Big Trouble In Little China Remake Is Now A Sequel.

Will Kurt Russell return? That’s the first question on everyone’s lips now that details have emerged that the Big Trouble In Little China, (BTILC) remake will now be a straight up sequel to the 1986 cult classic.

When a new BTILC movie was announced back in 2005 many fans balked at the idea of a remake. The Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was cast and it looked like concerns about a remake were to be confirmed. However producer Hiram Garcia recently told Collider  that the movie would be a continuation of the original:

“There’s a lot of things going on with Big Trouble in Little China. We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China. You can’t remake a classic like that, so what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story. We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China.

“Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun. We’re actually in a really great space with the story that we’ve cracked. But yeah, no remake. It is a continuation, and we are deep into development on that as well, and I think you’ll start hearing some things about that probably soon.”

So with that revelation will fans get to see Kurt Russell side-by-side with the The Rock battling Lo Pan’s Chinatown’s supernatural foes?

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Pingu’s The Thing.

Claymation animator Lee Hardcastle has put together an excellent homage to John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic The Thing using characters from the BBC Children’s series Pingu.

This is actually better than last year’s remake. You can see more claymation videos like this over at Lee’s official website


Avast! Trailer For Lock-Out aka MS One: Maximum Security.

First off let’s us just say how refreshing it is to finally watch a trailer for an action film that doesn’t have a muscled out, juiced up, meat head as the main protagonist.

Ever since Memento and LA Confidential we’ve been big fans of Guy Pierce and it’s great to see him finally tackle the action genre. That being siad this film does look very similar to John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and by very similar we mean almost identical.

The plot for Lock-Out aka MS One: Maximum Security rattles around like so:

In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue, in return for his freedom.

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Half of the crew here are appalled at such a blatant plot rip-off while the other half are genuinely excited to see Guy Pierce pull off a Kurt Russell and Rudy from Misfits finally get the wider recognition he deserves. Let’s face it Joseph Gilgun was pissing in the wind as a suitable replacement for Robert Sheehan on the hit Channel Four Sci-Fi series so it’s good to see the boy get his chops into a role which could lead him to bigger things.

Recalling his days at the community service centre in Wretham.

The Thing: The Musical.

Yet another spoof movie musical from the same twisted minds, ( that brought us Conan: The Musical, Predator: The Musical and Silence Of The Lambs: The Musical, this time John Carpenter’s 80s cult, sci-fi classic The Thing gets the treatment.

Audience Reaction to Halloween Back In 1978.

Here’s an interesting video which documents the reaction of an audience in a cinema watching John Carpenter’s seminal horror movie Halloween, for the very first time back in good ole 1978.

As you will hear their screams and response to the film is hilarious, when you consider the scenes they’re watching are quite tame in comparison to the torture-porn horror flicks we’ve become accustomed to.

We along with many others were too young to see this film when it was first released and ended up watching it years later on grainy VHS in secret, so our parents wouldn’t find out. Didn’t sleep for weeks thanks to Michael Myers.

 (via I Heart Chaos / Geek Tyrant)

Avast! Trailer For The Thing. Noooooooooooooooooooooo!


This trailer above is for the prequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic The Thing, but for some insane reason most of the scenes in this trailer, too many to directly refer to,  look like they’ve been lifted straight from the original. Really? We thought that by making a prequel those involved would…excuse us a second.

…that’s better. Where were we? Ah yes, a prequel has to tell a supplementary story set in an earlier time setting to the one that was told before. Why then has director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr, (a name which would score you mad props at Scrabble), shot what looks like an exact replica of the 1982 version but with a different cast. Kurt Russell’s character MacReady has been split right down the middle and replaced with two characters, lookalike actor Joel Edgarton who plays, would you believe it, a helicopter pilot and female research scientist Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ya know just to bring the whole story a 2011 vibe.

We could do that, we could write a script to The Thing and just add a little tweak here and a little tweak there. That’s the problem with a prequel the core of the plot has already been written for you. Sorry, excuse us again, we can’t contain ourselves…

…Pointless! Totally f@cking pointless!


Doubloons! Links From The Briny Deep.

We scour the salty depths of the internet on a daily basis to find hidden treasures. Then we hoist the sails and chart a course for home laden down with all the best pop culture links we could find. Here’s today’s:

Canoeing through a flooded MacDonalds (via Break).

Footage of a 1950s housewife tripping out on LSD (via The Smoking Jacket).

Will Ferrell is making a movie entirely in Spanish (via Film Drunk).

John Carpenter’s new movie The Ward gets a review (via Hey U Guys).

A collection of Leonardo DiCaprio’s greatest freak outs (via Total Film)

Paul Daniels’ wig for sale on Ebay (via Anorak News)

Playboy’s complete interview with Martin Luther King from 1965 (via Playboy)

Jennifer Aniston’s Allure magazine shoot. Criticised for trying too hard (via Holy Moly)

Shit faced actress is denied access to Golden Globes after party, falls and busts out a titty (via TMZ)

Avast! Trailer For The Ward.

"I can't be sure, but it does look like my career"

Carpenter is back bitches! It’s been way too long since cult film director John Carpenter, he of Halloween, The Thing and Escape From New York fame, graced us with his cinematic presence. The 62 year-old has done next to nothing since 2001 when his glorious sci-fi failure Ghosts Of Mars, starring Jason ‘wot you fackin’ starin’ at?’ Statham, bombed at the box office. But now he’s back with a new film called The Ward and judging by the trailer it looks…well…it looks like a steaming bag of shit! Maybe it’s the way the trailer has been edited together but it reeks of 80s straight -to-video slasher flick and has disappointed the entire crew here. First Postlethwaite then Rafferty and now this?! F@ck you 2011.

You may of course disagree with our assumptions.