Starring Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna
Directed by Joseph Green
Distributed by Scream Factory
There’s a little ironic humor to be found in some of the old ‘50s sci-fi B-movies. Many of the ideas presented as crazy, mad science in those classic pictures are now reality, or at least close to it. Take, for example, the idea of transplants. Swapping limbs seemed a bit farfetched; yet, science was already giving it the old college try (it would be almost forty years before a hand was successfully transplanted). However, swapping heads? That was the stuff of future hope.
Now, here we are in 2016, and scientists have announced plans to perform the first human head transplant next December. The whole point of these old mad scientist films was to shock audiences with grotesque medical anomalies… but more often than not – especially by today’s standards – they’re just shockingly hilarious. This would explain why so many pop up on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (1988-1999), which this film does – and Scream Factory has included that episode among the bonus features.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962, also known as The Black Door during production and sometimes released as The Head That Wouldn’t Die) is the stuff of cheesy sci-fi legend. Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) pushes the boundaries of medical science beyond what his father (Bruce Brighton), also a surgeon, deems acceptable. Bill has no less ambition than to transplant human body parts from one host to another. He gets the opportunity to put his theories to the test after a horrific car crash leaves him barely scratched while his girlfriend, Jan (Virginia Leith), is decapitated, her headless body twitching in the car’s fiery wreckage. Bill absconds with the head to his countryside laboratory, where his assistant, Kurt (Leslie Daniels), is waiting. Kurt isn’t just an assistant, though – he’s also a patient, as evidenced by his malformed, gnarled little nub of a hand, the result of Bill’s early transplant attempt gone wrong. Another one of Bill’s failures resides in the closet: a mutant, too powerful and hideous to be let out of its locked cell.
Bill gets Jan’s severed head hooked up to some tubes and liquids and then he… leaves. For the rest of the movie. Bill’s plan is to find a body for Jan, so as soon as he sees signs of life in her floating head – forget about, you know, talking to her to make sure everything is still working up there – he hits the road. For the rest of the film, Bill spends his time frequenting burlesque clubs and beauty contests searching for a butterface who can part with her better parts below. All the while Jan has completely revived and is absolutely seething at her current situation. Being just a head can’t be much fun. She’s got the brains, and whatever is in the closet has the bulk, so Jan begins to communicate with the hideous closet creature in hopes of hatching a plan that can get them both free.
This movie is absolutely ridiculous through and through. It’s almost as though the filmmakers produced it for the sole purpose of providing comedic fodder. After rescuing and resuscitating Jan’s bodiless head Bill takes off to get her a smoking hot body. Jan, meanwhile, wakes up and almost immediately decides Bill is a scoundrel and she needs to get revenge on him. There is no sense of amazement upon learning she’s miraculously alive following that wreck (as only a head no less!), nor does she try to rationalize any of the decisions Bill has made. It’s just sort of like “Well, shit, here I am nothing more than a head and he’s out gallivanting around town. Better strategize with the mute hulking brute in the closet so we can both get revenge!”
Speaking of which, some things are best left unseen… like the thing kept in the dark for most of this picture. My mind conjured up a thousand different iterations of what this speechless humanoid must look like – and exactly none of my fantasies were visualized once he made a grand entrance. Imagine Beldar Conehead dropped face first into a wood chipper and you can approximate what the make-up effects artists produced. Yowza.
So there’s a whole lot of awful in this movie – so what? Does anyone watch these old ‘50s sci-fi films for their nuanced plotting and cutting edge special effects? God no. These movies are a blast because they harken back to a simpler time. Viewers are usually steeped in old Americana charm and classic Us vs. Them scenarios. It’s akin to enjoying an old-school Saturday matinee on your couch which, to me, is a perfectly fine recommendation.
Presented for the first time in HD, the film’s black-and-white 1.66:1 1080p picture is a nice upgrade over previous DVD editions. Synapse’s release, for example, was windowboxed whereas this edition provides a better approximation of the OAR. The print used here is extremely clean, with only sporadic instances of white flecks popping up. Film grain resolves organically and is very fine. Contrast is very strong, too. Who knew such a notorious turkey could look so good?
An English DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono track capably carries the film’s sound. There’s a subtle hiss present in some scenes, with a few little pops and crackles along the way. Dialogue is balanced well, though, and the score is nicely reproduced. There is an echo heard occasionally, probably due to low-rent sound capture on stage, but otherwise this is a perfectly fine track. Subtitles are included in English.
The audio commentary with film historian & author Steve Haberman and Tony Sasso, who wrote a book on the making of this film, is more interesting than I had expected. For one thing, Haberman views the film with tongue planted firmly in cheek, while Sasso has such a clear reverence for the material you’d think he was watching a bonafide classic. The exchanges between the two are often funny, and both sides do well in providing useful information.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” – If this show is your kind of humor, you’ll love this extra. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of this sort of comedy (talking heads riffing on movies), so this didn’t do much for me.
“Alternate Model Footage” – This little tidbit features some additional nudity shot for the European market. It features no audio… not that most will notice.
A photo gallery and the film’s theatrical trailer complete the extra features.
- NEW High Definition (1080p) transfer from the negative – restored to its uncut version (1.66:1)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode – THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (in Standard Definition)
- NEW Audio Commentary with film historian and author Steve Haberman and writer Tony Sasso
- Alternate Scene from the International Cut
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
I had some strange parents, if I were to think back on my childhood. I’m my dad’s third kid and his second son, so I was treated almost like an experiment. I’m pretty sure my dad looked at me when I was born and thought, “I can fuck around with this one. I have two good other ones.”
As a result, I was able to watch a ton of R-rated movies before I was in the first grade, I was taken to gun and knife shows on the hunt for antique blades, and the like. But one thing both my parents agreed upon was that I couldn’t play violent video games. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Apparently it was okay to watch Predator but not play Freedom Force on the NES. Strange, strange parents…
One of the big games that I loved watching my friends play whenever I went over to their place was Doom. Obviously there were others, like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc… that really drew me in but it was Doom that captured my imagination. After all, it was essentially the video game version of those 80’s action movies that my dad and I loved watching together. A badass killing machine is tasked with saving the world against seemingly unstoppable villains? Fuck yeah!
That’s why I’m so pumped and excited about this mod that takes Doom and reskins it to make it look and feel just like an Aliens game! It really looks like a game that ID Software would’ve created had they received the Aliens license and it’s making me wish I had a PC so that I could play it!
Something that I think is super cool about this mod is the acid blood mechanic. After you blast apart a xenomorph, there are puddles of acid blood that hurt your character if you step on them. So you have to wait a bit before progressing, which throttles back the frantic frenzy of the game into something a bit more paced, a bit more suspenseful. Because who knows what waiting could bring around the corner?
To follow the status of the mod, simply favorite this page right here.
In celebration of its recent riot of a screening at Madrid’s CortomaÑia short film festival, comes the first teaser for Sergio Morcillo’s (Metamorphose) latest short film, You’re Gonna Die Tonight.
Presented by Miguel Ángel Vivas, director of the recent snow-set zombie chiller Extinction (review), which starred Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan, You’re Gonna Die Tonight is penned by Álvaro Fuentes, inspired by an original concept from the clearly tormented-but-talented minds of Morcillo and Ismael de las Heras. The short promises a fresh spin on slasher tropes whilst injecting a ‘70s giallo vibe, oozing with eroticism.
If that’s not enticing enough for you, then the biggest selling point, for me at least, is the effects team involved, Inside FX, previously responsible for that rather epic little zombie franchise most of you will likely have heard of… [REC].
Boasting an almighty ensemble cast of household names in Spain, including Mónica Aragón, Antonio Zancada, and Rafa Casette, and produced under the Terror Club and Fonofox banners, this first sneak peek has me convinced this one will be frequenting a plethora of festivals this year…
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It’s been so long that I completely forgot about Among the Living (review), the foreign slasher from Inside and Livide directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.
The duo even went off and filmed a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel that’s currently in post-production.
While we wait for that, and their French nightmare Livide, UK audiences finally get to see Among the Living on March 7, 2016 thanks to Metrodome. Sorry, no U.S. date has been set.
Along the Living is like a mix of Stand By Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and It.
“Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another… They are going to meet Klarence…”
Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle (Inside) all star.
It has its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival
This weekend sees the release of 13 Hours, and though you may not be interested in the film, you will be interested to know that the trailer for the Bad Robot-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane is attached to Michael Bay’s latest. But what the hell is 10 Cloverfield Lane? We’ve got all the details!
A couple years back we reported on a movie titled Valencia, which was to be produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Dan Trachtenberg. As it turns out, that movie’s actual (top secret) title was 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the bigger secret was that the film is connected to the 2008 monster movie.
As Abrams told Collider, it takes place in the same universe as Cloverfield.
“The idea came up a long time ago during production,” said Abrams. “We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
Whoa. How cool is that? Check out the trailer and poster art below!
10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr.
Look for it in theaters on March 11, 2016.
Written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle, the film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.
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After being unavailable for over 30 years, the horror comic series Monster, written by none other than the comic book industry’s signature genius/nutcase Alan Moore, the creator of John Constantine, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, etc., with Judge Dredd and A History of Violence creator John Wagner handling later issues, will finally be reprinted as a paperback collected edition this July. Head over to The Guardian for the full story.
The original comic strip was part of the weekly SCREAM! horror anthology in the ’80s but has been incredibly hard to find since then. It follows a deformed psychopath who escapes from his attic prison and goes on a murderous rampage. The black & white and somewhat crowded visuals may seem unappealing to today’s comic audience, but as it comes from two of the most popular creators of all time, I expect it to have a huge fanbase.
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I was up late last night as news broke of a teaser trailer playing in front of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours that may or may not be a sequel to Cloverfield.
It was eventually confirmed that J.J. Abrams had in fact produced a film in secret, now titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, and had it slated for release through Paramount Pictures on March 11, 2016.
Dan Trachtenberg directs this mystery film with Red State‘s John Goodman, The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. starring.
The trailer leaked, now presented in HD below, and revealed a plot very different from Cloverfield. In it, the trio mentioned above are trapped in a bomb shelter. As the trailer darkens, the audience is led to believe that Goodman’s character may be bad, especially when Winstead’s character escapes. The button, though, sets up the mystery. What does she and what is Goodman referring to?
So, here we are with cool content but more questions than answers. Is this a sequel to Cloverfield? Probably not. Is it a spinoff? More likely, especially since Abrams called it a “blood relative” to the 2008 film.
Is there a monster? Are there monsters? What the hell movie is this? Paramount sent us the official teaser one-sheet that really pushes on the bomb shelter plot, but also gives a huge nod to the Godzilla-sized creature from the first film: “Monsters come in many forms.”
Now, is Goodman this film’s “monster,” or is this eluding to something else? Something I did notice in the below teaser is that Goodman’s character has a bandage on his head while they were all acting normal – and at the end we see why he has it. So, maybe Goodman isn’t the movie’s antagonist and he’s just a red herring?
Nobody knows right now except for a select few. But the mystery and anticipation is already making this more fun than anything else in recent memory.
Incredibly tragic and heartbreaking news as it’s being reported that Tera Wray Static, the widow of Wayne Static, has been found dead last night of an apparent suicide, according to Blabbermouth. She was 33.
Static was married to Wayne Static, the enigmatic frontman of metal band Static-X, who passed away in early November of 2014 from a mixture of strong prescription drugs and alcohol.
No further details regarding her passing have been released but this is an incredibly sad story to write.
As many of you know, I’ve battled my own demons in the past when it came to suicide. I know what absolute bottom feels like and to know that Tera felt that she was at that place just breaks my heart.
I beg of anyone who feels like they’re alone and there’s nothing left to live for to reconsider. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are not in the United States, please utilize whatever resource you have available to you. A company we admire is Hope For a Day. Please check out the resources they offer.
Tera, I hate that you chose this path but I truly hope you rest in peace.
Updated with confirmation and a bootleg of the official teaser trailer!
Back in 2007 Paramount begun teasing an untitled horror film from J.J. Abrams that ended up being the found-footage Cloverfield, a lower budgeted genre film inspired by Godzilla.
It was a monster success, mostly because of the film’s incredible and memorable grass roots campaign.
There have been rumors for years of a sequel to the film that launched director Matt Reeves, writer Drew Goddard and actress Odette Annable-Yustman’s careers.
Monstrous news via Collider who is reporting that not only is a sequel/spinoff on the way, but it’s done, with a teaser trailer connected to Michael Bay’s 13 Hours.
A reader writes in to the site claiming the title is none other than 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Update: Paramount Pictures shared with the site this exclusive statement from J.J. Abrams himself confirming the news!
“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
Abrams’ addition that it’s a “blood relative” seems to suggest that the movie isn’t a direct sequel to Cloverfield but instead takes place within the same universe. It should also be known this one is not found-footage.
It was originally announced that Dan Trachtenberg — who helmed the short film “Portal: No Escape” — would be directing a post-apocalyptic thriller called Valencia (also referred to as The Cellar) for Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge, produced by J.J. Abrams.
10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. and, per their reader has a “very creepy trailer that starts out fun but then gets really dark.”
Here’s more on the plot: Collider previously spoke with Winstead when she was promoting her indie Faults, and she told them the film revolves around a woman who wakes up in a cellar where she’s being kept by a stranger, played by Goodman. The actress previously elaborated a bit on the plot by saying the following:
“He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarity to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”
It gets even better!
10 Cloverfield Lane is set to hit theaters on March 11th!
Cloverfield followed a group of friends who venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
It was most of the most anticipated genre films in years, and was shrouded in all sorts of mystery. Fans, to this very day, still theorize the origin of the monster (was it awakened deep in the sea by a crashing satellite?).
Who knew, another update!
Here’s the official teaser trailer that just appeared online. I love it. As a teaser, it sets everything up perfectly. It’s a three-act trailer with the audience introduced to a “family” in a bomb shelter, and led to believe the man (Goodman) is keeping them locked in. When the girl (Winstead) escapes, it soon becomes clear that he truly was protecting them. But from what? What’s the next phase of Cloverfield‘s monster? Is this even in the same universe or is this the beginning of a new Sci-fi anthology series? So many questions!
It’s so refreshing to be this excited about an upcoming movie again – and only have to wait two months!
Only yesterday we bought you news that none other than Robert Kirkman is helping the game Oxenfree to be adapted into other mediums, and with the game being available tomorrow (head over to Steam to buy your copy), we have even more exciting news to share with you: The game’s also getting a very cool collector’s edition.
Stay tuned next week for our full review and also an interview with the developers.
From the Press Release:
Night School Studio, the developers behind OXENFREE, have revealed a new partnership with iam8bit to produce the official Collector’s Edition. This news is on the heels of the studio’s recent co-branding franchise agreement with Skybound Entertainment.
The Collector’s Edition will be on sale tomorrow, January 15, at 9am PT, the same day OXENFREE is making its debut on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam (PC and Mac). The Collector’s Edition ($55) will ship worldwide. Players can also purchase the game only for $19.99.
Those that purchase the Collector’s Edition will immediately receive a download code for the game on the platform of their choice, as well as a download code for demo songs from OXENFREE’S supporting character Ren’s band. The physical Collector’s Edition will ship at the end of February.
The OXENFREE Collector’s Edition includes:
- A GAME DOWNLOAD CODE for OXENFREE. Select either PC/Mac (via Steam) or Xbox
- An OXENFREE COOLER to keep your beverage(s) of choice nice and cold, large enough to store a six-pack
- A STASH CAN to discretely store your unmentionables, made from an actual, off-the-shelf can (beer for 21+ and soda for customers under 21 years of age)
- A CAN INSULATOR referencing locals’ favorite hole-in-the-wall from the game, Seafood Sammy’s Happy Shanty
- A roundtrip FERRY TICKET to Edwards Island
- REDHEADED BEDWETTERS DEMO TAPE – an EP of tracks from Ren’s band, the Redheaded Bedwetters. Listen closely, because you might hear something important.
- A DOWNLOAD CODE for the REDHEADED BEDWETTERS DEMO SONGS featured on the cassette. They may have had a little help from OXENFREE composer, SCNTFC.
- A foldout TOURIST MAP from Edwards Island. The flipside of the map features a poster image of the OXENFREE key art.
The game was praised as “the first must play game of 2016” by Los Angeles Times and IGN hails it as “the emotional adventure game you need to know about.” OXENFREE was also nominated last week as a finalist in Excellence in Visual Art for the 2016 Independent Game Festival and received honorable mentions in the categories of Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Audio, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.
To pre-order the game’s Collector’s Edition, visit iam8bit.com/store. To learn more about Night School Studio, please check out the official website at http://nightschoolstudio.com/oxenfree/ and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
It was only a few days ago that we brought you news of some of the incredible rewards on offer for contributing to the Indiegogo campaign for the 11th Puppet Master film, and now, with the campaign nearing its end, they’ve gone ahead and added one of the best perks ever: a chance to be killed in the film.
That’s right; for a mere $2,000 you can be one of six people who gets to die in Puppet Master: Axis Termination. Full details below:
New perk: Get killed by Blade!
Visit the set and be in the new film Puppet Master: Axis Termination. Get onscreen + IMDb Credit. You’ll be on set for 1 day and be featured in a cameo (approximately 10 to 30 seconds onscreen).
Contribution Tier: $2,000
Only 6 available
You’ll also join the cast and crew for meals. This perk does NOT include airfare travel. We will include 1 night of accommodations at a hotel. Also includes: a copy of the script + 2 tickets to the private premiere screening with the cast and crew.
Also available… Supporting Actor Role, which includes: a copy of the script + posters + official signed Full Moon t-shirt + stickers + 2 tickets to the private premiere screening with the cast and crew.
◆ Onscreen Stunt Puppets from the Film (Blade and more!)
◆ Your Photo in the Film
◆ A Cameo Acting Role
◆ Plus a dozen other perks offered, like the amazing Puppet Master Mystery Box!
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More casting news is here for The Deep End as Deadline is reporting that Nora-Jane Noone, whose most recent credit is Fox Searchlight’s now Best Picture Oscar-nominated film Brookyln, has joined the cast of the indie thriller.
The Ireland-born actress will star opposite “The Royals'” Alexandra Park as sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool.
Matt Eskandari, who helmed IFC Midnight’s Victim and the Bai Ling-starrer Game of Assassins, is directing a script he co-wrote with Michael Hultquis. Citizen Skull Productions’ Mark Myers (Manson Family Vacation, Experimenter) is overseeing production with executive producers Fernando Szew, Sharon Bordas, and Hannah Pillemer.
More as it comes.
I shouldn’t be writing about Kevin Smith anymore. I really shouldn’t. It’s hard for me to share new content with you without bashing the living hell out of him.
I was a huge, no, massive fan back in the day. I still watch Mallrats religiously, and think Chasing Amy, while unintentionally misogynistic, is great stuff. I’m all about the old stuff.
But, man, I really think that Kevin Smith sucks now.
Cop Out was unwatchable, Red State lacked intensity and was dull, and Tusk was mean-spirited dribble.
Now, while we wait for Smith’s story in Holidays, he’s heading to Park City, Utah to premiere Yoga Hosers, a spinoff to Tusk, to critics, fans and buyers.
What can they expect? How about a box filled with “bratzi,” you know, Smith dressed up as a foot tall Canadian Nazi made of sentient Bratwurst. Not kidding. Take a look.
We also get to see a film starring his and his BFF Johnny Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. Yay.
The two star as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store. They join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives.
The pic also stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Harley Morenstein, Stan Lee, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, Jason Mewes, and Johnny Depp.
Look. I love horror movies. I love movies. I do not want to be disappointed. I’m crossing my fingers that something connects here and Yoga Hosers changes my opinion of Smith. Let’s talk after we’ve all seen it. Cool?
Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn) has joined Alexandra Park in the indie thriller The Deep End from writer-director Matt Eskandari.
The duo star as two sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool, which sounds like anyone’s worse nightmare.
Eskandari and Michael Hultquis co-wrote the pic that shoots in Los Angeles beginning this month.
First of all, I sincerely apologize for how late this review is. I thought iZombie returned next week and didn’t realize it had already aired until Wednesday night. My bad! I’ll be more on top of that in the future. Anyway, let’s get to iZombie’s latest episode “Method Head,” which was a fun, if inconsequential return for Rob Thomas’ zombie series. It featured enough meta humor to fill an entire Scream film but lacked a bit in terms of actual stakes.
Picking up the day following Liv and Major’s breakup, Ravi breaks the news to them about the zombie cure being only temporary and then we are taken on a short time jump that was a little jarring, especially considering how it diminished the impact of the events that ended “Cape Town.” It does provide a nice way for iZombie to not have to drag Liv and Major’s break-up (and Liv and Clive’s break-up) out for multiple episodes, but it makes the dramatic plot turns from “Cape Town” seem unimportant by the end of “Method Head.” Liv and Major are on speaking terms and Clive and Liv are back to working together. We just skipped all the fallout. Also, that whole Santa Claus murder bit could have been removed entirely and the episode would have been all the better for it.
The bulk of the episode was spent on the set of “Zombie High,” a show that Liv watches religiously but for some reason hasn’t mentioned until now (but how funny was it to see Clive make fun of it?). This setup was prime for a ton of meta humor, and “Method Head” didn’t disappoint. There were plenty of zombie jokes as the show (iZombie, not “Zombie High”) poked fun at itself and also allowed Live to eat the brain of an actor. I admit that the show didn’t go quite as far with the brain as I would have liked it to, but otherwise all of the meta humor worked pretty well. The mystery itself, in which a cocky actor was shot with a real gun during filming was not quite up to par with some of iZombie‘s best mysteries, but it was serviceable.
In other news, Blaine is without his zombie hooker that Major froze back in “Cape Town,” and he gets paid a visit from Bozzio! Watching Blaine freak out about the cooler with the brain in it was highly entertaining and it was quite refreshing to see Blaine actually worried about something. Blaine may be a great villain, but he is definitely the epitome of a “comic book villain” in that he always comes out on top. Seeing a moment of weakness for the character was a nice turn of events. It doesn’t look like things are going to get any easier for Blaine, since Clive and Dale realized that he is also their suspect in the Meat Cute Massacre from the Season 1 Finale.
Major didn’t spend much time with Liv this week, but he did get to bond with Vaughn du Clark for the majority of the episode. Special mention must be made of Steven Weber. How great is he in that role? He’s clearly relishing every second of it and it shows in his performance. It was fairly obvious that Major was being tested for his loyalty when the good doctor came to him pretending to be a whistleblower, but it did lead to a great moment of suspense when du Clark let the zombies loose with the doctor inside the feeding room.
“Method Head” is a lot of fun to watch, but it seems to be more of a filler episode to bridge the two halves of the season (it is the middle episode in a 19-episode season), so it did feel a little slight. That being said, it’s hard to resist an episode that calls itself out on its ridiculous premise.
- Chapter Titles of the Week: Dead Rodent’s Society; Homicide for the Holidays; Cast Times at Zombie High; A Royal Fan; Trailer Trash; Major Downer; The Brains Behind the F.B.I.;
- Brain Recipe of the Week: Used as a topper on a frozen dinner! I ate many of these during and right after college so this actually looked appetizing to me.
- Nice cut from Blaine pondering about a zombie outbreak to a scene from Zombie High.
- On that note, how funny was the repeated use of the word “prickerbush.” I’ve never heard it called that before.
- Babineaux and Bozzio are having sex. That’s cool.
- Liv trying to not act excited when they were interrogating Wyatt the shooter was hilarious.
- “Well, there it is! Some of the most famous junk in America.” -Liv on Jordan’s penis.
- “He’s blinded you with man-jewelry and the promise of a rock-hard ass!” “Well *slaps butt*, promise delivered!”
- “Don’t know if he has the range for Blue.” -Liv, when hearing that Wyatt was auditioning for the role of the Blue Ranger in the new Power Rangers movie. Also a nice nod to Rose McIver’s days as a Power Ranger (she was the Yellow Ranger).
- Gilda calls full-on zombies “Romeros.” I love it!
- I’m not the only one who thought that sketch of Blaine was super creepy right?
- iZombie is taking the next two weeks off so I’ll see you all on February 2nd (and I’ll be on time next time).
Yet another new promo teaser has arrived for Fox’s upcoming six-episode “The X-Files” event series, and in this one executive producer Chris Carter offers insight into the key themes and character arcs of the new season. Dig in!
“The X-Files” returns to Fox with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology.
“The X-Files” Episode 10.01 – “My Struggle” (airs 1/24/16; 10-11PM ET/7-8PM PT)
THE X-FILES HAVE BEEN RE-OPENED ON PART ONE OF THE TWO-NIGHT SEASON PREMIERE – Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of the thrilling series “THE X-FILES” is here. FOX MULDER (David Duchovny) and DANA SCULLY (Gillian Anderson) have been approached by TAD O’MALLEY (guest star Joel McHale), a popular conspiracy theorist web-TV show host, who believes he has uncovered a significant government conspiracy. With the assistance of FBI Asst. Dir. WALTER SKINNER (Mitch Pileggi), O’Malley seeks to enlist the help of former X-Files agents Mulder and Scully, who have since severed ties with the FBI. Through O’Malley, they are introduced to SVETA (guest star Annett Mahendru), a possible alien abductee who shares shocking information with them that will challenge everything that Mulder has ever believed about the existence of aliens and the government’s role in covering them up.
“The X-Files” Episode 10.02 – “Founder’s Mutation” (airs 1/25/16; 8-9PM ET/PT)
MULDER AND SCULLY INVESTIGATE A DOCTOR WITH UNSCRUPULOUS PRACTICES ON PART TWO OF THE TWO-NIGHT SEASON PREMIERE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JAMES WONG – When a scientist suddenly commits suicide, Mulder and Scully investigate what unseen force may have driven him to it. What they uncover is a laboratory where extreme genetic experimentation has been going on for decades, breeding subjects who possess unexpected and dangerous powers – and who harbor deep resentments.
Another absolutely beautiful one-sheet is here for Luciano and Nicolás Onetti’s upcoming thriller Francesca. Read on for the goods, and look for more on this one soon!
Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Gustavo Dalessanro, Raul Gederlini, and Silvina Grippaldi star.
Before you gawk at the colorful artwork down below, and it truly is gawk-worthy, let’s bring you up-to-speed on the film’s plot:
It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet, and dramatist Vittorio Visconti; and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls.” Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not the same girl whom everyone knew…
IFC Midnight has just taken the leash off of a new trailer for its latest terror tale, The Pack. Wanna check it out? Okay… aaaaannnnnddddd… FETCH!
Look for Nick Robertson’s feature debut, The Pack, a Kojo Pictures and Prodigy Movies production, in theaters and on VOD February 5th.
Robertson’s film, with a screenplay by Evan Randall Green, stars Anna-Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, and Kieran Thomas. The Pack was produced by Michael Robertson and Kent Smith and executive produced by Dale Roberts and Elliott D. Yancey.
A farmer and his family must fight for their lives after a ferocious pack of feral wild dogs lays siege to their isolated farm.. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters, they are forced into survival mode to defend themselves from the ravenous beasts and make it through the night.
“American Idol’s” Adam Lambert has been cast in Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy played by the great Meat Loaf in the original film (see below).
Lambert joins cast members Laverne Cox, who will play Dr. Frank-N-Further, the sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad scientist; Victoria Justice as Janet; Ryan McCartan as Brad; Reeve Carney as Riff Raff; and Staz Nair in the title role.
“Rocky Horror” follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan) who stumble upon Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. With the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta (yet to be cast), Frank-N-Furter, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
The two-hour “Rocky Horror” special airs this fall on Fox. Variety reports.
Ridley Scott has dropped all the bullshit and is embracing the animalistic nature of his Alien franchise.
Even though Prometheus, the prequel to his 1979 horror classic Alien, was targeting towards a more mainstream audience, it still ending up receiving an R-rating by the MPAA.
I think that maybe the fact he couldn’t pull off a PG-13, coupled with the dropping of Prometheus from the title, has lit that horror fire under his ass.
No longer will the Prometheus sequel be separate from Alien. Currently titled Alien: Covenant, Scott is returning to his roots in a big way with the sequel/prequel, and has plans on upping his own ante.
Screen Slam posted a full backstage video interview with Scott at the Golden Globes, where his The Martian won “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.”
One of the reporters pointed out that fans of the horror genre are still looking for films like Alien to which Scott responded, “That’s why I’m doing it. I’m going to do pretty hard ‘R.’ Pretty tough.”
But the shocker is the reveal that he is planning something “much worse” than the famous chest-burst scene. He almost topped it with the c-section sequence in Prometheus. What could he have up his sleeve this time?!
Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.
Katherine Waterston recently landed the lead role. She will reunite with her Jobs co-star Michael Fassbender, while Scott has previously confirmed that Noomi Rapace will also return.
Shooting begins pretty soon in Australia with FOX setting it for release on October 6, 2017.
[H/T] AvP Galaxy