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House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to check out the 15 minute horror short House of Lexi which was written and directed by M W Daniels. The short stars Emma Dark, Helen Stephens, Jane Garda, and Sean Francis.

House of Lexi is a psychological horror short which starts of calm and serene showing a very beautiful beach in the beginning. Then it changes drastically. 

The short follows Lexi (Emma DarkBad Friday, Seize the Night) who appears to have lost her mother in a car crash and has also lost her baby sister at birth. Lexi holds on to  the image of her sister and what she would be like if she were around longer. All of this starts to twist and turn and haunt her. 

This film will leave you putting it all together in different perspectives with how Lexi feels, especially during the trippy nightmare scene. 

Casting Emma Dark for this was brilliant, she’s very talented and gave such a strong performance as Lexi. 

M W Daniels knows how to pack a punch in such short time with this film and I cannot wait to see what else he has in store. 

House of Lexi will be debuting at numerous festivals this summer, if you have the opportunity to view it, do it you won’t regret it. 


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CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

The 80’s were a great time for many of us. Music, clothing, hair styles and most of all, movies from every genre, especially Horror movies. We have been treated with many classics like, Friday The 13th, My Bloody Valentine, The Prowler, Fright Night and many others.

After so many years of enjoying these such classics, it was only a matter of time before they were being remade for today’s generation. Some are good, some are great, some are worth a viewing or two and some are just god plain awful.

The films in the Child’s Play franchise have been a hit or miss. The original and sequel have always been my personal favorites. Chucky was mean, scary and had memorable one liners to make any fan chuckle. The last two installments, Curse and Cult were fun. It was almost as if the series was headed in the direction of the originals. Then, out of the blue, we got news that a remake was underway without any of the original team, including Brad Dourif who gave Chucky his voice. Needless to say, the idea alone didn’t go so well and it sparked a crucial negative response. Well, the remake is out and it may not be as fun or chilling as the original, but it is a fun little ride.

In the opening of the film, we are introduced to Buddie, an enhanced doll that is practically an ALEXA. The doll itself can operate devices in our homes and can even control automobiles, like an uber, without an actual driver. We are taken to the factory where an assembly of these dolls are being transported to toy stores all over, but not before one of the workers is fired. As revenge, he tampers with the technology of the doll, then commits suicide.

One minute later, we are introduced to a 13 year old boy who appears to be friendless and alone. His mother works at a toy store and is dating a not so nice human being, who actually turns out to be a real scumbag.

While working at the toy store, a customer brings back one of the Buddi dolls, saying it’s defective and Andy’s mother decides to bring it home for him as an early birthday gift. Things seem to be going well between Andy and his new best friend, but that all takes a wide turn when Chucky begins to see the hurt and anger that Andy is going through, making Chucky more menacing, But, Andy is his best friend and best friends protect one another

Child’s Play is not a great film and it’s not a bad film either. It’s a fun 90 minute ride with some moments of laughter and gory kills that are actually quite shocking. My personal favorite deals with a lawnmower, it’s that cool.

Check out Child’s play in theaters now. Don’t expect to be blown away and I think you’ll have fun with this one, like I did.


 

 

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The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Netflix’s The Perfection takes us through a hellish nightmare between 2 cello prodigies Charlotte (Allison WilliamsGet Out) and Lizzie (Logan BrowningDear White People). 

Charlotte (Williams) was always destined for stardom ever since she was a little girl; however it was put on hold when her mother became ill.

After her mother passed away, Charlotte reached out to her mentors Anton (Steven WeberSingle White Female, Wings) and Paloma (Alaina Huffman— Smallville, Amber Alert 

At the Academy, where she meets their new star Lizzie (Browning) and the two become quite close, romantically and competitively.

It has a bit of Black Swan vibes, and I mean how else are you supposed to feel when you are gone then come back to see someone as talented or maybe more talented than you taking your place. It’s natural in this case to see Charlotte become jealous of Lizzie, but how far will she take her jealousy? 

This movie is one you have to jump into blindly, it’s complicated to describe without even giving away spoilers, but it was very much inspired by the #MeToo movement with a strong feminist point of view with an act of twisted revenge at the end.

Allison Williams  was made for this leading role is brilliant; her character is similar to whom she was in getting Out, so secretive that you have no clue with what she is up to. Logan Browning compliments Williams in this film and is outstanding, she starts as sweet and vulnerable and ends the movie with such a badass “take no shit” mindset, a lousy femme fatale.

Richard Shepard who directed this film was brilliant in every way. He doesn’t shy away from anything, you want the shock factor, you got it in this film. This is not an easy film to watch, but is also hard to turn away from. 

Go ahead and check out the trailer below, but I suggest to just dive right in blindly. ⬇️⬇️

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Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

With the third season titled Solstice having made its way to Netflix last week (May 23rd), they truly outdid it this time around and it left me guessing on who was the killer the entire time until the 8th episode. 

Let’s rewind to the beginning. Slasher is a Canadian horror anthology that was created by Aaron Martin. It made its debut on Chiller back in March 2016. 

Each season has 8 episodes. The first season is called The Executioner. It focuses on Sarah Bennett and her husband who move back into her childhood home where her parents were murdered. Sarah’s mother was pregnant with her at the time of the murders and that is when police discovered that the killer was holding Sarah after the killings. 

Sarah starts meeting with Tom Winston in prison, the man who killed her parents. It was in their conversations that you pick up that the “theme” of the murders is no other than the seven deadly sins. Each victim had a sin. He has been giving his opinions as to what each victim could have done to deserve the punishment that they received.

Through all the twists and gore in this season, it was revealed that deputy Cam was The Executioner the whole time, to which Sarah has put it all to an end. 

Season two entitled Guilty Party focuses on a horrifying secret that summer camp counselors thought they buried long ago. They all return in the middle of winter to get the body that was murdered while they were counselors, only to get a shock of their life—-they can’t find the body. 

Like every typical horror movie setting especially at a camp, each counselor gets picked off one by one. The killer does get revealed at the end with a twist. 

Lastly the third season Solstice, which is actually my favorite out of this anthology, focuses on a killer who is targeting everyone in an apartment complex where a woman committed suicide a year before, but it’s also connected with each tenant not helping a man who was being murdered. 

Normally I am good at predicting who the murderer is, but with this season anyone seems capable at that point. 

The trailer for season 3 is listed below. If you are looking for something to binge watch over the weekend, I highly recommend this series. It has a perfect amount of gore and it’s not too predictable. It’s a pretty fun watch depending how you view it. 

 

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They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

The ninth episode of the Into the Dark series titled They Come Knocking sums up Nathan’s not so typical Father’s Day.

Nathan (Clayne Crawford— The Perfect Host, 24, A Walk to Remember) takes his two daughters Claire (Josephine LangfordWolf Creek) and Maggie (Lia McHughThe Lodge, American Woman) on a road trip to the desert to spread the ashes of his late wife’s (and their mother’s) at their spot for some closure. 

Val (Robyn LivelyTwin Peaks, Chicago Hope, Teen Witch) was suffering with cancer which led Nathan to make a hard decision of taking her off life support. Claire has not forgiven her father for making that decision and you can see a lot of resentment and tension between the two during the movie. 

While starting their first night of camping, unwanted visitors show up. It was a pair of child-like figures at their trailer to be exact. With Nathan refusing to let them in, they begin to taunt the family threatening they will eventually have to leave the trailer at some point. 

The figures weren’t messing around when they destroyed the engine to their only way out from the desert. What becomes a challenge is that they start to see Val in these creatures. It becomes a battle for the family to fight off the illusions. But can they succeed is the question… especially with Maggie chasing after who she thinks is her mother. 

This episode set up the horror because not only do you feel for them for losing the main glue in their family, but you don’t want the creatures to touch them. 

Check out the trailer below, but I highly suggest to just jump right into the movie. 

 

 

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Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

When it comes to zombie films, they’re traditionally all very similar. Lots of blood, guts and brains. They rely heavily on the gore and they’re usually rich with social commentary. The storylines are generally very light and its always about the aesthetics.

The Dead Don’t Die is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Rosie Perez, RZA, Sturgill Simpson and Selena Gomez. The residents of Centerville are left to battle for their lives as the dead begin to rise and invade their once tranquil town.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the actors and characters in films, they can single handedly make or break a picture. They can make you fall in love with them, or they can make you hate them. You can root for them to survive, or cheer for their defeat. However, when executed properly, a legendary performance can be eternal and sometimes even immortal. 

The Dead Don’t Die is full of dry wit and laugh out loud humor that will tickle your funny bone to the core. It’s a killer horror comedy unlike any other, with the largest ensemble cast ever assembled for a zombie film. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, hold on tight as director Jim Jarmusch brings viewers a side splitting comedy about the end of the world.

This film is absolute genius. It’s managed to take the nearly beat to death subgenre and flip it on its axis. Instead of the tired old gore and blood drenched cannibal feasts that we’re used to, this film focuses more on gut busting laughs and hysterics from its amazing cast. Bill Murray and Adam Driver headline one magnificently talented lineup that’s guaranteed to entertain.

There are some seriously amazing performances in this. Murray was awesome as the cool, laid back Sheriff, and Driver was the perfect level headed sidekick. Chloë Sevigny was also great as the shy and awkward third wheel of the law, and Steve Busvemi was a riot as the crazy racist farmer. Tom Waits was savage as Hermit Bob, but the best has to be Rosie Perez as a news reporter with the hilariously similar name.

It’s not your average fast paced, chew em up and spit em out, insane, over the top type of zombie film. Instead it’s a much slower, more comedic based style where the zombies are essentially the background noise to the jokes and one liners. It’s a truly entertaining laugh filled odyssey.

Not evry film needs to employ off the wall kills or loads of gore. With the subgenre currently on a downslope, it’s pleasing to see a fresh take on the outdated monsters. It’s nice to see the undead reinvented and not taken so seriously, like they normally are. With all the zombie themed content out there, it’s hard to leave a mark on the genre and that’s exactly what this film has done.

The film looks amazing. The cinematography is great and the countryside sets are very soothing. Jarmusch’s storytelling is always slower paced, which seems to work really well with the Romeroesque zombies. It amps up the fun quotient and lightens the intensity. 

While fans might not be so accepting of a film like this, it’s definitely delightful and a worthy addition to the zombie subgenre. Stellar performances and a solid cast make it one of the best modern undead films to date. It’s a hilarious centerpiece and a great all around film.

If you’re bored of the same old tiresome zombie films, look no further. The Dead Don’t Die is an off the path, unconventional, entertaining undead film unlike the rest. Tons of laughs, awesome special effects and even its own theme song. It’s the best ZomCom yet.

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Christmas is coming early with a new Black Christmas

Christmas is coming early with a new Black Christmas

Christmas seems to start earlier every year and Blumhouse have got plans to make us excited for the season in June, although it may not be for the reasons we may have been expecting.

With the release of a new poster on Twitter, Blumhouse have revealed that there will be a new remake of the classic seasonal horror Black Christmas on Friday 13th of December 2019.

Although the previous remake was met with mixed responses from horror fans, the new Black Christmas already looks set to a box office hit. A seasonal horror is always popular amongst horror fans, crossing that over with a release date of Friday 13th and the Blumhouse name attached, what could possibly go wrong? After all they have proven in the past even if a film has a mauling from the critics, The Blumhouse name always creates enough interest to get people into the theatres.

Sophia Takal is set to direct based on a script which she co-wrote with April Wolfe. No details have been released as to the cast at this time, but we can expect to hear a lot more news regarding the project over the next few months.

You can keep up to date with any news by following Black Christmas on Twitter or on the website www.blackchristmasmovie.com/

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Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

The “scariest motel in America” located in Tonopah, Nevada inspired a horror movie of the same name CLOWN MOTEL. Yes, you read that title correctly horror and clown lovers.

 A clown themed motel full of clowns can be nightmarish for anyone

The new horror movie Clown Motel stars Tony Moran (Halloween) and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th) and comes straight to DVD on JUNE 4TH. Grab it, go on a road trip and check in to the motel for an added scare. 

Check out the trailer below ⬇️⬇️

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1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

Straight from Universal itself, the 1996 thriller Fear which starred Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon will be remade. 

The remake is being co-written by Johnathan Herman, and the star of the movie will be Amandla Stenberg  (Hunger Games).

As of right now, (reported from deadline) the plot is being kept under wraps but it had been said that it will be told from the female prospective. 

Once the plot and the rest of the cast will be revealed, we will update you fellow horror fans. As of right now there is not set release  date. 

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Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Has Jason Blum put all the horror fanatics waiting in anticipation by confirming that Halloween 2 is happening? 

On his official Twitter page, Jason Blum gave two short answers to questions about if Halloween 2 will be in the works already. It’s been a few months since that news has circulated, and the answers that Blum gave are “Working on it” and “Patience.”

On that note, once it’s officially settled and date and cast are confirmed, we will give an update. Even though it was expressed a few months ago that Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are expected to return, along with Nick Castle the original Mike Myers shows that he would be interested in reprising the role. Until that is officially confirmed, I would not get excited yet. 

For now, we need to sit and see what happens. Leave your comments below, would love to hear your thoughts.

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[Video throwback] Full Moon’s videozone was the second best part of the films.

[Video throwback] Full Moon’s videozone was the second best part of the films.

It was. The first part was the movie itself growing up; it was amazing to see the special effects, behind the scenes and puppetry for some of the films. It was like when Walt Disney or William Castle addressed the audience. The fear factor left, and you were, in reality, watching the monsters or dolls be inanimate objects, but one grew to admire the art and craft of the work. This was my favorite part because I was able to examine everything and get an understanding of the business (a little bit)

Too young for cons and expos plus not having any in my city was rough, but Full Moon videozone made me feel part of the community. Charles Band gave me a glimpse of everything I loved in less than 30 minutes. Charles still does the “video zones” if you will but this time it’s updates about projects and promotions going on for the site. Still happy he continues the tradition. Here’s just a few samples of the video zones.

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Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Are you all ready to play another game? Chris Rock is, and he is teaming up with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for an all-new chilling Saw

Chris Rock has reportedly quoted:

”I’ve been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

I am curious to see how Rock will help put this into play, according to Lionsgate, they were very impressed with what he has to offer.

No cast or plot has been released yet but as soon as that happens we will put an update out. 

The film will be out in October 2020

 

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John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

It has been quoted from the man himself; John Carpenter is interested in making a new horror film. Carpenter who is famously known for Halloween, The Fog, The Thing and so much more was just recently honored at Cannes Film Festival, where they paid tribute to the horror genius with an award for The Thing.

Carpenter quoted the following (source from Collider)

”I don’t have one scheduled but I’m working on things. I made a lot of movies and I got burned out and I had to stop for a while. I have to have a life. Circumstance would have to be correct for me to do it again. I’d love to make a little horror film.. that would be great, or a big adventure film.”

Having had a chance to have met this incredible talented legend was beyond a great experience, and with not producing anything since 2010, I cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeves shortly.

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“Hi, are you my best buddi?!” New Child’s play tv spot shows Chucky in action!

“Hi, are you my best buddi?!” New Child’s play tv spot shows Chucky in action!

Almost a month away from the release of the new Child’s Play film. A tv spot has emerged showcasing the doll in full view along with him in action and speaking. Mark Hamill is the voice of Chucky along with Aubrey Plaza playing the mother the plot for the film is, “A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.”

From those working on the film have stated that it will be a bloody horror movie so we will see ourselves. The film is to go head to head with Toy Story 4. A Disney Pixar cartoon film going up against a horror icon? One will be victorious that weekend.

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Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

It’s not surprising that Stranger Things being the powerhouse of a show is non stop on merch. Let’s face it the show is, so naturally, the merch would be equally great. With shirts, toys, mugs, pop vinyl, game boards to now a Lego collection! Yup, confirmed by their twitter account we are getting an official Lego stranger things collection. Below is the video confirming it along with them In a follow-up tweet, LEGO noted: “All will be revealed soon. Friends don’t lie.”

Here is a  few leaked photos of the set (sorry for the blurry pics these were the best we can find). Will more follow? Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

 

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The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

Well as promised the trailer is here for IT: Chapter 2  and even though we may have an idea on what to expect we also have to remember they may change some things around maybe stuff from the book will be in it or some stuff from the original movie. Either way we’re intrigued on the film.

The plot is pretty simple since we already know the why and how? “Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back

Andy Muscheitti is back to direct the film along with the writer from the first film Gary Dauberman. Bill Skarsgård has said Pennywise in this one will be a lot scarier and violent. Sept 6th witness the end of IT

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ONE MUST FALL movie review

ONE MUST FALL movie review

 

One Must Fall hits the indie horror scene, and it will not disappoint! I just finished watching the advanced screener sent to me by Antonio Pantoja who is the writer and director of the film! Antonio and I laughed and shared a friendly conversation a few days back on-line, and I do want to be sure to thank him for allowing me to view his movie!

One must fall about a small group of people who work for a crime scene clean up crew. These are the poor souls whose job it is to go in a clean up the mess after a body has expired. In other words, they get to mop up the brains and blood after someone blows their head off.

The crew finds themselves locked in an old abandoned warehouse where butchered bodies had been found from a serial killer that was on the loose. One by one staff members is found by the killer who remains at large in the building even after the murder scene been cleared by local police( Lloyd Kaufman).

Hacked, Skinned and even scalped our killer takes no remorse on his newfound victims. Chained to watch each other be brutally turned into filets, our killer (Barry Piacente) much in the sense of Hannibal Lecter, remains fresh and calm during his slayings. His killings are not senseless, not to him anyhow. He is the anti humanity killer if you will, he kills for all that is wrong with the human race. Piacente did a scaringly good job in his portrayal of a killer!

The film opens a bit slow and does take a bit to pick up, hell Antonio himself told me to get thru the first 25 minutes..and that is just what I did. Although for me, it was about the 45-minute mark when everything turned around, and the film had hit full speed. The fill does manage to add the perfect amount of suspense in with the gore.

In closing, One Must Fall is premiering at film fests, and if you are in the area I do hope you try to attend and support the film, you will not be disappointed as this is one I will be adding to my library.

My only wish for the film would have been for it to have had the chance to have been made with just a slightly higher budget, it indeed could have been that much better! Many indie films are real gems that are deserving of higher production; One Must Fall one.

But alas, Pantoja has a talent to be reckoned with and cant wait to see what he brings us in the next! Be sure to check out One Must Fall soon as you can!!

Keep it evil

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Balletomane (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Balletomane (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

If Black Swan and The Craft had a child, it would be called Balletomane. This 20 minute psychological short is directed by George James Fraser and stars Courtney Costa as Ellie, an aspiring dancer who faces ridicule from the other girls in her class all led by Nina Rose who is the H.B.I.C. 

Horror isn’t just associated with gore and murder; it’s associated with fears and day to day life. With being a young dancer, Ellie (Courtney Costa) struggles to be accepted not just with her dancing but in society alone and tends to “dance to her own beat” literally. 

With having a photo posted of her by the other mean girls and the leader of the pack at the dance, Ellie takes matters into her own hands to eliminate her enemy by conjuring a ‘spell.’ Upon practice, it seems that our H.B.I.C. (Nina Rose) falls to sudden death and a satisfying look appears on Ellie’s face. It’s a satisfaction to her knowing she can leap freely and has to take the matter into her own hands to get what she wants.

This short was filmed beautifully with actresses who did an outstanding job, and while there was not much dialogue, you can feel every ounce of what was taking place. Balletomane is currently going to premiere at a festival next month. I can not wait to see what else George James Fraser has to offer in future films. 

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The Act: Final Episode (Review)

The Act: Final Episode (Review)

Well, friends, the series has come to an end and it still leaves us with will there be a season 2? This episode ironically titled Free, has Gypsy convincing those around her (Mel, Lacey and her absent father) that she is innocent. With Dee Dee corrupting her from a young age, it is clear that you can tell that even though Gypsy knows right from wrong, she still has a mind like a child.

Gypsy starts to realize the harsh reality of how the world is especially without her mother, and being in prison is the worst way to find out how the world works. In her mind, as she is portrayed, she sees how tragic her situation is but does not grasp that this will not clear up and go back to normal. She is also learning that those she looked up to are now unsure if they can trust what she says. Take Lacey for instance. Gypsy is now relying on her friendship and hopes that she will visit her. Lacey is torn and wants answers, but it is unsure of what to do in this case, as she feels like she is to blame since she showed Gypsy the website to where Gypsy met Nick. Mel (Lacey’s mother) shows up for a visit which Gypsy was expecting to see Lacey. Mel along with the other neighbors was into Gypsy and Nick getting the death penalty. After talking to Gypsy, you can see that Mel is still trying to process if Dee Dee was abusing Gypsy, and if she could walk the whole time, then she should have walked away from the situation.

Gypsy’s lawyer is trying to prove that there was abuse and made up illnesses but will need to gain access to her medical records which only next of kin can obtain for her. She reaches out to her father for the records, and by her surprise, he visits her and explains that he tried being a part of her life. You can see the hurt in her eyes as she does not want to believe it because she wants to believe that everything her mother told her was correct. 

The kind of good news for Gypsy is that they are doing separate trials between her and Nick because she has a case with her medical records alone that will allow them to go into her home life and see how she lived under her mother’s care. Nick, realized that he is in this alone and will be serving a full-time sentence. 

 

This whole case leaves you torn; you are not sure which side to take and who deserved what, even if they were to it deserve something they cannot take matters into their own hands to end Dee Dee. There has been news circulating that there may be a season 2 which I believe may about Gypsy more, but there has not been any talk if it is going to start filming; hopefully, when news hits, we can update further if there is a follow-up season. For now, I want to hear your thoughts and opinions on how the show portrayed this tragic case.

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The Act: Episode 7 Review

The Act: Episode 7 Review

We are coming to an end with this series, and episode 7 titled Bonnie and Clyde put most of the re-enactment into perspective and will leave your heart in your stomach. 

We see the two “love birds” on the bus which left off from episode 6 on their way to Wisconsin where Nicholas lives. His annoyed and no filtered mother (Juliette LewisNatural Born Killers, Whip It) picks them up, and it is clear that Nick did not inform Gypsy that he told his mother she was staying in a homeless shelter and needed somewhere else to go until she gets back on her feet. When asked about her situation with her mother, you can tell Gypsy was starting to feel the guilt as she told her lies. 

Upon arriving at the house, Gypsy takes over the room like she’s Nick’s housewife and more like how her mother would take care of her.  She starts panicking and getting worried that no one will find her mother, but Nick has a plan. They decide to post a status on Facebook to let everyone know that something was going on with Dee Dee. Being subtle, they wrote, “ That bitch is dead.” With a stir of comments flooding, Gypsy is wondering what is taking so long, but she doesn’t have to wonder much longer, she never disabled her location on Facebook.

Gypsy’s neighbor and friend Lacey gets an unsettling feeling after seeing the status and heads over to Dee Dee’s house with her mother to make sure everything was okay. It didn’t take long for the cops to appear and for them to be on the search for Gypsy, her neighbors are worried since her wheelchair is left behind and they know how “sick” she is. 

Nick’s mother has some suspicions on Gypsy’s behavior, you can see it in her facial expressions, but she does nothing more than encouraging her to try to make amends with her mother. The more that gets brought up, the more it sends Gypsy into a panic leading for her and Nick to fight outside. A little while later, police lights can be seen through the window. Amid their fear, they hide in the closet together where Gypsy tells him that they will both tell the truth because they did nothing wrong and that everything will be okay. 

With Gypsy and Nick being in separate interrogation rooms, Nick is very open and honest and starts telling the truth that he was the one who stabbed Dee Dee; he would be diagnosed later on with being on the autism spectrum, also unclear if he has multiple personality disorder. Gypsy, on the other hand, denied all questions and it seemed that she was silently pointing her finger at Nicholas.  

What comes to a complete shock with how this episode ended, was when the whole world saw that Gypsy could walk at the start of her trial. It is like everything went silent and you can hear the gasps from everyone who had no idea that she has been living this lie her whole life.

This all comes to an end this Wednesday May 1st on Hulu. All episodes are still up for those of you that are not caught up yet. 

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