In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Krampus is heading to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
- Disney may be replacing The Great Movie Ride with The Great Mickey Ride.
- A whole bunch of Disney Imagineers have been reportedly laid off.
- You can now watch a Frozen stage show on Disney cruise ships.
- Universal Orlando’s Incredible Hulk Coaster is finally open again.
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A large majority of movie posters are forgettable. Most simply use Photoshop to slap some characters together, combine them with some action setpieces, slap on a title and credits, and print them to be displayed at the movie theater. But every now and then some movie posters actually catch our attention, and some of them are actually worthy of being called art. And we’d like to call attention to some of our favorite movie posters of the year by counting down the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2015. Check them out below! Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
This Friday sees the release of Krampus, the second holiday-flavored horror movie from Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty. This film is part of a long cinematic tradition: Santa Claus isn’t what you think he is. That jolly, playful fellow who comes bearing toys for all the good little girls and boys? He’s not here now. Instead, how about a figure who has come bearing punishment for all of the bad children? And, you know, anyone else who gets in his way.
There have been a number of films about “evil” Santas over the years, ranging from versions who are just big jerks to guys who will split your head open with an axe. To celebrate this tradition, this rich, cinematic tapestry of red-suited, white-bearded menace, let’s take a quick tour through some of the more bizarre, brutal, and coal-hearted depictions of St. Nicholas.
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It’s been over eight long years since Mike Dougherty has directed a feature film. The screenwriter, who worked on Superman Returns and X-Men 2, made a wonderful debut picture with Trick ‘r Treat. Now Dougherty’s newest film, Krampus, shares quite a bit in common with his darkly funny Halloween horror movie.
After the jump, watch a Krampus featurette.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
September seems a bit early to start getting swept up in the holiday spirit, but we’ll let Krampus slide. Especially since we’re totally terrified of him. Universal and Legendary have just released the first domestic trailer for the new horror-comedy by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), about a sort of anti-Santa who visits families that have been more naughty than nice. Watch the Krampus trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Earlier today we saw new official images from Krampus, the new film from Trick R Treat writer/director Mike Dougherty. That movie was obviously a Halloween film, while this one follows a slightly troubled family (featuring, among others, Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and Emjay Anthony) as they encounter some Christmas spirits that aren’t all about laughter and jolly well-wishes.
Now here’s the Krampus international trailer — it’s probably the same one we’ll see later this week, only dubbed in Spanish. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you prefer your Christmas cheer with a touch of terror, Krampus may be right up your alley. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), the horror-comedy-fantasy follows a dysfunctional family (played by Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, and more) visited by a magical holiday spirit.
Unfortunately for them, Krampus isn’t a kind and giving entity like Santa Claus, but rather a demon who punishes those who’ve been naughty. Get your Krampus first look after the jump.
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The entire SlashFilm crew is all over San Diego for the rest of the week, and if you’ve been paying attention to the front page, then you already know that we’re covering Comic-Con like crazy. We tossed up some photos of downtown San Diego with the buildings covered in upcoming movies and TV shows, and now we have an inside look at the show floor.
Comic-Con is massive, and it’s impossible to get pictures of everything, so we decided to just get some snapshots of things that we personally thought were cool. Whether it’s unique displays, awesome props, collectible toys, spectacular artwork, we just wanted everyone to see some of the coolest stuff from the show floor.
Check out our Comic Con 2015 showfloor photos after the jump! Read More »
One of the best things about Comic Con is getting up close and personal with objects and costumes designed for many films. Weta Workshop is here with artifacts from Duncan Jones‘s film Warcraft, for example. While waiting to speak to Jones at Legendary’s preview night event, I got a few minutes of private conversation with Richard Taylor, the Weta Workshop founder and creative director whose work with armor and weapons gave such weight to the Lord of the Rings movies.
The work Taylor and Weta have done for Warcraft is spectacular. You can see evidence above — that shot is of a statue of Dominic Cooper’s character King Llane Wrynn, unveiled this evening. We’ve got more shots of Weta’s armor work below, along with a nice chat with Taylor. The armor master says that new digital-enhanced techniques saved the day on Warcraft.
Taylor also brings up Krampus, from Trick R Treat director Michael Dougherty, for which he says about 80% of the effects are practical.
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