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

The Unexplained Disappearance of Karla Marks Review

The Unexplained Disappearance of Karla Marks  by director Kurtis Spieler (Sheep Skin) tackles a number of the most popular horror sub-genres from both the large and small screen: the “found footage” film (made famous by The Blair Witch Project), the “haunting docudrama”(Paranormal Witness) and the paranormal investigative program (Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters).  All three sub-genres are immensely popular with horror fans, but combining all three of these types of programs in one film is no easy task. read more

AMC’s Upcoming Horror Series The Terror Finds a Captain

AMC Network announced today via an official press release that Jared Harris has been cast in the lead role of their upcoming horror series The Terror.

Harris (who is best known for his work on Mad Men and the Crown) will step into the role of Francis Crozier, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the  mysterious expedition.  Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, praised the choice saying that “The story of man’s battle with nature and an unknown predator makes The Terror a gripping and imaginative series, and calls for a special kind of actor.”  read more

Universal Television Productions Revisits Classic Hitchcock with New Television Series

Variety just announced that NBC-Universal’s television company Universal Television Productions is in development on a new anthology series entitled Welcome to Hitchcock that will be based on Alfred Hitchcock’s vast body of work.

The series will focus on a single season story line (ala American Horror Story) and will capture the suspense and crime thrillers that Hitchcock is known for according to Dawn Olmstead, the executive vice president of development at Universal Cable Productions. ““Long after his death, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be one of the most celebrated directors and visionaries in the world, a master manipulator of the macabre.” Olmstead went on to say that “We’re honored that the Hitchcock Estate has put its trust in our studio to pay homage to his work.” read more

Kristine Froseth Cast in TNT’s Let the Right One In

Deadline reported today that Kristine Froseth (Rebel in the Rye) has been cast in TNT’s upcoming pilot based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best selling novel “Let the Right One In.” Froseth will play vampire Eli, who was previously portrayed by Lina Leandersson in 2008’s Swedish movie adaptation of the same name, and Chloë Grace Moretz in 2010’s American adaptation Let Me In.

The story follows a young boy named Henry who is bullied by classmates, when he befriends a girl named Eli, who has recently moved to town. A series of murders begin occurring following Eli’s arrival, which draws the attention of local law enforcement. read more

TV Series of The Purge Soon To Be A Reality?

Cinemablend is reporting that popular movie series The Purge is being turned into a television show by series creator James DeMonaco. The movie series has had three highly successful films and the writer/director is very excited about the prospect of being able to tell these stories in a different format, specifically in ten, one-hour segments.

Speaking about the format idea, DeMonaco told Cinemablend, “… why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that’s gone haywire on this night, but let’s show everything that’s led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife — the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems. It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.” 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

Split Lip Kickstarter Rises From the Grave

Horror Comic-award winning creator, Sam Costello has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his horror anthology series, Split Lip. The campaign, which went live on Monday, Sept. 26th, will run through Friday, Nov. 4th. This coincides with Split Lip’s 10th anniversary as the web-comic site launched back in October, 2006. The campaign will only be funded if at least $3,700 is pledged by the end date. With 37 days to go, things are looking good for the campaign, which features Costello’s writing with art by artists from around the world, as it is almost half funded. 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

Luke Evans to Return as Dracula in Universal Monsters Shared Universe?

In an exclusive interview with LRM, Luke Evans speculated that his film Dracula Untold and his role as Vlad Tepes may lead to his involvement in Universal Studios planned “Cinematic Monster Universe”.  Evans told LRM that “There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.” read more