Posts Tagged ‘TV’

hemlock grove

Today we see the release of latest lycanthropy infused series  Hemlock Grove on Netflix. The story revolves around a small Pennsylvania town where a girl is brutally murdered and the villagers come out with torches  and pitchforks search
ing for the killer. Oh, and there’s also werewolves, Nazis (at least they look like Nazis), heavy sex, drugs, necrophilia (apparently), vomiting and a whole lot of weird stuff judging by the red band trailer released a few days ago, that I’ve kindly embedded below. It’s safe to say it sparked my interest. It also looks a lot like True Blood and I was bored by that one after four episodes so who knows… Anyway, I’ll give Hemlock Grove a chance. Eli Roth‘s movies haven’t exactly blown me away but the man does deliver on what he promises and he does have a certain vibe that I like also let’s not forget that he’s one of the most influential horror directors of our time, like it or not. He said that he plans to fuck up a generation with Hemlock Grove, that’s an obvious marketing ploy to spike interest but he did achieve something to that effect with Hostel.

Keeping with Netflix standard of releasing the whole series at the same time we’ll be able to watch the entire 13 episodes right now. Which will certainly cause many people to lose a good night sleep tonight while they watch with bloodshot eyes at the depravity that is sure to fill the screen. I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to watch it right now or not, Netflix outside the USA is still a difficult thing to get, but I’ll sure try.

By the way that poster is amazing!!


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At last the third season of the best show on earth comes to an end, and it was spectacular. The whole season was very well done and greatly improved on the first two runs. Technically I couldn’t find a fault, I’m not an expert, not even close, but special effects,  camera work, script, dialog, make up, characterization all seemed perfect. Except maybe the fact that these dudes and dames have time to go to the barber, bathe, shave and even dye the hair in the middle of the apocalypse. I find it hard to fit in my routine life and these guys always manage it. It’s the single most impressive achievement of these characters.

Great cast picture but it's hard to see the Governor smile without getting a shiver down my spine.

Great cast picture. Even here the Governor looks dangerous.

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This clip shows the werewolf transformation and it’s one of the coolest I’ve seen, I especially like the final touch. I’ve got to say I’m not the biggest expert on werewolf movies but I do enjoy them and it’s cool to see them taking some of the spotlight away from the other mainstream horror creatures (pointing a finger at you vampires and zombies!). I haven’t read the novel that it’s based on but I’m confident that, with Eli Roth producing, the show will treat werewolves with the respect and dread they deserve. I hate when werewolves are depicted as a fantasy interpretation of horny, hormone infused teenagers. The 13 episode Hemlock Grove is going to premiere on Netflix on April 19th.

One more episode to go. The second to last episode was really something. This is what the Walking Dead is all about, good characters played by great actors and occasional zombie killing scene. The exchanges between Daryl and Merle, Merle and Michonne, Merle and Rick, Rick and the gang were all great  to watch.

The things we do for brotherly love...

The things we do for brotherly love…

The show started with Rick dead set on delivering Michonne to the Governor. He went on to recruit the bad guy known as Merle to help do it. But Merle knows Rick and so he decides to do it on his own fearing Rick would back out of it, which he did, but by the time Merle and Michonne were on their way to meet the Governor. Then Michonne just talks and talks to get Merle to turn around. Tired of hearing her he decides to go alone and try to deal with the Governor on his own.

Daryl follows them but when he gets there his brother was already munching on someone’s guts. Watching Daryl deal with his brothers death and having to kill him was a dramatic  outcome. My question is will Daryl go ballistic on Woodbury or will he fall back in rank with the prison gang? Who are having something of a political revolution by the way.

Rick realizes he isn’t fit to lead and decide for everyone anymore so they decide to go back to a democracy. Tyranny wasn’t Rick’s style. Glen and Maggie are taking the next step and tying the knot. Cutting off an engagement ring from a zombie’s finger was a nice touch from Glen.

I wonder how Andrea is doing back in the Governor’s dungeon of love…

My fear that this series would be too much teen drama was misplaced. Since Norman is still growing his inner psychopath it’s normal to have some teen drama on screen but the pathological mother and son relationship more than makes up for it. I was pleasantly surprised with the first episode so since The Walking Dead is nearing it’s end, I’ve decided to take up the role of reviewing Bates Motel’s ten episodes as I see them.

Hi Norman, didn't realize you were there. I'm just helping this poor men.

Hi Norman, didn’t realize you were there. I’m just stabbing this guy. Love you son!

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This weeks episode marked a refreshing change in the series. They’re clearly preparing for the last two episodes. We’ve got plenty of action and walkers for zombie fans but also some drama unfolding for those that enjoy the story of these soon to be dead characters. And gore fans rejoice! This episode gives us plenty of head stabbings, one excellent shovel face lift and twitching burnt zombies!

I'm still surprised this scene is part of a fiction TV show...

I’m still surprised this scene is part of a fiction TV show…

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Rick and the Governor sit down and talk peace terms while Merle tries to rile up the prison dwellers and Glen and Maggie have sex. Nothing else happens.

You just know that guy is going to die... poor hitchhikers...

Here I am, kill me. No? Really?! You’re that stupid? It’ll be a pleasure killing you then.

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You may not have read the book or watched Hitchcock’s adaptation but if you’re alive then you recognize the famous shower/knife scene.

Give me back my CONDITIONER!!!!

Coming from A&E we’re getting a brand new show called Bates Motel giving us a close look to the teenage years of the fictional serial killer known as Norman Bates, the man that made opening a shower curtain a scary thing. The show premieres tomorrow night and even though it might be a little too teen for my liking it also has a certain Dexter vibe to it so who knows maybe it is another good serial killer show. I’ll give it a shot, will you?

Episode 12 of season 3 is almost a story of its own. Woodbury, the prison and the governor’s shenanigans take the backstage as Rick, Carl and Michonne take a road trip and some time off to bond.

You just know that guy is going to die... poor hitchhikers...

You just know that guy is going to die… poor hitchhikers…

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This week’s episode was the calm before (and after) the storm. It was a nice dramatic episode full of character development and not much horror to be spoken off. Mainly it served to set things up for what’s going to happen next.

Is that infected pus oozing from the eye?

Is that infected pus oozing from the eye?

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