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EVERYBODY DIES in MTV’s Scream: The TV Series

Ever since it was announced, I’ve been finding myself concerned for MTV‘s Scream: The TV Series. It may be because of my in depth review of the first film though, considering I called Scream one of the most important horror films of it’s time – if not all time! It’s not so much the series as a whole I’m worried about, but rather how is it going to translate from big budget film[s] to television? I’m not quite sure what kind of show MTV plans to deliver, but with the first episode releasing on June 30th, 2015; I’m becoming more and more curious as to how this show will all play out. As we learned in the Scream films, Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is fair game. And everybody dies – and this show seems no different, boasting murders at parties, and everyone being on the floor: either with slit necks, or knives in their heads! The odd thing about MTV producing this show is that Scream [the original film] was actually the winner of the 1997 MTV Movie Award for Best Picture. Another interesting thing to note about this new version of the series is that it doesn’t take place in the same town as the films, but rather a smaller town known as Lakewood. For those unfamiliar with Scream: The TV Series, I’ve included the synopsis below:


“After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a  killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.”


I love Ghostface just as much as everyone, but apparently the signature mask will NOT be appearing in the show…

Since we still have a month and a bit before it’s release, I find myself with a few questions involving the show: with the most important being: will the “rules” apply? Or will the series be, or feel, as comedic as the films felt at times? It’s something we will have to wait til the end of June to find out with ten episodes being made for season one. The show will be written by Jill Blotevogel, [who wrote a few episodes of 2002’s The Twilight Zone]  and will have Canadian Director Jamie Travis on board as well. This series was originally planned to be released in mid-2014, however, this was changed to Summer 2015 with the pilot episode being called Red Roses”.

Now the question is, are you excited for Scream: The TV Series? If you’re still not entirely sure how to feel about all this; check out the newest promo for the show, entitled: “Killer Party” below – it’s bloody, it’s vicious, and it looks [half-] decent so far. Let me know your thoughts about it in a comment or two! Also, if you found yourself to enjoy this piece, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click the “like” button on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links and pictures that will not be featured here on the blog.  So be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with family and friends!!

 

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film study: who did it better? — HATCHET [2006] vs MIRRORS [2008]

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Whether it’s about movies, sports, video games or pretty well anything, everyone has their own opinion on something; the only question is who agrees with them on that opinion. As always, we’re talking movies on warrenisweird but today is something I found a little special: in both the movies Hatchet and Mirrors there is a ‘jaw ripping’ death scene. While both are grotesque, [and fairly gory!] they both have their own “goods and bads” to them. in this edition of “who did it better?” we’re going to compare both scenes and I’ll give my final opinion of which one I personally prefer.. though my answer may be obvious! [also, if you like this idea of “who did it better?” posts, let me know in a comment! they could become a regular thing!] due to the nature of the topic at hand, spoilers are strongly implied.. so if you intend to see these movies, and haven’t yet — click away from this post. If you’re good for spoilers, let’s begin with the scenes!

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Let’s start with Mirrors — as seen above. The film [which happens to be a remake of the classic Korean film “Into The Mirror“] follows an ex-cop [now working as a security guard] who becomes the target of an evil force that uses mirrors as a way to kill people. The scene in question happens when the ‘mirror demons’ get to the main character’s sister, who happens to get attacked [in this such way] while preparing to bathe. The ‘jaw rip’ is grotesque, bloody as hell, and somewhat terrifying in the sense of the shaking camera, invoking her pain — making the scene seem almost more gritty, and raw. I enjoyed Mirrors as a whole [I enjoyed it a lot more than most critics did anyway] this scene, in my opinion, was certainly a high point for us gore-hounds.

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Now let’s switch to a film I know 100% more about: [and strongly recommend if you haven’t seen it already] Hatchet. this film follows a group of tourists that go on a New Orleans Swamp Tour, only to find out that the “ghost” from the ghost stories being told isn’t just a fairytale. This particular ‘jaw rip’ scene blew my mind when I first saw it on screen, it’s all done practically, [no CGI!] and you almost feel the pain — if only for a second — when the woman gets her mouth ripped open! What makes this scene so intense is the fact that the rip feels so real, and has an almost over-the-top feel to it; yet it just works so nicely, especially for the kind of film Hatchet [and it’s two sequels] becomes.


Both Hatchet and Mirrors were good films. they had their ups and downs but obviously I came into this post with my answer already set in stone: my personal favorite ‘jaw rip’ goes [easily] to Hatchet. It just has a better look to it, and it’s lack of CGI, which Mirrors had a lot of, [especially in the jaw rip scene..]just cemented my decision further. But that doesn’t mean that Mirrors was that bad of a film: it is still enjoyable, and sits on my DVD shelf along with Hatchet!

So which “jaw rip” did you enjoy most? the gritty and dirty realistic feeling Hatchet? or was it almost seeing Amy Smart naked in Mirrors rip her mouth open? [so close, yet so fucking far..] Let me know in a comment or two! Also, once again — if you enjoyed this comparison, let me know! If it becomes popular enough, maybe this will become a thing that happens more often!! [and if so, what scenes should I compare next?]

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film study: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990 vs. 2014]

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like most 90s kids, I grew up watching the Ninja Turtle films so much, it actually felt unhealthy! It quickly became one of my favorite films of my childhood – even today, the film stands as a nostalgic piece of my past. I loved the characters, the villains, even the awesome [though, extremely idiotic] Foot Clan! and then there were talks of a remake [you know, another one..]

Until recently [yesterday, in fact] I had little to no intention of seeing this remake — the trailer looked like every other action film on the market lately, and the turtles looked..alien-like. But as a Turtles fan, I bit my tongue, and accepted this ‘re-imagining’ of my childhood. In this post, I will be talking about the two films, both the 1990 film and the new 2014 reboot. Due to the fact that I grew up with the 90s film, I’m going to try and be as unbiased as possible..

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DJ Mikey in the hiz-ouse!

Starting with the new film, I want to begin by saying it wasn’t a bad film and it got some key points right – it just didn’t feel like a Turtles film. [the story-line was wrong, the Foot Clan are now terrorists with guns? and worst of all – Shredder looks like a damn Transformer]

Let’s look the main thing that was done correctly which I believe the most important [though small] detail: April O’Neil‘s coat. Yes – her outfit.

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When I remember April O’Neil from the comics/cartoons/90s films, I think of the photo on the left – her Channel6 jumper and her iconic red hair. But yet, when we look at Megan Fox in the new film [on the right]: she may not be a Ginger, and although it has been ‘modernized’ — she has a yellow leather coat on which I like to believe was clearly a nod to the classics!

20140815-113544.jpgAs seen in the picture above, the other great thing about the 2014 film is that we saw each Turtle with their own ‘strengths’, which gave them [albeit, small] depth as their own character. [Leo – the leader / Mikey – the ‘surfer dude’ / Don – the geek / Raph – the brute] although, spoiler: I don’t ever want to hear a Turtle talk about Megan Fox being so hot that his shell is ‘tightening’ ever again.. it’s fucking creepy.

This may explain my love for the original film[s] — they are cheesy, the characters aren’t that creepy, and the Turtles were guys in suits created by Jim Henson’s creature shop! It doesn’t help that I saw the classics first, which I guess makes me a bit more biased.

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So was the 2014 film worth seeing? In my opinion, it was only worth your time to say you saw it. [I was fortunate enough to see it for free] it’s got smart ass Turtles, overly sexual Turtle [I’m looking at you, Mikey..], and some half-decent fight scenes. Oh, Megan Fox and Will Arnett are in it too, so that certainly helps. [it ended on a cliffhanger too – hinting at SUPER SHREDDER for the sequel in 2016]

So did you see the new Ninja Turtle film? What did you think? Worthwhile, or meh? Let me know your thoughts in a comment below!

Also, as this is my weekend to work [all day/night tonight to Sunday], there might feel like a lack of posts until Monday morning. By then, I should be back in full swing with new posts, etc.

Until my next post though,

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