The Month of Spooks 2015 Finale

The Month of Spooks 2015

Hey there guys, how’s it going? I just wanted to come here and share this as a sort of send-off to “The Month of Spooks”. I had a great time watching some horror movies and reviewing them as part of October being the month of Halloween. And don’t worry, I plan on doing “The Month of Spooks” next year as well. And who knows, maybe I’ll involve you guys a bit more in it? But as we end this year’s edition of it, I thought it could be fun to recap what happened and also show this shitty picture I made that you see at the start of the post. If someone could make a better version of that and send it to me on twitter @TheMarckoguy, that would be pretty great. Now, let’s recap everything!

Reaper (2007 – 2009)
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First off, we had an unofficial start with my review of TV-show “Reaper”. While not ever referred as part of “The Month of Spooks”, I do still feel that it deserves a spot in this lineup since it is technically a horror-comedy. Sure, it leans more towards fantasy than horror, but you get my point. It still fits into “The Month of Spooks” because of horror-esque themes. Plus, I think it deserves a spot in anything thanks to Ray Wise as the most charming Devil of all time.

Oculus (2014)
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This next part of the lineup is the first movie review I did for “The Month of Spooks”. That’s right, the first review for it was “Oculus”, a movie about an allegedly evil mirror. And I really did like it since it had really good acting, great music, a great plot and genuinely scary mindfuckery. Also, Karen Gillan did a fantastic job faking an American accent. If I didn’t already know that she’s Scottish, I would’ve thought she was an American. So that’s always fun.

Carrie (1976)
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What happens when a sweet and innocent girl is bullied and antagonized to no end? Well in most cases she would commit suicide, but in “Carrie” she basically fucks everyone up with her psychic powers and it is quite interesting to watch. Sure, some aspects of the story felt a little sloppy in execution, but overall it was a good movie that I do recommend that you watch. And if you wanna know my thoughts on the remake, I haven’t seen it yet… but maybe I could od it for next year’s “Month of Spooks”.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
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Want to have your mind messed up? Watch “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Tim Robbins, directed by Adrian Lyne. Sure, there isn’t any other iterations of the story as far as I know, but I still wanted to point out the names of both of those guys because they both did a fantastic job with their respective parts in this movie. The movie is terrifically directed and Tim Robbins is fantastic as the main character, Jacob. And I thought the movie was scary. What can I say, psychological horror works well on me.

The Mist (2007)
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“The Mist” is the second movie we had for this month that is based on a Stephen King story. If you didn’t know, the first one was “Carrie”. And was this a good movie? I’d say so. Not great, but I do think that it is a good survival movie featuring a scary mist filled with evil, murderous monsters. Sure, Thomas Jane is not that strong an actor, but I wouldn’t say that he completely ruined the movie. But this movie was overall not the best type of horror movie. The strongest element of it was probably the terrific directing by Frank Darabont who also directed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” which both also are based on Stephen King stories. But I would say that it is a good watch if you just need some decent entertainment.

Psycho (1960)
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Yes, when including this classic in “The Month of Spooks” I had not yet seen it. But now I finally got the chance to see it and I fucking loved it. the story was suspenseful and Anthony Perkins gave one of the best performances ever as the obviously psychologically messed up motel keeper, Norman Bates. You know what’s interesting about Perkins in the movie? He was only 28 when playing Bates. That is pretty young for any actor giving an incredible performance. Great job, man!

Blade: Trinity (2004)
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Yes, I am aware that this isn’t a straight-up horror movie, but rather an action movie with horror elements to it, but it is still technically horror so it counts. Don’t like that? Blow me, or don’t, it’s up to you. Still, I inculded “Blade: Trinity” into “The Month of Spooks” and could therefore kill two birds with one stone. First off, it would be another entry into “The Month of Spooks”. Secondly, it would wrap up my series of reviews on the “Blade” series. And for the two of you who wonder: No, I will not watch and review the “Blade” TV-show because it seems like it’s a huge piece of shit. Which this movie is not, this movie is simply mediocre.

Alien (1979)
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This was the grand finale of “The Month of Spooks”, the big ending, the movie that would wrap it all up. And could it live up to that? Yeah, I’d say so. As I explained in my review of the movie, “Alien” was one of the first horror movies that I saw and actually enjoyed. And I think a lot of that comes from this not being your typical monster movie, but actually a smart and suspenseful atmosphere-building descent into death and a scary fucking space alien’s habits. The movie is scary, the movie is dark, the movie is violent and it is an absolute masterpiece. “Alien” was just the perfect movie to wrap up “The Month of Spooks”.

So did you enjoy my whole “Month of Spooks” thing? Any review you enjoyed reading more than the others? Please let me know. I will most likely do it again next year, and hopefully I’ll plan it out a bit better that time. And I was serious about the whole “If someone could make a better version of the opening picture, please make it and send it my way” thing. If you can use similar assets and make a similar picture of better quality/with more skill, that would be fucking great.

Well, I’m done. Happy Halloween, my friends!

Series Review: Reaper (2007 – 2009)

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The Devil went down to Georgia. He was lookin’ for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind. He was willing to make a deal
When he came across this young man sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot.
And the Devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said “Boy, let me tell you what.”

Ladies and gentlemen, this is… “Reaper”.

Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) is a slacker of the highest degree(ish). He basically had a pretty smooth ride through life. That all changes however when he on his 21st birthday finds out that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise) before he was born. So now Satan himself comes to take Sam’s soul. Or is he (cue “X-Files” theme)? While he isn’t coming to collect it in the literal sense, he still sort of does. Instead of instantly making Sam his slave or sending him straight to hell, the Devil makes Sam his very own bounty hunter who has to collect souls who have escaped from hell. And from that we get a “freak of the week” show that actually manages to weave it’s main plot into every episode perfectly. The best way I could explain the plot is that it is a mix of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Clerks”. Because, you know… Sam is a slacker who works retail with his friends who also takes down hellish beings. I can also say that they manage to weave so much humor perfectly into the plot as well despite the relatively serious idea. Don’t get me wrong, this show can be serious and actually do drama surprisingly well, but it also has some hilarious comedy in the plot. What can I say, it’s a perfect blend of stuff.

The characters in this show are all very colorful, interesting and really entertaining with their very varied personalities. Bret Harrison perfectly plays the character of Sam with both a mix of “What the fuck is going on” and “Well, I guess I have to save the day”. He doesn’t look like much but trust me, this guy got some serious talent. Tyler Labine plays his best friend and sidekick Sock and he is just awesome. Rick Gonzalez plays the third man in the gang, Ben, and he does a great job as well. Missy Peregrym plays Sam’s love interest, Andi. And you know what? She’s great too. She’s actually a great female character. You may have noticed that I saved one for a short while now. If you didn’t then you obviously didn’t read the last section where I mentioned “The Devil” who is played in this show by Ray Wise. And oh my god (I mean “Oh my Devil”) he is by far the best part of the show. Wise not only gives a really good performance but he also has some of the best, if not the best lines in the show. And Wise plays Satan perfectly! Every actor does in fact do a great job in this show.

I swear guys, I am looking for the person/people who did the score for the show because it’s really good and it would be fun to share it with you guys. So if you find them somehow then please share the info in a comment. However I can mention that the soundtrack to a pretty big extent is made up of licensed tracks that are really good and fit the not too serious tone of the show. It’s mostly rock/metal/punk songs and with my taste in music that means it’s pretty great. But if you hate those types of music, you might get annoyed with the use of the tracks in the show.

The writing for the show is excellent, with some surprisingly deep drama being created through the dialogue. And of course the writing is pretty fucking hilarious at the same time. The show also manages to create a pretty deep lore about the Devil and hell and demons and all things inbetween which I’m not gonna lie, impressed me a bit. They also got really creative with the escaped souls and the vessels Sam had to use to capture them with. Great job, writers of “Reaper”! It’s just so sad that the show got canceled so soon.

This show has gotten a little bit of mixed reception. On Metacritic (yeah, no Rotten Tomatoes this time) it has a score of 81/100. At least on season 1, season 2 has a lower score. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10.

“Reaper” is a show that caught me off-guard in every way with a surprisingly good plot, great characters and acting, a great soundtrack, good action scenes, surprisingly deep lore and some hilarious comedy. Time for my final score. O potens ultima signant, conjuro te. My final score for “Reaper” is a 9,93/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Reaper” is now completed.

I am the dark lord of asses!

The Month of Spooks

Hey guys, this is your captain speaking, if you look to your left you will see nothing of importance because you are most likely sitting in your room/office/house/apartment looking at your wordpress feed. Maybe you are also sipping on a nice cup of coffee, or tea if you don’t like the nectar of the gods. I know I am sounding a bit like an asshole, but we’re still gonna be friends by the end of this little post because that is how life is. Wow, this little bullshit section got a little longer than I expected it to, I need to cut down on the stupidity. Anyway, I have a few things to announce for this month we call October, A.K.A. the month of spooks.

First off, on the 29th I will give a little review/analysis of an episode of the TV-series “Tales From The Crypt” over at channelsuperhero.com, so look forward to that. And please check out and follow the blog because it is kind of awesome. They review superhero stuff all the time and it is always interesting to see their stuff. And while we’re at it, please check out flightstightsandmovienights.com because that is where we find the “bit of this, bit of that” stuff from the man who runs Channel Superhero.

Next thing I wanna mention is that I will bring you a review of the TV-show “Reaper” by this weekend. I usually never announce my reviews in advance because I usually tend to wing it with what I watch and review, so it’s even a bit of a surprise for me in that sense. However since I have been mainly watching “Reaper” for a few weeks straight I feel like I know that the review for the series will come and can therefore give you this heads-up.

Next up, since it’s October A.K.A. the month of spooks, I want to review some horror movies. Problem is, I don’t know which might be entertaining to watch and review. In other words, I want some “good” ones to watch. And to find these elusive movies I need the help of you guys. So I want you to suggest some good ones down in the comments. I can tell you this that I already know I will watch and most likely review “Oculus”. But like I said, I need more than that. However I will not review movies that I have covered in the past… good thing there are very few horror movies here. So “The Shining”, “1408”, “The Thing” and “The Sixth Sense” are out of the game. All other ones you can think of are good to go. Oh, I almost forgot; “Jaws” is also out of the game because that is not only one I have covered in the past, but also because it is a summer movie. Other than those… have fun with your suggestions! I am really looking forward to seeing some good ones from you!

Aaaaaand that’s about it. Really, I got nothing else to announce here. So I hope you have learned of something that sounds interesting to you. Maybe it’s my Tale From The Crypt which will come in the future or maybe it’s the horror stuff or maybe you just need me to talk about “Reaper”. Who knows? What I do know however is that I feel great about this month and I look forward to giving you guys some (hopefully) interesting content.

Welcome to the Month of Spooks!