The GODS want their entertainment!” and I want a free shirt! This week we have an awesome sci-fi prize pack from to give away thanks to COMET TV! It is inspired by the classic special effects work Ray Harryhausen! Check out the sweet prizes…

T-shirt… Magnet… Sticker… Skeleton Figures… & Candy Bones! Can I enter too? COMET TV has been hosting a monthly Ray Harryhausen marathon with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, and Jason and The Argonauts.

GIVEAWAY

Harryhausen was a pioneer in special effects and we are excited to celebrate his work. Here is how to enter and win the COMET TV Sci-Fi Giveaway:

  1. Post a comment on this article that states your favorite special effects scene (or scenes) in any movie.
  2. Head over to Facebook and post a comment on our post about this contest.
  3. Follow @MyHWoodDream on Twitter (all new followers while this giveaway is active will be automatically entered).
  4. Tweet at @MyHWoodDream & @WatchComet and let us know which movie mentioned in this post you are looking forward to!

Don’t forget that you can watch awesome classic sci-fi movies for free on COMET TV. Included in their lineup are the flicks listed above in addition to The Adventures of Baron Munchause, Troll, Labyrinth, The Bride, and great TV shows such as Stargate SG-1 and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Disclaimer: This contest is only open to visitors with a valid address from the US. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. All comments must be made with a (working) email address, so we are able to contact you if you win (on Twitter you need to follow us to receive a direct message if you win). Once contacted, you have 24 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You can only win one COMET TV MAY PRIZE PACK from any of the online giveaways. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. The assets included within this post were provided by COMET.


At long last… and with much skepticism… the Justice League trailer is here.

Official Description: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

As exciting as it is to have these characters on screen together, the costumes feel off and while overall the vibe is lighter in tone, the movie is still so dark. The lack of Superman in the trailer is understandable, but it makes the team and movie feel so incomplete. Without Superman it is not the Justice League. One of Batman v Superman‘s biggest mistakes is now hurting any anticipation I want to have for the team up.

The movie hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

SHIFTED

It has been a while since we have spotlighted an indie film that you can watch online. Today we’re taking a look at an indie crime flick from Indie Rights Movies, SHIFTED. Directed by Michael Madison, the film stars Madison, Jill Wagner, Jeris Poindexter, Frankie Ray, and Vanessa Johansson.

Official Description: SHIFTED is a crime drama about a young man stranded in Los Angeles, who is forced to re-evaluate his life, while hunted by a corrupt, ex-employer.

Check out the crime film for free on YouTube, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments!

Independent films available to purchase online.


CometGiveaway

Sci-Fi is taking over 2017 and to celebrate we have a COMET Space Man Landing Pack to give away! COMET TV, available on television digi-networks and online, brought us the awesome Stargate Atlantis and TV Prize Pack giveaways and are back with this new sci-fi themed prize pack that includes a spaceman USB light, rock candy sticks, and Pop Rocks– all sure to help with your late night binge watching and blogging!

Spaceman Prizes

First lets look at some of the awesome sci-fi programming that COMET is offering us this month, then we’ll get to the giveaway details!

FUTUREWORLD

The sequel to Westworld. Official Description: Two years after the original Westworld tragedy, The Delos Corporation have reopened a variety of theme parks, but all is not what it seems.

Airing:

  • Sunday, January 22 at 2am/1C
  • Wednesday, January 25 at 6/5C
  • Saturday, January 28 at Noon/11C
  • Monday, January 30 at 6/5C

Rollerball starring LL Cool J

ROLLERBALL

If a reboot includes LL Cool J, I give it a chance. Official Description: In a remake of the 1975 classic, LL Cool J invites viewers to join in the new sport of… Rollerball. It’s a violent extension of roller derby with motorcycles, metal balls and adventure so intense it will cause Chris Klein to flee the country for his life. 

Airing:

  • Friday, January 27 at 8/7C
  • Saturday, January 28 at 8/7C
  • Sunday, January 29 at 2/1C

FINAL ENCOUNTER

Cult movie about a future war? Yeah, count me in. Official Description: Young soldiers (Dean Cain, Justin Whalin) become involved in a war that has lasted more than a century.

Airing:

  • Friday, January 27 at 6/5C

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

I love sci-fi. I’m sure you do as well! We want you to let us know what your favorite cult sci-fi flick is! You have many ways to share this info with us for your chance to win the goodies pictured above (each way below gives you another entry- so you can have as many as four entries into the giveaway). They are…

  1. Post a comment on this article that states your favorite cult sci-fi flick.
  2. Head over to Facebook and post a comment on our post about this contest with your favorite cult sci-fi flick.
  3. Follow @MyHWoodDream on Twitter (all new followers while this giveaway is active will be automatically entered).
  4. Tweet at @MyHWoodDream & @WatchComet and let us know how much you love sci-fi movies & are excited for this giveaway!
Disclaimer: This contest is only open to visitors with a valid address from the US. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a (working) email address, so we are able to contact you if you win (on Twitter you need to follow us to receive a direct message if you win). Once contacted, you have 24 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. Each household is only eligible to win ONE (1) COMET Space Man Landing Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Beauty and the Beast

I love this poster that spotlight’s Belle and Beast’s iconic dance. I can’t wait for this to come out on March 17! The live action adaptation of the Disney classic stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, with Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, and Kevin Kline. The film was directed by Bill Condon.

Midnight Chronicles

Today we’re going to spotlight a movie from one of the hardest sub-genres to tackle; independent fantasy films. Midnight Chronicles from director Christian T. Petersen and Fantasy Flight Games has the uphill battle of establishing a whole world, its rules, and setting the players in place on a low budget.

What is Midnight Chronicles about? It has been a hundred years since the Shadow fell… The dark god Izrador reigns victorious. After three ages of scheming and war, Izrador has finally defeated the heroes and armies of the free races. Now the dark god rules the world of Aryth with an iron fist. Enslaved under the Shadow, the race of men leads an oppressed existence, and the Elves and Dwarves have retreated to distant forests and mountains, where their desperate resistance is slowly succumbing to the unyielding might of the Shadow. It is a time of overwhelming darkness. The fickle flame of hope is almost extinguished, its dying light guarded only by those few heroes who still dare to dream of freedom.

Good vs evil. Heroes vs villains. Low budget production values and charm? Yeah, I’m down. You can check out Midnight Chronicles online for free on Snag Films, it is also on Amazon Video (free with Amazon Prime membership).

You can also check out these other indie flicks…


Assassin's Creed Movie

Film Spotlight: Assassin’s Creed
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael K Williams, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.
Plot: The Assassin’s Creed movie follows a character by the name of Callum Lynch who, through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, is able to experience the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I am a HUGE fan of the Assassin’s Creed games. Lately they have sort of regressed with the move to next gen; Unity had to deal with some bad pre-release buzz due to a graphics glitch. Syndicate was a bit disjointed in its missions and gameplay. I enjoyed both but they never came close to how good Black Flag was. Fans of the game have long thought that the series is probably more suited than any other video game to be adapted into a film. The view of videos games not getting great adaptions might be broken with Assassin’s Creed. First of all Ubisoft who make the game set up their own production company to make sure they get the film right. Secondly they have gathered some great talent in the casting and hiring of the director and finally and perhaps most crucial is they decided not to adapt any of the games, instead they have gone for an original story but it is still set in the same universe as the games. That is something which I thought Warcraft got wrong this year, adapting a story from the games instead of creating one.

Now there is still a chance that it might not work but from the trailers that have been released the footage looks very promising. They have captured the essence of the games from the parkour running, the combat and that final shot from the trailer of the iconic leap of faith. Even the modern day sequences of Fassbender’s Callum Lynch inside an Abstergo facility. The redesigned Animus which is the tool that allows the present day Lynch to access his genetic memory of his ancestors looks pretty bad ass. I expect there will be some cool little mentions and Easter eggs in reference to games. I am pretty hopeful this will break the trend of bad video game movies and hope it will kick start a new era in video game movies.

Assassin’s Creed is out December 21st, 2016.


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