New Cast Members Confirmed for RZ’s 31, Poltergeist Coming Soon, Marvel Marathon Comes to Theaters

This week, Nerd News is going to the movies! This entry is a little long, but I just had so much that I couldn’t wait to share with you guys!

I’m especially excited today because I just learned that the new remake of one of my favorite movies of all time will be here sooner than I thought!

The 2015 reboot of the 1982 film Poltergeist was scheduled for release in July but has been bumped up May 22, according to sources such as Bloody Disgusting and IGN.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the original story was written by the legendary Steven Spielberg. He also cowrote the screenplay, along with Michael Grais and Mark Victor.

The plot is simple. A young family moves into a charming new house, only to find out that all is not as wonderful as it seems. Strange events start happening, which of course are first noticed by the children.

The 1982 version was rated PG. The 2015 reboot is PG-13. Since it’s not out yet, I don’t know if the new film has upped the ante or if films are simply rated differently nowadays (as I’ve heard they are).

In the 2015 film, producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, The Grudge) and director Gil Kenan (nominated for Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for 2006 film Monster House) bring to life the modernized screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful).

I personally still feel that the original film is brilliant, but I often hear people giggle at the effects in films such as The Exorcist and Carrie. As it comes from the same period, the 1982 version could feel a bit dated to those unfamiliar with 80’s horror flicks.

The story for the remake is familiar. A nice little family settles into a quiet, suburban neighborhood, only to find out that their new home is a little more than they bargained for when strange things start happening and a child goes missing. As we can see from the trailer, the new film has incorporated more modern technology and special effects, which could better resonate with today’s tech-savvy filmgoers.

Speaking of Steven Spielberg, it’s almost time for Jurassic World!

The long-awaited continuation of the Jurassic Park story hits theaters June 12.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
– plot summary,

Jack-of-all-trades Rob Zombie is a busy man. Even while gearing up for his upcoming tour (starting May 30 in Kansis City, Mo), he’s steadily working on his newest horror flick, 31.

Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.
– Rob Zombie,

If you love Rob Zombie and horror movies as much as I do, you can’t miss this chance to be involved with the making of the film. 31 is fan-funded, which is way cool on so many levels.

By allowing fans to contribute directly to the making of the film with donations, Zombie has ensured that the fans really do have a say in the movie’s creation. Also, by rewarding contributors with campaign-exclusive merch, donating earns fans inclusion into a community of individuals who love Rob Zombie and/or his films and gives them something uniquely special to show for it.

Those who got in on the campaign early even had a chance to score an on-set phone call from Zombie himself! There is still a contributor-only VIP room on the fanbacked page where those who donate get access to behind-the-scenes updates from Zombie.

Cast members are still being confirmed. Here’s what we know, so far.

31 Cast members
E.G. Dailey: Sex-Head
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs: Panda Thomas
Daniel Roebuck: Paster Victor
Torston Voges: Death-Head

This teaser is still all we’ve got for a trailer, but filming starts this month. No release date confirmed yet, but IMDB says it’s due out this year. Here’s hoping we find out more, soon!

In other horror movie news, Bloody Disgusting has reported that a new It is on the rise and the film’s director is seeking the “Perfect Pennywise“.

A new documentary follows Tony Morran, who played Michael Myers in John Carpernter’s Halloween (1978). The documentary shows how Morran became an instant celebrity after his appearance in the film and how his life was forever changed. I guess you can’t really fall into anonymity after your face has been associated with such an iconic horror movie persona.

Wanna catch up on all the Marvel films before Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1?

If you have a participating AMC or Regal theater new you, be sure to catch the Ultimate Marvel Marathon on April 29. Participating Cinemark theaters are also showing an Avengers double-feature.

Check out the newest Age of Ultron trailer below:

Last, but not least, it turns out the Dragon Ball Z’s Lord Frieza’s fourth form wasn’t his final form, after all.

A trailer has surfaced for a new film, whose title translates as The Resurrected F, in which Frieza is revived. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu No F opens on April 18 in Japan and IMDB lists the film as available in the U.S. on December 31.

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza’s army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

Here’s the Japanese trailer:

Trunks: Frieza!
Narrator: At last, the emperor returns.
Narrator: He has but one goal: revenge against Son Goku.
Frieza: Now, shall we begin?
Frieza: Allow me to show you how further evolved I have become.
Frieza: Now, let us continue with my revenge.
Goku: Frieza!
Frieza: Vegeta, I offer you the highest command in my army.
Narrator: What cruelty lies at the end of this heroic battle?
Beerus: He imitated your naivete. It is the end for you.
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Thanks for checking out this week’s edition of Nerd News Thursdays! If you’d like to see more about a particular topic, let me know in the comments.

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