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Despite its lackluster second season and one of the main actors being fired, the American Gods television show is planning a third season though no release date has been announced. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, it follows an ex-convict who gets caught in a supernatural war.
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While many consider American Gods to be Gaiman’s magnum opus, his concept of bringing ancient myths into the present is not unique to him. In fact, there are several movies out there with the same idea that came out before and after American Gods with arguably the best ones showcased here.
Two years after American Gods was published in 2001, a movie came out called Dreamkeeper. Released on ABC, it focuses on a young Lakota man named Shane Chasing Horse who reluctantly takes his grandfather to a powwow. In turn, the grandfather tells Shane many Native American stories as they travel cross-country.
Now given that there’s a lot of traveling in American Gods, this movie would be appropriate to watch despite not having the exact same premise as the show. Plus, it delves more into Native American mythology compared to American Gods whose contributions include the occasional myth and a minor supporting character who’s part Cherokee.
Though the American Gods TV show follows the same basic premise as the book, it does take some liberties such as including characters who were only mentioned briefly like Jesus. Yes, the same Jesus from the Bible whose story has been retold in various mediums including movies.
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Among the adaptations of Jesus’ story, though, the 1973 Godspell film is one of the most unique. Based on the musical of the same name, it takes place in New York City where a 70s version of Jesus and his youthful disciples retell several parables. Then in between these are several religious-themed musical numbers.
Besides Christianity, Greek myth has achieved a kind of universality that is widely recognized with themes that transcend time itself. Though one of the more famous stories that interweaves Greek mythology is Homer’s The Odyssey, which has been interpreted in many ways.
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Even comedic takes on the story exist, such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? Set during the Depression, the movie follows three convicts that escape and get into all kinds of odd situations. On the surface, this is basically the premise of American Gods since the main character Shadow is a former convict though he was released on parole.
The beauty of mythology is that it’s not necessarily bound to one culture. Hence we get movies like Black Orpheus, which is a Brazilian take on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.
For those unfamiliar with the story, it’s about two lovers who are pulled apart when Eurydice tragically dies causing Orpheus to travel to the Underworld to retrieve her soul. Now what makes Black Orpheus’ version unique is its setting, which is 1950s Brazil, and the inclusion of Voodoo. The latter is especially relevant to American Gods, which introduces Haitian Loas that are worshipped in Voodoo in the second season.
It has been argued that comic book superheroes represent a kind of mythology for the modern age, from their universal themes to even including literal gods. Among the latter is Wonder Woman, who was created by the Greek Gods and is blessed with divine gifts including weapons.
Aside from her appearances in comic books and animated television shows/movies, Wonder Woman’s popularity went further up following the live-action DCEU film named after her. Because she interacts with gods like Ares, who serves as her main nemesis, her story ties into American Gods thematically and in relation to Shadow’s true heritage.
Also known as Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, this movie was among the many young adult novel adaptations that followed in wake of the Harry Potter movies’ success. Though it did manage to get a sequel, Percy Jackson wasn’t as big of a hit as expected and it’s unclear whether a proper adaptation will come in the form of a television show or not.
Nevertheless, it has a similar concept to American Gods by having the creatures and gods of myth interacting in the modern world. The main story, though, focuses on the adventures of its titular protagonist who is the son of Poseidon.
In addition to including more characters that were mentioned in the book, the American Gods TV show expanded the roles of minor characters like Mad Sweeney. A prickly Leprechaun with a penchant for drinking, he unexpectedly became a fan-favorite despite his fate in Season 2.
Now, what does this have to do with the lighthearted 1960s musical film adaptation of Finian’s Rainbow? Well, like American Gods it utilizes the idea of immigrants unintentionally bringing supernatural figures that represent their beliefs to America. Plus, an unusually tall Leprechaun and stolen coins with magic powers play a significant role in the musical’s story.
While comic book superheroes may have their own unique stories with mythological elements, they also popularize myths that already exist. For instance, the Thor comics introduced many people to Norse myths which generally aren’t as well-known as their Greek counterparts.
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Then like Wonder Woman, the superhero Thor (who is also a god) became even more popular after appearing in the MCU movies starting with the 2011 film named after him. Now while the god Thor does appear in the American Gods TV show, his role is relatively minor compared to Odin who’s one of the main characters in the show and book.
Apart from Shadow traveling with his mysterious employer Mr. Wednesday (aka Odin), American Gods also focuses on his wife Laura who comes back from the dead. While she could be seen as a kind of zombie, she’s more than that due to having agency.
Yet there aren’t very many zombie movies where the undead is portrayed in a sympathetic manner or at least behave like humans. Minus Zombies and Warm Bodies, there was a dark comedy that came out in the 1990s with zombie-like beings. Known as Death Becomes Her, it stars Meryl Streep as an aging actress who gets a potion that makes her immortally undead.
The main antagonists of American Gods are the New Gods, who are manifestations of the various modern technologies that exist. From television to computers, they want to repress Odin and the rest of the Old Gods out of fear of their great power.
While there are no gods in The Matrix and its sequels, there are allusions to gods with characters like Morpheus (named after the Greek god of dreams) and Trinity. Plus, the conflict is similar to American Gods as it is the power of religion versus that of technology. In fact, Neo’s story parallels Shadow’s as they are both ordinary men thrust into fantastic situations.
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American Idol has suspended production amid coronavirus fears. The ABC singing contest has been around since 2002, running until 2016 and then picking up again in 2018 after a two-year hiatus, and it’s become the latest TV show to shut down due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with several others having done the same in the last week. Saturday Night Live has announced they’re shutting production down indefinitely, while a number of movies and shows, some coming from streaming services, have been stalled as well. It’s been reported that most of the network shows which have seen production halted in light of the current pandemic will cut their seasons short yet at least one TV celebrity will be keeping fans entertained via social media while things remain uncertain.
Per TVLine, Idol brought a halt to production on Monday. This was done in order to get contestants back home to their families safely, also in line with Los Angeles County’s new stipulations which prohibit large gatherings. But a source tells the publication that the rest of the production crew has been working remotely on pre-taped shows from last week. Episodes will keep airing through to the beginning of the live shows, originally scheduled for mid-April. However, those are now in danger and producers Fremantle will continue to monitor the situation, evaluating on a week-to-week basis.
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The immensely popular ABC competition is now on a list of over 100 shows which have stopped production, with coronavirus cases surfacing from all 50 states. There were nearly 6,000 total cases reported in the U.S at the time of writing and the government has employed various measures to help combat the spread, including the tracking of cellphone data.
Several questions loom as a result of this latest suspension and it remains to be seen how ABC will deal with the circumstances at hand. They could buy themselves a bit of time by fleshing out with already existing footage that would have otherwise stayed off TV while they continue to evaluate the situation. Live audiences are unlikely to be involved if production resumes by next month, though.
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Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story, has given fans a lot of reasons to speculate due to his penchant for dropping clues and releasing teasers about what’s to come. As the show will likely premiere in September, when could the first trailer for the tenth season release?
Most recently, Ryan Murphy took to Instagram to post an eerie cast release trailer that answered fans’ questions about who would be returning for the landmark tenth season. Previously, Murphy had discussed that he was reaching out to many fan-favorite actors who have been involved with past seasons to get them to return. As season nine, 1984, had the marked absence of both Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, who have been with the show from the beginning, much of the speculation surrounding cast information was related to whether they would return.
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Even though the show does vary thematically from season to season, as is the nature of an anthology, the actors have become staples of the show and are a huge part of its marketing, so it makes sense that news of Peters and Paulson returning alongside other favorites like Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, Finn Wittrock, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd would play in Murphy’s favor. With many more reveals before the series’ release – which will likely happen in September or October 2020 – a logical application of previous trends could pinpoint when the next reveal will release.
American Horror Story’s promotional materials have always leaned heavily on raising hype and dropping clues for the series’ fanbase, who have been speculating about connections between the show – which was eventually confirmed – since its inception. Murphy plays into this himself, having teased a crossover season years before Apocalypse premiered and even saying that he’ll bring the witches from Coven back again in the future. Teaser trailers and reveals, similar to what he did on Instagram, have been staggered in the months before each season’s release, giving more generic details about each season’s theme, such as people trapped in a mattress for Hotel or being stalked at a summer camp for 1984.
Since the show has been renewed through its thirteenth season, Murphy has time to lay out more long-term plans for his series, but that doesn’t mean the tenth season doesn’t come with a lot of hype, as it is a landmark for any television program. In a way, this can be more easily achieved with anthologies, since there isn’t as much concern for plot holes or the reliance on stale tropes to keep up its momentum; the landscape is less fixed and any mistakes from a weak season can be overlooked with something as simple as a change of scenery. Even so, heading into 2020, the focus for fans of American Horror Story is on season ten, and speculation as to the show’s theme has already begun, with the concept of urban legends and creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot being the primary topic of discussion, as a clue from 1984 gave a hat tip to this seemingly random piece of information.
Ryan Murphy has not yet released the theme for the season, as this will likely coincide with the first teaser. In the past, these typically release in late July or August, though sometimes have dipped into September for earlier seasons. At first, American Horror Story released in October, but after season five, moved up to a September release. Given the nature of social media and the anticipation surrounding the show, clues have been dropped earlier and earlier, with 1984 unleashing its first teaser in April 2019. If Murphy’s cast trailer is anything to go by, American Horror Story might reveal its tenth season within the next few months; the ocean in the background could also point to a summer reveal in either June or July.
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American literature has served as the inspiration and source material for countless movies throughout history. As soon as the moving picture was invented, screenwriters (or even the original authors) began adapting books for the screen. The process dates back to the late 1800s, though it’s impossible to say what movie was actually the first adaptation since many films from that era have been lost.
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When it comes to American literature, names like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain tend to come to mind. When it comes to film adaptations, however, the names that come to mind can be a bit different. There have been several adaptations of Mark Twain’s work, for example, but most have failed to garner praise from critics. Still, plenty of other adaptations have. So, here are ten of the best American literature adaptations, ranked according to IMDb’s ratings.
Though not as critically acclaimed as the others on this list, it’s impossible to deny the cultural significance of The Notebook. Approach any given person and ask them to name romantic movies or books, and there is a good chance that The Notebook will be on their list. Adapted from Nicholas Sparks’s novel of the same name, the tragic love story portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams remains one of the most iconic love stories in cinema history, even if it is a bit predictable at times.
Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women is a coming-of-age story about four sisters in the 1800s who set out to live their lives on their own terms.
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Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film was not by any means the first adaptation of the original novel, but it proved to be one of the strongest by remaining true to the source material while taking some creative liberties that were inspired by Alcott’s own life and experiences.
When Blade Runner first hit theaters, it was largely a failure. Most likely, when audiences saw Harrison Ford starring in a sci-fi movie, they went in with Star Wars-esque expectations and were obviously disappointed. Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, adapted from Phillip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, eventually became known as a cinematic masterpiece, telling a beautiful story about the human morality of artificial intelligence and staying true to the source material.
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was almost perfectly adapted to film by Horton Foote in 1962, and remains one of the most effective and compelling adaptations of American literature to this day.
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Gregory Peck gave the performance of a lifetime as Atticus Finch, the stern but approachable Alabama lawyer who decides to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, in a very publicized and culturally sensitive trial. The story and moral messages of To Kill a Mockingbird remain relatable to this day.
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket shocked audiences with its painfully realistic depiction of the Marine Corps during Vietnam. A soldier goes from the psychological and physical exhaustion of basic training to the gruesome horrors of the front lines in this dramatic masterpiece, adapted from Gustav Hasford’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Short-Timers. Kubrick had already cemented himself as a legendary filmmaker, and Full Metal Jacket only backed up that claim.
It’s hard to discuss movies that are based off of books without thinking about Stephen King. The king of horror’s novel, The Shining, was poetically adapted to film by perhaps one of the most capable filmmakers for the source material; Stanley Kubrick.
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Though it does suffer from some deviation from King’s original story, it remains an incredibly compelling and disturbing horror film about one man’s slow descent into madness. Plus, it featured one of Jack Nicholson’s most memorable performances.
Anthony Hopkins will forever be remembered for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs, and Jodie Foster isn’t too far behind him. Ted Tally and Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel of the same name was a chilling psychological thriller and psychopathic character study that teetered on the edge of horror without ever fully indulging in the genre’s tropes. An FBI agent hunting down a serial killer enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist serving time for murder and cannibalism. What started as a dark novel was turned into one of the greatest films of all time.
Adapted from the groundbreaking novel of the same name, written by Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is often considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. This dark comedy is about an inmate pretending to be mentally ill to avoid hard labor. Upon arriving at the mental institution, however, he immediately clashes with the authoritarian head nurse, and tries to raise a rebellion among the other patients.
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Jack Nicholson gives an incredible performance and manages to stay true to the original book’s character while retaining his own unique take on the material.
David Fincher’s Fight Club managed to both amaze audiences, as well as confuse them. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name, Fight Club features Edward Norton as a boring, white collar worker who rejects the society in which he exists and starts an underground fight club with charismatic Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt. What starts as a simple escape from the corporate grind soon becomes an elaborate conspiracy that consumes not only their life, but the lives of those around them.
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Jim Uhls and Fincher’s adaptation remains mostly true to the book, and managed to develop a significant cult following after release (which is ironic for those who are familiar with the film). The artistic direction, cinematography, acting, and troubling subject matter remain unparalleled to this day.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the best American literature adaptation is also, arguably, the best film of all time. The Godfather, adapted by Mario Puzo’s groundbreaking novel of the same name, is a crime epic about the Corleone crime family. The aging patriarch passes down the title of Don to his son, Michael, who had previously been the black sheep of the family. Michael’s rise to power is tragically mirrored with his personal moral descent, proving definitely that ultimate power comes at an ultimate price. The Godfather set new benchmarks for American cinema and will forever hold a special place in cinematic history.
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The popular anthology horror show American Horror Story is home to some of the evilest, sadistic, and most unforgivable characters in television. The series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is true to its name and pushes the boundaries of horror. Several characters have become nightmarish icons in popular culture.
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AHS features some sickening people who have demonstrated their evil and ruthless nature. Some were motivated by demonic possession and others were simply psychopaths. Here are the ten most horrifying characters in American Horror Story.
Fans first meet the sweet-faced sociopath Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House. The ghost is revealed to have brutally killed countless people, including several of his classmates and former murder house inhabitants Chad and Patrick.
Tate undergoes a redemption arc of sorts in Apocalypse, but his crimes are still heinous and unforgivable. Tate hurt countless innocent people, including his girlfriend Violet’s mother Vivien. His actions highlight the evil of the house that possessed him.
Michael Langdon is the demonic offspring of Tate and Vivien as well as the Anti-Christ. He was born from the evil of the house and commits countless evil atrocities in the series. In Apocalypse, he destroys the world and kills billions of innocent people until his actions are reversed by Mallory and the witches.
Michael was one of the evilest characters in American Horror Story. Like Tate, he showed no remorse for his murderous ways and only cared about a handful of people, including his grandmother Constance and Miriam Mead.
Delphine LaLaurie, played by actress Kathy Bates, appears in the third season of American Horror Story. She is one of the evilest and most sadistic characters in Coven. During her reign of terror, she tortured and killed hundreds of slaves before Marie Laveau cursed her with immortality and buried her alive.
Fiona revives Delphine in the modern era. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Queenie but even this isn’t enough to dissuade Delphine from her sadistic ways. Delphine is condemned to Hell after her death, where she undeniably belongs.
The Polk family feature prominently in American Horror Story: Roanoke. They are led by the evil and cruel Mama Polk, who encourages her family to cannibalize innocent people who are unfortunate enough to stumble upon the Roanoke woods.
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Mama Polk and her devoted children are responsible for some of the most gruesome and stomach-turning scenes in the sixth season of American Horror Story. She kills, maims, and eats several characters, including Lee Harris before her escape.
The spoiled and sadistic Dandy Mott is one of the primary antagonists of the show’s fourth season, Freak Show. Dandy is a psychopath who puts his selfish wants before anything else. He becomes the protege of Twisty the Clown after being rejected from Elsa Mars’ freak show.
Dandy isn’t menacing in the same manner as other characters on this list, but his actions prove that he is one of the show’s evilest characters. He is eventually killed at the end of the series by Desiree, Jimmy, Bette, and Dot.
James Patrick March appears in American Horror Story: Hotel and is played by regular cast member Evan Peters. March is revealed to be the original owner of the Hotel Cortez. He designed the hotel and murdered countless innocent people before his death.
After his death, he continues to haunt the hotel and is responsible for Detective John Lowe becoming the Ten Commandments Killer. March has no remorse for his actions and enjoys murder, and is one of the show’s most irredeemable characters.
Arthur Arden features in American Horror Story: Asylum but reappears later in the fourth season. He is revealed to be a former Nazi who experiments on the patients at Briarcliff. Arden tortured and killed countless people throughout his life until he committed suicide following the death of Sister Mary Eunice.
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In Freak Show, it is revealed that Arden is responsible for amputating Elsa’s legs during the making of a snuff film. He is unquestionably a sadistic monster and of American Horror Story’s evilest creations.
Kai is another character played by Evan Peters in American Horror Story. He is the primary antagonist of Cult and shows himself to be a ruthless, misogynistic psychopath who uses politics to create and spread mass fear and hysteria.
Kai is charming and his charisma makes him all the more dangerous. People flocked to his cult and he convinced them to commit evil acts. Kai is one of the evilest characters in the series who is entirely human; Satan didn’t need to convince him to do anything.
The Butcher is another character who featured in American Horror Story: Roanoke. She leads the spirits of Roanoke against any people who intrude on her land. Throughout the season, she is responsible for countless gruesome and graphic murders.
The Butcher and her people are at their full strength during the Blood Moon. Any unfortunate people on their land who aren’t caught by the Polks have to deal with the Butcher. Many characters, including Taissa Farmiga’s Sophie, are brutally killed by the murderous matriarch.
Sister Mary Eunice was one of the most innocent characters in the series until she was possessed by a demon. After the exorcism of Jed Potter, the evil entity finds a new host in the sweet-natured nun. Sister Mary Eunice becomes more vicious and sadistic, ruthlessly killing staff members and inmates at Briarcliff.
Sister Mary Eunice terrorizes the asylum whilst under demonic influence. Both she and the demon are eventually killed and taken by Shachath, the Angel of Death. Even though AHS saw many terrifying characters, seeing a once sweet num turn eviler than devil puts her in the first spot.
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American Horror Story: Asylum is one of the most highly-regarded seasons of the horror anthology, and introduced a new cast of characters, including a figure that has taken on many different forms through history and fictional media: the angel of death.
Ryan Murphy’s series, which completed its ninth season in 2019 and is on track for a tenth in 2020, has worked with folklore, religion, history, and multiple other sources with real-life connections to develop well-rounded, three-dimensional characters that bear a strong resemblance to their counterparts in any iteration. While the historical lean isn’t the most accurate, Murphy’s talented actors bring these characters and their stories to life in ways that work and blend genres together within the confines and depth of what the horror genre can be to create exciting seasons that deliver for fans more often than not in every new setting.
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Asylum was the most award-winning and critically acclaimed season of American Horror Story, and part of that was due to the storytelling associated with various different characters, who all were trapped together by different means within Briarcliff, a Catholic-run asylum that housed innocent people as well as more dangerous residents both behind bars and roaming freely amongst the halls. One side plot that was of particular interest to fans was the relationship between various characters and the angel of death, Shachath, played by Frances Conroy.
Not to be confused with Roanoke‘s Scathach, Asylum‘s Shachath is an ever-lurking presence in the halls of Briarcliff. A melancholy figure, she is invisible except to those who are nearing the end of their life and are ready to pass on to the other side. Notably, Shachath can be seen by Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) after she’s been possessed by the Devil, which shows the two of them have history together. Her character acts out of kindness, only seeking to ease the pain of suffering people or dying people; she explicitly states that she doesn’t judge someone’s reasons for accepting death, and is merely there to facilitate the process, sealing it with a kiss.
Shachath has a prominent relationship with Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), who has been ready to die or close to death several times in her life, but continually ushers Shachath away whenever she appears, stating that she’s not ready. Shachath seems to understand this desire, Jude’s ever-present longing to be ready on her own terms, though it creates an interesting tension between the two; there’s never any pressure on Jude to make the decision, but Shachath seems to be all-knowing, and understanding the many reasons why someone might want to depart from the mortal coil.
As an angel, Shachath has immense powers, and even possesses the ability to return the Devil himself to Hell, which she proves when she ushers Sister Mary Eunice to the other side after she falls to her death. While Shachath does have a basis in religious origin, more often the Angel of Death is known to be Azrael in the Islam religion and some sects of Judaism. He is responsible for taking the souls of the departed to the other side, and is a similarly compassionate figure. Though the character and origin story does differ somewhat in American Horror Story lore, Shachath remains one of the most powerful characters to grace the various seasons, and could play a part in future seasons, as all are connected.
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Stranger Things dropped a surprise teaser on Valentine’s Day along with a big reveal: Jim Hopper is alive, and he’s in Russia. So, what does this mean for season 4? Stranger Things season 3 left many loose threads that fans have been desperately trying to put together since it’s unknown when season 4 will arrive. By the end of season 3, the new and improved Mind Flayer had been defeated again, Eleven was left without powers, the Byers (and Eleven) moved out of Hawkins, and Hopper was killed – or so was believed.
There has been a lot of secrecy around Stranger Things season 4, with only one announcement teaser released back in September 2019, which featured the series’ logo and a big four that suddenly appeared in the Upside Down, teasing that “we’re not in Hawkins anymore”. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation around where the new season will be set in (Russia? the Upside Down?), if it will feature time-travel, and what truly happened to Hopper. Now, after months of countless theories and even some fans losing hope on David Harbour’s return to the series, Stranger Things has confirmed that Hopper is alive.
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A new teaser for season 4 revealed that Hopper survived the explosion at the underground Russian lab in Hawkins at the end of season 3 and is now a prisoner in Russia. A mid-credits scene in Stranger Things season 3 finale showed that the Russians have an American prisoner in a base in Kamchatka, and the teaser confirmed that Hopper is that prisoner – and here’s what this means for season 4.
Of course, the first question around Hopper’s survival is how it happened. In season 3’s finale, titled “The Battle of Starcourt”, Hopper, Joyce, and Murray infiltrated the Russian base in order to close the gate to the Upside Down. As Hopper and Joyce were preparing to shut the machine down, Grigori (also known as “the Russian Terminator”) arrived and fought Hopper. The two ended up next to the machine, with Hopper throwing Grigori into it, killing him instantly and creating an electrical barrier that blocked Hopper’s path. With no way out, he nodded to Joyce to close the gate, which caused an explosion and disintegrated all those near the machine. However, Hopper’s body (or what should have been left of it) was nowhere to be found. The mid-credits scene gave fans hope for Hopper’s return, and it paid off in the end.
Now, many viewers have pointed out that Hopper wasn’t where he was supposed to be seconds before the machine exploded. In the moments between Joyce closing her eyes and turning the keys and the machine exploding, Hopper wasn’t on his spot. Many believe that he jumped through the gate and into the Upside Down, while others are sure he found a way out at the last minute, and hid in some sort of safe zone. If Hopper got out through the gate, that would mean there’s so much more to the gates than just being doors to the Upside Down, as they could also have the potential to transport a person to a completely different place – most likely one where a gate is also open. If Hopper managed to hide in a safe zone inside the lab, this means he was found not long after by other Russian scientists, and as he was wearing one of their uniforms, they could have mistaken him for one of theirs and took him with them, as they surely had an evacuation plan ready in case they were caught.
The Russians’ plans will depend a lot on how they got a hold of Hopper. The Russians could see in Hopper someone they can use to get information about Hawkins and the experiments that have taken place there, as well as about test subjects like Eleven, who have displayed different special abilities. He could also be turned into a test subject and thus be part of the Russians’ experiments – after all, they continue to experiment on the Upside Down, as they have a Demogorgon of their own, meaning they managed to open at least one gate. Or, simply, Hopper could be a regular prisoner at a labor camp, and the Russians have no plans for him other than keeping him captive.
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Season 3’s mid-credits scene made it clear that the Russians are not done with their plans after their lab underneath Starcourt Mall was taken down, as they continue experimenting on the other side of the world – but Hopper being the American means they will be even more important in the upcoming season. Given that Hopper is a main character in Stranger Things, season 4 will surely spend a lot of time in Russia, following Hopper’s journey there as well as what they’re doing at the Kamchatka base. Hopefully, this will also answer the big mystery of why the Russians are doing all these experiments and what they expect to gain from all of this.
The other big question around Hopper being the American prisoner is how he will go back to Hawkins. With Eleven now powerless, it will be hard for the Hawkins group to know that he’s alive, unless Eleven regains her powers and can track him down (maybe even coming across with Dr. Brenner in the process). Hopper being on the other side of the world opens the door for Eleven (and possibly the Byers) to travel all the way to Russia to save him and bring him back, more so if she regains her powers. Another option could be the gate itself: if it does work as more than an entrance to the Upside Down, Hopper could be brought back through it as well, with the help of the Hawkins squad, maybe even Dr. Owens too.
It’s also possible that all the action in Stranger Things season 4 will take place in Russia rather than Hawkins, as teased in the announcement video, which would also mean at least part of the crew form Hawkins will be present there. Details around Stranger Things season 4 continue to be a mystery, and while the reveal of Hopper being alive seems like it solved one big mystery, it only ended up raising more questions. What’s for sure, though, is that Hopper’s return won’t be an easy one, and it will take the combined efforts of the whole group to get him home safely – and deal with all the threats this new season throws their way, both human (the Russians) and supernatural.
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Doctor Who’s rejection of American writer Joe Hill was a brutal let down for the up and coming filmmaker. The legendary BBC series has been a cult favourite since 1963, attracting a wide range of talent as well as an extremely varied fan base. Unfortunately, it appears that not just anyone can join the fun.
As the son of horror fiction royalty Stephen King, Hill has been working to blaze his own trail as both a writer and a filmmaker. While some might say that having one of the most famous American authors of all time for a father couldn’t hurt your chances of finding success, Hill seems to have wanted to cut his own path straight from the start. Through numerous award-winning novels, Hill’s profile and fame grew, though eventually the public came to learn that the author’s real name was actually Joe Hillstrom King. Despite wanting to keep his family connections quiet, so far it hasn’t hurt Hill’s career in the least. And, as the 47-year-old Doctor Who fan recently found out, sometimes even having the best connections or help isn’t enough to land a highly coveted job. At least that seems to be the case with Doctor Who.
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Bleeding Cool is now reporting that during a recent podcast interview, Hill revealed his love for the famed BBC series and how it had played a special role in his sons’ childhood. Calling himself “a huge Doctor Who geek”, Hill recounted a time in his career when he was fortunate enough to be able to pitch three different story ideas to the legendary sci-fi series. At one point, Hill also reveals that he even had world-renowned author Neil Gaiman helping him along, editing the pitches and offering suggestions on how to improve the work. It seemed a bulletproof approach to landing a job on the series, but as Hill recounts, things didn’t turn out that way:
HILL: “So…I’m a huge Doctor Who geek. Watching Doctor Who…watching the David Tennant Doctor Who with my boys was a really happy part of their childhood, and of me being a dad. And I had some ideas for Doctor Who, and I really wanted to write for that show. And my screen agent got me a chance to pitch on it. So, i spent a month and a half working on three pitches, and man, I have never imagined harder in my whole life. I mean, I just worked so hard on these things. And by chance, I actually wound up spending a weekend with Neil Gaiman. We were in the same place at the same time, and hanging out a lot, and he actually edited my pitches. He actually went through the pitches and was like, ‘Yes do this. Don’t do that. This is a good idea. Hate this idea.’ You know? And I’m like, you couldn’t ask for a better editor!”
GOLDEN: “Of course!”
HILL: “And so I, you know, with trepidation and my heart in my mouth, I sent in my pitches, and a couple weeks passed, and I got…the email I got back said, ‘We have never let an American write Doctor Who, and if we were going to, we wouldn’t start with you.”
KEENE: “Oh my god!
GOLDEN: “Oh come on! Are you f***ing kidding me?”
KEENE: “Oh my god!”
(Hill and Keene burst into laughter)
HILL: “Is that not the most smoking rejection of all time?”
HILL: “I remain in awe. I remain in awe. It’s still my favorite rejection.”
It is certainly a rough way to be turned down for something that clearly meant so much to Hill. At the same time, however, it’s good to see that he took the rejection in stride and can even laugh about it today. Hill’s career is presently in a very comfortable place – after teaming with his father on the novella In the Tall Grass, the story was adapted into a feature film on Netflix late last year. Though the film divided critics and audiences, it gave viewers a taste of what Hill could offer Netflix. His upcoming Locke & Key series is set to debut on the streaming service and so far, it’s enjoying a high degree of anticipation from fans.
Hill’s rejection from Doctor Who doesn’t appear to have been delivered in the most sensitive manner possible. In fact, the way in which he was told that he would never write for the series might even lead some fans to view the production negatively. But Hill didn’t allow the rejection to slow him down. Instead he kept his head up and continued to work hard – a valuable life lesson if ever there was one.
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Source: Bleeding Cool
Just like each season before it, American Horror Story: 1984 drew inspiration from a real-life story, this one being of the serial killer Richard Ramirez, AKA The Night Stalker. Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series premiered back in 2011 and installed this strategy from the get-go.
Season one of the show, dubbed American Horror Story: Murder House, drew its inspiration from various murder houses. Murphy and his team have found a way, over the show’s nine-season span, to incorporate these horrific news stories with all sorts of campy gore and horror. The concept has worked well, as each season seems to gain more star power than the last.
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The show finds horror in the unexpected. Sources of inspiration have ranged from real conjoined twins to the Trump administration. With American Horror Story: 1984, Murphy decided to stick with a more conventional source of terror — a serial killer.
The Night Stalker — AKA Richard Ramirez — is loosely based on a real killer of the same name. Ramirez wreaked terror on LA in the 1980s. He was known to break into homes, rob his victims, rape them, and sometimes even kill them. American Horror Story accurately portrayed many aspects of Ramirez’s background correctly. But, understandably, the show took a few liberties of its own when it came to crafting the fictional Ramirez.
As the title states, this season of American Horror Story takes place in the year 1984. Ramirez was not active until the following year. In 1985, he had only killed two people, which is far less murders than he is portrayed to have committed during the show’s season. Just as with the show, Ramirez was nicknamed “The Night Stalker” in real life. But sources point to the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as the origin point of the nickname. That means that the LA citizens within the universe of American Horror Story: 1984 should not have been aware of this nickname. As was portrayed on the show, Ramirez was also a Satanist in real life.
Riding on Ramirez’s real-life Satanism, American Horror Story included a storyline about him actually being resurrected by Satan. Things like demons and all things that go bump in the night are par for the course for American Horror Story. But the really impressive thing about this seemingly invincible anthology series is how it manages to tie in grounded stories to its fantastical horror. The story set the stage for this particular real-life news story way back in American Horror Story: Hotel. However, American Horror Story ended up rewriting its own history a bit to commit to its style of connecting each season. It’s frustrating when shows forsake the logic laid down in previous seasons, but American Horror Story’s knack for dropping hints for future stories within its current season never fails to delight audiences. Who knows what easter eggs for upcoming seasons have been dropped within the story of Richard Ramirez.
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