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Scream Factory Announces Class of 1984, Supernova, and a Blacula Double-Feature Blu-ray for 2015



Scream Factory Releasing Blacula and Supernova on Blu-ray

Scream Factory releasing Blacula and Supernova on Blu-RayA few days ago it was a Love at First Bite/Once Bitten double feature. Scream Factory is continuing its “Shocktober” surprises with word that Supernova, Class of 1984, and a double dose of Blacula are headed to Blu-ray next year.

For those that like their blacksploitation with a twist of horror, Scream Factory will honor Black History Month by releasing Blacula and its lesser sequel, Scream Blacula Scream, together as adouble-feature Blu-ray this February.

The 1972 original that redefined the term “bloodsucka” starred the late great William Marshall as an African prince transformed into a vampire by the bite of Dracula himself. Marshall reprised the role a year later for the sequel that saw the Black Prince of Darkness resurrected via voodoo to raise more hell while terrorizing Pam Grier.

Scream Factory caught everyone unexpected with the unlikely announcement that they would be giving the Blu treatment to the sexy sci-fi thriller Supernova, a motion picture far more deserving of a shoddy Mill Creek release than the extra mile Scream Factory goes to. This one’s a real head-scratcher since the movie was an enormous flop upon its release, the reviews were scathing, and, honestly, when was the last time you ever heard anyone mention Supernova?

Supernova is more noteworthy for all the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding its production than the film itself. Geoffrey Wright was originally scheduled to direct it, only to quit weeks before shooting due to MGM tinkering with the script. Then the great Walter Hill was hired to direct, but MGM was so displeased with his cut, the $90,000,000 film was shelved for some time until Jack Sholder was brought in to do reshoots and Francis Ford Coppola was recruited to re-edit the movie in a last ditch effort to salvage it. When Supernova was finally released in January 2000, the directing credit went to the fictional name “Thomas Lee” due to the famous “Alan Smithee” credit having just been retired.

No extras have been announced as of yet, but rest assured if there’s a documentary chronicling the turmoil that was the making of Supernova, it will probably be worth the purchase price alone.

You’d expect so much better from a science fiction film starring the likes of James Spader (“The Blacklist”), Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story”) , Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Peter Facinelli (Twilight), Wilson Cruz (“My So-Called Life”) ,and Robin Tunney (The Craft).

Supernova explodes onto DVD January 15, 2015. That exactly 15 years and a day from its January 14, 2000, US theatrical release date.

Lastly, sometime next spring Scream Factory will be releasing to Blu for the first time ever Mark L. Lester’s violent 1982 high school vengeance cult classic Class of 1984. Here’s what Scream Factory had to say about the film on its Facebook page:

Although this is not a “horror film” in the true sense of the word, we thought it was suitably violent, edgy, and dark enough to warrant inclusion in the brand (not to mention it has a strong following). The director himself – Mark L. Lester – is very on board with this strategy as well. Those of you who love the film know what a gem it is and that it sports a great cast that includes Perry King (Mandingo, “Riptide”), Roddy McDowell (Fright Night, The Legend of Hell House), Lisa Langlois (Deadly Eyes, Happy Birthday to Me), Timothy Van Patten (“The Sopranos”), and even Michael J. Fox in an early role.

Given that Class of 1984 is being billed as a Special Collector’s Edition, we can expect this one to be fully loaded with all sorts of extras. With any luck this will soon lead to a Blu-ray of Lester’s sci-fi reboot of the premise, Class of 1999. Now that’s a Scream Factory Blu-ray I’d scream for!

Stay tuned for word on the varying disc extras. Heck, stay tuned because who knows what titles Scream Factory will next announce in the coming days. Come on, The Vindicator! Come on, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge!

Scream Factory Releasing Blacula and Supernova on Blu-ray

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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