You’re obsessed. We’re obsessed. The whole world is obsessed.
It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been only two weeks since Netflix put the first season of Stranger Things up for instant viewing, because it already feels like one of the most beloved pieces of entertainment to ever grace the screen. While it normally takes a new movie or TV series a good deal of time to build up a massive audience, the Duffer Brothers-created show found the one it was aiming for almost immediately, and it’s not hard to see why. We’ve finally hit peak ’80s nostalgia, and nothing to date has done it better.
A testament to how beloved Stranger Things has quickly become, there is already a plethora of fan art being shared across the web, so much of it that someone who didn’t know any better would probably assume the show actually was made, as it very much feels like it was, in the 1980s. The characters, particularly the Goonies-esque kids, are some of the most likable and instantly iconic to come along in many years, and it seems there are few artists out there who love the show and haven’t already felt compelled to draw Eleven and the gang up in their own unique style.
Stranger Things, needless to say, kind of has the best fanbase ever.
Looking for the most awesome Stranger Things fan art? We’ve put together a nice little gallery so you don’t have to go hunting. So check out our favorite pieces below, and if you come across any cool art that we missed, be sure to reach out and let us know!
We’ve teamed up with alt-metal supergroup Audiotopsy to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “LYLAB”, which comes from their debut album Natural Causes. The group features vocalist Billy Keeton (Skrape), guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne), bass player Perry Stern, and former Mudvayne drummer Matthew McDonough.
The track clearly takes elements from the member’s previous bands as well as adding in a strangely 90’s vibe during the chorus before exploding into the chorus, which roars with thick distortion and enraged vocals.
El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” is returning to El Rey on Tuesday, September 6th at 9pm ET and to make sure you’ve got your fangs sharpened, they’ve released a trailer to give you a taste of what to expect.
Season three continues the Gecko Brothers’ saga, as they fight their way through the world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico. Once the baddest outlaws in the land, Seth and Richie made a run for the border two years ago, to save their lives – and their fortune. They ran headlong into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, facing off with the vampire goddess, Santánico. The Geckos joined her cause and settled an old score. It won them a place in the culebraworld. Now, that world is about to explode, and new enemies are gathering – dark forces, hell-bent on destruction and domination. It’s up to the Geckos to stop them – but they can’t do it alone.
Comprised of ten hour-long episodes, season three of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will feature a returning ensemble cast that includes: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Jake Busey. Filmmaker and El Rey Network founder Robert Rodriguez will return to direct select episodes this season.
The Suffering, a new independent horror film by Robert Hamilton and released by Breaking Glass Pictures, will be screening at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles beginning today, July 29. Following the theatrical run, The Suffering will be available On Demand/DVD August 2, 2016. The film premiered at the Skyway Film Festival in 2015 and took home the Audience Award. The Suffering also screened at the Culver City Film Festival in December 2015. “Breaking Glass Pictures has a terrific plan for The Suffering, and they were a pleasure to work with while crafting the agreement,” says Todd Slater of Blue Fox Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about the acquisition.”
The Suffering stars Nick Apostolides (The House Across the Street), Regen Wilson (Killing Lincoln), Phil Amico (The Patient), and Chad Eric Smith (Squid Man).
Official Synopsis: Henry Dawles is at a cross roads in life. With a diminished bank account and a baby on the way with his estranged wife, his personal life in shambles. When Mr. Remiel, an elderly shut in, offers Henry a lucrative sum to appraise his rural estate, he accepts without hesitation. What follows is a harrowing exploration of mind and madness. When Henry closes in on the lands’ dark truth, Remiel’s eccentric behavior takes a menacing and unforgettable turn.
Starying August 2, THE SUFFERING will be available on the following platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Playstation, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Blockbuster, and cable on demand.
Last month, we revealed Invada’s plan to release composer Mac Quayle’s original soundtrack for the cyberthriller series “Mr. Robot“. Not a show that we would normally cover, I agree. However, the music is definitely in the same world as the recent “horrorsynth/dreamwave” revival that’s going on and I absolutely loved it, so I couldn’t say no.
Now, the show has given us another reason to talk about it as the #FSociety mask has been explained and it turns out it’s actually from an 80’s slasher that was created specifically for the show!
Here’s how the scene played out: Elliot and Darlene were watching a digital copy of The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie and it’s revealed within the “movie” that this is where the show’s iconic mask originated. The faux horror film was directed by “Mr. Robot” writer/producer Adam Penn and the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the film have been made available to watch right here.
Rich, bratty siblings BROTHER and Ashley are prepping their New Year’s party. BROTHER, however, refuses to take off the “un-chic” mask of his father, a prop dad used to where on his yacht… the one where Uncle Conrad once committed suicide after losing the family business. Despite having plenty of booze and some illicit drugs (an “infinite supply of pure Colombian boca sugar”) no one seems to be showing up… though Ashley and BROTHER quickly discover they aren’t alone. [Source]
After two months of development, the three-man team behind the Doom 4 Doom weapon mod made their July 18th deadline, releasing D4D 66 days after the arrival of the new Doom, the single-player arsenal from which this impressive mod brings — complete with a retro look and alternate fire mode for each weapon — to the classic Doom maps via GZdoom.
D4D features every weapon from the reboot’s story mode, so it does not currently include any of the multiplayer-exclusive weapons, such as the Hellshot or Vortex Rifle. The weapons still don’t need to be reloaded, and though each weapon mod works as it did in the reboot, there is no option to upgrade them. Instead, each weapon is in a “fixed upgrade state.”
“The mod tries to bring the weapons as accurately as possible in looks, behavior and timings,” explains its creators. “However, we also took some liberties regarding some behaviors and balance. For example, the “Double Trouble” super shotgun, when ported in here became extremely overpowered, so we increased ammo usage. Another instance is the “Gatling Rotator” mod for the chaingun, which makes it now fire explosive rounds at a slower rate.”
In addition to all of that, D4D introduces improved gore effects and a double-jump feature that can be toggled on or off. It makes no changes to enemy behavior so D4D should be compatible with most aesthetic mods, like enhanced texture packs. It does not add Glory Kills or ledge-grabbing.
Doom 4 Doom can be found over here, along with some instructions for installing it.
Vulture posted an in-depth interview with Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 Ghostbusters and the producer of Paul Feig’s reboot. Not only does he reveal plans for the now defunct third Ghostbusters, but he also reveals that the studio had green-lit it before Harold Ramis got sick.
“By the way, the studio green-lit it. Everything was ready to go. I couldn’t get [Bill Murray‘s] attention, and in the midst of that, Harold got really sick. And that was pretty much it.”
Dan Aykroyd had been the most public about the sequel, almost campaigning to get it into production. There were many false starts, but plenty of rumors. It’s sad to hear that Ghostbusters 3 was finally going to happen and everyone’s hard work came to a close because we lost Ramis. We can only hope that Feig’s interpretation has him smiling from above.
If Murray hadn’t been dragging his feet, it may have actually come into fruition. What Reitman is referring in the above quote to is all the of the publicly reported drama Murray brought to the development process, which is why his character was to die in the opening scene. He speaks to all of this and his theory as to why Murray kept playing games:
“I worked with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who wrote a number of movies [‘Year One’, ‘Bad Teacher’] and worked on ‘The Office’ together. They wrote a very funny script [for ‘Ghostbusters 3’] that I was very comfortable in directing, and both Harold and Danny wanted to do. And literally Bill refused to read it for a year. Then finally he may have read a few pages, and I got him on the telephone, and he said, “Look, I just don’t want to do this.” It had nothing to do with how good or bad the script was or anything like that. He was having his own issues in his own life, and I think he just didn’t want to engage…I think the reason that Bill wouldn’t read it was he didn’t want to make a decision about this. So he just ignored it.
“Bill and Sigourney’s kid, Oscar, is a postgrad student, and weird things start to happen,” he added, referring to Murray’s character in the third film. “Bill Murray dies in the first scene, because he always said, ‘I won’t do it unless I die.’ And I said, ‘Okay, you got it.’ [Laughs.] It was a father-son story, with him as a ghost.”
There was also version entitled Hellbent, in which the Ghostbusters actually battled the Devil. Reitman explains why:
“I was never a big fan of that one,” he tells the site. “Danny always loved it. To me, what was funny about the Ghostbusters was putting these extraordinary situations in a world that we knew, surrounded by people that we recognized, real New Yorkers acting like New Yorkers. I thought the comedy was in that juxtaposition. I’ve never liked the more fantastical versions.”
He segues into discussing the original plan for the 1984 film, which was to star John Belushi and take the ‘busters to space!
“Danny’s original treatment [for the original ‘Ghostbusters’], which he wrote for Belushi and himself, took place in outer space and the future, with competing groups of Ghostbusters and all kinds of stuff going on that was almost impossible to shoot on any budget, particularly then without CGI. So after Belushi passed away, he came to me. By then I had worked with Bill, I think three times, and Dan said, “I was thinking of doing this with Bill. What do you think?” And I sat down with him and pitched this contemporary story about guys who are paranormal researchers at Columbia University, get kicked out, and go into business. And it gave us a real structure to write a story that I thought could be way funnier than something more fantastical. It’s why I like the second ‘Ghostbusters’ so much. It probably wasn’t as big as it should’ve been. But I liked that a baby was at the center of it, and that it was really a domestic story. I just looked at that film again, and I was so proud of the comedy work between Sigourney Weaver, Bill, and everybody.”
The full interview has so much more, including plans for a follow up and a new animated movie!
Today the final season of Syfy’s “Bitten” arrives on home video, and courtesy of the show’s co-producer Entertainment One, we have five (5) of the three-disc collector DVD sets to give away. Featuring all 10 unedited, action-packed episodes, Bitten: The Final Season is highlighted by the featurette “A Look at the Final Season” along with a few other extras.
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About the BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON DVD Set:
Based on the Otherworld novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, “Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”, “V”, “Haven”, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. For three seasons, the show’s rabid followers have tuned in as Elena evolved from a photographer who hides her dark secret after being bitten to a ferocious leader of the Stonehaven pack.
Vandervoort’s co-stars include Greyston Holt (“Once Upon a Time”, “Alcatraz”), Greg Bryk (“ReGenesis”, Immortals, A History of Violence), Steve Lund (“Haven”), and Genelle Williams.
BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON picks up several months after the harrowing battle in the Season 2 finale. Bolstering their ranks in the wake of the carnage, the Stonehaven Pack is on the hunt for the Russian Alpha and his brethren, seeking to end a decades-old vendetta. Meanwhile, Elena struggles with Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers’ new draconian leadership style and makes a shocking and surprising discovery about herself. As the thrilling VFX-driven series ends, can the world’s only female werewolf protect her bloodline?
“Bitten” is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One (eOne) in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canada Media Fund. The series is executive produced by J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan and Patrick Banister for Hoodwink Entertainment, Tecca Crosby and John Morayniss for eOne, Wil Zmak, and showrunner Daegan Fryklind. eOne handles the worldwide distribution for the series.
· Deleted Scenes
· Extended Scenes
· “A Look at the Final Season” Featurette
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Netflix shared the first image from its feature film Okja, which was filmed earlier this year in Seoul, South Korea.
From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) in a bold, global adventure.
“With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” said Director Bong.
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Joining the cast are acclaimed actors from around the world, including Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Okja will be shot in South Korea, Canada and the US, in English and Korean.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho are producers on the film. Okja is a Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production.
Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the US.
If you live on the East Coast (or have the funds to do a little traveling), the one convention that you absolutely should attend at least once in your lifetime is Rock and Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s about to celebrate its lucky 13th anniversary this coming October, and the first wave of guests and musical groups that will be there has just been unveiled.
From the Press Release:
MassConcerts is pleased to announce the first of many celebrity guests and musical acts for the biggest yearly horror and music convention in New England. On October 14th through 16th, Rock and Shock will celebrate its 13th year bringing the best in horror and music to Worcester, MA. The convention features celebrity guests, killer bands, incredible vendors, and plenty to do inside the convention. Celebrity guests will appear all three days of the convention unless otherwise noted.
This year Rock and Shock welcomes Matthew Lillard as part of Scream’s 20th Anniversary. Avoiding being typecast, Matthew is an actor who is as popular for his roles in movies for kids (Scooby Doo) as he is comedies (Without a Paddle), rom-coms (She’s All That), cult films (Serial Mom, SLC Punk!), and of course horror, with his role as Stuart in Scream serving as his first big screen genre role.
Joining Matthew is fellow Scream partner-in-crime Skeet Ulrich, who has had a strong career in a variety of genres, starring in movies and television shows such as “Law and Order: LA,” As Good As It Gets, and Jericho, but for horror fans few have had as impactful a year as he did in 1996. Starting with a breakout performance in The Craft and moving right to a career-solidifying turn as Billy in Wes Craven’s Scream, Skeet established himself as a memorable actor from the very beginning, and we are thrilled that he will be with us for Rock and Shock.
Children of the Corn was one of the scariest movies at the time, and Rock and Shock couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Courtney Gains. Not only did he give a masterful performance as Malachai in Children of the Corn, it was also his very first film role. He was an instant horror legend, and after that Courtney cemented his place as an actor with roles in Back o the Future, The ‘Burbs, “Seinfeld,” “Tales from the Crypt,” Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and so many more.
In addition, Rock and Shock will feature another Children of the Corn legend. We’re happy to announce that Isaac himself, John Franklin, will be at the show. Not only did John bring a powerful creep factor as the cult leader, but he also added to his horror film cred by playing “Walkabout” Chucky in Child’s Play and Cousin Itt in both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values before returning to the Isaac character for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return.
Rock and Shock is never complete without an incredible lineup of bands to keep your day going into the night over at the Palladium. For Friday, October 14th, the lineup features Trivium, Kataklysm, Carach Angren, and Huntress. On Saturday, October 15th, don’t miss Max & Igor Cavalera with their “Return to Roots” all-star lineup and con highlight, The Rocking Dead, and Combichrist. Finally, on Sunday, October 16th, Twiztid return with an incredible support lineup featuring mac Lethal, Lex the Hex Master, Zodiac Mprint, Menace 2 Sobriety, and Godz of Kaos.
Tickets for Rock & Shock 2016 will be available soon at ticketfly.com, FYE stores, or at the Palladium box office. There are still plenty of celebrity guest, musical acts and events yet to be announced so make sure to follow Rock & Shock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit rockandshock.com.
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If HorrorCon 2016, now in its second year, is anything to go by, then this edition of the festival set in Sheffield, England, is waving the flag for all things evil, lurid, and grotesque. HorrorCon set new standards of what a convention should be in a country that is more used to putting on comic cons and sci-fi meetings. It was, in short, refreshing, spectacular, and a joy to behold!
Actors from the horror world such as Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, David Naughton, and Linnea Quigley graced the dimly lit venue, which only added to the eerie goings-on during what proved to be a typically rainy day in northern England.
That mattered little to the few thousand horror fans inside a vast venue which played host to signing sessions, Q&A’s, photo shoots, FX make-up workshops, and realistic prop masks from our favorite movies. Even a boa constrictor made an appearance, much to the delight of patrons.
The queues were big for the three main guests of the day, and all seemed to go away happy. David Naughton, most famous for perhaps the greatest werewolf movie ever made: An American Werewolf in London, was in great spirits.
Doug Bradley, known in the horror genre for playing the one and only Pinhead in the Hellraiser franchise, told a packed crowd of his disdain for Dimension Pictures and how the company showed no care and respect for the latest Hellraiser films. The room laughed along as Bradley told the story of how the company wanted him to sign a contract of confidentiality over the plot to the upcoming tenth movie, a film that Bradley rightly turned down. He suggested that with the world in various troubles and strife, he was sure that not many people would care if a new Hellraiser story was ever leaked.
He also told a story about how he met former Beatle Ringo Starr at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards and how to his astonishment the drummer recognized who he was and shouted, “It’s Pinhead!”
Kane Hodder drew a huge crowd and many laughs as he pointed out that a lot of today’s horror actors were not fans of the genre when they were growing up. He coughed and blurted out Robert Englund’s name before backtracking and saying he was just joking. Hodder also asked fans a question: “How many bones do you think I have broken in my career?” The response was 55, then 42, then 25 and then somebody shouted out none, and Kane looked right over and said, “Correct.” He then continued that he was mystified by stuntmen who showed off about how many bones they had broken during their career. His justification was a classic, “Breaking your bones during a stunt means you failed.”
Hodder also pointed to someone wearing a Metallica t-shirt and said that he loved the band.
Convention workers were incredibly friendly throughout, and you could feel the love they have for the genre, which only emphasized their professionalism. It was an event that oozed coolness, awesomeness, and gave you the warmest chill you could imagine. Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” were all in attendance, just making sure your heartbeat was still thumping.
Later we were treated to a costume contest, which Jason won. Some of the biggest cheers, though, were reserved for the under 15’s competition, which was won by a toddler all geared up like Chucky from the Child’s Play franchise.
HorrorCon (official site here) was rounded up both days by the weirdest and certainly craziest covers act you’re ever likely to witness in Iron Sphcinter. Their lead singer drank blood from a severed brain whilst singing!
Being at HorrorCon for a fan was the ultimate dream- you could see fans enter who didn’t know where to look such was the amount of different things to view and gasp at. The only problem now is the 12-month wait until HorrorCon 2017. But with the reaction that fans gave, it seems that this year’s edition was, emphatically, a horror fan’s wet dream.
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Developer Illfonic is making good on their promise to expand on the nifty Virtual Cabin pre-order incentive for Friday the 13th: The Game that basically functions as a fully standalone developer diary, complete with rooms to explore, assets to interact with, and a radio that plays developer commentary and samples of the game’s soundtrack. You can get access to it right now for as little as $15, but it is currently only available on PC.
The first major content update rolled out recently, adding an entire museum dedicated to the many flavors of Jason Voorhees, including 3D models of the various wardrobe changes he’s experimented with during his decades-long career as a militant activist for teen abstinence.
“We’ve built this cabin using assets that will be in the game, from the free time of the development team without additional funding,” reads a post on the game’s Steam page. “This is a bit of a passion project to help us show you guys what we’re working on, give you access to the look and feel of the world we’re building and it will continually be updated and improved upon as we get closer to launch!”
Minimum Recommended Specs:
Windows 7, 8, 10
2.0 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
DirectX 11 Compatible GPU with 2GB Video RAM
3GB Hard Disk Space
Friday the 13th: The Game arrives this October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
We haven’t heard much chatter from you guys about “BrainDead” on CBS, but personally speaking, I love it. If you haven’t been watching, you have a little time to catch up because effective immediately, the show will be airing on Sunday nights; and kicking things off on July 24th is Episode 1.05, “Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn’t),” in which Emmy-winning Margo Martindale guest stars.
“BrainDead” Episode 1.05 – “Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn’t)” (airs 7/24/16, 10-11PM)
Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) asks her brother, Luke (Danny Pino), for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo (Margo Martindale), a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Also, Laurel’s relationship with Anthony (Charlie Semine) takes a drastic turn.
Fantasy meets reality in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the latest film from modern horror master Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Horns). While we wait for it to hit theaters on September 2nd, the official one-sheet has arrived, and it teases the mystery we will soon be jumping headlong into. Check it out!
The film stars Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, and Aiden Longworth.
Based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, the screenplay was written by Max Minghella.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor, Allan Pascal (Dornan), finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.
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No decade has more deep-seated nostalgia linked to it than the 1980s, and in the past several years, Hollywood has absolutely mined that nostalgia for all it’s worth. We’ve seen countless direct remakes of beloved ’80s films as well as movies that were clearly inspired by the decade’s finest, but I think it’s safe to say that we’ve finally hit peak ’80s nostalgia with exceptional new Netflix series “Stranger Things.”
Created by the Duffer Brothers, the 8-episode series plucks out pretty much everything we all love about ’80s cinema and rolls it into one big ole ball of nostalgia, and you’d be hard-pressed to find ANYTHING that feels more authentically ’80s than it does. Rather brilliantly, “Stranger Things” is very familiar while also being entirely its own thing, as the Duffer Brothers recapture the feeling of the show’s influences without hammering you over the head with references or trying to be those movies. If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably believe that it was actually made in the ’80s, which is the strongest possible testament to how well executed it is.
Watching “Stranger Things,” it’s impossible to not be reminded of movies you hold near and dear, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here are just five of the classic horror movies we were often reminded of throughout the series – be forewarned that there will be some spoilers within this article!
1) STEPHEN KING’S IT
The most common description of “Stranger Things” is that it’s “Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King,” which pitch-perfectly sums up the general vibe of the show. Two things that were quite obviously huge influences on the Duffer Brothers were Spielberg’s E.T. and King’s It, and it’s often so reminiscent of the latter that it feels like a better adaptation of the novel than the 1990 mini-series was. The show primarily centers on a group of pre-teen outcasts who willingly engage in battle with a nightmarish monster, and the tale kicks off, much like It does, when one of their friends is taken.
The young, often-bullied characters that comprise the “Stranger Things” group would all fit right in with The Losers Club (as well as the titular Monster Squad), and yes, they’re eventually even joined by a female member. I suppose it only makes sense that actor Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series, will next be seen as Richie Tozier in Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of King’s novel!
As King himself noted, “Watching Stranger Things is like watching Steve King’s Greatest Hits.”
2) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
One of the main characters in “Stranger Things” is Nancy Wheeler, who is Mike’s teenage sister. A good-natured brunette who happens to be dating a handsome jock, Nancy shares more than merely a name with A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Nancy Thompson, so much so that she ends up being a way better version of Freddy’s arch-nemesis than the one we got in that awful 2010 remake. Unsurprisingly, the mild-mannered Nancy eventually becomes a total badass, bravely bringing the fight to the otherworldly monster that has taken her friend. Nancy Thompson, needless to say, would be proud.
Speaking of the monster, there are several scenes throughout wherein he literally presses through the wall of a house from the other side, taking a page directly out of Freddy’s playbook.
Winona Ryder stars in “Stranger Things” as Joyce Byers, the inconsolable mother of Will Byers: the child whose mysterious disappearance triggers the events of the series. As we learn, Will has been abducted by a supernatural force and taken into an alternate world wherein a terrifying beast roams free, the show essentially echoing the basic plot of the Spielberg-produced Poltergeist. Like Carol Anne, Will communicates with his mother via electrical currents, allowing her to hear him from the other side. There’s even a flashback scene early on wherein Joyce presents her young son with tickets to see Poltergeist, and they have a brief chat about the film.
Strong Poltergeist vibes are also felt during a scene at the Hawkins Laboratory, wherein an employee is tethered to the physical world for a trip over to the dark side – reminiscent of a similar scene involving Diane Freeling.
One of the standout performances in “Stranger Things” comes courtesy of young actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the peculiar Eleven. Her relationship with Mike Wheeler is undeniably similar to Elliot’s relationship with ET, and several nods are made to the Spielberg classic through her. But another character Eleven reminded us of is Charlie McGee in 1984’s Firestarter, which was of course based on Stephen King’s novel. In the film, Drew Barrymore played Charlie, a little girl with psychokinetic abilities who is, like Eleven, being targeted by a sinister government agency that wants to control her.
Nose bleeds, in both “Stranger Things” and Firestarter, are a side effect of the powers being used.
5) HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH
Though not quite as obvious as the others on this list, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to recently-embraced sequel Halloween 3 while watching “Stranger Things.” One of the show’s side plots sees police chief Jim Hopper investigating the strange goings-on at the Hawkins Laboratory, and eventually breaking into the building, and the whole thing calls to mind Dr. Dan Challis’ investigation of the Silver Shamrock factory. There’s even a scene wherein Hopper discovers a seemingly-human body that isn’t actually human, which is also one of the twists in Halloween 3.
As for series antagonist Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), who’s in charge over at the Hawkins Laboratory, he’s almost a dead-ringer for Season of the Witch villain Conal Cochran.
Oh and of course, it doesn’t hurt that the show’s score is pure Carpenter.
Did “Stranger Things” remind you of any other horror movies? Let us know!
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So The Terminator is a pretty awesome film. There’s no disputing that (unless you’re Harlan Ellison, but that’s another story). The film put director James Cameron on the road to superstardom (for both good and bad), helped cement Arnold Schwarzenegger as an action star, and pretty much made the 80s that much more awesome. Oh, and we also got tons of cool merchandise and figures. A few years back, NECA put out two variants of the T-800 in its Tech Noir garb. While it was pretty cool, the figures suffered in the “double-dip” department, and had a lack of articulation. Now NECA have reissued the figure in their Ultimate line, complete with new articulation and accessories. The third time really is the charm.
The T-800 comes in a collector-friendly windowbox packaging, recreating the poster art for the film. The back of the box features shots of the figure, done up in “Terminator vision” with numbers, targeting reticle, etc. The flap on the front of the box opens to reveal the figure standing against a backdrop of the bridge from one of the film’s early chase sequence.
If you’ve been keeping up, NECA almost never fails to please with its paintwork. The figure is done in the same way as the previous Tech Noir figures, with the same great paint applications, showing off the dirt and grime of the outfit, as well as the zippers and studs. The pants have been given a great dark wash to bring out the wrinkles and texture. The shirt features a great recreation of the graffiti. The headsculpts are also nicely painted, with the bloody version looking as accurate to the film as possible. There are a few small smudges here and there, but overall it’s amazing what the folks at NECA are able to do.
Like the paint applications, the sculpting is amazing. The wrinkles in the jacket and pants, along with the studs, are faithfully recreated here. There’s even a real metal chain that loops through the epaulette of the jacket (you just learned a new word). The headsculpts of Arnold are amazing throwbacks to 1984, hair and all. The weapons are likewise nicely painted and sculpted, again with some great details. The damaged right arm again recreates the look from the scene in the movie perfectly, right down to the little piece of loose flesh that overlaps the endoskeleton in a closeup shot. Simply awesome. Any problems with the sculpt overall would be centred around the elbow articulation. Speaking of which…
The Ultimate Tech Noir T-800 features 25 points of articulation. The head is on a balljoint, and can move up and down, side to side and rotates left and right. The shoulders are on pin-and-socket joints, and can move up and down and outward. The sculpt doesn’t allow for the figure to move into a full T-pose, but that’s nitpicking. What isn’t so nitpicky are the elbow joints. The way the jacket is sculpted, the elbows can only bend under 45°, and can rotate side to side. This is kind of disappointing when you swap out the right arm later on. The hands are on balljoints and can rotate all the way around with no problems.
The waist is on a balljoint, but with the way the figure is sculpted, there’s no ab crunch. Not a big deal, since if it was included, the jacket would fly up at the back. The legs are on pin-and-socket joints, and can move up and down, in and out, and rotate at the hips. The knee joints are nice and tight, and can bend roughly 45° and rotate. The bootcuts can be rotated left and right, and the ankle joints allow the feet to rotate and some bending.
First up we have three interchangeable heads for the T-800. The first head is Arnold from his arrival at the club, the second is from when the car in the alley gets blown up, and his hair is singed. The last one is from getting shot in the eye. As mentioned before, all three are wonderfully sculpted and painted. The heads are easy to swap out, and fit nicely on the balljoint. The same can be said of the interchangeable left hand, which has the trigger finger. The right arm is where things get complicated.
While it can easily be swapped out, it’s more or less relegated to being bent at a right angle because of the jacket sculpt. And while you might be thinking “So what?”, you find out that because of the limited movement of the elbow joints, attempting to recreate the surgery scene will prove difficult, as the figure can’t move his arms closer together. What’s also kind of hard are the two pairs of forceps included. Being the exact same sculpt, the figure can’t quite hold either one in its left hand, leaving you to have to fiddle with trying to make it seem like he’s holding them, or that they’re attached to the right arm. It’s a neat idea, but the execution isn’t quite as satisfactory.
As for weapons, the figure comes with the shotgun stolen from the police cruiser, as well as the modified AMT Hardballer Longslide handgun and Uzi. Great sculpting and paintwork, although they may be warped when you first get them, so have a hairdryer ready. The figure can hold the weapons in either the regular right hand, or the swapped-out left hand. The shotgun is done in a softer plastic, so you don’t have to worry too much about breaking it or the hands as you try to work them into an acceptable grip.
So, it’s another great figure from NECA, but is it worth it to buy a third time if you have the previous two figures? Well, if you want the added articulation, swappable heads and extra accessories, this is definitely worth an upgrade. If you missed out on the previous figures, it’s a no-brainer to grab this one. The weak elbow articulation and lack of a way to properly hold the forceps is kind of a downer, but this is still an amazing figure. I’m definitely excited for the upcoming Police Station Assault version. Again, we’ll see if that one is worth the double-dip.
Big thanks once again to Northmen Collectibles for making this figure available.
They may not be as big as some other metal bands, but Slayer have always had a hardcore fanbase consisting of people who aren’t easily offended. And who knows? Maybe their new comic series Repentless will grant them some new followers.
Intrigued? Read on for the details, including how you can meet the band at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con.
From the Press Release:
Dark Horse Comics and thrash-punk titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season!
With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer’s recent “Repentless” and “You Against You” videos (filmed in support of their latest album, Repentless, on Nuclear Blast Records and directed by BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III)), disciple Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) is penning the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn by Guiu Vilanova (Twilight Zone, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective). Glenn Fabry’s covers reign in blood while Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) illustrated the variant cover for the first issue.
“I think of the songs I write as stories,” Slayer’s Kerry King told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview, “and if nothing else, they are certainly visual.”
Slayer’s appearance at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con will begin on Thursday, July 21, with a special sold-out concert performance at the intimate-capacity House of Blues to a crowd of diehard fans.
Slayer will appear within the walls of Comic-Con for two exclusive signings on Friday, July 22. Nuclear Blast America (Booth #501) will host the band from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Dark Horse Comics (Booth #2615) will host both the band and the comic’s creative team for a very limited engagement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Limited edition posters will be provided. See each booth for details.
Regarding the comic, writer Jon Schnepp told Rolling Stone, “It’s definitely a lot of sensitive subjects that need to be explored and addressed. What’s the best way to explore those? With the chaos of metal.”
He added, “It’s a road journey – like a road movie of horror – and it goes across many states,” he says. “It isn’t a mystical or supernatural story. It’s a straight-up human story of terror, like brother against brother, people feeding off hatred, the stupidity and horror of humanity.
Slayer: Repentless Issue #1 arrives in stores in December of this year.
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Excited for Lights Out when it arrives in U.S. theaters on July 22? In San Diego for Comic-Con? Well, we have your chance to check out the movie EARLY and for FREE during SD’s big dance!
UA Horton Plaza 8
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DATE AND TIME:
July 20, 2016
Wednesday @ 10:00pm PT
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David F. Sandberg directs the film from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on Sandberg’s own short film. James Wan produces alongside Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, and executive producers Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Jack Murray, and Ben Everard.
From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) and Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out… and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.
A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.
Last month, we reported on the special features that were going to be included on Scream Factory’s blu-ray edition of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Turns out, we may have been jumping the gun a bit because they’ve just announced even more features that will appear on the 2-disc collector’s edition, including a brand new interview with Carpenter that is conducted by none other than Mick Garris!
It’s unknown if Scream Factory has any more special features hidden up their sleeves but this really is shaping up to be a must-have release for any horror fan!
“In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and takes on the appearance of those it kills.”
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
– NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
– NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
– NEW Audio Commentary With Co-producer Stuart Cohen
Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
– Teaser Trailer
– Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German)
– TV Spots
– Radio Spots
– Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards)
– DISC TWO:
– NEW Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris
– NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis
– NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
– NEW Behind The Chameleon: The Visual Effects Of THE THING – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman, Brian Wade And Stop Motion Animators Randall William Cook And Jim Aupperle
– NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
– NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
– NEW Back Into The Cold: A Return To The Shooting Locations Of THE THING – An Animated Photo Gallery Narrated By Todd Cameron Of Outpost31.com
– NEW The Art Of Mike Ploog Gallery
– John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Legendary Matte Artist Albert Whitlock Plus Members Of The Cast And Crew (80 minutes – SD)
– Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
– Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
– Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin
– Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING
– Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes – SD)
– Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes – SD)
– Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (54 minutes – SD)
Vertigo’s “Preacher” comic opens with Genesis entering the body of Jesse Custer, who then learns of the secrets of the universe…and that God has abandoned his children. He then embarks on a mission to quite literally find God, and make him answer for this.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been liberal with their adaptation, which is nearing its debut season finale in just two weeks. Not only has the dynamics changed, but many of the motives and character beats, which have left the show missing an overall arc – the meaning behind Jesse’s new powers. Last night’s episode finally, finally got to the point, albeit quite differently than the comics. Jesse intends to find God, bring him to his church, and make him answer for being silent to their prayers. If he fails, he will denounce God live to his flock. The catch? He’s asked for a week to pull this off. Does this mean that the next few seasons will take place over the course of a week? Or should we expect the series to completely deviate from the comics by the season finale? There’s a lot of questions, which I love. As different as “Preacher” is from the source material, I’m loving it, and hope people stick with it until the end.
Now that there’s an actual point to “Preacher”, and Jesse has his mission, Adephi angels DeBlanc and Fiore have failed at their own. Their job was to retrieve Genesis and bring it back to Heaven. They did accomplish the former, but it escaped (again) and went right back into Jesse. They acknowledge “Plan A’s” failure and have left for reinforcements. Those who have read the comics know what’s coming: THE SAINT OF ALL KILLERS. Shit’s about to go down!
Here’s a clip from next Sunday’s episode where DeBlanc and Fiore decide their next move with the help of a coin toss.