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I, Frankenstein Coming to the Big Screen



I, Frankenstein Coming Soon! (click for larger image)Death Ray Films, director Patrick Tatopoulos, and Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux have teamed up to develop I, Frankenstein for the big screen.

I, Frankenstein, an upcoming comic book series from Darkstorm Comics set for release later this year, brings back many beloved classic monsters including Frankenstein’s Monster, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Invisible Man, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde plus many more in a re-imagined contemporary setting.

Creature effects guru turned director Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) will helm the live action feature.

I don’t know of any other projects past or present that give you the chance, in a single movie, to re-invent the ‘MOST CULT CREATURES OF ALL TIME’. All of this in a very unique, dark and stylistic world. I would never pass on such an opportunity,” says Tatopoulos.

Written and created by Kevin Grevioux (Underworld franchise, ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction), the series is a fresh and creative take on the Frankenstein mythos.

Frankenstein has always been one of my favorite monsters. Putting him together in an environment with other creatures of lore that I grew up watching provides me with a unique opportunity to do my own take on them,” says Grevioux.

Robert Sanchez and Chris Patton will produce, and Ryan Turek, whom you all know as Ryan Rotten from ShockTillYouDrop.com, will co-develop and associate produce for the Death Ray Films label.

Producer Robert Sanchez says, “This is not really a retelling of the classic stories as much as it is putting the most beloved classic monsters into a new setting called Darkhaven, a contemporary Gotham-like metropolis with an underworld that hides criminals and monsters alike.

Patton jumped at the challenge, “This is not a campy makeover; the horror and suspense that Kevin has built into this new concept is perfect for today’s audience. Over the past few decades the studios haven’t given these monsters the respect that they deserve. This film will remind you why these childhood frights will always reign as the king of nightmares.

I, Frankenstein is a Raymond Chandler-esque monster mash where the rogues don’t pack pistols; they’ve got claws and fangs,” Ryan Turek enthuses. “This is one of those films where the possibilities are endless.

Endless indeed. Just wanted to take a moment here before directing you to some exclusive artwork from the I, Frankenstein comic to congratulated Ryan on his latest endeavor. It’s always great to see one of us freaks make it, and Ryan truly is … “One of us! One of us!

Check out the artwork below, and look for our interview with Kevin Grevioux soon!

Exclusive Artwork from I, Frankenstein

Exclusive Artwork from I, Frankenstein

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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