Any television series with its roots in the espionage genre should be about trust. And let’s face it, even though “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set in a superhero universe, it is at its heart about espionage. All the clichés apply, like the enemy of my enemy is my friend and better the devils you know than the ones you don’t. That last one hits hard this episode with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new alliance with the A.C.T.U. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Devils You Know.”
The Universal Monsters are pop culture icons. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman – all exist in our consciousness in the images created of them back in the 1930s by Universal Studios. All later versions of these creatures are seen through the lens of this original motion picture creation. As good as Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Gary Oldman, or even this new Dracula Untold guy, Luke Evans, have been as Count Dracula, our first impression, our go-to visual will always be the aristocratic, Eastern accented, slick haired, perfect suited and caped Bela Lugosi version. More on the 1931 Dracula, and its secret Spanish twin, after the jump.
Created by journalist and comic book writer Cole Haddon in his first TV endeavor, and run by the genius behind “Carnivale” Daniel Knauf, NBC’s “Dracula” was one of the shows of the new season I was looking forward to. A steampunk version of Dracula on the small screen sounds so intriguing, let’s see how it actually holds up.
Four years after Universal’s 1931 Frankenstein was a monster hit, beginning that studio’s reign in cinema horror, director James Whale, after many problems creating a story, began work on the sequel. You might think you know what The Bride of Frankenstein is about, but there’s more in this mere seventy-four minutes than you might believe. Check out my review after the jump.