Ever since the good old days of “Old School” NES, there has always been Castlevania. The tales of vampire hunter Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont Clan of vampire hunters as he uses his whip “Vampire Killer” to take on the forces of darkness. The popular series has more than 29 video game adaptations across many platforms from the Family Computer Disk System or FDS (yes, it’s that old) all the way to mobile phone games in the current age.
Castlevania. It’s long been one of Nintendo‘s marquee game franchise going back to the first Castlevania on the original NES way back in 1986. As the systems have been upgraded, so have the games, and like every other vampire hunter before him, Simon Belmont’s campaign to destroy all vampires has been ongoing and never-ending. The battle will move to Netflix later this year with a new animated series, and we’ve gotten our first piece of art from the show. Nothing flashy, just a poster, but it does set a tone. The moat beneath Castlevania is about to run red with blood. (We presume). (more…)
Today, Netflix released a slew of information via a bulky press release and an announcement event about the programming it has planned for the forseeable future. Along with its usual range of specials and a number of new seasons for some of the shows that have cemented Netflix as a great content creator, there was also a single line, almost buried in the rest of the information, that has a solid chunk of people pretty excited. It has now been announced that an adaptation of Castlevania will be coming to Netflix at some point this year. (more…)
The last time any of you heard the name Simon Belmont (or the Belmont family for that matter) mentioned on television was in the late 80’s or early 90’s when a little show called Captain N: The Game Master was being broadcast. He wasn’t the star of the show, but he was definitely one of the most memorable characters or else we wouldn’t be mentioning him. Speaking of the Belmonts, there is a little rumor going around the internet talking about the possibility of a Castlevania TV series coming to fruition. Don’t let the picture above fool you, if it does come true, the theme better be Bloody Tears from Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.
Word is making the Internet rounds that producer Adi Shankar, the man behind The Bootleg Universe series of shorts The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism, Judge Dredd: Superfied, and Power/Rangers, is turning his eye towards Castlevania. That’s right he intends to create an animated miniseries based on the Castlevania video games. (more…)
Castlevania, one of the latest in the video game movie trend, has had a hard time getting started. They’ve been grabbing up and losing production staff over the years, only recently settling down into what looks to be a promising run toward the finish line. They’re so confident about the movie actually making it past pre-production, in fact, that they’ve cast Michael Dorn in the film. What will old Worfy be playing? Why, a werewolf, of course.
Once again poor Dorn will be layering his face in make-up to take on the role of a character that only vaguely resembles the actual actor. Seems like this guy is locked into some sort of typecasting trend?
Asked about the project, Dorn had these insightful comments:
People have been trying to get this thing done for a long time and they finally got the producers together that want to do it. They finally got the OK from the owners, and so they’re doing it.
It’s a fun little part. It’s four days, and I’m playing a werewolf that’s been around for a gajillion years who works for this vampire. It’s not too far from Worf because there’s a lot of killing and jumping and sword fights and everything.
And while the end result of the movie may or may not measure up to a steaming pile of crap, Dorn’s name will no doubt draw in a few more people and help to get the box office up.
Yet another video game movie that may or may not be coming to the big screen is the classic Castlevania. It has thus far been lost in pre-production limbo for many years now, but a recent chat with the attached director, Paul W.S. Anderson, confirms that he’s still thinking about it and has plans to put it together in the future if possible.
You all may know Anderson as the dude who put together the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil franchises. And though both have seen mediocre-to-bad installments in their respective series, they still remain two of the more successful video-game-movie franchises out there.
Anderson is currently dealing with the new Resident Evil: Retribution film (set to release in a few weeks). While talking about this new flick, he had a few things to say regarding progress on Castlevania. In addition to needing a writer, there are issues with rights to take care of and some pre-planning that must be done in order to make sure the movie comes out as less than complete garbage.
Check out the video below to hear some of what he has to say about Castlevania:
Overall, it sounds like they really haven’t done shit in the years they’ve had so far. Likely, it will sit in limbo for several more years until Anderson and his backers have milked Resident Evil for all it’s worth and need something new to exploit. The only glimmer of hope is that he seems eager to do it right, which may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, in Hollywood “right” is synonymous with “money-making” so that light may quickly die.
What do the Nerdreaders think? Should they even bother with this? Should they keep Anderson attached to it or find someone different? Should someone pummel the guy who thought of this to death with a chain whip?
In every game there is that one NPC that the game developers create just to frustrate you and make you break perfectly good controllers (and possibly TVs). The reasoning behind their madness is unknown but it has been this way since the very first games back in the day. These enemies are the frustrating jerks who take all the cheap shots and break all the rules of civil gaming.
And the greatest video game of all time is… Abobo’s Big Adventure (aka Abobo Vs. The NES Universe)
Abobo, the big bald thug from Double Dragon (the video game and very regrettable live- action film) is one of those classic 8-bit goons that time forgot, but here is….fucking up a horde of thugs from Kung-Fu Master, the old man from Legend of Zelda and Death from Castlevania, among hundreds of other NES characters. Yes, this is a real game! It’s coming, for free, from our new favorite friends at I-Mockery.com
Watch the head exploding, jizz inducing, rock your socks off trailer below:
It’s shit like this that keeps my faith in humanity. Seriously, fuck Arkham City, GW3, COD:MW3, Skyrim – Abobo’s Big Adventure is the most EPIC WIN in gaming history! Prepare for the power of Abobo!
I always wondered why Simon Belmont of Casltevania fame would choose a whip as his primary weapon, its so in practical. Well thanks to Robot Chicken I now know why. Mr. Belmont is simply a sadist. What better way to torture Dracula than by tagging him in the nuts with a whip.