Starring: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Sacha Dahwan
As someone who owns about five different versions of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, I approach new adaptations of Dracula with a sense of cautious optimism. For every Universal Studios or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there’s a Dracula 2000 or Dracula Untold that attempts to update the famous gothic horror novel and fails spectacularly. The latest attempt from Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the creative minds behind the BBC smash Sherlock, initially made me pretty intrigued, though not without some reservations, as the pair’s track record is fairly spotty as of late. But even with those misguided past few series of Sherlock, everything I’ve seen surrounding the project made it seem like the adaptation I’ve been waiting for.
It wasn’t. But it was still a pretty interesting new spin on the story of the Count. Read the rest of this entry
Once again, it’s time to head on down to Hawkins, Indiana for another trip to the Upside Down with our pals from Stranger Things. The third season was shrouded in secrecy, so much so that Netflix reportedly gave out a bulleted list of plot points that reviewers couldn’t talk about,and I really think that decision paid off. There’s plenty of fun surprises in store for the third go around with Will, Mike, Eleven, Dustin, and Lucas, and while the cast keeps growing, show runners The Duffer Brothers amazingly keep the plot moving at a relatively quick pace. Read the rest of this entry
We’re on the other side of the Netflix/Marvel Studios partnership, and does it feel that satisfying? As someone who watched every season of every show (even Iron Fist, which got better), I can’t say that that it does. While Jessica Jones season three has been marketed as the last season for the show and the Marvel/Netflix partnership, it’s a far cry from the stellar end cap that Avengers: Endgame gave us back in April. Read the rest of this entry
It may not be Halloween, but you’d never know it from the second part of Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In every way, this new installment of the Archie Horror comic adaptation is darker, bloodier, and better than Part One, even if it takes a little while to get moving.
When we last left Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), she had written her name in the Devil’s book and signed her soul away to protect her friends. Fully embracing her witch side, she’s now enrolled in the Academy of the Unseen Arts full-time, and neglecting her time with her mortal friends. But the forces of Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez), Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), and the Devil himself have other plans, and Sabrina will need all the help she can get from her friends and family in order to prevent the Apocalypse. Read the rest of this entry
Despite being on borrowed time, the Netflix/Marvel Studios train has kept chugging along. After the cancellation of Daredevil, it’s all but assured that Frank Castle is next on the chopping block, but he’s not going down without a fight, and if there’s two things to take away from The Punisher‘s second season, it’s this: Frank Castle knows how to fight, and Jon Bernthal can hold together a bunch of disparate storylines and keep you still intrigued, even if the end result isn’t quite up to par with what he deserves. Read the rest of this entry
Woe be the Marvel Netflix shows, who recently lost Iron Fist and Luke Cage to the streaming sacrificial altar, and now the streaming giant has dropped the hammer down on Daredevil. While the show that started the grand Marvel/Netflix experiment that was overall a success, depending on who you talked to (and who finished the shows), even Matt Murdock wasn’t spared from Netflix’s cancellations. As my personal favorite of the various series, it is a bummer having Daredevil end after such a strong third season, but at the same time, I’m honestly okay with it. Read the rest of this entry
People who follow my column know that I’m a big fan of Sabrina The Teenage Witch and her comic The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So naturally, I was very much looking forward to Netflix’s series based on the Archie Horror series. My expectations were high, possibly even TOO high, but after devouring the series over the past three days, I’m happy to say that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not only one of the best debuts of the year, but also something that worked well to revitalize the franchise for a new generation. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be honest, the last few seasons of the various Marvel Netflix shows have been a bit of a slog. Ever since Defenders, it seemed like all of the various shows, from Luke Cage to Iron Fist to even Jessica Jones started spinning their wheels, and eventually they became to feel like a real slog to get through. Thankfully though, Daredevil‘s third season has come along and not only rejuvenated that show after an uneven second season, it’s also reignited my interest in the other Marvel Netflix shows (well, the remaining ones, that is). Read the rest of this entry
Heroes in Crisis #1 (of 7) (DC Comics)
DC’s latest event Heroes In Crisis is poised to be different from other big storylines. With a focus on the trauma that superheroes and villains endure in their adventures, Tom King and Clay Mann’s new event looks to not only have some big revelations for the DC universe at large, but it could even change the way we look at these heroes and their adventures. Read the rest of this entry
As it stands right now, I’m nine episodes into the second season of Jessica Jones, and I gotta say, it’s not very compelling. While the first season was a surprisingly complex and invigorating narrative, so far the second season has devolved into subplots that are uninteresting, drawn out, and not even focused on the title character. Krysten Ritter is still fun to watch, but everything else just seems…off. Which leaves me to ask: what went wrong? Read the rest of this entry