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Tron in 2023: A Disney World Roller Coaster and a Visual Novel Video Game

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Sometimes, it's hard being a fan of a cult classic franchise. In the case of Tron, Disney knows that there's a fan base for Tron, but it also knows that Tron doesn't bring in money the same way that Marvel and Star Wars do. As a result, Disney will roll out new Tron content every now and then, but it feels more like half-hearted afterthoughts than serious attempts at storytelling and universe building. Disney recently announced that it is going to open the Tron Lightcycle / Run roller coaster ride in its Tomorrowland area at Walt Disney World in Florida in April of this year. According to the official Tron ride page : "Climb aboard your very own Lightcycle and take off on a high-speed adventure, racing against the Grid’s most menacing Programs. Surge past your fierce opponents as you attempt to cross through 8 Energy Gates and secure your team’s victory—so you can survive to race another day. ... Scheduled to open April 4, 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be one of the

Arachnid Anthologies: Tarantula Meets The Twilight Zone

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As part of my recent Christmas gift haul, I got the Blu-ray release of Tarantula (1955) , Jack Arnold's entry into the "big bug" subgenre of horror/sci-fi movies that was popular during the '50s. The Blu-ray was released by Shout! Factory and the extras are sparse, but the 2K scan of the original print and Tom Weaver's audio commentary make the purchase worthwhile if you're a classic creature feature buff like me. However, this post isn't about the Blu-ray--it's about Tarantula itself, where it came from and where it crawled off to after it left the silver screen. The screenplay for Tarantula was written by Robert M. Fresco as a revision of another script Fresco wrote for a 1955 episode of Science Fiction Theatre , a science fiction anthology series. The episode was called "No Food for Thought" and it was also directed by Jack Arnold (you can watch the episode on YouTube here ). According to Fresco, Arnold liked the script so much that he

Spider-Man and His Amazing Mural in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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I'm used to seeing public acts of nerdity at stores, conventions, and theme parks. That said, it still makes me smile to see a small town recognize and celebrate its connection to nerd culture. Steve Ditko (1927 - 2018) was a comic book artist who is mostly known for co-creating popular superhero characters such as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; last year, the local Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center honored Ditko in Johnstown through a commemorative mural painting which consists of 50 panels that were combined to form a Marvel Comics-approved 49-foot by 28-foot mural that hangs on the exterior of the Stone Bridge Brewery . This mural even has its own Facebook page . I visited Johnstown a few weeks ago to see this mural for myself, and it is very impressive. Not only does it show local pride around Ditko's accomplishments, but it also celebrates the more abstract and psychedelic aspects of his art that he put in the pages of the Doctor St

Cannibalism in Rural Japan, Brought to You by Disney!

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Last month, I went to the winter 2022 Virtual Market on VRChat. Virtual Market (VKet for short) is a series of events created by the Japanese company Hikky where groups of companies can advertise their products in VR. (I produced a few videos about a previous VKet event on my MindEyeMedia channel on YouTube , which you can see here , here and here .) VKet has frequently attracted Japanese companies that specialize in VR content such as avatars, environments and accessories; however, it appears to be attracting companies from around the world that specialize in non-VR products. During this event, I saw a booth that advertised a TV show from Japan titled Gannibal . It doesn’t take much imagination to connect this title to the word “cannibal”, and the dark, horrific design of the booth encouraged such a connection. According to Hollywood Reporter , here’s the plot outline of this seven-episode series: “Set in Kuge, a fictional Japanese village, Gannibal follows newly hired local polic

Scream 6 Releases the Coolest Teaser Poster EVER

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By now, everybody knows the drill when it comes to eagerly awaited movie releases. We get teaser images, teaser trailers and teaser posters, each of which providing some kind of hint as to what viewers can expect. Then there's Scream 6 . Anyone who has been keeping an eye on this sequel knows that it will take place in New York City, and the recent teaser trailer showed surviving characters from the last Scream movie riding in a NYC subway car. The latest Scream 6 poster plays with the subway idea and takes it to a completely new level: I mean, just LOOK at this thing. It uses a subway map to connect characters from the previous five movies and does so in a way that forms the shape of a Ghostface mask. Each color line corresponds to each movie in the series, and those lines feature the names of the characters who only appear in that particular film and the order in which they were killed. (Note that the Scream 6 line is "in construction".) Just as each Scream movie re

2022: The Year of Atari’s 50th Anniversary

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Many things happened this year (as with any year), but 2022 marked a particular video game anniversary: the 50th anniversary of Atari , the company that made the home video game console a reality. Even though the original Atari Inc. officially closed its doors in 1992, the Atari name has lived on in various ways for decades, through classic game compilations, plug-and-play emulators, and the recent Atari VCS home video game console that was launched in 2021. This post lists 10 of my favorite games from Atari’s signature console, the Atari 2600. Even though the 2600 didn’t have much power going for it—even when compared to the direct competitors of its time—some programmers found ways to make entertaining games that made the most of what the system had to offer. Air Raiders (1982): The Atari 2600 wasn’t known for flight simulators of any type, but Air Raiders worked much better than you’d expect. In addition to shooting down enemy air craft, players also had to regularly land their f

NECA Resurrects Remco Mini-Monsters

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Some things never die … like classic movie monsters, and the toys that depict such monsters. In the case of NECA, not only has it produced a series of 7-inch figures that are very screen-accurate recreations of classic Universal Monsters, but it has also produced a sub-set of three glow-in-the-dark figures— Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy and the Wolf Man —mounted on cardbacks that match the cardbacks used by Remco for its Mini-Monsters action figure line , a line from 1981 that was also based on classic Universal Monsters. NECA + Remco = toy collector nirvana.   Even though these NECA figures are larger and much more detailed than the Remco’s original figures, seeing this mash-up of modern collectible figures with nostalgic action figure packaging almost make my toy collector head explode. Then again, NECA produced these particular figures specifically for nerds like me. Remco released its Mini-Monsters line at around the same time as I was learning about Universal Monsters through