Walk Of Fame Inductees – April 2016

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In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880sNicholas M.Schenke. For contributions to Movies. Moving from Russia to New York at an early age, Schenke had an eye for opportunity, starting various theatre and amusement endeavours before helping in the creation, growth, and success of MGM.


1890sCharles Laughton. For contributions to Movies, TV, and Theatre. One of the most diverse people in the early years of film, Laughton wrote, directed, and starred in successful and influential movies around the world, picking up three Oscar nominations and winning one in the process while also making spoken word recordings and sporadic TV appearances. He is remember for works including The Night Of The Hunter, The Private Life Of Henry V III, and Witness For The Protection.


1900sLupe Velez. For contributions to Movies and Theatre. Starting out in Mexican Vaudeville, it didn’t take Velez long to being one of the first turbulent careers in Hollywood, being known as much for her fiery temperament as her acting skill. Her life, death, and the many urban legends surrounding both have been legendary in the decades since her death, but she is nevertheless best remembered for performances in The Mexican Spitfire series, Wolf Song, and The Storm.


1910sVal Guest. For contributions to Movies and Television. Guest has one of the more interesting stories regarding introduction to the film business, having been challenged by a director to write a script after a scathing review – the director loved the script and so the doors were opened. Guest continued for the next six decades as a writer and director for films including The Day The Earth Caught Fire, The Quatermass Experiment, and When Dinosaurs Ruled The World.


1920sRoger Moore. For contributions to Movies and Television. After a stint as Captain in WWII, Moore starred as a model in various commercials before appearing in movies and eventually hitting the big time on the small screen. Through his TV work, Moore found his way back to the big screen and earned his most famous role as 007. He is known for works including The James Bond Series, The Saint, and Escape To Athena. 


1930s: Harold Pinter. For contributions to Movies, TV, Radio, and Theatre. One of the finest dramatists of the 20th Century, many of his works have ended up on the screen as well as providing screenplays and performing as an actor on TV, film, and stage. He is known for works including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Homecoming, and Betrayal.


1940sDwight Shultz. For contributions to Movies, Television, Radio, and Theatre. Known primarily for his work in Television, Shultz has led an incredible career behind the camera, providing voice acting talents to countless videogames, movies, and TV shows. He is known for works including The A Team, The Star Trek Series, and The Ben 10 Series.


1950sKelly McGillis. For contributions to Movies,Television, and Theatre. Since earning rave reviews and having roles in highly successful movies early in her career, McGillis has sought to remain out of the limelight taking several breaks from screen performances while continuing to work on the stage. In recent years she has become a favourite with horror fans thanks to memorable performances in cult hits. She is known for works including Witness, Top Gun, and Stake Land.


1960sJake Weber. For contributions to Movies and Television. Son to wealthy and famous parents, and raised in an environment of drugs and excess, Weber managed to carve out his own career and after having minor roles in major movies he has gone on to achieve wider success of larger roles in works including Medium, Dawn Of The Dead, and The Cell.


1970sAndrew Lincoln. For contributions to Movies and Television. Starting out with minor roles in single episodes of British TV shows, Lincoln has since carved a niche by appearing on cult shows as memorable characters, with works including The Walking Dead, This Life, and Teachers.


1980sLyndsy Fonseca. For contributions to Movies and Television. Earning a spot on one of America’s most famous soaps led Fonseca to continue a career which has seen her move effortlessly between the big and small screen in a variety of genres, with works including The Ward, Nikita, and Kick-Ass. 


1990sWill Poulter. For contributions to Movies and Television. One of the UK’s shining talents since first emerging, Poulter has shown no problems transitioning from child to adult roles and has appeared in some of the most successful movies since 2000 including The Chronicles Of Narnia series, The Maze Runner series, and We’re The Millers.


In addition to the stars and statues erected in honour of the people above, the following attractions have been created.

In honour of Roger Moore’s induction The Saint Museum has been built, featuring sections from every era of the universe including the original book series, and the radio, comic, TV, and movie versions.

In honour of Will Poulter’s induction, The Maze Runner Attraction has been created – this attraction features hundreds of mazes for all the family to test your physical and mental ability – traditional hedge mazes, basic mazes for children, mazes filled with traps, scares, and obstacles, and state of the art shifting mazes which transform while you are wandering through – only the finest will find the exit!

What attractions, museums, or exhibitions based off any of the works featuring the people above would you like to see in your wildest dreams? Let us know in the comments!

We Are What We Are


At time of writing I have not yet seen the original, which is strange for me because I have been aware of it since before the remake was made, and because I tend to always watch the original first. Due to reasons, the remake landing on my plate first so I decided to give it a go, especially when I saw that Jim Mickle was at the helm. For those who don’t know, Mickle directed Stake Land – my vote for the best vampire movie of the decade so far. It’s best if you go into this not knowing much about the story (as with all my reviews there are possible spoilers below) but if you are expecting some shocking gore fest, you should probably look away now.

Mickle uses another grimy pallet similar to the bland colours he has used previously, draining the world of all life aside from some starched, cardboard mockery. The world is always grey, always sodden, and there are few rays of light or smiles or moments which will make you feel any sort of hope for anyone involved. Naturally this all creates a bleary tone and an out of time sense as you feel like you are witnessing something that happened on a frontier a hundred years earlier than it is. Our central family dresses in a drab, timeless fashion for the most part, living on the outskirts of what could be an old Western mining facility rather than the small town that it actually is. Members of some apparent quaint religion, the two teenage sisters, young son, and grizzled father are struck by tragedy in the opening moments when the matriarch appears to have some sort of aneurysm and collapses, drowning in a puddle. As the film progresses we watch as the family struggles with this loss, try to come to terms with fulfilling the unspoken religious and cultural rites they have performed for generations, all while the townsfolk try to survive the seemingly apocalyptic storm which has been drenching them for weeks. We meet a local doctor, sheriff, deputy, and a neighbour, and slowly we learn about the town’s penchant for losing its inhabitants or people who try to pass through. It soon becomes clear that the family is involved in this somehow, and that the townspeople are closing in on the truth.


It’s difficult to talk about things like performances, plot, music, for a film which is so ruled by its bleak and grim visuals and tone. However, the actors are all uniformly strong, feeling like real people torn by their pasts and presents. Michael Parks is as good as ever in the role of the suspicious, mourning doctor, and Bill Sage is suitably domineering as the father. It’s the two daughters who stand out, Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers as the reluctant girls forced into following their traditions, not fully understanding why they must do the things they do, but knowing enough to see how terrible it is. Kelly McGillis returns from Stake Land and continues her interesting resurgence. It is a cold tale from Mickle, and another that shows he is a force to be reckoned with, being possibly the most lyrical director in horror today. Those expecting a tale of blood and guts will be disappointed – this is a slow burning drama based on atmosphere, based on the looks between characters rather than decapitations and the like, and while there are a few scenes of blood and guts these only work thanks to the chilling tone which has been set up. One to watch on a cold dark night after a good meal.

Have you seen this and/or the original? How do they compare? Do you prefer your horror to burn slowly or shock frequently? Let us know in the comments!