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Scary Enchanted: 7 Horror Stars who Guest Starred on “Charmed”

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There’s a lot of talk right now about the upcoming reboot of Charmed. The bewitching series that ran for eight seasons starting in 1998 has a seriously dedicated fan base and reaction to the new trailer has ranged from glee to utter bile.

There were a lot of reasons to love that original series, not the least of which were the amazing guest stars.

When season two began and Piper opened her club, P3, everyone from Dave Navarro to Pat Benatar to The Cranberries graced its stage.

It wasn’t only musicians, though. Throughout the series, the Charmed ones came face to face with some serious horror stars. Some were icons, some only appeared in one or two films, and for some, they were on the show before they did much of anything else.

For the sake of this list, I’ll be skipping the series’ main cast, although some of them have impressive horror credits themselves! I mean, Rose McGowan did star in the first Scream film, and Brian Krause was unforgettable in the oft-maligned Sleepwalkers!

Also note this is not a comprehensive list. I left out a few to see who would notice. In fact, I left out one MAJOR HORROR ICON who had the briefest of appearances in one episode of the series in season 5. If you know who I’m talking about, not only are you a serious fan of “Charmed”, you also really know your horror.

Take a look at the list below, and let us know your favorites in the comments!

Robert Englund

Might as well, start at the top, right? Robert Englund, Freddy Kreuger himself, appeared in Season 4 Episode 5 titled “Size Matters.”

In it, Englund plays a demon named Gamil who likes to create lifelike miniatures of real women. The problem is, he shrinks the women down to a mere five inches, coats them in clay and fires up the kiln to create the figurines.

The Charmed ones discover what’s going on, but it’s only after they’ve been shrunk down themselves that they manage to turn the demon’s magic back on himself.

It was a brilliant episode that came shortly after Rose McGowan joined the series as Paige, the fourth sister that no one knew about who showed up in the nick of time to save the Charmed legacy after Shannon Doherty exited the show.

Danielle Harris

Speaking of an extra sister, Danielle Harris, the actress who managed to star in both the original and reboot Halloween franchises as well as gracing the screen in genre favorites like Hatchet II and Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales, appeared early on in the eight season run of “Charmed.”

Season 1 Episode 7 was titled “The Fourth Sister” and in it Harris plays Aviva, a high school girl trying to find her way who has fallen under the influence of a demon. Kali (don’t get me started on the series using Pagan Gods as demons or we’ll be here all night) covets the power of the Charmed ones and she sends Aviva to work her way into the sisters’ good graces.

Things, of course, don’t go well, and Prue, Piper, and Phoebe end up saving Aviva from a fate worse than death.

Danielle Harris as Aviva in “Charmed”

Tobin Bell

He was the voice that creeped out an entire generation of moviegoers as he explained why each of his victims had been chosen in the Saw franchise, but two full years before he took on the mantle of Jigsaw, he was Orin, a gypsy hunter out for revenge on the priestesses who stole his eyes.

Bell was no stranger to genre work, and he was at his creepy best as forced his son Cree to continue his work, tracking down the gypsy women to take their eyes in hopes of finding the one blessed with the power of the Evil Eye.

It was a fantastic episode which also featured an appearance by Lorna Raver whose performance in Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell is one that genre fans won’t soon forget!

Tobin Bell as Orin on Charmed

Chris Sarandon

For some, he’s Jerry Dandrige from Fright Night and for others, he’s Mike Norris from Child’s Play. Fans of “Charmed”, however, know him as Armand the Necromancer, who once had a heated love affair with the Penny Halliwell, grandmother of the Charmed Ones.

In Season 5 Episode 21 titled “Necromancing the Stone”, the Halliwell sisters are preparing for the wiccaning of Piper’s first born, Wyatt. They summon Grams (Jennifer Rhodes) to perform the ceremony and she warns them that when she performed the ceremony at their mother’s wiccaning, Armand showed attacked them.

He lives on the life force of the dead, you see, and the ceremony involves summoning the matriarchs of the Halliwell line so it’s basically his idea of an all you can eat buffet of Kobe steaks.

Things take an interesting turn when the Sisters discover that he wormed his way into Penny’s life by wooing her.

Chris Sarandon as ARmand on Charmed

Norman Reedus

Speaking of “Necromancing the Stone”, this particular episode marked the end of a two episode arc for Norman Reedus! You read that right!

Before he was riding motorcycles and killing Walkers, Reedus was playing Nate Parks, a love interest for Paige. Unfortunately for Nate, Paige decided to cast a spell to see if he could handle her big secret and well…take a look below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymTurNr6XGw

Scout Taylor-Compton

Oh sure, everyone now knows her as the new Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s “adaptation” of Halloween, but at the tender age of 11 years old Scout Taylor-Compton was playing the diminutive fairy princess Thistle on Season 3 Episode 3 titled “Once Upon a Time.”

Take a look at that innocent face! She would appear in several more episodes as the same fairy, though after a while it began to look like they might have just re-used some of the previously recorded footage.

Scout Taylor-Compton as the Fairy Thistle in Charmed

Kerr Smith

He was Sean in The Forsaken, Carter Horton in Final Destination, and for 10 episodes in the seventh season of “Charmed”, he was Kyle Brody, a Homeland Security agent who discovered the Sisters’ secret and convinced them to work with him to try to take down a powerful group called the Avatars.

Along the way, he had a bit of romance with Paige and found out that things weren’t always what they appeared to be.

A personal favorite episode was in Season 7 Episode 8 titled “Charmed Noir” in which Brody and Paige are pulled into the pages of an old school pulp noir novel and have to solve a murder before they can escape.

Rose McGowan and Kerr Smith in “Charmed Noir”

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Melissa Barrera Says Her ‘Scream’ Contract Never Included a Third Movie

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The Scream franchise has done a major overhaul to its original script for Scream VII after its two main leads departed production. Jenna Ortega who played Tara Carpenter left because she was overly booked and blessed while her co-star Melissa Barrera was fired after making political comments on social media.

But Barrera isn’t regretting any of it. In fact, she is happy where the character arc left off. She played Samantha Carpenter, the latest focus of the Ghostface killer.

Barrera did an exclusive interview with Collider. During their talk, the 33-year-old says she fulfilled her contract and her character Samantha’s arc finished at a good spot, even though it was meant to be a trilogy.

“I feel like the ending of [ Scream VI ] was a very good ending, and so I don’t feel like ‘Ugh, I got left in the middle.’ No, I think people, the fans, were wanting a third movie to continue that arc, and apparently, the plan was a trilogy, even though I was only contracted for two movies.

So, I did my two movies, and I’m fine. I’m good with that. I got two – that’s more than most people get. When you’re on a TV show, and it gets canceled, you can’t harp on things, you gotta move on.

That’s the nature of this industry too, I get excited for the next job, I get excited for the next skin I get to put on. It’s exciting to create a different character. So yeah, I feel good. I did what I set out to do. It was always meant to be two movies for me, ’cause that was my contract, and so everything is perfect.”

The entire production of the original seventh entry has moved on from the Carpenter’s storyline. With a new director and new script, production will resume, including the return of Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox.

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Read Reviews For ‘Abigail’ The Latest From Radio Silence

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The review embargo has lifted for the vampire horror movie Abigail and the reviews are abundantly positive. 

Matt BettinelliOlpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence are getting early praise for their latest horror movie which opens on April 19. Unless you’re Barbie or Oppenheimer the name of the game in Hollywood is about what kind of box office numbers you pull on opening weekend and how much they drop thereafter. Abigail could be this year’s sleeper. 

Radio Silence is no stranger to opening big, their Scream reboot and sequel packed fans into seats on their respective opening dates. The duo are currently working on another reboot, that of 1981’s Kurt Russel cult favorite Escape From New York

Abigail

Now that ticket sales for GodzillaxKong, Dune 2, and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire have gathered patina, Abigail could knock A24’s current powerhouse Civil War from the top spot, especially if ticket buyers base their purchase off reviews. If it is successful, it could be temporary, since Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s action comedy The Fall Guy opens on May 3, just two weeks later.

We have gathered pull quotes (good & bad) from some genre critics on Rotten Tomatoes (score for Abigail currently sits at 85%) to give you an indicator of how they are skewing ahead of its release this weekend. First, the good:

“Abigail is a fun, bloody ride. It also has the most lovable ensemble of morally grey characters this year. The film introduces a new favorite monster into the genre and gives her room to take the biggest swings possible. I lived!” — Sharai Bohannon: A Nightmare On Fierce Street Podcast

“The standout is Weir, commanding the screen despite her small stature and effortlessly switching from apparently helpless, terrified child to savage predator with a mordant sense of humor.” — Michael Gingold: Rue Morgue Magazine

“‘Abigail’ sets the bar as the most fun you can have with a horror movie of the year. In other words, “Abigail” is horror on pointe.” — BJ Colangelo: Slashfilm

“In what may become one of the greatest vampire movies of all time, Abigail provides an extremely bloody, fun, humorous & fresh take on the subgenre.” — Jordan Williams: Screen Rant

“Radio Silence have proven themselves as one of the most exciting, and crucially, fun, voices in the horror genre and Abigail takes this to the next level.” — Rosie Fletcher: Den of Geek

Now, the not-so-good:

“It’s not badly made, just uninspired and played out.” — Simon Abrams: RogerEbert.com

A ‘Ready or Not’ redux running on half the steam, this one-location misfire has plenty of parts that work but its namesake isn’t among them.” –Alison Foreman: indieWire

Let us know if you are planning to see Abigail. If or when you do, give us your hot take in the comments.

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Ernie Hudson To Star In ‘Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole’

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Ernie Hudson

This is some exciting news! Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994) is set to star in the upcoming horror film titled Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole. Hudson is set to play the character Oswald Jebediah Coleman who is a brilliant animator that is locked away in a terrifying magical prison. No release date has been announced yet. Check out the announcement trailer and more about the film below.

ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER FOR OSWALD: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The film follows the story of “Art and some of his closest friends as they help track down his long-lost family lineage. When they find and explore his Great-Grandpa Oswald’s abandoned home, they encounter a magical TV that teleports them to a place lost in time, shrouded by dark Hollywood Magic. The group finds that they are not alone when they discover Oswald’s come-to-life cartoon Rabbit, a dark entity that decides their souls are it’s for the taking. Art and his friends must work together to escape their magical prison before the Rabbit gets to them first.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Ernie Hudson stated that “I am excited to work with everyone on this production. It’s an incredibly creative and smart project.”

Director Stewart also added “I had a very specific vision for Oswald’s character and knew I wanted Ernie for this role from the start, as I’ve always admired iconic cinematic legacy. Ernie is going to bring Oswald’s unique and vengeful spirit to life in the best way possible.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Lilton Stewart III and Lucinda Bruce are teaming up to write and direct the film. It stars actors Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994), Topher Hall (Single Drunk Female 2022), and Yasha Rayzberg (A Rainbow in the Dark 2021). Mana Animation Studio is helping produce the animation, Tandem Post House for post-production, and VFX supervisor Bob Homami is also helping. The budget for the film currently sits at $4.5M.

Official Teaser Poster for Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

This is one of many classic childhood stories that are being turned into horror films. This list includes Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, Bambi: The Reckoning, Mickey’s Mouse Trap, The Return of Steamboat Willie, and many more. Are you more interested in the film now that Ernie Hudson is attached to star in it? Let us know in the comments below.

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