Posted by Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and zombie Blues
While many campaigned for him to be the on screen Batman, Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles finally gets his shot as Batman in the animated movie adaption of classic comic story The Long Halloween. Below is the first trailer.
Posted by Owen Quinn Author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
Discovery has become such a great addition to the Trek universe, usurping expectations and fitting right in with continuity when the naysayers said it never could. Now a glimpse of season four has been released in a new trailer for First Contact day and we get a retro uniform look with classic colours and a new threat as this show goes boldly whre no one has gone before.
Posted by Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
It is adorable that you think you could possibly manipulate me. I’m ten steps ahead of you!
Loki has broken time and he is the only one can restore it. As a prisoner of the Time Keepers he is forced to work with them but exactly what and who is he going to come across in the flow of different times and what ifs? Coming June 11th on Disney+, this teaser completely sells the series to me and is so Marvel you can taste it. We can’t wait!
By Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
Up until this point we have met ordinary people, the people like you and me, living the rat race. In the Zombie Who Would Be King we go for royalty to see the zombie experience from their perspective. So we meet King Maurice Beldrano of Catarthia, a country somewhere in Europe and one steeped in its royal traditions. King Maurice broke from tradition and took a normal girl as his wife. Queen Helena has become the Queen of the people outshining Maurice himself. He doesn’t mind as it is his beloved’s presence that often keeps the citizens in check when civil unrest brews.
This tale is how the King finally sees how wonderful his subjects really are as he races to save Helena from being killed in the outbreak. His daughter is lost out there somewhere as she and Helena were on a public trip to celebrate the country’s efforts for the celebration of National Earth Day.
This tale is how the King finally sees how wonderful his subjects really are as he races to save Helena from being killed in the outbreak. His daughter, Elise. is lost out there somewhere as she and Helena were on a public trip to celebrate the country’s efforts for the celebration of National Earth Day. This is the first time we learn exactly when Mother Nature launched her attack.
Seeing his streets in chaos but his people standing firm against the zombie hordes opens the King’s eyes to the people he ruled but never really knew. I suppose it’s really a warning that no matter who you are talk to people. If you’re a person of high position it’s important to see people as they are. Your power is mere trappings that can be ripped away in a second.
This story is also the first one where we see the dying world from another perspective; a survivor’s. To see who this survivor is and what that message is, get your copy of Zombie Blues here
By Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
In this day and age acceptance and the freedom to be who you really are without fear of spite and ridicule should not even be an issue but as the recent former Presidency of the United States proved, that fear of being who you are is a clear and present danger.
For every step forward it feels like two steps backwards at times. My intention with Zombie Blues was to look at life in the frame that it could be over at any second so live it best you can. Cross Dresser Zombie was inspired by a taxi trip I took once in Belfast. We use black taxis in Belfast which are part and parcel of the history of the city but on this particular occasion I encountered something different.
The back of the black taxis sit five people, three in a row and two on fold down seats. I was passenger number five and there before me was a man dressed as a woman yet no one noticed. He seemed very nervous as if waiting to be mocked and ridiculed the second someone noticed. It never happened. I thought to myself how brave he was and how much it took to go out in public as the person you really are knowing you have painted a target on yourself. Our society is simply too small minded right now to let people be free without query or question. If I was in that position would I be so brave to do what that person did? Probably not.
But life is a shit when it comes to kicking you in the balls so my story would be a very clear message. Don’t be afraid to be yourself because tomorrow might ever come.
So we have Frank Malone, a hardman from Belfast who loves his drink and women but hides a secret. The image of Frank was very deliberate, big, bald, hardman who loved his mum but in secret loved to dress in women’s clothes. His alter ego was Majella but cage fighter Frank was terrified of going public. The world saw him one way, the safe way that brought a safe enough life but it was not all he was. There is an undercurrent of body awareness also as Frank doesn’t see himself as someone with a body that can wear women’s clothes without looking ridiculous. He’s hairy and bulky, not exactly what you’d expect but again this is a perception society has imprinted on us all.
On the day Frank does decide to make Majella public he is bitten. Now he is trapped in his own body dressed as he has always wanted to dress but it’s too late. Nobody will see him for who he always wanted to be because of fear of ridicule and pressure from society about how you should look have held him back.
It’s a bit of a tragic story but one that has garnered the most interest. Hopefully the themes are universal and it helps somebody somewhere make the change they always wanted to.
By Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
I have to open by saying right up front I loved the first Wonder woman movie. For me Gal Gadot will never fill the shoes of Lynda Carter but she runs a very close second. She is every fibre Wonder Woman bringing a gentleness to the role that balances the super hero side of her. She can rescue me any time to be fair.
Now we have the release of WW84 whose trailer has the classic Blue Monday tune from my youth. This automatically upped the ante for me. Such a classic tune gave me good vibes right there and then. This movie is going to be great. Aaah, if only they had been more Blue Monday the pain would not be so great. So what went wrong?
Well, the script and some bad choices in logic mostly.
There’s nothing wrong with the cast. They all do a bang up job but they are struggling in a sea that eventually swallows them. Like the debut of the Cheetah, it promised so much yet delivered so little.
Pedro Pascal plays a great Maxwell Lord, a crap businessman who is flailing in mud thinking it’s water trying to obtain greatness while ignoring his son. Kristen Wiig is the downtrodden Barbara desperate to be as amazing as Diana Prince. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are their usual selves as Diana/Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, a man suddenly out of time.
A lot of criticism has been laid at the plot point of Diana still being heartbroken over Steve’s death decades earlier. I disagree. I like to see our heroes flawed. It adds a beautiful layer to the character of Wonder Woman as a lonely god destined to right wrongs but never being happy in her life. It’s a timeless theme of the thankless hero whom the world never ever acknowledges beyond their super hero exterior. Even a God can have their heart broken. Life mostly gives us one true love and to lose that but continue living is a hard road to walk without breaking down. This gives Diana the humanity she needs for the audience to identify with her; we’ve all had a broken heart at some time. Barbara, Lord and Diana all share a common pain and the arrival of a wish stone from Amazonian legend turns the world on a coin. Wishes are granted at an accelerated rate and when Lord becomes the wish stone, the world begins to fall into ash and fire.
As Wishmaster 2, 3 and 4 proved, a movie about wishes can be a cracked path if not done right. To be fair Aladdin did the whole wish thing much better.
At two and a half hours long WW84 is way too long. Too much time seems to be focused on set up and the characters various breakdowns leading to a rushed conclusion that robs us of a proper Wonder Woman and Cheetah showdown. It feels like the Darth Maul syndrome; Cheetah was hyped to be the big bad but gets woefully too little screen time. It feels she was shoved on screen because they were running out of time.
Another point is the morality of Diana when she gets Steve back in the form of Sam Beckett. This is the first big misstep for the script. Having wished for her lost love to comeback to her Diana does indeed get Steve back but the problem is he lives in someone else’s body. Every other wish has come physically true so why not this one? Steve wears someone else’s face yet Diana has no problem jumping into bed with him. There is something not right with this thread; it just seems dumb and a bit crass. There’s no question in Diana’s head that sleeping with a stranger is in the least bit wrong. To be fair though this is part of her arc in getting over her grief and moving forward; simply adding the line that all she sees is Steve when she looks at this new man doesn’t quite cut it. It just doesn’t feel comfortable. Diana is quite happy this stranger loses who he was and his entire life so she can keep Steve with her even if he does wear another face and body. So while this thread is debatable it does again add into her broken heart story arc. She gives him up to not only save the stranger but the entire world as Lord floods it with destructive wishes.
Be careful what you wish for is also a running theme here but the actual logic of it crumbles leaving us confused. Are we really expected to believe that everyone actually renounced their wishes? While Wonder Woman gives a great speech, not all of humanity would be so noble to give up their wish. Or does Lord renouncing his wish to be the wish stone negate and cancel all the other wishes? It is a world left in tatters, clearly shattered by the wish flood but at least it scared our leaders into taking another look at nuclear weapons. Did Barbara renounce her wish and Cheetah no longer exists and is she back being downtrodden? Everyone has full memories of what happened to them so what does that mean for the world now?
Gadot is great all through a muddle of a story. One of the most obvious chasms in logic is when Steve and Diana must travel abroad to track Lord. They have to go by plane but Diana says they cannot do that as he has no passport. The problem is the body Steve is occupying probably has one and it’s washed over. This logic gap only happens to allow a romantic flight through a fireworks display and introduce the invisible plane ala Superman taking Lois flying at the first meeting. This may be a character moment that is a prelude to Diana getting her heart broken again but it only adds to the already overlong movie.
I really wanted to love this movie but it’s been hit by the curse of the sequels. It needed to be much sharper and find a better balance between character arc and moving a story along. The ending is a mess and leaves the viewer confused and disappointed.
All through the first movie and this one I was mentally projecting a Lynda Carter/ Gal Gadot meeting. It’s criminal if it doesn’t happen, I was thinking. Lo and behold the spectacular golden suit of armour used in the final battle turns out to belong to Asteria, the original hero that sacrificed everything for the Amazonians. And guess what she looks like? there’s Lynda in all her glory still saving people and saying she’s been doing this for a very long time. I nearly fell off my chair with excitement. She and Gal Gadot’s version of Wonder Woman better meet in the third one so get writing quick DC movies. Learn your lessons from this one and deliver the movie we deserve third time round.
By Owen Quinn author of the Time Warriors and Zombie Blues
As they once said, it’s a tale as old as time, one that has plagued fandom for over thirty years spawning many theories and contradictions as to who at the end of John Carpenter’s The Thing really was the alien?
It is one that has been further complicated by the prequel and has kept us debating in work as to what it all finally means. What spawned this article was the old theory that you could tell by the amount of breath coming from both Childs (Keith David) and MacReady. As Childs had hardly any breath forming on the cold air compared to Kurt Russell’s MacReady then the consensus was that Childs was in fact the Thing. Given Childs had disappeared and now suddenly walks out of the freeing darkness adds to the atmosphere that he may well be the Thing in a new form. Some say it would not be in Childs’ nature to simply run into the snow blindly lone just because he thought he saw a shadowy figure. We have seen Macready fight his way to this point with all the other base personnel falling to the wayside so we know he’s not the alien.
However the breath theory falls apart thanks to one scene in particular. When meteorologist Bennings (Peter Maloney) is absorbed by the Thing and it takes his form, Windows catches it in mid transformation. Fleeing into the snow the Thing Bennings falls to its knees, gross alien hands showing the transformation is not complete. Before the others burn it to death, the Bennings Thing lets out a roar and from its mouth comes lots and lots of steaming breath. It’s like Thomas the tank coming over the hill there is that much. This in itself blows the breath theory out of the water and was something I had not noticed before. Does that mean that in fact Macready is the Thing at the movie’s ending since he has more breath coming out of his mouth than Childs? Not necessarily as there are other theories. In an interview with Childs actor Keith David he says the breath thing is explained by the fact he is closer to the fire therefore Childs’ breath exhalation would be lesser due to the heat. He thought it was set up for a sequel and the answer would be discovered then. David still doesn’t think his character is the Thing.
We also have the bottle of gasoline theory. At the movie’s ending having blown up the Thing and its spaceship, Macready is alone amid the burning camp. There is no help coming, he is cut off from the rest of the world so is sitting with a bottle of alcohol waiting to die. He is surprised when Childs walks out of the darkness rifle in hand having gotten lost chasing Blair Thing earlier. Childs seems to be the worse for wear as they both slump to the ground and realise they are not getting out of this alive. Neither men are fit to fight anymore and know the temperature will plummet once the fires die out. MacReady’s beard has ice forming on it already so it is only a matter of time. This is also an indication of the theory he went to his shack which can now be seen burning to get whiskey, blanket and apparently a chessboard to wait out his final hours. He then set fire to his shed. This fits the question of where the whiskey came from given MacReady would not have time to stuff any in his pack or coat especially given the acrobatics in avoiding the Thing when he blew up its ship. Childs moves to say he is not the Thing but MacReady points out even if either of them were, none of them are in a fit state to do anything if attacked. MacReady then hands Childs the bottle of whiskey. He drinks from it and MacReady smiles to himself. Now the popular theory is that Macready had filled the bottle with gasoline. As Childs drinks from it and there is no reaction this is why the pilot is smiling. As the Thing Childs does not realise he is not drinking booze.
I sort of have a problem with this theory. Macready believed he is the sole survivor at this point. There is no hope and no rescue coming so he knows he is going to freeze to death here. He has saved the world and no one is going to know about it. He isn’t expecting anyone else to arrive especially since he has killed them himself or they have fallen victim to the Thing and been blown to bits in the explosion. So would it really make sense that he would fill a bottle of booze with gasoline? It’s not a petrol bomb of any sort given there is no rag inthe nozzle. Doesn’t it make more sense that Macready would spend his final hours drinking? In all this alien madness it is one of the most humn things to do; when the world goes to hell, let’s get pissed; ask the characters in Grabbers. Hence the shack theory. Even if he was testing Childs there is nothing he can do to stop him. If you look at the scene carefully it is clear Macready is not having a shock reaction to the sudden realisation that the Thing cannot tell the difference between alcohol and gasoline. Instead he smiles and rests his head on the barrel beside him. This isn’t the actions of a man knowing his weakened position is about to make him the Thing’s last victim; this is the action of a man knowing he will not die alone because Child is in fact human. Both men will die unsung heroes in a war that slipped under the radar. Besides I think that even if MacReady expected that one of the Things survived he would have had something a little more explosive to take it out with him. Even dying in the wreckage of the camp, Macready would ensure the Thing would not get away. One stick of dynamite and it would be all over.
While everyone is focusing on the breath and gasoline in a bottle theory no one seems to be actually watching the actors’ reactions to each other in the scene. There is nothing here to show either of them are the Thing. In fact they seem as human as ever.
Maybe Kurt Russell is right when he discussed the matter years later in an interview.
“John Carpenter and I worked on the ending of that movie together a long time. We were both bringing the audience right back to square one. At the end of the day, that was the position these people were in. They just didn’t know anything. They didn’t know if they knew who they were, but had you seen all the things in the movie, you’ve heard MacReady say, ‘I know I’m me,’ Well, you either believe him or you don’t. And Childs — you know, one of my favorite lines in the movie is, ‘Where were you, Childs?’ And I think that basically says it all,” Russell said. “it was about paranoia.”
It all points to both of men being human and ironically they now both know each other better where they didn’t before. they were just faces at a snowbase. After a slew of alien fear and paranoia the two survivors die in each other’s company as comrades.
While my buddy sticks to the theory that Childs is the Thing which is his prerogative, while I’m leaning towards they are both human theory after all this time, just shows what a great movie it is. For him and many fans like him to take away the fact none of them is an alien undermines and spoils the entire movie.
It was a question that was answered in the Thing from another World comic books. MacReady and Childs both survive the freeze but so does the Thing so the chase is on once more to save the world. Childs appears human but in the four part Climate of Fear comic book we learn that Childs is not only the Thing but has managed to spread the infection. It really is a great story and a stunning scene that would look great on film.
While many love the comic book series and it is highly sought after by collectors, there was another incident that threw the ambiguous ending into new territory and one that fans tend to ignore. However the arrival of the Thing prequel has led to even more theories.
The prequel deals with the events at the Norwegian camp which MacReady and Doctor Copper (Richard Dysart) visited in the original. While great pains were made to match the camp’s destruction to what we saw eg two faced monster, exploded wall and the axe, it didn’t really add much to the mythos except for one thing.
The stunning blood test sequence had been done so they had to come up with another method of determining who the Thing was. It was determined that the Thing cannot replicate fillings, false teeth, earrings, steel plates; anything that is not part of the original body can be duplicated.
Now in the John Carpenter version we see Childs wears an earring. He also has a gold tooth which can be seen in the final scene as he takes a drink from the bottle Macready offers him. Incidentally some cite this as evidence Childs is the Thing also as no one would take a drink from someone else’s bottle given it could contain a single call from the Thing. Sharing a drink could be a death sentence unless you alrady were the creature.
Also in that scene he turns his head so you can see his right ear which is now devoid of an earring. Is this evidence that Childs was duplicated after all? It is also pointed out his gold tooth can be seen also. It stands out as he takes a swig from the bottle therefore clearing him of being the Thing. While we know there was never a glimmer of a sequel at the time of the original movie’s release, we can’t simply ignore the prequel and the additions to the Thing universe. Sadly many do because it does spoil the ambiguity and mythos of that original stunning ending. For me it only confirms the they are both human theory. And do you know what? I hope it is because it’s an age old theme of two strangers coming together to face a greater danger to the world; a world that coldly ignores unsung heroes. Bonds are forged that go beyond friendship in the face of a war we never knew existed.
Whatever you’re viewpoint the cool thing about the Thing is that it will forever keep us guessing.