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A Sneak Peek of the Opening Scene from Bedlam Season 2

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“Bedlam” returns to BBC America beginning October 6th (9/8c) as part of the network’s Supernatural Saturdays, and we have a sneak peek of the opening scene from the haunted new season. Meet death’s new medium, Ellie, portrayed by Lacey Turner.

“Bedlam” Season 2 Synopsis:
Bedlam Heights is one address in London where people are just dying to get in… But the curse continues to rage at the stylish apartment building with a sordid past as the residence’s restless spirits continue to wreak havoc on unsuspecting new inhabitants.

This season the place tainted by abuse, suffering, and death has a new medium. Ellie (LACEY TURNER, “EastEnders,” “Being Human”) is on the brink of losing her home, fiancé, and career as an EMT. After months of seeing haunting visions of the dead walking amongst the living, she heads to Bedlam Heights to seek out a former hospital patient who was treated for similar visions. But Ellie has no idea the unimaginable horrors buried under the luxury apartments with beautiful decor and seemingly blissful tenants.

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After arriving at Bedlam Heights — newly renamed ‘Brightmoor’ — Ellie meets resident bartender Max (JACK ROTH, “Great Expectations”), who reveals the patient she’s seeking died six months prior — exactly the time her visions began. Max, an amateur ghost-hunting blogger, is thrilled to discover Ellie can see spirits and soon becomes the only person she can turn to for help in figuring out just what is happening to her.

Meanwhile, as the owner of Bedlam Heights, Warren (HUGO SPEER, The Full Monty), attempts to gloss over the complex’s past troubles with sexy and self-assured new sales manager Dan (NIKESH PATEL), his daughter, Kate (CHARLOTTE SALT, “The Tudors”), decides she can’t stand by and watch any longer. She knows all too well the horrors that fester beneath the surface after discovering the building’s demons first-hand.

As the asylum’s dark past continues to terrorize residents, they soon realize whatever is waiting for them in the depths of Bedlam Heights is worse than anything they could have ever imagined.

“Bedlam” Episode 2.01, “The Long Drop”:
Ellie is led to Bedlam Heights, but instead of finding answers she is left with more questions when she begins to have visions of a man hanging himself. Kate’s back to discover that not only is her dad, Warren, sleeping with 20-year-old Kiera, but his support lies with new boy Dan rather than with her. She leaves for good. Meanwhile Ellie is being haunted by the hanging man. She has no choice but to trust Max-the ghost has been disturbed so they need to restore the peace. Max saves Ellie, and she decides to stay at Bedlam. She keeps seeing a little girl in a yellow dress; perhaps she can restore her peace, too?

For more visit the official “Bedlam” website, “like” BBC America on Facebook, and follow BBC America on Twitter.

Bedlam Season 2 Premiering October 6th on BBC America

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Desolation Review: Campers + Lunatic = Simplicity, But Not Always a Better Product

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DesolationStarring Jaimi Page, Alyshia Ochse, Toby Nichols

Directed by Sam Patton


I’m usually all in when it comes to a psycho in the woods flick, but there was just something about Sam Patton’s Desolation that seemed a bit distant for me…distance…desolation – I’m sure there’s a connection in there somewhere. Either that or I’m suffering from a minor case of sleep-deprivation. Either way, make sure you’ve got your backpack stuffed, cause we’re hitting the timber-lands for this one.

The film focuses on mother and son tandem Abby and Sam, and the tragic notion that Abby’s love and father to her son, has passed away. The absence has been a crippling one, and Abby’s idea of closure is to take her adolescent offspring to the woods where her husband used to love to run and scatter his ashes as a memorial tribute. Abby invites her best friend Jenn along as emotional support, and together all three are planning on making this trip a fitting and dedicatory experience…until the mystery man shows up. Looking like a member of the Ted Kaczynski clan (The Unabomber himself), this creepy fellow seems content to simply watch the threesome, and when he ultimately decides to close the distance, it’ll be a jaunt in the forest that this close-knit group will never forget.

So there you have it – doesn’t beg a long, descriptive, bled-out dissertation – Patton tosses all of his cards on the table in plain view for the audience to scan at their leisure. While the tension is palpable at times, it’s the equivalent of watching someone stumble towards the edge of a cliff, and NEVER tumble over…for a long time – you literally watch them do the drunken two-step near the lip for what seems like an eternity. What I’m getting at is that the movie has the bells and whistles to give white-knucklers something to get amped about, yet it never all seems to come into complete focus, or allow itself to spread out in such a way that you can feel satisfied after the credits roll. If I may harp on the performance-aspect for a few, it basically broke down this way for me: both Abby and Jenn’s characters were well-displayed, making you feel as if you really were watching long-time besties at play. Sam’s character was a bit tough to swallow, as he was the sadder-than-sad kid due to his father’s absence, but JEEZ this kid was a friggin malcontented little jerk – all I can say is “role well-played, young man.”

As we get to our leading transient, kook, outsider – whatever you want to call him: he simply shaved down into a hum-drum personality – no sizzle here, folks. Truly a disappointment for someone who was hoping for an enigmatic nutbag to terrorize our not-so-merry band of backpackers – oh well, Santa isn’t always listening, I guess. Simplicity has its place and time when displaying the picture-perfect lunatic, and before everyone gets a wild hair across their ass because of what I’m saying, all this is was the wish to have THIS PARTICULAR psycho be a bit more colorful – I can still appreciate face-biters like Hannibal Lecter and those of the restrained lunacy set. Overall, Desolation is one of those films that had all the pieces meticulously set in place, like a house of cards…until that drunk friend stumbled into the table, sending everything crumbling down. A one-timer if you can’t find anything else readily available to watch.

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New 78/52 Clip Showers Off

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To celebrate the UK DVD release of the Psycho doc 78/52, we have a brand spanking new clip for you cats to go crazy over. Watch it quick; you don’t want to keep Mother waiting!

The flick, from director Alexandre O. Phillipe, features interviews with Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Marli Renfro – body double for Janet Leigh in Psycho, Karyn Kusama, Neil Marshall, Richard Stanley, and many more.

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the ‘Man behind the Curtain’, and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema, 78/52 references the number of set-ups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. One entire week out of the four weeks scheduled to shoot Psycho — a full quarter of the film’s production schedule — was dedicated to the infamous shower scene.

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Joel David Moore to Write and Direct the Remake of Hit Korean Film Hide and Seek

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Joel David Moore is an actor we all know from his roles in James Cameron’s Avatar and Adam Green’s original Hatchet film. But did you know he also co-directed Adam Green’s psychological thriller Spiral? Well, he did and now the man is stepping back behind the camera for CJ Entertainment’s upcoming remake of the 2013 Korean Movie Hide and Seek.

Moore will write an adapted feature English-language screenplay for Hide and Seek in addition to directing the film. The original Korean version was written and directed by Huh Jung.

“Hide and Seek is a sharp, sophisticated thriller that created a lasting imprint on me,” said Joel David Moore. “I wanted to explore what could happen if we retold this story to an American audience, using the tools from the original story. We found a rich and complex world, relevant to our current race, class and power struggles we’re seeing here in America. I’m excited to partner with CJ Entertainment, perfect partners on this journey.”

CJ Entertainment is developing, financing and producing the film.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

Based on a phenomenon that actually happens, the film centers on a man searching for his long-lost brother stumbles upon a secret world of squatters living in the homes of unsuspecting tenants – a revelation that becomes all the more menacing when his home becomes the next target.

Hide and Seek is a social horror-thriller that builds upon themes related to the widening gap between the upper 1% and the lower class. As the population in urban areas balloon and real estate prices skyrocket, lower-income segments of society are finding themselves continually getting pushed out. This film explores the question of “what if” when those left marginalized decide to take matters, and homes, into their own hands.

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