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Awesome Goodwill VHS buys, part one!

One of my favorite things about going to thrift stores is that damn near all of them usually have a pretty large section used solely for showcasing the VHS tapes they have for sale.  Sure, VHS is an obsolete medium nowadays.  Hell, even DVD is going the way of the dinosaur.  But I'll be damned if I'm not a sucker for classic VHS tapes.  That, and there's a huge nostalgia factor associated with them.
We took a family trip to Goodwill the other night and without batting an eye lash, I immediately darted towards the movie section.  I browsed the shelves for a good twenty minutes before finally settling on the tapes shown in the header image above.
Now let's take a closer look...

I'm a sucker for some X-FILES.  That's a well-known fact.  I understand that the entire series is currently on Netflix in glorious high-definition, but I just couldn't turn down the opportunity catch a few episodes in their original 4:3 aspect ratio.  Trust no one.

Here's a quick …

Stalking STALKER: S01E17 - "Fun and Games"

Well, we just had arguably the "best" episode of STALKER thus far in its inaugural season.  Much like the pilot episode, this one, titled "Fun and Games", dealt solely with Beth's subplot.  And wow, this one gets pretty intense.

Stalker -- S01E17 -- "Fun and Games"

There isn't really a cold opening this time around, but we are given a brief history of the story of Perry and Ray, Beth's two stalkers.  And that's followed by a dream sequence where Beth's home is invaded by the two.  Not a shabby opening by any means.

In last week's cliffhanger ending, we were left wondering if Ray had killed Jack's ex-wife.  That question is answered: she's alive, but in the hospital, stable.  So there's that.

Now Ray and Perry haven't gotten along all too well since Perry sprang Ray from the mental health facility.  It became almost immediately clear that Ray was taking charge -- and in complete control.

Ray ends up kidnapping Beth&…

First six pages of FIGHT CLUB 2 released!

Finally!  We've finally got our first real look at FIGHT CLUB 2 and I couldn't be more psyched!  Now granted, these are only the first six pages, so it's hard to really get a grasp on where the story is going, but it's definitely nice just to see these characters again.

From someone who absolutely loves the first movie and has read the book (twice!), there's most certainly a story to be told with these characters.  And just the comfort of knowing that mastermind Chuck Palahniuk is behind this sequel is a giant breath of fresh air.

So what are you waiting for?  Read it!

So what did you think?!  Is there really another story to tell?  With the above imagery and dialogues, it's apparent that Tyler Durden is about to make his presence known.

FIGHT CLUB 2 pages courtesy of Playboy.

Looking at the Devil's Lair scene in CHILD'S PLAY 3

Okay, so let's take a look at the climax of CHILD'S PLAY 3.  It is set at a carnival that's near the military school (Kent Military School) where the film mostly takes place, in an attraction called the Devil's Lair -- basically a fun house that you ride through.  And way better than any one I've ever been through in my life.

But basically, one of of the best endings in the franchise occurs in CHILD'S PLAY 3.  At the Devil's Lair.  In essence, it changed the course of the franchise.

So after the incident at "the old Jeep" where Shelton is accidentally killed by a live round and Whitehurst jumps on a grenade, Tyler takes off towards the carnival with Chucky in pursuit -- and Andy and De Silva follow after.

Shortly after Chucky reconnects with Tyler, he wastes no time looking for a place to complete the chant and transfer his soul into Tyler.

And that's when it happens, Chucky notices the funhouse, aptly named the Devil's Lair.  They enter.

Hey, I wrote about movies becoming TV shows

Over on my column for the Indianapolis Movie Examiner, I wrote about TV adaptations.  You know, when a comic/graphic novel or movie gets turned into a TV series (BATES MOTEL, THE WALKING DEAD, etc.).  I didn't say a whole lot, but I expressed my general feelings on the subject.

If you're bored or curious, please have a read.  You can check out the article by clicking the link below.

Movies becoming TV shows are a thing of the past -- and present
As always, shares and likes are appreciated!  Thanks for reading!

LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League blu-ray giveaway

Hey, want to win LEGO's JUSTICE LEAGE VS. BIZARRO LEAGUE on blu-ray?  Entry is simple.  Just use the app below to reveal your Bizarro name and enter it in the comments below.  One lucky winner will be selected and they'll receive the following:

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD copy of the filmBatzarro mini-figure

Have fun and good luck!

Each household is only eligible to win LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Stalking STALKER: S01E16 - "Salvation"

Okay, folks, we got a good one last week.  Last Wednesday's STALKER, titled "Salvation", took a page from one of Kevin Williamson's other shows, THE FOLLOWING.  A young woman believes she is being stalked by proxy by her ex-boyfriend.  Well, it turns out she couldn't be more wrong.  In fact, she's being group stalked.

Stalker -- S01E16 -- "Salvation"

During the cold opening, we meet a young lady who is still relatively new to Los Angeles -- and as she's making her way up the stairs in her apartment building, she runs into, what she believes is, a harmless stranger.  Everything's fine until the stranger begins talking about the woman's ex-boyfriend.  The girl panics and races to her apartment.

So naturally, she believes she is being stalked by proxy by her ex.  But she's wrong.  In fact, she's being creeped on by a stalking group.  Yes, you heard right.  A stalking group (see photo above).

It all traces back to a cult-like organiza…

Mail Call: Dino Drac February '15 Funpack is here!

Well, it's that time of the month again!  Yes, the Dinosaur Dracula Funpacks have been delivered!  I apologize for being late to the party --  I've had this sitting around for a couple days now.  I've been so busy lately.  I don't know how Matt finds the time to do these things.

But without further ado, here's a rundown of the wonderful contents...

An honest-to-goodness Mini Boglin from the early 1990s!  Yes, those rubber monster puppets came in figure form, too!  Have fun with your new monster!A Valentine's Mordle in custom Dino Drac packaging!  These demons will help you be lucky in love!A Superman DVD filled with very old and now-always-PC cartoons!  (Loved these as a kid!)Three horrific card packs, including rarer finds like Jaws 3-D and Monster in my Pocket!A vintage Topps T-Shirt Factory iron-on -- yes, a legit one --  go make yourself a fancy shirt!Dino Drac's February 2015 Ugly Mini-Poster, Valentine's Day edition!Dino Drac's February 2015 S…

CUT! delivers an amazing thrill ride

I'll be the first to admit, when I first watched the trailer for CUT!, I thought to myself I've seen this movie done 20 times.  But after just finishing watching the full film, I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  CUT! is that rare little gem that manages to suspend disbelief for not only the characters in the film, but for the audience as well.  Not since SAW and THE USUAL SUSPECTS has an ending left such an impression on me.

The movie starts out simple enough, after some brief character exposition.  Lane and Travis are two guys who work on movie sets, with dreams of becoming filmmakers themselves.  Travis, who is inspired by found footage flicks such as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, hatches a plan to shoot his own movie in the same style.  The twist: none of the actors in his movie are actors at all, but real people who he and Lane plan to pull elaborate "pranks" on.

But things soon take a dark turn when they hire the homeless guy who hangs out behind the…

Who killed Tatum Riley? My analysis!

I was on Facebook recently and seen a question posed by a member of the group Scream & The Many Faces of Ghostface asking who we thought killed Tatum Riley in SCREAM.  And it suddenly struck me, it's never entirely clear on who exactly killed Tatum in the garage of the Macher residence in the third act of the film.

Now keep in my mind, Tatum's death isn't the only debated death in the film, but her death comes at a crucial time in the film when the secrecy of the killers' identity needs to be kept tighter than ever.  And this is what brings to the question: Who killed Tatum Riley?
Now let's lay some ground work first.  It's been almost twenty years since SCREAM was released so it's no secret that the killers end up being Billy Loomis and Stu Macher.  Hopefully that's not a spoiler.  If it is, then I'll just say what the kids are saying nowadays, "SMDH..."  Okay, so there's a big party going on at Stu's house to celebrate the n…