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Platinum Dunes Resurrecting "The Monster Squad"

19 March 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, Platinum Dunes, producers of horror remakes "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" will update the 1987 feature "The Monster Squad", with Rob Cohen, producer of the original film, also on board the remake.

Written by Shane Black {"Lethal Weapon") and Nicholas Hill, "The Monster Squad" was directed by Fred Dekker ("Night of the Creeps", released by Tri-Star Pictures, featuring 'classic' movie monsters led by 'Dracula' (Duncan Regehr).

'The Monster Squad' of the title is a gang of pre-teens who idolize the 'classic' movie monsters. Club leader 'Sean' (Andre Gower) obtains the diary of vampire hunter 'Abraham Van Helsing' (Jack Gwillim), revealing the story of an amulet composed of 'concentrated good'. The Squad must gain possession of the amulet before the 'day of balance', when a hole in the universe will open.

To gain control of the world, Dracula must obtain the amulet before the Monster Squad does, »

- Michael Stevens

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Blu-Ray Review: Original 1981 ‘Clash of the Titans’ Deserves Better Re-Release

9 March 2010 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Winter Olympics coverage on NBC made it impossible for viewers to ignore the fact that there is indeed a “Clash of the Titans” remake coming out in April. This may seem redundant, since the vast majority of modern fantasy has in some way ripped off Greek mythology. Both “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson” include a variation on Medusa, the reptilian villain with snake hair and a stoney stare.

Medusa has been giving young moviegoers nightmares for decades, thanks to Ray Harryhausen, whose distinctive stop-motion effects have enhanced cinema since the early 40s. Their herky-jerky movement has a life and immediacy that simply can’t be mimicked by today’s all-too-fluid CGI. 1981’s “Titans” marked the last time Harryhausen served as “special visual effects creator.” It’s a tribute to his mastery that the film still has a timeless grandeur, despite the fact that its effects now seem to »

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Clash of the Titans - Blu-ray Review

5 March 2010 7:57 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The remake wagon rolls on, but it does occasionally get the original film onto Blu-ray. Such is the case with the Clash of the Titans - a fondly remembered Greek god epic. The new version looks grittier than this kid-friendly fare, but the Blu-ray looks pretty gritty and maybe the movie hasn.t aged well. Perseus (Harry Hamlin) is the son of the god Zeus (Laurence Olivier). The .immaculate conception. circumstances and a prophecy around Perseus. birth caused Zeus to instruct Poseidon (Jack Gwillim) to unleash the monstrous Kraken to destroy the city of Argos. Those destructive events are threatening to repeat themselves. Calibos (Neil McCarthy) is also the son of Thetis (Maggie Smith), a goddess, and is »

- Jeff Swindoll

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