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Tuesday Terrors: Tons of Walking Dead Toy Action
Book and Movie Reviews!
By Tim Janson
July 09, 2013
Welcome back to Mania's Tuesday Terrors. Are you ready for all THE TERRIFYING NEWS?
Diamond Select to offer SDCC Exclusive Walking Dead Minimates set. This year's Comic-Con exclusive Walking Dead Minimates box set is titled Hershel's Farm, and it includes four different Minimates based on the famous farmhouse story arc. Included in the set are Hershel, his deceased son Zombie Shawn, Lookout Duty Rick and a Barn Zombie. The Minimates come in a blister-carded four-pack, and each stands 2 inches tall, with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including a pitchfork and a blanket. The set will be limited to only 3000 produced. The set will be available at the Diamond Select Toys booth, #2607, as well as from various retailers around the show floor.
The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray coming in October. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Academy Award winning director William Friedkin’s suspense masterpiece that haunted and intrigued the world, with a new Blu-ray release featuring the Extended Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version with new special features and premiums. Available October 8, just ahead of Halloween, this 40th Anniversary Edition will include two new featurettes: “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist” and “Talk of the Devil,” as well as an excerpt from Friedkin’s book The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.
Regarding the Extended Director’s Cut, Friedkin says, “After my initial cut, I took out 12 more minutes before we released it in theatres. Years later, Bill Blatty asked if I’d review some of that rejected footage (which he always felt should have remained) with an eye towards putting it back in a new version. In so doing I believe we strengthened the spiritual aspect of the film.”
Hell Baby Trailer. Coming to Video On Demand in September: Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) are an expectant couple that moves into the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans -- a house with a deadly demonic curse. Things soon spiral out of control for Jack and Vanessa, as well as their-not-so-helpful neighbor F'Resnel (Keegan-Michael Key), Vanessa's friendly psychiatrist (Michael Ian Black), Vanessa's Wiccan sister Marjorie (Riki Lindhome) and the detectives assigned to look into the rising body count. Only the Vatican's elite exorcism team can save them -- or can they?
U.S. Trailer for Cockneys vs. Zombies. The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire's – Andy, Terry, and Katy – need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you're robbing a bank, zombie invasions makes things a lot harder. And let's face it, they need all the help they can get when their bank-robbing experts turn out to be Mental Mickey and Davey Tuppance. As contractors to an East London building site unlock a 350-year old vault full of seriously hungry zombies, the East End has suddenly gone to hell and the Cockney way of life is under threat. Equipped with all the guns and ammo they can carry, it's up to the gang to save the hostages, their grandfather, and East London from zombie Armageddon.
Robert Kirkman Announces plans for The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary. Image Comics partner and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced his plans for the tenth anniversary of his iconic, game-changing comic book series, taking place in October 2013.
That month, “All-Out War,” a new 12-issue story arc will launch with The Walking Dead #115, with, in addition to the regular covers, ten connecting variant covers by series artist Charlie Adlard. Issues #115-126 will be released bi-weekly, starting on October 9. Also to be released that month is The Walking Dead #1 in color for the first time ever. Award-winning colorist extraordinaire Dave Stewart will give new vividness to Tony Moore’s art in the classic first issue with art.
First Trailer for Absence. In Jimmy Loweree’s striking horror feature debut ABSENCE, doctors are baffled when a young expectant mother Liz (Erin Way, “Alphas”), wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy disappear overnight. The police are investigating the situation as a missing child case and only her husband, Rick (Eric Matheny, J. Edgar) and brother, Evan (Ryan Smale, Damage) trust her version of events. Told in the “found footage” style, Evan looks for answers by filming his sister’s experience. The trio embarks upon a trip to the mountains to escape the attention of the police and prying neighbors. When the trip spins out of control they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn’t over. None of them are safe.
UK Trailer for Frozen Ground with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. When teenage prostitute Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) is found by police officers - beaten and pleading for her life - in an Alaskan motel room, everyone is quick to dismiss her version of events. However, U.S. state trooper Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), soon comes to believe that Cindy is the only surviving victim of a local serial killer, responsible for a series of murders of young women in the past decade. Lacking the support of his department, Halcombe must find Cindy, gain her trust and form an unlikely partnership in order to track down the man who still wants to kill her. John Cusack also stars.
Dracula: Prince of Darkness coming to Blu-Ray. Millennium Entertainment has revealed the final artwork and details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, Dracula: Prince of Darkness on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the US will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Special features include: Audio commentary with Christopher Lee, Super 8MM behind-the-scenes footage, Brand new documentary- "Back to Black", World of Hammer Episode: "Hammer Stars: Christopher Lee", still gallery, and more.
Trailer for Toad Road. Elijah Wood serves as Executive Producer for this film taking place in rural Pennsylvania near the town of York, an infamous area that – according to urban legend – has a trail in the woods containing the seven gates that lead to Hell.
The Walking Dead Series Two Comic Book figures. Series two of the Walking Dead Comic book figures are finally coming out from McFarlane Toys. Here are the details and images:
GLENN: Glenn, an original Atlanta survivor, has become crucial to the survival of Rick’s group due to his ability and agility at getting in-and-out of zombie-infested areas in order to search for food and supplies. Glenn, in full riot gear, features 28 points of articulation and is equipped with two pistols, riot shield, baton, gas can, and removable helmet with flip-up visor.
THE GOVERNOR: Zombies are not the only threat to Rick and his band of survivors, the Governor is truly the first human antagonist that the group encounters within the comic series. The Governor features 28 points of articulation and includes a kitchen knife, pistol, and alternate mutilated head & right arm.
MICHONNE’S PET ZOMBIE: It’s not until Mike, Michonne’s boyfriend, is bit by a zombie that Michonne discovers the true nature of the zombie epidemic. A bite is a death sentence! Michonne quickly realizes that Zombies don’t attack other Zombies and uses Mike as camouflage and protection against the hordes of the undead awaiting her in this new world. Michonne’s Pet Zombie features 17 points of articulation and includes a neck collar & chain, tear off arms & jaw, and push in/ pull out intestines.
PENNY, THE GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER ZOMBIE: Nothing is stronger than a father daughter bond, as we see with The Governor and his daughter Penny. Infected early on with the zombie virus, Penny has been cared for and fed by her unconditionally loving father. Penny features 12 points of articulation and includes a bucket of fresh body parts (severed leg, severed foot, severed hand, intestines, heart and Rick’s severed hand) that the Governor feeds to her. Figure also includes a fish tank with trophy heads collected by her father. One of the heads can be used as an alternate head for Michonne’s Pet Zombie Mike, allowing you to build Michonne’s 2nd pet and Mike’s best friend, Terry.
THE HORRIFYING REVIEWS
Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters Book Review
Published by: Insight Editions
Making of featurettes are common extras on DVD and Blu-Ray releases but with the release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, we get a behind-the-scenes “making of…” in book format. This 160 page, full color hardcover book from Insight Editions documents the production of this big screen blockbuster from concept to finished product.
Del Toro himself provides the book’s Foreword and writer David S. Cohen takes you on a tour of the film’s production. We meet Travis Beacham, the screenwriter and learn about the development of the script and its influences in the Giant Kaiju films of Japan. You will meet the characters in the film in photos, concept art, and text detailing their vital statistics like height, weight, birthdate, rank, etc…
But of course whe most people are going to be interested in are the monsters and the mechs. The book is filled with fantastic art and photos of both including a ton of pre-production sketches, storyboards, and concept art. It also includes their backstories and vital stats.
Making the book geared towards collectors is the number of re-production items included in the book such as ID Badges, blueprints, stickers, anti-kaiju Propaganda posters. Sections also detail stunt work, special effects, principal shooting, post-production, and so much more. There is just a wealth of information in the book that is a great accompaniment to the film itself. It’s a beautiful book from cover to cover!
The Twilight Zone Complete Second Season Book Review
You know never gets credit for being among the greatest Sci-Fi writers of all-time? Rod Serling, that’s who! While we think about Serling as the host of The Twilight Zone, frequently forgotten is that he wrote the bulk of the screenplays, often drawing upon his own life experiences for inspiration. For the 29 episode second season, Serling wrote the screenplays for 20 of them, most of them being original screenplays. Saying that season two had some of the best episodes in series history would be redundant. EVERY season had some of the best episodes of the series’ run. The Twilight Zone is one of the most consistently outstanding shows ever produced. Hence the reason it is still being show on TV over 50 years later.
Season Two does have one of the most unique episodes, however. “The Howling Man” finds a man na,ed David Ellington hiking through Europe who seeks refuge from a storm in an old abbey. There, the man here’s an unnerving howling coming from inside the abbey. He finds a man imprisoned in a small cell who claims the monks are crazy. Ellington meets with the leader of the monastery, Brother Jerome (John Carradine) who claims that the man in the cell is the devil himself! This episode is aided by some unique camera angles the conveyed a sense of strangeness. Truly an unusual episode in the annals of the series!
“The Eye of the Beholder” is one of the most famous episodes of the series. Janet Taylor is undergoing her 11th and final operation in order to make her look like everyone else. We never see her as her face is wrapped in bandages. Finally, the doctors remove the bandages and recoil in horror saying that there has been no change in her appearance. We finally see the beautiful of actress Donna Douglas (of The Beverly Hillbillies fame) and then we see the doctors and nurses who surround her, all who have horribly twisted faces. This was one of those episodes featuring an ironic twist that the show did so well.
“Nick of Time” features a couple who stop at a roadside diner when their car breaks down and become obsessed with a fortune telling machine that seems to be able to accurately predict their fates. “Night of the Meek” finds a drunken, but good-hearted man dressed as Santa who finds a magic bag filled with presents that he passes out to the down-trodden.
Another of the great episodes from Season Two was “The Invaders”, written by Richard Matheson. An old woman in a rundown shack is attacked by a miniature flying saucer and tiny robots. The episode features no dialog until the end when the inhabitants of the spacecraft speak in English revealing that they are humans who have landed on a planet there the people are giants.
Other great episodes include “The Odyssey of Flight 33”, “Long Distance Call”, “The Obsolete Man”, and “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” featuring aliens from two different planets encountering each other in a late night diner.
Walking Dead Minimates Series 3
Diamond Select Toys
Diamond Select has released its third series of The Walking Dead Minimates featuring four all-new two-packs of figures that are available at comic book and specialty shops as well as Toys-R-Us stores. The four two packs feature: Battle-damaged Tyreese and Farmer Zombie; Prison Herschel and Farmer Zombie; Riot Gear Rick and Guard Zombie; Dexter and Dreadlock Zombie. There are also two packs that are available only at Toys-R-Us stores. These include Glenn and Vest Zombie and Carol and Pole Zombie.
If you’re counting that gives you five new Minimates zombies (Since the Farmer Zombie is included in two sets) to add to the ever-growing collection of these 2” figures. The Battle-damaged Tyreese is the short-pack figure so keep your eyes out for that one. The figures come with 14 points of articulation and feature a variety of weapons and accessories like guns and other weapons, removable helmets/hair pieces, and interchangeable limbs.
The Dreadock and Guar Zombies both have a left arm thatis torn off near the shoulder but come a non-damaged arm as well if you like your zombies less gory. Battle-damaged Tyreese features him sporting a blackened left eye, a fat lip, and numerous scars and scratches. Riot Gear Rick is one of the best figures in the series. You can remove the helmet and face shield and replace it with a hair piece.
The zombie figures are all nicely designed with various degrees of rotting and bite damage to their bodies although I’m not too crazy about the Farmer Zombie being used twice even though it’s a very nice figure. The Prison Herschel is on the weak side. Not crazy about him being in a prison jumpsuit which seemed to be merely for reasons of cost and convenience. Check out the Minimates trailer below:
World War Z: The Art of the Film
Published by: Titan Books
Our second movie-based book takes a look at another one of 2013’s summer blockbusters, World War Z. This book presents a huge volume of production art, design sketches, storyboards, and full color photos presented alongside of the film’s full shooting script which makes it quite a bit different than the Pacific Rim book reviewed above.
The book takes you through the various settings in the film such as Philadelphia, The huge flotilla, Korea, Jerusalem, and Wales. Qutotations from Director Marc Forster, as well as the Second Unit Director, Visual and Animation effects Supervisors, and cast members.
Presenting the book with script is cool but doing so takes away from a lot of the behind-the-scenes info you get in the Pacific Rim book. All of the art is fantastic but it has the feel more of a scrapbook than one that is truly informational. Even the last couple of sections dealing with the zombies and green screen films are more just collections of photos and stray comments as opposed to any comprehensive data on the productions.
While it’s certainly a gorgeous book to look at, there’s probably not enough here for film fans to truly sink their teeth into, no pun intended.
6 Souls Blu-Ray Review
Released in 2010 as “Shelter” overseas, the film was retitled “6 Souls” for its U.S. release. Julianne Moore is a psychiatrist named Cara who has specialized in debunking claims of multiple personality disorder. She receives a call from her father, Dr. Harding (Jeffrey DeMunn of The Walking Dead) who is also a Psychiatrist about a patient he wants her to see. She meets David (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a wheelchair-bound young man. When David receives a call from Dr. Harding, he immediately transforms his personality into a man called “Adam”, who is able to get up out of the wheelchair and walk without any problem.
Cara looks into the histories of both of the man’s personalities, convinced he created the personality after reading about them in newspapers. Yet when she tracks down David’s mother (Francis Conroy of American Horror Story), and has her meet the man, he knows details about David’s life that he could not possibly know. Things grow more terrifying as David begins to display other personalities…personalities of people who have recently died. As she begins to doubt her theory, her investigations take her to the rural hill country where she meets a blind old woman called “Granny” who reveals that David is something much more terrifying than simply a man with a mental disorder.
I enjoyed 6 Souls for about the first two-thirds and then it sunk like a stone. There was nothing wrong with the introduction of the supernatural elements of the story until they became a convoluted mess about fire and brimstone preacher in the 1910’s who lost his faith in God and became possessed by an evil force that is never clearly defined. The last twenty minutes of the film is just about beyond comprehension that leaves you shaking your head over what just happened when it concludes. It’s too bad…the film had some promising elements and is bolstered by an exceptional cast but ultimately tries to get too cute for its own good.
Last Kind Words DVD Review
17-year-old Eli has moved with his parenets from the city to the backwoods of Kentucky to work on the depleted farm of his father’s boyhood friend, Waylon (Brad Douriff). Eli’s father Bud is angry and abusive both to him and his mother. After one of his verbal and physical assaults, Eli runs into the woods where he meets a pretty and mysterious local girl Amanda. The two are immediately attracted to each other and form a bond. However when Eli finds an old fenced in area of the woods, Amanda warns him not to enter.
When Eli mentions meeting Amanda to Waylon, the normally affable man becomes enraged, telling Eli to stay away from her. It is soon revealed that everyone from Waylon, to Amanda, to Eli’s parents are harboring old secrets that have been buried for years. When Eli disobeys Amanda by climbing the ancient fence, he finds the body of a young girl, hung by her neck in a tree. It is now Amanda who becomes infuriated, threatening to harm Eli
Last Kind Words is a slow-moving, low energy supernatural thriller that never engages the viewer. The plot is predictable and doesn’t try to hide it. On top of that it’s just plain silly and loaded with padding that makes it seem even longer than 87 minutes. A sub-plot with Eli’s old girlfriend sneaking out from the city to visit him is a prime example of an added plot threat that serves no purpose other than to up the running time.
The acting is also substandard by everyone involved including the veteran Douriff. I know he has specialized in these off-kilter roles for decades but just when you thought he might have a chance to play a more normal role, he makes the predicted turn to bat-crap crazy. Spencer Daniels who plays Eli, is an experienced young actor with a cherub-like face but he doesn’t have the mettle to carry the bulk of the film as he is being asked to do.