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Horror Headlines: Thursday March 19th, 2009

In Eddie Nickerson's horror Western "High Moon" a reckless outlaw is a small town’s only hope for survival from a vicious band of werewolves. I think we're finally at the point where it's no longer "original" to put a horror film in a "Western" setting. Plus, I'm scratching my head over here trying to remember one that turned out well. Help me out guys.

Pascal Laugier, director of "Martyrs", has a lot of projects coming up. These include one that's "inspired by H.P. Lovecraft", one that's "CUJO times 40", and one that of course is a remake of "Hellraiser". Of that project he says "we're trying to respect Clive Barker's original material while bringing totally fresh angles to it".

Get ready for a nostalgia overload with "It Came From the Drive-In". In project just announced from Union Entertainment, a kid and a reclusive outcast inventor ("Back to the Future" anyone?) "team up to save their town from an army of hideous creatures using a menagerie of monster-slaying inventions when they discover that a new local drive-in theater is a gateway to the other side". This all takes place on Halloween 1959, and naturally, in 3D! Okay, I can't lie. This sounds freaking amazing.

Warner Bro's is moving Richard Kelly's "The Box" UP to October 30th, 2009. This is from its previous November release, and its 20 other release dates prior to that. Not sure if this is genius or a last ditch effort to try and squeeze something out of this project. Guess we'll find out in about 7 months.

If you want to see "The Haunting in Connecticut" early, Lionsgate is offering up a handful of free screenings across the country on March 25th, which is next Wednesday and 2 days before the official release. Check the link for a list of theaters.

In Real People News: 

A Tampa man wearing an "I Heart My Marriage" shirt was arrested for choking his wife during an argument yesterday. Geeze, I guess even the adults are into irony these days.

If you're going to confess to a murder on your death bed, better make damn sure you're actually dying, lest you end up in court the next week.

What you are seeing here is a real life example of that Simpsons episode where Homer gets too fat to work on purpose. Only this family is receiving about £22,508 in tax credits from the British Government because they're "too fat to work". Choice quote: "Often I’m so tired from watching TV I have to have a nap." If you can read that story without punching something, more power to you.

On this day in history: 

1987: Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns his PTL ministry after it is revealed he nailed former church secretary Jessica Hahn, who would then go on to inphamy as a B-movie actress and regular on The Howard Stern Show.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday March 11th, 2009

The Pang Brothers, who apparently have already directed two Chinese language sequels to their film "The Eye", are prepping a third sequel to be titled "The Child's Eye" (get it), to be shot in 3D. Have any of you guys seen either of the first two sequels?

FOX has picked up the French horror film "Martyrs" for remake, pretty much ensuring that there will not be a good ending to this story. The original "Martyrs" is about a little girl found by cops, who it's revealed was held hostage for years in an abandoned slaughterhouse. There are no signs of abuse or sexual misconduct, but as they start to unravel the mystery of what happened to her, something even stranger starts to appear.

I don't usually report on "Twilight" news, but this tidbit was too interesting to pass up. It seems that Juan Antonio Bayona is in the running to direct the third film in the franchise. Bayona, a Guillermo Del-Toro protege, is the director of last year's "The Orphanage". Even if he did get the job, he'd obviously still be dealing with the source material, and the conveyor belt nature of it all, considering they've already pegged a June 30th, 2010 release. Keep in mind this is the THIRD film, not the second one, which hasn't even started yet.

I'm still really excited for "The Haunting in Connecticut", Lionsgate's late March release, but I'm not super psyched about this clip featuring a bird attack. Why? Well, I'm mighty sick of all the old ghost movie cliches, and the "animal goes apeshit" one is just about as old as they come.

In Real People News: 

Wow, you must be quite the ladies man to have no idea how many corpses you've had sex with during your 16 years working at a morgue. One would think he could at least ball park it.

I always thought that Australia was a beautiful place that I would love to live some day. Then I read stories like this one, about about a couple waking up next to a six foot tall kanagroo, and I think I'll take a pass.

On this day in history: 

1669: After a series of premonitional earthquakes near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe spectacularly erupts, destroying the Sicilian town of Nicolosi and killing 20,000 people.

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