you.”

I promised him that he would love the movie if he gave it a chance. He reluctantly agreed. We watched those special features and he laughed at some of it and found the rest fascinating. We went back to the movie. He was still a little freaked out when we jumped back into Dr. Brakish Okun’s alien control scene but he made it through. To this day it’s one of his favorite movies. There were a few more times we started to have some issues with movies but I talked him through each time.

One of those times was Godzilla with Matthew Broderick. He was enjoying it up until the end when they have to kill Godzilla. He was in tears. I explained to him why they had to kill him. That he was right to feel sad, that it was tragedy. Godzilla was just doing his thing. But, they had to kill him to save lives because we just didn’t have the technology to capture a creature like Godzilla and no way and nowhere to keep him safe. This made sense to him, he said he understood. I started the movie back up, there was just a few minutes left. And, as soon as the credits started to roll he said with excitement, “Can we watch it again!”

TV shows and movies all have ratings and I think most parents think of what they stand for incorrectly. The guidelines are for the adults and not for the kids. It’s up to the parents to take the time to explain stuff to their kids. I love my parents but they never took a minute to do that with me. I don’t think it ever crossed their minds. I know plenty of parents today that are just like my parents.

A good example of that something that happened several years ago with South Park. A parent I know was letting his 10 year watch South Park all the time. I was kind of giving him shit about it. I explained that it’s rated M for mature. That it’s also on cable and sometimes it airs unedited. Didn’t phase him at all! So I went at it a different route. I said, “So basically what you’re telling me is that have no problem with your 10 year old talking about golden showers and anal sex?” That got his attention. He didn’t want his kid talking about that. I said, “Well, last season they had an episode that was all about porn and there was a scene at the end of that let rip a list of sexual acts that made me blush and I work in porn!”

He was blown away. Couldn’t believe a cartoon would have that kind stuff in it. He had no idea the show could cover such adult themes. It kind of made me mad. I mean WTF do they have to do, shit is rated “Mature” for fuck sakes! I totally would let my son watch some episodes of South Park but I had always seen them first. I would pick and choose the episodes he could watch. Some of that shit, I still don’t think he’s old enough to watch. I love South Park but it ain’t for kids.

Anyways, I love horror movies and though my son isn’t into them as much as I am, my daughter loves them. Movies can be a great way to spend time with your kids. TV and Movies became a babysitter to me. It shouldn’t be like that for kids. They can handle a lot of mature content but you’re taking a big chance if you’re not there to walk them through it. Some kids will do fine, some wont. The sad part is that if they can’t handle it you might know until it’s way too late. Like, if the family pet has gone missing, be afraid, be very afraid because sooner or later your neighbors are going to be on the news talking about how your kid always seemed nice but was quite and kept to himself while the coroner is putting pieces of you into a little baggies.

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale…

I don’t know if I am the only one that feels this way but what a disappointment the The Walking Dead Season finale turned out to be. Seriously, waiting months for Negan’s arrival, being warned that someone is going to die and then spending 90 minutes of mood building waiting for the pay off only to be put on hold until next October. What kind of horseshit fuckery was that?! I heard Scott Gimple‘s excuse and it was pure bullshit. It is more than obvious that the only reason they didn’t show who died was because they came to the conclusion that it would be more fun to make us fucking suffer over not knowing. I get having a cliffhanger. I hate them but I get them. Cliffhangers basically tell you the show lacks the confidence that audience will come back next season or that the producers and writers don’t give a shit about the audience. In this case, it was obvious no fucks were given about the audience. A bad ending can ruin an otherwise good show. This was just simply a bad ending.

As I sit here typing this the writer’s are on the Talking Dead making excuses for this bullshit ending. I got that much of the season was about Ricks over competence, as the writer’s are spewing right now. But, this episode was about the build up to who’s Negan and who was going to suffer his retribution, that’s what every commercial has been about the past week and to not fulfill that promise is bullshitery of epic proportions. And, to claim that we didn’t need to see who died right now because that’s not what it was about? What fucking show have they been watching? It’s what the whole build up has been about and by not showing us who died, we get cheated and played with.

I am not flying off the handle and saying that I am never going to watch the show again. I am saying that I was so offended by this idiotic and disrespectful to the audience, ending that I have very little interest in next season now. An acceptable cliff hanger would have been knowing who died, seeing them die and spending the summer waiting for our fictional vengeance. Instead, the more I start to calm down the more interest I’m loosing for season 7. If I stop watching now, as far as I know they’re all alive, and in my mind Carol and Morgan show up with the guys in catcher’s outfits and save the day. Right now it’s whole Schrödinger’s cat kinda thing. As long I don’t watch next season, the possibilities are endless. It was a failed cliffhanger for that reason. It would have been compelling to know who died. Not knowing isn’t compelling, it’s just frustrating and cruel and when I feel as though I was used and lied to, I lose interest.

What total disappointment. I mean the episode was so slow but it was working. It was building suspense for what we were told was going to be a very tragic act of Negan’s vengeance or reckoning. Personally, I feel lied to, at the very least, mislead and I’m just not happy about it at all. What a cheap thing to do the audience. This fan base is so huge, it’s not going anywhere. They don’t have to resort to cheap tactics like this. They can make all the excuses they want but that’s what this ending is. There’s a right way and a wrong way to end a season and this was a wrong way. It’s the first time that I can honestly say, I have no real interest in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead right now.

Seriously, Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Gimple next time you plan to screw us, at least throw us a kiss first. I will forgive you but it’s gonna take some time. That was just wrong.

Why You No Post Lately?

Why You No Post Lately?

Why You No Post Lately?

It’s a good question. The answer is very simple. I’ve been working really hard at not making any money. I am web designer and recently spent some time redesigning my website for Starry Night Web Designs. It’s needed updating for years now and I had just neglected it because I was either too busy working on other projects, like this site for example. One thing led to another with the redesign. Started to build the site then stopped because I wanted to add some sample templates. So I had to stop and build those template sites. It took about two weeks to get that all together. Before that I built a blog for customer and then before that I got a customer whose blog was infected with all kinds of things, so I had to work on that. I have been watching horror movies when I get the chance but it takes me at least a few hours to write a review for for bad horror movies and I just haven’t had the time.

I would love to dedicate more time to the reviews but I don’t make any money with this site, at least I haven’t yet. Granted I didn’t start this site to make money. I started it because I love horror movies and I really hate bad horror movies. Not to be confused with bad horror movies that are so bad they’re good. Those are great. My point is that I’m already not making enough money to live on. As proof of that, there are many time while grocery shopping I buy different flavored ramen noodle soups just to spice things up.

Seriously, I'm ramen noodles poor.

So I have really been focusing on getting my web design business back on track. I’ve been doing web design since ’98 but have mostly worked for others. Now that I am on my own, it’s really time to focus on the important things like earning a living so I don’t have to keep stressing over things like, did I really charge over 1,500 dollars last December and OMG I charged over 1,500 dollars last December. Oh and it would be nice to be able to stop asking myself questions like, I wonder how much longer I keep not paying rent before I get the boot?

why-you-no-post-lately-bad-horror-moviesHorror movies are the best escapism for me for many reasons. Though I have to admit they are harder to enjoy when you’re broke because you can never really focus on the movie. The other day I was watching one of my all time favorite horror movies, Psycho II. As much as I love the movie I kept inserting my own thoughts and feelings as responses to the characters and scenes in the movie. Like when Norman Bates arrives home for the first time and I am jealous of him because this guy is a psycho serial killer, spends 20 years in the loony bin and when he gets out, not only does he have an amazing home to come back to but he’s got job as a cook and is running own business. I’m fucking 46 years old I can’t even get Google to serious rank this site at all. Page 7. Seriously Google? Original content, I link out to other sites, everything your cute videos say you want and Page 7 is what I get? Shame Google, shame!

But, I digress.

I did have some fun the past few days. As I mentioned I love Psycho II and I hadn’t seen in in years and years. So after watching it, I got inspired to make my own review/fan site for it. I went out and bought the most awesome domain ever, www.feelingpsycho.com and went to work on it. When you’re done reading my sad pathetic rant, check it out, I will say that it’s designed for view on a PC. I did make a tablet and tell phone versions of the site but it looks amazing on a PC. You can click the link below to visit the site. It’s really visually fun to scroll, I promise you that.

Vist it my new site Feeling PsychoAlso, I redesigned my design site as mentioned, so please go check that out and feel free to hire me for all your website needs. I’m fast, affordable and reliable. It says so right on the website so it must be true. I put a lot of work into it, specially the template sites. Those were so much fun to make.

Check out my new design site Starry Night Web Designs

Lastly, I wanted to say that I am going be posting some great mini-reviews here coming shortly. I love to dive into my reviews and rants but I am so far behind I think I just need to knock out my backlog of movies I’ve seen yet haven’t reviewed. So for all 2.5 followers of this site, stay tuned, the mini-reviews are coming.

As you can see there’s a lot of reasons why no post lately. I am terribly sorry that I have neglected you two and half wonderful people. I will try not to let it happen too much more in the future. Thanks for you patience.

My Problems with The Walking Dead Last Night

My Problems with The Walking Dead Last Night

My Problems with The Walking Dead Last Night…

Last night’s episode, The Next World drove me crazy. I would go as far as to say that many aspects of it not just frustrated me but actually pissed me off a little.  So many problems with The Walking Dead last night. Still after I have had most of this morning to let it sit, I find that I am still frustrated.  However my frustration is not only with the episode but with the fans for gleefully ignoring all of it’s faults just because it ended with the “Richonne” climax we all wanted.

Here are the problems I had with the episode.  First, Rick and Daryl were so out of character last night. They were acting like it was their first day in Walkerville.  Of all the characters these are the last two that would ever be as shamefully complacent as we saw them be last night.  There is no way, Jesus ran through the forest, around the building managing to get so close that he slams into Rick. Then for the two of them to run after the guy after he stole the van? Really, no one else thought that was completely ridiculous?! Daryl was nearly killed in the last episode for by a group of crazies led by the soon to be revealed Negan. Now he and Rick are just gonna chase down a vehicle on foot?  It was ridiculous on principle alone. It was also completely foolish and unbelievable that the two of them, who know very well, that the whole thing could be a trap just go happily running after a moving can.

Daryl and Rick's complacency - The Walking Dead

Their follies weren’t like Butch & Sundance at all. They were more like Laurel and Hardy. Almost every single decision they made was stupid, careless and completely dangerous. I couldn’t enjoy a moment of it because I’ve seen the show! I know that bad shit happens when characters get careless. Something these two forgot. Having Daryl not want Jesus to go back with them doesn’t make up for their previous stupidity. Daryl jumped out of the van to chase Jesus down, AFTER Jesus was thrown from the roof of it. He was off the van! All they had to do was just drive away! But, their idiocy almost got them killed and to top it all off they lost literally a ton or more of supplies.

Second, issue has to do with Carl. I can totally except his pouting, sullen attitude after loosing an eye, not to mention all the other tragic shit the kid has had to deal with. But, what I could not except was him allowing Enid to walk all the way back to Alexandria alone. It doesn’t matter that she is capable of making it back on her own. I just don’t think he would ever let her do that.  It’s stupid enough that the two of them are out there in the first place. But, I get it, teen angst and all that.  I get his shitty attitude when Enid wanted to leave.  But, when he tells her to go by herself. No way would Carl do that. I kept expecting the the show to end with a walker Enid. Again, it was just a total sense of complacency by a character that just would never become that complacent.

Enid deals with Carl's idiocy - The Walking Dead

Then there’s Michonne’s actions.  She’s on guard duty and sees someone walk into the forest. I guess she knew who it was at the time? But, it doesn’t matter! She walked away from her post! Does no one give a shit? The Michonne I know wouldn’t walk away from her post unless it was an emergency of clear and present danger.  Why’d Michonne leave? Because she was curious? That’s pretty much what it came down to.  She couldn’t have called over someone to watch cover her post for a minute? Didn’t let anyone know WTF she was doing or where she went. Just left the whole of Alexandria vulnerable.

Michonne leaves her post - The Walking Dead

Yes, I loved that the “Richonne” actually happened. I may have even cheered like a tween at a 1D concert but it doesn’t make up for an episode filled with the most outrageous and unbelievable character flaws I have ever seen on the show.  There was nothing enjoyable about this episode accept for the near orgasmic ending but of course even that was ruined by the magical appearance of Jesus in the bedroom. To me it was almost as if the writers got to the end of the story and thought, “We need to do something to make up for all the character idiocy in this episode.” Another writer must have chimed in with, “I know! Let’s end it with Rick and Michonne bumping uglies! Everyone will totally forget about the previous 40 minutes of total bullshit.” Well, I didn’t forget and I’m calling bullshit on it.

The previous episode, No Way Out was probably the most epic episode of the entire series! I was literally out of breath by the end of it. I get the idea of having a slower episode that isn’t as dark to follow it.  However, there is no excuse for the massive turd that aired last night. I expect more from the writers and I expect more from the fans of the show. I haven’t seen anyone mention the bullshit that happened. Everyone just seems to be caught up in the afterglow of the last 5 minutes of the episode and that, is really sad.

Inanimate aka Harbinger Down 2015 Review

Inanimate aka Harbinger Down 2015 Review

Inanimate aka Harbinger Down 2015

The Inanimate 20 15 aka Harbinger Down“Inanimate aka Harbinger Down centers around a few grad students and their professor who have booked passage on a crab boat to study some wales. They soon discover something floating in the ice in the middle of the Bering Sea. Bringing it aboard to study was their first mistake. If the students and crew want to survive they will have to outsmart and fight against an organism they know nothing about.”  – I wrote this!

I came across Inanimate, starring the great Lance Henriksen, as the Captain of the crab boat the Harbinger, and thought it sounded familiar. Halfway through the description I read “Harbinger” and I remembered another movie on my list of movies to see called “Harbinger Down” and sure enough it’s the same movie just released under a new name.

Inanimate is one of the movies I chose to watch for my New Year’s Eve fun because, yes, I have no life. However, I am so glad I chose it. It’s basically, John Carpenter’s The Thing on a boat. I really enjoyed this.  It had some CGI but mainly the effects were practical and if you’ve ever read this blog, you know I how love practical effects!  The acting was fine, the story, though done before was good. It made for a really decent creature feature.

It would be unfair to completely compare this film to The Thing. But, if you love monster movies, and B horror movies and creature features like I do, you’re going to have fun watching this one. Decent special effects done by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. who have a long history of greatness behind them. The only reason I say “decent” instead of great or amazing is only because of the budget. Some of the practical effects were in fact great and amazing.

Matt Winston - The Inanimate aka Harbinger Down

Alec Gillis also wrote and directed Inanimate aka Harbinger Down. As I recall, it was also a crowd funded film. Ok, just double checked and yes it was. I remember this. I remember watching the promotional video on Kickstarter. But, I digress. My point, there is a lot of talent that went into the making of this film and most of, if not all of the funding came from the fans. It’s specific intent was to make a good creature feature with real effects and they succeeded! I wish I remembered this sooner or I would have been singing the films praise a lot sooner.

I saw no problems with the acting.  Everyone in it did a good job. Special notes to Lance Henriksen who was great as the salty sea captain. Believable without over doing it. Milla Bjorn as Svet the Russian who played kickass and vulnerable very well.  Last but not least was the performance of Winston James Francis as Big G. He was great when intimidating and at having a lighter side.  Well done all around really.

I would also like to offer a special note and props to the screenwriter or whoever it was that came up with the line, “tomfuckery.”  Well done, well done indeed.  Fuckery has long been one of my favorite words, I use it often.  “Religious Fuckery”, “Heinous Fuckery”, you simply can’t go wrong with use of a well placed fuckery. Kudos to you.

Now, as much as I enjoyed this movie, I have to talk about some of the things that I thought could have been better.  About the only things I can really think of would be the level of suspense.  This movie moves fast, maybe too fast? It needed a little more suspense.  Some scenes I thought played out too quickly. Another issue in my opinion, some of the special effects were shot in lighting that was just a little too low to fully appreciate them. Now when I say low lighting, I don’t mean that annoying, way too dark, can’t see anything, kind of lighting.  I just felt that a couple of key scenes needed more lighting.

A specific example of this came during one of the creature reveals.  I couldn’t completely make it out. I wanted to see it in all of it’s glory and it was just too dark. I think the lighting could have been better in some of these effects scenes. It just felt like a shame to have these wonderful effects not be fully realized on film. I would show a screen capture to illustrate what I am talking about but I don’t want to ruin one of the films key reveals.

As for the suspense comment I made. I was just re-watching one of the scenes and I realized the problem.  It’s the lack of music. It’s missing some subtle music that would have been a benefit to what should been a semi-suspenseful scene. Though the scene does in fact offer suspense, I think it would have been helped tremendously by music.

Camille Balsamo and Milla Bjorn - The Inanimate

Here’s the deal my friends, there’s a lot of crap horror out there and sometimes I can be a little harsh with my reviews. Sometimes, maybe I give a film too much credit, maybe praising it more than it deserves. This isn’t one of those time where I offer a movie too much praise. This is a film you shouldn’t rent, you should buy it, don’t go watch it on Netflix instead of buying it. You can watch it on Netflix but please buy this film on DVD, Blu-Ray or on Amazon Prime. Encourage these people to make more movies.  There are so few people out there making horror movies that actually give a shit about quality. These people actually do.

I’m not saying this Inanimate aka Harbinger Down is the best ever. I’m saying it deserves a lot of respect, it was fun and entertaining.  Anyone that loves creature features is going to enjoy this movie. Anyone that didn’t enjoy Inanimate simply doesn’t like creature features. In fact, I would even go as far as calling their reviews an act of heinous tomfuckery most foul.

Cast of Chracters:
Lance Henriksen as Graff
Giovonnie Samuels as Ronelle
Matt Winston as Stephen
Camille Balsamo as Sadie
Reid Collums as Bowman
Michael Estime as Dock
Milla Bjorn as Svetlana
Winston James Francis as Big G
Jason Speer as Sergei
Edwin H. Bravo as Atka
Sean Serino as Tamara
Mick Ignis as Tardigrade
Kraig W. Sturtz as Roland