Horror Headlines: Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Aaron Eckhart to star in "Battle: Los Angeles", an alien invasion film where he'll be portraying the leader of a platoon fighting some bad ass aliens. The film is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman, whose previous credits include "Darkness Falls" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning".

Dark Horse is to make horror/comedy "War Monkeys". The story concerns a group of janitors who, while working over Christmas break, accidentally release a group of military-trained Rhesus monkeys. Considering that those monkeys are dicks normally, I can't even imagine how they are when they're "military-trained". Director Kevin Munroe describes it as what would have happened if "Quentin Tarantino made Gremlins". Color me intrigued.

Speaking of Dark House and Munroe, after "War Monkeys" he plans on doing a live adaptation of their series "El Zombo", a story that appears to be about an undead Mexican wrestler. Someone with more comic book knowledge than me can feel free to fill me in in the comments.

Here are pics of Nicolas Cage on the set of "Season of the Witch", which he's co-starring in with Ron Perlman. "Witch" is about a pair of knights in 14th century France who are charged with transporting a woman who has been accused of being a witch. I don't know, Nicolas Cage in period costume seems about as ridiculous to me as Ray Liotta doing the same, in Uwe Boll's masterpiece "Dungeon Siege".

In Real People News: 

Holy crap, that's a lot of bees.

You haven't lived until you've been stabbed by a 14 year old girl and her grandmother at a party... apparently.

Huntington, West Virginia is officially the fattest city in the country. And unsurprisingly, they don't care one bit. Keep it up southern states... it's all part of our master plan.

On this day in history: 

1978: Congressman Leo Ryan is slain at the People's Temple compound in Guyana, after which over 900 members of the cult led by the Reverend Jim Jones drank cyanide laced Flavor Aid (a Kool Aid knockoff), their bodies bloated by the sun when they are discovered several days later.

Rob Schmidt

Rob Schmidt's name became familiar to genre fans in 2003 with his directorial debut "Wrong Turn". After stints with episodes of both "Masters of Horror" and "Fear Itself", Rob is back with his latest film titled "The Alphabet Killer". The story is loosely based on the real life "double letter murders" that took place in Rochester, NY in the 1970's. As you'll discover, the process of shooting and marketing the film has actually reopened the case in the small Upstate New York community. Here's what Rob had to say on the subject when we sat down with him recently.

Crime creates pain... There's been a lot of real suffering that occurred around those cases.

So this is your first feature film since you director "Wrong Turn". How would you describe the film?

First let me say that Alphabet Killer is a supernatural thriller, it's not a horror film. I was kind of bummed out because the international sales guys really sold it as a horror film. I love making movies like "Wrong Turn", but this isn't a movie like that.

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Horror Headlines: Monday, November 17th, 2008

Dark Castle's next film will be titled "Summoner", and sounds like the same old supernatural crap they've been toying with for years now. But at least it's not another remake, I guess.

Simon Pegg to star in movie called "Paul", which is about a couple of British fanboys who visit area 51 after leaving Comic-Con, and meet a tiny alien along the way. Yes, that is all true. It's also being co-produced by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"), and Greg Motolla ("Superbad").

These are pics of Mezco toys line from the new "Friday the 13th" remake, specifically, one Jason with a hockey mask and one with a burlap sack. Looks like they're going all out with recreating aspects from the first three films.

If you can stand to read it without banging your head on the wall, here's "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves talkin about his remake of the Swedish film "Let the Right One in".

The directors of "Inside" are officially OFF the "Halloween" remake sequel. How many people have they run off at this point? Rumor has it that Weinstein's would now like Rob Zombie to produce, with an unnamed director to be chosen in the future.

The company making the "Saw" video game has gone out of business, leaving the title in limbo.

Herbert West: Reanimator TV series? It will be a combination of the "Reanimator" mythos with themes from Lovecraft's earlier works and some scifi thrown in for good measure. The pilot will shoot in 2009 and presumably look to be picked up from there.

In Real People News: 

First that chick carving the "B" in her face during the Presidential campaign, now a girl in Germany has admitted to making up a story about being attacked by Neo-Nazis, complete with carving a swastika in her own leg. Is this some kind of trend I'm unaware of?

Woman divorces husband for cheating on her... in Second Life. Really only worth reading for the hilarious side by side pictures of the people and their avatars. Really?

So some French dude thinks he knows how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. I don't know, I still say E.T. was involved.

On this day in history: 

1796: Empress Catherine the Great dies of a stroke while sitting on the toilet. How regal!

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