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Expecting Some Nightmares Tonight! 04/08/2012

by Joe

Just finished watching “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Exorcist” (for the first time). So, I’m expecting some nightmares tonight!

I don’t think I need to explain The Exorcist. Made in 1973, I’m sure everyone of you has seen it :D On the other hand, We Need to Talk About Kevin may not be so popular. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! It’s follows the life of the mother of a teenage mass murderer, Kevin, and the social and psychological mess that she has to suffer through. She’s played by Tilda Swinton, who fit the character perfectly (yup, the White Witch in the Narnia movies). I always thought she had a good “look” for a movie like this.

The movie cuts to and from scenes of her past and the present, where people constantly abuse her and vandalize her home. Her past shows how her son, Kevin, evolved into a killer. I found that this was the most interesting aspect of the movie. Kevin, her son, seemed to be born “evil” and seemed to enjoy hurting others, even his “loved ones”. He was even diabolical enough to fool his father into convincing him that the mother was the bad guy. It made me question if a person can really be born “evil”. Can a person be born psychologically immune to a nurturing household and family? As a father, it made me want to hug my kid and thank the gods for not giving me an evil one :D Anyways, definitely check it out if you don’t mind being a bit disturbed.

Both of these movies are about a notch less disturbing than “Requiem for a Dream“, my all-time disturbing movie leader, so I’ll be alright since I’m partially desensitized :D Oh, great, mentioning Requiem has reminded me of it. That should add some more spice to my nightmares!

Enjoy Scene 30 – “Greybane’s Story”! Oh, and to clear up the confusion:


Geoffrey = Greybane’s scientist-turned-zombie friend.
Gregory = Killed by Bernie for his part in the blood farms. Scott’s dad.
George = The travelling vendor who sold Scrufflebeck to Bernie.

Sorry about all the “G” names! Didn’t think of it ’til now :D

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Now we know Greybane is something completely different than a werewolf we imagined.

Shade Person on April 8, 2012 at 4:13 am

I think Greybane is one of my favorite characters. :’D

Muffins on April 8, 2012 at 4:21 am

Hmm, I guess similar naming tricked me into thinking Geoff was George…
….But! Greybane is a Bio-wolf!
I like this good doctor Zomgack,
hopefully the Doc will have enough samples from the Elder to complete a cure to zombieism w/o Dom.
Whatever anything thinks or says, the Doc lives ‘for Science!’

sh4d0wfl4re on April 8, 2012 at 4:31 am

Greybane rules.

Sam on April 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

Sabers, muskets and jungle? Greybane=Wolverine?

Luxeraph on April 8, 2012 at 4:44 am

woot! great scene I love greybane :D

zach on April 8, 2012 at 4:53 am

A great scene as ever, Joe. But now, there’s even MORE questions about Greybane. I’m positive I’m not the only one who wants to know all about him, but that info will have to wait until future scenes, won’t it?

Hope the next one comes soon! :D

KingBreaker on April 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

Sabers and muskets in the open field? Later, guerrilla forces in the jungle? Does this imply, perhaps, that Greybane is much older than he appears? Perhaps in addition to his original abilities, immortality was there. The fact that he survived being killed certainly supports that, although that could have been only due to the doctor’s experiment. Interesting…

Sciamancer on April 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Well, now we more or less know how the main cast are going to survive the impending assault on New Hammerston…

Vyrien on April 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Nice episode. So maybe Greybane wasn’t a werewolf from the beginning :) and he might be (or was) immortal.
On other notes I haven’t seen We need to talk about Kevin, but I’m not sure if I’m interested. People born evil is such a cheap Hollywood excuse, especially after reading psychology books from Berne and Susan Forward. I can’t look at films or read books the same way again after that.

Otter on April 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Wow that Greybane is amazing. I wonder what his secret is?

Guest on April 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

@Luxeraph LOL I thought the same thing when I read that. He also started with some regular mutant powers and was given improved ones based on his mutation.

Kulta on April 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I guess Greybane is little bit older than rest of the colony…

BTW Joe, can You do the shutter fade where You move the characters on the scene first, and then display the text character is saying? Now when You display text, fade to black, moving characters, fade “from black” feels-not-right, it distracts me.

EnterTheNameHere on April 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

May just be my computer, but everything looks slightly worse than usual. No offence to the artists.

Mathwizz98 on April 9, 2012 at 2:39 am

@muffins he is my favorite character!

Brenkie on April 9, 2012 at 6:08 am

oh and to everyone watching this late… HAPPY EASTER!

Brenkie on April 9, 2012 at 6:09 am

Nooo! I just spent the last two days watching every single episode of the pocalypse…now I have to wait just like everyone else for the rest of it :( freaking great though, joe!! I’m loving it!

NarniaNerd on April 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

Did anyone else notice the mutant in the lab?

Not going to say on April 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

You know… now that I think about it… I don’t think I’ve seen the original Exorcist movie… I know I’ve seen the third one, and maybe the second… as well as that one that came out a few years ago… but i don’t think I’ve seen the original… :/

Willy on April 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

@Mathwizz98 – No offense taken! :D If it is a technical issue, perhaps your Flash settings are on “Low”? Try right-clicking the scene, selecting “Quality” and setting it to “High”. If it ends up being an artistic issue, thanks for the critique! What is it that looks worse? :D
@Willy – I highly recommend it! It’s definitely a classic that has aged well. I haven’t seen the two sequels, but I’ve heard that they should be avoided. What did you think of them? :D

Joe on April 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

about the ‘born evil’ bit, psychology can reverse this. However the regular ‘nurturing’ is more taunting than anything to certain personality types. More than ‘evil’ these people start out misunderstood due to a difference in world recognition and quickly develop alternate morals that are hard to change.
At least hard to change with ‘nice,’ you kinda need to beat there beliefs out of these ‘evil’ types before the irrecoverable happens. Please don’t jump to the assumption beating up kids fixes their problems.
Simply beating the ‘evil’ out doesn’t work. Anime protagonist beatings, while hard to replicate can work. This is because the protagonist beatings are more conversations on the same (or similar) level. Protagonists generally want something better for whoever their beating on when the ‘bad guy’ joins the hero’s party after. If that info is received the beatdown was successful.

sh4d0wfl4re on April 10, 2012 at 1:22 am

I really really hope that Scrufflebeck will be around when Greybane goes into werewolf form and then scrufflebeck mimicks it.Most likely something will go horribly wrong and they escape to that building and then it happens.

Dagzter on April 10, 2012 at 2:25 am

@Joe- Well, I suppose that depends on if you judge the movie on its own, or if you judge it as a part of the series. I think most horror movie sequels get bad reviews because they don’t continue the story very well. Of course, it’s always hard to continue a horror story after “The End”. In my opinion, skip the second one, and go straight to the third one. The second movie in any horror trilogy is always like the awkward middle child (See ‘The Omen’ for a decent example). But try to think of the third one as more or less its own story. It kind of removes itself from the horror genre a little. Or at least places itself in a different part of the genre. I don’t want to say much more and spoil it, but it’s definitely a different kind of movie than the first couple. Which can be disappointing for people who are expecting the same kind of experience they would have gotten from the first movie. But it’s probably also a little less nightmare inducing as well. Which I think is disappointing for anyone who watches a horror movie. xD

Willy on April 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I noticed only now that Greybane’s hands and feet are black.. the same black of his skin when he turns werewolf.

On the other side,I believe Doc will really find the zombie cure.. and in the meantime,give Elder a ‘cure’ that will implode his internal organs.

Happy Vampire on April 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Once again Joe, you astound me with your creation, and once again I have only one regret. I feel like a soap opera fan, wanting Joe and Annika to meet just so I can see if my theory (which I’m sure is true) that they are siblings. I sit here every week on the edge of my seat hoping that events will throw them together. This is the work of a true narrative artist and genius. Well done

Highcalibur10 on April 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm