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HORROR NERD OF THE MONTH — Ryan!

The first installment of Horror Nerd of the Month focused on Jerry, a character from the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and here we are, only a handful of months later, and I’m already revisiting the franchise, this time focusing on someone who makes Jerry look like Paul Newman in comparison: Ryan.

We’re first introduced to Ryan whilst on a road trip through Texas with his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, Michelle. From the second we meet his character it is immediately clear that Michelle is totally out of his league. It’s revealed that the reason for their split is she’s attending college out of state and doesn’t want to do the long distance relationship thing…but c’mon – we know why she’s really dumping him: he’s a total lame-o.

Even in death, Ryan is humiliated: while he’s hung upside-down by hooks through his ankles and about to be delivered a deathblow via sledgehammer, two members of the Sawyer clan feel the need to point out his colored undies (“California!”), which is met with laughter from the rest of the demented family. As unsettling of a scene as it is, it confirms a long-held belief: nerds just can’t catch a break.

Ryan, we salute you.

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“Shakma” (1990) REVIEW

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This review was originally written for and posted on Letterboxd.

A pretty fun, cool little flick that combines LARPing and a bloodthirsty lab baboon.

Some med students (and their professor) play an after-hours live action role playing game in the medical building where they practice/study (hey, why not?) This is also the facility that houses all the monkeys they do testing on, including Shakma, their most recent testee. Whatever they did to ol’ Shakma has made him (her?) super aggressive and looking to tear some faces off. Shaks gets loose and hunts our clueless students down one by one.

The film loses some points for not using Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” in any way. Shakma the Monkey, “Shock the Monkey”? C’mon people!

“Terror Train” (1980) REVIEW

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This is another movie I only saw recently and don’t know why I waited so long to do so. The movie cashes in on the late 70s/early 80s slasher genre, even casting Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead — and it’s a good one.

The movie goes like this: During a New Year’s party, a pledging pre-med student is lured into a room by his frat brothers under the pretense of some sort of sexual activity. It turns out to be a prank however, and the student finds a cadaver in the room instead. He’s horrified, traumatized, and as we find out, sent to a psych ward.

Years later (on the three-year anniversary of the prank), the class graduates and members of the frat (and sister sorority) take a train (for some reason, I’m not sure), and it’s also a costume party (again, not really sure why). They also have a magician (again, really not explained) played by THE David Copperfield. In fact, as the kids start being brutally murdered one by one, ol’ Copperfield becomes a suspect.

I won’t give away the ending…because it’s actually a surprise ending, and a really good one at that. The filmmakers did a great job on this considering it’s set in one location for the whole film.