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Netflix Streaming Friday - "They Live"

John Carpenter could seriously do no wrong in the '80's. Grab any film he made in that decade and I can guarantee that you'll at least have a good time watching it, if you don't outright love it. While some of his bigger films like "The Thing" and "Big Trouble in Little China" get the most love from genre fans, I personally have to put one of his lesser known films, "They Live", real close to the top of my list. Why is that? Well, let me count the ways.

Netflix Streaming Friday: "The Thing"

Many of you probably woke up to the unpleasant sight of snow this morning. While your gut reaction will probably be to curse a bit, contemplate moving to Florida because you're a big old baby and then trudge through the snow to brush off your car and fight traffic to work, I implore you to stop all that. Draw all the curtains and blinds in your house. Make it nice and dark. Now turn off your heat, open your doors and windows and let that cold inside.

Netflix Streaming Friday 3/24/11 - "Escape From New York"

It's the year 1997 and the United States is in trouble. World War III is raging and the United States is locked in an never-ending battle with the Soviet Union and China. Crime is on the rise and the nation's penal system is overwhelmed. In a desperate attempt to win the war on crime, the island of Manhattan is walled off and converted into a maximum security prison where the inmates run wild and no one can escape. The system seems to work well enough, until the unthinkable happens.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of March 10th, 2011

What if HP. Lovecraft and John Carpenter made a film together? Well, that'd be kind of weird because HP Lovecraft died before John Carpenter was even born so there'd some pretty spooky shit going on for that to happen, but forget all that. "In the Mouth of Madness" is essentially that film.

Episode 147 - "Prince of Darkness"

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Your choice? John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness", with special guest Erin.

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Horror Headlines: Monday January 3rd, 2011

Quite possibly the only horror film to be funded via new money lending entity Kickstarter, "Absentia" has reached its full funding and has released a new poster and official trailer. Just remember; if it sucks? You all helped pay for it!

While there is still no announcement for a US release, you can catch a sneak peak trailer of John Carpenter's "The Ward" which releases January 21st in the UK.

Here's some sad news for you all; veteran character actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away. Known for many small parts, he's an actor I can guarantee you'll recognize by his face if not by name.

Here's some news you've all been waiting for. "Casper The Friendly Ghost" is coming back from the dead as an all new 3D franchise. Anybody got the number for the Ghostbusters?

In Real People News: 

A 23 year old Oklahoma man shoots his 50 year old cougar wife in the head during sex. To his defense, his pressing a gun to her head during sex was a regular act for the couple, he just forgot to make sure the chamber was empty this time around. Whoops.

On this day in history: 

1961 - Three technicians -- John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg -- are killed when the SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor explodes in Idaho Falls, Idaho. McKinley's corpse is found stuck to the containment dome ceiling, impaled on a control rod. The crewmen's radioactive bodies are so hot they have to be buried in lead-lined caskets.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of November 6, 2010

Oh 1995, how great you were!

The economy was chugging along, fueling the American spirit. A little thing called the internet was beginning to bud and was making millionaires left and right for doing absolutely nothing. Christopher Reeve was Superman. Kirstie Alley was attractive. Mark Hamill was getting regular film work.

Horror Headlines: Friday November 5th, 2010

Tim Burton and super hunk Johnny Depp will finally begin filming the big screen version of "Dark Shadows" this April. For those of you not familiar with the original TV show it's kind of like "Soup" but not funny, with vampires and a lot of English accents. Of course I learned all this from a TV commercial selling the entire series on DVD so I could be off.

I've yet to figure out what a producer actually does but John Carpenter is apparently set to be the executive producer on Dennison Ramalho's new film "The Hell Within". Apparently the entire movie will be shot in Brazil so I'm starting to think old John John is just looking for a vacation.

What's next up on the remake list? "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things", the 1973 zombie flick which I'm 99% sure was shot on someone's home camera. Did they have home cameras back then? I have no clue, maybe that's a really good thing for back then. What a strange and wondrous world it must of been back in the 70's.

Oh boy, who's as excited as me for the second episode of "The Walking Dead"? No one, that's the answer, no one could possibly be as excited as I am. Anyway here's a sneak peek at the second episode, don't even try to pretend that you wet yourself like I did. That's Joe's thing!

In Real People News: 

Too far America, too far! San Francisco has apparently passed a low making it illegal to include free toys with unhealthy meals. Meaning the McDonald's Happy Meal is a no-no for kids anymore. You win the world series and all of a sudden you think you can play god. I know I know, it's a long shot making a sports joke on a horror website.

Yes, yes and yes. I want this. It's the world's largest coffee, holding a stunning 2,010 gallons of the good stuff put together together by the people at GourmetGiftBaskets.com. I hope it's black, I only drink mine black. Only hippies use cream and sugar.

On this day in history: 

2009 - A shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was charged in the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base

Horror Headlines: Monday October 11th, 2010

Good news if you hate 3D, "My Soul to Take" had the worst opening for a 3D movie to date, making roughly $6.9 million this past weekend. I'd love to see the breakdown of people who saw it that weren't forced to because they're on a podcast.

John Carpenter suffered a minor stroke this past Saturday at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando. The bad ass part? He returned to the convention on Sunday to continue meetings fans. He also bit the head off of one. Alright that last part's a lie.

Producer Bryan Fuller recently dropped some info on his upcoming reboot of "The Munsters" TV series. It's being described a combo of "Modern Family" and "True Blood" which to me sounds like a bunch of vampires who are related screwing each other. Hollywood is a bunch of sickos.

If you've all being waiting for the next Indonesian flick to hit the states you can finally get some sleep because "Satan's Facebook" is coming. There's really no reason to explain what this is about, from the title alone you should be excited and if you're not you're a racist. There, I said it.

In Real People News: 

Two women from Troy NY have cited for animal cruelty and will possibly be brought up on criminal charges after police discovered they had a total of 77 cats living in two cars. This is outrageous, everyone knows you can't fit more then 30 cats tops into a car.

On this day in history: 

1958 – Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).

The Thing (REVIEW)

When a team of roughnecks staffing a remote Antarctic outpost come into contact with a strange alien life form that infects and mimics the appearance of its host, things begin to quickly spin out of control as no one can be sure of who has been infected and who remains clean. Led by McCready (Kurt Russell), the survivors attempt to cleanse their research station. Suspicions mount though, and between claustrophobia and the brutal elements, options begin to dwindle.

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