Chapter Two: Red Snow Freedom
A night to remember... That sums up exactly the feeling you'd leave with. If you had been a member of the audience at a showing of Sweeney Todd at the Lyric theatre, Belfast. Perhaps the best known work of Stephen Sondheim's collective canon, the tale of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the tale of a young man by the name of Benjamin Barker, wrongly imprisoned for 15 years in Australia on a false charge. He returns not as Barker but Todd, with murderous intent against the one individual who robbed him of his happy life with his wife and child. It's his bitter anger and resentment that threatens to consume all of London, as anyone who visits his barber shop, never returns in the same condition. A stellar cast of actors with incredible talent breathed new gruesome and gory life into this rendition of the dark gothic opera—with its superb mix of heart-breaking tragedy, dark humour, and the comically off-balance dynamic between the twisted and tortured Sweeney Todd (Steven Page), and optimistic, bright and breezy Mrs. Lovett (Julie Mullins who simply stole the show). Between these two devilish pair comes a tale of a city so divided, that both the rich and poor are literally devouring each other, with the help of Todd's Tonsorial parlour and Mrs. Lovett's delicious meat-filled pies. Ultimately, Todd's newfound blood lust springs from the desire to slit one coveted throat of the gentry who stole everything from him. Enter the savage Judge Turpin (Mark O' Regan) who previous to the events of the play has robbed Todd of his former life, wife and child. This dark interpretation of a tyrannical judge revered in high society, and abusive of his authoritative position, resonates with a modern audience even today. This portrayal of Turpin is only given light relief by his onstage counterpart Beadle Bamford (Richard Coxon); who despite his comical quest is as corrupt and twisted as the judge himself.
No one can deny that the horror genre has been blowing up significantly since 2016. With socially driven movies like Get Out and coming of age movies like It, horror is dominating box office sales across the country.
In the beginning, there was the woman. Not just any woman, that woman. That woman standing with her hip held akimbo in the parlor of her decaying Victorian mansion. A mask of politeness hung about her face, trying to urge a vacuum cleaner salesman to turn on his heels and retreat back past her front door. A “ruined beauty,” Charlie would call her. The woman with a dress as black as night that hugged every curve of her skeletal figure before pooling down at the floor, reaching like the tentacles of something monstrous. The woman with blood red nails, long enough to pluck your eyeballs from your very skull if she had a mind to. That woman with skin as pale as a tomb. In the beginning, she was standing there, staring up from the page at him, smirking, as though she knew something he never would.
It was a normal Friday night, the parents were up, and the kids were tucked into bed, all asleep. Well, except for me. I was tossing, and turning trying to get the terrible feeling in my gut to go away. I finally convinced myself it was nothing, and went to sleep. Later in the night, I woke up to shouting coming from downstairs. I slowly climbed out of bed, not making a single sound.
While the ghost of Steven Yeun's Glenn Rhee still haunts AMC's The Walking Dead, some forget that one of the show's greatest moments was pulled directly from the comic books of the same name. Now original The Walking Dead comic book artist #TonyMoore has shared his views on how Glenn should've shuffled off this mortal coil, if he, Moore, had been given the chance to direct it.
Cupid has drawn back his poison-tipped bow and is aiming it squarely at the heart. With the dreaded V.Day almost upon us, it is time to swap the blood and guts your usual horror fans prefer for hugs and kisses. If it is too much hassle to pull out your actual heart and post it to your one and only, fear not, artist Matthew Lineham has some #horror inspired #Valentine's cards to make your other half swoon (but hopefully not keel over dead).
It is easy to plonk your kids down in front of a screen and stick on a cheerful Disney rendition of "Let It Go," however, among the snowmen and cute little stone people, there is a dark world of Elsa and watersports — and I don't mean jet skiing.