Scream: The Series Drinking Game


Getting through a horror TV show like Scream: The Series is already tough as it is, here’s a drinking game that might help you make it through the show. Season 2 of Scream: The Series will premiere tonight at 11 PM on MTV.


Take a shot when:

-Noah has a monologue

-A character dies

-Violin music plays

-There is a “plot twist”


Take a sip:

-Social media referenced

-Horror movie/show reference

-A character is texting/on the phone

-When some does something stupid

-Horror movie cliche (wandering alone, sex, ect. )


Take two sips:

-Brandon James is mentioned

-When blood/body parts are shown

-When someone survives an attack

-Brooke acts like a bitch

-Emma whines

– Noah makes a nerdy reference

-Audrey gets emotional


Do you think you can survive this game?

10 Flaws Scream: The TV Series Needs To Dispose Of If It Wants To Survive The Sequel

When MTV announced that it was making a television series spin-off of the Scream franchise, many fans were excited to see the return of their beloved horror icon, Sydney Prescott as well as Ghostface. However, this never happened as MTV wanted to make it’s own loose adaptation of the movies that had entirely new characters and a new location. Sayonara Woodsboro, hello Lakewood (no resemblance there.) Unfortunately, when the show finally premiered, many of the original fans and critics were severely disappointed. While the show attracted a newer, much younger audience, the were all sorts of flaws that caused the shows already low ratings to plummet even further. Yet somehow Scream: The TV Series was renewed for a second season. In the words of Scream fan favorite Randy Meeks, “There’s a formula to it. A very simple formula!” And if Scream: The TV Series is going to survive the sequel, there are a few certain flaws it needs to give the ax to.

1.Pretentious Violin Music

Who composed the score of this show? Yo Yo Ma? I feel like I’m in a high class art gallery instead of watching a horror tv show. The only horror tv show that can get away with using pretentious violin music is Bates Motel because it’s a show based off of Alfred Hitchcock.  


  1. All The Music Actually

Seriously, what the fuck is it with the music of this show? It’s like the creators of the show were browsing through some basic teen girls Spotify playlist and were like “let’s put this in our show because white girls.” Is this supposed to be horror tv show, because it certainly doesn’t sound like it.



Dear lord, it’s even worse than we thought!


  1. Social-media References

There are so many references to Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat ect. You would almost expect this show to have been written by Hillary Clinton. We get it, young people are shallow beyond repair and cannot live without technology. Easy there Grandma!



  1. Bad Dialogue

To quote a famous playwright “Action walks, bullshit talks.” This show’s character spend way too much time telling viewers  what a horror show is supposed to look like rather than taking it’s own advice. Some of the line’s in this show are so awful


Seriously, stop!

5.Being Cliched

The point of Scream was to subvert the cliches of the horror genre not become one. There is nothing fresh or inspired about this new installment to the Scream franchise other than it being a tv show. One of the worst mistakes in the horror genre is even made by episode 3… killing the “token minority.” Isn’t the point of the Scream franchise to subvert cliches? Guess not. Scream: The TV Series serves as poor remake of the original movie that just drags on forever.


6.Basic Romance Drama

It wouldn’t be an MTV series without your basic romance drama.  At the beginning of the series Emma finds out her true love Will had slept with their best friend Nina (a month after their freaking breakup. So Emma decides her life is over because her boyfriend is a scumbag. So I guess you could say their breakup was a little messy afterwards and that’s what you missed last time on Glee!  Scream the Tv Series feels like a rehash of Dawson’s Creek or Degrassi what with all this on/off relationship bullshit. We’ve been down this road before and if you watch MTV’s Awkward, you’ve been down this road one…two…err eleven… fuck it I lost count. Hopefully MTV can ditch the typical romance plots and stick to horror because some of us are not as Noah would say “all watching the zombie show to see if the hick and the housewife sleep together.”



  1. Rich Kid Problems

Yes, because rich white kids are such relatable characters in today’s generation. Why not have a plot where a character blames affluenza on their killing spree. If this show was any more basic it would be an Oprah Chai Latte from Starbucks. I have trouble feeling sympathy for characters who live in celebrity mansions and post harmful videos of their friends all over the internet.



Most episodes will feature at least one scene in which geek boy Noah (aka New Randy) turns to the camera to tell the audience everything they already know. This is like subtitles for stupid people who can’t understand an already basic plot.



  1. Stupidity

Example: Episode 7, Brooke: Oh you have a knife in your chest? Here let me pull it out without considering the fact that I could accidentally cut something important like an artery or your heart.



  1. DAISY!

If the actress who plays Emma’s mother were anymore bland, she would be cauliflower or Elle Fanning in Maleficent. She’s supposed to be the former love interest of a deceased serial killer so the least she could do is have some facial expression when she receives a heart in the mail.



Will Scream: The TV Series do better in its second season? Watch MTV this Monday at 11 PM EST.

Scream: The TV Series Review

In 1996 horror guru Wes Craven introduced a horror movie that called all other horror movies out on their cliche b.s. This movie was called Scream, which has since become a horror classic over the years. Scream transcended the stereotypical slasher fair, bringing a new fresh spin on horror movies. The original film series starred Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, the badass final girl, who broke many rules of being a final girl like constantly screaming and being a virgin. Scream was all about subverting the tired out slasher fare. Flash forward fifteen years from 1996 where MTV has decided to make a TV spinoff of the film, Scream: The TV Series, an attempt of bringing Scream  to a fresh audience.

      Set in the town of Lakewood a new killer has emerged paying homage to another Lakewood killer, Brandon James . Instead of Ghostface, we now have the Brandon James killer who wears a similar mask to Ghostface.  The first episode opens with a scene very similar to the iconic Drew Barrymore scene in the first movie, with Bella Thorne as Nina, a spoiled rich girl getting chased down by the BJK. That’s all Scream: The TV Series is, superficial teens with superficial problems. The only difference between this show and other MTV shows is that the teenagers actually get murdered.

      Many fans of the franchise were happy to have a new installment to the series, however, many fans were also dismayed to learn that Wes Craven would not be involved and that this series would be entirely disconnected from the Scream movies. The show may not have characters like Ghostface or Sidney Prescott, but it still contains the spirit of Scream (not literally). This show sets out to tackle the horror genre again but instead of tackling movies, television shows are the target . Shows like American Horror Story, Bates Motel and Hannibal are all referenced in this horror tribute. What are the rules of a horror tv show? These questions are asked in the show, but have yet to be answered.

      Scream: The TV Series tries to make a statement about horror tv shows but falls short. Instead of exposing cliches, it just tells you about them with characters who give lengthy monologues boasting about how they are not cliches and then becomes one. The characters are one dimensional ,until later episodes, nothing deep or transcendental happens. The lead heroine Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) remains bland throughout the entire season, a weak protagonist indeed. However, the only characters that do manage to be remotely interesting are Brooke (Carlson Young) an eris who has her entire life fall apart and Noah (John Karna) the geeky guy obsessed with serial killers. Both these characters add life to show, whether it’s Brooke’s ferocity or Noah’s awkward antics, viewers will get some enjoyment out of this show.

Regardless of what Brooke and Noah bring to the table, Scream: The TV Series is lackluster. Most episodes drag on forever with meaningless subplots and bad acting. There is hope, for an ounce of what made Scream so good does begin to show in season finale, maybe this show can become good with a little more action and more wit.

Welcome to Riverdead! A Review of Afterlife with Archie

Somebody thought it would be a good idea to take the beloved Archie teens and have them get eaten by zombies. Strangely this formula works quite well. Afterlife with Archie is by far the most disturbing and twisted Archie comic of them all, except maybe for the Archie-Glee crossover, however. If you cherish characters like Jughead Jones, you might want to stay away from this comic because it get’s pretty brutal. Afterlife with Archie begins with a distraught Jughead Jones bringing his injured dog, Hotdog, to Sabrina Spellman (yes that Sabrina), who despite her aunt’s wishes, manages to bring Hotdog back from the dead. As you may have guessed, Hotdog returns as a demented zombie and unleashes (get it?) a zombie plague upon the world. Sure the plot of Afterlife with Archie is your pretty standard zombie story, but watching these normally chipper teens fight off the undead is actually a fantastic change up.

The darker tone of Afterlife with Archie works quite well because it allows all most of the beloved character (those who weren’t eaten) to develop in a way that’s heartfelt.  Characters like Kevin Keller and Reggie Mantle are given some serious edge. Betty and Veronica are still fighting over Archie as usual, but a zombie apocalypse actually manages to add some serious depth to this time old battle. Archie is faced with some serious challenges that make his dilemma of choosing between Betty and Veronica, less superficial. They become his confidants in a time of desperation.

While the long-term fans of the Archie comics might not enjoy seeing their favorite characters get brutally slaughtered on the page, horror fans will find this comic to be especially delicious. Afterlife with Archie shakes things up by combining the sickeningly perfect world of the Archie gang with a nightmare, the result, a badass cornucopia of awesomeness.

Mother Knows Worst: The Top 10 Killer Horror Moms

Mother knows best…unless someone ends up with a knife in their back. Not all moms can be as perfectly peachy as Carol Brady or as tolerant as Marge Simpson. Some mothers are actually quite terrifying. To celebrate Mother’s Day, here’s a list of the Top 10 Horror Mothers.

10.Mrs.Loomis (Scream 2)

Some mothers will do almost anything for their children, however, this mother goes even further. After her son, Billy Loomis, is killed by Sidney Prescott in the first Scream movie, Mrs. Loomis concocts an elaborate scheme to avenge her son’s death by posing as a news reporter and murdering everyone of Sidney friends. She even pays one of Sidney’s classmates tuition, so he can help murder her, that’s some serious dedication.


9.Amelia (The Babadook)

Let’s face it, some kids can be annoying little pricks especially when they start screaming their heads off about imaginary monsters that seek to kill their parents. Amelia is not the greatest mother in the world especially when she reads her son a terrifying book about monsters who cause parents to murder their children and then tries to murder him. All her son wants is a birthday party and to be protected from the evil Babadook, is that too much to ask for?


8.Bathsheba Sherman (The Conjuring)

Here’s a mother that should have had social services call on her a long time ago. Bathsheba is a real witch, so much in fact that she drives a needle into her baby’s skull and proclaims her love for Satan.Wouldn’t a goat be more efficient? But that’s not enough for Bathsheba because she has to keep coming back from the dead to terrorize other families too. Jerry Springer would have a field day with this one.


7.Chris MacNeil (The Exorcist)

Chris MacNeil deserves a trophy for staying home in order to care for her sick daughter, Reagan.Some children get chicken poxs, some get the flu, but Reagan gets possessed by Satan. It takes a lot of guts to battle the dark forces of evil. Chris MacNeil continues to fight for her daughter despite everyone else’s insistence that Regan be institutionalized. She could have just made chicken soup for her daughter, but instead she calls an exorcist.



6.Rosemary Woodhouse (Rosemary’s Baby)

Pregnancy can either be the happiest or most painful time of woman’s life, for Rosemary Woodhouse, it’s the latter. Rosemary experiences all the usual symptoms of pregnancy nausea, weird cravings, demonic hallucinations. Unlike most mothers, Rosemary is forced by a cult of kooks into giving birth to the anti-christ. What is it with horror moms and Satan?


  1. Martha Thomas (Sleepaway Camp)

Martha Thomas is one of the most bizarre mothers out of the bunch, she’s also a terrific humanitarian. Out of the goodness of her heart, she adopts her nephew, Peter Baker after his dad and sister are killed in a horrific boating accident. Martha takes Peter in an forcibly dresses him up to be the daughter she’s always wanted, how sweet. Of course Martha’s actions cause Peter to grow up to be the murderous camp counselor killer, Angela Baker. Years of psycho-sexual trauma had turned Angela/Peter into a very happy camper. Martha Thomas gives all pageant mom’s a run for their money, sorry Momma June.Think her parenting skills are wrong? Well that “simply will not do”!


4.Margaret White (Carrie)

Most mothers just want their daughters to be happy, but all Margaret White wants is to prevent her daughter Carrie from unleashing hell on earth with her telekinetic powers. Margaret is an old fashioned psycho that makes all stereotypical Catholic nuns look like Maria Von Trapp from The Sound of Music. Her philosophy is use the rod, beat the child and she does just that. If Carrie had just heeded her mother’s advice, the entire town of Chamberlain, Maine might not have been burned down.


3.The Other Mother (Coraline)

All she wanted was a sweet, innocent daughter whom she could give the world to and eventually devour. The Other Mother just wants to do what she thinks is best for her “daughter” Coraline, even if that means violently sewing buttons into her eyes. How many mothers out there would build an entire dream world for their daughter to live in? Actually, the Other Mother is quite creepy and no one should trust any of the food that she cooks, however, gorgeous her cooking might be.


2.Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th- 1980)

Mrs.Voorhees takes the phrase “overprotective mother” to an entirely new level. After horny camp counselors let her deformed son Jason drown, Mrs.Voorhees leads a crusade to destroy Camp Crystal Lake. Some people might have just petitioned to have Camp Crystal Lake shut down, but Mrs.Voorhees takes matters into her own hands by murdering every camp counselor at Camp Crystal Lake. She’s a mother that would do anything for her son, including murdering horny teenagers. Jason makes her proud by following in her footsteps.


1.Norma Bates (Psycho/ Bates Motel)

And the winner of the Smother of the Year award goes to… Norma Bates! The ultimate helicopter mom who follows her son wherever he goes. Let’s face it, kids screw up sometimes and Norman Bates is the biggest screwup of them all. Not many mothers would passionately love their sons to the point where they would help them get away with murder Despite Norman’s objections, Norma’s killer instincts know what’s best for him even if that means keeping Norman locked up in a creepy motel for eternity.

Honorable Mentions: Fiona Goode (American Horror Story: Coven), Mama (Mama), Wendy Torrance (The Shining) and  Marge Thompson (A Nightmare on Elm Street- 1984)

Hooky: Excerpt #1



Lover’s Lane, an eerie desolate patch of woods that overlooks a large cliff. The moon shines over like a dimly lit beacon.
ALAN, an African-American teen, about 16 years old, is fleeing from an unknown force. He looks like a deer staring into headlights; blood is dripping from his chin. The sound of footsteps is coming from behind him, but his loud breathing overpowers the sound.

Please, please don’t hurt me.

No response. A shadow of a hook appears on the side of a tree.

I can you give you
whatever you want.

He sees the light of a parking lot and runs towards it.

A hand reaches in front and grabs Alan. BOBBY, a teenage football player, is standing in front of him, snarling like a bull.

I got him guys, you can come out

Several other football players emerge from the woods, LIAM, JACK,GERALD,DONALD And DAVID. Liam grabs Alan and throws him to the ground. The other guys form a circle around him. Donald has an umbrella in his hand. “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” is playing on the movie screen.

Now I thought this was supposed to
be a white’s only theater?

He kicks Alan in the chest.

I’m sorry, please, I just wanted to
see the movie.

You just wanted to to see the movie?
This isn’t New York boy. Just because
they’re letting your kind into school’s
now, does not give you the right to walk
wherever you please.

Alan tries to look away, Gerald brutally smacks the back of his head

Now you listen to him boy! Listen good!

There are rules to help separate us lions
from the other zoo animals and you broke
them. You know what they do to people
like you in Missouri? There was a boy
just like you.Now he talked funny to
a white woman and guess what they
did to him?
No, please!
They took ‘im and dragged his body
from the back of a pickup truck.

Somebody, help me!

Alan gets up, he takes a swing at Liam, hitting him square in the forehead. Donald throws Alan down again and gives him a solid smack in the ribs with the umbrella.

Now that’s not very nice,
you got blood on my varsity
letter.Momma ain’t gonna
like that.

He punches Alan several times. Then he spits on him.
Jack, why don’t you take
a kick?
I don’t want to scuff
up my shoes.

Help! Someone please
help me!

I’m not gonna kill you boy,
that goes against the good book.
Besides I don’t wanna see
your momma blubbering on
my television set.

A beautiful girl, MARY, emerges from behind the crowd.

Hey, you boys leave him alone!
Do you want to go to prison?

No mam.

Mary, stay out of this.

No Jack, I won’t and if
you want a ride home,
you best stop picking on him.

The other guys laugh, Jack is extremely embarrassed.

You,(points to Alan) go home.
Go home and don’t look back.

Alan gets up and runs away, the other guys leave as well. The movie ends, all the cars in the lot begin to drive away, leaving Jack and Mary alone.

Gerald stands in front of the drive-in smoking a cigarette. A darkened car pulls up to him. The window rolls down, a figure waves to him. Gerald walks slowly to the car.

Excuse me sir, do you know how
to get to Maple street from here?

Yeah, just keep goin’ straight
down this road and take a left
on Bowdoin street. You’ll see
another sign on your right.

Thank-you sir.

Gerald is left alone in the parking lot. Another shadowed figure emerges from behind him, and plunges a hook straight through Gerald’s stomach. The killer eyes an old tow truck sitting at the corner of the parking lot.


Film Review- It Follows


Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bedroom, It Follows comes to make you relive the most horrifying moments of your adolescent youth. The ultimate game of tag, except in this game you get an STD and the “D” stands for demon.

After an alarming opening, the film kicks into motion with Jay, an average teenage girl (played by Maika Monroe),  who is on a typical date with her typically douchey boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary). All seems normal, they go see a movie, go to dinner at an inexpensive joint. Then the two have consensual ex in Hugh’s car, real classy, this is when he chloroforms Jay and dumps the ultimate burden on her. Upon waking, Hugh explains to Jay that he has just passed on a demonic entity that will continue to follow her until she passes it on to someone else via sexual intercourse and so the games begin. Man what a guy, you don’t get that experience from Tinder.cannesitfollows

As the film progresses Jay and her friends try an innumerable amount of tactics to get rid of this entity. What makes this film work so well is the relatability of the characters and settings. There is extreme potential for all the usual tired out tropes to emerge, but somehow It Follows manages to dance around them. Everything predictable that could happen doesn’t. Jay is not the “over sexed bimbo” that the horror genre has come to love, she is an intelligent hero. She is willing to take chances to rid herself of this entity, but she likes to carefully strategize before doing so. She doesn’t make the oblivious mistakes like running upstairs to the only unsafe bedroom, she doesn’t fight the monster alone, infact she gathers her friends to help her in her endeavor.

It Follows is a rather unconventional conventional horror film that gives many nods to horror supremes like Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) and John Carpenter (Halloween).  It doesn’t rely on cheap gimmicks or overused jump scares to bring on the goosebumps, it simply relies on its realistic atmosphere and paranoia. Just like Jay, the audience will not know when, where or what form this entity will emerge as, until it is too late. Often scenes are shown with Jay and her friends walking down a street with a few civilians walking in the background. Could any of these bystanders be the entity? Who knows.

What the film does best is presenting its actors in a manner that feels too close for comfort. The director of this film makes the decision to have actual young  20 or something people play teenage characters. Horror movies haven’t really done this since the 80’s. For the most part, modern films like Michael Bay’s hideous Nightmare on Elm Street remake, have had  thirty years olds playing fifteen year olds, the effect is inauthentic. But It Follows manages to show a believable group of middle class teenagers.

The most interesting character out of the Scooby gang would have to be Jay’s socially awkward friend Paul (played by Keir Gilchrist). At first Paul is the butt of everyone’s jokes. All his friends make fun of how pathetically awkward he is, but all Paul wants is love (and mostly sex). The only way he can get it is if a girl has a demonic entity attacking her soul or by paying a prostitute. He is not model handsome, he represents the average teenager.

Sure It Follows isn’t the first movie to make a statement about sex, but it is one the first films to accurately address this subject. This movie is far from having the kinkiness of Fifty Shades of Grey, that’s what makes it so scary. If not for its use of suspense, this movie would fall into the trash pile of modern horror failures. It Follows offers a fresh spin on horror and lots of fun.

THE VERDICT: **** (Four stars)  Catch It Follows in theaters before it catches you.