The new series from Mike Flanagan. I was disappointed in The Haunting of Bly Manor but I've enjoyed his other work so I'll give this one a chance.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||October 24, 2021 9:27 PM|
He was also the brains behind Oculus... The Mirror That [italic]Kills![/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 1||September 23, 2021 5:36 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 2||September 23, 2021 8:10 PM|
So is the reverend turning the townspeople into vampires?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||September 24, 2021 7:05 PM|
OOooooh, this is good! I'm almost done with the 5th episode of 7. I won't spoil anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||September 24, 2021 8:23 PM|
It sounds like Storm of the Century.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 24, 2021 8:37 PM|
More like Salem's Lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 25, 2021 1:06 AM|
I've never seen the lead guy (Zach Gilford) before, but he's great. Handsome and intensely charismatic on screen. He's a real find.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 25, 2021 2:05 AM|
Also, the Muslim sheriff (Rahul Kohli) is also sexy.
I wonder why Flanagan set it on an island off he coast of Maine, though, since that is so clearly Stephen King territory. Why not set it in Massachusetts, where he's from?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 25, 2021 2:16 AM|
Hamish Linklater is fantastic as the priest and sexy in a strange way.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||September 25, 2021 2:20 AM|
Zach Gilford is only 5'8", which makes things difficult when Kate Siegel wears combat boots--she's the same height, and in the boots she towers over him.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||September 25, 2021 3:02 AM|
I don’t know. I’m finding this OK…as long as I’m working at the same time.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 25, 2021 3:29 AM|
Haunting of Bly Manor was unwatchably bad, from beginning to end. Just a total mess.
The Haunting of Hill House was very good, but the ending was terrible.
Don't have high hopes for this one. Flanagan seems like another M. Night Schmuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 25, 2021 3:34 AM|
I hope this is Mike Flanagan's final word on alcohol addiction and AA.
It's not a super-interesting topic in and of itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||September 25, 2021 3:57 AM|
I will check this out. Heard it makes you think after the end
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 25, 2021 3:58 AM|
Watching the last episode now.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 25, 2021 4:10 AM|
Flanagan needs to cut back on the poignant speeches. I FF a couple of times. But the last two episodes are amazing.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 25, 2021 4:15 AM|
I had the complete opposite opinion.
I loved the Haunting of Bly Manor. I liked the fact that there was something genuinely to be scared of.
I hated The Haunting of Hill House. There were a few episodes I liked but by the end, I was over it.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||September 25, 2021 4:21 AM|
Agree about the long speeches, r16
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 25, 2021 4:35 AM|
Just watched the end. Her last speech about how we are all a part of everything - a one thing that encompasses every single bit, plant, animal, person and all of the universe - is exactly how i've always felt about things. i commented on this in another thread - maybe a reincarnation thread?
All in all though, a bit underwhelming. Really did like Zach Gilford...he's going places.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 25, 2021 5:09 AM|
Why are there no Protestants on this island? Plenty of Catholics, two Muslims, lots of non-believers and some lapsed Catholics, but no Protestants.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 25, 2021 5:16 AM|
OMG, I'm on episode 4, and the long meditative existentialist speeches given to every character are just wrecking this. I feel like I'm hearing a first-year Catholic seminarian sharing his banal religious anxieties through the mouths of his characters for a play-writing course for night school.
Mike Flanagan REALLY needed to be told, "Show, don't tell."
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 25, 2021 5:27 AM|
Zach Gilford is SO sexy.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||September 25, 2021 9:33 AM|
Agree, r22. Great presence. I hope to see him again in future stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 25, 2021 9:41 AM|
The super religious hag is a bitch. I loved to watch her.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 25, 2021 10:16 AM|
Zach Gilford has been around since Friday Night Lights- 2006. Starting watching and I sort of immediately hated it.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 25, 2021 12:30 PM|
R7, if you like Zach Gilford, you ought to stream Friday Night Lights. Hulu has all five seasons.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 25, 2021 12:52 PM|
It's an interesting idea for a series, although the long speeches should have been severely cut back. I do like the idea that the villain/monster is making almost everyone's lives in the community much better. I like also that the monster doesn't pussyfoot around and attacks almost instantly and decisively when he's been discovered by someone. I also like the way it looks, with the leathery skin and the icy white eyes that faintly glow.
It definitely needed a bigger budget given the terms under which it was conceived. The storm scenes in the first episode looked very fake, and so do all the overhead shots of the island and the community (and so does the recurring image of the dead girl from the car crash with the pieces of windshield glass stuck in her body reflecting the ambulance and police lights). The surprise of all the older folks becoming younger as the series went on would have been helped immensely had the actors not all been so clearly wearing really bad aging makeup in the first episode, especially Millie the doctor's mother. Also, Henry Thomas is so familiar (not only because of ET but now to almost all of Flanagan's series's watchers) that he is instantly recognizable, and it was clear from his first scene he was wearing bad aging makeup.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 26, 2021 12:28 AM|
Annabeth Gish has the worst case of resting bitchface I have ever seen. She makes Anna Kendrick look sweetfaced and approachable by comparison.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 26, 2021 12:37 AM|
Annabeth does resemble Hamish Linklater whose character we later discover is her father.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 26, 2021 2:12 AM|
Does Henry Thomas do anything else but work with Flanagan? Do they have a thing going?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||September 26, 2021 2:15 AM|
I've seen it.
Anyone want to know how it ends?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 26, 2021 2:50 AM|
Just finished it. Wow--those final two episodes go somewhere most series do not go.
I see why r6 compared it to "Salem's Lot"--he was right, because the novel all over this, from the Angel looking like Kurt Barlow (and being the unseen vampiric partner, who is also brought to the town in a box), to the town going up in flames at the end with only two people surviving.
Hugely impressed with most of the acting, especially Hamish Linklater and Samantha Sloyan (Bev) in the two over-the-top parts. Although I wish her character had not been named "Bev" (which was too much), I liked how Sloyan's character showed you what someone like that would do if they were in charge at the end of the world, and how spiteful and petty she would be. The other actor who really impressed me was Kristin Lehman as Annie, Riley's mother--it is really hard to make such a sweet and forgiving character so memorable at the end, and she really did it. I was also impressed with Kate Siegel, who gave a genuinely fine performance in this--she is not just a Sherri Moon Zombie.
I also think this had potentially star-making parts for Zach Gilford and Rahul Kohli, both of whom are very sexy as well as intensely charismatic onscreen.
Weirdly, the only people who I thought were weak were the teenage actors--none of them was any good.
I would bet word of mouth spreads for this because the two final episodes are almost unbearably suspenseful in a way few horror TV shows are anymore (none of the AHS seasons, nor The Haunting of Hill House nor The Haunting of Bly Manor anywhere near as intense as this was at the end). There are too many speeches (even in the final episode Kate Siegel delivers this incredibly long speech at the very end), but it's a slow burn that really pays off at the end spectacularly.
It also had a great final line (followed up by a smile).
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 26, 2021 3:47 AM|
One glaring plot hole-Father Pruitt had been on the island for decades. Wouldn't people have noticed that the new priest looked familiar?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 26, 2021 3:57 AM|
I guess we're supposed to assume that vampires are unheard of in this universe.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||September 26, 2021 3:59 AM|
Why would the Vampire/Angel not have realized that Erin slicing up its wings while it fed on her would be a problem?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 26, 2021 4:29 AM|
Every church has a Bev!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 26, 2021 6:03 AM|
It seemed very fitting that Bev's smug face disintegrated first.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 26, 2021 7:18 AM|
I haven't read the entire thread to avoid spoilers but I finished the first episode. His family is overbearing--at least the mother. This reeks of Stephen King (setting, characters, creepy religious people etc.) and Zach Gilford needs to sit on my face. Will he be shirtless in any future episodes? Hamish Linklater is aging well.
Anybody notice the Gillian Anderson poster in his room juxtapositioned with Annabeth Gish--who replaced her on the X-files--playing the dowdy baby doctor?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 26, 2021 9:00 AM|
Zach Gilford I think needs a bigger career. I know he's been working for awhile and on Friday Night Lights (never seen), but damn...hot, intense, sexy as hell.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 26, 2021 10:03 AM|
Speaking of Salem's Lot, supposedly a remake is in the works & was filming (pre-pandemic, I think) outside of Boston.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 26, 2021 4:37 PM|
R40, Filming started the beginning of this month. Also the spfx mu team behind the Angel are doing Barlow. I’m pretty sure they weren’t behind the bad aging makeups.
As soon as I saw the aging makeups, I knew they were going to de-age the actors during the series. This is one of Flanagan’s better projects- I have 2 more episodes to go,
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 26, 2021 4:45 PM|
That's exciting news R41; in the right hands, Salem's Lot & the story about the townspeople living lives of quiet desperation could really be re-imagined in a post Trump/Making American Great that never really happened for poor rural areas. Sure, you'd have to explain people disappearing an era when people are almost always connected, but that could be explained away with poor internet/cellphone service in rural areas.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||September 26, 2021 6:21 PM|
R34, that's a classic trope of vampire films. No one in them has ever heard of vampires; no one recognizes the signs.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||September 26, 2021 7:36 PM|
[quote] Will he be shirtless in any future episodes?
No, unfortunately. He does wear some tight t-shirts, though, and clearly has a great body.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 26, 2021 8:38 PM|
[quote] Anybody notice the Gillian Anderson poster in his room juxtapositioned with Annabeth Gish--who replaced her on the X-files--playing the dowdy baby doctor?
He also had a "Se7en" movie poster in his bedroom, and I thought the two posters were much more the sort of thing that Mike Flanaghan himself would have had in his teenage bedroom than what this character would ever have had.
This is one of the biggest problems with successful TV showrunners & auteurs--they want the main character to share traits with themselves, when they've written the character and cast him to be nothing like themselves. The only thing that pudgy and dumpy Flanaghan and hot Riley Flynn really have in common is that they're Irish-American alcoholics.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||September 26, 2021 8:42 PM|
I like it, but I agree about the speeches. There are too many of them. There are also too many musical montages. The other thing I don't understand is the older people in this town look weird and I'm not sure why. I'm on episode 4 so maybe that will be answered. But at this point this show will not be getting a nomination for makeup.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||September 26, 2021 9:17 PM|
Love, love, love this show. Definitely my favorite vampire story. Subversive and funny.
And I actually enjoyed the speeches. ESPECIALLY when Riley and Erin exchange their opinions on what happens when they die. I am inclined to agree with Riley, but from a purely selfish standpoint I am attracted to Erin's hopeful outlook.
Saving the final episode for tomorrow.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 26, 2021 10:00 PM|
Just watched first episode. Skipped all the posts here so I won’t see spoilers. I love Zach Gilford and Hamish Linklater, so I was interested. Liked it so far, but…
My, what a DIVERSE, tiny island!
50 year old Henry Thomas and 49 year old Kristin Lehman (loved her in The Killing and didn’t even recognize her here) playing the parents of 39 year old Zach Gilford threw me a bit at first, but it pretty much works. They make the parents look older so I guess it won’t be too distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||September 27, 2021 12:02 AM|
I just binged the whole thing. I really liked it, but... it needed some script editing (those speeches - damn) and some film editing (each episode ran way too long). As I said in an earlier post the musical montages were a little too much and heavy handed. The old age makeup was horrible. It was a satisfying ending and overall enjoyable, but I wouldn't expect it to win any awards.
Bev is clearly a Datalounger.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 27, 2021 2:15 AM|
This is better than any show that heavily relies on Neil Diamond songs has a right to be.
That said, I have some complaints. Bev is a tedious villain. You are never tempted to understand anything she does; she’s just tiresome. And the dialog exists mostly to announce, loudly, the Big Themes, or to drop Giant Clues. (Do you think the cruets used for mass have been mentioned enough? Did you notice there’s a giant flying creature in town?)
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 27, 2021 2:28 AM|
Toward the end of the first episode, when I finally realized that it was Michael Trucco (Sam from Battlestar Galactica) I burst out, "What the fuck did they do to him?" They made him ugly. Once they started easing back on the aging makeup he didn't look that much better with the terrible mustache.
I thought it was okay. It bothered me that nobody looked at the "angel," and said, "uhm, dude, I think that's a demon."
Overall, I thought it was okay, but I was bummed that pretty Zach Gilford bowed out so early, and that his parents never found out about the sacrifice that he made.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 27, 2021 3:01 AM|
PS. I liked it MUCH better than The Haunting of Hill House, which I HATED. In part because Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite writers, and that book has the best opening paragraph in all of American Literature.
Why bother to license a book, and basically use the title, a few character names, and little bits and pieces of the book's setting, and then tell a totally different story. Just call it something else, because that was not The Haunting of Hill House.
Journeys end in lovers meeting, motherfuckers.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 27, 2021 3:05 AM|
So Bev didn't even believe the bullshit she was spouting. She just used it to bully and manipulate the townsfolk. I enjoyed her meltdown when she realized non existence was inevitable.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 27, 2021 3:34 AM|
It's worth noting that Mike Flanagan and his production partner, Trevor Macy, had almost nothing to do with The Haunting of Bly Manor. He only wrote the first episode and then left to do this show and then gave the rest to a lot of lesser known writers and directors, each which were responsible for exactly one episode, which is why every episode had wildly different pacing and directorial styles and that ridiculously campy black and white episode out of nowhere. Put less kindly, it's why it was a hot mess and isn't really representative of his - yes, very very wordy - writing and directorial style.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 27, 2021 3:35 AM|
As a horror fan I like that we have a Mike Flanagan right now. I haven’t loved everything he’s done but he is wordy and thoughtful and really thinks about characters and relationships. His projects aren’t just loud dumb slash fests. And he makes stories for the Most part about ADULTS which is also rare when it comes to the genre’ and which adds its own flavor too
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 27, 2021 4:04 AM|
OK, so now to the actual meaning of the ending, courtesy of Flanagan: “We’re not saying he died… Our hope really there was just to say that Leeza’s concentration in her blood had begun to tip back, that she was going to be OK. We didn’t want it to confirm about The Angel, in that way that you can never kill fanaticism, it’ll always kind of come back. But I love that that’s what it meant to you!”
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 27, 2021 4:07 AM|
I think Riley's mom pretty much nailed it where Bev was concerned and her motivation. Everybody knows a Bev.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||September 27, 2021 4:07 AM|
I like that Hamish Linklater is handsome but in such an atypical way.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||September 27, 2021 5:06 AM|
f it's at all successful, there will be a sequel, just because it was so clar the Angel/Demon was set up to have escaped and bvecauyse we never got any explanation what it was doing in a cave in Israel in the first place.
It's interesting to realize there was no sex in this series, nor even shirtlessness;
Why did the Angel/Demon go around wearing Msgr. Pruitt's hat and coat at night, since that basically ensured it would be recognized?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 27, 2021 6:09 AM|
I ended up loving this. First time I enjoyed Mike Flanagan's work.
While the speeches could have been shorter, I think the lengthy "what happens after death" dialogue made sense. I actually teared up at Riley's take on the subject, especially after the way he decided to die.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 27, 2021 7:48 AM|
Didn't realize that was Henry Thomas until a scene from the second episode where his character is wearing a regular long-sleeve shirt. I was like..."His father has a nice body. Wait..."
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 27, 2021 8:45 AM|
Yeah, i also didn't notice it was Henry Thomas until Riley and his father are having the discussion on the boat. Almost unrecognizable.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 27, 2021 9:17 AM|
Awkward that they made Henry Thomas's character rant and rave about his son having a DUI though.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 27, 2021 10:09 PM|
He was kind of a dick about it too. He tampered with his urine test and threatened to have the officer fired.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||September 27, 2021 10:51 PM|
To be totally fair, as I understand what happened, he wasn't actually driving when he was arrested - his car was running, but he'd pulled over and put the car in park and had fallen asleep at the wheel. A police officer noticed and stopped to check on what was going on, but of course, he must've driven drunk to even get there. What a dumbass - certainly he could afford to call an Uber.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 28, 2021 1:26 AM|
He also brought out the "Do you know who I am?" line.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||September 28, 2021 1:42 AM|
I hope that was met with snickers from the cops, r66.
Who is going to be intimidated by threats from the kid from "E.T."?? "I'll make sure you never get to work with Drew Barrymore in your miserable lives! OR Dee Wallace Stone!"
|by Anonymous||reply 67||September 28, 2021 1:56 AM|
So many actors made up with terrible age makeup or made up to look older than their actual age, like Henry Thomas. I thought there was going to be a flashback episode where we see all the characters twenty years earlier or something.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||September 28, 2021 3:08 AM|
I thought Thomas was supposed to look prematurely aged because he's a fisherman.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||September 28, 2021 3:12 AM|
Before I figure out what was going on, I was blaming Covid for the really bad makeup. I'm really surprised by how bad it was.
I also want to give a shout out to the actress who played Riley's mom. She did a great job.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||September 28, 2021 3:13 AM|
Agree Riley’s Mom is best performance
|by Anonymous||reply 71||September 28, 2021 4:11 AM|
I tried to watch this, but too much f'ing religion. Oh well, I suppose that's to be expected with a show with the word 'mass' in its title.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||September 28, 2021 8:26 AM|
r72 i actually found it the opposite...that anyone, anywhere no matter what the situation could try to match up any bible verse/passage to match up ANY situation. it's pretty subjective to whatever you want to apply it to.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||September 28, 2021 8:33 AM|
Watched the final episode yesterday. Once again, I really love this show.
Sorry about the religiosity r72. I initially felt the same way and almost abandoned watching. As the series progresses, however, I realized that religion is very much not the point. The exposure of an hypocritical, opportunistic use of religion is actually why it is used. By the same token, it is not really a vampire story. It is actually an examination of how humanity strives to understand life and death and the vast mystery between the two.
I commented upthread how much I appreciated the discussion of how differently Riley and Erin view what happens after they die. This comes up again in the final episode in the last moments of Erin's life when she sees the truth of Riley's idea of the disintegration of the body and mind into atoms and energy. However, the revelation is not that this represents an ending but rather a reunion with all atoms and energy. Due to recent events in my own life I have been examining just this question and find her ultimate realization extraordinarily hopeful. The joy of awakening into a larger understanding of what it means to be reunited with those who have died before us is an idea that I find deeply satisfying.
I see no need for a second season, but I will watch the fuck out if it if it happens.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||September 28, 2021 10:31 AM|
The sheriff was cute. There were too many long speeches. I fast forwarded a couple. The awful old-person makeup on the doctor’s mom let me know what was going to happen the first time I saw her. Terrible job there.
Fuck Father Pruitt/Hill. He got everyone except two people killed all because he wanted to cure/de-age his old hookup? What a dick. The “Angel” was clearly a demon. He’s a moron.
At least the acting wasn’t too bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||September 28, 2021 11:48 AM|
I used "Buffy" logic and assumed that the demon was "The Master" the OG, the original vampire. But I kind of get why they thought he was an angel. Angels have complicated depictions across all forms of storytelling, they are not always cute little cherubs. Plus this guy was offering enteral, everlasting life. Seems kind of angel-like to me.I'm no Bible scholar, far from it, but aren't they always talking about "the blood" in the Bible. And for some reason in vampire stories, the concept of vampires never exists until they encounter one.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||September 28, 2021 12:42 PM|
Don’t t Anne Rice’s vampires descend from an archangel or something like that? It’s been so long since I read the books.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||September 28, 2021 12:56 PM|
In Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's Strain trilogy, vampires sprang from the dismembered body and blood of an Archangel. I haven't watched the series, but I assume that they carrier that over from the novels.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||September 28, 2021 1:02 PM|
Huh, I posted something here earlier and it seems to have vanished. Oh well, it was just expressing my thirst for Rahul Kohli. Maybe I'll post something more substantive after gathering my thoughts. On the whole I liked it a lot, but I think it had some issues.
Haven't read all of the Anne Rice books but from I remember of Queen of the Damned, the first vampire was a sort of possession; a spirit entered the body of a dying person, creating a hybrid creature.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||September 28, 2021 1:10 PM|
Was the doctor the only one who didn’t come back to life at the end? Why was that? She was a churchgoer who (unknowingly) regularly drank the communion blood right? Or did she not go to church and stayed home with her mom? I can’t remember.
It’d make sense if she didn’t go to church and drank the blood that she stayed dead.
I guess Riley’s parents and everyone else had enough vampire blood in them that when they died they were resurrected.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||September 28, 2021 1:18 PM|
I figured vampires as soon as I saw the dead cats and trunk. Only watched first episode but looking forward to religious cunts dear already.
From what I've read, which isn't much since I'm completely uninterested in religion, the idea of angels as beautiful isn't quite accurate. Angels and demons have more in common than people have been led to believe.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||September 28, 2021 2:46 PM|
The old monsignor was an obvious makeup job too (not as bad as the senile old woman). However I did not see the actual reveal regarding his character coming, so that was a nice surprise - for me, anyway….I’m probably the only one who didn’t see that coming 🙃.
The actress playing the old senile woman was good as the lead in the low budget horror film “Starry Eyes”. She wasn’t so great in this one, unfortunately.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||September 28, 2021 2:58 PM|
It was cute how they snuck in Carla Gugino.
How many Flanagan projects does an actor have to be in to be considered part of the family? This is the second time for Trucco and Kohli.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||September 28, 2021 3:20 PM|
Brenton for the sequel: “Midnight Massive Thighs”!
|by Anonymous||reply 84||September 28, 2021 3:41 PM|
They won’t do a second season of this. The “series” is basically anthology with no connection other than actors he likes to have return.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 28, 2021 4:16 PM|
Once father Pruitt realized he couldn’t go out in the sunlight and had to drink blood to survive, he should’ve called the plan off. Why would he want to make his followers have to exist like that? For eternal life? Isn’t that unnatural? That has to be a sin.
For every season.... yada yada. We live, we die. Everlasting life isn’t gods plan, surely.
He definitely shouldn’t have been giving them blood without giving them a choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||September 28, 2021 4:18 PM|
One thing you can be sure that Mike Flanagan, a straight man, is gonna do is put lesbians in all of his work.
Both on screen and off, too - Alex Essoe, the woman who played the doctor's senile mother, is an out lesbian.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||September 28, 2021 6:49 PM|
I spoiled myself on this show, looking for gay [male] content -- a missed opportunity with the Riley character -- but I suppose it wasn't meant to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||September 28, 2021 6:52 PM|
Flanagan's wife is always in his films. She's an out bisexual.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||September 28, 2021 7:58 PM|
That's HAWT, R89!
|by Anonymous||reply 90||September 28, 2021 8:36 PM|
[quote] They won’t do a second season of this
Definitely and Mike is already filming his next series for Netflix starring some of the cast here as well. He seems to have a pool of actors like Ryan Murphy. About MM - I felt it didn't stick its landing. The finale is a hot mess but otherwise the whole series is very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||September 28, 2021 9:00 PM|
The new upcoming series is based on YA novels, I think?
|by Anonymous||reply 92||September 28, 2021 9:06 PM|
The Midnight Club based on a book by RL Stine. It's about five terminally ill patients in a hospital telling ghost stories to each other. Heather Langenkamp will star.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||September 28, 2021 9:16 PM|
R80 no the Dr only went to church with her mother & frowned upon the whole thing; she was an out lesbian & didn’t seem interested in the church.
R83 where was Carla Gugino? I must’ve missed her, she’s my fave & I was expecting to see her.
Rahul Kohli is hot, but I thought he looked better in Bly Manor.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||September 28, 2021 9:49 PM|
Carla Gugino did a voice over as the judge in Riley's case.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||September 28, 2021 10:00 PM|
I really liked the 2nd haunted series but I guess I’m one of the few. I liked the characters more in that one than in MM (though I enjoyed both series).
|by Anonymous||reply 96||September 28, 2021 10:11 PM|
[quote] Once father Pruitt realized he couldn’t go out in the sunlight and had to drink blood to survive, he should’ve called the plan off. Why would he want to make his followers have to exist like that? For eternal life? Isn’t that unnatural? That has to be a sin.
He reveals in the last episode he finally realized he did it all because he could not bear to lose Millie, the doctor's mother, and that it was indeed a selfish plan. He does not sue the word "sinful," but I assume he realized as much.
The miniseries is in many ways about the nature of fanaticism, and how both he and Bev twisted Biblical scripture around to justify getting what they wanted for selfish reasons. Msgr. Pruitt wanted Millie to be his and for them both to be young again; Bev wanted to be on the winning side of whom she saw as the just, and be punishing whom she was as the wicked. Both of them were willing to embrace evil in order to get what they wanted.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||September 28, 2021 10:29 PM|
[quote]Everlasting life isn’t gods plan, surely.
Isn't eternal life all over the Bible? If you have faith, you will live forever. Isn't that kind of whole point of Christian religion?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||September 28, 2021 11:03 PM|
[quote]Fuck Father Pruitt/Hill. He got everyone except two people killed all because he wanted to cure/de-age his old hookup? What a dick. The “Angel” was clearly a demon. He’s a moron.
Agreed. I didn't like that he got a happy ending (more or less). He brought actual evil to that island and most ended up dead... all because he was selfish and arrogant. I did enjoy the moment when he told Mildred that he had wanted to be with her, and she replied something to the effect of, "I would never have left my husband for you." John really thought it was all up to him? His hubris is the reason so many of those people met an incredibly gruesome and painful end.
He should have been howling in agony and clawing at the earth alongside his little Tracey Flick. That would have been more fitting. Not that little sappy kiss on the bridge.
Anyone would have been better in the Erin Greene role than fucking Kate Siegel. She's going to be the streaming version of Leslie Mann--they can't get substantive work unless their husband gives it to them. Siegel is so earnest, I can't stand her.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||September 28, 2021 11:59 PM|
Stephen King must be on the phone with his lawyer, because Mike Flanigan absolutely ripped off his style and tropes. Vampires? Check? Rural Maine? Check. Religious zealots? Check. Dimwitted rednecks? Check. Demonic beast smuggled into town in a trunk? CHECK PLEASE!
Sorry to you Flanigan fans, but she's a shit writer and this project could have been so much better in someone else's hands. The pacing was awful; almost nothing happened in the first two episodes and yet the final two were overstuffed with chaos to the point where it became tedious.
And let's talk about the goddamn, plot-killing,, action-stopping deadening MONOLOGUES!! Good God!! Each and every one brought the show to a screeching halt. Why did every character need at least a couple of mind-numbing soliloquies? People don't actually speak that way! When the Annabeth Gish character begs the sheriff for immediate help with bloodsucking vampires and he interrupts to tell her all about how he fell into his career, she just sits there without a word!! It was so absurd, it played like an SNL parody.
I think Flanigan had enough plot for a 4-episode order and Netflix ordered 7, so he padded the whole damn thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||September 29, 2021 12:55 AM|
Flanagan directed Doctor Sleep…so he and King are friendly, I think.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||September 29, 2021 12:57 AM|
The whole thing had a…Canadian whiff about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||September 29, 2021 1:01 AM|
R100 the sheriff telling his backstory was terrible. It went on and on and on. And after all that, the only thing she asks is, “You don’t carry a gun?”
I’d be like, “ look, man, I get you just want a quiet place to be a cop, but you still have to be a fucking cop. Serious shit is going on in the church, you must investigate.”
He was told/ knew that three people were missing at that point- Riley, bowl, and Joe, and he seemed to forget that. And nothing was done about Bev poisoning the dog. The church is suddenly having mass at night, and that’s not odd? He was an idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||September 29, 2021 1:03 AM|
Doctor Sleep was a good movie, I thought. A decent sequel to The Shining.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||September 29, 2021 1:08 AM|
It was allowed to be decent because Flanagan didn't force his untalented wife into any of the roles.
I'm sure he wanted to cast her as Rose the Hat but the studio told him to fuck off.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||September 29, 2021 1:31 AM|
[quote] He seems to have a pool of actors like Ryan Murphy.
Meh. RM is mediocre, but at least his shows include gay guy storylines.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||September 29, 2021 1:35 AM|
This series isn't set in Maine, it's set in Washington State (or off the coast of)
|by Anonymous||reply 107||September 29, 2021 1:41 AM|
The lady who played Rose the Hat was perfect. And her sidekick (Crow?) was pretty hot.
I had to look up Flanagan's wife, I had no idea it was the lady who played Erin Greene. She was okay in MM, nothing great.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||September 29, 2021 1:43 AM|
I thought she was really great in Hush. She was just okay in MM.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||September 29, 2021 1:48 AM|
I just recognized the priest as Christine's brother in the New Adventures of Old Christine..
|by Anonymous||reply 110||September 29, 2021 2:23 AM|
Hamish Linklater's partner is Lily Rabe.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||September 29, 2021 2:25 AM|
Rabe should have been Erin Greene, would have been a huge improvement!
|by Anonymous||reply 112||September 29, 2021 2:51 AM|
They could have at least gotten Zach Gilford’s shirt off for a scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||September 29, 2021 3:22 AM|
R113, you can tell when a straight man's eye is in charge of things..
|by Anonymous||reply 114||September 29, 2021 3:27 AM|
Yeah,we got of lesbian action in Hill House and Bly Manor.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||September 29, 2021 3:30 AM|
The most shocking thing for me was when Riley died. I thought for sure that he was the hero of the story and we were gearing up for some epic battle. Then I just read an article with the writer who says that the show originally was about Riley versus Hill, then he switched it and it became about Erin versus Bev.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||September 29, 2021 3:33 AM|
Gag. The wife probably read the final screenplays and bitched up a storm until he changed it all for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||September 29, 2021 3:36 AM|
Hamish Linklater is a terrible name. He should have changed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||September 29, 2021 6:06 AM|
[quote] Then I just read an article with the writer who says that the show originally was about Riley versus Hill, then he switched it and it became about Erin versus Bev.
Which may have been a good idea, because it did make it seem less like "Salem's Lot" then it would have otherwise to center more on the women than on the men.
It was weird, though, that Riley dropped out as the lead after being set up as such in the first few episodes.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||September 29, 2021 6:12 AM|
[quote]because it did make it seem less like "Salem's Lot" then it would have
Oh [italic]dear[/italic] to myself: I meant "than," not "then."
|by Anonymous||reply 120||September 29, 2021 6:13 AM|
Flanagan's wife, Kate Siegel, is TERRIBLE. She does not have the right look for any of the characters that she is cast in for these Netflix shows. She has obvious veneers, nose job, and probably other plastic surgeries that just do not work for her characters.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||September 29, 2021 6:24 AM|
Honey, she done got up and walked.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||September 29, 2021 6:28 AM|
R121 that's the funniest and bitchiest thing here yet
|by Anonymous||reply 123||September 29, 2021 6:30 AM|
Agree about Katie Siegel. I've never seen her before and don't think she had the "it factor" to carry this role. About the best performance was when she was dying and her face barely changed during her whole monologue.
Thanks for the poster that mentioned Carla Gugino was snuck in here...I didn't catch it at all.
Hamish Linklater is a very Brit name. I don't know why he should change it at all and don't agree.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||September 29, 2021 6:38 AM|
I don't see how Hamish Linklater is any worse a name than Benedict Cumberbatch or Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||September 29, 2021 6:46 AM|
Yo-Yo Ma? Elon Musk?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||September 29, 2021 6:53 AM|
They're all ridiculous!
|by Anonymous||reply 127||September 29, 2021 8:57 AM|
Doja Cat, Megan Thee the Stallion??? all stupid names.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||September 29, 2021 9:14 AM|
I watched the whole thing wondering how the terrible actress playing Erin was cast. NOW it makes sense.
The actress playing the doctor’s mother was bad, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||September 29, 2021 10:09 AM|
Okay, got some info about the bad aging makeup-Even though they did tests, the lighting design changed without telling the makeup crew (who will buy colors and pieces for the entire show in pre-production after the camera tests are approved). To purchase new colors and pieces would have cost in the hundreds of thousands, so that wasn’t happening, and since the looks were established, they would have to keep continuity to avoid a jarring change.
The makeup team would take the actor out in the natural light, and the makeup would look great, but as soon as they got on set, the lighting would make it look like shit, and MF would scream and complain about it. They also filmed out of sequence, so it was on/off/on, which led to 20 hour days for the makeup crew (applications can take up to 4 hours, with removal at up to an hour).
What I don’t get is why they didn’t even try to cast Annabelle’s character with an older woman, a la the excellent German series, « Dark », which successfully casts teens, adults, and elderly people as the same character.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||September 29, 2021 11:52 AM|
I wanted to like it, but yeah, the run-on monologues, especially Hamish’s and that religious bitch’s, we’re excruciating to get through. I wanted to kill them both. Overall, I’d give it a 5/10.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||September 29, 2021 1:37 PM|
[quote]What I don’t get is why they didn’t even try to cast Annabelle’s character with an older woman
That's an interesting point. I looked up Annabelle's age. She's 50 and I'm assuming she was playing somewhere between 45-50. They had her parents, in their original states, look really old. How old were they supposed to be when they had her.
I also like the idea of casting different, yet similar looking actors, to play the characters as they de-aged. It would have been better than that makeup.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||September 29, 2021 1:44 PM|
[quote]Flanagan directed Doctor Sleep…so he and King are friendly, I think.
I follow King on twitter & he highly recommended this show, which is how I heard about it in the first place. Particularly since Salem's Lot is in the process of yet another remake, he must believe that a well done knock off can only be good publicity for the real thing. But King's stories - particularly early ones - were very much inspired by Stoker or Lovecraft, so maybe he has a broader view of the situation.
Either that or he's got so much $$ at this point, he just doesn't care.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||September 29, 2021 2:02 PM|
I'm not complaining but I wonder why Flanagan includes lesbian characters in all of his projects on Netflix? I suppose the Netflix audience enjoys shit like "ticking the boxes" or whatever. But it is curious. Apparently his plastic wife is "bisexual" so perhaps that's why.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||September 29, 2021 2:03 PM|
Yep, King was plugging the show well before it aired, so he's not calling a lawyer.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||September 29, 2021 2:35 PM|
The actor playing Sturge used to be hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||September 29, 2021 2:40 PM|
Hamish Linklater isn't British. He's from Massachusetts.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||September 29, 2021 5:22 PM|
Hamish Linklater does not move his lips when he's trying to be dramatic. It's been bugging me for several episodes.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||September 30, 2021 4:20 AM|
He has a lot of forehead wrinkles that kind of bug me.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||September 30, 2021 4:34 AM|
He also went to the Neve Campbell In Party Of Five school of acting. "I-i-i- never... THOUGHT it-it-it... it would... COME to... to..."
|by Anonymous||reply 140||September 30, 2021 5:21 AM|
The lesbian characters in The Haunting of Bly Manor were originally supposed to be a man and a woman. The male lead character, Jamie the Groundskeeper, was to be played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and the female lead was Victoria Pedretti. This is why they were announced as "the leads" originally. However, Netflix thought it would be too strange to have them play lovers, so they, yes, checked a box by casting the character as a woman and changing nothing else. And then cutting all of OJC's role down to 3-4 episodes.
Nevertheless, it IS strange that he never, ever has gay male characters or even bisexuals. It's just lesbians all the way down.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||September 30, 2021 5:34 AM|
This show has become a huge hit for Netflix and everybody is talking about it. Do you think that Ryan Murphy is green with jealousy over fellow gay Mike Flanagan's tremendous success on Netflix?
|by Anonymous||reply 142||September 30, 2021 5:45 AM|
[quote] Nevertheless, it IS strange that he never, ever has gay male characters or even bisexuals.
Not that strange. He's just your typical horny straight man of a certain age who has a fixation with les/bi women -- as if that's not played-out and derivative at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||September 30, 2021 5:49 AM|
R140, are you Yvonne Elliman?
|by Anonymous||reply 144||September 30, 2021 5:52 AM|
Mike Flanagan isn't straight.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||September 30, 2021 5:53 AM|
[quote]Mike Flanagan isn't straight.
And I'm the dame who can prove it!
|by Anonymous||reply 146||September 30, 2021 6:11 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 147||September 30, 2021 6:13 AM|
On my Block Season 4 drops Monday!
|by Anonymous||reply 148||September 30, 2021 6:22 AM|
I’m lost as to why this show was so coddled by most reviewers. I’m in five episodes and while it’s okay enough to keep me interested, it drags on and on and on and on….. There’s a reason nobody’s seen the Hamish guy in anything since that mid-2000’s sitcom he did with Julia Louis-Dreyfus: he drones on from one sentence to another and can make one line feel like a boring 15 minute soliloquy. I want to fast forward every time he starts up again, which is pretty much the entire series after about the second episode. There is zero character development outside his unlikable priest character. He starts chewing the scenery to pieces around episode three and gets worse from there, melting down into full-blown camp. Deep into it, they kill off the protagonist that’s been leading you through the story. It’s just one, big mess. Is it supposed to be “sophisticated” because it shows a bunch of crazy Christians being cult like, balanced by the ever-pious Muslim cop, (who’s essentially a updated version of “the magic negroe”character)?
The campy 15-minute-long sermons and Hamish Linklater scenes where he’s droning on in male vocal fry for up to 20 minute non-stop scenes are too much on their own. But then you’ve got all the rest that makes huge portions of the show nearly unbearably boring and difficult not to fast forward through or leave the room during. I’m not getting the reviews making it some precious TV masterpiece. It’s a cheesy camp fest.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||September 30, 2021 9:01 AM|
My opinions are FACTUALLY CORRECT. I have stated my boundaries!
|by Anonymous||reply 150||September 30, 2021 10:41 AM|
I tried watching an episode last night that I ended up fast forwarding because the lead female and male, can't remember their names, had some insufferably long scene discussing death. It went on and on until I was comatose from boredom.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||September 30, 2021 1:43 PM|
While Hamish Linklater does have a certain "style", I don't think it's fair to blame him, solely, for what was on the page and how he was directed. Because it's clear this is what Mike Flanagan was going for. I liked the series, but the scripts were first year film school level.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||September 30, 2021 1:54 PM|
^ that was actually the only monologue I enjoyed in the series.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||September 30, 2021 1:54 PM|
[quote] The Midnight Club based on a book by RL Stine. It's about five terminally ill patients in a hospital telling ghost stories to each other. Heather Langenkamp will star.
Christopher Pike actually (unless you are implying he and Stine are actually the same person)?
Zach Gilford and the actors playing Bev, Sturge and Zach’s little brother are in the cast. I don’t see the wife listed on IMDB so maybe she is sitting this one out?
He will start filming his fifth series (Something Is Killing The Children) soon. That one is based on a comic book series.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||September 30, 2021 2:59 PM|
[quote] (who’s essentially a updated version of “the magic negroe”character)?
|by Anonymous||reply 155||September 30, 2021 4:35 PM|
It was certainly an... interesting narrative choice that even the atheist character wasn't spared from succumbing to the religious zealotry, albeit against his will, and only the agnostic lesbian and one of the Muslims were strong enough to really fully reject it.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||September 30, 2021 5:40 PM|
Can anyone who's watching this mess even imagine having to sit in a room with "Hamish Linklater" for more than 10 minutes, while he moans on about his "craft" and the characters he's played? (Which is, from my count, all of two at this point?) I would poison myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||September 30, 2021 6:01 PM|
[quote] Weirdly, the only people who I thought were weak were the teenage actors--none of them was any good.
Weird as I was just going to post how terrific Leeza (crippled, black teen) was in the scene with the drunk that shot her. She did a terrific job with that.
The other kids, not so much.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||September 30, 2021 6:33 PM|
The teen actor in Flanagan's DOCTOR SLEEP was dreadful too, almost ruining the film.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||September 30, 2021 6:42 PM|
Question and comment. What was in that can that they kept pouring into the communion wine. The label said something like "1000" on it. Poison?
Comment. In a few scenes (not close ups) Hamish looked like Anthony Perkins. And, sound a lot like Anthony Perkins.
PS: Zach Gilford was just on the recently cancelled "Good Girls" show.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||September 30, 2021 6:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 161||September 30, 2021 6:46 PM|
Sorry - did we discuss what exactly killed the Monsignor (the scene where he miraculously revives)? Did he ingest the rat poison?
|by Anonymous||reply 162||September 30, 2021 6:58 PM|
With all due respect, I think you missed a big plot point.
[quote]What was in that can that they kept pouring into the communion wine.
It was either the Monsignor's or the "angel's" blood. They're a kind of vampire, and ingesting their blood slowly infected the congregation.
[quote]what exactly killed the Monsignor (the scene where he miraculously revives)? Did he ingest the rat poison?
He was a vampire. Unless you mean the flashback scene where it tells how he became a vampire. In which case, it was because he was turned into a vampire.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||September 30, 2021 7:09 PM|
It was rat poison. Bev used it to poison the dog and she was poisoning Father Hill.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||September 30, 2021 7:19 PM|
Bev did use rat poison to poison Joe's dog, but she did not poison the Monsignor.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||September 30, 2021 7:32 PM|
R164 - that was my assumption as well. He wasn’t converted to a vampire until he died via the rat poison, then revived.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||September 30, 2021 7:33 PM|
Internet explains it all:
[quote] Father Paul is a vampire, albeit a reluctant one, who becomes sick and dies when he refuses to feed on anyone's blood (he eventually spurts back to life). He was created by the Angel, the original "vampire," who fed Father Paul its own blood when Father Paul was still the 80-year-old Monsignor Pruitt, going on pilgrimage for two weeks in the Holy Land. When Pruitt returned, his youth restored, he pretended to be a different priest.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||September 30, 2021 7:35 PM|
I felt like the ending was one big climate change metaphor. Religious fanatics high on power, burning it all down and only after realizing they had nowhere to shelter.
I liked the show. Some of the monologues were fantastic and delivered well but a few fell flat.
I also enjoyed subverting the Christ resurrection myth as a vampiric experience. If they do a sequel, they should have it focus on vampire Jesus.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||September 30, 2021 7:50 PM|
The townsfolk are comical cliches. One episode of this mess was enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||September 30, 2021 7:53 PM|
R167 here - I googled some more and apparently they did not fully explain what killed Father Paul. Was he a vampire who died (again) from not drinking blood and, if so, what revived him? Also, if he was already a vampire at that point how was he able to go out into the sunlight?
A Reddit poster suggested he was drinking the tainted blood of the main vampire who had been feasting on the rats poisoned by Bev (the townspeople drank it too but in much smaller quantities).
Another one suggested Bev was purposely poisoning him because he was a potential obstacle to her money pilfering.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||September 30, 2021 8:18 PM|
[quote]A Reddit poster suggested he was drinking the tainted blood of the main vampire who had been feasting on the rats poisoned by Bev (the townspeople drank it too but in much smaller quantities).
Yep this is what happened. The congregation was drinking his blood, albeit very diluted.
He first became a vampire when he died and then revived after the angel vampire gave him his blood right after draining in him the cave. That's how he turned the Monsignor. He died and then was resurrected in the cave, hence all the Christ allegory. This is also why Bev tells the distraught old man who killed his wife and sons at the end that he could've revived them after feeding on them.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||September 30, 2021 8:28 PM|
R170, it was a plot hole in a show with MANY plot holes.
I also can't figure out why he was able to go into the sunlight and why he "died" only to be revived. If it was Bev who poisoned him, any scenes indicating that must have been deleted from the final cut.
What about the stache of corpses in the barn the monster was feeding on in the last episode? Where did they come from? If they were townsfolk, are we to believe no one reported them missing? On an island with only around 100 residents? And who was feeding on the dead cats? The monsignor? If he was already a vampire at that point, why could he go in the sunlight at first? Riley sure couldn't - and the monsignor drank from the monster's blood just as Riley presumably did.
And while we're on the subject, what differentiated someone as merely a food source rather than someone to be resurrected.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||September 30, 2021 8:32 PM|
People did report them missing, R172. They showed the face of Bowl, the pot dealer from the first couple of episodes, and it was the angel that fed on him.
[quote]what differentiated someone as merely a food source rather than someone to be resurrected.
In the finale, Bev tells Sturge that the criteria is to make exceptions to revive someone in only special, rare cases, implying she didn't think he should've resurrected his best friend, who was now living with the crushing guilt of having murdered his wife and children in a feeding frenzy. Basically the resurrection "gift" was only for the "elect" and "the faithful."
The more that I think about it, you guys must be right and I must be wrong and the death we see in episode 3 or 4 must be when he turns into a vampire. The angel's blood simply healed him and brought him back from the brink, which is what he was trying to do for his daughter in the finale, so he must not have been fully dead in the cave. This is why he only stopped being able to go out in the sunlight after that point.
There's no evidence that Bev did it, though - she needed him around to keep up her piety act. Also all the dead cats - Wade (Michael Trucco) said in the second episode that weird things like that happened routinely to the town and that they'd had previous similar incidents with dolphins and starlings. What was that about? Just a weird red herring?
|by Anonymous||reply 173||September 30, 2021 8:54 PM|
I loved the angel’s feeding frenzy in the abandoned house in the last episode! The formerly wheel chair-bound girl was shooting at it and it was like “shoo, bitch…can’t you see I’m eating??”
|by Anonymous||reply 174||September 30, 2021 9:16 PM|
Like me at a Chinese buffet.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||September 30, 2021 9:49 PM|
I would be interested in watching a prequel about the angel/vampire wreaking havoc in the Holy Land. How did that thing survive being buried for so long (and how long)? I think that civilizations buried in the desert are fascinating.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||September 30, 2021 9:50 PM|
Why would a Muslim sheriff, unusual in itself, settle in a creepy, dreary fishing village with no halal grocery or Muslim community?
|by Anonymous||reply 177||September 30, 2021 10:51 PM|
The original monsignor didn't die. Angel's blood made him younger or or the best version of himself. When Paul came back to town he wasn't a vamp yet, he just had Angel's blood in him which is why he could go out in the sun. Paul wasn't a vampire until he died and was reborn. What killed him seemed to be what's up for debate. If it was Bev with the rat poison that was quite unclear, at least to me. I'm not sure what killed him.
I'm also confused by the deeper meaning of Bev when you peel all the layers away. On the surface we all know who Bev is. But, did she really believe that Paul was some kind of messenger from God there to lead their to righteousness? I want a Bev series.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||September 30, 2021 11:03 PM|
R177 oh, he tells you- during his ridiculous 8 minute long monologue after the doctor asks him to check out the church.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||September 30, 2021 11:07 PM|
That priest is a regular Jim Jones.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||October 1, 2021 12:58 AM|
Fuck what a piece of shot this was!! And why the FUCK didn’t shitty little “Leeza” get a peaceful ending? She was a cunt to that drunk before she “forgave” him, and she was in on ALLLL the planning with her evil parents. But she gets to live?! Fuck her.
Hamish Linklater is my new Bobby Cannavale - I’ll forever avoid, or hate anything he’s ever in again. He’s an awful, irritating actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||October 1, 2021 1:49 AM|
Bobby is hot so I forgive him for being a bad actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||October 1, 2021 1:55 AM|
So everyone dies but the kids?
|by Anonymous||reply 183||October 1, 2021 2:08 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 184||October 1, 2021 2:20 AM|
R173, it seemed obvious in the first two episode that the "angel" was, in fact, feeding on the dead cats: we saw something flying around on the island and then stalk and kill cats. Plus we were treated to images showing the cats with throat wounds. A lot of vampire stories start out this way; the vampire starts by feeding on animals and transitions to humans. It's a signal to us in the audience that a vampire is present, although the characters on screen don't get the message.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||October 1, 2021 2:26 AM|
Hamish must have something going for him. He and Lily Rabe are expecting their third baby in four years!
|by Anonymous||reply 186||October 1, 2021 2:27 AM|
I was kind of rooting for the sheriff to live.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||October 1, 2021 2:29 AM|
I wish the kids would have died, too. Such terrible, earnest actors but it's not their fault--I'll blame the director. He's no Kubrick or Fincher, doing 100 takes to beat the earnestness out of his actors. You see how wide-eyed his wife always acts when she's in things. He's clearly blind to that which is why his projects might be good but will never be great.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||October 1, 2021 2:41 AM|
I must have missed when the Muslim kid drank the communion blood.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||October 1, 2021 2:43 AM|
[quote]I must have missed when the Muslim kid drank the communion blood.
He didn't/couldn't as he wasn't baptized and had never been to confession.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||October 1, 2021 2:46 AM|
R187, the sheriff was a natural protagonist. Because of his commitment to his own religious beliefs, he was never going to weaken and take communion. I would have liked him to have played a stronger role in the story.
And R168, there has already been at least one vampire Jesus that I know of. Bram Stoker's Dracula made a big production of mocking Catholic communion by making his followers drink his blood as he promised them eternal life, so it was a logical development. In fact, I've read at least one horror story in which there is a secret sect in the Catholic Church composed solely of vampire priests.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||October 1, 2021 2:49 AM|
I really wanted the Muslim kid to get it. His father was trying to tell him, but the dumb ass wouldn't listen. I know that kids rebel, but that was too much for me. It would have made more sense for him to rebel by saying all religion is bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||October 1, 2021 2:49 AM|
I feel violated that I was tricked into attending several Catholic Church services.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||October 1, 2021 2:56 AM|
That's a plot hole with the Muslim kid isn't it? The others all had a bit of vampire blood so they survived the poison. If the kid didn't how did he resurrect? Or was the poison spiked with blood?
|by Anonymous||reply 194||October 1, 2021 3:02 AM|
I also had several of the same "missing" parts or potential potholes:
1. How did the Monsignor actually die (in front of the town's people)? The foaming at the mouth suggests poisoning, but it's never very clear
2. When did the Muslim kid take communion? did i miss it? he would have had to have ingested some of the "wine" to survive dying and being resurrected
3. Bev started to try to dig in the sand toward the end but didn't finish...and what vampire wouldn't have had the urge to hide themselves from the daylight? couldn't they all have just dug holes and covered themselves up with dirt to avoid being burnt to a crisp? Dumbest vamps ever.
4. And carried over from the last thread, can you believe that NO ONE has ever heard of vampires and they think this is some sort of "blood disease" LOL
|by Anonymous||reply 195||October 1, 2021 4:10 AM|
They left it open-ended whether the Muslim sheriff and the angel vampire both lived IMO. I think we're supposed to think that the former didn't make it and maybe the latter did, but it's up for debate and Rahul Kohli is firmly up Mike Flanagan's ass now so I wouldn't be surprised if we saw him in a sequel, should it ever come to pass.
R194 the plot hole to me is that the kids who survived both had at least as much vampire blood running through their veins as everyone else, so when they die, won't they become vampires too? Or is that handwaved away by the lesbian doctor's throwaway mention about how we hope that with time the effects dissipate and the fact that, for whatever reason, she couldn't feel her legs again?
|by Anonymous||reply 196||October 1, 2021 4:13 AM|
I hate the religious speeches.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||October 1, 2021 4:15 AM|
You would think Bev would've immediately started digging when she realized what happened to the rec center because, yes, they could've all survived by just burying themselves during the day. It was also idiotic of them to burn all but one building. All eggs, one basket, as it were.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||October 1, 2021 4:16 AM|
[quote] they could've all survived by just burying themselves during the day. It was also idiotic of them to burn all but one building.
Religious zealots making idiotic decisions 🤔…
|by Anonymous||reply 199||October 1, 2021 5:06 AM|
The townsfolk were horrified by what they had become and wanted to die. Even Bev had a moment of grace - or despair - and went to meet the sunrise, though she panicked at the last moment.
I wonder what it is about monologues that make them such a sticking point for some. Movies are full of unrealistic things, including non-naturalistic speech, but monologues are a bridge too far. It's interesting. Of course the monologues in Hill House and Bly Manor were generally better written, but people complained about them too.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||October 1, 2021 9:35 AM|
r200 - they are too long and unrealistic. pretty much nobody would sit through that without interrupting at some point to agree or ask a question. IRL, these types of monologues are rare. instead of actually "showing" the meaning, they are explaining the point, which is kind of a no-no. You're supposed to get the audience to that point without a lot of long narrations.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||October 1, 2021 9:55 AM|
What R201 said. Also, I'll give you one monologue over an entire series, but with this show it was an overused device and as I said earlier, very beginner script writing. If a character is giving a speech, or is an attorney giving opening or closing arguments, or the monologue is used as a voiceover over a montage that's when you use a monologue.
As someone said upthread, did we really need the sheriff explaining how he ended up in the town, especially during that moment? We kind of figured it out earlier with the line from his son that he left his old job because of racism.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||October 1, 2021 12:40 PM|
With all due respect, you two missed my point. Movies are full of unrealistic things including unrealistic speech patterns. But why is this particular unrealistic thing so damaging to suspension of disbelief? Not saying anyone's reactions are wrongbad, I just find it interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||October 1, 2021 12:53 PM|
R203, a monologue is, obviously, just an artistic device; it’s not intrinsically good or bad. But there was a sense here that the monologues were being used to tell us what to think about what we were watching, that the material was being interpreted for us.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||October 1, 2021 3:44 PM|
Monologues were too long and too frequent.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||October 1, 2021 3:47 PM|
The vampire couldn't fly very fast and was burned in the sun. That's why the vampire "magic" ended for the crippled girl.
I wasn't sure if the sheriff was dead. He was shot twice in the leg and then slumped over but that didn't need to be fatal, not if help came from the mainland in time. I immediately googled and the internet seems to believe that he's dead.
Pruitt having some kind of attack in front of the mayor, Bev and others WAS an attempted poisoning, I think. Bev was a murderer and she poisoned him with the same stuff that she gave that dog and then later gave to the parishioners. The vomit looked the same in all cases. Not sure why she poisoned Pruitt unless she thought he was an abomination and then when he was resurrected fully believe he was a miracle or whatever.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||October 1, 2021 4:36 PM|
The Muslim boy had been attending mass so he had been ingesting the blood wine.
R191, I would be interested to know about the story you read. Can you remember the author/title?
|by Anonymous||reply 207||October 1, 2021 4:51 PM|
Another huge hole...the row boat would have caught fire when Riley burned.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||October 1, 2021 5:11 PM|
"With all due respect" Ms. R200 / R203, R's 201 and 202 didn't miss your point at all. In fact, they gave you an excellent reply and explanation. R201 also said it succinctly and very well; that the tiresome monologue device, abused, bastardized, and made common by awful television writers like Aaron Sorkin, was made even worse in this otherwise interesting series. All the more horrible because the writer/producer had a generally respectable track record before unleashing this absurd mess of a show onto an unsuspecting but trusted viewer. Both replies noted why the use of the monologue here was so damaging to the suspension of disbelief: Primarily due to its over-use, but also due to it being way too heavy-handed, preachy, sanctimonious and ham-fisted for an early autumn cable horror series.
No doubt it worked alright with you. And frankly, maybe that makes you a much more patient, or forgiving viewer than most of us. Maybe there's some sophistication that I miss which you picked-up on, who knows. But for the pay-off in the end, which felt like the writers hit a stone wall and just got up and walked out of the writer's room, it kind of leaves a bitter taste in your mouth as far as entertainment goes. You invest many hours into a story and want to see that story played out. There will always be dead spots in a series or the more dramatic, long-winded scenes which are often perfectly written and produced. But on this series, they felt employed solely to burn time. As someone else said, like Netflix came back and told Flanagan to stretch four episodes into seven.
Meanwhile, with all the time spent on sermons and random living room dancing and "deep" discussions on death or why a secondary character left his former job, imagine if, instead, they would have used all that droning and wasted time to plug-up all the holes and mistakes? What happened to the "angel"? Why did it just let the senile mother go and drop her off in the lawn after flying away with her? Why was the crazed, wild-eyed evangelical bitch going around with rat poison since the opening of the show? Why would she have been poisoning the priest? With all the other backstories, why not her's? What made her such a psycho/angry/vengeful woman? Why didn't Riley, the presumed protagonist, stick around long enough to help save the town and the people he loved instead of being a nelly, emo little bitch and rowing his girlfriend out into the ocean and forcing her to be life-alteringly horrified by watching him explode flames? WHY did all of the evil characters receive a moment of peacefulness toward the end after all they had done, all the death they committed? So what if they stood out in the sun to die, they didn't have anyplace to go. It isn't like they were really doing it to make amends. They gave-in to their fate being sealed. So why would the writer provide them a 'moment of grace' and allow them the same level of peaceful sing-a-long that the few innocent people left deserved more than them? Why was the nasty little crippled allow to escape even a bit of scorn after her actions with the drunk and with knowing and assisting her evil parents in their scheme?
The concept was a little fun but I wouldn't mind having that 7 hours back to watch something that someone put more effort into.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||October 1, 2021 7:27 PM|
[quote] The Muslim boy had been attending mass so he had been ingesting the blood wine.
No, he would not have been able to take communion since he was not baptized and hadn't been to confession. Catholics take that shit seriously and make you work for it. Mere visitors of other faiths are not allowed to partake of the body and blood of Christ.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||October 1, 2021 7:54 PM|
Uhm . . . I'm Catholic and haven't been baptized, and have taken the wafer before.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||October 1, 2021 11:04 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 212||October 2, 2021 1:43 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 213||October 2, 2021 1:46 AM|
[quote] I really wanted the Muslim kid to get it. His father was trying to tell him, but the dumb ass wouldn't listen. I know that kids rebel, but that was too much for me. It would have made more sense for him to rebel by saying all religion is bullshit.
Wow, THAT would certainly have advanced the plot!
|by Anonymous||reply 214||October 2, 2021 2:41 AM|
Whatever, I thought Rachel Maddox was fantastic!
|by Anonymous||reply 215||October 2, 2021 2:53 AM|
Flanagan needs to bring back sexy Michael Huisman for his next project.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||October 2, 2021 5:22 AM|
r216 100% agree. Also Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||October 2, 2021 5:36 AM|
There is a really fun Instagram I follow, but yesterday the gay who runs it called this a “masterpiece “ and now I’m doubting his credibility.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||October 2, 2021 12:26 PM|
My biggest beef is how the hell the Priest got the Angel into a box and kept it docile for travelling.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||October 2, 2021 6:05 PM|
It’s a masterpiece
|by Anonymous||reply 220||October 2, 2021 6:08 PM|
My question is if zealot Bev spread the gospel all over and created too many bloodsucking wouldn't they starve eventually?
The vampires in Ann Rice novels addressed this and were careful.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||October 2, 2021 6:30 PM|
I finished the series last night. It was alright but I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Haunting of Hill House.
- The Zach, the actress that played Riley's mother, Hamish, and the actress that played Bev did a great job.
- The teenagers were annoying, as expected. I don't like children/teen characters in media and this series didn't change my mind.
- I don't dislike Kate Siegel as an actress but she should really hold off on any further cosmetic procedures. She initially looked like a Angelina Jolie clone, but whatever she's injecting is giving her an oddly thick face.
- I find it hard to believe that the demon wouldn't have felt his wings being cut.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||October 2, 2021 8:59 PM|
The final girl shot at the creature and it barely flinched. Pain was not something that registered in the midst of its feeding frenzy.
I think that scene partially set up the wing cutting scene to make us buy into Erin being able to do it without the creature noticing.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||October 2, 2021 9:48 PM|
[quote]he tiresome monologue device, abused, bastardized, and made common by awful television writers like Aaron Sorkin, was made even worse in this otherwise interesting series
Says the poster who then proceeds to type out a screed that is ten times more abused, bastardized and common than any monologue in this series.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||October 2, 2021 9:54 PM|
“ - The teenagers were annoying, as expected. I don't like children/teen characters in media.”
Something horrible people say
|by Anonymous||reply 225||October 2, 2021 10:42 PM|
R219, the “angel” seemed willing to wait for a good final pay-off. It had, by implication at least, been stuck in a cave for a long time before Pruitt stumbled on it, yet it didn’t kill him. It was also willing to make do with cats for a while, even though it had clear chances to attack people.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||October 2, 2021 10:50 PM|
The kid who played Riley’s brother is named Igby Rigney. I think I’d rather be named Hamish Linklater.
They’re both awful names.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||October 2, 2021 10:55 PM|
So is the angel Lucifer? A random vampire? An alien?
|by Anonymous||reply 228||October 2, 2021 11:44 PM|
Someone mentioned the Henry Thomas DUI connection but another eerie coincide is that Zach Gilford's wife had a well-publicized miscarriage.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||October 3, 2021 3:12 AM|
The monologues weren't used to further the plot. It was used as a thematic or literary device and I enjoyed them for the most part.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||October 3, 2021 3:36 AM|
[quote] Bev started to try to dig in the sand toward the end but didn't finish...and what vampire wouldn't have had the urge to hide themselves from the daylight? couldn't they all have just dug holes and covered themselves up with dirt to avoid being burnt to a crisp? Dumbest vamps ever.
Being buried alive would be painful even if they could somehow survive. But the irony was that Bev was the most scared to die even though she was portrayed as the most religious.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||October 3, 2021 3:40 AM|
Isn't that the way it always is.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||October 3, 2021 3:40 AM|
I didn't buy a brown Muslim man moving to a town where he didn't know anyone with no other Muslims, no mosques, and only one other adult of color, especially after what he experienced in New York.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||October 3, 2021 5:14 AM|
Masterpiece? Nah. Entertaining? Absolutely...UNTIL the last episode.
The monologues were BRUTAL and by the time the hot “Sharif” went into his--I had enough and FF’d. I had a different experience with this than most of the posts here. I thought Linklater was great actually. Lehman as the mother wasn’t really doing it for me. A little over-the-top. Henry Thomas--a little under-the-top. Siegel was fine. I thought she did well playing the outlier who comes back after some growth. To me, It was obvious that her character is “smarter than everyone in the room” and that she’s miserable but it was really understated. Her character was COMPLETELY out of place.
The star for me is Samantha Sloyan. We’ve seen THAT character a gazillion times, but she really knocked that shit out of the park. I love a sinister, self-righteous, zealotty, scene-chewing role. I mean….toward the end, I was really DONE with it all, and it seems like the writers were as well. It was both rushed AND like it was never going to end. I think they should’ve added one more episode instead of cramming all of the deaths AND the father’s secret AND Greene’s monologue about death (talk about neverending) in the last 10 minutes.
The number of potholes was ridiculous. I’m ASSUMING that Greene damaged the angel’s wings so much that it couldn’t fly off the island and died during the massive fire. I’m ASSUMING the sheriff died from his wounds. I’m ASSUMING Bev added poison to the blood for the congregation to die while in service. Too many glaring holes to assume, especially if there’s not going to be a second season.
My issues with religion are plenty and this series touched on ALL of them. I don’t trust ANYTHING that can be twisted and used to oppress like religion so using it as justification for allowing vampirism to turn an entire town is brilliant. If anyone is questioning their faith, they should look at this and think about it. Are THESE the kind of people you want in your life? Teaching your children? Leading the country?
They’re so fucking dumb and lost that they let a vampire pull a Jonestown on them. I just can't imagine people being this oblivious, but we've certainly seen it recently. Haven't we?
|by Anonymous||reply 234||October 3, 2021 10:33 AM|
[quote]"With all due respect" Ms. [R200] / [R203], R's 201 and 202 didn't miss your point at all. In fact, they gave you an excellent reply and explanation.
They basically just said "unrealistic", but some later replies were more thoughtful, especially yours. Thanks for that, really appreciate your post. Ultimately it's a matter of taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||October 3, 2021 11:27 AM|
[quote]I’m ASSUMING that Greene
[quote]I’m ASSUMING the sheriff
[quote]I’m ASSUMING Bev
Well, you certainly didn't make an ass out of me.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||October 3, 2021 11:51 AM|
Bev definitely poisoned the parishioners. All those little Dixie cups were filled with poison. It showed her with the bottle before the last mass.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||October 3, 2021 1:06 PM|
I thought it was pretty clear that they used poison on the church congregation, but they had a choice to drink it. I also think that some things in film and TV and fine to be left open for the viewers to decide. I don't think we will ever know if Angel died. Based on previous vampires, when the OG dies all of his/her power and sires die. This show really didn't go into too much mythology so that's left up to interpretation. When the girl could no longer feel her legs, that was a big clue about Angel.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||October 3, 2021 1:17 PM|
Omg, the monologue at r234!
(Just kidding) 😉
|by Anonymous||reply 239||October 3, 2021 3:16 PM|
Samantha Sloyan’s Bev >>> Marcia Gay Harden’s Mrs. Carmody
|by Anonymous||reply 240||October 3, 2021 3:52 PM|
The answer to all your long, tedious, OCD, minuteluy detailed plot hole observations:
It was a wizard!
|by Anonymous||reply 241||October 3, 2021 4:03 PM|
[quote] The number of potholes was ridiculous. I’m ASSUMING that Greene damaged the angel’s wings so much that it couldn’t fly off the island and died during the massive fire. I’m ASSUMING the sheriff died from his wounds. I’m ASSUMING Bev added poison to the blood for the congregation to die while in service. Too many glaring holes to assume, especially if there’s not going to be a second season.
I watched it and didn't know any of the above was meant to be ambiguous. We literally saw the sheriff die, Bev poison the congregation etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||October 3, 2021 4:14 PM|
[quote] That's a plot hole with the Muslim kid isn't it? The others all had a bit of vampire blood so they survived the poison. If the kid didn't how did he resurrect? Or was the poison spiked with blood?
I thought the blood was mixed with poison but now I can't remember if that was made explicit.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||October 3, 2021 4:18 PM|
I believe the angel died at the end in the sunlight while trying to make it off the island to the mainland. After seeing the angel fly with hurt wings, the teenage boy said that he didn't think that the angel could make it 30 miles before sunrise. Then, the series ends with the teenage girl saying that she can't feel her legs, implying that the angel died and that the his gifts went with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||October 3, 2021 4:20 PM|
The creature’s death is supposed to be a tad ambiguous, as it is with the endings of most horror films. I didn’t find that part unsatisfactory at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||October 3, 2021 4:25 PM|
Watching Kate Siegel always reminds me of the Dick Tracey character, 88 Keyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||October 3, 2021 5:51 PM|
She's certainly what is referred to as a "tooth actor" - the majority of her acting is done through her teeth. She also flashes a smile a lot to show she's nervous or agitated. I'm aware some people do this IRL, but on screen, it's quite a distracting tic.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||October 4, 2021 1:50 AM|
Mike Flanagan disagrees that Leeza's last line means anything about the fate of the angel creature, for the record. He says the reason he had her say that was to call back to the conversation between the doctor, her mother, and Erin in episode 7 where her mother asks if there's any going back to normal if a person has ingested some of the angel's blood, and the doctor says that, yes, in theory, without continuing to ingest it, the person could go back to normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||October 4, 2021 1:54 AM|
As others have noted, MM has some serious plot holes, but overall it was very entertaining. It was the first time in a long time I binge watched a series from start to end. The vampire sing along at the end - what hoot! No wonder Stephen King loved it.
I thought the show borrowed not just from Salem's Lot, but the Mist (the crazy religious lady & the religious fervor that takes over & blinds people to what's really going on) and 30 Days of Night. Even still, the whole idea of being visited not by a monster by an angel (and that's a fair point - isn't everyone in the bible - including Mary, freaked out when they're visited by an angel?) was a unique take.
- I thought the sheriff definitely died and while the whole muslim/9-11 storyline was a bit ham handed, the actor was excellent & it offered a different perspective on what it means to be devout. I thought it was moving it at the end that everyone (including the obnoxious Bev) was crying & freaking out, while the sheriff & his son ended their lives peacefully praying.
- When the minister got sick & died, my interpretation is that he's going through some kind of withdrawal from the blood. He was sort of Bev's meal ticket to importance, she'd be the last person to kill him off.
- Even though the minister keeps talking about being healed from the blood, he clearly remembers living a life full of regret & what could've been. I thought that's how he was able to connect so well to the two local pariahs. The whole thing with the doctor being his daughter was kind of cheesy, but I guess that it explains why they made the lesbian doctor wear that awful black wig.
- I never thought Zack Gilford was that great in FNL - it was clearly Taylor Kitsch's show - but he was very good in this one. That scene with his father telling him how much he resented him was devastating & it was genuinely moving when his last image was the girl that he killed offering him her hand.
- I didn't really buy Bev having that much power; yeah, she's some religious old biddy and every small town has one, but she had no husband & it's hard to imagine the local (male) elders not pushing her to the side over the important stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||October 4, 2021 10:03 AM|
Bev had power. She obtained her power the way people like that always obtain power, they are willing to do the work that no one else wants to do. This gives access and control.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||October 4, 2021 12:12 PM|
By *power*, I meant the role she played in getting the townspeople to sign off on the bad settlement with the oil company that broke the back of local economy. But she definitely controlled access to the priest who appeared to work miracles & then of course after he kills the guy, then she really has power over him. But as a general rule, she seemed like someone the locals would roll their eyes at and begrudgingly tolerate
|by Anonymous||reply 251||October 4, 2021 12:51 PM|
[quote]But, did she really believe that Paul was some kind of messenger from God there to lead their to righteousness?
I thought he was just a means to an end for her; she didn't blink when he killed the old alkie - he was killing off people she didn't like. She was clearly pissed that he brought back Riley because she thought he wasn't worth it. She's a classic fundie Trump supporter type - one that uses religion for their own cynical purposes and has 0 fucks to give over what Jesus *actually* said
|by Anonymous||reply 252||October 4, 2021 5:42 PM|
R248 Thanks. I guess I didn't notice any significant plot holes but that may be because I guessed the writer's intention even if by accident. I even wondered if that character would become paralyzed again before it happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||October 5, 2021 4:36 PM|
So what happened to the baby? Why did it disappear from her womb??
|by Anonymous||reply 254||October 5, 2021 4:37 PM|
[quote]R172: What about the stache of corpses in the barn…
|by Anonymous||reply 255||October 5, 2021 5:01 PM|
R254 It was rejected after she drank the communion blood.
|by Anonymous||reply 256||October 5, 2021 5:07 PM|
Not Christian and have never been to a church in my life but the songs were beautiful. Got chills. Episodes 5 and 6 are some of the best television I've ever seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||October 5, 2021 5:08 PM|
R256 is correct. In the scene where Erin, the doctor and the doctor's mother are discussing the blood findings, Erin asks what would happen if someone pregnant drank the blood and the doctor responds that it would probably cause the body to totally reject it and implies that's what caused her full and spontaneous "healing" from the miscarriage so that she showed no signs of pregnancy. Basically the blood "heals" whatever is ailing you and would recognize a fetus as a foreign invader that needed to be eradicated, like a virus. This to me had some interesting sci-fi implications: the idea that vampirism is a sort of supercharged immune-boosting blood disorder. But like many other plot points on this show, it didn't really go anywhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||October 5, 2021 6:39 PM|
Bev was a sour-faced, over zealous old bitch. I loved her! Props to the actress who played her. I also thought it was interesting how she was doling out all the poison but then seemed to flee scared into the back room, almost like she was going to back out. Unless she was a bit gutless and wanted to get shot thinking death/resurrection would come more quickly.
She was written as a typical religious fanatic - especially towards the end where she became increasingly deranged, while quoting the Bible to justify all the bad things she was doing. So true to life for so many religious zealots, if a little over the top.
Even the Muslim cop was two dimensional. A nice guy on the surface, but still a slave to his religion, believing it was "better" than Christianity and being pissed off that his son didn't want to follow it and guilting him with his dead mother. Quite dark when you think about it.
I was raised Catholic so a lot of it brought back memories... First Holy Communion, going to confession, the over pious parishioners and do-gooders who aren't so good. My mum said I had to attend Church until I was 18, which reminded me a bit of the Muslim cop forcing his religion on his son.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||October 5, 2021 6:40 PM|
[quote]This to me had some interesting sci-fi implications: the idea that vampirism is a sort of supercharged immune-boosting blood disorder.
A new take on the "a dingo ate your baby" line - Vampire blood ate your baby!
|by Anonymous||reply 260||October 5, 2021 6:48 PM|
I didn't think Bev chewed scenery at all. I thought the fact that she was a stone-cold bitch who never lost her cool made her that much more creepy!
|by Anonymous||reply 261||October 5, 2021 6:49 PM|
[quote] This to me had some interesting sci-fi implications: the idea that vampirism is a sort of supercharged immune-boosting blood disorder. But like many other plot points on this show, it didn't really go anywhere.
I thought it was dealt with quite well actually, to the extent that the series can remain grounded. I also liked that the characters ultimately chose their humanity and mortality at the end. I also like that the paralyzed girl was relieved at the end when she went back to normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||October 5, 2021 6:53 PM|
[quote]Basically the blood "heals" whatever is ailing you and would recognize a fetus as a foreign invader that needed to be eradicated, like a virus.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||October 5, 2021 6:57 PM|
Also liked the fact that the Muslim sheriff rejected it even after seeing his wife die in an agonizing way.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||October 5, 2021 7:01 PM|
It was also accurate for Islam, which has fairly strict dietary laws, including the prohibition of drinking or eating anything with blood.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||October 5, 2021 10:42 PM|
As a Brit just two questions.
Why was the lead character a midget (Riley)?
And who would live on that shithole Island.?
I've been to more appealing 3rd world countries. It makes Jaywick in the UK look desirable.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||October 6, 2021 1:38 AM|
I live in MD not far from Smith Island and that place is literally sinking due to climate change and there are very few people left, but people continue to live there because their families have always lived there and worked on the bay. Also, the inhabitants were largely fairly poor, it's not like they can afford to go live in Seattle.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||October 6, 2021 8:53 AM|
The island had once been prosperous and thriving but the oil spill, or whatever it was, started its decline and people started leaving and the ones left couldn't afford to leave or stayed for family ties. Bev just like being a big fish in a little pond.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||October 6, 2021 3:32 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 269||October 6, 2021 8:53 PM|
Wonder who his wife will play in that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 270||October 6, 2021 11:41 PM|
She'll play Madeline Usher with Hamish Linklator as Roderick.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||October 7, 2021 4:19 AM|
I like Siegel but found her jarringly modern in the Bly Manor flashback, so I'm hoping she doesn't have a big role in Usher. Unless the whole thing is going to be contemporary.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||October 7, 2021 11:47 AM|
The entire Bly Manor flashback episode was jarring and B-movie campy. It was directed by a first-time director who is a fan of horror B-movies so it probably couldn't be helped.
This one'll almost certainly be contemporary and it's not going to be an exact retelling of The Fall Of The House of Usher - it's going to be like Hill House and Bly Manor were, incorporating aspects of all of Edgar Allan Poe's work in the story and introducing new characters and villains. But I think it won't happen for a while since he's first developing and shooting an adaptation series of "Something Is Killing the Children."
I don't understand why he doesn't want to call it a continuation of The Haunting anthology when it so plainly is.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||October 7, 2021 6:14 PM|
Loved it. Loved everything about it. Loved the directing, the writing, and, especially, the acting. Loved the plaintive hymn underscoring. "Nearer My God to Thee" gets me every time and was so effective at the end. Loved the monologues...every one f them. The first AA meeting with Hamish and Zach was especially good all the way around. Hamish spectacularly carried off what could have been a completely over-the-top character. Loved it.
I liked this better than Mare of Eastown and I really enjoyed that.
Why hasn't anyone mentioned that the sheriff looks exactly like an Arabic John Krasinski? It was uncanny.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||October 7, 2021 8:18 PM|
The Rahul Kohli/John Krasinski comparison has been a thing for years, starting when Kohli was on “iZombie. He had British Jim Halpert down to a tee in that one. He’s referenced it several times too on Twitter.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||October 7, 2021 8:24 PM|
Rahul Kohli is Punjabi Hindu.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||October 8, 2021 1:49 AM|
Just what exactly is the cause of Usher's fall? Someone once mentioned generations of incest but I've never really read it or had much interest when younger.
|by Anonymous||reply 277||October 8, 2021 3:13 PM|
R277, it’s ambiguous in a way that’s hard to capture on film. Roderick Usher is ill when we meet him, and he seems to draw the narrator into his craziness as the story progresses, to the point that the narrator participates in the near-murder of Roderick’s sister. Or, perhaps, Roderick is telling the truth and the house itself is sentient and evil and doing bad things to all of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||October 8, 2021 4:34 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 279||October 8, 2021 11:57 PM|
Just watched the first three episodes and thought they were the dullest pieces of tv I've seen in years. Extremely vapid people talking at great length. Instead of watching the rest, I'll read the spoilelrs on this thread.
But wow, what a bad, bad show. And I was a real fan of Hill House.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||October 9, 2021 5:17 PM|
I could not figure out who the actor playing Riley reminded me of throughout the entire series and it was really bugging me. After he burst into flames (which was truly shocking) I realized who it was: Steve Gold from Million Dollar Listing NY. Anyone else see it?
|by Anonymous||reply 281||October 10, 2021 8:47 PM|
The actor who plays Riley looks like James Norton to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||October 11, 2021 6:18 PM|
Relax OP it's Midnight MASS not Midnight ASS
|by Anonymous||reply 283||October 11, 2021 6:21 PM|
Midnight Ass is the porn version.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||October 11, 2021 6:26 PM|
Finished it last night. I know this is a common criticism but goddamn, some of those monologues got way too wordy and took away from the impact of the special moments, like Erin’s final speech. I fastforwarded through several, especially the Sherriff’s, whose attempt at an American accent was very spotty. The Brit kept jumping out. I also think it took way too long to get to the action, but overall it worked far better for me than Bly Manor did. And very relevant to the current climate where idolatry and tribalism are so rampant. People see the monstrous, know it’s monstrous, and yet are convinced it’s righteous. The scene where Bev hands out the cups of poison was very Jim Jones.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||October 11, 2021 8:22 PM|
r156 what? Riley literally killed himself rather than carry on being a vampire. That’s the ultimate rejection of religious zealotry (conflated with vampirism as it was here). As Bev was quick to point out, he forsook the “gift” he’d been given.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||October 11, 2021 9:15 PM|
I just couldn't get past how small Riley (Zach Gilford) was, it was distracting.
When he was sat net to Erin (Kate Siegel) on the sofa in the death episode (4, "Book IV: Lamentations") his feet didn't even reach the floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||October 11, 2021 11:36 PM|
^^^next not net^^^^
|by Anonymous||reply 288||October 11, 2021 11:42 PM|
So what? What difference does his height make? It isn't like he is a little person. He's attractive and was very good in the show. He's just not tall.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||October 12, 2021 3:13 AM|
R286 I meant that he became a vampire against his will even though he rejected the zealotry. Is the metaphor for the zealotry being a vampire, or being happy about being a vampire?
|by Anonymous||reply 290||October 12, 2021 9:46 PM|
I didn't get why only the one very old lady kept getting younger? When no one else did
|by Anonymous||reply 291||October 12, 2021 9:56 PM|
R290, Riley is an addict, an alcoholic. Addiction and religion are linked in the very first scene, in which we see Riley praying for forgiveness after the car crash; his sobriety seems to be linked to his renunciation of Catholicism. Pruitt may have focused on him in particular because Riley had learned to resist addictive behavior, making him harder to break down. Once Riley had recognized what he had become (which he originally interpreted as a sign that he was relapsing), he proved his psychological strength; he went up in flames rather than survive as a vampire.
|by Anonymous||reply 292||October 12, 2021 9:59 PM|
They did, R291, but not as dramatically. Riley's parents were getting appreciably more youthful. His father's back problems vanished and his mother's eyesight improved to the point that she no longer needed her glasses.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||October 12, 2021 10:13 PM|
[quote] His father's back problems vanished and his mother's eyesight improved to the point that she no longer needed her glasses.
They also showed a scene that once the father was "younger", he started drinking a couple of beers at a time. I thought it was kind of interesting that the father was probably an old alkie too, particularly given how unforgiving he was towards Riley.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||October 12, 2021 10:46 PM|
Riley's Mother got younger but I'm not sure of the original age?
Presumably Riley was late 30's and his Brother was in his late teenage years.
I don't think that distracted from the story much
|by Anonymous||reply 295||October 13, 2021 1:50 AM|
I sort of take offense of age being something to be « corrected », like a disease. Why didn’t that bearded guy get younger? Yeesh.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||October 13, 2021 9:12 AM|
It wasn't as good as Hill House but much better than Bly Manor.
The monologues were completely over the top - Mike Flanagan must be exhausting to deal with in real life.
Hamish was amazing. I find Annabeth Gish really irritating - in every role she seems like the ultimate snippy frau. Whoever played Bev was great - some of her bitchy line readings made me lol.
His wife did a good job with the lead - nice part for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||October 14, 2021 5:58 PM|
One more thing - did Hamish bring over the demon in that huge trunk from his vacation to Israel? How did he get it through customs?
And weird the demon didn't notice when the director's wife was cutting up his wings. Not the most effective demon I've ever seen. He really let her carve up those wings.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||October 14, 2021 6:05 PM|
I find Gish oddly compelling to watch, but Flanagan does tend to typecast her.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||October 14, 2021 7:21 PM|
The thing could have just flown to the US during the night. I suppose it's more disturbing for viewers to have it arrive in a trunk.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||October 14, 2021 8:09 PM|
It's a callback to vampire lore. Dracula is smuggled into England in a trunk. That's also how the vampire is transported in Salem's Lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||October 14, 2021 8:21 PM|
Ohh okay got it. I still think he was a dud demon to allow the frau to cut up his wings. I did like how sexual it was though when he was feasting on them.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||October 14, 2021 10:32 PM|
[quote]One more thing - did Hamish bring over the demon in that huge trunk from his vacation to Israel? How did he get it through customs?
That would be just like TSA "whadda ya got in that trunk? An angel, huh. Is he wearing shoes? does he have a bottle of water? Wearing a belt? Any batteries? Alright, whatever bring him in, but the airline is going to charge you for that oversized luggage!"
|by Anonymous||reply 303||October 14, 2021 10:58 PM|
R298, remember, vampires have hypnotic powers. That can cover up a lot of plot holes. “Trunk? What trunk? You didn’t see a trunk.”
|by Anonymous||reply 304||October 14, 2021 11:09 PM|
Yes I’m sure Israeli customs was chill enough for the priest to drag that huge ass demon in a trunk past airport security.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||October 15, 2021 1:11 AM|
[quote]Another huge hole...the row boat would have caught fire when Riley burned.
At the least I was expecting to see the shape of his ass burned into the seat of the boat.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||October 15, 2021 3:58 PM|
It wasn't like he slowly burned like a yule log; he went up like magician's paper. That would be why he turned to ashes so quickly and didn't burn the boat.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||October 15, 2021 4:41 PM|
That demon really made sexy time sounds when he was writhing around feeding on people. Maybe if he hadn't been so horny and distracted, the director's wife wouldn't have been able to chop up his wings.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||October 15, 2021 5:02 PM|
He did R296. He was substantially older looking in the earlier episodes. So was the psycho bitch church assistant. They all de-aged.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||October 15, 2021 5:20 PM|
It wasn't that age needed to be corrected; it was that the demon blood made people revert to their bodies in their "prime," which is an allusion to Christian resurrection theology where once Jesus comes to reign again on earth, disease and aging will cease and everyone's bodies will be made whole and in the healthiest most perfect condition. This is why the teenage girl's paralysis improved and Riley's mom didn't need her glasses and so on. It's a Christian dogma thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||October 17, 2021 4:40 AM|
Hmmm r310, thank you for that. If they really wanted to hew to that, then the fat bearded guy would have lost weight. But then I’m being pedantic.
|by Anonymous||reply 311||October 17, 2021 12:27 PM|
[quote]It wasn't that age needed to be corrected; it was that the demon blood made people revert to their bodies in their "prime," which is an allusion to Christian resurrection theology where once Jesus comes to reign again on earth, disease and aging will cease and everyone's bodies will be made whole and in the healthiest most perfect condition.
That's actually one of the elements I enjoyed about the show; all the speeches came out of actual scripture, not just so bizarro theory someone made up. And even though it got somewhat overshadowed by the burning of the town, I liked the speech that Riley's mother gave to Bev about how she just couldn't stand the idea that in the eyes of God, *everyone* is equal.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||October 17, 2021 8:42 PM|
Ugh, is Mike Flanagan‘s wife in it?
|by Anonymous||reply 313||October 18, 2021 12:22 AM|
She’s the female lead r313 - the brunette.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||October 18, 2021 1:14 AM|
T 314, in a barrel full of bad acting, she scrapes the bottom of the barrel...as do her inflated lips.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||October 18, 2021 1:18 AM|
R315 is very wrong. There is a lot of very good acting, and she is good in this as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||October 18, 2021 1:24 AM|
She's competent enough. Nothing special but she doesn't stick out as awful either. She's also always had very large lips.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||October 18, 2021 2:05 AM|
If anyone is the female lead in this ensemble it's Samantha Sloyan. Great role for her and she killed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||October 18, 2021 2:54 AM|
R318, agree that she was fantastic in what could have been a complete caricature of a role. She was very impressive.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||October 18, 2021 2:58 AM|
^^bitch killed my husband!!
|by Anonymous||reply 320||October 18, 2021 6:03 AM|
Didn't the priest tell his congregation that the monsignor was in a hospital on the main land?
No one from the town though to leave the island to go visit him? Even that smug nutcase religious zealot, Bev?
|by Anonymous||reply 321||October 18, 2021 6:12 AM|
He told them the Monsignor preferred not to have visitors.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||October 18, 2021 6:27 AM|
[quote]Why hasn't anyone mentioned that the sheriff looks exactly like an Arabic John Krasinski? It was uncanny.
British actor Rahul Kohli isn't an Arab, he's a Punjabi Hindu. Both sides of his family are South Asian, they're Indian.
Do you know the difference between Arabs and Indians?
|by Anonymous||reply 323||October 18, 2021 8:38 AM|
[quote]No one from the town though to leave the island to go visit him? Even that smug nutcase religious zealot, Bev?
Based on multiple things the townspeople said, the monsignor had just kind of faded away due to old age & dementia. From a story standpoint, you could reasonably assume that townspeople figured he wouldn't even recognize them if they did show up. If you've ever gone to a church where you've had some boring old fuck droning on for years & years, you're not exactly sad when a young, new vibrant replacement shows up.
I remember a young priest who was gay as a goose, but everyone - even the old farmers who typically slept in the back - showed up to mass because he was so entertaining compared to the old priest that *finally* retired in his mid-seventies
|by Anonymous||reply 324||October 18, 2021 9:40 AM|
R324, it was just lazy writing. Not even one of the older people, who knew the old priest personally, wasn't curious to see how he was doing, especially the town gossip? However, if someone did visit, there would be no series.
One of the old lady busybodies in my building is very involved in the local church, she knows everything going on with the priests and the others she interacts with through the local church. We don't exactly live in a small town. This woman is a major busy body in our NYC neighborhood, she sure would have visited one of the priests if he was in the hospital.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||October 18, 2021 10:19 AM|
Vampires, Jonestown and Christians, what a mix.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||October 18, 2021 10:20 AM|
WORST SHOW EVER!
Why did you fucks get me to watch this drivel?
Let's just talk about what's going on and not act.
SHOW DON'T TELL!
You call yourselves screenwriters?!
|by Anonymous||reply 327||October 18, 2021 10:23 AM|
A least I didn't pay to watch this garbage, I watched this series on one of the free online sites.
Once again, a good cast wasted on yet another hyped up mess of a series.
This wasn't as bad as the most recent AHS, but it was a close second!
|by Anonymous||reply 328||October 18, 2021 10:27 AM|
[quote]At the least I was expecting to see the shape of his ass burned into the seat of the boat.
You sir are a disgusting, filthy pervert.
|by Anonymous||reply 329||October 18, 2021 10:27 AM|
[quote]Why did you fucks get me to watch this drivel?
While I liked this show - it was campy fun for a Sunday afternoon - I appreciate your frustration. The "Halloween movies" thread convinced me to watch, against my better judgement, Lords of Salem which was absolute shit. Whatever one may say about Flanagan & his muse Mrs. Big Lips, they're geniuses compared to Zombie & his horrible actress of a wife.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||October 18, 2021 10:28 AM|
Bev had to be one of the most annoying insufferable horror series characters I've ever endured.
Kill it with 🔥🔥🔥!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 331||October 18, 2021 10:31 AM|
WTF does Rob Zombie have to do with any of this?
Who keeps bringing him up?
|by Anonymous||reply 332||October 18, 2021 10:53 AM|
Midnight mass for your ass
|by Anonymous||reply 333||October 18, 2021 11:15 AM|
Midnight Mass was so crass, it definitely suffered from a lack of class!
|by Anonymous||reply 334||October 18, 2021 11:21 AM|
So many strong performances in this show but I couldn’t get past the Voldemort cartoonish dude.. Ruined it for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 335||October 18, 2021 11:22 AM|
Sigh, I just mentioned Rob Zombie because I get the point of being annoyed when you discover something that everyone else is raving about turns about to crap & used LoS as an example of that. Plus, the connection of a director casting his hot wife who may or may not be up to the task.
Bev is annoying & one dimensional as you never get a backstory, but Facebook is full of Bev types who fancy themselves to be die hard christians, but are so full of rage & hatred
|by Anonymous||reply 336||October 18, 2021 11:22 AM|
Sigh, I just don't give a fuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||October 18, 2021 11:27 AM|
Easy enough show to have on in the background while you dick around on your phone. Only have to look up and watch occasionally.
|by Anonymous||reply 338||October 18, 2021 2:13 PM|
Loudly hating TV shows makes me look clever!
|by Anonymous||reply 339||October 18, 2021 3:03 PM|
Bev was very typical of many Christians, especially Evangelicals.
Look at all the Evangelicals who are filled with so much hate and rage which they direct at anyone who doesn't fit their narrow description of how the world should be.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||October 18, 2021 5:57 PM|
I can't believe the great reviews this garbage got. Almost every review praised this mess.
This series could have been reduced to 5 episodes. The long drawn out 'speeches' were ridiculous, after awhile, I wanted to throw something at the screen. I kept saying, "Please STFU!!" Especially that Bev character, I wish her death was more horrific.
Is there going to be a second series? The vampire angel did get away. Hopefully the sun got it.
|by Anonymous||reply 341||October 18, 2021 7:18 PM|
[quote]Is there going to be a second series?
Why the fuck would you care? You hated it, so you surely won't watch it.
|by Anonymous||reply 342||October 18, 2021 8:08 PM|
It's a limited stand-alone series and there are no plans for a second season.
I.e., hard pass on a repass for Midnight Mass. Alas.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||October 18, 2021 9:20 PM|
[quote]Why the fuck would you care? You hated it, so you surely won't watch it.
How do you know WTF I'd watch? I enjoyed the bizarre vampire angel! I might watch a show featuring bunch of menacing vampire angels.
I enjoy EVIL, it's a much better series than this snooze-fest. The characters don't give long winded speeches in place of coherent dialog.
Coincidentally, a new winged evil entity was featured in the last two episodes. The entity looked a lot like the MM vampire angel, except the skin was a dark midnight blue. Andrea Martin in a serious role as a nun, is a huge plus, she's excellent.
EVIL has been renewed.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||October 18, 2021 11:37 PM|
We condole you for having no taste, R341.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||October 19, 2021 12:09 AM|
[quote]We condole you for having no taste, [R341].
You don't need to 'condole' me. This series mostly SUCKED. It was one of those series where the acting transcended the terrible script.
I have great taste. I usually don't watch a TV series or movie based on what any reviewer says. This series was so hyped, I was curious. I always choose what I want to watch, it's usually dependent on the genre and the performers.
I only watched this series because I enjoy Hamish Linklater's acting. HL was the best thing about "The New Adventures of Old Christine". On that series, he had the best lines and the best delivery.
|by Anonymous||reply 346||October 19, 2021 12:48 AM|
[quote]I enjoy Hamish Linklater's acting. HL was the best thing about "The New Adventures of Old Christine".
The bar was not very high there, was it, dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||October 19, 2021 7:58 AM|
[quote]The bar was not very high there, was it, dear.
That comedy series was great, he is a good actor. Linklater definitely has range. He can play dramatic and comedic characters, DEAR.
Please, this series wasn't bad because of any of the acting. It was terrible because it was all over the place, the 'message' was pounded into our heads, the dialog was mostly cringeworthy (how many people give long speeches and deep psychological insights to each other during a simple conversation?!) and it was two episodes too long.
|by Anonymous||reply 348||October 19, 2021 9:22 AM|
[quote]Why the fuck would you care?
I always need fresh targets. If I don't endlessly vent my bottomless negativity I will explode.
|by Anonymous||reply 349||October 19, 2021 3:24 PM|
[quote]If I don't endlessly vent my bottomless negativity I will explode.
|by Anonymous||reply 350||October 19, 2021 3:31 PM|
I feel like Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegal are this generation's Brian De Palma and Nancy Allen in every way.
|by Anonymous||reply 351||October 22, 2021 1:30 AM|
[quote]If I don't endlessly vent my bottomless negativity I will explode.
More like your verbal diarrhea is exploding.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||October 22, 2021 1:50 AM|
[quote]And weird the demon didn't notice when the director's wife was cutting up his wings. Not the most effective demon I've ever seen. He really let her carve up those wings.
It was obvious that the vampires were in a euphoric/hypnotic state when they were feeding. He would have barely noticed that she was cutting his wings. They even showed him a few minutes earlier waving off gunshots that were being fired at him while feeding. And Riley's mother even slit her own throat to distract Bev so the other could escape because she knew it would hypnotize them. Feeding for a vampire is like having sex.
Honestly, I shouldn't have to explain this simple concept to some of you. It was all blatantly obvious.
|by Anonymous||reply 353||October 22, 2021 3:49 AM|
[quote]Honestly, I shouldn't have to explain this simple concept to some of you. It was all blatantly obvious.
We're sowwy Mommy.
|by Anonymous||reply 354||October 22, 2021 8:14 AM|
Lol r353 fair enough
|by Anonymous||reply 355||October 22, 2021 6:35 PM|
Mike Flanagan is obsessed with lesbians. Every one of his shows has a lesbian or a lesbian couple among the main characters.
|by Anonymous||reply 356||October 24, 2021 1:35 AM|
I interpreted Pruitt as having poisoned the dog so he could see how the poison worked, and then poisoned himself so he could resurrect. Am I wrong?
|by Anonymous||reply 357||October 24, 2021 4:02 PM|
Bev poisoned the dog.
|by Anonymous||reply 358||October 24, 2021 4:05 PM|
I think Pruitt died because he wasn’t feeding.
|by Anonymous||reply 359||October 24, 2021 4:38 PM|
Would there be so many black people on this tiny redneck island? They are not even part of the same family, it looks like they all have white partners.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||October 24, 2021 8:03 PM|
R360, and yet you accept the existence of vampire angels?
|by Anonymous||reply 361||October 24, 2021 8:19 PM|
R361 Are you saying that black people on the island are also part of the supernatural?
|by Anonymous||reply 362||October 24, 2021 8:22 PM|
No, that r360 questions if black people would be living in that area, yet totally accepts something completely fabricated.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||October 24, 2021 8:30 PM|
So r361, any show that features supernatural elements gets a pass on casting? What about sets and costumes?
|by Anonymous||reply 364||October 24, 2021 8:58 PM|
The casting was terrible. If you look at the church, there's many young and pretty people. There would mostly be old white bearded dudes, some with wives and maybe some young kids on this fisherman's island.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||October 24, 2021 9:27 PM|