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REPOST: IT: Chapter One, based on IT by Stephen King: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1986, young Georgie Denburough is out in a storm playing with a paper boat that his older brother, Bill, had made for him.  As he follows the boat along it gets swept into a drain.  Georgie reaches into the drain to try and get the boat when he is confronted by a clown.  A clown deep down in the sewers.  When he reaches for the boat again, the strange creature rips his arm away and drags the poor boy down into the sewers.  Georgie becomes one of the first missing children that would haunt the town of Derry, Maine over the course of the next year.

Summer has finally come for Derry, Maine.  Kids are out of school.  Bullies have free reign of the streets and the “Losers” are trying to stay out of trouble.  As the mysterious disappearance of more kids continues a small group of kids come together, tormented by the local bully as well as a far less tangible but far more dangerous force lurking in the shadows.  This group, known as the Losers’ Club, discover that each have been visited in the last year by a strange clown.  This clown…a force that knows who they are and where they live…is far beyond everything that even their scariest nightmares could have imagined.

As Bill and the rest of the Losers follow the clues, they will be led down the path closer to Pennywise.  Will Bill find his little brother, Georgie, alive and well as he fervently believes?  Or will all of them have to face their darkest nightmares at the hands of a terrifying clown?

General Information:

-Genre: Supernatural Horror

-Creator: based on IT by Stephen King

-Length: 135 minutes

-Rating: R (for supernatural violence, severe violence and gore, severe language, mild sexual innuendo, mild mentions of abuse, some smoking)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library (like I did!)

-Main Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sphia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott

-Page of Reference in RPO: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Yay.  A real horror film.  As a horror buff I can give credit where credit is due.  While the 1991 version with Tim Curry was perfectly fine (this hurts to say because Tim Curry is a FANTASTIC actor…one of my favorites in fact), it lacks the more modern horror moments.  “Child’s play” as a friend once said, compared to this film and its sequel film.

While I was hesitant at first with the more modernization of the timeline (the book has their childhood in the mid-1950s) I was quite impressed with how this little change really worked with the overall feel of the film.  It definitely allowed for some of the more classic horror tropes to be utilized but also paid a wonderful homage to the real rise and birth of modern horror films.

From practical effects to an honestly terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown, this was the film I was hoping for when I watched the 1991 miniseries.

And no offence to Mr. Curry….But Bill Skarsgard’s performance, from costume to makeup to mannerisms, was the clown we should all be absolutely terrified is under our beds.

The story seems to follow the book (and the miniseries) fairly closely with small nods to the miniseries.  The big exception is that Georgie is missing and Bill still thinks he is alive.  It is his desire to find his brother, alive and well, that sends the Loser’s Club down the rabbit hole and into the depths of the horrors that lurk in the Derry sewer system.

I do think this choice was much more believable especially for the 1980s.  the idea that the kids are building a dam in a small creek just doesn’t seem to fit in a world where there are arcade games, movies and a robust set of Television shows.  Going out on an adventure like in The Goonies or fighting demons like in Nightmare on Elm Street or Gremlins is MUCH more convincing than what happened in the book (which was believable and fine for the mid-1950s).

This change in time also allowed for larger conversations and allusions.  Beverly’s abusive father became worse (from physical and mental abuse to actual alluded sexual abuse).  Eddie’s mother is even more neurotic and a bigger hypochondriac (now we may diagnose her with Munchausen’s by Proxy).  Richie’s deep dark secret is covered by his humor and foul mouth (also something that was easier to do in both a theatrical release and in the 1980s).  Bill’s stutter isn’t as pronounced but still there, apparent and more natural.  The rest of the group is just as well.  They join together and make a great team.

Honestly, this is a real horror film.  And if you didn’t know or weren’t familiar with the book is a complete movie on its own.  Which cannot be said of the mini-series.  Very well done and will be one that I will be watching again.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review on IT (novel) by Stephen King

Review on IT: Chapter Two

Review on IT (miniseries)

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REPOST: IT, based off IT by Stephen King: a Mini Series Review

Synopsis:

Based on the novel by Stephen King, IT brings the horror to life on television.

The Lucky Seven have finally found friendship and comradery in each other only to find out that they have all been visited by the same entity: a bizarre and terrifying clown named Pennywise.  He can take on their deepest fears and as they begin to uncover the mystery behind these visits they discover that the clown is also responsible for the rash of murders in the area, including their leaders younger brother.  They follow Pennywise deep into the sewers to kill the creature and seem to be successful.

27 years later the murders begin again. The group returns with help from the only member to remain in their small hometown.  As their memories return they must face their deepest fears to fight IT again and this time hopefully rid the world and their lives from the haunting and dangerous presence.

General Information:

-Genre: Supernatural Horror

-Creator: based off IT by Stephen King

-Length: 192 minutes (original) or 187 minutes (DVD/Blue-Ray) split between two episodes

-Rating: TV-PG (episode 1), TV-14 (episode 2) (for mild nudity and sexual remarks, violence and gore, mild profanity, some alcohol and mild drug use, some intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (rent or buy), iTunes, DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library (like I did!)

-Main Cast: Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Richard Masur, Annette O’Toole, Tim Reid, John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Tim Curry

-Page of Reference in RPO: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

So…

*blinks*

That was…not remotely scary.

Its supposed to be…I think.  Or at least I remember it being scary… but it was made for TV so maybe I am mistaken.

It could also be that I’m watching it 30 years out from its production.

And it was just…very tame.  Sure there was blood and gore.  The possessed fortune cookies were pretty cool.  IT’s actual form was pretty well done.  But as for scares.  It fell quite flat.

I wouldn’t approved it for young children, but older kids would find this ok…at least by todays standards.  Its campy and over the top (though Tim Curry’s performance was amazing as usual) with very few jump scares or creepy music.

Overall it was disappointing to watch as an adult.  Even one who is terrified of clowns.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(and only because Tim Curry does a great job as always)

For the review on IT by Stephen King:

For the review on IT: Chapter One: https://guntersgamesandgold.com/?p=512

For the review on IT: Chapter Two: https://guntersgamesandgold.com/?p=524

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IT, by Stephen King: a Novel Review

Synopsis:

Jumping between the past and the present, the Losers Club has been tasked with defeating a strange force that has caused the local children of Derry, Maine to hallucinate, have incredibly terrifying nightmares and to even go missing.

When Bill Denbrough begins to have nightmares of a mysterious figure, often taking the shape of a clown with a red balloon, things begin to go sideways in his life. His younger brother Georgie is found dead…his arms ripped from his body… when he goes out to play in the rain. Bill begins to realize that the creature in his dreams is what has caused Georgie’s death.

As his small group of friends spend the summer doing what kids do they join together over these nightmares, which have been plaguing all of them. When they discover the cause they do everything in their power to end it.

Ans things seem to have gone well, the creature appearing to disappear.

That is until another sting of vicious child deaths occur in Derry. The Losers Club must face all of their fears, and look into the face of IT again… this time will they defeat the alien force and come out alive? Or will they have to sacrifice everything they hold sacred to save the children of Derry, Maine?

General Information:

-Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror

-Author: Stephen King

-Number of Pages: 1,138 pages

-Main Characters: Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Bev (Beverly) Marsh, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon, Stan Uris, Pennywise/IT, Henry Bowers, Vic Criss, Belch Huggins, Patrick Hockstetter, Peter Gordon, Moose Sadler, Gard Jagermeister, Georgie Denbrough, Eddie Corcoran, Adrien Mellon, Will Hanlon

-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock), get or rent the audiobook (on something like Audible or Libby), or look for it at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Review (contains spoilers):

I just honestly can not with this book. It is WAY too long. You could cut about 400 pages out of the middle and it would be the same story.

There are so many moments in this novel where I feel like King was just putting stuff in to be disgusting. It wasn’t scary… it wasn’t terrifying. It was just disgusting.

This is one of the books I absolutely cannot stand. It is full of homophobia, misogyny, excessive abuse particularly sexual and abuse towards children. And most of the descriptions of these items ARE NOT NECESSARY to build the characters or move the story forward. It is just signature King.

As I have read more of his works I am finding that there is a consistent and excessive need to add in sexual encounters and moments that do nothing to the plot, often come out of no where, and are often incredibly degrading to women.

This books is no different.

The movie (particularly the newer two part film duology) are BEYOND better than this 1100 page novel. I wish I could get the 45 hours of my life back that I listened to the audiobook. Thankfully I was able to do other productive things while listening.

Do not recommend.

Rating:

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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Misery, based on the novel by Stephen King: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Paul Sheldon is a famous writer, known for his Victorian-era romance novels about Misery.  These novels were so popular that, in order to focus on his “more serious” works he purposely kills off Misery in the final novel just to be rid of her.

After completing his latest novel, an untitled piece that he believes will launch his career in a more serious direction, he celebrates and then takes off for his home in New York City.  When an unexpected blizzard hits the area, Paul runs his car off the road and into a ravine, wrecking his legs…but miraculously not killing himself.

He is rescued by a strange woman named Annie Wilkes, who is a nurse that lives out in the country.  As she claims to want to nurse him back to health and will take him into the hospital when the roads clear things begin to change.  Paul realizes that Annie is not what she seems.  His biggest fan, sure, but what happens when your biggest fan isn’t happy with the ending of your latest book about Misery?  And how much worse can things get when that person…isn’t exactly stable…?

General Information:

-Genre: Psychological Horror, Psychological Thriller, Horror

-Creator: based on the novel by Stephen King

-Length: 107 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe violence and gore, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, mild use of drugs in a medical context, severe frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Vudu (for purchase), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Review (contains spoilers):

I will say it probably as many times as there are Stephen King novels translated into film, but his work is so much better as movies in my opinion.

Now having watched the movie and read the book I can say this.  This film is nearly perfect.  Its one of those situations where you can watch the movie and you’ve basically read the book.  Which, one, doesn’t happen often, and two, when it does the movie is often bogged down in superfluous details and is boring.

Not the case here.

The material that this movie was pulled from was very detailed and the crew and director did an excellent job with everything.  The house, the setting, the characters…all how you would picture them when you read the book.

And Kathy Bates performance is just INCREDIBLE.

She absolutely nails the bi-polar back and forth that can happen in someone who isn’t medicated and can go from very high manic moments to the extreme lows of depression.  She was able to capture the flip on a dime nature of the character of Annie Wilkes.  There are moments where she is sweet as pie….then there is the scene where she hobbles him.  Cool and calm.  Absolutely perfect.

The things I wish the film had kept in which would have given it five stars in my mind:

  • The actual hobbling from the book where Annie cuts Paul’s entire foot off of his leg.
  • More of the hallucinations that Paul has throughout the book
  • The death of the young police officer and then the visits from several police officers to add to the suspense of finding Paul
  • And the final hallucination of Annie in Paul’s apartment with the ax….

Just a few extra minutes and a few extra details would have gotten this to a five-star film.  But as is Kathy Bates performance sealed the deal of this film being a must watch.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Misery, by Stephen King: a Novel Review

Synopsis:

Paul Sheldon is a prolific writer.  He is most famous for his Victorian-era romance novel series: Misery.  The problem is…he hates writing it.  He has passion projects that he would rather be spending time writing (though they often do not even net HALF of what a single Misery installment brings in).  As his final installment of the series, Misery’s Child, is released in which he FINALLY kills off his dreaded main character Paul takes a break to write a new crime novel: Fast Cars.

As he finishes the manuscript in the small town of Sidewinder, Colorado, Paul decides to celebrate with some champagne and a long drive…deciding that he should take his ’74 Camaro to Los Angeles instead of flying back to his empty apartment in New York, recently vacated by yet another ex-wife.

Fate has other plans as a snowstorm pops up outside of the small town and causes Paul to crash on the side of the road.  When he awakes its in a strange environment.  A small room with nothing other than a bed, a side table….and he doesn’t recognize any of it.  When Annie Wilkes comes into the room things go from odd to plain weird. 

It turns out Annie saved him from the wreck.  And being a nurse she has first hand experience, and the resources to take care of Paul as he recovers from his incredibly destroyed legs…but is she really there to take care of him?  Or is something about this “number one fan” even more sinister than what is first presented when Annie brings him back from the brink of death?

General Information:

-Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror

-Author: Stephen King

-Number of Pages/Words: around 420 pages,

-Main Characters: Paul Sheldon, Annie Wilkes

-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock), get or rent the audiobook (on something like Audible or Libby), or look for it at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RP1:

Review (contains spoilers):

So I’ve seen the movie a lot and now I’ve read a few of Stephen King’s novels…and I can honestly say this: Stephen King is much better on film.

Maybe its because my imagination (while very clear and my inner eye can create basically anything) knows that it doesn’t have to with books) has decided it doesn’t need to animate what is going on in the novels.  Or maybe it’s the way the prose is written…the books just aren’t’ scarry.

Misery has a few ick moments in it but I didn’t find myself worried or scared.  Honesty the false ending where Paul imagines Annie as having escaped the police and showing up at his apartment to kill him with the same ax she uses to chop off his foot was way worse and would have been a better ending in my opinion that the “everything is fine” ending that was written for Paul.

Overall,

 the book was fine.  It wasn’t too long.  The action was fine.  The depiction of the mental illness that Annie displayed defiantly fit more of the knowledge and views that were known about in the 1980s when the novel was written and published.  There were some slightly misogynistic moments and Annie (while overweight, isolated and mentally ill) was described in a way that was disparaging when all the things she is aren’t necessarily negative traits.  Her being an Angel of Death however was discovered in a very interesting way.

It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read.  And it wasn’t the best.  The movie is better in my opinion which for me isn’t a common view…usually the books are way better.

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Mindhunter, created by Joe Penhall: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Based off of the true-crime novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this series follows FBI Special Agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, as well as Psychologist Wendy Carr, who eventually come to build and run the Behavioral Science Unit in the Training Division of the FBI Academy. 

As the beginnings of criminal psychology begin to become known in the world of the FBI and other detectives we are drawn into a world before Criminal Minds and other shows like Disappeared or Who the Bleep did I Marry? when crime was often committed by a loved one and more often a romantic partner.  Before Charles Manson and Dennis Rader…Ted Bundy and Ed Gein… the world was simpler when it came to crime.

As the changes in the world become apparent and more prevalent (and as the agents who are deep in the thick of things) are presented with a case that has all the earmarks of a psychotic killer Ford and Tench are off to teach more and more police how to better handle their cases…while Ford attempts to delve into the minds of devious minds like Edmund Kemper, Dennis Rader, Montie Rissel, Jerry Brundos and Richard Speck… all while trying to change the teaching methods and bring up an entirely new division of the FBI.

General Information:

-Genre: Crime Drama, Psychological Thriller

-Creator: Joe Penhall

-Length: 2 seasons, 19 episodes, averaging around 55 minutes each (with some as short as 35 and some as long as 73 minutes) …. A potential third season is on the books…

-Rating: TV-MA (psychological drama, true crime stories, crime drama, discussions and views of murder, severe sex and nudity, discussions of sexual deviance, murder, discussions of rape and abuse, moderate to severe profanity and use of racial slurs and racial language from the 1970s and 1980s, interviews with serial killers)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Johnathan Groff, Hold McCallany, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith, Anna Torv, Stacey Roca, Cameron Britton, Michael Cerveris, Joe Tuttle, Lauren Glazier, Albert Jones, Sierra McClain, June Carryl

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Review (contains spoilers):

General Overall Review:

This was a good series overall.  Everything seems to pull from what actually happened with the building of the BAU/BSU.  The characters are compelling and I will say the most interesting are those who play the killers they are interviewing.  Their performance and the lives they are portraying are absolutely beautifully done.  They were able to capture the essence of each of these distinct people.  It was really incredible and often what kept me watching the show.

Overall, it’s a fine show.  But I prefer others like Criminal Minds (fictional) or Disappeared (true crime).  There are so many other books and shows out there that are more compelling and more comprehensive if you are interested in this sort of case work and the building of the BSU/BAU.

The following review is going to be more of a stream of consciousness as I watch each season.  I’ll try to keep it in order of events as they happen but there maybe something that I didn’t think was important at the time but then became relevant later.

Season 1:

It’s a fascinating show.  Defiantly one that I know needs to be watched.  Its not like Criminal Minds in the way that I know I can walk away or do something else while watching it and catch the majority (and all the important things) that are going on during the course of an episode.

Only two episodes in I’m actually interested in the specific serial killers that they worked in.  I’ve never read the book that this is based on, but I am intrigued and will probably add it to the list of things that I will read since I love true crime.  Its kind of a big part of my life and I’m honestly surprised that I hadn’t made it more than 6 episodes into this show when it came out…and that I’ve never read the novel it pulled the inspiration from.

Ok…Edmund Kemper is extremely fascinating.  The actor is great.  He captured all of the mannerisms of the real Kemper.  He’s only been in the show for one episode so far but its absolutely wonderfully done.  And Ford’s obsession with him after one meeting is incredible.  And not something that is unrelatable. 

The set up is really interesting.  Telling the stories of killers who haven’t yet been caught interspersed with the trying to set up the Behavioral Science Unit.  After two episodes I’m waiting for everything to drop be it that Kemper isn’t telling the whole truth (I’m not as familiar with his story so I’m not sure this is true) or for Dennis Radar’s kills to finally be shown as we had a bit of him in the second and now at the beginning of the third episode.

I like how they made the whole show not only set in the 1970s (when the BSU was being developed) but also filmed everything like it would have been a film during the time.  From the way the show the locations to the slight yellowing of the recording it’s a really interesting to see how everything was directed and built to seem like we are actually following the pair of agents around.

The response Ford has when one of the investigations turns up a new murder with the same MO is actually funny…but totally understandable when you think about the fact that they are finally vindicated in the fact that their idea of who and what happened to the first victim is incredible.  I love it.  Its really interesting how well they have created the whole idea and how they are beginning to build up all of the ways that the FBI currently profiles serial (or sequence) killers.

I’ve said this before but the further we get into seeing what Kemper is like the more I love the actor who played him.  He had to have studied the actual Kemper.  His mannerisms and cadence is perfect.  Its just a little scary but just wonderfully done.

Its really interesting the other cases that they get into to help expand the work they are doing.  Single cases, the beginnings of serial murders… all of it is important to how the BSU was built up.  The majority of killers have a series of commonalities.  And this is what they are trying to show through the resources and research that they are doing in the show.

The costuming and set building is really well done from the on-site locations to the build outs that they have done.  Everything truly fits into he 1970s aesthetic and period they are building things off of.

The situations that the writers put everyone in are fascinating.  They do a really excellent job they do in creating and building the language that has become commonplace in today’s world of criminal behavior and analysis.  It doesn’t feel forced or coerced.  It happens naturally in the course of their work which is something I really enjoy when it comes to complicated subjects.

Hmmm…I’m not sure how I am feeling about the fact that they worked so much of the characters personal lives into the show.  Unlike shows like Criminal Minds where the stories about personal lives are really interlaced in the nuances of the overarching stories and the character relationships themselves.  I wish more of the personal lives were interlinked with what was going on in the greater scheme of the storyline.

Well now Ford is in trouble. Its never good to lie. However, I do understand where he is coming from in regard to talking to the killers.  I understand that there is a need of having a series of questions that are consistent but honestly you have to stray from those guidelines.  These creatures don’t understand the concept of morality and consistency in many cases.  They have their own language and morals.

Oof…that could almost be the end of the unit.  I hope the new guy doesn’t screw up everything.

I love how much they are showing that Ford is developing a lot of the tactics that police and FBI use to get a suspect to talk now.  Psychologically getting into their head.  Learning their language, cadence, and rhythm.  Creating “evidence” boxes and files that don’t really exist to make them squirm and reveal more than they intended to.

I am not sure I like Wendy now any more than I did when she entered the scene.  I get where she is coming from.  The idea that a death penalty case reflecting badly on the BSU rings pretty true.  However, the whole point of the research and guidelines they are creating is to use it in law enforcement to better catch and convict (and also prevent) these crimes from occurring.

And now they’ve been pulled out….oops.  That tape didn’t do well.  New guy is in trouble.

Oh man….I wouldn’t have made it that far down the hallway if Ed Kemper had cornered me, threatened me and then hugged me…oh god.  I’d have lost it.  Looks like Holden is going to be having a minor breakdown. Or at least an anxiety attack. 

I’m loving the little snippets they have worked in of BTK.  Just such a nice little touch as things are really getting going. 

And that was some ending for the season.

Season 2:

Bring on season 2.  I’m pretty sure that they jumped a few years.  This is more into the 1980’s but I’ll have to check. Ok so the first season took place over the course of 3 years… didn’t feel like it but that makes sense in the long run.  This season should cover the next year… so around 1980 to 1981.

I’m interested in everything that we will get to see in this season because this is when a lot of serial killers really came into their own.  The late 1970’s and early 1980’s was kind of the big era for serial killers. 

We’ve already gotten to see Kemper and heard about Manson.  Richard Speck.  We’ve seen little tidbits of BTK.

Poor Holden.  Doesn’t know what has happened.  Panic Attacks are the literal worst.  And when people didn’t know what they were things were even harder.  Holden doesn’t know what they are, so he’s had to be strapped down for his own safety.  I wonder if Bill even knows where Holden is at the moment.

And there is BTK. 

I’m super not sure about all of the characters at this point in the show.  Bill is seeming like a jerk…but I can’t decide if it is due to the fact that there is a new director or if he’s just tired of Holden’s antics.  Wendy is kind of a bitch honestly.  And again, I can’t tell if it is just her actual personality coming out or if she is just stuck in her ways of academia or if she’s just over the work.  The new guy is timid and kind of a tool.  And Holden is just losing it (nothing wrong with panic attacks…I get them…) but like…man.

This new director is an interesting guy. Not sure that I like him yet.

And the expansion of the BSU.  While it is good it just seems really sudden…though that is kind of how it happened in real life from what I know about the development of the BSU.

Yeah.  Saw that coming.  Holden is going to learn a lot about the fact that what he is doing isn’t always going to go over well and is going to have casualties if he isn’t careful. 

So that came out of left field.  Incredibly disturbing that their son, Brian, had anything to do with the local murder of that child.  I wasn’t really sure what was going on with the local murder.  It came out of no where as most murders do.  But this is going to add a whole other level to everything going on with Bill.

Atlanta is also being short sighted.  I hate that politics are often the reason that so many different cases don’t actually get solved or solved properly.  It’s terrible.

I’m warming up to the characters again.  I still don’t like Wendy.  She’s just not my cup of tea but her having to go into the interview herself I think helped the entire

Oh yay.  Charles Manson.  The guy who is playing him is actually really good.  Just like the actor for BTK, and Ed Kemper…. Son of Sam.  They have done an excellent job with the casting of all of the serial killers.  Yep.  He did a stunningly great job as the crazy Manson.  Between the mannerisms and the language…its so good. Ooh. So good.  I hope they talk to Tex.  He was also a fascinating subject.

So many excellent moments with Manson.  From the posing and cinematography of him being a “Jesus” figure.  From how he is sitting at the table.  To standing up and throwing his arms out like he is on a cross.  Just a fantastic moment.  And the glasses…. that last moment with him and the glasses was just like it was drawn out of photos of Manson himself.   Just classic.

Yes, we do get Tex Watson.  So good.  Honestly, Tex was the one from my research that I really felt knew about and was honest about what was happening inside the Charles Manson Family.  Now Tex does something that I really can’t stand.  He lapses into his religion.  That is one of my personal struggles with killers. That they can do terrible things and simply ask for forgiveness from G-d and they are absolved.

I wonder how into the Atlanta Child Murders we are going to get into.  And honestly how much of BTK we will really get in the end.  I am enjoying all of these little moments where we see how close he came to getting caught.  But this is going to be interesting.  They have finally been able to get into the Atlanta case…

There is a lot going on all at once.  Between Wendy interviewing more killers, the stuff going on with Brian, Bill going to the retreat, and getting called into Atlanta.  Its just bouncing around a lot and I’m not sure how it will all pan out.

We only have a few episodes left in this season with no season 3…are they going to catch the Atlanta Child Killer?  And seriously Bill needs to make a decision on what he needs to do…either stay in DC or work the case in Atlanta. This back and forth is super exhausting to watch.

Cool so Bill finally told Holden what was up.  And we are finally at the point where they ended up catching the Atlanta Child Killer.  Honestly that’s cutting it really close to the end of the show.  Which means we aren’t going to get to see BTK caught (which makes sense since that didn’t happen until 2005), we aren’t going to see Bundy in this series (at least for now) and we aren’t going to deal with Zodiac, or the Night Stalker, or even  …all of which are big names that

Hmmmm…. That was an interesting tie up.  I can clearly see how they need another season… but who knows if or when we will get it.  The Atlanta Child Killer is in custody (and once again the casting was PERFECT).  BTK is still at large.

There are more serial killers that would come out over the next few seasons.

I guess in the end I probably will keep watching if the next season comes out.  More just to see if they follow through with all the little ends they left like the trial.  Bill’s family leaving him.  Holden’s PTSD stuff.  Wendy’s life…kind of… maybe not that so much.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Silence of the Lambs, based on the novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris: a Film Review

Synopsis:

A new serial killer has popped up.  “Buffalo Bill” has killed five victims when we enter the scene. A young trainee agent is sent to speak with the notorious Hannibal Lecter, a psychologist who is committed to an asylum for the criminally insane after murdering and eating several of his patients.  The agent who sends here on this mission is hoping that she may be able to recover some information that will help the FBI capture Buffalo Bill.

As our trainee, Clarice, begins to seemingly befriend Lecter a senator’s daughter is abducted by Buffalo Bill and the hunt is on.

As Clarice works with the Behavioral Analysis Unit and begins to decipher the clues from both Bill and Lecter himself, she gets deep into the hunt for the killer.  But will she come out of this the same?

General Information:

-Genre: Psychological Thriller

-Creator: based on the book The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

-Length: 118 minutes

-Rating: R (sex and nudity, extreme violence and gore, moderate profanity, realistically intense scenes dealing with stalking and murder)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, or find it at your local library

-Main Cast: Jodi Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Brooke Smith

-Page of Reference in RPO: 172

Review (contains spoilers):

A decent psychological thriller that sadly doesn’t stand the test of time cinematically in the horror genre.  Or maybe I just watch too many films and true crime items and am just desensitized to the whole idea.

While the story line is well thought out and provocative and both Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins give stunning performances in their rolls as Agent and Serial Killer, the cinematography and the designs are thourally 1990s or even 1980s.  which works overall for the idea and the general feel of the film.

Yet when viewed through the lens of modern film which has managed to not only push the agenda when it comes to blood and gore but also on the desensitization of the film goer this just doesn’t seem to hold up anymore.

I remember watching this when I was younger and it frightening me.  But now having literally spent a good portion of my adult life fascinated by serial killers and the inner working of their mind I don’t find this to be a real psychological thriller any longer.

It is intense in places and leaves one feeling slimy when you connect with Lecter…which sadly happens a few times because he is able to showcase a human side even while you know he is manipulating Clarice for some nefarious reason or another. But honestly I’ve been more on edge during an episode of Criminal Minds or the first Saw movie that I was the entire time re-watching this film…

Maybe I will find the book more difficult to get through at my age.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.