We haven’t heard much from you guys about “Wayward Pines,” the new M. Night Shyamalan show on FX, but with Episode 1.02, “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before,” heading our way in just a few more days, we thought we’d share these sneak peeks of the ep along with its synopsis. In case you missed Episode 1.01, “Where Paradise Is Home,” it’s re-airing just before Episode 1.02. Here are all the details!
“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.02 – “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before” (airs 5/21/15; 9-10 PM)
After finding Secret Service agent Bill Evans’ body in an abandoned house, Ethan continues to search for clues with the help of Beverly. Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben decide to go to Idaho to look for Ethan, and Ethan finds out why residents of Wayward Pines always have to answer their phones.
Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Lindsay Hollister as Patricia Evans.
“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.01 – “Where Paradise Is Home” (airs 5/21/15; 8-9 PM)
Based on Blake Crouch’s international best-selling series of books and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, “Wayward Pines” focuses on a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents, whose investigation only turns up more questions. But each question leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?
Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Jarod Joseph as Jimmy; Sandy Robson as Agent Rick Stallings; Danny Mac as Fireman; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Ryan Robbins as Agent Bill Evans; Gary Sekhon as Head Tech; Christian Tessler as Bartender; Malcolm Goodwin as Dr. Bauer.
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“The Strain” has been on our minds lately after word came that a massive open online course (MOOC) based on the show taught by university professors is kicking off soon, and coincidentally, today FX revealed “The Strain’s” Season 2 premiere date.
“The Strain” returns to FX this summer for its highly-anticipated second season on Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning July 12th. The award-winning thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was the most-watched new cable drama of 2014.
As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed.
Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history… and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team. Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable… before they become monsters themselves.
“The Strain” hails from showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse along with co-creators/executive producers/writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, and Regina Corrado serve as executive producers. “The Strain” is produced by FX Productions.
Season 1 of “The Strain” was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series among all basic and pay cable networks in Adults 18-49 (2.4 million). On a Live+7, multi-run basis, “The Strain” received 6.28 million Total Viewers and 3.49 million Adults 18-49 per week.
The rights holders of the Godzilla franchise, Japanese company Toho, have sued Voltage Pictures over the film Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo. It’s described as “Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich.”
In fact, it IS Godzilla, says Toho.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in California federal court, the company claims the filmmakers “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.”
The rights holders point out an August 2014 interview with writer-director Nacho Vigalondo in which he says of his script, “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie, but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed.” Vigalondo is a co-defendant.
The lawsuit focuses on the filmmakers’ efforts to publicize Colossal, which Toho claims have included infringing content. The Godzilla rights holders claim the filmmakers sent an email blast to potential investors, sales agents, and distributors on May 9th pitching Colossal with a publicity still from the recent Godzilla reboot (the complaint includes the pictures you see below) plus a document of “Director’s Notes” with numerous images from official Toho works.
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French filmmaker Bertrand Blier is set to debut an adaptation of his second novel, Existe en Blanc.
Produced by Sylvie Pialat’s Les Films du Worso and Edouard Weil’s Rectangle Prods, the movie will star actress/director Maiwenn (High Tension, The Fifth Element), Benoit Poelvoorde (My Worst Nightmare, Nothing to Declare), and Anais Demoustier (Elles) as well as Gregory Gadebois (The Piano Tuner).
Published in 1998, the book is in typical Blier dark humor, much like his Buffet Froid, the 1979 film featuring Gerard Depardieu and Jean Carmet. SCOPE Pictures, a leader in Belgian film production, describes the story of Existe en Blanc:
As a very young boy, Baudouin Treuttel develops a particular passion for women’s bras, which leads him to stand swooning in front of lingerie shop windows. His family is even weirder. His father refuses to speak or listen and won’t come out of his office or his car. His mother is a beautiful, fragile woman who regularly disappears into her room. There’s also Mathilde, the fat cleaning lady of the house who teaches the precocious boy about the facts of life. Baudouin also walks around with a mysterious Belgian accent that comes out of nowhere, and he gradually starts to murder his mistresses who dare take off their bras in front of him.
Existe en Blanc will debut in Cannes this month and have Valerie Donzelli’s Margerite and Julien, another Rectangle Productions piece, as competition.
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Tomorrow night is the season finale of “Supernatural,” and while we hope that it wraps up the Mark of Cain storyline once and for all, here’s a new clip from Episode 10.23, “Brother’s Keeper,” in which threatening Rowena gets Sam nowhere fast.
“Supernatural” Episode 10.23 – “Brother’s Keeper” (airs 5/20/15, 9PM)
SUPERNATURAL SEASON FINALE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) makes a shocking decision regarding the Mark of Cain that would change not only his life, but Sam’s (Jared Padaleck) too. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) face off, and Castiel (Misha Collins) gets caught in the middle. Phil Sgriccia directed this episode written by Jeremy Carver.
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From our first look at the trailer for tonight’s Episode 1.10 of “iZombie,” entitled “Mr. Berserk,” it doesn’t seem that Liv is too concerned about Lowell’s fate last week; but this inside peek at the ep hosted by executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright gives us a better indication of how she will handle her new beau’s fate.
“iZombie” Episode 1.10 – “Mr. Berserk” (airs 5/19/15)
STEVEN WEBER (“MURDER IN THE FIRST,” “CHASING LIFE”) GUEST STARS — Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a journalist working on a story linking psychotic episodes in a small number of consumers to the energy drink Max Rager. Liv goes straight to the top at Max Rager HQ and questions the man in charge, Vaughn Du Clark (guest star Steven Weber).
Meanwhile, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) tries to help Major (Robert Buckley), who continues to believe he’s going crazy. David Anders also stars. Jason Bloom directed the episode written by Deirdre Mangan and Graham Norris.
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Colossal, a giant monster movie that is currently being shopped around Cannes, is being slapped with a lawsuit, claiming that the film is an outright unauthorized Godzilla film, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway, tells the story of a woman who feels that her mind is connected with a giant monster that is destroying Tokyo. The site says that it’s, “…described as ‘Godzilla’ meets ‘Being John Malkovich’.”
But Toho, the rights holders to the Godzilla franchise, says that the filmmakers, “…are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.”
Some fairly serious evidence comes from comments that Colossal director Nacho Vigalondo stated in a 2014 interview: “It’s going to be the cheapest ‘Godzilla’ movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious ‘Godzilla’ movie, but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed.”
More information can be found here.
The cast for Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 is already pretty impressive, and now comes word that T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife”) is also climbing on board.
The “11/22/63″ mini-series follows James Franco’s Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He finds his mission threatened by love, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), and the past itself, which does not want to be changed.
Per TVLine, Knight will play the recurring role of Johnny Clayton, a salesman in 1960s Texas who can’t quite break up with his estranged wife, Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with Jake. Charismatic but controlling, Johnny confronts Jake in a tense encounter that puts Jake’s double life at risk. But there’s equal danger in what will happen if Jake and Sadie expose Johnny’s own secrets.
Other cast members include Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, Leon Rippy, and Brooklyn Sudano.
The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!
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FOX has just released the full trailer for “Scream Queens,” their new anthology series revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders and is set in a sorority house.
Featuring Jaime Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Skyler Samuels, Billie Lourd, Diego Boneta, Lucien Laviscount, Glen Powell, and guest stars Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas, the new series comes from Ryan Murphy of “Glee” and “American Horror Story” fame.
Murphy’s involvement isn’t a coincidence as “Scream Queens” looks like “Glee” and “American Horror Story” mixed with Scream and Scary Movie. The problem I have is, tonally it’s all over the place – and the acting, atrocious.
Even more so, I would bet quite a bit of money that Jamie Lee Curtis is the killer in the Satan costume, which feels a bit on the nose, doesn’t it? Eh, at least Emma Roberts stars; being that I consider her the hottest actress on television right now, I could watch her in anything.
“Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc, claiming one victim, one episode at a time. Part black comedy, part slasher flick, ‘Scream Queens’ is a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder…or could easily be the next blood-soaked casualty.”
The shock value has run out in Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), which promises to be 100% politically incorrect with its 500-person centipede.
I’m a huge fan of Tom Six’s franchise, being one of the only mainstream critics to get the joke behind the second film. The Human Centipede movies were never intended to be mean-spirited, and aren’t out to hurt the viewer for the sake of shock value. There’s always been a creative edge to them, with some sort of social commentary underlining the insanity. And that’s where things fall apart with Human Centipede 3.
Human Centipede began as a horror franchise with three victims who become assembled by an insane German doctor. It was deemed 100% medically accurate. The sequel entered the “real world” where a psychotic fan recreated Six’s madness, only it was 100% medically inaccurate. Now, Six goes full Inception as the first two films were a work of fiction, and Human Centipede 3 takes place in the real world.
Human Centipede 3 injects us into a prison, which is over budget and destroying the political career of Governor Hughes (Eric Roberts). Dieter Laser, who played the doctor in the first film, is Warden Bill Boss, a screaming sociopath that’s running the prison like a torture chamber. Even while ruling with an iron fist, he can’t keep the prisoners in check, and this makes him even more insane. Laurence R. Harvey returns to the franchise as Dwight Butler, Boss’ meek assistant who is pushing for a prison reform: recreating Tom Six’s Human Centipede films as a prison sentence.
While the latest entry is making a statement about our wasted prison system, the social commentary in razor thin, which hinders the selling point of it being “100% politically incorrect.” Instead of making a bold proclamation, the majority of Human Centipede 3 is filler composed of Dieter Laser screaming obscenities, hurting his prisoners, molesting his female assistant, Daisy (Bree Olson), and forcing her to go down on him.
As “shocking” as this sounds, it’s pretty boring.
Six focusing so hard on being politically offensive that there’s not much time devoted to being disturbing. Part of the fun of the Human Centipede films is how cringe-worthy they are – leaving you and your friends giggling because of how uncomfortable you both are. In fact, Human Centipede 3 takes a step backwards, as the “new” system for assembling a ‘pede isn’t nearly as gruesome or grotesque.
The only thing shocking about Human Centipede 3 is how tame it was, honestly. Maybe it’s because I’ve become desensitized to Six’s magic, but I believe it’s mostly because there’s nothing unsettling about the film – it’s just blatantly offensive.
I give Six props for attempting to further the needle, instead of retreading on the predecessors, but it just doesn’t work. The weird lighting and hammy acting turn Human Centipede 3 into a parody of itself, like something you’d see on a Comedy Central skit.
After years of being playfully assaulted by Six, this time he’s delivered something that’s 100% boring.
Lindemann, the project made up by Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann and Pain mainman Peter Tägtgren, have released a short teaser for their upcoming “Praise Abort” video, which will premiere May 28th via SkillsInPills.com.
The teaser shows sperm descending upon an egg, the mitosis that ensues, and then shows an ultrasound of a baby while pigs squeals sound over the images. It ends with Till’s mouth grinning devilishly as he pronounces, “I like to fuck!”
The debut album, Skills In Pills, will be released on June 23rd. You can pre-order it via iTunes.
Goonies never die!
I recently revisited this movie after two decades and I was blown away by how entertaining and smart it is! Meant for kids, the movie is actually fantastic for adults, with witty writing, great sets, and some thrilling adventures. It’s a movie that I loved as a kid, forgot about in my teen years and am now very happy to have found again as an adult.
I want to celebrate the film because I just love it and feel like it deserves some damn attention! To do so, we’ve got a quiz lined up for you that asks the question many of us thought when we were young’uns: Which ‘Goonies’ Character Are You?
I got “Andy”, which states:
Andy—short for Andrea—is a bubbly cheerleader and knows what she wants. She might seem like a snob sometimes, but she can rally and help her friends when they’re in trouble. And her creative piano playing skills help them out of a sticky situation!
Take the Goonies quiz below and let us know how you did!
In this new clip from Fox’s Poltergeist, in theaters May 22, we see the revamped scene in which a clown doll becomes possessed. Do you think it’s as scary as Tobe Hooper’s original?
Check out a clip in which Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell) catches a glimpse of a shadow, presumably his kidnaped daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements), by clicking here.
Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take on Poltergeist, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
In Poltergeist, Raimi reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
While many people are caught in an argument between whether or not it was Tom Hardy or Charlize Theron that was the main character of Mad Max: Fury Road, I’m that guy who’s saying, “Give me more cars!” Honestly, the vehicles, in my opinion, were the stars of the film. From their jagged spikes to their Frankenstein-esque builds, they were fascinating warped mechanical demons that tore through the apocalyptic wasteland, roaring lie a choir of damned souls.
In a featurette that was premiered by Jalopnik, production designer Colin Gibson and director George Miller explain how the cars in the film came about. Apparently 130 cars were produced for the film, many of them completely and utterly destroyed during production.
It’s a great behind-the-scenes look into what many are calling one of the best actions movies ever released.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Ever feel like your kids are possessed by the Devil? Or other people’s kids? Well you’re in luck, as horror directors have cornered the market on such things, from The Exorcist to Insidious. But hey, why not take a worn-out fad like the POV shakycam “found footage” and mash them together in hopes that something good will come of it? Okay, in all honesty, maybe something cool will happen and the negatives will be cancelled out in favour of an interesting take on the whole genre? Maybe Infernal will be that film?
Sophia (Heather Adair) and Nathan (Andy Ostroff) have an autistic eight year old daughter named Imogene (Alyssa Koerner). After becoming increasingly disturbed by Imogene’s equally-disturbing behaviour, the couple confide in their family therapist (Lisagaye Tomlinson), who suggests that they begin monitoring Imogene’s behaviour via the use of camcorders. However, as they begin monitoring Imogene’s behaviour, strange and unexplained happenings begin occurring, increasing in severity to the point where things take a demonic turn.
As much as I’m becoming to loathe found footage films the more times that I see it, I will say that Infernal does offer some cool moments through the use of the trope, namely the demonic figures that come out of Imogene’s closet. While it’s not as creepy as it should be (the lighting of the creature ruins its scare factor), it’s a nice attempt. I also have to give credit to the actors for being able to work with what they were given. Andy Ostroff was able to play the conflicted, compassionate father effectively, even though the character’s writing and the script in general left something to be desired (more on that later). Also, writer/director/producer Bryan Coyne was able to find a child actor in Alyssa Koerner that displayed enough competence in the role that didn’t reinforce my views on child actors in mature films.
Okay, I said all the nice things I could about Infernal. It’s not much of a stretch that I’m trying to hide my disdain for spending over 100 minutes on this film. First off, the found footage gimmick in this film is stupid. It make little sense contextually with the rest of the film. For example, who films themselves packing boxes with the idea of them watching it later? Who films a doctor’s appointment? Why is it that the camera “coincidentally” captures the moments required by story and plot advancement? Oh, and the idea that these recordings later on will be used to help monitor Imogene’s behaviour? There’s no real point, as Nathan only views the footage once, and that’s not even after we have the demons poking around in Imogene’s room. The whole thing is staged and shoehorned into the film in an attempt to make things “interesting”. And no, having your characters “explain” why they are filming a moment which wouldn’t normally be filmed does not make things better.
Speaking of Nathan, the character ranks up there with Ethan Hawke’s recent dad characters in obliviousness and stupidity. The fact that he can’t decide whether to believe that Imogene is possessed or not is one thing, but the fact that it feels like his indecision is there just to eat up the runtime is another. Speaking of scenes thrown in for convenient story development, the scene involving Nathan teaching Imogene how to swing a hammer doesn’t scream of foreshadowing at all. The other characters aren’t much better off, either. Scenes such as a dinner party are constructed as such to remove any tension whatsoever by showing just one person talking in the shot, while the others are nowhere to be seen. Then there are other shots like Nathan and Sophia arguing with a priest that not only take up just a small portion of the entire frame, but end up leading nowhere since we never see characters like the priest again. It’s just garbage filmmaking with garbage writing.
Infernal pissed me off. Maybe I was in a bad mood. Maybe it was the fact that before this film, I had watched an excellent-yet-depressing documentary on H.R. Giger (which was far more entertaining than this film). I don’t know, all I just wanted was to have a good time. Instead, what I got with Infernal was a boring 100 minutes with a worn-out gimmick hammered into it in order to try and cover up crappy writing and amateur filmmaking. While I know that the actors involved tried to do what they could, you can’t salvage characters that are so stupidly written. Go rewatch Paranormal Activity if you want to see something marginally better, or watch The Omen again or any other child possession film that’s actually worth your time.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be the biggest, longest and most intense in event history, a press release promises.
The event will feature NINE haunted houses – more than ever in event history.
The streets of the event will be filled with MORE SCAREACTORS than ever before. Guests will encounter twice as many “scareactors” than in previous years, who will terrify guests throughout highly-themed scare zones in the park.
Halloween Horror Nights 25 will feature MORE NIGHTS than ever before – running for a record-breaking 30 nights from Sept. 18 to Nov. 1.
Here’s a teaser! Keep up with the event at the official blog.
Artist John Paul Azzopardi is a man who wants to challenge viewers on art and the mediums that can be used to create it. Using bone, Azzopardi has created twisted and chilling pieces that are as macabre as they are fascinating, looking like something that would be seen in an episode of “Hannibal“.
For his “Bone” series, Azzopardi writes:
Bone – is a collection of fossilized structures that explores the gentle temperance located within the constitution of sound, i.e. its very silent centre. The architectural relationship that oscillates back and forth from the simple and the complex to the living and the dead connects space and form, creating existential structures of interwoven silence. The death embedded in its form, its life. This might confront the spectator with a spectre, the simulacrum of itself that stalls, halts being something in its tracks.
A gallery of his works can be seen below. Head to his website for more information and to see more pieces.
Ireland has seen a bit of a revival the past few years in its horror output. There are some forgettable ones and some definite highlights (Citadel, Stitches, Grabbers). Brian O’Malley’s film Let Us Prey is a notable new entry in the Emerald Island’s genre harvest. A paranoid, condensed supernatural thriller, Let Us Prey exhibits brooding visual flair with a story that begins as an engaging mystery, but sadly loses steam at about the midway point. There’s a lot to like here, but that gripping sense of mystery the first half does so well gets lost in its bloody, feverish final chapter.
After an ominous opening credit sequence, we meet by-the-books Officer Rachel Heggie, who has just been transferred to a remote town where things are done a little differently. Pollyanna McIntosh, the impressive lead in Lucky McGee’s The Woman and Simeon Halligan’s White Settlers (which I really enjoyed), is a really compelling actress to watch. She can talk the talk but she’s even more absorbing during her silent moments – when she’s got that look of icy calculation.
On her way to the station, a stranger walks through town and is struck by a car. Rachel runs to his aid only to find the man has vanished. Shortly after, the man appears at the police station and brings a hefty atmosphere of paranoia with him. As this stranger stirs the pot, the small town’s dark secrets begin to surface.
The first half of Let Us Prey has an air of mystery that really gets under the skin. The eerie photography and presence of the bearded stranger enhance this atmosphere and once all of the main characters are set into motion, the real mystery begins.
The whole cast does a top notch job bringing weight to the intrigue, with expressive glances and smirks that belie their intentions. Best known for his role on Game of Thrones, Liam Cunningham delivers an intimidating performance as the stoic stranger who sets the gears in motion. As shit wildly begins to hit the fan, Cunningham keeps his calm demeanor and a gaze that could pierce Kevlar. I wish the script by David Cairns and Fiona Watson gave him a little more juicy material to play with, but for what he’s given Cunningham kills it.
Rachel’s exacting approach to police work does little to impress her new boss, Sergeant MacReady (Douglas Russell), who’s awfully defensive about his little police station. Russell (A Lonely Place to Die, Valhalla Rising) gets to unleash with a truly crazy performance, though the source of his insanity is a wee bit ridiculous.
As Let Us Prey gets progressively more absurd and madly violent, it remains a visually engaging film. Unfortunately that strong sense of mystery the first half maintains so well is pretty much shattered by a climax that doesn’t feel nearly as inspired as the rest of the film. It’s certainly worth a watch, however, thanks to its moody atmosphere, performances, and really, really sharp photography. Just don’t expect any mind-blowing revelations at the end and enjoy the ride.
“What exactly is supposed to be following you?”…. “I don’t know.”
David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows arrives on Digital HD July 3rd and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand July 14th from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.
The many special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include a critics’ commentary, the featurette “A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace” and a Poster Art Gallery.
“Maika Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”
For those who have seen It Follows, read what the director had to say about the finale.
As we keep pushing on you: I gave It Follows a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.
Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain: Season 2” will be returning to FX on July 12th at 10pm EST. The second season continues the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his quest against “The Master”.
The second season synopsis reads:
As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team. Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable … before they become monsters themselves.
The Strain hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle and Regina Corrado serve as Executive Producers. The Strain is produced by FX Productions.
You can see our coverage of season 1 here.