Examining The Dead #20: October 2018

WARNING: Examining The Dead is Geekville Radio’s only explicit rated show. Content is meant for mature audiences.

Well it’s been a long few months, but Examining The Dead is back just in time for Halloween. We do apologize for not releasing any shows in the last six months, but it should be smooth sailing from here

The Coroner’s Report

Friday The 13th Video Game Lawsuit Resolution

The big news for horror gamers is the ruling in the Friday The 13th Video Game lawsuit has been handed down. Victor Miller has won his lawsuit against Horror Inc. and Sean Cunningham over rights to the franchise name. As such, Gun Media will no longer allowed to market the hit Friday The 13th video game with certain likenesses or characters. It is worth mentioning that Gun Media may still be allowed to use the classic “Hockey Mask Jason” look, as that was developed in the movies Miller did not help make.

Seth roughly equates it to a Superman lawsuit from a few years back where the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were allowed to maintain ownership and licensing to the original take on Superman from the 1930’s. However, DC will still keep rights to Superman as we know him today.

Gun Media released this statement to Bloody Disgusting after the verdict was announced.

“We are disappointed in the court’s ruling and disagree with its conclusion. We are considering our options, including an appeal. We understand that this ruling has created confusion among some fans of the franchise and, more specifically, “Friday the 13th: The Game” players who have questions about new Friday the 13th content in the game.

The court was very clear that its ruling in favor of Mr. Miller is limited to the original screenplay in which Jason’s mother is the killer and that Mr. Miller’s termination notice did not purport to terminate Horror, Inc.’s separate copyright in the iconic supernatural killer who wears a hockey mask. While the ruling does not prevent Gun from continuing to sell and operate the existing game, it may complicate adding certain content to the current game in the future.

Some have asked if a settlement could be reached with Victor Miller to enable the creation of new content. Even if Gun were in a position to continue to fund the game while it was waiting for such questions to be resolved, there is no evidence to date that such a settlement is possible.

Friday the 13th director Sean Cunningham has previously reached out directly to Victor Miller to discuss a settlement. Miller responded by refusing to talk to Sean. Work on new content for fans was suspended because of the position that Miller has taken.

Given Miller’s unwillingness to discuss settlement to date and following the guidelines set down by the Court’s ruling, Horror Inc. intends to aggressively explore many opportunities for new projects featuring settings and characters not included in Mr. Miller’s screenplay.

Horror, Inc. will be providing additional details on the new Friday the 13th projects in the near future.”

There may be more to come with this story, but neither Train nor Seth rule out the possibility of this being the beginning of the end.

In movie news, we are only a few weeks away from the highly anticipated movie Halloween. This is, of course, another retelling that ignores all movies in the franchise except the original 1978 classic. This means that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers are not siblings, and the movie will be a direct sequel to the first film that takes place 40 years later.

The film has been generally well received, if not mixed. As of this recording, it is sitting at an 85% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. That means the film will likely be labeled “Certified Fresh” by the time its released. On the Metacritic scale, it sits at 66 rating.

AMC’s Fear Fest

October is the month for AMC’s annual Fear Fest programming. Each year the network rolls out horror themed programming for the Halloween Season, and this year is no different.

October 14th marks the return of The Walking Dead to the airwaves, and it’s no secret that this will be Andrew Lincoln’s final season. It’s a pretty safe bet that some people will tune in just to see how Rick Grimes gets written out of the show. Reviews have come in stating that the show will have more of a female presence.

Another part of Fear Fest will be Eli Roth’s series on The History Of Horror. The premiere episode airs on Monday, October 15th.

Another new series on Hulu called Castle Rock is based on the fictional town in many of Stephen King’s work. King himself serves as Executive Producer. The show will be getting a proper Blu-Ray and DVD release in January.

Finally, Stranger Things Season 3 has been delayed until Summer of 2019. Rumors abound that the season will take place sometime later, allowing for the actors to physically grow to match the age the characters will be. Also, there is the story that the storyline grew so complex, that The Duffer Brothers may be putting more time into it than previous seasons.

The Gruesome Twosome

Season 3 of AMC’s Preacher has recently wrapped. Fan favorite characters such as The Saint Of Killers and Herr Starr have made their presence known on the series. Plus, Jesse’s background is really expounded on, as well as his relationship with Tulip and Cassidy. How has it held up to the previous seasons? And does it fit in with the former FOX series Lucifer?

Episodes of Preacher can be found on AMC’s site, as well as Amazon Prime!

A popular K-Horror film from Korea, Train To Busan, is available on Netflix as of this recording. Train highly recommends it, even though all the language is in Korean with English subtitles. Train gives a very spoiler filled review of the film, so if you want to avoid spoilers, watch the film before listening to the review. Ma Dong-seok (formerly Don Lee in the MMA and wrestling world) has a memorable role as a heavy.

Into The Crystal Ball

Special Guest The Rev. Dan “The Dragon” Wilson joins the show to talk about his new horror production company One Good Scare Productions. Dan, like Train, made his name in the pro wrestling world and is now moving on to other things.

Among the shows OGS produces are Seeking Human Victims, a weekly podcast on horror films. The first season is called The ABC’s of Horror, which explores the five quintessential films every horror fan should watch and understand. Not just the movies themselves, but the impact they may have as well as any tropes they may have helped create.

Other shows are The Art Of Murder by comic artist Todd Johnston, which also talks classics along with original artwork from Todd. Another is Spooky Tricks by Anni & Brelyn that discusses tricks and tutorials like zombie make-up. Graphic Content discusses hiden gems and favorites Finally, Dan himself hosts Wrestling With Horror, which has special guests to discuss their horror fandom.

One Good Scare can be found on social media on Facebook and Twitter under the name OGScare.

The final conversation, as usual with Into The Crystal Ball, is about the future outlook of the horror genre. Dan believes that the future for horror is as bright as ever. And of course, some of their favorite movies and shows.

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Crazy Train’s custom Halloween playlist is up on Spotify. Perfect for any Halloween party or gathering.

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