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"Red State" Comes to Video On Demand!

Kevin Smith's controversial horror film "Red State" has certainly had an unconventional release so far and the plans for further release are no different. The movie is currently on tour with Kevin Smith presenting the movie at theaters and holding a Q & A session after each screening and will officially open for a theatrical release the week of September 23, 2011. Less than a month later, on October 18, Lionsgate will be bringing the movie to Blu-ray and DVD chock full of special features. In the meantime, we can see it earlier courtesy of Video On Demand beginning September 1.

Snapshot: "Cabin in the Woods" (2011)

Plot details have been kept pretty mum on the highly anticipated horror spoof "Cabin in the Woods," so all that we really know is that the movie pokes fun at the typical stranded in the woods type of horror flick and that it stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison and Amy Acker. Co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and directed by Goddard, the film was put on hold due to MGM's money issues, but has now been picked back up by Lionsgate and set for an April 13, 2012 release date.

"The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horrors XXII" Preview Released at Comic Con!

The creaters of "The Simpsons" had a very special sneak preview to present to those crazy Comic-Con kids this past weekend: "Treehouse of Horror s XXII"!!! This year the Halloween special will be spoofing "Dexter," featuring everybody's favorite Jesus loving neighbor, Ned Flanders in the role of Dexter Morgan! The clip, which features the opening theme music to "Dexter" and Ned Flanders going through Dexter's murderous morning rituals can be seen below. "The Simpsons" Halloween special will air this year on October 30th.

Retro Poster: "Patrick" (1978)

The 1978 Australian exploitation flick "Patrick" takes place in a hospital where the young main character, Patrick, lies comatose after brutally killing his mother and her lover. He uses telekinesis and psychic abilities to communicate with a young nurse and terrorize the hospital staff from his hospital bed. The film is a bit slow and relies mainly on the dialogue and acting to play out the story and is rated PG.

Retro Snapshot: "The New Kids" (1985)

When Loren and Abby McWilliams' (Shannon Presby and Full House's Lori Loughlin) parents are killed in a tragic accident, they are shipped off to Florida to live with their aunt and uncle and help with their gas station and amusement park. Unfortunately, the small town is inhabited by a gang of drug addicted rednecks led by... James Spader?! "The New Kids" is airing this month on the FearNet Channel and I for one will be tuning in. I mean, I can't really pass up an Aunt Becky/James Spader horror movie combo that's directed by Sean Cunningham! Who can?

Retro Poster: "Murders in the Zoo" (1933)

Many horror movie posters of the 1930's and 40's share a lot of the same characteristics and "Murders in the Zoo" is no different. Bright and bold fonts contrast with dark backgrounds and hand painted illustrations of the film's stars make posters from this time period a favorite for many horror nerds. In "Murders in the Zoo," Lionel Atwill stars as Eric Gorman, a wealthy and jealous zookeeper who catches his wife cheating on him. He will stop at nothing to keep her all to himself, even if that means having his zoo animals kill for him.

Retro Trailer: "Things" (1989)

Good news, horror fans! The 1989 Canadian cult film "Things" was just released on DVD this past week. With a budget of 35,000, the horror flick centers on a husband and wife, Doug and Susan Drake, who are unable to have children. Susan resorts to fertility treatments, resulting in a mutant hatching through her stomach and birthing more baby mutants (or, as our neighbors to the north refer to them, "Things"). This of course results in a whole bunch of hilarious dialogue, a crazy scene involving a chainsaw, a porn star reading the news and much more. Thanks, Canada!

Retro Poster: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)

The movie poster for the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has all of the elements of a great horror movie poster. While the tag line asks its audience an ominous question and the illustration pulls audiences in with its gruesome nature, what I tend to focus on most is the subtitle at the very bottom of the poster promising the movie you are about to watch is true. The poster for Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is one of the most iconic horror movie posters for us horror fans.

Snapshot: "Vamps" (2011)

In the above snapshot from the upcoming "Vamps", Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as two modern day vampires whose immortality is threatened when love enters the picture. This is coming to us from writer and director Amy Heckerling ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Clueless"), so if her past movies and fun star-studded cast (Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn, Malcom McDowell) are any indicators, this is hopefully going to be a fun little horror comedy.

Snapshot: "Fright Night" (2011)

Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" remake of the 1985 classic is upon us and some new stills have been released! The above snapshot features David Tennant playing Mr. Peter Vincent getting ready to fight vampires. Here's the synopsis from the OFFICIAL FRIGHT NIGHT SITE and it sounds pretty true to the original. Color me somewhat excited:

Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school.

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