Still trying to get that sour taste out of your mouth after playing Aliens: Colonial Marines? This might do the trick.
Youtuber Kooberz has made a LEGO stop motion Aliens short, complete with an epic duel between a Xenomorph Queen and a power loader. It’s an amazing video that’s pretty much guaranteed to make any talents you think you have feel less than inadequate, and despite being a minute long it manages to be far superior to Colonial Marines. Check it out after the break.
Want some pretty pictures to look at? I knew you would, and that’s why I’ve collected some amazing art from Deviant Artist Anastasiya Sytnik. Because I care about you.
Her work is all over the place — and I mean that in the best way possible — above you can see a Xenomorph Santa, which I wouldn’t want slithering down my chimney, and after the break you’ll find all sorts of twisted and almost otherworldly horror art, from ghostly horse looking things to an extremely well-dressed demon.
Super 7 has just made the lines at the upcoming SDCC that much longer, but it’s for a good reason! These Alien toys are awesome and they have a rich, compelling history!
Per the official site, “In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for the ALIEN film were developed but never manufactured. Through our network of industry and collector contacts, Super7 has unearthed reference material and original 34-year-old prototypes and will now make these “lost toys” a reality.
Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.”
They’ll be available in August/September but will start pre-orders in July at Comic-Con! Head inside to check ‘em out! READ MORE
The picture above is claimed, by the upcoming documentary Sirius, to be the minuscule (6 inches) corpse of an actual alien found a few years back in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Steven Greer, one of the makers of the film, created the Disclosure Project in 1993 and claims, “What people need to understand is the secrecy around UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence really has nothing to do with ETs. It has to do with humans and the power that is resting in large corporations and financial interests that do not want you to know the truth.”
While I acknowledge the mathematical fact that other lifeforms exist in our universe, I personally remain unconvinced that we’ve been visited by them. Still, the from the trailer it seems the doc has a POV on our corporate/military/industrial complex that I feel is accurate at the very least in an attitudinal sense. For what it’s worth, the doc will also examines “readily available” alternative energy sources that aliens might have been able to harness in order to make these interstellar trips that would be impossible with our current technology.
Sirius includes graphic footage of the supposedly humanoid entity of “unknown classification” by DNA sequencing. It premieres in Hollywood this Friday (sold out already) and will rollout on VOD after that.
Head inside for the trailer and some footage of this alleged alien corpse (hey, it could be real for all I know). READ MORE
I may strongly dislike Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection as whole, but there are elements of it that I can certainly get behind. It’s a film brimming over with cool ideas.
One of those ideas was the failed “Ripley clones” that litter the first act of the film. studioADI have shared another great old-school video from their archives, this time showing Sigourney Weaver undergoing makeup and prosthetics as “Ripley 7.
“One of the most effective scenes in ALIEN RESURRECTION was when Ripley confronts herself in the form of a failed, but still alive experiment. The scene was shot on two different days. On Day One we put her into the slant-board rig and blended her at the neck to an articulated silicone body. On Day Two, Sigourney, as Ripley, interacted with herself. We attached a replica of her head onto our mechanical body and puppeteered it from below to to help her emote. She was spectacular in the scene, at the end of which she torched the hero body into silicone jelly. Sad to see our animatronic go up in flames, but giving Sigourney an acting partner to play off made it worth it”
Watch the rare never-before-seen before footage inside! READ MORE
Figures.com reports that San Francisco based designer toy and apparel company – Super7 – was on hand at the WonderCon Anaheim 2013 showing off their incredible Alien license in detail. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year, Super7′s Alien license includes drinkware and action figures based on the classic 1979 sci-fi film. While we’ve already shared the vintage “Fast Food” glasses inspired by the film, we now have the first look at the figure reproductions that will take us back to 1979.
Super7′s series of 3 ¾ inch Alien action figures are faithfully based on the actual ’79 prototypes that never saw production! Super7′s “new” figure series retains the vintage looks, articulation, accessories, and, best of all, packaging of the originally planned toys. These are due out this summer priced at a SRP of $19.99 each. The series consists of what would have been the entire first wave (first ever images inside!):
* THE ALIEN (“BIG CHAP”) – w/ removable transparent dome, extendable jaws and glowing brain!
* RIPLEY – w/ Flame Thrower
* ASH – w/ Motion Detector
* DALLAS (not on display) – w/ Flame Thrower
* KANE IN NOSTROMO SPACESUIT – w/ removable helmet and transparent visor READ MORE
A very special thanks to Hank Sforzini for creating and sending us the absolutely incredible Horror Movie Franchises By the Numbers infographic!
This infographic highlights facts from eight popular horror franchises including The Omen, Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead.
“I have spent the last year working as a freelance writer for ‘Paste Magazine’ and my creative partner, Joseph Bass, and I created this as we are both horror movie enthusiasts,” says Sforzini.
It’s clear that both Sforzini and Bass love the genre as much as we do, and we give our eternal thanks to them for creating this masterpiece of web art! READ MORE
This pencil never stood a chance. I bet it was chatting about how excited it was to see the next Evil Dead flick then a few seconds later a lead xenomorph decided to explode from its… head? Such is life, my friends. I think we should all take a moment and really enjoy this fantastic carving by Deviant Artist cerkahegyzo — good luck pronouncing that — which was made from a normal sized pencil, by the way. So take a moment and check this out. It’s what the pencil would have wanted.
Our friends at Figures have news on some fresh Alien collectibles arriving later this year. Inspired by vintage “Fast Food” glasses, these four glasses from Super7 present a memorable scene from Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien on the front side, featuring colorful artwork created exclusively for this gift set. The backs reveal the four-part lifecycle of the Xenomorph – the menacing Alien creature itself. This collectible set includes: The Space Jockey, “Big Chap” aka The Alien, Kane’s Chestburster, and Ripley & the Airlock. Each 16 ounce Pint Glass measures approximately 5 ¾” tall. $49.99 Boxed Set of Four.
NECA surprises Aliens fans with news a new action figure two-pack. Based on the Dark Horse comic “Aliens: Genocide,” the set stars a black and red “Alien Warrior.” Each 9-inch tall figure features over 30 points of articulation, including extending inner mouths, bendable tails, double elbows and knees. The “Aliens: Genocide” 2-pack is due for release this June and will be followed in August with a Hicks vs Warrior 2-pack (blue Alien w/ exploding head), and a Hudson vs Warrior 2-pack (brown alien w/ body damage) in October. The Colonial Marines in the last two sets will feature new helmeted head sculpts and expressions, as well as new accessories. The “Genocide” 2-pack will be the only place to get your hands on a black Warrior Alien this year. Aliens Series 1, scheduled for release this April, will include an Alien Warrior (Brown), Hicks and Hudson. NECA has at least 13 Aliens figures planned for release this year. These inlcude two assortments with 3 figures each, the three different 2-packs, and a massive Queen boxed set scheduled for the holidays. READ MORE
No one takes a beating like the characters in an Evil Dead movie, so I figured that one of the ways I’d celebrate Evil Dead Month would be to take a look at 5 Horror Heroes That Survived Against All Odds!
Something that the horror genre has more than any other genre is franchises. And something that comes along with these franchises are recurring heroes, many of whom become just as important and integral to the story as the villain, whom we so enjoy watching. These are characters that we cheer for, that we quote nonstop, that we put on t-shirts and wear proudly. And some of these heroes just so happen to go through ungodly amounts of hell only to make it out the other side (relatively) unscathed.
Head inside to see who they are! READ MORE
It’s almost been a year since Ridley Scott’s Prometheus blasted into theaters leaving half the world disappointed. The other half, or maybe even less than half, thought the quasi Alien prequel was pretty fantastic. A year later, I stand by this having watched it on Blu-ray multiple times. It’s awesome.
With that said, most of you are about to groan as I report that Scott is still developing a sequel over at Fox. Noomi Rapace, who starred as Elizabeth Shaw in the first film, reveals to The Playlist that they’re currently working on the screenplay.
“They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago,” said Rapace. “I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.”
“And it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations,” Rapace explained. “And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue.” She added: “I would love to do it.”
Rapace is the franchise’s new lead, so it would be a shocker if she wasn’t already locked in for the trilogy. I’d go as far as to say, it’s not her choice.
By The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards).
You’re sitting there in the movie theater with your Junior Mints, or in the case of psychopaths, sitting there with Dots, waiting for the movie to start. You have a terrifying debate with yourself for ten seconds while you try to determine whether the lights in the theater are actually dimming or maybe you’re having a stroke. Once that bright green screen pops up, proving that your brain does indeed have enough oxygen, you catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s newest garbage. Between romantic comedies and animated adventures starring pop singers, it all looks like the same old stuff. Unexpectedly, a trailer pops up that seems to be pretty creepy, have some decent actors in it, and the credits tell you it’s from people who helped make other horror movies that you absolutely love. When the title is revealed, the entire audience groans, followed by nudging the person next to you and saying, “Can you believe they’re even making that movie?” Or maybe you went to this movie alone and angrily took out your phone to post your disdain on Twitter for everyone (read: not really anyone) to see. No folks, the title didn’t reveal that the trailer you just enjoyed was an M. Night Shyamalan joint, but instead, the movie is a remake, adaptation of, or sequel to something else. No matter what the source material is, nothing seems to cause fanboys to angrily roll their eyes more then finding out their favorite movie/book is getting a remake/adaptation/sequel. My advice to all of you is to quit your complaining about something you had absolutely no involvement in making and should focus your energy on revisiting the source material.
More inside… READ MORE
It’s an incredibly slow news day so we thought we’d share a Random Cool so you have something to look at.
Alien Series did a lengthy article on the making of Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien that included a behind-the-scenes video that also takes you behind the mask of the Alien creature.
The Alien in the ’79 epic wasn’t CGI, in fact, it was a played by a 6’10″ Nigerian man named Bolaji Badejo.
Here, he practises the Alien’s movements with a mock-up head in the corridors of the infamous Nostromo. READ MORE
Of course Gale Anne Hurd is a producer on “The Walking Dead” and has played a key role in such classics as The Terminator and Aliens. While “Walking Dead” is still going strong at AMC, she’s now going to be producing alien drama “Horizon” for USA.
The show (per Deadline) is “Sset during the height of World War II. It centers on a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.” Bridget Tyler (“Burn Notice”) wrote the script and will co-executive produce for Universal Cable Prods. and Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, which has a deal at the studio.
Keep in mind Hurd has another alien show in the making, “Area 51″, which is also a period piece. That show is at AMC and “ revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities.” AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
This second installment (in case you missed MUSIC yesterday) is all about movies and TV. From big box sets to essential individual titles, there’s something for every horror-giver and recipient alike. Some of this stuff is on the expensive side and some of it is dirt cheap, and it’s all just a click away from being at your doorstep (and in someone’s stocking).
Head inside to find that special something for that special someone. READ MORE
Expendable cash? You’ve come to the right place!
Ebay store Old Colony Hobbies has the most expensive action figures ever, only they’re the coolest thing we’ve seen all years – and they’re one-of-a-kind!
Whomever is behind the store has created custom G.I. Joe-style figures, packaging and all, of some of your favorite genre characters! There’s everyone from Freddy Krueger to Jason Voorhees, not to mention the co-stars from the various franchises from Jaws to Alien, Aliens, Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead and more! READ MORE
The Telegraph just published a report detailing the results of a study done by the University of Westminster on the calorie-burning efficacy of horror films. Per the report, watching some of these horror films burns can burn up nearly 200 calories a time. Or in more tangible terms, a horror movie can burn off a bar of chocolate.
According to the study, “viewers who put themselves through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror can use up as much as 113 calories, close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk and the equivalent to a chocolate bar.” The University of Westminster study measured the total energy expenditure of ten different people as they watched a selection of frightening movies.
Want to know what the results were? Head inside for the Top 10 Calorie-Burning Horror Movies and then click here for more info! READ MORE
As we travel farther and farther away from childhood, it’s often nice to bask in the nostalgic glow of old items, even if we were never lucky enough to actually own any. Reliving childhood insecurities could even be considered a form of time travel, really.
I’m going to stop now, before I kill myself.
Check out these long lost horror products. They don’t make them like this anymore. Mostly because parents have gotten so lame. Wait a minute… we’re the parents now aren’t we? That’s it. I’m killing myself. READ MORE
Mizenscen shared an image of Tim Burton wearing a Halloween costume made by his mother. What’s so cool about this old snapshot is that it looks like the inspiration of Jack Skellington from the 1993 Burton-produced The Nightmare Before Christmas! Go mom!
Artist Edwin David (aka “dwinbotp”) imagines where the infamous Alien vs. Predator battle actually began. It all started with the candy, suggests his hilarious illustration.
Keeping the AvP conversation a float (and continuing to avoid using the name “Paul W.S. Anderson”…whoops!), New Zealand’s SKY TV created the following ads that depict the two famous monsters engaging in various activities, including a bout of Chess.
In the end, whoever wins, we lose! READ MORE
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, his quasi Alien prequel, hit Blu-ray and DVD recently both in the UK and in the States. It apparently features some killer documentaries about the film’s development process from being a straight Alien prequel to its more heady end result.
About a week ago we provided you with a rundown of what original writer Jon Spaihts’ draft might have looked like had Ridley Scott put it up onscreen. And now we have a visual rendering of what a chestburster might have looked like in the film via a piece of concept art. If you’ll remember from last week’s article, the chestbursting was intended to occur during a sex scene between Shaw and Holloway. So be prepared for some male naughty bits.
Head inside for a more complete rendering of the Prometheus chestburster!! Warning – the image is a bit NSFW. READ MORE
The thing about revisiting jump scares is, they’re just never quite as effective the second (or third, or fourth, or ninetieth) time around. So when putting together this list, I made a point of seeking out the ones that a) still have an effect on me, even after repeat viewings; b) boast some level of real craftsmanship beyond just “aahh! it’s dark! and there’s a cat! jumping!”; c) stick in the mind long after the initial scare has come and gone; and/or d) display some combination of the above traits.
So what did I come up with at the end of it all? Check out my final ten below, then log your own picks in the comments. READ MORE
Some of you liked it. The majority of you hated it.
I adore it.
The prequel/not a prequel to Alien (and now maybe it’s a sequel to Blade Runner) follows Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Dr. Charlie Holloway, along with a crew, to LV-223. After finding multiple drawings across Earth, all depicting the same god-like figure, they set out on their journey to this distant planet. There they hope to find the answers to mankind.
Perhaps Prometheus can be seen as a warning to our society to not put our trust in man as a god. It can also be seen as a warning to not put all of our faith in an invisible God.
With the launch of the Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover event “Rotworld”, and the excitement building over 30 Days of Night/Criminal Macabre crossover, here’s a chance to look at some of the best, and most ridiculous, horror comic crossovers. Great crossovers should never feel cheesy, nor should they feel forced. But who doesn’t want to see Batman fighting Predator to the death? What follows is a list of ten killer horror comic crossovers. READ MORE
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, his quasi Alien prequel, will be arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD this coming week on both the UK and in the States. Some of the UK readers will get their hands on a Steelbook Edition that apparently carries an Easter Egg of epic proportion. Reddit user Huxleyism discovered that on the UK edition (it could also be included on the U.S. release) hides text written by character Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), which seems to indicated that Weyland’s mentor was a certain replicant-creating tycoon whose creations eventually got the best of him, ScreenCrush first reported.
Inside we’ve got an explanation, along with a screengrab of this genre-changing log. READ MORE