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The Crooked Man: 5 Things to Know

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 02:47

World Premiere: The Crooked Man (2016) - Airs Saturday, October 1 at 9/8c on Syfy.

The Crooked Man explores how a house turns into a danger zone when singing a nursery rhyme summons a demonic figure who’s hungry for blood.

Here’s five things to know about cast and the dark side of nursery rhymes.

1. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

The Crooked Man is further proof that nursery rhymes ain't always sweet. Take this one for instance, which has nothing to do with a garden but everything to do with the growing grave yard of homicidal Queen Mary I of England A.K.A. “Blood Mary” (pictured so eloquently above). Her reign as queen was marked by the execution of hundreds of Protestants who refused to revert to Catholicism.

2. Three Blind Mice (1744) - Bloody Mary shows up in this one too! The three blind mice were actually three nobel men who plotted against the Queen (Bloody Mary) and were burned to the stake as a punishment when they were caught.  

3. Ring Around the Rosie (1881)

Chances are you and your pals used to sing this as a kid - us too! But alas, this innocent tune is actually about The Great Plague of London of 1665.

Ring around the rosie… the rosie being the smelly rash that would cover the mouths of the infected.
Pocket full of posies … People would carry the posies around to conceal the stench of their sickness.   
Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down …
you get the point.
4. Michael Jai White (who plays Milo in The Crooked Man) is an accomplished martial artist who hold 8 black belts. Maybe he'll be opening up a can of whoop ass in The Crooked Man ? You'll have to watch to find out, but in the meantime, check out this found footage of Michael fighting as a teenager in 1987! #classic

5. Amber Benson (who plays Grace in The Crooked Man) may be remembered by Buffy fans as Tara Maclay. Amber is really alliteration. She’s written six independent books including, Death’s Daughter, Cat’s Claw and Serpent’s Storm. Amber’s resume includes hot titles like: Strictly Sexual (the movie) and Strictly Sexual: The Series, T is for Trick and Lovers, Liars and Lunatics, among others.