Fans of gothic TV horror have been undergoing a bit of a Golden Age this season. The Vampire Diaries has spun off a sequel, The Immortals; American Horror Story: Coven is constantly finding new ways to creep us out; Dracula is attempting a comeback in the form of the Jonathan Rhys Meyers drama; Grimm continues to deliver Germanic-flavored were-beast crime drama; and The Following is prepping a second season of adventures for its Poe-worshipping cult of serial killers.
But one of the breakout hits of this season has been Sleepy Hollow, the new series on Fox inspired by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and its many adaptations. Comparisons to shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer are to be expected, as the show follows a small group as they deal with the demonic goings-on in their hometown, which is gearing up for an apocalypse. But while comparisons in quality would be premature (and highly debatable), the show is actually highly entertaining, sufficiently creepy and intermittently funny enough to make room for in your TV-watching schedule. With the first season approaching the midway point, and Season 2 greenlit, now's as good a time as any to check it out. Here are ten reasons why you should.More >>
So we're getting this again?
The series will follow a critical moment from the original 1984 Terminator movie, taking it in a completely different direction that the film.
Okay, but you know that got canceled early last time, right?
Oh, but wait - this time they're trying to pull an Agents of SHIELD, and have it tie-in to the continuity of the movies that will be in theaters. Movies that we are apparently totally sure are going to do well enough to merit it, despite the fact that I have not yet heard from one person who wants this new Terminator trilogy reboot with old Arnold.
The Terminator TV series will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna......who previously had a lot of credibility from making movies like Zero Dark Thirty. She may want to invest in a real Terminator, who, a few years from now, can come back in time and kill this decision.
Or, I dunno...anyone excited about this?
Somewhere in its show-tuney middle, Disney's animated musical Frozen throws a bone to the young monster geeks in the audience. Elsa, the magically (and literally) frigid young Queen who can freeze fjords and cause climate change and sculpt ice palaces out of the brisk air with a few waves of her hand, conjures up a personal bodyguard: "Marshmallow," a formidable giant made of snow and ice.
He's cool, no pun intended, but only the latest in a long list of terrifying pop-culture monsters confined either to wintry seasons or chilly climes, or both. Some are just grotesque version of arctic or Antarctic fauna, or aliens comfortable at equivalent temperatures on their own planets. A few are actual snowmen, monstrous supernatural versions of Frosty, as in the low-rent 1997 horror favorite Jack Frost or the even creepier wholesome "family" film of the same title that came out a year later. You may recall that even the slow-witted "Abominable Snowman" that affectionately plagued Bugs Bunny melted when he got below timberline.
But most of what falls into the category of "Abominable Snowmen," sometimes known by their Himalayan name of Yeti, are shaggy, burly giants that haunt the cold places, and are generally quite content to be left the hell alone. They're rarely a danger to humans so long as we're sensible enough to stay where it's warm.
Here are 13 of pop culture's most memorable hyperborean horrors:More >>
Let's face it - we like to bitch. It's not for nothing that Star Trek fans have the original reputation of nit-picking fictional facts - all fandoms like to do it, and the Trekkers were just the most visible ones to do it first and take the hit for the rest of us in the popular mindset.
That's why I like to take stop and stock of what I'm grateful for every year, but I thought an entire list on my own might come off boring or long-winded. Instead, I have collaborated with many of the other TR writers to come up with something more comprehensive and personal to each. While it's not a specific item on the list, they epitomize one other thing I am always very thankful for - a staff of freelancers with diverse interests, without whom I would have a ton of extra writing to do each morning, and a site more monolothic and narrowly tailored to only things I know.
Here are eleven things we feel that all nerdkind can be thankful for this year...More >>
Normally, we Americans don't take too kindly to insults sent our way from foreign lands. Best-case scenario is that Matt Stone and Trey Parker will do an obscene caricature of you; worst-case, we'll find a way that you're like Hitler, and go to war. If you're Gary OIdman, however, we'll cut you a lot of slack just because you're awesome. In fact...sing along with me:
This Oldman, keeps it real, he plays knick-knack on our meal, with a knick-knack, turkey-smack, flip us all the bird...this Oldman has a way with words.
Now watch the video...More >>
El Rey Network's first :30 promotional spot, called "Godzilla," illustrates what the cable channel will be (great storytelling that enlivens the renegade within) and what it's not.
Huh. Because when I watch that spot - which you can see by clicking "Read More" below - I just think you're all about reruns of old horror movies.
El Rey Network, launching December 2013, is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, horror/sci-fi and next-generation sports.
And Chucky and Godzilla are supposed to sell me on this? Seriously, I dig prehistoric lizards, but one's an actual dinosaur, and the other one's Godzilla.
Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, it will serve as a platform for diverse and riveting storytelling. El Rey Network awakens the renegade in everyone and has been created for viewers who won't check a box.
That whole checking a box thing sucks. Remember when your cable guy made you do it, last year at NEVER O'CLOCK? [Damn, that's good. I should trademark that phrase.]
But by all means, I hope to enjoy the riveting and diverse storytelling of Robert Rodriguez that ranges from "shit my kids wrote" to "jerk-off fantasies that give me a boner," with nothing in between.
Keep reading to see if the ad inspires you...More >>