Horror Headlines 4/25/08

Eli Roth is making a PG-13 film, reportedly along the lines of "Cloverfield" or "Transformers". In the statement, he also echoes his assertion that he's "pushed the violence in R movies about as far as [he] can push it." To be honest, if you take away the over the top nature of his films, I'm not sure he's such a fantastic filmmaker that he can pull something the likes of "Cloverfield" off, but I guess we'll see. In the meantime, let's add this to the list of the 50 other projects he can't stop talking about.

Guillermo Del Toro has said that If there's a "Hellboy III", he'll only do it if there's a contract that says there can be no more sequels or prequels. The funny thing is, I actually think he's got the power in those pudgy little fingers of his to get the job done. Imagine that, being respectful to the source material and not milking it for all it's worthy, crazy!

Christian Slater is set to star in an adaptation of the Stephen King short story "Dolan's Cadillac". I just wanted to report on this because my ingrained 80's nostalgia requires me to report on all Christian Slater related stories. Remember "Gleaming The Cube"? Ya, that was awesome.

So I just finished watching The trailer for the "It's Alive" remake that debuted at Cannes recently, and I'm still not sure what I think. I can't help but think "ugh", not because it's a remake but I'm just not sure that it looks interesting. Thoughts?

In Real People News: 

After having mixed results chasing bums away from his bar with a blow torch, Rufis Terrill invested in a 300 lb robot equipped with a video camera and a water cannon to patrol around his establishment and shoo away the homeless people. Surprise, surprise, people are kind of upset. I don't know, it kind of sounds like a good idea to me. And props to the Metro for coming up with the name "Hobocop". Genius.

Sam’s Club and Costco have become the first two American chain stores to ration rice purchases, due to the worldwide food shortages. Welcome to the 21st century, where wars are no longer over stupid things like "pride" and "terrorism", but instead are over who gets to eat and drink. Can't you just smell the excitement?

Police in the Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers for reportedly using black magic to shrink men's penises. Reports of penis "stealing" have also been swirling, leading the article at the link to use the hilarious phrase "penis snatching". Yup, you read that right... penis snatching.

On this day in history: 

1792: French highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier is beheaded by the guillotine, making him its first victim.

The Objective (REVIEW)

In a Q and A after the world premier of his latest film yesterday, an audience member asked director Daniel Myrick if there was a reason that he continued to shoot lower-budget films instead of trying to step up financially. His response resonated a great deal with both the strengths and weaknesses of "The Objective", which had just screened in front of a packed Tribeca Film Festival audience. Standing in front of the screen with most of the film's cast as well as some of the crew, Myrick explained that he wanted to remain in control of his own filmmaking.

Mistakes Were Made...

For you podcast junkies out there, many of you may be familiar with Ira Glass and Chicago Public Radio's "This American Life". Always an informative and introspective look at America and those that live with in it, this week's episode provides a bit of real life horror that is pretty damn disturbing in hindsight.

Episode 354: Mistakes Were Made

Horror headlines 4/24/08

Pics from M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" today. The film is about a mysterious "apocalyptic crisis" that people are running from. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we're revealed what the "crisis" is in a big twist. Schnaars' is excited already.

Movie called "Splatter Disco" starring Debbie Rochon. I'm assuming if you're a reader here than you can fill in the blanks yourself.

Megan Fox has posted behind the scenes pics from "Jennifer's Body" on her official site, none of which (unfortunately) are of her body. The flick is written by "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody and concerns a cheerleader who specializes in offing her classmates.

In Real People News: 

If you're a hooker - a profession where anonymity counts the most - Going on an ABC expose about hookers might be a bad career move. This woman's mother recognized her on the show, despite her being shown in the shadows and having her voice obscured.

The U.S. Government is preparing to show Congress today that they have evidence (read: Google Earth images) that North Korea is helping Syria develop Nuclear Weapons. Well if the US government says it then it must be true right? It's not like we have a strong precedent that suggests otherwise. Oh, ya... that's right.

A woman has been convicted for assaulting another woman at Disney world for butting in line. I only bring up this story because my grandmother once punched a woman in the ass for butting in front of us at Disney... and it was AWESOME.

On this day in history: 

1995: The Unabomber strikes, killing a timber industry lobbyist. Gilbert Murray is killed in his Sacramento office, opening mail addressed to the man he replaced.

Monkey Dust

When I was a kid my entire knowledge of British tv consisted of Monty Python, Benny Hill, and everything else- the weird stuff they showed on PBS that looked like it was filmed on VHS. These days, British tv has gained some ground with Americans with the success of Spaced, The Office and Doctor Who as well as BBC America and other channels rebroadcasting shows from the UK. My girlfriend is British, and I work with a bunch of Brits for a British organization so I've had the chance to find out about a lot of UK tv that I'd never heard of.

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