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As far as I’m concerned any day with news about Critters is a good day– and that makes this day an excellent one! Filming of Blue Ribbon’s Critters: A New Binge web- series is officially complete and we have a number of behind the scenes photos featuring our favorite space furballs in all their puppet glory. And yes- they have kept things as they should be– done with (mostly) practical effects.

As we previously stated, series is directed by Jordan Rubin from the script by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan and himself. We still don’t know where it’s going to be released as go90 service it was planed for was disconnected but CW Seed or YoutubeRed sound like good candidates.

Photos here for your enjoyment courtesy of Critters Rehatched (via great people of Bloody Disgusting).

 

PS There have been talks about another Critters project, this time a feature length movie for the SyFy channel (Critters 5?) supposedly filming in South Africa in early ’19 so it seems that the property is having a bit of an Renascence lately.

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For some reason lives of the cult B-movie actors tend to be shrouded in mystery. Often it takes years of investigation just to track them down and get them to do even a simple interview.  On the other hand I would say that it’s almost always worth it. From the ongoing search for “Trash” Mark Gregory to the “Samurai Cop”Matt Hannon aka Karedas seemingly coming back from the dead the search is as fascinating as the people themselves.

Now, after decades of questions we finally have a teaser trailer for the Scott Pearlman‘s documentary Finding Freeman.

 

Synopsis:

“In 1987, a young actor named Eric Freeman starred in one of the most infamous films ever made, “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2.” His loveably over-the-top performance made him a cult sensation, and the advent of YouTube turned him into a phenomenon. Scenes of his raucous performance have garnered millions of views, while hundreds of parody videos and memes were created in his honor.

Over the years, Eric’s face would be adorned on t-shirts and a fanbase was growing by the day. There was just one problem: Eric had vanished off the face of the Earth. With an acting career that came to a screeching halt in 1992, and no social media presence or digital footprint to boot, Eric Freeman the person had been erased from public consciousness. All that remained was his alter ego, Ricky Caldwell from “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2.” With his whereabouts a complete mystery, fans got curious.

In 2008, a small group of fans from different corners of the globe banded together to create Finding Freeman, a Facebook page dedicated to tracking down the elusive actor. They searched diligently for five years, and when Eric finally resurfaced, the real story began.

Finding Freeman is a new documentary that examines the effects of fandom in the digital age, and how technology has the power to preserve the past, and change lives.”

http://www.findingfreeman.tv/

Note: If you want to check out some more moves staring Freeman (often under an assumed name), you can find our reviews of some rare ones like Armin Shervan’s Young Rebels (1989), Murder Weapon (1989) and Bloody Birthday (1981).

 

If you know your MOTU history you’ll remember that Cannon Films planed to follow up their Masters of the Universe (1987) movie (featuring the all- powerful Dolph Lundgren in his first lead role) with a direct sequel. Hell, the movie even had a post- credit scene with Skeletor surviving to advertise it, and it the 80’s that really wasn’t a common practice.

Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg was to be written and directed by the Cannon regular, Albert Pyun and filmed concurrently with Canon’s never produced Spider-Man movie (but that’s the story for another time).  Dolph supposedly moved on with his career by this point and was to be replaced by a popular surfer Laird Hamilton. The project supposedly fell trough when Cannon wouldn’t pay Mattel and unused sets and costumes were repurposed for a new low- budget SF- Action movie called, you guessed it- Cyborg

Now, Cyborg was originally going to feature tried and true Cannon star Chuck Norris but he was replaced at the last minute by then young and upcoming Jean Claude Van Damme and as they say- the rest is history! For the record I still consider Cyborg the best movie Pyun ever directed and an early Van Damme favorite too.

Now, we’ve talked about Pyun’s Bad Ass Angels and Demons, his most ambitious movie in decades before. But now thanks to the Alan Pirie, the designer working on the movie we have a confirmation that Bad Ass Angels is actually based on unused script for The Masters of the Universe 2: Requiem! This is something I never thought possible- it’s feels like Cannon is finally coming out of the ashes like a phoenix and I for one couldn’t be more happier.

 

Since we last touched upon this subject (talking about the Ugandan Kung Fu project Bruce U) couple more Lee related projects popped up:

Danny Chan (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) is for example starring as Chen Zhen (made famous by Lee in Fist of Fury) in a team- up action comedy Kung Fu League as well as reprising his role as young Lee in Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 4.

More significantly The Warrior TV show (for the longest time a stuff of legends) based on the original Bruce Lee’s concept  (and executive produced by his daughter Shannon Lee) spearheaded by Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious) is set to premiere on Cinemax in early 2019.

Now, as we all know by know when there’s an official project some unofficial ones can be expected too.

ENTER THE AFGHANI BRUCE LEE!

Abbas Alizada (Abb Li for short) gained prominence as a Bruce Lee imitator on facebook, his photos and videos going viral in 2014.  His first attempt of film-making was an Azerbaijani comedy picture released in 2016 called Brat Lee (Brother Li). Well, now it’s seems his first “major” English- speaking role is finally in the cards.

Armani Burj Khalifa held a press conference for the movie titled HE IS BACK (sounds more like a Schwarzeneggersploitation picture, does it?). Film is to be directed by Chitah Yajnesh Shetty with Abb Li joined by a female lead Alina Lliumzhinov. Movie is being produced by Showtime Cinema & SBM Pvt Ltd in association with Ninjoor Pictures so we know more than a few people are banking on this being a hit. Also it’s a pretty international affair seeing that talent spans America, Thailand, India and China.

If I was being a skeptic I would say that there’s far too many inexperienced people involved in this movie but there are some positives too. Director Chitah Yajnesh Shetty is a legit JKD instructor under the late Grand Master Richard Bustillo so he knows his martial arts. Kaecha Kampakdee of Ong- Bak 2 and Asian Connection fame is in charge of action choreography and cinematographer is Ross Clarkson (Undisputed III, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear)  so that could easily translate to some solidly shot Martial Arts scenes. Filming begins in January 2019, so we’ll keep you informed how things go.

One thing is for sure- it’s 2018 and Bruceploitation is alive and well.

Written and Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.

It’s very interesting how things echo and even parallel one another. I was just watching a trailer for finally completed Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind”. Finished by his long time friend and actor in the film- Peter Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall the movie will be published by Netflix in November after almost 50 years of production!

Now, there’s another director albeit definitely less acclaimed that’s having his final “masterpiece” published in November too. Coincidentally, the man in question was himself inspired by the The Great Welles. And that man is non other than Edward D. Wood Jr.  the writer/ director of such hits like Glen of Glenda, Bride of the Monster and of course Plan 9 from Outer Space (often considered the worse movie of all time).

“Dramatisation: May not have happened!”

His final film “Take It Out In Trade” a sexploitation detective comedy he shot in the 1970 is finally seeing light of day! Meticulously restored and converted from the only remaining 16mm theatrical print by Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird to crisp 4K BluRay. The only previous version was VHS of outtakes without the sound published in ’95.

The plot centers around a wealthy Frank Riley (Duke Moore) and his wife who hire an unreliable but mustachioed P.I. Mac McGregor (Michael Donovan O’Donnell) to locate their missing daughter Shirley (Donna Stanley) and features a dangerous world of prostitution. It even has a nod to Wood’s  real- life crossdresing passion (as he shows up as a transvestite character- Alecia). Movie also features  The Amazing Criswell  and truthfully, it wouldn’t be an Ed Wood picture without him.

 

Ed Wood as Alecia

So, if you decide to watch Welles’s “lost” film in November why not make it a double billing with the fantastic Edward D. Wood, Jr.-  what could possibly go wrong?

Over the years it wasn’t that unusual for Superman mythos to bring back the certain elements from different media back into the comics that inspired them. His Smallville youth, Kryptonite and even the phrase “Faster than a speeding bullet…” for example originated in the popular Superman radio serials of the 40’s , and his ability to fly was first introduced in the famous Fleicher cartoons in the 50’s (it was easier to animate flying than constant jumping he used to do).

Similarly early Christopher Reeve movies proved very influential too, General Zod‘s inclusion into a comicbook canon being the prime example.

From Superman: The Last Son of Krypton, art by Adam Kubert

On the other hand the final Christoper Reeve movie produced by non- other than Cannon FilmsSuperman IV: Quest for the Peace didn’t prove that influential at all.  Quite the opposite the movie was often ridiculed for it’s weak plot, cheap production, nonsensical super- powers and it’s over the top villain Nuclear Man. Well, no more! At least on that last one. Cannon is now officially canon!

We’re exited too!

After a challenge from fans and co leagues alike- starting with a sketch from Nick Derington (Doom Patrol, Mister Miracle) former Marvel (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Jessica Jones) writer
Brian Michael Bendis, now working on DC’s Superman (Man of Steel mini- series, then Action Comics/ Superman) took it upon himself to make Nuclear Man an official part of  Superman mythos.

 

 

 

The tweet that started it all

 

This is the official Ivan Reis (Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League) penciled page from the Superman #02 that marks the first in-continuity comicbook appearance of the character. And it only took 3 decades for it to happen! For all you Cannon lovers who also dig comicbooks the release date is August 8. Mark it on your calendar.

 

Verdict: Even though  Mark Pillow‘s  acting was more WWE than DC  I always thought the costume design had something interesting going on, and as far as I can see it seems to work very well on the page. So, this should be an interesting one to read.

Update: Final version of the Superman #02- Nuclear Man appearance:

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Somewhat of a permanent fixture on our blog Albert Pyun is ready to strike again (hard, no mercy). Despite his battle with illness he completed his last movie Interstellar Civil War and is now holding a GoFundMe campaign for his newest: Bad Ass Angels and Demons. Knowing Pyun‘s oeuvre it will probably have a Post- Apocalyptic setting + Kickboxing and I’m not going to complain about that at all.

 

Cast is his largest since The Sword and the Sorcerer and so far it’s : Kelsey Carlisle, Cat Cakmis, Mindy Gilkerson, Brandy Mason, Fulvia Santoni, Ashley Campbell, Nathan Ferrier, Mark Justice, Mark Popejoy , Zach Muhls, Clint Beaver , Paul Gunn, Brad Thornton, Madeline Brumby, Dawna Lee Heising, Jennie Carroll, Sue Price, Glenn Maynard, Jackie Gerhardy, Julie Ann Philputt , Maria Lemone, Clare Kramer, Samantha Phillips, Trudi Forristal, Jerry Rector, Clare Hoak, Santy Luangpraseuth, Norbert Weisser, Morgan Weisser, Ryan Rhino Michaels, Sharon Bruneau, Tommie Vegas, Daniel Faust, Yuji Okumoto, Thom Mathews with more to come.

“The culmination of the End of Days is at hand. The Fallen sons of God (ancient Demons) have created a post apocalyptic earth in their bid to free their Angel, Lucifer, so he can win back the Throne of Heaven and destroy the Son of God. To stop the Fallen Sons of God, the Son of God created his own Angels on Earth. Born in every corner of the world, 20 Angels gather in Mount Zion to battle the Fallen Sons of God and their Dragon Beast Abbaddon for the fate of eternity.”

It’s still not too late to contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/badassangelsfunding