Cherry on Top: A Look at the Horror-Filled Adventures of Ernest P. Worrell

Ernest P. Worrell, the prolific pitch man shilling all sorts of products in the 1980s, is the result between John Cherry’s opportunism and Jim Varney’s rubber-faced charisma. Ernest became an advertising icon who moved into the star protagonist of seemingly a zillion movies. Being the idiot yokel gave struggling actor Varney a steady paycheck, fame, and fortune.

I have some nostalgia for Ernest’s antics — one of the first movies I saw on VHS was Ernest Goes to Jail. However, my now adult sense of humor can take idiotic attempts at hilarity in small doses. Let’s trace the creative evolution though a sample of horror-themed works. Continue reading “Cherry on Top: A Look at the Horror-Filled Adventures of Ernest P. Worrell”

The Atoning Review

The filmmakers provided a screener for review. This review avoids mentioning major spoilers.

The horror-suspense film The Atoning, directed by Michael Williams, gives a distorted view of an American family. The first act of the movie show this family, mother Vera, father Ray, and son Sam going through the motions inside of their home. Witnessing routine after routine is odd enough until the family sees strange visions of other people. Later, the movie shows who has to do some actual atoning, including confronting some coal-black demons, and why. Continue reading “The Atoning Review”

Candyman, Killer Clown, & More Urban Legends Make For Chiller Special

Chiller debuts Killer Legends on 16 March at 8PM Eastern. This primetime special has filmmakers Rachel Mills and Joshua Zeman examining four tales from the scary side of American mythology. Below is from the press release detailing the four featured urban legends: Candyman, Baby-Sitter & the Man Upstairs, Hookman, and the Killer Clown from Chicago. Continue reading “Candyman, Killer Clown, & More Urban Legends Make For Chiller Special”