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New this month Trivia: Many people complain about this being the only "Halloween" film not featuring the character Michael Myers. However, series creator John Carpenter never intended for the series to revolve around Myers. After the conclusion of "Halloween II," Carpenter envisioned the "Halloween" series as becoming an anthology, with a new film released every year-or-so in October, and each film telling a different story related to the holiday. Unfortunately for Carpenter, audiences had come to associate the series exclusively with the Michael Myers character. So the producers quietly dropped his anthology idea and brought Myers back in the next film, making this movie the "odd one out" in the franchise.

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13th Oct 2019

Slither (2006)

New this month Trivia: The film has several notable cameos. Writer/Director James Gunn has a cameo as the teacher Starla talks to at the beginning of the film. Rock star and director Rob Zombie provides the voice of Grant's doctor over the phone. And Troma creator Lloyd Kaufman has a cameo during the film playing a drunk man.

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13th Oct 2019

Slither (2006)

New this month Trivia: During the beginning montage, the camera passes over the "R.J. McCready Funeral Home." R.J. McCready was the main character in John Carpenter's classic remake "The Thing."

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New this month Trivia: Star Aaron Paul has stated that there will not be a direct sequel made, and that the movie was made to give his character Jesse Pinkman a proper definitive conclusion after his open-ended fate seen at the end of the series "Breaking Bad."

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New this month Trivia: The working title during production was "Greenbriar." Eventually, the title "El Camino" was unveiled, which in addition to being a model of Chevrolet car, also translates to "The Path" or "The Way" in Spanish.

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New this month Trivia: At one point in time, this was going to be the final entry in the series to star Tom Cruise. As originally intended, Cruise (Ethan Hunt) would have retired from field work at the end of the film and become the new head of IMF, while Jeremy Renner would become the new series lead. This was reportedly in part due to several infamous incidents involving Cruise in the mid-2000's, including his notorious Oprah Winfrey interview. These events caused issues during the promotion of "Mission: Impossible III," and the studio was still nervous about them years later. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, and Cruise was thankfully allowed to stay with the series.

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New this month Trivia: After the release of "Shaun of the Dead," Simon Pegg was asked in an interview if he would continue making movies in Britain, or if he would try to build a career in Hollywood. Pegg jokingly blurted out "Well, I'm not about to go and star in Mission: Impossible III." Shortly after the interview was printed, Pegg was indeed offered a role in "Mission: Impossible III," and he has since appeared in every subsequent film in the series.

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New this month Trivia: Henry Caville sports pretty prominent facial hair throughout the film. He was actually contractually forbidden from shaving it off for the sake of continuity. As a result, he had to film reshoots for "Justice League" with a mustache and heavy stubble, and that film was forced to use (unfortunately obvious) CG effects to remove them.

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New this month Trivia: Jeremy Renner was meant to reprise his role for the film, after appearing in the previous two movies, but he was unable to due to his commitments to the film "Avengers: Endgame." It has been hinted that his character Brandt might return in a future film, however.

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New this month Trivia: The first live-action feature film directed by Brad Bird. Bird is mostly known for his work on animated feature films. He directed both of the "Incredibles" films, the cult-classic "The Iron Giant" and "Ratatouille."

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New this month Trivia: The bathroom fight was supposed to be filmed over the course of four days. Due to the complexity of the stunts and issues during filming, it ended up taking almost a full month to complete.

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New this month Trivia: With this film, Solomon Lane became the first "Mission: Impossible" movie villain to appear in more than one film. He previously appeared in the prior film, "Rogue Nation."

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New this month Trivia: In the opening credits, you see Brigitte cutting herself. In the closeup of the scalpel cutting into her skin, we're actually seeing skin from a pig carcass being cut. (Along with some fake blood, of course).

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New this month Trivia: The original director's cut of the film ran nearly two hours. The studio, however, severely trimmed the movie down to to just over 80 minutes, cutting out much of the character and story development in order to make the plot move faster. The director considered removing his name from the film and going with "Alan Smithee" (the name directors used to use when they are displeased with a film) as he was devastated by all the edits, but ultimately chose not to.

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8th Oct 2019

The Howling (1981)

New this month Trivia: There are numerous Easter-eggs relating to wolves throughout the film. For example, in one scene a character is eating "Wolf" brand canned chili. And in another scene, a character is reading a book written by author Thomas Wolfe. There are many other small wolf references scattered throughout the film. Keep an eye out for them.

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8th Oct 2019

The Howling (1981)

New this month Trivia: Many shortcuts had to be taken due to the incredibly tight budget. For example, the infamous final shot of the sex-scene being hand-drawn animation was done because the crew ran out of time and money and couldn't get the shot done in live-action. Additionally, Karen's final transformation was not seen, and her transformed face is only seen in extreme closeup because the effects crew ran out of money and could only afford to make a small puppet head for the scene.

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New this month Trivia: Sybil Danning agreed to do the film, but only if she didn't have to do excessive nudity, as she was getting sick of doing nude scenes. The producers agreed to limit the amount of nudity she'd have to film. But in a tricky move, they then recycled a shot of her ripping off her top and replayed it over and over during the end credits - 17 times in total - in order to capitalize on her sex appeal. Danning was reportedly furious when she saw the edited credits.

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New this month Trivia: The only "Howling" movie co-written by the original novel author Gary Brandner. Brandner was a bit miffed by all the changes made to the original film, and wanted to write the sequel as he saw fit. Ironically, while the original film was warmly received by critics and audiences, this sequel was universally panned and is often considered a "so bad, it's good" camp classic.

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New this month Trivia: The film's original title is "Holwing II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch." But this title was rejected in many countries for obvious reasons. However, it was released in some areas with that title.

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New this month Trivia: Christopher Lee agreed to appear in the film because he had never made a werewolf movie and wanted to make one. However, he absolutely hated the finished film. He later personally apologized to original "Howling" director Joe Dante (who had no involvement in this sequel) for making the film.

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