Review ‘Creepshow’ Season 2 Episode 5: Night of the Living Late Show
Last week’s Creepshow went below a run down apartment and into the bowels of Earth. This week in the Season 2 finale, we’re diving from the real world and into the universe of virtual reality cinema! And how you can get easily lost there.
Night of the Living Late Show follows Simon (Justin Long, Tusk) an introverted scientist who has made one of the biggest breakthroughs in media technology: a fully immersive virtual reality tank! Using it to literally jump into his favorite movie, the 1972 sci-fi monster movie classic, Horror Express starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. But with each deep dive into the movie, his wife Renee (D’Arcy Carde, The Good Place) grows more and more concerned, especially as Simon tries to live out his infatuation with the fictional Countess Petrovska (Hannah Fierman, V/H/S) and tensions continue to mount…
A splendidly unique concept for a special full length 40 minute Creepshow tale directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero and written by Stan Against Evil creator Dana Gould who also starred in last season’s Skincrawlers. With the wonders of editing/special fx technology, characters from the Creepshow story are able to jump into Horror Express and interact with the world within their world. Including scenes of Justin Long’s Simon geeking out in the presence of Christopher Lee- as I think we all would given the situation. These cuts are relatively seamless or just kind of fit with the flow of a virtual reality program version of Horror Express with other segments involving recreated sets from the train and Hannah Fierman’s Countess being the only character who goes fully ‘off-script.’ My only real gripe would be that Telly Savalas’ larger than life cossack commander didn’t get to make an appearance. Also leading to a fun segment in Night of the Living Dead…
At its core however, Night of the Living Late Show is a human drama instead of technology gone awry. The virtual reality unit works perfectly fine, it is the whims of the creator that cause misfortune. Simon and Renee’s marriage was already clearly strained, and his obsessive escapism only exacerbates their relationship. In a way, it makes me recall the classic Twilight Zone episode ‘Time Enough At Last’ with Burgess Meredith.
In it, Meredith plays a milquetoast man who lets his obsession with reading push aside his co-workers, his wife, and everyone else around him until he’s left alone with just his library in the wake of a nuclear war… then his glasses break. There was an interview with host Rod Serling about why someone as meek as Meredith’s character deserved such a twisted fate, which boiled down to his lack of humanism and obsessive escapism. He wasn’t a cruel man, but his fantasies isolated himself and pushed others away. I feel similar about Simon. He’s not an outright villain, but his negative and anti-humanist character flaws are what rightfully lead him to his Creepshow inspired destination.
And excellent performances all around! Justin Long as the horror nerd living out his virtual dreams with tunnel vision that excludes his wife but are focused on the fictional countess. As well D’Arcy Carde as Renee shines as the straight woman to Simon’s holodeck hijinks. Growing more disturbed before uncovering his fantasy infidelity, coming to blows with Hannah Fierman’s alluring Russian Countess and having a close encounter with The Horror of The Horror Express, becoming bitter over his neglectful treatment..
Overall, this was a truly fun high concept story to end this season of Creepshow on and just makes me more and more excites for all the possibilities the announced Season 3 has in store!
Watch ‘Terrifier 2’ Now For Free on Tubi
Terrifier 2 is one of those releases that makes us want to watch it over and over and over again. That re-watchability has pulled us back in a few times. That is why the news that Terrifier 2 being on Peacock for free is so rad. Time to get in a few more rewatches.
The return of Art the Clown managed to bring a hell of a lot of good and bad press with it. The fact that people threw up in theaters… or maybe pretended to sure did make a lot of people come out to see the film. Of course, that is awesome news for the film and its hardworking filmmakers.
The synopsis for Terrifier 2 goes like this:
Resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County to terrorize a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.
If you haven’t watched Terrifier 2 yet what are you waiting for? You need to give it a look. It is one of those incredibly brutal slashers that have staying power.
Head over to Tubi and give Terrifier 2 a watch. If you hadn’t seen it before make sure to let us know what you think.
‘Hocus Pocus 3’ Has Been Confirmed At Disney
Hocus Pocus was a huge hit. The sequel managed to do really well on Disney+ and scared up a whole lot of candy corn and celebration. It managed to be a huge hit over the Halloween season and we were pretty pleased with it ourselves.
Well, the great news is that Disney’s Sean Baily went ahead and straight up confirmed that there will be a third Hocus Pocus film. The involvement of new witches Whitney Bailey, Belissa Escobedo and Lilia Buckingham is all but confirmed.
We could be looking at a stand alone series with the new witches involved or it could be possible that we may see a lot more of The Sanderson Sisters. We are really hoping to see the classic sisters. They are the heart of Hocus Pocus for me and that feeling isn’t going to be replaced anytime soon.
Hocus Pocus 2 went like this:
Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
Are you excited about a sequel to Hocus Pocus? Are you hoping to see more Sanderson Sisters? Let us know in the comments section.
5 New Horror Movies You Can Stream Starting This Week
I am old enough to remember when after a new horror movie’s theatrical release, you would have to wait six months before you could find it at the local video store. That’s if it was even released in the area where you lived.
Some movies were viewed once and lost into the void forever. They were very dark times. Fortunately for us, streaming services have cut that wait down to a fraction of the time. This week we have some big hitters coming to VOD, so let’s jump right in.
Nicolas Cage (The Wicker Man) is really hard to put a label on. He has been in so many terrific films, while also ruining one of the greatest folk horror films ever made. For better or worse, his over-the-top acting has placed him in a special place in the hearts of many.
In this iteration of Dracula, he is joined by Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), and Awkwafina (The Little Mermaid). Renfield looks to be a more lighthearted take on the classic Bram Stoker tale. We can only hope that the awkward lovable style of Hoult mingles well with the zaniness that Cage is known for. Renfield will be streaming on Peacock June 9th.
Tony Todd (Candy Man) is one of horror’s greatest living icons. The man has a way of making evil sexy in an unmatched way. Joining Tony in this period piece is the marvelous Sheri Davis (The Amityville Moon).
This one feels fairly cut and dry. We get some old-timey racism which leads to a curse that haunts the land to this day. Mix in some voodoo for good measure and we have ourselves a horror movie. If you want an older feel to your new horror movie, this one’s for you. Devilreaux will be released to video on demand services on June 9th.
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster
I have discussed my excitement over this film once before. Not only do we get a modern retelling of Dracula this week. We also get to look at Frankenstein’s monster through a new lens. It’s going to be a good week for classic literature fans.
This film has an amazing cast behind it. We get performances from Denzel Whitaker (The Great Debaters), Laya DeLeon Hayes (God of War: Ragnarök), and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead). If creature features are more your thing, this is the film to watch this week.
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will hit video on demand services on June 9th.
If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, now is the time to try out a free trial. The Shudder originals can often be hit or miss. But they normally include some of the standout horror films of the year.
Brooklyn 45 looks like it is going to be one of the good ones. Already receiving massive praise before its release, the hype on this one has me excited. Starring Anne Ramsey (The Taking of Deborah Logan), Ron Rains (Teacher), and Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot). Brooklyn 45 is my most anticipated new horror film this week. Brooklyn 45 will hit shudder June 9th.
She Came from the Woods
Tubi has been playing its hand at making its own horror films for a while now. Up until this point they have been less than stellar. But after seeing the trailer for She Came from the Woods, I have hope that’s all about to change.
This film isn’t giving us anything new, it’s an old camp legend gone awry. But what it is giving us is William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt) right back where he belongs. Fighting ghosts with a shotgun and loving every minute of it. If you are looking for a new horror movie that is easy to digest, this is the one for you. She Came from the Woods will hit Tubi June 10th.