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BBC 3's The Fear: Eduardo Sanchez & Matthew Giffen interview

18 October 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Gogglebox for horror nerds? New BBC 3 series The Fear, starting tonight, showcases horror shorts by amateur filmmakers...

I like the idea behind new BBC Three show The Fear. A bunch of short horror films made by amateurs are shown to an audience, who then rate them based on how scary they are. The scariest three are then shown to a qualified judge who will choose a winner. I like horror films and I like the idea of amateur horror filmmakers getting their short movies shown on television. Right in time for Halloween, too.

Based on the preview, the show is a bit like Gogglebox for horror nerds. We meet the audience and see how they react and listen to them waffling on in the way that people do when there’s a camera pointed at them (not during the films, of course). The good stuff, though, is the shorts themselves, »

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Geeks Say Things! - our latest podcast episode!

18 September 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our podcast returns! This time we're chatting Wes Craven, River Song, Jet Set Willy and Jason Statham...

Crikey, we're up to episode three!

For the latest installment of Geeks Say Things, we've got this little lot lined up for you...

Will Jet Set Willy be the next Hollywood blockbuster? Has the universe had enough of River Song? And will we ever get through an episode without one of the guests mentioning The CW? All these mysteries are solved in this month’s podcast. Plus – your made-up Statham films! Presented and produced by Pete Dillon-Trenchard, with Caroline Preece, Rob Leane, Ryan Lambie and Matt Edwards.

You can find it on iTunes here:

On Android here:

Or listen to it on Soundcloud right here...

Hope you like it! We'll be back either way next month with another one...

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Looking back at The Phantom

12 August 2015 4:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sergio Leone and Joe Dante at one stage were linked with The Phantom. We look back at Billy Zane's moment in the superhero spotlight.

“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.

The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »

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Impractical Jokers: funny, silly, and well worth watching

11 August 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Comedy Central's hidden camera show Impractical Jokers may not be big or clever, but it is very, very funny...

I’m not entirely sure what made me try Impractical Jokers. It’s one of those shows Comedy Central seems to be spamming their schedules with and I think it’s likely I just landed on it while channel hopping. I’d catch the odd segment here and there and would chuckle before flipping over. Then, maybe I’d leave it on. Then I’d start taping the second half of the show when I wanted to know how something played out but couldn’t keep watching. Now I record every single one, and I have to wait for my wife to get home because she’s totally into it too.

It’s not a programme I would have consciously made an effort to sit down and watch, though. The »

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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

29 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.

Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.

Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »

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Meet our new podcast: Geeks Say Things!

17 July 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The very first Den Of Geek! (UK) podcast - here's episode one of Geeks Say Things!

This is all your fault. Sort of. For many years, we have been asked if we've considered doing a podcast. And we have. The difference is that now we've actually done it. So, ladies and gentlemen, meet Geeks Say Things!, a monthly burst of movies, TV, comics and such like.

This first episode is hosted and produced by Pete Dillon-Trenchard, and he's joined by Caroline Preece, Rob Leane, Matt Edwards and Jason Statham *.

Our aim with Geeks Say Things! is to limit each episode to around 30 minutes or so. And here's episode one....

The podcast is available on cassette tape, at a cost of £19.99 plus postage and packing. That's how modern we are....

* Not strictly true.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to meet David Tennant, Batman

12 July 2015 9:29 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Across TV and comics, the Ninja Turtles are set to (sort of) meet Hellboy, a Klingon, a Doctor, and Batman...

David Tennant, the tenth Doctor himself, will be appearing in a guest role in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Ninja Turtles and Doctor Who? That’s Den Of Geek excited.

Tennant will be voicing Fugitoid. Previously, the Fugitoid has been the robot version of scientist Professor Honeycutt, who is wanted by an army of Triceraton soldiers for refusing to allow them to use his inventions for warfare. Triceratons are dinosaur alien soldiers. Some of the original Ninja Turtles comics are a little strange. They’re pretty good though.

It seems likely that we’ll see something similar with the character here, as Aliens’ Lance Henrikson and Star Trek’s Michael Dorn were also revealed to have joined the show to voice Triceratons Zod and Captain Mozar respectively.

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Looking back at Barb Wire: an overlooked 90s masterpiece?

7 July 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pamela Anderson headlined Barb Wire, an 18-certificate comic book movie from the 1990s. How does it hold up?

I like to write silly articles about terrible films, but I prefer to write silly articles that go on about how much I’ve enjoyed a film that most people wouldn’t bother with. Den of Geek will often send me odd films with rotten reputations and it’s always my hope that I’m going to get something like Chuck NorrisInvasion U.S.A., which is kind of out there but also kind of brilliant. More often, though, I’ll end up with a Santa With Muscles or a Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

When I read silly film look backs that other people have written around the internet, I’ll sometimes come away with the impression that the person has set out to trash an easy target. »

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Keoni Waxman interview: directing Steven Seagal

20 May 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The director of Mercenary: Absolution talks to us about international appeal, tough guys, and all things Seagal...

I’m Den of Geek’s go to guy for Steven Seagal movies and, as such, was very excited when the opportunity to interview Keoni Waxman arose. He’s directed six movies that have starred Seagal and worked on the TV series True Justice with the big man.

Not only was I excited to speak to Waxman because I like his films, I thought he’d be an interesting interview subject. While I understand that interviews with big Hollywood stars are more popular, I felt like I would have a chance to speak to someone that many Den of Geek readers wouldn’t know much about, and that he’d be able to offer us an interesting perspective on a part of the film industry that we don’t have much access to. »

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Steven Seagal’s Mercenary Absolution : 2015's toughest film

20 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Steven Seagal and Vinnie Jones star in Mercenary: Absolution. Matt has compiled 10 reasons why it's the toughest movie of the year...

When Den of Geek published our Top 25 must see movies of 2015, we placed the upcoming Steven Seagal movie Mercenary: Absolution in the top spot. I assume. I wasn’t involved in writing that one and didn’t actually get around to reading it. I heard it was good, though, and so naturally assume Seagal took the top spot. 

It’s proved a canny prediction as the film delivers. Well, it has some flaws, but I think it’s alright. If you’re a fan of modern Steven Seagal movies then this is one of the better ones. If you’re not a fan of modern Seagal movies, this list is guaranteed to convert you. I’d stake the Den of Geek editorial team’s reputation on it. 

Whether Mercenary: »

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5 more great episodes of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with cake!)

5 February 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To celebrate Tmnt season 3 starting this weekend, Matt once again watches some favourite episodes and eats too much cake...

In an incredible display of commitment to my craft, in order to complete this article I spent an entire weekend watching cartoons and eating cake. You’re welcome, Den of Geek readers.

With the third season of the cartoon launching in the UK and the second half of the second season arriving on DVD, I decided it was time I wrote something else about one of my favourite television shows. Then, in my local supermarket, I found this.

It was the same Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake that I had bought last year, except that this one was Michelangelo! As it had a slightly different mouth and a different colour headband, I obviously had to buy it immediately. I have no problem paying out twice for a lazy rejig if I »

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