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The Weekly Wrap-Up: November 8-14, 2008



The Weekly Wrap-Up: November 8-14, 2008

Gotta make this a quick one. Famous horror author Joe Knetter and his stunt ass are hitting SoCal this weekend so this Woman needs her rest. Lord knows what manner of mayhem awaits.

  • A good chunk of the news from the week of November 8-14, 2008, came from AFM, where more genre projects than you can shake a stick at were bought and sold. Andrew tells us his opinion of a dozen features he managed to squeeze in at the event here. Several, like The Children, Pontypool, and Blood River sound very promising indeed!

  • Despite our hunger for more fresh indies like those coming out of AFM, the studio remake machine keeps chugging along, and one that I plan to keep tabs on is David Ondaatje’s redux of Hitchcock’s The Lodger. It’s Ondaatje’s feature debut, but considering that he previously helmed a documentary called Undressing Hitchcock, I have a feeling we — and The Lodger — are in good hands. Besides, the cast is a dream: Shane West, Simon Baker, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alfred Molina, Donal Logue … AND Hope Davis … AND Rebecca Pidgeon … AND Philip Baker Hall. Are you fucking kidding me?

  • The gamer in my house hasn’t played much else since downloading the demo for Left 4 Dead, but if you aren’t sure whether or not it’s for you, check out the first 15 minutes of the game. And then, after you put your eyes back in your head, watch another 5 minutes, this time from the second campaign. It’s gooey good stuff!

  • More good game stuff comes out next February, and to help fill the time between now and then, read Mr. Dark’s Q&A with F.E.A.R. 2‘s Principal Game Designer, Craig Hubbard.

  • No one made a peep about the new promo trailer for Dario Argento’s Giallo. Now I know Mother of Tears was a big disappointment, but Argento still has his fans. Will their loyalty be rewarded by his latest?

  • One production that rewards its fans week in and week out is “Supernatural“, and this season is shaping up to be the best yet. I won’t belabor the point, but if you appreciate the show as much as I do, be sure to cast your vote for it in the People’s Choice Awards.

  • The latest lawsuit to rock the industry is Fox vs. The Asylum. I guess Fox doesn’t agree that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If they prevail, we’re gonna have to find something to keep Foy busy. His work load will be cut in half!

  • Someone who is always in demand is Dave Foley, so, just like Butane, I couldn’t have been more glad to see that he was added to the cast of Suck. Foley plus Alice Cooper, Moby, and Henry Rollins plus vampires?!? What’s not to love?

  • On the other hand, I’m not sure how I feel about Resident Evil: Degeneration. Pulling off a successful animated horror/action movie is tough. Take a look at the first eight minutes, and let us know how you think it’ll turn out.

  • Was there ever any doubt how the discussions about a sixth chapter in the Saw franchise were going to wind up? I suppose if they didn’t churn them out year after year, we might miss them. Wouldn’t it be nice to find out? Lionsgate, please … no more after this. We are so done with Mandylore. Mandylore. Costas Mandylore!
  • Which is what makes the Woman’s Story of the Week — Adam Green & A Bigger Boat Get Frozen! — more than a little ironic. Peter Block was the president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate during its horror heyday, and A Bigger Boat is his new company. I’m happy for Adam, but I’m even more pleased to see Block back in business and off to an encouraging start. Plus the premise for Frozen, A Bigger Boat’s flagship production, sounds genuinely creepy and full of promise. Uncle Creepy grabbed a quick chat with Green about both Frozen and “Fairy Tale Police”, his upcoming short for Xbox Live. Anyone who’s ever been on a ski lift, or even a rinky-dink skylift ride at an amusement park, has surely felt their heart skip a beat at the thought of being stuck up there. I can only imagine some of the “awful, awful things” Green’s sick and twisted mind has come up with for his characters to endure. Fortunately, with Block “on the same page” we’ll be seeing them for ourselves soon enough.

    A Bigger Boat to Release Adam Green's Frozen

    Until next time …

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    Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



    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!



    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.


    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



    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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