Halloween Countdown — Five Horror Films You Should Be Watching on Netflix

It’s October and as a public service I have put together a list of some of my favorite horror films currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Invaders from Mars (1986) – Tobe Hooper’s remake of the 1953 science fiction tale is truly a strange cinematic venture. Universally panned by the critics, Invaders from Mars is told from the perspective of a boy who notices his parents and the rest of the townspeople are growing increasingly strange after witnessing a UFO land near his home.  This movie truly terrified me as a kid if only for Louise Fletcher devouring a frog.

 

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The Cabin in the Woods (2011) – I’ll admit that this one completely passed me by during its theatrical run despite the involvement of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. What starts as college aged kids spending a weekend full of booze at a remote cabin ends up as full on creature feature replete with an ancient terror.

Originally shot and completed in 2009, The Cabin in the Woods languished for two years while studios went bankrupt and the film was post-converted to 3D.  Goddard is able to play with the traditional horror tropes in a way that pays homage to the splatter tests we all grew up with in the 1980s with spectacular results.

 The Keep (1983) – It’s been well documented here that I have long been a fan of Michael Mann’s forgotten World War II horror film.  To date the only home media release was on Laser Disc (which is where many of the illegal torrents originated) and Amazon Instant and Netflix are presently the only legitimate ways to watch The Keep with its original Tangerine Dream score.

 

V-H-S-2_PosterV/H/S/2 (2013) – As a whole I find this second entry in this found footage horror anthology a bit uneven; but by the time we hit “A Ride in the Park” it is a balls to the gore fest! In my opinion “Safe Haven” is hands down the most compelling segment and completely redeems the sequel.

“Safe Haven” is just so damn good that it is deserving of a feature film of its own.  V/H/S/2 is a generally creepy outing with plenty of “oh shit” moments to please even the most finicky horror fans.

Event Horizon (1997) – Before Paul W.S. Anderson was subjecting the movie going public to endless Resident Evil films (and knocking up Milla Jovovich) he directed this little science fiction horror film that absolutely bombed in theaters.  I mean who wouldn’t want to see what happens when a experimental space craft literally GOES TO HELL.

Did I make a glaring omission? Sound off in the comments below or call me out on Twitter @doubledumbass

Sightings – ‘Hulk To The Rescue’

Despite having just recently completed my LEGO Avengers lineup, I don’t think I would be able to recreate a scene from The Avengers like Flickr user legoagogo did. His rather astute attention to detail and use of lighting, really does a great job of depicting Hulk’s rescue of Iron Man at the conclusion of the Battle of New York.

Hulk to the rescue

via [FBTB.net]

The Latest ‘Star Trek 3′ Rumor Is … Highly Illogical

Earlier this week there were several outlets were reporting that Star Trek 3 would be feature a scene between Kirk and Spock …. Prime.  According to Bad Ass Digest’s Devin Faraci there is a scene in the upcoming Star Trek film where William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy would share the screen for the first time since 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

kirkandspockNow that the story has grown legs director Robert Orci commented on the story over at Trek Movie saying:

Not in my interest to confirm or deny anything because it limits my options while maintaining my integrity as a truth teller.  The movie is not the movie till it is in the theater. Until then, everything is a rumor.

By the end of Star Trek: Into Darkness I was hoping that we had left the alternate timelines and Spock Prime behind to finally focus on the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission.  At this point I am taking this all in with a grain of salt despite Faraci’s proven track record when it comes to this sort of thing.

[via Trek Movie]

Check Out These Amazing Practical Effects from ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

I could easily place Edge of Tomorrow as one of the top films I have seen this year.  Like many I initially shrugged it off as a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day.  But after the overwhelming positive reviews started pouring in I knew I had to give it a chance.  Edge of Tomorrow is a film that smartly plays with time travel in the midst of an alien invasion of Earth. There are some really impressive set pieces in the film, and most notably the beach landing which plays a critical part in the plot.  These days its become commonplace to think that explosions, missiles, and fireballs are added in post production.  As you will see in the following video … that was not the case on the set of Edge of Tomorrow.

Another thing to take away from this b-roll footage is what an absolute professional Tom Cruise is.  He is in there doing his own stunts, wire work, and weapons handling.  It is clear that the people behind Edge of Tomorrow wanted it to look real, and seeing Cruise and Emily Blunt walking around set in those exo-suits is awesome.

via [Reddit Movies]

Nerd Alert!!! RetroCon 2014 Is Nearly Upon Us

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Just a friendly reminder that the third annual RetroCon is fast approaching.  After last year’s success the show was expanded to two full days of programming and 200+ vendor tables.  In addition to a robust dealer’s room there is a guest list featuring Sgt Slaughter, voice actor Larry Kenney (Lion-0, Thundercats), Joel Hodgson (MST3K) and actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek Deep Space 9).

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Show Info: Facebook.com/RetroCons

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue Oaks, PA 19456
Saturday, September 27th – 9am-5pm
Sunday, September 18th – 9am-12pm

Tickets will be available at the door: $15 Saturday / $13 Sunday

‘Demolition Man’ Screening Tonight @ The Colonial Theatre

When considering Sylvester Stallone’s filmography I would place Demolition Man somewhere between Tango & Cash and Rhinestone.  As far as Stallone’s work goes, Demolition Man has a completely ludicrous premise saturated in early nineties cliches and Rob Schnieder.

As part of its Cult Cinema series the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA is screening Demolition Man at 9:45PM.  Tickets start at $10.00 and after the show grab a beer at Molly Maguire’s down the way on Bridge Street.  If you haven’t had a chance to see this movie, now is the perfect time to catch this time capsule of nineties ridiculous at its peak Stallone.

Baltimore Comic Con ’14 — Harvey Awards, ‘Princess Leia’ and Robocop Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con traditionally boasts a huge lineup of some of the biggest names in the comic industry and the 2014 edition did not disappoint.  Over the last three days downtown Baltimore was inundated with a huge dose of geek culture tempered only slightly by the opening of the NFL regular season.  Here’s a quick hit list of some of my favorite news bits to come out of the weekend.

Artist Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk) received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award during the Harvey Awards ceremony on Saturday night.  I had the opportunity to meet Trimpe at Baltimore Comic Con back in 2009 and found him to be a genuinely great guy and consummate professional. Congratulations Mr. Trimpe. [via Comics Beat]

During the Marvel Universe panel Mark Waid talked about his upcoming Princess Leia mini-series which takes place after the destruction of Alderann.  Waid said she could be the “princess of nothing” or do her duty to find a home for her remaining people out in the galaxy.  With the recent eradication of the greater Star Wars Expanded Universe, these new titles are all part of the new-canon as overseen by LucasFilm and Disney [via Bleeding Cool]

My Interweb buddy Brad snapped some great shots of cosplayers at Baltimore Comic Con and my absolute favorite has to be this Robocop.  Check out his Instagram feed for more from the convention floor. [via @mouthdork on Instagram]

 

 

The Latest ‘Arrow’ Season 3 Trailer Teases A Date Night for “Olicity”

A brand new trailer for season three of The CW’s superhero smash hit Arrow has made its way online and provides a tantalizing look at what to expect when Oliver Queen and his partners start to take back Starling City.  And from the looks of things it appears that I will be able to make use of the “Olicity” tag I started using at the end of last season.

The third season of Arrow premieres October 8th at 8/7c on The CW

via [IGN]

Four Potential Premises For ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off

Well it appears that AMC has officially announced a pilot order for the companion series to its ratings juggernaut ‘The Walking Dead’.  There is literally nothing known about the cast or the setting of this series; however some are lead to believe that it will be a prequel of sorts.  Additionally, creator Robert Kirkman has stated that it won’t be based in Georgia nor will it pull from the comic series.  No one has any idea what is going on but let’s run down a few possibilities that are fueled by nothing more than speculation and nerd rage.

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The Walking Dead: WWZ 2

At this point in the series we know nothing about the zombie outbreak, other than a few scattered descriptions during the series’ first season.  Is it possible that we will see something akin to World War Z with governmental agencies attempting to stop the apocalypse?  This is a safe play and I have a hard time believing that AMC would go this route as they are essentially in control of the gold standard of the zombie at this time.  Odds 100:1

The Walking Dead: Omaha

Even though The Walking Dead is a veritable cash cow for AMC, they would be silly to revisit the zombie apocalypse in another major metropolitan market and squander this opportunity. By taking the narrative to a rural setting in the Midwest they can tell a story that is more of a gradual apocalypse.  You’d have farmers and ranchers dealing with a sudden influx of refugees from an infection that has only been heard about on the television and radio. The midwest is hot right now just thing FX’s Fargo … but with zombies and less Billy Bob Thornton. Odds: 50:1

The Walking Dead: Hawaii UH-OH

In most zombie fiction islands tend to fare pretty well (with the exception of Dead Island of course).  What if we find our new protagonists in a society that has survived due to their geographic location and isolation from major population centers?  Would the have an obligation to help out the dwindling number of survivors left on the main land or would they just say ‘fuck it’ and gorge on pineapple and poi?  Odds 35:1

The Walking Dead: BRAAAAAAINS

An hour-long drama told exclusively from the perspective of the undead.  Imagine the horrifically kinetic scenes as the infected begin to turn and start craving the flesh of the living.  I am thinking they could shoot a lot of this from a “first player shooter” perspective with just nonstop corn-syrup blood spurting and screams of agony.  It’ll be relatively cheap, you could have mostly extras and stunt people in make up.  This show would just print money!  Odds 750:1

As outlandish as these premises may be, I’ll leave you with a quote from Robert Kirkman lifted right from the AMC press release:

“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.  

via [/Film]

The Toy Hunt Is Over For Jordan Hembrough …

It is being reported that the Travel Channel has officially put Toy Hunter on indefinite hiatus. While by all accounts Jordan Hembrough is a very enthusiastic collector of all things plastic, the schtick started to wear thing about half way through the second season.

Personally, I bailed on Toy Hunter when he started having celebrity “clients” on every other episode.  To address rumors Hembrough posted a statement on the Rebel Scum message boards:

The show was not cancelled, my contract was up after four years, and I wanted to work on something else. I got a “once in a lifetime” chance to work with not only a movie studio, but a theme park as well.. and still continue commentary for both Marvel and DC. It was simply “the next level” for me.

 

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Hembrough stated that he is working on several projects including a show for the “international market” that will be officially announced shortly.  Even though Toy Hunter started to wear thin on me I certainly wish Hembrough luck in his future endeavors.

via [Toy News International]