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ArieScope’s NEWEST series “20 Seconds To Live” has arrived!

While I usually don’t watch them, one of my absolute favorite web-series as of late is something by one of my favorite directors. This web-series is called: “Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover“. [check out every season one episode over here] The concept is fairly simple – Adam has someone that either was in a horror film or made a horror film come to his ‘office’; and they just hang out, talk about movies, and have a typical “sleepover”. It’s essentially something I’d love to do; if I had more friends..famous friends. In one of the later episodes of Scary Sleepover‘s first season, [season two is coming in October!] there was a teaser for something new – something calling itself “20 SECONDS TO LIVE“.. According to it’s official website, the concept of this series is fairly simple: it’s an anthology web-series that dares it’s viewers to pay close attention, because no matter how the short story seems to begin, in exactly twenty seconds, someone’s going to die.. 20 SECONDS TO LIVE comes off as the horror/comedy series that is aimed at people who seem to hate happy endings. With each episode being somewhat short, [clocking in at just under five minutes] the feeling of the episode[s] seem quick and to the point; which is not a bad thing; in fact, I prefer it that way. Episodes are set to come out every Friday, and with this series quickly becoming a new favorite of mine, I’m excited for more – even though there’s only been one episode so far. Originally posted two days ago, [June 5th, 2015] this first episode is titled “Anniversary“, which should already have you curious as to how the story is going to play out..especially with death looming over everyone’s shoulder. Anniversary follows a married couple who are celebrating, – you guessed it – their anniversary. However, they are blindly unaware that someone is watching them from out of sight.. Be sure to check out ArieScope‘s official page for 20 SECONDS TO LIVE to keep updated with all the episodes – both released, and previews for the upcoming ones! If all this has caught your attention, and you’re a fan of the horror genre [if you’re not, I think you’re on the wrong site, buddy!]  you definitely need to watch the first episode of 20 SECONDS TO LIVE, and because I care; you can do so by clicking on the preview picture below! I promise, that it’s completely worth 20 Seconds of your time and it’s a ton of fun to watch; especially since you don’t know what’s going to happen in it! Anniversary _Episode1 Assuming you watched the episode above, how did it feel? Did you enjoy it and find yourself craving more? Or was it something that doesn’t feel like something you’d want to continue with? Let me know in a comment or two down below!  Also, if you found yourself to enjoy this piece of writing, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click the “like” button on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links and pictures that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me out a ton, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with family and friends!

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SPECIAL REVIEW: THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are that you saw this picture that I had posted a few days ago – stating that it was a “hint” to something new to come to warrenisweird. Now although movie reviews aren’t new, and are in fact something I do all the time, this film is a little different than the others for one reason: The House With 100 Eyes hasn’t been released yet on DVD/Blu-Ray: which – other than Netflix or the movie theater – is how I watch most films these days, especially as someone who collects movies.

Now before you jump at me about how I must have downloaded the film, or I “ripped” it, I want to nip these rumors at the bud and explain: I’ve actually been working with a distribution company called Artsploitation Films to receive ‘screener’ copies of their movies before it’s widespread release – which in return – I’ll review here on the blog. Bear in mind, not all of them are horror, but a good number of them will be, so don’t be surprised if one day I review something non-horror related movie. Being as they’re a company from the USA – and I’m in Canada – I also have to wait in order to get them mailed to my address, so patience is definitely a virtue here.

So there you it is; my “big secret” of the day, week, month, whatever you want to call it:  I will be reviewing a few films that haven’t been released yet, and this will become a more common thing around the blog. It just depends when the screener arrives, or if one is on the way. I hope this clears things up with what this new thing I’m going to be doing for a while now is, and hopefully you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing them! Please remember though, if you enjoy the review enough, and you find yourself interested, be sure to snag a copy of the film once they’re released, whether it’s DVD, Blu-Ray, digital copy, or however you see fit: it really does help the movie makers, which I’m a huge supporter of, and as movie fans: you should too. Obviously, this won’t be the only thing that happens on warrenisweird, but rather, a new ‘segment’ to the blog, for lack of a better term. Regular posts will still appear as often as possible, but for now, let’s move onto the main event of the day: the actual review of The House With 100 Eyes!

Meet Ed and Susan [above]. They are your typical suburban married couple. Susan is the perfect trophy-wife for someone like Ed, she seems to “get him”, and they do everything together.. everything. The House With 100 Eyes is their life story, where they attempt to create the ultimate “film” [for their dying fans!], complete with behind the scenes footage and even a director’s commentary – all the features you’d expect on a regular DVD: but that’s just extra, because everyone knows you’re here for their main attraction: The world’s first triple feature: Three victims, Three murders, One night!

Before even the first shot, we’re told that the film we are about to watch is ‘edited’ from an actual snuff film, that it was ‘found’ by the producers, and that it’s based on actual events; with religious music playing over the words. When the beginning of the movie officially starts, it feels fairly slow to set the pace. With Susan and Ed filming themselves in first person view, which the most of the movie is, Ed begins to tell the camera that they plan to make “an adult movie”. But of course, this is no ordinary movie, because it’s the most terrible type of film: a snuff film. Ed makes a comment or two about how they plan to go further than any other film of this nature has before by filming the entire process: from how they choose their victim to the “finale”. But like I said above, they change it up, and instead of one victim, they are including three victims, or as they refer to them, cast members. It gets almost scary in a sense because we hear Susan and Ed talk about killing people and filming the deaths just as they would if they were discussing something as natural as planting a tree or going for a leisurely stroll. It’s on the outside that they look like a normal, happy couple – but clearly that’s just a front to cover where evil truly lies.

Eventually, we learn that every day they can, our favorite couple drives the streets, looking for their “cast members” for their next “feature film” – telling people that they can make quick money. Along the way, we notice it’s not as easy as it seems to be made out to be: With a few either wanting to leave, or just plain ignore their offers of fast-cash. but after a few trial and errors, we meet Jamie, Crystal [as seen above], and Clutch. We see Ed lure them into his van with the promise of $500 for showing up to their show, and being as they are desperate for cash in a town they don’t know, the three agree to go back to Ed and Susan’s House. Once back at the home, [and after a few drinks] Susan and Ed waste no time introducing their ‘staff members’ to their homemade torture chamber[s] amongst the walls of the House. Jumping right into the action, they begin torturing and tormenting each one of them with smiling faces, and cameras everywhere[I took the “100 Eyes” to be the cameras] These victims go through a number of horrific experiences [including, but not limited to, cutting stomach fat out and being force-fed it] with what looks like no chance, or hope, of survival. The worst part is, there’s a high chance that no one will even know they are missing.. making the movie feel painfully real. Their will to survive push them to at least try to make it out alive, but we all know in horror films – except for a typical “final girl”, the rest are pretty well finished for good.. Scene by scene, Susan and Ed vent their pain, anger, and frustration at humankind onto their play-things – all while their 100 cameras are filming. If they’re lucky, maybe the fans will send them some cold, hard earned cash for their efforts; assuming it all went to plan.

The House With 100 Eyes is definitely not a movie for everyone: it’s brutal, it’s violent as all hell, and it’s terrifyingly real. Not surprisingly though, some scenes will offend some viewers, but fear not: it all has its place in the movie. With graphic violence, blood/gore, fast-paced action and a disturbingly evil feeling plot, It’s clear that Jim Roofthe writer and actor of Ed – was hoping to open people’s eyes to the depravity that is out there – no matter how much we deny it. and he succeeded. The film is clear with it’s showing that even a small cast is the perfect way to do a film like this, and with most of the movie taking place in the dark of night, visual effects and camera work are/is insanely good at feeling realistic – it just feels like it helps turn the “House” into a scary, creepy atmosphere for a killing floor! If this movie sounds interesting enough for you, I’ve included the trailer for the film down below, just be sure to check out THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES when it’s released on DVD and Blu-Ray June 16, 2015!

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THE FEAR IS SPREADING: a FIRST look at SINISTER 2!

Finally: something new to look at in regards to the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie: Sinister. Unlike most people I talk to, I actually enjoyed the first Sinister film, [I even wrote my thoughts about it over here] I loved it’s angles, it’s creepy kids, even Buhguul – he wasn’t like a typical horror monster to me. In my first post about Sinister, I talked about how it would make sense that there would be a sequel, since the 8mm tapes were still in the attic by the end of the film; making the film a cliff-hanger of sorts. Well, in typical horror movie fashion – we’re getting a Sinister II. Finally! Naturally, it’s still early, so we don’t know much though about Sinister II but an important note is that we do know that it’ll appear in theaters on August 21st, with an official trailer debuting on April 9th. [this upcoming Thursday – only two days away!]

kids are still creepy aren’t they?

We have a synopsis as well which proves that this sequel will take place after the first film, without any of the original characters returning. [sorry Ethan Hawke fans!] I don’t want to assume it takes place immediately after the first film, but the story of this sequel is as following:

“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity.”

The most important ‘clue’ we have so far about the film is that at WonderCon 2015, we were given a very short clip [roughly 15 seconds long] showing what seems to be expected from the film’s trailer. This clip, courtesy of Blumhouse Productions and Focus Features, reportedly scared the event’s attendees; which I’ll take as a positive reaction! [since we are talking about a horror film] The title card, which is the first picture of this post, was also revealed. Check out the clip that was revealed at the WonderCon below!

Based on what we saw in the clip above, I’m really hoping for the film to be as extreme and as entertaining, as the first Sinister. I say this because: we’re getting a new director, only one of the original writers is returning, and I felt like the clip had something to do with Children Of The Corn! [just me, anyone?] I just hope that the actual trailer shows that it isn’t changing the film’s formula/story. I’m also hoping for more information about Buhguul, and how he’s a Deity of Darkness; kidnapping kids at every opportunity to make them his own.

Of course the real question is how do you feel about a sequel to Sinister? Are you excited? or more concerned for what’s to come next? Let me know in a comment or two, either here, or on Facebook. Now please excuse me, as I prepare to re-watch the first film, since now I want to prepare for the Sinister 2 trailer coming up on Thursday..

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POP! VINYL has such sights to show you: TEN Vinyl Figures I NEED to order

Whether you know them by name, or just for their cutesy figures, Funko is a pop culture licensed-focused toy company that holds more than 150 licenses including: [but not limited to] Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, DC Comics, NBA, Sanrio, and Disney. They are considered the number one vinyl collectible seller in the world with over 10 million units sold in the last three years.. As it stands, I’m also a huge fan of these because they even make horror themed figures, making some of our scariest and feared characters, into adorable cuddly guys. Who would have thought you could want to cuddle with characters like Pinhead from Hellraiser? I certainly didn’t.. Unfortunately, I only own one [with plans to get more] right now, one of Beetlejuice; which happens to be one of my favorite Tim Burton films. [see my figure here]

This got me thinking; I know there’s figures for many movies, but just how many of them do I really want; and given the chance; how much is it going to cost me? I decided to pay a trip to Funko website and see just what kind of figures they offer. Maybe this can be taken as an almost catalog of sorts, mentioning the items I want – but probably won’t be getting.. at least for a long time. Keeping with the horror-theme of the blog, I will be sharing only the horror themed figures that I like. So here we go: the 10 Pop! figures I desperately want. [note: many of the figures are $9.99]


A Nightmare On Elm Street : Freddy Krueger

as obvious as obvious gets, A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of, if not my, favorite horror film. Freddy is both terrifying with his burns and claw glove, but he’s also so adorable you want to pinch his cheek..but with burns like that, the skin might peel sorry..that’s gross! With a cheap price of only $9.99, how could you possibly go wrong?!

[order Freddy Krueger here!]


Trick ‘r Treat : Sam

Trick ‘r Treat is to many, including myself, the definitive Halloween film. It’s funny, it can be scary, and it even has a moral behind it! the figure of Sam, [short for Samhain] is as adorable as he is in film. Though with that logic, he’s probably as dangerous as he is in film as well. If you want Sam as much as I do, he’s gonna run you $12.99 and is available for preorder now: with shipping dates starting in July.

[pre-order Sam here!]


SAW : Billy

perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve always found Billy to be the real unsung hero of the Saw films. In theory, he is the one who tells the victims how to save themselves so they can go on with their lives.. that’s heroism, isn’t it? Just me? sigh. Anyway, Billy comes as just the character without his signature tricycle, but looks just as menacing as always. Coming in at $9.99, Billy is here to help you make a decision: buy or die!

[order Billy the Puppet here!]


House Of 1000 Corpses : Captain Spaulding

now, anyone who’s seen House Of 1000 Corpses knows that Spaulding is fucking crazy. with his laugh, his creepy American clown suit, and his damn good chicken; It isn’t until the film’s sequel, The Devil’s Rejects that Spaulding really shines. Easily one of the most vicious killers on this list. Captain Spaulding will cost you a grand total of $9.99

[order Captain Spaulding here!]


Scream : Ghostface

as proven by my last post, Scream has officially become a newer favorite [I had only seen it once before, and that was a while ago..] The craziness of the film as a whole, the horror movie references, and most of all: the screams. Ghostface is one of a kind, and with his vinyl figure being so cute, I can only imagine a horde of them running at me. At only $9.99, Ghostface is essential; especially being my new found love in horror.

[order Ghostface here!]


Frankenstein : Frankenstein’s Monster

arguably the coolest classic monster film, [and my favorite] Frakenstein is pretty bad-ass. Even this figure captures his creepy, signature walk with his “zombie walk” hands up. Usually, I’d complain about the fact that he should be in black and white, but the real reason he’s not – is because he glows in the dark! For that reason, Frankie is going to cost you a little more at $19.99 !

[order Frankenstein here!]


The Bride Of Frankenstein : Frankenstein’s Bride

Naturally, if I was going to buy Frankenstein, I’d probably be the type to order both, and get his Bride as well. I’d have them sharing a shelf, standing side-by-side: because as with Frankie, his wife glows in the dark too! Of course, the glow in the dark aspect raises the price, so this pretty lady is going to cost you $16.99

[order Bride Of Frankenstein here!]


Army Of Darkness : Ash

Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy is one of my favorite horror heroes, he’s even got a chainsaw for a hand.. if that’s not convincing enough; he also has his signature boomstick, which is a selling point alone for me. Being as he’s a popular figure, he’s a little on the steep side at a whopping $12.99 , but if you like Evil Dead enough, you’ll find a reason to buy it. I know I will..

[order Ash here!]


The Crow : The Crow

does The Crow count as horror? ..Cause I’m going to count it as horror. I haven’t seen the film in years, but I’d certainly grab it on DVD if I had the chance. The real reason I’d get it though would be to honor Brandon Lee‘s untimely death, because as cliche as it sounds – it happened too soon.. Time will tel how the remake will be; after all, Tom Hilddleson is in talks to play Draven.. but that’s a story for another day. Either way, this figure will cost you a grand total of $8.99 which is a steal, compared to some of the others on this list.

[order Crow here!]


The Silence Of The Lambs : Hannibal Lecter

Before the TV show Hannibal, the character was in a film that horror fans should know by name already; The Silence Of The Lambs. Or as I called it, just another movie that scared the crap out of me when I was younger. The coolest thing about this figure is the fact that he’s got the face mask on, and he’s strapped to the dolly/chair device. making him as dangerous as he is cute.. so long as he doesn’t eat my liver with a nice chianti.. you’re looking at $9.99 to not get eaten by this man.

[order Hannibal Lecter here!]


Through picking and choosing through ten Pop! Vinyl figures that I like, and would want to buy, I’ve only come to one real conclusion: I better have enough cash to buy them all! and these are just the horror ones! Obviously, this is just a taste of what Funko has to offer, with bobble-heads, figures, and even stuffed figures known as “Fabrikations” ! They’re a really cool company I strongly recommend looking into; even if you feel the need to spend tons of money! So now I turn to you, the reader, which figure[s] would you want to order? Are you all about the glow in the dark Frankenstein, or maybe Pinhead? Maybe one I didn’t even mention?! Let me know in the comment section below:

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LADY GAGA to star in American Horror Story: Season 5

Whether you love it, or you hate it, American Horror Story is a show that is everything I could want from a TV show revolved around the horror genre. [even if I’m behind and still haven’t watched “Freak Show” yet..] It’s creepy, the story telling tends to be nothing short of amazing, and the visual effects are always stunning!

However, today’s big news is not only the casting of Gaga, [which is still a shock to me] but also the big reveal of Season 5’s central theme. For those that don’ watch the show, each season of American Horror Story has a different subtitle, [season 1 was just American Horror Story, season 2 was known as “Asylum”, season 3 was “Coven”, and season 4 was “Freak Show”] but, according to Gaga, the subtitle for this year is “Hotel” which, if 100% true; knocks out the fan theory that was scattered over the Internet, which was that Season 5 was going to cover a fallout of chemical warfare. By the title, it seems as if we are instead getting something a little closer to themes from The Shining.

With Lady Gaga officially signed on, this can be considered her first major acting role,  even if she did make small cameos in films such as Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Obviously, at the moment, the details revolving around season 5 are scarce, but chances are that Her role is a slightly bigger one this time around, mainly considering the fact that Jessica Lange is no longer in the show. Be sure to check out Lady Gaga‘s teaser video that she left on Twitter below!

Realistically though, I’m still not sure how I feel about this, I mean – I’m sure Lady Gaga can pull it off, with how weird she is [that’s a compliment!] but I just hope she isn’t replacing Jessica Lange entirely. I understand that Lange is done with the show as whole, but her acting is always on point and she’s clearly the star of the show’s last 4 seasons! How do you feel about Lady Gaga joining American Horror Story? Is it the greatest idea yet? or something that shouldn’t be happening at all? Let me know in a comment or two, or even over on Facebook. While you’re over there, why not hit that “like” button a few times, and share the page with friends and family? By “liking” the page, you get access to articles and pictures NOT found on the actual blog, which can always be seen as plus! STAY WEIRD, and as always:

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“EVIL DEAD” creator SAM RAIMI is DIRECTING..

I’m a fan of the original Evil Dead trilogy. Hell, I even loved the Evil Dead remake! So it’s no wonder that I’m extremely excited for the new TV series from STARZ: Ash vs Evil Dead. Not much is known about the show yet, although we do know it will continue the adventures of Ash, with two new sidekicks. [played by Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo] If that’s not enough to get you excited about the show, we even have a plot mapped out which is as follows:


“We are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.”


Now the real reason I’m explaining all this [if you haven’t figured it out by now] is that Sam Raimi, the original creator of the Evil Dead series, is slated to direct the first episode of the new Ash vs Evil Dead show! The script was written with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio, and Tom Spezialy as well! Sam Raimi will also be acting as the series’ executive producer [being the creator of the characters, etc] along with Rob Tapert, Campbell and DiGregorio coming to serve as executive producers. Obviously, this is fantastic news; as it should be keeping the feeling of Evil Dead alive – no pun intended.

“fucking yeeeeeees!”

With ten -30 minute- episodes ordered for the show, principal filming is slated to start this April in New Zealand with a planned Halloween 2015 series debut on Starz media. I just have to hope it heads to Netflix too, since I don’t exactly have cable at the apartment.. According to Bruce Campbell, these “new” deadites are very clever, saying that they are not “stupid shufflers”. He’s also mentioned that they can mimic people; and even drive cars!

Ultimately, Ash vs Evil Dead is still in production, [October is at least 8 months away ] but at the very least, this news is enough to satisfy me for now.. what about you guys? Are you feeling as excited as I am about the news involving series creator Sam Raimi directing the first official episode? Let me know in a comment or two, or even on Facebook. And while you’re over on Facebook, be sure to hit that “like” button and tell your family and friends!

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Attack On Titan 2015: Godzilla is NOTHING compared to THESE Titans!

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[seriously. if you haven’t seen this series, DO it ASAP!]

Though I’m not into anime as much as I used to be, [I’m fairly picky with what I watch now-a-days]  one series in particular had me gripped from the very beginning: Attack On Titan. In fact, I’m so excited, I just had to share these official teaser poster[s] for it’s live-action adaptation! [for those purists: the original anime is also on Netflix!]

Based on what the writers to this two-part live action movie had to say, the Titans are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla. [to put that into perspective, the Titans in this film stand at a whopping 120m as opposed to the 108m Godzilla in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film] and that’s not even the best part; unlike most monster movies these days, the live action adaptation of Attack On Titan‘s Titans will be a mix of both CGI and practical Special FX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro. This means the effects of said Titans are going to have the same feeling as Jurassic Park‘s dinosaurs. If you haven’t heard of the show, haven’t watched it, or you just aren’t aware of the story that the film is going to follow, the plot is as follows:

“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”

the entire cast has been revealed for Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese film [meaning it’ll be dubbed, no doubt] in a series of character banners. There will also be a wide variety of new characters, which is pretty exciting if you ask me! The characters look fan-fucking-tastic and I’m extremely excited for this to be released. Below, I have included all the released character banners for your viewing pleasure: [13 character posters total] and then at the very end of this post; you’ll see our enemy – I mean, that Titan looks fucking huge!













Usually, this would be the part where I explain the part I’m most excited for in this film and/or what I’m hoping they include.. [from the source material, in this case; the original manga] but, I don’t want to spoiler anything for anyone in the middle of watching the series, or that are currently reading the manga.  I will say this though, I sincerely hope they add more than just the one Titan. [which can be seen on a poster below] I have the highest of hopes for this film, which will be released in Summer 2015, so long as it holds strong to the original anime. [which I have a sudden urge to watch now]

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words CANNOT describe how excited I am for this..

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Hotel Transylvania 2’s “Vlad” finally surfaces!

Go ahead and say what will, but I actually really enjoyed 2012’s Hotel Transylvania. It was a family styled animation, that played off classic Hollywood Monsters; such as the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The film followed Dracula, [voiced perfectly by Adam Sandler] who runs a high-class resort far away from the world of humans,  who drives himself into overprotective father mode when a young human boy stumbles into the resort and falls for the Count’s teen daughter. Obviously, [like most family films] it ends on a high and happy note, with everyone getting along; including Dracula and Jonathan, [the human] even leaving some room for a sequel – and what a sequel we are getting! Without a trailer yet, the film is slated for release on September 25th, 2015.

Last week, [December 3rd, 2014] news broke loose that Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy– and Emmy– award winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer [sheesh! what a mouthful, am I right?] Mel Brooks will in fact, be in Hotel Transylvania 2.. and as Vlad, Dracula‘s father, none the less; some [but not many] pictures have surfaced online from the upcoming film including one of Mr. Brooks in the role of Vlad – the ancient, undead [and extremely] grumpy father to Sandler‘s Dracula character. If you haven’t heard about the film yet, the plot for the Hotel Transylvania 2 is as follows:

Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan the human and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, the Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”

Mel Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after writing/directing the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – has said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.” If that doesn’t get you excited, check out our first look at Vlad in the screenshot below!

Hell, Vlad even looks like Mel Brooks [look at the above image, and then click here to compare the two] I’m just hoping that the second film is as fun as the first one, which it should be, with all it’s quirky humor: with Sandler being executive-producer on set. According to producer Michelle Murdocca, Jonathan found Dracula quite intimidating in the original Hotel Transylvania movie, [and the movie proves that really well] but by the time the sequel comes around, he’s really weirded out by Vlad. Murdocca mentioned how “He [Vlad] actually lives in a cave — he’s about as old school as it gets. So when he comes and sees that Dracula is running a hotel, he’s like, ‘What is going on here?’ ”

How do you feel about Mel Brooks joining the cast of Hotel Transylvania 2? More importantly, how do you feel about the idea of Vlad coming in this installment into [what could turn into] this franchise? Let me know in a comment or two! If you haven’t seen the first film yet, I strongly recommend it – it’s a strong family film with tons of humor, and horror references to even the classic monster films we all know and love!

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Sideshow Collectibles & Hot Toys to release EXTREME Ichabod Crane figure!

I wish I could say otherwise, but I still haven’t seen FOXTV‘s rendition of Sleepy Hollow; [I know, I know! yell at me later.. I’m behind, I get it!] even though the story is one of my favorites. this would have to mean that Tim Burton‘s film adaptation of the classic story – is one of my favorite Tim Burton films. I just feel that Sleepy Hollow is one of the best stories for Burton, and let’s not forget young and youthful Johnny Depp! the film was perfect. So when Sideshow Collectibles let loose that there will be a figure of Depp‘s Ichabod Crane being released over here, I just had to share my love and desire for it. below, I’ve included [the entire] official product description, which is also broken down into various sections:

Since its first publication in 1820, Sleepy Hollow has been a popular story in American fiction. In 1999 master storyteller Tim Burton wove an eerie and enchanting version of the classic tale of horror starring Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, an eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderous Headless Horseman. Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are delighted to present the Sleepy Hollow sixth scale Ichabod Crane Collectible Figure. The movie-accurate Ichabod Crane Sixth Scale Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Johnny Depp in the film and features a newly developed head sculpt, an elegantly-tailored costume, and a number of highly detailed accessories which Ichabod uses in the movie.

the goods don’t just stop there though, this figure has a fucking ton of features which include [taken from the official site]:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow
  • Head sculpt with realistic facial expression, detailed wrinkles, and skin texture
  • One interchangeable hair sculpt [for when he’s wearing the goggles]
  • Ichabod stands at approximately 30 cm [12 inches] tall
  • Body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Eight pieces of interchangeable palms:
    One pair of relaxed palms
    One pair of partially clenched palms
    One right palm for holding pistols
    One right palm for holding scissors
    One right palm for holding accessories
    One left palm for holding book
  • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:

  • One white shirt
  • One white cravat
  • One black vest
  • One black jacket
  • One black long coat
  • One pair of black boots

Weapon:

  • One pistol

Accessories:

  • One black satchel with rising tray
  • One pair of goggles with one interchangeable magnifying lens
  • One white apron
  • One small book
  • Two magnifying glasses
  • Eight pieces of forensics tools
  • Nine bottles in various sizes
  • Figure stand with Ichabod Crane nameplate and Sleepy Hollow logo

just one of the many pictures released of the figure!

the lovely Ichabod toy [it’s not a toy, Mom! it’s an “action figure”!] is available for pre-order over on their website for a grand total of $234.99 [or $58.75 a month, depending on the payment  plan you go with] and is expected to be released officially in August 2015, which is surprisingly sooner than I would have expected!

So now I look to you. do you enjoy collecting figures? if you do, which ones do you have? I’ll collect them sometimes, depending on what the figure is – and this one is certainly a “want” of mine for the year! be sure to check out Sideshow Collectibles for more awesome pop culture figures.. just make sure you have a heavy wallet first, as some of the toys [FIGURES] are expensive – for good reason.

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Nosferatu remake in the works?

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To this day, it actually surprises me that there hasn’t been remakes of the silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony Of The Night. The film — which came out in 1922, still holds the title of being one of the creepiest vampire stories ever put to screen. However, many film enthusiasts feel that, while the 1922 film was as creepy as it gets, [especially for a silent film!] a newer and updated version would be a fantastic idea! and there’s only one man in the people’s minds for Count Orlok; none other than Doug Jones. [who fans know as the man behind the masks, in Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, etc]

David Lee Fisher seems to think Doug is the right candidate too as he’s just launched a Kickstarter campaign for something he calls “Nosferatu: The Feature Film Remix starring Doug Jones with even a picture of Jones with [what looks to be] a new and improved looking Count Orlok!

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yes? no? comment why or why not!

Over on the Kickstarter page, Fisher had this to say about his plans to remake the classic vampire film:

“The goal of this project is to produce a feature-length, faithful homage to this classic masterpiece through use of an updated story structure, plot pacing, visual effects, and importantly sound and music,” says Fisher. “We believe this ‘fresh take on an old tale’ will bring something new to devoted fans and excite an entire new generation of audiences as well.”

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With the film getting closer and closer to it’s last day to back the project, if you like the idea of a new Nosferatu film, now is the time to act! the real question however, lies with you: are you going to help back this project, therefore; helping it get made? Do you feel that Doug Jones is the right candidate for the job of the infamous Count Orlok? If not, who would you chose for the role? Let me know in a comment or over on Facebook!

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