Competition – Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens DVD Giveaway!

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sharknado4In conjunction with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the latest film in the ongoing shark saga, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens!

“Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places.”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

Which Production Studio created the Sharknado series?
a) The Asylum
b) Legendary Pictures
c) The Shaw Brothers Studio

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Competition – Sharkenstein DVD Giveaway!

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sharkensteinIn conjunction with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the hottest new shark movie, Sharkenstein!

“In the final days of World War II, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is shut down and destroyed by the Third Reich. But now 60 years later, a small ocean town is plagued by a bloodthirsty, mysterious creature, one built and reanimated using parts of the greatest killers to ever inhabit in the sea – the Sharkenstein monster!”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

Who wrote the original Frankenstein novel?
a) Edgar Allan Poe
b) Percy Shelley
c) Mary Shelley

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Competition – Poseidon Rex DVD Giveaway!

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poseidonrexIn conjunction with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the aquatic T-Rex movie, Poseidon Rex!

“A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past when deep sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil.”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

In which era did the Tyrannosaurs Rex live?
a) Jurassic
b) Cretaceous
c) Triassic

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Competition – Maneater DVD Giveaway!

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maneaterIn conjunction with 101 Films, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the killer Polar Bear movie, Maneater aka Unnatural!

“Global climate change prompts a scientific corporation to genetically modify Alaskan polar bears with horrific and deadly results.”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

Where do polar bears live?
a) Artic
b) Antartic
c) Rainforest

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Competition – Prey DVD Giveaway!

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indigenousIn conjunction with 101 Films, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of Prey aka Indigenous!

“Whilst searching for a magical waterfall in the jungle, a group of American tourists are hunted by the fabled Chupacabre!”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

What does ‘Chupacabra’ translate to?
a) Cow-Drinker
b) Goat-Sucker
c) Sheep-Chewer

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Competition – Freshwater

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freshwaterIn conjunction with 101 Films, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the killer crocodile caper, Freshwater!

“When a group of 20-somethings meet up at their island lake house for a weekend of partying, one of the friends never shows up. As more lake visitors are yanked underwater by what seems to be some giant alligators, the screams bring the group out of the lake house. Will anyone get off the island in one piece?”

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Competition – Sharktopus vs Pteracuda DVD Giveaway!

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sharktopusvspteracudaIn conjunction with High Fliers Films, Creature Feature Corner is giving you the chance to win a DVD copy of the hot new release Jurassic Wars: Sharktopus vs Pteracuda!

“When a rogue scientist accidentally unleashes a hideous monster on the world, a brand new Sharktopus is released to combat this threat. Will humanity be saved or will the human race just become collateral damage in the epic showdown of Sharktopus vs Pteracuda?!”

To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

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Best of 2015

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What a year 2015 has turned out to be!

From Star Wars to Furious 7 to Avengers: Age of Ultron to Mad Max: Fury Road, it has been one tremendously fun year for movie-goers and just like every year, there were plenty of fantastic creature features. We were lucky enough to see the return of not only the greatest creature feature franchise of all (something about dinosaurs?) but also Syfy’s Sharknado Week, which is a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the more obscure and low-budget offerings.

Rather than do an outright Film of the Year award or any kind of formal ranking, I have handpicked 6 of my favourite creature features that were released (in the UK) this year to highlight as noteworthy additions to the sub-genre. Now a lot of them, I have already reviewed and you’ll find links to those reviews in the article as well as links to the Creature Catalogue!

Let’s start off with the most seasonally appropriate film…

KRAMPUS

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Kevin O’Neill interview

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Creature Feature Interviews

Kevin O’Neill
(Sharktopus vs Whalewolf, Sharktopus vs Pteracuda, Dinocroc, Dinoshark & Dracano)

ONEILL_01Over the years, I have profiled writers, directors, actors, producers and composers but today, I’m adding a new profession to that list.

I spoke with Kevin O’Neill, one of the best VFX Supervisor in the industry, about his career and the big transition that he went through in becoming a top tier creature feature director for Roger Corman. With directing credits include Dinocroc and the two Sharktopus sequels and VFX credits include Piranha 3D and Crocodile, Kevin has amassed a wealth of experience which he generously took time from his busy schedule to talk to me about.

Read on to discover the day-to-day business of a VFX Supervisor, what it’s really like to work for Roger Corman, what really happened to Sharktopus vs Mermantula and an exclusive scoop on his next project, Intergalactic Shark Attack…

[JS] How did you get started in Visual Effects/ the film industry?

[KO] Well, I grew up on the East End of Long Island during the 60’s/70’s, when the local TV stations and Cinema would run everything from King Kong (1933) to Godzilla to of course, Ray Harryhausen films. I developed and early fascination with Ray H. and Willis O’Brien’s work, and soon found myself immersed in all things related to the process and equipment necessary to produce short experimental films. I was lucky to have taken up this interest at the same time a small but very informative collection of books and magazines dedicated to the technical and art of visual effects films, both professional and amateur were starting to publish on a regular basis.

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Primeval review

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A team of American journalists go in search of a giant man-eating crocodile in Burundi. However their search for the legendary beast is hampered when a local warlord makes them as his next target. What will get them first – the bloodthirsty warlord or the ravenous Primeval man-eater?!

Whilst not the strongest movie to be based on a real life crocodile, Primeval still delivers where it really counts.

Most films use political unrest as a backdrop to their main story but Primeval often places it front and centre. I have no idea of how accurate the depiction of the Burundi is but it’s very unflattering. I couldn’t help getting the impression that this was Africa seen through a very American lens as we are treated to various African stereotypes such as rampant corruption, voodoo witch doctors, blood-thirsty criminal war lords and the desperate dream of immigration to America.

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