This past week, I had the chance to check the HISTORY channel’s newest drama, PROJECT BLUE BOOK. Being someone whose always had a casual interest in aliens, I was initially drawn to the show due to the fact that it intertwined true life accounts with government conspiracies which begged the question…. Could there be life outside of what we know on Earth? The 10-episode show, which premiered this past Tuesday, January 8, 2019, is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), and stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries), Laura Mennell (Watchmen), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan), and Neal McDonough (Minority Report).
I've never had the ability to passively like anything – I'm either full-scale Single White Female level obsessed or I avoid it like the plague. Over the years, I've grown to worship the finer things in life – Violent coming-of-age tales, classic American muscle cars, and '70s vigilante films. I am beyond elated to report that WAYNE serves as an amalgamation of my aforementioned holy trinity, and then some.
Thanks to the peculiar fondness I have felt towards Anna Nicole Smith the majority of my life, I'm not exactly a stranger with the immoral art of gold-digging. I always saw the comedy in these relationships, and it truthfully never occurred to me just how potentially dangerous these situations could become until watching an episode of Unsolved Mysteries one evening.
Praise Santa and Happy Winter Solstice one and all as we have been gifted with the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale holiday special!! For those of you like me, you inhaled those first 10 episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and wanted more. The show ended after a big moment and it left us wondering if the Midwinter’s Tale special would touch on anything of it or act as a stand-alone. I can attest, this was definitely a Yuletide treat.
NIGHTFLYERS is a SYFY series based on a novella by George R.R. Martin originally published in 1980, long before Martin became the Games Master of Thrones. It is an entirely different thing than what you are likely to be expecting from a Martin based show, but don't let that put you off from watching it. It has merit of it's own and is a fascinating story that reveals itself to the viewer in an unconventional way.
The last time we gathered around the fire we spoke of severed monkey paws, ravenous hounds and otherworldly specs that reminded us how inventively spooky ghost stories can be. This time we get our fair share of supernatural bumps in the night, from ageless caretakers, preying neighbors to hypnotic staffs. Can ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK’s first mid-season overcome the dreadful slump, or will it suffer at the hands of fatigue? Let’s see as we ignite the fire and dive into another frightful edition.
STAN AGAINST EVIL, season 3, debuted on Halloween evening, October 31, 2018, on IFC. Stan Miller (John G. McGinley) returns as the retired sheriff fighting evil, along with Evie Barrett (Janet Varney), the new sheriff in town, Stan’s quirky daughter, Denise (Deborah Baker Jr), and Evie’s dimwitted but well meaning deputy, Leon Drinkwater (Nate Mooney). Also making an appearance, is Denise’s love interest, the sad-eyed but kind gravedigger, Kevin, played by the creator of the show, Dana Gould.
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), and based on the Archie comic, is a dark re-imagining of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch which centers around Sabrina Spellman and the struggles she faces from being a half mortal/half witch. The show features Kiernan Shipka (The Blackcoat’s Daughter), Ross Lynch (My Friend Dahmer), Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman), Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia) and Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation).
"I'm Constance Langdon, and this is my (bleeping) house." AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE gave us the flashback episode that we've all been hanging out in literal purgatory, waiting for: it took us back to the place where it all began. In AHS veteran actress Sarah Paulson's confident directorial debut, we took a "Return to Murder House," for the season's sixth episode this week-- and it did not disappoint.
Ghost stories exist for a reason. They serve as a warning of the unknown, but also to be vigilant of our surroundings lest something should want to harm us. That’s why when we hear tales of ghosts bumping around in the attic, our insides twist and turn as both fantasy and reality collide. Surely it isn’t actually a ghost in the attic. What if the ghost is something else entirely? What if that ghost is made out of flesh and bone and seeks to destroy everyone you know and love and then yourself? This was the unfortunate case with Hinterkaifeck as Amazon’s LORE points out to us.
We all know the tales of the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Known as the most prolific female serial killer in the world, she was rumored to have murdered up to 650 victims, with the vast majority of them being young virginal women. The tales of her bathing in the blood of virgin women in order to maintain her youth have been rumored to have inspired Bram Stoker in his creation of the fictional vampire Dracula. However, each interpretation of Bathory is different and Amazon’s LORE seeks to show us a slightly different iteration in its episode.
Last year I was introduced to Aaron Mahnke’s LORE podcast after seeing the first trailer of the Amazon series of the same name. Here was a series that mixed folklore - both well known and obscure - and made it relevant to a modern audience by weaving together threads that allowed listeners to connect with the material. The first season of the show stood out because it had found a balance in its execution of Aaron Mahnke’s podcast. It walked a line between delivering audiences with educational tidbits while also laying out dramatized re-enactments that were meant to unnerve us in order to drive points home.
First off, before we dive balls deep into the world of BARRY and friends, I really need to point out that I personally, never do many reviews or put my name behind anything I don’t fully believe in. So for me, sitting here typing away taking time out of my day to spread the word on a new series, outta tell you something. Listen to the gospel of BARRY, for it is good my cinematic aficionados.
In case you missed last months meeting of the Midnight Society, we stoked the fire and toke a ride in a phantom cab, explored the darkness of a funhouse and helped a spirit find her way. As we delve further into the shows propensity for scary stories, we’re treated to one generously evil trinket, a haunted jacket and a pair of spooky specs that are sure to make you rethink some of the items lying around your room. Will the things that go bump in the night return to raise hairs or will the terrors of the dark remain undisturbed till next time? Join us, and see whether you’re really afraid of the dark!