Ten Years of the Madness, Week THREE

Ten Years of the Madness, Week THREE

Sorry, Team Good Guy, but real life has gotten in the way this Madness, with a business launch and trying to get my health in order. But I will keep pushing for a big final week. Between the Romero marathon and TWD on Sunday, I’m pretty zombied out.

Haunts/Dark Rides: 6 points

Haunted Castle – Fort Wayne: I expected this to be pretty tame because it is put on by the Boy Scouts organization. Boy, was  I wrong. I was (not so) pleasantly surprised by having to get in a coffin TWICE. I won’t say how that ended in case someone else wants to go there.

Black Forest – Fort Wayne: Supposed to be scarier than Haunted Castle, but I have to disagree.

Haunted Jail – Columbia City: This was supposed to be more hardcore and I hate to say it, but was kind of lame, at  least the “regular” tour as opposed to the lengthier VIP, which costs $25. Nope, won’t go there again.

TV – 62 points

AHS: Cult
2017 Episode 7 (is that right?)
Time: 60 minutes
4 points
bonuses: current season

Summary: Crazy episode about that Valerie woman who shot Andy Warhol with perfect casting of Lena Dunham, who I LOATHE.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 1
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: most recent/current season

Summary: With its band of kid misfits, this whole series is so Stephen King it hurts, and unapologetically so.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 2
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Wynona Ryder is so perfect in this role, and another homage to the 80s in this series. We also meet the mysterious “Eleven.”
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 3
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: It’s not a proper horror film till someone loses their virginity. And way to abandon your friend,
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 4
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Is that body really Will or not? It’s a conspiracy theory that would make that Ancient Aliens dude proud.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 5
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Maybe someday people will learn not to mess with little girls with psychic powers. I mean, has no one seen Carrie?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 6
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: This “Upside Down” concept and forest is really cool and creepy. I’m totally digging it.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 7
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: It occurs to me with that Eleven is sort of the ET of this movie – a secret being kept hidden in the house by the kids, with big bad men trying to hunt her down.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 8
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: The season finale did not disappoint, but then I already knew that since this is my second go round before the new season kicks off. We need more retro insprited horror these days, from that golden age of Stephen King. Casting and performances were dead on.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 1
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Who cares what the teams did, because Shane West was a guest judge. I’d hit that everyday and twice on Sunday. All that and food porn for the win.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 2
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Robert Patrick isn’t hot like Shane West, and is looking a little rough, but he’s Robert freakin’ Patrick. And kind of scary.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 3
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Is Juliet Landau related to Martin? Has to be.Team members get in fight and the sugar person spends the whole time telling the guy “Don’t touch my sugar!” again and again. Painful.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 4
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: That goofy looking guest judge in the striped suit was responsible for Hannibal, the TV series? One cakemaker drops most of her cake but rebounds, while the sugar artist on another team (Scare Snacktics) nearly metls down when her “table breaks.”
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
S4E3
Time: 60 minutes
points: 1
bonuses: none

Summary: Repeat episode of Mummies vs Werewolves for final creation. As if mummies wouldn’t be CRUSHED by werewolves. Everyone knows this.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Ghost Adventures
2017, newest episode
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current Season

Summary: Second episode in Vicksburg MS, where I used to live. They set off cannons on a battlefield and hear gunshots while investigating. I have a feeling the family who owns the battlefield property may have been messing with them to turn their land into a big paranormal attraction.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Ghost Adventures
2017
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season repeat

Summary: Creepy mining town in the middle of nowhere Oregon and they were picking up human-like figures on thermal cams. This one seemed to be people messing with them as much as anything paranormal.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Ghost Adventures
Unknown, but not current season
Time: 60 minutes
points: 1
bonuses: none

Summary:Repeat of an older episode that they just ran last weekend from Utah – the building with a professional haunt and former nursing home. A really creepy location.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Movies – 36 points

The Crazies
2010
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero has a writing credit for this remake as well as the original
Summary: I generally hate remakes, but when you throw in Timothy Olyphant, i’m down. I love that man. He plays an awful lot of LEOs.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dawn of the Dead
1978
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary: I love this more than the black and white classic that made Romero famous. Sue me.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dawn of the Dead
2004
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary: Eh, this remake didn’t do much for me, although I’ve liked Sarah Polley since “Go.”
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Day of the Dead
1985
Time: 96 minutes
points: 6
bonuses: Romero

Summary: What the fuck is wrong with you people? They;re DEAD! They’re fucking DEAD and you people want to teach them tricks! (Sounds like Lizzie)
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Land of the Dead
2005
93 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary:I actually hadn’t seen this one before, and was impressed to see Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, and John Leguziamo. Zombie apocalypse survivors wall themselves in, and this ain’t Alexandria. Zombies develop intelligence. Uh-oh.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Diary of the Dead
2007
Time: 95 minutes
points: 6
bonuses: Romero

Summary: I am not a fan of found-footage movies, although to be fair, Romero did it before a lot of others did, and before so many directors were saturating the found-footage market to turn it into a bad cliche.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Unlike your characters, RIP George.

Syfy jumps on the zombie bandwagon with new series ‘Z Nation’

Syfy announced April 6 in a press release they will debut their own zombie horror show, “Z Nation,” this fall. The 13-episode series will focus on the struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?

The series will be produced by The Asylum, the company that brought us the pop culture phenomenon “Sharknado,” so this show might have a little more dark humor than that other zombie show, “The Walking Dead.” Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Karl Schaefer — whose previous credits include “Eerie Indiana,” “Eureka,” and “The Dead Zone” — will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

“‘Z Nation’ will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” said Schaefer in the press release. He also said the show adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

It isn’t clear whether the show will play up any humor, but Syfy’s Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, said it wouldn’t be as bleak as other zombie series, without specifically naming the show he was obviously referring to.

“‘Z Nation’ is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”

“Z Nation” will pick up the story three years after the apocalypse, where survivors have found one person who seems immune to the zombie virus, and holds the key to a cure in his blood. But it won’t be that simple, because apparently our potential world-saving hero has a secret he’s keeping from those trying to transport and protect him.

 

Tonight on TV: ‘The Walking Dead’ (spoilers)

Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) dropped a major bombshell last week at the end of “The Walking Dead,” when she quietly confessed to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that she had killed the two members of the group and burned the bodies. You know… the motherly one. Who saw that coming?

You got some ‘splainin’ to do, Carol.

The obvious guess is it was her way of trying to contain the virus. Which obviously failed, giving us all new context to her behavior earlier in the episode when she told Tyreese (Chad Coleman) how sorry she was, how she’d check in on his sister for him and vented her frustration by kicking over water containers.

But how on earth does Rick handle this now? Now Carol is going off cockeyed and just doing whatever she wants without input from anyone else. How can he look Tyreese on the face knowing what he knows?

And speaking of Tyreese, he and the rest of his band of merry robbers on a mission to get antibiotics before people start doing ran into a little snag. Actually, more than a little… try a “superherd” of walkers stranding them by the roadside. And by superherd, I mean hundreds for as far as the eye could see down the road.

Will they get the medicine in time? And how do you think Rick will handle this info he just got dumped on him? Will he put his “symbolic hat” back on? (What the hell was Marilyn Manson on last week on The Talking Dead?”)

Check out the preview video, gallery photos, and the new episode tonight on AMC.

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Tonight on TV: ‘The Walking Dead’ spoilers

Prepare for all hell to break loose tonight on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” after a relatively peaceful premiere… except that whole zombies dropping from the sky thing. And when we left off at the end, we had one poor prison gang resident who seems to have died of some kind of mystery illness, and turned. While everyone else was still sleeping.

That just ain’t good.

A few mild spoilers:

Last week on “The Talking Dead,” producers already revealed that the proverbial poop is about to hit the fan, and that the premiere was a set up of how peaceful things have been, so they can tear that peace to shreds. They also dropped a bomb by revealing that there is an illness and an airborne one at that, so a deadly illness sweeping through, killing people and causing them to turn as all the dead do without a bullet to the brain… well, that’s a problem that could make the Governor look tame.

They also dished a bit on romance rumors for Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rather uncomfortably long hug with Beth (Emily Kinney.) Is it misdirection for a hook up with Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), or are Beth  and Daryl maybe the next love match?

I suppose that’s all pretty frivolous thinking when you have a walker running loose in the prison compound turning god-knows-how-many-people before he’s discovered, and from the looks of  the video clip below, they don’t seem to discover him right away, unless this is after that crisis.

What do you think will happen tonight? How many will die before they discover this guy? Will Daryl get lucky? And where is that pesky Governor?

Check out the video and photos from this episode of “The Walking Dead” in the gallery below.

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Tonight on TV: The Walking Dead premiere (spoilers)

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Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride). Photo Credit:Gene Page/AMC

Fans of the AMC phenomenon “The Walking Dead” finally get their fix tonight as Season 4 kicks off. Now, mild spoilers may ensue below, but first of all, let’s talk about that photo above. After some dynamic, uh… tension between Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) in previous seasons, is this a friendly gesture, or a wee bit more?

Now, we don’t know where or when, but we do know you haven’t seen the last of the Governor and we’re getting some new characters this season. Rumor also has it one episode will follow the comic to the “T,” but no word on which one. But hey, you were planning on watching anyway, right?

Here’s an Episode 1 teaser trailer:

Wanna see some photos of tonight’s episode? Check out the gallery below and also check out the bonus video on what makes a badass, featuring Norman Reedus.If you want to a quick drinking game, I suggest you drink every time he says “badass.”

Tune in to AMC tonight for the premiere of “The Walking Dead” and don’t forget to watch “The Talking Dead” afterwards. And comment below on what you think will happen this season. Who will die? Will Daryl and Carol finally hook up? How will the Governor come back to wreak more havoc?

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