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The Weekly Wrap-Up: November 15-21, 2008





The Weekly Wrap-Up: November 15-21, 2008

Let's face it. Teenage girls like looking at hot teenage boys just as much as vice versa. And if they're also hot vampires, all the better. Who are we to begrudge them an outlet for their burgeoning womanhood? Let them shriek and swoon and enjoy this weekend of Twilight while we focus on several of the smaller stories that broke during the week of November 15-21, 2008.

  • Director Kevin Munroe passed on some info about his interpretation of Italian comic Dylan Dog entitled Dead of Night. It offers a cornucopia of monsters: werewolves, zombies, and vampires - and a few sub-categories of those as well. I'm with Butane; this sounds like something to keep tabs on.

  • One upcoming project that gives me a very creepy vibe is Mel House's Walking Distance, as evidenced by the disturbing exclusive behind-the-scenes stills Mel provided to us.

  • By far the best news of the week was confirmation that Paramount is at long last releasing Season One of "Tales from the Darkside" on DVD. Bye-bye VHS bootlegs!

  • Sometimes the shorter a film is, the better, and Jason Cuadrado's "Monstrous Nature" looks to be quite good indeed. A nun and a werewolf? If nothing else, it makes a great intro for a joke: You see … A nun and a werewolf walk into a bar…

  • Kevin Munroe's name came up again mid-week when we reported on his collaboration with Dark Horse Entertainment on War Monkeys. I love animals, but monkeys have always kind of freaked me out so this is one that I'll probably have to watch with my hands over my eyes -- and my security blanket nearby.

  • If you want to talk about freaky animal creatures, one of the most recognizable is the graboid, and I'm all for a fifth Tremors movie if Universal elects to continue the franchise. Hell, it can't be worse than Saw V.

  • A couple of Dread Central's own worked on the His Name Was Jason documentary, so show your support by pre-ordering the DVD in anticipation of its February 3, 2009, release date.

  • Time travel films would be an excellent topic for a documentary; there have certainly been plenty of them lately. Another new one crossed my radar this week: The Days Before. Warner Bros. picked up the alien apocalypse script from Chad St. John, and one of the producers is Gianni Nunnari of 300, From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Departed so color me extremely interested.

  • Go was my introduction to Timothy Olyphant, and I've been a fan ever since. His involvement with The Crazies remake can only help the project. Now if only someone would reunite Olyphant and Sarah Polley in a real down and dirty genre flick … then we'd be talking!

  • I'd say the quality of the past two After Dark Horrorfests has been slightly above average overall so I'm mostly looking forward to Horrorfest III come January 9-15, 2009. And now we finally have word on what the 8th Film To Die For will be: Voices from Korean filmmaker Ki-hwan Oh.

  • It's hard to pinpoint what gives a film its "vibe", but the director's style has a lot to do with it, and the teaser for James Boss' White Wall definitely shows some flair. But … He also stars in it, and as we all know, that situation can easily go either way.

  • One scenario that can only go in one direction -- down, way down -- is Gore Verbinski producing a remake of The Host. He's probably already called Naomi Watts and David Dorfman -- No reason not to change it to a boy who's carried away, right? It's Universal again, so at least they're still willing to tackle horror projects. I just wish they'd balance out the reduxes and sequels with more fresh and original meat!

  • And beefcake. At heart I'm still one of those teenage girls who lusts after vampires and lycans so of course I have to mention the first poster for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Bill Nighy looks pretty fierce and forceful sitting on that throne, but I better see Michael Sheen in the next one, damnit! And then you guys can have Rhona.
  • But it won't be long before all the Twilight and Underworld 3 hotness is replaced by cold, harsh rot. World War Z level rot in fact, which is why the Woman's Story of the Week is Max Brooks Talks World War Z Adaptation. Not only is the source material brilliant, but the director who was just brought on board, Marc Forster, is incredibly gifted as well. His participation means my interest has increased dramatically. Not many critics besides Ebert and I were enthusiastic about Stay, but nobody doesn't like Finding Neverland, and Monster's Ball proved even more than The Dark Knight that Heath Ledger had what it takes to be a star. I cannot wait to see who shows up in the cast!

    Max Brooks Talks <i />World War Z Adaptation

    Until next time …

    - The Woman In Black

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