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The League of Gentleman actor – who is currently appearing in new play Hangmen –answered your questions at 1pm on Wednesday 23 September, giving his insights into lost characters, creative influences and his comedy writing technique. Read his responses below
Thanks for all the questions, sorry if I didn't get to you. But imagine the answer was just what you wanted - that is what I would have said.
I think of those three, I would say the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Dracula only frightened me afterwards, having watched one of the Hammers, it was in the night in the dark that I would then consider him trying to get in at the window. The Creature was a proper monster - those dead eyes swimming through »
- Guardian Staff
Funko's paying tribute to villains and monsters this fall with their new Leatherface ReAction figure, super-sized Godzilla Pop! vinyl, and Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 that includes Count Orlok, David from The Lost Boys, Pinhead, and more.
Funko's slated their Leatherface ReAction figure for a September release and their Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 for an October debut, while their Godzilla Pop! Vinyl figure is due out in November. Below, we have official details and images (courtesy of Funko).
Leatherface: "Head for the hills! Our Leatherface ReAction figure is coming! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre antagonist dons his signature bloody apron, mask, and comes with his trusty chainsaw!"
Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2: "Horror fans, rejoice! Our second series of Horror Mystery Minis are here!
This series contains horror legends like Nosferatu, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein! Your box might also contain Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, or other contemporary horror classics! »
- Derek Anderson
The Creature Walks Among Us, 1956.
Directed by John Sherwood.
The Gill-Man is captured by scientists and begins to mutate so it can breathe air and walk on land. Cue lots of rampaging mutant creature madness… possibly.
Back in the 1950s horror films rarely got sequels, especially direct ones that followed on to tell one long story. The Universal Monsters films were loosely connected by tenuous links but ever-changing casts, filmmakers and budgets meant that there weren’t really that many clear and consistent tales being told, but when The Creature From the Black Lagoon came out in 1954 – a good decade after Universal’s golden period had ended – the studio had hit gold once again and so a sequel was rushed into production. Revenge of the Creature came out a year later and gave audiences more »
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s plans to reintroduce a new generation of moviegoers to its back catalogue of classic beasties have been met with mixed opinion. Initial press releases described the planned movies as action-adventure with no references to their cinematic heritage – horror. Understandably so, fans vocalized their upset at the studio’s proposed reboot remaining in line with the 1999 take on The Mummy. A fun romp? Yes. Scary? Not so much.
By the looks of things, there was a degree of miscommunication in that earlier statement. At the Television Critics Association Press tour, Alex Kurtzman – who is overseeing the entire Monsterverse with Roberto Orci – addressed those concerns during a chat with the folks at Collider:
“I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The »
- Gem Seddon
Since the announcement of Universal’s shared Monsters Universe – which is set to kick off with The Mummy in 2017 – things have been a bit quiet. We’ve heard that new two writers have been hired to re-draft the script for Creature from the Black Lagoon, which could also have Scarlet Johannson attached to it, but there appears to be problems behind the scenes.
Universal have said themselves that these monster movies will not be horror films and will instead be action movies, but Alex Kurtzman – who is overseeing the venture in the same way Joss Whedon oversaw Marvel – has clarified that they will contain horror elements.
“I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies,” he told TCA March of Death. “It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky »
- Luke Owen
The rebooted Universal Monsters world is set to officially kick off with the release of The Mummy remake in 2017, but planning on the films has been underway for quite awhile, and recently at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, filmmaker Alex Kurtzman touched on how there will be plenty of horror in the upcoming monster movies, which were previously coined as "action-adventures."
Kurtzman, the co-leader of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative along with Chris Morgan, gave Collider an update on the fright films:
"We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well."
Kurtzman insisted that these Universal Monster movies will be horror films, including The Mummy reboot that he will direct:
"...I think there was some lost in translation quality »
- Derek Anderson
Last summer Universal announced their intention to launch an Avengers-style Universe with its cadre of classic monsters. Dracula Untold was intended as a first step in that process, but the movie’s middling box-office and lukewarm critical reception seemed to halt further discussion of the endeavour. First impressions count for a lot in Hollywood, and the newly rebooted Drac’s wasn’t great.
However, it might not have been quite bad enough to tranquilize the concept permanently. The Tracking Board is reporting that Fringe show-runner Jeff Pinkner has been hired to pen to a remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, with Scarlett Johansson possibly attached to star. It’s not an unequivocal endorsement of the whole Monster Universe thing, but it’s certainly enough to make one reconsider its presumed cancellation.
If you saw Dracula Untold, you’ll know the film struggled with issues of tone and originality, »
- Daniel Kelly
It was reported some time ago now that Universal was looking to press ahead with a classic horror characters cinematic universe. We already know that a new take on The Mummy is high up the agenda, and now we hear of progress on a remake of Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Based around the idea of scientists looking for fossils on a trip up the Amazon river, Creature From The Black Lagoon sees them discover a half-human, half-fish character, who in turn falls for one of the female scientists on the expedition.
The role of said scientist has reportedly been offered to Scarlett Johansson, as Universal looks to move forward on the project. Furthermore, it's now hired The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinker to do a rewrite on the screenplay. »
Universal Pictures is not giving up on their plans for a cinematic universe centered around their lineup of classic monsters. The idea was first announced back in 2013, and while we haven't really seen much in terms of results just yet, there are gears still turning behind the scenes. Proof positive of that is the news that the new adaptation of The Creature From The Black Lagoon has just hired a new screenwriter - specifically one who helped bring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to life. The Tracking Board has the news on this development, saying that Jeff Pinkner has been hired by Universal to rewrite the existing script for The Creature From The Black Lagoon. He will presumably be working from the original draft by Dave Kajganich (who was actually first hired on the project in 2012), though it's not clear at this point exactly how much material his take on the »
In addition to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pinker’s previous credits include Alias, Lost and Fringe, where he also served as a showrunner. Pinker has recently bene part of Paramount’s Transformers writers room, and is also working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for Creature from the Black Lagoon, although Universal does have an as-yet-unrevealed Monster movie slated for April 27th, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
I’ve done some cool things in my life… Watched Paranormal Activity in the house it was filmed in… saw Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D at a historic theatre… but this? This is just so fucking cool! From the… Continue Reading →
The post Prince of Darkness Screening in the Church Used in the Movie appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
A limited edition variant of The Walking Dead #1 by renowned artist Ken Kelly will be given to Wizard World Richmond Comic-Con-goers free of charge. Also: the short film Sweet Dreams featuring D.C. Comics super-villain Harley Quinn and details on the Creature From the Black Lagoon figure by Living Dead Dolls.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “Kiss” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available »
- Tamika Jones
A mysterious beast menaces an upstate New York hamlet in “Dark Was the Night,” a well-crafted horror pic that compensates (at least to a point) for its lack of original ideas with nice atmospherics and judicious restraint. This sophomore directorial feature for indie producer Jack Heller reps an improvement on his first, 2011’s “Enter Nowhere,” though if that three-hander thriller was ultimately overdependent on gimmicky narrative twists, Tyler Hisel’s screenplay here could have used a few more complications. Opening theatrically July 24, simultaneous with VOD and iTunes launch, “Night” should connect with genre fans primarily via home formats, with decent sales prospects in horror-friendly markets.
The prologue shows a logging foreman going to look for two men who failed to clock out at quitting time, only to meet the same violent (but as yet murky) fate they did. Then we move 90 miles south to Maiden Woods, a rural burg where precious little happens, »
- Dennis Harvey
Any old documentary can give you the history of a city, but it takes a special kind of movie to capture its spirit, from the way the sun reflects off its walls to the smell of rain on its streets. Mark Cousins’ “I Am Belfast” transcends what is expected of such a portrait, inviting audiences on a sensory journey of the Northern Ireland capital, patiently guiding them through a deeply personal visual essay, where a radiant copper-headed woman embodies the very essence of the city — a 10,000-year-old soul sent to welcome visitors and bless those who have criss-crossed its neighborhoods all their lives. Cousins, a free spirit who spends much of his time on the festival circuit, duly earns his latest round of world travels with this entrancing project, while his reputation has reached the point that it should find limited distribution in other ports as well.
In recent years, »
- Peter Debruge
Teen Wolf season 5 is in a chaotic hurry to get plenty of things happening at once, which is fine by our reviewer...
This review contains spoilers.
5.1 Creatures Of The Night
The promise was that the awakening of the Nemeton in season three would serve as a beacon to supernatural creatures, with Scott's own reputation as a True Alpha only adding to the appeal of Beacon Hills. We've seen a lot of monsters come out of the woodwork since then, and a lot of new creatures added to the Teen Wolf mythology in the process. It's been an interesting experience, both for Scott and for the viewers at home, because we've been thrown a lot of new creatures in a short time without a ton of introduction.
That trend continues in the fifth season opener. There's plenty of cast turnover behind the scenes; Coach isn't returning for the fifth season, thanks »
“Nothing needs justification less than entertainment, but a movie planned only to entertain that fails has no justification.” That’s Pauline Kael, in one of those many bon mots of hers that seeks intuitive agreement over critical response. As with other of her grand pronouncements, my reply, upon actual reflection, is “Speak for yourself.” Her language about planning aside, the sentence carries the implication of a position she took throughout her career: that there are movies that do nothing but entertain. Myself, I’ve never seen one. From Tsai Ming-liang to James Cameron, a movie that entertains always carries with it—brazenly or subtly—further elements of fascination, things worth parsing beyond the issue of pleasure. I won’t argue that Steven Spielberg’s 2011 CGI film The Adventures of Tintin contains a story of any profundity, nor that it’s a significant intervention in the culture, nor that it brought me to tears. »
- Mike Archibald
The votes are in on this year’s 13th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and Famous Monsters of Filmland made a big splash! Thank you to all of our fans and readers who honored us with Best Classic Magazine of 2015! Congratulations to August Ragone for Best Article (‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology, 1954-2004’, FM #275) and to our cover artist Bob Eggleton for winning Best Artist Of The Year!
We also received Honorable Mentions in the categories of Best Interview for Joe Moe‘s interview with John Logan (FM #276), Best Overall Issue for Famous Monsters #272 (Richard Matheson), and Best Cover for Famous Monsters #272 by Simon Thorpe.
See the full list of winners here!
Arlington, Va. – The long-awaited release of Clive Barker’s extended version of Nightbreed and a pair of books celebrating science fiction classics were among top winners in the 13th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced Wednesday after »
- Caroline Stephenson
Though Universal spent its time at CinemaCon revealing dates for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels and announcing a new release date for Furious 8, there are more properties getting shuffled than just those two. In particular, today brings some bad news for monster fans and sci-fi action aficionados.
Universal’s planned ‘Universal Monsters’ franchise has been considerably delayed, with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy shifting nine months from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017. That move also impacts the next, untitled monster movie, which was set to open April 21, 2017, but has been re-slotted for March 30, 2018.
Many are anticipating that The Wolf Man, which Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is scripting, will take that second date, but Scarlett Johansson is currently being courted for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, so it’s unclear whether that title will get priority should she sign up.
- Isaac Feldberg
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man is set to gather nuts in May once again as Sony are looking to produce a remake of the classic story. Tracking Board are reporting that Sony will be working with The Divergent Series producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick under their Red Wagon Entertainment banner with Lucas Wiesendanger and Nick Cortese as executive producers.
The Invisible Man first debuted on cinema screens with Universal under the same name in 1933 directed by James Whale (Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein). The movie has since become part of Universal’s Monster Classics and the character spawned several sequels including The Return of The Invisible Man with Vincent Price. The character and idea has also been used as inspiration for other movies including Chevy Chase’s The Invisible Man, 1992’s Memoirs of The Invisible Man and Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon.
Sony’s The Invisible Man »
- Luke Owen
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