After nearly another year, the next Friday the 13th is upon us. That means it is time for part six of the Friday the 13th movie club. [more inside]
Star Trek: Discovery: Context Is For Kings Season 1, Ep 3
Michael boards the USS Discovery, and quotes Alice In Wonderland a whole lot. [more inside]
The Exorcist: Janus Season 2, Ep 1
A new storyline begins. In Montana, Father Marcus continues training Father Tomas to be an exorcist, but their "patient's" husband (as well as a trigger-happy local sheriff) don't trust our heroes' intentions. Elsewhere, a social worker (John Cho) takes care of troubled adolescents (including Deadpool's Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Brianna Hildebrand!) at an island estate. On the night of a very important visit, one of the kids begins to display bizarre and dangerous behavior. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: DEVIL DOLL Season 8, Ep 18
"What is the strange terrifying evil secret of the dummy... and why is it locked in a case every night?" Some people create their own hell for themselves. Such a person is Dr. Vorelli, a man who hates puppets but has a successful ventriloquist act. His marionette Hugo has a dark secret, but it involves ham. And what is it about sinister hypnotist types who put the whammy on women that dooms them to stage performance? There appears to be a lot less money in Svengali-ing than you'd think. It turns out Rasputin's real trick was networking. This is an episode that tends to grow on people. During one's first viewing it's easy to get overwhelmed by the Vorelli's hatefulness and the overall aura of bad, but there are some great lines by Mike and co. And Pitch, a character from the Comedy Central era (a reference to Santa Claus), features in host segments! In the subplot, "Apearlo" and "Brainguyus" are still in Ancient Rome looking for Bobo. Promo - YouTube Premiered October 4, 1997. [more inside]
Channel Zero: No-End House: This Isn't Real Season 2, Ep 1
Inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale, Channel Zero: No-End House tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator, played by Amy Forsyth, who visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING & BECAME MIXEDUP ZOMBIES Season 8, Ep 12
(Note: title slightly condensed to fit in the form) "MONSTERS COME REAL! CRASH OUT OF SCREEN! INVADE AUDIENCE! ABDUCT GIRLS FROM THEIR SEATS! Not 3-D. Don't Miss It!" "SEE: The world's first monster musical!" Why do supposedly powerful magicians and sorceresses work at carnivals? Estrella tells fortunes, hypnotises people to make them kill her enemies, and keeps a small heard of mixed-up zombies, overseen by her employee Ortega. In between scenes, there are pointless musical numbers. This one's a full 10/10 for pain folks, beware! Some consider it to be one of the worst movies ever made, and it is the first such MST film of the Sci-Fi Channel era. It is extremely weird at the very least. In the subplot, Pearl takes the space children from last week to return them to their parents, and Observer has a very bad experience with Bobo. Promo - YouTube, Official, with Annotations! (1h32m) Premiered June 14, 1997. [more inside]
Two parallel stories about people trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road...for over 35 years. Written and directed by
Nihilist Arby's Isaac Ezban. Spanish language, currently on Netflix.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION Season 8, Ep 10
"Creeping!... Clawing!... Crushing!" Spider! He is our hero! Well it's not the hero of a small town in Wisconson, as it goes around eating residents, or it would be if he were actually a spider and not a poor special effect. Rioting and chaos are left in its wake. Guys, maybe it's friendly, and is trying to communicate by killing us? Okay maybe not. The movie this week is, once again, tough going. It's brought to us by MST All-Star Bill Rebane, who made... (wait for it)... MONSTER A-GO-GO. Mwa-ha-ha-ha! A film of the genre of people getting devoured by an otherworldly menace, in which way it is eventually poisoned by their accumulated awfulness. In Subplot Land, Pearl's group and the SOL are bothered by pod people. MRxL MRxL MRxL! GO PACKERS WHOOO YouTube (1h33m) Promo Premiered May 5, 1997. [more inside]
Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles's worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived. [more inside]
When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE Season 8, Ep 5
"The Grave Can't Hold It... Nothing Human Can Stop it!" A psychic lady stumbles upon a Box of Evil on the ranch, evidently the cousin of Señor Wences' friend Pedro. It bends the very wills of the people there until it is reunited with its body... and then is instantly defeated, because apparently its demonic powers end at that moment. S'not alright! We just got done with The Beast of Hollow Mountain and now we've got another Weird Western! In subplot news, this is the episode that introduces the Observers, and one particular Observer as a regular character, played by Bill Corbitt. Episode 805 is unavailable on YouTube. Premiered March 3, 1997. [more inside]
High school student Mitsuko is menaced by a malevolent breeze.
A father will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.
Doctor Who: Oxygen Season 10, Ep 5
"Space... the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us. Sometimes we forget that, start taking it all for granted — the suits, the ships, the little bubbles of safety — as they protect us from the void. But the void is always waiting." - The Doctor [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN Season 7, Ep 4
"The First New Horror Creature... Come Prepared!" An irradiated astronaut returns to Earth and, horribly deformed, starts killing people. 'I Can't Believe It's Not Monster A-Go-Go!' Satellite News informs us that the host segments in this one, depicting Dr. F and Pearl making a film out of Crow's screenplay Earth Vs. Soup, were them getting even with Hollywood types who were the source of much pain during the making of MST: The Movie, and that their performances call back to specific people they met. Fan consensus is this is a very good episode, but I'm not a fan of gore myself so I've not seen it much. Everyone take note: after this, there are only two Comedy Central episodes left, and thus only two episodes remaining with Trace Beaulieu. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered February 24, 1996. [more inside]
Doctor Who: Knock Knock Season 10, Ep 4
Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it? [more inside]
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas. [more inside]
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and often cited as one of the best films of 2016. [more inside]
Bates Motel: Inseparable Season 5, Ep 7
Norman and Mother come together as trouble looms large; Romero convalesces with the help of an old friend; trouble looms large.
Hap and Leonard: Holy Mojo Season 2, Ep 3
Grisly new evidence leads Hap and Leonard on a wild goose chase across town. The guys' passions flare, threatening to derail the investigation.
Bates Motel: Marion Season 5, Ep 6
Marion Crane checks in at the Bates Motel.
Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
This hardcover features the first twelve issues of the hit comic book series, along with covers and a sketchbook, in one oversized hardcover volume. [more inside]
Six astronauts aboard the International Space Station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life - the first example of life beyond Earth. The crew's research methods end up having unintended consequences. [more inside]
Hap and Leonard: Ticking Mojo Season 2, Ep 2
Hap and Florida scheme to free Leonard from a dire situation. Odd clues bring Hap and Leonard to a cryptic person of interest in the case.
Bates Motel: Dreams Die First Season 5, Ep 5
Norman attempts to piece together Mother's movements. In Seattle, Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth, while Sam's girlfriend Marion makes a spur-of-the-moment decision with far-reaching consequences.
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. [more inside]
This movie looks absolutely insane, blasphemous, reprehensible, and devoid of all merit. In other words, it's a perfect fit for Strange Club. It's also been super unavailable and impossible to track down in uncut form, UNTIL NOW: it appeared on the streaming service Shudder yesterday in a 109-minute unrated cut - "the most complete version of the film in existence." Lots of people are justifiably freaking out. Let's watch it. [more inside]
Bates Motel: Hidden Season 5, Ep 4
The new sheriff in town circles closer to Norman. Chick shows a flair for the dramatic.
Bates Motel: Bad Blood Season 5, Ep 3
Chick begins to understand what's really going on. Romero makes a decision. [more inside]
Bates Motel: The Convergence of the Twain Season 5, Ep 2
Caleb pays a visit. Chick proposes a bargain. Norman makes friends.
A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate. [more inside]
Bates Motel: Dark Paradise Season 5, Ep 1
The final season begins. [more inside]
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
After nearly a year, the next Friday the 13th is upon us. That means it is time for part five of the Friday the 13th movie club. [more inside]
Crazyhead: Season 1: All Episodes Season 1, Ep 0
Amy and Raquel attempt to navigate their way through the choppy waters of their early twenties whilst simultaneously kicking the ass of some seriously gnarly demons. What could possibly go wrong? From Misfits creator/writer Howard Overman, and now streaming on Netflix.
The quiet mountain village of Goksung is plagued by outbreaks of violence. Suspects include: a foreigner, a ghost, a rash, and bad mushrooms. Jong-goo — an affable, bumbling cop — must solve the mysteries to save his own family. Directed by Na Hang-jin (of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea). Run time: 2h 36m. [more inside]
American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Season 6, Ep 0
This year's American Horror Story has just wrapped. After a sprawling, poppy, disjointed Season 5, the show has tried some new tricks, cut down on episodes, and told a tighter story. Playing with reality and tabloid TV, Roanoke Nightmare follows a family that buys a house in rural North Carolina, the evil they uncover, and the media frenzy that follows.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE Season 6, Ep 4
"Her Power Goes Beyond Life.... His Rage Survives Even Death!" A voodoo priestess revives a zombie. Okay forget that. A guy is knifed by thugs. Now forget that too. Years later, his way-too-beefy son thwarts robbers of a convenience store. It's when he exits the store that the movie really begins, as he's hit by a car driven by unruly teens. He's dead! But thanks to Ms. Voodoo, he can live again as a zombie and track down his killers, while three ineffectual policemen trace him, one of them sounding like Jim Baccus with a slow leak, and another being Actual Adam West. Oh, and Motorhead's "Ace of Spaces" is in there. The multiple prologues confused the heck out of me. Servo's Adam West impression sounds more like Shatner to me. YouTube (1h33m) Promo. Premiered November 24, 1994 (Thanksgiving Day). [more inside]
Cited recently on the blue for its grand guignol opening scene, this movie is actually a horrible turd, but it's a delicious hate watches that still manages a few truly memorable moments, some intentional, some not so much. [more inside]
Mike must convince Gary that Candle Cove is behind the murders. Marla, Jessica, and Amy frantically search for Mike.
Black Mirror: Playtest Season 3, Ep 2
A young backpacker (played by Wyatt Russell) spends his final days abroad earning some money testing a video game that blows his mind.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove, Part Two: I'll Hold Your Hand Season 1, Ep 2
Marla agrees to help Mike investigate the murders, and is horrified to learn about what happened in 1988, that's been hidden since that time.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove, Part One: You Have to Go Inside Season 1, Ep 1
SyFy launches its new horror anthology with a story based on Kris Straub's creepypasta, "Candle Cove" (original story.) In the debut episode, a child psychologist investigates the 1988 murders of several children in his hometown, including his own twin brother. A half-forgotten kids' TV show from the 1980s seems strangely connected. The series is produced by Max Landis (Chronicle).
A woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Chapter One Season 6, Ep 1
Matt and Shelby, a interracial couple decide to move to North Carolina and get away from the big city for peace and quite, to start a new life until Shelby starts seeing strange things that haunt her day and night.
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister's experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, James and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.
While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong. [more inside]
From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile. [more inside]