Monday, September 15, 2014

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teaser: 'Extremes'

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Yet another teaser for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" has reared it's creepy head and this one has undertones of Slenderman. Perhaps? He wasn't around when the series takes place but there's just something about an extra tall, slim man holding a little girl's hand that is reminiscent of the urban myth. Check out "Extremes" and lets us know if you agree. We're banking on quite a few extremes starting on October 8.

We also have the synopses for not only the first episode, but now the second...

Episode 4.01, “Monsters Among Us"
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.
Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Episode 4.02, “Massacres and Matinees”
A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel’s troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.
Written by Tim Minear and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

-Larissa Mrykalo

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'The Strain' Recap: 'Loved Ones'

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Last week ON "The Strain," the infection struck close to home while Eph made terrible relationship choices. Let's do this.

Incredibly bored, Zach starts playing around with the merchandise in Abe's pawn shop. Nothing seems to work but he finds a laptop with a very weak signal so what does he do? Play 'find my phone' to track down Kelly. Okay, y'all have a super-hacker in residence and it takes a kid to think of this? I weep for humanity. Miracle of miracles, he gets a location hit. Eph, the package is on the move. Grab your weapons and Go! Go! Go! But first, Eph needs to justify why he has to go after Kelly. Nora, please grow some balls. Any requests while I'm out? Yes, I'd like a cheeseburger, a new iPhone 6 and oh yeah, my mother please. While Eph plays Colombo, Abe, Dutch and Vasily plot strategy which is limited to infiltrating The Stoneheart Group to bring the internet back. Way to prioritize guys.

With the location of Kelly's phone in hand, Eph finds her phone....with a homeless lady. It's okay ma'am, he's not a cop. He's a "doctor." Oh, will you look at my leg? If you tell me where you found this phone. Deal. Really Eph? Bartering your skills for information? For shame. He finds Kelly's car unlocked and with a bloody rag in it. Let's be honest; things don't look good for the former Mrs. Goodweather.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Trailer Released For Indy Horror Film, 'The Houses October Built'

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It's that time of year when haunted attractions start opening up all around the country. Some call themselves "extreme" haunts but what makes an attraction that extreme without actually hurting someone? This new faux documentary/found footage film begs that question when five friends hop in an RV and seek out the most extreme haunt in the country. Of course, it goes very wrong.

"The Houses October Built" is produced by "Insidious" and "Paranormal Activity" producer, Steven Schneider and Zack Andrews and it stars and is directed by Bobby Roe. In addition to Andrews and Roe, this indy flick stars Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. According to Variety, "RLJ Entertainment and Image, which acquired North American rights last month, will distribute 'The Houses October Built' for a limited run starting Oct. 3."

This actually looks promising and scary. Check out the just released trailer and let us know what you think. Also, let us know what are your favorite haunted attractions and what limits they've pushed.

-Larissa Mrykalo

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teaser: 'Big and Small'

The newest teaser for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" proves that all creatures, big and small, can get along.

Check out "Big and Small" as well as the synopsis for the first episode which airs on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET. We've also included the full trailer in case you missed it last week.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – 
“Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Ouija Files: Joan Rivers' Spirit Board Encounter

Can we talk? The Joan Rivers catchphrase is especially poignant for one figure in the paranormal community in the days following the comedian's death.

Robert Murch is the foremost expert on Ouija Boards, and serves as a consultant on multiple film projects concerning the use of the (in)famous talking boards -- including the upcoming movie based on the Hasbro product. For more than 20 years, Murch has researched the history of Ouija and collected thousands of the boards. He has also exhaustively documented its use in popular culture, and chronicled how it has gone from alleged spirit communication device to its current reputation of portal for dark forces.

Which brings us to Joan Rivers, who had a hell of a sharp wit even if she wasn't a force from hell.

Rivers used a glow-in-the-dark Ouija board in the second season of her WE tv series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? In the February 2012 episode ("Joan Pulls A Beaver"), the two consult the board, and a psychic, about Melissa's love life.

The board's appearance on Rivers' reality television show was just another chapter in Ouija history and piqued Murch's curiosity. So before attending her live show in Boston in 2013, Murch tweeted to Rivers asking if she'd sign one of his pink Ouija boards. Her management got back to him swiftly to arrange it. After some scheduling issues, Murch finally met with the comedian who apologized they hadn't connected earlier.

According to the historian, when Rivers took the board, she looked delighted and said, "Can we talk?" with a laugh.

"She then quickly added, 'Well I hope we won't be talking on this anytime soon,'" said Murch. He said she also invited him out to lunch during her next stop in Boston.

"Everyone knows Joan Rivers as a comic genius and a legend," he said. "It's all true but to me she was just a super cool and humble woman who took the time to meet with me last year and sign my pink Ouija after one of her shows."

When asked whether Murch -- who is actually a skeptic when it comes to the Ouija's supposed paranormal connection -- would ever reach out to Rivers on the board, he said, "If I was going to contact anyone on the other side it would be Joan Rivers."

Murch jokes that in the same episode they used the Ouija, Rivers recorded her voice for a GPS device and placed it in Melissa's car.

"She said, 'How fabulous; long after I'm dead I'm going to be there telling you exactly what to do' to Melissa," commented Murch. "That doesn't sound so bad since, as the straightest gay guy that's ever lived, I could certainly use her fashion advice!"

-Aaron Sagers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

'Pepper' Will Be Part of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Courtesy Entertainment Weekly
The cast of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" just keeps getting better and fans of the second 'series' of the program, "Asylum," are going to love this news. Everyone's favorite pinhead (sorry, Schlitzie), Pepper (Naomi Grossman), will be featured in the new season. The rumor, which emerged in July thanks to a call sheet, was recently confirmed thanks to an exclusive over at Entertainment Weekly.

The cast addition was confirmed by co-creator, Ryan Murphy when he stated, “She is in this [season]." EW and Murphy go on to explain the role:

Pepper is one of the members of the titular group of entertainers, managed by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Explains Murphy, “What Elsa has done for 20 years is she goes around to hospitals and jails and rescues these ‘freak’ circus performers who are going to be shipped away to asylums and she signs the waivers and she becomes their guardians.” This season of AHS takes place in 1952, a good 12 years before the events of Asylum. So Freak Show, according to Murphy, “is sort of like what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum.”

Murphy also says that the decision was not an easy one, “We thought about it long and hard and we decided that it was interesting to do.”

So are you excited to see the Pepper prequel? It's only right that she's part of the cast! The series premieres on FX on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honest Trailer Released for 2014's 'Godzilla'

The fine and funny folks over at the Screen Junkies YouTube have just unleashed an Honest Trailer for this past summer's "Godzilla." I think the Honest Trailer actually features more Godzilla than the actual movie but you can be the judge.

Check it out and let us know what you think. They're always good for a laugh.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Special Edition of 'Monsters & Mysteries in America' Premieres This Friday on Destination America

Airing this Friday, September 12 at 10 p.m. ET, is a special edition of Destination America's "Monsters and Mysteries in America" called "Monsters & Mysteries: The Blackburn Files." The special, anthology edition episode will be hosted by crypto-zoologist Lyle Blackburn. Blackburn is out to prove that the unidentified monsters that seem to have immersed entire towns in fear, are more than just figments of their imaginations.

Stories featured in this special episode include:

· Lake Worth Monster – In the summer of 1969, young couples in Texas’ sleepy Lake Worth community were attacked by an aggressive, horned, hybrid monster that was half man, half goat. Though many thought the creature had disappeared, two decades later the encounters continue.

· Rake – After two 12-year-old girls recently carried out a brutal attack in the name of Slenderman, a shadowy internet-born character, the story became an instant media sensation. Who or what is this dark collector of young souls? The legend is actually quite old and continues to make its way into contemporary account. Kerrie Fargiorgio recalls her encounter with the faceless nocturnal predator also known as “The Rake.”

· Beast of Bray Road – Bar manager Lori Endrizzi will never forget the night she was driving down one of Wisconsin’s most infamous roads and came face-to-face with the half-man, half-wolf beast known as “the Beast of Bray Road.”

Tune in to Destination America this Friday, September 12 at 10 p.m. ET to see if Blackburn makes a case for the existence of these creatures.

-Larissa Mrykalo

'Ghost Stalkers' Premieres This October on Destination America

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From Destination America and Nick Groff from "Ghost Adventures" comes a brand new series that asks that age-old question, "What happens after you die?" Actor Chad Lindberg and paranormal researcher and author, John E. L. Tenney search for these answers about the afterlife in "Ghost Stalkers." The series premieres Sunday, October 19 at 10 p.m. ET and is a part of Destination America's week long "Ghostober." The full details about the new series as well as Ghostober, are revealed via the press release below.

Press Release:
Near-death experiences may be the closest we ever come to knowing what exists on the “other side.” Many of those who have seen the proverbial white light say they returned to life with a sudden sensitivity to the spirit world, and it’s believed that people who are sensitive enough can glimpse through and even enter places – portals – that bridge our realm with the hereafter. In the all-new series "Ghost Stalkers," produced exclusively for Destination America by Ghost Adventures’ Nick Groff, two men who crossed over investigate the afterlife that they encountered for a brief, eye-opening moment by exploring American locations that are rumored to house doorways to another dimension. The six-episode first season of "Ghost Stalkers" premieres Sunday, October 19 at 10/9c as part of Destination America’s week-long Ghostober stunt, which also includes an all-new episode of "Alaska Monsters" on Friday, October 17 at 9/8c followed by the one-hour special "Killing Bigfoot" at 10/9c.