Horror Headlines: Friday December 12th, 2008

Using Odette Yustman's booty for the newest "Unborn" poster seems a bit crude... but then again it made me more excited to see the film, so maybe they know me better than I know myself. This comes as a slew of clips and posters are popping up, and Yustman is already talking about sequel possibilities. I would like to at least make sure it doesn't suck before we start talking about sequels. Is that too much to ask?

Anne Hathaway chats with MTV about being "The White Queen" in Tim Burton's "Alice", and how starstruck she was over working with Johnny Depp. I'd pretty much kill a member of my family to watch something with Hathaway in it, so expect me to be front and center in March 2010 when this thing finally gets released.

Platinum Dunes, so pleased with their (presumed) success with their "Friday the 13th" remake, have greenlit a simliar reboot for "Nightmare on Elm St." It's been rumored for a while, but it looks like all systems are go, with scribe Wesley Strick working on the story as we speak. They hope to be shooting by late spring early summer '09. Also, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form confirm what was reported earlier this year, that Robert Englund will NOT be returning as Freddy Krueger, although they hope to have him in the film in some capacity.

Twitchfilm is is offering the film "Mindflesh" for free, streaming from their website for the next 3 days. It's about a guy who must close a gateway from the mental to the physical world before everyone he knows is killed by aliens. Not sure if it's any good or not, but sounds like a decent way to waste some time on a Friday if you ask me.

In Real People News: 

Actor accidentally slits own throat on stage with what was supposed to be a stage knife, but clearly wasn't. Meanwhile, the prop guy slowly slinked out the back door.

Japanese researchers pave the way for reading people's thoughts and dreams. Looks like clearing out your internet cache isn't going to be good enough to hide how much of a sickie you are in the future.

Man arrested for showing his junk to a 17 year old girl in a gas station in Okeechobee, Fl. I actually just drove through there two weeks ago... this story illustrates why I refuse to stop the car while doing so. Plus, it's really only interesting for the mugshot, which shows why it's important to take your sunglasses off every once in a while when you live down here.

This Lebanese guy has either found the world's largest potato, or Belial's long lost brother. You decide.

On this day in history: 

1989: Leona Helmsley fined $7 million and sentenced to jail for 21 months for tax evasion.

My Hanging Head of Shame

I have never been guilty of being the brightest bulb on the strand. In fact some might say I am one or two pork chops shy of a mixed grill.

In response to our illustrious leader's call for our personal top & bottom 5 of the horror-ish films released in 2008, I have 'discovered' that I am a total slacker. Clearly some of this slack is the reason I am here in the first place, but of the 37 films Eric listed, I have seen a grand total of...eight. Math was never my favorite subject but I can tell that is just plain SAD!

BGH Book Club: The Surgeon

When one lists the names of the “great” horror writers, Tess Gerritsen isn’t usually mentioned. However, after reading The Surgeon, I believe her name should be connected to the genre. I was drawn to Gerritsen’s book by the cover - black and red blotches of color outline the silhouette of a woman - a woman who, as the reader will learn, is prey for the very vicious serial killer that gives the novel its name.

Horror Headlines: Thursday December 11th, 2008

New pic from Terminator 4, and an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger about how he saw some footage from it recently and was confused. You could take that as a bad sign, but he's probably confused by every day things so maybe it isn't such a big deal.

To coincide with debut of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" this Friday, December 12th, FOX is beaming the movie into space. There's something oddly tragic, yet fitting, that the first thing an alien race might see from us could be a Keanu Reeves film. Kind of just sums up society right? And let's put on our tin foil hats for a second and think this through. Shouldn't we be sending peaceful messages into space? What if some war-mongering race sees this and thinks it's real? Okay... foil hats off now.

The director of "Urban Legend" and "Valentine" is making his own nature run amok film with "Flies", about genetically mutated flies in Australia (his home country). I'm not sure it can top the genius of the 90's film "Mosquito"... but then again, few movies can.

More "My Bloody Valentine 3D" pics, this time with the villain in a few shots. He looks pretty much exactly as I had pictured him. After all, there's only so many things you can do with "coal miner in gas mask".

In Real People News: 

I would imagine accidentally getting to see the autopsy of a 14 year old girl you go to school with, WHILE ON A FIELD TRIP, might be a damaging experience. Just an observation.

I thought we were over this whole police officers shoving thing up people's asses thing. I mean really, in what kind of a civilized nation does this happen?

Methinks that carrying three charred monkeys in your suitcase on an international flight might be some kind of a health hazard. I guess I'm just nutty like that.

On this day in history: 

1960: In Palm Beach, Florida, retired postmaster Richard Pavlick chooses at the last moment not to ram John F. Kennedy's car and detonate his seven sticks of dynamite. Pavlick later explains that it was out of concern for Jackie: "I did not wish to harm her or the children... I decided to get him at the church or someplace later.

The Nuclear Edge--Theories, Ramblings

Pardon me if none of this goes anywhere.

I don't listen to the radio much these days. It doesn't offer me a lot. Most stations are playing today's streamlined and easily-digestable but ultimately flavorless pop/rock/alternative music that I find so mundane. Worse yet, some stations (mostly college, but some commercial,) have gone off the deep-end of indie culture and scraped the bottom of the nigh-unidentifiable-as-music bin just for the sake of sounding different. I'd almost rather listen to a lot of mainstream stuff.

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