Friday, October 31, 2014

Kino Lorber Releases THE BUBBLE 3-D on Blu-ray

"REMARKABLE is the word for Arch Oboler's futuristic space-age movies."
- Chicago Daily News

THE BUBBLE is the "eerie and enjoyable" (Los Angeles Times) science-fiction spine-tingler that sicked audiences and revolutionized the cinematic world of 3-D! The eye-popping thrills and chills begin when a plane carrying pregnant Catherine (Deborah Walley) and her husband Mark (Michael Cole) is forced to land in a mysterious remote town. The townspeople are quite strange, indeed: they repeat certain phrases and movements ceaselessly and stagger through the streets like brain-dead automatons. Then there is an even more terrifying discovery -- the zombie inhabitants live under an impenetrable dome, trapped like insects in a jar. Can Catherine, Mark and their newborn baby escape or will they become mindless drones trapped in a human zoo?

THE BUBBLE introduced the groundbreaking Space-Vision 3-D system, which pioneered a new way of both shooting and exhibiting 3-D film. These single-strip 35mm stereoscopic techniques were used in almost all major 3-D features for the next 30 years, making THE BUBBLE not only an "amazing" (Hollywood Reporter) sci-fi thriller, but also an important milestone in the history of cinema. Now fully restored from the 35mm negatives by the 3-D Film Archive.

Kino Lorber proudly announces the release on its Kino Classics label of Arch Oboler's thrilling and groundbreaking 3-D sci-fi classic, THE BUBBLE, in a special 3-D Blu-ray edition, packed with bonus features.

LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES: Halloween Is Grinch Night

Everyone knows How the Grinch Stole Christmas but did you know he was also kind of a dick on Halloween too? Yep, this guy does not enjoy holidays at all.

In this particular tale a "Sour-Sweet Wind" blows across...I don't know Grinchtown or something...and it makes all the Gree-Grumps and Hakken-Krakks piss off the Grinch to the point where he terrorizes his favorite punching bags down in Whoville. When a Who is trying to take a dump, he is swept up by the wind and thrown on Mt. Crumpit where he crosses path with the Grinch who is doing something Grinchy know, just watch the damn thing, it's like 25 minutes long.
Happy Halloween...whatever.

Movie after the break.

Eleven Directors to Create a New Horror Anthology - TALES OF HALLOWEEN

Joe Begos, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch,
Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet

Epic Pictures Group announced today that it will collaborate with top directors to finance and produce a brand new horror anthology, named Tales of Halloween.

Eleven directors, renowned for their influential contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces with Epic Pictures under the name The October Society to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. The directors include Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace). Directors Kasch and Skipp are to co-direct one of the short films together.

Tales of Halloween will be produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production.

1984: 30 Cult and Horror Flicks in 30 Minutes or Less (Part 2: I - Z)

Here we are! Part Two of the Forces of Geek’s 1984 mega-list and, lord, it feels so good!

As we know, 1984 unleashed a flood of movies unto the public. A handful of which were beautiful works of art and others that were, well, not so much.

If you didn’t catch Part One of this list, you can find it here.  Now, we’ve assembled fifteen more cult gems, foreign flicks, and unforgettable staples just for you.

I can’t think of a better day to reveal the final piece of this behemoth, so let’s dust off that VCR and get down to brass tacks, shall we?

Among The Panels: ROCHE LIMIT #2, RASPUTIN #1, AXIS CARNAGE #1 & More!

A world of four color magic arrives every Wednesday.

Stories and adventures of heroes and villains, good versus evil.

Tales that entertain and excite by talented writers and artists.

Here are my thoughts Among The Panels.

Dark Gods #1
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: German Erramouspe
Publisher: Avatar Press
Price: $3.99

Dark Gods #1 is an inventive look at how Gods, as we know them, existed before we created them.

As culture was driven to create Gods, our need for them helped let these beings into our world.

A story that starts with a corporate espionage spirals quickly out of control when our main character, Resnic, is almost sacrificed to mad demons in the basement of the company he works for. The opening pages are expressed nicely on top of the normal feeling world that Resnic resides in.

The reveal of what is really going on is nicely done and kind of horrific, in the good way.

Some of the best things about this book is the way the writer, Justin Jordan, explains how the Gods became to exist.

He leads us through a history lesson where snakes have always played a part in some kind of origin story. Since this was the case the evil group that inhabited the snakes became known as The Serpent.

Where there is evil there is also those who will rise up to try and counter it the best they can; in this story that force is known as the Storm.

Justin seems to really have a great idea here; the constant battle of good vs evil seems fun to toy with and he did a great job presenting it in an opening issue.
We get this entire back story through the inner monologue of Resnic while we witness him being attacked by ravenous demons. He eventually escapes his peril with the help of a well-placed phone call and some cryptic speech that hurt the demons over the phone. He is rescued at the zero-hour by a badass girl wielding a shot gun.

This story is really stellar and the mix of religious aspects with the modern world works well to keep you interested.

Another stand out thing about this book is the art. The artist German Erramouspe does a fabulous job walking us through all of the different time periods within the story. The change in tone and esthetic from page to page is refreshing and downright cool. The only thing that I personally felt was unneeded was the couple of the depictions of naked women during the flashbacks scenes. I get this type of thing when it adds to the situation of the story but for me it felt like it detracted from the great art styling already present on the page but really that’s the only thing that felt out of place.

Otherwise a really great start to an intriguing story about the reality of evil in a modern world. They have a great thing brewing on these pages and I hope to see more from them very soon.

Score: 4 out of 5

INDIEGOGO THIS: Help Support The Indie Comic Big & Little

In this age of crowdsourcing we here at FOG! tend to get an incredible amount of people asking us to help spread the word about their various projects and, no offense, most of these are horrible, but there are times when you are stopped cold by an offering that makes you whip open your wallet and scream "HERE, TAKE MY MONEY!".

And Big and Little is one of them.

Conceived by writer Austin Campion and illustrated by Ellis Anderson and Adam Scott Mazer, this superpowered anti-hero tale set in the extremely fictional Old West consists of the characters Big (who's strong and relatively invulnerable) and Little (who's very slightly telekinetic) who work as hired thugs and proto-lawmen and are not the greatest of guys (already I'm intrigued).

But what sets Big and Little apart from the rest of the Indiegogo/Kickstarter crowd is how much the creators and artists believe in their work. This is not the case of "Hey, I have an idea for a comic, let's raise money even though I have no idea if it's even workable" (which happens a lot). This is a story that has been developed over years and is finally coming to light because it does work.

How do I know?

Because Campion, Anderson and Mazer are not just asking you to fund their project, they are showing you the work, page-by-page HERE.

When you contribute to the fundraising you will get actual hard copies of the comics but it's not really about what you get in return for donating, it's about rewarding those people who are truly making some spectacular work.

After the break is a couple pitch videos and, if you like what you see, head over to the links above and donate...let's give great art and stories a chance to thrive.

Double Feature Movie Show: CROPS(E)Y

How many of you have heard of Cropsy? What? Never?!

Don’t worry. Neither had I.

I had even forgotten that Cropsy was the killer in The Burning until I was reminded.

Cropsy is a bedtime story that Staten Islanders tell their kids to get them to stay in bed.

He’s the Boogyman of the Northeast.

Enough so that he’s gotten two movies.

One based on the legend. One based on fact.

Bill Murray Stories...They Sound Better Around A Campfire

Bill Murray has managed to become a weirdly accessible icon who will randomly show up at restaurants to steal fries off your tray, crash your wedding or simply mix you up a drink from behind a bar that he doesn't even work at. These mythical tales (always ending with the phrase "No One Will Ever Believe You") is the stuff of legends and while most of them can't be true (although maybe they are) you have to love each and every one of them.

Which makes this horror-themed ode to Murray's (supposed) antics even better.

Like the ghost stories you told around a campfire in the woods growing up, when you spin a Bill Murray yarn in whispered tones late at night they are every bit as scary and unbelievable as "They Guy Who Picked Up A Hitchhiking Ghost" or "The Hook For A Hand Murderer".

So get ready to scare yourself silly after the break...'Cause you never know where Murray will turn up.

FAMILY PLOT: London Nerd and Word Monkey MARSHALL JULIUS Reflects on a Fatherhood Well Spent

By Marshall Julius

What drives a man to dress his children as monsters, splatter them with homemade blood and share photos of the results with everyone he knows? Madness? Ego? Too much spare time? All apply. Of course, it’s also a chance to show off your kids, and best of all, to celebrate evil on the one day of the year that it’s socially acceptable to pose as the undead and extort candy from strangers.

Back in the Seventies when I was small, nobody cared about Halloween.

Not in England, anyway. There was no trick or treating. No fancy dress parties to do the Monster Mash. No wicked witch decorations to fill the house with. Nothing. Back then, I used to dream of living in America where, contrary to its preachy Christian leanings, every All Hallows’ Eve was celebrated with pure and wicked glee. God, how I envied them.

More fun than Christmas, more fattening than Easter, this high Pagan holiday inspired me more than every other day of the year combined, an unrepressed tribute to anarchic fun, mischievous thrills, sinful carbs and unbound imagination. It’s a day to confront our darkest fears, to laugh at them, and ultimately own them. It’s not about charity or brotherhood. It doesn’t involve prayer or thanks. It doesn’t judge us or tell us how to live. It just wants us to have some fun, to get a little fatter and not take life so seriously.

At least, that’s what it means to me.

Frustrated in childhood at my homeland’s shocking inability to get into the supernatural spirit of things, I dreamed of one day growing up, of becoming the master of my own destiny, and celebrating Halloween with maximum gusto.

Denied its pleasures as a kid, I was sure as Hell going to have my fun when I had youngsters of my own to share it with.