Saturday, April 15, 2017

Supernatural - Family Remains



Supernatural, much to my surprise, has been one of my popular subjects on the blog. I’m aghast by this, but it is fun to write about actually. I choose off-kilter synopses and titles to view for the blog, not really focusing extensively on the show’s key spiritual theme on angels and demons as much as whatever might interest me personally. Family Remains was simply about Sam and Dean pursuing a ghost in a house as a family, still mourning a tragedy that nearly broke the parents apart, arrives to move in. The previous owner is hacked to pieces by what the show hints might be a ghost…and he seemed to know her. Dean has revealed to Sam he was let off a “torture wheel” to torture “souls” in Hell…particularly eye-opening is Dean’s revelation that he liked it! Dean admits that after thirty years (although it isn’t that to Sam on Earth) on the torture wheel, meting out torture himself felt good. Sam can only look on, trying to process this. Anyway, back to the house. So the family (David Newsom, Helen Slater, Alexa Nikolas, and Dylan Minnette; Bradley Stryker plays Slater’s brother) finds movement in the walls and unusual sounds, writing on the wall, a ball rolled to the boy along with communication, and awkward smells. Sam and Dean must vanquish what they think is a female ghost, but when she breaks a salt circle that was supposedly meant to keep out specters, they realize this isn’t what was expected. They investigate the previous owner, learning of a daughter who committed suicide. Well then there is the icky detail of inbred pregnancy and childbirth…and a possible brother. Basically a siege episode where the house and grounds are a playground for captives left in their own hidden room of a house with crawlspaces leading to it. No sunlight and not raised normally in a functioning environment that was nurturing and affectionate, these kids were more or less animals feeding on rats! Dangerous and primal, they are rabid and deranged, not quite human or able to behave rationally and cognitively. That’s the basics of the plot. Dean goes into the crawlspace to find “her”, as Stryker’s Ted follows, locating this hole (damned scary hole, too) he must enter to see if she’s down there. There’s a later scene where Dean goes into a hidden dumbwaiter, yet again leading into a dark place not knowing what lied ahead. While the violence is altogether hinted at and edited to leave most to the imagination, it can be damned effective. Like when the girl is about to enter a shack to attack Slater and Nikolas but the father drags her outside…all we hear is her fighting and being stabbed to death. The scene where the camera shows her dead, open eyes is quite eerie. We never get a good description of the boy, but the girl approaching the family and Dean in the circle, crossing into their space is right creepy. Probably this episode won’t be essential viewing from those completely involved in the main ongoing story of angels and demons at war, and the cast has some good actors (Slater and Newsom) that don’t get much to do other than deal with threats to them (it is all reactionary as the plot moves so fast there’s little time for breath or acting showcases). But I thought it was entertaining enough, and the house has its dark areas Dean must investigate while Sam tries to keep the others safe. The loss of a child is ultimately revealed in the shack as Sam listens, while before all you got were hints in dialogue between the parents of something that put a strain on their marriage. Slater and Newsom do what they can with the time they have…they have the right faces and reactions to get across marriage difficulties and this life altering decision to head for the country to repair their relationship. But the ongoing Dean and Sam drama gets just enough to maintain its presence no matter if the episode deals with angels and demons or not.




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Edc
Blog's Dead all Over
"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

Sbut

Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

hal1

It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

Jtm 2

Jtm 2

Rave

Rave

Mrub

Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

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sm6

Rv1

Rv1

Nas

Nas

nos3

nos3

Lok

Lok

Po

Po

Ra6

Ra6

dawn

dawn

Dracula's Daughter ('36)

Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

mh2

mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

Ghspo

Ghspo
Movie, so-so, but poster, cool

Enl

Enl

nos4

nos4

gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


No 2

No 2
Jason Lives

clothes line

clothes line

Ahorr

Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

Fdfn2

Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

Sh fr

Sh fr
Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

f133

f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

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Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

ring 2

ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

exc4

exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

Ps89

Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

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pcushig

His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

wb

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

WZ

WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

h1

h1
Look behind you!

Bs

Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

linnea

linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

Hp

Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

Hill

Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Frere and dummy

Frere and dummy

Mlove

Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

Lips

Lips

Fhz

Fhz

Ph

Ph

Vestron

Vestron
Vintage VHS

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sm 3

Monique parent

Monique parent
Erotique in Review

Were5

Were5

f13

f13
November 2015

Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

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Ms45 w

Churcvh

Churcvh
The Church 1989

Ww

Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

Ckvh

Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

Bw5

Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.