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TV Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again
Based on The Rocky Horror Picture Show by Jim Sharman & Richard O’Brien
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Starring Laverne Cox, Tim Curry, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Reeve Carney, Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Lambert, Staz Nair, Ben Vereen, Ivy Levan
Air Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8-10pm

Going into FOX’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, you know that it can never live up to the 1975 cult classic film, but it can do its originator justice. Unfortunately, this new 2-hour TV special doesn’t.

The original The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a horror-comedy musical, became a counter-culture sensation after midnight screenings generated the now-famous audience participations, cosplay, and in-theater act-alongs. The film itself was an homage to classic science fiction-monster movies, complete with camp, meshed with gender-bending and titillations that were still considered taboo at the time, all set to catchy rock and roll tunes. It was unique, it was exciting, and it resonated with people so strongly that the movie and soundtrack are still in play today, and theater productions continue to be staged around Halloween time each year.

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TV Review: American Horror Story 6.6 “Chapter 6”
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American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare
Season 6 Episode 6 “Chapter 6”
Directed by Angela Bassett
Written by Ned Martel
Created by Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Starring Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Chaz Bono, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Cuba Gooding Jr.
FX Network
Air date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10pm

Spoilers for American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare

Throughout the first half of season 6 of American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare, we followed the Millers, Matt (Andre Holland) and Shelby (Lily Rabe) telling the cameras their story. Their colonial home in North Carolina was haunted by the first settlers of the Roanoke colony, led by The Butcher, Thomasin White (Kathy Bates). Thomasin, with the help of a witch (Lady Gaga) slaughtered her entire clan and family and have been returning from the dead every blood moon to rid people from their ancestral land. The series, done with “dramatic re-enactments” showed the Miller’s struggle to survive with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson acting as the Millers.

More below.

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TV Review: Arrow 5.3 “A Matter Of Trust”
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Season 5 Episode 3: “A Matter of Trust”
Directed by Gregory Smith
Written by Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) recruited Team 2.0, hence the name. He was completely brutal to Curtis, Wild Dog, and Evelyn Sharp (Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Madison McLaughlin), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tried to talk some sense into him (she also had a moment where she looked sick). But Diggle (David Ramsey) is back in the military, but got framed and thrown in jail. Mayor Queen made a deal with AmerTek to fund a free clinic for his broken city. One of the reps got attacked by something with magic tentacles. Turns out that “Ragman” is a good guy and AmerTek is in bed with Tobias Church (Chad Coleman). Secret bankruptcies and what not. Prometheus is the new “Big Bad,” who is bigger and badder than Tobias Church. Who could it be?

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Flash 3.3 “Magenta”
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The Flash
Season 3 Episode 3: “Magenta”
Directed by Armen V. Kevorkian
Written by Judalina Neira & David Kob
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale, Violett Beane
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, Barry told Felicity (Grant Gustin, Emily Bett Rickards) the whole convoluted tale of his flashpoint paradox, with masterful storytelling editing. The enjoyment of this season thus far are the subtle changes wrought by the unfixed fix (Diggle’s son?), with the exception of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) being morose. Earth-2 Flash (John Wesley Shipp) grabbed him to give him a dad lecture about moving on. Barry came clean to his friends, who took it with varying degrees of grace and anger. Alchemy woke up Rival who tried to kill him, but Barry beat him. Barry’s new lab mate, Julian (Tom Felton), hates him.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: ‘Scream’ Season 2 Halloween Special
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Episode 2.13 “Halloween” & 2.14 “Halloween II”
Written by Eoghan O’Donnell & Richard Register
Directed by Oz Scott
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, John Karna, Carlson Young, Santiago Segura
Air Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9pm

Spoilers for Scream

MTV’s Scream has splattered the network with blood and gore each of the last two summers. Fitting with the season, they released a special 2-hour Halloween Special for Season 3. Poor Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) has had to deal with a lot these past two seasons. Season 1’s killer, Piper Shaw (Amelia Rose Blaire), turned out to be her half sister. And when she was killed off, we found she had an unknown accomplice. Turns out Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) was said accomplice, and he was Emma’s boyfriend. Considering her first boyfriend on the show was brutally hacked up season 1, Emma is NOT doing too well in the love department.

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TV Review: Gotham 3.5 “Mad City: Anything For You”
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Season 3 Episode 5: “Mad City: Anything for You”
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Denise Thé
Created by TJ Scott
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Chris Chalk, Michael Chiklis
Air Date: Monday, October 18th, 2016, 8pm

Last week on Gotham, it was a “very merry unbirthday” for Alice Tetch (Naian Gonzalez Norvind), and Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Jim could not shake the Mad Hatter’s (Benedict Samuel) spell, and kept trying to kill himself – Barnes (Michael Chiklis) saved him with a clunk on the head, and Lee (Morena Baccharin) with a voiceover of previous advice. The inevitable crazy confrontation ended with Alice’s death. Fake Bruce (David Mazouz) saved then kissed Selina (Camren Bicondova) , and real Bruce found out. Nygma and Butch (Cory Michael Smith and Drew Powell) struggled for Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) favor. Penguin was elected mayor, and Barnes got infected with Alice’s tainted blood.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 2.3 “Last Call”
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Ash vs Evil Dead
Episode 2.3 “Last Call”
Directed by Tony Tilse
Written by Noelle Valdivia
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless, Samara Weaving, Indiana Evans, Ido Drent, Rebekkah Farrell, Lee Majors
Air date: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 8pm

Spoilers below for Ash vs Evil Dead

On Ash vs Evil Dead, last time we saw Ash (Bruce Campbell) he literally had his head up an ass. In maybe the most unbelievable idea ever concocted by the Evil Dead gang, Ash was dragged up the anal cavity of a dead carcass in the Elk Grove morgue. I got to watch that episode at NYCC and the poor sap next to me got legitimately sick and nearly threw up. I have no idea what they’re gonna come up with for an encore. Maybe forgotten in that one sh*tty scene, was that the Necronomicon ended up in the Delta and the car was stolen by a group of wise-cracking youth. Also Brock Williams (Lee Majors), Ash’s Dad, had a date go a little off when she turned out to be a deadite.

Well, the answer to how you top last week is answered partially pre-credits in Episode 2.3 “Last Call” when a girl finds the book in the Delta and reads from it. Her boyfriend’s hook-up session ends very badly. Ruby (Lucy Lawless) tries to organize a manhunt for the book, but Ash has other ideas.

“I can’t fart without tripping over that thing, and I fart a lot!”

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TV Review: Wolf Creek 1.1 “Billabong”
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Wolf Creek
Episode 1.1 “Billabong”
Created by Greg McLean
Directed by Tony Tilse
Written by Peter Gawler
Starring: Lucy Fry, John Jarratt, Dustin Clare, Deborah Mailman, Damian De Montemas, Maya Stange
Pop TV
Air date: Friday, October 14, 2016, 10pm ET/PT

Back in 2005, Greg McLean directed Wolf Creek, a low-budget horror film based on true events. It told the story of a group of backpackers who are targeted by a sadistic maniac in the Australian Outback. The film was raw, disturbing, and visceral. It grossed over $16 million on a paltry $1 million budget and is looked upon very positively by horror fans, mainly due to the charismatic performance of John Jarratt as Mick Taylor, one of horror’s most grinningly charismatic modern villains. After a sequel in 2013, McLean helped adapt his films to television, and the 6-episode miniseries launched in Australia in May of this year, with Jarratt back to star.

Now, the miniseries premieres in the U.S. later today on Pop TV.

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TV Review: American Horror Story 6.5 “Chapter 5”
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American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare
Season 6 Episode 5 “Chapter 5”
Directed by Nelson Cragg
Written by Akela Cooper
Created by Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Starring Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Chaz Bono, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Cuba Gooding Jr.
FX Network
Air date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 10pm

Spoilers for American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare

What else can they possibly throw at the Miller family? Attacks by locals, pig men, a kidnapped niece, feral kids, an evil ghost clan from the first colony, witch sex!!! And poor Cricket (Leslie Jordan) ended up getting disemboweled. Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Shelby (Sarah Paulson) are now face to face with the Thomasin White aka The Butcher (Kathy Bates) and her clan of ghost colonists ready to once again rid their land of the intruders. Of course, since this season is done through “dramatic re-enactments,” none of the tension we are seeing is actually happening. We get the real Matt and Shelby (Andre Holland and Lily Rabe) giving narration throughout. It speaks so much to the creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan that despite this they maintain in a crazy amount of legit scares and utter creepiness.

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TV Review: Scream Queens 2.3 “Handidates”
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Scream Queens
Episode 2.3 “Handidates”
Written by Ian Brennan
Directed by Bradley Buecker
Starring Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Kirstie Alley, Niecy Nash, Lea Michele, Taylor Lautner, John Stamos
Air Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9pm

Spoilers for Scream Queens

On Scream Queens, The CURE Institute is losing its patients (pun intended). Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) is in danger of watching her hospital go up in smoke thanks a killer in a green monster suit who drips ooze. Two weeks ago, poor Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) saw her chance for love end at the end of the swamp killer’s blade. Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) showed up to fight for Chanel (Emma Roberts) and his panicked friend also met a vicious end. Everyone is on edge and desperation is seeping in… so much so that they even go to the asylum and pay Hester (Lea Michele) a visit. She immediately connects the killings to the hospital murders from 30 years earlier when doctors dumped a body in the swamp and someone returned to wipe out an entire hospital staff.

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