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Exclusive: Lance Talks Pumpkinhead!

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Lance Henriksen with Axelle!One of our intrepid reporters (well, she’s not ours exclusively, but someday…) named Axelle recently attended the Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Toys and Space (aka FACTS) convention in Ghent, Belgium, and got a chance to speak with genre stalwart and all around nice guy Lance Henriksen (pictured with said reporter… who are you more jealous of?), who dished some goods on his upcoming return to the role of Ed Harley for Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumpkinhead: Blood Fued.

“These films take place 20 years after the events of the first film. It’s in the same town; some of those places don’t ever change, which [helped me find the character]. I’m playing a ghost, so it was fun.” he explained. “You don’t really play a ghost you know; there are a lot of things to play when you’re playing a ghost but it’s more about warning somebody. It’s a good ghost; he’s the morality warning of the film.”

I got the chance to speak with an important member of the crew on both films recently, and they told me that these movies should go a long way to help erase the memories of the first sequel, Blood Wings. Seems we, the fans, weren’t the only people who hated that movie, though; “The first sequel was the worst, it was terrible.” Henriksen continued. “I was in Milan for Hard Target and this guy at the hotel came running down and said, “I have a script for Pumpkinhead 2, I want you to do it!” so I read it and said, “no I can’t”. It was a terrible script so I said I’m sorry, as much as I’d like to do it I won’t. He went and did it anyway and it was awful. Nobody ever saw it. But these guys had much better ideas.”

The guys he refers to are Evil Aliens helmer Jake West (Ashes to Ashes) and House of the Dead 2 director Mike Hurst (Blood Fued), who shot both movies back-to-back in Romania last year. The Sci Fi Channel is will premiere Ashes to Ashes on October 28th at 9PM.

The only bit of distressing news Lance delivered regarding the sequels has to do with the effects, which were part of what made the first film such a well-loved classic; “Back in the days when we did Pumpkinhead there was no CG, none, so everything was real; but here there’s going to be a lot of CG.” We can only hope that they use the technology for good, not evil (relatively speaking) in the sequels. Stay tuned for more as we gather it!

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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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