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Imaginary game sequels: Until Dawn 2

Plot: The Slate family is on a road trip, going from New York City all the way to California. While crossing through Iowa, their RV breaks down and they are forced to stay in a quiet, small town while waiting for repairs. While there, they begin to notice just how…bizarre the townspeople are. As the day turns into night and the town’s dark secrets starts being revealed, the Slate family will have to find a way to survive…until dawn.

Like the original game (which mixed two different horror subgenres together, the slasher and the many-monster flick), the first half of Until Dawn 2 will be dealing with the town, which is revealed to be a Satanic cult trying to summon a thing called “The Beast”. 

The twist is that it’s revealed the town was being watched over by a mysterious, government organization (like Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Men in Black) and that their goal was to capture this “Beast” for research purposes.

So it starts out as a town cult movie and then turns into a hybrid of a destroy-the-monster film and a government conspiracy film 

(think Children of the Corn / The Wicker Man meets Predator / The Blob) 


THE PLAYABLE CHARACTERS ARE: 

1) Millie Bobby Brown as Amanda Slate, Ethan and Moira’s middle-school daughter

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2) Mads Mikkelsen as Ethan Slate, Amanda’s dad and Moira’s husband 

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3) Michelle Fairley as Moira Slate, Amanda’s mom and Ethan’s wife 

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4) Iain De Caestecker as Michael Slate, Amanda’s older brother 

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5) Candice Patton as Kara Campbell, Michael Slate’s girlfriend 

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6) Brandon Soo Hoo as Kevin Oh, Ethan and Moira’s adopted son 

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7) Burn Gorman as Aaron Slate, Ethan’s drug-addicted younger brother and Amanda and Michael’s uncle  

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8) Dafne Keen as Angela Suarez, Amanda’s best friend from school 

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9) Martin Sensmeier as Noah Yazzie, an Iowan resident who befriends the Slate family and tries to help them survive until dawn 

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OTHER MAJOR CHARACTERS:

1) Jenna Coleman as Madame Elizabeth Hoover, the head of the town’s cult and the main antagonist of the first half of the game 

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2) Giancarlo Esposito as Agent X, the head of the mysterious government organization and the secondary antagonist of the game

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3) Mark Boone Junior as the mysterious stranger who explains what’s going on in the town to the Slate family before being killed off by the Beast 

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hollywoodreporter.com
China Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Opens to Muscular $72M
The Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment blockbuster scored Hollywood's second-largest opening in China this year.

Kong: Skull Island roared into the Middle Kingdom over the weekend, earning a muscular $72 million, according to studio figures.

The big bow gives the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film claim to Hollywood’s second-largest opening in China this year, behind only Resident Evil’s surprising $94 million February debut.

Opening on 18,000 screens, Kong easily cast Disney’s Beauty and the Beast aside. BATB added $12.4 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its two-frame total to $73.4 million, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.

Kong, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, also laid claim to China’s all-time biggest March launch in IMAX, with $6.5 million from 387 giant-format screens. By midweek, Kong should march past Godzilla — Warner Bros. and Legendary’s last hit monster flick together — which grossed about $77.6 million in China in 2014.

Kong’s greatest test will be endurance. For over a year, Hollywood tentpoles have tended to open huge and crash hard in China. But the monster movie reboot, which was co-financed by Chinese internet giant Tencent and has local marketing support from Legendary parent Dalian Wanda Group, has some good timing on its side. Kong’s second weekend will coincide with China’s three-day Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival, a popular moviegoing holiday. The U.S. blockbuster won’t have any Hollywood competition in frame two, but it will be interesting to see how it fares against Perfect World Pictures’ local action-thriller Extraordinary Mission, directed by Alan Mak and written by Felix Ma (the duo behind Hong Kong classic, Infernal Affairs), and Beijing Enlight’s The Devotion of Suspect X, an adaptation of a best-selling Japanese mystery novel by Keigo Higashino.

The rest of April is shaping up to be a busy season for studio releases in China. Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, will open April 7, followed by Universal’s The Fate of the Furious on Friday, April 14 and Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village on April 21.

Sources tell THR that Lionsgates’ Power Rangers also has been cleared for an April release, and state distributor China Film Group is currently working on dating.

The Bestiary: Coconut Crab

Buckle up fuckers, it’s kaiju time!

*sexy saxophone music*

Ah, kaiju. Those completely irrational nuclear monsters that destroy Tokyo with a regularity that makes one wonder how the Japanese keep their country running, all the while taking a dump on the Square-Cube Law. They emerge from the water, wreak havoc and are either bombed into oblivion or duke it out with another similarly insane beast and then fuck off right back into the ocean. Thank God nothing like that could ever happen in real li-

I CALLED IT OKAY. I KNOW YOU ENOUGH, EVOLUTION, I WAS DAMN SURE YOU’D COME UP WITH A REAL LIFE KAIJU JUST TO MAKE OUR LIFE MISERABLE.

Ahem.

This is the coconut crab, also known in scientific circles as Birgus latro. It’s really the closest real-life analogy to a freaking crab monster from some cheesy 60s monster flick I know of, and for a good reason. Not only it is the largest land-dwelling invertebrate in the world, it’s also the largest possible land-dwelling invertebrate. This is because the way it’s breathing works; it’s based around oxygen density, and any bigger size would require a higher density to work. For the record, we should be thankful for all the soulles evil megacorps relentlessly poisoning the air, because the last time the oxygen content of the air went over 35% it ended up causing shit like this.

how about no

But now, that the oxygen level is a measly 21%, the day of freaking enormous, creepy arthropods is long past. The coconut crab cannot possibly be that big, right? Right?

Oh who are we kidding, you already know the answer.

I don’t even have words for this right here. I wanted to write an article full of creative flowery swearing and witty commentary, but I’m pretty much speechless. A crab the size of a trash can that, by the way, would have absolutely zero problem snipping your hand off. Mother Nature is now more or less known to be on drugs.

The freakiest thing is probably that this guy is actually a hermit crab. Yeah, you know those adorable, sweet little crabs in their cute tiny seashells the beaches are practically full of? They are very close relatives of a ravenous, terrifying fuck-you crab that will kill and eat its own comrades if sufficiently hungry.

Not only are they big and fearsome, they are also crafty as all hell. They naturally love coconuts, and while it comprises only a small portion of their diet, it’s understandably hard to forget the sight of a crab cracking open a freaking coconut with just its claws. Or disemboweling one using its legs, for that matter.

They are also covered head to toe with armor that would make a Space Marine Centurion weep with joy; they are so confident in its quality that they gather coconuts by climbing up a palm, snipping off the coconut and then literally jumping off the top of the tree, a feat that would cost an ordinary human, at least a broken everything.

And yet, the coconut crab has the titanic, chitin-covered balls to do this regularly. That it actually works and they shrug off 5-6 meters high falls without a scratcj proves that they are absolutely in the right.

They primarily feed on fruits, but they are also opportunistic scavengers, which means that they eat pretty much everything they come across. They are also known for chasing, killing and eating smaller crabs and even members of their own species which counts as a kaiju battle in its own right.

Oh, and also there’s this.

If you have ever heard of the undeniably badass pilot chick Amelia Earhart, who, among other things, flew a half-functional plane across the Atlantic Ocean, not giving a shit about the fact that the rotor stopped working twice mid-flight, you probably know that she was lost on her last flight and her body was never found. Well, it’s widely theorized that this is because she crash-landed in the Oceanian area, where ravenous coconut crabs proceeded to more or less scour all flesh from her body, after which they built her bones into their nests. And if you combine this with the native belief that coconut crabs can be possessed by spirits of dead people, this means that one of history’s first and foremost ace pilots might still live one, in the body of a ravenous giant crab monster. A truly worthy resting place you’ve got there, Mrs. Earhart.

Universe Falls Preview

Woo boy here we go! Our first preview of arc 4! I still can’t believe I’m actually in this arc personally like when the hell did this happen. But anyway, have some cute fluff between Steven and Greg because fuck god knows we’re gonna need it when I get to the intense as fuck later parts of this chapter. 


Steven let out a small gasp as the hero of the movie they were watching landed the finishing blow on the monster of the flick: a zombie. Greg couldn’t help but crack a small grin at how engrossed his son was with the film, even though it was quite old and rather cheesy. Still, the young Gem beamed in satisfaction as the protagonist embraced his love interest and kissed over their triumph as the credits began to roll.

“Oh man, that was the scariest movie we’ve watched tonight yet!” Steven exclaimed, propping himself up from his pillows a bit. “I wonder if real-life zombies would be as terrifying as that one.”

“Eh, probably not, kiddo,” Greg shrugged, smirking. “I mean, that zombie was pretty slow. The guys in the movie probably could’ve easily outran him if they had gone at more than a light jog.”

“Oh yeah? And how would you know?” Steven asked with a faux challenging chuckle. “Have you ever outran a zombie, Dad?”

“Can’t say that I have, Sto-ball,” the former Rockstar laughed. “And I can’t say that I’d really ever want to either.”

“Well what about any of the other monsters in here in Gravity Falls? You’ve lived here for a super long time-”

“I’ve only been here for 26 years, Steven. Then again, I guess that is kind of a long time…” Greg frowned. “Yikes. I’m getting old.”

“Yeah, but still,” Steven interjected. “You’ve been around long enough to see all the cool stuff here. Have you ever been chased by gnomes? Or have you ever high-fived a manotaur? Or hugged a werewolf?!”

“O-oh well, uh, I don’t know about all that…” Greg frowned apprehensively. “Your mom and the Gems usually would handle all that supernatural stuff. I’ve always figured it’s best not to get involved with it.”

“Aw, but you could have totally helped them, Dad!” the young Gem exclaimed enthusiastically. “It would be so cool to see you fighting alongside me and the Gems using—wait for it…” Steven paused, tapping the side of the van to create a dramatic drumroll. “The power of music!”

“Heh, well, I’m not really sure what good the ‘power of music’ would do against a werewolf or a zombie,” the former rock star chuckled. “Still, it’s good to know you still think your old man cool enough to keep up with the best of them.”

Steven laughed warmly as his father pulled him into an affectionate headlock and noogie. The playful moment was soon interrupted however, as a bright flash of light from outside flooded into the van through the windows. It only lasted a second, but that startling second was enough to catch both Steven and Greg completely off guard. “Whoa!” the young Gem exclaimed, breaking free from his father’s embrace as he ran to the back window, peeking out of it to find nothing but the Gem temple the van was parked in front of. “What was that?!”

“Eh, it must have just been a flash of heat lightning,” Greg shrugged with a casual grin, glancing out the front windows himself. His smile faded however, upon looking down the hill to the Mystery Shack, noticing as another sudden burst of blue light pulsated from the ramshackle building. The former rock star knew exactly what this meant, but even so, he had made a promise not to get involved in it. And that was a promise he was honor bound to uphold to his former boss. “U-uh, hey, Steven!” Greg quickly quipped, forcing a tight grin onto his face as he turned towards his unknowing son. “Hows about we pop another one of these movies in, huh? This next one has a mummified cow on the cover.”

“Oh! You mean The Cowwy!?” Steven grinned, plopping back down in his spot beside his father. “That’s one of my favorites! Put it in! Put it in!”

“Way ahead of you, kiddo,” Greg smirked, putting the tape in as Steven settled in to watch it. However, as he turned to sit down once more himself, he happened to steal another look at the shack, which was still lightly enveloped in an ominous pale cobalt glow. A years-old fear started to fill the former rock star, especially as his mind turned back to the warnings Rose had whispered to him long ago, warnings that even the Gems themselves no longer had. Greg had hoped that Stan would have given up on this risky pursuit by now, but if the conman was nothing else, he was persistent. But even so, one thing was clear: the once-forgotten ghosts of the past were still very much around. And given how much things had changed since then, getting rid of them would be far more difficult this time around.

China Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Opens to Muscular $72M

Kong: Skull Island roared into the Middle Kingdom over the weekend, earning a muscular $72 million, according to studio figures.

The big bow gives the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film claim to Hollywood’s second-largest opening in China this year, behind only Resident Evil’s surprising $94 million February debut.

Opening on 18,000 screens, Kong easily cast Disney’s Beauty and the Beast aside. BATB added $12.4 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its two-frame total to $73.4 million, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.

Kong, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, also laid claim to China’s all-time biggest March launch in IMAX, with $6.5 million from 387 giant-format screens. By midweek, Kong should march past Godzilla - Warner Bros.’ and Legendary’s last hit monster flick together - which grossed about $77.6 million in China in 2014.

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Kong’s greatest test will be endurance. For over a year, Hollywood tentpoles have tended to open huge and crash hard in China. But the monster movie reboot, which was co-financed by Chinese internet giant Tencent and has local marketing support from Legendary parent Dalian Wanda Group, has some good timing on its side. Kong’s second weekend will coincide with China’s three-day Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival, a popular moviegoing holiday. The U.S. blockbuster won’t have any Hollywood competition in frame two, but it will be interesting to see how it fares against Perfect World Pictures’ local action-thriller Extraordinary Mission, directed by Alan Mak and written by Felix Ma (the duo behind Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs), and Beijing Enlight’s The Devotion of Suspect X, an adaptation of a best-selling Japanese mystery novel by Keigo Higashino.

The rest of April is shaping up to be a busy season for studio releases in China. Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, will open April 7, followed by Universal’s The Fate of the Furious on April 14 and Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village on April 21.

Sources tell THR that Lionsgates’ Power Rangers also has been cleared for an April release, and state distributor China Film Group is currently working on dating.

Read more: China’s Huayi Brothers Looking to Expand Ties With STX Entertainment

While the comic has its own thing going, I think it’s a lot easier to get your head around the film adaptation of V for Vendetta if you think of it as a post-9/11 monster boyfriend flick; instead of a heroic vampire or a heroic werewolf, the monster boyfriend is a heroic terrorist.

(Which, entertainingly enough, means that Anonymous is basically identifying with the weird British dystopia version of Edward Cullen.)

Quick little PSA! Pacific Rim is NOT connected to Godzilla/Kong. PacRim is its own thing and is not part of the Kaijuverse/Monsterverse.

Some folks seemed a little confused after Godzilla and now after Kong, and it’s understandable. Not only are these all giant monster flicks, they were all released pretty close to each other and were all made by Legendary. So yeah, some confusion was bound to happen. No worries! Hope this little post helps clear up any confusion. :)

But hey. How sweet would it be if they WERE all part of the same universe??? Brb gonna draw some cool team-ups and fights!!

Steven Universe Ronaldo’s GF

So i noticed something semi important while re-watching su. In Lion 2: the movie, when Steven and Connie get to the movie theater to watch dogcopter 3 there’s a girl working the till that’s now known as Ronaldo’s girlfriend.

Since she works with movies and was returning a dvd to Ronaldo, I’m headcanoning that they would just get together and watch monster flicks or anime shows together. I just love her and I’m glas they remembered her.

Virus (1999) was a fun movie.

I know, without a shadow of doubt, that my favorite genre of movie is 90′s/very early 2000′s monster flicks. Deep Blue Sea, Jurassic Park, Virus, Anaconda… Right when CGI was getting on it’s good legs, but where practical effects were still the norm. The golden age of a rag tag group of people getting their butts chewed by some sort of alien/cyborg/giant animal/weird mutant. Such movies fill me with like, the purest form of happiness.

iZombie: Ravi Chakrabarti  [INTP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / The Mod

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Ravi is detached and analytical. He is excited to discover Liv is a zombie, because he has theories about zombies and cannot wait to study her. Ravi is at his happiest in the lab, working with testing samples. He’s great at analyzing problems and creating inventive solutions to problems.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): He’s open to change and new possibilities, and doesn’t have any preset opinions before reaching crime scenes. He enjoys brainstorming with Liv over potential suspects and motives. Ravi has an optimistic attitude and is willing to pursue ideas and possibilities to their natural end, rather than speculate on how they might turn out (Paton might turn him down, or they might have “had a moment”). He doesn’t like leases, because they tie him down.

Introverted Sensing (Si): Many of his ideas about theories come from zombie movies; he loves to watch them, and old monster flicks, for kicks while hanging around the morgue. Ravi doesn’t mind working at the morgue, and has a usual routine. He chills by playing video games, and has to have things “just so.” He can be detail oriented.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): He has a warm, friendly persona and is good at encouraging others, but admits that he doesn’t “do” feelings or know how to talk others through them. Ravi is offended when Liv implies he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; he resents having her pry into his family life, under the influence of a psychologist’s brain. Ravi does care about others, and doesn’t often “bother” them with his feelings, even if he’s stressed.

Sam and Dean's Hunts: A Summary
  • Sam: omg weird deaths in a town in the middle of nowhere
  • Dean: do we have to go? it's probably nothing
  • Sam: Dean let's gooooo
  • Dean: k
  • Sam and Dean: *investigate town*
  • Sam and Dean: *someone else dies weirdly*
  • Dean: I KNOW WHO THE KILLER IS
  • Sam: Dean noooo we need more evidence
  • Dean: k *gets more evidence*
  • Sam: k don't attack this thing alone let's go together!
  • Dean: duh
  • Dean: *leaves when Sam's asleep to kill monster*
  • Dean: *monster flicks wrist*
  • Dean: *weapon flies out of hand*
  • Dean: *almost dies*
  • Sam: *magically appears as monster is about to deliver death blow*
  • Sam: *kills monster*
  • Sam and Dean: *impala scene and beers*
  • The End

[*Frisk bounced on their heels as they finished putting on their costume. Chara had wanted to be a some sort of b-flick horror monster or killer but they had managed to convince them to go with pirate instead.]

[*This was fun! They never got the chance to dress up for halloween before, especially not for a party. The amount of people that were probably going made Frisk very nervous, but as long as Chara behaved it should be fun!]