Did you see the Great Pumpkin?
Did you see the Great Pumpkin?
Can you believe that Halloween and Horrorthon are both nearly over!? I’ve got tears in my mismatched eyes.
Originally, I was planning on posting the final episode of Kolchak tonight but I miscounted and, to make a long story short, I ran out of episodes of Kolchak before I ran out of days in October!
So, for our final Horror on TV of the 2018 Horrorthon, I’m going to share an old favorite of mine, The Curse of Degrassi!
Originally airing on October 28th, 2008, The Curse of Degrassi features Degrassi’s main mean girl, Holy J Sinclair (Charlotte Arnold), getting possessed by the vengeful spirit of deceased school shooter, Rick Murray (Ephraim Ellis). Chaos follows! Fortunately, Spinner (Shane Kippel) is around to save the day. As any true Degrassi fan can tell you, only Spinner has a chance against the forces of the undead.
Happy Halloween!!! I want to take a moment to thank Lisa. She is a great editor and writer. She has given me so much support. It was a creative bucket list item review a show with her. Thank you.
This is the final episode of the season and has the tone and feel of the nadir. This episode is extremely polished and feels a lot like a well-done network season finale. The shots are well framed, there is good creepy vibe, and we develop a visceral sense of every character’s inner struggle with each shot. This is the work of a deliberate pro: Rob Seidenglanz. It’s actually difficult to see a brilliant show that he hasn’t worked on. My favorite shot is where Sabrina’s friends finally ask her if she is a witch. The camera work makes you feel for Sabrina as she is confronted with her true self and she feels unmoored.
Once she’s confronted, it brings us to the question: how free is our will? I have talked about evil A LOT in my reviews. I have met evil men who committed terrible acts who will NEVER see justice and I know why they did what they did (see previous reviews and retweet them). Why is Sabrina so close to the edge? The same reason the men I met did what they did: she thinks she knows better and because she can. When I deal with sanctimonious people on social media, I get nervous because they have the arrogance, but I don’t know if they really have the means. Luckily, most are just lonely and online. The scary combination that should keep everyone up at night is what these totally self-certain people will do if they feel justified. You can imagine them shrugging off the collateral damage that they cause in their decisions for expediency.
Back to the review, Sabrina is faced with the oncoming of the resurrected witches who will destroy the town with the help of a headless horseman or some such. Who is summoning all these demons? Ms Wardwell!!! It all looks terrible for the town. Sabrina and the fam decide to protect the town, but Ms Wardwell manages to isolate Sabrina. Once she’s alone, Sabrina’s convinced without a lot of struggle that she alone can solve everything! This plays to Sabrina’s vanity so perfectly that she signs Satan’s book and kicks a lot of ass, but at the cost of her soul. That is where the corruption concludes. We see Sabrina walking with with the sisters and she gives a lusty wink to Nick.
Side note: Aunt Z steals a baby and Ms Wardwell is Adam’s first wife Lilith.
SIDE SIDE NOTE IN RE LILITH: If you’re going through a divorce or know someone who is take solace because even the original Adam got divorced. Eve was Adam’s second wife after Lilith refused to subordinate herself to him and split. Therefore, we are ALL children of divorce.
This show had so many complex characters…and Harvey. I guess not everyone is supposed to be interesting. Shipka brought this character to life with so many flaws, but with so much courage. I like that Sabrina was flawed and corruptible. It made it a human story. The show gave a lot of opportunities to some new director and that is great in and of itself.
The actor played many roles over the course of his long career. In fact, the first film in which he and Christopher Lee both appeared was not a horror film but instead Laurence Olivier’s 1948 production of Hamlet. (They both also appeared in 1952’s Moulin Rouge.) However, Cushing will probably always be best known for his Hammer roles and, of course, his villainous performance in Star Wars. Peter Cushing was not only the virtuous Prof. Van Helsing but also the far less virtuous Baron Frankenstein.
According to almost every interview that I’ve read, Peter Cushing was a genuinely nice and professional person, one who didn’t personally care for horror films but who never took it personally when he was recognized for appearing in them. Though they regularly played rivals on screen, he was close friends with Christopher Lee. I once read an interview with Lee where he said that, decades later, he still hadn’t recovered from Cushing’s death in 1994.
Below, you’ll find a documentary from 1989. It was called Peter Cushing — A One-Way Ticket To Hollywood. It’s basically just Peter Cushing talking about his life and career for 49 minutes but it’s a charming little documentary. Peter Cushing comes across as being very nice and very British. He discusses not only his horror films but also his work in Star Wars and his performance as Winston Smith in a 1954 production of 1984.
It’s a nice documentary and I offer it up on Halloween as a tribute to one of horror’s gentlemen.
(Thank you to VintageTreats for uploading this!)
To all of our readers
To all of our friends
To every ghoul and fiend out there,
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE SHATTERED LENS!
May your Halloween bring you more candy than rocks and we hope you enjoy the last day of our annual horrorthon! Be safe, be sincere, and don’t forget the true meaning on Halloween!
Happy Devil’s Eve. I will be doing the last episode on Halloween- Bwahahaha!
The Returned Man – directed by Craig Macneill is all about the failure! Since both Episode 8 & 9 were directed well, I’d like to get into their differing styles just a bit. Maggie Kiley built suspense with camera moves and slowing ratcheting up tension like a Hitchcock thriller or The Shining. Craig Macneill’s work feels more like an Italian horror film that relies on music, gore, and lighting to convey confusion, horror, and fear.
This episode is the reckoning of Sabrina’s necromancy. She did raise Tommy, but he came back….different. Tommy doesn’t speak, eat, or catch footballs normally. What he does do is be very still and yet menacing. Also, Sabrina’s clever plot to cheat death and have the witch return from death after 10 minutes isn’t really working out. The sister is coughing up gravel. All and all everything is going horribly horribly wrong. When Sabrina returns the necromancy book to Ms. Wardwell, she feigns surprise that Sabrina went on the necromancy path. This cements the sole culpability for Sabrina.
Why isn’t Tommy eating? When the dead miners are delivered to the Spellman house, we learn that there is a good reason Tommy isn’t hungry; he was chowing down on the corpses of the other miners. Yes, Tommy is a ….. ZOMBIE!!!! This is cut really well with a scene with Tommy attacking their POS dad.
Sabrina realizes that Tommy came back without a soul and that his soul is in limbo. She thinks she can just waltz into limbo and get it. No muss no fuss. Well, nope. The Spellmans are now all aware of Sabrina’s shenanigans and think she is beyond reckless because she is. No one wants to help Sabrina go into limbo except…..Ms Wardwell.
The limbo scene is excellent. It reminds me of Phantasm or The Beyond. We pierce the veil and it’s filled with confusion and a terror called a Soul Eater!!! Sabrina meets her mother in Limbo, but she can’t recognize Sabrina. This reminded me of The Beyond because if you make it to Hell in that film, you go blind from the revelation. Then, she does find Tommy, but as she is about finish Tommy’s rescue, the soul eater devours him.
Ms. Wardwell is conveniently near Sabrina for this scene and all others that can compromise Sabrina. Wardwell convinces Sabrina that Harvey must know the truth. Sabrina agrees and we see Harvey’s love for Sabrina shatter. He doesn’t seem angry as much as he is disgusted by being completely overruled in any of the decisions that affected him directly. This causes them to break up, which isolates Sabrina completely from the human world.
I enjoyed how the characters were allowed to be diminished. Sabrina failed in every way possible and lost everything. This allows her to be prepped for a full corruption. See you on Halloween!!!
Tonight on Kolchak….
There’s something on the loose underneath Chicago! Could it be a …. killer lizard!? Kolchak’s on the story!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and this was the final episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Darren McGavin, of course, would later go on to epitomize the ideal middle American father when he played The Old Man in A Christmas Story.
This finale originally aired on March 28th, 1975.
I hope you have enjoyed this October’s trip down Kolchak Lane!