Horror Headlines: Friday February 13th, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th ya cheeky bastards! I seem to remember some new movie coming out today, but I can't put my finger on the title... hmmmm....

Trailer for "Xombie", the online live-action comic series that has been running episodically for a while now. This new DVD has the entire thing collected in one place for you. The story is about a "sentient zombie amongst the living dead, trying to get a young girl home to her family after she mysteriously shows up in the middle of the wastelands."

Bill Moseley and Caroline Williams, both from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", have joined the cast of Rob Zombie's "H2". Is there ANYONE left on earth who still enjoys films full of so many genre vets that it becomes distracting?

Promo Trailer for "The Descent 2". Still not sure what I think about them making a sequel to Niel Marshall's amazing film, but this looks better than I had expected.

Here's a hi-res shot of that pic that showed up from "Jennifer's Body" last week. Not a bad way to end the week, eh?

In Real People News: 

I'm warning you that you REALLY DON'T WANT to look at this picture of what OctuMom's stomach looked like with 8 babies inside. No, seriously, your pee brain is not prepared for what you will see if you click on that link. You've been warned.

Ex-marine beheads 5 year old son, says he did it because if he didn't than his son would never have "eternal salvation". Oh, okay then. That makes total sense.

Pedestrian hit and dragged 17 miles across Brooklyn. Investigators are now "retracing the route in an attempt to find boyd parts". Yikes.

On this day in history: 

1985: Japan's New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act comes into effect. The law brings an end to Japan's innovative sex businesses (i.e., glory holes, strip bars, and public bondage), while protecting the traditional brothel industry. That's an improvement?

A Few Indellible Scenes From the Slashtastic 80's.

Eric's top 10 deaths from Friday the 13th got me thinking about my most memorable scenes from 80's slashers. It was harder to pin down than I thought. As much as I loved the genre, much of it has proven to be forgettable.

So, here is the one that has stuck most firmly in my mind for years.

Mark Vs. Eric, Street Fighter Style

As one of a minority among my friends that's actually excited for the long awaited "Street Fighter IV," I squealed with glee when I learned about this wacky viral feature on the official site called 'My Fist Your Face.' Basically, it's like any Jib-Jab type site where you choose a photo of yourself and it maps you onto something, in this case, in-game clips from SFIV. In what I am hoping foreshadows our epic drunken rematch at this year's Horror Hound Weekend my E-Honda takes on Eric's Abel.

Tom Waits is One Spooky Bastard

I'm admittedly not nearly as familiar with Tom Waits as I'd like to be, but someone passed this video along to me and I absolutely had to share it. It's a (poorly transferred) live set from some undetermined time, and the songs are "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six," "Cemetary Polka," and "In the Neighborhood," respectively. The booming percussion coupled with Wait's trademark gravely voice gave me more chills than most movies I've seen in the past five years.

Horror Headlines: Thursday February 12th, 2009

"The Gate 3D" remake is being directed by Alex Winters, AKA "the other guy" from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". He's also, as we discussed on the podcast recently, the director of the pretty sweet cult flick "Freaked". I defy you to find a wackier story this week... or maybe ever.

Samuel Bayer, music video director known for such videos as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, has been picked to direct Platinum Dunes remake of "Nightmare on Elm St." I'm honestly not sure what to think about this, but I'm sure more news will come out soon enough.

John Malkovich will play the villain in the "Jonah Hex" adaptation. There's some awesome news to wash down all the remake stuff I just told you.

Brea Grant from "Heroes" has signed on to Rob Zombie's Halloween sequel. She'll play Laurie Strode's co-worker at "Uncle Meat's Jave Hole". Wow, is there anyone more adept at subtlety than Rob?

Here are some hi-res pics from "Mutant Chronicles" starring Thomas Jane, which debuts on HDNET Video On Demand on March 24th, 2009, with a very limited theatrical release to follow.

In Real People News: 

Would you drink a beverage made with cow-piss? The marketers assure us not to worry, "it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too". Not to state the obvious here but... then why the urine?

Getting engaged to this Drew Peterson guy seems like an awful elaborate way to kill yourself. Why not just try a gun? I hear there are lots of sales going on right now.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck an air rifle up someone's ass and pulled the trigger? Well wonder no more, it would cause their intestines to explode. Oh, and you'll also be charged with murder.

On this day in history: 

1789: Ethan Allen dies in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye. Much of the circumstance remains a mystery.

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