01.13-15.2012: What To Watch – Weekend Theater and TV Edition

Happy Friday the 13th!  Here’s to a weekend full of fright!


The Divide (Unrated / 121 mins / In Limited Release)  Starring Lauren German (TV’s Hawaii Five-0), Michael Biehn (Puncture), Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s Heroes), Courtney B. Vance (Joyful Noise [a same day release]), Iván González (TV’s Mystère au Moulin Rouge), Michael Eklund (The Day), Ashton Holmes (TV’s Revenge) and Rosanna Arquette (Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding).  Written by Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean.  Directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman).

Synopsis:  In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers – all tenants of a New York high rise apartment – escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s bunker-like basement.  Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psychosexual torment.  As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next.  While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.

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Don’t Go in the Woods (Unrated / 107 mins / In Limited Release)  Starring Eric Bogosian (TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Cassandra Walker (The Thing About My Folks), Matt Sbeglia, Soomin Lee, Nick Thorp, Casey Smith, Jorgen Jorgensen, Gywnn Galitzer, Alyssa Jang, Kira Gorelick, Nuriya Almaya, Ali Tobia (L.A. Nights) and Kate O’Malley.  Story by Vincent D’Onofrio.  Written by Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra (Reflections of a Sensitive Man).  Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio (Five Minutes, Mr Welles).

Don’t Go in the Woods, the horror musical film from director Vincent D’Onofrio, was the first feature from the former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star but it was more than just that.  He shot the movie at his Woodstock, New York property, casting fellow L & O: CI actor Eric Bogosian and locals from in and around town.  Produced in 12 days with $100,000, the ‘B-movie’ structured Don’t Go in the Woods was released on Video on Demand (VOD) on December 26, 2011 and has three theatrical release dates including Friday the 13th (January).

Synopsis:  ‘Don’t Go in the Woods’ is sound advice, especially when there’s a killer on the loose.  The exploration of love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid is told in this story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs.  Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.

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FRIDAY 1.13:

Fringe (S4.E8 – “Future Present: Back To Where You’ve Never Been”) at 9/8c on FOX – In an effort to find a way home, Peter (Joshua Jackson) journeys to the Other Side to confront Walternate (John Noble).  His venture proves more dangerous than expected.  Meanwhile, Olivia (Anna Torv) receives a dire premonition from an Observer.

Grimm (S1.E8 – “Game Ogre”) at 9/8c on NBC – A string of brutal murders lead Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a man who recently escaped prison.

Supernatural (S7.E12 – “Time After Time After Time”) at 9/8c on The CW – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) tangle with the God of Time (guest star Jason Dohring [TV’s Ringer]), who sends Dean back to 1944, where he is immediately arrested by none other than the one and only Eliot Ness (guest star Nicholas Lea [TV’s The X-Files]).  While trying to figure out how to retrieve his brother, Sam is surprised by the reappearance of an old friend.

Merlin (S4.E2 – “The Darkest Hour – Part 2”) at 10/9c on SyFy – In Part 2 of 2 of the Season 4 premiere, Arthur (Bradley James) battles on while Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera) races to Camelot with a dying Merlin (Colin Morgan).

SUNDAY 1.15:

Once Upon a Time (S1.E9 – “True North”) at 8/7c on ABC – Emma (Jennifer Morrison) tries to help two homeless siblings find their father (guest star Nicholas Lea [see Friday’s Supernatural]) before they’re put in foster care and separated; and the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) forces Hansel (guest star Quinn Lord) and Gretel (guest star Karley Scott Collins) into stealing something from a blind witch (guest star Emma Caulfield [TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer]).

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