31 Days of Halloween — Day 16, A Bevy of Draculas

It’s not the Halloween season without a new take on the Dracula legend blighting our nation’s movie theaters. This year’s entry is Dracula Untold, in which were are told the ‘true’ back story of the villainous count, because none of the other eleventy billion Dracula movies has gotten the tale right. Now, Dracula Untold has some things going for it, in so much as those ‘things’ are Luke Evans and his chiseled cheekbones. The movie will be crappy, because it’s a Dracula film, and the ration of ‘good’ to ‘shitty’ Dracula pictures tilts heavily in the favor of ‘this is just really bad’. If you don’t agree that the premise alone predisposes the movie to be terrible, allow me to direct you to this fine review of the film by Mallory Ortberg over on The Toast. Ortberg manages to both sum up the movies short comings (many) and my personal attitude towards watching horror films: Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 16, A Bevy of Draculas

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1X07: “Possession”

This week’s episode of Penny Dreadful had us on the edge of our seats as always, and since the finale is next week, it only heightens the suspense and makes waiting for the next episode even harder. In the last episode, we were left with Sir Malcolm trying to have a conversation with Vanessa after her return from her date with Dorian, only for Vanessa to start levitating like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Her head didn’t spin, though her symptoms of demonic possession in this episode are just as unnerving. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1X07: “Possession”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×06, “What Death Can Join Together”

Happy Friday! We’re almost done with this first season of Penny Dreadful. In the sixth episode, “What Death Can Join Together,” we’re back to the main story… and shit starts to hit the fan here. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×06, “What Death Can Join Together”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×05, “Closer Than Sisters”

The latest episode of Penny Dreadful was very Vanessa-centric, but no less amazing. It’s told from Vanessa’s point of view in flashback, and it gives a history of what occurred in the past between the Murray and Ives families and what exactly Vanessa’s transgression was. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×05, “Closer Than Sisters”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1.04, “Demimonde”

Happy Friday, all! We’re helping you wrap up your work week with the recap of the most recent episode of Penny Dreadful. And guess what—there is some good news about the series: Showtime has decided to renew it for a second season! So if you haven’t started watching yet, you can start watching now! But you need to start at the very beginning to understand everything that’s going on. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1.04, “Demimonde”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×03: “Resurrection”

Happy Thursday, all! Time for the recap of Episode 3 of Penny Dreadful. This episode, “Resurrection,” more or less gives some exposition concerning the characters, though we do see some action and get a cliffhanger at the end. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×03: “Resurrection”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, 1×01: “Night Work”

I can’t tell you how ridiculously excited I was when I found out about Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful. I saw the first episode this past weekend and was immediately hooked. After the massive letdown that was NBC’s Dracula this past fall, Penny Dreadful is a breath of, well, foul, soupy London fog. The show is named for penny dreadfuls, stories that contained lurid, melodramatic plots that were relatively inexpensive and meant for general public consumption. The series hearkens back to the familiar horror stories we all grew up with, like DraculaFrankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and if you squint, The Woman in White and The Mummy. I’ve heard of it being compared to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but I like to think of it as a sort of cross between Ripper Street and Supernatural. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, 1×01: “Night Work”

Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S5.E1 — “Buffy Vs. Dracula”

“And you’re sure this isn’t just some fanboy thing? ‘Cause I’ve fought more than a couple pimply, overweight vamps that called themselves Lestat.” Read More Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S5.E1 — “Buffy Vs. Dracula”