Megaconda – USA, 2010

’50 tons of bone crushing terror’

Megaconda is a 2010 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray (Circus Kane; Shark WeekMega Shark vs. Kolossus2-Headed Shark Attack; et al) from a screenplay by Steve Latshaw (Return of the Killer Shrews; Curse of the Komodo; Biohazard: The Alien Force).

The Fred Olen Ray Retromedia Entertainment production stars Greg Evigan, Ted Monte, Michelle Bauer, Dylan Vox and Stella Stevens.

Plot:

A construction worker goes missing in Boulder Canyon, swiftly followed by Jerry, a poacher. It soon becomes clear that a prehistoric megaconda is responsible…

Ted Monte

Review:

This was the second directorial effort by Christopher “son of Fred” Olen Ray, following Reptisaurus (2009),  and before he churned out a number of giant snake and more-than-one-headed shark abominations that were eaten up by the Syfy channel in their quest to fill their schedules with mindless monster movies.

Thankfully, the era of ever-sillier super-sized no brainer stuff seems to have been largely died out and Ray has moved onto the likes of slightly more interesting psycho horrors such as Circus Kane and Minutes to Midnight.

Presumably most of Megaconda‘s paltry budget of $200,000, was flitted away on Sean Leigh Hart’s CGI critter, which is as cheap as the worst of its kind, but at least veteran genre regulars Ted Monte, Michelle Bauer and Stella Stevens are on hand to make the whole experience less painful.

As is the case in many such creature features, the screenplay by Steve Latshaw focuses on small-town bickering and relationships in between the entirely predictable need for some of the cast to be swallowed every few minutes but is at least preferable to his snarky Return of the Killer Shrews (2012) effort.

There is absolutely nothing new here and the distraction of a busy highway behind in many shots reveals the limitations of the budget even more than the embarrassingly awful snake.  And yet, there are worse examples of this kind of cut-price 21st century monster movie out there (such as Supercroc), so if you are in a particularly charitable mood it’s worth a look on Amazon Prime.

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Stella Stevens

Michelle Bauer

Cast and characters:

  • Greg Evigan … Parker – Terror Birds100 Million BC; House of the Damned; DeepStar Six; Stripped to Kill
  • Ted Monte … Sheriff Wayne Carey
  • Michelle Bauer … Anna Carson
  • Dylan Vox … Jake
  • Michael Gaglio … Hoke (as Mike Gaglio)
  • Christopher Yocum … Ross
  • Jessica Irvine Drake … Wendy Armstrong (as Jessica Irvine)
  • Matthew T. Chandler … Andy
  • Brianna Lee Johnson … Tina
  • Stella Stevens … Mary Jane – Glass TrapLittle Devils: The BirthThe Terror Within IIMonster in the Closet; Wacko; The Manitou; Cruise Into Terror
  • Angela Landis … Eve
  • Gerald Webb … Todd
  • Andrea Kennedy … Rosa
  • Glenn Miller … Hiker 1
  • Peter Dang … Hiker 2
  • Charles Peeke Jr. … Construction Worker
  • Torey Sutton … Pilot
  • Benamin Deschaine … Jerry

Filming locations:

Iverson Movie Ranch, Chatsworth, California

Running time:

86 minutes

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Toy Fair 2019: NECA Reveals New Figures Based on GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

In addition to stomping onto the big screen this year, Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters will come to life as new figures from NECA, including Rodan and the titular radioactive reptile, which are both displayed at New York’s Toy Fair and featured in new sets of photos that have been released online for all to enjoy. 

Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Godzilla Figure: “NECA is thrilled to present another figure from the upcoming, hotly anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie!

Based on the monster’s on-screen appearance in this sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie, this version of Godzilla features lightning paint deco and is fully poseable, with over 25 points of articulation.

The figures comes with an attachable blast effect.

Release Date: Q3 2019″

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Rodan Figure: “NECA is thrilled to present its next figure from the upcoming, hotly anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie!

Based on the monster’s on-screen appearance in this sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie, Rodan features articulated wings and includes a display base with support rod for simulated in-air poses.

Release Date: Q3 2019″

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Against the Tropes: Five Black Women in Horror Discuss Racism, Sexism, and More

Black Women in HorrorSome of you may have recently read about Rachel True and her blatant omission from convention reunions for The Craft. The singular black actress in the film has been excluded from events since the film’s release, including an MTV awards show in which her three white co-stars were asked to present an award while she sat, […]

[Interview] Director Darren Lynn Bousman Talks Villains, Horror, & ‘St. Agatha.’

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Purgatory Road – USA, 2017

‘Salvation is yours’

Purgatory Road is a 2017 crime horror feature film directed by Mark Savage (Stressed to Kill; Circus of DreadSensitive New Age Killer) from a screenplay co-written with Tom Parnell. The Delirium-Purgo Road production stars Gary Cairns, Luke Albright, Trista Robinson and Sylvia Grace Crim.

Plot:

On the highways of Mississippi, a psychotic Catholic priest and his brother are on a crusade to absolve sinners with their own brand of murder…

Reviews:

“Events will happen in life, good and bad. That is exactly what life is. It is messy, unsettling, intense, and painful; sometimes all at once creating a chaos that could be great, but sometimes it just is not. That is the best description of Purgatory Road.” Sarah Salvaggio, Cryptic Rock

” …a fantastic, provocative and sacrilegious thrill ride that flips a middle finger at organised religion and relishes every deviant morsel. It as equally scary and tragic as it is hilarious and frivolous, and it signals an exciting new trajectory for Mark Savage.” Glenn Cochrane, Fake Shemp

“The script is original and effective and the overall atmosphere created throughout is gorgeous. On top of that, you get extremely beautiful and realistic practical effects by another man who is no stranger to Unearthed Films, Marcus Koch.” Repulsive Reviews

Cast and characters:

  • Gary Cairns … Father Vincent
  • Luke Albright … Michael
  • Trista Robinson … Mary Francis
  • Sylvia Grace Crim … Ruby
  • Manon Pages … Dominique
  • Geoff Falk … Father Joe Taylor
  • Douglas Cunningham … Sam Oldfield
  • Chace Beck … Alvin Kirby
  • Tom Parnell … Sheriff Mac
  • John Read … The Goat Whisperer
  • Noah Cook … Kent
  • Heather Cazes … Margaret
  • Jerry Lousteau … Marty Midnight
  • Jeremy Sande … Travis
  • Jack Teague … James
  • Micheal Robinson … Tony
  • Kerry Kelly Gridley … Tall Woman
  • Jacob Craig Bullock … Young Michael
  • Michael Lebeau … Young Vincent
  • Melody Brooke … Maureen
  • Hunter McGregor … Graham
  • James Harlon Palmer … Darrel
  • Eve Jordan Litchfield … Cameo / Radio Call In

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THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK Comes to a Head on Blu-ray/DVD Beginning March 5th

If you’re a fan of slowburn, procedural thrillers that delve into a shadowy underworld of corrupt cops and sinners with morals, you’ll definitely want to check out The Standoff at Sparrow Creek when it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5th via RLJE Films. Comparisons to Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects are almost reflexive, but The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is something else entirely.

Check out the synopsis, trailer, and special features on the
Blu-ray/DVD below.

Synopsis:
After a shooting at a police funeral,
reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of
retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he
joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off
a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his
fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters.
There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting
out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further
bloodshed.

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is written and directed by Henry
Dunham; the film stars James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain
Phillips
), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s Chicago P.D.), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s
Game
of Thrones
), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s Twin Peaks), Happy Anderson
(Cinemax’s The Knick) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight).

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK DVD and Blu-ray includes the bonus features:

  • The
    Making Of The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
  • Photo
    Gallery

What do you think of the trailer and synopsis for The Standoff at Sparrow Creek? Are you looking forward to checking it out on Blu-ray/DVD beginning March 5th? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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The Green Inferno & Cannibal Terror on UK Blu-ray 11 March from 88 Films

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – Four New Clips released

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Check them out below…

Pale Lady

Big Toe

Jangly

Red Spot

Synopsis

It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from

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Addams Family Funko Pop! and Mezco 5 Points figures

Funko has revealed the designs of their new Addams Family Pop! figures.

“The world’s favourite goth family has provided endless entertainment with their macabre antics and now you can bring the fun home with Pop! Morticia, Gomez with a Chase, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Cousin Itt.

  • Pop! Lurch is a Funko Web Exclusive and must-have for fans of horror and Halloween.
  • Pop! Fester with light bulb will be available as a Walgreens exclusive.
  • Pop! Gomez and Morticia will be available as a 2-pack Entertainment Earth exclusive.”

Meanwhile, Mezco has revealed their upcoming new range of ‘5 Points’ figures that will be launched later in the year to tie-in with the MGM Addams Family animated movie set for release in October, 2019.

The characters are voiced by Oscar Isaac, Charlize TheronChloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

Image credits: Bloody Disgusting and @FakeEyes22

Related:

The Addams Family – USA, 2019

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