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Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)Well, folks, after about two years of bloodying my nose on the grindhouse grindstone, my new book Shock Festival (pre-order) hits stores next week, and you are invited, one and all, to the Week long Shock Festival celebration, which begins on the 21st of October and ends with a binge and a bang on the 25th! Clear your calenders, kiddies and kiddettes, because here’s what you are doing:

On Tuesday, October 21st at 9:30 PM, the curtain goes up on a very special command performance at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown. It’s a SUPER rare screening of Starcrash, mint 35 scope print in Dolby stereo, and many trailers, plus onstage intro by Stephen and the Cast Of Shock Festival. ‘Crash is one of the flagship films Shock Festival is inspired by—quite simply THE most amazing Star Wars rip-off exploitation film ever made, with David Hasslehoff (fighting animated robot skeletons with a light saber!), music by John Berry, the most beautiful woman that ever lived, Caroline Munro as Stella Star . . . and about a million amazing “tell all your friends” moments of pure, unadulterated FUN!

From Lewis Coates (Luigi Cozzi), the man who brought you the equally astonishing 1980’s epics Hercules and Hercules II starring Lou Ferrigno!!!! Our trailer reel also features many of the film my book was inspired by, such as The Incredible Melting Man and Meatcleaver Massacre. It’s a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bask in the glow of some amazing, long-lost gems on a real, honest-to-god movie screen! Plus, at the Alamo you get to drink yourself silly while watching and eat all the pizza you can get in your mouth—they’re a full bar and restaurant, with waiters who bring you your drinks and food right in the theater! Yes, kids, Tim finally got a hard liquor license now that he’s on 6th Street, and serves COCKTAILS to his patrons—GOD HELP US ALL!!!!

Go here to reserve your tickets for this event—it’s real cheap, not even nine dollars!!! And be sure to get there early—this will prolly sell out to the usual psychotropic Alamo Mob.

Then, on Saturday 25th, starting at 7:00, we’re having a big release party at Austin Books, where there will be cast signings, books for sale, disco music and LOTS OF FREE BEER!!!! This event is totally free and so is the BEER!!! Did we mention FREE BEER??!! Austin Books is the absolute coolest comic store that ever lived, and they JUST finished re-modeling, so there’s plenty of space to boogie the fuck down . . . so come one and all and celebrate the arrival of this massive, multi-headed beast known only as Shock Festival!!!

Stephen Romano

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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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?

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

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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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