Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Joker's Greatest Crime!

Arguably, the Joker is one of the greatest villains in all of comicdom. Why? Because he actually causes lasting physical and emotional damage to the hero. The Clown Prince of Crime has single-handedly killed both Robin (the Jason Todd version), crippled Batgirl, and been a thorn in Batman's side for a handful of decades. But, what was his worst crime, you ask? Perhaps poisoning the cosmetics in Tim Burton's film version? Ruining Harvey Dent's life and destabilizing Gotham in The Dark Knight? Maybe the time he overthrew Arkham Asylum,'s all child's play compared to the shocking events in this panel from a Batman coloring book:

Highschool of the Dead Season 2 Rumors

For those not in the know, High School of the Dead began as a Japanese manga back in 2006, but has since built-up quite a cult following and even a 12 episode anime series produced by Madhouse, one of Japan's largest animation studios.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Frighten Brighton - An Orgy of Horror!

Our friends in the UK are at it again...a fantastic triple feature of classic horror films! Any horror fan fortunate enough to be in Brighton on December 3rd has no excuse not to be at this event! Show your support and attend - there's no better way to spend a Saturday!!

Cyberschizoid and Scare Sarah, the team behind the successful Classic Horror Campaign film screenings across the UK present the first in a series of Brighton based horror events.

Frighten Brighton is taking place at The Rock Inn, Brighton on Saturday 3rd December from midday. The event will consist of a horror movie triple bill alongside a Macabre Market, a book signing from local horror writer N.J. Hallard (Breaking News : An Autozombiography), a horror quiz, fancy dress competition and free giveaways courtesy of Rue Morgue, the world’s leading horror culture magazine.

The horror screenings begin at 2pm and feature Frankenstein & the Monster From Hell (1974), The Entity (1981) and Night of the Living Dead (1990) all for only £6 admission per person. Entrance to the Rock Inn pub and Macabre Market are free. Watch out for a specially filmed introduction by Hammer Films star Shane Briant and a sequel to Frankenstein & the Monster From Hell.

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Cyber Monday Sale! 40% Off All DVDs!

The Cyber Monday Sales Continue...

Take 40% off all DVDs at Middle Earth Collectibles
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DVD Sale lasts until 11/29/11

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Featured Product: Batman Strange Apparitions TPB SIGNED EDITION!

Want your very own signed and numbered copy of this rare, out-of-print Batman TPB?
A very limited amount is currently available at Middle Earth Collectibles.

Strange Apparitions deals with a number of elements coming to a head at one point in Batman's life. A new villain appears in Gotham City, Doctor Phosphorus, who terrorizes the town by contaminating the water supply. He also blackmails the city council (whom he had previously held ties to), demanding that they remove Batman from his path. This political pressure is fronted by Rupert Thorne, local corrupt boss. Along with the two new ones, an older, forgotten Batman foe appears, the nefarious Hugo Strange, who both discovers Bruce Wayne's identity, and usurps it. Batman also comes into conflict with Deadshot and The Joker. All of this is made much more complicated by Wayne's introduction to Silver St. Cloud, a local socialite who just might be the first person to truly penetrate his emotional barriers.

Batman: Strange Apparitions collects DETECTIVE COMICS issues 469-476 and 478, 479 from 1977-1978.

This long out-of-print trade paperback from 1999 has been signed on the cover by writer Steve Engleheart and artist Terry Austin. This signed edition also comes sealed in plastic with an official Dynamic Forces, Inc. seal to ensure that it hasn't been opened - and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity!

Limited to 500 signed copies!

DC Comics. 176 Pages. Trade Paperback.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Remembering King Kong on Thanksgiving: The Days of WOR-TV

For those who grew up around the New York area in the '70s and '80s, King Kong went with Thanksgiving in the same way that Santa went with Christmas.

For those that were either removed from the New York/New Jersey area, or are too young to remember, WOR-TV would play their annual King Kong marathon every Thanksgiving. A tradition which typically consisted of the 1933 original, Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young. Every so often things would be changed up and King Kong vs. Godzilla or King Kong Escapes would be played - but the original King Kong was always a staple in the line-up.

Unfortunately, due to major companies owning most television stations, tighter programing constraints, and simply lack of creativity, the tradition has long since disappeared. However, in an age of DVDs the tradition can continue to live on, though, sadly, without the quirky local commercials that always proved to be a welcomed intermission. Yet, all is not completely lost because, thanks to Youtube, a sample of days gone by can be relived once again...

Happy King Kong (Thanksgiving) Day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Win a Free Issue of Shadowland Magazine #2!

We're giving away a free copy of Shadowland Magazine #2 to twenty-five lucky winners! Want to have a chance at winning?

All you have to do is send Shadowland Magazine an email telling us your favorite Batman movie. Partial to Tim Burton's initial take on the Caped Crusader? Or did The Dark Knight win you over? Always favored the classic Adam West flick? Maybe Mask of the Phantasm was more to your liking? Is Schumacher's Batman and Robin your guilty pleasure...yeah, probably not...

Let Shadowland Magazine know at:

The results will be announced in Shadowland Magazine #3, which will be a 'bat' issue focusing on Gotham's nocturnal avenger. 

25 contest winners will be chosen at random.
Contest ends November 25th, 2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shadowland Magazine #2 Now Available!


Contents of Shadowland Magazine Issue #2:

Out of Control: The Guyver: A thorough retrospective on Japan's bio-boosted hero, The Guyver, and his journey from manga, to anime, to live-action.

One Man Army: We stack up the Guyver's powers and abilities.

Interview with Nathan Long: Screenwriter and author Nathan Long talks with us about his screenplay for The Guyver 2: Dark Hero.

Dark Heroes: The Guyver manga is known for its graphic violence in Japan; here we explore several iconic American comics that pushed the boundaries in the '80s & '90s.

Two-Headed Beast: An examination of the 'True Horror' and 'Slasher' genres.

William Castle on TV: Ghost Story: William Castle, the Master of the Macabre, has directed his share of memorable horror films - but what of his television venture, Ghost Story? We uncover the details of Castle's small-screen outing.

Legacy of Evil - The Amityville Horror: A critical review of The Amityville Horrorfranchise.

Retro Treasures: A look back at pop-culture characters who graced the coveted cardboard covers of cereal boxes.

Tombs of the Blind Dead: The terrifying Templars rise once again in this retrospective on the legendary series of horror films from Spain.

Bob Mitchum meets Bigfoot: When it comes to cinematic appearances, even Robert Mitchum would agree that Bigfoot has more than a foot above the rest!

Beyond Fantastique! Reviews of Cyber Ninja, The House of the Devil. Eyes of the Mothman, A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series, and Romancing the Vampire.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011...The Best Year For Retro Cartoons?!

2012 is almost upon us (believe it or not) and now is the time for some reflection and a bold statement: 2011 was one of the best years for retro cartoon fans! How so, you ask? Just look at all of the classic cartoons that have made their way onto DVD within the last twelve months...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Godzilla vs. The Thing Super 8mm Film

Let's face it. Today, we're spoiled. Any movie we want to see is readily available through some means (even if it's bootleg), there's nothing that can stop an avid movie fan from seeing the film of their choice, no matter the rarity.

However, prior to streaming, Blu-Rays, and DVDs there was laserdisc, VHS, and BETA - but prior to that - there was 8mm film (actual, physical film -- GASP!) That's right, you needed an actual projector to play these. The early 8mm reels weren't even in sound or color (though later ones would be) and let's also keep in mind that the average 8mm film would be anywhere from three to eleven minutes, depending on the reel size. Yep, you didn't even get to see the whole film. 

We now present to you the only way you could have watched Godzilla vs. The Thing back in the 1960s,  aside from seeing it in the theater or owning the entire 35mm reel. Sit back, grab some popcorn (a small bag, because this is short) and enjoy nearly three whole minutes of a classic Godzilla film, in glorious non-definition.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Top 10 Old School Horror Board Games

Today we're ranking the top 10 old-school horror-themed board games. So roll, the dice and see what happens...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Most Amazing Batman Costume Ever Made!

Okay, we know, Halloween's over. Still, for a costumed crimefighter it's almost like Halloween every day! Well, thanks in part to the talented folks at Effects Lab, you can feast your eyes upon this stunning Batman costume resembling the very one the Caped Crusader wore in the smash-hit video game Arkham City.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Featured Toy of the Day: Godzilla vs. Tricephalon Playset

Back in 1978, Godzilla was a hot commodity in the United States. He was that star of his very own Hanna-Barbera cartoon and was being featured in a Marvel Comics series, not to mention an outpouring of toys, including the celebrated Shogun Warriors figure. However, it would be a shame to forget HG Toys ever-impressive "Godzilla Battles The Tricephalon Monster" playset. Toss in a collapsable city play-arena, a handful of army men, tanks, a battleship, jet fighters, a bridge, a generic three-headed monster, and Godzilla himself, and you have hours upon hours of enjoyment. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Exclusive Hellraiser Framed Pinhead Artwork

Bring Clive Barker's iconic Cenobite, Pinhead, into your home with this one-of-a-kind original painting. Comes framed and ready to hang on your wall! Measures 20 x 24 inches.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cereal Box Memories

Ah, the joys of cereal...though today, picking out cereal is a rather bland affair, considering the lack of pop-culture icons appearing on the boxes. There once was a time, not so long ago (or maybe it was, but let's not think about that) when the greatest characters from both television and cinema graced the cardboard boxes that often housed lackluster breakfast food. But really, who cared how the cereal tasted when C3PO was on the cover.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Limited Quantities of the Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Available!

Afraid of ghosts? You don't have to be, if you arm yourself with the proper equipment. What equipment, you ask? Ghostbusting equipment, naturally. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Cinematic Batmobile: Batman's Car Through The Years

Sure, Batman is an icon, no doubts there - but, over the years, his impressive set of wheels has certainly earned its own iconic status. While it would take the Caped Crusader's trusty Batcomputer to categorize each and every Batmobile ever depicted on the comic page, it's far easier to create a comprehensive list of the live-action versions. So, without further delay...

....atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pre-Built Model Kits Available!

For some, the art of building and painting model kits can be a rewarding experience - however, for others, the undertaking of assembling and bringing a few dozen pieces of plastic, vinyl, or resin to life is not as enticing. For the latter category, these already built and painted model kits can be a pleasant substitute.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Real Ghostbusters Action Figure 2-Pack: Samhain & Janine

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Now collectors have can get their hands on Retro-Action Real Ghostbusters action figures of the spooky spectre Samhain and the Ghostbusters' loyal secretary Janine, in her very own ghost-busting gear. And that's not all! Janine also comes equipped with a proton pack, a PKE meter, ghost trap, and 'ghost-sniffer'. These 8-inch Mego-style figures feature exceptional detail and real cloth costumes.

This must-have collector's set also includes everyone's favorite green spud, Slimer! And...the set comes with a 22-inch giant cardboard likeness of the Ghostbusters' Firehouse with opening garage doors!!