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AUG! 31

20th CENTURY FOX Drops the Final THE PREDATOR Trailer
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
PLANET OF THE APES, OMEN, Star Wars, ALIEN, PREDATOR, FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, and in counting so many others, over the many decades, 20th Century Fox had a corporate culture cursed, by an enthusiastic hard-on for destroying their most popular franchises. By the behavior of 20th Century Fox, if anything reeked of profit now and for the forseeable future, it had to be burnt beyond all recognition.

However, PREDATOR is one of the Fox franchises that Disney bought, and while Disney often has hiccups of their own, they never lose sight of their crown jewels.

Disney has a lot of crown jewels and they may be ready to return the PREDATOR franchise to its former glory.

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AUG! 30

AMAZON and that SUSPIRIA Vibe
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Amazon is definitely going for that "Arthouse" Horror movie vibe, which to American audiences in the know, is the perception of Dario Argento anyway.

Yes, this remake has nothing to do with Dario beyond his original creator credit, but I like to think that they are telling us that, however far they go with it, they are respecting Argento's original intent.

Suspiria

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
The first Horror novel was also the first Science Fiction novel. The person who created them both, the Mother of Horror and Science Fiction, is none other than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who would be 220 today.
Actor Eldon Henson (JAWS: THE REVENGE, IDLE HANDS, EVIL ALIEN CONQUERORS, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, DEJA VU, RISE: BLOOD HUNTER, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 1 & 2, THE DEFENDERS [TV], DAREDEVIL [TV]) is 41.
Writer, Producer Laeta Kalogridis (BIRDS OF PREY [TV], PATHFINDER, AVATAR, SHUTTER ISLAND, WHITE HOUSE DOWN) is 53.
Actor Ely Pouget (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES [TV], COOL BLUE, THE RIFT, DARK SHADOWS [TV 1991], THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR., DEATH MACHINE, MURDER SHE WROTE [TV], LAWNMOWER MAN 2, TOTAL REALITY, OUTPATIENT) is 57.

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AUG! 29

Bad Times at the El RoyaleSPAWN Movie: About Effing Time!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Did you ever see the original SPAWN movie? Well let me cut to the chase for you: it sucks so bad!

How bad is that? So bad it took over 21 years for SPAWN creator Todd McFarlane to reignite the comic into a movie that might work.

My reviewer, Christos N. Gage, who is a comic book and movie writer himself, (THE BREED, WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN, PARADOX, DAREDEVIL [TV], ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN [Animated - TV]) was more forgiving in his movie review of the Director's Cut, giving the flick a barely earned Three Shriek Girls.

Yet at long last, we are going to get a SPAWN movie that will right the wrongs and set things to... er... right.

Comicbook.com announced today in their exclusive, that Special Effects Make-Up Artist, Greg Nicotero (ARMY OF DARKNESS, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL [1999], THE WALKING DEAD [TV], are just a few in Greg's extensive list) is joining the crew of the new SPAWN, which is set for release in 2019.

Read the full exclusive at ComicBook.com.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Director William Friedkin (Alfred Hitchcock Presents [TV], Alfred Hitchcock Hour [TV], THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST, SORCERER, CRUISING, RAMPAGE, THE GUARDIAN, JADE, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, THE HUNTED, BUG, KILLER JOE) who is 83.
Director Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE [all], BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER, BAD BIOLOGY) is 68.
Writer Nancy Holder (SPELLBOUND, Various books in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", and "Highlander" series) who is 65.
Writer / Director Joel Schumacher (FLATLINERS, FALLING DOWN, THE CLIENT, 8MM, GOSSIP, PHONE BOOTH, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE NUMBER 23, BLOOD CREEK, TWELVE, TRESPASS) who is 79.

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AUG! 28

Bad Times at the El Royale20th CENTURY FOX Drops the EL ROYALE
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie trailer, to be precise.

After 20 years in the biz, Writer Drew Goddard (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV], ANGEL [TV], ALIAS [TV], LOST [TV], CLOVERFIELD, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, WORLD WAR Z, DAREDEVIL [TV]) finally gets his chance to show us what he's got, as he holds the reigns of Writer, Producer, and Director this time out.

If you're wondering why the movie poster looks so Marvel, that may be due to the input of the other producer on this flick, Jeremy Latcham (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, THE AVENGERS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING).

Out for this romp is Jeff Bridges (KING KONG [1976], TRON, JAGGED EDGE, THE VANISHING, IRON MAN, TRON: LEGACY, TIDELAND, R.I.P.D.),
Chris Hemsworth (STAR TREK [2009], A PERFECT GETAWAY, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, THOR [all], THE AVENGERS [all], SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN [all], STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, GHOSTBUSTERS [2016]),
Jon Hamm (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL [2008], SUCKER PUNCH),
Lewis Pullman (AFTERMATH, STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT),
Dakota Johnson (BEASTLY), and
Cailee Spaeny (PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING)

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Billy Boyd (URBAN GHOST STORY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, SEED OF CHUCKY, DOMINATOR X, GLENN, DOROTHY AND THE WITCHES OF OZ, SPACE MILKSHAKE) is 49.
Director David Fincher (ALIEN3, SE7EN, THE GAME, PANIC ROOM, ZODIAC, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) is 56.
Actor Sarah Roemer (WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY, THE GRUDGE 2, DISTURBIA, ASYLUM, LOCKED IN, THE EVENT [TV], MANHATTAN UNDYING) is 34.

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AUG! 27

RLJE STUDIOS DROPS THEIR LATEST TRAILER
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Done the right way, alien abduction movies are Horror, and Horror belongs here.

From Director Fulvio Sestito helming his first feature, BEYOND THE SKY stars the first lady of Horror movies, Dee Wallace (THE HOWLING, CRITTERS, THE FRIGHTENERS, THE LOST, ABOMINABLE, VOODOO MOON, THE PLAGUE, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and also stars Peter Storemare (THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, 8MM, MINORITY REPORT, 2001 MANIACS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM).

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Paul Reubens (PANDEMONIUM, BATMAN RETURNS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TRIPPER, RE-ANIMATED) is 66.
Writer Drew Silver (THE VAMPIRE WITHIN [series]) is 41.
Actor Reece Shearsmith (P.R.O.B.E.: THE DEVIL OF WINTERBORNE, AUTON, AUTON 2, BIRTHDAY GIRL, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN [TV], SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN'S APOCALYPSE, MARPLE: ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE, THE COTTAGE, BURKE & HARE, PSYCHOVILLE [TV], A FIELD IN ENGLAND, THE WORLD'S END) is 49.
Actor Peter Stormare (FARGO, THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, MERCURY RISING, 8MM, BRUISER, MINORITY REPORT, BIRTH, CONSTANTINE, 2001 MANIACS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, UNKNOWN, PREMONITION, INSANITARIUM, HORSEMEN, THE KILLING ROOM, DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT, MARIANNE, FALSE TRAIL, INSEPERABLE, LOOKOUT, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, BAD MILO, THE ZERO THEOREM, AUTUMN BLOOD, CLOWN, DARK SUMMER) is 60.
Actor Alexa Vega (TWISTER, THE GLIMMER MAN, SPYKIDS, SPYKIDS 2, SPYKIDS 3D, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, HELIX, THE MINE, MOTHER'S DAY, THE DEVIL'S CARNIVAL, ABANDONED MINE, THE CLOCKWORK GIRL, BR/1BA, WICKED BLOOD, THE REMAINING, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, ROOMMATE WANTED, THE MURDER PACT) is 30.
House - 1986ON SATURDAY -
Writer / Director / Producer Tim Burton (BEETLEJUICE, BATMAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, MARS ATTACKS!, SLEEPY HOLLOW, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, PLANET OF THE APES [2001], THE CORPSE BRIDE, SWEENEY TODD, 9, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DARK SHADOWS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, FRANKENWEENIE) is 60.
Composer Harry Manfredini (THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE KIRLIAN WITNESS, FRIDAY THE 13TH [all], THE CHILDREN, THE RETURNING, ZOMBIE ISLAND MASSACRE, HOUSE, HOUSE II, DEEPSTAR SIX, WISHMASTER, HIDDEN AGENDA, THE OMEGA CODE, ENDANGERED SPECIES, GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM, DEAD AND GONE, DARK DESIRE, HANSEL & GRETEL: WARRIORS OF WITCHCRAFT, IMMORTAL KISS: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, KNOCK 'EM DEAD, CANNIBALS, A BLOOD STORY, MY STEPBROTHER IS A VAMPIRE?, and way more) is 75.
Actor John Savage (THE KILLING KIND, THE AMATEUR, SALVADOR, CARIBE, VOICE IN THE DARK, DOOR TO SILENCE, PRIMARY MOTIVE, KILLING OBSESSION, SHATTERED, THE DANGEROUS, CARNOSAUR 2, WHERE TRUTH LIES, LAST CUT, FIRESTORM, AMNESIA, HOSTILE INTENT, CLUB VAMPIRE, LOST SOULS [1998], GHOST SOLDIER, CHRISTINA'S HOUSE, THEY NEST, DEAD MAN'S RUN, DARK ANGEL [TV], INTOXICATING, ALIEN LOCKDOWN, FALLACY, CARNIVALE [TV], THE DROP, THE ATTIC, FROM A PLACE OF DARKNESS, DREAMKILLER, DEMON LEGACY, A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT, DEMON LEGACY, ALIEN RISING, 7E, AWAKENED, SPREADING DARKNESS, NEPHILIM, and way more) is 69.
Musician Gene Simmons (KISS everything including PSYCHO CIRCUS) is 69.
Actor Alexander Skarsgård (THE DIVER, WHITE WATER FURY, EXIT, METROPIA, TRUE BLOOD [TV], MELANCHOLIA, STRAW DOGS, BATTLESHIP, THE EAST, DISCONNECT, HIDDEN) is 43.

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AUG! 24

DARK SKY DROPS, AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
In his second feature outing, Director Johnny Kevorkian (THE DISAPPEARED) presents AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, written by first time screenwriter, Gavin Williams.

Stars David Bradley (Character Argus Filch in the HARRY POTTER series, EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, HOT FUZZ, THE STRAIN [TV]),
Holly Weston (SPLINTERED, JOHN CARTER, DEMENTAMANIA, HOWL [2015], SACRACIDE), and
Sam Gittens (HOWL [2015], SACRACIDE).

Look for AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS on October 6, 2018.

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THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU IS 22.
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
There were a whole host of reasons the 1996 version of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU failed.

In fact, there is a three disc documentary on just why it failed!

However, we must keep it succinct and stick to what we saw on the screen.

Read the review of /THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer Matt Cardin (DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP) is 48.
Actor Rupert Grint (HARRY POTTER [all]) is 29.
Actor Jared Harris (NATURAL BORN KILLERS, NADJA, LOST IN SPACE, TRANCE, I LOVE YOUR WORK, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE, LADY IN THE WATER, FROM WITHIN, THE WARD, FRINGE [TV], SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, THE QUIET ONES) is 57.
Writer / Director Takashi Miike (FULL METAL YAKUZA, AUDITION, DEAD OR ALIVE, MPD: PSYCHO, VISITOR Q, ICHI THE KILLER, GOZU, Masters of Horror: IMPRINT, CROWS ZERO, GOD'S PUZZLE, CROWS ZERO II, LESSON OF THE EVIL, SHIELD OF STRAW, and way freakin' more!) is 58.

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AUG! 23

SUSPIRIA - 2018
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Dario Argento's original 1977 masterpiece was, like many movies of the summer of 1977 (THE DEEP, THE CAR, DEMON SEED, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, SORCERER, ROLLING THUNDER), plowed under by the surprise audience hit, Star Wars. SUSPIRIA had the added onus of being a foreign Horror movie by an auteur who cared more for cinematic visuals than acting or story. In 1977 those went directly to arthouse theaters and drive-ins.

So there is plenty that could be improved upon the original, but not without the near visual hallucinogenics that made it legendary - and worth a reboot - in the first place.

Now we have Italian Director Luca Guadagnino's vision of SUSPIRIA.

Guadagnino, a long time professional partner of Actor Tilda Swinson (FRIENDSHIP'S DEATH, VANILLA SKY, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN), on her romance dramas, is a man who, throughout his long largely arthouse movie career, has never had the slightest interest in Horror Thriller movies.

Luca is, however, known for his romance movies and visual flair. That's not the kiss of death here, as I can't think of a single living established Horror movie director alive who could bring justice to such a movie.

After all, Alfred Hitchcock didn't direct Horror until he directed PSYCHO. Steven Speilberg didn't direct Horror until he directed JAWS. John Carpenter didn't direct Horror until he directed HALLOWEEN. John Landis didn't direct Horror until he directed AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. and Jonathan Demme didn't direct Horror until he directed THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. So yeah, despite the original SUSPIRIA being directed by an established Horror Thriller director, there is a precedent here for non-Horror directors to wow us with enduring iconic classics.

Will the new SUSPIRIA, like the original, bring only the eye candy? We'll see, but the trailer is fascinating to watch.

Psycho 1960And

HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer Roger Avary (RESERVOIR DOGS, KILLING ZOE, PULP FICTION, MR. STITCH, SILENT HILL, BEOWULF) is 53.
Actor Aaron Douglas (FINAL DESTINATION 2, X2, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, I, ROBOT, WHITE NOISE, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, BLOOD: A BUTCHER'S TALE, KILLER MOUNTAIN, GHOST STORM, DEATH DO US PART) is 47.
Actor Vera Miles (BEYOND THIS PLACE, THE WRONG MAN, PSYCHO, THE UNKNOWN [TV], THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, A HOWLING IN THE WOODS [TV], BAFFLED!, RUNAWAY!, TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING, PSYCHO II, BRAINWAVES, THE INITIATION, SEPARATE LIVES) is 89.
Writer / Director Chan-wook Park (ANARCHISTS, GONGDONG GYEONGBI GUYEOK JSA, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGENCE, OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGENCE, THREE EXTREMES, BAKJWI, THIRST, STOKER) is 55.
Actor Ray Park (X-MEN, SLAYER, HELLBINDERS, HEROES [TV], JINN, FUTURE FIGHTERS) is 44.

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AUG! 22

Dawn of the Dead 2004HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Richard Armitage (FROZEN [2005], MI-5 [TV], CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY [all], BLACK SKY, THE CRUCIBLE, HANNIBAL [TV], ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, SLEEPWALKER, BERLIN STATION [TV], ) is 47.
Look for Richard in the 2019 Horror Thriller, THE LODGE.
Actor Ty Burrell (EVOLUTION, BLACK HAWK DOWN, DAWN OF THE DEAD [2004], DOWN IN THE VALLEY, FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS, NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, FAIR GAME) is 48.
Writer M.J. Euringer (various short stories including works in anthologies like Random Acts of Weirdness and Horrorfind) is 48.
Actor Colm Feore (IRON EAGLE II, THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, NIGHT SINS, FACE/OFF, HOSTILE WATERS, THE WRONG GUY, CREATURE [1998], THE LESSER EVIL, THE RED VIOLIN, STORM OF THE CENTURY, STRIKING POSES, CENTURY HOTEL, IGNITION, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, POINT OF ORIGIN, PAYCHECK, HIGHWAYMEN, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, SECRET FILES OF THE INQUISITION [TV], CHANGELING, WARGAMES: THE DEAD CODE, 24: REDEMPTION, 24 [TV], THOR, THE BORGIAS [TV], REVOLUTION [TV], JACK RYAN: SHADOW ONE and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, HIGHER POWER, REVERSION, PAINKILLERS, MEAN DREAMS, BUCKOUT ROAD, ANON, HIGHER POWER) is 62.
Look for Colm in the upcoming 2017, 2018 Horror Thriller, EVERFALL
Actor Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN, RATBOY, THE 'BURBS, SHADOW OF DOUBT, THE LANDLADY, KING COBRA, A CLEAN KILL, THE PHOBIC, ALIEN ENCOUNTER, SIBLING RIVALRY, RAVEN, THE ASCENT, THE QUIET ONES, DISCIPLINE, MIMESIS, MY TRIP TO THE DARK SIDE, DARK CANYON, MY TRIP BACK TO THE DARK SIDE, THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET) is 53.
Look for Courtney in the upcoming 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Horror Thriller release, HAUNTED: 333. Also look for Courtney in the upcoming 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 release of HALCYON.

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AUG! 21

37 YEARS AGO
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON was released to American theaters on this day in 1981 and the fans went mad.

Special Effects Make-Up Artist (SFX MUA) Rick Baker, who helped fellow SFX Artist Rob Bottin on THE HOWLING (released in April of the same year), upped the game and had his werewolf transformation take place in full light.

Here we are nearly 4 decades later and Baker's practical effects remain unmatched by anything anyone has done since.

Continued at my review on /AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.

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IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
BLADE
Marvel spent decades languishing in feature film hell, barely surfacing to have so much as a popular TV show based on one of their characters (THE INCREDIBLE HULK). The cartoons did reasonably well, er... THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN did well, anyway.


God DAMN that's just so BAD ASS!

Meanwhile, decade after decade, Warner Bros. was shoving Marvel's nose in it with their Superman and Batman franchises, and WB weren't even trying. Also, their cartoons were way more popular.

So many attempts were made including a Fantastic 4 that was so bad it was never released (truly the same should be said for all of them).

BladeThen in 1998, Director Stephen Norrington, acolyte of James Cameron and fresh off of his indie hit, DEATH MACHINE, was given the reigns to 1998's BLADE. Nobody expected much, this was Marvel after all, but Stephen Norrington, working off a screenplay by David S. Goyer (DARK CITY), knocked BLADE right out of the park, thanks in no small part to actor Wesley Snipes who thoroughly Became the character!

For the first time in its history, Marvel and Stan Lee had a chance to make an impression on movie audiences world wide. Marvel's X-MEN which had meandered around various studios since 1984, was suddenly hot again and fast tracked with Brian Singer in charge.

Some historians say Marvel's ascendence started with THE X-MEN, but shooting an A-list Marvel title didn't even begin until over a year later in September of 1999.

By that time, BLADE, one of Marvel's C-List properties that wasn't even in publication at the time, made nearly three times its budget at the box office with a second tier movie studio (New Line), before X-MEN was into pre-production.

BLADE was all black leather and flying kicks a year before THE MATRIX.

I love X-MEN, but let's be honest here. BLADE was the first! Read why /BLADE.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Writer Steve Alten (TRENCH, DOMAIN, RESURRECTION, GOLIATH, MEG; Primal Waters, The LOCH, THE SHELL GAME, MEG: HELL'S AQUARIUM) is 59.
Actor Carrie-Anne Moss (THE SOFT KILL, TERRIFIED, LETHAL TENDER, THE MATRIX, MEMENTO, RED PLANET, THE ANIMATRIX, THE MATRIX RE-LOADED, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, SUSPECT ZERO, FIDO, DISTURBIA, UNTHINKABLE, SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D, COMPULSION) is 51.

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AUG! 20

SYSTEM SHOCK
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Before there was an EVENT HORIZON, there were two incredibly compelling Science Fiction Horror games. HALF-LIFE and SYSTEM SHOCK 2.

HALF-LIFE was released first, only months before SYSTEM SHOCK 2, and so amassed the most attention. But SYSTEM SHOCK 2, already finished and waiting for release, had its own horrific story to tell.

As with favored movies, this would all be ancient history without a point were it not for an enthusiastic gamer fanbase still eager for more.

When a Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2016 by Nightdive Studios, offering a faithful remake of the original SYSTEM SHOCK with updated visual graphics, gameplay, and sound, the response was so resounding it raised well over the required budget. 21,625 backers pledged $1,350,700 million dollars, making the SYSTEM SHOCK remake one of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns ever!

And then... everything went to hell with years of going no where, disheartening new directions replacing the original promises, and a disappointing statement from CEO, Stephen Kick, placed on the moribund SYSTEM SHOCK Kickstarter page on Feb. 16 of this year.

Game reporters from Yong Yea to Polygon bitterly assessed the death and incompetence of Stephen and his team, with little hope for the promised rebirth later that month.

Stephen eventually returned with an April statement that was stuffed with enthusiasm while promising nothing.

However, the money has been spent and the fans are not backing down. So in this month, Nightdive began releasing meandering work in progress videos. On August 16, Nightdive released this on their Twitch.TV page. Yawn!

For the moment, however, the backers and fans are tentatively placated by the glacial progress.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS House On Haunted Hill - 1999TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Colin Cunningham (THE X-FILES, DEAD FIRE, FIVE DESPERATE HOURS, THE 6TH DAY, ANTITRUST, Da VINCI'S INQUEST [TV], STARGATE SG-1 [TV], Da VINCI'S CITY HALL [TV], Masters of Horror: WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM, THE COLLECTOR [TV], THE ENTRANCE, STARGATE: CONTINUUM, THE CRUSADER, FIREBALL, FALLING SKIES [TV], THE ELEVENTH VICTIM, FALLING SKIES: THE ENEMY WITHIN, NUMB, BLOOD DRIVE, PREACHER) is 52.
Colin is currently in production on the Horror movie, BASHIRA.
Writer Maria Alexander (Various poems and short stories) is 94, but looks 20 years younger! Visit her at The Handless Poet.
Actor James Marsters (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV], HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL [1999], STRANGE FREQUENCY 2, ANGEL [TV], SHADOW PUPPETS) is 55.
Actor John Noble (THE DREAMING, VIRTUAL NIGHTMARE, THE MONKEY'S MASK, THE LORD OF THE RINGS [all], VOODOO LAGOON, FRINGE [TV], SLEEPY HOLLOW [TV], SALVATION [TV], ELEMENTARY) is 70.
Look for John in the upcoming 2018 Thriller, SILENCIO.
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Actor Kevin Dillon (REMOTE CONTROL, THE BLOB [1988], TRUE CRIME, STAG, HIDDEN AGENDA, MISBEGOTTEN, OUT FOR BLOOD, POSEIDON [2006], COMPULSION, THE THROWAWAYS) is 53.
Actor Martin Donovan (THE ROOK, NADJA, INSOMNIA, DARK SHADOWS [TV - 2005], THE QUIET, THE VISITATION, WIND CHILL, Masters of Horror: RIGHT TO DIE, THE DEAD ZONE [TV], GHOST WHISPERER [TV], THE ALPHABET KILLER, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, DURESS, UNTHINKABLE, SILENT HILL: REVELATION, NURSE 3D, THE LOTTERY [TV], ANT-MAN, BEYOND [TV], REMEMORY, AFTERMATH, FAHRENHEIT 451 [2018]) is 61.
Writer Jenny Orosel (THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NONE OF THIS IS REAL) is 45.
Horror writer John Passarella (WITHER, WITHER'S RAIN) who is 57.
And On Saturday -
Actor Christian Slater (SHERLOCK HOLMES [TV], TWISTED, THE NAME OF THE ROSE, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, HARD RAIN, MINDHUNTERS, PURSUED, ALONE IN THE DARK, HOLLOW MAN II, SLIPSTREAM, HE WAS A QUIET MAN, IGOR, MY OWN WORST ENEMY [TV], THE RIVER MURDERS, PLAYBACK, RITES OF PASSAGE, STRANDED, WAY OF THE WICKED, MR. ROBOT, THE SUMMIT) is 49.
Actor Madeline Stowe (REVENGE, THE TWO JAKES, CLOSET LAND, UNLAWFUL ENTRY, BLINK, CHINA MOON, TWELVE MONKEYS, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, IMPOSTOR, OCTANE, RAINES [TV], REVENGE [TV]) is 60.

H.P. LovecraftPlus

I Know He's Dead, But Insanely, His Work Lives On!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Born on this day 128 years ago, Lovecraft remains both relevant and controversial.

A source of inspiration to Italian directors like Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY), American writers like Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN, BLEEDERS) as well as a direct source, if highly modified, by directors like Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, CASTLE FREAK, DAGON, Masters of Horror: DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE), Brian Yuzna (BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR), as well as Writers and directors from around the world (CHILEAN GOTHIC, THE CALL OF CTHULHU, 185 credits and new ones every month!). That's not even mentioning the tons of Lovecraft themed anthologies, Comic Books (LORI LOVECRAFT, Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft Vol. 4), and games.

Warts and all, we'll always love Lovecraft!

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AUG! 17

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
In case you forgot about this, seeing as this trailer was first dropped back in March, Director Eli Roth (CABIN IN THE WOODS, HOSTEL, THE LAST EXORCISM) is going for a family audience with the full Amblin Entertainment production (I know, right?).

Complete with heavy doses of Tim Burton and a dash of Guillermo del Toro, here is the teaser trailer for Roth's latest Horror Comedy Fantasy movie, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS.

It matters now because this movie will be released in only one month, September 21.

Let your appetite be whetted.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS The Hills Have Eyes - 2006TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Shane Briant (STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING, DEMONS OF THE MIND, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, THE MACKINTOSH MAN, CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER, HAWK THE SLAYER, CASSANDRA, OUT OF THE BODY, GREVIOUS BODILY HARM, TUNNEL VISION, CHAMELEON II: DEATH MATCH, CHAMELEON 3: DARK ANGEL, SUBTERANO) is 72.
Actor Robert Joy (AMITYVILLE 3-D, TERMINAL CHOICE, SHE'S BACK, SHADOWS AND FOG, THE DARK HALF, FALLEN, RESURRECTION, LAND OF THE DEAD, THE HILLS HAVE EYES [2006], ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM) who is 67.
Actor Taissa Farmiga (ANNA, THE FINAL GIRLS, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY [TV]) is 24.
Look for Taissa in the upcoming Horror Thriller, THE NUN and in the Mystery Thriller, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE.
Actor Donnie Wahlberg (BLACK CIRCLE BOYS, THE SIXTH SENSE, DREAMCATCHER, SAW II, SAW III, DEAD SILENCE, SAW IV, RIGHTEOUS KILL) is 49.

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AUG! 16

QUICK BITES
Horror news from around the Web.
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Your loss, Disney. Disney executives will really have to pull a rabbit out of the hat for this one, and they have neither rabbits or hats.

On their own, Disney brought us franchise killing live action flops like,
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,
Secretariat,
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE,
TRON: LEGACY,
JOHN CARTER,
Prom,
The Lone Ranger,
Pete's Dragon,
The Odd Life of Timothy Green,
Million Dollar Arm,
INTO THE WOODS,
Tomorrowland,
The Finest Hours,
Alice Through the Looking Glass,
Queen of Katwe,
and A Wrinkle in Time. Their small handful of live action hits don't cover their losses. Oh, and they've continued the fine George Lucas tradition of destroying the STAR WARS brand.

Make no mistake, PIXAR and MARVEL are all that is keeping Disney afloat.

Read the exclusive article at Variety.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
The dead Next DoorBy E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer / Director / Producer/ Etc. J. R. Bookwalter (THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, SKINNED ALIVE, ZOMBIE COP, KINGDOM OF THE VAMPIRE, HUMANOIDS FROM ATLANTIS, GALAXY OF THE DINOSAURS, OZONE, THE SANDMAN, HELL ASYLUM, GROOM LAKE, DEADLY STINGERS, HORRORVISION, and more) is 53.
Actor Agnes Bruckner (THE GLASS HOUSE, MURDER BY NUMBERS, THE IRIS EFFECT, VENOM, THE WOODS, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, KILL THEORY, VACANCY 2) is 34.
Writer / Director / Producer James Cameron (PIRANHA 2, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2, TRUE LIES, STRANGE DAYS, DARK ANGEL [TV], AVATAR) is 65.
His SciFi Thriller BATTLE ANGEL is scheduled for a 2011 2013 2016 2017 December 2018 release.
Writer Garry Charles (THE SUMMER OF THE MASSACRE, DEAD CERT, THE HORROR PAGES, SINISTER VISIONS) is 45.
Actor / Writer / Producer Matt Farnsworth (THE STEP DAUGHTER, GACY, DESCENDENT, THE ORPHAN KILLER) is 43.
Actor Cam Gigandet (ON THE DOLL, TWILIGHT, THE UNBORN, PANDORUM, THE EXPERIMENT, THE ROMMATE, PRIEST, TRESPASS, IN THE BLOOD, PLUSH) is 36.
Writer Amanda Lee (DERANGED) is 57 or something.
Actor Evanna Lynch (HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2) is 27.
Writer Jeani Rector (WE ALL FALL DOWN, AFTER DARK: A COLLECTION OF HORROR, OPEN GRAVE, AROUND A DARK CORNER, AND NOW THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS, TWICE THE TERROR) is 57 or something.
Actor George Stults (WHAT LIES ABOVE, NIGHT SKIES, HYDRA, NECROSIS, BODERLINE MURDERS) is 43.

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AUG! 15

32 YEARS OF DAVID CRONENBERG'S
THE FLY

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
It only took 28 years to reboot 1958's THE FLY into one of the best examples of Science Fiction Horror - the other one being John Carpenter's THE THING, released only 4 years earlier.

While a shabby attempt was made in 2011 to reboot Carpenter's remake into a franchise, it's 32 years later and no one has yet committed to rebooting Cronenberg's Magnum Opus (one of his most important, though not his only one).

If you still haven't seen it and need a reason, here it is. /David Cronenberg's THE FLY.

Seth Brundel prepares himself

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EVENT HORIZON IS OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK (Responsibly)!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
On this day in 1997, Paul W.S. Anderson launched his career with a flawed blockbuster than went on to become a cult hit.

Did that make him happy? No! Paul, hampered by Paramount Pictures studio executives, wanted his movie to be so much more! Is it possible that after over 2 decades, Paul can achieve his dream of releasing a Director's Cut of his film?

Event orizon spikey room

Even he doesn't know. Read my review of this flawed gem, /Paul W.S. Anderson's EVENT HORIZON.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Natasha Henstridge (SPECIES, ADRENALIN: FEAR THE RUSH, STAND OFF, SPECIES II, THE LAST WITNESS, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS [2000], A BETTER WAY TO DIE, SECOND SKIN, GHOSTS OF MARS, RIDERS, SPECIES III, DECEPTION, IMPACT, TIME JUMPER [TV], THE SECRET CIRCLE [TV], COLD SPRING, A SISTER'S NIGHTMARE, HOME INVASION, THE BLACK ROOM) is 44.
Look for Natasha in the 2018 Horror Comedy, RAVERS. And in 2019, THE UNHEALER.
Actor Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER'S BONE, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, THE HUNGER GAMES [all], THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, MOTHER!) is 28.
Look for Jennifer in the upcoming 2019 Thriller, X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX.

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AUG! 14

BETHESDA DROPS IT HOT:
DOOM ETERNAL!

And it's Horrifically Awesome Action Fuel!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
I'm old enough to have played the first DOOM on DOS, by cracky! So when I say this remake/reboot DOOM is the best ever, I freaking mean it!

Let your eyeballs melt with this: Prefaced by the Bethesda team's introduction at the AUG! 10 QuakeCon in Grapvine, Texas, enjoy nearly 20 minutes of solid DOOM game play!

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Halle Berry (X-MEN, SWORDFISH, DIE ANOTHER DAY, X2, GOTHIKA, X3, PERFECT STRANGER, DARK TIDE, CLOUD ATLAS, THE CALL, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, EXTANT [TV], KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE) is 52.
Look for Halle in the upcoming JOHN WICK 3.
Actor Brianna Hildebrand (PRISM, DEADPOOL, TRAGEDY GIRLS, THE EXORCIST [TV], DEADPOOL 2) is 22.
Writer, Director, Producer, Jim Wynorski (CHOPPING MALL, NOT OF THIS EARTH [1988], THE HAUNTING OF MORELLA, MUNCHIE, VAMPIRELLA, THE BARE WENCH PROJECT, RAPTOR, THE THING BELOW, GARGOYLE, THE WITCHES OF BREASTWICK, THE DA VINCI COED, THE BREASTFORD WIVES, HOUSE ON HOOTER HILL, CLEAVAGEFIELD, THE HILLS HAVE THIGHS, DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR, MONSTER CRUISE, CAMEL SPIDERS, ROAD RAIDERS, PIRANHACONDA, and so many more, 94 of these in all) is 63. Jim has one of the most astounding quotes I've ever read from somone with his body of work. "I try to make things I'll enjoy seeing, because I'm going to watch these pictures for years to come and I don't want to be embarrassed."
Holy crap! Really? Well... okay then! You go Jim!

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AUG! 13

The Night StalkerQUICK BITES
Horror news from around the Web.
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
THE NIGHT STALKER (SPECIAL EDITION) (BLU-RAY)
We're approaching October 2, the Blu-Ray release date of the legendary Horror TV movie, THE NIGHT STALKER. With a screenplay written by the legendary Richard Matheson (HOUSE OF USHER, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, TALES OF TERROR, THE RAVEN, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE TWILIGHT ZONE [1959 - 1964 TV], THE LAST MAN ON EARTH [1964], THE OMEGA MAN, THE NIGHT STRANGLER [TV], THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, TRILOGY OF TERROR [TV], STIR OF ECHOES, I AM LEGEND) and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (THE CITY OF THE DEAD, PSYCHO-CIRCUS, THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE, A TASTE OF EVIL, STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURANCE, WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE?, NIGHTMARE IN BADHAM COUNTY, NO PLACE TO HIDE, THE VIOLATION OF SARAH MCDAVID), THE NIGHT STALKER, as was typical of all of Moxey's TV movies, squeeked past network television censors of the era, terrifying and delighting audiences ever since.

Soon KINO, a company known only for their quality preservation of theatrical releases, will offer a 4K scan of the TV movie, THE NIGHT STALKER on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Check out their KINO NIGHT STALKER page for the full specs.

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Like 'Goosebumps?' Here's Another 30 Years' Worth Of Horror For Kids
by Grady Hendrix
In the early '90s, scarring kids for life became big business. R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike became brand name industries, minting money and traumatizing children. Stine had his Fear Street and Goosebumps series, while Pike turned out a seemingly endless line of young adult novels about teenagers killing teenagers, ancient dinosaurs disguised as teenagers killing teenagers, ghost teenagers killing non-ghost teenagers, and Greek gods reincarnated as teenagers killing teenagers. But this was simply the final development in decades of YA horror.

Continued at NPR Books.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS Black SwanTO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer Sean Hood (THE DARKLINGS [TV], HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION, CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE, THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER, MASTERS OF HORROR: SICK GIRL, MIDNIGHT MOVIE, CONAN THE BARBARIAN [2011]) is 52.
Actor Sebastian Stan (THE CONVENANT, KINGS [TV], BLACK SWAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, GONE, THE APPARITION, ONCE UPON A TIME [TV], LABYRINTH [TV]) is 36.
AND ON SUNDAY -
Writer / Director / Producer Stefan Avalos (THE GAME, THE LAST BROADCAST, THE TRUE LEGEND OF THE NEW JERSEY DEVIL, THE GHOSTS OF EDENDALE, HEADHUNTER) is 48.
Writer James Dorr (various short stories in anthologies) is 57 or something.
Actor Rebecca Gayheart (Robin Cook's INVASION, SCREAM 2, URBAN LEGEND, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3, SANTA'S SLAY, VANISHED [TV]) is 47.
Actor Bruce Greenwood (BEAR ISLAND, SERVANTS OF TWILIGHT, ADRIFT, EXOTICA, BITTER VENGEANCE, TREACHEROUS BEAUTIES, THE COMPANION, DREAM MAN, NOWHERE MAN [TV], SLEEPWALKERS [TV], DOUBLE JEOPARDY, THE SOUL COLLECTOR, CORD, BELOW, THE CORE, MELTDOWN, I, ROBOT, DEJA VU, CYBORG SOLDIER, STAR TREK [2009], CELL 213, SUPER 8, DONOVAN'S ECHO, THE RIVER [TV], STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, SPECTRAL, GERALD'S GAME, ) is 62.
Look for Bruce in the upcoming 2014 Thriller QUEEN OF THE NIGHT.
Bruce shares an August birthday with STAR TREK allumni, Liam Hemsworth.
Actor Andras Jones (SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIME BOWL-O-RAMA, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, EVERY BREATH, THE DEMOLITIONIST, THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS, EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY) is 49.
Writer Christopher M. Salas (DARK ECLIPSE: RISE OF AN ERA, DARK ECLIPSE II: WORLD ABOMINATION) is 57 or something.
Writer Susan Wingate (RAVINGS OF A MAD GENTLEWOMAN, BOBBY'S DINER [series], DROWNING) is 57 or something.
AND ON SATURDAY -
Embeth Davidtz (MUTATOR, SWEET MURDER, ARMY OF DARKNESS, LAST RITES, FALLEN, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, THE HOLE, THIR13EN GHOSTS, FRACTURE, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, EUROPA REPORT, PARANOIA, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2) is 53.
Writer, Director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, DOLLS, ROBOT JOX, DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, FORTRESS, CASTLE FREAK, DAGON, KING OF THE ANTS, Masters of Horror: DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE, STUCK) is 71.
Actor Chris Hemsworth (STAR TREK [2009], A PERFECT GETAWAY, THOR, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE AVENGERS, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, GHOSTBUSTERS [2018]) is 35.
Look for Chris in the 2018 Mystery Thriller, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
Musician Richard Reinhardt aka Richie Ramone (THE RAMONES, of course!) is 61.
Actor Jonathan Tiersten (SLEEPAWAY CAMP, RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, THE PERFECT HOUSE, BLOOD RESERVOIR, TERROR TALES, LAKE OF SHADOWS) is 53.

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AUG! 10

THE THING ABOUT HORROR FANS IS...
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
See, here's the thing about Horror movie audiences: You can have a low budget Independent movie with a cornball script. You can have no name amatuerish actors, bad sets, special effects - though good sound. You'll need that unless you're making a silent picture.

As long as your approach is fresh, daring, your actors are giving it their all instead of mocking you, and you take risks instead of trying to copy the mega-budget studios on your pocket change movie, you'll likely end up with a feature that will constantly find a new audience long after your grandchildren have died of old age.

On that note? Happy 56th Birthday to /THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Rick Otto (PHANTOMS, R.S.V.P., THE WIRE [TV], THE WALKING DEAD [TV], ALWAYS WATCHING: A MARBLE HORNETS) is 45.
Look for Rick in the 2019 Comedy Thriller, TROUBLE SLEEPING
Actor Lucas Till (LIGHTENING BUG, THE OTHER SIDE, DANCE OF THE DEAD, LAID TO REST, BATTLE LOS ANGELES, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, VS, DARK HEARTS, STOKER, CRUSH, PARANOIA, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, KRISTY, WOLVES, THE CURSE OF DOWNER'S GROVE, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, MONSTER TRUCKS) is 28.

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AUG! 9

SONY DROPS IT HOT: SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ) are back together in Horror comedy territory with SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ.

Clearly a mash-up of THE SHINING, THE GATE, HARRY POTTER, and Cabin In The Woods-style teen movies, SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ is Directed by Crispian Mills (A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING), Written by Mills and Henry Fitzherbert, and features the additional Acting talents of
Michael Sheen (UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON: LEGACY, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 1 & 2, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, GOOD OMENS [TV]),
Ryan Oliva (D-EFFECTS, HOWL, PETROLIUM SPIRIT, GHOST STORIES),
Jo Hartley (INBRED, WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, PREVENGE),
Asa Butterfield (THE WOLFMAN, MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN),
Tom Rhys Harries (JEKYLL & HIDE [TV], CROW),
Hermione Corfield (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES)

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS Alien RaidersTO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES [TV], X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE, STRAIGHTHEADS, BLEAK HOUSE [TV], X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, SHADOW DANCER, THE FALL [TV], HANNIBAL [TV], I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, ROBOT OVERLORDS, HANNIBAL [TV], AMERICAN GODS [TV], CROOKED HOUSE, X-FILES [TV - 2018]) who is 50.
Gillian shares an August birthday with her X-Files partner, David Duchovney.
Actor Eric Bana (CHOPPER, BLACK HAWK DOWN, HULK, MUNICH, STAR TREK [2009], THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, HANNA, DEADFALL, CLOSED CIRCUIT, LONE SURVIVOR, BEWARE THE NIGHT) is 50.
Actor Anna Kendrick (TWILIGHT, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 1, PARANORMAN, THE VOICES, LIFE AFTER BETH, INTO THE WOODS) is 33.
Actor Rhona Mitra (BEOWULF [1999], HOLLOWMAN, HIGHWAYMEN, THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, THE NUMBER 23, SKINWALKERS, DOOMSDAY, UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, STOLEN LIVES, THE GATES [TV], THE LAST SHIP [TV], THE LAST SHIP, THE STRAIN [TV]) is 42.
Actor Bill Skarsgård (WHITE WATER FURY, HEMLOCK GROVE [TV], ALLEGIANT, IT, ASSASSINATION NATION, DEADPOOL 2, CASTLE ROCK [TV]) is 28.

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AUG! 8

CAN'T HELP IT. I'VE GOT THIS THING!
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
I've got a Fever! And the only cure is more John Carpenter's THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

John Carpenter's THE THING

The irresistible bastards at Shout Factory / Scream Factory understand Horror fans like me and delight in exploiting us at every opportunity! And what an opportunity this new Scream Factory Steelbook Blu-Ray release is!

According to their website,

John Carpenter's THE THING movie posterBonus Features
DISC ONE:

2017 4K Scan Of The Feature Film

DISC TWO:

2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
Audio Commentary With Co-producer Stuart Cohen
Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German)
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards)

DISC THREE:

Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris
The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis
Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
Behind The Chameleon: The Visual Effects Of THE THING – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman, Brian Wade And Stop Motion Animators Randall William Cook And Jim Aupperle
Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
Back Into The Cold: A Return To The Shooting Locations Of THE THING – An Animated Photo Gallery Narrated By Todd Cameron Of Outpost31.com
The Art Of Mike Ploog Gallery
John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Legendary Matte Artist Albert Whitlock And More! (SD)
Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (SD)
Outtakes (SD)
Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (SD)
Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (SD)
Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (SD)
Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (SD)
Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (SD)

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Katie Leung (HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2) is 26.
Writer, Producer Jon Turtletaub (PHENOMENON, INSTINCT, NATIONAL TREASURE, JERICHO [TV], NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, HARPER'S ISLAND [TV]) is 55.
Look for Jon's upcoming 2019 Thriller, STAY.

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AUG! 7

HEAVY METAL IS 37
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
I saw it at the first run theaters. Yeah, I'm that old.

Shut yer cake hole because I've been reading the magazine since issue #1 in 1977. All your New stuff is Old to me.

Now then, here is an old timer (not me) with a review of /HEAVY METAL (1981).

Heavy Metal movie

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Writer, Director, Producer Alexandre Aja (FURIA, HAUTE TENSION, THE HILLS HAVE EYES [2006], P2, MIRRORS [2008], PIRANHA [2010], MANIAC [2012], HORNS) is 42.
Actor Tobin Bell (THE FIRM, MALICE, DEEP RED, THE 4TH FLOOR, SAW [all], BURIED ALIVE, DECOYS 2, THE HAUNTING HOUR, BOOGEYMAN 2) is 76.
Actor David Duchovny (BAD INFLUENCE, THE RAPTURE, KALIFORNIA, THE X-FILES [TV], THE X-FILES, EVOLUTION, THE X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE) is 57.
Musician, Producer Bruce Dickenson (Bands: SAMSON, IRON MAIDEN, Movies: HEAVY METAL, INCUBUS, PHENOMENA, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5, BRIDE OF CHUCKY, CROWLEY) is 58.
Magician James Randi (GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN ALICE COOPER, PENN & TELLER GET KILLED, BEYOND DESIRE) is 90.

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