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Genre legend Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night) wrote and directed a web series for FEARNET called Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales. Now the series is getting the DVD treatment. We spoke with Tom about what people can expect on the DVD.
Was it always the plan to release a DVD? Originally, Twisted Tales was just meant to be a FEARNET show.
Well, they were going to try to get Walmart to release them, and it worked! Walmart took it, which, as you know, is the only major market left for DVDs. So I’m thrilled about that, but there was no guarantee. It worked out very well. The one who deserves the credit is Mark Ward at Image. It is a huge distribution. It gives it a chance to get out there.
Right. I have to imagine that the people who find it on the shelf at Walmart are not necessarily avid viewers of FEARNET.
Exactly. You’re going to get a whole new group of people who will become aware of it, who don’t watch FEARNET.
What kind of extras did you put on the disc to really make it “pop?”
We had Brian Smith and Heather Wixson - they do everybody’s behind-the-scenes - they came in and did the behind-the-scenes as we were shooting. So there is a huge amount of material there. There is a terrific amount of stuff for every episode. There is a whole separate DVD of behind-the-scenes material - I think nearly an hour.
Are you thinking about doing another season of Twisted Tales?
I don’t know. I took four Tales that I didn’t have time or money to film, and I wrote them up. They are called “Tom Holland’s Untold Tales” and they are available on Kindle Singles. So you can read read them on your Kindle.
One of the things I learned is that you have to give these kinds of things a definite length to sell these down stream, like for television. If I had it to do again, they would all be either half-hours or hours. [FEARNET] told me to make them any length I wanted. At that moment in time, there was the thinking that, over the internet, shorter would be better. I did one, “Fred and His GPS” which is only about eight and a half minutes. What I found is that if you are doing ten minutes or under, what you basically have is a monologue. It isn’t interesting enough, dramatically. I think now that the perfect form is half-hour, which is about twenty-two to twenty-four minutes when you throw in commercials. So if I did it again, I would go with half-hours or hours, but I wouldn’t do anything less than half-hours. When you go out there on the international market, they are TV people, and all they think of are series with definite time lengths.
Artist Anna Dumitriu isn't happy about the public conception of bacteria, and the way that we've all been conditioned to consider bacteria to be a dirty word, so to speak. The truth is that many of those same microorganisms we've come to fear also help us out, and oftentimes even exist within all of us, and her unique brand of art tackles this idea head on, intent on showing people that many strains of the microbes we fear are in fact essential for the normal functioning of our bodies.
As we spotted over on the Smithsonian website, Dumitriu has actually found a way to inject strands of disease-causing microbes into her artwork (don't worry, she kills them off first), infusing them into quilts and even clothing. The uniques pieces are currently on display at the West London exhibition space Watermans, and she's dubbed the series 'The Romantic Disease,' which has a large focus on tuberculosis - which was, in fact, dubbed 'the romantic disease,' and was originally viewed as a representation of spiritual purity and wealth.
In addition to ancient medical artifacts, which were once used to treat diseases like tuberculosis, her space at the exhibition center is filled out with everything from a dress colored with dyes made from walnut husks, which were used as early tuberculosis treatments, to a collection of small felt lungs, which were actually injected with the microorganism that causes the disease. Another piece (above), features a chair covered in black fabric, meant to convey the idea that every surface we look at and touch is covered with microscopic bacteria that we cannot see.
"It makes microbiology accessible, for so many people, at many different levels," Dumitriu says of her art, "which is great, because that's really what I set out to do in the first place."
Many thanks to Mr. Campion for these excellent updates... be sure to check out his official site for more background on his many projects. But first we'll play you out with two of his awesome short films!
It's a pretty awesome thing when you can confidently say that you love your job, and Kieran Gormley is a dude that most definitely loves getting up in the morning and heading off to work. He's the meat manager of Washington's Asian grocery store Uwajimaya, Inc., and it's what Kieran does with the meat that he manages that makes his art, and his place of work, so special.
Described as the 'meat master,' Kieran spices up the grocery store by turning piles of raw meat into incredible creations, using the uncooked grub as a sort of pseudo modeling clay. Most awesome of all is that the store allows Kieran to display his creations at the meat counter for all to see, giving customers the unique experience of taking home portions of dinosaurs, spiders and even iconic pop-culture icons like Homer Simpson andFrankenstein's lovely bride.
Kieran shows off his meat sculptures over on the Tumblr blog Epic Grinds, which is often updated with new additions. Check out some of our favorites below and be sure to head over to the blog to see many more!
Derek Nance doesn't make sculptures out of raw meat... he eats it!
New genre television is always something to be celebrated, and I have been waiting for the premiere of Showtime's Penny Dreadful since it was announced over a year ago. The show, starring Josh Hartnett and Eva Green, premieres in May, but we have an exclusive first look at the new teaser, set to premiere on the network this Sunday.
Official Synopsis: In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by of three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two were directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance. PENNY DREADFUL stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) also star.
Penny Dreadful premieres on Showtime on May 11th at 10pm.
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Hellboy: The First 20 Years
Saturday March 22nd marks a very special day in comics. Hellboy Day. It's crazy to think that the comic about the big red lug and his paranormal friends has been going strong for two decades. But time marches on, and Hellboy: The First 20 Years is a lush and wonderful commemoration of the comic. Mike Mignola's work has spawned a whole world of mythos, amazing characters, and wonderful design, and this book is proof of it. The book is filled with Mignola's best illustrations over the past twenty years, never-before-seen artwork, and a wonderful introduction.
Bag it or board it up? I don't hide my love for all things Hellboy. But I will admit that this is an item for fans of Mignola's artwork and collectors alone. You won't find any stories in here, you won't find daring and weird adventure. But you'll find a masterfully crafted book that's been given a lot of attention and care. If you really like Mignola's work, this one's an obvious "buy".
The Maxx: Maxximized No. 5
The Maxx is back and better than ever. These classic indie comics, originally one of the forerunners of the underground scene, are finally seeing a high-res revival with The Maxx: Maxximized. In issue number five, The Maxx falls asleep after eating sweets and watching cartoons, and enters into a whimsical, albeit monstrous, world of rhymes, creatures, and terror. This issue, famous for inviting another illustrator in to do the dream sequence, looks crisp and clean in this reissue.
Bag it or board it up? It's nice to check in every once in a while with these Maxx reissues. The colors are clean, the reworking stays true to form, and it's so fun to revisit these twisted tales. Something's not quite right about these comics. They're of a different time, and they all have that early nineties "weird for weird's sake" attitude to them. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, or if you're into Alice in Wonderland-esque stories, you should definitely check this issue out. And just look at that cover! Gives me goosebumps!
The Witcher No. 1
By now 'The Witcher' has moved from novels to video games, and onto comics. The titular Witcher of this story is a man possessed of magical powers who hunts monsters for hire as he roams the countryside. When he meets up with an amiable hunter stalked by his once-wife (now-vampire), the two set off into the woods to get away from her sorrowful gaze. But when they encounter a graveyard hag, a spirit of the woods, and a nasty forest maze, they begin to question if venturing into the woods was the right move after all.
Bag it or board it up? I'll admit, I'm usually pretty biased against video game adaptations in comics. They're usually half-handed, lazy, and just regurgitate the same old tropes you pressed "A" through in the game version. But this comic, lushly illustrated by Joe Querio and with a satisfying script by Paul Tobin, sets the bar much higher. The story is engaging, the atmosphere and world feels lived in and highly detailed, and it's even a little spooky. Even if you're not familiar with the video games you should read this comic.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth No. 117
Things are beginning to reach a fever pitch in New York City. Manhattan, like the rest of the world, is half-destroyed by monsters. There are gargantuan monsters who stomp through the streets, and tiny ones that clatter all around. All of this is due to the Zinco Corporation, and a magical entity known as The Black Flame. Now two strike forces have infiltrated Manhattan, and this issue is all about the beginning of a big, bad, final showdown. No more stalking around, no more waiting, this is it.
Bag it or board it up? Of course one of the best issues of B.P.R.D. to come out this year would fall a day short of Hellboy Day. This issue is so full of action, weird creatures, struggle, and paranormal activity that you'd be a fool to let it pass you bye. Check this issue out, even if you've never read another copy of a Mike Mignola comic before. This is, simply put, a must read.
Advances in technology have taken pranks to incredible new levels, as we saw when one prankster used his smart phone to convince people that ghosts are indeed real. The hi-tech hijinks continued when a Russian water tricked an unsuspecting diner into thinking a cockroach was crawling on her hand, and now Pepsi has gotten in on the fun with perhaps the most epic prank we've ever seen.
As we spotted over on The London Evening Standard, Pepsi earlier this week installed Augmented Reality technology at a central London bus shelter, which they used to unleash giant monsters on the city. How is that even possible, you ask? Well, the technology mapped the frightening CG graphics directly over top of a live video feed, which was displayed on the side of the bus shelter. The unsuspecting commuters of course thought the feed was merely a window that they were looking through.
The clever trick was all about giving people unbelievable thrills... and boy did it ever.
Check out the incredible prank below, which you've gotta see to believe!
Who knew that waiting for a bus could be so scary? Check out another awesome bus stop prank, involving our good pal Chucky!
Vernon is a small town in the Florida panhandle. Currently home to less than 800 residents, and threatened with destruction due to highway expansion, Vernon has always been an impoverished town. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the residents of Vernon found a way around that.
They started dismembering themselves in order to collect from insurance companies.
Exactly how the trend began, or with who, seems to be lost to history, but during this time period, nearly 50 people lost limbs and collected insurance payouts. Over two-thirds of the total insurance claims in the United States for loss of limb came from Vernon, which soon became known as Nub City. Just some of the insurance claims filed during this time included a man who sawed off his hand at work; a man who shot himself in the foot while "protecting" his chickens; a man who shot his hand while defending himself from a hawk; and a man who lost two limbs in shooting and tractor accidents. One man shot himself in the foot trying to shoot a squirrel, a mere 12 hours after he took out an insurance policy.
Not a single person was ever convicted of insurance fraud, though goodness knows the insurance companies tried. Juries had a hard time believing that someone would disfigure themselves just to collect money.
The dismemberment trend died off in the early 1960s due to increased scrutiny and insurance companies refusing to offer policies to Vernon residents. But that's not quite the end of the story. Documentarian Errol Morris came to Vernon in the early 1980s, intent on making a documentary called Nub City. Allegedly, Morris received death threats, which caused him to shift focus to the eccentric - but full-limbed - people living there at the time. The new documentary was titled Vernon, Florida and was released in 1982.
The legend of Nub City and its residents are all but forgotten. To the best of my knowledge, none of the dismembered people from this time period are still alive. It remains a strange, fascinating tale of how far people will go to survive.
We are always on the lookout for nasty nibblies here at FEARNET. The latest creepy confection to come across our radar is from Not Martha. The site has a history of providing brilliantly dark delicacies and these spider cakes are no exception. They are sure to serve as the perfect snack for a Halloween party or any occasion that calls for a touch of the macabre.
The actual body of the spider is easy enough to make, however, Not Martha provides instructions for attaching the spider legs to store bought cupcakes if you are pressed for time. Regardless of whether you make your own spider body or purchase at a bakery, the end result is totally awesome and surely worth your while.
If you do opt to make your own cakes, the recipe includes a filling that serves as spider guts, so these spider cakes are sure to equally delight and disgust your guests. The legs are made of the Japanese snack Pocky, so the entire concoction is 100% edible.
We've talked about some pretty incredible snakes here on FEARNET over the years, from snakes that fly to snakes that moonlight as massage therapists. While this next one doesn't have the ability to soar like a bird, nor would I want it anywhere near a massage parlor, it's nevertheless armed with a pretty incredible super power, allowing it to survive without water for extended periods of time. Beat that, Superman!
Discovery reports that scientists recently discovered a new species of sea snake dubbed Hydrophis platurus (above), which literally becomes dehydrated for several months, before reconstituting itself after heavy rainfall. The yellow-bellied snakes live in the salty waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, and since they're unable to drink saltwater, they instead wait for freshwater to accumulate on the surface of the ocean, coming to the surface after heavy rainfalls to lap it up - and once again become properly hydrated.
Not surprisingly, these incredibly unique snakes are in danger of extinction in some areas, where prolonged periods of drought push them well past their survival point. "We cannot do anything about this except to enact measures to combat climatic changes attributable to human enhancement (such as when we burn fossil fuels)," said Harvey Lillywhite, lead author of the study that revealed these findings.
We're pulling for you, sea snakes, because you're pretty damn impressive!
Grimm Episode 316
“The Show Must Go On”
Written By: Marc Gaffen & Kyle McVey
Directed By: Paul A. Kaufman
Original Airdate: 21 March 2014
In This Episode…
We open on a carnival. Max, an alcoholic performer is fighting with his girlfriend Genevieve, also a performer. She wants to be done with the carnival life; he says they can’t afford to. He stumbles onto the midway and two giggly girls, front row of tonight’s show, see him and beg to know the secrets of the show. He tries to get away from them, but they throw themselves at him, offer him booze, and coerce him into their car. Back at the girls’ house, they dance and drink - then they want to know how he does his “trick.” (While it isn’t shown in the cold open, it is very clear that his “trick” is woging on command, under the auspices of “magic.”) They fawn all over him, one of them tries to take off his pants, and they beg to know his trick. Before the date rape can get underway, Max woges and reveals a very angry blutbad face. The girls’ screams echo into the night.
Nick and Hank discover the girls were at the Carnival Metamorphosia last night, so off they go. They are directed to carnival owner Hedig, who is starting his show, so Nick and Hank sit in. The show consists of Hedig revealing three otherwise normal people, but when he cracks his whip, they each, in turn, woge into their respective wesen forms. Max is the grand finale. He is brought out in a cage, whipped several times, woges, and escapes his cage by using brute force to bend the bars. He rushes into the audience, and Hedig uses his pistol to stop the animal before he can harm the spectators. After the show, the guys go with Hedig to get a list of carnies in his employ. Genevieve goes to Max, worried about what happened with the girls last night. He doesn’t remember.
As is usual, Nick and Hank tell Monroe and Rosalee about the carnival. This is a sad fact in their world: wesen being exploited for entertainment. Because it is being portrayed as a magic trick, the council lets them slide, but wesen are encouraged to intervene. The bigger worry is umkippen - when the wesen side takes control. So while Hank and Nick do their cop thing, Monroe and Rosalee pay the carnival a visit. Rosalee is mistaken as a performer there to audition, and is whisked away, leaving Monroe concerned. Max and Genevieve had it out the night before, and she cut her leg on some glass, so Hedig won’t let her perform. Rosalee’s “audition” consists of nothing more than a woge and a spin. She is hired.
Genevieve is in charge of getting Rosalee prepared for the night’s show, but she is less than warm. Genevieve says Rosalee looks like a nice girl - and this is no place for a nice girl. She is depressed and defeated, and admits to being more afraid for Max than for herself. Rosalee changes for the show, and Monroe pops his head in, determined to get her to leave. “It’s worse than we thought.” She insists on going on, so Monroe calls Nick. “We might be in over our heads here.”
Max, meanwhile, is deteriorating. He is having a hard time controlling his blutbad, and refuses to go on with Rosalee. Hedig starts the show anyway. When he gets to Rosalee, she freeze with sudden stage fright. Max can no longer contain himself and woges, pulling down the curtain around his cage. Hedig rolls with it, and Max roars into the audience. But this time, when Hedig fires his cap gun at him, Max doesn’t roll over and play dead. He starts rampaging through the audience, who quickly realize this is not part of the show and vacate the tent. When Max heads for Rosalee, Monroe woges to defend her honor. Rosalee separates them, reminding Monroe that Max is sick. Max goes human again, having no idea what happened while he was shifted.
Hedig, who sees the tides are shifting, runs into the funhouse (naturally) to hide from his angry performers. They catch up with him in the hall of mirrors, and Hedig tries to defend himself. The performers don’t want to hear it and the dragon wesen shifts and burns him alive. All that the cops find is a charred corpse. As far as Renard is concerned, that is justice and the case is closed.
Meanwhile, in the Swiss Alps, Adalind and Meisner are still hiding from Victor. The come to the place where Sebastian first dropped them off, with the intention of stealing one of the cars. Meisner is shocked to find Sebastian, badly beaten, in the backseat. A verrat sneaks up on him - but suddenly, he is aiming his gun at his own head. He pulls the trigger and drops, revealing Adalind, off in the distance, returning to human form. Sebastian insists the trio get out of here and leave him to take care of Victor and the rest of his guards. They drive off, and Meisner calls Renard. He has travel out of Zurich arranged for Adalind and the baby. Meisner is needed in Europe. When Victor and his men respond to the sound of gunfire, they are surprised to see Sebastian in the back of one of the cars - with a gun. He shoots the verrat, but when Victor comes up, he is out of bullets. Sebastian is dead.
Also: Rosalee asks Juliette to be her maid of honor; Monroe asks Nick to be his best man. They are both honored, but Nick starts having stress dreams about standing up next to Monroe, in a room full of wesen, and sees it end in much bloodshed and beheadings.
Dig It or Bury It?
I love carnival settings. They are always creepy, a heady mix of elaborate costumes, sketchy workers, the transient nature, clowns, junk food, and neon lights. Grimm did not disappoint in its portrayal of a carnival. I also liked the format of tonight’s episode. The procedural aspects of the episode were barely a footnote; the focus was on the more “human” aspect of exploitation. I liked that Rosalee had more to do in tonight’s episode than just be the slightly nerdy shopkeep.
Fun fact: Sam Witwer, who played Max in tonight’s episode, is probably best known for his role as a vampire in the American version of Being Human.
When Grimm returns on April 4th, Nick’s mom is back - and she has brought Adalind and her baby with her.
Hannibal Episode 204
Written By: Scott Nimerfro and Bryan Fuller
Directed By: David Semel
Original Airdate: 21 March 2014
In This Episode…
Beverly visits Will with more crime scene photos; this time of The Muralist, James Gray, in the mural. There were no signs of a struggle, and The Muralist would have worked alone, which means that the person who sewed him into his work had to understand him well enough to find his “studio” and have a feel for his artwork. He again points Beverly towards Hannibal and suggests she look for “clever details.” Beverly will look for the details, but not for Hannibal. She heads back to the lab and starts looking over The Muralist’s corpse with Hannibal. He lets slip an intriguingly specific clue that could not have been a mistake: to get to the truth behind appearances, one must get under the skin to understand the true pathology.
Chilton and Will have a very odd relationship now. Chilton is overtly aggressive towards Will, but Will uses that to his advantage. “Either I’m a different breed of psychopath, delusional, or right about Hannibal. Aren’t you curious to know which?” Chilton wants to test him. Will agrees as long as he no longer shares details about him with Hannibal. “I am under your exclusive care.” Chilton wants to give Will a narco-analytic test, basically shoot him up with truth serum. While he is prepped, Will asks about removing memories from people’s brains, and if Hannibal has the knowledge to do so. It would require “unorthodox” methods (i.e. lobotomy) and yes, Hannibal could do it. The sodium pentathol takes effect and Will slips into a sort of spasmodic coma-like state. He remembers. Chilton and his questions fade into the background as Will remembers sitting in Hannibal’s office, being asked to draw a clock. But this time, Hannibal is injecting him with something. The clock becomes misshapen, and Hannibal’s face slides around until he looks like a Picasso. When Chilton brings Will back into the real world, he excitedly tells Chilton that Hannibal was inducing Will’s seizures, using his encephalitis as a catalyst. When Hannibal comes to the hospital, Chilton explains that Will is at a delicate place in therapy, and that he may not suffer from any one disorder - and he mentions that Will’s seizures may have been induced. Hannibal carefully admits that he has used light stimulation, a common enough treatment. The fact that Will was suffering from encephalitis at the time, causing the seizures, was pure “coincidence.” Chilton thinks it was strategic and flat-out suggests that Hannibal has been driving Will all along. “You are not the only doctor accused of pushing a client to kill. We have to stick together.” Cue the dramatic sting of organ music!
Murder never stops, and Jack’s newest case is one of a man, found in a field, his body turned into a makeshift apiary. He is covered in honeycomb and bees. He was purposely repurposed to be a human apiary: his brain and eyes were removed to make room for the hive. The victim, Duncan, had a very high white blood cell count. He had no home, no money, no family. Duncan’s killer, a hippy-dippy herbalist named Katherine, has a new “victim” on her table, an elderly man with severe arthritis. She treats him with a combination of bee stings and acupuncture. Then she lobotomizes him. A little girl finds this victim in the park - only he is not dead. He is swollen and lumpy from allergic reactions to multiple bee stings - and his eyeballs have been removed. But he is still standing. The bee stings were used to cover up needle marks. This strikes something in Beverly, and she examines The Muralist. She sees that his stitches are hiding stitches. Remembering what Hannibal told her, she opens up the stitches and reaches deep into the abdominal cavity. The killer took The Muralist’s kidney.
Beverly takes this new info to Will, who is distracted by the fact that she let Hannibal examine the body with her. “Stay away from Hannibal Lecter,” he warns. But Beverly is starting to turn to Will’s side. “If Hannibal is The Ripper… what is he doing with his trophies?” Will flashes back to one of his first meetings with Hannibal, breakfast at the motel before one of their first case. He shudders. “He’s eating them.”
Jack and his backup pay Katherine a visit to tell her that her patients are dead. (Well, one is as good as dead.) She doesn’t seem particularly concerned; in fact, she admits, without any provocation, that Holloram dying in a meadow with a headful of bees seemed much nicer that the alternatives. “Did you try the honey?” Jack plays along, says no, and Katherine agrees. “It seemed too morbid.” Katherine believes she helped these men. Holloran she brought to the meadow to die in peace. “I didn’t kill him, I quieted his mind so he could die in peace.” So that’s that. Easiest case Hannibal has ever had.
Meanwhile, Bella’s health has taken a turn for the worse. She is unhappy that she let Jack talk her into chemo; all it is doing is extending the length of her increasingly painful life. During her visits with Hannibal, she not-so-subtly comes to realization that, in case like this, suicide is not a shameful choice. So she returns to Hannibal, needing help to enter his office. She has taken all of her morphine, then come there to die - without telling Jack. Hannibal sees it as denying Jack the chance to say goodbye; Bella sees this as merciful: “I denied him a painful goodbye, and allowed myself a peaceful one.” She slips away, goes limp. Hannibal simply stares at her. After a long minute, he takes out an antique coin, one that Bella gave him as a gift, and flips it. He gets some meds from his cabinet and revives Bella, who is distraught to find herself still alive.
At the hospital, Bella is in bad shape. Jack is at her side lovingly - and Hannibal is there, too, to apologize for not being able to do what she asked of him. He sets the coin down on one of her IVs. She uses every ounce of strength to smack Hannibal across the face. Wheezing, she commands him to get out.
After her visit with Will, Beverly returns to the office, looking for Jack. Jimmy tells him he had an emergency with Bella, and went to meet Hannibal at the hospital. Beverly takes this as a sign, and sneaks into Hannibal’s house, poking around. Behind a locked door, she finds a second kitchen, with another fridge, and a vacuum-sealed package of strange-looking meat. “Gotcha,” she murmurs and removes it. In the dark, she spills a glass with some liquid in it, and sees the drops roll across the floorboards - and drip into the basement. There is something downstairs.
Beverly creeps into the basement. Something makes her freeze and turn on the light. Hannibal is standing behind her. He makes a move for her; she goes for her gun. We pull out, seeing only the lonely facade of the house - as we hear a gunshott.
Dig It or Bury It?
Damn you, cliffhanger. What did Beverly see? I have to imagine that Hannibal killed her. We know Hannibal makes it to the end of the season as a free man - remember that wicked fight he has with Jack in the first episode. I can’t see a situation where Hannibal would allow Beverly to live.
Finally, we get a hint at Chilton’s dark side. He is going to be a wonderful, evil compliment to Hannibal.
I am trying to decide if Hannibal’s revival of Bella was pure cruelty or just a game. The coin flip suggests that he was playing a game, a cold, callous game, but the fact that he knows that Bella wants to die (for very good reason) and yet he plays his little game anyway suggests intense cruelty.
Also, Will seems to be a lot more lively tonight. In the previous episodes, Will was depressed, borderline catatonic. Tonight he seems to have some fight in him. Perhaps he is just now fully recuperating from his encephalitis; maybe he is encouraged that Beverly seems to be believing him. But he had a fight in him that we have not seen this season.
I miss Winston. I think it would do Will some good to get a visit from his puppies.
Takiawase is a course of vegetables served with meat, fish or tofu. The ingredients are simmered separately.
Will discovers that his orderly at the hospital is the one who killed the bailiff and the judge. He wants him to kill Hannibal Lecter. I suspect that this orderly might be all in Will’s mind.
With an average legspan of around 10 to 12 inches, Huntsman spiders are some of the largest of all arachnids, and they're mostly found in tropical regions like the African rainforest. So you can imagine one UK woman's surprise when last week her home was invaded by one, which found itself incredibly far from its natural habitat.
The Daily Star reports that Nora Serrat recently spent two weeks on vacation in the Cameroon rainforest, unknowingly returning home from the trip with a particularly frightening new piece of luggage. A massive Huntsman spider snuck into her backpack and hitched a ride all the way to the UK, where it soon emerged, eager to explore its new home. "It jumped out of the sleeping mat," said Serrat, "but we captured it with a carton box."
Most horrifying of all is that the giant spider was pregnant, carrying around a huge egg sac that contained 400 little spider babies. Yes, that is indeed an egg sac it's sitting on, not a makeup remover pad. Thankfully, no births occured in Serrat's home, and the Huntman was safely captured and will be returned to the rainforest.
For more giant spider fun, learn all about the Goliath bird-eater, which is so massive that it literally consumes birds!
Picture above is Mount Osore, located on a remote peninsula in Japan. Mount Osore is a volcano that hasn't erupted since 1787, and popular mythology will have you believe that the volcanic wasteland actually marks the entrance to Hell, with its name literally translating to Mount Fear (aka Fear Mountain).
Bubbling sulphur pits, noxious fumes and howling winds no doubt are responsible for the area being considered a conduit to another world, and Mount Osore has become an incredibly sacred place, where many visit in an attempt to make contact with the dead.
But perhaps the strangest thing about the so-called Fear Mountain are the highly unique mushrooms that grow there, which exist nowhere else in the world...
As you can see, these 'Skull Mushrooms' most definitely live up to their name, with the caps of them resembling the shape of a human skull, both on the front and back. 'Big Skull Mushrooms' measure up to 12.5" tall, with the 'Princess Skull' variety measuring a little bit smaller. There's also a 'Devil Skull' variation, which is an orange-reddish color.
As we spotted over on Radiant Hour, unusually large numbers of these mushrooms sprang up in the wake of 2011's Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which caused over 15,000 deaths. A similar skull mushroom bloom occured after a deadly earthquake in 1923, which has led many to believe that the strange mushrooms are literally grown from death. Not surprisingly, they're often used for spiritual rituals, and they're thought to possess medicinal properties.
Check out the 'bleeding tooth mushroom,' which also earns its name!