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Kick me in the balls I'm excited about this one. John Carpenter's classic film "Halloween" will once again be thrust into theaters on October 25th. Just to make things even better the super fun documentary "You Can't Kill The Bogeyman: 35 Years Of Halloween" will be shown right after the movie. Just so we're clear I don't really want anyone to kick me in the balls. It's just a saying. Not one people use really, but it's still a saying.

Remember "Manimal"? If you don't all you need to know is that it was a 80's TV series about a guy who can change into different animals. Sounds intense right? Well it looks like the show's creator, Glen A. Larson, has officially signed on to produce the upcoming big screen relaunch of the show in film form. That sentence was confusing wasn't it. No word on release date or casting for this yet but Sony plans to make this a live action/CG romp. There better be a live panther that's all I'm saying.

If there's one I think I love it's a good old fashioned creepy van. Who doesn't, honestly? Well this coming Holiday season a new film titled "Creep Van" will make all my dreams come true. Being called a cross between "Christine" and "Saw" the film revolves around a killer who uses a van equipped with it's very own torture chamber to pick people off. I assume the relationship to "Christine" is based solely on the fact that it's an automobile but I'll go with it. I'm no one to judge.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, my favorite of all the Seymour Hoffman's, is lining up a new ghost story for his next directing project. Titled "Ezekiel Moss", the film focuses on widow and her son who come in contact with a man who may be able to contact the dead. No word on casting yet but I have always thought I would make a terrific Ezekiel. I have the thighs for it.

Want the ultimate Halloween costume? The fine people over at are offering up one of these babies to a lucky Bloody Good Horror reader. What you see here is a hand-made, screen accurate replica of the mask worn by Dick Warlock in 1981's "Halloween 2".

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Opening this weekend is the bizarrely titled but conceptually interesting "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". His notoriety instantaneously makes the 16th President of the United States the most famous vampire slayer amongst his peers.

If pushed, I think I would have to say that John Carpenter is my favorite genre director. The original “Halloween” and “The Thing” are timeless classics and two of the greatest horror films ever made. “They Live” holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite sci-fi films. And of course, “Escape from New York” and “Big Trouble in Little China” are go-to “I want to watch something awesome with people and drink films”. If I’m in the right mood, I might even give him “Escape from LA”, but I readily admit that’s a debatable statement.

The BGH crew debates the finer points of evolutionary biomechanics...

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "The Thing"

When the trailer first dropped for "The Thing" remake -- ahem, prequel -- the standard remake reaction of, "My God!" instead was replaced with something more like a "Hmmmm..." Though it was clear that director Matthijs van Heijningen relied heavily on Carpenter's film, itself a remake, for inspiration, there appeared to be enough juice left in this concept to support a full fledged predecessor to the 1982 classic. Now, with Heijningen's film opened, it's safe to say that those with initial hesitations should feel at least partially justified.

I'm willing to give my friend Rob Zombie as many chances as his crispy disgusting hair wants to toss out. That's just the kind of guy I am. So when he takes to the twitter and says his new film "The Lords of Salem" is looking "demented, perverted satanic", I'm intrigued. For those of you not familiar with the film it's a heartwarming tale about a group of witches who come back from the great beyond to bring death and destruction on modern day Salem. Sounds like they also get some action also. Good for them.

It's about time there was a Roller Derby slasher film isn't it? That is of course if there already hasn't been one and I just haven't seen it. Let's pretend "MurderDrome" is the first of its kind though. The film is about an up and coming roller star who gets caught in a love triangle that eventually evolves into a demon filled blood bath. Demon roller people? That's got to be a new idea. Was there a demon in that Drew Barrymore flick that came out a couple years ago? I never saw it.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to get John Carpenter's "The Ward" you'll be able to get your disgusting little syrup stained hands on the DVD and Blu-Ray on August 16th. And today we've got some cover art, which is the same as the movie poster, and specs, commentary with John Carpenter and star Jared Harris. So there you have it, the same image you've seen 100 times already and some commentary with an actor who's in the movie about 15 minutes. Operators are standing by.

While it's no big surprise it's still nice to see that Bruce Campbell will in fact be in Sam Raimi's upcoming new film "Oz: The Great and Powerful" which tells the story of how everyone's favorite Wizard came to be. That is of course unless you consider those weirdos from "Lord of the Rings" to be your favorite wizards. And if that is the case I'd ask you to kindly stop reading my news.

John Carpenter's latest, plus a lively debate on the Netflix price hikes.

Lately I have been on a documentary kick. I've watched some really amazing ones ("Dear Zachary") and plodded through some pretty awful ones ("Snuff").

If you've got some change burning a hole in your piggy bank, or you're looking for a house guaranteed to one up that asshole friend of yours that has everything, you're in luck - the iconic house seen in John Carpenter's Halloween is up for sale.