Showing posts from October, 2008

Paranormal - Real Life Tales Of The Unexplained

Written By: Ken Hulsey I thought that since it is Halloween and all, I would end this week's posts with some "real-life" stories of ghosts and the unexplained. I encourage Monster Island News readers to share their own stories by posting them as "comments" to this article. So let me start things out by sharing my own little story: Back in 2001 I moved to California from New Mexico. At that time I had moved in with my mother, who was living in my grandmother's old house. One night after dinner, I had finished with something, probably butter, anyway, I moved over to the refrigerator in the southwest corner of the kitchen and opened the door. At this same time my mother was across the room from me washing some dishes. In between both of us was the kitchen table, and on that table sat a bowl of wax fruit. Inside was the usual mix of apples, berries, and bananas. The bowl had belonged to my deceased grandmother, and for some sentimental reason we just nev

Halloween (2007)(Dimension Films)

In the small town of Haddonfield, ten-year old Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) begins to exhibit signs of mental instability. After killing his mother's abusive boyfriend by slitting his throat, beats the boyfriend of his older sister, Judith, to death with a baseball bat and then her, using a butcher knife, Michael is sent to a mental hospital where he is treated by Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). Years later, Michael (Tyler Mane), now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the asylum to find his baby sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), although why he should wish to do so is a mystery. Is he trying to protect her because he misses her, or does he want to finish the job of exterminating his entire family? The maniacally unstoppable Myers is willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. On June 4, 2006, Dimension announced that Rob Zombie, director of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, would be creating the next installment in the Hallowee

Mom! I Want A 1/100 Scale Radio Controled MechaGodzilla For Christmas!

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Oh holy crap! This may be the coolest thing that I have ever seen! Bandai has created an impressive 1/100th scale remote control replica of MechaGodzilla from the 1974 film "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla" (Godzilla vs The Cosmic Monster or Godzilla vs The Bionic Monster for us here in the USA). This baby is a whopping 20 inches tall and features lights and sound effects from the original mechanical terror that graced the screen oh so long ago. As you can tell from the video above, this baby walks, his hands spin, his head spins, and it is loaded with all sorts of light effects. Now, as you might expect this King Caesar whipping robot will set you back a few bucks. Right now they retail for $800 USD in Japan and models on eBay have been going for up to $1200 USD. I know that's a lot of money, but I've got to have one! Guess it's time to knock off a bank or a casino or something?

Halloween - Trick Or Treat?

Trick-or-treating, is a custom for children on Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery or sometimes money with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is an idle threat to play a trick on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.Trick-or-treating, is a custom for children on Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery or sometimes money with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is an idle threat to play a trick on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters. The National Confectioners Association reported in 2005

Ghost Hunters Invites Fans To Join The Hunt

Source: NBC / Universal, the world's most heavily trafficked genre Website, is giving fans of Ghost Hunters a chance to "Join the Hunt" with a new social network where they can share their ghost stories, learn how to use the equipment seen on the SCI FI channel's hit reality show Ghost Hunters, ask the Ghost Hunters questions and more. By signing up, viewers will be able to: · Take Weekly Tutorials: Learn how to hunt ghosts with lessons about the usage of EMF gauges (electromagnetic field detectors), EVP's (electronic voice phenomena recorders) and other tracking gear. · View Ghost Stories: Read stories about ghostly encounters or readers can share your own. · Ask a Hunter: Ask a TAPS member a question and get answers to all your questions about ghost hunting, as well as advice, tips and recommendations direct from the experts. · Vote! Haunted or Not?: Check out alleged photos of haunted places and vote on whether they're haunted or not. · Get Res

Giant Monster Rats From Outer Space Devour LA In Rat Scratch Fever

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Quiet Earth / Fangoria (Photo Credit) / Avery Guerra Remember back on Tuesday when I told you all about the "giant critter" movies that were made back in the early 1970s? Remember my article about the giant killer bunny rabbits in "Night of the Lepus"? Wasn't all that funny? Boy, nobody would make movies like that again! Wait.....what?.....giant killer rats....from outer space? Here we go again, it's 1970 all over again folks. Yes, someone has just made a movie about giant killer rats that hitch a ride with some astronauts and begin breeding like crazy, creating an army of man-eaters. The film entitled, "Rat Scratch Fever" (No! Not the Ted Nugent Song!...that's Cat Scratch Fever!) features life-size rats filmed on miniature sets, just like "Night of the Lepus". Come to think of it....the plot sounds a lot like "Green Slime"? Hey, what the heck, if your going to rip-off one old crappy fil

A Special One Day Sneak Preview Of Terror From Beneath The Earth

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: / Avery Guerra There will be a special one-day sneak preview of Christopher R. Mihm's latest monster movie, "Terror from Beneath the Earth" posted over at the Saint Euphoria website . This exclusive new clip will ONLY be available for viewing on Halloween from12:01am (Central) to 11:59pm. This is the ONLY time this footage will be available before the actual release of the film next year! The folks over at Saint Euphoria are promising that "Terror from Beneath the Earth" will be "the most frightening movie EVER MADE!", so fans of horror and monster movies won't want to miss this one. Check out the sneak preview: HERE! See Also: Director Mihm Dealing With Mutant Bat-Like Creatures / Christopher Mihm Is About To Release The Terror From Beneath The Earth

Mr Lobo Composes A New Halloween Song

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Cinema Late night horror icon, and movie festival MC, Mr. Lobo has teamed up with Sacramento's jack-of-all-trades, Scott Moon to compose a brand new Halloween song entitled, "Don't Haunt the House (at the end of the street)". The duo was able to corral some long-hair talent to croon their new tune, in the name of Peter Petty from the Sacramento Opera. Will "Don't Haunt The House" replace Mr. Lobo's already popular holiday hit, "Halloween Candy"? Only time will tell. Look for "Candy" to be featured as the theme song to Dr. Demento's First Halloween Special. For a limited time fans can download this sure-fire Halloween classic in the making for FREE at the Cinema Insomnia website! DOWNLOAD HERE! See Also: Silicon Presents The Lobotronix Film Show / Mr Lobo And Conrad Brooks Cast In Plan 9 From Outer Space Remake / Mr. Lobo & The Queen Of Trash Get The VIP Treatment At The

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)(CBS)

The story opens with Linus and Lucy going out into a nearby pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. After rejecting a couple of smaller choices by Linus, Lucy points to the biggest pumpkin in the bunch, which Linus clumsily rolls back home. When they get home, Lucy takes a big knife and slices into the pumpkin to gut it, at which point a mortified Linus says "Ohhhh, you didn't tell me you were going to kill it!", and starts wailing. With autumn already in full swing, Charlie Brown is busy raking leaves with Snoopy's help. Linus sees the pile and jumps right in the middle of it, forgetting he had a wet sucker in his possession. Moments later Lucy comes with a football for Charlie Brown to kick, but he initially refuses. Lucy shows him a letter, but for the first time she pulls it away when Charlie Brown is about to kick the ball, which sends him landing flat on his back, like always. Later, Linus writes a letter to The Great Pumpkin, to Charlie Brown's disbelief, Snoop

The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (2007)(Disney)

“’Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams…”—Santa in Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS landmark film in its genre, the 1993 release of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS combined the power, enchantment and artistry of stop-motion animation with technological wizardry to create a moviegoing experience that captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of die-hard fans. It simultaneously became an all-time family favorite and attained permanent cult status among the cool. Just as its playful, pitch-perfect sense of Halloween fun made it a holiday standard, its mischievously dark humor and no-holds-barred creativity has made it an enduring video hit among college kids and hipsters— who admire it, quote it, sing it and even dress the parts at Halloween. For years, every Halloween has been turned into NIGHTMARE season at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre, which screens the film each October to ever-growing audiences.

David Tennant Officially Announces That He Is Leaving Doctor Who

Source: BBC David Tennant has announced that he will leave the award winning BBC One drama Doctor Who when he has completed the filming of four special episodes which will be screened in 2009 and early in 2010. David Tennant first appeared as The Doctor in 2005 and has gone on to star in three series and three Christmas specials as the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord. The BBC has confirmed that David will continue to play The Doctor in the four specials that will make up the 2009 series before a new Doctor takes over for Series 5. Tennant will also star in the Doctor Who Christmas special, titled The Next Doctor, this year. David Tennant comments: "I've had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. "I have loved every day of it.. It would be very easy to cling on to the Tardis console forever and I fear that if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising t

Actor Profile - David Tennant

By: Lord Nibbler (aka April Hulsey - Editor to From The Monster Island News Archives (originally Posted 07/01/07) I have to say I am truly impressed. I love British shows and their actors probably more than my United States shows and actors, but I never really had any shows to believe in because they always seem to go stale and tasteless. Never any originality. But I have to say that after watching season 3 of Doctor Who and the last episode (which I won’t blow for anyone) that I am truly impressed. Particularly, with its main actor – David Tennant. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Tennant was brought up in Bathgate, the post-industrial town between Edinburgh and Glasgow immortalized in a song by his favorite band, The Proclaimers. (Because of this quote, I had their most famous “I’m Gonna Be” song stuck in my head for 2 days.) He decided to be an actor at a very young age (3 or 4) and was appearing on screen before he was even out of school. So boys and girls, Mr.

Downey To Reprise Iron Man Role In Avengers Movie

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Remember last week when we were discussing a proposed Avengers movie? Well today we have a little clarity on the film and some big-time casting news. According to WENN, actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed a new deal with Marvel Studios to reprise his role as Iron Man in The Avengers alongside other Marvel heroes Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk At this time however it is not known whether The Hulk will be part of the team or the villain that they fight against. Last week Marvel Comics president Kevin Feige had told MTV that an Avengers film, that featured The Hulk, was on his "wish-list", but at that time he stated that everything was up in the air. The signing of Robert Downey Jr. is sure-fire indication that things have gone into overdrive since that time. Downey will also appear in two more Iron Man movies as part of the contract, reports industry magazine Variety. Iron Man 2 is due for release in 2010 while The Avenge

Saw Director Bousman Explores His Musical Side For Repo! The Genetic Opera

Written By: Ken Hulsey As a fan of both film and music I have rarely found a situation were both types of media have come together in such perfect harmony. Can you imagine my joy when I learned that my favorite vocalist, Sarah Brightman, had been cast in a Sci Fi/Horror film? It sounded to good to be true. I held back my anticipation and put aside my fears that somehow "Repo! The Genetic Opera" my have turned out to be another of Darren Lynn Bousman's horrible, "Saw" gore fests. I held on to hope that this would be something different. Then I found the clip for "Chase the Morning". Wow! I was blown away by the image of Sarah as Blind Mag, with her hypnotic hologram producing eyes and the haunting music that accompanies her interaction with Shilo Wallace. I became a believer. Now I can't wait to see the film. Screeeech.......hold it! This film also stars Paris Hilton doesn't it? Oh Crap! Now this presents a problem. I promised myself that I

Sarah Brightman - The Angel Of Music

This year acclaimed vocalist, Sarah Brightman released her first album in five years, Symphony, influenced by gothic music. The Song "Symphony" is a cover of "Symphonie" by the German band Silbermond. Featured on the album are artists Fernando Lima, Andrea Bocelli, and KISS vocalist Paul Stanley, who duets with Brightman on "I Will Be With You", the album version of the theme song to the 10th Pocket Monsters motion picture, Dialga vs Palkia vs Darkrai (Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai). To accompany Symphony, Brightman will embark on a tour in Autumn 2008. Brightman made several appearances on television in the United States to promote Symphony, including Fashion on Ice on NBC, The View, Martha, and Fox and Friends on the Fox News Channel. She performed two songs, "Pie Jesu" and "There You'll Be", at the United States Memorial Day concert held on the west lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. Sarah Brightman was born i

The Last Man On Earth Builds Himself A Friend in Lone

"LONE" Trailer from Imagine Science Films on Vimeo . Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Quiet Earth / Avery Guerra Rookie director, Andrew Nowrojee, has just completed his first short film entitled "Lone." The film follows the survivor of a global holocost in his persuit to find fellow survivors and ultimately after not finding any, build himself a robot companion. Oddly enough the new robot "buddy" that he builds looks a lot like "Wall-E" or "Johnny 5", but then again all robots these days kinda look like those two "droids", so maybe we shouldn't come down on Nowrojee for not coming up with a different looking design. Now let's be perfectly honest....if I was the last surviving male on planet Earth, I would be looking for one of those "real-looking" love dolls. You know those expensive ones in the backs of fact maybe two or three different.....wait, wait....uhum. I got off track. Then after..

Christopher Nolan Still Denying That There Will Be Another Batman Sequel

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Christopher Nolan is still publicly denying that there is a sequel to "The Dark Knight" in the works. Recently he told the Los Angeles Times that making a third movie in a series is too difficult to pull off correctly and that generally movies of that type...well suck, "On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven't been too many of those either." Despite Nolan's insistence that he doesn't want to be involved in a crappy "Batman" movie, rumors have been circling to the contrary. This past August Angelina Jolie made it very public that she wanted the role of "Catwoman" in a potential new "Batman" movie. It was disclosed at that time that Jolie had been seeking advice on how to play the characte

Night Of The Lepus (1972)(MGM)

Written By: Ken Hulsey Wabbits! Wabbits! [crying] Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho! - Elmer Fudd In the early 1970s the cinemas of this great country of ours were overrun by a mass of cheaply made B movies about common everyday critters, that for one reason or another, grew to enormous size and began eating everyone in sight. These films featured all kinds of animals and insects. Bees, spiders, rats, cats, you name it, all ready to devourer mankind. All these films seemed to follow the same formula. All had some sort of man-made folly that would lead to creation of the giant animals. All had shots of "real" animals superimposed over tiny sets to create the illusion of gigantic size. And, most notably, all....well some....had ex Star Trek actors. Now that I have made a point about the general similarities of the "Giant Critter Invasion" of the early 70s, lets get to the film at hand. Today I bring you the cult-classic film, "Night of the Lepus." A film that would give

New Video! - Mothra 3 Behind The Scenes!

A behind the scenes look at the filming of the Japanese monster film Mothra 3 (Rebirth of Mothra 3)! "Rebirth of Mothra 3" is the third and final film in Toho's "Mothra Trilogy", which began with Rebirth of Mothra. It was written by Masumi Suetani and directed by Okihiro Yoneda, both from Rebirth of Mothra. Megumi Kobayashi and Aki Hano returned from the previous two films (with different names), but Misato Tate replaced Sayaka Yamaguchi in the recurring role of Lora. See More Videos At Robo Japan's Channel On Youtube See Also: King Kong vs Godzilla: Trailer / Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out-Attack Trailer / Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster (1964) / Mothra (Mosura)(1961) / Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) / Mothra Larvae Plush /

Chris Gabriel Hopes To Channel Wood For S4

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Quiet Earth / Avery Guerra Chris Gabriel is sooooo in love with the films of Ed Wood that he has set out to imitate the legendary director's style of cheap "cookie-cutter" films with his latest creation "S4". The film is a wonderful mix of cardboard sets a larger than life characters in a film about a male Marine who gets impregnated by aliens five years after the Roswell crash (Okay....alleged crash....sheesh!). Here some the glaring praises Gabriel had to bestow on his idol: “Ed Wood really believed in what he was doing. He took a tiny little budget from investors who didn’t want to make horror movies in the first place, some serious time constraints, and he poured his guts into that movie and everything else that he made." “He didn’t let a little thing like his cast members dying hold him back from making his film. He found a guy who was the same height and kept shooting. Ed Wood absolutely believed in his movies.” H

UFOs Once Again Get Fighter Planes Scramblin Over Stephenville

Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: It looks like Stephenville, Texas is once again a hot spot for mass UFO sightings. On the nights of October 21st and 22nd a series of multi-colored lights buzzed the area from different directions. On the following night, October 23rd, a group of students and parents were finishing up an event at Dublin High School when they spotted a large oval object with very bright lights. One of the students, Andy Monrreal, used his parent's video camera to film the unidentified craft for about a minute. The footage appeared on News 8 (WFAA) in Dallas/Fort Worth accompanied by statements from the Monrreal family. Andy described the UFO this way, "You could see a shape. It was like a complete circle." Likewise his father stated, "I never seen nothing like that in my life… big lights and everything," and his mother added, "It was a round thing. You could see lights around it, flickering and changing. It was awesome. Just tu

A Brand New Trailer For Yuzna's Amphibious

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Halcyon International / Avery Guerra J.J. Abrams mysterious monster film, "Cloverfield" may not have inspired masses of people to fill theater seats, but it has inspired a zillion low-budget American film makers to create their own giant monster films. Such a film is Brian Yuzna's giant scorpion flick, "Amphibious". Following in the footsteps of the giant bug films made in the 1950s, "Amphibious" has taken a page out of the journals of "pseudo science" and conjured up a giant arachnid, that for some reason lives under water, instead of on land, like all other scorpions. Well, lets be fair, there are such things as "sea scorpions", but they don't resemble the average land dwelling variety featured in the film and pictured on the poster. Generally these films feature week plots and an over abundance of CGI and well.....this one looks like more of the same...unfortunately. View the trailer HERE