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Finally we got an early look at both Looper and Elysium. Read on for some quick impressions and more. Then pour out a 40oz in our memory because this friggin’ madhouse is killing us.

Via Evan Dickson:

The emptiness of Total Recall as a sci-fi film was easily illustrated by the next two panels on the docket. While there isn’t much in the way of horror as far as Looper is concerned, it does look like a truly original take on time travel. Thoughtful, action packed and full of rich character work – this is the kind of sci-fi film many of us have been dying for since Inception.

Something that definitely falls under the horror categories is Elysium. Director Neill Blomkamp was brought onstage to introduce the footage – which had never been seen before. We were warned that it had very rough pre-viz level effects, but – except for a few glaring examples regarding space travel – a lot of the effects work seemed finished.

The footage established Earth in the year 2154. A barren, global ghetto marred by disease, overpopulation and crushing poverty. The rich people built their own planet-like space station – Elysium – years ago, and there they exist in utter opulence and luxury. Free of disease and free of worry.

Matt Damon’s character is an ex-con who gets radiation poisoning at work and knows he will die in 5 days if he doesn’t do something about it. He knows that the only way he can be cured will be to somehow get into the heavily guarded Elysium. In order to get there, he agrees to complete a mission that involves stealing the memory of a character played by the great William Fichtner. Getting geared up for this mission means a nasty piece of bone-saw surgery into Damon’s skull (apparently without pain killers) where a highly intrusive device is implanted that will enable him to download Fichtner’s brain.

Along for the ride is an almost unrecognizable Sharlto Copley (the “hero” from District 9), who looks sort of like a homeless ninja. He literally has throwing stars that make people explode in a gory, gooey and messy fashion. We only got a few glimpses of Jodie Foster’s character, a severe but mysterious looking woman that didn’t appear to be too far off from something that Tilda Swinton might play.

All in all, the movie looks super violent, not unlike early Paul Verhoeven stuff like RoboCop and the original Total Recall. It also has some nice commentary about the haves and the have-nots – sort of an uber-extrapolation of the 99% vs. the 1% concept. Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and producer Simon Kinberg came out for the panel, where they basically sang the praises of Blomkamp and declared that they would have done the film script unseen because of District 9 alone. Oh, and Jodie Foster declared that her favorite movie of all time is Team America: World Police. Not a bad choice!

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Rapid Eye Movement Trailer Forces You To Stay Awake

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I would really love to go on vacation to New York City, so I’m damn jealous of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie Rapid Eye Movement, which was filmed almost exclusively in Times Square. In the film, a radio DJ is forced to stay awake for over eleven days after being threatened by a deranged caller, which begins to have serious effects on both his physical and mental well-being.

Rapid Eye Movement is directed by Peter Bishai and stars Francois Arnaud, Reiko Aylesworth, Chloe Brooks, Godfrey, Jamie Jackson, David Rhodes, Stelio Savante and Danny Ramirez. We don’t yet know of a release date, although we are happy to share the trailer along with two stills below.

Rapid Eye Movement Official Synopsis
In the heart of Times Square, radio DJ Rick Weider is driven to the edge of insanity as he tries to break the 11-day world record for staying awake. The stakes rise considerably when a deranged caller, who wants Rick to raise $5 million for charity, threatens to kill him unless he succeeds. With his life on the line, Rick unravels physically, emotionally and mentally, forced to confront his own demons while trying to outplay his seemingly powerful and unbeatable enemy.

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The nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards have been released and both The Shape of Water and Get Out have received some serious nods in major categories!

Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror/thriller got noms for Best Director, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay, and Best Picture! For a directorial debut AND a horror movie, it’s amazing to see this film get some richly deserved love. Peele even tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s delightful fantasy creature feature The Shape of Water racked in this impressive list: Best Picture, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira), Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern), Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau), Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Costume Design (Luis Sequeira). WHEW!

Having seen The Shape of Water just recently, I can assure you that it deserves every one of those accolades. It’s a gorgeous movie that kept a smile on my face through pretty much every single moment.

Other nominations that are equally important for us are the Visual Effects nods to both War for the Planet of the Apes and Kong: Skull Island and the Day of the Dead-themed Coco getting attention for Best Original Song and Animated Feature.

Congratulations to all nominees and we can’t wait to see what happens this March!

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If you happen to be one of the many people who believe that print media is dying, this news story will make you fuck right off. I’m talking about the fact that the first issue of Image Comics’ Ice Cream Man series sold out shortly after hitting shelves. Image have confirmed that the book will receive a second printing on February 14 to keep up with what they referred to as “overwhelming customer demand”. Retailers will need to order their copies by January 22.

Each issue of Ice Cream Man is a self-contained existential horror story revolving around the themes of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. As the name of the series implies, the titular ice cream man serves as the narrator of each particular tale, with the official synopsis below suggesting that he may be more than just the driver of a frozen pudding wagon.

The series is written by W. Maxwell Prince and illustrated by Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran. If you can’t wait until the second printing, you can purchase a digital copy of #1 from either ComiXology or Image’s official website.

Ice Cream Man #1 Official Synopsis
Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.

ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

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