Grimmsters have been missing their weekly dose of Portland-based shenanigans in the Wesen world, and if you’re among them, we’re here to help get you ready for the return of Detective Burkhardt and co. in “Grimm” Episode 5.01, “The Grimm Identity.” NBC has released a pair of clips from the ep, airing the night before Halloween, which you can see below.
“Grimm” Episode 5.01 – “The Grimm Identity” – Season Premiere (10/30/15) NICK BURKHARDT IS A MAN ON FIRE – In the wake of his mother’s beheading and Juliette’s death, things have never been more chaotic for Nick (David Giuntoli). Having lost so much, Nick must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be, while also coming to grips with fathering a child with his once sworn enemy, Adalind (Claire Coffee). His search for the truth leads him to FBI Agent Chavez (guest star Elizabeth Rodriguez) and puts him at odds with those close to him. Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, and Bree Turner also star.
During this week’s episode of “Gotham,” Fox debuted a new teaser for “The X-Files,” and it’s a blast from the past for fans of the series, chock-full of all our favorite soundbites plus some very cool Saul Bass-style animation.
“The X-Files” returns to Fox with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in the upcoming event series, which will encompass a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong.
“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned sixteen Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. “The X-Files” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ten Thirteen Productions. Carter is executive producer and creator of the series. Glen Morgan also serves as an executive producer.
For those who have longed for a feature-length version of Ginosaji – The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, the day is almost at hand! Well, it was closer than it was yesterday. Richard Gale, the mastermind behind the original YouTube sensation, is taking his warped sense of humor to Kickstarter in hopes of generating the necessary funds for a Ginosaji movie. If that wasn’t cool enough, Jeffrey Combs is reportedly joining the flick. Take my money!
From the Press Release: The feature is based on the viral short film The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, written and directed by Richard Gale, which has received more than 29 million views on YouTube. Due to the popularity of the short, Gale has launched a Kickstarter campaign (which ends Nov. 3rd) to make a feature film version of the horror-comedy, chronicling one man’s encounter with arguably the most relentless and inefficient killer of all time: the Ginosaji. Clad in a black hoodie, the Ginosaji stalks his prey and hits him, repeatedly, with a spoon. For years.
Matt Barone, editor of the Tribeca Film Festival website, said “In a market where, *sigh*, new reboots of the previously rebooted Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Halloween franchises are already under way, (director Richard) Gale’s commitment to introducing a wildly new kind of slasher villain should be applauded.”
On Twitter, the Festival proclaimed Ginosaji – The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficent Weapon as “Simultaneously the funniest and scariest Kickstarter we would ever recommend backing.”
Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners, “Star Trek: Deep Space 9”) has joined the cast, in a role yet to be revealed. He appears in the Kickstarter video, along with a new trailer cut from test footage. The video reveals new concept art and details about the feature story which explores the origin of the Ginosaji, as the victim of his relentless attack struggles to find a way to stop him, and break a centuries-old curse.
Director Richard Gale says, “So far, we’ve raised over 30% of our goal — however, Kickstarter is all or nothing — if we cannot raise our goal of $200,000 by the Nov. 3rd deadline, we get nothing. As a small group of indie filmmakers, we’re calling on fans of indie film to support our efforts to make this movie with the same creative spirit that enabled us to make the short such a wild ride.”
The film will star Paul Clemens (The Beast Within, The Passage, Communion), Jeffrey Combs, Melissa Paladino, Fay Kato, and Brian Rohan as the Ginosaji. The film will be produced, written, and directed by Richard Gale.
The music composer is 5-time ASCAP award winner Wlad Marhulets, who has composed additional music for Hitman: Agent 47, The Giver, and The November Man. Makeup Effects will be done by Dean Jones, a two-time Emmy winner and six-time Emmy nominee, whose credits include X-Men: First Class, Pirates of the Caribbean, “Dexter,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.” Dean created the severed ear for David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.
If you want to give all your money to Richard Gale so he can make Ginosaji — The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, then take your bank account to the official Kickstarter campaign and hand over your personal identification number. For those of you who are late to the party, we highly recommend checking out the original Ginosaji short film below.
A badass international trailer is here for Bernard Rose’s modern day take on Frankenstein (review)! Check it out and get excited. This looks to be a winner.
Rose directed from his original script based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Xavier Samuel stars as the Monster, with Carrie-Ann Moss as Elizabeth Frankenstein, Danny Huston as Victor Frankenstein, and Tony Todd as Eddie.
Frankenstein is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.
Bailey Noble, who played Adilyn Bellefleur on “True Blood,” is toplining with “Pretty Little Liars” star Troian Bellisario. Kate Burton (Stay, Big Trouble in Little China) and Blake Robbins (Rubber) round out the cast.
Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole, The Revenant) penned the screenplay. Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz direct.
Synopsis: Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…
Someone at Kino Lorber must have known that my birthday is on January 2. Why else would the distributor unleash director Kim Ki-duk’s Yongary, Monster from the Deep on Blu-ray just three days later? I can’t think of any other reason, really. Although I just purchased the flick on DVD not too long ago (true story, in case you’re wondering), that won’t stop me from doing a double dip. For those readers who are wondering, yes, my saving account is embarrassingly low.
If you’ve never heard of Yongary, let’s fix that right now:
A nuclear explosion sets off a massive earthquake. An astronaut on a reconnaissance mission notices that the epicenter of the earthquake appears to be moving straight towards the heart of Korea. This is no ordinary earthquake – the legendary reptilian monster Yongary has been awakened by intense radiation. With martial law declared and the city evacuated, the Army and Air Force battle the fearsome creature with tanks and rockets, but their weapons are useless. Ilo, a brilliant scientist, and his precocious eight-year-old sidekick Icho must desperately attempt to devise a plan to save the city and defeat Yongary, the monster from the deep.
Kino Lorber’s upcoming release of Yongary, Monster from the Deep comes complete with an audio commentary by film historian Steve Ryfle and writer/critic Kim Song-ho and a handful of trailers. You can purchase your very own Blu-ray copy of the flick beginning January 5, 2016.
In tomorrow night’s Episode 2.02 of “iZombie,” Liv turns into a “Zombie Bro” after ingesting the brains of a frat boy, a situation that’s bound to produce some laughs for viewers. Check out this clip to see what we mean.
“iZombie” Episode 2.02 – “Zombie Bro” (10/13/15; 9:00-10:00 pm) ROBERT KNEPPER (“PRISON BREAK”) GUEST STARS — Liv (Rose McIver) and Detective Babineax (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a hard-partying frat boy whose death shocks everyone. After consuming his brains, Liv attends a fraternity party in an attempt to search for clues but ends up ruling the beer pong table instead. Still desperate to find the cure, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) takes matters into his own hands and brings Major (Robert Buckley) along for the ride. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) meets with Angus (guest star Robert Knepper), a mysterious person from his past. John Kretchmer directed the episode written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright.
Things have been getting more and more interactive every day; and if you’re one of the many seeing Goosebumps in theatres soon, you can score yourself some exclusive goodies!
From the Press Release: When moviegoers see the highly anticipated movie Goosebumps, which will be released in theaters this Friday, October 16, they will have the chance to unlock exclusive content and enter for the chance to win cash and personalized art by Goosebumps cover artist Tim Jacobus when they “Shazam the credits,” it was announced today by Dwight Caines, President, Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
When moviegoers use the popular smartphone app Shazam during the end credits of Goosebumps, which features a unique animated sequence, they will immediately receive the animation and other exclusive Goosebumps content directly to their phones. The credits are tagged with the Shazam bug, calling viewers to turn their phones back on and activate Shazam.
In addition to the exclusive content, fans who Shazam the credits will have the chance to enter to win the Shazam the Credits Sweepstakes, in which one grand prize winner will receive all-new, personalized, custom art by created by Tim Jacobus, who was the original artist behind the intriguing covers of Scholastic’s Goosebumps book series – as well as $3,000 in cash. No purchase necessary to enter, sweepstakes starts 6:00 pm ET on 10/10/15 and ends 3:00 am ET on 10/26/15. Open only to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, age 13 or older. See here for complete details including how to enter by mail. Void where prohibited.
The exclusive content was launched at New York Comic Con, where guests saw clips; heard from Jack Black, director Rob Letterman, and co-stars Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee; and received insight into the making of the movie.
Commenting on the announcement, Caines said, “We wanted to build a first-of-its-kind promotion that could link the film’s terrific score from Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman and fantastic content together to provide an experience for the Goosebumps moviegoer. The key in making this happen was the widely popular app Shazam, whose technology will unlock a unique fan-centric experience and sweepstakes on the mobile device. When the end credits start, you will see the Shazam logo on a movie screen for the very first time; that will be your cue to get your phone out of your pocket, turn it back on, and Shazam the credits. The movie may be over, but not the fun.”
Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment. Rob Letterman directs.
Synopsis: Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Robert Englund and Sid Haig working together on one project?!? That, dear readers, is what we like to refer to as horror magic! Read on for the skinny on Abruptio.
From the Press Release: HellBent Pictures is taking horror to new depths with its feature, Abruptio, currently in production. All of the characters in this dark film will be acted entirely by full-sized puppets and operated by puppeteers.
Horror icon Robert Englund will be lending his voice to one of the lifelike puppets, joining a cast that includes James Marsters, Sid Haig, and Christopher McDonald.
Written by Evan Marlowe, Abruptio is a twisted tale about Les Hackel (Marsters), who discovers that a sinister race of beings is manipulating mankind in order to cause chaos. He must uncover their plan before the explosive they’ve implanted in his neck detonates.
Englund is, of course, best known for playing the character Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films. This time around he will be portraying Mr. Salk, a neurotic accountant with crippling OCD who is forced to commit crimes — namely, dragging people into a giant meat grinder — alongside Les.
“I am incredibly honored to have legends like Sid Haig and Robert Englund on board,” Marlowe says. “These are some of the guys who made me fall in love with the genre, who have that rare talent to terrify as they make you laugh. That’s such a critical aspect of Abruptio.”
Principal photography of the puppets is set to start in 2016 with most of the main voices in the can this year.
The Last Witch Hunter and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be battling for U.S. box office dominance on October 23rd – which will get your hard-earned cash? If you’re still on the fence, we have a new clip from the former courtesy of eOne ANZ (one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading theatrical and home entertainment distributors), which is releasing TLWH on October 29th.
Starring Vin Diesel along with Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, and Michael Caine, this adrenaline pumping fantasy film follows Kaulder (Diesel) as his secret order – The Axe and Cross – leads the intense battle against the most horrifying witches in history.
Synopsis: Live Forever… Hunt Forever…
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us… vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife.
Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and he has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer, causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.