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Cult TV Mini-Series V Big-Budget Film Adaptation Announced

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The Visitors are looking to return to the big screen and they will continue to not be our friends. Friendship is universal and so is rebooting 1980’s cult classics so here comes V The Movie!

V debuted in 1983 as a highly rated, hugely popular NBC miniseries. It would spawn a highly rated but less popular three-part follow-up a year later entitled V: The Final Battle (Star child, ugh!), which would then lead to a very short lived 1985 TV series. ABC already tried reviving it as another short-lived series in 2009 with a slick reboot that never quite captured the magic of the original or fully established itself as its own thing.

For the uninitiated (Spoilers ahoy!), V was initially designed as a War of the Worlds-style Nazi allegory about humanoid aliens in snazzy red jumpsuits and sunglasses that arrive on earth in giant motherships (zero doubt ID4 copied this visual aspect a decade later) claiming to be our friends and looking to make our world a better place in exchange for some water and hospitality. As much of the human race falls under their influence and those that resist get secretly rounded up by their stormtroopers, a smarmy TV news cameraman becomes the unlikely human resistance leader after he records video evidence that the “Visitors” are actually reptilian creature hiding behind human flesh facades and that their real goal is to enslave mankind to use as food.

In a time when Eighties nostalgia is all the rage and various forms of fascism seem to be rising up around the globe it seems only fitting and timely that a cult property with loads of potential like V would also see a resurgence.

Deadline reports “V the Miniseries” is set to be revived for the big screen as V The Movie as the first project from the recently revived studio Desilu.

Again, for those unaware, Desilu was a major production studio for decades founded in 1950 by “I Love Lucy” duo Lucille Ball and her then husband Desi Arnaz. No stranger to sci-fi; Desilu helped bring us a little something called “Star Trek”. The mostly defunct company was purchased last year and is currently being brought back. While CBS owns most of the Desilu library, looks like they still own a few of the properties and what better way to relaunch than with a relaunch?

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this news is that V The Movie is set to be written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, the writer of the original two miniseries. He hasn’t been involved with anything “V” since 1984 but did write a follow-up novel before going on to help create the TV version of “Alien Nation”, which, ironically, is another property currently in the process of being rebooted.

No casting or release date at the moment but Desilu Executive Vice President Steven Posen sounds not just confident in the guaranteed success of V The Movie, he might actually be a tad overconfident:

“V is a multi-billion dollar film franchise and merchandising juggernaut. We couldn’t be more excited and honored to bring this film to the millions of devoted fans worldwide.”

Okay, but as fan of the original miniseries, the Visitors better still be wearing the snazzy red jumpsuits or I’m going to protest by spray painting a big red V on the movie posters. Now that I think about it spray painting a big red V on a poster that’s already guaranteed to have a big red V probably isn’t the best way to protest.

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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