I'm not sure if I have ever shared my love for Scooby-Doo and the gang here on my blog but in case I haven't.....I am completely obsessed! I started watching "Scooby-Doo, Where are You?" back in the 80's and to this day keep up with each iteration that Warner Bros. & Hanna-Barbera decide to throw at us. I think the allure stems from the monster of the week format that the show has always followed which gives something new to look forward to episode after episode. My favorite incarnations of Scooby-Doo have been "Scooby-Doo, Where are You?" and Cartoon Network's "Scooby-Doo - Mystery Incorporated". The latter having an extremely meta take on the Scooby-Doo mythology which gave us a fresh look at the gang and even included some edgy adult takes on situations and appearances from some of our favorite horror villians - the Hellraiser cameo was simply perfect! One of my all-time favorite themes of any Scooby-Doo cartoon episode or movie is when Mystery Inc. takes on a case on Halloween. Halloween and Scooby-Doo just go together like milk and cookies and coming in July we will be treated once again to a Halloween outing for Scooby-Doo and the gang and this one will include the legendary band - KISS! This isn't the first team-up for Mystery Inc. and KISS as they once appeared in an episode of "What's New Scooby-Doo?" entitled "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" that aired back in 2003. Check out the trailer for "Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery which will feature six classic KISS jams and one new original song from the band as well! The movie is set to take place in a KISS theme park and will have the boys from KISS and Scoobs and the gang solving a mystery that involves a new creature of the week known as the Crimson Witch who is attempting to summon The Destroyer. The VOD version of the movie will be available on July 10th, 2015 and the Blu-ray & DVD versions are set to come out on July 21st, 2015. The movie will also feature voice work from Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jennifer Carpenter, Pauley Perrette, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes.
Time and time again we hear about the next horror film being a throwback to old school horror or that it will be an homage to the slasher/monster movies we remember from our youth, but how often do those films deliver? According to my count, very rarely, but we might not have to wait that much longer for the hole in our 80s horror loving hearts to be filled! Yes, The Barn looks as though it's going to finally fulfill the promise of a movie being a genuine throwback to movies we all remember from youth (those in their late 20s/early 30s). The synopsis for The Barn as listed on the official website is this:
It's Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it's up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within "The Barn".
The official poster for The Barn features three monsters that will make appearances in the film and they appear to be in the form of a skeleton miner, a pumpkin headed axe wielding maniac, and a burlap sack headed scarecrow style monster. Honestly, Nevermore Production Films couldn't be doing a better job promoting the film with a flair for 80s nostalgia as the official website has an early internet feel to it, the soundtrack sounds like it was ripped straight out of the 80s, and the trailer looks like a typical horror movie trailer from a bygone era. Nevermore Productions are even promoting action figures in the style of typical 80s toys, an 8-bit style video game, and a board game! Yes if you check out some of the promotional stills below you'll see that one of them features a "The Barn board game". I will keep you all informed on whether we will see that product soon or not. After the promo pictures I've also linked the trailer via Fangoria.com who ran the exclusive trailer a few days ago. The first thing I thought when I saw the website and trailer for The Barn was that I am now more excited about this movie than I have been about a film since the glory days (the 80s!).