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Steve Niles' Cal McDonald Heading to the Big ScreenMy name is Cal McDonald. I’m a private detective. I don’t handle cases most detectives handle because I don’t have that kind of luck. I deal with monsters and freaks and every dark, fucked up thing normal law won’t.

So says the MySpace page for the drug-infused anti-hero detective, who has been appearing for nearly 20 years in Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre adventures with Dark Horse Comics. As MTV’s Splash Page describes him, “Between several comic book series, novels, and online content, McDonald has killed a monster in almost every medium.

Sound like your kind of guy? Then you’ll be happy to hear Niles and Dark Horse are close to finalizing a film deal. But it hasn’t been an easy road for Cal … or Niles.

The filmmaking process is nothing new to Niles. Between the success of 30 Days of Night and plans to adapt many of his other works to film, the writer has seen enough of Hollywood to understand why it’s taken a while to get Cal McDonald on the big screen. ‘We had it set up at MGM years ago, and it just didn’t quite take,” Niles told the site. “[Criminal Macabre] went through a lot. The first instance, everyone was like, ‘Clean him up, we can’t have a character like this.’ And then they realized I’m not trying to do ‘Cheech and Chong’ here. This is, to me, a modern Philip Marlowe. He has all the same problems, but they’re modernized because hard drinking just doesn’t cut it anymore.

While the theatrical details are being worked out, fans can expect a new Criminal Macabre series in the future, including self-published prose, comics, music, and more. “I’m doing limited edition books of short stories, at least six a year, straight from a website [Bloody Pulp Books],” explained Niles, who added that a “music/sound component” would also be made available for the novels, allowing readers to “pop in a little Cal McDonald CD while they read.” An announcement regarding who might be contributing said musical component should be forthcoming shortly.

Looks like lots of news is on its way from Mr. Niles. As soon as we hear more, so will you!

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What Will Marvel’s MORBIUS Movie Be About?

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It isn’t often in this day and age of superheroes that all of us horror fans get a flick to be excited about. Sure we have Venom on the way starring Tom Hardy, but let’s not forget that the planned adaptation of Morbius The Living Vampire should be good horror times as well.

And speaking of which today we have word on just what the Morbius movie might be about. A supposed working logline for the film reads as follows:

Horror action story of a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, though disgusted by his own bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.”

This is about what we could expect the film to be about, but still, it’s cool to see that the powers that we are approaching the film as a “horror-action” film and not the other way around. This news came to us from That Hashtag Show and thus may not be the official logline for the film, but we will make sure to keep you guys up-to-date on any news we hear regarding this horror-action movie.

Are you excited about Morbius? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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THE FIRST PURGE Rated R For “Strong Disturbing Violence Throughout” and More

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This Independence Day, we will not be attacked by aliens or other such nonsense. No, we will be experiencing The First Purge via Blumhouse and director Gerard McMurray. And from the looks of today’s news, it’s going to be a brutal time at the movies.

Today we have word via the MPAA that the film has been slapped with an R rating for “strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use.”

Damn.

Are you excited about The First Purge? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Gerard McMurray from a screenplay by James DeMonaco and stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei.

It begins July 4th, 2018.

Synopsis:

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

 

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Rondo Returns! Here’s Danny Trejo in Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL

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We’ve been getting hit with tons of new pics from behind the scenes of Rob Zombie’s upcoming sequel to House of 100 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects called 3 From Hell. And today is no different as we have our first look at Danny Trejo from the upcoming film.

The pics come to us, like all the others, from Rob Zombie’s Instagram account and you can check out the pics below, one of which also features Bill Moseley’s Otis. Zombie writes: “Three Amigos on the set of Three From Hell” and “Rondo Returns“! 

Again you can check out the posts and the pics below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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