This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: September 21 – 27, 2015

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Johnny Cash – Delia’s Gone

This week, I’m most excited about:

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

Gotham – Season 1 is available now on streaming.
(Season 2 starts tonight, Sep 21)

The Walking Dead – Seasons 1- 5 are available now on Netflix streaming.
(Season 6 starts Oct 11)

(NO LONGER ) IN THEATERS:

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) PG

In general release on Sep 25

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
The first one is available on Netflix DVD
I haven’t seen the first one. Should I?
On IMDb here.

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Before I Wake (2015) PG-13

In general release Sep 25

Can be saved to you Netflix DVD queue for when it IS released.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle this one … one of my kids had night terrors. (I was just a sleepwalker, as far as I know, when I was a kid.)

From IMDb: A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
On IMDb here.

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Pay the Ghost (2015) R?

In general release Sep 25

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Nicholas Cage. AND it’s set, at least in part, on Halloween. I’m in.

From MovieWeb: …Intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.
On IMDb here.

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Psycho (1960) R

PLAYED NATIONWIDE ON SUNDAY SEPT. 20th & WEDNESDAY SEPT. 23rd, 2016

Learn more and buy your tickets HERE.

We went on Sunday and it was awesome. Not enough audience to make it as good as it could have been, but the film quality was stunning. Seeing it on the big screen makes it easier to notice all the details Hitchcock embedded in the settings, and highlights the exceptional performances by Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. You’ve got one more chance to see for yourself, on Wednesday night.
On IMDb here.

Last week, I shared the actual trailer for the film, from 1960. Here’s a fan-made re-cut, to match more modern trailer conventions, just for fun. (Give the guy a like, this is fine work, though I think he reveals a little too much.)

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~ON TV~

For the latest on TV premieres, check out the special edition of M&M Media that went up on Saturday:

Fall 2015 television schedule:
TV for lovers of horror, suspense, mystery, paranormal, super-normal, and the like.

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Recent Macabre & Mysterious Media links here.

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

Winter & spring television schedule: TV for lovers of horror, sci-fi, paranormal, dark fantasy and suspense.

Lately, a post here at The Paranormalist been doing surprisingly well. Back in August, I provided a run-down of the fall 2013 TV schedule. Every time someone hits on that, I feel guilty because I haven’t done an update. Today I will fix that. Here’s the latest news on the shows I listed last August, AND a summary of what’s happening on TV now and in the upcoming weeks:

NEW / FRESH TELEVISION, COMING THIS WINTER:

Returning: The Following | FOX | Mondays | 9/8c | Season 2 began Jan 20th. 
The 3rd episode in season 2 will air Feb. 3rd.
From the homepage:
“Heading into its intense, spellbinding second season, hit psychological thriller THE FOLLOWING will catch up with a healthy and healed RYAN HARDY … a year after the tragic events of last season…”
Season 1, episodes 1- 15, are available on Netflix streaming.
The first episode of season 2 is available via streaming at the homepage. If you provide the name of your TV provider, and your password, you don’t have to wait 8 days from the original broadcast date to stream episode 2. (That’s new to me, but it went smoothly when I tried it.)
My relationship with this one: I’m one episode behind, but it’s recorded. I can’t help but love Kevin Bacon in this.
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Returning: Bates Motel | A&E | Mondays | 10/9c | Season 2 premier March 3rd.
I hate what they’ve done to their homepage, but you can get there by clicking here.
Season 1 is available on Netflix discs.
My relationship with this one: I cannot wait for this to get started again. I am completely taken by both Norman and Norma.
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New: Helix | SyFy | Fridays | 10/9c | Premiered Jan. 10th, 2014.
From the homepage:
“Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation…or total annihilation.”
The first 3 episodes are available via streaming at the homepage.
My relationship with this one: Hadn’t heard of it until researching this article. I’m going to give it a try. The trailer looks interesting.

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New: Believe | NBC | Mondays | 10/9c | Premiers March 10th, 2014.
From the homepage:
“Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future… since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous…”
My relationship with this one: This looks good, I’ll be setting my DVR.

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New: Resurrection | ABC | Sundays |10/9c | Premiers March 9th, 2014.
From the homepage:
“The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there…”
My relationship with this one: I’ve been seeing the TV spots lately, and they are pulling me in. I’ll be setting the recorder.

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UPDATES ON SHOWS PROFILED IN AUGUST:

Haven | Syfy | Fridays | 10/9c | Looks like all 13 episodes of season 4 have aired and a super-sized season 5 is on the way.
Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix discs.
from the homepage:
“Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose, is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well.”
My relationship with this one: Have not been watching. Plan to marathon it during this summer’s heatwaves.

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Sleepy Hollow | FOX | Mondays | 9/8c | All 13 episodes of season 1 have aired and season 2 was greenlighted back in October.
from the homepage:
“In this modern day twist of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
From what I can see, you can only get episodes 6 – 13 at the homepage. You can reserve the discs at Netflix.
My relationship with this one: Watched the first few episodes but the series didn’t catch me.
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The Blacklist | NBC | Mondays | 10/9c | My favorite show of the season won’t be back until Feb. 24th.
From the homepage:
“For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.”
You can stream the most recent 5 episodes from the homepage. You can reserve the discs at Netflix.
My relationship with this one: Watching religiously. Best show of the 2013/2014 season so far.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D | ABC | Tuesdays | 8/7c | The season finale will air Feb. 4th. 
From the homepage:
“Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.” Executive producer: Joss Whedon
You can see the last 2 episodes, and get recaps of all 12 existing episodes, here.
My relationship with this one: I tried; I really did. But I do not care about these people or their world.

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Once Upon A Time | ABC | Sundays | 8/7c | Just aired episode 11 of season 3.
Season 1 & 2 available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
“This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.”
You can see the last 5 episodes, and get recaps of all 11 existing episodes, here.
My relationship with this one: Have not been watching. Plan to marathon it eventually.

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | ABC | Thursdays | 8/7c | Episodes 1- 8 aired in 2013. The season will resume Marc. 6th.
This is a spin-off of Once Upon a Time and here’s its homepage.
You can see the last 2 episodes, and get recaps of all 8 existing episodes, here.
My relationship with this one: Have not watched.

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Masters of Sex | SHO | Sundays | 10/9c | Will return in 2014. 
From the homepage:
“Stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.”
My relationship with this one: ‘Got through several episodes, loved the era, as I knew I would, but hated the central relationship. Gave up reluctantly.

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Witches of East End | Lifetime | Sundays | 10/9c | Episodes 1-13 of season 1 have aired. Season 2 has been greenlighted.
From the homepage:
“Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, “Witches of East End” centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright.”
My relationship with this one: Have not watched. Unless I hear a strong recommendation, I probably won’t.

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American Horror Story – Coven |  FX   |  Wednesdays | 10/9c | Season finale TONIGHT, Jan 29th.
Season 1: Murder House, and season 2: Asylum – are available on Netflix streaming. Season 3 will likely become available in Nov/Dec 2014.
My relationship with this one: I was blown away in the first episode by how willingly (even eagerly) it crossed TWO taboo lines. This felt like an extremely female-centric season, which was cool by me, but I’m uncertain about how it has played to the other half of the population. There was an awful lot of talent in the performances. and much more humor than I would have imagined possible in the writing.  I’m not sure I can say that I “like” AHS, but I can’t turn away from it either.
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Dracula | NBC | Fridays | 10/9c | The show had a 10 episode run. Talk is that it will not be picked up for another season.
All 10 episodes are currently available via streaming at the homepage.
My relationship with this one: I never watched an episode, and with rumors of its cancellation going around, I’m not likely to. Did I miss a good one here?

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Grimm | NBC | Fridays | 9/8c | Looks like the 13th episode of season 3 will air on Feb. 28th.
Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Netflix discs.
From the homepage:
“Grimm” is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a “Grimm.”
You can see season 3’s episodes 7 – 11 here. I can’t find episode 12. I can’t find a confirmation that the series has been picked up for a 4th season either.
My relationship with this one: I still regret not sticking with this one after catching the first few episodes in its first season. I look forward to marathoning it, but I wish it would come to streaming!

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Almost Human | FOX | Mondays | 8/7c | Episodes 1- 8 have aired. The series returns from hiatus Feb. 3rd, but there are rumors of cancellation.
Episodes 4 – 8 are available via streaming here. Some are about to expire in 6 days though, so go soon if you’re going.
My relationship with this one: I’m a couple of episodes behind, but I have them recorded. This is a decent show, with an appealing cast. I’ll be mildly disappointed if it tanks.

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The Walking Dead | AMC  | Sundays | We’re mid-season 4, and coming back from winter hiatus on Feb. 9th
Seasons 1 – 3 are available via Netflix streaming.
Until Feb. 9th, you can see all 8 of this season’s pre-hiatus episodes at the Homepage.
Seasons 1 and 2 will marathon this Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10AM/9c.
My relationship with this one: Must-see TV, in the past, in the future and forever, as far as I can tell.

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Stuff on The CW:

I don’t watch this network, but it appears to be overflowing (like a heaving bosom from a tight bodice) with paranormal / horror shows. Here’s a few highlights, but if these kind of programs are your thing, it’d be best for you to explore the whole CW line-up.

NEW THIS WINTER:

The 100 | Wednesdays | 9/8c | Premiers March 19th, 2014

UPDATES:

Supernatural | Tuesdays | 10/9c | 11 episodes of season 9 have aired, with the 5 most recent available via streaming here. Pretty sure there’ll be a season 10 too.
Seasons 1 – 8 are available on Netflix streaming.

The Vampire Diaries | Thursdays | 8/7c | 11 episodes of season 5 have aired, with the show recently returned from winter hiatus, and the 5 most recent episodes available here
Seasons 1 – 4 available on Netflix streaming.

The Originals | Tuesdays | 8/7c | 11 episodes of season 1 have aired, with the 5 most recent available via streaming here

The Tomorrow People | Wednesdays | 9/8c | 11 episodes of season 1 have aired, with the 5 most recent available via streaming here

Shows we’re still waiting for:

NEW: Crossbones | NBC | 2013/2014 | John Malkovich as Blackbeard
LATEST NEWS: “Spring, 2014.”

NEW: Wayward Pines | Fox | 2014 | Juliette Lewis, Matt Dillon. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. (I’m excited about this one!)
LATEST NEWS = July(?) premier date.

That’s what I’ve found, folks. Did I miss anything? Please let me know! 


‘NetNet: circus freaks, beast of Boggy Creek, font-love, a zombie fix, 2013 movies, a scary diary, a gingerbread mansion, and Christmas murder.

BROWSE A COLLECTION OF CIRCUS FREAK VISITING CARDS

Scott Davis, over at DC Photo Artist, is a talented photographer who also collects CDV (carte de visite) photographs from the 19th century. His latest addition can be found at the recent post, Circus Freaks – Chinese(?) Pinheads in Williamsport, PA. Until he posted this one, I did not know he had such a collection but, because his blog is well designed, I was quickly able to access all the entries in the category, Circus Freaks. It’s a treasure trove.

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Two Asian Pinheads, by John Nice, Williamsport, PA, via dcphotoartist.

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READ AN INTERVIEW WITH LYLE BLACKBURN, AUTHOR OF THE BEAST OF BOGGY CREEK

John Mountain, of Written in Blood, scored a cool Q&A this week. Read: 10 Questions With Author Lyle Blackburn.

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ENJOY SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR WORD-NERDS & FONT-FREAKS

Mark Petruska, of Mark My Words, has a cool art project up. Read: It’s All Fonts & Games. (Check the comments for how-to.)

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Unrelated – but free – clipart from openclipart.org.

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SATISFY YOUR ZOMBIE NEEDS WHILE THE WALKING DEAD IS ON HIATUS

Jack Campisi, of Back in Jack, (and one of two magnificent Monster Men) comes to the rescue for those of us suffering from The Walking Dead withdrawal. Read: What to Do During “The Walking Dead” Mid-Season Hiatus.

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ADMIRE A NEAR-PERFECT BLOG POST

Jordan & Eddie (The Movie Guys) put together a great wrap-up of the best movies of 2013 which respects the horror genre. As I read this post, I was struck by the clean, effective structure. (And all those clever, clever internal links.)

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Read: The Best and Worst of 2013: Jordan’s Take.

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DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THIS SCARY DIARY IS REAL

Mrs. Horror Boom has stumbled upon a creepy mystery:

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To learn more, read: The “Creepy Diary” – Have You Seen It Yet?

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BOW DOWN BEFORE THE CREATOR OF THIS GINGERBREAD MANSION

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English baking enthusiast, Tassy, keeps a blog called, Just Nice Stuff. Why not read her charming “About the Blog” section, as a cheery palate cleanser?

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READ A MURDER MYSTERY (WITH PARANORMAL ELEMENTS) FOR CHRISTMAS

Juli D Revezzo has a new paranormal romance out. It’s called Murder On A Midnight Clear, and you can get a Kindle copy at the link right now for only $.99.

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‘Tis the season … for death. 

Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn’t respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene’s psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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