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TV: BIG Getting A Remake Series On Fox

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As much as it kills a little bit of my childhood to say this, it appears that BIG is getting a remake.  Yes, BIG.  The remake will be based on the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, of course.  At least this will be a remake TV series, however.  ENLISTED duo Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are behind the project.
The duo who previously teamed on Fox's military comedy Enlisted are adapting Tom Hanks' 1988 movie Big for the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The comedy, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox, is described as an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever. Source: THR

First TAK3N Trailer Released, Doesn't Look Bad

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The first trailer for TAK3N (yes, I'm still calling it that) has been released.  Sort of looks like a hybrid of THE FUGITIVE MEETS TAKEN.  Nevertheless, looks promising and Neeson is still kicking ass.

#WalrusYes and Gotham

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We Review Kevin Smith's new film Tusk and the the Series premiere of Fox's new Tween Batman Drama Gotham.

HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1989)

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Okay, so HALLOWEEN III, despite being a great movie, pissed a lot people off with its lack of Michael Myers.  So in 1988 we saw THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS in HALLOWEEN 4.  And then they had to go on and do 1989's HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS.

Breakdown:
It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children's hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house. Halloween 5 is a dark, thrill ride that will scare the heck out of you!

From anonymous on IMDb

My thoughts:
I remember first catching HALLOWEEN 5 when I was like 11 years old, and I remember my friends at school were all talking about the sex scene in the barn.  Oh, to be 11 again.  As I grew older, I always referred to H5 as Myers' most violent outing.  Something about Don Shanks portrayal…

Alex Winter Drops A Ton Of BILL & TED 3 Goodies

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Bill himself, Alex Winter, just dropped probably the biggest bit of info yet on the long-gestating BILL & TED 3.  His interview response below is a bit lengthy, but it's well worth the read.
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter tells us. “It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny.

“But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”

“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with…

TAKEN 3 Gets A Title Change...Or Just A Rearrangement

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Well, TAKEN 3 officially has a an new alternate title.  It is now TAK3N.  And you know what?  I'm okay with.  I remember the marketing for SCREAM 3 sometimes used the SCR3AM alternative.  The same goes for SCREAM 4, sometimes referred to as SCRE4M.  Or hell, even more famously in SE7EN.

Bitch if you want, but I'm okay with it.

TAK3N arrives January 9, 2015.

URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)

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URBAN LEGEND is one of my favorite post-SCREAM teen slashers from 1998.  So, naturally, when a sequel came about, I was a little more than excited.  This is 2000's URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT.

Breakdown:
Urban Legends: The Final Cut follows Amy Mayfield (Morrison), a student at Alpine University who struggles to complete her thesis film on urban legends - only to have her crew members fall prey to fatal 'accidents.' Suspicious, Amy investigates and discovers a much more sinister hand at work. Now she must unmask the killer before she, too, becomes an urban legend.

From Mr. Greenshoes on IMDb

My thoughts:
This is definitely one of those "it is what it is" type of sequels.  Really, it's not a bad movie.  Although it does sport one of the worst motives in slasher history: (spoiler alert) a professor wants so badly to make it big that he steals a student film and begins killing the entire cast based on another student's idea of a serial killer who bases their murd…

Lindsay Lohan Has A MEAN GIRLS Sequel Idea

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So original MEAN GIRLS star Lindsay Lohan has an idea for a MEAN GIRLS sequel.  And it actually sounds better than the MEAN GIRLS 2 we got in 2011.

When asked how she felt about MEAN GIRLS being ten years old, this is how Lohan reponded...
‘People really love the movie: how do you top that? I was with Tina Fey [‘Mean Girls’ writer] the other day and I said we should do another “Mean Girls”, like an older version where they’re all housewives and they’re all cheating. That would be really funny. I’ll harass Tina to write it.’ It's not the greatest idea, but it's something, I suppose.

Source: TimeOut

Review: TRAILER PARK BOYS: DON'T LEGALIZE IT (2014)

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Excuse me if I seem a little giddy for this review.  I finally got the chance to sit and watch TRAILER PARK BOYS: DON'T LEGALIZE IT, the third movie in the TRAILER PARK BOYS camp.  And I'll tell you, after a, what, seven year hiatus, it's been a supreme blessing to see the BOYS back in action!

Things are a little different in Sunnyvale this time around.  Ricky has a house.  Bubbles is living under a deck.  Julian is in business with Cyrus.  Yeah, shit's crazy.  Lahey and Randy?  Their relationship is on the rocks.

The gang learns about a marijuana legalization hearing that is going to be held and Ricky wants to stop it.  After all, once it's legal, his business is gone.  Julian needs to head that was for "pissy" business and Bubbles tags along because he's finally found it parents -- only problem?  They're dead.  But they did leave him a house (or, at least something resembling one).

In the end, it's a typical TRAILER PARK BOYS adventure.  An…

Sorry, No ALIENs In PROMETHEUS 2

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If you were eager for the Giger Aliens to make their re-debut in PROMETHEUS 2, then you'll be disappointed.  Ridley Scott has confirmed that he is taking a different route with P2.
“Right now, as we speak, it’s being written,” he tells the site. “I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing ‘Prometheus’.

“The beast is done. Cooked,” he added. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four (he has conveniently forgotten the ‘AvP’ movies), I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.” Source: Yahoo!

What Are Your Halloween Plans? Scary Movies Galore!

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So autumn is finally upon us!  Pumpkin patches, apple cider, haunted houses and all the Halloween-themed merchandise you can shake a stick at.  Ah, 'tis the season.

Now beg the question: what are your Halloween plans?  For some, like myself, scary movies are a year 'round tradition, but for some, they save them for this time of the year.  Although, I do find myself saving many-a-horror-movies for October any more.  What is the world coming to?

I've already begun my HALLOWEEN series binge-watching...along with all the Halloween-themed TV episodes I can get my hand on.

Chime in and let us know what you do for Halloween -- movie-wise, that is.

Happy haunting!

Doctor Who: Am I a Good Man?

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Doctor Who is Back and we recap and review the first 4 episodes of series 8!

HALLOWEEN II (2009)

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In 2007 we witnessed Rob Zombie bring Michael Myers back through a remake.  He swore he was done with the HALLOWEEN franchise.  Blah, blah -- in 2009 we got Zombie's HALLOWEEN II.

Breakdown:
Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isn't too far off and will continue his murdering 'Halloween' rampage until he gets his sister all to himself.

From Anonymous on IMDb

My thoughts:
In all brutal honesty...I loved HALLOWEEN II.  Every bat-shit-crazy second of it.  Rob Zombie, more or less, followed "studio guidelines" for his 2007 remake.  But for his 2009 sequel, he really took it and ran with it and gave us a chapter in the HALLOWEEN franchise that shouldn't ever be forgotten.  There's a lot of hate surrounding this movie…

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING Gets Pulled, No New Release Scheduled

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Dimension Films has pulled the new sequel AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING from its January 2, 2015 release.  There's no word yet on a new release date.  This sounds bad.  The film got a decent budget and production and this should have been in theaters.  It will most likely be headed to the straight-to-video market.

New NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Poster Released

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A new poster for the third chapter in the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM series, SECRET OF THE TOMB, has been released.

This is easily the most creative poster of the franchise, borrowing from Escher a little.

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION Holds A Special Place...Somewhere

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The year was 1998 and the seventh and "final" installment in the HALLOWEEN series had just concluded the saga with original heroin Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) beheading her demon and finally putting to rest her past in HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER.

All in all, H20 was a satisfying final entry.  But the filmmakers behind Michael Myers' mayhem tore a page from the book of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series -- the villain is never truly dead...right?

In late 1999, an eighth entry in the HALLOWEEN franchise was announced.  Everyone's first thought was, "How?  His goddamn head was cut off!"  Well, those were my thoughts, anyway.  However, the RESURRECTION of Myers ended up being the least of the worries with this sequel.

All throughout production (and most of post-production), the film went under the title HALL8WEEN: THE HOMECOMING.  The subtitle was eventually changed to RESURRECTION right before the films' release.  Side story: I remember sitting in the…

THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (2000)

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Today we look at a sequel -- scratch that, prequel -- to the 1994 live action movie THE FLINTSTONES.  With an all-new cast, this is 2000's THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS.

Breakdown:
The Flintstones are at it again. The Flintstones and the Rubbles head for Rock Vegas with Fred hoping to court the lovely Wilma. Nothing will stand in the way of love, except for the conniving Chip Rockefeller who is the playboy born in Baysville but who has made it in the cutthroat town of Rock Vegas. Will Fred win Wilma's love?

From Urban Achiever on IMDb

My thoughts:
Call me crazy, but I prefer Mark Addy as Fred rather than John Goodman.  Not that John's was bad, but Mark nailed it.  But don't get too excited, VIVA ROCK VEGAS isn't that great of a movie, the '94 flick was better.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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We Review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and talk Comic Con 2014

Guardians Of the Galaxy

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Welcome back from our summer break! We review Guardians of the Galaxy this week

JASON X (2001)

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Ha, and here you thought JASON GOES TO HELL was the final FRIDAY.  2001 saw the return of Jason Voorhees, except he was in the year 2455...and in space.  This is JASON X.  Hint: the X is a play on words, being the tenth (X) movie in the franchise and signifying the tech aspect of the film.

Breakdown:
Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment.

From Moley on IMDb

My thoughts:
Easily the most entertaining entry in the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise, JASON X is one hell of a fun movie.  Doesn't mean it's a good movie, but fun nonetheless.  Scripted by Todd Farmer, it's clear that he was an F13 fan with knowledge of the F13 history and lore.  I recommend this one.

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Potential GHOSTBUSTERS Universe On The Horizon

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I never thought about it like this, but maybe Dan Aykroyd has something here.  What if the GHOSTBUSTERS brand had its own Marvel-style universe?  Well that's exactly what Aykroyd has in store for GHOSTBUSTERS!
With talk of the long-awaited third outing of Ghostbusters still rumbling on and, more recently, rumors emerging of an all-female reboot, original co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he’s hoping for much more than just a one-off return.br>
Speaking in London where he was in town to promote his brand of Crystal Head vodka, the 62-year-old said that had been looking towards some of the bigger franchise models for guidance.

"It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?" he said. "What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?"

Aykroyd said that the entire Ghostbusters team — “the executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and m…

TV: PROBLEM CHILD Coming To The Small Screen

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Remember PROBLEM CHILD?  You know, the movie from the '90s that starred John Ritter where him and his wife adopt a child who turns out to be a total menace?  Yeah, that one.  It's getting the small-screen treatment!  If done right, this could be a great show.
NBC is looking for a problem child.

The network has handed out a script commitment for a remake of 1990 feature film Problem Child, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School), the half-hour single-camera comedy is based on the John Ritter pic of the same name and centers on every parent's worst nightmare: a problem child. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will executive produce alongside Armstrong via their Universal Television-based TBD Productions. Source: THR

The Mockingjay Lives, New HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Trailer Released

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A new trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 has been released.  It's looking better and better...

Leslie Mann Is The New Audrey Griswold In VACATION

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Some more good casting news on the VACATION front.  Leslie Mann is in negotiations to play Audrey Griswold in the new update.  I'm on board with this.
Leslie Mann is in negotiations to join the cast of Vacation, New Line's reboot-slash-remake of the classic 1980s John Hughes comedy that starred Chevy Chase. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Matt Damon Returning To BOURNE Franchise

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It's been rumored, and now confirmed.  Matt Damon is returning to the JASON BOURNE franchise.
Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner — and Universal would not comment nor would the reps — because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine for the trilogy Damon starred in. Source: Deadline

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1998)

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With the recent announcement of an I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER remake in the works over at Sony, I found it fitting to take a look at 1998's I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.

Breakdown:
Julie's back in college with her new friend, and they win a weekend trip to an island. On the way there, someone dies, and then the girls are tormented on the island.

From Geoff on IMDb

My thoughts:
I have very fond memories of I STILL KNOW.  I remember my mom taking me and my older sister to see it when it came out.  I couldn't have been no more than 12 years old, but I loved it.  Obviously, now as an adult looking back, I can see the film for what it is.  But it will always hold that childhood charm, I guess.

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I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER Getting The Remake Treatment

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It was inevitable.  Sony is restarting the I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER franchise.  Word is that this remake will try to stick closer to the novel by Lois Duncan -- and honestly, that might make for one boring movie.  It actually has Lifetime movie-of-the-week written all over it.  Hopefully they can find some middle ground between the novel and the original movie.
Sony Pictures is rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 horror flick that ended up grossing $125M worldwide and spawned a sequel the following year. Both starred Jennifer Love Hewitt. This one is being written by Oculus c0-writer/director Mike Flanagan and partner Jeff Howard who are adapting the 1973 Lois Duncan book again. Producing is Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise) who also produced the original 17 years ago. If the budget is kept tight for the revamp of the popular horror movie about friends being stalked by a killer after conspiring to cover up a fatal car accident, it could be a very profita…

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE (1985)

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1984 saw the debut of one of cinema's most diabolical villains.  A year later he made his return.  Arguably the most parodied entry in the franchise, this is 1985's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE.

Breakdown:
A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear.

From David Thiel on IMDb

My thoughts:
Watching NOES2 as an adult, I can definitely see/spot all of the homoerotic references in the movie (it is dubbed the "gayest" entry in the series).  But seriously, I actually quite enjoy this sequel.  "You are all my children now..."

Trailer:




THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Poster & Trailer Released

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The official poster and trailer have finally been released for Blumhouse's remake/sequel of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN!

Like I've stated numerous times, I'm a huge fan of the original TTTDS, and this trailer looks FANTASTIC!




Zack Snyder Shows Off BATMAN V SUPERMAN's Batmobile

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN director Zack Snyder took to Twitter once again to get us our first hi-res glimpse at the Batmobile.  It's a nice mix of Burton and Nolan.

Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. http://t.co/47beaZqr6fpic.twitter.com/Ez1ILa8JeE
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 11, 2014

Bill Murray Likes Female GHOSTBUSTERS Idea

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A little news on the GHOSTBUSTERS front.  Bill Murray likes and approves of the idea of a female-led GHOSTBUSTERS flick!
It sounds great to me. It sounds as good an idea as any other! There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapor! No, it’s a grande idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea, I would watch it! I mean, I love Robert Palmer’s videos, so why wouldn’t I love the female Ghostbusters? Source: Schmoes Know

Two More TERMINATOR Sequels Get Release Dates

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The new film, TERMINATOR: GENISYS, was announced as a plan trilogy, so there's no surprise that two more sequels have been given release dates.

The second film will be coming May 19, 2017 and third will arrive a little over a year later on June 19, 2018.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Impresses

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A new trailer for HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 has been released and this sequel looks damn funny!  Why am I still talking?  Watch it now!

New GREMLINS In The Works, Says Joe Dante

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Buried in an interview over at BD, director Joe Dante reveals that Warner Bros. and Amblin are currently working on a new GREMLINS -- but the director reminds us that he is not involved.
Lots of people have asked me, but honestly I don’t really have much to do with it. There are two major entities involved – Warner Brothers and Amblin – and various people have been trying jump through the hoops with the studios to get this picture off the ground for years. Although some very well-known people have come up with a concept and some good ideas over that time, for whatever reason they were not seized upon until recently.

I’m told they’re finally working on something now, but frankly I have no idea what it is! [laughs] Source: Bloody Disgusting

SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS (1988)

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Today we look at one of the campiest camp slashers of all time.  Yesterday we took a look back at RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, but here's 1988's SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS!

Breakdown:
Angela Baker has undergone years of therapy, electro-shock and sexual reassignment surgeries, and finally landed herself a job in the last place she should be working - camp rolling hills. She has an old fashioned approach as to how camp should be, and an old familiar deadly way of making sure that those who don't follow her rules don't get to come back next summer.

From Dismal Angel on IMDb

My thoughts:
I loved the first SC, so when I later learned that there was a sequel, it instantly became a must-see.  And to this day, it remains one of my all-time favorite camp slashers.  It's as if everything that was good about the '80s was rolled into one super-fun movie.  My recommendation: see it.

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Rick Baker Teases Original CURSED Werewolf

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So Rick Baker was originally attached to CURSED, the post-SCREAM Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson werewolf team-up.  The production was well documented and the movie we eventually got was far different than the movie we were supposed to get.  Anyway, the werewolf above is what we got, the one below is what we should have got!

The almost transformed Judy Greer Werewolf for Cursed. The film I worked on was shut down.My worked changed or unused pic.twitter.com/aT9NMgAGcB
— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) September 3, 2014

First TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Remake Images Released

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The first images from the remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN have finally been released!

Being a huge, and I mean HUGE, fan of the original 1976 film, I was actually quite excited to learn that a remake of one of my favorite films was on the way some time ago.  I condone this remake simply due to the fact that the original is extremely dated and the story lends itself to a modern-day retelling.

Without further ado, here are the first two images from the new TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN...

Obviously the pic above is from the original film, so here's our updated Phantom Killer:


And in action:

So what do you think?  I'm stoked!  That first image is very CRY_WOLF-ish.

Get Your SLEEPAWAY CAMP Fix With These Two Shorts

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Now you may or may not have already seen these, but if you feel like your life is lacking a little SLEEPAWAY CAMP action, then fear not!  Jeff Hayes over at SleepawayCampMovies.com has made two short films on the subject.
Dig in!



RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP (2008)

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Today's sequel is a movie that actually took five years to make, but was an even longer time coming.  Original SLEEPAWAY CAMP director Robert Hiltzik wanted his own official follow-up to his cult classic.  So in 2008, we got RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP.

Breakdown:
It's summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provides as little supervision as possible. Greedy camp owner Frank and junior partner Ronnie do their best to keep everyone in line, but something sinister is about to put a slash in the roster. When campers and staff mysteriously begin disappearing and turning into gruesome corpses, paranoid Ronnie can't shake the memory of a series of grisly murders that took place at Camp Arawak, where he worked two decades earlier. Has a ghost from the past come back to haunt him? As the paranoia worsens, Ronnie's list of possible killers starts growing just like the body count. Everyone becomes a suspect from v…

Dax Shepard To Write, Direct, Star In CHiPS Movie

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Warner Bros. has tapped funnyman Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in the big screen adaptation of CHiPS.  Michael Pena is also set to star as Ponch.
Warner Bros has set Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a screen version of CHiPS, that TV series that ran from 1977-83 and featured two officers who patrolled the highways of California armed with motorcycles and the tightest khaki cop uniforms in television history. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played in the original by Larry Wilcox), while Michael Pena is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role Erik Estrada originated. Rick Rosner created the NBC series. Source: Deadline


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