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It looks like Troll is the latest classic film to get the remake/reboot treatment, as today brings word of an animated revival on both the big and small screens. Come inside to learn more!
There's a new wizard in town! Sort of. Sc Films International, a London-based company, is in pre-production for a new project which will reprise 'Troll', a 1986 cult classic. It is to be produced as an animated film and television series titled Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. However, do not confuse this with the J.K. Rowling franchise as Harry Potter, Harry Potter Jr., and his family were characters in Troll which was independently produced and distributed 11 years before Rowling's version!
The general synopsis is that the animated feature will revisit the magical world created in the original Troll film. Envision an evil, magical troll wizard as the villain doing what villains »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Dobson)
Here is some very strange news! And it is not associated with J.K. Rowling's boy wizard in any way. The 1986 cult classic film Troll is being reprised as an animated film and television series titled Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. John Carl Buechler, who penned and directed the original film has agreed to co-produce the  full-length 3D animated feature along with Peter Davy.
Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has been signed for the voice of the witch, and up and coming child actor Baxter Bartlett is slated to be the voice of young Harry Potter, Jr.  Plans are underway to round out the remainder of the characters. Cast members in the original 1986 live-action feature included Noah Hathaway, as Harry Potter, Jr., along with Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Anne Lockhart and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The film is being represented and distributed internationally by London-based Sc Films International, a sales, »
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette has signed on to voice a witch in “Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr.,” an animated revival of the 1986 cult classic horror film “Troll.” John Carl Buechler, the writer and director of the original film, has agreed to co-produce the full-length 3D animated feature film along with Peter Davy. Newcomer Baxter Barlett will be the voice of young Harry Potter, Jr., a character previously played by Noah Hathaway — and yes, there really was a cinematic character named Harry Potter before J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard became a cultural phenomenon. Also read: J.K. Rowling Slams Sexist Serena. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Come with us on a journey to meet a young man named Harry Potter, who must stop a diabolical evil from... No, wait! It’s not a new story set in J.K. Rowling’s world, as the new project’s lawyers are at pains to point out. It’s actually an animated follow-up to 1986 oddity Troll, and Patricia Arquette is the first person to be announced as part of the voice cast.Yes, despite the fact that it was critically mauled upon release, Troll – which saw the titular creature invade a San Francisco apartment on the hunt for a magical ring that can turn him back into human form – has become something of a cult curio, if not exactly a hit.Now the original film’s director, John Carl Buechler is involved in the new film, known as Troll: The Rise Of Harry Potter, Jr., which finds the young »
Having issued definitive collector’s editions of a number of high-profile horror classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Scream Factory often turns to smaller and more obscure titles to remind fans of some of the gems that once lined video store shelves. Lately they’ve been killing it with HD releases of Charles Band’s old Empire Pictures titles, several of which are appearing on home video for the first time since VHS (like their recent release of Ghost Town, for example). While both Cellar Dweller and Catacombs got a DVD release in 2013 as part of an “All Night Horror Marathon” four-film collection (the DVD debut of both movies), this new double feature Blu-ray is the first time either can be seen in high-def.
After a mostly unnecessary prologue that features Jeffrey Combs (presumably so that the movie can prominently bill a genre star as part of its cast »
- Patrick Bromley
April 21st is another big day for genre fans looking to add to their home entertainment collections, as we’ve got a bounty of titles heading our way this Tuesday. The good folks over at Scream Factory are keeping busy with the release of several great Blu-rays, including their Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and their Ghoulies double feature. Joe Lynch’s Everly and the film fest sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night are also making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week, and we’ve got a Ton of indie titles arriving Tuesday to look forward to, including the latest from the great Jeffrey Combs, Motivational Growth.
Escape from New York (Collector’s Edition) (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat »
- Heather Wixson
Be careful where you sit, because on April 21st Scream Factory's unleashing the little party crashers from Ghoulies and Ghoulies II on a Blu-ray double feature. Ahead of the Blu-ray's release, we have trailers and clips from both films, including a behind-the-scenes interview excerpt with executive producer Charles Band, who reveals that Ghoulies was originally going to be partly shot in 3D.
Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion's new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene – and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master! Peter Liapis (Ghost Warrior), Lisa Pelkin »
- Derek Anderson
With the ability to seemingly pop up anywhere, they made some viewers in the ’80's a little wary of stepping foot in their bathrooms. You still need to keep an eye out for tiny mischief makers, because the little demonic creatures from Ghoulies and Ghoulies II are getting a high-definition upgrade in an upcoming Blu-ray release from Scream Factory that hits shelves on April 21st, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of the double feature to give away to a few lucky Daily Dead readers.
Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion's new owner, the hairy, fanged »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory celebrated Friday the 13th in style for the second month in a row last week by once again setting their sights on the upcoming Summer of Fear: Part 2 and announcing a bunch of horror films they plan to release on Blu-ray when longer days and warmer nights usher in another summer.
Via Scream Factory's Facebook page: "1987’s genie-on-the loose The Outing will be paired with 1980’s Omen-inspired The Godsend from Cannon Pictures.
- Empire Pictures’ Cellar Dweller and Catacombs (both from 1988) will share a double bill. John Carl Buechler (Troll, Friday the 13th Part VII) directed Cellar and David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, Puppetmaster, The Seduction) directed Catacombs.
All are expected to land on 7/14 and will receive new widescreen HD transfers. Pre-order links will go up next month. »
- Derek Anderson
In the words of the great Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park, “Hold onto your butts!“. Scream Factory previously announced that they were gearing up to release a one-two punch double feature of the always fun (and very traumatizing to my childhood) first two films in the Ghoulies series, Ghoulies and Ghoulies II this April 21st, in a brand new double feature Bluray debut. Personally, I love the series, and though it didn’t help my parents getting me to want to sit on the toilet much as a kid, there were plenty of trips to my local video store to pick both of these gems up.
The gang at Scream Factory have put together a good amount of brand new special features as well for this release, even interviews with executive producer Charles Band (who just happened to also direct one of my ten favorite films of all time, »
- Jerry Smith
Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2: Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for their upcoming Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray, which hits shelves on April 21st (and is available two weeks prior by ordering from Shout! Factory):
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-writer Luca Bercovici New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Actor Michael Des Barres and Special Effects Makeup Artist John Vulich Original Theatrical Trailer
- Derek Anderson
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