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Missing 411 Movie Review

Missing 411 seeks the answers to the thousands of people reported missing in America’s National Parks and Forests all under similar circumstances.

Based on the book series of the same title written by David Paulides, Missing 411 tells stories of 5 children who have mysteriously vanished right in front of the eyes of their loved ones. Some are never found, some are found dead years later- right on an open path where people have walked time and time again since the person went missing. Every case is as interesting, mysterious and as horrifying as the next.

As the 411 cases are so obscure, there is wonder if it is unworldly forces behind the disappearance of these children and adults. Something not from this world could be the reason these people disappear within seconds, without a trace and quite often turn up (some dead, some alive) in unexplainable places or situations. The 5 stories covered in Missing 411 really is just the tip of a very large iceberg of unexplained missing people cases. Thousands of people have gone missing, seemingly without a trace.

This film is a very sad film. It is very hard to watch at times. Real footage and interviews with the people involved makes some incredible raw and upsetting viewing. The parents, police and rescue teams all share their experiences of the Missing 411 cases that they have personally experienced. As a viewer sitting at home in comfort, it really is an eye opening film, with no happy ending.

One section of the film is dedicated to an interview with a 65 year old man who went missing on his family ranch when he was  just 2 years old back in 1952. He was gone for 24 hours during a harsh winter and vanished right before the eyes of his brothers who he was playing with on his ranch.  It’s incredible that he survived and it’s reassuring that not all 411 victims die, but he has absolutely no recollection of what happened to him during those 24 hours. He was found several miles from the home, with some footprints being spotted in the heavy snow. The strangest thing is that no way could a 2 year old boy travel such distance within 24 hours, and that is before weather factors are taken into consideration.

A very interesting film to watch for those who have little to zero knowledge on 411 cases, but for those who are well aware of the typical scenarios surrounding 411 cases and for those who have read the Missing 411 books, I think we would liked to have seen more. But, I suppose there would need to be another movie (or 10!) to cover all of the odd scenarios and coincidences that surround each case!

If you are an Amazon Prime member, I would certainly recommend giving this movie a go. It will certainly get your brain itching… and possibly put you off of ever visiting a National Park or Forest ever again!

Author David Paulides is a cryptozoologist is a write and movie maker, best known for his studies on the Missing 411 and proving the existence of Big Foot. You can find his books here.


2 weeks ago American Horror Story premiered season 6, My Roanke Nightmare, and with season 6 now 2 episodes in deep, we really are now all very excited to see what shockers they have in store for us this year.  Show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck are no strangers to creating a bit of fuss and have been at the receiving end of some pretty nasty complaints over the years for their passion for sex and violence, both going hand in hand throughout all of the previous 5 seasons of the show.

If you have never seen the show before, check it out on Netflix. An addictive, fast paced and honestly terrifying show that guarantees to have you on the edge of your seat, whispering “wtf” to yourself throughout. For a handy lowdown on all of the show so far visit Flavormag, Dissecting the Horror for all the info you need.

My Voucher Codes have created a pretty awesome infographic giving us a nice clear dissection of all 5 seasons so far and unravels the awesome web of events spun by creator Ryan Murphy.

History of American Horror Story

Keep scrolling down to find out what I considered to be the 5 most ‘WTF” moments so far. Sex, violence and gore all welcomed here at The Curios, thank you!




Drill Bit Dildo

Season 5, Hotel kicked off in classic AHS fashion. Pain and sex intertwined to introduce the Addiction Demon who rapes visitors of the hotel with what can only be described as a strap on dildo shaped like a drill.

Dr Thredson Breastfeeding

Being very Pro-BF’ing here at The Curios HQ there is nothing wrong with feeding your baby exactly what is best. But when AHS showed psycho Dr Oliver Thredson nursing from the breasts of his victims and paying prostitutes for the stuff straight from that tap, that is where we start having issues. Very uncomfortable issues. Mummy issues to be exact.


Cordelia’s Eye

Season 3, Coven follows a school of troubled witches. When Cordelia Foxx discovers that she can see the truth of a person when she is blind, she decides to take her own eye sight to gain this power.  Apparently, according to the writers, the only way to do this is to  stab ones eyeballs with a small Stanley blade. Nope. Just nope.

cordelia foxx eyes

Violet Finding Her Own Dead Body

Murder House is the setting for season 1. Tate and Violet have the most painful yet desiring love affair. It makes me want to be a teenager again… falling in love with a dead psychopath. As you do. When Violet realises that the last few weeks of her life has all been a big lie, Tate leads his girlfriend to the cellar so she can witness her own decaying corpse rotting underneath the house her family share. It was all done in the name of love, we swear!




Majorie The Puppet

When Chester Creb wanders into the Freak Show in season 4 with his ventriloquist puppet Marjorie in his arms, things get really awkward. Chester suffers PTSD from the war, kills his girlfriend and her female lover because the puppet told him to do so, and can never leave his side. The puppet is seen through his eyes as a real lady, and holds murderous and guilt ridden conversations with him. Oh and she likes to watch him have a sex.  But she never joins in… because that would be taking it too far, right?



Incest Between Kyle and His Mom

Coven was relatively mild when it came to WTF moments, it was quite a tame season (sort of). After Kyle Spencer was killed in a bus crash then bought back to life mirroring a Dr Frankenstein style revival (the sewing of dead bodies back together rather than the electrocution)Kyle is dropped back off at his moms house and starts getting jacked off by his mom. Apparently this was a regular thing for the single mom and son. His mom is a mess and there is obviously some nasty issues going on in their life, which makes you genuinely feel pain and upset for him. A horrible mess of sexual abuse, and love.


Tate’s School Shooting

American high school shootings is always horrible topic to cover, and Tate from season 1 murdering his school peers was one of the first hard hitting story lines covered. Painted as a skull, Tate sets his step father on fire before walking into his school before opening fire on the students. Horrible scenes of kids urinating themselves from fear, teachers being shot, and Tate being killed by police will always go down as one of the most horrific plots aired on American TV.


Elsa’s Snuff Movie

Elsa Mars runs the Freak show which season 4 is set. She seems perfect, unlike her freaks. But the dark truth is revealed that in her younger days as a struggling actress and model. She is taken and used to feature in a horrific snuff movie, where she is drugged,  tied down and her legs sawn off with a chainsaw.


Mutant Shelley

Asylum’s other nasty resident Doc, is Dr Arden. An escaped Nazi scientist who only loves innocent women. He feeds mystery creatures in the woods and is never able to prove where his patients corpses vanish to. He decides to punish nymphomaniac Shelley (who he dubs a ‘Whore’) by giving her a disease that transforms her into a horrific mutant.


Rubber Man

When Vivian and Dr Ben Harmon move into Murder House in season 1, they discover a kinky latex suit in the attic. Vivian then has sex with a man in the outfit, named Rubber Man, and falls pregnant with him. She assumes it was Ben in the outfit, but it turns out she was wrong. Rubber man not only rapes and impregnates Viv, but also commits a few murders along the way. But who was in the suit?


Mr March Having Sex With A Corpse

Yes, correct. Season 5, Hotel got so much darker. Mr March, the Hotel Cortez owner is a horrendously murderous man. He kills for fun, bricks ladies in behind walls and disposes of bodies in acid. And if acid doesn’t take his fancy, he pushes their bodies down chutes hidden throughout the hotel. One scene takes an especially dark turn when March can be seen having sex with a lady’s corpse, and with every thrust he is mutilating her at the same time. Insane and very difficult viewing.

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Review

Genre: Horror

Starring: Lily Rabe, Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Paulson, Angela Basset, Cathy Bates

Aired: 16/9/16 UK on FX


The long awaited mysterious American Horror Story season 6 began tonight in the UK, 2 days after the US aired the premier episode for the newest instalment of the horror series.


We have been huge fans of American Horror Story for a while now, having watched all 5 series several times. It’s addictive, its gory and its true American Horror. Ryan Murphy (Producer) seriously knows how to make a TV show. His previous series Glee, was a huge success and for the last 6 years AHS has also proven its worth in gold. Murphy also deserves some kind of award for keeping his gob tightly shut regarding this year’s theme, revealing no clues about what we were to expect. No series title was announced. Not even a complete cast list was revealed. Ugh.

No one had a clue what was going on. Fans were throwing wild guesses before the season (dubbed ‘?6’) teaser trailers were released. As teasers started rolling out- and there were a lot of them- there were speculations that it was going to be about Slenderman, Orphanages (Murphy did announce that the series would feature children) and even cruise ships and forests. Truth be told, no one knew and a guess was a guess. The teasers were in fact misdirects and Ryan had us all for a laugh. He even admitted it. You know what? I like that. It kept it fun and almost refreshing. It was like waiting for Christmas morning. You had an idea of what you were getting. You knew it was going to be good. But you had no idea what the fuck it was.

Tonight on FX at 10pm Season 6 premiered. The theme was announced. American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare. Not a huge surprise since a few leaked set photos were published by TMZ featuring sets resembling those of colonial folk, and a tree with CROATOAN carved into the bark. Was the season to be tied in with series one? In Murder House (S1) medium Billie Dean Howard tells Zoe a spell to get rid of some ghosts residing in the house, Croatoan being the magic word. Billie Dean tells Zoe the famous (true) story of a colony from Roanoke going missing back in 1587.  So seeing leaked set photos showing the tree carving, almost proved to us all that season 6 would most certainly be linked with season 1. We just don’t know how yet.

Billie Dean Howard played by Sarah Paulson in AHS: Murder House

Billie Dean Howard played by Sarah Paulson in AHS: Murder House

AHS: My Roanoke Nightmare is filmed like a typical cable American true life show. Matt and Shelby Miller (played by Andre Holland and Lily Rabe) are telling their story to a camera, and the story is ‘re-enacted’ by actors (Paulson and Gooding Jr). Shelby is a yoga instructor and Matt is a travelling salesman. After a nasty experience in the big city, they take a trip to the country. Stumbling upon a deserted house nestled in the woods, they take a look around and fall in love. It just so happens that the house is up for auction – what are the chances of that eh?! After winning the auction against 3 hillbillies for a very affordable price, they set to restore the old beautiful property situated in the woods. Weird shit starts happening, people wield pitchforks and teeth fall from the sky. So Matt calls in his ex-cop sister Lee to stay at their new property with Shelby, for extra protection. After being locked in the basement of the house being forced to watched some creepy home-made video featuring a man with the head of a pig, the cast start to wonder if the house is all that wonderful after all.  After coming back out of the basement, the pair find a LOT of Blair Witch corn dolls tied up in the hallway of the house…well timed as an all new reboot of the Blair Witch Project is out in theatres now, just in time for Halloween.

Shelby and Matt, in tonight's episode.

Shelby and Matt, in tonight’s episode.

Shelby does a runner, crashes her car into a bloody Cathy Bates (in full pilgrim costume), follows her into the woods where she finds herself surrounded by madmen with flaming torches, and a mutilated man. END SCENE. ROLL CREDITS.

The first episode has already had mixed reviews in the US, and I can see why. It’s something completely different to what we are used to from the AHS team. It’s like watching a programme within a programme. We are watching American Horror Story: Roanoke, which is playing us “My Roanoke Nightmare”. There was no funky intro, very minimal digital effects, and it was all kept very simple. Almost old school horror compared to the modern ‘interview TV show’ we were being shown. I felt the episode took us right back to season one, dubbed Murder House by fans. The story was easy to follow, ran smoothly, freaked the shit out of us, and is all about yet another creepy house. It did have me on the edge of my seat and my heart did sit on the back of my throat a few times. It wasn’t farfetched either, and felt very realistic. I love horror that feels real to me. Horror should be real, as if it could happen to you. That’s what makes it scary.

And no drill bit dildos were featured at all… unlike the last season premier.


Seasons 1-4 are currently on Netflix, and season 5 is soon to be added. So, if you are a complete AHS virgin, set your box to record American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare while you swat up on the previous 5 seasons.

A few points I noticed in Season 6 that make me twitch:

The house looks remarkably similar to the Asylum in season 2.

2 ghosts were seen in the hallway of the house, resembling the 2 nurses killed in season 1. Not the same ghosts, but remarkably similar.

The theatre featured at the beginning of the episode is showing Crimson Harvest- which happens to be a Murder She Wrote episode. FYI.

Where the hell is Evan Peters and Lady Gaga who have both been promised as actors in series 6.


What did you think of tonight’s episode? Let me know in the comments.

Mr March and The Countess played by Evan Peters and Lady Gaga in Season 5, American Horror Story: Hotel

Mr March and The Countess played by Evan Peters and Lady Gaga in Season 5, American Horror Story: Hotel

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