Weekend Open Thread and Last-Minute Halloween Things...

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

Again this week we'll have no thread recap Monday as David N. Scott's coverage of Stan Lee's Comikaze will be the morning feature. I don't have a lot to leave you with tonight, but I'm not without a couple of tricks and treats, like...

-A trailer for an Iranian feminist vampire western. Not kidding. Do you think they fear crescents instead of crosses?

-Spongebob 3D gets a second trailer that appears to be turning Patrick into Majin Buu.

-Todd McFarlane claims to have Spawn movie news again.

-The makers of Paranormal Activity just announced a line of horror books, now that they've gotten you used to having to imagine things rather than actually seeing them.

-It's not really nerdy at all, but if you want to see me and Julia (and our cat) acting in a web series, now you can.

Mystery Skulls Music Video "Ghost" Turns Scooby Doo Into Literal Heartbreak

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I wasn't familiar with Mystery Skulls before seeing this - but they and I are clearly familiar with the same cartoon references. Fortunately, the song does not suck, so I can give it a full-on thumbs-up rather than a mixed blessing.

Especially since it doesn't end up quite where you think it will...

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Blu-ray Today: A New Nightbreed, and Pony People in the House Get Hyped

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Nightbreed: The Director's Cut - I haven't seen the theatrical cut of Clive Barker's Cabal adaptation since it was first on HBO, but I remember thinking it felt like huge chunks were missing that might have clarified the story some. Now restored with some 20 old minutes taken out and 45 put back in, its point couldn't be clearer - Barker's basically doing a grotesque take on the X-Men, with homophobia/AIDS metaphors cranked to 11. In a new introduction, he says studio executives at the time couldn't understand monsters being the good guys, but I think he's being euphemistic.

Dig: Boone (pretty/dumb Craig Sheffer) has a good job and a nice girlfriend, but he dreams about being a monster and running wild in a crazy underground world. His psychiatrist, the coldly detached Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg, behaving exactly the way you'd hope David Cronenberg would behave), is curious about these fantasies, as he has some of his own about murdering families, which he promptly enacts and pins the blame on self-loathing freak Boone. Boone dies and is reborn among the monsters, who have varying levels of weirdness but all accept each other, as finally the man who walks in both worlds (bisexual, in other words) must defend against an uncaring medical profession and a whole host of dumb redneck gun nuts (in a slight twist, they're Canadian rather than Appalachian).

It's a bit on the nose, and I wish the non-Cronenberg villains weren't quite such caricatures. It's still a ballsy allegory for the late '80s (it was released in 1990 originally) and full of imaginative designs; it may be hard to take fully seriously today, but it remains a defiantly unique vision even if the hair and makeup have not aged well. Hate to say this, but a remake could work. (Note that this is different from the Cabal Cut that played a limited theatrical run with deteriorated elements; the Blu-ray cut is fully restored and not as long.)

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Dredd Producer's Sequel Minisodes Are Both Unofficial and Animated (TRAILER)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Adi Shankar has presumably received more than one phone call from a lawyer, as he really, really wants us to know that his Judge Death webisodes featuring Judge Dredd are not official spinoffs in any way of his own movie Dredd, nor necessarily endorsed by 2000AD, who own the rights to the characters.

That said - it's a Judge Death cartoon, more comic-based than the movie, and it looks pretty fun, if simple.

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The 14 Coolest Things from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks DVD Commentary

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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After brief and rather scattershot theatrical run in late September and early October, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks is being released in a DVD/Blu-ray combo from Shout! Factory, and for streaming on Amazon Instant and elsewhere. Taking place directly after the events of Friendship Is Magic's fourth season finale "Twilight's Kingdom" while also picking up the threads from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, it's terrific on its own, and even more importantly, the Shout! Factory discs have an entertaining and informative commentary track featuring key members of the production team. Here are some of the highlights of that commentary!

Spoilers abound, of course.


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New 6" Scale Batman Animated Figures Include Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Baby Doll

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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The first batch aren't even out yet, but DC Collectibles knows they have a winner on their hands with this upsized animated line aimed at collectors and sporting considerably more articulation than Kenner. At $25 each, they're also a bit harder on the ol' Bat-pocketbook, but they're branching out with the characters pretty quickly - Killer Croc and Baby Doll come together, while Harley Quinn, New Adventures Robin and the Creeper will join them on the pegs.

Though I was a big fan of the animated series, I am a true child of the '80s in that I like my cartoon-based toys to look more realistic and detailed than the animation, rather than an exact copy of it. I am in the minority in the modern world in that regard, I think. But for those of you who've long wanted and deserved better figures that look like Bruce Timm drawings - here ya go. They're due in stores next May.

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Are We Finally Getting a Decent My Little Pony Movie?

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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It looks like there's a chance for something more than the '80s movie, which wasn't well-liked even by the standards of '80s toy-commercial cartoons, and the Equesstria Girls films, which feel like what they are - attempts to launch a spin-off doll line and keep it alive, regardless of such petty concerns as story and logic.

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Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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The Slasher Crossover Ninja Turtle Toys That Never Existed (but Maybe Should Have?)

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Leather Leo saws, Donny Krueger kills some teens...Jason Raph is dead but moves/Mikey Myers loves him some Halloween grooves...

I had to do a double-take when I came upon this image last night. Had these actually existed and somehow slipped my mind? Rationally, I figured out the answer had to be no - the '90s still got hysterical if a Freddy Krueger toy made it to shelves, and only Todd McFarlane's Movie Maniacs at the very end of the decade (or was it early in the next one?) managed to bust down that wall.

What makes customizer Dan Polydoris' creations feels so authentic is that they're kitbashes - every piece does actually come from existing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures. And the toy Turtles did cross over with every available license from Universal Monsters to Star Trek.

In an age when CGI turtle nostrils and lips have managed to become even creepier than quaint ol' Freddy, it may be time for Playmates to consider these.

New Disney Short "Feast" Is Going to Make All You Pet Owners Cry. Just Give in Now.

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Look at the puppy. Look at the owner feeding him a french fry.

Look at the puppy eat more food.

Look at time go by, as the puppy gets bigger and starts eating nachos and spaghetti 'n stuff.

And ask yourself...is there any goddamn doubt this won't end with an old and feeble dog licking up the last drops of melted ice cream from a wrinkly hand, or some shit like that?

Maybe. But I don't see how. The short will premiere in full in front of Big Hero 6, and I suggest watching the clip below to get yourself prepared. Not that it'll work.

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