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Exclusive: Get Dirty Behind-The-Scenes in SockMonster

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We’ve been pretty excited about Wesley Alley’s short film SockMonster, in so small part to it being produced by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw III, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and starring Derek Mears (“Twin Peaks”, Friday the 13th). A short about a woman who grieves the loss of her daughter only to believe that she’s trapped in a laundry dryer, hounded by a monstrous gathering of missing laundry…a “sock monster”, if you will.

While we’ve shown you exclusive images already, we want to give you a different look at the short through a series of behind-the-scenes photographs taken by Abrey Adams Watterson. While the short is a one-location deal, it’s fascinating to see just how much work and equipment went into making the final product.

While we can’t show you the titular monsters (director’s request, sorry), we do think that this is an interesting look into the process of filmmaking. So, for all you aspiring directors, here’s a chance to go behind the scenes of a shoot!

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Universal’s DARK UNIVERSE Really Dead?

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Earlier this year, Universal shut down their planned shared universe of classic movie monsters following the failure of the Tom Cruise flick The Mummy. So the Dark Universe is dead right? Not so much…

The other day Robert Vargas took to Instagram to post about his recent visit to the Dark Universe offices writing, “Great meeting this morning with the amazing Dark Universe team. Thank you Universal Exec, Holly Goline and Crash for the hospitality. Looking forward to contributing to the Universal Pictures legacy with my work. Monster things in the works 😉 Stay tuned!”

You can check out his post below for confirmation. But yes, it seems that Universal is keeping their Dark Universe up and running, for the time being. I don’t know if this means they will be retooling the shared universe from the ground up, or simply revamping their original plans.

I can’t help but hope they revamp the entire plan from the ground up, personally. I don’t think having these monster movies star Hollywood’s A-list was the right way to go. These monsters have persevered for decades now on the popularity of their characters alone – not what Hollywood soup of the day was playing them.

I say, kick out Cruise along with Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, and Javier Bardem and cast mostly unknowns – like Marvel did with their cinematic universe. Sure Robert Downey Jr was a known actor at the time, but he was epically on the outs in Hollywood and so casting him was a ballsy move. And I just can’t believe the Marvel films would have been as popular if they had starred the biggest names in Hollywood – it just ruins the fun of discovering a new character from scratch.

Whatever ends up happening with Universal and their Dark Universe series of rebooted monster movies, we will keep you guys up-to-date either way. Stay tuned! Until 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!

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Toho Planning “World of Godzilla” Shared Universe, SHIN GODZILLA 2 Dead

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Looks like Legendary Pictures “Monsterverse” won’t be the only Godzilla-themed shared universe for much longer. Once Hollywood’s King of the Monsters sequel setting up his 2020 remake with King Kong have come and gone, Toho intends to transform Godzilla into Japan’s very own Marvel cinematic universe.

Godzilla-Movies.com has provided an English translation of an interview that appeared this past week in the Japanese publication “Nikkei Style” with Keiji Ota, Toho’s Chief Godzilla Officer (How do I get that job?), about the future of all things Zilla in his home country. The surprising news begins with an announcement that might prove a disappointment to many G-Fans.

There will never be a Shin Godzilla 2.

Despite being a box office sensation and achieving a level of critical acclaim that typically eludes Godzilladom, including winning the Japanese equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar, Shin Godzilla will forever remain a decidedly unique one-off entry in the storied Godzilla series. As proud as Ota claims they are of Shin Godzilla’s success, Ota and the members of Toho’s Godzilla Strategy Council (Again, how do I get on this council?) have something bigger in mind for the future of the 64-year old franchise:
…a World of Godzilla.

To further quote Ota:
The future of the series and its forwarding developments are very conscious of the method of “shared universe”. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc. could all share a single world view much like a Marvel movie where Iron Man and the Hulk can crossover with each other. It is said that each movie can be a possible film production where any one of them could lead a film of their own as the titular character.

So, as of now, this is Toho’s plan: Marvel-style Godzilla features released on a consistent basis every 1-2 years beginning post-2021.

Why must we wait until 2021? Because the deal Toho structured with Legendary Pictures allowing for 2014’s Godzilla, next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and 2020’s “Monsterverse” crossover event Godzilla vs. Kong gave Toho wiggle room to make Shin Godzilla and the current animated film trilogy but nothing more cinematic until after the deal between the two production companies expires in 2020.

Neither Toho nor Legendary have said anything about how Toho’s planned “World of Godzilla” may impact future plans for Legendary’s “Monsterverse”, or for that matter, if there will even be a “Monsterverse” after King Kong and Godzilla have their historic clash of the titans. In both cases, stay tuned for further details.

Either way, Godzilla fans can rejoice in knowing the king is going to be around for a long, long time to come.

Personally, I’m hoping one of these “World of Godzilla” movies is a Gigan solo movie that finally portrays Gigan as the bad ass kaiju terminator he was always created to be.

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Best Promo Stunt Ever: Deadpool Photobombs Predator, Terminator, and More

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We don’t usually cover Deadpool here on Dread Central, but I think this is a rare case where an exception must be made. After all, this is one of the best promotional gags I have ever seen for a film and it needs to be shared to be believed.

Fox has released a collection of their best-selling movies with Deadpool photobombing the covers, including Edward Scissorhands, Logan, Predator, and The Terminator.

They are as fucking delightful as they sound.

These Wal-Mart exclusive Blu-ray covers IGN reports are part of Fox Home Entertainment’s special Two Year Anniversary Blu-ray of Deadpool leading up to the release of the sequel later this week.

I don’t know about you but there is a genuine part of me that wants to go out and snag each and every single one of these on Blu-ray. These are going to be classics one day and sell for hundreds online. That’s if everyone doesn’t just buy them and not open them. Which could totally happen.

Will you be snagging any of these classic titles with the Deadpool photobombs? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The full list of movies included in the promotion are:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Cast Away
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Logan
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Office Space
  • Predator
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Speed
  • The Terminator
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • X-Men Apocalypse
  • X-Men Days of Future Past
  • X-Men First Class

You can check out all of the special covers below.

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