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The first three episodes of the giant monster web series “Fear Force Five” are alive and kicking online, and we thought you may want to spend some time with a giant zombie lobster-clawed pirate to kick off your holiday so consider this your heads-up!
In a boring beach community a handful of 20somethings who’d rather be anywhere else end up being charged with defending the town, and the world, against an onslaught of marauding gigantic monsters. Keene McRae is Mike, the brooding, sarcastic protagonist—a modern-day George Bailey who just wants to get the hell out of his crap town, only to discover that he’s charged with staying and saving the world every week. Jason McNichols plays Shawn, his painfully geeky, »
- Uncle Creepy
New web series “Fear Force Five” is poised to take the daikaiju genre to delirious new heights when it premieres for free just in time for Christmas.
Jack Perez, director of Some Guy Who Kills People, Monster Island, and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, is the mastermind behind the monstrous new CineFix web series, set to debut December 23rd. How crazy will this show get? The first episode’s gargantuan threat is a giant zombie pirate with a lobster claw hand. You won’t see that in “Attack on Titan.”
Perez told Fangoria what “Fear Force Five” is all about.
In a boring beach community a handful of 20somethings who’d rather be anywhere else end up being charged with defending the town, »
War in space! Transforming super robots! Burning, hot-blooded emotional drama! Danguard Ace is a classic of Japanese animation -- created by artist Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Starzinger), and originally featured as part of the Force Five series broadcast on Us television. On November 19th, 2013, Shout! Factory will release Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection in a two DVD set. A new planet named Promete is on the verge of entering our solar system. The World Space Institute tries to reach this new world to tap its resources, but a mysterious malfunction leads to tragic consequences for the brave space pilots and their mission. Years later, the next generation of pilots, including Takuma, the son of an astronaut who disappeared during the first attempt to reach Promete, »
- Zoë Gulliksen
Anime has been around for a long time. Though just gaining serious ground in the last 20 years, it’s actually been on American TV for decades in some shape or form. From “Speed Racer” to “Giant Robo” to “Robotech and “Voltron,” we’ve been getting small doses of the cartoons from Japan. “Starzinger” is one such show. Originally airing in 1978 and 1979 and only in a few states, it was part of an Anime Anthology that was shown on TV created by Jim Terry called “Force Five.” Called “Spaceketeers” at the time, it enjoyed a little success, and has become a small cult classic among anime enthusiasts. In 2009, William Winckler Productions produced three all new dubbed films edited together from the original series, and that’s what Shout Factory is releasing later this month. “Starzinger” is actually a sci-fi retelling of the Chinese classic “Journey to the West,” which is actually »
Without realizing it, I grew up exposed to the earliest anime, shows like Astro Boy and The Amazing Three and Kimba the White Lion. It was a quiet invasion overshadowed by louder, more colorful and kinetic American animation on Saturday mornings and classic Warner cartoons on weekday afternoons. As a result, I missed the next great era of American anime such as Space Battleship Yamato and Robotech. It certainly developed a large following in the 1970s and 1980s with the airwaves packed with these shows. In fact there were so many that several shorter-run series were packed together as Force Five. The Wednesday show was known as Spaceketeers and ran for 26 episodes, edited down from 73 episodes and never quite concluded the story.
Now, Shout! Factory has taken the series, which was edited into three different films by Toei in 2009 and is releasing them on disc. The new version was written and directed by William Winckler, »
- Robert Greenberger
I love Quentin Tarantino. He makes over-the-top, fun homages to classic genre movies. They’re modern-day pulps thrown up on the big screen instead of the cheap paper of old and tailored for a modern audience. His writing is snappy and his characters never fail to entertain. And no one can doubt the man’s enthusiasm for his work.
We’ve seen Tarantino reference his other films constantly. In Reservoir Dogs, there’s a reference to Mr. White’s former partner, Alabama, who was one of the main characters in the Tarantino-written True Romance. Another True Romance connection comes from movie producer Lee Donowitz, the same name as Inglourious Basterd Donny Donowitz, a.k.a. the Bear Jew. In Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace describes a pilot she made called Fox Force Five, which sounds pretty similar to The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad from Kill Bill (and both Mia and the »
- Percival Constantine
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