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SDCC 09: Rob Zombie Talks H2, T Rex, Superbeasto, and More

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San Diego Comic-Con 2009Rob Zombie puts it plainly, “My Halloween 2 has nothing to do with your Halloween 2.” Critics of Zombie’s first Halloween remake were told he did have the original in mind when crafting the film, the result cleaving said critics down the middle. Now we are mere days away from the second coming of Michael Myers, so we sat down with the man behind the new Shape to see what to expect and what else is brewing in Zombieland.

I was just as big a fan of the original (Halloween) as anyone else, so it was hard to distance myself and see it a different way … that’s why this was a good experience for me as I’ve gotten the John Carpenter out of my system, leaving me free to make my own film.” Anyone whose seen the trailer for H2 knows we are in for entirely new beast all together, as Zombie was allowed to put his mark all over the franchise and make the story he ultimately wanted. “The first half of Halloween was very much a film I would make, but then you get into Laurie Strode, all American Girl, and her friends, and that’s Carpenter stuff. Bringing Laurie Strode back after she’s traumatized and all fucked up makes her so much more interesting. The same goes for Annie and Sheriff Bracket. They are all damaged people.” Zombie didn’t plan this return to Haddonfield, but Dimension had a window open, and Rob, feeling protective of the characters he’d created, felt he could take another run at it and close out the story in two parts. There was never a game plan for a series and certainly no eye on a trilogy, so this may very well be the last Halloween (for Zombie that is.) The Weinsteins have even stated they’d like this to be the last, so only time will tell.

The first cut for H2 came in at four hours, so you can bet a lot of what has gotten out from set visits will never see the light of day. One particular instance had Michael Myers speak a single word as clear as day, but Zombie assures us that the moment is on the cutting room floor. He reminds us that the first film was to have a similar moment, and it didn’t work there as well so was cut.

When asked about the status of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Zombie mentioned his new album will be dropping soon, then he’ll tour in support of it, and after the music is out of his system a bit, he’ll jump into the project with both hands. T Rex was supposed to be the next project until H2 presented itself. It has a script and some art direction so far but not much else. This isn’t a horror movie. T Rex is an incredibly violent, gritty, old school 70’s style action movie.

On the topic of The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Zombie stated the project went on for so long that they just kept working it and adding more funny gags. He started the project while editing The Devil’s Rejects and was knee deep in Halloween when he decided “Let’s add one last gag where Superbeasto hits Michael Myers with his car.” You’ll also see Werewolf Women of the SS, a couple of scenes with Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, and a parade of cameos with actors and actresses reprising their roles as the famous monsters of filmland they are known for. In the world of Superbeasto, iconic monsters walk the streets alongside the human populace, so Zombie and Co. made the most of every opportunity. You’ll even see an appearance by Dr. Satan!

The subject of future projects arose, and Zombie scoffed at the idea of attaching himself to several projects just for the sake of creating a buzz. He’d rather focus on one project, and right now T Rex is his next big thing. He said he’s been offered some big budget projects, but by the time they tap him for it, ten producers are attached already, and he cringes at the thought of all that input being flung at him daily. He also mentioned he’s been offered remakes by the truck load, some of really obscure titles that people would barely remember. He sees no merit in breathing new life into these properties and would much rather forsake the whole lot in favor of pursuing his original ideas. Zombie remarked that he figures ten years from now someone is going to approach him to remake House of 1000 Corpses and it will be an odd situation. Since he owns the rights, I’d say the answer will be “fat chance.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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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?

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

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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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