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Interview: ‘Inkubus’ and ‘Detroit Rock City’ Screenwriter Carl Dupre
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Halloween is just around the corner and screenwriter Carl Dupre has plans to make it as scary as he can. His latest movie, the Robert Englund-starring Inkubus, hits theaters across the Unites States this month and its writer promises to gross you out, but in a good way.

As well as writing a handful of horror sequels (including Prophecy 3: The Ascent, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Hellraiser: Hellworld) and being a prolific short story writer, Dupre is also a dab hand at comedy. I have been a fan of Dupre’s writing since he wrote one of my favorite movies, the hilarious KISS-centric Detroit Rock City. In a recent interview with Dupre, the screenwriter gave me some insight as to how he wrote Detroit Rock City, what is was like on set, and getting to meet KISS.

But first things first: horror.

Geeks of Doom: So, Inkubus – how did that come about?

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Kill Zombies As Buffy, Machete, Freddy Krueger In George Romero-Inspired ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops’ Expansion
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A very special added bonus is set to be released with the new Call of Duty: Black Ops expansion pack, called Escalation.

One of the maps that will come with the expansion is called “Call of the Dead” and is inspired by the man who’s pretty much single-handedly responsible for the zombie sub-genre, George A. Romero, who’s also part of the game itself. In it you’ll be able to take on an army of the undead, which Call of Duty has become known for in their games and extra DLC packs, but it’s WHO you get to play as that makes this particular expansion so amusing.

You can see a very grindhouse-inspired trailer for the Black Ops expansion by clicking on over to the other side now!

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You Nostalgia, You Lose: Norwegian TV Advert Unites Celebrity Icons In A Blast From The Past
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You Nostalgia You LoseI have no idea how these folks managed to do this, but the people behind Norwegian television show Gylne Tider somehow gathered a whole group of celebrity icons from the Seventies through the Eighties and into the Nineties to sing/lip dub Let It Be by The Beatles. Essentially, this video below is a whole bunch of WTF mixed with a session of “Where Are They Now?” — or more accurately, a video version of the 4chan game “You Nostalgia, You Lose”.

Featured in the video are a few of our geek icons, such as Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Roger Moore (James Bond), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street), Mickey Rourke (Whiplash from Iron Man 2), and Dolph Lundgren (The Punisher, Masters of the Universe, Rocky IV, The Expendables).

Not only that, but the video also features people, like Alfonso Ribeiro from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, who have been subjects of numerous internet memes over the years. This could also be the last official media appearance of the brilliant Leslie Nielsen who sadly passed away recently.

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DVD Review: Galaxy of Terror (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics)
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Roger Cormans Cult Classics: Galaxy of Terror (1981) DVDGalaxy Of Terror
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Bruce D. Clark
Starring Edward Albert, Ray Walston, Grace Zabriskie, Bernard Behrens, Erin Moran, Robert Englund, Zalman King, Taaffe O’Connell, Sid Haig, Jack Blessing
Shout! Factory
Release Date: July 20, 2010

Until the rise of home video in the early 1980’s, the best place to get quality exploitation cinema was to fire up the car and head out for a night at your local drive-in theater or dilapidated grind house, and during the heyday of exploitation, Roger Corman was the king of unbeatable schlock.

Today the prolific producer/director is as much known for his ability to churn out low-budget B-movies that would always turn a profit thanks to a shrewd marketing strategy that the blockbuster filmmakers of today would take and run with for a while before perverting into blandness, as he is for discovering or at least recognizing the hidden talent in some of the most important figures in the New Hollywood group of filmmakers that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s: names like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, John Sayles, Sylvester Stallone, Ron Howard, Carl Franklin, Peter Fonda, and so on.

In the early 1970s, Corman founded New World Pictures, the independent studio where he made most of his more well-known titles and provided a training ground for many of today’s finest directors, writers, actors, and technicians. Recently the DVD label Shout! Factory bought the rights to most of Corman’s finest B-movie gems and have been releasing them to DVD and Blu-Ray under their “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” banner complete with brand new high-definition transfers and tons of extra features, some of them holdovers from previous DVD releases. Several of these titles have never been available since the slow death of home video and I’ll be reviewing the two most recent releases from Shout! Factory, both making their first appearance on the little shiny disc, with my first review being Galaxy of Terror.

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Blu-ray Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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a nightmare on elm street blu-rayA Nightmare on Elm Street
Blu-ray Edition (1984)
Starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
Directed by Wes Craven
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date: April 13, 2010

What gives the original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street such a potent effectiveness is its character Freddy Kruger. Director Wes Craven conjured up a character in Freddy who is unacquainted with reality, but has a sufficiently perceptive realization to a world where he is the embodiment of malignancy. He reigns supreme in the world of dreams, always constructing, devising, and manipulating situations that make it impossible for anything else that is not evil to prosper. Psychology may not seem like the appropriate term to equate Freddy with, but he knows his limitations, victims’ weaknesses and the little ways he has to seize his victims in order to satisfy his urges for human flesh. He is self-appointed to this world and this world only. The devilish delights he finds here come at the expense of those doing the dreaming. This is what makes Freddy the most plausible of all modern day horror characters; He endures in a world where anything goes, where humans become unconscious and succumb to the illogical sequences that dreams are known to possess. Freddy integrates himself into any dream in which he believes could further advance his infatuation with preying on the weak minded.

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Original ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Coming To Blu-ray
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a nightmare on elm street blu-rayOn April 6, 2010, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the original A Nightmare on Elm Street on Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray edition will contain the 1984 Wes Craven-directed horror classic, which starred Robert Englund as the mass murderer Freddy Krueger, who invades the sleeping dreams of the teenagers of Elm Street.

Elm Street was also Johnny Depp‘s feature film debut, where he starred as Glen, the ill-fated boyfriend of the film’s heroine Nancy (Heather Langenkamp).

This Blu-ray edition, which is now available for pre-order, will include a Movie Money redeemable code worth $7.50 towards a ticket to see the Elm Street remake, which will be released in theaters on April 30, 2010 and stars Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

See below for more details on the Blu-ray edition bonus features.

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DVD Review: Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Directed by John Knautz
Starring Trevor Matthews, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten
Anchor Bay
Release date: October 7, 2008

When I read the title Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, I laughed. I went to school with someone who shared (almost exactly) the same name as the titular hero. When my mum saw a photo of my friends and I, aged 16, in my yearbook she pointed at him and with genuine concern asked, “What’s wrong with that little girl?”

Luckily, the hero of this film is not a pale, shaven-headed, pre-growth-spurt 16-year-old. Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) is in his twenties, working as a plumber by day because he is a regular guy trying to make a living and taking science classes in the evening because his girlfriend told him to. But Jack’s irritating girlfriend Eve (Rachel Skarsten) is the least of his problems.

When Jack was a young boy he watched helplessly as his family was eaten by a monster. It was all he could do not to shit his pants. But he plucked up all the courage he could muster…and ran the hell away. Since that night, Jack has refused to talk about it. His feelings of helplessness at not being able to help them and the shame he feels at running away were allowed to grow and now simmer at the surface, boiling over in displays of extreme rage.

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Geek Wars at the Movies
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Apparently Freddy Krueger is such a badass that Jason needs backup. And who could possibly have the hockey-masked killer’s back — Michael Myers, of course.

In a possible sequel to “Freddy Vs. Jason,” in which Krueger got the best of Jason, it might be two against one.

Robert Englund, who plays Freddy Krueger, tells Fangoria magazine that “New Line Cinema has commissioned two scripts: one is Freddy Vs. Jason and Michael Myers, or Freddy Vs. Michael Myers — I’m not quite sure how that works… The other one is a prequel; apparently it’s not that prequel script that’s been floating around for several years — it’s something new. They will select one of those two [projects].”

We’d rather see The Highlander Vs. Flash Gordon — and we want half the royalties.

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