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Taissa Farmiga: A New Generation’s Scream Queen

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If you don’t know Taissa Farmiga by name, you certainly know her by her work.  With her resume quickly filling up with roles in the horror genre, both on television as well as in movies, it is quite possible Farmiga is on the fast track to becoming our next scream queen!

Her television debut came with the sensational FX horror drama American Horror Story in season one’s Murder House.  Farmiga was only seventeen when she portrayed the role of Violet, the angst-ridden daughter of the Harmon family who unknowingly move into a haunted house. Unbeknownst to them a rich history still lurks within the walls.  She was also the envy of many fangirls (and no doubt fanboys) who swooned over her on-screen boyfriend Tate Langdon, portrayed by Evan Peters.

Their onscreen relationship, unhealthy as it may have been, oozed with the dark gothic romance every high school Goth yearned for.  The broken bad boy that only your love can fix and make better, who hasn’t been there?  Oh if he would only accept you into his heart so you could save him from his own self-destructing ways!  Not only did the premiere of American Horror Story catapult Farmiga into fame, but Peters as well.

Farmiga continued her rise to success in the American Horror Story franchise, each time playing a different character, each one being different from the last.  She took a starring role in season 3, American Horror Story: Coven where she played young witch Zoe Benson.  Zoe is a young witch slowly discovering her powers in a school catering to those with similar special abilities; and no, I’m not talking Harry Potter here.  She then made a brief appearance in American Horror Story: Roanoke.  The creators of the ongoing series enjoy re-using cast members and it would be no surprise to see Farmiga in a future season.

In 2015 she took the leading role in The Final Girls, a horror story crossed with comedy in a way only the most dedicated horror fans of the 1980s could appreciate.  This movie was pure gold!  The comedy was balanced perfectly with the horror, and Farmiga played the straight girl.  She made every final girl’s journey; from unsure, awkward teenager to badass hero in the most graceful of ways.  Her emotions were accurate and believable, and her transition to badass wasn’t forced.

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Most currently it has been announced Farmiga has accepted the role of Sister Irene in The Nun.  This latest movie is based on the collection of stories told by real-life ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, and will continue along the storyline we first saw glimpses of in The Conjuring series.  The movie is set to release in July 2018.

Taissa Farmiga broke into the Hollywood scene confidently and surprisingly fast as she acquired roles that surely the most experienced actors fought over.  It is no doubt in my mind we will be seeing this young actress as a leading contender for the scream queen of the new generation.

Read more about Taissa’s role in The Nun here!

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Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Raven’s Hallow’ Trailer Sees the Young Writer Solving Crimes of the Occult

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Edgar Allen Poe’s upcoming Raven’s Hallow is a Shudder exclusive that is based on the young writer’s tales from when he was still stationed at West Point. So, we will see one of his stories that were inspired during his time as a cadet.

The synopsis for Raven’s Hallow according to Deadline goes like this:

Set in the autumn of 1830, Poe and four other cadets are on a training exercise in upstate New York when they come across a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a remote rural community, holding sinister secrets. Determined to get to the bottom of the murder, Poe embarks on a quest that will bring him face to face with a terror that will haunt him forever.

Raven’s Hallow stars William Mosely as young Poe with William Moseley stars as Poe with Melanie Zanetti, Kate Dickie, David Hayman, Oberon K. A. Adjepong, and Callum Woodhouse.

Raven’s Hallow arrives on Shudder beginning September 22.

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‘The Ring’ Comes to Blu-Ray Steelbook Complete With VHS Slipcase Design

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Japan’s entry into J-Horror with Ringu was one of the best that there has ever been. When America decided to do a remake, I can still recall a lot of people being upset that it wouldn’t measure up. However, Gore Verbenski’s dark portrait was nearly a better film than the original. From its ominous start to shocking finish The Ring was effective around every corner. 20 years later folks can still appreciate Verbenski’s film and in order to celebrate the film turning 20 we are getting a cool steelbook blu-ray for the film.

The steelbook comes with an awesome VHS design slipcase. Inside the steelbook is made of static and the iconic scene with Samara and the well.

The synopsis for The Ring goes like this:

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.

Verbinki’s film is genuinely scary and it entirely deserves a 20th anniversary release. It is a film that has managed to stay in the conversation when horror films are being discussed. It still manages to get heavy play during the Halloween season on AMC. Rightfully so.

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You can pick up your copy of The Ring’s special edition beginning October 18.

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The Sanderson Sisters Are Running Amok in New ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Photos

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The new D23 magazine featured a very welcome sight this time around. The wickedly awesome Sanderson Sisters are showing off a bit on their lead-up to the upcoming Disney+ Hocus Pocus 2 release. In each of the photos, the ladies are running amok as per usual. The lead-up to this sequel has been a long road. So, fans have been savoring the little teases made up of a teaser trailer, a couple of posters, and of course pictures. Fans are most excited that Hocus Pocus 2 sees the return of all three Sanderson sisters as well actor Doug Jones.

The synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2 goes like this:

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.

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The Hocus Pocus sequel stars Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen.

The Sanderson Sisters will officially run amok a second time when Hocus Pocus 2 lands its broom on Disney+ beginning September 30.

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