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read Mary Shelley’s account (inaccurate).
seen Hollywood’s many versions (way inaccurate).
at last, you can learn the truth! It’s all revealed in S.
S. Wilson’s new, meticulously researched exposé!
of Frankenstein mythology from Mary Shelley to Hollywood are delightfully
jumbled together in a fast paced comic adventure set in 19th century
Rolf and roly-poly Hermann are alley cats with a pretty good life.
Using cunning and stealth they easily purloin food from townsfolk
and animals alike.
a routine stop at a local mansion, with intent to steal treats from
the owners' pampered dog, runs afoul of two burglars, with intent
to steal the owners' jewels.
chaos, Hermann inadvertently gobbles a diamond ring. Now the cats
are hotly pursued by the murderous thieves and their equally murderous
hound (from whom, to be honest, Rolf and Hermann once stole food).
can't hide forever, and they fear wolves in the surrounding forest,
so they try to escape on a sailing ship. But it's guarded by an
army of fearsome bilge rats. To get aboard, much to their humiliation,
they must strike a bargain with the pack rat leader, promising to
bring him a single item to add to his vast collection of junk.
item is a pocket watch -- worn by Dr. Frankenstein.
available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
the first chapter.
Winner of the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book - Fiction, presented
at the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards.
the Best First Book - Fiction category of the USA Best Books Awards
hunt werewolf, Whitney?" It is 1903 and that's only one of many
unexpected questions asked of young zoologist Gerard Whitney when
hired by eccentric Oklahoma cattle rancher Harold B. Tucker. He
discovers his employer's true passion is traveling the world in
search of legendary creatures. In his first novel, veteran screenwriter
S. S. Wilson (Tremors, Short Circuit, The Wild Wild West) offers
up a rollicking adventure in which wide-eyed Whitney learns about
werewolves, mummies, ghosts, and even meets a mad scientist. On
a more subtle level, Wilson also pokes ample fun at classic horror
movie clichés as he careens toward an unexpected (and Hollywood
sized) climax. "You won't be disappointed when you pick up a copy
of Tucker's Monster." Ron Underwood - director.
available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
Wild Wild West (1999) It's a whole new west!
Stampede wirters S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock bring this television
classic out of 1965 and in into the next Willennium.
Jim West (Will Smith) is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero.
Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels
in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate
Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant (also Kevin Kline) teams
the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey
from Washington to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills
to best Loveless and his diabolical machines.
Circuit (1986) Something
wonderful has happened...Number Five is alive!
| Five military
robots are being developed and tested as the ultimate in fighting
machines but a random lighting strike short circuits robot Number
Five and sets him off on his own path. This comedy adventure classic
stars Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg and is pure fun for the entire
Short Circuit was made well before Stampede was founded, but it
was the first stepping stone in the path to having our own company.
Our own S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock had been working in relative
obscurity, making educational films for schools and libraries. They
wrote the script for Short Circuit in their spare time. Separately
and together they’d written four other "spec" scripts, but hadn’t
been able to sell them. This one found its way to agent Nancy Roberts
(now Stampede President) Producer David Foster, and finally to director
John Badham (of Saturday Night Fever and WarGames fame.) It became
a "go" movie almost overnight. Maddock and Wilson were on their
Circuit 2 (1988) Some say he's nuts. Some say
he's bolts. But can Number Five make it in the big, bad city? Keep
your wires crossed.
Stampede writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock do it again with this
sequel to the ever popular story of Number Five the robot that is
alive. Go with Number Five to the big city to help one of his creators
Ben Jahrvi (Fisher Stevens) foil a major bank robbery and find true
(1990) They say there's nothing new under the sun.
But under the ground...
you like Sci-Fi or Horror films Tremors is simply a MUST
SEE movie! This satirical 1950’s style story of giant underground
monsters looking to make a meal of the residents of the small town
of Perfection Nevada will keep you glued to the edge of your seat.
Tremors stars Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Finn Carter, with amazingly
comical performances by Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as Burt and
Heather Gummer, the ultimate survivalists. It was written by S.S.
Wilson and Brent Maddock. It was the feature directing debut for Ron
Underwood, and was the true launch pad for what became Stampede Entertainment.
In fact, the name Stampede was suggested by Stampede Exec V.P. Lou
Malacarne, who pointed out that there were stampedes in both Tremors
and Ron’s next movie, City Slickers.
all with the Tremors Attack Pack
Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
and Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
- The Making
- Reba McEntire
2: Aftershocks Trailer
2: Aftershocks (1995) The Worms Have Turned!
never cut you any slack... Just when you are armed and ready for them
they evolve into something else. In this popular direct to video sequel
to Tremors, it’s a whole new ball game when the worms turn, so hop
into your favorite chair and hold on! Tremors 2: Aftershocks features
return performances by Fred Ward as Earl Bassett and Michael Gross
as the heavily armed Burt Gummer. It also features Christopher Gartin
as Grady Hoover and Helen Shaver as KateWhite. The script was, again,
by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock and Wilson even sat in the director’s
chair, becoming the second director to come out of Nancy Roberts’
The Roberts Company and Stampede Entertainment.
Tremors 2: Aftershocks was Universal's first movie released in the
DVD format so collectors you will want to get
your copy on DVD and be a part of movie history. The
Tremors 2:Aftershocks DVD also includes several bonus features.
First of all, it is letterboxed (has the original full screen image).
It includes production notes, notes on cast and crew, and the original
trailer. Also, for those of you who have been dying to see the film
dubbed in French or subtitled in Spanish, the DVD disk can be viewed
in those modes.
3 Back To Perfection (2001)
The Food Chain Just Grew A New Link!
The original writing team that brought you Tremors is back once
again with the much anticipated third installment in this classic
saga of man vs. ever changing Precambrian monster.
It has been
years since the underground monsters attacked the quiet desert town
of Perfection Nevada. While some townspeople have put the incident
totally out of their minds others are trying to keep the mystique
alive for the sake of the towns only industry, Graboid Tourism.
Unfortunately the town's underground monster tourism business takes
a turn for the worst when tourists realize they have just been added
to the menu.
Yes the Graboids
are back and this time they have mutated into the most deadly killing
machines yet! The town's only hope is none other than the now famous
Graboid hunter Burt Gummer (Michael Gross). But will all Burt's
guns be enough? Please tell me they will be enough!!!
very own S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock wrote Tremors 3 and Brent
Maddock even steps up to the plate as director. You are in for nothing
less than a classic Tremors thrill ride so hang on!
4: The Legend Begins
(2004) A Revolution Has Begun
does it again! The fourth installment to theTremors saga is here!
take you back in time to 1889 to learn the story of the first known
Graboid outbreak in the US.
workers in a remote mining town of Rejection, Nevada, fall prey
to an unseen creature, the mine's owner, Hiram Gummer (Michael Gross),
great-grandfather to Tremors' Burt Gummer, hires a mercenary to
destroy the carnivorous creatures before they swallow up his profits.
What follows is an all-out assault that takes the battleground from
deep in the earth to a suspense-filled showdown on the streets of
4:The Legend Begins will thrill you with incredible action sequences,
awesome bonus features and earth-shaking special effects created
by the award-winning team behind the original box-office hit, Tremors.
film will ship in DVD format January 2nd. 2004. It will not be available
in VHS format until sometime in early 2004.
The Series (2003)
the makers of the Tremors films come the Sci-Fi channel classis
Tremors The Series. Inspired
by the movies that have become beloved cult classics, this fun,
thrilling TV series reveals more of the down ’n’ dirty
battles as the locals attempt to coexist with the Graboids, Shriekers
and Ass Blasters now on the "protected species" list,
including a particularly large Graboid nicknamed "El Blanco."
Add to the craziness a combination of secret labs, the gene-blending
"Mixmaster" and the occasional fanatical tourist, and
there’s never a dull moment in Perfection.
all 13 full episodes
of the Shriekers
from the Past
Little Paranoia Among Friends
Sounds of Silence
and Destroy .
his directorial debut Ron Underwood went on to direct this film. City
Slickers is a wonderful comedy about an urban executive struggling
to find meaning in his life by going on a western cattle drive. The
film stars Billy Crystal and earned Jack Palance and academy award
for best supporting actor.
and Souls (1993)
whole Stampede team finally got together on this Universal/Stampede
Production, co-written by Maddock and Wilson, co-produced by Nancy
Roberts, and directed by Ron Underwood. Heart and Souls is a heartwarming
story of a boy born at the same time as four people are killed in
a tragic bus accident. The souls of the four accident victims are
locked to the boy and follow him into adulthood where they are able
to help each other fulfill their lives. Each of the souls take turns
possessing the body of the boy played by Robert Downey Jr. in this
(1994) There are two sides to
every relationship... Don't trust either of them.
Ron Underwood directed this romantic comedy about two speech writers
(Michael Keaton and Geena Davis) who work for opposing political candidates
and fall in love with each other on the campaign trail.
Land Before Time (1988)
A group of young dinosaurs is separated from their families by a huge
earthquake. They’ve been taught that animals of different species
never work or play together. But brave Littlefoot, the brontosaurus,
teaches the others they’ll never make it back if they don’t cooperate.
The exciting journey is hard enough, but they are also pursued by
terrifying Sharp Tooth, the Tyrannosaurus.
You’ll have to look hard for their names, (read the "crawl titles"
at the end very closely) but Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson did
a lot of work on Land Before Time. Steven Spielberg asked them to
do some revisions on the existing script very late in animation
pre-production. He and George Lucas wanted the characters to be
more likable. Storyboards had been already been done and Brent and
Steve were told they couldn’t change the planned action, but they
could change anything the dinosaurs said. Eventually, just by changing
dialogue they actually changed the basic idea of the story. Where
it had originally been about lost little dinosaurs competing to
be the leader, it became lost little dinosaurs learning to work
together. This new idea even became the basis for the theme song.
Side note: Brent came up with most of talkative Ducky’s dialogue,
including his popular, "Yup, yup, yup."
not included (1987)
The tenants of an old apartment building in New York are about to
be thrown out. Their building is to be torn down in the name of progress.
But they get some unexpected help from an a very otherworldly source.
with a story by Mick Garris and a script by Brad Byrd and director
Matthew Robbins ,Wilson and Maddock co-wrote this film. Steven Spielberg
had originally intended it as an Amazing Story (that TV series was
in production at the time), but later decided it should be a full
blown feature film. It was especially exciting to be writing for
veteran actors Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.
A wacky comedy about a father too obsessed with work to spend quality
time with his family. He dies in a car crash, but instead of "going
on" he finds himself stuck in this world. He and his kids decide to
just keep his untimely demise a secret and keep leading a "normal"
life. But this is harder than it seems, since he disappears in bright
light, tends to sink into the floor, etc. In the process he realizes
that his family is the most important thing in his life and in a surprise
twist finds out why he’s still on earth.
is one of those movies with a convoluted history. Steven Spielberg
had read Short Circuit, liked it, and asked Maddock and Wilson to
do a rewrite on a script titled Ghost Boy, about a boy who dies
and comes back to live with his family. After many meetings it was
decided to change the story to Ghost Dad, and try to come up with
a way for him to not really be dead at the end. Maddock and Wilson
wrote a version with those elements. The movie was cast and special
effects tests were made with a major star. Then, as sometimes happens
in Hollywood, the "deal" fell apart. The star and director went
on to other things and the script got "shelved." It was re-considered
off and on, rewritten at least once by other writers, then finally
made when Bill Cosby took an interest in it.