One of the great things about Ryan Murphy‘s FX anthology horror series is that each season is a fresh start. The next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, will see many of the same cast and crew heading to 1950’s Florida, where a “dark entity” emerges.
While Murphy isn’t as secretive as some of his fellow showrunners, he hasn’t said that much about where the new run of episodes might take us. So it’s exciting to get our first glimpse at the cast in costume, including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, and so many more.
American Horror Story: Freak Show’ begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.Speaking to THR, Murphy explained what makes American Horror Story: Freak Show unique even among American Horror Story seasons. “It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it’s very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab,” he said. “As opposed to last year, which was crazy camera work and comedy. This year feels different.”
Though the tone, setting, characters, and storyline are all new, Murphy said American Horror Story: Freak Show does tie in with some of the same themes laid out in earlier seasons.
“At every freak show, you have the tropes but there’s some [that are] unique and weird. It’s about something: It’s about outcasts and how society at that time … true stories about circus performers who were cast aside. The story in many ways dovetails with Asylum, because they leave one era and you can see many of them in real life were put into asylums. There’s a great symmetry we’ve come up with that’s rewarding.”
The poster is amazing. From top to bottom and left to right, we have Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler, Denis O’Hare in an unnamed role, Kathy Bates as bearded lady Effil Darling, Angela Basset three-breasted woman Desiree Dupree, Frances Conroy in another unnamed role, Michael Chiklis as strongman Wendell Del Toredo, Jessica Lange as freak show manager Elsa Mars, and Evan Peters as Effil’s son Jimmy. Other stars include Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Jyoti Amge. Patti LaBelle and Matt Bomer are expected to guest star. Not everyone here has an obvious physical deformity, but we’ll surely find out what makes them freakish on the inside. After all, the hashtag #WirSindAlleFreaks translates to “we are all freaks.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere’s Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM on FX.
August 29, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Actors, Angela Basset, bearded lady, Bette and Dot Tattler, Controversial, Cult, Denis O’Hare, Desiree Dupree, Disturbing, Effil Darling, Emma Roberts, Finn Wittrock, Frances Conroy, Franchise, Freak, Freaks, FX, Gabourey Sidibe, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Jessica Lange, John Carroll Lynch, Jyoti Amge. Patti LaBelle, Kathy Bates, Legend, Matt Bomer, Michael Chiklis, Nudity, Possession, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Walking Dead, three-breasted woman, Thriller, Violence, Wes Bentley | Leave a comment
Lionsgate has announced it will re-release its gruesome 2004 franchise-launcher Saw in a limited nationwide run this Halloween, giving horror fanatics something to mark their calendars for. Saw will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31 with Thursday midnights in select locations. The serial killer pic spawned a seven-film, $874 million franchise with a simple high concept premise: Two men wake up in the lair of a serial killer named Jigsaw, forced to do the unthinkable to survive while figuring out their captor’s identity.
The gory thriller not only gave birth to the most successful horror franchise in history, it also launched the career of director James Wan, who went on to helm recent hits Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Universal’s upcoming Fast & Furious 7. Wan’s Saw co-writer Leigh Whannell starred in the first film and is now set to make his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3.
It appears to be a smart move by Lionsgate, as the Halloween weekend is otherwise light on horror offerings. October 31 even falls conveniently on a Friday. Only Clarius Entertainment’s Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go To Sleep and Open Road’s crime drama Nightcrawler are hitting wide release that weekend, while more traditional horror titles The ABCs of Death 2 (Magnolia), Horns (Radius-TWC), and genre-bending import Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (Drafthouse) are opening in limited theatrical runs.
We await the inevitable 4K, 10th Anniversary Remaster on Blu-Ray…
August 28, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: 10th anniversary, ABC's of Death, Actors, Banned, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fast & Furious 7, Franchise, Gore, Halloween, Hollywood, Horns, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Insidious: Chapter 3, James Wan, Legend, Leigh Whannell, Lionsgate, Possession, Saw Franchise, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Conjuring, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | 2 Comments
August 24, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Aliens, Art, Awards, Blockbuster, Classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Controversial, Cult, Hollywood, Images, Independent, Legend, Movie Poster Art, Richard Dreyfuss, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Spaceship, Steven Spielberg, Suspense, Thriller | Leave a comment
Life On Mars creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are writing the six-episode period drama The Living And The Dead. Co-produced by BBC America and BBC Wales Drama Production, the story follows Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer in 1888 England who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. He looks into hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations, encouraged by the Society for Psychical Research. But as his investigations become more frequent and scary, Nathan starts to see and hear disturbing things that he simply cannot have imagined. Casting is to be announced. “We are as excited about this show as anything since Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes,” said Pharoah and Graham, who also are exec producing for Monastic Productions. “We want it to be moving, tender, sensual — and very, very scary.” BBC Worldwide will distribute The Living And The Dead worldwide.
August 23, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Actors, Ashes To Ashes, Ashley Pharoah, BBC America, British, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Ghost, Haunting, Horror, Icons, Independent, Legend, Life on Mars, Matthew Graham, Monastic, Nathan Appleby, Obsessed, Paranormal, Possession, Scary, Society for Psychical Research, Suspense, The Living And The Dead, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Check out these amazing The Cornetto Trilogy images from A Large Evil Corporation HERE
August 19, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Actors, Aliens, Art, Blockbuster, British, Comedy, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cornetto Trilogy, Cult, Disturbing, Edgar Wright, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Hot Fuzz, Icons, Independent, Legend, Nick Frost, Police, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Serial Killer, Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg, Suspense, The Walking Dead, The World's End, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
August 17, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Art, Blockbuster, Chucky, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Freddy Kreuger, Ghostface, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Infographic, Jason Voorhees, Jaws, Leatherface, Legend, Leprechun, Michael Myers, Nudity, Pinhead, Possession, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Shark, Slasher, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Despite a bad back, a reliance on painkillers and the occasional drink to take the edge off, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) leads a tranquil existence sharing a home with her elderly mother, Emily (Ellen Burstyn), in Fort Dundas, Ontario. It is the epitome of a quaint and quiet town, but all of that is suddenly upended. As the interim commanding officer of an understaffed police force, Micallef, out on a routine call, discovers the grisly body of an elderly woman. The murder is shocking in its brutality. Great to see two of my favourite actresses back in lead roles.
August 16, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Actors, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, elderly mother, Ellen Burstyn, Festival, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, occasional drink, Ontario, Serial Killer, Slasher, Susan Sarandon, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre seems to be in the news quite a bit of late, with the imminent re-mastered 4K 40th Anniversary rerelease and sadly, the death of Marilyn Burns. Now more news of yet another film to the Chainsaw canon…
Up-and-coming genre scribe Seth M. Sherwood has been hired to write a prequel to the original 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre titled simply Leatherface, (haven’t we already had that title..?) an individual familiar with the Millennium Films project has told The Wrap.
Official plot details are being kept under wraps, though the new film is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s (Didn’t we already see that in TCM:The Beginning..?)
Alexandra Daddario starred in last year’s Texas Chainsaw movie as Leatherface’s long-lost cousin, but it’s currently unclear whether she would return, given the bloody timeline of the series. If she does, it would likely be a cameo appearance as another character, such as a different member of Leatherface’s extended family.
Carl Mazzocone is producing Leatherface, while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as executive producers. Campbell and Grobman fought hard to resurrect the franchise and being self-professed genre buffs they are excited to get started on the next installment.
Millennium Films is financing the project and will sell international rights. Millennium executives Beth Bruckner and Christine Crow are overseeing Leatherface for the studio. Production could start as soon as this winter, with a director expected to sign on in the coming weeks.
Sherwood has several projects percolating around town including a supernatural thriller at Blumhouse that will be directed by Greg Plotkin (Paranormal Activity 5). He also wrote a psychological thriller titled Interstate 5 that was voted to the 2012 Blood List. Described as a cross between Jacob’s Ladder and Natural Born Killers, the story follows a serial killer’s son and the daughter of one of his victims as they team up to find the maniac, only to be haunted by demonic forces intent on driving them mad.
I hope it’s good, it probably won’t be, but we live in hope. Some originality would be great…
August 14, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Actors, Alexandra Daddario, Banned, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Leatherface, Legend, Marilyn Burns, Possession, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — on screen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.
Bacall worked in films consistently and enjoyed a career renaissance a decade later with key roles in Murder On The Orient Express (1974), alongside the likes of Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery, and The Shootist (1976), starring John Wayne as a dying gunfighter. Bacall continued to act in films and telepics, eventually landing a supporting role as the mother of Barbra Streisand’s character in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, which Streisand directed. It landed Bacall her only career Academy Award nomination; she lost to Juliette Binoche in The English Patient — she won the Golden Globe and SAG Award that year — but went to receive an Honorary Oscar in 2010.
August 13, 2014 | Categories: Deaths | Tags: Actress, Classic, Glamour, Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart, Icons, Images, Key Largo, Lauren Bacall, Legend, Noir, Oscar, Star, Suspense, The Big Sleep, Thriller | 1 Comment
The comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at 63, according to police in Marin County, California. A statement from the assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County announced on Monday that the Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”
His publicist confirmed the news: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late, this is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement saying she was “utterly heartbroken.”
“This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she said in the statement. “On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laugher he gave to millions.”
Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.
His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Good Will Hunting (1997) and Insomnia (2002), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996) and Happy Feet (2006).
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
August 12, 2014 | Categories: Deaths | Tags: Actor, Actors, Awards, Biography, California, Comedian, Comedy, Cult, Dead Poets Society, Hollywood, Icons, Images, Legend, Marin County, Mork and Mindy, Oscar, Robin Williams, Sad, Serial Killer, Stand-Up, Suicide, Susan Schneider, Suspense | Leave a comment
August 9, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Aliens, Art, Blockbuster, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Drax, Franchise, Gamora, Groot, Hollywood, Icons, Images, Legend, Post Apocalyptic, Rocket Racoon, Sci-Fi, Star-Lord, Suspense, Violence | Leave a comment