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Episode 93 - "Paranormal Activity"

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This week we take on "Paranormal Activity", and see whose pants were dry after watching it.

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Box Office Special - "Paranormal Activity" Goes Large

Last week we tracked the "Paranormal Activity" breakout story as it began. This week we reach the second chapter.

Horror Headlines: Monday October 19th, 2009

Derek Mears, your current "Jason Voorhees", joins the cast of Robert Rodriguez's "Predators". Which makes sense, because he's just about the most terrifying human being I've ever seen. In real life that is, not so much in "Friday the 13th".

Paramount is Throwing 10 parties to celebrate this weekend's success of "Paranormal Activity". Find out how you can attend at the link.

Check out these early images from John Carpenter's big screen return "The Ward".

Scott Derrickson, director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", has signed on to direct the supernatural thriller "The Living".

Follow me on this one. A script that's been floating around called "Nightcrawlers", has officially gotten a director in Mike Mitchell. It also has a new name... "Monster Squad". Apparently the horror/comedy is being turned into a psuedo/not really remake of Fred Dekker's 80's classic. Here's more info.

In Real People News: 

I always felt a little uncomfortable during drunk taxi rides. Now I know why.

When you hear the phrase "fireworks warehouse in India", you pretty much assume this is how it's going to end.

Oh Halloween... that wonderful time of year when dead bodies are mistaken for Holiday decorations. It's a horror fan's delight really.

On this day in history: 

1982: Maverick carmaker John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles with $24M worth of cocaine in his suitcase. The case is later thrown out of court when a judge rules that the FBI sting operation constituted entrapment.

Horror Headlines: Friday October 16th, 2009

Last night, I bought a bag of candy corn at Target and, somehow, ended up eating the whole bag. While it is relatively guilt-free treat (it's a fat free candy!), when I woke up at 4 AM, with sugary foam and dried wax-like candy bits clogging my throat while throwing up orange-syrupy goo, I realized just how much I actually hate candy corn. I still have no idea why I got it. (Of course, as I type this, I just put a stray piece of corn that I had dropped on the floor last night in my mouth.)

The big news today? That the much jizzed-on “Paranormal Activity” goes wide, and all thanks to the 1,000,000 of you that took the time to vote online! Sure, we're in the middle of two wars, the dollar is becoming useless and we are on the verge of eating our pets, but, hey, entertainment reigns supreme! The best thing about this massive hype? I can't wait for the sure-to-come backlash now that everyone can see the movie without having to resort to midnight movie theatrics. For more info, click here. To join the Army, click here.

What's the other big news on every single Goddamned horror movie site? In a just posted Twitter, Wes Craven thinks that Kevin Williamson's “Scream 4” script “sounds fantastic”. In other Craven/Twitter news that hasn't made it to the news sites yet, today he's eating “tomato soup for lunch...again”, “hates traffic on the 405” and wants to know if you've heard about “that krazy balloon boy in Colorado”.

According to Variety, “Universal Pictures has set Chris Messina to star in "Devil," a horror-thriller based on an M. Night Shyamalan story that will be directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle.” I have no idea who Chris Messina or the Dowdles are, but if M. Night Shyamalan has something to do with it I AM THERE. That man is a cinematic genius. Just like Rob Zombie.

In Real People News: 

OK. So the real news is this a-hole family, the Heenes. They live up the road from me and it was exciting to watch the balloon escape right from my backyard, penis filling with blood at the hope that, at any minute, a child will tragically come falling out of the flimsy cardboard basket. And that was before we found out they were media whores who appeared on “Wife Swap” and put their kids in a music video called, ahem, “Not Pussified”! My advice to young Falcon? Keep trying to reach the stars, son! UPDATE: The boy just vomited on the Today Show!

Midget wrestlers Alberto and Alejandro Pérez Jiménez-- aka La Parkita (Little Death) and Espectrito II, respectively--were found dead in a hotel room after they were poisoned and robbed by a pair of devious hookers believed to be part of an organized crime ring of murderous prostitutes. I FUCKING LOVE MEXICO.

In one Chicago area high school, 115 girls are preggers. That's 1 out of 8. My (jimmy) hats off the to graduating class of Louis Fowler Memorial High School!

On this day in history: 

In 1916, Margaret Sanger founds Planned Parenthood. This puts the former birth control clinic, Kick Your Whore Ass Down the Stairs, Inc., quickly out of business.

Paranormal Activity (REVIEW)

Fear is an incredibly subjective emotion. What scares one person may make another laugh, or barely raise the pulse of still another person. Since horror films deal in fear, it's only natural that eventually the artform would become proactive in directly manipulating the way in which people experience a film. The first-person, or "found footage" horror narrative, is designed to do exactly that.

"Paranormal Activity" Is Here

For those of us who weren't lucky enough to catch one of the limited midnight screenings that have occurred in the last few weeks, today will be our first chance to see "Paranormal Activity". I was finally able to confirm last night through MovieTickets.com that my local theaters will indeed be carrying the film. So, after lunch today with an old co-worker, I'll be checking this out on the big screen.

Box Office Special - Checking in on "Activity"

Let the "Paranormal Activity" breakout story begin!

"Paranormal Activity" Gets Wide Release!

I was just digging through my morning horror news when I saw that the current indie phenomenon "Paranormal Activity", after 2 weeks of sold out midnight showings across the country, has finally garnered a wide release! Paramount Pictures will be pushing the film out across the country on October 16th, which is next Friday!

Horror Headlines: Tuesday October 6, 2009

"Paranormal Activity" director and scribe Oren Peli has announced his next project, Area 51. Applying the same narrative style as his current hit, "Area 51" will follow a group of teens who find themselves mistakenly at the infamous Air Force base.

Eduardo Sanchez confirms rumors that he has re-teamed with Dan Myrick to begin work on "Blair Witch 3". The movie appears to be in the early planning and scripting phase, so don't go lining up at the theater just yet.

Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash face off once again, but this time on the silver screen instead of the ring. Both wrestlers star in director Bruce Koehler's "River of Darkness". Can Angle pull off a convincing small town sheriff? Better yet... can he pull off acting?

In Real People News: 

A Hellertown man goes to court for lewd contact, accused of humping various objects in the local 48 Hour Video store and making lewd comments to the young girl working the counter. On record, the man denied making the comments to the girl but, "All that other stuff? Yah, I totally did that".

A group of Chinese Dwarfs, tired of bullying in life decide to form their own community. To add to this, they've built their own theme park, complete with small mushroom houses that they now live in to draw in tourists. Countdown to Disney buyout in 5... 4... 3...

An Edmonton inmate lures the Warden in close to his cell, then pelts him with a milk carton filled with his feces. The Warden was not injured, however he was covered in shit, which kind of sucks. The inmate then proceeded to shout "I shit bombed the warden!" to the other inmates. And I didn't make that last part up, either!

On this day in history: 

1977 - Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, Jr., Los Angeles' infamous "Hillside Stranglers," rape and murder their first victim, 21-year-old waitress Elissa Kastin.

Horror Headlines: Monday October 5th, 2009

"Zombieland" takes in a whopping $25 Million this weekend, placing the film firmly in the #1 spot for the box office! If Woody Harrelson isn't enough to draw you in, be sure to check out Mark's review if you've yet to see the film for yourself!

"Paranormal Activity" continues to make money and draw in fans. If the midnight releases are too late for you, the studio plans a full limited release this Friday October 9th! It will be playing in the same theaters as before, but now the film will be showing at all hours! "Paranormal Activity" took in roughly $525,000 this weekend on limited screens.

MTV announces that "My Super Psycho Sweet 16" will premiere this month on MTV. Sure, it's not music videos, but at least we get to see some annoying teens get muderlated as opposed to watching them try to date in awkward situations for a change! Watch for it October 23rd at 10pm Eastern.

Casting news continues to trickle out for the new 'American Anime' NOTLD remake, "Night of the Living Dead: Origins". Joining Danielle Harris in the titular role of Barbara will be Mos Def as Ben.

Rumors are starting to circulate that the next outing for Jason Vorhees in remake land will be shot in 3-D. However, Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller says the film has yet to be greenlit since there is no script as of now. One can only hope that a 3-D Friday the 13th might be less mediocre than the remake.

In Real People News: 

Maintaining his plea of innocence the entire time, a Florida man shoots a 22 gram bag of cocaine out of his ass while being searched. And to think, Eric left all this behind! (Thank you, I'm here all week! Remember to tip your waitresses.)

In an effort to promote healthy eating, The New York City Board of Education has banned all bake sales. Experts believe this may actually benefit schools as a bag of cookies now fetches a kingly $75 a bag on the black market.

Website Oddee.com releases a list of Top 10 Manliest Names. Among the list are Rad Heroman, Flex Plexico, and Casey Criswell.

On this day in history: 

1994 - Predicting that the world would soon end in an environmental disaster, homeopath Luc Jouret and 52 others belonging to his Order of the Solar Temple commit mass suicide near Cheiry, Switzerland and Montreal, Canada.

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