Rose (Laura Vandervoort) begins the film as a timid fashion worker scarred by a car accident in her youth.
The Soska Sisters‘ re-imagining of the 1977 Cronenberg classic looks at the story from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing (as the original film did) on the response to the outbreak by government agencies and the general population, this movie concerns itself mainly with Rose’s transformation, both physical and mental, and tries to explain that transformation scientifically. Effects of the disease on the general population are mentioned only in passing. Also, the new film seems to be set in some unspecified American city. The original story took place in or near Montreal. Continue reading →
Polly Walker as Atia of the Julii, the amoral and opportunistic niece of Julius Caesar, in the 2005 HBO series ROME
Polly Walker (Clarice Willow) will be Lady Portia Featherington in BRIDGERTON, a period drama based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. Set in Regency England (1811-1820), the first season will include characters from books I, II, and IV. Lady Featherington is described as a cunning and ruthless mother determined to make advantageous matches for each of her daughters. Ann Donahue, writing for IndieWire, put it this way: “Domineering and tasteless Lady Portia needs to get her daughters married off, stat — and her air of desperation permeates the ton. It is a classic Austen character as reimagined by Quinn; she would be pitied if she weren’t so mean.”Julie Andrews will appear in the series as anonymous gossip writer Lady Whistledown. BRIDGERTON will be showrunner Shondra Rhimes’ first series for Netflix, and will premiere in 2020. (No specific date has been announced.) Continue reading →
Dracula (Tricia Helfer) looks amused as she greets Jack and Violet. She drinks tea, though she does not offer any to her visitors. There is fruit on the table which, if real, must have been grown somewhere in the Dark Realm.
In the Dark Realm, Dracula (Tricia Helfer) sits Jack and Violet down and tells them an alternate tale of their origins. According to Dracula, the two were conceived on the same night with two separate human mothers. Their father was Willem, and he did this at the Dark One’s behest. (She instructed him through his dreams.) Is Dracula’s story a plausible one?
In the first season of VAN HELSING, Dimitri (Paul Johansson) employed Dr. Sholomenko (Duncan Ollerenshaw) to find a way for vampires to have children. As far as we know, he did not succeed. It follows that, if vampires can impregnate human females, the offspring created from such a union would not be vampires. Violet and Jack are not vampires, but they can do the same things that Vanessa and Scarlett could do (heal rapidly and cure vampirism with a bite), and Willem/Hansen did not have those abilities. So Dracula was probably lying, and Hansen was telling the truth. Continue reading →