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The Walking Dead: Recap of Episode 3.14 - PreytBefore last week’s “The Walking Dead” episode ended, we already knew that the peace talk would fail, resulting in both Rick and the Governor readying their troops for war. This week’s Andrea-centric episode entitled “Prey” was written by Glen Mazzara and Evan Reilly and directed by Stefan Schwartz.

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.

In a flashback, Michonne tied her zombie pets to a tree before joining Andrea for a “girls’ night” dinner over the campfire. Michonne hesitated when Andrea asked where Michonne found her pets. “They deserved what they got. They weren’t human to begin with,” offered Michonne before shutting down the topic. At Woodbury, the Governor shackled up some chains while creepily happy imagining his prisoner in them. We can only guess who that might be, right?

Woodbury fighters were arming their vehicles before Andrea interrupted. Milton clarified that it was precautionary. Milton later found the Governor with torture tools and was disgusted, leading to him revealing to Andrea the Governor’s plan. Milton even brought Andrea to the observatory view over the torture room. When Milton begged Andrea to leave, Andrea decided she had to kill the Governor. Andrea aimed her gun from above at the unsuspecting Governor, but Milton stopped her and described the disastrous consequences. So Andrea had to return to the prison, but Milton refused to go with her.

Outside, henchman Martinez accosted Andrea and relieved her of her weapons. The Governor “apologized” to Andrea for keeping her in the dark and asked her to join him at their meeting with Rick the next day.

At a watch, Sasha tried to train a really bad shot Tyreese how to shoot zombies when Andrea showed up to try to distract them from the wall. Failing that, Andrea just climbed over and ran off but not before suggesting the same for Tyreese and Sasha.

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Tyreese and Sasha told henchman Martinez and the Governor, who implied that Andrea was not well in the head.

Outside, the Governor told Milton that he would go hunt Andrea. The Governor also got angry when he learned that Andrea knew about his plan for Michonne.

After henchman Martinez ordered Tyreese, Sasha, Allen and Ben to join the armed trucks, Allen and Tyreese had a disagreement about Allen’s wife. Turned out that Tyreese had saved her once, and Allen then became jealous of Tyreese.

Running on the main road, Andrea heard an oncoming truck and hid in the woods, where she was attacked by several walkers. Andrea managed to put them down unscathed all by herself and her small knife.

Henchman Martinez brought Tyreese and his group to a pit filled by walkers and ordered them to load the walkers into an attack truck. When Tyreese refused to help and exchanged some heated words with Allen, he and Allen got into a fight. Tyreese overpowered Allen easily and showed some never-been-seen-before anger before it subsided. Henchman Martinez ordered them back to town instead.

Running through a field, the Governor in a truck found Andrea and tried to run her down. She managed to escape then and found some abandoned warehouse buildings with the Governor hot on her trail. The Governor continued to hunt for her in the dark inside the buildings. As he got close to finding her, he was distracted by walkers whom he promptly dispatched of sadistically. When Andrea had to kill one that was in her way, she gave up her location. The Governor found and cornered her, but she was saved by an encroaching horde of walkers.

The Walking Dead: Recap of Episode 3.1 - Prey - The Governor

In the dark of night, both a truckload of walkers and the full zombie pit were torched and burned down by a mysterious figure.

Andrea almost made it to the prison, but before Rick could see her, the Governor caught her by surprise.

Returning to Woodbury, the Governor lied to Martinez about not catching Andrea. Then Martinez informed the Governor about the walker burning sabotage and said he suspected Tyreese and his group. When the Governor met up with Tyreese and his group, Tyreese confronted the Governor about his plan to attack the prison group with walkers, which the Governor brushed off as just a scare tactic. The smooth-talking Governor even got Tyreese to apologize. When the Governor asked about the gasoline, he realized that Tyreese didn’t do it.

Milton encountered the Governor, asking if he had killed Andrea, but the Governor answered vaguely. When Milton brought up the walker sabotage topic, the Governor realized who was behind it. As the camera panned inside a building, we found Andrea shackled in the Governor’s torture chair.

How will Andrea get out of her jam now? Do you want her to live?

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

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Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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