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A Scary Way to Cap off the Week with Stories to Tell in the Dark!

29 Mar

UCxur-9wBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

It’s been a busy week for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Teaser products have been released in the past five days and herein lies a complete list. I’m excited about this work because of the talents involved in bringing the work of Alvin Schwartz to life. First off, Dan and Kevin Hageman (Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters, LEGO Ninjago) wrote the screenplay based on the treatment by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Also, André Øvredal (Trollhunter) is directing.

Plus, the teaser trailer shows how the terror comes together. A book is discovered, and in what Sarah Billard penned, the creatures found her stories come alive. While the concept feels similar to Goosebumps, this take is more on authentic paranormal instances than Nickelodeon style. Perhaps that tome is worse than The Necronomicon from H.P. Lovecraft‘s world!

This movie is headed to the big screen August 9th, and the release of the trailer shows all is not good in the small town of Mill Valley. The Red Spot and Pale Lady images show what the Bellows family may have to face!


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Official Synopsis:

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.


How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World Home Video & AR Game Release Revealed

27 Mar

Nearly ten years after the first movie wowed audiences around the world, Hiccup and Toothless are back. How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World concludes the trilogy and it’s slowly making its way out of theatres and into home video. The best is being saved for last as this physical release comes with a bevvy of extras! The release is coming to Digital on May 7, 2019, and to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™, DVD, and On Demand May 21, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The physical release features over an hour of exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus content including an alternate opening, two DreamWorks animated shorts, deleted scenes and more.

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The Epic Book Tour: Gareth Hinds with Homer’s The Illiad

23 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Gareth Hinds is a prolific illustrator who worked in the video game industry for over ten years and still found the time to self-publish. Technically, that’s before Candlewick Press discovered him, and when they called him up to offer a deal, it was one he could not pass up!

Some fans know him for the cult hit, System Shock 2, and others may recall his earlier works, namely his adaptation of Beowulf. His artistic interpretations of literary classics are simply spellbinding. He has published ten books in all, including The Odyssey. As the recipient of Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award, his works can be found in use in classrooms across the country. Reading some of these classical works is not always easy, and to have the right kind of art to have young minds interested in the original material makes the process of learning how to read easier. Perhaps, one day, he may attempt Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Personally, I’m quite drawn to his works which looks at classical antiquity. In Poe: Stories and Poems, my taste for the macabre gets satisfied. His latest work is Homer’s The Iliad which took more than two years to produce! When this book clocks in at 270 pages and 95% of it are illustrations, the wait is certainly worthwhile. It is now available through bookstores like Amazon. To coincide with the release is a book tour. The remaining dates can be found at the end of this interview.

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GKIDS & Shout! Factory to Release Modest Heroes June 18th!

19 Mar

GKIDS and Shout! Factory will issue Modest Heroes on Blu-ray + DVD and digital download on June 18, 2019. The release, which features both Japanese and English audio tracks and comes complete with bonus features, is available for pre-order now on

From Studio Ponoc (Mary and The Witch’s Flower), the acclaimed new studio founded by twice-Academy Award®-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There), comes a thrilling collection of stories exploring ideas of heroism in their own unique way.

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