Behold a Great Red Dragon

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This weekend’s San Diego Comic Con has been tinged with sadness for fans of the recently cancelled NBC series Hannibal.

The massive positive to come out of the panel of the show featuring Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Martha DeLaurentiis (Producer), Bryan Fuller (Creator) and Richard Armitage (Francis Dolarhyde); is the first full footage of the Red Dragon story arc which begins in episode 8 of the third season.

A time jump of three years will come to pass after next week’s mid-season finale; we don’t know who gets out alive but don’t expect Dr. Lecter to go into his cell without a fight or two.

Armitage’s casting as Dolarhyde looks inspired from the footage below with ‘The Tooth Fairy’ a very conflicted and partially tragic character alongside being a vicious serial killer of families.

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Could Clarice #SaveHannibal ?

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One of the most interesting tidbits to come from Hannibal series creator Bryan Fuller in the lead up to the third and potentially final season is his revelation that he has spoken to Jodie Foster about being part of the show.

Most likely behind the camera, Fuller in an interview said,

“I’ve asked Jodie Foster if she wanted to direct an episode, because she’s a brilliant Director. But that’s the only conversation I’ve had with Jodie Foster.”

If Fuller could work his magic and get Foster on board in some guise for a fourth season elsewhere from NBC maybe there could be life in the series yet.

Having the original Clarice Starling involved may also help convince MGM into loaning the rights to the Silence of the Lambs characters such as Benjamin Raspail, Buffalo Bill, Barnie, Senator Ruth Martin and her daughter Catherine oh and how could I forget ‘Multiple Migs’….

Given Fuller’s vision for the story so far it would be fascinating what he could with the Buffalo Bill arc with potentially 10 hours of television to play with.

We could see the descent of Jaime Gumb as he struggles with his identity, from rejections from sexual re-assignment clinics to his ill-fated relationship with Benjamin Raspail to his murderous spree as Buffalo Bill.

Visually it could be horrifically stunning as only Hannibal can be.

The second half of the third season of Hannibal will see Fuller adapt the ‘Red Dragon’ storyline and give Francis Dolarhyde aka ‘The Tooth Fairy’ his own POV in the same way Will and Hannibal have had previously.

Expect the story to be modernised and adapted to fit in with the series, but it seems the basis will remain the same with Lecter caged up and feeding scraps to Will who is now married but has been co-axed back into the hunt by Jack Crawford.

Having already seen the burning wheelchair last season for Freddie Lounds’ ‘fake’ death expect something more completely twisted in store. Are other characters safe too? Alana? Bedelia and even Jack?

Expect some more bloodshed and loss before Hannibal dines for the final time on NBC.

Savoring the Final Hunt

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The news that Hannibal will be no more after the current third season is starting to sink in with Fannibals.

Safe to say ‘Contorno’ was the show at its glorious and bloody best. Hannibal’s enemies are starting to close in on him; Will, Chio, Jack, Alana, Pazzi and of course Mason.

This week’s episode was lifted mainly from the ‘Hannibal’ book by Thomas Harris with many scenes cleverly switched around and adapted to incorporate the overall narrative.

It will be fascinating to see how this plays out next week as Will and Hannibal meet again, and what will be the fall out from that.

One of the reasons Mads Mikkelsen is arguably the greatest visual portrayal of Lecter yet is the way he strikes quick and decisively; almost like a wild animal. As with Pazzi and in a previous episode when he slits the throat of his and Bedelia’s dinner guest.

Hannibal has the upper hand on most because they don’t know what he is, but Will and Jack do and this could be his undoing.

Mason has also been offered some of the funniest lines of the series so far, his ‘spitters are quitters’ in ‘Contorno’ certainly caused a chuckle.

So the table has been laid for the final supper for Hannibal, the only question now is who will he be dining with?

Checking into Horror Hotel

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The casting news is coming thick and fast now for American Horror Story: Hotel.

Jessica Lange has confirmed what most of us already knew; that she won’t be returning in any guise for the Fox series’ 5th run.

This should of course be seen as an opportunity for the likes of Sarah Poulson, Kathy Bates or even the rumoured Michelle Pfeiffer taking the leading lady role.

Perhaps Lady GaGa can step up?

While the female casting may be missing one significant face, the male casting is adding some considerable quality in the form of Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, Magic Mike and White Collar).

Bomer appeared in Freakshow meeting a horrific end at the hands of Dandy (Finn Wittrock also returning).

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Also confirmed is Ryan Murphy alumni Cheyenne Jackson as well as Wes Bentley, who also appeared last season.

Evan Peters is also back, and here’s hoping the show gets back on track after an uneven 4th run with Freakshow being a disjointed effort at best.

American Horror Story: Hotel debuts this fall on Fox.

Follow You Follow Me

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It’s quite a usual tagline for the horror genre; ‘The scariest film in years….’, and few of them live up to this billing.

Enter the latest film to take this crown, ‘It Follows'; luckily it completely hits the spot and is genuinely terrifying.

The premise on first glance is questionable with a killer presence passed on to lovers after sex; which doesn’t stop until it kills you.

So sex does in fact = death in the horror genre.

What I forgot to mention is how stylishly ‘It Follows’ wears its genre badges on its sleeve with pride with frequent nods to Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, with its German expressionist style and haunting and intense music.

Maika Monroe who shone in her recent turn in the very entertaining The Guest, also steals the show with a great portrayal of our heroine who is resourceful and even a little flawed at times.

It’s impossible to go into too much detail about ‘It Follows’ without spoiling its twists, but safe to say if you do see it, it will certainly leave its mark on you.

Hopefully this won’t be the only outstanding horror film of 2015, over to you Hollywood.

Haus of Horrors

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First news on American Horror Story’s fifth season has broke today; with the news that Lady Gaga will star in the show.

You could say in many ways that this is a perfect fit given some of her bizarre music videos (see Alejandro) and erratic dress sense (meat dress anyone?).

This will be the first series without Jessica Lange after she stated that Freakshow would be her final appearance and although it was a very disjointed series many loyal fans will be sad to see the last of Lange headlining the anthology series.

American Horror Story: Hotel looks to be set around a set of characters maybe going down the route of Psycho/Bates Motel running a Hotel somewhere. No other details have been forthcoming at this stage, just that the series will debut this fall on FX.

From a personal point of view I would definitely like to see the return of Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe (in a bigger role) and Finn Wittrock who was the best thing about Freakshow as the twisted Dandy.

In terms of outgoing personnel, I think Angela Bassett and Denis O’Hare weren’t really used to their full potential last series and wouldn’t be overtly concerned if they didn’t return.

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Get Ready for Grodd!

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So a couple of episodes ago of The Flash we had post-credit sequence featuring the notorious Gorilla Grodd.

Now I have to admit I am not as savvy on the comic book world as others, but I have since been told that he is in fact a psychic gorilla; only on the CW!

The thing that The Flash did state from the get-go was that it would be faithful to its comic book origins and this certainly looks to continue with Grodd’s introduction.

Is Grodd smarter than the mysterious Harrison Wells, who we now know is the Reverse Flash? Only time will tell.

One thing is for sure; from this clip Grodd takes no prisoners…..