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The Horrors of Fantasia: Day 10

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Fantsia 2007 coverage!Man, what a sad, sad thing it is to finish up at Fantasia. It seemed even more bittersweet because we had spent so much time up there this year, as opposed to our usual extended weekend, but it all came to a close far too early for us both.

The morning of our last day at Fantasia was pretty much completely missed by us. Andy’s lady Hazel thankfully woke us up before it got too late in the day, and we were able to get our shit together in time to get to the theater to catch the 5pm showing of the movie we were told was one of the fest’s most fucked-up, 13 Beloved.

Goes to show the power of hype, too; the theater was absolutely packed to the gills to witness this Thai slice of gritty cinema, and while I agree that it was a pretty damn fine film, the amount of hype it received was a bit over the top. It’s the story of a man who’s having the worst day ever and is contacted by phone to perform increasingly more dangerous things in public that earn him more and more money each time he successfully completes them. It’s really not horrific enough for a full fledged review (though we might get one anyway), but when it does come out on DVD here in the States, I recommend checking it out.

Fantsia 2007 coverage!The movie played against Deaden (review), the film that stars John (Arrow in the Head) Fallon as a vigilante badass hopped up on way too man drugs, and apparently the crowd reaction was pretty damn good overall (McCannibal was there representin’ and dug it a lot). Unfortunately we didn’t see the JoBlo guys much after the screening, but I’m glad we did get to hang with them, however briefly, on their home turf for once!

The final film in our Fantasia lineup for 2007 was Jim Mickle’s Mulberry Street (review), also one of the last urban apocalypse movies to play the festival. Man, did this movie kick many forms of ass. Sure, it’s about people who turn into possessed rat creatures one evening for no particular reason but is done so fucking well and they had so fucking little to make it with … just wait till you guys see it.

Fantsia 2007 coverage!That night we paid our final respects to Fantasia and all that it’s about, and the evening consisted of chatting with Robert Kurtzman for pretty much the whole night; you want to talk about a man who has done so much and is 100% free of ego? This is your man. If you ever hear about him being at a con or making an appearance, go. You couldn’t ask for a nicer guy.

Another somewhat late night (the sun hadn’t come up when we went home so it wasn’t as late as previous ones), but since we had such a huge drive in front of us the next day, it was kind of good. Now we’re home, back to our regular lives (yawn) and just wishing Fantasia happened more than once a year.

Look for more daily write-ups from Andy and Paul, of course, as well as many more reviews since there’s still over a week left of Fantasia and a lot left to cover!

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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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