THE ROCK FATHER is sharing some thoughts on #KindMonsters in partnership with Mattel’s Monster High...
Over the years, there’s been a lot of discussion about popular culture as a reflection of the world around us. One aspect of that has often been explored within the realm of monsters - the characters and legends of literature and film. For the latter, horror movies are a genre of entertainment that in itself is one of the most heavily influenced by, and also reflective of the society of the times. Right now, there’s a movement taking place that’s hidden in plain sight, and some parallels can be drawn between it and those films, with monsters at the core. It’s a movement that can help families open up some teachable moments, inspiring kids to learn timely lessons about inclusion and celebrating the differences in our friends. Electrified and reinvigorated with energy rivaled by only that of Dr. Frankenstein himself, Monster High is taking on a new class.
If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed.
12 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!
With the Halloween season being among my favorite events of the year, I'm always on the lookout for some new toys that bring some creepy fun back into playtime. This year, one new offering is the Fright Factory 3D Creature Creator from Tech 4 Kids, a set that feels both like a toy and a craft, allowing kids to be their own "Dr. Frankenstein" as they turn "EwwGoo" into three-dimensional creations.
Curious how MONSTER HIGH began? On Saturday, August 27, Fathom Events, Mattel and Women's Forum present the premiere of WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH: The Origin Story, coming to select theaters for a special one-day event. The movie takes audiences back to a time when monsters lived in hiding (even from each other) because they were afraid they would be in danger if humans knew they existed. But Draculaura, the daughter of Dracula, along with her best ghoulfriend Frankie Stein, daughter of Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, dreamt of a school where everyone was welcome and accepted for who they are. Check out the trailer and details below!
Have you ever heard the "Finger Family Song?" Despite having two young daughters, I'd never heard of it until today (neither had they) when a new version of the tune (an older version has over 221 MILLION views on YouTube) hit my inbox. The hook for me is that TRANSYLVANIA PETTING ZOO (from Charles Fulp, creator of Preschool Popstars) is a group of pretty cool monsters... and I do love some monsters. Check out the new video below, and check out both Preschool Popstars and Transylvania Petting Zoo on Facebook for more family-friendly tunes.
The students of MONSTER HIGH have a spooktacular new adventure on the way. Arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, MONSTER HIGH: HAUNTED finds the ghouls of Mattel's popular series paying a visit to the all-spirit Haunted High. Check out a teaser and film details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...