1951 Down Place Episode 9: The Old Dark House

It's the end of the month, that means it's time to visit 1951 Down Place!

This month, Scott, Derek and I wade into new Hammer territory for us; a horror comedy!

Horror Headlines: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

If you know one thing about me it's that I love... LOVE... Japanese Sci-Fi novels. I can't get enough of them. So the news that my all time fave book, "Tokisuna no Ou (The Lord of the Sands of Time)" is being turned into a big time movie. For those of you not as cool as me the book is about a group of people sent back in time to try to stop an alien invasion that wiped out the human race. Wait if they wiped out the human race how are the people alive to go back? Oh jeez ya got me, I have no idea what this thing is.

So last week we talked about how Sean Durkin had been lined up to do a new mini series based on "The Exorcist", telling the tale that leads up to where the first film picked up. Well it turns out that was a lie, or at least that's what William Peter Blatty, the author and rights holder of the story, says. And I'd guess he would know. But good news is he's got his own mini-series based on the novel that he's hoping to pimp out. So ya know, first sweet, then sour. They should make a candy based on this too.

"Monster Butler" sounds like it would be a laugh out lound romp but in reality it's about a real life serial killer/theif/bi-sexual con man. Not nearly as funny as a mutant that walks around a mansion serving caviar and crap. Dominic Monaghan and Gary Oldman have been added to the cast. Neither of them are funny though. This is the most un-funny post ever.

Conor McMahon's zombie killer clown flick "Stitches" has been picked up by the fine folks at Kaleidoscope Entertainment and Signature Entertainment for a Halloween release in the U.K. No news on when it'll hit these fine States so this one is all for your Brits. Let's call it even for that whole tea party thing.

In Real People News: 

Not going to lie this has happened to me on more than 1 occasion and I've thought of doing the same thing. An Ohio man rammed his truck into a Taco Bell after they forgot to give him his taco. His did this over a taco. I drove all the way home once and realized they forgot my Mexi-Melt. I should be given an award for not burning the whole thing down. They did give me free cinna-sticks for my trouble though. So I guess that was kind of nice.

A 35 year old Alabama woman is under arrest after she decided to take a drive down to Florida, pull over on the side of the road, and go to town on herself while sitting on the hood of her car while passing motorists watched. I thought Florida had enough problems with its own crazy people now they have to worry about people from other states coming there to do their weird crap.

Album Review: Ulver - Childhood's End

I've often wondered how much our experiences color the way we look at the music we love, whether the time in our lives we encounter certain sounds will forever define the impact certain records will have on us. I ponder this because of Ulver's collection of psychedelic covers, “Childhood's End”. Here we have an album of sounds lifted straight from the 60's and 70's scene, where the music served as a soundtrack to acid trips and other forms of mental alteration.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Zach Galligan of "Gremlins" fame and Cody Blue Snider of Dee Snider's son fame have been added to the cast of "Hatchet 3" as a sheriff and police officer, respectively. Is that the right way to use "respectively"? I have no idea but I've always wanted to use it. Check that one off the bucket list!

Baseball may be the most god awful boring sport to watch but damn it all if I don't love spending a Saturday getting drunk on the couch watching the Mets crush my hopes and dreams. But I'll admit it could use a lot more violence, like in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the "Sullivan's Sluggers" graphic novel. The story follows a down and out baseball manager who, along with his team, must battle their way out of a monster infested town. Like "The Bad News Bears" but with people getting murdered.

Horror and topless vet Debbie Rochon is set to hop into the director's chair for the first time with a new film titled "Model Hunger". The film tells the story of what happens when the modeling industry pushed a girl too far and she lashes out. The only modeling jokes I know have to do with coffee and cigarettes and I'm pretty sure they've moved on to some sort of weird drug by now so I'm just going to run along.

The Lifetime network, probably the first time it's been mentioned on this site, has a new series in the works based on Clarice Starling, the sassy FBI agent that brought down Buffalo Bill in "The Silence Of the Lambs". The show will be called "Clarice"... clever... and will follow the young agent on her journey shortly after graduating. That's all I'm saying... I've been accused of hating woman too many times... I bet she'll burn an ex boyfriend's bed... ALRIGHT that's the only thing I'll say.

In Real People News: 

The number of people that have come up to me and told me about this naked guy in Miami who was shot while eating another naked guy is both impressive and concerning. Well I guess just concerning. Is there something about me that makes people want to run right over and tell me about anything they read involving naked men eating each other? I think I've made some mistakes in my life.

He cut his flesh off and threw it at the police in Hackensack, is that all you get for your money? Ya know, like the Billy Joel song? It's funny. Minus the guy cutting off his own skin.

Snapshot: "Room 237" (2012)

Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237" has been generating quite the buzz lately. With IFC Midnight recently announcing that they are acquiring the rights to the film, hopes are high that it will soon make its way to theaters and VOD. While the documentary explores some of the possible hidden meanings behind the film, it mainly focuses on the fans and their theories on the movie.

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