By: Justin Hopkins
It’s that wonderful time of year again. Where one can binge watch all of the scary movies one desires without people thinking their nuts. Not that is an issue. Some of the best movies and awesome female heroes come from the horror genre. As well as some of the most passionate fan base. With eleven days remaining and so many to watch; question becomes which movies to start with. Allow me to help, with my personal to 14 horror movies to watch before Halloween.
14 Silent Hill
By Video Game to Movie standards Silent Hill is a rare gem. The change from the male to female was a brilliant move. Radha Mitchell was great as Rose and the scene where she was chasing the girl through town and surrounded by monster was ripped entirely from the game it was based off of. Monsters were scary, inhabitants were unpredictable, and savage kill from the infamous Pyramid Head. Throw in the amazing Jodelle Ferland who played the innocence and horrifying sides of Alessa and this movie earned its spot on the list.
13 Childs Play
This year marked the return of Andy Barclay to the childs play world. No better time to return to how it all began. Watch how Charles Lee Ray became the good guy doll and turn Andy’s life into a nightmare. Throw in one of the great deaths as Dinah Manoff took a two story plunge.
12 Jeepers Creepers
I remember watching this as a kid, and terrified by the fact the monster won in the end. Creeper being an unstoppable force who was relentlessly pursued his victims. Gina Phillips and Justin Long had excellent chemistry and Johnston Breck etched his name into horror movie lore.
11 The Birds
The most unsettling part of this Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece was the lack of a score. Without the hints of sounds cues to warn you. The violence and bird attacks catch you by surprise, and by the end leaves the audience in suspense over whether they’ll truly be safe again.
10 The Exorcist
What can one say about an all time great. The possessed Linda Blair scared an entire generation senseless. Everyone brought their best and delivered.
Despite the decades and all the different displays. None have topped that first chest burster scene. Alien set the bar in Sci-fi horror and gave rise to a phenomenal female hero Ellen Ripley.
Steven Spielberg took a rather common phobia and made it a rampant one. This was a freight filled roller coaster that didn’t let up till the end.
7 Friday the 13th part 2
As good as the first was, Halloween needs its Jason and part 2 is the way to go. The old school grunge feeling gives it a good charm and seeing Jason before his Hockey mask is an interesting change of pace.
An underrated horror movie in every facet of the word, with a powerful message of the dangers of seeking vengence. Lance Hendricks brought emotional turmoil as a Father desperate to seek vengence against those he blamed for his son’s death. Yet, discovered it came with a terrible price. Meanwhile Pumpkinhead is a everything on can want in a monster. Towering over his enemies and nothing can save his targets from his wrath.
5 The Omen
Down to the top 5 and in comes a classic. Showing a royal families decent into chaos and death as Gregory Peck struggling to find out what really happened the night his son died and if the child he was raising was really the Anti-Christ.
Robin Williams showed the world a genie that was helpful, fun loving jokester. Andrew Divoff reminded us why we should fear them. Performance was up there with the best. Intimidating and suave. Using people’s desires and wants against them and all they had to do was ask. Victims list read like a whose who of legendary horror actors including Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd and more.
3 Nightmare on Elm Street part 3
The first Nightmare was nearly perfect and this one was even better. Freddy once again going after the kids of the parents who killed him. Heather Langenkamp return as Nancy. Helping them learn their dream powers to fight off Krueger once and for all. With Robert Englund knowing Freddy so well by this point, able to flesh him out even more. Making this nightmare the one to scare you thus year.
2 Halloween Part 4
Kind of kneeling to tradition by putting Halloween on this list. Skip the cliche of the first and enjoy Part 4 instead.
1 John Carpenter’s The Thing
Hands down, The Thing is perfect for Halloween movie. Kurt Russell and Keith David at their finest. Claustrophobic, psychological, gory, jump scares and everything else included. The shocking finale leaving you in wonder and awe of the horror you watched. Making it the best horror movie of all time.
As with any list, this is purely opinionated, and that’s the best part. Hope my list can lead you to movies you haven’t seen yet. By all means comment your favorites in the comments. On that note, going to wrap it up with honorable mentions. All great picks, but borderline other genes to much to be included in this list.
Honorable Mentions: Predator – Aliens – Resident Evil Vendetta
By Paul Anthony
I know we are all sick and tired of hearing about the NFL drama but just when you thought the story was over, you learn it only keeps going and going. Let’s look back at how this drama started and find out when this saga could end, if there is an end in sight, so let’s start from the beginning.
We go back to August of 2016 during the preseason star quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick was scene not standing during the national Anthem, now after the game he was asked about and he stated why, he did this as a protest the violence that was happening to African- Americans and the police. However, many people saw it was disrespecting the flag and the Military, after speaking with a friend who was a veteran, Colin was spotted taking a knee, instead of sitting and when he was asked why he stated that he wanted it to make it clear he wasn’t trying to disrespect the military. People at this point were still beyond frustrated with him, after the 2016 season Colin became a free agent which he is still currently a free agent. Some people believe he wasn’t signed because of this whole drama while others just disagree with that.
2017 season saw more players from different teams taking knees, the Cleveland browns was the first team to have all players take a knee. President Trump started to take notice and made comments, that shall we say wasn’t needed and only lit the fire even more. After His comments, the next weeks teams once again took knees and in the Pittsburgh Steelers case where they no showed for the anthem, well all but one came out.
At this point Jerry Jones who is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys said if they don’t stand then they don’t play referring to his team, the commissioner Roger Goodell held a meeting with everyone in the NFL, they discussed a range of issues but didn’t discuss the main issue of the taking the knee during the anthem….
Yes, the main topic wasn’t discussed which makes me think how pointless the meeting was and how clueless he truly is. The sad thing is we all use sports to escape the world we live and now it is showing up in our sports, we may agree or disagree with what they are doing but there needs to be something down, but what is the solution? Players can use other platforms to voice their options and do what they feel is right and just play the game, we all love the game and want to enjoy it and not think about the drama that we all must deal with.
I hope they realize this soon but I think at the same time Rodger Goodell will milk this and let the situation get worse before it gets better the fact is he should have called meetings and what not last year and act fast which he did not which only proves he has no clue what he is doing so with him and Trump and the players I don’t expect this mess to go away anytime soon.
By: Justin Hopkins
This past week was a great week for TV, as the Arrowverse has returned. Supergirl kicked things off Monday. Flash and DC Legends of Tomorrow followed on Tuesday, with Arrow premiering last night. Proving once again that the Arrowverse is DCs best. In each show you see actors actresses who give their all for their characters. Getting emotions, laughs, and awesome action sequences. This may be a ranked list, but even the show in last was still pretty good. That said, coming in at number 4
4. The Flash
Grant Gustion has been spectacular as Barry Allen. Everyone has been stellar, but this episode was kind of generic. Presenting an enemy that Cisco and Wally can’t stop. Who is demanding The Flash or hell destroy the city. Leaving them to have to bring Caitlin back to save Barry from the speed force prison. Who comes back crazed from his time there and the only thing to snap him out was when Iris was in jeopardy. By the numbers right up to the final fifteen minutes.
By showing Caitlin having trouble keeping Killer Frost persona under check and introducing The Thinker as the one behind the Samari and it was his goal to bring back The Flash. Having just with to save the episode from irrelevance.
This show had it all going for it. Supergirl in a dark depression over having sent away Mon El. Superman telling her how strong she was for making a choice he couldn’t have actually tore her down more then it helped. Doing everything in her power to live only as supergirl. No longer wanting to be Kara. Going all the way to quitting her job as reporter. Meanwhile her friends were tying to give her space. Alex growing nervous over her wedding, and learning it’s her Dad can’t walk her down the aisle. Creating a heartwarming moment when she asked J’onn J’onzz to do so.
The story was so well handled. Really believed National City was in trouble for a moment. Loved J’onn being the one to get through to Kara. With villain Edge and the newest Kryptonian starting to gain power. Set up to be remarkable season of Supergirl.
2. DC Legends of Tomorrow
This is hands down my personal favorite show in the Arrowverse. Great ensemble of characters that are fun and deep. Feeling like a family. Masterful turn for Rory from villain to Anti-hero. Coming off a great cliffhanger and promise of Constantine to appear later. Was definetly hyped and loved episode one.
Turning Rip into a bit of an adversary was a stroke of genius. Appearing as head of the Time Bureau to clean up the anarchism. Disbanding the legends entirely. The split showed them failing at moving on, and when Rory bumps into Julius Caesar in Aruba. They jumped at the chance to reunite and show Rip they deserve their jobs back. Stealing the Waverider and set out to put Caesar back. Making one slip that proved costly. Yet when the Time Bureau walked into a trap. They were quick to jump in and save the day.
This show keeps improving. The team keeps improving with laughs and emotions. Lining up to perhaps build up more chemistry between Sara and Rory. With Rip and Agent Sharp proving to be more of a roadblock. Holding back important information on an impeding danger. This may well outshine the rest, and missed out the number one slot by an eyelash.
The patriarch of the Arrowverse has seen it’s fair share of lows and highs throughout its run. Coming off a finale that showed helplessly watching the island blow up with his team on it. Season six had to hit on an emotionally charged one. Giving us just that and a shocker of an end.
Opening with Oliver taking down Faust, back in Star City. Using their flash back method to tell who died and who survived. Oliver’s grief and desperate search of the devastated island. Deathstroke leading him to his comatose sister. Samantha stumbling over. Surviving just long enough for him to promise to be a Father to his son. Everyone else survived, but Diggle is so shaken up he unable to hold his gun, William blaming Ollie for his Mother’s Death, and Ollie torn up by grief of his Sister. Also alive and gunning for vengence is the Black Siren after being shot and left for dead by Quentin. Show lining up to end on a happy note of hope between Oliver and William when they dropped a bomb, in the form of the news showing a picture of Oliver dressed as the Green Arrow.
An explosive, emotional roller coaster of a way to kickstart the sixth season. Leaving us to wonder who saved Laurel and what will happen now that his secret has been exposed.
The Arrowverse is alive and exciting as ever. Plenty of room to grow. Can’t wait to see how they all play out.
By Paul Anthony
Just last week the entertainment industry got rocked hard and that is no punt intended but last Thursday a story broke about Harvey Weinstein, some of us may have never heard of him while others have, you may recognize the last name and both are one. Harvey was the co-founder of Miramax and the Weinstein company, which have produce number of movies. But last week a story broke that accused Harvey of sexual harassing and assaulting and even raping women over three decades.
On October 5th, Megan Twoney and Jody Kantor published an Expose in the New York times accusing Harvey of these crimes and five days later, American writer Ronan farrow who is the son of Woody Allen stated the number of women was 16. 13 of them were harassed while the other 3 were raped, he also stated that he wanted to break the news sooner but his company NBC News told him not to. A Possible cover up there just maybe. Because of this Harvey wife of ten decided it was enough and left him.
You may ask why are we hearing about this just now? In these reports, it was stated that Harvey spent a lot of money either paying the women off either in a settlement or on his own behave. Some actresses reported that when they turned Harvey down, he would drop them from any projects that they were in. However, two very large profile actresses came forwarding claiming Harvey of harassing them, those two are Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Brad Pitt stated he had tell Harvey to back off from his wife.
Many politicians, who Harvey donated to are now sending his donations to women organizations. Now Weinstein’s lawyer Lisa Bloom stated that her client denies any of the wrong doing that he is accused of but from criticism, Lisa announced that she would not be representing Harvey any longer, which as quit as she left, his new lawyer Charles Harder would be suing both the New Yorker and Times for causing this mess.
Rather he truly sues or not is a different story but the damage has been done. He was fired from the company that he helped started and his wife left him in a hurry, his public imagine is ruin and I am. This might cause a ripple in Hollywood because many actresses are speaking up while the actors who have worked with Harvey are staying silent or saying no comment, which maybe ticking the women off. This story is new and big so I am sure more details will come out as we get deeper into this.
By Paul Anthony
Let me start by saying I am a sports fan, I always have been and always will but the one sport I struggle to watch or even root for is Soccer, I don’t know if it’s because Pittsburgh doesn’t have a team just yet in the MLS but overall soccer which ranks as the number one sport in the world but here in north America it struggles to remain number 5 or 6 depending on NASCAR, but we want the league to grow and we hope it continue to grow. Usually viewership gets higher when the US National team does well in the World Cup or in the Olympics but this past Tuesday USA soccer took a step back and failed to qualify for next year world cup for the first time since 1986 and gets worse, much worse.
First let’s start with saying all they had to do was tie and they would be in but they couldn’t even do that and the worst part is they lost to the 99th ranked team in the competition. That’s right the US team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago which is one team by the way. This truly had to be a dark day for soccer now the team must wait until the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Even the MLS issued a statement saying this truly was a major setback for Soccer in the US.
No doubt this truly a dark time but for how long will it remain this way? Well let’s look a head the next Match the Us National team will play will be in 2019 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup then the following year will be the Olympics, so will two years be enough to reverse this trend? Because let’s be honest, this is a trend they were on for years. They peaked in 2002 but since that they failed to make 2012 and 2016 Olympics and now this.
Is talent really on the way? We like to think so we currently have a 19-year-old star in Christian Pulisic and there are others 19-year-old that are on the rise who should be tested and ready to go by 2022 but will this be enough?
I sure hope so because in the end I would see Soccer succeed but I doubt it will if the national team doesn’t step it up I believe ratings and viewership will fall and damn near kill the sport.
By Paul Anthony
In 1993 a Disney movie was released it was called Hocus Pocus, now the film wasn’t a hit in fact, it was nearly a flop. The budget was 28 million and the film only grossed 35 million. But like many films now it became a cult classic and had its own fan base, years began to pass and fans started to scream we want a sequel and it never happened. Recently rumors came up and it seems like part would finally be happening, well we all jumped the gun, it is true another film is finally happening but it’s not what we all want.
That is right Disney announced that another film was happening in the form of a remake and it gets better, it will better, it will be a TV Movie on their Disney channel. We know in a remake that there will be a new cast redoing the story but we haven’t heard if the original cast will make cameos but is this what we really wanted?
I truly haven’t watch anything new on the Disney channel, it seems like that channel has lost its steam with making good movies on that channel. I remember hits like Halloween town and High school musical and so on but nowadays the hits aren’t there and they want to do a film that people been dying for? This is a big risk, now Disney does a lot right with their films, I don’t think anyone can deny that but as Disney grew I believe the channel has become an afterthought. Now maybe it’s their way of getting people back to watching that channel. As much as I don’t want this remake to happen, when they release it I will be watching it, to see how good or bad it truly is.
Now I am disappointed that there won’t be a true sequel but at times when I watched the first film I wonder if Disney wanted to do a sequel they would have. I watched and I realize that the film was clear with being a one-time thing. We live in an era where fans want a sequel when there doesn’t need to be one. This is where remakes come in so studios can change some things around so they can produce those part two and threes.
So, what can we expect? Well the channel now caters to the young audience more than ever so expect the comedy to be for kids and forget the horror. Needless to say I think this film will disappoint us more than anything but hey we wanted it right?
By Paul Anthony
There is an old saying and I am sure you have heard of it, it goes a little like this once you do the crime you pay the time. We know a lot of people commit crimes and sometimes, they are crimes we just can’t forgive even with the time they have served. But if someone commits a crime and pays the time comes out and has a successful career shortly after but recently for some odd reason people decide to open old wounds and in this blog, I am going to talk about the time lime and outcome which is the frustrating part.
In 2001 in august a horror movie was released and the title was called Jeepers Creepers, the movie had a budget of ten million and made money it was a modest success which spawned a sequel just two years later which also had success and the studio got the greenlit make a part three, now it would take 14 years for the third film. Now for some odd reason there was controversy, people started to boycott this film but just this film and I wondered why.
The Jeepers creepers franchise has been directed by Victor Salva, now he has been directing films since 1986. Now here is where things become a little messy. In 1988 Salva pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious and oral sex with a person under 14. He made a tape of him having sex with a 12-year-old male actor from one of his films in his home, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison which he served 15 months and was off parole in 1992. Now this crime is unforgiven and sick on so many levels. I don’t know where to even begin but it is sick, what’s shocking is that he had a more productive career after the fact.
He will always have this on his record and it’s not going anytime soon, since his conviction he has directed 10 films, counting the Jeepers Creepers film series. Out of those ten films only one just one stirs up a big mess, but it’s not the film but the director’s nonsense which occurred twenty plus areas ago. Now I just don’t understand how his latest film stirs up a mess to get pulled but the people wanted this film pulled but not the previous 9 films that he directed. I must say the people who protested this film are nothing more than a hypocrite. I say this with passion that those people could have done this protesting years ago and could have stopped his career from happening but they didn’t. Look why now that is what I keep asking myself and I hope you are doing the same.
By: Justin Hopkins
Four years removed from an actual successful trip to straight-to- dvd Curse of Chucky. Cult of Chucky follows in its footsteps. Picking up four years later. Bringing back not only Fiona Dourif’s Nica Pierce, but also Child’s Play alumni Alex Vincent’s Andy Barclay. Was a little worried sitting down to watch. Thinking Curse may have been a fluke. Proving me wrong in a hurry though. Sticking to its horror roots, with graphic murders and dark humor. Adding an immense psychological thriller edge. Leaving you holding your breath. Trying to piece together what was going on, but stayed ahead until the stunning conclusion.
Beginning with Andy. Showing his date failing due to his dark past. Seeing him return home, where he was living in seclusion, with Chucky’s mutilated head, still alive, to torture. Meanwhile, after years of intense and electro therapy. Nica is transferred to a medium security institution. Caving to the belief that she had killed her family. Kind of cliche that the shrink would bring in a Good Guy Doll, but then Tiffany brings one in, and another shows up. Bodies begin to mount up quickly, and Nica starts to question everyone and everything around her. Whether she’s crazy or not, and if she’s not, then which doll, is a doll, and which is Chucky. With Andy racing to the rescue and more and more questions piling up. Blossoming into a shocking conclusion. With a Cameo from Summer H. Howell’s Alice and the Tiffany Doll from Bride and Seed of Chucky.
The settings were perfect in their simplicity. Majority taking place withing the institution. The pristine white wall and sanitary surfaces. Creating a sense of claustrophobia and distortion, despite being bigger then what it appeared. Subtly adding to the psychological aspect of how alone and outnumbered Nica was. To the confinement and tense atmosphere of the Psychiatrist’s Office and Patient’s Rooms.
The supporting cast did a wondeful job in the back. Zak Santiago, Elisabeth Rosen, Grace Lynn Kung, and the rest of the patients made you care enough to feel for them when their deaths come up. While you enjoyed seeing the Psychiatrist Michael Therriault get what was coming to him. Alec Vincent seemlessly stepped back into the role of Andy, and Brad Dourif added another awesome addition to voicing Chucky. Jennifer Tilly was fun to see. The real star of this movie was Fiona Dourif.
She nailed it as Nica in Curse and leapt leaps and bounds in Cult. Sucking you in to her world and made the audience feel every once of emotions she went through. Cheering her on when she got into trouble and despite the circumstances behind it; was delighted to see her get her vengence on her perverted, villainous Doctor. Showing she was a great addition and fully capable of carrying the film with her into the future.
Hats off to Don Mancini and everyone involved. The plot could have been a circus and ended in disaster and phoned it in, but produced a fantastic sequel, with plenty of room to keep going into the future. Check it out now on Netflix or Dvd.
By: Justin Hopkins
And that is the end of the 2017 MLB regular season, and what a second half we had. From thrilling finishes, records falling, and heartbreaking losses. An exciting way to cap an epic season, and no better way to start this blog, then with the records.
For the sixth time since 1942, three teams have finished with over a hundred wins; Cleveland Indians 102-60, L.A. Dodgers 104-58, and Houston Astros 101-61. While Houston seeks it’s first ever World Series win and the Cleveland Indians 22 undefeated streak well documented. The L.A. Dodgers hit a few roadblocks after the all-star game. Becoming the first team to not only win 15 out of 16, but lose 15 of 16. While we’re on the topic of 100. The Minnesota Twins are the first team to make the playoffs a year after losing over a hundred (59-103)
Homeruns were leaving the park at an all time high. Aaron Judge setting the Rookie marker with 52 homeruns and in the process took Babe Ruth’s record in Yankee Stadium with 33. If he can get his strikeouts down, 208, they won’t be the only homerun records he takes in his bright future.
On the National side, Giancarlo Stanton lead the league with 59 homers. Sparking the conversation over whether he should get the NL MVP, but in my opinion, that honor should go to Charlie Blackmon. Capturing the record for leadoff RBIs. Without his massive contribution the Rockies may not have been able to hold off the charging Brewers. He is a major reason Colorado is going to the post season for the first time since 2009, and that’s the sole definition of Most Valuable Player.
The hungry Chicago Cubs out to prove they are not a flash in the pan, pulled it together to win the National League Central, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in a highly contested America League East. First time Boston won back-to-back Division titles since Divisional Era began in 1969.
The season may be over, but the most exciting part is set to begin. Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, L.A. Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Colorado Rookies have all punched their tickets to the post season. Minnesota visiting New York gets us started tomorrow night. Where anything can happen and only one can take home the glory. This post season has lined up the a highly competitive, explosive post season.
By: Justin Hopkins
This past Sunday, we saw the monster of men, Braun Strowman fall short of defeating the beast incarnate, Brock Lesnar at No Mercy. In a decent back and forward match, that coulr have been much better, but what is more pressing, is what happens next.
As we saw on Monday Night Raw. He’s still rampaging his way through the locker room, and he shouldn’t be. Over with the crowd and immensely talented in-ring performer, but unless they are going to pull the trigger, no reason for him to keep chasing Brock. Especially since the Intercontinental Title may be a better suit.
First look at the current Champion. The Miz has just been a top tier talent on both Smackdown and Raw. Ability to talk has been second to none and in ring matches have all been good. Miztourage adding more to the conniving heel, whose been aiding him every step of the way, but that wouldn’t work against Braun. Rendering them helpless to stop The Monster of Men. The match would be easily 4 stars or higher, that would see Braun leave victorious.
The Intercontinental Belt has slowly regaining its once prestigious status as workhorse title. A title that was used to test the potential behind a superstar’s ability to carry a title on a main event level. Everything that he needs.
He’s never held a title. At one point he is going to make a dominate Universal Champion. Perhaps not a good first title reign. Make sure he can handle the responsibilities added by a title, and continue to draw the crowds.
Braun Strowman is too talented to carry on without a belt. Does things in the ring half his size do, can last forever in the ring, and the moment his entrance song his. People are on their feet knowing someone is going to get a beating. The Intercontinental Belt is almost screaming to be put on him.