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Happy Halloween: Learn How to Make Realistic Fake Blood From 'Sherlock's' Mark Gatiss

Besides starring in Sherlock, writing for Doctor Who and being the driving force behind upcoming Who docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss is also known for his love of the horror genre. (You may have already been able to guess this based on some of the episodes he’s written.)

Anyway, back in 2010, Gatiss created a three-part documentary series for the BBC called A History of Horror, which was basically his personal exploration of the history behind horror films, and the culture that surrounds them. It’s a rather fascinating series if you can manage to see it – sadly though it doesn’t seem to be available on DVD anywhere, so you’ll probably only to be able to find bits and pieces of it on YouTube. Which is still worth it, but is an annoying amount of work.

Anyway, in celebration of Halloween, one of the most fun of all holidays, here’s a fabulous clip from A History of Horror that might actually help you with your last minute costume plans for trick or treating. Watch as Gatiss teaches you the recipe and technique for how to make super authentic-looking horror movie blood. It’s kind of creepy, but you kind of can’t argue with the fact that the end results look real…

Amazing Internet Things: Wishbone Dons a Deerstalker in Adaptation of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

For many people, the long wait between seasons of popular mystery series Sherlock has turned us all into embarrassingly rabid Holmes fans, eager for any scrap of the great detective that we haven’t seen yet, by any actor, in any form. Yes, kids, this is what obsession looks like. But at least the source material is actually literature, so you know, it could be worse, right?

However, in your quest to consume every snippet of available Sherlockiana in any medium in which it exists, here’s something you probably missed. Unless, of course, you’re old enough to remember a certain children’s show about a dog that had aspirations of being the star of stories from classic literature and saw this clip the first time around.

Yes, we’re talking about Wishbone. Yes, Wishbone did a Sherlock Holmes story. And yes, you can watch it below thanks to the magic of YouTube.

Amazing Internet Things: 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' as 2013 Summer Blockbuster

In many (most?) cases, the original version of something is usually the best one. Remakes and re-imaginings almost always leave fans of the original disappointed in some way.

So, generally, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mel Brooks classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail definitely falls under that category. In fact, the film ought to be nigh on untouchable when it comes to internet remakes, right? It really doesn’t need too much in the way of improving (and most can agree with that statement whether or not Brooks’ humor is really their cup of tea or not).

But, of course the internet never respects that kind of thing, does it? Remixing is what the internet was made for. Especially when the end result is cool enough that you won’t even mind that someone messed with the original.

Binge Watch Many of Your British Favorites: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ and More are Headed to Hulu

Good news for fans of British television – we’re about to get even more online streaming options for many of our favorite shows! The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu has closed a substantial deal with BBC Worldwide North America to add 144 different BBC titles to its streaming service within the next year. And “substantial” pretty much translates to “amazing” in this instance.

While this deal is non-exclusive (i.e you can find many of these titles in other places), high profile hits like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther and more are included. So far they’ve announced sitcoms like the ever popular Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, and Fawlty Towers; dramas like Whitechapel and New Tricks; classics like the original House of Cards trilogy, and sci-fi hits like Life on Mars and Torchwood. While many of these programs are destined for Hulu’s subscription-only “Hulu Plus” platform, many will still be available for free streaming on its basic site.

Celebrate the Premiere of 'The Hollow Crown': Take Our Quiz Inspired by Shakespeare’s Henriad!

 

Highly anticipated Shakespeare mini-series The Hollow Crown premieres September 20 on Great Performances and – to the surprise of no one, mostly likely – we’ve got more than a few fans of this production (and the Bard, generally) around the office here. The series assembles four of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays - Richard II; Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part Two; and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, and stars such notable British thespians as Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear, Michelle Dockery, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet and (a lot) more.

(If, for some reason, you’ve not heard of this production before, take a second to watch the UK and US trailers – and then cancel whatever plans you had for the weekend.)

To celebrate the launch of this highly anticipated drama, we put together a little character quiz based on some of the main figures featured in Shakespeare’s Henriad (that’s the fancy name for this particular quartet of plays). So if you’ve ever wondered whether you’re more a Richard II or a Hotspur, well, now’s your chance to find out.

Click here to take the quiz for yourself – and let us know which character you got in the comments!

Amazing Internet Things: Malcolm Tucker is the Twelfth Doctor

Before he was cast to play the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who, actor Peter Capaldi was probably best known for his performance as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick of It. The actor has obviously done a tremendous amount of other great work besides this on screens both large and small, but, well, Malcolm does tend to be one of the characters people remember. Which, probably has a lot to do with the swearing.

Given this fact, it seems natural that the internet’s first reaction upon the announcement of Capaldi’s casting as Twelve was to make a mash-up video combining both Doctor Who and The Thick of It into a forty second burst of awesomeness that you’ll sort of wish was actually real. In short, if you’ve ever wondered what Malcolm Tucker might be like as a Time Lord, well, this video is for you. (And the answer is, surprisingly the same.)

Two things you should know going in: 1.) This clip is hysterical, even if you’ve never seen The Thick of It and 2.) It is full of profanity, because that’s basically the secret language of Malcolm Tucker. Don’t watch this if you’re at work or if a lot of strong language bothers you or maybe even if there is anyone standing near you at home that might overhear.

Amazing Internet Things: Even P. Diddy Wants into Downton Abbey

Apparently, there really is no upper limit when it comes to Downton Abbey parodies. We’ve had clips featuring musicals, Sesame Street, One Direction, a Nintendo game and the zombie apocalypse, so it would stand to reason that this latest addition to the Downton Parody Pantheon isn’t even that that far outside of the realm of normal.

Except possibly when you consider the guy that made it. It turns out that P. Diddy (otherwise known as Puff Daddy and/or Sean Combs), the business mogul-rapper-actor-designer-whatever, is a fan of the show. Enough that he staged a (kind of really weird actually) Twitter hoax claiming he’d joined that cast, which turned out to be a promotion for his new clip the always hilarious site Funny or Die. In this particular spoof, Diddy proclaims himself the actual first black actor to be part of the show – rather than Death in Paradise star Gary Carr, who’s joining the cast for Series 4.

Anyway, P. Diddy sets out to prove this assertion by way of a spoof called Downton Diddy, in which he repeatedly calls it “Downtown Abbey” and has cleverly inserted himself into existing footage from the show by way of some sort of CGI-fueled wizardry. It’s pretty clever, even if some of the jokes are going to make you roll your eyes a bit.

Amazing Internet Things: The Dowager Countess Faces Off with Game of Thrones’ Queen of Thorns

This particular Amazing Internet Thing will be of special interest to those of you are Game of Thrones fans in addition to being British television lovers. And, really, there’s so much Awesome British Talent appearing in the HBO series on a weekly basis that it’s practically got honorary Brit TV status anyway.

For those of you who don’t know, Game of Thrones tells the story of several warring families/factions battling for control of a kingdom called Westeros in a time period that sort of looks like the Middle Ages, but isn’t quite. It’s very high fantasy and it’s also very enjoyable, if a bit violent and life ruining because basically every character you ever care about will have something extremely horrible happen to them.

Anyway, Thrones recently introduced the matriarch of House Tyrell, a sassy grandmother named Lady Olenna (also known as the Queen of Thorns) who bears a more than passing resemblance to another acid-tongued head of household from a slightly different time period. Yes, this is basically what Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess might look like if she were transported back in time to lead her family during violent times of political backstabbing and war. And, much like her Edwardian counterpart, Lady Olenna is also played by another British luminary, Dame Diana Rigg. They’re pretty much the same character, and it’s kind of amazing.

Best Parody Ever? Watch Downton Abbey: The Musical

Downton Abbey parodies are basically a dime a dozen on the internet these days, and most of them are actually pretty awesome, but there are some that are just on another level of amazing. This is one of those things.

This ten-minute parody imagines creator Julian Fellowes finally cutting us Americans a break and putting on a stage version of the first episode of Series 4, to stop us complaining about being behind the UK broadcast. The twist? It’s a musical episode.

Yes, this is as close as we’re ever going to get to the real Downton: The Musical, so just enjoy every perfect second you can.

Amazing Internet Things: Harry Potter The Honest Trailer

The Honest Trailer guys have struck again and if you’re a Harry Potter fan who has ever seen any of the movies based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved books, you are absolutely going to want to watch this.

If you’ve never seen any of the Honest Trailers, here’s how it works: YouTube users screenjunkies regular send up popular major motion pictures by describing the general plot of the film in the most straightforward of terms. (The best example of this is probably the one that they did for Twilight, which is a tiny bit NSFW, but is absolutely hysterical.)

Anyway, the Honest Trailer folks have finally gotten around to immortalizing the beloved Harry Potter films in an extended trailer that encompasses all eight of them in one go. And it’s amazing.

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