Shorts Triple Feature: The Substitute/I Want You Inside Me/The Stylist

We hopped back into Shudder and since there was quite a few movies still backlogged for review, I decided to check out some of the short films instead.

The Subsitute (2015)

the substitute

Director: Nathan Hughes-Berry

Cast: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, David Bamber, Ben Kerfoot, Haruka Abe, Alfie Stewart, Anna Hogarth

A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where the boys have a sinister power over the girls. – IMDB

The Substitute is a sinister and psychological short. It takes a dark and suspenseful tone of this private school with peculiar rules that most teachers are able to adapt to hence why they have hired a substitute. Not only are the classes structured weird but also the behavior of everyone is also. Particularly when there is a mysterious locked door at the end of the room that no one talks about but when there is bad behavior, it is where the student exit the class. The movie gives the viewers lots of questions and hits them with a few answers. Being a short film, it does a great job of keeping the mystery of the locked door. Its impossible to not think throughout the film of what is actually going on here and especially is what behind the locked door.

Its been a long time since I’ve felt this amount of suspense and thrills that has honestly been on my mind for a few days lingering on the movie stirring up some deep emotions about the connotations of this short and honestly, hoping that this was a full length film because it would give more answers. Of course, that is only a hope and looking at IMDB, it doesn’t seem like its in the works but I still highly recommend this short film.

I Want You Inside Me (2016)

i want you inside me

Director: Alice Shindelar

Cast: Abigail Wahl, Kiley Juckel, Nate Bucsko, Ezekiel Ashamu, Malik Johnson

A tale of all-consuming desire. – IMDB

A young girl losing her virginity is already quite the scary thing but think about not even remembering what happened and also finding that the boyfriend as disappeared as well when she wakes up, that is nothing short of confusing and heartbreaking. I Want You Inside Me is a intriguing one. While the tone of the film lies in the mystery of what happen and the reveal feels odd, it also does have this weird vibe throughout the film that works and doesn’t at the same time. Perhaps its because a short film doesn’t give the viewer enough time to bond with the main character here and she doesn’t exactly hang around with a crowd that makes it easier to like her more. Whatever it is, they do drop one hint of sorts in the film and if the viewer catches that, the ending might seem a little more apparent. It is a little out there but not something completely unique and unexpected. Actually, it is slightly goofy and disturbing all at the same time.

The Stylist (2016)

the stylist

Director (and writer): Jill Gevargizian

Cast: Najarra Townsend, Jennifer Plas, Angela Dupuie

Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own. – IMDB

I’m not up to date with a lot of short films. However, The Stylist has been on my radar since it had hit the festival circuit. I remember some other blogger writing about it and seemed incredibly intriguing. The Stylist is a solo journey for this young woman who stays late at her job to take care of her last customer at the salon. As the movie proceeds, we learn more through her actions and emotions about who she is. There might not be a ton of dialogue but her expressions will get you a trip into her world. Somehow it strikes a chord easily on the idea of wanting to be someone else. However, the short did remind me of a few films as it was going on that it lacked the originality it needed to really make it very suspenseful. It definitely still had the psychological aspect because The Stylist herself, played by Najarra Townsend does  a great job in interpreting the main character Claire and showing all the right emotions .

The Stylist had all the right tones and an outstanding performance with a mysterious character however, the layout of the story lacked a bit of intrigue. It is still done very well and for just looking at the snippet of Claire’s world is as deep as 15 minutes can get you.

This wrap up the triple feature for these short films!
A very suspenseful and psychological thriller collection of three shorts! 🙂 

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Blog Tour: White Water Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite

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White Water Black Death

White Water Black Death

Author: Shaun Eblethite

Publication Date: September 2017

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis

“A cruise ship is the perfect target for a biological attack”. These are the chilling words emailed to the Seaborne Symphony in the mid-Atlantic.

Magazine editor Geneva Jones has been sent on the trans-Atlantic cruise to help secure a major advertising agreement from the CEO of the cruise line Rachel Atkinson, but her efforts to win her over are curtailed by a mysterious crew death. Geneva suspects foul play. Rachel insists its suicide. A former investigative journalist, Geneva can’t resist digging deeper, but what she finds is far more devastating. There’s an Ebola outbreak on the ship, everyone is trapped aboard and Rachel is trying to keep it secret.

Geneva knows enough about Ebola to be terrified, but she’s also onto the biggest story of her career. As panic surges through the ship, she becomes fixated on a single question. How was the virus brought aboard? The answer is worse than she could have imagined, and the greatest exposé she’ll ever get, if she can only prove it.

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Review

White Water, Black Death is a very well-written suspense thriller that takes its readers for possibly one of the most dreaded cruise experiences anyone would think of. It takes us for a thrilling anniversary cruise with many twists as it starts off with a suspected murder which turns quickly into a mysterious deadly epidemic that spirals worse and worse. The story is told using the measure of days past on the cruise and the time stamps of the different events which helps with feeling more immersed into the story. The structure fits well. However, White Water Black Death does start off a tad slow as it sets up its characters. At the same time, the characters are a little overwhelming in the beginning as well as there are a lot of characters that eventually do play key parts in this thriller however most don’t truly feel like any that you can get behind as they are developed to be quite horrible people. For some other ones, the vast amount of characters do have a slight impact on having some underdeveloped characters. However, it does a great job in specifically choosing a few characters to focus heavily on to drive the story forward.

Thrillers (both books and movies alike) thrive on its mystery and building up a scenario that intrigues its audience to piece together its story in its final reveal. White Water Black Death achieves that very well. However, the only criticism is to have hidden the entire Ebola outbreak part in its synopsis because it takes away what the mystery of discovering what had hit the ship in the first place and makes the whole set-up to figuring that out  lose its mystery. The author does a great job and building that mystery and it feels a shame to have it revealed before the reader even starts the novel. Part of my enjoyment of the book came from not having read the synopsis in advance and only knowing the bare minimum. White Water Black Death is a page turner and as a thriller it delivers with its incredible delivery to structure a story that achieves both building the suspense and creating vivid and effectively descriptive scenes that truly help visualize each moment especially when the situation intensifies, making it a gripping page-turner.

Overall, White Water, Black Death is a great suspenseful thriller that does a great job and building its story and pieces to make it both an intriguing and gripping reading experience. While it falls short in a few places, it still works effectively and incredibly well.

Goodreads score: 4/5

About the Author

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Shaun Ebelthite was born in Namibia, raised in South Africa and educated in Dubai in the Middle East where he is a maritime and cruise journalist. He has been covering all aspects of ocean transport for more than five years and runs the Middle East’s foremost online cruise magazine. He has had two children’s books published, and is now branching out into a new genre with his first thriller.

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Double Feature: The Precipice Game (2016) & The Loft (2014)

And we are back to regular programming!

I have a few outstanding movies to review. Lets just hope I still remember them enough to write about them. First up is a double for two thriller-esque movies, a Chinese thriller set on a cruise ship The Precipice Game and a thriller with some well-known actors that I like called The Loft.

Lets check it out!

The Precipice Game (2016)

precipice game

Director: Zao Wang

Cast: Ruby Lin, Peter Ho, Mr. Black, Scar Kim, Wang Ji, Li Lin, Li Shangyi, Gai Yuexi

Liu Chenchen, a free-spirited young woman, rebels against her wealthy family and elopes with her boyfriend to join a cruise-bond treasure hunt. But what began as an innocent game with promises of great reward soon turns into a battle for survival when the contestants are thrown into a mysterious world of intrigue and chaos in the middle of the sea.-IMDB

The Precipice Game can really only be categorized as a thriller because of its twisty ending which while doesn’t seem to hint at it too much, you start somewhat suspecting the possibility of it all no matter how extremely ridiculous it seems. Now may be a good time to emphasize for those unfamiliar that the term Chinese films differ from Hong Kong films and I make that difference not because I particularly emphasize on my love for Hong Kong but because the film industry was established and progressed differently before the handover in 1997 and the themes and styles still differ immensely. It also goes to say that I’m still fairly new to the Chinese movies that are not from Hong Kong and therefore am frequently unfamiliar with the cast, this movie being somewhat of an exception because the actor and actress here is the reason I even gave The Precipice Game a chance.

the precipice game

The Precipice Game isn’t  all bad. They draw inspiration on different Hollywood films perhaps and while it all seems ambitious, it does try the best to get the tone down. The Precipice Game also has a decent cast however, suffers from having too many characters and really giving time for 2 or 3 characters to have the spotlight. Adding on the fact that some do overact a little on a film that is really quite serious makes it all the more frustrating to watch. There are scenes that will remind you of Saw a little (without the extreme body horror) and it gets the whole playing the game thing going on. Perhaps its strength is the cruise ship setting, giving it the tight corridors and similar paths easily making it claustrophobic and hard to maneuver.

The Precipice Game didn’t give me any thrills but the I did like some of the characters and wished they had more time to drive the suspense than  just keep a death tally on people that we didn’t particularly care about. It may be the bitterness I have after watching Saw and being fed up of the “lets play a game” except these people were dumb enough to join into a vague game to win a big prize but my common sense took over where if I saw it was a weird host and an empty cruise ship, my danger receptors would sound off and I would choose to just leave. However, I am aware that people, especially in movies, make a lot of dumb choices.

Fairly average and quite predictable, even its decent cast couldn’t quite save it. It does have a twist ending so maybe you want to see this to see if you can figure it out.

The Loft (2014)

the loft

Director: Erik Van Looy

Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. – IMDB

I wanted to like The Loft so much. I’m not a fan of the premise to begin with. I mean, married men who believe they need a place to have their affairs. Suffice to say, The Loft should have been a character study of these different men. However, the cast here is amazing. If we didn’t have this cast, I might have turned off the movie and never finished it. Really what falls apart is the story and the dialogue. It seems this was a remake of a European thriller and I’ll probably try to hunt that one down one day since I do think there’s something interesting here.

the loft

There isn’t much to say about this one. I’m fairly indifferent to it. There are some pacing issues and it tries to mesh the investigation afterwards with what happened and then doing flashback and current and the story does seem to jump around quite a bit. To be fair, some of the characters here aren’t really bad in nature however, this is one of those stories where you don’t really want to cheer for anyone but its really wondering who did it, who is lying and what secrets do they have all hidden away.

The Loft didn’t offer any thrills. It never hit the erotic part of what it seemed to want to do either and then it never has compelling enough characters and dialogue to keep it suspenseful. Its fall short in so many ways that its quite below average. 

This wraps up the lackluster thriller double feature of The Loft and The Precipice Game.
Both have things they do right and they have the potential to be good but for various reasons, it just falls flat making them both average and  forgettable.

Have you seen these two? 

TV Binge: Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (2014)

**I’m currently in a work deadline rush due on Halloween. The horror of it all! Sorry for skipping on the posts. The intention was there to write. I just couldn’t find a moment. So here is yesterday’s post and if by any luck things go well today at work *fingers crossed* I will have two posts for tomorrow, one review and one special Halloween post that I always do every year for wrap-up. **

With all that out of the way, I am yet again changing directions on the horror marathon and chose quite the rare appearance in Taiwanesw series which is set with a horror background with something of a And Then There Were None vibe called Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark.

Lets check it out!

Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark

close your eyes before it's dark

Cast: Man-shu Jian, Bryan Shu-Hao Chang, Allen Chen, Blue Lan, Yen Tsao, Chun-Haw Hsu, Ke-Fang Sun, Sheng-Ping Chu, Tammy Darshana Lai, Shang-Ho Huang, Di-Yang Huang

While vacationing at a mountain cabin, a group of longtime friends uncover an old scandal that could have deadly consequences.-IMDB

Where to even start with this one? Lets just get this fact out of the way in case anyone here is a Taiwan movie/TV series connoisseurs: I don’t know watch as many of Taiwanese productions as I’d like and if you have any of these Taiwanese horror/thriller genre movies or TV series, please go ahead and recommend them to me. With that said, Close Your Eyes (as I will call the series from now on) is pretty refreshing to see. Just like TW series won’t work for everyone, the same applies here. There are some odd choices they make here and to me are missteps however, they have a whole different that they overall nail and for the most part, it actually feels more like a thriller with horror elements which isn’t a bad thing because that is one of my favorite movie genres/subgenres (not sure which its considered). Thrillers are hard to get down good especially with trying to instill ineasiness in its audience and lets just say, not everyone can be Pretty Little Liars. I draw this comparison because when the show started it, these young actresses were quite fresh faces just as the cast in Close Your Eyes are. The story does take the stance of backflashing to the last time they were camping at this cabin before the group had a fallout. Part of it is looking at what broke them apart and also what keeps them together as friends in both the past and present and gives it something of a parallel.

Whats works here:

  • The atmosphere: Close Your Eyes is set in the rather cliche stranded in a country cabin and the storm had blocked the road and knocked out the only cell/telephone line so no communication outside and can’t go out either as they are also located on a mountain. However, the proper use of this and its sounds and knowing when to just let silence and subtlety take its place is done well enough here to get its audience a little tense. The lighting and such are also done pretty well here to give it some creepy vibes here and there. Its a little cliche at times but it still works alright. However, for hardcore horror fans, this one might still be lackluster.
  • Opening & Ending Theme: It sounds really stupid to talk about the themes but the way they play with the sounds actually makes the subtle soundtrack as the ending theme so effectively creepy! The opening does a really cool creepy sequence which shows the tone of the show and where its headed.
  • Suspense: I have to be on record to be a little hesitant on using this as it works for the most part.  A lot of the reveals and twists work relatively well however, there are some parts where it hints a little too much to lose its suspense. However, it does well to keep the audience suspicious.

Close Your Eyes

What  doesn’t work so much:

  • Acting: There really is only one thing that took me out from the show a lot of times and that was the acting. Some of the actors here and the expressions they made were really hilarious and overexaggerated. It felt like they were trying to portray something but the plot never gave their character the plot that justified it. I’ve explained before that unlike American television, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Chinese/Korean/Japanese series are all done in self-contained series so when a season is done then the story is wrapped up. If there were to be a sequel, then they’ll take another story arc. However, this one, there are a lot of characters and some of the characters don’t seem to get the depth they deserve, making them mean less and in a show like this, you need to be able to cheer on the characters and want them to survive. However, some of these ones here are a little lacklusters. One of the characters that show up later on are actually the worst. I actually laughed at some of his expressions really hard and that really took me out of the immersion as that was nearing the ending episode where the whole thing would reveal itself. I have to make the exception that the older actress here who plays Fang, the mountain cabin owner is a more seasoned actress and does pretty good.
  • Voice-overs: The worst part of the show and some of the most head-scratching moments as to why they chose to do this is give voice-overs to the corpses. The corpses would have conversations and sometimes it would be little hints and clues however, it was these brief moments that made the show feel nonsensical. I didn’t see the purpose of it and would have rather that they didn’t. Think of The Autopsy of Jane Doe (although I won’t or I’ll get nightmares) but non-talking corpses wins the creepy factor any day.

Close Your Eyes is not too bad. It had its good and bad elements. Like I said before, its more of a thriller more than anything. It tries to get in a few twists and for the most part, succeeds even in its cliched moments. You can see the effort was made to get the atmosphere and the tone down while trying to highlight the significant relationships here. However, it does need a little work to piece the clues a little better although it did surprise me a few times, so I’m pretty pleased with that also and gave me a few creeps. If you like a quick Taiwanese series and explore what could hopefully be a first step into some more horror Taiwanese series, this is pretty decent. I was expecting it to be much worse. The surprise has to do with why I think its alright and probably worth a watch if you are into some suspense and mystery along with some light creepy setting.

Horror Marathon: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

We have a potentially packed watch list this year so I’m putting in a random film  between the main feature. In fact, I watched The Autopsy of Jane Doe in September however it is still creeping me out till this very moment that I am writing up the review. Did I just spoil my own review? Anyways, if its taken such a long time to write, that’s honestly the reason…

Lets just check it out!

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Director: André Ovredal

Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets. – IMDB

The Autopsy of Jane Doe isn’t quite categorized as a flat out horror because other than the whole autopsy part, it is really a suspense/mystery thriller with horror elements. However, this indie film fits right into this month because it scared the absolute sh*t out of me. It is tense for a huge part of the film. The film takes its time to really let a still corpse have character. How the heck does someone do that? I have no idea at all but damn, did everything just come together. Sure, there were some parts that were tropes and predictable moments but a well executed psychological thriller will make you think and piece together the clues and stew in those thoughts. There is so much detail and so many great moments.

the autopsy of jane doe

The main story focus on a father and son relationship who both work at the morgue and are responsible for the autopsy. The best part is that the story unfolds as they perform each step into the autopsy. The father is played by Brian Cox and the son by Emile Hirsch. While their personal story has some part in the story, what is refreshing is that the story remembers to focus on the mystery in the forefront making it less about personal drama however the parts of personal drama does shape these characters throughout the story progression. Actually, everything happens does drive these characters to be stronger and for the audience to bond more with them and see the father and son bond as well.

The Autopsy of Jane DoeThe Autopsy of Jane Doe is a rather slow-paced experience however, it works to its advantages because it knows when to use the proper imagery to create the suspense and do its proper reveals. I’m keeping this vague mostly because this movie is one to be experienced on your own. I do think that perhaps the end wasn’t exactly as strong however, it still has a lingering effect. Its one that truly delivers in mystery, suspense and horror and even for myself, lingering fear because the horror elements here are still done so very well. Its a one of a kind psychological thriller/mystery/horror experience that after almost a month still is on my mind.

Sorry for the short write-up. I really don’t want to spoil anything. If you haven’t seen this, you really should! Its an awesome movie experience!

Have you seen The Autopsy of Jane Doe? 

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

Diving back into my TBR list sitting on my Kindle, I’m not sure if I picked up this book because I was hooked on Pretty Little Liars and the cover reminded me of the series so I thought it would be cool. There really are no reasons especially when its really a shot in the dark and hoping that its a good read. I’ve never read anything from Liliana Hart before so let’s check it out!

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1)
By: Liliana Hart

dirty little secrets

J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work. She’s not only in the mortuary business, but she’s also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it’s up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up. When a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.’s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he’s so well known for. Passions are rising. J.J and Jack discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.’s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own—secrets that make her a perfect target in a deadly game. – Goodreads

Mystery/thriller/suspense are so hard to do well. I can tell you that this book has nothing to do with anything like the plot of Pretty Little Liars of course, as you can see in the summary above. The star of the show is J.J. Graves who is a doctor turned mortician who also shadows in this small hometown as the person taking care of autopsies which usually are just normal everyday natural or accidental deaths and nothing like murders until one murder after the next plague the town and it becomes apparent that someone from the town itself could be responsible and that the victims lead a much darker life than they lead on. Small towns are a great setting for murder mysteries because it keeps things confined whether in terms of relationships or just the possible suspects and gives it space to be easier to follow. For that, Liliana Hart did really good at setting up that stage. The mystery itself made sense and the big reveal also was logical and twisty enough to be a surprise.

Dirty Little Secrets is a pretty quick read because it keeps its length under control. It will have your brain wondering the whodunnit question. However, the book does have its downfall. One of the biggest ones is creating a character like J.J. who isn’t exactly someone we can care for. She is very human because of her imperfections however, she does have a generic personality as a mortician or even the big hidden secret reveal. Her conversations are uninspired especially as we step into the middle when she is infatuated by the stranger in the town while her best friend, the hunk and player of the town Jack fumes over her decisions. Now, what J.J. lacks, Jack’s character makes up a little for. He is still a little generic in his background but there are more layers to his personality and in the bits where he shows up, it leaves us wanting to know more about this character.

As the debut of a series, Dirty Little Lies does well to set up our characters and a look at the town setting. While there are some uncompelling and generic elements, there are still bits to retain it and if not that, the writing style here is a pleasure to read. It does leave me curious to see where the characters will go especially after getting through showing is the basics of this character in this first book that the next one will have more intriguing layers to work with. Maybe I will give it a whirl some time, just to see if its worth continuing to read the entire series, which seems to have ended at Book #4.5.

TV Binge: Scream (Season 2, 2016)

The second season of Scream has finally concluded a week or two month ago . Just in time for Halloween. With the franchise features and everything, it actually caught me by surprise that the season wasn’t done earlier and in turn, this missed the Halloween month although I did binge it over the Halloween weekend. I mean, it was a true binge. If you missed my Season 1 review, you can check it out HERE. There’s quite a few haters for this series and honestly, at the end of Season 1, I kind of grew fond of it. Now that I’ve caught up with all the Scream franchise, I started this up wondering if I would enjoy it the same way. Plus, a fun note, all the episodes are named after actual horror movies, which is a nice touch.

Scream (Season 2, 2016)

Scream TV Series

Creators: Jay Beattie, Jill E. Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin

Cast: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Amadeus Serafini, Santiago Segura, Anthony Ruivivar, Sean Grandillo, Tom Maden, Bryan Batt

It has been a few days since I finished Scream Season 2 (when I first started writing this up) and I am just completely deeply in love with it (still am). Scream has its flaws but compared to the first season that took a little while to really pick up and get their characters in place, despite some obvious teen cast troupes, Scream 2 started off really strong and only got better as it reached mid season. The reintroduction of a new killer in the twisted Brandon James mask is still unnerving to see and just the reaction of the killer and the brutality in the kills are pretty intense. Not to mention, we continue a few months after the events and we learn that Emma has had a breakdown and went away to seek psychiatric help and is back in time for the new school year and ready to embrace all those judgemental eyes from the nobodies in school. We see that because of what happened in the last season, The Morgue Podcast is taken over by Noah and he has pegged them the Lakewood Six. In the last season,  (Spoiler Alert) we ended with the reveal that Audrey was part of Piper’s plans and was involved in some way. In Season 2, we start right off with Audrey being regretful of it and actually quite in the dark because the killer is back and starting off by threatening to reveal her involvement with the previous events, making Noah’s assumption of a partner with Piper becoming viable, what Audrey didn’t know was there was someone else in the equation.

Scream (Season 2)

The old cast is back with their own set of problems. Coming back from something as traumatic as being chased after by a killer is something that is pretty hard to handle. Everyone is healing in their own ways even if they don’t acknowledge it as healing. To be honest, I’m still not a huge fan of our main “heroine” here. The final girls are talked about a lot here. Another horror reference. It is one thing I love very much about how it is rather “meta”. I never know how to use that word but the Scream franchise itself plays on that a lot. Having someone who is fascinated by serial killers which is Noah in this one, a final girl which is Emma is this one. There is always someone with secrets and someone who is preppy and slutty but maybe is a little more, like Brooke. Brooke remains one of my favorite characters in Scream 2 because she has depth and actually acts kind of human in light of the return of the killer and everything that happens. There’s also Bex Taylor-Klaus who plays Audrey that I think the series has done a good job with but I already elaborated on her above. Oh wait, and of course, there’s Kieran. Also a disposable character in my book because him and Emma are getting tiring to watch. He kind of is around but isn’t. They have this relationship strain because of what happened in the last season. They continue to try to cast suspicions on him, as well as everyone else on who the partner could be. No one is left out in Season 2 on being the accomplice especially in the eyes of the police.

Scream 2

With that said, we need to look at the new additions because those are really exciting to talk about, for the most part. Stavo (full name: Gustavo), played by Santiago Segura is a great character. The young actor himself does a wonderful job. Stavo has so many layers. He is quite dark and doesn’t help that he is super creepy and says the weirdest things but we all know that the most suspicious person is rarely the person responsible. Plus, the thing he develops with Brooke is awesome! I don’t “ship” a lot of characters nowadays but them, I love to actual bits. On the same line of creepiness, Kieran’s cousin, Eli makes an appearance, played by Sean Grandillo. His role isn’t that huge but he is a pretty sketchy guy as well. He is always doing stuff that borders the grey areas. I only wish he had more camera time to build his character more. Eli felt a little wasted at times. Next up, a new character significant for a mention is the psychology brainiac, obviously paired up with Noah as love interest, Zoe, played by Kiana Ledé. A very good character also but somehow, the whole relationship thing for Noah took an interesting turn and then took a weird one which I started to not like Noah just a little. Zoe is a key part of the new cast and her character has some great moments. And also, did I mention that Stavo is the new sheriff’s son and the sheriff is a character I’m slightly on the fence about. I started liking the connection the story gives him in the second half but for the most of the first half, I question his judgement.

Scream TV Series Season 2

We can’t really do an overview of a TV Binge without looking at the killer, right? I’m going to admit that Scream TV Series has taken me surprise even in the first season. It is gory at times and really creepy. It builds a nice suspicion. The killer is crafted so well in this series. I know that this is still a teen series and there might be some things left to be desired but in reality, this one focuses a lot on the fear and building up the backstory of Brandon James and last season’s Piper and now, the accomplice. The question remains: What is the connection? And this is even above who did it. I think it becomes a little more obvious nearing the last few episodes if you look closely at the details and the events of last season and the dialogue between Emma and Audrey in the final few episodes of Season 2 leading up to the final reveal. However, it took me by surprise and that is really all I want to say about it because then I’m heading into spoiler territory and I don’t want to do that (even if I want to talk about this series so much, that I got my husband to binge watch it also.)

As a final note, I loved Scream Season 2. There are some flaws but a lot of the character chemistry and story building and even having a nice lead-up for the next season makes it have so much to look forward to. And if you were wondering, I was alright with the Halloween Special because it paid homage to the original Scream. I was waiting to see when things would kind of converge a little and I’m happy that it did. Plus, as out of place as the Halloween Special was, I thought it still had a lot of cool and creepy moments. But that’s just coming from me, who gets scared easily.  On that note, I’m happy that Season 3 is renewed currently for 6 episodes (which is half a season is what I’m guessing and hopefully will have more if the ratings are good). I’m going to keep my eye on it.