February 28, 2014

February's Horror Hottie's: The Girls of Hannibal

February is coming to a close in the best way possible: with the Season 2 premiere of Hannibal!

If you haven't given this superb show a chance, then you really need to, as it's one of the best things on TV right now. Bryan Fuller's unique creative talents and vision are a perfect match for the world of Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, and he's really put together something that's quite fresh and amazing.

The show is gorgeous, gritty, gory, nasty, disturbing, and compelling as hell.; Mads Mikkelsen is a fantastic Hannibal; Hugh Dancy is an equally great Will Graham; Scott Glenn is still our favorite Jack Crawford, but Laurence Fishburne's take on the character is awesome none-the-less; and then we have the ladies of the show...

Hannibal is filled with strong, capable female characters that aren't just window dressing or plot devices/foils. They also happen to be a sexy and sassy bunch, which is why they are our Horror Hotties for the month of February!

Take a gander at these lovely lasses, all of whom are most likely to die horribly at the hands of Hannibal Lecter at some point (if they haven't already.) Until that fateful day comes for them, we'll just enjoy watching them survive, and appreciate how good they look while doing so.

*There are plenty more Hotties that populate this fine show (mostly in smaller roles), but we only have so much room here, so we can't feature them all.

Caroline Dhavernas
Gillian Anderson
Kacey Rohl
Lara Jean Chorostecki
Hettienne Park
Gina Torres
Anna Chlumsky
Ellen Muth
Katharine Isabelle

10 Horror Eyes for February! (The All-Hannibal Edition)

Another month, another 10 Horror Eyes!

Is there a Horror movie out there that doesn't offer at least one close-up of someone's eyes during its runtime? We sure hope not, because we just can't get enough of them. They're windows to the soul, you know.

So once again, let us celebrate the ocular images that add that extra tension and emotion to our favorite films. *We mean that as a generality, as these are not necessarily our favorite films. Then again, they're not necessarily not our favorite films, either. Could go either way.
With Season 2 of Hannibal getting underway tonight on NBC, we figured what better way to get ourselves in the Psychopathic Party mood than to take a look at the eyes of the show's most beloved characters.

They convey so much emotion, don't they?

Will Graham's Incarcerated Eyes
Hannibal's Psychopathic Eyes
Alana Bloom's Concerned Eyes
Jack Crawford's Intense Eyes
Freddie Lounds' Shifty-Ass Eyes
Abigail Hobbs' Doomed Eyes
Bedelia Du Maurier's Suspicious Eyes
Dr. Abel Gideon's Ripper Eyes
Garret Jacob Hobbs' Dead Eyes
...and last (but certainly not least), Winston's Loving Eyes!

February 27, 2014

TV Review: Those Who Kill- The Pilot Episode

Begins Monday, March 3rd at 10 P.M. (A&E)
"Those Who Kill" follows Catherine Jensen (Chloƫ Sevigny), a recently promoted homicide detective who enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer (James D'Arcy), a forensic psychologist, to track down serial killers and relentlessly seeks the truth behind the disappearance of her brother.

Most TV Pilots end up playing like a Showreel of sorts, mainly because they have 42 minutes to sell a Network on their strengths if they have any hope of being ordered to Series. Since most pilots have to focus on the action/style beats more than anything else, a lot of them end up feeling a bit rushed and even "compressed," story-wise. A pilot episode is really nothing more than an audition, basically; they exist solely to get their point across.

That said, we really liked this pilot of the U.S. remake of the Danish show, Den Som Draeber. We have to admit that it felt a bit uneven and rushed at times, but we feel like once the show settles into its groove, we'll be in for a good weekly hour of Serial Killer vs.Cop fun. It felt just like a pilot, but a pretty solid one, for the most part.

"That bitch is crazy!" Gomez thought to himself, not daring to ask her why she was pointing her gun at the sun.
It's very much a Police Procedural with a darker bent, highlighted by the acting talents of the lovely Chloe Sevigny. She plays Detective Jensen; a rookie that has a dark and mysterious past (don't they all), which may be a factor in her maverick "I do what I want!" style of detecting. It all sounds pretty convoluted, we know, but it's at least interesting in its cliched trappings. Chloe makes it work.

Detective Jensen teams up with a Forensic Psychologist named Schaeffer, who seems like he's doing the whole Will Graham thing from Hannibal, because he can "get into their minds of Serial Killers and understand them." And yes, much like Will Graham, that particular talent takes its toll on him mentally.

It looks as if the show will be Jensen and Schaeffer running around, hunting down Serial Killers, while she quietly enlists his aid in helping her discover the truth about her childhood or something. From what we saw on display in the first episode, it's got a ton of potential.

The Atkins Diet Killer strikes again.
What we really liked: The opening credits. The cuteness of Chloe. The bodies. The Pit. The scarf. "Cross your arms." "This is why I found you." The overall feel of the show.

What we didn't: The ineptitude of the Cops at the Hospital. Chloe's ineptitude in the Pit. How a lot of the episode felt rushed/condensed. How the killer tried to hard to be memorable, and came off as more theatrical than he did creepy.

"Now, let's reenact the best scene from The Brown Bunny!"
Chloe Sevigny was great as the new Detective with the troubled past, and James D'Arcy complemented her well. We hope that the show will lose some of its "by the numbers" Police Procedural mechanics, and focus more on the characters and a longer story arc.

The ending of the episode really grabbed us, and left us wanting more. If the rest of the show ends up playing out as well as the last minutes of its pilot did, then we'll be more than happy to tune in each week to see if Chloe gets her man.

Those Who Kill should do well running back to back with A&E's hit show, Bates Motel.

We'd love to watch her get her man.
Those Who Kill could end up being a great show. Its pilot was solid (if flawed), and it hinted at some great things to (hopefully) come. Will the show deliver on any of that promise? We don't know, but we're certainly pulling for it. Having Chloe Sevigny come into our living rooms every week isn't a bad thing at all, especially if she's hunting down Serial Killers while doing so.

Watch the Pilot Episode on Amazon Instant Video HERE before it airs, or just wait and check it out Monday night at 10, on A&E. Either way, it's definitely worth a watch.


We love us some Chloe Sevigny around here. She's gorgeous and talented, and she's just quirky enough to stand out amongst her acting peers. She's probably a bit crazy too, but we're fine with that.

February 25, 2014

The Digital Dread Report for February 25th

Aside from some B-grade DVD releases, there's not much in the way of Horror Releases for this, the last week in February. Luckily there are some fairly notable discs from other genres to tide us over until next week when some higher-end Horror titles once again hits the shelves.

For anyone that doesn't already own the Harry Potter movies on Blu-ray, The Hogwarts Collection is the ticket for you. This set boasts all 8 movies plus a wealth of special features spread out over 31 discs (19 BDs, 12 DVDs.) That's some pretty comprehensive stuff right there, and for &169.99, not a bad deal at all.

Two of 2013's biggest titles hit stores this week, in Gravity and Thor: The Dark World. Both are available in 2D or 3D versions, and are sure to sell a ton of copies. We'll be grabbing Thor, to add to our Marvel Cinematic Universe Collection, but we'll take a pass on Gravity; the latter movie was fun, we just don't see ourselves watching it again.

It's interesting to note that Criterion is releasing Blue is the Warmest Color, as the movie which boasts a graphic 6 minute lesbian sex scene which has garnered all sorts of buzz/controversy. It must be one hell of a flick to be getting the Criterion treatment, so we'll give it a look.

If there's one movie you should avoid this week, it's Amber Alert (Our Review HERE), as it was one of the worst movies we've seen in quite some time. Honestly, run from this horrid movie.

Everything else this week is a "whatever tickles your fancy" type of thing.

As usual, click on the pics to buy yourself a copy of the flicks!

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