If you’ve an appetite for dramatic horror done with flair, vision, and style – well, then… Hannibal is tasty stuff indeed.
In a couple of days, Hannibal returns to television for its second season on NBC. Season 1 did not exactly shatter ratings records, so it’s kind of on the bubble, as they say in the biz. This is a show that’s far, far too good for early cancellation. It is actually better than merely good – it’s great television, painstakingly made by some of the best in the business. It needs for you to tune in. So here are eight reasons why you should:
1. LAURENCE FUCKING FISHBURNE. This alone should be enough to convince you. The fact that he’s fantastic in his role as FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford? Unsurprising.
2. PRODUCTION VALUES. Hannibal is one of the most cinematic television programs ever made. Every week is like watching a beautifully-crafted, one-hour feature film. Set design, direction, lighting, locations, musical score, sound mix – even the food photography – every aspect is of the highest order. It looks expensive. It feels fantastic. Read the rest of this entry
“Go big, or go home”? No shit – this production looks huge.
When we first heard about yet another “re-imagining” of one of cinema’s most iconic monsters, our reaction was a decided “meh.” But this thing looks to have legs. And scales. And big honkin’ explosions. Nuclear explosions. And not an ill-concealed zipper in sight.
Casting really brings its A-game, too: Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn…and Bryan Fucking Cranston, for crying out loud. Gareth Edwards directs. Godzilla hits U.S. theaters on May 16th. From the looks of this and the original teaser trailer from last December, the theater is definitely going to be the place to confront the latest Godzilla.
Despite a decade-long glut of “found footage” horror films, this one still looks worth a look.
Description from the Highland Film Group site:
When a group of extreme skaters go searching for an empty pool rumored to be behind an abandoned house in the barren desert, they learn they should not have ignored the rumors that the house is haunted by a demonic presence and a dark history of occultism. What follows is a terrifying tale of evil possession causing the friends to slowly turn against each other.
Raised By Wolves stars adult film actress Jenna Haze, Evan Crooks, and Michael Hudson. Story by Michael Altieri; written by Altieri, Phil Flores, and Cory Knauf. Altieri also directs. Currently listed as in post-production, with no release date yet announced.
Great list! I might have added Ripley from the ‘Alien’ franchise – but everybody probably has their own additions. SO glad you included Marty from ‘TCITW’ – I love that film, but a lot of our fellow horror fans? Not so much.
Originally posted on mary mac attack:
Think back to your favorite horror movie. What comes to mind?
Maybe it’s an image of Leatherface running with a chainsaw or Freddy Krueger cracking one of his famous one-liners. Whatever you thought, it probably wasn’t about a non-villain character.
Sadly, most horror film characters are utterly forgettable. If they’re not a masked murderer or aren’t possessed by a demon, they’re pretty insignificant. From the topless bimbos to the “final girls,” memorable and strong characters are few and far between. Though often times the “final girl” (Laurie Strode in Halloween, for instance) may be savvy and put up a good fight against the killer, she is not particularly remarkable in any way. Yes, poking Michael Myers in the eye with a hanger got her out of a sticky situation, but Laurie Strode is not very exceptional or likable as a character.