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“Aliens” – 20 Facts You May Not Know

Posted in Celebs, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

Neil Gaskin and Film ’89 present Fact File – No.1 – Aliens (1986).  Here are three of my favorites…

2. Sigourney Weaver salary for Aliens was 28 times more than that of the first film:  Weaver was paid $35,000 for the first film and $1 million for the sequel. (she went on to earn $4 million for Alien 3 and $11 million for Alien: Resurrection).

5. For a science fiction film, it did usually well at the Academy Awards:  Aliens was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver. It unsurprisingly won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.

14. It was the last roll of the dice for one of its stars:  Lance Henriksen had privately pledged to quit acting if this part didn’t work out for him after years of journeyman roles. It proved to be one of his most successful films.

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Comics, Crime, and Horror

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling is an interview with, well, Jonathon Maberry.  Fans of Mayberry’s fiction as well as folks who’d like advice on writing should check it out.

If you don’t know… Jonathan Maberry is…

…a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. Jonathan Maberry was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers, and his books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. Jonathan is known for his writing that spans several different genres; including horror, mystery and young adult fiction.

Source: The Reading Lists.

 

David Gallaher on High Moon and More!

Posted in Art, Comics, and Horror

David Gallaher was recently interviewed by Stefan Blitz for Forces of Geek.  Gallaher (who along with artist Steve Ellis) talks about their Harvey Award-winning series, High Moon and more.  You can read the interview here.

As for High Moon you can get it at the link that follows – and I recommend that you do!  High Moon Volume 1: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks

 

The Original Ending to “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

Posted in Horror, Humor, and TV

If you’re a Twilight Zone fan, then you have to admire Rod Serling’s writing.  Best known for his twist endings, Serling could lead you down a path to believe one thing and then in the last scene come up with a reveal that made you understand something else.  It was often the difference between a good story and a great one.

One of the best Twilight Zone twist endings takes place in Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?.  Serling’s tale unfolds as a typical sci-fi story with a potential crashed alien space craft and a group of travelers stuck in a remote dinner during a bad snowstorm.  Serling ups the ante by dropping clues that one of the passengers is the alien!

To ratchet the tension Serling makes a case for each passenger being the alien.  Then like all really good scary stories, Serling makes us think all is well and – BAM! – he drops the twist ending on us… except in Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?, Serling follows the twist with a second twist that turns the episode into a classic.

Would you be surprised to know that wasn’t the ending that Serling had originally written?  Over at Shadow & Substance they have the lowdown on the way the story was supposed to end (it still would have been good, but without the classic double twist).  Click over and you can read Sterling’s original ending and learn more about the episode.

The Conjuring (2013) / Z-View

Posted in Horror, Movies, and Z-View

The Conjuring (2013)

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes (as Carey W. Hayes)

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

The Pitch: “A remote house… spooky going-ons… evil!”

Tagline: None

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
When strange things continue to happen in their remote farm home, Carolyn and Roger Perron contact paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warren’s discover that true evil lurks there

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