With a lot of news and publicity coming out about Paul Feig’s upcoming remake of Ghostbusters, there have been a lot of questions about the supposed cameo from original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray Stantz in the original two films. Well, according to Indie Revolver, his cameo has now been brought to full light.
Update: Sony has reps contacting sites asking for this information to be pulled in order to save the surprise for fans. Hard to argue that. You snooze you lose, guys!
And there you have it. That’s what Paul Feig is doing with Aykroyd for the new film. Is it a nice nod to the originals? Sure. Is it clever? I guess so. Is it a waste of talent and opportunity? Absolutely.
I really hope they do something unique and original with this. The Ghostbusters universe is so ripe for interesting and engaging stories.
Forget the haters, the 80’s was a phenomenal decade! It was a time of excess and extravagance at its finest. Just think of how over-the-top everything was, from the clothing to music videos and everything in between. And one medium that the 80’s truly succeeded at was movies! There were so many original films that would never even remotely come close to being made today. It seemed that every new movie tickled the imagination and aimed at making sure people felt wonder and joy, regardless of believability.
So let’s take this week’s quiz and shoot it straight to the folk who remember the 80’s like they were yesterday!
Below are 15 options, each giving three clues to help you try and figure out what movie they’re from. There are a few horror films, several comedies, a fantasy or two, and some action films all tossed in there. Here’s your chance to show us just how big of a movie fan you really are!
Five Nights series creator Scott Cawthon released a new trailer this week for the final chapter in his popular indie series, along with the news that Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 will be arriving ahead of schedule. Originally slated for a Halloween 2015 release, the game has been moved up to August 8th to coincide with the series’ one year anniversary. In its latest trailer, we get to see what it’d be like if those animatronic monstrosities came home with us.
While I haven’t played it, my friends are all gushing about Batman: Arkham Knight. And who can blame them? The game is getting rave reviews for its story and presentation (minus the horrible PC port) and it’s supposed to be just an insanely fun game. Hell, even Mr. Disgusting was telling me how much he enjoys it!
My generation remembers Batman in a slightly different manner, being that many of us grew up seeing The Caped Crusade played by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. The films featured iconic views of the suit and of the Batmobile, both of which are coming to Arkham Knight this August!
A press release states:
Battle through the streets of Gotham City with this pack that includes the Batman skin and Batmobile from the 1989 Batman film, as well as two tracks inspired by the film’s sequel.
According to ComicsAlliance, there will be, “…two race courses included based on Batman Returns, and it looks like one will be Wayne Manor and the other is possibly the Gotham Zoo.”
The DLC pack will also include six other skins: 1970s Batman, pre-Batman, Inc. gray and black Batman, Arkham Origins Batman, 1990s Catwoman, Arkham City Nightwing and One Year Later Robin.
Individual pricing hasn’t been released but this is definitely part of the Season Pass that cost users $40.
Check out a picture below.
Earlier today I took in a stellar episode of WTF with Marc Maron where the featured guest was Robert Kirkman. The episode was profound in its insight, really I can’t recommend it enough. But, despite teaching you the ins and outs of indie comics, hidden away in the hour and a half is Kirkman’s unique perspective on the living dead apocalypse. He insists to Maron that it’s a largely survivable ordeal. All you have to do is be smart, you have to think ahead, and the road after the zombies is really the most interesting part of the story. Which doesn’t do much to explain his new AMC spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, but that’s beside the point.
Double Take may not even have a single issue on the stands just yet, but I can assure you that they’re thinking bigger picture. The Ultimate Night of the Living Dead is as much about life during the apocalypse, as it is about life after. Any zombie purist worth his salt will tell you that the real heart of any zombie story is what comes next.
You can fake it like Dawn of the Dead. You can avoid it like Day of the Dead. You can live outside it like The Battery. But those shambling monsters will always come back to drag you down.
I know that Double Take certainly has a plan for “what comes after.” We’ve had a few cryptic talks about how their universe will develop. Aside from having some very unique ideas about the nature of zombiism itself, they have an interesting endgame in mind. I believed that it was my intention to grab that baton and give them a story that blended the current state of their universe with seeds of the future.
I love the idea of the end of this world. It’s the most alluring thing about zombies isn’t it? We’re always being fed these ideas about different ways our society can fall apart. We’re in this constant state of thinking we’re absolutely fucked as a race of people. So the idea of the end of days proves to be more compelling than we care to admit.
But because zombies are a survivable plague. What comes next? How do we aim to rebuild. When does the Night of the Living Dead end? And how? Well I can promise you that Double Take is asking those questions and is very interested in what comes next. So get excited.
Let’s dredge up that “escalation schedule one more time, shall we. Just so I can give you the last line, the one that really got me excited.
[redacted] may grow into new [redacted]
You didn’t think it would be that easy did you? Sorry I can’t give away all the secrets just yet. But there is a plan for what comes next. It’s about the human drama of rebuilding the world into one that humans don’t just survive, but thrive. This world is one where we can deal with all sorts of new threats, but just because zombies tear down the world as we know it, doesn’t mean we won’t do everything we can to rebuild. But then the real question becomes: what new sorts of horrors threaten our survival?
To find out what happens once The Ultimate Night of the Living Dead turns to The Ultimate Day of the Living Dead stay tuned to http://doubletakeuniverse.com/
This Zomblog ran late, but it’s usually a Monday/Friday thing.
Check out Double Take’s blog – Double Take Universe to keep up to date on the incredible comics that will be coming your way in September.
Photographer Tyler Shields’ arty slasher Final Girl is finally releasing on VOD platforms August 14th.
Check out the new imagery from Final Girl, which looks absolutely bonkers after four young men’s game of cat and mouse turn on them. Abigail Breslin looks to have a bit of “Hit Girl” going on as she gets mediaeval on these sly foxes.
Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood and Michael Trevino all star.
In Final Girl, “Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.”
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive poster debut for When Animals Dream, a new werewolf tale that follows a young girl who is hunted down by those living in her town when it is revealed she is a werewolf.
In addition, we learned that it will open in theaters and On Demand on August 28th!
Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter and Jakob Oftebro will star in the film described as Let The Right One In meets Carrie.
When Animals Dream is commercials and shorts director Jonas Arnby’s feature-length debut.
“It’s a coming-of-age horror film set in a secluded fishing village of Denmark about a young girl falling in love and discovering she is a werewolf through her mother at the same time as she gets hunted down by the villagers.“
If you’re anything like me, you want to see super clean, high resolution images of something highly anticipated.
Therefore, I did some digging and was able to get Starz to send me crazy hi-res shots from “Ash vs Evil Dead,” featuring Bruce Campbell as the goofball antihero Ash alongside fellow Value Shop employees Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo).
In the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead” series premiering this fall, “Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
“Ash vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.
You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from Dark Was The Night, arriving in theaters, VOD and iTUNES on July 24th. Watch as “something” tries to get in, and how Kevin Durand says his farewells.
The film was directed by Jack Heller from a script by Tyler Hisel and stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki and Nick Damici.
“Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.“
James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly, pictured, are developing a movie version of Alex Marwood’s murder mystery The Killer Next Door, writes Variety.
Marwood’s debut novel, “The Wicked Girls,” earned her the Edgar Award for paperback original. “The Killer Next Door,” published last year, centers on six neighbors forced into an unlikely alliance without realizing that one of them is a killer who will do anything to protect his secret.
Franco won’t star but will produce with Vince Jolivette through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, along with O’Reilly, who may take a lead acting role.
Sci-fi comic “Roche Limit” is heading to the big screen, Heat Vision reported out of the Comic-Con.
Heavy Metal, the media company that began life as the venerable fantasy magazine, has optioned the movie rights to the Image Comic created by Michael Moreci.
“‘Roche Limit’ is set in a space colony that has devolved into a melting pot of criminal factions. The plot follows a mystery centered on a missing girl while mixing in shades of horror.”
In real life, the Roche limit is the minimum distance to which a large satellite can approach its primary body without being torn apart by tidal forces.
Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz, David Boxenbaum and newly installed president Brian Witten, who are developing and producing the feature, are moving fast and have already set a writer to adapt the material: Seth Sherwood, the screenwriter behind Leatherface, the upcoming origin film of the iconic horror character from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.
The comic was initially a five-issue story published in 2014. Moreci, who is also the creator of comic Hoax Hunters, that Heavy Metal is also developing as an adaptation, is in the middle of a second five-issue story arc titled “Roche Limit: Clandestiny” that keeps the setting but sets the story in a different time period and even subgenre with a new art team. Moreci has plans for a third storyline to complete a trilogy.
With MTV’s new “Scream” series airing its third episode tonight, we thought it might be fun to look back at all the carnage that has come out of Wes Craven’s franchise.
Below we have listed all 39 deaths(!) in the four films that make up the franchise (I know, it kills me too that it’s not an even 40).
Check out our previous “Every Kill” articles here!Scream (7 Kills) 1. Steve Orth
Poor Steve got the most brutal death in the franchise (well, until Olivia in Scream 4, that is). Anything involving intestines spilling out is a pretty terrible way to go. It’s a pity we’ll never get the NC-17 cut of the film released showing extra intestines.
The death that made Scream famous. As many of you know, Drew Barrymore was actually offered the role of Sidney, but she chose to play Casey instead, thinking that it would be a bigger surprise for the audience. Boy, was she right. I’ve always had a lot of respect for her after finding that out, since it shows that she actually cares about the people watching her movies.
The only reason Principal Himbry was killed was because the studio thought there was too much of a gap between kills, so they had screenwriter Kevin Williamson add this in for good measure. It’s not the most creative kill, but the eye shot is pretty cool!
Tatum’s death is arguably the best death in the entire Scream franchise. Sure, it’s not believable that a garage door could support a person’s weight (I’ve stopped a garage door just by grabbing on to it and pulling it down), but it’s clever nonetheless. Also, if you pause it at just the right moment, Rose McGowan’s head bust looks like Michael Jackson’s head when it’s mid-squish.
Poor Kenny. He tried so hard to be a good cameraman. Even in death, he still couldn’t do anything right because he just wouldn’t get off of Gale’s fucking windshield!
While the “in your dreams” bit is kind of dumb, Stu had a deserved end at the hands of a television. It did not look very pleasant.
Billy’s death is one of the weaker ones in the franchise, if only because it’s not very original (though the stabbing by umbrella is fairly clever). Also, he could have survived if he would have just played dead and not jump-scared Sidney, Randy and Gale.
“Hannibal” is about to endure a long, slow, painful death…
While NBC “gifted” us super fans with a third season of “Hannibal,” they’ve quickly turned on it as if it were the black sheep (stag?) of the family.
NBC then released stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen from their contracts, only further complicating an attempt at a revival.
Now, on heels of Comic-Con news that a feature could be cooked up, NBC is swatting the series away like an annoying gnat.
The network today kneecapped its Thursday duo of recently cancelled “Hannibal” and the just-renewed “Aquarius” and put them on Saturday night owing to poor ratings, says Deadline.
While ratings for “Hannibal” were never going to return, announcing its cancellation early in the season didn’t help those casually viewing from sticking around.
“Hannibal” is a masterpiece of television, and it doesn’t deserve to go out like this.
One of the coolest things at the San Diego Comic-Con weren’t overlooked by pretty much everyone, and now I’m picking my jaw off the floor.
Figures.com has a breakdown of all the new “The Walking Dead” toys that McFarlane revealed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, and one was a doozy.
“There was a large display area dedicated to the ‘Walking Dead Construction Sets’ featuring current and upcoming releases along with incredible dioramas that show just how big you can build these things with multiple interconnecting sets,” explains the site. “The prison is a main focus of the line with Upper Prison Cell, Lower Prison Cell, and Prison Catwalk sets that work with the Prison Tower and Gates to create full scenes.”
That’s not all as, “Also on the way are Hospital Doors, Prison Boiler Room, Walker Barrier, Woodbury Assault Vehicle, and Dale’s RV.”
Take a look below and then ponder how you’re going to create enough space to own them all (don’t have a kid?)
Catch more images from the event at the above link.
Check out some new stills from the monster horror Dark Was The Night.
The film was directed by Jack Heller from a script by Tyler Hisel and stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki and Nick Damici.
“Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.”
The film hits theaters, VOD and iTUNES on July 24th.
This past weekend at SDCC, fans got a taste of what it was like to enter the world of two of the biggest forthcoming releases from Legendary. Today, hot on the heels of the launch of the Legendary VR app, featuring three unique virtual reality experiences viewable on the new Google Cardboard, Legendary is now bringing the Warcraft and Crimson Peak experiences to a wider audience by publishing them to YouTube 360, Google’s recently launched streaming video service that lets viewers look in any direction, not just where the camera is pointing – without the need of any additional hardware.
Now, fans all over the world will be able to enter the world of Legendary’s newest titles by visiting YouTube 360 and exploring these experiences, which launched at SDCC 2015, as immersive 360-degree video, or through Google Cardboard: google.com/get/cardboard/BEWARE CRIMSON PEAK
Dare you enter a house alive with secrets that will haunt you forever? Inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s new film Crimson Peak, this chilling 360 video experience will take you inside Allerdale Hall, a gothic mansion where nothing is as it seems. Brought to you by Legendary VR and developed by Legend3D and Mr. X.
From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, Crimson Peak hits theaters October 2015.
WARCRAFT: SKIES OF AZEROTH
Prepare to soar through the epic world of Azeroth in this official 360 video inspired by the Warcraft movie and developed by Industrial Light & Magic xLAB. Look all around as you fly over the city of Stormwind on the back of the mythic gryphon.
From Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft hits theaters June 2016.
In what was arguably a much more successful Comic Con than last year, #SDCC 2015 served up plenty of treats for us genre fans! We’ve put together out list of what we believe to be the biggest winners and losers from the Con this year.
Let’s dive right in!
Other than the “Ash vs Evil Dead” teaser, the biggest winner out of the San Diego Comic-Con was the teaser for Warner Bros. Suicide Squad, which has originally been panned for its hilariously bad look at Jared Leto as The Joker.
As funny as the image was, it was just that, an image. Now, with actual footage from David Ayer’s dark ensemble comic book adaptation available in HD, is it still a joke? Nope. In fact, I think Suicide Squad could end up being the sleeper of 2016.
Let’s take a look, shall we…
Compared to the abomination that is Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad has a realistic quality to it. Look at these enriching set and costume designs, look at how believable this world is compared to the CGI mess of Batman V Superman. I would go as far as to say Suicide Squad looks a bit like Se7en if not the classic The Warriors.
And while many are gushing over Leto’s interpretation of the Joker, Margot Robbie has stolen our hearts as the first on-screen incarnation of Harley Quinn. Not only does she look fabulous, but it’s clear she’s the centerpiece of the film, and set to deliver a zany, yet terrifying performance.
Leto’s Joker? Well, I’m a Leto sympathizer, and while it’s no Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, it’s a solid tease. I’ll reserve judgement when we have more footage available to us…
The biggest surprise, though, is the appearance of Ben Affleck’s Batman, who drops on the back of the Joker’s Lambo as he speeds through the city.
Overall, the most exciting aspect is that, while it’s extremely dark, it has a light-hearted self-awareness to it that could make it really fun.
If you haven’t already, watch the trailer over at our sister site, Villain Smash, and then comment below. What say you?
Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.
Written and directed by David Ayer, the film stars Will Smith as ‘Floyd Lawton/Deadshot’, Jared Leto as ‘The Joker’, Margot Robbie as ‘Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn’, Joel Kinnaman as ‘Rick Flag’, Jai Courtney as ‘Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang’, Viola Davis as ‘Amanda Waller’, Cara Delevingne as ‘June Moone/Enchantress’, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as ‘Waylon Jones/Killer Croc’, Karen Fukuhara as ‘Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana’, Jay Hernadez as ‘Chato Santana/El Diablo’, Adam Beach as ‘Christopher Weiss/Slipknot’, Common as ‘The Tattooed Man’, and Ike Barinholtz as ‘Dr. Hugo Strange’. Also starring are Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Alex Meraz, David Harbour, and Raymond Olubowale.
88 Films is now taking pre-orders for their upcoming blu-ray release of Joe D’Amato’s notorious ‘video nasty’ Anthropophagous. With a release date of 7/20/2015, Anthropophagous can only be ordered from 88 Films directly and all pre-orders will receive a gloss UV finish O-Card with the original banned artwork plus 4 collectible postcards.
A group of unprepared tourists arrive on a desolate Mediterranean island – only to find themselves stalked by a silent cannibalistic Neanderthal! Featuring gory special effects, that convinced some British moral guardians that Anthropophagous was a legitimate ‘snuff movie’, there is little doubting that this timeless terror totem still holds up today. Also boasting a cast of genre legends, such as Tisa Farrow (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Zora Kerova (Cannibal Ferox) and George Eastman (Rabid Dogs), 88 Films is proud to present Anthropophagous, fully uncut and uncensored, and re-mastered for its worldwide HD debut!
Also includes the feature length documentary 42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Block!
What better accompaniment to a certified grindhouse classic like Anthropophagous than this long-awaited expose of New York’s notorious den of sex, sin and cinema? Many a movie made its mark in one of Manhattan’s long-demolished exploitation establishments – and 42nd Street Memories tells the story of the good old days of big city slime, sweat and sleaze. Directed by Calum Waddell and featuring an esteemed list of interviewees, including Joe Dante (Gremlins), Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), Larry Cohen (Q, The Winged Serpent), William Lustig (Maniac), adult performer Veronica Hart, author John Skipp and many more – this is the last word on the golden era of the world’s most celebrated sprawl of film theatres.
•Available to watch in either English Language or Italian Language with English Subtitles
•42nd Street Memories – Feature Length Documentary
•Reversible Sleeve with original UK Video Nasty Art
• Region Code: B
• Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.66:1
• Audio Format: LPCM Mono (English and Italian with English Subtitles)
• Language: English
• Certification: 18
• Running Time: 90 Mins Approx.
No word yet on a U.S. release date for Charlie’s Farm from writer/director Chris Sun, however, a new German mediabook from Illusions Unltd has been announced for July 30, 2015. This will be the second blu-ray release of the film, joining the Australian release from Monster Pictures last month. Charlie’s Farm stars Nathan Jones, Tara Reid, Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder.
In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure.
• Includes DVD + Blu-ray
• 16-page booklet
• Behind the Scenes
• The films of Chris Sun
• Interview with Chris Sun
• Introducing Allira Jaques
• Kane Hodder: Welcome to Australia
• TV Teaser
• Original Trailer
• German Trailer
• Concept Art – Slideshow
• Running Time 89 minutes (DVD) / 93 minutes (Blu-ray)
• Region Code PAL / Region B