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Bon Appetit: ‘Ravenous’ and the Beast Inside

14 June 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Ted Griffin

Directed by Antonia Bird

USA, 1999

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

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Event Report: Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney Talks Playing Dorian Gray, the 'Picture,' His Co-Stars, Bono, and Lots More

14 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We recently joined 60 "Penny Dreadful" fans at an event that offered food, drink, music, and a screening of the latest episode complete with special guest Reeve Carney, who portrays the iconic Dorian Gray on the show.

The Bryant Park Hotel in Midtown Manhattan was the setting for the reception, held in honor of the winners of a Facebook contest. The announcement that "Penny Dreadful" will return for a second season was met with much fan happiness. More creatures! More of the occult!

As we have seen on both network and cable television, the horror genre has established a stronghold, and it's great that Showtime is claiming monster status along with the rest.

Our event report follows; just beware if you're not totally caught up that it does contain a few spoilers.

After libations in the hotel’s art deco bar, we were escorted downstairs, where the gift bags lived (pens, »

- Heather Buckley

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Is “Penny Dreadful” the Summer’s Gayest Show?

3 June 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Before we get into it, let me answer my own question: Yes. Yes it is.

(Major spoilers follow. For earlier recappage, check out our piece on the first two episodes.)

When word was first announced of Showtime’s period “psychosexual horror” series Penny Dreadful, no one was sure what to expect. The best guess was that it would be a handsomely-shot mashup of a handful of big-name genre icons… with copious close-ups of boobies. But I don’t think anyone expected the full-on monster mash that we have seen in the season’s first four episodes: Dr. Frankenstein is canoodling with Ludwig Van Helsing in an attempt to stop Dracula; Frankenstein’s Monster is playing Phantom of the Opera at the Grand Guignol Theatre, and the Wolf Man just banged Dorian Gray.

Yes, you read that right: at the end of last Sunday’s episode, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) – an »

- Brian Juergens

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Penny Dreadful Review: “Séance” (Season 1, Episode 2)

18 May 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sitting here writing this, I’m still working to pick my jaw off the floor after the ending of Penny Dreadful‘s second episode, “Séance.” I was impressed by the show’s pilot, which worked quickly to establish a creepy Victorian atmosphere and introduce an intriguing crop of characters. However, after watching “”Séance,” I can safely say that all the Penny Dreadful team got to do in the pilot was thinly veiled table-setting. Now, it appears that they’re ready to have some real fun.

And man if “Séance” isn’t the most no-holds-barred fun I’ve had with a Showtime program since the second season finale of Dexter (Remember? When we realized that Lila was completely flipping insane?). The episode starts off on a high note, with a poor Victorian woman becoming the next victim of the animalistic serial killer rampaging through the show’s alt-history Victorian London. That »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Original Mr. Gray

9 May 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

What is the value of art in society, and what are the artist’s moral imperatives? How must artists reconcile their predisposition toward sensory indulgences with modern mores, particularly if they gravitate towards a lifestyle that is largely stigmatized? Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray examined all of these questions. It was a seminal work of Gothic horror literature, and, although he was a highly accomplished playwright and critic, this was the only novel of Wilde’s that was ever published. 

Wilde's book tells the story of an artist named Basil Hallward, who finds something of a muse in the young man Dorian Gray. It is during one of his visits to Basil's studio that Dorian meets the ultra-hedonistic Lord Henry Wotton, who quickly "befriends" Dorian and persuades him that sensory indulgences and worldly pleasures are what life is truly about. Basil finishes his portrait of Dorian, »

- Brandon Engel

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Showtime’s Dorian Gray Looking Pretty Straight

1 April 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Wondering just how gay Reeve Carney‘s Dorian Gray might be in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful? This walk the actor takes to the various brothels, porn shops, and theaters of Victorian London may give you pause. The locations are interspersed with shots of Dorian from the show, and anytime he’s shown with a partner, be it for art or pleasure, it’s female.

There is a moment near the end where they talk about a two level brothel, men on the first floor and women on the second, and Carney mentions that Dorian might have visited both floors, but when we see him in the show, he’s obviously on the second floor.

Oscar Wilde‘s original 1890 novel scandalized England. In fact, when it was republished in an expanded version in 1891 Wilde was forced by his publishers to rearrange and delete sections to tone down the homoeroticism. It would »

- Ed Kennedy

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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Announces Dorian Awards Nominations

14 January 2014 6:12 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I am a proud voting member, has announced the nominees for its annual Dorian Awards named with a nod to the great and gay wit of Oscar Wilde.

The usual suspects ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "Her," "12 Years a Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue is the Warmest Color") will vie for the Film of the Year against the not-so-unusual suspect "Laurence Anyways."

Lily Tomlin is deservingly receiving the Timeless Star honor simply because she's timeless! And of course, she's an .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit..

Winners will be revealed on January 21st.

Here's the full nominations list of the 2013 Dorian Awards:

Film of the Year

American Hustle (Sony)

Blue is the Warmest Color (IFC)

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus)

Gravity (WB)

Her (WB)

Laurence Anyways (Breaking Glass)

12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Film Performance »

- Manny

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