Figures reports that, following their surprise announcement last week, Sideshow finally pulls the covers off their latest 1:6th scale action figure: SNAKE PLISSKEN.
Played by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter’s cult classic film Escape From New York, Snake Plissken is an 80′s action hero many collectors have been clamoring for in this scale. Sideshow’s 12-inch action figure features all of the anti-heroes trademark features, including full abdomen cobra tattoo, eye patch and clothing – muscle shirt and distressed leather jacket, urban camo pants, shin guards and combat boots.
The one-eyed warrior comes complete with an arsenal of modified firepower holstered at his side, toting the USPF-issued submachine gun with detachable silencer, scope and spare mags, his sidearm revolver with scope, and an array of throwing stars. Cigarette in hand, Snake is fully equipped with a radio and homing device – and just so there’s no funny business he’s shackled up with wrist time-clock and tracker. To complete the mission and ensure the survival of the human race, the “Exclusive Edition” will include an additional swap out hand with cassette tape containing the President’s top secret nuclear fusion information.
The Snake Plissken Sixth Scale Figure will be available for pre-order this Thursday October 24th. The regular and Exclusive editions will each be priced at $159.99, with installment payment plans available.
French zombie series "The Returned" is creeping up on us all courtesy of Sundance, and right now we've got the first trailer for you. Check it out!
From the Press Release
Sundance Channel has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama “The Returned” from Music Box Films. The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st, at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.
The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote, “'The Returned'... is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to... TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.”
“We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level— we made them French!” stated Sarah Barnett, President of Sundance Channel. “‘The Returned’ is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions.”
In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais, and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.
“‘The Returned’ epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens,” says William Schopf, President of Music Box Films. “We couldn’t be more excited about working with our partners at the Sundance Channel to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this phenomenal series to the North American audience”, says Marc Nowak, General Manager Zodiak Rights (Paris). “This is a sign the U.S. TV market is opening up to French drama and that the independent production and distribution companies need to continue to innovate and create original fiction to succeed internationally.”
“We are proud that Sundance Channel chose ‘The Returned’ for their audience,” says Caroline Benjo, Haut et Court producer. “Sundance Channel represents a landmark in independent programming, airing bold and innovative TV projects from all over the world. We couldn’t have dreamt being in better hands.”
While we get a lot of Top 10 lists from various bands and musicians, it’s rare that we get one that pays homage to the real classics, the ones that created the foundation for our genre. But those are exactly the films that Austin, TX based David Stükenberg is into: black and white films from generations past that may not have the greatest special effects, the most blood (if any), or the most terrifying of villains but instead have charm, amazing atmosphere, and classic, thrilling music.
Stükenberg comments, “My favorite horror movies are the old silent ones like The Unknown,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and of course anything with Vincent Price. I also love the “Abbot & Costello” horror-themed films. Growing up watching a movie like “Frankenstein,” I think I was able to walk away with a little less fear across the board because even as a six year-old, I knew that Frankenstein’s costume was made out of cardboard boxes, and should you become injured by any monsters, you only bleed ketchup, and then you are good. But it’s all truly terrifying with the amazing special effects in black and white. So great.”
And to celebrate the upcoming release of the Appalachian rock-inspired Novella, Stükenberg has put together his Top 10 Black & White Horror Films! Check out the full list below!
Top 10 Black & White Horror Films list from David Stükenberg:
Murder He Says (1945)
Glow in the dark dogs and a redneck household who poisons their unsuspecting guests. Plus, the best hay bail hide-and-seek chase scene ever.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Brooks taking the Frankenstein franchise with Willy Wonka at the helm. How can you beat that?
The Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock made something normal horrifying, with some of the most epic shots to ever hit the silver screen. Incredibly over dramatic but perfect in its own way.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
As if the title didn’t give you enough of a reason to check it out. One shot of the creature’s mask will give you all the reasons you need.
King Kong (1933)
Special effects, special effects, special effects. Oh yeah.
This is the eerie roots of every vampire movie ever made. The silent factor makes this one legitimately unsettling.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Some of the best overuse of fog machines in a graveyard, ever. And Boris Karloff is the man!
The Fly (1958)
Vincent Price is in rare form. In case you ever wondered what a human fly would look like, here is your opportunity. I’ll give you a hint: your eyes are huge and on the side of your head.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
I’m not sure it’s technically a horror movie but some of the best acting I have ever seen while playing chess with the Grim Reaper. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Maybe the most non-scary movie of all time. But, it provides constant laughs at it and even a few with it.
Make sure to check out Stükenberg’s Kickstarter for his new album Novella.
Paramount has become one of the friendliest studios to the horror genre over the past several years by taking chances on movies others wouldn't touch. Next up for them? A little movie called Attach. Read on for details.
According to THR, Paramount has nabbed writer-director Chris Gorak's sci-fi spec script Attach. Gorak, a longtime production designer who segued to the director's chair for the 2006 thriller Right at Your Door, also will direct Attach. Adam Schroeder (Chronicle) is producing.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is described as in a similar vein as Chronicle in that it is a big visual concept with a young cast at the center of it. Look for more on this one as we get it!
Kelly Sue DeConnick And Emma Rios are together once again, and this time it’s for their creator-owned fantasy western mashup, “Pretty Deadly”. The book follows the Death’s daughter in a post Civil War setting, as she embarks on her journey to savage revenge.
Kelly Sue and Emma sat down to talk about their love for Westerns, blending genres, and their plans for the future of “Pretty Deadly”. Look for issue #1 in comic shops today (our review here).
BD: You came up with this project together and it was originally a heist/crime story? How did evolve into a supernatural Western?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: Emma basically said, “meh, how about a western?” The supernatural part evolved as we were creating it. The bones bunny who tells the tale basically set that in place.
Emma Rios: I´m not sure. It probably started when we decided to change the original Circus idea, using the “Cantares de Cego” – a spanish tradition – instead, as a meta-tool for telling the story. Probably the“fantasy tale” vibe started to grow stronger there, thinking about the fairie tale comic inside the comic.
BD: Pretty Deadly draws heavily from Spaghetti Westerns. Did you go back and watch a lot of those films for reference in terms of story structure and plot, or is this its own beast set in a western world?
ER: Yeah , a lot. I already liked westerns a lot, but at the beginning I spent at least two or three months watching a western per day movie. Ford, Sturges, Leone, Peckinpah… Still want to re-watch Deadwood, I´m a big fan.
KSD: I did re-watch some movies and I did some reading as well, but if I was trying to ape that style, I failed. It’s definitely its own thing.
BD: How much of that aesthetic do you try to emulate in Pretty Deadly?
ER: Well, Pretty Deadly is fantasy, but I´m basically following the aesthetics of a real post civil war era, 1870-80s. So, most of those movies are a great inspiration source to make things believable.
I´m using a lot classic references too, among other stuff, the main character uses a Colt navy 51, the same one Wild Bill Hikock and Doc Holiday owned. There is another charater, Alice, with a LeMat and a Winchester 73. Another one with a Clint Eastwood friendly Peacemaker, there is also a house very similar to the one in 1960 John Huston´s The Unforgiven (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054428/) etc…
BD: It’s strange that Westerns are making a bit of a come back now when they were dead for so long. Why do you think creators are harkening back to the genre and the themes that come with it?
KSD: I don’t know, exactly. A lot of things that were big in the 1970s are experiencing a comeback, aren’t they? Maybe the recession?
BD: Other than being a Western, the book incorporates elements of the supernatural and fantasy. How do you blend these elements together in Pretty Deadly?
KSD: “Effortlessly!” “Beautifully!”
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
I dunno. It’s just the way the world is. Everybody kind of knows it except Sissy–the girl in the vulture coat–who maybe always suspected…? Her coming to terms with the magic in the world isn’t actually as rough as her acceptance of her role in it.
BD: And for you, Emma, how is it as the artist?
ER: Hum, it wasn´t difficult to integrate. One of the things I like when working with supernatural stuff is making it look natural somehow. Making it fit with the environment and have its own logic. For the rest it´s all about acting, and make people or creatures believable in the quiet moments.
BD: The promotional images of Ginny are really intriguing. Is she wearing a mask, or some sort of face paint? What can you tell us about her?
KSD: It’s a tattoo. Down the line we’ll tell the story of when and how she got it maybe, but for right now, it’s just there.
She’s the daughter of Beauty and Death and she’s a reaper. She’s unusual, though, in that she’s grown up straddling the worlds of the living and the dead.
BD: And she has a knack for stitching herself up?
KSD: Well, sewing is a domestic task — the realm of the fairer sex, no?
BD: You’ve worked together at Marvel. Is there any difference in your collaboration process when you’re working with her on creator owned material?
ER: We are building this thing more slowly and in a much more collaborative way by talking everyday and consider the book as a whole. Art and story is a continuous back and forth that makes them influence each other. This is building a tone on its own for the book, and is turning into a more solid result, I think.
KSD: It’s definitely liberating. And just… just the TIME Emma has to put into the pages. They’re STUNNING. You can’t rush work like that.
BD: There’s been a really positive hype for this series since it was solicited. Did you expect such attention off the bat?
KSD: NO. And it’s both wonderful and horrible. I’m terrified of Wednesday. I can’t see how we can possibly live up to expectations.
ER: I didn´t expect such enthusiasm, we tried not to show much of the book and for a lot of months there was just the first teaser image, so I never thought it was going to be that much expectation. I couldn´t be more flattered and couldn´t apreciate more all this support people are giving us.
There is pressure of course but, at the same time, it is making me work hard and try to bring my A game.
I´m really curious to see how the reaction is going to be when the book is out, despite being a western the content is not very predictable.
BD: What’s your plan for the series after this arc? Or is it too early to say?
ER: We want to work on this for at least one more, and to develop the world as much as the market allows us to. Our idea is doing an ongoing with pauses between arcs.
KSD: We’ll take a short break to get going on some other projects and then come back. We’ll do PD as long as it’s still fun and financially viable.
BD: What’s next for Emma Ríos?
ER: Besides following with more Pretty Deadly, I´ve been writing a solo thing that I will prepare just after finishing the first arc, but it´s still a bit soon to talk about it. Also I have some short and fun collaborations here and there.
BD: Anything else you’d like our readers to know about?
KSD: My friend Steve Niles’ house got flooded and there’s an ebay auction to help him out, here. He’s a big horror guy and he gave me my first co-writing gig.
I’m going to donate a set of 7 covers of Pretty Deadly #1, signed by both Emma and myself. Keep an eye out.
Wolf Creek 2 will soon be starting its overseas reign of terror, and while we wait here Stateside for the goodies to come our way, we've put together an image gallery for you cats to dig on. Check it out!
Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), Wolf Creek 2 will be distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films. International sales are being handled by Arclight Films. The sequel will hit Australian theatres on February 20, 2014.
Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes an horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet: Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).
As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white-knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.
FX wants to remind you about tonight’s episode of “American Horror Story: Coven” with this new “Inside The Coven” video featurette.
In the new video, you’ll learn the history, design, and meaning behind Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. It features new footage and interviews with cast and crew.
Things allegedly get crazy tonight in episode 3.03, “The Replacement”, which airs Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. EST.
In it, “Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé. A guilt-ridden Zoe tries to give Kyle his old life back. Madison has a fiery exchange with Joan Ramsey, a new neighbor…”
I vividly remember watching [REC] for the first time and being completely blown away. Still, no matter how great it was, the last thing we expected was that it would become one hell of a franchise. So popular is it in its homeland that a new Halloween maze has opened modeled after it.
Entitled [REC]: Passage, the event is part of PortAventura in Europe. In it "you’ll experience 15 minutes of walking in darkness where characters make you feel the real fear in five different scenarios based on the Filmax series."
There are moments of real panic and awesome effects. “Laser effects disorient you and [there are] large movie screens that will transport you to the most terrifying moments from [REC], [REC]2, and [REC]3. The monsters will chase you and will make the 15 minutes it takes this passage to be a nightmare from which you cannot wake up.”
PortAventura TV shared the following video of director Jaume Balaguero walking through the experience.
Magnet Releasing has now released the green band trailer for Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s crazy creepy Here Comes the Devil (read our review), centering on a couple’s children who go missing in the caves of Tijuana, opening on various On Demand platforms and limited theaters on December 13.
Starring Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro, “Barreiro and Caro are parents whose preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside after a casual hike became every parent’s nightmare.
The good luck and good fortune of their return soon changes, as the children’s behavior suggests ominous and unspeakable events the night the children were lost that continue even now. As a loving couple – and loving parents – try to care for and protect their children, the ancient and half-whispered legends around the caves and the mountain and those who have gone there before become too strange to believe … and too dangerous, no matter how insane, to ignore.”
Dark Sky Films produced the supernatural horror. Adrian Garcia Bogliano is currently in post on his werewolf movie, Late Phases.
Here’s a new video featurette for NBC’s upcoming “Dracula”, featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers speaking about his tole as the titular character.
“The series, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage, takes place in the 1890s and finds Dracula (“The Tudors’” Jonathan Rhys Meyers) living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. But his true plan — to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago — is derailed when he falls in love with Mina (“Arrow”‘s Jessica DeGouw), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) is a brilliant professor obsessed with revenge and power. He may be a greater threat to the public than the titular count.” Katie McGrath and Nonso Anozie also star.
“Dracula,” a co-production from British Sky Broadcasting, Carnival Films & Television, Flame Ventures and NBCUniversal, hails from Tony Krantz (“24,” “Sports Night”) and former HBO Films president Colin Callender and writer-creator Cole Haddon (who will co-exec produce).
“Dracula” premieres this Friday, October 25.
After a decade of torture, and several films, watch as Jigsaw puts a family through hell…
YouTube user Chris Capel directed a hilarious Saw spoof entitled “Living with Jigsaw”, in which Jigsaw (in this case, the Billy puppet) torments his roomies with random tasks in order to survive…life. The funniest bit is when Jigsaw (Billy) puts his roommate’s car keys inside his dog and tells him he needs to kill his best friend, or be late for work…
Looking to deck out your digital comics collection for Halloween? ComiXology has your back. From now until October 24th, there is huge sale on “Vampirella” books. Collections are super discounted and single issues are mostly .99 cents.
Excited to see what terrors await in tonight's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven," entitled "The Replacements"? While we bide our time, here's a look "Inside the Coven" at the history, design, and meaning behind Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
"American Horror Story: Coven" Episode 3.03 - "The Replacements" (airs 10/23/13)
Fiona (Jessica Lange) takes on an unlikely protégé. A guilt-ridden Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) tries to give Kyle (Evan Peters) his old life back. Madison (Emma Roberts) has a fiery exchange with Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone), a new neighbor.
Written by James Wong; directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Pack up your PJ's and a toothbrush because next week the Winchesters are hosting a "Slumber Party," and we're all invited! Here's a quick preview of what's in store for us in Episode 9.04.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.04 - "Slumber Party" (airs 10/29/13, 9-10pm)
FELICIA DAY RETURNS AS CHARLIE - SAM, DEAN AND CHARLIE MEET DOROTHY FROM OZ — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover that the table in the Men of Letters house (the one that lit up like a Christmas tree when the angels fell) has an ancient computer attached to it. They figure if they can get the computer on, they can track the angels. Who better to call for help than the best IT girl there is, Charlie (guest star Felicia Day)?
While moving the massive computer, they dislodge a hidden hexbag that unleashes a magical green-webbed wall. Sam and Dean break through it and discover the one and only Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn) from Oz. She had trapped herself and the wicked witch (guest star Maya Massar) in the web years ago to stop the witch from finding the key that would open the gate that connected their world with Oz. With the wall broken, a massive and magical fight ensues that threatens to destroy the Men of Letters house.
Robert Singer directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.
Denver, Colorado’s Trve Brewing Company has teamed up with occult metal band Absu to bring four distinct beers in honor of the 20th anniversary of the band’s second album The Sun Of Tiphareth. The first beer, Eastern Candle, is a pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song “Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle”).
ABSU recently announced details of their upcoming North American Connexus Continuation Tour, the trek to showcase the band performing set with music spanning throughout their twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas-based mythological occult metal trio since the release of Abzu, the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.
Head on below for more information on the three upcoming beers.
The three forthcoming beers to be unleashed are the following:
Tiphareth – Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.
Manannán – Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.
Winter Zephyr – Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels.
ABSU North American Connexus Continuation:
11/08/2013 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub – Milwaukee, WI @(November Coming Fire Festival
11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/11/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
11/12/2013 Beale Street Live – Indianapolis, IN
11/13/2013 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
11/14/2013 The Pinch – Washington, DC
11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY
11/16/2013 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
11/18/2013 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
The best thing that happened in last night's episode of "The Originals" is that finally Elijah is back and ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family, including facing the "Ultimate Weapon." Here's a preview of next week's Episode 1.05, "Sinners and Saints."
"The Originals" Episode 1.05 - "Sinners and Saints" (airs 10/29/13, 8-9pm)
Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) demands answers from Sophie (Daniella Pineda), believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah (Claire Holt) a troubling secret from her past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie, and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set off on a mission of their own. Davina (Danielle Campbell) confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.
Daniel Gillies also stars. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Julie Plec.
We first told you about Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs' plans to bring their phenomenal Edgar Allan Poe stage play Nevermore to the big screen a while back, but now the two titans are hoping to see their project become a reality through a Kickstarter campaign.
According to the campaign page: Nevermore is set in 1848, a year after the death of Poe's beloved wife, Virginia (and a year before his own). He had become internationally famous as the author of The Raven and his Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. But his fame did not provide fortune, and so he was constantly seeking financial security and respect from the literary establishment.
This is Poe in his own words. Our text is taken from his letters and essays, and we have based our evening on reviews and reports of his actual appearances. Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story.
The film will expand on the stage play by dramatizing some of Poe's most famous works, including The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart and Annabel Lee.
As of this writing, Nevermore is only around 20% funded with a little more than a week to go - a very sad sign given the quality of the project. But horror fans can make all the difference, just like they did with ADI's Harbinger Down project earlier this year. So go spend that $10 you saved by not seeing the Carrie remake and make something really special happen.
Over the weekend I got into a debate with Lonmonster and Mr. Disgusting on Twitter. It all started when Lonnie asserted that Slither was a remake of Night Of The Creeps and pretty soon we got into discussing which one of them might be the better film. A lot of folks I respect have mentioned the Creeps vs. Slither thing to me over the years, so I figured I’d finally weigh in with my thoughts here.
First of all (and with all due respect to my colleagues), I’d like to say that Slither is in no way a remake of Night Of The Creeps. Yes, I will concede the point that the biology of the slug creatures is quite similar (especially when you consider the fact that they “possess” people). Aside from that though, I don’t see a whole lot of similarity. The slugs in James Gunn’s film are part of a host of creatures that all tie into the consciousness of the creature that has taken hold of Michael Rooker’s Grant Grant. While the slug induced infections in both films threaten world domination, the psychology of the creatures is wildly different. The creature inside Grant Grant is a world conqueror, we see through its memories that it has effortlessly toppled more feral planets. But the stumbling block on Earth is that it has to confront one of the elements that makes us well… human. Love.
Grant Grant is feeling love for the first time, which is ultimately his undoing. When he makes love with Starla (Elizabeth Banks), he cries tears of joy at this utterly unfamiliar feeling. Of course he’s still going to be the world conquering creature that he is (and he kills plenty of people in the film) but his affection for Starla is palpable enough to be his downfall. In a way he’s a malevolent, viral, version of King Kong. And the blonde is his weakness.
After that the differences between the two films become even more vast. Night Of The Creeps is more of a collegiate romp, whereas Slither remarkably makes a vast canvas out of a small town. By shifting protagonists in each act, we’re allowed to spend considerable time with the residents of Wheelsy. From cops to farm families, adults to children, rich to poor, politicians to trailer trash. In fact, it seems as though we don’t see any college age characters, a demographic that populates the vast majority of the Creeps cast (Tom Atkins deservedly legendary performance aside).
And, while I love Night Of The Creeps, I’d have to argue that Slither is overall the better film. Both of them are underrated horror comedies, but Slither really sticks the landing. It’s my feeling that Creeps sort of loses momentum at the end. Around the time J.C. tragically checks out (an admirably bold move that unfortunately serves to undercut the fun vibe of the film) I begin to feel my interest waning somewhat. The image of Chris and Cindy armed with a shotgun and flamethrower outside the sorority house is a great one, but the actual payoff of the sequence is sort of slight.
Slither, on the other hand is able to keep us invested all the way until the end credits. Starla offering herself to the monstrous Grant Grant in the name of saving their marriage emotionally reinvests us before the final, violent showdown. The image of the encroaching “zombies” dropping suddenly when their link to Grant’s consciousness is terminated is fantastic. And the final shot of Starla, Bill and Tania limping away is incredibly satisfying.
Both films are great horror comedies, and I wouldn’t fault anyone for disagreeing with me, but Slither sticks to my ribs more. And it’s most certainly not a remake. Disagree? Have a preference? Vote in the poll below!Take Our Poll
Ready to learn a bit more about the title character in NBC's upcoming "Dracula" miniseries? Then read on to watch a new video interview (yes, another one!) with star Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
"Dracula" is a twisted, sophisticated, and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel. The 10-episode series is paired with "Grimm" on Friday nights and will premiere at 10PM on October 25th.
Along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, the other cast members include Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
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"Dracula" Episode 1.01 - "The Blood Is the Life" (airs 10/25/13)
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina Murray, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Jonathan Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.