The Top Ten Hottest Stories Of 2015!

As voted on by the readers of Monster Island News

10. Geek Girls Gone Wild! - A Gallery of Bikini Clad Princess Leia's

Princess Leia's bikini (also known as Princess Leia's metal bikini) is an iconic costume worn by actress Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.

Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers built the costume as part of the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company, along with Nilo Rodis-Jamero. Some say the bikini, worn in the first act of Return of the Jedi, was designed after Fisher's complaints that the loose-fitting outfits she wore in Star Wars concealed her feminine physique, but Fisher has later denied this. Rodgers said that Lucas gave her only general instructions about the scene in Jabba's palace, but wanted a special costume. She originally wanted 25 yards of fabric to be flowing through the scene", but couldn't make it work.

The outfit was first developed in sketches by Rodis-Jamero, assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and the Return of the Jedi costume designer. Rodgers said in 2006 that the costume's design was inspired by the work of science fiction artist Frank Frazetta, saying "He really loved [the female] form. The fact that [Leia's costume is] such a female sensual costume, I think is terrific." Author Rikke Schubart wrote in 2007 that the final design was inspired by Fantastic Story Magazine '​s cover illustrator Earle K. Bergey drawings of women in metal bikinis that served as putative armors. The costume is a type that can be traced to earlier films, such as Myrna Loy’s turn as the native dancing girl in The Desert Song from 1929, Yvonne De Carlo in Slave Girl,' 1947, and Maria Montez adventure films from the 1940s.


9. Sky Sharks - Sharks, Nazis, Zombies ... and Topless Amazons With Machine Guns All In One Movie

Leave it to those wacky Germans to create a movie with all the elements of Sharknado, Walking Dead, Snakes on a Plane, and The Exorcist all wrapped together with Nazis and topless amazon chicks thrown in to boot.

Now, I don't have any idea how all these things all go together (It's kinda like that game from Sesame Street back in the day ... One of these things is not like the other) but somehow the folks over at Benfeghoul Productions and Marctropolis Filmentertainment figured out how to mash it all up.

Details on this thing are kinda sketchy, due to the fact that most of the press is written in German (Go figure, right) but there is a portion of the films' website in English where we found this synopsis:

A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2 .

Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air.

An elite task force is assembled to take on this deadly threat and stop the Sky Sharks from conquering the air, but as time runs out, the task force realises they will have to fight fire with fire, and the stage is set for the greatest flying super-mutant zombie shark air battle the world has ever seen....


8. The Sexy Side Of UK Horror - The Vampire Lovers (1970)

In the 1950s and 60s the UK film studio, Hammer Film Productions, made a name for itself by making modern (for the time) remakes classic movies like "Dracula", "Frankenstein " and "The Mummy" along with numerous sequels, dinosaur films and an occasional sci fi epic.

These films turned both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing into international icons.

As the decades passed, the market for campy horror began to fade and the studio found itself making their films racier and racier in an attempt to keep up with the times and lure more people into movie theater seats. These more erotic takes on classic horror themes, proved initially profitable, but ultimately lead to the studios demise. Seems that movie goers of the time preferred a good fright to naked women.

In 2009 Marcus Hearn cast a spotlight on the unsung heroines of these now iconic horror films in his book, "Hammer Glamour."

The cover of the book features a rather titular photograph of on of the most infamous of these UK scream queens, Madeline Smith, who's most iconic role was as lesbian blood sucker (yes, I said 'blood sucker') in the 1970 film, "The Vampire Lovers."

Tim Masters of the BBC caught up with Smith and interviewed her about time in from of the camera for Hammer.
Here are some excerpts from that interview:

That's a striking front cover photograph - what do you remember about it?

What I remember is hating that dress. I thought, 'I can't wear that - what on earth am I going to wear under it?'


7. A Giant Monster Attacking Tennessee?

If you live in Tennessee be afraid ... be very afraid.

This amazing photo was posted to Facebook by a North Carolina resident who snapped it while driving down I40 towards Knoxville, TN somewhere near Pigeon Forge.

Is it an amazing weather phenomenon or a giant winged monster with multiple tentacles?

Common sense dictates that it's just an incredible cloud formation, yet back in 2009 something that looked very much like this allegedly attacked a wind turbine in the U.K.

Just to be safe Knoxville residents should summon Godzilla, or at least let Dolly Parton know that she has a 300 ft tall stalker from another world!


6. Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to Direct ‘Godzilla 2016′

Top Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi will team up to co-direct “Godzilla 2016”, the new Japanese version of the iconic Godzilla monster movie franchise.

The Toho studio, which licensed remake rights to Warner Bros. for the hit 2014 revival by director Gareth Edwards, produced the seemingly terminal “Godzilla: Final Wars” back in 2004.

But interest was revived by Edward’s 2014 “Godzilla,” which earned $525 million worldwide and JPY3.2 billion ($26 million) in Japan, with Toho and Warner Bros. Japan co-distributing.

“Ever since Hollywood announced that ‘Godzilla’ was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla” said Toho in a statement.

Anno will also be responsible for the screenplay while Higuchi will oversee the picture’s VFX.

The two directors previously collaborated on “God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.” “Their drive to take on such new challenges was exactly what we all had been inspired by,” said Toho.

Anno worked on the animation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli-produced “Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind.” He later directed anime series including “Gunbuster,” “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” and the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series for which he is best most known. He also curated a touring exhibition Tokusatsu — Special Effects Museum.


5. A Gallery Of Sexy Halloween Costumes For 2015!

Halloween also known is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical contemporary festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercial and secular celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows' Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.


4. The 100 Greatest Monsters From Movies And Television #1 - #20

20. Zombies

A zombie is asserted to be a reanimated corpse, or a human who is being controlled by someone else by use of magic with some media renditions using a pandemic illness to explain their existence. Stories of zombies originated in the West African spiritual belief system of voodoo, which told of the people being controlled as laborers by a powerful wizard. Zombies became a popular device in modern horror fiction, largely because of the success of George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and they have appeared as plot devices in various books, films and in television shows.

The modern conception of the zombie owes itself almost entirely to George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. In his films, Romero "bred the zombie with the vampire, and what he got was the hybrid vigour of a ghoulish plague monster". This entailed an apocalyptic vision of monsters that have come to be known as Romero zombies.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times chided theater owners and parents who allowed children access to the film. "I don't think the younger kids really knew what hit them," complained Ebert. "They were used to going to movies, sure, and they'd seen some horror movies before, sure, but this was something else." According to Ebert, the film affected the audience immediately:

The kids in the audience were stunned. There was almost complete silence. The movie had stopped being delightfully scary about halfway through, and had become unexpectedly terrifying. There was a little girl across the aisle from me, maybe nine years old, who was sitting very still in her seat and crying.


2. UFO - Fighting Aliens In A Super Sexy Future

In the year 1980, a secret military organization named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) becomes operational. Its purpose is to defend the Earth from Aliens who've been coming to Earth and kidnapping humans. It is believed that these Aliens are a dying race, and are transplanting human body parts to extend their own lifespans.

SHADO's main headquarters is hidden beneath a film studio near London England. SHADO also has a base on the moon (Moonbase) and a fleet of submarines (Skydiver). Incoming UFO's are initially detected by an Earth orbiting satellite named SID (Space Intruder Detector). An initial interception attempt is made in space with three Interceptor craft launched from Moonbase. A second attempt is made in the Earth's atmosphere with a fighter plane (Sky One) launched from Skydiver. Landed UFO's are tracked down with ground Mobiles.

SHADO is run by the extremely dedicated Commander Ed Straker, and is overseen by General James Henderson. Straker's seconds in command are Col. Alec Freeman, Col. Paul Foster, and Col. Virginia Lake. Moonbase is often commanded by Lt. Gay Ellis or Lt. Nina Barry. Skydiver is often commanded by Capt. Peter Carlin or Capt. Lew Waterman.

The episodes are typically about SHADO's attempts to thwart the Alien invasions, and the various Alien strategies to disable SHADO or kill its commander. Recurring themes include maintaining SHADO security, keeping SHADO properly funded, and the effect that the secrecy has on the personal lives of SHADO's operatives.


2. Godzilla 2: release date confirmed

Gareth Edwards' Godzilla sequel will arrive in the summer of 2018. Now with UK release date too.

From Den of Geek

UPDATE: The UK release date has now been confirmed as 25th May 2018, reports Rentrak UK. Our original story follows...

With Gareth Edwards returning to direct a sequel to this summer's Godzilla, it was always a film we were going to have to wait for. After all, Edwards' immediate attention is on a Star Wars spin-off movie that he's making next, which is expected to be released in 2016.

However, once he's done with Star Wars, it looks like he's hopping straight back onto Godzilla, as Warner Bros and Legendary have announced the film's release date. You can expect Godzilla 2 on June 8th 2018. It'll be a while, we suspect, until we get any more details on the film that that. More as we hear it, though..


1. Hannah Davis Covers the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Out February 9 Across Print and Digital Platforms

Hannah Davis graces the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 2015 as revealed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this evening. Marking her inaugural appearance on the cover, Davis was shot by famed fashion photographer Ben Watts (his first Swimsuit cover) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.

SI Swimsuit launches on newsstands, tablet, mobile and Monday, February 9. Also, tune in to Travel Channel beginning Sunday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT for back-to-back premieres of “SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015” – a behind-the-scenes journey through the creation of the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit multi-platform edition.

The five-part series of specials will air nightly through Wednesday, February 18 and anchors Travel Channel’s “Beach Week” – a multi-platform network event, hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal.Said Sports Illustrated Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day: “Hannah Davis and her cover are stunningly beautiful, sweet and sexy. The image leaps from the page. It’s a beautiful photo in its simplest form. No gimmicks, no stunts, just pure American beauty!”The 24-year-old St.

Thomas (USVI) native, marks her third appearance in SI Swimsuit (debuting as a rookie in the 2013 issue and featured in the 50th Anniversary Issue in 2014). Davis joins the ranks of legendary models to grace the cover of the iconic issue including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal, Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson and Tyra Banks.

After being discovered playing on the professional Caribbean tennis circuit, Davis moved to New York City and has been featured in top fashion magazines and several national advertising campaigns.Says Davis: “I am both shocked and excited to be this year’s cover model. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity!”


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