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It may surprise some of Jeff Rebner’s fans that his Land of Nod exhibition at the Hyaena Gallery (1928 W. Olive in Burbank) is the first time that the artist is actually doing a full showing of his work there.

“Back when I was working for Film Roman on King of the Hill, I would pass by the gallery and take a look in and thought it was cool,” explained Rebner. “In 2006 I sculpted a piece that was a devil/cherub character, and I brought it in to Bill (Shafer, owner of Hyaena Gallery). Bill didn’t know who I was but he said that he could sell my piece for me, and it sold quickly.”

Artwork by Jeff Rebner Artwork by Jeff Rebner

“After that, whenever I would be in the mood to do more horror stuff, I knew I had an outlet through Hyaena. It wasn’t until Halloween 2008, when Hyaena was hosting their Halloween gallery and I did a zombie piece that sold right off the bat, that I realized it was time for my own show,” Rebner added.

That’s when the inspiration for Land of Nod was born. Rebner not only decided to feature some of his comic book inspired drawings but also included some mixed media piece and a collection of socio/political pieces entitled “The Four Horsemen.”

Artwork by Jeff Rebner

“The first one I did was Death, and that wasn’t hard since I was just using skulls,” said Rebner. “So I figured that the next one would be Disease and the gas masks worked really well. War was also pretty easy for me because it’s George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. I mean, that was a no brainer.”

Rebner added, “The hardest one for me was Famine. I couldn’t go and use poor children who were dying. So I really had to think about it. You have the fast food chains and there’s this malnutrition. Our society is not getting skinny, we’re getting fat and there’s nothing in their food that’s healthy. So, I made that Famine because we’re not dying from not eating but we are dying from the food we eat.”

Artwork by Jeff Rebner

Another striking piece that is part of Rebner’s exhibition at Hyaena Gallery is the Orc mixed media statue. It’s one that even he finds creepy and he’s the mastermind behind it.

“I couldn’t believe just how frightening the Orc piece looked when I was done,” explained Rebner. “My wife was like ‘Get it the hell out of here!’ when it was complete. When we were putting it into place here at the gallery, we all realized that it is very creepy. I never expected to do something so dark, but I did want to do something that was different.”

Dark is definitely a different area for Rebner to work in. He loves and finds inspiration within the horror genre but has come to realize that even he has a line he doesn’t generally feel comfortable crossing.

Artwork by Jeff Rebner Artwork by Jeff Rebner

Rebner said, “As an artist, I am just not comfortable with doing very dark things. I feel like when you work in horror, there still needs to be a certain level of humor. I want people who see my stuff to look at it and see where the jokes are coming from. Zombies are fun to draw, but I try to do it in a way which is comfortable for everyone.”

As a life-long horror fan, Rebner is very conscientious of the cycles of the horror world he has seen during his lifetime and feels that our current era of horror might just prove to be the most important one yet.

“King Kong was my first favorite love, even before Star Wars,” explained Rebner. “I grew up reading Famous Monsters of Filmland, and I remember I used to chase girls around with it. As a teenager in the 80s, I was definitely geared towards horror but I sort of veered off during the 90s.”

“This decade really pulled me back in. Who would have thought zombies would be back in style? We’ve seen torture porn, Asian horror, zombies, and all the remakes just to name a few – as fans, we have gone through the gambit, and I really think because of that, this might end up being one of the more important decades in horror,” Rebner added.

With Rebner’s Land of Nod exhibition running at Hyaena Gallery from August 1st through August 15th, it doesn’t mean that the artist gets to rest on his laurels anytime soon. He still keeps himself busy with his day job as a character developer on the Fox animated show “American Dad” and is currently fleshing out a new scarecrow-inspired character for HorrorHound Magazine’s upcoming November convention.

Artist Jeff Rebner

You can check out more of Rebner’s work online here, and and for more information on Hyaena Gallery (and their upcoming exhibitions), visit them here.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

Synopsis:
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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