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Harker’s Hits: Weekly Roundup!

8 hours ago

It’s been a busy week in Hollywood! Check out some highlights below and then head off to see Deadpool again. We know you were at the Thursday previews … We all were, which is why Ryan Reynolds’ revamped superhero broke box-office records. The $12.7 million dollars it raked in Thursday night was more than any other R-rated movie had in the whole history of ever. Both fans and critics are in love with it. Even Last Golden Girl Standing Betty White raved about it! (Warning: Nsfw language, so listen with your earbuds!)

• Following in the wake of MTV’s successful Scream (and Fox’s less successful Scream Queens), Freeform (the erstwhile ABC Family) is jumping on the horror bandwagon with Dead Of Summer. Conceived by Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the show cast two of the stars from their fairy-tale series: Elizabeth Mitchell, who played Ingrid, »


- Harker Jones

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Artist Spotlight: Bob Eggleton

10 hours ago

Who are you and what do you do?” 

 I am Bob Eggleton multi-Hugo Award winning artist (Forry won the first one many years ago so there is a lineage), and recently a Rondo Award winner (for FM covers) who has been in the Sf/Fantasy field for over 30 years. I do lots of things: my own ideas, bookcovers, comics, and I have worked as a movie concept artist on several animated films and, I’m a huge Godzilla and Classic Monster fan.

What mediums are you most fond of working with? 

I play with all media. Oils are really nice with painting, though I work in acrylics and, my most basic but favored medium is the pencil. I love pencil.

 What inspires you the most? 

Many things. Nature, dinosaurs, space….classical artists work, like what you see in a museum.

What/who is your favorite artwork/artist? 

Wow. I could »


- Caroline Stephenson

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Revoltin’ Reviews: Pieces, The Mutilator, and The Vincent Price Collection III

12 hours ago

This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!

Pieces

•             Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)

•             Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato

•             Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón

•             Starring: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Paul L. Smith

Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »


- DanielXIII

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Neca’s 8-bit Slashers: Unboxing Jason and Leatherface

11 February 2016 2:46 PM, PST

Neca is bringing the nostalgia to toy collectors everywhere with new additions to their “8-bit” line—a series of figures based off of classic video games from Nes and Atari—which already includes Batman, Freddy Krueger, Robocop, Predator, and more. We got our hands on both Jason Voorhees, inspired by the the 1989 Friday The 13th game for Nes, and Leatherface from the Atari 2600 Texas Chainsaw Massacre game (1983). Both figures are extremely detailed and come with equally-detailed accessories, like Leatherface’s trusty chainsaw and Pamela Voorhees’ “floating” head. See our full review below and add Jason or Leatherface to your collection via Amazon.com.

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- Caroline Stephenson

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Director Drew Hall on Redemption in his film convergence

11 February 2016 8:42 AM, PST

Dark Sky Films has brought us films as diverse and bold as The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, and Stake Land. Joining that esteemed company is the recently released (and now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD) Convergence, in which a cop (Clayne Crawford, Swimfan, Jericho) finds himself trapped in limbo and must find redemption before he can escape. With support from veteran actors Ethan Embry (Vacancy, Once Upon A Time) and Mykelti Williamson (The Final Destination, Forrest Gump), the nightmarish action-horror film deals with weighty themes of religious fanaticism and atonement. We spoke with writer-director Drew Hall about his inspiration, beliefs, and symbolism.

Famous Monsters. Convergence is very timely since we’re in a period of religious extremism. Is that what prompted you to write the film?

Drew Hall. Yes. I grew up during a time period of very aggressive but non-violent anti-abortion protests. My family would take »


- Harker Jones

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Famous Monster Kid: X-Files Triple-threat Glen Morgan

10 February 2016 2:26 PM, PST

The six-episode return of The X-Files is four shows deep now, with the “event series” adopting more of a “Monster of the Week” format than the solidly connective storyline that many fans had anticipated. Still, this week’s episode, “Home Again,” written and directed by longtime X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan, made a concerted effort to balance a brand-new monster with Scully and Mulder’s (Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny) emotional “abandoned child” storyline.

Morgan, a longtime fan of Famous Monsters going back to his childhood, took time to break down “Home Again,” discuss some of his favorite X-Files episodes, and recall his Monster Kid roots in our latest FM Podcast. Listen Here!

“This series, maybe more than others, has a very varied fan base,” Morgan tells FM of the challenges to cater to demand. “You have the mythology fans, you have the monster-of-the-week fans, you have the weird science fans, »


- Harker Jones

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FM Podcast 8: X-Files Writer/Director Glen Morgan Interview

10 February 2016 1:55 PM, PST

The six-episode return of The X-Files is four shows deep now. This week’s episode, “Home Again,” written and directed by longtime X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan, made a concerted effort to balance a brand-new “Monster of the Week” with Mulder and Scully’s emotional “abandoned child” storyline. Morgan, a longtime fan of Famous Monsters going back to his childhood, took time to break down “Home Again,” discuss some of his favorite X-Files episodes, and recall his Monster Kid roots for FM Editor David Weiner. Glen Morgan interview – [1:50] »


- Cameron Hatheway

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Harker’s Hits: February 9 New Releases

10 February 2016 11:37 AM, PST

From the aliens to zombies, the second week of February brings us a bounty of goodies in terms of DVD and Blu-ray just in time for Valentine’s Day. Take a gander at my picks and let me know what your favorite new releases are in the comments!

Spectre

Daniel Craig returns for his fourth “shaken, not stirred” exploit as James Bond battling the evil title corporation and jet-setting to such disparate and beautiful places as Mexico City, Rome, and Austria. The presence of Monica Bellucci adds even more beauty! $19.99

Buy Spectre

Convergence

Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry (like you’ve never seen him!), and Mykelti Williamson battle for their souls in writer-director Drew Hall’s horror-allegory about finding redemption in purgatory. $34.70 Blu-ray/$16.75 DVD

Buy Convergence

Hangman

A family returns home from a vacation to find their house has been burglarized, but that’s only the beginning of their horror. Jeremy Sisto »


- Harker Jones

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Scream Fest Preview: Bela Lugosi Jr.

8 February 2016 5:01 PM, PST

Come meet Bela Lugosi Jr. at our Silver Scream Festival as we screen four of his father’s most iconic films. He’ll be doing a Q&A, so buy your tix now and get your questions ready. As the steward of his father’s legacy, he’ll have all the answers regarding the first golden age of Hollywood horror!

The films we’ll be screening:

Dracula

The most famous of all Draculas, Lugosi Sr.’s incarnation became so ingrained in the public consciousness that it was the mold from which essentially all others were made up until the TWILIGHTs and the Vampire Diaries of the world changed things up.

Son Of Frankenstein

Teaming Lugosi with Sherlock Holmes himself, Basil Rathbone, as the titular character, and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, was box office gold for Universal. It’s your chance to check out Lugosi’s first turn as »


- Harker Jones

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Harker’s Hits: 6 best super bowl ads

8 February 2016 12:14 PM, PST

People watch the Super Bowl for different reasons. Some actually watch the game. And some watch just to be social. But everyone watches for the ads. And whether they were previews of things to come or commercial tie-ins, there were plenty of commercials to thrill and inspire us this year. I’ve posted my six faves below and want to know your own. Leave your picks in the comments!

One-way Ticket To Metropolis, Please

One of the more creative tie-ins featured two ads, one with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor from the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice shilling for Turkish Airlines. Hey, I’d book a seat to Gotham City if the Turks could get me there!

Welcome Back To The Jungle

Disney previewed the live-action remake of its animated classic The Jungle Book and it looks thrilling. Though it Is a »


- Harker Jones

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Interview: Henrique Couto reveals the details of Amityville: No Escape

8 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST

Hey there, creeps! I have a great guest here in the ol’ Crypt o’ Xiii today: prolific genre die-rector Henrique Couto! H.C. is here to give us the world premiere exclusive diabolical deets on his upcomin’ fright flick, Amityville: No Escape (the official die-scription of which reads: “A group of college students go into the deep woods of the most haunted town in America to better understand fear… and they found it”)!

Famous Monsters. For those among the Coffin Club that may not be familiar with you, tell us a bit about yerself, and how you came up with the idea to delve into the arcane Amityville universe!

Henrique Couto. I’m a horror movie lover, and that developed into wanting to make them. I’ve produced/directed 13 films to this day, with around 60% of them being horror. I loved the idea of expanding on the horror-scape of Amityville »


- DanielXIII

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