Paranormal - Real Life Tales Of The Unexplained
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 never removed it.
I remember that my mother asked me something and I pulled my head out of the refrigerator and turned to look at her. At the exact moment that my mother and I faced each other, a banana from inside the bowl flew out and hit the west wall of the room.
My mother and I just stood there for a few seconds and stared at the piece of wax fruit that was now resting in the area where the wall and the floor came together.
My mother then broke the silence by saying, "well, I guess grandma didn't like the dinner."
I walked over and picked up the banana, looked at it puzzled, and put it back in it's normal resting place.
Now this is the honest truth, that piece of wax fruit flew out of the bowl. It didn't fall out, hit the table, and bounce. It came straight out, and it never hit the table. It moved in a roughly 45 degree angle straight from the bowl to the wall about eight feet away.I have never seen anything like it before or since.
Now, I realize my banana story is nothing like seeing a real ghost or having a haunted house, but it happened to me, and it is unexplainable.
Okay, now it's your turn! Tell use about your experience with the unexplained.
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Halloween (2007)(Dimension Films)
Mom! I Want A 1/100 Scale Radio Controled MechaGodzilla For Christmas!
Written By: Ken Hulsey
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 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 that 80 percent of adults in the United States planned to give out confectionery to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children planned to go trick-or-treating.
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas."
Yet there is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in North America, and trick-or-treating may have developed in North America independent of any Irish or British antecedent. There is little primary documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween — in Ireland, the UK, or America — before 1900.
The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in 1911, when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, near the border of upstate New York, reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising (see below) on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.m., visiting shops and neighbors to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs. Another reference appears, place unknown, in 1915, with a third reference in Chicago in 1920. The thousands of Halloween postcards produced between the turn of the 20th century and the 1920s commonly show children but do not depict trick-or-treating.
Ruth Edna Kelley, in her 1919 history of the holiday, The Book of Hallowe'en, makes no mention of such a custom in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America." It does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the 1930s, with the earliest known use in print of the term "trick or treat" appearing in 1927, and the first use in a national publication occurring in 1939. Thus, although a quarter million Scots-Irish immigrated to America between 1717 and 1770, the Irish Potato Famine brought almost a million immigrants in 1845–1849, and British and Irish immigration to America peaked in the 1880s, ritualized begging on Halloween was virtually unknown in America until generations later.
Trick-or-treating spread from the western United States eastward, stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War II and did not end until June 1947.
Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to rechannel Halloween activities away from vandalism, nothing in the historical record supports this theory. To the contrary, adults, as reported in newspapers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, typically saw it as a form of extortion, with reactions ranging from bemused indulgence to anger.
Likewise, as portrayed on radio shows, children would have to explain what trick-or-treating was to puzzled adults, and not the other way around. Sometimes even the children protested: for Halloween 1948, members of the Madison Square Boys Club in New York City carried a parade banner that read "American Boys Don't Beg."
Ghost Hunters Invites Fans To Join The Hunt
SCIFI.com, 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 Resources: Peruse books, movies and more to help with your ghost-hunting career.
Tonight the immensely popular Ghost Hunters Live event will take place at the historic Fort Delaware in Delaware City, DE from 7pm – 2am ET. And once again, SCIFI.COM will serve as the online destination on Halloween night, offering a multi-layered digital experience for fans including an exclusive, multi-camera online video feed and thermal imaging camera views, exclusive access to photos from the live event, live Q&A with the TAPS team members and the return of the "Panic Button" for web watchers to alert the team of something they are seeing live on TV.
In October 2004, SCI FI introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson – plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! Enjoying record-high ratings throughout its run, the series is currently celebrating its highest-rated season ever. Its spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International, has continued to cement the Ghost Hunters brand as the top paranormal franchise in cable since its January debut. The franchise just expanded further with the greenlight of a brand-new pilot, Ghost Hunters: College Edition. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters: College Edition are produced in association with Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, In Harm's Way). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.
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Giant Monster Rats From Outer Space Devour LA In Rat Scratch Fever
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 film, rip them all off, I say.
Here is the synopsis:
"The toothy terror begins when astronaut Sonja (Tasha Tacosa) travels with a team to a distant planet in search of life. The private firm that finances her mission is the Steel Space Corporation. The founder of the corporation is Dr. Steel, played by Randal [THE CURSE OF LIZZIE BORDEN] Malone. When her mission goes awry after being attacked by giant rats from another planet, Sonja’s ex-marine boyfriend Jake, portrayed by Ford Austin, has to race against time to save her from Doctor Steel. The rats then make it back to earth and takeover LA!"
Takeover Los Angeles? I don't think that the gangs and the illegal aliens will give it up that easily!
See Also: Night Of The Lepus (1972)(MGM)
A Special One Day Sneak Preview Of Terror From Beneath The Earth
Sources: Sainteuphoria.com / 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!
Mr Lobo Composes A New Halloween Song
Source: Cinema Insomnia.com
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!
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It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)(CBS)
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, Snoopy's laughter, Patty's assurance that the Great Pumpkin is a fake, and even to Lucy's violent threat to make Linus stop ("You better cut it out right now or I'll pound you!"). Linus laments in the letter that "more people believe in Santa Claus than in [The Great Pumpkin], but let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity. But being number two, perhaps you try harder" (a tongue-in-cheek jab at Avis Rent-A-Car's popular slogan of the day).
After Linus mails his letter to the Great Pumpkin (using his blanket to open the mailbox after Lucy refuses to help), Charlie Brown dances when he receives an invitation to go to Violet's Halloween party. His bubble is quickly burst by Lucy who mentions there were two lists, people to invite and people not to invite; Lucy is certain Charlie Brown's name was on wrong list.
On Halloween night, the gang gets their costumes ready. Lucy dresses as a witch, while the other kids dress up as ghosts. Pig-Pen is easily recognized by his trademark cloud of dust, while Charlie Brown has eyeholes cut out all over his sheet, matter-of-factly stating he had a little trouble with the scissors.
Before going trick-or-treating, the gang stops off at the pumpkin patch to make fun of Linus's missing out on all the fun as last year (especially when he asks if they came to sing "pumpkin carols"). But Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will indeed come because he thinks the patch he's in is sincere enough and even convinces Sally to stick around to wait with him. The rest of the gang go off leaving Sally and Linus behind.
During trick-or-treating, everyone else gets assorted candy, gum, apples, cookies, popcorn balls, and even money. But at every house, Charlie Brown gets the same thing — a rock. After tricks-or-treats, and another quick stop at the pumpkin patch to rib Linus and Sally again, the gang all go off to Violet's Halloween party.
Meanwhile, Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, wearing his World War I flying ace gear, climbs aboard his Sopwith Camel (in reality, his doghouse) to do battle with the Red Baron. After being shot down, Snoopy makes his way across the countryside, before briefly crashing the Halloween party. He then makes his way to the pumpkin patch where Linus and Sally are still waiting for the Great Pumpkin to show up. Linus hears Snoopy's rustling, and believes it's really the Great Pumpkin, and when Snoopy (still hidden in the shadows) rises above the pumpkins, Linus promptly faints. When Sally sees it's only Snoopy, she becomes outraged over missing tricks-or-treats AND the Halloween Party, and threatens to "sue" Linus. She storms out of the pumpkin patch with the other kids, leaving Linus by himself, still convinced the Great Pumpkin will come.
When 4:00 a.m. rolls around on November 1st, Lucy gets up to check on Linus. Seeing his bed empty, she goes out to the pumpkin patch to find him lying on the ground shivering, covered in his security blanket. Lucy grudgingly walks him home and to his room, removing his shoes and he passes out in his own bed as she puts the covers on him before angrily walking out of his room.
Later on that day, Linus and Charlie Brown are at the rock wall talking about last night's events. When Charlie Brown tries to console Linus saying "I've done a lot of stupid things in my life, too", Linus blows a fuse and angrily vows to Charlie Brown that the Great Pumpkin will come next year, his ranting continuing as the end credits roll.
"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was the third Peanuts special (and first Halloween special) to be produced and animated by Bill Meléndez. Its initial broadcast took place on October 27th, 1966 on the CBS network, preempting My Three Sons; CBS re-aired the special annually through 2000, with ABC picking up the rights beginning in 2001. The program was nominated for an Emmy award. It has been issued on home video several times, including a Remastered Deluxe Edition of the special released by Warner Home Video on September 2, 2008.
Charles Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Saint Paul. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, who was German, and Dena, who was Norwegian. His uncle nicknamed him "Sparky" after the horse Spark Plug in the Barney Google comic strip.
Schulz's first regular cartoons, Li'l Folks, were published from 1947 to 1950 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press; he first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in four gags to three different boys and one buried in sand. The series also had a dog that looked much like Snoopy. In 1948, Schulz sold a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post; the first of seventeen single-panel cartoons by Schulz that would be published there. In 1948, Schulz tried to have Li'l Folks syndicated through the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Schulz would have been an independent contractor for the syndicate, unheard of in the 1940s, but the deal fell through. Li'l Folks was dropped in January, 1950.
Later that year, Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate with his best strips from Li'l Folks, and Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950. The strip became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. He also had a short-lived sports-oriented comic strip called It's Only a Game (1957 – 1959), but abandoned it due to the demands of the successful Peanuts. From 1956 to 1965 he also contributed a single-panel strip ("Young Pillars") featuring teenagers to Youth, a publication associated with the Church of God (Anderson).
Peanuts ran for nearly 50 years without interruption and appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. In November 1999 Schulz suffered a stroke, and later it was discovered that he had colon cancer that had metastasized. Because of the chemotherapy and the fact he could not read or see clearly, he announced his retirement on December 14, 1999.
Schulz died in Santa Rosa of complications from colon cancer on February 12, 2000.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (2007)(Disney)
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.
Part ghostly love story, part upside-down holiday celebration and part toe-tappingly offbeat musical, this NIGHTMARE was always multidimensional. But now, the classic film that had audiences falling in love with one of the most painstakingly handmade of all animation processes has been brought hurtling into the 21st century and transformed for a new generation to experience in Disney Digital 3-D™, expanding its legacy of innovation.
The exciting Disney Digital 3-D™ process debuted with the animated hit “Chicken Little” and was most recently seen in the studio’s 2007 animated offering “Meet the Robinsons.” But the 3-D conversion process for THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS remains in a category all its own. The film marks the first time a once-analog 2-D film has been turned into a wholly digital 3-D film. For Walt Disney Animation Studios, the project represents a truly rare opportunity to allow audiences to experience a beloved classic from an entirely fresh perspective—from within the very fabric of the story’s unabashedly imaginative realm.
“This was a very special project for us—lending exciting new life to a film and characters that continue to be a tremendous success,” says Don Hahn, an Oscar®-nominated producer (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Lion King”) and the producer of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3-D. “Audiences have long associated 3-D with a story that is fun, scary or both, and with this film, they get it all. You feel like you’re right there in that amazing world with the puppets, not merely watching the story go by on the screen. When the snow falls, it’s falling right on you. When a character jumps out, he jumps over the head of the person in front of you. It literally brings an extra dimension to what has become a modern holiday classic.”
Hahn continues: “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was part of the Golden Age of Animation in the early 1990s, during the period when Disney was also doing ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King.’ It became its own unique part of Disney’s animation heritage—a haunted-house Halloween movie with a wonderful heart, a Broadway-style musical for families, and a beautiful example of how stopmotion animation can work for audiences. Back then, it already had such an unusual and risk-taking combination of elements, adding the new, technologically advanced digital 3-D into the mix seemed entirely natural.”
Long before embarking on the project, Disney executives asked their partners in Digital 3-D at Industrial Light & Magic to do a test run—digitizing a brief snippet of the film to see if the idea would sink or soar. The results were, in turn, screened for Tim Burton.
His response was effusive. “What’s amazing is that because of the 3-D process, audiences will really get to see the texture of the puppets,” Burton says. “When we were making the movie, we got to feel in our hearts like our characters were real—when you see it in 3-D; it just takes it that much further. Everything comes to life, and you can literally see in through the eye sockets of Jack Skellington.”
Meanwhile, when director Henry Selick first heard about the idea, he admits he was, well, a little spooked and quite skeptical—which made him even more surprised when he was completely won over by ILM’s work in collaboration with In-Three, Inc. “I honestly wasn’t too excited about the idea at first because, as amazing as modern technology is, I was concerned that it wouldn’t look good, that it would be a kind of Frankenstein’s monster,” Selick comments. “I was afraid it would come off looking like a bunch of cutouts and disconnected layers.”
“But as they began to show me more footage, my jaw started to drop. I was astonished by what they were achieving,” Selick continues. “They were being incredibly respectful of the original material, and it wasn’t gimmicky at all. Even though the technology is incredibly advanced, they were managing to really keep intact the handmade quality of the film. It actually took me back to how exciting it was when we were first making the film years ago and all these characters started to come to life.”
Indeed, 3-D is currently undergoing an extraordinary resurgence, thanks to the latest technological advances which have been seen in special versions of such films as “Chicken Little,” “Superman Returns,” and “Meet the Robinsons.” The concept of 3-D movies first emerged in Hollywood in the 1920s but didn’t take off until the 1950s with the advent of stereoscopic horror films such as “The House of Wax,” “Bwana Devil” and “The Creature From the Black Lagoon.” Audiences loved the idea of having a film’s action pop out right at them, but not the reality, which, unfortunately, was plagued by “ghosting”— in which two images blur on the screen—which could cause annoying and uncomfortable eye strain.
Now, in the brave new world of digital cinema, 3-D has finally come of age. A new generation of digital tools has revolutionized 3-D viewing, creating a more seamless illusion for the audience. Disney Digital 3-D™ was one of the first out of the gate, presenting a state-of-the-art system that combined the expertise of both ILM (in collaboration with In-Three, Inc.) and Dolby Laboratories to offer unprecedented clarity, comfort, image integrity and a totally immersive film experience. Family audiences flocked to see the 3-D version of “Chicken Little,” proving that the concept of 3-D is now more appealing than ever as it achieves its real potential.
In theory, all 3-D films work by projecting a double image—one for the right eye and another for the left, which creates the rich sensation of real-life depth. Traditionally, this was achieved by using two projectors. Disney Digital 3-D™, however, takes it to another level by using just one projector, which rapidly shifts between images for the left eye and the right eye, so quickly (144 times per second) that the brain is not even aware of it. Using polarized light, the images are crisper and clearer than any 3-D process in history.
But so far, the only films to be seen in their entirety in Digital 3-D have been those that were digitally created in the first place. With THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3-D, the unprecedented challenge would be to take the 2-D, flat world of the original and give it the depth and dimension of Digital 3-D—without, in any way, altering its innate charms. The first step in the process was to digitize the film—re-animating a “proxy” version of the entire movie in CG—a vast undertaking that fell to Industrial Light & Magic collaborating with In-Three, Inc., under the supervision of ILM’s executive in charge of production, Colum Slevin.
For Slevin and his team, the project was irresistible. “I don’t know of another instance like this where an analog film was transformed into a digital film. The processes were a real breakthrough for us, and we thrive on those sorts of big challenges,” he says. “It was incredibly tough, but it was also unbelievably rewarding because we were taking everything to the next level.”
The team’s adoration of the original NIGHTMARE further amplified their excitement. “Everyone at ILM is a big fan of this movie. We were already in love with the project before we began,” notes Slevin. “It’s such a cool film and everybody kept saying, ‘It’s perfect for 3-D!’ It’s so beautifully composed, the sets are gorgeous and there’s this quirky forced-perspective thing going on that already has a kind of 3-D feel about it. In fact, once we began rendering the characters in 3-D, they looked so fantastic, we felt it was just destined to be viewed this way.”
Starting with a crew of 20 and eventually ramping up to 80, it took 19 very intense weeks of work for ILM to complete the transformation of NIGHTMARE. During this process, automatic tools were used to replicate the original film’s camera motions, sets were turned into digital models and a crew of animators was recruited to hand-animate the CG characters on a frame-by-frame basis, so their digital doubles matched the original camera photography. Once the geometry was forged for the sets and characters, special-effects artists used the computer to map the original film image directly onto the CG-animated geometry. Then the virtual camera, shifted slightly to the right, recorded a new camera angle for the right eye.
Ultimately, audiences will unwittingly be seeing the original NIGHTMARE with their left eyes while seeing the digital re-creation with their right eyes, allowing for the three-dimensional effect.
To begin with, the process required lots of digging into history. “We used a lot of archival lens information from Disney, and we dug up all the original puppets so we could photograph them and create computer graphic models of each,” Slevin explains. “The original sets no longer exist but we were able, with digital tools, to take a sequence of images and infer the volume of each set from the still frames. So we could infer things like this floor is at a 45-degree angle and this chair is three feet from the wall, and then we could create an accurate blocking of the original sets in CG. It’s all basically geometry.”
Digitizing the characters in all their stylized movement was the crux of the project. Slevin continues: “With stop-motion, you have to pose every single frame and every single frame is incredibly deliberate. So when you try to track and follow a character that’s been stop-motion animated, and you’re trying to replicate that in CG, you have to redo all that labor all over again from scratch, because there’s just no automatic way to do it. So there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into replicating the performances authentically so the stereo would pick up faithfully in the right eye when we reprojected the original performances.”
Yet even as the high-tech proceedings kicked into a higher gear, there was a constant emphasis on maintaining the film’s inimitably funky, scary-funny aesthetic with complete integrity. “Early on, I spoke to Henry Selick and we talked about what was possible, because once a film is digitized, there are no limits,” recalls Don Hahn. “So we could have changed anything, but the decision was made to keep that loving, handmade aspect of the film’s charm completely intact. So we didn’t even erase wires or shadows or alter any original mistakes. We really tried to be completely true to the original and not introduce anything artificial, but rather simply bring new dimensions to what was already there, with wonderful results.”
Adding to the pressure to do right by the film was the fact that several of the staff at ILM had actually worked on the original release of NIGHTMARE. Slevin notes that his team developed a very helpful, oftrepeated mantra during the entire process—“Keep your filthy hands off the film”—to avoid any temptation to alter what had been created more than a decade ago by the impassioned original team of animators. “This was not a fix-it job,” he notes. “The grit and grain, the pops and errors and the ‘happy accidents’ of stop-motion animation are all still a part of the heart of the film.”
For Henry Selick, that decision was very gratifying. “It seems that people these days are often trying to make films that are more and more slick—so for the handmade quality of our film to be a priority was just wonderful,” he says. “The 3-D simply brings the audience further into the film’s environment. It reveals a side of the film that no one has ever seen before.”
The only creative choices the team behind THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3-D did make concerned where the action should be placed in the plane of depth to best serve the story. For example, the average distance between human eyes is about 2.5 inches. But that distance can be played with— stretched or shrunk—to create a particular 3-D effect, such as allowing the audience to see the world from Jack Skellington’s skewed point of view. The team also decided which elements would appear in the foreground and background for virtual immersion, turning the 3-D effect into a storytelling tool that guides the eye from one important detail to the next.
“We worked out an entire stereo script with Don Hahn and the guys at Disney,” Slevin explains, “where they would say, ‘This is where the effect needs to be cranked up, and this is where you can ease off and dial the intensity back.’ Everything had to be completely in sync with the score and especially thestorytelling, because it’s all about the story. That’s where the real magic is.”
Tim Burton agrees, “Turning THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS into Digital 3-D has taken a very pure little gem for me and made it that much better. I am extremely happy about the fact thatthe movie has kept its purity and the 3-D actually adds much more to it.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HENRY SELICK
Produced by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TIM BURTONand DENISE DI NOVI
Music and Lyrics by . . . . . . . . . . . . DANNY ELFMAN
Based on a story and characters by . . . . TIM BURTON
Adaptation by . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHAEL MCDOWELL
Screenplay by. . . . . . . . . . . . CAROLINE THOMPSON
Co-Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATHLEEN GAVIN
Animation Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . ERIC LEIGHTON
Storyboard Supervisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOE RANFT
Director of Photography . . . . . . . . . PETE KOZACHIK
Jack Skellington Sung by . . . . . . . . DANNY ELFMAN
Jack (Speaking) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHRIS SARANDON
Sally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CATHERINE O’HARA
Evil Scientist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WILLIAM HICKEY
Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GLENN SHADIX
Lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAUL REUBENS
Shock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CATHERINE O’HARA
Barrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANNY ELFMAN
Oogie Boogie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEN PAGE
Santa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ED IVORY
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David Tennant Officially Announces That He Is Leaving Doctor Who
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 the Tardis key out of my cold dead hand.
"This show has been so special to me, I don't want to outstay my welcome.
"This is all a long way off, of course. I'm not quitting, I'm back in Cardiff in January to film four special episodes which will take Doctor Who all the way through 2009.
"I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git – whoever that may be.
"I'd always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me.
"Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010.
"I feel very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I'm looking forward to new challenges I know I'll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor."
Russell T Davies, Executive Producer of Doctor Who, comments: ""I've been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years – and it's not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left!
"After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano.
"But we're planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching!"
David expands upon his decision in a taped interview which can be found at bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.
Doctor Who returns to our screens on BBC this Christmas. The Next Doctor starring David Tennant, David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan will be screened on 25 December 2008 on BBC One.
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Actor Profile - David Tennant
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. Tennant is no stranger to the stage.
But don’t think he landed his role on Doctor Who simply for his boyish good looks and charm alone, which the Observer described as a “perfect fusion of Brad Pitt and Michael Palin”. Oh no, Mr. Tennant is no stranger to hard work.
He was first talent-spotted by Scottish TV at a Saturday youth theatre club, an offshoot of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he later trained. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he is classically trained in Shakespearean literature, and has been quoted by saying:
“"Drama school is a pretty intense experience and I think it changes who you are. I think I grew up at drama school (which was fairly useful personally as much as professionally) and I certainly got exposed to a huge range of ideas, techniques and practices that I had no previous experience of. I wouldn't have known what I was doing as an actor if I hadn't gone."
Most intelligent quotation from the man who decided to enter acting at the age of three according to sources through the Sci-Fi Channel. He is also rumored to have written an essay on how his greatest desire was to play Doctor Who on TV when he was in grammar school. (This is quite a substantiated goal considering everything.)
He brought himself from a little known aspiring actor to a fully respected classically trained actor who has performed in multiple roles varying from starring roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Touchstone in "As You Like It", Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet", Antipholus of Syracuse in "The Comedy of Errors" and Captain Jack Absolute in "The Rivals" to more major performances including the BBC’s production of Casanova in which he starred as the title role of the world’s most famous romantic lover. One of his more recent movie credits was his role playing Barty Crouch Junior in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
His credits include being nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2002 for his performance in "Lobby Hero" performed at the Donmar Warehouse and the New Ambassador's Theatres. He was nominated for Best Classical Actor Under 30, Ian Charleson Award for his theatre role in "Comedy of Errors" as Antipholus of Syracuse. . Further, he won Best Male Performance, Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for his theatre role in "Look Back in Anger" as Jimmy Porter.  and he won Best Actor, Theatre Management Association for his role in "The Glass Menagerie" as Tom.
I must say though after watching Doctor Who’s season finale through YouTube, and after being so impressed with his heart felt performance, I had to know a little bit more about him. May I say that Mr. Tennant’s acting is warm, intelligent, and his ability comes so natural that you would swear that there is no one (not even Tom Baker) who was more qualified for this role. More than that, he is so wonderful an actor that I truly believe that if (god forbid) Doctor Who ends after next season, he will have a wonderful acting career in television and movies (which is great cause it is so hard to get good British TV shows in the United States). I would love to see him break out into movies – especially comedy!
I just got done watching The Friday Night Project show in which he hosts. Let me tell you all US fans, you must find it on YouTube because it was hysterical! I never laughed so hard in my life – I had a sore throat. Love the good humor which too came so easy for him.
I absolutely am impressed and, as our mates across the pond say, “gobsmacked” by the caliber of actor that he truly is. I will keep a watchful eye on his performances in the future and the like because he has truly become my favorite male actor (sorry Gerard Butler). If you would like to know more about Mr. Tennant and some fast facts about him, you can visit his website at http://www.david-tennant.com/temp/id4.html. May have to go download his performance in Secret Smile. Says he is the psychotic boyfriend from hell. Very interesting!
Thank you very much to david-tennant.com for the wonderfully beautiful pictures and facts!
Friends of Kensforce.com - your webmaster Ken Hulsey and this Editor - Lord Nibbler (aka April Hulsey) will do everything we can to try to get an interview with DT for the sake of our fans here in the U.S. I hope you liked this article!
Downey To Reprise Iron Man Role In Avengers Movie
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 Avengers will hit cinemas in 2011.
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Saw Director Bousman Explores His Musical Side For Repo! The Genetic Opera
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 would never pay to see a movie with her in it. Heck, I even passed on free tickets to see "House of Wax". What am I to do. I'm torn......okay....I'll endure the mess that is Paris, to see Sarah Brightman.
The kinds of things a die-hard fan will do to see someone he idolizes!
Here's the info on "Repo! The Genetic Opera."
An epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Panic erupts and scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest. Out of the tragedy, GeneCo, a multi-billion dollar biotech company, emerges. GeneCo provides organ transplantation for a profit. In addition to financing options, GeneCo reserves the right to implement default remedies, including repossession. For those who can't keep up with their organ payments, collection is the responsibility of "organ repo men", skilled assassins contracted by GeneCo, ordered to recover GeneCo's property by any means necessary.
At the heart of the story is Shilo Wallace (Alexa Vega), a 17 year-old girl with a rare blood disease. She has been kept locked up and protected in her house, where she is guarded from the outside world by her father, Nathan Wallace (Anthony Head). While Shilo struggles with her wish to leave the house and experience the outside world, Nathan struggles with his secret job as the Repo Man, and more specifically, his next target, a woman named Blind Mag (Sarah Brightman). Blind Mag, an opera singer, was a friend of Nathan's now-deceased wife, and is Shilo's godmother.
The Largo family, consisting of GeneCo president Rotti (Paul Sorvino), his daughter Amber (Paris Hilton), and his two sons Luigi and Pavi (Bill Moseley and Nivek Ogre, respectively), have their own plans. Rotti is dying, and the three siblings bicker and fight about who is to take the role as head of GeneCo. But, disappointed with his own children, Rotti takes an interest in Shilo.
The stories intertwine and merge at the GeneCo opera.
"Repo! The Genetic Opera" is a rock opera film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Originally planned for an April 25 release date, it has since been reported that it will open with a limited release in 4 U.S. cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas) on November 7, 2008 followed by Toronto, Canada on November 21, 2008, and a subsequent DVD release in January 2009. A 22-track soundtrack was released online on September 30, 2008, and another will be released in CD-format to coincide with the release of the DVD. The film is based on a play written and composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich. It received an R rating by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content.
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Sarah Brightman - The Angel Of Music
Sarah Brightman was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England to Paula and Grenville Brightman, the eldest of six children. At three, she took ballet lessons at Elmhurst School and appeared in local festivals. At 11, Brightman attended the Arts Educational boarding school for jazz and acting, an experience she recalled with The Independent as troublesome. Brightman was teased by other students and ran away once, but remained at the school. Later, she auditioned for London's Royal Ballet but was rejected. At 16, in 1976, Brightman joined the dance group Pan's People, on the BBC series Top of the Pops. She left a year later to lead Hot Gossip, a mixed dance act who appeared on The Kenny Everett Video Show. The group, more provocative than Pan's People, had a disco hit in 1978 with "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", which sold half a million and reached number six on the UK charts.
In 1981, Brightman auditioned for the new musical Cats and received the role of Jemima. In rehearsals she met Andrew Lloyd Webber. The two married in 1984 and Brightman starred in Lloyd Webber's musicals, including Song and Dance and the mass Requiem, the latter written for her. With Requiem she earned her first Grammy nomination.
Brightman starred as Christine Daaé in Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. The role of Christine was written specifically for her. Lloyd Webber refused to open The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway unless Brightman played Christine. Initially, the American Actors' Equity Association balked, due to their policy that any non-American performer must be an international star. Lloyd Webber had to cast an American in a leading role in his next West End musical before the Equity would allow Brightman to appear (a promise he kept in casting Aspects of Love).
Her stage career curtailed, Brightman pursued solo recording in Los Angeles. In 1992, she sang the song for the Olympic Games, "Amigos Para Siempre" with José Carreras, written by Lloyd Webber. She was inspired to go solo by the German band Enigma and requested to work with one of its members. Her request was answered and in 1991 Brightman traveled to Germany to meet her producer, Frank Peterson. Their first release was Dive (1993), a water-themed pop album that featured "Captain Nemo", a cover of a song by the Swedish electronica band Dive.
Fly (1995), a pop rock album and her second collaboration with Peterson, propelled Brightman to fame in Europe with the hit "A Question of Honour". The song, introduced at the World Boxing Championship match between Germany's Henry Maske and Graciano Rocchigiani, combined electronic dance music, rock elements, classical strings, and excerpts from the aria "Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana" from Alfredo Catalani's opera La Wally.
Later albums included Eden (1998) (the title track of which was a cover of a song by Belgian band Hooverphonic), and La Luna (2000). These albums, unlike Time to Say Goodbye, incorporated more pop music elements. Reviews were mixed - LAUNCHcast deemed Eden "deliriously sappy", while Allmusic called Eden "a winning combination" and La Luna "a solid, stirring collection".
Her 2003 album Harem represented another departure: a Middle Eastern-themed album influenced by dance music. On Harem, Brightman collaborated with artists such as Ofra Haza and Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher. Nigel Kennedy contributed violin tracks to the songs "Free" and "The War is Over", and Jaz Coleman contributed arrangements.
Sarah has served as inspiration for younger classical artists such as Elizabeth Tryon to produce "cross-over" albums that feature several different types music, ranging from opera and classical to rock and pop.
Upcoming, Brightman stars as Blind Mag in the rock musical film, "Repo! The Genetic Opera", due to be released on November 7th, and she will also release her first ever holiday album entitled A Winter Symphony later this Fall.
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 magazines....in fact maybe two or three different.....wait, wait....uhum. I got off track.
Then after...er that....I would build me some kind of "droid." C'mon having your own robot would be cool!
Look for "Lone" to screen at the Imagine Festival in New York City.
Christopher Nolan Still Denying That There Will Be Another Batman Sequel
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 character from both former "Catwoman", Julie Newmar and adult actress Tera Patrick.
In even a stranger related story, it was published in People magazine that Nolan had already hand picked Cher for the role of "Catwoman."
Why all this "Catwoman" talk for a movie that reportedly isn't even on the drawing board at this point?
Nolan went on to add that he hasn't slammed the door shut on any future "Batman" films as of yet, "Is there a story that's going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That's the overriding question. It's all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible.."
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Night Of The Lepus (1972)(MGM)
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 Elmer Fudd nightmares for the rest of his life if he ever saw it, because it features an endless horde of...you guessed it!.....giant killer bunny rabbits.
Before I forget, let me get to that whole "Star Trek" actor statement I made earlier. "Night of the Lepus" would star veteran "Trek" actor DeForest Kelley, fresh from role as Dr. Leonard McCoy (Bones), as Elgin Clark. Now, a mere five years later, Kelley's "Star Trek" co-star, William Shatner, would star as Rack Hanson, a small-town sheriff who finds himself knee-deep in tarantulas, in the 1977 film "Kingdom of the Spiders." You see, hordes of killer critters, B movies, "Star Trek", ....it all fits, trust me.
To tell you the truth, "Night of the Lepus" has a pretty darn good cast come to think of it. Besides DeForest Kelley the film also features the acting talents of Stuart Whitman, Rory Calhoun, and Janet Leigh, who I'm sure everyone reading this knows from her role in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho". It wasn't too uncommon to find "name" actors in films of this caliber at around this time. In fact, Joan Crawford, who many could argue as one of the best actresses of all time, ended up in the clunker of a monster movie, "Trog", in 1970. Hey, a paycheck is a paycheck.
But, I digress......lets get to the bunnies eating people part....
"Night of the Lepus" was directed by William F. Claxton, and co-written by Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney. The script was adapted from the novel "The Year of the Angry Rabbit" written by Australian author Russell Braddon.
The film is relatively obscure, but maintains a small but devout cult following that probably stems from the casting of Kelley and Leigh, and the absurd images of herds of giant rabbits running amok. Notably "Lepus" has been referenced in some more mainstream, popular films. For instance, footage appears briefly in the science fiction film The Matrix, makes a quick appearance in the movie Pulp Fiction. and throughout the drama film Natural Born Killers. It has been referenced in Judge Frank Easterbrook's opinion in ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (7th Cir. 1996).
Trust me, you will never look at harmless little bunny rabbits the same way again!
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.
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Chris Gabriel Hopes To Channel Wood For S4
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.”
Here is the official synopsis for "S4":
July, 1947 The 509th Bomb Group, Roswell Army Air Force base intelligence office issues a press release stating that a "flying disc of unknown origin" has been recovered north of town. Later that same day, the commander of the US 8th Air Force issues a retraction, stating that the wreckage was actually a weather balloon. Oddly, most of the wreckage of the is shipped under armed guard to Wright-Patterson Air Force base for further study. Some of the "wreckage" was shipped via limousine to a lonely patch of desert outside of Las Vegas known as the Groom Lake Test Area. Once there, a group of unidentified individuals were escorted to a desolate area of the base, know as Sector 4, or "S4" for short. ...that was five years ago.
"S4" will get it's world premiere at the Rave Motion Picture Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (Not New Mexico!) on October 29th.
Oh, and bye the way, "S4" is a satirical comedy........in case you couldn't guess.
UFOs Once Again Get Fighter Planes Scramblin Over Stephenville
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 turning and flickering.”
In all, there were eleven witnesses to the ariel event over Stephenville that night, most of whom noted that soon after the mysterious aircraft appeared that military jets were also seen in the area. It is not known whether these jets were scrambled to intercept the UFO or they were on a training mission from a nearby Air Force base.
In January of this year it has been confirmed that fighter jets were indeed scrambled after several eyewitnesses spotted similar objects in the sky in the vicinity of the Bush Ranch in nearby Crawford, Texas.
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A Brand New Trailer For Yuzna's Amphibious
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
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Now a coast guard commander and a marine paleontologist must find and kill the ravenous creature before it spawns it millions of eggs inside the city's water system.
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