AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 2: Massacres and Matinees

Massacres and Matinees

Episode 2 entitled Massacres and Matinees of FXs AHS Freak Show 1

I’m completely behind in my recaps again, so, without any extra fanfare, let’s find out what got my freak on about Episode 2 (entitled Massacres and Matinees) of FX’s American Horror: Story Freak Show:

Freak On:

  • Music that is totally current and not in the time frame of AHS Freak Show. Seriously, that version of Fiona Apple’s Criminal was just delicious! And so glad Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) picked this over shooting ping pong balls out of their vajayjays! (Yeah, that was nearly a thing *shudders*)
  • The complicated mess of Bette and Dot in general. Whether is coming to the realisation that Bette can’t sing and goes all ‘I’ll put put you with yo mamma’ eyes on Dot or the burgeoning love blossoming in the prudish heart of Dot towards Edward Penishands (AKA Lobster Boy, played by Evan Peters), I am relishing this character for more than her ‘look at my two-headed CGI’ I was expecting this season.
  • The hate I have for the strong man Del Toledo, (played by Michael Chiklis). There are all sorts of complications with his arrival. He brings with him a three titted hermaphrodite (played fantastically by Angela Bassett), a past that included fathering Edward Penishands (seems he has a thing for blokey women) and a bad mood that resulted in him having to move along quickly after killing a man. Elsa (Jessica Lange) hires him on the spot (of course) and then we find out what a control freak he really is. No one can tell him what the fuck to do and he begins to run the freak show any old way he likes. This results in Penishands trying to frame the death of the snoopy cop from Episode 1 (entitled Mosters Among Us) on him. Of course cranky pants sees this coming and double crosses Penishands in quite a manner. At first I am all ‘why didn’t he just plant the cop’s badge in Penishands’ trailer?’ It becomes apparent though that his need for sick revenge goes deeper than an eye for an eye. By planting the badge in Meep the Geek’s (Ben Woolf) trailer, we get to see a freak that will rip the head off live chickens but doesn’t fare so well in the local lock up. Poor Penishands is gonna feel mighty guilty for getting Meep killed like that…
  • Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) gets a bestie. I kinds like the fact we are getting under the skin of the clown. I really want to know WHY he seems intent on building a happy little family in the woods. Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), however, falls totally into my Freak Off list today…)
  • Speaking of Twisty, we got a sneak peek under his mask in this episode. And let that be a stern reminder to all you kiddies out there that dental hygiene is REALLY important!
  • Pepper (Naomi Grossman) wanting meatloaf – no matter what’s going on around her!

Freak Off:

  • Totally  thought Twisty the Clown would turn out to be Dandy Mott. It’s a shame that didn’t happen…
  • Speaking of Dandy – could he get any more annoyingly overacted? Ditto for his mother. And I really hate to say that since I am such a HUGE fan of Frances Conroy :-(
  • So a serial killer clown can walk along a road in broad daylight during a murder spree and not get noticed by the police?
  • Bette and Elsa are chatting about Dot while she sleeps. Apparently telepathy doesn’t count here?

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Twisty’s family escaping. Has that woman never watched a horror movie? Make sure that shit is dead before fleeing the scene. It might have given her half a chance of escaping Dandy’s advancements…

So, what did you think of Episode 2 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

And, just because I LOVE the song so much, here’s Dot’s rendition of Fiona Apple’s Criminal:

(Photo Credits: FX)

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies

Blurb

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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    Disgusted with myself, I let go of Nancy and walked, alone and with a heavy heart, to Ambrose’s room. I could see him through the window, asleep on a twin bed.
“Push the red button to talk into the microphone,” Nancy said.
I pressed the red button on the control panel next to the door. “Hey, man, wake up.”
Ambrose slowly stirred from his sleep. “Who is it?”
“Your mother.”
“Ha.” Ambrose stood, draping bed sheets over his white scrubs. The days of being stuck in this small room seemed to have sapped his strength. He leaned against the wall, too tired to stand on his own for long. “Nice to see you on your foot.”
“Funny. I could say the same for you. I hear you got one hell of a hickey. Didn’t your mother teach you to stay away from strangers?”
“I never did mind her like I should have.”
I tried to get a good look at him, but the lack of light made it impossible. “They said most people don’t last a day after being bitten. You’ve made it four. I guess I should congratulate you.” Surviving this awful disease longer than most. What a terrible silver lining. I bet he wished the virus would get it over with and turn him.
“Yeah, lucky me.” Ambrose coughed into his bed sheets. “Maybe they’ll give me a prize, like some bacon or something.”
“What… what does it feel like?”
Ambrose shrugged. “Kind of like being sick. Had a fever at first, then some numbness over part of my body.”
“Is it getting any worse?”
“No.” Ambrose sniffed. “Some parts still feel like me, others… like these gray parts, nothing.” He pointed at his arm where the skin had turned a sickly gray. “They’re dead, I guess.”
Nancy loudly cleared her throat. “We need to get you back to your room. They patrol this place pretty regularly, especially when we have… guests.”
I nodded to her, then turned my attention back to Ambrose. “I have to go. I’m sorry. I wish it was me in there, instead of you.”
Ambrose stepped up to the window. The light from the hallway revealed his face. For the first time, I got a glimpse of what his loyalty to me cost him. I froze, unable to take a breath for a long beat. One of his eyes remained normal, but the other took on that awful redness. Patches of dead skin were all over his face. The guilt rising up seemed almost too much to bear. What kind of hell had I sent my friend to?

About the Author

Author Ryan HillGrowing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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SEASON PREMIERE: The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 1: No Sanctuary

Andrew Lincoln stars as Rick Grimes in Episode 1 entitled No Sanctuary Season 5 of AMCs The Walking Dead

No Sanctuary

Yay! It’s FINALLY the premiere of Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead! *does a happy dance* Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (entitled No Sanctuary):

We start with a little backstory into the mindset of the inhabitants of Terminus. It looks like they truly were a sanctuary – once. And then the raping and pillaging began…

Enter the present day and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang are busy making homemade weapons out of any spare sharp thing they can lay their hands on. Go Rick – so long as everyone’s pants don’t fall down as soon as they get a chance to attack! We hear Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Choan) chatting about Beth (Emily Kinney); it seems Maggie finally remembers she has a sister. Then Daryl notices people arriving and they are all prepared to attack – except the Termites throw some tear gas in overhead and it is all over red rover.

Judith in Season 5 Episode 1 entitled No Sancturay of AMCs The Walking Dead meme

Rick, Daryl, Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) are hogtied and taken to a room with a very large stainless steel trough. Four other men are bought in also. Hang on a minute, why is that blonde dude eyeballing Rick? Took me a while, but I finally remembered where I had seen that face before – remember Sam (Robin Lord Taylor), the male part of the couple Rick and Carol (Melissa McBride) bumped into in Season 4 right before Rick sent Carol on a one way roadtrip? Yeah, it’s totally that guy! But not for long…

This next bit is horrendous. But at least I now know that I could never, EVER be a cannibal – no matter how hungry I am! That’s right, those four random guys get their throats slit and they are bled out. Glenn is up next (remember that part in the Season 5 promo trailer with Glenn and the guy with the baseball bat?) but Gareth (Andrew J. West) arrives and demands a shell count from the butchers behind Glenn. Bob takes this opportunity to drag out the suspense and beg for his life. It doesn’t work, but luckily there is a perfectly timed explosion outside…

Hello Carol, Judith and Tyreese (Chad Coleman).

Yeah, it’s okay, we totally don’t want to know how Rick’s gang escapes…

It seems they are on their way to Terminus but thanks to a horde that is following the sound of gunfire from Terminus (which means Carol and Tyreese’s storyline is a little behind Rick’s, placing them back in the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead), they are sidetracked and end up bumping into Martin (Chris Coy). Martin is setting up fireworks as a walker decoy, which is totally lucky for Carol when she leaves Tyreese in charge of Judith and Martin (because Tyreese is totally kill shy now after what happened to Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) in Season 4), while she goes on a reconnaissance mission into the heart of Terminus – dressed in walker guts. So glad to see this happening again, it’s been a long time since we saw Rick and Glenn do this in Season 2!

Walker Carol gets to see Rick, Daryl, Bob and Glenn hogtied, so they are nearly together in the same timeframe now. She also sees a huge gas tank that just begs to be blown up with fireworks:

Zombie explosion in Episode 1 (entitled No Sanctuary) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Yeah, welcome back bad arse Carol! Here Rick, have some humble pie…

So Carol then just walks into Terminus with the horde she road in on – like the mother-fucking-bad-arse-machine that she is and takes back what is hers!

Of course, Rick’s group help a little in that they take advantage of Carol’s exploding zombies and stab the butchers with their homemade weapons. But, first, let’s just look at Maggie’s gratuitous cleavage while we check on the remainder of Rick’s group still trapped in the shipping container:

Maggie Lauren Cohan gets some cleavage in Season 5 Episode 1 entitled No Sanctuary of AMCs The Walking Dead

Moving right along now, Rick’s man-arse group manage to get their hands on some meat cleavers and hack up some walkers. Next they take over a small band of Termites and turn on them with their own guns. Yay! They are weaponed up now!

What about Carol? Yeah, she totally finding Daryl’s crossbow and scrag fighting with Mary (Denise Crosby). Once Mary starts monologuing about the Terminus backstory, Carol finds she has no time for that shit, shoots Mary in the leg and sets the walkers onto her.

Seriously, I wanna marry Carol by this stage! If she could just gut Gareth, my happiness would be complete.

So we need to catch our breath, don’t we? Nope, ain’t got no time for that shit either! Back at the hut, Tyreese and Martin give up on chatting when walkers come knocking. Martin takes his opportunity and runs with it (because they totally didn’t think tying him to some furniture would be a good idea) and threatens Judith. Tyreese does exactly what Martin predicts, which is drop his weapon and jump when Martin says so – except his jumping involves being outside with the walkers. What Martin didn’t expect was that Tyreese would dispatch the undead with his bare hands and waltz back in to kill him (and thus working through his minor kill shy plot).

Back in the shipping container everyone is trying to get Dr. Mullet Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to spill the beans on the cure. He uses a lot of big words but essentially tells them nothing. but that’s okay because it’s time for Rick to show up and rescue their arses. In the midst of a whole heap of flannel-wearing-I’m-sure-I’ve-seen-that-walker killing, they manage to escape Terminus and flee into the forest.

That’s when Carol shows up:

and every Caryl fan out there cried like a baby.

After this, Carol and Rick make up, mainly because Rick has to on account of Carol and Tyreese keeping Judith safe. But there are a million feels to be had when everyone (except poor Beth) are reunited. They decide against finishing off Terminus and head away from cannibal central, but not before Rick changes the sign:

No Sanctury Episode 1 Season 5 of AMCs The Walking Dead

and leaves a few circled crosses carved into the trees as they leave the train tracks and head on into the forest again. Which is totally a good thing for Morgan (Lennie James) who was heading on into Terminus…

On a side note (since it was totally a walk down memory lane for this episode), did anyone else notice that the crazy Charles Manson dude Rick released from that shipping container was the same guy who was raping and pillaging in the Terminus flashbacks?

So, what did you think of Episode 1 of The Walking Dead? Let me know in the comments below!

(Photo/Video Credits: AMC)

 

 

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 1: Monsters Among Us

AHS Freak Show Season 4 Episode 1 Killer Clown

Because nothing says freak show more than a clown with a Hannibal Lector obsession…

Monsters Among Us

Okay, so I’m a bit slow in getting out my recap for the premiere episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, but it’s not because I didn’t like it, it’s just because my life has been a bit hectic this week! As a result, I will not be doing a full recap of Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us), instead I will be be doing some Freak Show Quickie lists:

Freak On:

  • This episode captured me in a way AHS Coven never did and, hence, feels more like Season 1 (Murder House) than Season 2 (Asylum) ever did.
  • Some of the actors have the actual conditions on display in the circus. Kudos to the AHS crew for going all equal opportunist on a show that could very well end up being a bad place for perverts to go to and perve on the freaks.
  • Sarah Paulson stars as Bette and Dot in AHS Freak Show Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us)Sarah Paulson. Seriously, this woman is awesome. Not only is she playing two different women, she is playing them while they are co-joined to each other! And the guys that did the SGI on her, please come and collect your awards now.
  • Right from the very first scene the creepy in this show is just fantastic. We start with a classic horror movie faux pas of having the lone stranger venture further into the house that has been the scene of a horrific murder.Next we are introduced to the main cast, some of which currently work at the freak show, and some that are being recruited to it. Then, wicked pause to let us all catch our breath and then the mother-fucking-Hannibal-Lector-face-transplant-killer-clown arrives. So shit gets real and people are murdered and the viewer is left peeing in their pants.
  • Pepper (Naomi Grossman) is back! Looks like those suggestions of Pepper (from AHS Asylum) getting a backstory are actually true :-)
  • Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) singing David Bowie’s Life on Mars. It was the classic ‘train wreck that you can’t look away from’ scene.
  • Elsa has prosthetic legs. Just get the fuck out!

Freak Off:

  • That long intro where we are introduced to Bette and Dot as a two-headed lady. Dude, you totally let us know that Sarah Paulson was going to be a two-headed lady in the million promo videos you released leading up to the AHS Freak Show premiere. There was no need to draw it all out like we were supposed to be surprised about it. What, do you think the audience are goldfish?
  • I can see this turning into a voyeuristic ‘look at the freaks’ train wreck if not done properly. It was scenes like the one where the world’s smallest woman, Ma Petit (Jyoti Amge) is presented to us in a birdcage that made me cringe. Yes, I know AHS are continually going to have to walk that line between titillation perversion to get the story told, but I can just see them falling off the rails into territory that will offend more people than it will excite. Jumping right in and asking Bette and Dot about their sex life was another moment when I was left thinking I’m not perverted enough to be watching this show…
  • Evan Peters stars as Lobster Boy AKA Edward Penis Hands in AHS Freak Show Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us)

    Completely this awkward to watch as well…

    Edward Penis Hands. Yep, they totally went there with Lobster Boy (Evan Peters). Not even sure why they did, it added nothing to the storyline what so ever other than perhaps for more of the titillation that falls into the point above’s category.

  • The Bearded Lady’s accent. I love Kathy Bates to bits, but, seriously, I found I didn’t hear a word she uttered from trying to work out that accent! At times I even wondered if she was trying to pull off an Australian accent :-/ It turns out what she was doing (apparently) was a very authentic Baltimore accent. And if you have been scratching your head and trying to work out where you’ve heard it before. Think John Travolta in Hairspray (where, ironically, he is a man playing a woman).
  • Elsa telling us in every scene that she could have been famous. Yeah, we get it AHS writers…
  • Let’s kill the cop because he was trying to do his job. Now I am already completely in love with Bette and Dot and I want to see them free along with the rest of you, but, seriously, that cop has a job to do. There’s no reason to hack him up into pieces. Plus, won’t they just send another cop?

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch). Just needs to belong in his own category. He honestly scared the shit out of me! And I’m not even one of those ‘clowns-freak-me-the-fuck-out’ types of people. While many people were loosing their shit when the clown first appeared, for me, the scariest part was when you got to visit his decrepit bus in the woods. Watching him torment that woman and child was just. UGH. *shudders*

What did you think of AHS Freak Show Episode 1? Let me know in the comments below!

And just because I’m a sucker for a freaky song, here’s Elsa Mars’ version of Life on Mars:

You can read my Episode 2 recap here.

(Photo Credits: FX)

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What if Sheldon Caused the Zombie Apocalypse in The Walking Dead?

The Big Bang Theory Crossover with The Walking Dead?

What if Sheldon Cooper caused the zombie apocalypse in AMC's The Walking Dead?

Okay, now this has been bugging me for a while now – ever since I worked out where I’d seen Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn Rhee) before The Walking Dead, in fact!

Has anyone ever considered the fact that Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) from CBS’s The Big Bang Theory may have caused the zombie apocalypse in AMC’s The Walking Dead?

Seriously. I think I might be onto something here. Let’s take a look at the facts:

  • In Season 3, Episode 22 (entitled The Staircase Implementation) of The Big Bang Theory, we are introduced to a character who is only known as Sebastian in the credits. That person, however, is Steven Yeun. This episode revolves around the Roommate Agreement between Sheldon and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In a flashback we are introduced to how Leonard first became Sheldon’s roommate. As Leonard is entering the apartment building he stops a guy (Steven Yeun) and asks for directions to Sheldon Cooper’s apartment. Steven Yeun replies with:

“Run away dude … Run fast, run far.”

Steven Yeun starred in CBS's The Big Bang Theory

Trust me, there are no zombie experiments in this box…

So apparently Sheldon is really that bad of a roommate…

  • Now, imagine if Steven Yeun’s TBBT character worked in a pizza shop? What if he transferred from the Pasadena, California store to one in Atlanta? Remember Glenn was first introduced in The Walking Dead as a pizza guy.
  • But would Sheldon room with a mere pizza guy? Hell NO he wouldn’t! Most likely he would share an apartment with someone who was intellectually stimulating. So what if Steven’s character was working in a pizza shop to pay his way through college? Could Steven’s character be a genetic engineer in the making but became unhinged after having to live under the same roof as Sheldon?
  • Or perhaps he was supplementing his income while waiting for a grant at the university where Sheldon works? After all, in this episode, one of the questions Sheldon asks Leonard when he first applies for the room is whether he drives to the university and whether he would be prepared to also drive Sheldon there. These questions imply that he has a preference to living with people who work where he does in order to make his (non-driving) life easier.
  • Then we see this image further on in the episode:

Die Sheldon Die The Big Bang Theory

 

Is that red paint or walker infected blood? Nothing screams mad scientist like painting threatening messages on walls…

  • So, okay, there’s not a lot to go on. But there is another thing I’d like to bring to your attention. In an earlier episode of Season 3 (Episode 15, entitled The Large Hadron Collision) The following conversation happens:

Sheldon: Afraid not. Do you recognize this?

Leonard: Not the roommate agreement.

Sheldon: Indeed, the roommate agreement. I call your attention to the Friendship Rider in Appendix C, Future Commitments. Number 37, in the event one friend is ever invited to visit the Large Hadron Collider, now under construction in Switzerland, he shall invite the other friend to accompany him.

Leonard: Oh, for God’s sakes.

Penny: You actually put that in an agreement?

Leonard: Yeah. We also put in what happens if one of us wins a MacArthur Grant, or if one of us gets superpowers, or if one of us is bitten by a zombie.

Sheldon: He can’t kill me, even if I turn.

So if Sheldon was infected with some random experiment Steven Yeun’s character had concocted during his stay in Sheldon’s apartment and he turned into a zombie, Leonard isn’t allowed to kill him. Sheldon would fester, possibly eat Leonard’s brains and then escape into the broader community of California.

And that, my friends, is possibly how the walker infection in The Walking Dead spread beyond containment.

Finally, it seems I am not the first person to ponder this scenario. You can read some TBBT/TWD/Glenn Rhee crossover fan fiction by clicking here.

Sources: CBS – The Big Bang Theory Season 3 (Episodes 15 & 22)

The Big Bang Theory Transcripts – Series 3 Episode 15 – The Large Hadron Collision

FanFiction.Net – Surviving the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse by mysteriouslife

(Photo Credits: Conspiracy Keanu, CBS, AMC)

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The Walking Dead Season 5: Some Stuff & Things To Keep You Out of Terminus

Season 5 promo pic AMCs The Walking DeadWith less than two weeks to go until the Season 5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, fans are starting to get anxious. But what can we do to fill in the time until October 12th 2014? Well, here’s some stuff and things to keep you busy for a while:

  • Check out the official Season 5 synopsis:

Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter.  What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive. Stories will break apart and intersect.   The characters will find love and hate.  Peace and conflict.  Contentment and terror.  And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held onto no matter what the cost… Who do they become?

  • See what Episode 1 (entitled No Sanctuary) has in store for us via this photo gallery:
  • Weigh in on the debate over whether Negan will appear in Season 5 and whether he will be played by Kevin Durand (of FX’s The Strain fame).

Negan is a villain from the comic book series that Walking Dead fans have been eagerly anticipating. According to NukeTheFridge.com, Kevin Durand spoke about potentially playing the character of Negan:

I’ve had a lot of people with The Walking Dead talk to me, mentioned that they see me for a character named “Negan,” but I haven’t read the comic.

However, this was later disputed by Kevin on Twitter:

@onemightytree any truth to the Negan rumors? Big fan on @TheStrainFX!

@tonykirkland19@TheStrainFX No. I guess I was misinterpreted. I’m way too busy killing vamps. Thanks for watching @TheStrainFX

— Kevin Durand (@onemightytree) September 30, 2014

As for whether Negan will even appear in Season 5 is still up for debate. The Hollywood Reporter has suggested that we may have already seen Negan in the Season 5 trailer:

the_walking_dead_baseball_bat

They suspect this image may be Negan thanks to the fact that in the comic books Glenn (played by Steven Yeun in the TV series) is beaten by Negan with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. If the bald character above is brandishing a baseball bat, chances are we already have Negan cast and appearing in Season 5!

  • Laugh at the Bad Lip Reading mob as they voice over The Walking Dead:

  •  Try a human flesh burger:

The Walking Dead Human Flesh Burger

Photo Credit: Chris Coulson/Flickr

No, it’s not really made from human flesh, but it’s a REALLY good marketing ploy by AMC. UK chef Jim Thomlinson researched into all the accounts of cannibalism and tried to come up with a burger that tasted like human flesh. As a result of this, the meat in the humanburger is a blend of pork, veal and bone marrow.

250 lucky UK fans of the Walking Dead got to sample this burger at an exclusive pop up restaurant going by the name of Terminus Tavern in the lead up to the premiere of Season 5.

  • Wonder at what may be in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead spin off series.

According to Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead comics), this is now an actual thing:

There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave [Erickson] and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that this spin off series has had the green light. The series has been in development since last year and will not be based in Georgia or even contain any of the characters we know and love from The Walking Dead TV series. However, it will most certainly occur within the same universe as The Walking Dead and there are suggestions this new series will deal with the how and why of the zombie apocalypse that started it all.

  • Cry about the fact we will no longer be seeing 2013 model Hyundai’s in a show that hasn’t even hit 2012 yet.

Yep, Hyundai has lost it’s product placement sponsorship. With Season 4 occurring largely on foot, AMC were just finding it too darn hard to place their product in there without looking like a cop out:

While we had a great run with The Walking Dead, the plot of the show changed and moved in such a way that the car ceased to have a role —David Matathia (director of marketing communications at Hyundai)

  • Check out the latest video interview with Scott Gimple and the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead:

Just keep your eye on the video around the 0.51 second mark – it seems that’s not Negan. While he is certainly brandishing a basebat bat, it isn’t covered in barbed wire.

  • Lastly, why not check out my latest zombie book, Metanoia?

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be a person turning into a zombie? Well, this is just the book for you. Also, it’s a steal at only 99 cents! Clicking on the image below will take you straight to Amazon:

Metanoia by Rachel Tsoumbakos (Genre: zombies)

Sources: Fox International Channels – The Walking Dead

AMC – The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode Photos

NukeTheFridge.com – Kevin Durand Approached to play Negan in THE WALKING DEAD

Twitter – Kevin Durand

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Walking Dead': Does Comics Villain Negan Appear in the Season 5 Trailer?

Entertainment Weekly – ‘The Walking Dead’ companion series gets pilot greenlight

Variety – ‘Walking Dead’ Crew Loses Trusted Ally As Kiwi-Green Hyundai Exits Script

YouTube – The Walking Dead A Look at Season 5 HD

Amazon – Metanoia by Rachel Tsoumbakos

(Photo Credits: AMC, Chris Coulson/Flickr, Rachel Tsoumbakos)

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FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show – Trailer, Photos & More!

American Horror Story Freak Show promo pic 2

You know I completely LOVED FX’s American Horror Story. Season 1 was creepy and eerie and unlike anything I had watched before.

Although, AHS Asylum is the one I was really excited about considering I was in the midst or releasing a novel set in an abandoned asylum. While Season 2 delivered in parts, it fell somewhat short for me with plenty of plot holes and story lines that simply dried up and disappeared. Visually, however, it was a treat to watch.

Then there was AHS Coven. The trailers were awesome. Considering it had both witches AND voodoo in it, I was convinced Season 3 would be the standout season. I barely watched three episodes before giving up.

So now we are at the trailer end of of the promo hype leading up to the premiere of AHS Freak Show on October 8th 2014 and I am excited because FX is doing what it does best – promote the shit out of their product. I am also thoroughly prepared for the fact that Season 4 may be the worst yet.

Will I even bother tuning in? Hell YEAH I will!

Seriously, check out the official trailer video below (for the full list of AHS Freak Show trailer videos, please click here. There are 14 videos so far!) and all the promo pictures in the gallery underneath it and tell me you won’t be tuning in? For sure I’ll be watching -even if it is only to see how FX’s CGI department deals with Sarah Paulson and her two heads!

How good is that song by the way?! It’s called Carousel and it’s sung by Melanie Martinez. You can purchase the full song from iTunes by clicking here.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX.

Let me know if you will be tuning in or not by commenting below!

Sources: FX American Horror Story Freak Story – Facebook page

YouTube – American Horror Story: Freak Show – Official Trailer – HD

YouTube – American Horror Story Season 4 FreakShow Channel

Soundcloud – Melanie Martinez Music

(Photo Credits: Frank Ockenfels/FX)

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