Helix – Sneak Peek and BTS Clips

Helix airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy.

Survivor Zero – First Look at Episode 7
SUMMARY: Watch an exclusive sneak peek of the latest Helix episode! During ‘Day 7’, Ilaria’s CEO Constance Sutton (Jeri Ryan) arrives to help with finding an antidote.

Episode 6 – Inside Helix
SUMMARY: The cast of Helix share their behind-the-scenes stories from last week’s episode.

Helix Sneak Peek Clips

Helix — Airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy

The White Room – First Look at Episode 5
SUMMARY: Watch an exclusive sneak peek of the latest Helix episode! The outfall of a scientist’s death puts Balleseros at risk while Hatake makes a huge revelation.

Episode 4 – Inside Helix
SUMMARY: Catherine Lemieux (Dr. Doreen Boyle) gives us a dramatic summary of last week’s episode. Poor, Dr. Boyle.

Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 1

I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where most of our day was on the set of Helix, Syfy’s newest series coming in January 2014!

Some of the areas are still under embargo, so I’m not allowed to post those photos yet. But here’s what I can show…

We started our tour through the corridors of the Helix station. I was able to catch it on video, so that it feels like you’re actually there:

And here’s a live action scene in a lab that we got to see up close:

Here are some various shots of the labs:

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Blu-Ray Giveaway: Chernobyl Diaries

Courtesy of Warner Bros, I have a copy of Chernobyl Diaries for one (1) lucky winner!

Experience the darkest side of disaster in “Chernobyl Diaries” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 16 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. From a screenplay by “Paranormal Activity” writer Oren Peli, “Chernobyl Diaries” tests a group of tourists as they explore the site of the most catastrophic nuclear disaster in history. The Blu-ray contains an exclusive alternate ending not seen in theaters.

Written and produced by Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”) and Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke, “Chernobyl Diaries” stars Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips and Dimitri Diatchenko. Brian Witten also produces.

“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme” tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…

“Chernobyl Diaries” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
• Alternate Ending
• Uri’s Extreme Tours Infomercial
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

“Chernobyl Diaries” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

Contest is open to US residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 2. I’ll draw a name on November 3, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Hallowed Ones

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community?

This unique YA horror took me by surprise. The romantic setting of a small Amish community is offset by an apocalyptic horror from the Outside world. Katie is a relatable teenage girl, despite her Amish heritage. She wants to experience everything the Outside world has to offer during her Rumspringa, with a special love for Coca-Cola and Wonder Woman comics. Her community sees her behavior as a somewhat rebellious nature, but she’s simply a strong and independent young woman who doesn’t want to settle down right away. If you can’t tell by now, I loved this character. Though this Amish community, or at least Katie’s morals, are definitely not as conservative as most of the Amish that I’ve learned about.

Told from Katie’s point of view, the mystery and suspense were heart-pounding and chilling. Many reviews on Amazon are laden with spoilers about the dark events going on Outside of the community. I hate reading spoilers about plots, so I won’t delve into the details here. But Bickle handled the scary fantasy elements extremely well, with plenty of surprises along the way. The Hallowed Ones is an unpredictable story that is both romantic and thrilling.

The Hallowed Ones releases from Graphia on September 25, 2012.

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