Halloween Has Ended…But It’s Not Over

Like my okay on Halloween Ends? I don’t care what they say, I know they will make more. When there is money to be made there will always be another sequel or remake.

But enough of that. Here ends another Horrorfest: 31 reviews of films and/or TV episodes that are mysteries, horror, film-noir, suspense, monster movies, thrillers, psycho killers, ghosts, vampires, zombies, mummies, etc.

I only started doing this because I already would watch something for Halloween every day in October (and annoy my friends by doing so); and it was a real easy leap to blog about it. I know some people don’t think I should as it has “nothing” to do with Jane Austen. That may be true, but I do know one character who would enjoy Halloween and Horror films.

I also did my third annual Celebrate Halloween with Northanger Abbey. And added something new, reading a chapter of Northanger Abbey every day, it’s a perfect countdown to Halloween as it has 31 chapters

And of course our Annual items

  • A movie or TV episode from every decade from the 1930s-2020s
  • Jane Austen with Pup Fiction (1997)
  • Alfred Hitchcock with Marnie (1964)
  • Animated Film/TV Episode with Over the Garden Wall (2014) & Coco (2017)
  • Disney with Coco (2017)
  • Stephen King with Firestarter (2022)
  • Tim Burton with Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Vincent Price with The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

This year I reviewed the following:

The Thin Man (1934)

After the Thin Man (1936)

Another Thin Man (1939)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Lady in the Lake (1946)

The Thing From Another World (1951)

Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

“It’s A Good Life from The Twilight Zone (1961)

Marnie (1964)

Love at First Bite (1979)

Halloween II (1981)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Frankenstein (1994)

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Batman Forever (1995)

“X Marks the Murder:Part I” from Diagnosis Murder (1996)

“X Marks the Murder: Part II” from Diagnosis Murder (1996)

“Pup Fiction” from Wishbone (1997)

The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy Returns (2001)

“Hard Times at the Huskin’ Bee” from Over the Garden Wall (2014)

Train to Busan (2016)

Coco (2017)

Psych the Movie (2017)

Concealer (2019)

Flower of Evil (2020)

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020)

Psych 3: This is Gus (2021)

Firestarter (2022)

Who Is Selene, Why Was She Involved With a Gunrunner, and Will Gus Get Married Before the Baby Comes?: Psych 3, This is Gus (2021)

When Psych 3 came out my friend and I were super excited! As it had become our tradition to watch together we loaded up on the treats and set out to view it.

I can’t wait.

We start off with Carlton (yay Timothy Omundson is back!) cyrano de Bergerac-ing the solving of his case with Gus and Shawn. It seems that even though he’s back to work he’s very insecure in his abilities.

It’s so cute seeing them all be buds together, although Carlton would rather not be so emotional. It’s a great throwback to the show.

Along with callbacks to the TV show

They drop Carlton off at home and we see his adorable daughter, so cute! Shawn goes to visit his dad who has a great new big house (remember Carlton bought the previous one). They start talking and Henry reveals that Carlton has plateaued in his recovery and may not get better. Shawn also wants his father’s advice as he and Gus have been drifting apart. Shawn doesn’t like this and wants them to be same level of besties as before.

Gus is going overboard in planning his wedding and baby’s birth. The reason Gus is going so crazy is that Selene is still married and has refused to have Gus help her find her husband so they can get the papers signed. Gus is tweaking out as the clock is ticking and he doesn’t want his his baby born out of wedlock.

Shawn is getting suspicious about Selene and starts planning something! I’m on Shawn’s side as this is extremely suspicious. Why wouldn’t she want to divorce her husband? I mean in CA it’s really easy, she doesn’t need her husband to sign papers, if she has no clue where to find him she just has to post a notice in the paper of where she thinks he could be, and that’s it. Even if he didn’t want to her to divorce him he can’t stop it, and if she worried for her safety her fiancé and his partner work with the police, and her two best friends (Juliet and Chief Vick) are cops. The only conclusions I can draw is she does not want to be divorced, she committed some crime that she does not want her real identity revealed, or her husband has nothing to do with it she just doesn’t want her real identity to be discovered. In all those scenarios it’s Selene that is the issue.

Hmm…

Meanwhile Juliet is having second thoughts about no kids. Hmm…maybe film 4 will have baby Starfish Spencer?

Chief Vick is hoping to take her first vacation in years, but I don’t think that will happen. Chief Vick also wants fo help find Selene’s husband and leaves her office unattended with Shawn so she could go ahead and run the background check. Shawn looks up Selene and finds nothing.

But in the first film she have Gus a resume and references. Hmm…

Hmm…

Shawn knows something is up and that does not surprise me at all as I already thought she was off and after all, almost all the women Gus has either dated, been involved with, tried to date, or were into him; have also been crazy. Let’s run through the list. There was:

  1. The woman who looking for her “dead husband” but turned out to be a master thief who’s husband faked his death to get away from her. She tried to kill Gus and Shawn.
  2. Robert had dissociative identity disorder and one of his identities, Regina, had the hots for Gus.
  3. The girl from the planetarium who was a suspect in murder
  4. Mira who was A Lot.
  5. The model who couldn’t spell her own name and was a suspect for murder.
  6. The girl who murdered the member of his a cappella group.
  7. Willow who is a Wiccan and her brother thought he was a werewolf.
  8. Ruby who was is into extreme and intense things, of which one best friend is a embezzler and the other a murderer.
  9. The older woman who was murdering her best friend’s lovers
  10. Maudette the pedophile librarian
  11. The girl who’s father was on the fugitive list and tried to get with Gus to steal his phone and so they could murder him.
  12. The woman who has dissociative identity disorder, one of the identities being a plumber named Frank.
  13. The girl in a cult.
  14. Rachael who was a murder suspect and also left him for her ex-husband when she told him not to worry about him.
  15. Miranda the radio owner who was a murder suspect and trying to seduce Gus knowing he had a girlfriend
  16. Emmanuelle the private detective, something was off about her.
  17. Selene who acts crazy
  18. The nurse with a blackmail ring.

Did I miss any?

Shawn acts a little weird at dinner as he is trying to get info out of Selene, deciding to steal her purse and discovers her wallet has an imprint from a previous ID.

Gus find him and they have an all out brawl. At first this surprised me, but the amount of stress that Gus is under, it makes sense and it also reminds me when they fought while Uncle Burton was in town. they eventually hug it out and decide to go speak to Selene’s sister to try and get more info on Selene and prove that Selene is real.

While they make those plans, Gus tries to get Kurt Smith to play his wedding. It is funny how much these two adore him, and how he has become a part. From Psy Vs Psy to 100 Clues to now Psych 3.

They go to Whitney‘s house, Selene’s sister, but she takes off when they try to question her. You’ve guessed it, she is not really Selene’s sister. Selene lied and paid her to pretend to be related to her.

Whitney is an actress and has done this many times before. She warns them that Selene told her that if anyone found out about their arrangement it would be very bad. They are able to get the skinny on where the two women met, Santa Monica, and set off.

Gus and Shawn head to Selene’s old apartment and question the general manager who remembers them and is not happy about Selene and her husband taking off in the middle of the night. That’s all she says and Shawn gets an idea of pretending to be prospective tenants, not the first time they have done so. They split up and head off to Spirit and Halloween City.

Let’s put on a disguise!

The two show up and all I can think of is the episode when they went undercover in 70s threads. Gus dresses up as a ventriloquist Willy Tyler, while Shawn looks like Rob Zombie. It’s hilarious because he totally does. If they ever wanted to make a movie about Zombie, they have the perfect actor. Shawn uses the apartment managers assistant’s mistake of thinking him Rob Zombie to mess up the apartment ceiling and get a box left by the former couple, hoping it’s Selenes.

Bryn actually remembers the couple and says they were very cute and very attractive. Gus tries to open up the locked box and Bryn tells them that the last night they were there they got into a fight and were never seen again. Gus gets the case open and they find a ton of fake IDs and a gun with filed off serial numbers.

That’s not good.

Henry looks at the IDs and tells them they are really good ones. Whoever is involved in this is in it deep…he then realizes that it is Selene.

Henry tells them that one of the IDs is not a fake. They follow the address on the real ID and end up in an abandoned town in the middle of nowhere. They get into the house and are looking through it when they run into Selene’s husband. They see his “murder wall” and that he has been stalking Ronald “the Bull” Cole who is a an arms dealer.

Selene is upset that Gus missed a wedding appointment and has also discovered that someone (suspecting Gus and Shawn) went through her purse. She recruits Juliet and Chief Vick to help her.

Selene’s husband Alan Decker was an investigator at a security firm and Selene was an insurance investigator. They met when they were on a case and fell for each other, marrying when Decker’s cousin came to town. They witnessed a gun fight and tried to tell the police but they weren’t interested as the person who committed the crime, Roger “the bull” Cole. They kept running but his goons were always after them. Decker tells the guys he left to save her, but Selene tells the women that Alan dumped her on a post card and she never saw him again. Since then Decker has been staying in the abandoned town to “try and finish the job” while Selene gave up and created a new life.

I also wonder did they even file the wedding certificate? If they were always secret and on the run it sounds like they didn’t and if they didn’t then they aren’t legally married.

Hmmm…

Decker makes Gus and Shawn a deal, they help him out and then he will divorce her. Decker has a plan, but Shawna be Gus have a “better” one that sounds like an amalgamation of some of their favorite films, but turns out to be the Take On Me music video. Remember when they sang that song to Tim Curry? Decker’s plan is for the guys to trip the power and Decker to go for the safe room.

Carlton is at home chilling when Henry comes back over to hang out and help Carlton out. He brings him the gun with the files off serial numbers to look over. The two have a sweet heart to heart and I hope that means Omundson will be in the next film as they supposedly have two more planned.

The girls are on the case and they head to the apartments to try and track the boys. When they get a call from Henry they are back on track and know exactly where to find them.

Time to get on the case!

Meanwhile Shawn and Gus have infiltrated the microbrewery/gunrunner faciltiy. Things start off well but then when they cut all the power and the security cameras stop. This causes the team to go out searching the facility.

Not long after they hear gunshots and Gus suggests their superhero personas from a few seasons back. The two find a dead body, a random dude who turns out to be “The Bull”. Gee I wonder who killed them? Who do you think? It’s Decker!!! Decker did it! Who else would have killed him?

Decker did make it to the safe room and got his “stuff”, “information”, “proof”? I was never quite sure what he was after. Decker admits he did kill the Bull and that he was never married to Selene but lied to keep her with him. Decker plan to cover up the murder by killing the guys and making it look like the Bull killed one of them, and that the other killed the Bull. Yeah that’s not going to work these guys are involved with the SFPD and the SBPD there are going to be a lot more questions and a big investigation. Decker is insane.

Selene finds out that Decker killed the Bull and it doesn’t even phase her, as he “was a monster”. Like she’s not concerned at all that Decker murdered a man and was planning on murdering two more.

Yeah Selene is weird. I don’t think Gus should marry her.

To save them, Gus throws his gender reveal box at Decker, and they end up knocking him out. Turns out they are having a boy! And of course because this is a movie Selene’s water breaks.

They try to find a way out and end up lost and stop in the safe room, but unfortunately the door shuts and they are locked in. They want to make sure they are married before the baby is born and video call Father Wesley to ordinate the ceremony while Curt Smith plays.

Only in a TV show episode would the baby come so soon and of course Shawn delivers it.

Shawn asks if they have Decker in custody but they don’t, they only found the dead body of “the Bull”. This was kind of a weird ending; we had no interaction with the “villain” (I’m still counting Selene as one), we have no real closure with Decker as why he decided to murder the Bull, what else was he lying about, etc. And Decker is just gone in the wind? I’m not happy! There better be a Psych 4!

We then see Curt Smith in the new “Wom” [Wham] band (something briefly mentioned earlier) and they make a music video with everyone that is basically a ripoff of Last Christmas, or as much as they can do and not get sued for copyright infringement. It’s hilarious but that’s it that’s the end? What about Decker?

After the credits we get another end scene and it’s Decker printing film photos of Gus, Selene, and their baby. Creepy! This better mean there is a Psych 4 being planned! Come on peacock, Steve Franks, and James Roday Rodriguez.

For more Psych, go to Is Lassiter Crazy or Has He Discovered a Criminal Case in a Recovery Hospital?: Psych 2, Lassie Come Home (2020)

For more detectives, go to He Comes Here to New York and, Bing, There’s a Murder. He Goes Back to the West Coast…Bing, There’s Another Murder. He Comes Back Here, Meets This Lois MacFay and…Bing – Bing – Bing! There’s Another Murder: Another Thin Man (1939)

For more mysteries, go to Pick Us Up Another Thin Man, Will Ya Nick?: After the Thin Man (1936)

Is Lassiter Crazy or Has He Discovered a Criminal Case in a Recovery Hospital?: Psych 2, Lassie Come Home (2020)

When my friend and I saw the commercials for Psych 2 we were super excited as they were not only going back to Santa Barbara, but Timothy Omondson was well enough to be in it! We had to wait a while until we were both free; but when we were finally able to get together we we got our Quatro Quesos Dos Fritos and we were ready to watch!

This is going to get good…

We start off with a flashback of Carlton and his dad (Joel McHale). When watching the show, Carlton doesn’t talk about his dad to much just the one scene in This Episode Sucks when he is drunk and heartbroken over Marlowe being the blood bank thief.

We then are back in the present, as Chief Lassiter has been shot, by who we don’t know and Carlton can’t remember who, why, or what lead him to the factory in the first place.

From The Twilight Zone

Carlton is currently recuperating in a hospital when he is visited by Shane and Gus bringing him Morrisey the dog (the one they found in the abandoned asylum in Psych the Movie)

One of the things I loved about this show was how Carlton, Shawn, and Gus went from acquaintances, to colleagues, to friends. I was so happy to hear that Timothy Omundson was well enough to be in this as coming back from a stroke is extremely difficult and a Carlton was always my favorite character.

Their reunion is interrupted by Carlton’s nurse who is played by the same actress who was Stella in How I Met Your Mother and the crazy girl in that Lifetime sorority film with Mark-Paul Goessler…what was it? Hmm…I know, Dying to Belong

She’s totally bad, I have said it before and will say it again, you never trust the doctors/nurses they are always bad in horror/mystery films. (Unless they are Michael Rennie)

I don’t trust her.

They reveal that Carlton called them saying he has seen and heard weird things at the recovery hospital, but the nurse told them that Carlton was not only shot, injured, and suffered from a massive stroke, but he is also on several medications. They start thinking it is most likely all in his head, but all I can think is nope, this is Carlton. Remember the last time you thought it was just in his head and it turned out a nurse was drugging him? Hmm, hmm!!!

From The Great Gatsby

Shawn and Gus try to decline the case as no body no crime (throwback to Murder?…Anyone?…Anyone?…Bueller?), when the dog returns from running in the woods and has a severed hand. Now that we have a dead body part, we have a crime.

Shawn and Gus send the bone to Woody in San Francisco and make a big deal about shipping it, but they did that several times in Bones so I’m not sure why Gus is freaking out.

They head back to their office and I’m like Yes, we are finally home! This is what the fans want!!

Although now their office is being rented by a pop up cat restaurant. I would I love to go to something like that, but the FDA doesn’t allow it in that fashion. They are looking for some items they hid there and when they go to the landlord it turns out to be Shawn’s dad?! When Shawn left Henry ended up having to take over the rental payments and has been subletting it. Oh Henry!

Back at the hospital Juliet goes to see Carlton and thinks they have picked up the guy who shot him but Carlton is unsure. He doesn’t remember anything that happened other than a figure. Juliet wants to help but Carlton warns her to not lose her job over it. Oh Carlton!

If she didn’t stop investigating when they thought you murdered that gang member, she’s not going to stop now when someone almost killed you.

Shawn and Gusbhave have gone back to the hospital with Morrissey to look for the rest of the body. Morrissey takes off and the two try to follow him. Woody calls the boys back and lets them know that they were able to get a print off the finger and discovered it was an up and coming tech CEO who committed suicide last week off a bridge; the body was never found. Yep it’s looking like he faked his death or someone did…just like Paula.

Juliet had left the hospital and goes to the crime scene to like around and see if there is anything that they missed originally. While scouting around, she finds a homeless girl who has the missing bullet they have been looking for in her leg. She takes her down to the hospital in order to get it, and help her.

That night Carlton is having a bit of an existential crisis when he spots a wounded person going from the woods into the stables. He also a sees his dad and we are uncertain whether it is real or not. Again I bring up the fact that the same thing happened in Here’s Lassie? And it turned out that the nurse was drugging him. Hmm, hmm.!!

Figure it out boys!

Back in San Francisco, Selene is freaking out that she hasn’t seen Gus in forever. Selene is completely in the right as Gus is really being a terrible boyfriend. You think after how long he tried to find a girl he would try harder to keep her.

Back at the clinic the duo is investigating and find flavored ice chips in a freezer in the stables; along with medical equipment. That seems super sus. Why would they store all that in the stables?

They get caught by the doctor, and end up revealing a lot of information, hmm could it be that they were drugged by ice chips?

Back in the bay, Chief Vick discovers Juliet has been investigating Carlton’s case. Vick warns her not to lie and to use her own time. Juliet heads back to Santa Barbara and is joined by Selene, although she doesn’t really want to bring her along.

The boys are investigating the tech CEO and aren’t sure why be would commit suicide as his life seems great: he has money, power, is the boss. Shawn looks through all the bank statements and finds something a little odd, a Viking ice bar off his usual tread. Hmmm.

Shawn and Gus head to the ice bar but surprisingly he doesn’t pretend to be Swedish like he has before. They speak to the bartender/owner and discover that the CEO had a lot of debts and was acting crazy saying “his secrets would be out soon”. Hmm…

Shawn then notices a “bearded Daryl Hannah” who turns out to be the owner’s son and also has a knife. Gus hits the bathroom before they leave and then his virus ridden phone causes him to accidentally take a pic of “Daryl Hannah’s” junk and post it. Understandably, he’s furious and follows Gus intent on doing him harm. Gus and Shawn steal a motorcycle and crash through a barn, discovering their “dead” CEO missing an arm isn’t dead. discover Kyle who isn’t dead but hiding out. But before we could get any real info from him, he’s shot and dead.

The police come and the two give Buzz the skinny hoping to leave before Juliet and Selene see them (and through all the lies they told.) As Gus and Shawn try to leave they accidentally knock over their ladies’ bags and find a pregnancy test. Oh no, baby Starfish Spencer will cease being a fun undercover job to reality.

Selene steals Juliet’s car and Juliet takes Buzz’s.

The guys head back to the hospital and Carlton shares some things he has seen, one of which is that he sees a mental patient who supposedly has no feeling in his legs running around at night. They try to patient to admit that it’s fake, but nothing they do works. This whole scene makes me think of the episode when they are trying to prove the guy is not insane, and an evil nurse is one of the players involved. (I’m sensing a theme here!)

However, they are caught by the doctor and banned from facility (just like security tried to do in The Old and the Restless. They decide to send their own person in undercover, Woody.

That’s not good. Woody always messes things up.

Meanwhile Chief Vick is at an interview and gets some interesting evidence back from the lab and ditches the whole thing as she needs to solve the case and help Carlton.

Back in Santa Barbara, the guys sneak onto the hospital grounds and hang out in the stables. Woody meets them and shares his intel (which isn’t much). He drops a pill and when Shawn goes under the cabinet to look for it, he finds a bundle of bloody clothes and realizes that someone patched someone up. Maybe criminals as those are the ones who would go to a secret doctor.

They think Dr. Herschel may be the one behind it all and bring in Nurse Delores (Stella from How I Met Your Mother) to help them. Shawn is freaking out about the possibility of being a dad and tries to question Carlton. His dad shows up as he knows something is up with Shawn and gets the deets from Gus. After finding out about baby Starfish he leaves Gus to sneaking around the hospital while Henry gives Shawn a pep talk. Shawn tells his dad he’s nothing like him, and Henry says that he agrees and thinks Shawn will be a better father.

Shawn looks at Carlton’s list and sees the previous indention from an earlier note. The boys stay while Henry goes to investigate about the “silent partner” Carlton wrote about.

Everyone falls asleep and Shawn wakes up to see another Mary vision, this time Mary is a baby. These visions/dream are really weird and I’m not sure why they keep adding them in. I like Mary and appreciate them bringing him back, but it’s weird that he comes in this ways. Shawn sings Baby Mary to sleep and Gus wakes up and sees it too and realize both have been drugged but with what? (Ice Chips!)

Gus and Shawn then see Wilkerson running around and they chase after him. Carton was right, he was faking! Willkerson was involved with the dead tech CEO Devin, (he was the silent partner), and they were cooking the books. He had a stroke and ended up in the care facility. He spilled everything to the doctor and then someone tried to blackmail Devin. Devin reached out to Carlton and Carlton was shot. They need to figure out who the outside person is.

Hmmm…

Herschel is gone but Woody has discovered new evidence, clothes form the Ice Bar. They head to the Ice Bar and find Juliet and Chief Vick waiting for them. The ladies had discovered the gun is traced to the bar owner, Over, who used to own a major crime syndicate and is starting a second life at the the bar.

They figure out that he was a stroke victim and was at the Herschel house. They think he is the killer but when they find his dead body in the freezer, they know it has to be someone else. But, who?

As they skulk around they find Over’s son, his son who was furious that his father gave up the family business and that Herschel tried to blackmail them. The son actually joined in on the schemes and when Carton got too close and they took him out. When he survived they put him in the Herschel house to find out what he knew.

Then Selene comes into the room.

She should not have done that.

Over’s son is going to shoot Jules but Shawn freaks out and steps in the line of fire and so does Gus to protect baby Starfish. But it turns out Selene is the pregnant one. Gus faints, Selene uses her pregnancy test to shove it into the killer’s eye, and they arrest him.

Back at the house it turns out the nurse is the one behind it all. Told you, I knew it! She drugs Carlton but he has a vision of his father who encourages him to keep going.

Carlton ends up stopping the nurse by using one of his three hidden guns, using it to shoot his IV and stopping the poison and arresting the nurse. I love that line about the one of three guns, such a great callback to one of the best episodes.

Selene and Gus get engaged and all are happy and cheering. They head back to Herschel House and spring Woody from his undercover work. Carlton is finally able to go home and is reunited with Marlowe. He shares he barred her from the recovery place as he didn’t want to be seen that way. I’m glad they added that in, as for two who were such in love it was odd not seeing her earlier. Carlton walks to her and they do their romantic hand touch they used to do from back when she was in prison and all us fans cheered to see that Timothy Omundosn was walking on his own. So romantic and happy!

Such a great ending. I enjoyed this one much more than the first one.

For more Psych, go to The Crimes of Juliet O’Hara and a Blast from the Past: Psych the Movie (2017)

For more Joel McHale, go to Holy Crap, Leonard’s a Zombie: Epidemiology, Community (2010)