Near the end of it's first season Star Trek: The next Generation did something different, and something they haven't tried since.
In the episode "Conspiracy" Captain Picard and crew learn that a race of alien parasites has infiltrated the Federation. Picard and crew of course stop this invasion, no surprise there. This could have been standard Star Trek fare, but they managed to make one of the goriest episodes of TV to that point.
The episode is of note for horror fans for several reasons.
First of all, one of the people who tells Picard about the conspiracy is Captain Rixx, played by Michael Berryman. Berryman played a Bolian (named for the shows director Cliff Bole) and this race would be featured a lot in TNG and other Star Trek shows.
This was one of the few Star Trek episodes that featured non-humaniod aliens. The parasites were all puppets and were stop motion animated in some scenes.
We were also treated to this scene where the parasite infected officers eat live grub worms for dinner.
The mother creature of the parasites was a pretty gruesome creature.
What this episode is most remembered for hough is this scene.
Hands down this is one of the best head explosions ever. This is at least as good as the Scanners one.
Reaction to the episode was mixed and the show never did another gory episode like this again. It's a shame, I would have liked to seen more horror in Star Trek.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
This Friday we will be attending the 3rd annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival. The festival will feature shorts and films of the horror genre. On Friday we will be viewing the following films, the first of which will be the sold film Jackals starring Stephen Dorff.
Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
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The next film might scar me for life. Terrifer looks like a film I normally would not watch, I consider it torture porn and I am not a fan of clowns. But it takes place on Halloween and there is a lot buzz around this one, so I am curious.
A maniacal clown named Art, terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.
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On Saturday we will be catching three features, First off is Game of Death.
Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one's head will explode unless they kill someone.
A virus breaks out in a law office and the infection is capable of making people act out their wildest impulses.
Mayhem stars Steven Yeun aka Glen of The Walking Dead.
The last film of the evening is the sequel to the Wolf Cop, if you haven't seen it do so. It's funny and downright ridiculous but we love it!
Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team
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Our last day of attendance of us is Sunday and I will be viewing two films before I have to head back to Orlando.
Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought
Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to baby-sit their 12-year-old son Luke at Christmastime. She must soon defend herself and the young boy when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival.
There are many more films in this festival and we wish we could see them all. If you are in the area please check out some films and purchase tickets before they sell out.
We will mention however a film we wish we were viewing that we won't be able to view, The Hatred. We were honored to have interviewed the writer and director, Micheal Kehoe in our previous blog.
Four young women travel to their college professor's new country home for a weekend getaway, only to discover that the house has a malevolent past.
Watch the trailer here
Here is the link for the rest of the festival's line up.