Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

image I went to go see Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter last night and without a doubt that is one of the more outlandish movies I’ve watched. We have Abe Lincoln who is trained to hunt down vampires and dispatch evil under the cover of darkness. He’s a master with the axe and his kung-fu moves are pretty decent too.

The story goes a little something like this: Abraham loses his mother to a vampire when he was a child. He seeks revenge for her death, damn near gets himself killed in the process, meets a vampire slayer who teaches him the ways. They become friends and Abraham’s job is to get rid of the demons. He becomes well versed in their fighting and hiding methods and becomes adept at getting rid of them. Meanwhile, he still has a thirst for vengeance.

There is all manner of bloodshed, beheadings, ass kicking, blood spattering and vampires doing the naughty things they do to incur Abraham’s wrath. Overall, it was pretty damn good. Sure, the story was silly, but the action sequences were a hell of a lot of fun to watch. There are quite a few twists and turns to keep you guessing about who the bad guys are. Who’s betraying who? Are these guys really on the same side? How will they defeat the Southern soldiers who just happen to have allied themselves with the vampires. It won’t win any Oscars, but it was fun to watch. It was what a movie should be, a complete suspension of disbelief and pure entertainment.

Considering Batman and Spiderman are right around corner, I don’t think a movie like this is going to last long. Unfortunately, I think it will be shuffled away in light of bigger names coming down. If you want some good vampire entertainment, you probably need to make a move and see this before it’s gone.

There was also a preview for the show 666 Park Avenue on ABC which has my interest. I would assume this is their version of "American Horror Story". It did look interesting though.

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Ghost Adventures – The Riviera – S06E07

For this episode, the guys are in their own back yard, hanging out at the Riviera Hotel to investigate none other than Frank Sinatra. They head up to his Penthouse apartment with Vince Neil, poker champion Jamie Gold, and Bruce Westcott, Frank Sinatra’s personal pianist. An interesting rag tag band don’t you think?

There is little doubt that in it’s initial days, Vegas was mob run and there are a lot of skeletons buried out there. Literally. It seems like they’re trying to link some mob activity with their current investigation. I have no doubt that some gamblers were taught a lesson when they tried to cheat the house or couldn’t pay a debt, but those stories don’t seem to have much relevance to the investigation at hand. Their focus is Frank and his penthouse. I sometimes wonder where they’re going with these side stories.

But anyway, the goal is to have a bit of a party in the penthouse (why else would Vince bring those "ladies") and see if Frank’s energy is still around. What do you think, was Frank having a drink and enjoying the music?

To be honest, this episode was a little off to me. I know they wanted Vince and his "ladies" in there for the party atmosphere, but the whole thing seemed a little brain dead to me. Why are they trying to connect with Frank Sinatra specifically? Was there some event or sighting that got them on this track? With all the mob related events, there would be plenty to investigate and look into. I kind of felt like this was all about pulling in celebrities and showing off who Zak knows in the entertainment world. I didn’t feel like they had a direction with this one. It was an interesting idea, but I think they could have done better.

Anyway, what do have for this episode? Really the only thing that seemed to happen was the REM pod going off. There were some "scratches" on the back of one of the girls, but when you’re wandering around in the dark anything can happen. She could have bumped into something for all we know. Considering how scared they were making themselves, she could have caused that through nervous tension.

Vince’s emotional reaction, as though having a heart attack (trying to make a tie in to the vague information they got from Coroner), seemed to be more alcohol related than anything else. It sounded like he was slurring his words when talking about the room number. Hard to say if he was having a reacting to something in the room or something related to his drink. There were so many outside factors at play, it’s hard to say what was going on.

Overall, this episode was a let down. It came across as a glamour episode. It was a bit too Hollywood and nonsensical for me. I’m sure there were better stories they could have followed up on.

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Ghost Adventures – The Gulka House – S06E06

Because of the personal nature of the show and their relationship to the guys at Ghost Adventures, I don’t feel it’s appropriate to make too many comments about this episode.It’s always sad when parents lose a child. But I admire that he moved forward with his life and focused his energy and resources to paranormal investigations.

But here is my question. Would you feel more at peace or more uneasy if you had a loved one pass away and their spirit lingers in and around your home? Would it give you comfort to have that energy so close to you as though they never truly departed from you? Or would it make you feel like they aren’t at peace and can’t move on or "cross over"?

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The Dead Files – Lizzie Borden House – S02E01

I’m by no means a fan of this show, (I had such high hopes when it first came on) but I’m intrigued by the location. So when Amy and Steve got a call from the owner asking them to investigate strange occurrences in the now Bed and Breakfast, I thought it was worth a look.

We’ll skip over Amy’s flailing arms and the multitude of silly faces she makes and get to the heart of the matter. She basically makes the claim that the murders took place due to sexual abuse and incest. While doing her walkthrough, she gets the feeling Andrew Borden sexually abused his daughters. She continually says there was a lot of "freaky" sex things going on in the house. When talking to her assistant, she says she sees Lizzie and her sister sexually involved with each other. She also believes that Lizzie and her sister were both involved in the murder.

That is one hell of a bombshell to drop. Despite the fact there is really no true evidence to support these claims, how valid is the idea? The level of violence suggests some serious levels of rage. You don’t do that sort of damage while in the middle of stealing trinkets off the fireplace mantel. The bodies were defiled in their own way, and the sheer number of blows and weapon of choice somewhat indicate a sexual outlet.

I think it’s been said before, that due to the violence of the scene, the murderer would have been intimately familiar with the family and it wouldn’t have been a random event. The abuse would certainly make sense and shed light on the motives. But the opportunity and how it was all carried out is still unknown. Amy also makes the comment that Lizzie is mentally ill. Was she driven to madness over the events or did she succumb to disease? From everything I’ve read she was considered quite mentally sound and I haven’t seen anything that says she began to deteriorate as she got older. Is she picking up on someone else? Is she out in left field?

Another odd piece is the Ouija Board. Let me just state, I put no value in a Ouija other than it being neat to look. I don’t believe a cardboard cutout with writing on it is a direct communication device to the spirit world. If that were so, you could tune in the Bible or any other religious text like a radio. And if it is so damn easy to communicate with the dead using one, why isn’t anyone in the paranormal field using it? It makes a lot more sense than getting spirits to turn flashlights on and off or scanning through radio waves. But moving on…

There just happens to be a Ouija tossed under the couch where Mr. Borden died? Coincidence? Prop? Set up? And is Amy saying that the guests and employees have actually been able to make contact with the Borden’s and those spirits want them to stop? They’re tired of all the questions? If you’re making contact people, ask what the hell happened? That side story seemed to have some direction, but ultimately didn’t go anywhere. Have people made contact? Did they get any interaction? Seems like we may have had something there.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Ghost Hunters did an investigation of the Lizzie Borden house and concluded there was no activity there. The Ghost Adventures team investigated and felt they got plenty of evidence to support Lizzie was there. They even believe they spoke to her.

So what do we have here? Were Lizzie and her sister victims of sexual abuse and incest? Were they forced to have a relationship with each other (while the father watched)? Did the girls have a misguided love for each other that the father tried to stop and because of his interference he was punished? Did the mother stand by and let everything happen? Was the mother at the helm of the abuse and the father did nothing? Was it both of them? Did Amy uncover some new evidence or did she just heap more myth and accusations onto an already convoluted case?

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