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  • The Sessa
    Published about a year ago
    Why 'The Walking Dead' Isn't as Good as it Used to Be...

    Why 'The Walking Dead' Isn't as Good as it Used to Be...

    Whether you loved or hated The Walking Dead, there's no denying it's been a cultural phenomenon in recent years, going toe to toe with special events such as the Oscars, and on some occasions the Super-Bowl. Sunday nights from 9P.M–10P.M belonged to The Walking Dead, breaking television records due to an over abundance of loyal fans and newcomers alike. Yet, if you look at how the show has been received in the last two seasons by those same loyal fans, it's clear they don't have that same enthusiasm they used to have.
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published about a year ago
    Lily Rabe Is Often the Unsung MVP of 'American Horror Story'

    Lily Rabe Is Often the Unsung MVP of 'American Horror Story'

    Much deserved media attention was brought to the show after it was announced that Jessica Lange was departing as a series regular after co-leading the series in the show's early years. However, amidst this fan outcry little was said about the under-utilization of Rabe in her briefest appearance yet on the show as she reprised her Asylum role of Sister Mary Eunice in Freak Show to formulate some connection of a thought out AHS universe the full power of which is supposed to be shown in the show's upcoming eighth season—Apocalypse. This marks the highly anticipated return of Lange as well as many series mainstays but after viewing my least favourite season so far in the form of Cult which marked the absence of many of the show's reappearing actors I believe the show needs a fresh palette cleanser. Bringing in some of its most talented performers back into the mix will surely help this, as well as new faces such as "The Assassination of Gianni Versace's Cody Fern," and although I am excited for Lange to return after seeing her wonderful gifts as an actress on display in "Feud: Bette and Joan," I am most excited to see how the show will use Rabe's evident versatility in this upcoming season- hopefully in a larger capacity than in recent years.
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published about a year ago
    'Bates Motel' Shaped a Classic Horror Film into an Emotional Drama Series

    'Bates Motel' Shaped a Classic Horror Film into an Emotional Drama Series

    It is evident straight from its pilot episode that something is amiss with Norman Bates with the death of his father causing immediate audience speculation as this tragic event sends our protagonists to the eponymous location infamous for the murderous treachery that happens within the film and begins immediately as the series begins. This is the main pitfall of the series as throughout the first season (and to a lesser extent the second and third) the various subplots (involving crime, territory wars and sex rings) that stretch the runtime—often needlessly—far over the hour and forty minutes with which the film runs for. These elements can become tedious mainly due to when they detract from the fascinating relationship between the dual protagonists—Norma and Norman—as they often serve the character of Norman’s brother Dylan who proves most essential to the drama when placed within the Bates household rather than elsewhere as a force who drives so much tension out of the mother and son through their rather realistically played jealousy. Norma as an incredibly motivated matriarch is endlessly compelling in her tragic failed attempts to protect her son and thrive in her new life in White Pine Bay. Norman in a lot of ways is so unwittingly like his mother in that he too tries to intervene in her romantic life whilst trying to bitterly prove that he can maintain his own individuality when in fact he is so dependent on her that his ill-mind subconsciously believes it would be best if a manifestation of his mother were present all the time.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a year ago
    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 4

    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 4

    "You can't change history," Mr. Lacey tells Amma, as she tries her little best to seduce him—or begin to seduce him—in the fourth episode of Sharp Objects on HBO last night. If this were a time travel story, some character could set forth to prove Lacey wrong. Well, there is a kind of time travel in Sharp Objects, but it's the metaphysical or mental kind, not what we saw in the recently canceled Timeless series on NBC.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a year ago
    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 3

    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 3

    A lateral third episode of Sharp Objects on last Sunday—meaning, the story didn't really move much forward, but we learned a lot more about the characters, mostly about lead character Camille and her family.
  • Chelsea Winona
    Published about a year ago
    'American Horror Story': Season 8

    'American Horror Story': Season 8

    Recently, like many American Horror Story fans, I have been trying to re-watch as many old episodes as possible to prepare myself for the newest season of AHS. On Friday, July 20, American Horror Story's official Instagram revealed the subtitle of the highly-anticipated Murder House and Coven crossover. According to the brand-new poster, season eight's official title is Apocalypse. With so many possible theories on what the name would be, I am not surprised that they landed on Apocalypse, with the series need to scare the audience it's a wonder that this was not the title of the first season! The new season is set to air on September 12 at 10/9c on FX, as most of the previous ones have, and like many fans, I can not wait to see how this season pans out!
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a year ago
    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 1 and 2

    Review of 'Sharp Objects' 1 and 2

    Catching up with the first two episodes of Sharp Objects, the limited summer series on HBO. It's distantly reminiscent of True Detective and Broadchurch, with a little Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and even "Eleanor Rigby" thrown in (one of the victims had a spider which she kept "in a jar by the door").
  • Ashton Goodnough
    Published 2 years ago
    'Tales from the Crypt' Review

    'Tales from the Crypt' Review

    *This is a full episode review. A spoiler warning is in effect.*
  • Rob Holmes
    Published 2 years ago
    Horror Comes Home

    Horror Comes Home

    With the recent announcement of Child’s Play & Nightbreed being developed as TV series, horror film-to-TV adaptations are pretty hot in Hollywood right now—but that wasn’t always the case. There was a time when studios weren't sure what to do with these properties and censorship on television prevented violent films from making that leap. Now films like Snowpiercer and The Lost Boys are getting the small screen treatment, with TNT greenlighting the Bong Joon-ho film-to-series starring Jennifer Connelly, and Rob Thomas producing an adaptation of the Joel Schumacher 80s vampire classic over at the CW. Let's take a look back at some of the other horror film to horror TV series hits & misses over the years.
  • Nicholas Barber
    Published 2 years ago
    'American Horror Story': Crossover?

    'American Horror Story': Crossover?

    We know the drill; it’s that time of year again. Every year we come in partially blind and knowing very little about what’s involved when a season of everyone’s favorite anthology horror show, American Horror Story, makes its long-anticipated return at FX, but you don’t have to hold your breath for much longer. We finally know what this upcoming season is about — well, sort of — and it’s going to be a dream come true for super fans that love Season 1 and Season 3.
  • kelly peters
    Published 2 years ago
    Negan vs. Rick - Should Season 8 Have Ended With a Major Death?

    Negan vs. Rick - Should Season 8 Have Ended With a Major Death?

    The dynamic of protagonist vs antagonist has been present ever since humans have formed societies and has evolved to take countless forms. One of the most anticipated of these being as soon as Negan, portrayed by Jeffery Dean Morgan, was introduced to the survivor-group led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) at the beginning of season 7 of the hit cable series The Walking Dead.
  • Michaela La Brie
    Published 2 years ago
    'Supernatural'

    'Supernatural'

    Supernatural first started airing in 2005 and is still airing. If you haven't seen this show, it's about two brothers following their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil, supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the Earth. Now I’m going to list some interesting facts about either the show or the cast.