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Fantasia 2008 (click to see it bigger!)Well, another year of Fantasia has come to an end. The wife and I are headed home today and back to our “normal” lives, which believe it or not is actually something I’m looking forward to. As much fun as this festival is and as much as I love all the people we can hang out with because of it, Fantasia has a way of wiping you out that no other event I go to comes close to. Well, maybe Comic Con…

Our last day of the fest started off with a film from Denmark called Island of Lost Souls. Not nearly as creepy as it sounds, it’s actually an adventure movie in the spirit of films like Harry Potter and its ilk, but with some interesting twists on those films’ conventions that can only come from another culture. It’s not anything you’ll be seeing a review for here, but I’m still glad to have checked it out.

We wanted to hit the premier of Alone, the new ghost film from the guys who did Shutter, but McCannibal decided we should all go out to dinner instead since it was our last day together. This was one of those times we had to make the decision to either see a movie or hang out with friends, but it was easier than usual to make since it was the last day and, I found out later, we didn’t really miss anything by missing Alone. McCannibal is seeing it today so expect more details soon.

Fantasia 2008 (click to see it bigger!)Apparently we did miss quite a bit by skipping Uwe Boll’s latest film, the Vietnam War movie Tunnel Rats, however. Synapse Films’ Don May was telling us before we went into a screening that not only was it probably the best thing Boll has done to date, it was all around a very solid and well done movie about the horrors of war. See, we knew he’d come out and surprise us all someday!

The night ended with the world premier of Jim Isaac’s “>Pig Hunt (review), his “I don’t give a fuck” indie reaction to the hell he went through getting Skinwalkers made, or so one can assume. Though I would love to say it was all you’d hope for from a movie about a 3,000-pound boar named Ripper, it’s sadly nowhere near anything I had hopes for. Check out my review for the full diatribe.

Fantasia 2008 (click to see it bigger!)We retried to the Irish Embassy for one last night of Fantasia celebration and said our final goodbyes to all the people who continue making this show worth coming back for again and again. Though we’re not always in agreement as to why films were good or bad, the greatest thing is the ability to discuss their merits, or lack thereof, until the early morning hours and know that there are no attitudes, no pretensions, and no animosity when it’s all over. That is yet another reason I love this damn show.

Thanks to everyone who followed our coverage of Fantasia 2008 over the last three weeks! Don’t forget to check out the fest’s database entry for all the daily reports and reviews that came out of this year’s show, and hopefully you can be a part of it at Fantasia 2009!

Johnny Butane

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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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