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2015 Reaper Awards Winners Announced; It Follows and Halloween: The Complete Collection Dominate!

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Reaper AwardsAnchor Bay and Shout! Factory’s joint release of Halloween: The Complete Collection earned the top honor at the 2015 Reaper Awards competition. The Blu-ray collection of all the films in the Halloween franchise also earned Best Collection.

In addition, Anchor Bay’s It Follows won four awards, including Choice Theatrical Cut, Best Digital Release, Best Scream Queen for Maika Monroe’s Jay, and Best Big Bad for the malevolent “It” force.

Anchor Bay also won for Best TV Collection for The Walking Dead: Season Four on Blu-ray.

Shout! Factory’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition won two awards, Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title) and Best Box Art.

The 2015 Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com, honor the top horror and thriller titles released between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. Studios submitted contenders for consideration by a panel of judges in conjunction with a consumer vote.

2015 Reaper Awards Winners

Horror Title of the Year
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Shout! Factory


Choice Theatrical Cut
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
ABCs of Death 2, Magnolia Home Entertainment

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory

Best Collection
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best TV Collection
The Walking Dead: Season Four, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Indie or Foreign Disc
The Babadook, Shout! Factory

Best Extras
Spider Baby, Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment

Best Box Art
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory




Best Packaging
Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment


Best Big Bad
“It” — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Scream Queen
Jay (Maika Monroe) — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Kill
Barbed-Wire Biker — Wrong Turn 6, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Line of Dialogue
Pam: “Tell you what. Your god and my god can go to a motel and have a circle jerk for all I care. I’ll be in Hell having a three-way with the devil.” — True Blood: Season 7, HBO Home Entertainment

Spookiest Kidvid
Witch’s Night Out, Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Digital Release
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Digital TV Release
The Strain: Season 1, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Judges’ Award
As Above, So Below, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Open Windows, Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection, Lionsgate

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#Brainwaves Episode 86: Darin Scott – Director of DEEP BLUE SEA 2, Producer of TALES FROM THE HOOD, and Lots More! LISTEN NOW!

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For the 86th episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio, we went deep… deep into… well, trouble, per usual; but aside from that, filmmaker Darin Scott, whose latest film, Deep Blue Sea 2, is currently taking a shark-sized bite out of home video, joined us for some talk about that flick, Tales from the Hood, working with Spike Lee, and a whole lot more!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Exclusive: Concept Art and Video From Tim Burton’s Cancelled SUPERMAN Plus Art From Clive Barker’s MUMMY Project

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Special FX artist Steve Johnson has a long and storied career in Hollywood. From working on films such as Predator, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Lord of Illusions, and more, to to makeup on Return of the Living Dead III, Nightwatch, and Night of the Demons 2, his work has been seen in a swath of films that genre fans know and love. Hell, the guy even created Slimer from Ghostbusters! If that doesn’t make him Hollywood royalty, I honestly don’t know what does.

Right now, Johnson has a Kickstarter going for Rubberhead Volume 2: Sex, Drugs, and Special Effects, the second book in a five volume series that chronicles the work he’s done over the years. Included in this particular book is a section called “The Ones That Got Away”. That’s what brings us to today and to this particular article.

We were absolutely fascinated with some of the films that Johnson got to work on that never ended up seeing the light of day and we managed to get our hands on some exclusive concept art from both Tim Burton’s cancelled Superman and Clive Barker’s Mummy project. We also have a suit test video from the former, which features Danny Elfman’s music from Batman, so it’s extra thrilling.

You can read about both projects and see the concept art below (the Superman suit video is above). Also, click on the Kickstarter link above if you want to help make Johnson’s second book a reality!


Tim Burton’s Superman:

For the ill-fated Tim Burton Superman movie, Johnson was contracted to craft all manner of elaborate costumes, props, puppets, and prosthetics for a project that was to be doomed by an overextended budget.

It was absolutely massive because not only were we working on these Superman suits, we were doing Doomsday, we were doing a Menagerie, a Brainiac and an entire spaceship that was literally filled with creatures. It looked like the Star Wars cantina on steroids,” Steve Johnson exclaims.

Of the standout pieces were multiple bioluminescent Superman regeneration suits, all of which glowed purely by way of practical effects. The effect was created using cyalume, the active liquid in glow sticks, strategically pumped through a series of elaborate tubing patterns which gave the appearance of glowing blood pumping through veins.

Other suits were powered by a fiber-optic light setup informed heavily by Johnson’s groundbreaking work on James Cameron’s The Abyss, a creation he claims pleased him more than any other in his entire career.


Clive Barker’s Mummy:

Clive Barker had teamed up with Mick Garris (Critters 2, Psycho IV) on a brand new Mummy concept that the two pitched to Universal. The hyper erotic plot involved a transsexual occultist protagonist who attempted to reanimate mummies within a prestigious museum setting.

Shortly after collaborating with Barker on Lord of Illusions, Steve Johnson signed up to help him create a visual proof-of-concept in order to help Barker pitch the project which had not yet been greenlit. Johnson signed on and even built proof-of-concept creatures, funding the endeavor entirely out of his own pocket to help Barker sell it in to Universal.

For inspiration, Barker and Johnson exhaustively researched museums, Egyptian sculptures, statues and artifacts to ensure historical accuracy while imbuing the mummies with a heavy dose of classic sadomasochistic Clive Barker style.

Johnson explained, “If you do your research on real mummies in Egypt they look nothing like Boris Karloff mummies or mummies in the new mummy movies. The goal was to include all of the realistic detail and adornment in a way that was accurate to real Egyptian mummies which had never been done before. We were going to make them fascinating, cenobite-like creatures but based entirely in reality and history.

Unfortunately, the project was never greenlit by Universal. Clive Barker told Fangoria, “Looking back, our version of The Mummy was precisely what the powers that were at Universal did not want.


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TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL Clip Features Graboids on Ice!

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The newest entry in the always lovable Tremors series will be hitting Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and Digital on May 1st.

And today we have a fun new clip from Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell to share! It features a sequence that reminds me A LOT of the ice planet creature vs Kirk scene in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.

You can check out the clip below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

Tremors: The Complete Collection will be available on DVD on May 1; and Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell hits Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and Digital also on May 1st.

Special features include:

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss why Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet.
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack.
  • Inside Chang’s Market: Chang’s Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise.

Synopsis:
Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the Arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

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