Horror Headlines 6/2/08

We finally have some specific deets (possibly spoiler ridden) for J.J. Abrams new TV show "Fringe", which looks to be something of a mix between "The X Files" and "Lost". The show is starring Joshua Jackson, who I'm willing to give a chance despite the fact that he starred in "Shutter". Hell, he was actually good, too bad the film was as mediocre as humanly possible. Regardless, Abrams hasn't let us down yet so it's safe to say that everyone around these parts is pretty excited for this.

Production has finally begun on the Stephen King adaptation of "Dolan's Cadillac". The film follows a man who seeks revenge on a mob boss after the death of his wife, and stars Christian Slater (whoo!) and Wes Bentley.

Behind the scenes video from Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" for you to check out. It's essentially a tour of a stage from the film narrated by star Kiefer Sutherland. The film also stars POA Amy Smart and will be hitting theaters this August 15th.

Courtesy of the UK release of "Diary of the Dead", you can now upload your own picture and zombify it!. Expect me to be messing with this feature later in the day. I smell a new Avatar.

Steve Niles will be adapting his comic book "Wake the Dead" for the big screen. Niles describes the work as a modern day "Frankenstein", and says he'll have more hand in the production than he did on "30 Days of Night".

In Real People News: 

I suppose if you want to hide your cocaine stash while crossing the border, fashioning a Cocaine Jesus is a pretty damn good idea. Of course, it didn't really work, but you have to give them points for coming up with one of the most blasphemous things EVER.

Jurors in a Tampa court room forced to watch the entirety of hardcore porn film "Max Extreme 20". The description at the link actually made me gag a little so that's pretty impressive. They're expected to be subjected to even more hardcore porn as the trial goes on, at the behest of the defense. Their strategy is that it will desensitize the jurors to soften their judgment on the obscenity charges. Ya, not sure if it's going to work but it forces reporters to fashion descriptions of some of the most hardcore shit I've ever heard of, so for the record I'm behind this idea.

On this day in history: 

1996: Ray Combs, host of television's Family Feud, hangs himself with his bedsheets at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Combs was on a 72 hour suicide watch... Which apparently, wasn't very effective.

Venture Brothers Season 3: TONIGHT!

Reminder folks, Tonight Sunday June 1st at 11:30 PM marks the start over Venture Brothers Season 3 with....

Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny!

Be there or be square and check back here tomorrow for post premier fanboi-ism!

The Strangers (REVIEW)

Bryan Bertino made several powerful and effective decisions in crafting his debut feature, "The Strangers," but one in particular set a unique and rewarding course. At the film's outset, voiceover and on-screen explanation informs us that the story that follows is based on actual events. We're also told that the FBI estimates that there are roughly 1.4 million violent crimes each year in the United States. It's what comes right after this information though, that preps us for the harrowing journey that Bertino has laid out.

Horror Headlines 5/30/08

"The Strangers", starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, is in theaters everywhere today. The film deals with a vacationing couple who are terrorized by three unknown assailants. The marketing has claimed it to be based on a true story, however the only thing we could dig up is that it may or may not slightly resemble the true story that the French film "Ils" ("Them") was loosely based on. We'll have a review up for you some time on Saturday, and the film will be the subject of our podcast this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

"Robocop" remake to be shot in 3D? Okay, that might be enough for me to retract my bile a bit.

Brett Ratner is rumored to be interested in directing the "God of War" adaptation, and video game fans every where begin to weep. This, coupled with the news that he may be directing a fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" film must be some sort of sign of the end times, right?

Elizabeth Berkley has been cast in the "Donnie Darko" sequel titled "S. Darko". The film is being directed by "Chris Fisher" and has started production in Utah. I'm not sure if a Saved By The Bell joke or a "Showgirls" one is appropriate here, so you'll have to fill in the blanks yourself.

In Real People News: 

When I think of the ultimate practical joke, never does lighting my friend's crotch on fire pop into my head. Apparently, I'm alone in that boat.

On this day in history: 

1431: Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France for relapsing into heresy. After having signed a confession a week earlier, Joan appeared in court wearing difformitate habitus -- degenerate apparel -- or more precisely, men's clothing.

Horror Headlines 5/29/08

Robert Rodriguez is shopping a TV Show around called "Women in Chains". The show, described as a "violent drama" is reportedly influenced by 70's exploitation films, and is to star his "Planet Terror" muse (and apparently, fiance) Rose McGowan. I haven't read the rest of the news yet but I'm assuming this will be the strangest story of the day.

First pic from "Death Race". I've never seen the original, but this looks like "Twisted Metal" to me and needless to say, that's awesome.

Rainn Wilson joins the cast of "Transformers 2". I'm guessing this will totally silence all the people who were pissed that the first film wasn't really about the Transformers... Oh wait, no it won't.

Two new banners for "The Dark Knight". Also, we're finally a little over a month away from release! This film is rivaling "Cloverfield" for film to come out this year that seemed to be in development FOREVER.

Bad news for "Reanimator" fans, as Stuart Gordon says "House of Reanimator" probably isn't going to happen, at least any time soon. The film was to be about Herbert West being called in to reanimate a dead president who then turns into a zombie, and has his inner circle running things for him. Sound familiar? It should, as the whole thing was cooked up in the early 2000's as a satire on the Bush Administration. In related news, those of us who have seen "Beyond Reanimator" aren't too sad at this news.

In Real People News: 

According to pillar of honest journalism, Fox News, A Denver man will reveal "evidence" of 4 foot tall gray aliens on Friday. Oh, that's not that long to wait for proof of life on other planets. See you guys tomorrow!

It might be time to cancel that visit to the UK, mainly because of a new trend called "Happyslapping", where gangs of roving children beat people to death, film it, put it on Youtube, and laugh heartily. Jesus christ, what the hell is "happy" about that?

Finished breakfast yet? Good, because news today is that Chef Gordon Ramsay may have eaten part of some dude's thumb during filming of his reality show "Hell's Kitchen". Now if you'll excuse me, I think I have to go get a refund on my breakfast.

On this day in history: 

1999: Hikers discover the skeletal remains of Philip "Taylor" in his Ford Aerostar at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine in Malibu, California. The onetime bassist for the band Iron Butterfly had disappeared four years prior.

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