First off, is the above banner confusing? I mean, it’s supposed to be a cowboyified E3 riding off into the sunset, because, ya know, E3 is over. The problem is if that’s the case, then why is the logo facing us? Is it riding on the horse backwards? I guess there are questions we’ll never have answers to, and that’s one of them.
Anyway, E3 is done. It officially ended yesterday — I’m sure you noticed the gradual decrease in news — and since it’s now Friday, that means we have a little less than a year before next year’s event. Because June 10-12, 2014 is really far away, you may be wondering what you’re going to do to keep busy for the next 361 days. Fear not, I have you covered. After the break I’ve collected every E3 headline we covered here on Bloody Disgusting. If you missed a bit of news, or an entire day, now’s the time to get caught up!
Sony unveiled the PS4 earlier this week, its controller, and even some of the games that will release on it. They had a lot to say, and like all press conferences, between those announcements was a lot of what Bruce Willis would refer to as chuffa. That’s unnecessary fluff to fill time, and because your time is very important, the lovely folks over at Video Gamer have recapped the entire event in little over three minutes. It’s also hilarious. Check it out after the jump.
We’ve spent plenty of time covering the consistently fantastic third season of ‘The Walking Dead’, but we haven’t really dug too deeply into it. That’s what I want to do right now. I want to open up that zombie’s rib cage and dig my hands real deep into its gut. I want to probe around, figure out what makes it tick, then I’ll take out the organs one at a time, but be careful not to touch the edges! If you touch the edges the buzzer goes off and you lose, and in a zombie apocalypse, losing is dying. Today we’re going to take a look at “When the Dead Come Knocking” which premiered last Sunday. It was a doozie, especially if you’re a fan of Glenn and Maggie.
This isn’t really a traditional review, with all that score nonsense. Think of this as a recap — a safe place where fans of the television series (as well as a few trolls who will undoubtedly shamble in from their parents’ basements to stir things up) can gather around and talk about this lovely show. Now prepare yourself, because we’re about to go so deep that you’re pretty much guaranteed to get so claustrophobic you’ll ask to leave, but guess what? No one leaves this ride, oh no sir. Just ride it out. I promise it’ll be worth it, and after it’s over, you can join in on the discussion.
I love a show that gets people talking, even more so one that makes both sides look convincing. While “American Horror Story” appears to somehow work, others contest that it’s nothing but hogwash filled with plot holes. I agree with both. Either way, I’m on board and riding the train until the very end.
Last week a bomb was dropped as co-creator Ryan Murphy explained that the FX series would be an anthology consisting of new characters and news haunted locations.
In a new spoiler-filled scoop over at EW reveals that the secret to season 2 can be found in “Birth,” the penultimate episode of the season and the one in which Vivien went into labor. Says Murphy, “Go through it frame by frame. I planted it in there. I will never reveal it.”
Those of you with nothing but free time on your hands, it’s time to get cracking! Break the safe and tell us all what you find inside! READ MORE
I spent nearly every second of “American Horror Story’s” debut season wondering how they were going to keep up the nail-biting pace. Each and every episode had the feel of an entire season making creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk look like brilliant mad scientists. Theoretically, the show should not have worked, yet its brilliance can only be paralleled with the first few seasons of “Lost”. Now, the question remains, what’s next? Spoiler Warning.
After generating series-high ratings for Wednesday’s freshman season finale of “American Horror Story”, series co-creator Ryan Murphy and FX topper John Landgraf announced Thursday that there would be a new family and a new house in the horror-thriller’s second season, reports THR.
During a conference call with reporters, Murphy and Landgraf revealed that the second season would feature some new and returning faces but that the story of Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga) – who all perished and joined the legion of the undead in the house — has concluded.
This means that, yes, “American Horror Story” is an anthology! This is exactly how each episode was jam-packed with awesome, mostly because each season carries the same amount of weight as an entire series. New season, new series, new family… boner. READ MORE
In part one of the two part season finale of “American Horror Story”, all of the shit hits the fan. The super climactic birth. The ghost boyfriend drama. The baby fever. All of the tension and build up finally explodes in an unsettling mess of drama and gore. It is exactly what you’d expect from a series based around a house of ghosts trying to get their hands on an evil demon baby- which is to say that it is both extremely entertaining and incredibly stupid.
That is “American Horror Story” in a nutshell, really.
Keep in mind that each season of the show focuses on a new group of people in a new situation, so once season one concludes, we will have seen the end of the group of ghosts . In some respects, this is really a series finale in terms on saying goodbye to the familiar and moving on to something new. READ MORE
After 10 episodes, I still don’t now what I am looking for in “American Horror Story”, and that isn’t something I am used to while watching TV.
Starting out, I was expecting some cheap, gory thrills – a nice little break from my weekly line up of sitcoms and dramas. As the show progressed, I started getting more and more invested in this cast of morally grey monsters, and it became about them. I wanted to see all of these characters moving on or being happy or getting punished for their wrong doings. There was an exceptional amount of emotional investment on my part that came completely unexpectedly to me.
Recently, the cracks in the show have begun to surface in quite obvious ways…. READ MORE
Uncomfortable silence. Several minds of pure, uncomfortable silence, followed by the big reveal. “There are walkers in the barn.” Midseason finales have one goal really: shock, awe and make up for all of your mistakes so that your viewers will remember you in January. The search for Sophia has dragged through half a season and, in “Pretty Much Dead Already,” the plot line is finally shut for good… READ MORE
The distressed screeches of thousands of Evan Peters fangirls could be heard all around the internet on Wednesday night within the first 5 minutes of what might be the most successful and quality character assassination this year. It was the big reveal on “American Horror Story”; something we have been waiting for since episode 1. The unveiling of just who impregnated Vivian with what may or may not be the spawn of satan. Our immediate answer just wasn’t as satisfying and shocking as the build up promised, unless you give points for being so obvious that it’s a misdirection.
Fan favorite Tate Langdon is a lot of things. An amnesic ghost, The son of the craziest women on FX, a serial killer, and now apparently, a mother fucker. Like literally. After seeing him in the Rubberman costume a few episodes back, one could have assumed at much. The most shocking part of the reveal was the creeping realization that Tate is now dating the daughter of the woman he raped. It’s clear that Ryan Murphy was going for style over substance here. He seems much more interested in making us uncomfortable rather than giving us a satisfying and well crafted story surrounding our notorious man in black. Instead, Murphy gave us baby fever. Why did Tate have sex with Vivian? Because Nora wants a baby, and he wanted to be a nice guy. Tate saw in Nora what was lacking in his own mother. An obsessive desire to nurture and love. His hated for his neglectful and abusive mother pushed him to seek a new parental figure to impress, and Nora was the closest to his ideal… READ MORE
Take 5 minutes to look on just about any social network or forum and you can learn a lot about the recent fan reactions to season 2 of “The Walking Dead”. You will see that this once solid series is starting to see it’s first real community backlash. The horror based season 1 did a very good job giving us some very basic characters that adapted the role of neutral avatars for developing the plot and action. From the start of season 2, it’s clear that the writers have been attempting to steadily correct the lack of development from the first 6 episodes by re introducing us to the cast.
Their intentions, however good, have garnished some fairly negative results. You can’t look at a discussion of “The Walking Dead” without at least one (usually multiple) fan professing their undying hate for this cast. A once fairly neutral band of survivors has now been met with scorn; and as much as i’d like to say otherwise, there is validity in it. All characters have flaws, but a big chunk of “The Walking Dead”‘s cast is swimming in them, leaving virtually no room for positivity. As the series becomes less about zombie survival and more about the self righteous pissing contest going on at the Hershel farmstead, ”The Walking Dead”‘s watchability is coming under a lot of question.
Maybe that is the goal all along. Maybe they are dragging these characters through the mud in every way possible in an attempt to allow them to grow as people. With only two episodes before the winter hiatus, it is more important than ever for the writers to give us a reason to care about what happens to these people. READ MORE
Since the pilot, we have slowly watched as “American Horror Story” dulls it’s teeth and settled into it’s position as a creepy, character based supernatural drama rather than a thrills and chills one trick pony. The last few episodes particularly have settled some of the shows more pressing mysteries, leaving some time for character and character relationship development.
The plot surrounding Addy’s death has been spent humanizing Constance, using her love of Tate and Addy as a way to sort of whitewash her unsettling, creepy, and downright unappealing behavior in the beginning of the series. It was becoming easier to have a strange sense of sympathy for the women, who seemed to realize the flaws in her parenting after the deaths of her two children. But remember folks, Constance had several children. After meeting the third child tonight, the little;e humanity that Constance had earned mourning over Addy and trying to protect Tate has officially been nullified.
In 1994, a younger Constance is discussing that child with Larry, the burn victim that has been harassing Ben. . He has been found by child services, and she has been changed with criminal neglect. Constance fears that he will be taken away from her, so she orders Larry to make sure that this doesn’t happen. Larry proceeds to the attic, where they are holding what appears to be a deformed boy in his late teens/adult years. The boy is chained up and dirty, with shaggy, unkept hair and old clothing. His name is Bo, and he is clearly not only physically, but mentally challenged. This is the real deal as far as parental abuse goes. In hindsight, it shouldn’t be shocking knowing what we know about Constance, but good grief.
The scene ends with Larry smothering Bo with a pillow. How heartwarming. READ MORE
After last week’s big pregnancy reveal, this episode naturally focused a lot on Lori and her baby drama. Actually, not really. The best way to sum up 2×5 is this: Daryl Dixon is a badass.
Shane and Rick team up to look for Sophia. Though their casual conversation, you get a small glimpse into the details of their increasingly intense bromance. It fills in the gaps a little bit in terms of why their friendship is so strong, and how their relationships with Lori have complicated things so much for Shane. Since killing Otis, Shane has dramatically changed, and if the cracks weren’t showing in his persona last week, they definitely are this week. Shane has gained a new lease on life to justify his actions which generally revolves around putting survival before empathy. In the context of “The Walking Dead”, he is made out to be a bit of an ass for this, but in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, there is probably a lot to be said for keeping a stone heart. He has more or less given up on Sophia, and thinks that the group would have been better off if they would have moved on. READ MORE
For weeks now, there has been a huge build up among “American Horror Story’s”" younger female viewers about the origins of Tate Langdon; resident heartthrob and mass murderer. Okay fine, so maybe I was really excited about this episode too. Crazy or not, you can’t help but have a certain affection for this kid, who sort of acts as a scrappy mascot for the show, and provides some of the more intense and emotional scenes the series has to offer. So this is the Tate episode primarily. Keep that in mind. All things Tate are revealed here. For 40 something minutes, the Harmon’s take a backseat, and we fill a much needed knowledge gap.
Ryan Murphy described the first 15 minutes of 1×6 as “disturbing”, and he managed to deliver his promise quite effectively. It’s 1994, and a group of diverse teens are hulled up in a library after hearing gunshots outside. They are the same teens that approached Tate in the last episode, so right away, you know that no matter how well they manage to defend themselves, their fate is sealed. Watching the students waiting to die and slowly being shot is, in my opinion, a million times more unsettling than any ghost or monster this show has managed to produced so far. the coldness of these executions is beyond brutal, reminding us that human beings at their ugliest are capable of things truly fit for horror pictures.
Once Tate gets home, he is instantly ambushed by the police and shot to death. READ MORE
If there is one thing that can be definitively said about “The Walking Dead’s” second season, It is that this season is an attempt to backtrack and re-establish it’s characters. The 6 episode season one was centered around high tension moments and heart pounding action; almost so much that it was hard to get a feel for just who these people were that we were watching survive the apocalypse. That wasn’t to say that the characterization was bad, but it was flimsy. With only 6 episodes to prove it’s worth, it makes sense that the focus would be more on the action than the characters. Overall, it was an excellent season, but the direction they are going in now gives off the impression that the writers really took the criticism they got to heart. Season 2 may have a backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, but it is really about 90% character drama. Whether or not this a good thing is really all based on personal preference. READ MORE
There comes a time every few years when a series rolls around that sets up a web of mysteries and secrets that leave you more or less banging your head against a wall. We are attracted to these stories regardless of how revealing they ultimately are because they are essentially a perpetual cliffhanger. An addicting drug that leaves you craving for more.
Thankfully, not all episodes need to create more questions. This week’s instillment of “American Horror Story” did just the opposite, giving us juicy bits of sweet closure to questions we have been asking since the pilot.
In the last episode, the Harmon’s had rushed home after getting a distress call from their daughter. When they got there, she was missing, and we were left to believe that she had been brutalized by one of the many things that night that had the intention of hurting her. As it turns out, she had followed up on her date with Tate (there was no way around that guys), and had simply left the house on her own. Rather than pulling the TV trick where everyone is looking for the runaway kid and assuming the worst, Violet is responsible and calls her mom. She of course, doesn’t say she is with Tate, but lets her know that she is spending time with friends and that she is safe. Well it’s good that she is half honest anyway. READ MORE
Leave it to American Horror Story to remind us that even in a bad economy and a time of social unrest, we can take comfort in the fact that we don’t live in a house with countless numbers of homicidal ghosts. American Horror Story’s fourth episode is Halloween inspired, but unlike many of the other shows aiming for a holiday theme, it’s story remains relevant to the main plot line. No matter what, this show is always going to be twisted and creepy, but last night’s episode had a slight added playfulness to it. There were even a few jokes peppered into all of that gloom. To add to the fun, Zachary Quinto makes a guest appearance as Chad, one of the men that lived in the house before the Harmons. We are finally given some background on these characters, whom had previously only been briefly mentioned in past episodes.
The show opens with a domestic dispute between this couple. Their background has an eerie similarity to Vivian and Ben’s. Patrick is a cheater who feels like his relationship has more or less gone down the toilet, and that the intimacy in his relationship is gone. Chad is sitting back silently and trying to hold the family together. All of their assets are in the house, and because of the economy, they are stuck there. It’s always interesting seeing gay couples being portrayed on TV because for a lot of writing staffs, they are something of an anomaly. Gay characters are “hip” these days, but actually seeing a couple in a domestic setting that doesn’t scream “Modern Family” is refreshing; even if they aren’t in a happy relationship. READ MORE
I sat here for a good few hours thinking about exactly what to write about this week’s installment of “The Walking Dead”, constantly drawing a blank. It took me awhile to realize that my reasons for this were because that is how I reflected upon the episode. Completely blank. This was the first episode written by the new team, and unfortunately, it was largely a transition episode with very little substance and a lot of redundant feelings being tossed around.
This episode starts with a flashback paralleling Carl’s shooting with the shot that landed Rick in the hospital that he awakens from in episode 1. We are brought to a time when zombies didn’t run the earth, and marital problems were among the chief of the Grimes family concerns. While Lori’s side of the shooting certainly provided a previously unseen narrative, nothing was learned that we didn’t already know. The Grimes family is made up of good people who are plagued by a sea of ugly circumstance. READ MORE
With the amount of articles we post here on Bloody-Disgusting Music, it’s pretty easy to miss something. So I wanted to put together an article that has some of the best, biggest, and coolest articles of July for you all in one place. Check acter the jump for the list and enjoy! READ MORE