Now watching: The Alienist

Netflix’s The Alienist is an intriguing premise with a star cast –  Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning team up in 1890s New York City to investigate a serial killer preying on street children. Brühl plays Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, the so-called ‘alienist’, a criminal psychologist – those suffering from mental illness at the time were said to be alienated from their true natures, so the experts who studied them were known as alienists.

It’s a suitably gruesome and dark series, with New York City looking fantastically grubby but recognisable. It reminds us of the feel of The Knick with a little bit of Penny Dreadful and we’re really enjoying it. Evans is a hoot. Do give it a try.


Review – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

It is happening again.

And it happened before – in 1992 – when David Lynch directed the feature length movie of the final days of Laura Palmer’s (Sheryl Lee’s) life. It’s as disturbing, quirky and ‘Lynch’ as they come, with central Twin Peaks characters making welcome appearances and some pretty strange cameos from Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland and David Bowie to name but a few.

We find out more about Laura’s sad, troubled life and Fire Walk with Me is explicit about who ‘Bob’ is, what he does and what happens behind closed doors in seemingly perfect middle class America. Lynch puts the fear into nice houses and lawns, comfortable lounges and we’re once again looking out for Bob springing up from behind the sofa or the corner of Laura’s room. The significance of the ceiling fan also comes into play.

As described in ‘The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer’ book, we get to see exactly what Laura is into and how best friend Donna (played in the movie by Moira Kelly, not Lara Flynn Boyle – who declined to return) tries to find out and nearly gets sucked into herself. There’s a chilling moment reminding us where Agent Cooper  (Kyle MacLachlan) is, when Laura sees a bloodied Annie (Heather Graham) in bed with her and she delivers a message. *shudder*. And of course we visit the Black Lodge to meet The Man From Another Place (Michael J. Anderson).

Fire Walk with Me stands up solidly by itself in the Twin Peaks family and is a great watch. The final 20 minutes alone are horrific and deeply upsetting but leave you feeling that Laura is okay now. How and when we meet her again in May 2017 is yet to be revealed but we can’t wait.




RATING: 8/10

Watch it for: Sheryl Lee gets the attention she deserves 

Watch out for: Bloody BOB – of course! 



It is happening again – Twin Peaks 2017

The Twin Peaks teaser dropped last night and WE ARE BEYOND EXCITED. Twin Peaks was seminal to us growing up, and we’re so pleased Laura Palmer kept her promise of seeing us all again 25 years on. Twin Peaks is horror – we still have a fear of ceiling fans, tops of stairs, the backs of sofas and the woods, thanks to Mr David Lynch – and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.

21 May can’t come soon enough.

And remember – the owls are NOT what they seem.


We love – American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016)

American Horror Story’s sixth season is as terrifying as ever, with a clever spin on reality TV and an episode six twist which will have you cheering (and screaming).

Starting off all Amityville likeeeeee and cleverly reuniting the tour de force of Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. following their opposing turns on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J,  we follow married couple Shelby and Matt who move to a spooky house in the woods – the site of the lost colony of Roanoke. Sarah and Cuba are actually playing two actors playing Shelby and Matt – oh so self-reflexive! – as the real couple (Lily Rabe and Andre Holland) recount their horrific ordeal at the house on a documentary hit show. Confused? Stay with us…

As Shelby and Matt are haunted and tortured by the lost colony, led by The Butcher (played by Kathy Bates – so she’s playing an actress playing a ghost!), the documentary seems to end in episode six of Roanoke. And that’s where the real fun begins.

AHS Hotel was a fantastic hoot and Freakshow good fun also (the clown – uggggh) but Roanoke delivers some real scares and jumps. Episodes six and seven nearly had us crying and we’re horror pros!

Ryan Murphy yet again proves AHS has got legs and we want this series to run and run.

Recommended: Hemlock Grove

A Netflix Original, Hemlock Grove has the horror kudos of Eli Roth behind it as executive producer. Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, it’s an intriguing play on ‘gothic’ with a little bit of Italian horror thrown in. Opening with the brutal murder of a cheerleader by an unknown person (or is it?), the series follows the strange characters of the fictional Pennsylvanian town including the mysterious and brooding Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård – son of Stellan and brother of True Blood’s Alexander) and the rather hairy Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), as well as leads by The Faculty’s Famke Janssen and Scottish actor Dougray Scott.

Teen angst meets psychic abilities, angels and transformations at full moon – it’s an absorbing series with two seasons currently available.