Last Sunday, like many people around the world, I was killing time waiting for the season premiere of Game of Thrones. As usual, I hopped on YouTube to while away a few hours, only to come face to face with the trailer for The Blackwell Ghost 3.
You know, my feelings were just almost hurt to see that not only had the trailer been up for three days, but it was already available to rent or buy on Amazon. You’d think after my rather extensive coverage of both The Blackwell Ghost and The Blackwell Ghost 2, that Turner Clay, the director. would have sent me a little message to let me know it was ready to go.
Ah well, I was willing to let it go, and without too much prompting I was off to Amazon to check out the latest entry in his documentary-style paranormal franchise.
As it turns out, Clay left the house from the first two films behind and headed down to Florida, this time to a home that once belonged to a serial killer based in Florida named James Lightfoot.
Now, as with the first two films, the director/star of the show is adamant that what we’re seeing is real. He presents his “research,” speaks with Lightfoot’s son Joseph, and even throws in a few victim names and missing posters to keep it as reality-based as possible.
There is one new element here, however. Clay asserts that after his experiences in the Blackwell house, he has begun to notice strange patterns in his dreams and it was one such dream that set him on the road to Florida.
In the dream, he saw a woman and heard the name “Sarah Baker.” A while later, he was online and came across a picture of the woman and to his surprise, that was indeed her name.
I don’t want to give too much more away for those who want to watch the film for themselves, which I do highly recommend. I’ll only say this, there have been a LOT of serial killers in Florida…but James Lightfoot doesn’t appear to be one of them.
Fact vs. fiction aside, Clay proves again that he is very good at taking simple scenarios and infusing them with tension.
In The Blackwell Ghost 3, he’s working with a much smaller space than he had in the previous two, but the house itself is still quite creepy. In particular, a long, narrow hallway in the center of the house seems to stretch for miles with just the right placement from a stationary camera.
He also replaces the running faucets and footsteps of the previous two films with a landline phone that mysteriously rings each night at 2:47 am, and knocking sounds that run the gamut from what you might hear on your front door when your best friend comes to visit up to and including cops-about-to-bust-your-door-in.
It’s absolutely amazing that these three things can be combined in ways that can create such a visceral reaction in the viewer.
Clay, himself, also works as the protagonist in these films. His folksy manner and delivery really makes you want to believe that what the guy is telling you is true.
This new chapter in Clay’s franchise works just as well as the first two, and even comes with the promise of a fourth installment at the end of the film which will continue his new investigation.
The Blackwell Ghost 3 is available to rent or buy on Amazon, and is a must-see for fans of documentary-style supernatural horror. Heavy on mood and atmosphere and light on special effects, it carries on the tradition of films like 1963’s The Haunting quite admirably, bringing the tropes in to the 21st Century.
Check out the film today, and tune in next week, for a deep dive into the film.
‘The Callisto Protocol’ Receives Six-Months of Season Pass Content
The Callisto Protocol has finally dropped and a lot of us have been enjoying the cold depths of hell and fighting off a terrifying new breed of villainous goodies. Of course, that also means that a lot of us blew right through the game with quickness. So, it may have left some of us wondering where a New Game+ was at. Luckily, the DLC coming out in February includes New Game+ as well as a hardcore mode. Rejoice!
This first bit of content is titled the Outer Way Skin Collection. This kicks off six months of DLC which should have a lot of us continuing our deep space journey. There will be a few ancillary bits of DLC that include things like new death animations and a permadeath mode.
The biggie arrives Summer 2023 with actual new story elements. We can’t wait to see where that story DLC takes us.
The synopsis for The Callisto Protocol goes like this:
It was directed by Glen Schofield, who had previously co-created the Dead Space series. The game’s story follows Jacob Lee (Josh Duhamel) who is sent to a prison facility set on the Jovian moon Callisto fighting against infected prisoners with an unknown disease while uncovering dark secrets of the facility.
The Callisto Protocol DLC begins its roll-out February 7.
‘Bambi: The Reckoning’ is Putting the Blood, Guts and Horror in the Classic
Director, Rhys Frake-Waterfield is on a warpath on childhood films. We have been seeing a trend of certain films like Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, and The Grinch get horror takes on them. Next up for the director, he has set Bambi in his sights. According to Dread Central Waterfield’s future project is Bambi: The Reckoning. He will act as a producer on this one with Scott Jeffrey directing.
Recently, Quentin Tarantino called Bambi one of the most terrifying movies made. He has a point. Disney’s original cartoon is seriously a traumatizing experience. It will be interesting to see what Waterfield does with his take. It would be great to see Bambi and her mom be able to get some revenge.
The synopsis for Disney’s original Bambi film went like this:
In this Disney classic a young deer named Bambi joins his new friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, in exploring his forest home. As a boy, he learns from his doting mother and his father, The Great Prince of the Forest, that there are dangers in the open meadows where hunters can spot the animals, and he meets a beautiful young doe named Faline. As Bambi grows up, he learns that there is tragedy as well as beauty and joy in his forest world and on the path to adulthood.
“The film will be an incredibly dark re-telling of the 1928 story we all know and love.” Jeffrey told Dread Central. “Finding inspiration from the design used in Netflix’s The Ritual, Bambi will be a vicious killing machine that lurks in the wilderness. Prepare for Bambi on rabies!”
Are you ready for a horror take on Bambi? We will be sure to keep you updated.
Mezco Toyz ‘Wednesday’ Figure is a Must Christmas Gift for Every and All Goths
Jenna Ortega and Wednesday have taken the holiday world by storm. The Tim Burton-directed series was filled with all kinds of special moments including the viral dance that Ortega did to the awesome sounds of The Cramps. Mezco Toyz has done all of us fans a giant favor by releasing a fantastic collector’s figure that includes Thing!
Mezco has done a really great job over the years with their very specific trademark design. We are really happy with the way that Wednesday turned out.
The synopsis for Wednesday goes like this:
“The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the murder mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”
“LDD Presents Wednesday stands 10-inches tall and features 5x points of articulation. She is packaged in a window box, perfect for display.”
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