AMC’s “The Walking Dead” heads into holiday break after next Sunday’s mid-season finale, which usually ends in a bombshell.
In Episode 5.08, ‘Coda, “New enemies disregard rules and morals; although Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.”
How was this Sunday’s episode leading up to the finale? There’s a lot to learn about Dawn as Rick and Daryl attempt their rescue.
Here’s a first look in the following promo that just aired on AMC, as well as a newly minted sneak peak! Say your prayers…
Ernest Dickerson has directed some of the most memorable – and brutal – episodes of “The Walking Dead” thus far, and he’s at the helm of next week’s mid-season finale, Episode 5.08, “Coda,” so we await it with nervous anticipation. You can check out a quick sneak peek here, but first let’s take a look “inside” tonight’s Episode 5.07, “Crossed.”
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.07 – “Crossed” (aired 11/23/14)
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, our group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point? Directed by Billy Gierhart; written by Seth Hoffman.
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.08 – “Coda” (airs 11/30/14)
Rules and morals have been tossed aside by new enemies. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will try to find a peaceful agreement, but they might prefer violence. Directed by Ernest Dickerson; written by Angela Kang.
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Columbia Pictures is hoping you’ll create memes to promote their upcoming Goosebumps adaptation, in theaters August 7, 2015. In doing so, they’ve revealed all of the film’s creatures that will be arriving from book to screen! Who are you most excited to see (we all know the answer is Slappy)?
Directed by Rob Letterman, it Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee.
“Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.”
Watching a good horror movie (or even a terrible one, so long as we enjoy it) is a great experience and one that we obviously love on this site.
But sometimes we want to watch a movie that is outside of the horror genre. Sometimes we want to watch an uproarious comedy, be moved by a touching drama, expand our horizons with a fascinating documentary… Whatever it is that you enjoy, there are definitely other genres that we enjoy diving into.
Much like horror, many of these genres also have villains that are just an absolute delight to watch. These villains charm us with their character and charisma, very much like Freddy or Pinhead. So let’s take some time to recognize these villains and show them our appreciation!
Now, in an effort to keep things somewhat related, I decided to go with villains from films that should appeal to horror fans, for one reason or another. Head on in for my list and then leave some comments with your favorites below!
Just the other day the first teaser for Jurassic World arrived, but that was small potatoes compared to what’s heading our way on Thanksgiving Day: the film’s full trailer! Which of course means that, as is customary these days, we have a countdown video to get us pumped up for it.
IGN helped kick off the countdown, and there’s also a clock ticking away the days, hours, minutes, and seconds over on the official Jurassic World website. The trailer is set to debut on NBC Thursday, November 27, during the network’s holiday football presentation.
Related Story: Jurassic World Viral Site Bids You Welcome
Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star in the film.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
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Out of Universal UK comes the second teaser trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, this time promising a trailer this coming Thursday! It’s also the first time we see actual footage, which includes a flock of dinos (another homage to the first film), and a bizarre futuristic transportation pod that looks like something out of “South Park” (I still think it’s cool).
The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.
This time Universal Pictures will be opening the actual park. If you’re curious what the new park has to offer, check out these leaked brochures!
With all the turmoil currently going on in “Sleepy Hollow,” you have to wonder if it’s safe anywhere anymore. One of these clips from Monday night’s Episode 2.10, “Magnum Opus,” attempts to answer that question, and in the other Ichabod remembers the times with Abraham that helped to shape his identity today.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.10 – “Magnum Opus” (airs 11/24/14)
Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) are on a quest to find a weapon of ultimate power to kill Moloch – the Sword of Methuselah – before the Headless Horseman can stop them.
Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars include Neil Jackson as Abraham/Headless.
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After dealing with voodoo last night, in next week’s Episode 1.06 of “Constantine,” everyone’s favorite supernatural detective tackles exorcism head-on. Will he be able to overcome the “Rage of Caliban”? Check out this promo and big batch of photos for clues.
Want to learn more about the ghosts of “Danse Vaudou,” that voodoo ep I mentioned? At the bottom of the page you’ll find a video featuring writer Christine Boylan, who discusses Jim Corrigan, the return of Papa Midnite, and urban legends with the cast and crew.
“Constantine” Episode 1.06 – “Rage of Caliban” (11/28/14; 10-11pm)
A MURDEROUS SPIRIT TAKES HOLD OF A YOUNG BOY — When a young boy is taken over by a malevolent spirit, John (Matt Ryan) must put aside his misgivings over exorcising a child and convince the parents that their boy is not all that he seems.
Charles Halford and Harold Perrineau also star. Laura Regan, Max Charles, and Niall Matter guest star.
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Apparently Wesen don’t celebrate Thanksgiving… while a lot of our favorite shows are taking next week off for the holiday, Nick and the rest of the “Grimm” gang will be riding down a “Highway of Tears” in the upcoming Episode 4.06 of NBC’s popular series.
Check out a preview and image gallery for the ep, which includes a look at a creature known as a Sharat.
Speaking of creatures, below the promo you’ll find a video profile of our Wesen of the Week, the Luison, a wolf-like relative of the Blutbad that is South American in origin.
“Grimm” Episode 4.06 – “Highway of Tears” (11/28/14; 9-10pm)
NICK WANTS TO BE A GRIMM AGAIN NOW MORE THAN EVER — The justification for Nick (David Giuntoli) to become a Grimm again is made much clearer in the wake of the most recent attack against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).
At work, Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a stretch of highway that acts as a staging area for a horrifying Wesen ritual.
In Vienna, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) meets with a completely broken Adalind (Claire Coffee), now ready to be of assistance in finding and retrieving the baby. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) is surprised by the sudden arrival of an old friend.
Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz also star. Toni Trucks, Louise Lombard, and Erik Avari also guest star.
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With V/H/S: Viral NOW on VOD platforms and in limited theaters, Magnet gave us the final art poster that pits a group of skateboarders against the undead. Inspired by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s segment, the poster was created by Evan Yarbrough.
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
Earlier this week the official poster for the Spierig brothers’ Predestination checked in, and now, to ensure God’s will is done this weekend, the film’s trailer has arrived!
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, and Noah Taylor. It will be available both On Demand and in theaters on Friday, January 9th, from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
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“Constantine” returned this week with a mismatched hour. “Danse Voudou” spread its focus a little too thin. The main trio of John, Chas, and Zed all had their own storylines and we had the introduction of comic book character Jim Corrigan (played by Emmett Scanlan) and the return of Papa Midnite. While Jim was a pretty fantastic addition to the show, he wasn’t quite the character we know and love from the comics, but John’s quest against voodoo was a fantastic highlight in an otherwise okay episode.
John, Zed and Chas are in New Orleans battling some bad voodoo when a few deceased individuals make startling reappearances. We’ve got a hacked up model in an alleyway who just wants to show people her scissors. A wayward hitchhiker who causes people to kill themselves, and a dead husband who’s returned to comfort his wife. When Det. Jim Corrigan witnesses a brutal murder in the alleyway (while pissing none the less) he’s tasked with spearheading these bizarre occurrences.
Constantine and Jim don’t get along right from the beginning. Their huge personalities don’t make for the best partners. When the other occurrences randomly rear their heads the group decides to part ways. Zed and Jim take off to investigate the hitchhiker, Chas deals with the model in the alley, and John goes to confront Papa Midnight.
The whole Chas storyline felt awfully forced to give the poor cab driver a storyline for the week. He’s been reduced to a marginal supporting role up until now, and it just seems that they have no idea what to do with him. His storyline amounts to “hey look! This guy can’t be killed!” as he heads into the alleyway over and over to deal with the murderous model. We get a brief backstory to justify her existence and a strange resolution to the story that wasn’t fulfilling at all. However, the scene of Chas painfully dying was a delight. I cringed more than a few times when he was being stabbed with the scissors, especially the final blow in the kidney. But it did little to display why Chas is currently an asset to the team. His big moment was finally asking the model “Do you think your pretty?” which low and behold, stopped her dead. Great detective work, Chas. You’ve really deduced something special.
I was sad to see Corrigan and Constantine split so quickly. But again, their personalities don’t allow them to jive too well. So naturally after Zed’s weird come on about hotel rooms is shut down by John, she takes off to look for the hitchhiker. She leaves herself on the side of the highway trying to prevent another person from smashing their vehicle into a tree. It’s a noble enough cause if it wasn’t so boring. Luckily, Jim rolls up and offers to help her out. You can tell he’s uneasy about the whole experience. It’s put him on edge and you can see it in his eyes. His interplay with Zed is a little flat, if only because Emmett Scanlan is taking his time to settle into a complicated character we’re bound to see more of.
Without diving too deep into spoiler territory. The finale of this storyline made the whole thing worth it. Zed caught a glimpse of something all of us comic book fans were waiting for, and while it wasn’t enough, it has me longing for the next time we’ll see Det. Jim Corrigan.
The real meat of the episode came with Constantine’s uneasy alliance with Papa Midnite. It was excellent to see Midnite’s voodoo not going the way he wanted it too. You could see how he felt about a loss of control, but he wouldn’t concede to John. There was a little bit of competition between these men, and you really felt like they were equals who had different ways of approaching the dark arts. There was a certain vulnerability in either performance that allowed both men to rely on one another to complete the job. It was compelling and all-together awesome when John’s plan didn’t work. It would have been a great I-told-you-so moment for Papa Midnite had it not been for Zed’s solve.
The conclusion to all three storylines had a deceptively simple answer. There was something about it I really loved, in that it was a primal feeling of loss that kept these people around. That the people who lost them couldn’t give them up, and therefore they couldn’t move on. It was a little classic in terms of explanation but it was interesting to offer it after all the work being done in terms of magic and voodoo to try and explain it. It was a nice red herring albeit a complicated one to reach a conventional explanation… perhaps that’s its magic?
With the exception of Chas’ ridiculous conclusion, the episode ended on a really high note that sowed seeds of betrayal in John’s future. We already know about his past failure, and we’re constantly reminded of it. Hopefully John can make a huge mess of this rising darkness before the winter break hits and we’re treated to a major game changer.
I’m still not sold on Zed. So I really hope she’s the one that comes to betray John, or at least John offs her in an attempt to save himself only to be screwed by someone else.
What did you think of Danse Voudou?
What did you think of Det. Jim Corrigan?
What the hell was that Chas storyline… seriously?
Looking for a way to kick off your weekend? How about a third clip from Episode 2.08 of “The Originals,” entitled “The Brothers that Care Forgot,” to go along with the others that were already released? Check it out to see Klaus and Marcel step up their game a bit!
“The Originals” Episode 2.08 – “The Brothers that Care Forgot” (airs 11/24/14)
GUEST STAR CLAIRE HOLT RETURNS AS REBEKAH MIKAELSON — Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) has uncovered her whereabouts.
Convinced that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) would be powerful allies in his fight to take down Esther, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) sets a plan in motion to turn his brothers against their mother. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is conflicted when she and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) stumble upon an ancient ritual that would get their werewolf packs out from under Esther’s control but would require her to make a tremendous sacrifice.
Elsewhere, Rebekah is concerned when she notices something is off with Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes matters into her own hands by turning to dark magic, and Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself at the center of Esther’s dangerous plan. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau & Michelle Paradise.
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With all the Disney fairy-tale-turned-live-action movies coming out, I wanted to look at the darker side of these fables. What better way to do that than by giving you a twisted and deranged version of “Little Red Riding Hood” that features gore, violence, and weed! That’s exactly what you can expect in this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, which is GrimWolf‘s “Little Red”! The video style reminds me of Phil Mucci, although nowhere near as grand and epic. Check it out below and enjoy your weekend!
“Little Red” comes from the band’s debut full length album Lycanthrope, which you can snag via Bandcamp.
Casanova Quinn is spy material, from his combat and espionage skills to his Bond-esque love of women and booze. He is, due to a strange time paradox, his own evil twin. He’s not sure exactly what he’s doing or where he’s going, in a big-picture sense, but he does know that he doesn’t want it to involve his dysfunctional family. This narrative is a prime example of Matt Fraction’s signature self-aware and absurdist humor. It follows the character of Casanova Quinn in and out of time and space, mostly against his will, as he navigates the politics and ethics of various comic-book-acronym-named agencies (W.A.S.T.E., E.M.P.I.R.E., etc) in Casanova Volume One: Luxuria.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: November 19, 2014
Reviewed By: Katy Rex
Collected in a beautiful glossy hardcover, this volume collects EXECUTION DAYS, PRETTY LITTLE POLICEMAN, MISSION TO YERBA MUERTA, DÉTOURNEMENT, COLDHEART, WOMEN AND MEN (PARTS ONE AND TWO), and bonus story I THINK I ALMOST LOVED HIM, of the ongoing series, As a bonus, it includes the backmatter and letters from the creators that went into the original issues, from both the Icon-published issues and the Image-published issues, which they’ve even annotated in some places (nerds). Fraction has even included the titles and some brief descriptions of some of his major influences, both in this work and in life, leading the reader to realize how important and personal this piece is for him.
The art is boldly inked and angular, emphasizing an exaggerated expression of bodies and fucking and explosions. The character designs are more like caricatures of tropes; the femme fatale, the muscleman, the geek. The panel layout is both creative and direct, as the action flows freely from one page to another. The colors are bold, and they don’t always follow the inking, shifting the reader’s perspective.
If you haven’t started reading this yet, this is a great jumping on point. Fans of Fraction’s other work, especially Hawkeye and Sex Criminals, will find a similar tone in this series. If you’re already a fan, this collection features some great extras, with Gabriel Bá’s take on the limitations of cover art, Dustin Harbin comparing lettering to playing the bass in a band, and Cris Peter talking about the advantages of having a finite palette of 45 colors. There are tons of great discussions between Matt Fraction and various other dudes, like Michael Chabon and Howard V. Chaykin.
—Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.com, comicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: email@example.com
IDW Publishing was kind enough to offer us an exclusive preview of “The X-Files Year Zero” #5, which serves as a creative look back at the formation of the X-Files, and their mysterious connection to an informant named Mr. Zero.
The X-Files: Year Zero #5 (of 5)
Karl Kesel (w) • Vic Malhotra, Greg Scott (a) • Carlos Valenzuela (c)
Mulder and Scully have finally come face-to-face with “Mr. Zero” and slowly unraveled a mystery stretching nearly 70 years in the past. But more major twists are revealed as this historic case comes to a close! For now…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
That’s right folks! Funko has finally brought everyone’s favorite FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully to Wacky-Wobbler and Pop life! If you want the whole gang you can even get The Cigarette Smoking Man and an Alien! But let’s be honest, we all just want Mulder and Scully to bring our weird fanboy and girl fantasies to life! And just in time for Valentines Day too!
Get yours in February!
Warner Bros. Pictures continues to work hard on adapting Stephen King’s 1978 “The Stand,” and while it goes through its development hell, plan continue to be shared with fans.
It’s been rumored to be a television series, a three-hour long epic, and even a two-parter. Now, writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) stated on Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On Podcast that the plan is to turn “The Stand” into FOUR feature films.
“I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie,” says Boone. “…I sold [Warner Bros.] on a single, three hour movie… So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months. Everybody loves it. [Stephen] King loves it. $87 million is what it was budgeted at. Really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces… They came back and said ‘Would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said ‘F–k yes!’…So I think we are going to do like four movies.”
“The Stand” is a story of good versus evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
“I loved my script,” Boone continues, “but I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version this way… I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do ‘The Stand’ at the highest level you can do it at with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring.”
Rumors already have Matthew McConaughey pegged for the role of Randall Flag, the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population.
Canadian dark rock band The Birthday Massacre has released an official video for their song “Beyond”, which comes from their newly released album Superstition. The video shows the band members carrying a coffin through the woods in order to perform a ritual to raise the recently deceased.
Make sure to pick up your copy of Superstition via iTunes.
For his English-language debut Late Phases, Spanish director Adrián García Bogliano has done something special. He’s crafted a werewolf shocker that reads more like a revenge/vigilante flick than a horror film. All of the traditional werewolf elements are there – silver bullets, full moons, etc. – but at its core its really the tale of a tired Vietnam vet who was blinded in combat and went dark to the world, including to his family. In his recent films (Here Comes the Devil, Penumbra, Cold Sweat), Bogliano focused a lot on tricks and set pieces, rather than characters and emotion. With Late Phases, it’s all about heart. A torn up heart thrown against a wall spraying blood everywhere, but still, heart.
Nick Damici (Stake Land) stars as Ambrose McKinley, the aging veteran I mentioned earlier. He moves into the quaint retirement community of Crescent Bay, a secluded locale in upstate New York nestled in the bosom of a thick forest. The residents don’t take too kindly to Ambrose’s biting behavior, especially when he pulls a gun on the Stepford Wives-like welcoming committee. Soon Ambrose learns that aggressively friendly old bags are the least of his worries. Crescent Bay has been rocked lately by a series of grisly murders the cops are deeming “animal attacks.” After Ambrose experiences one of these “animal attacks” firsthand, he decides to get proactive on their hairy asses.
He figures the wolves will return during the next full moon in a month, so Ambrose spends the time preparing, training, and digging up dirt on the locals to try to figure out who’s the werewolf. Rather than carry a cane like a regular blind person, he carries a shovel around, which sets his neighbors on edge. There’s a shot of him training with it like a bo staff that gave me goosebumps. You can’t help but root for this blind codger.
Interspersed in this extended training montage are intimate moments between Ambrose and his son Will, played by Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills). The shared history of pain and regret between them make up most of the story’s heart and adds incredible weight to the final showdown. Bogliano gives their tense aging father and son relationship plenty of screen time so that we actually care about them, something horror films don’t pay much attention to nowadays. It gives Ambrose’s rumble with the werewolves real stakes.
Late Phases is certain to satisfy fans of the classic creature features of the ’80s who crave a practical werewolf transformation. The crack special effects and makeup team (headed by From Dusk Till Dawn‘s Robert Kurtzman) put together some wonderfully gory gross-out shape-shifting moments. Sweeping CGI aside, they went practical with werewolf suits and they’re huge and AWESOME. Their faces look more like Critters than wolves, but that’s part of their charm.
As Ambrose, Nick Damici gives a genuinely powerful performance. He plays it kinda like Eastwood in Gran Torino, but with more hard-boiled dialogue to spit out in a thick “fuhgeddaboutit” accent. Embry does a great job acting alongside him as the concerned son wounded by his father’s detached attitude. Their scenes together are terrific and deliver the type of credible family tension that a lot of folks can relate to.
The script penned by Eric Stolze (Under the Bed) offers up a river of clever scenarios and interpersonal moments. The balance between horror, vigilante, and familial issues is handled very well. Bogliano infuses Stolze’s script with the dark and flashy style he’s become known for while also setting an edgy mood early on. The highlight of the film is, of course, the final showdown between Ambrose and the wolves. It plays out in a brutal fashion. It’s not a clean fight, oh no, it’s a real slobberknocker highlighted with loads of “oh shit!” moments as it’s revealed what Ambrose spent a month working on. It’s SO badass.
Late Phases is a tale of hardcore werewolf violence, a tangible father/son relationship, redemption, and a whole lotta heart. It’s funny, brash, and exciting, but knows when to pull back and let the emotion sink in. Simply put, it’s a masterpiece of the werewolf genre because of what it accomplishes on top of the scares, which is deliver a truly emotional, heartfelt story of a father and son. I don’t mean to make it sound all mushy though - Late Phases delivers solid horror thrills and amazing wolf transformations that are bloody, flesh-tearing wonders of practical effects.
What I’m trying to say is do not miss Late Phases or your eyeballs will never forgive you.
Originally published July 2014