Wizard World Highlights

Wizard World New Orleans brought together nerds from all the country at the recent convention. Featuring a Star Trek the Next Generation reunion, the comic and sci-fi haven let fans get to know some of their favorite writers, creators, artists, and actors.

 Highlights: Eliza Dushku Panel

 eliza3Eliza Dushku has been featured in every medium presented in the convention. She has starred in a variety of science fiction TV shows and movies, her TV characters’ images have graced the pages of comics, and her voices graces both cartoons and video games. At Saturday’s panel, she answered fan questions discussing her various career outlets as well as her philanthropic work.

In response to this author’s questions concerning the video game Wet, Dushku expressed great enthusiasm for the role. She very much enjoyed the video game and the game’s main character Rubi. She also revealed that she had wanted to do a movie based on the game. The biggest hurdle is obtaining the rights to the material and one is not in any kind of production.

Dushku was also on hand for autographs and photo opportunities throughout the day before she had to get back home for a biology class she is taking.

 Highlights: The Waking Dead Panel

 Jon Bernthal, Norman Reedus, and Michael Rooker answered fan question at The Walking Dead panel ontwd16 Sunday. Rooker was in fine form entertaining the crowd with humor and wit. Reedus joined the panel late after photo ops ran late missing Rooker’s hilarious impression of himself. Bernthal had to answer a lot questions “I’m dead” since his character had nothing to do with the current Season 3.

Fans were warned not to ask questions about upcoming episodes but were able to get insight on the actors and their characters. Rooker shared the story of how he got his voice. After an accident as a child, one vocal cord is paralyzed while the other is bowed. Bernthal explained that his unfortunate mustache was for an upcoming role. Reedus informed the audience that the hardest scene to shoot was the scene was he hung from the cliff while envisioning his brother. It seems scorpions were crawling by his head while Rooker ad-libed.

When the panel ran out of time, the cast suggested that the remaining questions be spit out quickly and they would give one word answers. This fast-fire session was humorous with Rooker replying off “Shut up! Next!” often and everyone got to ask their question.

Comic book fans lined up for autographs from their favorite creators, writers, and inkers. Comic Book legend Stan Lee was in attendance signing books for fans. Booths were set up to sell a variety of nerdy goods from Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figure to Doctor Who scarves. Various panels were set up including Q and as with actors, comic book artist spotlights, and psychology of superheroes. The next geek haven in New Orleans will take place in February 2013 and features an appearance by Bruce Campbell.

Watch This Not That Halloween Edition

John Carpenter Film

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The Ward

A fabulously spun psychological thriller places Amber Heard in a haunted mental ward. Tight writing and plot twists keep you guessing the entire time through out this movie. More than anything, the final moments of the movie are the scariest and will be carried around with you for days.

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Vampires

I hated this movie. It joins the ranks of B-movies every where. There was gratuitous gore, violence, cussing and nudity. It was a spectacle instead of a story. Anyone wanting  a no holds bar horror movie of flesh and rampage would do well for this, but other viewers should beware.

Stan Winston Studio Creature Fest

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Wrong Turn

A throwback to ‘70s horror films, Wrong Turn uses tension and release in tandem to scare the pants of the viewers. The Stan Winston Studio creatures are grotesque in bred humans and terrifying in their own right. Add in talented young actors (Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington), and it’s a horror film worth watching.

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Darkness Falls

This uninspired horror movies is neither good nor bad. It fails to draw viewers into their world. The evil tooth fairy is very frightening in look but due to the lack of excitement in the story, her psychological fear is minimal. Darkness Falls lacks the urgency, character relation, and tension needed to a good horror movie.

Clive Barker’s Book of Blood Adaptation

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Dread

One of my friends calls Dread the “best worst movie ever.” The plot is so psychologically twisting that the terror lies more in the decisions of the killer instead of his actions. I dare you to look at a steak the same way ever again. Staring Jackson Rathbone and Shaun Evans, the film looks into the idea of fear and comes to the conclusion the only way to get over your fear is to face it.

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Midnight Meat Train

I love Bradley Cooper. I love Leslie Bibb. I love Peter Jacobson. I hate this movie. One of Barker’s more odd tales about beings that devour humans, Midnight Meat Train is full of blood and gore and it down right depressing. The short story is actually better, minimal zing many of the things that make the movie so bad. Like men with hammers on a train? Like creatures from the center of the earth that need sacrifices? Watch this movie.

Classic Horror Movie Remake

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The Omen

It takes handwork to keep something true to its source material. The Omen does well giving a modern twist on several scenes while keeping the spirit and the spookiness the same. Well cast actors help as well, and only Liev Schreiber could pull off the famous Gregory Peck role. While not as good as the 1976 original, the new version gave quite a spook on 6/6/06.

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Psycho

This “shot for shot” remake is horrible. Why Gus Van Sant thought this was a worthwhile project I don’t know. Why Vince Vaughn was picked to play Norma Bates is beyond me. This version gives a modernized spin adding masturbation and graphic violence where there is no need. The original 1960 version didn’t need it, so I’m not sure why the 1998 version did.