Foolkiller #1

Greg Salinger was just your typical merc for hire – FOOLKILLER – killing those that he deemed to be “foolish.” And for money. But that life is behind him now. Today, he’s a psychiatrist, trying to help others. But now S.H.I.E.L.D. wants him to try to rehabilitate super villains. The catch? If these “patients” don’t make enough progress, they’re dead!

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UFO: The Complete Series [BLU-RAY]

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s landmark series UFO returns in a stunning new HD restoration, available exclusively to pre-buy now at networkonair.com for £69.99.

With its outstanding special effects and high quality production values, UFO set a new benchmark for TV science fiction when it first appeared in 1970. Hugely popular across the globe, UFO marked a watershed in the careers of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, signalling the end of their marionette productions and a move into full-time live-action filming.

Eagerly anticipated, this lavish new release presents all 26 episodes of UFO in high definition, looking better than ever before and accompanied by a wealth of special features including:

  • From Earth to the Moon: brand new feature-length documentary with interviews, archive video, audio and stills – many of which have never been seen or heard before.
  • The Women of UFO: new documentary discussing the improving sexual equality depicted in the series and the role of science fiction in striving for that change.
  • Identified: SHADO New Recruits Briefing: a newly created SHADO briefing film narrated by Matt Zimmerman.
  • Exclusive 600 page book on the making of the series by archive television historian Andrew Pixley.
  • Dolby 5.1 audio mix as well as existing as-transmitted mono audio.
  • Film material, including textless episode title backgrounds, textless end titles, stock footage, TV spots, extra footage for Identified and Exposed, unused footage from Timelash and The Long Sleep, Italian trailers.
  • Audio commentaries: Identified with Gerry Anderson and Sub-Smash with Ed Bishop.
  • S.I.D. Computer Voice Session and audio outtakes for these sessions and Kill Straker!
  • Archive Ed Bishop audio interview from 1996.
  • Tomorrow Today: Future Fashions with Sylvia Anderson.
  • Extensive image galleries – including previously unseen images.

 

The Children of Green Knowe

The Children of Green Knowe was adapted from the first of Lucy M. Boston’s six books about the fictional manor house, Green Knowe. It concerns the visit of a young boy, Toseland (Alec Christie), to the magical house, Green Knowe. The house is tremendously old, dating from the Norman Conquest, and has been continually inhabited by Toseland’s ancestors, the d’Aulneaux family, later called Oldknowe or Oldknow. Toseland crosses floodwaters by night to reach the house, to spend the Christmas holidays with his great-grandmother, Linnet Oldknow (Daphne Oxenford), who addresses him as “Tolly”.

Tolly explores the rich history of his family, which pervades the house like magic. He begins to encounter what appear to be the spirits of three of his forebears—an earlier Toseland – nicknamed Toby (Graham McGrath), Alexander (James Trevelyan), and an earlier Linnet (Polly Maberly)—who lived in the reign of Charles II. These meetings are for the most part not frightening to Tolly; they continually reinforce his sense of belonging that the house engenders. In the evenings, Mrs. Oldknow (whom Tolly calls “Granny”) entertains Tolly with stories about the house and those who lived there. Surrounded by the rivers and the floodwater, sealed within its ancient walls, Green Knowe is a sanctuary of peace and stability in a world of unnerving change

Herschell Gordon Lewis passes away aged 87

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore” has passed away at the age of 90 years old. His spokesman, James Saito confirmed he passed away in his sleep.

He directed films such as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, Colour Me Blood Red and Just for the Hell of It and has been viewed by many as a director who pioneered the horror genre in the 1960’s with his self-financed “splatter films” which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 15th June 1929 (some sources state 1926 – making him 90 years old at the time of his passing), Gordon Lewis went on to study journalism in college and became a professor of English literature at Mississippi State University. He then worked for a radio station in Oklahoma before joining an advertising agency in Chicago, where he made TV commercials.

Gordon Lewis’s first film credit came in 1959 with the release of The Prime Time, which he produced, and two years later, he directed his first movie – Living Venus.

He continued directing films for the next decade but took a break after 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls to work in marketing before returning to filmmaking in 2002 with Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. His last film, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania is currently in pre-production.

Ghost RE:BIRTH Kamen Rider Specter announced

The Tokusatsu Network have revealed that the latest Kamen Rider v-cinema release, Ghost RE:BIRTH Kamen Rider Specter will be released on 19th April 2017. Series writer Takuro Fukuda returns to pen the script while Kazuya Kamuhoriuchi will be sitting in the director’s chair.

The story follows Alain and Makoto on their journey through the Ganma world. It is also mentioned that the “truth” behind Makoto, his doppelganger, and Kanon will finally be revealed.

The special edition will include a DX Shin Specter Ghost Eyecon featuring character voices. Other special features include a behind-the-scenes feature and commentary track.

 

Dark Towers

Dark Towers was a 1981 educational production by the BBC . It was part of its Look and Read series. The plot involves two children Tracy (Juliet Waley) and Edward (Gary Russell), who try to stop a group, led by Miss Hawk (Juliet Hammond), from stealing the treasures of Dark Towers.

In the first episode we meet a loner named Tracey Brown and her dog Towser. They venture into a garden where Tracey meets Lord Edward Dark, who agrees to help her look for Towser. Tracey’s search leads her into Dark Towers where she meets Edward’s father, Lord Dark. Tracey eventually finds Towser barking at a picture on the wall. The picture comes to life and cries out that the house is in danger, and that the girl (Tracey) will save the house, but Edward and his father do not hear the voice.

In episode 2 racey and Edward encounter two men, Benger (Christopher Biggins) and Bunce (Harry Jones), and soon become suspicious of the two. When they follow Towser to the Red Bedroom, they meet the Friendly Ghost (David Collings), who is the man in the picture that spoke.

The Friendly Ghost tells Tracey and Edward the legend of Dark Towers, of the Tall Knight (Peter Mayhew), his treasure, and gives them this warning: “Beware of Two B’s Buzzing Together. Beware of the Bird with the brown feather”.

After the Friendly Ghost disappears, a woman named Miss Hawk walks into the Red Bedroom, and offers to help Tracey and Edward look for the treasure. Tracey and Edward find a clue which tells them to “Go where old wheels go round”. Following the clue, Tracey searches the Old Coach House where she discovers Benger and Bunce are crooks, and overhears their plans.

Tracey is literally framed by Benger and Bunce (they stuffed a little gold picture into her pocket at the end of the previous episode), and she is sent away by Lord Dark. Edward finds a torn piece of paper in the Old Coach House. He seeks help from the Friendly Ghost, and learns that Benger and Bunce were the “two B’s” the ghost warned him about. Reading the clue, Edward and the Ghost come to the conclusion that the next clue (“think of a knight so tall, haunting the end of a wall”) is at the Tall Knight’s Folly at the end of the old wall. Edward goes there, and meets the Tall Knight who demands to know “Who comes to the Tall Knight’s Folly?”.

Edward asks the Tall Knight for his help, but he says he can’t help unless Tracey and Towser are there, because the old legend involves a boy, a girl, and a dog, and he vanishes. Luckily, Tracey and Towser are still hanging around, and they meet up with Edward after Towser drags her to the folly. The Tall Knight appears again, and instructs them to “go to the old library, and a gold key you will see, inside the inside of the Dark tree”. While trying to crack the Tall Knight’s riddle, Edward realizes that he meant the Dark Family Tree, and they find the final clue, which falls out of the spine of the book. The clue reads: “The knight’s treasure will rest inside the inside of a studded chest”.

Edward asks his father if they have a studded chest, and he says there is one in the Old Tower. Miss Hawk overhears. Edward looks at the picture of the Friendly Ghost, and the ghost repeats his warning: “Beware of the bird with the brown feather”, adding, “the hawk who hunts treasure”. Edward now knows Miss Hawk is the bird with the brown feather, and rushes off to find Tracey. They head up to the Old Tower, opening the chest with the key that came with the last clue. It’s empty. Benger and Bunce suddenly arrive with Miss Hawk. Bunce puts Tracey in the back of his and Benger’s van, and drives off, but the Tall Knight comes to Tracey’s rescue.

unce abandons his van and runs back to Dark Towers. Meanwhile, Miss Hawk has her own ghostly encounter in the Red Bedroom where she is keeping Edward, who now knows Miss Hawk wants the Golden Book of the Tall Knight for herself. The Friendly Ghost appears, and Miss Hawk runs from the Red Bedroom screaming. The baddies all discover the Golden Book of the Tall Knight hidden inside the lid of the studded chest, and the Friendly Ghost tries to summon the Tall Knight.

Tracey arrives back at Dark Towers as darkness falls, meaning that the Tall Knight will soon appear. She convinces Lord Dark she is innocent, and he calls the police. Miss Hawk snatches the Golden Book of the Tall Knight and splits as all of Dark Towers plunges into darkness. Benger and Bunce go after her. As Tracey, Towser, Edward, and Lord Dark emerge from Dark Towers, the Tall Knight arrives, and scares the bad guys witless. As Benger, Bunce, and Miss Hawk are arrested, and the darkness lifts, Tracey gives Lord Dark the Golden Book of the Tall Knight. The Tall Knight has vanished, but throughout the house are strange sounds like laughter. The ghosts of Dark Towers are having the last laugh.

 

Official trailer released for Guardians

Guardians is an upcoming Russian neo-noir superhero film directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin. It is due for release on February 23rd 2017.

The film centres on a group of Soviet superheroes created during the Cold War. The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the USSR. Protagonists’ superpowers reflect strengths and traditions of the people of the USSR.

The Guardians are made up of Ler aka Landman (Sebastien Sisak) who is armed with all forms of earth manipulation abilities, and is able to control stone and soil, collect dust from boulders, stop falling rocks, and move mountains. He can cause rocks of any size and amount to levitate and fly as if weightless, as well as orbit him. He can cause the ground to break apart under his enemies feet with great precision in what parts break and what shape the subsequent depression makes. This allows him to form instant craters, canyons, ravines, and sink holes to fight his opponents, though these formations are usually small in scale. Being able to cause quakes and tremors in the ground beneath his opponents, such as making the ground under them erupt and explode. He can summon rock onto his body, covering himself in rock to make an exoskeletal armor to physically enhance himself. Along with his abilities, he is armed with a small chain with a large rock cemented on its end, which he can use as a type of flail. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities.

Next is Ursus aka Wildman (Anton Pampushniy),  a type of berserker or werebear,who has the ability to transform himself into a large bear, though he can control how much of his body is transformed and can transform partially if he wills it. This transformation ability can allow him to seamlessly alter his size, bulk and musculature and transform himself into a burly humanoid, as well as use his transformations to physically augment himself. He has multiple phases of transformation due to his ability to partially transform. His phases can make him physically a hybrid between bear and human, such as giving him the head, paws and bulk of a bear and the shape of a man. He can use his inhuman physicality to fight, especially when he is full bear form. With this, no normal person can physically overpower him and he is immune to their strength. Desperate, loyal and determined, he is known for his drive to “break the enemy into small pieces”. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities. Part of this costume’s equipment is a hand-held minigun and its battery pack, both of which are harnessed to his torso for battle, while he carries them both his back when fully transformed. Even while not transformed, he is shown to be strong enough to wield the large weapon and its power source.

The third member of the team is Khan aka Windman (Sanzhar Madiev). Masterfully skilled with all kinds of blades, as well as with many kinds of martial arts. Along with other blades, he is primarily armed with twin, crescent like blades, each of which resemble a scimitar, scythe or sickle and can be joined at the hilts to form a double bladed weapon. The strong blades, with enough force, can slice through the metal of cars with enough force and without going blunt or being damaged. He is also physically augmented, possessing a degree of superhuman strength that allows him to smash through brick walls with a single punch and send men flying through the air with his attacks, as well as superhuman mobility that gives him acrobatic and gymnastic capabilities and the ability to effortlessly dodge and evade attacks, even gunfire at point blank range. He also possesses inhuman speed, enough that he almost appears to teleport. Using his speed requires him first to focus hard, achieving a meditative state that causes his eyes to turn completely white and allowing him to perceive faster than any human can. While in this state, he sees everything as being in slow motion while he himself moves at normal speed, or somewhat faster. Whenever he moves in this state, a black gaseous trail appears behind him to outline his movements. His strength and speed allows him to generate enough force to slice a car and anyone in it in two with his blades. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities.

Finally, there is Xenia aka Waterwoman (Alina Lanina). Flexible and agile, to a superhuman degree, making her a skilled acrobat, gymnast, and even martial artist. She has the ability to move on water as if it were solid ground, as well as to seamlessly floating through it as it if were air. This gives her higher mobility in water compared to the fastest, or most maneuverable sea creature. She cannot feel temperature differences and can survive in an airless vacuum, which allows her to survive underwater without any negative effects. She can also transform her body into a clear, transparent water like liquid, use it defensively or offensively. This ability allows her to become gelatinous and viscous, allowing her to flow like liquid, while being able to physical touch and interact at the same time. In this form, her body becomes silhouetted and nearly featureless, with her hair disappearing and the only features on her being her eyes, ears and nose. In addition, her transparency can be enough for her to turn invisible, while she also wears a special costume designed also become invisible with her.

WolfCop 2 – Another WolfCop poster revealed!

Wolfcop is back and Lowell Dean returns to direct! The first movie was a crowd-sourced independent smash hit and has now there will be another:

“Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.”

This past July, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that WolfCop will be getting his own comic book series. Written by Max Marks with art by Arcana Studios, the Wolfcop comic book series will pit Lou Garou against bigger, badder, and meaner monsters than anything that has threatened Woodhaven before! Says Lowell Dean, writer and director of Wolfcop, about the comic.

“From the moment I created WolfCop, I saw him as a larger-than-life character that could exist in many formats. To date we’ve made two WolfCop movies – and I couldn’t be happier that we’re now bringing him into the world of actual comics! In comic form, WolfCop will be truly unleashed, no longer constrained by the budget of an independent film. More explosions! More monsters! More road trips! I’m so excited to bring Lou Garou and friends into this new realm with Dynamite. The WolfCop adventure is truly just beginning…”

WolfCop 2 will be released later this year. Leo Fafard returns as Wolfcop, with a cast that also includes Amy Matysio and Jonathan Cherry. A trailer should be just around the corner. While we await that first look footage, take a look at this cool poster courtesy of Twitter:

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