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Between Universal’s planned resurrections of its most iconic monsters and the considerable success of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, it’s a great time for classic monsters. Now, it appears that Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the latest genre property to head back into development, with word that ITV is plotting an ambitious, 10-part Jekyll & Hyde series.
The adaptation hails from Charlie Higson, the British author behind the bestselling Young Bond series and the teen-targeted, post-apocalyptic Enemy series. Higson will both write and exec-produce. Unlike previous takes on the classic novel, Jekyll & Hyde is set in 1930s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies.
It centers on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, who is described as “young, attractive and troubled.” Apparently, some unfortunate family genes have been passed down. After becoming a doctor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******
By Ernie Magnotta
If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.
When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Just a bunch of random thoughts this week, gang…
As I mentioned two weeks ago, Martha Thomases and I go waaaay back to the days when she was DC’s go-to woman for marketing and promotions and I was a naive, newbie freelance writer for the company who always stuck my head in her doorway (“hey, Martha”) whenever I was in the office. We have always been kindred spirits in political thought and our taste in literature, television, and moves have always coincided more than they have diverged, and now Martha’s latest column extends that coincidence to some critics.
Martha, you have more patience than I do; I couldn’t even finish the piece because I got so annoyed. So, yeah, I’m not an A.O. Scott fan, either, although I do think he writes beautifully. In my not-so-humble opinion, Mr. Scott is a bit of a snob and »
- Mindy Newell
Written by Ted Griffin
Directed by Antonia Bird
Ravenous is a film that is deceitful above all things. Almost from the outset, and certainly from the trailers, it portrays itself as a horror comedy in the vein of perhaps Evil Dead II or Cabin Fever. However, as the film comes together, the viewer quickly begins to see it for the maddening Frankenstein’s monster it truly is.
Ravenous tells the story of two outcasted men. The first is a disgraced former soldier, Calhoun, struggling with his “heroic” past, while the second, Ives, is the sole survivor of a wilderness trek. Both mens journeys ended bad and bloody, and because of this, there is a kinship among them. They seem to know and understand one another.
Oh, and one other thing, they’re both cannibals.
And so, in the quiet California snow of the 1800s, we find these two »
- Mike Worby
After jerking us around during the Summer finale, Pretty Little Liars has returned this week with a vengeance. Now that Alison is alive, the girls have to find a way to get her back into Rosewood safely. Not to mention that they have to think outside to box to find out who's really inside Ali's coffin. Something tells me whatever they discover is only going to lead to more questions. To top things off, knowing Ezra's secret when the girls don't know it is absolute torture. All this and we still aren't sure what to make of him! Is he good or bad? When will the girls begin to suspect that he's not who he pretends to be? We're at the edge of our seat trying to figure out who to trust. Let's take a look at what happens in this week's Winter premiere. Did CeCe actually kill Wilden? At the beginning of the episode, »
- Ryan Roschke
"Pretty Little Liars" is back with "Who's in the Box?," which has the Liars wondering that exact thing -- if Alison is alive, who is in her grave?
Alison and 'A'
One of the first potential big moments of the episode is when Emily wonders if Alison is "A." Wouldn't that be interesting? Maybe Alison was somehow working with Mona, or maybe she took over when Mona got sent to Radley? It would certainly add some drama if Alison were "A" for a while and then began to be afraid of someone else working as "A"? Or found out some other "A" was trying to kill her and went on the run? There are a lot of intriguing possibilities there.
The Liars are determined to find out who is buried in Alison's grave, spurred by Hanna's idea that they should look into other girls in the area who went »
6 items from 2014
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