Thomas & Friends are back in an all new series! With original songs, more physical comedy, and a greater range of character expressiveness, this fast and colorful show is crafted to appeal to contemporary audiences’ sensibilities while maintaining Thomas’ core brand ethos. Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go is sure to be loved by a whole new generation of fans. 


Feeling disconnected from her teenage son, a protective mother decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping. But as soon as she arrives, she begins butting heads with her handsome cabin neighbor, a single father and outdoorsman who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter. Friction soon sparks a flame as these opposites attract.


The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn that when things don't as expected, asking "what if" can lead to success. Based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan. 


Set in outer space, the series follows the adventures of the Callisto family – seven-year-old Miles, older sister Loretta and their scientist parents Phoebe and Leo, who work for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority on a mission to connect the universe.


It's Halloween eve on Shelter Island, and the small town is preparing for a killer storm. But the dark clouds gathering over the island are bringing with them a curse one-hundred years in waiting. As the woods give birth to an ungodly and insatiable creature of fire, bones, and earth, three sisters must scramble to stay alive through the long dark night of the Hollow. For it’s not something you can kill. It’s only something you can try and survive. The Hollow stars Deborah Kara Unger (The Game), Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights), Sarah Dugdale (Sugarbabies) and Richard Harmon (The 100).      


With the Scarecrow Festival on the horizon, school teacher Aaron Harris (Robin Dunne of Sanctuary) is doling out punishment for six students serving detention, including the moody Tyler, Goth girl Nikki, wrestling team captain Daevon, and straight-A student Maria (Nicole Munoz of Defiance). Their task: help their friend Kristen Miller's (Lacey Chabert) family farm with some grunt work before it’s sold. But the cornfields circling the farm come with a legend—and Tyler takes macabre delight in recounting the tale: It never sleeps, it never dies, it can’t be stopped, hear their cries. The Scarecrow lives to kill us all. Keep it buried in the fall…    


Four-leaf-it's over! Golden Globe nominated Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives") travels solo to the rolling plains and sweeping landscapes of Ireland on a "Honeymoon for One," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. With co-stars Greg Wise ("Return to Cranford") and Patrick Baladi ("Mistresses"), Sheridan plays an advertising executive who is forced to end her engagement to a philandering fiancé and then steps way outside her comfort zone when she decides to go on the idyllic honeymoon – alone!


An exciting road trip across Ireland's countryside takes a dark turn as a group of friends have a hostile encounter with a pack of mysterious gypsies. Now plagued with a black mark of death, they are doomed to be stalked and terrorized by a mythical bird of prey, whose insatiable appetite for human flesh is more than just urban legend. Eliza Bennett (Inkheart, Nanny McPhee), Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Lake Placid 3), and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, Citizen X, and Oscar nominated Best Actor for The Crying Game) star in this creature feature from director Johannes Roberts (When Evil Calls, Forest of the Damned) and writer Rick Suvalle ("V.I.P.").


BOXES is an animated pilot presentation produced for 20th Century Fox's "Inkubation" program. It is an office-place comedy about a quartet of disgruntled cubicle dwellers who work for the Boxdyne Corporation, a company that makes, packs, ships and tracks...boxes.


Based on the legendary Marvel comic book, the series centers on the adventures of Peter Parker, who develops superhuman powers after being bit by a genetically altered spider. Multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Harold & Kumar), singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and television star Ian Ziering (TV's "Beverly Hills 90210") bring Peter, MJ and Harry to life, along with guest voice talent from rocker Rob Zombie, rap star Eve, Jeremy Piven, Kathy Griffin, Michael Clarke Duncan, Stan Lee and more.


In this campy syndicated action series, Vallery Irons (Pamela Anderson) comes to Hollywood having no idea that her big break will come from a date with a famous action star. While attending a star-studded movie premiere, a crazed fan pulls a gun – but her movie hunk turns into a coward, and it's Val who becomes an accidental hero (thanks to a swing of her purse.) Suddenly Val's thrown into a world of action and danger as the figurehead of a Hollywood protection agency (V.I.P. – Vallery Irons Protection), taking risks to protect others at a price few are willing to pay.


The original animé superhero is back! Blast off with the all-new ASTRO BOY, a state-of-the-art update of Tezuka Osamu's classic series that started the animé explosion. Filled with exciting action, humor, and drama, ASTRO BOY tells the story of a young robot boy modeled after the son of a research scientist. This atomic-powered robot becomes a reluctant superhero who fights for justice and peace – for humans and robots alike! For the first time on DVD, this Collector's Edition contains the entire 50-episode series on 5 discs, with 29 episodes never before aired in the United States.

ScarecrowIn the spirit of full disclosure, I must reveal that I consider the writer of this movie, Rick Suvalle, a friend. I’ve reviewed a couple of his movies in the past, and felt I’d created a bit of awkwardness between us because I tried to be honest as I always do in my criticism. He claimed to appreciate my comments, and by that I mean the negatives I offered up about the films. From what I know of filmmaking most of my problems with those two movies had little to do with the writing. But still, I’m sure my comments stung a bit. For that I am sorry. Don’t worry, we’re still friends. However, I had assured him that instead of reviewing his most recent film, “Scarecrow”, I would merely offer some promotional comments and talk about it in terms of how it relates to my annual month long Horrorfest this year. He seemed nervous at just that prospect, but I insisted that I wouldn’t offer traditional film criticism.

Then I watched the movie, and I really liked it. As I write this I still don’t know if this is going to be some sort of review, but I have to say, I really liked it... 

The movie joins a very small collection of surprisingly compelling movies that have been featured in past Horrorfests centered on the horror icon of the scarecrow.A few years ago I revisited a made for TV horror film that I remembered well from my youth called “Dark Night of the Scarecrow”, which involved the spirit of a mentally handicapped man returning from the dead to take revenge on the men who tormented him in the form of a scarecrow. “Scarecrows” had a cult following, and although I didn’t like it as much as the people who had suggested it for my Horrorfest, it holds a special unique place in my Horrorfest memory. “Scarecrow” is better than either of these movies.

Made by the SyFy channel, “Scarecrow” shows a surprising resistance to the campy nature that infects most of their original movies. It involves a busload of high school kids who are sent to an abandoned farm for a detention punishment to dismantle a scarecrow for the town’s annual scarecrow festival. Once there they discover something that I guess we’ll call a scarecrow, and it is not happy to see them. Soon the body count starts mounting and the potential victim pool starts shrinking.

Rick told me he pitched the script based solely on the design concept of the scarecrow. Despite the limited recourses of cable television they nailed it with the scarecrow design. It is a creepy looking wraith-like thing that appears to be composed of rotting corn stocks. It climbs onto things like a rapidly creeping ivy with long claw-like fingers and an empty skull-shaped face. If I ran into it in a corn maze, I’d be leaving a puddle behind.

Director Sheldon Wilson takes Rick’s efficient script and builds a moody production around it that includes some wonderfully atmospheric scary locations. He and Rick are smart to take the action away from the cornfield fairly quickly. The action in the corn threatens to become monotonous and confusing for the audience. Soon we find our victims occupying a dilapidated farmhouse, a misty tree grove at night and a creaky boat graveyard. These touches help to elevate this made for TV feature to the level of a theatrical release. The film’s strongest feature by far is the design of the scarecrow, however.

So I guess I broke my promise to Rick not to review this film, but the movie is worth more than just a promotional write up. Unfortunately, SyFy’s final airing of the film for this Halloween season was Saturday. But surely, the movie will be available on DVD soon enough. Rick’s SyFy horror flick “Roadkill” is currently available on DVD.


Originally posted on A Penny in the Well on 10/21/13

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