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Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: ETHAN WILEY

The balance between horror and comedy is often difficult to maintain, because they are impulses that exist nearly on opposite ends of the spectrum. A skilled writer or director can use moments within a film to play as both horror and comedy at the same time, something which allows for both genres to stretch as a result. Writer/director Ethan Wiley is one of those people.

10 Parasitic Horror Movies

The typical reaction when I mention parasites is for a small shudder to course though the listener's body and some kind of verbal reaction such as, "Oh man, gross!" But really, are they so bad? They just want to be inside you. Uh...wait, they just want to live off of you. Er... they don't eat much?

The DVD Bargain Bin


We hit "Orphan" with both barrels back in Episode 83 of the BGH Podcast. While opinions were mixed some, including myself, thought this was a pretty good flick for what it was. If nothing else, you owe yourself a rental just so you can make up your own mind.

Horror Headlines: Thursday October 15th, 2009

"Ju-On" 5 and 6 are on their way stateside. Not sure what they're about? Watch the other 4, that should give you a pretty good idea.

If ever there were a series made for a hollow gimmick like the new 3D technology, it's definitely "Saw". You'll find quotes from one of the Producers on how the development process for the next film is going, and the ways they're trying to utilize the 3D at the link.

Check out all the entries for the "Instant Films 48 Hours Film Festival". Among the entries you'll find a film called "Shut up! I Said Shut Up!", by "Alien Raiders" director Ben Rock.

Paramount Pictures plans to release a new web series titled "Circle of Eight" on Myspace on October 27th. Yup, I said Myspace. Apparently that place still exists.

A ton of sneak peak videos from the "Night of the Creeps" DVD. Fred Dekker's 80's classic finally comes home to your collection in a few weeks.

In Real People News: 

Notorious serial killer gets caught by stealing a ceiling fan from a mosque. Not exactly the world's smartest criminal.

Sure, Sweden may be all "neutral" and stuff... but they also keep themselves warm by burning dead bunny carcasses. If that isn't evil, I don't know what is.

Another reason why the internet is greater than HAM radio, it won't electrocute the shit out of you. Well, at least if you're doing it right it won't.

On this day in history: 

1917: Dutch spy H21, also known as Mata Hari, is executed in Paris by a 12-man firing squad. The dancer, born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, had slept with a number of high-ranking military officers from around the world and passed secrets along to the German high command. After death, her body is given to the University of Paris medical school for dissection.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday August 26th, 2009

Video game geeks the world over cried out loud when news came awhile back that Gore Verbinski was no longer attached to the big screen "Bioshock" adaptation. Fear not, because Universal has announced that the movie is still moving forward. "28 Weeks Later" Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has now been tasked to bring the underwater spook fest to life.

Jeff Gentry, director of 2007's indie horror darling "The Signal", has been given the reigns to MTV Films' "My Super Pyscho 16". While there are no details available for the film, it is said to be a slasher, and judging from his earlier film, Gentry should be up to the task.

Cover art for the upcoming "Night of the Creeps" DVD and Blu-ray has hit the streets and they're different for each format! One looks cool, one looks rushed, you be the final judge!

In Real People News: 

A woman thought her boyfriend was acting a bit off when they were playing around in the hot tub, and it wasn't until they were having sex that she noticed he didn't have his usual cowboy tattoo on his ass. Turns out, it was her boyfriend's twin brother. Whoops!

Australian Police arrest a man dressed as a monkey, randomly hugging mall shoppers and posing for pictures. When asked for his name, he made random squeaking noises and replied only with 'Monkey'. In other news, it is discovered that Australian Police have absolutely no sense of humor.

A fight breaks out in a prison cell when an inmate farts in the face of the guard patting him down. Now THAT'S comedy.

On this day in history: 

1858: The first news dispatch sent via telegraph hits the world. 150 years later, that first form of mass communication has evolved to random people bitching about Rob Zombie 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday July 1st, 2009

WOW, I'm excited that Amazon is allowing us to vote on potential covers for the "Night of the Creeps" DVD, but these are three of the worst covers ever made... for ANYTHING. Seriously, with all the amazing original cover art, how the hell did this happen?

New film called "Dances With Werewolves"... I see what they did there.

Jackie Earle Haley signed on for three "Nightmare on Elm St." films. This could either be really great or really terrible... depending on how things turn out.

In Real People News: 

This is what happens when you think you're breaking into a frail old man's house, and instead you discover that he's a former boxer. Ouch.

I can barely read the headline "Man uses nail clippers in DIY circumcision" without wanting to scream out loud in agony.

On this day in history: 

1946: Atomic Bomb testing begins, using the Nagasaki-type implosion bomb, at Bikini Atoll.

Beer, Horror Screenings, and Beautiful Posters

We get requests to promo stuff pretty often, which are usually met with a healthy dose of snarky indifference. However, we are occasionally surprised with something really cool, and we got a tip from the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas about some awesome posters for upcoming film screenings (above and left). The "Night of the Creeps" screening will also apparently be included in the DVD extras for the upcoming release of that film, so if you're in the area, be sure to check that out.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday June 17th, 2009

Fred Dekker may be interested in doing a sequel to "Night of the Creeps". Now if it were just 1989, this would be the greatest news ever.

Ti West to get behind the camera for "The Haunting in Georgia", which is purportedly a sequel by the same company who produced "The Haunting in Connecticut", which went on to be distributed by Lions Gate. No word on if that relationship will still exist, but had I to venture a guess I would say no.

Universal is still very much moving ahead with a "Bride of Frankenstein" remake. Uni's in talks with Neil Burger to write and direct, director of 2006's "The Illusionist".

In Real People News: 

In case you want to finally get back at your neighbor, these guys went ahead and figured out how many balloons it would take to lift a house.

Man tries to kill himself by attaching a sword to his steering wheel and running into a wall. Apparently the airbag foiled his plans. I guess there are no tall buildings where he lives?

On this day in history: 

1939: In Versailles, Eugene Weidmann becomes the last person to be publicly guillotined.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 16th, 2009

The writer of "Sorority Row" and "Piranha 3D" updates his blog with news/thoughts on both films, both of which he feels are going to turn out really well. "Sorority Row" is apparently completely finished at this point, and according to him lives up to his original script, which as he says was "Scary. Funny. Tense. Stylish. Bloody. Sexy". I did actually get most of that from the trailer, so consider me excited.

Here are the specs for the new "Night of the Creeps" DVD, and damn, I have to say they're going all out with the special features. Once this one's off our list, what's the next big horror title that needs to be released on DVD? My other major one was "Phantasm II", but that one was also announced recently.

Just as I was ranting on the podcast last night about how much I dislike Rob Zombie's "Halloween", up popped the news on Twitter that the full official site for the sequel is now live. It was interesting timing, to say the least.

In Real People News: 

When I hear these stories about Boy Scout Camp, it makes me thankful I dropped out after a year. Thank God I was a slacker as a kid.

Two cases of dead tadpoles raining from the sky have been reported in China recently. The funny thing is, that's probably the most normal thing that happened there today.

Man spontaneously revives a half an hour after being pronounced dead, then dies again two days later. Oooohhh, so close.

On this day in history: 

1959: While entertaining friends at his home, George Reeves, who played the title character in the original Superman TV series, goes upstairs to his bedroom and commits suicide with a 9mm German Luger.

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