Blood Countess 2 The Mayhem Begi
"My name is Elia Kazan. I am a Greek by blood, Turk by birth, American because my uncle made a journey." So begins the film directed, produced and written by Elia Kazan, and the one he frequently cited as his personal favorite. Based loosely on Kazan's uncle, Stavros dreams of going to America in the late 1890s. Kazan, who often hired locals as extras, cast in the lead role a complete novice, Stathis Giallelis, whom he discovered sweeping the floor in a Greek producer's office. Shot almost entirely in Greece and Turkey, Haskell Wexler's cinematography evokes scale and authenticity that combines with Gene Callahan's Oscar-winning art direction to give the film a distinctly European feel. Intended as the first chapter of a trilogy, the epically ambitious "America, America" also earned Oscar nominations for best director, best screenplay and best picture.
Blood Countess 2 The Mayhem Begi
Forty-four pages of madness and mayhem to make your players suffer in The Dying World! Plumb the depths of Death's Fort in search of the riches hidden within. Scale the volcano of The Shattered Tunnels to take on the evil Blood Wizard. Wander the Sarkash in search of The Shrine of Evil. Three unique offerings for MÖRK BORG consisting of a procedurally generated dungeon, a point crawl, and a hex crawl; all in one tome. The first of an amazingly ambitious TEN VOLUME SET! Download the PDF and begi... (vollständige Beschreibung)
How did I make it this far into October without watching a Bava film? And how have I managed to not see his most controversial, and probably most influential, work of complete bloody mayhem? For shame, Lauren. For shame.
[A copper bathtub has been set up in Mary's boudoir. A lit candle sits on a table next to it. Mary Sibley takes off her dressing gown and moves to the door leading out onto her balcony. She catches sight of Dr. Wainwright at one of the windows of the Alden House, and he sees her. She holds his gaze as she begins to unlace her nightgown, and then closes the door. She moves back over to the bathtub and leans over it. A grumbling noise can be heard and wet footprints appear on the carpet. Mary runs her hand through the water, rippling the surface. When the water settles, she can see her reflection, as well as that of a sodden hag standing behind her. The hag seizes Mary, forcing her into the water and diving in behind her. The scene cuts to Countess Von Marburg in her own bathtub in her state room, her eyes white. Mary struggles underwater as the hag forces a kiss on her. The hag vanishes and Mary surfaces in her bathtub, gasping. She touches her mouth and her hand comes away bloody. The scene cuts back to Countess Von Marburg's state room, and she is shown to have blood on her lips.]
Far to the south, in the sand-encrusted temples of Nehekhara, King Settra, greatest of the Tomb Kings, had awoken once more from his deep slumber, and foresaw the shifting in the Winds of Magic that carried with it tidings of war and change. Seeing through the visions of bloodshed and misery of mortals, for which he cared nothing, Settra witnessed a far greater and more personal threat: the resurrection of an ancient and terrible enemy, Nagash, the Lord of the Dead, the greatest necromancer the world had ever known and the despised former king of his own city of Khemri. Although unsure of how Nagash's remaining minions and followers planned to engineer his return, Settra knew that an awakening had to begin. With haste, the Mortuary Priest journeyed across the Land of the Dead, and awoke the Tomb Kings in their dozens, calling for the muster of their uncountable legions. Within the Charnel Valley, the necrotects began to empower the very stones of their statues to life, and within days a long column of stone warsphynx began their march towards Khemri. It was there that the chief-necrotect Ramhotep, with all his merciless drive, began his greatest work yet upon the walls of that ancient city. Upon the Great Mortis River, the Warfleets of Khemri joined the armadas of the port city of Zandri, filling the whole Delta with warships by the thousands. In the Kingdom of Lybaras, High Queen Khalida met with the mortuary priest from her throne-room and pledged her archer legions into the fold. Legion after legion of Undead warriors marched across the blazing sands, and prepared the defense of their most ancient and formidable civilisation against the return of their most hated enemy.[1j]
The journey to the Flame of Asuryan would've have happened sooner had Malekith's pride not led him to gamble his life to claim the Widowmaker. Now battered, bloodied and broken in body, the prideful Witch King would still walk on his own two feet, only Caradryan was allowed to atleast stand beside him as they entered the Shrine. Even as the Shrine became besieged by the Fleets of Aislinn, the Phoenix Guards and Imirik's Dragon Riders stood firm and held them back. Slowly, the three made their way into the inner sanctum, Malekith making mocking remarks and expressing both doubt and anger like he never felt before. Teclis deemed it to be the anger of one slowly embracing an unwelcome truth, that through all the misery and doubt he has gone through, all the betrayal and rejection, Malekith was truly the Chosen of Asuryan since the very beginning.[3j]
The world shudders and bleeds as it endures the perils and horrors unleashed upon it many millennia ago. To the north and southern poles, the horrific cancer that is Chaos pulse like a bleeding wound, its dark blood spilling itself into the lands once untouched by its corruption. In the span of just a few years, the world endures a time of blood, misery and darkness the likes of which it has not seen since the beginning of time. Slowly, the world and all that lives within it are lying all, the trees grow sickly and die, the waters turn a murky color of rust and blood and the earth itself seethes with corruption and death.
Outside the city, the battle rages on. To the north, Hans Zintler, Captain of the Reiksguard Knights led the charge against Gutrot Spume and his Warshine. One by one, the Knights dragged the mutants holding up the shrine down but Gutrot leapt into the air and slammed bodily upon the Reikguards. In moments, Gutrots tentacles killed Knights within seconds but Zintler took action and plunged his sword upon Gutrots back, the blade bursting towards the other side. The warlord simply chuckled and pinned the Captain down as he grabbed the sword out from his back, blood running like rivers down his helmet as he rammed the sword back down upon the Captains neck, ending his life. With the Reiksguard broken, Spume's counter-attack allowed the Beastmen to begin clambering up the rotting northern walls of Altdorf.
What next for the hungry audience? how about topless nuns licking blood off each other, the whole night was full of dramatic effects but this topped it all. Two sexy nuns come to the stage to wolf whistles, one setting a bible alight, they then begin to strip off and get down to it.
2.13 - "THE WITCHING HOUR"Directed by Brannon BragaWritten by Adam SimonReviewed by Gavin HetheringtonAs a special note, this is my 100th article on SpoilerTV. Couldn't have picked a better article to publish as my 100th. Here's to 100 more!THE CHARACTERSSEASON GUIDEClick on a title to be taken to the review for that episode. Need a catch-up of season one before starting season two? Be sure to read the ultimate catch-up review of season one.Season 2 Episode Guide2.01 - "Cry Havoc" (April 5, 2015)2.02 - "Blood Kiss" (April 12, 2015)2.03 - "From Within" (April 19, 2015)2.04 - "Book of Shadows" (April 26, 2015)2.05 - "The Wine Dark Sea" (May 3, 2015)2.06 - "Ill Met By Midnight" (May 10, 2015)2.07 - "The Beckoning Fair One" (May 17, 2015)2.08 - "Dead Birds" (May 24, 2015)2.09 - "Wages of Sin" (May 31, 2015)2.10 - "Til Death Do Us Part" (June 7, 2015)2.11 - "On Earth As In Hell" (June 14, 2015)2.12 - "Midnight Never Come" (June 21, 2015)2.13 - "The Witching Hour" (June 28, 2015) - Advance Preview
'THE WITCHING HOUR' REVIEWYou don't know how hard it was for me to see this episode a couple of days early and not be able to thoroughly talk about it with anyone. I had to let my feelings out but couldn't, which is why I'm so relieved everybody has seen the finale now and I can talk about every insane thing that happened in it with you all. Seriously, what was this episode but the best damn finale of a show I've seen in a very long time. I am floored and I have the worst 3-day hangover after seeing this episode, especially considering I've seen this finale 3 times now. Everything about it was, just, horrifyingly beautiful. The writing, the directing, the acting - everything brought it to life. It felt like there really wasn't anything else to lose (like Mary) so they went all out, blowing the screens off every single television this episode was shown on. Like I said in the tagline for my advance preview - I am dead. It's not just Mary or Tituba or the Countess who are dead, or briefly John, but I am too. I think I speak for everyone when I say every single Heathen is dead after seeing this finale. Where do I even begin?"I said I would die in Salem.""My son... you already have."Shock f*cking horror. The first devastating thing to happen in this finale was the death of John Alden. I couldn't quite believe my eyes but I could have totally seen it stick considering Mary has basically lost everything - her power over Salem, her friends, her son - why not throw her true love in the mix? I loved the way it happened though, as the scenes with the Indians were so beautiful, so heavenly, that I really should have thought "he's dead" but the transitions were so organic that I didn't expect it. That was definitely my first mouth drop of the finale. It also would have been obvious considering both Native Americans are dead and the only option for them to be present would be in ghostly form or John was dreaming. But John dead? It didn't register at first because I didn't want to believe it. It would have meant further pain for Mary and that was the last thing I wanted, and I really want Mary and John to have their happy ending. The scenes in the fields were beautiful though and distracted me for a brief moment, lulling me into a false sense of security that everything was okay, before boom, he's dead."Oh, that was an awful mistake."Mercy had a whopper in this episode too, and for a few moments I was sure she was going to die. I wanted her to die at the start of the season, but now I'm glad she didn't. Props to the punishment scene because that was a fantastic scene, but that was the first moment I thought she'd die. "You took me away from my true mother, how can that be unpunished?" The Dark Lord biting her finger tip off was excruciating. Could have been worse, right? She could have been pecked to death. Then I thought she was going to die when she went to strike the Countess. So much tension but played so well with Mercy breaking down in tears and the Countess looking at her with disappointment. The Countess was very fair in throwing her out - shows she's far more tame than the Dark Lord. The third time I thought she'd die was when Isaac found out she killed Dollie. That was Isaac's only full scene in the episode, which is a shame but understandable, until we see him sitting near Dollie's grave (spelled Dolie which could be the right way of spelling it actually). Brannon Braga said in an interview about the finale that Isaac wasn't in it very much and he wants to do more with Isaac next season, so we have that to look forward to Heathens! What the whole ordeal has done to Mercy is return her to the streets of Salem to be that 'beckoning fair one' that haunts the town. I love when Isaac runs away after Mercy reveals her new sort of followers, that Mercy vows to rule them even if it has to be in their nightmares. We leave Mercy in a horrifying way where she could become Salem's boogeyman, which she already is but hopefully that will be developed and realised in season three."Oh my God... OH. MY. GOD." - Me during this episodeMy poor, poor Tituba. She hardly spoke in the finale but she had one of the biggest roles in it, and definitely the most horrifying scene. During that punishment scene that I loved, the Dark Lord reveals he knows all about her and that his mother wouldn't bare to see her live. I thought shit, her punishment is going to be worse than Mercy's! I was relieved when he basically just banished her, thinking she was safe for the time being. Until the shots of her walking through the forest. When they kept going back to her, I thought something would happen. Then the Dark Lord started to make the dead birds reanimate and it went back to Tituba and there was a crow and it was reflecting Tituba in its eye and then the birds started to come into the shot and... I need to start a new sentence. But I couldn't breathe for this scene. The atmosphere was built up with the wind and seeming serenity of Tituba getting away, but we know better. It felt very Alfred Hitchcock, and I absolutely love the film The Birds so I loved this scene. In fact, for my review of Dead Birds I was going to use the tagline from the film - "the next scream you hear could be your own" - for my heading, but ended up using something else, but I like the connection. Must have been woman's intuition or something. But I was thinking Tituba would get away - I was hoping she would get away. I don't want Tituba to be dead, and she died brutally. When she started running, I was yelling at her to run faster, or use some sort of spell to protect herself, or a spell to kill the birds, but I guess she must have known better than to escape the punishment of the Dark Lord. The screams. The pecking. The super-fast camera shots. It was brilliant, nothing short of pure brilliance but I really didn't want Tituba to die. I wanted her and Mary to team up again, but that's just wishful thinking, like Mercy being a princess. Maybe Tituba isn't dead, like it has been suggested. Death is a funny thing and John was resurrected, as were birds, so what's to say Tituba can't come back? She's basically a necromancer, right? With her new look, she could become the next militia man. Who needs eyes anyway?"The world is a much darker place now that your light has grown as dim as the rest of ours."ANNE HALE! What a naughty little witch! I loved every minute of it though, to see how far she has come from pilot to sophomore finale, or should I say, how far she has fallen, as she was the most shocking character in the finale - yet in a way, you can understand her actions. The Anne and Cotton scenes were some of the best this season as everything came to a head and I couldn't have been more excited by them. Seth Gabel and Tamzin Merchant both delivered powerhouse performances as I believed every word they said, every emotion they portrayed. Both sides held good arguments and I could see how both were torn to shreds by the other's words. "I traded his life for yours." That line, that beautiful little line caused the first ripple of Mather destruction. Cotton crying out was when we knew Anne had crossed the line even he can't forgive. And what's funny is there were moments where Cotton seemed open to forgive and forget, where he seemed swayed by her words until Anne reminded him of the night she saved them both from thugs that almost killed them. Anne had a great point, as they would have killed them or done much worse, but Cotton only saw that his perfect Anne killed somebody. "It was him or us." The next scene between the pair was when Cotton finds out about Anne's love spell. The entire exchange between them was captivating. "If only you loved me when I really needed you to I might not have had to pledge myself. I might not have to quicken your love with my first spell." Of all the things I was surprised with by Anne in this episode, her honesty is one of them. I wasn't expecting her level of honesty, especially when Cotton seemed content with leaving Salem with her to be happy. It's what Anne always wanted, but she knew she couldn't leave Salem. Cotton's choice to love speech was epic too - "Because I did love you. I loved you since almost the first we met. I just needed a little time." "I didn't have time." The desperation from Anne was stunning and Cotton plunging deeper into despair with his newfound situation was just golden. I can't say enough good things about their scenes together in this episode because they were literally fantastic. And when Anne began to walk towards Cotton with Brown Jenkins in her hands, I was like "Anne, what are you doing?" And then she shoved the rat down Cotton's throat. It mortified me. Totally reminded me of Mary and Tituba forcing the toad down George's throat and it showed me just how alike Anne is to Mary. They both ended the season as the other character, really. Mary began season two as a villain of sorts, and now Anne ends the season as a villain of sorts, as I started out thinking Anne was the good witch and Mary the bad, but now it's reversed.All hail Mary, who is the best female character on television right now. We see from the very first scene the effects the success of the Consecration has had on her. She is devastated, and I was too. Poor Little John. I loved the first scene with the witches gathering around his bed. The exchange Mary had with Anne was the most interesting, and when the Countess said "In your place she'd have done the same thing", it made me wonder - would she have? I think she would have, to save the life of John. If Anne was in Mary's position, with a child about to be the vessel to the Dark Lord, and Mary was Anne trying to save her love, I do think Mary would have done the same. But of course, Anne doesn't have a child born to be a vessel and Mary isn't exchanging children to save her love, so the question is slightly irrelevant. But moving on, it was even more of a blow when we thought maybe Little John was still in there, and when he was speaking to her saying "I need you... your songs, your stories, your kisses", I thought, like Mary, he wasn't all gone. It crushed me when he started talking about Mary's night of being turned into a witch and giving birth to her son to be taken for the devil (nice inclusion of flashbacks by the way), as we could see on Mary's face her pain. I like that Mary's clothing reflects her downfall too as she wears what resembles to be rags, instead of the gorgeous dresses she wore last season and the majority of this season. Being a mother changed Mary's life for the better, I think, as we got her humanity back. Even if we briefly saw it in the very first moments of the pilot, when Isaac is being branded, of that sweet girl who cared for her friends, what I love most about this new take on Mary is that we have the opportunity to go back to that. Mary was always the villain we rooted for, but she failed on every level leading up to this finale and it seems like the only thing she did win at was saving John's life, which happened to be a good deed. She couldn't kill the Countess because the evil that would have allowed Mary to tear her limb from limb was gone, even if she loathed the Countess, she just didn't succeed in killing her. In my opinion, it's because those evil qualities from last season evaporated.<