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Crispin Lets Us Know What It Is

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Crispin Glover (click for larger image)There’s no end in sight for Crispin Hellion Glover, who continues the prolific tour of his much-touted directorial debut What Is It? – which is having its Los Angeles run this weekend on December 8th, 9th, and 10th at the American Cinematheque (you can view the trailer here). The event starts with Crispin’s Big Slideshow – an hour long reading of his books (Rat Catching, Oak Mot, etc.) performed by the actor himself – that leads into the 72-minute presentation of What Is It? followed by a lengthy Q&A and a book signing.

This DC writer attended a previous screening and, without trepidation, can say that this event will absolutely blow you away. For fans of cult cinema, it’s a must. There is no way to fully articulate the surreal nature of the experience. Words cannot do it justice. It must be seen to be believed.

Speaking with Dread Central at his home, Crispin goes into more detail about the film which, according to the maverick director, was made to counter the corporate-run system of cinema. “It was important for me to make the film entirely with actors with Down Syndrome and have them play normal characters,” he says. “This is the first in a trilogy. The second film, It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine! was co-written by (What Is It? co-star) Steven C. Stewart and is based on his life. It’s going to be the best and most emotional film in the trilogy. That was recently completed and will be having its premiere at Sundance in January.”

What Is It? poster (click to see it bigger!)As of now, there are no plans for a commercial release of What Is It? as Glover intends for it to be seen in conjunction with his slideshow/Q&A. “It’s important for the whole thing to be one big experience,” he says. “I plan on touring with it for the next three years. I would do it every weekend if I had the time, but I have to balance it with my busy schedule.”

Busy indeed. Glover has four films due out in the next year, three of them genre-related.

“They’re all great roles,” he says. “The first is an independent film called Simon Says. I play twin brothers Simon and Stanley, who do horrible things to people.” Also on the slate is Beowulf, the big budget adaptation of the epic poem which reunites him with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis. “I play the monster Grendel. Angelina Jolie plays my Mom. Anthony Hopkins plays my Dad. The character wasn’t originally supposed to speak, but I have actual lines of dialogue in the film. I’m also in The Wizard of Gore, the remake of the Herschell Gordon Lewis film, as Montag the Magnificent, who also does horrible things to people,” he laughs.

The conversation eventually turns toward the now legendary dance in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter – something that has become affectionately known across the Internet as The Crispin Dance. “I’ve seen it posted on YouTube, which I love. I think it’s a great dance,” he remarks. “I was originally dancing to AC/DC’s Back in Black, but they changed it later.”

For future What Is It? screenings, keep your eyes peeled toward Crispin’s website. He just might invade your town!

As a tribute to the man and a gift for you, the fans, DC presents you with the following video:

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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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