Darkness Falls (2003)
On the eve of Friday the 13th, Netflix has conjured up a suitably spooky teaser for Stranger Things season 2, with the full and indeed final trailer expected online sometime tomorrow.
Yes, while the Netflix original series began life as a summer sleeper hit, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer have embraced the show’s horror elements with arms wide open, resulting in an expanded instalment that will seemingly ramp up the scare factor on October 27th.
Behind the scenes, Netflix subscribers can expect a number of fresh faces to take up residence in Hawkins, Indiana, including Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery Paul Reiser, Chelsea Talmadge and Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman, a conspiracy nut who will surely cause a headache or three for Chief Jim Hopper. We also learned recently that the Powers That Be have tweaked the episode titles ever so slightly.
Despite spending much of Stranger Things season 1 trapped in a nightmarish reality known as the Upside Down, it looks like the show’s sophomore instalment will shove Noah Schnapp’s pint-sized protagonist out of the frying pan and into the freezer come October 27th.
Yes, despite getting rid of the so-called Demogorgon and restoring peace and balance to Hawkins – at the expense of Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven…for now – Stranger Things season 2 will unleash a whole new wave of nasties, including a tendrilled sky-monster (Shadow Monster), upon the hapless folks of Indiana. That “singular threat” is spreading, it seems, so expect the show’s second season to boast a bigger sense of scale and scope than its precursor.
Not only will it stretch for nine episodes in total, but there’s also the new cast members to take into account,
Read Darkness Falls Across the Land in the 2nd Season of Stranger Things on Filmonic.
It’s at times easy to forget that “Better Call Saul” is a period piece, if only because its 2002-2003 setting isn’t always noticeably distinguishable from the present day. But then every once in a while, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould slap us in the face with a reminder that this show is happening in the past. It can be as simple as a trip to a video store — but not just any video store.
Read More: ‘Better Call Saul’: The 7 Times Jimmy and Kim Kissed On Screen, And How That Makes It The Most Rewarding Romance on TV
It’s something we all accepted as routine, just 15 years ago: Want to watch a movie? Go to Blockbuster Video. So in the Season 3 finale, “Lantern,” Kim (Rhea Seehorn) asks her assistant Francesca (Tina Parker) for a ride to what was once the dominant source for Americans in search of movie rentals, and we then get to see her browse the aisles in search of the perfect comfort viewing, following her near-fatal car accident the episode prior.
Executive producer Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the season finale, told IndieWire that the decision to have Kim visit a video store came in the writers’ room, as the team discussed what Kim might possibly do after deciding to relax following her accident. “I just really loved the idea of her renting a bunch of videos and sitting around watching movies and eating junk food. Just because it’s something I relate to, it’s something I like to do when I destress. And I feel like it’s not something you see a lot of on TV and in movies,” she said.
And as a result, Gould — who directed the finale — got very excited about the idea of Kim going to not just any video store, but Blockbuster in particular. However, don’t think that this was an easy choice for the show — because according to production designer Michael Novotny, “it was a total nail-biter.”
Novotny told IndieWire that as soon as he received word that “Saul” wanted to recreate a Blockbuster, he got his team to work — specifically, the graphics department. “I can always do a set. A set’s the easy part. The hard part is the graphics and all of the art work you’re going to turn out,” he said.
But that process started before the show had actual permission to recreate a Blockbuster. “We started to build it without approval. That’s part of the nail-biting process,” he said. “It wasn’t until the day before we shot it that we got approval.”
This is because, as anyone who works in production might tell you, trying to depict a real brand on screen can be an incredibly difficult task. And the “Saul” team wanted to actually use Blockbuster iconography, which isn’t the easiest thing given that it’s a brand name you haven’t probably seen in the wild in years.
Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010, and “roughly a dozen” stores currently exist today. Thus, the set was built on one of the show’s Albuquerque soundstages, and in fact, a great deal of what was on screen was made from scratch by the “Saul” production team, including the big Blockbuster sign hanging in the wall and the period-accurate movie covers.
One thing they were able to buy: the shelving units came thanks to an ironic stroke of luck and an Albuquerque video store that was going out of business. The production was thus able to buy those displays, which Novotny made sure were shortened so that, as they shot the scene, Kim and Francesca could be seen walking through the aisles. That framing was based on Gould’s storyboards, which were altered slightly during the production process, but otherwise didn’t require any major additional construction.
But really, here’s what people care about — the movies that are being considered, as Kim prepares for an epic binge in the pre-Netflix days. None of the titles are fake, and Novotny did work carefully with his team to carefully curate the movies that appeared on screen during the scene, all of which were drawn from a list provided by Peter Gould and the writers. Here are just some of the ones we happened to spot while freeze-framing:
“A Knight’s Tale” “Lawrence of Arabia” (the 40th anniversary special edition) “Love Liza” “The Mothman Prophecies” “Punch-Drunk Love” A Richard Pryor stand-up special “Beverly Hills Ninja” “The Cheap Detective” “Hanky Panky” “Blue Thunder” “American Sledge” “Darkness Falls” “Night of the Living Dead”
They’re all movies that feel appropriate to the era at least within a year or two or as classics, though unfortunately a quick Internet search can reveal whether a film in question would have been available on DVD in the year 2003. Perhaps the most glaring oversight is the appearance of Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” which was released in theaters December 10, 2003 and made available on DVD April 27, 2004 — something Hutchison’s husband (who actually worked at Blockbuster in the past) noticed while watching the final product. “We don’t always get it right,” she admitted.
Novotny acknowledged the “Big Fish” error, but he was relatively zen about it, given the intense pressure of making the scene happen in the first place. “It really was a down to the wire thing,” he said. “If that’s as much as I’m wrong… I’m sad to hear that but at the same time I’m happy that it went as good as it did.”
Update: On Twitter, Gould offered a little clarity as to why “Big Fish” might have time traveled back a year:
And that #BigFish they mention? Could be a shoutout to my former student @johnaugust… #YesYouReadThatRight
— Peter Gould (@petergould) June 23, 2017
Hutchison couldn’t remember every one of the 10 films Kim officially rented, though such a list was made during production. Beyond “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Monty Python,” she said the rest were mostly legal dramas, though she did make sure to include the Luc Besson sci-fi romp “The Fifth Element.” “That was one for some reason I was really stuck on making sure was in her stack,” Hutchison said.
While hardly the most memorable scene of the finale, it still sticks in the mind because of how it triggers memories of an experience we’ve largely lost, traded in for the convenience of Netflix.
“I like the idea of physically walking around and choosing movies,” Hutchison said. “There is something about actually going into a store, having everything broken down by genre. Sometimes with the streaming services it’s a little overwhelming, but having that physical space… I don’t know. It was like a ritual.”
And depicting that ritual was just more proof that “Better Call Saul” will always find a way to surprise us with the seemingly mundane.
Stay on top of the latest film and TV news! Sign up for our film and TV email newsletter here.
Related stories'Better Call Saul': The 7 Times Jimmy and Kim Kissed On Screen, And How That Makes It The Most Rewarding Romance on TVThe 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked'Better Call Saul' Review: Season 3 Finale Proves A Good Man Knows When to Give Up
If you loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, you undoubtedly enjoyed the spin-off, The Legend of Korra. Despite being cut shorter than fans would have liked, the series has garnered a strong following and critical praise. If you missed out on the series, or simply want to enjoy it again and again, you're in luck.
Today comes that announcement that the entire series is coming to blu-ray in one tidy package, complete with bonus features to enjoy. The blu-ray is set to release on December 13, 2016, just in time for the holidays. Check out the full press release below for more details:
For the first time in one collection, fans can relive every exciting element-bending moment from the
I didn't know
Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.
Full details in transmission order:
Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour
Over-the-top (Ott), as least for the world’s TV industry, is no longer the enemy. And at Cannes’ Mipcom trade fair content suppliers – from Hollywood’s studios and big networks and top Euro players downwards – were embracing, with unprecedented optimism, the new TV order.
Digital also drove up Mipcom attendance. 13,700 delegates made Cannes, on a par or above 2014’s figure, an all-time record. At 1,600 buyers for digital platform was 32% up in 2014.
Mipcom’s emerging status as a TV world premiere launch also made this one of the glitziest affairs on record.
“Conviction” is co-created by Liz Friedman (“Elementary”), who will write the series, and Liz Friedlander (“The Following”), who directs the pilot. The show centers on Carter Morrison, the daughter of a leading political family who takes a job as the chief of a Los Angeles-based legal unit that examine cases where an innocent person may have been wrongfully convicted.
“Darkness Falls” centers on a two-person FBI team that goes to small towns to solve terrible murders. It is based on a script by Erica Messer (“Criminal Minds”) and Janine Sherman Barrios (“Criminal Minds,” “ER”). The series will be exec produced by the Mark Gordon Co.
Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."
More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.
Leaving Oct. 1, 2015
"Aces High" (1976)
"A Fond Kiss" (2004)
"Agata And The Storm" (2004)
"A Good Day to Die" (2013)
"Alakazam The Great" (1960)
"All Is Lost" (2013)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)
"America Declassified" (2013)
"Analyze This" (1999)
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)
"Angela's Ashes" (1999)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Baby's Day Out" (1994)
"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)
"Baron Blood" (1972)
"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)
"Big Night" (1996)
"Blue Velvet" (1986)
"Brewster's Millions" (1945)
"Buying & Selling" (2013)
"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)
"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)
Those attending the session were apparently treated to a whole scene from the first of the new episodes, with Chairman and CEO Dana Walden giving an explanatory introduction.
“You’re seeing a scene from our first episode back. As you may recall, the mix of episodes we did was mythology episodes, episodes that dug deeper into the conspiracy of The X Files, and then there were great standalone episodes. That’s still the mix we’ll be exploring in this run.”
These comments are both encouraging and intriguing. Fans of
We come to Witchblade: Darkness Falls: The Death of Jackie of Estacado (Pt.2) and as with all two-parters there is going to be that slight sense of dread creeping in as you wonder if this closing section is going to be as brilliant as the opener. As Part One certainly carried a huge punch – read the review here – can this power be carried over to the conclusion; to the final moments of the Witchblade staring at Jackies head upon the table?
As we left the last issue Hope, Sara’s – the Witchblade – previously deceased daughter, now an ultimate power entity, who has been resurrecting cats along with a her dead nanny, has now read Sara’s mind and knows what she has come to do to Jackie. In a few seconds however the situation is brought to a calm by the careless tongue of the previously
Darkness Falls In Witchblade! In another life Jackie Estacado was Sara Pezzini’s lover and the father of her child. Now he has used the power of the Darkness to endanger the whole of human existence and only the Witchblade can stop him. Here at last is the untold story…The Death Of Jackie Estacado!
It’s good to walk in on a comic and be gripped instantly. I’m giving a spoiler warning for anybody who has been hiding under a Witchblade-proof spoiler rock for a couple of weeks. Spoilers! Jackie is dead! Spoilers! In the first few pages this is confirmed by Sara blaming the lopped off head of Jackie currently residing on a small table. Just to confirm Jackie currently isn’t defending himself against Sara’s acquisitions, so I’m assuming his death is confirmed. What follows in the comic is how we
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.