Z-View: “Into the Night”

Into the Night (2020)

Director: Inti Calfat andDirk Verheye

Screenplay: Jason George (based on the book by Jacek Dukaj)

Stars:  Pauline Etienne, Laurent Capelluto, Stefano Cassetti  and Mehmet Kurtulus.

The Pitch: “Let’s turn Jacek Dukaj’s  novel into a movie!”

No Tagline:  The Darkest Hour is Just Before the Dawn

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

In the early morning hours just before dawn, passengers have just started to board an airplane when a wild-eyed, armed man fights his way into the cockpit.  He forces the pilot to take off and then shares his story with the few passengers. The sun’s rays have somehow changed and are causing death.  Of course no one believes him until they begin to hear reports from around the globe of the mass extinction that comes with the new day.

Their only hope for survival is to fly into the night… but then what?  Fuel will only take them so far.  Getting into shade won’t save them.  The different personalities and ideas for survival make Into the Night a fun ride.  Like all good apocalyptic movies, a group of strangers are thrust into a situation where in order to survive they must work together and make the right choices.

Into the Night has an interesting cast of characters and because there are no big name stars, any of them are likely to not survive.  There are plenty of twists as each of the six first season episodes takes us further into the mystery and hope for survival.  My wife and I binged the six forty minute episodes in one sitting.  I look forward to season 2.

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Kelsey Shannon’s “Expendables Go to Hell” Cover is Here!

Check this out!  It is Kelsey Shannon’s cover for The Expendables Go to Hell graphic novel.  We told you about the project here and shared Dave Dorman’s cover painting here.

I’ve been fortunate to get sketches from both Kelsey and Dave for my Stallone sketch collection.  And of course I pre-ordered the EGtH graphic novel (Kelsey cover).

Speaking of the Kelsey Shannon cover, you can see a larger version by clicking on the art above.

Ink by Jonathan Maberry is Coming!

Jonathan Maberry has a new one coming out.  As you can see from the cover above it’s called Ink.

Tattoo-artist Patty Cakes has her dead daughter’s face tattooed on the back of her hand. Day by day it begins to fade, taking with it all of Patty’s memories of her daughter. All she’s left with the certain knowledge she has forgotten her lost child. The awareness of that loss is tearing her apart.

Monk Addison is a private investigator whose skin is covered with the tattooed faces of murder victims. He is a predator who hunts for killers, and the ghosts of all of those dead people haunt his life. Some of those faces have begun to fade, too, destroying the very souls of the dead.

All through the town of Pine Deep people are having their most precious memories stolen. The monster seems to target the lonely, the disenfranchised, the people who need memories to anchor them to this world.

Something is out there. Something cruel and evil is feeding on the memories, erasing them from the hearts and minds of people like Patty and Monk and others.

Ink is the story of a few lonely, damaged people hunting for a memory thief. When all you have are memories, there is no greater horror than forgetting.

Ink drops November 17, 2020 but is available for pre-order now!

The “Sword of God” Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here’s the poster and trailer for Sword of God.  I like the looks of this one.

In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with one another. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bartosz Konopka, this genre-bending historical epic has been hailed as a “stunning showcase of experiential horror” (Bloody Disgusting) that “strikes with brutal clarity” (ScreenAnarchy).

The Classic Universal Horror Films Ranked!

Sarah Bea Milner at ScreenRant posted The Original Universal Dark Universe Ranked, Worst To Best.  You know I can’t resist a great list so here are Milner’s rankings and mine…

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9. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923)

9. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923)

8. Dracula (1931)

8. The Mummy (1932)

7. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

7. The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

6. The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

6. The Wolfman (1941)

5. The Mummy (1932)

5. Frankenstein (1931)

4. The Wolfman (1941)

4. The Invisible Man (1933)

3. Frankenstein (1931)

3. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

2. The Invisible Man (1933)

2. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

1. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

1. Dracula (1931)

The Best Monster Movies of All Time

Jim Vorel and the Paste staff came up with their list of The 50 Best Monster Movies of All Time.  The rules were the monsters have to be something inhuman; they kill by physically attacking you with tooth and claw and shouldn’t be supernatural in origin.

I saw 42 of the movies on their list and 9 of the top 10.  Using just their list here is how my top five compares to theirs.  Would yours be different?

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5. The Fly (1986)

5. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

4. Jaws (1975)

4. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

3. Alien (1979)

3. Jaws (1975)

2. King Kong (1933)

2 The Thing (1986)

1. The Thing (1986)

1. Aliens (1986)

Scariest Two Sentence Horror Stories

Two Sentence Horror Stories are pretty popular.  Here are three of the best from a batch of the best

It’s been almost a decade since I last saw my mother.
And she still reminds me everyday that if I misbehave she’ll take my hearing too.

I gazed into his adoring eyes as I watched him take every bite with such enjoyment.
I waited for the poison to kick in, but was caught off guard by his evil grin as I sipped my wine.

For my last wish,  I wished for my dad to be alive again.
I stood atop his grave and smiled, imagining him screaming and clawing at his coffin lid as he did the previous two times I wished him back.

The Best End of the World “Plague” Movies

Ward Hazel at Listverse took a look at his choices for the Top 10 Movies About Plague, Pestilence, And Deadly Disease.  Using just Hazel’s list, let’s see how I’d rank them…

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10. The Omega Man, 1971 10. Death in Venice, 1971 (I have never seen this.)
09. Blindness, 2008 09. Blindness, 2008 (I haven’t seen this either, but it sounds more appealing than Death in Venice.)
08. Outbreak, 1995 08. The Andromeda Strain. 1971. (It’s been a while since I’ve seen TAS. It was okay.)
07. I Am Legend 07. I Am Legend (2007). (The special effects hurt my enjoyment of this one.)
06. The Andromeda Strain 06. The Omega Man, 1971 (I loved this as a kid, but TOM hasn’t held up as well – still a fun romp.)
05. Contagion, 2011 05. Contagion, 2011 (I remember liking this a lot but feeling it wrapped up the ending a bit too fast. Perhaps another viewing is due.)
04. 28 Days Later, 2003 04. 12 Monkeys, 1995 (Brad Pitt steals this one!)
03. Train to Busan, 2016 03. Outbreak, 1995 (Hard to believe it’s been 25 years. Definitely ahead of the curve.)
02. 12 Monkeys, 1995 02. Train to Busan, 2016 (The biggest surprise of 2018. I’m looking forward to Pennisula – the follow-up set in the same universe, but with different characters.)
01. Death in Venice, 1971 01. 28 Days Later, 2003 (I love this one and it gets better with each viewing.)

For this list I would have definitely included World War Z, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (remake) and The Crazies.  Seems like I’m forgetting a few others…

Frank Frazetta’s “Dusk Til Dawn” Poster!

Here’s a Frazetta painting you don’t see often.  Frazetta was commissioned to create a poster for Robert Rdriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn.  Sadly, according to Frazetta’s granddughter, his health prevented him from finishing it in time for it to be used to promote the film.

I’m a huge Frazetta fan. (Who isn’t?)  I’m also a fan of Robert Rodriguez. (I guess you could say I ride with El Rey.)  It’s cool that Rodriguez commissioned the poster and now owns it.  I wonder the reason the creatures in Frazetta’s painting don’t match those in the film.

Speaking of Dusk Til Dawn, I think it is greatly underrated.  I love the mashup of crime and horror.  Hats off to Rodriguez, Tarantino and all involved.

Source: Frank Frazetta Art.

How About Behind-the-Scenes Facts from the “Rambo” Movies?

Ben Sherlock, at ScreenRant, posted They Drew First Blood: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Rambo Movies.   Before you click over, here are three of my favorite facts and my comments on each…

The Fifth Movie Had A Ton Of Unused Scripts.
…A script called Rambo 5: Savage Hunt was a horror movie in which Rambo led a Special Forces team into the Arctic Circle to track down a flesh-eating mutant creature.

…Another script called Rambo 5: Last Stand pitted Rambo against a band of meth dealers who were terrorizing a small town. There were also a few drafts about Rambo saving a kidnapped girl from a Mexican cartel before the final script was written.

(The Rambo 5: Savage Hunt script was based on James Byron Huggins’ Hunter novel.  While this would have made an interesting Rambo movie, it might have been too much of a genre change.  I hope that someday Sly will turn Hunter into the film it deserves.  Rambo 5: Last Stand sounds a lot like Arnold’s Last Stand movie. – Craig)

Dolph Lundgren Was Initially Cast As The Villain In First Blood Part II. The role of Russian Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Podovsky, the only villain in Rambo: First Blood Part II with any lines in English, was originally offered to Dolph Lundgren. Lundgren even accepted the part and signed a contract.

(I did not know this. – Craig)

…Burmese Freedom Fighters even adopted some dialogue from the movie to use as battle cries. In particular, they were known to say, “Live for nothing, or die for something.” When he heard about this, Sylvester Stallone said, “That, to me, is one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had in film.”

(And we thought people only quoted Rocky for inspiration!  – Craig)

James Arness Trivia!

MeTV posted 8 Out-of-this-World Facts about James Arness.  Here are three of my favorite facts and my comments on each…

He appeared in two classic sci-fi movies.  Though he is synonymous with Marshal Matt Dillon, Arness appeared in two classic science fiction films early on in his career: The Thing From Another World (1951) and Them! (1954). In The Thing, the 6′ 7″ actor was a perfect fit for the titular “thing,” a murderous alien that wreaks havoc on a North Pole scientific outpost. Of course, Arness is heavily made-up and unrecognizable as the honest do-gooder he would soon become.

(The Thing from Another World and Them! are two of the best horror / scifi movies ever made! – Craig)

He was good friends with John Wayne.  The screen tough guys were good friends in real life and Arness co-starred with Wayne in Big Jim McLain (1952), Hondo (1953), Island in the Sky (1953) and The Sea Chase (1955). John Wayne even recommended that Arness star in Gunsmoke and introduces his friend in a prologue to the first episode of the series.

(John Wayne was the first choice to play Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke.  The fact that Wayne recommended Arness and then did a special introduction to the first episode says a lot about their friendship. – Craig)

His character Zeb Macahan reached cult status in Europe.  While American audiences will forever know Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, the actor reached cult status in Europe as Zeb Macahan in How the West Was Won. The late-’70s Western television series found its audience in Europe and was rebroadcast many times on networks in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

(I prefer his Zeb Macahan character to Matt Dillon!  – Craig)