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Ravenswood recap: “Scared to Death” By Aleina McGettrick In last week’s episode of Ravenswood we left off with Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson) leaving with the ghost of her mother to an unknown place. Although we all wish this was her happy ending, we know it definitely is not. This week, on the midseason finale of Ravenswood, the show started out with Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) having a sort of dream of where Miranda was. She was shown in a room with her mother and father and a strange little girl — her parents claimed that the girl was wondering by herself … Continue reading →
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Review Kaci Ferrell 20 Nov 2013 - 07:49
Ravenswood reaches its mid-season finale with characteristically brilliant camp horror. Spoilers ahead...
This review contains spoilers.
1.5 Scared To Death
In the mid-season finale of Ravenswood, we finally learn the truth abou Caleb and Miranda's doppelgangers and get a surprise dropped on our heads.
I have to preface this review with the one negative thing I have to say about the series thus far. I'd rather get it out of the way now so that we can talk about the delicious, campy goodness that this episode had in store for us and end on a high note.
I have to wonder how many people are watching Ravenswood who haven't seen its parent show, Pretty Little Liars. I would dare to venture that the answer is "not many." Accordingly, those viewers have had years to get used to Caleb and Hanna's relationship. It's not a "shipping" thing, »
We hope to see more of her, she's terrifically scary and we can't wait to find out what she's up to with Dylan.
The midseason finale of "Ravenswood" offered some excellent scares -- pee-your-pants good, so don't make fun. Just like Olivia said.
For a minute, we really thought the show killed off Caleb Rivers and we were actually super-pumped. Not because we want him to die, of course, but just ... that's such a bold dramatic choice. Sure, Miranda's a main character too, but not in the same way. That would've been incredibly daring.
But Caleb is Ok. And we're fine with that too. What we're more interested in is the fact that the little girl Max and Dylan appear to be some kind of minions for the devil. The show doesn't explicitly say that, but Max's "in Hell" comment and the duplicitous ghosts of Miranda's parents and Dylan saying "he" won't be pleased -- all signs point to the devil, which makes "Ravenswood" 1000x scarier than "Pll" ever could be. »
"Ravenswood" is ending the first half of Season 1 Tuesday night (Nov. 19) with "Scared to Death." Star Brett Dier teases for Zap2it that they shot at a haunted house and that he wishes he could be part of a flashback.
"The place where we're shooting in was actually pretty spooky. It was a mansion and I don't think anybody lived there for a long time. ... I wandered around in the house by myself and I was really scared," says Dier. "It kind of looks like the 'Addams Family,' that mansion. We shoot in there a lot. There's a lot of action [there] in episode 5."
Norman Buckley, who directed the episode, posted this photo (right) to Tumblr along with the caption, "Be careful where you go." Perhaps that is a clue to what Dier is talking about?
But anyway, part of the action in episode 5 stems from the "Scooby Gang," as Tyler Blackburn calls them, »
"Ravenswood" is wrapping up the first half of Season 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 19 with "Scared to Death," which star Nicole Gale Anderson teases for Zap2it will feature the gang in a race to save Miranda and a creepy little girl who is not what she seems.
"The next episode basically starts off with Miranda waking up in this amazingly perfect dream home with her mom and her dad and this cute little girl named Max and everything seems picture-perfect," says Anderson. "But what she doesn't know is that it isn't quite what it appears to be."
"Caleb, it comes to him in a dream, he quickly starts to piece together all the clues he found within that box from the last episode and the four Ravenswood kids try to figure out the clues to find Miranda."
We were wondering if this little girl Max is there to help or hurt »
"Ravenswood" is bringing an action-packed midseason finale next week with "Scared to Death," which Britne Oldford teases for Zap2it what is happening with Remy and her sleepwalking problem moving forward.
"The dreams that she's having are definitely affecting her physically. Not too much mentally, but she's growing very weary and very tired," says Oldford. "Her sleepwalking does definitely evolve and you'll see why she's sleepwalking, what happens when she's sleepwalking and it really comes to a head, actually, when we come back. So we'll have to see what happens."
In addition to her sleep problem, Remy also has one of the parents on the show who seems to be more than perhaps he or she is letting on. But is Remy's dad in on the curse?
"I think that Simon Beaumont has some sort of an idea as to why the town is the way it is," says Oldford. »
"I can't say for sure if [Hanna and Caleb] break up or not, but things won't be the same, let's just say that," says Blackburn. "It's a very delicate situation because a lot has transpired in Ravenswood for Caleb, a lot that he wants to keep secret from her. That definitely puts him in a sticky situation."
He has to make some decisions and some of them I don't think are going to go over well with some of the 'Haleb' fans. But I think it's a necessary choice that he makes."
Part of the sticky situation Caleb is in has to do with Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson), who is now a ghost and yet for whom Caleb might have some feelings.
"It's a complicated situation. He does [have feelings for Miranda], but it's »
Since the first batch of Ravenswood episodes were designed to serve as an introductory teaser, the mid-season finale is rapidly approaching (new episodes return January 7) and ETonline scored an exclusive photo from the game-changing episode.
Titled Scared to Death, the finale features the gang racing to save Miranda, which allows the show to delve deep into the relationship between those original incarnations of Caleb and Miranda, as you can see above!
Video - Ravenswood Star Reveals His Biggest Fear
Last week's Castle featured Kevin Ryan balking at a possibly cursed DVD. But the stakes get considerably more dangerous for the detective in "The Wild Rover" when he goes undercover with the Staten Island mob.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Seamus Dever about the peril his alter ego will be facing, which of his coworkers can't keep their hands off his wife and what is in store on episode 100 of the ABC hit...
It sounds like Detective Ryan is doing some undercover work in the next episode. What can you tell us about that?
So basically, before Kevin Ryan was a homicide cop he was a narcotics cop and one of things that he did was go undercover. It was sort of one of these things were he spent 14 - 15 months in the Staten Island mob, gaining their trust. Getting to know people and getting people to trust him. »
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Below, our Castle Round Rable team of Chandel Charles, Jim Garner, and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fan Amanda from The 12th Fan Forum to ponder who was the biggest scaredy cat at the precinct and which celebrities made our bucket lists.
What was your favorite scene?
Amanda: I loved the scene at the end where Kate saw Castle's "bucket list" from three years ago and learned that his number one was to be with her. Super sweet and romantic!
Chandel: Probably when Castle initially watched the deadly DVD. His face at the end, upon realizing the consequences was really worth a screenshot.
Jim: I liked Espo backing up Ryan on not watching the DVD. Tried to act all tough, but dude was afraid.
Christine: My favorite »
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Well, I don't know about you guys, but last night's Castle was one of the most entertaining episodes of the series thus far for me. See, "Scared to Death" had everything that attracted me to this show in the first place. It was hilarious, it had amazing suspense - I was really creeped out by that [...]
Castle: 5.17 "Scared to Death" Review »
- Luciana Mangas
From the classic horror scream in the opening sequence to the unsolved mystery revealed at the end, the episode does a fairly good job of navigating the theme while giving it some very Castle touches, too.
From the beginning, it’s clear the writers are aiming to lure the audience into a heart-stopping, bone-chilling adventure in the vein of The Ring, and the first victim, Val Butler (Alison Trumbull) does a good job of selling that point.
- Heather Donmoyer
Welcome back, TV Fanatics! After a few weeks off, Castle returned with "Scared to Death," a lighthearted episode to follow up the intense two-parter we had just enjoyed.
Ready to discuss?
The Ring? On a fun play off of “The Ring” movie, the weekly case dealt with the death of victims who had received a mysterious package containing an evil DVD. Not going to lie, kinda freaked me out a bit. I definitely asked myself, “are they showing these clips again??"
I can’t blame Espo and Ryan for not wanting to watch it either! Leave it to the genius of Rick Castle to figure out such an odd link between the victims. This was an enjoyable hour filled with laughs to follow up from "Hunt."
The only thing that threw me was that there was no mention of what they had just been through. Not a word about Alexis or his father. »
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Do you like scary movies? How about scary episodes of "Castle" focusing on horror-movie tropes like "Scared to Death"? If the answer is yes, then the episode airing on Monday (March 18) was definitely the one for you. Filled from beginning to end with spine-tingling moments straight out of the supernatural realm, "Scared to Death" was good, scary fun.
But how many horror-movie tropes did "Castle" manage to cram into a single episode?
A haunted DVD: I have never watched "The Ring" (neither the Japanese nor the American version). The creepy images and the promise of death? That is exactly why.Useless calls to the police: The first murder victim called 911. It didn't do any good. It never does...Power outages: When the lights go out, you know you're done for.Deaths at midnight: All the best scary murders happen at midnight.The creepy inn: Sure, it was the off-season. But »
You'd think that a murder would be sufficient evil for a mystery like "Castle." In the upcoming episode, "Scared to Death," however, we get the possibility of evil ghosts haunting their victims to death. Is Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) about to be the next target of these malicious spirits?
All seems basically fine in the first video -- you know, other than the corpse. Seriously, that is one freaky dead body. The instant association with "scared to death" works very well. Also, if the victim were not scared of evil spirits of some nature, what's with all of the supernatural paraphernalia?
As the second video shows, Castle has decided that ghosts are most definitely to blame in the murder of the week.
It may not be ghosts, of course. Plenty of other horror-movie monsters and psycho killers are willing to choose their victims based on recent sexual escapades. Castle might »
New Castle season 5,episode 19 short spoiler teasers & title hit the net. Recently, Spoiler TV revealed a new,short spoiler tease and title reveal for the upcoming Castle episode 19 of season 5 by way of Zap2it,and it turns out that we'll see Castle suffering from a broken leg in this one. However,it won't stop him from being nosy enough to spot a new murder going down outside his apartment building. And you can bet he'll be quite alarmed by the situation,and more. The episode is entitled, "The Lives of Others." Their spoiler teaser reads like this: "While stuck at home with a broken leg, Castle believes he witnesses a murder in the apartment across the street." In related news, Castle will finally be delivering some brand new episodes this Monday night,March 18th after coming off almost and entire month hiatus. They'll be airing episode 17 titled, "Scared To Death, »
Simply put, Rick Castle turns down sex from Kate Beckett on this Monday's Castle Season 5 installment.
Yes, you read that correctly.
To understand why, we direct readers to the following clip from "Scared to Death," in which our favorite investigative crew happens upon a corpse and Castle says it looks like the woman has been literally, well, scared to death:
Castle Clip: "Scared to Death"
So when Castle himself watches what he believes to be a haunted DVD? And then Beckett propositions him? And he thinks back to almost every horror movie? It's inevitable that this hilarious reaction would ensue:
Castle Clip: Resisting Temptation »
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This Monday on ABC’s Castle, the Case of the Week has Rick treading carefully… and not necessarily in the direction of Kate’s bedroom.
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In the Ring-like episode “Scared to Death,” a young woman appears to have literally been [see episode title] three days after watching a “haunted” DVD. As Kate and Rick delve into the dark mystery, everyone’s favorite novelist becomes convinced that he too is marked for death when he accidentally watches the same “cursed” video.
Related | Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Before you get too worried, we can assure you that this is not one of those serious, dark episodes of "Castle." It's instead a silly, dark episode of the show! The presence of Wes Craven as a guest star helps to prove that.
The case begins with the death of a young woman. She appears to have been literally scared to death.
The evidence actually points more in the direction of a "haunted" DVD that the victim watched three days before her death. Castle watches this video as well. Does that mean he is next?
In the meantime, the victim's roommate (guest star Vivian Kerr) comes home. »
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