Archive for the ‘Special Features’ Category

From the perspective of a lifelong horror fan, the past several years have been lackluster with the release of several less-than-mediocre films serving as mere placeholders for the casual viewer. 2016 revitalized the genre, introducing audiences to everything from a sequel to fan-favorite The Conjuring (check out our review of The Conjuring 2 HERE), to the new Blair Witch installment (check out our review of Blair Witch HERE), and shocking audiences with the award-winning 10 Cloverfield Lane (and check out our review of 10 Cloverfield Lane HERE). 2017 has just begun, but this year’s scary movie lineup is set to prove that horror is ready for more than just a comeback- it’s ready for a facelift and some detox. So let’s get to it… your 2017 HORROR MOVIES PREVIEW!

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Back in the day, there used to be such a thing as ‘convention season’– a specific block of time that the geek community set aside each year to attend as many of their favorite big-name shows as they could (with the exception of San Diego’s Comic Con, of course). Now convention season is a 12-month affair that offers hundreds of events across the United States- and the world- and doesn’t apologize for the over-abundance of actors from The Walking Dead and ridiculously over-priced autographs.

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A subsection of the convention circuit, there are still a small amount of horror-themed shows that have a permanent place with fans. Though numbers have dwindled in recent years- be it because of the economy or lack of interest- many of these shows have continued to make their mark on annual calendars, and these shows are no stranger to competition.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, fellow nerds!

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I told myself when I started this that I was gonna keep my personal feelings out of it and let the numbers (Money Earned + Awards Won = Ranking) speak for themselves. I know that’s a bit of a Scrooge-like mind set, but frankly, that’s how I feel film (which is a hard enough art form to rank) rankings should be approached. That being said, the fact that most of the “best” Christmas movies didn’t keep close records of their numbers, or win any awards for that matter, makes it very difficult to number an accurate list of finest festive films. So, since most folks like to binge a bunch of merry movies this time of year, I thought it might be fun to pair them up for some delightful double-headers. Enjoy!

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As I started my research for this piece, I realized something VERY quickly. There are a lot of RPGs out there and as I read deeper, it occurred to me that technically speaking, EVERY video game is (in a way) a role playing game. You assume control of a character and use them to collect items they need to alter your normal actions in order to complete a task…more or less. Be it a mushroom that makes you grow twice your normal size or a spell that you cast to do all the ass-kicking for you while you finish your homework (I wasn’t the only one, was I?), nearly every digital gaming experience can, in some form or another, be classified as an RPG.

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Okay, maybe not Tetris, settle down. So that’s definitely an over simplification, but nonetheless makes an impossibly large list to choose from. Knowing that, stereotypically, RPGs are widely recognized as either medieval or futuristic fantasy based adventures; I thought this might be too exclusive a definition. Therefore, I tried to break it down into franchises that focused on different aspects of gameplay, as well as the revolutionary franchises that set the standard for games we have today. That being said, this is my personal list and should not be held to any sort of standard as the end-all, be-all of “best of” lists.

So let’s get to it…
Todd’s Top 10 Role Playing Video Game Franchises/Series’
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The final frontier returns for further exploration May 2017 with the debut of Star Trek Discovery, the newest Star Trek television series and the first since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, it will premiere on CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service with Fuller, Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts acting as showrunners.

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(image courtesy of CBS Networks)

Star Trek Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series takes place, following the crew of the USS Discovery as they explore an event from the history of the franchise that has been mentioned but never shown. Little is yet known about the characters or cast except for the protagonist, a female character known so far only by the name “Number One” in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original Star Trek Pilot episode, “The Cage.”

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Legendary film star Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. According to various reports, Wilder died Monday, August 29, 2016 at his home in Stamford, Conn. from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Photo by STEVE WOOD/REX/Shutterstock (74497b) GENE WILDER VARIOUS – 1979

Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in an official statement:

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
   He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

Wilder was best known for his iconic roles as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, his two Oscar nominations for Young Frankenstein and The Producers, as well as such other memorable performances in Blazing Saddles and Stir Crazy, just to name a few.

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Gene Wilder s Willy Wonka in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Public Domain/Fair Use

On behalf of all of us here at Nerd Nation, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Wilder’s family, friends, and fans in this difficult time. May you forever rest in peace, Mr. Wilder, and thank you.

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-Nerd Nation Staff
@NerdNationPress

An Interview with Rick Gawel, Writer and Director of Michael Myers: Absolute Evil

For nearly forty years now, everyone’s favorite Shatner-masked serial killer has been murdering people on screen. In tribute to this film series, writer and director Rick Gawel made the fan mockumentary Michael Myers: Absolute Evil. In equal parts this film pays homage to the classic Halloween canon while also adding original ideas to the mythology of Michael Myers and the world of the movies.

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(image courtesy of AD Nauseam XI/Herbivore Productions)

This fake documentary sets itself on the position that the Halloween movies (except for the third in the series – Season of the Witch) actually happened, and gathers experts from various fields to discuss the events as such. It also slightly includes the Rob Zombie remakes as films based on actual events.

What this fan film does best is exist wholly as a fan film. It is that fanaticism and passion for the Michael Myers movies that translates wonderfully off the screen and adds additional layers that most may not get from haphazardly viewing the movies once or twice. It brings forth the obvious view of someone who loves these films and has intently watched and rewatched them building their own impressions of the deeper meanings behind the character. And that deep meaning isn’t some nonsensical philosophical deepness, but rather a true appreciation of the horror film-legend John Carpenter set out to create all those years ago.

Nerd Nation had the opportunity to talk with the writer and director Rick Gawel and ask him several questions. Check out the full, uncut interview below!

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Once nearly every month, the beautiful and scenic Kings Mountain State Park, which splits the border between North and South Carolina, plays host to something truly fascinating; even beyond its own timeless natural wonder. Because for three days a month from March through November, the entire mountain is transformed into the epic fantasy realm of Shadowmoor.

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(image courtesy of Shadowmoor LARP – fair use)

Shadowmoor is a live action role-playing game, or as it’s more commonly referred to, a LARP. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a role-playing game much like Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder, except instead of rolling dice on a table, controlling a created character as they adventure through your imagination, you ARE the character, and the adventuring is 100% your own actions in an actual, physical setting.

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Nerd Nation Magazine recently sat down with Jeremy Bulloch – best known for his role as the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars Trilogy. This interview was originally recorded by our correspondent Dave Ward at the 2016 Days of the Dead convention, and since we now have had time to transcribe it, we present it to you here in its raw, unedited format.

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See the full interview below!

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Nerd Nation’s Dave Harlequin recently sat down with Santiago Cirilo, actor and film star best known for his role as Julio in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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In this exclusive interview, Santiago shares his story of his acting career, working on The Walking Dead, his many upcoming projects, and really opens up to share a bit of his wonderful and endearing personality.

CHECK OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW!

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