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Monday, 30 August 2021
Sunday, 29 August 2021
The first three episodes of the live-action adaptation of the famous comic book series Y: The Last Man drop on Disney Plus in the UK on Wednesday, September 22.
I never read the comics (there's only so much time and so many comics every month), but I'm getting a Walking Dead meets (the reverse of) The Handmaid's Tale vibe, so I'm in.
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Friday, 27 August 2021
For me this is also a sign that no matter what the naysayers say the superhero movie is here to stay, as it is, in essence, the new Western, the new American mythology.
Sure, it may fade from box office dominance when the next big trend is unearthed, but, like the Western before it, the superhero genre isn't going anywhere.
Anyway, Apache Junction looks great and I can't wait to see it.
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
In less than two weeks, a new Marvel Legend will rise.
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits cinemas on September 3.
I hope those of you who see it on the big screen have a great time.
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Sunday, 22 August 2021
The UK release of A24's stylish retelling of the legend of The Green Knight was postponed due to the pandemic and, as far as I can figure, has not yet been rescheduled.
A hugely ironic situation since the story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is a cornerstone of British mythology, yet we appear to be the only country in the world where the movie has no definite release date!
Here then is a five-minute preview (above) and another scene from the movie to keep us eager fans vaguely satisfied until we hear more news on this film.
Further to my vague ramblings about HP Lovecraft and the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game the other day, publisher Chaosium has announced the acquisition of Cubicle 7's wildly popular, but long out of print, Cthulhu Britannica and World War Cthulhu lines.
Both lines were produced - under licence from Chaosium - by Cubicle 7 for previous editions of Call of Cthulhu between 2009 and 2017.
Chaosium's statement explains:
"Cthulhu Britannica was produced under license from Chaosium from 2009-2017. Cubicle 7 released twelve titles that explored the Cthulhu Mythos in the British Isles.There's never really a bad time to jump on board the Call of Cthulhu train, but now seems a particularly fruitful period.
The World War Cthulhu line was also published under license, from 2013 - 2017. Eight titles were released focussing on the Cthulhu Mythos in conflicts of the 20th Century including World War 2 and the Cold War.
Both lines received critical acclaim and won multiple awards. Cubicle 7's Call of Cthulhu license wound up at the end of 2017.
Chaosium plans to rerelease these lines for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, with all-new layout and art. New titles are also planned for each. No release dates have been announced."
Saturday, 21 August 2021
Coming in November, the next Marvel's Voices one-shot, Heritage, celebrates Indigenous and First Nations creators and characters, turning the spotlight on new and established Indigenous writers and artists, including talents who contributed to the first Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices title last year.
Marvel Comics' announcement states:
Get the full story behind River, the mysterious stranger from the pages of New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse’s new Echo series; discover Snowguard’s greatest hopes and fears in a tale by celebrated filmmaker and Snowguard co-creator Nyla Innuksuk; enjoy astounding artwork from returning pencilers David Cutler and Jim Terry; and look out for future announcements with brand-new talent making their Marvel Comics debuts! Plus, purépecha artist Maria Wolf, who made a splash with her first Marvel cover last year, returns for a whole line of variants celebrating Indigenous characters!Don't forget Marvel's Voices: Identity, highlighting the publisher's Asian heroes and creators is released this Wednesday (August 25).
|Cover art by Julius Ohta|
We are all well-aware, from bitter experience, the heartache caused by emotionally investing in any ongoing series from the Archie Horror line (oh, Afterlife With Archie, wherefore art thou?), but you can't go wrong with a Halloween-ish one-shot.
Due in stores on November 3, Chilling Adventures in Sorcery is a spiritual successor to last year's great Madam Satan one-shot.
Madam Satan is our tour guide into this horrific world exploring the underbelly of Riverdale and its surrounding areas!
Madam Satan is trying to escape Hell. She goes through the circles of Hell in reverse.
Along the way she meets lost/tortured souls who tell their stories - like that of Archie Andrews, who accepted a seemingly normal job as the nighttime security shift at Riverdale’s local pizzeria and children’s mascot entertainment venue. Only to learn that the venue harbours a deep, dark, robotic, monstrous secret!
And then there’s Jughead Jones, a teen who never met a food he didn’t like. Until now. What is that eerie noise coming from the kitchen…?
All that plus more bonus frightful content sure to delight all Archie horror fans!Check out the Archie Comics website for more details on this title, some sample artwork, and promises from the Senior Director of Editorial, Jamie L Rotante, about the future of the Archie Horror line.
|Variant cover by Francesco Francavilla|
When someone from their past returns to exact revenge, the Powerpuff Girls must unite to save Townsville. But are they strong enough to defeat this new menace? Or is Townsville doomed?While the "official" live-action Powerpuff Girls show is going nowhere fast, the industrious Chris .R. Notarile has released his second Powerpuff Girls fan film this week.
Friday, 20 August 2021
I even started - and I stress "started" - to read the new 7th edition of Chaosium's evergreen Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, a game that has, in some form or another, been in my collection from my earliest years of gaming, yet I've only played a couple of times.
I'm also reading, and thoroughly enjoying, the Arkham Horror books from Aconyte. These are the first novels I've been able to focus on (with my failing eyesight and brain damage) for a couple of years. I've found the combination of their pacey, pulp, style and the natural sunlight in our garden has reignited the reader in me.
Technically, the books are based on the Arkham Horror boardgame, but that - in turn - is based upon HP Lovecraft's Arkham and his Cthulhu Mythos cycle of horror yarns.
From the moment I discovered the writing of Lovecraft - just before the first edition of Call of Cthulhu made its way to our shores - I've been inspired by his take on horror and mythology.
Over the decades I've been a dabbler in books associated with Lovecraftian horror, as well as the history of the 1920s (and the more Indiana Jones spin on the 1930s), and while books have come and gone from my collection, I still retain a fair few - and continue to add to my Lovecraftian library as well.
Lovecraftian horror has touched everything from my taste in movies, the periods of history I dig into to, right up to my world-building for roleplaying games, and yet I've never really explored the game so intimately connected with his writings.
Perhaps it's about time that changed.
In this unsettling ghost story, Leah, 10, lives in a large, old house with her family but can’t quite work out why her mother seems so distant.
At night she is visited by a mysterious guest, who might be able to give her some answers.
With a new challenge every night, Leah is rewarded with bits of knowledge that, when pieced together, threaten to shine a dangerous light on both the truth in her nightmares and of the world she lives in.
Written and directed by Ruth Platt. Starring Denise Gough, Anastasia Hille and Steven Cree.
Premieres September 9 on Shudder
In last year’s Season 2 finale of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, the appearance of a young Luke Skywalker was one of the biggest reveals and best-kept secrets of the acclaimed show thus far.
The story of the cutting-edge technology used to bring Luke back is the subject of a special extra episode of Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Watch the new clip, featuring fan-favorite Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, from the Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Making of the Season 2 Finale.
The second season of The Mandalorian was recognized with 24 nominations at this year’s Emmy awards, including Best Drama Series.
Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Making of the Season 2 Finale will premiere on August 25 exclusively on Disney+.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
Given the ridiculously over-the-top man-child tears shed over Kevin Smith's recent "adult" Masters of The Universe show, I can only imagine the meltdowns this kid-friendly abomination will provoke.
Personally, I have no skin in the game. I was too old for He-Man toys and the original cartoon when they first came around, and it's only ever been of peripheral interest in recent times.
I thought Kevin Smith's - as yet not concluded, bear in mind - effort was an interesting spin on a very simplistic storyline, but not particularly well written, however this new CG eye-melting Masters of The Universe effort just looks like a cheap mobile game, with even less connection to the source material.
A New Chapter of Gothic HorrorWhen I heard that the team behind the pair of excellent period Lovecraftian adaptations were taking a contemporary stab at HPL's mythos, I was initially uncertain until I saw that trailer.
From the filmmakers of The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness
Black Goat is an eight episode gothic horror television series inspired by the work of author H.P. Lovecraft.
Lovecraft wrote his own unique brand of fiction. His tales have inspired generations of artists and helped shape pop culture. Blending gothic traditions with science fiction, Lovecraft’s imagination created a world within our world, an entire mythology, one haunted by ancient gods, incipient madness, alien races, lost cultures, forbidden books, and mad scientists.
Although Lovecraft is long since gone, he enjoys one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, one that is always hungry for more content. Our goal with Black Goat is to create all new original stories that exist entirely in the vibrant universe he created, and continue to entertain his millions of followers around the world.
Yes, they've definitely nailed it and I can't wait to be able to see Black Goat - however it gets released to the general viewing public.
The pilot episode, The 6000 Steps, has its world premiere tomorrow (August 20) at The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Providence.
The series, inspired by The Thing on The Doorstep, spans 400 years, with this first 44-minute episode being set in 2019.
I hope I'm wrong, but the two trailers we've been treated to for Eternals are giving off distinct vibes of The Inhumans, Marvel's flop TV show that nobody talks about now.
These are the first Marvel Cinematic Universe trailers I can recall that didn't instantly fire me up with my usual levels of unbounded geeky excitement.
It certainly doesn't help that both trailers ended with a "zinger" that failed to land.
The only element of this trailer that really piqued my interest was the fleeting suggestion of Celestial involvement, so I guess we'll have to wait and see if Eternals exceeds my current low expectations.
Beginning just before his debut as Frankenstein’s creation, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster compellingly explores the life and legacy of a cinema legend, presenting a perceptive history of the genre he personified.
His films were long derided as hokum and attacked by censors. But his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endures, inspiring some of our greatest actors and directors into the 21st Century – among them Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Roger Corman & John Landis all of whom and many more contribute their personal insights and anecdotes.
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
As jazzed as I am about seeing Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (and that's a lot!), I'm more than content to wait for Disney's 45-day window to expire and for the film to come to Disney Plus.
I want to support the film, and I want t see it, but I want to watch it (legally) at home.
I've waited this long to see a Shang-Chi movie, I can wait another month and a half.
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Reimagine the galaxy with Star Wars Visions, an original series featuring stories from seven visionary Japanese anime studios, streaming September 22 on Disney PlusWow! That's gorgeous.
Imagine how much better Marvel Studios' What If...? would have looked if they'd gone down this varied route rather than sticking with the clunky Rotoscopesque approach they chose.
After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague.
The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of.
A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the chaos. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only "The Sadness".
"Rob Jabbaz's debut feature film ... is premiering at the 74th Locarno International Film Festival and is scheduled to traumatize audiences at Montreal’s Fantasia, (the only film that the festival has attributed a trigger warning), Austin’s Fantastic Fest and Closing night at London’s Frightfest, with more festivals to come!"
Saturday, 14 August 2021
|Down, But Not Out!|
In case you hadn't realised, HeroPress is on a bit of a break at present. Yes, I'm still posting the occasional film clip/trailer and scheduled eye-candy posts are still popping up, but my regular focus on the blog has been put on the back burner.
Beyond sundry health issues, I'm also in one of my dark funks about numerous issues ranging from the state of the world to what should I be doing with my roleplaying game hobby.
None of this brooding does my health any great service, but one tends to feed the other in a grim death spiral until I can claw my way out the other side.
I like to think that HeroPress will return (sooner rather than later), although the fact that no one seems to have noticed my absence in recent weeks makes me question that determination.
I could wax on, self-indulgently, about what's going on in my head at present but the truth is I can't be bothered to waste my time or yours.