Monday, July 21, 2014

'The Strain' Recap: 'The Box'

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BY DAWN FEAKES

Welcome one and all to Ye Olde Medieval Torture Chamber. What's that? It's the abode of an exterminator? And a well-armed one to boot who also loves cats? Claimed!

Gus delivers the van to what may be the creepiest parking garage ever. His bravado fails when the box starts banging around. Gus man, when the van starts rocking, get the hell out of Dodge. Back at the airport, Team CDC finds Bishop, or rather, the remains of Bishop in the cargo area surrounded by a lot of glowing biomedical discharge which is a great band name by the way. Jim can't hack it and somewhere Samwise Gamgee is shaking his head in disgust.

The four survivors decided to release themselves thanks to Joan the tort queen. They feel fine, it was just a flesh wound. Eph is almost apoplectic with rage but hey, she knows people. I know that I want to punch her in her smug face.

Over at the Stoneheart group, Eichhorst is concerned that the CDC blocked off the airport but Palmer isn't worried. He hears something on the television that puts him in a much better mood. Road trip to...central booking. Oh right, that's where we last saw Setrakian so Eichhorst is coming to spring him? Not a chance. He's coming to gloat: there is no God, I killed your wife, you can't stop this.It's not nice to taunt, Eichhorst. But it's cool, Abe killed Eicchorst's protege and will see him rot in hell. Your move Eichhorst so he drops the digits 30385. 3-0-3-8-5? That's the combination to my luggage!

'True Blood' Recap: 'Lost Cause'

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BY DENISE PURVIS

Willa is obviously very angry with Eric about him deserting her. Eric releases Willa as his progeny in exchange for information about Sarah Newlin. Ginger loses her mind when she finds out that Eric is leaving. More than anything she’s angry that they didn’t get to relate to one another. They had to scrape her off of Eric’s casket in order to load him for transit.

Sookie
Sookie comes home to her sad, empty house, and Lafayette is there with James. Finally, she seems sad about the loss of Alcide. It only took a whole episode to reflect that. Lafayette tells her to go to sleep, and she wakes up to Alcide’s dad loading up all of Alcide’s things. Jenny and Lafayette cook up a lot of food for the whole town to feast on. He tells her that they will have a huge party with a lot of booze. Sookie is not happy about this plan, but seems to turn around about her apprehension when Bill shows up.

Eric & Pam
Eric and Pam show up in Dallas, Texas looking for Sarah’s sister, Amber, using the information that Willa gave them. She said that Sarah paid her off to say silent and in hiding. She and her vampire boyfriend sat around drinking Tru Blood and in turn her boyfriend died from Hep-V. Amber also has Hep-V. She asks Eric if he’s planning on killing Sarah, and he responds in the affirmative. So naturally, she’s in because she dislikes Sarah as much as anyone else. She tells them that she’s likely at some political get together with her parents. Off they go.

Friday, July 18, 2014

'Defiance' Recap: 'Put the Damage On'

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BY DAWN FEAKES

Last week on "Defiance," Stahma gave Datak the business, Rafe lost more than just his business and Pottinger was up in Amanda's business. Let's do this.

Amanda, who has developed quite an addiction to Adrena, lights up in the bath when everything goes dark. She goes to investigate only to be attacked by the flashlight-wielding maniac who raped her in New York but this time she fights back by tossing him out the window. Or was she? At any rate, there was a bath involved so you know what to do.

Hm, maybe it was not a dream as Nolan is bandaging her hand. Good and freaked out, she tells him about what happened in New York. It's really kind of adorable how protective he is of her.

TNT Announces Series Renewals and the Last Season of 'Falling Skies'

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It looks like "Falling Skies" is coming back for its fifth season but it will be its last. The TNT drama was renewed along with "The Last Ship," which premiered on June 22.  The announcement came today via a press release that revealed that the network "...has ordered 13 episodes of "The Last Ship," an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes for season four of "Major Crimes." And "Falling Skies" will mark its fifth and final season with 10 episodes."

Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) was quoted as saying, "TNT's refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas. 'The Last Ship' has become this summer's top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. 'Major Crimes' continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And 'Falling Skies' has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year's climactic final season."

Have you been watching "The Last Ship?" Let us know if you're happy about the series getting a second season. Of course we want to hear what you think about TNT announcing the fifth and final season of "Falling Skies." "The Last Ship" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET with "Falling Skies" following at 10 p.m.

Below are the series' descriptions:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Learn to Speak Dothraki with New Language Course

Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones"
Fans of "Game of Thrones"are a pretty cool bunch but if you want to immerse yourself a little more (or a lot more) into the language and culture of the Dothraki and learn a phrase or 500, we can guarantee your "cool" status will be elevated.

On October 7, HBO Global Licensing will partner with Living Language to bring an official guide to Dothraki called Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series "Game of Thrones." The guide is compiled by acclaimed language and culture consultant David J. Peterson and if you'll be at San Diego Comic Con, you'll be able to meet and interact with him at the Random House booth (#1515).

"With more than 500 words and phrases, and including never-before-heard material and words coined exclusively for the Living Language Dothraki course, fans will have the chance to master the language and join Daenerys on her march toward King’s Landing to reclaim the Iron Throne."

Are you up for the challenge? We'll keep you posted on any further info but if you're at SDCC, be sure to stop by the booth and say hello. You can learn to say to your Khaleesi, "Yer jalan atthirari anni." (You are the moon of my life.) or say to your Khal, "Shekh ma shieraki anni." (My sun and stars.). Or just learn some cool curse words.

-Larissa Mrykalo

New Trailer Released for 'Annabelle'

Warner Bros. has released a trailer for "Annabelle" and we're sure it'll conjure up some goosebumps. Maybe? "Annabelle" is sort of a prequel to last summer's paranormal mega-hit, "The Conjuring" but it doesn't really have a heck of a lot to do with the story. The film hits theaters on October 3 and stars Annabelle Wallis (what a delightfully creepy coincidence!), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard. "Annabelle" is directed by John R. Leonetti with James Wan returning as one of the producers.

Plot details are pretty scarce so check out the trailer and see what you can glean from the glimpse. It doesn't look too pleasant but when you're dealing with possession and a creepy doll, unpleasantness comes with the territory. Oh and by the way, "The Conjuring" is in the works to be back for a sequel in 2015.



-Larissa Mrykalo

The Ouija Files: Murch On Consulting For 'Ouija' Movie

Editor's Note: Bob Murch is the world's foremost authority on Ouija and spirit boards. 

BY ROBERT MURCH

"Ouija" the movie kicks off this year’s Halloween season when it possesses theaters Oct. 24. This is the Official Hasbro/Universal release of the “game” we’ve all experienced. The trailer was released yesterday, and for a PG-13 film, it looks pretty scary.

The premise? A group of teenagers find an old Ouija board and try to make contact with their dead friend. What could go wrong? Well, things take a turn for the worse when whatever they contact doesn’t want to say “Goodbye” and all hell breaks loose.

But as you know, it's not just those teens that have an unbreakable connection with the spirit board. In fact I actually was fortunate to consult with Hasbro Entertainment on the Halloween film. So here's a little bit about my bond with the movie board.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Online Trailer Released for 'Ouija'

Courtesy Bloody Disgusting
An online trailer for the upcoming film, "Ouija" is finally ready to scare the pants off of folks who are downright terrified of Talking Boards. The rest of us are just stoked to see a hopefully decent horror flick.

Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (of Platinum Dunes) along with Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions), "Ouija" is directed by Stiles White and hits theaters October 24. It stars Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff and a creepy old lady who seems to be looking for revenge.

Are you brave enough to see it? Have you ever used a Talking Board? Let us know your thoughts and how you think the film will impact the paranormal community, if at all. You can click here to follow their Facebook page.

Here's the synopsis and trailer thanks to Bloody Disgusting:

“In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.”



-Larissa Mrykalo

Official Teaser Trailer for Daniel Radcliffe's New Film, 'Horns'

Courtesy EW
No one is born evil, But sometimes when you go through hell, the only way out, is to walk deeper into the fire.

Way back in September we reported on Harry Potter himself sporting a pair of horns for the aptly titled new film, "Horns." Now we can anticipate this Daniel Radcliffe film around Halloween and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, watch a new teaser trailer.

Directed by Alexandre Aja, the film is based on Joe Hill’s supernatural mystery novel about a young murder suspect who sprouts horns. Joining Radcliffe is Juno Temple, Heather Graham, and Max Minghella. EW reports that "Horns" "premiered at Toronto last fall and is coming to San Diego’s Comic-Con next week."

Check out the trailer below and let us know if it makes you...well...



-Larissa Mrykalo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Maze Coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights just got even more bite! Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort has teamed up with Robert Rodriguez to bring a "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze to their annual event. The supernatural series airs on the El Rey network, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. Do you think you're a match for the Culebras and Santanico Pandemonium? Check out the complete details from the press release and then the video announcement. If you plan on going, make room in your suitcase for us!

Release:
From cult horror film to breakthrough television series on El Rey Network, “From Dusk Till Dawn” will add terrifying maze to its credits when filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s acclaimed supernatural show debuts as a menacing new “Halloween Horror Nights” experience at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 19.

'The Walking Dead' Returns to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood's 'Halloween Horror Nights'

Is it fall yet? We're starting to get in that autumn mood and thinking about Halloween certainly helps. To help us out, the good folks at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will be bringing back "The Walking Dead" to their Halloween Horror Nights events. Fans will get to experience all new, terrifying mazes inspired by the fourth season.

Here are the complete details from the release. Let us know if you plan on attending!

After rave reviews from fans on both coasts, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series.