From Kickstarter to the Croisette at Cannes Film Festival – it’s almost a scenario as outlandish as the plot of the retro mythical mash-up. This past weekend Laser Unicorn’s Kung Fury premiered in The Directors’ Fortnight shorts programme.
The VHS was loaded and the 30 minutes of pure nostalgia porn raised the roof with the crowd-funded final film.
Cast and crew attended as the humble director and star took to the stage and read from prompt cards to steady his nerves.
Read no further if you want to remain pure and spoiler free for the online release on May 28th. I’ll leave you by saying Kung Fury is the Avengers Assemble if it had been made in the 90’s. It’s great and I hope it beats Gangnam style as the most watched YouTube video of all time.
The short utilizes the iconic shots from the trailer while expanding on the narrative. From the douche villain skateboard flipping car moment we cut to an arcade machine where some bros get sad at ending their game. Their game is ended when the arcade cabinet transforms more realistically than anything Michael Bay has done before erupting on to the street, flipping people the bird while delivering deadly laser blows to all and sundry. With the disturbance being reported, the police send their best man to diffuse the emergency – Enter Kung Fury!
Arriving on the scene KF takes on the corrupt console in ever outlandish montage moments perforated with tracking & static VHS breaks. After giving him a game over screen we learn about KF’s origin & powers. Through being struck by lightning & bitten a cobra he was born, naturally.
Losing his buddy in a grizzly ninja slice we learn of his reluctance to take on a new team mate in the form of Tricera-cop – a Jurassic partner in fighting crime with an inexplicable British accent & crotch homing bullets.
Hitler & Hackerman are introduced through a hilarious cell phone scene which sets into motion the events that transport KF back to the era of Vikings & dinosaurs.
Making friends through history Kung Fury eventually makes it to Nazi Germany to face off against Kung Führer & his legion of SS Soldiers.
Faux product placement & hand drawn animation connect the other events of the film before a team up across time & the Hoff sung closing credits.
There’s a lot of style, epic one liners & heart but ultimately it’s been seen before through the work of Astron-6 or more recently in Turbo Kid. With the a feature in the works it’s hard to tell if the material can stretch out to a full length version or if the thirst for the absurd throwback culture would have quenched by that point of delivery.
If Jurassic World sucks & when Terminator Genisys inevitably does, turn to Kung Fury on repeat to make everything better in the world.
EW has posted several photos from the set of AMC’s upcoming spinoff series “Fear The Walking Dead“, which is currently shooting in Vancouver, Canada. The photos show stars Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens as well as show creator Dave Erickson, producer and comic creator Robert Kirkman, and more. You won’t see much in the way of action or zombies, so don’t get your hopes up too high. Still, it’s great to see the team who is making this a reality.
“Fear the Walking Dead,” which is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines, stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.
More photos can be seen at the above link.
David Duchovny is a National treasure.
While he’s an astounding actor who’s criminally underrated, what I love most about him is how honest he is with the press. And now that “The X-Files” reunion is a real thing, he’s being asked about it in every interview.
Just the other day he told EW that he got emotional when reading the new “X-Files” revival script.
“I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”
Duchovny got emotional because he was so happy about a project, which is as rare and magical as a unicorn in Hollywood. It makes me emotional knowing that, after all of these years, he’s still this invested in both the character and the project. Duchovny is going to put his all into Fox Mulder’s return, even if it’s only 6 episodes.
But alas, there’s always talk of more, and Duchovny is so dedicated he’d like “The X-Files” to continue past this closing arc.
“I would be open to doing another cycle,” Duchovny said. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”
Gillian Anderson has been just as vocal about her love of the franchise that launched her career. And being a regular on “Hannibal” is eating up much of her time, as well as a wide variety of other projects. With streaming services taking over the world, I think there’s a lot of opportunity to see “X-Files” go further than 6 episodes. And frankly, I like the idea of short, self-contained stories that get straight to the point. There’s nothing worse having to sit through “filler” episodes just to get to the finale’s big reveal, right?!
FOX is getting ready for a big push, setting “The X-Files” for return on Sunday, January 24, 2016. If it’s as big as I think it’s going to be, be prepared to believe in more than just Mulder and Scully…
Bloody Disgusting earned today that IFC Midnight’s disappointing creature feature Stung, which focuses on two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp, will be arriving on BOD July 3rd.
Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy, which Trace says “doesn’t leave a lingering sting.”
In Stung, “In a remote country villa set amid foggy rural farmlands, the elderly widow of a pharmaceutical magnate holds an annual garden party for the local elite in honor of her late husband. But the festivities take a grisly turn when a plague of giant killer wasps is unleashed on the unsuspecting partygoers, leaving the caterers Julia and Paul pitted against the seven-foot mutant predators in a deadly fight for survival.”
Benni Diez directs Stung, and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce.
This year, I started posting monthly release schedules because I figured it’d be easier to digest, as opposed to one for the entire year, which I may as well have titled “here’s everything” that’s coming this year. Good luck, suckas!” When I published the release schedule for May, the selection was sparse. Now, this month has become just as saturated with spooky video games as the rest of the year has been. Isn’t this great?
The latest horror game to get a release date is Homesick. The goal of this puzzle exploration game is to explore the abandoned building you’ve been trapped inside for clues that might shed some light on why you’re there and why you’re having horrific nightmares every time you go to sleep.
Homesick hits Steam on May 28.
The concept behind Predator is one that’s never been fully realized.
When you step back and really think about it, why do the Predator films only take place in modern day? If these alien beings have been hunting humans for sport for such a long period of time, why haven’t any filmmakers explored a historical battle?
James Bushe has just released his 27-minute long fan film, Predator: Dark Ages, which pits a Predator against a Templar Knight. It’s a really cool concept that imagines a Predator film in the world of “Game of Thrones”.
“Set during the Crusades, the faith and fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.”
Personally, I think it’s way too long, and while DP Simon Rowling does an astounding job, the Predator costume is a bit clunky as are the fight sequences. Still, it’s worth checking out…
Predator: Dark Ages stars Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.
Director Paul Feig recently spoke with MTV about his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which will feature Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the new busters.
In a brief interview, Feig speaks to the dilemma of both acknwoleding the original films, but also not letting it become a distraction. He’s found “balance.”
“You don’t want to pretend the other one didn’t exist, because I think that’s a little too in your face, but you also don’t want to be so slavish to the other one,” said Feig. “I think we found a really good balance. Katie Dippold, who is writing the script with me, is just so good, and so good at kind of going, ’these are the things I love.’ Well okay, let’s do the nods towards that. I think everybody will be very happy.
“The problem is, I’ve got so many amazing women that I know, and I can’t write movies that have enough parts for everybody. There’s so many women I haven’t worked with yet who I’m desperate to work with. I need to keep doing more movies, and more people have to hire these people, and don’t leave it to me, because I can only do so many movies. So Hollywood, start hiring these funny women and giving them movies, please.”
You can watch the short video interview below.
Gremlins, The Hole and The Howling director Joe Dante is back with another genre pic, the zomnedy Burying the Ex, which will be releasing on both UK and U.S. home video June 19th, 2015.
A new trailer has been released for Burying the Ex starring Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene, and it’s a really good time. It sets up the drama and comedy nicely, being that Yelchin’s girlfriend (Greene) dies, is resurrected, and thinks they’re still together. It gets a little kinky…
Check out our report from the set here.
“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.”
Included in the patch is a brand new map for you to paint red with Zed blood. Volter Manor takes us to a modern fortress that’s set on a Swiss cliff side and practically brimming with secrets. Sounds like the ideal place to “This is Sparta!” unsuspecting Zeds right off the cliff.
The update also introduces a number of tweaks, bug fixes and new achievements, as well as the return of Item Hunts. Owners of the original Killing Floor will likely recognize the voices of Alan Wilson and Mark Hayler, who reprise their roles as Masterson and Briar. The two classic characters will only be unlocked if you own the first game.
The PS4-exclusive teen slasher game Until Dawn has a release date, and that day is August 25. Supermassive Games has been quietly toiling away on what looks like a sufficiently frightening horror game about a gaggle of teens — or maybe it’s a murder of teens — who reunite in a secluded cabin only to find themselves getting picked off one by one by a masked murderer.
That’s plenty exciting, but what’s even more exciting is the fact that just a scant few months are all that stand between us and the first (of many) upcoming slasher games.
Until Dawn stalks the PS4 on August 25.
In the southern wastes of Battleworld, a never ending battle rages on. Two unholy factions of cold machines and rotting zombies wage war for supremacy. Today, their conflict reaches another level of horror in your new look AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1! Eisner award winning writer James Robinson and critically acclaimed artist Steve Pugh take you beyond the Shield – and show you a new reason to fear! Here, on the far side of Battleworld’s impenetrable barrier, all hope is lost.
These festering wastes on the border between two domains are where the genocidal robotic armies of Ultron fight the endless hordes of flesh-eating corpses. Pity those poor souls trapped between these unstoppable forces, for their demise is definitely assured! Will you choose death by the super powered living dead? Or by an unending army of indestructible, undefeatable robots? One thing is for certain, neither demise will be quick or painless!
The Vision, Wonder Man, Jim Hammond, and more brave these apocalyptic hellscapes in search of sanctuary, and for survival. Can they make it out alive? One thing is for certain, whoever wins – we lose. Don’t miss the explosive first issue of AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 on sale this June!
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The full remastered soundtrack for Osamu Shoji‘s score to the 1987 horror anime Wicked City is available to stream below, courtesy of Noisey. The soundtrack is being released on vinyl via Tiger Lab Vinyl.
Tiger Lab Vinyl co-founder Jon Dobyns tells Noisey:
Anime scores have been just as important to my musical upbringing as any other genre or influential group. As a soundtrack fan and vinyl collector, I thought that I could re-introduce the fan base to film scores they have either forgotten about or never picked up on.” When asked why chose to focus his label on anime, he continued: “As more people become swept up by the revival, anime soundtracks haven’t really faded away. The market has always been strong, and that’s because the original scores have always played an integral part in anime. The anime fandom is already so strong — I think it’s the soundtrack revivalists that will be introduced to something new.
Osamu Shoji’s score is something we wanted to highlight on its own. Shoji’s work is unique with its 80s atmosphere, and, as someone recently mentioned to me, it’s “Twin Peaks”-esque gothic lounge. I don’t think people would have picked up on its greatness inside the mayhem that is Wicked City.
In addition to streaming the soundtrack, Noisey is also hosting an opportunity to win a subscription to Tiger Lab Vinyl, which includes Wicked City, three future releases, and a t-shirt. More information can be found at the above link.
You can pre-order Wicked City via the official Tiger Lab Vinyl webstore. The album will be released on July 14th.
Shinji Mikami’s survival horror spookfest The Evil Within received its third and final bit of DLC today with the arrival of The Executioner. The nifty thing about this story expansion is it lets you don the blood-spattered man bib of the game’s second coolest monstrocity, the Keeper. Now we can live the dream I’m sure we all share of yelling “It’s hammer time!” as we bludgeon unsuspecting monsters into pulp with our spiky meat tenderizers.
The Executioner is available now for $4.99 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
You don’t need to play the first two story expansions — The Assignment (review) and The Consequence (review) — to enjoy The Executioner, but I’d still recommend checking them out first if you’d like to get the most out of this DLC.
This past Memorial Day ended with the sickening news that New Line Cinema had pulled the plug on It, the latest adaptation of the Stephen King novella.
Location scouting was under way with “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga taking the reigns, and Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) cast to play the villainous clown “Pennywise”.
And while the modern day take could be dead forever, King shared this uplifting thought that was just perfect.
“The remake of IT may be dead–or undead–but we’ll always have Tim Curry,” King stated on Twitter. “He’s still floating down in the sewers of Derry.”
Fukunaga’s vision for It was to create two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.
When Warner Bros. handed the film off to New Line, there were alleged budget cuts that would take It out of New York. The weak opening of the Poltergeist remake, which also heavily used a clown in their marketing, is also said to be one of the main reasons Pennywise will remain in the sewers.
While there are many things associated with vampire lore, an interesting new article at the Liberty Voice supposes that the mythology behind vampires may not have come only from the excitable minds of Middle Age peasants. Instead, writes the site, a rare genetic disorder called porphyria might have started the tales, according to biochemist Dr. David H. Dolphin of the University of British Columbia and other scientists.
“Porphyria is a rare group of at least eight blood disorders. A patient is diagnosed with porphyria if any of the eight different enzymes that create porphyrin, a body chemical which transforms into heme (another chemical the body needs) when in contact with iron, are affected. A patient lacking in any one of the eight enzymes is not able to produce heme, which is responsible for items such as cell differentiation and protein synthesis. In people with porphyria, the build-up of unprocessed porphyrin and the overall lack of heme is what leads to the onset of symptoms. These can include severe, non-diagnosable stomach pain; additional discomfort in the chest, legs or back; vomiting; and diarrhea or constipation. A urine test is needed to provide a definitive diagnosis.
Porphyria is a chronic condition. There is no cure. However, symptoms can be managed. Porphyria flare-ups usually last a week or two, with symptoms decreasing as the attack draws to a close. The more care someone takes in managing their condition, the fewer flares they will likely experience.
Patients with this disease are highly sensitive to sunlight. Those who are able to go outside during the day must wear a high SPF sunscreen. Others must wait for cloudy days or nightfall to venture out. Therefore, many exhibit the paleness and nocturnal tendencies historically associated with vampires.
Bloodsucking behavior, which is typical of vampire myths, may have been a way for the porphyria patient to manage their disease. Today, a significant treatment is injecting man-made heme. In the Middle Ages, there was no way to create heme, so people were forced to drink blood.
This had an unintended side effect in some cases. The cause of porphyria is entirely genetic. People either acquire a disease-carrying gene from one of their parents or disease-carrying genes from both parents. Some people have what is called latent porphyria, in which they have the disease, but are not having symptoms. If someone with the latent form of porphyria allowed a relative to regularly blood-let them for the purposes of disease management, they were taking a great risk. Stress is one of the trigger mechanisms for a porphyria attack. Bloodletting is stressful to the body and might cause a person with latent porphyria to become a person with the active form.
This may explain why the myths incorporated the fact that if someone was bitten, they would also become a vampire. This was not a supernatural event; it was due to a change in disease status. This occurred, not because of dark forces, but due to an asymptomatic person having inflicted too much stress on their body. The person desired to help a family member, using the only treatment available. Neither party may have comprehended the risks involved.
So, while the mythos expanded over the years – invisible in mirrors, allergic to garlic, etc – it’s hypothesized that it could be originally from the above disease. And Vlad the Impaler, well, he could still be one of the reasons vampires became so feared throughout the ages.
While its release date is still over a year away, the hype train for the comic-to-film adaptation of Suicide Squad is chugging alone at near bullet train speeds. There was the shocked reaction to Leto’s “Joker” picture and then the full cast photo, which revealed Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and the rest of the crew.
So with such a high interest in the film, and as a way for everyone to learn a bit more about the characters, I thought this quiz that asks “Which Suicide Squad Member Are You?” would be a great deal of fun!
I got “Enchantress”, whose description reads:
You are the Enchantress. There are dual forces battling for control inside you – an insatiable yearning to wreak havoc and destruction. You bend the forces of magic to your will and those foolish enough to try and stop you will learn that the calm side of you is losing it’s grip.
Take the quiz below and let us know who you got!
According to CharlieIntel, Bruce Campbell will be joining the cast of the upcoming Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Supremacy’ DLC. He will be a part of the Exo Zombies cast, which includes John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal.
Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio head at Sledgehammer Games, states:
This is not only the four new multiplayer maps, but the continuation of the popular Exo Zombies saga. We’re huge fans of Bruce Campbell, and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level.
The DLC will be available on June 2nd.
El Rey has shared an image of horror icon Danny Trejo in “From Dusk Till Daw“. Trejo will appear in season 2 as “The Regulator”, “…a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand.” You can see the full image below.
Season two of the show:
…explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
Trejo has appeared in each From Dusk Till Dawn film as the character Razor Charlie.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2 returns to El Rey in late Summer 2015.
A new promo for the third season of “Hannibal” puts Dr. Lecter in the hot spot. Dr. Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) promises him that he will be caught and that the plan has already been set in motion. What follows is a thrilling series of clips that ensure Hannibal should never feel safe as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) pursue him with dogged determination.
The third season’s synopsis reads:
After the shocking events of the season two finale, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe – accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) – sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected way.
Hannibal returns to NBC on June 4th at 10pm EST.
The 1982 fantasy/adventure Conan The Barbarian will see a new sequel in the form of The Legend Of Conan! On top of that, Conan portrayer Arnold Schwarzenegger has committed to the role, which aims to honor the original work of John Milius.
TheArnoldFans has interviewed two producers and Schwarzenegger about the upcoming project and what they say is incredibly exciting for the Conan fan in me!
One sad fact is that the new film won’t be graced with the music of composer Basil Poledouris, who passed away in 2006. His sweeping scores and epic orchestrations were a big part of the thrill and excitement of the film. In fact, when he was a composer on a film, you could almost be certain that his music would elevate each scene into something incredible.
Producer/co-writer Chris Morgan states:
Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.
[John] Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. To make it worthy. And to expand on it in a truthful way that audiences will embrace. We’re very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night. We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork. I can’t give specifics, but know we are honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film.
Producer Frank Malmberg adds:
Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal. To Conan it’s not about fancy sword moves; it’s about the fastest and most effective way of disposing of your enemy. A dance of death, maybe, at least primal. In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness. He doesn’t think, he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn’t give a damn about civilization — in fact, despises it. At the same time he is a magnificent fighter, leader and friend.
It is the greatest honor to be 67 years old and to still be asked to come back into all those franchises. Whether it is the Terminator movie or it is now Conan, it is fantastic! As a matter of fact, when I get back to Los Angeles, I’ll be getting the final script and then I will see it for the first time. But with Universal Pictures, I’ve tried to convince them now for 20 years to go back and continue with the Conan series and they were not as enthusiastic as I was. But then later, new management came in at Universal and they saw it entirely differently. They came to me right away and said they want to pick up the Conan series and to look at some writers and let’s get going on that. So we’ve been working on Conan and I’m really excited to be working on this – to do another Conan movie and hopefully it will be soon!