Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Ghost Hunters Gets Sued


Back in 2004, ghost hunting was something that seemed almost laughable. The paranormal was an area that most did not take seriously and most would never admit to be involved with. Then, a show about two average plumbers who went on paranormal investigations premiered on the SyFy (then Sci Fi) network and all of that changed. The show, Ghost Hunters, quickly became one of the network's highest rated programs and spawned several spinoffs. Now, the megahit and NBCUniveral are being sued by individuals who claim that Ghost Hunters was their idea and they've never been credited for it.

Deadline reports that the five-year legal battle, launched by producer and parapsychologist, Larry Moritz, and publicist, Daena Smoller, filed a petition with the Los Angeles Supreme Court yesterday, claiming that Ghost Hunters is based on a concept that they originally pitched to the NBC network between 1996-2003. The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2006, reiterates Moritz and Smoller's claims and also names star and producer, Jason Hawes, as one of the violators.

According to court documents, the plaintiffs registered their concepts and ideas for series format with the Writers Guild on January 27, 2000. Moritz and Smoller also re-registered on April 14, 2006, two years after Ghost Hunters premiered on the network. The show was originally submitted under the copyright, Ghost Expeditions: Haunted. The pair claim that after eight seasons on the air, Ghost Hunters and NBCUniversal has used their concepts and ideas, making millions of dollars, all without crediting or compensating them.

Moritz and Smoller are seeking an injunction, ordering NBC and SyFy to cease any programs or products related to their concepts. The pair are also seeking restitution, general damages, lost profits, and more. When Deadline contacted Syfy for comment, the network responded, “The claims are without merit and we expect to prevail in the litigation.” Of course they would say that!

This is very interesting to me because as a fan of the show, I've seen interviews of Hawes and Grant Wilson discussing how the show came to be. The two explained that they were approached to do this show by the network and had originally turned it down but then agreed to do it when asked again. I'm curious to find more information about this case, to see if the claims are true, and if Hawes and Wilson had any part in it.

I'm very interested to see how this is all going to pan out and how it will affect Ghost Hunters and the TAPS team. My guess is that NBC will probably win and/or the case will get settled out of court. I'm not sure if Moritz and Smoller have a lot of evidence to support their claims, which is why I need to read up more of the case.

One thing is for sure: Ghost Hunters definitely isn't the show that it originally was. Now, it seems as though it is just a giant commercial and is completely scripted. Sigh.
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The Innkeepers Review


Imagine yourself working a dead end job at a closing inn, completely unhappy with the way that your life is going. Then, add an unrestful spirit who died there years before and your mediocre life has just gotten a little more exciting. For Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), their last weekend working at the Yankee Pedlar quickly becomes out of the norm in the Ti West flick, The Innkeepers. The movie is a creepy and at times, humorous take on the ghost story, and it is one of the few ghost tales that was actually done right.

The movie opens with Claire and Luke starting their weekend shift at the Yankee Pedlar, which is closing its doors after over a century in the business. At first, the weekend seems as though it is going to be a bust; their only guests are a bitchy mother and her son, and an equally bitchy, washed up TV star. However, when Claire decides that the two employees set out to determine if the Inn is in fact haunted, things take a turn for the creepy.

While Luke goes upstairs to sleep, Claire views his ghost-themed website, based on the Pedlar, and she becomes intrigued with the story of Madelyn O'Malley, a woman who hung herself in room 353 after her fiancee stood her up at the altar. Claire takes a recording device into one of the areas of the inn and is shocked to catch a piano playing by itself.

Claire quickly becomes uneasy as she becomes more and more infatuated with the ghost who lurks inside her place of work. She tries urging Luke, the apparent paranormal-aficionado, to help her investigate but he continually blows her off. However, the activity starts to pick up for Claire, resulting in some great scares.

After freaking out about catching an EVP, Claire interacts with Leanne Reese-Jones (Kelly McGillis), the former TV star who now considers herself a psychic. Leanne, who likes to be called Lee, pulls out a spirit crystal and tells Claire to ask the spirits questions. Lee discovers that something really terrible had happened there and she insists that Claire stay out of the basement. So, you obviously know that Claire isn't going to listen.

In an effort to calm Claire down, Luke gets her drunk. Hmmm...typical guy move. Anyway, the two go down into the basement to conduct an EVP session and they make contact with Madelyn. Immediately after this, things get worse and everything starts to fall into place.

As I've said before, West is one of my favorite directors, mostly due to his film, The House of the Devil. He has a way of creating an extremely eery and unsettling atmosphere by slowly building up to the action. The director is brilliant at pacing things, creating that high anticipation feeling as you prepare yourself for the scare, and then he succeeds in scaring you when you least expect it. There were a few moments that I actually jumped, due to the way West paced the scenes, and that hardly ever happens to me while I'm watching horror movies.

West took a story idea that we've seen before and made it into his own. The two main characters were cast perfectly because Paxton and Healy had great chemistry together. The pair actually seemed as though they had worked with each other for years and had been best friends. I was particularly pleased with Paxton's performance because it seemed so real; it felt like I was watching a real girl who wasn't acting, and I wanted to be friends with her.

The story is slow-burn, which West is known for, and I enjoy that aspect in his films. The pacing of the film and the development of the characters allowed us to really get to know them and feel scared for them when they were put in danger.

During the film I found myself both laughing and being on the edge of my seat with anticipation. There was a good balance of both in the film, and I think that is why it succeeded. Throughout the film, my heart would race, especially particular scenes where the audience could not really see what was happening; we were seeing everything as the characters were seeing them.

My only problem with the movie was the ending because it seemed as though it was abrupt and unexplained. I believe that the point of the movie was that everything happens for a reason and people are brought to certain places by fate. However, I wish that we could have seen what happened more. Another small issue that I had was that there were really only two ghosts in the entire movie, which is weird considering the Inn was supposed to be one of the most haunted areas in New England.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film because it was paced extremely well, it had likeable characters, and it had a good balance of humor and fear. I was pleased with the performances by Paxton and Healy and I enjoyed their characters; they weren't too annoying and fake rather, they were like real people you could relate to. The story provided some decent scares and it had me wanting to learn more throughout the entire film. I highly recommend this movie because it is a fun watch!


Friday, December 30, 2011

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Rooney Mara Craps on A Nightmare on Elm Street


Back in the eighties horror movies were the stepping stone for many actors who were just breaking into the business. Stars like Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Anniston, and Matthew McConaughey all got their start in the horror genre. Now, horror has become so popular that actors like Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne, and Jared Padalecki have turned to horror films to broaden their fan base and exposure. In 2010, when actress Rooney Mara was cast as Nancy in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, you would have thought she would have been ecstatic. Apparently, she didn't even want the role.

Bloody-Disgusting reports that in Mara's interview with Entertainment Weekly, the upcoming star completely disregards the film that gave her her start. The actress is currently starring in one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and it seems as though her new found stardom is quickly going to her head.

In the article, Mara tells EW, "Sometimes you don't want to get something but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn't even really want it. And then I went in [to audition] and I was like, [whispering] "F---. I definitely got that."

The actress continued, "I didn't want to act anymore.  I was like, This isn't what I signed up for.  If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I'm not that interested in acting.  So I was very discouraged and disheartened."

Um, Rooney...did you actually see your performance in A Nightmare on Elm Street? If anyone is going to be embarrassed, it should be the people who actually cast you as the role for Nancy. She completely butchered the character and was barely responsive to Freddy or any of the other characters in the film. The acting was unbearable and if Mara really didn't want the part, she should have let a much better actress, who was much more deserving, take the role.

I don't have anything against Mara and I actually do like her in other things but it really bothers me when people start bashing a horror movie that they were in. I think that one should be grateful for all of the opportunities that they are given and should never complain, regardless of how disappointed they were in it. 

The film was awful but Mara comes off as a little bit spoiled in reference to the film. My advice is: Shut your mouth and just be as vague as possible if you are ever asked about the film again. Otherwise, you'll end up making a lot of people angry. And the last time that I checked, a lot of people still don't know who you are Rooney, and I'm pretty sure that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo bombed in the box office.  

At least wait until you've hit Angelina Jolie-stardom to start complaining about your past movie roles. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Simon Quaterman Talks "The Devil Inside"


Ben is just a guy trying to make it as a young priest, performing exorcisms. Then, he meets the beautiful and young Isabella and his world turns upside down. Just when the guy thought that he had met someone special, the young lady introduces him to her mother, who just so happens to be possessed by four different demonic spirits. Ugh, that's a deal breaker. Simon Quaterman, the actor who plays Ben in "The Devil Inside", recently spoke with Bloody-Disgusting about the new horror, in theaters January 6.

Although Quaterman couldn't delve into too much detail about his character and the story, he was able to tell BD about how his character becomes involved with the possessed woman. The woman's daughter, Isabella, goes on a quest to Rome in order to figure out what's really going on with her mother. While there, she visits a school for exorcists and meets Ben.


Quaterman told Bloody-Disgusting, "As you may or may not know, in the Vatican there is actually a school for exorcists where anybody can go train and learn more about it all. She meets my character and a friend of mine who are two exorcists and we bring her along to see a few things”.

The Devil Inside is just one of the many, many exorcism/found-footage films that have been released as of late, which may result in hesitation from audiences. However, Quaterman insists that this horror movie is much different from all the rest, claiming that it is a "Real pro-active film" rather than a "Re-active one". Whatever that means. The star also states that The Devil Inside features character arcs and character development which is often lacking in documentary-style movies.

The movie, mostly shot in Romania, was very fun for the actor to film. He told BD, "It’s more rewarding for everyone involved I think. That was one of the exciting things about doing this, from the very first moment when we started shooting - from the first day actually - all of us felt that we were on to something special. It’s something I’m very proud of." 


Quaterman explains that the upcoming horror is going to be completely different from what audiences are expecting it to be and insists that it is a very intelligent film. Hmm...I feel like they all say that. Either way, this movie does have a somewhat interesting story and it does look insanely creepy, so, I will most likely be seeing it. However, I'm not going into it with high expectations because in all honesty, it doesn't look any different than most of the exorcism movies that have been forced down our throats lately.


Are you going to see The Devil Inside?
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The Tunnel: Creepy Homeless People Ahead


There have been several conspiracy theories conceived over the years that leave many wondering certain truths and questioning the reliability of their govenment. When an Australian news crew discovers a government cover-up involving Sydney's homeless and its underground tunnels, their investigation brings them deep into an unimaginable situation. The film, The Tunnel, is a documentary-style horror, which hits U.S. shelves today.

The new horror follows the "found footage" style which has become quite popular in the last few years, focusing on a small group of journalists as they investigate their recent story. The film is written and produced by Australia-based filmmakers, Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey and is directed by Carlo Ledesma. Much of the movie was filmed on location in actual tunnels throughout Sydney.

The filmmakers recently spoke to Fangoria about their production, which was originally released via the internet to much acclaim. Tedeschi told the mag that he considers his movie to be more of an intense thriller rather than a "blood-and-guts" horror movie. He explains that the movie creates an atmosphere that will keep the audience on the edge of its seat without overwhelming individuals with blood and gore.

Tedeschi and Harvey told Fangoria that they wanted to make a film that felt like an actual documentary and not just a simple horror movie. Rather than fill the movie with nauseating "shaky cam" scenes typically seen throughout found footage films, The Tunnel includes character insights and experiences, like interviews, to make for a more cinematic piece with "production value".

When asked how their film compares to the 2008 found footage film, Quarantine, which also follows a news team on location, the filmmakers insist that their movie is more realistic and much better.

Harvey explains to Fangoria, "We just knew that how that camera saw things, how it worked, how it moved, was going to say so much. Watching things like QUARANTINE, it doesn’t seem real, and as soon as you lost that sense of reality, it pulled down the story; it didn’t work the same way. You look at THE TUNNEL, and we like the way it feels bang-on. It feels like you’re really watching a news camera shooting."

As previously noted, The Tunnel will not rely on blood and guts to scare its audience, and most of the violence that happens in the movie will not be seen on film. In his interview with the magazine, Tedeschi stated, " If you can imagine people in that situation and the way they’re shooting, a lot of the violence comes fleetingly or happens off camera. What is left to the imagination can be a lot more brutal than anything you can throw all the blood and guts in the world at."

 I personally love found footage films because I find them to be extremely creepy--if done correctly. Despite the filmmakers comments, I actually enjoyed Quarantine and did not find it too farfetched. I mean, The Tunnel is a film about crazy-monsterous homeless people living in underground tunnels so, if that's not a little farfetched, then, I don't know what is.

I still think this movie sounds pretty awesome and I'm really looking forward to watching it. I'm also happy that the filmmakers chose to keep the violence off screen because I agree that what you can't see is a lot scarier than what you can.

Look for The Tunnel on DVD now!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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The Best in Horror Awards: Nominees


The year is quickly coming to an end and there's only one day left for you to vote for the Mandy's Morgue of Horror Best of 2011 Awards! One of the big categories is for the best horror film of 2011, which includes 10 movie nominations. The nominees are:

Scream 4:

Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson team up again in this installment, which takes place 10 years after the events of the first film. The movie follows our favorite final girl, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she returns to Woodsboro to promote her new self-help book. Upon her return, things seem like they've never changed and the murders start up all over again. This time, the victims are complete teenage clones of all of Sydney's friends, played by Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Rory Culkin. The film also brings back Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette) and the lovable Dewey Riley (David Arquette) who team up once again to solve the case. The movie continues to poke fun of the slasher-horror genre while simultaneously commenting on the obsession with the media and fame within our generation.

Insidious:

This creative paranormal horror, directed by Saw's James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, follows a small family who are adjusting to their beautiful new home. Immediately, weird things begin happening and the couple's son, Dalton, notices it before everyone else. While investigating in their attic, Dalton is scared by something, falls and hits his head. The next morning when his father, played by Patrick Wilson, tries waking him, he's terrified to learn that his young son has mysteriously drifted into a comatose state. The family moves out of the home and Renai (Rose Byrne) realizes that the paranormal activity has nothing to do with where they live; the activity is all revolving around their comatose son, who is being haunted. The film has a creepy feel and also has a brilliant performance by Lin Shaye who plays a psychic medium.

Stake Land:


Technically, this post-apocalyptic vampire horror was originally released in 2010 but didn't hit shelves until 2011. The film is part road-movie, part vampire/zombie flick, which follows a young man, Martin (Connor Paolo) who upon being rescued from "Mister" (Nick Dimici), follows him along his journey, learning how to survive along the way. During their trip the two men encounter a pregnant waitress, played by my favorite scream queen, Danielle Harris, and a nun (Kelly McGillis), who join them on their quest. The movie has a "Mad Max" feel and is a unique take on the vampire genre.


Paranormal Activity 3:

This ghost story is a prequel to the low budget hit, Paranormal Activity, and takes place 18 years before its first two predecessors. The movie follows a young Katie and Kristi, the two sisters who are tragically haunted by a powerful demon who will stop at nothing to have them completely to itself. This entry details how the activity first started, with the demon mainly focusing on Kristi who mistakenly believes him to be her (invisible) friend, Toby. When the girls' mother and her boyfriend try making a sex tape, they accidentally catch paranormal activity instead. This prompts the pair to set up tapes around their house as they try and recapture more activity.

The Thing:

As if being out in the middle of Antarctica wasn't bad enough, imagine finding a giant alien frozen in ice and realizing that it is still very much alive. Although this film has the same title as the 1982 John Carpenter classic, it is actually a prequel that takes place immediately prior to the events involving Kurt Russell and his awesome facial hair. This time around the lead is a woman, played by the lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a scientist who makes up part of an American team and Norwegian team who are conducting research. Once the team dig up the space craft and let the alien loose, trouble obviously ensues.

Fright Night:

This remake stars the handsome Colin Ferrell as Jerry, the charming vampire who moves next door to Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin). At first things seem fine until Charley's friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) points out how suspicious Jerry actually is: he only comes out at night, he boards up his windows, and...oh yeah, he has no reflection. Once Charley realizes what his seemingly innocent neighbor actual is, he makes it his mission to put an end to his reign.

The Human Centipede 2:


This over-the-top sequel follows the mentally unstable Martin, who is completely obsessed with "The Human Centipede" film. After repeatedly viewing the movie, Martin decides that he is going to make his very own human centipede and instead of using 3 people, Martin concludes that he will use 12. The movie is extremely violent and grotesque and once the action picks up, it doesn't stop until the final frame.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil: 

This comedy-horror follows two lovable buddies, Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), who are mistaken as psycho-killer hillbillies. The story follows a group of stuck-up college kids who run into the two friends at a gas station and naively assume that the men are dangerous. When one of the friends falls into the lake and almost drowns, Dale jumps in to save her. However, one of her moronic friends sees what happens and believes that Tucker and Dale have kidnapped the girl. The movie is filled with laughs and awesome amounts of gore, and it also has heart. Why would anyone assume that two hillbillies out in the middle of the woods were dangerous?!


Final Destination 5:


Everyone knows that you can't cheat death; when it's your time, you're going to die regardless. However, what if one of your friends knew that a tragic accident was going to happen and they saved your life? Well, in the Final Destination franchise, we know that that is only the beginning; if you try and cheat death once, it's going to get you back ten times worse. In this installment, a group of people on an company retreat escape a collapsing bridge that claims many people's lives. Shortly after, they realize that their lives aren't completely safe and death is still very close to them.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark:

This remake, directed by Guillermo Del Torro, follows a father, his girlfriend, and his daughter as they move into a 19th century Rhode Island mansion. Soon, the young girl begins to see goblin-like creatures who are intent on making her one of them. The movie is dark, creepy and stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes.

Those are the nominees for the best horror films of 2011. Other categories in Mandy's Morgue of Horror Best of 2011 include, best horror show, best horror villain, and best kill. Please vote now!
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Gremlins 3 Still Possible


There's always that ONE gift that a family member completely fails with every Christmas. For years, I received horrible board games and ugly pajamas from my aunts and uncles when the one thing I really wanted to unwrap was my very own Gremlin, Gizmo. Unfortunately, Gremlin's don't exist in our world but there still is a glimmer of hope that I may get to see the cute and cuddly Gizmo on the big screen once again!

Moviehole exclusively reports that Warner Brothers has recently renewed the domain name for Gremlins3.com, giving Gremlins fans everywhere just enough hope that a third film is still in the works. The production company has owned the website domain since 2009, and although its renewal isn't a complete confirmation that the film is being made, it is a sign that the idea is still up in the air.

Just last year, Gremlins director, Joe Dante, spoke with Moviehole and stated that if Warner Brothers does make a third film in the franchise, he does not expect to be asked to direct. Dante also believes that the original cast would not be asked to reappear and that the Gremlins would most likely be CGI, rather than the puppets which were used in the original 1984 hit.

The news, as miniscule as it may be, is exciting for fans. However, I'm not too sure I really want a third film to be made. I feel like the whole atmosphere and feel of the film would be ruined since it would be made so long after the first films, and even more so with the use of CGI. I'm not sure about this one.

What do you guys think about a possible Gremlins 3?


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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[Rec] Game on the Way


If you found yourself wanting more after watching the 2007 Spanish horror, [Rec], as well as its sequel, I have some great news for you! The film franchise is currently being adapted into a first person shooter game for your PC and mobile devices to be available in 2012.

Bloody-Disgusting reports that Tonika Games has just signed an agreement with Filmax to develop a video game that closely follows the franchise, originally created by Jaume Belaguero and Paco Plaza. The game will include content from all four films and it will break up the game into four different worlds, based on the coinciding movie in the franchise.

The first person shooter will have a similar style to Grand Theft Auto and L.A. Noir, requiring the players to complete missions based on particular locations that were featured in the films. The game is being developed with Unity3D technology, which was used to develop several platform games as well as other popular mobile games.

The 2007 film, which was remade for the US in 2008, follows a young reporter who is shadowing a group of firefighters. When the team goes out on a routine call at a nearby apartment building, they realize that things aren't as routine as they had thought. The group of people begin coming sick and violent and what's worse: they are trapped inside. The sequel followed a medical and S.W.A.T. team as they entered the building to ease the situation, only to find themselves trapped as well.

There are two more films slated to release within the next two years, and they will follow different story-lines. The upcoming, [Rec]3: Genesis, will be released in March 2012 and will follow a group of individuals at a party who begin to experience similar behavior as the people from the first two films.

The video game franchise will be available for the IPhone, IPad, PC, Blackberry, and Android platforms. Keep a lookout for the new series in 2012.
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John Dies at the End Teaser Trailer


Many people have always wanted to have the ability to travel across time, putting themselves into the future or past, and seeing where it all leads them. In the upcoming horror thriller, John Dies at the End, a powerful new street drug can do just that. Only, when some people go on their trip, they never come back the same.

In the movie, based on David Wong's 2010 novel of the same name, two slacker friends are introduced to the mind-bending new drug called Soy-Sauce. Eventually, the twosome discover that the drug is actually all a part of an alien invasion when they notice people beginning to act differently. Quickly, the world becomes overrun with aliens and it's up to the college-dropouts to save the world.

The film stars Paul Giamatti as well as Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson as the two friends. The movie was written and directed by the B-Movie legend himself, Don Coscarelli, who is responsible for classics like "Phantasm" and the Bruce Campbell romp, "Bubba Ho-Tep".

The film will screen as a part of the Sundance Film Festival, beginning January 19 in Park City, Utah, and will play at their midnight showings.

The recently released trailer below makes the movie look pretty awesome and unlike things we have seen before. I had originally seen the cover of Wong's novel a few months ago and wanted to eventually read the book but, I may just see the movie instead. I'm excited about this one; what do you guys think?



Monday, December 19, 2011

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Dexter Finale Recap


Warning: Major Spoilers! And unlike the asshole on my Facebook who posted the spoilers as his status last night, I'm not that evil, and I won't let you unknowingly ruin the finale for yourself!

Last night, the "Doomsday Killer" himself, Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) was put to a brutal end at the hands of everyone's favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Only, this time, the usually very careful and precise murderer was caught by his lovely and foul-mouthed baby sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). Uh-oh. 

For weeks, Miami was terrorized by the "Doomsday Killer(s)",  Professor James Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and his assistant, Travis Marshall. The duo kidnapped and murdered several people and used them as part of their biblical re-enactments, each meant to lead up to the end of days. However, just last week, Dexter discovered that Gellar was in fact dead the entire time, meaning that Travis had been doing all of the killing on his own.

In Dexter's attempt to kill Travis, he passes out and is kidnapped by the religious nut, who then tries to kill him. In last night's finale, Travis, who believes that Dexter is dead, continues his religious prophecy and kidnaps Dexter's son, Harrison, to use as his sacrifice during the day's eclipse.

Meanwhile, Deb is coming to terms with her feelings for her brother, with the help of her psychiatrist who initially planted the thoughts into her head. Deb comes to the realization that she is in love with her big brother and has been all of her life. The lieutenant sees that she has always dated men similar to her brother or the complete opposite of her brother because she was afraid to admit that she actually loved him. Uh, gross!

I know that the two are not related by blood but I am extremely bothered by this storyline. I have no idea why this smart series is starting to go down this route, and I really wish that it wouldn't. It seems as though the story came completely out of left field and that the writers were just looking for something to stir up the audience.

After this completely bizarre realization is made, Deb starts acting weird around her brother, who is completely oblivious to what is going on in her head. My guess is that he's not going to like what she has to tell him! Anyway, Deb pushes her feelings aside until she can finally catch Travis and put Miami at ease.

Miami Metro is well aware that Travis is still on the loose and they are expecting him to make another murder later that night, coinciding with the eclipse. Deb figures out that the killer will sacrifice a person or thing, based on the last biblical image.

During this time, Dexter is able to rescue his son and capture Travis. He brings the weirdo back to the church where all of his wrongdoings took place and he murders him. However, all is not good: Deb just so happened to walk into the church at the exact moment that her brother stabbed another man in the chest. And then...the episode just ends!

It looks like we'll have to wait until 2012 for many things to be answered. Will Deb's love for her brother be strong enough to survive the events that she had witnessed? Will she love Dexter enough to keep his secret and most importantly, will she still love him?

I think most fans of the series have always wanted Deb to be the one to discover Dexter's secret life and we always knew that she would be the one to do so. I for one, am very happy that she finally did see her brother in action and I'm very excited to see how she reacts to it. My guess is, she's going to flip out. If she couldn't handle finding out that the Chief was with a prostitute on the night that she died, there's no way that she's going to be okay with her brother being a killer.

Dexter will probably make the scenario not look as bad as it really is and explain that he only killed Travis for what he was doing. I don't believe that he will confess to all of the other murders he has committed.

There are other questions that have been left unanswered such as, the weird intern and his obsession with Dexter. Who the hell is this guy and what is the deal with the hand?

I'm also disappointed in what the writers are doing with Quinn's (Desmond Harrington) character, who was once a favorite of mine. They aren't using him to his potential and I'm terrified that we may lose him.

Overall, the show isn't what it used to be. The writer's are taking a weird route with the whole Deb-loves-Dexter thing, which is completely unnecessary. Why couldn't they just have her discover her brother and then arrest him? I guess we'll just have to wait until next year to find out what happens!

What did you think of last night's finale?!


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More Paranormal Witness


SyFy announced today that it will renew its hit docudrama series, Paranormal Witness, for a second season. The series will return this August with 12 all new episodes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paranormal Witness, which averaged about 1.7 million viewers, was the network's top rated unscripted, non-franchise, freshman series. The show is produced by RawTV, which is responsible for other hits like "Locked Up Abroad" and "Gold Rush Alaska". The successful new series is also executive produced by Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton.

 In a statement released by SyFy, the network's President, Mark Stern, said, "Paranormal Witness is an edge-of-your-seat television experience and we’re thrilled that viewers made it a standout hit for us this fall...We look forward to working with Dimitri and Bart as we showcase another terrifying round of true-life hauntings.”

Executive producers, Doganis and Layton responded, "We're thrilled this series is returning; we think it is unlike anything else out there. The stories are totally gripping, visually arresting and genuinely very scary... We approach these shows as individual horror movies."

Paranormal Witness is a documentary-style series that follows a new story each week. The episode follows two separate individuals who recall their paranormal experiences in terrifying detail. The show uses re-enactments and actual photographs or other evidence gathered by the witnesses.

This show quickly became one of my favorite paranormal shows when it aired this year. Some of the stories were really good and the individuals described their personal events so well, I often found myself afraid to even watch it! Sometimes, I was even too scared to watch it at night when it originally aired because it would later result in me hearing things up in my attic-bedroom.

The series follows a similar style to the Animal Planet series, The Haunted, which follows individuals personal experiences involving ghosts and their pets. Both series are a breath of fresh air compared to the usual Ghost-Hunters type shows that are suddenly flooding our television screens.

Are you happy about this renewal?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Fright Night Review


Only in my perfect world would I be lucky enough to score Colin Farell as my new next door neighbor. I can just imagine all of the creepy lurking that I would do from my bedroom window as I watched his every move. Sadly, the world doesn't go my way and instead I get stuck with middle-aged lesbians or annoying children for neighbors. However, for Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) in the remake of Fright Night, he gets to live out my fantasy, only, Farrell's Jerry just so happens to be a vampire. Eh, that's not so bad, right?

Fans of the 1985 version know the story: A young boy realizes that his new next door neighbor is different. He only comes out at night and his windows are blacked out. He's ridiculously good looking and very charming. He's a...vampire. This time around, Charley is still nerdy but slightly less annoying and he has a hot girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). His majorly aggravating bestie, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), isn't exactly his bestie anymore and the two only reunite once Ed confronts him with suspicions about his new neighbor.

The film immediately throws the audience into the action, beginning with the major characters realizing that Jerry is in fact a vampire. The two friends, Charley and Ed, are barely speaking and what has happened between them isn't fully explained. Yes, the two are on the outs because Charley started dating a popular girl and didn't want to be seen with a dork, but how things got to that point wasn't really detailed. I felt as if I was watching the movie from the middle rather than the beginning, because a lot of the plot was just grazed over.

Ed explains to Charley that he has been watching Jerry and he is convinced that the man is a vampire. However, my problem was that they didn't actually show Ed watching the guy and why the hell was he even watching him in the first place? It didn't make sense. BUT, these problems didn't ruin the movie for me too much.

So, as in the original, Ed and Jerry have a confrontation and the skinny little weakling gets turned into a vampire. Then...he falls off the face of the screen and isn't seen again until much later in the movie. I haven't seen the original in a very long time but if I'm remembering correctly, Ed was a larger part of the film than he was in this remake, so, this bothered me a little bit. I wish that the director had used him more, because in my opinion, his vampire character would have made the film more interesting.

After Ed disappears, Charley begins to wonder that maybe his friend was right about Jerry and he begins looking into the situation on his own. He finds tapes that Ed recorded of the neighbor, and there's just one strange thing about them--Jerry doesn't actually show up on the film, because he has no reflection. Later, Jerry makes his way over to Charley's house and asks for some beer. Charley uses this opportunity to see if Jerry can enter his house without being invited in, and of course, he cannot. Immediately, both characters are on to each other and trouble soon follows.

I like how this remake was updated without drifting too far away from the original version, and I actually enjoyed this film. It was pretty entertaining and I think that Colin Farell was the perfect choice for Jerry, despite my initial reservations. He just captured the essence of the charming yet dangerous guy who could snap your neck in an instant or do you a favor instead. Not to mention, he's not too bad on the eyes either.

Yelchin's Charley seemed like a stronger character than William Ragsdale's Charley, and he wasn't as pathetic as the one in the original, however, we didn't get to know much about him. There wasn't much development into his character to see him grow from a pathetic dork into the brave hero who saves the day. But, as I said, I enjoyed this film because it was fun and I already knew the characters from the original movie so, it wasn't much of a problem for me.

When Charley needs help killing the vampire he turns to vampire aficionado, TV personality, Vincent Price (David Tennant), who is nothing more than a clone of Russell Brand and Criss Angel combined. Price is a larger-than-life performer who provides some humor as well as some history on the type of vampire that Jerry is.

As in the original, Price brushes Charley off as an obsessed fan but later comes to his aide. Although I do like Tennant, who once played Doctor Who, I really enjoyed the original Vincent Price, played by Roddy McDowall, because he really reminded me of a Samuel Loomis-type of character that was often necessary in older horror movies. McDowall's Price seemed like a much better fit for the film but I guess Tennant's Price was suited for the updated version.
 
My favorite part of the film was the final battle in Jerry's gigantic basement. First of all, how the hell did his house have a basement the size of a friggin' underground crypt/tomb? It was HUGE! But, I digress. As Price is confronting Jerry, Jerry throws a pebble off of his forehead, causing bloodshed, which results in an awesome scene of zombie-like vamps crawling out of the walls. I just thought that this part was really cool because it was a little different and it reminded me of "From Dusk Til Dawn".

Charley reunites with Price and decides to take out a plan that the two had previously devised. He lights himself on fire and jumps onto Jerry, while simultaneously clipping himself to his body. The two bounce all over the basement as Jerry struggles to get the teen off of him. Price makes the brilliant move of shooting the floorboards above, releasing light into the basement, and essentially killing the 400 year-old vamp. Immediately, all of the new vamps, including Charley's girl and Price, turn back into their normal, human selves. The final scene was a great update to the original finale and I enjoyed it.

Overall, I thought that the movie was a decent update to the '85 classic. The film was funny, up-to-date, and it had enjoyable elements to it. I had problems with some of the character and story development, but it didn't take me away from enjoying the film. I think that Evil Ed was underused in the movie and that there should have been more vampire scenes featuring Farrell, but it was still fun to watch. It obviously was not as great as the original but it is definitely worth a watch.

Did you like this remake?




Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Bag of Bones Movie Review


Do you remember when I made my list of some of the best Stephen King book-to-movie adaptations? Well, the mini-series, Bag of Bones, which aired this past weekend on A&E, definitely does not belong on it. The movie, which starred Pierce Brosnan, was very slow, cheesy, and overall, unsatisfying.

The movie opens with writer Mike Noonan (Brosnan) finishing his latest novel and making the rounds on his book tour with his supportive wife, Jo (Annabeth Gish). While Noonan is at the signing, Jo leaves to buy a pregnancy test--without telling her husband-- and is tragically struck by a bus and killed. This scene actually shocked me because although I knew she was going to die, I was totally not expecting it to be in the way that it happened. The moment when Jo is dying in her husband's arms is very sad because you can see that he truly loved her, and he couldn't do anything to keep her with him.

Following his wife's death, Mike is harassed by his smug agent, Marty (Jason Priestly), who urges him to really market the book well in order for it to be at the top of the bestsellers list. Noonan has a hard time coping with his wife's accident and ends up taking himself out of his work, inevitably causing his book sales to plummet. So, in order to concentrate on writing a new book within a few months, Noonan decides to go back to the lake house he shared with his wife.

It is once he is at the lake house, on Dark Score lake, that he begins experiencing paranormal activity, hallucinations, nightmares, and interactions with some really weird characters. Almost immediately, Mike begins to receive messages from his dead wife through fridge magnets and the ringing of a bell in his living room. Simultaneously, the writer meets a beautiful young woman, Mattie (Melissa George), after he rescues her daughter from the middle of the highway.

Mike's brief interaction with the stranger automatically drags him into her troubled world (don't ask me why), which involves a custody battle with her creepy old father-in-law, Max Devore (William Schallert), who is a very rich and powerful figure within the small town.  As the novelist quickly becomes wrapped up within the town's business, he slowly begins uncovering its terrible past, with the help of his dead wife.

Quickly, Noonan realizes that his late wife is not the only person who is trying to contact him; he begins receiving messages from a blues singer named Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose), who was murdered years ago. As the story unfolds, Noonan discovers the huge revelation of what's really going on in Dark Score lake--Max Devore and his friends raped and murdered Sara, along with her daughter, years ago. But, not before Sara could spit a curse on them and their sons, that would make them kill their children the way that the men killed her child.

You see, the problem with translating King's books to film is that his stories are usually super weird and complicated and they almost always include an in-depth and unique set of characters. I felt like this movie was just bunched together and so many different things--that didn't really make sense--were thrown at us within the four hours.

One of the biggest problems that I had was Brosnan's accent. I didn't realize that he wasn't supposed to be British until about the second half of the series, when I remembered that his brother Sid (Matt Frewer) didn't speak with an accent. Another thing is, I don't really know if I like Brosnan as an actor because he really only has two facial expressions: squinty eyes with pursed lips, or squinty eyes with a sly smile.I mean, his performance as Noonan was okay, but, it wasn't great.

Another problem I had with this movie was with the story itself. I kept watching and waiting for what the big revelation was going to be, and how the hell Jo and Sara were connected and what it had to do with Noonan. It was just a letdown to find out that it was all because Sara had been murdered years ago and Jo was just trying to figure out how to stop the curse. REALLY? Boring.

I felt like the movie has been done before and the ending wasn't really shocking to me at all. There were parts of the movie that were laughable, and they definitely weren't supposed to be. For example, when Noonan and Mattie are embracing, she gets her brains blown out in front of his face. My initial response was a gasp of laughter, like, WHAT? It was just such a weird scene that came out of nowhere and almost seemed pointless.

The characters within the film were almost cartoonish and I felt like some of the actors who portrayed them had overdone it. If I had met a lady on the side of the road and proceeded to get a threatening phone call from her father-in-law, followed by a supenia, I'd tell them to get f#cking lost and I'd go back home. Um, why the hell are you sticking around Mike Noonan? You definitely don't need to deal with all of the drama after losing your wife, but whatever. I guess he HAD to stay to learn what Jo was trying to tell him, which wasn't much.

Another laughable element was after Noonan saves the little girl in the end, and her dead mother visits her to tell her that everything is okay because Mike is going to take care of her. There's a "sweet" and cheesy moment between Brosnan and the young girl, where she tells him that he's finally ready to be a father and that he's basically her new daddy. Well, that's all sweet and dandy little girl but I'm pretty sure the law doesn't work that way. Her little ass would be in foster care the moment the police arrived and creepy Brosnan would not be allowed to just take her home with him. And, how the hell did he get stuck with her anyway?!

And what was with all the old people makeout sessions? GROSS. There was too much of it, from Brosnan to Schallert and his creepy old lady-servant; I was becoming nauseous. Kissing is not something I'd like to physically hear because if I can hear how much spit is being passed between your two mouths--that's too much. But, I digress.

I've never read the book so it's probably a little unfair for me to call this movie unoriginal, considering the story was first published in 1998. I don't really know how to compare the two but if I was basing this all off of the movie, and I am, I wouldn't want to read King's book. If his book is as bad as this movie was, then I really don't understand how he's had over 50 bestselling novels. 

The movie was extremely boring and unintentionally comical. The characters did not seem very realistic and the story was a complete letdown. I would advise you to skip this movie, although, by now, if you were planning on watching it, you would have. There isn't anything special here, unless you're into mouth to mouth action between some old timers.






Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Did Paranormal Activity Kill Suspiria Remake?


Lately, low-budget horror movies have been coming at audiences like hot cakes. In some cases, although often rare, a low-budget horror can become a giant hit and end up making way more at the box office than was used to budget the film. For director, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, The Sitter), this recent success in low budget films has made it quite difficult to fund his remake of the 1977 classic, Suspiria.

IFC recently spoke to the director, who just released the Jonah Hill comedy, The Sitter, and asked him about the status of his take on the Dario Argento horror. Green explained that with films such as Paranormal Activity, film distributors realize that a lot of money does not have to go into making a successful movie, therefore, they are hesitant to give him the funds needed for his film.

Green, who has already finished the script, told IFC,  "I've been trying to make it for four years and trying to find the support entity to finance it. It's a very specific movie and the horror genre is in a very specific place right now that's very much inspired by the success of movies like 'Paranormal Activity' that show you can make a very economical killing at the box office, so to speak,"

Green goes on to say that the Suspiria remake is "substantially different" than the current low budget horror films currently hitting theaters, making it a lot harder for him to compare and sell it. The director had originally hoped to begin casting by the end of 2011 and start filming in early 2012, however, the obstacles he has faced in obtaining funds has pushed the movie's production back even further.

Although the director has not been successful in his efforts, he has not lost hope. He said to IFC, "I hope I get to make it. I hope somebody takes those risks...I feel like I'm closer every day to having people embrace the script and the story I'm trying to do and the technique I want to execute it in. I hope so."

Suspiria is a story about a young ballet dancer who realizes that her dance company is completely run by a coven of witches. The film is a classic and  sacred to many horror fans, so, I'm not sure if they would actually like to see it remade. Fans of the genre may also be hesitant to have Green direct the cult hit because of his recent comedy films, which are far from the horror genre.

What do you think of Green's struggle to get Suspiria made? Do you even want to see the film redone?






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Murder House for Sale


Um, Santa? I think I found exactly what I want for Christmas this year: the Murder House from American Horror Story! Yup, that's right; the 3 story mansion featured in the wickedly addictive show on FX is currently on the market for $4.5 million.

Vulture reports that the tv show's insanely creepy house, located at 1120 Westchester Pl in LA, has been listed by real estate agent, Joe Babajian. The 10,440 square foot home has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and includes a grand ballroom.

The beautiful horror monument, known as "The Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion", is a part of the county club park area. It comes with Tiffany light fixtures, wooden floors, and a dining room with antique gold and silver leaf hand-painted ceilings.

Before you get super excited and wonder how the hell the show will be filmed if the house is sold, you should probably know that American Horror Story doesn't actually use the house. Connie Britton explained to The Washington Post in October that only the pilot was shot at the actual mansion. The rest of the series is shot on replicate stages in LA.

So, if you're super rich and can afford this house...call me.

Monday, December 12, 2011

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Eli Roth Comes to the Small Screen


According to Deadline, Netflix has just signed a 13-episode deal with Gaumont International Television for a new horror series based on the upcoming Brian McGreevy novel, Hemlock Grove. The series, which will have the same name, will be executive produced and directed by horror alum, Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever).

The series marks the first television project for the splat-pack director who hasn't directed a film since 2007's Hostel II. Novelist McGreevy will also work closely with producers and will help adapt his book for the screen, along with his writing partner, Lee Shipman. McGreevy and Shipman are currently working on a re-imagining of Bram Stroker's Dracula.

Strike Entertainment's, Eric Newman--who previously produced The Last Exorcism along with Roth--will produce Hemlock Grove with Roth, McGreevy and Shipman.

Although not much detail was given plot-wise, McGreevy's novel is described as a gothic story revolving around the discovery of a young girl's mangled body in a small town of Pennsylvania. Her death prompts a manhunt throughout the town, resulting in three different suspects, one of which is a person claiming to be a werewolf.

The story sounds interesting and I'm excited to see Roth actually directing again. The plot definitely seems like it will be intricate and fun to follow; it definitely is not another teen romance i.e. Twilight. I will keep you posted when more details surface.



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