There is something for everyone on this year’s IDW San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list, especially the horror crowd. Read on to see the must-haves IDW is bringing to the big show.
A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s webstore (if a title is clickable, then you can pre-order it). Fans who pre-order will be able to pick up their items from IDW's booth, #2643. All exclusives will be available during show hours.
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Artist’s Edition Variant HC
Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years, and Hellboy, his iconic creation, struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut. Featuring a variant cover from Mignola himself, only available at SDCC! $125, limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen: Artifact Edition Variant HC
Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it and revitalized the entire art form that followed. Featuring a variant cover from Dave Gibbons, who’ll be signing all 5 days of the Con at the IDW booth! $100, limited to 225 copies, 2 per person
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 B&W Variant
Relive the acclaimed series’ frightful beginning in black & white for the first time! Gabriel Rodriguez’s original line work is on full display in this very special convention exclusive! $10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person
Locke & Key: The Covers of Gabriel Rodriguez Variant HC
This convention exclusive displays an original blue-line pencils and inks cover by Gabriel Rodriguez for the show debut of this Locke & Key covers collection! $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland Variant HC
This special convention variant features a bloody exclusive cover by Locke & Key co-creator and artist Gabriel Rodriguez for Joe Hill's original new comic miniseries hardcover collection. $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Monster Motors Variant Edition
Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening provides a convention exclusive cover celebrating the madness that is Comic-Con for Brian Lynch’s newest IDW project! $10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Winterworld #1 Variant
All-new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career. Convention exclusive cover featuring Wynn, by Will Rosado! $5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Locke & Key: Alpha Key
The highly sought after keys made by Skeleton Crew Studios, modeled after Gabriel Rodriguez's designs in Locke & Key, return to the IDW Booth at San Diego Comic-Con with the specially plated edition of the Alpha Key. $25, Limited to 100 pieces, 1 per person
You can see everything IDW has on tap for SDCC 2014 in the below slideshow.
Excited for Kevin's Smith's Tusk, heading our way this fall from A24 Films? If you'll be at San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks, you'll be able to watch the trailer debut, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the film's official poster.
In a posting on his Silent Bob Speaks blog today, Smith calls Tusk "the best film I’ve ever made (or at the very least, the most interesting)," adding, "Thank you all for saying #WalrusYes on Twitter last year. Can’t wait to show you the movie."
Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks. In the horror film Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
With SDCC 2014 bearing down on us, Todd McFarlane took some time out from preparing for the big event to answer our geekiest questions and give a teaser of a new line we'll be seeing on the show floor.
McFarlane Toys will always be known for bringing horror back to the world of action figures with its now legendary Movie Maniacs line and has further cemented its place in toy history with an excellent run of "The Walking Dead" action figures.
We started out with a question that's been eating away at us for a good long time. When you establish a line of incredibly popular 7-inch horror figures, why switch over to a 5-inch world of zombies? Todd explained that not everything is always an artistic choice. Sometimes things simply come down to what a retailer asks for... be that price, style, or, in this case, scale. Retailers expressed that all the other companies were reducing the size of their figures and that they'd like McFarlane to follow suit. “When the people who are buying tell you what they want to buy, you usually accommodate them or risk becoming a dinosaur. You won't survive very long,” Todd explained.
We'd been given a sneak preview of McFarlane's new "The Walking Dead" Construction line previous to this interview; think one part LEGO-like brick building and one part snap-kit innovation. The result is a build-it-yourself environment any minifigure would be terrified to enter.
We asked Todd how this line came to be, and his answer was very simple. “I walked down the toy aisles 20 years ago and wondered why the figures couldn't look better. Cooler. So I started my own company because the answer was figures COULD look better and cooler. Now that question is being applied to the brick aisles. 'Why does the final version of these builds have to look clunky?' I guess maybe it appeals to 6-year-olds or moms, but if you're trying to sell something to a 25-year-old and you make it look not realistic - when you CAN, but you choose not to - it seems like you're shortchanging the consumer. I looked at that aisle and said, 'I am going to make it as realistic and detailed as possible and carve out my own little niche there.'”
We asked how McFarlane will reach a collector fanbase that's been tempted by the lure of LEGO mini-figures for years now, and his answer, bluntly, was, “I'm not!” He went on to explain that he's after the 28 million fans who watch "The Walking Dead" every week (when it is on the air), which is a way higher number than the “collector” base everyone is always talking about. “My job is to go to those 28 million people and say, 'What is it that you like?' and then make the product look just like what they see on TV. Why the other companies do what they do... you can take that up with them, but I'm going to add realism to an aisle that has very little of it.”
And now...DETAILS!! Series One will have single-pack, blind-bagged (approximately 2-inch) figures with articulation, a five-pack of figures with both humans and zombies (low difficulty of build for all figures), Daryl Dixon on his chopper (around 150-160 pieces) riding down the highway with a zombie in the grass beyond the guard rail, The Governor's Room (just under 300 pieces) where he sits and watches the fish tanks with those floating, decapitated heads (the fish tanks light up!) and a cage door with little Penny lurking behind it, and finally, the deluxe box will contain one of the prison towers as well as around 18 inches to 2 feet of “gnarly,” dirtied-up fencing with customizable grass and Glenn with a dead zombie lying on the ground. If you snap up those blind-bagged figures and five-pack, you should be able to reenact one of those pivotal prison conflicts that have kept us on the edge of our seats.
Knowing McFarlane's business model fairly well, we had to ask if they were thinking of expanding this new construction model to their other licences. Todd answered with a resounding "YES! What I think is missing in that industry that appeals to adults, hopefully I can touch on it and then go after more licenses that make sense.”
We couldn't let a Todd McFarlane interview go by without asking about the return of Spawn to the big screen and, inevitably, the toy pegs. Todd has answered this question many times, and in this case his response was pretty much in the tone of “nothing new to report.” He thinks the right time for Spawn to return to the action figure aisles is when there is a significant vehicle for him to ride in on... and that means a full-blown film rocketing to theaters across the globe. “There's a handful of people that are waiting for me to finish my script, and once we do that, I think very quickly, once it gets polished up, we'll be rolling film on it. I'm looking for a replacement writer on the Spawn comic that will free me up. I keep threatening every year to finish that damn script, but I keep getting distracted with things like the comic book and new toy lines so I have a tendency to fill up my idle time not with the movie script but with coming up with other creative endeavors.”
In closing, Todd remarked he wished the photos they are taking could convey the cool factor of these Walking Dead Construction builds, but SDCC will be the first opportunity for fans to see them in all their glory, first-hand, and that will be the highlight of the show for him.
The Building Sets: MSRP $9.99-64.99 – Daryl Dixon with Chopper, The Governor’s Room, and Prison Tower with Gate. Expand your brick building apocalypse with additional figure and accessory packs.
Blind Bag Figures: MSRP $2.99 – Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker, and Herd Walkers.
McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead building sets and figures will be available this fall only at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com.
Lee Hardcastle is a whiz with Claymation. So much so that he won The ABC's of Death contest with his short T Is for Toilet, which was included in the film. Now Hardcastle has released a horror short entitled Fun with Black Bulbs. Check it out.
The entire short is one minute and 30 seconds long. How much tension can you build in one minute and 30 seconds? Hardcastle manages to do a pretty fantastic job of making your toes curl in a minute and a half. It's an impressive short that you're sure to dig.
About Fun with Black Bulbs, Hardcastle says, "[It's] a simple trick you can do yourself but one you might regret because it can be pretty creepy what you find around the home. Try it; you'll be surprised."
And be sure to try this short. It's a minute and a half, Dreadies. So worth your time!
While we're still waiting for the trailer, which we're told is going to be hitting the Net shortly, we managed to get our hands on the first clip from upcoming film L.A. Slasher today, featuring pro wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista and all-around badass Danny Trejo.
Check out the clip below, courtesy of Comic Book Movie, and keep your eyes peeled for more real soon!
Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen's horror/satire feature L.A. Slasher. Glenn Reynolds' Circus Road is handling domestic sales.
The film stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys), L.A. Slasher is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.
While we wait for the second season of Fox's fun show "Sleepy Hollow" to premiere on September 22nd, the complete first season has just been dated for DVD and Blu-ray release, and it's coming our way jam-packed with bonus features. Read on for all the details!
From the Press Release
Created by the writers of Star Trek (2009) and Transformers (2007) comes this suspenseful and witty series inspired by Washington Irving’s supernatural classic.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone – as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie), Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed dark forces – or face the impending apocalypse.
Own “Sleepy Hollow” Season One, and bring home a musketful of special features including commentaries, deleted scenes, and more!
Blu-ray and DVD Special Features
When Sony released a slew of Heisei and Millennium series Godzilla movies as double feature Blu-rays this May, there were several noticeably absent titles. Those three films and a trio of modern Mothra flicks are finally due on Blu.
SciFi Japan reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing two more entries in its Toho Godzilla Collection this September and, as an added bonus (for the dozen or so people that enjoy them, kaiju completists, or mere gluttons for punishment), all three installments of the late 90s Rebirth of Mothra trilogy.
The one and only true King of the Monsters roared not only back to life following Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Hollywood reboot debacle but also back to multiplexes in the US in Toho’s loopy relaunch Godzilla 2000. The Big G battles both the Japanese military, a UFO that looks suspiciously like a metallic bed pan, and a rubbersuit monstrosity named Orga that looks like a Jim Henson creation gone horribly awry.
While Godzilla 2000 will be the only title available on this disc, you can very much consider it a double feature since you will be getting two different versions of the film. Included will be the goofily dubbed American big screen release version that runs 99 minutes and the English-subtitled Japanese version that runs 107 minutes.
On the double feature front, the film widely hailed as the best Toho Godzilla movie of the modern era Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack gets paired with another popular entry, Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla for its Blu-ray bow.
The former from Shusuke Kaneko (aka the director of the highly-acclaimed 90s Gamera reboot trilogy and the live-action Death Note movies) returned Godzilla to his more malevolent roots, making him an unstoppable force of supernatural vengeance that can only be defeated by the three mystical Holy Beasts of Yamato: Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Baragon. When Ghidorah is cast as one of the good monsters, you know Godzilla’s gone super bad.
The Millennium series reboot of the MechaGodzilla rivalry also delves into the metaphysical by having this MechaGodzilla (now called “Kiryu”) being a melding of cybernetics and the skeleton of the original 1954 Godzilla disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer. There’s still some life left in those bones and that causes even bigger problems for the Japanese military. There’s also a very depressed child way too attached to a plant helping to make this perhaps the most emo of all Godzilla movies.
Sure, it would have made far more sense to pair Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla with its direct sequel, Tokyo SOS. You’ll have to take that up with the folks at Sony.
Then, because why the hell not, they’re going to release Rebirth of Mothra 1, 2, and 3 together on one Blu-ray. Prior to the 1998 Godzilla, when the genre was in a boom period and it looked like the King of the Monsters was going to be Hollywood’s for a while, Toho hatched the idea to make a series of Mothra-centric films catering to the young girl audience. The result was a trilogy of movies that don’t get mentioned very often for good reasons – none of which are good.
If I recall correctly (I’ve only seen each of these films once a long time ago), Rebirth of Mothra featured the Queen of the Monsters battling a terrible-looking variation of King Ghidorah named Death Ghidorah whose objective is to destroy all the forests in Japan, the twin fairies befriend some children and contend with evil fairies, and there are mini-Mothra dogfights in the kids’ home. The only clear memory I have of this film is that I found it to be insufferable.
Rebirth of Mothra II I seem to remember being a smidge less hate-inducing. This one saw Earth’s guardian insect contending with a reptilian/manta pollution monster and transforming into “Aqua Mothra” in order to do so. I also have hazy memories of the movie coming to a screeching halt for a J-pop Mothra music video montage. I could have dreamt that last part but I’m not sure.
Rebirth of Mothra III, unless I’m mistaken, was the one that boasted an inane time travel plot and tried to explain that King Ghidorah single-handedly (or should I write “triple-headedly”) wiped out the dinosaurs. Honestly, I know I saw it but I’ll be damned if I remember a frame of it. I do seem to remember others claiming this one to be the best of the series for whatever reason. For the record, this is the first time this particular sequel has ever been released for home entertainment in North America.
Godzilla 2000, GMK/GxMG double feature, and the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy will arrive on Blu-ray September 9th. All will be digitally remastered in High Definition and English and Japanese audio options.
A special sneak peek of filmmaker Francis Xavier's latest genre project, Less Than a Whisper, has found its way online, and we have it for you right here to dig on! Check out its nearly four minutes NOW.
"This is a story that I've been waiting to make into a film for many years now, and broadly speaking, there are many surprises," Xavier tells us. "My passion for film is expressed through the story, which I have done for many years now."
"Having always been surrounded by art and cinema all my 52 years, I have developed my film and artistic skills, as well as my creative eye, watching great directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. I always felt people watched movies to be entertained, and the key note of Less Than a Whisper, the thing I should be concerned with, the thing I'm aiming for, the thing I'm working toward, is entertainment. What I’m creating is a function of providing an adult, meaningful, exciting, challenging ghost story without dealing with any controversy necessarily. A movie should make a comment on the things that affect our lives. It's my thinking that an audience will sit still, listen, and watch a well-told story, and I truly believe Less Than a Whisper is that story."
Xavier also wrote the film and stars alongside Sonia Monroy (in her first American movie).
Look for more on this one soon.
Robert and Taylor Usher expect to be happy in their new home in Northridge, California, where years ago murder and mutilations destroyed the former residents. It doesn’t matter to the Ushers until those who caused the deaths come back... those that live in the earth, those that need, those that are not human. The Ushers' new house stands between them and what they must have. THEY'RE COMING.
Full Trailer for Syfy's Summer Schlockbuster Sharknado 2: The Second One Hopes to Take Social Media by Storm
The night Sharknado 2: The Second One airs, what do you think will generate the most social media traffic? Those watching and snarking, those not watching but still snarking, or those bitching about all the Sharknado snarking as if this movie’s existence is their new 9/11?
Love it or hate it, The Asylum’s Sharknado is a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, one bolstered almost entirely by social media. But can lightning strike twice, or has Sharknado already jumped the proverbial shark?
Syfy has finally put up the full trailer for this summer’s biggest schlockbuster (though you did give it a run for its money, Amazing Spider-Man 2), and it looks like the same movie as before only now in New York City with more sharks, more Ian Ziering trying to become the most iconic chainsaw-wielding b-movie hero since Ash, more celebrity cameos (Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Kurt Angle, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Pepa, Biz Markie, Judah Friedlander, and more), and 100x more self-awareness. That self-awareness could ultimately prove to be the film’s undoing or its saving grace.
We will all find out on July 30th on Syfy at 9/8 Central when Sharknado 2: The Second One attempts to take television by storm and become all the rage on Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Tinder, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace, Live Journal… ummm, 4Chan, Buzzfeed, Match.com, Drudge Report, Craigslist, Pornhub… You get the idea.
And don’t’ forget the original Sharknado returns to theaters this Thursday when Rifftrax Live gives the film the MST3K treatment.
Magnet Releasing has just released some goodies for the final part of the V/H/S trilogy, V/H/S: Viral, along with some release news. Look for the flick on VOD platforms October 23, 2014, with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21, 2014.
V/H/S: Viral features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment "D is for Dogfight"), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
Gary Binkow and Brad Miska produced for Collective Digital Studio and Bloody Disgusting, marking their third collaboration with Magnet on the V/H/S films.
V/H/S: Viral's segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters who unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.
Everyone is excited for Colin Trevorrow's currently shooting Jurassic World, but let's file this one under "maybe" for now, shall we? JurassicWorld.org spotted the following image over on Instagram of what could be your first look at one of the film's raptors.
The post was tagged with the following message:
This is an actual Velociraptor for the upcoming film Jurassic World! #jurassicworld #dinosaur #universalstudios #StevenSpielberg #Velociraptor #HYPE
The site goes on to state that Legacy Effects, which is attached to the film, is based in California, and the information from Instagram tells them that the photo was taken and uploaded in Valencia, California. Also they report that the image has been confirmed by multiple sources to be "indeed real!"
Take a look below, and tell us what you think!
Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
The first artwork for Jersey Shore Massacre has arrived, and we have it for you here. Sure, it probably would have fared better a couple of years ago, but as long as people die in vile ways, we'll give it a watch. Better late than never, right? Check it out if only for the look on the guy on the left's face!
Paul Tarnopol directs. Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Nicole Rutigliano, and Christina Scaglione star. Jenni Farley (Jwoww, "The Jersey Shore") executive produces.
When Teresa and the girls leave their suburban New Jersey salon for a weekend of sun and sin down the shore, they are blindsided by a bizarre twist of events that catapult them from the sands of Seaside Heights to a secluded house deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Frightened by stories of the legendary Jersey Devil, the local population of Pineys, and a giant dim-witted neighbor, the girls eagerly return to Seaside Heights, where they hook-up with five fist-pumping delinquents who incessantly disrespect all with their reprehensible behavior.
As day turns to night, the group converges at a Seaside bar where they are soon ejected for inciting a dance-floor brawl. With nowhere else to go, the group retreats to the house in the Pine Barrens for a night of carnal delights. Blinded by their selfish pursuits, they remain unaware that their long outstanding debt to humanity is about to be settled - with their lives. One by one, the body count soars as retribution is exacted at the hands of a mentally-deranged killer with much more than just an axe to grind.
Indie filmmaker Christian Ackerman has released the second trailer for his next stab at the zombie comedy subgenre, Zombies of the Living Dead, and we have it for you right here free of the stench of rotting flesh.
Ackerman also stars alongside Cheyenne Adamson, Johanna Ciampa, Josh Meny, and Spencer Tredik.
Zombies attack the town of Clear Water in Hamilton County, and the locals must try to stop them before it is too late. Filled with great zombie monster special effects and exploding heads, action-packed, and lots of crazy fun, comes a horror film from creator Christian Ackerman.