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AFM 2017: Day 3 Recap and Takashi Miike!

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Alright folks, so this day of AFM was a little bit different. That being said, it was still a very productive, very busy, but very rewarding day!

It started by waking up, yet again, before the sun was out. When in Los Angeles, the early bird gets the worm…or in this case, the early writer gets the scoops! But before I could head to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for more of the American Film Market, it was off to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for an interview with only one of the most prolific and well-known horror directors: Takashi Miike! Yes, that’s right, yours truly got to sit down across from Miike, chat it up a little bit, and then write it all up for you to enjoy!

Then, and only after this was completed, was I able to make my way to the Loews Hotel for more AFM shenanigans. So, one UberPool ride later, in which I shared my trip with a rather, ahem…”charming” woman (translation: what a self-centered, self-important, person), I was back in Santa Monica.

There was a meeting with Tank Pictures to discuss their currently-in-production gory and intense horror film Angel of Death. While I can’t go into specifics of the movie (since it’s still being filmed), just know that it’s very, very brutal. Just look at this picture and tell me you don’t cringe, even a little bit!

After that, I stopped by the Room in the Sky Films office to check out a promo for The Clearing, which stars Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus”), Sydelle Noel (“Glow”), Steven Swadling, and newcomer Aundrea Smith. While the footage I saw was still very much in post-production, it’s clear that a lot of love – and practical FX! – went into this title. As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to get it up for you all!

Through it all, there was the constant deluge of emails, meetings being scheduled, meetings being REscheduled, yadda yadda yadda, and we were able to leave the hotel for the time being.

At night, I met up with some friends of mine, who are pals of the horror community: our very own Matt Donato, PR wizard Brittany Sandler, and last but most certainly not least, Collider’s own Editor of Horror, Haleigh Foutch! A few drinks were had, some business discussed, and then we moved on to singing along with the music, which I’m happy to let you know was Depeche Mode’s Violator.

Hell.

Yes.

Alright folks, that’s all for today. It may not seem like much, but trust me when I say it was quite the opposite. I’m exhausted, and we’re not even halfway through. I may have to start drinking caffeine again…

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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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