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Dare You Enter the Freakshow?

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Freakshow artworkA week or so back I did a story about yet another new production from The Asylum designed to serve as a direct-to-DVD knock-off of a theatrically released film. I got an e-mail shortly thereafter from Asylum mainstay Leigh Scott, writer/director of The Hitchhiker, which will be released by The Asylum in March to capitalize on the spring release of The Hitcher remake, although that probably won’t quite work out the way they intended seeing as how The Hitcher remake’s release date got pushed up to the cinematic dumping grounds of January. According to Scott, The Hitchhiker was an old screenplay of his with a different title that owed more to I Spit on Your Grave than The Hitcher. But in true Asylum fashion…

However, that may not be The Asylum’s fashion much longer. I don’t know if you heard or not, but while horror may be red hot at the box office, the glut of horror out on DVD is souring distributors, especially international buyers, away from the genre. That’s one of the primary reasons why, according to Scott, The Asylum will focus less next year on knock-offs of upcoming theatrical horror films, aside from The Hitchhiker and the also-recently-reported on Supercroc, and just horror in general. In fact, expect more sci-fi.

But one original horror movie from The Asylum that we can count on is Freakshow. Set in the 1930’s, Freakshow is about a group of thieves who infiltrate a traveling circus with plans to rob it. Unfortunately for them, much grotesque carnage awaits the thieves after they underestimate the sideshow freaks that run this carnival.

The film is said to be heavily influenced by Tod Browning’s classic Freaks, even going so far as casting several real-life circus performers and disabled actors, but is its own entity. Judging by the short trailer for it on YouTube, the biggest difference of all is a heavy emphasis on horrific gore. I’m far from squeamish, but even I found myself cringing at the tongue-cutting scene shown in the trailer. That was a tad much even for me. But if you dig that sort of thing, and I know a lot of you do, then check out the trailer for Freakshow.

The Asylum will unveil its Freakshow to DVD audiences on January 30th.

Me? I’m holding out for Supercroc.

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I Already Have a Dog But Now I Want a Baby Dinosaur

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The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, is rumored to be attached to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since that film is going to be coming out in less than a month, it’s no surprise that the marketing campaign for the dino-filled trailer is already starting and today it kicks off with a six-second teaser that is as adorable as you can get!

In the teaser, Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is petting a baby velociraptor, which coos and twitters in the cutest of fashions. Is there anything else going on? Nah. Does something else need to happen? Nope. The movie already has me sold.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, and Toby Jones. However, the biggest and most important star of the film will be the return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is, in my humble opinion, the best character in the franchise, besting even the T-rex that seemingly cannot die.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will evolve into theaters on June 22, 2018.

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John Landis’ Rejected Pitch for American Werewolf 2 Was Brilliant

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If you’re anything like us then you consider writer-director John Landis’ horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London to be one of the best f*cking movies of all-time.

Horror (or comedy), or not.

But did you know that Landis was asked back in 1991 to make a sequel to his original classic? Neither did I. But he was, and his pitch for the sequel was amazing.

“I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991,” Landis told Digital Spy. “I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came up with something that I liked and wrote a first draft of the script.

“The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David.

“The conceit was that during the time in the first film where Jenny goes to work and David is pacing around the apartment, he actually wrote Debbie Klein a letter. It was all to do with this big secret that David had never told Jack that he had a thing with her.

“She tracks down Dr. Hirsch, who tells her that Alex now lives in Paris because she was so traumatized by what happened. She went back to the Slaughtered Lamb and everyone is still there! I think the only changes were a portrait of Charles and Diana where the five-pointed star used to be and darts arcade game instead of a board.

“It’s then when she speaks to Sgt McManus, the cop from the first movie who didn’t die, that she finds out that Jenny is still in London. She calls her and leaves an answer phone message, which we then reveal is being listened to by the skeletal corpses of Jack and David, watching TV in Alex’s apartment!

“The big surprise at the end was that Alex was the werewolf. It was pretty wild. The script had everybody in it from the first movie – including all the dead people!”

But then Landis adds:

“I gave the script to Michael Kuhn and he loathed it! He absolutely hated it and was actually pretty insulting about it. Clearly, he would have hated the script for the first movie because, like that, it was funny and scary – and if anything, a little wackier.”

Is it just me or does this sound like a perfect sequel to An American Werewolf in London? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think below!

Synopsis:

David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

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Such Sights to Show You – 11/22/17

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Each week, we’ve been bringing you a new, original one-off comic from artist Kevin D. Clark. This week, Clark skewers not only Black Friday but also Cyber Monday in one fell swoop, commenting on the predatory and mob-like nature of consumers at public stores while also addressing the glut of online sales that slam workers during the holidays. You can read the comic for yourself below.

About the Artist:
Kevin D. Clark is a cartoonist from Scotland who grew up watching classic monster movies, cartoons and wrestling, as well as reading comics. He started drawing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. His sense of humor is a veritable cornucopia of the wacky and weird inspired by the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, “MST3K,” Rab C. Nesbitt, as well as his older brother.

Kevin was diagnosed with Aspergers and because of that, he tries to push himself to work as hard as possible. Kevin also has a self-published comic book and helps run a film club for autistic people. He has recently earned a degree in cartooning from the London Art College and he’s pretty sure that he could take an octopus in a fight.

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