During the week of July 19-25, 2008, everyone was pretty much consumed by all things San Diego Comic-Con
related. At the same time, I’ve been keeping an eagle eye out for choice tidbits not
connected to SDCC 08, and here are a few of them:
Things started out with a bang thanks to our receipt of some awesome news regarding Coffin Joe’s superior performance at the Paulínia Film Festival in Brazil. Not that it’s any surprise, but Encarnação do Demônio (Embodiment of Evil) won just about every award it possibly could!
Speaking of film fests, the granddaddy of them all, Fantasia, came to a close, hugely successful as always, and all three of our intrepid attendees — McCannibal, Evil Andy, and Butane — contributed enough recaps and reviews to keep your eyeballs busy for quite a while. I swear I’m going to get there myself one year — hopefully 2009!
Creepy posted a recap of our wild and wooly — and very windy — Dark Moon Rising set visit, which is chock-full of photos and teasers to hopefully get you all as hyped up about this new indie flick as we are. This one really is looking like the real deal!
If you enjoy set reports, we also posted a great one for Descent 2 from our loquacious correspondent from across the Pond, Phil Newton. And he’ll be back soon with full cast and crew interviews from his time there.
With Comic-Con on everyone’s mind, news on the graphic novel front came to us fast and furious over the past week. Preview panels were revealed from Asylum Press’ The Asylum of Horrors; the Re-Animator / Hack/Slash crossover and Echoes of the Damned, both from Devil’s Due; and Marvel’s adaptation of The Stand.
But enough about Comic-Con and comics; this Wrap-Up is supposed to be about the other stuff happening, and there’s nothing bigger this weekend than the premiere of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and we’ve got your hook-up. Along with Andrew’s not so positive review of the film, we have round table audio interviews with Duchovny & Anderson and Carter & Spotnitz. I haven’t seen IWTB yet myself, but I still hold out hope that maybe it’s not as bad as some have said. I really “want to believe” so anyway! *snicker*
In the “I guess this is good news” category comes the report that Fearnet will soon be offered to Time Warner Cable subscribers. Why it’s so far proven nearly impossible for a non-on-demand horror channel to hit the airwaves is simply beyond me, but seeing Fearnet branching out beyond its Comcast roots is a positive sign. Either that or we once-bitten/twice-shy genre fans have simply learned to take whatever we can get.
Seeping into my subconscious was some nonsense about a Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, but for now I’m pretending I imagined it due to sleep deprivation from Comic-Con.
No doubt many readers did a double-take upon seeing the new posters for HBO’s “True Blood” and the upcoming theatrical film Jennifer’s Body. Either they hired the same design firm with one very lazy graphic artist, or there’s some shenanigans going on. Click them both and judge for yourself.
My disdain for the film version of Queen of the Damned is well known around these parts. So the news that its director Michael Rymer will be helming the upcoming Witchblade film was met with a less than enthusiastic response from me. However, those who love “Battlestar Gallactica” sing his praises, so all I can do is warn those who are fans of the series to hold your collective breath and pray he doesn’t rip your heroine and her back story to shreds like he did Lestat’s.
Which brings us to the Woman’s Story of the Week, the one that brings hope amidst the ashes of all the failed remakes that have crashed and burned recently: DiCaprio Behind Another Twilight Zone .
I love both Leo and the “Zone” and believe with his talent and connections, we just might get something very special here. We’ll be following this one closely — should be very interesting to see how it all plays out.
Until next time …
– The Woman In Black
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