Thirty-One Days O’Horror!

Get Ready!

For the first time ever, yours truly will be embarking on a quest that will see him facing off against some of the best and worst horror films ever screened for audiences!  I’ve decided to challenge myself to watch thirty-one horror films and blog about each and every one of them for thirty-one straight days!


I’ll be including classics such as The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula as well as more recent films such as Curse of Chucky and The Woman In Black.  I’ll throw in some campier fare like Little Dead Rotting Hood and Abominable, as well as spooky family treats like Nightmare Before Christmas and The Haunted Mansion.


I also plan on revisiting films from my youth and my college years such as Sleepaway Camp, The Craft, Children of the Corn, and The Monster Squad.  I’m hoping to throw the recent It film into the fray, but that particular film isn’t guaranteed just yet.  I have a few days off of work coming up and I might manage to squeeze that particular film into the list.


As I watch each film, I’ll post a review of it afterwards.  I’ll briefly discuss the plot and then go into whatever catches my fancy about the film.  As of right now, my list primarily includes films that I’ve already viewed but a few will be new to my eyes.


Here is a list of eighteen films that I will definitely watch.  These films are not listed in the order that I plan to view them.

  1. The Wolf Man (1941)
  2. Dracula (1931)
  3. Little Dead Rotting Hood (2016)
  4. The Woman In Black (2012)
  5. Ravenous (1999)
  6. The Craft (1996)
  7. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
  8. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
  9. Curse of Chucky (2013)
  10. Abominable (2006)
  11. The Monster Squad (1987)
  12. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  13. Children of the Corn (1984)
  14. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  15. The Descent (2005)
  16. Interview With The Vampire (1994)
  17. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  18. Wolf Cop (2014)


As you can easily see, that’s not thirty-one films.  I plan on adding more soon, but I’m not going to tell you what they are because I’ve gotta squeeze a few surprises into the fray.  To whet your appetite, though, here’s a list of films that will potentially make the list.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to list them in the comments.

  1. It (2017)
  2. Critters (1986)
  3. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
  4. The Wicker Man (1973)
  5. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
  6. Kill, Baby, Kill (1966)
  7. Alien (1979)
  8. Motel Hell (1980)
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  10. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  11. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
  12. The Wraith (1986)
  13. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
  14. Silver Bullet (1985)
  15. Night of the Demon (1957)
  16. Tusk (2014)
  17. Halloween (1978)


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Starting October 1st, I’m going to be hitting y’all with a new post every day for thirty-one straight days.  I might get scared.  I might need a friend to come hang out with me and hold my hand.  Heck, I might have free beer!  Hold on tight, kids, October is going to be wild!



As always, thanks for reading.  Like I said earlier, if you have any suggestions for films, let me know.  I’ll definitely try to add them to the list.  Oh, and I might throw in a few surprises as well like a double feature or special features reviews!


Boldly Streaming

Accessing Space

Sunday evening I, along with many others like me, settled in for an evening of television wonder that we haven’t had a fresh view of since 2005.  CBS was granting everyone the opportunity to view the first episode of their newest vision of Star Trek with the premier of Star Trek:  Discovery.

The events of the series take place roughly ten years before Star Trek: The Original Series and about one hundred years after Star Trek:  Enterprise.  A whole new batch of characters will be introduced during the series, with just a few of them getting screen time in the first two episodes.

!!There be spoilers below!!  Warning!


Sonequa Martin-Green is the lead actress on the series.  She portrays Commander Michael Burnham.  Along for the ride in the first episode is another primary character, Science Officer Saru (the brilliant Doug Jones), the always-available-when-you-need-a-Spock-connection Sarek (portrayed by James Frain this time around), and the excellent Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou.

After a brief tease of the new look Klingons (the rigidly talking T’Kuvma, portrayed by Chris Obi), we find the captain and her number one on the surface of a desert planet.  Their mission is to pop a hole in a well that has dried up in order to provide a water source to an alien race before they all die of dehydration.  This reminded me an awful lot of the Enterprise’s mission at the beginning of Star Trek:  Into Darkness where Spock freezes a volcano in order to save a race from being completely destroyed.  It also reminded me of The Waterboy.


After successfully striking water, the duo trek off into the desert.  Burnham questions the captain’s directions as they appear to be wandering around an awful lot, but they are actually making tracks that form the Starfleet insignia and the captain references it as being a “star” to aid her ship, the USS Shinzhou, in finding their coordinates.  It’s obvious that there is a lot of trust and respect built between these characters.  This will be tested later in the episode.


As the episode moves along, the Shinzhou pushes out to the edge of Federation space in order to investigate a damaged satellite and discover an unknown entity.  In a very Trek-like manner, interference renders the ship’s technology almost useless and Burnham volunteers to jetpack over to the entity and investigate.  Realizing that it is Klingon and then realizing that there’s a Klingon behind her as he’s about to attack, Burnham makes a dash to escape and accidentally kills the Klingon.

She is then rescued by her fellow crew members and takes a radiation-exposure forced nap for about three hours.  When she awakens, and against the wishes of her doctor, Burnham returns to the bridge to reveal her findings to the captain.


The show then starts to pick up pace and a stand off with the Klingons begins.  The Klingons, headed up by T’Kuvma, reveal their cloaked ship and send out a beacon calling for the other Klingon houses to join with them.  It’s at this point that Sarek is called upon by Burnham for counsel.  In what seemed out of character to me, Sarek mentions giving the Klingons a “Vulcan Hello.”  This is an “attack first to establish your role” strategy that the Vulcans began to use after their initial meeting with Klingons resulted in the death of all aboard their ship.  Sure, Sarek didn’t technically tell Burnham to use this strategy, but he definitely didn’t discourage her, either.  Georgiou seeks the advice of the Federation and it is made clear to her that they should do nothing until more Federation ships arrive.

The captain and XO have a confrontation over what should be done, and in a very hard to stomach way (especially considering how the pair seemingly respect each other), Burnham uses a Vulcan nerve pinch to subdue the captain and makes an awkward attempt at firing on the Klingon vessel which, thanks to Lt. Saru confronting the XO, never comes to fruition.  Georgiou appears on the bridge, phaser in hand, reclaiming her ship.  Burnham is arrested and then a poop ton of Klingon vessels arrive on the scene and… have to pay to see the rest.

I left out the bits where we learn that Burnham was raised by Sarek whenever her parents were killed by Klingons and the flashbacks we get of their deaths and of Burnham attending the Vulcan Academy in order to shorten my summary, but they should be noted here as they are important to the story.


So, what did I think of the episode?  Well, to quote Kaylee from Firefly, it was definitely “Shiny.”  It’s very obvious that a lot of money (around eight million per episode) was put into the production of the show.  The bridge is extremely slick and reminds me a lot of J.J. Abrams’ vision of the bridge from his films (all the way down to lens flares), but it also appears that the maintenance man has been slacking on the job considering how dark the bridge is all of the time.  I also liked the overall design of the Shinzhou (but not of the Klingon vessels).


The external shots in space looked brilliant. Heavy on CGI, but still beautiful in their presentation, these shots were some of my favorite things about the show.  Overall I would give the cinematography an “A” for a solid job.

The acting was hit and miss.  Doug Jones seemed to have a solid grasp of Saru, and portrayed the character as both intelligent and skittish (with good reason).  He reminded of C-3PO, but not as mouthy.  Michelle Yeoh’s performance was okay, but her line delivery was very stiff, especially during her desert scenes with Sonequa Martin-Green.  Martin-Green’s character was all over the place.  For someone that was raised on Vulcan, she’s extremely emotional and a bit erratic.  Yes, I know that her parents were killed by the Klingons, but that doesn’t explain why someone who supposedly learned so much self control from the masters of self control would fly off the handle and attack her beloved captain.  I also didn’t care for James Frain as Sarek.  His body language hinted at, you guessed it, emotions, and I just could not fully buy into him as a Vulcan.  The Klingons were extremely stiff as well, and spoke as if they were falling down stairs and grunting with each smack on the steps.  Hopefully these misses were a result of poor direction and they were remedied in the second, pay-to-see episode with a different director, Adam Kane, at the controls.

The episode ended on a cliffhanger.  I’m one of the few people that defended the cliffhanger ending of The Walking Dead last year during the season split, but I felt that the Discovery cliffhanger was a snub at fans unwilling to pay for CBS All Access, the streaming service that will be the exclusive home of Star Trek:  Discovery in the United States for the time being.  It’s as if CBS wanted to give us a taste of the show in the hopes that we would all spring for the service to see what happens next, but what I saw wasn’t impressive enough for me to take the plunge.  I also see it as a disservice to potential new fans of Trek, as they might not want to pay for a service in order to see the rest of a series based on just one episode.  Oh, and they only gave us one episode, so that’s what my judgment is base upon.

I have a few friends that paid for the service and witnessed the second episode, but I didn’t buy into the service.  No, I’m not one of those old dusty Trekkies that demands that their Trek be free to all and I don’t judge anybody that did pay for the service.  I simply feel like CBS is trying to put the success of their three-year-old (and unimpressive) streaming service on the backs of Star Trek fans that have been with the series for a long time.  We are all well aware of how loyal Trek fans can be.  We know how finicky they can be as well.

There will always be hardcore fans that will accept and love any Trek put in front of them.  I can see the CBS heads sitting in a room envisioning the stereotypical Trekkie, living at home with his/her parents, with a pile of cash that doesn’t go to a mortgage, food, kids, or any other expenses.  It’s just sitting there begging to be spent on entertainment.

You and I know that this stereotypical vision just isn’t true for most fans of Star Trek.  I’m sure that there are plenty of Trekkies out there with expendable income, but I’m betting that the majority of them have a mortgage or rent, a car note, credit card bills, possibly a student loan, children and a spouse, or any other of a multitude of expenses that come first.  Yes, it’s just six to ten bucks a month, but $120 can be spent on things that are much more important than another streaming service.

I’ll patiently wait for the series to be released on Blu-ray or on the U.S. version of Netflix sometime in the future.  I won’t scream bloody murder if anybody spoils any episodes either.  I’m fully aware of what I’m missing out on, I just wasn’t impressed enough to pay for CBS All Access in order to see more episodes.

As always, thanks for reading.  I know that many of you have a different opinion, so please tell me what that opinion is in the comments section.

Live long and prosper.



Louisiana Comic Con 2017!

A Long Time Ago….

Almost exactly one year ago to be exact, I attended Louisiana Comic Con 2016.  Due to real life, surprises, scheduled events, and all out chaos, the very same convention became my first within a year’s time.  Now, I didn’t forget that I attended Calcasieu Serial Fest just a few weeks ago, but I don’t consider that particular event a convention.  It’s a festival, a celebration of all things cliffhanger (and I highly recommend you attend next year).  Louisiana Comic Con, on the other hand, isn’t as niche-focused.  Nope, it’s a celebration of all things geek, and the 2017 edition was just as fun as last year’s event.


Last year’s event featured the Library Bards, and I managed to get a peck on the helmet from Bonnie Gordon (pictured above)!  That alone made 2016 a pretty special event, so 2017 had to blow the roof off of the Cajundome!  In all fairness, though, a kiss from Bonnie is pretty tough to beat, so I went into this year’s event with the hope that I’d at least have a lot of fun.  I did.


A few months ago, it was announced that Shannon Purser (poor Barb from Stranger Things) would be attending the convention.  Since I’m a pretty big fan of that show, and really loved Barb, I was excited to attend the event.  Unfortunately she had to cancel because of some awards show (The Emmy Awards or something **sarcasm activate!**) and couldn’t make it.  While it broke my heart that my favorite best friend in all of TV history wasn’t going to be able to be at the event, I totally understood why she would be absent.

Just a few days after her cancellation, though, Louisiana Comic Con upped the ante and announced Sean Astin as her replacement.  I basically grew up watching this guy grow up on the big screen, so I was excited to see that he was added to the show.  Along with him were a number of other screen and voice actors including Barry Bostwick, Jason David Frank, Michael Biehn, Cherami Leigh, and Tiffany Vollmer.  Also in attendance were pro wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts, legendary screenwriter John Russo, multiple cosplayers, and comic artists such as Rob Guillory and Greg Burnham.  There were many more guests in attendance as well.

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I arrived at the event around 9:30 on Saturday morning.  There were two lines.  One was for those that had prepaid and already had their tickets and the other was for those of us who had to purchase tickets on site.  Despite being rather long, the line for “day of” purchasers moved quickly (as it did last year).  Once I got inside the venue, it was reasonably crowded, but with plenty of elbow room to go mobile when needed.  The Spidey Team, Krewe du Moon (a Sailor Moon fan/cosplay group), the 501st (Star Wars fan group), and other fan groups lined the hallway.  Corporate sponsors like 106.3 Radio Lafayette were also on hand.


My friends from Orion’s Envy were also at the event and I finally got to check in with them for the first time in a year.  It was good to see them in full force once again!  There were also a number of excellent costumes on display at the event.  Everybody from Deadpool to Eric Cartman was represented to varying skill levels.  Some of my favorites included Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the soon-to-be-legendary Batfam (in my featured photo).  It also looked as if the vendors were doing nicely on the main floor as well.  Toys and t-shirts were prevalent, but there were also plenty of comics vendors, custom item vendors, and Man Made Soap on hand with plenty of wares to purchase.


There were also some excellent panels at the convention.  I attended a few of them and one of my favorites was “Basics of Modding A Nerf Gun For Steampunk with Cajun Moon Creations.”  Miss OoLaLa, Brigette Rose, was there for the assist.


I was unable to attend the After Party on Saturday evening, and life called me back for Sunday, so I was only able to attend one day of Louisiana Comic Con.  With that said, though, I’ll definitely be back next year!  Be sure to click on the links to read about last year’s event and to show a little support to the Louisiana-based artists and cosplayers I mentioned in the post.  Also, feel free to share this post with anybody that I might have talked about here.  I’d love for them to know that this little nobody showed them some love.

As always, thanks for reading.  I don’t want to commit myself to any upcoming conventions at the moment, but I REALLY want to make it to at least two events that are coming up next year.  Those events are CyPhaCon and Southern Geek Fest.  As we get closer to those events, I’ll definitely post about them.  Until next time, stay hungry my friends!




“We Need No Longer Fear The Banana”

Space….The Not So Serious Frontier

I’ve never really been a fan of the work of Seth MacFarlane.  Outside of Cosmos:  A Spacetime Odyssey, there hasn’t been much that he’s cranked out over the years that I’ve truly come to love.  Yes, I’ve seen a few episodes of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, and I’m aware of his work as a producer, writer, singer, and cartoonist, but his style of humor just doesn’t sit well with me.

With that being said, I was pretty excited whenever I saw the first teaser trailer for The Orville.  It looked like it might be a tongue-in-cheek nod to classic Star Trek and perhaps even Galaxy Quest.  With Star Trek:  Discovery not really impressing me with its first looks, I hoped that The Orville would fill the ever growing void in my life for decent science fiction that wasn’t all doom and gloom all of the time.


While I’ve only seen the first episode, “Old Wounds,” I’ve already been pleased with what I’ve witnessed.  The brightly colored sets, diverse characters, humor, and cast inject some much needed happiness in a genre that seems to only get bleaker with each year. One of my biggest gripes with modern science fiction is that too much of it focuses on the negatives in society and makes those negatives even more despicable.

The Orville still seems to be willing to deal with current issues, but on a much lighter plane of existence.  The original Star Trek series gave us hope for a brighter future.  Most science fiction that has followed that series (including some episodes of the many Star Trek shows and films that followed) shattered that hope.  The first episode of The Orville tackles failed relationships, and does so with laughs and understanding.

The episode deals with Captain Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) being cautiously given command of the Orville despite having a terrible year.  At one time considered a top notch prospect for command, Mercer’s inability to come to terms with his broken marriage completely derails all of his prior successes.  Once in command, he soon learns that his first officer is none other than his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrienne Palicki).  This leads to immediate tension between the duo.  There’s so much tension that it boils over into their regular work days aboard the ship.  It even spills over into their first confrontation with a villain, the Krill race, whose looks remind me a lot of the primary villain, Krall, from Star Trek Beyond.  Whether the Krill and Krall are intentionally similar, I do not know.


This is Krall from Star Trek Beyond.  Just wait until you see the Krill in The Orville!

As the episode played out, I saw plenty of nods to the original Star Trek series and TNG as well.  A research facility that is actually researching things for the betterment of all people, crew members that reminded me of characters such as Data, Worf, Bones, and even ol’ Tom Paris, and that light humor that seemed to bleed through every episode of the original series without getting in the way of whatever moral Gene and company was trying to get across each week.


THE ORVILLE: L-R: Seth MacFarlane, Penny Johnson Jerald, Adrianne Palicki, Halston Sage and guest star Brian George in THE ORVILLE premiering this fall on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: F

I’ve already grown attached to some of the characters despite only getting to know them in less than an hour.  Scott Grimes (my childhood hero from Critters) portrays Gordon Malloy, a hot shot pilot that ends up ruining his own bright career (sorta like Paris, right?) but gets a second chance on the Orville. I really enjoyed his character.  He’s the likeable jerk that I’m sure will turn into a hero sooner or later.  Then there’s Halston Sage as Alara Kitan, a member of the Xelayan race, who is extremely young (Chekov?  Maybe Wesley Crusher?) and inexperienced, but manages to save the day a couple of times.  She also has a whole Superman thing going with her strength and leaping abilities.  Then there’s Isaac (Mark Jackson), an AI that sounds an awful lot like Data.  Instead of wanting to become more human, though, he seems to be content with thinking himself better than the others.


Yeah, THAT Scott Grimes from Critters (pictured here with the lovely Dee Wallace Stone) portrays Malloy.


Don’t underestimate Alara.


Isaac’s voice reminds me of Data…..a lot.

Other cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Finn, who has a bit of an attitude with the captain that hints at Dr. McCoy from ST: TOS, Peter Macon as the no nonsense Lt. Commander Bortus (who looks sort of like a Klingon but with the mentality of a Vulcan), J. Lee as John LaMarr, the ship’s navigator, and Victor Garber as Admiral Halsey, the man who gives Mercer a second chance after being convinced by another character in the series.


The Orville Ship.

I also want to add how impressed I am by the production of this show.  The special effects are top notch and the music is wonderful.  It is apparent that time and care was taken with the production of the show.  That shows me that MacFarlane put everything into this show.

Will the series succeed?  In all honesty I cannot say because I’ve only watched one episode.  What I saw showed a lot of promise, but it’s going to take a few more episodes for the show to really find its groove in my opinion.  The audience should be interesting considering the fact that MacFarlane attracts fans of sophomoric shows like Family Guy and his more grounded and intelligent work on Cosmos.  I can’t wait to see the next episode and I hope that this show flourishes.

Thanks for reading my post.  If you saw The Orville and want to chime in, hit the comments section.  I’m headed to Louisiana Comic Con this weekend in Lafayette, so say hello to me if you see me at the event!  I plan on writing another post this week with more info on this event!