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In the midst of Once Upon a Time‘s five-week holiday hiatus, a small hint of things to come has slipped out of fairytale land.
Series cocreator Adam Horowitz on Saturday afternoon revealed on Twitter that Season 2′s 13th episode will be “Tiny” — as in, that’s the diminutive title of the episode. But what could it mean?
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The ABC drama’s sophomore run resumes on Jan. 6, 2013 with “The Cricket Game,” which presumably will involve Archie Hopper’s buggy alter ego. (Per the official synopsis, all »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Did the mad apple fall far from the tree? Once Upon a Time will explore that question when Gregory Itzin guest-stars on an upcoming Season 2 episode.
TVLine has confirmed that Itzin – a two-time Emmy nominee for his run as 24 Potus Charles Logan, and currently a recurring player on Covert Affairs — will appear on the ABC drama as Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s father, Alphonse.
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Dr. Frankenstein is played on Once by David Anders, whose Storybrooke alter ego, Dr. Whale, is a standard-issue physician.
Itzin will appear in Episode »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Once Upon a Time Spoiler Alert: Dr. Whale isn’t an only child.
Okay, so Dr. Whale in Storybooke is actually Dr. Victor Frankenstein in…well, what do you call a strange black-and-white world, that is not the fairy tale world we’re accustomed to visiting? That’s where Dr. Frankenstein hails from. He’s played by Alias and Heroes alum, David Anders.
But TV Line has scooped the story that the not so good doctor’s brother has just been cast. I’m not sure that’s much of a spoiler, considering, in his back story, we learned he tried to bring his dead brother back to life.
So, if you connect the dots, actor Chad Michael Collins is probably about to bring Frankenstein’s monster to the small screen.
The handsome actor was last seen on ABC’s Last Resort, as show I’ve been really digging, as Redman, »
- Sasha Nova
Once Upon a Time has cast Chad Michael Collins in an interesting new role.
The actor will portray Gerhardt, a younger brother of David Anders’ Dr. Whale and "an athletic, good-natured military man filled with idealism," a son who would make any parent proud, according to TV Line.
The character’s familial ties to Dr. Whale imply, at least from what's been teased this fall, that he's Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s brother. Collins will make an appearance in Episode 12 of Once Upon a Time Season 2.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
Oh, brother. This latest piece of Once Upon a Time casting gives new meaning to the phrase “adding a limb to the family tree.”
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Gerhardt is described as an athletic and good-natured military man who is filled with idealism, “the kind of son any parent would be proud of.”
The character’s tie to Whale of course also hints that, given the »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
We’re happy to announce that Tamika Jones is expanding her role on Daily Dead and is taking over the Indie Spotlight. For today’s feature, she brings readers two short horror films to watch, along with the latest indie horror news sent our way:
6 Degrees of Hell Premiere: “Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies) will be in attendance for the Los Angeles premiere of 6 Degrees of Hell. Joined by writer and producer B.H. Smith, the screening will include a Q&A following the film and a horror trivia game, with such prizes as signed scripts, posters and movie packs.
In Northeast Pennsylvania, ”Uncle Jack’s Hotel of Horror” is besieged by a dark presence after two friends of “Uncle” Jack, Chris and Kellen, unwittingly release a deadly evil by transporting local psychic Mary Wilkins’ collection of haunted objects as props for the popular tourist attraction. At the same time, »
- Tamika Jones
Once Upon a Time has long been known for having, keeping and then finally revealing secrets. Just this week the true identity of Dr. Whale was exposed through his crazy attempt to bring Regina's true love back to life.
Even though Dr. Whale's Fairy Tale Land identity was exposed as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, there are plenty of mysteries that remain. »
This week's Once Upon a Time finally revealed Dr. Whale's true identity, but that discovery - and the story that played out in Storybrooke - made for a bit of a strange episode. While it's always nice to get insight into the emotions of the characters, the truth is that what happened in Regina's Storybrooke arc in this episode didn't really move the overall plot forward. The first four episodes of this season were very well done (and last week's episode "The Crocodile" was particularly enjoyable), bringing us amazing new characters and overall mytharc progression, so it seemed a bit jarring to put on the brakes after so much movement. Nonetheless, we still got some additional insight into Regina's past that showed us exactly why she turned to the dark arts.
Master of Manipulation
"The Doctor" showed us a time after Regina had gotten rid of Cora in the fairytale »
They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis In the live action short film that inspired the full-length stop-motion film in 2012, young Victor Frankenstein turns to the powers of science and electricity to bring his dog Sparky back to life. After his experiment is a success, the young boy must try to hide the cute, misunderstood monstrosity from an easily frightened neighborhood. Killer Scene When his reintroduction to society goes awry, a frightened Frankenweenie takes off for the safety and solitude of the abandoned miniature golf course. Victor takes off in pursuit, only moments ahead of the angry mob intent on destroying the dog. In »
- Robert Fure
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Directed by Terence Fisher
Having enjoyed success with the sci-fi horror film The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), the Hammer studio was keen to further exploit the apparent appeal of darker content – Quatermass had notably been one of the early recipients of the ‘X’ certificate – amongst the British public of the time. In the early stretches of the decade, horror cinema had mostly gone out of fashion, with the popular big-screen monsters now being of scientific or outer space origin. After Quatermass’ success, Hammer decided to resurrect the Frankenstein property, it being the blueprint fiction work for science leading to terror. The tragic creature of Mary Shelley’s creation had become a figure of mockery by the time of its 1948 encounter with Abbott and Costello, but Universal still held copyright despite the property’s apparent lack of profitability. As such, the script of Hammer »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
Directed by Mary Harrron
Written by Mary Harron
Bret Easton Ellis’s dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s was brought to the big screen by director Mary Harron. Initially slapped with the MPAA’s kiss of death (an Nc-17 rating), American Psycho was later re-edited and reduced to a more commercially dependable “R”. Perhaps the film works best as a slick satire about misogyny, »
Before he directed his first feature film in the mid-1980s, Tim Burton made a 30-minute live-action Frankenstein comedy for Disney, Frankenweenie, in which an 11-year old Victor Frankenstein retrieves his much loved dog Sparky from the local pet cemetery and reanimates him using the process popularised by his ancestor and namesake Victor. Burton had wanted to do it as a stop-motion animated film, but the cost was prohibitive. The situation and Burton's standing having radically changed, he's returned to the project using his original drawings and made a full-length film in black-and-white 3D. The result is an uncloying homage to the gothic horror films Burton loved in his youth, funny, fairly scary, extremely charming and not a minute too long.
The plot turns on the other kids in New Holland elementary school discovering Victor's secret from his idiotic assistant, Edgar E Gore, and wanting creatures of their own to »
- Philip French
Reviewed by Chris Risdal, MoreHorror.com
Note: This is (so far) only available on the 'Universal Classic Monsters Essential Blu-ray Box Set'.
‘Frankenstein’ is a classic film from 1931 that has influenced many modern horror films today and was highly controversial at the time of its released, where it was considered so horrifying that many audience members were rumored to have fainted at showings. It is not a perfect film for sure, but it’s a classic in every sense of the word and it is not to be missed for any fan of the genre.
I personally grew up on the old Universal Horror and Hammer Horror films before moving into the modern horror territory, and I feel many have done the same. These films are just fantastic for a young mind to take in and I personally was fascinated by them, two in particular being Universal’s ‘Dracula’ and »
Koontz's story is set in New Orleans, where Victor Frankenstein, now going by the name Victor Helios, has managed to survive for 200 years after he was presumed dead in a battle with the monster he created. The monster survived too, and coincidentally has also settled in New Orleans. Victor has continued his experiments, both extending his own life and creating new beings who are deeply loyal to him.
If that sounds a little familiar, it's because the TNT project is the second adaptation of Koontz's "Frankenstein" series to come to television. USA aired a movie in 2004 that »
TNT is looking to further reshape the television landscape by developing Dean Koontz's best-selling Frankenstein novels into a series and putting a six-episode series order on L.A. Noir, officially returning Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) to TV. James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son Jake Hart will script the modern-day retelling of the Mary Shelley mythology for the Frankenstein series. Set in New Orleans, the story centers on a war between Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, Helios. Each survived a fight in the arctic 200 years ago, but the not-so-good doctor has been busy crafting an army of creatures that answer only to him. The two sides resume their war with New Orleans caught in the middle. Deadline reports that the elder Hart makes his series writing debut with Frankenstein, making him the most recent feature talent to transition to the small screen. Hit the jump for »
- Dave Trumbore
★★★★☆ In recent years, Tim Burton's cinematic output has been more than a little disappointing. Revisiting his own source material with 2012 stop-motion animation Frankenweenie 3D (based on a 1984 short he made whilst working for Disney), he manages a partial return to form with a feature that possesses the magic we know and love him for. When young Victor Frankenstein's (Charlie Tahan) beloved dog Sparky is accidentally killed the despairing teen turns to his other passion - science - after being inspired by his looming, Vincent Price-esque science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau).
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- CineVue UK
Inspired by Mary Shelley, gothic visionary Tim Burton resurrects his 1984 live action short to create a full-blown animated monster. When his beloved dog Sparky meets an untimely end, madly inventive schoolboy Victor Frankenstein uses all his scientific know-how to bring him back to life. But as the school science fair approaches, word of Victor's secret spreads to his classmates and soon the town is swarming with re-animated abominations. »
Fang to rights
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie – a stop-motion, black-and-white ode to the horror films of his youth – opened the 56th BFI London film festival last week. It was bursting with every horror reference you could think of, as young Victor Frankenstein brings his dead dog Sparky back to life with an experiment for the school science fair.
Burton has lovingly crafted his references – doesn't everything in stop motion require hours of planning and thought? – but a little bat told me that he has actually overlooked one crucial aspect of film-making. In one scene the boy's parents are watching a horror movie on TV as he creeps back from the pet cemetery having dug up his dead pup. The parents (voiced by Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short) are cuddling »
- Jason Solomons
A frosty night in London's Leicester Square was warmed up by the presence of Tim Burton and his Frankenweenie crew for the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival. Sparky the dog couldn't make it, presumably in stop-motion quarantine or negotiating a book deal, but Burton's legendary voice cast was out in force, with Mrs B, Helena Bonham Carter, also turning out to lend her support. Presumably she's forgiven him for not including her in this one.Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short, long-time pals and a double-act soon to be appearing on the Empire podcast, were joined on the red carpet by the great Martin Landau.The voice of Vincent Price-like science teacher Mr. Rzykruski in the black-and-white animation, Landau reunites with Burton for the second time. The first, Ed Wood, snagged him an Oscar; this one is notable for inspiring young Victor Frankenstein to reanimate poor dead »
Tim Burton’s latest film is a feature length, black and white stop motion animation remake of one of his own short films, Frankenweenie. It supposedly both parodies and pays homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley of the same name.
Set in a town called New Holland, where a boy called Victor Frankenstein lives. Victor is a budding scientist, and following the death of his beloved dog, Sparky, he uses science to bring him back to life. The secret of the resurrected dog doesn’t stay hidden for long, and his experiment indirectly ends up causing a lot of trouble.
For an adaptation from a short film, Burton has managed to add enough to the story of Victor »
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