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#SDCC16 – Scream Factory Unveils Comic-Con Plans!

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We’re just a few weeks away from San Diego’s big dance, and the e-mails are already hitting our inboxes at a fast and furious pace. Up next – what you can expect from Shout/Scream Factory!

From the Press Release:
Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, celebrity autograph signings, a showcase of new and upcoming home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor. Fan favorite stars scheduled to attend at this time include: Joel Hodgson (creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Birds of Prey), Gregg Berger (Transformers: The Movie, Gargoyles) and Misty Lee (Ultimate Spider Man).

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Calling all MSTies! In the not too distant future- Saturday, July 23rd at 8:30 pm in Room 24ABC, to be precise- for the panel Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back! As the excitement mounts for the upcoming new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, join Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) and others discuss the show’s record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, and reveal behind-the-scenes info on Season 11!

Genre and horror film buffs, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike won’t want to miss An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. At 8 pm on Friday, July 22nd in Room 29AB, join Brian Ward (Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD collector’s editions and new movies coming to theaters this fall. A fan-driven insider’s event filled with lively discussion and more than a few surprises, this panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Julia Cunningham, host of Entertainment Weekly’s “LA Daily” on Sirius XM.

Showcasing highly anticipated current and upcoming offerings from Shout! Factory’s most popular brands, the Shout! Factory Booth (#4118) will once again be an essential destination on the convention center floor. The booth also features convention exclusives, autograph signings, daily sweepstakes giveaways and much more.

Schedule of Shout! Factory Events at Comic-Con International 2016

Wednesday, July 20th
Preview Night

Thursday, July 21st
10:00 am – Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth
11:00 am – Gail Simone and Misty Lee signing for Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues, the new animated comic based on the Dynamite comic.

Friday, July 22nd
10:00 am – Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth
2:00 pm – Meet Spot, a.k.a. Cthulhu, from the upcoming Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom animated feature.
3:30 pm – Scream Factory Presents “Return of The Living Dead” Signing with Thom Mathews (Freddy), John Philbin (Chuck) and Sean Clark (host of “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds”)
8:00 pm – An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory Panel in Room 29AB – Brian Ward (Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) make exclusive announcements, deliver sneak peeks from upcoming releases and more! Moderated by Julia Cunningham, host of Entertainment Weekly Radio’s “LA Daily” on SiriusXM.

Saturday, July 23rd
12:00 pm – Photo opportunity with Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
2:00 pm – Meet Spot, a.k.a. Cthulhu, from the upcoming Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom animated feature.
4:00 pm – MST3K Event at Camp Conival presented by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry
4:30 pm – Join Nerdist and Geek & Sundry for Camp Conival: a trip back in time to classic pop culture summer camp! Swing by the Conival Main Stage on the second concourse at Petco Park for a special Q&A with Joel Hodgson, Felicia Day, and Jonah Ray. Camp Conival does not require an event badge and is open to the public.
5:15 pm – Signing with the cast of next season of Mystery Science Theater 3000! Series creator Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray and Felicia Day will be in attendance.
8:30 pm – Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back! Panel in Room 24ABC. Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) and others discuss the show’s record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, and reveal behind-the-scenes info on Season 11.

Sunday, July 24th
11:00 am – Gregg Berger signing with exclusive Transformers: The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition) poster
12:00 pm – Appearance by Ladybug and Cat Noir of Miraculous
1:00 p.m. – Meet Spot, a.k.a. Cthulhu, from the upcoming Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom animated feature.

Be MiraculousShout! Factory Booth (#4118) Comic-Con Exclusives

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Buttons
Be Miraculous! We’re selling DVDs and giving away these “spot on” limited-edition collectibles. Stop by and say “Be Miraculous” to get your own Miraculous button! Limited to one per person.

Scream factoryScream Factory Button Packs
For the 4th consecutive year, we’re giving away the highly collectible Scream Factory 5-button pack! This year, the titles we’ll be flaunting are top secret! Stop by the booth and ask for your set to reveal what we have in store for you this fall!

Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory Home Entertainment Highlights for SDCC 2016

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Collector’s Edition
Shout Select’s inaugural release is the Collector’s Edition of the beloved ’80s cult classic! On Blu-ray for the first time, this Collector’s Edition comes loaded with bonus features, including a comprehensive retrospective featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, and an additional disc of bonus features. Brilliant brain surgeon Banzai (Peter Weller) just made scientific history. Shifting his Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he’s the first man ever to travel to the Eighth Dimension and come back sane! But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Lizardo ( John Lithgow), devises a plot to steal the Overthruster and bring an evil army of aliens back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe!

Army of Darkness Collector’s Edition
Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient “Necronomicon” – the Book of the Dead – unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in this outrageously hilarious third chapter of Evil Dead Trilogy from legendary director Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) and producer Robert Tapert (Ash vs. Evil Dead). Army Of Darkness Collector’s Edition, featuring the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director’s Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). This definitive collector’s edition is jam-packed with bonus content, including new interviews with star and co-producer Bruce Campbell and the cast, special make-up effect artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman, and Greg Nicotero, audio commentary, alternate and deleted scenes and much more – all collected in a special 3-Disc Blu-ray set!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition
The seed is planted…terror grows. Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray features a new HD transfer and comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork. In the terrifying sci-fi classic, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans — and destroying the originals!

Manhunter Collector’s Edition
The first film to feature the iconic character Hannibal Lecktor, Manhunter follows former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live and Die in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as he reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as the “Tooth Fairy.” But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, Red), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life… and whose insights into the “Tooth Fairy” could prove as dangerous as the killer himself. This Collector’s Edition features more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews.

Middleman: The Complete Series
Think your life has its wild twists and turns? You’ve got nothing comparable to the adventurous life of twenty-two year-old aspiring artist Wendy Watson as she gets recruited by a top secret agency to fight comic book-esque criminals under the guidance of her straight-laced boss who introduces himself only as…The Middleman. Based on the series of graphic novels by acclaimed writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“Lost,” “Medium”), this fan favorite live-action series aired on ABC Family.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir – Spots On!
Wildly successful on Nickelodeon, legions of fans worldwide know that Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is superhero super fun! When the treacherous Hawk Moth uses his evil energy to transform the citizens of Paris into super villains, only two amazing heroes stand in his way: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical pets, this incredible duo team up to outwit Hawk Moth and keep their city safe… but their biggest challenge might be getting through school. You see, Ladybug and Cat Noir are actually Marinette and Adrien, a pair of young students who live what seems to be a normal life. But even for these two, it’s hard to juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up when every day is a super-powered adventure!

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season 5
When Twilight Sparkle and her best friends — Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity and Spike — come across a town full of ponies with the exact same Cutie Mark, the gang has to learn a very powerful lesson about individuality. And the adventures just get better from there! This four-disc DVD set features all 26 episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’s fifth season and includes bonus features!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. 36
In this election year, we present two candidates for president of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXVI. Representing the Comedy Central Party, Joel Hodgson, a champion of long-suffering cinephiles, leads the botty politic in two memorable episodes replete with inspired riffs and wacky host segments. Representing the SyFy Channel Party is Mike Nelson, a riff-ormer whose doctrine of laughter at any cost is clearly in play on the other two delirious episodes in this collection. We urge you to hear them both out as they take on some of the cheesiest movies of the day and lay out their visions for a funnier tomorrow. Includes the episodes Stranded In Space City Limits, The Incredible Melting Man and Riding With Death.

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect… even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what neither god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory. This animated feature-length film is features the voice talent of Misty Lee, with art by Walter Giovani and based on the comics by Gail Simone.

Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery, those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals! Writer/director Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Lifeforce) puts an uproarious spin on the zombie apocalypse movie in 1985’s cult classic The Return Of The Living Dead. Considered one of the campiest undead romps of its time, the film features a killer soundtrack with tracks from many songs from punk artists such as The Cramps, T.S.O.L. SSQ and 45 Grave. The Collector’s Edition boasts a brand new 2K scan of the film and over 12 hours of extras!

Super Sentai Zyuranger: The Complete Series
See where the worldwide phenomenon began with Super Sentai Zyuranger, the original Japanese series that inspired the Power Rangers franchise! When the sinister witch Bandora is released from her prison after 170 million years, five warriors from an ancient time are woken from suspended animation to once again defend Earth from Bandora and her evil horde. Armed with enchanted weapons and giant robotic deities known as the Guardian Beasts, it’s up to these warriors to defeat Bandora and her monsters before she can exact revenge upon the Earth for the death of her son.

Session 9
It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing… abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years, is about to receive 5 new visitors. Donning protective gear, the men of the Hazmat Elimination Co. venture into the eerily vast and vacant asylum that is filled with an evil and mysterious past. Rampant patient abuse, medieval medical procedures and rumors of demonic possession are some of the many dark secrets the hospital holds – but then so do each of the men. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), Session 9 features a talented cast including David Caruso (CSI: Miami), Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Josh Lucas (American Psycho), Stephen Gevedon (Show Me a Hero) and Brendan Sexton III (The Killing, Boys Don’t Cry).

They Live Collector’s Edition
Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity’s last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery — a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth. They Live boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more!

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Stephen King’s IT Star Jeremy Ray Taylor and More Join Goosebumps 2

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GoosebumpsI was a big fan of the Jack Black Goosebumps movie that came out a few years back. Makes sense. I was a big fan of the R.L. Stine book series as a kid.

It’s with this in mind I’m excited about the upcoming Goosebump 2 and today we have an update on the film via Variety.

Turns out the kid cast of the sequel has been gathered together, and leading the pack will be chubby Ben from Stephen King’s IT aka Jeremy Ray Taylor.

On top of Taylor, the other child in the cast include Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester by the Sea), and Caleel Harris (“Castle Rock”).

While we don’t know any details regarding the sequel’s plot, Variety suspects it will “focus on iconic characters and storylines featured in the Goosebumps series.”

Ari Sandel is developing the project with Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more. What did you think of the original film and how excited are you for Goosebumps 2? Let us know below!

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Attack of the Mushroom People Attacks Amazon Prime

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We don’t typically get excited about press releases wanting to the world to know a 55-year-old monster movie has just been made available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers, but when that movie is Attack of the Mushroom People

Not familiar with this trippy 1963 creature feature from longtime Godzilla director Ishiro Honda? If you thought Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster was the pinnacle of bizarro Toho filmmaking, then you’ve never seen Matango, aka Attack of the Mushroom People.

Synopsis:
After a yacht is damaged in a storm, its boarders stranded on a deserted island take refuge in a mysterious fungus-covered boat. With nothing else to eat, some members of the shipwrecked party begin to ingest mysterious mushrooms, transforming them into hideous monsters.

By “hideous monsters” they quite literally mean “mushroom people” that look like something Sid & Marty Krofft would have come up in the 1970’s had they ever attempted a Lovecraft-themed kid’s show.

H.P. Pufnstuf?

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce they have just released this fungal fright flick on Amazon Prime in the United States and United Kingdom.

Well, you gonna drop some shrooms or not?

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Must-Own: Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31 on DVD and/or VHS

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I make it no secret that I am a big fan of Halloween and horror anthologies. I mean who doesn’t love those two great tastes?

Well, like Reese’s peanut butter cups, someone went ahead and put the two greats tastes together for the Halloween horror anthology 10/31.

We reviewed the film recently and you can check that out HERE. But today we want to pass along the news that not only has the film hit DVD, but Scream Team Releasing has also put together a release of the film on VHS!

I literally snagged up a copy of the film on VHS as fast as I could and I am now counting down the days until it arrives on my doorstep. But if you’re not a VHS nut like me, then maybe you’ll be interested in some of the other merch the 10/31 team has put together.

These bits and pieces include a 10/31 & The Barn combo pack, a Limited Edition DVD with the film’s IndieGoGo artwork, the soundtrack on CD, and Travis Smith’s poster.

You can check out pics of all the cool merch below and then let us know what you think!

10/31 is now available on DVD and VHS RIGHT HERE.

Synopsis:

Red Letter Entertainment brings you…’10/31′ – a Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. 5 spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest such as award-winning filmmakers Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger (The Barn), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror) an original score and segment directed by award-winning film and game composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, Killing Floor 2, Close Calls) and features web horror host Malvolia: The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). These blood-soaked tales of terror and the macabre in the vein of Creepshow, Body Bags, Tales of Halloween and V/H/S are sure to chill horror lovers to the bone.

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