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 The Lionsgate production, The Cabin in the Woods directed by Drew Goddard and starring a cast of relative unknowns follows a group of five college kids on a trip.  The kids intent for a fun weekend filled with booze, sex and drug usage is cut short when two of them are attacked during a moment when they believe they are alone.  Attacked by flesh-eating zombies, their traumatic ordeal and experiences in the cabin are being filmed in real-time.  Every step they make is monitored and controlled by some kind of high functioning underground operation.   From the very beginning,  starting with their encounter with the stranger on the road, to the discovery of a torture chamber in the basement,  and the moment leading up to the initial attack prompts the movie to go  in so many different directions.  The movie simultaneously follows what is happening to the college kids and the adults responsible for their demise.  Strangely they take up bets, and route for their favorite.  In the end no one is to survive this experience.

After running and making attempts to protect and save themselves the kids die one by one with only  two to survive.  Dana and Marty aka the virgin and the fool end up underground in the official facility that has control over everything.  They learn that for some reason they are ones that have to die, in order to save the world from destruction.  At this point this is where the movie looses me completely.  The Sci Fi horror legend Sigourney Weaver makes a cameo appearance in the movie as The Director of the Facility.  She explains that their purpose is to offer up human blood to satisfy the gods, in order to save humanity.  Dana is then given the opportunity to rid the world of the fool so that the world has a chance to survive.

The hour and thirty minute flick is fast-moving but really does not stir anything in me.  The movie does keep you interested because the question of knowing who, why, how and when is always on your brain.  There were elements of 13 Ghosts, infused with Hostel, Stay Alive and Silent Hill in this movie.   The movie’s horror  intention was lost in its interpretation, even though there were some scary parts.  This movie was very hard to follow at times.  The acting was not impressive but the special effects and creature designs were very cool.  The make up effects for the zombies was also very interesting.  They didn’t appear to look like the traditional zombie but more, like a hybrid demonic creature with elements of  the classic zombie.  It was a refreshing twist on the creature.

Overall I give this movie three stars for cinematic effort and the attempts to being unique in its concept.

Happy Reading, Writing, and Creating!!

L.L.

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Image Last Night’s episode of The Walking Dead was just as shocking and intense as last week’s episode.  I thought that I was never going to get over the death “Dale”.  I was really expecting another character from the cast to die.  I guess at this point no one is really safe.  Carl’s interference with adult matters is really getting on my nerves.  I hate to point fingers but it was his fault that Dale was killed.  He should have reported that he spotted the Walker.  With that aside he just didn’t want to get into trouble.  The whole idea of him being so close to Shane scared me.  He must have thought that since Shane was outsider he wont be judged and criticized  like he would be by his parents.  Confiding in Shane was not a good idea on Carl’s part.  And what the heck was Lori thinking when she approached Shane to express her feelings about the whole situation between them?  At first I thought that was going to be the revelation that Shane needed to turn his life around but instead it was the breaking point.  For a second Shane appeared as if he had a soul.

I knew something was up with him when he took the young man from the barn.  Shane really lost his mind by the time he attacked the guy. (Sorry I can’t remember his name.)    At that point I still could not believe Shane convinced the others to follow him into the woods to track down their guest.  I was on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen.  I was not surprised when Shane killed him.  The show proceeded in a fast paced manner and by the end I could not compose myself.    When audience members were being taken on Shane’s wild goose chase I knew that Rick was not falling for his crap.  I just can’t believe that Shane was that bold to lure Rick off of the property with the intention of killing him.  With Rick’s fast hand Shane was on the ground before he even realized it, with a deadly stab wound.  I must admit that I was happy to see Shane’s demise.  He has been a major threat to the survival of the group since day one.  The appearance of Carl was annoying but actually worth it when Shane rose as a Walker that had not been bitten.  The first incident happened when T-Dogg and Darryl first encountered their farm guest as a newly turned Walker without any sign of being bitten or scratched.  Carl saved his father by taking out Shane with one bullet to the head.  I believe that part was the most cringing for me.  What in the world happened?  How can you become a Walker and not have suffered a bite or scratch?  This is amazing and makes me think of many reasons why and how this is possible.  Now the farm land is about the be over run with Walkers.  I guess Hershel was thinking pretty clearly when he told Rick that he had enough food and water for them to survive for three days in the basement.  It looks like that is not going to be enough.  This episode was just as wild as a season finale.  Next week’s episode is going to be insane.  It’s shows like this that make me wish that the network had a two hour air time for the show.  It was wonderful.  Extremely entertaining.  I give it five stars. Stay tuned for next week.

Happy Reading and Writing, LL

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Image Last Night’s episode of The Walking Dead was just as shocking and intense as last week’s episode.  I thought that I was never going to get over the death “Dale”.  I was really expecting another character from the cast to die.  I guess at this point no one is really safe.  Carl’s interference with adult matters is really getting on my nerves.  I hate to point fingers but it was his fault that Dale was killed.  He should have reported that he spotted the Walker.  With that aside he just didn’t want to get into trouble.  The whole idea of him being so close to Shane scared me.  He must have thought that since Shane was outsider he wont be judged and criticized  like he would be by his parents.  Confiding in Shane was not a good idea on Carl’s part.  And what the heck was Lori thinking when she approached Shane to express her feelings about the whole situation between them?  At first I thought that was going to be the revelation that Shane needed to turn his life around but instead it was the breaking point.  For a second Shane appeared as if he had a soul.

I knew something was up with him when he took the young man from the barn.  Shane really lost his mind by the time he attacked the guy. (Sorry I can’t remember his name.)    At that point I still could not believe Shane convinced the others to follow him into the woods to track down their guest.  I was on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen.  I was not surprised when Shane killed him.  The show proceeded in a fast paced manner and by the end I could not compose myself.    When audience members were being taken on Shane’s wild goose chase I knew that Rick was not falling for his crap.  I just can’t believe that Shane was that bold to lure Rick off of the property with the intention of killing him.  With Rick’s fast hand Shane was on the ground before he even realized it, with a deadly stab wound.  I must admit that I was happy to see Shane’s demise.  He has been a major threat to the survival of the group since day one.  The appearance of Carl was annoying but actually worth it when Shane rose as a Walker that had not been bitten.  The first incident happened when T-Dogg and Darryl first encountered their farm guest as a newly turned Walker without any sign of being bitten or scratched.  Carl saved his father by taking out Shane with one bullet to the head.  I believe that part was the most cringing for me.  What in the world happened?  How can you become a Walker and not have suffered a bite or scratch?  This is amazing and makes me think of many reasons why and how this is possible.  Now the farm land is about the be over run with Walkers.  I guess Hershel was thinking pretty clearly when he told Rick that he had enough food and water for them to survive for three days in the basement.  It looks like that is not going to be enough.  This episode was just as wild as a season finale.  Next week’s episode is going to be insane.  It’s shows like this that make me wish that the network had a two hour air time for the show.  It was wonderful.  Extremely entertaining.  I give it five stars. Stay tuned for next week.

Happy Reading and Writing, LL

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