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Chucky Is Back To His Roots With A Modern Twist In New “Child’s Play” Trailer

Nothing is safe from remakes, but in some rare cases, those remakes may be the best thing to do with an outdated movie franchise. Case in point, everyone’s favorite slasher doll, Chucky. His last batch of movies were B-rated schlock at best, and borderline comedy films. In 2019, he’s back, and he’s ditched the jokes for something more sinister.

Check out the trailer below:

This rendition of Chucky seems to keep intact the sensibilities of the original 1988 film, but modernizing it both bringing the doll into the modern world of play as well as the methods of terror. Director Lars Klevberg has said that this ideation of the crazed doll will not be one possessed by a serial killer, but a cyborg gone out of control.

The film stars Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Tim Matheson. The voice of Chucky is still being left a mystery, as is his appearance.

The new Child’s Play will arrive in theaters on June 21.

Yesterday, we showed you the first trailer for the new remake of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” film – which one do you think will be scarier?

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Bring Out Your Dead With New “Pet Sematary” Trailer

That kitty ain’t so cute no more! This morning, Paramount released the first full trailer for their “Pet Sematary” re-make, starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. Check out the video below:

Here is the official synopsis from Paramount:

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, (#StephenKing) #PetSematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (#JohnLithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

The original book was released in 1983, and adapted into a film for the first time in 1989. That original version starred Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby (AKA Tasha Yar from Star Trek: TNG), Brad Greenquist and Michael Lombard. It was a box office hit, costing $11.5 million and earning $57.5 million by the end of its run. Will this remake have the same luck? Time, and discerning audiences, will tell.

“Pet Sematary” will hit US theaters on April 5, 2019.

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Mezco reveals “Living Dead Dolls” Jack Torrance ahead of NY Toy Fair 2019

NY Toy Fair 2019 is just a few weeks away, but the reveals have already begun for many companies.

Mezco is one of those companies that come out strong during the show, with loads of new products on display at the event. Before the doors of the Javits center have opened, the company has given us a sneak peek reveal of a new item that will be on display.

The toy, which will be a part of their acclaimed “Living Dead Dolls” series, was revealed in their blog:

While the LDD line is littered with creepy and bloody characters, this one may be the most chilling. The stark facial expression of Jack Torrance from “The Shining” film is certainly shocking, and will be a fine addition for collectors of horror toys.

Equally important, this means Mezco may hold the license to this film for other toys, including One:12 – imagine a One:12 Jack Torrance! This could also potentially open the door for other Stephen King properties in Mezco’s repetoire – fingers crossed!

Jack Torrance is the main protagonist of Stephen King’s The Shining (1977). Jack was nominated as the 25th greatest film villain of all time by The American Film Institute.

Mezco has promised another reveal coming soon before Toy Fair kicks off, so stay tuned for what is next!

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NY Toy Fair 2018 – NECA debuts figures of clowns Stephen King’s “It”

NECA has a ton of new things being shown at NY Toy Fair 2018, but the scariest by far has to be their pair of clowns from Stephen King’s “It.”

From the acclaimed 2017 horror film IT Movie, drawn from the pages of Stephen King’s original novel, NECA presents the definitive version of #Pennywise in action figure form!
Based on Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the nightmare-inducing clown, this 7” scale figure has been painstakingly detailed to be as accurate to Pennywise’s ornate costume as possible. To recreate the most terrifying scenes from the movie, the fully articulated figure features three interchangeable heads, interchangeable hands, red balloon and paper boat. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

As if that was not enough, NECA was thrilled to present one of their most frequently requested action figures of all time! From the revered 1990 horror mini-series Stephen King’s IT Movie, #Pennywise the killer clown takes action figure form.

Based on Tim Curry’s portrayal of the terrifying clown, this 7” scale figure is faithful to his on-screen appearance and packed with detail and accessories. Pennywise is fully articulated and features a total of four interchangeable heads, plus alternate monster hands, noisemaker, bunch of balloons and paper boat. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

These will both ship in August.

We will have more from NECA later this week when we check out their booth in person!

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LEGENDARY AND WARNER BROS. PICTURES ANNOUNCE CINEMATIC FRANCHISE UNITING GODZILLA, KING KONG AND OTHER ICONIC GIANT MONSTERS

godzilla-1954-main-reviewFollowing Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.

The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA 2 in 2018 and then GODZILLA VS. KONG, arriving in theaters in 2020. While Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the GODZILLA films remain in partnership with Warner Bros., who will now also distribute KONG as a part of this franchise. Production on KONG: SKULL ISLAND begins October 19th.

Warner Bros. and Legendary released Godzilla in May 2014 with an agreement to release Godzilla 2 on June 8, 2018. Both films feature the human Monarch organization. Shortly following Legendary’s pact with NBC Universal, Legendary acquired rights to additional classic characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. This paved the way for developing a franchise centered around Monarch and anchored by Godzilla, King Kong, and other famous creatures.

When Legendary announced films centered on Godzilla and Kong, fans all over the world speculated these two characters might one day meet in the same film. Classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, as announced at Comic-Con 2014, may also join the Legendary pantheon of giant monster mayhem going forward.

“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Tull. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”

“Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,’” said Tsujihara. “It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

About the Productions

KONG: SKULL ISLAND stars Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. Warner Bros. will distribute the film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.

GODZILLA 2 will be written by Max Borenstein and directed by Gareth Edwards. Legendary is producing with Mary Parent and Alex Garcia will executive produce. The film is set to be released by Warner Bros. on June 8, 2018.

GODZILLA VS. KONG will be released in 2020.

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Ada Wong & Agent Hunt Mode set for Resident Evil 6

It’s been announced earlier this week that Ada Wong, first appearing in Resident Evil 2, will be a playable character with her own individual campaign in Resident Evil 6. This single player experience is set to feature missions unique to Ada, providing a different perspective on the bioterrorist outbreaks happening all over the world threatening the extinction of the human race. Ada Wong’s campaign becomes unlocked once players completed campaign mode for Leon, Chris and Jake.

Another mode to be featured in Resident Evil 6 is the ability to experience action as a zombie, J’avo or other C-virus mutations in the new online mode, titled Agent Hunt. Players will be able to infiltrate other players’ sessions as hunters with the intention of eliminating the human characters involved. These hunters will have access to unique movements and attacks exclusive to each character that would previously be encountered as enemies in campaign mode, including the various J’avo transformations. The way you would unlock Agent Hunt mode will work the same way you would unlock Ada Wong’s campaign mode; by beating Leon, Chris, and Jake’s campaigns.

When creating a Resident Evil 6 gameplay session a player will have the option to allow or not allow Agent Hunt mode,  Hunters searching for a session in levels Agent Hunt is available to join will jump into that session if allowed by the host, then those hunters can either be a single human player with an AI partner or work with a friend in co-op mode. Up to two separate hunters are able to join any given Agent Hunt session, and if a hunter dies, they respawn in the same session as a different randomized enemy from that area. If the hunter eliminates an agent, however, the agent’s session will end exactly as if they had been playing a standard game session with CPU enemies while the hunter is given the option to join another session. If the hunter quits mid-game, the agent’s game continues as usual with all CPU enemies.

 

 

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Comic Review: Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch

Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson come together to bring you the Eisner Award winner for Best Publication for Teens and Best Short Story, Beasts of Burden. This compilation of short stories (subtitled Neighborhood Watch), originally printed in Dark Horse Presents, features a canine and feline team who investigate different paranormal events that occur in their small and seemingly peaceful neighborhood of Burden Hill.

If you’re unfamiliar with Evan Dorkin’s previous projects, it’s alright. However, he is a veteran of comics among other media, and it’s not unlikely you’ve already enjoyed works he’s had his hands in. The projects he’s worked on span all across the spectrum of subject matter from comics like Predator: Big Game and Rom: Space Knight, to animation like the English adaption of Shin Chan and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.

That’s not to say that Jill Thompson is a newbie when it comes to the world of entertainment; she certainly isn’t. She’s been around the proverbial block with multiple awards to prove it. Her illustration work can be found in many comic books and graphic novels like Spiderman: Shadows and Light and Death: At Death’s Door as well as in children’s books like the Magic Trixie series and Mick Foley’s Halloween Hijinx.

The track records of these two suggest a lot of diversity within subject matter and illustrative storytelling, and the short stories within this book do reflect that. Dorkin does a great job of bringing this band of characters through different levels of seriousness, suspense and humor in each short story that makes for a great read for adolescents and young adults alike. True, the idea of animals communicating with one another like people do isn’t anything ground breaking, but to take that and make something original is a feat within itself. It’s an even greater feat to use that to create something with appeal to both genders and the pre-teen to young adult age range, which Dorkin does successfully.

What really gives this one shot worth is Thompson’s illustrative work. Her watercolors are so crisp and clean with great color control successfully setting the tone for each scene. It’s tactfully goes hand and hand with the dynamic composition that’s intelligently set up for dramatic effect, but nowhere near to the point where it becomes unreadable. On top of that, it’s very well rendered but still stylized in a way that would appeal to youth. Each animal is successfully given anthropomorphic attributes without becoming silly looney tune-esque characters who carry on like people with animal traits, but they still give off a lot of personality through facial expression and body language.

Jill Thompson is telling a story here. The story she’s illustrating is so clear, this book would make sense without any words, but Jason Arthur does a great job of providing lettering overall; especially lettering that doesn’t step on Thompson’s work. In most cases, it’s the artist work that compliments the writer’s story. In this case, it really feels as though it’s the story that compliments the artist’s work, and the nearly half dozen awards Beasts of Burden has won just for its artwork reflects that.

Beasts of Burden makes for a good read for anyone over the age of twelve who may be a fan of suspenseful, action or horror reading, and its especially a great buy for any teenager or pre-teen with a visually artistic side to them. It’s a good story with even better artwork which makes it worth the $3.50 for the purchase. Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch can be found at your comic book store on August 1st, or you can just as easily pre-order it on Dark Horse Comic’s website right now if there isn’t a comic shop close by for you to get a hold of it.

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Comic Review: White Devil

From the three-man crew of Matt Evans, Andrew Helinski, and Nate Burns comes the four part miniseries, White Devil. Evans describes the series in his own words as “what would happen if Cormac McCarthy wrote an episode of The Andy Griffith Show.” Aside from that brief description, there wasn’t any back story given to the creation of this comic. There wasn’t any information given on who Matt Evans, Andrew Helinski or Nate Burns are or what they do, so one can only assume that this comic is as independent as it gets.

This story starts following Sarah; the typical house wife with a typical loving husband with typical children who all come together to compile the typical working class family. Typically, family life has become stagnant for her, though she just recently found something to break up the monotony of her typical everyday life through means most would typically frown upon.

Sound cliché? That’s understandable. However, to the credit of Evans and Helinski, they do make a good attempt in giving Sarah some sort of individuality. The interactions she has with her family give a decent range of emotion, though still generally light hearted a mild mannered, that show it’s not their fault why she takes part in what happens in the second half of the comic.

The artwork is good, but it won’t blow you away. Though much of it is pleasing to the eye, there are times where it gets mucky and difficult to read at times. The sense of space sometimes becomes distorted and flat, and tactics used to create space and mood is inconsistent. Still, Burns still manages to create pretty pictures that go hand and hand with the story being illustrated. His brush inking shows skill and finesse that fit with the overall tone of the book. Though he didn’t hit the nail on the head it isn’t off target, but the biggest issue with this comic, aesthetically, is its typography. It isn’t pleasant at all and almost unreadable in many different areas, and instead of tearing into it further on how bad it is, let’s just say it’s a prime example on how not to deal with type in comics.

Reading this comic, one would imagine it fits into the horror genre. So if that’s your thing, I’d suggest checking this title out. Even better, if you like really indie comics and supporting the little guys in the graphic novel world, this would be worth a look. You never know. This just might be the comic that puts these three guys on the map, which will make you one of those hip folks that enjoyed their work before it was cool.

Realistically though, it’s free. It’s a free read. You can read this comic right now for free. I don’t know how many times or ways I can say it, but its free entertainment. You, as a reader, have nothing to lose by downloading and reading this comic on its blog site aside from five to ten minutes of your life you may have used watching a youtube video you may or may not enjoy anyway.

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Comic Review: Freaks of the Heartland

Dark Horse Comics is re-releasing the Spectrum Gold Award winning miniseries, Freaks of the Heartland, as a deluxe hard covered graphic novel. This gem was released originally back in 2004 as a six issue trade paperback written by famed horror writer Steve Niles, who is also responsible for other great reads like Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night. This story is brought together by accomplished illustrator Greg Ruth, whose talents are also showcased in more recent reads like Sudden Gravity and Alabaster: Wolves.

Freaks of the Heartland is really a testament to how diverse Niles and Ruth can be in the name of storytelling. Its subject matter and feel is a far cry from the blood drenched thriller that is 30 Days of Night, and the artistic styling is nothing like the tight lining and bold gray scaling in Sudden Gravity. For two guys who’ve made the horror genre their own they really showed an entirely different side of what they’re capable of with this story.

This story is centered on two brothers; the older brother named Trevor Owens and his baby brother Will. Trevor has always looked after his younger brother Will, who is grossly deformed and isn’t allowed to stay in the house with the rest of the family.  Will actually stays chained in their barn; away from the few people in the small town they live in. Tension progressively runs higher and higher amongst the small community and tough choices need to be made; the kind of choices children shouldn’t have to make. Through these choices they find out they’re not the only ones in town dealing with this kind of problem.

Reading that kind of premise, I’m sure this doesn’t sound like any horror story you’d be into if you’re into horror comics/graphic novels; which is understandable. However, at its core, this is still a horror story. Much unlike the sort survival horror you’d expect in the genre, Freaks of the Heartland deals more with tragedy, loss of innocence in children, how they deal with it and how those around them react. The story is written and illustrated in a way that it’s easy for the reader to relate to these characters, and from their standpoint, this situation is terrifying. Past that feeling of terrifying uncertainty, there’s a full range of emotions and social issues that are touched upon like empathy, family roles, discrimination, and duty. From both sides of the fence it feels personal, and whenever things calm down you, as the reader still have a feeling of uneasiness coming from these characters.

I would like to give all the credit to Steve Niles for creating such a brilliant story, but in all honesty, no one could have brought this together the way it is the way Greg Ruth does. There is blood and gore in this book, yet it isn’t terribly graphic and doesn’t need to be. Where there was more rendering done and where parts are given less detail is deliberate. It all contributes to the story. The panels get brighter and have higher contrast when the story takes an intense turn and gets more cool and relaxed when things are calm. The children’s faces are illustrated very clearly with softer brush strokes and relaxed colors, as opposed to the adults’ over all appearances are shrouded in more shadow with heavier, more aggressive brush strokes and colors which makes them seem more monstrous than the deformed children in a way. All the while, the pallet keeps up with general earth tones that compliment the heartland theme very well. Simply put, the artwork in this story is beautiful.

If there was any negative about this book that could be pointed out is that you could finish it within an hour, which is kind of unfortunate. It’s really the other edge of the double blade on this sword. The story will keep your attention from beginning to end, and in most cases, you won’t want to put it down. You look at it and think “hey, one hundred sixty some odd pages is a lot of material,” but the book is paced so well that the end comes quickly. It doesn’t ruin the story, it’s just deceptively short.

If you’re into horror comics but want to take a break from the zombies, vampires and aliens; this is the book for you. If you’re not into horror comics, I’d still suggest this title for you. I’d suggest anyone into comics without super heroes. $29.99 is worth the price for a really good story in a hard covered book. Freaks of the Heartland will be available in hard cover on Dark Horse Comic’s website on June 27th, but in the mean time, it is available for pre-order here.

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Dark Horse To Release Mignola & Golden’s “Joe Golem” Deluxe Edition

In conjunction with the release of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s latest collaboration earlier this week, and Mignola’s appearance at this weekend’s World Horror Convention, Dark Horse is pleased to announce a limited-edition hardcover release of Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

After a séance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan. As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches.

“Joe and his world are made up of all those things I love: crumbling ruins, strange Victorian devices, and unknowable supernatural forces,” said cocreator Mike Mignola. “These are the very same elements that went into the creation of Hellboy, but here hammered into different shape and relocated to New York City. Hellboy is Joe’s country cousin.”

The deluxe limited-edition collection features multiple illustrations by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola, as well as a signature plate signed by both Mignola and Golden, and is presented in a handsome slipcase. Additionally, only the Dark Horse edition will feature the previously unpublished story “Joe Golem and the Copper Girl.”

The deluxe hardcover edition of Joe Golem and the Drowning City will be released in an extremely limited edition of only 1,000 copies on September 26, and will retail for $99.99.

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