Touching Video Tributes to Stan Lee

It’s been two days since we lost a bona fide giant of entertainment, a true worldbuilder: Marvel Comics pioneering innovator Stan Lee. The man who created or co-created enough heroes and villains to fill an arena passed away at the age of 95 on Monday at a hospital in Los Angeles, and fans, celebrities, not to mention Lee’s colleagues and family, have been releasing touching video tributes on YouTube.

Below are a few of the most poignant, touching, and informative tribute videos we’ve seen over the past few days. Feel free to share your own personal memories of Lee in the Comments section, as well as links to other tributes you feel are appropriate. All of us here at Dread Central continue to send our best thoughts and condolences to all who are mourning and remembering the incredible life and legacy of Stan Lee.

Excelsior!

Synopsis:
Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer our undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within our halls. Please join us in remembering Stan “The Man” Lee.

Synopsis:
Stan Lee, one of the most influential writers and publishers in the comic book industry, sat down with The New York Times in 2015 to talk about his life and career.

Synopsis:
Everyone will remember Stan Lee as the lovable grandpa of the Marvel universe. All those wonderful cameos aside, Stan Lee was a cornerstone of the comics industry dating all the way back to 1939. For eight decades, Lee compiled a remarkable list of achievements and changed comics forever — but there’s still plenty that many Marvel fans don’t know about his life and legacy. Let’s take some time to remember and appreciate Stan Lee for introducing us to Earth’s mightiest heroes…

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AFI Fest Review: Peter Strickland’s IN FABRIC Is A Nightmare Brought To Life

Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Kevin Murphy described David Lynch’s Eraserhead best in his book, A Year At The Movies. “David Lynch has managed to do what few other filmmakers can accomplish: To present on film a dream, or in this case a nightmare.” Much like Lynch, director Peter Strickland has managed to do the same with […]

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Unboxing Phenomenon to Become a Feature Film?

Unboxing videos have become all the rage; from hotly-anticipated electronics to mystery packages purchased on the “dark web”. YouTube is awash with videos of excited buyers ripping into their recently arrived packages, eager to share the treasure (or mysteries) within with their followers. Today, we’re getting word that the unboxing phenomenon is being developed into a feature film at Paramount.

Early reports compare Unboxing’s plot to Gremlins: A YouTube unboxer decides to treat her followers to something a little different: Opening her fathers secret safe. What she unlocks, however, is a bevy of mischievous imps! The script for Unboxing was penned by Jim Hecht and will be produced by Pocket.watch.

No word yet on who’s directing and starring or a target release date, but we’ll be unpacking additional details as news emerges. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out a random yet mysterious unboxing video below.

Are you a fan of unboxing videos? What do you think about the upcoming Unboxing movies? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Source: Deadline

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“Going Green” Hurts in First Trailer for LEPRECHAUN RETURNS

We’ve shared a couple posters for the latest installment in the enduring Leprechaun franchise, Leprechaun Returns, over the past couple weeks. Today, we’ve gotten our first look at the trailer for the film, and it looks like a jolly good time for horror fans! This time, the titular Leprechaun has set his sights on the AU Sorority House, and some intuitive fans have already commented on the fact that AU is the symbol for gold on the Periodic Table!

Related Article: New LEPRECHAUN RETURNS Poster Stalks a Sorority House

Directed by Steven Kostanski from a script penned by Suzanne Keilly, the film hits various VOD platforms on December 11th.

Synopsis:
The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.

DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Going Green – An Interview with Director Steven Kostanski” Featurette
  • BTS Footage Compilation

The movie stars original Leprechaun actor Mark Holton who returns to the series for the first time since the 1993 film; Leprechaun Returns also stars Taylor Spreitler, Sai Bennett, and Linden Porco as the titular Leprechaun.

Are you a fan of the Leprechaun movies? Are you excited to check out Leprechaun Returns this December? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Mary Lambert Spearheading Restoration of Original PET SEMATARY

Sometimes, remakes are better—but you’ve got to respect the originals!

With a new cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary arriving in theaters next April, chances are the first one will be getting renewed attention. While some aspects of that film haven’t aged well, most horror aficionados still regard 1989’s Pet Sematary as a terrifying masterpiece, one that reigns as one of the most arresting supernatural shockers of the 1980s.

It’s timely, then, that original Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is currently spearheading a restoration with Paramount Pictures. The lauded filmmaker made the announcement via Twitter:

“I spent #FemaleFilmakerFriday working at @ParamountPics on the restoration of Pet Sematary. HDR Color Grading & Dolby Vision. Looks gorgeous!! Their team is amazing! I’d love to direct another project for Paramount one day. Xo”

We haven’t gotten an official announcement, meaning we don’t have a release date or an inkling of potential special features, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for further updates. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer for 1989’s Pet Sematary below, followed by the synopsis and trailer for 2019’s Pet Sematary. Enjoy!

Synopsis:
Doctor Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne). After the Creeds’ cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis’ son, Gage (Miko Hughes), dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy’s body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis’ visions of a deceased patient.

Synopsis:
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.

Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

Are you a fan of 1989’s Pet Sematary? Are you looking forward to the new adaptation arriving in US theaters next April? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Jacob Tremblay Joins the Cast of THE SHINING Sequel DOCTOR SLEEP

Barely a tween, Child actor Jacob Tremblay has already made some serious inroads into the horror genre with films like The Predator, Shut In, and Before I Wake under his belt (along with many other non-horror roles in film and television). Before I Wake was directed by Mike Flanagan and, this week came news that the actor and filmmaker will reunite on the set of Doctor Sleep, a sequel to Stephen King’s bestselling novel The Shining.

While Tremblay’s role is still under wraps, he joins previously announced cast members Rebecca Ferguson (playing Rose the Hat), Alex Essoe (playing Wendy Torrance), and Ewan McGregor (playing a now-adult Danny Torrance). Poised to go before cameras this year, Doctor Sleep is targeting a January 2020 release date. It’ll be some time before we get any official images or a trailer, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you all Doctor Sleep-related news as details emerge. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can give the synopsis for the novel Doctor Sleep a read below.

Synopsis:
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.

Are you a fan of child actor Jacob Tremblay? Are you excited to check out the Doctor Sleep feature film when it hits theaters in 2020? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Award-Winning Punk Rock Horror THE RANGER Available Via Redbox Next Week!

I first saw the scrappy, indie horror The Ranger at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin last March. I immediately declared it to be the most authentically punk rock genre flick since Return of the Living Dead. Since then, I’ve watched on the sidelines as the film worked its way through the festival circuit, screening in a bevy of countries on multiple continents, picking up a boatload of accolades along the way.

I even had the honor of introducing The Ranger and leading a Q&A following the film’s screening at The Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco in late October. We recently reported that come 2019, the streaming service Shudder will become the permanent digital residence for The Ranger, but if you can’t wait that long, we’ve got some good news to relay!

Related Article: Shudder Snags Punk Rock Splatter-fest THE RANGER

The Ranger will be available at Redbox kiosks across the country beginning next week (November 20th). The announcement came with the new poster above (well, maybe it isn’t new, but this is the first I’ve seen of it). Believe me, The Ranger is an irreverent, gory romp set to a blistering soundtrack that you don’t want to miss! Give the synopsis and trailer a spin below.

Synopsis:
A group of punk teens are terrorized by a park ranger’s brand of psychotic justice in Blackwood Point National Park. Their plans to seek refuge and drug-fueled abandon in the woods after one of them stabs a policeman during a drug raid soon turns into a nightmare.

The Ranger is directed by Jenn Wexler from a script she co-wrote with Giaco Furino; the film stars Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jete Laurence, Larry Fessenden, Clay Mcleod Chapman, Jim Johnson, and Nicholas Tucci.

Did you see The Ranger at a festival this year? Are you excited to check it out when it hits Redbox next week and/or Shudder in 2019? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Screen Rant give THE MEG the “Honest Trailer” Treatment

The folks at Screen Rant have amassed legions of followers for their snarky yet spot-on assessments of today’s biggest genre offerings in the form of “Honest Trailers”. How many times have moviegoers felt misled by a promo that promises boatloads of excitement for a film that turns out to be extremely lackluster? The irony of “Honest Trailers” is that they arrive too late to give us a truly objective look at the films we spend our hard-earned dollars on.

Their latest subject (victim?) is The Meg. While shark-themed horror movies have become a staple of the summer blockbuster season, The Meg fell short of previous years’ megahits The Shallows and 47 Meters Down (released in 2016 and 2017 respectively). Though clearly produced with a ton of money, special FX and star power couldn’t catapult The Meg beyond mediocre.

Look, I’m not saying The Meg wasn’t good, mindless mayhem (and neither are the folks at Screen Rant) but let’s be “Honest”: The film had more bark than bite! Give Screen Rant’s “Honest Trailer” a spin below, followed by the actual synopsis and trailer for The Meg. Enjoy!

Synopsis:
Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.

The Meg is directed by Jon Turteltaub from a screenplay based on the novel by Steve Alten; the film stars Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, and Rainn Wilson.

Did you see The Meg last summer? What do you think of Screen Rant’s “Honest Trailer” for the film? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Watch the Notorious House From ‘The Amityville Horror’ Get Recreated in ‘Far Cry 5’.

Far Cry 5‘s level editing tool has helped shape some fantastic homages to other games, and of course, movies. Recreations of horror sets, buildings and the like have emerged since the game’s release earlier this year, including tributes to The Evil Dead‘s cabin, Jurassic Park, and Resident Evil 2‘s Raccoon City.

The latest recreation comes from Reddit user duncsmaps and he’s shown how he made the notorious house that is the inspiration for The Amityville Horror.

He posted an image of his work on Reddit, created in the PS4 version of Far Cry 5, and linked to a video of him making the house bit by bit with a short explanation.

”For those wondering, this scene was created in the Far Cry 5 map editor on PS4 and took 2 hours. If you’re interested in how it was put together, you can check out this short video I made where I take the scene apart piece by piece but in reverse to make myself look like a speed-building demon”

It’s always pleasing to see horror-inspired mods and creations in video games. Over the years games such as Minecraft, LittleBig Planet, and of course, Far Cry 5 have provided great tools with which to express that, and next year’s Dreams by LittleBig Planet developer Media Molecule could open up the door for even more horror homages with its mindblowing level of creative assets.

Far Cry 5 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.