Sad news via PNJ that actor Robert Z’Dar, the massive man with the gigantic chin best known for the cult film series Maniac Cop, died Monday night in Pensacola after being hospitalized when he came to town to appear at Pensacon, according to his long-time manager and friend Jim Decker.
Born Robert J. Zdarsky, the 6-foot-2 actor was featured in more than 121 films, including cult classics like the first three Maniac Cop films, Soultaker, The Final Sanction and Samurai Cop (the sequel to which Z’Dar had been set to join immediately after Pensacon). He also enjoyed roles in mainstream hits such as “Tango & Cash” and TV roles on “Growing Pains” and the 1990 series “The Flash.”
Instantly recognizable for his large face and jutting jaw, his fanbase grew when two of his films, Soultaker and Future War, were lampooned on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” A staple on the convention scene, he appeared at both of Pensacon’s shows.
Decker said Z’Dar was hospitalized after suffering chest pains during Pensacon, and was on the mend before going into cardiac arrest Monday night.
“We talked every day,” Decker said. “We’ve been together through thick and thin. He was the first actor I took on in my career as an agent. We spent many weekends on the road together and a lot of time enjoying each other’s company. I miss him dearly.”
Decker said that Z’Dar, who was 64, is survived by a brother, Billy Zdarsky, and a nephew, Matthew. He said those who would like to send condolences could do so through his email, email@example.com.
After the success of the U.S. Godzilla remake, Toho announced they were developing a brand new Japanese Godzilla film of their own.
In the first “Domestic Godzilla” since the 2004 Godzilla Final Wars, Toho Company Ltd. will be producing an all-new Godzilla film to be released in 2016.
Making the rounds from all sorts of various sites comes the below teaser image that show Godzilla’s footprint, with news that Anno Hideaki is the film’s writer and supervising director, with Anno Hideaki directing the pic.
In addition, Skreeonk shares a translation via Anime News Network in which they are taking Godzilla in a “nightmare” direction.
Higuchi entered the film industry when he worked on the 1984 Godzilla film, so he remarked with delight on directing the new Godzilla film, “Finally, the time has come.” He added, “Playtime is over,” and acknowledged the pressure on him. Still, he vowed, “Next year, I will deliver the greatest and worst nightmare to everyone.”
TOHO unveiled an image (pictured below) of the foot of its new Godzilla on Wednesday. According to Cinema Today, the foot is indicative of the new Godzilla being the tallest one yet, towering over the 108-meter-tall (about 355-foot-tall) incarnation in Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures’ 2014 Hollywood film. The setting of TOHO‘s new Godzilla flm is Japan.
Anno is now writing the new Godzilla film’s screenplay. Filming begins this fall, and TOHO will release the film in theaters next summer.
There’s nothing we hate to report more than the death of a horror icon, and unfortunately tonight is one of those nights where we come to you bearing bad news. There was truly only one Robert Z’Dar on this Earth, and we’re heartbroken to let you know that he has passed away.
The sad news comes courtesy of the Pensacola News Journal, who reported tonight that the 64-year-old actor lost his life on Monday night. He was in town to appear at Pensacon when he began experiencing chest pains over the weekend, and last night he went into cardiac arrest.
Born Robert J. Zdarsky, the instantly recognizable actor was most known for his starring role in the Maniac Cop franchise, portraying undead police officer Matt Cordell. Z’Dar’s acting resume includes well over 100 other film and TV credits, including Tango & Cash, Samurai Cop, and Easter Sunday.
“We talked every day,” said Jim Decker, Z’Dar’s longtime manager. “We’ve been together through thick and thin. He was the first actor I took on in my career as an agent. We spent many weekends on the road together and a lot of time enjoying each other’s company. I miss him dearly.”
Those who would like to send condolences are encouraged do so through Decker’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rest easy, sir, and thank you for all the wonderful memories.
No, that’s not a screencap from Shadow of the Colossus, it’s from Resident Evil Revelations 2. The game received a free update today that finally lets owners of every version of the game to enjoy its addictive Raid mode online, either with a friend in a private game, or with a stranger via matchmaking. The update also makes the “Code Red” stages considerably more challenging.
The most exciting feature this update brings with it is support for Capcom’s RE.NET service which they’ll be using to hold weekly events. The first two events go live on April 1, and the one I’m most anticipating is the “Invasion of the Huge Creatures No. 1″ event, which comes with the description, “Large creatures are stomping over the horizon! Unload all your ammo to stop them in their tracks!”
That’s the plan. I’m going to go full Wander on those big ass beasts. I may even climb all the way up their freakishly large legs just so I can stab them right in the dick.
As longtime, diehard “Supernatural” fans, we’re really looking forward to Jim Beaver’s return tomorrow night in Episode 10.17, “Inside Man”; and if you are, too, here’s an inside look at the ep hosted by executive producer Jeremy Carver. Heaven or Hell, the boys will always need their (and our) Bobby!
“Supernatural” Episode 10.17 – “Inside Man” (airs 4/1/15)
DEAN AND ROWENA FACE OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Castiel (Misha Collins) follow up on a lead about the Mark of Cain. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) meet. Rashaad Ernesto Green directed this episode written by Andrew Dabb.
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I hate that I still don’t have any good, or even meaningful, news to share with you today regarding the fate of Silent Hills.
This story doesn’t offer much, but it’s something.
To recap, about two weeks ago, Konami started getting rid of Kojima Productions’ entire online presence. Their branding was removed from the promotional art for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, its website and Twitter are gone, and even the studio itself was turned into Konami Los Angeles. As for Hideo Kojima, he’s a contract worker now, and his contract with Konami ends this December. So while The Phantom Pain shouldn’t be too impacted by this, the outlook for Silent Hills is decidedly bleak.
Bleak, but it isn’t dead yet.
“Yet” may be the key word there, because I feel like if the game was still on track, we would’ve heard something by now. We haven’t, and it may be awhile before we do. Konami hadn’t even acknowledged the game until today, and this hardly counts.
GameSpot recently noticed a change on the P.T./Silent Hills website, which used to have the Kojima Productions logo in the bottom-left corner next to the FOX engine logo. Now, the engine logo sits there, alone and surrounded by darkness.
This could just be another step in their plan to wipe Kojima Productions from existence, or it could mean they’re making room for the logo of a new developer that’s taking the reigns on it. It could be a good thing. I mean, why would Konami bother doing anything but shut down the website for a game they (may have) canned? Maybe they’re waiting to explain the situation until after they find a developer to replace Kojima.
Whatever it is, seriously Konami, throw us a fucking bone already.
Two new one-sheets are here for Insidious Chapter 3: one is pretty good and the other has been done to death. Check ‘em out here to see if you agree.
Insidious Chapter 3 will be hitting theaters on June 5, 2015. It stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and writer/director Leigh Whannell.
The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
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Anyone who has visited this site at any time regularly can attest to one thing for sure… we are constantly on Godzilla watch. While the Gareth Edwards sequel is still far away, 2018 to be exact, right now we have the first bit of goods on Big G’s Japanese return!
We told you earlier that the King of the Monsters will be returning to his Japanese roots much sooner than anyone would have expected. Toho Company Ltd. will produce a new “domestic Godzilla” flick to be released in Japan in 2016.
Right now we can tell you that the director/screenwriter for the film is Hideaki Anno (Evangelion), and it will feature effects work by Shinji Higuchi, who worked on the Gamera trilogy of the 90s and 2001’s Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. Dig on the first concept image.
The decision to produce a new homegrown Godzilla flick was spurred on tremendously by the $500 million worldwide success of the big budget Hollywood reboot, particularly in the monster’s native stomping grounds of Japan.
Expect more details soon. Below you can find an announcement video.
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I’m usually against exclusives, but I may need to set aside my distaste for them when Batman: Arkham Knight flies down from the heavens this summer, because the PlayStation exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Missions look like delicious insanity. The Scarecrow was arguably the best thing about Arkham Asylum, which I loved, so it’s good to see him again. I missed that sweet, misunderstood man and his Freddy Krueger syringe glove.
In related news, Sony recently unveiled a limited edition Steel Grey PS4 console that comes with a stylish Arkham Knight faceplate and a matching controller. The console will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon and UK retailer GAME for $450. This might be a good time to remind you that I’m not above accepting gifts from readers, and my birthday is July 11.
Batman: Arkham Knight arrives on June 23 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
In addition to the incredible full trailer debut for Focus Features Insidious: Chapter 3, an insanely creepy new one-sheet has been released. I love how dark and gloomy it is, and how you can clearly see someone watching over a sleeping young girl. It’s super chilling stuff. The other new poster, on the other hand, is trash (so sick of the eye coming out of a mouth gimmick) – thankfully it’s international.
Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, directs the third film. Bloody Disgusting was invited to the set and saw a lot of cool stuff.
“This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.“
The full cast of Insidious Chapter 3 includes Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms) starring alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.
Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on June 5, 2015.
When a young couple embarks on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in a place that few people would choose to visit, in the stunning new horror film From the Dark.
From the director of the acclaimed Stitches(!), it will be available on VOD and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films on April 14, 2015.
While his previous films blended dark, deranged humor with thrills, Conor McMahon’s new film, an original production from genre specialists Dark Sky Films, is said to be pure, relentless horror that never lets viewers catch their breath.
Check out the trailer below!
“Sarah (Niamh Algar, Vikings, The Light of Day) and Mark (Stephen Cromwell, The Legend of Longwood, Red Rock) are traveling through rural Ireland when car trouble strikes. The couple must head out on foot to find any sign of civilization. Eventually they come upon a lonely house – but the man inside is wounded, and when they try to help him, he attacks. Sarah and Mark manage to escape but soon they are confronted by something even worse.
A sinister being has awakened from a thousand-year sleep and it has set its sights on the stranded young couple. Deep within the dark bog, the two are faced with an unimaginable evil, but they soon realize that there may be one thing that can stop the creature: light. As the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and Sarah and Mark find themselves in a fight for their lives where a gas lamp or even just the illumination of a single match may be the only thing that can save them.“
Rendezvous & Severin Films are proud to present the Blu-ray release party for Jess Franco’s iconic cult classics, Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed In Ecstasy.
Join the party at the Hyperion Tavern in Los Angeles on Friday, April 10th for a FREE screening of Vampyros Lesbos (starring the lovely Ms. Soledad Miranda) at 8PM.
In typical Rendezvous fashion, they will have a ton of surprises and exclusives.
Immediately following the film, they’re hosting a wonderful crew of guest DJ’s…all Rendezvous fam, including Todd Gilchrist, Trevor Baade of Jacknife Records & Tapes, and the much-anticipated return of Heru Avenger (a.k.a. John Basil of BAAST).
Finally, resident Rendezvous film archivist, Jim Branscome, will be screening a TWO and a half hour highlight reel showcasing the work of Jess Franco.
$5 Beers. Cash only. FREE entry.
Come early for FREE buttons, mixtapes, zines, etc. (while supplies last)
8PM – Jess Franco’s VAMPYROS LESBOS (West Germany/Spain, 1971)
DJ’s immediately following the film (approximately 9:30PM)
Special guest DJs:
Trevor Baade (Jacknife Records & Tapes, LA)
Heru Avenger (BAAST, Luv N’ Haight)
George Ben Sun
Resident film librarian and visual artist: Jim Branscome
TWC-RADiUS’ It Follows was a pretty big deal at the box office last weekend.
For those worried they’ll never get to see it in a theater, prepare to get excited.
Bloody Disgusting has been informed that RADiUS and Dimension are further expanding their smash success It Follows into 1,655 theaters as of Friday, April 3rd.
One of the best-reviewed films of the year (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) has also been bolstered by strong word of mouth with audiences coming in droves – exemplified by its Top Five box office performance this past weekend.
Directed by David Robert Mitchell, “Maika Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”
For those who have seen it, read what the director had to say about the finale.
As we keep pushing on you: I gave It Follows a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.
UK pop songwriter Brandon Flowers has released a great music video for his super catchy song “Can’t Deny My Love” and it’ll appeal to fans of classic creepy stories. The video, which stars Evan Rachel Wood and Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs), is basically a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown”, with Flowers as the main character.
This video shows Flowers leaving his wife (Wood) and venturing into the dark night on some strange journey. As he travels, he runs across an old man (Butler) who offers him a serpent-shaped staff, which is refused. He continues on and runs across a Satanic ritual, whereupon he sees his wife as the main focus of the rite. She floats in the air and he finds himself cornered only to suddenly wake up, thinking that everything is a dream. However…is it?
“Can’t Deny My Love” comes from Flowers’ upcoming album The Desired Effect, which comes out on May 18th.
The indie horror juggernaut known as It Follows (review) is opening even wider this weekend as RADiUS and Dimension proudly announced today that they are further expanding their smash success into 1,655 theaters as of Friday, April 3rd.
One of the best-reviewed films of the year (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) has also been bolstered by strong word of mouth with audiences coming in droves – exemplified by its Top Five box office performance this past weekend.
It Follows was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up and coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (The Guest, The Fifth Wave) in the lead role.
Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
The latest trailer for the new director of the cult killer clown film Stitches, Conor McMahon, called From the Dark (review) has arrived online and we have it for you right here. Dig it!
The film stars Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, and Gerry O’Brien (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest). From the Dark will be released April 14th, 2015
Sarah (Niamh Algar) and Mark (Stephen Cromwell) are traveling through rural Ireland when car trouble strikes. The couple must head out on foot to find any sign of civilization. Eventually they come upon a lonely house – but the man inside is wounded, and when they try to help him, he attacks. Sarah and Mark manage to escape but soon they are confronted by something even worse.
A sinister being has awakened from a thousand-year sleep and it has set its sights on the stranded young couple. Deep within the dark bog, the two are faced with an unimaginable evil, but they soon realize that there may be one thing that can stop the creature: light. As the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and Sarah and Mark find themselves in a fight for their lives where a gas lamp or even just the illumination of a single match may be the only thing that can save them.
Fox Home Entertainment has dated the first season of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain” for June 9, 2015, in a special Collector’s Edition.
Experience the first season of TV’s hottest, most blood-curdling sci-fi series – from Executive Producers – Writers Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan – along with behind-the-scenes special features that explore the story’s journey from bestselling novel to hit show.
“When a freak virus kills most of the passengers on an airplane, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. The only way to stop the terrifying disease is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature whose evil intent seems more powerful than any force on Earth – in this chilling series that also stars Mía Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin.“
● In the Beginning
● A Novel Approach
● He Is Here
● Setrakian’s Lair
● Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
● Deleted Scenes
We already gave the first issue of “Space Riders” from Black Mask Studio a perfect review. But if that somehow doesn’t convince you that the book is a mind blowing experiment in comics than perhaps this preview will.
SPACE RIDERS #1
From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: the Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the forbidden truths of the universe! Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown) and Alexis Ziritt (The Package) bring you a new and exciting space adventure that will destroy your brain! (in a good way)
Artist: Alexis Ziritt
Writer: Fabian Rangel, Jr.
In stores 4/1.
SPACE RIDERS is a love letter to the psychedelic space operas of Heavy Metal, Moebius, and EC Comics, but done with a modern twist. Artistic genius and obvious lunatic Alexis Ziritt is doing psychedelic work like no one else in comics, and rising start writer Fabian Rangel, Jr. is making a name for himself with his hugely successful Kickstarters for his pulp adventure series DOC UNKNOWN. Together with designer Ryan Ferrier they form the perfect team to make comics unlike anyone else is making right now.
Marvel Comics resurrects their Inhuman king Black Bolt in “Uncanny Inhumans” #0. The issue reads smoothly enough and holds the reader’s hand working quite well as an introduction to this massive chunk of Marvel’s world, but it’s the art by Steve McNiven that’s worth the price of admission.
STORY BY: Charle Soule
ART BY: Steve McNiven
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2015
PRICE: $4.99 USD
The Inhumans are Marvel’s new mutants that much is certain. Within the last few months the focus on the X-Men has dwindled in favor of these much more interesting and vastly underused Inhumans. Now by virtue of what seems to be licensing rights these weird heroes are edging into the spotlight.
Charles Soule’s writing is standard and serviceable if nothing else. He seems to routinely play it safe with his scripts, nothing too bombastic coupled with smaller moments of action and interesting dialogue. Spending an issue following Black Bolt should be no easy task but thanks to the insanely awesome work by Steve McNiven the story never misses a beat.
The issue starts strong and immersive. Soule tells the reader that things are not going to be easy for the Inhumans. As the story progresses were introduced to a very familiar villain who will surely be one of the primary antagonists in further stories, but here he’s left to his own devices. It’s an odd gamble that pays off well.
Black Bolt has always been a little bit of an anti-hero and Soule seems to be following this thread. He’s done terrible things in the name of peace, and will continue to take chances to protect people. He’s a very absent king but his immense power puts fear on his side.
As a #0 issue goes. This works quite well at introducing the stakes of the world and the characters within it. It’s not hard to tell where the story goes from here, and despite being the story before the story it does a fantastic job at catching readers up to the world of the Inhumans.
Weirdly enough not enough happens. Everything in these pages feels like the filler that was cut out from the first issue. It certainly shows in the opening pages, and the final scene is really the only one that feels necessary to the story. Despite this it’s so pleasing on the eyes that it will make for an enjoyable albeit bland read.
As with most #0 issues this would only be for the diehard fans. Those of you who are not well acquainted with The Inhumans may find something to like here, but may find yourself more confused than engaged. It’s not quite the rollicking beginning to a new age of Inhumans that Marvel has promised but it gives the hint of that to come. So if you’re hungry for more Black Bolt than I’d say go out and grab it tomorrow, but if you can wait another month, you’ll have a much more interesting story to read.
You see, now this? This we don’t just like… We LOVE IT! Following in the footsteps of their stellar collector’s releases of Planet of the Apes and Predator 3D, 20th Century Fox has just unveiled a very special collector’s edition for their release of “The Strain” Season 1.
Look for it in stores on June 9th.
From the Press Release:
Experience the first season of TV’s hottest, most blood-curdling sci-fi series – from Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan – along with behind-the-scenes special features that explore the story’s journey from bestselling novel to hit show.
When a freak virus kills most of the passengers on an airplane, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. The only way to stop the terrifying disease is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature whose evil intent seems more powerful than any force on Earth – in this chilling series that also stars Mía Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin.
- In the Beginning
- A Novel Approach
- He Is Here
- Setrakian’s Lair
- Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
- Deleted Scenes