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Movie Review: BAD CANDY

BAD CANDY movie poster | ©2021 Dread

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Zach Galligan, Corey Taylor, Riley Sutton Writers: Scott B. Hansen & Desiree Connell Directors: Scott B. Hansen & Desiree Connell Distributor: Dread Release Date: September 10, 2021 BAD CANDY is a very mixed bag. There’s no question that the movie provides more stories than we might expect for a modestly-budgeted horror anthology. It also has good creature and gore effects. There’s a CREEPSHOW-comic book vibe here that is often fun, but sometimes unfortunately extends to the CGI, which doesn’t always match the stronger practical aspects. The framing device for BAD CANDY is the Chilly Billy show […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALIGNANT

MALIGNANT movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

Rating: R Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu, Mckenna Grace Writer: Akela Cooper, story by James Wan & Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: September 10, 2021 MALIGNANT is a word that can mean malevolent or, in medical terms, virulent/highly infectious. While MALIGNANT won’t be anybody’s idea of a medical drama, the title is apt. In a prologue, we’re at the Simion Research Hospital in 1993. Gabriel has just escaped from his holding cell. He is malicious, violent, and so able […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Actor Mark Proksch gives the scoop on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson in WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 3 | ©2021 FX/Brendon Meadows

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is back for its third season on FX on Thursday nights, with episodes available the next day on FX on Hulu and FX on Demand, and already renewed for a fourth season before Season 3 even premiered. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Mark Proksch, who plays energy vampire Colin Robinson in the supernatural comedy, he answers questions that would have been too spoilery to print before the Season 3 premiere on September 2. Before Proksch got on Zoom with Assignment X, he also participated in a group Q&A virtual session, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LAST MATINEE (AL MORIR LA MATINEE)

THE LAST MATINEE movie poster | ©2021 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Luciana Grasso, Ricardo Islas, Emanuel Sobrė, Patricia Porzio, Bruno Salvati, Julieta Spinelli, Vladimir Knazevs, Franco Duran, Pedro Duarte Writer: Manuel Facal, story by Maximiliano Contenti Director: Maximiliano Contenti Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 24, 2021 THE LAST MATINEE is a Uruguayan/Argentinian has art and horror. The combination is not what it should be, though, due to extremely slow pacing. A subtitle informs us that we’re in the Uruguayan capital city Montevideo in 1993. Someone more familiar with Montevideo than this reviewer will need to weigh in on what’s changed there to require THE LAST […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Mark Proksch on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson in WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 3 - "The Prisoner" | ©2021 FX/Russ Martin

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS flies into its third season in a double episode on Thursday, September 2, on FX, with episodes available the following day on Hulu and on FX on Demand. Prior to the Season 3 premiere, the show has already been picked up for Season 4. The comedy series, based on the film of the same name, follows the adventures of a quartet of vampires and their human familiar in Staten Island, New York. Mark Proksch plays Colin Robinson. Unlike his blood-drinking housemates, Colin is an energy vampire, who feeds by boring people. At the end […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CANDYMAN

CANDYMAN movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures/MGM

Rating: R Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kyle Kaminsky, Coleman Domingo, Michael Hargrove, Brian King, Rebecca Spence Writers: Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta, based on the 1992 CANDYMAN screenplay by Bernard Rose and the short story THE FORBIDDEN by Clive Barker Director: Nia DaCosta Distributor: Universal/MGM Release Date: August 27, 2021 CANDYMAN is being billed as “a spiritual sequel” to the 1992 feature film of the same name. Since that was set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, and the new movie is set in the upscale apartment complexes occupying the same area, and since […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLOOD CONSCIOUS

BLOOD CONSCIOUS movie poster | ©2021 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Oghenero Gbaje, DeShawn White, Lenny Thomas, Lori Hammel, Nick Damici Writer: Timothy Covell Director: Timothy Covell Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: August 20, 2021 In BLOOD CONSCIOUS, director/writer Timothy Covell puts forth a puzzle beloved of the TWILIGHT ZONE. Is there really a demonic infestation, or is it just mistrust and paranoia? How can the difference between these be determined? The set-up is promising and Covell gives us a number of scenarios in which we try to figure out what’s happening. However, he commits a grievous narrative sin only twenty minutes into the running time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EMPTY MAN

THE EMPTY MAN movie poster | ©2021 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Sasha Frolova Writer: David Prior, screen story by David Prior, based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn Director: David Prior Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 23, 2020 (theatrical); January 29, 2021 (DVD/Blu-ray) THE EMPTY MAN was prematurely buried – not the entity, the film itself. Copyright 2018, THE EMPTY MAN received a blink-and-miss-it theatrical release in October, 2020, followed by a somewhat more accessible DVD/Blu-ray rollout on January 29 of this year. It is now available on HBO and HBO Max. The fact that THE […]Read On »

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ADRIAN PAUL: The HIGHLANDER star chats about The Sword Experience, Watchercon and more – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Actor Adrian Paul

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Adrian Paul, he talks more about the Sword Experience events (more information can be found at swordxp.com), the online HIGHLANDER convention Watchercon happening this weekend, August 21-22 (for details, go to highlanderworldwide.com/hlww-watchercon/), his recent acting work, his upcoming film directing work, and more. ASSIGNMENT X: For Watchercon, do you know what you’ll be doing? ADRIAN PAUL: Watchercon is an online HIGHLANDER convention. [The Sword Experience] did a couple of online conventions earlier, but we’re connected to the ones that are now being run by Highlander Worldwide. This is more a getting together […]Read On »

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ADRIAN PAUL: The HIGHLANDER star chats about Watchercon – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Actor Adrian Paul

The Sword Experience is the latest brain-and-body-child of Adrian Paul. Paul is an actor, podcaster and director who has earned a loyal, long-lived following from his six years starring as the Immortal Duncan MacLeod on TV’s HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES, plus its two film sequels. Paul, originally from England but now residing in the U.S., will be talking about HIGHLANDER at the virtual convention WATCHERCON this weekend, August 21-22. The event features over twenty-five guests from the HIGHLANDER-verse, including actor Jim Byrnes, Elizabeth Gracen, Alexandra Vandernoot, Anthony de Longis, and Valentine Pelka, executive producer and show runner David Abramowitz, writing staffers […]Read On »

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