Casting a pregnant woman as the victim in a horror movie is so head-slappingly obvious it's odd that it hasn't been done more often. Without even establishing the slightest bit of character backstory you've got the sympathies of an audience who doesn't want to see such a vulnerable character come to harm and the element of taboo that comes with the fact that it's not just the life of a nubile young girl that's at stake- there's also a baby, the killing of which is off-limits in all but the most sadistic horror films.
I'm not sure how interested I am in "American Zombie", a very "Diary of the Dead-ish" looking zombie film about zombies in Las Angeles, but the tagline on the poster is priceless. "We're here, We're dead, get used to it!". Very topical for the political season we're in right now. Check the official site here. The film will get a very limited theatrical run on March 28th.
Two strikes against the new "Grudge" film today. They've hired new actors to play the freaky woman/kid combo, and they're shooting it in only THREE WEEKS. Considering the immense dropoff in quality between the first and second films, this doesn't bode well people. Both this and the planned fourth film will be released Straight to DVD at an unknown date in the future.
I haven't seen the first DTV sequel to "Starship Troopers", but they're already getting ready to drop the next one in our laps. Check the trailer on Youtube. I am one of those that enjoyed the original film, and thinks that it never really got the credit for being the biting satire that it was. That said, this trailer actually looks decent, but I could see how it could fly off the rails. There's no release date yet, but this trailer would suggest that the film is mostly done, so I would keep a look out for this one.
BD has some disconcerting news about the sequel to Niel Marshall's "The
Descent" (Review), lazily titled "De2cent" (that's the stupidest fucking name I've ever seen). Apparently, according to their scooper, Niel Marshall won't be writing, it may not be distributed by Lions Gate in the US, and the "surviving" character from the first film will be returning. Wait, what? Did they see the original? I guess they're working off the retooled American ending and not the superior British one. If any of this ends up being true/false, we'll definitely let you know as I'll be following this one closely.
Amber Heard, the awesomely hot star of "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" has been signed on for the "Stepfather" remake. Let's all cross our fingers that she recreates the incredible shower scene in the third act. Go ahead, I'll wait while you fast forward through your old VHS copy.
In Real People News:
I have a great idea for you. Take a trip to the Bahamas, go scuba diving, and then jump into shark infested waters that have been prepared for you by being filled with lots of bloody chum. Oh wait, that's a really shitty idea... and this Australian tourist found out the hard way.
On this day in history:
1982: Photographer Wayne B. Williams found guilty of two counts of murder, though he is suspected of killing 22 other Atlanta area black men. Williams was caught dumping a suspicious load from atop a bridge in the middle of the night.
Jane Jensen became the object of many a fan-boys dreams when she starred in TROMA studios 1995 masterpiece "Tromeo and Juliet". In the years since, she has focused more on her musical interests, but in this interview circa 2004 she sat down with us to reminisce about her time spent in TROMA-ville.
"Lloyd is really way ahead of anyone when it comes to shocking, disgusting, offensive and obscene gags and humor."
So, how did you meet Lloyd Kaufman, and win your role in Tromeo and Juliet?
It looks as if J.J. Abrams is going to be adapting "The Dark Tower" series from Stephen King. Is it too soon to start calling him Hollywood's "Golden Boy"?
May 22nd, 2009, is the release date that Warner Bro's has set for "Terminator Salvation: The Future Beings". There... can we stop talking about it now? At least for a little while? Eh, who am I kidding, we'll be posting about it again tomorrow.
Two men were stabbed by a crazy dude at a screening of "The Signal" this weekend, a film about a transmission that makes people go insane. The attack seems completely random. Afterwards, the film was paused, and when it was started back up, the next scene involved a stabbing. Freaky!
Here's another supposed spoiler pic for "The X-Files 2". You'll recall the previous werewolf photo, and the studio denials that followed. I haven't clicked on the link because I don't want any spoilers, so if you decide to click, do so at your own risk.
Scoutt Taylor Compton has reportedly been approached about being in the "Friday the 13th" remake, although nothing is yet set in stone. You'll remember Scout as Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie's "Halloween", and you'll also see her in the upcoming straight to video "April Fool's Day" remake... which pretty much guaruntees I'll shutter every time I hear her name from now on.
In Real People News:
A Buddhist monk has been chopped to pieces by a lawnmower after losing control of it while cutting some grass. A woman reportedly found him "in pieces". The worst part? Years earlier he had lost three of his fingers in a similar accident... Maybe it's just me but, don't you think he would have learned a little about operating a lawnmower after that? I'm just saying.
On this day in history:
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte slips past guards and escapes from his exile on the island of Elba, returning to France meeting very little resistance. One Hundred Days of rule follow, culminating in his defeat at Waterloo.