The Chicago Fear Fest is Coming this weekend!

I still say Chicago is one of the best cities in which to be a horror fan, proven once again by one of the best horror film fests being held right here in the Windy City on this weekend.

Horror Headlines: Friday, April 13th, 2011

Hey it's Friday the 13th! There's a horror movie named after that so we should all be excited. Let's promise ourselves that we'll annoy everyone we work with by spouting off ridiculous info about the film series and how much we hated the remake. People love that crap.

Get excited folks! Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have dropped the bomb that production on "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" will begin this summer. No specific details on the plot or when the film will see the light of day but aren't you just excited that it's happening? You couldn't stand up right now even if you wanted to could you? God you're sick.

Speaking of The Rock... Dwayne "My Man Crush" Johnson has been tapped to take on the lead role of the upcoming big screen adaptation of "Lore". Based on the comic book of the same name the story will tell the tale of a man who reluctantly becomes a member of a secret order of dream boats who battle mythical beasts. The "dream boat" part I added. Don't judge.

Word around the tubes is that none other than Mr. David Cronenberg is high atop a short list of directors to take on "Catching Fire", the much anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games". Gary Ross who directed the first installment recently parted ways with Lionsgate due to the short filming schedule so now they're on the prowl. I mean if I was looking for a guy Cronenberg wouldn't be my first choice but I don't like to judge. The Rock isn't free though? Just wondering.

This isn't very exciting news but I wanted to share it with you because it makes me happy. "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho'", the movie about the making of "Psycho", seriously it is, has had its title cut down to just "Hitchcock" and begun production. Don't you feel better about the world now?

In Real People News: 

Bulldog puppies might be the cutest god damn thing on this earth so it's mind blowing that an Ohio man could shove 6 of them into a suitcase and abandon them. Well maybe not mind blowing. It is Ohio. I'll never understand that godless wasteland.

What if I told you there's a story out there about a person who was pronounced dead and then woke up 12 hours later in the morgue? What if I then told you that person was a newborn baby? Are you creeped out? What if I then told you that you could wash away all your financial debt by following 6 simple rules? Would you be interested then?

5 Unsettling Documentaries

With the glut of found footage, mocumentaries and ghost hunter TV shows one could forgive the average movie-goer for being numb to the whole concept of ‘journalistic’ chronicles of actual events as a way to tweak their horror bone. I myself seem to be turning a cold shoulder to many of the latest offerings from the documentary or near documentary-style area of the genre. “Paranormal Activity 3”, “Apollo 18”, TV’s “The River” are all ideas that would have had me lining up 10 years ago; in today’s climate the best I can muster is a ‘Meh, maybe I’ll catch it streaming on Netflix’.

Netflix Instant Watch: "Melancholia" (2011)

Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" is one of those movies that you either love or hate. We here at the BGH offices had mixed opinions. In fact, while it made a some of our "Best of 2011" lists that we featured on the site back in December, it also appeared on a few of our "Worst of 2011" lists. Now you can weigh in on the action by checking it out on Netflix Instant Watch this weekend.

Concert Review: Kittie, Blackguard

When Bonded by Blood is the first band of the evening, each paying individual should be well aware of the night that is to follow. A perfect scene setter for everything that came after, Los Angeles’ Bonded by Blood is one of those rare acts who would have exactly the same amount of fun whether playing in front of 20 or 2,000. It is clear from the band’s raucous delivery that they enjoy playing their brand of thrash revival metal whether or not anyone is there to hear it.

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