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Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)Great news, gorehounds! Stephen Romano’s latest work Shock Festival has just been officially picked up by IDW Publishing, and you can pre-order yourselves a copy right now!

Shock Festival represents something of a departure for IDW, but company president Ted Adams and publisher/executive editor Chris Ryall are very excited about this bold new frontier, citing Stephen Romano’s innovative and unprecedented work as stunning. “Nothing like this has ever been attempted before,” says Romano. “Ted knew the second he saw the book that he had to at least meet me, just to find out what kind of mind had manufactured all this nutty shit. They quickly realized that Shock Festival was something that comic fans would love. And we knew there could be a real crossover market, too, if the promotion was handled correctly. We’ve been able to get the book out for pre-order at a really low retail price without compromising the integrity of what I want to do. In fact, there will be even more stuff than originally planned. That’s mostly Tim Bradstreet’s fault. He’s been pushing for something bigger, classier, and he’s doing some new art for the book, too.

Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)The book is co-branded by the infamous Raw Entertainment, a film and publishing moniker owned and operated by comics legend Tim Bradstreet and awesome actor/director/Punisher Thomas Jane. RAW brought you the super-cool comic Bad Planet, along with hard-hitting films such as David Arquette’s The Tripper and Tom Jane’s directorial debut Dark Country, filmed in 3-D! “Tim and I have been trying to work together for years,” says Romano. “I bugged him all throughout 2007 when I was getting Shock Festival going, and now that it’s become a reality, I’ve managed to drag him into this mess. I believe Tom Jane is even going to appear on Tim’s poster for the book. I think that’s so awesome. We have Ashley Laurence from Hellraiser in there, and now we’ve got the fucking Punisher, too!

Shock Festival will be released on October 25th in bookstores everywhere. It is now currently available for pre-order through our Amazon.com EVILShop at the insanely low price of 26 bucks! At 350 glossy pages, oversized 9X12 hardback coffee table format, and in FULL COLOR from cover to cover, that’s a steal for any self-respecting film fan!

The book features hundreds of exclusive, never-before-seen movie original posters championing a bygone era of exploitation films and an underground Hollywood Babylon you’ve never dreamed of. In addition to posters, there are newspaper clippings, lobby cards, still photos, soundtrack album sleeves, movie novelization tie-in covers and a wealth of text, explaining the bizarre origins of each film. “I wanted to do Grindhouse meets Spinal Tap,” says Romano.

Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)It’s a big thick coffee table book filled with amusing anecdotes about the making of B-string exploitation flicks and a bunch or rare memorabilia. You see a lot of books like that, especially now that the Internet has taken over the world. Everyone wants to be Johnny Legend now. Everybody has become a learned authority on horror films or whatever. Shock Festival is a sort of parody of that type of book, of that type of self-appointed expert. But it’s done totally straight, with no obvious winks or nods to the audience. It reads like a sincere and passionate exploration of these films. But the films are all fictional. The idea is that they’ve been lost for thirty years and I have devoted myself to unearthing them. So the posters all look like they were saved from dumpsters, or maybe they’ve been sitting in some grandma’s basement for years, or they’ve been tacked up on some fanboy’s wall. Most of the memorabilia items are supposed to have come from my own ‘personal collection,’ so I’ve been collecting this stuff for years, right? But that’s’ all a fictional framework I use to present some really outrageous ideas. It’s also a very truthful, informative book about how movies like this are really made. A lot of the stories are inspired by real events I have either lived through or heard tell of.

The best part? You can also hire Stephen to do a poster for your film or as a private commission. “It’s funny,” he says, “but since I went public with the whole Shock Festival thing, people have been asking me to do posters for them. It’s almost like I started this fictional thing, and it’s become a reality in a really strange way. I actually have a side career as a fucking movie poster artist! The first one I did was for my buddies the Lewis Brothers and their film Black Devil Doll. Everyone was amazed I got the art so spot-on for that, and it’s because I’ve spent the better part of two years learning how it all works!

For more on the book and to contact Stephen, check out the official Shock Festival MySpace page and Shock Festival‘s official site.

Pretty cool shit, huh? Enough talking! Dig on these exclusive posters below and order yourself a copy ASAP! Click on each teaser image to see the whole thing!


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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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