Happy Sunday, fiends! It’s almost time…got your masks and treat bags? Eggs and toilet paper? Chainsaws and garbage bags? Ummm, maybe skip that last one, yea?
Who watched Joe Bob Brigg’s Halloween Hootenanny on Shudder? I should have known he’d play at least one of the Halloween movies, but I didn’t wait to see what he was going to play and we watched parts one and four. The next night, Joe Bob shows one, four, and five! Now I’m perfectly happy to watch every Halloween movie on a weekly basis (except H20 and Resurrection, get the hell outta here with those turds), but my family, who was excited to watch Joe Bob’s special, and a little less excited than me to rewatch Halloween were giving me a little side-eye. As always, Joe Bob had great insights about the three movies and Darcy the Mail Girl had cool cosplays, including a Dr. Challis in captivity complete with mustache (as portrayed by the legendary Tom Atkins in H3: Season of the Witch). Next up, Joe Bob and Darcy will return on Friday the 13th in December for a Red Christmas!
Speaking of Shudder, the latest haunted attraction oh-shit-it’s-real movie, Haunt, is now streaming alongside its sub-genre brethren, the Hell House LLC trilogy, of which I watched the first movie just last week. Late to the game as always, but I’m not a huge fan of found footage, but I was really impressed with the first Hell House and I’ll probably dive into Haunt later today. Other films in this sub-genre include Hell Fest, The Houses October Built and the No End House season of Channel Zero. I’m sure there are a couple more, but how far back does it go? Do you think it starts with Tobe Hooper’s Funhouse? Or maybe the black and white classic that influenced Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls?
How about the new season of Castle Rock? The first three episodes dropped on Hulu this week, serving as a prequel to Misery with a tie-in to Salem’s Lot. Lizzie Caplan is amazing as Annie Wilkes with as deep and empathetic a performance as we could ask for. It truly honors the amazing work of Kathy Bates in the Rob Reiner adaptation of the King classic. As much as I loved season one, I have to say I’m more enthralled with this season so far, and this is after being less than excited to hear it would focus on Annie Wilkes. I couldn’t imagine how that would make for a very compelling season, knowing where Annie came from prior to Misery, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t hooked the first time I heard Caplan speak in Annie’s voice.
Then there’s the Salem’s Lot aspect. We go back to the Marston House and get a glimpse at the terror that lies beneath the Lot. Tim Robbins is excellent as an aging and complex small town crime lord with serious health problems and a load of family problems on his plate. Robbins is a hell of an actor, previously starring in the King adaptation of Shawshank Redemption, but two episodes in and I’m feeling like this might be some of his best work. Watching him work has been similar to watching Scott Glenn and Sissy Spacek in season one, classic actors we haven’t seen much of lately, coming back and giving Emmy worthy performances. The rest of the cast, which includes Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Yusra Warsama, and Elsie Fisher are excellent as well. I’m really excited to see where this season goes. A new episode drops every Wednesday on Hulu.
And finally, my current favorite comics publisher, Eibon Press/Fulci Comics opened orders for The Beyond issue one, the final mini-series of their adaptations of Fulci’s Gates of Hell trilogy (which also include Gates of Hell and House by the Cemetery). As always, Stephen Romano writes and Pat Carbajal who handled the art duties on the amazing adaptation/sequel of Zombie re-team for a deep dive interpretation of what may be Fulci’s best film, at least in my opinion. Each issue comes with a CD of the alternate score of the film and different goodies depending on which version you buy. I talk about these guys all the time, because they truly do amazing work. You can order your copy of The Beyond #1 HERE.