Friday, April 14, 2017

Teen Wolf - Wolf Moon



The first episode of Teen Wolf is simply plotted and quick-paced. It gets going with its cast of characters in a way that lays most of them out with little bother of long dialogue scenes. Fans of the ’85 movie will be disappointed. This is pure MTV in its characters and initial layout of their high school positions. Wolf Moon doesn’t get bogged down in complexity or high drama. I think you can tell this was merely a starting place. “Let’s introduce them and get the wolf bite out of the way then later settle in on developing them further…” is kind of the mentality of the pilot, I felt.

So Scott is this Lacrosse underling resting uncomfortably on the bench with his wise-cracking buddy, Stiles. Scott and Stiles are named after the characters of the popular 80s werewolf comedy, but that’s where it ends, really. The characters of this show are not even remotely related to those in the film. It is more or less to give slight homage then move on from that. Scott is a good kid, unassuming and harmless. Stiles’ dad is a cop, and they’re out hunting for a large animal that attacked a girl in the woods. Scott didn’t even plan on going into the woods but Stiles encourages their following the cops to see if they might possibly run across whatever it was on the prowl. This set up left much to be desired to me. I can’t possibly understand why these two would just agreeably embrace the idea of heading off into the dark of the woods to find a beast that had presumably attacked somebody. But, nonetheless, that is the set up to get Scott into the woods so he could be bitten by Tyler Hoechlin’s werewolf. Hoechlin (I recently watched him in the Linklater movie, Everybody Wants Some) is Derek Hale, a local a few years older that Scott and Stiles. He is clearly the werewolf that took a bite out of Scott and isn’t too apologetic for it! Derek feels his bite helped Scott due to the heightened senses he now is blessed with. A lacrosse tryout before the season leads to Scott’s goalie heroics. A scrimmage game against the star player, Jason (Colton Haynes), provides Scott with the opportunity to introduce his new skills to the players and coach (and spectators). Jason thinks he’s “juicing” but Scott also wants to know how he’s all of a sudden so incredibly athletic after being such an average nobody (Jason’s girlfriend didn’t even know him!) for so long. Meanwhile Stiles is investigating lycanthropy, understanding that with the full moon comes the bloodlust, and Scott is finding the inner wolf harder to tame.

Introduced is the new girl, Allison (Crystal Reed), arriving in town the next day after Scott was bitten. Her dad (JR Bourne) is actually a “hunter”, as we see when Scott can no longer resist the werewolf that emerges, with his eyes yellow, ears pointing, hair Wolverine in style, and urge to rush into the woods overcoming any sense of control. This is where Derek will serve as a type of protection. Derek had taken Allison home from a party after Scott bailed due to the emerging werewolf. Allison and Scott just had immediate chemistry. The show made a way for them to have some time together. Scott works at a vet office as a type of assistant. She hit a dog during a dark, rainy night. He splints the dog’s leg and sees she has a warm shirt (eyeing her removing her wet shirt with the dog urging him not to). Crisis diverted. This opens up the chance to ask her out and she is more than willing to accept his invite to the next night’s party. So it was a rough start for a potential high school romance.








I was looking for a replacement for Scream: the Television Series, and Teen Wolf seemed like an option. Good reception from the wife and daughter, so this should be in company with The Vampire Diaries going forward. We have watched one episode of Harper’s Island, but it didn’t really seem to grab them the way Teen Wolf did tonight. So the blog will have its share of activity going forward, I guess! The angle with the hunter being the possible girlfriend for the werewolf he'll be pursuing certainly is the kind of juicy teen soap plotting that might be expected in a show such as this. Derek serving as mentor will help Scott not literally move into hostile territory and put himself out there as bait to be crossbowed.

This is a real star making kind of show, and Tyler Posey is the lead has a great deal of appeal to him. His plight would earn sympathy, I imagine, and has. The show seems to have taken off. It doesn't seem to endure the same level of criticism as Scream. Dylan O'Brien is the kid I know from the Maze Runner films. They're a big deal in our household. We really look forward to them. I do wish the third film was getting a September release but understand the delay due to O'Brien's injury on set. He's full of spirit and energy, a real good bit of casting as the chatty, excitable sidekick.

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The Girlfriend Experience- Boundaries

Before I sod off, I have had this on paper for a week! Been either forgetting about it or just avoiding it. Last Thursday night I watche...

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Ahs

Edc

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

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

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)

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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.