“Gone Smooth” has one of the best cold opens I’ve ever witnessed. We’re given the intimate details of how Herr Eichorst puts himself together accompanied by a piece of classical music that makes everything feel elegant. The old Nazi bastard needs a lot of work and the cinematography lingers on closeups and uses a soft focus until it reveals its full hand in a horrifying fashion.
The CDC is now an interested observer in the whole affair. The military has taken the surviving passengers and Jim begins to lose his shit. Sean Astin gives his best performance yet, but he’s still a patsy who’s getting pushed around in almost every scene.
This episode belongs to the survivors from the plane. Who we watch as the virus starts to take greater hold on their bodies. The physical transformation is happening at an alarming rate, and thanks to the cold open we know what to expect, but the transition isn’t pleasant.
The pest control services desk is bombarded with calls. Vasily gets a weeks worth of extermination requests in one day but despite having a list of places to go, he’s got to see some asshole stock broker who comes first. The story again serves to show why Vasily will be the best man on the ground as this outbreak really kicks into high gear, but moreover it shows that he’s the only one close to actually figuring out what’s going on.
The CDC only spend a few moments wondering why an entire morgue of bodies disappear before going back to see their favorite airline pilot. He’s got those nasty worms in him, and Captain Redford isn’t going to make it. Ephraim gives him false hope, showing that he’s either compassionate or an asshole.
Jim’s whole struggle feels way too convenient to be believable. His struggle is a classic storytelling device to show a man torn between his good nature and deceiving his work to help the woman he loves most. I just don’t buy it and it feels forced. Hopefully he gets a swift and painful death.
Abraham Setrakian gets a little more screen time this week and we watch as he plays a feeble minded man who is capable of so much more. David Bradley gives a great performance with his bold confidence and foreboding nature. He’s just too busy selling doom to those who won’t listen. He sounds slightly insane but we know he’s the only one who’s actually got the hang on what’s going on.
I wish I could care about Eph’s family troubles but we don’t know enough about his relationships other than the fact their broken. Child actors are such a horrible plight in television, they never feel like real characters and every line of dialogue feels melodramatic which isn’t helped by the somber music in the background. All the dialogue here is groan worthy and it’s the worst part of the show so far.
Right about the halfway point this week is where I can pinpoint a distinct change in tone for the show. Eph’s family struggle is behind him. Abraham is done sowing doom, and the survivors really start to fall apart. Everyone starts poking a little too much and the true nature of virus starts to rear its ugly head. It’s not particularly terrifying just yet, but builds to an incredible last ten minutes as everything converges into a point of no return.
The coverup of the airline is cemented. The survivors transformations are grisly, and dizzying. Which leads into a final scene where Jim stupidly approaches a full blown vampire Captain Redford. It leads to a great demonstration of the Vampire’s physiology and power in the series that people have been waiting for and gives way to a perfect final shot that gives us the most terrifying visual of the series thus far: Corey Stoll’s insanely tussled hair piece.
- The dick falling off – gah, really got to me. Every man’s worst nightmare.
- Wanted the little girl vampire to jump out, but the scene in her house was good enough.
- Vasily is still the best story here by far.
- I still hate Nora. Is it possible her acting got even more wooden this week?
What did you think of “Gone Smooth?”
Lucky for us (and you!) just as we were starting to recap yesterday's SDCC "Grimm" panel, NBC put the whole thing up online, including the Monroe/Rosalee wedding tribute video that premiered at the show and word that in Season 4 we'll see a chupacabra Wesen!
There are quite a few scoops on the upcoming fourth season, and here are some highlights. The eternal question of whether or not Wu will finally be admitted into the inner circle, however, remained unanswered yet again.
Series co-creator Jim Kouf said regarding where "Grimm" is heading this year: “We keep writing ourselves into corners, and then we have to figure out how to get out of them.”
One of those corners is the fate of Renard, and Sasha Roiz said of the Captain's apparent demise: “I think we’re gonna try to find some sort of interesting way to bring him back to life.” We'll also meet his Hexenbiest mother for the first time.
And what of Nick's lost powers? Star David Giuntoli called Portland's other resident Grimm, Trubel, his "seeing-eye Grimm, which is nice," adding, "I would hope I get the powers back on some level.”
Kouf's partner, co-creator David Greenwalt, says of Adalind's missing offspring: "There will be some baby seen, that's for sure."
One of the show's biggest mysteries, those bloody keys, will continue for a little while longer. Greenwalt teases, "There'll be another key this year, and in year 5 for sure, we will answer what those damn seven keys mean and what they lead to."
"Grimm" Season 5 premieres Friday, October 24th, 9/8c on NBC.
While a freak thunderstorm blew through San Diego (Chuck? God? Was that you?), "Supernatural" fans were treated to another rousing SDCC panel thanks to stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard and showrunner Jeremy Carver.
First Jensen took the stage with a clip from Episode 10.03, which he directed, showing the first time the Winchesters are reunited after Dean is turned into a demon. Look for that to hit online soon; we'll update the story once it does.
Ackles explained how we can know Dean really is a monster: Demon Dean (DD) doesn't care about the Impala as much as real Dean. He continued, "[It] is actually Dean's soul that is twisted. It was interesting trying to make it a different character but, at the same time, be the same character — but twisted and demonic."
Meanwhile, "Sam digs into how to rescue his brother," Carver said. The theme of the season is "the idea of these brothers questioning who the real monster is... it's great and it's exciting and emotional and fun."
Padalecki is happy to see his compadre tackle DD: "I've played all freakin' sorts of Sams so it's a real joy to get to see Ackles flex those same type of muscles."
Collins brought the crowd up-to-speed on what's up with Castiel when we return in the fall: "Early on in the season the most important thing for Castiel is trying to help get Dean patched up. He's more concerned about that than recovering his own powers."
And Crowley? Newly anointed series regular Sheppard said of whether or not Crowley has control over DD, that's something he would like to explore over the "three or four seasons to come."
Carver described the upcoming 200th episode of "Supernatural" as "musical-ish. Beyond the songs, it's very much what we consider to be a love letter to the fans." We can also expect the season premiere to have a heavy dose of music with singing and "rump-shaking." Ackles teased, "Apparently Demon Dean likes to karaoke, or does he?"
Padalecki thanked the fans, some of the most loyal you'll find anywhere, for their support over the past 10 seasons. "We would not exist if it weren't for you so thank y'all very much," he said. He also got everyone's hopes up when a fan asked about the possible return of Kevin. "You're more likely to come back on 'Supernatural' if you die than if you survive," he exclaimed.
Shortly after that, Kevin Tran himself (Osric Chau) stepped up to the mic, whipping off a disguise and posing the question: "So, when does Kevin come back?" Carver was noncommittal, but Jensen vowed, "We'll never forget!"
With Castiel's trenchcoat wardrobe being inspired by DC's John Constantine, what does Misha think about the character now getting his own series on NBC? Collins threw down the gauntlet: "Granted, we did plagiarize the look from the [comic book] Constantine, but I figure we've got squatter's rights now - it's our wardrobe!"
A sore subject with "Supernatural" fans is always the depiction of women on the show. Any new female regulars on the horizon? "You can expect a very healthy dose of very strong, very powerful female characters - new and returning - this season," Carver promised.
As usual things wrapped up with a look at the gag reel from the Season 9 Blu-ray/DVD set, and with that, we were done!
The "Supernatural" Season 10 premiere airs on Tuesday, October 7th, at 9 PM on The CW.
You’re running... running down a debris-laden alleyway. You reach your car while in a world of panic and pull at the handle, only to see yourself in the driver’s seat, staring back at you in cold deadpan. And oh yeah, a guy with smoke for a head.
Hit the sink and splash some cold water on your face. You’re having a nightmare, at least watching one, in the form of a teaser trailer released at Comic-Con for BioWare’s mysterious new IP.
The trailer is titled Shadow Realms and suggests the developer of the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series is moving in a new, very horrific direction. The trailer ends by asking, “What really happens when we sleep?,” suggesting the game will have the feel of playing through a nightmare. Anyone who has woken up panting in a drenched cold sweat after going toe-to-toe with Freddy Krueger will tell you the possibilities of this realm are limitless.
This game could possibly be the new title BioWare briefly mentioned at this years E3, of which Bioware’s executive producer, Casey Hudson, told IGN: “…we want to build a world that is as big and as imaginative as anything we’ve ever done,” suggesting this won’t be some simple dream but a full-on nightmare world.
The video came courtesy of the game’s new teaser site You’ve Been Chosen.
Horror truly has a home at Comic-Con, especially the zombie-filled killing machine that is The Walking Dead. Just a short day after the teaser trailer for Season 5 of the TV show was unleashed on the unholy horde of cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con...
...Telltale Games has confirmed the third season of their The Walking Dead video game series.
The previous titles in the series have been released as downloadable games for last-gen consoles. No word has been given if gamers who have upgraded to the more current hardware will finally have a chance to explore the world of The Walking Dead.
Not even a release window was given for the next season, and Telltale is still busy working on Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones games, both slated for 2014 releases. Pundits believe the game won’t be out until 2015.
Telltale Games recently released Episode 5 of Season 2 of The Walking Dead and concluded their series The Wolf Among Us, based on the Fables comic books, to a very warm reception.
We told you during our continuing coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con that Ivan and Sam Raimi are working on developing an "Evil Dead" TV series and that franchise star Bruce Campbell would be involved somehow.
Late last night The Chin himself was addressing fans via his Twitter account when he dropped the news that the plan is that he'll be starring in the series. Check out the tweet conversation below and make of it what you will.
Campbell has been known to say lots of things only to recant a short time later so break out that grain of salt, kids! Nothing is solid just yet!
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
With practically no dialogue, the teaser trailer for Skybound Entertainment's AIR debuted at SDCC this weekend, and we have it for you right here along with a few highlights from the panel.
Director Christian Cantamessa described the film to the crowd assembled for Skybound's presentation, "[It] is full of hope. It's just my way to kind of give hope that there is a future, and the best way to experience it is maybe seeing the other side first, and then you can appreciate what you've got."
He added, "I think the best science-fiction is talking about our society and our world."
Co-star (with Djimon Hounsou) Norman Reedus said, "I'm really excited about this film. Christian's going to be a great director, I can tell."
Kirkman explained the setup, "Norman and Djimon are playing maintenance workers in a makeshift cryogenic facility in a missile silo that was put together in a hurry because the air has become poison." The facility is full of important people meant to restore society, and Reedus and Hounsou's characters have a "very limited amount of time to do maintenance."
Reedus previously stated how claustrophobic AIR is, a feeling he experienced from just reading the script. When discussing how he was able to maintain such a claustrophobic feel, even with all the people and technical elements needed to produce the film, Cantamessa, who co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Pasetto, said, "We didn't shoot with a massive crew. Everything was fairly intimate. We tried to build the sets in real locations to keep the atmosphere as real as possible and as claustrophobic as possible."
AIR, slated for a spring 2015 release, stars Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou, and Sandrine Holt. It's directed by Christian Cantamessa and produced by Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Chris Ferguson, and the Sinister/Insidious team of Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and exec producer Bailey Conway.
The fate of Damon and Bonnie was up in the air following the Season 5 finale of "The Vampire Diaries," and the show's SDCC panel on Saturday did little to shed any light on what's in store for them in Season 6. They didn't even bring a trailer...
But they did bring this ingenious - and truly funny - video starring Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham wondering if they've been cut from the series. It features all their cast mates commenting on their predicament, and even Klaus adds his 2 cents.
It was a scaled down panel compared to previous years with just the aforementioned Ian and Kat plus Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and exec producer Julie Plec, although Matt Davis did pop up in the audience. Digital Spy provided a play-by-play of the presentation, and here are the highlights:
With regard to our two stranded frenemies, Plec said that that anyone who's died doesn't have the opportunity to come back, which is both good and sad. This will result in a "few different dynamics," according to Graham.
The time jump is four months, "big choices" have been made, and some characters are handling the change while others are still struggling. As for Alaric, after getting permission from Plec, Davis told the crowd that he's living outside of Mystic Falls, having compelled his way into a teaching job at a university. Plec gave us some hope of a romance for the fan favorite college prof: "I think people do get naughty in our universe, and if anyone deserves a little naughtiness, it's probably Professor Saltzman."
Don't look for Elena to find comfort from yet another man - or get back with Stefan. Dobrev said that would mean Elena's love for Damon wasn't real. But Elena is "not in a happy place" and has a "confusing" way of dealing with her pain. Even so, she's accepting of a relationship between her ex Stefan and her BFF Caroline. Otherwise, she would be a hypocrite considering she dated both brothers. "She kept it in the family!" Nina joked, and Paul added, "He [Stefan] deserves some action!"
During the 2014 SDCC panel for "The Originals" the day before, Plec was asked about potential crossovers, and of course the topic came up again here. She said they're always talking about the possibility, but it's logistically a "nightmare" so they don't want to make any promises yet. If they can make it work, they will.
What will happen to Bonnie and Jeremy's romance? Will he find someone else? Plec defended Jeremy's right to do so, reminding everyone that Bonnie called him to say she was dying and then hung up. Somerhalder pointed out that Bonnie's "stuck on the other side with the horniest guy on television!" Everyone will keep telling Jeremy to move on, Plec added, but he feels nobody understands what he went through. Elena and Alaric have to help when neither of them can enter Mystic Falls and Jeremy tries to keep his distance.
Lastly, what of our favorite newbie, Enzo? Will Alaric be jealous of his friendship with Damon? Julie said that while Enzo has charm, he also has a talent at pissing people off. Alaric, however, will think he can see through him.
"The Vampire Diaries" Season 6 kicks off on October 2nd. For more info in the meantime, visit "The Vampire Diaries" on CWTV.com, "like" "The Vampire Diaries" on Facebook, and follow "The Vampire Diaries" on Twitter.
There’s a pretty great video below that shows composer Bear McCreary in the studio conducting an orchestra with footage spliced in of the upcoming TV series Constantine, all overlain with the theme of the show. The music has a decidedly Victorian twist – thanks to the harpsichord-esque twang – but is completely modernized with deep bass lines and almost electronic stylings. From the footage shown, it looks like McCreary nailed it with this theme, fully capturing the visual style of the show. Check it out below!
Constantine premieres October 24th at 10/9c on NBC.
“2015 belongs to the Mad!”
The first full trailer for 2015′s Mad Max: Fury Road has been released and it looks insane! Complete with Frankenstein-ed vehicles, destructive car chases, intense violence, and nasty, nightmarish characters, I have a feeling that the fourth entry into the Mad Max series is going to be nothing short of a pure adrenalized thrill ride! Watch the trailer below!
Directed by George Miller, the creator of the original trilogy, Fury Road stars Tom Hardy (Inception) and Charlize Theron (The Devil’s Advocate).
Horror isn’t just full of badass survivors, people who will do anything to make it through a violent, terrifying situation. Sometimes the most interesting and exciting character is the villain, the person who is causing all that chaos in the first place! So what better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than figuring out who might be the most badass amongst them?
Now, I could go with some pretty obvious choices, such as Jason or Freddy, but what fun would that be? Instead, I decided to go with some villains that might not get as much attention. Check out a few of my choices below and and then let me know some of yours!
Trick R Treat – Sam
Y’know why I love this little pumpkin-headed terror? Because he’s all about Halloween. You abide by the rules of one of the greatest holidays ever and you’re fine. But the second you break even a single one, you’re going to die in one of the most horrific ways imaginable. Plus, he gets creative with his kills. Maybe some dismemberment, maybe stabbing someone with a broken lollipop, maybe summon the ghosts of murdered children… It’s all gravy for him!
This is a momentous occasion, Dreadies! The start of a new tradition! Each year Dread Central heads to Comic-Con to make our way though a veritable sea of humanity to bring you the best and most up-to-date horror news possible.
Even though we're still trying to clear our noses of the foul Velcro-like stench of sweaty spandex and body odor (buy some fucking deodorant, will ya?), we wanted to do something special for those one or two people we see along the way who stay with us the entire time.
Maybe it's because of their costume... maybe it's because they made us laugh... but without fail someone will always stand out to us. From now on we shall honor these folks and dub one of them The Dread Central King (or Queen) of Comic-Con.
Below you'll find the 2014 winner plus the runner-up. We salute you two for doing your part to make the event a brighter and funnier place. You gentleman are our heroes of the weekend!
The 2014 Dread Central King of Comic-Con
I didn’t play either of the first two Doom games until long after their release, but when I did it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the series. There’s something about mowing down hordes of demons and zombies with badass, over-the-top weaponry that appeals to me. I’m sure you understand. I also enjoy getting behind-the-scenes looks at some of my favorite games, seeing how they’re made. It’s one of the reasons why I am in love with art books.
Some Doom II monster models were recently posted on Reddit, and they’re all very cool. I’m especially digging the Arachnotron.
If you really need to get that Doom fix, I suggest you check out the Brutal Doom mod that updates the first two Doom games with modern shooter mechanics and an extra coat of gore. The mod will see a new update soon that will up the brutal factor from 10 to 12, with roughly 200% more giblets and severed limbs.
Remember that amazing monster art that was so good I called it some of the best monster art I’ve seen in a long time? Well, because this world has no shortage of ridiculously talented artists with delightfully twisted imaginations, I just found another talented soul who’s capable of creating some crazy good creatures that look like they were Human Centipede-ed from the flaming ass of hell right into Clive Barker’s mouth, who then proceeded to make them even scarier.
Oh, and everything below is the work of Finnish artist Otto Lehtonen. He’s 19, in case you need help feeling bad about yourself.
For more of Otto’s work, check out his gallery.
Another huge story broke late last night that’s keeping me from enjoying the beautiful weather outside (I do it for you!).
Saturday night hosted the San Diego Comic-Con panel for FX’s “American Horror Story” where they revealed the entire cast for the fourth season of FX’s anthology series. Here’s who’s joining the “Freak Show”, courtesy of EW:
Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be playing Ethel and Jimmy Darling. Joining them will be Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupree, Michael Chiklis as Dell Toledo, Sarah Paulson in the dual role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, and Emma Roberts as Maggie (no last name as of yet). Finally, series staple Jessica Lange will be playing a character is named Elsa Mars. Chiklis is playing Bates’ husband…and Bassett’s ex-husband.
They also add that one of this year’s core villains will be played by John Carroll Lynch, pictured below, the great everyguy-psychopath character actor. One of Lynch’s best-known performances came as the possible serial killer Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac; executive producer Tim Minear described the tone of “Freak Show” as “Douglas Sirk meets Zodiac.” Minear also said he will rivaled season one’s Rubber Man, Asylum’s Bloody Face and Coven’s Minotaur, calling the character one that will “scare the shit out of you,” THR added.
Watch for the show’s return this fall.
Back on Friday Sam Raimi broke the news out of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con that he’s been developing a television series based on his The Evil Dead franchise.
He also explained on the “The Last of Us” panel that he and his brother Ivan, along with Bruce Campbell, are currently writing the “Evil Dead” series.
Late last night some mega news hit while I was fast asleep recharging from yet another massive news outing. Campbell responded to a fan, via Twitter, confirming that the intentions are for him to star in said series.
The Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake, which hit theaters in April of 2013, bowed well for Columbia Pictures earning close to $100M worldwide. Said remake is rumored to actually be the third sequel – following The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness – which would eventually tie into the original trilogy. At the end of the movie, they teased Campbell’s return as Ash (below) – does this mean Campbell will play Ash in the new series? Probably. Will it tie into the movie? Hopefully. Will we see another movie? I’d bet on it.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
Are you sick of The Last of Us news yet? Between the upcoming live-action film adaptation — which might star Arya Friggin’ Stark as Ellie — the announcement of even more multiplayer DLC coming later this year and a live performance of the game to celebrate the arrival of the Remastered version on PS4 — this has been a busy week for fans of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece.
Speaking of The Last of Us Remastered, one of the game’s more intriguing features is a special Photo Mode, which allows players to freeze the game at any time by pressing down on the left joystick. This gives you the time to frame the perfect shot before sharing it with the rest of the world.
Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told
“One of the things that we wanted to include was the share mode, especially after we saw the reaction for the inFamous photo mode,” Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. The feature is still being tweaked — probably the reason why it’s arriving in a patch — but they want to make it something that players actually want to use.
The Last of Us has a certain cinematic flair, so I imagine lots of folks taking advantage of this feature.
In related news, sometimes retail copies of certain games get shipped out early. The folks who received their copies of The Last of Us Remastered are reporting that the game has a gargantuan 50GB install. That’s a lot of bytes.
The Last of Us Remastered releases on the PS4 on July 29.
You guys like shaky cam movies, right? Good, because a teaser for the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Batman vs. Superman has made its way online. It’s mostly made up of glowing eyes and man-geeks losing their damn minds, but if the latter doesn’t bother you this is definitely worth checking out. You may want to act fast, because I don’t see this teaser remaining online for long.
Assuming you catch this before it’s taken down, what do you think?
Comic-Con broke with tradition this year, holding a special Saturday night screening with Warner Bros. TV that included the first episode of "Constantine." As part of the event, a new trailer premiered, and we have it here along with a peek at SDCC favorite Bear McCreary scoring the pilot.
About the Show:
"CONSTANTINE" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.
Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.
UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, "The Tudors," "Torchwood") stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.
The "CONSTANTINE" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone ("The Mentalist," "Dexter") and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, "Game of Thrones") is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone with story by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. "CONSTANTINE" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
In news I’m sure no one saw coming, Telltale Games president Kevin Bruner and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman dropped a bomb earlier today on unsuspecting Comic Con attendees. It’s payload? The confirmation that Telltale’s fantastic episodic series The Walking Dead: the Game has been greenlit for a third season.
We still don’t know how the current season will end, but things aren’t looking too good for Clem and friends. If you missed it, you can (and should!) check out my spoiler free review of the fourth episode below.
The second season will likely conclude either in September or October with the fifth and last episode, titled No Going Back.