What is Plotagon? We guide you through arguably the best animation software (at least for beginners) around.

Plotagon is a privately held company founded in 2011, based in Stockholm, Sweden.  Their one-of-a-kind application allows their customers, known as plotagonist, to create animated videos and characters by using a script style layout.

Plotagon has three primary uses:

Plotagon Studio is for businesses, nonprofits, and governments use. Bosses can create animated training, marketing, and instructional videos for their employees.

Plotagon Education is for schools at all levels. Teachers can use the animated characters to teach students different languages and subjects. Schools can use the software to bring about awareness to the students on tough issues like bullying, rape, and drugs.

Plotagon Story is where most of the plotters come in.  Unlike Studio and Education, the Story software is free to download for the personal computer and mobile devices. The download comes with a few stock characters, backgrounds, and voices. Any other add-ons you must buy.

Don’t worry – they price them reasonably, ranging from .99 cents a background up to $4.99 for a voiceover. Then they have their bundles, ranging from .99 cents to $14.99.

Oh, cannot forget their Golden Ticket, which is $49.99 for most of Plotagon’s content.

How To Use Plotagon

Plotagon is easy to use. Even a not-so-tech-savvy person like myself can use this animated software.

Character Creations

Images from Plotagon. Character created by T.L. Hicks  Image created by T.L. Hicks using Canva.

You can create a male, female, aliens, dogs, cats. Pretty much anything your imagination can create, but in humanoid form.

Creating Plots

(Left) Characters created by T.L. Hicks. (Right) Stock scenes and characters from Plotagon.

Plots, also known as scenes or stories, is where your action and dialogues are.  If you do not know about script writing, you will get a taste of it in Plotagon. Everything is in script format. Don’t worry though, next to the script is the video version. You can play and replay until you get what you want.

To make a video plot, click on the movie camera icon on top of the page. There is a tutorial plot to show you how to create a plot.

For those who do not have an account, here you go. Select a scene and add your character(s). Type the dialogue for each of the character(s).

You can add emotions (surprised, sulking, happy) or actions (blow a kiss, coughing, flirty).

There is one character “acting on” to another character (caress, kiss, slap).

You can even have background noises (crowd laughing, sirens going off, the sound of thunder) or music.

You can switch scenes and add the same or different characters.

Screenshots of a Plot T.L. Hicks created in Plotagon.

When you are satisfied with your plot, hit the “Render Video” and write the title and a tagline of your story. Don’t forget to add hashtags.

You can click on “Save Video File” to save the plot to your device or click on “Publish” to publish the plot to your community page.

You have an option to upload to your YouTube channel or use the video you downloaded and upload it to YouTube. If you upload to YouTube, use the hashtag #plotagonyoutube.

Plotagon Review

I am using all the free items right now. It will be a while before I buy anything. But, what I have used of it, it is a great creative tool for the skillful and skill-less. If you are anything like me, this software is right up your alley.

The Good

The Acapela Group created the 70 plus different languages and digital voiceovers, and they sound robotic. Some words are pronounced inaccurately. But you can work around those.

How you type the word(s) out helps with the pronunciations. I had to separate Kassandra’s name to Ka ssandra for the voiceovers to pronounce it correctly.

But don’t let the pre-made voiceovers stop you. You don’t have to use their voices; you can use yours. When you are creating your plot, you have a choice to record your voice and/or your friends.

The more you use it, the more you learn the tricks of the trade, which can make the limited plots become limitless.

The company is growing and evolving thanks to their imagination and the imaginations of their plotagonist. They are thinking of new ways to improve their features, and in turn helps users – I mean plotagonist – to create amazing Plots.

The software is for all ages, even though it is rated T for Teen.  I felt old at first, but I found out there are many plotters my age and older. So, don’t let age stop you from bringing your imagination to life.

They price all the add-ons (extra features) reasonably.

Pitfalls

I downloaded the app to my tablet and smartphone. I have the software on my personal computer and there are differences.  With the mobile devices, I got the two Android stock characters for free, but they are .99 cents each for the personal computer. Also, the app runs rougher on the mobile devices than on the software on the personal computer.

Your plots are saved to your device. One thing though – when you log in to your account from one device, you will not see the unpublished plots from your other devices. You will only see those you created (and not published) on that device. Now, when you go to your community page, you will see all the uploaded plots you created on any, and all, of your devices.

You cannot change the size or weight of your characters.

If you want the voices to sound emotional, like ranges in the voice (yelling, singing, a change in tempo), it is best to use your voice or a friend’s voice.

Conclusion

Give the application/software  a few weeks. Take time and get to know it.

For people with a limited-to-absent budget, for people with no skills to mad skills, Plotagon will make it hard for you to put it down.

And now, introducing my creation: “The Crossover Tales of Kassandra”. Ta-da!

Dear David is jumping from the Twitterverse into the cinematic world, and his followers can’t wait for the movie release.

Let’s start at the beginning: Adam Ellis. Ellis is a former BuzzFeed writer and illustrator. On top of that, he wrote Books of Adam: The Blunder Years and the upcoming book, Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously.

Adam became a finalist for the Shorty Awards in the category of Weird.

Plus, he documented a creepy story of a haunting in his apartment, which became a smash hit on Twitter.

The ‘Dear David’ Story

On August 7, 2017, Adam went to Twitter and tweeted the haunted story of his apartment. The story is about a dead boy who was trying to kill him. The boy appeared in his dreams, at first, then crossed over to reality.

At the time, Adam did not know the boy’s name.  A few nights after his first encounter, he dreamed of a girl coming to him and asking, “You’ve seen Dear David, haven’t you?” She tells him, “He’s dead. He only appears at midnight, and you can ask him two questions if you said, ‘Dear David’ first. But never try to ask him a third question, or he’ll kill you.”

When David visited Adam in the dream world again, Adam asked him two questions, “Dear David, how did you die?” and “Dear David, what happened in the store?” David answered Adam’s questions, but, like any horror movie, you do what you’re told not to do. Adam asked a third question, “Who pushed the shelf?”

David did not reply.

Proof?

Adam documented the events by posting them on his Twitter account. Believing moving apartments will cause the haunting to end, Adam stated that he’d even moved from the bottom floor of his building to the apartment above him, when it became available. Fat chance Adam. It always follows you, right?

He recorded his two cats looking at the front door at midnight. After a few nights of the cats repeating this routine, Adam takes a picture through his peephole.

Adam announced he used a sound app to record the sounds. The app turns on when noises are created. He uploaded these sounds at SoundCloud. What do you hear?

Adam tweeted he bought a Polaroid camera to take photos of his apartment. He wanted to see if he could capture anything on film. A photo he took in the hallway turned out black.

He then bought a surveillance camera to record anything happening in his apartment.  The green chair rocked, a turtle shell fell off the wall, and one cat was acting weird.

He goes on with documentation via his cellphone where David makes an appearance.

Adam’s documentation of the events lasted from August 2017 to March of 2018.

The ‘Dear David’ Twitter Story has Come to a (Temporary?) End

On March 12, 2018, Adam tweeted he is fine. On March 18, 2018, he responded to a tweet asking him if he was done with the ‘David’ saga. Adam responded: “I’ve said a few times that I’d update if anything happened. I’m not going to start inventing stuff just to keep a steady flow of updates. I promise I’ll keep you informed…”

Fans of the Dear David story feel David has possessed Adam and is the reason there are no updates on the hauntings.

The ‘Dear David’ Movie

Adam Ellis announced on social media that Dear David the movie is in the works.

Working on it is Dan Lin, who produced It and It: Chapter Two. Joining him is screenwriter Mike Van Waes who wrote The Conjuring story The Crooked Man.

With names like that, chances are this movie will be as exciting as the Twitter story.

After reading the full Dear David story, how do you think the story will adapt to the big screen? And more importantly, do you think this story is a work of fiction from a writer, or is the haunting true?

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One of our favourite gothic families, The Addams Family, is back in action with a new animated feature.

Our favourite mysterious and spooky family is heading back to the big screen next year. Aaaaand we’re really excited.

Excitement has been helped by the announcement of a very impressive cast.

Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde, Mad Max (2015), and Æon Flux), is voicing the lovely goth mother herself, Morticia Addams.

Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars and X-Men: Apocalypse) is voicing the patriarch – savvy businessman, Gomez Addams.

Joining Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac is the multi-Grammy Award winning singer, comedienne, and actress, Bette Midler.  She is voicing the matriarch of the family, Grandmama.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In (2010) and Carrie (2013)) is the voice of the eldest daughter Wednesday Addams.

Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things and It (2017)) is lending his voice to our little Pugsley Addams.

Nick Kroll (Parks and Recreation and Sausage Party) will voice our fun-loving uncle, Uncle Fester.

Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, and Finn Wolfhard voice the new “Addams Family” animated film by MGM. Who will voice Lurch, and will Cousin It or Kitty make an appearance?

The great cast is matched by a great crew

Director Greg Tiernan is no stranger to the world of animation. He also directed Sausage Party and Thomas and Friends. He was an animator and director of in-game cinematics for the hit PlayStation 2 video game God of War (2005).

Director Conrad Vernon is known for his work on Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Shrek 2. He is also the voice of Gingerbread Man in the Shrek movies and Mason in the Madagascar movies. In addition, he lent is animation expertise to Dexter’s Laboratory and Shrek.  He teamed with Greg Tiernan to direct the Sausage Party.

Vernon said: “Greg and I have always been a fan of the Addams Family in past versions, so when we set out to make this movie, we were excited to do something new. With that in mind, I drew from the brilliantly original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons for the look of the film and decided to tell the story of how Gomez and Morticia meet, find their house and start their family. This unique approach is what drew me in to direct the film. The re-imagining also extends to the stellar cast we’ve put together who will each bring their own spin to our film that will appeal to longtime fans of the Addams and introduce them to a new generation.”

What will The Addams Family 2019 be about?

Not much has been revealed yet. What we do know is that the general premise is that the Addams Family have their way of life ripped to pieces by reality TV star Margaux Needler.

Sounds wacky.

The movie hits theatres on October 11, 2019, just in time for Halloween fun.

Are you excited about the upcoming movie?

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Roseanne Barr got the hit ABC show Roseanne canceled. Can the cast go on without her?

Roseanne Barr is hot this week – and not in a good way. The leading lady of the hit show Roseanne went on Twitter early Tuesday morning and tweeted a racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, who was the senior adviser to Barack Obama during his time in the White House.

It didn’t take long before she had to eat her words.

Screenshot by T.L. Hicks

Within hours of Ms. Barr’s tweet, the ABC Network canceled Roseanne. So now in addition to offending an obscene amount of people, she had also now upset fans of the show. Really great work Roseanne.

ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, stated, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

Ms. Barr went back on Twitter to apologize for her actions, but the damage was done.  Many people, including fans of the show, responded with disappointment. The cast and crew of Roseanne did not hold back. Many of them quitting the show, to only find out it was canceled.

Roseanne Conner vs. Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner is like Roseanne Barr with regards to saying what’s on her mind. Conner and the Conner family is a reflection of most American families, disagreeing on politics, culture, religion, money, and sexuality. Many families have a connection with the Conner family due to the depictions of making ends meet, keeping the family together, raising kids, paying bills and everything else most American families face.

Roseanne Barr has always had a big mouth, and we learned to ignore it for the sake of the show. We knew to differentiate Roseanne Barr from Roseanne Conner. Not anymore. Peoples’ actions outside of the workplace affect their workplace.

Other Similarly-Canceled Shows

Roseanne is not the first show canceled due to a star’s actions. The Learning Channel (TLC) canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo due to June Shannon (Mama June) dating a convicted child molester.

The famous Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting was pulled from the TLC Network due to sexual abuse allegations against Josh Duggar.

A few shows got pulled from their syndication slots. Take 7th Heaven. The series ended in 2007 and went into syndication. When the story broke in 2014 of Stephen Collins (Rev. Eric Camden) being a child molester, the networks showing the show pulled the reruns.

The same thing happened with The Cosby Show. Once the rape allegations against Bill Cosby became headline news, networks pulled the show from their lineup.

The same thing is happening with Roseanne. I went to Hulu, and all Roseanne episodes have been pulled, except for the behind the scenes one with ABC 20/20 and excerpts from the show.

Viacom, who owns TV Land, Paramount Network, and CMT, is pulling the reruns from their lineup. So far, Amazon still has Roseanne to watch for free for their Prime Membership viewers.

Can ABC Save The Show?

Jimmy Kimmel suggested keeping the show on the air, but replacing Roseanne Conner with Dan Conner. Do you think it is a good idea?

Can a spinoff series be in the works? Focusing on Jackie or on Darlene, Becky and D.J.  Darlene is a writer. Taking a cue from Season 9, maybe she writes a story without her mother. What do you think?

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The Charmed reboot trailer as given us insight into the new Charmed world. Here’s what it taught us.

On Thursday the CW dropped the new Charmed trailer.  Many fans feel the show is a terrible remake and are refusing to watch. But, there are a few fans out there who will give the new Charmed Ones a shot. Are you one of them?

The Charmed mother and her secrets

The Charmed Ones Mother
Valerie Cruz as Marisol, the matriarch of the family. Photo scene shot via CW

You may recognise the sisters’ mother, Marisol. Valerie Cruz starred in shows like The Dresden Files, True Blood, Alphas, Dexter, and The Following. According to the trailer, she tells her two daughters, “I feel so lucky to be the mother of two special young women. Special in such different ways. Always remember that. You are better together. Your differences are your strengths. And nothing is stronger than your sisterhood.”

Wait… did she say, two daughters? Yes, she did.

We learn that Mel and Maggie are unaware of a third sister, Macy. It seems like momma has been hiding a few secrets; it makes you wonder what else she was hiding.

Marisol’s death

Marisol is in the attic (big surprise there), working on a reversal binding spell. The camera pans towards the window, and we see it broken; crows fly in. She has enough time to text Mel and Maggie asking them to come home. When the two sisters arrive, the crows fly out the front door. When they get to the attic, they see it is a mess. They run to the window and look out. They see their mother on the ground, dead.

The trailer fast forwards three months. The way it sounds, the police are giving up. They found no evidence of foul play. It seems they are ruling it an accident or suicide.  Mel doesn’t believe them. She comes across as having a strong personality, and a never-say-die attitude. She suspects her mother was murdered, but by whom? Mel will not give up until the mystery is solved.

Mel is also angry all the time. It is this emotion that causes a barrier between her and Maggie.

The new Charmed sister: Macy

Charmed Sister Macy
Madeleine Mantock is Macy in the new “Charmed.” Screenshot photo courtesy of the CW

During a heated discussion, they hear a knock at the door. Maggie opens the door, and Macy is standing there. She breaks the news to her as she feels she is their sister. She shows them a picture of Marisol holding her when she was a toddler.

Discovering their charming powers

We see Mel sitting at a diner talking to Nico about Macy showing up and claiming to be her sister. Suddenly everything freezes. We know this is the power Piper has.

Macy is at a bar talking to Galvin telling him she loves being on her own. He asks why she went to their house. She replies she is curious about her mother and wants answers. He responds by telling her she should try again. She becomes angry, and with a flick of her hand, her beer bottle goes flying and shatters against the wall.  We know this is the power Prue had, and Paige has a similar power through her whitelighter power.

Maggie shakes Viv’s hand and hears her thoughts: “Isn’t this the girl whose mom died? I should be nice.” Maggie retreats and runs. Everyone she bumps into, she hears their thoughts. Prue dealt with this power one time, and it nearly drove her insane. It is Christy (Season 8) who could hear peoples’ thoughts.

Harry the Advisor to Witches

Harry the Advisor to Witches. Played by Rupert Evans. Screenshot courtesy of the CW.

Harry abducts the three sisters and ties them up in their attic. Now, Harry is no Leo, folks. Leo was a sexy handyman and the sisters did not know he was a whitelighter.  Harry is no handyman, nor does he come off sexy. He is more of a middle-aged man wearing a combination of business attire and grandpa’s cardigan sweater. I wonder if he smells like cigar smoke?

Harry breaks the news to the sisters that they are powerful witches, and their mother was a witch. The sisters learn she bound their powers when each of them was born. Harry then drops a bombshell about the night she died. He confirms Mel’s suspicions about her mother’s death being a murder. She died while reversing the binding spell on her daughters.

The Book of Shadows

Charmed Book of Shadows
The triquetra is still the symbol of the Book of Shadows and the “Charmed” Ones. Screenshot courtesy of the CW

The Book of Shadows looks a bit different from the original one. Don’t fear Charmed fans: the triquetra is still the symbol of the Book of Shadows and the Charmed Ones.

Harry hands the book to Maggie, who is thumbing through it while he explains that the book is their guide to protecting the innocence and vanquishing demons.

Maggie fights fate

Maggie is against accepting her fate as a witch and as a Charmed One. She doesn’t like witches and refuses to dress up like one during Halloween.  She is not alone; Macy doesn’t believe in witches.

Mel embraces her legacy

With Maggie fighting against being a witch and Macy not believing in them, Mel is the only one who accepts her family’s legacy. She convinces her two sisters that this is what their mother wanted. And in accepting what is going on, they can find their mother’s killer.

The Underworld

Charmed Demon
Hey, look! A demon. Time to fight girls. Screenshot courtesy of the CW

Like in the original Charmed, the demons knew when the sisters regained their powers. It is no different with the new Charmed. They know Macy, Mel and Maggie have their powers now, and those pesky demons will stop at nothing to see to the witches’ demise.

The End

The sisters agree with each other and accept their fate as witches. Mel and Maggie accept Macy as their sister and comforts her by letting her know she is no longer alone.

Final thoughts on the new Charmed trailer and the entire reboot as a concept

The New Charmed Ones
Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Melonie Diaz are the new “Charmed” sisters. Coming this Fall to the CW. Photo screenshot by CW.

Do I like the idea of a Charmed reboot? No, I don’t. The original was, and still is, a great show.

If I had my say, they should have gone the route of a next generation show, dealing with the Charmed children. How they managed through school and their young adult life as witches and what demons they fight and the innocence’s they saved.

With the reboot, I could have handled it being a set of witches in a different town, in a different state, but connected to the Halliwells’. A branch on the Halliwell tree unknown to any of them, hidden away in case the first sisters failed.

They could have gone with a different Charmed mythology. And during one of the seasons or episodes, they meet the Halliwell sisters, via their children or a big event.

Oh, well, we’re getting a whole new Charmed. That’s something. I will watch the show, give it a chance. You never know, it may be good a show, again, it may be horrible. We will wait and see.

The trailer is three minutes and fifty-six seconds long. It covers much in that time frame. The show will come out this fall on Sunday nights after Supergirl. Are you ready for a new Charmed?

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Clayne Crawford is out, and Seann William Scott is in. Will Lethal Weapon survive the change of one of its main characters in Season 3?

Us viewers are picky people. We are set in our ways. When we like something, we don’t want to see it change. Yet, like life, everything changes, and it is no different with Lethal Weapon.

When Lethal Weapon debuted on Fox in 2016, I was up in the air. Who could replace the incredible, crazy team of Mel Gibson (Martin Riggs) and Danny Glover (Roger Murtaugh)?

But the Fox Network and producer/director McG (Supernatural and Shadowhunter’s: The Mortal Instruments) found a way with Clayne Crawford (Martin Riggs) and Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh).

Lethal Weapon TV series has been a big hit. So why the change?

Lethal Weapon is a big hit. IMDB rates it an 8.1/10. Nielsen’s television ratings report the show averages 5.3 million viewers in the 18-49 age range, with an overall average of 8.6 million viewers from multi-platforms such has Hulu streaming.

So why the change?

Forgive my delayed response. #truth

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Clayne Crawford was fired from Lethal Weapon due to bad behavior/anger management issues. According to his official Instagram account, he was upset due to unsafe working conditions.

In a separate event, while he was directing an episode, an actor got hit by a piece of shrapnel. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Damon Wayans was the actor who got hit.  Due to these events, according to The Hollywood Reporter, many people who work on the series do not want to work with Clayne.

According to TV Guide, the Fox Network executives didn’t want to fire Clayne Crawford, but they are supporting Warner Brothers’ decision to let him go, and they believe it to be the right choice.

Do you agree?

Is there a chance for Riggs to return?

Is there a chance for Clayne Crawford to rekindle that ‘old black magic’ with Fox and Warner Brothers? Well, if you saw the last episode “One Day More,” it features Garrett, played by Peter Coventry Smith, shooting Riggs at Miranda’s grave.

Murtaugh hears over his radio that shots have been fired. We can only imagine what the emotional state Murtaugh will be in when he comes upon Riggs’ body.

Is he or isn’t he alive? If there is no hope for reconciliation between Crawford and the big wigs, chances are Riggs dies. If there is a chance, maybe, just maybe, he lived and is in the witness protection program.

Who is replacing Clayne Crawford?

Seann William Scott, best known for playing Steve Stifler in the American Pie movies, will enter the series as a new character who partners up with Damon Wayans’ character, Roger Murtaugh.

Scott has been in a television series before. He guest starred in Unhappily Ever After as Moondoggie, Something So Right as Preston, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Country Mac, and in Timms Valley as US Marshal Kev. His new role is different. As the others were guest-starring roles, his role in Lethal Weapon will be as a co-lead, a main character, which means a series regular.

Will the writers try to make Scott’s character similar to Riggs? Or, will Murtaugh be the crazy one and Scott’s character be the sane one? Considering the characters Scott has portrayed in the past, Crash in the Ice Age movies, the American Pie movies, The Rundown, and Bulletproof Monk, Scott’s character will bring in the laughs, and he is not bad at action scenes.

But will it all be too little too late? Will the fans give Lethal Weapon Season 3 a chance?

According to TV Guide, Fox Television co-chair, Gary Newman, used NYPD Blue as an example of a recast of a lead, Jimmy Smits taking over for David Caruso in Season 2, and the show made eleven more seasons, making it a total of twelve seasons. Can Lethal Weapon do the same?

Television series recasts aren’t complete rarities.

Let’s look at Batman. In the mid-sixties the television show Batman went through three Catwomen. In the first two seasons, Catwoman was played by Julie Newmar. Lee Meriwether was the Catwoman in the tie-in movie, and Eartha ‘purr’ Kitt portrayed the Catwoman in Season 3.

Catwoman was not the only one. Frank Gorshin and John Astin played the Riddler. Mr. Freeze was played by three actors, George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach.

Another take on Batman is with the movies; it seems Batman takes its cue from the James Bond films. Same character different actors.

Bewitched had two Darrins.

That ‘70s Show had two Lauries.

And how many people portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who? With the recent incarnation, the Thirteenth Doctor, is played by Jodie Whittaker.

These are a few of recasts that hit television and movies, and the audience seems okay with the changes.

Before I give up on Lethal Weapon, I will give Seann William Scott’s character a chance, and so should you.

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Is the new Netflix horror movie Family Blood any good?

On May The Fourth Be With You (amen), Netflix released a new horror film by Blumhouse Productions called Family Blood.

Is it worth a watch?

What is Family Blood about?

The Netflix synopsis reads: “A former addict moves to a new city with her children for a fresh start, but her struggle soon takes on an unexpected, supernatural dimension.”

Now for the objectively awesome Digital Fox synopsis.

The critical point of Family Blood is that addiction comes in many forms. We all know the usual addictions: drinking alcohol, drugs, smoking, sex, chocolate.

In Family Blood, we learn protagonist Ellie got hooked on prescription pain pills. She kicked the habit and got her kids back.

To start fresh, they move to a new town, but she trades one addiction for another, against her will.

Blood, the new addiction…

Ellie meets Christopher at the local support group. He speaks about his addiction, but no one knows what it is.

After the meeting ends, Ellie takes a walk to the park and runs into Eddie, who gives her illegal drugs.

We then see Christopher killing Eddie. But that’s not all. Christopher walks to the swings to a passed-out Ellie and gives her his blood. He takes off with Eddie’s body. He returns to catch a semi-sober Ellie going to her car. He kills her, but his blood is running through her veins. She wakes up, heads home, heals, and kills. Her new addiction is blood.

So is Family Blood worth watching?

The synopsis of Family Blood is exciting, but the film itself is slow paced. With a good start, you immediately have high expectations. Unfortunately, you spend the next hour trying to keep your eyes open.

Family Blood lacks action, and everything is predictable. Well, not everything… Kyle, Ellie’s son, does a turnaround. At first, he hates living with his mother. He knows she will fall off the wagon and use again. He gets suspended at school and meets a girl. But when he finds out his mother is a vampire he wants to stay with her and help her.

The cinematography is excellent and so is the acting (for what they had to work with). It doesn’t come off as a B-movie.

They could have added more storylines and action scenes. Family Blood does not come across as a horror movie but as a drama. Only the start of the film has the ‘scare’ factor. The rest you can sleep through and wake up towards the end and still know what is going on. The narrative between the beginning and end is nothing but filler.

Conclusion

So, you’ve been warned, watch Family Blood at your own risk. It is not a terrible movie, but it is a horrible horror movie. This leaves it sitting very comfortably in a heap of mediocrity.

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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell is the sixth instalment of the franchise. Is it worth seeing?

You are a scientist living at the 60th Parallel in the Nunavut Province of Canada. You feel the crisp arctic air hit your face.

Now, the wind does not sting your cheeks, due to the arctic experiencing a heat wave.  But your machine stops running, and the sled dogs are barking. You ignore their warning of danger and investigate your machine.

One of your co-worker’s radar is experiencing seismic activity. You and your team feel the glacier move under your feet, much like an earthquake. The ice cracks. What do you do?

Global Warming and Graboids

Don’t look, RUN! Stephanie Schildknecht as Aussie in “Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell.” Photo by Universal 1440 Entertainment and

If you are anything like those scientists, you’re dead. You became Graboid food. You see, the warming of the earth is causing the ice to melt and releasing the “original” and “oldest’ Graboids.

The few scientists who are at the station went searching for their missing colleagues; they find body parts. One person recognises the signs of Graboid activity and calls in the expert hunter, Burt Gummer.

What is Burt Gummer’s role in Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell?

Back in Perfection, Nevada, our fearless Graboid hunter is standing guard at Chang’s grocery store. His rifle ready to shoot at any taxman that crosses his path. Yes, Uncle Sam has found Burt Gummer and is taking everything from him. Can’t this brave hunter get a break? He needs a miracle.

Burt Gummer’s paranoia of the government is well placed, and the humour he uses adds context to the plot. The character of Burt is usually consistent throughout the Tremors series, but in this movie, well, there is something different about his wardrobe.

Meet a few of the “Tremors” team: Jamie Kennedy, Michael Gross, and Tanya van Graan in “Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell.” Photo by Universal 1440 Entertainment and Universal Studios

Travis (Burt’s son) does some fast talking to get his father to take him to Canada with him. Burt, in his military-style way, agrees. The sarcastic banter between father and son keeps the action and humour going throughout the movie.

During their flight, they have a run in with an Ass-Blaster, and I do mean run in. It causes the plane to go down, and Burt has another run in with the government man, this time it is DARPA.

DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They make investments in breakthrough technologies for the good of national security. With Burt’s government paranoia in play, it is no surprise he thinks they are training the Graboids for military use.

After a long sleep, anyone would wake up hungry, especially if you are as big as a Graboid. Maybe someone should give the Graboids some coffee, eggs, bacon, and pancakes.

Burt is having Graboid flashbacks. Our brave hunter falls ill, and only a Graboid can save him. Travis pulls himself together and leads the team in fighting the Graboids, all the time hitting on one of the scientists and trying to find a cure for his dying father.

A Cold Day In Hell is well-worth a watch

The movie is action packed, comical, and full of thrills. Michael Gross’s portrayal of Burt is top notch. It is great seeing a storyline humanising Burt. He is always strong and seeing him frail, not giving up, and then realising he is not immortal is excellent.

The sixth instalment of the hit Tremors franchise is a must-see movie. Great characters, great plot, and full of action and suspense. You can pick it up where any Blu-ray and DVDs are sold or visit Amazon.

Where will the Tremors franchise go from here?

Rhonda LeBeck played by Finn Carter and Valentine McKee played by Kevin Bacon. Photo by Universal Pictures

Jamie-Lee Money does a great job as Valerie McKee. Name sound familiar? It should. She is Valentine McKee and Rhonda LeBeck’s (Kevin Bacon and Finn Carter’s characters in the first Tremors) daughter. She is smart like her mother, and her parents taught her everything about Graboids.

Smarts is not the only thing she is packing. Her father taught her a thing or two about shooting and handling firearms.  Uncle Burt should be proud.

Having Valerie McKee in the movie would have made a great transition to the Tremors series starring Kevin Bacon on the SyFy network. But, sad to say, it will not happen. Syfy has passed on the pilot. But who knows, maybe another network like Hulu, Netflix, or FreeForm will pick it up. One can hope.

However, according to Michael Gross’s Facebook page, Tremors 7 is in talks, but with no GUARANTEE. If there is a seventh, I can’t wait to watch the movie.

What would you like to see in the seventh instalment?

Read about Australia’s newest and very exciting sci-fi movie ‘The Gateway’.

The middle of the year is a time for our favourite announcements: Canceled and renewed shows. Did yours make it?

It is that time of year again. Will they, or won’t they? Will my favourite shows get renewed or end up on the chopping block? Reports are hitting the internet like wildfire of shows being canceled.

Here are five fantastic shows (in my humble and objectively correct opinion) that are no longer returning, five that are staying and two pilots that are a maybe.

What shows have been canceled or delayed?

1. Ash vs. Evil Dead

“Ash vs. Evil Dead.” We will miss you, Ash. Photo by Matt Klitscher/ Starz Entertainment, LLC

Why Starz, why!? Why are you taking Ash away from his public? Who will save us from the deadites? This is not groovy, baby!  Ash vs. Evil Dead will air its season finale on April 29, 2018.

According to Variety, Season 3 ratings dropped. But, Rotten Tomatoes says otherwise. As of April 25, 2018, the Tomatometer is at 100 percent with an audience score of 97 percent for Season 3.  It has an overall rating of all three seasons averaging 99 percent at the Tomatometer and 94 percent average audience score.

Bruce Campbell announced on his Facebook page he is retiring Ash. But, “Is Ash dead? Never. Ash is as much a concept as a person. Where there is evil in this world, there must be one to counter – man or woman, it matters not.” – Bruce Campbell.

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones
Vladimir ‘Furdo’ Furdik in “Game of Thrones.” / HBO

Sorry, but winter has come. HBO have announced the show is taking a year off, with the finale to hit the small screen in 2019.

Why the year off? The series wants to go down in a blaze of glory. David Benioff and Dan Weiss want the extra time to make the final episodes strong. But don’t fret, there are prequels in the works. According to Entertainment Weekly, the shows have talented writers working on them, but it may hit the air in 2020.

In connection with Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin will release a new book, ‘Fire & Blood’, which is a prequel to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’  The novel is set for publication later this year. But… the book ‘The Winds of Winter’, which would be the sixth book in the series is… well… you know… not done.

3. The Librarians

The Librarians
Rebecca Romijn, Lindy Booth, Christian Kane, John Larroquette, and John Harlan Kim in “The Librarians.” / TNT

Don’t mean to repeat myself, but… WHY, TNT, WHYYYY?

Like with Ash vs. Evil Dead, the series ratings dropped.

But if you are a fan, don’t fret. Not yet, anyway. The series’ executive producer Dean Devlin is looking for a new home for the show.

Where should their home be? Netflix? Hulu? SYFY? CW?

4. The Mist

The Mist
“The Mist.” Photo by Chris Reardon / Spike T.V.

We had a feeling this show would not return for Season 2. When Spike TV reformatted their programming, The Mist didn’t fit.  The fans were not keen on the series either. I forced myself to watch the show because I am a fan of Stephen King.

Maybe if they re-image the series with a different storyline than incest, it might work. What do you think?

5. The Strain

The Strain will not return this year.  The series was not created for the long haul, but for a limited run.

It had a good start in Season 1, and it did well in Season 2, but the show did not do well in Season 3, albeit ending on a good high. See ya.

What series are returning?

1. Grace and Frankie

Gracie and Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “Grace and Frankie.” / Photo by Melissa Moseley – Netflix

I know, I know. You weren’t expecting this to be on a list that included my favourite shows. I can be full of surprises.

I binged watched Grace and Frankie on Netflix and fell in love. The fifth season will premiere in 2019. Next season of RuPaul will join the cast.

2. Midnight,Texas

Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez, Sarah Ramos, Dylan Bruce, and François Arnaud in “Midnight, Texas.” NBC/NBC – NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Thank you, NBC. I like the show. I like it better than True Blood.  But it’s experiencing some changes. Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder are now executive producers and show-runners.  Monica Owusu-Breen is stepping down to focus on other projects.

Sarah Ramos, who played Creek Lovell, Manfred’s love interest, will not be returning. Yul Vazquez will not be returning. Vazquez played the Reverend Emilio Sheehan. The producers hope Ramos and Vazquez will return as guest stars, reprising their roles.

3. Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things” Photo by Courtesy Netflix

The Netflix big hit series is back. They are working on casting calls and filming as I type this article out. Rumors are flying about that Season 3 will be shorter – only eight episodes. And then a possible Season 4.

Chance are Stranger Things Season 4 will hit Netflix in 2019.

4. Van Helsing

Van Helsing
Kelly Overton in “Van Helsing.” Photo by SYFY, Echo Lake Entertainment, and Nomadic Pictures

Thank you, SYFY.  Production of Season 3 is underway, and rumours have it, the 13 episodes will hit later this year.

We are learning more about the Van Helsing heritage. How would you feel if you woke up and discovered you are a descendant of a famous vampire hunter?

5. Wynonna Earp

Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, and Shamier Anderson in “Wynonna Earp” Photo by SYFY and Seven24 Films

Once again, thank you, SYFY. It seems this season we get to meet Mamma Earp AKA Michelle Earp. Megan Follows will portray the mother.

And two controversial reboot pilots… 

1. The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero
Hannah Simone in “The Greatest American Hero.” 20th Century Fox Television, and ABC Studios

I was a fan of the 1980s television show. The ABC reboot centres on an Indian-American family whose life is changed when she is entrusted with a suit that gives her superpowers to protect Earth.

2. Charmed

Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery in “Charmed.” CW Network

The CW show centres on three sisters, Mel, Macy, and Maggie Pruitt. I am still up in the air with this one. I know many fans are not too happy with the reboot, but there are some who are for it.

Have a read through our whopping list of the 31 best ’90s TV shows.

Is Veronica the scariest movie ever, as people suggest? Or is it just like any other horror movie?

I kept seeing on my Facebook news feed that a horror movie, with no publicity from Netflix, magically appeared overnight online back in February. The headlines read, “Netflix’s Latest Horror Veronica Might Be The Scariest Movie Of The Year” (Metro, 2018). “Netflix’s new horror film Veronica dubbed ‘scariest ever’” (Mirror, 2018). And, “Netflix horror movie ‘Veronica’ is scaring people into shutting it off halfway through watching” (Business Insider, 2018).

According to Rotten Tomatoes, as of typing this article, the TOMATOMETER is giving it an average rating of 7/10, with two Rotten and 14 Fresh. But, the AUDIENCE SCORE is 3/5 with User Ratings of 739 having it at 45 percent of the users liking the movie.

Verónica (Veronica) is in Spanish, but you can listen to the audio in Portuguese, French, German, and Italian. The subtitles are in English, French, simplified and traditional Chinese.

The movie stars Sandra Escacena as Verónica. Bruna Gonzalez as her sister, Lucía. Claudia Placer as her other sister, Irene. Ivan Chavero as her brother Antoñito. Ana Torrent as her mother, Ana. Angela Fabian as her friend Rosa. And Carla Campra as the other girl with her when using the talking board, Diana.

Paco Plaza directs the movie. He, along with Fernando Navarro, wrote the script.

What is Veronica about?

The official synopsis, per Netflix:

In 1991 Madrid, after holding a séance at school, a teen girl minding her younger siblings at home suspects an evil force has entered their apartment.

My synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Veronica, and her friend Rosa, and another schoolmate, Diana, sneak down to the storage area of their school while the other students and teachers are outside watching the solar eclipse. Diana wants to contact a friend who died in a motorcycle accident, but Veronica has someone else in mind to reach.

Strange events happen while they are using the talking board and Veronica is injured. Over a three-day period, strange events occur in her home. What did Veronica unleash, and what does she have to do right; what she did wrong?

If you have seen the movie Ouija (2014), then you pretty much get the gist of the storyline. Teens play with a talking board, something happens, and they forget to do one thing. While they go about their day, bad things happen. They later find out about the one thing that can stop it all and try to do it before anyone else dies.

Screenshot of “Veronica” via Image: Netflix/Sony Pictures. Verónica looking at a new Ouija board she bought to replace the one that broke.

Is the Veronica film based on real events?

According to Newsweek and other news sites, the movie is ‘loosely’ based on a case dated back to 1991, in Vallecas, Madrid. Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro used a talking board, but a nun broke it. The events did not happen over three days but took a few months. The girl saw doctors, but they could find nothing wrong. She died, and her parents experienced paranormal phenomena before and after her death. They moved out of their home, and the new owners have said they have experienced nothing.

So is Veronica good?

Screenshot of “Veronica” via Image: Netflix/Sony Pictures. Verónica in bed with monster hands holding her down.

Director Paco Plaza took inspiration from the Vallecas Case and created something out of it. It is not a bad movie. It is good, and it is different due to it lacking what we normally see in horror films. Plaza incorporated some twists. One, no sex scenes (Kudos). It shows you don’t need sex to have a good horror film. Two, there is death, just not like what we are used to in a horror film (Kudos for that too).

Yet the Veronica also have slow pacing in a few parts, and is not scary as everyone says it is. Sure, there ‘scare’ points, but if you’re entering it on the back of what Twitter and other websites are saying, you may be disappointed.

I also kept thinking of previous movies such as the Ouija films and the nun in the Conjuring films, and their similarities.

I was able to watch the whole film, and I was not scared (go me?). For this horror fan, Veronica is interesting, but it is just not scary.

What did you think of the movie?

Like this Veronica review? Check out our review of ‘The Howling’

Universal 1440 Entertainment has announced the sixth installment of the cult-classic Tremors franchise: Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, scheduled to hit Blur-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD on May 1, 2018.

In the film, survivalist Burt Gummer is back in action, and his worst fears may have come true. His son, Travis Welker, joins him as they head up to Canada to investigate a series of Graboid attacks on a remote research station.

When they arrive at the station in the Arctic Tundra, where the average temperature is 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, Burt tries to prove his theory that the creatures are now weapons, but before he does he gets sidelined by Graboid venom. He has 48 hours to live unless they can create an antidote from fresh venom, but someone needs to learn out to milk a Graboid.

Most of the Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass-Blasters have been in desert locations; this is the first film to depict them in a frozen climate. Question, how will they differ from those in the desert regions? And, if Burt’s theory is correct, how will the weaponised ones differ from the original ones?

The Tremors franchise started in 1990 when a small town came under attack by worm-like creatures that move under the Earth’s surface. The original film director was Ron Underwood, and the writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film has raked in $16.67 million USD. Even though the movie failed in theatres, it took on a whole new life when it hit VHS, leading it to become a cult classic and spawning six films and two television series.

Movies

Tremors (1990)

Stars Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee and Fred Ward as Earl Bass. They, along with seismologist Rhonda LeBeck, discover worm-like creatures hunting them from underground. They are helped by Burt Gummer, played by Michael Gross, and his wife Heather, played by Reba McEntire. They save the town of Perfection, Nevada from the man-eating creatures.

Tremors 2: Aftershock (1996)

A Mexican oil company pleads with Earl Bassett. They have a Graboid epidemic on their hands. Earl gets overwhelmed by the Graboids and their second evolutionary step, the Shriekers. He calls in backup, no other than the survivalist, Burt Gummer.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)

The helm of fighting the Graboids is passed over to the great survivalist, Burt Gummer. He heads back to the town of Perfection, Nevada where he faces the third evolutionary step in the Graboids chain, Ass-Blasters.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

Tremors 4 is a prequel to the films. The movie takes place in 1889 when the town was called Rejection, Nevada. A hot spring causes the eggs to hatch, releasing baby Graboids known as Dirt Dragons. The mine shuts down and the owner, Hiram Gummer (ancestor to Burt Gummer), arrives to investigate. He ends up saving the town.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)

Burt Gummer is all the way in South Africa fighting on a wildlife reservation. He also finds out he has a son from a brief encounter in the mid-seventies named Travis B. Welker, played by Jamie Kennedy.

Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks.

Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt suspects that Graboids are being weaponised, but before he can prove his theory, he gets sidelined by Graboid venom. With 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

Television Series

Tremors: The Series (2003)

SyFy Channel, hour long, 13-episode series. The series explores the relationship the folks of Perfection, Nevada have with an endangered species of Graboid named, El Blanco. They learn to protect themselves from the creature, at the same time protecting the creature and the town from greedy people.

Tremors: The Series (2018)

The Syfy Channel is trying once again to bring the Tremors franchise to television. The killer Graboids that almost destroyed Perfection 25 years ago are back. The town’s hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he must overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex. Only the pilot episode has completed filming.

If you think “Tremors” is good, you should check out the Top 5: Reasons Why You Need To Watch SyFy’s “The Expanse”.

Reboots and revivals are the trends throughout the entertainment world. It is no surprise then that we have a new series bringing back our favourite Karate Kid and his nemesis Cobra Kai.

Revivals such as Will and Grace (NBC), Roseanne (ABC), and Fuller House (Netflix) are hitting the airwaves. They join the generation gap under one roof. Now, YouTube Red is getting in on the revival trend by way of a sequel to the Karate Kid. In the new series, Cobra Kai, we will learn about Johnny Lawrence, his past and the reasoning for reopening the Cobra Kai dojo.

In the beginning: Karate Kid

In 1984 we learned the meaning of “Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off,” from Mr. Miyagi, a maintenance man at an apartment complex in the film, The Karate Kid.

Mr. Miyagi, played by the legendary Pat Morita (1932-2005), sees a tenant running from a gang of bullies. He intervenes, defending the teenager.

When Daniel LaRusso, played by the never ageing Ralph Macchio, sees there is more to the maintenance man then fixing things, he asks him to teach him karate. Mr. Miyagi refuses, until he sees the Cobra Kai dojo, where the bullies train. What Mr. Miyagi sees there changes his mind and he trains Daniel.

Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, one of Cobra Kai’s best students and one of Daniel’s bullies, faces off with Daniel at a tournament. He loses to him and disappoints the Cobra Kai’s dojo and his Sensei, John Kreese.

Present day: Cobra Kai

Now, 34 years later, the down-and-out Johnny Lawrence reopens the Cobra Kai dojo. He is teaching the new generation of students the same code. “We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak,” he tells his students in the new teaser trailer from YouTube Red.

Johnny reinforces the school’s motto: “Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.” He takes a special interested in Miguel, played by Xolo Maridueña, a victim of high school bullies. The reopening of Cobra Kai dojo reignites the feud between Johnny and Daniel.

More is at stake; Daniel has a family. He lives a comfortable life in Encino. He runs a string of car dealerships with his wife Amanda, played by Courtney Henggeler. They have a son, Anthony, played by Griffin Santopietro, and a daughter, Samantha, played by Mary Mouser. How will the rivalry affect the family?

Daniel is not the only who has a family. Johnny has a son, Robby Keen, played by Tanner Buchanan, who wants to be nothing like his father. Will Daniel teach him the ways of Mr. Miyagi?

Reason for series

“Cobra Kai” Photo by Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television

The new action comedy YouTube Red series is 10 episodes, half-hour each. The Karate Kid reboot is created by John Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald. With co-executive producers Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.

“Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid. Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films — packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes. We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry, and we’re thankful to our partners at YouTube Red, Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook for their shared enthusiasm in making our dream project a reality.” Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter.

Per Hollywood Reporter, the idea behind the sequel to Karate Kid is to raise the demographics for YouTube Red’s viewing audience from 18-34 to 18-49. Cobra Kai will bring those who fell in love with the Karate Kid movies to visit their beloved Daniel once again. Along with a new generation of viewers.

Are you excited about this Karate Kid reboot? And speaking of reboots, have you heard about the Charmed reboot? We’re not happy.