01.06-08.2012: What To Watch – Weekend Theater and TV Edition

It’s a new year full of new resolutions, new movies, new shows (and new episodes of old shows) and of course, new frights.  Have a Happy & Frightful New Year!

THEATER PREMIERES

Beneath the Darkness (R / 98 mins)  Starring Aimee Teegarden (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Tony Oller (TV’s Gigantic), Stephen Lunsford (TV’s Private Practice), Devon Werkheiser (TV’s Greek), Brett Cullen (Puncture) and Dennis Quaid (Legion).  Written by Bruce Wilkinson.  Directed by Martin Guigui (Swing).

Image Entertainment’s horror thriller, Beneath the Darkness, is in limited theater release and will be available on DVD on February 28th, 2012.

Synopsis:  Ely Vaughn (Quaid) is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville, Texas.  The town’s mortician, Ely has been revered since his days as the high school’s star quarterback.  But since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories of supernatural goings on at Ely’s mansion – which is also the funeral home.  When high school friends Travis (Oller), Abby (Teegarden), Brian (Lunsford) and Danny (Werkheiser) decide to check out the rumors, they are shocked to see the supposedly grieving widower dancing with a mysterious woman behind the curtains of his bedroom window.

Their curiosity aroused, the four teens wait for Ely to leave the house before breaking in to investigate.  But instead of finding clues to the woman’s identity, they stumble on a grotesque, long-hidden secret.  Before they can flee the scene, Ely returns and surprises them in the act.  Travis watches in horror as the supposedly upstanding citizen brutally murders Danny and later convinces the police it was an accident.

Unwilling to let his friend’s murderer go unpunished, Travis enlists Abby’s help in another reconnaissance mission to the Vaughn home, but he has underestimated the depth of Ely’s need to hold onto his secrets.  When they trigger a trap he has set for them, Travis is wounded fleeing the scene and Abby disappears.  Unable to convince the authorities that Abby is in mortal danger, Travis finds himself locked in a desperate battle of wits with a wily psychotic killer who has little left to lose.  courtesy of Image Entertainment

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The Devil Inside (R / 87 mins)  Starring Fernanda Andrade (TV’s Sons of Anarchy), Simon Quarterman (The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior), Evan Helmuth (Removal), Suzan Crowley (Wild About Harry).  Written by William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman (Stay Alive).  Directed by William Brent Bell (Stay Alive).

Synopsis:  In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three people.  20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Andrade) seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night.  She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed.  When she recruits two young exorcists (Quarterman and Helmuth) to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria.  Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many.  courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE

Friday 1/6:

Supernatural (“Adventures in Babysitting”) at 9/8c on The CW – Still reeling after what happened to Bobby (Jim Beaver), Dean (Jensen Ackles) becomes dangerously obsessed over finding a way to take down Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart [The Closer]).  Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) decides to help a teenage girl (guest star Madison McLaughlin) look for her father (guest star Ian Tracey [Sanctuary]), a hunter who has gone missing.  Sam traces his last steps to a truck stop where the help (guest star Meghan Ory [Once Upon a Time]) turns out not to be so friendly.

Merlin (“The Darkest Hour”) at 10/9c on SyFy – In Part 1 of 2 of the Season 4 premiere, Morgana (Katie McGrath) summons Callieach (Gemma Jones) to rip apart the fabric between the worlds of the living and dead, unleashing creatures that kill anyone whom they touch.  Arthur (Bradley James) and his knights set out to save the kingdom while Merlin (Colin Morgan) attempts to return order to the world.

Sunday 1/8:

Once Upon a Time (“Desperate Souls”) at 8/7c on ABC – Emma (Jennifer Morrison) runs for public office and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and Regina (Lana Parrilla) take opposite sides in the election; and in the fairy-tale world, Rumplestiltskin becomes desperate to find a way to keep his son from a futile war.

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