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Kolchak Stalking the Night Again with a Pair of 4K Remastered Blu-Rays



Before “The X-Files” became the defining genre show of the Nineties, there was “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” with Darren McGavin as an eccentric newspaper reporter crossing paths with the paranormal. Without that short-lived 1970’s TV series there never would have been a Mulder or Scully.

And before the ahead-of-its-time “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” came and went in one season, a pair of critically praised and highly rated made-for-TV movies introduced the world to an intrepid reporter named Carl Kolchak with a nose for getting in deep trouble with monsters, maniacs, and the macabre.

Kino Lorber has been quietly making waves in the niche blu-ray collector’s market of late. Later this year (date to be announced) they’ll do it again when they not only release those two “Kolchak” TV movies to blu-ray for the first time ever (and DVD, both features sold separately), they’re even going the extra mile to provide 4K remasters of these gems.

Kolchak first stalked the night in 1972’s The Night Stalker, which, for years, held the distinction of being the highest rated TV movie of all time:

After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets. Starring Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, and Claude Akins.

The rousing success of the first feature led to his return a year later in The Night Strangler:
Reporter Kolchak (Darren McGavin) searches Seattle for a killer who seems to be strangling his victims every 20 years and taking a little of their blood. Starring Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady, Margaret Hamilton, and John Carradine.

Both films were produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (“Dark Shadows”, Trilogy of Terror, Burnt Offerings) and written by a guy by the name of Richard Matheson (“Twilight Zone”, I Am Legend); quite the pedigree for a pair of early Seventies telefilms.

These two eerie features paved the way for the eventual television series, which, hopefully, will be next to get a remastered Blu-ray.

No further details as to what Kino Lorber has for these two aside from both being 4K remasters. Probably shouldn’t expect too much given most of the principle players both in front and behind the camera have long departed us.

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film



The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the 3-part short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating



Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations



The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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