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The monster movie represents one of the most enduring genres in cinema, a versatile formula for exploring the horrors of the unknown. Whatever it is that scares us, there’s always a monster to represent that fear as a metaphor in the flesh. Most monsters are misunderstood creatures, victims of a terrible fate seeking redemption and, in some cases, vengeance.
Alien: Covenant, now playing in theaters, returns director Ridley Scott to a beloved franchise, following the mixed and controversial reception to Prometheus. The plot follows the crew of a deep-space colony ship, which lands on what appears to be an undiscovered paradise. This new planet holds many secrets for its new inhabitants, including David (Michael Fassbender) the surviving robotic companion of the Prometheus crew. Sadly, the series isn’t always consistent in quality (Alien: Resurrection was a definite low) but movie fans will always welcome a return visit to this classic monster movie territory. »
- Tony Hinds
This has been great fun so far, a nice blend of interesting story, familiar though slightly different literary characters, and a whole load of alternate universe world building. Hugely entertaining stuff. This series pretty much had me at Queen Victoria marrying Count Dracula. What’s not to love? I have been waiting though for the Council of the Seven Days, and specifically our heroine Kate Reed, to really develop into living, breathing characters. Up to now they have seemed more like ploy devices at times, albeit very enjoyable plot devices.
So where were we? Well, The Council was attacked by Count Dracula’s Grey Men. Most escaped, with the help of Fah Lo Suee and the criminal Limehouse Ring, though Monday and Thursday were captured. The Limehouse Ring want Kate to use her old friend Penelope Churchward to »
- Dean Fuller
Exclusive: Concourse Film Trade launches sales on Alex Williams-directed animation.
Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature animation My Haunted House.
Animation veteran Alex Williams directs the feature about Charlie, a normal 14-year-old who lives in a haunted house with his supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies and zombies.
Williams brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an animator on The Lion King, Robots, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, among others.
The UK’s Tigon Entertainment is producing My Haunted House in association with Vancouver-based studio Liquid Media Group (Lmg), which has a first-look deal with Concourse finance partner Productivity Media. Bob Thompson is the producer in charge of animation.
“We have been seeking a strong animation title for several market »
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Williams has animation credits on “The Lion King” as the animator for Scar, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The producer in charge of animation is Bob Thompson, who previously worked for Lego and BBC.
The story follows Charlie, a perfectly normal 14-year-old boy, who lives in a perfectly normal, ordinary town. He just happens to live in a haunted house with his strange and embarrassing supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies, and zombies.
“My Haunted House” is in pre-production and is produced by Tigon Entertainment (U.K.) in association with Liquid Media Group in Vancouver. Productivity Media Inc., which has a financing pact with Concourse Media, recently signed a three-year first-look deal with Liquid. »
- Dave McNary
Scream Factory pays tribute to Spanish horror filmmaker and actor Paul Naschy this June with a new five-disc Blu-ray box set, and we've been provided with the final list of special features for The Paul Naschy Collection that includes Vengeance of the Zombies, Horror Rises From the Tomb, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Night of the Werewolf, and Human Beasts.
Press Release: Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez) was Spain's answer to Lon Chaney. He has portrayed many classic monsters – the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, the Mummy and more. He was not only a terrific actor, but an accomplished writer, producer and director. On June 20, 2017, movie collectors and cult horror enthusiasts will relish the 5-Disc Blu-ray™ release of The Paul Naschy Collection from Scream Factory™. This Blu-ray box set includes five stellar films from Naschy’s long and distinguished career, including Vengeance Of The Zombies, Horror Rises From The Tomb, »
- Derek Anderson
Many know him as Jason Voorhees, but you can get to know the real Kane Hodder behind the mask in the upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. Also in today's Horror Highlights is the trailer for the Wesley Snipes-starring The Recall, a new episode of the fun and frightening series Graves, and details on the Wizard World Horror Fest.
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story Update: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA May 9, 2017- Masterfully Macabre Entertainment (“Mme”) announced today that they have put the final touches on their latest documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. This in-depth biographical documentary on horror icon, Kane Hodder, features interviews with cinema legends, including Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark).
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story has been submitted to »
- Derek Anderson
The first issue of the Anno Dracula 1895 comic series, from the mind of Kim Newman, threw in enough ideas and concepts to fill a dozen issues of most other series. I say ‘new’, but the series grew out of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula world he has been building through his novels. In what has become a familiar genre now, Newman creates his own fictional stories using real world people and events, but always with a twist. Queen Victoria marrying Count Dracula for example, or Jack the Ripper murdering prostitutes because they were actually vampires. A lot of clever ideas bobbing around gave me extremely high hopes for this 5 part series.
Very tough to give a complete summary of last issue if you missed it, but essentially Count Dracula has been in control of The British Empire for 10 years, »
- Dean Fuller
If you spent your younger years reading Stephen King books in the treehouse or spying on the drive-in with your friends, then you'll be super psyched to see that Fright Rags has unleashed a new apparel collection that includes shirt designs, socks, and the almighty glow-in-the-dark amulet pin.
You can check out the official details and images of The Monster Squad collection below, and to learn more, visit Fright Rags' website.
Press Release: If you know that Wolfman's got nards, Creature likes Twinkies, and Stephen King rules, you're the perfect candidate for The Monster Squad. Join the club with Fright-Rags' collection of merchandise dedicated to Fred Dekker's 1987 cult classic.
The Monster Squad Collection features four shirts: a monster mash by Justin Erickson, a "bogus" rendering of Frankenstein's monster by Jimmy Breen, a video-game inspired piece by Timothy Lim, and a reprint of Abrar Ajmal's popular Monster Squad design (also »
- Derek Anderson
When it was first announce that Universal would (again) be remaking The Mummy, it was all too easy to get cynical. They had only just recently (well, in the late ‘90s) remade the film, and it turned out pretty darn well. Did they really need to do so again? Of course, the key difference here would be its tie-ins with a Universal Monsters shared universe, and while that was all well and good, there wasn’t much evidence for us to conclude that the film would be any good.
And then Tom Cruise signed on.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Tom Cruise film that was outright bad. Sure, maybe his films don’t quite hit the mark every time, but they’ve always been more-than-passable experiences in his long career. Having in sign on was a great way to tell fans that they were taking this seriously.
- Joseph Medina
The horror comics renaissance of recent times seemingly continues with the arrival of Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Kim Newman should need no introduction to horror fans, being a critically acclaimed writer and critic, and the fact he is not just licensing but also writing his ‘baby’ obviously bodes very well indeed. This new series, together with some new Anno Dracula novels out this year too, will expand his fictional universe nicely.
Anno Dracula began life as an early 1990′s novel, with Kim Newman doing the Alan Moore-esque thing of intertwining a fictional narrative with real historical personalities, creating a different yet familiar alternate timeline. This is a world split, between humans who have chosen to ‘turn’, and those who have chosen not to. The initial book saw Jack the Ripper killing prostitutes, as per our real world history, »
- Dean Fuller
Dark Horse's The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man comic book series tops today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Wizard World Cleveland, new releases (respectively) from Cavity Colors and Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, and the New Jersey Horror Con.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man Comic Book Series: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Ore., (March 14, 2017)—Victorian horror fans, rejoice! Dark Horse is delighted to announce the follow-up to 2011’s cult classic The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, with The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man. Mr. Hyde’s Cole Haddon brings fans even more Thomas Adye adventures, while Sebastián Cabrol (Thief: Tales from the City, Caliban) lends his beautiful art to the story, and Hernán Cabrera (Caliban) brings the art to life with his gorgeously grotesque color palette.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man finds Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard struggling to return to normalcy after his run-in with »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory will pay tribute to Spanish horror filmmaker and actor Paul Naschy this summer with a new five-disc Blu-ray box set containing Vengeance of the Zombies, Horror Rises From the Tomb, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Night of the Werewolf, and Human Beasts.
From Scream Factory: "We have a surprise reveal today: The Paul Naschy Collection – A 5-Disc Blu-ray Set featuring several films from the Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy – is scheduled for a June 20th Release date! Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/…/f…/the-paul-naschy-collection
Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez) was Spain's answer to Lon Chaney. He has portrayed many classic monsters – the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, the Mummy and more. He was not only a terrific actor, but an accomplished writer, producer and director. This Blu-ray box set includes five stellar films from his long and distinguished career. Specs and extras are as »
- Derek Anderson
Paul McCaffrey, Tom Mandrake, Brian Williamson, Jeff Zornow, and Mike Collins each illustrated a variant cover for Titan Comics’ Anno Dracula #1! We have a look at the covers as well as six preview pages. Written by Kim Newman, Anno Dracula #1 hits shelves on March 22nd.
“The Anno Dracula series depict an alternate 19th-century history where the characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula fail to prevent Count Dracula’s subjugation of Great Britain, creating in a world where vampires are living amongst humans and a central part of society.
Titan Comics’ brand-new Anno Dracula #1 comes with five spectacular variant covers to collect from top industry artists including; Paul McCaffrey, Tom Mandrake (The Mummy), Brian Williamson (The New Avengers), Jeff Zornow (Halloween), and Mike Collins (Batman).
Anno Dracula #1
Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Fc • 32pp • $3.99 On sale: March 22, 2017.
- Tamika Jones
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Inhumans, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange 2, Fantastic Four, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cloak and Dagger, The Defenders, The Punisher, Iron Fist, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Legion, Logan, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam, Suicide Squad, Gotham City Sirens, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Gotham, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Justice League Dark, Unbreakable 2
It’s been a big week for Marvel Studios, with directors Anthony and Joe Russo officially announcing that filming is underway on Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, with the filmmakers taking to social media to give us a look at the trailers for the superhero epic. No, not those kind of trailers, but rather the actual physical trailers where the actors get ready and stuff. Made for »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends get to play studio execs and cast talent for upcoming projects. We sort of take the same tact as the old Wizard Magazine features where we choose our dream picks for coveted roles without necessarily being tied down to realistic options.
With the case of Universal's upcoming Cinematic Universe of Classic Monsters, we thankfully have a very wide palette to choose from since the studio has already secured some surprisingly high-profile talent. So that actually takes some of the "pie in the sky/fantasy" nature out of our picks, since it seems like they're able to get who ever they want to appear in these films.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Although Marvel is yet to officially announce a sequel to Doctor Strange, it seems pretty safe to assume that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme will return for a second solo outing, given that the first movie grossed an impressive $659.9 million following its release late last year.
During an interview with Coming Soon for the upcoming home-entertainment release, director Scott Derrickson was asked whether we could see more supernatural elements – such as Nightmare and even Count Dracula – introduced in a second movie:
“I wouldn’t necessarily rule anything out,” said Derrickson. “That’s certainly where the comics went in the ’80s but I also think that was probably the weakest era of the comics. The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities. What I will say is that the goal would not be to underutilize that, or to create »
- Gary Collinson
By Todd Garbarini
Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot began life as an unpublished short story (“Jerusalem’s Lot”) while Mr. King was still in college. When he decided to expand it into a novel he posed the question as to what would happen if Count Dracula were to come back in 20th Century America, and his wife Tabitha joked that he would probably get run over by a cab in New York City. It was originally titled Second Coming, however it was changed at the urging of Mrs. King because it sounded like a “bad sex story” (she’s was right, and had a dirty mind to boot!). The 439-page book was then made into an effective TV-movie four years later, premiering in two parts on both November 17 and November 24 on CBS. TV-movies are a completely different animal than theatrical films as they are often shot in a much quicker fashion. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
17 items from 2017
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