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New pitch trailer for the Hellraiser reboot arrives and it’s spectacular, Behold Hellraiser:Origins

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As I was saying a few posts ago, the only way this reboot would see a dime of my money is if it was re-imagined. Today, one of the many website we like to browse for film news posted this outstanding pitch trailer for Hellraiser called Hellraiser: Origins. This lavishly fiendish piece of film, was directed by Mike Le Han (Mr’s Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room) and produced by Mike Le Han and Paul Gerrard(Wrath Of The Titans, Battle LA, TMNT).

Mind you, this isn’t just some fan film, the artist who worked on this trailer have several years experience in the film industry and on top of that, they love Hellraiser. Having guys like this do your film is much better than giving this to some director who is sitting back waiting for offers to come to him or her.

Folks, believe me when I tell you that these guys are coming at this franchise hard and by the looks of their website, they have been at it for awhile. There’s a lot of new imagery they’ve tossed in there, including a brand new look for our beloved Pinhead. Strange how a movie, so sinister, can be created with such love.  I’d certainly hate to see this man’s hard work or the work of the crew behind this trailer, go unnoticed. If cooler heads prevail and Dimension Films doesn’t come at him with a “cease and desist“, I’d say his spot as director on this amazing franchise is as good as gold. Stay tuned to MITNG for more news about the reboot and other news regarding all the Hellraiser happenings.

Now if we could just get Ghost B.C. to do a song for this soundtrack.

Checkout more concept art and behind the scenes images from Hellraiser: Origins after the jump

Official Hellraiser: Origins Website

 

Candy Cigarettes stands out among many bedroom acts

I always find it amazing when I hear music that’s created in a bedroom studio. It always has a cozy, warm aesthetic that’s much more listenable than any other genre I find. Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon have really captured the essence of bringing the music from the bedroom (or a friends) to life. With the release of the weird, but very good Wondrous Bughouse, I’ve felt the need to rekindle some of that lo-fi feel in my daily music listening. A musician that brings together this idea greatly is Candy Cigarettes.

 

Lane Mueller is a solo, self-taught musician out of Portland that has been releasing songs under the alias of Candy Cigarettes. Already playing in festivals around his hometown (The monstrous Kaleidoscope Festival in Eugene, Or), his deep baritone voice is rare to hear in the dream pop genre he’s playing. What makes him special as well is how he can jump from a Matt Berninger rumble to a Ben Gibbard, Postal Service, style of singing. Because of his smaller scale and bedroom feel, it’s obvious the quality cannot compete with some of the bigger players in the business, but it adds to the feel of his music. The tracks I listened to, “Tomorrow”, “Stockholm”, “Call Her Friend” and “My 45″ all fall under the same lo-fi sound, but are extremely different in their own qualities.

 

I’m torn between “Stockholm” and “Call Her Friend” as my personal favorite track from Mueller. It’s easy to tell what emotions he’s trying to convey from his diverse range of sound. “Stockholm” begins as a lonely, National influenced track that bursts into a riff resembling “Entertainment” by Phoenix. I hated that song on it’s own, but Mueller takes the idea of the riff, and creates it into a great ending for a sad, revealing track.

 

“Call Her Friend” was not a track I wanted to hear from the opening guitar riff. it’s too Garage Band like, but I gave it a chance and I found it to be Mueller’s most creative work. I hear an early Death Cab for Cutie influence, but with more desperation with the backing vocals droning off, leading into an outstanding electronic section. The song has so many different noises coming from different angles, but Mueller utilizes the silence of the chorus with the background vocals to create amazing tension and connection with the listener. I also found the bridge and fade out to be very solid, with the exception of the blues guitar that doesn’t fit. Nonetheless, great track.

 

“Tomorrow” was the song that I first heard, and it did really capture my attention. It’s the definition of bedroom music, and that’s not an insult in the slightest. I’m saddened by the fact that many people haven’t been introduced the Candy Cigarettes, or other bedroom artists of the same nature. Mueller’s bio describes himself as “Carved name amongst the elders of Portland’s highly proclaimed music scene”, and it makes scene. This track in particular has huge potential to be a radio hit with a bit of clean-up. My same comment goes as the blues guitar doesn’t fit the overall feel of Mueller’s music, but nonetheless it doesn’t detract from the great ideas.

 

Lane is among the many talented solo musicians who are striving to have their name heard. Some are pretty established, like Mueller, while others haven’t shown a single soul their creations. All we know is it can be a work of genius if we give it a chance. Thanks to the age of social media, we can experience the greatness of millions of musicians, and see their minds flow. Just listen to “Weary Is”, and tell me the closing piano notes don’t make you feel something special. Candy Cigarettes, much like Washed Out, is a unique project that only needs that single opportunity, and at 21, Lane Mueller will be given many.

 

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Event Horizon…still viable science fiction/ horror thirteen years later

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Not many horror films from the nineties held up as well as the P.W.S Anderson science fiction/horror Event Horizon. Having just dusted off my copy and given it another look for MITNG’s 31/31…it still gives me the creeps. The film contained a strong cast, an excellent soundtrack and a stunning art director. Often times, with films set in the future, the difficulties lie in trying to convince the viewer that the world exist, but with Event Horizon the execution was flawless. In the late nineties we were only testing the waters of our computer animation prowess and with the budget that this film had, it would have been easy to over play a hand, but the end result was a beautiful blend of cgi and practical effects, thus creating one hell of a scare.

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The film opens on our anti hero Dr. William Wier (Sam Neill) as he violently awakes from a horrendous nightmare. He’s aboard a vessel commanded by Captain Miller (Lawrence Fishburne). The two, along with a crew comprised of a doctor, an engineer etc, have been pulled out of a long furlough to conduct a search and rescue on a vessel, The Event Horizon, that has been missing for seven years. Where the ships been for that long, no one knows, but what we do know is the vessel was  the subject of a new piece of machinery, that would allow for light travel, by means of folding space. The machine aboard the vessel used to do it was invented by Dr. Wier.

As they search for survivors and clues to where it’s been, they soon realize that something supernatural is aboard the ship, something that was brought back from wherever the ship was. This “something” begins digging into the crews worst fears, slowly turning them on each other.

I’ll be the first to admit that the film does tap into the Ridley Scott Alien franchise with certain scenes and positioning of characters, but it does so in a way as to not disrupt the storyline. If the script or it’s actors teetered one iota during pre and production, this would have been a travesty, but in the end, honesty will out.

As I said in the title of this post ,”the stakes are still high”, what I mean by that is, and some may disagree with me, but I was invested. I was invested thirteen years ago and I’m invested now. It still strikes at the core of super creepy cinema and here’s why. I am a fan of time travel and I’m also a fan of the unexplained or anomalies. I remember watching the 1984 film Buckaroo Banzai and totally being turned on by the scene when Peter Weller‘s car drives through the mountain. Something snapped inside me and had I had the brain capacity, it might’ve sent me on a path toward a degree in quantum physics, but I think I was more in awe of the potential for us as humans to stumble upon other universes within our own, a quest that I’m not alone in. Even Tibetan monks believe that inter dimensional travel can be achieved through meditation. Of course I’m talking about science, but you get my meaning.

Event Horizon touches on this subject, albeit lightly, but it added to my bubbling curiosity over this theory and thus I was sold the minute Sam Neil mentioned anything about dimensions. I don’t believe that makes me bias cause there are millions who enjoyed this film for both it’s horror and it’s science fiction.

Now about the Gravity Machine…

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Conceptually, it’s one of the prettiest and most horrific props I’ve ever seen in film. Everything about the machine, as well as the room that houses it, looked like it could kill you. With everything being so science fiction up to this moment there wasn’t anyone who didn’t expect to see something sleek with fancy buttons and digital displays, but what we got was quite the opposite and totally sets the tone for what happens. I like films that makes me think outside the box and this one did with this machine. Along with that, there was this huge hallway that attached the gravity machine to the rest of the ship, that although simple, was a nightmarish bit of science fiction, that I remember took me a few days to shake off and I don’t know why. Either it’s coincidence or the art director has a masters in human psychology cause every frame was eerie.

The last thing I want to bring up about this film is the body count. Horror films tend to always push the envelope when it comes to killing and in actuality director P.W.S Anderson would have been right to give us every kind of kill imaginable, but he didn’t. He did what a lot of horror films don’t, he gave everyone a fighting chance. Several scenes in this film could have ended with supporting cast members dying horrific deaths, but that would’ve cheapened things and in my opinion, death isn’t scary in horror films (contrary to popular belief)…we’ve scene it all before. If not on the internet, then in real life…no, what’s worst is loneliness. Death is so absolute, but when characters are kept alive, for whatever reason, it tricks the viewer into believing that the characters “hell” is only beginning. This is mindful and not thoughtless, film making.

Without spoiling the plot, for those who haven’t seen this classic, it will constantly surprise you with the choices the director made with regards to who survives and who dies. It’s clever and not cliche. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever watched a viable horror film like this one, but this will always stand as one of my favorites.

It’s this and everything else I mentioned, that makes this one of MITNG’s 31 films for the 31 days of Halloween.

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MITNG Celebrates Halloween with 31 Frightful Flicks

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Halloween holds a special place in our hearts here at MITNG.  There is no better time or place to celebrate horror, the macabre, the strange, and the supernatural.

Throughout October, we’ll recommend a different horror flick each day for your viewing enjoyment.  From around the world and many different genres, we hope you’ll discover new gems and remember some old favorites.

Some notable films (like John Carpenter’s Halloween) have been omitted in order to suggest some (potentially) lesser known movies.  We know there are thousands of deserving films out there - we love that! – but there are only 31 days in October, so we’ve exercised some creative restraint.  We encourage you to let us know what your favorites are so we can cover them in the future.  We’ve also provided a few links below if you want to know more about the history and celebration of Halloween.

With that in mind, MITNG is pleased to present 31 days of horror to help you get in the mood for Halloween.  We hope you enjoy.

WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS DEFINITELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK

Want to know what Halloween is about?

Halloween History

ABOUT Halloween

What the Scholars Say

What Neo-Pagans Think of Halloween

Christians and Halloween

Illustrator Joe Spiotto turns video games into children’s books

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This collection of works from illustrator Joey Spiotto , features some of our most beloved video game characters given the kindergarten make over. From Mass Effect to Bioshock, Joey does an excellent job of harnessing that whimsy from yesteryear and turning fierce heroes into cuddly little characters.

Joey Spiotto Website

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Absolutely gorgeous and moving tribute to the cosplayers of Dragon Con 2013

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So I know you’ve seen a lot of cosplay videos from conventions as well as smart ass geek-youtubers interviewing/hurling insults at cosplayers and groping women, for the sake of their ignorant fans…well this is not what this is. This is an outstanding tribute to those who dream of other worlds and once, twice or three times a year, they become the physical manifestation of that idea. I know because I used to cosplay…quite frankly I don’t know why I quite, but watching this video makes me want to do it again.

The footage in the following video comes from the annual Dragon Con held in Atlanta Georgia. In recent years Dragon Con has grown to epic proportions and shows no signs of slowing up.

I won’t say to much more cause you really need to see this…and for those who mock their friends and family for doing what they love….schools in bitches and the cosplay is here to stay!!

Beatdown Boogie’s YouTube Channel

 

Behold the far out illustrations of Thom Tenery

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Conceptual artist Thom Tenery is no noobie to the concept art game, he’s worked with such entertainment giants as Disney, Blizzard Entertainment and the Syfy Channel. His most notable work was the sky tower home and drones in the Kosinski/Cruise film OBLIVION (available on Blu-Ray now).

Checking out his resume, I also see that he’s worked on some exciting projects that I remember hearing about awhile back, but have either been scraped or placed on hold….The Yellow Submarine directed by Robert Zemeckis and Barbarella directed by Robert Rodriguez. Because I’ve been following the progress on these films…somewhat, it kind of breaks my heart to know we may never get to see these designs, simply because the property now belongs to Disney (The Yellow Submarine) and Universal (Barbarella).

If Thom’s art work on those films is anything like what I’m posting, I may have to put a team together to infiltrate both those studios and lift them…for the fans.

Tom Tenery’s Official Website

Baltimore #1 The Infernal Train is an outstanding neo-gothic read

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When writer and artist Mike Mignola sets out to create a new story, there are a few things you can expect an overall foreboding landscape, high concept and blood. In <a class="zem_slink" title="Baltimore" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=39.2833333333,-76.6166666667&spn=0.1,0.1&amp
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The Creators Project brings Dungeons and Dragons and Couture together for a whimsical fantasy

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This short may be too hipster for it’s own good, but Frodo is in it. What better way to add some legitimacy to this strange fantasy, in what would otherwise be a runway show in Bryant Park, than to add Elijah Wood into the mix. It’s quiet and looks a lot like a M83 video, but not as cool. That being said, electronica group Beach House rocks the soundtrack on this one adding another level to the caldesactacon of the round table. The clothes these kids are wearing probably cost more than my car, but I’m not bitching. Enjoy this slice of sudo-middle class elitism…you 99 Percenter.

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Image Comic’s “Pretty Deadly” gets a release date

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IMAGE COMIC’S rolled out a press release today for a new comic we thought you guys might want to know about called Pretty Deadly. The story is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Ghost, Osborn) and illustrated by Emma Ríos (The Amazing Spider-Man, Osborn). The story centers on Ginny, Death’s daughter, who rides on a horse made of smoke dispensing her gift on those unfortunate enough to cross her path.

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Simultaneously beautiful and savage, PRETTY DEADLY will unfold over the course of an ongoing story that DeConnick and Ríos developed together, creating a world and characters that are entirely their own. At the same time, DeConnick and Ríos say, it’s almost as if PRETTY DEADLY has a will of its own that guides the action.

Having worked together on Marvel’s Osborn, DeConnick and Ríos found common ground in their love of Westerns and Japanese cinema for PRETTY DEADLY. DeConnick was inspired by spaghetti westerns, Japanese “pinky violence” films, and Grimm’s fairy tales, while Ríos found her visual language for the series by absorbing both Westerns and samurai films. Colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) maintains the earthy, dusty atmosphere of the art, as well as the magical tone of the story, thanks to a subdued palette punctuated with bursts of vivid color.

“We wanted a very Leone feel to it. As we worked, I felt we were straying from that original notion and though I came to love the direction the book insisted on going, I felt a twinge of grief at the loss of the Leone connection. I don’t know why, but I did,” said DeConnick. “Then a friend of mine quoted this Leone line to me: ‘The important thing is to make a different world, to make a world that is not now. A real world, a genuine world, but one that allows myth to live. The myth is everything.’ So in the end, it seems we haven’t strayed at all.“

Death, guns, the wild west and two talented women at the helm, I’m all in.  PRETTY DEADLY #1 will be in stores on October 23 and can be pre-ordered from the August issue of Previews (AUG130504).IMAGE COMICS

 

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