Entries by John Evans

The Exorcist: The Series “The Moveable Feast” Episode Review

“The Moveable Feast,” the fourth episode of Fox’s The Exorcist series, continues to take the high road of horror film production due to a variety of intelligent developments and filmmaking choices. The pacing of the series seems to improve with each episode, taking on the approach of premium television storytelling in the format of a Friday night network show.

The Salesman’s (played by Robert Emmet Lunney) grip on Casey (Hannah Kasulka) tightens with each new scene of this episode. As his intentions become more and more clear, his physical appearance, voice, and actions start to resemble his true form. This once charming and subtle salesman reveals his brown teeth and tattered clothing, looking more and more like a salesman who never left Circuit City in the seven years since its closing! His transformation is entertaining to watch, and viewers can’t help but empathize with Casey as she realizes how little control she has over the situation. read more read more

Dark Water Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

Arrow Video continues their tradition of releasing hard to find horror films with a jam packed blu-ray special edition of 2002’s Dark Water, based on a short story by Kôji Suzuki and directed by J-Horror master Hideo Nakata. Both of these influential artists reinvented the genre with 1998’s Ringu, and suddenly these ghostly stories and their American adaptations were experiencing success at the box office all over the world. With their special edition release of Dark Water, Arrow Video pays homage to Nakata’s and Suzuki’s entire bodies of work, featuring behind the scenes material and interviews which thoroughly chronicle their popular styles of storytelling and filmmaking. read more read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Let ’em In” Episode Review

Episode Three of Fox’s The Exorcist, titled “Let ‘em In,” marks the moment that the series has begun to truly prove itself as a new show that deserves to be watched and taken seriously by horror fans and horror scholars alike. While the first two episodes contained a mix of things that worked and things that needed improvement, “Let ‘em In” contains strong performances from the filmmakers and the actors which demonstrate a knowledge of the source material and a willingness to forge new paths in storytelling. read more read more

The Monster Trailer Debuts Amid High Expectations

A24, the studio behind such recent critical darlings as Ex MachinaRoom, and The Witch, has revealed the official trailer for The Monster. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers. Since horror films are missing from theater schedules this October, your best bet for chills and thrills this Halloween is to watch this trailer on repeat:

Due Bertino’s work on The Strangers and A24’s recent track record, the trailer has already drummed up high hopes and high expectations from within the horror community. The trailer appears to continue Bertino’s and A24’s practice of focusing on character and story development over cheap jump scares. Only time will tell if the film lives up to the expectations. read more read more

How did The Shallows Earn a 77% Score on Rotten Tomatoes!?

The Shallows was released to theaters on June 24th. It made over $118 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, having earned a Tomatometer score of 77%.To put that into perspective, John Carpenter’s The Thing has a Tomatometer score of 80%. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Critics Consensus” is as follows:

“Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.” read more

Horror Performers Fail to Make “Television’s Highest Paid Actors” Lists

Earlier today, Variety reported the estimated salaries of the highest-paid actors in television shows. The narrative surrounding this report is all about how television can be more lucrative than ever before for popular talent, and that actors and actresses are doing very well financially on the small screen. One interesting takeaway from all of these lists is the fact that horror genre talent is almost entirely missing out on this phenomenon. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Lupus in Fabula” Episode Review

“Lupus in Fabula,” the second episode of Fox’s new television series, The Exorcist, delivers several new promising developments while maintaining some of the issues that could be found in the premiere.

While the literal Latin translation of the title of the episode references the appearance of the wolf, it is the early template for the modern phrase: “Speak of The Devil and he shall appear.” This expression has been used in literature by everyone from Giovanni Torriano in 1666 to Ozzy Osbourne in 1982. It is interesting that the phrase is so ancient that it predates Christianity and the Catholic Devil, and it is a reminder that humanity has always known supreme evil; we’ve just had different names for it. The wolf, Pazuzu, The Devil… they’re all names for the same evil that humanity has known since the beginning of our time on Earth. read more read more

Fathom Events to Host Another Screening of Rob Zombie’s 31

Lightning strikes twice! According to their advertisement materials, the first Fathom Events screening of Rob Zombie’s 31 on September 1st was such a hit that they’re bringing it back for another showing on October 20th. Box office results for the first Fathom Events screening have not been made available. The event appears to include the same music video and behind-the-scenes bonuses that were offered during the first release. The event is being listed as an opportunity to see the film before its theatrical release. According to press releases from several days ago, the theatrical release is now scheduled for one day later, October 21st. This is also the date that the film is slated to be available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The film is also currently available for rental on a variety of Video on Demand outlets. read more read more

The Autograph History of Hollywood Legend Lon Chaney Sr.

For some horror collectors, owning a genuine piece of autographed memorabilia can be the ultimate prize. There’s nothing better than owning a precious item signed by a legendary member of Hollywood royalty. Some folks begin their journey of collecting autographs in person at local conventions. Others collect in person at press events or celebrity hotspots. And then there is another style of autograph collecting… a method that involves tremendous research and a historical perspective. At some point in a collector’s life, owning signatures of the Freddys and Jasons of the world isn’t enough. Now it’s time to go back to the beginning. It’s time to add the greatest monsters of all time: the original Universal Monsters! read more read more

Jamie Lee Curtis Meets and Greets Horror Fans in an Unlikely Setting

Many horror fans still talk about the now-legendary appearance of Jamie Lee Curtis at HorrorHound Weekend in 2012. After years of inactivity in the horror community, the original Scream Queen would be signing autographs and granting photo ops to anyone lucky enough to make it to Indiana and also manage to grab a coveted ticket. And better yet, all of the proceeds went to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This was touted as the one and only chance fans would have at getting pictures taken with Jamie, and getting their horror items signed that have gone way too long without being complete with the most precious of signatures. read more read more