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The Act: Episode 4 Review—House Of Tortured Souls

The Act: Episode 4 Review—House Of Tortured Souls

This article contains Spoilers so if you have not seen this show yet; I suggest you start catching right up.  In this weeks episode titled Stay Inside, it starts in 2013, two years after the events from episode three. It shows a handsome man mowing the lawn and a curious Gypsy staring out the window. Dee Dee catches her daughter swooning over the man and whisks her away to bath her.

While bathing her 19-year-old daughter, you can see that Gypsy is very tired of being treated like a child. While bathing Gypsy is getting out of the tub to be dried off, she ends up getting her period. You can tell with her smirk that she showed no remorse as it is natural while Dee Dee is upset that she did not have the time it right and has to clean it up. 

After the morning events, Dee Dee goes to the doctors. It turns out that the real sick one in this situation is Dee Dee herself, who has type 2 diabetes and her doctors are very concerned with her high blood sugar which they try to control it with insulin. It seems that Dee Dee had some sick enjoyment in getting Gypsy to do her injections for her and to have her daughter take care of her health as a grown woman. Her deteriorating health still does not stop on how she belittles Gypsy.

Let us jump to the next part—- Gypsy’s “18th” birthday. Gypsy brought up about how she is finally happy that she knew her mom keeps changing the year she was born, her mom keeps sticking to her story and ends it quick by bringing out her present, two guinea pigs. To me, even though there is no age to own any pet, a guinea pig seems like what you would give a small child. As an 18/19-year-old girl, there are plenty of other wants. However, Gypsy being ever so sweet and excited over her new pets, she sneaks out on the porch with one of them where Lacey her neighbor spots her and visits her.

It is tough to shelter a young girl, especially a teenage girl who is hormones are going wild. Moreover, with Lacey befriending Gypsy and including her with typical teenage girl gossip, the main topic that came up that had Dee Dee boiling inside was: boys. Lacey introduced Gypsy to a Christian dating site, Gypsy’s face lit up like the 4th of July when she saw all types of boys looking for “love.” When a weak Dee Dee found out, she confronted Lacey, and in the midst of it she passed out in the road. 

With Dee Dee being sick and not properly caring for herself, she receives a phone call to talk to a Gypsy for her birthday. Dee Dee lies about it explaining Gypsy does not know about her birthday since she may not have many left with a procedure she will need soon. Dee Dee is trying to keep control over Gypsy, and with Gypsy being an adult with rights to decide unless proven otherwise… Dee Dee becomes manic as she realizes she may not be able to get away with this from everThe final scene takes us to the mall; Gypsy convinces a very ill Dee Dee to sit down to rest, in that process is where Gypsy takes herself to the store to buy herself a laptop. The laptop means one thing… internet dating. With Dee Dee not feeling well, she pages Gypsy over an intercom, and they go home. Gypsy creates an online dating account and soon meets Nicholas Godejohn (Calum WorthyDr. Dolittle 3) who helps Gypsy discover her dark sexual side and introduces her into BDSM. Gypsy takes a liking to him as he is charming and accepting of her. One night when Gypsy fell asleep, Dee Dee discovered the laptop and smashed it. Gypsy wakes up in a panic and fights with her mom; in that process, Dee Dee ties Gypsy up to the bed. The amount of verbal, physical, and emotional abuse that she endures will make your stomach turn. 

This show so far has been a wild ride. You feel for Gypsy the entire time, hoping someone out in public would catch on or get some sense that something is not right. Each episode is full of anxiety as you watch it and I cannot get enough. 


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The Act (Hulu series) First 2 episode Review—House Of Tortured Souls

The Act (Hulu series) First 2 episode Review—House Of Tortured Souls

I am obsessed with true crime and as soon as I saw that The Act was being made into a series on Hulu, I was all ready to watch it in anticipation. The Act is a true crime anthology series that premiered on March 20th and focuses on the real life of Gyspy Rose Blanchard and the murder of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard

The 8 episode series was created by Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca. It stars Patricia Arquette (Medium, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Holes),  Joey King ( Ramona and Beezus, Slender Man), Chloë Sevigny ( Lizzie, American Horror Story, Zodiac), AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, Race to Witch Mountain, The Reaping), and Calum Worthy ( The Big Year, Bodied).

The first episode of the series focused around Gypsy (Joey King) and her mother Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette) who just moved into a new neighborhood and you can already tell how different they are. Gypsy is a young teenage girl in a wheelchair and has every illness you can imagine, well at least that’s what her mother has said and is telling everybody. They become acquainted with all their new neighbors, especially with Lacey (AnnaSophia Robb) and Mel (Chloë Sevigny). Lacey befriends Gypsy by giving her a makeover and you can tell that for once Gypsy felt “normal” and it’s hard to do with her overbearing and paranoid mother always at her side. At a get-together, neighbors can be nosy and pushy and you can see the nervousness and tension that Dee Dee has as she explains all of Gypsy’s illnesses and allergies. She spends every second of every day at Gypsy’s side and even within the first episode, you can see how it’s deteriorating Gypsy from the inside out as well as the neighbors starting to sense that something doesn’t seem right. 

The second episode focuses on Gyspy receiving the “Child Of The Year” award which makes Dee Dee feel like she’s mother of the year. Before the big award ceremony,  Gypsy has her teeth retracted which causes one doctor to be very skeptical about Gypsy’s condition. Every antic Dee Dee causes like refusing the removal of Gypsy’s feeding tube, sparks the doctor suspicion to where she calls CPS. Without giving more away from this episode, you can already see how intense and odd this case is. Makes you squirm and yell at your TV for the doctors to wake up and see that Gypsy is suffering in an abusive situation from her mothers doing

I highly recommend checking this series out. There are 2 episodes right now on Hulu and the 3rd episode airs on March 27th. Check out the trailer then make sure to tune in every Wednesday. 

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SERIES REVIEW: American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

SERIES REVIEW: American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Room service has a whole different meaning at the Hotel Cortez.

By Amy Lynes

AHS HOTEL cast poster

American Horror Story: Hotel

Starring: Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevginy, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock, and Evan Peters

I have been watching American Horror Story since the first season and even though we are only three episodes into this seasons American Horror Story: Hotel, I think I can already safely declare this season to be my favorite of all of them thus far.

Many viewers, myself included, were stunned by the season opener. Talk about pushing the envelope. It was some of the most brutally graphic stuff I have ever witnessed on primetime network television. I mean, "The Addiction Demon" and his unholy strap-on in the first episode?! Holy fucking shit!! And the mirror shot of the poor junkie being done by "The Addiction Demon" with said strap-on? Unbelievably graphic. It was unexpected, even for AHS and it caused plenty of controversy all on its own. Now factor in the brutality with which "The Countess" and her boy toy, Donovan dispose of their victims, who they brought back to their suite at the Hotel Cortez under the pretense of a very sexy evening, and all the crimson arterial spray as they cut and slash, ("We don't bite, we cut") preparing to drain their victims and you have the stuff nightmares are made of.

Foursome carnage

Many are arguing that the writers are strictly out for some hardcore shock value to gain viewers because of all carnage, gore and sexual deviancy, but with all that's going on beneath the surface of this seasons storyline, I am not agreement with that at all. Don't get me wrong, it's AHS and there will always be some amount of shock value (and pussies that can't handle it) but that's not the sole purpose of the show by any means. There is so much more to it than shocks and gore for gore's sake. There are several stories unfolding and they are all highly entertaining. Some of them just happen to have a lot of bloody murders.

Were only three episodes in so far and there are already some groups out there waging a war against AHS and who are all up in arms about the show's content. Others are saying that shows like AHS are "the Devil's work" and are the type of thing that give people twisted ideas. Obviously these nutjobs have never read the bible. Now THAT, my friends is some of the most twisted shit, brutal shit there is.

Gaga AHS

When it was first announced that Lady Gaga had been added to the cast of AHS: Hotel I was among those who were critical, thinking that she would be unable to pull it off. It seemed like maybe the producers just wanted a big name to replace the series matriarch, Jessica Lange. I am happy to say that I have to eat a little crow on this one. So far, I have been very pleasantly surprised. I may be a metalhead but goddamn I love me some Lady Gaga! She is dirty, alluring and fun and she brings every bit of that into her portrayal as "The Countess" while exuding an unrivaled smoldering sexiness that I adore and I am loving every bit of her performance. I cannot wait to see more from her in this role. It's almost as if she was born to play this character. And I must say it's high time we some vamp action on AHS.

 

But there is SO much to love beyond the presence of Gaga.

The integration of the story of H.H. Holmes (different name but inspired by that sick fuck all the same) is pure fucking brilliance on the writers parts and Evan Peters is giving a stellar performance in the role. He is delightful to watch. He's just so happy about murdering people, it's almost comical. His beaming, cheerful smile and the cadence of his voice as he talks to his victims before slaughtering them...it's damn near infectious and I feel wrong for saying this, but I love this character! And his faithful servant Miss Evers, the laundress obsessed with stains, played by Mare Winningham makes me giggle every time she is on screen.

Hypodermic Sally

I am also really digging Sarah Paulson's portrayal of "Hypodermic Sally" as well as the role of Tristan Duffy, played by Finn Wittrock. That one comes as a surprise because I couldn't stand him in last year's season, AHS: Freakshow in the role of Dandy. He was SUCH a spoiled, privileged little cunt and every time he spoke it made me cringe. I thought for sure I'd hate his character this season too, and nothing could be further from the truth, which is really just a testament to his acting ability and talent.

And let's take a moment to talk about all of the returning cast for a minute, shall we? I am seriously over the moon with all that have returned. Among the returnees for American Horror Story: Hotel, we have Wes Bentley (Detective John Lowe), Chloe Sevigny (Dr. Alex Lowe), Sarah Paulson (Sally), Dennis O'Hare (Liz Taylor), Kathy Bates (Iris), Evan Peters (James Patrick March), Finn Wittrock (Tristan Duffy), Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett (Ramona Royale), Mare Winningham (Miss Evers), Matt Bomer (Donovan) and rumor has it that there may even be an appearance by the lovely Jessica Lange as well.

Iris at the front desk

There will also be some new faces this season with various guest stars such as Naomi Campbell and David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) being among them and that excites a horror fan such as myself. (I used to crush on him pretty hard back in the day. Leave me alone, I was in the fifth grade).

Last week's episode brought Angela Bassett back to the cast with her vampire hunter role of Ramona Royale, who also used to be The Countess' lover and was cast away when she grew bored and replaced her, much like she has replaced Donovan with Tristan. As revenge for The Countess killing the man she fell in love with and then turned, she is out to hit The Countess where she thinks it will hurt her the most. So far her only known weakness is her group of blonde haired children that are somewhat reminiscent of the creepy ass kids from Village of the Damned. So far they appear to be kept around strictly for The Countess to indulge in some snacking on their young, sweet blood but knowing AHS, I'd almost put money on the fact that there is something a little more sinister with these freaky ass kids. There is a tie in with one of the hotel residents, Detective Lowe and I am eager to see where that takes the storyline and what it means for the children (and their parents) who were all stolen from their families and kept to satisfy The Countess' blood lust.

The Countess and her brood

I would be remiss if I didn't take a minute to acknowledge just how badass the music for the show has been. Whoever is making the musical selections deserves a freaking medal. So far we've had the likes of Bauhaus, The Cure, The Jesus and mary Chain, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Love & Rockets, Eagles and many more.

If you haven't watched this season as of yet, I cannot recommend you get started enough! I firmly believe that this season is the goriest of them all so far and I can't get enough of it. Waiting a week in between episodes is totally agonizing. If you were a fan of any of the other seasons I can almost guarantee you'll love AHS: Hotel.

American Horror Story: Hotel airs on Wednesday nights on FX at 10 pm

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