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 leehardcastle.com

 

The Thing: The Musical.

Yet another spoof movie musical from the same twisted minds, (www.jonandal.com) 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.

A Highlander Remake? Get Yersel Tae…

Whit! A remake ya say? Ah, yer aff yer heed man!

Yes, Hollywood boffins are planning to breath life up the kilt of the Highlander movie franchise by remaking the 1986 original cult classic which starred Sean Connery, (a Scotsman playing a Spaniard) and Christopher Lambert, (A Frenchman playing a Scotsman). We heartily admit the original was far from a slice of cinematic perfection and there was plenty of grated cheddar throughout the movie, but that’s what made the film so great it had it’s own charm which people warmed to. Don’t agree? Just look at how the film introduces Sean Connery’s character, for Christ’s sake! The only way you could better this scene would be if you had Connery riding in on a unicorn which was shitting out a rainbow.

But the main reason the crew here are vehemently against a remake is down to the fact that Summit Entertainment film studios, who snatched up the rights to the franchise back in 2008, have hired Melissa Rosenberg to write the script, she of  Twilight fame. Yes, the writer of the Twilight movies is going to attempt to recapture the kind of magic which made Highlander so popular the first time around.*drops party bag of Doritos in shock*

The horrendous possibilities are endless but may include the following: angsty teenagers in kilts, angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal, angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal and are in a constant state of misery because they are immortal and angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal and are in a constant state of misery because they are immortal who insist on walking around stripped to the waist. Between this and the prequel to The Thing and a possible remake of The Wild Bunch this year is starting to look like something out of a f@cking Roland Emmerich film.

Hey Rosenberg! There can be only one!

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.

HMS Friday’s Top 5 L.A. Alien Invasion Movies

Above is the latest trailer for Battle: Los Angeles. Yes it’s another alien invasion movie. Yes, it’s set in L.A. (again), but doesn’t it look good? All that sweaty tension, shaky camera work and open mouths. It’s directed by South African film maker Jonathan Liebesman whose most notable film to date is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. It stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez, so no prizes for guessing her character will probably buy the farm by the end of the film.

With the release of this trailer and Skyline, yet another alien invasion/visitation movie set in the City Of Angels, we compiled our very own Top 5 list for alien invasion movies set in L.A.

5. V – The Original Mini-Series – (we know it’s not a movie, so shut your whore mouth), starring Beastmaster Marc Singer, who famously turned down the role of Connor Macleod in Highlander due to his commitment to the series. It also featured a plethora of young, talented American women in tight fitting jumpsuits as well as staple 80s bad-ass Michael Ironside and Freddy Krueger in a bow tie.

4. Transformers – Gigantic alien robots, which can change into everyday vehicles, drop off for a visit on earth to wage a monumental battle against each other, helped and hindered by humans along the way. It’s deafening and filled with eye watering special effects and Megan Fox is in it. How can you possibly loose?

3. The Hidden – Where do we start with this underrated classic? The basic premise is an alien lands on earth inhabits the bodies of innocent men and women and does a lot of bad things and by bad we mean insanely great things like stealing sports cars, robbing banks and firing rocket launchers at the police. Think The Thing spliced with Grand Theft Auto but with loads more polyester suits, big hair and shoulder pads. The Hidden has another classic 80’s cast starring Kyle Maclachlan before he went on to appear in Twin Peaks and Showgirls. Alongside him was Michael Nouri fresh from his Flashdance fame, Clauida Christian, or for those of you who have never kissed a girl before  Commander Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5, Ed O’Ross the bad guy from Red Heat and Another 48 Hours and Chris Mulkey who also appeared in Twin Peaks and more recently Cloverfield and 24.

2. Alien Nation – Made in 1988 but depicting a future of 1991? Where an alien race known as The Newcomers have settled and integrated in Los Angeles much to the anger and frustration of the local populus. A balding James Caan plays Sykes, a bigoted hard ass cop who is reluctantly partnered with alien detective Sam Francisco played by Mandy Patinkin who have to try to solve the death of Sykes’ partner which involves a Newcomer businessman, played by an even balder Terence Stamp and his plans to mass produce an alien drug called Jabroka.

1. Predator 2 – Oh yes! The ageless Danny Glover replaces Big Arnie, the jungle is now the concrete jungle of L.A, (see how clever they were?), and once more the alien predator returns to hunt down more unsuspecting humans. Glover and a team of four other detectives, including Gary Busey, and Bill Paxton, (the appearance of these two alone merits it’s number one position), try to hunt down the alien invader in the middle of a heat wave and an on going gang war between heavily armed Columbians and Jamicans.  In our own humble opinion this is the best Predator sequel there has ever been.


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