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Ogre!This Saturday night at 9/8 Central (with the usual repeat four hours later) the Sci-Fi Channel will premiere Ogre starring Ginger Snaps’ Katherine Isabelle and John Schneider (“Dukes of Hazzard”, Lake Placid 2).

Director Steven R. Monroe (It Waits, Sasquatch Mountain) brings us this creature feature about a group of traveling teenagers that happen upon the small village where no one ages, no one gets sick, and crops are always plentiful. They discover that this is due to their ancient pact with a CGI ogre that looks an awful lot like someone mated Shrek with a gorilla. A bearded John Schneider is the town elder who must decide whether to finally fight back against the monster of the mountain or maintain the status quo by offering the teens up to the beast as part of the annual human sacrifice the ogre demands.

The way Sci-Fi keeps going down the list of mythical monsters I do believe “Ork” and “Medusa” should be up next on the list. When they get around to “Snallygaster” I’ll really be impressed.

March 16th at 9/8 Central (no repeat) sees the Sunday night premiere of Hybrid starring Justine Bateman (“Family Ties”, “Men in Trees”). The screenwriter of Dolph Lundgren’s Red Scorpion penned this chiller about a young man blinded in an explosion who becomes the first human subject to undergo a cross-species transplant. Receiving the eyes of a wolf, he can now see in the dark. Unfortunately, he also starts seeing other humans as prey. Ordered to be hunted down and destroyed, he seeks shelter with a mysterious museum curator — a half-breed female herself, determined to protect him.

But will it be as campy fun as a similar z-grade flick called Eyes of the Werewolf I “>reviewed sometime back?

A week later Sci-Fi resumes their usual Saturday night premieres with what may very well be the greatest movie they’ve ever commissioned. How can I say such a thing? Because we’re living in the year 2008 and they’ve made a movie entitled Rock Monster. Rock Monster! You know; because the monster is made of rock! Somewhere in heaven Samuel Z. Arkoff is smiling.

You know the old King Arthur legend about how he pulled a sword from a stone and became king? In this modern day monster movie, a college student pulls a sword from a stone and the stone comes to life, goes on a killing spree, and can only be stopped if he stabs the sword back into it.

Rock Monster makes it world premiere on March 22nd at 9/8 Central with the usual repeat four hours later. Mark your calendars.

Sci-Fi goes mythic fantasy for Saturday, April 12th, when they uncork Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld with The Mummy‘s Arnold Vosloo in the lead role as Homer’s hero.

But on Saturday, April 26th (9/8 Central… yadda…yadda…yadda…)it’ll be back to the beast-of-the-week movies with Warbirds, a film I “>previously mentioned on the last day of last year.

“Charmed” star Brian Krause plays one of a group of soldiers during World War 2 helping ferry a top secret weapon to an American airbase in the Pacific only for them to get swept up in a violent storm and finding themselves on an island overrun by flying prehistoric pteradons.

Expect several dino-themed Sci-Fi Channel movies this year. I’m still waiting for a bad ass Triceratops flick myself.

And from the still to come department: Genesis Code.

Originally titled Monster Ark, seems there was a monster so wicked God knew even the flood wouldn’t kill it so a second ark was commissioned just go keep whatever it is locked away. That was until the director of Rock Monster came calling.

Buried under the sands of Iraq world famous archaeologist David Solomon has found a clue to the one of the ancient mysteries of the Old Testament. Solomon’s discovery leads to a remote desert which contains the remnants of an ark. The team must fight off insurgents as they uncover the mystery. Things turn deadly as they discover this ark didn’t carry animals, it carried something evil.

Currently in post-production, Genesis Code stars Renee O’Connor (Xena’s sidekick “Gabrielle”), Tim McKay of HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me”, all-purpose movie tough guy Tiny Lister, and Carlos Leon, most famous for being the father of Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes. Expect Genesis Code to premiere later this year.

Finally, remember Pitof, the pretentiously named French director who helmed the astoundingly awful Catwoman? Halle Berry won a Razzie Award and moved on with her career, but what of Pitof? Well, it looks like Pitof’s finally getting out of the director’s jail he’s been locked away in for the past 3-4 years. That doesn’t mean he’s been completely exonerated though. He may be out of prison but he’s still under house arrest – the house of Sci-Fi.

From the writer of previous Sci-Fi Channel originals’ Earthstorm and Caved In: Prehistoric Terror, Fire & Ice stars Angel’s Amy Acker as a princess who falls for in love with a knight played by 300’s Tom Wisdom while they set about to face a dragon threatening their kingdom. Her father the king is played by Arnold Vosloo, whose agent must really be high on Sci-Fi Channel fantasy films right now. Also appearing in the film is John-Rhys Davies, who, as I’ve stated in the past, is required by law to appear in all fantasy films.

Fire & Ice even has its own website that you can visit by clicking here. Not much there right now since the film is still in post-production. Given how f/x heavy the site touts it as being I’m under the impression this probably has a bit bigger budget than the typical Sci-Fi original. Might actually turn out well; Vidocq was pretty well regarded.

Still, this is quite the downfall for the man known simply as Pitof. Though after Catwoman, he should probably cast his lucky stars he’s been able to get up at all. That “Kaos” guy who directed Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever hasn’t made a movie since.

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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.

Synopsis:

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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