This is the episode of Salem I have been waiting for all season. The first four episodes of season two have been significantly better than most of what Salem aired during its first season, but they haven’t been able to reach its peak quality. That has changed with this firth episode, titled “The Wine Dark Sea,” which brought Mary and Countess Marburg face to face for the first time.
The stunt casting of Lucy Lawless has undoubtedly increased interest in Salem (even I went back to watch the first season after giving up 3 episodes in when I heard of her casting), and it was clearly a wise decision. Her final scene with Janet Montgomery (who matched Lawless in all her bitchy glory) is one of the best scenes the series has ever aired. Now that most of the cards are on the table the stage is set for a fantastic rest of the season.
Marburg’s plan for Salem isn’t entirely apparent. We know she is interested in Mary since she completed the Grand Rite (something she herself failed to do when Increase foiled her plans), but that’s about it. We did get to see more of her creepy relationship with her son tonight, as they made out again so that he could taste Mary. Oh, she’s also decomposing and must bathe in the blood of other women (witches?) to stay young. You know, standard witch stuff.
The biggest progression of the episode belonged to none other than George Sibley. After Mary continued to promise him treats in exchange for his obedience, George once and for all gave in and began to completely submit to Mary’s will. Michael Mulheren had a great moment in the town hall where you could see him actively deciding to work with Mary, rather than against her. This of course leads to a fantastically creepy moment where he willingly eats the frog Mary must shove down his throat every day.
In hindsight, it was obvious that George was not long for this world, as his compliance would ensure that Mary had too much of an upper hand. Still, it was shocking to see that Marburg had in fact murdered George via her handy dandy human fountain spell. The visual of the frog crawling out of his throat was a nice touch to. This is the ultimate shake-up for Mary, as it cements her placement at the bottom of the totem pole of Salem. Without George’s status to support her, what is she to do? This moment is exactly what Salem needed, and proves that Marburg means business.
Anne gets her own little subplot this week, as she casts a love spell on Cotton after Hathorne asks her to marry him. I must say I was quite upset that this required her to kill Mr. Jenkins, her familiar, though I wonder if that is a bit of a no-no in the witch world. Without a familiar, what kind of witch does that make Anne? I’m constantly surprised by how much I am enjoying all of Anne’s scenes this season. Great job, writers! Though credit must be given to Tamzin Merchant, who has been great this season.
Meanwhile, on the “Mercy Tortures and Eats Isaac the Fornicator” show, Mercy is torturing and eating Isaac the Fornicator. This is the only real aspect of the show that hasn’t clicked this season (even Alden has become interesting again), as Mercy has become more of an annoyance rather than someone I want to see win. Plus, there is no way in Hell she will take down Mary. She just comes across as an ignorant child.
Dollie freeing Isaac from his ties was a refreshing change of course for this particular arc. No doubt this will bring Mercy out into the open and into Mary’s (and Marburg’s) crosshairs. I dare say that I hope we see more of Isaac and Dollie’s adventures. They could prove to be quite the entertaining duo (and a better romantic couple than Mary and John). All of this was such a small part of the episode that I will let it slide.
“The Wine Dark Sea” was a stellar episode of “Salem.” It had all of its best qualities on display, a sucker punch of an ending and made enough reveals to ensure that we are in store for some equally fantastic episodes in the future.
- Those closeups on Marburg’s lips were intense. Also, does Lucy Lawless not age? It sure doesn’t look like it.
- Alden’s Carrie 2 tattoos keep growing and hurting him. Must suck.
- Just now realized Mary’s son was named John. That makes sense. I’m very happy I won’t have to keep referring to him as “Mary’s son” from now on.
- “Your nephew’s words were…unsettling.” -Anne sure is the queen of euphemisms, isn’t she?
- “He’s threatened to have me examined for witchcraft.” “How unfortunate, since you are a witch.” -Loving Mary schooling Anne. It’s quite hilarious.
- “I had to endure the sweaty molestations of Mr. Sibley for his power.” -Mary, on how she came to her current status.
- “What has love to do with marriage in such a world?” -Right-o Anne.
- Sure does seem like Mercy could just cut out Isaac’s heart and eat it rather quickly. It feels like it shouldn’t take several days.
- Mary’s pose during her trance on the bed made me laugh.
- “I will admit you’re impressive…for a common Essex witch.” -Marburg-1, Mary-0
- “You can put a crown on a sow’s head and it doesn’t make it queen.” -Marburg-2, Anne-0
- “You arrogant bitch!” -Mary to Marburg. -And Anne comes back swinging!
- See you all next week! Marburg actually steps foot in Salem then so it should be a real treat!
Ex Machina is a brilliant film that is currently in limited theatrical release. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely seek it out if it’s playing in a theater near you. Now that that’s out of the way, I have to tell you that it is very similar to a 2014 British science-fiction film called The Machine, starring Caity Lotz (Arrow, The Pact) and Toby Stephens (Black Sails). It’s currently on Netflix if you would like to watch it, but trust me when I say it is just as good as Ex Machina. It just never got the same recognition.
The Machine follows the British Ministry of Defence as it begins producing brain implants that allow brain damaged soldiers to regain lost functions. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Stephens) brings Ava (Lotz) to his team in order to develop a fully conscious and self-aware android. After the program director has Ava killed for being a little too curious, McCarthy maps her brain and develops an android in her image. From there, the film follows McCarthy as he uses Ava as his main test subject for the program.
There are plenty of similarities between Ex Machina and The Machine (for starters, both female androids are named Ava), but The Machine has a larger scale compared to Ex Machina, at least in terms of budget and set design. While I enjoy both films, I think I have to give a slight edge to The Machine, as I believe it to be the more engrossing of the two.
Lotz should be familiar to most of you, but if she’s not then put her on your radar right away. She’s been fantastic in everything I’ve seen her in, and she gets double duty here playing both the human Ava and the titular Machine. Unsurprisingly, she is convincing as both. McCarthy also does a fine job playing the hero/tortured soul.
The film’s buildup is better than it’s payoff, as it does become more of an action thriller in its final act, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. The beginning of the film is more contemplative and focuses on character building, which makes the climax even more cathartic. Also, the ending may not give you all the answers, but it’s a thing of beauty.
Basically, if you’ve seen and enjoyed Ex Machina, log into Netflix and give The Machine a try. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it!
Both Famke Janssen and Michael Nyqvist have been locked down to star in the serial killer thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine, which sees Steve Buscemi as the executive producer. The film was written by Jonathan Dees and will be the first English-language film for Finnish filmmaker AJ Annila.
The film follows the story of, “…a young boy Brian, verging on adolescence, a little angry and quite possibly a piano prodigy. But he hates practicing and playing — that is, until he meets music professor Mr. Anderson, who becomes Brian’s mentor and the father figure he needs. If only Brian didn’t increasingly suspect that Mr. Anderson is the serial killer that has been targeting musicians.”
Janssen has starred in such horror films as The House On Haunted Hill and Lord Of Illusions. Nyqvist was recently seen in the hyper-violent action/thriller John Wick.
The film will go before buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
I’m still thinking about how much I enjoyed David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, which may be one of my new favorite horror films. Apart from the fantastically open story that left a great deal to the imagination, I was also blown away by the score, which was composed by Disasterpeace (interview).
The more I think about the film, the more I wonder if I’d be able to survive if “It” began to follow me. Then I figured, why not ask all of you to see if you’d survive as well!
The quiz this week asks that very same question and I want you to answer a few questions to see if you’d be able to make it should “It” follow you!
I got “You call the police, which states:
You run off to a safe distance and call the police. When the police arrived you bring them to your house where you find your friend lying dead at your doorstep. Things are looking bad for you. As the police bring you away in their car, you look back and see your friend standing on the roof…
IT doesn’t think, IT doesn’t feel. IT doesn’t give up. IT FOLLOWS.
Kellan Lutz (Twilight, The Expendables 3) has signed on as the main character in Steven C. Miller’s upcoming action/thriller The Feud. Production on the film will begin this summer and the film will be introduced to viewers at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, according to The Wrap.
The film, “…follows a man named Toland (Lutz), who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral. Going head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex, Toland skews must use his wits and spectacular skills to battle for their lives.”
Miller has directed several horror films, including Silent Night, The Aggression Scale, Under The Bed, and more.
A trailer for the Italian erotic giallo thriller The Transparent Woman has been released and can be seen below. Directed by Domiziano Crisopharo, the film stars Italian erotic/pornographic actress Roberta Gemma as well as Arian Levanael.
The film’s synopsis reads:
Anna is a beautiful,fiercely independent blind woman. Due to financial problems her husband Carl has to sell the apartment they lived in. They move in an old house in a remote location surrounded by fields. Anna is not happy there and feels even more isolated as she is most of the time all alone… but eery noises and strange facts lead her to think that someone is in the house too… or “something”.
The film will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival.
During his recent press tour for “Mad Max Fury Road” Tom Hardy spoke with Collider about playing The Punisher for Marvel. As Marvel becomes more and more concerned about their live-action universe this is something that would excite everyone.
Collider: I heard Warner Bros. has a few more superhero movies, maybe one or two that they’re developing [Laughs].
HARDY: I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want.
You as Punisher could be very interesting.
HARDY: I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9” [Laughs].
But I actually think that adds to the character.
HARDY: Frank Castle, I would love it. Is that him, isn’t it?
Yeah. It’s Frank Castle.
Marvel recently regained the rights to The Punisher. After two films that failed to capture audiences and the appeal of the character, Marvel could really use an injection of Frank Castle’s lethal brand of justice in their world. Not only would the character fit perfectly in the Netflix universe alongside Daredevil, but he would add an even harder edge that the fans have been craving.
The height issue that Hardy cites is a non-issue since most actors appear much taller on the screen than they do in person, just ask Tom Cruise. In any event, this is hardly a confirmation of Hardy’s investment in the role. But, perhaps now that he’s spoken out about his interest it’s up to Marvel to reach out and make this happen.
At this point even an inclusion in the upcoming second season of Daredevil would be enough for people to go insane. For those of you out of the loop The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City’s Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. In other words he’d give us the most extreme version of the brutality we got glimpses of in Daredevil.
Horror parodies and deconstructions only work if the filmmaker has a genuine passion and deep knowledge of the genre. If those elements aren’t there, the film typically falls flat on its face. Such is not the case with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s hysterical and immensely heartfelt The Final Girls. Both a searing comedy and clever deconstruction of horror, Strauss-Schulson’s film brought the goddamn house down at its Saturday night screening at the Stanley Film Festival. We were all expecting a horror comedy, but a lot of us weren’t expecting one with such an enormous pumping heart at its core. Or with such a sidesplitting striptease.
The Final Girls is really something special as it manages to pull of its comedic and emotional elements with finesse. For every laugh you belt out you may also shed a tear as well, as Strauss-Schulson explores the trappings of nostalgia and grief and if one can ever truly move on from tragedy.
Max (Taissa Farmiga) can’t live down the ‘80s camp slasher Camp Bloodbath. Her mother Nancy (Malin Akerman) starred in the film, which, like many of its ilk, has developed a cult following not so much for its cinematic prowess as its hammy acting, absurd dialogue, and elaborate kills. For Max, it’s not just a bad movie. It’s a burning reminder that her mom died in a horrific accident before she could really let her know how much she loved her.
Begrudgingly, Max agrees to attend a screening of the film with her best friend Gertie (Alia Shawkat) and her enthusiastic horror nerd stepbrother Duncan (Thomas Middleditch). Max doesn’t really want to go but her hunky crush Chris (Alexander Ludwig) says he’ll be there. Chris’ obnoxiously clingy ex Vicki (Nina Dobrev) tags along, but hell, Max won’t let it ruin her night.
There’s a really amazing part early on when Max is at the screening and her eyes turn warm as she sees her mother’s beauty and grace shine off the screen. You can see how much the sight affects her. It’s such a beautiful moment and the first sign that The Final Girls is interested in more than just clever in-jokes and references. This bitch is going for the heartstrings too.
A freak accident causes the theater to catch fire and in a frantic attempt to escape, Max leads her crew through the movie screen only to find that by doing so they’ve literally entered Camp Bloodbath. How Strauss-Schulson gradually reveals to the characters that they’re in the movie is hilarious and as they spend more time there, they slowly learn the rules of the silver screen dimension and develop a plan to get back to the real world.
Then there’s the matter of Nancy. Max’s knees nearly give out seeing her mother in all her youthful glory and she’s now confronted not only with her existing grief, but also with the inevitability that she’s going to have to lose her mother all over again. It’s an emotionally crushing scenario that Max refuses to accept. So she sets to change the rules of the game, but at what cost?
The Final Girls cast is on point across the board, especially Farmiga and Akerman. They make a solid mother-daughter team and the scenes they share together are really something wonderful. Their relationship is a believable one that helps strengthen the film’s later emotional moments. It also helps anchor the film in the face of its more ridiculous characters, like Adam DeVine’s hyper-macho walking erection that spouts an ever flowing stream of boob jokes and makes sure to mention his biceps every chance he gets.
The Final Girls faultlessly walks the line between horror and comedy and does so with a wealth of genuine emotion and heart. Like Camp Bloodbath, there’s a massive following in this film’s future. But unlike the benchmark bad-good film of Nancy’s career, The Final Girls is just damn good.
NBC’s “Hannibal” is a meticulous macabre creation of near infinite beauty. That praise may seem hyperbolic, but should ring true for those of you who’ve even digested one episode. So it’s no surprise that the fine folks at Titan Books have taken notice and collaborated with the show’s development team to create a beautiful behind the scenes look at what goes into crafting the perfect murder.
The surrealist element to “Hannibal” is on full display here. The show manages to channel your deepest fears and projects them onto otherworldly visions of creature who are alien and threatening. These photos offer a behind the scenes look at Will’s descent into hallucinatory states that push him to see the Stag-Man. A horrid creature who’s leathery black skin absorbs all the light around it. Just when things are going well, the stag-man rears his ugly head and reminds us that nothing is what it seems in this show.
In case you missed it, we called “Hannibal” the best television show of 2014, and are eagerly anticipating the new season. If you simply cannot wait for season three, “The Art and Making of ‘Hannibal'” should serve as the perfect appetizer. At 176 pages, the monster book serves as the perfect companion piece to any cannibal’s coffee table, and should inspire quite the discussion at dinner parties.
“A highly illustrated art and making of book featuring extracts of the shooting scripts of the first and second seasons, exclusive cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes photography, production notes, storyboards, Hannibal’s sketches and music notation. This volume would also include detailed sketches of the murder scenes and sets as well as food stylist designs of Hannibal’s most infamous dinner parties. “The Art and Making of ‘Hannibal'” will be a detailed look at the making of this highly original and visually stunning series. This will be a high quality title, lavishly produced and packed with great exclusive content.”
‘The Art and Making of ‘Hannibal'” is now available where ever fine books are sold. Or you can grab it right here from Titan Books.
Bloody Disgusting just scored a massive image gallery for IFC’s Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), which will be released in limited theaters and VOD platforms May 22nd, 2015.
The 500-person centipede has finally been assembled and it looks insane, as the trailer teased.
Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star. You’ll see them all in the footage that Six promises is “100 percent politically incorrect.”
“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.
Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”
Back in March it was revealed that “Hannibal” screenwriter Nick Antosca will be penning the new incarnation of Friday the 13th for director David Bruckner, Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures.
While there’s no real news here – as it’s all speculation – Antosca tweeted out something that made my left eyebrow perk up.
“Just doing some research,” Antosca stated in his status dated May 3rd, 2015 that carried an image displaying a series of machetes.
What’s potentially important about the tweet is that there’s an implication Jason Voorhees could have a new version of his iconic machete. Again, this is all speculation, and Antosca could be teasing overly excited fans, but it’s definitely something that we should start paying attention to.
What are your thoughts on Jason getting an upgrade? I think it’s cool. I’m actually disappointed that Ash won’t have a variant version of his chainsaw in the upcoming Starz series “Ash Vs Evil Dead” like in the videogame “Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick”.
Special thanks to Bloody reader ‘Andrzej G.’ for the tip.
The new Friday the 13th will not be found-footage, but could clear up some unanswered questions about Jason Voorhees’ mythology.
Previously, it had been reported that the new Friday the 13th could take place in the 1980’s. In a more recent article, Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes talked about his hopes for expanding Jason’s mythos and also taking the franchise back to summer camp.
Friday the 13th aims for release on May 13, 2016.
just doing some research pic.twitter.com/5Zm2QslsNM
— Nick Antosca (@nickantosca) May 3, 2015
In March, I had the opportunity to sit down with eight of “Salem’s” cast members as well as its co-creators at the “Salem” press junket to discuss season two of WGN’s batshit awesome horror drama, based loosely on the Salem witch trials.
As with many interviews, topics are contorted and twisted until they start to reveal the real sides of the actors and the ridiculous things that happen to them while filming. Since “Salem” is such a heavy show with little to laugh at, we at Bloody Disgusting wanted to give you a glimpse of how amusing and absolutely darling the cast of “Salem” is when not killing and torturing each other.
This June, the fight continues against the corrupt, Mutant-exploiting government as a classic X-Men crossover is reborn on Battleworld in X-TINCTION AGENDA #1! Writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow Executive Producer) and artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (All-New X-Factor) return to the shores of Genosha for a can’t miss Secret Wars tale! It has been ten years since the fall of Cameron Hodge and his fascist regime. Ten years that Havok and Wolfsbane have toiled and labored to rebuild Genosha into the proud Mutant haven it once was.
But a decade removed from Hodge and his iron-fisted rule, their work may be undone in an instant. A plague ravages across the nation, infecting mutants and threatening them with extinction! With Genosha quarantined and all but abandoned by the rulers of Battleworld — as well as their former teammates, the X-Men – old friends may become bitter enemies in the fight for survival! Havok and Wolfsbane will stop at nothing to save those Mutants trapped on Genosha – but have they doomed Battleworld in the process? What would you do to protect your people? Find out as mutant battles mutant this June in X-TINCTION AGENDA #1!
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Game designer Pippin Barr has released a short browser game titled Let’s Play: The Shining that looks like it was created for the Atari 2600. Based off the film of the same name, the game goes through some of the main events from the film, such as Jack Torrence bouncing the rubber ball off the Overlook Hotel walls, Danny riding his tricycle through the hotel and running into the Grady Twins, and more.
Barr states via his website:
It was written in Haxe using the HaxeFlixel library. The music and sound effects in Let’s Play: The Shining were made with a combination of bxfr, Bosca Ceoil, and Audacity. The graphics were made in Pixen.
I ran through it and actually found myself getting slightly creeped out. There are some definitely jump scares, so even though you think you know the film you should still give it a playthrough.
You can play the game here and watch a trailer below.
Goblin Rebirth, the band that features former Goblin members Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo plus Giacomo Anselmi on guitars, Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni on keyboards, has released a full stream of “Requiem For X”, the first track from their upcoming debut album.
The track mixes heavy, droning synths with Cathedral-esque organs to create a haunting piece that evolves into a prog rock track with a Gilmour-esque solo. It’s a wonderful track and I’m a very big fan of the sound they are creating. Depending on how it’s used, it could easily fit into a giallo-style horror film.
Guitarist Giacomo Anselmi explains:
The song is a prayer… It starts very sad, but it builds to become furious in the end. It tells the story of the death of a goblin. Fabio (Pignatelli) arranged the entire song. A child was supposed to sing the whistle melody at the beginning, but we changed it — we didn’t want another ‘School at Night.’ It’s unbelievable, a continuous crescendo until the song stops. That’s the moment when X dies.
Goblin Rebirth will be released on CD, LP, and digital. Pre-orders for the album can be found here.
Rob Zombie just shared the following cast photo from 31 that reveals, from left to right, Meg Foster, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and Sheri Moon Zombie, as well as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Kevin Jackson.
Also, dig on was looks to be a new shot of Richard Brake as ‘Doom-Head’, which Zombie says “runs a perfect game of death and misery.” You can get a better look at him by clicking here.
You can check all photos released so far at our 31 tag hub.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
To celebrate the upcoming release of the zombie horror/drama Maggie, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform a rather humorous sketch in which he reenacted several scenes from some of his most famous movies, including Terminator, Last Action Hero, Commando, Predator, The Expendables, and more.
Maggie hits theaters and VOD this Friday, May 8th.
Indiana Jones’ days of swinging his whip aren’t over yet!
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke with Vanity Fair about the upcoming sci-fi film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But in the course of that interview, the topic turned to other titles that are held by the company, the main one being the Indiana Jones franchise!
Directly from Vanity Fair:
In buying the company, Disney also got rights, for better or worse, to less-storied Lucasfilm properties, among them Willow and Radioland Murders. A bigger prize is the Indiana Jones franchise. Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie “will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”
Kennedy served as executive producer on all four films in the series, the last being 2008’s Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg wants Chris Pratt to don the legendary fedora.
I absolutely love this new international one-sheet for David Robert Mitchell’s must-see It Follows, which creeps up on star Maika Monroe.
I gave it a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.
“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”
Monroe, who is becoming a legit Scream Queen, stars with Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe.
“We’re going to take back this island, one block at a time.”
FX has debuted a teaser poster and first trailer for the second season of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain,” which promises a wondrous transformation. While I was a huge fan of the first half of Season One, it eventually tripped over its feet and fell straight on its face. The new footage looks incredibly promising, with tons of vampire battles, the return of the Master, and even humans experimenting on the infected (see above).
Max Charles, just seen in American Sniper opposite Bradley Cooper, has been cast in the part as a regular, replacing Ben Hyland, who played Zach Goodweather in Season 1. “West Wing” alum Ron Canada also landed the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor.
In “The Strain,” “When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), “Eph” and his colleague (Mía Maestro) uncover the outbreak’s ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature known as “The Master” – whose evil intent seems more powerful than any other force on Earth!”