Hellraiser: Judgment’s New Pinhead!

So it’s been a while since I’ve written anything basically because I just don’t have the time to do as many full movie/comicbook/whatever reviews, so I’ve been doing a lot of quick posts on Facebook or Instagram. Anyway I’m pretty excited about this: This is an image that was shared in an exclusive Bloody Disgusting article, but I’m not here to discuss their exclusive details. I’m just excited about this image and while it isn’t much to go on, it gives me some hope. When Hellraiser (9): Revelations came out, Doug Bradley, the only man to don the guise of Pinhead opted out of the film. This was becuase of, I’m sure many factors, 2 of which being that the script was barely ready and due to odd happenings within the studio, they had something crazy like a 12 day shooting schedule. Not exactly the best scenario to be in when making a sequel to a beloved horror franchise. I’m sure he was tired of being in shitty Hellraiser sequels too. To make things worse for the film, it was deemed the worst of the worst (probably by some basement dweller that just didn’t like Pinhead being recast). Now it is not a very good movie and the new Pinhead is nothing to write home about, BUT it is not the worst thing out there. Hell, it’s not even the worst Hellraiser. And that’s saying something.

When it came for Judgment to be cast, the studio again looked to Bradley to reprise the role. This did not go as planned. They asked him to sign a confidentiality agreement just to read the script, a little much to be asking a veteran of the franchise, but not really an outlandish request either. Well, he felt it was ridiculous and opted out of the film right there. I guess he had been burned by too many bad sequels and was afraid of having anything legally binding him to this project if he wasn’t going to actually participate. And in case you’re wondering, no, Clive Barker has no creative stake in this either. That had been the plan as well.

But I digress, I’m posting this to talk about the new Hellraiser and the new Pinhead. Now a few weeks back most horror sites were chiming in about this new movie and whether or not it’d be shit. They were pretty excited to tell us that Heather Langenkamp (Nancy of A Nightmare on Elm Street) would in the film and that yes, Pinhead would be recast again. This time around we got a man named Paul T. Taylor, an actor/writer you’ve never heard of, but he’s been attached to films you know. Go ahead, look him up, I’ll wait. By his looks I was not impressed (not putting his looks down, just his features in regards to Pinhead), but Dimension Films was raving about his acting and presence…though we all know to take anything Dimension says with a grain of salt.

So. Here it is. In all it’s glory: The new teaser image for Hellraiser: Judgment and Mr. Taylor as the new Pinhead. And he looks crazy good, like if you told me that was Doug Bradley I would believe you. Granted the image is artistically fuzzy, but now knowing what Paul T. Taylor looks like I can tell that’s him under there and he does look great. I am looking forward to this and I hope it does for the series what they are hoping it will. A theatrical release would be nice, but eh who knows. Anyway, I wish them  and special f/x guru-turned-director, Gary J. Tunnicliffe the best of luck.


Slight Changes.

I know a lot of my followers on WordPress, Facebook and Twitter come to this blog for my reviews and I just wanted to let you know that while I am keeping this blog, my new reviews of horror and sci-fi/horror films will be at http://www.horror-movies.ca. The guys over there have been gracious enough to give me a shot writing for them, based on my writing posted here. So thanks for reading my stuff, it’s helped me out a lot. My reviews and discussions of everything else will still be here. Each time I get a horror review published over there I’ll post the link here. Thanks again.

Ash and the Army of Darkness

Dynamite Comics is doing a serious overhaul of their leading series Army of Darkness. As most of you know AOD is based on the third film in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy. Over the years Dynamite has had some serious success with the title, thrusting Ash and his trusty chainsaw through various dimensions, time periods, crossovers with horror movie royalty (Herbert West: Re-Animator, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees) and even teaming him up with a new female hero. It’s been a mighty fun series, but they felt it was time to take it back to basics. As far as I can tell this new series will not negate the events of the previous series, but we are going back to the beginning…of the end.

Picking up EXACTLY where the film Army of Darkness ends, issue #1 opens with the final battle in S Mart…Gimme some sugar. We learn why that deadite shows up at the store after Ash returns from the Dark Ages. Of course everything goes to Hell and Ash is reluctantly thrown back into action.

Written by the great Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) with awesome, franchise-worthy art by Dennis Calero Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 was a really good starting off point. As a huge fan of the franchise, Niles’ writing is fun and absolutely evokes Raimi’s along with the style we’ve grown used to through previous comics and Evil Dead video games. I hoped for a little bit more in terms of storytelling, but it was still fun nonetheless and really if it has Ashley J. Williams, chainsaws, boomsticks and deadites I’m gonna be happy. As of now the series is set up as a 12 issue arc. We’ll see if they stick with this title or go back to their original series, either way Evil Dead/Army of Darkness fans have plenty to be happy about.

Hail to the King, baby!


Help Fund “Harbinger Down”!

This is absolutely one of the coolest movie projects I’ve seen in a long time and I really hope it gets funded. I have personally backed this film and I hope a lot of others do too. Please read the campaign article and watch the videos over at Kickstarter. I really can’t believe how awesome this looks. An effects driven creature feature that will have ABSOLUTELY NO digital effects of any kind. ONLY MAKE-UP AND ANIMATRONIC EFFECTS. If other films can get millions of dollars from fans I think this movie can reach it’s $350,000 goal in the next 24 days. Let’s make it happen!!!http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1117671683/harbinger-down-a-practical-creature-fx-film


The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

Writer/Director Paul Bunnell presents his pet project. A truly mad concoction, blending 1950s juvenile delinquents, sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror, into one ridiculous spectacle. The story involves Jonathan Xavier and his devoted misfit gang who, have been exiled to Earth from the far reaches of outer space. Johnny’s X-girlfriend Bliss has left him and stolen his Resurrection Suit, a cosmic, mind-bending uniform that gives the owner power over others.

Think The Rocky Horror Picture Show scrambled around with Plan 9 From Outer Space and you’re almost there.

As a fan of the goofy 50’s sci-fi flicks, I’m definitely interested, but I can’t say for certain it’ll actually be any good. I’ve read a few quick reviews ranging from absolute love to utter disgust. It should be noted that Johnny X is the lowest grossing movie of 2012. According to Box Office Mojo it only made $117 during its one week theatrical run and only made around $300 in it’s limited run. Now to be fair most of the screenings were done at film festivals and “pay what you want” shows so there was never much hope for it to rake in the dough, but perhaps the DVD/Bluray rental/purchase numbers will go up to pay off some of the $2 million budget…maybe…

I have to commend the guy for getting it made, and even including some well known faces in the cast.
Also check out the posters and website for the film, some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen in a while.

Also an extra little fun fact: Paul Bunnell scrambled to purchase the remaining EASTMAN PLUS-X Negative Film 5231 from Kodak shortly after it had been discontinued, making this the last feature to be shot with their fine grain black and white stock, which makes for a beautiful presentation. I hope it was worth it. Definitely gonna review this one as soon as I can get my hands on it.


Sunday, being my only day off, usually consists of me cramming in a trip to the movies, errands, doing freelance design work, doing work for teaching, catching up on the DVR or my Netflix queue or whatever…
Possibly a nap gets thrown into the mix, but usually Sunday isn’t a day for rest, even if what I’m doing is fun or simple.

Today was an especially beautiful day. I decided to watch a movie I rented, but that would be all I’d do inside while the sun was shining. I picked up some sandwiches-to-go from a local place and spent the rest of the day with my girlfriend. Hanging out on the deck with our laptops was exactly the kind of 21st century chillaxin’ I needed. Unfortunately while I was able to hang out downloading music, surfing the web and playing Portal 2, she had to grade papers, write up lesson plans and do grad work. It was still way too nice out for her workload to ruin the mood. It was great just hanging outside, enjoying lunch, the weather and each others company. We completely lost track of time too. After about 4 hours we called it quits and decided to go inside. I did some reading and minimal (recreational) design work and just relaxed. I even tried to squeeze in an errand or two. A part of my brain trying to make me do something productive, but gladly, the girlfriend said no and we spent the evening being potatoes.

Sometimes I feel guilty for just sitting around doing nothing on Sundays, but then I remember I work 6 days a week and I realize I’m being dumb. I also realize that many people will not give a crap about anything I just posted. This usually doesn’t stop me from writing, but I’m also not doing this to bore anyone, so I apologize if I have done just that…oh wait, no I don’t. A new friend told me I should write this down anyway, being that I was feeling unfulfilled about not writing today and I do feel more complete. So glad I met them this week.

That’s about it. Beautiful day. Living in the hustle and bustle of the northeast can make it easy to forget to just chill out and enjoy each moment as it comes and NOT feel guilty about doing nothing. So when you get a chance, you should do just that. Relax and don’t have a care. It makes going to work on Monday a bit easier.