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    New Horror Anthology ‘Tales of Halloween’ Announced

    Anthology horror films are a tricky beast. The rule of thumb is, usually only half of the segments are generally satisfying while the remainder leave a lot to be desired (save for the few successes such as Asylum, Creepshow, and Trick ‘r Treat). Epic Pictures Group recently announced that they will help produce a new horror […] More

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    Constantine, Ep. 1.01, “Non Est Asylum”: Exposition-heavy pilot has charismatic lead

    The opening shot of Constantine is quite rich. It’s a medium shot, straight ahead of the Ravenscar Secure Facility. This is the mental asylum that John Constantine (Matt Ryan) turns himself in to when he inadvertently damns the soul of his friend’s daughter, Astra, to Hell in the Hellblazer comic. Immediately, there is a nod to the source material as well as establishing that our protagonist isn’t right in the head or the ethical department, but there’s a tiny chance he could change. “Non Est Asylum” is all about how John Constantine isn’t at home in Heaven or Hell, but somewhere in between (Even though he is currently damned). He, his best friend and driver Chas (a laconic Charles Halford), and friend’s daughter Liv (Lucy Griffiths) are constantly on the move trying to take on the demon Furcifer, who controls electricity and lightning, and wants to damn Liv because her father angered him a while back. Along with this mobile exorcism plot, writers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone build the world of Constantine, where demonic activity and magic are everywhere. They also dig into Constantine’s sordid back-story. Unfortunately, most of this backstory is spilled out through exposition at the most random times, and it seems like the character of Liv only exists to be told stories about his past. However, she won’t be appearing after this episode, and Constantine more than makes up for it with a charismatic performance by Matt Ryan, who has the bearing of the working class mage, and delivers the snarky dialogue that Constantine is famous for in the comics. More

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    5 Horror Films Too Disturbing To Watch Again

    ** Spoilers ahead ** I am not a horror film fan. I appreciate the genre but considering that my over-amped imagination will turn a sight of a little girl with long hair in ghostly white attire into a full epileptic seizure within me, I try to stay as far away from scary films as much […] More

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    ‘Constantine’, the NBC series based on the Alan Moore character, releases its first trailer

    With the 2013-2014 television season nearing its end with several upcoming season finales, many fans are looking forward to the 2014-2015 season, particularly the new shows. Among the shows set to make their series premiere in the fall is the NBC series Constantine. Based on the Hellblazer comic series, which was co-created by Alan Moore based […] More

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    Black Sails, Ep. 1.03: “III.” continues to tread lightly

    When Black Sails premiered, I welcomed its slow pace and narrative interest. Going the less obvious route, the series has – so far – avoided laying the action on too thick and, instead, has stuck close to its main characters. However, these characters have mostly been conniving and stressing out, wanting to kill certain people but being unable to for whatever reason More

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    The 2000’s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema (pt 2)

      Special Mention: The Fake Trailers from Grindhouse (2007, USA): The four fake trailers featured in the otherwise disappointing Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-feature: Machete by Robert Rodriguez, Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth and Don’t by Edgar Wright-are all very entertaining trips down horror/exploitation film memory lane and are […] More

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    Game of Thrones Podcast Episode #9: “Blackwater”

    Alex Thompson joins Simon Howell and Kate Kulzick this week to discuss the much-anticipated penultimate episode of season two, “Blackwater”, which was written by series author George R. R. Martin and directed by The Descent‘s Neil Marshall. Did the episode live up to the hype? Listen to find out! [powerpress] More

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    Neil Marshall’s Latest Project Revealed

    Neil Marshall struck gold when his low-budget 2002 gorefest Dog Soldiers revitalized the werewolf genre and his second feature The Descent, a spelunking nightmare became a huge box office and critical success. Not since John Sayles and Joe Dante unleashed Piranha and The Howling have two features from the same fimmaking team tore open the […] More

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