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Ghostbusters: The 1980s Anime?

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Look, as much as we do not like to admit it, most of us who are of a certain age were giant fans of The Real Ghostbusters. However, if you have managed to catch an episode of it recently (and you are not 5 years old), you were probably very disappointed with your past self; that is not to say that it was not totally awesome when you were 5 years old (it was), but let’s just say that it does not hold up very well now as an adult.

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I would also like to take this opportunity to formally and publicly apologize to my parents for forcing them to watch The Real Ghostbusters on a daily basis. Even though there were 173 episodes (if you include the retooled series Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters), I am sure they got tired of it pretty darn quickly.

Thankfully, comedy group Nacho Punch has released a video which serves as a ‘what could have been’, in terms of a Ghostbusters cartoon, in Tokyo Ghostbusters- The 1980’s Anime:

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There are some excellent little references to the original film, including where, in interest of keeping the idea of the Ecto-1 being a retooled hearse, the Tokyo Ghostbusters have a golden Zuul/dog ‘Buddhist temple’ atop the car akin to what a traditional, Japanese hearse looks like:

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Plus, while the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is an amazing character, who does not appreciate a giant Doraemon smashing through Tokyo as the chosen form of the Traveler?  Not to mention the fact that we get to appreciate some classic anime versions of traditional Japanese ghosts–and yes, that ghost has an eye exactly where you think it does.

Thanks to Nacho Punch for the glimpse into what could have been; if only we were getting a crazy anime series in the original world of Ghostbusters, instead of the ‘not trying to be as funny, not tied to the original continuity’ reboot

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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