Halloween is on Sunday, which makes this the spookiest week of the year. We’re making sure the kiddies don’t hog all the fun for once by airing one episode a night of awesome British import Dead Set all week at midnight as part of Indie Screams. Then as a treat that goes well with a bag of snack-size Snickers we will be airing the entire mini-series all Halloween long. So, don’t T.P. the television set, okay?
Guillermo Del Toro’s exquisitely beautiful and stark Pan’s Labyrinth airs at 12:45 p.m. ET. Soothe your tears and your fears with a mini-marathon of The IT Crowd from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m. ET, Birmingham rock outfit Editors stop by 360 Sessions. After a tour of old Brummy, they perform their hit single “Smokers Outside the Hospital Door”. Don’t know the song? Here it is:
From 2:45 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET we’re showing some of our favorite episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. . Then at 8:15 p.m. check out Brian de Palma’s Blow Out, a political thriller starring a young John Travolta:
If you don’t know the surprise twist in The Crying Game, we’re sorry that you have been living under a rock since 1992. Catch up with all the 90s spoiler alerts and watch it at 8 p.m. ET.
Happy Halloween. First we’re showing the Kids in the Hall’s mini-series Death Comes to Town. Then, if you like zombies–and who doesn’t–you’ll want to stay home all day with the doors locked and a big baseball bat. We’re playing Dead Set all day long from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
There is not much we don’t like about Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth and we are so excited that it is playing on Sunday, October 24th at 8:15 p.m. ET. It’s a fairytale played out against the darkly political backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.
As with many fairytales, the trouble starts as young Ofelia’s mother marries a cruel man and is forced to stay in bed during a troubled pregnancy leaving Ofelia on her own. Much like Alice, Ofelia stumbles into a strange world of fawns, frogs, and fairies, but Del Toro has imagined a wonderland far more ominous than anything Lewis Carroll could have imagined. Ofelia is convinced by the fawn, Pan, that she may be the lost princess of magical kingdom. For a lonely little girl grieving for her father, this is a dream come true, even though the dream is very much a nightmare comprised of life-threatening tasks that Ofelia must complete to reclaim her kingdom and her father.
Del Toro skillfully weaves political intrigue into the fabric of the fable creating a rich mixture of myth and mystery. The film is also absolutely stunning, even the moments that have you turning from the screen in horror are striking in their ghastliness. The palette is super saturated and it is clear that Del Toro took some lessons from the graphic novels he tapped into in Hellboy as well as the creeping horror from The Devil’s Backbone to create a truly unique film. You will probably never see another film quite like it. Until, Mr. Del Toro strikes again.
Watch the trailer below and then be sure to tune in on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET
Pan’s Labyrinth airs on IFC on Sunday, October 24 at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Each night at midnight something scary happens. We’ve been making sure of that all month long during Indie Screams. Tonight’s feature is Maximum Overdrive. Haunted big rigs? We’re there.
As we wile away the hours waiting for Maximum Overdrive and for Dead Set to start (Monday Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. ET), we’re getting in touch with our inner Type A personality and making lists. We already counted down our top zombie films, but while zombie films are generally gross what with all the limbs falling off and shovels to the head (or lawn mowers in the case of Dead Alive), they don’t usually create lasting psychological damage. While we love Evil Dead 2, it’s no Jaws. We’re looking for the movies that make you think twice before walking up a certain flight of stairs, dipping toes into the water, or changing addresses. So today we’re making a list and checking it twice of the scariest movies ever. Disagree with out choices? Tell us in the comments.
When a demon possesses a little girl, an exorcism is her mother’s only hope. The Exorcist has been freaking the heck out of people since its release in 1973.
A perfect couple in the quintessential New York apartment eagerly await the arrival of their first baby. Until they realize something is off. Namely, that the baby is the spawn of the devil. Seems the realtor forgot to mention the satanic cult living next door. Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby is a creepy masterpiece.
The original Dutch version of The Vanishing is a haunting film that will make sure you keep eyes on your loved ones at all gas stations and rest stops.
When George C. Scott moves into a mansion on the outskirts of Seattle he gets a lot more than peace, quiet, rain, and double nonfat cappuccinos. Instead he moves into one of the most unsettling ghost stories ever in The Changeling. Gold star performance by an inanimate object goes to the wheelchair in the attic.
From “Redrum” to those ghastly little girls to “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy” to almost every scene with Jack Nicholson in it there are so many frightening moments in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining we don’t know where to start.
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, hell is a lot worse than Dante lead us to believe. As IFC’s Will Weinand said, “You get stuck in eternal torment just for being curious. And the Cenobites don’t just destroy your body, they torture your soul for eternity.” Yep, that sounds terrifying.
When Ridley Scott commissioned H.R. Giger to create an alien the resulting xenomorph was unlike anything else in sci fi horror films. Alien took the fear of the unknown and made it ten times worse by putting a team of scientists in outer space facing down a creature that stalks you, uses you as an incubator, and then hunts you. Also, androids, an evil mega-corporation, and death by magazine. Death by magazine, people!
John Carpenter’s 1978 low budget tour de fear, Halloween is one of the most widely imitated horror films of all time. And for good reason, it is completely terrifying.
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has been turning happy swimmers into frightened landlubbers since 1975.
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone is an evocative tale of revenge set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War in an always creepy abandoned school. The ghosts are serious and so is the fear.