Few movies in the history of cinema are as universally hated as Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, which is quite interesting because at the time of writing this post, we’re two months away from anyone actually seeing it. Before production even began, many diehard fans of the original film – and the deeply cherished franchise as a whole – had already decided that they hated everything about what Feig and company were trying to do, and that pre-release hate has been reflected by the nearly one-million down-votes the official trailer has to date received over on YouTube.
Simply put, Ghostbusters is already the most hated movie of all time.
Why all the hate? Well, a good portion of it comes from the fact that the original Ghostbusters is one of the most beloved movies of all time, so it was only natural that a remake of any sort would immediately rub many the wrong way. And whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the all-female main cast has been a large source of disdain when it comes to this particular project. Granted, it’s totally out of line to suggest that the mere opinion of not being into the film somehow makes you sexist, but you need only browse the comments underneath the aforementioned YouTube trailer to realize that there’s a whole lot of sexism currently being spread around the Ghostbusters community. It’s just the truth. A sad, ugly truth.
I’m not here to defend the film, as I of course have not yet seen it, but what I would like to propose to all Ghostbusters fans is that we not only hold off on making any judgments, but also spend these next two months appreciating something pretty awesome that is happening out there in the world. Whether it turns out to be a hunk of junk or a brand new comedy-horror gem for a whole new generation of fans – we won’t know until two months from now – the Ghostbusters reboot has already served to make the franchise more popular than it had been in quite some time. And if you consider yourself a fan of that franchise, I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t be jumping for joy right about now.
Over the weekend I took a trip to my local Toys R Us and couldn’t help but smile ear-to-ear when I saw all the brand new Ghostbusters toys lining the shelves, which is something I hadn’t seen in many years. There was a squishy Slimer and a light-up Stay Puft Marshallow Man, as well as several Ecto-1 vehicles in different sizes and even a much cooler-looking Proton Pack than the one I remember playing with as a kid. Of course, that’s not even counting all the toys of new characters we haven’t yet met, and I must admit that based on the toy and the toy alone, I’ve already fallen in love with new villain Rowan.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m playing with Rowan as I type this post.
Like the original film, the Ghostbusters reboot has spawned a full-on merchandising blitz, and what’s available in stores right now is merely the tip of the iceberg. Coming soon are “Key Lime Slime” Twinkies, character-shaped marshmallows, and all kinds of LEGOs, and let’s not forget the holy grail of all holy grails: on May 30th, Ecto Cooler is FINALLY coming back. And guess what? Even if you see the reboot and you absolutely hate it, and even if you flat out refuse to ever see it, you still get to enjoy all the incredible merchandise that it’s bringing along with it – most of which, it must be pointed out, is tied to the original franchise. Hell, we’re even getting brand new action figures of those original characters courtesy of Mattel, and the 1984 classic is soon being re-released into theaters, so there’s very little to not be happy about at the moment.
I repeat: ECTO COOLER IS COMING BACK.
Look, I get it. You LOVE Ghostbusters, and your hatred for the impending reboot is, underneath it all, a reflection of that very passion. The franchise means so very much to you, and it’s totally fair for you to be averse to the very idea of something you love being turned into something that may not actually be for you. But at the end of the day, the new movie is ultimately a small aspect of the full-on Ghostbusters resurgence it is directly responsible for, and if you choose to embrace that pop culture revival rather than resist it, I can almost promise that these next two months will be a whole lot of fun for you.
At the very least, I hope you smile when your taste buds reunite with Ecto Cooler.
I hope you feel like a kid again.
Before he was digging through the ditches with his “Dragula”, Rob Zombie was the frontman of New York City metal band White Zombie, which produced such classic tracks as “More Human Than Human” and “Thunderkiss ’65”. Alas, the band wouldn’t last and ultimately broke up in 1998.
But for fans of the group, this June will see a very cool release in the form of It Came From N.Y.C., a box set that will include five LPs or three CDs that have 39 early and remastered tracks, and a 108-page photo-packed hardcover book that goes through the early history of the group. You can pre-order the set right here.
Over at WSJ, they’ve got an interview with bassist Sean Yseult that is absolutely worth checking out. But the real money shot that they offered is a first-listen to the unreleased track “Scarecrow #2”, which you can listen to below.
RLJ Entertainment is celebrating “Twilight Zone Day” by offering Bloody Disgusting readers the chance to enter and win a “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set. All you have to do is fill out the below form to be entered. Winner will be chosen at random.
For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.
Only 7,500 sets exist of this limited edition 41-DVD box set.
In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores
We’ve teamed up with death metal band Gruesome to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Dimensions of Horror”, the title track to the band’s upcoming album. The video, which was created by Iron Sight Cinema, shows a young woman visiting an oracle who portends her impending demise. Upon leaving, she comes face-to-face with a zombie monk, a Skeletor looking mother fucker, and some rabid women who are out for blood. You know, your every day experience when living in Florida.
Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey tells BD:
For our first foray into the realm of video, we are very stoked to give you the title track of our new EP, “Dimensions of Horror.” The video, much like everything we’ve done with GRUESOME, harkens back to a simpler time, when you could reliably find a guy with a mustache kicking back on the hood of his Trans Am blasting “Master of Puppets” in the parking lot of your local 7-11. A time when mullets and latch-key kids roamed lands gripped with “Satanic Panic,” and you could still buy acid at high school. Yes, the 1980s. Those were the days when Chuck Schuldiner’s individual thought pattens turned toward mutilation and rituals involving zombies. We hope that this proudly “B” video grips you with fear, or at least makes you nostalgic for the halcyon days of big white high-tops, bigger hair, and first generation of Death Metal. So come with us and enter the dimensions of horror.
Hot Toys has released prototype images for their upcoming Ripley action figure, which is basically the ultimate toy for any collector. Coming in either Q4 of this year or Q1 of 2017, the 1/6th scale figure comes with a slew of accessories, including a flamethrower, the tracking device, and even Jonesy the cat!
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the film. It is the first official 1/6th scale collectible figure featuring the likeness of Sigourney Weaver. Furthermore, the figure comes with specially tailored costume, a custom flamethrower, a tracking device, Jonesy the cat and its carrier box, and a diorama figure stand.
Below are the full specs, although the official website states that there might be some changes to the product details and that the final figure may be slightly different from the prototype.
The 1/6th scale Ellen Ripley Collectible Figure specially features:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien
– Newly developed head sculpt with detail hair sculpture, highly-accurate facial expression and make-up
– Newly developed body with over 28 points of articulations
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– Six (6) pieces of interchangeable hands including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of relaxed hands
– One (1) right hand for holding flamethrower
– One (1) left hand for holding tracking device
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
– One (1) green colored top
– One (1) white colored shirt
– One (1) blue colored jumpsuit
– One (1) pair of white and red colored sneakers
– One (1) custom flamethrower
– One (1) frightened version of Jonesy the cat
– One (1) specially crafted cat carrier box
– One (1) specially designed wrist watch
– One (1) tracking device
– Alien themed diorama figure stand with Ripley nameplate
When I was about 7 or 8, I saw the cover of Clive Barker’s “The Thief of Always” in my Scholastic Reading Club pamphlet and I knew I had to have it. However, my parents weren’t so keen on letting me read something like that, so they declined all my pleas. They’d heard of Clive Barker before, so the thought of letting their prepubescent child read something from “…the future of horror” was far more than they were willing to allow, no matter how enthusiastic I was to read an actual book and not play a video game.
So what did I do? I saved up the lunch money they gave me and starved for a week so that I could order it behind their backs. Yes, I realize the irony of me essentially stealing from my parents for a book called “The Thief of Always“, but I was young and stupid and I knew what I wanted. By the way, when I tell that story now, my father pats me on the back because he’s proud that I used the money for a book and not for a video game or something like that. Yes, I played a LOT of video games at that age.
Upon receiving the book, I devoured it, for lack of a better term. I honestly couldn’t put it down. The opening line alone had me hook, line, and sinker. Without even checking online, I’m going to write it here verbatim, because that’s how many times I’ve read it: “The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.”
What a wonderful line! What an engrossing and hypnotic series of words! Right away, I knew that I was in store for something special, something unique. Here was a book where even the months of the year had the ability to act as threats, where they could become personified into voracious creatures intent on ending the lives of children.
As I read through the book, eagerly soaking in every word, every detail, I remember turning a page and coming face-to-face with an illustration from author Clive Barker himself. At the time, I didn’t pay much attention to pictures in books. I was more interested in the rhythm and canter of language. But something about Barker’s almost scratchy black-and-white images were just as engrossing as the story itself. I would spend several minutes looking at each of Barker’s creations, tracing the lines with my eyes and relishing the uneasiness that they sent coursing through my body.
To this day, “The Thief of Always” remains one of my favorite novels and one that I read at least once a year. And every time I do, I look at those drawings and I appreciate them as much as I did the first time I laid my eyes upon them.
Having essentially just gushed over the book and the drawings, I feel it’s only appropriate to show you some of the art from the book so that you can get a taste of them for yourself. All images come courtesy of CliveBarker.info
Bloody-Disgusting readers, allow me to introduce you to Mike, the man who runs EvilDeadWorkshed.com. Mike is a near lifelong Evil Dead enthusiast who makes replica chainsaws from the franchise. But the reason I want to introduce you to Mike is because he’s undertaking a challenge that is incredibly important and valuable to our community. You see, Mike has found the filming site of Evil Dead II and decided that it needed to be salvaged and preserved, ensuring that it will forever live on for those who wish to show their love to the beloved film.
So here’s the basic story: Mike has been in touch with the owners of the property where Evil Dead II was filmed, which is in Wadesboro, NC. Since 2011, Mike has been aiming to visit the location to step foot where the film that he loves so much was filmed. One day, the owners alerted him that they, “…will be clearing the area where the cabin ruins are located in order to harvest the trees for local firewood businesses.” For Mike, the thought of that was too much to handle.
“After having a long conversation with the owners, I have been given permission to come to the site and remove ANY and ALL Evil Dead II structures that are able to be saved prior to the devastation of the site area,” Mike explains.
In 2014, the cabin collapsed due to a “…micro burst that hit [the owner’s] property“, so acquiring everything has proven to be a difficult process. The frame of the workshed was so rotten and damaged by termites that they elected to leave it behind and will build an identical frame upon which they’ll attach the original outer planks. As for the materials and items from the cabin, he and his friend were able to gather as much as they could, of which you can see the list below.
Now, the question then becomes, why does this matter? Who’s going to see it? Well, Mike has an answer for that and it will surely please many of you! Mike himself explains, “I am not making any money off of this. I spent a shit load of money to do this. I’m doing this for everyone. Bringing the secret and private site out of the woods and into public view. I plan on trying to bring some these structures to some of the Western Pennsylvania Comic-Cons.”
So there you have it! Depending on how everything goes, you might get to interact with these original props and structures from Evil Dead II!
Below is a video of Mike combing the area near the cabin as well as a few photos of the workshed. However, I highly recommend heading to Mike’s page where he documents everything he did as it’s incredibly impressive. This is the endeavors of a true horror fan and he deserves our thanks!
These items were recovered from the site:
The entire Workshed (Complete Exterior and Roof Metal) Due to framing rot, the workshed collapsed during this process)
The fake foam tree (180 degrees of the lower 5 feet of one tree)
1 large Cabin window (kitchen area)
Cabin rear door frame with one door hinge and one screen door hinge still attached
Rear interior and exterior door trim
Interior base boards
Interior window frame (next to back door)
1 Cabin window (rear room left of the rear door)
5 bundles of cabin flooring
3 large sections of interior walls
Roofing nails from the workshed
Cabin roofing cap
3 remaining chimney stones (painted styrofoam)
Exterior Cabin wood (various locations)
Exterior Cabin plaster
One 55 gallon drum inside of the workshed (Resin labels – possibly used for the trees)
One 55 gallon drum found 100 feet from the back door (apprears to be the one Ash tripped over)
The complete upper West wall of the living room (above where the cellar door would have been)
Roofing slats from the Workshed
One break away Ram-O-Cam door with a hinge attached
90% of all remaining coal rocks where Ash buried Linda
A very large amount of window glass
The rear stairs framing
One rear stair
Small and Large pieces of white interior wall
Christa Campbell, one half of Campbell Grobman Films, shared a new look at Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that’s to be released by Lionsgate.
What you’ll see below is a behind-the-scenes shot of actress Jessica Madsen in a BBQ restaurant, looking a bit angered and determined. In the film, directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and Among the Living, Madsen plays one of four inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor) who escape from a metal hospital. One of them becomes the title character and iconic slasher. The quartet kidnapa a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and take her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman (Stephen Dorff) out for revenge.
Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer. The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor also is featured.
When we talked with the filmmakers, they told us the film is “a brutal and nihilistic road movie that we hope will surprise and delight the fans…”
[H/T] Michael Magnano
Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) has signed on to appear in The Twisted, a psychological sci-fi thriller that will be the first project under the “Ridley Scotts Presents…” label, according to THR.
The site explains, “Based on true events, the story centers on a child psychologist with a haunted past (Palmer) who is dispatched to an isolated orphanage to investigate a group of children who start exhibiting peculiar symptoms following an extraterrestrial encounter.”
Scott will be producing the film, which is being directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind). The script was written by Ari Schlossberg and Natasha Pincus. Production will begin this June.
Warner Bros Pictures has moved its Godzilla sequel back by nine months to a presummer 2019 slot and dated the giant lizard’s battle against King Kong for 14 months later, Deadline reports.
Godzilla 2, director Gareth Edwards‘ follow-up to his 2014 film starring Bryan Cranston, has been pushed to March 22, 2019; it had been slated for the previous June 8. And the Godzilla vs Kong throwdown will open in the summer sweet spot of May 29, 2020.
Godzilla 2 had been slated for an epic battle against the next Transformers behemoth that weekend, but now it will face off against Paramount’s Amusement Park, starring Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Garner. They both arrive two weeks after Disney’s Captain Marvel. Godzilla vs Kong has that next-decade date to itself.
Kong: Skull Island, the King Kong prequel that resets the universe, is currently in post for release on March 10, 2017. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
Meanwhile, TOHO’s latest in the Japanese Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: Resurgence, opens internationally on July 29th.
STX Entertainment, who distributed The Gift, The Boy and Hardcore Henry, recently nabbed a possession thriller penned by Jeff Richard and Mark Bianculli.
Salem Village is described as an edgy period horror set fifteen years after the Salem witch trials. It begins when, “A young woman starts to show signs of possession. Desperate for the truth, the town’s elders put their faith into a man of science to uncover what is truly happening in Salem and put an end to the terrifying events plaguing the town.”
Salem Village draws comparisons to the Sundance smash, The Witch (pictured).
We’ve confirmed that Bethlehem‘s Yuval Adler is attached to direct for Global Produce’s Marc Schmuger and STX’s Sheroum Kim.
Blumhouse has optioned Boom! Studios’ graphic novel, “Curse,” that was written Michael Moreci (Roche Limit) and Tim Daniel (Enormous) and illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo, Heat Vision reports.
“The story centers on a widowed father who is desperate and financially broken from trying to save his child from a rare illness. Seizing the opportunity to claim a reward offered for the capture of a killer in his rural community, he inadvertently captures a werewolf. The question then becomes whether the lycan will be the broken family’s reluctant savior or its final destroyer.”
The comic was notable as it featured a black protagonist, an uncommon occurrence in comic publishing, explains the site.
Boom!’s Adam Yoelin will executive produce the project. Jason Blum and Couper Samuelson will produce for Blumhouse, while Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce via Boom!
Fox has ordered “The Exorcist” to series, Deadline is reporting.
There’s no word on how many episodes we can expect, but the inaugural seasons are typically shorter with an extended order placed after a successful launch.
“The Exorcist,” penned by feature writer Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, Fantastic Four), is described as a modern reinvention of the book, previously adapted into William Friedkin’s classic horror movie. It is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men — Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels) — tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil.
Geena Davis will play Angela Rance. Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.
Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, and Kurt Egyiawan also star.
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed the pilot, which filmed right here in Chicago. He’s sort of the only reason I’m willing to give this a go, especially since it’s set to air on FOX (I don’t like most of their genre work; i.e. “The Following” and “Sleepy Hollow”).
When the Dead Island Definitive Collection releases on May 31, it’ll bring with it remasters of both Dead Island games and a 16-bit styled spin-off called Dead Island: Retro Revenge. The side-scrolling brawler embraces the series’ zany, over-the-top nature by trading the bloody first-person combat with arcade action, complete with combos, power-ups, super weapons and magic attacks. It also follows an eccentric man, named Max, who’s frighteningly intent on saving his cat from a zombie-infested California
For an unspecified amount of time, Retro Revenge will only be available as a part of the Definitive Collection. A standalone digital release is also coming (for $4.99), we just don’t know when yet.
That facial hair is so distracting.
Earlier today, we posted an exclusive deleted scene from Sony’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (review), which is now available on digital platforms and will be coming to blu-ray and DVD on May 31st. But if that scene didn’t convince you to check out the movie, then what about a 10-minute clip from the film?
That’s right, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released an extended look at the movie for all of those who many have missed it during its theatrical run. You can watch the clip below.
In the film, “A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.”
The upcoming HTC Vive VR shooter The Brookhaven Experiment is coming on June 22nd but there are already people showing off the demo and just how intense it can get. Considering that this game requires players to immerse themselves 100% both visually and aurally, it’s not surprising that some of these demonstration videos show the players reacting rather strongly to being beset upon at all sides by zombies.
Take for example Renate, who played through the first wave only to remove all hardware and refuse to go any further due to how visceral of a reaction she felt. You can watch a great video below that splitscreens her view of the game as well as how she acts in real life. It’s rather fascinating to see how her jittery nervousness is so wonderfully registered in the VR gameplay. Check out the video below and see everything in action!
Brookhaven is a VR survival shooter for the HTC Vive. Players will have to use the weapons and tools provided to survive ever more terrifying waves of horrific monsters in an attempt to figure out what caused the beginning of the end of the world, and, if they’re strong enough, stop it from happening.
From acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams and up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane (read my review) debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand June 14th from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 31st.
The Combo Pack includes Digital HD, commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, and over 30 minutes of special features. Take an extensive look behind-the-scenes with Abrams and the cast as they revisit the legacy of 2008’s Cloverfield, and discuss how 10 Cloverfield Lane went from script to production. Continue with a tour of the ominous bunker, see how the costume designer was challenged to create a homemade Hazmat suit, follow the production team and sound designers as they work on the movie’s epic finale, and hear the unique scores composed for each character. Plus, for a limited time only, get a bonus Digital HD copy of the original Cloverfield with the Blu-ray Combo Pack.
I think these extras are fine, normally, but 10 Cloverfield Lane has a secret history that us hardcore fans deserve a deeper look at. I want to know what the film looked like before the aliens were added. I want to know when they came to make it a Cloverfield spinoff. I want to know whose idea it was and how it was executed. I want to know everything. Anything less is disappointing.
“After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher, Jr., “The Newsroom”), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.”
Why are sharks the hot thing these days? Okay, let me correct myself because I’m actually really looking forward to The Shallows: Why are sharks that aren’t in water the hot thing these days? Just look at the Sharknado franchise, Ghost Shark, Shark Exorcist, etc, etc, etc…
If you thought the train of C-level shark “horror” films was coming to a close, you’re dead wrong as I’d like to introduce you to the latest schlock we can “look forward to”: Sky Sharks.
Just read this nonsense:
Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory, still intact, where dark experiments had occurred. Unwittingly the geologists unleash upon the world a top-secret experiment the Germans had been working on – modified sharks that are able to fly, whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. The only thing that can stop them, and possibly save the world, is a military task force called “Dead Flesh Four“ – assembled from reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam.
Honestly, I think the filmmakers hopped on the shark bandwagon and then figured why not toss zombie Nazis into the mix. Not even Tony Todd, who for some reason is in the movie, is enough for me to want to watch this.
Sorry all. You know that I very rarely get so negative and heated but this is just frustrating. It’s movies like these that continually make people think less of horror. Additionally, because they’re cheap and so ridiculous, production companies can pump them out like clockwork, which means non-horror people see a majority of junk and, therefore, gloss over the diamonds in the rough, so to speak. I just hate seeing horror reduced to such nonsense when there is so much it has to offer.
Check out the trailer below and see for yourself.
Back in 1989, Marvel was all about A Nightmare on Elm Street. They had a magazine-style comic series that they were releasing which featured a brand new storyline of Dr. Juliann Quinn, a psychiatrist who is intent on investigating Springwood’s nightmare epidemic of the killer known as Freddy Krueger. She teams up with Allison Hayes, a young woman who was very nearly killed by Freddy, and the two of them vow to rid Springwood, and the world, of this evil once and for all.
While the concept sounds really interesting and the black-and-white art was quite striking at times (I get a serious Junji Ito vibe occasionally), the series was cut tragically short, lasting only two issues.
Writer Steve Gerber explained the reason for this cancellation in Issue #8 of “Reading For Pleasure” back in January 1990:
A note on the why’s and wherefore’s of the magazine’s cancellation (which, incidentally, was a major topic of discussion in the Comics relay a few months back). According to my best information, Marvel cancelled the book in anticipation of pressure from the various anti-violence advocate groups. A few weeks prior to the release of the first NIGHTMARE, there had been an article published in the New York Times decrying the level of violence in comic books. Apparently, that article—along with the picketing that took place outside theatres showing NIGHTMARE 5 in Los Angeles and elsewhere—was enough to make Marvel turn tail and run for cover.
Please note that this is DESPITE the fact that the NIGHTMARE magazine carried a “suggested for mature readers” warning and that NO DIRECT PRESSURE had actually been applied on Marvel.
The cancellation of NIGHTMARE is a textbook example of the “chilling effect” you hear so much about these days in discussions of free speech. The book was killed not because of it WAS criticized, but because the publishers FEARED it would be criticized.
This won’t be the last incident of its type, either. The impulse to censor—led by groups on both the left and the right, and fed by the innate cowardice of American business—is growing in this country. It’s something that anyone who reads for pleasure or edification ought to be aware of, and prepared to combat. In one of the great ironies of history, we have a situation in which the totalitarian nations of the world are on an inexorable march toward freedom, while their very model, the United States, is moving slowly, but dangerously, in the opposite direction. [Source]
While we were only graced with two issues (both of which can be read here), artist Joe Jusko released what would’ve been the cover art for a third issue and it’s a gloriously beautiful piece of work. It shows Freddy emerging from a fire that is fueled by music that parents probably feared gave their children the nightmares in the first place!
Enjoy the artwork below!
Michael and Peter Spierig are awesome filmmakers. I love their indie zombie flick Undead, not to mention their sci-fi vamp pic Daybreakers, as well as their paradox thriller Predestination, both starring Ethan Hawke.
Now, the duo are taking on the supernatural subgenre with Winchester, which is based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.
The Spierigs have written the script and the film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, just in time for the Cannes market, Deadline reports.
“Winchester tells the strange and dramatic tale of Sarah Winchester, who was heir to the Winchester firearms fortune. Her husband and child died suddenly, and Sarah came to believe she had been cursed by the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the west” and all of those who ended up on the wrong end of the gun barrel. She consulted a medium, who sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive construction process that took 38 years and resulted in a 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion.“
The pic was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns rights to the house and gave this film its only endorsement, which allows the film to shoot on the premises of the actual home.
Shooting will begin later this year in San Jose and Australia, although this project was announced back in 2014. Hopefully it actually gets off the ground this time…