Film bosses behind spooky hit The Woman In Black are set to remake classic horror movie The Abominable Snowman. The original 1957 film, which starred Peter Cushing, focuses on a scientist's search for the mythical Yeti.
Chiefs at Britain's rebooted Hammer film studios have now announced plans for an updated version of the iconic movie, which will be penned by screenwriters Matthew Read and Jon Croker.
The project comes after Hammer Horror scored a huge hit with The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, last year (12).
Hammer president Simon Oakes says, "The success of The Woman In Black has shown that there is an appetite for quality horror films, so it is exciting to draw on Hammer's unparalleled source material in this genre which can be re-imagined and updated for a new audience."
The production company, famous for classic movies including The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, was brought back to life in 2008 after a 30-year absence.
R.L. Stine is still the most prolific children's horror writer in the business. Though the kids are reading his books on iPads these days, not under the covers with a flashlight. His Goosebumps series ruled the Book Fair circuit, and it seemed like every time your parents took you to the mall, there would be six new stories to buy. Part of the creepy charm of the Goosebumps books were their grossly fun evocative titles and illustrated jackets, which gave your imagination just a taste of what Camp Run-For-Your-Life looked like. Here are our favorite Goosebumps titles and their Amazon descriptions. How many do you remember reading?
1. Say Cheese and Die!
"Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out . . . different.When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car.It's like the camera can tell the future — or worse. Maybe it makes the future!"
2. My Best Friend is Invisible
"Sammy Jacobs is into ghosts and science fiction. Not exactly the smartest hobby -- at least not if you ask Sammy's parents. They're research scientists and they only believe in "real" science.But now Sammy's met someone who's totally UN-real. He's hanging out in Sammy's room. And eating his cereal at breakfast. Sammy's got to find a way to get rid of his new 'friend.' Only problem is...Sammy's new friend is invisible!"
3. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
"Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. The counselors seem a little TOO happy. And why are they so obsessed with winning? It might have something to do with the hideous, slimy discovery lurking in the darkness..."
4. How I Got My Shrunken Head
"What has two eyes, a mouth, and wrinkly green skin? Mark's shrunken head! It's a present from his Aunt Benna. A gift from the jungle island of Baladora.And Mark can't wait to show the kids at school!But late one night the head starts to glow. Because it's actually no ordinary head. It gives Mark a strange power. A magical power. A dangerous power..."
5. The Blob That Ate Everyone
"A famous horror writer. That's what Zackie Beauchamp wants to be. He's writing a story about a giant blob monster. A pink slimy creature who eats up an entire town!Then Zackie finds the typewriter. In a burned-down antiques store. He takes it home and starts typing.But there's something really odd about that typewriter. Something really dangerous. Because now every word Zackie writes is starting to come true..."
6. The Girl Who Cried Monster
"When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster."
7. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
"Convinced that there is something creepy about his new piano teacher, Jerry soon hears terrifying stories about Dr. Shreek's music school and students who never completed their lesson alive."
8. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
"Becoming sick of the endless hot weather in their Pasadena home, siblings Jordan and Nicole Blake wish for a real winter and are delighted with an Alaskan family vacation, until they come face-to-face with the Abominable Snowman."
9. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
"When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute — a year younger to be exact."
10. Don't Go to Sleep!
"Matt hates his tiny bedroom. It's so small it's practically a closet! Still, Matt's mom refuses to let him sleep in the guest room. After all, they might have guests. Some day. Or year."
Mythical creatures rarely seen, just out of reach of the human grasp. Maybe seen, maybe not — and oh so often the subject of hoaxes the world over. These big, hairy beasts from days of yore confound the mind and boggle logic. There are skeptics and believers the world over who want to know: will we ever find Bigfoot? Momo? Yeti? The abominable snowman? Yowie? The Himalayan beast? One gaggle of intrepid enthusiasts have made it their quest to get answers for 30 minutes every week on Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot. And tonight... oh my god you guys, do you think they're finally going to find bigfoot this Sunday (at long, long, long last!)?! One can only hope.
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With a crew with names like Matt Moneymaker, researchers Bobo and Cliff Barackman, and token skeptie (a nickname for skeptics I just made up) slash scientist Ranae Holland, how can they not? They have a skeptic on their team! That's how you know they're serious, because a non-believer scientist would actually join their team (oh yeah and also be on a television show)! They have stuff they call evidence and facts and theories! Sometimes they even talk about hoaxes. The members of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) aren't local in their hunt, either — they travel the world over in order to to find the beast. See? LEGITIMACY.
But they're not just fans, they're experts. Ever want to know how to walk and sound like a bigfoot? These folks have you covered.
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So take our poll below and let us know in the comments if you think tonight, on a television show on Animal Planet, (going up against the season premiere of Game of Thrones), we will finally — at long last! — find Bigfoot. And always remember: respect the squatch, you guys.
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The creator of one of the most beloved of all Star Wars characters has died at the age of 98. But when Stuart Freeborn sculpted the original puppet that served as Yoda in 1979, among the many other characters he built for the saga, he already had a decades-long body of work that would have marked him as a pioneer of movie makeup and creature models. It's a career that serves as a reminder of the tactility and realism that comes from physical, non-CGI, special effects. That puppets and prosthetics can have a greater power to move and inspire and believe in than computer-powered, pixel-based wizardry.
Born in London in 1914, Freeborn cut his teeth working for producer-director Alexander Korda in the 1940s and was an uncredited contributor to the makeup work in the 1940 production of The Thief of Bagdad that's often held up as the most dazzling achievement in pre-CGI effects. He also supplied prosthetics for David Lean's uniquely atmospheric and sinister production of Oliver Twist. And when Stanley Kubrick needed a makeup artist to help distinguish between the three characters played by Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, he knew whom to turn. In fact, Kubrick was so impressed with Freeborn's work on his anti-war satire that he commissioned him to design the ape-like costumes for the proto-humans that appear during "The Dawn of Man" prologue to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention that anyone who's seen The Omen will ever forget the beheading effect he created for that film.
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But it's Freeborn's work on the original Star Wars trilogy that will be, for millions of fans of George Lucas' saga the world over, the most cherished part of his legacy. He designed the yak-hair costume that transformed the 7'3" Peter Mayhew into walking carpet Chewbacca, and sculpted the models and prosthetics that would become the Mos Eisley Cantina's uniquely bizarre alien clientele. The walrus-tusked Aqualish who menaces Luke Skywalker? That's Freeborn's handiwork. Snout-nosed, bulbous-eyed Greedo, whom Han Solo shot under his cantina table? Freeborn again. On The Empire Strikes Back, he expanded the Star Wars menagerie with his models for Luke and Han's lizard-like mounts, the Tauntauns, and also Hoth's answer to the abominable snowman, the Wampa. He even one-upped the patrons of the Mos Eisley Cantina with his designs for Jabba the Hutt, a puppet that required multiple performers to maneuver, and the crime lord's gnarly underlings and toadies. Freeborn made interstellar scum and villainy feel like flesh and blood.
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Possibly one Star Wars creation stands above the rest: the puppet he created for which Frank Oz would give movement and voice. Yoda. And for this singular design, Freeborn looked to a source with which he was very familiar: himself. Take a look at Freeborn, and then look at Yoda. There's more than a ballpark resemblance, isn't there? Adding wrinkles, folds, and tangled strands of willowy hair, Freeborn created a Jedi Master who really looked 900 years old. And while Yoda himself may have described his physical shell as "crude matter," the original puppet will forever be the truest depiction of the character. True, he couldn't do flips and twirls like the acrobatic CGI Yoda of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but his power didn't come from dervish-like displays. It came from within. You didn't need to see Yoda wield a lightsaber, because his power was so great, he didn't even need to use a lightsaber. The limitations of movement that came from Freeborn's original puppet design only enhanced the Jedi Master's mystery, the idea that his internal life was more important than his external projection of power. He was a spiritual being made manifest, and never just an effect, which, in his CGI form, he arguably became.
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How ironic then Freeborn would die just two days after that rumor broke of a standalone Yoda movie possibly being in the works. Here's hoping that if that film ever happens, or Yoda has more cinematic life ahead of him in any Star Wars movie, that Disney and Lucasfilm recognize the peculiar power of Freeborn's artistry and the emotional resonance of a green, two-foot puppet.
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