20 items from 2017
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017
To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...
It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.
Ghostbusters action figures highlight a new round of collectibles from Diamond Select toys, and in today's Horror Highlights, we also have release details for Eric Red's new werewolf book, trailers for The Blessed Ones and Altar, and new images from Whispers.
New Diamond Select Toys Collectibles: From Diamond Select Toys: "Another New Toy day has arrived, and a new shipment of Diamond Select Toys items have arrived at your local comic shop! Multiple sets of Minimates mini-figures, from Watchmen, Predator and Forbidden Planet, as well as a popular Back to the Future Time Machine vehicle, are in comic shops now, as well as the fifth assortment of Ghostbusters Movie action figures! Reserve your favorites at your local comic shop, or order through your favorite online retailer!
Back to the Future 2 Hover Time Machine Electronic Vehicle
It’s time to go back… back to the future! Dst has upgraded their »
- Derek Anderson
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2017
In most respects, it's pure Roger Corman: low-budget, swiftly made, and loaded with gratuitous gore and bare flesh. But take a closer look at Galaxy Of Terror, the amiably tawdry sci-fi horror flick released by Corman's New World in 1981, and you'll see the creative fingerprints of one James Cameron.
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Directed by Bruce D Clark - who also co-wrote - Galaxy Of Terror slams together the plots of Ridley Scott's Alien and the 50s classic, Forbidden Planet. A group of explorers land on the planet Morganthus, where they discover a huge ancient pyramid; one by one, the visitors are terrorised and killed by monsters from their subconscious. One luckless character is torn apart by claws and tentacles »
Mark Steger has worked as a choreographer and movement director on projects from “American Horror Story: Coven” to “I Am Legend,” and has even spent sixteen hours having makeup applied to his own body to portray a creature in Tool’s “Schism” music video. Portraying the monster in “Stranger Things,” however, combined both those skills as Steger had to convey the movements of a multi-dimensional being while operating a seven feet tall, six feet wide costume.
What was the process of creating the costume and getting into it?
Spectral Motion, Mike Elizalde’s company, engineered and built the suit. They start with a laser scan of my body, create a positive form from that, and sculpt the creature onto that. While they’re doing that, they’re engineering other parts of it. I was on stilts, so I would go in and try on the stilts, see how well those worked. We »
- Erin Nyren
Titan Comics and Bethesda Softworks have teamed up to create a Quake Champions comic book series based on the upcoming installment to the wildly popular video game franchise, and we have release details and a look at the cover art for the first issue of the series.
Press Release: Titan Comics and Bethesda Softworks are thrilled to announce that Quake® Champions™ comics are coming to stores and digital devices this August; based on the hugely popular video game series!
The Quake franchise broke new ground for multiplayer competition in its initial release 20 years ago. Quake’s fast, frenetic and skill-based multiplayer arena combat charted a new frontier for graphics and gameplay. 2017 marks the hotly anticipated release of the Quake Champions video game, and in August – this same grisly action comes to comics!
Titan Comics’ new Quake Champions comic book series will delve into the bloody backgrounds of the Champions of Quake – Ranger, »
- Tamika Jones
Dread Central and Forbidden Planet will be hosting a free retro screening and discussion of the classic 1973 miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story on Tuesday, June 27 at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, off 6th Avenue; 212-255-2243). A… Continue Reading →
The post Dread Central to host Free Retro Screening of Frankenstein: The True Story in NYC with Guests! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
There’s perhaps been a tickle in the back of your mind while watching sci-fi, a tiny, distant voice asking, “Hey, why are these aliens and sentient science experiments, like, immediately hooking up with the first guy they see?” YouTuber Jonathan McIntosh also asked himself that question, and on his Pop Culture Detective YouTube channel, he’s compiled his thoughts in a thoughtful, provocative video essay entitled “Born Sexy Yesterday.”
According to McIntosh, the Born Sexy Yesterday phenomenon depicts the running trope in sci-fi and adjacent films that pairs lonely, forlorn dudes with female characters that carry the “mind of a child” in a “mature female body.” Using numerous examples from movies like Tron: Legacy, The Fifth Element, Splash, Enchanted, Forbidden Planet (and pretty much any other sci-fi film from the ’50s), the video outlines how these characters cater to a male fantasy of innocence and sexual purity, the kind »
- Randall Colburn
When Dan O’Bannon first conceived of his science fiction/action/horror story – about an alien hunting a crew through a spaceship – he could little have known that his idea would lead to a multi-billion-dollar multimedia franchise, one that would still be adding instalments over four decades and counting. That simple premise for Alien – which, in its execution, was essentially a haunted house horror film set in space – launched novelizations, video games, comic books and, most crucially, an ongoing film series that now mixes genre and franchise to build its cohesive universe.
Heavily influenced by a range earlier films, such as 1951’s The Thing From Another World, and 1956’s Forbidden Planet, Dan O’Bannon’s initial creation led to a screen villain whose own nature was so detailed, and whose own story was so intriguing, that its evolution has provided the terrifying framework of this sprawling series, which spans space »
- Sarah Myles
Sci fi icon Robby the Robot followed his breakthrough role in Forbidden Planet with a comparative B picture which nonetheless gave him better billing. Despite its many amusing qualities this one has pretty much slipped through the cracks and is seldom mentioned in the company of more famous A.I. pix like Colossus and 2001. But it’s arguably the first of the computers vs. mankind movies. Although Robby’s subsequent career has had its inevitable ups and downs (an unfortunate over reliance on motor oil sidelined him for awhile) he’s still a popular model for Japanese toys and has his own Wikipedia page.
- TFH Team
Simon Brew Apr 22, 2017
This episode contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
“You can’t reach the controls from the seats, what’s the point in that?”
My thoughts on Smile, the second episode of this year’s Doctor Who run - and the second-ever story to be written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (previously behind series 8’s In The Forest Of The Night) - aren’t too far away from my thoughts on the series opener, The Pilot. That Pearl Mackie’s Bill is a breath of fresh air, that the interaction between her and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor feels different, and that the more relaxed pacing is »
Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.
Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2, »
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Simon Brew Apr 22, 2017
The Doctor and Bill head off into the future in Frank Cottrell-Boyce's Smile. Here's our spoiler-free review.
If last week’s opening episode of Doctor Who series 10 had some parallels with Rose, in the way that it introduced new companion Bill, then Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Smile slightly follows the idea of the episode that followed, The End Of The World. That’s because this one zips Bill off on her first adventure, and the Tardis takes her - by request - well into the future.
In this case, the Doctor takes her to a colony for humans, one that doesn’t appear to have any humans in it. Although it does have robots that hark back to Robby from the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, albeit with emojis on them. It’s also a colony with superb production design, a future world that feels just that, »
Ryan Lambie Mar 29, 2017
Where there's great popularity, there's sometimes an equal and opposite backlash. Pokemon has occasionally been accused of promoting everything from Satanism to animal cruelty. The book Why Knock Rock, published in 1984, warned of the morally corrosive dangers hidden in the music of Judas Priest, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.
Before all this, there was the moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. From humble beginnings, the role-playing game quickly became a phenomenon in the 1970s, taking the company behind it - Tactical Studies Rules, founded by Gary Gygax - from a tiny cottage industry to a 600-strong firm by the end of the decade.
Dungeons & Dragons' brilliance lies in its freeform design; with only a few raw materials - dice, counters, a rulebook - the game conjures »
Juliette Harrisson Mar 30, 2017
Logan doesn't just take influence from westerns: there's classic sci-fi and a bit of Shakespeare in there too...
Logan sees the second appearance in the last 12 months of the mutant Caliban in cinemas, having been played in X-Men: Apocalypse by Tómas Lemarquis and now appearing in the (excellent and very effective) form of Stephen Merchant in Logan. There is a reason that, whatever continuity snafus might ensue, Caliban is an important inclusion in a film with very few mutant characters. The influence of Westerns (particularly, of course, Shane) on the film is obvious, but equally important are echoes of two other productions: classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet and the Shakespeare play that it’s loosely based on, The Tempest.
The Tempest is the story of the magician Prospero. He causes a storm to shipwreck his brother, »
It really isn’t that weird that someone spent $105 million on a “Power Rangers” movie in 2017. What’s weird is that someone spent $105 million on a “Power Rangers” movie in 2017, and then decided that it should open with a gag about a teenage boy inadvertently masturbating a bull.
Yes, we live in an an infantilizing age of blockbuster cinema that sustains itself by selling people overpriced echoes of the songs they sang as kids. Yes, Hollywood is growing desperate for previously established properties it can exhume, refurbish, and sell back to the public as mega-budget franchises with international appeal. And yes, the studios are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel, throwing money at anything that boasts even the faintest glimmer of brand recognition (the next few months alone will see big screen versions of “CHiPS,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Baywatch”). But “Power Rangers,” which feels so distant »
- David Ehrlich
“Thru the Time Barrier, 552 years Ahead… Roaring To the Far Reaches of Titanic Terror, Crash-Landing Into the Nightmare Future!” … and as Daffy Duck says, “And it’s good, too!” Allied Artists sends CinemaScope and Technicolor on a far-out timewarp to a place where the men are silly and the women are… very female. Hugh Marlowe stars but the picture belongs to hunky Rod Taylor and leggy Nancy Gates.
World Without End
1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date March 28, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks
Makeup: Emile Lavigne
Art Direction: Dave Milton
Film Editor: Eda Warren
Original Music: Leith Stevens
Produced by Richard V. Heermance
Written and Directed by Edward Bernds
“CinemaScope’s first science-fiction thriller.”
First, huh? What about MGM’s CinemaScope attraction Forbidden Planet, which »
- Glenn Erickson
Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.
Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!
Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!
Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know? »
- Tamika Jones
Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.
Blu-ray + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99
Cinematography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: Joe Walker
Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years »
- Glenn Erickson
Your favourite characters from the hit HBO dramas Game of Thrones and True Blood have already been immortalised as Pop! Vinyl figures – and now it’s time for the dedicated staff at Pied Piper to have their moment in the spotlight. Yes, you read that right, Silicon Valley Funko Pops are coming… and I want them All!!
The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.
Funko and HBO have announced a new line of Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Figures, which will begin rolling out in February ahead of the shows season 4 premiere. The series will include some of the most popular characters from the show, each standing 3.75” tall and presented in a window display box as per usual.
The Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Series includes:
- Phil Wheat
Purveyors of fine vinyl toys Funko have partnered with Playmobil to make collectible figures in the Playmobil style, but with that Funko pop culture twist… Yes, we finally have Playmobil based on famous TV and movie characters – including Back to the Future, Turtles, Willy Wonka, Dr. Who and the Ghostbusters!
Modelled in the classic Playmobil style these figures stand 6” tall and come with accessories, packed in a blister. The Rrp on the 6″ figures in the UK is £17.99, but you can pre-order them now at Forbidden Planet International for £14.99
Check out images of the first wave in the range below:
- Phil Wheat
20 items from 2017
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