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.
Mr. Mercedes is a show that is criminally underrated. Not only does it boast a slew of impressive talent, but it's a show that knows how to sink its claws int you and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Based off the Stephen King trilogy of the same name, the show centers around a cat-and-mouse game between retired detective Bill Hodges, played by Brendan Gleeson, and Brady, the Mercedes killer, played by Harry Treadaway.
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.
During the What the Fest!? Film Festival, a four-day showcase of everything ranging from horror, thrillers, sci-fi and more, AMC gave guests a sneak peek into an unseen episode from their new series, “The Terror”. Though I unfortunately couldn’t make it to the festival, I did have a chance to watch the entire series for review. “The Terror” is based off the 2007 novel of the same name by author Dan Simmons and has easily become not only one of my favorite books, but one of my favorite series of all time.
Season Three of Channel Zero brings a new flavor to the table in a creepypasta tale that will curb any hunger pains you have. “Butcher’s Block”, based on Kerry Hammond’s creepypasta “Search and Rescue Woods”, centers around two sisters who move to a new city and find out quickly that everything isn’t as it seems in Butcher’s Block. Creator Nick Antosca returns as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the third installment along with director Arkasha Stevenson. “Butcher’s Block” stars Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), Olivia Luccardi (“The Deuce”), Krisha Fairchild (Krisha), and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).
TNT's newest crime drama THE ALIENIST is officially underway and seems to have been received well by it's record breaking viewership. The show gave TNT it's highest drama premier since 2012. We've spent the first two episodes getting acquainted with the cast of characters and the beautifully grimy backdrop of 1896 New York City. In the third episode, "Silver Smile", we begin to dig deeper into the investigation and the personal lives of our protagonists. I will keep this review short and sweet and attempt to not spoil anything for those of you who, like me, have not read the novel.
When I was in Boston over the holidays I spent a couple of days hiding from the below zero temperature in my hotel room, switching channels between countless reruns of "American Dad" and various dramedies on TNT. I was in the warmth of my vacation bed when I first saw a commercial for the new TNT limited series, THE ALIENIST. Being a fan of period pieces and murder mysteries I was intrigued and made a note to set the DVR to record it once I got home. I recently had the pleasure of previewing the first two episodes of this new show and I'm here to tell you that you should stop whatever it is you're doing right now and set your DVRs as well, you're going to want to see this!
Gawd, I love "The X-Files"! Truly, madly, deeply. I might as well be Savage Garden. I told everyone that today was a holiday. When they looked at me like I was crazy, I graciously informed them that today was the premiere of Season 11 of "The X-Files" and therefore categorized as a holiday. That didn't extinguish the crazy looks but I don't care. I wore my "I Want To Believe" shirt, and my son sported his "I Don't Believe in Humans" shirt and we were ready to go, but good lord was I not ready for this premiere.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing FX's show THE STRAIN: SEASON 4 (2017) which was created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. To best describe the story of the season, I will use a shortened plot summary:
"Nuclear winter envelopes the planet and a desperate, weakened humanity - existing only as slave labor for 'The Partnership' - is controlled by the bloodthirsty strigoi."
Game of Thrones holds a very special place in my heart. Though I would love to go into detail about why, this is unfortunately not the place for that (though an article may come in the future). Today I’m here to review Season 7 of the highly popular show and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Leading up to this last season, I had originally taken a stance of not wanting to watch it as I was hoping that creator/author George R. R. Martin would have the next book ready, but alas, that was not in the cards. Instead, I decided, rather begrudgingly to watch the latest season and I’m so glad I did because it blew my god damn mind.