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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “28 Weeks Later”

Sean Hutchinson at Mental_Floss presents 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 28 Weeks Later.  Here are my three favorites…

1. THE ORIGINAL STORY FOR THE SEQUEL WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Titled 29 Days Later, the original sequel told the story of British marines attempting to rescue the Prime Minister and the Queen of England.

3. DANNY BOYLE DID MAKE A DIRECTING CAMEO

He directed second unit footage of the opening scene.

15. THE FILM’S CODA WAS SHOT LAST

The filmmakers came up with the idea for the coda just two weeks before production wrapped. Fresnadillo traveled to Paris with a limited crew and only HD cameras to shoot it in one afternoon.

Cut It Out: The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell

Another post relating to when I was a little kid growing up in the 60’s… it wasn’t unusual to see small framed  silhouettes in houses.  Folks could get them done of their family members or other people/things and they were pretty cool looking.

 Recently the Hero Complex Gallery had a showing called Cut It Out: The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell. Mr. Monsell creates silhouettes of pop culture icons from movies and television.  The pieces are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Source: /Film.

Frazetta and 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “From Dusk Till Dawn”

Mental_Floss presents 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About From Dusk Till Dawn.  Here are my three favorites…

7. IT’S GEORGE CLOONEY’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD FILM ROLE

Tarantino pitched Clooney on the film after directing him in ER.

9. THERE’S A GREAT HOMAGE TO RODRIGUEZ’S FAVORITE DIRECTOR

The character Scott Fuller wears a t-shirt that reads “Precinct 13,” a nod to the film Assault on Precinct 13, the second film by John Carpenter.

13. IT USED TO INCLUDE A FAMOUS TARANTINO SPEECH

The infamous Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction was originally in Tarantino’s script for From Dusk Till Dawn. It was meant to be spoken by Harvey Keitel’s character as he fends off the vampires before being killed.

Z-View – Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #4 by Niles and Mitten

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #4 is part of a four issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics / IDW Publishing.

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Justin Erickson


With Alice Blood in Eben’s hands, Cal will do anything—including using voodoo—to help fight the vampires. But that might not be enough as the ghouls and the vampires clash in an all-out brawl to the death—with Cal and Eben smack dab in the center.

Will it be Cal or Eben who survives?

*** Beware – spoilers may be found below ***

The Good:

  • Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten are worth the price of admission.
  • “So he needs… What, brains?”  “What good would that do, Officer?”  “I don’t know I’m just trying to keep up here.”
  • The body language of the detective willing to give some of his blood to [hopefully] save Cal.
  • “Never felt better.”
  • “What are you doing? Let me stop him.”  “No… we stay.”

The Bad:

  • “Blargh!”
  • “Not enough.”
  • “Enough talk!  ATTAAAACK!”
  • “They’ll be back.”

The Ugly:

  • The Ugly starts on page one: “I’m right Fl–ere…”
  • The Ghoul, er, bloodbath.
  • Vampire attacking the fine folks on Sunset Blvd.
  • SHRIP on page 18.

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #4

Rating: 4 out of 5

Z-View – Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #3 by Niles and Mitten

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #3 is part of a four issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics / IDW Publishing.

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Justin Erickson


Eben Olemaun is on the hunt and he’ll rip both human and vampire limb from limb to get to the person who took everything from him—Federal Agent Alice Blood. Can Cal fight off the hordes of new vampires in time to save her?

*** Beware – spoilers may be found below ***

The Good:

  • Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten are worth the price of admission.
  • Cal’s bravado at having to fight vampires… “Yeah, well I’ve yet to meet a vampire that wasn’t a whiny little – ”  BOOM!
  • “It can’t end like this.”
  • “You’re all going to die.”

The Bad:

  • Page 2: “Sweet Christ” indeed.
  • The “Blarrgh!” continues.
  • “The future of the ghouls is very bleak indeed.”
  • “You should have done more research, vampire…Fire can kill us… but it is not very fast.”
  • “I think turning you would be much better than death.”
  • “Where’s Cal?”

The Ugly:

  • What happens when you don’t tell Eben what he wants to know.
  • What Eben does to Cal three times on page 18.
  • Page 21.
  • Mo’ Lock losing it on the vampires.

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #3

Rating: 4 out of 5

Z-View – Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #2 by Niles and Mitten

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #2 is part of a four issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics / IDW Publishing.

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Justin Erickson


Cal has always wanted the Feds to focus on vampires, and now they are, one in particular—Eben Olemaun, now on a quest to bring mankind to its knees. But the FBI is up to more than tracking down Eben. Will Cal and Alice figure it out before it kills them both?

*** Beware – spoilers may be found below ***

The Good:

  • Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten are worth the price of admission.
  • “Bad time?”  “Always.”
  • “What are you smiling about?”  “Stuff.”

The Bad:

  • The “Blaarggh!” continues.
  • What happens when you tell Eben “There is no coming back.”
  • SCRAATCH SCRATCH “Something on the roof.”

The Ugly:

  • What happens to Unit 14 on page 2.
  • The effect Mo’ Lock has on people.  “Gah!”
  • The last page of the issue.

Criminal Macabre / The 30 Days of Night: Final Night #2

Rating: 4 out of 5

“Damsel in Distress” – A Bill Black Short

Damsel in the Dark  is a short [less than two minute film] that is a lot of fun — moody, great soundtrack and reminds me of the shorts that used to accompany episodes of Night Gallery

And I’d give it all that praise even if it wasn’t created under the direction of my ole buddy, Bill Black.

Hey Bill!  If you do a sequel I want to play C.Z. PickensEZ’s brother.