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Templesmith and McCool Talk "Choker"

Artist Ben Templesmith should be familiar to horror comics fans, from his breakthrough with the original "30 Days of Night" comic to horror-comedy with "Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse" and supernatural mystery with "Fell".

Henry Selick on Making "Coraline"

Apparently Amazon.com asked "Coraline" director Henry Selick to write a one-off guest blog entry about the inspiration for and genesis of the film. In case you've been trapped in a pocket dimension or fighting evil sex vampires on a remote island for the past year, "Coraline" is beautiful, and definitely worth seeing for the inventive stop-motion animation.

"Happy Birthday To Me" on DVD, With Original Score?

I'm been meaning to see this slasher classic, and it's about to get a lot easier to see it in it's intended form. "Happy Birthday To Me" was released on DVD by Columbia in 2004, but with crappy cover art and a disco soundtrack.

New, longer "Whiteout" trailer

A longer trailer for the film adaptation of "Whiteout" was released at Comic-con. It starts out very similar to the teaser trailer Joe (the other one...) blogged aboutback in June, but it shows a lot more of the story (and has 100% more Kate Beckinsdale in the shower). Rucka and Lieber's timing and art style were so distinctive in the graphic novel that I was afraid something would be lost in the translation to film, but I'm not worried about it after seeing this trailer.

True Blood Beverage In A Store Near You

The "Tru Blood" synthetic blood beverage ads I saw around New York City in 2008 were a pleasingly prankish campaign for the then-new show. I like media that puts a little faith in people to figure it out and look things up. In true fiction-conquers-reality fashion, however, the beverage from the show will soon be in your local store. It won't be synthetic blood, which is sad for wanna-be vampires but good for those of us with taste buds and a gag reflex. From the site:

...Enliven yourself with this uniquely carbonated, slightly tart, lightly sweet blood orange drink.

EW interviews Megan Fox & More

EW interviewed the main "Jennifer's Body" folks at
SDCC 09 in this video, including director Karyn Kusama, writer Diablo Cody, producer Jason Reitman, and star Megan Fox. A warning: Megan Fox dishes out the movie's plot (up until people start dying), so if you want to go into the movie cold, turn off the sound until 1:10 of course be warned that if you do that you'll miss the dirty talk!

"Jonah Hex" Poster Revealed

Warner Brothers revealed the poster to their upcoming comic book adaptation "Jonah Hex" at Comic-Con. Click on the image at left to see it bigger!

This MTV article goes into how Brolin ended up involved after having issues with the script early on, but also makes him sound like the film's dictator.

Coraline Merch Auctioned For Charity

In conjunction with today's release of "Coraline" on DVD and Blu-Ray, some great Coraline memorabilia is being auctioned off on Ebay to benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Fewdio - Quality Horror Shorts

I am blown away by the quality of the work of Fewdio.com, a collective of Hollywood vets and genre fans putting out horror shorts on their own site and posted to YouTube. The production values, acting, and attention to atmospherics and sound are all top notch. For those of you going to San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you should drop by their booth where they are premiering their first DVD collection, "Nightmare House Vol. 1".

Trailer For Indie Thriller "Trap"

The upcoming indie kidnapping thriller "Trap" is written and directed by Jason Horton, who co-wrote and directed the horror anthology "Edges of Darkness" that's currently got some release buzz for later this year. The trailer for "Trap" below has been labeled a teaser, but any more of a trailer than this might spoil some of the inevitable twists and turns. I'd rather have as a surprise when watching the film. The acting and writing look pretty solid, and kidnapping thrillers are great character pieces when done right.

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