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- 08/02/13--17:00: FEARnet Movie Review: 'Antisocial'
- 08/05/13--08:00: TV Recap: 'Dexter' Episode 806 - 'A Little Reflection'
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After films like Shakes the Clown (1991), Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006), World's Greatest Dad (2009), and God Bless America (2011), you surely know what to expect from writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait by now, right? Loud, colorful, perhaps even garish social commentary and raunchy farce from a stand-up comic turned actor turned surprisingly good filmmaker. Wrong!
At today's Television Critics Association panel with Showtime, there were hints about a potential Dexter spinoff.
Showtime entertainment president David Nevins announced that the cabler had inked a two-year deal with Dexter showrunner Scott Buck to develop projects for them. And while he isn't going to come out and say it, he did say, "We announced a deal with Scott Buck today, draw your own conclusions." Nevins was quick to follow that up with the fact that no deals with any of the current Dexter cast members has been made, and that "it's not necessarily a spinoff." "All options will be explored. We're really not dealing with it at all until we're through this season and maybe for a while thereafter," he told the panel. "We have a deal with Scott and we're going to develop a bunch of different things with him, there's nothing else to be concluded at this point. There's no sense of whether it will happen and if it will happen but I want to stay in business with Scott."
That is one of the greatest non-committal statements I have ever heard. If I had to guess, I would say that a spinoff is certainly not out of the question (some have suggested that Deb would be the focus, but I think an even more interesting angle would be on Harrison), but in reality, I think it is all a big tease.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Fans of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' may have to wait all the way until mid-October for the 4th season to begin, but on August 27th you can re-experience 'The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season' when it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. Whether you spring for the limited edition "Zombie Head Tank" version designed by McFarlane Toys or just get the regular editions, you'll still be treated to a handful of special features including audio commentaries and deleted scenes. And I'd bet you'd love to see one of those deleted scenes right now, right? Of course you do. And we've got a tease for you. Below you'll find an intense little scene between Merle (Michael Rooker) and Carol (Melissa McBride).
How big a fan are you of 'Dexter'? Have you ever wanted to have a prop from the show but figured collecting something like actual memorabilia might be a bit too expensive? Well then you're in luck, because Cloned Replicas has got you covered. At the moment, Cloned Replicas is offering 3 official 'Dexter' props fully authorized by Showtime - a Dexter Morgan ID badge (as seen worn by Michael C. Hall during Season One), a "smiley face" blood slide and a Jordan Chase (of Season Five) necklace. You can buy any of the three on the Cloned Replica website, but also keep tabs on their official Facebook page and stay tuned for future announcements. They've got a slew of other really awesome horror related props in the works that will blow you FEARnet readers away.
At today's Television Critics Association panel, American Horror Story producer Tim Minear finally confirmed what the third season, subtitled Coven will be about.
Guess what? Kathy Bates will indeed play Marie Delphine LaLaurie, something which has been at the center of much speculation. Madame LaLaurie was a real-life socialite in New Orleans. A house fire revealed that she kept her slaves bound and tortured. Angela Bassett will play Marie Laveau, another real person who lived around the same time as Madame LaLaurie. Laveau was a Creole voodoo priestess in New Orleans who some claim to have seen continue to practice her voodoo after her death in 1881.
Jessica Lange will play a witch named Fiona who, as far as I can tell, is not based on a historical figure. Sarah Paulson will play her daughter, Cordelia, named for the daughter in King Lear. The actual plot is still being kept a secret, but Minear promises that this season will feature bigger themes such as oppression of minorities, and "minority groups going after each other." There will also be a strong "feminist theme" going through the season - no surprise because the cast this season is almost entirely female.
AHS: Coven is set in modern times, so if I had to guess, Jessica Lange and her coven (which, judging by these pictures, I assume includes Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, and Taissa Farmiga) are trying to conjure up LaLaurie or Laveau, or both. But of course, knowing AHS, shit will get really crazy. But Minear promises that this season will have a higher "fun quotient" that might make it a little more "welcoming" to an audience.
American Horror Story: Coven will air on FX in October.
Some people see a new indie horror flick with a slightly familiar premise and they shriek "rip-off." It's easy to guess that the new indie thriller called Antisocial will be accused of "stealing" from Stephen King's Cell, fine indie flicks like 28 Days Later, Pontypool, and The Signal, and/or countless J-horror flicks in which humanity's over-reliance on technology leads to some truly horrific results. So, no, the Canadian horror offering called Antisocial is not the most original concept you'll come across. It still manages to get some stuff right.
After a suitably mysterious prologue, Antisocial gets underway in pretty standard fashion: a half-dozen college kids are gathered together for a New Years Eve party, only (uh oh) there seems to be a horrific virus spreading through the streets of Ontario. Antisocial takes a little while to build up some steam, but suffice to say that the impending apocalypse is somehow being spread through, you guessed it, social media networks.
At its driest moments, Antisocial is dedicated to scenes in which basic characters simply ramble through exposition, but once those speed bumps are out of the way, this low-budget Canadian export manages to become a strange and occasionally unpredictable combination of slasher flick, "body horror," zombie flick, and sci-fi-style cinematic speculation.
The message of Antisocial -- that our over-reliance on "staying in touch" actually and ironically keeps people apart -- is hardly a new revelation, but it's nice to see another indie horror flick that manages to grab a bunch of old parts from other films and wedge them together with at least a little new glue of its own. Once the astute horror viewer gets done "checklisting" the movies Antisocial reminds them of (like I did back in the first paragraph), they're likely to settle back and enjoy the impressively varied series of visceral horrors that lay waste to our unfortunate college students.
Like most indie horror films from newcomers, Antisocial has a few ripe lines of dialogue and a handful of relatively amateurish performances (although leading lady Michelle Mylett is actually quite good), but if you can get past the fact that the flick is composed of 75% recycled ideas and 25% new ones, you may find that something to like. Originality is often overrated, while presentation counts for a lot, and in that department Antisocial acquits itself rather well.
Dexter Episode 806
“A Little Reflection”
Written By: Jace Richdale
Directed By: John Dahl
Original Airdate: 4 August 2013
In This Episode...
Dexter has been following Zach Hamilton for the last week. Other than a fascination with crime scenes, car accidents, and other places where dead bodies are likely to be, Dexter can’t find any evidence that Zach deserves to be on his table. Dexter is curious when he follows Zach to Vogel’s office. The moment the kid leaves, Dexter confronts her. Vogel admits that Zach’s father brought him to see her because of her work with psychopaths and his propensity towards violence. She comes down with a sudden case of ethics and won’t divulge more, but does ask that if Dexter finds any evidence against Zach, he come to her first.
Dexter’s next crime scene is an easy one - a woman was killed by her boyfriend, who was picked up a few blocks away in blood-soaked clothes. The scene clears out quickly, and Dexter sees Zach watching, packing up his camera. With no one else from the force around, Dexter invites Zach into the crime scene. Zach jumps at the chance and looks at the scene with awe and wonder. Dexter recognizes that awe and turns it into a “learning moment.” The next day, Dexter visits Zach at his studio to check out the photos he took. The colors are super-saturated; Dexter thinks Zach photographs crime scenes like fashion shoots. He notices a picture of a pretty woman - still alive and walking down the street - that Zach quickly crumples into the garbage.
Batista names Miller as the new sergeant. Quinn is hurt but surprisingly, he turns his disappointment into productivity. He feels like if he had solved the Norma Rivera case, he would have made sergeant. He checks in with Dexter on any new evidence (he has none) and announces that he is going to watch Zach around the clock if necessary. This will get in the way of Dexter’s own surveillance so he asks to come along. Big mistake, as Quinn just rambles on, and wants to talk about Deb. Dexter tunes out. They are watching Zach watching a yoga class in the park. Dexter quickly realizes that Zach is watching one particular woman - the woman in the photo he threw away. Dexter takes note of her license plate and discovers that the woman is Sofia Fuentes, an employee at the Hamiltons’ yacht club. Dexter fears that Sofia is Zach’s next victim.
Dexter sneaks into Zach’s studio late at night to search for evidence. He finds what he needs: hidden inside a camera case is a thumb drive which includes photos of Norma, seconds after her death. Zach catches himself in the reflection of photo frame on the floor. Dexter prints these out and brings them directly to Vogel, with a “toldja” look. She knew - Zach admitted as much during his first session. Dexter still thinks Zach deserves to be on his table, despite Vogel reminding him that he could have been Zach were it not for Harry, Vogel, and the code. She suggests they teach Zach the code, but Dexter refuses. “We are nothing alike. He killed an innocent, and he needs to die.”
That night, Dexter heads to Zach’s studio. Despite his red Porsche in the garage, Zach is nowhere to be found. Dexter sees the pink slip to a cheap sedan on the desk, and can’t help but feel a hint of pride that Zach has learned from his previous mistake. A quick call to the yacht club reveals that Sofia is wrapping up her shift, so Dexter heads straight over there. Sofia is leaving the club - but so is his dad. Sofia is his new mistress. The two kiss and go their separate ways. Zach follows with a knife in his hand, and Dexter follows him (no knife in his hand, of course). Dexter is surprised to discover that Zach is following his dad, not Sofia, but that doesn’t slow him down. He injects Zach and drags him out of sight before Ed catches them.
Zach wakes up on Dexter’s table. He first insists that he wasn’t going to kill his dad, but realizes that Dexter isn’t buying it, so he switches to the truth. Zach’s mom is drinking herself to death due to his dad’s philandering. Zach thought killing Norma would put an end to it, but when he started up with Sofia, he knew the only way to stop it was to kill his father. Dexter calms down, just a bit. “So you were just protecting your mom.” But his anger rises again, and he mentions Zach’s photos. “You kill because you want to kill!” Zach breaks down: “I can’t help it, it just builds up inside of me.” After he killed Norma - his first and only victim - he felt a huge weight lifted, the release of something horrible. Dexter softens even more - he may as well have been describing Dexter’s first kill. Zach begs Dexter to kill him - “If you don’t, I will kill again. I don’t want to be like this, but I can’t help it.” Dexter cuts him free. Perhaps he can be Zach’s Harry.
Meanwhile, Deb helps Elway with an uncover job. His little sister, Susan, has been dating a guy Elway knows to be a womanizer and a cheater. Deb offers to go undercover - she did work vice, after all - to catch this guy in the act. As she and her catch are on their way up to his hotel room, Elway comes in and punches the guy out. He agrees to dump Susan. It is pretty clear that Elway has a crush on Deb. As the episode winds down, Deb is relaying this to Dexter over steaks and beers at her place. They have been slowly but steadily rebuilding their relationship. Suddenly, Deb gets dizzy and sleepy and lays down. Dexter rushes to her side, and he starts to suffer the same symptoms. Before he blacks out, Hannah walks. “Hi Dexter. Remember me?”
Also: Dexter worries that Harrison is lying to him (about the broken TV remote). Deb reminds him that “he is four, doofus.” And Masuka discovers his daughter had her car repo’d and is in debt. He offers her a check for $5,000 - and she is insulted and refuses to accept it.
Dig It or Bury It?
The whole Zach Hamilton thing is taking a much better turn than I expected. Dexter didn’t just automatically say, “Hey, I need someone I can pass on my knowledge to.” There was a natural progression there. He saw what Vogel saw in Zach. I still can’t get excited about that storyline, but at least it feels natural.
What I can get excited for is Hannah’s return. We knew it was going to happen, but now she is finally here. I can’t help but feel like Dexter’s bad date with Cassie (they have a lunch date tonight and it is clear they do not mesh well) was setting him up to miss Hannah, despite the fact that she tried to kill Deb. Of course, Hannah dosing Deb (and Dexter) probably doesn’t earn her any brownie points with him. I wonder if Hannah will kill Deb? (Yes, I still believe that Deb is going to die by the end of the season.)
Dexter has his hands full: teaching Zach the code and figuring out what Hannah wants.
True Blood Episode 608
Written By: Robin Veith
Directed By: Michael Lehmann
Original Airdate: 4 August 2013
In This Episode...
Let’s start in the vampire camp. Jessica is blissful with James - until guards find them and take them back to their respective cells. On the way, they run into Pam, who is buttoning up after screwing the shrink. (“It was oozy but productive.”) Jason is still in the female cell block, under Violet’s “protection.” She vows that he is hers forever. This makes Jason nervous. She takes him into a coroner’s drawer to feed in private. Jason’s one request is that she not rape him. Violet promises that he will beg her to fuck him.
The tainted Tru Blood is filtering into the prison camp. Jessica tells James not to drink it; he takes pity on Steve and tells him not to drink it either. The prison overlords start to realize that some of the vampires aren’t drinking the Tru Blood. Sarah hears that Steve is one of them, and breaks him easily with some time on the hamster wheel and the threat of UV lights. Steve and James are sent to the white circular room. The girls are brought in as well, and Jessica immediately recognizes the room as “where they will meet the sun.”
Sarah has other problems. Ms. Suzuki storms the Tru Blood plant, demanding to see Burrell. Sarah intercepts and tries desperately to calm her down, but it doesn’t work. Suzuki sees that her product is being tainted and is horrified. She tries to call the FDA, and Sarah panics. She tries to snap Suzuki’s neck but finds it much more difficult than it appears on television. The women struggle awkwardly, and Suzuki escapes. She runs through the prison camp and slowly begins to realize the house of horrors she has gotten herself mixed up in. Suzuki finds herself on the catwalk above mens gen pop, and her stiletto catches in the grate. She breaks her ankle and falls, allowing Sarah to pounce. She bashes Suzuki’s head against the grate over and over, causing blood to drip to the cell below. Finding that she doesn’t have the strength to pound her face into hamburger, Sarah grabs Suzuki’s stiletto and hits her with it until the heel punctures her neck. Sarah thanks Jesus. (For the strength to physically kill her?)
Alcide demands that Rikki release Nicole and her mother. Rikki decides to challenge Alcide as the pack master. Danielle and a beefy blonde trans woman back her up. Alcide fights Rikki and gets the better of her, but declines to kill her. He leaves the pack - for good - and delivers Nicole and her mom to Sam. The women stay at Sam’s place while Sam plans to sleep in his office. He hugs Nicole goodnight and gets a whiff of something. Nicole is pregnant. Mom arranges a flight home for them the next day, but before they leave, Sam has made his decision: he wants Nicole to stay. He tells her he is in love with her, and with the dreamy eyes of a starstruck teenager, Nicole says she is in love with him, too.
Eric is grief-stricken by Nora’s death, and he is mad that Bill couldn’t (or wouldn’t) save her, and his distinct lack of sympathy. Eric heads out to find Sookie and Warlow himself. He sees Sookie exit fairy land, but can’t get in. But he finds another way. Adilyn sneaked out with Holly’s sons to drink in the cemetery. One of the boys passes out, so Adilyn and the other kid start going at it. Eric interrupts, glamours the boys away, and takes a bite of Adilyn. Just a bite - Andy later finds her, and Adilyn is consumed with fear and guilt. He is very understanding.
Sookie is trying to broker a deal between Bill and Warlow. Bill wants Warlow’s blood; in exchange, Warlow wants Sookie to be his fairy vampire bride. Sookie spends most of the episode debating her options. She goes to Sam (as he is professing his love for Nicole) and admits that she always thought they would end up together. Sam is pissed off (after all, she left him hanging for years) and explains that Nicole is knocked up - but she doesn’t even know it yet. Sookie visits her parents’s graves, and this seems to make her decision for her. “Fuck you mom and dad. I’m going to become the thing you hated so much you wanted to kill me for. I’ll be damned if I will lay beside you for eternity.” She calls Bill and tells him to pick her up. They head to the cemetery and hold hands while Sookie zaps them to fairy land. When they get there, it is dark - and Warlow has had his throat slashed. He is alive, but barely.
Dig It or Bury It?
It is surprising and exciting to me to be able to say that I am enjoying this season. Tonight’s episode was great. I like that Sookie has finally just given in to the whole “fate wants me to be a vampire” thing. Way to be a team player! Is rebelling against your dead parents the most slack-ass way to rebel? Or the most enduring? Either way, I’m ready for a change, and if Sookie is immortal, she will no longer be the damsel in distress. Dear jeebus I hope not. When Tara became a vampire, she had a significantly diminished role - you think about that, Sookie Stackhouse.
Frankly, I was a little uncomfortable with Adilyn getting naked. It was only for a minute, and I know she is of age, but she looks so much younger... it felt a little dirty.
In true True Blood style, the penultimate episode promises lots and lots and lots of killing.
Falling Skies Episode 310
Written By: Remi Aubuchon
Directed By: Greg Beeman
Original Airdate: 4 August 2013
In This Episode...
Weaver, Pope, Anthony, and Lyle board a train (!) headed for Chicago. Lourdes is chained up and along for the ride. The goal is to use Lourdes as bait to draw Karen and her forces to Chicago. Tom and the rest of the army, along with Cochise, have the weapon out on a barge in Boston. They take aim, and fire. The Volm weapon sucks out a bit of the grid, turns it into energy, and blasts at the massive tower in the distance. They hit one leg of the tower; it will take ten minutes for the weapon to recharge. They don’t have ten minutes - ships are flying towards them now. The crew shoots them all down pretty easily. The tower collapses under its own weight - it crumbles into ruins, and the grid goes down. A cheer erupts. The massive Volm ship - which resembles a flaming snowflake - lands right where the tower once stood.
Yup, that all happened in the first ten minutes. It was a pretty awesome battle. Weaver’s crew returns to base camp - they were surrounded by the Espheni and the Volm sent in soldiers to clear the way. Tom and Weaver go in to meet with the Volm commander, who is Cochise’s father. Things are very cordial, until the commander tells Tom that the humans are being relocated to Brazil. The promises that the humans will be well cared for there, and the Volm will protect them while they battle the Espheni, but Tom wants to continue the battle for their planet. To Weaver, it sounds like they are being sent to a prison camp. Tom grabs the commander by the arm, and this lands Tom in the brig. Weaver goes back to the people and sadly tells them they are being relocated. No one is happy - especially Pope - but they all lay down their weapons and pack up their meager belongings.
Tom and the commander cool down, then speak again. Physical contact with the Volm is strictly forbidden, but the commander apologizes. He doesn’t understand why Tom is so resistant to be relocated - it is for their benefit. (And personally, hanging out on a beach in Brazil? Not too shabby.) No other indigenous species has ever turned down relocation - they have all welcomed it. Tom insists they be allowed to fight for their home. He promises to think it over.
One of the Volm has gathered the rest of the group and leads them towards the transport. They meet up with Tom and Cochise. By order of the commander, Cochise returns the weapons to Tom’s crew and tells them they are free to go anywhere they want, as long as they leave Boston as fast as possible. Tom is grateful and says a heartfelt goodbye to Cochise.
As Tom and the rest of his army head out, they are ambushed by Karen, a mech, and a few skitters. Karen is waving a white flag and wants to talk about the Volm. Tom doesn’t trust her, which she understands, but insists that there might come a day when their “interests will coincide.” She brought Tom a gift, but he opens fire and shoots her in the chest. She drops, and a mini-battle breaks out. The humans easily take out the Espheni. Tom hears his name and wanders off after it. Hal and Maggie notice that Karen isn’t dead yet. Hall kneels down to hold her hand - and Maggie finishes the job. Hal is super-pissed about this, but refuses to admit it.
Meanwhile, Tom has found his gift: Anne. She is alive and well and they greet each other happily. Lexi is there too - she has aged six years in two months. Tom is a little freaked out.
Tom’s patrol group goes back to rest of the group and they prepare to roll out. Before they do, Lexi goes up to Lourdes, who is chained up in a cage, looking like a cross between a zombie and Samara. Lourdes looks fearful as the calm, happy little girl approaches. She reaches into the cage, caresses Lourdes’s cheek, and a handful of alien worms squirm out of Lourdes’s eyes. Tom sees this, and watches as his daughter happily crushes the bugs into metallic powder in her hands. Tom looks freaked out. Personally, that seems like a good sign to me.
Dig It or Bury It?
That was satisfying. The Volm weapon worked, Karen is dead, and Anne and Lexi are back. Regardless of what the outcome ended up being, the Volm weren’t lying to Tom and his crew. They brought down the grid, and came to Earth to fight the skitters. Maybe I am naive but I want to believe that the Volm really were looking out for the best interest of the humans, and that Lexi’s semi-alien DNA isn’t a bad thing.
For me personally, the most exciting sequels are the ones that bring back the key creative core group behind the original film, and in the case of 'Insidious: Chapter 2,' there's reason to celebrate because just about everyone is back! Director James Wan (who has never done a sequel until now), writer/actor Leigh Whannell and cast members Rose Bryne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye are all back in the fold along with some other new interesting faces in the mix like 'The House Of The Devil's' Jocelin Donahue playing a young Barbara Hershey! So why did Wan decide to follow up 'The Conjuring' with a sequel to his surprise hit from 2010? Check out our interview with him and Whannell to get the scoop. 'Insidious: Chapter 2' opens in theaters September 13th!