The Masters Of The Universe: Revelation Trailer Needs A Hero

Friends, one of the things about returning to the theater that I’ve had to come to terms with is a strict no cell phone policy. While we of course are allowed to use our phones during our breaks and such, it understandable why they wouldn’t want a patron to walk up to the concession stand and see someone tapping on their phone. I bring all of this up because it does mean that I manage to miss out on some pretty important pop culture news, such as the fact that Netflix released an incredible trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation a few days ago. One that like that quite impressive fan made montage trailer we shared last year featuring ‘80s cartoon heroes, makes great use of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero”. Executive Produced an co-created by Kevin Smith, prepare yourself for the first look at Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which as I understand it is a continuation of the iconic Filmation series.

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Man-At-Arms punching Trap Jaw in the side of the head, He-Man riding Stridor, Tri-Klops causing havoc while flying what looks like a Sky Sled, and an older Orko wielding far more powerful magic than we’ve seen him cast before. There is a lot to take in with that trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, but I have to say that it looks quite epic as well as fun.

You might be very interested to know that there is an embarrassment of riches in regards to the voice actors that have been tapped for the new animated series. He-Man will be voiced by Chris Wood (Supergirl) with the legendary Mark Hamill providing the voice for the infamous Skeletor. It seems to be something of an animated Batman voice actor reunion as Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) will voice Mer-Man, Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is Trap Jaw, Henry Rollins (Batman Beyond) portrays Tri-Klops, and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman) is Beast Man to point out just a few.

In all fairness, that is just the tip of the iceberg with the cast of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, but I am happy to share that Alan Oppenheimer who was the original voice of Skeletor in the Filmation series, has been included in the show as the heroic Moss Man. Thankfully we do not have too long to wait before we get to see the series itself, at least the first half of the first season. In fact while the trailer reveals that the animated show will debut on July 23rd, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Smith let it slip that an aftershow will be also be produced featuring many of the cast from the series.

We would love to hear what you think of the trailer, let us know in the comment section!

How About That Stranger Things Season 4 Teaser Trailer?

Friends, this week in particular has been extremely busy for me due to my work schedule, a reason that this week’s Saturday Frights podcast is unfortunately running late. I bring this up as it is my excuse for not being aware that a teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 4 had been released on YouTube. It was thanks to Rockford Jay, my fellow Pop Culture Retrorama colleague and contributor, who was kind enough to throw me a link to the trailer. Although there is probably very little chance that we will be lucky enough to catch the fourth season of Stranger Things on Netflix this year – you should probably consider the teaser videos below as definite SPOILER territory.

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It certainly seems like some of the storyline for Stranger Things Season 4 is going to delve into the backstory of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) at the former Hawkins National Laboratory. And while we were introduced to Eight (Linnea Berthelsen) in the second season of the incredibly popular Netflix series, that teaser hinted at there being quite a few ‘special’ children in Dr. Martin Brenner’s (Matthew Modine) ‘care’. In fact although it might prove to be nothing more than a red herring, it seems like the shot below hints at something important – as the slots that are filled include the numbers four, seven, and eight.

In addition to the Magic 8-Ball featured in the teaser trailer, it appears that the camera lingers on the child stacking the red blocks, actually there is a lot of red, right? As a matter of fact that fortune-telling toy and other items the children were playing with can briefly be seen in this short Hawkins National Laboratory video that was uploaded on Wednesday – as well as some disturbing imagery from the “Rainbow Room”.

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Although I am not exactly sure that the Duffer Brothers and Netflix are trying to give us a clue to the new season – I should point out that in the description of the video it simply states:

“002/004”

Which could very well just mean this is the second Stranger Things Season 4 trailer, or perhaps it is a mistake and it hints that we are getting two more glimpses at the upcoming series? Whatever the reason for the mystery, I am grateful to have the chance to get excited about a new season of Stranger Things.

Creepshow Season 2 Finale Ties Into 1972’s Horror Express!?

Friends, it was just a few days ago that we saw the conclusion of the all too brief second season of Shudder’s Creepshow. Although it has to be said that over the nine stories or segments that made up Season 2, the love for classic monsters and horror films was most assuredly front and center. This season started off strong with the absolutely fantastic segments “Monster Kid” and “Public Television of the Dead”, with the latter basically being a continuation of the Evil Dead franchise. Having said that however is the staggering amount of horror alumni that Creepshow landed for this second go around, just a few notable actors include Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Kevin Dillon (The Blob), Ted Raimi (Evil Dead II), Ali Larter (Final Destination), Keith David (The Thing), Ryan Kwanten (Dead Silence), as well as Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers).

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The iconic Greg Nicotero (Day of the Dead, The Walking Dead) wears many hats on Creepshow, being the showrunner, in addition to a writer, and director. In fact he directed the Season 2 finale entitled “Night of the Living Late Show”, from a script by Dana Gould (The Simpsons) – who just so happened to have starred in the Season 1 segment “Skinwalkers”. While the Season 2 finale benefits from having such actors as Long, D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), and Hannah Fierman (V/H/S) in it’s ranks, it is the fact that it revolves around 1972’s Horror Express that is the really incredible part!

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I will not be going into full spoilers as this article is not exactly a review of “Night of the Living Late Show”. But the basic gist of the story though is that Simon (Long) is an inventor who has created something revolutionary that he calls the immersopod, a virtual reality device that possesses hundreds of cameras that aid in inserting a user into any film they might desire. In the case of Simon, that means he can enjoy being an extra in Horror Express, interacting with the characters played by the late and great Christopher Lee as well as Peter Cushing. The advanced technological marvel that Simon has created though allows for total sensory input, meaning you can be an active participant in whichever movie you might choose.

As was touched on in both the original novel by Ernest Cline and the 2018 Ready Player One film adaptation, that type of virtual escape if it existed in the real world could be extremely addictive. At least that appears to be the case with Simon who quickly begins to ignore his wife, Renee (Carden), in favor of the affections of Countess Irina Petrovska, who was played by Silvia Tortosa in 1972’s Horror Express but is doubled by Fierman in this segment. Throughout the story though it is revealed that perhaps Simon hasn’t been honest with Renee for quite some time… and the poor woman might have had enough of it.

“Night of the Living Late Show” really does pull off some impressive merging of Long’s character of Simon and Renee into Horror Express, while it might not always come off without a hitch, considering the low budget of the Creepshow series it is an impressive feat nonetheless.

In closing out this article, I want to say that this second season of Creepshow has proved entertaining and I hope that we will have many more seasons of the series to look forward to in the years to come. Of course with any anthology series there were some stories that were better than others, but I wouldn’t say that any segment was outright a failure when all is said and done. And for what it is worth, Shudder has already given the green light to a third season of Creepshow – one can’t hope that come this October that we might be getting a treat instead of a trick, right?

George Takei Explains How Hard The Kobayashi Maru Game Truly Is

Friends, the other evening as I was getting off work at the arcade I noticed a message from a friend about a new game that had been released. It seems that the legendary no-win training simulation that all cadets at Starfleet Academy must experience, and was made famous in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, is now a free to play online game courtesy of Scopely called appropriately enough Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru. One that is designed to reveal how the potential cadet might react to a situation in which there is no possibility of overcoming defeat (unless you cheat like Kirk). Which as the rather humorous ad for the Stark Trek: Kobayashi Maru game depicts with narration by none other than George Takei… the answer is people do not respond well to failure in the least.

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The simulation itself as most of you that visit this site are aware, is named after the civilian vessel in distress in the fictional exercise, which requires a Starfleet Academy cadet to make a very difficult decision in how to react to the request for assistance. Which as was revealed in the 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan film, generally involves finding oneself thrust in a deadly Klingon ambush with only prayer as any sort of advice from then Admiral James T. Kirk.

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Now Scopely is well known for more than a few popular mobile games such as Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, but perhaps most importantly Star Trek Fleet Command. Unlike that last title however the Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru game plays more like an old school computer game that you would have enjoyed on the likes of the Commodore 64.

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The reason that Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru is kind of big news beyond the fact that it is a fun way to waste time is that there are some impressive prizes up for grabs, for the three Players who manage to beat the game in the fastest time. The contest is open until February 25th and the prizes include a lifetime subscription to the upcoming Paramount+ streaming service, an Eaglemoss ship collectables package, and even a Star Trek shop gift card. You can find out more information about the Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru contest by following the link here.

Vampires VS The Bronx Is A Fun Family Film That Doesn’t Bite

Friends, as Halloween is just a few weeks away, many of the streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, and of course Netflix are rolling out films and series to fit the Season. Just last Friday, Netflix debuted Vampires vs. The Bronx, which is a quite fun and teen-oriented family film. While the film earns it’s PG-13 rating due to language – I suppose there are a few jump scares as well as themes that might be considered too much for a younger audience. Although having said that – considering that a lot of pre-teens that I’ve talked to at the arcade are watching The Walking Dead – it will just come down to what types of horror films and series the youngster in your household might have seen.

Vampires vs the Bronx was Directed by Osmany Rodriguez (Saturday Night Live, Funny or Die Presents), who also is credited for the story, working from a screenplay by Blaise Hemingway (Playmobil: The Movie, The Settlers of Catan).

The story for Vampires vs. The Bronx revolves around three friends, who believe the worst threat facing their neighborhood is the gentrification of their area of the Bronx. As one by one the business and familiar locations of their neighborhood get snatched up by… Murnau… properties – the trio of teenagers quickly realize that there is an even greater danger invading their beloved home.

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While I think it is safe to say that Vampires vs. The Bronx takes a few cues from the likes of The Lost Boys as well as The Monster Squad – the truth is the film totally stands and delivers all on its own. While the film doesn’t ease off the gas once the vampire threat is revealed – Rodriguez wisely gives us a chance to get to know the main characters at the beginning of the film – so that when bad things start to happen we are actually invested in their fates.

The film largely succeeds on the charisma and talents of it’s cast of young actors, led by Jaden Michael (The Bug Diaries), Gerald Jones III (Benji the Dove), Gregory Diaz IV (In the Heights), as well as Coco Jones (Five Points). Buoyed by the adult supporting cast which includes Method Man, Sarah Gadon, Shea Whigham, and The Kid Mero.

Vampires vs. The Bronx has a whole lot of humor and heart, at the end of the day it is a nice holiday treat for this season – totally worth checking out!

Stargirl Premiere Focuses On Family, Fun, And Hero Legacies (Review)

Friend, later this evening Stargirl will finally get it’s chance to shine in it’s television debut on the CW at 8/7c – and shine it most certainly does. I went ahead and signed up for the DC Universe service the other day so I could catch Stargirl on the streaming service – it appears that new episodes on that service will drop on Monday with it then being shown on the CW the following day. Quite frankly with my love of the character and her connection to James Robinson’s Starman – I really couldn’t wait to check it out. Having watched the first episode I am happy to say that showrunner Geoff Johns, who co-created the comic character of Courtney Whitmore with Lee Moder as a loving tribute to his real Sister, have crafted at least from the first episode a series that shows the fun and dangers of becoming a superhero while also managing to focus on the strength of Family. It also lays the groundwork for the legacies of DC Comics heroes that came before – that I am sure will play out more throughout the series. I am going to share this minute long trailer that was released a week ago as a cutting off point before I get into my review – while much of it was seen in that extended trailer I shared in March – it actually shares moments from future episodes of Stargirl.

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I know I said that this would be a non-spoiler review, I’m going to bend that just a tiny bit in regards to literally the opening minutes of the series – which if you watched that short trailer you have already figured out that the Justice Society of America appears to be wiped out by a collection of supervillains. Let me tell you the truth, as a lifelong fan of the JSA – it was a little heartbreaking to see some of my favorite comic book characters killed off… you might even have to freeze frame if you want to catch the fates of the heroes during the vicious attack. Joel McHale (Community) who plays Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman, before succumbing to his wounds – manages to pass on the Cosmic Staff to his friend and sidekick Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson). Insisting that what the Justice Society of America stood for must survive the tragedy of the attack – as well as telling Pat rather humorously if also bluntly, that it will not be he that wields the Cosmic Staff but someone else.

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After a brief introduction to a young Courtney Whitmore and Barbara, her Mother who is played by Amy Smart (Justified) in the series, – we jump ahead ten years to the now teenage Courtney (Brec Bassinger) packing up to move to Blue Valley, Nebraska with her Mother, Pat and his young Son (Trae Romano). Brec Bassinger really sells the emotional upheaval her character is experiencing in this first episode – leaving behind friends and a childhood home, to say nothing of suddenly having a Stepfather and Stepbrother. The seemingly quieter and… overly… friendly residents of Blue Valley are a pretty sharp contrast to Los Angeles – as is the new school environment that Courtney finds herself in. In fact the town itself certainly appears to have more than a handful of secrets of it’s own and while none of it is hidden exactly – if you are a comic book fan you are definitely going to pick up on some danger signs before the characters in the series do.

While a lot of praise should be directed at Bassinger for her portrayl as Courtney – I believe that the show also works so well thanks to Luke Wilson’s performance, equal parts humble, moving, and humorous. Pat has the weight of keeping his former life involving superheroes secret – for the sake of his Family… although I have a feeling that as the series plays out we will learn why he chose to move them all to Blue Valley. Pat’s former life by the way is discovered pretty quickly by Courtney along with the Cosmic Staff – which appears to be sort of sentient (I have my suspicions on what is going on there). The device cannot be wielded by just anyone, it is almost as if it has been waiting for the young girl all this time, and both waste no time in getting into a little trouble… for sort of the right reasons?

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There is quite a bit of excitement and action in this first episode of Stargirl – besides the opening moments the focus of the series is rather lighthearted. Having said that as this episode serves as only our introduction to the series, they make sure to layer the episode with some very real threats to Courtney and Pat in the future. Geoff Johns as well as the cast and crew should be proud of what they’ve pulled off – I dare say it is something of a throwback to some of the TV shows of the ’80s and I have a feeling this is meant to be a series that the whole Family can enjoy – not just comic book fans.

Netflix’s Transformers: War For Cybertron Trailer Is Impressive

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Friends, I have shared in the past that I was probably at the right age when The Transformers were originally released by Hasbro, back in ’84. It was smart for them to team up with Marvel Comics again – like they had previously with G.I. Joe. Thanks to Jim Shooter, Dennis O’Neil, and to Bob Budiansky most of all – The Transformers is still a thriving franchise with toys still being manufactured for both young fans of the new animated series as well as old timers. In addition after making their mark on toy shelves 36 years ago – we have series of live action films, new comic books, and exceptional video games produced focusing on the war between the Autobots and Deceptions. And now in the very near future it appears that Netflix is releasing Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege – an original anime series courtesy of Hasbro, Rooster Teeth Animation, and Polygon Pictures. I am absolutely liking what I’m seeing in this trailer for Transformers: War for Cybertron – this was debuted by the way at the New York Toy Fair last weekend.

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There is not a whole lot of information to go on as of yet for Transformers: War for Cybertron – the Internet Movie Database page has no information on the cast – although it is reporting that the show is running for two seasons? At the very least I can talk a bit about some things that caught my attention in the trailer – first up is I assume most of the characters featured will be those from Hasbro’s exceptional Transformers: War for Cybertron: Siege line of toys. It certainly appears that the Autobots might be on their back foot in the ages long war with the Decepticons – I couldn’t help but notice that Jetfire is wearing a Decepticon insignia during Megatron’s speech.

While if you blink you might miss it – I believe we see the end of Impactor by something huge – possibly Scorponok – which was announced at the Toy Fair? Besides the awesomeness that is Optimus Prime and Wheeljack, a few other Autobots include Bumblebee, Hound, Chromia, Sideswipe, Ultra Magnus, in addition to Elita-1.

After watching the trailer a couple of times I have a strong suspicion that the first season is going to end with the Autobots having to hightail it off Cybertron – either to keep the AllSpark out of the hands of the Decepticons… or perhaps seek it out? I definitely look forward to catching Transformers: War for Cybertron when it airs on Netflix – perhaps I should do a review of the series?