Entries by John Evans

MTV’s Scream: The TV Series Halloween Special Review

The MTV Scream television series’ days are numbered. While the second season was arguably more watchable than the first season, it still wasn’t great (for every clever concept, like the “school lockdown” episode, there was something nearly unwatchable like the psychedelic never ending house party). The dip in ratings along with the radio silence about upcoming content led to rampant speculation about the fate of the series. When the Halloween Special was announced, some news sources mistakenly reported that the series would be finished after the special aired. Now that we know that Season Three will consist of just six final episodes, the revolving door of showrunners have been tasked with quickly wrapping up a series that never quite got off the ground. read more read more

AMC Has Renewed The Walking Dead For Season 8

Announced in a tweet that should surprise literally no one, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for an eighth season:

The news comes a week before Season 7 is set to premiere. Despite the slight ratings dip, the fact that its viewership is much stronger than every other scripted television show makes it a no-brainer (no pun intended!) for AMC to continue to renew the series. read more read more

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