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Exclusive: Dominic Purcell Talks VikingdomMost of us are used to seeing Iron Man or Loki attack Thor, but in the case of the low-budget fantasy epic Vikingdom, actor Dominic Purcell is tasked with that enormous challenge, made even more daunting because this interpretation of Thor is played by the seven-foot-tall Conan Stevens…

…and he’s a very angry, very red-headed version of the God of Thunder.

Purcell plays a forgotten king, Eirick, who has returned from the dead to lead an army against the mighty Thor, who has grown tired of the humans and their attempt to replace the Greek pantheon with Christianity. Talking with Purcell, he seems to be acutely aware of what kind of movie he’s in and fully expects to fall victim to a few arrow shots from critics.

DC: Was your father Norwegian? Is that right? Did you grow up with more of an awareness of Norse mythology because of his background?

DP: My father was Norwegian, yes, No, I didn’t grow up with Norse mythology. Apparently, when I was younger, I did speak Norwegian but my Dad took off when I was very young so the language fell apart. My connection to Norway was somewhat dropped. Half my family actually do live in Norway; I have uncles who do speak in foreign tongue.

DC: So you don’t actually recall any Norwegian? It would have been cool to speak a couple of lines in the film.

DP: It would’ve been, but I think I’m just too lazy to learn other languages to be perfectly frank.

DC: Do you think fans of Marvel’s Thor will be more interested to see Vikingdom? It seems like it’s a luxury to still be able to use the character since no studio has rights over ancient mythology, and the same goes for Eric the Red as well.

DP: You know, that’s a good question. I think kids will really get into Vikingdom, you know? It certainly a different take on Thor, if you like. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is blonde and what have you. This Thor is completely different. It’s a bit more abstract, if you like. We’re taking it literally from the mythology that Thor did have red hair. So that might quite shock the younger kids. They might say, ‘Hey! That’s not Thor; he’s got red hair!’ This movie is an action adventure fantasy piece. It’s been described as having similarities to Highlander, Conan the Barbarian, and someone said it reminded them of “Game of Thrones”.

DC: There’s definitely a lot of CGI in this, but it also looks like a very stunt-heavy production. Did you spend a lot of time with the stunt guys on set? With a long shoot, did you guys get into any wild nights or do any practical jokes while filming? Did you do your own stunts? I know that stuntmen can get a little crazy at times.

DP: I did all my own stunts. Time was of the essence and a lot of the stuff was choreographed, but we ended up doing a lot more. A lot of it was very improvisational. I’ve had experience with action components in film so I was able to basically take choreographed pieces and be able to turn them into longer pieces. It was an intense shoot. The other thing that people should know is that this movie wasn’t a hundred million dollars; it was a ten-million-dollar budget. From what I’ve seen of the film, it certainly doesn’t look like a ten-million-dollar movie.

DC: It’s an ambitious film for a Malaysian production, and I think it’s the first English-language film for KRU Studios. Will projects like this help other films get the green light in Malaysia and get more people into theaters there?

DP: I do know that this was KRU’s attempt to make an impression on a global stage. Hopefully, if Vikingdom is released, people will be impressed by the movie. I just know that they see it for what it is – an action adventure fantasy.

DC: It is a lot more fantasy than history. I think the only really historical event in the film is at the beginning with the Lindisfarne attack by the Vikings. I imagine that kind of action fantasy is a lot more fun to shoot than a hard-edged historical epic, especially since you said the conditions were so grueling out there.

DP: Either way, whether it be based on historical fact or not, the same effort is required from the actors. I honestly put everything I had into the movie. Doing the movie, I became aware of the piece that we were making. I had read the script, obviously, and I had seen Yusry [Abd Halim]’s previous work with much smaller budgets. What he was able to do with these smaller CGI films was extraordinary. You know, I took a chance with it, and from what I’ve seen of Vikingdom, it looks amazing. Now, this is a genre that I’m not interested in myself as an actor. I was intrigued enough to partake in this thing that they were trying to make. There are things about the movie that the critics will probably no doubt lambast, but as I said, we didn’t have twenty million dollars for the hair department. So there’s the occasional wig malfunction.

Vikingdom is now available to watch in 2D or 3D On Demand and on Amazon.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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