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Snapshot: "The Gate" (2010)

A piece of concept art recently released for Alex Winter's remake of "The Gate", currently being filmed in 3D. In the original "The Gate" (1987), Glenn (played by a young Stephen Dorff) and his friend Terry unwittingly open a gate to hell by playing a Rock 'N Roll record backwards. The remake will reportedly stay very close to the story of the original. Many people may also be surprised to hear it's being directed by Alex Winter, famous for his role in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and its sequel, but don't forget he was responsible for the cult classic "Freaked" (1993).

Snapshot: "Gozu" (2003)

This still from Japanese shock-master Takashi Miike's "Gozu", proves that he rivals the best when it comes to creating images that illicit WTF's from viewers. The film, which boasts the tongue-twisting original title "Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu", was recently released in the US on a 2 disc special edition from Cinema Epoch.

Newsblip: Natalie Portman to star in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

News just dropped that Natalie Portman has signed on to play the "feisty heroine", Elizabeth Bennet, in the adaptation of Seth Gramme-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Smith took the original Jane Austen novel and spiced it up by adding, naturally, zombie hordes to the dry proceedings. The book is currently available for sale, and has garnered mixed reviews. Needless to say, this adaptation just got a lot more interesting (and dare I say, sexy).

Snapshot: "Splice" (2010)

In this hi-res image from "Splice", Canadian actress Sarah Polley approaches a half-human, half-animal hybrid that she and another scientist helped create. As with most things of this nature, the beautiful creature eventually turns on its creators and things get deadly. Directed by Vincenzo Natali ("Cube") and produced by Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), "Splice" will have its American debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, before going wide across Europe in early 2010.

Snapshot: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

This image is a lot like an onion. There are many layers to it and if you stare at it long enough, it's probably going to make you cry.

Via Bryan at Drunken Zombie

Retro Trailer: The Wolfman (1941)

With recent news that the remake of "The Wolfman" has garnered a (surprising) R Rating for graphic violence, let's take a look back at the original. 1941 saw the release of "The Wolf Man", starring stuntman and effects wizard Lon Chaney Jr. Although Chaney starred as the titular beast, many forget that the film featured another horror legend, Bela Lugosi as the not-so-subtly named character "Bela". The film also featured the wonderfully alliterative tagline, "His hideous howl a dirge of death!".

DVD: Zombieland comes home

The one solid horror film released this Halloween season will finally be released on DVD February 2nd, with the following specs. There is currently a sequel being filmed in 3D.

• Commentary with Actors Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg, Director Ruben Fleischer, Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
• Go Behind-the-Scenes with "In Search of Zombieland"
• "Zombieland is Your Land" - The zombification of the United States
• Deleted Scenes
• Visual Effects Progression Scenes
• Theatrical Promo Trailers
• Woke Up Dead Episode "Up and At ‘Em"

Retro Snapshot: Black Christmas (1974)

You want to stick your
what in my wherenow?

Olivia Hussey receives a stunningly filthy phone call in Bob Clark's yuletide slasher, "Black Christmas". Also starring Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder. Would go on to spawn one of the worst remakes of the 00's. Clark is also responsible for the cheerily bent holiday film "A Christmas Story", leading one to wonder just what the hell happened to him when he was a kid.

Trailer: Ti West's "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever"

What a coincidence. The same week we review Ti West's "House of the Devil", his forsaken horror film "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" finally has a trailer land online. Word is that West had a falling out with Lionsgate over the film. Combine that with the fact that this is coming out about 5 years after anyone cares, and you have to wonder if it will even make a blip on horror fan's radars. Still, it's polar opposite material from "House", so I'm intrigued to see how West (and the Editors at Lionsgate) handle it.

"Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil" Trailer Rocks

Here's the trailer for a great looking new horror comedy "Tucker & Dale Vs Evil". It looks like a great twist on the whole "deranged redneck" subgenre. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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