Horror Headlines: Thursday January 29th, 2009

Matthijs Van Heijningen will be directing the remake/prequel to "The Thing", whose plot involves the original Norweigan camp discovered in the first film (Carpenter's 1983 remake), and how they dealt with the parasite. Heijningen is also currently directing Zack Snyder's "Army of the Dead", so you know his horror chops must be worth something.

Rumor Mill: Robert Rodriguez to direct the next "Predator" movie?. The scooper also claims there will be multiple predators. Ridriguez has a lot going on right now, so if this is true there's no telling how long it will take to see it.

Columbia Pictures hates you, and your whole family. I say that because they've just announced that they've signed Nic Cage on for a "Ghost Rider" sequel. See what I'm talking about?

Some early reviewers who got to see Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell" are raving about the film. "Drag Me" gets released this May. I'm going to be frank here, I do not trust any horror fan when it comes to pre-judging a Raimi project. There's an awful lot of fanboyism when it comes to Sam, so I would take anything you read with a grain of salt. I'm hoping it's great, but let's wait until May to see for ourselves.

In Real People News: 

Man nearly cut in half by speeding locomotive, lives to tell the horribly depressing tale.

Man uses Google Earth to harrass tanning salon employees and make them do sexual things to each other. How does that work? Something like this: Perp: "I have a gun and I'm outside watching you". Victim: "How do I know you're outside?". Perp: "Um... there's a garbage can right next to the door, and a bike rack next to that". Got to give the guy credit for ingenuity, I guess.

International banks were so desperate last year for cold hard cash that they were turning to transactions with drug dealers and other organized crime outfits. Hey, you have to pay for those 2 million dollar office renovations somehow.

On this day in history: 

1964: Premiere of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" or: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Pieces (REVIEW)

If horror fans have learned anything over the years, its that history often repeats itself over and over and over again. Every successful "breakthrough" in the genre spawns imitators, most of which almost always flail hopelessly into obscurity before people can even become frustrated with their existence. However, on very rare occasions, one is able to find a diamond in the ripoff rough. "Pieces," an oft-forgotten slash-terpiece by Juan Piquer Simón, is such a diamond, if for all of the wrong reasons.

Lost 5.3: "Jughead"

Where'd that name come from? How about the Mark 17 nuke, the first hydrogen bomb mass-produced by the U.S. Read on to find out what an A-bomb has to do with the Lost crew.

Episode: "Jughead"

LAT: "Horror Sells," Again

There's an interesting article over at the L.A. Times today from writer Gina McIntyre. It's titled Studios Know: "Horror Sells," and in the piece McIntyre examines the resurgence of horror that is taking place in 2009.

42nd Street Forever: Volume 4

Some people look forward to Christmas, some people their birthday. Me? Well I look forward to whenever Synapse releases another volume of their incredibly exhaustive and excruciatingly entertaining 42ND STREET FOREVER series. I make myself a honey-baked ham, pop open some Manischewitz and kick back, enjoying every amazingly fun b-movie trailers these guys have found.

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