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Review: Hemlock Grove Season 2, Part 2

Hemlock_Grove_Season_2_ReviewI can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m really going to miss Hemlock Grove. After failing to make it through season 1 last year, I forced myself through all 13 episodes in preparation for season 2 and while I wasn’t too happy about it at the time, now I’m thrilled I did it. Hemlock Groveseason 2 is so much fun it made the dull and nonsensical first season well worth sitting through.

There are still quite a few plot holes and logic issues, and at times, the narratives don’t flow particularly well, but overall, this is some highly engaging and entertaining material, and it’s largely due to the fact that many of the main characters are far more developed now.

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Review: Hemlock Grove Season 2, Part 1

Hemlock_Grove_Season_2As a fan of horror and a sucker for anything Eli Roth, I was very much looking forward to the start Hemlock Grove last year. But, if you caught our review of the beginning of the show’s first season, you know I wasn’t just disappointed – I was dumbfounded. Hemlock Grove season 1 wasn’t just a poor production. It was almost entirely unwatchable. In fact, I never even made it beyond episode 4.

For some reason, the sucker in me opted to give it another go. So to prepare to review season 2, I re-watched all four episodes and then finished the rest. It didn’t get any better. It’s all supernatural, melodramatic nonsense.

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Interview: Aftershock’s Eli Roth

Eli-Roth-AftershockWhen you put Eli Roth’s name on a film, you know what you’re getting, but only to a degree. There are just no bounds to how far this guy will go to tear helpless victims apart in the most gruesome ways possible and in this case, that means flying down to Chile to shoot a post-earthquake bloodbath.

Roth both produced and stars in the film as Gringo, an American divorcee looking to let loose and have a good time with his buddy Ariel (Ariel Levy), and Ariel’s lifelong friend, Pollo (Nicholás Martínez). While the guys are soaking up the Chile nightlife with their new lady friends Monica, Kylie, and Irina (Andrea Osvárt, Lorenza Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko) the fun comes to a crashing halt when the region is rocked by a devastating earthquake. As if surviving the mid-quake destruction inside the nightclub isn’t enough, once the group hits the surface, they’re faced with tsunami sirens, vicious escaped convicts, and more.

While in New York supporting the film’s May 10th limited release, Roth sat down with a group of journalists to discuss working in Chile, dealing with the lingering sentiments surrounding the earthquake of 2010, the lasting effect of horror versus other genres and more. Check it all out for yourself in the video below and catch “Aftershock” in theaters tomorrow.

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Review: Aftershock

Aftershock-PosterIf you’re into Eli Roth-style gore, “Aftershock” is satisfying enough – period.

Gringo’s (Eli Roth) enjoying some time in Chile with his buddy Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Ariel’s lifelong friend Pollo (Nicholás Martínez). Courtesy of Pollo’s minor celebrity status and seemingly bottomless bank account, the guys get access to all the hottest parties and the chance to take some ladies along for the ride. The divorced Gringo, recently single Ariel and ever-horny Pollo are thrilled to take their new Hungarian friends Irina, Kylie, and Monica  (Natasha Yarovenko, Lorenza Izzo, and Andrea Osvárt) to one of the best local parties. It’s all flirting, booze, and dancing at first, but after a devastating earthquake strikes the region, their big night out is consumed by bone crushing destruction, violent escaped convicts, and a lot of blood.

But before we get to the carnage, “Aftershock” uses its first act to offer up a little character development. The guys’ situations are pretty cut and dry, but, nevertheless, suffice to earn some compassion. The ladies, on the other hand, are far harder to track courtesy of an underdeveloped script. Kylie and Monica are sisters, but two entirely different people. Monica is obsessed with her mission to keep Kylie from drinking, but her efforts are so fruitless, it’s pathetic. Her desperation to keep her sister sober also begs the question, why? Is Kylie a recovering addict? Maybe she’s pregnant? The more attention the situation gets, the more likely it seems we’ll get some plot twisting family secret to explain it all, but we don’t, so the whole scenario winds up doing nothing more than making both girls people you’d rather not hang out with. Irina, on the other hand, seems pretty cool. She’s got a young son back home, likes to party, and is also kind and friendly, but, again, we’re left with questions; why is she there? Is she Kylie’s friend or Monica’s friend? For all we know, she only first met Monica and Kylie on this trip, too.

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Interview: The Last Exorcism Part II’s Ashley Bell

Ashley_Bell_Last_Exorcism_Part_IIThanks to her iconic chilling backbend, Ashley Bell’s been permanently engrained in our minds ever since Eli Roth and co. unleashed the very first poster for “The Last Exorcism.” Since, Bell’s been packing on the projects and making quite the name for herself beyond the horror genre, but after “Last Exorcism” hit it so big, how could Bell not return for another dance with the devil?

In “The Last Exorcism Part II” Bell is back as Nell Sweetzer. The story picks up right where the first film left off, Nell being the only survivor of the third act massacre. With her family long gone, Nell is sent to New Orleans to start a new life, however, Abalam isn’t done with her just yet and has no problem relocating from rural Louisiana to the big city to get what he wants.

Stepping back into Nell’s shoes is one thing, but Bell is also responsible for bringing Abalam back to life. Check out what Bell had to say about handling what she calls Nell’s love affair with the devil, the thrill of developing the backbend 2.0, and much more in the interview below, and be sure to catch “The Last Exorcism Part II” when it hits theaters on March 1st.

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‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Interview: Eli Roth Takes Nell and Abalam to Mardi Gras

The-Last-Exorcism-Part-IIIt was a dark, stormy night. Shortly after having four wisdom teeth extractedHostel-style, my mouth pooled with blood as I picked up the phone to talk horror and exorcisms with Eli Roth. No, it didn’t really happen like that, but it would have made for an appropriate post-op chat about The Last Exorcism Part II, right?

In the sequel to the 2010 hit, Nell (Ashley Bell) is back and even though she’s still reeling from the effects of her terrifying, body-contorting bout with the demon Abalam, she tries to adapt and build a new life. Trouble is, it’s impossible to escape her past with the footage of her disturbing experience all over the Internet and Abalam still hot on her trail.

With The Last Exorcism Part II due in theaters on March 1st, Roth took a little break from editing The Green Inferno to discuss the meticulous process of developing a worthy sequel. It’s a wonder the producer managed to decipher my puffy-cheeked, garbled questions, but Roth was thrilled to dish on passing the torch from Daniel Stamm to Ed Gass-Donnelly, giving Nell a crash course in modern technology and more.

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Interview: Bringing Up Bobby Writer-Director-Producer Famke Janssen

It isn’t easy to write, direct and produce your first feature, even if you’ve got dozens of acting credits to your name like Famke Janssen. The desire to get behind the lens has always been there, it was just a matter of the stars aligning and in the case of “Bringing Up Bobby,” they did.

The film stars Milla Jovovich as Olive, a single mother from the Ukraine trying to raise her son, Bobby (Spencer List), in a conservative Oklahoma town. She’s got the best intentions, but her con artist ways don’t exactly set a good example for Bobby. When her charm wears off and the string of crimes catches up to her, Olive must decide what’s best for Bobby, even if it means giving up what she loves most.

Turns out, Ava Moore plus Jean Grey doesn’t equal directorial debut. Janssen had her work cut out for her and needed to take this step by step, turning a visit to Oklahoma into a script, developing a visual styling plan, recruiting her cast and much more. In honor of “Bringing Up Bobby’s” debut at the Beekman Theatre in New York City on September 28th, Janssen took a break from her “Taken 2” press run to sit down and talk about her experience behind the lens, an experience that looks as though it’ll lead to a sophomore directorial effort.

Check out everything Janssen had to say about “Bringing Up Bobby,” “Taken 2” and her upcoming Netflix show, “Hemlock Grove” in the video interview below. Would you rather skip around? Scroll down to find a time and topic breakdown of the interview just below the video player.

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