An oft-told tale is that of the haunted pub with prankish spirits that topple pints and glasses to the dismay of patron and barkeep alike. Now there's a spin to the story: a ghost that may pull a prank every now and again but respects the beer too much to spill any in the name of shenanigans.
The Crow's Nest Inn in Cornwall is an historic pub dating back to the 17th century. As with most pubs of that era, there are tales of multiple ghosts going back quite a few years, including that of a local woman who was murdered in 1844.
Some of the haunted happenings include a clock that always ran 10 minutes fast no matter how many times it was reset and a bell that would ring by itself. New owners Jenny Heard and Martic McConn blew off the tales until a recent night when the seemingly impossible happened - in front of a bar full of witnesses no less.
The Plymouth Herald in the UK reports that witnesses, including the barkeeps, say the pub went deathly chill from out of nowhere. At the same time, a pint of ale (Proper Job brand, in case that factors into the spirit's tastes) flew off the bar and landed on the floor... without spilling a drop!
The entire pub tried to find a source of the event and was left puzzled. Nobody was near the pint, and all doors and windows were closed tight.
Could this have been a former customer of the pub trying to grab a pint from the great beyond? Latent telekinesis from one of the patrons trying to grab the ale from afar? Let us know what you think!
File this one under "Wow, Really?!?" Some quick and pretty damned strange news has come in regarding the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw franchise as it's looking like we're getting another prequel. A prequel to the tenth power even.
The filmmakers behind Texas Chainsaw 3D (UNRATED Blu-ray/DVD review here) were never big on mathematics, as proven by their "direct sequel" to Tobe Hooper's seminal classic which found the ages of characters all over the place with little to nothing making sense in terms of the whens and the wheres. That is, however, another story.
Right now Bloody Disgusting is reporting that "an unidentified writer is rumored to be in talks to pen Leatherface’s 'teenage years.' This would mean that Dan Yeager would not be returning as the iconic chainsaw-wielding slasher, and that it would be [another] sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 TCM… and a prequel to last year’s TC3D." You follow?
Somehow this is going to really fuck up our space/time continuum. Color us befuddled. Tell us what you think about this latest development below.
It's been awhile since last we heard anything about LD Entertainment’s Where the Devil Hides, but the flick has undergone a name change and more! Read on for the latest details including when you'll be able to see it!
Roadside Attractions has earmarked an October 10 US release for The Devil’s Hand, formerly Where The Devil Hides, formerly The Devil's Rapture. Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, the flick stars Jennifer Carpenter, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Rufus Sewell, Thomas McDonell, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Colm Meaney, Stacey Edwards, and Ric Reitz.
Lionsgate will release The Devil’s Hand on VOD, DVD, and TV platforms.
Something very strange happened in the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town's vigilant Elders. Six girls born on the same day to different mothers. Perhaps a coincidence or, as most believe, a chilling omen of something yet to come. Now, on the eve of their 18th birthday, the young women are mysteriously disappearing one by one and feared dead. Terror has overtaken this quiet community. Could this be the work of a serial killer, one of the village elders, or an horrific prophecy come true, born of the supernatural?
And the news keeps on coming as Variety is reporting that Headhunters helmer Morten Tyldum has come on to direct the Warner Brothers adaptation of the Swedish thriller Chain of Events with Mark L. Smith attached to adapt.
Described as World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code, the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.
Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realization that soon there won't be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.
We told you during our coverage of San Diego Comic-Con that Legendary Pictures will be bringing King Kong back to the big screen for a Skull Island movie, and now the picture is getting a bit clearer as the studio is eying a director who knows all about dealing with monsters.
According to Deadline, Legendary has offered the directing job to Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Max Borenstein wrote the script based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule.
Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.
The film is slated for a November 4, 2016 release.
It's easy for those of us who attend SDCC for work to forget what a cool experience it can be for fans... and the celebrities who are the recipients of said fans' attentions. Go behind the scenes - and to the panel - with the cast & crew of "The Walking Dead."
We have six fun videos to share, which were released by AMC as a follow-up to the show's SRO panel in Hall H:
- Fans Meet the Cast at the Comic-Con BBQ
- Backstage with the Cast
- Panel Highlights:
**Cast on Their Characters' Evolutions
**Norman Reedus on How He Is Similar to Daryl
**A Walker Fan with a Question
**Robert Kirkman on His Dark Side
As part of our coverage of "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con, we learned Season 5 will contain more action, bigger setpieces, and a new state of decay in the walkers. It kicks off Sunday, October 12th, at 9PM, on AMC, followed once again by "Talking Dead."
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Here at Dread Central we love "Hannibal." We brought you highlights from the show's SDCC presentation as an appetizer, the panel in its entirety as your main course, and now we're back with dessert in the form of the gag reel that was shown there.
Series creator/exec producer Bryan Fuller; stars Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams; director David Slade; exec producers Steven Lightfoot and Martha De Laurentiis; and surprise guest Raul Esparza all took part in the panel, which we've also reposted below in case you missed it.
When you work on a show as intense as "Hannibal," you absolutely need those few lighthearted moments on set, and here's a full 3-1/2 minutes' worth!
"Hannibal's" Season 2 home video package will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 16th and will include audio commentary with cast and crew on select episodes, a feature-length documentary on the making of Episode 2.05 ("Mukozuke"), deleted scenes, and more.
Back in November we told you that Takashi Miike was heading into Battle Royale territory for an adaptation of As God Says (Kamisama no lu Tori) for Toho, and now we have the first trailer for you.
Miike was tapped to helm the film based on a popular comic about teenagers forced to play a deadly game by unknown forces. The flick will be produced by Toho. Principal photography began in June for a Japan release, also by Toho, scheduled for the fall of 2014.
Written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura, As God Says was serialized in Kodansha Comic Magazine from March 2011 to November 2012 and has sold 1.5 million copies in paperback editions.
Stay tuned for more on this one as it comes.
More concept art has come running for Rob Zombie's next horror flick, the mysterious 31, and we have it for you right here... bouncing boobs included. You just can't really see 'em but they're there! Check it out!
Artist Alex Horley provides the eye candy as always. You can check out his first piece below as well.
"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything. There’s a clown thing in the movie, but it has nothing to do with Captain Spaulding, and what is in the movie doesn’t look like Captain Spaulding either; maybe the people think the poster does, but the movie won’t."
An original Rob Zombie movie that takes place on Halloween? Count us right the hell in!
On tap right now we have a brand spanking new image gallery for Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review), a flick that's been on our radar for quite some time. Check it out, and look for more soon!
Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.
From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.
Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.
Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
Last month we learned that Evil Dead 2 co-writer Scott Spiegel is producing an upcoming film called Welcome to Purgatory, and today the exciting announcement has been made that Spiegel's most badass buddy has joined the cast. Read on, fiends!
Cupsogue Pictures has revealed that both Bruce Campbell and James Buckley have joined the cast of the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.
Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Stephen Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory, but with little success.
Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook and Tory Kittles.
Tony Cook and Fallaize are producing the picture for Cupsogue Pictures, which was written by Marcus Ako & Tony Cook. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios, ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.
According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.
Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.
As if the plate of "Bates Motel," "The Returned" and "The Strain" showrunner Carlton Cuse wasn't already full enough, today comes word that he's got another series in the works, this one for the USA Network. Read on for details!
Per Deadline, USA Network has greenlit a pilot tentatively titled "Colony," written and executive produced by Cuse and Ryan Condal (Hercules).
The series is described as a naturalistic drama set in the near future in Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of alien intruders. Some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.
The project centers on a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.
"'Colony' is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world'" said USA President Chris McCumber.
#SDCC14: Salem Season 2 Will Be Deeper, Darker, Scarier... and Lovecraftian! Hear from the Cast & Crew!
The phrase "the best show you're not watching" gets thrown around a lot, but in the case of "Salem," it couldn't be more true. We've been singing its praises since Episode 1 so our mission at SDCC was to find out what's ahead in Season 2.
Surprisingly, the powers-that-be, exec producers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, were quite forthcoming while co-stars Janet Montgomery. Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg, and Elise Eberle were all incredibly charming and obviously invested in their characters.
Beware in case you're not caught up as spoilers for Season 1 abound!
We've found the horror crowd to a bit slow to pick up on just how hardcore the show can be at times so we queried Braga as to how we can help raise awareness. "I like that our show is not plastered all over buses," he responded. "I like being the show that launched this network [WGN America]; I think it's cool. "
"We got away with more as well because of that," added Madekwe. "There were things I think we might not have been able to do if we were under such scrutiny."
"The horror is a huge part… it is a horror show," Braga reassured us, "and we plan to continue doing it. I think Ashley is right. This show pushes the boundaries for a show on basic cable."
When asked what has kept TV mostly away from witches, with the exception of lighter fare like "Bewitched" and "Charmed," Braga stated his surprise that "not a lot was done with this time period in particular [overall]. There's The Crucible, and that's about it, which is great because there are many historical details which are completely untapped. Characters, events, stuff that's just rich to mine for dramatic purposes. But the bad [part] was nothing exists. We couldn't rent anything; everything had to be built from scratch. From every building to every pipe a guy smokes to every tool… everything that you see on the show is hand-crafted."
Braga described the creative team's planning process for Season 2: "You can't really do the kind of ending we had for Season 1 without talking about Season 2 and having some clue where you're going. It's safe to say that every character has transformed… enemies have become friends, vice versa."
"The one thing I will tease you with is… obviously the characters are going on a certain trajectory. There's a child involved, Tituba and Mary are enemies, Mary plans to kill Tituba, Isaac's dying of the plague, Alden's been rescued by Indians, Cotton's off to Boston. Those storylines will be followed; some storylines may not even be in Salem at first… there are other witches out there who may also have sensed the Grand Rite was happening and are thinking, 'Wow! Who's this Mary Sibley, and how the hell did she pull that off?'"
So it sounds like a lot of our loose ends will be tied up or at least not left totally hanging. Going back to Alden for a moment, we wondered if the Mohawk tribe will continue to factor into future events. "They'll be a thread," said Braga.
As for the biggest twist of the finale, Montgomery herself was surprised to learn Mary and John's baby had survived. "We were lucky to find such a great little actor. I'm just excited for next season and what we can do with that character and how it will complicate Mary's position even more." A child raised by Satan… he's sure to be a real delight!
We prodded West to share what he knows about what's upcoming for the possibly dead John Alden, but before he could, Braga chimed in, "Everyone who's at Comic-Con is probably safe." "Probably…" echoed Madekwe.
"I don't know," replied West. "I'm excited where John went, especially where John and Mary were going as well before obviously the child [came] back, which is going to be great to play with next season for sure. I'm enjoying going back to deal with the Indians, the Native Americans, to see where that storyline can go and if we can compound a little bit on what happened in the past for him as well. I think it's a great start for John, and then we'll get him back into Salem… I don't know if it'll be immediately or if it'll take some time, but it's fun to explore."
Next the tables turned as Ashley leaned over toward Brannon and said, "I have a question. I'm not there for some of the scenes you guys shoot obviously. When I come to you [addressing Montgomery] and I say, 'The child's alive,' is that when you change your mind? Or did you always plan to leave John in the woods?"
Janet responded, "No, no… it's when you tell me about the child, and I say, 'Well, if I don't go…' You say, 'You've got to complete the Grand Rite or a sacrifice deferred so I'm going to kill your child,' so then I make a choice to go for my child and hope that John can understand."
Braaga said what's great about John and Mary's relationship is that "it started as a tragic romance, and just as they were getting together, it became a tragic romance again." He hedged a bit when we asked about any kind of time lapse between the Season 1 finale and the show's return episode, but he did acknowledge, "It's safe to say that most of the characters are left in an exigent [situation] so I don't think we're going to be doing like a year later or anything like that."
Montgomery credited "smart writing" for her character's ability to win over the audience despite taking us on a roller coaster ride of sort of liking her in the beginning, hating her later on, and then finally accepting and admiring her by season's end. That and "Stephen Lang coming in. The addition of Stephen Lang, who is the Puritan, the good guy... having him come in and be so great at being nasty really makes you feel for Mary and you start rooting for her..."
Braga added, "For me, the moment that Stephen Lang's character hung the three girls, he became the monster. And that's right around the time Mary's starting to go through her own evolution. It was the villain the show needed. Because Mary was the villain at first… she was the villain and the hero."
Complexity is a hallmark of "Salem" characters with few exhibiting more than Cotton Mather, and we wondered where he's going in Season 2. Here's this man of God killing to, in his mind, do good; what happens to him? "He doesn't know that Mary's been manipulating him the whole time," Braga reminded us. "Even the murder of his father was orchestrated to some degree by Mary. So he has a lot of stuff that's going to happen… a lot of cool stuff will happen with him too."
But where will that cool stuff take place? Braga laughed, "Well, right now he's riding off to Boston. You know, he's going to have to go into hiding. He killed his dad, and dad is a really important guy… or was!"
"Slightly!" interjected West. "Slightly dead, slightly important."
That was about all we could pry out of Braga so next on our hot seat was his cohort Adam Simon, who gave us the best soundbite of the day when we asked for his opinion on the tone of Season 2. With a bit of input from co-stars Goldberg and Gabel, he told us we can expect it to be "deeper, darker, scarier, funnier, sexier, stranger, bigger…"
Seth elaborated, "When we leave Season 1, the proverbial shit hits the fan. Season 1 I feel is just this pressure cooker of all of these things that are going to happen, and as an audience member, you don't know whether we're going to be loyal to all the facts of that historical event, and is it going to be as boring as what I studied in high school? It takes a journey into the fantastical that still tries to honor what happened during that time period but take some liberties to get to the heart of people's perception of [it]."
"This is a very supernatural, superstitious time for people in a new world where literally anything was possible, and in the 'anything is possible' is the devil and demons and God and angels and savage Indians and dark arts and all kinds of things… in their mind these genre ideas were real. And so Season 1 I think, for us as a cast and crew, for the story that happens in the show, I feel like it all was just kind of boiling up, and now the lid gets blown off at the end of Season 1 and everyone is displaced in some way. Cotton is traveling to Boston after killing his father, John Alden has been almost killed in the woods and then rescued by Indians, Isaac has gotten some kind of plague and might die, [Mercy] becomes the 'Queen of the Night'… There's so many different revolutions happening. And this is a time that precedes the American Revolution; everyone has these mini revolutions of their own in the town of Salem."
"I think what you can expect from Season 2 - a word to sum it up - would be 'revolution.' That there has been an explosion of chaos and that chaos is necessary in order to create great change. I don't know what the details will be, but I imagine it'll be something like that."
Simon picked up the thread, "Look, one of the phrases that led Season 1 was 'Witch Among Us,' playing on that phrase, and one of the phrases we bounce around for Season 2 is 'Witch War.' Or 'Which War?' This is a time where there are wars all culminating here. War between the Europeans and the Indians. War between the French and the English. War between the Dutch and Germans that are still there. The war that's going to be brewing over the slaves that are being brought in."
Iddo added, "We've established Anne as a witch now… we have Anne, we have Mercy, we have Tituba…"
So the witches themselves will be at war? Yes," Simon said. " They're gonna be because now we have a dynastic battle. There's going to be a question as to which is the [ruling] line, even within, say, the English witches, which is what we call the 'Essex' witches… Even in that strand of the witches we now have a potential battle because the Hales are an old, old, old family with clearly very powerful witch blood and now Anne Hale has discovered in the most horrific way possible what her power really is. Not to mention [Anne] has kind of had a bit of an alliance in a funny way with Cotton that she might in ways end up fulfilling her father's dream that, in fact, the Hales and the Mathers might merge… the top family of witches and the top family of Puritans might come together."
"Meanwhile, there's Mary Sibley, the 'Black Rose' they grafted onto their vine, who is not only by no means relinquishing her power but now has an heir, which she never had before. And of course we have Mercy Lewis, who is saying something true when she says, 'Well, the rule is the one who kills the Samhain is the Queen of the Night,' and yet, she is the one who did it so there's a free-for-all coming over who's in charge. And that's not even to mention the German witches who want in on this now too. Identity politics has been the ruling politics in America since day one, whether that's between Indians and Europeans, between the five or six different types of Europeans. The witches themselves are as driven by ethnic and identity issues as the others are, and not only that, they all bring their gods and their demons with them."
And then things got really interesting as Simon revealed, "One other thing I'd throw out that's going to be a lot of fun to play with is we've only barely scratched the surface of the idea that Salem is a port. It's on the edge of the sea; it's a super important port. But also, from an almost Lovecraftian, horror perspective, there are things in the sea as horrendous as there are in the forest. So imagine Salem as Innsmouth in effect, if you know your Lovecraft. Imagine the fact that Lovecraft was really the more accurate historian of our early history than Arthur Miller was. It's H.P. Lovecraft's Crucible."
Lots of headsy stuff to take in for sure so we came back down to earth by trying to pry out of Goldberg exactly what the heck Isaac was doing when we last saw him. His lips were sealed, but Simon teased, "We would all be in big trouble if we don't have Isaac. We believe real firmly no community can survive without its fool, its holy sacred fool. Now whether he stays a fool or not and what he becomes, who knows? The season did end with him in effect throwing himself on a grenade, which is not enough to stop it from happening but may well have changed the impact that it would have had, had he done what Mary wanted him to… at potentially great cost, but not total, or maybe… we'll see. We don't want to give anything away. But by no means have we seen the last of Isaac the Fornicator."
As for how much more story there is to tell, Simon explained, "You've got to remember, yes, it was six months of a show, but in fictional time it was [only] one month. We haven't even gotten to the event that The Crucible begins with. Now we're not going to spend years and years and years on the witch trials because ultimately the witch trials are a door to open into a completely supernatural vision of early America and of the world based on the consensus reality that the people had back then. But even within the events of the witch trials themselves, we've just barely begun. There's been no Panel of Judges yet, the new Governor Phips has not arrived. There's so much drama, politics, and magic all still to happen there that this has just been the setup for."
We saved the best for last and asked Elise to describe what it's been like playing Mercy. Talk about a character arc! She enthused, "It's a wild flippin' ride. I love it. As an actor, the ability to play so many different emotions… it's like she's a bipolar, schizophrenic girl so to have something like that and get to just work on it and play with it is a dream come true. I've always been so interested in crazy people. *laughs* It's so much fun; I just eat it up!"
Here's a look at our group as they were heading off for their first SDCC panel. Hope to see you all back next year, heathens!
— Iddo Goldberg (@IddoG) July 26, 2014
Whether you love him or hate him, you simply have to respect Kevin Smith for the direction he's currently taking with his career, where he's decided to make movies that only he can make.
One of those movies is of course the upcoming Tusk, which is the first in a trilogy that will also include his very own version of Jaws. Say what?!
The fine folks over on /Film picked up on the announcement at Comic-Con, where Smith revealed the first trailer for Tusk. On his panel, he said that the crazy film about a dude who turns a podcaster into a walrus will be the first in his 'True North Trilogy,' followed up by the previously announced Yoga Hosers and a movie called Moose Jaws.
Smith describes the latter film as being "Jaws, with a moose," and says it will feature much the same cast as Tusk. The only thing he really said about the movie is that there will be a scene in it of a killer moose eating a little girl, which is enough to pique my interest.
So awesome to see Smith stepping outside of his comedy comfort zone and delving deep into the horror genre. As someone who loved Red State, I welcome all these whacky upcoming projects with open arms!
Bummed that you weren't able to attend this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, where all sorts of tidbits were revealed about the upcoming Goosebumps? Well, have no fear because Columbia Pictures has just provided us with all the highlights in the form of two must-watch videos.
Check them out below to hear star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman talk about the film, giving us a whole lot of insight into what we can expect from it. Viewer beware; you're in for a treat!
Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.
In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children's horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it's up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.
Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.
Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Apparently, it took more than one Michael Myers to help spread the word regarding September 23rd's Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set at the San Diego Comic-Con, and once they got together... well, have a look. You certainly don't see this every day!
Halloween Box Set Release Details
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set.
This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.
Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Original 2008 Blu-ray with different color timing and special features.
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1
Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono
Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1;
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono
Is it September 23rd yet?
The San Diego Comic-Con may be technically over, but the goodies from the show are still coming! On tap right now is the full panel for "Constantine." Check it out, and look for more like immediately!
About the Show:
"CONSTANTINE" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.
Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.
UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, "The Tudors," "Torchwood") stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.
The "CONSTANTINE" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone ("The Mentalist," "Dexter") and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, "Game of Thrones") is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone with story by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. "CONSTANTINE" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
Another new trailer has made its way from the San Diego Convention Center to the Internet as the SDCC's red band look at the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is now available. Add a splash of color to your Monday by checking it out here!
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, and Christopher Meloni, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
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The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
Without a doubt, Doug Jones is one of our favorite actors. The personable, prolific performer always has some interesting projects to talk about, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss some current and future endeavors.
Jones began by describing an intriguing new movie series. Space Command: Redemption is the first installment in a proposed franchise.
"It's an original piece by writer/director Mark Zicree, who has such a pedigree in writing for film and television in the science fiction genre," Jones said, "a hugely decorated writer who has written for everything from "Star Trek: Incarnation" to "Babylon 5" and beyond. So there's elements of all that. It's got all the trappings of a science fiction show that takes place in space, but it also has a warm, heartfelt soul that's unlike anything I've read and I think that's what attracted me to it. And to be surrounded by a cavalcade of great science fiction actors from Robert Picardo from "Star Trek: Voyager" to Bill Mumy from Lost in Space and "Babylon 5" and Mira Furlan also from "Babylon 5." It's such a cool project to be involved with."
In Space Command Jones plays Dor Neven. He shed some light on the character. "I play an android and I've always wanted to play an android," Jones said. "I've played robots in a couple things before, in funny projects like Benchwarmers or when I played Nick Swardson's wacky character Gay Robot. But this is more of a human with mechanical innards. And what I loved about it was my character, Dor Neven, sort of breaks through the mechanical machinery he is and develops an opinion and attitudes and feelings and thoughts of his own, and it takes an inhibitor chip to keep him in line. And without the inhibitor chip, he can either run amok or feel feelings and be a human, depending on your perspective of him."
He elaborated on the details of the androids. "Mark did a great job of creating this fantasy world where we have androids that were created to help the work force, Jones said. "But once they start waking up to the fact that they're alive, they feel entrapped and enslaved. Mark tied in human history with other cultures that have been enslaved or felt pushed down before and put them in this fantastical place where we can work through those issues on film and get some entertainment out of it and be empowered at the end of the day, too, by the rally for the underdog."
And as we often see him, Jones is an antagonist in Space Command. "I'm sort of portrayed as the bad guy in this," Jones said. "I'm the one who's the loose cannon on deck that needs to be stopped. But by the end of it, we're finding out that maybe I don't need to be stopped; I need to be set free."
Sometimes he's absolutely covered in make-up and prosthetics, but as Dor Neven, Jones is quite visible. "Very little make-up, which was another drawing point for me," Jones said. "They did not obliterate my face. They made me a little less human, but very much Dougie showing, which always appeals. I like when I can go to the craft service table and get my own snacks."
Moving on from Space Command Jones discussed a very popular new television show that he's involved in, "The Strain". "I was originally slated to do much more with the show," Jones said. "Guillermo del Toro, my hero in this world who champions me for everything he does, wanted me to be a character in the pilot who would then carry on for the entire five-year plan of the show. But because of my prior commitment to "Falling Skies", I couldn't, schedule-wise. I was available to do the pilot, but I wasn't available to do any episodes after that…until "Falling Skies" was finished filming for the season. Then I could run to Toronto and do the season finale of "The Strain". So that's when you'll see me, in the finale of Season 1. They'll introduce me in a guest cameo, a one-scene deal. But when you see me, and my kind on film, you'll say, 'Ohhhhh! More of those to come later. Yes!"
And, of course, Jones appears weekly as Cochise on "Falling Skies". "We're right in the middle of Season 4, airing on TNT at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights. In a competing time slot with "The Strain", unfortunately, but that's why we can DVR one and watch the other," Jones said. "I continue this season, I'll make my entrance and offer up lots of heady dialogue and information, the technology the humans don't have. It's like, I walk into a scene and say 'Here's the gadget you need to get through this moment in your life. Here's how you use it. And here's what the Ashwini want from it. Okay, I'll see you later.' A season full of that for me. And my friendship with Noah Wyle's character, Tom Mason, does continue and only grows stronger throughout the season. And that's my favorite part of the show, the humanity I get to play through this alien character. What I'm learning from humans and their relationships and what a good example of true heroism and family that Tom Mason and his family represent on film."
And what's up with Hellboy 3? "Isn't that the question of the year," Jones said. "If you look on IMDb, it still looks like it's rumored and in development. I don't know who put that up there. Nobody does. They're having a standoff. When you ask Guillermo del Toro, here's what he'll tell you…he and Ron Pearlman and me and Selma (Blair), we all want to do it. There's no question that we would love to come back and finish a Hellboy trilogy for you. The standoff that Guillermo is having with the studio system is over the fact that he did the first two movies for a budget that was less than what a mega-budget like that normally would get. He made those look bigger than they had the money for but he begged, borrowed and stole to get favors and make those movies look as big as he could. He doesn't want to do it that way for a third one. It was very stressful for him. I don't blame him. Now he's saying he wants a full $150 million budget that other films of that size get and there's no studio in town who's willing to give him that for the Hellboy franchise right now. So he's holding his ground, they're holding their ground and in the meantime, we're not making a movie, unfortunately."
As the rapid-fire interview rolled on Jones gave us a little info on the upcoming movie Crimson Peak. "I was able to do this after I finished "Falling Skies" in Vancouver," Jones said. "I ran over to Toronto and we got three weeks of Crimson Peak in. You'll see me in a few scenes with key moments that will make you go 'aieeeee!'' It's a great haunted house story. With Guillermo, you're always going to get some kind of classic filmmaking with his own thumbprint on it. And he's involving a very young, hip, happening, very followed cast. Everyone from Tom Hiddleson to Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and the beautiful, gorgeous, young Mia Wasikowska. It's her storyline we follow through the whole movie and her journey to see love and belong somewhere, but she ends up in a haunted mansion in England and the haunted mansion is a very key character in the story and all that happens in and around it. What I can tell you, there's a lot of secrecy around what's haunting the house and why, so I can't expose that. But I told Guillermo while working on the film that I'm going to be doing a lot of press this summer for "Falling Skies" especially. What do I tell people when they ask me about what I did on Crimson Peak? In his typical fashion he said (in gruff del Toro voice) 'Well, tell them it's a haunted house story and what the 'f' do they think you played.'"
An avid reader of Dread Central, Jones commented on an article he recently read on our site. "Guillermo del Toro did an AMA on Reddit and part of it was on Disney's Haunted Mansion," Jones said. "This has been in the news for five years now that he's going to be writing and producing, if not directing, depending on his schedule. So they've been retooling and rewriting the script and he's been making multiple trips to Disneyland to keep going through the Haunted Mansion attraction. That's all good news. It's not a dead project, it's very much alive, but they're just hammering out script issues. So in the middle of this article…I'll just quote from him. He said, 'One thing we have done so far is create a look based on the face and body of Doug Jones for the Hatbox Ghost'…which is the character I would have leaned toward and I'm lusting over anyway. So to read that as a quote from him for the first time on Dread Central…I was very pleased when I read that." Awww, thanks, Dougie!
And one last word on del Toro…"He has another secret project in the works, something he wants to do in black and white," Jones said. "It would be a smaller film, something he plans to produce independently like he did Pan's Labyrinth. And rumor has it, based on very good authority, that I might be involved in this. That's all I can say about that. It's uber, uber secret on all sides."
It's always a cool thing to see the actors behind our favorite video game characters. More often than not, they're an integral part of why they resonate with us, and I like seeing them get the recognition they deserve.
So I was happy to come across this video that finds Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie) reminiscing about the making of The Last of Us.
It's a really great conversation between two actors who are among the most crucial elements of the game's success. The ten minute clip covers a lot of ground, from their experiences with MoCap, to their developed bond and, a deleted musical number (well, sort of).
Check it out below, and get ready to enjoy The Last of Us all over again on PS4 when it streets tomorrow.