Did you hear that? It’s coming from the basement. Hey, I have an idea — how about you go investigate that strange wailing we’re both definitely hearing, and I’ll stay here so I can keep an eye on that blood-colored teddy bear, on the off chance it suddenly sprouts antlers, catches fire and starts chasing me with a hammer.
That’s the first part of my one man play inspired by the genuinely frightening psychological horror game Layers of Fear. This game was plenty scary already, and now it’s even more frightening thanks to a free content update that rolled out earlier this week, bringing with it some additional polish and a new room that can be found in the basement.
Like the flesh sacks we call our bodies, all of this is temporary. A month from now, it’ll feel like it was a dream. However, Bloober Team is giving players an opportunity to be immortalized in the game. All you need to do is “find all of the unique effects connected with the key words,” and even then, only the first three people to do that will be rewarded with an in-game portrait of themselves.
“I can’t wait to tell you all the ways we’re going to make Outlast 2 gamers suffer.”
That promising quote comes from Red Barrels co-founder David Chateauneuf. I found it on a press release and figured you might like to read that first, since that is absolutely the kind of thing I’d expect — and hope — to hear from the someone who’s partly responsible for bringing the just-announced Outlast 2 to PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year. If its brand of punishment is in line with what the series has done before, I’ll take it with a smile on my face.
Outlast 2 promises to take us on “a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets,” that Red Barrels co-founder Philippe Morin promises “will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.”
What little we know about this game has already remedied a few of the things that have bothered me about the series’ setting and cast of characters. I had a good time in Mount Massive, but these games are too good to employ such an overused and stereotypically scary locale as an asylum. As for the cast, well, it isn’t so much a cast as it is a legitimate freakshow of dead-eyed men wearing soiled adult diapers. In Outlast 2, they’re joined by ladies.
And yes, the night vision camera is returning. Obvs.
Stoner rock band Coliseum have released a video for their song “Comedown”, which comes off their album Anxiety’s Kiss. The gindhouse-heavy video, which was directed by Rafael Mayoral-Parracia, shows a man on a mission to save a woman at all costs, even if it includes slicing out eyeballs, ignoring roadside murders, and casually observing children stabbing a hand to a table. The video, which premiered at Under The Radar, can be seen below.
You can get your copy of Anxiety’s Kiss via Bandcamp.
Today we see the last member of metal band Escape the Fate share his favorite parts of Halloween with the BD crowd. Vocalist Craig Mabbitt makes things rather adorable as he talks about dressing up with his daughter each year, each year presenting a different opportunity for them to connect with their love of horror. Additionally, he sees Halloween as the start of his, “…favorite few months of the year“, which brings its fair share of delicious treats and heavenly aromas. Check out his full explanation below!
Make sure to pre-order your copy of Hate Me via Districtlines.
Craig Mabbitt on Halloween:
The movies and the music!!!!! Halloween has notoriously always been so awesome – I remember always being so excited for Hocus Pocus to be continuously played on Disney Channel growing up, watching the old school Green Mask Goosebumps movie and staying up late at a friend’s house to watch Halloween or Nightmare On Elm Street.
I know a lot of Halloween fanatics quickly write off Xmas and to that I say fuck off! Ever seen NBC!? Halloween is the start of my favorite few months of the year. It’s pumpkin everything, Costco Pecan Pie, and that fall smell of a campfire in the air. When people say they love Halloween 365, so do I, and I’m not talking about JUST the makeup.
I have fond memories of decorating my house as gruesome as possible. My dad was a Clark Griswold of sorts when I was younger and I’ve carried that tradition on. Main difference is the costumes; my daughter always decides what she wants the “family” to be and I obviously follow suit. Of course I give input here and there, but we’ve had fun with it, we’ve been Alice and the Mad Hatter, Toad and Princess Peach, Dracula and Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, Spider-Man and White Tiger etc. This year she’s being a Five Nights at Freddy’s character but unfortunately I’m on the road this year.
Once she’s older, I’m hoping to get a bit bloodier with it but who knows. Anytime I get the chance to be home for Halloween, I’m going to match with my little girl no question.
10/13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/14 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/15 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
10/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10/22 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/23 – Kansas City, KS @ Aftershock
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/26 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/30 – New York, NY @ Marlin Bar at Webster Hall
10/31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
11/01 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
11/02 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11/03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/05 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
11/06 – Houston, TX @ Walters
11/07 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
11/08 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/09 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/10 – El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel
11/13 – Santa Crus, CA @ The Catalyst
11/14 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/15 – San Digeo, CA @ SOMA
01/28 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
01/29 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
01/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
01/31 – Paris, FR @ Le Divan Du Monde
02/02 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
02/04 – Munich, DE @ Strom
02/05 – Milan, IT @ Legend Club
02/06 – Pordenone, IT @ Deposito
02/08 – Vienna, AT @ Szene
02/09 – Prague, CZ @ Rock Café
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
02/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo
02/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oz
02/13 – Koln, DE @ Underground
02/14 – Belgium, NL @ Mod Box
02/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
02/18 – Moscow, RU @ Red Club
02/19 – St Petersburg, RU @ Cosmonavt Club
If you’ve been keeping up with AMC’s “The Walking Dead“, you know that the show is okay with killing off popular characters. People that you think are going to be okay end up going through the digestive system of a walker, ultimately falling out unceremoniously in a smelly pile on the ground.
As we’re now in the sixth season of the show, it’s possible that some of us have forgotten a few of the notable character deaths that have occurred over the past several years. So, to help you out, we’ve been provided this fantastic infographic that highlights many characters, who they were, what they meant to the team, and more.
With the events of last week’s episode, do you think a certain character should be added to the list? Or would that be a bit premature?
Just yesterday we posted a video on how Ghostbusters would’ve looked had it been a sitcom. That one made a lot of sense. The blend of comedy and horror mixed with the varied, diverse, and interesting characters would’ve made a perfect TV show. But what if we went further down the rabbit hole? What if we took something that fit the above criteria but added a ton of violence, gore, and depravity? I’m talking, of course, about Rob Zombie’s 2003 horror film House of 1,000 Corpses.
Below is a video that takes clips from the film and splices them together to the theme music of the beloved 90’s sitcom “Full House”. What results is something wildly surreal but strangely intriguing. I’d honestly be 100% into watching a few episodes of something like this!
Also, now I’ve got that damn song stuck in my head…
Something wicked this way comes, courtesy of the fine folks at Russian developer Ice-Pick Lodge. Pathologic Classic HD rolls out on PC today to help prepare us for the remake that’s expected to arrive in 2016. I know it’s not easy getting excited for a remaster these days, but I suspect this one will find a spot among the best of them. If any remaster is going to do its source material justice, it’ll be the one that comes from the team that made the original game.
In addition to the added support for cloud saves and achievements, Pathologic Classic HD features “updated graphics and effects while addressing the most prominent criticisms of the original game with a newly translated script, and new voice-overs including reinstated dialogue.”
Unlike the remaster, the Pathologic remake is considerably more ambitious in what it will change.
“While being a critical success in some markets and having the status of a “cult classic”, the original game still had many evocative ideas to explore—and we set to do just that,” explains Ice-Pick Lodge. “However, during the production of the Pathologic Remake we’ve come to realize that some of the ideas and plans we have for the new game have strayed rather far from the original.
It’s inevitable that some aspects of the remake will not be embraced by everyone. There’s no getting around it, and that’s why we’re getting two Pathologic games.
“This way, the original Pathologic will always be available to you even if you come to disagree with the changes made in the Remake. And if you haven’t played it at all, you’ll have a chance to get to know the game that has defined us as a studio in a definitive way.”
Pathologic Classic HD releases today exclusively for PC.
Before we go, I’ve noticed some confusion regarding what differentiates a remaster from a remake, so let’s go ahead and tackle that real quick.
A remaster is a minor to moderate update of a game, old or new, that tends to focus on improving the original without introducing any fundamental changes to how it looks or plays. A remake takes that idea and runs with it by re-building its source material from the ground up in a new engine, often with new features and content.
For example, when Resident Evil released on the GameCube in 2003, that was a remake of the 1996 original, while the Resident Evil we got back in January was a remaster of that remake. Are your ears bleeding yet? Don’t be alarmed, brains do that sometimes.
We’ve teamed up with rapper Madchild to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Brain Dead”, which comes from his album Silver Tongue Devil. The video shows Madchild performing in what looks like an abandoned and dilapidated house while cuts of zombie-esque women and violent scenes from movies and interspersed throughout. I don’t know if I’d say this is NSFW but there are definitely some gruesome moments, so I’d exercise some caution on where and when you’re watching this.
Madchild tells BD:
I love this time of year, but I’m always on tour on Halloween so I never have the chance to dress up in costume. I thought it would be cool to create a video with a horror world with a bunch of cool looking zombie chicks. I was in a fairly dark place in my life when I wrote this song and it came out with this slight suicidal overtone to it. Although I would never do anything like that, it was scary to be in that frame of mind at the time and wanted to express how I felt in a song. The song and video is the perfect for Halloween.
Silver Tongue Devil can be purchased via iTunes.
Oct 30 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
Oct 31 – Bozeman, MT @ The Molly Brown
Nov 05 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
Nov 07 – Augusta, ME @ Shenanigan’s
Nov 15 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Carpa Astros
Nov 19 – Oakland, CA @ Grand Live at Venue Oakland
Nov 21 – West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
Dec 02 – Stuart, FL @ The Birdseye
Dec 03 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Propaganda
Dec 04 – Satellite Beach, FL @ Sports Page Live
Dec 05 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Dec 06 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
PSA: Don’t be this scaredy-cat.
A lot of viral prank videos are more fake than “The Hills.”
The below video looks pretty damn real to me as some dude and his girlfriend, who has since dumped his ass (okay, we’re just assuming here), enter a haunted house. The video captures him freaking out. He doesn’t just scream like an adolescent, he also begins to faint and has to be escorted out by the staff.
I think the best thing in this video is that the girl, who the guy is cowering behind, has a huge smile as she screams. At least someone had fun…
We’ve got an exclusive clip from Terry Miles’ revenge thriller Even Lambs Have Teeth that shows that having a best friend ready to help you at a moment’s notice is always better than having Jesus Christ on your side! Well, when it comes to swinging a baseball bat, that is.
“Two beautiful young women abducted by a nasty family of small town psychopaths, escape and take savage and imaginative revenge on their attackers.”
Patrick writes in his review that, “‘Even Lambs’ reaches a nice balance of human horror, dark comedy, and violent revenge flick.”
Even Lambs Have Teeth stars Kirsten Prout, Tiera Skovbye, and Michael Karl Richards. It will be up for sale at AFM.
We have an amazing contest for the true Tremors fans out there!
(5) lucky Bloody Disgusting readers will enter to win a copy of Tremors 5: Bloodlines signed by Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy, as well as the Tremors Attack Pack that includes the first four films!
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A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
In Tremors 5: Bloodlines, “The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror — far more than they bargained for.”
When it comes to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, there’s really no better person to give their seal of approval than Dan Aykroyd. After all, Aykroyd is the co-writer of the original two films, alongside Harold Ramis, who passed away early last year. He’s the man who helped create the universe in the first place. And to all the doubters of Feig’s version, Aykroyd thinks your worries are in the wrong place.
“In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more — CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it. I’m really happy with what I’m seeing,” Aykroyd told EW. He continues, saying that he thinks, “…Paul’s idea of the gender shift was a very smart and fresh way to get everybody to re-look at this in a new way.”
In fact, Aykroyd’s belief in the film was so strong that he didn’t feel like he needed to be a part of it. “None of us lobbied to be in the third movie. We all felt that this Paul Feig concept was so strong that we didn’t have to be in it. But he called me. And of course, I said, ‘I want to help in any way I can.’”
This news comes after Kristin Wiig expressed her disappointment at the reaction that man people have had over the film, especially considering that they haven’t seen anything concrete aside from a few photos that have been provided by Feig.
While additional dates for Black Sabbath‘s final tour have been added through much of 2016, fans must now begin to accept the bitter news that this really will be the end of the legendary heavy metal band.
“It’s the end of Sabbath, believe me, singer Ozzy Osbourne tells NOLA. “In December, I’ll be fuckin’ 68 and I think it’s time to call it the end of the day. I’m not saying I won’t get on stage with Geezer [Butler] or Tony [Iommi] or any of them some time, but officially we’re going to be done.
“I don’t want it to dwindle and dwindle and play just for the sake of making another fuckin’ sack full of cash. So it’s time, and then I’ll go back to doing my own thing,” he explains.
Furthermore, while we were gifted the incredibly solid and thoroughly enjoyable 13 (review), Osbourne has now confirmed to the site that there will be no new album.
While a selfish part of me wishes that they’d get into the studio, knock something out, and then never tour it, I respect their wishes and their journey enough to simply say, “Thank you for all you’ve given us.” It’s been one helluva journey.
‘The End’ second leg tour dates:
8/17 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/21 Washington DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25 Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/27 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
8/29 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/31 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
9/2 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
9/4 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/7 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
9/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheater
9/13 Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Arena
9/15 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
9/17 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/19 Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
9/21 Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
Ninja Scroll, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 anime about a mysterious vagabond who goes up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader, is quite possibly my favorite Manga release. It’s action-packed, uber violent, and has one of the coolest endings in the history of cinema.
The idea that this was to be adapted into a feature film was the best news since Warner Bros. also announced Akira. Unfortunately, neither happened.
Now, several years since it was announced that Watchmen writer Alex Tse was attached to the project, it’s been revealed that Gary Shore was up to direct for Warners and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
Shore, who was behind Universal’s awful, awful Dracula Untold – the first of the planned Universal Monsters resurrection – was allegedly in talks or even attached to direct Ninja Scroll.
The filmmaker, now serving time in director’s jail, shared a “proof of concept” video that he did in 2012. The animated visuals were done using mo-cap, with Shore explaining that it (thankfully) never made it to the next stage.
After toughing through Dracula Untold, it’s clear to me this Ninja Scroll adaptation would have been a disaster as well. Shore found a way to bore me in just 4-minutes, which is probably why this never went any further than the proof of concept stage. This “pitch” lacks storytelling, character, and the action is clearly overly ambitious. All of the problems prevalent in his Dracula rear their ugly head in this short. I’m sure he’d argue, “Hey, this is just an animated pitch,” but he’s the one who released it to the pubic. And if this was made in order to impress the studio heads at Warner Bros., it’s clear why they went in another no direction.
Am I being harsh? You tell me. I think I’m on point…
Someone do me a favor and collect all the clips released for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and put them together. I have a feeling we’ll have nearly the entire movie.
A new clip for the film has been released and it shows main characters Ben and Carter trying to demonstrate how to fold the American flag. Of course, a zombie interrupts them, so they have to use the good ole’ red, white, and blue to choke it so hard that, well… Check it out for yourself.
In the film starring Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, Logan Miller, Sarah Dumont and David Koechner, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.“
Just recently we premiered the music video for Windhand‘s “Two Urns”. Perfectly crafted for the Halloween season, we decided that we weren’t done with the band and wanted some more from them. That’s why we got guitarist Garrett Morris to compile a list of his favorite childhood horror/Halloween items, a list that is brimming with nostalgia.
Listed here are 9 of my favorite childhood horror/Halloween items. I still own all of the originals. Some of them even date back to the late 70’s when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I also included Kirk Hammett’s Too Much Horror Business as the 10th item on the list. I think it’s the best book of its kind and showcases an absolutely amazing collection of horror and Halloween related toys. I never get tired of looking through it.
>“Two Urns” comes from the band’s latest album Grief’s Infernal Flower. You can order your copy here.Horror Sounds of the Night
Made by Topstone Industries in the 1980’s. The greatest Halloween sound effects cassette ever made.Topstone Industries
They made the best Halloween products in the 1970’s & 1980’s. Available at every 5 & Dime and local drug store.Mad Magazine: Super Special Summer ’83 Horror & Sci-Fi issue
One of the best issues of Mad Magazine ever. Worth owning just for Sergio Aragones’ “The Vampire”.Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Illustrated by David Levine: One of my first books as a child. David Levine’s art perfectly compliments both stories.Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride and memorabilia
One of my earliest and fondest childhood memories. I became obsessed with it from the age of 4 and still search for memorabilia.Randotti Skulls
My mother bought me a Randotti skull on a trip to Disney World in 1978. I still have it sitting on a shelf over my stereo. Amazing that at one time Disney commissioned these to be sold at their parks.Edward Gorey artwork
I was always attracted to his art as a child. I would watch the PBS program “Mystery” just to see the opening animation. His cover art for the book “Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural” is a favorite.‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ soundtrack
One of John Carpenter’s best soundtracks. One of my favorite horror movies. A completely underrated and under appreciated film.‘The Fog’ soundtrack
Another of Carpenter’s best soundtracks. The music creeped me out so bad as a kid.Kirk Hammett: Too Much Horror Business
Completely amazing book of Kirk Hammett’s collection of horror memorabilia, movie props, and toys. Probably the best book of its kind. I really hope he does another volume.
Netflix has set the cast for Karl Mueller’s “Rebirth,” announcing Fran Kranz, pictured in Cabin in the Woods, Adam Goldberg, Kat Foster, Nicky Whelan, Harry Hamlin, Andrew J West, Sheryl Lee, Pat Healy, Eric Ladin, Luis Geardo Méndez and Steve Agee all part of the cast, says Deadline.
“‘Rebirth’ follows a white-collar suburban father Kyle (Fran Kranz) who is surprised at his office by long-lost college buddy Zack (Adam Goldberg). Zack is as wild and crazy as ever, brimming with excitement about the self-actualization program he’s just finished. In fact, there’s a Rebirth seminar this coming weekend. Reluctantly, Kyle goes and stumbles on a bus full of Rebirth participants about to depart. He gets on the bus and hands over his keys, wallet, and phone. Thus begins his journey down an increasingly unhinged rabbit hole of psychodrama, seduction, and violence as a confused and increasingly desperate Kyle tries to escape Rebirth and discover what the weekend is really about. Rebirth is produced by Campfire.”
The twisted psychological thriller comes from writer-director Karl Mueller (Mr. Jones) and producer Ross Dinerstein (The Pact, The Nightmare)
“Rebirth” will be available exclusively on Netflix day and date with theatrical and transactional in 2016.
Momentum Pictures’ new horror thriller Indigenous, directed by Alastair Orr (Expiration) and starring Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, and Sofia Pernas, hits VOD December 8th.
“A group of five young friends travel from Los Angeles to exotic Panama for a week of partying in lush tropical paradise. Befriending a beautiful local woman in their hotel bar, they learn of a secret jungle hike to a pristine waterfall nearby. The woman cautions them strongly against the hike, warning that other gringos in search of the legendary waterfall had mysteriously disappeared into the jungle, never to be seen or heard from again.
Ignoring her warnings, the group convinces the woman to guide them to the picturesque waterfall, thinking that they have nothing to fear with a local as their guide. What begins as a fun outing quickly turns terrifying when their guide mysteriously vanishes after a romantic tryst at the falls. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind her warnings – horrific, bloodthirsty, flesh-eating creatures are now stalking them. The mangled survivors rush to jungle caves for shelter, only to realize they’ve entered the monsters’ lair!”
There was so much forward momentum on iZombie this week! Liv and Peyton made up, Major admitted he needed help and Clive had something to do besides just work on a case and look dumb for not knowing Liv is a zombie. It was quite a refreshing turn after last week’s somewhat disappointing episode.
First, let’s talk about Major. iZombie has been a victim of that oft-featured TV trope where characters keep secrets from each other and it becomes a test of the audience’s patience (see the aforementioned Clive comment) to see when they finally come out. Having Major admit his drug problem to Liv after only 3 episodes seems like the show’s way of saying “thank you for watching.” Granted, we didn’t actually hear Major confess to Liv, but hearing him admit to her that he needed help was touching and featured a nice acting moment from Rose McIver and Robert Buckley. Their kiss at the end of the scene was a nice touch, as well.
Major also had to contend with Ravi this week, who finally put him in his place. Major’s behavior has clearly been a little off, and while it’s somewhat understandable that Ravi and Liv would assume it was because he was steal dealing with the fallout from the Season 1 finale, it’s less believable that not one of his friends would comment on his increasingly erratic behavior. The moment when Ravi confronted Major was long overdue. All it took was Major losing the dog (whom Ravi rather hilariously named “Minor”) for Ravi to snap.
Peyton’s return last week wasn’t all for naught. Rather than spend the entire episode making up with Liv, she was directly involved in the utopium case (and even ended up meeting Blaine!). Not that seeing her make up with Liv wasn’t great. It was, but Peyton was often relegated to the “best friend” role last season (much like how we all thought Major would just be “the boyfriend,” boy how wrong we all were with that one), so it’s refreshing to see her playing a part in the major season arc.
Speaking of Blaine, he had his own little B-story this week as he hunted down the man who sold the utopium at the boat party from the pilot. It was pretty brutal, and it’s a little surprising that the guy didn’t just tell them what he cut the utopium with after being turned into a zombie, but that will probably change next week when his brain cravings really start to take over.
What was the most surprising about Blaine this week is that he crossed paths with Peyton. Since he’s intent on becoming the new drug lord of Seattle, it serves his best interest to have Stacey Boss (I still can’t get over the fact that his name is Mr. Boss) incarcerated. Knowing that, he goest straight to Peyton to give her all the information he knows on him in exchange for immunity for his crimes. Not much came from that character interaction this week, but it is clearly going to lead to some problems in the future. How funny was it when Peyton told Liv she met a guy she thought she would like? Not all zombies (or zombie-looking people, in Blaine’s case) like each other, Peyton! Also, why would Peyton even consider trying to hook Liv up with someone she knows has been involved in a drug ring?
The case of the week wasn’t particularly memorable. A waitress at a country western bar was strangled and it turned out that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, being murdered by a criminal who was tied into a bigger case being investigated by the police department. Overall, the amount of screen time devoted to the case seemed a little unnecessary, but the bait and switch reveal of the murderer was a decent moment of surprise.
While the cowgirl aspects of “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues” were downplayed in this episode (with the exception of that admittedly fantastic musical number), it proved to be one of the stronger episodes of the season, with plenty of emotional payoffs and a great setup for future episodes.
- Sorry for being so late with this one. I was attending the finale party for the From Dusk Till Dawn series when this episode aired. I’ll be on time next week!
- Chapter Titles of the Week: Weapons of Glass Destruction; Murder She Watched; Pawn of the Dead; A Hands-On Approach; Seattle PDA; Ground Control to Major; Chekhov’s Gun;
- Brain Recipe of the Week: Southern-Fried Brains with Sriracha!
- When Minor escaped from the house, he went back to the same park where Major murdered his owner. I think I almost cried at that revelation.
- “Well, to be fair you did just see me stab someone in the head.” -At least Liv understands.
- Remember when Liv had a mom and a brother? I know they told her they never wanted to see her again but we haven’t seen or heard from them since the premiere. You would think Liv would at least mention them.
- “I hate that phrase ‘made love.’ It’s like ‘sex’ went and hired a PR firm.” -I 100% agree with this statement. I’ve never found the phrase “made love” to be appealing.
- Ravi dressed as a cowboy was incredibly cute and hilarious.
- Seriously, is there anything Rose McIver can’t do? Country singing? That song was actually pretty good!
- Blaine’s henchmen discussing whether or not Jesus was a zombie was one of the funnier bits of dialogue iZombie has ever put on screen.
- Next week, Liv eats the brain of a high school basketball coach. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this one, as sports culture doesn’t really appeal to me, but I’ll withhold judgment until I watch the episode.
Unsuspecting bros get a different kind of surprise at a strip club.
Check out this prank video for Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in limited theaters October 30th.
Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.”
Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont all star.