It hasn’t even been 24 hours and someone has already re-created the Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer with LEGOs! Talk about a quick turnaround.
He even created the new lightsaber people seem to be dogging on (even though it’s cool as fuck.)
this took forever…. hence the upload at 4:00 AM im excited for the movie ha ha
I had nothing to do yesterday so I started once the trailer came out so i built the Falcon, The X-Wing, The speeder bike thingy, a mini tie fighter, tried to build all the sets, and get all my minifigures put together… then just filming took forever especially the the special effects… i tried stop motion in front of the green screen and that was hard and by this time it was 3am so like more than 12 hours (i took a 3 hour break somewhere) and then finally gave up and used sewing string for the X-Wing and just kind of moved my camera around the falcon, i wasn’t as happy with the falcon shot but i cant work on it at all today so i had to finish it like 4 hours ago, but i just woke up to go to my grandparents house, and now you know everything about how it was made!!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.
On the one hand “Rage Of Caliban” is exactly the kind of Constantine episode I want, and on the other, it’s hollow and not very scary. It’s another step in the right direction that allows the world to be a little more fleshed out, and showcases our titular hero on a solo quest.
This week was pretty much a solo-John adventure. Chas may have tagged along but he offered so little in the way of story development that I hardly considered him at any point throughout the episode. With that being said, I think Constantine would benefit from more episodes like this. Having Zed take a week off let us get to know the rough and tumble Constantine I love.
From the first scene of John in bed with a mysterious women, to the final scene of him lighting up, everything here was pitch perfect in terms of character. Which is admittedly Constantine’s strong suit so far. Matt Ryan has been nailing his portrayal of John to the point of near legend. I honestly can’t think of a performance as nuanced as this likable asshole in the whole of DC’s live action appearances.
There is something about this down and out mage that really charms. Be it his haphazard problem solving, or his self loathing Matt Ryan’s John Constantine is the one we’ve craved for a very long time. So why did an episode featuring only him, still feel like it wasn’t as good as it could be?
Well the answer is rather simple. The horror here, and the basic premise isn’t far outside anything we’ve seen before. It may be new to the world of the show, but for the most part the possessed child has worn thin as of late. There are some fun additions here, however. I mean, it was cool to see John reflecting the kid’s magic back at him with the mirror.
And the finale in the horror fun house was a really good time. I enjoyed seeing John in a room filled with flayed flesh even though I knew it was fake in the context of the show it still felt like a step in the right direction. See, even though this week had some gore, I just don’t feel like it goes far enough for the grit of this universe.
Consequently the loss that John is recovering from still doesn’t feel all that dire. We know he has a certain sensitivity towards cases involving children, but this week nothing felt particularly out of the ordinary. He still felt as if he had a pretty good handle on everything.
The writers seem to forget that Constantine doesn’t really have a good handle on anything other than people. His magical knowledge while robust is haphazard at best. He makes most of his solutions by flying on the seat of his pants, and right now he feels almost too good at his job. I know I just spoke about his past failures but I don’t feel any vulnerability from that.
I want to see John making solutions up out of his ass. I want to see him in over his head, and while I think the show is building there, I’d like to get there sooner. The rising darkness needs to bring a monumental failure back to John to really sober him up, or drive him to drink further.
Plus I didn’t see him really con anyone this week. That is far and away the most fundamental aspect of his character we’re currently missing. I often have to remind myself that my John Constantine is a wheeler dealer bastard on the verge of hell. He never quite knows what he’s doing but has enough confidence for ten people. He’s also not afraid to be a little selfish.
So far Matt Ryan’s a bastard, and he’s got a flimsy moral compass, but I don’t see the pain in his performance and I have yet to see the vulnerability. Which I think would add to the horror. Since each week has been a by the numbers genre convention horror show, I’d love to see something that scares John. I need something unpredictable, and something that takes some chances with the storyline.
Let’s move past the possessed children and get to the heart of what scares our favorite bastard, other than his perverse fear of smoking on camera. Although he almost got over that this week, so all things considered I’m pretty happy. More episodes like this with a little more unpredictable plotlines and I’ll be the happiest I could be.
What did you think of “Rage of the Caliban”?
Did you miss Zed this week?
Do you agree John needs a little more vulnerability?
Fans of Rammstein, take heed!
This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week is “Eat You Alive” and comes from hard rock/metal band Emigrate, which is led by Rammstein lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe. The track comes from the band’s sophomore album Silent So Long, which comes out on December 9th in the US and features guest appearances from Marilyn Manson, Peaches, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, and more.
The video, which was directed by Zoran Bihac, shows several people sitting by a black pool. As they wade into the water, they get pulled under and emerge as the members of the band. The video also features reggae musician Frank Dellé dancing wildly and singing on the edge of the pool.
Make sure to pre-order Silent So Long via iTunes.
Silent So Long track list:
1. “Eat You Alive” (featuring Frank Dellé)
2. “Get Down” (featuring Peaches)
3. “Rock City” (featuring Lemmy Kilmister)
4. “Hypothetical” (featuring Marilyn Manson)
6. “Born On My Own”
7. “Giving Up”
8. “My Pleasure”
9. “Happy Times” (featuring Margaux Bossieux)
11. “Silent So Long” (featuring Jonathan Davis)
Next April, Titan Comics is releasing a modern take on the horror classics of the past with Anathema Book 1: The Evil that Men Do by Rachel Deering, and today they’ve given us a sneak peek consisting of a few pages of the fantastic interior art by Chris Mooneyham.
Dark cults! Haunted souls! A werewolf love story and burning at the stake in the Hammer horror tradition! What more could you want?
Anathema is written by Rachel Deering (Womanthology) with artwork by Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) and Wesley St. Clare. The cover art is by Joe Querio (BPRD, The Witcher), and the release date is April 8, 2015.
WELCOME TO THE NIGHTMARE!
How far will one woman go for the salvation of her beloved? Mercy Barlowe’s love for Sarah brings down Hell when her puritanical father discovers them together – and has his own daughter burnt at the stake.
But death is not the end. A monstrous cult of shapeshifters steal Sarah’s soul as part of its twisted plans to resurrect an ancient evil. To defeat them, Mercy must take on a new form that will give her the power and fury needed to defeat the cult. She must become a werewolf!
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For many “Ghost Adventures” fans two things have become a staple of the show… hearing about (and sometimes seeing) host Zak Bagans’ haunted Las Vegas townhouse and co-investigator Nick Groff… both of which are moving on!
The sale of Zak’s home isn’t exactly news as it’s been on the market for quite some time now, but leave it to TMZ to dig up the listing. According to the site Zak is unloading his 4,700-square-foot Vegas townhouse — complete with a chrome toilet, hidden dungeon behind a bookcase, and alleged paranormal activity — for $459,000.
In other “Ghost Adventures” related news, longtime co-investigator Nick Groff has announced via his Facebook page that he’s no longer with the show.
“Thank you everyone for your support through the years! I’m writing to say that I will no longer be a part of Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel. I am honored to have helped build an amazing paranormal phenomena that has touched people’s lives all around the world. I am continuing to research and investigate all things paranormal as I start the journey through the next stage of my Life. Much respect and love to all my GAC and Ghost Adventures fans. See you all soon…” – Nick Groff (Co-Founder of Ghost Adventures Crew)
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The first trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, perhaps one of the most anticipated sci-fi films of this decade, has been released and can be seen below!
The trailer shows nothing in terms of story but gives glimpses into the tech and visual eye candy, including X-Wings, the Millennium Falcon, and a badass new lightsaber.
The film will be released in December 2015 and is directed by J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Video game adaptations. You either love them, or you hate them. I’ve found myself on both sides, though I usually find myself siding with the latter. The reason for this is while there have been a few that have genuinely tried to be faithful to their source material, they’re lost in a sea of lazily crafted cash-grabs from people who aren’t willing to invest more than a modicum of effort into them.
These half-assed movies ignore the fact that gamers are an incredibly passionate bunch. Like some sort of geeky hive mind, we’ve spent years amassing our knowledge, holding week-long celebrations, and building insanely detailed wikis that serve as virtual shrines to the things we love. We could use this hive mind mentality for evil, but we don’t.
Because there’s a good chance we know considerably more about these worlds than the folks adapting them, we can tell when the filmmakers haven’t even played the game they’re trying to turn into a movie. We can also tell when they have played them.
It’s alarming how rare that is. Turning a game into a movie without playing the game is like deciding to adapt The Lord of the Rings when your knowledge is limited to the six minutes you spent watching the 1978 animated flick. Don’t do that. Seriously, don’t. As fervent as gamers can sometimes get, the communities that surround Tolkien’s works are exponentially more intense.
They won’t hesitate to cut you, and they’ll do it with a genuine replica of a Greenleaf knife, probably while yelling in Elvish.
There’s really only a handful of video game franchises that have communities like that, and one of them is Silent Hill. This series has had 15 years to make us love it. For people like me, who have been playing these games since the first released in 1999, that love is unconditional. The first three games guaranteed its status as one of gaming’s greats early on.
Christophe Gans is a fan of Silent Hill, and it shows. Before he was able to direct the adaptation, Gans hounded Konami for five years before he was given the film rights, even going so far as to send them an audition tape to explain his love for the series.
There’s a number of reasons why I consider this film to be the most successful of Hollywood’s many attempts at bringing a video game to the silver screen, but among them, keeping Konami Japan and Team Silent — the team behind the first four games — involved with its production the whole way through is what kept it from becoming just another video game movie.
With a fan in the director’s chair and consistent input from the developer, Silent Hill was able to retain much of what made the games so memorable. Akira Yamaoka’s work on the games’ soundtracks is iconic, so pulling a selection of tracks from the early games was smart. That move went a long way in making the film feel like it was an extension of the games.
You don’t need to spend any significant amount of time with the games to be familiar with their very distinct atmosphere. Silent Hill has a very unique aesthetic. The world is opaque and dreamlike, it feels like a living thing. It shifts and changes based on your darkest fears, secrets and sins. It’s a very personal nightmare.
It’s not surprising that some of this was lost in translation. It makes sense that Gans and Co. would want to use familiar creatures from the series, like Pyramid Head and the Nurses — originally manifestations of James Sunderland’s psyche — rather than try and come up with something new. Revelations would later take a stab at being original, and we all saw how that turned out.
Clive Barker called. He wanted me to tell you you’re bad at this.
The film’s cast of monsters serve as a sort of highlight reel. Fan favorites like the Grey Children, Bobble Head Nurses, Lying Figure and Pyramid Head make their necessary appearances, and while I would’ve liked to see them tied to Rose, seeing them realized outside of the games with such an impressive attention to detail made up for that unrealized narrative potential.
That’s not to say the movie didn’t try anything new. That old-timey flashback bit near the end was beautiful and did a fantastic job of cleaning up the near-incoherent mess that was the film’s story.
We may have reached a point where there’s a dozen awful video game movies for every successful — relatively speaking — attempt, but it’s films like Silent Hill that keep me from developing an entirely pessimistic view of the popular trend. It’s far from perfect, but I believe Gans and Friends have come the closest to bringing us a decent adaptation.
How about you? Feel free to share your thoughts on this movie, or even video game adaptations in general, in the comments!
Black Friday is a sickness, and you should be all ashamed to be taking a part in it, or for knowing someone who is. Now with that said, let’s see how much extra debt this year has in store for us. If you don’t max out two of your credit cards, you aren’t trying hard enough. I really hope Best Buy is selling an HDTV that’s big and cheap enough for me to worthy of blindly trampling an elderly couple so I can be the first to get one.
First up are some video game deals you should really considering checking out.
Looking for a cheap co-op game you can play over the holidays? Assuming you own a PlayStation, I recommend stopping by the PlayStation Store by Dec 1 to take advantage of their epic co-op themed sale. The discounts are solid, but they’re even solid-er (deal with it) if you’re a PS Plus subscriber. Drop $100 and you’ll get $15 back.
The PlayStation Store’s Flash Sales are also in full effect, you can follow those right here.
Sony fans aren’t the only ones who are getting some love. Microsoft is holding their own sale on the Xbox Live store, also from now until Dec 1. We have The Evil Within and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $29.99, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game Season One and Two bundle for $24.99, or you can grab each season individually for $14.99.
From now until Dec 2, Steam’s Exploration Sale currently has Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $34.99, The Evil Within for $20.39, Left 4 Dead 2 for $9.99, DayZ for $29.74, The Forest for $12.74, Alien: Isolation for $37.49, Five Nights at Freddy’s for $2.49, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 for $6.39, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for $15.99, Dead Island for $9.99, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game Season Two for $16.74, along with a couple thousand more.
It’s also worth mentioning that Amazon is offering sales on two of the year’s biggest horror releases, The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One) for $29.99 and Alien: Isolation (PS4, Xbox One) for $29.99 (PS4)/$24.99 (Xbox One), and while Walmart’s offering isn’t quite as enticing, we still have The Evil Within and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, among others, for $35 each.
Retailer juggernaut GameStop has a selection of titles to choose from with discounts reaching up to 50%.Console Deals
If you’re looking for a console to play all these new games on, here are a few good deals to consider.
500 GB PS4 w/GTA V and The Last of Us: Remastered or Lego Batman 3 and LittleBigPlanet 3 for $399.99 — Toys ‘r’ Us
Buy a 500 GB Xbox One through the Microsoft Store by Nov 29 and you’ll save $70, plus you can take home either Forza Motorsport 5, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare or or Titanfall for free.
Timothy Schultz is tired. It’s the second day of the Mile High Horror Film Festival and a couple weeks before, his wife gave birth to their first child. So essentially he’s juggling two babies at once. He hasn’t slept much these days, but he’s still on hand to soldier through the fifth incarnation of the horror film festival he founded.
He established the Mile High Horror Film Festival with the mission of bringing the very best genre films from around the globe to the city of Denver. A filmmaker and genre enthusiast, Tim had attended festivals around the nation before deciding to spread the love to Colorado, specifically for the state’s horror fans.
I sat down with Tim in the Alamo Drafthouse Denver’s bar to talk about this mighty festival that keeps getting bigger and better every year.
Could you tell us about the origins of the festival?
Sure, we started it in 2010. I’m a filmmaker myself and also a fan of independent film, so every year I’d go to Sundance, SXSW, and some of these larger festivals in North America. And I’m a big genre fan. But there was no big genre or horror festival at the time in Colorado. That’s why I decided to start it. I wanted to created something that I myself would want to go to and I knew there would be a big audience for it here.
How has the festival evolved since the first one back in 2010?
It’s grown substantially every year. Word of mouth was a big help and the fan base has just really blown up. Basically it’s doubled in size each year, which is super exciting.
Where was it held originally?
This is our second year here at the Drafthouse and we’ll be with them next year as well. We were previously in Denver, at the Denver Film Society’s different facilities. An Alamo is actually opening in Denver proper soon so we’ll be back there someday. But we love the Alamo, it’s pretty much the perfect theater for festivals. They really cater to events.
Like last year we did this thing, and sorry if you’re a vegetarian, but Doug Bradley (Pinhead) was here and we had a pig suspended on chains. We had Doug slice it up and we served pork sandwiches off the pig. So that’s the type of thing the Drafthouse really caters to.
We’re doing something with a pig again this year, with Gunnar Hansen. Anyway, the Alamo is really fun to work with.
Over the years what has been some of the challenges of putting on Mile High?
Well it takes an immense amount of coordination and organization. It involves a lot of people. Like I said every year we get bigger. This year I think we’re playing a little over 80 films from 17 different countries. Logistically it’s a challenge to program those films but not only that, we watch hundreds of films and the ones we show are only the best of the best.
So there’s that but then there’s also the exhibitors, the sideshows, and lots of others things happening in addition to the films. You know, our goal is that even if you’re not watching a movie, we still want you to be having a good time. I think we do that more than some genre festivals anyway, which kinda makes us stick out.
There’s a lot of challenges but as it goes on we’re getting better at it.
As a filmmaker yourself and as a festival director, how have you seen independent film, and I guess specifically independent genre film evolving over the years?
We definitely see new trends every year with independent horror, as far as what’s submitted to us. We do a combination of taking submissions and looking at what’s playing at other festivals. Because really our mission is to play the best of the best. Uhhmmm…sorry I lost my train of thought. Sorry about that. The question was…
It’s cool. You must be beat from the baby. I had asked about trends you’ve seen over the years.
Right, so when we started this a trend was definitely vampires, you know because of Twilight and all of that stuff. We’ve also seen in the last couple of years, especially this year, as the Walking Dead gained in popularity, tons of zombie films from all over the place. It seems like that trend is starting to peter out. And for years now, it seems always present, are these cinema vérité movies where it’s first person camera. There’s been some excellent ones but it really takes some skill to do those. So I think some people believe they can just pick up a camera and make a movie without really knowing what they’re doing. The camera’s always shaking so much…
Yeah I have to watch a lot of those movies for the site.
I can imagine. There’s a lot of those out there! They’re everywhere! So that’s definitely a trend. I think one of the main reasons is that its cheap to produce.
That’s why I’m excited to talk to the Blair Witch directors while I’m here, get there take on the trend.
Yeah that’s a film that, no matter if you like it or not, it’s very historically important for genre films. That really sparked this whole crazy thing. That’s why we’ve been so lucky that Dan (Myrick) has been with us for years as one of our judges for the festival. He’s such a great guy.
Right on. Could you talk a bit about the film scene in Denver.
It’s definitely picked up recently. It used to be really big in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Then financing was cut and there were a lot of restrictions. Now lately, there are more tax exemptions and they’re making it more friendly for filmmakers. It’s really picking up and we as a festival are always excited to inspire local filmmakers. We’ve had people who have never made a film before come to our festival, see the short films, and find it really inspiring and they wind up making something brilliant. That’s definitely one of the best things about it.
Thanks a million to Tim for taking the time to talk with us! See you next year!
It’s that time of year when people line up outside of department stores to maul each other while the poor bastards working in retail wish they were home with their families. Tis the season for Black motherfucking Friday.
My biggest conundrum is that while I loathe the barrage of sales-happy lunatics this time of year, I also love spending dough. Especially on myself (c’mon, we’re all friends here, let’s be honest). Luckily there’s plenty of sweet online deals this Black Friday weekend to satisfy the most rabid horror fans. So if you’ve been holding out on that pricey Blu-ray box set, action figure, or shirt, bust out the plastic and tear it up. Then when you click that “Place Order” button, sit back and relax while all those suckers inside Best Buy trample one another.
Black Friday happens to coincide this year with a Barnes & Noble 50% Criterion Collection sale. While this earth-shattering event happens like three times a year, it’s still cool to be reminded of all the wicked horror flicks Criterion has put out that can be picked up for 50% off (so it’s like the normal price of Blu-ray). If you haven’t yet, pick up their pristine releases of The Uninvited, The Innocents, House, Eyes Without a Face, and slew of other great horror movies.
For Black Friday, Amazon’s dropped the price on a boat load of horror box sets, including The Twilight Zone complete series (over 70% off!), the Universal Monsters set (half off!), the highly underrated Thriller: The Series, the 40th anniversary Blu of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection (over half off!).
Check out all of Amazon’s horror deals here! There’s a lot of season Blu-rays on sale for shows like True Blood, Hannibal, American Horror Story, and more.
Entertainment Earth has been holding daily deals leading up to Black Friday, with a “doorbuster deal” promised the day of. As I’m writing this a few days early, I have no clue what door this deal will be busting, but sniff around their website Friday to find out. They are gonna be throwing down sales ALL weekend, through the first week of December, so keep watch! They sell a lot of silly shit on that site, but hopefully they’ll have deals on the painfully awesome Reaction figures line.
For our high net worth readers, Gentle Giant is holding a 30% off sale through Sunday, Nov. 30th. If you’ve been waiting for a sweet deal on a Daryl Dixon mini-bust, this is your moment!
A bunch of Walking Dead and other McFarlane toys are on sale for Black Friday over at Amazon (yes, I’m an Amazon whore).
Fright Rags is throwing down a Black Friday sale, though at the time of writing this their site is down while they update their inventory. I always kick myself for missing out on their stuff, maybe Friday night I should get my shit together.
For the season, they’re releasing some AMAZING Christmas shirts like “Clark’s Revenge” (a Christmas Vacation x Friday the 13th mash-up, “A Christmas Gory” (Ralphie from A Christmas Story on the hunt), and “Abominable Snow Massacre” (takedown of the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion classics). Fright Rags’ gear is wicked limited so ACT FAST!
Black Friday is nigh upon us. A time where American’s trample one another just to get their hands on whatever piece of consumer electronic trash they’ve been told they want. So instead of trampling your fellow man the day after you’re supposed to be thankful for him, why not take off your pants, curl up in the warm indoors, grab some Turkey leftovers and order these comics to your doorstep, or inbox. Unless you want a separated disc in your back from elbowing a 90 year old women in the teeth for a blu ray player, because trust me if you head out there tomorrow, you will elbow that old woman.
Alien – The Archive
Titan books has amassed one of the most impressive collections of Alien lore I’ve ever seen. Inside this book you’ll find pages of history from the landmark franchise. You’ll see things like Ridley Scott’s original pen and ink sketch of the Nostromo. Early design concepts of the facehugger from H.R. Giger, and a whole host of behind the scenes photos from the quadrilogy. If you’re a fan of these films, you owe it yourself to pick up this tome. It’ll make you the envy of all your friends.
The “Batman: Death Of The Family” Gift Set
About a year ago, the superstar team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo finished their biggest story in “Batman” yet, the return of the Joker. See, since the Joker had been gone for about a year in DC’s New 52 canon. He was last seen cutting off his own face in a effort to show Bruce something. That beneath Joker’s menacing grin… is his grin. Snyder understands the horror genre, and playfully engages in some genre conventions to really defy your expectations. The mask and the face removal may seem like a cheap gimmick to increase sales, but the reason for the face is so compelling and off putting on the page. You’ll really understand a different side of Joker when you see the husk of rotting flesh hanging from his face in the final chapter. Get in on the joke, and don’t be the punchline, buy this gift set and forever be better for it.
Dark Horse Black Friday MegaBundles!
Well holy hell. There couldn’t be better time to be a Dark Horse Comics fan. These Black Friday megabundles have been separated into their respective universes, and each of them comes jam packed with content. For $100 you’ll have enough quality comics to read until the new year. Take the Mignola Megabundle for example, it clocks in at almost 4,000 pages and has an all-star list of creators attached to it… Akira Yoshida, Alex Maleev, Andi Watson, Bob Fingerman, Craig Thompson, Dave Stewart, Doug Petrie, Eric Powell, Eric Wight, Evan Dorkin, Fabian Nicieza, Gene Colan, Haden Blackman, Jason Pearson, J. H. Williams III, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, John Arcudi, Mike Mignola, Scott Allie… the list goes on. For less than 40 cents a page you’d be a turkey not to get one of these bundles.
Get Somthing at the BOOM! Studios Black Friday Sale
BOOM! Studios has been making a name for themselves by scooping up all the indie talent in comics and giving them a place to have an awesome and creative voice. As such, there is an overwhelming amount of good stuff coming out of the publisher. They are celebrating this dark Friday by having a sale in their shop. Plus they have a BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA TANKTOP!
Make sure to get the new Dawn of The Planet of the Apes series. It’s beyond awesome.
Starting on Thanksgiving Day 11/27 through Sunday 11/30, discounts include: • 25% off 7 items • 30% off 10 items • 40% off 15 items • 50% off 20 items On Black Friday ONLY (11/28), an officially-licensed Big Trouble tank top will be available for sale in the BOOM! Store. Act fast! The special tank is limited to 200 units. Have ya bought the shirt, Jack? Yessir, the shirt’s in the cart.
Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood
As far as modern horror comics go, Nailbiter is beyond phenomenal. It’s a smart blend of police procedural and a murky dare I say it, supernatural premise. Buckaroo, Oregon has been home to some of the world’s most violent and notorious serial killers, what makes them kill? Is it nature or is it nurture that creates a killer? And what secrets does the city hold? The story is pulse pounding and contains some of the best dramatic turns I’ve ever experienced in a comic. The end of this first volume will blow you away.
Deadline is reporting that Manson Girls is finally set to shoot next February (I’ll believe it when I see it).
Susanna Lo is directing the film about the female devotees who joined Manson’s flock in the 1960s and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war.
Bill Moseley (pictured; The Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) will portray Manson in the film (perfect casting!), which TriCoast Worldwide boarded this month at AFM.
Rather than probe the twisted brain of Manson himself, Manson Girls will chronicle how eight young women in his brood came from diverse and even privileged backgrounds to become the most notorious female serial killers of the decade’s Love Generation, says the site. The pic will follow the girls’ pre-Manson teen years through their indoctrination into the Family and up to the bloody summer of 1969 when their violent “Helter Skelter” campaign that rocked Los Angeles and the counterculture community.
Cast as some of the real-life Manson followers are Eric Balfour (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline) as Bobby Beausoleil, Monica Keena (Freddy vs. Jason) as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Tania Raymonde (Texas Chainsaw 3D) as Leslie Van Houten and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as Alice Rainer. Lo’s also got a cameo earmarked Ron Jeremy (seriously?), who’ll play the director of The Ramrodder, the softcore film that featured Beausoleil and fellow Manson Family member Catherine Share in small roles.
Sony Pictures Animation announced yesterday the casting of Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, Hotel Transylvania 2.
Today, we have the first ever look at Brooks in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). “Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”
Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after helming the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert,and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th, Tremors, “The Following”) will re-team with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean to make survival drama, Jungle, based on the true story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who was lost for three weeks alone in the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia in 1981, says THR.
Arclight Films is producing Jungle, after See-Saw Films and the Spierig brothers (Undead, Daybreak’s) didn’t take the film past its early development. Screenwriter Justin Monjo, (“INXS: Never Tear Us Apart”), has written the script, with Gary Hamilton, Dana Lustig, Mike Gabrawy and Mark Lazarus producing. A
Jungle is the second project for Bacon and McLean who made Blumhouse supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, in April.
FOX’s new clip from The Pyramid, in theaters December 5, takes us underground where “American Horror Story” star Denis O’Hare records a confessional begging troops to bring guns.
Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman.
In The Pyramid, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.“
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Article by Trace Thurman
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The holidays are usually pretty barren for us horror fans, so I thought I would honor this holiday by taking you through a tour of some of the best dinner scenes in horror film history. I fully realize that I probably skipped some of your favorites, so this is by no means the definitive list on this subject (if there ever could be one). I also probably picked some that were a bit obvious, so I tried to also include two or three lesser-known films. If you think I missed one (which I most certainly did) feel free to discuss in the comments! Otherwise, let’s take a look at some of the ways our beloved genre has utilized dinner gatherings to horrify and entertain audiences over the years. Just a heads up: I’ve included spoilers for the films in this list so watch out.
While not technically a dinner scene in the traditional sense, I think Oldboy definitely qualifies for a place on this list. Granted, it is probably not very intense for Korean viewers , because although this film is crazy (and amazing), the act of eating a live octopus is considered a delicacy in Korea and also something I would love to try one day if I wasn’t so afraid of the tentacles grabbing hold of my throat as it went down (which is why typically it is served sliced, though the pieces are still moving). Nevertheless, this is a pretty gross scene to watch, and a perfect symbol of Oh Dae-Su’s desire for life (or rather, to ingest another creature’s life force) after being holed up in a room for 15 years. I felt like it would be a good moment to kickstart this list.
I had to watch this movie (part of the anthology Three…Extremes) in an Asian Horror film class I took in college and man, it’s pretty gross. Basically, a woman eats dumplings filled with crushed human baby fetuses so that she can have eternal life. What makes the film so effective is the sound design. You hear the slimy, squirmy dumplings (and the bones of the fetuses) as the characters chew them. It’s probably my favorite use of sound in any horror movie I’ve seen recently. There’s also a pretty awesome(?) abortion scene in the film as well (if you watch the extended version that acts as a standalone film). All of this being said, I still think I would rather eat abortion fetus dumplings than balut (fertilized duck egg), which is also on display in this film.
I did enjoy this movie a lot, but it was definitely a victim of hype for me. I heard about how good it was so often that by the time I actually got around to watching it I thought it was just alright. Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a good film. I just don’t think it’s amazing. I do love the “dinner” scene where they have to eat the dog though. “Love” may be the wrong choice of words but it’s just so bizarre and absolutely ridiculous. It used to really bother me when dogs died in movies but I think I’ve been desensitized so much that it just doesn’t affect me as much anymore. Like Dumplings, this is another movie where the sound really amplifies the grotesqueness of the scene. The lead characters are told they will win money if they eat the dog that has been killed and boy do they go for it. It’s hilarious and disgusting at the same time and while my feelings about the movie may be mixed, I can’t deny the effectiveness of this scene.
Tore tanzt (Nothing Bad Can Happen)
This one took the place of Poltergeist on my list (sorry!) since they both involve maggot-infested meats. I’m still a little conflicted about how I feel about this film, but that’s kind of what the director was going for. While not really a horror movie, it is definitely horrifying. Nothing Bad Can Happen follows self-proclaimed “Jesus Freak” Tore as he befriends a family and ends up living with them after the patriarch invites him into their home. It isn’t long before things take a turn for the worse (to put it mildly) as the family starts to torture poor Tore to test his religious strength. The scene in questions is probably the scene that will stick with you the longest once the movie is over and involves the parents of the family force-feeding Tore chicken that was thrown out in the garbage days before and has now become maggot-infested. I watched this movie at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin, which meant I was eating while I watched it. It wasn’t the best plan. You’ve been warned.
Yes I know, this isn’t technically a horror movie, but it’s one of the most memorable and entertaining dinner scenes in film history. I wasn’t allowed to watch Beetlejuice growing up because I had a lot of nightmares as a small child after finding a doll of the titular character that had a string on its back that caused its head to spin around when you pulled it. I finally got to see it when I was about 9 after I tricked my grandmother into letting me watch it. I would constantly rewind and watch this scene over and over again while singing and dancing to it in the living room. This scene combines my two favorite genres (horror and musical) and goes balls to the wall with it. In my opinion, this is the quality all horror comedies should strive to achieve.
I confess, I almost forgot to put this one on the list. I’m not sure what I was thinking, as this is one of the most iconic dinners in cinema, but I digress. I don’t really think I need to go into what makes this scene so amazing but I only wish I could have been alive in 1979 in a theater watching this for the first time. I think the impact this scene had on me was definitely softened after hearing so much about it but I can’t deny that it is a fantastic feat of technology and filmmaking. I may still prefer Aliens as a film, but damn if this scene isn’t an example of how to really knock the audience off of its feet.
I really like Hannibal. I still prefer that batshit insane ending of the novel (if I lost any of you with that statement I completely understand) but I think this is a great film. It’s just overshadowed by the amazing Silence of the Lambs so it never really stood a chance. Well, that and the fact that it’s a 131-minute film and it takes Hannibal nearly 6o of them to show up. That being said, the dinner scene where Ray Liotta’s Agent Krendler gets the top part of his skull removed as Hannibal slices pieces of it off to cook and feed to him is absolutely horrifying. I didn’t get to see Hannibal until years after it was released (I wasn’t allowed to watch R-rated movies until I was about 16) but I had always heard about this scene (and even read it before I saw the movie). It’s so brilliantly disturbing and definitely earns its place on this list.
While the clip above actually happens before the dinner scene in the film, it’s still pretty horrifying nonetheless. I love Gina Gershon. Ever since I saw her in Bound I’ve had a thing for her. I feel the exact opposite about Matthew McConaughey. I have never liked him and he has always annoyed me in most of his films (even Frailty, which I love). But I adore him in this movie. I was looking forward to it because I really enjoyed Tracy Letts’ other plays, Bug and August: Osage County, but I didn’t know anything about it. I randomly Redboxed it one night and it was a very pleasant surprise (well, pleasant in a very weird way). Seeing Gershon blow a fried chicken leg was not exactly what I expected, but it was traumatic, to say the least. I still can’t believe that scene got this film an NC-17 rating, but I’m glad director William Friedkin didn’t trim it down to get an R. The fact that after all of this Joe tried to get everyone to sit down for a nice family dinner is all the more hilarious/horrifying. I love this movie, and the final scene is my favorite part.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
I think this one haunts me so much because I remember seeing Greta’s stuffed face on the back of every VHS box for Nightmare 5 in any video store I walked into when I was a kid. Seeing the image of Greta’s body hanging out of the refrigerator door, with her mouth stuffed full of food is a pretty disturbing image for a 5-year-old. The fact that this is one of the most memorable deaths in the franchise (for me, at least) is kind of sad considering that it’s one of the worst films in the franchise (whether Freddy’s Revenge or Freddy’s Dead or both are worse is up for debate). Even still, seeing poor Greta get fed her own innards by Freddy is a twisted idea and I’m glad they writer had the balls to do it, despite the censoring the scene had.
You’re Next was one of my favorite movies from last year, and this scene is one of the main reasons why. Yes, the film has some pretty good kills in it and, while the ending is a little predictable (I admit I was expecting a little bit more to the twist, but I appreciated the simplicity of it more on a second viewing), it’s dialogue like this that really make the movie stick out for me. This movie actually takes time to establish its characters and Simon Barrett did a really good job with the dialogue in this scene. Obviously, if you’ve seen the movie, you know that things escalate rather quickly after this but I wanted to acknowledge a scene where nothing really happens to highlight the brilliance of the film. This is one of the few moments the audience gets to relax and really get to know these characters. This could easily be your family. They have real arguments and behave like real people. Then shit goes down.
I hate pus. I can handle all of the blood and gore you throw at me, but the second pus gets involved I start to gag a little bit. Nothing has made me want to leave the room more than the dinner scene in Dead Alive (except possibly the eyeball-severing bit in Hostel). I admit I’m not as big on this movie as many of you are, but I can certainly appreciate all of the talent behind the film. My feelings for the film aside, I don’t think any scene has embedded itself in my memory the way this one has. You can’t tell me that this scene does not gross you out, no matter how funny it may be.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
No list of horror movie dinners can be complete without this masterpiece. This is the dinner scene to end all dinner scenes. I admit that when I first saw The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, I was bored to tears. I saw it very late in my horror viewing and I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about. After many more years filled with several re-watchings of it, I have definitely come around, and I think I can finally see what makes this movie so special in many people’s eyes. I can’t say anything about the film that hasn’t been said already but the first time I saw it, it didn’t really affect me. Somewhere down the line, though, this movie really started disturbing me. I’m not sure what happened, but this scene is so freaky to me now. No film has really been able to match this dinner scene (though the 2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning would try) and I believe that’s a testament to how amazing this scene (well, the whole film really) is. Nothing else can really compare to it.
ABOUT TRACE: Trace is a graduate of the Radio/TV/Film program University of Texas at Austin and still lives in Austin. An avid fan of the horror genre, he spends most of his free time reading about/watching movies and TV shows and endlessly harassing his friends to watch underrated gems. He has a strong dislike for the lack of tact/respect present on Internet message boards and is on a mission to promote thoughtful, polite discussions between people who disagree about things online.
Tomorrow is Black Friday, the most violent, brutal, near-gladiatorial shopping day of the year. Then again, it also has a ton of savings, so people are willing to fight to the death to shave off a few bucks for…whatever.
Now, I’ve never gone shopping out in the real world on a Black Friday and I don’t plan on it. I value my health, my sanity, and keeping all four limbs intact. But sometimes you need some new music and, by god, that’s what I’m here to help with! Only with my way, you don’t even have to leave the safety of your couch!
Head on in for a few select picks that I think would really expand your musical tastes as well as make for great holiday gifts.
Today we give thanks to Dimension Films’ 2007 Grindhouse for which gave us the delicious bounty known as “Thanksgiving.”
Included in the epic feature film project from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were a series of faux trailers from the hottest horror directors around.
One such trailer was for Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, which at one point was being developed into a feature length slasher. While things have gone silent on that front, we still celebrate this amazing trailer that is stuffed (see what I did there?) with gore!
The headline teases two figure sets that were also set to be included in SOTA’s ‘Now Playing Series 4′, but were never released.
The American Werewolf In London box set was allegedly announced as a replacement the Tremors set, although it’s unclear what happened exactly. It was revealed at the 2007 Toy Fair in New York and showed a 2-pack consisting of a mauled Jack as well as David in werewolf form from John Landis’ classic horror comedy. This would have been a perfect addition to SOTA’s previously released Nazi demon.
Also announced at the New York Toy Fair in 2007 was this absolutely bonkers Leprechaun figure that came with an interchangeable head and well diorama. Too bad is wouldn’t come with a 1993 version of Jennifer Aniston…
Well, this is a weird one, to put it mildly.
UK garage rock band Love Buzzard have released an official music video for their track “Give It Some Range” and it’s a doozy. Animated by Russell Taysom, the video is a psychedelic freak show that features twisted visuals that may potentially be NSFW.
“Give It Some Range” comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which you can pre-order via Bandcamp.