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Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm are back, but although Don Coscarelli produced and co-wrote the film, it’s being directed by the other writer on the project, David Hartman, who, come to think of it, I believe I’m watching on DeviantArt. No bloomin’ wonder he hasn’t uploaded much new artwork recently!
Here’s a question for you… What has a remote cabin from which all means of escape have been cut off, point of view shots of something rampaging through the woods making freaky noises, a book of spells and incantations, something nasty hiding in the cellar and a disembodied hand attempting to throttle someone?
The World Beyond is the second of two pilot episodes of an occult detective television series, starring Granville Van Dusen as Paul Taylor, a sports writer who develops the ability to communicate with the dead after a near-fatal motorcycle accident.
The first pilot, The World of Darkness, premiered on CBS in April of 1977. The World Beyond followed on January 27th, 1978 and also stars Barnard Hughes, (Grandpa in Lost Boys), and JoBeth Williams, (Diane Freeling in Poltergeist). Yep, that’s right – There’s someone called J. Williams in this.
The World Beyond appeared on television at precisely the moment Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were conducting ‘research’ for their first foray into the horror genre. Coincidence? Judge for yourself. It’s just under 50 minutes long…
“The book served as a passageway to the evil worlds beyond…” (ooh, what a giveaway).
In case you’re wondering, ‘Sweded’ films are amateur recreations of popular films using limited resources. The term comes from 2008 comedy film, “Be Kind, Rewind”, in which a video rental store has its entire stock accidentally wiped. The tapes need to quickly be replaced, which Jack Black and Mos Def’s characters do by re-filming the movies and then claiming they are ‘Swedish’ versions.
YouTube has lots of examples of genuine fakes, inspired by this idea. Here’s a relatively recent one…
The live action adaptation of the controversial Speed Date from the 2010 edition of Hallowscream, (previously mentioned HERE), is now available to view online, so here it is. It’s probably not for the squeamish among you..
A short Film by Alan Rogers.
Starring Alan Rogers and Gráinne O’Sullivan. Shot and Edited by Shane Robinson.
Sound by Sean Markey. Assistant Director – Vonnie Durran.
Based on a comic written by Derrick Domican.
Music by Luminous Black.
Featuring members of No Drama Theatre.
The drawings in the closing credits are from the original strip and are by Liam Matthew Byrne.
War ensues between the forces of good and evil as Hellboy finally confronts the Queen of Blood one on one, setting the stage for a new chapter in Hellboy’s life!
Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo conclude an epic collaboration that began in Hellboy: Darkness Calls!
Based on the Dark Horse comics series Hellboy: The Fury.
There’s a great sound track to these movies that add a new level of interest to the whole proceedings. However, there seems to be a lot of mixed reactions over the voice actors, and whether of not these videos are actually any good. Tell us what you think.
Speed Date, the controversial comic strip which appeared in the 2010 edition of Hallowscream, (and gained an equally unpleasant sequel in the recent 2011 issue), is now also a short film. It had its first public screening at this year’s annual Irish Film Institute Horrorthon.
Speed Kills, (the original title was already taken), is adapted from Dirk Van Dom’s original comic strip by Alan Rogers, who also produces, directs and stars as the depraved protagonist, Tucker.
You can show your support and find out about further screenings, and all the other information you’d care to know, on the official Facebook page HERE.
This short film is a fan made adaptation of Ben Templesmith’s werewolf comic published by IDW Welcome to Hoxford. Directed by Julien Mokrani. Written & Artistic Coordination by Samuel Bodin. With Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher & Arben Bajraktaraj. This movie is so well made it’s impossible not to be impressed by it. It’s highly stylized which suits the movie as it’s only 20 minutes long. However, the short length does leave you wanting to see a complete adaptation of the comic.
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