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Review ‘Creepshow’ Season 2 Episode 4: Pipe Screams/Within the Walls of Madness



Last week’s Creepshow unleashed the horrors of deep space and high school, but this week it goes deep below the grime of a slum apartment and beyond the realms of sanity. With lots of fantastic, nasty, scary creatures to be had brought to life in stunning FX! In a lot of ways, this week’s segments Pipe Screams and Within the Walls of Madness feel more in line with the original Creepshow movies in their own specific ways.

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Our first tale of baked up abomination is Pipe Screams, which follows a plumber on hard times named Linus Carruthers (Eric Edelstein, Green Room) contracted by the obnoxious and uncaring landlord Victoria Smoot (Barbara Crampton, Jakob’s Wife) to fix a clog in the rundown apartment building she owns. Only for Linus to find out there’s something far worse than paper towels or scum stuck in the aged pipes of the building. Meeting the tenant Janet, (Selena Aduze, Doctor Sleep) they start to realize the true monster may not be the obvious one…

A classic Creepshow style tale of monstrous comeuppance from director Joe Lynch who also handled last week’s The Right snuff and horror author Daniel Kraus, Pipe Screams has everything you could want from such a tale. Quirky characters with a terrific cast, a moody setting, and one hell of a creature. In this case… Cloggy. Brought to beautiful, gross, retching life by the fine folks at KNB. Words won’t do it justice, it’s just something you gotta see to believe. This story was lighter and funnier than Lynch’s prior entry with lots of slapstick and splatstick as our errant plumber attempts to deal with the grimy beast in the apartment’s pipes. Lynch posting another Letterboxd list of influences in the making of this episode that put things in a clearer light.

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Eric Edelstein does a phenomenal job as our errant plumber stuck between a rock and a hard place. Or stuck between financial ruin and one seriously pissed off pipe clog. Getting into some slimy brawls with the greasy thing from the drain in a fashion that would make Ashley J. Williams proud. Showing an earnestness as just a guy trying to get a paycheck and ending up have to deal with a monster… and the thing in the pipes. Speaking of, Barbara Crampton shines in what could be her most diabolical role yet: a short tempered, racist, cheap slumlord. Victoria is the classic kind of Creepshow creep, like the bastard of Upson Pratt and Wilma or “Billy” to her friends. Completely abhorrent to her tenants, Linus, and only caring about getting the job done slapdash so she can quickly get to her next bottle of expensive chardonnay. If you’ve ever experienced frustration or anger with your landlord, this story’s for you!

In our latter tale, we go deep into the bowels of the Earth and beyond in Within the Walls of Madness, a Lovecraft tinged cosmic horror story of insanity from showrunner Greg Nictotero and writer John Esposito and directed by Tales From The Darkside: The Movie‘s John Harrison. The story follows a man named Zeller (Drew Matthews, The Arbors) held in prison for murder and being interviewed by his duplicitous lawyer Tara Cartright (Brittany Smith, Venom) about the events that transpired at a secret government facility deep in the snowy mountains. Zeller was a part of a team conducting research with Doctor Trollenberg (Denise Crosby,  Pet Sematary) that may have unleashed an unspeakable evil that picked off the staff. But is it real, or has Zeller truly succumbed to madness?

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Another fun change of pace for Creepshow, particularly in the realm of cosmic and psychological horror.  You can tell that Nicotero and Esposito wanted to tell their own story in those styles while creating something new, and they did a good job of putting the tropes and pieces together. Some details required repeat viewing to get a better grasp on, but for the most part it’s a solid and trippy tale. As the humans start to turn on one another and trust fades, they becomes as monstrous, if not more than whatever dwells within the walls.

Matthews and Cartright have a decent chemistry as they go toe to toe over what was really occurring in the facility and their different ideas of how to proceed with the court case. Crosby shines as the quite possibly mad Doctor Trollenberg as the truth of her experiments come out in more ways than one, pitting her and Zoller against each other. As always, top notch special and practical FX from KNB. Expect lots of tentacles and things from beyond.

Another solid issue of Creepshow, and with two episodes left this season I can only imagine what will be unleashed next!

Creepshow airs new episodes every Thursday on Shudder.

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‘Ghost Adventures’ Returns With Zak Bagans and the Haunting Tale of ‘Lake of Death’




Zak Bagans and his droogs are back with another season of Ghost Adventures. This time around they are kicking it off with a haunting tale of Ghost Adventures: Lake of Death.

The two-hour special will explore the Hoover Dam and the seriously creepy Lake Mead and the surrounding area. I can only imagine all of the insanely scary things that happened during its time with many suicides and accidental deaths.

The synopsis for this season of Ghost Adventures goes like this:

During the supersized premiere, “Ghost Adventures: Lake of Death,” popular paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley, spend the two-hour kick-off episode investigating the deadly secrets at Hoover Dam’s Lake Mead. Along its sprawling shores, an attack by an anxiety-inducing spirit brings Bagans to his knees and fearing for his life.

An incredible amount of statistics made their way out and I cannot believe my dang ears and eyes. It turns out that over 10 million men tuned into Ghost Adventures last season to watch. This is between ages 25 and 54. These ages tuned in by record numbers and somehow managed to shock everyone taking stats. That is a crazy number considering it isn’t sports or anything like that.

Ghost Adventures: Lake of Death returns beginning July 31.

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Netflix Prepares Murderous Siblings Documentary, ‘Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story’




Jeffrey Dahmer massively set a bar with its huge premiere. Dahmer: Monster the Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Dahmer’s Netflix story was a massive/viral hit. Next up the series takes aim at parental murderers, Lyle and Erik Menendez. Lyle and Erik were responsible for the murder of their parents. It was a crime that blasted its way across the 1990s. There wasn’t any form of pop culture where you wouldn’t see the spoofing commence.

Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will undoubtable explore the two estranged, murderous brothers and their selfish exploits when it came to their parents.

We can expect to see Monsters in 2024 on Netflix. We are hoping that the production for the follow-up isn’t a throw away. We also hope that the Menendez series explores the troubled relationship that the boys had with their parents.

Are you excited about Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Story? Let us know in the comments section.

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The Last Drive-In Pumps New Blood into Walpurgisnacht!



Darcy the Mail Girl Action Figure Coming!

Everyone grab your flaming herb torches, it’s time once again for Walpurgisnacht! Everyone’s favorite night of witch burnings and mountaintop orgies.

The only question is, will you side with Joe Bob in stopping the unholy rites? Or will you participate in the orgy of witches with Darcy? I think I know what the mutant family will decide. 

As its tradition, fans scoured the Shudder catalog to try and divine what witchcraft-themed movies would be showcased. An easy choice would be the Blair Witch films that were recently added to the line-up, but that wouldn’t be the drive-in way.  

No, Joe Bob in his infinite wisdom gave us Witchboard and The Devil’s Rain instead. These may not be the best movies, one isn’t even necessarily on theme, but that isn’t what the drive-in is all about.   

The Last Drive-In is all about Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the mail girl. Week after week fans tune in for bad jokes and awesome costumes. 

 Even if you don’t like the movie, odds are you will keep watching just to learn way too much information about a director that you have never heard of.  

Don’t get me wrong, these are fantastic films in their own way. Witchboard is the most unintentionally homoerotic horror film outside of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

The Devils Rain may have a five-dollar script but it has a triple-a cast. It even has pre-cult John Travolta. To be fair, the film was a money laundering scheme set up by the Columbo crime family. 

If you are wondering what happened at the Battle of the Brocken. I won’t spoil it for you but let’s just say that Darcy ends up getting some head when it’s all said and done. 

I hope to see you all during the live stream this Friday, I’ll be tweeting along as usual. As always, make sure to check back here for The Last Drive-In updates and all of your horror news.

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