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Kong: Skull Island – Alternate Pitch Sees Kong Die Early and Godzilla Make the Cut? More New Posters

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The glory that is Kong: Skull Island (review) is currently rampaging through a theater near you, but that’s not stopping the news – or the posters for that matter – from coming!

Recently director Jordan Vogt-Roberts sat down with Empire and scooped them on his original pitch for the film’s opening and closing.

The alternate opening that I pitched to them, the studio said: ‘No. You’re crazy. You can’t do that.’ So it’s World War II. A full squad comes to this beach. They’re killing each other – and then suddenly, this giant monkey (that looks a lot like the monkey from the last King Kong movie) comes out of the jungle. And they just kill it. It’s dead. And you’re sitting there going, ‘Wait, did they just kill King Kong? Did they kill the hero of this film?’

And then you’d hear a roar and see a much bigger creature – the real King Kong. That was the crazy version of me wanting to send a message that this isn’t like other King Kong movies that you’ve seen. The studio were like: ‘You can’t do that.’

As for the post-credits sequence which had fans (myself included) squealing with joy, that was also pitched a bit differently…

We had a bunch of different variations for that. There was one version of that scene where [Tom Hiddleston’s character] Conrad and [Brie Larson’s character] Weaver were on a boat in the Arctic Ocean with [Corey Hawkins’ character] Brooks. Conrad and Vernon say, ‘What are we waiting for?’, and Brooks is like, ‘Hold on, hold on…’ – and then Godzilla surfaces and breaks through the ice.

But then we realized that doesn’t really jive with Godzilla because in Godzilla they say he hasn’t really surfaced since the atomic bomb tests. So it became this much more stripped down scene. The response to it has shocked me a little bit. It seems to be very evocative.

As for those new posters…

Kong Skull Island

Kong Skull Island

Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly. To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, the director, cast, and filmmaking team filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii; on Australia’s Gold Coast; and finally in Vietnam, where filming took place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.

Kong: Skull Island (review) is in theaters NOW from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, and Eugene Cordero.

Synopsis:
A diverse team of scientists, soldiers, and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Kong Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

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Will Bruce Campbell Ever Return as Ash?

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Recently we let you guys know that Starz has canceled Ash vs Evil Dead. In response to that news, a group of fans tried to rally and have Netflix pick up the horror-comedy series.

Well, good old Bruce Campbell got wind of the whole thing and took to Twitter to let the world know he is officially retired from the role of Ash Williams.

Big props to fans for the effort,” Bruce tweeted. “But I’m retired as Ash.”

Personally, I fell like this might be the right move for Campbell. I mean, unless the powers that be get Ash vs Freddy vs Jason going, or a team-up movie between Bruce and Mia from the Evil Dead remake, then I think it might be best to just hang up the spurs, good buddy.

Are you upset that Bruce Campbell is hanging up the Evil Dead hat, or do you think it’s the right time? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Exclusive: DOWNRANGE Poster and Clip Bring Gore and Terror

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Tomorrow sees the streaming release of Ryuhei Kitamura’s Downrange on AMC’s horror service Shudder and we’re here to bring you not only a clip from the film but a brand new eye-opening (get it?) poster too! In the clip, we see three of the pinned down stars attempting to distract the sniper so they can not only record where the shots are coming from but also try to get their disabled car moving, even a little bit.

After premiering on Shudder, Downrange will play in NYC this Friday and Saturday, with director Ryuhei Kitamura attending midnight screenings at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema on both the 27 and 28!

Downrange stars Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson (Insidious: Chapter 2), Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames (The Originals), and Jason Tobias (Notorious)

Make sure to subscribe to Shudder to see Downrange as well as the other amazing films and shows that the service offers!

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TONIGHT! #Brainwaves Episode 86: Darin Scott – Director of Deep Blue Sea 2, Producer of Tales from the Hood, and LOTS More!

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

Join us TONIGHT for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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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