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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Top 10 Horror Movies Of 2012 : The Freddy In Space Readers Edition!

I never really like to do end of the year best of lists, for the simple fact that I never feel like I've seen enough new movies throughout the year to warrant doing one.  I watch a whole lot of horror movies every year, this is true, but by the end of each year I always know that I've missed a few movies that likely would be on my best of the year list, if only I had seen them.  So how do you make a best of list, unless you've seen everything there is to see?  I guess I just think about these things too much, so I just prefer to avoid the stress altogether.

But this year, I've decided to get in on the year end festivities, in a fun and thoroughly comprehensive way.  How, you ask?  Well, early this morning, over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page, I asked you fine folks to submit your own personal picks for the best horror movies of the year.  I left the voting open for the entire day, with no restriction on how many picks each reader could submit.
 
Tonight, I tallied up all the votes (my own included), and from those comments came up with a pretty solid top 10 list, along with more than a few honorable mentions, who didn't quite make the cut.  The list came out looking pretty much like I expected it to look, with one big surprise and a few picks that I personally do not agree with.  But hey, I'm just glad that I've actually seen all ten of the movies that ended up on the list!

Oh and just to clear something up right off the bat, so nobody leaves me hate mail over this list.  There's a lot of debate about what is a horror movie and what isn't a horror movie when it comes to lists like these, and there's perhaps even more debate about when precisely a movie was 'technically' released.  A couple of the movies on here aren't exactly horror movies, per se, but they're on the list because I approved them to be on the list, so that's that.  
 
As for the whole release date madness, here's the way I see it.  If a particular movie was released to the majority of people this year, then I allowed it to be on this list.  Plain and simple.  A few of the movies on here made their festival debuts either last year or even years prior, but if they weren't released wide on home video or in theaters until this year, then I consider them 2012 movies.  That's just the way I do it, and I can only hope you respect that when looking over this list.
 
Now then, here are the Top 10 Horror Movies of 2012, according to yours truly, and you wonderful Freddy In Space readers.  Huge thanks to the nearly 150 people who cast their votes for this.  Obviously, could've never done this without you all.  Over 200 votes were cast, and 40+ different movies chosen, in total.  Here are the best of the best!
 
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10) PROMETHEUS & THE COLLECTION (TIE)

Prometheus and The Collection tied in 10th place, with five votes a piece.  Interestingly enough, I placed a personal vote for both of these movies, and so I'm very glad to see they made it on the list, even if they barely did so.

Is Prometheus a straight up horror movie?  No, it's not.  But as reader Todd Crawford remarked when someone asked if I'd count it; "if Alien is horror, then so is Prometheus."  I agree 100% with that statement.  If there's a Xenomorph in a movie, it's a horror movie, as far as I'm concerned.  But yea, I am a huge fan of Prometheus, and I still don't understand all the hate it's gotten since it was released.  Hands down one of my favorite movies of 2012, horror or otherwise.

As for The Collection, I was delighted to see it get enough votes to make it on here.  It's certainly not the best horror movie of the year, but it's one of the more fun movies I saw this year, and for that reason alone it deserves to be on the list.  Sometimes, a balls out mindless gore fest is just what the doctor ordered!

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9) FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day narrowly escaped a three way 10th place tie, making its way onto the list in the 9th place, with six votes.  I never reviewed this one here on the blog, but I did finally get around to watching it over the summer.  As I had suspected, I hated the movie and saw pretty much zero merit in it.  That whole dick and fart joke childish Troma film humor just doesn't work for me, and Father's Day is actually one of my least favorite movies that I sat through this year.  Hell, I probably would've turned it off before the halfway mark, if I wasn't somewhat being forced to watch it by a friend (sorry, Kristy!!).  Found this one irritating, more than anything else.

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8) V/H/S

This is another one that I don't quite understand the love for, and it's in fact my personal pick for the most disappointing horror movie of 2012.  After being incredibly excited about V/H/S for seemingly forever, thanks to the awesome concept and the talent involved, I kinda couldn't believe how shitty it was once I finally sat down and watched it.  Turns out, it was just another crap found footage movie, with small moments of goodness surrounded by large moments of stupidity and boredom.  Yawn.  It fittingly got eight votes, by the way.

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7) REC 3 : GENESIS

With nine votes, the second sequel in the REC franchise placed in the lucky 7th slot.  I'm a big fan of the franchise and this is another one of the ones I cast a vote for.  Is it as good as the first one?  Can't say it is.  But it takes the franchise down a much different path, which I felt was needed after REC 2, which was a bit too familiar feeling.  REC 3 is just plain fun, and I dig it for that.

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6) SILENT NIGHT

Remember when I said up above that one of the films on this list quite surprised me? Well this is the one.  Silent Night racked up an impressive 10 votes, which I did not at all expect.  Silent Night was another disappointment for me this year.  Definitely not the worst remake out there, and it's got moments of sheer awesomeness, but all around I felt it wasn't nearly as fun as it could've, and should've, been.  Can't help but feel that the reason it's not only on the list, but so high up on it, is because everyone's in that Christmasy mood right about now.  Then again, I suppose with so few exceptional horror movies in the past year, movies that aren't so great were bound to wind up on many a top 10 list, whether they deserve those spots or not.  Gotta pick something!

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5) THE LOVED ONES

This is probably the most controversial pick on the list, which I expect to get some flack for.  The Loved Ones, which garnered 14 votes, was made way back in 2009, but didn't make its way off the festival circuit and into most homes until earlier this year.  So again, it's eligible for the list, according to the way I do these.  Deal with it!
 
The Loved Ones was one of my favorite horror movies I saw this year.  This is the kind of boldly original horror flick we need more of in this world.  Love me some Aussie horror!

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4) THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Hammer's old school haunted house film barely beat out The Loved Ones, with 15 votes.  Kinda wish it were the other way around, personally.  The Woman In Black is rich with an awesome haunted house atmosphere that I totally dug, but I was all around fairly unimpressed with it.  As I mentioned in my review, it's a run of the mill haunted house affair, but it's nevertheless a pretty damn well done run of the mill haunted house affair.  Can't argue with it being on the list, but I am kinda surprised to see it rank so high.

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3) EXCISION

Excision is another 2012 favorite of mine, and I was incredibly happy to see it pull in 16 votes, and come in so high up on the list.  Totally deserving.  AnnaLynne McCord's Pauline is one of the more riveting female characters in recent years, and her incredible performance was my hands down favorite of the year.  Hate to compare Excision to any other movie, since it's so unique and original, but calling it "this year's May" isn't exactly off base.  Love this movie, and I love that it's getting so much love here at the end of the year!

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2) SINISTER

With a whopping 20 votes, Sinister is hereby named the second best horror film of 2012, according to you guys and gals.  And guess what?  I totally agree with all who voted it up to that spot!
 
Though not a perfect film, Sinister is nevertheless one of the rare movies that actually managed to scare the dickens out of me, a sense of terror that I brought home with me after seeing it in the theater.  Gotta give huge amounts of respect to any movie that I can say that about.  The latter half isn't as good as the first half, but this is one seriously effective fright flick.  Those moments where Ethan Hawke's character was watching the home videos of families getting murdered?  Some of the most bone chilling in many years.
 
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1) CABIN IN THE WOODS

Not surprising in the least, Cabin In The Woods is the winner of the best horror film of the year award, a result of a massive outpouring of support, in the form of 51 votes.  No, not 50 ... FIFTY ONE!!

If this list were made up by me, and me alone, Cabin would rank in the exact same spot as it does on this list, so that makes me happy.  I don't know how much more there is to be said about the movie that hasn't already been said, by the entirety of the horror community and by me in my review and subsequently all over Facebook.  It's a totally game changing horror movie, and I can't think of a single movie more deserving of being in this spot than it.  It's the best damn horror movie of the year, and that's really all there is to it.
 
Do want to mention that The Innkeepers would've appeared 'round about the middle of the list, according to the votes that came in for it, but I had to cut it off considering the movie hit On Demand services here in the states at the very end of last year, making it a 2011 release.  It was a tough call, since it hit On Demand platforms so close to 2012 (on December 30th!), but it was a call I had to make.  But check that movie out anyway, if ya haven't yet!

Also want to give a shout out to Darren Bousman's awesome Mother's Day remake, which I count as a 2012 release, since it didn't come out until this year, despite the fact that it was made in 2010.  Didn't make it on the list, because nobody but myself voted for it.  But yea.  Watch that one too.  At least watch it instead of Father's Day, if you're ever torn between the two.  Promise me that.

Just to give you even more movies to catch up on that you may have missed, here are some honorable mentions, which all received more than one vote (in no particular order); The Theatre Bizarre, The Divide, Chained, Sleep Tight, The Possession, Paranorman, Beyond The Black Rainbow, Sleeper, Livide, Revenant, Inbred, Dear God No!, Lovely Molly, Detention, Frankenweenie, Bait, The Bay, ATM, Absentia, The Pact & Juan of the Dead.  Not all of these apply to my 'released wide' way of doing this, but there's no need to be strict about honorable mentions, I figure!

Again, big time thanks to all the awesome Freddy In Space readers who made this list possible.  Yes, even the ones who voted for Father's Day.  And V/H/S.  You all rock, and I hope to see each and every one of you around these parts next year, and in the years to come.  Let's do it again in 2013!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cool Shirts : Nowhere Bad's Evolution Of The Xenomorph!

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Before Prometheus made the evolution of a Xenomorph a little bit confusing (Fifield zombie, anyone?!), things were fairly simple.  A Face Hugger latches onto one's face, a Chest Burster bursts through their chest, and the tiny little Chest Burster eventually becomes a full grown badass motherfucking acid bleeding Xenomorph.  Cut and dry, the way I like it!

Over at Nowhere Bad, one of the many limited edition shirt websites out there, which sells each design for four days only, you can pick up the above Xenomorph evolution tee, whipped up by artist 'Bleee'.  The shirt is selling for a mere $12, and you've still got a couple days to snag one.

So head over to Nowhere Bad and get yours while ya can!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Coolest Shit From San Diego Comic Con 2012!

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... Presented by Lion-Oh No!
 
Another Comic Con has come and gone, which is sad not only for those who were lucky enough to attend, but also for those of us who sat back with our eyes locked on our computers last weekend, anxiously ingesting all the exciting news and unveilings that the mega convention has become known for.  So extensive and thorough has Comic Con coverage become on the big news sites pertaining to each of the main themes covered at the show, including movies and video games, that sitting on the computer and reloading those websites all day almost makes you feel like you're actually at the show, which is pretty cool because it allows you to take in all the sights and sounds, without dealing with all that pesky body odor and those massive claustrophobic swarms of costumed geeks.  Though all that is of course part of the experience, it's always nice to watch madness like this from a safe distance!

So then.  As with every year, there are a handful of exciting little nuggets of info and awesomeness that stood out for me personally from this year's San Diego Comic Con, and I wanted to take some time to take a look at all the coolest stuff that went down over the weekend.  When I say 'coolest stuff' I'm of course referring to the coolest horror tidbits that tickled my personal fancy, so don't get all bitchy at me if I don't include your favorite bit of video game news here.  That just aint my bag, and this is by no means extensive coverage of the con, just some cool shit I spotted from the comfort of my home this past weekend!
 
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One of the biggest things I always keep an eye out for when I'm taking in Comic Con coverage are the cosplayers, who go out of their way to turn themselves into their favorite characters.  Comic Con is a special place where even the nerdiest of the nerdy can become movie and video game gods for a few days, which is a truly beautiful thing.  Check out some of the coolest costumes from the event!
 
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 ENGINEER & ELIZABETH SHAW - PROMETHEUS

These two got major coverage all over the net this past weekend, and for good reason.  The Engineer dude looks like he walked right off the set of the film and the Shaw costume is just so damn clever.  I don't know what their names are, but these two deserve some kind of uber geek medal!
 
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN : VAMPIRE HUNTER
 
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 THEY LIVE

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EARTHWORM MOTHERFUCKIN' JIM

I know this has nothing to do with the world of horror, but anyone who dresses up like Earthworm Jim will always have a place here on Freddy In Space! 
 
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DARRYLINE DIXON?
 
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THE BRIDE OF CHUCKY
 
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 VICTOR CROWLEY
 
I think this dude was dressed up by the actual Hatchet 3 crew, who were there promoting the flick, but it's pretty awesome nonetheless.  In fact, so awesome was the costume that many believed it was actually Kane Hodder under there!  Now try and get the thought of a Predator vs Crowley movie out of your head.  Go on, just try it.
 
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As always, there were a lot of new developments and trailer unveilings at the show.  Though we don't yet have footage of two of the biggest trailers that premiered, for Pacific Rim & Godzilla, here are some other exciting exports from the show!



Four plus minutes of footage from the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, giving us the first glimpses of Michonne, The Governor and a beloved character's return.  Prepare for chills.  And a boner.
 
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This is the brand new poster that was revealed for Steven C. Miller's upcoming Silent Night, Deadly Night remake, which is coming our way this December.  Me gusto!!


Towards the end of the weekend, Mortal Kombat : Legacy creator Kevin Tancharoen revealed that there will be a second season of the kickass web series.  I'd prefer a movie, which is where I expected the web series to lead to, but this is pretty awesome news and I'll totally take it.  In the video, Kevin talks about what characters we can expect to see in Season 2!
 
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One of the most exciting new film announcements was that Chris Columbus will be producing a four part anthology film based on classic horror magazine Creepy, which is absolute music to my ears and I'd imagine, to the ears of most horror fans the world over.  I love me a good anthology and this looks to be shaping up to be a pretty damn good one!



What do we still have to look forward to in the rest of Season 5 of True Blood?  A whole lot, judging by this sneak peek at the second half.  Ah, it sure is nice to see Bill feeding on Sookie again!
 
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Being a serious toy and collectibles geek, perhaps the most exciting thing about each year's Comic Con for me are the new action figures that companies always reveal at the show, encased behind shiny glass walls.  Though figures revealed here don't always end up getting produced, the odds are ever in our favor that we will soon be able to own all of these new toys.  Behold ...
 
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PROMETHEUS - NECA
 
Shortly after Prometheus came out we were treated to first looks at two action figures NECA would be putting out, of the Engineers.  Little did we know that soon thereafter, the entire line would be revealed.  David, mega Facehugger, proto Xenomorph ... OH MY!!!
 
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DUTCH - NECA
 
NECA has for years been churning out Predator toys, giving us an action figure for pretty much every different Predator ever seen in a Predator movie.  Soon, we will finally have a Dutch to kick the asses of all those Predator's in our collections.  To this I say ... HALLELUJAH!  Or ... err ... GET TO THE CHOPPA!!
 
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FREDDY'S FURNACE - NECA
 
To go along with their new line of Freddy toys, NECA has whipped up this furnace environment, which features a hinged door and a flickering LED light on the inside, to mimic the look of a constant flame.  This will be coming in October, Freddy sold separately.
 
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CLIP ON CHUCKY & JIGSAW - MEZCO
 
I know some people get annoyed when horror villains are made all cute and cuddly, but I dig it.  These 'Creepy Cuddlers' can be pre-ordered over on Mezco's website, and clip anywhere you'd like 'em to clip!

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Remember those Star Wars style Alien toys Kenner was going to put out back when the movie was released, but never actually did due to the negative reaction to their previous 18" Xenomorph toy?  Well a company called Super 7 announced that they are going to be releasing those toys, with the full support of 20th Century Fox and using the original prototypes.  It sounds like something you'd hear in your wildest dreams but I assure you, it's the truth.  For me, this was the coolest thing to come out of Comic Con '12 ... by far!!
 
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And finally, we round out this abridged look at Comic Con 2012 with some exclusive little goodies, that were available at the event and only at the event.  In other words, if you weren't at Comic Con, you're gonna have to hit up eBay for these and pay a lot more for them than you could've gotten them for at the show!

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You probably saw this Hatchet 3 poster a few days before Comic Con, when it hit the net.  The poster was being handed out for free exclusively at the show, by Adam Green and the film's production crew.
 
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These black & white variants of two upcoming figures from NECA were selling at the show, and have already made their way onto eBay for around 50 bucks a pop.  In case you hadn't noticed, NECA pretty much stole the action figure portion of the show, coming out strong as the hands down leader of the pack.
 
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Not to be outdone, Mattel had up for grabs this exclusive Dana/Zuul toy, which features interchangeable lower bodies, allowing her to stand or sit on her evil ass bench.  There is no wanting this.  Only needing it.
 
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McFarlane has already put out a couple different Michonne figures, based on the comic book rather than the show, and this exclusive is the first time she's been available in a bloody hooded variant.  I've actually never read the comics (gasp!), even though I LOVE the show, but the coolness of this certainly isn't lost on me.  Hell, I think I'm already in love with this character, just from what little I've seen of her!
 
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My wife is a collector of the Monster High dolls, and I happen to think they're pretty cool too, so I was excited to see this new addition available at the show, called Scarah Screams.  There were a couple new ones shown there, but this is the coolest of the bunch, mostly because it reminds me of May.  This thing is selling for a whole lot of money over on eBay, which is not surprising given how in demand even the regular Monster High dolls are.  Sorry Jen, but I don't see myself shelling out 100 bucks for this one!  At least, I don't think I will ...

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The last piece of swag I want to mention is this 50th Anniversary Mars Attacks book, which is the first book ever made about the 60's trading card series from Topps, which saw aliens invading the Earth.  Though the one available at the show was an exclusive limited edition, signed and limited to only 150 pieces, the cool thing here is that this book will soon be available to us all.  You can pre-order it for quite cheap over on Amazon, and it will be released in October.

And that about wraps up this look at my favorite little tidbits to come out of San Diego Comic Con 2012.  Until next year, it's back to business as usual in the geek world!

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Latest eBay Win : Operation Aliens Plaster Moulding & Painting Set!

You've probably noticed a whole lot of different posts about the Alien franchise here on Freddy In Space lately, whereas there had never been too many in the past.  It's kinda funny because it wasn't until Prometheus came around that I realized how much of a fan of the series I am, which has as much to do with me finally going back and re-watching Alien for the first time in many years as it does actually seeing the pseudo prequel.  I just love the whole mythology of the Alien universe, and I am totally fascinated by those acid bleeding Xenomorphs.  My fascination with any given movie is usually best expressed through collecting things based on that movie and since there's literally an endless supply of merchandising that has spawned from the Alien film series, I've kinda made it a little mission of mine to amass a seriously kickass Alien swag collection, which has taken shape quite nicely over the course of the last few weeks.

Now when it comes to Alien merchandise, one's collection would simply not be complete without at least some of the many action figures that Kenner put out back in the early 90's, based on Aliens.  The line of action figures and playsets was very kid friendly and colorful, not exactly reflective of the R rated adult film that they were spawned from.  I've always wondered about that and I've also always wondered why the hell Kenner decided to jump on the Aliens bandwagon several years after the film was released (back in 1986).  I always just assumed that the toys were geared towards kids because of the whole Kenner Alien debacle back in '79, but it wasn't until recently that I uncovered the truth ...
 
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To make a long story short, some crazy sumbitch over at Fox decided in the early 90's to turn Aliens into an animated television series, featuring Ripley, Bishop and oodles of colorful Xenomorphs.   Titled Operation : Aliens, the pilot episode was apparently filmed but the show was ultimately dropped, and no footage from it has ever been seen.  

How this ties into the Kenner line is that the Kenner action figures were actually based on the planned Operation : Aliens animated series, which is why they look so cartoony and not like the characters from the actual film.  From what I gather, the whole Kenner line was originally going to have the Operation : Aliens logo on the packaging, but since they were put out shortly after the idea was scrapped, the name on the packaging was changed to, simply, 'Aliens'.  Pretty wild, eh?

Now the cool thing here is that a few pieces of merchandise did end up hitting the market before the animated series was cancelled, so there are a few toys out there that do have the Operation : Aliens logo branded on them, including puzzles, posters and even a board game.  Naturally, I have become obsessed with those few products that do have that name on them, and I've set out on a search and rescue mission to find them and make them a part of my collection.
 
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So then.  The latest addition to my Alien collection is this here Operation : Aliens Plaster Moulding & Painting Set, which I recently scored on eBay for a mere 20 bucks (plus around 10 bucks shipping).  It's mint in the package and I'm of course going to keep it that way, though the idea here is that you can make and paint four different little models, including Ripley and a couple different Xenomorphs.  I have no idea how much these things generally sell for, being that I had never even seen one until last week, but I'd imagine I got a pretty good deal on it considering Operation : Aliens merch isn't exactly easy to come by.  I was surprised to find that the seller had listed the same auction about 10 times prior, with no one ever placing a bid on it.  As a result, he lowered the price each time.  I can only imagine the lack of bidding came from the fact that nobody ever searches the keywords "Operation : Aliens", being that most people don't seem to have any clue about the little animated series that almost was!

Here's a shot of my whole Alien collection so far ...

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See that watch hanging on the wall?  I got that at a convention earlier this year and it wasn't until I made this whole animated series discovery that I realized it is in fact branded with the Operation : Aliens logo, though it's kinda hidden behind the watch.  Too cool!

I'll leave you with several shots from the Operation : Aliens cartoon, which are either from the opening intro or from an episode that was filmed but never seen.  This is sadly the closest we're likely ever going to come to seeing what that series could've been like!!

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Pretty confident that in my personal heaven, the Operation : Aliens animated series will air on a constant loop.  Hope hope!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Prometheus : On Freddy In Space, Everyone's About To Hear Me Cream

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^ Art by Denis Gualtieri ^
 
Hype.  It's one of the biggest killers of cinematic enjoyment out there.  Quite frankly, no movie could ever live up to the incredible amounts of hype which have been surrounding Prometheus for what seems like forever now.  Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi/the Alien universe has been hyped up and anxiously anticipated for so long that it was pretty much a guarantee that the final product would disappoint many.  Not surprisingly, there seem to be many who are in fact incredibly disappointed by it, spewing their anger and frustrations all over their blogs, Facebook and the ever evil IMDb message boards.  To these people I say; I don't know what the hell you expected, but the Prometheus I saw last night was fucking incredible, and the hyped up geek in me was fully satisfied.  In fact, he's jumping for goddamn joy.  And he kinda wants to go back to the theater again tonight and donate another 12 bucks to the cause.

The way I see it, the only way this movie could've lived up to all the hype that it's been getting (for everyone, that is) is if watching it actually changed the life of the viewer, with Ridley Scott providing the answers the film's characters are seeking out; why are we here and what is our purpose?  In fact, I've read many reviews and opinions where people seem to be upset that the film asks big questions like these, but never actually provides answers.  I'm sorry, but we do realize that this is a movie here, and that Scott is merely a filmmaker, not a God, right?  No one can actually answer questions like those, and the movie he has made here is about the journey a group of characters take to find those answers, not about the answers themselves.  Scott isn't holding out on the mysteries of life and creation so he can get more money out of us with a future sequel, I assure you.  He's a smart man, that's for sure, but hold the answers to the universe he does not.  Sorry, but if that fact has disappointed you, that's pretty damn silly.  Science is about asking questions and searching for answers, and this movie is all about the search, which is why so many questions are left unanswered in the end, both in regards to story points and life itself.  I guess that bothers a lot of people, but I personally like movies that leave questions and discussions in their wake.

I feel like so many people these days get caught up in small little gripes and issues they have with any given movie, and forget to just allow themselves to be entertained.  Movies are entertainment, first and foremost, and they exist primarily to provide an escape from our daily lives, and keep us occupied for a couple hours by showing us stuff we don't normally get to experience.  A film like Prometheus is more than just mindless Michael Bay entertainment, this is true, but I feel like in all the negative opinions I've read about it, the majority of those people are hating on it over small little problems they had with the script, things like minor inconsistencies between it and Alien and perhaps even some tiny plot holes.  We've all become so goddamn critical, and I'm pretty damn sure we would've had these same problems with a film like Alien, had it come along a couple decades later.  So few people seem to be able to just sit back and enjoy a movie anymore, which really makes me sad.

I'm not saying anyone who didn't love Prometheus as much as I is wrong here, it's just that I personally found it to be enormously entertaining and engaging, and I wish more people could look past all the hype and the script issues and just get that enjoyment out of it.  Have we become too jaded and cynical to really let ourselves enjoy anything anymore?  It's OK to have fun and not hate shiny new spins on our favorite things from the past, I promise.

The best way I can describe Prometheus is that it's Alien on a grand scale, not so much about a group of people fighting evil monsters but rather about how those people came to be in the first place, and how their creation relates to the monsters they're battling.  From all the interviews I've read over the last several months, Ridley Scott set out to make a film set in the Alien universe that was bigger in scope than any of those films, and that's exactly what he's done here.  The face huggers, chest bursters and Xenomorphs are merely used as a jumping off point for a much grander story, which is really impressive given how easy it would've been for Scott and the writers to just rehash the same old shit and use the already established monsters to make another big paycheck.  I think the coolest thing about the movie is in fact how it's totally its own thing, while still very much feeling like an expansion on that whole universe.  We as Alien fans are truly lucky to have Scott as our space jockey once again, as there's perhaps nobody on this planet who cares about the material more than he does.  How any Alien fan could not appreciate an effort like this is kinda bewildering to me.

So, how exactly does the film relate to that Alien universe we all know and love?  That's the big question most have been pondering for a solid year now.  And I'm happy to say that Prometheus channels the spirit of that universe incredibly well, rife with creatures that feel like they were ripped right out of those films and little touches that are almost even recreations of scenes and moments from the 1979 film.  Is it a straight up prequel to that movie?  By the end of it, I think you're gonna be leaning more towards yes on that one.  Not a direct prequel, in that it doesn't set up for everything that's to come when Ripley & Co. join the fun, but I'd certainly be hard pressed to disagree with anyone calling it a prequel.  In many way it comes off like an epic prequel to an Alien reboot, a reboot which seems set to be tossed aside in favor of an even grander and more epic quest for knowledge.  Don't want to say much more about that, but I will say that you're probably gonna soak your undies when you see where the film leaves off.  #nerdchills

The performances, as even those who didn't dig the movie have pointed out, are all top notch, with Michael Fassbender and original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace standing out as the highlights.  As android David, Fassbender is utterly captivating (and of course ultra sexy) and as a scientist who will stop at nothing to find out why she exists, Rapace is completely badass, giving even Ripley a run for her money on the tough chick scale.  The amount of abuse Rapace's character goes through during the film is absolutely monumental, with one standout scene of self torture finding itself in the annals of all time great sci-fi/horror sequences.  Those who have seen the movie will immediately know which scene I'm referring to.  Ho.  ly.  Shit.

Another standout are the incredible locations, which are oftentimes mind blowing to behold.  Whoever did the location scouting on the flick deserves some kind of serious award, if an award for such a thing even exists.  I don't know that it does, but it sure as hell should.  It's like watching a Planet Earth Blu-ray at times, totally breath taking and awe inspiring.  The fact that a lot of these places actually exist here on our planet is amazing to me.

Great science fiction films entertain as much as they question life itself and since Prometheus does both in equal parts, I've gotta consider it one hell of a great science fiction film, the best I've seen in quite some time.  I thoroughly enjoyed and was highly interested in every single second of it, and I can't recommend enough that you check it out, especially if you're a fan of the Alien films.  Part Ancient Aliens, part Alien '79 and part action packed summer blockbuster, Prometheus is visually stunning, packed with intense action as well as thought provoking depth, and full of disgusting and horrifying creatures and set pieces that evoke the spirit of Alien ... many may call this one a victim of over hype, but I personally couldn't have possibly asked for any more from it.  In fact, the only gripe I even had with it was a questionable old age makeup, heavily plastered onto the face of Guy Pearce.  Certainly not gonna let something minor like that hurt my enjoyment of such an ass kicking movie though.  A movie need not be perfect for it to be totally awesome, and Prometheus is totally fucking awesome.

Don't go in expecting Alien, a straight up horror in space slasher flick, or a life altering experience and I'm pretty damn sure you'll come out of the theater fully satisfied.

Wherever he is, I've got a feeling Dan O'Bannon has a huge smile on his face right about now.

Since there's so much to discuss about the movie, I'd love it if we could get some discussion going in the comments section.  So if you've seen it, feel free to talk about it below!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Vintage Video Of The Week : 1979 Kenner Alien Toy Commercial!

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With Prometheus crash landing here on Earth today, it seems only appropriate that this weekend's Vintage Video be Alien themed.  What I've got for ya tonight is something really special; the original 1979 commercial for Kenner's 18" Alien toy, which we'll talk a bit about once you check out the video.  Enjoy!


Though the kids in that video look to be very happy playing with a toy based on one of the most terrifying creatures in movie history, the villain of a brutal R rated sci-fi/horror flick, that wasn't exactly how things went down when this toy was released onto store shelves back in 1979.  Or at least, most kids never got to decide for themselves if they wanted to play with one.  Once parents saw the movie that the toy was based on, a widespread outrage began to build, which left Kenner with no choice but to pull the plastic Xenomorph completely from shelves.  It was simply too realistic and too scary for mass consumption.

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A whole line of smaller Alien figures was in the works at the time (above), showing that Kenner clearly had plans to make serious money off of turning the film to plastic like they did with Star Wars just a couple years prior, but the outpouring of outrage over this toy caused those plans to go up in smoke as well.  The line never saw release in any capacity.

Cut to 1992.  A few years after the release of Aliens, Kenner decided for whatever reason to venture back into R rated Xenomorph territory, which worked out a whole lot better for them.  Several series' of Aliens toys were released, proving the times had changed to their advantage.  Suddenly, it became a little less offensive to release toys based on graphic adult horror movies.  I suppose it didn't hurt that the new figures were very colorful and kid friendly, with the Xenomorph toys looking a whole lot less terrifying than Kenner's original outing.

Ya know what.  Since I'm feeling super excited about Prometheus, let's make this a double dose of Vintage Videos for the week.  Check out the early 90's commercial for Kenner's line of Aliens toys while we're at it!!


And that's about the whole history of the Kenner/Alien relationship in a nutshell.  Now get out there and enjoy the shit out of Prometheus this weekend!!