Friday, July 24, 2009

Double Creature Feature

Exciting news coming out of the San Diego Comic Con. At director Tim Burton's forum for his upcoming Alice In Wonderland, he and his special 'imaginary friend' the incomparable Johnny Depp announced their next project would be a re-vamp (get it?) of the campy 60's vampire soap-opera DARK SHADOWS.

I have long been a fan of this weird cult hit, and seeing it come to life on the big screen - with Burton and Depp no less - is nothing short of a fan-boy's dream. The dynamic duo have collaborated on so many amazing films (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hallow, Corpse Bride, and so many more...) and this one in particular seems custom made for Burton's phantasmagorical eye and Depp's over-the-top acting. Good show!

Our second creature feature comes from writer/director Eben McGarr, entitled HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN. Appearing like a vintage horror flick from the 30's and 40's, McGarr is focusing this 'house of...' entry on our lupine friend, The Wolf Man - and it stars none other than the grandson of the original Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, jr.): Ron Chaney! Talk about a fan-boy's dream - how cool is that? The synopsis reads thusly:

"Dr. Bela Reinhardt (Chaney) has invited five people to his castle to see which of them will inherit his estate. He has arranged for a competition of sorts, the victor shall be determined through process of... elimination."

Using the 1940's House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula as inspiration. McGarr says he wants his film to “slip seamlessly in with the other two movies, and with no gore, language, or sex, it should be for all members of the family.”

Here's a link to McGarr's MySpace page for his film which contains a terrifically old-school trailer:

No distributor or release date has been announced yet - but I'll be sure to let you know when I find out. First Dark Shadows and now House Of The Wolf Man - this all seems too good to be true. Keep your fingers 'crossed,' your garlic ripe, and your wooden stakes sharp that these two gems find their way on to the silver screen!

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