VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
Rebecca (Laura Mennell) climbs onto a human slave she has hidden away, and has sex with him while he remains tied to the bed. His premature ejaculation enrages her, and, despite his apologies and offers to use other methods to satisfy her, Rebecca’s focus shifts from sex to food, and she devours him. (She is a sloppy eater, and gets blood all over everything.) It is a great opening sequence that reminds the audience that this is a horror flick they are watching. Unfortunately, the focus of the story shifts to other events, and we see no more of Rebecca.
The first other event is Flesh waking from a sleepwalking episode to the sight of a dead Cynthia hanging in the stairwell. Doc quickly determines that it was not a suicide. Cynthia was strangled, then hung, and one of her fingers was removed, possibly as a souvenir. Perhaps a second person took the finger, because if someone went to all the trouble to try to make her death look like a suicide, wouldn’t the amputation defeat that purpose?
Then Vanessa sets a fire in the restroom waste basket. Axel and the rest run to put it out, and she and Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) escape. (Mohamad knows the security code to open the door, even though he shouldn’t.) They go to Vanessa’s old apartment, where they eat canned peaches and discover that Dylan survived the attack that killed Vanessa. (She left footprints as she escaped.) Vanessa remarks that the sun is peeking through the ash cloud, a sign that the cloud is finally beginning to dissipate.
A conversation between Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl), who is deaf, and the re-humanized ex-vampire Flesh (Vincent Gale) reveals a little about vampire nature. Flesh does the talking, responding to Sam’s unspoken inquiries. “You’re wondering what it was like, being one of them,” says Flesh. “It happened so fast. Everything that makes you human, it just disappears, and in its place, a hunger, all-consuming. And then the changes. The strength. The skin-thinning. Then all your senses heighten. Sight, small, taste. Hearing too. Old injuries heal. I had a bad shoulder. I can feel it again now. It’s good. It reminds me of who I am; what I am.” Sam asks him if he misses being a vampire, but Flesh does not answer that question.
The vampire Julius (Aleks Paunovic) sends his minions to collect Vanessa after he is informed that she is roaming free in the city. He is clearly under orders from someone else to do that, and he is advised by Mama (Christina Jastrzembska), who may or may not be his mother, to keep Vanessa and use her, and not turn her over to anyone. On her way to being captured by Julius, Vanessa meets a group of fugitive humans led by Brendan (Terry Chen), and, after Vanessa goes her own way, Mohamad leads them back to the hospital, and lets them in. (Axel has not changed the code since Vanessa left.)
Naika Toussaint (Sheema) will be Chanel in A WISH FOR CHRISTMAS, directed by Christie Will, a film about an introvert (Lacy Chabert) who, after someone at work steals her big idea, wishes for Santa to grant her the courage to stand up for herself. She gets her wish, but it comes with a 48 hour time limit. The film will next air on 5 November at 12pm on The Hallmark Channel.
Sarah Desjardins (Catherine) is Isabel in A.R.C.H.I.E., the story of a small town mayor’s daughter who befriends Archie, a robotic dog with super-strength, super speed, and x-ray vision. (Archie can talk, and the character is voiced by Michael J. Fox.) The robodog has been helped to escape from the military by his creator, Brooke (played by Katherine Isabelle). The film was released in Turkey last June. A trailer is available on YouTube.
And Desjardins will be Tara in DRINK, SLAY, LOVE. a romantic comedy directed by Vanessa Parise and based on the 2012 fantasy novel by Sarah Beth Durst. The story follows Pearl, a typical sixteen-year-old vampire. After a mysterious attack leaves her able to survive in the daylight, Pearl’s powerful family tries to exploit her new abilities, but Pearl is developing a conscience, and also has a crush on a guy so cute he makes her fangs ache. DRINK, SLAY, LOVE will premiere on Lifetime in the US, and on A&E everywhere else, in 2017.
Trezzo Mahoro (Mohamad) is Randall in the short film LOVE, COLIN, which stars Patrick Lubczyk in the title role, and Thea Gill as Colin’s mother. Colin’s half-brother Zac returns to live with him after a long absence, But while Zac was gone, Colin has started to find other boys (including Zac) attractive. Colin must deal with the feelings of his newly restored family and find the kind of love he wants for himself. Filmed in Vancouver, LOVE, COLIN is based on a story by Julian LeBlanc. The short film won two awards at the Cinema Diverse Festival in Palm Springs, and was named Best Short Film at the 2016 Tea Dance Festival. — Mahoro’s next TV role will be as Kevin Carlin in Episode five of the TV series TIMELESS, which airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC. (Episode six, “The Watergate Tape”, is scheduled for broadcast on 14 November.)