Coming to Starz is a strange, but weirdly good horror-comedy Shining Vale. While watching the first episode I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but by the finale, I was all in.
Shining Vale stars Courtney Cox (Friends) and Academy Award Nominee Greg Kinnear (The Stand) as Pat and Terry Phelps. A married couple who are going through a very rough patch after Pat cheated on her husband with the handyman. The couple sells everything and dips into their retirement fund to purchase a new home with their two children in Shining Vale. However, things are always as they seem. The house has a terrible past. And the series begs the question, is Pat possessed or depressed?
WHAT AM I WATCHING?
When I first started this series I was confused by it. The script is written as a single-cam sitcom, while the score and tone of everything else is a horror movie. However, as the series went on I found myself obsessed with the quirkiness and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Courtney Cox is 100% in her element. She is a tour de force when it comes to comedy, and we all know she’s got the horror background. In Shining Vale is where her two worlds come together creating something magical.
Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michele) stars as Rosemary, the “ghost” of the house. Is she a figment of Pat’s imagination or is she truly there possessing her? Sorvino is magnificent in this role. She’s creepy in all the right ways, while also portraying a truly sympathetic character. Kinnear is fantastic at Pat’s doting husband just wanting to do right by his family. He and Cox’s chemistry is great. While Kinnear was on an episode of Friends in the past, I can’t believe these two haven’t played together since. You can absolutely tell they have a blast in every scene.
So, if you’re looking for something out of the box and a little weird make sure to check out Shining Vale on STARZ starting on Sunday, March 6th.