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.