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GET OVER HERE.. Because Ghana Made Their OWN “MORTAL KOMBAT” Film!

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The Mortal Kombat films have had quite an interesting history. Between having a massively successful initial first film back in 1995 – which I absolutely love – there was its atrocious sequel from 1997 that and even a TV series in 1998 called Mortal Kombat: Conquest. Because of how badly these were received, MK fans did not get another film/TV show for a long time, probably out of fear of getting even worse reviews, until the gritty and darker toned 2011 webseries called Mortal Kombat: Legacy came along. Legacy took the internet by storm and sparked hope for a newer [and understandably gorier] film, which has since been confirmed with James Wan as one of the Producers. This makes sense, because as horror fans know, Wan is one of the original producers of the SAW franchise.

While we wait for that newer and gorier entry, fans of the series can take solace in the fact that Ghana – of all places – has created their own film adaptation of Mortal Kombat, and it looks like it was created by a small group of fans of the video game series. What I am trying to say is it looks bad..really bad. The quality is abysmal, and the acting is absolutely atrocious. The special/visual effects are about as good as what you could expect to see on PlayStation 1, but it is fairly clear that the “actors” have a lot of heart and after watching this “version” of Mortal Kombat, it became fairly obvious that those involved have a deep and loving appreciation for the game series and its lore. Remember, this is not the Mortal Kombat you know, but it definitely falls into the “so bad it’s good” category of films. For these reasons, I love the fact that so much soul and dedication went into making it. Even if it is a terrible final product.

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It should also be noted that in Ghana there are two different studio approaches: Ghallywood and Kumawood. Ghallywood is the equivalent of Hollywood, and is the more serious of the two – releasing higher budget films that tend to use English as their main language. However Kumawood, almost never has a script written and the actors involved are generally improvising on the spot. There’s other differences, like budget and culture, which you can read about here. Based on this knowledge, it is safe to say that this version of Mortal Kombat was made by Kumawood. Want to get your own feel for Ghana‘s film? Let me enlighten you by checking out the trailer below!

Needless to say, if you are not a fan of terrible movies – especially ones that were already terrible to begin with – you probably will not enjoy watching Ghana‘s Mortal Kombat film. It definitely did not have the largest budget, but until James Wan releases even a tease as to the version of Mortal Kombat that he is part of, we – the viewers – will have to settle for less than appealing versions of the series. As always, now I ask: what are Your thoughts on Ghana‘s version of Mortal Kombat? Was it something that you could see yourself watching? Or would you not be able to take it seriously, especially with its less than small budget? Let me know your thoughts in a comment or two! Be sure to also follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 180+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too! Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends!

I’ve also been writing way more reviews on my Letterboxd account, this is because I’m trying to review every single movie I watch  – with each review [usually] posted the very next day after viewing! Are you interested yet? Check me out over there and click that “follow” button! I’m just bound to follow you back because I like reading other people’s thoughts on film, as well as writing reviews myself!

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easter eggs — who put that there??

Putting an easter egg in a movie is a practice that supposedly began with the film Rocky Horror Picture Show. The story goes that the cast decided to have a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt during filming and some actors hid the eggs so well that they weren’t all found and ultimately, lead to some being visible during some of the movie’s scenes. [you learn something new everyday, right?]

Sometimes an easter egg is added as an homage, while other times it’s just for fun. Sometimes, it’s the director making a cameo, or even adding characters from their previous films. Companies like PIXAR and DISNEY are notorious for adding small secrets in their films – so long as you’ll take the time to look. [such as adding Mickey Mouse’s head into each Disney film]

In this post, I’m going to point out a few of my favorite easter eggs. due to the nature of what I’m about to show you, SPOILERS are certainly strong in this one so read ahead at your own discretion. When you’re ready, go on and read ahead!

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Rob Zombie‘s The Haunted World Of el Superbeasto was an odd film: it featured a masked hero who fights Doctor Satan with his tough as nails sister. [seen above] to add to it’s weirdness – there was horny robots, a lot of sex, and a cameo from Captain Spaulding himself! [look out for Otis as well!] f you haven’t seen this film, check it out ASAP. just know it’s different from Zombie‘s usual stuff

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chances are, if you’re a horror fan like myself, you’ve seen Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn. It’s sort of a reboot of the classic The Evil Dead, with a nicer story/budget, and it lines up perfectly for Army Of Darkness to start. In the scene where Ash is getting his iconic chainsaw, look carefully at the wall. [or just look a the picture] Fans of The Nightmare On Elm Street franchise will recognize Freddy Krueger‘s glove, hanging beside the door – in all it’s glory.

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Here’s an interesting one for all you foreign film enthusiasts — if you’ve seen the Norwegian film Dead Snøw, chances are you know what I’m about to mention. In the film, a group of nazi zombies terrorize a small collection of teenagers who have decided to spend their Easter holiday on the mountain. The easter egg, however, is through the character Erlend. [as seen above] as you can clearly see; Erlend is wearing a Braindead shirt. his death scene is closely reminiscent of how the first person dies in the film Braindead.


Through looking at easter eggs, I feel like we get a small glimpse into the mind of the director/writer of the film. We get to see nods to other films. I believe people will always find new hidden gems in movies, especially ones like these. what are some of your favorite easter eggs? did I miss some painfully obvious ones? obviously, I went the horror route, but that doesn’t mean you do too. Let me know in a comment or even over on Facebook!

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JOURNAL #5: “learning why Spider-Man will always be my hero.”

I’ve mentioned it before but Spider-Man is my favorite superhero – He has been since I was five years old. I’ve watched all the movies, I read the comics, and yes I even love the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. [I have the whole series on DVD!]  just watching him swing around, beat up bad guys, and make terrible jokes has made me into the person I am now. Last night however, I had the pleasure in [finally] watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2  and it got me thinking, why else do I like this character? I thought about it long and hard, and have come to some conclusions why I would choose Spidey over the likes of Superman or Batman any day. Please be aware – this post will have spoilers for the Spider-Man movies, comic books, and the character in general. Otherwise, if you’re okay with spoilers and other super hero stuff, read on!

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like many of my favorite characters, Spider-Man is extremely fallible. I mean, sure – he has super powers [does whatever a Spider can], and he has the smarts; but ultimately – Peter Parker [depending on what form of Spider-Man you read/watch] is just a kid. He’s been Spider-Man since he was a young teen, and has grown both as a hero and a person. He’s not like Iron Man or Batman in the sense that he doesn’t have a ton of money [before being hired by Tony Stark – in the comics – he just took pictures of himself as Spider-Man and sent them to The Daily Bugle for some cash] or really – anyone.

Peter Parker has gone through a lot – both as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. from losing [more than one of] his loved ones [his parents, Uncle Ben, Gwen, etc], to feeling lost, to losing himself to the dark of his mind [read the venom symbiote story-arc], to even dying.. more than once too! It shows that even as a young man, he can push through the hardest of situations: and for that, I applaud you.

There’s also the most important part of him, which is what I take from him most: his humor. As we all know, Peter Parker – before the Spider-Man days – was a nerd. he had next to no friends, no one acknowledged him other than his family [Aunt May/Uncle Ben] and they always told him he was more than enough for anyone. When he became Spider-Man, it’s almost as if through becoming a hero, he became someone new. He jokes [almost insults] with villains while he battles them, even when he’s at the brink of death, he still makes time to make a joke out of things [SPOILER: like in Amazing Spider-Man 2, when Electro knocks him down and he’s clearly dying and his first words are “I hate this song”]

It’s through this humor [I like to believe anyway] that he manages to push through the bad, and turn it into something good. [which is something I do all the time, thanks to The Web-Head] even if he helps tons of people, he still lets Uncle Ben/Gwen Stacy’s death linger over his head – but somehow he manages to push forward, hoping one day – he can make it up to them. It’s reasons like this he left The Fantastic Four and quit The New Avengers – the more he cares about someone, the more likely they will die. No doubt he’s bound to blame himself.

In the end though, Spider-Man is still [swinging] around, but it’s not Peter Parker; not anymore. [he died in issue 700] we now have a new Spider-Man, who is none other than Miles Morales – who Peter actually gave his blessing to.  [see Miles’ costume above] I haven’t read any of the Morales time-line but at some point [hopefully soon] I plan to, because although I grew up with Peter Parker, I will gladly accept a new Spider-Man who has been passed the torch by Parker himself.

In all seriousness though, I want to thank you Spider-Man for being my hero. You’ve made me into the man I am today: making me live by the famous words of Uncle Ben: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, and without you – I would never have become the person I am now. I may not have super powers, but through your life and your hardships, I’ve learned to be a better person – and to be strong even in the hardest of times.

THANK-YOU.

welcome home. [RIP]

 

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with great power, comes great responsibility.

learning to escape reality through video games

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When you think of the term “video game”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Call Of Duty? QBert? [points to you if you know QBert] For most of us, gaming didn’t really become a thing until the NES, or better known as Nintendo Entertainment System. One of my fondest gaming memories is playing Super Mario Brothers on the NES with my cousin and my sister, it was a great way to escape the harsh realities of being a kid; with such struggles like homework, life at home, or [in my case] dealing with bullies. It was through the Mario Brothers that made me feel like I was invincible [and not just because of the Star ingame]

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As I grew older, so did my gaming consoles — I eventually began ‘evolving’ as a gamer. These gaming systems became [and still are to this date] something special to me, helping me delve deeper into a world that makes you feel special, or important. Video games for me only really started taking ahold of me in grade 4 – which was when I got my Nintendo 64. Look in the collage above, do you see it? here let me make it easier for you: [read on!] It was the first time I was introduced to the game series/franchise which still remains my favorite of all time: The Legend Of Zelda. I started with Ocarina Of Time – which may explain my strong love for it – and I have been moving forward with the series ever since.

Ocarina Of Time was the first game ever to make me feel important as a non-existent character, I’m not just 8-bit Mario jumping on turtle shells; I’m actually on an adventure – defeating huge scale bosses/enemies – to stop an evil demon king from trying to take over the land!

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As I mentioned before, I used to see gaming as an escape from everyday life – bullies used to push me around at school. a lot. but as soon as I got home, I was ‘the Chosen one’ who was destined to save the world! although I feared for school the next day, I was excited as heck to get back home to my room and ‘become’ my favorite video game character. Now a days, I’m an adult – last I checked – but I still play video games. Although I usually play more ‘mature’ games such as Wolfenstein or Splatterhouse, [I’m talking about the remake on the Xbox360] I will always have a soft spot for the Zelda series.

In the end, it really shouldn’t matter what games you play, or what kind of gamer you are: as long as you’re happy playing it, fuck everyone else’s opinion. I just wish someone told me that as a kid – and if someone did tell me that – I wish I would have listened. You can have the ‘best console’ with ‘the best graphics’ but nothing will compare to the classics of yesteryear, like Mario, QBert, or Legend Of Zelda. just think, all these feelings I have about video gaming started with two little Italian Plumbers: Mario and his brother Luigi.

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join me tomorrow when I write a top 5 list I’ve been dreading since I started watching horror films: “warrenisweird’s top 5 clowns in horror films”. I don’t know why I do these things to myself – is it the thrill of fear? I don’t even know..

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film study: classic film[s] VS their remake counterparts

As a self-proclaimed ‘movie nerd’, It’s no surprise that I get [even a little bit] offended when a movie I love ends up getting itself a remake. the word “remake” when it comes to film generally translates as “a newer version of an older film”. and while I have been known to like some remakes, [more on this later] a lot of the time – they’re just plain terrible; and not in a “so bad, it’s good” kind of way. Things like this just bother me. I often talk about how Hollywood is out of ideas, and things like this just further prove my point [there really is no originality anymore: so they “borrow” old films and put a small change in it, so they can call it “a new imagining” ugh..] The worst offenders in this are foreign films. From the classic revenge film Oldboy getting an “American-ized” reboot last year [when the original was only 10 years old too!] to the latest talks of Audition getting it’s own “American version”. [I know, I don’t like it either..]

[couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Englund!]

As I mentioned above, sometimes the remake is considered ‘better’ than the original film – as rare as this may sound, it does happen. An excellent example of this is the recent Evil Dead remake. For those that don’t know, The Evil Dead [1981] is one of my favorite films ever. When I first heard of a remake being made of it, I got scared.. and a little angry – I mean, the original is a cult classic! The trailers looked [at most] ‘somewhat adequate’ in my eyes, but decided to give it a chance; the selling point to me was when even Bruce Campbell said that he was helping produce this remake, and that he is proud of the final product. I left that cinema in awe of what I just saw; the visuals just blew my mind, and knowing that they avoided using CGI as much as possible – I gotta say, it was not at all what I expected [I praise the hell out of this remake: not to mention my love for Jane Levy] not like the atrocious 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street reboot: I won’t even begin to describe my dislike for that ‘film’. that remake deserves an entire post dedicated to how bad it was. seriously. I understand the ‘darker tone’ they were going for, and I love Jackie Earle Haley [in no way was this bomb of a film his fault], but let’s face the facts: 2010 Freddy looked like a fucking wet fish gasping for air. [see the comparison between the two below!]

I can’t be the only one who prefers Englund‘s Freddy..right?

Ultimately, I can’t stop film makers from making remakes/reboots/whatever you want me to call them – as Hollywood seems to stand right now, it’s not easy to come up with something original anymore [until someone right out claims the writers stole their idea: just look at what happened with Men In Black 3!] So now I turn to you – the reader[s] – how do you feel about movie remakes? are they worthwhile, or just an originality killer? Leave me a comment below with your favorite [and least favorite] movie remake. Just because I used horror films as my choices does not mean you have to as well. In the end, a remake is a remake – whether or not it’s good, is left to the audience.

THANKS FOR READING.

 

underrated movie of the day: Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

When you think the term ‘horror icon’, who do you think of? Freddy? Jason? maybe even Michael Myers or Ash from Evil Dead? well, how would you react if I told you of another icon? someone no one has really heard of. He uses a farming scythe as a weapon, and loves an audience.. his name is Leslie Vernon: this guy – here.


Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon is a special gem that found itself released on DVD in 2006 and was received with little to no reviews. Unfortunately for our friend Leslie, Many people didn’t ‘get’ what the film was trying to show and ultimately disregarded it as a whole. For the fans that did get it, it was perfection. Taking place in a world where Freddy, Jason [and probably Ash] exist, Vernon is an aspiring ‘villain’ who looks up to these characters. The film is a ‘mockumentary’ which plays out quite nicely for those watching, especially since sometimes – it’s left to the viewer to imagine what’s going to happen next. We even get shown [by Leslie, himself] how he sets up traps for his ‘victims’ and most importantly: why Cardio is so important for an aspiring killer! [can’t let those victims run loose!]

But the best part of this film isn’t that it’s a horror, not the fact that it’s a ‘mockumentary’; but the fact that there is so many familiar faces that appear in the film! From horror fan favorites like Kane Hodder, Zelda Rubinstein [RIP], and even Freddy himself – Robert Englund; this film is bound to attract the horror fan in all of us; that is what makes this film so damn special.

Unfortunately, the film ends on a cliffhanger. and although a sequel/prequel: aptly called Before The Mask: The Return Of Leslie Vernon has been planned [for almost 2 years now..] ,the writers/director is struggling to make ends meet to make it happen. There was a Kickstarter set up for it as well, but that closed when they only reached about 40% of the money they were hoping to get. The only real saving grace we have on Leslie‘s return is that Robert Englund has officially stated that he will be returning for it – regardless of it’s current situation.


 

cone on Leslie, come wreak havoc on the town once more..

So if you’re into horror, I strongly recommend this film. It’s also on Netflix so you have literally no excuse not to see it [unless of course, you don’t like horror] It’s fun, it has scary moments, and it has a lot of familiar faces! I guess only time will tell if we get to see Leslie go on another killing spree. Especially since it’s struggling to be made. I have strong hope that it’ll pull through, even it only lands on DVD/Blu-Ray; I just need more Leslie Vernon in my life.. The Rise Of Leslie Vernon made sure of that.

“they’re here!” [oh wait, wrong Zelda Rubinstein film..my bad]

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WELCOME TO WARRENISWEIRD !

So here we are: the first post of warrenisweird. I was actually planning to make this blog for a while now, but never really [unfortunately] found the time – that or I would put it off for some stupid reason. Either way, it has begun. Assuming you didn’t read the “about the author” page in the menu, I’m Warren and I’m pretty weird. I like horror movies, cartoons, comic books and even enjoy writing film reviews over on Letterboxd.

Now, this post will hopefully be kept relatively shorter than others will be since it is the first [of many] post. But, because it’s the first post — I thought I’d share just a few of the [many] ideas I plan on ‘blogging’ about on here on warrenisweird:


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#1] personal ‘adventures’ in my own life : the main focus of this blog. by this, I mean I will be talking about what I – Warren – am up to in my own life every so often, sounds boring, I know; but I like the ideal of writing in part as an almost ‘journal’.

#2] film and ‘geekery’ : this one is a bit tricky since this is what I wrote about on my ‘original‘ blog [found here]. I say this is ‘tricky’ because I will be talking about filmography on here as well, but not as much as I did on the last blog; I will be talking about my thoughts on films as well [I may write short reviews on here but full film reviews will remain on my Letterboxd account: found here]

#3] occasionally, I will do top 5, top 10, etc lists/challenges : every so often, [depending on my work schedule] there will be top 5 [or even 10] lists for various things, such as ‘Warren’s top 5 horror films’ or ‘Warren’s top 10 childhood cartoons’ . [and obviously – many, many other lists of sorts]


so there it is, a [fairly drawn out] welcome post to warrenisweird. I will be posting as often as I can, but with a fairly busy job – this can be troublesome at times. Catch me on my next post, which will be everyone’s favorite, the infamous: ‘5 things about the author!’