He Knows You're Alone
He Knows You're Alone is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Armand Mastroianni, written by Scott Parker, starring Caitlin O'Heaney, Don Scardino, Paul Gleason and Tom Hanks in his feature film debut. The plot follows a soon-to-be bride, stalked by a killer the weekend before her wedding. Shot in Staten Island, New York in 1979, He Knows You're Alone has been credited as one of the first horror films inspired by the success of Halloween and shares a number of similarities with the previous hit. A young bride is murdered on her wedding day by the man she rejected for her current fiancé Len Gamble, a police detective. Several years in Long Island, a bride-to-be is stabbed to death in a movie theater while her friend sits beside her; the killer, Ray Carlton, disappears into the night. The next morning, Ray arrives at Staten Island, where he sees Amy Jensen - a university student - from a distance. Amy is preparing for her wedding, she sees off her fiancé, his friends on their way out of town for a bachelor party before the wedding.
After attending a ballet class with her friends Nancy and Joyce, the three run into their psychology professor Carl, with whom Joyce is having an affair. Amy leaves to go to a dress fitting, stopping to get ice cream on the way, where she notices a man following her. Outside the ice cream shop, she is startled by Marvin, her ex-boyfriend, on a break from his job at the local morgue, she goes to the dress shop for her fitting. As she leaves, the dressmaker is stabbed to death with a pair of scissors; that night and Joyce surprise Amy at her home with a small bachelorette party. Her parents are gone for the weekend. Joyce leaves the party for Carl's house, where the two begin to have sex until the power inexplicably goes out. Carl goes to check on the electrical box; when he returns, he is stabbed to death by the killer with a kitchen knife after finding Joyce's lifeless body in the bed. The following morning, Marvin arrives at Amy's house and insinuates that he wants to rekindle their relationship, Amy expresses second thoughts over her marriage to Phil.
While in the kitchen, Amy becomes frightened. She invites Marvin to come to a local amusement park with her and her sister, but he declines as he has a shift at the morgue that night. Meanwhile, the police find the dressmaker's body at the shop. Detectives Frank Daley and Len Gamble arrive to investigate. Amy and Nancy meet Elliot, a psychology student, while jogging through a forest trail, they attend the amusement park with him, where he questions Amy's claims of a man following her. While riding a dark ride with her sister, Amy sees Ray inside the ride and confides in Nancy at her house that night. Amy leaves to take her sister to a birthday party, leaving Nancy alone at the house. After taking a shower, Nancy lies down in the living room to smoke a joint. Moments she has her throat slashed by Ray. Amy is attacked by Ray after discovering Nancy's severed head in the fish tank, she struggles to drive with Ray on the roof. She crashes the car in a wooded area and runs to the nearby morgue, where she finds Marvin and phones the police.
Ray enters the morgue, Detective Gamble arrives as well. Ray chases Amy through a tunnel system in the morgue's basement; when confronted by Detective Gamble, Ray stabs him in the heart after he gets shot in his left shoulder. Ray continues to pursue Amy. Amy manages to trap the wounded Ray inside a storage closet and escapes from the basement with Marvin; the two flee outside as the police enter the morgue. Marvin and Amy are to be married, implying that she cut off her marriage to Phil; as Amy sits in front of a mirror in her wedding dress, an unseen person enters the room. She stands, approaches the camera and says "Phil, what are you doing here?". She screams. Don Scardino as Marvin Caitlin O'Heaney as Amy Jensen Elizabeth Kemp as Nancy Tom Rolfing as Ray Carlton Lewis Arlt as Det. Len Gamble Patsy Pease as Joyce James Rebhorn as Prof. Carl Mason Dana Barron as Diane Jensen Tom Hanks as Elliot Paul Gleason as Det. Frank Daley James Carroll as Phil Russell Todd as Don The film was slated to be shot in Houston, under executive producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, but Arkoff was unable to finance the film, so as a result, it was shot in Staten Island, New York, with half of the original budget.
The film was shot on 35mm over a period of fifteen days in December 1979, with the film's climax being shot at the historic Seaview Hospital in Staten Island. According to director Mastroianni, the entire production from script to final edit took only six months to complete; the original music score was composed by Alexander and Mark Peskanov. The film marked the first movie appearance of actor Tom Hanks, who played a small part. In fact, it was said that Hanks' character was written to be killed off with Nancy's character, but because the filmmakers liked him so much, they omitted filming his death scene for the film, he Knows You're Alone had its world premiere in Los Angeles, California, on August 29, 1980. The film opened in New York City the following month on September 26, showing at several cinemas in Manhattan; the film received mixed to negative reviews, including one by Tom Buckley of The New York Times, citing "uncertain pacing, halting performances and innumerable technical flaws", while praising the performance of male lead Don Scardino.
The Boston Globe's Michael Blowen faulted
Mark James Patrick Kermode is an English film critic and musician. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, contributes to the magazine Sight & Sound, co-presents the BBC Radio 5 Live show Kermode and Mayo's Film Review, co-presented the BBC Two arts programme The Culture Show. Kermode is a member of the British Academy of Television Arts. Kermode is a founding member of the skiffle band the Dodge Brothers. In January 2019, it was announced that Kermode would be presenting a movie soundtrack themed show on Bauer Media Group's new classical radio station, Scala Radio. Kermode was born in Hertfordshire, he was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, an independent boys' school in Elstree, Hertfordshire, a few years ahead of comedians Sacha Baron Cohen and David Baddiel and in the same year as actor Jason Isaacs. He was raised as a Methodist, became a member of the Church of England, his parents divorced when he was in his early 20s and he subsequently changed his surname to his mother's maiden name by deed poll.
He earned his PhD in English at the University of Manchester in 1991, writing a thesis on horror fiction. Kermode began his film career as a print journalist, writing for Manchester's City Life, Time Out and the NME in London, he has written for The Independent, Empire, Flicks and Neon. Kermode began working as a film reviewer for BBC Radio 1 in 1993, on a regular Thursday night slot called Cult Film Corner on Mark Radcliffe's Graveyard Shift session, he moved to Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 1 morning show. He hosted a movie review show with Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 1 on Tuesday nights called Cling Film. Between February 1992 and October 1993, he was the resident film reviewer on BBC Radio 5's Morning Edition with Danny Baker. Since 2001, Kermode has reviewed and debates new film releases with Mayo on the BBC Radio 5 Live show Kermode and Mayo's Film Review; the programme won Gold in the Speech Award category at the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards on 11 May 2009. Kermode is a visiting fellow at the University of Southampton.
He has contributed to Fangoria magazine, worked on film-related documentaries like The Fear of God. Until September 2005, Kermode reviewed films each week for the New Statesman. Since 2009 Kermode has written "Mark Kermode's DVD round-up" for The Observer, a weekly review of the latest releases, he sometimes writes for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine. Kermode is a film critic and presenter for Film4 and Channel 4, presenting the weekly Extreme Cinema strand, he writes and presents documentaries for Channel 4, co-presents The Film Review with Gavin Esler, for BBC News at Five. As a host of BBC Two's The Culture Show, Kermode presents an annual "Kermode Awards" episode which presents statuettes to actors and directors not nominated for Academy Awards that year. Kermode is sometimes critical of the British Board of Film Classification, the censor for film in the UK, calling for horror films from abroad to be shown in their uncut versions. However, in recent years, he has stated on numerous occasions that the BBFC do a good job in an impossible situation and expressed his approval of their decisions.
In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll of cinema's greatest films, Kermode indicated his ten favourites, a list published in order of preference in his book Hatchet Job, as The Exorcist, A Matter of Life and Death, The Devils, It's a Wonderful Life, Don't Look Now, Pan's Labyrinth, Mary Poppins, Eyes Without a Face and The Seventh Seal. He cites his favourite directors as Terry Gilliam and Ken Russell. In September 2013, Kermode became the chief film critic for The Observer. In February 2010, Random House released his autobiography, It's Only a Movie, which he describes as being "inspired by real events", its publication was accompanied by a UK tour. In September 2011 he released a follow-up book entitled The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex, in which he puts forth his opinion on the good and bad of modern films, vehemently criticizes the modern multiplex experience and the 3D film craze that had grown in the years preceding the book's publication. In 2013 Picador published "Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics" in which he examines the need for professional "traditional" film critics in a culture of increasing online bloggers and amateur critics.
In 2017, he collaborated with his idol William Friedkin on the feature documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, as a writer. The film had its first showing at the Venice Film Festival on 31 August 2017. Kermode has been a regular presenter on BBC Two's The Culture Show, he has appeared on Newsnight Review. It was during a 2006 interview with Kermode for The Culture Show in Los Angeles that Werner Herzog was shot by an air rifle. Herzog appeared unflustered stating "It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid". On 19 May 2007 he was featured on the show playing with his skiffle band, The Dodge Brothers, in which he plays the double bass. Kermode co-hosted an early 1990s afternoon magazine show on BBC Radio 5 called A Game of Two Halves alongside former Blue Peter presenter Caron Keating. Kermode appeared in a cameo role as himself in the revival of the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous on 1 January 2012. In April 2008, Kermode started a twice-weekly video blog hosted on the BBC website, in which he discussed films and recounts anecdotes.
He retired the podcast for its 10th anniversary at the close of 2018, with special episodes on his most and least favourite movies of the previous decade. Kermode has recorded DVD
Victorian literature is literature written in English, during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was followed by the Edwardian era. While in the preceding Romantic period, poetry had been the dominant genre, it was the novel, most important in the Victorian period. Charles Dickens dominated the first part of Victoria's reign: his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was published in 1836, his last Our Mutual Friend between 1864–5. William Thackeray's most famous work Vanity Fair appeared in 1848, the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte and Anne published significant works in the 1840s. A major novel was George Eliot's Middlemarch, while the major novelist of the part of Queen Victoria's reign was Thomas Hardy, whose first novel, Under the Greenwood Tree, appeared in 1872 and his last, Jude the Obscure, in 1895. Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson were Victorian England's most famous poets, though more recent taste has tended to prefer the poetry of Thomas Hardy, though he wrote poetry throughout his life, did not publish a collection until 1898, as well as that of Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose poetry was published posthumously in 1918.
Algernon Charles Swinburne is considered an important literary figure of the period his poems and critical writings. Early poetry of W. B. Yeats was published in Victoria's reign. With regard to the theatre it was not until the last decades of the nineteenth century that any significant works were produced; this began with Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas, from the 1870s, various plays of George Bernard Shaw in the 1890s, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Charles Dickens is the most famous Victorian novelist. Extraordinarily popular in his day with his characters taking on a life of their own beyond the page, his first novel, The Pickwick Papers written when he was twenty-five, was an overnight success, all his subsequent works sold well. The comedy of his first novel has a satirical edge and this pervades his writing. Dickens worked diligently and prolifically to produce the entertaining writing that the public wanted, but to offer commentary on social problems and the plight of the poor and oppressed.
His most important works include Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations. There is a gradual trend in his fiction towards darker themes which mirrors a tendency in much of the writing of the 19th century. William Thackeray was Dickens' great rival in the first half of Queen Victoria's reign. With a similar style but a more detached and barbed satirical view of his characters, he tended to depict a more middle class society than Dickens did, he is best known for his novel Vanity Fair, subtitled A Novel without a Hero, an example of a form popular in Victorian literature: a historical novel in which recent history is depicted. Anne and Emily Brontë produced notable works of the period, although these were not appreciated by Victorian critics. Wuthering Heights, Emily's only work, is an example of Gothic Romanticism from a woman's point of view, which examines class and gender. Jane Eyre, by her sister Charlotte, is another major nineteenth century novel that has gothic themes.
Anne's second novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, written in realistic rather than romantic style, is considered to be the first sustained feminist novel. In this period George Eliot, published The Mill on the Floss in 1860, in 1872 her most famous work Middlemarch. Like the Brontës she published under a masculine pseudonym. In the decades of the Victorian era Thomas Hardy was the most important novelist, his works include Under the Greenwood Tree, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure. Other significant novelists of this era were Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, George Meredith, George Gissing. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning conducted their love affair through verse and produced many tender and passionate poems. Both Matthew Arnold and Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote poems which sit somewhere in between the exultation of nature of the romantic Poetry and the Georgian Poetry of the early 20th century; however Hopkins's poetry was not published until 1918.
Arnold's works anticipate some of the themes of these poets, while Hopkins drew inspiration from verse forms of Old English poetry such as Beowulf. The reclaiming of the past was a major part of Victorian literature with an interest in both classical literature but the medieval literature of England; the Victorians loved the heroic, chivalrous stories of knights of old and they hoped to regain some of that noble, courtly behaviour and impress it upon the people both at home and in the wider empire. The best example of this is Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King, which blended the stories of King Arthur those by Thomas Malory, with contemporary concerns and ideas; the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood drew on myth and folklore for their art, with Dante Gabriel Rossetti contemporaneously regarded as the chief poet amongst them, although his sister Christina is now held by scholars to be a stronger poet. In drama, farc
Final Exam (film)
Final Exam is a 1981 American slasher film written and directed by Jimmy Huston and starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice & Timothy L. Raynor; the plot follows a killer stalking the remaining group of students left on a college campus days before the university's summer vacation. Upon its limited release, the film was panned by critics. While not prosecuted for obscenity, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 during the video nasty panic; the film has been noted by critics for its focusing on establishing characters as well as featuring an arbitrary killer. One night at March College, a young couple is making out in a parked vehicle. An unseen assailant harasses the couple, before slicing through the roof of the vehicle and pulling the boy out of the driver's seat, he murders him with a kitchen knife, as the girl is murdered off-camera. Meanwhile the nearby Lanier college is nearing the week of final exams. In order to make sure a group of students ace their chemistry final, a fraternity fakes a shooting, so that the students can have more time to study.
While the students prepare for their exams, the murderer begins stalking them. Bookish Courtney is studying hard for her exams. Lisa is having an affair with one of her professors, Dr. Reynolds. Gary, a pledge for Gamma Delta, suffers from a prank; the murderer unties him, before killing him with a knife. Gary's girlfriend, discovers his remains shortly, before she is murdered by the same man, again off-camera. Another Gamma member, plans to sell some pain killers, but is lured into a darkened gymnasium; the murderer attacks him. He chases Wildman to the weight room. Another student named Mark discovers Wildman's body and is subsequently chased by the murderer into the school's electrical building; the murderer emerges from a barrel and stabs Mark. Nerdy student Radish discovers the carnage and attempts to alert the police, who do not take him due to all the ongoing pranks. Radish finds the murderer in her room instead. Courtney returns to her dormitory, where she discovers Radish's body pinned to her door.
A terrified Courtney attempts to alert her dormitory. Lisa waits for Dr. Reynolds in the school's conservatory. Courtney discovers her body; the murderer chases after her, Courtney arms herself with a kitchen knife, before taking refuge in the campus's clock tower. Alerted by Courtney's cries for help, a coach arrives and shoots at the murderer with arrows, but he catches one in his hand and impales the coach with the arrow, killing him; the murderer attempts to finish the two struggle. Thinking him dead, Courtney is seized by the murderer, she stabs him 12 times killing him. The film ends as Courtney sits on the front steps of the building and begins sobbing over the events that just took place. Cecile Bagdadi as Courtney Joel S. Rice as Radish Ralph Brown as Wildman DeAnna Robbins as Lisa Sherry Willis-Burch as Janet John Fallon as Mark Terry W. Farren as Pledge Timothy L. Raynor as Killer Sam Kilman as Sheriff Don Hepner as Dr. Reynolds Mary Ellen Withers as Elizabeth Jerry Rushing as Coach Shannon Norfleet as Student in Car Carol Capka as Student in Car R.
C. Nanney as Mitch The majority of the cast on Final Exam were stage actors cast in Los Angeles, California; the film's lead, Cecile Bagdadi, was cast after she was seen performing in a production of Faces on the Wall at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. The film was shot over a period of six weeks from September 15, 1979 to October 25, 1979 at E. O. Studios in Shelby, North Carolina. Additional photography took place at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina. Final Exam received a limited theatrical release on June 5, 1981, was a minor commercial success, grossing $1.3 million in the United States. Linda Gross of The Los Angeles Times gave the film a middling review, noting that it "vacillate between the college-prank humor of an Animal House and a killer-thriller like Prom Night." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune deemed the film a "rip-off" of Halloween, characterized by "standard stalking-shots as the camera rolls in on the girls as they cower in terror in hallways and classrooms."
TV Guide called "virtually bloodless", panning the film's dialogue heavy scenes. The Baltimore Evening Sun's Lou Cedrone panned the film, writing: "The script never explains who the murderer is or why he's doing the killing... The most horrifying thing about it is the behavior of the fraternity boys, the only commendable thing about it is that the killings are handled with restraint."AllMovie called it "a hybrid of frat-boy comedy and slasher-thriller exploitation which features no slashing, no humor and fails to exploit anything". Brett Gallman from horror review website Oh, the Horror! gave the film a positive review. Complimenting the film's characterizations, slow mounting tension while criticizing the murders as uninventive and long stretch before the murders occur. In Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies, film scholar Jim Harper notes that the film takes "the autonomous face of the slasher movie killer to the extreme: The man terrorizing the teenagers is shown on screen, but he has no name
Dear Abby is an American advice column founded in 1956 by Pauline Phillips under the pen name "Abigail Van Buren" and carried on today by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now owns the legal rights to the pen name. According to Pauline Phillips, she came up with the pen name Abigail Van Buren by combining the name of Biblical figure Abigail in the Book of I Samuel, with the last name of former U. S. President Martin Van Buren; the column was syndicated by McNaught Syndicate from 1956 until 1966, when it moved to Universal Press Syndicate. Dear Abby's current syndication company claims the column is "well-known for sound, compassionate advice, delivered with the straightforward style of a good friend."As of 1987, over 1200 newspapers ran the column. On June 1, 2009, the column moved from the Chicago Tribune to the Chicago Sun-Times. Abby was born Pauline Esther Friedman, her twin sister was born Esther Pauline Friedman. Abby was known as Popo, her sister was Eppie. A few months before Pauline Phillips started Dear Abby, her twin sister Eppie Lederer took over the Ann Landers column created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943.
This similar column, Ask Ann Landers, was written from 1955 to 2002 by the elder Phillips twin sister Eppie Lederer. This produced a rivalry and lengthy estrangement between the two sisters. On February 13, 1987, the Chicago Tribune announced that the Ann Landers column was moving to the Tribune, which had published the Dear Abby column for years; the Tribune ran Landers every day and Abby six days a week. After Eppie Lederer's death, the spirit of the column was continued by Lederer's editors, Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, under the name Annie's Mailbox. Thus, the Annie's Mailbox column began on July 28, 2002 in 800 newspapers. Annie's Mailbox was syndicated in numerous newspapers throughout the US, until June 30, 2016. On that date and Sugar, wrote "...we say farewell. It is time for us to step aside and take advantage of opportunities neither of us has had the time for until now." They introduced columnist Annie Lane, known as Dear Annie. Pauline Phillips wrote the column herself until 2000, at which time her daughter Jeanne Phillips began writing the column with her.
Jeanne Phillips became the sole author in August 2002 announcing that her mother had Alzheimer's disease. Pauline Phillips died on January 16, 2013, aged 94. Miss Manners Dolores Prida Isabel Gómez-Bassols Sweet Revenge, includes the song'Dear Abby' Official website Abigail Van Buren at Library of Congress Authorities, with 7 catalog records Works by or about Van Buren in libraries
The Pest House
"'The Pest House" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the American crime-thriller television series Millennium. It premiered on the Fox network on February 27, 1998; the episode was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, directed by Allen Coulter. "The Pest House" featured guest appearances by Justin Louis and Michael Massee. Millennium Group offender profilers Frank Black and Peter Watts investigate a series of murders mimicking urban legends; the case soon leads them to a psychiatric hospital for violent criminals, where all is not as it seems. "The Pest House" marked the second of three contributions by Coulter, saw past Morgan and Wong collaborator McGraw once again work for the writing duo. The episode received positive reviews from critics, was viewed by 5.59 million households in its initial broadcast. A young couple sit in a car, they hear sounds outside, the boyfriend steps out to see what they are. His girlfriend is terrified when she hears sounds of a struggle, investigates to find him dangling above the car, dead.
Millennium Group members Frank Black and Peter Watts examine the crime scene. Black is skeptical when Watts notes that similar killings have occurred in the past, believing it is an urban legend. However, an inmate at the psychiatric hospital nearby was committed for similar murders. Unconvinced that he could have escaped, the pair visit the facility, they meet Dr. Ellen Stoller, who reluctantly assists them in interviewing their suspect, E. Jacob Woodcock. Woodcock admits the killing denies involvement; the interview is terminated. That night, another couple is brutally killed on the highway. Black and Watts investigate. However, Black notices that the newest murders are identical to the prior crimes of "Bear", one of the inmates involved in the previous day's fight. Stoller is adamant Bear cannot be responsible—until she finds the victim's hand in the cafeteria's stew. Bear insists someone has a seizure before he can explain. Between this incident and Woodcock insisting that Edward has stolen his dreams, Black realizes someone in the hospital is causing the deaths.
After seeing a vision of Stoller being stabbed in her car, Black warns her that she may be in danger, which she rebukes. However, she is approached by another patient, who insists that Edward is stealing dreams, but will not steal his. Watts researches the facility's inmates to find who has committed stabbings in the victims' cars, concluding that Purdue is the one this profile fits. Black attempts to warn Stoller, but she has driven away from the hospital. Black gives chase, scaring her, she out-paces him before pulling into a filling station. However, the attendant alerts Stoller that someone is hiding in the back seat of her car, manages to bring her to the safety of his office. Black finds the car empty, he drives Stoller back to the hospital. However, he is killed before making the call. Black searches for Purdue in the hospital, but encounters Edward, who tells him a nurse was murdered years before by Woodcock. Edward believes; the electricity is cut and the lights go off. Black and Stoller roam in the dark.
Purdue's voice is heard over the intercom, the pair move to the office with the tannoy equipment to find him. Edward attacks with a knife—Stoller sees him shape-shift into Purdue Bear, Woodcock. However, Purdue fights and kills him, proclaiming it "the sanest thing I did." Black theorizes that Edward somehow absorbed the killers' violent impulses into himself, but was unable to refrain from acting upon them. "The Pest House" was written by frequent collaborators Glen Morgan and James Wong, directed by Allen Coulter. The episode was Coulter's second contribution to the series—he had directed "Beware of the Dog" and would return to helm "Siren" in the second season. "The Pest House" was the eleventh episode to have been written by Morgan and Wong, who had penned several across the first and second seasons. The pair had taken the roles of co-executive producers for the season. Guest star Melinda McGraw had appeared in several episodes of Millennium's sister show The X-Files, in a recurring role as Melissa Scully, debuting in an episode of that series penned by Morgan and Wong.
McGraw had worked with the writers on The Commish. "The Pest House" was first broadcast on the Fox network on February 27, 1998. The episode earned a Nielsen rating of 5.7 during its original broadcast, meaning that 5.7 percent of households in the United States viewed the episode. This represented 5.59 million households, left the episode the seventy-fifth most-viewed broadcast that week. The episode received positive reviews from critics; the A. V. Club's Zack Handlen rated the episode an A−, finding it "is, like many episodes of this season before it, a bit of mess, a melange of concepts which don't always taste so great together". Handlen felt that the episode began with an "iffy" premise which more resembled an episode of The X-Files, but by its end had managed to make it something more distinct and separate. Bill Gibron, writing for DVD Talk, rated the episode 3.5 out of 5, writing that it was "an episode that pays lip service to the Group's interest in this case to go back to the same old "killer of the week" conceit".
However, Gibron felt that "the acting is wond
Shrek the Halls
Shrek the Halls is an American Christmas computer-animated comedy television special that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The thirty minute Christmas special was directed by Gary Trousdale and produced by DreamWorks Animation. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprised their roles from the feature films; this Christmas special takes place between Shrek the Shrek Forever After. Shrek is living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under Donkey's urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona a special Christmas surprise. Shrek goes to the local bookstore in Far, Far Away to find a present for Fiona, but since he never celebrated the Chrismas before, the shopkeeper gives Shrek a copy of Christmas For Village Idiots, a step by step guide to celebrating the holiday. Shrek proceeds to follow the book's advice by decorating the house and getting a tree so he can spend a quiet Christmas Eve with his family, but Donkey brings the entire "family" to the swamp, ruining Shrek's plans.
Donkey reminding Shrek about Christmas all the time, which bothers him. He soon realizes that his wife Princess Fiona enjoys celebrating Christmas, so Shrek tries to make one. However, he doesn't know what Christmas is at first and goes to a bookstore and receives a copy of Christmas For Village Idiots, a step by step guide to celebrating the holiday. Shrek proceeds to follow the book's advice by decorating the house and getting a tree so he can spend a quiet Christmas Eve with his family, but Donkey brings the entire "family" to the swamp, ruining Shrek's plans; as Shrek tries to tell "A Visit from St. Nicholas". Donkey tells of a Christmas parade passing by the swamp and licking an enormous waffle Santa, but in reality, he accidentally starts licking Shrek's leg. Puss tells his version of the story of Santa Claus, but ends up playing with the tousle of his Santa hat, while in reality, he is playing with Eilonwy's bauble. However, Gingy's story is horrifying and not happy, as he tells about how his girlfriend Suzy got eaten up by Santa Claus, to which Donkey finds it ridiculous.
Donkey finds Shrek's Christmas for Village Idiots book, the ensuing fight over the book destroys all of Shrek's supper in the process. Shrek loses his temper and kicks his friends out from his house. With their Christmas spirit ruined, Fiona is upset at Shrek's behavior and leaves with the ogre triplets. Shrek feels guilty at what he's done. Fiona explains to Donkey what Shrek had wanted for Christmas. Shrek apologizes for his behavior, he tells everyone about his first Christmas, since ogres don't celebrate anything. They return to the swamp, Shrek tells his own version of "The Night Before Christmas", featuring him as Ogre Claus. Soon they hear bells and go outside to see Santa and his reindeer, although Gingy is still afraid of Santa Claus and runs back in fear. Mike Myers as Shrek Eddie Murphy as Donkey Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots Conrad Vernon as Gingy Cody Cameron as Pinocchio and The Three Little Pigs Aron Warner as Big Bad Wolf Christopher Knights as Three Blind Mice Frank Welker as Dragon and Dronkeys Miles Christopher Bakshi, Nina Zoe Bakshi, Dante James Hauser as Farkle, Fergus, & Felicia Marissa Jaret Winokur as Bookstore Clerk Gary Trousdale as Santa Shrek the Halls was produced by DreamWorks Animation, concretely, at the PDI/DreamWorks studio.
Gary Trousdale directed the special during the pre production, but he was replaced by Mark Baldo. The film was produced by Teresa Cheng, Gina Shay and Aron Warner and was screenplayed by Bill Riling, Theresa Cullen, Gary Trousdale and Sean Bishop. Shrek the Halls premiered on the American television network ABC, on November 28, 2007. In the United Kingdom, it premiered on December 2007, on BBC One; the rating info is courtesy of Your Entertainment ABC Medianet. It was repeated on BBC Three on December 2011, along with Shrek: Once Upon a Time and Shrek. * 6.32 million + 0.60 million = 6.92. Both shown at the same time. Shrek the Halls was released on DVD in the United States on November 4, 2008, it was available by itself, or in a bundle pack with Shrek the Third. It was released on iTunes on November 2, 2008; the special was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 30, 2012, as part of compilation titled Dreamworks Holiday Classics. It was re released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, The Croods.
DreamWorks Holiday Classics, available on Amazon, features Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular and does not feature Shrek the Halls. The score of the special was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams; the special, like the films features the following Pop culture and Christmas songs: "Summer Breeze" "Jingle Bells" "Here We Come A-wassailing" "Because We Can" "Jingo" "Ride of the Valkyries" "The Twelve Days of Christmas" "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" "O Fortuna" "Christmas Wrapping" "Gonna Make You Sweat" "Don't Stop Believin'" "Hello Ma Baby" "Hallelujah Chorus" "Deck the Halls" "The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight" In July 2011, as part of a strategic partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Gaylord Hotels, Shrek the Halls was presented as the theme of the ICE! exhibit at Gaylord's hotels in Texas and Florida. In this presentation, the plot of the film is