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While the world continues to experience Attack on Titan-mania, Toho is banking on the live-action adaptation of another wildly popular manga: Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte. It looks like just the sort of mix of cute, ugly, weird, and violent we expect from Japan.
Alien “parasytes” come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering people’s bodies and latching onto their brains. They can deform human bodies in ways that would make John Carpenter’s The Thing smile.
Teenager Shinichi gets infected by an alien called “Migi”, but since it is only able to control his right arm, the two come to an understanding and work together to stop the evil parasytes that only want to consume and control us.
Did you get all that? If not, here’s an even longer, more detailed synopsis of the plot.
One night by the seaside, tiny creatures, or "Parasytes, »
Gearing up for another year at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema, horror film festival Celluloid Screams has announced the full line-up of blood-soaked goodies it has in store for the weekend of October 24-26 – and boy, is it Astron-omically good!
Here it comes... straight from the press release to your eyeballs:
Opening Gala: The Editor (UK Premiere)
Kicking off Celluloid Screams 2014 in fine style, we proudly present the mind-boggling new opus from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6 – an affectionate tribute to the Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s and 1980s.
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen, but after a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting low budget trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, »
- Gareth Jones
Some movie titles leave very little to the imagination. This kind of bluntness can be refreshingly clarifying when one is trying to decide what to watch. For instance, one only needs to hear the name Love Story to know that if you’re not into romances, you ought to stay away. Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Horror fans, rejoice--methinks there will be blood. And Texans. Hot Tub Time Machine? You get the picture. Such was my train of thought when I popped Blood Glacier into my DVD player, and goodness knows, the film did not disappoint. It is not trying to do anything obtuse or symbolic. It is not secretly warm and fuzzy. No, it is exactly what its title says it is--a movie about a glacier in that oozes blood. What is surprising, however, is how enjoyable the movie is. In fact, of all of the recent efforts by John Carpenter »
- Lee Jutton
Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...
"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »
Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.
- Heather Wixson
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
Today at the UK's Insomnia Expo developers from Domino took the stage to reveal some new gameplay footage and discuss their upcoming multiplayer shooter Red Awakening.
The slasher film genre has been repeatedly touted as the game’s main influence, and Domino gave gamers a closer look at how by discussing the character archetypes found in the game. Red Awakening will feature character clichés that are largely borrowed from the 80’s slice ’em up films that are still popular today.
Gamers can expect to see the jock, the cheerleader, and, as a developer put it, “a nerdy Asian girl.” Red Awakening will also feature some of horror’s trademark settings from a high school to an amusement park and even a Siberian outpost inspired by John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.
Developers also revealed that the game will feature several modes; on display at Insomnia was the You Only Live Thrice mode, »
- Scott Dell
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. The Taiga Cordillera is a big and lonely place along the top half of Canada. The northernmost part is even sparser with a population that caps off under a hundred souls, but it’s here where perhaps the greatest archaeological find of the century has been discovered. At least that’s what the on-site team believes and the reason why Peter Olsen (Michael Dickson) has arrived at this godforsaken place by helicopter. They’ve uncovered what looks to be the top of a stone monument belonging to a culture with no previous record of being in this part of the world. Olsen and the team debate the validity of the find, play poker and make plans for the fame in their future, but their celebration is short-lived. The group’s pet cat is murdered and splayed out like a sacrifice before the stone »
- Rob Hunter
I read and owned something like 55-60 Goosebumps books growing up. I probably would have only made it though a few of them, though, had the stories been as jacked up as these classic horror films that have been reimagined as books from R.L. Stine’s popular children's book series. The covers and blurbs from designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and writer Jude Deluca do a perfect job of making these stories seem much tamer than they really are.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out the many more covers they’ve created on their Tumblr, If It Were Stine. They also reimagine modern horror films and TV shows, and even model video games on the choose-your-own-adventure-type books from the Goosebumps series.
By the time the television series based on these books came out, I had already outgrown them. I »
- Eli Reyes
As tempting as it is to go with out gut reaction when watching a film, it’s hard to truly know how good it actually is without a bit of time. It takes numerous rewatches and distance from the hype of release to truly get a measured view on a movie and quite often your opinions will change.
Just look at Avatar. At the end of 2009 it was hard not get swept up in the hype surrounding James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A few years on, it may still be the biggest film of all time (unadjusted for inflation – those 3D glasses added a lot), but outside of that bubble of release its hard to muster the same enthusiasm for what is a good-looking retelling of a well-worn story.
- Alex Leadbeater
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
Find out how to join in the, er, fun yourself down at the bottom...
Den Of Geek & Den Of Geek
I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »
There are few horror films as endlessly awesome as John Carpenter's The Thing, and I personally never tire of hearing and learning new things about the gruesome masterpiece. If you feel the same way, then read on because you're going to dig this video!
Courtesy of the website VashiVisuals comes a 5-minute long video that puts artist Michael Ploog's original storyboards side-by-side with the iconic Dean Cundey-lensed scenes and images from the film that we all know and love, showcasing just how faithful the finished product was to those rough sketches.
Two scenes in particular are highlighted in the video, those being the discovery of the alien spaceship and the gory transformation of Norris. The storyboards themselves are nothing new, but the video presentation shows them off in a way we've never seen before, serving as a fascinating insight into the filmmaking process.
Check out the comparison video below, »
- John Squires
John Carpenter was once among Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. But the man who brought us such genre classics as Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 has only made one movie in the past 13 years—2010’s psychological thriller The Ward—and hasn’t troubled the box office in a big way since 1998’s James Woods-starring Vampires. (And Carpenter, 66, doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to get back behind the camera: “I worked really hard for more years than I’d like to count, but now I can pick and choose things, »
- Clark Collis
When John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing” was released 32 years ago, critics were mixed on the horror film – Roger Ebert gave it 2 1/2 stars – and North American audiences, still head over heels in love with Steven Spielberg’s tale of a nicer alien visitor – “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” – largely ignored Carpenter’s film. Thankfully, time has been kind to “The Thing” and it’s now rightfully regarded as a horror classic which has inspired Vashi Nedomansky to create a video showcasing the origins of the frightening images in the film. Lasting nearly five minutes long, the video is a side-by-side comparison of artist Michael Plogg’s storyboards and the final film. Two sequences are singled out for comparison, the crew’s discovery of the alien spacecraft in the ice and the iconic defibrillation scene. There’s few extra beats in the final version of the latter sequence, but the storyboards and film are still virtually identical. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: a new digital anthology on Hong Kong Cinema is available online from Film Comment. The Summer issue of the magazine is out now too. Also relevant: Tony Leung is set to star in Wong Kar-Wai's next film. "Gas food lodging: The best job in the world has its downside": in an unusual blog entry, David Bordwell expounds on "the indignities of film festivals." It's still months away from release, but we're dying of anticipation for Michael Mann's Cyber. The La Times has a brief report from Bejiing, featuring some words from the director himself.
Above: speaking of films we can't wait to see, here's the new trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl. One from last week that slipped through its Noteworthy is Laura Legge's magnificent ode to subtitles for 3:am Magazine, "long Pause, romantic music, silence".
Our pal Girish Shambu has »
On Thursday 17th July Grimmfest will conclude its John Carpenter season with the classic 1980's horror film 'The Thing'. Following hugely popular screenings of 'They Live', 'Escape From New York' and 'Big Trouble In Little China' the chance to see what is without doubt one of the most influential and popular horror films of all time is certain to attract the biggest audience yet. In anticipation of this stunning finale we sat down with Greg Walker, one of the team behind the growing Grimmfest empire, to find out why Carpenter was an obvious choice when choosing to hold a season of classic films. »
This summer in the UK has been "John Carpenter Season" thanks to Manchester's Grimm Up North, and it's coming to a terrifying close this week with a special screening of The Thing at The Dancehouse that includes an exclusive video intro from the horror master himself.
They'll also have some amazing prizes like a large framed unique edition print of the official "John Carpenter Season" poster plus 3-month subscriptions to Starburst Magazine. The doors open at 7.30 pm this Thursday, 17 July, and the film starts at 8.00 pm.
The Dancehouse Theatre is located at 10 Oxford Road in Manchester. Click here for tickets - you can even select your seat in advance! But you better hurry because they're going fast.
“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”
The Thing follows a group of scientists at an Arctic research station who discover »
- Debi Moore
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
10. Instruments »
Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Kyle Strahm
Published by Image Comics
Imagine what the world could have ended up as if John Carpenter’s The Thing got out of Antarctica, but a small segment of the population was immune to it. That’s the basic premise of Spread. Sure, the Spread is easier to kill, but it’s every bit as gruesome as to look at as The Thing, and spreads with alarming rapidity. Justin Jordan wrote that one of his inspirations was to tell a story set after an apocalypse, which puts this story right in the vein of The Walking Dead.
At some point, a violent organism known as the Spread effectively demolished civilization. The organism resembles a sort of protoplasm that takes various grotesque shapes and can infect human beings to create more of it. A small percentage of human beings were naturally immune, and »
- Zeb Larson
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