Penny Dreadful Review

Penny Dreadful is a 2014 supernatural dark fantasy horror drama thriller television series created by John Logan, starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, Patti LuPone, and Wes Studi.   The series follows explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Positives: Great performances Deep, compelling characters Awesome soundtrack Engaging story Very violent Terrific special effects Clever writing Negatives: Stories don’t…

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Being Human (UK Version) Review

Being Human (UK Version) is a 2008 supernatural horror drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha, Damien Molony, Kate Bracken, and Steven Robertson.  The series follows a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire who all share accommodation and attempting as best as they can to live a “normal” life. Positives: Well-written characters Good score Great performances by a talented cast Interesting story Great special effects Negatives: Flaky writing Silly subplots Plot: The premise of the series follows George (a…

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Being Human (US Version) Review

Being Human (US Version) is a 2011 supernatural drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Hutington, and Kristen Hager. Serving as a remake of the BBC show of the same name, the series revolves around three roommates living in Boston, the trio attempting to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. Positives: Great characters Terrific cast Good special effects Great story Great performances Good score Great writing Great character development Negatives: n/a Plot:  The premise of the show…

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Werewolves in Fiction and Folklore

What are werewolves (lycanthrope) and why are they so important? Werewolves, or lycanthrope, are mythological humans with the ability to shapeshift into wolf or hybrid wolf-like creatures either purposely or under a curse.  Men and women able to transform into a wolf or man/wolf hybrid usually resulting in a merciless killing machine. Born from folklore, werewolves are the result of disease, curse, or magic.  This post will focus on different examples including those in literature, film, television, comics, animation, and video games. List of Werewolf Powers and Abilities in Fiction In…

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Howl Review

Howl is a 2015 direct-to-video British monster horror film directed by Paul Hyett, starring Ed Speleers, Sean Pertwee, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald, Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, Calvin Dean, Duncan Preston, and Ross Mullan.  The plot follows passengers on a train who are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning. Positions: Good characters Interesting premise Good direction Good performances Good use of special effects Good score Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Character troupes Plot:  We’ve had snakes on a train, we’ve had zombies on a…

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Hemlock Grove Review

Hemlock Grove is a 2013 Netflix supernatural horror thriller television series created by Brian McGreevy, starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Penelope Mitchell.  Based on the novel of the same name, the show examines the strange happenings in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove and the relationship between Roman Godfrey (Skarsgard), heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Positives: Great performances Good, complex story Good use of CGI Good use of practical effects Good use of make-up Great characters Good score Negatives:…

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Underworld: Blood Wars Review

Underworld: Blood Wars is a 2017 supernatural action horror film directed by Anna Foerster, starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, James Faulkner, and Charles Dance.  Serving as the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise the plot follows Selene (Beckinsale) who’s on the run from both the Vampire Coven and the lycans led by the powerful Marius (Menzies). Positives: Good performances Great cast Interesting story Great characters Good action Great use of make-up effects Great costume designs Good score Negatives: CGI could be better Flat antagonists Uneventful story Plot:  One…

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Top 10 Werewolf Films

A werewolf, man-wolf, or lycanthrope is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction. What are the stipulations for this list?  The film has to be solely focused on werewolves.  No vampires and werewolves, no other supernatural presence but werewolves.  1. Dog Soldiers (2002) Directed by: Neil Marshall Sergeant Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee) leads a team of British soldiers on a routine expedition to the Scottish Highlands but things…

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Review

  Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a 2009 supernatural action horror film directed by Patrick Tatopoulos, starring Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, and Kevin Grevioux.  Serving as the third installment in the Underworld film series and focuses on the romance between a vampire, Sonja (Mitra) and a Lycan, Lucian (Sheen) and the events that lead up to the Vampire-Lycan war. Positives: Good performances by the cast Compelling story Good overall Gothic theme Great use of practical and CGI effects Great action sequences Negatives: Predictable plot Lackluster…

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