13 items from 2016
Since Amazon’s launch in May of Amazon Video Direct, the company says users have streamed several billion minutes of video from its partners the service, which is open to any content creator or owner and provides multiple options for generating money from that video.
That’s likely less than the staggering amount of video gushing from the fire hoses of YouTube or Netflix. But Amazon Video Direct content partners say the program represents a noteworthy new platform that is letting them generate incremental revenue. And for the first time, the e-commerce behemoth has released the list of the best-performing movie titles, TV shows and digital partners the service — which Amazon is rewarding with extra cash doled out from a $1 million pool on a monthly basis, through its “Avd Stars” program.
Amazon Video Direct partners have four distribution options: They can make their content available to Prime Video subscribers and »
- Todd Spangler
Too much quality TV got you down? All that art and introspection making you pine for the long-gone age of junk? Here’s a companion to our list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time – a few of our picks for the worst. Remember: For every bad show that claws its way to the airwaves, there are hundreds of even worse ones that never made it that far. Respect!
Congratulations, Robertson family – you are officially the worst anything ever! A dipshit sitcom passed off as a reality show, »
Lights, camera, murder. Serial killers, ruthless mobsters and sneaky con artists alike have long fascinated the general public, so it's no wonder some of Hollywood's most iconic films have drawn inspiration from the twisted minds of history-making criminals. From Charlize Theron's bone-chilling performance of since-executed murderer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, to Johnny Depp's portrayal of notorious organized crime leader Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, movie buffs just can't get enough true crime on the big screen. Click through the gallery below to relive our favorite actors' gripping transformations into »
While horror is riding high theatrically side this week, August 30th’s genre home entertainment releases are a bit on the quieter side, with only a handful of titles coming our way. Scream Factory is releasing the sword and sorcery movies Deathstalker and Deathstalker II on a double feature Blu-ray, and for you cult film fans out there, Vinegar Syndrome has given Evils of the Night an HD overhaul.
Other notable home entertainment titles for the week of August 3oth include Blood Redd, Dreadtime Stories, Walking Dead in the West, and a serial killer themed three-movie combo pack from Rlj Entertainment.
- Heather Wixson
How will the summer conclude?
Dead of Summer Season 1 Episode 7 darkened things up even more as Amy was kidnapped and used as a sacrifice for the lake demon, something that almost killed her and killed all of the cult. Well, almost all. Unfortunately for Garrett, his father's best friend was the Teacher, and his murderer.
TV Fanatics Allison Nichols, Yana Grebenyuk, and Caralynn Lippo discuss that not-so-shocking reveal and their predictions for the dead end of summer.
The Sheriff was the Teacher? Was anyone surprised or unconvinced?
Allison: It was really, really obvious. I wasn't really surprised. I did like that he got involved in this satanist cult or whatever you want to call it because it provided him power. Being a townie in a small town didn't empower the Sheriff, and the power is what seduced him.
Yana: Nope. For once I was right and I knew it since the moment the episode started. »
- Jay Ruymann
The Scotland-set drama, which is penned by “Fortitude” scribe Stephen Brady and overseen by ITV Studios creative director for drama and executive producer Tim Haines (“Beowulf”), follows the story of local detective Annie who is search for a serial killer in a community nourished and sustained by myth. When the body of a local man is found at the foot of the Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins.
The program began lensing in June in the Scottish Highlands and received £200,000 ($258,135) in funding from Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund.
“[Loch Ness” also stars Siobhan Finneran (“Happy Valley”) and John Sessions (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) alongside Don Gilet (“Holby City”), Gray O’Brien (“The Daniel Connection”) and William Ash (“The Tunnel”).
- Diana Lodderhose
A website that makes money selling serial killer memorabilia is going dark in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Serial Killers Ink has been in the game since 2009. Its stock in trade includes art, letters, photos and other personal items that belonged to infamous killers. A Charles Manson inmate card will cost you $850. The site's owner, Eric Holler, says the time isn't right "to market violence." Holler confesses Orlando has made him rethink what he's doing, »
- TMZ Staff
Director: Andy Palmer. Writers: Ben Begley and Renee Dorian. Cast: Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Matt Angel and Chasty Ballesteros. The Funhouse Massacre is an indie horror feature from director Andy Palmer (Badlands of Kain). Written by Ben Begley and Renee Dorian, this title blends a lot of blood with some comedy, on Halloween night. Serial killers haunt an amusement park. And, a family reunion, created in Hell, offers a decent climax. Meanwhile, a theme involving impersonation is appropriate for the film's Halloween setting, while The Funhouse Massacre manages to create an entertaining horror world. In the story, actor Robert Englund appears as a blood-thirsty warden. He allows a journalist to tour his psychiatric hospital. The hospital pens several serial killers in its walls. While the journalist and warden become better acquainted, six murderers escape their confines. The taxidermist (Clint Howard), the cannibal (E. E. Bell), the dentist charmer, a killing...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
I very much wanted to write a glowing tribute to “Banshee” today, the day of its series finale. And yet despite having loved its first three seasons, I can’t do that, in part because the Cinemax drama got tripped up by a device that also marred at least a couple otherwise interesting shows this season.
“Banshee” could have spent the majority of its final season showcasing its wonderful cast, it could have told more enjoyably pulpy stories with rural-noir flair, and it could have left fans slack-jawed with glee after giving them a swan song full of fantastic action scenes and creatively staged fistfights.
Instead, it gave us a serial killer. An incredibly boring serial killer who led a Satanist cult. Believe it or not, that whole storyline was dumber than it sounds.
The character and his preposterous coven felt as though they’d been borrowed from the most predictable procedurals on TV. »
- Maureen Ryan
Ricky Gervais has a cold. He just flew home to England after a stint in the U.S., and he's jetlagged. Nevertheless, he worked a full day, putting the final mix on his upcoming movie David Brent: Life on the Road, which is due at the end of the week. "It couldn't be a worse time, because my ears from the flight are bad, and all I had to do today was listen to the minutiae of the movie," he says in the sort of remarkably dry tone that, unique to Gervais, »
Zeb Larson reviews Nailbiter #21…
“Bound By Blood,” Part One Alice now knows that the Nailbiter is her father. Does that mean she will grow up to be a serial killer?
What’s the problem with building a book built out of cliffhangers? Eventually, you realize that you’re not dangling from a cliff, and that you’re only a few inches off the ground. Comic books especially have this problem, because you need to sustain a reader’s interest in monthly installments in only twenty-four pages. To be fair, a certain amount of cliff-hanging is not a bad narrative device, but you have to temper it with something else. Unfortunately, Nailbiter is a book built on cliffhangers, and its new arc is picking up the bad habits of its predecessors. Warning: I will be discussing spoilers ahead.
This issue is mostly about Alice and her struggles in Buckaroo. She’s »
- Zeb Larson
The 32nd president Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Face your fears with Phobia Fest 2016, kicking off on March 12th in Michigan courtesy of the creators of Detroit Zombie Con, who have just announced new guests and screenings for the event.
Press Release: The team behind Detroit Zombie Con plan a bolder and bloodier return this March with Phobiafest. Phobia is a two day and night horror-themed experience that focuses on all that we fear.
Zombies, Clowns, Serial Killers and more will converge upon Mpi studios in Troy, Michigan Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th for a round-the-clock fright fest. Phobia will feature a film festival with 12 Midwest premieres, live role playing events, special guests, and even a Miss Phobia pageant.
- Tamika Jones
Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/description for their upcoming "Limitless" episode 13 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Stop Me Before I Hug Again," and it turns out that we're going to see some really interesting and possibly very dangerous stuff go down as Brian hits up the field for the first time in Quantico , but will be apart of a mission to hunt down a lethal serial killer, and more! In the new, 13th episode press release: Brian Embarks On His First FBI Field Assignment When He Travels To Quantico To Help One Of The Bureau's Top Profilers Catch Serial Killers, On "Limitless," Tuesday, Jan. 19. Press release number 2: Brian will end up embarking on his first FBI field assignment when he travels to Quantico to lend his skills to the bureau unit that catches serial killers. However, the trip is going to take a negative turn when »
13 items from 2016
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