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Event Report: Fangoria Weekend of Horrors: April 25-28 2008

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Fangoria's LA Weekend of Horrors (click here for larger image!)I’ll never forget my first time, man. I was barely a teenager. After what (even at that young age) seemed like years of anticipation, the time had come for me to become a man. I put on my best outfit (a black T-shirt with a glow-in-the-dark Frankenstein iron-on) and set out for back then what was to be the experience of a lifetime — the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors. What the hell did you think I was talkin’ about, you friggin’ perv?

Even at 35, when it comes time to go to a horror convention, I still get that wide-eyed excitement. This year’s con was no different. What was there NOT to be excited about? Clive Barker, a Psycho sequel reunion, and then there was the hook — a Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary reunion featuring most of the surviving cast and, of course, the Godfather himself, George A. Romero! Folks, it just gets no better!

Friday started with a smile for the Dread crew because we immediately ran into our brothers-in-arms and fellow horror junkies, Rob G., Spooky Dan, Ryan Rotten, and Brian Collins. Everyone was in great spirits so this meant one thing — the con was gonna be fun, and the after-show activities (or at least what we would remember of them) would be pretty damned stellar too. It was immediately off to the vendors’ room. This place was just massive. The entire area as far as the eye could see was littered with horror paraphernalia of all sorts. If it was out there and you were looking for it, chances are you’d find it somewhere in here. The best part? Honestly I was shocked at how many celebs had tables. This was pretty unusual for a Fangoria show, but the presence of star power definitely lent a lot to the overall accessibility and warm feeling that was often absent in past Weekends of Horrors. Most everyone was out in full force, and fans were ecstatic.

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors: April '08! (click for larger image)Everywhere you looked folks were having a good time, and how could you not with the likes of Sid Haig, Ken Foree, Andrew Divoff, William Forsythe, and others around greeting fans who were grinning from ear to ear? The hijinx had already begun, and it actually pained me to leave the party atmosphere and head on over to the equally as enormous panel room. But hey! There was business to conduct! Tons of news was set to come pouring out of the con, and this was the room it was going to happen in. For a complete list of the weekend’s scoops, click here.

Before we knew it, Friday had come to an end, and after a long night of partying (aw yeah, mama), most of us weren’t ready for the monster day that Saturday was going to be. This was without question the day of the Bay. Anchor Bay was omni-present in both the vendors’ room and the panel area. The dude they had working the crowd, Jonathan, is nothing short of a force of nature, man! He had people screaming for free DVD’s like I haven’t seen in some time. This was all leading up to their big panel of the day for the upcoming flick Brutal Massacre, which has one of the biggest damned genre casts I have ever seen. We’re talking names like David Naughton, Brian O’Halloran, Gerry Bednob, Ellen Sandweiss, Ken Foree, and Gunnar Hansen to name a few. After some very funny clips from the film, worlds collided. Gunnar and Ken began tussling. Thankfully O’Halloran (of Clerks fame) was on hand to settle the big men down. Without question this was one of the two absolute highlights of the day!

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors: April '08! (click for larger image)The second one would be later in the evening when Rob G. of Icons of Fright would host the Psycho sequel reunion and show footage from his upcoming doc. Just looking at the stage, you knew you were seeing something special. The discussion was beyond engaging with the respect shown to the material and the talent truly heartfelt. Hitch would have been proud! Kudos to Rob for his stellar work moderating. You did us proud, bro!

Other Saturday highlights included a talk with some of the talent behind Fear Itself, some intimate time with Clive Barker and the great Angus Scrimm, Shawnee Smith and Missi Pyle, followed by Reggie Bannister and his band, rocking out at Fango’s staple Ice Cream Event, and the announcement that Sid Haig is officially running for President. Does he think he can win? Of course not! But can he piss some of the right people off along the way? You’re damned right! Our country is in the shitter for the most part, and leave it to the Captain himself to take a stand by pointing out whose asses need a boot in them! God bless ya, brother!

It was back to business on Sunday, and there was plenty of cool shit to do leading to the show-stopper, the Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary reunion. The vendors’ room was still buzzing as usual. The men in black from Rotten Cotten were on hand showing off not only some killer designs (seriously you NEED the Sutherland Invasion of the Body Snatchers shirt) but also The Black Devil Doll himself! Lord, I cannot wait for this flick! Also on hand and showing more than a little love were the movie’s stars Natasha Talonz and Heather Murphy. After I wiped up the drool, it was time to head on over to the After Dark HorrorFest booth for a trip through their mini-maze of terror! Pretty nifty! Nothing like a small on-site haunted house to get the old blood pumping! Before we dive into Sunday’s premiere activities, there are two more hot spots I just have to mention. Sean Clark’s Horror Shirts table and the FearWerx booth. From celebrities to exorcism kits, these two spots were must visits! Dig on their sites above, and you’ll see what I mean!

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors: April '08! (click for larger image)On to Sunday’s highlight reel! The first truly inspired moment of the day was the panel for Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson’s upcoming splatter film, Autopsy, moderated by the always on his game Ryan (FIERCENESS) Rotten of Shock Till You Drop. Here’s the bottom line: Adam is a madman. Out of all the lunacy of the weekend, this panel was, no bullshit, the most fun! And as for the movie itself? OH MY GOD! The clips shown were brutally violent and packing mayhem! I’m telling ya, Autopsy is now on my must-see list for 2008! The next big thing was no question the surprise announcement that Joe Lynch is officially heading up Skipp and Spector’s The Bridge. After somersaulting(!) onto the stage, Lynch received one hell of an ovation from the fans. These three sick, sick minds are bound to cook something up that will without a shadow of a doubt be legendarily sick.

The place was buzzing, and within the hour Romero and the gang were set to take center stage for the most historical panel of the weekend. It did not disappoint. What could be said about this moment? I’m nearly at a loss for words. Night of the Living Dead has influenced and changed many lives. Myself included. This was a moment in time that would be unforgettable for many, and memories is what it’s all about, is it not? If you live in an area where they’ll be visiting this year, make sure you don’t miss it. One definite stop on the tour is Fango’s Secaucus Weekend of Horrors June 20-22.

Creation Entertainment, along with Fangoria, has been providing genre fans a platform to celebrate what we love for decades. An event in which we can revel in the depraved without judgment. Here’s to the next one! Keep kickin’ ass, guys!

Click on the teaser images below for a sampling of the weekend’s goodness, and keep an eye out for our official photo gallery coming soon!

Special Thanks to: Tony Timpone and Fangoria; Adam Malin, Amy Murphy, Monica Gillen, Ted Venemann, and the rest of the Creation staff; Joe Sena; Ed Peters; Chris Roe; and Emilie Noetzel for the great pics!

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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly

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When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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A few months back word dropped that “The Crown” star Claire Foy would be taking up the role of Lisbeth Salander in director Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The movie is a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and before all of this gets too confusing, it breaks down like this:

There were a series of books based on Lisbeth Slander called the Millennium trilogy a few years back. The books were called “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

These were made into a series of Swedish movies with Prometheus star Noomi Rapace as Salander.

The first in a planned trilogy of American remakes was produced by Fincher and starred Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. But the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t a smash success so all future installments were abandoned.

In the meantime, a new trilogy of Lisbeth books were published over in Sweden and the first was called “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”… and now Sony is just skipping all the other books and jumping right to the new trilogy for a reboot.

Make sense?

I know, it doesn’t but whatever. For the time being, let’s just call this new flick a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and leave it at that.

Anyhow, today’s news concerns the new film’s villain who will be played by Claes Bang (The Square). On top of that, Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) has also joined the cast as Salander’s twin sister.

The new installment is directed by Fede Alvarez from a script by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the book by David Lagercrantz

The film begins shooting this January in Stockholm before hitting theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo — a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker — a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…

 

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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