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Film Study: “Batman Returns” [1992] Is ACTUALLY A Horror Film!

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Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a fairly large fan of Tim Burton. Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated with films like Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks!, and of course; The Nightmare Before Christmas. Although I was not born until three years later, in the year 1989, Tim Burton gave the world his vision of Batman, the first version of the character on screen in over [at the time] 20 years! The film starred Michael Keaton as the title character, and the film went on to earn over $400 million in the box office: a number so staggering that pushed it to become the fifth highest grossing film ever. [In its time] With it, came a new franchise that spawned three more films/sequels over nearly a decade, which comes to a combined total of over $1 billion at the box office. During its release, Batman was praised for being a dark and gritty take on the character that were previously seen as cheesy. Burton’s film[s] were rated PG-13, a way of letting parents know that the tone/atmosphere was not meant for children. Even though Batman brought us the maniacal Joker, played expertly by Jack Nicholson, it was not until 1992’s Batman Returns that truly jumped into the darkness of the character as well as the scarier and more vicious nature of the villains within Gotham. So why am I bringing up Batman on a horror blog? Well, besides the fact that Batman is a darker type of hero, I want to talk about Batman Begins – and how after reading a similar theory online, I too believe besides being a superhero film, it is also a horror film! This post is going to kind of long, being as we are going into depth, but let’s talk about it! I may also come off as being bias in this film study, after all it is one of my favorite Batman films; especially with Michelle Pfeiffer playing Catwoman! Don’t believe me? Check out this picture of Me from when Stephanie and I went to a Wax Museum in Niagara Falls this past summer! Now, onto the actual film study, I am distracting myself!

Batman Returns has four main characters: Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck. As another quick side note, the name of Walken’s character isn’t random, as MaximillianMaxSchreck was the actor who played Count Orlok in the German horror film Nosferatu. The film takes place during the end of the year holiday season, where everyone in Gotham is celebrating and embracing Christmas. However, as expected, the city is being spooked by an unknown, evil entity who goes by the name of “The Penguin.” The Penguin is the top headline of all newspapers and the talk of the town, and has been said to be a hideous creature but no one knows this for sure, because there have only been occasional glimpses of him, and no one seems to have any clue who [or what] The Penguin is.. or what he wants. So, while the people of Gotham City want to celebrate Christmas, they are being terrorized by a group of criminals who call themselves the “Circus Gang.” True to their name, these low class villains look like something out of a carnival with fire-breathers dressed up as demons to flame-juggling stilt walkers, to skeleton motorcycle riders [who have the coolest helmets/masks ever] to even an organ grinder with a vulcan cannon in a music box. Clearly, this gang is fully aware that looks and being prepared is everything. Naturally, they get stopped by Batman and then the true villain is revealed and the movie shifts to a battle between The Penguin and The Batman.

The overall story of this version of The Penguin is that he was born deformed and his parents left him into a small river in a city park. When his crib floated into the zoo, he was found and raised by penguins. Years later, he rises from the sewers and gains the sympathy of Gotham, which he uses, thanks to Shreck’s influence, to run for the Mayor of the city. Meanwhile, he’s working hard on his evil scheme to abduct [and kill] every first-born son of every citizen with the intention of drowning them; his reasoning? So they can experience what he did as a child: nearly drowning. Selina Kyle comes into the picture when she happens to get killed by Shreck, only to come back a radically different person; one that decides to don a sexy leather outfit and become The Catwoman. So nothing overly horror-film like yet, just some political backstabbing, superhero crimefighting, super villain being super villains.. It all sounds pretty mechanical when looking at it now, right?

What makes Batman Returns a horror film on top of a superhero movie is this pervasive violence and dislike for human life sprinkled throughout the film. There is an almost a hidden smile in the death of people and during the destruction of Gotham, which comes from Batman himself too. Many people were shocked by just how easily Ben Affleck’s take on Batman casually killed people in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But if you compare the two, he’s got nothing on Keaton, who will happily turn the Batmobile back around, only to shoot flames from his tailpipe onto a fire-breather or how about that time when he drops a guy into a manhole.. who then later explodes? This is the real killer Batman and it is terrifying to know that he does it with efficiency, coldness, and even a sense of enjoyment.

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[the true face of EVIL]

But let us not forget the villainous natures of both Cobblepot and Shreck. The Penguin lives up to his evil nature, and seems unafraid to hide it. He is shown forcing Shreck to help him emerge from the sewers by threatening to expose his shady business practices, as well as sharing the fact that Shreck killed a partner. This was confirmed by Penguin when we see him flaunting [and playing with] a dismembered hand! As for Shreck himself, he’s a monster in way that he manipulates [and deceives] those around him with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Even the way he stalks Selina, only before pushing her out of a window shows that he is a charming but absolutely ruthless man. He is a sociopath who will do whatever it takes – and kill anyone in his path – to get what he feels he deserves.

Speaking of Selina Kyle, let’s talk about her resurrection. She was pushed out of a skyscraper, fell dozens of stories to her death, and was then licked [back to life?] by cats with a strange ability of having multiple lives. At first she looks like some ghastly image of her former self. Her skin is pale and gray, and she is seen having blood streaked across her face. But then she [emotionally] snaps, destroying her apartment with wild/exaggerated anger, and we see her fingers are now curled like a cat’s claws. But do not forget that her sadistic streak began before she “died.” Remember when Batman saved her on the street? Instead of thanking him, her first impulse was to kick the guy that held her hostage, even though he’s incapable of defending himself because he’s just been knocked out. If that is not enough, she then picks up the taser that he held to her face and proceeds to test it on him, laughing at the [shocking] outcome! It seems that she already had a sick streak in her – dying just gave her the freedom to finally let it all out.

Quickly jumping back to Shreck, he is nothing short of a monstrous persona, one that would be perfectly at ease sitting next to Hannibal Lecter, although if we are being honest; he’s nowhere near as classy. However, he does like to do his dirty work behind-the-scenes, showing the public eye one personality while living a totally different one in his private life. In this “other life,” he is capable of murder without flinching, showing that he is just as calculated as someone like Patrick Bateman. Just look at the following clip to see his charming yet evil persona in action.

When Shreck finally meets his death, it is perhaps the most gruesome of the film and it calls back to Selina’s initial taste of “being bad.” When she does get to killing Shreck, she uses that same taser to cook him into a skeleton! But of course, she is not the real villain/monster; that title goes to The Penguin. From his sharp teeth and black spittle to his deformed overall presentation, he openly admits to being “an animal” and “cold-blooded.” Watching his behavior throughout the film is equal to that of a wild [and uncontrollable] creature, who can be playful one moment and then turn to a frightening and dangerous with monstrous intentions the next. While trying to coo to a young woman in his mayoral committee, he suddenly and abruptly turns on a young man, biting his nose so severely that the man is left disfigured and bleeding profusely!

What also makes his character so fascinating is the parallels between The Penguin and God and Satan. As previously discussed, Cobblepot’s ultimate end game is to kidnap the first-born children of Gotham in their sleep. This is essentially the 10th Biblical plague, in which God came down and slew the first-born child of every family who was not protected by lamb’s blood, Cobblepot plans to bring tremendous terror and grief to those who he feels enslaved him below the surface. However, as we all know, Penguin is no God and that’s where his “palace” comes into play. Hidden in the depths of the abandoned Gotham Zoo, Cobblepot’s “castle” is cold and icy, which could be seen as an allusion to Dante’s Inferno, where the terrifying [and grotesque] Satan lives within the bowels of Hell, trapped in a frozen lake. Ultimately, the icy location becomes engulfed in flames, much like how we -as people – envision Hell.


Now remember: this is just a theory, but when it first came out, this movie was labeled as grotesque by parents and I believe that its easy to see why. DeVito’s version of The Penguin gave countless children [including myself!] nightmares for a long time and seeing Pfeiffer die in such a violent fashion is something that kids were not meant to see. Furthermore, this may very well be the darkest overall presentation of a Batman film. I can’t think of anything that comes close to how bleak and dark this entry is.

Now, before anyone starts with the whole “It’s not scary!” argument, let’s all remember that a lot of horror films are not that scary to begin with. To frighten an audience is a bonus when it comes to horror, at least for us horror genre fans. What makes a horror film “horror” is how it presents itself, how there is this grim feeling surrounding the overall film. Based on the facts above, I believe that Batman Returns does this extremely well.

The real question is though, do You think Batman Begins is a horror film? Why or why not? Let me and Michelle Pfeiffer know in the comments! 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!

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WEIRDO’WEEN #27: Frankenweenie [2012]

weirdoween2015Growing up, I had a dog that I can safely say I considered my best friend. He was there for me in the hardest of times, and he was always excited to see me. His name was Lucky and he was someone who was always part of everything I did. That’s like young Victor in today’s movie review: which follows Victor‘s pet dog Sparky [who stars in Victor‘s home-made movies] after he is suddenly hit by a car. As a fan of monster films, Victor decides the best bet is to bring him back to life, in the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked Sparky wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of the neighbors, Victor has to convince them that despite his appearance, Sparky is still the good loyal friend he’s always been. This movie has a lot of heart, and as a fan of Tim Burton, I was really happy when I saw it in theaters back in 2012! It’s a tad bit depressing though, so take that with a grain of salt. This, is Frankenweenie.

weirdo'ween-#27Before this one was released, I am actually a huge fan of the original 1984 short film of the same title, so naturally, news of a feature length feature was very exciting to me. When you watch this “version”, it’s obvious from both Frankenweenies that director Tim Burton holds this story very close to his heart. The obvious assumption is that young Victor Frankenstein has much in common with the Burton‘s childhood experiences.. being as both claim to be social misfits who find joy in less than popular ways; such as science, sci-fi/monster films and film making.

The story begins simply enough, Victor – a socially awkward boy – whose only ‘real’ friend is his loyal dog Sparky, quickly connects with his new science teacher, Mr. Rzykroski. [who you can tell is based off the late, and wonderful, Vincent Price] Sadly, Victor‘s parents try to get him more engaged with others his age, which leads to a tragic accident that ends with the death of Sparky[that..got depressing really quick!] Like anyone, Victor is heart-broken but fear not! He takes the lessons he learned in Rzykroski‘s science class, as well as his scientific mind, to make a contraption to “spark Sparky” thanks to a lightning storm outside. Soon enough, Sparky is back! But, of course, being as they’re in a small town; the secret gets out and school Science Fair takes on quite a competitive nature – I mean, this kid just brought his dog back from the dead! That’s pretty damn impressive!

I absolutely love this shot!

What makes this movie so great is that Burton treats the film as an homage to old monster, horror and sci-fi films – and it’s obvious too! We get nods to Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, [who’s even voiced by the late, Christopher Lee!] Godzilla, Bride Of Frankenstein, Gremlins, and Jurassic Park. And those are the ones I noticed! But this movie is just – so much more. Mr. Rzykroski gives a speech to the local townspeople explaining the situation, and though it is straight to the point, it’s lost on these fine folks. The importance of science and accepting the differences of others is all mentioned in one of the greatest ways, but best of all: it’s not in a preachy way!

The voice work is fantastic thanks to the likes of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Charlie Tahan, and Martin Landau; just to name a few. [that’s right, one of Burton‘s greatest films, has no hints of Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter! Blasphemy, I know!] The style and textures that are visible in the film are beyond extraordinary! Seeing the shadows and lighting effects provide an atmosphere that adds just enough creepiness, but not to the point of ever feeling like it’s overdone.. The details involved with each of the characters is remarkable for a film that’s entirely stop-motion animation. If that doesn’t get your attention, how many movies have you seen recently that include a cat-bat, sea monkeys, and a giant turtle that echoes the idea of Gamera? I didn’t think so! The suburban setting of New Holland is almost identical to the neighborhood seen in Burton‘s Edward Scissorhands, another of my favorites, just without the colors, obviously.

As you can probably tell, I love this movie. It’s an excellent choice of entertainment for both adults and children alike. But the problem is, being in black and white, has meant a heavy lack of interest from today’s kids. It has some dark humor to it, but the PG rating, and Disney name means you should probably not expect anything too heavy. Either way, this is Tim Burton at his very finest.. and without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, this makes it even better! [and I’m a fair sized fan of both of them!] Also, with Danny Elfman‘s score perfectly complimenting the story and characters, it adds to the quirkiness that is Frankenweenie. It’s something that needs to be seen to believe. It’s crazy, it’s fun, and it’s adorable. Though, as I said, by the films end: it feels somewhat depressing. Especially having to see Victor move on from the loss of his best friend.

So please, check out Frankenweenie. It’s arguably one of my favorite Tim Burton films, and the stylizing is beyond beautiful. It’s got a great message to it, and with many hints to other horror films; how could you say no? Now I ask you: what do you think of Frankenweenie? Is it a family friendly film that everyone should see at least once? Or is it far too depressing? Let me know your thoughts in a comment or two! Also, if you enjoyed this review, I actually wrote about a popular theory that’s been passing through the internet lately, that claims Frankenweenie is part of a trilogy! [but is it?] Be sure to read that, over here!

If you have an idea for the next weirdo’ween review[s], please let me know which movie[s] you’d like to see next! If you found yourself to enjoy this particular review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. 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! Join me tomorrow when I talk about weirdo’ween #28! – so be sure to STAY TUNED!

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WEIRDO’WEEN #0.5: An Introduction/Tim Burton’s Hansel and Gretel [1982]

weirdoween2015In all my time blogging about movies and movie-like news, I’ve learned one thing: people seem to love movie reviews. Whether it’s whenever I post one here on warrenisweird, or on my Letterboxd account, it’s something that people seem to love..or love to hate, which is a good -or a bad- thing. I enjoy writing them, and it gives me a feeling of excitement knowing that there’s at least one person out there that either agrees, or disagrees with my thoughts on a film. Thus, me doing something new during this, and every upcoming, Halloween Season.. I call it: weirdo’ween!

Usually – as an almost tradition – during the month of October, I watch more horror than I usually would, in order to get myself pumped for the 31st, when I usually watch Trick ‘r Treat. [I often consider it the definitive Halloween movie] Therefore, since tomorrow marks the first day of October, I have to prepare myself to watch; I already have a list written up of what I’ll be most likely be watching [as subject is to change at any time] and as someone who enjoys writing reviews [and you all seem to enjoy reading my thoughts on them] I will be watching -and then writing a spoiler filled review- of a movie every night, ending with Trick ‘r Treat on the 31st of the month. Naturally, this means the reviews might come off as long sometimes, depending how much gets said about each one! If at any time during the month you have a suggestion for the next film/review, be sure to leave it in a comment – because I just might watch it! As an introduction to weirdo’ween, let’s start with a direct to TV special that was never released to the general public, at least not on home video: Tim Burton‘s Hansel & Gretel from 1982! I’m a huge fan of Burton‘s, so this should be interesting, right? well – let’s just cut to the review, shall we? We’ll talk about the obscurities afterwards.

Burton‘s Hansel & Gretel follows two children who are lured into the woods and are left for dead by their stepmother, who claims she cannot feed them. When they awaken, they come up to a house made of cake, and comfortably eat, and meet a woman who invites them to enter her “cake home”. Naturally, these two kids agree to go inside… only to find that this woman is actually a witch. It’s nothing new. We all know the fairy tale. Like expected, this version of the story follows the same structure and, in general, a lot of elements, including parts of the story that are often changed, like the swan scene. But, to many people’s surprise, it does change a few things.. and those changes – are fair sized. For some reason, the main cast is Asian, not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. To add to this obscure piece of ‘art’, there is martial arts sequences – complete with shurikens. [seriously? what the hell am I watching?!] Remember in the original story, the idea was to to get the siblings fatter and fatter so the witch could eat them? Well, what’s used to fatten Hansel is a gingerbread man -that talks- and demands to be eaten.. We also see one of them getting grabbed by the many hands that are seen attached to a marshmallow bed he was seen sleeping in. I mean, it’s Hansel & Gretel, but it’s really not.. Even the wicked women in this are played by the same person, and it’s a man! In case you’re wondering we even seen him eat all of the scenery – whether it’s meant to be sugar, candy or otherwise.

If you haven’t already been able to tell, it’s fairly disturbing. I know you’re probably wondering but before you ask “isn’t this a children’s film?”, the answer is yes, but it is also a Brother’s Grimm story, and don’t forget, it’s also a Burton piece. He’s known for his trademarks, and they’re definitely shown in this short: gothic and surreal set pieces, creative design/visuals, exaggerated features, such as their huge dinner table, and some times, the same object can be both considered creepy, yet cute. In Hansel & Gretel, Father is a toy maker, allowing the viewer to see a lot of wound-up figures, though they’re mostly used in the opening sequence [did I mention that one of these eats another?!] The film is made up of both stop motion and live action; and sadly, you can usually tell where one ends and the other begins.Sometimes, the sets look cardboard-y, and some of the props don’t really feel “real”, although this could be intentional. Lastly, the cinematography is good, showing us how Burton‘s style is going to become in future movies.


Tim Burton‘s Hansel & Gretal is one hell of a movie, and it feels like a dream; you really can’t tell what’s real or not.. it’s obscure, it’s colorful, and it’s dark – and I don’t mean the set pieces. It’s definitely something you have to experience for yourself to get a feel for what I mean, but that could be said about any movie.. So because it’s something that’s only surfaced in the last few years, I have a treat for you: [that won’t be part of the rest of weirdo’ween] Here’s Tim Burton‘s Hansel & Gretel in it’s full obscurity below:

So this was #0.5 of weirdo’ween, with tomorrow being the first official movie review for the Halloween/weirdo’ween season. [weirdo’ween #01] Although I have the first few film reviews planned already, please let me know in a comment or two which movie[s] you want to see reviewed next! If you found yourself to enjoy review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. 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!

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in today’s most depressing news: Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at 93

Let’s be real for a minute: it’s always sad when someone passes away, but nothing shakes the world more than when it happens to be a well known actor – it’s as if everyone goes haywire – we all know how we reacted when Robin Williams left this planet, or in the case of us horror fans; when Betsy Palmer [the original Mrs. Voorhees] passed on. However, today; we lose yet another horror actor – a veteran who has been in over 280 films over the span of his career, and that’s just his acting; of course I’m talking about Sir Christopher Lee. [above] According to The Guardian, Lee had been hospitalized for some time for respiratory problems and heart failure, and ultimately – led to his unfortunate passing.

Sir Christopher Lee was at the age of 93, where the actor – who is best known for a variety of films from The Wicker Man, Dracula adaptations, all the way through to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – passed away on this past Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, England.

I already miss Sir Count Dooku..[just me?]

Later in Christopher Lee’s career, he could be seen in newer [somewhat]classic films, such as Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones [above], Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Season Of The Witch, and even Dark Shadows. If it wasn’t clearly obvious, Tim Burton was clearly a huge fan of the man. As well as his career in [many] film[s], Lee also released a series of heavy metal albums, including, but not limited to: “Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death”, which argueably has the best heavy metal cover art. And if that wasn’t bad-ass enough, he was also knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, being awarded the BAFTA fellowship in early 2011.

In short, it’s a sad day already and it isn’t even ten AM yet.. I find it super sad to know that a man who has been a master at the craft of horror has passed on, but at the ripe age of 93; he had his share of the movie and music world at his fingertips..not to mention that Force Lightning! Today’s question is fairly straight forward: what was your favorite Christopher Lee film? Let me know in a comment or two down below!  While I enjoy Taste The Blood Of Dracula, My earliest memory of him is always Tim Burton‘s Sleepy Hollow and the Star Wars prequels. 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 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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FILM STUDY: The Tim Burton TRIO Theory

Anyone who is a Tim Burton fan, or has even scoured the internet for a little bit knows [or at least, has heard of] this theory: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, and The Nightmare Before Christmas are all one big movie. It seems to make sense, based on the above picture with each character looking like one another and each having a [dead] dog. However, after being asked by a friend to tackle this theory [especially since I’m a fairly large Tim Burton fan] and after over thinking these films – which I’ve watched over a dozen times each – I’m fairly confident in saying that these films are not connected in any way;  and I’m prepared  to explain why. So sit back, grab a snack and a drink; because this is going be one hell of a long post. okay. ~deep breath

Let’s start with Frankenweenie, the supposed beginning of this “timeline”.  Our story begins with Victor Frankenstein of New Holland, who comes off as a young and budding scientist and film maker with his best [and seemingly only] friend: Sparky – his dog. After a freak accident, [involving a simple game of “catch” with his dog] young Victor is friendless and alone.. or so he thinks! After learning about electric currents in his science class, and how electricity can shoot through the body, making body parts move. A typical Frankenstein scenario plays out with Sparky coming back to life, then dying..again.. and then Victor accepting that his friend is gone for good.

Flash forward to Corpse Bride, arguably my favorite of the three films we’re discussing today and the “middle” of the theory’s timeline. The movie follows Victor Van Dort of Victorian England, who is set to marry a woman he’s never met. While this Victor looks like a grown up version of Frankenweenie’s Victor, there is no correlation, let alone a mention claiming that they are even related.  Not only are Van Dort’s parents completely different than Frankenstein’s, the time lapse is completely wrong as well – New Holland is found in North Lincolnshire, England. Like in the town in Frankenweenie, it’s a really small village. To prove this, its population at one point was only 955 people! The period of Victorian England on the other hand, started in 1837, making these two films impossible to be under the same timeline. Also, It’s important to note that although they both had [dead] dogs, Sparky and Scraps have two separate names. Though, that last one is a smaller, less important detail.

Lastly, we have The Nightmare Before Christmas, or the ‘end’ of the theory’s timeline – This film follows Jack, the Pumpkin King playing an almost ‘reverse Grinch’ where, instead of hating Christmas, actually falls in love with the idea and tries to have his own Halloween-ed version of it, with his [dead] dog Zero helping out. Now right off the bat, things have proven themselves that Jack [and Zero], Victor F [and Sparky] and Victor V [and Scraps] are completely different people/dogs, specifically – their names and appearances.  Through-out Nightmare, we also learn that Jack is, and has been, the Pumpkin King for a very long time – long enough that even a hint at his ‘human life’ [assuming he had one] was never mentioned in film. As far as viewers are aware, Jack has always been a living skeleton. Also, going back to names, what would be the reasoning for Victor to change his name to Jack? [and Sparky to Scraps to Zero? these are important questions]

In closing, I feel that this theory doesn’t make much sense, with each character not entirely matching up to the character they supposedly become. While I wish it could be true, the facts against it are too strong.. How do you feel about this theory? Could Jack Skellington actually be Victor Frankenstein? Or does the whole theory feel too farfetched? 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 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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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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why “BIG EYES” is going to be FANTASTIC! [Dear Mr. Burton]

I don’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned it on here, but I’m a fairly large Tim Burton fan. I have been since I was a kid with films like Batman, Beetlejuice, and Nightmare Before Christmas. As I grew up, I started growing with the films of Burton – always watching his newest film and eventually calling myself a fan. [I do own all his films on DVD too] However, by becoming a fan of his; I also [inadvertently] became a fan of Johnny Depp. While not a bad thing – everyone is entitled to a favorite actor – I began to attach Depp to Burton specifically: as many people have started doing..

enter Big Eyes Tim Burton‘s new film: It’s his first biopic, since  Ed Wood  which was released 20 years prior to this film. It’s one of Burton‘s first fully human  film in a long time [without the creepy atmospheres that I grew to love so much over the years] – and you know what? I’m thinking that I’m okay with that. The film is also [based on]  a true story – being the story centered around the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, only to go through the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who actually claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. If you look at the IMDb link for the film, you’ll also notice that this film does not have Johnny Depp or even Helena Bonham Carter, but instead, we’re treated to actors such as Amy Adams and even Christoph Waltz!

While some may see this as a risky move, making a film without his main two actors; [best friend/partner] I think it’s going to be fantastic! It’s truly a switch from what we’re used to – and it looks fucking great! The first trailer has actually been released but I was a little slow getting to it [because of work, etc] but now that I’ve officially watched it – I can’t get enough. as a horror fan, I never thought I’d be excited for a biopic! Maybe it’s cause Burton‘s name is attached though. If you haven’t already seen  it, I’ve included the [first] trailer for Big Eyes below. Let me know in a comment or two what you think!

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