All posts in the 'TV' category


Tales From the Elliptical: Bob Gale Makes Wil Wheaton Eat Poop, Martin Sheen vs. Billy Zane, and More

It takes me just shy of 30 minutes to run 3 miles. It takes just shy of 30 minutes to watch an episode ofTales From The Crypt. Combine the two and you have Tales From the Elliptical, a recurring column at HND where I supplement my love for anthology horror television with my love of not […]

Tales From the Elliptical: Ed Begley Jr. Screws Tim Curry, Ernie Hudson Gets Telepathic Head

It takes me just shy of 30 minutes to run 3 miles. It takes just shy of 30 minutes to watch an episode of Tales From The Crypt. Combine the two and you have Tales From the Elliptical, a recurring column at HND where I supplement my love for anthology horror television with my love of […]

Tales From the Elliptical: Running Through the First Four Seasons of ‘Tales From the Crypt’

I am by no stretch a health nut. I drink way too much and eat too many things that once had faces for that to be the case. I have, however, spent the last few weeks running 3 miles every day on an elliptical. I’m no speed freak, so it takes me about 30 minutes […]

BEING HUMAN Season 2 Blu-ray Review

Created by Toby Whithouse I have, unfortunately, sat on BEING HUMAN for far too long.  When I first heard of the British series back in 2008 I basically knew it as the show about a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire living together.  It sounded promising, but I was unfamiliar with anyone involved with the […]

Last Week in Horror News: November 29th to December 6th

Theatrical Trailers and Clips CASE 39 – Two new clips for the long-shelved Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane thriller. DAYBREAKERS – A new teaser spot for the damned fine flick out in January.  Review here. Studio News and Attachments ZOMBIELAND 2 – Is official and will be shot in 3D.  Woody Harrelson and […]

DVR Alert: Ron Moore’s Sci-Fi Pilot VIRTUALITY Premieres Tonight on Fox.

Who: Series created by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA resurrector (and one time THE THING remake writer) Ron D. Moore.  Pilot directed by FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS producer-cum-blockbuster helmer Peter Berg.  Starring Sienna Guillory, Clea DuVall, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Jimmi “Liam McPoyle” Simpson. What: Two hour pilot for a proposed science fiction series about the pangalactic travels of a […]

Bon Temps is not Sunnydale.

It was true last season when I said it.  After the Season 2 premiere, the declaration still rings true: TRUE BLOOD is the best show on television.  I’m not here to gush over the recent return to television, as engaging as it was, rather to address a comment Herc at AICN made, a comment that […]

May 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray List.

May 5th There are only two standard definition titles of the week that I recognize.  MUM & DAD is a British import that got some modest appreciation on the fest circuit.  The other is a flick called THE 8TH PLAGUE, which has found its way in this DVD guide well over a year ago.   I’ve […]

Last Week in Horror News: April 26th to May 3rd

Theatrical Trailers and Clips DISTRICT 9 – Trailer for Neil Blomkamp’s alien invasion. Studio News and Attachments THE DARK TOWER – J.J. Abrams tells MTV that as soon as “LOST” finishes they’ll muscle up for the film series.  Considering STAR TREK is posed to be a huge success, I have a feeling Abrams will muster […]

100 FEET on Sci-Fi Tonight, Sunday, by the way.

Just a heads up that Sci-Fi is airing Eric Red’s return to the field, the Famke Janssen starring ghosty 100 FEET (review) tonight (4/26/09) at 9 Eastern.  I’ve no idea what their for TV edits consist of, but the movie boasts a few standout sequences that make it worth a watch. Weather out on the […]

IFC’s Theatrical/On-Demand Midnight Slate is Worth Your Time/Money.

I was out of town last weekend when I saw the press release for IFC’s upcoming slate of ‘Midnight’ movies’ and got excited to the point that I was sad I’d have to wait a few more days to spread the word in this here post.  I’ll get to why in a minute. Firstly, if […]

This Just In: Herbert West Donkey Punched by “THE O.C.”.

The State of California Just Shit in Your Mouth. I’m not letting the burbclave of Hollywood get off with the blame on this one.  The onus is on each and every one of you citizens of the great blue state that is California to climb the nearest clock tower and put an end to this […]

Sam Raimi Proves his Irrelevance, “13: FEAR IS REAL” Needs to be Put Down like Eight Belles.

“13: FEAR IS REAL”, a reality show on The CW produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, is an insipid crime against the senses.  A more obnoxious show the Son of Perdition himself could not design. Thirteen volunteered social amoebas are slapped in front of the cameras to run through the same formula of all […]

“FEAR ITSELF” episodes now on FEARnet

Heads up; FEARnet online and OnDemand is now host to the NBC spinoff of “MASTERS OF HORROR”, “FEAR ITSELF”.  Not that the show was amazing, but I am always in support of televised, non-serialized horror.  The schedule is posted below and looks to include only the episodes that already aired over the summer.  I could […]

“TRUE BLOOD” Nominated for Best Drama at the Golden Globes!

Title speaks it all.  Not that the Golden Globes are by any means a stamp of superior judgment, but gotta love that they know what’s what as far as the genre goes.  Not only is “TRUE BLOOD” a contender, but so is “DEXTER”. Good on ya’, Foreign Press.  Now let’s not talk about your film […]

Review: “DEAD SET”

Created by Charlie Brooker, 2008 “DEAD SET” may be one of my favorite horror productions of 2008 if only because it would never exist in the United States.  Shot, cast and set largely in and around the “BIG BROTHER” house in England, “DEAD SET” is a five part miniseries chronicling a zombie apocalypse whose eve […]

Hey, Remember When …

… “THE SIMPSONS” Tree House of Horrors episodes were good?  Because this year’s was lame.  I know “THE SIMPSONS” hasn’t been close to even B- game in a while, but one could at least count on the Halloween episode to provide a nice Springfield filter on classic genre tales. Year 19 though?  Ouch.  Flaccid TRANSFORMERS […]

“TRUE BLOOD” is the best show on television.

I’m not sure a title can be more concise than that.  Perhaps an equal sign could have saved me two words. The first episode of “TRUE BLOOD”, Alan Ball’s vampire mystery series on HBO, did not guarantee me on the series.  Network indulgent sex scenes and orotund characters in every role save the key vampire […]

“FRINGE” Sucks After Two Episodes. “TRUE BLOOD” Renewed After Two Episodes. Funny that.

I held off after the premiere airing of J.J. Abrams’ new Fox Sci-Fi show in the hope that episode two would remedy faults in the pilot.  Last night said second episode did hit the airwaves and not only was a remedy out of sight, but I do believe I could see characters carrying around shovels, […]

Impressions: “TRUE BLOOD”

Created by Alan Ball, 2008 Pilot episode STRANGE LOVE Written and Directed by Alan Ball HBO doesn’t make bad shows.  Mind you the bar may not always lock up a notch, but a bad show they’ve never put to series.  After the pilot episode, my personal jury is still out on whether they’ve raised the […]

Mini-Impressions: “PRIMEVAL” – Pilot

Created by Tim Haines, Adrian Hodges, 2007 No, this is not a series version of the passable giant crocodile film of the same name.  “PRIMEVAL” is a British Sci-Fi series from 2007 already in its second season across the pond.  Here in the colonies, however, BBC America is just now airing the first season.  Taking […]

“MY OWN WORST ENEMY” is super smrt.

This has nothing to do with horror, but it cracks me up enough to post.  I had forgotten about it, which is why I have a bookmarked folder where I drag rantable things should they be forgotten.  “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” is a new NBC show premiering this fall about Christian Slater, a working stiff […]

Review: “FEAR ITSELF” – IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

Directed by John Landis, 2008 Written by Victor Salva Is it fair to say that John Landis has fallen from grace?  Judging from his episode of “FEAR ITSELF”, yes.  Yes. Far, far from grace.  Eons from grace.  Fallen through time, through space, to some twilit zone where Landis is a sleep walking, brain dead, unoriginal, […]

Mini-Review: “FEAR ITSELF” – FAMILY MAN

Directed by Ronny Yu, 2008 Written by Daniel Knauf Now here we go.  The early reviews of “FEAR ITSELF” all indicated that the show failed to kick off until episode three.  The early reviews were right.  FAMILY MAN, written by “CARNIVALE” creator and scribe Daniel Knauf, has an excellent script tailored specifically for the rise […]

Mini-Review: “FEAR ITSELF” – SPOOKED

Directed by Brad Anderson, 2008 Written by Matt Venne Brad Anderson is a name that bodes much hook with me.  He is a director whose television stints on “THE WIRE” and “SURFACE” are work I’ll go out of my way to detour for, so I feel fortunate when his job falls in line with my […]

Review: “FEAR ITSELF” – THE SACRIFICE

Directed by Breck Eisner, 2008 Written by Mick Garris from a Del Howison short story I am all about serialized, non-contiguous horror. I dig standalone storytelling and the familiar face bit casting, so I feel the ageless form always has a place on television. If we are judging from a first episode basis, however, that […]

“We have sharks inside buildings as well.”

Just when you thought the Sci-Fi channel could not get any dumber, they go and do something like this…. and totally redeem themselves! The this being GOBLIN SHARK ATTACK. Fangoria has an article up on the film and I must say, I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a movie about goblin sharks. […]

Is John Carpenter Out of “Fear Itself”?

An official press release has hit the webs with a list of directors, actors, writers and plot descriptions for NBCs forthcoming "MASTERS OF HORROR" redux, "FEAR ITSELF":  The lineup is pretty much what has been known for weeks, but most curiously is the absence of John Carpenter.  Carpenter would have been teaming up with AICN’ers […]

You Should be Watching “Reaper”.

"Reaper", the pilot of which aired earlier this week, was directed by Kevin Smith, of all people.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you really, really should.  The most apt comparison would be to call it a TV show channeling the spirit of Idle Hands. It doesn’t have any of the gore or killer hand-ness […]

Review: Masters of Horror: Pelts

Directed by Dario Argento, 2006Written by Matt Venne, F. Paul Wilson If you talk Italian horror you talk first and foremost of Argento and Fulici.  I confess that of the twenty odd films and television episodes that Dario Argento has directed, I’ve seen exactly 3 – and two of those are "Masters of Horror" episodes.  […]

Review: Masters of Horror: Sounds Like

Directed by Brad Anderson (2006)Written by Brad Anderson based off Mike O’Driscoll‘s short story Brad Anderson – the guiding hand behind Session 9 and The Machinist – has seemingly developed a crush on showing middle aged men in increasing states of mental disrepair.  If it weren’t for his television work on shows with continuity linked […]

Review: Masters of Horror: Family

Directed by John LandisWritten by Brent Hanley John Landis’ sophomore "Masters" entry is, thus far, the best of the series.  I’d even go so far as to say that Family is the best thing the director has been involved with in excess of two decades. The elegant opening shot planted a wicked smile on my […]

“Something to be Desired” Halloween Episode

I wish I could say I’ve been a die hard fan of Pittsburgh based web series "Something to be Desired" since its inception, but honestly I hadn’t heard of it until I received an email from Erik Schark pointing me towards their Halloween episode. Clocking it at 13 minutes, the special finds the cast of […]

Review: Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing

Directed by Tobe Hooper, 2006Written by Richard Christian Matheson The previous team up of R.C. Matheson and Tobe Hooper resulted in Dance of the Dead, what many (present company included) considered the worst episode of Masters’ first season.  I fell asleep during it. It is with a clear conscious that I feel obligated to inform […]

Masters of Horror Season 2 Airdates

While the director lineup etc has been known for a while now, Showtime has finally, officially confirmed the airing order and dates for the second season of Masters of Horror.  Well, for the most part: Masters Of Horror: The Damned Thing (Tobe Hooper) 10/27/2006 Masters Of Horror: Family (John Landis) 11/3/2006 Masters Of Horror: The […]

Dexter Episode 2, Free and Legal

I’ve already laid out why you should be watching Dexter, so if you’re not already I’m guessing it has only to do with a lack of access to the proper ‘channels’.  Well, you’re in luck because Showtime has put up the second episode as streaming video on its website.  It is content edited to a […]

You Should be Watching “Dexter”

I was going to write out a play-by-play of the pilot episode of "Dexter", Showtime’s new hour long about a serial killer who daylights as a forensics officer with a love for blood splatter analysis.  But since there are sites specifically for episodic recaps, I’ll take the easier route and pluck just a sampling of […]

Trailers: Heroes

This is one of those times where I pull the Sci-Fi card out.  You may have heard about Heroes, an hour long series NBC picked up for their Fall slate, about people who start to realize they have super powers.  If you’re like me, when you heard about it you laughed it off as being […]

Rob Zombie, New Turner Classic Movies Host!

I like Rob Zombie.  I like his music, and for the most part, I like his two films.  But what I love about the man is his passion for and knowledge of the genre.  If you’ve ever seen him on other clip shows talking about horror, he’s just the kind of guy you want to […]

Official Masters of Horror Season 2 Lineup, Plots Etc.

Below is the official press release from Anchor Bay/IDT that details each episode, it’s director, writer, cast etc.  Some of ‘em sound pretty good, like Joe Dante’s, John Carpenter’s, Dario Argento’s, and Brad Anderson’s.  Then again, some of ‘em are pretty bland: Ernest Dickerson’s, Mick Garris’, Stuart Gordon’s (despite the Poe origins). Anyways, give it […]

DVD Review: Incident On And Off A Mountain Road

Damn did Anchor Bay really pack these Masters of Horror DVDs with some very worth while features.  Counting the running time of the commentary tracks, of which there are two, there are over 3 hours of special features here: Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Commentary by Writer/Director Don […]

I Wasn’t Making News Up!

They call me piggy because I’m so bank. This morning, only 16 days after I announced it, Dread Central got wind that the one and only Ron Perlman is the lead in John Carpenter’s Masters of Horror episode, Pro-Life, which is actually filming right now. Now if only there were some news on the Del […]

Masters of Horror Fantasy Line Up

Sticking with the 13 episode, hour long format, this is my fantasy team of Masters directors. The only qualifiers were that they had to be alive and still be at least slightly active:

Masters of Horror Season 2 Lineup

I keep meaning to write reviews for all of the episodes of season one, but until then, here’s the heads up on Season 2. Seven directors are returning, three new vets are signed on (including Brad Anderson, a favorite of this site), with three spots left to fill out the 13 episode series. All around […]

Kaiju Shakedown Review of Imprint

The always fruitful Twitch introduced me to a review of Imprint up at Kaiju Shakedown, and it’s a review of such concision that I already feel bad for not having been a regular reader of Grady Hendrix’ writing. I’ve now learned the error of my ways. It is a damned good read and is so […]

Review: Imprint

Directed by Takashii Miike, 2005 The wait is over. The UK branch of Bravo had the balls Showtime didn’t and aired Takashi Miike’s ‘banned-because-it-was-too-graphic’ episode of Masters of Horror, titled Imprint. So the main question is, “Did it deserve the controversy?” Yes and no. I can understand why Showtime would want to preempt any letters […]

Miike’s Imprint to air in UK!

If you remember back to one of my earliest posts on the site, I mentioned that Takashi Miike‘s episode of Masters of Horror, titled Imprint, would not be aired by Showtime because they felt it was too offensive. You could practically hear the hearts of thousands of genre geeks every where simultaneously break when that […]

Some REAL Horror

Wanna see something REALLY scary? I present to you a series of screen caps from “Life in the Undergrowth” that I took of a giant centipede the size of a man’s arm. And to set up the situation, the centipede is climbing the wall of a cave in Africa. It then hangs down, catches a […]


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