Tag Archive: TV

Apr 17

Ash vs Evil Dead – Season 1

ashvsevildeadGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 2015
Country: USA

Directors: Sam Raimi, Michael J. Bassett, David Frazee, Michael Hurst, Tony Tilse, Rick Jacobson
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Ash vs Evil Dead - Season 1 (2015)

 

Feb 16

True Blood – Season Six

trueblood6Genre: Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Directors: Stephen Moyer, Daniel Attias, Howard Deutch, Anthony Hemingway, Michael Ruscio, Scott Winant, Michael Lehmann, Romeo Tirone
Starring. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley

 

Don’t cry. It’s back.

 

The sixth season of True Blood continues directly after the end of the fifth one. Eric and Sookie are running away from the Bill, who has now been possessed by the spirit of Lilith. While they arrive safely back in Bon Temp, another threat against vampires arises.

Louisiana’s new governor, Truman Burrell, is going to war against all blood drinkers and he is also very prepared for the war. Sookie is also under a huge threat herself as the murderer of her parents, Warlow, is still after her. In the end both the other vampires and Sookie will need help from Bill, but can he be trusted?

Nov 02

Oz: The Complete Series

ozGenre: Drama / Crime
Year: 1997-2003
Country: USA

Directors: Various
Starring: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, George Morfogen

 

It’s no place like home

 

Welcome to the Oswald State Correctional Facility, also known by the nickname “Oz”, where we are invited to get an inside look at life behind bars. Oz is a maximum security prison located in New York with an own level called “Emerald City” where the inmates have more freedom in order to learn responsibility and being able to socialize peacefully with others.

That’s of course how it is meant to be in Emerald City. The reality is that there is a constant power struggle between the different cliques that are broken into the Homeboys, the Wiseguys, the Muslims, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Bikers, the Gays, the Irish and the Latinos. And you can also add the correctional officers as another gang as they are not exactly law abiding citizens themselves.

Oz is a television show that ran on HBO from 1997 to 2003 that was hyped up as being “edgy”, which it was and I guess still is. There’s way more male nudity and homosexual scenes in this show than in anything else I have ever seen. Although violence is acceptable in TV today, back in the late 90’s it wasn’t so common to see rough violence on the small screen, so Oz should probably get some “props” for paving the way for more violence and nudity on TV.

May 12

New York Undercover – Season One

newyorkundercoverGenre: Action / Crime
Year: 1994/95
Country: USA

Directors: Arthur W. Forney, Bill Duke, Frederick King Keller, Gus Trikonis, Bill Corcoran, Jace Alexander, Anthony Hickox, Reynaldo Villalobos, Oz Scott, Helaine Head, Michael Lange, Mick Garris, Michael Vejar, James A. Contner, Michael Scott, William Malone, Don Kurt
Starring: Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, Patti D’Arbanville, Lauren Velez, George Gore II

 

JC Williams and Eddie Torres are two hard-working and dedicated detectives working for the Fourth Precinct in New York. They mostly work in the urban community and their cases are usually filled with murder and gang activities. While struggling to serve the community and also keep themselves alive, they also have to juggle their own private lives in order to keep their head where it needs to be.

New York Undercover is another crime show under the Dick Wolf umbrella, a guy who’s been involved in several hit shows such as all the Law & Order and Miami Vice. With this one he tried to do pretty much the same thing as other cop shows of the time, just in an urban setting.

Mar 10

The X-Files – Season Two

xfilesses2Genre: Sci-Fi
Year: 1994/95
Country: USA

Directors: David Nutter, Daniel Sackheim, Rob Bowman, Chris Carter, Michael Lange, R.W. Goodwin, Win Phelps, Stephen Surjik, Kim Manners, Nick Marck, James Whitmore Jr., Michael Vejar, James Contner
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Steven Williams, William B. Davis

 

FBI has shut down the X-Files and has put Fox Mulder and Dana Scully has been assigned new tasks at the Bureau. Mulder is put on a very dull surveillance job and Scully is now teaching younger aspiring agents.

However, Mulder’s obsession with the paranormal has not stopped and he uses whatever opportunity he has to keep the work of the X-Files active and he even starts to get assignments that might look ordinary to most, but not to the experienced eyes of Mulder.

Mulder also gets a new partner in Alex Krycek, who presents himself as a believer in Mulder’s work. Mulder also gets a new informant in the mysterious man who just calls himself X. One of the cases they get to work on is a hostage situation where a crazy guy named Duane Berry is holding a group of people, including his old psychiatrist Dr. Hakkie hostage. The case ends with Berry being able to escape from a mental institution and kidnaps Scully to deliver her to the aliens so they can abduct her instead of him.

Sep 04

The Walking Dead – Season Two

thewalkiingdead2Genre: Horror
Year: 2011/12
Country: USA

Directors: Ernest Dickerson, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Phil Abraham, Billy Gierhart, Guy Ferland, David Boyd, Michelle MacLaren, Clark Johnson, Greg Nicotero
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jon Bernthal, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun

 

 

After the CDC Center got blown up, our gang decide to travel to Fort Benning to seek refuge there. They come across a big blockade of cars on the road and while searching through them to gather any useful supplies, a zombie horde comes towards them. During all of the commotion, the young Sophia gets lost in the woods and they start a rescue party to track her down. While they are out searching for her, Rick’s son Carl gets accidentally shot by a hunter and they rush him to a farm that is owned by a veterinarian named Hershel Greene.

Hershel does what he can do help Carl with aid from Shane and the hunter who goes to find medical equipment and also with the help of Rick who has to give blood for Carl to hang on. The rest of the gang are allowed to stay at the farm while Carl is recovering. They use their time to search the woods for Sophie without any luck.

Aug 17

Rose Red

roseredGenre: Horror
Year: 2002
Country: USA

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Starring: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey

 

From the imagination of Stephen King comes a disturbing new tale

 

Dr. Joyce Reardon is a determined psychology professor, who is interested in a mansion called Rose Red. She is gathering a team of psychics to spend time at the mansion to attempt to gather scientific proof of paranormal phenomena.

The crew of expert psychics get a surprise when they arrive at the mansion. Dr. Reardon has also invited a young autistic girl named Annie to join them. Annie has very strong powers and will be important both for the study, but also for everyone to get out of the place alive.

Mini-series based on stories from Stephen King are usually well worth watching. They have the time to show off all the great characters that make his stories work so well. Rose Red however is not a TV show based on one of his books, but rather a show that he wrote the screenplay for. Originally it was pitched to Steven Spielberg in the late 90’s to be made into a feature film, but the project never got off the ground.

Aug 14

It

itGenre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring: Jonathan Brandis, Brandon Cane, Adam Faraizi, Tim Curry, Emily Perkins

 

Your every fear – all in one deadly enemy

 

It has been 30 years since a group of outcast children became friends and created their own little club called The Losers Club after being stalked and tormented by both a group of bullies, led by Henry Bowers and also a strange killer clown that calls himself Pennywise.

This clown is able to play on the fear of each child and the only way they could fight it was to stand together and face him as a group. After they have defeated him, they all grow up and go their separate way, but when Pennywise again becomes active in their hometown Derry, Maine, the only remaining member of The Losers Club that didn’t move away calls upon the rest of the group to face this demonic creature once again.

It is generally perceived that Stephen King stories work best in the mini-series format. It usually takes more than 90 minutes to build up the characters to match what he does on pen and paper and the end result has usually become better when his stories are fleshed out more on the screen with a longer running time than what a movie can offer.

Jul 17

Holliston – Season One

hollistonGenre: Comedy
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Adam Green
Starring: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Laura Ortiz, Corri English, Dee Snider

 

Funny when someone loses their head

 

Adam Green and Joe Lynch are two young aspiring horror filmmakers who are both stuck in their hometown Holliston, MA. They live together in a small apartment and get by day-to-day by working for a local cable access station where they also have their own horror movie show called The Movie Crypt.

While Joe has a steady relationship with Laura, Adam has never gotten over his first love Corri. To his surprise and excitement, Corri has decided to move back to Holliston and Adam assumes that this means they will patch things up and once again become romantically involved with each other. However, she moving back is not the only surprise in store for Adam, cause when she does arrive back in Holliston she also brings a boyfriend with her.

Try to take this in for a second. Holliston is a sitcom (with a laugh track) about two horror filmmakers with plenty of horror movie related jokes and has Dee Snider and Oderus Urungus in its supporting cast. It sounds like a ridiculous idea, but FEARnet believed in the concept and let Adam Green create a first season of the show to test it out.

Jul 16

American Horror Story – Season One

ahsGenre: Horror
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Directors: Ryan Murphy, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Bradley Buecker, David Semel, Michael Uppendahl, Tim Hunter, Miguel Arteta, John Scott, Michael Lehmann
Starring: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga

 

You’re going to die in there!

 

The Harmon family moves from Boston to a mansion in Los Angeles to try to start a new chapter in their life after having a lot of marriage problems, mostly due to Ben cheating on Vivien and her having a stillborn baby. In the middle of their problems is their teenage daughter Violet who is struggling with self-harming and also against the moving to another city.

After moving into their new house, strange characters start to show up including their neighbor Constance, her daughter Addie, who has downs syndrome and also a strange fella with burn marks on half his face named Larry. A housekeeper named Moira also offers her services as a maid, something she has worked as in the house since she was… alive.

Vivien gets pregnant shortly after. Ben’s previous mistress Hayden calls him and tells him that she is also pregnant. Three fanatics of the horrific stories of the house breaks in and wants to kill Vivien and Violet as a tribute to the murders that has occurred there before. They get stopped by Tate, a young ghost who is locked in the house.

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