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The Week In Horror: New ‘Owl Man’ Prank, Toho’s Dracula, Ash vs. Evil Dead + Fessenden’s ‘Depraved’

This week Hex Studios released their latest Owl Man prank video. The Owl Man debuted in Lord of Tears, directed by Lawrie Brewster and written by Sarah Daly. It’s the story of a school teacher plagued by recurring nightmares who returns to his home in Scotland to try to uncover their source. There he encounters the terrifying Owl Man, a well-dressed gent with a terrifying owl head and talons for hands. It’s an effective piece of cinematic folk horror. The Owl Man has returned in Hex’s newest film, The Black Gloves. All of the videos have been hilarious; check out the latest one.

Arrow Video announced a UK/US release of a trio of Toho Studio Dracula films in May. These obscure Japanese horror titles, The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula were inspired by the Gothic horror films coming from Hammer Films in the 1960s and ’70s. The three  will be sold together with brand new transfers and will be available on May 14 (UK) and May 15 (US).

Episode 1 of the third season of the Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead series is up today, picking up a few months after the events of season two. We find Ash enjoying some much-deserved success for a change as the hero of Elk’s Grove, but naturally, some asshole on Antiques Roadshow reads from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. The show continues to be as hilarious as it is gory!

Oh, and Larry Fessenden is making a Frankenstein flick called Depraved.  I asked the same question: do we need another one already? But that’s a stupid question, because Frankenstein is a timeless story that still speaks to us today. So yes, you should be excited. Plus, Fessenden has come up with a unique take on the characters that I’m really excited about. Interestingly, the writer/director/producer/actor has had a hand in many modern takes of the classic monsters: he wrote and directed a vampire flick called Habit and produced both a werewolf film (Late Phases) and a gill man film (Hypothermia). I welcome his take on Frankenstein as the newest chapter in his art-house horror rebuild of the Universal monsters.


Get ‘Lost in Space’ on Netflix in April

The original Lost in Space series ran for three seasons, beginning in 1965, with a total of 83 episodes (which is kind of mind-blowing considering that current prestige TV shows average about 6 to 13 episodes each). As a result, millions of Gen X kids grew up with the phrase “Danger Will Robinson!” as part of their lexicon.
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“I Always Deal With Threats Head-On”: New Trailer for ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2

Are you counting down the days until Season 2 of Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix?

Here’s another trailer from Netflix.
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Wounds of His Own: ‘The Alienist,’ Season 1 Episode 4

This week’s episode of The Alienist, “These Bloody Thoughts,” opens with a tense scene between Dr. Kreizler and a former patient (Mrs. Williams), a woman who reveals herself as a BDSM practitioner, although she doesn’t use those terms. She obviously relishes the control she has over Kreizler, who becomes increasingly fidgety as their conversation continues. What’s intriguing is how Kreizler then exerts control over both John and Sara in their subsequent interactions.
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‘Something Happened Behind These Doors’: Season Two Trailer for ‘Jessica Jones’

For many fans of the Marvel TV universe, Jessica Jones is the top contender for biggest badass. She’s sarcastic and surly and subverts all those “strong woman” clichés by being physically powerful but not necessarily wanting the mantle of “heroine,” not to mention superhero.

This trailer for the show’s second season reveals that Jessica (Krysten Ritter) will be forced to confront exactly what was done to her to make her the way she is. She also has to deal with a persistent dude who seeks to absorb her fledgling detective agency. One good thing? She’s got her best friend Trish (Rachael Taylor) by her side.
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‘The Alienist’ Delves Deeper Into Darkness With “Silver Smile”

This week’s episode of The Alienist (“Silver Smile”) explores more of the class distinctions and police corruption that are integral to Caleb Carr’s novel. It also presents versions of the characters that are markedly different from the ones in the novel, albeit in a rather intriguing way. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer Time: Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’

Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series based on the semi-fictional world from Stephen King’s fiction, has a new teaser trailer.
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The Librarians S04 EP010 : And Some Dude Named Jeff

On this week’s episode of The Librarians, brush up on your dance moves, roll for initiative, and if all else fails, just keep hopping. It’s a Freaky Friday, Jenkins-focused episode with The Librarians and Some Dude Named Jeff.

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Down the Dark Road of ‘The Alienist’

While the crime procedural has existed on television since the 1951 premiere of Dragnet, the series that arguably set the tone was Law & Order, which began in 1990 and remained on the air for 20 years, spawning five spin-offs and countless impersonators. Just a few years after that series started, writer Caleb Carr would find enormous success with his historical crime procedural, The Alienist.

What makes The Alienist unique is the way it plays with the timeline, reaching about 200 years beyond its 1994 publication date. Blending fact (Teddy Roosevelt’s history as the Police Commissioner of New York City) and fiction (a series of horrific murders of child prostitutes), The Alienist provokes an odd sense of déjà vu for fans of Netflix’s Mindhunter and those who’ve followed Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels (as well as the movies and TV shows spawned from that universe).
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The Librarians S04 EP08: And the Hidden Sanctuary

On this week’s episode of The Librarians, we learn that once a Librarian, always a librarian, and that you should never, ever, mess with fairies. We leave Portland, and travel to Ohio, for The Librarians and the Hidden Sanctuary.


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