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Action-Thriller ‘The Base’ Begins Production

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:50

Not a lot of details out on this one yet, but XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions have begun principal photography on the new action-thriller The Base. Starring Cam Gigandet (Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39), XLrator plans to release the film worldwide under their Turbo label which is dedicated to action films.

The script was written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist) and based off an original story from Rick Benattar and Nigel Thomas. Gigandet stars as the leader of a band of military prisoners, similar to the Dirty Dozen, who have to fight off a terrorist attack on a  remote prison in which they are being held. Little does this ragtag group know that this prison is actually a cover for a secret drone facility.

The Base is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on Paradox starring Zoë Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases The Last Heist starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and The Fixer starring Tom Hopper (“Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016).

About the Director:
Director Jesse Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing Ace of Spades, which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist.

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The Film Detective to Release Roger Corman’s ‘The Terror’

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:50

The Film Detective entered the Blu-ray game last year and have slowly built up a nice library of classic cinema releases. Most of what they’ve done thus far are public domain films, some of which have previously received Blu-ray releases from Film Chest. On May 31st they’ll be releasing Roger Corman’s The Terror on Blu-ray, another title that Film Chest released a number of years back.

Up to this point The Film Detective has managed to improve on the previous Film Chest releases, delivering a better overall quality in picture. The Film Detective digitally restores their releases same as Film Cheset, often times from 35mm archival film elements which is the case with The Terror, but unlike Film Chest they do a good job of not doctoring them up too much. The Film Detective releases offer a more natural film look, whereas Film Chest usually has a waxy quality as a result of too much DNR. Here’s to hoping The Terror continues The Film Detective’s streak.

The Film Detective’s owner Phil Hopkins certainly seems to think that’ll be the case stating, “After years of sub-par versions, The Film Detective brings The Terror to the screen as it’s never been seen before, fully restored from 35mm archival material in its original aspect ratio. I think fans will be thrilled with the unparalleled quality of this Blu-ray release, not only visually but by the impact of the soundtrack.”

As for the actual film itself, well it’s an interesting one to say the least. Corman was always known for getting the most bang for his buck and so with a few extra days with access to the sets from The Haunted Palace, he decided to make another movie. That movie was The Terror.

Is it a good movie? No, not at all. But is it an interesting movie? Absolutely. It’s something all horror fans should see at one point in their life because it’s quite bizarre. And it’s Corman. The more Corman on Blu-ray the better.

Synopsis:
In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, The Shining), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out to her. When she fails to acknowledge, he follows her into the dark surf and strangely loses consciousness.

He awakens in a house tended by an old woman, Katrina (Dorothy Neumann, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Ten Commandments), who claims not to know the mysterious lady. On his way once again, Andre comes upon the castle of Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas).

There he learns that the girl is in fact the spirit of the Baron’s late wife, being used as a pawn by the witchy Katrina who is bent on driving the elderly Baron to suicide.

Also starring Dick Miller (A Bucket of Blood) as Stefan, married in real-life to Knight (who portrays the ghost of Ilsa, the Baroness Von Leppe), who was visibly pregnant with their daughter during filming.

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‘RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop’ to Investigate the Impact of Detroit’s Greatest Police Officer

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:19

Director Christopher Griffiths has already brought us two rather amazing documentaries in the forms of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night. Both of these documentaries have become fan favorites, offering deep insights into their respective topics with interviews, guest appearances, and loads of research. And now Griffiths, along with Dead Mouse Productions Ltd and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, are turning to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action thriller Robocop for a new documentary titled RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop that just launched on Kickstarter!

Griffiths explains why he chose Robocop as his next project, stating, “To say that RoboCop is a big part of my life is an understatement. Just ask anybody who knows me. It is the film that started it all for me at an age when I probably shouldn’t have been watching it, like many others, but I did, and I have grown up with it and found new things each time I watch it.

Direct from the official press release:

Supported by dozens of the original cast and crew RoboDoc is made by fans of the movie for fans of the movie. The crew have already received support from over 20 of the cast and crew as well as the RoboCop Archive, and there is no doubt that by the time of production many more key players will be attached to share their amazing stories about one of the most iconic movies ever-made.

As of this post going live, the Kickstarter has already raised over $14,300 of its near $29,000 goal and it still has over 29 days left. You can learn more or champion the cause my clicking on the above link.

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Holy Blast from the Past, Batgirl! ‘The Crush’ is Coming to Blu-ray!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:51

THE CRUSH
LONG-AWAITED CULT CLASSIC THRILLER DEBUTS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY™
OWN IT ON JUNE 21, 2016 FROM SCREAM FACTORY™

Here’s a release I’ll finally be able to check off my “most-wanted” list. I loved watching The Crush as a kid. The funny thing is I only vaguely remember details of the film. During the summer I would stay up until like 4:00 AM watching movies on cable, HBO mostly I think. Most of those movies I can’t remember, The Crush is one I definitely remember watching plenty of times, but the details as to what actually happens in the film are fuzzy. Despite not remembering what actually happens in the film, I know I love it. For years now I’ve been waiting for a Blu-ray release so I could re-visit the film and see if it’s as great as I seem to think it is. I’ll get to find out this summer, perhaps on a day where I stay up until 4:00 AM.

Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller THE CRUSH, written and directed by Alan Shapiro (Flipper, TV’s The Outsiders) and starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride, Twister), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Kurtwood Smith (TV’s Agent Carter, That ‘70s Show).  On June 21, 2016, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present THE CRUSH Blu-ray edition, featuring new audio commentary with writer/director Alan Shapiro, new interviews with Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin, and more!

Synopsis:
A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. There must be something she can say or do. Some way she can show him this is not just a crush. What can she do? What won’t she do?
 
A captivating tale of obsession and revenge, THE CRUSH stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her breakthrough role. When Nick (Elwes) moves into a garage apartment in a picturesque
suburb, his landlady’s daughter (Silverstone) takes more than a passing interest in him. Her infatuation turns violent when he rejects her, and she sets out to ruin him, his work and his girlfriend. If she can’t have him, no one will.
THE CRUSH Blu-ray Special Features:
•NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Alan Shapiro
•NEW The Doting Father – an interview with Kurtwood Smith (10 minutes)
•NEW Stung By Love  – an interview with actress Jennifer Rubin (13 minutes)
•Theatrical Trailer
•TV Spot

Pre-order directly from Shout Factory and get the film two weeks before release!

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First Look: “The Exorcist” Television Series

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:35

Deadline reported last night that Fox has ordered “The Exorcist” to series, and now we have the first ever shot from the pilot that pictures stars Alfonso Herrera and Geena Davis.

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”).

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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Trollhunter’ Director’s ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:41

IFC Midnight has announced that it has acquired the US rights to André Øvredal’s thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Øvredal is known to many for his fantastic faux-documentary Trollhunter.

In The Autopsy of Jane Doe, “Two coroners – a father and son – receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

The film stars Brian Cox (The Ring, Red), Emile Hirsch (The Darkest Hour, Killer Joe), and Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy).

The film will be distributed in theaters.

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This ‘Hellraiser’-themed Rubik’s Cube Has Such Delights to Show You

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:12

The Hellraiser puzzle box is one of horror’s most iconic props. Even if you haven’t seen the films, you know immediately what the box represents. And, for the most part, replicas or props are rather pricey, making owning one an unlikely situation.

That’s where Mezco has stepped in and they’ve created a Lamentation Box-themed Rubik’s Cube. Painstakingly designed to look like the real deal, it’s a really fun little toy that will provide hours – in my case years of me trying it and then getting frustrated and tossing it to the side – of entertainment!

The official press release states that there are “…43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations“, so finding a solution might take a while.

There’s a gallery below and you can order yours right here but don’t expect it until this fall as it only begins shipping September, possibly October.

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A Stephen King Quote About Fear Powers ‘The Darkness’ Director Greg McLean

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:01

If you as the right questions, sometimes you’ll get a phenomenal piece of information out of a filmmaker.

Take the following, for example, where I had the chance to chat with Greg McLean about his supernatural horror The Darkness, in theaters this Friday the 13th.

When discussing the difference between creating scares in a supernatural film vs his Wolf Creek, McLean revealed his horror movie mantra, which comes courtesy of the great Stephen King.

They both work on implication; in the sense that all real horror is implied or created in the mind of the viewer. This is the great mystery and challenge of horror cinema I find – it’s a visual medium however not showing “the thing” rather than implying it is always 100% times more powerful. And also both rely on intense realism to be truly effective because as the master Stephen King once sagely said, “Without First Belief There Can Be No Fear.”

I have this above my writing table and it’s kind of a mantra of mine.

I absolutely love hearing filmmakers explain what inspires them and where they learned their craft. And McLean’s inspiration here rings very true. I have a huge issue with films that have weak characters or live in a completely unrealistic universe. When I don’t like the character, I don’t care if they die. If I don’t believe in their performance, it takes me out of the film. The same goes for everything happening around the characters. Look at Hellraiser, for example – Clive Barker’s interpretation of hell works because we believe in the characters and the universe he’s created on screen. McLean learned from King and now all of you can learn from McLean. Pass that horror baton!

Speaking of creating fear, I found the set up to The Darkness to echo The Exorcist in that a family brings home a relic that’s the conduit for the possession/haunting. While not exactly the same, there’s a tonal connect, which McLean agrees with.

I didn’t have [‘The Exorcist’] in mind but if that’s how you read it – awesome. I love ‘The Exorcist’ – it might be in my top two horror movies of all time – and I do find the notion of bringing something that has a power we can’t comprehend back into a regular home pretty scary.

I think it’s something we can all relate to – the notion of a haunted or cursed relic as it begs the questions; can a spirit or supernatural power reside within it? Does the past continue in some form we can’t see? It’s an ancient idea and all cultures throughout history seemed to believe this concept. It’s hard to argue against it.

You can read more about how this relic unleashes black handprints in our previous piece with McLean.

The Darkness, which stars Silent Hill and Rogue‘s Radha Mitchell, as well as Kevin Bacon (“The Following,” Stir of Echoes), follows a family that, after a vacation at the Grand Canyon, brings home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatens to destroy them from within, while also consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.

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Carla Juri Joins ‘Blade Runner 2’ Cast

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 14:26

Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that Carla Juri (Wetlands) has joined the cast of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, where she’ll be starring alongside Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks and Dave Bautista. Sicario‘s Denis Villeneuve is directing the film.

According to Variety, the sequel will be set several decades after the original film. Ford will be reprising his role as Rick Deckard, a special kind of police office known as a “Blade Runner” who hunts down “Replicants”, genetically engineered people, when they get out of line. The original movie took place in 2019 Los Angeles, so it’ll be interesting to see how that world evolved over “several decades”.

Ridley Scott, who directed the 1982 original, is acting as executive producer.

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Do You Have the ‘Nerve’ For This Kind of Truth or Dare?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:03

Truth or Dare has never looked as high stakes or as dangerous as it does in Nerve, the upcoming thriller from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who were the directors of Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4. The film will be coming out on July 27th.

Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger (Dave Franco), the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

Joining Roberts and Franco are Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis, and Kimiko Glenn. You can watch the trailer below.

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We Should Be Celebrating: The Return of Ghostbusters is Bigger Than the Reboot

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:01

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.

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White Zombie Release Previously Unheard Track “Scarecrow #2”

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:56

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.

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Celebrate “Twilight Zone” Day By Entering to Win the 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:16

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

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Gruesome Invite You Into New “Dimensions of Horror” (Exclusive)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:00

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.

You can pre-order your copy of Dimensions of Horror physically through Relapse Records or digitally Bandcamp.

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Hot Toys Will Release the Be-All-End-All Ripley ‘Alien’ Figure

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:18

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

Costume :
– One (1) green colored top
– One (1) white colored shirt
– One (1) blue colored jumpsuit
– One (1) pair of white and red colored sneakers

Weapon:
– One (1) custom flamethrower

Accessories:
– 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

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Appreciating the Wonderful Art of Clive Barker’s “The Thief of Always”

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:01

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

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An ‘Evil Dead II’ Megafan is Attempting to Salvage and Rebuild the Filming Site

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:01

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
Cabin roofing
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

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A Look at a ‘Leatherface’ Inmate Stopping For Some Tasty BBQ

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 08:14

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

Ok here’s a little taste for all the fans

Teresa Palmer Joins Ridley Scott’s ‘The Twisted’

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:54

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.

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‘Godzilla’ Rises in 2019 While ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ Battle Shifts to 2020

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:28

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.

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