Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Another Appearance Announcement. This Time Kelli Maroney!

Have you always wanted to meet Kelli Maroney?

Do you live in or near Los Angeles?

Are you free this Saturday? (You may want to find time if you answered "Yes" to the other two questions.)

Then you're in luck!  Kelli Maroney will be appearing at WhedonCon!  This weekend!  Saturday, May 19th only.

Sorry we're late with the news, gang.  As I understand it, this was a bit of a last minute booking.  Nature of a fast moving business where schedules sometimes change in the blink of an eye.

Quote from the post on Kelli Maroney's Facebook Page:

"Actress Kelli Maroney is coming to #WhedonCon2018. Maroney starred as Samantha Belmont in the 1984 #Horror classic Night of the Comet, a performance which partially inspired the character of Buffy Summers․ Join her at 9am Saturday for her panel "How to Build a Buffy: Joss Whedon's Secret Slayer Ingredient." Autographs and Photo Ops will also be available."

WhedonCon supports a good cause with a portion of the proceeds going to The Lupus Foundation of America and Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center .

Time is short so spread the word.

Check the links for more information.

Keep us posted on appearances so we can share them for you.


Have a tubular weekend everyone.

According to a comment, Kelli Maroney will only be appearing on Saturday, the 19th.
Schedule your visit accordingly.

Friday, May 11, 2018

It's Here! The Tremors Trailer for the Show That Never Was.

There has been talk of a new Tremors series for quite awhile now.  The movie has spawned several sequels, varying in quality, but all fun.  The one ingredient missing from every single sequel and the original Sci-Fi series, has always been Bacon.  No, not the salted meat, the Kevin.

Kevin Bacon starred in the first Tremors, never to return to the franchise, until now.  Except, if this series doesn't get picked up (SyFy apparently gave it a pass after the pilot was shot.)  will we ever see Bacon as Valentine McKee again?

For those who don't remember, Perfection was part of a T.V. series once before.  Back near the start of the Millenium "Tremors the Series" ran for a short 13 episode series.

The show itself wasn't "perfection", but it did what it could to develop the single note "Jaws under the sand" idea for television by branching out with some new monsters and new human protagonists.  The Tremors sequels did much the same thing, but it seemed to work better as movies.

Really though, the missing ingredient was Bacon.  "Everything is better with Bacon" applies to food and movies.  

The news that the new show wasn't picked up has hit fans hard. There's still some hope that we'll get to see the pilot movie and a few fans are keeping a candle lit that Netflix or Amazon will pick up the show.  From the looks of the trailer we're missing out if we don't get to see the finished film.  It kept the humor, the jump scares and the suspense.

I love the homage to the original movie with the half buried car.  I'm not sure people get that the scene in "Lumber vs Jack" (still free for May) with the vines pulling the Jeep underground was partly to GRIM in the movie and partly a nod to "Tremors".

Watch the trailer for  yourself and lament our loss because a television executive didn't want to take a chance on another Graboid series.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Scream Queen Sighting Opportunity in South Florida!

Read the full story here!

I only every got to work with Linnea Quigley once on "Hoodoo for Voodoo" (recently mentioned on the Production Diary Blog ).  Well, for those of you living in South Florida, Popcorn Frights and Savor Cinema are bringing you an opportunity to see her in person as part of a special screening of "The Return of the Living Dead".

Linnea Quigley as "Trash" in "The Return of the Living Dead"

Read all about tomorrow night's (Friday. May 11, 2018) 10 PM screening here:

Enjoy, gang.  Sometimes I miss living in Florida.

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Need an appetizer before the big screening.
Gather some friends in front of your Roku or laptop 

Quite a few are FREE even if you don't subscribe to Prime.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

It's A Contest! And a Discount Code.

Monique Parent is bringing us a fun contest!

For details watch the video and visit the YouTube page to read the rest of the important information.

If you're looking at this blog AFTER June 5, 2018, ignore the contest.  It ends then.  But still visit her channel for more make-up, filmmaking and Monique fun. (And maybe a new contest.)

Visit the link to add to the comment thread.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Who do you want to see in "Threshold"?

"Promote Horror" brings us news today of "Threshold", a new Minotaur Movie.

I am a huge fan of the mythical beast and have yet to see a horror movie make good use of it.  The best designs in a fantasy movie for Minotaurs, in my opinion, were the ones in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" trilogy.  Strong, true bull heads and hooves.  But as cool as they were, they weren't scary.  The sci-fi channel movies I saw with Minotaurs had no human traits.  So, that's really just a giant bull. No fun there.  My enjoyment of this movie will have a lot to do with how well the design of the beast translates to the screen.

I do like the way they plan to modernize it.  Sounds a bit like "Cube" with a monster in it.  Follow the link above for more information.

I didn't see any cast information, so I thought it gives an opportunity here to do a bit of fantasy casting.  Which cult goddesses would you like to see playing among the college students in peril?  Would Debbie Rochon make a good evil college President?  Or what about Monique Parent?

Monique Parent in "Jack vs Laterns"

Post your suggestions below!