After the events of the first episode Kelly has run off to her parent’s place to find out why her mother is home…this is after six months of her being dead may I add. Both Ash and Pablo decide to go after Kelly because she has the Book of the Dead. The question is this…is Kelly’s mother a Deadite (the flesh-possessing demonic spirits mentioned in the first blog) like Ash suspects she is or is she really back?
During the last episode we are introduced to Amanda Fisher (played by Jill Marie Jones). She is a local investigative cop who encountered a Deadite when she responded to a call about a woman screaming at a property in town.
I think I will award the storyline a C because there was only a little progression within the storyline.
As you might have worked out already, Kelly finds out that her mother is in fact dead and a Deadite. This prompts her to join Ash and Pablo on their journey to try and stop the Evil Dead from successfully rising and destroying all humanity…just the usual thing that anyone would do when both her parents are dead because of the Evil Dead.
I wanna give character development a solid B because of Kelly’s determination to eliminate the fuckers that killed her parents.
There aren’t many themes explored within this episode, the only thing that I would comment on is that there is a strong drive for good to triumph over evil.
I’m going to give a C this time because the theme of good triumphing over evil is very evident within this episode.
-The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore-
Four words describe the use of blood and gore in this episode…’over the fucking top’ and I love it. We all know that to kill a Deadite, you have to lop of the head and when ya using a chainsaw there will be blood and lots of it. I have noticed, thus far, that when someone gets killed someone will be wearing a shit load of blood.
There was a little use of scares, within the episode, but it wasn’t a huge thing. I don’t think that matters though.
I will be awarding the scare factor and blood and gore an A because I love that blood.
There was some comedy within this episode but I felt that it wasn’t nearly as good as the first episode. Now I realise that this is something that pick up as the series goes on but comedy is a pivotal part of Evil Dead as a whole so it felt a little weird.
I am going to give comedy effect a C because let’s face it, there wasn’t that much comedy within this one.
Overall I will be awarding this episode with a B. Until next time. Tim.
Australia was the first country to be able to access the very first episode of this much anticipated series on (Halloween) and boy did it not disappoint. It has been only in the past year that I have actually sat down and watched the series of movies and I am glad that I took the time to do it because it is freaking hilarious.
We will explore five different points. These are:
• Character Development
• Themes explored
• The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore
• Comedy effect
To each point I will award a grade, A through to F.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) has pretty much spent the last 30 years avoiding the repercussions of the events that led to him finding a book (The book of the Dead) and recordings that summoned flesh-possessing demonic spirits…. flesh-possessing demonic spirits that were hell bent on bringing the apocalypse.
It was midway through doggy-styling a woman he picked up in the local bar (typical Ash may I add), the woman turns into one of these flesh-possessing demonic spirits and pretty much warns him of the impending doom that is to come. It is at that point that he runs home to find remnants of pot within the Book of the Dead and a memory is triggered where he and a young adult woman got high and the both of them read from the cursed book.
I will be awarding the storyline a B because it really is just a continuation of the storyline that Evil Dead and the remake (Evil Dead 2) set up all those years ago.
As I mentioned before, Ash hasn’t really changed that much. He is still very immature and vain but I believe that is the appeal of the character. We are introduced to his two work mates, Pablo (played by Ray Santiago) and Kelly (played by Dana DeLorenzo) and both of them assist Ash, in some way, with the Deadite plague. Meanwhile Amanda (played by Jill Marie Jones) is responding to a call that the police received about a woman screaming at a property in town…little does she know what danger awaits her.
I will be awarding character development a C because there wasn’t much there at all.
There aren’t many themes explored within this episode, I guess that overall theme might be that you can’t escape your past.
In saying this, I think I will award themes explored a D as there isn’t much substance there.
-The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore-
There are plenty of moments, throughout this episode, where there were some pretty crazy shit happening. They weren’t really shy with showing the devastation that a gun and a chainsaw can do on a person.
I will be awarding the scare factor and blood and gore an A because damn was it violent.
This episode is rife with comedy and comedic action, especially within the horror scenes. Ash is as sassy as ever and the comedy is used with great effect.
I will be awarding the comedy effect an A because this episode was funny as fuck.
Overall I will be awarding this episode with a B. Until next time. Tim.
The Squeamer stood in front of a small but cheerful crowd at this years MQFF (Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2015) Weds March the 25th at the Kino in Melbourne, Oz :
‘So is there more to Lesbian and Bi girls then just dying horrible deaths in the movies? Are gay ladies just there to whet the appetite of the hetero male viewer for girl on girl action? Do Lesbians like horror movies, and why? And what do we think of our Sapphic Sisters on the Silver Screen? Is it important that women make them? Movies will be discussed and much fun will be had as we explore and expose the state of women who love women in the gore, in the cult and thriller films we so adore!’
‘Sonja Hammer has been producing and presenting a live radio show called Sci-Fi and Squeam for 5 years. It is one of the longest running LGBTIQA science fiction, speculative fiction and horror genre shows on air broadcast from JOY 949 in Melbourne. In 2013 Sonja started the first LGBTIQA Geek panels at a mainstream pop-culture expo, calling it
Queer Geeks of Oz discussing and representing queer geek folk in pop culture and making it a safe place for queers to meet’
It was fun, and I think everyone who showed..and stayed after the movie Lyle by Stewart Thorndike…had a good time, or they seemed to show appreciation and laughed in most of the awkward moments!
Here is the video by Sebastian Mittelman, with assistance by Jimmy Twin and audio FX by Ross Bryant
Spoilers be here. Enter at yer own risk mateys!
Director Luc Besson has done a few Science Fiction and Fantasy movies. The most obvious is The Fifth Element (1997), with Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. Less well known is The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec (2010), based on the book of the same name. I saw this one recently and it translated to a movie which seemed less than the sum of its parts.
Lucy on the other hand, despite the inaccurate science, delivers on a number of fronts.
The first is presenting us with a strong female lead, in Scarlett Johansson whose filmography is seemingly now stuffed with strong female characters, including Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, the nameless alien in Under the Skin, and now Lucy.
The movie opens a’la 2001 with apes on the savannah and a montage of imagery bringing us to the present day. The entire movie hinges on a single conceit: that humans only use a small percentage of our brains.
Lucy is a normal young woman who’s fallen in love with a man who turns out to be a drug runner. It is the beginning of her troubles when he emotionally blackmails her into delivering a case into a hotel.
Scarlett plays the very vulnerable, naive young woman with as equal vigour as the woman she becomes. An experimental drug is introduced to her system thanks to a violent encounter with another man. The drug causes an extreme reaction, not just because it was sewn into Lucy’s body as a way to smuggle it into another country. But far from merely killing her, it begins to expand her consciousness and awareness of the world and universe around her. From here on, we get full screen status reports of how much of Lucy’s brain is now being accessed.
The chase movie begins at this point.
Lucy needs to find (a) the other drugs to complete her journey to become a god, and (b) someone who can help her. The first part is easy thanks to the help of law enforcement and Amr Waked, a Paris detective. The second is achieved with the help of Morgan Freeman’s Professor Norman who is the pre-eminent brain scientist on the planet.
But there’s enemies afoot, namely Mr Jang (Min Sik Choi) the head honcho of the drug cartel that Lucy finds herself embroiled with. He’s got money riding on the delivery of the drugs and since Lucy has gone AWOL and massacred his drug runners, then had the audacity to go to the cops and round up the other drug mules, he’s rather hoping to teach her a lesson.
What happens next is really for you the viewer to find out. What I will say is that the movie is a well executed adventure with villains who might be regarded as cartoony in nature. However, Lucy is all about the ride, and Luc Besson doesn’t disappoint. We’re propelled through the movie at a rate of knots; as Lucy’s brain power expands, so too does the movie accelerate until, finally we’re delivered an answer, and a cliffhanger preceded by guns and explosions.
To be sure, Lucy is not the most scientifically accurate movie out there. However, I’d argue that of the science fiction movies that are continually churned out by Hollywood, it’s better staged, better scripted and better directed than just about anything else (bar, perhaps, the seminal Gravity). It delivers on its premise with a clever and engaging script and doesn’t drop the ball.
I’m giving this 4/5 with a point drop because we really don’t only use a small part of our brain.
Lucy is available on DVD on the 4th of December 2014.
This is Tim here from Tim’s Grades. I wanted to let you all know that I am taking a break for the next few weeks due to personal issues. I will be coming back though.
Stanley is attempting to procure one of the freaks so he can kill them and sell it to the American Morbidity Museum. Although, Maggie has to remind him to be cautious in concealing his sexual identity (which happens to be gay) because if any of the town folk finds out then he could be treated in a worse manner to those in Elsa’s circus. Taking note of her advice, he visits Elsa and tries to convince her to go with him to work in television. Of course this goes pair-shaped and she refuses.
Dandy must also get his fix of murder, so he pays a sex worker to venture with him to Twisty’s old place and he stabs him with a knife…over and over again. He is still alive after getting one arm cut off and being stabbed a good 30 times.
There are a few bits where it had to me like “is that a day dream or are they really dead?” so for this reason I am awarding the storyline a B because it was very good.
Probably the person that stands out, in regards to character development, would be the young Dandy. In the previous episode you see him murder his house keeper and once his mother discovers the body, he begins to cry and scream…but in actuality he doesn’t give a shit about the family of the house keeper as he does not have the least bit remorse from the murder that he has committed.
Another character that has positive progression would be the character of Desiree. She finds out something that changes her whole perspective on her gender identity as well as her life as she knows it. This revelation prompts her to leave Dell, leaving Dell with a sore taste in his mouth. What makes matters worse, for Dell, is that his emotions are high due to his indecision about what he wants in life…more specifically, his sexual identity.
Things are getting juicy and I am liking where things are going when it comes to character development and it is for this reason that I will award this section an A.
-The themes explored-
I noticed a number of themes within this episode.
• Mental health/psychiatric issues
There are a number of points within this episode where jealously was an issue. The first time was the conversation that Stanley and Maggie had where they devised that they would murder one the freaks in order to obtain the money that is on offer from the American Morbidity Museum. The way in which they attempt to obtain said freak was through the manipulation of feelings and desires of various different people within the camp.
Dandy’s mother, Gloria, speaks of the issues that come with being a part of a household that has, in the past, married within the family. She says this is the reason as to why Dandy has been experiencing fixations on death and killing and that it is the curse of inbreeding. This sheds light on the issue of mental health. I would say that it is a pretty extreme case…but hey it is a horror story after all.
I am giving this episode a B for the themes explored.
In this episode there is blood and gore aplenty. The stabbing and eventual dismembering of Andy’s character is very graphic and looks very real. So don’t be eating at the same time as watching this one.
I am going to be giving this episode an A for blood and gore because who doesn’t like seeing a whole arm being thrown into a tub of acid?
-The scare factor-
Dandy is beginning to creep me out. It’s something that hasn’t occurred previous to this point. I am really enjoying how his character is taking over from Twisty. If you’re squeamish about blood or dismembered body parts then I would recommend skipping those scenes within the episode. It will probably give you nightmares.
I will be giving this episode a B grade for scaring me that little bit.
Over all I will award this episode a B grade.