DVD Review: THE RIVER – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

THE RIVER - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON | ©2012 ABC Studios

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: May 22, 2012 ABC took a big chance on the found footage series THE RIVER. With only eight episodes, it was a perfect amount of time to create a mythology and tell a story without too much filler. Of course, the format didn’t hook audiences, but I suspect that had more to do with the need to see the whole series in one big eight-hour chunk. Now, THE […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – Season Finale

Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Aron Eli Coleite & Michael Green Director: Gary Fleder Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: March 13, 2012 As THE RIVER leaves us with its first season finale, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” several things have become very clear. One, the central mystery of finding Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) has been resolved. Done. Two, the series seems to have found a way to do a different horror movie each week while still dealing […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Zacapa on THE RIVER and the Season 1 Finale

Daniel Zacapa in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s THE RIVER (which airs its Season 1 finale tonight), a mixed group of documentary filmmakers and other personnel voyage along the unknown byways of South America’s mighty Amazon in search of a missing naturalist. They find plenty of supernatural peril along the way. Of course, they wouldn’t get very far without an engineer, which is where Daniel Zacapa’s character Emilio Venezuela comes in. Zacapa in reality was born in Honduras and employs a Honduran accent as Emilio. It’s therefore a little startling to meet Zacapa and discover that his everyday accent is standard U.S. Zacapa is attending ABC’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “The Experiment”

Shaun Parkes and Thomas Kretschmann in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "The Experiment" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Soo Hugh Director: Kenneth Fink Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: March 13, 2012 Now here’s THE RIVER as it should be – a harrowing, complicated cross-cutting horror nightmare with fast-paced scares and more mysteries thrown in to the mix. “The Experiment” lives up to the promise of what the series should have been from the start – a non-stop thrill ride filled with scares and well-placed gore. At the end of “Doctor […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eloise Mumford navigates THE RIVER

Eloise Mumford in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s THE RIVER, Tuesdays at 9 PM, a documentary crew sails along the Amazon River, seeking traces of missing naturalist Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) and finding a few traces – along with a whole lot of supernatural menace. The series is co-created by PARANORMAL ACTIVITY auteur Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry. While most of the characters have family or work ties to the missing Emmet, Eloise Mumford’s character Lena Landry is there seeking her own father, along with a sense of purpose. There was closure this past week to that part of her arc with the “Peaches” episode […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE RIVER star Shaun Parkes sees the series through a different lens

Shaun Parkes in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "The Experiment" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

In ABC’s new series THE RIVER, Tuesdays at 9 PM, a group of documentary makers journey into uncharted offshoots of the Amazon River in search of missing naturalist Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood). The group is headed up by Emmet’s wife Tess (Leslie Hope), who refuses to turn back, even when it becomes clear that something deadly and supernatural is at work here. Shot in the documentary style utilized by series co-creator Oren Peli in his PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, THE RIVER relies in narrative terms on footage shot by both mounted cameras and by the characters. Shaun Parkes plays Andreas Jude […]Read On »

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