Nearly The Entire Remaining Cast of ‘The Thing’ to Appear at Texas Frightmare
In an unprecedented event, nearly the entire cast of 1982’s The Thing is reuniting at Texas Frightmare Weekend this spring, including director John Carpenter. His classic film turned 40 years old this year, and most of the cast is getting together to celebrate that milestone.
You can find a full list of guests below, and except for the ones who are no longer with us, it reads like a trading card checklist of people associated with the film.
One notably big presence absent from the roster is McReady himself, Kurt Russell. The actor, now 71 years old, is the centerpiece of the movie, taking up second to Rob Bottin’s incredible practical effects that even to this day changed the game for horror movies.
Of course, there are also the Outpost 31 members who have passed on in real life. For instance, Wilfred Brimley who played Dr. Blair died in 2020. Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper passed in 2015, Charles Hallahan (Vance Norris) died in 1997, and Donald Moffat (Gary) left the mortal world in 2018.
T.K. Carter who played Chef Nauls, and is still living, is not listed as one of the alumni appearing for this reunion.
The Thing had a difficult first run at the box office. For whatever reason, the movie was not liked by critics. Roger Ebert said at the time, The Thing was a “disappointment” because of its implausible characterizations and unrealistic choices made by the doctors at the Arctic outpost. Ebert wrote, “‘The Thing‘ is basically, then, just a geek show, a gross-out movie in which teenagers can dare one another to watch the screen.”
But let’s cut Ebert a little slack, he probably had never seen special effects to that degree since The Exorcist, which he called, one of “the best movies of its type ever made.” That was nine years prior to The Thing. Maybe the gross-out factor of The Exorcist had him de-sensitized because there are some really questionable choices made by the humans in that film.
Oh, but there was that criticism from the director of the 1951 original, Christian Nyby, who said of Carpenter’s remake: “If you want blood, go to the slaughterhouse. All in all, it’s a terrific commercial for J&B Scotch.”
Thankfully, Carpenter’s browbeating would turn into accolades once The Thing hit the video tape rental market. There it became a cult favorite and was reevaluated critically, finding new grace among those who saw it as a breakthrough rather than a sci-fi trope.
There are sure to be some very special anecdotes about The Thing once the cast gets together for this 40-year anniversary at Texas Frightmare Weekend.
Here’s the guest list so far:
Peter Maloney as Bennings
Thomas Waites as Windows
Joel Polis as Fuchs
David Clennon as Palmer
Richard Masur as Clark
Keith David as Childs
John Carpenter May 26-28
For more information on the Texas Frightmare Weekend check out their website.
‘Fear the Invisible Man’ Trailer Reveals the Character’s Sinister Plans
Fear the Invisible Man takes us back to the H.G. Wells classic and takes a few liberties along the way by adding some twists, turns, and of course more bloodshed. Of course, Universal Monsters also incorporated Well’s character into their lineup of creatures. And in some ways I believe the original Invisible Man film to be the most monstrous character among Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc…
While Frankenstein and the Wolfman might come off as the tortured victim of someone else’s doing, The Invisible Man did it to himself and became obsessed with results and immediately found ways to use his condition to break the law and to ultimately murder.
The synopsis for Fear the Invisible Man goes like this:
Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a young British widow shelters an old medical school colleague, a man who has somehow turned himself invisible. As his isolation grows and his sanity frays, he schemes to create a reign of wanton murder and terror across the city.
Fear the Invisible Man stars David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Mark Arnold (Teen Wolf), Mhairi Calvey (Braveheart), Mike Beckingham (Truth Seekers). The film is directed by Paul Dudbridge and Written By Phillip Daay.
The film arrives on DVD, digital and VOD beginning June 13.
‘The Wrath Of Becky’ – Interview With Lulu Wilson
Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Terror & Annabelle Creation) returns to the role of Becky in the sequel due out on theaters May 26, 2023, The Wrath of Becky. The Wrath of Becky is just as good as its predecessor, and Becky brings lots of pain and suffering as she faces off against the worst of the worst! One lesson we learned in the first film was that no one should mess with the inner rage of a teenage girl! This film is off-the-wall bonkers, and Lulu Wilson does not disappoint!
Originally from New York City, Wilson made her film debut in Jerry Bruckheimer’s dark thriller Deliver Us From Evil opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Munn. Shortly after, Wilson moved to Los Angeles to work as a series regular on the CBS hit comedy The Millers for two seasons.
Chatting with this young and upcoming talent who has embedded her footprint within the horror genre over the past several years was fantastic. We discuss the evolution of her character from the original film to the second film, what it was like working with all of the BLOOD, and, of course, what it was like working with Seann William Scott.
“As a teenage girl myself, I find that I go from cold to hot in like two seconds, so it wasn’t super difficult to tap into that…” – Lulu Wilson, Becky.
Relax, and enjoy our interview with Lulu Wilson from her new film, The Wrath of Becky.
Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman – a kindred spirit named Elena. But when a group known as the “Noble Men” break into their home, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.
*Feature Image Photo courtesy of Quiver Distribution.*
‘Cinderella’s Curse’: A Blood-Soaked Retelling of the Classic Fairytale
Imagine Cinderella, the story that children have all come to adore thanks to Disney, but with a twist so dark, it could only belong to the horror genre.
Children’s stories have frequently been fodder for horrifying reinventions with movies like Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey and The Mean One. Now, it’s Cinderella’s turn to step into this terrifying limelight.
Bloody Disgusting exclusively reveals that Cinderella is undergoing a transformation far removed from the family friendly kind we’re accustomed to. She’ll be crossing genres in Cinderella’s Curse, an upcoming horror film.
Slated to be available for sale at the American Film Market (AFM), Cinderella’s Curse is the latest offering from ChampDog Films. Thanks to the Bloody Disgusting exclusive, we’ve learned that ITN Studios is primed to unleash this chilling interpretation come October 2023.
Production is gearing up, with filming scheduled to begin next month in the UK. Louisa Warren, a name that’s no stranger to the horror genre, will be donning the dual hats of producer and director. The screenplay is the brainchild of Harry Boxley, who penned the script for Mary Had A Little Lamb. Kelly Rian Sanson, Chrissie Wunna, and Danielle Scott are set to bring the characters to life on the screen.
Warren shared her excitement for this novel take on a familiar tale, stating that it’s an incredibly unique spin on the Cinderella we’ve all grown up with. Promising a series of “truly horrific deaths by her hands,” she assures fans of gore-filled narratives that they’re in for a treat with this dark retelling.
Currently, there aren’t any official visuals available. The images used in this piece, including the featured image at the top, are fan interpretations imagining a horror-themed Cinderella. Stay tuned for updates as official images start to emerge.
And there you have it! What do you think about this chilling new spin on Cinderella? How eager are you to see this classic tale turned into a blood-curdling nightmare? Share your thoughts in the comments below.