Vincent D’Onofrio (Father Dan) will be Vincent Gigante, future boss of the Genovese crime family, in GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The miniseries tells the story of mobster Bumpy Johnson (played by Forest Whitaker) who returned to Harlem after ten years in prison and found his neighbourhood controlled by the Genovese family. Johnson waged a brutal battle to regain control, and in the process, formed an alliance with Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch). (The film is set after the Valachi hearings in the 1960s, when Vito Genovese was in prison.) Joanne Kelly (WAREHOUSE 13) appears in three episodes as Amy Vanderbilt. The ten episode series will be on EPIX sometime in the fall.
At the end of Episode 10, we clearly saw Paolo, Abigail, and Sophia burned alive by Father Dan (Vincent D’Onofrio) in the church basement. The priest also died in the fire. At the start of this episode, Roman finds three adult skeletons and a note from Father Dan. We are not shown the exact contents of the note, but are told that it says Father Dan “intended” to kill Abigail (implying that he did not). Indeed, we see Abigail alive and well enough to be taken to Lambda for examination, where it is discovered that she is really not herself. (She kills a rat by absorbing its life through her hands.) The simplest explanation for all of this is that Abigail was not in the church fire, and that Father Dan was misled by the “ghosts” into thinking she was there. But if that was so, who wrote the note? Continue reading →
Syd (Syd Lazzara) the McGrath-Dufresne’s soon-to-be-deceased babysitter
“We Need To Talk About Abigail”, written by Sonja Bennett, is certainly the most watchable episode of GHOST WARS so far. The story, filled with intense imagery, centers on the McGrath-Dufresne family. After Sal the Babysitter is frightened by a kitten that turns into a severed hand. she falls fatally backward onto a butcher knife. Young Abigail wanders off into the woods with the ghost of Marcus Moon (Marcus died in Episode four after Father Dan’s failed exorcism), and her sister Isabel, who can predict stuff and draws cool pictures of what she predicts, paints a mural on the wall of her room in red (grease pencil, not blood) showing exactly where Abigail is. (Nobody else recognizes the place so Isabel has to lead them to it.) The girl is found encased in a pod-like structure at the base of a tree. When Billy touches the pod, he experiences a kind of euphoria. The pod is quite similar to the thing that Father Dan keeps hidden in a secret room in the church basement. Continue reading →