What’s the Creepiest TV Show: The 3rd Annual Viewers Voice Awards

What's the Creepiest TV Show: The 3rd Annual Viewers Voice Awards

TV has shown us no mercy when it comes to all the gore, violence and complete horrific beings out there, and we love it. Vampires, the undead and other generally creepy creeps (it’s hard to describe that beast from The Strain) abound in this year’s nominees for Most Chilling/Creepiest TV Show. Is our 2013 winner The Walking Dead still the creepiest TV show out there? Or has Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful, Fox’s new Sleepy Hollow, Sundance’s new The Returned or FX’s The Strain taken the top honors for giving you the greatest goosebumps. Now’s your chance to vote. Vote for … Continue reading

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FX’s “The Strain” offers unique take on the vampire genre

FX's "The Strain" offers unique take on the vampire genre

The catalyst for the beginning of the 13-part FX series The Strain is the arrival of a mysterious airplane, but co-executive producer Carlton Cuse, whose hit series Lost also involved a mystery about a plane, says that this was purely coincidental. “I wasn’t involved in the creation of that idea,” Cuse laughed during a recent interview, “but I think it’s a really good idea.” He’s right about that; the opening sequence of a plane somehow landing in New York City — with all of its passengers and crew seemingly dead — is a gripping, creepily atmospheric scenario, written and directed … Continue reading

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“Sharknado 2″ highlights Syfy’s “Sharknado Week”

"Sharknado 2" highlights Syfy's "Sharknado Week"

Syfy’s original Sharknado was a social-media hit when it debuted last summer (though not necessarily a ratings smash, interestingly enough; more people seemed to snark about the film on Twitter than perhaps watched it). Naturally, then, there is now a sequel, which — after soliciting entries for a subtitle from fans via Twitter — Syfy and production company The Asylum have called, somewhat pedestrianly, Sharknado 2: The Second One. (A Sharknado 3 is also already in the works, set to debut in summer 2015, so Syfy is really going to ride this franchise until it jumps the shark, which may … Continue reading

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Petals on the Wind: V.C. Andrews series blooms with “Attic” follow-up

petals on the wind movie cast

In January, Lifetime’s film adaptation of the V.C. Andrews cult classic novel Flowers in the Attic lured a whopping 6.1 million viewers to its controversial tale of multigenerational family horrors, brought to vivid life by Ellen Burstyn, Heather Graham and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka. Almost immediately, production began on the film’s sequel, Petals on the Wind. Tweaking that novel’s timeline, Petals — which premieres on Memorial Day — begins 10 years after tormented Dollanganger siblings Christopher, Cathy and Carrie escaped their attic prison and the torment at the hands of their mother Corrine (Graham) and grandmother Olivia (Burstyn). Now grown, … Continue reading

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Interview: Josh Hartnett on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

Interview: Josh Hartnett on Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"

An overall sense of mystery has pervaded Showtime’s new psychological horror series Penny Dreadful, premiering Sunday, and that is probably fitting. The eight-episode Victorian-era series is set in 1891 London and focuses on some of the scariest characters in literature, including Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Dr. Frankenstein and his creature. Bringing the gruesomeness and horror to life is an eclectic cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton. The show is created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator), and also executive produced by Sam Mendes (Skyfall). “As the show sort of settles … Continue reading

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Janet Montgomery on “Salem,” Mary Sibley, mice and Margaret Thatcher

Janet Montgomery in Salem

British actress Janet Montgomery has dabbled in a number of American TV series, from FOX’s Human Target to CBS’ Made in Jersey, but nothing has come even close to her newest role as Mary Sibley in WGN America’s Salem. “I do know when I read the scripts it definitely gives me the chills and sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that seems so risqué,’” Montgomery says of Salem, which airs on Sundays at 10pm ET beginning April 20. The series is set in 17th-century Salem at the height of the Salem witch trials, and follows Montgomery’s character Mary Sibley and … Continue reading

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Preview of “Salem” on WGN: Sex, nudity and Janet Montgomery as one wicked witch

WGN America Salem preview

When it comes to TV’s portrayal of witches, American Horror Story: Coven had its moments, but the newest entry in the genre — Salem — takes a more disturbingly realistic approach to the topic.  The Season 1 premiere of Salem on WGN America (Sunday, April 20 at 10pm ET/9pm CT) takes little time to embark on a wildly wicked and provocatively dark telling of how the 17th-century Salem witch trials actually came to be. And, let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. TV vets Brannon Braga (writer on series like 24 and Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Adam Simon (The … Continue reading

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Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet's Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet has gotten some flak in recent years for its “mockumentaries” about mermaids, which have been presented in a realistic format, albeit with quick disclaimers at the end indicating that they were more speculative than anything. For the network’s Monster Week 2014, Animal Planet can’t really be criticized in that regard for its new production Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which an Animal Planet release plainly indicates is a “horror film” (but they also do call it a “marquee two-hour special”). To further let you know that this program should not be taken as scientific fact, it … Continue reading

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“Sharknado” studio The Asylum to produce zombie series “Z Nation” for Syfy

"Sharknado" studio The Asylum to produce zombie series "Z Nation" for Syfy

Is there room on television for two series set in a post-zombie apocalypse landscape? Syfy and production company The Asylum (Sharknado) believe so. Today the network announced that this fall it will be debuting Z Nation, a 13-episode action-horror series depicting “the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.” The series will be produced by The Asylum, with Karl Schaefer (Eureka, The Dead Zone) serving as executive producer and showrunner. From Syfy: “In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known … Continue reading

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“Sharknado 2″ starts filming in February; Ian Ziering and Tara Reid to reprise roles

"Sharknado 2" starts filming in February; Ian Ziering and Tara Reid to reprise roles

As if New York City hasn’t seen its share of craziness lately, with snowstorms and the influx of Super Bowl fans and media, the Big Apple will be bitten again soon, when Syfy begins filming its sequel to last year’s social-media hit Sharknado. The network announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One will begin filming in New York on Feb. 13. Sharknado stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid (pictured below in a scene from the first movie) will reprise their roles as Fin and April, Syfy also announced. Also returning for Sharknado 2 are director Anthony Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin. “Sharknado was … Continue reading

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