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Reptisaurus Returns!You know giant monster movies are getting to be back in vogue when an obscure 40-year old monster comic is getting dusted off as the basis for a brand new creature feature. Don’t feel bad if you’ve never before heard of Reptisaurus because the monster was the subject of a short-lived Silver Age comic published by the long defunct Charlton Comics back in the hay day of giant Japanese monster movies. The comic only ran for seven issues from 1962-1963. I’d say that’s pretty darn obscure. Only reason I even know of it is because I actually bought a really beat-up old issue of “Reptisaurus The Terrible” at a garage sale when I was a kid.

In the comic, Reptisaurus was a giant, winged, reptilian, island-dwelling, havoc-reeking monster that was worshipped by the ancient Aztecs who believed it to be the embodiment of their god Quetzalcoatl. It’s kind of hard to read a Reptisaurus comic, at least the issue I own, and not find yourself wondering if it in some way inspired Larry Cohen when he crafted Q, The Winged Serpent. The movie version of Reptisaurus will be your basic tale of soldiers on an island being terrorized by a giant monster, nothing more fancy that that. Look for Gil Gerard (TV’s Buck Rogers) in a guest starring role.

Repty in all his CGI glory!The low budget production marks the directorial debut of Chris Ray, the son of legendary B-movie maestro Fred Olen Ray. The proud papa broke news of Reptisaurus on the message board of his Retromedia website, including posting the accompanying still of the computer generated monster. I must confess I am a tad disappointed that the movie’s Reptisaurus won’t be a blood red color like the Reptisaurus of the comics.

Reptisaurus is actually being produced, not by Fred Olen Ray, but by David Sterling, producer of many Z-grade fright flicks such as Pirates of Ghost Island, Tower of Blood, The Curse of Lizzie Borden, Studio 666, Alien 3000, and several others I’ve seen, reviewed, and will try not to hold against him.

In what can only be considered a fitting example of the B-movie cycle of life, Reptisaurus initially started out as a Charlton Comics adaptation of the 1961 Danish giant monster flick Reptilicus, but after two issues the tie-in aspect was scrapped and from its ashes Reptisaurus The Terrible was born, which now, 40+ years later, is being adapted into a new feature film.

Hopefully, this Reptisaurus will be anything but terrible.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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