Anticipation Alert: Zoombies (2016)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were enjoying a delightful time at the zoo and a zombie virus erupted and started infecting all the animals that you were there to see?  Good thing that the infamous ‘king of independent b-movies’ production company called The Asylum has wondered that very thing too!  Feast your eyes on Zoombies!

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First of all, the title Zoombies is going to be really tough to beat for the ‘Best Horror Movie Title‘ award this year.  And that’s saying something since the year has just started.  But yes, if your dream has always been to see zombie lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) chase down and eat people, then your dream is about to become reality.  I would give you the synopsis for Zoombies, but I think you can already figure that out Sherlock.  Apparently this beautiful specimen will be making an arrival in March in 3000 theaters across the country!  Just kidding – this will be going straight to DVD or maybe even the dumpster.  Get ready for a Zoombies trailer (which will be magnificent) coming soon!

Michael Myers…….Now With More Sexy Abs!

I’m always up for new art revolving around the world of horror, and more specifically our beloved horror icons.  A London artist named Karl Von Frankenstein (cute) has just released a few of his creations that bring out the erotic side of your favorite slasher villains.  But since it’s October, I’m going to focus on the Michael Myers one.  Be prepared to never be able to look at Michael the same again when you watch your Halloween marathon this year.  Or maybe you’ll be turned on by it if that’s your bag.

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‘No Beauty Without Strangeness’ Halloween Art Exhibit Coming To Pasadena This Month!

Woo hoo!  It’s October 1st!  Which means it’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit.  And what better way to get into the Halloween spirit, than with an art and photography exhibit revolving around our favorite time of the year?  And you know what’s even better about it?  It’s located right next door to the original Michael Myers house from the 1978 horror classic, Halloween!

The ‘No Beauty Without Strangeness‘ Halloween art exhibition will be running from October 3rd through the 31st in South Pasadena, California. Sorry to my non-Southern California readers (unless you decide to make the drive) for the bad news.  This exhibit will feature work from several artists and photographers, including Kim Gottlieb-Walker who was the unit photographer on Halloween and will also be doing a book/poster signing as well.  Check out the flier below for more info and Happy Halloween Month, everybody!

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Ho-Ho-Holy Shit! The ‘Krampus’ Trailer Has Arrived!

I have to admit that I’ve become a bit obsessed and fascinated by the folklore involving Krampus, the horned and hoofed creature that would come around at Christmastime to torment bad little girls and boys.  Had I known about it as a child, I probably would have behaved much better considering the alternative if Krampus ever found me.  No child wants to be stuffed into a burlap sack and dragged away to a cave to be eaten.  And now finally, we will get a proper movie version of the story, thanks to writer/director Michael Dougherty, appropriately titled Krampus.

Well that looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?!?  For those living under a rock for the last 8 years, Michael Dougherty wrote and directed the AMAZING Halloween anthology movie, Trick ‘r Treat.  And if you’ve seen that (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you can see his stamp all over the Krampus trailer stylistically and with the tongue-in-cheek humor.

We haven’t had a really good Christmas horror movie in a while (Rare Exports was good, but more fantasy than horror in my opinion), so Krampus will be welcomed with open arms when it’s released in December.  Hopefully it will live up to the hype of the trailer and of the poster below, which somehow reminds me of another Christmastime horror movie called Elves.  Let’s just all hope that the comparisons stop at the poster for that one.  Look for Krampus in what will most likely be a small theater run (although I’m hoping for a bigger one) on December 4th!

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Introducing The New Funko ‘Regan’ Figure From ‘The Exorcist’……Now With More Pea Soup!

CKYaVThUkAE-ecZI’ve been on a Funko figure collecting kick lately (still waiting for a reasonable price for the unmasked Jason Voorhees from Comic-Con), so I was deliciously delighted to see that our favorite head-spinning vulgar mouthed possessed girl Regan from The Exorcist is getting the Funko treatment!  Said to be released in October, just in time for Halloween, this figure is pretty visually striking.  I vote for a variant version with the spinning head btw.  You can track down one of these Regan figures for a good price (around $10-12) up for pre-order on Ebay and a variety of websites.

How Bad Can You F*ck Up A ‘Cujo’ Remake?

Pretty bad apparently.  I heard the news the other day that there was indeed a Cujo remake in the works.  At first glance, it’s not a terrible idea to update the 1983 original, because it’s a movie that actually could benefit from the remake treatment.  All of those thoughts quickly drifted out of my mind when I found out this potential remake is going to be called not just Cujo, but C.U.J.O. – and that of course would stand for Canine Unit Joint Operations.  What do you think of that Dee Wallace Stone?

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Yeah – we’re right there with you, sister.  Now, not much has been said about what the actual plot of this remake will be, but judging from the title, here’s what I can determine:  We’re going to have a bunch of slobbering and foaming at the mouth Saint Bernards who got bit by rabid bats running around in the military and carrying out special co-op missions while a grown up version of the kid from Who’s The Boss watches on and applauds their progress.

While I hope I’m wrong (except for the part about Danny Pintauro returning), it does seem as though there’s going to be some kind of military element involved here.  Which makes absolutely no fucking sense.  This sounds like it should be more a Man’s Best Friend remake instead of a Cujo one.  For those not aware, Man’s Best Friend was a pretty terrible 1993 movie about a killer Mastiff dog who can climb trees to eat cats and it also had this precious tagline:  Nature created him. Science perfected him. But no one can control him.  So to take that bad taste out of our mouths of the upcoming Cujo – oh I’m sorry – C.U.J.O. remake, let’s watch the trailer to Man’s Best Friend instead.  

 

ScareLA Convention Coming To Pasadena On August 8th & 9th!

My favorite time of the year is only about 3 months away!  No, not Columbus Day.  And no, not my wedding anniversary.  My apologies to my wife btw…..but I’m talking about Halloween!  And what better way to get yourself into the mood than with a convention that revolves around anything and everything that is Halloween called the ScareLA Convention in Southern California, which is taking place this year in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center on August 8th & 9th.

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Now, I have to say that I’ve been the past two years to the ScareLA Convention and can unbiasedly say it’s one of the most fun and entertaining conventions of it’s kind that I’ve experienced.  It really nails the Halloween feel, with tons of exhibits and booths dedicated to the holiday, as well as some actual haunted attractions that you can walk through as well!  You might even see a celebrity or two pop up as well (I was lucky enough to meet Sid Haig last year).  For more details on all of the festivities and for tickets, click HERE for everything that you need to know for the ScareLA Convention this year in Pasadena!

So, ‘Halloween’ Is Returning In ‘Halloween Returns’?

Good news for all of you Michael Myers and Halloween fans who are also fans of the 1989 Wes Craven ‘so bad it’s good’ movie, Shocker!  It looks as though the upcoming reboot/redo, Halloween Returns, will indeed have Michael Myers on death row and being sent to the electric chair while two vengeful onlookers watch him about to die.  Horace Pinker, anyone?

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I have to say that even after the bad taste that was left in my mouth from Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (I actually didn’t mind the first one), I’m onboard with another Halloween reboot.  The good news is that as previously reported, it won’t be in 3D and looks to be a standalone entry as well.  Directed by Marcus Dunstan (The Collector, The Collection) and also written by him and Patrick Melton, this could surprisingly breathe new life into the franchise IF the following steps are properly taken:

–  Get a good mask.  At least the Rob Zombie films had that going for them. 

–  Don’t overthink the plot.  We don’t need any satanic cults running around this time.  We get it….Michael Myers is evil.  It doesn’t need to be overstated. 

–  Less is more.  Make it scary.  I’m all for bringing back the subtleness of Michael’s character (popping up in the background of shots, minimal but effect score, etc). 

–  No Jamie Lee Curtis cameos, please.  I love the woman, but her time in the Halloween franchise died when she did in that awful Halloween: Resurrection crapfest. 

– Speaking of that crapfest – no unnecessary rapper cameos.  My condolences to Busta Rhymes.

Do You Like Your Alien Facehugger Eggs Scrambled Or Over-Easy?

CFpAn1tWoAA0GpF.jpg-largeMmmmmmm……those look delicious.  And they’re cage free to boot!  NECA posted up this pic on their Twitter account over the weekend, prompting all Alien facehugger enthusiasts to take immediate note.  Yes, this is a real toy that they’ll be releasing sometime before the end of the year and no, you cannot actually eat the eggs.  What you will get to do is play a fun prank on your friends or family members when they get a craving for a late night omelette.  It looks as though there will be three hatched and three unhatched in the egg package for your enjoyment.  Stay tuned for more details and a price point soon!

This ‘Lost After Dark’ Poster Might Be The Best I’ve Seen In A While……

Being that I’m a child of 80’s horror, anytime a new movie comes out that pays homage to that era, I get a bit giddy.  Such is the case when I saw the poster for the upcoming Canadian slasher called Lost After Dark.

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Great poster and it definitely oozes (I love that word by the way) that 80’s horror vibe.  The movie itself, based on the synopsis, seems to be a pretty straight forward slasher affair with a bunch of kids on the run from a band of hillbilly/cannibals that most likely have bad teeth and body odor.  Oh – and it stars Robert Patrick!  Look for Lost After Dark (written and directed by Ian Kessner) to hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 1st and to wet your appetite a little more, click on the trailer below and be transported back to the glory days of 80’s horror!