the terror infamy episode 5

The past two episodes of The Terror: Infamy have been all about answering questions. Episode 5, “Shatter Like a Peal”, involves a lengthy interrogation scene between two characters. And episode 6, “Taizo”, finally fills us in on the backstory of Yuko, the mysterious, ghostly demon that has been plaguing the show’s characters from the start.

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Creepshow review

In 1982, horror legends George A. Romero and Stephen King came together for Creepshow, a stylish, silly, scary horror anthology that paid tribute to the EC horror comics of the ’50s. Loaded with big hairy monsters, ghouls bursting from graves, squirmy bugs, and more, Creepshow has become hallowed in the halls of horror. So how do you top that? The simple answer is: you can’t. And Creepshow, the entertaining new anthology show from horror streaming service Shudder, doesn’t even try, for better and worse. There are plenty of thrills and chills to be had, but one can’t help but miss the slick style that made Romero’s movie so memorable.

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Briarpatch Review

The new noir anthology series Briarpatch, which airs on USA next year, starts off with a literal bang. A young policewoman named Felicity Dill leaves her apartment and gets into her car. The car explodes, killing her. Roll credits.

The mystery of Felicity’s death, and the deeper corruption that lies beneath the surface of the small Texas town of San Bonifacio is the catalyst for season one of the series created by TV critic Andy Greenwald and produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. The first two episodes of the show premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and together present a tight, very promising sample of what’s to come for the rest of the season.

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The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Spoiler Review

It’s been 37 years since audiences first discovered the enchanting world of Thra, a mystical land filled with magic, evil, and hope. In Jim Henson’s 1982 film, The Dark Crystal, Thra was a broken place, ravaged by genocide, drained nearly to the point of extinction by the greed of the Skeskis, vulture-like creatures who had misappropriated the power of the Crystal of Truth in their power-hungry quest for domination and immortality. 

In the film, the Skesis had wiped out the Gelflings, an elf-like species, by using the Crystal to drain the creatures of their very life force, or essence, in a bid to obtain eternal life. But the Skesis are dying, their emperor collapses into a heap of ash, and the Crystal has turned a dark purple, polluted by the Skesis, and in turn, polluting much of Thra. Outside of the dark and twisted husk of the Crystal Castle, where the Skesis reside, the land is blackened and cracked, pulsing with surges of electricity. 

But how did Thra really come to such a dark chapter in its history? That’s where The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance comes in, coloring in the vast background and history that led to the events of the 1982 film. With Age of Resistance, Thra comes to exquisite life, expanding far beyond the confines of the Skesis’ castle, introducing a lush and varied land akin to that of Westeros or Middle-Earth, populated by not just two Gelfling, but seven different clans: The Dousan, The Drenchen, The Grottan, The Sifa, The Spriton, The Stonewood, and the Vapra. 

Naturally, major spoilers are ahead.

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the weak are meat

The storytelling of The Terror: Infamy might be a bit rushed at times, but the show sure knows how to get creepy. “The Weak Are Meat”, the latest season 2 entry, ratchets up the horror movie tropes – jump-scares, significant gore, and even a killer ghoul sporting a spooky mask. And if all that isn’t enough for you, there’s a steadily rising body count to boot.

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Carnival Row Review

The first eight episodes of the much-hyped Carnival Row finally dropped on Amazon Prime Video last week, giving people a new, dark fantastical world to get lost in (read /Film’s non-spoiler review here). Fans of fantasy, noir Victorian tales, and Orlando Bloom will particularly enjoy the show, which creates an expansive and immersive world while also narrowing in on a mysterious set of murders in The Burgue, the Victorian London-esque setting where most of the events of the first season take place.

There’s a lot going on in the first season (arguably too much, especially in the last few episodes), but those that stick through to the end will be rewarded by some twists and surprises, including who (and what) is behind the gory deaths that Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) is investigating. But perhaps what’s more intriguing is what remains unresolved at the end of the last episode.

Read on to get our spoiler-filled breakdown of the big moments from the first season, and what we can expect to see further explored in season 2. Naturally, spoilers abound below. 

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Gaman review

Have you ever accidentally bitten your tongue? Hurts, doesn’t it? Now – imagine a ghost woman biting your tongue completely off, and think about how damn painful that must be. And if you can’t imagine it, don’t worry: this week’s episode of The Terror: Infamy is here to show it to you. The ghastly, grisly, gory moment comes near the end of “Gaman”, the third installment of the new season. It’s a jolting moment in an otherwise subdued episode.

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the terror All the Demons Are Still in Hell review

If I could offer one piece of advice to The Terror: Infamy it would be this: slow down. The second episode of the latest season of AMC’s spooky – and now disturbingly timely – anthology series moves at a mad dash. I’m not talking pacing, either. Rather, episode 2 – “All the Demons Are Still in Hell” – constantly feels as if it’s in a rush, bustling its characters from one location and plot point to the next. Perhaps this is meant to reflect the mental state of the characters, who are being kicked out of their homes and shuffled from one location to another. But as a result, the show is not letting its viewers have enough time to digest what they’re being fed.

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mindhunter season 2 review new

Note: This Mindhunter season 2 review contains spoilers. 

“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” asked FBI Agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in season 1 of Mindhunter, the superb serial killer drama that might just be the best thing on Netflix. The answer to that question in that first season involved Tench and fellow agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) talking with, and studying, killers to try to gain insight into their methodology. The move seemed controversial at first, but Tench and Ford made real progress. Through their talks with notorious murderers, it appeared light was waiting at the end of the tunnel. In Mindhunter season 2, however, Ford and Tench are reminded that that light can always be snuffed out by darkness. Sometimes there’s just no way to get ahead of crazy.

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Carnival Row Review

It would be easy to categorize Carnival Row—the eight-episode Amazon Original series set to premiere on August 30th—as Amazon’s attempt to create a Game of Thrones-esque hit for their streaming platform. This categorization isn’t wrong, exactly—Amazon has clearly invested a large amount of money to make this a flagship show for them—but placing Carnival Row into only this bucket does the series a disservice. 

Yes, the new series is like Game of Thrones in that it takes place in a darkly fantastical world full of geopolitical strife and unnatural evils; and yes, like a certain HBO show, Carnival Row, with its graphic deaths (and innumerable close-up shots of entrails), nudity and foul language, is definitely not suitable for children. These similarities, however, are superficial at best. Viewers will get a different experience here—a more intimate one that reveals Carnival Row’s magically effed-up world through a cadre of unique individuals with varying levels of social status.

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