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See Test Footage For The DARKCHYLDE Adaptation From John Carpenter & WETA!!

Merrick here...
A few days ago we learned that John Carpenter should be directing an adaptation of DARKCHYLDE - based on Randy Queen's comics (available HERE). There's now some WETA test footage from the project on-line, which you can glimpse via the embed below.
"Even though she can turn into these evil things, she's a good person." Sounds more or less like every woman I've known. Not sure what's so special in this instance.
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  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by rickremi

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    by Lyzard

    This is really old footage, done way before John Carpenter was part of the project.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Get rid of the girl before you really get going with this.

    by mrlebowski

    She's hopeless.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    as Lyzard said, this is ooold

    by MrBurrrns

    for a moment there I forgot that this is aicn. where the readers know more than the writers...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Hey lady, move your arm! I can't see your titties!

    by Royston Lodge

    I am so ashamed of myself, but I KNOW I wasn't the only one thinking it...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    and another thing...

    by mrlebowski

    when will effects guys get that people control the tips of their fingers. rubber fingers on the end of actors hands are terrible. I remember predator holding things with the middle of his fingers!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Captain_Ridley

    It'll be good to see what a world class visual stylist like John Carpenter can do with an A-class effects house like WETA at his disposal. I think that the effects in his last few films have looked a little rubbery and cheap.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    The actress is terrible....

    by toxictodd

    get rid of her or make sure she is naked for 90% of this thing.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Go John Carpenter!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The only issue I have is that John's best films are the ones where he's involved in creating the story and characters, not the ones where he's just adapting someone else's material. In any case, the movie will look good.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    by sam jacksons wig

    Have richard taylor and Peter jackson been on the same diet? Or have they both got AIDS?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    its 2010 and...

    by lostboytexas

    tits are still awesome. longest running fad EVER!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Yay, 90's Image bullshit

    by ROBRAM89

    We'll never get a Preacher series but we can sure as shit get some old Top Cow McFarlane-knockoff crap on the big screen.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Renee Cataldo.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    A name that you'll forget just as soon as you hear it. Carpenter just needs to retire now. He has fucked his legacy beyond repair.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, noon CST


    by livingwater

    is a classic.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear JC is back in the game.

    by Stalkeye

    Sure his recent stuff was medeocre at best, but here's hoping he can turn things around and make a big comeback.looking forward to his involvement with FEAR 3.<p>still legendary!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Uh...old footage, guys...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    This footage has been online for months. And was likely created long before Carpenter's involvement. Someone's asleep at the wheel.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Wes_Reviews_ is right

    by Edited_Out

    Saw this many months ago. Not exactly a "scoop"...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I liked Ghosts of Mars.

    by phifty2

    Go on. Give me your worst. I also like Memoirs of an Invisible Man, In the Mouth of Madness, and to a lesser extent Escape from L.A. and Vampires.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter and Weta

    by skimn

    Not surprising that a top effect house would team with Carpenter. Even on his lower budget efforts like Village Of The Damned and Mouth Of Madness (and mid level like Invisible man), he had ILM work on the effects.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    My point is you say something is supposed

    by phifty2

    to be a B movie and we get Planet Terror which everyone loves, but you say this is the next film from master of horror John Carpenter and we get Ghosts of Mars(a B movie all the way)and people hate it But I think it's better than Planet Terror. <p> You guys say marketing has no affect on the film itself but I give you the above as an example of people expecting grade B movies and loving them and people expecting a "return to form of a great genre director" and hating it. It's all perspective and a lot of studios altering or lowering your expectations.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    For Mature audience? I guess if you live in Utah

    by Quadrillionaire

    I didn't see no titties

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Way old and who really gives a fuck?

    by alienindisguise

    even as a test, that footage looked awful and looked like any number of fan made turds you can find on youtube. The comic sucked shit and so will this. Randy Queen is a fucking hack

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Ghost Of Mars

    by lecter1914

    ....I kind of liked it too...havent seen it in awhile but remember liking it a lot....please don't hurt me.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    That looks

    by D o o d


  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Ariel needs my seed smothering her face

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Around the World, Emo Assholes Celebrate...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...please, JC - PLEASE - make this straight horror. DON'T make it some 'tween goth/emo bullshit.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    When is this premiering on SyFy, again?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    it seemed the comic was more about tits n ass

    by yabory

    than real could be cool though. let's hope it's vintage Carpenter and less standard Uwe-Bollian.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by CeeBeeUK

    anybody hear a witch?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    i smell epic fail

    by mojoman69

    please mr carpenter dont do this smoldering piece of Top cow shit.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    looks and smells like Syfy channel shit

    by elsewhere

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    What about L.A. Gothic

    by TheJudger

    I'm dying for that Mr. C. <P>I don't want to be negative today, but back when I saw this Weta Tease project- it just didn't do anything for me, and I was mad with myself for feeling that way, and confused over Weta excitement over it. John hows about a werewolf movie. Set in the old west, involving a pair of robbers who are attacked when trying to hijack a train. They are trapped on the train with it or a group of werewolves somehow. Robbers came to take the riches, wolfs came to take some meat. I want a John carpenter western before you go to that big whatever it maybe beyond this. And you ain't given us no werewolves either. There you go 2 in one.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by louisse

    Must have been a trick of light. No really its the colors. Too much blue, wings stand out badly.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Make the lead female a fat, middle aged woman...or just a fat teen woman. Just by casting that way, your bucking the norm, i.e. pretty, sexy young model in lead role. Also, the name...DARK...CHYLDE? Ooooh! I get little goth shivers from that names epic lame-ness. Truly a name that sounds like a goth teen clothing line at one of those mall shops that sell the spiked belts and wrist bracelets.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Premise looks promising

    by moviemaniac-7

    But I am in the minority here... However, I was watching The Thing DVD the other day and there should be some of that talent still residing in Carpenter. Awesome movie.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Sorry WETA looks terrible so far

    by jimmy_009

    Got to be honest. Premise sounds like a grade C video game story. Effects don't look very sharp, at least not to the point where I'd release it to the net.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    how about Escape from Earth mr C?

    by KilliK

    that rumored 3rd part Snake Plisken movie which was rumored a few years back?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    We miss the Kurt and Carpenter Show

    by TheJudger

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    get roddy pipper and kurt and bridges

    by TheJudger

    and put them in the same movie together.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Agreed. Add Keith David. And make Sam Neill the villain.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Forget the test stuff - it's JC - it will rock!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter...

    by jimmy_009

    ... will always hold a special place in my movie heart, but Ghost of Mars made me believe his movie career is long since gone. I was embarrassed watching it.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    They clearly spent a lot of time making this

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    look like complete ASS.<br><br> I'll always follow Carpenters work, but at this point I have zero expectation he will ever produce anything cool ever again.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    All That Work, And It Was Poorly Directed And Written?

    by Media Messiah

    Give me a 15 hundred dollar HD camera, and I could do better than this!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    that's about all I cared about in that about a boring little documentary snippet

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    it's JC, it will rock..?????

    by D o o d

    Are you sure about that..? Did you see Ghost of Mars? Did you see Escape from L.A?<p>JC is a director of the time and period, he is no longer good. The Thing, They Live, Escape From NY and Big Trouble in Little China are his greats. He hasn't done anything decent since then!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Unfortunate this made it onto the net

    by PorkChopXpress

    This test footage never should have made it to the's just a "concept" shot to sell the movie with, but fanboys see it and start slagging the movie off before they've shot a single frame. Anyone who thinks this actress is the one that'll show up in the movie...put your helmet back on. They needed a good-looking woman to shoot the proof of concept stuff with. That's it. I'm a huge John Carpenter fan and this seems right up his alley, so here's hoping it comes together.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Needs to be blond and Russian

    by covenant

    Just sayin'

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Hire a playmate with better cans...and a different director.

    by Monkey_King

    Carpenter lost his edge after VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    So when are the WITCHBLADE folks gonna sue?

    by Monroville

    Jesus Christ, could this be any more generic? If JC (John, not Jesus) wanted to do something, why not just pick up a good Steven King or Dean Koontz short story? Hell, why not pick up CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON back up? <p> On second thought, forget that. JC: just keep selling out and letting jerks remake your stuff. <p> But hey! Look at it this way; at least you have the blu-rays of the originals...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    It did not MAKE it onto the net

    by D o o d

    it was put there by the powers that be. It's obviously a proof of concept, we can all see that. The fact of the matter is that it's shit and trying to see what buzz they can get from people. That's why they put it on the net!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by PorkChopXpress

    ...of who put it on the internet, the fact remains that it should not have made it to our eyeballs. This should have been some quaint DVD extra if the movie gets made...the quality of the CG is so rough, there's no way today's audiences wouldn't reject it as shitty. Not everyone appears to understand it is proof of concept, though - with people criticizing the quality of the CG and the actress (as though that's what would end up in a film version). It's just to give execs something visual to latch onto, in a pitch meeting...they're done all the time, but don't usually make it out to the masses (for good reason). There was no way this clip could have done anything but disappoint the average fanboy (who are the only ones who would give a shit about it).

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    You have a valid point

    by D o o d

    but then I stand by my opinion that this was released by the studios and Weta. These Concepts are usually very tightly guarded. So if it's anyones fault that everyone is bitching it's the production staff themselves. They obviously think it's good enough to release!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    This is very old news

    by jazzylg

    This was on the net at least a year or 2 ago. Aint it old news just got it?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha !

    by unfunnydude

    Jesus that sucks...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Oh dude. Will someone pull JC asside please?

    by the Green Gargantua

    Give him the talk about comics maybe? Like what to read and what to leave behind the toilet seat brutalized and un-bagged?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I mean serious, who the fuck reads this shit?

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    WETA!!! FOCUS on EVANGELION for fucks sake!

    by the Green Gargantua

    u gonna film a promo for funding and u choose this turd? hfs.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by archer1949

    That looks like something that the ScyFy (or whatever the hell they are calling themselves now)channel would reject. And of all the cool non DC or Marvel comic properties you could choose from, they went with this bullshit "XXXXXTREEEME!!!!" 90's T&A nonsense? Blah.......

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    And for all u little bitches that like this shit..

    by the Green Gargantua

    Grow the fuck up and get some Faust comics.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Whats next Rob Liefield droppings? LOL

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Carpenter has not made a decent film in a decade

    by the Green Gargantua

    So this will probably be worst than Catwoman.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    never heard of this character before...

    by emeraldboy

    and looking at this thing reminded me of that film from this year which starred adrian brody and sarah polley. splice. didnt see that film.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The chick sux

    by gothrock

    Not feelin' her, just sayin

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Renee Cataldo the final selection?

    by Meadowe

    Since this was "test" footage I assumed she was just hired for this partiqular projeqt, but since it said something along the lines of introducing Renee Cataldo I guess John Carpenter's going to be using her too...?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Darkchylde = steaming pile of vomit PLUS shit

    by Starship Captain

    Seriously, have any of you ever checked out the comic? Let me assure you, it's a fucking steaming of pile of vomit PLUS some runny stanky shit mixed in for good measure. The story and writing were sub-high school level and the art personified everything that was overblown and wrong about the Image era of comics, which nearly tanked the industry for being so hack-like.<p>And here's my guess: this footage is old, but you see Randy Queen "directing" the girl and all that. So, my guess is he personally took a boatload of cash and paid WETA to do some test footage, to try and get some kind of movie option or deal going. And just for putting the D-team of digital artists on this demo reel, since it was WETA, I'm sure Queen STILL paid out a shitload of money -- even for footage this SyFy Channel laughably bad.<p>And for anyone hold out hope that Carpenter is going to actually direct something good for once, you're on drugs. Anything the man has done in recent years -- even that Showtime horror series, where he directed the episodes Moriarity wrote -- were painful to watch and so workmanlike that you could tell he was phoning it in. So enjoy your HALLOWEEN and FOG and THING and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA dvds because that John Carpenter is long gone.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the heads up "Starship Captain"

    by EmmaWatsonsWeirdAss

    How Carpenter is even allowed to roam the streets is a crime in of itself. Carpenter's Darkchilde will work because it will feature: jailbait, zombies, vampires, werewolfs, in 3D. Start thinking outside the box once in a while.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Escape from Earth would rock, but they will prob just remake NY

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I applaud Female Nudity on AICN. We need more.

    by kdoc13

    I mean really, who doesn't enjoy breasts softly bouncing...jiggling, heaving in and out with each breath...As long as they aren't Harry's, and are female, I'm good with this new trend...Now, whatever happened to Scriptgirl?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Horrible test...

    by Godzookys_Dead

    Seriously, if that's a legit test from WETA, they should never let it loose on the net. Everything about that test was dreadful, the direction, acting and CG were abysmal. As elsewhere stated it looks like the kind of shit produced by SyFy. There is No way in hell this should be greenlit, JC or no JC.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Should I be excited about this?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Well, I am not.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Speaking of test footage...

    by Johnno

    Anyone know if that guy who did the awesome Mortal Kombat pitch video a little while back got the gig? Because I want to know more about what's going on with that...

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Bad comic + shitty footage + Carpenter = CRAPTACULAR!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    You know, I thought I'd seen this footage before. And once so many people started to point out that it actually IS old and it had been released on the web drum up interest for a DARKCHYLDE film...I think it all adds up to "Starship Captain" being right. In the clip, there's so much Randy Queen directing and talking that it really does look like he was pushing this, with out of pocket money, to get his baby to the screen. Versus WETA going to him and saying "Dude! We really love your comic SO much, you just HAVE to let us cut a demo reel for you!" Not that anyone at WETA ever says "dude", but you get the point!<p>As for Carpenter doing this, I really couldn't care. The man hasn't been on his game for ages now. So when you combine a bad comic with shitty test footage and then toss in Carpenter for good measure, the whole thing already feels like a truly CRAPTACULAR direct to video flick.<p>So since I just got AT&T uVerse, I'll just wait for this thing to show up on Cinemax one night at 2 in the morning right after some babes baring their boobs in a hot tub movie. And that's assuming this stinker ever even gets that far.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Renee Cataldo...

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    ...her shortcomings as an actress could be compensated for by her willingness to wear the pearly-white contents of my balls on her face (taking a couple of squirts in the mouth, for luck).

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I Don

    by MakNeil

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I Meant To Write...

    by MakNeil

    <p>I meant to write that I have no idea where all the hatred for Ghosts of Mars comes from. There are seeds of greatness there, though unfortunately they don't come to fruition.</p> <p>There was supposed to be much drama surrounding the making of that film, so I imaging JC did the best with what he had.</p> <p>I Not making excuses for John Carpenter, only throwing out that when he's given the resources (as well as a minimum of interference) that he requires, oftentimes he produces great works.</p>

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Here is the most awesome transformation scene.

    by TheCorrectionMaker ps that girl seemed real excited about the word dichotomy.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by clupula

    looks like something from a bad horror porn.