THE PASSAGE: Director Jason Ensler chats about the Season 1 finale – Exclusive Interview

THE PASSAGE - Season 1 - “Stay in the Light / Last Lesson” | ©2019 Fox/Erika Doss

In the two-hour first-season finale of THE PASSAGE on Fox, Monday, March 11, things change a lot for the characters, and for the whole world. Nobody is willing to say exactly what those changes are – nobody wants to give spoilers – but everybody agrees something monumental happens. In the television adaptation of Justin Cronin’s trilogy of novels, we know that government experiment Project Noah has gone terribly wrong, resulting in people becoming vampire-like Virals. Young Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) has been exposed to the virus, but she is different from the other Virals. Former special agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Brianne Howey talks about playing Viral on new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Brianne Howey in THE PASSAGE - Season 1 | ©2019 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox Networks’ freshman Monday-night drama THE PASSAGE, based on Justin Cronin’s trilogy of novels, an attempt to find a cure for a pandemic has gone very wrong. Instead of curing a deadly flu, experiments on death-row inmates have created Virals, so-called because the scientists can’t bring themselves to say “vampires.” Brianne Howey plays one of the Virals, Shauna Babcock. Shauna was raped by her stepfather; when Shauna’s mother blamed the young woman rather than the perpetrator, Shauna snapped and killed both mom and stepdad. Now Shauna appears to the world as a veiny, blood-drinking monster, but in her own […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HELL NIGHT Collector’s Edition

HELL NIGHT Blu-ray | ©2017 Shout Factory

Stars: Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant, Peter Barton Writer: Randoph Feldman Director: Tom DeSimone Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $34.93 As most of the classic and cult 1980s horror films have been given their Blu-ray special edition due, there are still a handful of leftovers yet to see the high-def light of day. Thankfully, Shout! Factory (via their Scream Factory label) has knocked another one of those Holy Grail titles off the list with 1981’s HELL NIGHT. Produced by Compass International Pictures (responsible for 1978’s HALLOWEEN and later cult faves 1980s FADE TO […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Ben Daniels exorcises demons – Exclusive Interview

Ben Daniels in THE EXORCIST - Season 1| ©2016 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

Ben Daniels plays Marcus Keane, one of the title characters in Fox Network’s THE EXORCIST, which has its first-season finale Friday, December 16. When we last saw Marcus in the previous episode, he was in dire straits, and he’s already been through some terrible things. Sent to live at a monastery as a child, Marcus survived a torturous failed exorcism, only to try to help Chicago’s Rance family, and be excommunicated for his efforts. Marcus has teamed up with the less experienced Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera), but the forces arrayed against them are more powerful than they imagined. Daniels, a […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Hannah Kasulka talks possession – Exclusive Interview

Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance in THE EXORCIST - Season 1 - "Chapter Seven: The Father of Lies" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

Hannah Kasulka plays the possessed Casey Rance on Fox Network’s THE EXORCIST. The young actress from Georgia has also played a fairy on TRUE BLOOD, appeared in the revenge thriller PRANK and stars as a young witch in the short film CLARA. (Among her other credits is an arc on THE FOSTERS.) So it’s a bit surprising to learn that Kasulka is actually scared of horror movies and TV. At the time of this interview, she hadn’t even seen the original 1973 EXORCIST feature film. HANNAH KASULKA: Having heard about the movie and what we’re doing, it’s very different. But […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Alan Ruck on new Fox series and chats FERRIS BUELLER – Interview

Alan Ruck as Henry Rance in THE EXORCIST - Season 1 | ©2016 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

We at ASSIGNMENT X know that absolutely nothing fictional can match this year’s election cycle for sheer horror. However, we’ve done our best to find an interview about a reasonably scary show to fit the national mood. In Fox Network’s Friday-night series THE EXORCIST, Alan Ruck plays Henry Rance. Henry sustained brain damage in a car accident, but he’s got much bigger problems. Casey (Hannah Kasulka), one of Henry’s two teenaged daughters, is demonically possessed. Meanwhile, Henry’s devoted and devout wife Angela (Geena Davis) turns out to have been keeping quite a secret. In other words, Henry is coping with […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Jeremy Slater talks new horror series – Exclusive Interview

THE EXORCIST TV Series - Season 1 | ©2016 Fox

Fox Network’s new Friday-night series THE EXORCIST is based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, which was adapted into the hit 1973 feature film. In the TV version, we’re in present-day Chicago, where Angela Rance (Geena Davis) believes one of her daughters may be demonically possessed. Her priest, Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Hereira), finds evidence of the case from forty years ago (covered in the book and the film), and approaches exorcist Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) for help. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, writer of THE LAZARUS EFFECT, developed THE EXORCIST for television. He talks about revisiting familiar demons during […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Director Rupert Wyatt gives the scoop on new Fox horror series – Exclusive Interview

THE EXORCIST TV Series logo | ©2016 Fox

Rupert Wyatt is primarily known as a feature film director for THE ESCAPIST, THE GAMBLER and the franchise reboot RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. However, when he read Jeremy Slater’s pilot script for Fox Network’s new series THE EXORCIST, the British filmmaker says it grabbed him. Indeed, Wyatt was so impressed that he not only directed the pilot, but also became one of THE EXORCIST’s executive producers. In the series THE EXORCIST, forty years have passed since the events that we saw in the 1973 film, based on William Peter Blatty’s novel (we see a news clipping that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE VATICAN TAPES

THE VATICAN TAPES | © 2015 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Olivia Dudley, Michael Pena, Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Peter Andersson Writer: Christopher Borrelli, story by Chris Morgan and Christopher Borrelli Director: Mark Neveldine Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: July 24, 2015 Exorcism films run the gamut. At the high end, there’s the William Peter Blatty/William Friedkin 1973 classic THE EXORCIST and more financially modest but tremendously effective efforts like THE LAST EXORCISM. At the low end is some truly astonishing schlock. THE VATICAN TAPES is well-made enough to stay out of the latter category, but as an exorcism horror film – or any […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DELIVER US FROM EVIL

DELIVER US FROM EVIL movie poster | ©2014 Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson Writers: Scott Derrickson & Paul Harris Boardman, based on the book by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: July 2, 2014 It’s not news at this late date that THE EXORCIST has cast a long shadow over many horror films that have followed it since its 1973 release, but it’s not often that we see its influence appear quite so literally as it does in DELIVER US FROM EVIL. DELIVER US […]Read On »

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