After all these years we are still learning new things about John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi horror film The Thing. During a recent interview with Dean Cundey, the cinematographer on the film, there was always a way you could tell who was the monster and who was human.
While talking to Blumhouse to help promote the 4K Blu-Ray release for the film, Cundey was asked if he used any subtle photography cues to explain anything about The Thing. He explained that there's a subtle gleam/light in the eyes of people who are human. He made sure that gleam wasn't there for anyone who was the monster. He said:
"So we were looking for some kind of a subtle way, to say which one of these (men) might be human. You'll notice there's always an eye light, we call it, a little gleam in the eye of the actor. It gives life."
How freakin' cool is that! The answer was right in front of our eyes the whole time, but none of us were really looking for that. That little detail changes everything! Now I need to watch The Thing again with this new detail about the film in mind. Here are a couple of examples:
In case you're wondering if the creature survived at the end of the film, I included a clip of the ending featuring MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Childs (Keith David) at the end of the movie. Are one of these men the monster? The movie was left open-ended, but as I watched this final scene I saw the gleam in the eyes of both men at certain points, so it's safe to say that they were both human.
For those of you who are still curious about seeing The Greasy Strangler, I've got a new NSFW trailer for you to watch which is outrageously nauseating. I saw a portion of the film at Sundance, and it was so awful that I couldn't sit through the whole thing. I wrote up my experience with what I saw of the film here, and if you watch this trailer you'll see firsthand why I felt the way I did about this movie.
I get that there's an audience out there for films like this, but this movie was obviously not for me. If you like what you see in this trailer, though, then by all means, go out and watch the film! Maybe you'll enjoy it.
The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’
The movie was directed by Jim Hosking and stars Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, and Elizabeth De Razzo. Elijah Wood’s production company SpectreVision produced the film.
WARNING! This trailer is REALLY NSFW. Watch at your own risk, and what you see cannot be unseen.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are the brains behind the script for the incredible Deadpool. They spent six years developing the project on and off, never knowing if Fox would ever greenlight the project. They worked very closely with director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds on that script, and when the studio actually gave it the go, they wanted to keep the cost of production down around $60 million. In an effort to make that budget work, they opted not to pay the writers to be on the set to help with any rewrites.
It's always good to have the writers of the film on set to help keep the project on the right track. Miller, Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick are the core team behind Deadpool, and they all played a huge part in making Deadpool the amazing movie that it was. To keep this team of talent together through the film's production, Reynolds paid Reese and Wernick out of his own pocket to have them on the set and helping with the production of the film.
When talking to AMC’s Geeking Out (via Comic Book), the writers explained:
"We were on set every day. Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there, we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox, interestingly, wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket."
How great is that!? It just shows you how much Reynolds cares for this character and franchise and also shows you how dedicated and loyal he is to the team he worked with to help bring this character to life. There's no doubt that their presence on the set helped make Deadpool as awesome as it was.
James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day will get its 3D re-release next year! It was supposed to be done this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but there were a few delays. But hey, better late than never! There is even an official poster for the 3D re-release that you can see above that came with the following caption:
August 29th 1997: The day Skynet first became self aware. August 29th 2016: the day you first saw the brand new poster for Terminator 2 in 3D. Coming to theaters in 2017.
Cameron first talked about his desire to do a 3D conversion of the film back in 2014 at theLos Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival. It was there he talked about doing a 3D conversion and explained why it would have to be T2 over T1. The following quote comes via /Film:
"Terminator 1 I don’t think so because you could upgrade it to 3D but it’s still pretty gritty, available light photography, low budget filmmaking. We’d spend more converting it to 3D than we spent on the movie. That feels a little imbalanced to me.
"But Terminator 2 is a more polished film and, I think, it has a kind of timeless appeal. If there was someone who was interested in doing that, and we could make a good case for the business model like, perhaps let’s say, it’s never been on screens in China which in the next few years is about to become the biggest market for films worldwide. That alone might justify the cost of a conversion which might be 6 or 7 million dollars. And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it."
I'd pay to see it again on the big screen in a heartbeat! I love Terminator 2, and it'd be fun to see it in 3D. I can only imagine that Cameron made damn sure that this film got the best 3D conversion possible.
I can’t wait for Ash Vs. Evil Dead season two to start! The first season was gloriously bloody, gory, and hilarious. While we wait for season two to start, Starz has released a new featurette that offers us more insight into the story as the cast and crew talk about what we can expect from the new season. It reveals what Ash and his friends have been up to since season one ended and teases what’s waiting for them when they get to Ash’s hometown of Elk Grove. The featurette also offers up new info on Ash’s dad, Brock (played by Lee Majors), and Ash’s childhood best friend Chet (played by Ted Raimi). Of course, it also comes along with some new footage!
The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead premieres on October 10th, and that date can't get here soon enough.
I honestly don't know what to say about this Justice League fan trailer. It's seriously the wackiest, strangest, funniest, and most ridiculous thing you'll probably watch today. It's called "Justice League Weird," and it was created by Aldo Jones, the same dude who previously brought us the "Weird Trailer" for Batman v Superman. This latest creation of his is even more hilariously bizarre than his last one. Jones seriously gives us the freak show of movie trailers, and I love it! This is just one of those videos that you have to experience to be able to really appreciate it, so enjoy!
Let the Right One In started out as a vampire novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This was a very different, unique, brilliant take on vampire lore, and the story has already been adapted twice as films. The first one was a wonderful Swedish film that came out in 2008, and the other was an Americanized take on the story called Let Me In, which was released in 2010.
About a year ago it was reported that A&E was developing the story into a TV series, but there hasn't been much news on the project since it was announced. Today we learned that TNT is in the process of developing a pilot for a potential series.
The original story is set in Sweden, and the U.S. film was set in New Mexico. This latest version will take place in Vermont, and this is the synopsis from the press release:
Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.
The series is being developed by Criminal Minds andTeen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, who also wrote the script and serves as executive producer. Joining him as producers are Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Aquarius), Simon Oakes (Let Me In) of Hammer Films as well as Carl Molinder, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, and Alex Brunner (Dark Places). When talking about the series, EVP of original programming for TNT Sarah Aubrey had this to say:
“Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale. This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source from which Jeff, Marty, Becky and Simon will bring to life in this all-new adaptation.”
I love this vampire story, and I hope it actually turns out to be a solid series.
We've already featured Carlos Dattoli's redesigns of the core five Power Rangers (ICYMI, check them out here). Today, we have his take on the White Ranger. There is a fan theory that Zordon was the original White Ranger, but so far canon has Thomas "Tommy" Oliver as the first. I'd be happy with a retcon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie that put Bryan Cranston as Zordon in the white suit during a flashback. In either case, Dattoli's fan design feels like a great update to an already iconic design.
What was happening in the world when Le Guin's book A Wizard of Earthsea was first published? Well, it was 1968...so a lot of dark and absurd things. Can we survive the weight of the awful year that never stood a chance? San Francisco and Greenland are involved, so yes, we can...Listen on PodTyrant
It's always cool when you see something that works for everyday life and cosplay. This Nightmare Before Christmas rubber choker from Hot Topic allows you to wear Sally's stitches without being too over the top.
Hot Topic is running a 30% deal site wide that's set to expire around midnight tonight. So you can pick up this choker for only $4.55. Might also be a good idea to grab some cheap T-shirts, too.