TV Review: THE FOLLOWING
 By Dave Dreher - FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

Email this article
 
Printer friendly page

Source:

Jan 14, 2013, 6:11 AM



Fox has long been a beacon of hope for horror fans when it comes to genre friendly shows, The X Files, Fringe, you get the picture.

This month they take another stab at it (pun intended) with a way better than average serial killer tale called THE FOLLOWING.  At it's core it is very much like the Hannibal Lector films as we have Kevin Bacon starring as the retired FBI agent drug out of retirement when a psychopathic killer he put behind bars escapes leaving a trail of blood and carnage in his wake.  Reminded me a whole lot of Red Dragon.

I've seen the first four episodes of THE FOLLOWING and I can tell you that I was riveted to the screen.  Writer Kevin Williamson, yeah the guy behind SCREAM and I Know What You Did Last Summer, he's back and he's got a few tricks up his sleeve.  While the premise of the show may be tried and true, Williamson has managed to craft a multi-layered story that offers twists and turns that will have your head spinning and keep you guessing.

The works of Edgar Allen Poe figure prominently in the storyline and Williamson is a master of giving you just enough info to make you peak around the corner and then he hits you in the head with a hammer when you do.

Throughout the first several episodes we meet the rather large cast of characters and view their back stories via flashbacks that highlight their involvement and brings the story full circle. 

Highly imaginative and completely engrossing, THE FOLLOWING pretty much has it all and maybe, just maybe might be the vehicle that propels Kevin Bacon into super stardom.  His stellar career has been peppered with fantastic supporting roles but never the big hit.  This could be that hit.

There is so much more I want to tell you about this show but to divulge any of the plot line would be to ruin it for you, and I would never do that to you.  I will tell you this though, in the second episode there is a scene that actually made me jump.  I haven't jumped during a viewing of anything in a long, long time, let alone a TV show but this one did it, it gets my respect for that point alone.

THE FOLLOWING is much more than just a creepy, spooky, crime tale, it is a sharp, twisted story of revenge, madness, hope, redemption and ultimately the fact that rarely is anyone who or what you believe them to be and that we all wear masks and sometimes when we take those masks off, we don't even recognize ourselves.

THE FOLLOWING premieres Monday Jan. 21st at 9 PM on FOX.  Don't miss the pilot episode as it is one of the best "first hours" of TV I've seen in a while.  It's pretty gutsy stuff for a "broadcast" channel to put out there and is definitely on track with anything airing on HBO, Showtime or FX.

I'm hoping fans embrace the show and we all get to spend a couple years watching Kevin Bacon chase a madman around.



 

Submit your Horror News here.
Discuss THE FOLLOWING
in our Forums


 



 

         Staff  /   Upcoming Horror Movies  /  Advertise with Us  /  Contact Us /   About Us 

 The House of Horrors is � by Internet Zombie Productions, 1997-PRESENT, all rights reserved. All other  mentioned entities within this domain belong to their respective copyright owners and will not be infringed  upon herein.


Bert I. Gordon's SECRETS OF A PSYCHOPATH

Unmask at THE SHINING Masquerade Ball This Weekend

40th Anniversary Screening of Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE (1974) in Los Angeles

George A. Romero's MARTIN Screening in Brooklyn, NY

Michele Soavi's STAGEFRIGHT Heads to UK DVD and Blu-ray


Blu-ray Review: THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND

Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN

DVD Review: SHIVER

DVD Review: AMONG FRIENDS

DVD Review: EVIL DEAD


Model / Actress Interview: Lia Beldam

Let's Talk To Some Of The Folks From ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

Oren Peli Chats Up CHERNOBYL DIARIES

Director Interview: Dave Campfield

Exclusive Interview: WES CRAVEN


If You're In Northeast Ohio Then I've Got Your Tickets To THE STRANGERS

CONTEST: Win A Signed One Sheet From THE STRANGERS

Contest: The Orphanage on DVD

Enter The Cellar Door DVD Giveaway

Fantastic, Unreal, Unbelieveable THE RAGE Contest