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Halloween Countdown - 25 Days to go!

I think it's safe to say we all love Halloween. So in order to make the wait JUST a tad more bearable, I'll be giving you random daily horror tidbits!

For today, I bring you the horror-comedy Hatchet! If you haven't heard, in a rather shit-tastic move, the recently released Hatchet II has been pulled from theaters. So since we can't watch that, we'll revisit the first one! Enjoy!

The Chicago Horror Film Festival

If you're even remotely interested in horror (and if you're not, why the hell are you reading this?) and you're anywhere near the Chicago area, you MUST check out the Chicago Horror Film Festival, hosted by author Jason Davis this coming weekend. This is a HUGE event spanning 3 days between this Friday, September 24th and Sunday the 26th. They have an amazing line up (click here to see), including one I've been salivating to see, "The Man Who Collected Food".

Dante Tomaselli's Torture Chamber in Production

Got a note from friend of the site and kick-ass indie filmmaker Dante Tomaselli recently that his long gestating film, "Torture Chamber" has begun production. I've been following Tomaselli since around 2003, when his sophomore film "Horror" was getting ready to be released. If you're a fan of strange, violent, surrealist horror, Tomaselli is an indie voice you should be checking out. Here's the official press release, and you can check out some of his trailers below that.

Retro Trailer: "Begotten"

In the history of heady, mind-altering cinema, "Shadow of the Vampire" director E. Elias Merhige's unforgettable black-and-white freak-out "Begotten" ranks among the very best. The picture's so-called plot is more than a little bizarre, as it deals specifically with the God's self-inflicted disembowelment and the Son of Earth's journey through a twisted lanscape populated with twitchy cannibals.

Short Film: "The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon"

Richard Gale's thoroughly entertaining short film "The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon" is one of the funniest horror spoofs I've seen all year, and that includes the Christmas-oriented gore masterpiece "Treevenge." Presented as a trailer for an upcoming nine hour feature-length motion picture, this insane 10-minute classic is very similar to the absurdist comedy stylings of The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Since I don't want to spoil a single frame of this fantastic short for anyone who's yet to experience its greatness, I'll refrain from giving anything away. It's worth mentioning, however, that this clip isn't safe for work.

Trailer: "The Crazies" (2010)

Although I wasn't thoroughly impressed with the first trailer for Breck Eisner's upcoming remake of George A. Romero's 1973 shocker "The Crazies," the latest clip is definitely a little more effective. For whatever reason, I happen to think Timothy Olyphant is a decent actor, and it's good to see him recovering from the atrocity that was "Hitman." For those who are arriving late to the proverbial party, "The Crazies" chronicles the outbreak of a mysterious disease which turns ordinary, everyday suburban schlubs into blood-thirsty killing machines. Survivors try to escape, the government tries to keep everyone contained, and all Hell tries to break loose. If all goes according to plan, the film will infect your tender senses on February 26th, 2010. Check out the trailer below.

Escaping Into Darkness

I bought the plastic pumpkin you see above while perusing through the Halloween section of a national chain store recently. It's a guilty pleasure if mine, as I'm sure it is many of yours, to walk through these places, even though I know that 100% of what they sell is garbage. As horror fans, we're well aware of what "real" Halloween masks look like, not to mention the proper consistency that high quality fake blood should be.

Spanish Poster For "Jennifer's Body"

In case you weren't already hot and bothered by all of the promotion surrounding the upcoming Megan Fox vehicle "Jennifer's Body," behold the Spanish version of the film's theatrical poster. Regardless of how spectacular you think the picture's going to be, you've got to hand it to the marketing team's alluring campaign. They know why you're going to watch, and they're not above exploiting that fact. Way to go!

"Jennifer's Body" opens on September 18th.

New "Chaw" Poster, Website

It's not very often that the world is treated to a killer swine flick, so we have to take our offerings as they are presented to us. The upcoming South Korean monster movie "Chaw" is poised to supply jaded movie-goers with their flesh-eating pig fix, though I think it may be a while before it oinks its way onto American shores.

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