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- U.S. Television Introduction
- Original Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
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- Isolated Music & Effects Audio Track
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My first exposure to GWAR was waaaaay back in October of 1997, where I saw them spray gallons of fluid across the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT. It was a gloriously offensive experience, complete with mutant penguins being flayed alive, Marilyn Manson being dismembered, and the recently-dead Princess Diana showering the audience with blue blood (ha!). I had an awkward high school kiss at that concert, which has forever changed how I feel about “Attack of the Penguins,” and the evening ended with a cocktail table overturning a warm beer onto my lap and filling me with every teenager’s worst fear: what was I going to tell my parents?
15 years later, GWAR is still going strong, destroying eardrums and pop-culture icons at their inimitable live performances, including the annual music festival/barbecue, appropriately called the GWAR-B-Q. This year’s festival will be held on August 17th (which is also my mother’s birthday, making this the least appropriate gift I could possibly get her), and GWAR has released their own signature barbecue sauce, called GWAR-B-Q Sauce (natch) to mark the occasion.
Shockingly, for a band so dedicated to the pursuit of bad taste, GWAR-B-Q Sauce is genuinely delicious. It’s certainly not a typical, off-the-shelf sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s fans need not apply), but it’s no less worth a taste. Shipped in a simple glass bottle labeled with a vomiting Scumdog (way to make it appetizing, guys), popping the cap reveals a thick, strangely chunky brown liquid that is really like no sauce I’ve tasted before.
I’ve eaten it on everything from crab cakes to cheese sandwiches to vegan “chicken wings” (because irony is the most delicious of all), and it’s a gastric delight on them all. It’s not as tangy as other sauces, but it’s sweet and very smoky, with a wonderful burn supplied by jalapenos and beer. The beer, a craft brew called Lil’ Lucy’s Hot Pepper Ale, adds a lot of extra depth and heat. This heat is gently dulled by a lot of molasses and soy sauce (fair warning: if you don’t like soy sauce, don’t bother), which only adds more depth and texture to the already fascinating sauce. With grilling season coming up, I foresee this bottle being empty sooner than I would like.
The sauce is available for purchase at http://www.gwarbq.com, although it’s temporarily out of stock. If you’re going to be in the Richmond, VA area on August 17th, I certainly imagine that they’ll have plenty for sale at the GWAR-B-Q. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to the Ring Dog Rescue because “GWAR hates humans but loves pit bulls.” Huh. Maybe this won’t be that bad of a gift for my pit-owning mom after all…
VHS collectors seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. What many thought was a dead format seems to be making a major resurgence, similar to the way vinyl did. We wouldn’t dream of telling you that the quality of a VHS cassette provides superior picture, sound, or anything. But it is certainly a lot of nostalgic fun to revisit some of the more obscure titles by way of your VCR.
Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman died earlier today in Southern California. He was 49.
Hanneman formed Slayer with Kerry King and Dave Lombardo in 1981, and they quickly recruited Tom Araya to round out the band. Slayer was considered one of the "Big Four" thrash metal acts to come out of the 1980s (along with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Metallica). Like all good heavy metal bands, Slayer was controversial, at times being accused of being pro-Nazi, white supremacists, Satanists, anti-religious, and encouraging violence through their lyrics. Hanneman in particular brought war and military themes to the lyrics he wrote. Slayer has released 10 studio albums since 1983, and won Grammys in 2007 and 2008 for Best Metal Performance. They have been nominated an additional three times.
Hanneman was born in Oakland, California in 1964. In 2011 he contracted necrotizing fasciitis - sometimes called the flesh-eating disease - which rapidly eats away at the skin and tissue. Hanneman retired from full-time touring, though both he and his bandmates were hopeful that Hanneman would return to performing. In 2012, Araya said that Hanneman was "free of the disease" and was "working on his playing ability... He's working on strengthening his arm and his ability to play." He predicted that Slayer would "probably get together and start writing together and start making a new album," the group's first since 2009's World Painted Blood, with Hanneman contributing material. But in February guitarist Kerry King told Australian press that "we don't know when Jeff's gonna be able to play guitar. Jeff's kind of like a wait-and-see thing."
Hanneman's cause of death is officially listed as liver failure. It is not clear what - if any - role the disease played in his death. He is survived by his wife Kathy, a sister, and two brothers.
You know your house has been missing a portrait of Vigo the Carpathian. Though he was most powerful while possessing the baby in Ghostbusters II, it is his portrait that makes him terrifying. Not only is this a perfect reproduction of the portrait - it is life-sized. Literally. The poster measures seven feet tall and over four feet across.
Just don't look him directly in the eyes.
Normally we don't push Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign - there are too many good ones and not enough space - but this one is for family. Todd family.
Todd & the Book Of Pure Evil needs your help for a third season. The cult Canadian horror-comedy (which we air on FEARnet) was canceled after its second season and they desperately want to give fans a third season. So with your help, they can wrap up the loose ends with an animated movie (animated to keep the costs down). They need $75,000 to get the campaign funded.
Some of the perks available for contributors include a personalized digital diploma for Crowley High; copies of the movie; signed goodies; an invite to the premiere; producer credits; and my favorite - Jason Mewes will Tweet how awesome you are.
To help, check out their Indiegogo page.
Superman is not a character that gets discussed much in horror circles, and for obvious reason. He represents a lot of things that are diametrically opposed to the genre as a whole: he has a near-infallible code of ethics, understanding that his power is not meant for domination of the human race, but its protection. His hands can crush coal into diamonds, but they are also used to try and lift the human race to a greater good. Injustice: Gods Among Us asks a truly terrifying question: what if Superman gets pushed past his limits, past his capacity for compassion? What would finally make the Man of Steel snap?
Netherrealm Studios, the team of ex-Midway developers behind Mortal Kombat, raise this question in the format that they know best: a fighting game. This is not the team’s first pass at the DC Universe, as they crossed over DC’s stable of characters with the brutal fighters of the Mortal Kombat games in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. While that game was moderately successful, its crossover model made both franchises feel diluted: Mortal Kombat’s infamous penchant for violence had to be defanged for a T-Rating, and the DC characters felt weirdly out of place with MK’s cat of shaolin monks and ninjas. Injustice solves this problem by focusing completely on the DC Universe, folding it into a fighting game model that retains much of the MK DNA while still managing to create its own identity.
The plot of Injustice is the sort of thing summer comic crossover events are made of: in a parallel universe, The Joker nukes Metropolis, reducing everyone Superman knows and loves to ash. Driven mad with grief, Superman murders The Joker and decides on his new role as a global dictator, killing all who oppose his self-named Regime (quick aside: do regimes ever actually refer to themselves as such?) and ruling over the Earth with an iron fist.
This, of course, is simply an excuse for 24 DC characters to beat the living hell out of each other in the sort of two-fisted lunacy that makes fanboys titter in delight. There’s a suspension of disbelief—even more so than comics ask—when it comes to the godlike Superman being beaten into submission by, say, Harley Quinn, but it’s completely acceptable when the mechanics of Injustice are so well-honed. Netherrealm has made their mark in the 2D fighting arena, and Injustice keeps that track record going. MK fans will be able to slip right into the spandex of these heroes and villains with a minimum of effort, and will certainly appreciate the extra goodies thrown into each multi-tiered arena. Each battlefield is littered with interactive items to help reduce your opponent’s life meter: rocket boosters, oxygen tanks, even the Batmobile can be used to put an additional hurting on your foes. The edge of the levels also offer the ability to smash your enemy through walls into another segment of the arena, which adds even more variety to the battles.
The other major difference between Injustice and MK is the lack of Fatalities, for obvious reasons, replaced by over-the-top Super Moves. Dishing out and taking damage fills up a meter that can be used to pump up special moves or released in a single wave of destruction. The resulting moves are absurd, Rube Goldberg-like sequences that border on lunacy, sending characters into the stratosphere, through the core of the Earth, or on the receiving end of a bazooka blast to the face. While they lack the gore of a Fatality, they make the game’s battles feel exactly as they should: an earth-shattering brawl between two superhumans.
Once you get past the game’s long Story Mode, there’s still plenty to keep Injustice in your console’s disc tray. There’s the obligatory arcade-style ladder match (called Battles here) to which you can apply a host of tweaks and modifiers to keep you on your toes. There are also S.T.A.R. Labs Missions which replicate MK’s Challenge Tower, right down to XP points which you can use to unlock additional costumes, Battle modifiers, and artwork for your Player Card.
The Player Card is a ridiculously customizable statistics display that allows prospective opponents to view your stats before battling you online. This is but one of the many robust features added to multiplayer, including the entirely-too-entertaining ability to bet XP in King of the Hill matches on battles as you wait for your turn in the queue. Virtual gambling on a fighting game…impressive.
Despite the DC Universe wrapper, Injustice is a fighting game with rock-solid mechanics and enough features to give it incredibly long legs. However, Netherrealm clearly has deep affection for this universe and its characters, offering up scads of fan service to please DC readers be it minor characters in the background or winking references to the obscure. Fighting game fans, comic readers or not, have a new obsession to while away the time…
The long-awaited Maniac remake is finally getting a limited theatrical release on June 21st (along with a full VOD release) and Mondo is celebrating slick new posters and an LP.
Jeff Proctor is the artist behind the poster art. The regular, pink poster is limited to 180 prints, while the red variant is limited to 80 prints. Both will be sold at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, with a few reserved for sale at MondoTees.com
The LP of the score will also be a limited pressing, with white vinyls in random sleeves. Jeff Proctor's art is utilized on the cover, with an old-skool layout on the back.
Source: Ain't it Cool
Are you sick of these Dexter posts yet? Good - neither are we. In this one, we get our first look at the official season eight poster. We also get a new trailer with a little bit more footage from the new season. Frankly, it's not much, but I think we are all foaming at the mouth for the final season. Dexter season eight begins on June 30th on Showtime.
Scream Factory has just revealed the artwork for their upcoming double-feature release of X-Ray and Schizoid.
The set is due in August, and as we get closer I am sure we will get all the deets on the special features. Scream Factory always rocks the special features.
From the Scream Factory Facebook Page: "1980's SCHIZOID (starring Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes, Christopher Lloyd and lots of scissor stabbings) is paired with 1982's X-RAY (also known as HOSPITAL MASSACRE and stars Barbi Benton). If you're a fan of the mad killer sub-genre from this time period, you will definitely need this double bill for sure.
"X-RAY FANS TAKE NOTE: Our presentation of X-RAY is the full 89 min version - which is what HOSPITAL MASSACRE was released on VHS in the 80s - and not the cut version that has, apparently, existed on overseas VHS copies or some cable airings. We did our homework on this one."
It looks like the race war (species war?) in True Blood is boiling over. This is the official trailer for season six of True Blood and it looks like the show may be coming out of the slump it has been stuck in for the past two seasons. The government is moving to eradicate vampires; Jason is back on the anti-vampire side; Bill thinks he is a god; and no one can keep their shirt on.
True Blood returns to HBO on June 16th.
Over at Comic Book Resources they have a weekly column called "The Line it is Drawn" in which they present a comic book mashup idea, and have artists interpret it. This week, the challenge was to mash-up comic book characters in classic music videos, and two The Walking Dead illustrations caught my eye.
The first is kind of obvious: The Walking Dead meets Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
But the artist, Marco D'Alfonso, must have decided that that was too easy, so he did a second drawing: Michonne and her zombie slaves in Beyonce's "Single Ladies."
As we creep slowly (so, so slowly) to the final season of Dexter, Showtime is gracing us with plenty of featurettes to keep us sated. In this clip, we follow the journey of Debra from bright-eyed, eager cop walking the beat, to detective... to killer (insert overdramatic music sting here) with the cast and crew, and what that will mean for Deb and Dexter as the series comes to a close. Look for season eight footage around the 2:45 mark.
The eighth and final season of Dexter begins on June 30th on Showtime.
The Crow reboot takes a step closer to reality after finding its star in Luke Evans. Evans will play Eric Draven, the role held by Brandon Lee in Alex Proyas' The Crow, based on the comic book by James O'Barr. Lee died tragically while filming after a prop gun filled with blanks misfired and fatally wounded the actor.
Evans (Immortals, The Raven) was reportedly the first choice of The Crow reboot director F. Javier-Gutierrez, but Evans' schedule was already jam-packed with Fast & Furious 6, Dracula: Year Zero, and the next two The Hobbit movies. After the studio went after a few other options that didn't pan out, they decided to push back production on The Crow to accomodate Evans' schedule. The Crow will go into production in early 2014.