Horror Headlines 3/24/08

Happy Monday everybody! I'm thrilled to report as our first story of the day, that the first trailer for Lions Gates' "Repo: A Genetic Opera" has been released! And it's... wow, just about as crazy as I had expected. I must say, it's pretty awesome to see Bill Moseley on stage with an actor like Paul Sorvino. Our little Otis has come so far! Repo is a Horror/Musical set in the near future where organ recipients are subject to repossession if they can not keep up with their payments.

Fango has posted a pretty big update on George Romero's next film "Deadtime Stories", an anthology film that sounds to be in the vein of "Creepshow". The film is scheduled to be completed this Spring. No word on if the fact that "Diary of the Dead" hasn't even cracked the $1 million mark at the box office will affect this film's distribution in any way.

Michael Bailye Smith, "Pluto" from the "Hills Have Eyes Remake", is reportedly in talks to star as "Jason" in Platinum Dunes upcoming remake of "Friday the 13th." While nothing is set in stone, he says in an interview recently that they are "very interested" in him for the role, and that the have had some talks with him regarding the subject. Also in casting news, Jared Paladecki, one half of the CW show "Supernatural", has been cast as an investigator who goes to Crystal Lake to find out more info on the legendary serial killer.

Lions Gate has delayed the release of the Clive Barker penned "Midnight Meat Train". No word as to why, but expect more details soon.

BD sat down recently with the two guys behind AskaNinja.com (who we told you last week are writing a remake to "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes") to talk about their aspirations. The best part? They really want George Clooney to appear in some way, and they would love to cast Bruce Campbell. I guess for the moment I take back the bile I spewed regarding this story last week. Plus, George Clooney seems cool enough that he actually might do this. More details at the link if you're interested.

In Real People News: 

Just a little note for the next time you go swimming in Australia... if it looks like a log, it's probably a crocodile. The first clue is usually the eyes.

Pilot's gun discharged on a US Airways flight over the weekend. In related news, cleaning crews had to be called in to deal with 200 identical urine stains.

On this day in history: 

1989: Exxon tanker Valdez, piloted by a drunk captain, strikes a well-charted reef at Prince William sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil.

Americanada the Beautiful (NIAGARA FALLS)

I just got home from Niagara Falls and what a fucking place. It's a place of romance, beer, antiquated consumerism, and of course, water. It's shocking how busy/ridiculous/decrepit the main strip is compared to how serene and beautiful the falls are. It's also shocking how everything in the area seems to be firmly stuck at least five years behind the rest of the world, like when Allison and I walked into an arcade and TATU's "All The Things She Said" was on loop and the first game we saw was the first Marvel vs.

Shutter (REVIEW)

"Shutter", at least the American version of the Thai original, is hopefully the last of a dying breed; ie, a nuetered remake of a foreign horror film that had the potential to be so much more. That said, it could be a lot worse.

The Wicker Man: Best Comedy EVER

The unintentional humor in Nicholas Cage's remake of "The Wicker Man" is pretty well documented at this point. So I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone did what you'll find below... aka recut the film into a trailer for a comedy. I know people love to hate on Nic Cage... but I have to admit that I love a lot of his films from the 90's. I mean, "The Rock"? Come on... come on.... No?

Horror Headlines 3/21/08

Word is that Barnholtz Entertainment (whoever that is) have picked up the rights to a film called "Ghosts of Goldfield", a haunted hotel story starring Roddy Piper (!) No word on if Piper will take out the ghosts with his patented sleeper hold... but I would have to assume.

"Bonnie and Clyde Vs Dracula" has reportedly finished filming, and is being shopped around. The film, starring B-Movie stalwarts Tiffany Shepis and Trent Haaga, revolves around the what happens with the infamous couple holes up in an old house on the run from the authorities, and run into the legendary bloodsucker. Go here to check out the trailer. In the meantime, I'll continue trying to get my coworkers here at BGH as excited about this as I am.

Does "Creature of Darkness" sound good to me? Well, no... but it does star Devon Sawa (been wondering where that dude went) and the production involves a really sordid story about a guy who tried to use his lottery winnings to fund the film, only to be foiled by his wife though messy divorce proceedings. I smell a trainwreck! Fango has the full story.

Family buys out old asylum, decides to have a dirt-bike race on the grounds and call it the "Psycho Path". The townsfolk are up in arms, but just in case it matters, this family gets the BGH seal of approval.

In Real People News: 

There are probably a few worse ways to die than getting stung by an 8-foot-long sting ray. Number one on the list? Minding your own business on the deck of your boat when a sting ray LEAPS out of the water and strikes you on the head - causing you to fall over and hit your head on your own boat. Dizamn. This happened about 3 hours away from my house yesterday.

In the "learn something new every day" department, apparently toilets in China are so low to the ground that you have to squat to use them. Ain't that the darndest thing? In related news, the toilets are being replaced after complaints by Olympic athletes.

Family buys out old asylum, decides to have a dirt-bike race on the grounds and call it the "Psycho Path". The townsfolk are up in arms, but just in case it matters, this family gets the BGH seal of approval.

On this day in history: 

1980: Mobster Angelo Bruno killed with a shotgun blast to the head while he waits in his car after dinner. The Genovese family thus asserted Philadelphia's traditional claim to Atlantic City. His replacement is his former capo Phil "Chicken Man" Testa.

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