I’ve been obsessing over John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China as of late, especially since it’s now on Netflix Instant for compulsive streaming.
Thanks to Pop! Vinyl I can now bring my obsession home.
The toy company has created a series of dolls from the 1986 cult classic that allow you to bring the action of Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) to your home. Also included are Kim Cattrall’s Gracie Law character, as well as the various villains.
It’s been three long years since the release of Japanese alt-metal band Dir En Grey‘s eighth studio album, Dum Spiro Spero. Now, after a long wait, the longest in between their albums, the band has come back with Arche, which comes 17 years after their inception. It’s an album that fans, including myself, have been extremely excited for, especially after 2013′s EP, The Unraveling, which gave fresh flavor to old tracks.
In short, this album is pretty fantastic. It’s full of a wide variety of songs, from ballads (“Kukoku No Kyouon”, “Tousei”) to viciously heavy (“Uroko”, “The Inferno”). And even with such a dynamic album, one that takes the listener on a wild ride, each song is uniquely and distinctively Dir En Grey. After nearly two decades of music, the band has crafted such a specific sound, one that is attuned specifically to their style, and it’s exciting and thrilling to hear.
Each track offers fascinating usage of instruments and audio mixing, with guitars panning back and forth, the drums enveloping the listener. Truly, every member stands out, although I found myself particularly paying attention to bassist Toshiya and his flairs and embellishments.
For vocalist Kyo, it’s the eerily groovy “Phenomenon”, which sees the singer warbling and vibrating his voice in near inhuman manners. It’s possibly the most vocally diverse track and it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is quite possibly the most versatile vocalist in the music industry today. He’s banshee, a demon, an opera singer, an angel… He’s all of the above.
I previously made mention of “Uroko”, a track that made me realize that only Dir En Grey can make blast beats sound like they’re part of a Church sermon, all over a backdrop of crunchy, chunky guitars. “Sustain The Truth” meanwhile is a great example of the band’s complex songwriting at work.
The Final Word: At nearly 70 minutes of music, Arche might be a heavy pill to swallow for some. But to those who seek something different and thrilling, Dir En Grey have produced an album that you shouldn’t miss.
Those hoping to see Michael Keaton return to his Beetlejuice role can be both equally excited and disappointed.
Tim Burton and Keaton both talked “the Ghost with the most” this weekend, only they shared conflicting information.
Burton, out promoting Big Eyes, tells CS:
“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”
And then, over at Deadline, Keaton says the opposite:
“Tim Burton and I have emailed about it. We’re both in the same situation (of always being busy on other projects). Neither one of us gets tired of the conversation… Tim says he’s working on something, then goes away for a while. At some point, someone is going to say we really want to do it. You don’t want to fuck it up, so it has to be perfect.”
The one constant is that both Burton and Keaton desire to team up for the Warner Bros. produced sequel that’s been penned by Seth Grahame Smith. The good news to come from this is that Burton would be more in the know than Keaton, who is waiting on Burton to announce as his next project. If Burton thinks they’re closer than ever, this means they truly are closer than ever.
As of a result of the Sony hack, the Ghosbusters news is never-ending.
Columbia Pictures allegedly considered suing Bill Murray into taking a role in the now defunct Ghostbusters 3.
Rebel Wilson has talked to new director Paul Feig about a role in the all-female Ghosbtusters.
Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan are all alleged to be interested in joining the new quartet of ‘busters.
Lastly, Ryan Gosling is both interested and being courted, according to leaked information yesterday.
The latest, once again courtesy of The Daily Beast, has Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt and 21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum teaming for what they call the Batman Begins of Ghostbusters. Oh, and it’s a spinoff to the new franchise…
While we won’t publish the e-mails here on the site, the duo want to turn in a film/franchise that’s both super scary and funny, which is exactly the tone that made the original work so well.
It was also suggested that this gets developed alongside Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, meaning a spinoff could be inevitable.
Thoughts on this bombshell?!
Years after its announcement, developer Robotoki has shed some light on the long in-development post-apocalyptic survival game, Human Element. This is the first time we’re seeing footage from the upcoming game, which follows what’s left of humanity 35 years after a zombie apocalypse. It sort of reminds me of Far Cry 4, but with zombies.
The open-world game will feature a campaign that can be played alone or with up to four people, character customization and a team-based competitive multiplayer in which two teams of five players are pitted against each other in a desperate fight for survival.
Human Element is slated to release next November for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Here’s the full image gallery for The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.
The fright sequel, directed by Tom Harper and stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory, takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.
It opens in theaters January 2, 2015.
“During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the truth behind the Woman in Black.”
The latest footage from the upcoming survival horror game Until Dawn treats us to a staple of the slasher genre: the chase scene. This video has everything a fan of the slasher genre could ever want. Baths are taken, innocents are hunted — there’s even a masked murderer who sounds eerily similar to Jigsaw from the Saw films. This looks like an extension of the footage that was shown off at The Game Awards earlier this month, only it’s a bit more cinematic.
Until Dawn releases exclusively for the PS4 in 2015.
Marilyn Manson has released a new track entitled “Deep Six”, which comes from his upcoming album The Pale Emperor (out January 20th). The track is available as an immediate download when you pre-order the album via iTunes.
I’m actually really digging on this track. The intro totally reminds me of something that Akira Yamaoka would pen for a Silent Hill entry. Overall, I’m finding myself really excited about this new album, which is new since I haven’t been excited for a Manson album since Holywood.
Listen to the track below and tell me what you think!
More gems continue to come out of the explosive Sony leaks, this time with mega news pulled from an email from one of many Sony executives.
According to the site, Fox is planning a Xmen and Fantastic Four crossover film.
Fox’s new The Fantastic Four is set for release on August 7, 2015, and will follow the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” story arc. Bryan Singer is once again directing the X-Men with Age of Apocalypse. There have been no connections between the universes, although it’s been said this would be the final X-Men film in the “new” trilogy. Maybe that’s where Fox will begin to create their own Avengers-style universe?
Part of the same story, it was revealed that Sony apparently has big plans of their own for Spider-Man, although they don’t appear to be able to see through their own fog. They want to re-reboot the franchise, while also giving Venom his own story, as well as the Sinister Six.
A lot has to go right for that to work, but the wheels are turning…
Either going to the movie theater or popping in one of my horror favorites at home, I’m all about having a snack to go with my movie watching experience. Sometimes I’ll be lazy and grab something really simple and basic and sometimes I’ll go all out and dive into a kitchen frenzy, whipping up some of my favorite treats!
I’m going to share with you some of my personal favorite snacks and, if needed, share the recipe to make them as well! Then, once I’m done here, why not tell me some of your favorites in the comments!
Before I cower in the corner to hide from the wrath of Godzilla fans, I’m excited to share the official teaser poster for Attack On Titan, the live-action adaptation of the awesome anime that’s now on Netflix.
Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
In addition to teasing one of the Titans on the new one-sheet, the entire cast has been revealed for Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese film in a series of banners. There will be a wide variety of new characters, which is pretty exciting. I’d say I’m more excited for this than anything else, and that includes Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Oh, and just wait until you see how big this Titan is…
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
Just yesterday we shared a bunch of shocking Ghostbusters news, all of which came out of the ongoing Sony leaks.
It was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan were all interested in joining the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which is to be directed by Paul Feig.
Even though the ‘busters squad is all chicks, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any male leads. In fact, another leaked batch of Sony e-mails share one huge name in contention.
Via The Daily Beast, a lengthy email exchange between an exec at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and a talent manager who represents Ryan Gosling, details the exec and star’s lovey-dovey relationship. A fwd of the e-mail had a Columbia Pictures executive reveal that Gosling is interested in joining the new Ghostbusters. Furthermore, it was also leaked that there’s only one real male tole in Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, which sort of flips the original on its head.
Ryan Gosling is one of the hotter stars coming off Drive, although his resume isn’t gushing as much as we’d think. Maybe that’s why he’s so interested in joining the project, unless of course the script is that damned good (knowing that it’s attracted Jennifer Lawrence’s interest speaks volumes).
More as it comes in. What do you think of all the potential casting being reported on?
Major news broke last week when it was announced that both Emma Robert and Jamie Lee Curtis would topline FOX’s “Scream Queens” anthology series.
The 15-episode hourlong comedy will premiere in fall 2015, with season one revolving around a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders.
Vulture caught up with Roberts, who is reteaming with “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy on “Scream Queens,” who reveals tonally it’s similar to “Coven.”
“The show itself is more comedy,” Roberts told the site. “I literally was crying laughing when Ryan [Murphy] was telling me about it, and telling me some jokes on it.”
More details will be worked out in the next month, but Roberts suspects the vibe will be quite “Coven”-like: “It going to be a lot of girls, and it reminds me of ‘Coven’ in a way that it is just like having all that female energy on set.”
More than anything, Roberts is excited to continue working with Murphy. “I pretty much will follow Ryan Murphy anywhere, because I just love the worlds he creates. When he told me about this, I was like, ‘When do we start?’”
Roberts is set to topline the comedy, with a second young actress set to co-star. A casting breakdown indicates the series will center on three young women, Curtis’ role and a father.
Syfy’s “Z Nation” arrives on DVD on February 10, 2015.
“‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.“
“Z Nation” stars Tom Everett Scott (“Southland”), DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Keith Allan, and Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz”). The show is executive produced by Karl Schaefer (“Eerie Indiana”, “The Dead Zone”), who is also the showrunner.
Preparing for the ZN1 Virus: Z Nation Concept and Development
Race for the Cure: The Making of Z Nation Season 1
Making of a Znado and More: Behind the Visual Effects
Creating the Gore: A Look into the World of Synapse FX
Music of the Apocalypse: Making of the Z Nation Score
Z Kill Reel
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In the works since this past February, there’s now a trailer for Terry Zarchi’s Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave, featuring Meir Zarchi, Camille Keaton, William Tasgal, Gary Needle, and more.
36 years after the making of the controversial 1978 cult classic I Spit On Your Grave, actress Camille Keaton will appear on screen with director Meir Zarchi in an upcoming documentary, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Day of the Woman a.k.a. I Spit On Your Grave was inspired by Meir Zarchi’s experience with a victim of rape. After stumbling upon a teenage girl in a park in the aftermath of a violent assault, Zarchi began to imagine how a woman in this situation might fantasize about revenge. Moreover, he wanted to depict to the audience the real horrors of rape.
The story follows Jennifer Hills, (played by Keaton), a magazine writer from New York City, as she retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead. But Jennifer is alive. Emotionally destroyed, she no longer writes her novel; instead she finds herself choreographing a horrific revenge scheme to inflict punishment on her assailants.
Upon its theatrical release in 1980, the movie was described by the late prominent film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as “Easily the most offensive film” they had ever seen, yet hailed by others as a cinematic masterpiece. The debate continued as the movie was pulled from theaters in the United States, then branded a “video nasty” in the United Kingdom and placed on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ list of prosecutable films. Still, 36 years later the film continues to attract both praise and negative criticism and has even spawned a remake in 2010 and sequel in 2013.
Now in production, the I Spit On Your Grave 1978 Documentary will reveal some insight into the madness and the man behind it all. Created by Terry Zarchi (son of Meir Zarchi, who also played a small role in the film), this project will deliver both a personal and informative view that only someone who grew up with this movie can provide.
“Growing up with I Spit On Your Grave has inspired me to tell the story behind the story.” said Zarchi. “This is perhaps the most misunderstood film of all time and Camille Keaton’s involvement will shed some light on the many questions still surrounding the film.”
After what feels like years on the shelf, Open Road is now releasing The Loft, which stars Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Shoenaerts.
Set for release January 23, 2015, we now have the film’s official trailer and one-sheet, both of which sell the Hitchcockian paranoia.
Playing sort of like Fight Club, there are loft “rules,” which are broken between 5 men who are being taunted by an unknown woman.
“Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.”
The last handful of years haven’t treated some of gaming’s greatest horror franchises very well. Resident Evil lost its way a few times, Left 4 Dead 3 has been MIA, Dead Space and Alan Wake were put on hiatus — soon to be joined by F.E.A.R. — and until recently, Silent Hill was largely assumed dead. Looking at all that, you would think horror was fading into obscurity again.
Thankfully, that’s not the case.
Indie horror is healthier than ever, bolstered by several high profile releases like The Forest, Slender: The Arrival and Outlast as well as a number of upcoming games that are all worth getting excited about. We’ve begin to see this renewed interest affect AAA horror, starting with the imminent arrivals of Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within next month. That’s just the beginning. We have a veritable horde coming next year.
If my guide to the remaining horror games of 2014 left you wanting, this (working) list of releases the genre has in store for us in 2015 should remedy that.Bloodborne
If you don’t mind being broken down over and over again by a game with a thoroughly unforgiving nature that goes a long way in making the occasional victory all the sweeter. Bloodborne promises to be as challenging as the Dark Souls series that inspired it, only now that winning formula has been injected with a dose of horror.
Release Date: February 6, 2015Call of Cthulhu
This past January, Magrunner: Dark Pulse developer Frogwares revealed their plan to make a new Call of Cthulhu. Since then, the game has kept unusually quiet. After the cancellation of the two sequels that were planned to follow Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and the state of limbo that Guillermo Del Toro’s InSane has found itself in, I’m wondering if there isn’t some sort of curse that’s been put on any developer that tries to create a game based on or inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Release Date: TBA 2015DayZ
PC gamers have been able to experience the wonders of getting robbed by strangers at gunpoint over cans of beans for what feels like ages. Soon, PS4 owners will have the opportunity to experience that same joy.
Release Date: TBA 2015H1Z1
Trying to take a bite out of that juicy DayZ pie is H1Z1. It’s more or less the same game, so if you like trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wilderness where your fellow man is infinitely scarier than the walking dead, there’s a solid chance this game won’t disappoint.
Release Date: January 15, 2015 (Steam Early Access)Dead Island 2
With Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager taking the reigns, I have faith they’ll be able to elevate this troubled series. Between its renewed focus on humor, over-the-top action and vibrant environments, Dead Island 2 is already doing a lot right.
Release Date: Spring 2015Doom
After several delays, Doom is coming. We might not have seen it yet, but there’s plenty of folks who have. If id Software’s refusal to place it under the scrutinizing eye of the Internet is any indication of its quality, this may end up being a 2016 release.
Release Date: TBA 2015Draugen
The day before Halloween, indie developer Red Thread Games decided to give us something scary to look forward to with Draugen, a survival horror game that feels like Gone Home meets Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It’s set on the Norwegian west coast, so you can be sure it’s going to look ridiculously good.
Release Date: TBA 2015Dying Light
With Dead Island 2 in the hands of a new developer, Techland was left with some free time and a love for the undead. Rather than try something entirely new, the team is working on improving the foundation they created with the first Dead Island. The result is an incredibly ambitious game with a multiplayer that’s been seamlessly woven into the experience.
And parkour. Lots of parkour.
Release Date: January 27, 2015The Evil Within: The Assignment
The Assignment, the first of three planned expansions for The Evil Within, will follow Sebastian’s partner, Juli “The Kid” Kidman. We don’t know much else about it yet, but I imagine there will be lots of blood, barbed wire and nightmarish creatures — including The Keeper, which has been confirmed for this DLC and the expansion that’s slated to follow it — for us to flee from.
Release Date: Early 2015Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden
This game bums me out. Part of me takes solace in knowing this beloved survival horror franchise isn’t being entirely neglected, but most of me is too busy being frustrated to notice. If ever there was a time to release a quality horror game like this to the world — not just Japan — it’s now. The only reason this game is on this list is because I hope Nintendo just hasn’t gotten around to mentioning an international release yet.
Release Date: September 27, 2014 (Japan) / Possible 2015 release elsewhereHellraid
Originally announced as a last-gen console release, Techland gave us a substantial reason to be pumped for Hellraid when they confirmed it had been delayed to give them time to rebuild the game in a new engine for current-gen consoles. The new-and-improved Hellraid brings together the combat of Skyrim with the brutality of Dead Island, complete with a dark fantasy setting and tons of hellish monsters to battle.
Release Date: TBA 2015Killing Floor 2
Tripwire Interactive hasn’t mentioned an ETA for the sequel to their hit cooperative horror game Killing Floor. When I saw it in action last month, it looked like the game was pretty far along. The mechanics are in and the gore is top notch, but multiplayer games require a lot of tweaking to get the balance right, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Killing Floor 2 arrives early next year.
Release Date: TBA 2015Kodoku
Kodoku looks like a series of nightmares that were induced by a particularly bad acid trip. I have no idea what’s going on, but I like it.
Release Date: TBA 2015Let it Die
Despite being a fan of Suda 51′s wacky work and the worlds he’s created, I haven’t seen enough to get me enthusiastic about Let it Die. It could be a twisted ride that showers us with the blood spilled from our mostly naked enemies, or it could be shallow and use its copious amount of violence as a gimmick. We’ll have to wait and see!
Release Date: TBA 2015Resident Evil
I have two theories to explain why Capcom is re-releasing the Resident Evil remake. I’ve already gone into great detail on the first theory, but I haven’t even mentioned the other. My second theory revolves around the idea that Capcom is fully aware of our desire for a Resident Evil 2 remake, which they’ll get around to doing, but not before they every other Resident Evil first.
Release Date: January 20, 2015Resident Evil Revelations 2
Not long after Capcom announced they’d be remastering the GameCube remake, they also revealed a sequel to Revelations. Their decision to build on a spin-off that’s widely considered to be one of the best Resident Evil games of the last decade. We know it will be delivered episodically, feature offline co-op, is set on a prison island and stars Claire Redfield and Moira Burton — Barry Burton’s daughter.
Release Date: Starting February 17 (full schedule here)SOMA
Last October, Amnesia developer Frictional Games started teasing their next project, the freaky looking horror game SOMA. Here we are a year later and the game is significantly less mysterious than it was back then. Even still, I can’t help but wonder if we’ve only scratched the surface. SOMA looks like a mystery wrapped in an enigma that’s been slathered in gore, modified corpses and face-eating robots.
Release Date: Early 2015State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
State of Decay is one of the better zombie-themed video games we’ve been gifted with lately, and it’s undead hordes are slated to shamble onto the Xbox One in the near future. Other than the still glaring lack of co-op, what’s not to love about that?
Release Date: Early 2015The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886 is set in Victorian era London and follows an ancient order of soldiers with steampunk weapons and gadgets, and their ongoing war with human “half-breeds”, or werewolves. If that doesn’t have you sufficiently excited, I don’t know what will.
Release Date: February 20, 2015Human Element
Earlier this month we were treated to our very first look at the post-apocalyptic zombie survival game, Human Element. Much like The Walking Dead, the zombies aren’t the real threat — it’s your fellow man you should be worried about.
Release Date: November 2015Until Dawn
After going silent for a while, Sony re-revealed developer Supermassive Games’ teen slasher Until Dawn. It’s been improved in every way possible, including a complete reworking of the original script to make it exponentially more terrifying. This game has a lot of promise, and if it’s successful, it could pave the way for more games like it.
Release Date: TBA 2015Outlast 2
Back in October, developer Red Barrels confirmed a sequel to Outlast, their popular first person horror game set in the Mount Massive asylum. If it’s anywhere near as scary as its predecessors, we’ll all need to stock up on Depends.
Release Date: TBA 2015
Remember, this is a working list. 2015 is still a ways off and the unpredictable and always-changing nature of video games means a lot of the above will change, probably more than once, in the coming months. If I missed something, feel free to let me know in the comments.
Bethesda has begun teasing the first of three planned story expansions for The Evil Within, dubbed The Assignment. This DLC will follow Sebastian’s partner, Julie “The Kid” Kidman, as will the DLC that comes after it, which they’re calling The Consequence. I’m looking forward to seeing Juli’s character get fleshed out a bit more, because that wasn’t something we were able to see in the main game. Kidman will return to the spotlight when The Assignment arrives in early 2015.
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For more info on the first two expansions for The Evil Within, head on over to the Bethesda Blog, where they chat with the director of each, Tango Gameworks’ John Johanas.
If you were waiting for Constantine to come into it’s own, then wait no longer. “The Saint of Last Resorts” is a riveting adventure in line with the best issues of Hellblazer, that raises the stakes higher than they’ve ever been in the show, and pushes John to the absolute brink… and let’s talk about that cliffhanger.
The evolution of Constantine from a mere monster-of-the-week paint by numbers ordeal has been a slow one to be sure. But, after this week I believe the show has fully embraced its source material in new and interesting ways.
Zed’s mysterious past takes a few interesting turns and develops quite nicely. As does her relationship with John. It’s not about sexual tension anymore, and oddly enough this makes their interactions much more interesting. They seemingly don’t want anything from one another anymore, and that pushes John to keep Zed grounded at the… fuck it… House of Mystery, or at least that’s my take after this week.
I don’t know how I feel about Zed’s past. Perhaps I’m ambivalent at best. Which is all well and good because she’s the least important part of the story this week. Instead I’ll turn my focus to John.
He receives what amounts to a distress call from an old colleague. This old friend is one part of the infamous Newcastle crew, Anne Marie. She’s so deeply affected by what happened she became a nun. I buy that; her performance is great as her expectations of John come to define each and every scene.
John and Chas search the convent for something that’s stealing babies. Now that I’ve watched the episode twice I see an incredible amount of foreshadowing in the first act that shows exactly what is going to happen in the final moments.
So finally, Constantine takes the darker turn we’ve all been craving. I know that for some of you this won’t be sufficient. I know that this show is on NBC, and could perhaps go further, but for the sake of what we’ve watched previously this is a giant leap in the right direction.
Matt Ryan’s performance in the sewer is nothing short of stunning. Week after week his mix of ineptitude, blind confidence, and actual skill (I know that’s a strange combination) have proved captivating. But his willingness to drown the baby in an effort to goad the demon into playing his game was pure Constantine. He knows the stakes, he knows what he is doing is wrong, but he pushes because he can’t help it.
There, he’s left to bleed out in his own filth betrayed by the last person who you’d absolutely think. Going into this week I was sure that Chas was going to do something to sever ties with John, but it looks as if Chas will be his best mate through and through. We get to see a little more of how he figures into the group dynamic, and how really Chas holds John together at his worst moments.
This week Constantine fully embraced the rich tapestry of it’s source material and managed to create a compelling monster of the week case that begins a serialized push that doesn’t let up when the show returns in the New Year.
What happens next is simply stunning, and pushes the show to a whole new level. I can’t wait for everyone to see what happens next, but for now, you’ll just have to keep reliving those final moments in the sewer. I will say this… pay very close attention to the beginning and end of this episode. They’ll tell you a lot about what’s going to happen next.
That’s it! See you in 2015, with Constantine’s best episode yet.
For those of you excited to see the legendary ape known as King Kong rise again in 2016, you might want to dial it back just a little bit.
Legendary’s Skull Island has been officially renamed to Kong: Skull Island. Okay, that’s not bad. Gives it a recognizable name that will draw people’s attention much faster. But the harsh news comes down that the film has been shifted from November 4, 2016 to Friday, March 10, 2017. Ouch.
The film will star Tom Hiddleston (Avengers) and will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It will see a 3D and IMAX 3D release.
The story, “…will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.“