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For a variety of reasons, I haven't seen any movies over the past week. (I've been traveling, plus last weekend I saw a not-very-good play, "Stones in His Pockets," at the Yale Repertory Company, which got in the way of going to the movies.)

I did, however, want to mention that I've seen the first two episodes of "The Following," the genuinely creepy new Fox series about an Edgar Allan Poe-obsessed serial killer who creates a cult that, even while he is in prison, performs ritual killings in his name and honor.

Kevin Bacon plays the former FBI agent trying to stop the cult. He tracked down and imprisoned the killer (played by the oily and seductive James Purefoy) but in doing so was almost killed; he was stabbed and now has a pacemaker keeping him alive, plus an addiction to booze. Bacon is terrific ... he reminds me of William Petersen's Will Graham in the terrific Manhunter, which preceded Silence of the Lambs and is almost as good; Bacon carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, and we can feel his pain.

I'm not big on gore, and I found one or two scenes in the first episode to be a little off-putting. The second episodes was actually better - lots of blood, but we didn't see much actual violence. (Though I have trouble with the scenes that show a little boy at risk.)

"The Following" is sort of Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs crossed with "Criminal Minds," with a little "CSI" tossed in. I'm not sure if they will be able to sustain the tension over many weeks, and it is possible that the violence and gore could go too far, at least for me. But for the moment, I'm intrigued. And coming back for more.




That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Slàinte!
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