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TV Review: Scream 1.5 “Exposed” | MTV
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Scream
Season 1 Episode 5 “Exposed”
Directed by Brian Dannelly
Written by Erin Maher, Kay Reindl
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Connor Weil, Carlson Young, Jason Wiles, Tracy Middendorf, Tom Maden, Bobby Campo
MTV
Air date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 10pm

Last week on MTV’s new horror series Scream, things got good and scary. Riley’s death put the whole town on notice, and when Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) was sent an old yearbook filled with clues, she, Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), and Noah (John Karna) end up in a horror movie staple – the abandoned hospital. There they find bloody pig remains, a Brandon James mask, and Tyler’s rotting head. Noah is convinced it’s the killer’s lair, but Sheriff Hudson (James Wiles) interrupts, and the three are safe for another week. One of the things retrieved from the hospital was a flash drive; the only useful thing taken off it is a recording of Emma’s first sexual encounter with Will (Connor Weil) and whoops… it just went viral.

“Hello Emma. How’s it feel to be the star of the show?”

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Comic Review: Scarlett Couture #4
PS Hayes   |  

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Scarlett Couture #4
Created by Des Taylor
Cover art Des Taylor
Titan Comics
Release Date: July 29, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Scarlett Couture #4 is the final chapter in the first of, what I hope to be, many many mini-series to come from Titan Comics! This series has been a fun, exciting, roller coaster ride since issue 1. So, the question is, how does the last issue measure up? Is it a fitting end to the series? Let’s talk about it…

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters: Get Real #2
PS Hayes   |  

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Ghostbusters: Get Real #2
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Cover art by Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio DelGado, and Evan “Doc” Shaner
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 29, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Ghostbusters: Get Real #2 is quite possibly the most Ghostbustery comic that I’ve ever read in my life, and I loved every single panel of it! WHO ELSE but the creative team that IDW Publishing put together could pull this off? Nobody, that’s who.

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Book Review: ‘Abomination’ by Gary Whitta
Empress Eve   |  

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Abomination
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
By Gary Whitta
Inkshares
Release date: July 30, 2015

Book Of Eli screenwriter Gary Whitta makes the jump from big-screen storytelling to the printed page with his debut novel Abomination, a mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror set in the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire, a period that saw a significant drop in written recordings of events. It’s that gap in history that lends itself to much speculation, which Whitta takes full advantage of in his story, claiming that those who witnessed its inconceivable horrors, purposely concealed the truth from future generations.

Whitta’s tale begins in 888 A.D. and uses the real-life background of King Alfred of England for its set-up. Alfred had spent his reign defending his kingdom of Wessex from the marauding Norse barbarians from across the sea, and it was his success in brokering peace with the Vikings that earned the young ruler his moniker of King Alfred the Great. But now, the Danish King Guthrum is rumored to be ill, and his death would likely trigger the end of the truce. Although eager for continued peace, Alfred must ready himself once more for war, but this time around, Aethelred, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has a secret weapon for his King to use against his foes. Unfortunately, Alfred soon finds out that this weapon does not come without dire repercussions.

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Movie Review: Vacation
Adam Frazier   |  

Vacation, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate

Vacation
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Writers: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Beverly D’Angelo, Chevy Chase, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Charlie Day
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R | 99 Minutes
Release Date: July 29, 2015

“I just thought we could sing Seal together, like normal families do.”

Following in the footsteps of his father Clark (Chevy Chase), a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their kids, Kevin (Steele Stebbins) and James (Skyler Gisondo), with a cross-country trek to America’s favorite family fun park: Walley World. As you might imagine, everything that can go wrong, does.

Written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), Vacation is the fifth theatrical installment in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Believe it or not, the character of Rusty Griswold has been played by six different actors: Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively, Johnny Galecki, Ethan Embry, Travis Greer and Ed Helms.

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TV Review: Hannibal 3.8 “The Great Red Dragon”
Goodman   |  

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Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 8 “The Great Red Dragon”
Directed by Neil Marshall
Written by Steve Lightfoot, Nick Antosca
Created by Bryan Fuller
Starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Nina Arianda and Richard Armitage
NBC
Air date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015, 10pm

Hannibal has been so steeped in building out its epic mythology that it’s sometimes hard for me to remember that the show began as a twisted take on the typical crime procedural, enhanced by Bryan Fuller and company’s impressive dialogue and the show’s inventive visuals. However, with the hunt for Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) now complete, the show can return to its roots – which proves surprisingly effective as we begin to dig into the mystery of the Tooth Fairy.

Brought to life through an already mesmerizing performance by Richard Armitage, Francis Dolarhyde makes his grand entrance into the stage created by Fuller and company. Armitage’s physicality is such that he can express volumes without having to say a single line and this week’s script gives him plenty of material for him to dig his teeth into, but already the former Hobbit actor has proved himself a worthy addition to the Hannibal universe and a threat that’s a worthy successor to Hannibal’s abdicated throne.

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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIII
Adam Frazier   |  

MST3K: Volume XXXIII from Shout Factory

MST3K: Volume XXXIII
DVD
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Shout! Factory
Release Date: July 28, 2015

In the not-too-distant future…

In the 33rd collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot endure unspeakable cinematic horrors. This volume includes a a low-rent gangster movie, a giant spider shindig, a film about ’50s juvenile delinquents, and a failed TV pilot about spores and spies.

Yes, like San Francisco International and Code Name: Diamondhead, Agent For H.A.R.M. was developed as a pilot to a TV series that – shockingly – didn’t get picked up. In addition to H.A.R.M., there’s Daddy-O, Earth vs. the Spider, and Teen-Age Crime Wave.

MST3K: Volume XXXIII features three episodes from the Comedy Central era and one from the Sci-Fi Channel era, two with Joel Hodgson as host and two with Mike Nelson. It’s a solid, eclectic mix of episodes spanning seasons three, five, and eight. Continue reading for detailed synopses of each episode!

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TV Review: The Strain 2.3 “Fort Defiance”
Olympus Athens   |  

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The Strain
Season 2 Episode 3: “Fort Defiance”
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Regina Corrado
Created by Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Rita Gedmintas, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Robin Atkin Downes, Robert Maillet
FX
Air Date: Sunday July 26th, 2015, 10pm

Last week on The Strain, Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mia Maestro) get the infected couple to be test subjects for their new vampire virus – one that infects the infected. Newly concious vampire Kelly (Natalie Brown), sets the vampire children sniffing for Zach. Bolivar (Jack Kesy) was also awakened, and is helping Eichorst (Richard Sammel) find a new body for The Master (Robin Atkin Downes, Robert Maillet). Palmer’s (Jonathan Hyde) new assistant, Coco (Lizzie Brocheré), wrote a speech for him which at first seems inappropriate, but riles up the crowd. Somehow though, Setrakian (David Bradley) gets near him. He’s only trying to suss out if he knows where the Occido Lumen is. We are shown the backstory for Palmer and Abraham. Fet (Kevin Durand) and Dutch (Rita Gedmintas) start taking back their block.

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Blu-ray review: Stone Cold
Adam Frazier   |  

Stone Cold Blu-ray

Stone Cold
Blu-ray | DVD
Director: Craig R. Baxley
Screenwriter: Walter Doniger
Cast: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Arabella Holzbog, Richard Gant, Tom Magee
Columbia Pictures | Olive Films
Rated R | 83 Minutes
Release Date: June 23, 2015

“God forgives, the Brotherhood doesn’t.”

Point Break, Lionheart, The Last Boy Scout, Double Impact – 1991 was a hell of a year for action movies. Joining those immortal classics is Craig R. Baxley‘s Stone Cold, starring former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth.

“The Boz” plays Joe Huff, a bad-ass Alabama cop with his own brand of justice. While on suspension for insubordination, Joe is recruited by the FBI to go undercover and infiltrate a Mississippi white supremacist biker gang known as The Brotherhood. Gaining the trust of The Brotherhood’s barbaric leader, Chains Cooper (Lance Henriksen, Aliens), won’t be easy. But Joe Huff doesn’t do “easy.”

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TV Review: SDRR 1.2 “Clean Rockin Daddy”
Olympus Athens   |  

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (SDRR)
Season 1 Episode 2: “Clean Rockin Daddy”
Created by Denis Leary
Directed by Michael Blieden
Written by Denis Leary
Starring Denis Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, John Ales, Robert Kelly, Elaine Hendrix
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 10:00pm

Last week on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (SDRR) we met Johnny Rock (Denis Leary), an aging rocker in a downward spiral, considering a gig as a frontman for a Bon Jovi cover band. Until his talented daughter Gigi (Liz Gillies) walks into his life (after he creepily hits on her). She’s got money, she wants to be a star, and she wants her daddy’s old band, The Heathens, to get back together. But first, Dad has to apologize to his old guitarist Flash (John Corbett) for the last few decades. Robert Kelly as drummer Bam Bam, John Ales as bassist Rehab, and Elaine Hendrix as Ava, backup singer and Johnny’s girlfriend finish the lineup.

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