The World of Pirate DVDs

Over the last few years I've had the chance to travel to a few places around the world and in some countries I've encountered a horror far beyond anything in the movies we talk about on this site. It's a act so vile, so unspeakably foul that it could deprive an underprivileged studio executive of the basic human right of driving a Bentley. I speak, of course, of pirated DVDs. Let this be a warning to you all.

Mirrors (REVIEW)

Bloated as it is with cliche, Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" really doesn't require much of a synopsis. The film's very core — haphazardly constructed around the fleeting existential angst one feels when looking into a mirror — is worn so thin, so quickly that it is rendered ridiculous almost from the outset. A remake of a 2003 South Korean film, "Mirrors"'s one true virtue is that it provides a glimpse of what other J-horror fare might be like had it been gore-ed up for an R-rating.

Necroville (REVIEW)

Welcome to Necroville, a city over run by zombies, vampires, werewolves and the like. Jack lives at home with his girlfriend Penny and whiles away his days with his best friend Alex. The problem is, they both lost their jobs, and Penny has needs. She’ll be sure to tell you about her needs at every chance she gets too!

Horror Headlines 8/15/08

6 clips from Death Race for your viewing pleasure today.

If you're trying to find tips on how to get me to pay attention to your indie flick, pics of vaguely asian chicks disemboweling guys is a pretty good start. Hey, it takes a lot these days.

"The Man Who Collects Food" is about a man who hoards every piece of sustenance he can get his hands on. Obsessed with collecting the food and not eating it, he's forced to turn to cannibalism to subsist. Now THAT'S an original idea.

Variety reports that Mike Myers has signed on to Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Bastards" as a British General. I'm not even sure how "horror" the final product will be, but at this point I'm so fascinated by the casting that it's a sure bet you're going to keep hearing about it for a while.

Wilmer Valderrama (yes, Fez) will be directing the first episode of the "Creepshow: Raw" online series. In related news, that will be the last news story I report on this. Sorry folks.

In Real People News: 

Ethno-Historian believes that recent beheading in Alberta, Canada may be a result of the Wendigo phenomenon (or "Windigo" as they say). I guess that Fear Itself episode with Doug Jones was more timely than I thought.

The man who stuck his penis in a Hong Kong Park Bench in a moment of lust is lucky he still has a penis. According to doctors, another hour on that bench and he would have had to have his member amputated. And so ends today's edition of "be thankful for what you have" edition of Real People News.

On this day in history: 

1994: International terrorist Carlos the Jackal is jailed in France. The assassin was turned over by the Sudanese government after he checked into a Khartoum hospital for varicose vein surgery on one of his testicles. Yikes.

"F@*K DC" - Robert Downey Jr.

I found this interview and these quotes particularly hilarious. Robert Downey Jr. apparently feels the need to assert his loyalty to the Marvel franchise whilst discussing an "Iron Man" sequel.

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