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S.I.C.K. the Franchise?



S.I.C.K. comic!Do you remember an Artisan DVD release from a few years back called “>S.I.C.K. (reivew), an acronym that stood for Serial Insane Clown Killer? For those of you that do, is a sequel something you’ve been longing for? It doesn’t matter what you think one way or another because 2 S.I.C.K. is finally becoming a reality.

I reviewed S.I.C.K. on the 31st of December 2004. Since that day it has continued to be one of the films that I hold as the gold standard of god awful incompetent horror filmmaking. Allow me to quote from my own review for a moment:

“Simply put, I hated every millisecond of this movie. One scene in particular sums up my experience watching S.I.C.K. They open up the refrigerator and find an effigy from the killer along with a note that reads “YOU WILL REGRET THIS”. I do. I did. I will continue to do so. And so will anyone else who makes the mistake of watching this pathetic excuse for a movie.”

If anyone thinks I was being too harsh then by all means go web surfing for reviews that don’t echo my sentiment of utter contempt. You’re more likely to find a legitimate non-blurry photo of Sasquatch than you are a positive review of S.I.C.K.

S.I.C.K. mask!Regardless, S.I.C.K. apparently rented quite well (though not quite well enough to keep Artisan from getting gobbled up by Lionsgate). Lionsgate almost put out a 2 S.I.C.K. back in 2006; an equally wretched unrelated psycho clown flick called “>Mr. Jingles (review) that initially was going to get name-only sequel treatment. A legitimate 2 S.I.C.K. will begin shooting in April, a prequel explaining how this maniac became a cannibal in a human skin clown mask. Yes, a prequel.

Dread Central received an email from Poison Apple Films about their development of 2 S.I.C.K. for Lionsgate. Written by the co-writer/director of the original, the prequel chronicles young serial killer-to-be William Walker from childhood to adulthood and his evolution into “Uncle Billy”, the titular Serial Insane Clown Killer. There will also be a new character, a sinister clown ventriloquist dummy called Mr. Wiggles; a pic of its head can be seen above.

For the time being I’ll try being polite, give them the benefit of the doubt, and hope they learned their lessons about what not to do from making the original. Say what I will, they have nowhere to go but up and if they actually make a decent film of it after the rancidness of its predecessor, this might very well be the greatest underdog comeback since the climax of The Karate Kid.

Poison Apple Films certainly seem enthusiastic about the S.I.C.K. property as a comic book is also in the works. Not sure when that’s coming out but they were kind enough to send along the cover for the first issue, which you can also see above.


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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own



Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…



Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January



Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.


Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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