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Fantasia opening night coverage!It was a strange experience arriving totally alone at the Fantasia HQ in the early afternoon of July 3rd to pick up the press pass this year. Just me, Paul McCannibal, and some tumbleweeds blowing through the city centre of Montreal. Usually, I do this with Evil Andy, my Dread Central standby and local commander-in-chief who is nowhere to be found (he’s on his honeymoon).

So there I was, staring up and down the street, abject isolation, wondering if I could hack this Fantasia coverage gig alone. Terrifying. More terrifying, perhaps, than anything on the bill this year at Fantasia’s predictably impressive spread for fans of horror, shock, schlock, and cult cinema. I almost thought about testing out that floating-toaster-in-the-bathtub theory, or whether a gallon of gas is as expensive in relation to self-immolations these days. You see, it’s no small task to look down both barrels of Fantasia’s impressive cannon of content alone.

Fantasia opening night coverage!Thankfully, as darkness enveloped the urban hell of Montreal’s rotten Crescent-district core, it brought with it the annual Fantasia launch soiree at “Le Social”, a revamped whorehouse where you can only ponder if you are walking through areas where jizz once liberally flew in the place of flowing beer. Friendly faces came out of the woodwork, like Karim Hussain (hot on the heels of his recent teaser trailer for “Filthy”), “>4th Life (review) director Francois Miron , Festival magnate Mitch Davis, the entire Boston Underground Film Festival posse, the legendary Jim Levesque, and a host of others who escaped my lens due to the battery unexpectedly conking out. I also had words (good words, that is) with Douglas Buck about his looming The Broken Imago project for which he recently shot a teaser-trailer in Argentina amidst a sea of cockroaches and used condoms (more info on this delightful experience and what it may lead to will follow soon).

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There was also a fetish show that was really short. The picture you see here makes the show seem better than it actually was, but it was not a total loss as there were several hot ladies in knockout fetish clothes strolling around for most of the night.

Fantasia opening night coverage!So needless to say, the place was hopping and there is much to be excited about this year. Film-wise, we’ve got lots of good stuff coming up. At the top of my expectation list is Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology. The trailer for that movie is beyond belief. We also got some schlocky looking mayhem in store with Steve Goldman’s Trailer Park of Terror and James Isaac’s Pig Hunt. Ryuhei Kitamura’s adaptation of Midnight Meat Train looks promising, Vinnie Jones in particular as a steel mallet wielding heavy in the film. Stuart Gordon returns with Stuck. I heard some raves pertaining to Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In and the Balaguero/Plaze co-helmed REC.

On the fun side, Jon Knautz’s Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer was mentioned to me by Johnny Butane with a mix of excitement and resentment, as he seemed genuinely annoyed that I’d get a chance to see it before him. Tokyo Gore Police looks like good times, too. And what contemporary genre festival is complete without a film by Uwe Boll? Tunnel Rats doesn’t appear to be based on a video game, and in the synopsis it is stated that “given the right materials and intentions, he (Boll) is a remarkable cinematic craftsman”. Yeah, well we’ll see about that! Tunnel Rats does actually look good though, so I’m fully prepared to eat my words if it delivers. Speaking of potential and delivering on a promise, Argento’s Mother of Tears is playing tomorrow night. Can he wrap up his legendary trilogy in a worthwhile way considering the reverence in which the other installments are held? I will soon find out for myself.

Anyway, that’s just a small taste of the gut-bucket that will be dumped unapologetically over the audiences at Fantasia this year. The Fantasia catalogue as usual is an amazing thing that comes with a full DVD of trailers, so if you get the chance buy it even if you’re not going to make it to the Festival in person. You an also peruse the full array of content online (including the trailers) by going to the Fantasia website.

It looks like things are going to get real messy around here…

Paul McCannibal

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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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