Damien – Trailer

Horror has been pretty good to AMC.  In 2010 they premiered The Walking Dead, one of he biggest shows on television, cable or otherwise (despite how atrociously they apparently treated Frank Darabont).  Later came the spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, which hasn’t been a laggard in the ratings department, either.

That they’re sticking with the genre that has been so successful for them makes sense.

Though this time around it’s not the undead that go bump in the night, but the Devil.

Damien is a continuation of the story of Damien Thorne, from The Omen and Damien: The Omen II, who had the misfortune of being the son of Satan (though other than the ‘scion of Old Nick’ thing and the typically violent and–often–gory deaths of everyone cursed enough to get close to him he had a pretty awesome life).

The Omen 

Damien: The Omen II

Though what I find really interesting is that there was a third movie in The Omen saga, The Final Conflict, which while not quite up to the standards of the first two movies–it’s a bit campier than it needs to be at times–it’s still quite enjoyable (with an awesome ending).

The Final Conflict

The fun part is that the series–if it’s at all faithful to the movies–should take place between the second and third movies.  The not-so-fun part is that in the trailer Thorne  is dealing with issues that he had already solved in the second movie, so we’re apparently going to get some more angst of a repetitive nature (the worst type).

(There were also at least two made-for-television sequels, which I am ignoring because they’re not terribly memorable.)

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3.5 Trailer

The Walking Dead 3.5There’s a new trailer for the upcoming season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the last with showrunner Glen Mazzara (who on some level I blame for Frank Darabont, the showrunner before him, leaving the show, despite the fact that I should know better).

I remain a fan of the series–after all, they haven’t got rid of the zombies (yet)–but the showrunner isn’t a minor position, and has a lot to do with the direction and feel of a particular series.  For instance, I get the feeling that under Darabont there would be more of the original cast still on the show (some of whom decided to leave BECAUSE Darabont was treated so shabbily).

Then there’s the odd feeling that AMC management is killing the show gradually, by degrees, and we viewers are the frog put in a pot of water, with the heat turned up so gradually that it doesn’t realize that there’s a change.

Till it’s too late.

I also thought that I should mention that I don’t like the new poster, especially when you compare it those from prior seasons.

‘The Walking Dead’ Has A New Showrunner, And I Don’t Care

The Walking DeadI recently read, via the ever reliable Deadline, that “The Walking Dead” has a new showrunner, someone by the name of Scott Gimple.

I don’t mean to disparage Gimple, after all, he may be an awesome showrunner, but it seems to me that if he does the least thing that runs afoul of AMC brass (like asking for more money for one of the top shows on cable television), then he’s gone.

Why am I so cynical?  Because Frank Darabont was an A-list writer/director, and they were able to remove him from the picture when they felt the need to do so.  Glen Mazzara, while not quite as famous as Darabont, had made a name for himself as a showrunner on other series before ‘Dead.’

And look what they did to him.

And now comes Scott Gimple.

I give him a season, maybe two before he too decides to move on to greener pastures, or is released.

Glen Mazzara Interview and ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 News

Yeah, I’m still somewhat bitter about how Frank Darabont was relieved of his showrunner duties on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” though obviously not bitter enough to stop watching.

In my defense, if you’re in the desert and the only potable water you have is a bit murky and smelly, I suspect that you’ll drink deep just the same.

Anyway, The Wrap has an interview with Glen Mazzara, the current show runner, who replaced Frank Darabont.  He reveals–in a spoiler-free fashion–some of what he expects of the upcoming third season.

Speaking of which, when are they going to get George Romero to direct an episode or two?  It would be so cool to have the spiritual father of all movie zombies at the helm, if only for a little while.

‘The Possession’ Trailer

Sometimes it’s difficult to be a horror fan because, to paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield: “We don’t get no respect.”

I don’t know what what other conclusion to reach when studios are turning out drivel like “Hellraiser: Revelations.”

We want nuance. We want character development.  We want pathos.  And sure, we want some gore and violence accompanying that nuance and character development, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want substantial, weighty movies (at least sometimes).

And there are directors out there that know what we want, and take us seriously.  A few personal favorites are Stuart Gordon, Ernest Dickerson, George Romero, David Cronenberg, and Frank Darabont.

And while it’s too early to tell if Ole Bornedal will join such august company, at least his latest film, “The Posession,” looks like it at least has the potential to generate a few scares.

Even if it doesn’t, at least it has Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who’s a great character actor and isn’t afraid to tackle genre (which is why it surprises me that “The Resident” was barely watchable despite Morgan AND Christopher Lee in the mix).

L.A. Noir News

According to Vulture, Frank Darabont’s “L.A. Noir” has cast Milo Ventimiglia as the lead.

That being said, they still want Jon Bernthal for another role, which isn’t great news for “The Walking Dead” because Frank Darabont is known to really like working with Bernthal.

‘The Walking Dead’ Devours The Competition

Yesterday’s return of “The Walking Dead” to AMC made cable ratings history, earning more than 7 million viewers.

That being said, I am a bit torn.  While I am glad to hear of it’s success–Heck, any show with zombies on a consistent basis I am glad to know is successful–though I still can’t quite get over the raw deal Frank Darabont got.

Does that mean that “Nebraska,” the episode that earned those spectacular ratings yesterday, isn’t downloading via iTunes as I type?  Not really, though that doesn’t mean that I have forgotten the man that brought it to the screen, either.