Celebrate Wholloween on BBC America

Weeping Angels! A mummy! The Crooked Man — and that Thing Under the Bedspread!

What’s a more fitting way to celebrate Halloween day than a marathon of the creepiest, spookiest DOCTOR WHO stories? BBC America thinks nothing could be finer, and so it has programmed a whole afternoon of regenerating delights, dubbed WHOLLOWEEN!

Wholloween begins at 1 o’clock Saturday, Oct. 31 on BBC America!

What is ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ All About?

I have to admit that I wasn’t holding out much hope for the big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — the mashup of Jane Austen and the undead. It felt like a late-comer compared to 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. But the more I learn about the project, the more hopeful I’m becoming.

The first thing that piqued my interest was the casting of former 11th Doctor Matt Smith — not that his movie career has been exactly stellar so far *coughTerminator:Genysiscough* — but of course he has the look and accent for the period drama.

Now, take a look at the first official, full-length trailer for the feature:

Looks pretty interesting, amiright?
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Online FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Story To Debut Oct. 4

flyingdeadRemember that online serial about the airliner that was planned to meld with the second season of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD? Well, it now has a name and a premiere date.

“Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” will premiere on AMC.com on Oct. 4 with the first of 16 one-minute episodes. The short chapters will air on the cable channel during commercial breaks in THE WALKING DEAD beginning with the Oct. 11 sixth-season premiere. Each new “Flight 462” installment ill debut every Sunday before that night’s TWD.

“Flight 462” will feature several new characters aboard an airliner facing an outbreak of walkers. It is assumed the plane is headed for Los Angeles, because one of the web series’ stars will join the cast of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD for its second season.

I hope this new character turns out to be interesting and not weighed down with fake family drama; FTWD already has way too much B.S. getting in the way of telling an interesting story.

THE WALKING DEAD’s Oct. 11 premiere will be a 90-minute episode.

 

 

HP Lovecraft Slept Here — and So Can You!

lovecrafthouseThis sounds like a writer’s dream — or nightmare, depending on how one looks at it: A one-bedroom apartment in the same house in which the master of weird fiction himself, H.P. Lovecraft, lived and wrote is available to rent for just $965 a month in Providence, R.I.

The room is in a Victorian house at 10 Barnes St. — an address that Lovecraft actually incorporated into The Case of Charles Dexter Ward as the home of Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett. It boasts hardwood floors, high ceilings, off-street parking and basement laundry facilities.

Lovecraft was born in Providence in 1890 and moved to New York City when he married Sonia Greene in 1924. But hated Brooklyn so much — have you read “The Horror at Red Hook”? — that he moved back to Providence without his wife just two years later. He was taken in by two aunts who lived in this house.

As you can see, the photos of the rooms provide no hint of the “queerly irregular shape” and “peculiar angles” or sloping floors that one might expect to have nurtured the author of “The Dreams in the Witch-House.”
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New Nicolas Cage Movie Looks… Exciting?

Sure, it looks like a standard “man hunts for his kidnapped son” revenge thriller, but this Nicolas Cage vehicle appears to veer off into a different direction: What if his kid was snatched by a ghost? Then the man will have to Pay the Ghost.

 

Do supernatural entities accept PayPal?

Sarah Wayne Callies, late of THE WALKING DEAD, co-stars — no doubt in a thankless wife/girlfriend role in which she will harsh Nic’s buzz about ectoplasmic kidnappers.

Pay the Ghost opens tomorrow, Sept. 25.

New WALKING DEAD Show To Debut Online, Cross Over to TV

walkerplaneA special, stand-alone THE WALKING DEAD story will be broadcast online during the upcoming sixth season of the hit AMC horror series.

In the special, airline passengers will face a walker attack at 35,000 feet aboard a passenger jet. The story is set during the FEAR THE WALKING DEAD timeline, and one of the survivors of the in-flight attack will go on to star in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’s second season, according to Entertainment Weekly.

While it will debut online, the special will be broadcast on AMC in chapters alongside the main show.

The sixth season of THE WALKING DEAD debuts with a 90-minute episode on Oct. 11.

Still Nothing to Fear in Another Dull FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

feardead02Well, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD was only mostly a snoozer this week.

I was interested when there was some actual tension — for about 45 seconds — when Madison and Knife Boy were running and pushing the cart because they weren’t sure who was setting off the school metal detectors.

But other than that, Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

There are two gigantic problems with FTWD, and the series has demonstrated no interest in remedying them.

  1. We know it’s zombies, but the characters don’t — and it’s taking forever for them to figure it out. Nobody in this fantasy universe has ever seen a zombie movie. This makes the characters annoying and seem stupid.
  2. This show is playing out exactly — exactly — like the first season of THE STRAIN. So we have literally seen all of this before, and it’s dull. We’ve seen people discover the early sufferers. We’ve seen the people insist that the infected are “Just sick, they just need help.” We’ve seen the disjointed, dysfunctional families; even the heroic Hispanic family has been done already.

Do something new and interesting, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD!

Watch the Opening Minutes of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

The spin-off/prequel to THE WALKING DEAD, called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on AMC. The network released a video of the opening three minutes of the pilot, and here it is:

 

 

It’s probably just me, but I am still not sold on this series. This opening doesn’t strike me as mysterious and interesting — even if it does parallel Rick’s awakening in the premiere of the mothership — it just feels forced and dragged out.

You can bet I’ll be watching tonight and I’ll be hoping for the best, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Just Another ‘Frankenstein’ Remake — Or Is It?

Watch this trailer for Victor Frankenstein, yet another bash at the horror classic — but this one has moved the pieces around a little, including elevating Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) from a hunchbacked, bit-playing assistant to an equal partner with the good doctor (James McAvoy).

This clip also has a Young Frankenstein reference worthy of Mel Brooks himself, so this movie probably has a great sense of humor!

Trivia time: Where my horror aficionados at, the ones who know the name of the put-upon assistant in James Whale‘s original Frankenstein?

 

Victor Frankenstein opens Nov. 25.

Trivia answer: Henry Frankenstein’s assistant was called Fritz in the 1931 classic.