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Director Glenn Ciano talks Inkubus, Robert Englund, Infected, and More!Glenn Ciano will not be stopped. With an incredibly infectious energy level and a “by any means necessary” filmmaking attitude, this director is brimming with excitement about the theatrical release of his first feature film. And the lucky bastards at this year’s Rock and Shock horror movie and music convention, will be the first to bear witness to Ciano’s creation, Inkubus starring Robert Englund.

“I wanted it to be something a little different,” Ciano says of Inkubus. “Kind of a throwback to the ’80s’s genre flick. A little bit of nuts and guts with two powerhouse performers in Robert Englund and William Forsythe.”

And with names like that attached to his first feature film, Ciano had to be sure to excel in the director’s chair every time out. “I had to approach it head on and give fans, guys like me, something to cheer about again,” Ciano said. “Robert is unbelievable. A consummate professional and one hell of an actor. And then I wanted to hang all the emotional baggage of the film on William Forsythe, one of our incredible American actors.”

But even with big names like this, Ciano’s project was on a very limited schedule and budget, with just 15 days to film Inkubus. “I had Robert for the run of the show, but I didn’t have anyone else for the run of the show,” Ciano said. “I was flying Joey (Fatone) all over the country. I had (Jonathan) Silverman for about eight days. You have to juggle. You have to make it happen. It’s all on you. You have to have a game plan. I slept in my office most of the time because I was going to make the most of the opportunity to direct my first feature film. And I’m really proud of it and really psyched to be able to premiere it at Rock and Shock with not just horror fans, Robert Englund fans.”

Thanks to the work of producer Chad A. Verdi, Inkubus will be making its world premiere at Rock and Shock in Worchester, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 15 at 8 pm. “Chad has produced the three movies I’ve made, and he’s the one giving Inkubus a shot theatrically,” Ciano said. “He’s putting it out himself, and not many producers would do that. I really applaud him for that. He’s taking it to the fans and giving it theatrical life.”

And bringing it to the fans is what Glenn Ciano is all about. “This is for the fans. They’re either going to make something of this movie or they won’t,” Ciano said. “They’re going to be the ones to make this movie a success. And I believe that’s true on every level. I don’t care how much you try to pound something into an audience, I don’t care how many ads there are to go and see Cowboys and Aliens; if they’re not going to show up, they’re not going to show up.”

Part of the reason Ciano is so excited about the premiere of the film is the fact that he can be with the fans as they see the film and enhance the entire experience for them. “This is the first time an audience is going to see this movie. We’re treating it like Comic-Con,” Ciano said. “The last convention I did I brought the Inkubus weapon. I let people try it on. They were like, ‘Wow, is this a prototype?’ I was like, ‘No, that’s the weapon Robert Englund wore in the movie.’ They looked at me like I was crazy. And I am ’cause that’s what I wish. I wish I could go to a convention and be like, ‘Wow that’s so cool1! Can I put it on?’ ‘Yeah, you can!”

He continued, “I want people to get excited about this movie. There’s nothing better than premiering this movie in a roomful of fans. And you know, they might turn on me, but I’m giving it my best shot and taking it right to them.”

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Inkubus is scheduled for a theatrical release in at least nine cities on October 28, but the Rock and Shock folks will be the first to have a look. And Ciano can’t wait to get there. “I’m a fan. I love what I do, and I’m not afraid to be a fan,” Ciano said. “The people who turn me off are just haters and are afraid to be a fan of the next guy. I want everyone around me to be an all-star. I don’t have to be the star. I want to Willie Nelson this thing. I want to play with my friends.”

And thus far Ciano has been able to do just that. Along with his cinematographer Ben DeLuca and the rest of his Glennergy Team, they’ve put together films in an almost guerilla fashion. “I don’t believe in what I can’t do,” Ciano said. “I believe in what I can do. Movie-making is problem solving. I’m not going to sit here and cry in a corner because I can’t rent a light. If I can’t rent it, I’m gonna build it. We built our own lights. We built a 35-foot crane. As much extension cord as I could have was as far as I could go with my lights, and I was shooting steadi-cam in the middle of the woods. At the end of the day the only drama anyone is going to care about is when the lights go down and the movie starts to roll. And I enjoy the process of delivering it.”

With Inkubus about to be released, Glenn also has another film currently in post-production entitled Infected. Michael Madsen stars with William Forsythe again returning to work with Glenn. “One of my favorite writers out there is Jeph Loeb. I kinda took a Jeph Loeb approach to the zombie genre,” Ciano said. “He (Loeb) got to redefine almost every superhero out there. I was looking at zombie movies thinking, ‘You know, everyone always wakes up in a hospital and the world is already to shit’. I want to know why. Then sometimes you find out why, and it’s just some angry ape in a cage and the government messing around with him. I wanted something scarier. Then something scary happened to me.”

A run-in with a deer tick and a Lyme Disease scare helped inspire Ciano to create an idea for Infected which would “bring more science to the fiction.”

I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about Infected, but today belongs to Inkubus. Check out the trailer for the film starring Robert Englund, William Forsythe, Jonathan Silverman and Joey Fatone below. And if you’re lucky enough to be at Rock and Shock for the premiere, track Glenn down. He’d love to say hello.

Synopsis
Detective Caretti (JOEY FATONE) and Officer Cole (JONATHAN SILVERMAN) head up a skeleton crew, working the final shift at a soon-to-be condemned police station. They’re interviewing a suspect who, despite his blood-soaked clothes, claims he did not kill his girlfriend. He tells them that a mysterious stranger appeared from out of nowhere and killed her in front of him. The officers don’t believe him…until a mysterious stranger, named Inkubus (ROBERT ENGLUND), appears from out of nowhere, holding his dead girlfriend’s head.

Inkubus is restrained and begins to confess his litany of crimes. He uses his one phone call to contact the retired Detective Gil Diamante (WILLIAM FORSYTHE), who almost caught him thirteen years ago and nearly lost his mind in the process. When the retired Detective Diamante arrives on the scene, the cops – unlucky enough to be present – are fated to participate in, and witness, the demon’s crowning achievement of murder, gore, and mayhem.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

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KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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