He opposes gay marriage. He refers to non-Christians as "termites." And now controversial televangelist Pat Robertson warns that horror movies can, and will, destroy your life.
It all began when a viewer of Robertson's show "The 700 Club: wrote in, wondering if recent exposure to a horror film was perhaps to blame for a car accident she got in while on her way home from church.
"I was watching a horror movie the other day [on] the recommendation of others," the viewer wrote. "It was rather strange and awfully macabre. And then this past Sunday, I got into an accident leaving church."
"Did watching that movie cause a curse -- or the Lord's protection to be lifted from me?" she asked. "Did I grieve the Holy Spirit by watching this series?"
Silly, right? Well, Robertson doesn't think so. After assuring the woman that he was pretty confident that a movie wasn't to blame for that particular accident, he went on to say that it's entirely possible for horror films to allow demons to enter your soul and that we should all be careful of the entertainment we choose to ingest.
"A few years ago I heard about a teenage girl who was demon possessed, and people began to deal with the demon and try to cast it out," he recalled. "And you know what the demon said? 'I had permission.' And the permission was granted when this child had gone to some double-X-rated movie, or whatever it was, and had allowed this thing to come into her."
"I know this sounds kind of otherworldly, but that's the way it is," he continued. "So, could it have happened to you? Yes. I don't think it did, but [it] could have."
Check out the full segment below, which is guaranteed to make your blood boil!
It's been a big week for news about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of Garth Ennis' comic series Preacher, which began when the duo revealed the AMC series will remain faithful to the comics. But will the show be as gory and nudity-filled as the comics are?
Let's find out!
In an interview with Ain't It Cool News, Rogen and Goldberg seemed pretty confident that AMC won't force them to take out too much of the good stuff, which quells some of the fears that the move to the small screen will water down the source material.
"We went into AMC last week with Garth Ennis, and I've never felt like a studio or network was more on the same page with us," said Goldberg. "We pitched them, and they said, 'Perfect! That's exactly what we wanted to hear. No notes.'"
"The religious stuff, they're totally cool with," continued Rogen. "The violence, they're totally cool with. The nudity is hard, but we can find ways around that. Overall, it was one of the best meetings I've ever had, honestly."
Though Rogen commented that things will inevitably have to change to make the show fit to air on AMC, he says that Ennis is totally happy with how things are playing out this far and the changes will be as minor as possible.
"He couldn't have been more receptive and couldn't have been more vocal about the fact that he knows there's a core thing that needs to be maintained," said the pot-smoking funny man, referring to Ennis, "but other than that there's a lot of stuff that you can lose."
Rogen went on to say that he and Goldberg are such big fans of the comics that it's going to be hard for them to do wrong by other fans. "I think our tone is honestly directly influenced by the Preacher graphic novels," he said, which should be music to the ears of all fellow fans.
It's certainly music to ours!
A new viral video in promotion of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) is here to make a real mess of things. Look for the flick in theatres and on VOD THIS FRIDAY, March 14, 2014. Check it out, or we will force you to telepathically!
At the helm of the remake is Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), and the flick stars Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow), and Sharni Vinson (You're Next).
When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.
Just released on home video this week was a highly effective indie thriller called In Fear, which marked the feature debut of Jeremy Lovering. The flick totally whet my appetite for more from the filmmaker, and it looks like he may next be remaking a classic. Read on!
In an interview with Fangoria, Lovering revealed that he's currently working on a remake of the 1980 haunted house flick The Changeling, which he recently completed a script treatment for.
"I’m really nervous about it, for obvious reasons," he told Fango. "The original is an extraordinarily good film, and I’ve tried to take a kind of alternative point of view—doing the scenes you don’t see, the ones in between those that are in the film. THE CHANGELING has such iconic, much-copied sequences, and obviously loads of directors, from James Wan to [THE WOMAN IN BLACK’s] James Watkins and a whole bunch of others, happily acknowledge THE CHANGELING as a massively influential film. It’s the same producers [as the original] who want to make it, and it has been a very interesting process, but I’m still trying to decide whether it’s the right thing to do or not."
Lovering says he wrote the treatment after being approached about directing the film based on someone else's script, which he wasn't so keen on doing.
"There was a screenplay in existence that they had already commissioned," said the British filmmaker. "They sent me that draft and it’s very well-written, but it’s not the film I want to make. THE CHANGELING is one of the few movies that genuinely scared me, and it still does, so I didn’t want to touch it at first. But then I started conversations with them and told them I didn’t feel the script. I want to re-engage with it in a different way, and they told me to go write my own screenplay. I was like, ‘I’ll just write a treatment because I don’t know if it’s gonna work for me,’ and I literally delivered it the other day."
Throughout the interview Lovering expressed doubts as to whether or not it'd be a good idea to remake such a classic film, which lets us know that his head is in the right place. "If I just did it as a cut-and-paste, there’d be no point," he says, "but if I can bring it to a new audience, then maybe it could work.”
In the meantime be sure to check out In Fear, which proves that Lovering knows how to convey pure terror!
Word on a new spec script that was just acquired by FilmNation landed online today, and we have the very sketchy early details on the sci-fi/thriller known as Aether.
Per Deadline, FilmNation Entertainment will produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales on the sci-fi thriller Aether, written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. FilmNation is moving quickly, already looking for a director for the British writer’s script.
Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but FilmNation is obviously quite high on it. "I’m astounded by the level of talent and inventiveness we’ve come across from such a young voice," said FilmNation production president Aaron Ryder. "We’re terribly excited to produce this film. We’re also anxious to learn how to pronounce its title!"
Wilson-Cairns initially developed the script with her UK agent and then finished it on spec. It was brought in by FilmNation Director of Development Patrick Chu. Ryder, along with EVP Karen Lunder, will shepherd the project. The deal was done by FilmNation’s Alison Cohen and United Agents’ Marnie Podos and attorney Tara S. Kole.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be working alongside such a talented group of like-minded people," said Wilson-Cairns. "FilmNation makes the kind of movies I love to watch, and I am so pleased we’ve put Aether into their safe hands."
Look for more on this one should it be deemed Dread-worthy.
It's really hard to not get excited about Alien: Isolation, if only because it really seems to be the Alien game that we all want to play. Still, Sega has disappointed in the past so our expectations are pretty tempered. That being said, wow, does this latest video make us drool!
From the Press Release
The latest Alien: Isolation trailer goes behind the scenes in the studio, talking to the team creating the Alien. Terrifying, unstoppable and totally unique, this is an enemy you need to avoid at all costs.
He’s hunting you, using his senses, his instincts, to hunt you down and kill you. He’s intelligent, unpredictable, and extremely dangerous; and nowhere is safe.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive. Alien: Isolation will be available in late 2014 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.
Developed by Creative Assembly, creator of the award-winning Total War strategy series, Alien: Isolation pits players against the deadliest killer in the Universe 15 years after the events of Alien. Set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger, the game focuses on Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, who enters a desperate battle for survival as she tries to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.
As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.
Overcome an ever-present deadly threat – Experience persistent fear as a truly dynamic and reactive Alien uses its senses to hunt you down and respond to your every move.
Improvise to survive – Hack systems, scavenge for vital resources, and craft items to deal with each situation. Will you evade your enemies, distract them, or face them head on?
Explore a world of mystery and betrayal – Immerse yourself in the detailed setting of Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the fringes of space. Encounter a rich cast of inhabitants in a world scarred by fear and mistrust.
Over the past two days we've seen no less than 10 new pieces of artwork for the upcoming Scarlett Johansson flick Under the Skin including this one, of which we have to ask... DOES IT MAKE YOU HORNY, BABY? DOES IT?
In the film Johansson's character scours remote highways and back roads in Scotland for human prey.
Under the Skin arrives March 14th in the UK, April 4th in New York and Los Angeles, and April 11th everywhere else.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
A&E has released a new behind-the-scenes video for "Bates Motel" that goes inside the writers' room to share how the creators craft each moment, what they're most looking forward to in the upcoming season, and more.
The theme this year is "Who Am I?," and exec producer Carlton Cuse promises things are only going to get "bigger and more dramatic... there is humor and wonderful, whacky character moments."
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"Bates Motel" Episode 2.03 - "Caleb" (airs 3/17/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) meets an ally in her battle to stop the bypass. Emma's (Olivia Cooke) memorial for a friend leads to a new relationship.
Norman (Freddie Highmore) falls under the influence of a townie girl. An unexpected family member (Kenny Johnson) arrives in White Pine Bay.
Michael Vartan, Michael O’Neill, Rebecca Creskoff, Michael Eklund, and Paloma Kwiatkowski guest star.
Just two episodes remain in Season 3 of "Teen Wolf," and along with a sneak peek we also have an extended preview of this coming Monday night's Episode 3.23, "Insatiable." Prepare yourselves!
"Teen Wolf" stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, Dylan O'Brien as Stiles, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale, Holland Roden as Lydia Martin, Daniel Sharman as Isaac Lahey, and Ian Bohen as Peter Hale. Season 3B guest stars include Arden Cho and Shelley Hennig.
"Teen Wolf" Episode 3.23 - "Insatiable" (air date 3/17/14):
Kira (Cho) faces an unexpected enemy. Guest starring J.R. Bourne as Chris Argent.
We are not entirely sure how Dread-worthy this flick is gonna be, but being that it stars everyone's favorite paranormal investigating team of Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell along with Hugo Weaving, and the fact that its premise alone makes us ache, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention it.
Or at least show you the poster...
The Mule is directed by Sampson and Tony Mahony and is written by Whannell and Sampson.
In 1983 a naive man detained by Australian Federal Police has lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach. Alone and afraid, ‘the mule’ makes a desperate choice to withhold the evidence… literally. Defying his bodily functions, ‘the mule’ inadvertently drags the cops, the criminals, and his family deep into the bowels of hell, confirming – “it’s what’s inside that counts.”
We're surprised there hasn't been much chatter amongst our readers about Syfy's "Helix." There are just three episodes left, and we're loving every second of it! Here are some photos from Episode 1.11, "Black Rain," to get those of you who are also watching ready for Friday night.
The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."
"Helix" Episode 1.11 - "Black Rain" (airs 3/14/14)
Peter (Napier) leads the Vectors in a desperate final attempt to spread the virus while the CDC scientists work together and successfully create a cure just as their lives come under threat from Ilaria Corporation's deadly mercenaries.
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NBC has released the first promotional image from its "Constantine" pilot, and of course we have a look at it right here for you. Check it out, and let us know your thoughts!
From the Press Release:
As production begins on the new pilot "CONSTANTINE" — from executive producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall — NBC, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment are today releasing the first official image of series star Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine.
“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer.
"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 "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.
Look for lots more soon!
The film The Den (review) brings a whole new, and much-needed, twist to the found-footage sub-genre of horror. Recently director and co-writer Zachary Donohue sat down with Dread Central to talk about his film.
For starters, Donohue discussed what he hoped to convey to the audience with The Den. "This is unlike any found footage movie you've ever seen," he said. "We wanted to create a movie that felt like you were on your own computer screen."
He added, "We wanted to convey this voyeuristic sense that maybe you shouldn't be watching this movie because you're privy to this character's emails, her chats. We really just wanted to tap into that idea of voyeurism."
But more than just peeping in on someone's life, Donohue also wanted The Den to portray the internet as it actually exists. "We wanted to create a funhouse," he said. "This is a movie about the internet, and there's a lot of weird and wild stuff out there. We wanted to generate a lot of scares but say something about the internet right now and present a kinda funny commentary about that. There are some moments in the movie where you should laugh and find [them] funny, not just scary."
The inspiration for the film came from an experience Donohue's writing partner, Lauren Thompson, had that was reenacted quite specifically in the film. "Lauren and I both moved together to LA, and she got a job working for this chat roulette site," Donohue said. "She would go around and poll people about their opinions on the site. So it was a noble cause, but everyone who was on the site was kind of a troll and they would either divert the conversation or just be really weird and silly. She came across this still image of a girl and had a really weird text conversation with her saying, 'Hey, why don't you turn your webcam on? It's a little creepy talking to this disembodied voice...' Well, she was typing to it so it wasn't a voice. She was like, 'This is really weird.' So we just started playing scenarios out in our heads like, 'Hey, what if this is a guy, or what if somebody turned on the camera and you witnessed a murder?' So we really liked that setup. From there we presented it in a traditional slasher formula. And I've always been a big horror guy since I was a kid and always wanted to make a movie like Dario Argento or in the vein of Halloween or The Burning."
Of course the unique thing about The Den is basically the entire film appears to be footage captured on webcams. This obviously would present Donohue with some challenges he wouldn't get if filming in a more traditional style. He spoke about how the webcam approach affected his work. "When we wrote our first draft, we realized a lot of the scares were sort of the same so we had to generate different things as opposed to just a creepy guy showing up behind the girl's shoulder," Donohue said. "A lot of thought went into how we should craft interesting moments that are scary that feel like a traditional horror movie with angles and cutaways. We also wanted to see how we could use the limitations of the webcams to our advantage. It's pretty scary that a lot of times you can't see what's off-frame, and we really wanted to play around with all of the best scenarios for scares with those limitations."
And although it isn't exactly a blood-soaked film, The Den does have some impressive effects. "We did manage to get a few good gags in, but at the end of the day, it was really how can we pull off these violent acts while servicing the story," Donohue said. "It's more about the story; how does the gore serve the story and feel real as opposed to a regular slasher where Jason cuts someone's head off and it's all about that."
Finally, Donohue spoke about Melanie Papalia. She is the lead actress and the face of The Den. There aren't many moments in the movie without Papalia in them so it was important to get just the right actress to play the part of Elizabeth Benton. "The casting audition was very intense because really the movie is all Elizabeth," Donohue said. "So with Melanie we wanted to see if she was interesting when she's not doing much and when she's big, when the scares are happening, can she scream well. That's always important for these kinds of movies. But also, does she bring that intensity that's going to put the audience on the edge of their seats? I'm very delighted that she took the leap of faith because there were a lot of scenes we were doing where it was very bizarre and unnatural. My direction would be like, 'Eyes to the left and imagine there's a thing on the side of the screen. Now move your eyes to the right.' A lot of small things that, when we were done, she'd be asking, 'Was that right?' I'd be able to tell her that it was going to look great, and she'd be really excited about it. Melanie is a very cool person, and she loves horror movies and has always wanted to be in one. It was great working with her because we were both kind of starting out. I'm happy we did this together."
From director Zach Donohue comes The Den, starring Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.
Look for it from IFC Midnight in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 14th, 2014.
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Papalia) logs on to a video chat site known as THE DEN on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.
Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.
It was November of 2012 when we first heard about Michael Aguiar's The Laughing Mask, and an update has finally come along with the film's official teaser trailer and some new images. Check 'em out and enjoy a good chuckle!
From the Press Release:
The Laughing Mask is an indie horror co-production from America and Brazil from writer/director Michael Aguiar and production house Bravestarr Pictures. The Laughing Mask was shot and completed in Florida over a rigorous 28-day shooting schedule.
The Director of Photography, William Schweikert, used a Red Epic camera to capture all of the horrifying imagery, while Daniel Mazikowski (The Sadist) handled all the special effects. The cast is compromised of several rising stars including Fran Rafferty, Inge Uys, Gabriel Lee, Sheyenne Rivers, Matt Ganey, and Thomas Noel Smith.
The film’s story involves the loss of family. Jake has lost his wife to a deranged killer – The Laughing Mask. Now Jake’s daughter is missing, and he will stop at nothing to get her back. Jake must team up with Det. Kate O’Malley in order to find The Laughing Mask’s lair and the madman himself. In darkness a father will face one of the most murderous killers ever known: The Laughing Mask.
Director Aguiar says of the teaser and the film: “My idea for this film was to have a thriller and horror film in the vein of Angel Heart (1987) and John Carpenter’s Halloween; I wanted to keep all the effects as practical as possible. This is an old school horror film, and I hope fans will be pleased with the results.”
The Laughing Mask begins with Jake Johnson. After the brutal death of his wife, Jaycee, and the disappearance of his daughter, Barbara, Jake will do whatever is necessary to capture the man the media has dubbed “The Laughing Mask.” As the corpses begin to pile up, Jake has to find help in the detective skills of Kate O’Malley. Together they will play a deadly cat and mouse game with a killer in order to find Jake’s daughter and avenge the death of his wife. But The Laughing Mask knows of Jake’s desires for revenge, and he has plans of his own.
Look for release details later this year, and for more info in the meantime visit The Laughing Mask on Facebook.
The latest episode of Dread Central LIVE featuring indie horror superstar Bill Oberst, Jr., and director Jourdan McClure is now live and twitching for you cats! Check it out right here and get the skinny on Children of Sorrow and more!
Dread Central Live airs every Monday at 4PM PT / 7PM ET. Be sure to tune in.
Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre.
Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook which may be asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!
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Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have the full trailer for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Lord knows they rarely come as compelling as the story surrounding the West Memphis 3.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, DEVIL'S KNOT recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, each of them a social outsider, quickly found themselves up against a community crying out for justice as well as a lack of physical evidence that led police to believe the murders were carried out as part of a satanic occult ritual. Firth stars as Ron Lax in the film, a local private investigator and one of the first people to support the teens in their defense. Witherspoon plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Together, they allow an uncompromising look at both sides of a town that was torn apart… and will probably never be the same again.
Just when we thought the cast of CBS's upcoming new series "Extant" couldn't get any more impressive, along comes the news that Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., has joined the project.
Per TV Guide, Gossett will play Quinn, the father of Halle Berry's female astronaut character, Molly. Affable but undependable, Quinn, a retired doctor living out his days in an isolated island community, is out of touch with the world and estranged from his daughter.
Best known for An Officer and a Gentleman and "Roots," Gossett is slated to appear in at least two episodes beginning with Episode 1.04.
"Extant" premieres on Wednesday, July 2nd, at 9/8c on CBS.
"EXTANT" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
Goran Visnjic portrays John, Molly's husband; Pierce Gagnon plays their son, Ethan; and Camryn Manheim plays Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend. Michael O'Neill and Grace Gummer also co-star. "Extant" is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank serve as executive producers. Halle Berry serves as co-executive producer.
While The CW is airing repeats of most of its shows this week, "The Originals" is new; and here's a Producers' Preview of Ep. 1.16, “Farewell to Storyville," in which exec producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci discuss if Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah can break their troubled cycle.
"The Originals" Ep. 1.16 - "Farewell to Storyville" (airs 3/11/14, 8-9pm): TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD - Despite Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) rage, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) is determined to protect Rebekah (Claire Holt) while the three of them are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery by a witch’s boundary spell.
Klaus and Rebekah trade bitter accusations until Elijah steps in to reveal a long-held secret from the family’s past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) races to free Rebekah, ultimately finding himself forced to make a deal with Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque).
Finally, Rebekah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) connect over their shared concern for Hayley’s unborn baby.
Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Michael Narducci.
Norman and Dylan's Uncle Caleb checks in to "Bates Motel" tonight in Episode 2.02, "Shadow of a Doubt," and a new promo video has arrived to introduce us to him. Check it out, and be sure to tune in... in just a few more hours!
Caleb Calhoun, Norma's estranged brother, is played by Kenny Johnson.
"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.
The restored Japanese version of the mother of all Kaiju movies, 1954's Godzilla, or Gojira for you purists out there, will be playing the SXSW festival on Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30pm, and attendees will receive a copy of a limited edition Mondo poster in promotion of the 2014 film. Check it out!
From the Press Release
A new restoration of GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.
GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time. Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.
As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.
The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.
GODZILLA became Toho Studio’s #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time. In 1989, a published survey of 370 Japanese movie critics, Nihon Eiga Besuto 150 (Best 150 Japanese Films), ranked Godzilla the 27th greatest Japanese feature ever made.
A new American version of Godzilla from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, directed by Gareth Edwards (2010’s Monsters), will be released nationally May 16.