July 2, 2014 |
* UNDER THE DOME . 10 p.m. Mondays, CBS3. MAYBE you knew all along that Dale "Barbie" Barbara would cheat death on CBS' "Under the Dome" last night. Mike Vogel had a few bad moments, though, before his character's time on the gallows. "Dome" showrunner Neal Baer called him last year and said, " 'OK, the finale's going to be fantastic. It's fantastic. This, this and this happens and this happens. And then we hang you,' " recalled Vogel in an interview last week. "And I waited.
June 13, 2014 |
William Eubank's 2011 directorial debut, Love , announced the arrival of a major new talent in American cinema. An enigmatic tone poem about the power of stories to unite people, it staged a dynamic collision of imagery from the American Civil War with a futuristic tale about the International Space Station. Eubank mines the strange and the mysterious again with The Signal , a genre-defying sci-fi thriller opening Friday. Brenton Thwaites ( Maleficent , Oculus )
March 17, 2013 |
In the hands of a true artist, a simple crime story can be used as a vehicle to explore deeper questions about our humanity - to show how communal bonds are formed and how easily they can be undone. Oscar-winning writer-director Jane Campion does just that in her new masterwork, Top of the Lake , a seven-part miniseries starring Mad Men 's Elisabeth Moss and the prolific Scottish master-thesp Peter Mullan. A stunning, richly textured, feminist existential epic, it premieres with a two-hour episode at 9 p.m. Monday on the Sundance Channel.
March 14, 2013 |
* BATES MOTEL. 10 p.m. Monday, A&E. "WE OWN a motel, Norman Bates!" crows Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) in Monday's premiere of A&E's "Bates Motel. " What could possibly go wrong? I spent decades avoiding "Psycho" - so that I could continue to take showers - and even I knew the answer to that one. I finally broke down last weekend and borrowed the 1960 classic from my amused, Hitchcock-loving son, who's never quite understood why "The Birds" traumatized me as a child.
March 14, 2013
EVEN BEFORE the head in the box arrived, I was feeling a little worn down by TV's love affair with crazed killers. OK, so it wasn't an actual head. But mounted on a Styrofoam stand, the bewigged and slightly cartoonish mask of Edgar Allan Poe, sent to promote Fox's "The Following," was an unpleasant reminder of the episode I'd recently screened in which a man wearing just such a Poe mask had set another man on fire. The next day, there would be genuine horror on all our TV screens, as reports began to come in about a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
October 13, 2012 |
As winter nears and darkness falls, the demons and creatures that lurk behind the walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary emerge for a vicious romp. This historical site that jailed the infamous Al Capone (in a rather nicely furnished cell) and the celebrated bank robber Willie Sutton transforms itself into a place of "Terror Behind the Walls" for 29 nights through early November. Jolting surprises that are not for the faint of heart fill the 45-minute experience, which focuses more on startling moments than creepy visuals.
October 21, 2011
FESTS NO STRINGS ATTACHED Follow Spiral Q through West Philly for the 12th annual Peoplehood Puppet Parade, celebrating the diversity and creativity of the community. Beginning at the Paul Robeson House, the parade will wind its way to Clark Park, culminating in a pageant extravaganza. This year's parade will act as a greatest hits from the previous 11, highlighting favorite moments. As always, the Peoplehood Parade is participatory, so bring your own puppets and banners to march, or borrow from Spiral Q's. New this year is the Festival at Clark Park, with performances - from drill teams to puppeteers - and stations to make homemade crafts, all curated by Community Education Center and the Rotunda.
September 24, 2010 |
Barring a last-minute court order, the former Pennsylvania Pennhurst Center for the mentally handicapped is about to begin a new career as a haunted-house attraction over the passionate objections of advocates and some local residents. Chester County Judge Robert J. Shenkin has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. hearing Friday on a request to block the haunted house - which features a "delousing" shower, "Frankenstein" room, and "crematorium" - from opening Friday night. The injunction argues that East Vincent Township failed to require necessary building and construction permits, denying the public the right to challenge the plan.
September 24, 2010 |
The former Pennsylvania Pennhurst Center, once the site of real life horrors committed against the mentally handicapped, will become a fictional house of horrors tonight. After listening to two hours of testimony, Chester County Judge Robert J. Shenkin declined to issue an order that would have prevented the "Pennhurst Asylum" from opening at 6:30. "We're very happy," said Richard Chakejian, who owns the 110-acre property. "I'm disappointed," said Saul Rivkin, chairman of the East Vincent Township Historical Society on whose behalf the request for an injunction had been filed.
October 23, 2005 |
As the sun fades, eerie sounds and ghoulish creatures transform the idyllic Arasapha Farm, known for its sheep and game birds, into the perfect setting for a night of terror. A farm machinery shed becomes a house of horrors, known as the Bates Motel, with high-tech special effects, gruesome props, and frightful pop-out actors that have guests running out the door. Spine-tingling shrieks come from the 17-acre moonlit woods where hay wagons, loaded with thrill-seekers, disappear for a journey that promises a flying Dracula, the Dark Wood Home for the Criminally Insane, a drive-through sawmill, and a scare around every turn.