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Not quite the bloody mess its title would suggest, but a bit of a mess nonetheless, Darren Lynn Bousman’s “Abattoir” is a franchise-aspirational horror opus that takes too long establishing its premise, then peters out in a climactic jumble of scare-free digital effects. Some weak key performances and an uncertain tone further dim the appeal of this latest from the director of several “Saw” sequels and “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” Shot in late 2014, it’s finally arriving on 10 AMC screens nationwide after a tour of genre fests, simultaneous with streaming release.
Newspaper reporter Julia Talben (Jessica Lowndes from the “90210” reboot) panics when she gets a call at work from someone who identifies himself simply as “The man who just killed your sister.” Rushing to the latter’s house with police detective friend/suitor Grady (Joe Anderson), she discovers that indeed Amanda (Jackie Tuttle), as well as Amanda’s husband and small child, »
- Dennis Harvey
Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means we won't shame you for staying tucked inside. (To be honest, we won't blame you if it was a Saturday, either.) If you're intent on celebrating Halloween by staying glued to the small screen, we can help. Out of everything on TV that night, here are all the Halloween specials and horror movies playing during primetime. You'll be able to pick between classics like Psycho and Halloween and new favorites like Saw and The Purge. Plus, Halloween episodes of South Park and The Simpsons are airing all night long! Related:13 Nights of Halloween: Here's the Full Lineup For Freeform's Annual Marathon! AMC 8 p.m. - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 10 p.m. - Halloween BBC America 8 p.m. - Pyscho Comedy Central 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. - South Park Halloween episodes Food Network 8 p.m. - Halloween Baking Championship 9 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
If there was ever an episode to leave us speechless, Dead of Summer Season 1 Episode 9 did just that.
Revealing Amy as the secret helper of Malphas, and the killer of Cricket and friends, was the biggest shock we've seen on television in a long time.
Below, TV Fanatics Allison Nichols, Yana Grebenyuk, and Caralynn Lippo discuss that shocking Amy reveal, the trajectory of the final episode, and whether Malphas can be stopped.
React to Amy being evil.
Allison: I really loved this twist. I didn't see it coming, and it made Amy a lot more interesting.
Yana: Amy's story gained so much traction from that twist. And kudos to Elizabeth Lail who really sold it.
Caralynn: Elizabeth Lail gave her best performance of the season during this episode. The whole "possessed person isn't actually innocent/pure" twist is one of my absolute favorites in horror, and it really worked to salvage the character of Amy, »
- Jay Ruymann
What Lies Beneath
Carnival of Souls
7 and above.
You showed real spirit
0 and above.
You never stood a ghost of a chance
4 and above.
That was a bust
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- Benjamin Lee
John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...
John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?
Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as »
The book features interviews with Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones, Desperation, The Stand,) John Ottman (Composer/Editor of X:Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects,) Mark Ordesky & Jane Fleming (Producers of Lovely Molly, Exists,) Kane Hodder (Jason from the Friday the 13th, part 7 to 10, Hatchet,) Tibor Takacs (Director of The Gate, Spiders 3D, Megasnake,) John Debney (Composer of Predators, Sin City, End of Days,) Jojo Draven (Composer of Patient Seven, Ghost Month, Reel Evil,) Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science,) Mike Mendez (Director of The Gravedancers, Big Ass Spider,) Neal Marshall Stevens (Screenwriter of Thir13en Ghosts, Hellraiser: Deader,) Chris Alexander (Former Editor in Chief of Fangoria Magazine, Filmmaker,) Jessica Cameron (Actress/Director of Truth or Dare,) Denise Gossett (Founder »
6 items from 2016
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