Horror Headlines: Monday February 22nd, 2009

Brad Dourif stars in "Fading of the Cries", a genre film made with the goal of "[creating] a visually exciting fantasy/horror film in modern times". Writer/Producer Brian Metcalf talks to Fangoria at the link, as well as provides a few stills from what looks like a really interesting indie film.

Dozens of stills from Frank Henenlotter's "Bad Biology", some NSFW. Henenlotter is a dangerous filmmaker on the fringe of horror cinema, known for such 80's classics as "Basketcase", "Brain Damage" and "Frankenhooker". "Bad Biology" still has no release date in the US, but there are tons of pics at the link, and it will be hitting DVD in the UK on March 2nd.

We posted the trailer yesterday, and now we have the cover art for "S. Darko", the Richard Kelly-less sequel to his 2000 cult hit "Donnie Darko". This one stars Daveigh Chase, who played Donnie's little sister in the original film, and deals with her journey to understand what happened to her brother while figuring out how that affects her own destiny.

So, the MPAA has given Rob Zombie's "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto" an "R" rating" for "strong crude and sexual content throughout, nude graphics, language, violence and gore". Not listed here, "gratuitous redneck worship", "nepotism" and "dreadlocks past the age of 30". Ya, I thought it was weird they started rating him personally too, but I guess they're getting drunk with power over there.

And finally today, two new TV spots for the "Last House on the Left" remake, which hits theaters March 13th.

In Real People News: 

If a guy in prison tries to cut off his own genitals twice, shouldn't we just let him do it? Clearly he's determined to do it, why stop him?

Woman survives being glanced by a bullet with her, apparently, bullet proof weave. God damn, those things really are magical, huh?

The Navy is so concerned about robot rebellion, they've written a report and released it, stating that we need a "strict warrior code" for our war machinery in order to avoid the risks of "untold atrocities". I guess it really does all come back to "I, Robot".

On this day in history: 

1996: The "Freeway Killer" William G Bonin executed at San Quentin. For his last meal he chose two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three coffee ice creams, and fifteen cans of Coca Cola

Box Office Special - Fans Flee Crystal Lake

One of horror's most unstoppable monsters may have been laid to rest this weekend, replaced by another unstoppable force — the one known as Tyler Perry. In its opening weekend, "Madea Goes to Jail," the fourth theatrical film to star Perry's alter ego, put up over $41 million. That total, which is slightly higher than "Friday's" 3-day take last week, is the biggest opening for a Perry film, and it has made "Jail" Perry's first ever number one film.

Full S. Darko Trailer

Good morning horror fans. Got a little treat for you here on a Sunday. It's the full trailer for "S. Darko", the sequel to the 2000 cult hit "Donnie Darko".

We saw a very limited teaser for it a few weeks back that showed next to nothing, but here's the full-on trailer for your viewing pleasure. I can say I'm cautiously intrigued at this point.

Meme Attack: Instant Random Band

There's a new meme going around the internet that will probably take its place alongside LOLcats and Chuck Norris jokes on "I Love the 2000ies" in about 10 years and feed Michael Ian Black's family for another week. Basically, you let the random functions of Wikipedia, Quotations Page and Flickr come up with your imaginary band's name, album title and cover image. You can see my first attempt above. I think Kanoê was a Norwegian band from the early 90s with a strong goth and new wave influence who broke up when their lead singer died in a tragic fjord accident.

Lynch, Burton's First Short Films

This stuff was brought to my attention by a recent Hollywood Saloon article, that brought together a bunch of shorts from famous directors. I pulled out these two specific ones for the horror connection, and figured it was a good end of the day post for Friday. Hope you guys enjoy.

This first one is called "The Alphabet", and was the first film David Lynch ever made, way back in 1968:

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