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War of the Worlds: The True Story

Martian War Machines! Ooooooh, yeah!

Those who follow the Monster Show know that for the last two years or so, I have been totally wringing my hands over the release of two movies: Iron Sky and the other War of the Worlds: The True Story.  It seems that my wait for the later is nearly over! Yay!  After the limited theatrical run, which will no doubt bypass us here is the Great Plains, it will eventually go to DVD and I will see it!

Pendragon Pictures announces the US theatrical release of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY in limited engagement showings in theaters beginning June 14 in Seattle at Landmark Theatres’ Harvard Exit, June 22 in Bellingham, Washington at The Mount Baker Theatre, and June 21-24 in Portland Oregon at the Cinema 21 and The Hollywood Theatre.

Pendragon plans to release the sci-fi monster horror movie in California, Arizona and New Mexico beginning in July.

Tickets Can Be Purchased Here

Here is the trailer


More Iron Sky

In an effort to get this movie released here in the States, I’ve been hyping the heck out of it for what seems like years.  Here is the press release from Timo Vuorensola :

Finnish-German-Australian Moon Nazi comedy Iron Sky was released on April 4th in Finland (Buena Vista Finland) and Norway (Euforia), and the next day in German-speaking Europe (Polyband), on 340 screens, and gathered more than 250.000 admissions over the Easter weekend. The results are very promising also for the hundreds of fans who have invested money in Iron Sky.

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Criterion Unleashes Godzilla


Gojira and Godzilla: King of the Monsters restored and in one release with all new extras!  Roweraaaaah!



Iron Sky Premiere

Before Plan 9 Cover

Words fail me.  It’s beautiful.  The Nazi Gorilla Shark monster is my creation.  Seeing it so wonderfully rendered is a huge boost to my already titanic ego. When Before Plan 9: Plans 1-8 From Outer Space is released I will be pimping the heck out of it.  In the interim, expect more updates on this and other projects.


Before Plan 9: Plans 1-8 From Outer Space


Hey, why haven’t there been any articles posted on this blog for so long?  Where has Captain Midnight been? What is he doing?  How may licks are in a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?   The answers: I’ve been busy with other horror related projects which will be either released this year or early next year.  I am still at Midnight Manor which I have been redecorating with Godzilla murals and King Kong posters.  There are three licks in a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop (source: Mr. Owl).

What I want to share with you today, Mom, is a link to Twin Star Media’s MyFace page. Why? Wellllllll, for starters, they are publishing an anthology called Before Plan 9: Plans 1-8 From Outer Space, which is based on the film by the late, great Edward Wood jr.  Yeah, it’s a fab idea, isn’t it? Even more fab is that it includes a short story written by me.  I know!  It also includes writers you’ve actually heard of: Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Michael McCarty, Craig DiLouie, Patrick D’Orazio, David Dunwoody, Tonia Brown, Greg Carter and D.A. Chaney.

Here is what you need to do: Go www.facebook.com/TwinStarMedia hit the “Like” button for Twin Star Media.  Once there are one hundred “likes”, Tony Schaab will post an exclusive preview of the book’s totally bitchin’ cover on the MyFace page.

What of the cover? Insanely cool? Yes! I’ve seen the cover and I’ll tell you what, I have been peeing myself with excitement all afternoon.

Island of Lost Souls News

Are we not men?

Island of Lost Souls (1932) has been out of print for years and has never received a good dvd release; an intolerable state of affairs given that the films star the legendary Charles Laughton as the deliciously evil Dr. Moreau.  If that wasn’t enough, the always emotive Bela Lugosi has a small but intense little bit as the Sayer of the Law, Arthur Hohl as Montgomery and Kathleen Burke as Lota the lovely Panther woman.  Any movie with a panther woman is total gold.

Criterion aims to remedy the situation by releasing a restored version of this excellent film on October 25, 2011.  Here are the features:

New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors

New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome), and genre expert Bob Burns

New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror); filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau)

New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from Island of Lost Souls Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood

Go here to Pre-Order from Criterion or here to get dibs at Amazon or here at Barnes & Noble

Caption Contest for May

Caption This!

Welcome to the Midnight Monster Show Caption Contest!

This Month: I’m giving away Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House which has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. -Amazon.com

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Caption Contest for April

Play with me!

Welcome to the Midnight Monster Show Caption Contest!

This Month: I’m giving away my slightly dog-eared copy of Jon Maberry’s Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead.  From the publisher: Since Night of the Living Dead, zombies have been a frightening fixture on the pop culture landscape, lumbering after hapless humans, slurping up brains and veins and whatever warm, fleshy matter they can clench in their rotting limbs. But what if they were real? What would happen if, tomorrow, corpses across the nation began springing up out of their graves and terrorizing the living?

I dunno.  Win the contest, read the book and find out!

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Seconds Apart

Seconds Apart

Seth and Jonah are murderous twins who share an evil kinship. Damned from the moment of their births, the brothers possess a talent for telekinesis – a power they are suspected of misusing in the most horrific ways imaginable. As fellow students meet gory fates, a local investigator suspects the twins are connected to these gruesome murders, culminating in one final showdown of brother against brother, evil against evil.

I dunno . . . twins just don’t freak me out. Fingers crossed.

Says Producer Courtney Solomon, “Everyone’s heard about that creepy ‘twin thing.’” You just can’t under-estimate the power of twins, and this film is seasoned by the exceptional performances of Gary and Edmund Entin”.

Yeah, a good creepy performance might make this work. Seconds Apart is the announced 7th film of After Dark’s After Dark Originals series. Look for it’s release next month.