Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 2 – RIP Pablo…

 Ash Vs Evil Dead, Season 2 – RIP Pablo…

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If any of you have been watching Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 2, we were treated to some very wonderful surprises this season such as, Lee Majors playing Ash’s Dad, Brock Williams, and Sam Raimi’s brother, Ted Raimi, playing Ash’s best friend, Chet. We also had Ash’s sister Cheryl return, played by the original actress, Ellen Sandweiss, who appears in (almost) the same make-up as the original ED movie!

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However, we’ve also seen one of the members of the demon fighting force, the character Pablo, played by Ray Santiago, die in last week’s episode. We’ll miss you Pablo…you were the real Effay!

Ray Santiago as Pablo

Ray Santiago as Pablo

BTW, Season one is now out on DVD/Blu-Ray. If you are a fan of the Evil Dead movies, the show is well worth your viewing!

 

https://www.starz.com/series/ashvsevildead/episodes


 

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all photos courtesy of Starz

Night Gallery – S2 E3 – My Favorite Horror TV Episodes – Halloween Edition

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Night Gallery – S2 E3

Night Gallery is a series produced by Rod Serling and Jack Laird, that ran from 1970- 73. The Twilight Zone styled, one-hour show hadnight gallery pics 017 a wonderful introductory premise. Each week the host, Rod Serling, would swagger through an art gallery of nightmarish creations and pick one to tell us viewers about. The camera would zoom in on the painting, thus leading into the story. Each 1 hr. episode would have three stories; one main story, one minor story and one very brief tale with a comedic twist. The stories were not as timeless as the stories in The Twilight Zone, but some of the tales stood out as exceptionally creepy.

This episode has one of my favorite stories in the series, Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay, along with two shorter pieces.

Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay
Craig Lowell is a college professor whose wife has welcomed her Aunt Ada into their home. Ada is a gray-haired old woman with a cane who seems docile and innocent around her niece Joanna, wanting to share an afternoon ritual of having tea and talking. However, when Joanna is not around, she likes to challenge Craig’s authority in the home and doesn’t seem feeble at all. When the husband becomes suspicious of the woman he contacts a professor at the University that deals in night gallery pics 005the occult, Professor Porteus, played by Jonathan Harris (better known to most of us as Dr. Smith, from the TV show Lost in Space). The professor provides some valuable information about how a witch can jump from an old used up body into the body of a younger woman, and how to stop her. Craig suspects the ritual is taking place and he battles Aunt Ada in his home to defeat her. In the end he has successfully beaten her. Or has he? Stars James Farentino at Craig Lowell and Michele Lee as his wife Joanna.

With Apologies to Mr. Hyde
Adam West stars in this short vignette playing Dr. Jekyll in a moment of transformation.

The Flip Side of Satan
Arty Johnson plays an angry, washed-up, radio disc jockey starting a new job at a derelict station. Unhappy with the music he has to play he decides to quit but discovers he is locked in the studio and can’t leave.

The Aunt Ada story is the reason to view this episode. It’s a creepy witch story and the actress that plays Ada, Jeanette Nolan, is fantastic as the centuries old, body-jumping witch. The effects consist of camera and film tricks only slightly more creative than what you would see on Bewitched, or I Dream of Jeanie at the time. However, I think the acting and directing in this episode achieve a level of eerie foreboding that raises it above its limited budget.

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The stories in the series range from well-written, 70s style, TV horror, to just downright bland. They don’t have the message and introspect that Twilight Zone episodes had. The best Night Gallery to watch is the TV movie/pilot that started it all, but I’ll review that at a later date. If you are inclined to check out the series, this is one of the best of the bunch. A nasty witch tale always makes for good viewing on Halloween nights!

The Walking Dead – season 2 finale

The Walking Dead – season 2 finale –

 

When Zombies Come Marching Home !

What a spectacular, action-filled season 2 finale to The Walking Dead. The Zombie herd overruns the farm and a zombie bloodbath ensues as every member of the group, fully armed, tries to defend their position. Eventually, they loose to the sheer number of walkers coming at them. All minor characters of the farm group were killed off. I fully expected Hershel to just stand his ground and keep firing ’til he ran out of bullets. Now the group is on the move, once again, but we see the possible (obvious) new destination in the last moments of the finale – a large prison on the horizon. The last three episodes were all riveting as the Holy Sh*t moments stacked up.

Going forward, here are the big questions, for me:

Is Rick turning into Shane, now that Shane is gone? His comment that, this is no longer a democracy, surprised me.

Will Hershel become Dale’s replacement as the moral compass in the group? Or will his bad-ass youth surface, making him a formidable fighter? “when Jesus said the dead will rise, I thought he had something different in mind…” great comment!

Will the caped figure that saved Angela in the woods, (we now know to be a character named, Michonne) be an asset to the group or a new nemesis for Rick to deal with?

And, just one comment, everyone lighten up on Carl, would ya’? He’s a kid and kids are supposed to make mistakes and get into trouble. I think a lot of people forget that they were kids once. He’s a good shot too, saving Rick from zombie Shane.

Anyways, now I have to wait until Sept. for answers. Hope they will put up some mini-webisodes on AMC.com over the summer.