5 Horror TV Shows To Watch During The Build-Up To Halloween.

Halloween is about a month and a half away, meaning that this is the perfect time to start one of the gruesome, scary, and fearsome horror TV classics to get you in the mood for the hallows.

There have been many horror shows to grace our screens over the years, covering all from the supernatural, to alien abduction, to murder mystery, there has always been something for all horror fans to become immersed in.

And here are five shows that are guaranteed to get you excited for the festivities.

True Blood

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This HBO vampire series is so much more than it may seem. Starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin (The Piano), Stephen Moyer (Concussion), and Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend Of Tarzan) among others, this hit show ran for seven years and boasted a Golden Globe win and several other Primetime Emmy nominations. Based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, the series follows telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), as she falls in love with pale, overly polite, vampire man, Bill Compton (Moyer). The show will take you on an emotional ride as it follows its host of lovable characters as they are tested by the the supernatural world. With not only vampires, but the likes of werewolves, shape-shifters, and demons  all present, this show is witty, seductive, violent, and sometimes emotional, and when you reach its conclusion, it will leave you wanting more. Oh, and it just so happens to have what is, in my opinion, the greatest opening sequence in TV history.

Scream – The TV Series

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Based on Wes Cravens slasher film franchise of the same name, I was sceptical at first of how this show would fare, mostly as it was being produced by MTV, the same people who bring us reprehensible tripe like Ex On The Beach. But I am delighted to say I was pleasantly surprised when this fun and exciting series hit our screens in 2015. Much like the films, the series follows the basic premise of a teenage girl and her friends, ruthlessly being hunted by an unknown assailant. Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) and the other Teenagers of Lakewood must find out who is behind the killings, viral videos, and threatening phone calls before time runs out for them all. This ultra-modern show has action, romance, excitement, and a gripping story-line and it is a must see for fans of the slasher genre.

The Living And The Dead

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This six part BBC series from the creator of popular police drama Life On Mars is the shortest of all the shows on the list. The series is certainly one for fans of period-drama, but also incorporates huge elements of the supernatural. Starring Colin Morgan (Merlin) as Nathan Appleby, a top London psychiatrist who moves to a rural farm that he inherits from his mother. While there, he and his wife Charlotte (Charlotte Spencer), along with several other members of the village, start to experience explainable, other-worldly happens that start to send them all into a frenzy of fear. It is a slow burner but it does go deeper than the surface,  with the complexity of the main characters inner turmoils being fully explored throughout the six episode. Definitely an all-round satisfying watch.

Scream Queens

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Scream Queens is a little  bit different to the other entries to this list in the same way that the circus is different to your local graveyard. This slasher series from the creator of American Horror Story takes a stab, pun very much intended, at the genre as a whole, with a plethora of hilarious spoof comedy. Starring Emma Roberts (Scream 4), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), and the definitive scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) amoung others, the series follows a group of overly pretentious sorority girls and their group of misfit new recruits as they are stalked by a serial killer dressed as a red devil. The humour is dark, but is also witty and charming, and it has that key ultra-modern vibe that is so important in new horror shows, oh and as I’ve said, it’s got Jamie Lee Curtis, and any horror project with that features her has got to be one worth watching. With the series returning very soon, now would be the perfect time to get caught up.

The Walking Dead

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It had to be on this list, the most popular horror show in the world, to be perfectly honest it wouldn’t have been impossible to have the list without it. The post-apocalyptic survival series is a juggernaut in ever sense of the word. The incredibly high quality of the original couple of seasons ensured that it would have a mass, and somewhat rabid following  until it eventually ends. But the end seems to be nowhere in sight for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors, who have arguably been through more at the hands of other human survivors, rather than zombies throughout the course of this show. This is only amplified by the cliffhanger at the end of the previous season. Again, this one returns very soon so if you’re looking to get caught up by the time the new season starts, time is of the essence and the sooner your start, the better.

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5 Criminally Underrated Matches You Can Find On The WWE Network.

The WWE Network makes it easier than ever for wrestling fans to see vast amounts of content from histories biggest wrestling promotion.

Everybody knows the classics, Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 25, TLC 2 from Wrestlemania X-Seven, and CM Punk vs John Cena from Money In The Bank 2011, but there are so many more hidden gems available to anyone willing to look, or to those who remember them, but the point still stands nonetheless.

Here are five of those hidden gems.

Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit – ECW One Night Stand (2005)

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You wont find this one mentioned on TV anymore, for obvious reasons, but this match was technical wrestling at its finest. Eddie and Benoit proved here that they had some of the best in-ring chemistry in not only the history of WWE, but in the history of professional wrestling as a whole, while there was no championship gold on the line, or even a feud between the two, this matched proved to be the best of the night, withboth men paying on hell of a tribute to ECW on this one-off reunion classic.

CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit (2012)

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In this 2012 bout, WWE Champion CM Punk defended his titled against Daniel Bryan in an incredible match. The match represents so much more than great pro wrestling, it represents the journey of both men coming full-circle. Both were independent stars and both were told that they’d never be main event players, and yet here they were in a pay-per-view main event, in a match for the top championship in the WWE. Punk was on his way to becoming the longest reigning WWE Champion of recent times, Bryan was about to embark on the best three years of his career, and both were in their prime. The best in the world, and the king of the indies, what a match.

Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs The Hardys vs MNM vs William Regal & Dave Taylor – Armageddon (2006)

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A four way tag team ladder match with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line was often a guarantee for match of the night at any WWE event. This is one of the greatest tag title matches in WWE history, pitting the incredibly exciting champs London & Kendrick, against long time rivals MNM, the hard hitting technical combo of Regal & Taylor, and the legendary Hardys, with some truly incredible spots and a genuine sense of uncertainty, this is a real nail biter, if you don’t already know the result, you honestly have no clue who’s going to win. The one down side is the simply horrific injury suffered by Joey Mercury’s face during a botched ladder spot, regardless of that, the match is a classic and is a must see for ladder match fanatics.

Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania X-Seven (2001)

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Wrestlemania X-Seven had a couple of truly great matches on the card, including this hidden gem. Again, you wont find this one getting a mention on WWE television anytime soon, due to one certain Canadian participant, but this was very much the technical marvel of the night, showing off both men’s mat grappling talent, and cementing them as the two best wrestlers in the world at the time, the one let down is the slightly screwy finish, but because of the phenomenal display put on these amazing athletes, it is very easy to overlook. The two men were not only matched by colour of attire that night, they were matched with pure in-ring chemistry, and that is something that fans will not soon forget.

Paul London vs Billy Kidman – No Mercy (2004)

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I apologise for the poor picture quality, this match is incredibly difficult to find a photo of. That is probably due to the fact that this is about as obscure as it gets when it comes to WWE matches. The cruiser-weight divison, exclusive to SmackDown at the time, was dominated by these two men at this particular point in time, this match is a great, but subtle display of high flying done well, there’s a simply beautiful springboard moonsault spot from London to Kidman, from the ropes to the outside, and some really impressive and very stiff kicks thrown by Kidman. Even with a short run time of ten minutes, you could tell that both men were putting their all into the performance, and it is just one of many matches that made the old SmackDown cruiser-weight division so great.

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Kiss – Kiss (Self Titled Album) (1973) – Honest Review

Track Listing:

1 – Strutter (3:11)
2 – Nothin’ to Lose (3:27)
3 – Firehouse (3:18)
4 – Cold Gin (4:21)
5 – Let Me Know (3:00)
6 – Kissin’ Time (3:52)
7 – Deuce (3:06)
8 – Love Theme From KISS (2:25)
9 – 100,000 Years (3:23)
10 – Black Diamond (5:13)

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This is the first album review on ThePowerReviews, and for it I have chosen to review one of my favourite albums of all time, from one of my favourite bands of all time. Kiss’ self titled album is my personal favourite of the bands towering discography, it holds several of the bands live staples, and was the perfect start to a legendary career. The main standout tracks on this album are Strutter, Cold Gin, Black Diamond, and Deuce, with all four of those songs ensured a place in almost every Kiss set-list. But it’s not just the standout tracks that draw the listener in, every track on the album is memorable, from Let Me Know to Love These From KISS, there’s even one particular track that fans may remember for the wrong reasons, that of course is Kissin Time. It is the one unsightly smear of faeces on the otherwise perfect rock & roll album, though I do not blame the band for this, as they did not originally wish to include the track on the album, but their record label forced their hand in order to boost low album sales as they believed the song to be catchy, they were wrong. Other than that one dreadful song, there is not much else to complain about, everything about Paul Stanley’s early vocals, Gene Simmons’ early bass lines, Peter Criss’ melodic drumming, and Ace Frehley’s god-given talent for the guitar contribute to, not only the bands best album, but in my opinion, one of the greatest debut albums of all time. Another bonus for this album is that it contains my personal favourite Kiss song, Black Diamond, it was the first Kiss song I ever heard and it made me fall in love with their music, as the albums final track, it also showed off Peter Criss’ amazing vocal talents. This album is honestly a work of art, and for anyone who is yet to listen to it, you’re missing out, I highly recommend this phenomenal debut.

As I did mention, there is one fault with the album, this prevents it from attaining a perfect rating, but it’ll get the next best thing, because thats why the “skip song” button exists, right?

I rate this album: 9.5/10

 

 

5 Highly Anticipated TV Shows Returning Autumn/Fall 2016.

We live in a golden age of television, with an almost endless selection of shows constantly on offer to viewers.

The Spring and Summer provided some truly great TV, with the likes of Game Of Thrones, Scream, The Living and the Dead, American Crime Story, and Mr Robot all putting in a breathtaking effort to please the masses.

But as the title would suggest, the Autumn is once again upon us, and with it comes a variation of TV favourites making their long awaited return to the small screen, and here are five of the most anticipated of said shows.

Modern Family

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Season – 8

Returning – September

Arguably the worlds most popular situation comedy, this lovable mockumentary series hits our screens for the eighth time later this month. Only getting better with age, the three families around whom this show is based, never fail to deliver laugh out loud hysterics, and take the shows fans on lighthearted and sometimes emotional journeys. Welcome back, Dunphy-Tucker-Pritchett’s.

The Walking Dead

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Season – 7

Returning – October

For many, this AMC smash hit is the most anticipated TV return of the year, not only due to the shows overwhelming popularity, but also due to the monumental cliffhanger the previous season ended on. With fans all over the world anxiously waiting to know who went under the bat, this return is set to be one of the most watched in history, and regardless of the arguable decline in quality that has befallen the show in the last couple of seasons, nobody can deny the sheer magnitude of the following that the show has assembled, and chances are, it will only continue to grow as the years go by.

South Park

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Season – 20

Returning – September

Animated comedy fans are treated to a very special milestone this year, as the iconic South Park returns for its twentieth season. The loud, flatulent, hilarious, and sometimes controversial show shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, I would even go as far as to say that the shows last few seasons have been the best that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have ever produced. The show continues to be the driving force behind all mockery of popular culture and the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. Not bad for a small mountain town, eh?

American Horror Story

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Season – 6

Return – September

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this return is the shroud of mystery  surrounding it. With the mysterious and creepy teaser trailers giving us very little insight into what may be in store for fans of this horror anthology series. Every season of the show revolves around a different set of horrific events in a completely different location, and people are chomping at the bit with anticipation to find out what the premise of the sixth season will be. This only intensifies with the shows creator, Ryan Murphy, promising a genuine tie-in with the previous seasons, its not hard to see why AHS fans all over the world are counting down the days to its return.

The Flash

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Season – 3

Returning – October

Barry Allen bursts back onto our screens this October with the return of CW’s juggernaut, The Flash. While its sister show, Arrow, almost made the list, The Flash was chosen because it just keeps getting better and better with each passing season. The return of this show is especially needed, after a year of incredibly underwhelming live action DC movies. The beginning of season three is said to pick up three months after Barry changes the timeline at the climax of the previous season, but that’s as far as the information goes at this time. This series personifies the live action DC universe that comic book fans truly deserve, and hopefully they’ll keep getting it for years to come.

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5 Game Changing Horror Films That Improved The Genre Forever.

It’s already September, which means that Halloween is just around the corner.

The only time of year when it’s acceptable to walk down the street brandishing a bloody weapon and approaching the houses of strangers in an attempt to extract goods from them, in exchange for the safety of their property.

Horror films are a big part of Halloween, and the horror genre has changed a lot over the years, both positively and negatively, and here are five of the very familiar films that changed it for the better.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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The Blair Witch Project was not the first film to ever use the found footage format, but it was certainly the film that popularised said format in the mainstream. Paving the way for films like Cloverfield (2008), REC (2007), and Quarantine (2008), the films plot centres around three student filmmakers attempting to make a documentary on a local legend, but things are more than what they seem. The iconic and ambiguous film still holds up well today, with its legendary ending and constant surreal suspense, it’s little wonder that audiences are still being terrified by this independent psychological horror film.

The Exorcist (1973)

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The granddaddy of them all, The Exorcist is terror personified. Banned at one point for its graphic depiction of possession, this terrifying Oscar winner has been terrifying film goers for generations. With a story-line based on the horrifying concept of the possession of a young girl, subsequently leading to an exorcist being brought in to cast the negative spirits out, this is quite possibly the most legendary horror movie of all time, and has provided inspiration for 33 years worth of supernatural films.

Scream (1996)

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Wes Craven is the quintessential master of the horror genre, and while his earlier classic  A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) almost made this list, it’s this teen-horror, slasher classic that really changed the game. Before the release of Scream, it was very arguable that the slasher sub-genre was dying, but this ultra-realistic cult phenomenon, featuring a group of friends being stalked by an unknown masked killer, gave it new life and gave new meaning to the phrase “whodunnit?”. Unfortunately, the films ultra-realism did inspire some tragic real life events, but it was also responsible for a teen-horror revolution in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, which included the likes of I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Final Destination (2000), and Jeepers Creepers (2001). The film also received three equally successful sequels, cementing its legacy as a legendary horror franchise.

The Babadook (2014)

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The Babadook is quite possibly the most terrifying thing I have ever seen, it is a hyper-intense, barrel of darkness, filled to the brim with pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. This balls-to-the-wall decent into hysteria follows a young, single mother, struggling to raise her child without her husband, who died shortly before said child was born, whilst being haunted by a sinister presence in her home. Honestly, just typing that made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. This came at a time when horror was in a rut, held down with a boring succession of jump-scare infested so-called films, and gave genre fans something they really needed, something truly terrifying. This modern horror masterpiece will not be bested for a long time, challenging all horror producers to come up with more new and unique plots for their motion pictures. Australian independent cinema, I salute you.

Alien (1979)

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The definitive creature feature, Alien was truly one of a kind when it brought its iconic blend of science fiction and horror to the silver screen in 1979. Audiences were shocked and terrified when they witnessed the crew of a spaceship being ruthlessly hunted, and gradually picked off one by one, by a vicious, unidentifiable creature. Couple that with the truly brutal “chest-burst” scene and you have an instant classic that changed the face of horror, inspiring films across the spectrum, from Predator (1987), to the dreadful Apollo 18 (2011), to its very own conjoined universe spin-off Prometheus (2012). It’s safe to say that horror fans owe decades of entertainment to one Mr Ridley Scott.

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5 Alternatives to Raw & SmackDown for Casual Wrestling Fans Looking to Branch Out.

Casual wrestling fans don’t have many options when it comes to the mediocre and often lacklustre programming provided by WWE on their flagship shows.

The recent brand split did bring a spur of diversity to proceedings but it still leaves much to be desired, especially when you consider the quality of programming provided by WWE in their prime.

Many casual fans are tired of this decline in quality, and this can be seen in the ratings for both Raw and the newly renamed SmackDown Live, so with that in mind, here are five alternatives to Raw & SmackDown that are the best hope for getting casual fans back into wrestling.

Lucha Underground

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Lucha Underground is the perfect choice for the casual fan looking to get back into wrestling. Why? Because it does not take itself too seriously, blending the heavily fictionalised side of wrestling brilliantly with the athletic in-ring side, choosing to operate more like a TV show than a professional sports programme, with intense storylines and a range of unique characters. The show boasts that rare TV-14 age guideline, and features some faces that WWE fans will find familiar, including Johnny Mundo (formally known as John Morrison), Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, and former WWE announcer Matt Striker calling the action. In this shows two seasons, it has generated perhaps the most hype of any wrestling show of the decade so far and a is must-see for all wrestling fans, casual or hardcore.

Ring Of Honor

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Ring Of Honor is one of the most well-established independent wrestling promotions of all time, and in recent years it was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, ensuring a guaranteed TV slot for the first time in it’s existence. What makes ROH so important to the casual fan? The string of talent that has passed through over the years. Ring Of Honor is responsible for launching the careers of global superstars like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Seth Rollins, and they’re always generating more. With exciting, fast-paced matches, and fresh entertaining talent, like world famous tag team competitors The Young Bucks, ROH provides what many believe to be the perfect alternative to Raw and Smackdown.

WWE: NXT

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Thanks to the WWE Network, it’s now possible to enjoy WWE without having to sit through five hours of moderately boring mainstream television content. This, WWE’s treasured third brand is the jewel in the crown on the WWE Network, often praised overwhelmingly as the best thing WWE has done in years, NXT is slowly taking over the sports entertainment world, with even their pay-per-view-style events overshadowing anything produced for the main roster, this promotion really does prove that alternatives to Raw & SmackDown can even be found within WWE itself.

TNA: Impact Wrestling

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Known for years as the only real competition to WWE, TNA has had a tremendous fall from grace over the last couple of years, losing TV deals with Spike TV and Destination America, and losing most of it’s home grown talent to WWE and ROH, it seemed as though Impact Wrestling was sentenced to death. But a recent resurgence has given new life to the promotion and it’s churning out entertaining content on a weekly basis, with familiar faces like Bobby Lashley, Drew Galloway (formerly Drew McIntyre), Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and Matt & Jeff Hardy who are perhaps at the most entertaining point of their careers. Even somewhat saving the company with their instantly iconic match “The Final Deletion”, which has received praise from wrestling legends across the board, it is hilariously entertaining and is not to be missed. The match assures audiences that Impact Wrestling can still hold up as an alternative to Raw and SmackDown. You can watch “The Final Deletion” by clicking here.

WCPW: Loaded

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The newest and most unique show on this list, Loaded is brought to you exclusively on YouTube by WhatCulture Pro Wrestling. WhatCulture Pro Wrestling was started, as the name might suggest, by WhatCulture.com and features all the best that British wrestling has to offer, as well as the inclusion of several popular personalities from the WhatCulture Wrestling YouTube channel, which is one of the most popular wrestling channels in the world. Some of their shows even include some special appearances, with the likes of Damien Sandow, Kurt Angle, Cody Rhodes, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, and Bret Hart, all appearing, or being scheduled to appear in the near future. Big things are expected from the promotion in the future and they are definitely one to watch, you can check out their channel by clicking here.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – Honest Review

A number of us are familiar with The Lonely Island, they’re the spoof-pop trio that brought us such songs as “Jizzed in My Pants”, “I’m On A Boat” and “We Like Sportz”. But few knew the group were capable of even making a film, let alone this laugh-out-loud musical mockumentary.

I was going into this film as a sceptic, most of the comedy that makes its way onto the big screen is either the generic Adam Sandler tripe, or Dirty Grandpa-esque attempted shock-fests, more concerned on how many putrid sex-puns and mentions of genitalia they can get into 90 minutes than actually making the audience laugh. However I was pleasantly surprised at the unique musical humour on display in the film.

I have always been a fan of mockumentaries, and this one was a perfect, twisted impression of the world of pop music today. Andy Samberg (Cuckoo, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) takes the lead as Conner, a somewhat failing pop star, who was a former member of boy-band The Style Boys, and he plays the role hilariously.

There were odd moments of disgusting humour, which I will leave unmentioned to those who have not seen the film, but there were also a lot of interesting and hilarious cameos from musical personalities such as Ringo Star, Simon Cowell, Usher, Michael Bolton, Paul McCartney, 50 Cent, and more that more than overshadowed the very few negatives.

There’s not all that much more I could say about this movie, as it does not serve a glorious purpose, it’s a short laugh fest, good for viewing with friends, but will not be remembered as a classic, but does that really matter? The film serves it’s purpose, to keep the viewer laughing, and draw them into the story.

I rate this film: 7.5/10