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Latest Pictures from Dark Shadows Set

After yesterday’s release about Alice Cooper joining the cast of Dark Shadows, today brings forth a new trio of photos from the set. As you can see, the film features the classic Tim Burton vibe, as if he combined Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

With an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alice Cooper, Eva Green, and Jonny Lee Miller, this film is turning out to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year. May 11 cannot come fast enough.

The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green’s witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.

Alice Cooper Joins the Cast of Dark Shadows

Images continue to leak from the set of Dark Shadows, the upcoming film adaptation of the original 1960s television series. In addition to showcasing Tim Burtons hair, the photos include the original Dark Shadows cast, who are showing their support for the upcoming film.

Also, Alice Cooper is said to have joined the cast of Dark Shadows, and he will be starring as himself in the film. According to The LA Times, Cooper plays himself in the film, which is set in 1972 Depps character, the recently revived vampire Barnabas Collins, hires the rock star to play a private ball at his seaside home in Maine.

The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters May 11, 2012. If you are surprised by the immediacy of that date, you should be the film releases in two months and it doesn’t even have a trailer yet.

Plot synopsis: The story focuses on Collins, who was transformed into a vampire by his jilted lover, Angelique, way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.

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Jane Levy and Bruce Campbell Talk Evil Dead Remake

Previously, we reported that Lily Collins was expected to star in the Evil Dead remake. However, according to HitFix.com, Lily Collins is out and Jane Levy, star of the TV series Suburgatory, is now taking over the role.

Introducing: Jane Levy.

In an article recently released on TheInsider, Jane Levy expressed her feelings on the project: I’m so excited, she said. I’m a big fan of the original. To me its the scariest movie, ever. But this one is really different. They’ve changed it a lot, but its still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably cant see it.

While Levys claim of gore may scare away her mother, diehard fans are still worried that the remake will tarnish the originals image. FrightCatalog.com fans have already openly shown their distaste through comments made on articles previously covering the films updates.

Levy (left); Campbell (right).

But hold on a minute. Before people continue whipping themselves into a foamy rage, look at who’s producing and lending their creative direction to the remake: Bruce Campbell (star of the original) and Sam Raimi (writer and director of the original), the two heavy hitters who made the original such an astonishing piece of work [citation]. There was no cloak-and-dagger plan to oust Bruce Campbell from the role as lead actor. Quite the contrary, in fact, for Bruce has been part of the project all along.

We are going to remake it. The first one,Bruce told BloodDisgusting, back in November of 2011. And people are a little iffy about that [but] we wanted to remake a movie with better effects and we’re better at telling stories now Theres no Ash character and that pisses people off [but] we didnt want to have the direct comparison. I wouldnt want to put an actor in that position.

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So we have a level-headed Bruce Campbell using his cinematic experience to guide the films direction and a star who is excited to take on the role of a new Evil Dead lead character. But can we really expect a thrilling remake of what is one of the most iconic cult classics of all time? Lets go back to Bruce:

You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie, said Bruce Campbell, to TheInsider. Theres no Ash character The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so its a remake, or a re-imagining or a re-whatever word you want to use. Its going to be re-scary.

Not everyone will agree, though, that the original was meant to be a frightening experience. Sure, Evil Dead was pitched as a horror film, but the low-budget backing of the film made for some hilarious moments. And according to what Jane Levy told TheInsider, she agrees:  I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I dont know that they meant it to be funny this [remake] is not funny. Its definitely dark.

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No one can deny that we live in an age of rehashed, recycled, and remade films. (There are 10 Halloween films. Nightmare on Elm Street was remade in 2010. The Thing saw a half-assed prequel emerge in 2011. The list goes on and on.) But, based on what Campbell and Levy said, the Evil Dead remake/re-imagining/re-whatever may be a closer-to-home telling of the original story, without the low-budget special effects hindering the film’s vision.

If Campbell and Raimi are seriously putting their necks on the line with this remake, all we can do is cheer them on and hope they don’t ruin their reputations. The film is rumored to hit theaters on April 12, 2013.

Good luck, guys.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – The First Trailer

Today marks the first official trailer release for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. If Bekmambetov’s name does not sound familiar, he’s the director behind such action-packed movies as Wanted (2008), Day Watch (2006), and Night Watch (2004). The film is currently scheduled for release on July 22, 2012.

Synopsis: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.

Now onto the good stuff!

Fox Rejects Proposed $80 Million Frankenstein Film

A script for a new Frankenstein film has been kicking around since August of last year. The writer behind the script is Max Landis, the same writer who produced the recent blockbuster film Chronicle. Landis’ script is said to have utilized more science fiction tropes than the traditional Mary Shelley story.

Shawn Levy, director behind Real Steel, Night at the Museum, and Date Night, was expected to take creative charge on the film, transforming the script into a cinematic experience.

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However, according to Vulture, …Fox recently balked at making Levys planned remake of Frankenstein at an $80 million budget… Since Chronicle only held a budget of $15 million, one can see why Fox would be so hesitant to fund an $80 million project that’s quite a leap of finances, no matter how well Chronicle did in theaters. So, for now, we must remain content with traditional Frankenstein costumes, but maybe soon we’ll see some science fiction cyborg Frankenstein groaning onto the silver screen.

900 Pounds of Butterfingers Left in Copley Square, Boston

In a remarkable marketing stunt, Pawngo.com left 900 pounds of Butterfingers candy bars in Copley Square, Boston. Next to the pile of candy, a sign read, Thank you Wes Welker Pawngo.com.

Clearly, the company is calling out Welker, the wide receiver for the Patriots, who dropped a crucial pass late in last Sundays Super Bowl game. And it doesnt take a rocket scientist to see what the message here is: Pawngo.com thinks Welker is all Butterfingers.

The company put out a Twitter message, We’re giving Boston a late morning snack to get over Sundays loss #butterfingers.

Here’s a picture of people clamoring for their Butterfingers:

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If you’re in Boston, go get yourself a late snack!

The World of Horror Loses Two Members

According to Dread Central, Bill Hinzman, best known as Zombie #1 in George Romeros Night of the Living Dead, passed away yesterday. He was 75, and had been fighting against cancer.

If you have not seen Romeros Night of the Living Dead, Hinzman is the zombie shambling through the graveyard in this scene:

In addition to Hinzmans infamous role as the original Romero zombie, he also worked on such films as Theres Always Vanilla, The Crazies, and Hungry Wives. In 1988, Hinzman wrote, edited, directed, and starred in Flesh Eater, in which he plays the same role as Zombie #1 from Night of the Living Dead. Hinzman was a frequent attendant of the Halloween convention circuit, often attending in costume as the famed Romero zombie.

Josephine Streiner, another actress in Romeros Night of the Living Dead, also passed away today. Josephine played another of the many ghouls within the film, and it is her car that Barbara wrecked while trying to escape the graveyard where Hinzman first appeared.

Both of these individuals will be greatly missed, for they contributed to one of horrors greatest films. From all of us at FrightCatalog.com, we wish their families peace and solace.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

If you were alive during the 1960s, you may remember a day-time Gothic soap opera named Dark Shadows. The show featured werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches, time travel, parallel universes, warlocks, man-made monsters, and all sorts of other supernatural Halloween costumes. Although the show originally aired in 1966, it did not attract true mainstream attention until one year later, when vampire Barnabas Collins joined the cast of characters.

Due to the shows day-time schedule, the show amassed more episodes (1,225) in its five-year lifespan than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre television shows, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek franchise. In 2007, Dark Shadows ranked #23 on TV Guides Top Cult Shows Ever list.

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Johnny Depp starring as Barnabas Collins.

Now, nearly fifty years later, the series is set to see a silver-screen revival, with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp leading the theatrical project. This is another of many films Burton and Depp have worked on together, previously including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007),and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

The Dark Shadows cinematic release is scheduled for May 11, 2012 so only just around the corner. Not much is known about the actual plotline of the film, other than the general plot synopsisA gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

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And, of course, Depp has again taken to visually transforming himself for the role of a character. We saw him become madness and mayhem as the Mad Hatter, eccentricity and genius as Willy Wonka, and horror and despair as Sweeny Todd. Now Depp brings us the sophisticated elegance of a Victorian vampire, as Barnabas Collins.

But Depps thrill of becoming a character goes further than merely playing dress-up. In fact, Colleen Atwood, the woman behind Depps Barnabas Collins costume, says, [Depp] has it in contract that he gets to keep all his costumes.Each and every costume Johnny Depp has ever worn for a film is archived in his Santa Monica showroom.

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The cast.

Will the silver-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows attract the same cult status as the original series? Come May 11, 2012, we’ll find out.

Halloween Expo 2012

Hello Fright Fans,

As stated on our Facebook yesterday, the FrightCatalog gang is down here in Houston, Texas, covering Halloween Expo 2012. But since we’d be nothing without our faithful customers, we want to share the experience with you! So, here’s the first update of the convention:

The Expo opened at 8 AM, but they wouldn’t let anyone in until 9 AM, so we all just stood around for an hour. Nothing really happened. Some people mingled, attractive models in skimpy costumes walked through the crowd, and that’s pretty much it. Here’s a video of the entrance:

Once inside, I wandered over to the California Costume Collections booth, where I found this astonishing vampire mask and wings costume:

Yup, the wings move on their own. It blew my mind how cool these would be to wear around. Technology is definitely entering the Halloween industry, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store.

Also in the California Costume Collections booth were these Get Your Zombie On! costume kits:

Each kit includes the necessary makeup and accessories to transform your face into a ghoulish horror, as seen on the models above the displayed kits. Simple, easy-to-apply, and perfect for any zombie-loving Halloween fan.

But enough about California Costume Collections and their sweet products. I wanted to find some high quality weapons, and the Charades booth definitely delivered:

As you can see in the video, I squeezed the hell out of that foam hammer and it didn’t budge an inch. A Charades representative said they make the weapons specifically to give the wielder some heft, because “lightweight weapons don’t feel awesome enough.” The hammer, for example, has a metal rod running through the handle. No cheap materials, no unsatisfied customers, that’s the way to run a Halloween business.

Next I set my sights on the Forum Novelties booth, but I barely made it away from Charades when this terrifying attraction caught my attention:

That’s a 15′ clown costume worn by the president of Beyond Sales. The costume is fully moveable – wrists, arms, head, back, legs – and the president claims to have snowboarded down a mountain while wearing it. On the table is a DVD player showing clips of him rollerblading around Vancouver, Washington.

Then I finally made my way over to Forum Novelties, where they showed me their latest line of Halloween monster masks:

I had a good laugh when I saw the Obama mask at the end of the line. A political monster is still a monster, I guess, depending on your views.

And lastly, while heading away from the booths to write up this post, I stumbled upon what I can only call the “Demon Baby Ring of Death”:

So, that’s it for now, Fright Fans, but there will be plenty more coming up later today and tomorrow. If you want to see anything specific, like more vampire or zombie stuff, drop us a comment and we’ll check it out.

Columbia Pictures to Turn Goosebumps Books into Big-Screen Film

In May 2008, Columbia Pictures snagged the rights to more than 50 Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine. Since then, the studio has been looking for the right director, writers, and producers.

But according to recent news released on HollywoodReporter.com, Columbia Pictures is now closing a deal with Darren Lemke, the writer behind Jack the Giant Killer, to pen the big-screen adaptation of these childrens horror books.

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The producers behind the film are Neal Moritz, along with Sony-based Original Film group, and Deborah Forte, a member of Scholastic Entertainment.

Known for its classic sci-fi/horror stories, Goosebumps has helped bring horror to countless children, without stuffing in the usual horror tropes of gore, sex, and blood. Adult horror books often leave whole sections to describing dead bodies and body parts, while Goosebumps seeks to make its audience laugh, not cringe.

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While it is unclear as to which of the Goosebumps books will see big-screen action, it is clear that these studios are taking their time with its creation. One can only hope that the finished product is worth the Goosebumps name.