Fear Itself

2008, TV Show

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Clifton Collins Jr. Joins The Event

Clifton Collins Jr.

Clifton Collins Jr. is joining the NBC drama The Event, a network rep confirms. 

Collins — whose credits include the films Star Trek, Traffic and Capote — will play... read more

Rescue Me Season 5, Volume 1 and Other Announced Releases

Rescue Me - Season 5

New releases announced June 22:

Rob Dyrdek's "Fantasy Factory - Season 1" will be coming out September 1

Fear Itself - The Complete 1st Season: Collector's Edition will be coming out September 15

Important Things with Demetri Martin - Season 1 will be coming out September 8

Nitro Circus - Season 1 will be coming out September 8

Rescue Me - Season 5, Volume 1 will be coming out September 1

True Jackson, VP - Season 1, Volume 1 will be coming out September 8

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Can you please tell me if ...

Question: Can you please tell me if NBC'S Fear Itself has been cancelled, or if the remaining episodes will be shown at a later date.
Answer: The horror anthology hasn't been canceled but it certainly hasn't been renewed (and I'd think that unlikely). As for the remaining five episodes that were filmed but not aired, it's possible that they'll still be shown, but no word yet when or where. This is the kind of show that could very easily be dropped into the schedule if a hole opens up, but it's also quite clearly the kind of show that can just vanish without a trace ... read more

Longtime reader of your ...

Question: Longtime reader of your columns, but this is my first time writing. I read your review of NBC's Fear Itself and have to agree with you — somewhat. The first episodes were nothing great (I may have liked them a little more than you), but I kept watching just because I like the format and knew, as with Showtime's Masters of Horror series, that there can be ups and downs. I agreed with your review that the first two segments left something to be desired, but the "Family Man" episode was a step in the right direction, and they keep improving. The latest, "Eater," featuring Elisabeth Moss (because of you, Mad Men has been added to my must-download... er, I mean must-legally purchase... list) was actually the most scary piece of television I've ever witnessed. The acting was top-notch, there was good amount of violence and gore, and I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. I just wanted to see if you had kept up with the show and if you agreed that it was improving. Answer: I ... read more

"Eater"

A fine, deft episode, based on Peter Crowther's short story of the same name, and adapted by Richard Chizmar and Jonathan Schaech (who also recently wrote the screenplay for the feature-length adapation of Ed Gorman's novel The Poker Club). Cult favorite Stuart Gordon, probably still best known for Re-Animator, directed a fine, small cast headlined by Elisabeth Moss, most visible of late, inside greater or lesser degrees of padding, in Mad Men.A rather simple storyline: A particularly vile and prolific mass muderer, known for quickly killing his male victims and slowly cutting parts from his female victims and essentially eating them alive over the course of days or weeks, is delivered to a rundown Louisiana police precinct to be held overnight in their lockup. The sergeant in charge details two veteran patrolmen and a "boot," a rookie still in her probationary period, as the graveyard shift to stay with the "Eater." One of the veteran cops is openly contemptuous of young Officer ... read more

Elisabeth Moss: Of Mad Men... and a Madman

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By day she toils at Sterling Cooper as mild-mannered Peggy By night at least on this Thursday night at 10 pmET on NBCs Fear Itself shes a rookie cop working a most undesirable shift TVGuidecom invited Emmy semifinalist Elisabeth Moss to preview whats ahead for both her and the Mad Men and a people-eating madmanTVGuidecom The last time you and I spoke Peggy was just weeks away from popping out the super-secret kid and you didnt let slip even the tiniest hintElisabeth Moss [Laughs] Pretty good of me huhTVGuidecom The most you said was Whats ahead is not typicalMoss Well it was true It was true It was a very hard secret to keepTVGuidecom How far into Season 1 did you find outMoss I knew before we started I had to because there were wardrobe issues Id have to deal with with the padding and everythingTVGuidecom What can you reveal about Mad Mens Season 2Moss Well it picks up a couple of years later which is very i read more

"In Sickness and in Health"

The first suspense (as opposed to supernatural horror) episode of Fear Itself proves to be a disappointment, and I suspect most of the blame this time lies with the direction, rather than with the script. Not that the very guessable "twist" ending scriptwriter Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers) offers helps matters, but the uneven tone, utter lack of subtlety, and clumsy pacing of the episode, directed by John Landis, killed it much more efficiently than our drama's serial killers could hope to snuff any victim.A bride (Maggie Lawson, most visible of late in Psych) is joking with her maids of honor as they prepare for the ceremony. As one bridesmaid goes to check on the groom, she remembers to pass along an envelope the officiating priest had given her, which he'd received from an unidentified woman. The typewritten note in the sealed envelope says only "The person you are about to marry is a serial killer." This disturbs the bride, but only slightly; she goes to the groom (James Rod... read more

Thanks for your comments on ...

Question: Thanks for your comments on Fear Itself. I, too, was turned off by the complete lack of hope. I loved Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Visions and even Masters of Horror anthologies because they sometimes allowed that hope prevailed. I bookend this with last summer's TNT horror anthology that also seemed to go for the darker endings. I watched this last episode for Colin Ferguson, and I'll watch this week's for Psych's James Roday and Maggie Wheeler, and then I'm skipping the rest of the run. Answer: It's not that I have anything against unhappy endings per se, but when I was given the first three episodes of Fear Itself to screen, they all began to seem predictably bleak, and the lack of surprise when things turn out badly for even the occasionally sympathetic character is a cardinal sin with an anthology like this. I'll try to keep an eye on the show for as long as it lasts because I would like to believe in the anthology format, and if the subject matter, director an ... read more

"The Family Man"

Finally a good episode of Fear Itself, one written by Daniel Knauf, he most recently of Carnivale (the HBO dark fantasy historical drama), and one as well shot and acted as the previous two, this one directed by Ronny Yu. Rather a simple story: a doting husband and father of two children is asked by his wife to run an errand, and is so wrapped up in his cell phone conversation with her he doesn't see the pickup truck that charges into the intersection and centerpunches his sedan, apparently killing the pickup's occupants and, it turns out, very nearly killing him. Indeed, he has an out-of-body experience at the hospital where he's being treated, and meets another disembodied spirit; this other spirit tells him that they're both dead. As it turns out, the second spirit is jumping the gun, and both men survive, but when they awaken, they discover that they have swapped bodies. And family man Dennis Mahoney is now occupying the stronger, more pain-resistant body of a prolific serial k... read more

"Spooked"

So far we don't have too much to fear from Fear Itself, other than having our time wasted, with well-produced offerings of very weak stories and scripts. There are a lot of ways to go wrong with any screenplay, but why take such unpromising work as what has been written, or at least what has been filmed from what was written, for these first two episodes and then lavish on them as much atmosphere and ingenuity as a mid-range television budget can afford? Why not solicit better scripts, or if that's not the problem, quit allowing someone to dumb them down so badly during production and/or post-production?In this episode, we have a world-weary and vicious cop (Eric Roberts, reminding us of Robert Forster), who tortures, essentially to death, a suspect in the kidnapping of a US Senator's son...but before he can die, the obviously guilty kidnapper? accomplice? uncooperative witness? (we guess primary kidnapper, and we do have to guess) makes a dying declaration that he will haunt Harr... read more

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