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The Wolfman (2010)(Universal)

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Source: Universal / Getty Images “Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright…” —Gypsy legend In the 1930s and ’40s, Universal Pictures released a series of horror films that created a new genre of entertainment for audiences: the monster movie. By transforming themselves into such iconography as Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy and The Invisible Man, legendary performers including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Claude Rains committed to celluloid nightmares previously only available to the imagination of readers. One of the most haunting of these creations has been with us since Lon Chaney, Jr. introduced him in 1941. A lone man forced to give in to the most primal side of his spirit haunted moviegoers who breathlessly watched as he transformed into something inhuman. When the moon was at its fullest, he unleashed a primal rage born from the darkest shadow of his psyche. Part man

The Ancient Dogoo Girl - The Sexy Series Is Being Remixed Into A Movie

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Twitch / Avery Guerra Fans on this side of the Pacific have been going bananas wanting to see episodes of Noboru Iguchi's delightfully sexy Japanese superhero series, "The Ancient Dogoo Girl" since I first unleashed the trailer on Youtube last September. Come to find out, they were not alone. You see, many fans in Japan also missed out on seeing the series as well. The show, which starred the buxom 20-year-old Erika Yazawa as the resurrected ancient monster fighter Dogu-chan, aired on a minor Japanese cable network that was only available in select areas. So what do you do when your show is in high demand and you can't reach your audience via regular broadcasting? You take select bits from the episodes and remix them together, add more skin, violence and gore, then release the whole stew as a movie. And that is exactly what Iguchi is planning to do. Four episodes from the television will be cut up and re-edited to provide 2/3 of t

Alessandra Torresani's Caprica Add, The Sexiest Ever?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: NBC / Universal No one should ever doubt the power of advertising. The image, or images, the general public sees in relation to any given product, be it a movie, television series or box of cereal, can either make it a hit, or a dud. How may times have you seen a trailer that got you really interested in a movie, then when you finally got to see it, it blew? The movie may have sucked, and your were duped by a creative add, but they got your $8 didn't they. Likewise, I have seen terrible trailers and adverts for great movies. The only reason I am bringing this up is because of the latest advertising art that is popping up everywhere for the SyFy Channels new series "Caprica." The adds feature one of the shows main stars, Alessandra Torresani, in a very sexy pose, naked, with an apple in her hand. Now before I had been exposed to this image on website banners and in magazines, I had seen trailers on TV for "Caprica", and to be

Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow And Aidan Turner Return For The 3rd Season Of Being Human

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Source: BBC (Press Release) Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner are announced to return for a third series of critically acclaimed hit BBC Three drama Being Human, as the supernatural friends trying to live normal lives despite their unusual afflictions. The popular drama made by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group, will see the housemates relocate from their current home in Bristol to Wales – a move triggered by events in the dramatic climax of the second series (to be shown in February), which launched with an audience of 1.4 million. Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three says: “Being Human is a wonderfully imaginative series from a brilliant team, both in front of and behind the camera. I'm proud to have this very original drama on BBC Three.” Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning says: “BBC Three drama is all about allowing the singular imagination of a writer the room to flourish, and Toby's extraordinary creation of an emotionally roo

James Guymon Composes Sample Music For Empires Of The Deep

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: James Guymon / Jonathan Lawrence / The Empires of the Deep Crew / Undead Backbrain / Avery Guerra For some time now I have been posting updates for a very ambitious film project from China called "Empires of the Deep." The film, which is being produced under the direction of Jonathan Lawrence with an American and Chinese crew, is the most expensive movie to ever be shot in southern Asia. Here is the film's synopsis: For thousands of years, legends of beautiful mermaids have enchanted people from all over the globe. Their fascinating and mysterious world has always captured the imagination of humans. In film history, there hasn ’t been a single movie that has uncovered and explored this mystical world. What secrets lurk beneath the depths? And why do beautiful mermaids seduce human men? “Mermaid Island” (.....Empire of the Deep?) is the first underwater fantasy film to unveil and answer these questions. As you can imagine, such an un

Privateer Press To Release "Voltron" Game This Summer

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Source: Privateer Press Privateer Press has just announced that the highly anticipated Voltron: Defenders of the Universe battle miniatures game (PIP 50030) for Monsterpocalypse will be released July 2010 with an MSRP of $49.99. The Voltron game will include everything two players need to stage epic battles between the forces of Voltron and the Galaxy Alliance and Lo-Tron of the fiendish Drule Empire. Part of the popular Monsterpocalypse line, Voltron: Defender of the Universe will be completely compatible with all current Monsterpocalypse series. In celebration of the release, Privateer Press is offering the Voltron: Defender of the Universe Launch Kit (PIP 50033, MSRP $399.92) to brick-and-mortar retailers. The kit includes eight copies of the Voltron: Defenders of the Universe battle miniatures game and two limited edition Mega Voltron figures for use in promoting the game’s release in the store. Retailers can pre-order the Voltron: Defenders of the Universe Launch Kit through t

Scientists Ready To Unleash "Gamera" And Giant Cows Upon Mankind

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Asylum You just know that it would come to this someday. Ever since "Jurassic Park" hit the book stores, and movie houses, back in the 1990s, we all knew that someday scientists would bring back some horror, or horrors, from the past to ravage mankind. I'm sorry to report that the day that we all feared, is upon us now. For the past couple of decades we have heard all kinds of reports that scientists were poised to mess with God's plan, and bring back some sort of extinct species, most likely the prehistoric Mammoth since frozen specimens are plentiful and could provide good samples of DNA. Ah, but now science has moved on from fuzzy elephants to giant turtles and cattle..... Okay.....maybe that doesn't sound as menacing as I had made it out to be? Let me explain. Researchers at Yale university have been performing extensive DNA tests on giant Galapagos tortoises and have been able to isolate the ancient genetic code for thei

The Monster Mash - Giant Crabs, Zebra Girls, And Yes.....Another Bigfoot Movie

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Twitch / Undead Backbrain Over the past week or so, I have had quite a few items come through my in box that I have wanted to touch on, but there wasn't enough information available on each of them to warrant individual articles. So, I decided to 'mash em' together rather than let them slip past me. More photos from "King Crabs Attack!" This one may be only about seven minutes long, but it looks pretty damn cool. If you recall, I first mentioned this one back in September of last year. To Make a long story short, Grégoire Sivan created a little retro movie trailer for a school project that was pretty well received so he decided to expand it into a short film. Here is the plot: Trouville-sur-Mer, a Lower Normandy resort, is an uneventful place. However, Basile, of the Coast Guard, has witnessed many strange events. Are they simple coincidence? Not for Basile. King Crab Attack! From the trailer I was able to p

Giant Monster Round-up - King Kong Escapes To Chicago And A Retro Monster Promotes Power Line Safety

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Marketing Mag (Canada) I didn't think that either of these two bits would stand very well on their own, so I decided to combine them. Avery Guerra just shot me an e-mail about a special screening of "King Kong Escapes" at the Portage Theater in Chicago this Saturday. The film will be part of a mini-festival being presented by Time Tunnel Toys that also includes "The Monolith Monsters", "War of the Colossal Beast" and "Van Helsing: The London Assignment." If memory serves....I think that last one is actually a cartoon. Anyway, "King Kong Escapes" will be shown at 4:00, but there will be a vintage toy show, and sale, that starts at 2. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for the kiddos. That price is for all the films, not each, in case you were wondering. I also wanted to mention a cool giant monster related advertisement from Canada that I discovered. The commercial feature

Return to Yucca Flats: Desert Man-Beast - Director Thinks It's The Worst Film Ever Made?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: David C. Hayes / Avery Guerra When a director normally talks about a movie that they are working on, they generally try and hype it up a bit by saying that it is one of the best films of a certain genre. In fact recently Jennifer Lynch went as far as to say that her new film "Hisss" is, "....the greatest horror movie made in the history of cinema, better than Hitchcock, better than 'The Exorcist'”. Now in the case of David Hayes, and his new movie, "Return to Yucca Flats: Desert Man-Beast", you get the exact opposite. Hayes isn't trying to hype up his movie by saying how great it is, oh no, he wants everyone to know just how bad it is. Imagine my reaction when I read this quote from the film maker, "Frankly, and inadvertently, we have made the worst movie ever. I'm not joking. I'm serious. It is horrible. No company in their right mind would distribute this one! You won't believe just how bad thi

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Thank-yous

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by Armand Vaquer The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan became a reality on January 13. It is now available at ComiXpress.com. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge a few people. Following my job lay-off in November 2007, I was collecting unemployment and looking for work. Due to the economic conditions then, and now, positions as an insurance claims examiner weren't available. Since I had some idle time, I had to do something. Above, Armand Vaquer. So, I had the idea to put together a travel guide for kaiju movie locations in Japan. This would be a handy guide for people traveling to Japan to see the locations depicted in the movies over the past 55 years. Beginning in February 2008, I began work on the guide. Compiling the information and writing it up took nearly four months. I approached it by going north to south. I started with the island of Hokkaido and then the main island of Honshu and finished up with the island of Kyushu, and included points in

"Xena" The Movie? Lawless Still Wants To Resurrect The 'Warrior Princess'

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Back in 2008 actress Lucy Lawless made it public that she wanted to reprise the role that made her a fanboy ....and fangirl ....favorite, that of "Xena, The Warrior Princess." Well her we are almost two years later, and Lawless is echoing the same desire to strap on the leather again. This time, however, the New Zealander doesn't think that reviving the series is the answer. No, Lawless thinks that it is time for a "Xena" movie. The actress recently told reporters, "I love that character. I would do it if it was a movie. I doubt I would do it as a TV series. I can't see how you would make it fresh." Just like before, Lawless understands that she isn't getting any younger, and the time may be now to get the ball rolling on any "Xena" related projects. "By the time somebody does come up with that (a movie or new series idea) I'm just going to be too old. And I'm really sad about

Clash Of The Titans Director Leterrier Gunning For A Trilogy

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Coventry Telegraph It seems that just making one fantasy film just isn't good enough for film makers anymore. No, just about everyone in the industry hopes that they can milk a series of films out of any idea, and "Clash of the Titans" director, Louis Leterrier is no different. Luckily for Leterrier, the vast history and writings of Greek mythology will give him more than a fair amount of subjects to tackle in any proposed sequels. Recently the director of the "Titans" remake told MTV, "I'd love Clash to be a franchise. Clash is like creating your own world. It's like James Cameron with Avatar, he can explore different planets. "Well, I can explore Greek mythology. You've got so many creatures, so many heroes, so many gods. You have Daedalus, Icarus, amazing stuff. You've got several worlds. I could spend the rest of my life directing Greek mythology movies and I would still not finish everything.&quo

Spotlight on the Kachidoki Bridge

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Spotlight on the Kachidoki Bridge by Armand Vaquer The Sumida River is one of Tokyo's major rivers that flows through the Shitamachi area (old downtown). The river is crossed by 27 bridges for use by pedestrians and cars, including expressways, and 24 bridges can be crossed by pedestrians. Among those, the Kachidoki Bridge is especially unique. In Godzilla (1954), the Kachidoki Bridge was toppled over by Godzilla during his nighttime raid on Tokyo. It is the closest bridge to Tokyo Bay in the lower Sumida River. The Kachidoki Bridge was erected in 1940 to commemorate the victory of the former Japanese army in the battle of Lushun during the Russo-Japanese War (kachidoki means "a shout of victory" in Japanese). The bridge is 246-meters long, 22-meters wide and is the only double-leaf bascule bridge over the Sumida, which is designed to open from the center by raising each leaf about 70 degrees. Powered by electricity, each opening/closing operation took about 7

Scarlet Salem Is Your Campfire Girl!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Scarlet Salem Okay, before you get all worked up, this is not an article with photos of Scarlet Salem dressed up like a 'Campfire Girl', or a 'Girl scout', a naughty babysitter or even a school girl in a little skirt. You dirty minded pigs. No, this is an article about Scarlet's latest film,'Scream Queen Campfire', and no it's not about a bunch of hotties dressed like Girl scouts doing nasty things to each other. You dirty minded scum. This one is a straight forward horror film featuring 10 different stories told by five of the genres' most lovely ladies. Here is how Scarlet describes it: Hey everyone! Just announced, I will be joining the cast of Jonathan Moody's, 'Scream Queen Campfire'! Here is a little synopsis: Here's a group for The Upcoming new series, "Scream Queen Campfire"... 5 beautiful scream queens will tell 2 stories each giving us 10 terrifying and entertaining stories i

New Evidence Of The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: James Baack / Avery Guerra Okay, I don't want all of you Cryptozoology fans getting all worked up thinking that I have managed to get my hands on some photos that actually show Bigfoot attacking some guy. I'm sorry to report that these pics are from a movie, though if there were some shots like that, fake or otherwise, I would be the guy who would post them. The film that these rather blurry photos are from (aren't all Bigfoot photos blurry?) is James Baack's over-the-top horror film, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot." If you have been reading Monster Island News for any reasonable period of time than you probably know all about this one. If not, well, let me just say that this one is a real mind-bender with tons of pretty young girls, gore, violence,....um hot young girls with guns, more gore, more violence, clowns, occult rituals, and.......um.....Bigfoot. Confused? Don't worry, we all are, but Baack is promising a Bigfoot