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Goliath and the Dragon

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Anyone who went to Sunday School when they were young knows the name Goliath. The story of how the young David defeats the evil Philistine giant is one that is often shared with kids. Though, it’s kind of a grisly story for kiddie fare. It’s got decapitation and everything! The bottom line, though, is that we’ve come to associate the name “Goliath” with a villainous individual. So it’s a bit strange that when American International Pictures got their hands on this 1960 Italian Hercules film they chose to change their lead character’s name to Goliath. The original film’s title is translated as Revenge of Hercules, but for AIP’s purposes, it became Goliath and the Dragon. Strange thing is, all the stuff involving said dragon was added for the American version. That means that neither of this film’s title characters, Goliath or the dragon, appear in the original Italian release of this film. The movie business can be a bit strange sometimes.

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The adventure begins with Goliath (Mark Forest) on a quest into the underworld to retrieve an item called the Blood Diamond. What muscle-brain doesn’t realize is that he’s been sent on this mission by King Eurystheus (Broderick Crawford) because he figures the monsters that guard the diamond, including the three-headed Cerberus and a strange bat creature will surely cause the death of Goliath. With Goliath out of the way, the king will be able to gather allies for an attack on Thebes.

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Goliath survives, of course, but now has to deal with family drama as his brother Hyllus (Sandro Moretti) is in love with Thea (Federica Ranchi), the daughter of one of Goliath’s enemies. Hyllus, however, becomes convinced Thea is in love with Goliath. So a plan is hatched by the king to get Goliath’s wife to trick Hyllus into poisoning his brother. This backfires, too, and we have various battles between Goliath and various murderous beasties including a bear and an elephant before we get to the titular dragon.

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Goliath and the Dragon is a film that jumps back and forth between the extremes of production value. The print I watched of the AIP version of this film was pretty pathetic. It was washed out and had a considerable amount of scratches and other imperfections. However, the Italian cut of the film can also be found online in a much more pristine copy. The colors used in the sets and costumes really pop and show that this is no bargain-basement production.

Now, the creature effects are another thing altogether. The first monster we lay eyes on is the three-headed dog Cerberus, portrayed here by a fire-breathing puppet that is completely unable to maintain eye contact with whomever it’s attacking and is just a few notches above papier mache. A few moments later, Goliath faces a bat creature that looks a bit like a wookie with wings. It flaps around on wires and does more bumping into Goliath than it does actually posing a threat. Later in the film we have a centaur which only appears in four-legged horse man form when shot at a distance. It seems to be able to change from two-legged to four-legged at will. I mean, if you’re able to do that, why not just stick with two all the time? At least you’d save on shoes. Honestly, the most intimidating beast in the film is not a special effect at all. It’s the elephant! The king uses him to execute prisoners by just stepping on their faces.

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Of course, we need to address the titular dragon. This is an element that was not in the original version of the film. His presence definitely feels tacked on. At times he is portrayed as a stop-motion effect, which is not all that bad. It’s not Harryhausen, for sure, but we’ve all seen worse. For close up shots the dragon is just a large puppet sticking its head out of a hole in the rocks. Ultimately, the sequence is pretty goofy as Goliath spends most of the battle wrestling with the creature, standing right in front of its gaping jaws. Um, Goliath…buddy, dragons breath fire, ya know. He’s safe though since this film’s budget didn’t seem to allow for the dragon to deep fry our hero. It certainly seems like more of the budget was put into sets and costumes than making cool creatures.

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All the cheesiness of the effects aside, Goliath and the Dragon still manages to be pretty enjoyable. The actors seem to be doing a solid job. It’s always a bit hard to tell when dealing with a film where the dialogue is dubbed, but nobody really seems to be hamming it up. Sure, there are many elements of the film that are a bit clunky, but the actors all seem to be doing what they can to elevate the material.

So, in the end, Goliath turns out to be not such a bad dude, after all. I certainly could’ve done without so much of the family drama subplot of the film. At times it treaded a bit too close to being a mythological soap opera with the occasional monster attack thrown in. The film ends up succeeding enough, though, to see past the weaker moments and deliver some fun sword and sandal silliness.

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Some Kind of Nut

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There are certain celebrities who just always seem to have a wholesome image. I’d put Dick Van Dyke in that category; a guy known for squeaky clean sitcoms and family-friendly films. So, it’s a bit strange to see him as a character who does something controversial and bucks the system. I know your mind is going wild right now imagining just what sort of nasty thing Van Dyke might have done. Brace yourselves, for in the 1969 film Some Kind of Nut Dick Van Dyke…grows a beard.

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Van Dyke plays Fred Amidon, a teller at a bank in New York. He’s going through a divorce with his wife, Rachel (Angie Dickinson), but has a new fiancee in the form of a fellow bank employee, Pamela (Rosemary Forsyth). One day, while having a picnic lunch with Pamela, Fred is stung on the chin by a bee. This makes it difficult to shave, and as he is going on a three-week vacation anyway, he decides to just let the beard grow. When he returns to the bank, fuzz and all, his employer takes issue and quickly demands Fred shave it off.

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Now, Fred is the sort of guy who usually falls in line with his boss’ demands, but he now decides that he is going to take a stand. He refuses to shave. This leads Fred on a path that takes him into the counterculture, finding kindred spirits in various hippies and beatniks. He also finds that his estranged wife becomes quite intrigued by this side of him, which she had seen before. Meanwhile, Pamela is repulsed by the beard, and even ends up plotting with her controlling brothers to drug Fred and shave the beard off themselves. This leads to a half-done job that fires up Fred even more.

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Films like Some Kind of Nut are always a bit intriguing. For every 60’s film where Hollywood succeeded in capturing the counterculture movement of the day, you also have weird moments like this where they tried to do something that would appeal to those long-haired youngsters, but with a straight-arrow star. In all seriousness, though, how edgy is a film really going to get when your star is the guy who sang “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?” He’s just too clean-cut and likeable to be convincing as a guy who’s going to create such a stir over a bit of facial hair. Perhaps part of it is that the beard in question barely even registers as a beard. It’s just a few notches above peach fuzz, to be honest. Had they given Van Dyke a ZZ Top number and more freedom let loose, we may have ended up with something that had a bit more fire.

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That being said, Van Dyke is still an appealing screen presence. He manages to make the film entertaining to a degree, even when it seems to run out of ideas. The script definitely meanders a bit through its middle section. It also helps that there is some real and unexpected chemistry between Van Dyke and Angie Dickinson. Of course, Dickinson is as sexy as ever, but I was surprised to find myself completely buying that she and Van Dyke’s character caused a bit of steam once upon a time. They are an odd match, to say the least, but it strangely works.

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From a technical standpoint, the filmmakers try very hard to do some unusual things that just don’t work terribly well. This begins with frame one of the opening credits sequence which follows the bee that starts this whole story as it harasses various people around Central Park. It then moves into a sequence where Van Dyke and Forsyth scream and swat at said insect, captured with some strange camera work, including use of a fish-eye lens. The final chase sequence of the film is also headache-inducing as it divides the screen into small sections to show us several different camera angles all at the same time. If watching the split-screens that make up much of the documentary film Woodstock is tough for you, this sequence will make your brain explode. I can’t imagine how this sequence would’ve looked in the days of pan-and-scan.

In general, I’d say Some Kind of Nut is a film that suffers from a number of miscalculations. Casting Dick Van Dyke as someone who is going to be embraced by the counterculture, as likeable as he is, is a miscalculation. Strange camera techniques and split screens, also a miscalculation. I suppose it’s to the credit of seasoned performers like Dick Van Dyke and Angie Dickinson that the film still manages to have a certain level of entertainment value. It’s all just a bit too weird to be ignored.

 

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Some Kind of a Nut

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There are certain celebrities who just always seem to have a wholesome image. I’d put Dick Van Dyke in that category; a guy known for squeaky clean sitcoms and family-friendly films. So, it’s a bit strange to see him as a character who does something controversial and bucks the system. I know your mind is going wild right now imagining just what sort of nasty thing Van Dyke might have done. Brace yourselves, for in the 1969 film Some Kind of a Nut Dick Van Dyke…grows a beard.

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Van Dyke plays Fred Amidon, a teller at a bank in New York. He’s going through a divorce with his wife, Rachel (Angie Dickinson), but has a new fiancee in the form of a fellow bank employee, Pamela (Rosemary Forsyth). One day, while having a picnic lunch with Pamela, Fred is stung on the chin by a bee. This makes it difficult to shave, and as he is going on a three-week vacation anyway, he decides to just let the beard grow. When he returns to the bank, fuzz and all, his employer takes issue and quickly demands Fred shave it off.

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Now, Fred is the sort of guy who usually falls in line with his boss’ demands, but he now decides that he is going to take a stand. He refuses to shave. This leads Fred on a path that takes him into the counterculture, finding kindred spirits in various hippies and beatniks. He also finds that his estranged wife becomes quite intrigued by this side of him, which she had seen before. Meanwhile, Pamela is repulsed by the beard, and even ends up plotting with her controlling brothers to drug Fred and shave the beard off themselves. This leads to a half-done job that fires up Fred even more.

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Films like Some Kind of a Nut are always a bit intriguing. For every 60’s film where Hollywood succeeded in capturing the counterculture movement of the day, you also have weird moments like this where they tried to do something that would appeal to those long-haired youngsters, but with a straight-arrow star. In all seriousness, though, how edgy is a film really going to get when your star is the guy who sang “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?” He’s just too clean-cut and likeable to be convincing as a guy who’s going to create such a stir over a bit of facial hair. Perhaps part of it is that the beard in question barely even registers as a beard. It’s just a few notches above peach fuzz, to be honest. Had they given Van Dyke a ZZ Top number and more freedom let loose, we may have ended up with something that had a bit more fire.

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That being said, Van Dyke is still an appealing screen presence. He manages to make the film entertaining to a degree, even when it seems to run out of ideas. The script definitely meanders a bit through its middle section. It also helps that there is some real and unexpected chemistry between Van Dyke and Angie Dickinson. Of course, Dickinson is as sexy as ever, but I was surprised to find myself completely buying that she and Van Dyke’s character caused a bit of steam once upon a time. They are an odd match, to say the least, but it strangely works.

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From a technical standpoint, the filmmakers try very hard to do some unusual things that just don’t work terribly well. This begins with frame one of the opening credits sequence which follows the bee that starts this whole story as it harasses various people around Central Park. It then moves into a sequence where Van Dyke and Forsyth scream and swat at said insect, captured with some strange camera work, including use of a fish-eye lens. The final chase sequence of the film is also headache-inducing as it divides the screen into small sections to show us several different camera angles all at the same time. If watching the split-screens that make up much of the documentary film Woodstock is tough for you, this sequence will make your brain explode. I can’t imagine how this sequence would’ve looked in the days of pan-and-scan.

In general, I’d say Some Kind of a Nut is a film that suffers from a number of miscalculations. Casting Dick Van Dyke as someone who is going to be embraced by the counterculture, as likeable as he is, is a miscalculation. Strange camera techniques and split screens, also a miscalculation. I suppose it’s to the credit of seasoned performers like Dick Van Dyke and Angie Dickinson that the film still manages to have a certain level of entertainment value. It’s all just a bit too weird to be ignored.

 

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 134: Jeremy

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The new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast is here! This time, Todd is joined by Tony Cogan from Coog’s Reviews to discuss the 1973 film Jeremy, starring Robby Benson and Glynnis O’Connor.

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Movies Discussed:
Jeremy
The American Friend
Nighthawks

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Supervan

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In the mid 80’s, many suburban folks made the switch from station wagons to vans as the preferred method of family transportation. I remember my father doing all sorts of research before purchasing ours. Now, just a few years earlier van culture was something entirely different. Trust me, our family van wasn’t decked out with a shag carpet interior or vicious animals painted on the side. That’s what we get, though, in this 1977 piece of “vansploitation,” Supervan.

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Our story focuses on a young man named Clint (Mark Schneider) who is planning on entering his van, The Sea Witch, in a big event known as The Invitational Freak-Out. While on the road he meets up with a girl named Karen (Katie Saylor) who is being roughed up by some nasty bikers. Sadly the encounter with the bikers also leads to The Sea Witch getting crushed. Lucky for Clint, he has a van designer buddy named Bosley (Tom Kindle) who has been working on a secret project…a futuristic, solar-powered super-van he has dubbed “Vandora.”

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Clint and Karen head for the Freak-Out, but it’s not going to be an easy trip. A nasty oil company exec, T.B. Trenton (Morgan Woodward), is out to stop them since, you know, a solar-powered van wouldn’t exactly be good for business. Oh, and did I mention that Karen happens to be his daughter?

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What passes for the plot of Supervan is about as thin as they come. Much of the film is devoted to montages depicting the different competitions going on at the Freak-Out. There’s a zig-zag driving contest around a series of cones, a distance contest to see who can make it the furthest up a muddy slope, and a wet T-shirt contest. All these events are given play-by-play courtesy of a wacky DJ for radio station KVAN. These sequences serve primarily as a way to pad out the minuscule story, but these moments aren’t without a certain level of fun. It certainly seems as if much of this film may have been filmed at an actual gathering of van enthusiasts out in the middle of some muddy field. Strangely, amongst the modest crowd viewers can spot poet Charles Bukowski. He features prominently in the wet T-shirt contest scene.

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While aspects of the Freak-Out are somewhat interesting in that 70’s time capsule sort of way, the titular “Supervan” is less than spectacular. Sure, it looks kind of cool, but we don’t really get a good picture of what makes it such a revolutionary leap forward for vankind. Short of one scene where the van uses a laser to blast our leading man out of prison, the van doesn’t do much that is terribly impressive. Its primary futuristic features seems to be that it emits a constant beeping sound as it tools down the highway. It’s good that it’s solar-powered and all, but I’ll take an 8-track player over the continuous beeping, thank you very much.

Like the van itself, the human characters are also not terribly interesting. Clint and Karen are downright drab, and it doesn’t take long to stop caring if they ever manage to make it to the Freak-Out. There are a few strange side characters that manage to spice things up a bit, but ultimately most people who would’ve plunked down a few bucks to see this flick weren’t the least bit interested in the human cast. Heck, the last moments before the credits roll are devoted to a montage of the artwork decorating the sides of the vans. Bottom line, Supervan is essentially the cinematic equivalent of going to a car show.

 

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Comic Con Liverpool – 6th to 8th March

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Comiccon Liverpool is returning this March and, as ever, the line-up is huge.  The 40+ guests hail from a wide range of TV and Film.  Many of the guests will be well knows to fans of 90’s and 2000’s film and TV, but if you’re also looking to meet 80s legends then this is the best place to do it!

Here are 10 damn good reasons why Comiccon Liverpool rocks for 80s fans!


Peter Cullen and Frank Welker

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Peter Cullen – (UK Exclusive) (Transformers) 

Peter is a Canadian voice actor best known as the voice of Optimus Prime in the original 1980s Transformers animated series, and most other incarnations of the character. He has also voiced several other characters, including Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh franchise, Monterey Jack in Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and KARR in Knight Rider. In 2007, Cullen returned to the role of Optimus Prime in various Transformers media, starting with the first live-action film. (Transformers, Winnie the Pooh, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Knight Rider, Dungeons and Dragons, Spider-Man, Gremlins, Predator)

 

Frank Welker – (UK Exclusive) (Transformers) 

Born in Denver, Colorado. Welker voiced many recurring characters in the multiple iterations of “Transformers” animated series, including eight of the original 14 Decepticons including Megatron, Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywrap, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat.  He has also voiced SO many cartoons over the years, including Ray and Slimer from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, and Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget.

 

Sam Jones and Brian BlessedSam J Jones – (Flash Gordon)

Sam is an American actor best known for playing the title characters in Flash Gordon and The Highwayman. (Flash Gordon, The Highwayman, Ted, Ted 2, Hollywood Safari, Stargate SG-1, L.A. Heat)

 

Brian Blessed – (Flash Gordon)

Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor, writer, television presenter and singer, known for his booming, voice and his role as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon. (Flash Gordon, Z Cars, Black Adder, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Tarzan, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Peppa Pig, Wizards vs Aliens)

 

Melody Anderson – (Flash Gordon)

Melody is a retired actress, whose most high-profile role was playing Dale Arden in the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon. (Flash Gordon, Battlestar Galactica, Manimal, Beverly Hills Madam, The A-Team)

 

Steve Guttenberg – (Police Academy)Steve Guttenberg

Steve is an American actor, author, businessman, producer, and director. He is known for his lead roles in Hollywood films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Cocoon, Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, Diner, The Bedroom Window, Three Men and a Little Lady, The Big Green and Short Circuit.

 
Noah Hathaway – (Never Ending Story) 

Noah is an American actor and a former teen idol best known for his roles as Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story and for portraying Boxey on the original television series Battlestar Galactica. (The NeverEnding Story, Troll, Battlestar Galactica, The NeverEnding Story II)

 
Tami Stronach – (UK Exclusive) (Never Ending Story) Tami Stronach

Tami is an Israeli-American dancer, choreographer and former child actress who made her acting debut as The Childlike Empress in The NeverEnding Story, a film adaptation of the novel Die Unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende. (The NeverEnding Story, Fredy a Zlatovláska)

 
John Challis – (Only Fools and Horses) 

John is an English actor best known for portraying Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, and its sequel/spin-off The Green Green Grass alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guest, Sue Holderness. (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass, Benidorm Doctor Who, Last of the Summer Wine)

 

Sue Holderness – (Only Fools and Horses)

Sue is an is an English actress. She played the role of Marlene Boyce in the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses (from 1985 to 2003) and its spin-off The Green Green Grass (from 2005 until 2009) (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass, Still Open All Hours, Doctors)

 

And if those 10 80s guests don’t make you want to throw down your tools, stand up and scream “I’M GOING TO COMICCON LIVERPOOL!” then I don’t know what will!

 

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(The full line-up is below, for people whose tastes extend further than just the 80s. Yes, I know, I don’t really understand those pesky non-80s fans, but each to their own, eh?)


Comiccon Liverpool
      1. Elliah Wood – is an American actor, voice actor, film producer, and DJ best known for his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, The Faculty, Sin City, Maniac, Happy Feet, Green Street)

      2. Mickey Rourke – (UK Exclusive) – Philip Andre “Mickey” Rourke Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, and former boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films. During the 1980s, Rourke starred in a number of notable roles including (Iron Man 2, The Expendables, Sin City, Immortals, Angel Heart, The Wrestler, Rumblefish)

      3. David Harbour – is an American actor best known for his role as Jim Hopper in the Netflix series Stranger Things, which earned him a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2018. (Stranger Things, Hellboy, Black Widow, Suicide Squad, The Green Hornet, Brokeback Mountain, Quantum of Solace)

      4. Melissa Joan Hart –  (UK Exclusive)  – (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is an American actress, producer, and director known for her starring roles as the titular characters in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Melissa & Joey. (Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains It All, Melissa & Joey, Nine Dead, Batman Beyond, Not Another Teen Movie)

5. Caroline Rhea – (UK Exclusive)  – (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who is best known for her role as Sabrina’s Aunt –  Hilda Spellman on the ABC show Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

  6. Beth Broderick –   (UK Exclusive)  – (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is an American actress. Who is best known for her role as Sabrina’s Aunt – Zelda Spellman – Sabrina the Teenage Witch.She also had recurring roles as Diane Janssen in the ABC mystery drama series Lost (2005–2008)

      5. Lori Petty – (UK Exclusive) – (Tank Girl) is an American actress and director. Her roles include playing Tyler Endicott in Point Break, Kit Keller in A League of Their Own, Rae Lindley in Free Willy and the title role in Tank Girl. (Tank Girl, A League Of Their Own, Orange Is The New Black, Prison Break, Point Break, Free Willy, The Poker House, Gotham)

      6. Sam J Jones – (Flash Gordon) is known professionally as Sam J. Jones, is an American actor best known for playing the title characters in Flash Gordon and The Highwayman. (Flash Gordon, The Highwayman, Ted, Ted 2, Hollywood Safari, Stargate SG-1, L.A. Heat)

      7. Brian Blessed – (Flash Gordon) OBE is an English actor, writer, television presenter and singer, known for his booming, voice and his role as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon. (Flash Gordon, Black Adder, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Tarzan, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Peppa Pig, Wizards vs Aliens)

      8. Melody Anderson – (Flash Gordon) is a Canadian social worker and public speaker specializing in the impact of addiction on families. She is a retired actress, whose most high-profile role was playing Dale Arden in the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon. (Flash Gordon, Battlestar Galactica, Manimal, Beverly Hills Madam, The A-Team)

 9. Ray Wise – (UK Exclusive) (Twin Peaks) is an American actor best known for his roles as Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Vice President Hal Gardner in 24, and The Devil in Reaper. He currently stars as Marvin on Fresh Off the Boat. (Reaper, 24, Twin Peaks, Swamp Thing, God’s Not Dead 2, Jeepers Creepers 2 Agent Carter, X-Men: First Class, Superman: Doomsday)

      10. James Cosmo MBE – (Highlander) is known professionally as James Cosmo, is a Scottish actor known for his appearances in films including Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ben-Hur and Wonder Woman, as well as television series such as Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, and His Dark Materials. (Highlander, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Soldier, Soldier, Braveheart , Transpotting, Troy)

12. Steve Guttenberg – (Police Academy) is an American actor, author, businessman, producer, and director. He is known for his lead roles in Hollywood films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Cocoon, Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, Diner, The Bedroom Window, Three Men and a Little Lady, The Big Green and Short Circuit.

      13Costas Mandylor – (SAW) is a Greek-Australian actor best known for his role as Kenny in Picket Fences and for portraying Detective Mark Hoffman in the Saw film franchise. Costas is perhaps best known for playing a lead role in the Saw film franchise as Detective Mark Hoffman, appearing in Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI and Saw 3D as the corrupted police officer.

      14. Chris Klein – (UK Exclusive) (American Pie) is an American actor best known for playing Chris ‘Oz’ Ostreicher in the American Pie comedy teen films, and more recently, the serial killer Cicada on The Flash. In American Pie, Chris plays the part of Christopher Russell Ostreicher (Oz), alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guests Thomas Ian Nichols, Tara Reid and Chris Owen. (American Pie, American Pie 2, American Pie: Reunion, The Flash, ,We Were Soldiers, Rollerball, The Grinder, TRON: Uprising, American Dad)

      15. Tara Reid – (UK Exclusive)  (American Pie) is an American actress best known for playing the parts of Vicky in the films American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Reunion, Bunny Lebowski in The Big Lebowski and April Wexler in the television film series Sharknado. (American Pie, American Pie 2, American Pie: Reunion, Josie and the Pussycats, Van Wilder, The Boys)

16. Chris Owen – (UK Exclusive) (American Pie) The Sherminator is coming! is an American actor and photographer. He is best known for his role as Chuck Sherman, a.k.a.The Sherminator in the American Pie film franchise, appearing in American Pie, American Pie 2, American Pie Presents: Band Camp and American Reunion. (American Pie, American Pie 2American Pie Presents: Band Camp, American Pie: Reunion)

      17. Thomas Ian Nicholas – (UK Exclusive) (American Pie)   is an American film actor, singer, musician, producer, director, and writer best known for playing Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year, Walt Disney in Walt Before Mickey and Kevin Myers in the American Pie film series. (American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, American Pie: Reunion, Halloween: Resurrection)

      18. Shannon Elizabeth – (UK Exclusive) (American Pie)  is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth has appeared in comedy films such as American Pie, Scary Movie and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She has also appeared in horror films such as Jack Frost, Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons.

      20. Frank Welker – (UK Exclusive) (Transformers) Born in Denver, Colorado. Welker voiced many recurring characters in the multiple iterations of “Transformers” animated series, including eight of the original 14 Decepticons including Megatron, Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywrap, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat.
      21. Peter Cullen – (UK Exclusive) (Transformers) is a Canadian voice actor best known as the voice of Optimus Prime in the original 1980s Transformers animated series, and most other incarnations of the character. He has also voiced several other characters, including Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh franchise, Monterey Jack in Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and KARR in Knight Rider. In 2007, Cullen returned to the role of Optimus Prime in various Transformers media, starting with the first live-action film. (Transformers, Winnie the Pooh, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Knight Rider, Dungeons and Dragons, Spider-Man, Gremlins, Predator)
      22. Ericka Eleniak – (Baywatch Television Show) is an American actress, Playboy Playmate, and former model best known for her role in Baywatch as Shauni McClain. Her film debut was a small part in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. (E.T. Baywatch, Under Seige, Desperate Housewives)

      23. Stanislav Ianevski – (Harry Potter) is a Bulgarian actor who is best known for playing Viktor Krum, Hermione Grangers romantic interest in the 2005 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hostel: Part II,Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows: Part I)

      24Josh Herdman – (Harry Potter) is an English actor and mixed martial artist, best known for playing Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter film series. (Harry Potter Film Series, Thunderpants, The Bill, Robin Hood)

      25. Karyn Parsons – (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is an American actress and comedian best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith and fellow Comic Con Liverpool actress Daphne Reid. (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Blossom, The Job, Lush Life)

      26. Daphne Reid – (UK Exclusive) (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is an American actress, comedian and former model best known for her role as the second Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 until 1996 alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guest Karyn Parsons. (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Cosby Show, The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote)

      27. Tatyana Ali – (UK Exclusive) (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original series Love That Girl!, and played a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.(The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In The House, Sesame Street, Buppies)

      28. Ross Bagley – (WORLD Exclusive) (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is an American former child actor, comedian and DJ best known for his roles as the youngest Bank child, Nicky in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air opposite Will Smith, as well as Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, stepson of Will Smith’s character Steven Hiller in Independence Day, once again playing opposite Smith himself. (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Independence Day, The Little Rascals, Babe)

Ross is also a popular DJ and will be featuring at Comic Con Liverpool’s After Party in Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace on Saturday 7th March!

      29. Noah Hathaway – (Never Ending Story) is an American actor and a former teen idol best known for his roles as Atreyu in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story and for portraying Boxey on the original television series Battlestar Galactica. ?(The NeverEnding Story,Troll, Battlestar Galactica, The NeverEnding Story II)

      30. Tami Stronach – (UK Exclusive) (Never Ending Story) is an Israeli-American dancer, choreographer and former child actress who made her acting debut as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story, a film adaptation of the novel Die Unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende. (The NeverEnding Story, Fredy a Zlatovláska)

      31. John Callis – (Only Fools and Horses) an English actor best known for portraying Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses and its sequel/spin-off The Green Green Grass alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guest, Sue Holderness. (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass, Benidorm Doctor Who, Last of the Summer Wine)

      32. Sue Holderness – (Only Fools and Horses)  an English actor best known for portraying Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses and its sequel/spin-off The Green Green Grass alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guest, Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green GrassStill Open All Hours, Doctors)

      33. Jason David Frank – (Might Morphin Power Rangers) is an American actor and professional mixed martial artist. He is most notable for his career as Tommy Oliver from the Power Rangers franchise. (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cybertron, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers Wild Force)

      34. Jamie Marchi – (UK Exclusive) is an American voice actress for video games and anime with over 300 characters on her CV to date. She is known for being the voice of Ellie from Borderlands 2 and Freya from Smite, among other video game characters. (My Hero Academia, High School D&D, Borderlands 2, Fairy Tail)

      35. Monica Rial – is an American voice actress, ADR director and script writer affiliated with Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. She provides voices for English language versions of Japanese anime films and television series. (My Hero Academia, Vampire + Rosario, Highschool of the Dead, Fairy Tail)

      36. J. Michael Tatum – is a voice actor who has worked on many different characters throughout TV and video games including Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and Okarin Rintarou from Steins Gate. (My Hero Academia, Black Butler, Borderlands)

      37. Brandon McInnis – is a voice actor who voices Finral Roulacase in Black Clover, Sir Nighteye in My Hero Academia, Keita Amano in Gamers, Corteo in 91 Days, Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings Online, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Samon Goku in Nanbaka, Sonosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Erlang Shen in SMITE, and many more.  (My Hero Academia, Black Butler, Black Clover, Lord of the Rings Online)

      38. Lucie Pohl (Overwatch) is a German actress and stand-up comedian best known for her video game voice acting in Overwatch as the hero Mercy. Lucie has also lent her vocal talents to video games Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and Red Dead Redemption.

      39. Nigel Parkinson –  is a British illustrator who draws Dennis (the Menace) and Gnasher and has drawn most other Beano and Dandy characters at some time or other for the weekly comic, the annuals, summer, and winters specials.

      41. Jen Cohn – (Overwatch) (UK Exclusive) is an American actress and producer, and the voice of Pharah in Overwatch. Jen is also known for her roles in the films The Wrestler (2008) alongside fellow Comic Con Liverpool guest Mickey Rourke and the animated film about a racing snail, Turbo (2013). (Overwatch, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, Turbo, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft)

      42. Doug Cockle – is an American actor, voice actor and director. Cockle is known for his voice-over roles in video games, most notably of Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher series. He was nominated for a Game Award for Best Performance and won Golden Joystick Award Best Gaming Performance for his portrayal of Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (The Witcher Series, Reign of Fire, Captain America: The First Avenger)

      43. John McCrea – (UK Exclusive) has been drawing comics for 30 years  with his most famous work being Hitman for DC Comics. He has also worked on Wolverine, Deadpool, Spider-Man and the Hulk for Marvel Comics, Batman, Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Superman for DC Comics, Mythic for Image Comics, The Boys for Dynamite (now a smash hit TV show starring Karl Urban on Amazon Prime) and Judge Dredd for 2000AD. (Hitman, Wolverine, Deadpool, Spider-Man)

      44. Lee Bradley – (UK Exclusive) is a UK based freelance illustrator that works within the comics industry. He has worked on a variety of comic book properties including Transformers, Transformers Animated, and the Transformers (How-to-Draw Guide. Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider-Man, Retro Marvel Card Series)

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