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Luke Evans to Return as Dracula in Universal Monsters Shared Universe?

In an exclusive interview with LRM, Luke Evans speculated that his film Dracula Untold and his role as Vlad Tepes may lead to his involvement in Universal Studios planned “Cinematic Monster Universe”.  Evans told LRM that “There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.” read more

Horror Bargain Hunter: What’s a Hakiri Sofubi and Why Do I Need One?

Hello again horror cheapskates…I mean financially conscious individuals. The bargain list starts with a new type of collectible (although it may not be new to you, as I think I am a little late to the party on this one) called a Hakiri Sofubi.  You may be asking yourself (as I did) what a Hakiri Sofubi is. Is it a new film by Takashi Miike?  A forgotten Kaiju from the Gamera franchise?  In reality, it is Funko’s latest line of collectibles.  While not nearly at the level of the Pop! juggernaut that dominates convention table space around the country, this new style of plastic figure (which roughly translates as “light soft vinyl’ figure and measures about 6” in height) which originated in Japan is making a slow climb up the Funko collector ladder.  And while it makes that slow climb, there are bargains to be had for the pricier collectibles.  Most retail in the $40 to $50 range, which varies based on the production size and popularity of the piece.   Hikari’s are released in different variants from the same original mold, with hand painted and air brushed color schemes and effects.   For horror fans, especially Universal Horror fans, two sculpts stand out: Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Each is available in a variety of styles, ranging from metallic to “mystic powers”.  One solid bet is the Metallic Frankenstein available from Gemini Collectibles for $29.99 (reduced from $43.00).  In terms on the Creature, the ole’ Gill-Man will run you $34.99 (hey, seafood is expensive these days) for the Creature Apocalypse version.  Check ebay for more deals on these figures, as the varieties fluctuate in terms of price and availability. read more

Tour Guillermo Del Toro’s Bleak House with Andy Richter!

Nothing has endeared Guillermo del Toro to horror fans more than the revelation of his “Bleak House” collection.   This enormous collection of memorablia from Universal horror, classic horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, props from his films, and Disney’s Haunted Mansion are a horrror fan’s dream.

Andy Richter of Conan O’Brien’s TBS Talk show recently visited del Toro’s house and was treated to a personal tour.  Now before you get too jealous, Del Toro will be taking “the show on the road” with a series of exhibitions around the country.  According to Rocio Ayuso of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “The exhibit will be a showcase of more than 500 pieces culled from his collection at the Bleak House. According to Del Toro, the show will remain on view at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) between July and November (2016) and after that it will go on tour, starting in Minneapolis and followed by Toronto, Mexico City, Barcelona, Paris, and finally New York City.”  Del Toro also published a book in 2013 showcasing his collection entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsesssions.  Enjoy this “sneak peak” and hopefully the exhibit will be travelling close to your hometown in the coming years. read more

Kill of the Week-CTHorrorFest-Featured Guest Edition-Ricou Browning

We are just a few weeks away from Connecticut HorrorFest 2016! One of our featured guest is truly a living legend.  Ricou Browning played The Gil-man in The Creature from The Black Lagoon (1954) as well as its sequels, Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).  He is last living actor to have played a classic Universal Monster. Beyond playing the Gil-man, Mr. Browing is an accomplished director and choreographer.  He directed the the iconic underwater fight scenes in the James Bond films Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. read more

Javier Bardem to Play Frankenstein

Javier Bardem is in talks to play Frankenstein in the upcoming Universal Monster’s reboot. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are overseeing the project, which may or may not be a standalone film or interconnected to other films coming

As for the other upcoming Monster films, Tom Cruise will play The Mummy,  Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man, and Russell Crowe will play Dr. Jekyll.

Release dates for three of the films have been announced and are as follows;  The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman, is premiering June 9, 2017 release date, and yet-to-be-announced titles are set for April 13, 2018 and February 15, 2019. read more

Johnny Depp Cast In Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’

Johnny Depp has been cast in Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man.’   Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the the initiate to bring back the classic movie monsters for the studio.  Tom Cruise is set to star in ‘The Mummy,’ and with the addition of Depp to the franchise, Universal now has two of the biggest global stars in the world on board.   Kurtzman is directing ‘The Mummy,’ which is hitting theaters June 9, 2017.

Source: Deadline

Horror Hunting! Edition #27

Welcome to another exciting installment of Horror Hunting!  Spring is in the air (finally), and those of us on the east coast are just starting to emerge from our winter cocoons.  What better time to get out there and start hunting down your favorite and most elusive horror collectibles and memorabilia than right now?  In this edition we’ll take a retro look at the market, both symbolically and literally.  The classics truly never get old (pun intended), so much so that they’re constantly being remade with varying degrees of success.  Luckily, the gang over at ReAction are not only fans, they’re also sticklers for details.  And with that, away we go….. read more

Horror Hunting! Edition #23

Welcome to another chilling installment of Horror Hunting!  As the northeast digs out from either a monster blizzard or monumental bust of a storm (depending on where you live, New York or New England), the temperatures continue to plummet and freeze our collective eyeballs in place.  For those of you in more moderate climates during the winter months…..shut up.  This is the perfect opportunity to stay inside and catch up on the latest horror flicks you may have missed (I’d recommend The Babadook and The Taking of Deborah Logan) or troll around the internet looking for cool horror merch to purchase.  Whether you’re a vintage collector, or someone that just appreciates the latest horror toys, this week’s column is right up your alley.  Check out what we’ve got…… read more

Horror Hunting! Edition #18

Welcome, my fiends, to the latest edition of Horror Hunting!  As the temperature plummets, the opportunity to score some killer horror
collectibles continues to trend upward (or downward, depending on your version of paradise).  This week we once again revisit those horror movie
staples, the Universal Monster line.  And keeping it contemporary, we’ll talk about a cool action figure from The Walking Dead line that may have
gone unnoticed on its initial release (but surely should NOT have!).  Let the spectacle begin…… read more

Horror Hunting! Edition #12

    Welcome to another thrilling installment of Horror Hunting!  This week we’ll take a look at some classic candy featuring a classic horror icon and a recognizable zombie from the genre’s unparalleled master.  As we wind closer and closer to the witching season, horror toy items like those that I pack into each HH! column become increasingly in demand.  And of course, the atmosphere is always competitive for the latest (and retro-est) collectibles and artifacts on the auction sites because hey…..that’s how it works!  So without further adieu, away we go…. read more