Monday, November 30, 2009

DVD Straightjacket - Santa Buddies
Special Features:
Sing Along To A Christmas Carol With The Buddies and All-New Music Video

Santa Claus and Santa Paws consider the dilemma of the Great Icicle that is melting due to the waning of the holiday spirit around the world. It’s up to the loveable retrievers, D-Dawg, Buddha, Budderball, Rosebud, and Mudbud to help Santa Paws' son, Puppy Paws, realize his importance of bringing the magic back to Christmas.

Puppy Paws runs around the North Pole getting into trouble. When Claus and Paws punish his bad behavior, he is feeling frustrated and self involved like any typical youngster who just wants to play without accepting responsibility. After finding Budderball on Santa’s naughty list, he hitches a ride on a magical mail truck that picks up Santa’s letters all over the world. He arrives in Fernfield, WA in hopes to discover what it’s like to live like a real dog. The five sibling dogs live in the same town and have regular meetups in the park. They are not in the holiday spirit either. They try to show Puppy their homes and their lives, but lose patience with Puppy when he disrupts their households. When the dogs realize that it’s themselves that are lacking in generosity to their new friend, it’s too late as Puppy is captured and put in the dog pound.

It’s here that Puppy meets some homeless dogs who have not lost the hope of being adopted. In a cringe-worthy musical number the littlest dog, Tiny, sings a Buddies movie version of Annie’s Tomorrow. Once Puppy starts thinking of more than just himself and his needs, he accepts his fate. The Great Icicle reforms and the spirit of Christmas is once more.

In this fourth outing in the Air Buddies series, they cover your typical family and life issues aimed at small children. There’s a scrooge-like character, a dog catcher, and there’s a Tiny Tim who believes a dog to hold and love will heal all. There are lots of colorfully costumed elves and dogs (who really don’t walk right in clothes) and stereotypical images of Christmas in America. Although the characters sing Christmas carols and say grace at meals, there are no overt religious overtones to make it palatable to any one religious persuasion.

The only major actors in the movie are George Went as Santa and Christopher Lloyd as the dog catcher. The dog voices are pretty much interchangeable with only their names to dictate their speaking style. The animation to show flying reindeer and the dogs breakdancing are poor and amateurish, but obviously not something small kids will even notice. This is the kind of straight-to-DVD movie that you can purchase and play for your young ones without worry about traumatizing them, except for maybe that song. (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

The Wolfman Hunts His Prey in New One Sheet
This is definitely one of the coolest poster / one sheets to be released for the upcoming remake of The Wolfman. Bloody Disgusting has the entire image on their site. I know it's been delayed and had a ton of production problems, but I really do have high hopes for this flick. It looks from the trailer like it's going to be a very classy period piece. It already reminds me of the very well-done and legitimate 90's versions of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Those were quality films that did their best to show respect for the source material.

Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.

Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancĂ©e, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate.

As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed.

The Wolfman was directed by Joe Johnston and stars Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving.

The film comes out on February 12, 2010.

First Official Jonah Hex Image and Plot Synopsis!
So here it is. The first official image of Josh Brolin as DC Comics' Jonah Hex. I have to say, he looks good in the part. You can check out the entire image here. I'm pretty excited about this film. I'm kind of bummed that they didn't take the 90's comic book supernatural story in the Old West route that was rumored a while back. Director Jimmy Hayward and Warner Bros went for a more genuine western vibe from what has been said as of late. That should definitely set it apart from other comic-based movie adaptations hitting the screens these days, which could be a very good thing. Also, you can check out the official plot synopsis below for the film.

Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin)is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.

Jonah Hex was directed by Jimmy Hayward and stars Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Michael Shannon.

The film comes out June 18th, 2010.

Get Some Cool Wallpapers for Horror / Comedy Transylmania
Head on over to the official Transylmania website right now and you can download some cool wallpapers for your desktop or laptop. You've got your choice of nine different ones to choose from. It's kind of like Bloody Disgusting put it earlier this week - this the only thing close to horror we're getting this weekend, so you've got to make the most of it. I do have to ask, though - where's Leslie Nielson to truly legitimize this thing?

Located deep in the heart of the "cursed land" of Transylvania in a centuries-old castle, Razvan University isn't your typical institution of higher learning -- and the black leather-clad professors, three-foot-tall dean, instruction in crucifix-wielding, and topless vampiresses lurking in dark corners are just the start.

Transylmania is directed by David Hillenbrand and Scott Hillenbrand. It stars Patrick Cavanaugh, James Debello, Paul H. Kim, Tony Denman, and Jennifer Lyons.

The movie comes out this Friday, November 4th.

Armored Truck Tour
An Armored truck with artwork all over it done by Los Angeles-based tattoo and graffiti artist Mister Cartoon is making the rounds in the California area to promote the upcoming action film. Mister Cartoon is very well-known for his work that has been used by Nike, Toyota, T-Mobile, MetroPCS and in Grand Theft Auto. He has done tattoo work for Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem, Method Man, Xzibit, Prodigy, Travis Barker, Scott Raynor, Justin Timberlake, and Beyoncé Knowles. You can check out pictures and video by going here.

A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.

Armored is directed by Nimrod Antal and stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco, Fred Ward, Milo Ventimiglia, Skeet Ulrich, and Columbus Short.

The film smashes into theaters on December 4th.

News Bites:

Shrek 4 Looms Closer

New Photos From Smallville: Absolute Justice

Fox Calls Claims Of Avatar's $500 Million Budget "Ridiculous"

A Second Trailer for Lionsgate's 'Daybreakers'


Ryan Reynolds on Green Lantern and Deadpool

Rebooted Uhura says she's more like the Sigourney Weavers, Linda Hamiltons, and the Angelina Jolies of films

King Kong's tiny metal skeleton sells for $218K

Trailer for UK Thriller 'Exam' Drops in a Little Late

Video: Spanish Trailer for 'Hierro'

My 'Case 39' Asks, Where Are the Cool Images?

New Stills and Poster for Bloody 'Macabre'

New 'Comedown' Art and Synopsis

New Creature Images From Vincenzo Natali's 'Splice'!

Yet Another Two 'The Wolfman' One Sheets Released

Dimension Films to Remake 'The Amityville Horror'...Again?

Full Cast Revealed for Anchor Bay's 'I Spit on Your Grave' Remake

Official One Sheet and First Hi-Res Still from 'Outcast'

TV: First Images from MTV's 'Savage County'

Airplane Graveyard in New 'Afterlife' Video Blog

Joel Schumacher's Dumped 'Blood Creek' Coming to DVD

Official Blu-ray/DVD Date for 'Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever'

Trailer for 'Imago' Not of This World

'Narnia 3' Pics and Blog!

Why Superman Is On Hold

Hurt Locker Actor To Be Marvel's Hawkeye?

Peter Jackson Talks Upcoming/Future Projects

Behind the Scenes of Avatar

Toy Story 3 International Trailer

Jessica Alba Is Attached To The Insiders

New Pics of The Losers

Should You Judge the Book of Eli by its New Poster?

Looks Like The A-Team Is Going To Have A Face Off

'I Am Legend' Director To Shrink Humanity

Slime City Massacre Lands a Premiere Date

A Mannequin in Static Now Available on DVD

Fear the Paperboy(!) on Rosewood Lane

Final Synopsis for Season of the Witch

DC Comics Explores the Blackest Night

Peterson Talks Smallville: Absolute Justice

Moviegoer Goes Vampire On A Young New Moon Fan?

Jackie Chan's Career Gets A Little More Depressing With New Spy Next Door Poster

Princess Of Mars Trailer: Ripping Off Two Movies For The Price Of One

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Movie Geek Feed!

We hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe in your travels. Take some time to relax and enjoy one of the Thanksgiving-themed films we've posted below.

We will return to our normal posting schedule on Monday, November 30th.

Addams Family Values - The Turkey Song and The Play

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Grumpy Old Men

Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

30 Days of Night: Dark Days Producer Talks Shop
Dread Central had the good fortune to talk to producer JR Young about the upcoming straight-to-DVD sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days. He spoke about the special effects, taking the vampires and carnage from the darkness of Barrow to the sunny locale of Los Angeles, the casting, and if we can expect to see Return to Barrow adapted for the screen if all goes well. Here's an excerpt of the interview:
“This is a very edgy film. (Director) Ben (Ketai) knows this world. I think it comes natural to him.

It (the novel) was the jumping off point. Having Steve (Niles) aboard as the co-writer with Ben Ketai has been great because they’ve been able to forge the story already knowing that world intimately. What is also cool is that we are all fans of the first film. (Director of the original 30 Days of Night) David Slade, who’s currently up here shooting the third Twilight movie, took the vampires (in 30 Days) and really brought them into their own. How he treated their movements and look is something we all loved, so all of those elements have been translated into this film - keeping the vampires in tune with the first one and keeping the characters and story loyal to the graphic novel.

What has been fun and what I think will be very different is that here we are in an urban and gritty environment (sunny Los Angeles), versus small town Barrow. The color palette of this film is different. We have yellows and amber tones due to the setting, which you didn’t see so much in the first film, so it’s drawing from all of these pre-existing things, but in its own way it’s becoming its own.”
You can check out more of the interview by jumping over to Dread Central.

Interview with John Goodman for The Princess and the Frog

This interview is with John Goodman who voices Eli 'Big Daddy' La Bouff in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. He discusses his character and the directors of the movie. Footage courtesy of Disney.

Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

The Princess and the Frog is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. It stars Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, and Keith David.

The film comes out this coming Friday, November 25th.

Ninja Assassin Review
In the 70’s and 80’s, martial arts films went through their heyday, the glory of Bruce Lee trailing off into doldrums epitomized by the age of Michael Dudikoff. Many of these films contained stories of internship and revenge, one often leading to the other. While the acting and production values varied greatly, the action sequences often made many of the experiences worthwhile. Martial arts became the hook for grander, more powerfully-acted arthouse dramas in the 90’s and 00’s, a subgenre almost completely owned by Zhang Yimou. But the straight-up genre version of the martial arts film has pretty much gone the way of subpar straight-to-DVD entries not worth mentioning. Director James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA) decided that the old, forgotten genre film needed a new coat of paint, and has created a thrilling update in NINJA ASSASSIN.

Perhaps the best thing about the film is that it was clearly made with the intention of showing the audience a rousing good time. The film moves so quickly that its flaws (and there are several) do not hamper the fun; there is no socially relevant message deep within the story, while depth of character and plotting are cut short with every action set-piece. It’s a film made to showcase fast, violent action, first and foremost, and in this it succeeds quite handily.

Raizo (Korean pop star Rain) was trained from early childhood under the brutal and exacting tutelage of the Master of the Ozunu Clan, an organization that has created ninja assassins for centuries in complete secrecy. Raizo rebelled against the clan near the end of his training, and has since made it his duty to wipe out the Ozunu ninja, including his former Master (played by veteran martial arts icon Sho Kosugi). Meanwhile, plucky Europol agent Mika (Naomie Harris) makes a connection between a string of political assassinations and a mythical band of killers dating as far back as feudal Japan. In widening her investigation, Mika makes herself (and most of Europol) a target for the silent, shadowy agents. It’s only a matter of time before wide-eyed Mika ends up with a very determined and able protector.

NINJA ASSASSIN’s strengths are polar opposites: action sequences are tightly paced and thrilling, while flashbacks to Raizo’s training are more methodical and dramatic. But make no mistake, both are brutal and violent; why use a light sprinkling of gore when severed body parts and great gouts of blood are available? And if your tolerance for violence falters when it comes to children, let’s just say you’ll have some uncomfortable moments during those training scenes.

Though one might question the wisdom of shooting many scenes of shadow-traversing ninja in utter darkness, creating an occasionally muddled image on screen, McTeigue has made a very polished and effective film. After V FOR VENDETTA’s similarly good-looking take on more daunting socio-political themes and NINJA ASSASSIN’s lightning-fast thrills, McTeigue should be in a good position to handle any job Hollywood sees fit to offer (it’s been announced that he will co-direct the 2011 production of X-MEN ORIGINS: MAGNETO).

And let’s face it, not every film can be TOKYO SONATA. There is a time for lofty drama, and a time for the well-crafted rollercoaster ride. NINJA ASSASSIN is a solid effort that balances all those important films with something fun. (Review by Steve Norwood - content provider for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas - AFFD; re-posted with permission of the AFFD)

Fantastic Mr. Fox Review
Mr. Fox and Mrs. Felicity Fox raid a farm. When they are trapped, Mrs. Fox insists that Mr. Fox take a less risky job because she’s pregnant. After 12 fox years (which equals about 2 human years), Mr. Fox decides to raid the farm again. Only this time, the farmers intend on killing Mr. Fox.

Mr. Fox (George Clooney) is now a smartly dressed newspaper man. His wife (Meryl Streep) cooks, cleans, raises their son and paints pictures of lighting storms. Son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), who likes to wear a superhero cape, is small for his age but wants to be an athlete. He is intimidated by his cousin Kristopherson (Eric Chase Anderson), who is staying with them and just happens to be good at everything. Mr. Fox is suffering from midlife crisis. He’s dissatisfied with their home underground. He wants to upgrade to a tree against the advice of his lawyer, Clive Badger (Bill Murray). The tree has a perfect view of the three farmers - Boggins, Bunce, and Bean.

In a moment of existential musing, Mr. Fox tells his opossum friend Kylie (Wallace Wolodarsky) that he wants to raid the chicken farm because “can a fox be happy without a chicken in its teeth?” The plan works great, so Mr. Fox raids the other two farms. The farmers find out where Mr. Fox lives and use everything from backhoes and dynamite to chase his family out. The other animals are affected too, and they blame him for their predicament of being forced to hide and starve. Mr. Fox helps them steal the farmers’ food. The farmers retaliate by flooding their tunnels. Somewhere along the way, Mr. Fox loses his tail to a shotgun blast and one of the farmers wears it as a tie. Ash makes his cousin help him get it back. When Kristopherson is captured, a major plan must be hatched to stop the war and save the cousin.

Clooney’s Mr. Fox is suave and self assured. He looks sharp and natty in his caramel corduroy suit. He confesses to his exasperated wife that he just wants people to think he’s “Fantastic.” Spaced out opossum Kylies’ eyes glaze over with spirals when his brain overloads. Willem Dafoe is wonderful as the security rat that sells himself out for liquored cider and will one day “end up dead behind a Chinese restaurant.” Owen Wilson also shows up as the coach of a game similar to cricket but sillier.

There are so many wonderful things about this movie. From the minute hairs on the snouts, the way they eat, how they dig their tunnels during their escapes, the way they flutter their arms around, and how they wear “bandit caps” when doing their hi-jinks. It’s all very detailed, laid back, and makes sense in their world. The movie is bathed in warm autumnal hues with the Beach Boys tunes as the soundtrack.

Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore) knows his way around quirky material. Anderson and Noah Baumback adapted Roald Dahl’s 1970’s children’s book of the same name, creating a back story for the Fox family and turning his 4 children into one composite child. The film uses several forms of animation, but mainly uses stop-motion with the crew who animated Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. It doesn’t flow as smoothly as Burton’s characters, but they are strangely more human. The smart dialogue will probably go over the heads of the younger audience. The older ones may relate to the father / son storyline that seems to resonate in some of Anderson’s other work.

The movie is unexpected, loose, and reinvigorates this genre. Pulling in the big star names to voice the naturally sounding characters was spot on. That Wes Anderson is clever as a fox. (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

The Road Review
In a bleak post apocalyptic landscape, a man and young boy walk through grey and barren wilderness trying to avoid survivors, robbers, and cannibals on their way to the coast. What happened to this world is never revealed. How could anyone survive and keep their humanity?

The movie opens with the idyllic scenes of a loving couple, Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, enjoying their beautiful home and happy with the upcoming birth of their child. But later, some cataclysm occurs and they are basically housebound trying to survive. Their story is told through flashbacks and dreams of the man as he wanders with his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) through what is left of the world. The sky is without sun because of the ash that permeates the air. There are no wild animals and no plants for sustenance. They are starving - eating bugs or pillaging for what they can.

There are a few people around, but they are wary and hungry too. Too many Mad Max-type thugs are on the loose, taking advantage of the weak. In one of the most horrific scenes, they come upon a house with a basement full of captive people that are being used as food. They also come across a bomb shelter full of supplies and for a short time enjoy a life as close to normal as the child has yet to experience.

The boy was born into this unfortunate world. His mother committed suicide rather than live with so much suffering and fear. There are only two bullets left in their gun. The man shows the boy how to put the gun in his mouth and pull the trigger if anything should happen. He’s trying to show the boy how to survive without him as he’s coughing up blood and he knows that soon he won’t be there to protect him. At the same time he’s trying to instill a belief in the boy that they are the good guys and they are keeping the fire alive. That is to keep hope and to keep on living. The boy hangs on to this like a lifeline, even after their belongings are stolen. The man strips the robber of his clothes, but the boy brings it back. The most telling scenes of the movie are not so much the unrelenting gruesomeness of their lives, but the small conversations with the old blind man (Robert Duvall) as they struggle with the reality of their existence or the family that offers the boy a chance on the road.

Directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition) and written by Joe Penhall, they have adapted much of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 minimalist novel, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. I had read it on a vacation to the Canadian Rockies. The book was so devastating I finished it in one night so as not to taint the rest of my holiday. The movie does not retain the horrible images of keeping women pregnant so they can roast their babies on spits for food. Also the story of his wife was expanded in the movie more than it was in the book. The music soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis punctuates the movie with dread and loneliness. In such a dead quiet landscape, it felt like the ashen sky was holding you down. I was waiting for the filmmakers to add a little budding plant so that audience members didn’t walk out too bummed. Why they would make this movie and release it around the holidays? It’s a dark and disturbing film and will stay with you long after the movie ends. (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

News Bites:

Neve Campbell Says Craven is in Fact Returning for 'Scream IV'

Mel Gibson Denies Role in Mad Max: Fury Road

The Best Look at Your New Freddy Krueger to Date

William Shatner Deleted 'Star Trek' Scene


Hope You Bought a Season Pass: Get Ready for 'Zombieland 3D'

How the apocalyptic The Road could be a sci-fi Oscar winner

New movie mixes Edgar Allan Poe and 'torture porn'

Amazing new Avatar interactive trailer is just ... OK

Ninja film from creators of Matrix and Babylon 5

Comic-inspired Lobo movie will have big alien antihero

How Tim Burton hopes to do justice to Alice in Wonderland

What's next after New Moon's vamps? Maybe ... Beastly?

Should Joss be compared to Lucas and Cameron already?

James Cameron explains why Avatar aliens have tails

Babylon 5 creator reboots a sci-fi classic ... and a sequel?

Alice (and her commitment issues) go to Wonderland

Fan creates amazing Cylon cake with working red eye (video)

Go Behind-the-Scenes of 'Mother's Day'!

First Clip and Official Poster for Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

Milla Jovovich Posts Behind-the-Scenes Video from 'Afterlife' Set

'Hatchet 2' Casting News, Double the Body Count

British TV Invasion Series 'UFO' Being Adapted for Big Screen

Is There Hope for Rob Zombie's 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'?

Adam Green Returns for 'Hatchet 2', Official Shooting Synopsis

Adam Green's 'Frozen' Looking at February Release

'The Crow' Reboot Will Be Something Completely Different

'The Goon' Script Complete, Waiting on Fincher

Tintin Might Take Forever

First Hobbit Script Finished

The Cast Talks The Road

Lean, Mean Pic Of Iron Man

CNN Looks at Avatar

Van Damme And Dolph - Round 2! Universal Soldier: Regeneration!

Another New Avatar Clip! Sam On The Run!

Natalie Portman Reveals a New Addition to Thor

Hunter Prey Brand New Pics

Spidey Himself Says Part 4 Will Shoot In The Spring

Korean Pop Star Rain Talks Ninja Assassin

Brief Glimpse At The Tron: Legacy Video Game

Final Solution Website Expands

Intruder is Coming ... For YOU!

Prepare for THE ATOMIC BRAIN INVASION! - Note the Usage of CAPS to Convey Importance!

Did You Demand Paranormal Activity? Eventful Shows Some Appreciation.

James McTeigue Talks Ninja Assassin and The Raven

FX Nabs Twilight for TV Run

Behind-the-Scenes: Trap

Producer Talks 30 Days of Night: Dark Days From the Set

Never Sleep Again Twitterfeed: Monday on the Road

Ninja Assassin Black Carpet Mayhem

Straczynski And Sand Update Us On Silver Surfer, Red Star

The Muppets Cover Bohemian Rhapsody

A Look Inside The Wolfman

Abrams Admits He Tried To Cast Matt Damon In Star Trek

Hugh Jackman To Promote Robots In Real Steel

First Full Scene From Avatar Released

New Poster For The Road Advertises Rolling Stone

Poster For District 13: Ultimatum

Zemeckis Auditioning John Lennons For His Yellow Submarine Movie

Victoria Beckham Says No To Madagascar 3

Monday, November 23, 2009

Interview with Anika Noni Rose for The Princess and the Frog

Here's an interview with Anika Noni Rose who plays Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. She discusses her character's motivation, the story, working with Bruno Campos, the heart of the film, and the film's directors.

Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

The Princess and the Frog is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. It stars Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, and Keith David.

The film comes out this coming Friday, November 25th.

Interview with Bill Murray for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Here's an interview with Bill Murray about his role as Badger in the upcoming Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. In the interview, he discusses the film's attention to detail, what sets director Wes apart, the film's craftsmanship, his love for the film, and what Dahl would have thought. Footage used with permission of Twentieth Century Fox.

Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers -- Boggis, Bunce and Bean -- who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.

Fantastic Mr. Fox was directed by Wes Anderson and stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Wallace Wolodarsky.

The movie comes out on Friday, November 25th.

Interview with Viggo Mortensen for The Road

In the interview above, Viggo Mortensen talks about his character in the upcoming apocalyptic survival tale The Road. He discusses the book & the film's theme, Cormac McCarthy, the story's positive & uplifting message, Kodi Smit-McPhee, the working environment, and director John Hillcoat. Footage used with permission of Dimension Films.

After a nuclear explosion, a man goes on a nightmarish road trip in an attempt to transport his son to safety, while fending off starving stragglers and marauding packs of cannibals.

The Road is directed by John Hillcoat and stars Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Garret Dillahunt, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The film is coming to theaters on Friday, November 25th.

Interview with Rain for Ninja Assassin

This interview was done with Rain about his character Raizo in the action film Ninja Assassin. He discusses the challenges of the project, the training regimen, the weapons of the film, the story, the relationship between Raizo and Ozunu, Naomie Harris' character Mika, director James McTeigue, and Sho Kosugi. Footage used with permission of Warner Bros Pictures.

Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Ninja Assassin is directed by James McTeigue and stars Rain , Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune, and Naomie Harris.

The movie slams into theaters this coming Friday, November 25th.

Reesa from MGF Hangs Out with a Volturi Enforcer and Survives!
On Thursday, November 19th, actor Charlie Bewley (who plays the Volturi enforcer Demetri in The Twilight Saga: New Moon) was the guest of honor for the invitation only VIP meet & greet at the AT&T Experience Store on Central Expressway in Dallas, TX. MGF was honored to be invited to this very exclusive event. Bewley signed autographs and posed for pictures with invited guests of AT&T and answered media questions. He then went to the AT&T sponsored advanced screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, where he introduced the film and signed more autographs for the excited audience members.
The AT&T Experience room was full of very excited (mostly female) fans waiting quietly for a chance to get close to Bewley. Due to a tie-up on the freeway, he arrived late to the event and some fans were unable to get their pictures with him. A few very creatively stood close by so that they could be photographed with their AT&T IPhones with themselves and Bewley in the frame. Afterwards, the employees of AT&T store had a group shot taken. Through this all, Bewley was gracious and friendly. He was particularly sweet to some tweens who were extremely agog and amazed. It says something of his personality that he remains calm and unaffected by this attention. Considering this is his first major film role (no other credits are listed on IMDB), he is handling the adulation with serious consideration for anyone associated with the hit series.
This intrepid reporter, who diligently researched questions all day, unfortunately hit a technical snag in her media moment. The digital recorder failed to catch the few questions I was able to remember. Bewley is so sincere when he looks at you, and fan girl that I am, my mind went blank. My first question was “If you had to fight Felix (fellow Volturi enforcer who is also 6’5” to Demetri’s 5’10”) who would win?” Bewley says without a doubt Felix would wipe the floor with him. “You had to (visually) create the back story for Demetri (like his personality on film). Were you able to run your ideas by Stephanie Myers?” He said yes and that she was in agreement with his interpretation. “What projects are you working on now?” Bewley still has the other movies to finish up, but he has moved to Los Angeles and is currently reading scripts and meeting with people all the time. He’s very excited about his prospects now. For anyone curious about what Bewley has done previously, check out this short film created by the Vancouver Film School called Stuffed.
Bewley may have only a small role as a Volturi enforcer in New Moon, but he manages to make his presence felt on screen. In Breaking Dawn, the Volturi’s will have a larger role in the movie, and hopefully we will see more of Bewley’s Demetri using his super tracker abilities. (Article by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

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Planet 51 Review
American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders--like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

Man, talk about a great idea for a movie being executed terribly. That's how I felt after about 30 minutes of Planet 51. After reading about the film, seeing pictures of it, and hearing about the relatively cool cast of actors who would voice the characters, I kind of felt like this might be another exception to my distaste for animated films that I go to the theater with my kids to see to get a nap in. I was very wrong.

The movie starts out decently enough, establishing the characters and setting of the alien planet. It goes about showing us the "alien equivalent" of everything that we find normal on Earth - houses, grilling out, observatories, cars, stores, movies, towns, etc. At first, it's all "haha, that's pretty cool." One of the coolest things is that their "dogs" are actually the "Aliens" from the movies. They even pee acid. That was pretty cool.

It all quickly spirals downward, though. The jokes and equivalents begin to become quite annoying and eye-roll inducing. There's a scene where the astronaut somehow lands on the front of an alien's bike, they accidentally jump a ramp, and end up flying across the moon just like E.T. and Elliott in Spielberg's classic. Then, of course, the military of the planet have to be paranoid and immediately come to the conclusion that this "alien" from another planet HAS to be dangerous and wanting to take over the planet. There's even an "alien equivalent" of a hippie and his protest group. What starts out an interesting idea grows tiresome very fast.

It's cool that they got Dwayne Johnson to do astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker's voice, but in all honesty, they could have gotten anyone. You can barely even tell it's him doing the voice through most of the movie. Justin Long as Lem was pretty unrecognizable, as well. You could kind of hear his voice characteristics every once in a while. Looking over the list of actors who lent their voices to the film, I really can't recall any of their voices really being recognizable. Maybe I'm completely off, but isn't that the idea of having famous actors voice the characters in the film - to make everyone go "oh, cool - that's so and so doing that!" I mean, obviously the main reason is to have their names on the poster, but people like to know or find familiar the voices they here.

Basically, Planet 51 is another animated film I'll be filing away in my "Movies to Take a Nap To" section of my DVD collection. It's really a shame, because I was hoping for a lot more from this film. Maybe someday, someone else will make an attempt at it and do the idea justice. (Review by Eric Shirey)

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Review
Police Sergeant Terry McDonagh and his partner Detective Stevie Pruit come across a prisoner locked in his cell just after Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. The water is rising and the two jaded cops toy with leaving him there, even betting on how long it will take for him to drown. Terry eventually saves him but hurts his neck in the rescue. Six months later the resulting pain puts him on a path of drug abuse and erratic behavior while still on the job.

Sergeant McDonagh is promoted to Lieutenant for his heroic work during the hurricane. His first job is to find the killers of an illegal Senegalese family. His superior is worried that Terry may not be able to handle taking the lead on such a big case. Terry assures him that he is only taking what the doctor has ordered. Of course he’s also snorting coke, doing heroin, and smoking pot to get through his days. He even busts kids, takes their drugs, and accepts sex as bribes. His girlfriend is a high dollar prostitute with whom he shares his cocaine. Terry barely sleeps or eats while running down leads and finding more ways to use people in his pursuit of getting high and numb from his pain.

It’s an interesting performance by Cage, who has been recently trying to do roles that are laughably ill-fitting. Like being an MIT professor in Knowing, or being too old for Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider. He is always over the top and playing the same person every time. In this role as the increasingly downward spiral cop, Cage manages to keep a little sense of decency while breaking all the rules. Walking slightly skewed and stiff, with hands flying, fingers popping, head twitching and rambling talk, you never know what he will do next. You get a sense that maybe Cage is personally familiar with this type of behavior. The scene of him trying to get information from an elderly woman and her caretaker while hiding behind their door and shaving his face is absurd but makes sense. Cage makes you feel the lack of sleep and desperation while you still dislike him for being such a prick.

The story goes all over the place, from hallucinating iguanas and break dancing souls to accidents with alligators, mobster collection enforcers, and drug dealers. Just when you think everything is so far out of hand, the resolve starts falling into place in the last 10 minutes. You can see it coming, but it will still keep you awake while it’s happening. Val Kilmer enjoys top billing, but really has very little to do. Jennifer Coolidge, without a ton of makeup, is great as Terry’s beer guzzling step mom. Eve Mendez plays Terry’s beautiful "professional" girlfriend Frankie. But it’s Shawn Whigham who steals his scene as the self righteous "john" who, in response to Terry’s threats, says “whoa” and “oh yeah” sarcastically and as many times as he can.

The original 1992 Bad Lieutenant starring Harvey Kietel and directed by Abel Ferrara was an unforgettable look at a drug using, morally compromised police detective. And that’s about as far as comparisons go. This version, directed by Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn and Nosferatu the Vampyre), has really little to do with the first movie outside of the drugs, sex, and gambling. Herzog has said that he has never seen the first movie and has never met Abel Ferrara, who has been quoted in various media to be unhappy with the “remake.” The producer, Edward Pressman, imposed the title on Herzog who just wanted to call the movie Port of New Orleans. They compromised with the combined title. Although screenings at the Toronto Fest and the AFI-LA festivals brought some good reviews for Cage’s manic performance, the movie is going to DVD by next February. (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Review
Bella and Edward having survived last year’s Twilight, is a typical dreamy high school couple, except Edward is a vampire. Bella has become 18. She is having terrible nightmares of her getting old while Edward retains his veneer of youth. She wants more than ever to be “turned”, but Edward doesn’t want her to be a monster. At her birthday party given by the Cullen’s, Edward's vampire family, Bella accidentally cuts her finger. The blood drives his brother Jasper into attack mode. With his vampire strength he hurls Bella across the room causing more of her blood to flow. Good thing Carlisle (leader of these non-human eating vamps) is a doctor, otherwise she would have been dinner. Edward realizes that he is dangerous for Bella and the only way to keep her safe is to get out of her life.

So sets up the turmoil in this adaptation of the second book in Stephenie Meyers' Twilight Saga. This is two hours of Bella wallowing in depression, angst, and longing. Bummed beyond belief, Bella becomes zombie-like just going through the motions of life. She barely communicates with her old friends. She wakes screaming in the night. And her father is at his wit's end. He wants to send her to Florida to be with her mother but Bella refuses. Anyone else would have taken the girl to therapy.

Never one to make good decisions, Bella tempts fate by accepting a ride on a motorcycle where she sees a vision of Edward telling her not to be reckless. She also discovers that she likes the adrenalin rush and that burst of danger that makes her “see” Edward. So what if he’s telling her it’s wrong. If that’s the only way she’s going to see him, she’s going to put herself in harms way. She gets two badly used motor bikes and brings them to her friend Jacob to help her fix them on the Quileute reservation. Spending time with her good friend makes Bella feel almost human again. Jacob promises to always stay by Bella, that is until he discovers his recent burst of muscle and height is due to the latent gene inherent in some members of his tribe that turns them into werewolves. Suddenly, he’s avoiding his BFF Bella. She’s already in a fragile state and having Jacob abandon her is more than she can bare. On top of all this, vengeful vampire Victoria sends Laurent to spy on Bella and find out if the Cullens are still offering their protection. Except now, as Bella discovers, she is protected by werewolves.

Having lost Jacob and Edward, Bella decides to cliff dive into the cold pacific waters so she can see her lost love hallucination. Jacob saves her and tells her about his new secret identity. When she gets home she finds Edward’s sister, Alice waiting. She had a vision of Bella diving, and thought she died. Unfortunately, Jacob misleads Edward and now Bella's vamp love is off to Italy and the Volturi, the ruling vampire family to end his life. They refuse to kill him and lose his special gift of mind reading, so Edward plans to expose his sparkly, glittering flesh to the world on the towns’ annual festival to celebrate the end of vampires. Ironic, no? Bella keeps him from doing something stupid, but not without getting the Volturi’s attention. They are intrigued by her ability to be unaffected by the various vampire talents, and is saved from death by Alice’s foresight that Bella will soon join the family. The Cullens promise to turn her after she graduates, but if any of the them bite her it will end the treaty between the cold ones and the wolves.

Working with a bigger budget, director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass and About A Boy) ably handles the special effects most effectively. The wolves are quite magnificent. Unfortunately the film drags on interminably while Bella whines about her poor pitiful fate. Kristen Stewart, who is usually good at portraying the uncomfortable stages of teen-hood, mumbles most of her lines. Robert Pattinson stares with those bedroom eyes and lets his hair do his emoting. As a couple, they don’t seem to spend a lot of time just having fun. They are so serious.

Standing out in all this is Taylor Lautner as Jacob. His scenes with Bella are touching and earnest. It was fortunate that he kept his job by packing on the extra weight adding very cut arms and abs. Through the use of FX, like in Lord of the Rings, they made Jacob seem taller as he is featured in the book. At times it seemed inconsistent. The young tweens (and maybe some older ones, too) squealed in delight every time the wolf back pulled off those shirts.

The introduction of the Volturi fared well with A-List actors like Michael Sheen as Aro - who can see everything about you by touch and Dakota Fanning as Jane - the wielder of great pain just by thinking about it. Jane’s red eyes are absolutely spooky. The next movies will feature this family in what will hopefully be an epic battle.

New Moon suffers from being that story in the middle that leads to all the action that happens in the subsequent novels. It just wets the appetite for more storyline in the next adventure. This is not a stand alone movie. You have to watch Twilight first and pretty much be a fan of the books. It didn’t help that the projector at this screening was dirty and made the film seem dingy and dark. So if you went to the Wednesday night advanced screening, go see it the way it’s supposed to be. Score one for Team Jacob.

MGF Hangs Out with Boondock Saints Director Troy Duffy!

Our staff writer, Reesa Cruz-Hawkins, participated in a round-table interview with director Troy Duffy and actor Norman Reedus when they were in town for the special screening of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Below is an excerpt from that interview, whenre reesa asks Troy about introducing a female character into the mix.

Movie Geek Feed (MGF): Did you feel any pressure to add a female character to your film?

Troy Duffy (TD): In fact, I felt a bunch of pressure by adding a female character. There were almost no females in Boondocks 1, quintessentially a c!@k-driven movie. Believe me, when we said that there was going (to be) a female lead (in) Boondock Saints 2, it hit the fan base like cold water in the face. That was the risk, a big one, and as far as I’m concerned it paid off. When you('re) going to make a sequel, why do so many of them suck? We all know the handful of good ones - Godfather 2, Rocky 2, Terminator 2, Aliens. We can probably make a list of 10 undeniables, right? Why do all the rest of them just blow? We have this good healthy fear of sequels - a suspicion of them here in the United States - well earned in my opinion. One of the things we had to do, what I did, is what makes the good ones good? And I came up with one simple theory - it would be whatever it is you love about the first plus a brand new curve ball plot. Unpredictable, but you could never see it coming. (A) Pleasing example is Terminator 2. Arnold’s suddenly the good guy protecting Sarah Conner. We didn’t see that coming, we loved it, we ate that s!@t up, man. But (I) guarantee you, behind the scenes of that film the producers and the studio mucky mucks were going "you can’t do this, you can’t make him a good guy. You’ll destroy the franchise." But the filmmakers showed some bravity and did something a bit courageous and it paid off. That got me thinking "big risks, big rewards on sequels." So we tried to throw as many curve balls at you as we can starting with that female lead. And though Boondock fans were nonplussed when they heard that, now they can’t live without her. So that kind of risk in making a sequel is what makes it pay off.

MGF: So was it hard writing her character?

TD: So think of a man and move logic and incongruity. No, she just fell right out of the air just like that Smecker did in the first one. I can’t claim any “I don’t have to write it if I only do the politically correct thing and write strong females.”

MGF: Did she do her own gun twirling?

TD: She worked on that for awhile, man, (Sean Patrick) Flannery was training her as well. He’s from Texas as well so he knows how to do all these gun tricks with both hands and stuff. He trained her as well as this pro we brought in who does most of the training and that kind of stuff.

MGF: I loved that scene!

TD: I thought that would have played pretty well in Texas. All these mother fu@#!ers wanted to cut that scene. I said, “What, are you kidding me? It’s awesome!” It was like a roomful of dudes in the studio, they were like “meh”. I said “get some women in here!" And you know a couple of chicks came in and they were like “that’s fu!@ing awesome! I had to literally get some gals into this one screening so they could tell the guys and “no, that’s cool!”

Red Cliff Review

I discovered John Woo’s work watching THE KILLER and A BULLET IN THE HEAD one afternoon in 1991, though he had been making films for almost twenty years before. I was immediately taken in by the balletic flow of action scenes, the sly humor, and a strangely assured combination of bloody violence and tender, human connections that drove his stories. Like Scorsese, Herzog, and a small circle of favorite directors, he became a name attached to anticipation: what would the next John Woo film be?

After a spate of “American” films, English language endeavors with Hollywood bankrolls and accommodating stars, Woo’s flourishes seemed to become more like badges of notoriety. The slow-motion doves, whirling moves of gun-slinging adversaries, and a knack for clever stand-offs – the gimmicks of his moviemaking - became the driving force, while the strength of characters and relationships declined.

Woo wanted to make a Chinese historical epic with Hollywood blockbuster juice that would be interesting to Asian and non-Asian audiences. Opting to depict a story as powerful to Chinese viewers as World War 2 is to Americans, he chose The Battle of Red Cliff, which took place in 208 A.D. and was first detailed in the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. With RED CLIFF, Woo provides an interesting film with flashes of brilliance, but one that fails, like the northern armies, due to bad luck and poor tactics.

Prime Minister/General Cao Cao has gained approval from the Han Emperor to subjugate two warlords’ followers, in an effort to gain control of all of China. To the south, Liu Bei and Sun Quan join military forces to combat Cao Cao, though the odds seem overwhelmingly against them. Cao Cao’s entire naval fleet and accompanying armies make camp across the Yangtze River from that of Sun Quan’s most trusted general, Zhou Yu, at Red Cliff. Liu Bei’s tactician Kong Ming works with Zhou Yu and the combined generals of both armies to defend themselves against Cao Cao.

The film specializes in the art of war; displays of tactical moves and counter-moves and the intricate choreography of fight scenes are the most engaging and successful parts of the film. The “Tortoise Battle” sequence is one example of how RED CLIFF has moments of perfection, as a double-cross turns into a trap set by the defending armies, which in turn is discovered to be merely a test of their strengths by the invading forces. It is a cleverly-written, sharply defined and highly entertaining sequence, but those strengths are not found together often enough in RED CLIFF.

Woo does manage to create some engaging characters, though thanks to the scope of the film and the reduced run-time (a five -and-one-half hour pair of films has been edited down to a two-and-a-half hour final product), many do not get sufficient screen time to be viewed as more than a face and a few heroic action scenes. The editing hurts more powerful parts of the film while prolonging the problem areas. An early fight scene where General Guan Yu of Liu Bei’s army fends off large numbers of Cao Cao’s forces, is taken captive, objects to Liu Bei’s flag being tread upon by a horse, threatens Cao Cao, takes back the flag and escapes unscathed is abbreviated to a few seconds of fight-flag-escape, which may not make sense to anyone who hasn’t seen the longer version. Alternately, a lengthy and tiresome musical duet between a general and a tactician and a panning shot of a dove flying from one camp to the other are unnecessary and elicit an unintended comical response.

When Woo decides to add his trademark flourishes, they feel jarring and are ill-suited to the story being told. Slow motion doves and battle action can be overlooked, but a last-minute stand-off with multiple warriors holding swords at each others’ throats (like the more iconic scenes of gunplay in THE KILLER and HARD-BOILED) just doesn’t work. Aside from the editing, the most glaring problem with the film is its uneven use of CG effects. A film like RED CLIFF would have been far too massive and dangerous to shoot were it not for the use of CG. False panoramas of scenery are beautifully done, while overhead images of Cao Cao’s fleet and armies are less believable. Fire effects in the crucial final act are magnificent, thrilling, but occasionally amateurish in execution. For a film that relies so heavily on these effects, it’s a shame they couldn’t have worked with production houses that managed far more believable work on less honorable films (I’m looking at you, 2012).

Even the hardcore John Woo follower may find his patience tested watching RED CLIFF. Perhaps the director simply bit off more than he could chew, but I want to believe that refined effects work and a different, somewhere-in-the-middle edit would make the film more palatable. While I hate to pigeonhole any artist, part of me simply wants John Woo to find Anthony Wong and Chow Yun-Fat, give them a large supply of guns and conflict, and start shooting. (Review by Steve Norwood - content provider for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas - AFFD; re-posted with permission of the AFFD)

MGF VisitsThe Best Little GORE-House in Texas

On Friday, November 13th, Zombie Manor opened its doors for the last time in 2009. It was a special event for Friday the 13th entitled The Best Little Gore-House in Texas. Let me tell you, that's exactly what it was. Imagine a walk-through haunted house where the characters could touch you, wipe things on you, spray things at you, and you never knew what that squishy thick stuff was that you were stepping in by the outhouse. In a nutshell, that is exactly the experience you had on this night going through Zombie Manor. It felt gross, it smelled gross, and it looked gross. When they told me that you NEEDED a poncho to cover your clothes and keep them clean, they truly meant it. I had pieces of something mixed in blood on my arms that I still can't quite figure out what it was. So, to make a long story short, it was a blast. I would suggest anyone who is a fan of haunted houses or horror flicks to check out this event if they do it again sometime.

On the outside of the establishment, they had a sort of mini-carnival atmosphere going, starting with a band of zombies playing Dick Dale-type surf rock behind a makeshift cemetery gate. The band was a three-piece and definitely had talent. This wasn't a teenage garage band looking for a gig. I wish I could tell you their name, but I failed to get it from the promoters.

There was also a promotional table for the upcoming horror / comedy Transylmania, which is hitting theaters on December 4th. They were giving away posters and other stuff. You could also get your picture taken with a dollhead on a box and a vampire dude.

Bloody Mary was there, as well. The artist who's rightly gained her nickname of Bloody Mary, Bobbie Weiner, had a promotional booth that featured her comic books, make-up, and even hot sauce. This lady has worked in the movie industry for years, doing make-up for everything from the frozen dead bodies in Titanic to the gore-filled Pumpkinhead II. Her company is the #1 supplier of Camo Face Paint for The USA Department of Defense. She also does tons of work and helps contribute to benefits for children's charities. The lady even has her own comic book series. I got to meet the artist of the comic at the event, as well and they signed a set of the comics for me to check out. You can check out more about Bloody Mary at her website.

There were also plenty of gruesome and ghastly characters walking around the grounds, including a Quaker-looking girl holding a head (which I have a good feeling was supposed to be Lizzie Borden), a scarecrow on stilts, and some others.

Overall, it was a great time. Zombie Manor proved itself to once more give you what you want and then some. Literally. No one walked out of that place without getting blood and who knows what else splattered on them. The Manor delivered a satisfyingly gory time again! Thanks to Dean for putting this on and keeping the Manor open for people to enjoy. (Article by Eric Shirey)

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