Film

Fright Rags’ Newest Werewolf Pop Culture Crossover Tee—Limited Time

Fright Rags is best known for its wide variety of constantly-cycling horror shirt designs, constantly bringing in new designs while occasionally allowing their customers to “resurrect” designs from the out-of-print graveyard. They made the news (Werewolf News, at least) back in 2012 with their “Breaking Jacob” design, in which three classic film werewolves brutally eviscerate pretty-boy Jacob Black, of Twilight fame.

They have recently unveiled a new delightful werewolf pop culture crossover shirt design, appropriately titled “An American Teen Wolf in London,” featuring an appropriately fuzzy Michael J. Fox van-surfing atop a classic red British double-decker bus:

An American Teen Wolf in LondonThe shirt is available for pre-order right now on Fright Rags for $18 plus shipping.

The catch?

Unlike the rest of Fright Rags’ usual shirts, per their website, this is an extremely limited pre-order window, and there will be no other opportunities after today to get this shirt:

This is available for PRE-ORDER for 24 HOURS ONLY!

Once the clock strikes midnight on Sunday July 12*, it will be gone FOREVER. It will never be reprinted, and there will be no extras available for sale later. YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO PURCHASE IT AGAIN. Don’t miss your chance!

*If you’re in the Eastern Standard time zone, this is late Saturday night.

So, if you have any interest at all in getting this tee (available in both standard and fitted shirts), you need to jump on this opportunity ASAP. This is your only warning.

 

“Bubba the Redneck Werewolf” Trailer Released, Is Exactly What You’d Expect

While I’ve never read any of the comics associated with the title Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, though there are apparently many of them, there is a certain mental image one gets just from hearing the title alone. In fact, your mental image is probably just about identical to my own—Larry the Cable Guy with more hair, right? It’s a straightforward title with a quickly-conjured mental image.

So, when I heard last year that there would be a movie made, I had a decent idea in mind of what that movie would be like. Now a trailer has finally surfaced for said movie, and I can confirm that it appears to be exactly how I figured it would be.

Still, regardless of how high up my eyebrows rose on seeing this, I’ll hold off judgement on the actual film until I’ve seen the whole thing myself. I have notoriously bad taste in comedy werewolf films (I’ve watched Strippers Vs. Werewolves at least four times now) so it’s entirely possible that I’m going to actually find myself laughing through it.

But in the meantime, all I can say on the trailer is “uh, wow.”

WolfCop Crowdfunding 2: Electric Boogaloo*

If you have heard anything about werewolves in the past 12 months, you’ve heard about WolfCop, the runaway crowdsourced comedy horror featuring functioning alcoholic Lou Garou in the title role. It’s the premiere 80s werewolf flick written and released in the 2010s, and it’s resulted in DVD/Bluray releases, soundtrack on CD and vinyl and cassette, a comic series, and even a run of action figures.

The news broke a little over a year ago that CineCoup was planning to produce a WolfCop sequel, and as of now, you can start pitching in to help fundraise the next installment of the series, WolfCop 2!

As of my writing this, the WolfCop 2 Indiegogo campaign still has 33 days left to go, and has already raised over 10% of their projected goal of $30,000 CAD. All contributors will receive the ability to give casting suggestions for the sequel, starting with the lowest reward tier of $3.

Other lower-tier rewards include unreleased music tracks from the film, digital download of the Bluray special features, and three different shirts (including a WolfCop 2: Electric Loogaroo* shirt).

If you’re not a college student like me and have way more disposable income to throw at crowdfunding sites (and boy do I envy you!) you also have the option of getting your name written somewhere in Woodhaven, non-speaking cameo roles (also available with SFX and/or with a VIP lunch on set), an authentic WolfCop uniform (likely shredded and bloodied and sweated all over), a killed-on-camera role, and a killed-on-camera-by-WolfCop role. There was also a tier for WolfCop’s mid-transformation arm prosthetics, but that’s already been snatched up.

Sound like your kind of film? Of course it does. Hit the link below to help breed the WolfCop WolfPack!

(*Note: I wrote this title before reading the rewards list and didn’t know about the shirt. A good joke never dies, apparently.)

“Asphalt She-Wolves” Episode 1 Drops

It is no secret that I am a huge huge proponent of the lady werewolf. It is also no secret that I am picky about the female werewolves that I like. (I’ll give you a hint: not the kind that crawl around on all fours and play subservient to the male werewolves. Get that outta here.) Those of you who follow my Twitter account are likely Very Aware of this, as roughly once a month I have a fit where I just have to scream about how great BAMF lady werewolves are.

So naturally, biker gang lady werewolves are very high on my list of cool werewolf things.

The webseries Asphalt She-Wolves has been on my radar for several months now, and I’ve been keeping personal tabs on their progress and milestones. And, I’m glad to report, they just hit a major one: the first episode of Asphalt She-Wolves was just posted. Check it out below: (more…)

WolfCop Soundtrack by Shooting Guns Released Today

The soundtrack for Canadian horror-comedy WolfCop is released on digital platforms today!

WolfCop Album ArtIt is written by Saskatoon doom metal band Shooting Guns, and is available on iTunes and the Shooting Guns’ BandCamp website today for $8 CAD.

One Way Static Records will be handling the soundtrack’s physical release, for those interested. It will be released in a limited vinyl run and a very limited cassette tape run.

The LP will be limited to 1000 copies, and will be pressed on red and blue marbled vinyl. It will be packaged in a “deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket” with original artwork by Randy Ortiz. (Pictured below.) It will be made available for purchase at MondoCon in Austin, Texas this weekend, with Ortiz present at the booth for a signing session. Remaining copies will be sold at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles from September 25 to October 5. If there are any leftovers following these events, they will be sold on the One Way Static Records website in mid-October.

WolfCop Gatefold DisplayThe cassette tape is limited to 350 copies, and will be available exclusively from participating stores on September 27, International Cassette Store Day. The tapes are housed in a retro-style VHS Clamshell box (pictured below) with alternate artwork. Any leftovers following ICSD will also be sold on the One Way Static Records website in mid-October.

WolfCop VHS DisplayYou can find those involved with the soundtrack’s release at the following locations:

ICYMI: Underworld reboot, old and new Linda Godfrey books, Werewolf: The Apocalypse sale

Hollywood Reporter brings us the news that the Underworld film franchise is getting a reboot titled Underworld: Next Generation. This seems like a bad move to me for several reasons:

  1. The last Underworld film was literally two years ago
  2. The last werewolf reboot film I watched was the worst thing I’ve ever watched
  3. Reboots typically imply a new cast, and what’s the point of an Underworld film without Kate Beckinsale
  4. Like seriously, is the production company ignoring that the one film that didn’t include Selene also brought in the least amount of money
  5. Are they trying to appeal to a younger audience with the “next generation” thing? If so does that mean there’s going to be some Twilight bullshit because I am not here for that

But anyway, I am not a hollywood expert so what do I know, maybe this will be the biggest Underworld film since, I dunno, the last one. I guess we’ll see on that.


 

American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and sightings in AmericaAuthor and dogman/werewolf researcher Linda Godfrey’s new book, American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America, was released today, and is sure to be an excellent addition to any cryptozoology fan. It even includes a fairly hefty chapter of lore/legends/sightings of “upright canid monsters,” including sections on the McHenry Dogman, the Wolfman of Chestnut Mountain, the New Mexico Walker, and many others. The book can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's WerewolfShe has also rereleased her long-out-of-print nonfiction debut book, The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf, with all new cover artwork for Kindle. It is almost identical to the original version from 2003, albeit with some cleanup of typos, and still includes most of the original artwork. It is available for $6.99 (which is much lighter on your wallet than some mint copies of the first release, which can go for up to $79 on Amazon) and she is currently looking at options to put it back into print.


 

Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Fang & Claw Volume 1White Wolf Publishing has put two Werewolf: The Apocalypse graphic novels on sale via DriveThruComics. For a brief time—only till next Monday–the PDFs of volume one and volume two of Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Fang & Claw are available for $2.99 each, rather than the usual $7.99. GET ON THIS.

“Gentle Werewolf” Casting Call

Darley Street Disco logo

Darley Street Disco Productions is currently taking applications for their new comedy webisode, Gentle Werewolf.

Gentle Werewolf follows the story of Tom, a 30-year-old man who appears to be stuck in a rut. He can’t hold a job, has no idea what he’s good at, is unsuccessful in love, and now (to add insult to injury) he is quite possibly a werewolf, too.

The production company is seeking actors and actresses to fill nine different roles, which range anywhere from lead roles to supporting roles to day players. The roles have specific age requirements but are open to any ethnicity. Darley Street Disco is looking particularly for submissions from Los Angeles, CA. All roles are paid for at a rate of $100/day plus profit share, with meals provided.

The casting call ends July 18, 2014, and the rehearsals and shoots will take place in late Fall 2014 in Los Angeles.

For more information and to apply/audition for a role, check out their Backstage casting call.

Actor David Legeno, 50, Found Dead in Death Valley

Martial artist and actor David Legeno was found dead on July 11 by a pair of hikers. He was found in a part of Death Valley so remote that a California Highway Patrol helicopter had to be called in to remove him.

Legeno, known by his manager as “an adventurer” who was “always off doing crazy things,” had evidently been hiking in the Valley when he succumbed to the heat, as Death Valley has been known to reach temperatures of 120ºF during the summer. An autopsy performed yesterday confirmed that the heat was the cause of death. He is survived by an adult daughter.

Legeno was best known for his portrayal in three of the Harry Potter films as the werewolf villain Fenrir Greyback, the same werewolf who bit Hogwarts professor Remus Lupin, as seen below.

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This Day in Werewolf History: “Werewolf of London” Release Anniversary

Henry Hull as the eponymous werewolf

Henry Hull as the eponymous werewolf

Universal Studios’ first attempt at a werewolf film, Werewolf of London, celebrates its 79th birthday today, having been first debuted on May 13, 1935. Many people online incorrectly call Werewolf of London the earliest werewolf film made, and while it is certainly one of the older ones, there are several films that predate it. That being said, Werewolf of London is still unique in its werewolf design, though, as it is the first werewolf movie to make use of a bipedal werewolf rather than a trained dog or wolf.

The star of this film is the lesser-known Henry Hull, with makeup done by the famous Jack Pierce. Pierce’s original design was rejected by Hull, who insisted on a less hairy, more stylized design. Pierce then created the sinister, devilish werewolf design for Hull instead. This wound up being to Hull’s discredit, though; Pierce did have the chance to reuse his original werewolf design six years later on Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man—ultimately it is that design that is remembered instead.

Unlike its successor, almost none of the mythology of Werewolf of London remained in werewolf dogma in later films. Only two parts, in fact, wound up finding their way into later werewolf cinema: the werewolf transforming during the full moon, and the werewolf’s tendency to kill “the thing it loves best.”

Despite its relatively lesser fame, as both the first film featuring a bipedal werewolf and the earliest surviving werewolf film distributed by Universal Studios it holds a particular place in werewolf film history. Kick back and give Werewolf of London a watch today in honor of this nearly 80-year-old film.