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Exclusive: Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters Day Four: Go on the Hunt with the Predator!



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I ain’t got time to bleed.” While many were showing up to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger battle against an alien warrior in John McTiernan’s 1987 action/sci-fi flick Predator, admittedly this writer begged her mom to take her to see it at the drive-in that summer because…

…of none other than Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and ever since very few cinematic creatures have fascinated me the way that the Predator did.

There was something about its technological advances as well as its stature that loomed large over such action movie heavyweights like Schwarzenegger, Ventura or even Carl Weathers that made the Predator a serious badass villain that made me an instantaneous fan. Hell, I was even willing to even sit through AVPR on Christmas night, which says a lot right there.

Exclusive: Stan Winston's Famous Monsters Day Four: Go on the Hunt with the Predator!

So when Dread Central recently partnered with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts to present Seven Days of Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters for Halloween, we just knew we had to include Winston’s stunning special make-up effects work from Predator in our celebration.

What’s really interesting is that the Predator itself went through some major transformations throughout production- initially the design was different than the final version we saw in the film, and the creature was originally to be played by none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme (man, would I love to get my hands on those stills!).

Thankfully that plan was scrapped due to Van Damme’s diminutive stature compared to the flick’s much larger co-stars so when Kevin Peter Hall was brought on to replace Van Damme, Stan Winston also redesigned the look of the Predator, taking away the ‘dog-like’ look of the original alien, creating something more otherworldly that featured its now trademark mandibles.

And while special effects master Winston may have been garnering most of the attention that year for the ground-breaking visual effects from Predator (Winston was nominated for an Oscar), there’s no denying the influence of his work on the now iconic character that has become a pop cultural phenomenon in its own right.

Check out our exclusive gallery of behind-the-scenes stills from the set of Predator as well as inside Winston’s shop, and look for more of Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters through Halloween!

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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