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Poltergeist (2015): Review

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The haunted house sub-genre is my favorite kind of horror and 1982’s Poltergeist is one of my favorite films. I approached the remake with the absolute skepticism of a diehard fan who believes someone has trampled on sacred ground. (And seriously, who in their right mind would attempt to remake a Steven Spielberg film? Sure, Tobe Hooper was given the director credit but it was widely known that Spielberg was on set every day calling the shots.) The new Poltergeist maintains much of the storyline, has a terrific cast, and is an entertaining update that surprisingly does not totally suck – but also never truly soars. There are two major elements missing in this film. The first was the ability to connect to universal terrors and the dreadful feeling of innocence lost. Yes there’s the creepy tree, the sinister clown, and the portal to the other side that abducts a child but none of it truly resonates on a deeper level. Perhaps its the almost instant acceptance of the weird events by t

Scream Queens

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Glee + Scream + American Horror Story = the fall's guiltiest pleasure: SCREAM QUEENS. I'm already obsessed with this show and the trailer below proves that Ryan Murphy knows his way around high school kids, horror, and schtick. The tone of the trailer has been off-putting to much of the hardcore horror community, but come on – it all can't be doom and gloom. Although I do share the concern that this is on FOX (rather than FX) so it's full glory (gory?) will not be on display. There's always the unrated DVD set, I suppose. Visit the official site for hysterical GIFs and more, fox.com/scream-queens , and tune in this September to see if Jamie Lee Curtis still has it. Spoiler alert: She does! https://youtu.be/-FtenR69qmk

Penny Dreadful, Season 2

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After a somewhat uneven first season, Penny Dreadful, Season 2 premieres this Sunday, May 2nd with an extended 10 episode run. The show merges the stories of Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, Dracula, The Werewolf, and Frankenstein into a lurid and grim 19th-century British-set narrative. It sounds like a lot of fun and often it is, but it's tone is brutally stark and somber. The second season is rumored to be "more engaging for a broader audience". I often felt like I needed a viewer's guide and thankfully a literary-minded friend was able to lend some background to the original books. It's definitely the thinking person's American Horror Story . Don't have cable? Get a taste online  with a free episode on  Showtime .  And for girls who love scorpions on their dresses, check out Hot Topic's limited edition Penny Dreadful collection . It's everything a gothic girl could want: You Tube link