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The sleepy Irish fishing town of Erin Island is so quiet and crime-free that local cop and barely functioning alcoholic Ciaran O’Shea (Richard Coyle) is able to easily sail through his job on a sea of charm and whiskey. When uptight Dublin cop Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) shows up as temporary help while the only other officer is on vacation, O’Shea’s monotonous existence is uncomfortably shaken up, both by his attraction to Nolan and his annoyance at her perfectionist tendencies. However, bigger problems are afoot (or rather, atentacle) on the island, thanks to the arrival of some giant, blood-sucking sea monsters.
- Lee Jutton
It's pretty hard to fathom now that BBC One is on the verge of celebrating the show's 50th anniversary in spectacular fashion, but there was a time when (whisper it) Doctor Who wasn't on television.
If you ignore that one night in May 1996 when Paul McGann lit up our screens, Who was in absentia for 16 years, but that doesn't mean that the BBC weren't looking for another sci-fi or fantasy hit to replicate the show's success...
This week's Friday Fiver takes a look at a few such attempts - not programmes like The Tomorrow People inspired by the show's original run, or series like Primeval and Merlin which launched in the wake of the new show's success.
These are the shows that tried - with varying degrees of success - to fill that Doctor Who-shaped hole in our hearts between 1989 and 2005.
> Doctor Who: 11 golden moments from 50 years of »
Lucky 7 co-star Christine Evangelista has been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama series Chicago Fire. She will play Allison Rafferty, a new paramedic at 51, a firecracker who gives as good as she gets and knows what she’s doing when the bells go off. Evangelista is with Wme, Mjm Management and Stone, Meyer. Julian Sands (24) has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on NBC’s new pirate drama series Crossbones starring John Malkovich. He will play William Jagger, an aristocrat-turned-privateer and governor of Jamaica who dispatches Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) to accompany inventor-mathematician Benedict Nightingale and his Marine Chronometer to England by way of a secret convoy. Sands is with Sdb and Seven Summits Pictures and Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
After releasing Grabbers to VOD and theaters this past summer, IFC will bring the movie to DVD on November 12th. Here’s a look at the trailer and official cover artwork:
“On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops… »
- Jonathan James
The incredible horror comedy Grabbers (review) is finally on its way home Stateside so grab a brew and drink in the details. Look for it in stores on November 12th!
From the Press Release
On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming inebriate Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle; Pusher, "Coupling") is tasked with showing strait-laced police officer Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley; "Primeval," In Her Skin) her new beat. Not that there's much to police, as most of the community's troubles are caused by O'Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: The crew of a fishing boat disappears, dead whales wash up on the shore, and a local lobsterman catches a mysterious tentacled creature in his trap.
Soon it becomes clear to O'Shea and Nolan that some unnatural creatures are out there, and they're hungry. But it turns out the alien monsters terrorizing the town are allergic »
- Uncle Creepy
NBC’s upcoming pirate drama Crossbones has mostly existed on my peripheral radar, but Coupling and Covert Affairs hottie Richard Coyle has been cast in the lead role, according to Deadline. He’ll play an assassin who infiltrates a pirate haven in order to kill Blackbeard.
when he was on Covert Affairs. Not that I minded.
I was lucky enough to see Ken Jeong‘s comedy act before he hit it big. Back then, he went by Dr. Ken and a lot of his comedy focused on his patients and the transition from medicine to comedy. I enjoy him on Community, but the Dr. Ken routine was a different side of Jeong and one I miss sometimes because it was also entertaining. That’s the long way of saying that I was pretty excited to »
- Lyle Masaki
NBC has confirmed that two female actors will play pirates, alongside Brit actor Richard Coyle ("Prince Of Persia") as assassin 'Tom Lowe' opposite John Malkovich ("Shadow Of The Vampire") as 'Edward Teach' aka 'Blackbeard' in the upcoming NBC 'pirate' TV series "Crossbones".
Claire Foy ("Season Of The Witch") will play 'Kate', a Governor's daughter, now a pirate for Blackbeard and Tracy Ifeachor ("Doctor Who") will also play another female member of Blackbeard's formidable cut-throat crew.
"...it's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate 'Edward Teach', aka 'Blackbeard' reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors.
Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce. »
- Michael Stevens
“You girls need to learn to fight. When witches don’t fight, we burn.”
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Press Play below for a glimpse into Coven‘s creepy world — watch Lange lob her students across a room with the flick of a wrist — then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well… »
- Megan Masters
Some quickie TV casting news... First, British actress Tracy Ifeachor has been cast in Luther creator Neil Cross' NBC pirate drama, titled Crossbones. The series, which already boasts Richard Coyle and John Malkovich as its leads, is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Ifeachor has signed up to play a character named Nenna, who's described as a smart, powerful fighter, completely loyal to Captain Blackbeard. This will be the a British television and theatre actress' USA debut. The relative newcomer »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Some quickie TV casting news... First, British actress Tracy Ifeachor has been cast in Luther creator Neil Cross' NBC pirate drama, titled Crossbones. The series, which already boasts Richard Coyle and John Malkovich as its leads, is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Ifeachor has signed up to play a character named Nenna, who's described as a smart, powerful fighter, completely loyal to Captain Blackbeard. This will be the a British television and theatre actress' USA debut. The relative newcomer is maybe best known for playing the role of Abigail Naismith in Doctor Who episodes titled The End of Time Part 1 & 2. Secondly, Khary Payton has booked a co-starring role opposite Ben Rappaport in the USA network's comedy pilot Love Is Dead. The...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive Updated: British actor Richard Coyle (W.E.) has been cast as the co-lead opposite John Malkovich in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones. Also cast in the series, from Luther creator Neil Cross and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, are Claire Foy and Tracy Ifeachor. Crossbones is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe (Coyle), a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. Foy will play Kate, the beautiful Governor’s daughter, now a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Each week we look at the best films and TV available on the various streaming and VOD services available. Here are our picks for this week.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Available on Now TV.
The weird quick turnaround time-lapse between hyperbole and backlash that we have seen plague our blockbusters this summer can be traced back to this film. As a follow-up to The Dark Knight, it is a disappointment but it’s still a fitting finale and is definitely on a par with Batman Begins. A lot of the problems this film had on release have to do with it coming so soon after The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises is epic filmmaking and has many breath-taking sequences in its own right; it just doesn’t have four superheroes fighting aliens. Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle »
- Chris Holt
Zombies, vampires and werewolves, oh my! Classic monsters are always a good way for horror filmmakers to go, but sometimes we see more... unique... beasties on the screen. And when they go well (and even when they don't), they're some of the most memorable characters in the genre.
In celebration of the Irish sci-fi comedy film Grabbers, which hit VOD and other digital outlets on July 19 and contains some pretty wild monsters of its own, we've compiled a list of Horror's Top 13 Craziest Monsters!
As always, we'd like to start out with some honorable mentions. Slither and its old school relative Night of the Creeps both gave us a swarm of memorable leech-like monsters. The Host dropped us into an unexpected nightmare on a typical South Korean afternoon with a very unique movie monster. And even though he ended up going mainstream and had his own Saturday morning cartoon, The »
- Scott Hallam
Indie/horror flick Grabbers was released today, and by the looks of the trailer, it is awesome. If you aren’t already familiar with the premise, the movie takes place in a rural fishing town in Ireland, where a swarm of aliens invade the land by sea. The twist? The octopus-like creatures’ kryptonite is alcohol, so the only way innocent civilians can stay safe is to get hammered. The movie stars Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time) and Ruth Bradley (Flyboys), and you can currently see it in select theatres or download it on iTunes or Amazon. Before you »
A horror comedy where staying alive means staying as drunk as possible? Yeah, I think I can get behind this one. While I wouldn’t suggest getting completely shlammered in an attempt to ward off Freddy or Jason, if you ever find yourself trapped on an island full of tentacled aliens off the coast of Ireland, you better grab yourself a pint and start chugging.
Grabbers is a fun little creature feature with enough liquor swigging to get viewers intoxicated off the fumes, but you don’t need beer goggles to enjoy the hell out of Jon Wright’s film. This slick monster romp showcases some whimsical imagination and light-hearted humor, feeling a little bit like a tonal replica of Gremlins, as Kevin Lehane’s script focuses more on comedic entertainment than scares. Good work fellas, next round is on me!
Erin Island is normally a sleepy little Irish island, »
- Matt Donato
We’ve been covering Grabbers quite a bit on Daily Dead and the horror/sci-fi comedy is now available in the Us on VOD. We were given the opportunity to talk with writer Kevin Lehane about Grabbers, and he told us about his creative process, time on-set, and his thoughts on the finished movie:
How did the idea for Grabbers first come about? Was this something you had been working on for a while or did someone approach you with the story?
Kevin Lehane: No, it was something that came to me while I was backpacking around the world. I was in the Cook Islands at the time and having a hard time of it with mosquitoes. I kept being advised to eat lots of vitamin B and while I was having a few beers the thought struck that it’d be funny if mosquitoes were allergic to alcohol. »
- Jonathan James
A new Grabbers (review here) clip has arrived and it offers a good reason as to why the flick is aptly titled. Look for it July 19th on the IFC Midnight banner in select theaters and on cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Zune, PlayStation, SundanceNow.com and other digital VOD outlets.
Ciarán O’Shea, the handsome though washed up policeman of sleepy Erin Island, has a daily routine consisting mainly of hanging out at the pub with the local drunks and various other charmingly eccentric characters. But his day is about to go horribly wrong.
Teamed up with the unwanted help of Lisa – an uptight workaholic policewoman from the Irish mainland – they suddenly find themselves dealing with dead whales, »
- Uncle Creepy
The horror-comedy Grabbers puts a unique spin on the alien invasion genre, centering on a small Irish fishing town that is rocked by a large alien creature. Local cops Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle) and Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) discover that this monster only attacks those who are sober, and the only way to protect themselves is to stay drunk. IFC Midnight has debuted two clips from this horror-comedy, directed by Jon Wright. Take a look at these scenes before checking out Grabbers in theaters and on cable VOD, iTunes, SundanceNow, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, Xbox Zune, Google Play and YouTube.
On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O'Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, »
Here's an old-fashioned "creature feature" in the mold of "The Thing," "Critters" and "Gremlins." What sets "Grabbers" apart is a touch of the "diddly aye."
Yes, this time the beast comes ashore in an island town off Ireland. And the locals -- Irish "types" one and all -- have a grand time battling the thing that sucks their faces off in the night.
Ruth Bradley is a fetching Irish national cop, or garda, named Lisa Nolan who has taken temporary duty on Erin Island. The locals can't help but flirt. Even the only other cop on duty during this corner of the summer. But Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle) is a lush and a barely functioning one as it is.
Nothing ever happens here, he tells the new garda girl. Ahh, she says, but "It's always the quiet places where the mad (stuff) happens."
And so it does. A meteor struck »
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