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Theory: Super Mario is in the Same Universe as the Xenomorph From Alien

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Okay, bear with me through this series of connections because we’re going to get weird.

The idea of shared universes is not a foreign one to horror fans. For example, the Necronomicon has appeared not only in the Evil Dead films but also in Pumpkinhead 2. Freddy pulled Jason’s mask into the ground at the end of Jason Goes to Hell. Hell, Freddy’s glove can be seen in the toolshed in Evil Dead II! Little things like this are often winks and nods to other films, or filmmakers, and are exciting easter eggs for genre fans. That’s why this absurd theory that I stumbled upon is so ludicrous yet so interesting that I’m all about it. Let’s break it down.

The theory goes like this: It all starts with Mario and Donkey Kong, who have long been in the same universe. They originally appeared together in Donkey Kong, where Mario was known as “Jumpman” (he got his real moniker in Donkey Kong Junior). Easy enough beginning, right?

The next step is also quite simple: Donkey Kong has a nephew by the name of Diddy Kong, who first appeared in 1994’s Donkey Kong Country, which may very well be one of the greatest platformers in video game history. But that’s my personal opinion and has nothing to do with this theory.

Much like Super Mario Kart, Diddy Kong had his own racing game in the form of 1997’s Diddy Kong Racing. Featuring 10 playable characters from Rare’s Donkey Kong franchise, as well as characters that were meant to get their own original titles, one of these options was Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

The rare mature title that Nintendo published, Conker’s Bad Fur Day‘s final boss was a rather familiar looking character by the name of Heinrich, a creation of Professor von Kripplespac. Yup, that’s a Xenomorph, just like the one seen in Ridley Scott’s Alien, although the game is clearly referencing Aliens, James Cameron’s brilliant sequel. Hell, the fight is between Heinrich and Conker, who wears a power loader suit so as to pummel the crap out of the alien and toss it out of an open airlock!

So, there you have it. Through a thread of interwoven Nintendo characters who all interacted in more than just fleeting cameos, we can see that Mario of Super Mario fame and H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph operate in the same universe. And now that Disney owns Fox, who owns the rights to the Alien franchise, who knows what other relationships could come about!

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Oy! HANNUKAH THE MOVIE Aims to Get Made After Nearly a Decade

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This menorah has nothing to do with the story but, c'mon! It's a freaking T-rex menorah!

As a Jew, seeing holiday-themed horror movies is both a wonderful and bittersweet occasion. I love seeing my friends celebrate the holidays that are near and dear to their hearts but elevated with the viscera, gore, and terror that I so dearly love. But while Christians have films like Black Christmas, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Red Christmas, Krampus, etc…, the amount of horror films centered around Jewish holidays is slim to none. Don’t get me wrong here, okay? I’m well aware of population dynamics and, therefore, interest in a given subject/life experience. It’d just be nice to see something like that now and again.

Oh, but what’s this? Looks like writer/director Eben McGarr is ready to move forward on his near decade long project Hanukkah The Movie, a “TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” I get it. Sensible chuckle awarded.

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.

A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

The film has supposedly taken care of the majority of pre-production, so they’re now on Indiegogo with the goal to raise $100,000. Not a small amount but certainly not an unachievable goal. If a potato salad Kickstarter that wanted $10 ended up with nearly $56,000, I think this has a chance.

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Trailer: Man-Made Ghosts Invade OUR HOUSE This July

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IFC Midnight will be unleashing director Anthony Scott Burns’ feature debut Our House come July 27, 2018. The film stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz and today we have the flick’s spooky trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Our House is directed by Anthony Scott Burns from a script written by Nathan Parker and stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. It’s produced by Lee Kim, Martin Katz, Ulf Israel and Karen Wookey. Executive producers are John Davis, Nick Spicer, Kyle Franke, Derek Dauchy, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, David Kehrl and Reik Moller.

The film hits via IFC Midnight this July 27, 2018.

Synopsis:

The story of a young genius who accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones — and unleashing things that are far worse.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY 8 Begins Filming This June

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American Horror Story Season 6It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

And today we have word via Deadline that the new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive will begin shooting around June 16.

Are you excited to hear filming will soon begin on AHS 8? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

 

 

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