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Nightmare City – Indiegogo Campaign

Get ready for the spectacular remake of Umberto Lenzi’s horror cult classic. This is a horror production from fans for fans and with fans! You can be a big part of it – like a producer you will have a say in how cool and great this remake will get and you will get the big chance to visit the film sets, be a part of the crew, inspire the producers, get cool rewards and win great prizes, be in the movie and MEET, WORK AND ACT TOGETHER WITH YOUR FAVORITE ACTORS and LEGENDS OF HORROR!

The King Of Splatter & Gore Tom Savini will be Director and Special Effects & Make Up Supervisor. Together with the best creative talents from his FX school in Pittsburgh he will guarantee mind-blowing makeup and special effects and lots of gore and will give horror fans what they desperately demand and miss in current horror movies – impressing practical special effects and gallons of blood instead of cheap CGI effects.

Get ready for breathtaking suspense, blood drenched horror, impressive special effects and a great cast and crew which will make this remake an outstanding horror production and the most terrifying zombie movie ever! AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT by donating at the indiegogo site HERE


Jurassic World – Teaser

The official trailer for Jurassic World premieres next Thursday, but Universal is teasing the Thanksgiving treat with a 15-second preview. Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a screenplay he penned with Derek Connolly, there’s been much kept under wraps about the new film’s plot. But we do know that it involves a theme park, and, dinosaurs (some of them genetically modified)…


Gestapo Toht Candle

Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark_Gestapo-Toht_CandleChristmas will soon be upon us and some will be running around looking for that perfect gift, candles! They’re always popular…

If you’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, there’s probably one scene that really sticks in the memory. No not that gigantic boulder tumbling after Indy, nor when he shoots that sword-twirling nutter in the market square, nor even when he has that uncomfortable staring contest with a cobra…

No, the scene when ruthless Gestapo agent Toht gets his gory comeuppance at the end of the film – you know, when his eyes roll back like a couple of boiled eggs and he lets out a blood-curdling scream as his entire face dribbles off his skull. That bit. Just awesome.

Whether it left you with nightmares for weeks or just had you repeatedly hitting the re-wind button, celebrate one of the greatest deaths in all of cinema history with the Melting Toht Candle. Thankfully this detailed replica won’t melt quite as fast so you can really savour the moment.

Just light the wick to set the glorious melting process in motion – there’s no need to seek out the Ark of the Covenant and unceremoniously release its supernatural powers. Order it HERE


Maleficent – By My 4 Year Old Daughter *****

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My son has been writing reviews on this site for a few years now, he’s 8. We went to see Maleficent and although my wife and I thought it would be too scary for our 4 year old she was desperate to see it as she loves the Disney Princess series of features. After trying to explain a five star review system (a few times) she consistently gave it twenty stars. Here is her review…

Maleficent was like good. I loved the movie. I loved that Maleficent did good stuff. I loved all the powerful spells she did. I think Maleficent was beautiful and I loved her.

I liked it when Maleficent kissed Aurora, and when the fairies kept Aurora in the cottage and Maleficent visited.

Some bits were scary. The dragon bit and when Maleficent got angry, and some of the creatures in the forest. I liked it when Maleficent sent her armies to fight.

I love Maleficent because she’s from my favourite princess movie, Sleeping Beauty.

 


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Lights, Camera, Action

With the emergence of Electro, Spider-Man must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter Parker comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Two new featurettes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


Turkish Exorcist

Check out these clips from the Turkish version of The Exorcist… so bad it’s awesome.


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Ray Harryhausen Tribute Poster – Children of the Hydra

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Terminator 2 Judgment Day – An Interview with Stan Winston

Terminator 2_Arnold Schwarzenegger_Stan WinstonFor Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in addition to the T-1000 puppets and effects, Stan Winston Studio created a series of appliance makeups for Arnold Schwarzenegger that would reveal the 800-series Terminator’s deterioration through the course of the story, as well as animatronic Schwarzenegger puppets for gags that couldn’t be performed by the actor or his stunt man, and full-sized, articulated endoskeletons for an opening future war sequence.


World War Z – Official Trailer

Finally, after all the news of rewrites, set bust-ups and budget blow-outs, the trailer for World War Z is here… Brad Pitt stars in what will be the most mainstream zombie film ever. He plays a U.N. researcher determined to uncover the origins of a rampant zombie outbreak. The $180 million film reportedly ran into numerous problems, including an exploding budget, conflicts between producer/star Pitt and director Marc Forster, a script that went through a number of massive rewrites, and changing release dates… looks like it may have been worth the wait.


An American Werewolf in London – Poster Art


Wrath of the Titans – By my 6 Year Old Son *****

Wrath of the Titans is about Perseus fighting big monsters. Perseus is a half-god who fought the Kraken in Clash of the Titans. Perseus doesn’t want to fight anymore but his brother Aires and his uncle Hades capture his father Zeus and tie him up to two sticks covered with lava.

Perseus has to fight a giant two-headed hairy dragon called a Chimera, which breathes fire.

Perseus and the Queen go to an island where they meet 3 Cyclops giants. They are friendly.

Perseus has to go into the Underworld to save Zeus. In the Underworld all of the stone walls move which is like the Hogwarts stairs in Harry Potter. He rescues Zeus and they get chased by Kronos who is a giant lava monster.

MASSIVE SPOILERS. Hades changes sides and goes with Perseus and Zeus. Perseus kills Aires.

Zeus and Hades try to fight the lava monster but they can’t beat it, but Perseus puts all of their power weapons together into a spear and flies on Pegasus into the lava monsters mouth and kills it.

Zeus dies and Hades leaves at the end.


Oscars – VFX Shortlist

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Captain America: The First Avenger
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

If Doug Trumbull for Tree of Life and the guys from Rise of the Planet of the Apes aren’t on the shortlist, the Academy are as dumb and insular as ever…