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All you have to do is attend one convention to know how much horror fans love to wear t-shirts immortalizing their favorite characters. And now, thanks to Fright-Rags, one of the most beloved zombies out there, Return of the Living Dead‘s Tarman, has a new shirt and poster for his followers to enjoy.

The items go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3rd, and here’s the lowdown straight from the Fright-Rags website:

Very few individual zombie characters stand out as much as Tarman from Return of the Living Dead, released in 1985. Perhaps it was the gooey, dripping make-up, or Alan Trautman’s skeletal figure and creepy performance, or even the fact that he uttered the now infamous line synonymous with all zombies “BRAAAIIINNS!”. No matter what, Tarman is truly an icon of zombie cinema.

And he wouldn’t be that way if it weren’t for the brilliant visual style of William Stout, who helmed the production design for the film. Already a renowned artist having worked on other features such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Conan the Barbarian, and First Blood, this was his first job as production designer, making him the youngest one in film history. Working with director Dan O’Bannon, Stout drew his inspiration from the Mummies of Guanajuato, EC Comics, and actual corpse photos to make his zombies look as real as possible. Among the select few “principal corpses” used in the film, Tarman quickly stole the show the second he appeared on screen.

Since Return of the Living Dead is one of my personal favorite movies, I have always wanted to do a Tarman shirt. And while I’ve seen other Tarman shirts on the market, I never felt they captured the spirit and essence of the character. Over a year ago, I finally started the design…but it never seemed to look right. I had other artists try their hand at the type of look I was going for, but nothing evr seemed quite right. However, when discussing this idea with Diane O’Bannon (the wife of the late director Dan O’Bannon), she suggested I talk to William Stout. In all honesty, that thought had never crossed my mind. So based on her suggestion, I contact him.

To my surprise, William was not only interested in working together, he asked if he could do a completely original drawing for this design…and who better to visualize the infamous Tarman but the creator of the character himself! The result is a truly unique and original look for the iconic zombie. All of the hallmarks of the character are there – the bug-eyes, skeletal structure, goopy drips – and all presented in a highly-stylized illustration, referencing the EC Comics-style Stout used as inspiration for his original design. For the colors, I chose the talented Ray Frenden to bring Stout’s drawing to life in full vivid color. Never before has Tarman looked so striking…

And as a part of our artist series, we are also selling this design as a limited edition print, signed and numbered by William Stout himself!

T-SHIRT DETAILS

* Printed on super soft 100% ringspun pre-shrunk cotton shirts
* 4-color screenprinted design
* Sizes available: SMALL to 5X-LARGE
* Girl sizes available: S-XL (printed on American Apparel)
* PRICE: $24.95 LIMITED TO ONLY 200 SHIRTS!

Limited Edition Tarman T-Shirt & Poster from Fright-Rags

SERIGRAPH/POSTER DETAILS

* Printed on 100# archival white coverstock
* 5-color screenprinted design
* Comes rolled in protective cardboard tube
* Each poster has been numbered and signed by William Stout
* PRICE : $40.00 LIMITED TO ONLY 100 PRINTS!

Limited Edition Tarman T-Shirt & Poster from Fright-Rags

If you buy both, you’ll save $10.00. Click here for ordering info.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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