Wednesday, September 30, 2009

After Schwarzenegger's Done Governating California, Will He Take a Trip to the Predators' Home World?

I just watched LatinoReview's awesome script review (via AICN) of Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal's reboot of the "Predator" franchise, "Predators." We all know how awesome Rodriguez is, and his idea for the flick (a group of earth's toughest men hunted on predators' planet) is just awesome. And while I'm very excited about Danny Trejo's involvement, I as giddy as a schoolgirl over Dutch's potential return. Sadly, it will only be a cameo, but it's still amazing.

With Schwarzenegger's cameo in this and Sly's upcoming "Expendables" movie, it looks like Arnie may be prepping a return to cinema. Hell, his computer generated, 10-second appearance in "Terminator: Salvation" was the best part of the movie. Is it too much to hope for "King Conan?"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Evil Plush Toy Kills for Laughs in "My Stuffed Animal is a Monster."

Now this just looks awesome! It's like "Child's Play" meets "Toy Story" on no budget. It premieres tomorrow night in New York, and you can find out more about this upcoming cult classic on the film's MySpace page.

My Stuffed Animal is a Monster - Trailer

Friday, September 18, 2009

"House of the Wolf Man" Looks Like an Excellent, Old-School Tribute

Staring Ron Cheney (the great-grandson of Lon Cheney), a dude that looks kinda like Bela Lugosi, and old-school makeup effects, "House of the Wolf Man" looks to be an fitting tribute to the fright flicks of old. Oh, and it's filmed entirely in black and white.

It's like what Tarantino and Rodriguez did with their "Grindhouse" flicks, only with the Universal-era of monster films instead of the low-budget flicks of the 70s. Check out the trailer below, which I nabbed from YouTube.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Dracula 2" May Really Suck (But in a Good, Vampirey kinda Way)

They are making a sequel to "Dracula." Let me rephrase that. They are writing a sequel to "Dracula." As soon as I read this article from ShockTillYouDrop, I knew I had to post something about the project. I planned on being witty, perhaps penning a smarmy comment mocking the inherent lameness of attempting to draft a sequel to "Dracula," which is unquestionably one of the most important and influential novels ever written. As I mentioned yesterday, I can't stand people dabbling in worlds they didn’t create.

I planned to mock it until I watched the trailer. Although the video looks cheap and cheesy (like most Dracula sequels), it managed to change my mind. Apparently, they got one of Bram Stoker's decedents and a Dracula historian to write it using Stoker's original, handwritten notes as a guide. That's pretty damn cool.

So while it still may end up sucking harder than a toothless vampire, I'm defently going to have to give it a read. It's entitled "Dracula: The Un-Dead" and will be released on October 13th.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Night of the Living Dead: Origins" Will Be Told Without Romero

You know, I'm really torn about this. According to Bloody Disgusting, a new NOTLD project is in the works, and I'm not talking about George Romero's 6th zombie opus, "Survival of the Dead." Apparently, an upcoming filmmaker named Zebediah De Soto is crafting an origin story for the NOTLD mythos without Romero's involvement or permission. According to BD "De Soto was a fan of the original 'Living Dead' and once … [he] realized the rights were in the public domain, zeroed in on that project."

While I love the zombiefied world Romero created, I have a hard time understanding and embracing the people who take advantage of the film's public domain status. Sure, it was fucking idiotic of Romero to have not done his research on how to establish a proper copyright for the film, but it is unequivocally still his work.

NOTLD is perhaps the greatest horror film ever made, so it makes an attractive target for budding filmmakers. However, I think that it would be more respectful to make a zombie movie sans the NOTLD name and perhaps even say something like "inspired by George Romero's NOLTD." I just think it's kinda stabbing him in the back. What do you think?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cobs, Robbers and … Zombies?

Below is the trailer for the forthcoming French horror flick, 'La Horde.' It recently premiered at Frightfest and is apparently about cops and mobsters having to team up to save themselves from a large undead menace. A very, very large undead menace. I'm pretty sure that the scene at the end of the trailer show more zombies than I've ever seen in a film before. Very impressive and awesome.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monstrous Giant Rats, Fanged Frogs and More Found in Dormant Volcano

It sounds like the plot of an awesome b-movie, but it's true. Apparently, a filmmaking team of BBC journalists has discovered over 40 new species of creatures in a long-dormant volcano in Papua New Guinea. They documented fanged frogs, this cat-sized, vegetarian rodent named the Wolly Rat (seen in the pic above) and many other new critters. Because the area is extremely difficult to reach, it has remained isolated since the volcano's last eruption, which is estimated to have occurred approximately 200,000 years ago. I can't wait to see the documentary that comes from this excursion. Read more about this amazing discovery here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Forget Drug Cartels! 'Rambo 5' More 'Predator' Than 'First Blood' and Why That's a Good Thing!

So perhaps I spoke a bit too soon on the 'Rambo' post a few days ago. He's not fighting aliens or drug cartels, instead, he's fighting a sort of savage beast created by the military. This is definitely more of what I had pictured in my mind when Stallone was talking about taking 'Rambo' in a different direction.

The above pic (which I nabbed from AICN) is a promotional poster they slapped together for the Toronto Film Festival. Sly was cool enough to leave a voice mail on Harry Knowles' phone to explain things a bit. You can hear that message here.

So, what do you think? Personally, as I expressed in my previous post, I'm all about Stallone taking the series in a new direction. Sure, the poster looks like something that would appear on the cover of a discount direct-to-DVD flick, but it's just being used for very limited promotional purposes. Between his recent reboots of the 'Rocky' and 'Rambo' franchises, not to mention the potential awesomeness of next year's 'The Expendables,' I'm expecting great things.

It's like Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch, from 'Predator.' Dutch was obviously experienced in military matters before he met the alien hunter, and it was his skill and expertise that enabled him to kill the creature. So, why can't Rambo do something similar? The only difference is that we've seen Rambo's previous exploits. It's like if they made a series of films about Dutch's war experiences then capped it off with 'Predator.' Would those previous films make 'Predator' any lesser of a picture? I don’t think so. And considering that 'Predator' is one of the most bad-ass movies ever made, at least in my opinion, I'm all for Rambo taking a similar, though decidedly more monstrous direction.

People are bitching-a-fit right now about the move, but I think if Sly handled it right and made a picture as good as the last 'Rambo' flick, he could really refresh and revitalize the series. Hell, I'm just happy I can talk about the next 'Rambo' movie on my blog! So what do you guys think? Is the creature going to be more monster or mutant? Whatever it is, I'll be talking about it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Image from 'The Host 2' Released

I like the look of the monster, even if the CGI isn't perfect. According to Bloody-Disgusting (which is also where I nabbed the above pic), "the story will concern a calamity caused when people ignore a monster due to their desire for money."

I think it's fair to expect quite a lot out of this film. The first 'Host' is simply incredible and an outstanding example of South Korean cinema. If you haven't seen it, you should really check it out. It's exactly the kind of film that Hollywood doesn’t know how to make anymore. It's dark, funny and deeply disturbing. It's also perhaps one of the greatest monster movies ever made. Seriously. Check out this link if you don’t believe me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rambo Will Be Fighting Aliens in His Next Moive, But Not the Kind I was Hoping For

I know the 'Rambo' series has nothing really to do with horror, sci-fi, monsters, mutants or aliens, but I hoped that it one day would. You see, I remember reading this article shortly after 'Rambo' was released last year.

If you're too lazy to click the link, let me sum it up for you: Stallone spoke about how he had already taken the Rambo character as far as he could with war, so if a part 5 was ever going to get made, he was going to take the series in an entirely different direction. He said "I would like to take Rambo to another genre, experiment a little with the character. It would definitely not be another war movie. I can't go any further with that than what I've already done."

So ever since I read that statement, my crazy mind has been dreaming of Rambo's guns and brawn vs. an alien menace. At the very least, I was picturing something supernatural in nature, but, alas, that is not the case. He's going to be messing with aliens, but not the kind I like to discuss on this site. According to AICN, he's "rescuing a young girl snatched at the US/Mexico border. That rescue operation pits him against drug lords and human traffickers."

Look, I'm happy to get another Rambo movie of any kind, but imagine the possibility of 'Rambo 5: The Alien Encounter' or 'Rambo 5: Rambo vs. Godzilla'! The possibilities are endless. I should've known better, but can you imagine how cool would that have been? Admittedly, it probably would've destroyed any hope Stallone might harbor for 'Rambo 6,' but I sure as hell would've paid my $10 to see it!

Oh well, maybe Stallone can make a pertinent political statement about the shocking violence that's occurring along the U.S./Mexican border right now. Anything's possible, right?