Archive for August, 2010

More Casting! DOOOM!!!

Screenrant and some other sites are reporting that Bill Compton himself, Stephen Moyer, is up for the role of Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four Reboot.

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Not sure how I feel about this. The one thing I sort of enjoyed in the first two movies (granted these are VERY needed reboots) was Dr. Christian Doom Troy and his smarmy evil. Moyer can probably do it justice though…I really hate Bill Compton.

Adrien Brody is also up for Reed Richards, which I’m okay with..other than the fact that it would require him to wear a shirt or preferably tight blue spandex. After Predators and seeing him running around sans shirt, it should be required he have to disrobe at least once during all his future projects.

But I digress…happily

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OMG, Doctor 7 to play in Hobbit?

According to GammaSquad and other sites Sylvester McCoy, Docto Who #7 is in talks to play in The Hobbit, but not Bilbo. He’d be a Wizard.

This is pretty awesome. I wasn’t the biggest 7 fan, but he grew on me after watching Dragonfire and Delta and the Bannermen. McCoy always seemed like a grouchy wizard when he was playing the Doctor…so that works for me.

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Star Tours 2: Lucas needs more money

This is the video guests will view while waiting in line for the new Star Tours ride. Disney is updating the attraction as we speak.

HE’S BAAACK!!!!

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THE RETURN OF WILLIAM CASTLE

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE “MASTER OF THE MACABRE” WILLIAM CASTLE

Don’t think that a little thing like being dead would preclude me from attending “The Return of William Castle” retrospective at the Film Forum in New York City beginning Friday, August 27th (http://www.filmforum.org/films/castle.html)

I  am very much present. And I do so remember how I loved scaring the living daylights out of all of you……But I’m not done yet.  Not by a long shot.

I am sure you are dying to know what to expect from me now that I’m back with FROM THE GRAVE!, a new tale of terror and my first novel, that will scare a corpse out of his own grave. So, everyone, if you get a whiff of my beloved Don Diego #5 cigars during “The Return of William Castle” retrospective, don’t be alarmed, know I’m there with a grin that stretches from here to eternity.  And for the faint of heart, beware we might meet in the ‘Coward’s Corner.’

WHO: My daughter Terry Castle will be on hand Friday night to introduce the opening double bill of “The Return of William Castle” retrospective. The dear child had a most unusual childhood and has endured the legacy of a father who is indeed larger than life.  I wonder what she will say about me?  Does she believe I’m back FROM THE GRAVE?

WHY:  I never met a gimmick I didn’t like.  Many consider me to be the godfather of the modern horror movie genre and and “experiential films.” And to think I died in 1977 thinking I was unsuccessful.

Background: I made over forty B movies following a formula for box office success: low-budget chillers geared to the burgeoning Youth-sploitation market including The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Macabre, Strait-Jacket (the latter scripted by Psycho‘s Robert Bloch), and Homicidal – which TIME magazine liked better than Psycho. They called me a master of ballyhoo who shamelessly promoted his pictures with highly effective gimmicks, some of which will be lovingly re-created for the Film Forum’s 15 film retrospective, “The Return of William Castle” running August 27 through September 6 in NYC.

To Read the latest messages from, or leave a message for, William Castle: 

http://www.williamcastle.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001154126369

Twitter:  @billcastle

Fangirl Podcast – Episode 6 – Comic Con 2010

The Hunt is Back On.

EXPERIENCE THE NEW BREED OF ACTION
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ PRESENTS

 

 

The Hunt Begins on Blu-ray and DVD October 19

 

Including Exclusive Motion Comics That Reveal The Predator’s Back-story

LOS ANGELES (August 24, 2010)
Rodriguez’ reboot of the classic Predator franchise redefines fear and suspense while paying homage to the original thriller. Drop into immediate nerve-racking thrills as elite killers find themselves falling out of the sky into the hostile terrain of an alien planet – the home turf of a gruesome pack of hunters. Chosen for their ruthless abilities to hunt humans, they must band together to survive against this race of merciless predators. Starring Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as Royce, Topher Grace (Valentine’s Day), Alice Braga (Repo Men, I am Legend), with Danny Trejo (Heat, Machete), and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix).
PREDATORS will be available on a 2-Disc Blu-ray package with Digital Copy for suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada and on a standard DVD for suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada. Pre-book is September 22nd.
PREDATORS 1-Disc Blu-ray Special Features

  • Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and director, Nimród Antal
  • Motion Comics
    • Moments of Extraction: Robert Rodriguez presents exclusive prequel vignettes voiced by the cast of PREDATORS. Witness the secret adventures that turned our world’s most ruthless killers into the ultimate Predator prey
      • Noland Intro (part 1)
      • Isabelle
      • Cuchillo
      • Hanzo
      • Mombasa
      • Noland Ending (part 2)
    • Crucified
  • Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn
    • Bloodline
    • De-cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain
    • Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp
    • Predators as Prey
    • Yuatja Transformed
    • Rite of Passage
  • The Chosen Featurette
  • Fox Movie Channel presents Making a Scene
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Dead Man’s Parachute
    • Cuchillo and Isabelle
    • Team “Orientated” Group
    • Third Most Wanted
    • Cuchillo Unleashes
    • “Why Are You Here?”
    • “They’re Smarter Than That”
    • Stans and Isabelle Naked
    • “They’re Still Coming”
  • BD-Live Extras
    • Exclusive PREDATORS Features
  • Live Lookup – Powered by IMDB
PREDATORS DVD Special Features

  • Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and director, Nimród Antal
  • De-cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain
  • Motion Comics
    • Moments of Extraction: Robert Rodriguez presents exclusive prequel vignettes voiced by the cast of PREDATORS. Witness the secret adventures that turned two of our world’s most ruthless killers into the ultimate Predator prey
      • Isabelle
      • Mombasa
    • Crucified

– “This planet is a game preserve, and we’re the game.” The ultimate hunters are back when Robert Rodriguez’ PREDATORS arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 19th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment with all new special features, bringing you deeper into the Predator universe. Robert Rodriguez also presents a series of exclusive prequel motion comics on the Blu-ray and DVD that take you beyond the movie and deliver a truly one-of-a kind PREDATORS experience. The Blu-ray version, harnesses the power of BD Live to extend the experience even more with exclusive PREDATORS content and interactive entertainment.

The Walking Dead Have Arrived

Below is the trailer for the new series The Walking Dead, based off the hit comic book.

This promises to be THE genre show of the year. Watch out TrueBlood, the zombies are coming.

Memories: Dan Curtis

I wrote this at the time of Curtis’s death.  I want to note that I begged and pleaded with numerous websites to just post something about the man’s passing.  None of them did.  These are some of the so called “uber geek” sites that should know better. That bothered me and still does.  Only now, four years later, is he getting the respect he deserves.  Too little too late I think. 

 

Dan Curtis

Born August 12th 1927

Died March 27th 2006

Dan Curtis, in my eyes, was as important to genre television as Rod Serling.  In fact, Curtis brought us some of THE best TV horror ever produced.

Dan Curtis brought us the granddaddy of Buffy, Dark Shadows.  If not for that soap I doubt you would have shows like Buffy, Passions, or some of the activity that went on in General Hospital spin-off Port Charles a few years ago. 

Curtis brought us Barnabas and Josette, Angelique and the rest.  He was the man who helped bring us the first vampire who wanted to be cured, who was cursed and who had a love interest who was reincarnated over the centuries.  Think about that for a moment, and ponder just how many films and series have been inspired by the show Dan Curtis helped make into one of the biggest cult shows of all time.

But Curtis did more than introduce us to the Collins family.  He directed and produced some of the best horror movies to be made for the small screen.  Karen Black and the infamous fetish doll of Trilogy of Terror was one of them, along with Dead of Night and that beyond scary demon boy who was sent back to inflict revenge on a bad mother.  Not to mention The Night Strangler, the follow up to one of the highest rated TV movies of all time, The Night Stalker, starring the late Darren McGavin.   

Curtis also was responsible for many retellings of classic horror literature, such as Jack Palance’s turn as Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde.  He also took on The Turn of the Screw and The Picture of Dorian Gray. 

Add to this the directing of  The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, two amazing mini series starring Robert Mitchum, and you’ve got a man who’s credits show a legend of television. 

Dan Curtis was a pioneer of television horror, plus he did his share of feature film work as well, directing the creep fest Burnt Offerings.  I feel his passing has not been remarked upon as much as it should be.  He deserves more than what he has been giving, especially for what he has given us.   

I want to thank you Dan Curtis, for the many chills that you helped go up my spine.  For the jumps and scares that doll made me have.  For Barnabas and the gang.  For a lifetime of fun and enjoyment.  Thank you from all of us who rooted for the vampire to get the girl because you helped make him the hero for once.  Thank you and we’ll miss you.

Jessica

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