Though the sequel Halloween 2 opened to poor reviews and a notably smaller amount of boxoffice revenue, The Weinstein Company is moving ahead with a third entry in the rebooted Halloween movie franchise for release next summer.
Entitled Halloween 3-D, the film marks the first time the long-running horror series has delivered a 3-D entry. Unlike the previous two gore-soaked Rob Zombie-directed films, the studio is already in negotiations with a new director according to The Los Angeles Times.
Though they won't name who, the director has experience in the genre and has a "different take" on the franchise.
The move is not unsurprising, Halloween 2 opened in third place this weekend with $17.4 million, easily trounced by the 3-D-heavy The Final Destination 3-D with $28.3 million. In comparison 2007's Halloween scored a $31 million opening weekend and $58 million total.
preview reels were issued by View-Master®
in the early 1950's to promote the release of
several 3-D and "flat" movies. The movie
companies allowed View-Master® photographers
on the filming sets. National Screen Service distributed
the reels and a special lighted lobby display
viewing cabinet (made of painted sheet metal)
allowing movie-goers to preview the film with
realistic 3-D pictures.
The "Lost" Creature
View-Master® Movie Preview
The View-Master® Movie Preview Reels were also issued on sets of 14 high quality 35mm 2x2 slides by a company named 3-D Enterprises.
Here are several scenes showing the filming of Universal Pictures' The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Cameraman Charles ("Scotty") Wlbourne designed the lightweight, water-proof 3-D camera unit used for the underwater sequences.
The Varese Sarabande CD club releases limited edition soundtracks. One of the releases is the soundtrack for the 3-D film Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. The CD featuring music composed by Elmer Bernstein is a limited edition of 3,000 copies.
The 1983 score to the 3-D production Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone is a powerful and adventurous score. It was Bernstein’s valiant contribution to the post Star Wars science fiction craze.
Billed by executive producer Ivan Reitman as a “space adventure with a sense of humor,” Spacehunter stars Peter Strauss as Wolff, a wily salvage pilot and interstellar mercenary. Lured into rescuing a trio of space maidens marooned on a faraway, plague-ravaged planet, Wolff battles a wild assortment of monsters and mutants with his adolescent tracker, Niki, played by Molly Ringwald.
Bernstein’s score is a muscular work. Laden with martial percussion and featuring a heroic main theme, the score is not without one of the composer’s typically lovely themes, in this case inspired by Ringwald’s character Niki, which is treated to a variety of touching, delicate and soaring interpretations.
The score is an enormous amount of fun and has long been one of the most requested works from one of the composer’s most exciting creative periods.
Screen Gems is going forward with a fourth Underworld movie and this time the vampires and werewolves will be in 3-D. Rumor has it fourth film will be the first in a new trilogy about Selene, played in the original version by Kate Beckinsale. The film is slated to be in theatres Jan. 21, 2011.
The trailer for Ju-On creator Takashi Shimizu's latest dive into the terror deep, The Shock Labyrinth in 3-D, is now available (in Japanese). You can vavigate through the online haunted house to find the trailer, but it is also written in Japanese.
Back in April 2009, Asmik Ace Entertainment revealed their 2009-2010 lineup and included a Takashi Shimizu film tentatively called 3-D Thriller Project with no additional details at that time.
The concept of the film was taken from the Senritsu Meikyu amusement park attraction at Fuji-Q High Land located near Mt. Fuji. The haunted house has set the Guinness world record for "The Longest Horror House Walk-Through" and served as a primary shooting location.
The film is set for an October 2009 release date in Japan.
The most famous monster to star in 3-D films is The Gill Man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Thousands of collectibles are available featuring our favorite fish-man. Are you a Gillie?...and do you have these recent and vintage items in your collection?
Ever wonder where the artwork comes from to promote movies for newspaper ads? From nearly the time movies were invented, pressbooks have been issued to promote the films. The pressbook usually has articles, promotional ideas, publicity photos, samples of available movie posters, lobby cards and other promotional materials and clipart advertising. The Creature from the Black Lagoon presskit touted a View-Master® movie preview reel available to promote the movie.
Today, printed pressbooks and presskits (deluxe press materials with glossy stills, slides, bios and behind the scenes articles) have been replaced with electronic press materials making these old media monsters even more desireable.
Music for Monsters, Munsters,
Mummies and Other TV Fiends
Monster Sounds and Dance Music - Frankie Stein and His Ghouls
Monster Melodies - Frankie Stein and His Ghouls
Famous Monsters Speak
Dracula's Greatest Hits - Front Cover
Dracula's Greatest Hits - Back cover
Dracula's Greatest Hits
- 15 Monsters Cards
This was an LP of parody songs done
by Gene Moss who was a comic/character actor,
mimic, scriptwriter and puppeteer who hosted one
of Los Angeles' most popular kids TV comedy shows.
Mr. Moss hosted Shrimpenstein weekday
evenings on KJH (now KCAL) Ch. 9 during the late
1960's. Co-starring in the series was comedy scribe
Jim Thurman (who would go on to greater fame as
one of the writers on M*A*S*H).
These Ghoulish Things Horror Hits for Halloween
Ben Cooper produced several various Creature Halloween masks over the years. Here are a few examples of masks and box art with creature features.
Ben Cooper Creature Halloween Costume
Ben Cooper Creature Halloween Costume
Creature on Ben Cooper Box
Collegeville Creature Halloween Mask
Aurora Glow Creature Model (1970s)
Monogram Creature Model
Remco Mini-Monster Play Case
Remco Creature on card
Remco Creature Monsters At Home Hand Puppet
Marvel Comics Creature Mask
AHI (Azrak-Hamway International) Creature Jiggler
Bandai Super Deformed Creature
Creature Punk Rock Metal Belt Buckle
Creature Shrunken Head
Polar Lights Aurora Frightening Four Monsters Model Kits
Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine No. 28
Click for a great set of 3-D Creature images created by Kerry Gammill for his Monster Kid Online Magazine Web site.
The View-Master® Monster Gift Pak included Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and Godzilla on the cannister art. Send us an e-mail if you know what reels were inside this cannister.
The original 1968 version of the mother of all zombie films, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, has risen from the dead, literally, as the film's 3-D conversion is complete and its world premiere is now set. San Diego based 3-D producer PassmoreLab, in conjunction with the Johnny Ramone Army, has confirmed that the World Premiere of the movie will take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, as a part of the 5th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute.
"Johnny was a huge horror movie buff, and Night of the Living Dead was one of his top 10 horror film favorites of all time. We've started a tradition screening some of Johnny's favorite movies, paired in a double feature with vintage Ramones concerts each year at the annual tribute," said John Cafiero, Chief of Staff of the Johnny Ramone Army. "We are working with PassmoreLab on another project, and it was just great timing and a perfect fit to show Night of the Living Dead 3-D for the very first time at the tribute. You couldn't ask for a better setting… It's going to be spectacular."
Night of the Living Dead, originally shot in black and white more than 40 years ago, was painstakingly restored, colorized and converted, frame by frame into full 3-D using Passmorelab's proprietary technology. The process, which took over 12 months to complete at a cost greater than the film's original production budget, was no small feat.
"I am a huge fan of this movie, and so it had to be done with complete precision," said Greg Passmore, president of PassmoreLab. "We love the genre and as cult classics go, this is mother of them all. If you are going to convert a horror classic, this is the one you want to see in 3-D."
Night of the Living Dead is perhaps one of the greatest low budget cult movies ever made and is certainly one of the most influential. Its brutally harrowing documentary-style shooting can be seen in many latter-day films including The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, which earned hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide, respectively.
Night of the Living Dead was #9 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. In 2001, the American Film Institute (AFI) named the film to a list of 100 important thrillers.
"We think fans of the film, young and old, will really like zombies in 3-D," said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab's head of Branding and Distribution. "For the purists out there, this is the original film, converted into 3-D for everyone to enjoy again, but now in 3-D for the first time. The fact that we are premiering it at the cemetery will just add to the history of the film and its enduring legacy as one of the greatest of all time."
The World Premiere of Night of the Living Dead 3-D and the Johnny Ramone Tribute event are open to the public for a $10 per person minimum donation entrance fee with net proceeds benefiting the Johnny Ramone prostate cancer research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Gates for the event will open at 5:30pm, and picnic dinners, drinks (including alcohol), pillows, blankets and small chairs are permitted. Attendees of the event will get free commemorative 3-D glasses upon entering. Celebrity guest speakers will be in attendance and autograph signings will be scheduled with sole surviving founding member, Ramones drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, and youngest member CJ Ramone. Rare memorabilia will be exhibited along with an art show (curated by Barbara Ramone), of original paintings by the legendary Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone, who will receive special homage at the event, as well. Opening featurettes include animated music videos from the Johnny Ramone Army and Osaka Popstar, presented for the first time anywhere in 3-D by PassmoreLab. The evening concludes with a vintage Ramones concert shot in 1977 entitled Its Alive" and the world premiere of Night of the Living Dead 3-D.
"Johnny felt this movie was shot amazingly and looked genuinely scary," said Linda Ramone, wife of the legendary guitarist. "He would have been thrilled that the 3-D version of the original Night of the Living Dead had its world premiere at his tribute. He loved horror movies and he loved the polarized 3-D exhibits, so experiencing one of his favorite films that way is something Johnny would have really enjoyed. It's perfect for the event."
Night of the Living Dead 3-D can be seen in selected U.S. theatres and in wide release in 3-D theatres in Europe, starting in October. Night of the Living Dead 3-D will be available in anaglyphic DVD on Amazon.com by Christmas, and a 3-D TV version will be available when 3-D BluRay becomes commercially available.
It's not R2-D2, it's a little bit nuts and it has stereoscopic vision. Meet Radford. Radford has a retro View-Master® for a head and an antique English tin for a body. A roller skate, faucet, valve and tongs make up the rest of the piece.
Radford is the mad creation of Florida-based artist Will Wagenaar. Wagenaar constantly scours yard sales and flea markets for discarded objects that he transforms into playful creations. Wagenaar's robot sculptures, all recycled and bolted together, seem at once antique and futuristic.
"My inspiration comes from the materials themselves and the linkage of objects," Wagenaar says. "The human condition is also my inspiration. I use robots to illuminate all the problems, predicaments, and personalities of real people."
See more of the artist's creations at his photostream.
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Now you can invite your child's favorite monsters over for some birthday fun, in cool-to-see 3-D! The Monsters vs. Aliens birthday party kit Includes 8 invitations, 3-D dinner plates, 3-D cups, forks, spoons, activity placemats, 16 napkins, Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D tablecover, 3-D centerpiece, mylar balloon, 18 balloons (3 colors), curling ribbon (3 colors), crepe paper rolls (3 colors), star confetti and cake candles.
Each party favors kit includes a pair of 3-D glasses (for viewing 3-D effects on 3-D items in the party packs), a laser spinner, and Airheads® candy, plus a Monsters vs. Aliens mask, disc launcher and sticker sheet. The items can be purchased separately or in a deluxe package.
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon has two new stereoscopic events scheduled
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.
Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for Adults (over 12) is $4. Save with the $7 rate for families.
Saturday, Oct. 24, the Niagara Falls library's local history collection will be highlighted in a special program, Niagara in 3-D, presented by Andrew Porteus, manager of reference and information services.
Stereograph images of Niagara Falls have been scanned and incorporated into a slide show. Stereographs were common from the late 1800s on and were basically two pictures viewed as one, similar to the View-Master® toy still enjoyed today.
You will need 3-D glasses to appreciate the photos and they will be supplied for the program.
Andrew will also give a general overview and introduction to the historic Niagara digital collection, which is available through the Web site.
The collection is a comprehensive index of selected resources available in the local history collection at the Niagara Falls Public Library. This site will provide you with a starting point for any research - whether it is researching a family history, local events or an important figure in Niagara's history.
A Duplex Super 120 Stereo Camera sold for $500 with one bid. This unusual stereo camera for 120 film was made in about 1957 by the ISO Company in Milan, Italy. According to the seller, the camera is in near new condition and works perfectly. The original instructions are in Italian.
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