Friday, February 10, 2017

Every Haunting Hour Ever #55: Séance

Season: 3
Episode: 15
Original Airdate: October 12, 2013
Director: James Head
Writer(s): Melody Fox & Tim Shell

So I recently finished watching an episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit (yes that's the name of the show) about Ouija boards and I gotta say, it was not only hilarious but quite informative as well. Along with their Sleep Inc and Hypnosis episode, it may be one of my favorite episodes in the series. Speaking of Ouija boards... 

As part of a joke, Naomi (Julia Sarah Stone) and Tracey (Laine MacNeil) try to scare Naomi's sister Carla (Joey King) by summoning the ghost of an evil man named Cyrus Clayton (Ian Gregson), a sawmill worker who was fired for drinking on the job and killed his boss before he lost his leg. But the joke's on them when Carla goes missing and the spirit is let loose in the house. 

One of the things I liked about the episode is how they execute this plot. So from what I understand, it's kind of similar to the episode Creature Feature in the sense that its paying homage to movies from a certain time period while parodying them at the same time. However, unlike Creature Feature, it's not that crazy or grandiose and it's not even paying homage to the same types of movies (Creature Feature pays homage to 1950's B-Movies while this episode pays homage to 1980's horror films.) Despite this though, the episode still has fun with its idea and it still manages to pull it off well. Not only were there quite a few scenes that made me laugh due to the delivery of the lines and how well they make fun of a cliche, but when the episode wants to be dark and atmospheric, it can do that with little to no issue. 

Overall, Seance is a fun episode to watch. I know this review was kind of short but I honestly don't have anything else to say about it without talking about the episode scene by scene. 

Overall Grade: B

1 comment:

  1. That's one of your favorite shows, isn't it? Speaking of Ouija boards, the Merlin's Shop of Magical Wonders episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a scene with a Ouija board. The woman was staring at it intently, but it didn't know what was being spelled. One of the guys in the audience joked, " what th-!? Hey!"

    "As part of a joke, Naomi and Tracey try to scare Naomi's sister Carla by summoning the ghost of an evil man named Cyrus Clayton." We all know how well THAT was going to go!