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Exclusive: Annabelle: Creation Opens Today and There’s a Very Cool Easter Egg in the Film!

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Today marks the official release of David F. Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation (review), the prequel to the 2014 Conjuring spinoff film. Following the creation of the Annabelle doll and the events that led to her possession, the film takes viewers to the early 20th century, bringing the Conjuring universe to its earliest point so far. For those who are going to see the movie, we highly recommend that you stay throughout the entirety of the credits for a fun little surprise at the end!

We’re going to reveal a potential spoiler with this article, so if you want to avoid that, you can exit out now. For those who wish to know what the headline is referring to, head on further down below to read about something pretty damn cool, at least in my eyes!

David F. Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Foxcatcher, The Last Witch Hunter), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (“Homeland”, the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

Annabelle: Creation has been rated R by the MPAA for horror violence and terror. It comes out in theaters today.

SPOILERS AHEAD:
Okay, so what’s this cool easter egg that we’re referring to, you ask? In the film, there’s a point where we see a large demonic creature terrorizing those in the Mullins’ home. That demon is played by none other than Joseph Bishara, who composed the music for The Conjuring, its sequel, the Insidious films, 11-11-11, Dark Skies, and The Other Side of the Door. But what also makes this so fun is that Bishara was the lipstick demon in Insidious, Bathsheba in The Conjuring, and played a demon in both Annabelle and The Conjuring 2!

I got the chance to chat with Bishara for a brief moment about his portrayal of the demonic entity in Annabelle: Creation and his connection to this universe of The Conjuring, and he told me, “It really is a privilege to get to perform these demons, to work with directors in a different capacity than music, and seeing the scenes grow and evolve from the inside. And very inspiring to work directly with such highly talented makeup effects artists and stunt teams to realize the creatures and scares.

Talking about how this film felt different from others that he’s been a part of, Bishara states, “Annabelle: Creation was the first film I performed a creature in that I didn’t also score, and it had a different sense of immediacy since with the double duty of performing and scoring, after wrap there’s still a long way to go.

At the end of the day, Bishara seems very happy with his place in this universe. “For whatever reason playing these demons seems to be a very natural fit.

The idea that James Wan is crafting a universe around The Conjuring, its characters, and the paranormal events that Ed and Lorraine Warren dealt with is clearly not just centered around interwoven films. Having Bishara play a demonic entity in Creation, just as he did in The Conjuring films and Annabelle, is something that put a huge smile on my face because it really does feel like Wan has created a family with this endeavor and everyone’s invited to this horror experience!

Annabelle: Creation

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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