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In or Near NYC? Attend the Rick Trembles Cartoon Slideshow on July 9th!



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Are you a fan of the Rick Trembles’ Motion Picture Purgatory feature on the site? Curious about what makes a guy like him tick? Well, if you’ll be in or near New York City this coming Saturday, July 9th, then you won’t want to miss the Cartoon Slideshow and Animated Movies Screening taking place at the Word Up Bookstore.

In or Near NYC?  Attend the Rick Trembles Cartoon Slideshow on July 9th!Here are the details from the free event’s Facebook page (be sure to RSVP if you can make it):


Undead & in person next to the slithery slideshow screen, using hand-drawn biographical anecdotes, Rick Trembles will make you tremble as he narrates how he first got into macabre movies & the comix medium as a youngster & what made him think he could merge the two! He’ll detail his weekly comic strip Motion Picture Purgatory’s bumpy early controversial history & give insight into how he picks apart films with his patented process of condensing pertinent plot points via creepy x-ray vision cross-sections, maniacal maze-like aerial views, & screwy schematics!

From King Kong to Clockwork Orange & The Candy Snatchers, don’t miss Trembles’ titillating alternate terror-tinged take on the history of cinema! Come say hi face-to-face to the cartoonist THE GUARDIAN called “a genius” & ROBERT CRUMB declared “even more twisted & weird” than himself, & he’ll personally sign & doodle all over copies of his FAB Press books for you, Motion Picture Purgatory Volumes 1 & 2!

The free event takes place from 4pm to 6pm, Saturday, July 9 at Word Up, 4157 Broadway @ 176 Street, Washington Heights, New York City!

Rick Trembles’ critically acclaimed hybrid comic strip movie criticism column Motion Picture Purgatory has been appearing every week in the Montreal Mirror since 1998 (after originating in the same pages with the paper’s inception in the 80’s). Trembles continues to make animated short films that occasionally tour the globe & continues to play in his 30-year-old post-punk band The American Devices. His more experimental comix work has been featured in numerous galleries & published internationally. The L.A. Times called him “a famous free thinker,” & Concordia University English Professor Marcie Frank featured Trembles in her chapter about comix for the book QUEER DIASPORAS (Duke University Press).

Trembles’ 3 short animated films will follow (each of which he’ll discuss in his slideshow): GOD’S C*CKSUCKERS, DECENSORTIZED, & the award winning GOOPY SPASMS based on the comic strip of the same name that was recently published in Danny Hellman’s comix anthology Typhon Volume One.

In addition, following the show there will be a screening of another short film, this time live-action: Girls of Prey by Lezsther Rott & Jamie Ross, in which Trembles plays a murderous cult member.

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



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…



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.

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



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.


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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