Horror Headlines 9/9/08

Today begins our assault on the horror television landscape, as at least 1 BGH writer has been assigned to all the major TV shows currently debuting and/or returning. If you look up to the blog roll, you'll see Casey with his thoughts on the season 2 debut of "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" that happened last night, and I'll be posting tonight about the debut of J.J. Abrams' "Fringe". So if you're watching, stop in and let us know what you thought in the comments section.

Writer/Director Jonathan King ("Black Sheep") is gearing up for his next project titled "Under the Mountain". In the past he's described it as "The Thing" for teenagers, which I wasn't very excited about hearing. On the other hand, my man Sam Neil ("In the Mouth of Madness", "Jurassic Park") has been cast as the adult lead, and that's never a bad thing.

"Body in a Dumpster" wins the award for this week's film I'm reporting on simply because its name makes me giggle. What's it about? I have no idea, you'll have to investigate yourself at the link.

Brad Dourif will absolutely be the voice of Chucky in the "Child's Play" remake, as well as having somewhat of an expanded 'live action' role from the first film. At the link, Writer/Director Don Mancini also mentions that none of the deaths will be repeated from the first time around, and Chucky's look will be changed a bit to bring it into a more modern framework.

Chuck Palahniuk, the man who wrote the original novel version of "Fight Club", as well as the soon to be released "Choke", tells MTV he wants to write a "Tales From the Crypt" like comic book story. Apparently, he's already been approached by a publisher and the wheels are in motion. Sounds pretty sweet to me.

In Real People News: 

This story just solidifies the fact that I do NOT want to have a bachelor party with strippers. When did something so fun turn into something so violent and wrong?

On a little lighter note. What would you do if you woke up to a burglar rubbing food spices all over you and whacking you in the head with a sausage? Giggle uncontrollably? Either way, the man escaped and discarded the sausage, which was promptly eaten by the victims' dog. So much for forensic evidence.

Mental patient escapes, rapes teenage girl, and then it is discovered that the staff allowed him to amass a huge collection of horror and porno movies while he was incarcerated. Oh jeez, this isn't going to be good for any of us.

On this day in history: 

1942: On orders of Heinrich Himmler, Auschwitz prisoners are forced to exhume and burn 107,000 decaying corpses from the camp's mass graves. They are cremated in gigantic, open-pit bonfires.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.01

Monday night marked the return of Sarah and John Connor and their pet android Cameron with the Season 2 Premier: "Samson & Delilah".

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (REVIEW)

Everyone knows someone like Mandy Lane. The girl who, once awkward and unattractive, comes into the first day of school having gone through a transformation. Walking through the hall as if in slow motion, you can practically hear the mating calls given off from every male in the school, and in today's day in age, even some of the females. The rest of her high school career is spent riding the line, between her new found attention and popularity, and her life long friends left in the dust.

Box Office Special - Unmitigated Fail

$51 million dollars.

That's it. There's the box office report. That's how much the top 12 films combined made this week. Nine films have made more than that in their opening weekend this year.

Horror Headlines 9/8/08

Good news folks, it turns out we're luckier than Tina because Hurricane Ike will not be hitting South Florida this week, so you'll get my news nuggets uninterrupted all week long. Unless of course you hate me, in which case this is probably the worst news ever. Sorry guys ;(

According to every other horror site, I'm supposed to be really excited whenever Rob Zombie releases a meaningless drawing that's sort of inspired by his new movie "Tyrannosaurus Rex", that oh yah, no one really knows anything about. As you can see, it's working like gangbusters.

Shocking, the role of Malachai in the "Children of the Corn" remake is going to someone who is neither as scary nor gingery as Courtney Gaines, who played him in the original. Apparently even the Scifi channel isn't beyond casting ridiculously model looking people in every role they can.

Peter Blocke, one of the former champions of horror at the now 'fallen from grace' Lions Gate, has reportedly started his own label with the sole purpose of releasing genre fare. The company is called "A Bigger Boat", from the infamous line uttered by Roy Scheider in "Jaws". One of their first projects is "a John Carpenter directed thriller" titled "Dark Corners".

"Evil Dead: The Musical" to be turned into a 3D film? I can't even begin to explain to you how much this hurts my head. I mean the idea of the musical sounded good, but I'm just not convinced. Plus, how can they possibly have the rights to do this?

More word from Harold Raimis on "Ghostbusters 3". Essentially, if everything works out, than it will be an Apatow produced film where the original crew will serve as "mentors" to a new group of younger Ghostbusters. It's still in the scripting/deal stages at this point, so nothing is set in stone. Ramis also mentions that Bill Murray has agreed to appear in "some capacity", so take that for what you will.

In Real People News: 

It's a sad day when Mexican drug smugglers are better at public relations than our own government. Maybe we should send these guys to the Middle East?

Wallabys are terrorizing Australians! And here I am without a Dingo joke, imagine my luck. The source link comes complete with hilariously ominous shot of Wallabies giving the evil eye.

Snotty teenager has bizarre alcoholic concoction in Crete, head swells to twice it's normal size. Complete with "haha!" picture at the link.

On this day in history: 

1966: Star Trek debuts on NBC, with the airing of an episode titled "The Man Trap." The science fiction show proceeds to suffer in the ratings against established sitcoms Bewitched and My Three Sons.

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