Fear Itself 8 Review - Skin and Bones

This is a review of "Fear Itself" Episode #8

Horror Headlines 8/1/08

Rogue Pictures is interested in remaking Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs", and Craven is fully on board. He won't be directing however, and the film will be produced by Marianne Maddalena. Since I've professed my hatred for this film many times on the site, it goes without saying that I think this is good remake news.

Brad Pitt is in heavy talks to star in Quentin Tarrantino's WWII film "Inglorious Bastards". The film will be done over at Universal Pictures, and will be Co-financed by the Weinstein Brothers.

Speaking of the pudgy moguls, they've hired Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton ("Saw" IV, V, "Feast" 2, 3) to hammer the script for the remake of "Piranha" into shape for shooting. I know that director Alexandre Aja has all the right intentions for this film (Hard R, 3D), but what was so wrong with the script that they need two MORE writers to come in on it? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

New Midnight Meat Train pic. Due to the fact that the suits over at Lions Gate are dumping this into imaginary theaters today, I'm guessing this is about all you'll see of it for a while.

"I Am Legend Prequel"? Um sure, okay. Because when I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought is that I really wanted to see another Will Smith blockbuster. What a coincidence.

In Real People News: 

I've never rode a public bus before, and this is exactly why. Did he really need to cut his head off?

This creature washed up on the shores of Montauk, right near a government animal testing facility. Okay I'm not exactly a conspiracy nut but, that seems to me like an awful big coincidence. Oh, make sure to put the donut down before clicking on that link. You can thank me later.

On this day in history: 

1966: Former Eagle Scout and United States Marine Charles Whitman carries a sniper rifle onto University of Texas at Austin. There he climbs to the top of UT tower and begins firing indiscriminately at dozens of people, killing 13. Whitman is finally taken out 96 minutes later by three Austin PD officers.

Monster-Mania 11

I know many BGHers are, much like I, in the New York City area. The end of August brings the eleventh installment of Monster-Mania.

Anyone else going? I've been to a handful of MM cons and I find them to be good times. The guest list doesn't do much for me this time out. I have a huge crush on Robert Englund, so that's always a welcome face to see. I love me a good horror con, so the "special guests" are often secondary.

The Rochester Police Logs

There's nothing horrifying about this post but there are parts of Rochester, NH that I would consider horrifying. For instance, the Cumberland Farms over on Knight Street. That place sounds like Thunderdome.

Horror Headlines 7/31/08

The "Midnight Meat Train" release will be so limited that it will only be playing in "bargain theaters", according to a scooper at STYD. Apparently this comes after Barker met with Lions Gate execs to try to convince them they're making a mistake, and apparently stepped on someone's toes. I'd say at this point, between this crap and the direct to video sludge they release on a weekly basis, that Lions Gate has officially lost the good will they garnered in the horror community by releasing Rob Zombie's "House of 1,000 Corpses" and "Cabin Fever" almost back to back in 2003. Sorry guys, the honeymoon's over.

A better look at the "My Bloody Valentine" poster that popped up at Comic Con last week. The film, a remake of the 1981 Canadian film of the same name, follows a miner who wakes up after a coma caused by a mining accident, and decides to take revenge. Also, the film is being shot in 3-D, set for a January 16th, 2009 release.

This one's quite the doozy, so I suggest we file it under "rumor" for the moment. So, "rumor" has it that after all these years, all 4 original Ghostbusters are willing to singgn on to a new film. And although there's no script, the basic plot will involve them passing the torch to a new group of ghost hunters, led by Judd Apatow darling Seth Rogen. I have to say, that's the most intriguing story we've posted in quite a while. Thoughts?

So FEAR Itself is doing "better than expected", but the notion of a second season next summer is still up in the air. NBC Universal Co-Chairman Ben Silverman says, "We’re still debating. The partnership is so strong, you almost can’t lose at the business deal we have. It’s whether we can do better, which we want to do". Considering the fact that I haven't been able to sit through one since about episode 5, I'd say the quality definitely needs to get better. Thankfully it seems like Silverman is aware of this fact.

In Real People News: 

Ahhhh the third world, where horribly disgusting birth defects are explained away by saying the child is a reincarnation of a "God". That's certainly a "glass half full" mentality for you. Don't believe me? Check out the picture at the link.

I know what you were thinking when you got up this morning, that you wanted to hear a political song from rapper Ludacris. Oh you weren't thinking that? I'm shocked.

A few months ago I reported on a story about a SWAT team who invaded THE WRONG HOME, scared the owner and ended up in a gun fight because he thought he was being robbed. Well, now they're being rewarded for their "bravery". If you'll excuse me, blood just started shooting out of my nose, I should probably go tend to that.

Apparently if you make tea from poppy seeds, you can get really, really high. What will these crazy kids think of next?

On this day in history: 

1998: Gary Coleman, former child star of the ABC television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, is arrested in Hawthorne, California for allegedly battering an autograph seeker in a uniform shop. Coleman, then a security guard at Fox Hills Mall, was shopping for a bulletproof vest

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