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!
We are approaching the halfway point of THE PURGE 10 episode TV series on USA Network. In episode 1-3 we were introduced to a cast of characters. The first episode taught us who those people are in the hours leading up to Purge night. The second and third episode establishes each character’s motives, their opinions on Purge night, and plants the seeds of the conflicts each one of them will encounter. Now, the fourth and fifth episodes throw every character into new and thrilling chaos.
If you grew up in the 90's with a fascination for horror, then there's a pretty good chance that your free time was spent immersed in Goosebumps books and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. If it was a Saturday night, it was probably spent in front of the TV watching Nickelodean's Snick, a two-hour block of television featuring a giant orange couch that introduced the world to Clarissa and the horrors of Ren & Stimpy.
The APOCALYPSE has finally come. Wednesday night brought us the highly anticipated first episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE, the Murder House and Coven crossover season premiere, appropriately titled “The End,” and, as was expected, it gave us some pleasure, while also leaving us desiring a little more.
From its visceral images of Southern gothic aesthetic, its kinetic use of blink-and-you-will-miss-it memory flashbacks, and its brilliant dramatic acting from the likes of Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina, HBO’s murder mystery hit of the summer, SHARP OBJECTS, came full circle Sunday night, as we (SPOILER ALERT) discovered that the murderer of Wind Gap’s two young girls has been none other than kid sister/teenage femme fatale, Amma (played by breakout star Eliza Scanlen).
There is likely not a single horror fan out there that isn't familiar with The Purge film franchise. In case there are any stragglers that somehow missed the films, they center on a government program where for twelve hours one night a year all crime, including murder, is legal. The franchise has hit some bumps along the way when trying to decide if it wants to make a political statement or simply show exciting carnage, but it's hard to deny these films have done well. With four lucrative films as notches on the Blumhouse Productions belt, now Blumhouse has come together with the USA network to release a 10-episode television event. The series brings back writer James DeMonaco, who also penned the film scripts, with Jason Blum as executive producer.
SONA, created by and starring Ashley Clements (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), is a charming futuristic sci-fi passion project. Through Kickstarter, Clements and co-star and director, Brendan Bradley, raised more than $30,000 to fund this 8-episode web series. Though riddled with obvious flaws, the process to achieve this production and the drive behind the endeavor make it so I don’t even care to give any short comings much attention.