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Requiem episode 2 review

Aliya Whiteley Feb 9, 2018

Strange things are lurking in the woods in episode 2 of the BBC's ghost story Requiem. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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A bit of cello practice, a watcher in the woods, a dusty room that’s been locked for years: there’s a lot of interesting events happening in this episode of Requiem. But before we get into that, let’s sing the praises of an element that can often get overlooked: an excellent title sequence.

The swirling, kaleidoscopic patterns and effects combined with high-pitched, eerie music reminds me of other series of the past that knew how to build up the suspense and fantastical elements from the start: Tales of the Unexpected, for instance, or The Box of Delights, both of
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Director Steve Hughes interview: Creeped Out, Doctor Who

Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2018

We chatted to director Steve Hughes about making Cbbc’s eerie anthology series Creeped Out and Doctor Who

TV and film-making is an arduous, competitive business. Unless a project is particularly close to the hearts of those making it, it’s unlikely to survive the process. Talent and a good idea can get you part of the way, but it takes really, really loving that idea to drive it through to the end, attracting more talent and love along the way.

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Cbbc’s Creeped Out buzzes with love from the people who make it. A thirteen-part eerie anthology series inspired by Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, it tells emotionally resonant horror, sci-fi and fantasy-tinged tales that are suitable for kids and irresistible to adults.
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

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Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Blu-ray Review – The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul, 2016.

Directed by Gareth Tunley.

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Niamh Cusack, and Dan Renton Skinner.


A cop goes undercover as a patient in order to investigate a psychotherapist involved in a strange murder case.

With Ben Wheatley (A Field in England/Kill List) credited as executive producer you can guarantee that The Ghoul, the directorial debut feature from Gareth Tunley, isn’t going to be an easy or straightforward viewing experience. Opening on a police investigation of a double murder in a suburban house in London, the story centres on Chris (Tom MeetenSightseers), a burned-out homicide detective no longer on the force but brought in by his friend Jim (Dan Renton SkinnerHigh-Rise) to help out as Jim cannot figure out how two people were shot three times each and still managed to walk towards the front door of the house.
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Mike Gold: Time, Space, and Adam Strange

It was, for its time, the coolest comic book on the racks. Lucky for me, having just turned eight years old I was at the perfect age to best enjoy it.

In fact, I already was lusting for the comic by the time it hit my local drug store. The house ad promoting the issue had been running in several of the DC comics for a few weeks, and it intrigued the hell out of me. Back in those days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, new comic book heroes were very few and very far between, even though 1958 was something of a boom year. DC had a title called Showcase that offered new concepts a try out – usually three issues. Yes, it was joined by The Brave and the Bold, but not until the summer of 1959. Showcase begat the Challengers of the Unknown, Lois Lane, the Metal Men, and the silver age Flash,
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L'Amant Double review – camp-classic status beckons for François Ozon's softcore silliness

The director of Jeune et Jolie returns with another slice of erotica-lite, in this tale of an ex-model in therapy who ends up with two lovers – who are twins

The softcore silliness and lite-erotic stylings of François Ozon’s horribly middleweight psycho-suspense thriller may yet give it camp classic status, like a super-porny version of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected.

There’s admittedly a cheeky wit to the opening visual gag, which converts a gynaecological image into a crying eye. And it has what future cultural historians may come to think of as the best female strap-on scene since Myra Breckinridge. Who knows?

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Fritz Weaver Has Passed Away

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Some very sad news is making the rounds today, as it has been reported that Fritz Weaver has passed away at the age of 90.

News of Fritz Weaver's passing was confirmed by Weaver's son-in-law, Bruce Ostler, according to The New York Times. In addition to winning a Tony award for his performance in 1970's Child’s Play, Weaver accumulated an impressive number of acting credits within the horror and sci-fi genres—on both the big and small screens—throughout his career.

Stephen King fans likely remember Weaver as Dexter Stanley from "The Crate" segment of Creepshow, where he starred alongside Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and the creepy creature unleashed from its prison.

Weaver also left his mark on a number of anthology series, including The Twilight Zone, Monsters, Tales From the Darkside, Night Gallery, and Tales of the Unexpected, in addition to appearances on Friday the 13th: The Series and The X-Files.
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Jodie Foster to Direct Rosemarie DeWitt in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Episode

Jodie Foster to Direct Rosemarie DeWitt in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Episode
Jodie Foster is set to direct a season-four episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” with Rosemarie DeWitt starring. The new season of the science-fiction anthology will begin production later this year and premiere in 2017.

Netflix last year ordered 12 additional episodes of the series from executive producers and showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, splitting the order up into two six-episode seasons. Season three premieres Friday. Previous seasons have featured stars such as Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jessica Findlay-Brown.

An anthology in the vein of “The Twilight Zone,” telling dark stories steeped in technology, “Black Mirror” is written primarily by Brooker. The first two seasons premiered on the U.K.’s Channel 4 before later migrating to Netflix.

“I’ve always been a fan of one-off, quirky, weird stories you’d see on ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘Tales of the Unexpected,’” Brooker recently told Variety. “Also, the BBC would put on one-off plays that were
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‘Black Mirror’ Creator on the Move to Netflix and Why He’s ‘Optimistic’ About Social Media

‘Black Mirror’ Creator on the Move to Netflix and Why He’s ‘Optimistic’ About Social Media
When people meet “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker, there’s one thing they always want to know: How messed up is he?

“I think I’m pretty normal,” Brooker says with a laugh. “But that depends on how you define normal.”

It’s a fair question. For “Black Mirror,” he pens scripts about the dark side of technology — the title refers to a shiny screen — with episodic stories that might seem outrageous at first blush, but soon prove all too timely. These have included “Fifteen Million Merits,” in which the only way out of a life of drudgery is to appear on a reality competition, and “White Bear,” in which a strange signal turns a small town into zombies obsessed with stalking and filming a woman.

The reach of “Black Mirror” is particularly impressive given that there have been only seven episodes in total; season one aired on England’s Channel 4 in 2011, followed by a second
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Terror on TV: ‘The Flypaper’ From Roald Dahl’s Tales Of The Unexpected

An ongoing series looking at the scariest moments in TV history. This round: “The Flypaper” from Tales Of The Unexpected. In the pantheon of horror TV, a show that often gets missed whilst discussing this subject in polite conversation is Tales Of The Unexpected. The series was the brainchild of revered author Roald Dahl, whose…

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Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories: strange, wonderful, unmissable TV




We take a spoiler-free look at Sky Arts' terrific quartet of Neil Gaiman short stories, starting on Thursday the 26th at 9pm...

Neil Gaiman's success gives me faith in the world. He's a great writer, and he's well known because of that fact. I think it springs from the particular way he has of looking at humanity, and passing along his insights to us - with wit, warmth, and not a small bath of uncomfortable self-realisation topped with the occasional cold shower of fear. If that sounds like a lot for a writer to accomplish, well, that's why he's so good, and why he should be able to make a living with his words. The fact that he does makes me feel better about us all.

The big challenge of Likely Stories, therefore, is to capture Gaiman's appeal and put it across without losing any one of those elements.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

From the mid sixties to the mid seventies, omnibus (or anthology, or portmanteau if you’re really fancy) horror films were big business. And Amicus Productions ruled the roost. Between ’65 and ’74 they released seven such films, starting with Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (not to be confused with Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes) and culminating with From Beyond the Grave. Today’s film lands in the middle, The House that Dripped Blood (1971) showcasing a company just starting to hit their stride with anthologies.

Popularity of the omnibus format has ebbed and flowed throughout the last 50 years; after Amicus stopped making them, George Romero and Stephen King collaborated on one of the finest, Creepshow (1982), which didn’t so much kick start a revival as have everyone afraid to compete. Throughout the late ‘80s and ‘90s there were pockets of inspiration, Tales from the Hood (1995) and of course HBO
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‘Something at the Window is Scratching: Vol.1′ Review

Written by Roman Dirge | Art by Roman Dirge | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Hardback, 128pp

Roman Dirge is probably best known as the author and artist of Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl, but Dirge has also turned his hand to other stories and other mediums, and Something at the Window is Scratching is an excellent example of his gruesome type of storytelling at work.

A collection of short poems, this collection of Dirge’s work is filled with twisted tales for children of all ages From serious sinister one page poems like Critter Pie and Pear Head Man & Bread Boy, to longer stories such as The Sideways Man and the brillaint titular story Something at the Window is Scratching.

Something at the Window is Scratching is Roman Dirge at his macabre best, each and every poem and story has a creepy sting in its tale, reminding me very much
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Limmy interview: Daft Wee Stories

Paul Weedon chats to Brian Limond, aka Limmy, about comedy, gallows humour, and new book, Daft Wee Stories. Strong swearing ahead...

Warning: the following contains frequent strong swearing and content some readers may find er, offensive.

With a cult following that would make even the most mainstream of comedians jealous, Brian Limond, better known to his legion of fans as Limmy, has spent the past decade and a half building a reputation as one of the strangest, most bafflingly brilliant comedians currently working. With the release of his new book, Daft Wee Stories, we sat down for a lengthy chat with Glesga’s favourite son.

“I love saying terrible things,” Limmy exclaims with a wry smile. “Things that I think are terrible and I’ve gotten in to trouble in the past – just hearing it come out of my mouth or seeing it typed and seeing it out there – something
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True Detective review: ‘Bad, bad men are still doing bad, bad things’

Four new characters go about their dodgy business in a doomy atmosphere – but what of the case, you may well wonder?

“I welcome judgment” says Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell somewhere underneath a droopy moustache). “I’m an American – say it,” orders Detective Antigone “Ani” Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) to a line-up of webcam girls she’s hoping are illegal immigrants. “I had to work out some kinks …” offers California highway officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) (yes, he’s in CHiPs!), to his bored, semi-clad girlfriend after a 30-minute shower, the effects of his blue pill having finally kicked in. “Never do anything out of hunger – not even eating,” says casino owner Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), confusing everyone.

Welcome to True Detective (Sky Atlantic), round two. Unlike, say, Line of Duty, which adopted the “guest lead” model – swapping Lennie James for Keeley Hawes but keeping the core team of Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston,
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‘Can’t Come Out to Play’ DVD Review

Stars: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Peter Fonda, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Peter Fonda, Leslie Lyles | Written by Stephen Lancellotti | Directed by John McNaughton

John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror (his Masters of Horror episode in 2006 is his only “horror” credit in 25 years), with Can’t Come Out to Play, a psychological thriller starring Britain’s very own Samantha Morton and everyone’s favourite Superman villain, Michael Shannon, who play married medical professionals Katharine and Richard Young who keep their sick son Andy isolated from the outside world in their remote countryside house.

However that isolation is broken when Maryann, following the death of her parents, moves in with her grandparents just down the road. Having left all she knows behind and feeling alone, she eventually befriends Andy
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‘Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales’ DVD Review

Stars: Amber Benson, Angela Bettis, Aj Bowen, Jose Pablo Cantillo, James Duval, William Forsythe, Eddie Hargitay, Danielle Harris, Noah Hathaway, Marc Senter, Megan Thompson, Alex Urbom, Ray Wise | Written and Directed by Tom Holland

Originally conceived and made as a 9-episode web series for the now defunct FearNet, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales has been released on to DVD as yet another horror anthology rather than TV show – running a huge 144 minutes – encompassing the entire series in one “movie”; and an inconsistent movie at that.

Some would say that you have to give web-based programming some leaway, after all budgets aren’t as high etc. However when said web series comes from FearNet, a site that had backing and had the resources, you have to wonder why they didn’t spend that little bit more money to make something a little more polished. Apparently the budget for Twisted Tales was
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Intrigue, unease and emotional intensity: have you been watching Inside No 9?

The second series of half-hour stories from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton has been full of unexpected comedy and deep, dark horror, with nods to everything from Witchfinder General to Alan Ayckbourn

Another consummate series of Inside No 9 ends tonight on BBC2 with Seance Time, a typically gothic chiller featuring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s now trademark blend of comedy and deepest, darkest horror. And, as with the five other totally diverse episodes this time round, you never turn out to be watching what you think you’re watching. Not since Tales of the Unexpected have British viewers been treated to such elegantly crafted half-hour slices of intrigue, unease and all-out emotional intensity. And all while being made to laugh, even if the laughter is sometimes of the uneasy kind.

In series one, particularly remarkable for the flawless execution of that entirely silent episode featuring a bungled robbery, the
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‘Frequencies’ Review

Stars: Lily Laight, Charlie Rixon, Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Owen Pugh, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, David Broughton-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll | Written and Directed by Darren Paul Fisher

Thematically similar to the Divergent franchise – in that children are tested at a young age and their place in society is determined given the results – British sci-fi film Frequencies plays out like an extended episode of Tales of the Unexpected crossed with the philosophical science of a film such as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi and/or The Fountain….

In a dystopian future, children’s ability to succeed in life is determined at a young age, based on their own personal ‘frequency’ which dictates just how lucky they will be. In the process of testing one particular group, it transpires that Marie (Laight) has an impossibly high frequency, making her the luckiest girl in the world. At the same testing, Zak
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Inside No. 9 series 2: Pemberton & Shearsmith's twisted genius

Here's a spoiler-free look at what to expect from the second series of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's glorious Inside No. 9...

Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.

Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton,
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